What's happening at U of T
U of T alumni from AeroVelo are featured in a New York Times article on startups hoping to build flying cars.
Cameron Robertson and Todd Reichert are aerospace engineers from AeroVelo, a University of Toronto spinoff company that won a prestigious prize for a human-powered helicopter and set the land speed record for a bicycle last year. They were recruited by Kitty Hawk, a small Silicon Valley company, which is hoping to be the first to sell flying cars.
Peter Rosenthal, an adjunct professor of law and professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of Toronto, argues that a report released in March should “immediately end carding.” U of T criminologists Rosemary Gartner and Anthony Doob presented their findings on street checks back in March, concluding that evidence of any benefit is “substantially outweighed by convincing evidence of the harm of such practices.” Rosenthal argues the Toronto Police Services Board is ignoring the report, paid for and commissioned by the board itself.
U of T President Meric Gertler is quoted in a National Post story about how institutions believe last year’s Brexit vote in the U.K. is prompting “stellar” academics to ask for jobs here.
“The level of interest from outside of the country is probably unprecedented,” said President Gertler. “It is across many different disciplines and across the demographic spectrum: post-docs and junior faculty right through to mid-career, to truly established stars who want to move here.”
If Andrew Potter wasn’t a well-connected white guy, would anyone care? That's the question asked by U of T Mississauga Assistant Professor of Political Science Erin Tolley and her colleagues Amanda Bittner and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant in a new op-ed in Macleans.
Potter's resignation as the director of a McGill University institute, they write, will have fallout for academia’s women and minorities: “If universities can’t stand up to this pressure and defend their researchers on the 'easy' cases like ones involving a privileged white man – they most certainly won’t have the courage to do so when confronted with the 'difficult' ones.”
Goodyear-Grant is an associate professor at Queen’s University, and Bittner is an associate professor of political science at Memorial University.
Spotlight on literature
A U of T doctoral engineering student wants Kurdish speakers around the world to read the works of Emily Dickinson. Madeh Piryonesi, who arrived in Canada in 2015 from Iran, translates the literature into Kurdish and Farsi. He has recently published two books of Emily Dickinson's poetry and translated several other works since 2012.