March 2013

Food fights, Boundless and Jane Goodall!

The new issue of the U of T Mississauga Magazine is online!

Health in the City

Research suggests that by 2025—if current health trends continue—1 in 6 residents in Peel will have diabetes, and our sedentary lifestyles and poor nutrition also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. Health in the City tackled those risks and offer solutions on Saturday, March 23 in the Recreation, Athletics and Wellness Centre.

The event showcased displays and activities such as free food and recipes for healthy, tasty meals suitable for every budget; cycling and walking trails in Mississauga; accessing reliable health information; and two keynote addresses about creating supportive environments for healthy living in Peel. It was sponsored by the University of Toronto Mississauga, the Healthy City Stewardship Centre, the City of Mississauga, the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, HealthInfo and Trillium Health Partners.



Canada's leading university
Convocation Hall

The University of Toronto ranks among the best in the world – and is the best in Canada – in a prestigious international ranking released today that measures an institution’s reputation amongst its peers.

The third annual Times Higher Education (THE) World Reputation Rankings places U of T 16th in the world. The University earned the same result last year.

President-designate visits UTM

On March 4, Meric Gertler, a world-renowned expert on urban issues, was appointed the next President of the University of Toronto. Over the following days, Gertler gave a press conference, visited all three campuses and met with faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the University.

Meric Gertler at UTM

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The Simpsons Backstage Tour - Mon, 04/01/2013

Four-time Emmy Award winner Mike Reiss is coming to UTM to talk about his experiences as original co-producer and screenwriter of America's iconic animated sitcom, The Simpsons. 

DATE:   Monday, Apr. 1, 2013

TIME:   12 noon to 2 p.m.

PLACE: MiST Theatre, CCT room 0150

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Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day - Thu, 04/25/2013

Faculty and staff are invited to bring their children, currently in grades 4-7, to work with them on this special day. Space is limited, so if you wish to participate in this event, please register online by Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Updates about the day’s events, a current schedule, and a letter for your child’s school are also posted on the website. Please let us know if your child has any special needs, dietary or otherwise. The day’s events allow participants to experience the various work environments, partake in hands-on activities, engage in talks with faculty/staff, and gain an appreciation of the UTM community. Lunch is included for participants, and parents are invited to join their children for lunch at a cost of $5. Please note that this event has the full support of the university.

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Rochelle MazarBlackboard and Rubrics

By Rochelle Mazar

To the delight of many instructors, Blackboard has now included rubrics as part of their instructor tools. So what’s a rubric?

A rubric is a tool that allows you to communicate more precisely about how you’re evaluating your students; It’s also a list of criteria that helps your TAs grade fairly and in concert with you. A good rubric helps students understand the assignment and what you’re looking for, and gives them additional tools to make sense of their grade. For the longest time Blackboard didn’t have much in the way of rubric support, much to the consternation of rubric advocates. But things have changed!

In practice, a Blackboard rubric is essentially a tick list for your TAs to work through while grading, communicating to each student how well they did on each element you’re grading them on. Here’s a basic example:

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You see here that I’ve created a row for each element of the assignment I’m evaluating, and I’ve assigned a point value and category for each of them. This is the interface TAs will see: the categories that are important to you, the weighting scheme, an area to adjust the grade, and a place to add feedback directly to the student.

If you’d rather not share the specifics of the rubric with students, that’s okay too; you can create a rubric that’s shared only between you and your TAs. You can also hold the rubric evaluation back from students until all the grading is done, and release it when you’re ready.

To use rubrics with your assignments, you first construct the rubric. You can find rubrics in your control panel under “course tools.” Once you’ve got the rubric, create a column for the assignment in the Grade Center, and attach the rubric to the assignment.

Rubrics is a relatively new tool for Blackboard, so in the next upgrade in May, we won’t be surprised if we see new options appear.

Questions? Want to try rubrics? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

Faculty and Staff Announcements: 

Robert ReiszProfessor Robert Reisz of the Department of Biology has been appointed Distinguished Visiting Chair Professor in the Institute of Oral Medicine at National Cheng Kung Universityin southern Taiwan from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. A specialist in vertebrate paleontology, Reisz will spend several months overseas doing research.


Training & Development: 

Organizational Development and Learning Centre

Call UTM HR at (905) 828-3935 for additional information about:

  • Scholarship Information
  • Application for Reimbursement Educational Assistance / Professional Development
  • Tuition Waiver Information

General Information on Tuition Support:  TuitionSupport.pdf  pdf icon


Media Clippings: 

Several UTM weightlifters finished high in the recent Ontario Senior Weightlifting Championships on campus, covered by the Mississauga News

Professor Rhonda McEwan spoke to CBC Radio's Metro Morning (very early!) about area code stigma. McEwan was also quoted in the Toronto Star about allegations of inappropriate behaviour by Toronto mayor Rob Ford. 

Professor Nicola Lacetera was interviewed on CBC Radio about the potential effect of new plasma centres in Canada paying donors.

Wealthy Barber author David Chilton--who spoke at the recent Countdown to Success event--was featured in the Mississauga News.

The Health in the City event on March 23 was covered by the Mississauga News.

Professor Janet Polivy was quoted in Fitness Magazine Online about weight-loss studies. 

The return of the U-Pass bus program was noted in the Mississauga News, including access for part-time students.

Professor Alison Fleming's research on the role of the vomeronasal system in male rats was covered on RocketScience.

Students volunteers from University of Toronto Mississauga's athletic council and music club were celebrated at the United Way of Peel's  2012 Youth Spirit Awards, covered by the Mississauga News

Theatre Erindale's production of Macbeth was reviewed in the Mississauga News.

Professor Philip Oreopoulos of the Department of Economics and his research on the impact of dropping out of school were cited in the Miami Herald

Department of Geography professor Pierre Desrochers commented in the Toronto Star about the potential closure of a Toronto food co-op.