October 2014

Orange maple leaves
UTM breaks records at CIBC Run for the Cure
UTM group shot

The 2014 Mississauga Run for the Cure was one for the record books as the University of Toronto Mississauga team hit a new fundraising high to support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The event brought about 4,000 people to campus to participate or cheer from the sidelines.

First-Generation students share experiences
Two female students

University life is an adjustment for any new student, but for those who are the first in their families, it can bring a different set of challenges. Students involved with UTM’s  transitional programs shared the challenges they face—financial, cultural and institutional—and how they found success at UTM.

United Way campaign set to raise $69,000
United Way at UTM 2014

The annual United Way campaign at U of T Mississauga kicked off with a reception in the newly opened Deerfield Hall. Campaign co-chair Luke Barber announced a fundraising goal of $69,000, adding that the team hopes to surpass that figure by the end of the donation drive at the end of December. Last year, the campaign raised $75,000.

New CBCF video, featuring Patrick Gunning
Patrick Gunning

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation has released a new video featuring associate professor Patrick Gunning. In the video, "What today's treatment innovations hold for the future," Gunning and Ottawa oncologist Mark Clemons speak about their research into new treatments for the disease.

Faculty and Staff Announcements: 

Retired computing services clerk Karen Thiffault has died. Thiffault passed away on Saturday, October 4. She joined UTM (then Erindale College) in 1990 as a conference clerk in the Housing Department. In 1995, she transferred to Technical Services (later Computing Services) as the computing services clerk, a position she held until her retirement in June 2010. Thiffault is remembered as a warm and friendly person who was always ready with a smile. She stayed connected to UTM after her retirement, staying in touch with friends and colleagues and hosting the annual Computing Services barbecue at her home.

Finance professor Lisa Kramer has been elected president of the Northern Finance Association, a Canadian-based association of researchers in the field of finance. Kramer is an associate professor of finance at the University of Toronto Mississauga's Institute for Management & Innovation and is cross-appointed to U of T's Rotman School of Management. She was elected at the NFA’s annual general meeting which was held last month in Ottawa. The Northern Finance Association has had a quarter century of annual meetings at which finance academics, professionals, and PhD students from throughout North America and around the world gather to hear and present the latest research in all areas of finance.

Dr. Farhan Asrar, a physician with UTM’s Health & Counseling Centre, has been recognized with the Young Leaders Award by the Canadian Medical Association. The annual award recognizes a physician who has demonstrated exemplary dedication, commitment and leadership.

Associate professor of finance Andreas Park and U of T assistant professor Katya Malinov have been selected by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) to study the impact of high-frequency trading on Canadian equity markets. The team, which also includes a professor from Australia’s University of Melbourne, will conduct two studies as part of a larger project headed by the IIROC to better understand the impact of high frequency trading on market integrity and quality, as well as on overall investor confidence.

Patrick Gunning with studentsPatrick Gunning was the keynote speaker at the Chemistry Week conference a Brazil’s UNICAMP Universidade Estadual de Campinas in August. The conference drew over 500 partipants, including student volunteers who asked Gunning to pose with them for a lighthearted photo op under the banner advertising his appearance at the event.

Training & Development: 

UTM Parenting Discussion Group

Wednesdays: October 29, November 5 and 19
12 noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Room 3138, Davis Building

The U of T Family Care Office invites UTM staff and faculty to join the UTM Parenting Discussion Group Learn, share and discuss parenting strategies in a supportive and inclusive environment. This informal, facilitated, 6-week discussion group will give you an opportunity to:

Discuss relevant parenting issues and helpful strategies.
Meet other parents at UTM.
Share experiences and exchange ideas in a safe and supportive environment.

Please register early, space is limited! University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their partners/spouses are welcome.

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Dealing productively with difficult student behaviour
Wednesday, November 5
12 noon – 3 p.m.
Faculty Club, Room 3141, Davis Building

It is often said that 10% of students take up 90% of our time.  Most of our more challenging students have legitimate needs, and working with these individuals often brings great meaning to our work. The majority of these students also seem to us to be respectful and collaborative, but a few challenge us through the way in which they engage with faculty, staff and students in the university community. Using case scenarios and best practices, this seminar will focus on defining and managing “difficult” behaviour from students who do not pose any safety risks, but do present us with challenges through their seeming unwillingness or inability to meet the basic expectations of being a UofT student. Facilitated by Mike Nicholson and Helen Slade, Coordinators - Student Academic Progress. For more information, please contact edo.utm@utoronto.ca.

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Speaking Up: Faculty and Staff Experience Survey

You are invited to participate in the University’s third ‘Speaking Up: Faculty and Staff Experience Survey.’ The survey provides you with the opportunity to tell the University how well it is doing as an employer and where improvement is needed. Ipsos Reid is the independent research firm commissioned by U of T to conduct this survey. You should have received the unique link in your email. If you have any questions about the survey, you may contact hrandequity@utoronto.ca. More information about the survey is available on the Speaking Up webpage

Please complete and submit the entire survey no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, November 14th, 2014.


Career Coaching

Beverly Kahn, coordinator of career services in the Organizational Development and Learning Centre will be on campus twice a month to provide administrative staff with one-on-one career coaching discussions designed to support your career development. U of T appointed administrative staff have access to one-on-one career coaching with a career consultant at no cost to employees or departments. Career consultations can involve one or more confidential discussions to support your career development.

To book an appointment with Beverly Khan, please contact Alex Jotevski-Borges by telephone 416-978-2066 or email.

Find out more about Career Services, ODLC >

Media Clippings: 

Professor of anthropology Gary Crawford’s research into the ancestry of domesticated peaches was picked up by over a dozen international media outlets. Crawford’s research traced the stone fruit’s origins back 7,500 years to the lower Yangtze river in southern China. It was not previously known where the fruit was first cultivated.

International media covered the release of PhD student Alex Sodiqov. In June, the UTM doctoral student was conducting research in Tajikstan when he was detained by authorities and charged with espionage. Political science professor and Sodiqov’s thesis advisor Edward Schatz led a campaign to free Sodiqov, who returned to Canada in early September.

Technology researcher Rhonda McEwen was mentioned in a Globe and Mail article about youth and technology. McEwen spoke about the importance of teaching young people how to use technology safely by providing information on privacy and data issues, as well as the science behind it.

Assistant professor of sociology Hae Yeon Choo was interviewed for an article about the South Korea’s employment permit system and the exploitation of migrant workers in that country.

Psychology professor Janet Polivy was featured in several articles about the effect that dining with others and companions' body sizes may have on our own consumption habits.

Several articles about blind cave fish featured professor and behavioural geneticist Robert Gerlai’s research into the behaviour of freshwater angelfish. Gerlai’s research looks at how the fish calculate the size of shoals, and how they retain short-term memory to decide which shoal to join.