Friday, November 25, 2011

SGS: Final Oral Examinations

Please note that the below memo regarding a change in SGS policy shouldn't affect our Department in any way. Our departmental policy of holding an extra departmental thesis presentation before the final includes a requirement that one of the 4 members of the examing committee be someone who has not worked closely with the student's thesis.

Therefore, this person with the addition of an outside appraiser for the final exam already puts us in compliance with this new SGS rule.

SGS #003, 2011-2012

TO: Graduate Chairs, Directors, Coordinators and Administrators
Vice-Deans and Administrators in Faculty Graduate Offices

FROM: Brian Corman, Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost, Graduate Education

CC: Council of Graduate Deans, School of Graduate Studies Staff

Date: November 21, 2011


I am writing to update you on changes to the composition of the Final Oral Examination (FOE) Committee and to remind you of the SGS regulations and best practices for the scheduling of the Final Oral Examination and the appointment of external appraisers.


At the Graduate Education Council on Tuesday 15 November 2011, the following change was approved, effective 1 July 2012.

Increase the required number of voting members of the examination committee who have not been closely involved in the supervision of the thesis from at least one to at least two.

This change does not affect any of the following:
· the number of voting members of the examination committee (four to six members);
· the number of voting members required for quorum (four voting members;
· the number of voting members who have served on the supervisory committee (one to three members).

This change does affect:
· the composition of the examination committee required for quorum. As of July 1, 2012, there must be at least two voting members who have not been closely involved in the supervision of the thesis.

This change reflects current practice in many graduate units, ensuring that the examination committee has at least two members who are at arm’s length from the thesis.

SGS recommends that one of the arm’s length members should be the external appraiser. In order to ensure quorum, SGS recommends that the proposed examination committee consist of three arm’s length members plus at least two members of the supervisory committee. These numbers can be adjusted as appropriate as the day of the exam draws near.


Although the SGS Calendar describes an eight (8) week lead time for the Final Oral Examination(1), SGS is exercising flexibility for the scheduling of Final Oral Examinations in line with our guidelines

. . . at least six weeks before the date that the examination is to be held, inform the Doctoral Examinations Office that the thesis is ready to go forward for defense,
specifying the examination date and time.(2)

Graduate units are free to establish their own schedule for the submission of the dissertation, provided that they adhere to the six week time frame. The graduate unit schedule must reflect the fact that the external appraiser must be approved by SGS before the thesis is sent out. The Final Oral Examination online pre-approval system greatly facilitates this process and, generally, SGS is able to respond
within 48 hours.

Graduate units should allow sufficient time for the process of arranging and scheduling the Final Oral Examination and clearly communicate to students the length of time that is generally required in the unit to make the necessary arrangements.


To ensure a speedy response to the nomination of an external appraiser, please consider the following regulations:

· The supervisor of the thesis will propose a list of three or more names of possible external appraisers to the Graduate Coordinator or Chair, who will choose one and send the recommendation to SGS for approval.
· The graduate unit will certify that the external appraiser has an arm’s length relationship to the candidate and supervisor.
· The external appraiser should be a recognized expert on the subject of the thesis and should be external to the university as well as to its affiliated teaching hospitals and research institutes.
· Such an individual must be an associate or full professor at the home institution or, if the individual comes from outside the academic sector, must possess the qualifications to be appointed to an academic position at this level.(3)

Further information on best practices on eligibility can be found in the SGS Guidelines for the Doctoral Final Oral Examination available at:

Please contact Liz Smyth, Vice Dean, Programs, for further information or clarification on any of the items described above.


Invitation to become project client for Engineering Strategies and Practice (ESP)

Dear Colleague,

As you are surely aware, all first-year engineering students in the Faculty (with the exception of Engineering Science students) take APS111 and APS112, Engineering Strategies and Practice (ESP). During the Winter term (January to April 2012), teams of four to six students work on projects from “real” clients. I hope you will consider becoming a project client.
There are a large number of Track One students in ESP, and this is a way for each department to gain exposure to this group.

Clients come from industry, institutions, businesses, or they can be private individuals. They provide a brief proposal, typically framed as a problem, for which the team has to design possible solutions.

Typical projects include, space/workflow redesigns; product and building accessibility designs; environment, energy, and time-saving systems; household devices; and many more.

Here is a link to examples of projects from last year:

I encourage you to submit any proposals as soon as possible. That way, we have a better chance to discuss and "tweak" the problem statement to suit both you and the first-year students. Please feel free to write or call me with any questions. You may also visit the website at or go directly to the Client Application page:

You may contact me at 416-978-6712 or Ms. Phuong Huynh at 416-946-3406 (or email at and respectively).

Also, if you know of other potential clients, I hope you will let them know about ESP. Feel free to forward this message, if you like. Many past clients have been pleased with the reports from the design teams, and a number of them have proceeded to implement them.

Best Regards,

Hans Kunov, Ph.D., P.Eng.;
Professor Emeritus, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering;
Project Coordinator, Engineering Strategies & Practice;
University of Toronto

Suneet Tuli Lecture: Engineering Technology for Social Change - November 30th





(Co-Founder and CEO, DataWind)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011. 5:00 PM


Bio of Suneet Tuli: Co-founder of DataWind ( DataWind and Mr. Tuli were in the news recently with the launch of the Akash tablet PC in India that retails for under $50. []. Mr. Tuli will speak about the use of technology in enhancing welfare, and engage in a discussion with participants.
Venue: Sandford Fleming Building, Room 1105
10 King’s College Road
University of Toronto

Public Transit: The Sandford Fleming Building is a short walk from the Queen’s park TTC station
Parking: Underground parking is available (closest lot is the BCIT lot), see

For a map please visit (SF represents the Sandford Fleming Building)

Please register online at if you plan to attend.

Special thanks to TiE Toronto for help in organizing this event.

CSCE Event: Re-cladding of First Canadian Place - Canada’s Tallest Skyscraper! - December 1st

Notice of CSCE Event

Please register with Mena Morcos:

CSCE Toronto Section is pleased to host:

Re-cladding of First Canadian Place - Canada’s Tallest Skyscraper!

SPEAKER: Michael FitzGibbon

DATE: Thursday, December 1, 2011

TIME: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Registration, light meal, networking
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Presentation

LOCATION: Room POD368 (3rd Floor), POD Building, Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street (area connecting Jorgenson Hall to
the Library Building)

COST: CSCE Members: $10 CSCE Student Members: $5
Non-CSCE Attendees: $25 Non-CSCE Students: $15

EllisDon’s Michael FitzGibbon will present: “Re-cladding of First Canadian
Place - Canada’s Tallest Skyscraper!” providing an overview of the
challenges of this $100M+ endeavour, involving the replacement of 45,000
marble panels with a new energy efficient curtain-wall system. Constructed
in Toronto’s Financial District in 1975, First Canadian Place is Canada’s
tallest skyscraper at 298 metres (978 ft) tall. The project is targeting
completion in early 2012.

About the speaker: With over 25 years of experience in the construction
industry, Michael FitzGibbon has a portfolio of successful projects in a
variety of areas including high rise office building, airport, automotive,
stadium, hospital, performing arts and bridge construction. Most recent
successes include First Canadian Place and Bay Adelaide Centre.

