June 2016

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New book by UTM prof explores media bias in politics
Erin Tolley

In her new book, UTM assistant professor Erin Tolley, of the Department of Political Science, examines how minority political candidates are treated by the mainstream press. Framed: Media and the Coverage of Race in Canadian Politics reveals that while overt racism rarely occurs on the pages of Canadian newspapers, assumptions about race and diversity often influence media coverage, to the detriment of democracy.

Community bids farewell to Deep Saini
Deep and Rani Saini

There were speeches, gifts and a few tears as U of T gathered to bid farewell to Vice-President and Principal Deep Saini, who is leaving UTM to become the vice-chancellor of Australia’s University of Canberra.

When snakes had legs: New look at rare fossil reveals clues about early reptiles
snake with four short legs swimming in the water

Close examination of a rare Brazilian fossil is shedding new light on an enduring controversy in evolutionary thought—why snakes evolved their long, limbless bodies.

Putting your heart and brain into meditating
woman in meditation pose

Want to get better at meditating? Try taking a selfie. That’s how it works with Wildflowers Mindfulness, a new meditation app from psychology professor Norman Farb that uses your mobile device’s camera as a touchless heartrate detector. 

U of T Mississauga receives over $3.2 million in NSERC grant funding
Marc Johnson

Researchers from across seven departments at UTM have received more than $3.2 million in awards to fund projects on topics such as transgender identity, native and non-native plants, and online assistive interfaces.

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Free Faculty Club Luncheon - Wed, 06/29/2016

Date: June 29, 2016

Time: 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Faculty Club, DV 3141

Join your colleagues for a free lunch, open to members and non-member of the UTM Faculty Club. The usual charge for this meal is waived, however a donation of a small personal care item would be appreciated. Assistant chef Michele Doyle is collecting supplies for seniors in need living St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Suggested items include shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, moisturizer, head ties, light socks, combs, brushes, toothbrushes, toothpaste or wash cloths. 

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Max's Big Ride - Thu, 06/30/2016

Date: June 30, 2016

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Location: Crossroads, between CCT and Kaneff

Five-year-old Max and his father Andrew Sedmihradsky, global mobility coordinator with UTM’s International Education Centre, will hit the trail again this summer, riding their cargo bike from Ottawa to Hamilton along the Waterfront Trail. The 600-km trek will rais funds to help find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a disease that affects Max. Join the UTM community in welcoming the biking duo to campus and celebrate the almost-end of their long journey. For more information, please visit www.maxsbigride.com.

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Lab Liaisons: Dishing the Dirt - Thu, 07/07/2016

Date: Thursday, July 7, 2016

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: IB 140

Take a peek behind the scenes in the laboratories of UTM’s researchers. In this annual panel series, biology professor Ingo Ensminger, geography professor Yuhong He and chemistry professor Marc Laflamme discuss their research processes.

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Faculty and Staff Announcements: 

Andrea CarterAndrea Carter been appointed Assistant Dean, Student Wellness, Support and Success with Student Affairs at U of T Mississauga. Carter was previously Director of High Risk Matters and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. She was awarded the Chancellor’s Award—Emerging Leader in 2015. In her new role, she will work in the area of student behaviour.



Robert ReiszBiology professor Robert Reisz has been appointed honorary director of the new Dinosaur Evolution Research Centre to be established at China’s Jilin University. Reisz has also been named honorary professor with the university, which is located in the northeast region of the country. The new centre signifies a renewed commitment to paleontological research at the institution, which is one of the top 10 universities in China.


50 Challenge Photo Contest

Logo for 50 Challenge photo contestUTM’s 50 Challenge is seeking your fondest memories of Erindale College/University of Toronto Mississauga—experiences that made you laugh, made you cry, made you think more deeply, made you care more intensely and brought you lifelong friends. Experiences that inspired growth and change and helped shape your future.

Memories can be submitted in written format (maximum of 400 words in any creative writing style), photos or a written/photo combination.


  • Orientation
  • Labs & Lectures (for example, academics, favourite professors)
  • Beyond the Classroom (for example, extracurricular events, athletics, residence life)
  • Convocation

All entries must arrive at M Magazine no later than Saturday, December 31, 2016.

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Third place for UTM paddlers

UTM dragon boat team Smokin’ Tuna paddled to a third place finish in the 2016 Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival held at Toronto Centre Island June 18 and 19. This is the fifteenth season for the UTM team, which is made up of 18 staff, students and friends. Hospitality & Retail Operations coordinator Diane Mesch is captain; U of T alumnus Chris Mehak coached the team; and I&ITS field services technician Alex Tremblay keeps the beat as the team’s drummer.

Team photo of Smokin' Tuna dragonboat team


Training & Development: 

Ombuds OfficeOffice of the University Ombudsperson

The University Ombudsperson offers confidential and impartial advice and assistance on university-related problems to students, faculty and staff on all three campuses. Visit the office's website or add the Ombudsperson module to your Blackboard portal page.


Family Care Office logoIndividual Advising Appointments at UTM

Date: Monday, June 27, 2016

Time: Appointments can be booked between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm

If you are seeking support and resources regarding any personal family matters, a family care advisor is available to meet with you. 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. This is the last appointment session for the academic year.

BLue parking icon2016-2017 Staff/Faculty Annual Parking Permit Presale Information

Starting Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 8:00 a.m., staff and faculty may begin applying for their 2016-2017 Annual parking permits online or in person. Permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis as quantities are limited.  Availability is not guaranteed. Visit UTM's Parking & Transportation Services website for details.

Media Clippings: 

Economics professor Philip Oreopolous discusses the revival of crafting and its relationship to a changing job market in an article in Metro News.

Associate professor Andrea Muehlebach, of the Department of Anthropology, was interviewed by ABC News for a story about growing concerns over municipal water supplies in the United States. She noted cost and safety issues related to turning over water systems to private industry.

Eater interviewed Shyon Baumann and Josée Johnston about how the economic recession has impacted millennial attitudes towards luxury spending on food.

Historical Studies professor Rebecca Wittman was interviewed by CTV News and about news that a former Auschwitz guard has been jailed for five years for his role in the death camps

Assistant professor Jennifer Carlson and associate professor David Pettinicchio of the Department of Sociology, published an op/ed in the Washington Post on the recent nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. The pair took the view that the incident could lead to meaningful gun reform laws, in part because of the political organization of the American LGBTQ community.

The VergeEducation Dive and Inside Higher Ed covered a 500-tweet critique by associate professor Holger Syme, of the Department of English and Drama, of a new scholarly book about King Lear.

Social Media Highlight

Student posing in front of old stone buildingInstagram repost from @Ayayronvw Today i graduated from the University of Toronto with a Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree with Distinction. I think i earned this dab! Farewell to a fun four years UofT! 

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