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U of T Professor Peter Zandstra, Canada Research Chair in stem cell bioengineering, is quoted in The Globe and Mail about Canada boosting funding for stem cell therapies even as questions arise in the U.S. over what a Trump presidency will mean for stem cell research. “To be frank, so little was said about science during the campaign that no one knows what’s going to happen,” said Zandstra, a University of Toronto researcher who is executive director of Medicine by Design, a stem cell research initiative that received a $114-million federal grant from the Harper government in 2015.
U of T assistant professor of computer science Frank Rudzicz talks about his two-foot-tall robot named Ludwig who can help people with dementia. Ludwig reminds people who need help remembering to take their medications or turn off the stove. U of T master’s student Stefania Raimondo is helping Rudzicz design a robot that can speak to older adults with dementia.
U of T Citizen Lab's Christopher Parsons argues that RCMP lobbying efforts on Parliament Hill paint an image of crisis where none exists and that surveillance capacities of other countries are being overstated. Parsons, who is managing director of the Telecom Transparency Project and a research associate with the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, wrote the op-ed with Tamir Israel, a staff lawyer with the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law's internet policy and public interest clinic.
Former Ontario Premier Bob Rae, who teaches at the University of Toronto, writes an op-ed in The Globe and Mail in support of the Canadian biofuels industry. He argues that the provincial and federal government’s policies supporting the renewable fuel industry have been a success. “The future of energy use and production in the face of growing, and justifiable, concerns about air pollution and climate change, will always be the subject of debate. But biofuels will have a critical role to play in that future. Ontario and Canada can be proud of having engaged in a consistent effort to clean up the air and create a competitive, scientifically based industry over the past quarter-century. We should be proud of what we’ve accomplished and equally determined to surpass these achievements in the future.”
With Leonard Cohen's death, grieving fans can find solace at the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, home to 140 banker’s boxes worth of Cohen’s archives. Throughout his career, Cohen donated scores of remnants to the library: handwritten notes and letters, portraits, CDs, paintings, novel manuscripts, books, early drafts of his poetry and lyrics, and even art he made when he lived as a Buddhist monk. Jennifer Toews, Fisher’s modern manuscripts librarian, keeps watch over the collection. “His passing makes this material all that more important,” she says.