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University Updates
Memo from Alexandra Gillespie
COVID-19 safety and fall 2021 planning
I’m writing with an update about the impact of the new provincial orders for COVID-19 on UTM’s on-campus activity, both now and in the future. As you know, the province has declared a state-of-emergency, enacting a stay-at-home order for all regions. To minimize the spread of COVID-19, we ask all employees who can work from home to do so; we strongly encourage off-campus students to do the same, if possible. 
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U of T named one of Canada's greenest employers
The University of Toronto has been named one of Canada's Greenest Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc., which noted that the university is a leader in the study and application of new sustainable building design. It's the eighth consecutive year U of T has earned the designation.
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Nominations now open
It's time to send in nominations for the UTM Annual Research Prize, which recognizes outstanding early career faculty members at UTM: one each from the humanities, social sciences and sciences. The award recipient will receive $2,000 for research activity/professional development. The nomination deadline is June 18, 2021 at 5 p.m. For more information, visit the Research page.
Nominations are also open for the UTM Teaching and Research Excellence Award, which annually recognizes UTM's outstanding faculty members, researchers and teaching assistants for their exceptional contributions. There are three categories. Deadline for nominations is June 18, 2021 at 5 p.m. Visit the Research page for more information
Commemorative stamp marks 100th anniversary of U of T's discovery of insulin
Stories Published This Week
Pandemic exacerbating pre-existing inequalities: UTM study
The pandemic is disproportionately affecting those with disabilities and chronic health conditions, a study co-authored by UTM's David Pettinicchio reveals.
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In The News
Two women sitting in front of computer in a classroom
Focus on explicit skills instruction
Instead of indirectly developing your students' skills, give them clear learning objectives and concrete opportunities to apply what they are learning.
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Woman with flannel shirt sleeve rolled up about to get needle
U.S. colleges incentivize vaccines
Some colleges in the U.S. are looking at ways to make vaccines mandatory, or at least provide an incentive to get one, as they prepare for fall enrolment.
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eight people of various ethnicities and mix of male and female standing with backs to camera, facing blackboard, with arms around one another
Conflicts in equity, diversity & inclusion
Different people support equity, diversity and inclusion values for different reasons, and their interpretations of them are sometimes in direct conflict
Honours & Awards

Luke Barber, UTM director of Information and Instructional Technology Services, has earned the Chancellor’s Award in Emerging Leadership. Barber led a complete transformation of campus technology when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. His team quickly rolled out reliable and secure remote capabilities, upgraded classrooms with professional camera systems to support remote instructional delivery, and took the lead setting up Zoom for the rest of the tri-campus community. He is admired as a generous manager and an authentic leader who brings out the best in everyone. “Luke is very deserving recipient of this award,” says UTM Chief Administrative Officer Saher Fazilat, who nominated him. “He is an excellent leader, and sets a wonderful example for those around him. He always does a great job sharing his experience and knowledge with his team.”
Read Barber’s citation

UTM Media Mentions
  • ‘What happened to Rogers? Associate Professor Brett Caraway, of the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology, talks to Mornings with Simi about national service disruptions that left many calling for more competition in the telecom industry.
  • Their dreams had changed significantly’: Erica Kilius, a graduate student researcher in the lab of associate professor of anthropology David Samson, talks to Global News about a study investigating how the pandemic is impacting sleep. 
  • Vladimir Putin is playing a high-stakes guessing game with Ukraine, writes political science professor Aurel Braun in a column for the Globe and Mail.
  • Desperate small businesses turn to crowdfunding to stay afloat: Lecturer Daniel Tsai, of the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology, tells CBC Radio’s Cost of Living that businesses using crowdfunding to survive need to offer donors an emotional connection as a return on their investment. 
  • Black and Indigenous riders are ‘grossly overrepresented’: Assistant professor of sociology Akwasi Owusu-Bempah spoke to the Toronto StarCBC News and CP24 about findings from a study of a decade’s worth of TTC transit enforcement data. 
  • Innovation imperative: In a column for the Financial Post, Shauna Brail, associate professor with the Master of Urban Innovation program, argues that Canada needs to harness the power of the platform economy.
  • 'There’s literally no limit': Associate professor of management Andreas Park says that non-fungible tokens could soon be used for cars, real estate and more, via CityNews.
  • New discovery sheds light on crucial epoch in life history: Katie Maloney, a graduate student researcher with Earth Sciences, talks to BBC’s Science in Action program about an exciting discovery in the Yukon.
Virtual Events
UTORMFA (multifactor authentication):
April 27: Teams Meeting Link (4pm)
April 29: Teams Meeting Link (12pm)

Family Care Office:
April 27: 
COVID-19: Communication in Family Life
April 28: Baby & Toddler Talks: Baby Food — Introducing Solids

U of T Principal Installation:
April 29:
Installation of Alexandra Gillespie

UTM Virtual Town Hall:
April 29:
Virtual town hall on campus master plan

Centre for South Asian Civilizations:
May 1:
The Marxism in South Asia Workshop

UofT Centre for Learning, Leadership and Culture:
May 4: Managing Expectations and Triaging Change
Spotted On Social
Pogo at the pond: This little guy was scurrying around the edge of Wilson's Pond
@UTM yesterday afternoon. First time seeing opossum on campus.
Follow John Stewart on Twitter @JohnAtTheNews
UTM Together
Share your stories and photos
We want to hear about what our UTM community is doing during these unprecedented times, whether it's finding creative ways to work and play, rallying to support the community or taking time to snuggle with your pup. You can send your story tips and photos to UTM's Office of Communications by emailing
Check here for up-to-date information regarding COVID-19
Resource page for UTM staff, faculty and librarians
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