To reserve a place, contact Mena Marcos by email at with
CSCE LECTURE in the subject line. Please provide your name, company,
contact number and designation (CSCE Member with registration number, CSCE
Student Member with registration number, Non-Member or Student Non-Member).
Registration is requested by Monday Nov 28, 2011. Payment is to be made at
the door in cash or cheque (made to CSCE Toronto Section).

Please advise the CSCE National Office, of any updated information,
including your email address, by sending an email to Please
indicate member information update in the subject line and include your
name and membership number along with the updated information.


Cameron Blair, P.Eng., LEED® AP
Chair, CSCE Toronto Section

EllisDon Corporation
89 Queensway Avenue West, Suite 800
Mississauga, Ontario L5B 2V2
Ph: (905) 896-8900 Fax: (905) 803-6262
Direct Line: (905) 803-6357

Departmental Holiday Party Reminder to RSVP

On behalf of the Department, I would like to invite you and your family to our Annual Holiday Celebration on Wednesday, December 7th from 4 – 8 pm at the Polish Combatants Association (see attached invitation for all the details). We have many things to celebrate including, of course, the end of term, the end of 2011 and the retirement of Professors Barry Adams and Phil Byer.

This will be a potluck celebration - the Department will provide the hot entrees and you are welcome to bring a salad, appetizer or dessert. There will be a “mystery build contest”. Details to be announced at the party.

Please RSVP before December 2nd to:

Thanks and have a good weekend.


Friday, November 18, 2011

SGS: Late Grade Submission or Grade Revision Form


TO: Graduate Chairs/Directors/Coordinators/Administrators

Cc: Student Services, School of Graduate Studies

FROM: Michael Godwin, Student Services Officer, Division I

DATE: November 14, 2011

RE: Late Grade Submission or Grade Revision Form

On the recommendation of graduate units and approved by SGS committee, the Grade Submission and the Grade Revision forms were combined to create one form: Late Grade Submission or Grade Revision (see link).

Please note that SGS forms for administrative staff are updated periodically throughout the academic year, with the most recent versions available on our website: Please update your records and communications to students (e.g. website, graduate unit handbooks, if applicable) to include the latest version of the form.

If you have any questions, please consult with your Student Services Officer.



Michael Godwin

Student Services Officer, Division I & CERES, FI, LAW, MGT, MMPA.
School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto
63 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 2Z9

Phone: 416-978-6390 | Fax: 416-946-0992 | Email: | Website:

Public Phase Launch of the Campaign for the University of Toronto

From: David Palmer, Vice-President, Advancement
Date: November 18, 2011
Re: Public Phase Launch of the Campaign for the University of Toronto

On Sunday, November 20 2011, the University of Toronto will celebrate a major milestone with the announcement of a comprehensive fundraising campaign—the third such campaign in the last 30 years. This campaign will build on the University’s track record of success in attracting private philanthropic support, both in the previous campaign and during the quiet phase of the current effort.

As the campaign enters the public phase with the launch on Sunday evening, we hope it will become an effective vehicle to engage our world-wide community of alumni and friends, capture the public’s imagination, draw attention to the University as a priority for philanthropy and volunteerism, and achieve sustainable increases to annual private support. The launch itself will give us an opportunity to announce the campaign goal, its themes, and volunteer leadership; highlight many of the recent gifts to the University that have helped fund initiatives across all three campuses; and say thank you to our volunteer leaders and donors for their generosity of time, guidance and philanthropic support.

In announcing and promoting the campaign to our broad alumni community and general public, we have given pride of place to the stories of faculty, students, and particularly of our alumni—stories that illustrate the impact of our research and teaching mission in shaping the experience of students, in pursuit of fundamental and applied inquiry, and in addressing today’s most pressing issues. The campaign case for support, its website, outdoor banners, and other supporting materials, feature these stories prominently as the primary means for delivering the campaign’s key messages. And as with the previous Great Minds campaign, our promotion of this new campaign will roll out in multiple phases, allowing for broad coverage of all our constituencies across these phases, across all three campuses, and across the various campaign media.

In all of this, it is important to note that the campaign will serve to support and advance our institutional strategies; fundraising at this University is, as always, done only in service to approved academic priorities, firmly grounded in the disciplinary excellence of our strong academic divisions. Members of P&D have been active partners in the planning of our campaign, and they, together with our senior volunteers and advancement professionals, look forward to working with you in seeking support for your division’s campaign priorities.

Following the public launch, the DUA will circulate an internal campaign communications Q&A to senior academic leaders in order to assist you with questions you might receive from media, members of our University community, and the public.

The campaign promises to be an exciting time in the life of our University. The launch this Sunday, together with subsequent divisional, regional and international launch events over the next year, will reinforce a sense of community among our alumni and donors, building momentum, awareness, and support for important campaign goals. Thank you for your dedication to the University of Toronto and your support of the campaign. We hope you can join us on Sunday, and we look forward to supporting you and your colleagues with your divisional campaign activities over the coming year.

Research Alerts: Gates Grand Challenges Explorations - Round 8

Gates Grand Challenges Explorations - Round 8

Please reply to: Laura DeBartolo (

This is a reminder that the deadline for submissions for Round 8 of Grand Challenges Explorations is less than a week away.

Applications are due November 17, 2011, 11:30AM Pacific.

Grand Challenges Explorations is a $100 million initiative to encourage bold and unconventional global health solutions. Anyone can apply, regardless of prior experience or institutional affiliation. Previous winners include graduate students, entrepreneurs at private companies, and creative thinkers from all fields of research.

Initial grants will be $100,000 (U.S.) each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to $1 million. Full descriptions of topics and application instructions are available at:

Click below to apply now.

Exploring What's Behind "I Don't Understand" Session - Tuesday, November 22

Exploring What's Behind "I Don't Understand"

Tanya Lewis, Director, Academic Success & Accessibility Centre
Martha Harris, Faculty Liaison, Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation
Andrea Graham, Learning Strategist, Student Life

Making conceptual connections between course materials or "deep learning" is foundational for successful academic work. In this session we will look at how to guide students through periods of confusion that are a normal part of learning, and moving beyond "I don't understand". This workshop will model strategies to support students to move from surface to deep learning as well as provide opportunities to reflect on how to incorporate new strategies into your current work.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
10am to 12pm
Robarts Library 4049

safeTALK workshop - Wednesday, December 7th

I am writing to invite you to a safeTALK workshop facilitated by Lesley Mak on Wednesday, December 7th. The training for this workshop will help you learn the four basic steps to recognizing persons with thoughts of suicide and will teach you how to connect them with suicide helping resources. safeTALK will allow you to feel equipped to respond to students who indicate that they may have thoughts of suicide.
Contrary to popular belief, most people with thoughts of suicide invite help. Often these opportunities are missed, dismissed or avoided-- leaving people more alone and at great risk. safeTALK training prepares you to help by using TALK (Tell, Ask, Listen, KeepSafe) to identify and engage people with thoughts of suicide and to connect them with further help and care. SafeTALK is a World Health Organization approved training module

This is an interactive and engaging workshop that takes place in an understanding and supportive environment, facilitated by Lesley Mak.

