June 2014

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IMI launch celebrations
Sketch of the Innovation Complext

The University of Toronto Mississauga celebrated the launch of the new Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI) at an official ceremony. IMI will provide undergraduate and professional graduate programs to develop the next generation of strategic thinkers…

Retirees honoured at reception
group photo of UTM retirees

UTM staff and faculty gathered recently to bid a fond farewell to retiring colleagues at a Faculty Club reception. Retiring this year are…

Deep Saini honoured by South Asian groups
Deep Saini accepts an award

Professor Deep Saini, vice-president of the University of Toronto and principal of U of T Mississauga, was among distinguished honorees at two recent galas for Indo-Canadian organizations…

MAM Excellence Awards
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The Mississauga Academy of Medicine recognized innovative teaching and outstanding contributions at a special ceremony on May 22, 2014. The awards honour members of the faculty, staff, student body and community who have made outstanding contributions…

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Lab Liasons: How your work facilitates mine - Tue, 06/24/2014

Become better acquainted with the inner operations of the laboratories of professors Esteban Parra, Tracy Rogers and David Smith from the U of T Mississauga's Anthropology Department. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Time: 2 - 3 pm

Place: Instructional Centre, IB-120, UTM

Contact: Carla DeMarco, (905) 828-5343

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Parking Permit Presale for Staff & Faculty - Mon, 07/07/2014

Staff and faculty may begin applying for their 2014-2015 annual parking permits in person and online.  Permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, as quantities are limited. Online sales will close Sunday, August 24, 2014.

Date: Monday, July 7, 2014

Time: 8am

Place: In person at the Parking Office, and online

Contact: Parking & Transportation Services Office, (905) 828-5254

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Faculty and Staff Announcements: 

Robert MessacarRobert Messacar will join the UTM Police Services as manager in mid-July. Messacar comes from the Scarborough campus where he has been the Manager of Campus Police since 2008. Previously, he was a Staff Sergeant with the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service. He brings to UTM extensive community policing experience, managerial and leadership accomplishments, a sound understanding of a campus environment and a firm commitment to supporting all members of the UTM community

Messacar takes over the leadership of the unit from Len Paris, who retired after 15 years of outstanding service to the UTM community.

Training & Development: 

Workshop: Tools to Tackle Big Data

Fields from health care to social media benefit from leveraging big data, and there are many parallel world-class research efforts underway here at U of T to address the challenges. This one-day workshop unites engineers, who have the technological tools, with researchers across the university who have problems to solve. Hear from investigators in computer science, public health, industry and more.

See the full agenda. Attend the talks or submit a poster. Click to register.

Date: Thursday, July 3, 2014

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Place: Croft Chapter House, 40 St. George St., Room 1130, University College

Contact: Rosemary Tersigni, 416-978-7731

Media Clippings: 

Assistant political science professor Peter Loewen critiqued the federal government’s consultation process on proposed sex worker legislation in the Vancouver Sun

Political science professor Graham White was quoted in several articles about what impact, if any, Kathleen Wynne’s sexual orientation had on the outcome of the recent Ontario election results.

Psychology professor Glenn Schellenberg’s research was referenced an article about ways that hip-hop music combats poverty, and in another story about the correlation between music and brain function.

International media outlets, including the Toronto Star, covered the arrest of U of T doctoral student Alexander Sodigov, who has been charged with spying by the Tajikistan government. Sodigov’s PhD advisor, associate political science professor Edward Schatz, provided background on Sodigov’s research, as well as efforts to free the detained research student, who had been conducting fieldwork in the Central Asian country. 

A column by associate anthropology professor Stephen Bede Scharper on the link between healthy trees and a healthy society appeared in the Toronto Star

The Huffington Post quoted Pierre Desrochers' study of local food production, which examined whether eating locally is the better environmental choice. 

Psychology professor Sandra Trehub and associate anthropology professor Heather Miller were guests on Quirks & Quarks, where they answered “really Big Science Questions” submitted by listeners of the CBC Radio program.  

Master of Innovation Management program director Alberto Galasso covered the patent battle between Apple and Samsung in a blog post for the Harvard Business Review. Galasso was also quoted in a separate HBR blog on Tesla’s unusual move to make its patents available for free to competitors.