Fall 2011

Taming the Web of Tongues

by Andrew Westoll

Photography is not allowed at the Beverly Hills Hotel in L.A. But you wouldn’t have known it amid the flickering flashbulbs in the hotel’s ballroom on May 20, 2011.

High-Profile Research

research awards

UTSC faculty pulled in 24 awards when the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced its funding decisions for 2011. The prestigious awards included 17 NSERC Discovery grants, three Research Tools and Instruments grants and one Northern Research Supplement.

Nick’s Journey, by the Numbers

  • 5 episodes
  • 3-person crew
  • 7 months of shooting
  • 23 countries
  • $3 million budget
  • 9 days of heli shooting
  • 48-degree temperatures
  • 1,000 or more camels
  • Countless bottles of water

Dan Lang Field

baseball game

U of T President David Naylor renamed the UTSC baseball diamond the “Dan Lang Field,” in honour of Professor Dan Lang, who coached the Varsity Blues for 13 seasons, leading them to two Ontario University Athletics (OUA) league championships and two silver medals.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.


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