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Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Time: 4:10pm - 5:00pm
Location: Gerstein Library

Learn how to safely operate the Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printers. You must complete this safety training session before you can use our 3D printers.

3D Printing Safety Training

Date: Thursday, Feb. 5 4:10pm - 5:00pm

Location: MADLab, Gerstein Science Information Centre, 1 Below, room B112

Presenters: Erica Lenton, Gerstein Librarian & Mike Spears, MADLab Manager


What's Covered: 

- overview of 3D Printing @ Gerstein + MADLab policies & guidelines for use

- instructions for safe & effective use of the 3D printers

- how to prepare a 3D design file for printing 

- basic design principles


Send your questions to gerstein.3Dprinting@utoronto.ca or visit our website at http://guides.library.utoronto.ca.myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/3Dprinting

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Gerstein Library

** Please note due to capacity constraints you must be registered for this event to attend. **


Location: MADLab, Gerstein Science Information Centre, 1 Below, Room B112


The latest generation of virtual reality hardware, along with emerging web standards such as WebVR and interactive 3D development tools like Unity have made VR accessible to a much wider audience of coders, artists, educators and explorers. 


RiftSketch is an browser-based live-coding environment that presents a floating javascript editor inside a virtual world. Using the Three.js library, the visitor to this realm can insatiate and animate 3D objects without stepping outside the simulation.


Brian Peiris, the author of RiftSketch, will be here to provide an introduction to live-coding using ThreeJS, RiftSketch and the Oculus Rift. If there is time, we will allow guests to try out the Oculus Rift for themselves.  



  • What is WebVR?
  • Intro to the basics of Three.js
  • Live-coding in VR with RiftSketch
  • WebVR resources
  • Q & A


Brian Peiris is a software developer with a passion for the web and more than 10 years of coding experience under his belt. By day, he helps build online education tech at Top Hat and by night, he hacks on things like 3D printers, home automation and Arduinos. More recently, he's been an enthusiast, evangelist and developer in the revitalized VR community.




Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Time: 4:30pm - 5:50pm
Location: Robarts Library

Are you worried about studying for exams? Are you wondering how you will get everything done? Do you run out of time during exams or suffer from exam anxiety? 
Good exam preparation is the solution to these problems! Through group discussion and hands-on activities, you will learn the principles of effective exam preparation and leave with a plan to tackle your midterm exams. 
Participants are encouraged to bring their course schedule, course syllabi, and any day-timers or calendars they use to the workshop.
Location: Blackburn Room, rm. 4036, Robarts Library, 130 St. George St.
Organizer: Susan Hopkirk, Academic Success Centre
Registration is required.  Register through Student Life.

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Time: 4:10pm - 5:30pm
Location: Robarts Library

Essential Research Skills workshop series

Set yourself up for academic success by learning essential research skills that can help you save time, get better grades, deepen your engagement with your subject, and boost your confidence. Participants learn how to develop successful research questions; how to effectively search for quality resources; how to choose and critically evaluate the best sources; and how to use information responsibly. These are also skills that employers look for in potential employees

Take these workshops individually or take all four for credit in the Co-Curricular Record. Each workshop will be offered several times over the year - check back for more dates.


Essential Research Skills: Getting Started

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 3, 4:10-5:30

Location: Robarts LIbrary. e-classroom, 4th floor, room 4033. Directions

Description: Did you know that most cases of plagiarism at U of T are unintentional? You may want to use information responsibly, but be unsure how to go about it.Through lecture, discussion and hands-on exercises, this workshop will help you:

  • Articulate the importance of giving proper credit
  • Identify examples and causes of plagiarism
  • Recognize the common parts of a citation
  • Discover software and apps that can help you get your sources organized and create bibliographies


Questions? Please contact Eveline Houtman.

Other workshops in the series:

  • Getting Started
  • Finding Scholarly Sources
  • Choosing the Best Sources for Your Topic


Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015
Time: 12:10pm - 12:50pm
Location: Gerstein Library

Presenters: Roberta Buiani and Natalie Doonan

Location: MADLab, Gerstein Science Information Centre (9 King's College Circle, Room B112)

We would like to introduce “Perform Your Migration”, a game for mobile devices, letting the player experience a variety of scenarios that mix a science-fiction narrative and real migration stories and testimonies; cartoonish characters and real human protagonists. The game format enables audiences to learn about the choices, or the lack of choices that an immigrant has, depending on her nationality, motivation, economic standing, age, health, ability, education, profession, religion, race and sexual orientation. Currently in the development phase, this game seeks to move beyond the mainstream portrayal of the migrant as a desperate, destitute or opportunist individual, aiming to provide a more nuanced description of the figure of the “migrant”, her motivations and her needs. In addition, it aims to make players aware of the complexities and difficulties involved in the process of migration, of the often-frustrating loops and complications involved in the process of migration, while keeping him/her engaged and willing to know more. During this presentation we will illustrate the various challenges emerged during our preliminary research phase, in our quest for viable platforms and appropriate formats. As well, we will pose questions in order to gather opinions, (technical and conceptual) advise and feedback from the audience.
Natalie Doonan
Natalie Doonan is a multimedia and performance artist, writer and educator. She is founder of the SensoriuM, a collaborative performance art project that features artist-led tours and tastings. Natalie’s work has been shown in the Cultural Olympiad for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the LIVE Performance Art Biennale, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Montréal’s Elektra Festival and BIAN, Nuit Blanche and Art Souterrain.http://www.lesensorium.com
Roberta Buiani
Roberta Buiani is a researcher, curator and media artist based in Toronto. Her work balances theoretical and applied research at the intersection of science, technology and creative resistance, and converges on the analysis of techno-scientific ecologies. She is co-founder of the ArtSci Salon at the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences (University of Toronto, http://artscisalon.com). Her artistic work has been featured at Transmediale, the Hemispheric Institute, the Queens Museum of Art and Nuit Blanche. http://atomarborea.net