Faculty & Students in the News

Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, professors, instructors, and students are often asked to comment on breaking news, trends, and industry developments. They are interviewed for newspaper stories, appear on television shows, and can be heard on radio shows, providing expert opinion and research-based information on a wide range of daily issues important to Canadians. Below are examples of recent media coverage that faculty and students have received for their innovative scholarship.

The Internet of Things
July 29, 2014
Canada AM (CTV News) (3 ins 46 secs)
Featuring: Matt Ratto, assistant professor at the University of Toronto
Professor Ratto explains the internet of things and how it is about to change our world.

Edge Magazine (sumer 2014)
For Ugandan children, a prosthetic innovation
Featuring: ginger coons, a PhD candidate in Professor Matt Ratto’s Critical Making Lab at the Faculty of Information.
A feature story about how the lab is making children in Uganda lower-leg prosthetics. "I use Ratto’s framework to use the physical experience of making things to think critically,” she says. “We explore relationships between the individual, society and technology.”

MSN Canada (Online)
July 9, 2014
On the Internet of Things, your body is the next thing to be networked
Featuring: Professor Matt Ratto
The associate professor notes that eventually the sensors and the body they're attached to will become more integrated.

Toronto Star
July 7, 2014
Online privacy protection for kids lagging in Canada
Featuring: Prof. Sara Grimes
Sara Grimes has been investigating the collection and analysis of children's data in online video games for almost 10 years. She is concerned about online protection for kids.

CBC News
May 06, 2014
Rob Ford's and Donald Sterling's falls fuelled by rapid-share public eye
Featuring: iSchool PhD student Jenna Jacobson
Have they set a new bar for the court of public opinion? Jenna comments on the situations around both men straddling the line that exists between the public's right to know and an individual's right to privacy.

March 19, 2014
ROM 100th anniversary
Featuring: Professor Irina D. Mihalache
Interview begins at 4:38 and 5:37 pm.

Social Media Mourning
CBC Metro Morning; Ontario Morning News (starts at 29min 22sec), Varsity Student Newspaper, TechVibes, Death and Digital Legacy.comTalk Radio 980AM (Vancouver) the Bill Good Show (starts at 17min 51 sec)
March 5, 2014
Guest host Helen Mann spoke with Kathleen Scheaffer, the iSchool's Outreach and Instructional Services librarian, about the online information practices of people grieving, commemorating, and mourning a loved one through the popular social media channel, Facebook. Ms Scheaffer and Professor Rhonda McEwen conducted the research.

Would you hire a Parkshit?
February 26, 2014
Featuring: Diane Dechief, Ph.D. Candidate
Interviewed on her dissertation topic. Difficult-to-pronounce first names or awkward surnames can stymie career opportunities. Meet the people who changed their name for work.

UoT to create 3-D printed prosthetics for Uganda
January 15, 2014
Global News; Washington Post; Globe and Mail; TechVibes, medGadget
Featuring: Professor Matt Ratto and ginger coons
A research team is hoping to use the technology to change the lives of children with disabilities in Uganda by helping to create prosthetic limbs.

You’re being watched!
Radio Canada International
January 14, 2014
Featuring: Professor Andrew Clement
Recently a group of professors and others concerned with privacy issues staged a symbolic event in front of a publicly placed closed-circuit TV camera in order to highlight privacy issues. Professor Clement says that for two years he’s been offering a reward of $100 to anyone who can bring him evidence of a CCTV that complies to at least the minimum of Canadian privacy laws.

2013 was the year of the selfie. Here’s why
The Toronto Star
January 7, 2014
Featuring: Professor Rhonda McEwen
Selfies have proliferated greatly over the past year. Prof. McEwen says there’s a point where the technology has afforded this particular practice and it’s really made it accessible to a large number of people.

When it Comes to Gendered Toys, the Pink Aisle Is Still Alive and Well
The Huffington Post
December 13, 2013
Featuring: Professor Sara Grimes
Prof. Sara Grimes discusses a toy that has stemmed an ongoing debate about gender, toys and "pink aisle politics." She says this toy could target those girls who may actually be least likely to encounter a building toy otherwise.

Newsmakers share favourite recipes for the Star’s cookie calendar
The Toronto Star
November 29, 2013
Featuring: Professor Irina D. Mihalache was interviewed by the Food editor at Toronto Start about cookies for the holiday season.

E-mail outsourcing to U.S. stokes spying worry for Canadian professors, students
The Globe and Mail
November 17, 2013
Featuring: Professor Andrew Clement
Leading Canadian universities are outsourcing their email storage and transmission to US-based companies, leaving professors, students and staff worried about possible breaches of private information and intelligence.

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