DATE: Wednesday, December 7th,
TIME: 9:30am-1pm **you must be able to attend the full session.**

Barbara McCann| Faculty Registrar
Faculty of Applied Science + Engineering | University of Toronto
Mailing Address: 35 St. George Street | Toronto | Ontario | M5S 1A4
Office Location: 35 St. George Street , Room 157 |
Tel 416.978.5894| Fax 416.978-1866

Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecture - What Does It Mean To Be Chemically Green?

Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecture Series

What Does It Mean To Be Chemically Green?

Dr. Andrew P. Dicks
Senior Lecturer, Chemistry Department, University of Toronto

Thursday, November 24, 2011, 5:00pm
Ramsay Wright Zoological Laboratories
25 Harbord Street, Lecture Room 432
University of Toronto

Location map:

Abstract: “Green” is one of the most used (and misused) adjectives of the 21st century. Conceptually, to be “green” might refer to appearing “wholesome”, “biodegradable” or “environmentally-friendly”. But what does being “green” really mean? What are the principles driving the development of safer consumables, cleaner industrial processes, and a sustainable future for humankind? From the manufacture of blockbuster drugs such as Viagra® to the so-called “greenwashing” of company policies and products, chemical scientists are shaping society in an unprecedented manner. This presentation will focus on the role chemists currently play in the “greening” of society from both teaching and research perspectives.

All students, faculty, and the general public are welcome.

Madhur Anand
Associate Professor
Global Ecological Change (GEC) Laboratory
School of Environmental Sciences
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1
519-824-4120 x56254

RSETE 2012 - 2nd International Conference on Remote Sensing, Environment and Transportation Engineering

The 2nd International Conference on Remote Sensing, Environment and Transportation Engineering (RSETE 2012) will be held from June 1st to 3rd, 2012 in Nanjing, China. All accepted papers will be published by IEEE, included in IEEE Xplore and indexed by Ei Compendex.

All papers accepted in RSETE 2011 have been indexed by Ei Compendex, two months after the conference.

Important Date: Submission Deadlines: Dec. 28th, 2011
Conference Date: Jun. 1st to 3rd, Nanjing, China

The conference can be found in IEEE Conference List. Please CLICK HERE to check it.
The conference ID is: #19949

The technical areas to be covered in this conference include:
*Remote Sensing and Application
*Energy, Environmental, Sustainable Development
*Environment Pollution and Protection
*Transportation Engineering

Special Sessions:
1. The International Conference on Bioengineering, Chemistry and Environment Science (BCES 2012)
2. The International Workshop on Materials Science and Engineering (WMSE 2012)

Dr. Xu
RSETE Organizing Committee

ReNew Canada - P3: The Next Generation

P3: The Next Generation

With all levels of government across Canada facing growing infrastructure deficits matched by equally challenging fiscal restraints, many are turning to public-private partnerships as an innovative way to ensure long-term value for much-needed infrastructure and service delivery.

The Annual CCPPP National Conference brings together 1,200 Canadian and international leaders in public-private partnerships (P3) for a two-day event discussing the latest projects, people and policies that have made Canada one of the most robust P3 markets in the world. It will be held on November 21 & 22, 2011 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. This unique networking opportunity will connect you with "who's who" of P3 from government and the private sector. We hope you can join us.

This year's theme points to the next generation of projects and people that will shape the Canadian P3 landscape in the coming years.
Eighteen sessions on a wide variety of topics and sectors will offer delegates a unique opportunity to hear from Canadian and international
P3 thought leaders and practitioners. For those that are new to the P3 area and those that are interested in more advanced P3 discussions, this program offers it all.

The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships is Canada's national voice on P3, promoting innovative approaches to infrastructure development and service delivery at all levels of government. We are a non-profit, non-partisan membership-based organization that conducts research, promotes evidence-based public policy and promotes education on P3 through a variety of regional and national events.

This year CCPPP is offering a free one-year CCPPP membership to all non-members that register for the 2011 National Conference. Effective December 1, 2011, your membership entitles you to research, unique regional and national events, interactive online tools and a connection with over 2,500 P3 leaders from Canada and internationally.

For more information on the conference and to register now, please click on the following links:

View 2011 National Conference Program

Register online now

We hope you can join us in Toronto for what promises to be a "must-attend" event focused on P3 and new opportunities for governments and the private sector to work together to build Canada's future.

Friday, November 11, 2011

13th World Conference of ACUUS 2012 Singapore: Call for papers

13th World Conference of the Associated research Centers for the Urban Underground Space

Underground Space Development – Opportunities and Challenges

7 – 9 November 2012
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Themed “Underground Space Development – Opportunities and Challenges”, ACUUS 2012 will put the spotlight on unprecedented opportunities for improving urban infrastructure and urban livability. Topics to be explored are comprehensive, ranging from top level management issues like master planning, legal framework and government policies, cost benefit analysis to operational issues including architectural design, site investigation and geo-planning and geotechnical and rock engineering.

Share your knowledge

Are you passionate about the industry? Share your knowledge at the conference. Submit your Abstract of not more than 300 words by 30 November 2011.

Themes & topics:
Master planning Innovations and technology advancement
Architectural design for liveable underground space Research and support
Safety, health, and the environment Underground transport systems
Legal framework and government policies Deep caverns and mined space
Reasons for going underground Earth-sheltered buildings and pedestrian networks
Cost-benefit-analysis Industrial and commercial applications
Socio-economic issues Underground space as a strategic resource
Site investigation and geo-planning Utilisation of underground space and case studies
Geotechnical and rock engineering Special projects

Join the conference
• Discover new opportunities amid a re-focus on developing urban underground space as part of sustainable development.
• Understand special challenges faced in creating underground spaces – be it technical, economic or design - in order to address human psychology of underground habitation.
• Appreciate these challenges from different points of view, from planners to developers to the engineers.
• Expect engaging discussions and exchanges among planners, engineers, researchers and policy makers from renowned organizations and associations around the world.
• Expand your horizons with our technical programme, technical visits, exhibition, social programmes, pre-conference workshops, short courses and special sessions tailored for you.
A highly regarded knowledge platform for industry players for the last 12 years, ACUUS 2012 is truly an event not to be missed.

Be a part of the event

Attractive packages for exhibition and sponsorship are available for organizations that wish to showcase and market their services and products in the rapidly growing markets in the region. Find out how.


Visit our download site to find out more on Helsinki’s Underground Masterplan and other related news..

Welcome Onboard

We are honored to have Hong Kong Institute of Engineers as one of our Supporting Organisations for ACUUS 2012.

Keep in touch

For updates of ACUUS 2012 Singapore, please visit our website at or contact the Conference Secretariat at email: or tel: 65 6271 2453.

