March 17, 2023 by A&S News
From keeping up with advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to filling gaps in mental health care, experts from a range of disciplines across the Faculty of Arts & Science are sharing their expertise on a variety of issues in the media.
Here’s some of what they had to say this week.
March 10, 2023
- Gabrielle Lim, postdoctoral fellow of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, comments for CBC News online on the possibility of creating a foreign agent registry that doesn’t lead to an increase in anti-Asian racism.
March 11, 2023
- Department of Political Science PhD candidate Valérie Kindarji argues in The Globe and Mail (paywall) for investing in digital literacy to help citizens adjust to advances in AI.
- David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics Professor Emeritus Ray Carlberg comments for the Toronto Star (paywall) on the risk posed by an asteroid that may crash into Earth in 2046.
March 12, 2023
- Alumni Alexandra Assouad and Akanksha Shelat talk to CTV News online about their therapy start-up Mind Easy, which aims to deliver culturally competent mental health care. Assouad graduated from Rotman Commerce in 2018 as a member of St. Michael’s College, and Shelat graduated as a member of New College in 2018.
- Department of Geography & Planning Professor and Infrastructure Institute at the School of Cities Director Matti Siemiatycki comments for CBC News online on the Regional Planning Commissioners of Ontario’s report on infrastructure. Later in the week, he comments for CityNews online on Toronto’s plan to reach a target of 285,000 new homes by 2031.
March 13, 2023
- Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics student Peter Ma shares with Toronto Life his research that uses AI to search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
- Michael Higgins, distinguished fellow at the University of St. Michael’s College, writes in The Globe and Mail (paywall) about the views of critics of Pope Francis on the tenth anniversary of his papacy.
March 14, 2023
- Department of Computer Science student Daniel Hocevar, Department of Statistical Sciences’ Aaron White and Faculty of Applied Sciences & Engineering student Hassaan Inayatali share with CTV News Channel (segment begins at 20:45) and Global News Morning Toronto how they developed a new way to measure pressure on the quarterback in football, as winners of this year’s NFL analytics competition.
- Department of English Professor and Vice-Dean, Undergraduate of the Faculty of Arts & Science Randy Boyagoda reviews the novel Heart Sutra for The New York Times (paywall).
- A 2021 Institute of Islamic Studies report on the Canada Revenue Agency’s auditing practices of Muslim charities is highlighted by The Globe and Mail (paywall).
- Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics Professor Norman Murray explains in the Toronto Star (paywall) how water theoretically forms in space.
March 15, 2023
- Political Science PhD student William O’Connell discusses on CityNews: The Big Story the Silicon Valley Bank collapse.
- Political Science Professor Emeritus Nelson Wiseman comments for the National Post (paywall) on voting behaviour in Hamilton.
- Dan Breznitz, University Professor in the Department of Political Science and co-director of the Munk School’s Innovation Policy Lab, tells The Logic (as seen in the National Post) (paywall) that in light of the current U.S. banking crisis, Canada should forge its own economic path.
- Department of Computer Science University Professor Emeritus Geoffrey Hinton is credited in Forbes (paywall) by OpenAI cofounder Ilya Sutskever, for getting him interested in AI. Hinton is also highlighted by Global News online as the “godfather of artificial intelligence.”
- The Globe and Mail (paywall) highlights an upcoming digital conference hosted by the Munk School to raise funds to stabilize academic scholarship in Ukraine, which features keynote speakers author Margaret Atwood and historian Timothy Snyder.
- The Citizen Lab analyzed the use of Pegasus spyware, as noted by the Guardian and El Nacional.