April 2016

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From Floon or Fleen to NYC: Symbolic sound demystified
Cristina Rabaglia and Sam Maglio

Marketers and brand managers responsible for naming new products should be interested to learn that people associate certain sounds with nearness and others with distance, Sam Maglio, a professor of marketing at the University of Toronto Scarborough and the Rotman School of Management, and Cristina Rabaglia, a research fellow in psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, whose new study adds to the body of knowledge about symbolic sound.

Federal funding for cutting-edge research announced at UTM
Kirsty Duncan and Adriano Senatore

Federal Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan (MP, Etobicoke North) visited U of T Mississauga on Friday, April 17 to announce federal support for research projects at the University of Toronto and across the country. Earlier this month, the federal government announced $19-million in funding to support 94 projects at 33 universities across Canada, including $5.2 million in funding for 19 projects at U of T. UTM assistant professor of biology Adriano Senatore is among the recipients.

Principal Deep Saini hosts final town hall
Professor Deep Saini

Students, staff and faculty attended a town hall session on April 6, 2016 to discuss areas of concern and opportunities for growth at U of T Mississauga.

Better business: UTM prof on how corporate norms might change the world
Laurel Besco

Frequent travellers will be familiar with the little cards, usually propped up on a hotel’s bathroom counter, that encourage guests to help save energy by reusing their towels. Those cards sparked the interest of Laurel Besco, an assistant professor of geography at U of T Mississauga, who wondered how and why the hospitality industry chose to take on energy efficiency when there was no legislation requiring them to act.

Research with Peel Regional Police hopes to improve outcomes of high-stress police encounters
Judith Andersen

Police officers can find themselves in unpredictable, challenging and highly stressful situations, with only their gear and training to protect themselves and the public.  To better prepare officers for the stressful challenges they face in the line of duty, Judith Andersen, an assistant professor in the U of T Mississauga Department of Psychology and Mississauga Academy of Medicine, University of Toronto, is working with Peel Regional Police to implement science-based use-of-force training that includes techniques to help officers control their stress reactivity and improve their split-second decisions.

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UTM Celebration of Books - Wed, 04/27/2016

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: The Blind Duck Pub

The Office of the Vice-Principal, Research and the University of Toronto Mississauga Library are co-hosting a celebration of UTM faculty members and the books they have authored or edited. We will be honouring a diverse range of authors from several of U of T Mississauga's academic departments.

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Individual Advising Appointments at UTM - Mon, 05/09/2016

Date: Monday, May 9, 2016

Time: By appointment, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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.

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Webinar: Helping children cope with separation and divorce - Wed, 05/11/2016

Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Homewood Health counsellor Lynda Fernyhough leads a webinar to help adults understand what goes on in the hearts and minds of children of all ages in the wake of marital disruption. The session will include tips about how to explain divorce to children, how to support children who have witnessed parental conflict and how to foster resilience. It will also address common responses such as reunification fantasies, separation anxiety and anger. Registration required. U of T students, staff, faculty and their partners are welcome.

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Faculty and Staff Announcements: 

Kelly Hannah-MoffatSociology professor Kelly Hannah-Moffat has been appointed Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity for a five-year term effective October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2021. Moffat joined UTM in 1999 and served in a number of positions, most recently as Interim Dean and Acting Vice-Principal, UTM. Hannah-Moffat will follow outgoing Vice-President Angela Hildyard, who will retire in the fall.


Judith PoĆ«Judith Poë has been named as one of two recipients of the Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship Award for her “extraordinary service” to U of T. During her 45-year career with the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Poë served on committees and councils, helped negotiate and shape policies, advised faculty and staff developing new programs, served on editorial boards and volunteered for various national and provincial groups that promote her twin passions: chemistry and teaching.


Nic WeststrateNic Weststrate has been appointed Equity & Diversity Officer at UTM, replacing Nythalah Baker for a one-year term beginning in April. He previously worked with UTM’s Student Housing and Residence Life office where he handled equity and diversity initiatives and educational programs, facilitated training and development sessions for students and staff, and managed daily operations for the first year student community.

Training & Development: 

white U of T logo on a blue backgroundOffice 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.


jumble of letters and illustration of a penWorkshop: Grammar Tune-Up

Date: Monday, May 30, 2016

Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Davis Building Room 3040

Diana Kawarsky leads a high-impact workshop designed to review correct grammar usage and put it into action in the documents you write. In this interactive and intensive writing workshop, participants learn by using their own work samples as the basis for improvement. The result ishands-on and fun, and learning that has immediate relevance to your work.

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Media Clippings: 

A number of Canadian and Australian publications covered news of Vice-President and Principal Deep Saini’s appointment to Canberra University. Publications included the Canberra Times, Brampton Guardian and ABC News.

Research by assistant professor of psychology Judith Andersen into police de-escalation techniques was covered by the Toronto Sun, the Stratford Beacon Herald and the Mississauga News. Andersen was also mentioned in Kady O’Malley’s “Watchlist” column in the Ottawa Citizen for her presentation on post-traumatic stress to a parliamentary committee, and was interviewed on CBC Radio’s Here and Now.

MBiotech alumnus Ryan Macri and professor Scott Prosser were featured in a Globe and Mail article on growing interdisciplinary collaborations between industry and universities.

Assistant professor of psychology Erika Carlson was interviewed in a Toronto Star story on narcissism.

A study on parenting and authentic emotions by assistant professor Emily Impett and Bonnie Le of the Department of Psychology received dozens of international media mentions, including Working Mother News and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Research by assistant professor Sonia Kang of the Department of Management on résumé whitening by job seekers received dozens of media hits, including the Toronto Star, the Guardian, the Atlantic and the Harvard Business Review.

History lecturer Rima Berns-McGowan commented in an Ottawa Citizen article on how refugees cope with old conflicts as they adjust to life in a new country.

Assistant professor Rhonda McEwan of the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology, was interviewed for a Toronto Star story on the use of emojis in modern comnunications.