May 2014

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Connaught Awards boost UTM researchers
Jennifer Carlson

Thirteen UTM researchers are among the 53 faculty across the U of T who will receive Connaught New Researcher awards. 

Gallery launches iPad app
Blackwood Gallery

The Blackwood Gallery in the Kaneff Centre has launched ArtWalk, a free iPad app that allows visitors to take a virtual tour of publicly displayed art around the UTM campus.

UTM professor wins university’s highest teaching honour
Shafique Virani

Historical Studies professor Shafique Virani was awarded the President’s Teaching Award, U of T’s highest teaching honour. The award recognizes sustained excellence in teaching, research in teaching and the integration of teaching and research.

MAM Excellence Awards
MAM award winners

The Mississauga Academy of Medicine presented its annual MAM Excellence Awards last week. The ceremony recognizes members of staff, faculty, students and the community for outstanding contributions to the program.

Gwynne recognized for research
Darryl Gwynne

Biology professor Darryl Gwynne will be honored with the Quest Award from the Animal Behavior Society. Gwynne, named a fellow of the society in 1994, will be recognized for his contribution to the understanding of sex differences in animal behaviour.

Flicks on the Field - Fri, 05/30/2014 - Sat, 05/31/2014

A warm spring evening under the stars with family, friends and a terrific flick. Enjoy our beautiful campus under the night sky on the front lawn of the William G. Davis Building where it will be transformed into an outdoor movie experience featuring Disney’s comedy adventure Frozen.

Date: Friday, May 30 at dusk

Place: Front lawn, William G. Davis Building

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Festival Italiano
Festival Italiano - Sat, 05/31/2014

Featuring industry singers and musicians, the show will display a history of Italian music as performers sing hits from a wide range of genres and a wider range of artists including Pavarotti, Boccelli, Tozzi, Ramazzotti, and others! Light refreshment will be served prior to the concert in the Atrium outside of room 1080. Raffle prizes to be won!

Date: Saturday, May 31, 5-7 p.m.

Place: Room 1080, CCT Building

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Patrick Gunning
Classes Without Quizzes - Sat, 05/31/2014

The classroom experience without the final exam! Experience short lectures and interactive sessions in a variety of disciplines as University of Toronto Mississauga faculty deliver Classes without Quizzes.

Date: Saturday, May 31, 1:30 p.m. - 4pm

Place: Various campus locations (Please go to the Welcome Tent outside the Instructional Centre to check-in and meet your tour guide. Complimentary parking.)

A Beginner’s Guide to Killing Cancer Cells
Known as someone to watch, Professor Patrick Gunning describes his ground-breaking and facinating research in engineering cancer-targeting molecules at University of Toronto Mississauga.

Crime Scene Analysis
Take a walk to the UTM Crime Scene House and help solve a mystery with real CSI expert and Associate Professor of Anthroplogy, Tracy Rogers.

The Wonder of Languages
Learn why language is is one of the most impressive things we do as a species and learn how "not to sound like a tourist" in 15 minutes or less with French, Italian, Spanish, Hindi and Chinese language lessons.

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Faculty and Staff Announcements: 

New director of student housing

Chad NuttallChad Nuttall has joined UTM as the new director of Student Housing & Residence Life. An established leader in the field of student housing, Nuttall was previously chief housing officer at Ryerson University. He holds an honours bachelor of arts from the University of Guelph, and a master’s degree in higher education from the Ontario Institution for Studies in Education. Nuttall is president of the Ontario Association of College and University Housing Officers, and was previously vice president of the Metro Toronto Condominium Corporation.

New communications officer for Advancement Office

Blake ElighBlake Eligh has joined the Office of Advancement as a communications officer. She holds a journalism degree from Ryerson University, and has extensive experience producing online and print content for Canadian parenting and lifestyle publications. She brings a passion for new media, including recent work with a digital marketing agency where she executed digital media campaigns for brands such as GE Canada and RBC. Eligh is an accomplished food editor, and has produced two cookbooks with Toronto food writer Lucy Waverman.

Training & Development: 

High Impact Communications Skills

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 1 – 4 p.m

UTM Council Chambers, Davis Building, Room 3130

Participants will learn the secrets of communication pros, including building personal credibility, delivering positive and negative feedback, improving listening skills, rephrasing for better relationships and more.

 Skills exercises are interactive, allowing participants to practice what they have learned in a fun, high-energy environment.

Topics include:

  • Explore behavioral styles and how to adapt to each.
  • Capitalize on personal style for more effective communication.
  • Describe the impact of body language and vocal tones on communication.
  • Demonstrate how to deliver constructive feedback and how to disagree politely.
  • Gain clarity in your conversations.
  • Develop your self-awareness skills.

Presenter: Diana Kawarsky Founder of Soft-Skills, a training, consulting and coaching company. She is a dynamic, results-oriented consultant who takes great pride in influencing the human side of business.

Please register to attend: Click to register 

This session is provided by the U of T Organizational Development and Learning Centre. Please view their website for further information and resources.

Media Clippings: 

Regional media outlets reported remarks by Professor Deep Saini, vice-president of U of T and principal of U of T Mississauga at the Western GTA Move Task Force conference, including Inside Halton

Shyon Baumann, a sociology professor with a focus on media, culture and the arts at the University of Toronto Mississauga, garnered several mentions of his study of systematic bias, underrepresentation and misrepresentation of visible minorities in Canadian television commercials. Coverage included The Globe and Mail and Strategy

Aurel Braun, a professor of international relations and political science at the University of Toronto Mississauga, was featured on CTV’s Question Period and Canada AM coverage of the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine. He was quoted in the Windsor Star on the subject of Prince Charles’ controversial comparison of Vladimir Putin to Adolph Hitler. CBC’s Kady O’Malley reported that Braun is also contributing to a National Defence committee studying continental defence in Ottawa. 

Nicholas Li’s column about regulating price gaps between Canada and the United States appeared in the Ottawa Citizen. Li is an assistant professor with the Department of Economics.

Peter Loewen’s column about Justin Trudeau’s controversial stance requiring Liberal political candidates to be pro-choice appeared in the Ottawa Citizen. Loewen is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Toronto Mississauga, where he focuses on political psychology and behaviour.

Amy Muise’s research into how post-sex affection can boost feelings of satisfaction with both sex lives and relationships was covered by dozens of international media outlets, including Shape magazine, the Huffington Post (Canada and UK), Global News and the National Post. Muise is a postdoctoral fellow with the Department of Psychology at UTM.

The Globe and Mail named the Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex in a Top 10 list of best places to visit during the annual Doors Open weekend.