Fall 2011

A Grand Opening for the UTSC Instructional Centre

IC building at sunset

UTSC’s newest building officially opened in summer this year, increasing academic space on campus by 25 percent. On August 31, representatives from government and the University of Toronto joined the UTSC community for the official opening of the $78-million Instructional Centre (IC).

Speaking the Patient’s Language

By Andrew Westoll

While Ortsbo has the potential to revolutionize fields such as business, education and geopolitics, it could also have a huge impact on information transfers in a very important area, healthcare—the conversation between patient and doctor.

First Watts Lecture

Lester Pearson

In 1970 former Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson gave the inaugural F. B. Watts Memorial Lecture at UTSC.

The World’s Riskiest Cities

According to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), 60 percent of human deaths caused by natural disasters in the past decade have been due to earthquakes. This trend is not surprising, as populations in the world’s earthquake zones are skyrocketing.

Keynote

Today, thanks to new technologies and the digital communications revolution, educational experiences and information are available to anyone with an Internet connection and a computer or mobile device.

Picking up the pieces

Japan disaster
by Andre Sorensen

On March 11, 2011, Tohoku in northeastern Japan experienced the strongest earthquake ever recorded in that country since the introduction of modern quake measurements and—at 9.0 on the Richter scale—one of the five largest ever recorded in the world.

The Socially Networked Future of International Diplomacy

Robert Onley defence committee
By Robert David Onley

In a world enveloped by unsolvable crises, national leaders of the Boomer Generation continue to practice politics and diplomacy using methods little changed over the centuries.

Phoning Home

people skype-ing
by Ruoyun Bai

Given the impact of modern communications technologies on major global events—from the use of mobile phones by protesters in Madrid in 2004, to Twitter and Facebook at the core of the recent wave of political upheavals in the Arab world—it is abundantly clear that these new technologies have imme

Farmer's Market

market
by Kurt Kleiner

Most Wednesdays after work Kim Richard has stopped by the UTSC farmers' market to pick up fresh baked goods, or produce straight from the farm, or just some fresh-popped popcorn.

Dealing with Deluge of Data

this is a picture of a fish
by Malcolm Campbell

The amount of information at our fingertips is staggering. Consider just the internet. Every 48 hours, three exabytes of data are created – enough to fill the hard drives of six million laptops.

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