June 2015

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From the ‘high life’ to higher learning
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Going from crack dealer to professor isn’t a typical career trajectory for most academics, but the rough streets of the South Bronx is exactly where ethnographer Randol Contreras got his start. Now an assistant sociology professor at U of T Mississauga, Contreras has spent his career chronicling the lives of people living in America’s toughest neighbourhoods, beginning on his own patch of urban sidewalk.

Lights, camera…trauma?
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A new anthology of essays edited by a U of T Mississauga lecturer explores the traumas of human-nature interaction on the silver screen. Anil Narine, of the visual studies department and the Institute for Communication, Culture, Information & Technology, recently launched his first book, Eco-Trauma Cinema.

TGAO 2015: Cities and higher education connect for success
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The 2015 Town and Gown Symposium attracted participants from across the country to explore the important connections between municipalities, businesses and higher learning institutions.

UTM citzenship ceremony welcomes new Canadians
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There was laughter, a few tears and a heartfelt chorus of “O Canada” as U of T Mississauga welcomed 45 new Canadians in the first-ever citizenship ceremony on the campus.

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UTM’s Bike Day - Fri, 06/12/2015

Date: Friday, June 12

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Place: Sign in at the RAWC

Cycle to campus and enjoy a free breakfast, bag, t-shirt and bike safety check. Register for a chance to win an e-bike and other great prizes. Contact parking.utm@utoronto.ca for details.

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Retirement Reception - Tue, 06/16/2015

Date: Tuesday, June 16

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Place: UTM Faculty Club, DV 3140

Join us for a reception to honour this year’s retirees and to celebrate the end of an academic year that has seen so many accomplishments at the University of Toronto Mississauga. 

The retirees attending this year’s reception are:  Jane Carey (Psychology); Jan Fal (Facilities, Management & Planning); Ian Graham (Mathematical & Computational Sciences); Vlasta Horak (Facilities, Management & Planning); Dita Klimas (Psychology); Rubina Lewis (Chemical & Physical Sciences); Dave Taylor (Information & Instructional Technology Services); Edna Whitby (Facilities, Management & Planning);  and Graham White (Political Science).

RSVP to Maureen Shanahan or (905)828-3935 by Tuesday, June 2.

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Faculty and Staff Announcements: 

headshot of man smilingProfessor Ulli Krull has been appointed acting vice-president and principal, U of T Mississauga, for a six-month term beginning July 1. Krull will assume the duties of Professsor Deep Saini, who will be on administrative leave during that time.

Training & Development: 

safeTALK logo word bubblesSuicide Alertness Training (safeTALK)

Training will be offered on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, May 27, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., IB 390
  • Tuesday, June 16, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00p.m., IB 390
  • Thursday, July 9, 1:00 p.m. -  4:30 p.m., IB 240
  • Tuesday, August 11, 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., IB 240

safeTALK is a training session that prepares participants to identify people with thoughts of suicide and to connect them with suicide first aid resources in our community. In addition to helping to make our community safer from suicide, participants will receive certificate for completion of this internationally recognized training. Register here >

clip art showing blocks of increasing height and the word careerCareer Community Lounge

How to Enhance your Profile at UTM (and Beyond)

Date: Thursday, May 28

Time: 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Place: UTM Council Chambers, DV3130

What does it take to enhance your profile at UTM and beyond? Join Devin Kreuger, Director, Office of the VP Research, to discuss practical tips for networking and career development.

This event is open to Appointed Administrative Staff only. Register here >

clip art showing a circle of stick people in rainbow coloursCommunication and Conflict

Date: Wednesday, June 3

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Place: UTM Council Chambers, DV 3130

Diana Kawarsky leads this session the "nuts and bolts" of conflict management. Learn proven strategies that are successful in a variety of situations, including rapport-building techniques, stress reduction tips and improved listening skills. Register here >

baby wearing a diaperNeed a Babysitter?

We can help! The Family Care Office created an online Babysitter Listing to assist staff, faculty and student parents in finding casual child care. The babysitters, who are University of Toronto students or partners of, have a wide array of training and experience with children and child care, and are available to babysit in Mississauga and Toronto. To access a directory of available babysitters please email us with your student or employee number at: family.care@utoronto.ca

Media Clippings: 

Look for an essay by associate registrar Lorretta Neebar in the June issue of Toronto Life. In her "Memoir" column, Neebar describes her unique home life, which includes four parents and four kids sharing one crowded family home.

Associate geography professor Pierre Desrochers was interviewed for a Toronto Star story on agriculture and food distribution in Ontario.

Student housing and residence life director Chad Nuttall was interviewed by planning journal Novae Res Urbis for an article about the recent Town & Gown symposium. Nuttall spoke about the challenges and successes of planning for student growth.

Inside Halton profiled the work of Dr. Ola Dunin-Bell. The Mississauga Academy of Medicine adjunct faculty member has been deployed to Nepal with a 25-member Red Cross team to provide medical assistance to villagers affected by the May earthquake.

In an interview with Michigan Public Radio, visual studies professor Louis Kaplan describes how two American photographers created a “living photograph” that involved arranging 30,000 military troops to form the shape of the U.S. Shield. According to Kaplan, the stunt was part of a project designed to boost public moral during the first World War.

Associate finance professor Lisa Kramer was interviewed by the Globe and Mail about how the human brain behaves when making economic decisions with various levels of financial risk. Kramer described current limits of neuroeconomby for predicting consumer choices based on brain activity. TIME covered Kramer’s findings about the link between worldwide investment markets and seasonal mood disorders.


Here at UTM

UTM’s marketing brochure is now online in a new dynamic and interactive format. The site highlights the people, research, community networks and natural beauty of the campus, and showcases our excellence, creativity and achievements to the world.

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