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The Building a Biotech Venture Pitch Competition will feature 6 trainee teams from #regenmed-related labs at #UofT & affiliated hospitals. 🏆1 team of emerging #biotech entrepreneurs will receive $25,000 in research funding. Learn more about the teams:

Could we aggregate existing data and use it in the fight against #COVID19—all in a privacy-respecting manner? We teamed up with @MaRSDD and @TorontoRBOT to explore the values, risks, and feasibility of this idea.

Read more: #TorontoSRI

Don't miss out on May 28th!
CDRS is leading a webinar Project Management for Research.
Training lead by Prof Alison Paprica, Institute for Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Register here:
#digitalhumanities #CDHI

Michael Garton @GartonLab and his #GrandQuestions team want to take a great leap forward in merging synthetic biology with stem cell biology, creating new #regenmed tools to “upgrade” tissues before they are used in transplants. Learn more:

Of interest to the #MedicinebyDesign & #regenmed community: The @CRAFT_mfluidics symposium is for researchers, trainees, clinicians and companies working in the area of microfluidics & those wishing to learn more about it.

The TTC riders, @SCSUuoft & @ScarboroStudies are organizing a transit circle event, just for Scarborough residents to share their experiences with the TTC, at 5 pm tomorrow.
Residents can RSVP at the link below.
#ScarbTO #Transit

What does research show about children’s and youth’s online experiences? What are their unique privacy protection needs?

New on the #TorontoSRI blog: Part II of a post about youth and digital privacy by Leslie Shade, @ktcmackinnon & @polysemonica.


Sidhartha Goyal @uoftphysics brings an interesting mix of disciplines together in his #regenmed research: He applies physics to the fundamental questions in biology. Read more in his #PeopleofMedicinebyDesign profile.

A Lester B Person Scholar & 2021 #Urban #Leadership Fellow, @UTM_PolSci's Andi Darell Alhakim has a lot on his mind.
He shares the impact of #Covid19 on his research, & how #UofT is prepping him for #Equity work in his beloved #Indonesia, with the #SofC.

"I’m a transportation geographer...I also apply a #SocialJustice lens, which means asking whether these costly projects are likely to address larger #Equity issues," ~ Prof. @FarberSteven talks about the path to a more equitable #Transit system. #UofT

Catching up on critical DH reading with Anthony Bayani Rodriguez on “guerilla praxis” as a form of critical digital humanities pedagogy.
Image: “Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline in October 2016" Photo by Rob Wilson.
#DHPoCo #digitalhumanities #criticalDH

#UofT students: Here’s how working with the #SofC as a work study student can add a new flavor to your summer learning.

Apply via Deadline May 17.

New on the #TorontoSRI blog: @UofTInfoFaculty's Leslie Shade, @ktcmackinnon, and @polysemonica on the implications of #BillC11 for youth and children’s digital privacy, and efforts to balance the risks and opportunities of the online space for minors.


Join May 19 to watch the Building a Biotech Venture Pitch Competition:

💰$25,000 CAD in research funding
🧪6 trainee-led teams
💡6 venture-ready concepts in #regenmed
☑️5 expert judges
🗣️5 mins to pitch
🏆1 team with the most promising venture chosen

Join the Global #Urban Network for the 4th part of the 2021 #SeminarSeries - "The #Resilience and #Sustainability of Global Systems of #Cities: an Urban Science Perspective".
May 17 at 9 am (MT) | 11 am (EDT) | 5 pm (CEST).

Registration and details at

"I want to make one small, but incredibly important, difference in how our #Cities are built...increasing the availability & accessibility of public toilets."
A #MustRead Q&A with #Urban #Leadership fellow Rhonda Solomon on her focus for #UrbanPlanning.

"#TO is one of the most multicultural #Cities in the world, yet it is still deeply classist & socioeconomically segregated..."
In this Q&A with the #SofC 2021 #Urban Leadership Fellow Yerin Lee told us what inspires her work & her plans to make an impact.

This Thursday, May 13th: #TorontoSRI Director @ghadfield in conversation with @OxfordEconDept's @danielsusskind on his book "A World Without Work: Technology, Automation, and How We Should Respond."

