December 2014

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News
Exam Jam helps students bust exam stress
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From therapy dogs to a room dedicated to napping, throngs of UTM students tried out study break stress-busters at the fall Exam Jam. The day-long event aimed to help students avoid stress; stay focused and get energized during the winter exam period.

UTM launches new Professional Accounting Centre
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The accounting profession has been undergoing dramatic change as a result of trends such as globalization, heightened investor expectations and increasing litigation. Now, a new centre at U of T Mississauga will be able to unpack their ramifications, and help sustain the relevance and resiliency of the profession.

Construction, accessibility, parking discussed at UTM town hall
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It was standing-room only as students, faculty and staff gathered for the Nov. 26 town hall session in Spigel Hall on Wednesday. The room was packed with UTM community members eager to participate in a question-and-answer session about campus issues and initiatives.

Economics prof studies working for a living
Gueorgui Kambourov

Even though professor Gueorgui Kambourov studies ever changing labour markets and researches occupational trends for a living, his own career path was pretty much set from the get-go once he completed his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Applied Economics in the mid ‘90s in Bulgaria.

Events
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Remember to register for UTAlerts - Thu, 12/18/2014

Want to know right away if campus is closed due to snow? Register for UTAlerts and get a text right to your smartphone.

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Holiday Closures - Sat, 12/20/2014 - Mon, 01/05/2015

Please note that the University of Toronto Mississauga will be closed for the holidays from the end of the day on Friday, December 19, 2014 to Friday, January 2, 2015 inclusive, reopening and resuming regular hours of operation on Monday, January 5, 2015.

For more information about holiday RAWC hours and more, please visit the Holiday Closures page >

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Living Library - Wed, 01/21/2015

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2014

Time: 4 pm – 7 pm

Place: IB Atrium

The Living Library Project is an event designed to create dialogue, promote understanding and reduce prejudice. A collection of “human books” (widely varied in gender, cultural and religious backgrounds, and age) will be offered on "loan" to visitors (“readers”).

Facilitated by Living Library Librarians, visitors "borrow" the human book for up to 25 minutes and engage in free flowing conversation.  The informal "Reader-Book" interaction is a positive and safe way to question and explore pre-conceived notions around race, class, gender, religion, sexuality, and to share personal narratives through open dialogue.  Through this program, we hope to promote tolerance, and deepen the understanding of social justice, equity and diversity.

Reserve your "book" here >

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EDO Conversation Cafe-Gender and Sexuality - Wed, 01/21/2015

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2014

Time: 3 pm – 4:30 pm

Place: Student Centre, Room 250

The EDO Convo Café is a monthly conversation space that welcomes all students, staff, and faculty to discuss equity and human rights issues on campus, in Canada, and around the world. Each month, this casual dialogue will be centered on a different topic, discussed through an intersectional lens. This will be a safer space on an open drop-in basis where different voices are welcomed to engage with important topics.

The theme for January is gender and sexuality. Scott Clarke and Kathy Mac will be co-facilitating  conversation.

For further information, please email the Equity and Diversity Office >

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Faculty and Staff Announcements: 

Emily ImpettAssistant psychology professor Emily Impett is one of five winners of a $5,000 2015 SAGE Young Scholars Award from the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology and SAGE Publications. The award recognizes outstanding achievements by young scholars who are early in their careers in personality and social psychology research.

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Calling All Cooks!

vegetables on a chopping boardUTM student newspaper The Medium is looking for culinary contributions from staff or faculty for “Blackboard Special”, a new column on home cooking. Contributors are asked to share a favourite recipe (as simple or as fancy as they like) and explain in a sentence or two why it has earned a special place in your culinary repertoire. Recipes, both original or adapted, are welcome.  Please contact editor Madeleine Brown for details.

Media Clippings: 

Metro Ottawa talked to professor Joan Simalchik about how feminist role models are getting younger.

Associate professor of anthropology Stephen Bede-Scharper writes in the Toronto Star about the future of an ice-less Arctic and the effect it could have on the polar bear population.

The Mississauga News covered research by urban geography professor Alan Walks who investigated Vancouver’s controversial Burrard Street Bridge bicycle lane and the lessons that project holds for other cities. The article by Walks and two U of T co-authors was published in the September 2014 edition of the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation.

Associate economics professors Andreas Park and Katya Malinova published a study in The Journal of Finance on the impact of a liquidity subsidization scheme used by the Toronto Stock Exchange. The “maker-taker” pricing rewards liquidity suppliers and charges liquidity demanders.

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