April 2012

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Switching on the mommy gene
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Although a doting mom cuddling and caressing her infant may not seem to have much in common with a rat mother, she does. Not only are there striking similarities between the brain and hormonal systems of rats and humans that drive maternal behaviour, a U of T Mississauga professor suggests that early negative life experiences such as isolation, stress, trauma or inattentive parenting can affect whether a woman--or a rat--will become a good mother.

UTM student wins Harry Jerome Award
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On Eugenia Duodu’s Twitter feed – her profile picture tinted a bright sunny yellow – a tweet reads: “Success. I love it.”

The 23-year-old student, who is studying medicinal chemistry at the University of Toronto Mississauga, had another success to celebrate when she was recently awarded the Harry Jerome CIBC Academics Award by the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA).

“It’s so exciting and hugely encouraging. The Harry Jerome Award really demonstrates that I’m making a mark in my research field,” says Duodu. “It’s not just a validation of my work, but of the work others have invested to get me to this point.”

Building wins design excellence award
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The Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex has been named a 2012 “design excellence” winner by the Ontario Association of Architects.

Fifteen projects, designed by Ontario architects, received the “design excellence” award including U of T Mississauga’s new Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex, which was officially opened on Nov. 1, 2011. The winners were judged on a variety of criteria including sustainability, creativity and legacy, and celebrate “forward-thinking design and leadership in architecture,” the association says.

The Portal goes mobile


Blackboard--the Portal serving students, faculty and staff--can now be accessed from the Bb Mobile app for convenient mobile browsing. The app provides quick access to course announcements, grades, blogs, discussion forums and journals. 

The app currently works on Android and iOS devices, with a Blackberry app in the works. A Windows version is not yet available.

Check out the new app here!

Seeds of Justice: Arif Mallo
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As a boy of 6 years old in Pakistan, Arif Mallo’s family predicted that he would make an excellent police officer. Fast-forward to 2012 with Arif in his 37th year as Special Constable with the U of T Mississauga Campus Police, and he currently fulfills and surpasses that visionary forecast. 

Arif acts as both officer and surrogate father to a campus of over 12,000 students, balancing authoritative duty with the warmth of paternal affection. While he maintains the firm mantra of “no in-betweens –you do your job and you do it well,” Arif also carries the sensitivity of an understanding parent. “We’re like fathers to the students,” he insists. “We treat them like our own children.” And having witnessed cases of impaired driving, misdemeanors, residence lockouts, and many more infractions over his nearly four-decade tenure, Arif understands the value of personal experience above all.

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Canadian Perspectives Lecture Series - Thu, 04/26/2012 - Thu, 05/24/2012

Media guru and creative force behind Toronto’s ideaCity Conference Moses Znaimer shares his new vision of aging for Canada; behind the scenes at the Rick Mercer Report; and the real heroes in the War of 1812 are just some of the topics that will be discussed at the spring 2012 Canadian Perspectives Lecture Series at the University of Toronto Mississauga. The lectures, organized by the Associates of University of Toronto Mississauga and University of Toronto Mississauga, are designed to inform and educate, offer a historical perspective on current issues, and introduce new ideas and technologies that shape lives. Funds generated through this lecture series support scholarships for University of Toronto Mississauga students.

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OUCC and TKF Joint Conferences - Sun, 04/29/2012 - Tue, 05/01/2012

Digital preservation, cloud-based surveys and user-centred mobile web design--these and other topics will fill the program during the Ontario Universities Computing Conference. The keynote address features Corrine Charette, CIO of the Government of Canada. 

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Health in the City - Sat, 05/12/2012

Tour Mississauga' new medical academy, visit a mini-crime scene, plant 100 trees, visit research laboratories and learn about the impact of stress on your health. All these events and more will be part of a Health in the City open house at UTM from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presented in partnership with members of the Healthy City Stewardship Centre. 

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Official Launch of the UTM Campaign - Wed, 05/23/2012

Professor Deep Saini, Vice-President, University of Toronto and Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga invites you to celebrate the launch of the Campaign for the University of Toronto Mississauga on Wednesday, May 23, from 
5:30 to 8 p.m. Please RSVP
 to events.utm@utoronto.ca or 905-569-4924. 

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Watch this once-in-a-lifetime event! - Tue, 06/05/2012

On June 5th, 2012, the planet Venus will pass in front of the Sun as seen from Earth in what for many will be a once-in-a-lifetime event: a transit of Venus. Watch the event with other astronomy fans from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada on the Davis Field (front lawn) from 6 p.m. to sunset. There is no charge for this event. Don't miss it--the next transit of Venus won't happen until 2117!

