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Robert
Gerlai

Professor
Robert
Gerlai

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Biography

Robert Gerlai is a behaviour geneticist and obtained his PhD in 1987 from the Eötvös Loránd University and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. He has worked in the biotechnology (Genentech) and biopharmaceutical research industries (Eli Lilly and Company and Saegis Pharmaceuticals) as senior scientist and executive as well as at different universities.

Professor Gerlai is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. He has worked with several different animal species, including paradise fish and mice. He has been using zebrafish in his research for the past 15 years, and studies the effects of alcohol on brain function and behaviour, including social behaviour, fear-anxiety, and learning and memory. In recognition of his research, he received the 2013 IBANGS Distinguished Scientist Award, and the 2015 UTM Research Excellence Award. This is Professor Gerlai’s first term on the UTM Campus Council.


  
  
Professor Mohan Matthen
Professor
Mohan
Matthen

Professor
Mohan
Matthen

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Professor Matthen has been Professor of Philosophy and senior Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Perception at the University of Toronto since 2006.  He came to Toronto in 2006, having previously held faculty positions at the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta. Mohan was an undergraduate at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, where he did a degree in Physics, and a graduate student at Stanford University, where he did his Ph.D. in Philosophy.

Mohan's work is mainly in the philosophy of perception, trying to frame the nature of perception in a way that is both receptive to and revelatory about empirical work in the area. In 2005, he published Seeing, Doing, and Knowing: A Philosophical Theory of Sense Perception (Oxford University Press), which treated of perception both as a way we gain abstract knowledge about the world and as a way in which we are able to guide our bodies through it. In 2015, he edited the Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Perception. Since then, he has been active in developing a theory of the perception of material objects in space. He has also been active in the philosophy of art, where he has proposed a new view of aesthetic pleasure that is rich enough to revive the old, but recently much attacked, idea that the value of art lies in the pleasure it gives to a member of the community to which it is addressed. 

Professor Matthen is currently in his first term as a teaching staff member of the Governing Council and Vice-Chair of the UTM Campus Council. 

 

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Professor Steven Short
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Steven
Short

Professor
Steven
Short

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Professor Steven Short started his academic path at the University of British Columbia and completed a Combined Honours BSc in Biology and Oceanography in 1995. Prof. Short obtained his PhD in 2002 from the Department of Botany for his dissertation: The Molecular Analysis of Marine Algal Virus Communities. He then joined the Ocean Sciences Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz to study aquatic diazotrophs, or nitrogen-fixing bacteria, as a postdoctoral researcher under Dr. J P Zehr. In 2004 he became Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Denver and started his independent research career.

Steven joined University of Toronto Mississauga’s Department of Biology in 2007, and is currently an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair, Research. He is also appointed as graduate faculty in the departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at U of T, and Physical & Environmental Sciences at U of T Scarborough. His NSERC-funded research program focuses on freshwater algal viruses, and his students are working on projects related to the environmental persistence of algal viruses, the role of viruses in algal mortality and primary productivity, freshwater algal virus metagenomics, and characterizing a novel algal virus we isolated from Lake Ontario.

Steven previously served on the UTM Campus Affairs Committee, and is in his first term as a member of the Campus Council and serving as Vice-Chair of the Campus Affairs Committee. 


  
  
Professor
Teresa
Lobalsamo

Professor
Teresa
Lobalsamo

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Teresa Lobalsamo is Assistant Professor (Teaching Stream) and Undergraduate Coordinator of Italian Studies, in the Department of Language Studies, at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). Her research is on Italian cinema and on Teaching and Learning. Most recently, her scholarly activities have focused on creating, testing, and analyzing the results of effective teaching methodologies in large class sizes.

Dr. Lobalsamo is dedicated to enhancing students’ experiences by organizing undergraduate colloquia, supervising research projects and internships, leading co- and extra-curricular activities, forging strong alliances between the community and UTM. Dr. Lobalsamo and her upper year language students co-author an online Italian textbook, part of UTM’s Digital Initiatives.  Dr. Lobalsamo will begin her first term as Campus Council member, term ending on June 30, 2019.


  
  
Dr. Laura Taylor
Dr.
Laura
Taylor

Dr.
Laura
Taylor

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As a faculty member in the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre (RGASC) at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), Dr. Laura Taylor works primarily with English Language Learners (ELLs) to enhance academic skill development among the student population. Through close ties with both the International Education Centre (IEC) and with various departments across campus, she ensures that the ELL and international students are well supported.  Dr. Taylor is focused on enhancing the student experience through the use of active-learning pedagogy and is a member of a committee devoted to supporting this practice.

