Robotics innovation and research has become a significant drawing card for students at universities and colleges, says Goldie Nejat, director of the University of Toronto’s Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics. The Institute was established in 2010, and includes faculty members representing a range of disciplines – from mechanical and industrial and aerospace engineering to biomedical engineering and computer sciences.
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Mindfulness apps for smartphones may not live up to their claims, says Zindel Segal, the director of clinical training in the graduate department of clinical psychological science at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Segal, who is working on a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy app of his own, says it’s not a good idea to jump into mindfulness meditation with just simple guided instruction.
What if you’re not good enough? That’s the question Ben Fung kept asking on his first day of medical school at the University of Toronto. Fung was accepted in a year with 3,488 applicants, when the average grade point average was 3.96 on a 4.0 scale. Objectively, he was qualified. But what if all that was an illusion? “Everyone seemed so smart, so impressive and I kept asking: Do I belong here?” says the 23-year-old.
The medical research community in Toronto has taken an important step toward the day when nobody will have to struggle to remember what kind of cancer their great-grandmother had, or how many relatives died of heart disease, writes U of T's Stephen Scherer. “We acquired state-of the-art genetic sequencers, which will boost the number of genomes sequenced here from just a handful to 10,000 each year.”
Dennis Bock's workshop in novel writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies brought English teacher Uzma Jalaluddin back to her alma mater, 14 years after graduation.
"For five days, I wasn’t tucked away in my little corner of the world," Jalauddin writes. "I was back in the trenches, creating and growing.Teaching is an important job, but taking the time to learn and to remember how hard it is to learn — that’s priceless."
The confirmation that Hillary Clinton was sick is one the Clinton campaign would rather have avoided, said Ryan Hurl, assistant professor of political science at University of Toronto Scarborough.
“Given the unexpected tightness of the campaign … at some point they made a strategic decision that perhaps the health issues are not so severe, that it’s something that is possible to keep a lid on.”
Form Follows Fiction: Art and Artists in Toronto is a curious indulgence in broad, inclusive — and very, very long — cultural history in a place that has typically worn its amnesia like a badge of honour. Indeed, the exhibition, hosted by the University of Toronto’s Art Museum and curated with loving care by Luis Jacob, an artist with an admirably stubborn devotion to our forward-looking hometown, offers a very different view.
The Prophet Muhammad famously said, “Seek knowledge, even as far as China.” Thanks to U of T professor Shafique Virani’s TEDx talk, “The Clash of Ignorance,” those of us trying to grapple with the issue of Islamophobia need only go as far as YouTube. Virani’s talk has been widely acclaimed and recognized in the TEDx community and is currently being promoted and incorporated in new academic and public policy initiatives.