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Image of Rochelle MazarThe Role of the Instructor

By Rochelle Mazar

Brick and mortar universities are facing competition from online-only schools like the University of PhoenixRoyal Roads, and Athabasca University who use alternative forms of communication to construct a classroom environment. There’s also the beginnings of a challenge on the horizon from sources like MIT’s Open Coursewareand iTunes U, which provide lectures and course materials online for free. Not only that: repositories like the Khan Academy provide online lessons in combination with digital exercises that students and take repeatedly until they grasp a problem and its solution. With all this interactive, rich content on the web, where do real life instructors fit in? Are these projects really delivering a complete learning experience?

There has long been a fear that instructors in higher education would be replaced by videos and machines, and things like video lectures and digital exercises might strike fear in the hearts of some. But there are other trends that suggest something quite different in our pedagogical future. One such trend is the “flipped classroom”, which is a recent revolution in high school teaching. Where courses are generally taught with lectures in person the hands-on assignment done at home, the flipped classroom does it the other way; students watch the lectures at home, then come to class to get the hands-on work done in groups facilitated by instructors. In the flipped classroom, the most intensive and active learning happens with the instructor rather than alone at home. 

In the digital-rich future, an instructor can’t be just a talking head who can be paused or played or simply a deliverer of verbal content; instead, she is a curator of course materials, using her own and hand-picking those created by others, who then guides students through the difficult process of understanding and learning in small groups. In intensive, collaborative models like the flipped classroom, instructors are even more needed and valuable than ever.

Both online and in person, the role of the instructor is shifting and changing. With more and more avenues available to deliver content, instructors are freed to push more passive aborption of information out of class time and make room for more discussion, interaction, and authentic learning.

Faculty and Staff Announcements: 

Image of Professor Anthony WensleyProfessor Anthony Wensley, director of the Institute of Communications, Culture and Information Technology, was honoured with an Ontario Volunteer Service Award in recognition of 15 years of volunteer service to United Way -- Peel Region. Wensley is a longtime co-chair of the University of Toronto Mississauga's United Way Campaign. 


Image of Professor Hae Yoon ChooAssistant professor Hae Yeon Choo, a new faculty member in the Department of Sociology, has won this year's Katherine DuPre Lumpkin Award in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin for the best dissertation in Wisconsin's sociology department.  Choo's dissertation, "Citizenship at the Margins: Filipina Migrant Women and the Paradox of Rights in South Korea," was written under the supervision of Myra Marx Ferree.


New Faces at UTM

Department Name Title
Anthropology Stephen Brown Research assistant
Career Centre Natash Walli Employment advisor
Computing Services Michael Koza IT specialist
Economics & Political Science Mary Cunningham Departmental supervisor
Facilities Management & Planning Dhansukhbhai Patel Engineer
Facilities Management & Planning Natalia Dourbalova Senior Facilities Planner
Facilities Management & Planning Garfield Williams Service worker caretaking
Facilities Management & Planning Ashley Pestana Service worker caretaking
Facilities Management & Planning Maria Salsa Service worker caretaking
Library Shane Chan Information & Loans technician
Library Christopher Sparks Director, Library operations
Management Beate Ensminger Program assistant & student advisor
Office of the Registrar Renu Kanga Fonseca Academic/admissions advisor
Office of the Registrar Darcy McKenzie Academic/admissions advisor


Training & Development: 

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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: 

Professor Deep Saini, Vice-President, University of Toronto and Principal, U of T Mississauga, along with alumna Rumeet Toor, were featured in a recent issue of India Abroad

Professor Peter Loewen of the Department of Political Science, creator of VoteCompass, was interviewed on a Calgary CBC Radio program about money for schools, health care and taxes. 

Professor Joan Simalchik was quoted in Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday about the celebration of International Women's Day. 

Professor Len Brooks was widely quoted about the Garth Drabinsky/Livent case, including stories in the Hamilton Spectator, Metronews, the Canadian Press, CTV News, the Waterloo Region Record, the Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal, Macleans, Red Deer Advocate, Global TV and the (St. John's) Telegram.

Professor Philip Oreopoulos of the Department of Economics was quoted in The Globe and Mail about whether the Government of Canada should automatically open up education savings accounts for every newborn.