- Mike Organ (Chemistry) who was recognized by Chemical and Engineering News for the most notable discovery in synthetic chemistry worldwide for 2014.
- Sergey Krylov (Chemistry) who won the 2015 President’s Research Excellence Award, announced at the York U Research Leaders celebration, where a large number of other faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates from the Faculty of Science were also honored for their successes over the past year.
- Sergey Krylov (Chemistry), again, on receiving a Strategic Project Grant from NSERC, worth over $717,000, to help streamline the process for small-scale chemical manufacturing, used for the production of pharmaceuticals, research, reagents, nanomaterials etc.
- Marshall McCall (Physics & Astronomy) on being selected a Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Lecturer. In that capacity, he is speaking about “Structure in the Near Universe and its Relevance to Your Life” at five institutions across the country in February-March.
First QuantumGirl Saturday was a hit. Over 50 girls in grades 3-8 engaged with female mentors and role models involved in STEM professions and research. The first session focused on electrical and computer engineering. In future weeks, participants will be introduced to mechanical & civil engineering, and marine biology & life sciences.
Laurence Packer (Biology) and PhD student Scott McIvor were keynote speakers at the Bee Day event on February 28, hosted by the Toronto Beekeepers Co-op. The day-long event focused on honey bees and wild bees in city environments.
Amro Zayed (Biology) spoke about “Bees are the bee’s knees! [Dancing is not optional]”, as part of the Treehouse Talks at the Toronto Reference Library.
The STS Day was a great success. Attendees were treated to a Rover’s display by the York University Rover Team and an interactive display of the Oculus Rift virtual reality interface.
Janet Vertesi (Princeton) gave the keynote address comparing the organization and functioning of two different spacecraft teams. The Mars Rover group she studied, at JPL and elsewhere, operated by consensus and had a relatively ‘flat’ structure, whereas the Cassini mission to Saturn was organized more hierarchically with different teams oriented around specific instruments. Vertesi discussed how scientific results were shaped by these organizational choices. Commentary from PhD student and HSS-NASA fellow Jordan Bimm (STS) and faculty members Edward Jones-Imhotep (STS), Paul Delaney (Physics & Astronomy) and Kenton Kroker (STS) followed the talk.
Stan Jeffers (Physics & Astronomy) spoke about physics and the martial arts to a packed audience at York Circle.
At the Don Mills branch of the Toronto Public Library, Derek Wilson (Chemistry) gave a talk about “When Proteins Go Rogue: Structural Disorder in Neurological Disease” to a capacity crowd 90+ community members. Derek was the second speaker of our Neuroscience Lecture Series.
Two of our undergraduates in Biology won first and second place in the Best Poster & Presentation category at the Undergraduate Research Fair.
In the Media
- Jane Heffernan (Mathematics & Statistics) was interviewed by Radio Canada International, Toronto Star and Canadian Press. Over 20 outlets across the country —including 680 News, Maclean’s, Calgary Herald, Vancouver Sun and HuffPostCanada— picked up the latter interview.
- The National Post interviewed Jordan Bimm (STS) about space psychology and Mars colonization.
- CBC’s The National interviewed Ben Quine (Physics & Astronomy) about space weather.
- Physics & Astronomy student Richard Bloch’s video of how NASA enhances images of space was featured on the Daily Mail (UK) website.
- National Geographic mentioned Laurence Packer (Biology) in their article about a new bee found in Kenya.
- Ilijas Farah (Math & Stats) was interview by YorkCast, a weekly program on CHRY 105.5 FM, about the mathematician Alan M. Turing’s life story and contribution to humankind. The inspiration behind the acclaimed movie “The Imitation Game”.
- Paul Delaney (Physics & Astronomy) made frequent media appearances, including on CTV to discuss Rosetta images and a monster black hole, and on CHML Hamilton radio to talk about the same black hole story and NASA funding for a Europa mission.
- Mar 7: #YorkU #WomenInSTEM event
- Mar 11: Kari Hoffman on “Memories in the Malleable Mind”, part of the Neuroscience Lecture Series.
- Mar 12: Laurence Packer on “Beeing Biodiverse & the Art of Spying on Wild Bees” at the Fields Institute ArtSci Salon. Live stream: http://www.fields.utoronto.ca/live
- Mar 14–20: March Break Science Safari – not too late to register!
- Mar 24: Laurie Wilcox on “How We See in 3D”, part of the Neuroscience Lecture Series.
- Mar 25: Thilo Womelsdorf on “Brain Networks & Mental Illness”, final speaker for the Neuroscience Lecture Series.
- Mar 30: Deadline – Encourage your grads and PDFs to take part in 3MT
- May 1: Science@50 Gala event – get your tickets now! password: science
- May 6: Science@50 “Dispatches from the Frontiers of Science” public outreach event, featuring five of our faculty members, at the Toronto Reference Library. Moderator: CBC’s Ana Maria Tremonti. Although it’s a free event, you must reserve a ticket. More information to follow.