Ryerson University

Ryerson University is Canada’s leader in innovative, career-oriented education and a university clearly on the move. With a mission to serve societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community, Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Distinctly urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 44,500 students, including 2,400 master’s and PhD students, 3,200 faculty and staff, and nearly 170,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth: externally funded research has doubled in the past five years. The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada’s leading provider of university-based adult education.

The Centre for Communicating Knowledge (CCK) from the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD), will play a key role in The Conversation and work with all Ryerson faculties to develop new ways to communicate research, assist in the development of multiple media platforms and create innovative outputs.

The CCK’s aim is to find new ways to explore knowledge mobilization. Engaging FCAD students, the CCK will conceptualize and develop various communication assets such as infographics, videos, and animations to enhance our faculty members’ stories.

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Kanye West is seen in this August 2015 photo accepting the video vanguard award at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Bromance alert: Kanye West and … Jordan Peterson?

Kanye West is making headlines for his support of Donald Trump and remarks about slavery being a choice. The rapper has also signalled he's a fan of controversial Canadian professor Jordan Peterson.
Most mental illnesses begin before or during young adulthood, and a quarter of young Canadians have both a mood or anxiety disorder and a substance-abuse problem. (Shutterstock)

Mental illness on campus really is ‘a thing’

Today's students are at increasingly high risk for mental health diagnoses. Universities need to step up.
Fireworks go off at the opening ceremonies for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Why the Commonwealth Games still matter

The Commonwealth Games do not get the same level of media coverage as the Olympics. But a one-time Commonwealth gold medallist says the Games are still an important athletic competition.
Who holds officials accountable when cities like Thunder Bay, Ont., rife with political and racial tensions, have no local reporters? (Shutterstock)

How Ottawa should spend its $50 million to support local news

Ottawa must decide how to spend the $50 million it's allocated to support local journalism. The establishment of a Local News Data Lab would be a good start. Here's how it might work.
The artists who first sang the legendary Canadian hip hop song “Northern Touch” 20 years ago reunited to perform at the 2018 Juno Awards. From left to right: Checkmate, Red1, Misfit, Kardinal Offishall, Choclair and Thrust. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The Juno Awards finally celebrate hip hop, but is it too late?

The current global dominance of Canadian music on today's Billboard charts obscures the difficulties many early rap artists faced in garnering local support for this country’s hip hop music.
The Iguazu Falls in Brazil are part of the Guarani Aquifer, one of the world’s major underground reserves of fresh water. The 8th World Water Forum, part of 2018 World Water Day, is being held in Brazil, home to the most fresh water on Earth. (Shutterstock)

Why every day should be World Water Day

Water is one of our most precious resources, yet it's in danger. World Water Day reminds us of the need to develop policies and governance to avoid squandering water.
Australian cross country skier Phil Bellingham takes a selfie during a welcoming ceremony at the Pyeongchang Olympic Village ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The selfie Olympics: What’s the impact of social media on performance?

What harm could a simple Tweet possibly have on the performance of an Olympian? More than you might think. Social media can be a distraction that impacts the performance of some athletes.
Olympic gold medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada are artists on ice, but behind their performance is years of training to be mentally tough during competition. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

How Olympians train their brains to become mentally tough

For any athlete to deliver a gold medal performance, mental toughness is an essential ingredient. But what exactly is mental toughness — and how does an athlete develop it?
Nathan Chen of the United States, considered a gold medal contender, falls while performing during the men’s short program figure skating at the 2018 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Why Olympic athletes ‘choke’ at the Winter Games

Why can an athlete dominate their sport, but fail to perform when it counts most at the Olympic Games? A number of factors the viewing audience can't see can explain poor performances.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir lead Team Canada into the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-COC, Jason Ransom

Athletes are the most important part of the Olympics. Or are they?

It would seem obvious athletes are the most important part of the Olympics. But competing issues, from sponsorship rules to politics, means the rights of athletes aren't always the top priority.
The release of Black Panther provides the opportunity to honour the many contributions of Black style to North American fashion. (Marvel)

Black Panther: Honouring the legacy of Black style

The hype around the costumes in the film Black Panther shows a need to recognize the legacy of Black style in mainstream fashion.
Political dressing is all the rage right now, but is it a fashion? A professor of fashion explains. (Twitter/@Mossimo)

Fashion’s potential to influence politics and culture

Political statements through our clothing are all the rage right now. Could we say this is a new fashion? Prof. of fashion, Henry Navarro explains the recent phenomena.
From biotech to climate change, advances in technology raise significant moral questions. To engage responsibly, our next generation of scientists need training in the arts and ethics. (Shutterstock)

STEAM not STEM: Why scientists need arts training

Universities must train scientists to engage with the ethics of emerging technologies, rather than functioning as cogs in the engine of economic development. Integrating the arts into STEM can help.
Jodie Foster portraying Dr. Ellie Arroway in the film “Contact.” (Warner Bros. 1997)

Largest known prime number discovered: Why it matters

An online collective, the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, crunched numbers for days on end to discover a new prime number in December 2017. Here's why it's so important.
Eighteen survivors battled it out for their chance to claim the million dollar prize in the season finale of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers. Here, a mathematician uses network science to predict the winner. (CBS)

Survivor: Mathematical predictions of the big win

Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers has its season finale this week. Here a mathematician predicts the winner based on a network science study.
Canadians often mourn the loss of their local newspaper. But there’s a disconnect, because few Canadians actually pay for a local news subscription. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Instead of mourning local news, try paying for it

The love Canadians profess for their local newspapers isn't quite what it seems. Few pay for a subscription, and many say they can get their news elsewhere if their local paper shuts down.
“The Shape of Water” film is a beautiful allegory about accepting differences. James Jean

The Shape of Water leads Oscar nominations

The Shape of Water is an entertaining movie, but it also has a timely, allegorical message about the challenges we may face with new scientific discoveries, and our willingness to accept difference.
Canada’s pension plans are failing to divest of fossil fuels. But today’s pensioners, and those of the future, will benefit from pension plans choosing ethical and sustainable investments. (Shutterstock)

Why Canadian pension plans must divest of fossil fuel investments

Canada's biggest pension plans are failing to divest of fossil fuels. Climate change demands pension plans start to invest in sustainable industries that benefit Canadians.
Clinics in Toronto serving refugees and the uninsured indicate that 20 per cent of all visits are for pregnancy-related issues. (Shutterstock)

Canada’s impending refugee crisis and how midwives can save the day

About 20 per cent of refugees to Canada are pregnant. Many of them are medically uninsured. It's not only morally correct to provide prenatal care, but also cheaper for Canada's system to do so.

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