See you at ACUUS 2012 Singapore

IEEE IV2012: Call for papers, June 3-7, 2012

2012 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium
June 3-7, 2012
Alcalá de Henares, Spain


THE INTELLIGENT VEHICLES SYMPOSIUM (IV'12) is the premier annual forum sponsored by the IEEE INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS SOCIETY (ITSS). Researchers, academicians, practitioners, and students from universities, industry, and government agencies are invited to discuss research and applications for Intelligent Vehicles and Vehicle-Infrastructure Cooperation. The technical presentations are characterized by a single session format, so that all attendees remain in a single room for multilateral communications in an informal atmosphere. Tutorials will be offered on the first day followed by three days of presentations and a vehicle demonstration day. An exhibition area will be available for the presentation of products and projects, as well as for small demonstrations.

Program topics include but are not limited to:

* Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
* Automated Vehicles
* Vehicular Safety, Active and Passive
* Vehicle Environment Perception
* Driver State and Intent Recognition
* Eco-driving and Energy-Efficient Vehicles
* Impact on Traffic Flows
* Cooperative Vehicle-Highway Systems
* Collision Avoidance
* Pedestrian Protection
* V2I / V2V Communication
* Assistive Mobility Systems
* Intelligent Ground, Air and Space Vehicles
* Autonomous / Intelligent Robotic Vehicles
* Image, Radar, Lidar Signal Processing
* Information Fusion
* Vehicle Control
* Telematics
* Human Factors and HMI
* Electric and Hybrid Technologies
* Novel Interfaces and Displays
* Intelligent Vehicle Software Infrastructure

Manuscripts of 6 pages in PDF format must be electronically submitted for peer-review in IEEE standard-format. For detailed submission instructions visit the conference website

Important Dates

* Special Session Proposal: January 16th, 2012
* Paper submission deadline: January 16th, 2012
* Notification of acceptance: March 15th, 2012
* Final paper submission: April 15th, 2012


* For proposal of a special session, demonstration, and exhibition contact the organization committee at

The Research Insider: November 2011


Strategic Research Plan creates framework for research excellence
After two years of planning, collaboration and consultation with more than 200 research leaders across the university community, U of T is launching a new strategic research plan that creates a framework to support research for the next five years.

Stephen Lye and collaborators win Connaught Global Challenge Award
What if you could prevent your daughter from developing heart disease — before she was even born? Or maximize the potential of your children to do well at school — before they actually start going to school? An ambitious new research program led by Stephen Lye is the winner of the inaugural Connaught Global Challenge Award.

U of T spinoff poised to revolutionize our understanding of disease
DVS Sciences, a U of T spinoff company led by Scott Tanner of chemistry celebrated the opening of its Markham, Ont., facility. The company has developed “mass cytometry” technology that applies the principles of mass spectrometry to biology. Science calls their innovation “a game changer” that is poised to revolutionize our studies of the human immune system.”

Where’s the money? Check the new funding opportunities database
U of T researchers will find it easier to secure the funding they need with the launch of the new and improved Funding Opportunities Database developed by the Research Services Office (RSO) in the Office of the Vice President, Research.

Research Alerts launched: New e-mail- and web-based tool allows university to share targeted information
The OVPR has launched Research Alerts, a new e-mail and web tool that allows it to share information with the U of T research community based on individual roles and interests.

Royal Society of Canada Honours 19 U of T Faculty Members
The University of Toronto’s research community has had one of its most successful years in earning honours from the prestigious Royal Society of Canada (RSC), with 18 faculty members named Fellows and one, Dwayne Miller, winning a major medal.

Innovation hub forming in Banting and Best complex
The Banting and Best buildings are getting new life as various groups of faculty and students from U of T and its partner hospitals focused on research commercialization convert the buildings into a united centre.


U of T’s SSHRC performance hits a high note in 2011
U of T’s success rate in the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s Standard Grant (recently renamed Insight Grant) competition has hit a high of 57.1 per cent. U of T represented 8.1 per cent of the applicants, but won 12.6 per cent of the awards. This achievement follows a trend over the past three years, with steady improvements in success rates seen in 2009 (48.1 per cent) and 2010 (54.3 per cent). Significantly, this trend supports an upward trajectory in U of T’s “market share” of total funds awarded in this program — which has a positive impact on our allocation of SSHRC Canada Research Chairs. Way to go, social scientists and humanities scholars!


Meet the NSERC team
Meet Jessica, Mike, Martina, and Drew, who administer NSERC at the University of Toronto

"Our goal is to help researchers maximize the time they spend actually doing research while fulfilling their roles as project leaders."


Turning promising research into commercial success: the MaRS Innovation way
In less than two years, MaRS Innovation (MI) has established itself as the “go to” business partner for Toronto’s leading hospital and university research institutions. President and CEO Dr. Rafi Hofstein brings us up to speed on some of MI's recent successes.

Research Alerts: The International Council for Canadian Studies-Call for Proposals

The International Council for Canadian Studies-Call for Proposals

Please reply to: Laura Debartolo (

The International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS)

International Research Linkage Program

The main objective of the International Research Linkage Program is to facilitate international collaboration within the academic community, while fostering the development of permanent exchange networks in the field of Canadian Studies. ICCS will provide assistance to teams of researchers from Canada and one or more countries to organize seminars or other forms of research linkages.


Proposals must include at least two research teams; one must be based at a Canadian University.

Each team must be actively engaged in research related to the proposed linkage project.

Proposals must include goals to foster academic mobility and exchange of research ideas and information. However, funds cannot be used to finance research.

Proposals must also describe a strategy to pursue linkages after the initial activity has completed.


Succesful proposals can receive a maximum of $10,000 CAD. Eligible costs include: economy travel, accommodation, team communication costs, administrative assistance, stationery, and photocopy charges directly related to the proposal.

Submission Process

Internal & Sponsor Deadline Date: November 24, 2011

Applicants must submit:
• a copy of their full proposal and a signed RIS form to the Research Services Office (RSO) on or before November 24, 2011.
• their full proposal to ICCS directly. Details are contained in the ICCS proposal guide, available via the link below:

For more information on this program, including the program guide, click on: ICCS International Research Linkage Program Guide.

Appointment of Dr. Howard Hu as Director, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

PDAD&C#26, 2011-12

To: Faculty, Staff & Students of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health

From: Cheryl Misak, Vice-President and Provost
Catharine Whiteside, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions

Date: November 11, 2011

Re: Appointment of Dr. Howard Hu as Director, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

We are extremely pleased to announce that the Agenda Committee of the Academic Board has approved the appointment of Dr. Howard Hu, MD, MPH, ScD, to lead the Dalla Lana School of Public Health for a five-year term effective July 1, 2012.

