Science & Technology

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 […]

Smart applications for the Internet’s next wave

Smart applications for the Internet’s next wave

Refrigerators that tell you when you’re low on milk. Coffee makers that sync with your alarm. Umbrellas that beep when it’s about to rain. It might sound like something straight from a 1980s sci-fi movie, but in the not-so-distant future, it could be our reality. During the Internet’s first coming in the 1990s, we could only access the network on […]

From Ray Rice to sweat shops, ethics expert weighs in on recent controversies

From Ray Rice to sweat shops, ethics expert weighs in on recent controversies

Ryerson University Prof. Chris MacDonald is one of the world’s leading business ethics bloggers. His site, businessethicsblog.com, features more than 1,100 posts on stories such as the domestic abuse scandal of professional footballer Ray Rice, religion in corporate culture and Facebook’s (ever looming) privacy control controversies. His commentary fuses philosophical and business perspectives when analyzing current events. MacDonald’s writing has […]

Are you Good2Go? An app for sexual consent

Are you Good2Go? An app for sexual consent

A new sexual consent app called Good2Go is looking to change the way students hook up, but some experts are concerned by its approach. Our reporter, Deanne Bender, has the story.

by Deanne Bender· · Science & Technology, Videos
Internet trolls, cyberbullies and flamers are stirring trouble on social media. (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Online aggression and anonymity

A social media researcher disclosed at Ryerson that anonymity is only one aspect behind aggressive online behaviour. For the first time in history, people who exhibit antisocial tendencies are able to reach a wide audience and impact the lives of people through social media websites. But what drives these antisocial individuals? Is it the anonymity of being behind a keyboard, or […]

GMail, Calendar, Drive and Groups are the only Google apps available for use by Ryerson students.

GChat and Google Voice have yet to make it to Ryerson

Ryerson students and staff will have to wait a bit longer for an instant messaging system, according to the university’s director of computing and communication services (CCS). Google Chat, a popular instant messaging program in the Google Apps family available through Gmail, was intended to be a part of the initial rollout of Google Apps at Ryerson during the 2011-2012 […]

Anatoliy Gruzd is the director of Ryerson's new Social Media Lab and an associate professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management. (Laura Calabrese/Ryersonian Staff)

Lab for social media research comes to Rye

A Social Media Lab that will help students develop research techniques and professional skills is now open at Ryerson. The lab’s director Anatoliy Gruzd said students — as users of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat in their private lives — can recommend hypotheses, and then generate tests that researchers less familiar with these platforms may have missed or overlooked. “There’s a difference […]

The RSU holds up sign about student debt during Magnet launch. (Laura Calabrese?Ryersonian Staff)

UPDATED: Province, job portal react after RSU members crash event

An online job portal and the provincial government have responded after Ryerson Students’ Union members interrupted a joint event on Wednesday. Magnet Today’s head says he understands the students’ point of view when they stormed the stage to speak out against high tuition fees but did not voice support for their cause. “We’re at an university, and everybody has a right to express their opinions,” […]

Top Hat account manager Paul Valenzano at their Toronto offices. (Sissi Wang / Ryersonian Staff)

Top Hat: A different learning tool to engage students

In some Ryerson classrooms, a new learning tool is rendering inconvenient physical clickers obsolete. Top Hat is a software that allows students to use their mobile phones and laptops, instead of a physical clicker, to answer multiple choice questions and participate electronically in class discussions. The system collects and assigns a mark to each student’s response according to their registered […]

by Sissi Wang· · Business, News, On Campus, Science & Technology
A killer green: Ryerson’s arsenic dress

A killer green: Ryerson’s arsenic dress

Ingrid Masak Mida gently tugs on a fresh pair of disposable latex gloves before gingerly arranging a brilliant green Victorian dress on the piece of canvas covering the counter in front of her — the colour of it is so eye-catching that the wrinkles and faded yellow spots are hardly noticeable. She picks and pulls delicately at the sleeves and […]

Melissa Siu-Chong presented to Vatican representatives in June. (Courtesy of Kevin Tablizo)

Ryerson students help revamp Vatican’s social media — again

Vatican representatives are returning to Ryerson following a successful collaboration with students last year to revamp the city-state’s social-media practices. Melissa Siu-Chong, one of the students who presented social-media changes to Vatican visitors in June, said they were receptive to ideas and seemed active and eager to improve their social-media techniques. The hospitality-and-tourism student said the main problem was the Vatican’s social-media strategy was the use of […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Science & Technology
The Writing Centre helped create an online module for essay writing. (Lauren Fogazzi / Ryersonian Staff)

