Congratulations to Physics alumnus Gordon Drake on receiving the CAP-COMP Peter Kirkby Memorial Medal for his service to physics in Canada. Drake received one of the first PhDs at York’s Keele campus, and holds a University Professorship at the University of Windsor.
Congratulations to STS 4th year undergraduate Michal Panszczyk on being awarded a Hannah Summer Studentship for his archival research project “On the Margins of Biomedicine: Epidemic Encephalitis in Ontario, 1919-1930.”
Dorian Deshauer, a practicing MD and doctoral student in STS, has launched a new section on Medicine & Society in his role as an associate editor of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
The Faculty of Science hosted the First Annual NSERC USRA Poster Day and BBQ giving 41 students across four Faculties the opportunity to present their research to their peers and professors. The event was highly successful with approximately 80 students, faculty members and researchers attending. Three students were recognized for the best poster presentations:
- Rebecca Sabovich (worked with Laurie Wilcox – Psychology, Health)
- Ahbilash Mathews (worked with Scott Menary – Physics & Astronomy)
- Borris Barron (worked with Pouya Rezai – Mechanical Engineering, Lassonde)
If you haven’t picked up your copy of the NSERC USRA booklet, there are a few copies left. Please contact Sibonile Siyakatshana.
Science Explorations Camps experienced significant growth of ~27% this summer, engaging nearly 500 children in a wide variety of science topics. Of particular note, our Codemakers camps drew capacity enrolments –with waiting lists in some cases! Thanks to a generous donation from AMGEN, we were able to expand the geographic reach of our camps to Mississauga.
Steven Wang (Mathematics & Statistics), Huaiping Zhu (Mathematics & Statistics) and Beate Sander (Public Health Ontario) organized and hosted at York a symposium on surveillance, modelling, dynamics, prediction and control of vector-borne diseases. The participants were part of the LAMPS (Laboratory of Mathematical Parallel Systems) network and included people from Public Health Ontario, Health units, and interdisciplinary research fields. The symposium is also linked to the team’s effort to support Bill 27 of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario concerning emerging vector-borne diseases.
IN THE MEDIA
Jianhong Wu (Mathematics & Statistics) and Jean-Paul Paluzzi (Biology) continue to be in the media, commenting recently on the spread of ticks and Lyme disease in the Globe & Mail.
Professor Emeritus of Physics Allan Carswell was interviewed by Hydro International about his pioneering work on lidar.
Physics & Astronomy graduate student Jesse Rogerson spoke with CTV News and CP24 about the Perseid meteor shower.
Another busy month for Paul Delaney (Physics & Astronomy) as he spoke with Newstalk1010, AM900 CHML Hamilton, and CTV Canada AM about the Perseid meteor shower; AM900 CHML Hamilton about 51b Eridani; CJAD 800 Montreal about various astronomy stories; CTV Canada AM about the Orion spacecraft drop test results; and presented at Starfest.
Bridget Stutchbury (Biology) commented on the decline in biodiversity in the Guelph Mercury.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation interviewed Dean Ray Jayawardhana about the evidence of early life in western Australia.
- Sept 3 – Vendor Fair, 10am to 3pm, LSB main floor
- Sept 22 – The Science of Science Fiction series – in partnership with the Toronto Public Library – 1st of 5 talks by: Juris Steprans (Mathematics & Statistics). Others include: Michael Jenkin(EECS, Lassonde), Wendy Taylor (Physics & Astronomy), Carol Bucking (Biology), Sean Tulin (Physics & Astronomy), and Michael Scheid (Biology). Various dates
- Sept 25 – Workshop & networking: American Chemical Society on Campus
- Sept 25-27 – Ontario Universities’ Fair (OUF) – Volunteers welcome. Please contact Katrina Angel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Sep 27 – Total lunar eclipse – stay tuned for York Observatory event details.
- Sept 28-30 – International conference on Analysis, Applications and Computations at the Fields Institute. Man Wah Wong (chair), Martin Muldoon and Jianhong Wu (all in Mathematics & Statistics) are on the organizing committee.