More info & registration here:

We're having a #GiveAway on the #SofC LinkedIn page to celebrate our growing #Urbanism community. Check out the link below to participate for a chance to win some cool School of #Cities swag!

Let's get to know our speakers!

Did you know that @mrtz partnered with @Twitter to improve the use of machine learning in social networks?

Read all about it at @dailycal:

Keith Pardee @PardeeLab & his team want to solve the #GrandQuestion of making #regenmed accessible to anyone who needs it by developing portable, low-cost cell manufacturing systems that can be used anywhere. Learn more:

Alison McGuigan @alisonmcguigan & her #GrandQuestions team aim to record cells' signaling history, so we can make cell therapies more precise and effective. Learn more:

Dr. Sevan Hopyan and his #GrandQuestions team are taking an unconventional approach to studying tissue development: They’re using physics to understand why and how development happens, lessons that will be applied to make organs in the lab. Learn more:

PRiME is hiring a Director of External Programs and Partnerships. More information on the opportunity can be found here: Come join our team!

The website launch is scheduled to take place late May or early June... stay tuned!
#CriticalDH #digitalhumanities #DigitalHumanitiesResearch
Our website (both old & new) can be found here:

Thanks to the lead #GrandQuestions researchers & panel moderator Dr. Janet Rossant @GairdnerAwards for giving us a glimpse into how their ambitious projects will prepare the ground for #regenmed. Learn more:

@PardeeLab @alisonmcguigan @GartonLab

Excited to be able to announce the four projects that will help prepare the ground for the future of #regenmed through the #GrandQuestions. Thank you for sharing your ambitious visions for the future at the event today. Learn about the projects: ➡️

Thanks @AliEhsassi, MP for Willowdale, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (@ISED) for speaking on behalf of #Canada about the importance of #MedicinebyDesign and #regenmed research investments.

Thanks @ChristineAllenW for bringing greetings on behalf of #UofT and helping us introduce the #GrandQuestions and their importance to #regenmed.

<24 hours until tomorrow's #GrandQuestions announcement & panel discussion, “Ambitious & provocative – expanding the frontiers of regenerative medicine” led by Dr. Janet Rossant @GairdnerAwards. Register before registration closes at 11:59pm today!

"...the difference in how individuals are treated based on characteristics that they cannot control is incredibly unfair & motivates me to work for change," says 2021 #Urban Leadership #Fellow Maha Mohamed.

Read about her research in this Q&A with #SofC.

How can international collaborations strengthen #Urban science & make it relevant for those working towards the transition to #Sustainable urban development?

Join the #Global Urban Network for a seminar on #Resilience of #Cities from a scientific lens.

"Futureproofing is designing something so it can still be used in the future, even when technology changes."
~ 2021 #Urban Leadership Fellow & Lester B. Pearson scholar Ecem Sungur shares her #Research interests & motivation in this Q&A with #SofC⬇️

#TorontoSRI Director @ghadfield kicked off #ITUofT2021 with a bang! Some snippets from her talk, "Reining in the tech: powerful technologies and society in the 21st century," in this thread. 🧵 (1/4)

How do non-profits find spaces to provide critical public services in one of the most unaffordable real estate markets in the world?

Demystifying Social Purpose #RealEstate & creative mixed-use hold the key, says Matti Siemiatycki in this @UofTNews story.

Catching up on critical DH reading:
Jessica Marie Johnson’s moving & poetic reflections on black femme haunting as becoming.
“4DH+ 1 Black Code/Black Femme Forms of Knowledge and Practice,” American Quarterly 70, no.3(2018): 665–70.
#CriticalDH #DHPoco #AtlanticHistory @jmjafrx

Introducing: the Cooperative #AI Foundation (CAIF), a forthcoming charitable entity supported by the Center for Emerging Risk Research. #TorontoSRI Director @ghadfield will serve on CAIF's Board of Trustees.

Learn more:

A new commentary in @nature co-authored by #TorontoSRI Director @ghadfield explores why #AI needs social understanding and cooperative intelligence to integrate well into society, and what exactly it will take to build these capacities.

