Fall 2012

Discuss: Health Education for Tomorrow

In Canada and around the world, issues involving human health and the delivery of healthcare cut across a wide range of social, political and scientific perspectives.

The energetic edge of existence

Kenneth Welch

While conducting my PhD thesis, I spent several summers working before dawn on a subalpine meadow at the Valentine Easter Sierra Reserve (VESR).

To Restore a Masterpiece

Jim Robb.
Andrew Westoll

To walk through a forest with conservationist Jim Robb (BSc, 1978) is to be given a first-class education.

A powerful bond

Simpson lab NMR
Andrew Westoll

In the basement of the Science Research Building at the University of Toronto Scarborough, behind a heavy steel door and surrounded by several feet of reinforced concrete, sit two hulking gods.

The science of bath salts

Bath salts.
Suzanne Erb

In the wake of sensationalized media reports over the past year, the term “bath salts” has taken on a whole new meaning.

The Bone Matrix and the Narwhal

Rene Harrison

Osteoporosis is known as the “silent thief.” It slowly robs people of their bone mass and density, and there are few symptoms until a catastrophic fracture occurs.

Canada’s Yawning Health Gap

Toba Bryant

Around the world, increasing concern has come to focus on the health gaps between the rich and the poor. Much research has identified a strong relationship between material advantage and health – a phenomenon now known as the “social gradient” in health.


Ann MacDonald

With her passing in 2010, the iconic Canadian painter and educator Doris McCarthy bequeathed over 200 major artworks and her personal and artistic archives to the Doris McCarthy Gallery (DMG) at UTSC.

Professor Vaccarino Reappointed as Principal

This past summer, Professor Franco J. Vaccarino was appointed to a second five-year term as principal of UTSC and vice-president of the University of Toronto. The new term, which began on July 1, 2012, expires on June 30, 2017.



“Healthy” and “happy”—these words go hand in hand. Indeed, a growing body of medical and psychological evidence shows strong, mechanistic links between happiness and health.