Science & Technology

Ryerson, St. Mike’s come together to create new health technologies

Ryerson, St. Mike’s come together to create new health technologies

Ryerson joined a 20-year partnership with St. Michael’s Hospital to research and develop health-care solutions on Jan. 26, 2016 at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Justin Trudeau announced the $12 million pledge at the University of Waterloo on Jan. 14, 2016 (Courtesy the University of Waterloo).

Ryerson benefits from $12 million pledge to Southern Ontario Water Consortium

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged $12 million for the Southern Ontario Water Consortium, of which Ryerson is a part of, in an effort to help create new clean water technologies.

by Samantha Tapp· · News, Science & Technology
Money saving tips for students back from the holidays

Money saving tips for students back from the holidays

Four experts from differing financial backgrounds give some tips on how to get student finances on track.

Dr. Robert Clapperton, professor at Ryerson's Professional Communications Department at his desk in the Rogers Communication Centre in Toronto, Canada on January 26, 2016 (Aidan Cox/Ryersonian Staff)

Ryerson professor promotes social activism through gaming

Robert Clapperton, professional communications professor, created the Global Social Innovation Game (GSIG), a digital simulator that will challenge Grade 11 and 12 students to come up with sustainable business plans that address social problems.

First-place winners Abil won $5,000 from the DMZ. Left to right: Abid Virani, Misha Mykitiuk, Alwar Pillai, and Graham McLaughlin. (Courtesy Laura Rossi/Ryerson)

Team wins $5,000 in DMZ ‘Hack-cessibility’ competition

One team out of eight walked away with $5,000 in a competition at the DMZ.

DMZ Digital Media Zone Ryersonian file photo

Ryerson’s DMZ ranked #1 North American university business incubator program

Ryerson’s DMZ university incubator program was ranked #1 by UBI Global Nov. 4.

Eno Hysi is one of two Ryerson doctoral students who won a Vanier Canada Graduate scholarship. (Melissa Myers/Ryersonian Staff)

Vanier scholarship awarded to Ryerson students

Prestigious federal prize worth $150,000 awarded to two Ryerson doctoral students.

(Courtesy of Microsoft)

Ryerson students now have free access to the MS Office Suite

Initially, Microsoft had estimated that the suite would be available to Ryerson students by last December, but the implementation was still unresolved even until earlier this year.

by Abby Chan· · Science & Technology, students
The future of Canadian science: Scientists and students speak out to make science an election issue

The future of Canadian science: Scientists and students speak out to make science an election issue

Science has become a major election issue for students, researchers and scientists across Canada, with many criticizing the Conservative government for cuts to funding.

Science Corner: NASA planning for Martians by 2030

Science Corner: NASA planning for Martians by 2030

Caitlin Martin Newnham explains plans to send Earthlings to the red planet in one minute.

Science corner: Canadian professor wins Nobel Prize

Science corner: Canadian professor wins Nobel Prize

Queen’s University professor, Arthur McDonald, won the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday. McDonald will share the honour with University of Tokyo’s Takaaki Kajita. YouTube / TheRyersonian – via Iframely The scientists discovered that neutrinos — neutrally charged subatomic particles — have mass. McDonald studied the particles in Sudbury using an underground detector that is the size of a 10-storey building. […]

OpenSports co-founders James Gibbons and Chris Cheng. (Victoria Nguyen/Ryersonian Staff)

‘Tinder for sports’ app to launch this month

OpenSports is in its its final stages of development at the DMZ. The mobile app is being heralded as “Tinder for sports,” because it allows users to quickly find nearby recreational sport activities, facilities and players.

Science Corner: Water on Mars?

Science Corner: Water on Mars?

NASA announced this morning that they have discovered water flowing on Mars. Liquid water is a precursor for life, which means NASA is one step closer to finding extraterrestrial life forms. Cait Martin Newnham has more.

