March 2015

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Saini re-appointed as UTM principal
Deep Saini

Professor 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, effective July 1, 2015 and continuing to December 31, 2020.

New ranking places U of T first in Canada, 16th in world
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The University of Toronto remains number one in Canada and jumps to 16th in the world in a prestigious ranking of universities with the best academic reputations according to a recent poll of senior scholars from around the globe.

UTM grad recognized for environmental leadership
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Faizan Ahmed combines his dual passions for helping people and the environment. Now on track for a career in corporate environmental sustainability, the Master of Science in Sustainability Management student will be recognized with a major award for his leadership this spring.

UTM grad does business one cup at a time
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Safina Allidina thought she was headed for a career in healthcare management, but a cup of tea changed her mind. Now the Masters of Management of Innovation, alumna is putting her skills to work as the business manager for teaBOT, an exciting new startup that delivers custom-blended tea to order.

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Lecture: Haunting the Secular—Language, Nation, and Religion on Maltese Television - Tue, 03/24/2015

Lecture: Haunting the Secular—Language, Nation, and Religion on Maltese Television

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 p.m.

Place: CCIT 2150

Since becoming a republic in 1974 and joining the European Union in 2004, the tiny nation of Malta has struggled to assert itself as a Catholic European country whose national language is descended from Arabic. This public lecture by UCLA language professor Michael Cooperson will look how a popular comedy series about a haunted apartment building stages questions of history and identity. For more information, please contact Kim Yates at 416-946-0313.

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Faculty and Staff Announcements: 

Consultation regarding the Appointment of an Acting Vice-President and Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga

In February, Deep Saini was re-appointed as Vice-President and Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga. In June, Professor Saini will take a six-month administrative leave before continuing his re-appointment for a second term. We are now engaging in consultations regarding the appointment of an Acting Vice-President and Principal. Advice should be submitted in confidence to Louis Charpentier, Secretary of the Governing Council, at by Friday, March 27, 2015.

Environmental and sustainability coordinator Chelsea Dalton has been appointed as a citizen member to the City of Mississauga’s Environmental Action Committee.

Training & Development: 

hand holding stress ballWorkshop: Stress Busters

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Place: UTM Council Chambers, Davis Building, DV 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 >

word cloudWorkshop: Practicing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015

Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Place: Instructional Centre, IB 200

This practical and interactive workshop led by Nythalah Baker, Allison Burgess and Paddy Stamp will help staff recognized and overcome workplace barriers to diversity and equity, and provide tools and strategies to promote inclusion in the workplace. Register here >

rubber band ballBuilding Resilience Workshop: 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, DV 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 >

fruits and vegetablesCalling All Cooks!

UTM student newspaper The Medium is looking for culinary contributions from staff or faculty for “Blackboard Special”, a regular 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: 

According to associate professor Lisa Kramer, the best time to invest in U.S. Treasury securities may be spring, thanks to seasonal variations in investor risk tolerance linked to depression. Her research on the relationship between seasonal affective disorder and investing appears in an upcoming edition of Critical Finance Review.

The Globe and Mail featured assistant professor of sociology Jennifer Carlson in a story about American gun culture.

In the Ottawa Citizen, assistant professor of political science Peter Loewen writes about the factors making inequality an increasingly important topic in Canadian politics.

Associate professor of anthropology Stephen Bede-Scharper takes aim at American Sniper in a column in the Toronto Star. In his critique, he says the film does a disservice “not only to those veterans wrestling with their crippling war experiences, but also to a nation striving to maintain its sense of purpose and moral balance in a post-9/11 world.”

Sex and sexuality researcher Amy Muise discusses the perils of social media-induced envy—comparing yourself to your friends’ Facebook posts—and how to put your life into perspective with CBC News.