The Faculty of Science 2015 Annual Review is now published online.
The Faculty hosted a special Science Unplugged event to recognize and celebrate our honorary degree recipient, Dr. James Simons, and recent outstanding achievements and contributions by colleagues in the Faculty. York Science alumna Dr. Boyana Konforti, director of education and outreach at Simons Foundation, accompanied Dr. Simons on his visit.
- Paul Delaney (Physics & Astronomy) and Laurence Packer (Biology) on receiving the titles of University Professor and Distinguished Research Professor, respectively, at Spring Convocation.
- James Simons, recipient of the honourary Doctor of Science degree at Spring Convocation.
- BSc (Hons) graduate Catherine Spagnuolo on receiving a Governor General’s Silver Medal at Spring Convocation.
- A number of faculty members received Discovery or Research Tools and Instruments Grants from NSERC, including Norbert Bartel (Physics & Astronomy); Michael Haslam, Huaxiong Huang, Asia Ivic Weiss, Yang Shen and Man Wah Wong (Mathematics & Statistics); Sergey Krylov, Gino Lavoie, and Sylvie Morin (Chemistry); and Joel Shore, Bridget Stutchbury, and Andrew White (Biology).
Colleagues in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics launched Canada’s first International Mathematical Modelling Challenge earlier this year. An awards ceremony was held for the winners in June.
The Department of Physics & Astronomy hosted an awards ceremony for the participants and winners of the York University Biophysics Contest.
Laurence Packer (Biology) launched the first-ever online image bank of the bee genera of the world. Almost all of the images are from his laboratory, where he houses a collection of more than 300,000 specimens.
Laurence Packer (Biology) was a keynote speaker at Ontario Nature’s 85th Annual Gathering.
The Centre for Disease Modelling co-organized the “US-Canadian Institutes Epidemiology Summer School” at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute in Ohio, USA. The school received over 100 applications from Canada, the USA, Europe, and Africa; 60 students, including eight from York University, were accepted.
Sapna Sharma (Biology) was appointed to the Advisory Council of the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science.
Asia Ivić Weiss (Mathematics & Statistics) will donate a collection of geometric models that once belonged to esteemed geometer Donald Coxeter to the Canada Science & Technology Museum on behalf of her department.
Jean-Paul Paluzzi and Andrew Donini (Biology) organized the Insect Biotech Conference, which brought together some of the leading researchers in entomology to discuss and explore developing trends and new research findings in the growing area of insect biotechnology.
Alumnus Nigel Lockyer received an honorary degree from Simon Fraser University. He was the recipient of York’s Bryden Alumni Award two years ago.
The Faculty’s Committee on Teaching and Learning hosted a science education workshop and seminar featuring Lisa McDonnell (UC San Diego) and Karen Smith (University of British Columbia).
PhD student George Conidis (Physics & Astronomy) was selected to participate in a discussion with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, on the topic of international student exchange and opportunities.
PhD students Bretton Fosbrook and Jeffrey Wajsberg (Science & Technology Studies) won Provost Dissertation Scholarships from the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
PhD Student Angela Cope (Science & Technology Studies) received a research fellowship at the Strong National Museum of Play.
IN THE MEDIA
Postdoctoral fellow Elodie Hébrard (Physics & Astronomy; supervisor Ray Jayawardhana) and visiting student Louise Yu were co-authors on a Nature paper announcing the discovery of a hot Jupiter orbiting a newborn star. Elodie spoke to Radio Canada International and CBC News about the findings.
Toronto Star reported a donation made by Professor Emeritus Allan Carswell (Physics & Astronomy) that will support summer jobs for youth in Toronto.
Paul Delaney (Physics & Astronomy) appeared on CTV News to speak about astronauts entering the world’s first inflatable space lodge and Russia’s return to the moon; SiriusXM about the discovery of a hot Jupiter orbiting a young star (see media item above) and Hubble Telescope’s extension to 2021; and CJAD 800 AM about NASA’s Mission Juno, Canadian astronauts and SpaceX’s mission to Mars.
Recent PhD graduate Jesse Rogerson (Physics & Astronomy) spoke to CBC Radio’s Ontario Morning about the science behind the Northern Lights.
July 12-14: Teachers Workshop in Astronomy. Registration required: https://pd.edu.yorku.ca/#/reg/course/8933