Dr. Hu is a physician, board-certified in internal medicine and occupational/environmental medicine, who also holds a doctoral degree in epidemiology. Since 2006 he has been at the University of Michigan Schools of Public Health & Medicine, where he is the NSF International Department Chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, and Professor of Environmental Health, Epidemiology and Internal Medicine. During Dr. Hu’s tenure, the Department of Environmental Health Sciences added 14 new faculty, expanded the recruitment of top students, and created new programs and laboratories in nutrition-toxicant interactions and environmental epigenetics. Dr. Hu also led the establishment of the Michigan NIEHS Center for Research on Lifestage Exposures, Epigenetics and Adult Disease. Prior to that, as Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Channing Laboratory of the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, he directed the Harvard Metals Epidemiology Research Group, the Center for Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research and the Harvard University Residency Program in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Dr. Hu’s creative and innovative research on environmental health has focused on issues such as the adverse health effects of lead and other heavy metals, the impacts of gene/environment interactions, the long-term effects of fetal exposure to lead and other chemical toxicants, interactions between aging and the environment, and global climate variability and change. Much of his work has been conducted internationally with collaborators in Mexico and India. He has authored or co-authored over 300 scientific papers and book chapters and co-edited or co-authored 7 books. Dr. Hu was the founding Medical Editor and continues as an Associate Editor of Environmental Health Perspectives, the official journal of the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

A respected researcher, clinician and educator, Dr. Hu’s numerous awards and honours include: the 1999 NIEHS Progress and Achievement Award; the 2006 Harriet Hardy Award; the 2009 Linus Pauling Lifetime Achievement Award; and most recently, the 2011 American Public Health Association (APHA) Award for Excellence for his work on environmental health issues as well as his advocacy for human rights.

Dr. Hu served as the principal epidemiologist and/or leader on fact-finding missions related to potential violations of human rights in South Korea, Iraq, Burma and Guatemala on behalf of Physicians for Human Rights, and he also served on that organization’s founding board of directors. He was chair of the Research Commission for the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, has served on the Population and Public Health Practice Board of the Institute of Medicine and currently serves on the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the National Research Council.

Dr. Hu brings a highly distinguished record of research and service to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Please join us in welcoming him to the University of Toronto.

Further Information Regarding Nov 4, 2011 St. George Garage Incident

Professional and Managerial Staff

From: Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity

Date: November 10, 2011

Subject: Further Information Regarding Nov 4, 2011 St. George Garage Incident

As many may have heard, on Friday, November 4, 2011 at approximately 11:40 a.m., University of Toronto Campus Community Police received a call from a University employee alleging that a woman had been heard calling for help in the garage at 107 St. George Street and had been forced into a car. Toronto Police were called, attended immediately, and have been conducting an investigation.

Some media outlets subsequently reported that a woman was physically forced into the trunk of a car and that a University of Toronto special constable witnessed the incident and failed to do anything to assist. The Toronto Police Service has advised the University that it did not provide that information to the media and that a detective sergeant spoke to the media to clarify misrepresentation of the facts in issue.

The Toronto Police Service has further informed the University that its lead investigators believe this to be an isolated incident and that they have no reason to think that there is any increased danger in University parking lots or other properties. The investigators are still hopeful they will identify the registered owner of the vehicle seen leaving the area at the time of the incident. No complainant has yet come forward.

Members of our community should be aware that, in response to this alleged incident, the University immediately increased patrols in campus garages and parking lots. Campus police continue to provide community policing programs that are designed to maximize safety and security of students, staff and faculty at all times. Some of the safety programs in place are alarm monitoring, security patrols, WALKsmart escort and emergency (Code Blue) call boxes.

Campus Community Police are available 24/7 and can be reached at 416-978-2222 for urgent matters and 416 978-2323 for general information and non-urgent matters. For more information on Campus Police functions and programs, go to

USW General Membership Meeting Reminder - December 8, 2011

HR #13, 2011

November 10, 2011

Professional and Managerial Staff

From: Christina Sass-Kortsak
Assistant Vice-President, Human Resources

Re: USW General Membership Meeting - December 8, 2011

By email of March 10, 2011, members of PDAD&C and Professionals/Managers were advised of the dates and times of the three USW general membership meetings scheduled for 2011. The link to this information may be found at

This is a reminder that USW has scheduled a General Membership meeting for December 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm at the Steelworkers Hall at 25 Cecil Street.

In accordance with the terms of the staff-appointed collective agreement between the United Steelworkers and the University of Toronto, "employees will be given time off (not to exceed two (2) hours), with no loss of regular straight time pay, up to three (3) times per year to attend General Membership Meetings of the Local Union".

Please note that in accordance with the terms of the collective agreement employees who will be attending the USW general meeting must notify their manager at least one week in advance of the meeting date.

We ask that those staff-appointed employees wishing to participate in the meeting who are represented by USW on the St. George Campus be permitted to leave at 3:15 p.m. and those employees at the University of Toronto at Scarborough and Mississauga and the Institute for Aerospace Studies be permitted to leave at 2:45 p.m. in order to participate in the meeting. Please note that there will be no videoconferencing for this meeting.

There is no comparable clause in the non-appointed (casual) collective agreement. However, such employees may attend on their own time if they are not scheduled to work.

Reappointment of Janice Stein, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs

PDAD&C# 25, 2011-12


To: Faculty, Staff and Students, Munk School of Global Affairs

From: Cheryl Misak, Vice-President and Provost
Meric S. Gertler, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science

Date: November 9, 2011

Re: Reappointment of Prof. Janice Stein, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs

We are very pleased to announce that the Agenda Committee of Academic Board has approved the reappointment of Professor Janice Stein as Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs for a two year term from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014.

Professor Stein is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management and Negotiation, and has a stellar record as a scholar and administrator. She has served with distinction as the founding Director of the School since 2008, and previously as the founding Director of the Munk Centre for International Studies. She is a specialist in Middle East area studies; negotiation theory; foreign policy decision-making; and international conflict management. She has authored over 80 books, book chapters and articles on intelligence, international security, negotiation processes, peace-making and public policy. Her publications include The Cult of Efficiency (2001); and The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar co-authored with Eugene Lang (2007).

Professor Stein has been honoured for her scholarly achievements and for her outstanding service as one of Canada's finest public intellectuals. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario and a member of the Order of Canada. She has been a Massey Lecturer and a Trudeau Fellow. She was awarded the Molson Prize by the Canada Council for her outstanding contribution as a social scientist to public debate. She is an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Advisory Board, International Rescue Committee, the Advisory Committee to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, and the Canadian Judicial Council. She was a long-time member of the foreign affairs panel on TVOntario's Studio 2 and Diplomatic Immunity, and continues as a regular guest on The Agenda. She has also appeared on CBC Television's The National numerous times.

Given the significant and exciting changes currently underway at the Munk School, including the rapid growth of the Master of Global Affairs program; the construction/renovation of a new building; and the growth of the School in scope, size, and stature, Professor Stein's reappointment provides invaluable continuity and excellence. Her experience and leadership will enable the Munk School to sustain its tremendous momentum. We are delighted that she has agreed to serve another term as Director. Please join us in congratulating her.

University of Toronto’s Teaching & Learning Symposium (2011)

PDAD&C#24, 2011-12


From: Carol Rolheiser, Director, Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation
Date: November 9, 2011
Re: University of Toronto’s Teaching & Learning Symposium (2011)

The sixth annual University-wide Symposium on Teaching and Learning will be held Monday, November 28, 2011 at Hart House. We ask that you encourage individuals from your unit to attend this full-day event.

