Fall 2011

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.

Farmer's 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.

The Open-Access Century

access map
by Leslie Chan

The first decade of the 21st century may well be called the decade of “openness.” With the phenomenal growth of the Web and social media, we are witnessing an explosion of applications in open-source software, open innovation, open educational resources, open media and open access to scholarly li

Review of The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary

the Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary - book cover
By Malcolm M. Campbell

Andrew Westoll’s latest book, The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, explores the fraught relationship between two great apes, humans and chimpanzees.

Knowledge Hiding

work place

An employee returning to work from vacation needs to learn the new computer system that was installed when she was away. However, the co-worker who agrees to teach her leaves out vital information deliberately, which results in her struggling to do her job.

Institutionalizing Popular Power

facebook revolution
by Paul Kingston

In January 2011, Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali resigned after only 26 days of street protests, setting off a domino effect that launched what is now known as the Arab Spring.

Scholarship for mature students announced

Heather Lynn Benson (HBSc 1998) has established a $40,000 scholarship fund for mature students.

“I thought it would be worthwhile,” says Benson, noting that there had been no scholarship funding specifically for mature students.

Evolution’s Engineering Secrets


The small parasitic nocturnal fly Ormia ochracea, which deposits its larvae in the bodies of crickets, locates potential hosts by using tiny, exquisitely sensitive ears that can home in on the mating call of male crickets.


art installation
by Ann MacDonald

Daniel Young and Christian Giroux’s collaborative artistic intervention was installed over the summer in the atrium of UTSC’s new Instructional Centre.

Food for Thought: Rice

Cooking rice
by Dan Bender

Humans have been eating rice for about 15,000 years, and an estimated 8,000 strains of this global staple have been cultivated in just the last few thousand years.