Science Corner: Lunar eclipse, fidgeting and more

Science Corner: Lunar eclipse, fidgeting and more

Cait Martin Newnham describes the upcoming lunar eclipse, Canada’s Science Literacy Week and why fidgeters should keep wiggling in their seats.

Cloud Concerns: report says email outsourcing raises security risk

Cloud Concerns: report says email outsourcing raises security risk

A new report suggests that universities oursourcing their email service to Google — including Ryerson — are at risk of surveillance by foreign spy agencies.

by Aengus Mulroney· · News, Science & Technology
Delete Facebook, Save the World: 5 things Cory Doctorow needs you to know right now

Delete Facebook, Save the World: 5 things Cory Doctorow needs you to know right now

In the future, people will let their right to privacy slide. Computers, in our homes, cars and bodies can be easily hacked and exploited. Big data and algorithms can be used to determine who is a terrorist and automatically target them with with missile-firing drones. Governments and security agencies can look into your home with impunity, through computers, televisions and […]

A 2013 study by Industry Canada shows that more than half of medium-sized businesses have men-only ownership and only four per cent that are owned exclusively by women. (Courtesy of Samantha Crisp/Ryersonian Staff)

MasterCard to donate $60,000 for women startups

In an effort to encourage more female entrepreneurs to enter the world of startups, MasterCard’s Youth Entrepreneurial Success (YES) program is donating $60,000 to Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone. Six female entrepreneurs, who must either be a current founder, co-founder or CEO of a startup, will each be awarded with $10,000 in resources. Half of money will be in the form […]

(Jenn Yoo / Ryersonian Staff)

Ryerson still waiting for free access to Microsoft program

Ryerson University students hoping to download free Microsoft Office products will have to wait until legal issues are resolved. Microsoft initially estimated that Ryerson students would have free access to Office 365 ProPlus, the entire Office suite, last December but implementing the program hasn’t been so simple. “What Microsoft is offering comes with other applications, like a cloud service, and […]

L-R Léonce Fraser, Schneider Electric Canada, Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Energy and Sheldon Levy, president Ryerson University

Ryerson teams up with province on first university Smart Grid Lab

Canada’s first university-based smart grid laboratory is now open. The lab, created in partnership with the province and Schneider Electric, was unveiled Wednesday. A smart grid is an intelligent electricity distribution system that uses two-way communication between consumers and the grid so it can better control the supply and demand of energy. Bob Singh, the Independent Electricity System Operator distinguished […]

by Kasia Dundas· · Science & Technology
Facebook rolls out new tool for helping at-risk users

Facebook rolls out new tool for helping at-risk users

Facebook is rolling out a new tool to help users at risk of suicide. Users of the social network will be able to report their friend’s posts if they contain worrying language or thoughts, and Facebook will give them an option to send a message of personal support. The new tool will only be available in the U.S., and Facebook […]

by Emily Joveski· · Health, Science & Technology
The Ramsbot "brought a lot of cheering" from the crowd at the ACC says team member Michael Marmeto. (Courtesy of the Ryerson Rams Robotics Team)

Ryerson robot shoots lights out at ACC

Ryerson students will be watching a basketball-shooting robot at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Final Eight next week. The Ryerson Rams Robotics student team showed off the robot, RamsBot, at Engineering Night with the Toronto Raptors on Feb. 27 at the Air Canada Centre. The event kicked off National Engineering Month across Ontario. The RamsBot shot 90 per cent from […]

Tully McWatters, a second-year Radio and Television Arts School of Media student, fooled hundreds of people into thinking he was selected as a candidate for the Mars One project. (Courtesy of Steven Gelis/Ryersonian Staff)

Ryerson student fails to launch in Mars One prank

What started as a post on Snapchat has blasted off into something much bigger for a second-year RTA school of media production student. Tully McWatters, 20, fooled hundreds of people into thinking he was selected as a candidate for the Mars One project. McWatters started by sending himself a bogus email that said he had been selected for the project. He […]

by Steven Gelis· · News, On Campus, Science & Technology
Law enforcement says social media posts are admissible in court. (Susana Gomez Baez / Ryersonian Staff)

