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Identity

Angélica Dass: The beauty of human skin in every color

Angélica Dass's photography challenges how we think about skin color and ethnic identity. In this personal talk, hear about the inspiration behind her portrait project, Humanæ, and her pursuit to document humanity's true colors rather than the untrue white, red, black and yellow associated with race. By cataloging every conceivable human skin tone, Angélica Dass illustrates that skin color and race are more complex than they might appear at first glance.

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Economic Development

Yes, Culture Matters for Economic Development

Homo economicus—the rational decision maker with fixed preferences—serves as the starting point for all economics.

While economists have recognized that decision-making is not always rational and consistent, they have had a hard time factoring into their models why this is so. But a growing body of research in the field of behavioral economics has highlighted the importance of context and culture in shaping decision-making. From this vantage point, development progress depends on changing not only incentives (what homo economicus responds to) but also mindsets.

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Energy

Saving sunshine for a rainy day: New catalyst offers efficient storage of alternative energies

Team led by U of T Engineering designs world’s most efficient catalyst for storing energy as hydrogen by splitting water molecules

Toronto – We can’t control when the wind blows and when the sun shines, so finding efficient ways to store energy from alternative sources remains an urgent research problem. Now, a group of researchers led by Professor Ted Sargent at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering may have a solution inspired by nature.

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Change Agent

Laurier earns prestigious Changemaker designation

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University has been designated a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U for being a global leader in social entrepreneurship and social innovation education.

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Lab

Researchers identify major security and privacy issues in Popular China Browser Application, QQ

Toronto – A new study from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab identifies security and privacy issues in QQ Browser, a mobile browser produced by China-based Internet giant Tencent, which may put many millions of users of the application at risk of serious compromise.

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Socio-Behaviour

New national study shows decline in risky adolescent behaviours and that relationships matter

Kingston - Findings from the 2014 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children survey (HBSC) show that relationships with family, school, peers, and community play a critical role in the health of young people. Queen’s University researchers William Pickett (Public Health Science) and John Freeman (Education) were co-principal investigators on the study.

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Starts Up Location

You can run a company from anywhere, but local still matters

by Melanie Baker

Recently I was talking to one of my New Zealand-based co-workers who is really active in the local startup scene. By local I mean all over the country.

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Technology

U of G Prof, Students Team with Google to Create ‘Password-Free’ World

By Joanne Pearce

Guelph Keeping your mobile phone secure and protected is important to avoid identity theft or other security compromises. But phone passwords can be hard to remember, and current authentication methods are cumbersome.

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Infrastructure

How Cities Can Finance Their Share of Infrastructure Spending

Toronto - Cities across Canada should consider new and innovative approaches to financing their share of infrastructure spending, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In "Tapping the Land: Tax Increment Financing of Infrastructure," author Adam Found shows how cities could use tax increment financing (TIF) to finance infrastructure ranging from sports arenas to public transit.

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Health Care

Canadians relying on the web to answer cancer questions, leaving them overwhelmed and worried

45% of adults have researched cancer with few turning to healthcare professionals first

Toronto - Nearly half of all Canadian adults are asking questions about cancer, and most turn first to the web for information, leaving them confused, overwhelmed and stressed out, a new survey commissioned by the Canadian Cancer Society reveals.

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Software

Course evaluation system developed at U of T to be available around the world

Toronto – evalUT, a course evaluation framework developed at the University of Toronto, is going to be made available to educators around the world. Montreal-based eXplorance, a leading provider of software solutions that support learning, will be licensing evalUT and intends to make the framework commercially available to the global education market.

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Global Economy

Emerging Economies Drive Global Trade Volatility in 2015

Washington - After dramatically declining in the first half of 2015, global trade recovered but at a slower pace over the rest of the year, so that world imports grew by only 1.7 percent in 2015 compared to 3 percent in 2014.

EVENTS

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March 31, 2016

Student startups pitch for $125,000 in seed money at the Velocity Fund Finals

Waterloo - The University of Waterloo will host the Velocity Fund Finals this week, where startups of Waterloo students and alumni pitch their innovative ideas for the chance to win cash to grow their businesses. Velocity is a comprehensive entrepreneurship program at Waterloo.

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April 1, 2016

MP Bardish Chagger to speak at Annual Leadership Breakfast.

Kitchener - Leadership Waterloo Region announced that Bardish Chagger, Member of Parliament for Waterloo, will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Leadership Breakfast on April 1, 2016.

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July 2-24, 2016

Beaches International Jazz Festival celebrates 28th anniversary

Festival introduces new events and expands to three weeks

Beaches Toronto - Toronto’s beloved summer mainstay the Beaches International Jazz Festival will be taking place from July 2 – 24, 2016. In celebration of its 28th year, the Festival will feature a dynamic musical roster, multiple stages and venues, a robust lineup of gourmet food trucksand many new programming additions.



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