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Watch Prof. Stephen Scharper give the Earth Day reflection on "Re-Earthing Ourselves" at the Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Toronto - YouTube (April 26, 2021).

Anthropology PhD candidate Erica Kilius, a researcher in the lab of associate prof of anthropology David Samson, talks about study investigating how the pandemic impacts sleep - Global News (April 13, 2020)

Graduate student Noor Abbas discusses research on student dreams during the COVID-19 pandemic - CBC News (April 6, 2021)

Madeleine Mant featured in article entitled Lessons from a year under cover: How the mask went from a discouraged piece of protection to a politicized symbol of the pandemic (Toronto Star subscription content) (March 26, 2021)

Madeleine Mant is co-author of 10 tips for effective remote student supervision - University Affairs (March 15, 2021)

Lauren Schroeder among U of T Anthropology instructors digitizing hundreds of teaching specimens for online courses - University Affairs (March 11, 2021)

The University of Toronto including UTM is ranked among the top 10 internationally in the subject of anthropology in the QS University Rankings by Subject 2021 (March 5, 2021)

Madeleine Mant shares the creative "unessay" work produced by students in her ANT220 Introduction to the Anthropology of Health course - Defining Moments Canada (February 5, 2021) 

Madeleine Mant talks about the COVID vaccine and anthropology of health research on YouTube (January 15, 2021)

Prof. Sarah Hillewaert is creating an engaging online learning environment for students this winter through the Global Classroom initiative in ANT465H5S The Anthropology of Islam (January 8, 2021)


David Samson on his adventures in research on the View to the U Podcast (December 2020)

To beat COVID-19, look to the past, says medical anthropologist Dr. Madeleine Mant (December 16, 2020)

Stephen Scharper on Denise Ho’s remarkable journey from Cantopop diva to human rights champion - Toronto Star (December 2, 2020)

Waiting for a Cure: Zoe Wool explores military medicine’s harmful ‘curative promise’ (November 24, 2020)

Stephen Scharper was interviewed by CBC Radio about his book The Green Bible: Words of Love for a Suffering Planet. (November 18, 2020)

Madeleine Mant co-authored an OpEd in the Globe and mail about COVID-19 and education (November 16, 2020)

Madeleine Mant is quoted in article about human challenge trials for COVID-19 - Globe & Mail (November 12, 2020)

Five questions with Stephen Scharper and Nicole Spiegelaar in the Trinity Alumni Magazine (October 31, 2020)

Hands-on learning during COVID-19: a glimpse into our archaeological field schools in 2020 (October 16, 2020)

Virtual labs: Skulls, bone fragments and fossils come to life with 3D scanner as Lauren Schroeder and colleagues create digital database from their teaching collection. (October 16, 2020)

Zoë Wool is one of the medical anthropologists quoted in The Atlantic article "What Strength Really Means When You’re Sick: The metaphors that Trump and others use when talking about COVID-19 are making the pandemic worse". (October 16, 2020)

Stephen Scharper appointed Director of Sustainability for the Integrated Sustainability Initiative at Trinity College (October 8, 2020)

Dr. Madeleine Mant launches new video series "Let's Talk About Health" with a focus on careers in health care. (September 22, 2020)

David Samson awarded grant from fund honouring past U of T president (September 14, 2020)

Let's Talk About Health: Madeleine Mant brings new video series, costumes and creativity to online anthropology of health classes at UTM (September 2, 2020)

David Samson on live-streaming his UTM Anthropology lectures using Twitch (August 31, 2020)

Firat Bozcali's new anthropology course Racketeers, Smugglers and Pirates: Anthropology of Illegality (ANT216H5) is featured in ten new courses to take at UTM (August 24, 2020)

Andrea Muehlebach on the risks of for-profit public-private water partnerships - (August 21, 2020)

Madeleine Mant is quoted on historical patent medicines in the summer issue of UofTMed Magazine (July 22, 2020)

Madeleine Mant is quoted in “The next pandemic and the case for syndemics thinking” article in the Globe and Mail (subscription content) (July 2, 2020)

UTM Anthropology faculty among recipients of Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) funding supporting campus research projects (June 25, 2020)

UTM student with a minor in Anthropology focuses future on global health (May 29, 2020)

David Samson discusses how to clean up your “sleep hygiene” on 3Q’s at the U (May 25, 2020)

Stephen Scharper talks about the preciousness of planet Earth in a virtual presentation to the Kingsway-Lambton United Church in Toronto - YouTube (May 24, 2020)

Stephen Scharper participated in the webinar of the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis' Encyclical Laudato si', hosted by Development and Peace (May 23, 2020)

UTM archaeologist Liye Xie studies how we shaped the technologies that also shaped us (May 21, 2020)

Madeleine Mant appears on the first episode of 3Qs at the U to share why plague doctors used to wear those terrifying masks (May 4, 2020)

Madeleine Mant discusses how pandemics affect our ideas of vulnerability, our ability to move freely, and how we care for one another - CBC Radio (May 1, 2020)

David Samson on the link between fear and sleep stuggles in The Toronto Star (April 27, 2020)

Stephen Scharper shares some thoughts on what a post-pandemic economy might embrace in the article "Economic Rules Primed for a Change" in The Catholic Register digital edition (April 26, 2020)

U of T to support 31 high-impact coronavirus research projects, including Madeleine Mant's Going viral: COVID-19 and risk in young adult health behaviour models, through Toronto COVID-19 Action Fund (April 21, 2020)

Chief Donny Morris and former intensive care nurse Professor Tracey Galloway, discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the vulnerability of remote Indigenous communities (April 20, 2020)

David Samson on the evolution of family life in article about social distancing (Toronto Star subscription content) (April 15, 2020)

Tracey Galloway and other researchers co-sign letter sounding alarm on COVID-19 health risks to northern Indigenous communities - Radio Canada (French) (April 9, 2020)

Andrea Muelebach discusses the upcoming (and nearly carbon-neutral) Distribute 2020 conference in the article "The sudden urgency of online academic conferences" in University Affairs (April 8, 2020)

David Samson featured in CBC news article: How to keep COVID-19 stress from ruining your sleep (April 5, 2020)

UTM Anthropology donates teaching lab supplies to protect front-line health care workers (April 1, 2020)

Madeleine Mant on Social distancing and blame: Lessons from past pandemics (March 25, 2020)

David Samson explains why we experience insomnia, how sleep helps boost physical and emotional health, and offers tips for a better night’s rest in uncertain times.(March 23, 2020)

Madeleine Mant is featured in a story about what 19th century pandemics can teach us about the novel coronavirus - CBC (March 11, 2020)

Vivienne Luk and Karen Woodall of the UTM Forensic Science program shed light on the agonizing drug addiction of author Lucy Maud Montgomery in Maclean's magazine (March 11, 2020)

UTM students win case competition at Young Entrepreneur Conference (March 10, 2020)

Stephen Scharper's latest column in the Toronto Star: A prodigal church re-welcomes a gay pastor (January 28, 2020)

Firat Bozcali is interviewed about the assassination of Iranian General Soleymani, and US-Iran relations - The Medium (January 19, 2020)

Aleesha Singh, Dean's Excellence Award winnter and Forbes Under 30 Scholar interviewed by Areesha Imaan Siddiqui, UTMAS Executive Council member in Young Anthropology (January 15, 2020)

Volunteers needed: Testing FBI-endorsed forensic DNA kit in Canada's genetic melting pot - UTM Research Office (January 6, 2020)

Sherry Fukuzawa is featured in UTM's #MeetTheNewProfs campaign (January 6, 2020)

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