Social media fair game in police investigations

Oversharing on social media can be innocuous enough, but it seems that some don’t realize that what they post on the Internet — especially if it’s offensive or illegal — can later land them in hot water. Police arrested and charged a 16-year-old Pittsburgh teen with murder Monday after he sent a picture taken with the body to a friend […]

Ryerson students’ virtual reality startup goes to San Francisco

Ryerson students’ virtual reality startup goes to San Francisco

Fourth year RTA school of media student Josh Maldonado is packing his bags and jetting off to San Francisco to participate in the first ever virtual reality accelerator program. U.S. venture capital firm Rothenberg Ventures has given Maldonado $100,000 in funding to develop his virtual reality company, DISCOVR. Maldonado will be in the Bay Area for three months, where he […]

Brizi blimps at the MAC

Brizi blimps at the MAC

(Luke Williams/Ryersonian Staff) Something new is going to be flying high in the MAC. Brizi, the company that makes these social media drones, is a company inside the Digital Media Zone (DMZ) at Ryerson that is hoping to introduce drone blimps to Rams sporting events. Anna Hu, co-founder and  business lead on Brizi, says it’s more than just a blimp, […]

by Connor Brazeau· · Science & Technology, Sports
The redesign will leave the portal uncluttered and easier to navigate. (Courtesy CCS)

Ryerson set to launch redesign of my.ryerson portal

My.ryerson is getting a makeover. Computing and Communications Services (CCS) is launching the newly redesigned my.ryerson portal on February 6. The redesign will only affect two pages of the portal – the landing page of my.ryerson and the first page after logging in. It is the portal’s first major revision since it was implemented in 2003, according to Jim Buchanan, assistant director […]

Cristian Villamarin and Alanna Harvey are co-founders of Flipd.  (Jessica Murray/Ryersonian Staff)

Ryerson alumni to launch new app called Flipd

Here’s one app that won’t have you glued to your phone. Ryerson alumna Alanna Harvey and co-founder, Cristian Villamarin, are launching their new app, Flipd, at the beginning of February. The app limits time people spend using their phones and controls the habit of excessive device use. Users can lock – or flip off – their mobile or tablet devices […]

(Ryersonian Image Archives)

Ryerson’s DMZ teams up with OneEleven and Communitech

Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ) is partnering with Waterloo’s Communitech and Toronto’s OneEleven to share their facilities, resources and talent. Communitech and OneEleven, like the DMZ, help entrepreneurs grow their businesses.  If a Ryerson-based startup needs to meet a client in Waterloo, they now have a space to do so. The agreement, announced Monday, means that entrepreneurs from each group […]

Students may soon be able to access counselling services on their mobile devices. (Kyla Dewar/Ryersonian Staff)

Digital therapy could be future of counselling at Ryerson

A $6-million grant application for e-mental health research means it may become easier for Ryerson students to access counselling services. If the application is successful, the money will be delivered to and used by the Centre for Student Development and Counselling over three years to find potential methods of digital counselling and therapy, in collaboration with Confederation College and the […]

by Kyla Dewar· · Science & Technology, Top stories
Blynk nominated for Canadian Startup Award

Blynk nominated for Canadian Startup Award

A startup from Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone is in the running for an award at this year’s Canadian Startup Awards, as the public voting stage is underway. Blynk, a personal styling app that generates outfits based on what users like and dislike, is nominated for the accelerator graduate award alongside five other startups. With nominees chosen mostly by the public, […]

Bye, bye Blackboard: Ryerson to test Brightspace, its new learning platform this semester

Bye, bye Blackboard: Ryerson to test Brightspace, its new learning platform this semester

Ryerson’s Blackboard system may have found its successor in a company called Desire2Learn. Brian Lesser, director of computing and communication services, says the school is “starting to negotiate a contract with Desire2Learn.” Brightspace, D2L’s learning platform, will replace Blackboard in the fall, if successful. Brightspace is a learning information system that helps manage students’ courses and other university functions, like […]

An illustration of how the #Paid process works.

