February 2016

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UTM developing new housing master plan
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A new 10-year plan is in the works for UTM Student Housing & Residence Life, intended to improve the student experience and to ensure that future housing offerings will meet the market demand.



UTM professors named as Canada Research Chairs
Loren Martin and John Ratcliffe

UTM biology professor John Ratcliffe and UTM psychology professor Loren Martin are among U of T’s 34 new Canada Research Chairs and seven renewals announced on February 9. Federal minister of science Kirsty Duncan named the chairs, who were appointed at 53 postsecondary instutions across Canada. The program is a tri-agency initiative of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. 

How feeling good about your lover might be bad for your sexual health
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A new study from U of T Mississauga psychology researcher John Sakaluk has found that the better you are bonded to your partner, the less likely you are to practice safe sex with them.

UTM prof on how city governments can help solve climate change
aerial view of Los Angeles

How can city governments solve the problem of climate change? That’s the question U of T Mississauga’s Sara Hughes seeks to answer as she investigates how three major cities—Toronto, New York and Los Angeles—are delivering on ambitious pledges to improve sustainability.

New book by UTM prof on what we can learn from the failure of Barack Obama, Jane Addams
Jane Addams and Barack Obama

The path to greatness is filled with unforeseen challenges, watershed moments and changes of plan. This holds true even for great figures, according to a new book by U of T Mississauga sociology professor Erik Schneiderhan.  traces the parallel biographies of two major figures in American history—pioneering social reformer Jane Addams and U.S. President Barack Obama—as they grapple with what Schneiderhan calls ‘the American dilemma.’

Jasiri X
In Conversation with Jasiri X - Wed, 02/24/2016

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Student Centre, Presentation room

Professor Beverly Bain in conversation with hip hop artist, educator and community organizer Jasiri X. Presented by UTMSU in partnership with U of T partners Multi-Faith Centre, First Nations House, Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office, Hart House and UTM Equity & Diversity Office.

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Workshop: Learn to Relax - Wed, 02/24/2016 - Thu, 03/17/2016

Dates and times:

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, 5:00 pm to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 3, 2016, Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016,  5:00 pm to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 17, 2016, Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Location: DV3129

Learn to meditate at beginner sessions hosted by Dr. Jeff Graham and The Psychology Society. Learn simple breathing and awareness exercises to calm the mind, release stress and open a door to unconscious sources of creativity.
Sessions are open to all staff, faculty, students and friends. Come to all sessions, or any single session. 

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

Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Time: Noon to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Davis Building, Room 3129

Facilitator Mari Rossi leads a two-hour workshop to explore ways to bring mindfulness into the way we discipline our children. Through a framework of attachment and a focus on the importance of the parenting relationship, the session will explore how the process of transmitting self-discipline unfolds. 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. Staff, students, faculty and their partners are welcome.

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Training & Development: 

multi coloured word bubblePracticing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace: A Workshop for Professionals and Managers

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

Time: 1:00 p.m.  – 4:00 p.m.

Location: UTM Council Chambers, Davis Building Room 3130

As members of our community, all U of T professionals and managers have an essential role in helping to create and promote a work environment that is diverse, respectful, equitable and inclusive.  Taking steps to identify, eliminate, reduce and mitigate barriers that may or do manifest in the workplace is crucial to achieving the University’s commitment to becoming an equitable community.

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ODLC logoWorkshop: Developing Your Career While Raising a Family

Date: Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016

Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Davis Building Room 3129

ODLC facilitator Teresa Scannell leads a workshop to help you learn how to handle the dual challenges of family and work commitments. Learn from a panel of colleagues who will discuss their own experiences with juggling family and work; discover simple strategies on how to make progress on your career goals while still spending time with family; and create a simple action plan to keep yourself accountable.

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illustration of rainbow coloured stick peopleLunch & Learn: Gender Identity and Gender Expression

Date: Friday, March 4, 2016

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Spigel Hall

UTM staff, faculty, and teaching assistants are invited to a lunch and learn session about gender identity and gender expression. Join U of T’s Sexual & Gender Diversity Office and UTM’s Equity & Diversity Office to better understand vocabulary, pronouns and trans* identities as well as how to enhance your support of gender diverse and gender independent students, staff and faculty. Light lunch will be provided.

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Media Clippings: 

Psychology researcher Katherine Tombeau Cost’s study debunking the theory of “mommy brain” was profiled in Quartz, Parenting, New Scientist and Slate.

Professor emeritus Graham White’s new book on Nunavut’s government was profiled in the Nunatsiaq News.

Economics professor Angelo Melino was interviewed by the Toronto Star about what the falling loonie means for the Canadian economy.

Associate professor of geography, Pierre Desroschers, was interviewed by York Region News about the rising cost of food in Canada.

Forensic science professor Wade Knapp was interviewed by Vice about how police are tracking a Canadian woman who is wanted on murder charges.

Data collected by economics professor Philip Oreopolous appeared Charleston City Paper’s coverage of an American bill to raise the minimum school dropout age for high school students.

Research by Amy Muise, Ulrich Schimmack and Emily Impett on the correlations byetween frequency of sex and happiness for couples was covered by Scientific American.

A new book by political science professor Andrea Olive was profiled in Great Lakes Echo. The Canadian Environment in Political Context examines the history and current status of Canadian environmental activism.

In a column in the Ottawa Citizen, political science professor Peter Loewen calls for the reform of provincial governments.

In an article for the Huffington Post, sociology professor David Petinicchio critiques Hillary Clinton’s proposal to increase autism resources, saying that American politicians should act on existing disability rights legislation to remove barriers to employment.

The Hamilton Spectator and CBC News covered the presentation of evidence discovered by forensic anthropology professor Tracy Rogers at the trial of two men accused of killing Tim Bosma.