At UTM, to give is to receive holiday joy

12 Dec 2018 - 9:32am
UTM sign during snowfall

’Tis the season to be charitable—and faculty, staff and students at UTM are all taking part in making the holidays more comfortable for those who are hungry or not rich in material goods.

At the Institute of Management and Innovation, for example, faculty and staff support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel by providing Christmas gifts for the program’s youth participants. Carol Solonenko, the institute’s event coordinator, kickstarted this tradition of holiday giving a few years ago.

'Sudden stratospheric warming' linked to open water in polar ice pack

10 Dec 2018 - 2:45pm
Sea ice concentration from space on February 25 2018

In the depths of the long night that cloaks the Arctic in frigid darkness for three months each winter, a surprising patch of open water appeared, just to the north of Greenland.

It was a polynya – an area of unfrozen water surrounded by the polar ice pack. Though not especially rare in some parts of the Arctic, the north Greenland polynya of February 2018 was most unexpected. 50,000 km² of open water in the Wandel Sea, an area the size of the state of Kentucky or the province of Nova Scotia.

Indigenizing education

7 Dec 2018 - 4:28pm
Blurred and stylized image of Indigenous art

“The beginning of true reconciliation is education,” said Justice Harry LaForme, before a 500-seat UTM lecture hall packed with elders, teachers, scholars and students.

LaForme’s keynote address was one of the many highlights at the Dec. 7 Symposium on the Importance of Indigenous Education in Ontario Classrooms. He argued that Indigenous content--and people--have a place in the K-12 curriculum and beyond. “When you add an Indigenous person to the discussion, it changes everything,” he said.

'The gift of time'

6 Dec 2018 - 1:50pm
Iva Zovkic

Iva Zovkic, epigeneticist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, has been awarded the 2018 Dorothy Shoichet Women Faculty Science Award of Excellence. She won the award for her work on the role of epigenetics in memory formation and neurodegeneration and its potential for developing new therapies for age-related mem

Debunking the 'population bomb'

3 Dec 2018 - 4:24pm
Cover of book "Population Bombed!"

The dire warnings are everywhere these days about catastrophic climate change, particularly the perils of overpopulation and the burning of fossil fuels.

UTM’s Pierre Desrochers and Joanna Szurmak see it another way. In a new book, Desrochers, an associate professor of geography, and Szurmak, a research services librarian, caution that “population alarmism” and campaigns against carbon will stifle development, innovation and the creativity necessary to solve global problems.