News archive - July 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017

2017 Vanier Scholar explores urban design for citizen wellbeing

Robin leaning on a railing overlooking a couryard in concrete building

The research of PhD candidate Robin Mazumder will have important insights and implications for 21st century urban planning – especially for mitigating the negative effects of tall buildings on the wellbeing of citizens. His dissertation project, titled The Downside of Building Up: An Exploration Into the Stress Impact of Exposure to Skyscrapers in Urban Centres, has recently received a prestigious boost of confidence from a federally funded Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Working Dads Say They Struggle Just as Much as Working Moms With Work-Life Balance

father running fast, while pushing baby buggy

New research shows both groups report similar levels of work-family conflicts—but is it really equal?

Can anyone really "have it all" anymore?

Ask any working mother how she feels about work-life balance and you’ll likely get a long-winded response: She doesn’t have it and she never will. She wants it, but can’t get it because her workload is simply too intense. She’s managed to achieve it by one magical feat or another: a husband who pulls his weight, a 4:30 a.m. alarm or Friday nights spent scrubbing the house.
Friday, July 7, 2017

The hidden ways that architecture affects how you feel

Skyline of Tokyo Japan

“We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us,” mused Winston Churchill in 1943 while considering the repair of the bomb-ravaged House of Commons.

More than 70 years on, he would doubtless be pleased to learn that neuroscientists and psychologists have found plenty of evidence to back him up.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Washing one's hands could help shift goal pursuit, new study finds

lathered hands rinsing soap off at tap and sink

A recent study by two members of the University of Toronto discovered that participants who used hand wipes found prior goals less important and subsequent goals more important.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Agent of change: student wins provincial award for actions and advocacy to end sexual violence

head shot of Sarah Wiley in front of tree

The Faculty of Arts proudly congratulates student Sarah Wiley for receiving Ontario’s Draw-The-Line Post-Secondary Sexual Violence Prevention Award, a new award to recognize students, student leaders, institutions, college and university community members for their outstanding efforts in sexual violence prevention.             

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