March 2014

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News
Davis building renovations lead to LEED Gold
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The renovations to the third floor of the William G. Davis Building have led to a prestigious LEED Gold designation from the Canada Green Building Council. The building has undergone significant renovations to create leading-edge laboratory space for more biology and chemical and physical sciences students. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system for green building that is recognized in over 132 countries. Green buildings reduce waste, conserve energy, decrease water consumption and drive innovation.

Personalized medicine and lung cancer
Jayson Parker

Patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) often suffer the challenging side effects of drug regimens that may not have any impact, says Jayson Parker, PhD, a lecturer at U of T Mississauga. Meanwhile pharmaceutical companies are experiencing rising costs to bring new drugs to market for patients.

Entrepreneur teams will transform libraries
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A global program fostering quick-turnaround startups is set to revolutionize library systems at U of T and beyond through the first-ever Startup Weekend EDU: Library Edition. The event is sponsored by University of Toronto Libraries and produced by a team including some of U of T’s top library innovators.

Ian Orchard wins award
Professor Ian Orchard

Professor Ian Orchard, former vice-president and principal of U of T Mississauga, is the winner of the 2014 Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship Award, and says he is “quite humbled and honoured” to win an award named after the former provost at U of T.

Events
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Celebration of Books 2014 - Thu, 04/03/2014

Grab your bookmarks! The Office of the Vice-Principal, Research and the University of Toronto Mississauga Library are co-hosting this inaugural celebration of UTM authors and their books.

Date: Thursday, April 3, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Place: Faculty Club, William G. Davis Building.

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UTM Parenting Group - Wed, 04/09/2014

Share the successes and frustrations of raising children with other parents in a safe and supportive environment. We will discuss parenting strategies, tips and resources to help you meet your parenting goals.

Date: Wednesday, April 9, 12 noon to 1 p.m.

Place: Room 3138, William G. Davis Building

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Communicating Vessels - Wed, 04/16/2014 - Sun, 05/11/2014

Communicating Vessels brings together three generations of Canadian artists from a range of backgrounds and disciplines, with works from 1965 to the present day. These works offer an examination of visual associations that are held by familiar objects and how these assumptions, when disrupted, force a self-conscious renegotiation of the body in its environment. Curated by Corrie Jackson.

Date: Wednesday, April 16 to Sunday, May 11

Place: Blackwood Gallery

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Faculty and Staff Announcements: 

Luke Barber takes over as UTM United Way staff co-chair

After two years in her role as staff co-chair of the UTM United Way campaign, Tamara Breukelman is passing the fundraising baton to Luke Barber. Barber is a senior systems analyst in the UTM Library, where he is well known for his thoughtful participation in many initiatives across campus and brings exemplary technical, relationship building and problem solving skills to the table. These attributes will surely help drive the campaign to attain further success. He is excited about working with faculty co-chair Anthony Wensley and for the opportunity to be part of this campaign which has positive impact on our direct community within Peel.

Interested in volunteering, offering support, managing an event or do you have a great suggestion to help the campaign? Please contact Luke at lucas.barber@utoronto.ca or 416-725-6953.
 

Fundraiser joins Office of Advancement

Felicia Sciberras has joined the Office of Advancement as a senior development officer.  Sciberras previously worked at The Children’s Wish Foundation, and is a seasoned fundraising professional with a strong background in major gifts, which she developed through her experiences at Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation and the Parkinson Society. She holds an honours bachelor of arts in cinema studies from the University of Toronto. In addition, Felicia holds a certified fundraising executive (CFRE) designation and completed the post-graduate honours certificate in fundraising and volunteer management from the Humber Institute. She is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, including as a volunteer and presenter.

Training & Development: 

The School of Continuing Studies website features the latest information about courses available. www.learn.utoronto.ca/utm

Organizational Development and Learning Centre

Call UTM HR at (905) 828-3935 for additional information about:

  • Scholarship Information
  • Application for Reimbursement Educational Assistance / Professional Development
  • Tuition Waiver Information

General Information on Tuition Support: Tuition support

Media Clippings: 

U of T Mississauga’s partnership programs with several Peel school, which provides tutoring and interaction with medical students, was noted in the Toronto Sun.

Vedran Dronjic, a lecturer and cognitive scientist who studies language processing at the University of Toronto Mississauga, was quoted in a CBC News article about a speedreading app called Spritz.

The Brampton Guardian profiled Maureen Judge, a guest lecturer at UTM who is working on a film about the transition that milennials face as they move from university to their careers.

The Mississauga News covered a team of students from UTM who won the seventh annual Show Me the Green competition, for a business proposal that would encourage companies to switch from environmentally harmful disposable batteries to USB power cells. 

The News also covered an event about the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem, featuring Department of Geography professor Harvey Shear. 

Stephen Scharper’s column in the Toronto Star examined how damaging the Earth’s climate is now a liability for businesses.

Wali Shah, a first-year student at UTM, was quoted in a Toronto Star story about how school boards are trying to encourage student to behave civilly online and in social media. 

Professor Ulli Schimmack, of the Department of Psychology, suggested  in a CBC News story that the online “happiness challenge”, which asks people to be happy for 100 days in a row, could actually lead to sadness.

Amy Muise, a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Psychology, was quoted in News.com.au about her new research suggesting that couples are using social media sites to monitor their partners online.