November 2013

Meric Gertler and Deep Saini at Nov. 14 welcome reception in Faculty Club
‘Meeting the family’
President Meric Gertler poses with three UTM students in the Faculty Club

It was chilly outside, but U of T Mississauga gave new U of T President Meric Gertler a warm welcome to campus Nov. 14, at a reception in the Faculty Club. It was Gertler’s first appearance at UTM since his official installation at the 16th president of the University of Toronto one week earlier. It’s been a whirlwind week for Gertler, who has also presided over his first convocations as president in the last few days. Professor Deep Saini, vice-president of U of T and principal of U of T Mississauga, hosted the event, and took Gertler on a tour of campus prior to the reception.

UTM profs awarded Canada Research Chairs
Professor Hai-Ying Mary Cheng

Although the U of T Mississauga campus is usually quiet at three o’clock in the morning, there’s a good chance that someone will be hard at work in Hai-Ying Mary Cheng’s laboratory. “A side effect of studying circadian rhythms is that your own often get disturbed,” says Cheng, an assistant professor in UTM’s Department of Biology. “It’s what happens when you have to collect samples throughout the 24-hour period.”

Underwater 'tree rings'
Coraline algae shown growing on underwater rocks

Almost 650 years of annual change in sea-ice cover can been seen in the calcite crust growth layers of seafloor algae, says a new study from the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). “This is the first time coralline algae have been used to track changes in Arctic sea ice,” says Jochen Halfar, an associate professor in UTM’s Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences. “We found the algal record shows a dramatic decrease in ice cover over the last 150 years.”

Rhodnius prolixus, the insect associated with Chagas Disease
The Kiss of Death - Thu, 12/05/2013

U of T Mississauga's 2013 Research Excellence Award winner Professor Ian Orchard from the Department of Biology will deliver the lecture The Kiss of Death: Rhodnius prolixus, Chagas disease and what has this to do with neuroscience?

DATE:  Thursday, Dec. 5, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

PLACE: IB-200, Instructional Building

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Holiday wreath
Principal’s Holiday Reception - Wed, 12/11/2013

Professor Deep Saini, Vice-President, U of T and Principal, U of T Mississauga, invites you to the Holiday Reception. Please RSVP (acceptances only) to Colleen McColeman by Dec. 4. The Annual Holiday Silent Auction in support of the United Way will be held during this reception.  If you would like to donate items to the silent auction, please let Donna Heslin ( know by December 9, 2013.

DATE:  Wednesday, Dec. 11, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

PLACE: Faculty Club, Davis Building

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Elder Care: Alzheimer's Disease - Thu, 12/12/2013

In this education workshop for family caregivers, the Alzheimer Society Peel will present an overview of Alzheimer's disease and related dementia, ways to cope with caregiving and resources that exist in our community to help. 

DATE:  Thursday, Dec. 12, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

PLACE: Room 3138, Alumni Lounge, Davis Building

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Faculty and Staff Announcements: 

Assistant Professor David TaylorAssistant Professor David Taylor, from the Department of English and Drama, has won one of five prestigious Polanyi Prizes. Created to celebrate U of T professor John Polanyi’s 1986 Nobel Prize win, with funding from the Government of Ontario, the annual $20,000 awards mirror the diverse categories of the Nobel Prizes. Taylor won in the literature category. He is studying the role that political cartoons played in 18th century Britain. Taylor demonstrates that many of these works included reference to high society, which served to exclude the masses. 



Training & Development: 

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Media Clippings: 

Jochen Halfar’s research on coralline algae was covered by, French Tribune, YahooNewsCanada,, DiscoveryNews, iScienceTimes, KQED, the Alaska Dispatch, The Arctic Institute, MotherNatureNetwork, LiveScience, Science World Report, RedOrbit. Halfar is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences. 

Professor Ed Schatz, from the Department of Political Science, commented in the Toronto Star on the downfall of Uzbekistan popular “First Daughter”.

Peter Loewen, an assistant professor of political science, wrote a column in the Ottawa Citizen about improving population representation in the House of Commons.

The Mississauga News covered CBC business journalist Amanda Lang’s keynote address at Countdown to Success at UTM. 

Erik Schneiderhan, an assistant professor of sociology, co-wrote a column in the Chronicle of Higher Education about getting over the challenges of the academic world.

Professor Tracy Rogers, the director of the Forensic Sciences program, was featured in the Hamilton Spectator about a tour that brought Grade 12 law students to campus.



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