The year in pictures: University of Toronto News looks back at 2022

The Toronto High Containment Facility, based at Temerty Faculty of Medicine, hou
The Toronto High Containment Facility, based at Temerty Faculty of Medicine, houses the largest containment level 3 lab in Ontario. Researchers can study high-risk pathogens, such as SARS-CoV-2 and HIV, in a safe and secure way.
Members of the University of Toronto community shared many memorable moments across the three campuses in 2022.

In spring, graduating students returned to Convocation Hall. In fall, more than 90,000 students from across Canada and around the world were welcomed back to University of Toronto for what President Meric Gertler described as   "our biggest back-to-school ever." Through the year, the university’s renowned scholars continued to make their mark through pathbreaking research and innovation that made an impact locally and globally. Meanwhile, events with world leaders deepened the university’s international collaborations and partnerships.

For all those highlights and more, University of Toronto News photographers were there. Below is a selection of striking images and special moments from 2022:

Indigenous artist Que Rock, a member of the Nipissing First Nation, stands in front of the mural he created honouring the 215 children whose unmarked graves were discovered at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., in 2021.

The mural is on the north facade of the building housing University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

The Hidden Stories project , co-ordinated by Alexandra Gillespie , University of Toronto vice-president and University of Toronto Mississauga principal, leads the Old Books New Science Lab.

The founders of the Black Research Network, Alissa Trotz, Beth Coleman, Rhonda McEwen and Maydianne Andrade, appeared in an episode of Groundbreakers , a University of Toronto multimedia series on Institutional Strategic Initiatives, to discuss Black research excellence and enhancing the research capacity of Black scholars across University of Toronto’s tri-campus community. 

The renowned scholars and pathbreaking leaders also discussed the origins of the Black Research Network and opportunities for collaboration and policy change. 

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, delivered an address and participated in a Q and A with students at University of Toronto and other universities across Canada at an event hosted by University of Toronto President Meric Gertler and the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy in June.

More than 90,000 University of Toronto students were welcomed back to University of Toronto for their fall term with a wide range of events, including a cheer-off at Varsity Stadium on the St. The proximity of the University of Toronto Scarborough campus to Highland Creek Valley and Rouge National Urban Park offered many opportunities for students to enjoy the outdoors throughout the seasons.

A year-round program started by Athletics and Recreation organizes activities such as snowshoeing, hiking, dragon boating and rock climbing.

University of Toronto President Meric Gertler welcomed Yoon Suk-yeol, South Korean president , to Simcoe Hall to discuss artificial intelligence and opportunities for further collaboration between the university and South Korean partners.

The meeting included a roundtable discussion titled "AI for the Better Future of Humanity," that featured AI leaders and luminaries, including University Professor Emeritus  Geoffrey Hinton and Lee Jong-ho, South Korea’s minister of science and ICT (information and communication technology).

Kaeliana Smoke , a master’s student in anthropology at University of Toronto Mississauga, was a member of the inaugural cohort of Eagle Feather Bearers during spring convocation.

The Eagle Feather Bearer carries a ceremonial Eagle Feather into Convocation Hall at the outset of each ceremony. The new tradition symbolizes the university’s enduring partnership with Indigenous Peoples.

The University of Toronto Scarborough Cheer Team - open to all University of Toronto students, regardless of athletic ability - is one of  hundreds of clubs and extracurricular options  students participated in across University of Toronto’s three campuses this year.

In 2022, a new ranking placed the university second in the world for sustainability , recognizing the way sustainability permeates University of Toronto’s entire mission of research and teaching as well as its operations. 

The greenhouse atop the Davis Building at University of Toronto Mississauga, which provides research opportunities for undergraduate biology students , is home to some annuals, including beans and corn and has a permanent collection of flora that includes hibiscus, orchids, mosses, peppers, cotton, bananas and figs.

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