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Meet Navi: Your U of T mental health wayfinder

October 20, 2020

You now have a more streamlined way to discover mental health resources and supports. Navi, short for navigator, is a chat-based virtual assistant that can understand the questions you ask, and provide accurate and relevant responses – any time, anywhere. Check out the Navi tool today and visit the OVPS site for more information and FAQs.

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U of T’s self-assessment web portal: UCheck

October 20, 2020

The University of Toronto, in partnership with Thrive Health, has launched the UCheck self-assessment web portal to support the health & safety of our community as we gradually return to campus this fall. Accessible via web browsers on computers, tablets, and smartphones, UCheck will allow faculty members, librarians, staff, and students to generate a COVID-19 risk status by completing a quick and thorough self-assessment that is tailored to U of T. Once generated, this risk status will recommend whether individuals...

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U of T CECA/NECA wins second in the 2020 Green Energy Challenge

October 13, 2020

The Northern Lights Solutions (NLS), a student design team in CECA/NECA U of T at Orde Street Public School (OSPS) in Toronto. The University of Toronto student chapter of the Canadian/National Electrical Contractors Association (CECA/NECA) has overcome the challenge of working during the pandemic and won second place in the 2020 ELECTRI International/NECA Green Energy Challenge. The Northern Lights Solutions (NLS) is a student design team in CECA/NECA U of T. Each year, the team...

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CivMin’s Kevin Rupasinghe, an MEng CEM candidate, has op-ed about electoral reform published by Toronto Star

September 30, 2020

  Kevin Rupasinghe, a CivMin MEng CEM candidate.(Photo by Claire McFarlane) Kevin Rupasinghe, a student enrolled in the Master of Engineering Cities Engineering & Management (MEng CEM) program in the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto, wrote an op-ed which was published by the Toronto Star this week. Rupasinghe addressed the issue of ranked ballots for Toronto’s municipal elections and why the reform should not wait several more years.  CivMin...

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Orange Shirt Day – Wednesday, September 30

September 29, 2020

Wednesday, September 30, is Orange Shirt Day, a day for our community to come together to honour Indigenous survivors of Canada’s residential school system and acknowledge the trauma caused by our country’s history of anti-Indigenous oppression and discrimination. Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity to begin discussions on the effects of colonialism on Indigenous communities and to reaffirm our Faculty’s commitment to address and act against racism. Canada exists because Indigenous Peoples have been, and...

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CivMin study: Electric vehicles can fight climate change, but they’re not a silver bullet

September 28, 2020

Sales of passenger electric vehicles are growing fast, but a new analysis from U of T Engineering researchers shows that on its own, electrifying the U.S. fleet will not be enough to meet our climate change mitigation targets. (Photo: microgen, via Envato) Today there are more than 7 million electric vehicles (EVs) in operation around the world, compared with only about 20,000 a decade ago. It’s a massive change — but according to a group of U of T...

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Methane-converting viruses could play a role in combating climate change

September 24, 2020

Professor Lesley Warren performs environmental sampling at Syncrude Canada’s Base Mine Lake, an important location for mining-impact water research and technology development in Alberta’s Oil Sands. (Photo courtesy Lesley Warren) In a variety of environments — lakes, soils, even mining wastewater — bacteria carry out a wide range of chemical reactions. But a new study from Professor Lesley Warren (CivMin, Lassonde Institute) and her collaborators suggests that previously unknown viruses might also play a key role. The...

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U of T Engineering outreach program encourages Black students to choose STEM careers

September 23, 2020

Matthew Robinson, a Grade 9 student from Brampton, Ont., was one of 54 Blueprint participants this past summer. Each student received a box of supplies to complete a range of science and engineering activities (photos courtesy of Cassandra Abraham) A new outreach program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering is empowering Black students from across Canada to explore a future in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Launched this summer, Blueprint engages...

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Trio of PhD candidates win international honours in video thesis competition

September 10, 2020

Video thesis competition winners CivE PhD candidates (L to R) Moniruzzaman Moni, Pedram Mortazavi and Xuguang Wang. Three PhD candidates from the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering (CivMin) at the University of Toronto have won honours for their video thesis entries in an international competition. Moniruzzaman Moni, Pedram Mortazavi and Xuguang Wang, all civil engineering PhD candidates, won three out of the 10 honours awarded for the “3-minute Thesis” video competition held by Multihazard...

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U of T Engineering community rallies together to record messages of support for Back to Skule™

September 10, 2020

From advice to students, to tips on practicing wellness at home, nearly 50 U of T Engineering faculty, staff, students and alumni, have so far shared their messages of support. As classes start remotely this week, the U of T Engineering community has a message to new and returning students, and to one another: we got this. The Faculty has launched the Back to Skule™ video capsule, inviting faculty, staff, students and alumni to record messages...

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Back to Skule™: Mental wellness strategies for students

September 9, 2020

Photo via Envato This year, U of T Engineering students are preparing for a very different back-to-school season. Keeping mental health in mind will be more important than ever.  Below, U of T Engineering’s Mental Health Programs Officer Melissa Fernandes lays out some advice on how students can effectively deal with some of the new challenges they may be facing.  Challenge #1 — A sedentary, screen-filled day   While faculty and staff have been working to ensure that your learning can happen asynchronously...

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How U of T Engineering students are keeping Skule™ F!rosh traditions alive, virtually

September 3, 2020

More than 800 F!rosh Kits were mailed to incoming U of T Engineering students around the world for this fall’s virtual orientation week. (Photo courtesy Dana Kokoska and Gabe Sher)   Yellow hard hats and purple paint — two colourful symbols that signal the longstanding traditions of U of T Engineering F!rosh Week. Although the class of 2T4 won’t be together in-person this fall, the organizing team is on a mission to make sure first years...

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First day of classes

September 1, 2020

First day of classes – Fall 2020 Undergraduate lectures begin Thursday, September 10 Graduate 500 level courses begin Thursday, September 10 CIV 1163 begins Wednesday, September 9 All other courses start Monday, September 14.

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INTRODUCING: Civ Club Chair Karen Chu

August 31, 2020

Civ Club Chair Karen Chu (CIV 2T0 + PEY) Introducing Karen Chu (CIV 2T0 + PEY) going into fourth year this September. is your Civ Club Chair for 2020-2021. Here are some fun facts about Karen! Hobbies: working out/volleyball, window shopping, and bartending. I also enjoy listening to country music. Goal: My goal for the year is to enhance the student experience by highlighting our community’s talents and ensuring that we provide support to ALL...

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Five U of T Engineering professors on how they’re preparing for an unprecedented Back to Skule™

August 27, 2020

From top left, clockwise: Professors Chirag Variawa (ISTEP), Marianne Touchie (CivMin), Aimy Bazylak (MIE), Natalie Enright Jerger (ECE) and Elham Marzi (ISTEP). (Photos: Laura Pederson, Kevin Soobrian and Roberta Baker) During a typical academic year, Professor Chirag Variawa’s (ISTEP) pre-lecture ritual involved taking a walk and listening to music before making his way into the Lee & Margaret Lau Auditorium, a large collaborative space in the Myhal Centre that seats nearly 500 people. Inside, the room...

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