Posts Categorized: News at CHE

News Item – Community spread’ is driving Ontario’s second wave — here’s why that leaves more questions than answers

This is a problem because when large numbers of cases start appearing from unknown origins, it makes stopping a second wave much more difficult, said Dionne Aleman, an expert in pandemic modelling and an industrial engineering professor and CHE affiliate at the University of Toronto.

Full article at: Toronto Star (September 23: elmoudjaweb, Northumberland News, St. Catharines Standard,

  • La propagación comunitaria está impulsando la segunda ola de COVID-19 en Ontario (September 24: Q’Pasa)

Press Release – U of T researchers receive federal funding for research on social, cultural, economic impacts of COVID-19

Mark Chignell, CHE affiliate of the department of mechanical and industrial engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering – COVID-19 Resilience Enhancement with Social Training (CREST): Elucidating the role of social factors in motivating collaborative exercise

Full article at: U of  T News (September 21: News Break)

Press Release – Connaught New Researcher awards boost data-driven decision making and machine learning research

Two U of T Engineering research projects have received a boost from Connaught New Researcher awards.

Professor Merve Bodur (MIE, CHE affiliate) will investigate new ways to optimize strategic decisions for electric car sharing systems, while Professor Nicolas Papernot (ECE) aims to make machine learning more trustworthy.

Full article at: U of T Engineering News

  • Merve Bodur one of two U of T Engineering professors to receive Connaught New Researcher award (U of T MIE News, September 21)

Press Release – U of T Engineering community rallies together to record messages of support for Back to Skule™

“Welcome to U of T or welcome back. Whether you’ve been here a while or are new to U of T, we are all class of 2-T-COVID,” says Professor Dionne Aleman (MIE, CHE affiliate) in her message. “Things are strange and different these days, like working from home, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. We’ll all be able to go back to normal, we just got to do our part to be responsible.”

Full article at: U of T Engineering News

News Item – Will my kids be safe?

Dionne Aleman, industrial engineering professor, CHE affiliate and pandemic modeller: There is evidence to suggest that one-metre distancing is almost as effective as two-metre. But, the one-metre and two-metre radii are derived from experiments with people talking at normal volumes and the distances that droplets from their noses and mouths spread. When kids are sitting at desks, are they talking in a normal conversational tone?

Full article at: Toronto Star (PressReader)

News Item – Where are you most likely to encounter COVID-19 in Toronto? Check our interactive map

Dionne Aleman, an associate professor and CHE affiliate at the University of Toronto and an expert in pandemic modelling, says the presence fo the virus in the community could have an impact on what happens in schools. “So much is unknown about how COVID is transmitted among kids and from kids to adults,” she said.

Full article at: Toronto Star (September 4: Newscaf, World Newj)

  • Your chance of encountering COVID-19 in Toronto just went up. Check our interactive map to see where the risk is greatest (September 3: Hamilton SpectatorSt. Catharines Standard, Welland Tribune,
  • 这些图说明问题 相聚的人越多遭遇病人风险越大 {These figures show that the more the people, the greater the risk of encountering patients} (September 3: CFC News; September 10:,; September 11: Dawa News)
  • Estos son los vecindarios de Toronto donde hay mayor riesgo de contagio de COVID-19 {These are the Toronto neighborhoods where there is a greater risk of contagion of COVD-19} (September 4: Q’Pasa)
  • Your chance of encountering COVID-19 has increased in 69% of Toronto neighourhoods (September 18: Mimic News)

News Item – Are U of T’s fall reopening plans safe? No, say some community members

“The safest course of action is obviously to require any course content that can be delivered online, to be delivered online,” Dr. Dionne Aleman, an associate professor of industrial engineering and CHE affiliate at U of T with expertise in pandemic spread, said to The Varsity.

Full article at: The Varsity

Academic publication – Modelling resource requirements and physician staffing to provide virtual urgent medical care for residents of long-term care homes: a cross-sectional study

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak increases the importance of strategies to enhance urgent medical care delivery in long-term care (LTC) facilities that could potentially reduce transfers to emergency departments. The study objective was to model resource requirements to deliver virtual urgent medical care in LTC facilities.

Full article at: CMAJ Open 8: E514-E521

News Item – Ontario optometrists are redirecting patients to ERs to protest underfunding

Dionne Aleman, an associate professor and CHE affiliate at the University of Toronto who specializes in pandemic planning, told the Star’s Jesse McLean that sending a patient with a minor problem to an emergency department is akin to using them as “cannon fodder” in their fight with the province.

Full article at: Toronto Star (August 10: The Record,

  • Editorial – Ontario’s optometrists should stop penalizing patients in their fight over funding (August 12: Toronto Star)

Press Release – Five MIE professors receive promotions this summer

Congratulations to Birsen Donmez (CHE Affiliate), Roy Kwon and Lidan You on their recent promotion to Professor. The Department is also celebrating Amy Bilton and Eric Diller for receiving tenure and being promoted to Associate Professor.

Full article at: U of T MIE News

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