Dr. Taylor joined the UTM community in 2014. Prior to this, she served as the Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning at the University of York (UK). She has used this experience with graduate students in her current role at UTM where she oversees graduate skill enhancement through both face-to-face appointments and various workshops.

Dr. Taylor holds a B.A from Columbia University in New York (2004); M.A. in TESOL from the University of York (UK) (2009); and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of York (UK) (2013). Dr. Taylor was first elected to the Campus Council in 2016 for a three year term ending June 30, 2019.


  
  
Holger Syme
Professor
Holger
Syme

Professor
Holger
Syme

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Professor Syme has taught at UTM since 2005, and has been the Chair of the Department of English and Drama since 2011. He has served on numerous university and campus committees, and is currently on the Jackman Humanities Institute’s advisory board. As a scholar of contemporary theatre, he frequently explores the intersections of academic work and the creative professions and has a strong interest in public outreach. On Campus Council, he hopes to serve as a voice for the Humanities, one of the largest and, thanks to our theatre and art gallery, most publicly visible areas of academic study at UTM.

Professor Syme was first elected in 2015 as teaching staff member of Campus Council, with a term ending on June 30, 2017. 

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Mariam Munawar
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Mariam
Munawar

Ms.
Mariam
Munawar

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Biography

Mariam Munawar completed her MBA in Technology and Innovation Management from Ryerson University. She has taught courses at Sheridan College and U of T in digital marketing, marketing graphics and information systems.  As a graduate student at Ryerson University, Ms Munawar was involved in governance as a Graduate Student Senator in the following Committees: Academic Governance and Policy Committee, Senate Appeals Committee, Nominating Committee and the Search Committee for University Provost and VP-Academic.   

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Angela Lange
Prof.
Angela
Lange

Prof.
Angela
Lange

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Angela B. Lange is a Professor of Biology. She obtained her B.Sc. and Ph.D. from York University, Toronto, Canada, prior to taking up an NSERC Post-doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Zoology, University of Toronto. At the University of Toronto, Professor Lange has held a variety of important administrative positions, including Chair of the Department of Biology and Vice-Dean, Undergraduate, Teaching and Learning and has over the years at UTM been very involved in curricular development. She is currently Chair, Department of Biology. 

Professor Lange served as the Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee for two terms and on the Executive Committee of UTM’s previous governance model. She is also the current Vice-Chair, Academic Affairs Committee. Professor Lange was first elected in 2014 and will begin her second term on UTM Campus Council, which ends on June 30, 2017.


  
  
Lee Bailey
Mr.
Lee
Bailey

Mr.
Lee
Bailey

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Biography

Lee has been a member of the UTM community for 30 years. He worked as a tutorial leader at Erindale College from 1986 to 1992 and began teaching his own courses in 1993. He has worked continuously since that date and was appointed as a Lecturer in 2002 and Senior Lecturer in 2008. He has taught more than 150 courses; mostly large enrolment, multi-section, full-year courses. He specializes in scaling-up small-group, active-learning methods. Lee is an active participant of UTM teaching community. He is a frequent presenter at teaching symposia.

Lee is also active in the governance process at UTM. He has served two terms as Chair of the Resource Priorities and Planning Committee.  Lee previous governance terms include membership on the Campus Affairs Committee and UTM Campus Council. Mr. Bailey was first elected in 2014 and will begin his second term as a member of UTM Campus Council, which ends on June 30, 2016.
 

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Shay
Fuchs

Shay
Fuchs

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Shay Fuchs has a PhD in mathematics from the University of Toronto (2008), and currently works as a lecturer in UTM's Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences. He teaches a variety of courses in mathematics and serves as the Mathematics Faculty Advisor in his department.

Before arriving to Canada, Dr. Fuchs worked as a high school teacher and teaching assistant in Israel, where he also obtained his Bachelor and Masters degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also holds a Teachers College Diploma from the Hebrew University.

Dr. Fuchs is interested in Mathematics Education at the school and university levels, and is involved in several projects, including Calculus Video Clips, Inquiry-Based Learning, Training of Instructors and Teaching Assistants, and preparing students for mathematics competitions.He has received numerous awards for his teaching, including the Teaching Assistant Excellence and Dean's Excellence Awards.

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