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April 2011 University of Toronto Scarborough

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Minister Clement tours new Instructional Centre

Last month, UTSC's new Instructional Centre was the scene of a rather impromptu visit by one of the University of Toronto's most high-profile alumni. On March 15, the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, visited campus for a walk-through of the nearly finished building. After his brief tour, Minister Clement addressed a gathering of faculty and staff in the IC's impressive atrium. The new IC, said Clement, "can be seen as part of an ongoing exercise in which we ensure that Canada's universities and colleges have the most modern resources possible to train the highly skilled researchers and workers of the future, for the benefit of all Canadians." View a slideshow of Minister Clement's visit or watch a video of his address.


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New scholarships offer hope and opportunity

The UTSC community has many staff, faculty, alumni and friends to thank for four new academic scholarships.  more

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Campus diversity shines through at Cultural Mosaic XXI

Dynamic campus experiences are a hallmark of the UTSC experience. Check out the slideshow from Cultural Mosaic XXI.  more

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The dark side of spring: contaminants in snowmelt

For environmental chemist Torsten Meyer, spring has a dark side. And in order to understand it, he had to engineer a way to make his own dirty snow.  more


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Research Round-Up

Biologist discovers new stingray genus in the Amazon

Nathan Lovejoy, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UTSC, has discovered a new kind of tropical freshwater stingray.  more

To achieve work-life balance, know your strategies

According to associate professor of organizational behaviour Julie McCarthy, the key to finding work-life balance may be self-reflection.  more

Professor Maydianne Andrade featured in Women + Science video

New video by highlights accomplishments by women in science.  more



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Manager of Alumni Relations profiled in Who's Who in Black Canada

Congratulations to Kim Tull, Manager of Alumni Relations, for being profiled by the influential website Who's Who in Black Canada.

Professor and PhD student named Inventors of the Year

Computer science professor Nick Koudas and doctoral student Nilesh Bansal were recently named University of Toronto Inventors of the Year for 2011.

Environmental chemist wins prestigious award

Congratulations to associate professor André Simpson, who won the 2011 W.A.E. McBryde medal from the Canadian Society for Chemistry.


Campus Pulse

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Thinking outside the bottle

Bottled Water Free Day signals growing concerns about water conservation and sustainability across campus.  more

Dallaire brings focus on "the human community" to packed Watts lecture

Hundreds of alumni, faculty, staff and community members attended the 35th Annual Watts Lecture given by Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire.  more

Student rap video a hit on YouTube

Considered by many at UTSC to be the new campus anthem, student video 'U Toronto (Black and Yellow UTSC Remix)' has over 20,000 hits on YouTube.

Two students show impressive green ambitions

Two third-year students enter contest and impress with plan to eliminate paper waste associated with flyer distribution on campus.

Active Life

Day with the Toronto Marlies a big success

On Sunday, March 13, 300 students, staff and faculty had a blast at the UTSC Day with the Toronto Marlies.

46th Annual Athletics Banquet on April 2

Last chance to buy tickets!

New Rules at the Rec Centre

View the new rules for "The KEY" (muscle conditioning room) and the Cardio Theatre.


H.R. File

New Faces: A hearty welcome to two new staff members.

Course: A Manager's Guide to Culture, Conflict and Inclusion – April 11

Course: Hazardous Waste Management and Lab Spill Response – April 14

Course: What Every Manager Needs to Know about Managing Sick Leave – April 19

Event: Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work – April 28



April 1-6

Snider Visiting Artist Kim Adams presents: Specials

April 2

Spring Awakening II – Concert Band and String Ensemble

April 6

Noam Chomsky on Academic Freedom and Corporatization of Universities

April 18

Turgay Memorial ADHD Workshop


    Did you know that the Science and Humanities building (also known as the Andrews building) has two basements? The second basement, located below the main one, is only accessible through a single door, the location of which is the best-kept secret on    
  campus. In fact, only two people know where this door is, only one of these people knows the codeword that will open it, and both of these people have been dead for nearly thirty years. Incredibly, the building’s architect, John Andrews, still has no clue about this second basement, and is on record saying something to the effect of “I don’t believe it for a second.”  

Legend has it that this second basement was originally built to house the entire U of T tri-campus community  should Scarborough be the only region in the GTA to survive the Apocalypse that, in 1964, was predicted for early-1965. Today, it is filled floor-to-ceiling with teddy bears, cans of chick peas and defunct $100 bills.

Happy April Fool's Day.


Guess Who?

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This assistant professor wanted to be a neuroscientist from a very early age. But if she hadn't, she would have become an interior designer or a fashion designer. The first person to respond to the editor with the correct answer will win a $5 Tim Horton's gift card.


And for those of you who haven't figured it out, last month's shoe aficionado was none other than Georgette Zinaty, Executive Director, Development and Alumni Relations. Congratulations to Anita Persaud, Human Resources Assistant, who was the first to respond with the correct answer.


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