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UTM Anthropology newsletter for undergraduate students

University of Toronto including UTM is is the top-ranked Canadian university, and number 13 in the world for the subject of anthropology in the 2023 QS World University Rankings by Subject (March 28, 2023)

Stephen Scharper discusses how love factors prominently into his approach to research (UTM News). (March 24, 2023)

David Samson weighs in on the behavioural changes people can make to improve their sleep and get better, deeper rest (Toronto Star). (March 15, 2023)

Nicole Novroski discusses how genetic genealogy can help solve missing persons cases (CBC). (February 7, 2023)

UTORMFA (multifactorial authentication) rollout for all undergraduate and graduate students must be completed by February 28, 2023 (January 11, 2023)

Students learn about about Swahili culture through international cooking workshop at UTM (January 3, 2023)


Stephen Scharper's column "The Christmas mood: a vibe of radical love" appears in the Toronto Star (December 24, 2022)

Tracy Rogers discusses the search for womens' remains (interview with The Canadian Press) (December 15, 2022)

Congratulations to Sherry Fukuzawa, recipient of U of T Early Career Teaching Award - U of T News (December 1, 2022)

Nicole Novroski says this is an 'exciting time' for genetic experts as more cold cases are solved - CBC News (November 29, 2022)

Congratulations to Liye Xie, recipient of Jackman Humanities Institute 6-month Faculty Research Fellowship in the Humanities for 2023-2024 (November 17, 2022)

Stephen Scharper questions Canada’s initiatives to combat climate change through cutting emissions and pollution in an interview with The Medium. (November 14, 2022)

Stephen Scharper shares his insight on the matter of threats to Canada’s biodiversity through an interview with The Medium. (November 14, 2022)

Congratulations to UTM undergraduate student Luca Del Giacco, who was awarded the Davidson Black Award for the best in-person poster presentation at the CABA 2022 annual meeting. (October 28, 2022)

Madeleine Mant's "Behind Bars: Anthropology of Institutions and Confinement" (ANT405H5) is among six new courses in 2022-23 featured in UTM News. (August 26, 2022)

Dr. Nicole Novroski explains to CBC News how skin elasticity can impact fingerprints. (August 2, 2022)

Dr. Nicole Novroski has been appointed incoming Editor-in-Chief of Forensic Genomics, the official journal of the International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI) (July 28, 2022)

Museum exhibit highlights Dr. Alicia Hawkins' collaborative archaeological research with the Huron-Wendat Nation (July 14, 2022)

Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation opens office on U of T campus (July 5, 2022)

The Department of Anthropology is pleased to welcome three new faculty members in July 2022: Alicia Hawkins, Frank Wendt and Monica Ramsey (July 4, 2022)

Dr. Nicole Novroski of the UTM Forensic Science program has been selected as an Advisory Committee member for the International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI). A series of videos that highlight Dr. Novroski's career and teaching are available on the ISHI YouTube channel. (June 28, 2022)

Congratulations to Jehuda Tjahjadi, recipient of the 2022 E.A. Robinson Medal: Social Sciences for his broad range of accomplishments in the Department of Anthropology at UTM and beyond (June 24, 2022)

Congratulations to Kevin Adamson, recipient of the 2021-22 University of Toronto Mississauga Outstanding Program Performance award for Anthropology (June 8, 2022)

Nicole Novroski interviewed by CBC News about the methods investigators can use to identify a young girl whose body was recently found (June 7, 2022)

David Samson talks to BBC Future about why humans get less sleep than other primates (May 24, 2022)

Tracey Galloway is co-principal investigator in research project probing COVID-19’s uneven impact on racialized and immigrant communities in Peel Region (May 11, 2022)

Congratulations to UTM Anthropology students Mahalia Johnna Baguio and Ya Qi Mo on receiving the Student Poster Award at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association for their poster titled (Re-)Imagining the Schreiber Wood Landscape: Digital Reconstructions of 19th Century Settler Occupations at the University of Toronto Mississauga (May 2, 2022)

Digging for Answers to a Local Mystery: UTM Anthropology's Archaeological Fieldwork field school featured in U of T Maganize (April 20, 2022)

Sherry Fukuzawa awarded 2021-22 Early Career Teaching Award and Teaching Fellowship at U of T (April 1, 2022)

Stephen Scharper's opinion piece "At last, an atlas of Indigenous knowledge" appears in the Toronto Star (March 23, 2022)

Stephen Scharper participated in several recent panels at U of T. He served as moderator for a panel entitled "Creation Care and the Church" held at the Faculty of Divinity’s Creation Care Workshop in February 2022. He also presented at a multifaith panel entitled "Earth Love Gathering" sponsored by Emmanuel College, and he served as invited panelist for the University of Toronto Environmental Action (UTEA) Covid-19 Pandemic and Environmental Health Webinar. (March 21, 2022)

Why do animals sleep? David Samson featured on CBC's The Nature of Things (March 16, 2022)

Madeleine Mant talks about vaccine history on CBC's St John's Morning Show (February 4, 2022)

Stephen Scharper presented an online talk "Falling in love with the earth: embracing a compassionate ecology (February 3, 2022)

UTM Anthropology student Gordane Calloo writes about the experience of being a Black student in Anthropology: read On Being a Black Woman and a Student in The Medium (January 31, 2022)

A sweeping scholarly spread: UofT Mississauga researcher Zoë Wool covers a lot of ground in her work (January 31, 2022)

UTM Anthropology professor Zoë Wool featured on UTM's View to the U podcast (January 27, 2022)

Madeleine Mant shares her tips on "Battling Burnout" through bringing hobbies into everyday life (January 27, 2022)

Ravaged by COVID, Bearskin Lake is in crisis and needs our help - by Tracy Galloway in the Toronto Star (January 6, 2022)

Interview with Anthropology student Arumitha Sasiharan, who was awarded the Zeynab Asadi Lari Healthy Campus Award for her wellness work at UTM in 2020-2021

News Archive

View previous stories on our News Archive page.

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Struggling with the switch to daylight savings time?

According to Dr. David Samson’s research, the majority of people experiencing sleep problems can make improvements through their own behaviours.
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Congratulations to Hyatt Awisse

Hyatt Awisse is the recipient of the department's Snil “Sunny” Sahanan Memorial Scholarship for 2023.
Dr. Fukuzawa

Sherry Fukuzawa receives U of T Early Career Teaching Award

Professor Xie

Liye Xie receives Jackman Humanities Institute Faculty Research Fellowship