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HMB Newsletter: NOVEMBER 18, 2015 | FALL 2015, VOLUME 3

NOVEMBER 18, 2015 | FALL 2015, VOLUME 3
A Message from the Director:
Introducing the Human Biology Awards
I am pleased to announce the inaugural Human Biology Program Excellence Awards. Human Biology (HMB) students excel in their courses and programs, and demonstrate leadership within HMB and the University. Starting in the 2015/16 academic year, outstanding students will be recognized with awards. Awardees will be honoured at the HMB Excellence Awards reception in the spring of 2016, and will receive a monetary prize. The funds for prizes come from the HMB Director’s Excellence Fund.

Human Biology Program Excellence Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Course Awards recognizing students receiving the highest academic achievement in the following courses:
    HMB200H1, HMB201H1, HMB202H1, HMB203H1, HMB204H1, HMB265H1, HMB395Y1, HMB499Y1
  • Program Awards recognizing students receiving the highest academic achievement in the following programs:
    Human Biology major, Health and Disease Major and Specialist, Neuroscience Major and Specialist, Fundamental Genetics and its Applications Major and Specialist, Global Health Major and Specialist, Environment and Health Major and Specialist.
  • Graduating Student Awards recognizing the highest academically achieving students graduating from an HMB program.
  • Student Leadership Awards recognizing the demonstrated leadership of HMB students to HMB, the Life Sciences and/or the University. The application and selection process for these awards will be posted on the HMB website in early 2016.

Melanie Woodin
Melanie Woodin, M Sc, Ph D
Director, Human Biology Program and Associate Professor, Department of Cell & Systems Biology

Notes: Exact number of awards and their monetary values will be determined annually. Award recipients will be notified via email by the Human Biology Program Director following completion of the course or program. The Human Biology Program reserves the right to select both nominees and awardees in all award categories. The Awards Reception will be held in May or June 2016, specific date to be determined.


Tuesday December 8, 2015 |  Last Day of classes of F-term
Wednesday December 9, 2015 |  Las Day to request Late Withdrawal (LWD) from F section code courses at College Registrar’s Office
Wednesday December 9, 2015 |  Last Day to request June 2016 Graduation


video of propogate cell

“This is a lab we carry out in all the 3rd year lab courses and [the video] provides exact instructions on how to carry out the procedure and includes animations on the scientific theory behind certain steps. My work study student Danielle Denisko also deserves credit [for the development of this video].” – Dr. Alistair Dias, HMB314H1F & HMB312H1S Professor


Department of Medical Biophysics (MBP) OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, November 21| 10 AM – 2 PM
Are you an undergraduate student considering a career in leading-edge translational biomedical research? We invite you to attend our Open House to explore our interdisciplinary MSc and PhD Graduate and Summer Undergraduate Research Programmes. This is your opportunity to speak with Medical Biophysics (MBP) profs and graduate students. Learn how to apply to our graduate programme, take a guided tour of the extensive research facilities and visit poster displays by world leading research labs.
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Oral Presentation Skills: A Workshop for Students in the Life Sciences
Week of November 23, 2015
Do you find it challenging to create and/or give oral presentations in your Science courses? This hands-on workshop (designed by biology faculty) will give you practical strategies and tips to help you design and deliver effective oral presentations. This workshop is part of a series of workshops on communicating effectively in the life sciences.
All students registered in Life Sciences programs are welcome. This workshop is recommended for students who have previous experience reading primary research articles and who are in their second or third year of study.
When: The same 2-hour workshop will be held on different dates and times during the week of November 23.
Where: Ramsay Wright room 015A
Register here!

Apply to the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship!
Deadline: April 4, 2016
This scholarship enables students to complete a 90-day studentship in Kenya or India. Students will work on projects that enhance health and science education and get the opportunity to research in a very different setting from U of T.
Learn more

Peers are Here

peers are here

What with midterms coming and going, we  all feeling pretty stressed. University can get crushing, and it’s easy to feel alone.
Every Thursday Peers Are Here Facilitators meet with a group of Life Science students from 5 to 6 to talk about what’s going on in their lives, both struggles and successes.
Stop by this coming week to talk about midterm stress, recovering from bad marks and moving forward with hope. We’ve been there, and we’re here now.
Peers are Here for Life Sciences Students Thursdays 5 – 6 p.m. in SS 2115

November 27 & 30, 2015
Students in our Global Health program involved in the UofT chapter of Love146 (which advocates for the abolition of child trafficking) invites you to come to their bake sale on November 27 and 30, from 11 AM- 3 PM in Sid Smith.

Everything Neuroscience (∑N) 4th Annual Conference: The Science of Learning and Memory
Saturday November 21, 2015| 10 AM – 3 PM
The Neuroscience Association of Undergraduate Students (NAUS) at the University of Toronto are pleased to present our 4th annual undergraduate conference entitled ‘Everything Neuroscience (∑N): The Science of Learning and Memory featuring many leading experts in the field of learning and memory!
Keynote speaker: Dr. Sheena Josselyn, The Hospital for Sick Children
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Science of Play | 2015 S.E.E.D.S. Conference
November 21, 2015
Are you interested in the physiological, psychological, and sociological effects of physical activity on health? Do you want to hear leaders in the fields of global health and social services discuss their thoughts on how to overcome barriers preventing adequate physical activity in our communities? Better yet, maybe you want to share your ideas on how to best educate the public on the benefits of physical activity? If so, you may be interested in the Science of Play conference.
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The Saturday Program (St.George)
Time Commitment: Jan. 23, 2016 – Apr. 23, 2016
from 9AM – 12PM with free breakfast and hot lunch
Location: MSB Stone Lobby
If you are looking to find a meaningful volunteer opportunity and wish to pass on your wisdom to younger peers, the Saturday Program 2015-2016 is a non-profit tutoring/mentorship program initiated by medical students from the Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto, which is now in its 20th year. Through a span of 10 weeks, we bring together undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from multidisciplinary fields at UofT and pair them with high school students for one-on-one tutoring/mentoring sessions, and intellectually engaging workshops.
Learn more

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