Avoid procrastination with new online learning tool

Two Ryerson resource centres have come together to launch a new online tool that will help struggling students write a successful research essay. Ryerson’s library and Writing Centre are working together on the joint project, tentatively called “RU-Search: Student guide to Writing and Research,” which will allow students to access an online database that can direct students towards the proper […]

#Modern: Meet the hitchhiking, art critic robot

#Modern: Meet the hitchhiking, art critic robot

Don’t understand art? Too scared to hitchhike? Ryerson has a robot for that. Frauke Zeller, an assistant professor at Ryerson, has built two robots with very different purposes: one tweets art criticism and the other will soon hitchhike across Canada. The art critic robot, called the kulturBOT 1.0, attends art exhibitions and tweets text-captioned photos of the artworks, visitors and […]

Project leader Derek Stanley makes last minute changes to the Rube Goldberg machine, which was unveiled on March 18. 
(Peter Lozinski / Ryersonian Staff)

Engineering students’ chain reaction machine to light up the CN Tower

Ryerson engineering students unveiled a machine on Tuesday that will help light up the CN Tower through a series of chain reactions. It was built as part of an annual event, organized by the Engineering Student Societies’ Council of Ontario, to bring universities together to celebrate National Engineering Month. According to the ESSCO website, the Rube Goldberg relay is intended […]

Ryerson engineering students to light up CN Tower through chain reaction

Ryerson engineering students to light up CN Tower through chain reaction

Ryerson’s engineering students are participating in an Ontario-wide Rube Goldberg relay. A Rube Goldberg machine is a contraption that sets off a series of chain reactions to complete one task. Engineering students plan to light up the CN Tower purple on March 24 with their creation. The machine will be revealed on Tuesday at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Read Peter […]

by Peter Lozinski· · News, Science & Technology
Ryerson president Sheldon Levy with Adam Habib, principal professor at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg last week. (Courtesy Digitmal Media Zone)

South African universities partner with Ryerson zone learning centres

Ryerson is partnering with top universities in South Africa to create eight fellowships that will help student entrepreneurs develop their businesses. As part of the fellowships, South African students will receive transportation, accommodation and a three- to four-month placement in one of the four incubators at Ryerson. The initial cost of flights, health insurance and various pre-departure needs total $2,000 […]

by Arti Panday· · News, On Campus, Science & Technology
On the required reading list for a mandatory radio and television arts course: video games. (Arti Panday / Ryersonian Staff)

Swapping textbooks for video games

Instead of sifting through readings in a textbook, Brian DeSousa, a second-year radio and television arts student, is playing The Walking Dead video game — not just for fun, but for class. Video games are becoming popular teaching tools for professors around the world. Earlier this year, a religious studies teacher at a secondary school in Norway incorporated The Walking […]

Liping Fang. (Courtesy Ryerson)

New program designed for engineering students with enterprising edge

Enrolment is now open for a new optional program that helps engineering students turn their innovative ideas into realities. “We obviously have a group of students that are entrepreneurial in the program and want to divvy up new products or services,” said Liping Fang, the associate dean of undergraduate programs and student affairs at the faculty of engineering and architectural […]

Social media users celebrate ten years of Facebook

Social media users celebrate ten years of Facebook

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RTA students Kattie Laur and Anthony Suen are in the planning stage for their interactive documentary. (Rebecca Sedore / Ryersonian Staff)

RTA students designing interactive documentary

Two fourth-year radio and television arts students are in the process of creating an interactive documentary to raise awareness of epilepsy. The interactive, called Grey Matter, will portray everything a person with epilepsy feels, sees and hears when they experience an episode. Kattie Laur and Anthony Suen are the masterminds behind the project. “I have personal relationships with people who […]

Seamus O'Reagan, who will mentor students at Ryerson's DMZ and RTA school of media. (Courtesy

Seamus O’Regan to mentor DMZ and RTA students

Canadian journalist Seamus O’Regan has joined Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone and the Radio and Television Arts School of Media as a visiting innovator. O’Regan will mentor RTA media graduate students and DMZ entrepreneurs and help promote their stories as a Ryerson ambassador off-campus. “Students will benefit not only from Seamus’ distinguished academic background in media studies but also from his experience and expertise […]

Online guide to transferring university credits in Ontario launches

Online guide to transferring university credits in Ontario launches

An online guide that allows potential transfer students to see which universities and colleges will accept their transfer credits launched Monday. It’s part of the $73-million investment the Ontario government is making towards improving the credit transfer system between 2011 and 2016. The guide, set up by the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer, provides transfer information for 35 out […]

