Fall 2012

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.

Builder chosen for new aquatics centre

Aquatics centre

PCL Aquatics Centre 2012 has won the bidding to design and construct the new aquatics centre and field house complex at UTSC, which will host several of the sports events at the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, as well as provide the eastern GTA with unparalleled athletic opportunities for decade

Fried Bread

Dan Bender

Bread slathered with butter is tasty, but bread fried in butter—the South Asian puri (or poori) —is glorious.

Management students walk the walk

Kurt Kleiner

Management students are gearing up for the much-anticipated LIVE Conference 2012 this fall—a two-day national business convention geared to them and hosted by UTSC in collaboration with the Management and Economics Students’ Association (MESA).

An artist for anxious times

Modris Eksteins
Kurt Kleiner

That Vincent van Gogh was a failure during his lifetime is not merely an irony, according to Modris Eksteins, UTSC history professor emeritus; it’s central to his appeal to us in the modern world.