Adam A. Lam

I’m a journalist specializing in event coverage, science reporting, and growing small organizations in Toronto. Contact me at [email protected] to learn more about services and collaboration.

ASX: Why are U of T astronomers investigating the mass of the Milky Way?

What is the mass of the Milky Way galaxy, and why is it important to investigate?

Dr. Gwen Eadie, an Assistant Professor jointly appointed between the University of Toronto’s David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics (DADAA) and its Department of Statistical Sciences (DoSS), spoke on these questions at the Astronomy and Space Exploration Society’s first Star Talk of the year on July 8.

The Varsity, investigative report: Behind the Aphrodite Project: how a matchmaking algorithm paired up thousands of U of T romantics

Excerpt from The Varsity, in a report co-authored with Ana Pereira: “If you are tired of Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, or the general flakiness of online dating, meet the Aphrodite Project: a student-run initiative that aimed to find the perfect match for students through a matchmaking algorithm. The Aphrodite Project is a free online matchmaking service …

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ASX: Historic crewed rocket launch jointly streamed by ASX and UTAT

On the ASX’s Blog (also cross-published in the UTAT Space Review): “A new era of space flight began with the blastoff of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket on May 30, livestreamed to an audience of over 3 million — including over 25 participants tuning in to a watch party by the Astronomy & Space Exploration Society …

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The Varsity, spotlight: Studying science or medicine? Black Researchers Initiative to Empower will ‘BRITEn’ your day

Imposter syndrome, not seeing people similar to you in your classes, and being the first in your family to attend graduate school. These are experiences that underrepresented members of the University of Toronto community, including Black students, face. To overcome feelings like imposter syndrome — the feeling of being underqualified or undeserving of your accomplishments …

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The Varsity, event coverage: “Empowering ourselves up”: UTSC hackathon spotlights Black and women coders

Hundreds of participants built products and learned coding at Hack the Valley 4, a University of Toronto student-led hackathon from February 14–16 at UTSC’s Instructional Centre. Hackathons are collaborative computer programming events. Highlights of the hackathon included a Black in Tech Summit, together with a Women in Code Summit, which explored the experiences of programmers …

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The Varsity, exclusive report: Postsecondary TTC fares may be reduced in response to Ford government’s policies

Students may soon be seeing lower TTC fares as Toronto City Council passed a motion at the start of this month for the TTC’s governance board to explore options for further discounted fares for postsecondary students. The Toronto City Council consideration stemmed from the Ontario government’s decisions to implement the Student Choice Initiative (SCI), which …

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The Varsity, feature: One Year On: Checking campaign pledges by UTSU executives, part two

At the end of April, the 2018–2019 University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) term came to an end. In this second article of a two-part series, The Varsity reviews the work that the outgoing executives have done to fulfil their pledges. President Anne Boucher The role of President is to act as the chief executive of the …

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The Varsity, event coverage: Shana Kelley on founding, developing life science startups

U of T professor, scientist, and entrepreneur Shana Kelley shared her experiences in launching three medical diagnostics startups during her Entrepreneurship Week talk “From concept to acquisition and back again.”  Kelley, who is cross-appointed to several departments including Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, presented two guiding principles for starting a successful life science startup.  The first …

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