Interactive: Tech monitors driving habits, may save students on insurance

Car insurance companies are starting to offer new technology that could mean big savings for university-aged drivers. The technology, known as telematics, (information technology enabling the long distance transmission of data) is part of new usage-based auto insurance being offered for drivers in Ontario. “Innovative programs like this is something insurers are looking at to attract business,” said Pete Karageorgos, […]

Tech Talk: Phone Rumours

Tech Talk: Phone Rumours

BlackBerry released its Porsche phone this week and while it may look pretty, it’s a depressing move from the once dominant company. Its products used to be the best because of the company’s commitment to innovative software and hardware; there was a time when no one could rival the quality. But what the Porsche model stands for is a last-ditch […]

by Michael Duncan· · Arts & Life, Science & Technology
The Ryersonian Weekly Wrap: Episode 9

The Ryersonian Weekly Wrap: Episode 9

We bring you a weekly wrap-up of Canadian campus news produced by senior students in the School of Journalism in Toronto, Canada. It features weekly news from ryersonian.ca, and from the Canadian University Press. Here are the stories mentioned in this week’s podcast: Mayor Ford stripped of some of his powers at rowdy council meeting Trudeaumania at Ryerson residence cafeteria […]

Ryerson student-entrepreneur bringing architectural ideas to life

Ryerson student-entrepreneur bringing architectural ideas to life

In honour of Global Entrepreneur week, The Ryersonian spoke with up-and-coming student entrepreneur Kevin Pu about his involvement in two architectural design programs – the Arch-App and the Augmented Reality in Development and Design (ARIDD) software. Despite being only in his first-year of the master of architecture program at Ryerson, 22-year-old Kevin Pu has already established a prominent presence in […]

Screenshot from Blackberry P9982 promotional YouTube video.

Blackberry reveals luxury Porsche-designed phone

You’d think if you were having trouble selling phones at $150 a pop, a 150 per cent markup may be a bad idea – but Blackberry doesn’t think so. The company today revealed a higher-end version of its latest phone, priced at $2,350. The Blackberry P9982 with Porsche design is the upgraded model of the Blackberry Z10 and is made with stainless […]

Tech Talk: Phone Games

Tech Talk: Phone Games

The PS4 was released last week and the Xbox One is coming out this week, but your budget won’t afford you either. Don’t fret: we have free gaming options to keep you entertained. Here are three free smartphone games that will tide you over while you save up your empties for that next generation console. All apps are available for […]

In pictures: PlayStation 4 launch

In pictures: PlayStation 4 launch

Tech Talk: Social media

Tech Talk: Social media

With Twitter’s IPO having gone bananas, some analysts wonder if we’ll see more advertising fused between our favourite tweets and facebook photos. Perhaps it’s time to step back from the major social media platforms that have most of us hooked … or maybe it’s just time to try out some other emerging platforms. Here are three free social media platforms […]

by Michael Duncan· · Arts & Life, Science & Technology
Ryerson prof designs new ‘morphing’ wings for environmentally friendly air travel

Ryerson prof designs new ‘morphing’ wings for environmentally friendly air travel

Air travel could become more environmentally friendly if one Ryerson aerospace engineering professor’s innovative design for aircraft wings is successful. With the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Jeff Xi and team are changing the way aircraft wings are structured with their “morphing” design. Traditionally, aircraft wings are stationary, meaning they remain in a fixed […]

Tuesday Tech Talk with Michael Duncan: Oct. 29

Tuesday Tech Talk with Michael Duncan: Oct. 29

Host: Michael Duncan Producer: Tanya Mok Assistant producer: Jasmine Pazzano **** By Michael Duncan Ryersonian Staff Your Office 365 trial has ended and going through Blackboard to access Ryerson’s Google Docs is a chore. You’ve downloaded a word processor for your phone, but  no one wants to write a 1,000-word essay with a touch keyboard that features bizarre word prediction. […]

Ryerson professor crowdfunds new breast cancer treatment technology

A Ryerson physics professor is behind an online crowd-funding crusade to fund a technology that will advance the treatment of breast cancer. Michael Kolios and Gregory Czarnota, an oncologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, are using an Indiegogo campaign to spread the word and stimulate funding for three locations that will perform clinical studies on their brainchild project, WaveCheck. The […]

The case for online gaming

The case for online gaming

Three years ago, Ramona Pringle’s life seemed like one big downward spiral. She had just moved back to Toronto after living in New York City as a successful interactive producer on Frontline’s Digital Nation on PBS. Her mother was sick. Her boyfriend had just broken up with her. Sad and lonely, she found solace in the most unlikely of places […]

