December 2015

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UTM profs spearhead sponsorship of Syrian family
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Jennifer Nagel and Sergio Tenenbaum, U of T Mississauga philosophy professors, have organized a group of 15 friends and family to privately sponsor a Syrian refugee family. The six family members – a mother and five children – are expected to arrive in Toronto before year’s end.

Where science and literature intersect
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Professor Liza Blake had ambitions to be Agent Dana Scully from the television series The X-files. But an introductory biology class during the first year of her undergrad program at George Washington University had her questioning if that path was the right fit.

New book by UTM professor explores women's complex relationship with food
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Getting dinner on the table every night is a regular challenge for many modern households. Ensuring that each meal is healthy, good for the planet and affordable adds extra weight to a burden that is still primarily shouldered by women, according to a new book by U of T Mississauga sociology professor Josée Johnston.

Happy Holidays from U of T Mississauga!
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Click to view a special “made at UTM” holiday message. The video was created by Qinyang Chen, an alumna of U of T’s Masters of Science in Biomedical Communications program. Chen’s work may also be spotted on the road—she designed the colourful Institute for Management & Innovation wrap on the shuttle bus.

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Get Hired: Summer & Full-Time Job Fair - Wed, 01/13/2016

Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: RAWC Gym

Speak with representatives from dozens of organizations and learn about a wide range of summer and full-time opportunities! The fair is open to current U of T students and recent graduates of the past two years. A valid TCard is required.

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Theatre Erindale: Uncommon Women and Others - Thu, 01/21/2016 - Sun, 01/31/2016

Date: January 21-23 & 28-31

Location: Theatre Erindale

Theatre Erindale presents a hard-hitting comedy about growing up after graduation. Set in the late '70s, five vivid individuals look back on their years at a prestigious college. Others join them in flashback to steer through the minefield of past and present, as the women they were become the women they have become.

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Workshop: Mindful Discipline - Tue, 03/22/2016

Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: TBA, U of T Mississauga

Mari Rossi leads a two- hour workshop about how to bring mindfulness into the way we discipline our children. Drawing on the current literature on mindfulness, we will look at simple yet powerful mindfulness practices that can help us foster three essential elements of mindful discipline: acceptance and autonomy; boundaries and structure; and reconnection and repair.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Training & Development: 

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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 add the Ombudsperson module to your Blackboard portal page.


family care office logoIndividual Advising Appointments at UTM

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 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.

Media Clippings: 

Anthropology professor Tracey Galloway was interviewed by Yorkton News, CBC and CTV about the problems with the federal arctic food subsidy program.

Dozens of media outlets picked up Amy Muise’s recent study on couples and sexuality, including the Journal de Montréal, Maclean’s magazine, Huffington Post UK, Toronto Star, National Post and The Telegraph.

New research by Marc Laflamme on the feeding habits of long-extinct organisms from the Ediacaran period was covered by Modern Readers and Science Recorder.

Peter Loewen wrote about what Paris can teach the world about living free in the Ottawa Citizen. Loewen was visiting the city at the time of last month’s terror attacks.

Josée Johnston’s comments about celebrities starring in cooking shows appeared in coverage by Fox News, the Toronto Sun and the Winnipeg Free Press.

Diaspora expert Rima Berns-McGown was interviewed by CBC News and TVO’s The Agenda about the Syrian refugee crisis.

Glenn Schellenberg’s study of the classroom benefits of ukuleles was reported by Pacific Standard Magazine and Classical MPR.

CBC’s Quirks & Quarks radio program reported on Sandra Trehub’s research about the soothing effects of singing to babies.

National Public Radio and CBC’s Metro Morning radio program and blog reported on an initiative by philosophy professor Jennifer Nagel to sponsor a refugee family from Syria.

The renaming of an old fossil by Kirstin Brink and Robert Reisz was covered several media outlets, including CBC News and Mississauga News.