- Peter Cheung (Biology), who received a $200K Innovation Grant from the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute to study histone ubiquitylation and its link to cancer biology.
- Postdoctoral fellow Daniel Fitzakerley (Physics & Astronomy), who won a 2015 dissertation prize from the Faculty of Graduate Studies for his work “Antihydrogen Via Two-Stage Charge Exchange” (supervised by Professor Eric Hessels).
- Michael Organ (Chemistry), who received the R.U. Lemieux Award from the Canadian Society for Chemistry.
- Professor Emerita and former Dean of Science and Engineering Gillian Wu, who received the prestigious John D. Reynolds Award from the Canadian Society for Immunology.
- STS PhD student Venilla Rajaguru on receiving a Vivienne Poy Asian Research Award from York Centre for Asian Research. She is headed to the National University of Singapore for dissertation fieldwork this summer.
The Faculty held its first Science Unplugged event, bringing together faculty members, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and staff. Alumna Heather Krause (Mathematics & Statistics), Sapna Sharma (Biology), and PhD student Alexandra Terrana (Physics & Astronomy) made three short, lively presentations, and the attendees enjoyed conversations over refreshments.
The Department of Mathematics & Statistics organized York’s first ever sitting of the Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest.
Sampa Bhadra (Physics & Astronomy) has been appointed to the President’s Advisory Committee on Inclusion.
Laurence Packer (Biology) and PhD students Brock Harpur and Nadia Tsvetkov (supervised by Amro Zayed) presented their research at the “Pollination: Science and Stewardship” symposium in British Columbia.
Earlier this year Dawn Bazely (Biology) and Science Librarian John Dupuis launched the @YorkUScientists Twitter account. The account features professors, students, staff, and alumni who do STEM work. Consider signing up to tweet from the account for a week.
STS PhD student William Illsey Atkinson was appointed as a book reviewer for the Washington-based magazine Physics Today and has contributed two reviews so far.
The Faculty and its members were involved in several science engagement events:
- The March Break Science Camp at Science Explorations was a hit, drawing in 80 eager kids from across the GTA (eight percent more than last year).
- The York Observatory team presented a workshop at the Markham Public Library Angus Glen Branch. Jen Mehrnoush Zomederis and Richard Bloch spoke about meteorites, comets and space exploration, accompanied by hands-on activities.
- Paul Delaney (Physics & Astronomy) participated in the panel discussion on “Moving to Mars?” hosted by the University of Toronto Astronomy and Space Exploration Society.
- Bridget Stutchbury (Biology) presented “New Discoveries in Songbird Migration” at The York Circle, a speaker series hosted by Alumni Relations.
IN THE MEDIA
Sapna Sharma (Biology) appeared on Global National in a segment focused on climate change and rising lake temperatures.
Paul Delaney (Physics & Astronomy) was interviewed by CHML AM900 and Sirius XM about the ExoMars mission and Scott Kelly’s one year in space.
Several media outlets, including by Motherboard, Radio Canada International and Scientific American reported on the discovery of the fastest UV quasar winds by PhD student Jesse Rogerson and Pat Hall (Physics & Astronomy) and their collaborators.
The York University Magazine, in an article on Extreme Science, featured Laurence Packer (Biology), alumna Emily McKinnon and Dean Jayawardhana in the Winter 2016 issue.
April 5: Workshop for graduate students and postdocs on “The Role of Science in Public Policy”, presented by Ontario Science Centre CEO Dr. Maurice Bintran (registrations at capacity)
April 7: “A Disciplined Imagination: The Fiction of Science Fiction,” presented by PhD student William Illsey Atkinson (Science & Technology Studies). Agincourt Public Library, 6:30-8pm.
April 19: Impacts and alternatives to systemic pesticides: a science policy forum, co-hosted by the David Suzuki Foundation and York University. Lecture Hall 103, Life Sciences Building, 9am – 5pm.
April 28-20: Binocular Conference, jointly organized by York’s Science & Technology Studies Department and the University of Toronto’s Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.
May 7: Science Rendezvous. Main Street Markham.