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University and college students have invaded Toronto in the hundreds of thousands (nearly 200,000 apparently). Not that I think this is a bad thing, as I stated last week. I recognize that this is a phenomenon seen across Canada and around the world, but with four universities and four colleges in the city, their presence here is very, ah, present.

Every day I ride my bike through the University of Toronto’s main downtown campus on my way to work, and I can’t help but noticing all the engineering students wearing navy blue Skule t-shirts, like the students pictured below.


Photo courtesy University of Toronto, Sydney Goodfellow.

This is how engineers looked at my Alma Mater a couple of years ago (not really) when I attended.


Purple engineers at Queen’s University in Kingston. Photo courtesy Robin Dawes, creative commons license.

So where am I going with this? Nowhere really. I wanted to introduce the video below of high school students showing off what they learned during a summer spent doing stem cell research. They are part of the Gladstone Institutes Summer Internship program and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine provides funding to ensure two of the six students study stem cell biology. The Canadian Stem Cell Network and the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine have their own trainee education programs (here and here respectively) at the university level that involves mentoring students, but sadly creating a clever Taylor Swift parody video is not a requirement for completion. Well, not yet anyway.



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Stacey Johnson

Stacey Johnson

For almost 20 years, Stacey has been providing strategic communications counsel to government, corporate, technology and health organizations. Prior to that, Stacey was at the CTV Television Network, first as a researcher, then as a story producer for “Goldhawk Fights Back,” a special ombudsman segment that aired weekly on the National News and Canada AM. Before joining CCRM as the Director, Communications and Marketing, Stacey was the Director of Communications for the Canadian Arthritis Network. Stacey is editor of Signals. You can follow Stacey on Twitter @msstaceyerin.