➡️ #UofT

Join 'ASRA: The #Punjabi Alcohol Resource' on May 8 for a facilitated conversation on losing a loved one to alcohol, through the 2nd workshop in a 3-part series titled “On Grief and Grieving.”

Register at

More resources at

Our new home at #UofT, the Schwartz Reisman Innovation Campus, is one of 10 Toronto green buildings to get excited about! via @MaRSDD

May's Global Speaker Series will feature #regenmed leader Jeffrey Millman, PhD, @WUSTL, on the topic of "Engineering human islets from stem cells for diabetes cellular therapy." Register today, space is limited ➡️

"What we know now is that urban inequality is at the heart of the problem...overcrowded living arrangements and precarious labour conditions, including a lack of paid sick days..."~ #MustRead - Prof. @shaunabrail on #Pandemic's impact on #Toronto & lessons #Cities can learn.

The Conversation Canada @ConversationCA

How the coronavirus pandemic is changing Toronto life and business – for better or worse

Missed out on Global #Urban Network's 'Pandemic Response and Beyond' seminar, or would like to watch again?
The recording of the event is now available at

#Urban2021 #Pandemic #Covid19 #India #UnitedKingdom #Canada #Pennsylvania

New: #TorontoSRI Faculty Affiliate @DavidDuvenaud shows how researchers can adopt teaching tricks to train neural networks like they are students. "Teaching with Commentaries" is co-authored with @geoffreyhinton.

Read about it on the @VectorInst website:

Our latest monthly e-news is out, including updates on our summer conference, #TorontoSRI researchers commenting in the media, and the latest in tech and ethics from around the world.

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🙌#UTM #Kudos

🙌#UTM #Kudos
U of T Mississauga @UTM

Since the THP UTM RAWC Clinic launched with @THP_Hospital and @RegionofPeel 2 months ago, more than 100K #COVID19 vaccines have been administered! 💉
The #UTM-hosted clinic is open 7 days a week to help protect the community's most vulnerable.

Is there a connection between the apparent decline of the humanities and the ideals of liberal democracy? Charlie Foran & two Jackman scholars: Jennifer Ross & Melissa Gismondi address this
Listen here:
#DigitalHumanities #CriticalDH @melissajgismond

Let's get to know our speakers!

Today: did you know that @StanfordBiology's Deborah M. Gordon sent ants to space?🚀🐜Gordon studies the "evolutionary ecology of collective behaviour."

Read more in @BBCScienceNews:

Congratulations to MUCP 21 - @KehillaRP '#MissingMiddle' team - Ariana Fernadez Chesquin , @AjBimm, Eclipse Malixi, Chang Xu & Katarina Oliveira - on getting their guidebook features in this week's @NRUpublishing.

Explore this insightful resource here:

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#UofT UGs: Work with #SofC over the summer! We have #WorkStudy positions for #students interested in working on #Urbanism issues from an intersectional perspective.
See Job IDs: 177364 - 177386 - 177577 - 175278 on CLNx
#Data #Research #Outreach #Comms

"I think that with every technology there’s trade-offs, & with e-scooters...the negative consequences of this technology (outweigh the benefits)," says Matti Siemiatycki, in this story on the pros & cons of the fun & fuel-efficient but illegal e-scooter.

Australia has pioneered laws that push Google and Facebook to pay for using local news. Is this an option Canada is considering?

#TorontoSRI Director @ghadfield comments in @financialpost on how conventional legal approaches are no match for Big Tech.

Next week on May 5: our friends at the @VectorInst welcome @ONgov Minister Responsible for Digital and Data Transformation @PBethlenfalvy in conversation with Vector's Garth Gibson on the province's first-ever Digital and Data Strategy.

#TorontoSRI Research Lead and @uoftphilosophy/@UofT_IHPST Professor Denis Walsh is featured on the @Big_Biology podcast.

Could Walsh's work on organisms, environment, agency, and selection help us understand and build better #AI?

Listen: @MartinlabUSF

Catching up on DH reading:
Brandon Walsh, “Frustration Is a Feature: Ugly Feelings and the Digital Humanities.”
Walsh advocates embracing “ugly feelings” (Ngai), especially frustration, in DH pedagogy: viewing 'failure' as epistemology.
#StreamsofDH #digitalhumanities