DMZ startup wants to get #Paid for making deals between celebrities and companies they endorse socially

A recent addition to Ryerson’s DMZ aims to broker deals between companies and the celebrities that might endorse their products on social media. Its name hits the nail on the head: #Paid. Co-founder Bryan Gold says #Paid allows the brand and celebrity to communicate in a chat room about product posts online through mediums such as Twitter, Instagram, Vine and YouTube — all with the […]

Spadina station with accessible gates. 
(Courtesy Steve Chou Photos)

Metrolinx and TTC work to make accessibility gates Presto friendly

Metrolinx and the TTC are in the process of developing technology to make the Presto payment devices work with the accessibility gate in Toronto subway stations. Brian Drew, a senior policy advisor assigned to Presto by the province of Ontario, lead the round table discussion at the Metrolinx annual accessibility public meeting. This year’s meeting at Metro Hall on Nov. […]

Ryerson groups help 10-year-old pitch business on Next Gen Den

Ryerson groups help 10-year-old pitch business on Next Gen Den

Abi Smithson is just like any other 10-year-old. She goes to school. She’s a part of the Girl Guides of Canada. She plays on her trampoline. But something sets Abi apart from others her age: On Nov. 12, Abi pitched her business on the Next Gen Den, the youth version of Dragon’s Den. She’s the CEO of her own company, […]

Engineering competition drives innovation

Engineering competition drives innovation

Over 300 students worked late into the night at the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre on Friday – some building miniature race cars, others a machine to cut toilet paper. The student teams were competing in the junior and senior design competitions for the eighth annual Ryerson Engineering Competition (REC). This year, the competition had more participants than ever […]

Photo Gallery: Ryerson Engineering Competition 2014

Last week, Ryerson’s Engineering Competition hit a record-breaking number of participants, and the tasks took many competitors by surprise. Hundreds of Ryerson engineering students spent their Friday night at the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, working to create solutions for unexpected challenges. The two competitions held at 6 p.m. on Nov.14 were the junior and senior design competitions. The […]

A Tree App for Ryerson’s Campus

A Tree App for Ryerson’s Campus

Ryerson University’s Nature in the City project will be launching a web app that allows a person to walk through campus, stop in front of a tree, and using a mobile browser, be given a wealth of eco-information specific to that tree. is the spawn of the recently launched, a city-wide tree learning experience on trees and the […]

Courtesy Flickr Creative Commons

Fighting the ash tree war at Ryerson

“If you look out the window right now, those are all honey locust trees,” says Amber Grant as she points towards Gould Street. “And if you go down College Street, it’s all honey locust; if you go down Bay Street, it’s all ginkgo trees.” Grant, a third-year environment and urban sustainability (EUS) student, is not playing a game of “Name […]

Ryerson new media graduate helps kids to learn code

Ryerson new media graduate helps kids to learn code

As technology continues to affect our everyday lives, a Ryerson new media graduate is working to make sure that children are prepared by teaching the language of code. Kathryn Barrett is the youth program lead for Kids Learning Code, a not-for-profit organization that teaches the process of coding through various workshops. “It’s kind of the same choice as if a […]

Chris Goodine of Myo shows off the technology at a Nov. 4 meet-up for Sports Hack. (We Are Wearables, Twitter)

Sports hackathon to take over Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre

Ryerson University and the Digital Media Zone have entered the game of wearable technology and sports. The university and DMZ co-present SportsHack at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre from Nov. 14 to 16, a weekend-long hacking competition focused on creating original code to solve a problem surrounding the theme of sports, in partnership with IBM and We Are Wearables, an organization […]

by Samantha Sobolewski· · News, Science & Technology

Ted Rogers Management Conference looks for bright ideas

Alex Kolodkin talks with a group of Ryerson University students about his startup, SetScouter, during the Toronto Startup Open House on Oct. 30.  - Courtesy Alexis Allison, Ryersonian

