February 2015

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Saini re-appointed as UTM principal
Deep Saini

Professor Hargurdeep (Deep) Saini has been re-appointed as vice-president and principal of the University of Toronto Mississauga for a five-year term over five and a half years.

Hazel McCallion named special advisor at UTM
Hazel McCallion

She may have left political life behind, but Hazel McCallion isn’t quite ready to rest on her laurels. The former Mississauga mayor has been named special advisor to Professor Deep Saini, vice-president, U of T, and principal of U of T Mississauga.

Trash talk with Chelsea Dalton
Chelsea Dalton holding a baggie of trash

If you’ve run into Chelsea Dalton recently, you might have noticed that’s she’s toting an unusual accessory. Since the beginning of February, Dalton has been collecting her personal trash in a large Ziploc bag.

I-CUBE, on-campus accelerator for student entrepreneurs, officially opens at UTM

I-CUBE, a new accelerator designed to help student entrepreneurs take a new product or process to market, launched this month at the Institute for Management & Innovation. 

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Family Ties film tour - Tue, 03/03/2015

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Place: UTM Student Centre, Presentation Room

Two of Toronto’s most engaging artists visit UTM as part of a tri-campus series of events featuring film, music and dialogue.  Casey Mecija and Vivek Shraya share their two short films, My Father, Francis and Holy Mother My Mother. The films explore the complex relationships between queer diasporic children and their parents. They are tributes to the often unrecognized labour of immigrant parents. 

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Discussing isotope techniques - Tue, 03/03/2015

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Time: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Place: CCT, 2150

The Centre for Global Change Science Distinguished Lecturer Series welcomes Arthur Gessler from the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL. Gessler discuss how stable isotope techniques and assimilated carbon in plants and ecosystems, and water uptake. Contact Ingo Ensminger for more information.

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Celebrating the lives of First Nations women - Tue, 03/03/2015

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Time: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Place: Spigel Hall, Davis Building

Guest speakers Lee Maracle, Susan Blight and Jamais Dacosta gather for a special International Women's Day Event hosted by the Department of Historical Studies, and the Women & Gender Studies Program. Contact Nythalah Baker for more information.

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Comfort Zones Part #2: Behind the Scenes - Tue, 03/10/2015 - Thu, 03/12/2015

Date: March 10-12, 2015

Time: Various times

Blackwood Gallery continues its Comfort Zones exhibition with four “behind-the-scenes” walking tours that trace the visible and invisible forces that have transformed the campus over time. The tours are led by UTM community members who share their professional and personal experiences, as well as their visions for the future. Please register by Monday, March 2 > 

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Faculty and Staff Announcements: 

Danial WigdorMathematical and computational sciences assistant professor Daniel Wigdor has won a prestigious Sloan Fellowship Award. The $50,000 US prizes are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as among the next generation of scientific leaders. Wigdor’s research explores human-computer interaction and specifically how to remove the delay experienced when using smartphones and tablets. Six of the eight fellowships awarded to Canadian researchers went to U of T scholars. http://news.utoronto.ca/recognizing-u-t-s-rising-stars

Lisa KramerAssociate finance professor Lisa Kramer has been elected President of the Northern Finance Association, a Canadian association of finance researchers.

Training & Development: 

meditating personMeditation workshops: Learn to relax

Date: March 4, 10 and 18, 2015

Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Place: DV3129

Dr. Jeff Graham and the Psychology Society (P.A.U.S.E.) offer session for staff, students and faculty who are interested in learning to meditate. Please wear comfortable clothes for the sessions, which will focus on breathing, mindfulness and progressive muscle relaxation. For more information >


hand squeezing stress ballStress Busters

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Place: UTM Council Chambers, Davis Building, Room 3130

Homewood Health presenter Marla Werner leads this stress-busting workshop, and provides
practical tips and tools to bring us to optimal stress levels and maximize our energy and performance. Register here > 


rubber band ballBuilding Resilience: Learning to Roll with Life’s Punches

Date:Monday, April 20, 2015

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Place: UTM Council Chambers, Davis Building, Room 3130

Research shows that the stronger your personal resilience, the better equipped you are to handle pressure and reduce stress.  In this wellness session led by Homewood Health’s Marla Werner, participants will review some key strategies for building
resilience and explore ways for overcoming barriers to becoming resilient. Register here > 



assorted vegetablesCalling All Cooks!

UTM Student newspaper The Medium is looking for culinary contributions from staff or faculty for “Blackboard Special”, a column on home cooking. Contributors are asked to share a favourite recipe (as simple or as fancy as they like) and explain in a sentence or two why it has earned a special place in your culinary repertoire. Recipes, both original or adapted, are welcomed.  Please contact editor Madeleine Brown for details.

Media Clippings: 

Deerfield Hall architects Perkins + Will Canada have won an award of merit for the design of Deerfield Hall. The Ontario Concrete Awards recognized the firm for innovative approached to forming the concrete to overcome high construction site temperatures, a 22-month timeline and other site challenges.

Stephen Bede-Scharper, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, was featured on CBC Radio’s The Current, discussing politics, evolution and personal beliefs. LINK

Department of Anthropology lecturer Bence Viola was featured in Darwin Day coverage in the Mississauga News. Viola spoke about his research on early humans, and exciting new developments in Neanderthal research.

Laurel Sefton-Macdowell, of the Department of Historical Studies, was interviewed by the Toronto Star for a story on new right-to-strike legislation for public sector workers.

The Toronto Star featured the 400-strong collection of bobblehead figures collected by MAM student support administrator Mark Wlodarski

Department of Psychology professor emeritus Janet Polivy's research on making and keeping weight loss resolutions was featured in Prevention Magazine.

The appointment of Hazel McCallion was widely covered by a number of media outlets, including the Globe and Mail, the National Post and CTV’s Question Period. The former Mississauga mayor was appointed to a special advisor position at UTM in mid-February. 

The Huffington Post interviewed Department of Political Science lecturer Katherine Bullock about the controversial proposal to ban hijabs at Canadian citizenship ceremonies.

Metro News covered Chelsea Dalton’s efforts to reduce her garbage output. UTM’s environmental sustainability coordinator tracked her trash as part of a month-long Waste Bucket Challenge.