This year’s symposium, entitled Cultivating Teaching, Cultivating Learning, will focus on strategies and initiatives that aim to cultivate effective teaching and learning across the University of Toronto’s divisions and campuses. Through concurrent sessions, posters and roundtable discussions the day will focus on the following four sub-themes:
• Student acquisition of knowledge, skills and values
• Enhancing relationships and fostering partnerships
• Planning, instruction and assessment
• Leadership to support teaching and learning

The symposium will also include a keynote address by Roger Martin, Dean, Rotman School of Management, on Cultivating the Opposable Mind and a panel discussion between President David Naylor and the 2011 winners of the President’s Teaching Award:
• Paul Gries, Department of Computer Science
• Mark Kingwell, Department of Philosophy 

• June Larkin, Women and Gender Studies Institute 

• Michael Lettieri, Department of Italian Languages 

• Susan Lieff, Department of Psychiatry

The symposium will close with our Caption Contest ( and give-away for a Dell™ Streak 7 Honeycomb tablet.

This tri-campus event is intended to stimulate discussion and the sharing of experiences around teaching and learning, aiming to enhance communications and build internal networks. It is a cross-divisional forum, which allows faculty and staff to explore new instructional methods and to celebrate our commitment to teaching and learning.

To view the full program and to register for this event, please visit:
(Please note: This is a free event but registration is required.)

Questions about the Symposium can be directed to Thuy Huynh in the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation at 416-946-3325 or

Call for Nominations for the Advisory Search Committee for the Warden, Hart House

PDAD&C#23, 2011-12


TO: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
Staff of Hart House
Board of Stewards of Hart House
University Affairs Board
University of Toronto Students Union
Graduate Student Union
Association of Part-Time Undergraduate Students
Student Societies
FROM: Jill Matus, Vice-Provost, Students
DATE: November 4, 2011
RE: Call for Nominations for the Advisory Search Committee for the Warden, Hart House
cc: The Bulletin, The Varsity, Hart House Communications Office

In September 2011, Dr. Louise Cowin left the University of Toronto with one year remaining in her five-year term as Warden of Hart House. In order to allow time for a comprehensive search, Professor Bruce Kidd was appointed Interim Warden until April 30, 2012.
I am writing to call for nominations to serve on an advisory search committee to be co-chaired by myself and Lucy Fromowitz, Assistant Vice-President Student Life.

The advisory search committee will begin meeting later this fall term with the objective of appointing a new Warden effective May 1, 2012.

Nominations should be sent by November 24, 2011 using the web form available for the Warden Search at:

Questions should be directed to Joan Griffin, Special Projects Officer, by phone at (416) 946-8522 or by email:

Friday, November 4, 2011

CSCE Toronto Section Lecture "The Do’s and Don’ts of Expert Opinion" - November 15, 2011

To CSCE Toronto Section Members:

CSCE Toronto Section is pleased to host a Lecture on:

The Do’s and Don’ts of Expert Opinion:


Neil Abbott, LLB., is a partner in Gowlings’ Toronto office and the Toronto chair of the Firm's Recovery Services National Practice Group, and founding chair of the Firm's National Construction Practice Group.

The event will be held on November 15 commencing with registration at 6:00 p.m. at University of Toronto
Light meal and refreshments will be available.

Please see attached brochure for registration details and confirm your attendance by email to Zeina Elali.


Peter Langan, P.Eng.
Deputy Chair CSCE, Toronto Section

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Canadian Society for Civil Engineers


TOPIC: The Do’s and Don’ts in Expert Opinions

SPEAKER: Neil Abbott, LLB.

DATE: Tuesday November 15, 2011

TIME: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Registration, light meal, networking
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Lecture

LOCATION:University of Toronto, Department of Civil Engineering, 35 St. George St., Galbraith Building,(on east side of St. George St., third building north of College St.) Room :GB202

COST: CSCE Members: $10 CSCE Student Members: $5
Non-CSCE Members: $25 Students: $15

Neil Abbott is a partner in Gowlings’ Toronto office and the Toronto chair of the Firm's Recovery Services National Practice Group, and founding chair of the Firm's National Construction Practice Group. Neil attended University of Western Ontario, BA and Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB

His expertise includes negotiating and drafting construction contracts, tenders and bidding, enforcement and prosecution of liens, including trial of actions across the province. Neil provides construction management advice, which includes termination of contracts and retention of completion contractors. He has litigated claims on labour and material payment bonds, performance bonds and bid bonds. Neil is also an expert in dealing with deficiency and warranty claims for both commercial and residential properties.

Neil is the legal education advisor for the Canadian Geotechnical Engineers Association

Neil will present a lecture entitled: Do Not Take Your Expert Report for Granite! - This lecture provides an overview of “dos and don’ts” in Expert opinions.

To reserve a place, contact Zeina Elali by email at with CSCE LECTURE in the subject line. Please provide your name, company, contact number and designation (CSCE Member with registration number, CSCE Student Member with registration number, Non-Member or Student Non-Member). Registration is requested by Friday Nov 11, 2011. Payment is at the door.


Please advise the CSCE National Office, of any updated information, including your email address, by sending an email to Please indicate member information update in the subject line and include your name and membership number along with the updated information.

University of Toronto Strategic Research Plan (2012-2017)


From: Professor Paul Young, Vice President (Research)
Date: November 4, 2011
RE: Launch of the new University of Toronto Strategic Research Plan (2012-2017)

I am writing to share the new University of Toronto Strategic Research Plan (SRP) with you.

This SRP has been under development for the past two years and is the result of a truly collaborative effort and consultation with hundreds of researchers and stakeholders. I’d like to take this opportunity to recognize the work of the members of the Research Advisory Board, who contributed invaluable guidance, input and feedback throughout the development of the SRP, and provided critical leadership in the consultation process with the academic divisions. Thanks also to all of you and your colleagues who submitted feedback, suggestions and comments through our consultation process.

The SRP is now live and can be downloaded here:, and the User’s Guide is available for download with every listing within our Funding Opportunities Database:

The Bulletin article at our website: describes the rationale for the SRP and highlights the significant impact an institution like the UofT can have on challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. UofT can champion the continuing excellence of basic research within disciplines, as we have for almost two hundred years, even as we set the stage for external support of thematic or problem-based multidisciplinary research. Onward and upward for UofT.

Call for project applications to the Energy and Resource Management Fund!

NOTE: Application deadline has been extended to Friday, November 18, 2011!

The University of Toronto’s Department of Facilities and Services is pleased to provide an exciting opportunity for students*, staff and faculty to put their environmental ideas into action. While the Department of Facilities and Services has always taken strides to invest in sustainability projects on campus, this fund seeks to promote environmental leadership within U of T and to build on the ideas of campus community members.

The Energy & Resource Management Fund promotes the implementation of projects that achieve a reduction in utilities consumption resulting in greenhouse gas emission reductions. Because of the source of funds, only projects with measurable energy and water savings will be considered.

Interested parties are invited to submit a Statement of Intent (SOI) to the fund that defines the scope of work. The overall application process will occur over two stages and approved SOIs will be invited to submit more detailed applications for the second round. Projects applying for fund monies will have to meet general criteria, and a Dean or Designate from the applicant’s division must approve the SOIs before they are submitted. The deadline for submitting a Statement of Intent is Friday, November 18.

