Spring 2013

The mitochondria conundrum

Joanne Nash

Today, more than 100,000 Canadians suffer from Parkinson’s disease (PD). This number is expected to double over the next 25 years, at which point experts predict PD will be an economic burden to our healthcare system, at $1.2 billion.

SPOTLIGHT: Cindy Nicholas

Cindy Nicholas
by Don Campbell

Cindy Nicholas (BSc, 1979)

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Wheelchair tennis player

UTSC leads the way in providing sports opportunities for students and members of the community with physical disabilities. Last summer the Department of Athletics & Recreation hosted Tennis Canada’s national certification course and seminar for wheelchair tennis coaches.

The great computer race


UTSC knows how to put the “fun” into fundraising.

Visiting professor seeks to reconcile Buddhism, science

Geoffrey Samuels

Geoffrey Samuel spent his undergraduate years at Cambridge studying physics. But during that time he also began meditating and studying tai chi. Soon, he'd become so intrigued by Eastern thought that he found himself writing his PhD thesis not on theoretical physics but on Tibetan Buddhism.

Discuss: How to be a leader

The Honourable David C. Onley (BA, 1975), Ontario's 28th Lieutenant Governor, has held many leadership roles over his career in broadcasting and public service.

Global Africa

Society Woman's Cloth
Elizabeth Harney

African artists are engaging with multiple modernities

By Elizabeth Harney

Taking charge

Loretta Marcoccia
Berton Woodward

You just never know where a co-op position will take you. For Loretta Marcoccia (BA, 1988; Specialist in Administration), it took her on a soaring career at a financial house with a legendary name.

How to lead social change

Gay rights protesters.
Christopher Cochrane

In a 1982 public opinion survey, 70 percent of Canadians expressed a negative opinion about homosexuality, and more than half said that homosexuality was “never justifiable.” When asked the same question 24 years later, in 2006, only 30 percent of Canadians had a negative opinion about homosexual

Gender equity in higher education

Moroccan protester
Ann L. Mullen

The greatest challenge in teaching undergraduate students about gender inequality is that they usually don’t recognize its existence. Gender issues, they ask? Aren’t those a thing of the distant past?