- Peter Backx (Biology) and Sean Tulin (Physics & Astronomy) on their appointments as Canada Research Chairs in Cardiovascular Biology (Tier-1) and Particle Physics & Astronomy (Tier-2), respectively; and Jianhong Wu (Mathematics & Statistics) on his renewed appointment as Canada Research Chair in Industrial and Applied Mathematics (Tier-1).
- Gary Sweeney (Biology), who was awarded a $20,000 charitable grant from the insurance company ivari towards postdoctoral support for his research project “Understanding the Links between Diabetes, Heart Disease and Obesity,” which studies the role of the adiponectin hormone.
- Derek Wilson (Chemistry), who, in partnership with ImmunoBiochem Corporation, received an Engage Grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and Ontario Centres of Excellence. The grant will support R&D on a novel class of cancer drugs.
- Sixteen Faculty of Science members who were among those recognized at the 2016 York U Research Leaders celebration for their outstanding accomplishments, including Bridget Stutchbury (Biology), winner of the President’s Research Excellence award.
Gerald Audette (Chemistry) is co-editor of a new two-volume set titled Handbook of Clinical Nanomedicine.
Several Biology students were recognized at the Undergraduate Research Fair, including:
- Maansi Malhotra – first prize for best honours thesis
- Christine Paputsis – second prize for best honours thesis
- Shulamit Diena, Stephanie Bergman, Carla FIorella Perez & Talia Silver – first prize for best group project
- Michelle Binczyk – second prize for best poster and presentation
The Department of Mathematics & Statistics and the Career Centre at York hosted the alumni panel “Career Conversations in Math & Statistics”. The panel featured four York Math & Stats alumni: James O’Sullivan (Head of Canadian Banking at Scotiabank), Dr. Arthur Ryman (previous Chief Data Officer at IBM Rational Software), Chris Wu (Math Teacher and Match Circles Instructor) and Eitan Gazit (Actuarial Analyst of Mercer).
IN THE MEDIA
Bridget Stutchbury (Biology) spoke with Global News, Global TV – The Morning Show, and CBC Radio about her role in the feature documentary The Messenger, which explores the disappearance of the songbird population.
Sean Tulin (Physics & Astronomy) spoke with the National Post about the detection of gravitational waves and further exploration of Einstein’s theory of relativity.
Paul Delaney (Physics & Astronomy) also commented on the gravitational wave detection on CTV News, CJAD 800AM and SiriusXM.
Jesse Rogerson (PhD candidate in astrophysics) spoke with CBC Radio One about the possibility of accessible space tourism.
Dawn Bazely (Biology) was featured on CBC Radio One on the ethics surrounding conservation.
Amro Zayed (Biology) was a panelist for the segment “The Bees’ Needs” on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin.
The Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical interviewed Associate Dean E J Janse van Rensburg (Mathematics & Statistics) about his recent paper “Self-avoiding walks subject to a force”.
Jianhong Wu (Mathematics & Statistics) and his postdoctoral fellow Xi Huo were profiled in Medical Express for their work on developing a new mathematical model for the Ebola outbreak that may also improve the survival rates of similarly spread diseases.
March 9: Science Open Forum, 10:30am-12pm in Lumbers 306, RSVP @ firstname.lastname@example.org
March 10: Science Unplugged, 3:30-5:00pm at The Underground, RSVP @ science.yorku.ca/science.unplugged
March 22: Red & White Day #YUTweetup with Dean Jayawardhana and President Shoukri
April 2: York Region Science & Technology Fair on campus