*Interested students must work with a department, division or unit to be eligible for funding. Because of restrictions on the source of funds, applications from University of Toronto Mississauga, University of Toronto Scarborough, Ancillary Groups (residences, parking, food and beverage services) or Federated Colleges are not eligible. Furthermore, some types of equipment or facilities are not eligible for funding. For example, the fund will not support non-fixed equipment, research equipment, or equipment that does not become part of the building infrastructure.
Please spread the word about the Energy & Resource Management Fund to your colleagues and peers!

Visit for complete details about the fund, sample project descriptions and associated documentation and forms.

Questions? Please contact Tyler Hunt at the Sustainability Office by phone at 416-978-6792 or by email at

Research Alert: Jackson Laboratory MTA

Jackson Laboratory MTA

Please reply to: Tammy Chan (

MICE from Jackson Laboratory are available to nonprofit research institutions for internal research use under a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA). In the past each time mice were ordered from Jackson Labs, the University of Toronto had to sign an MTA, but now we have extablished a Master MTA with Jackson Laboratory. UT researchers may order the MICE directly from and reference our Master MTA. All UT researchers must comply with the terms of the agreement. For a copy please contact or

In short:
• material can be used solely for academic research and teaching, not commercial purposes
• material cannot be transferred without the written consent of Jackson Labs
• modification to the material that is considered a discovery or improvement must be disclosed to Jackson Labs and they may request a viable sample of the material which incorporates the modification

Research Alert: Target Development Fund - Call for Proposals

Target Development Fund - Call for Proposals

Please reply to: Tu Nguyen (

Sponsors: TPP Global Development (TPP), the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and the University of Dundee

Internal Deadline: November 15, 2011

Sponsor Deadline: Submission of Preliminary Project Proposal form due on November 18, 2011

Description: The Target Development Fund seeks proposals for the translation of novel drug targets or leads into commercial drug discovery and development projects. The fund will support the translation of life sciences research into early phase drug discovery and development projects that address a clear unmet medical need. The data generated around these projects will demonstrate the appropriate disease model-based validation required to make them attractive to potential licensing partners from the pharmaceutical industry.

Find out more:

Eligibility: Be a faculty member at UofT who conducts research as part of your appointment.

Submission Requirements:
• Complete the Preliminary Project Proposal form (do not include any confidential information) >
• Complete a PIF Form > and submit it to the UT contact for this program.
Additional Notes:
• Applicants must complete and submit the signed PIF Form to the contact for this program prior to this application being approved by the Innovations and Partnerships Office.
• All applications must be submitted to the Innovations and Parternships Office for review by the internal deadline prior to submitting the applications to the Sponsor.

[SGS] Student Services Webpages - New Content


TO: Graduate Chairs/Directors/Coordinators/Administrators

Cc: Student Services, School of Graduate Studies

FROM: Michael Godwin, Student Services Officer, Division I

DATE: November 1, 2011

RE: New Content - SGS Student Services Webpages

We are pleased to announce new content for the SGS Student Services web pages.

Each year, SGS convenes an editorial advisory committee to discuss new content and/or updates to the student services webpages. We continue with our guiding principals to be more student, faculty and staff friendly by reducing the number of “layers” a user must access to arrive at a desired web page, as well as, by thematically categorising information within the Students and Administrative Support menu and side bars.

Of importance, indicated below in red are new content webpages and two newly named categories. Please take a few moments to familiarise yourself with the new content and navigation.

• Getting Started
o New Students
o Registration & Enrolment
• Money Matters
o Funding Your Graduate Education
o Graduate Fees
o Applying for Financial Support
o Managing Your Award
o Funding Resources
o FAQs
• Professional Development
o English Language and Writing Support (ELWS)
o Graduate Professional Skills Program (GPS)
• Getting Involved
o Exchange Programs
o Grad Room
o Graduate Students' Union (GSU)
o International Opportunities
o Student Life Programs and Services - St. George
o Student Services - UTM
o Student Life - UTSC
• Forms & Registrarial Services
o Forms for Students
o Registrarial Services for Students
o Sessional Dates
• Understanding Policy
o Academic Misconduct (plagiarism, etc.)
o Academic Appeals
o Policies & Guidelines
o SGS Calendars
• Keeping On Track
o Program Progress
o Extensions
o Leaves of Absence, Withdrawal and Reinstatement
o Supervision
• Finishing Up
o Doctoral Examinations & Final Year Doctoral Fees
o Producing Your Thesis
o Graduation
• Frequently Asked Questions
Administrative Support
• Administering Programs
• Calendar Production
• Directories & Contact
• Dates and Deadlines
• Forms for Administrative Staff
• Graduate Faculty Memberships
• Graduate Student Records
• Memoranda
• Postdoctoral Fellows
• Workshops & Briefing Sessions
• Restricted Access (username and password remain the same, and you can contact your Student Services Officer for this information).
o Admissions
o Manuals
o Supervision
o SGS Information Systems Access Request Form
Please forward any feedback from students, faculty, staff, or external stakeholders to improve the framework or content of the Students or Administrative Support web pages to myself, Michael Godwin, Student Services website Content Manager and Student Services Officer, Division I. Your suggestions or comments will be tabled at our next committee meeting, which is scheduled during the 2012 summer session.

We hope you find the new web pages useful and suited to fit your needs as Graduate Administrators.



Michael Godwin

Student Services Officer, Division I & CERES, FI, LAW, MGT, MMPA.
School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto
63 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 2Z9

Phone: 416-978-6390 | Fax: 416-946-0992 | Email: | Website:
*If you have an accommodation need for a planned meeting, please email me directly and I will do my best to make appropriate arrangements.*

[SGS] Gradschool e-News: November 2011, Graduating Students Edition


You did it!
Close to 2200 doctorate and master's students will be awarded their degrees at November Convocation 2011. Graduate ceremonies are scheduled November 8-11. Congratulations to all the graduate students being awarded their degrees. The schedule is posted on the Office of Convocation website.

services for alumni

Stay connected
Alumni Affairs has partnered with Gmail to offer U of T students an alumni email account. This is an opt-in service to alumni who wish to retain a university email connection. Upon graduation, the university asks that you switch your account to a forwarding account. Where you decide to forward your account is up to you, but forwarding it to your alumni email account will ensure that no mail is lost in the shuffle.

Finding Work
The Recent Graduates Employment Service (RGES), provides new U of T graduates access to Career Centre services for up to two years following convocation. Graduates can access an extensive database of full-time employment listings and get help with career planning, creating powerful C.V.s and cover letters and interview preparation.

Register for the Graduate Dossier Service to have your letters of reference, transcripts and C.V. kept in a confidential repository. You can quickly and conveniently have them sent out when you apply for academic positions. The service is offered for up to 10 years following a student's Ph.D. graduation.

If you are an international students and have completed your degree, the post-graduation employment program is for you. It is designed to provide you with up to three years of Canadian work experience in your field of study after you graduate from U of T.

Getting more education
Graduation doesn't have to mark an end to your educational journey. It's important for you to keep up with a constantly changing world and continue learning throughout your life. The School of Continuing Studies offers more than 450 university-level courses available to all alumni. As a special bonus for new graduates, degree and certificate holders eligible to attend convocation in either June or November qualify for one free course (maximum value $600). The offer is valid for 18 months following graduation. For more information call 416-978-2400 or drop by 158 St. George Street.

