March 2016

Deep Saini named next vice-chancellor of University of Canberra
Principal Deep Saini

Professor Deep Saini, vice-president of the University of Toronto and principal of U of T Mississauga, has been named the next vice-chancellor (president) of the University of Canberra in Australia. Saini will begin his new duties Sept. 1, succeeding Stephen Parker, who has been in the post since 2007. 

Amrita Daniere appointed Vice-Principal, Academic and Dean at UTM
Amrita Daniere

Geography professor Amrita Daniere has been appointed Vice-Principal, Academic and Dean at U of T Mississauga. The Agenda Committee of Academic Board announced the two-year appointment on March 10, 2016.

Bat Signals: UTM prof studies evolution of echolocation
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As a child, John Ratcliffe often wondered how his pet dog perceived the world. That early curiosity evolved into a career that has taken him around the globe, studying creatures such as moths in French Polynesia, nocturnal oilbirds in the Caribbean, harbour porpoises in Denmark, and katydids, crickets and especially bats.

Parents: Don’t turn that frown upside down
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A new study by University of Toronto Mississauga researchers has found that when parents suppress their negative emotions and amplify their positive emotions around their children, it can detract from their wellbeing. Specifically, it affects parents’ ability to be genuine, which can negatively impact their emotional health, and how they relate to and support their children.

NSERC funds nanoparticle research at U of T Mississauga
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Can early detection of an infectious disease be identified at home or in the doctor’s office within minutes? Or might we be able to rapidly determine whether there are dangerous pathogens in the foods we are about to consume?

These are just a couple of the remarkable possibilities on the horizon that are being developed by the U of T Mississauga’s Professor Ulrich Krull, using nanotechnology in diagnostic medicine and in food science. Now, a $500,000 NSERC Strategic Partnership Grant awarded to Krull’s team in the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences and collaborators at the University of Waterloo will support research to develop new processes to manufacture nanoparticles, which could potentially help to make these scenarios a reality.

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UTM Positive Space Gala - Mon, 03/14/2016

Date: Monday, March 14, 2016

Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Blind Duck Pub, UTM Student Centre

Students, staff, faculty and the UTM community are invited to celebrate our community's diverse gender and sexual identities. Opening remarks provided by Principal Deep Saini. “Positive Spins for Positive Space” provided by DJ Officer Lubo and UTM Campus Police. Complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Cash bar available. 

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Reminder: Child Care Benefit application deadline - Fri, 03/18/2016

Date: Friday, March 18, 2016

The deadline to submit applications for the 2015 Child Care Benefit is coming up. Employees who meet requirements with children under the age of seven are eligible for reimbursement for child care payments made during the previous tax year. Please contact for more information.

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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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Registration: Bring Our Children to Work Day - Thu, 03/31/2016

Registration: Bring Our Children to Work Day

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2016

Time: 7:30 a.m.

Mark your calendars – registration for “Bring Our Children to Work Day” at UTM is coming up. Children of faculty and staff are invited to accompany their parents to work and participate in a variety of scheduled activities throughout the day. This event is intended for children in grades 4-7. Group size is limited to 36 participants to ensure a safe, fun and fulfilling day for everyone. Please be advised that spaces fill up quickly for this popular program.

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Faculty and Staff Announcements: 

Bryan StewartProfessor Bryan Stewart’s term as Vice-Principal, Research at UTM has been extended. The Agenda Committee of Academic Board announced the extension on March 10. Stewart has served as VP since 2013. The two-year extension of his role begins July 1, 2016 and ends June 30, 2018.

Training & Development: 

ODLC logoWorkshop: Grammar Tune-Up

Date: Monday, May 30, 2016

Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Davis Building Room 3040

Diana Kawarsky leads a high-impact workshop designed to review correct grammar usage and put it into action in the documents you write. In this interactive and intensive writing workshop, participants learn by using their own work samples as the basis for improvement. The result s a learning environment that is hands-on and fun, and learning that has immediate relevance to your work.

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Media Clippings: 

New media and communications professor Rhonda McEwan was interviewed by the Toronto Star about the ever-evolving language of emojis.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Education News, Working Mother and Pacific Standard Magazine and Daily Mail were among many international media outlets reporting on a new study by Emily Impett and post-doctoral researcher Bonnie Le that found suppressing negative emotions and overemphasizing the positive might affect a parent’s sense of well-being.

Slate interviewed assistant professor of history Kevin Coleman for a story about the early 20th century work of a photographer who documented banana farmers. Coleman wrote about the photos in his new book, A Camera in the Garden of Eden.

Sociology professor Kelly Hannah-Moffat talked to CBC News about the challenges of accessing data on solitary confinement in Canadian jails.

Student housing and residence life director Chad Nuttall outlined plans for a new student housing master plan in an interview with Mississauga News.

Comments by women and gender studies lecturer Beverly Bain appeared in Torontoist’s and The Eyeopener’s coverage of Black History Month.

History and gender studies associate professor Joan Simalchik was interviewed about the life and death of Pablo Neruda in the Globe and Mail.

Associate professor of political science Peter Loewen was interviewed by the Toronto Star for a story about new revenue streams for pharmacies. Loewen also provided commentary in a Washington Post story about an innovative new survey technique to measure public opinion in Bahrain.