Four apps for the journalist in everyone

Four apps for the journalist in everyone

Every budding journalist needs a smartphone. Whether you’re using it to stay in touch with your profs and editors via text, scanning your email for tips or playing Candy Crush while waiting for a source to talk to you, up-to-date reporters would be lost without a phone. So whether you’re an aspiring reporter or just the newsiest one out of […]

by Stephanie Chan· · Science & Technology
VIDEO: Great Scott! A DeLorean transformer takes the Ryersonian back to the future

VIDEO: Great Scott! A DeLorean transformer takes the Ryersonian back to the future

Story by: Robby Frankel Producer: Joshua McLean Where Venessa Koch is going, she won’t need roads. Because when the pavement runs out, the Ryerson theatre grad’s DeLorean costume (the iconic ’80s ride from the Back to the Future movies) impressively transforms into, well, a transformer. Confusing?Maybe. Amazing? Definitely. The costume, made of corrugated plastic, is a near-perfect replica of Doc […]

Apps to help you stay gluten-free

Apps to help you stay gluten-free

Some people go gluten-free for health reasons. Hello, celiac disease. Others, do it because their favourite celebrities, who probably have no understanding of how their bodies work, are doing it. Hello, bandwagon. But whatever your reason, here are some apps to help you on your gluten-free journey. Find Me Gluten Free iOs/Android/Website                 […]

Apps to keep your tasks on track

Apps to keep your tasks on track

From writing essays and studying for mid-terms, to juggling jobs and stacking our social calendars, we’ve all got a million things to keep track of. To ease the stress of planning ahead and avoid missing important appointments, however, there are plenty of apps to help manage time and tasking. Do It (Tomorrow) The title of this app and website speaks […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Features, Science & Technology
VIDEO: Robots to the rescue!

VIDEO: Robots to the rescue!

  See our previous coverage: Rye professor, dog, and robot team up for rescue missions   Host: Kim Brown Producer: Josh McLean

(Ryersonian Archive)

Hacking a “real threat” at Ryerson, say security officers

Ryerson University fends off thousands of cyber attacks a day, says Ryerson computer expert Brian Lesser. “If you look at the firewall logs, it’s just constant. I couldn’t believe all the attacks when I first saw,” says Lesser, Ryerson’s director of computing and communications services. Ryerson is not the only with cyber attack issues. A recent Toronto Star story reported […]

by Emma Jarratt· · News, On Campus, Science & Technology
The go-to money tools for students

The go-to money tools for students

There are dozens of financial apps and tools available to help students keep track of their finance, from budgeting to grocery shopping. The number of choices, however, can be a bit hard to wrap your mind around. National Post personal finance reporter Melissa Leong recommended four free phone apps and websites that all students should consider using. Technology reporter Alexa Huffman […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Features, Science & Technology
Figure 1: A photo-sharing app for doctors

Figure 1: A photo-sharing app for doctors

The medical world finally has its own version of Instagram. Figure 1 is a mobile app that allows medical communities in North America to post photos for medical learning without sacrificing patient privacy. Users can also ask questions and give advice through the app. Co-founder Dr. Joshua Landy came up with the idea while he was working in the intensive […]

by Jordan White· · Science & Technology

Apple reveals new iPhone 5C and 5S

Techies, the wait is over. Apple unveiled the latest smartphone technology Tuesday afternoon with the cheaper iPhone 5C and higher-end 5S. The 5C is plastic and comes in green, white, blue, pink, and yellow. It’s geared towards first-time users. The iPhone 5S, priced at $599, promises a faster processor and new fingerprint security feature. Despite Android users taking over the […]

by Nicole Servinis· · Science & Technology

Ryerson grads develop app to locate parking

Trouble finding free parking in downtown Toronto and around campus? Well, there’s an app for that. Ryerson electrical engineering graduate Deyan Ilolov is one of the three developers who created the Toronto Parking Finder app that allows users to locate free parking in any given area based on address, landmarks and through the device’s GPS. It is currently available for free […]

by Brian Boudreau· · Science & Technology
A couple of viewers try their hand at making music with Hand Symphony, a piece on display at Threshold.
Courtesy of Nicole Glassman and Kathryn Barrett

Threshold: reclaiming technology through music

Want to make sweet music, but don’t know how to play an instrument? Well now you can, thanks to two new media students here at Ryerson. The university’s third-year new media students are preparing for a multimedia show that started yesterday with a soft opening and will run until Feb. 25. Threshold is a collection of multimedia pieces that showcase the […]

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