Alumni privileges and benefits
As a student, you enjoyed many benefits unique to the U of T community. The good news is you're still entitled to privileges as a graduate of the university. The university can connect you to reputable companies that offer services that may interest you, such as home or health insurance. You can also take advantage of U of T's athletics facilities and clubs, such as Hart House and the Athletic Centre, and the U of T Libraries at discounted rates after you graduate.

Next stop - the world: Alumni Travel
The Alumni Travel Program is your gateway to inspiring and enriching experiences across the globe. U of T trips are popular because they illuminate different peoples, cultures and environments. You'll have opportunities to directly engage with residents of foreign locales and learn about their way of life. Let your wanderlust take you to wild and wonderful places as you navigate the globe with U of T.

[SGS] Gradschool e-News: November 2011


November Convocation 2011
Close to 2200 doctorate and master's students will be awarded their degrees at November Convocation 2011. Graduate ceremonies are scheduled November 8-11. Congratulations to all the graduate students being awarded their degrees. The schedule is posted on the Office of Convocation website.

SGS Calendar 2011-2012 online
The SGS 2011-12 calendar covers everything from important sessional dates to supports and services for students to the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies and the specific degree regulations of your program of study. The 2011-12 calendar is available with just a click of your mouse.

International Student Survey - coming Soon
U of T invites all international students to participate in an important survey that will be launched November 21. The survey seeks to gain better understanding into the educational experiences of international students at U of T. By participating in the survey, you will be contributing to an improved educational environment for yourself and future U of T international students. You will be invited to participate in the survey by email and will be able to access it online. Thank you in advance for your participation.

money matters

November 15 payment deadline for OSAP deferrals
Students who made arrangements to register for the fall session without payment based on OSAP or other provincial loans or who paid the minimum fee required to register have until November 15 to make full payment of fall/winter session fees. Monthly service charges will be applied against the outstanding student account balance beginning November 15 and on the 15th of every month thereafter until the account is paid in full.

Students who made a fees arrangement to register without payment of the basis of a Scholarship or Award (major financial award, research stipend or Teaching Assistantship) have until April 30 to pay their fees in full before monthly service charges are applied.

Master's tuition fee bursary
The Master's Tuition Fee Bursary (MTFB) grants are available to Master's students in both course-work and research programs who have exceeded the time limit for their program and still have a small amount of work outstanding, due to reasons and factors that are unanticipated and beyond the student’s control. The grant allows eligible recipients to be reimbursed the equivalent of part-time fees for the last session that they are registered and assessed fees as full-time students. Eligible students should read the information sheet for guidelines and fill out the application form to submit to their Graduate Unit. MTFB deadlines differ for research and course-work programs. November 30 is the deadline for research Masters completing degree requirements in the Fall 2011 session.

Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowship Award
The Delta Kappa Gamma Society World Fellowship Fund was established to provide female international graduate students the opportunity to pursue graduate studies in Canada and the United States. The award is valued at USD$4,000. Applicants must be female, currently registered in degree-granting graduate studies and cannot be a citizen or landed immigrant of either Canada or the United States.

Ontario Women's Health Scholars awards
The Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Award is administered by the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies on behalf of Ontario government ministries. It is open to Master’s, Doctoral and Post Doctoral Fellows and is valued at $18,000, $20,000 and $40,000 respectively. Check your grad unit for your submission deadline.

John Charles Polanyi Prize
In honour of the achievement of John Charles Polanyi, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Province of Ontario funds up to five prizes to outstanding researchers in the early stages of their career who are continuing to post-doctoral studies at an Ontario university. The 2012 prizes have a value of $20,000 each and are available in the areas broadly defined as Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature and Economic Science. Check with your grad unit for your submission deadline.


Student Feedback on the University's Grading Practices Policies
A working group has been established by the Provost’s Office to review, harmonize, and update the University’s Grading Practices Policy. To read more about the process and to review the draft policies, please consult the Office of the Vice-Provost, Academic website. Everyone in the university community is invited to respond with their feedback at Please respond by December 1.

upcoming events

Making Dreamcatchers: Catching Bad Dreams, Sharing Hopes
The Family Care Office invites students with family responsibilities to this November session - Making Dreamcatchers: Catching Bad Dreams, Sharing Hopes. While learning how to make a dreamcatcher, participants will discuss what they envision for their children. Vegetarian lunch will be provided.

Break the Glass Ceiling - Women and the MBA
Could an MBA change your life? The Rotman School of Management is hosting Break the Glass Ceiling on November 12 for women to learn more about the MBA and the advantages offered by this degree.

The PhD Movie - Free screenings
Life is tough. Then you graduate. "Piled Higher and Deeper" The Movie is a live-action adaptation of the popular online comic strip The film introduces audiences to the unique and funny culture of academia and follows four graduate students as they struggle to find balance between research, teaching and their personal lives with humour and heart. Come out to one of two free screenings on the St. George campus this November.

CIE Exchange Fair
Ever wonder about the prospect of study abroad? Then don’t miss this great opportunity to meet representatives of U of T exchange partner institutions and students from all over the world. The Centre for International Experience has organized an Exchange Fair on November 21, 10:00am-4:00pm at the CIE, 33 St.George St. Can’t make it downtown? No problem - the CIE will also be hosting Exchange Fairs at Mississauga and Scarborough campuses. Check the CIE home page and/or sign up the CIE list serve to get further details.

Health and Society Seminars
Interested in health and society issues? Consider the seminar series offered by the Comparative Program on Health and Society. The seminars are held on Wednesdays from 10:00am-12:00pm in room 208N of the Munk School of Global Affairs. All events are free and open to the public. Check the 2011-12 seminar schedule and click through to register for any event of interest.

supports & resources

Flu shot clinics at U of T Health Services
Nobody likes the sniffles. Help beat the flu this season by getting your flu shot. Flu shot clincs for students are being held at Health Services in November. Book an appointment online, in person or by calling 416-978-8030. You must have a valid health card and TCard.

Academic Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English
The Office of English Language and Writing Support (ELWS) is introducing a new workshop series by Dr. Rachael Cayley entitled Academic Writing for Non-Native speakers of English for graduate students in all disciplines. The workshops are to be held Tuesdays, November 1, 8 and 15, 4:30pm-6:00pm at the Bissell Building, 140 St. George St., room 205. Registration is not required. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Politics of Supervision - A Key Relationship
Supervision is a key relationship in a graduate student’s academic program. Paddy Stamp, Sexual Harassment officer and Heather Kelly, SGS Director of Student Services will focus on ways to build a productive relationship between supervisor and student. Bring your lunch, beverages provided. November 10, 12:00pm-2:00pm, Gradroom, 66 Harbord St. RSVP by email to

Welcome to the CIV-MIN Blog

This is where we compile all the announcements, postings and non-urgent alerts that used to clog up your email inbox. Feel free to scroll through the latest postings organized by date below, or check our categorized listings on the right for the information you want.