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Some people think university research is somehow removed from day-to-day life. They couldn't be more wrong. Ontario university researchers touch every aspect of life through their work. We invite you to explore the stories below (and we're always adding more). While you'll just be scratching the surface - there are tens of thousands of researchers on campuses across the province - we think you'll be fascinated by what's happening in the world of university research. And, if you happen to live here in Ontario, we also hope you might feel a little proud.

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Does the Internet make bullying worse?

The University of Toronto’s Faye Mishna conducted a survey in 2008 among 2,186 Toronto students and found that 50 per cent had been bullied over the Internet and through other cyber bullying ...

Faye Mishna
Faye Mishna
University of Toronto
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What leads a young person away from violence?

Families torn apart by loss, unexplained, sudden, violent. Young dreams cut short and gone forever. Stories of youth violence are increasingly commonplace in the media, but what do we make ...

Andrea Davis
Andrea Davis
York University
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Can we get some air in here?

Graydon Raymer makes people breathe heavy and gets hearts beating faster. It’s all in the name of research that could one day save a life or help an elite ...

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Graydon Raymer
Nipissing University
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Why is affordable housing a health issue?

Jim Dunn’s research takes him to places where the fabric of society has become frayed and ragged, and where housing options are often unsafe, unhealthy or even non-existent. Dunn, ...

James Dunn
James Dunn
McMaster University
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Can we defy our DNA?

Because Alzheimer’s has genetic causes, it makes many people feel helpless, prey to whatever cruel destiny is preordained in their DNA. Bennett’s research, though, demonstrates that people have ...

Steffany Bennett
Steffany Bennett
University of Ottawa
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How can we demystify the causes of autism?

“Autism scares me to death. I am so scared that I am driving myself nuts.” “I understand your anxiety. I think autism is the number one biggest mystery of our ...

Stephen Scherer
Stephen Scherer
University of Toronto
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How are we changing the stories we tell?

So-called “participatory culture” went from neologism to the new normal so quickly, it makes your head spin. Social media, mobile devices, and an increasing array of digital tools have made ...

Richard Lachman
Richard Lachman
Ryerson University
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How do miners have a responsiblity to minors?

The penny dropped for Dean Millar shortly after he became a father. He was reading a book about peak oil, and remembers thinking, “What have I done? I’ve brought ...

Dean Millar
Dean Millar
Laurentian University
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How can sculpture save a baby's life?

If it looks like a fetus, flexes like a fetus, and shows up on ultrasounds like a fetus, what is it? If you’re a surgeon-in-training, then it just might ...

Francis Lebouthillier
Francis LeBouthillier
OCAD University
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