Developing dynamic relationships with government, industry, health care and service organizations, U of T Mississauga is a catalyst for community transformation.
Education is an individual pursuit, but few pursuits can have a more essential social dimension. At the University of Toronto Mississauga, we place community at the centre of learning. Contributing to a stronger, more vibrant city and region informs the programs we offer, the minds we develop and the research we conduct.
Major funding for digital research partnership
DAVID WOLFE, a professor at U of T Mississauga’s Department of Political Science and co-director of the Innovation Policy Lab at The Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and his team have been awarded $2.9 million for the Creating Digital Opportunity project, designed to assist Canada in moving toward global competitive advantage by increasing the knowledge base needed to form effective policies.
student designs an eBook with buzz
LAUREN DIVITO, a master of biocommunications student at U of T Mississauga, designed and illustrated Expedition: Insects, an eBook for Grades 3 to 5. In the book, published by the Smithsonian Science Education Center, students travel the world to visit six different types of insects in their natural habitats.
Study disproves link between Lyme and Alzheimer’s diseases
New research by U of T Mississauga Professor Emeritus Danton O’Day from the Department of Biology definitively puts to rest a theory that Lyme disease causes Alzheimer’s. Neuroimaging showing normal (top row) and Alzheimer’s (bottom row) brains Original image by Danton O’Day.
UTM student advocates for women’s economic empowerment
Promoting greater economic empowerment for young women worldwide was the focus of an international conference in Australia, and representing Canada’s perspective was U of T Mississauga student ESTELLE AH-KIOW. The G(irls) 20 Summit, which took place at the Sydney Opera House, focused on how to create more educational and career opportunities for girls and women worldwide. The event mirrors the annual G20 meeting of heads of state, but also includes representatives from the European and African Unions, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Middle East and North Africa.
‘Steak-knife’ teeth in oldest land predators
The first top predators to walk on land were not afraid to bite off more than they could chew, a University of Toronto Mississauga study has found. Graduate student and lead author KIRSTIN BRINK along with Professor ROBERT REISZ from U of T Mississauga’s Department of Biology suggest that Dimetrodon, a carnivore that walked on land between 298 million and 272 million years ago, was the first terrestrial vertebrate to develop serrated ziphodont teeth. According to the study published in Nature Communications, ziphodont teeth, with their serrated edges, produced a more efficient bite and would have allowed Dimetrodon to eat prey much larger than itself.
Learning & Community
How does a university drive innovation? Founding a visionary Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI) that transforms business education by combining management skills with expertise in the sciences and other disciplines is an excellent start.
At the same time, UTM has forged links with local government, boards of trade and industry to better align education with economic need, develop experiential learning opportunities for students, and create business incubators such as the Research Innovation and Commercialization Centre.
Holding annual events such as Countdown to Success drives community engagement, and gives students, alumni and professionals countless business and networking opportunities, as does encouraging student groups to organize case competitions such as Show Me The Green, in which business undergraduates from across the province pitch plans for green products or services to a panel of experts.
Through such initiatives, UTM acts as a catalyst for economic transformation and community building in Mississauga, the Greater Toronto Area and Ontario.
Tobias Mueller-Glodde personifies this ambition. A global citizen, he was born in Brazil, moved to Germany, lived in Senegal and studied in the U.S. In pursuing his professional graduate education, he considered major institutions in London and Paris. But he chose to study for a Master of Science in Sustainability Management at UTM’s Institute for Management & Innovation.
It was the interdisciplinary and applied nature of IMI that attracted him, along with the local community: “The Greater Toronto Area is such a diverse place with so many career opportunities.” UTM is actively engaged in making those opportunities more attractive than ever.
As a member of one of the most successful and productive academic medical research and education networks in the world, the Mississauga Academy of Medicine (MAM) at UTM helps train future generations of health leaders. One of four U of T Faculty of Medicine academies, MAM educates more than 200 physicians in its four-year program and places student doctors at local hospital sites of Trillium Health Partners, as well as at community agencies, schools and clinics. While helping boost capacity in the province’s healthcare system, the Mississauga Academy of Medicine improves access to high-quality care in Mississauga and the surrounding region, and creates stronger and healthier communities for residents and families.
Complex communities have complex needs. UTM addresses local needs at multiple levels. Take health care. Along with helping to train more doctors at the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, what if we could deploy existing services more efficiently?
Questions like this prompted geographer Kathi Wilson to study how urban landscapes may be impeding healthcare access for thousands of Ontarians currently without a family doctor. Concentrating on Mississauga, Professor Wilson is investigating where doctors are located, which neighbourhoods are underserved, and what people’s perceptions are of their access to a doctor. Knowing more about the geography of healthcare delivery is a first step towards improving it.
A healthy society needs to understand and respond to challenges at all stages of human development. UTM takes special pride in promoting the welfare of its youngest members, as part of the Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development. This trans-disciplinary research initiative is devoted to examining how better early childhood development offers life-long benefits to health and wellbeing. We’re also home to the Social-Emotional Development and Intervention Lab directed by psychologist Tina Malti. A recipient of the prestigious Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award, Professor Malti is researching early intervention strategies for curbing harmful aggression in children.