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University Updates
Focus on Fall with Principal Alexandra Gillespie
UTM’s Vice-President & Principal Alexandra Gillespie continues to answer your questions about fall planning, via her video series, Focus on Fall. 
  1. What options for flexible or remote work will continue in fall 2021 and winter 2022? Will similar options extend beyond the pandemic’s end?
  2. How will UTM build on the momentum of the vaccine clinic?
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‘A lasting impact’:
Ellen Hodnett retires as ombudsperson after 45-year U of T career
Applications open for ICUBE's LEAP Startup Program
Offered in partnership with Sheridan EDGE, the Leap Startup League is a structured, experiential learning opportunity that will empower you to bring your venture to life. With expertise in guiding social enterprises that benefit our communities and our planet, the program teaches participants how to utilize innovation tools and approaches like the business model canvas and design thinking; helps them build a network of entrepreneurs, experts and advisors and form lasting relationships; and boost the development of their product/service to help you reach your goals. Applications close July 25.
For more information and to apply, visit the ICUBE website.
Stories Published This Week
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Genetics-based wellness startup wins Pride Pitch
The winner of the recent Pride Pitch, hosted by ICUBE, is a startup that helps one leverage their unique genetic makeup to live a more healthful lifestyle, while the People's Choice Award went to an education consulting business.
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In The News
Three students sitting on the grass, side-by-side, two males and one female. Female and one male writing in a notebook, second mail typing on a laptop. All smiling.
Reverse culture shock: returning to campus
While our students may not be returning from abroad this fall, they’re coming back to an unfamiliar place: their own campus.
A hand holding a toy airplane against a blank chalkboard
More international students staying in Canada
Canadian work experience and higher paying jobs are the main driver for international students to make the transition after graduation.
Learn more
Crosswalk button with faded sticker that reads "push to reset the world" with an arrow pointing to the crosswalk button.
The great reset: what universities should look like
Higher education is facing a generational opportunity to address challenges and breathe fresh relevance into the postsecondary experience in a world where social, technological and economic disruptions have become commonplace.
" "Payam Zahedi has been appointed director of UTM’s Office of the Vice-Principal, Research. After receiving his PhD in 2012 in Pharmaceutical Sciences from U of T, Zahedi worked at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Head and Neck Cancer Translational Research Program. He took on the role as manager of science affairs and knowledge mobilization in 2015 at the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The following year, he became a scientific manager for U of T’s Medicine by Design Program, where he was instrumental in launching the initiative. In 2018, Zahedi moved to UBC to help launch the School of Biomedical Engineering. Zahedi's leadership abilities, along with experiences in research administration and partnership forming, will allow the Office of the Vice-Principal, Research to continue to provide outstanding support to the UTM research community. 
Tammy Cook, executive director of Facilities Management & Planning, is leaving UTM to pursue new opportunities elsewhere. Since September 2019, Cook has played an impactful role in our community, directing the campus master plan process, overseeing construction of the new Science Building, advancing work on the ACT building and making instrumental contributions to the launch and management of the THP UTM RAWC Vaccine Clinic. Susan Senese, on research leave since May 2021, will return to UTM on a temporary basis as interim CAO. Building on her robust experience as interim CAO in 2018, along with her long-time work as UTM’s executive director of strategy, Senese will apply her proven expertise as a pragmatic thinker and energetic collaborator to align the campus’s priorities with our suite of physical and financial resources. Meanwhile, Luke Barber, winner of U of T’s 2021 Chancellor’s Award for Emerging Leadership, will assume an interim position as executive director of a new joint portfolio: Facilities Management & Planning and Information & Instructional Technology Services. Building on his success as director of I&ITS for the past three years, Barber will synthesize the campus’s technological and infrastructural plans, implementing a strategy of support that bridges complementary areas of knowledge. Anthony Betts has accepted an interim role as interim director of I&ITS. Drawing on his deep experience at UTM as senior manager, client services, Betts will continue to adopt a community-first approach to superb technological support and effective team leadership.

Jordan Carrier will be joining the Indigenous Initiatives Unit as a co-ordinator, Indigenous programming on Monday, July 19. Carrier will be responsible for initiating and leading programs for Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members through the Indigenous Initiatives Unit and the UTM Indigenous Centre. Carrier joins us from McMaster University, where she has held the roles of Indigenous student success advisor within Indigenous Student Services, assistant program co-ordinator, and Indigenous recruitment and liaison officer for the Indigenous Students Health Sciences Office. She has built her career with a focus on working collaboratively with many Indigenous voices on campus and in the community with the Indigenous Education Council, faculty, staff, students, Traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders. Carrier holds a diploma in Native Community Care from Mohawk College, a Bachelor of Education in Aboriginal Adult Education from Brock University and is currently completing a second degree in Indigenous Studies at McMaster University. Meanwhile, Cat Criger has left the university to pursue other endeavours.

Awards & Honours
" "Historical studies professor Elspeth Brown has been awarded the 2021 Hugh A. Taylor Prize for her article “Archival Activism, Symbolic Annihilation, and the LGBTQ2+ Community Archive," published in Archivaria 89 (Spring 2020). Brown’s article is a deep dive into community archival theory and practice in LGBTQ2+ communities and a reframing of how activism fits in with the legacy of this community.
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UTM Media Mentions
  • Recent unionization efforts in newsrooms are not just a wave, but a movement. Associate Professor Nicole Cohen speaks to the Poynter about journalists unionizing in record numbers.
  • 1971’s “We Demand” letter kicked off a 50-year fight for gay rights. Historical Studies professor R. Cassandra Lord talks to the Toronto Star about what LGTBQ people are fighting for today.
  • Help your employees who are anxious about returning to the office. Associate Professor Jacob Hirsh tells Harvard Business Review there are many things a middle manager can do to manage concerns about directions from upper management.
  • Professor Kent Moore spoke to NASA about his 2021 study of ice arches in Nares Strait, which act like a barrier to help keep sea ice penned up in the Arctic Ocean, explaining sea ice in the strait is generally becoming thinner.
  • Toronto will soon tax vacant homes, but it’s not enough to stem the rental crisis. Geography & Planning PhD candidate Jeremy Withers writes about the vacant home taxes in Now Magazine.
  • Curtains fall on unsung archivist who helped many scholars. In an piece remembering Richard Ambani for his contributions to history in the Daily Nation, Historical Studies professor Julie MacArthur recalls his “warm greetings.”
  • Victoria's Secret joins the 'inclusive revolution,' finally realizing diversity sells. Sociology professor David Pettinicchio and PhD student Jordan Foster write about the new “angels” announced by Victoria’s Secret, which includes a more diverse image of beauty, via The Conversation.
  • Digital loonie may be inevitable amid rise in competing cryptocurrencies. A Canadian central bank digital currency may be inevitable, says finance professor Andreas Park, via the Financial Post.
Virtual Events
Family Care Office:
July 20:
Astronomy for kids: Black holes

UofT Safety Office:
July 19: Staff and Faculty Virtual Wen-Do Women’s Self-Defense Workshop
July 20: Staff and Faculty Virtual Wen-Do Women’s Self-Defense Workshop

The Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Institute of Iranian Studies:
July 16
: The unsung poetry of Kurdish women
Spotted On Social
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So proud to work for U of T, UTM and to see how much of an impact this vaccine clinic is having on Peel Region. Encouraging anyone who hasn't had their first dose to be part of social responsibility in getting us through this pandemic.
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