April 2014

Cardinal in tree on campus
News
Earliest ancestor of land herbivores discovered
Eocasea in footprint

New research from the University of Toronto Mississauga demonstrates how carnivores transitioned into herbivores for the first time on land. “The evolution of herbivory was revolutionary to life on land because it meant terrestrial vertebrates could directly access the vast resources provided by terrestrial plants,” says paleontologist Robert Reisz, a professor in the Department of Biology. “These herbivores in turn became a major food resource for large land predators.”

Book Bonanza
Richard Greene reading from book

Last Thursday in front of a large gathering in the Faculty Club, Ian Whyte averred his passion for books. “Personally, I love books. I read anything and everything, and, being an academic librarian, that’s probably a good thing,” declared Whyte, U of T Mississauga’s Chief Librarian. With this intro he helped to kick off UTM’s inaugural Celebration of Books.

Economics for the junior set
illustration from Kidonomics

Children in Grades 1 to 3 are in their most formative years, said Radha Maharaj, which is why she has created a series of Kidonomics books to teach them some basic economic principles that will serve them well throughout their lives. Maharaj, an economist and lecturer in the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology at U of T Mississauga, knows just how important these principles are. In her consulting work, she meets clients facing bankruptcy who have no grasp of economics.

Game on!
Students playing basketball in the RAWC

U of T Mississauga athletics will roll out its first varsity-level sports next season, with the announcement that it will become a member school of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association. Effective April 28, U of T Mississauga will become the OCAA’s 30th member school, giving student athletics the chance to compete in both OCAA and Ontario University Athletics sports.

Events
profs and students jumping up
Graduation Reception - Tue, 05/27/2014

The University of Toronto Mississauga and its Alumni Association welcomes you and your guests to attend Graduation Reception.

Date: Tuesday, May 27, 7-9 p.m.

Place: Room 110, Instructional Centre

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Family Care Advisor at UTM - Wed, 05/28/2014

If you are seeking support and advice on any personal family matters, a family care advisor will be available on the UTM campus to meet with students, staff and faculty for individual confidential consultations. To book an appointment, please email 'family.care@utoronto.ca' with the following information: your student or staff number, U of T employee group and/or your union affiliation if applicable, and a brief explanation of your enquiry. 

Date: Wednesday, May 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Place: Room TBA, William G. Davis Building

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Characters from movie Frozen
Flicks on the Field - Fri, 05/30/2014

A warm spring evening under the stars with family, friends and a terrific flick. Enjoy our beautiful campus under the night sky on the front lawn of the William G. Davis Building where it will be transformed into an outdoor movie experience featuring Disney’s stunning big screen comedy adventure Frozen.

Date: Friday, May 30 at dusk

Place: Front lawn, William G. Davis Building

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Building lit up with Italian colours
Festival Italiano - Sat, 05/31/2014

Featuring industry singers and musicians, the show will display a history of Italian music as performers sing hits from a wide range of genres and a wider range of artists including Pavarotti, Boccelli, Tozzi, Ramazzotti, and others! Light refreshment will be served prior to the concert in the Atrium outside of room 1080. Raffle prizes to be won! 

Date: Saturday, May 31, 5-7 p.m.

Place: Room 1080, CCT Building

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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: 

The Argos decision to move their training camp from UTM to York University was covered by the Mississauga News, the Toronto Sun and MSN Canada.

Professor Shyon Baumann, of the Department of Sociology, is noted in the Pakistani publication The Nation regarding his research on the bias towards fair-skin and hair colouring in the media. 

Radha Maharaj, a lecturer in the CCIT program, was interviewed on Global TV about her book, Kidonomics

Amy Muise, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology, was interviewed by Global News about her research on faking responses during intimacy you’re your partner.  She was also quoted in a Reuters story about what Facebook relationships imply about commitment to a romantic partnership.

The Mississauga News covered the announcement that UTM will offer varsity sports starting this fall.

Biology professor Robert Reisz’s research on the earliest land-based herbivore was covered by CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks, Discovery.com, the International Business Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Belfast Telegraph, the Delhi Daily News, New Tonight Africa, Yahoo News, the French Tribune, the China Post, the Times , the Evening Telegraph, and multiple other sources.

Rochelle Mazar, an emerging technologies librarian at UTM, posted a podcast on clickers on University Affairs