Thriving ecosystem of Toronto startups on display at Startup Open House

… Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting for Business solution.Startup Open House TorontoThe first Startup Open House in Toronto took place throughout downtown on Oct. 30 from 4-7 p.m. Over 100 companies participated and over 2,300 people signed up for the event.Visitors to the Shopify office gather around a tour guide to ask questions and learn more about the company.Visitors to […]

Live Blog: #YourFry Library Design Challenge

Live Blog: #YourFry Library Design Challenge

Reporters Rachel Surman and Rebecka Calderwood are spending the day at the Toronto Reference Library at the #Yourfry Library Design Challenge.

Kirstine Stewart and Sangita Patel take a selfie at Wednesday's event hosted by the RTA School of Media with Women in Communications and Technology. (Meg Campbell, Twitter)

Updated: RTA School of Media says it’s not behind media ban on Twitter event

The RTA School of Media says it’s not behind a media ban at a recent event co-hosted by its faculty featuring Kirstine Stewart, the vice-president of North American media partnerships for Twitter Inc. Instead, it was a decision made by Stewart’s handlers to keep the event a private, invite-only affair that ultimately affected the event’s media policy, the school said. […]

The Startup Open House takes place Oct. 30 from  4-7 p.m. 
(Alexis Allison, Ryersonian Staff)

‘Welcome to the future’ with startup open house

Funky art, open concept spaces, post-and-beam structures and messy work stations. That’s what Brendan Dellandrea says participants of the Toronto Startup Open House can expect when over 100 startup companies throughout downtown Toronto open their doors to the public on Oct. 30. But it’s the people inside these spaces that will be the real draw, he says. Dellandrea is the […]

The Sportsnet RTA Production Centre has professional level technology, but it is set up pedagogically so that it's still a good learning environment for Sport Media students. (Laura Calabrese/Ryersonian Staff)

Game changer: Rye is now the place to study sports media

Ryerson is now the place to study for sport media enthusiasts hoping to score big in the industry. In September, the RTA School of Media welcomed the first cohort of students into its brand new Sport Media program – the first of its kind in Canada. Schools like Brock University and Sheridan College offer specializations in sport management, technical production […]

The Sportsnet RTA Production Centre has a price tag of over one million dollars - and climbing. (Laura Calabrese/Ryersonian Staff)

Sport media centre opens this week

An old storage room in the MAC is now home to a state-of-the-art production centre, with a price tag of over $1 million and climbing. The Sportsnet RTA Production Centre was built as a part of the RTA School of Media’s newest program, Sport Media, which provides students with access to the latest in production technology. “We want our Sport […]

A drone for aerial photography, made in the Ryerson DMZ

A drone for aerial photography, made in the Ryerson DMZ

DreamQii is a startup at the Ryerson Digital Media Zone that is making an internet-connected drone for aerial photographers. Check out their work in this video! The Internet of Things is a growing movement toward connecting more and more devices to the internet, including common devices like refrigerators, coffee machines, and home heating systems. You can read more about Ryerson’s […]

by Dilys Chan· · Business, Science & Technology, Videos
Texting can be a pain in the neck

Texting can be a pain in the neck

Omnia Hassan thinks constantly using her phone may be making her a victim of “text neck” —  the craning of the neck and spine due to frequent use of mobile devices. The Ryerson business student uses her iPhone for up to 15 hours a day to text friends, check emails, watch videos and use social media. “Whenever I am using […]

If you’re appy and you know it, download now

If you’re appy and you know it, download now

Rocketman   Available for: Apple, Android and BlackBerry   This transportation app will help students get around the city easier. Rocketman informs you of the closest bus and subway stops based on your current location. When a bus stop is chosen, the app tells you what the next scheduled departure time is. Students can even save their favourite stops so […]