The Faculty launched a call for the York Science Communicator in Residence program.
Dawn Bazely (Biology) was named a University Professor at spring convocation. This is the second consecutive year that a Science faculty member has received this high honour.
Former faculty member Helen Freedhoff (Physics & Astronomy) passed away suddenly on June 10. YFile published a tribute to Professor Freedhoff.
Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus Ken Davey (Biology) received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University.
Recent Banting postdoctoral fellow Heath MacMillan (Biology) accepted a faculty position at Carleton University. A story about his achievements while at York was published in yFile.
Recent York-Fields postdoctoral fellow Carolina Benedetti (Mathematics & Statistics) was appointed as a faculty member at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota.
- Amro Zayed (Biology), PhD student Nadia Tsvetkov, research associate Clement Kent, Master’s student Harshilkumar Patel and former BSc students Pratik Jay Gajiwala and Philip Maciukiewicz and co-authors
Heart Failure and MEF2 Transcriptome Dynamics in Response to B-Blockers – Nature Scientific Reports.
- John McDermott (Biology), Gary Sweeney (Biology), Jorg Grigull (Mathematics & Statistics) and co-authors
The Specialized Honours BSc Chemistry and Specialized Honours BSc Chemistry – Pharmaceutical & Biological Chemistry Stream programs received renewed accreditation from the Canadian Society for Chemistry. In addition, the Specialized Honours BSc Biochemistry program was also accredited for the first time.
Chris Bergevin (Physics & Astronomy) co-chaired the 2017 Mechanics of Hearing workshop.
The York Math Circle team participated in the 2017 American Regions Mathematics League competition, and this was the first time that York University sent its own team to the competition. Although the team competed with 13 students compared to 15 that other teams had, the team came 43rd out of more than 140 teams.
The Technologies for Exo-Planetary Science (TEPS) CREATE program – directed by Dean Ray Jayawardhana – hosted its first summer skills workshop. Dean Jayawardhana gave a public lecture in Montreal as part of the event.
At the 5th Workshop on Categorical Methods in Non-Abelian Algebra, a special celebration was held to commemorate Walter Tholen’s (Mathematics & Statistics) presentation on “Semi-Abelian Categories” at the International Conference on Category Theory in Portugal in 1999. The paper that emerged from that talk (published with collaborators George Janelidze and László Márki) is considered the backbone of the annual Workshop series. The celebration also marked a birthday milestone for Tholen and his collaborators, as the three authors on the paper are celebrating a major birthday this year.
The Department of Mathematics & Statistics hosted their second International Mathematical Modeling Contest earlier this year with double the number of participants compared to last year. The department also hosted the Canadian Award Ceremony for the contest at York in June.
Carswell Scholar John Campbell (Mathematics & Statistics) published a paper in the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts and his artwork was featured on the cover.
Former PhD student Xiaotian Wu and her supervisor Jianhong Wu (Mathematics & Statistics) published “Analyzing the Potential Risk of Climate Change on Lyme Disease in Eastern Ontario, Canada Using Time Series Remotely Sensed Temperature Data and Tick Population Modelling” in Remote Sensing. The model in the study is based on Xiaotian Wu’s thesis work at York University.
Chris Lortie (Biology) published “Fix-it Felix: advances in testing plant facilitation as a restoration tool” in Applied Vegetation Science.
Professor Emeritus Trueman MacHenry (Mathematics & Statistics) presented a talk at the Mathematics Conference at the University of Havana.
Research by Amro Zayed (Biology) and collaborators showing that honeybees exposed to field realistic levels of neonicotinoids die sooner, reducing the health of the entire colony, received extensive media coverage in The Economist, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, PBS, NPR, CBC, Toronto Star, National Post, The Scientist, Nature, Motherboard and many more outlets around the world.
Dean Ray Jayawardhana authored an opinion piece titled “Venus Shines in the Shadow of Mars” in the Wall Street Journal. He also wrote an article about the upcoming solar eclipse in the Washington Post.
York University distributed a media advisory about the upcoming eclipse and York Science’s community outreach plans for the day.
Paul Delaney (Physics & Astronomy) spoke to CTV News and CBC News about the upcoming solar eclipse, to CTV News and AM640 about the Kepler data set release, and to 610CKTB about Asteroid Day.
Amro Zayed (Biology) spoke to CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks about flies and their ability to pollinate.
Aug 21, 12-4pm: Solar Fair at York Lions Stadium for the solar eclipse.