The Faculty of Science hosted another successful Science Rendezvous at the Markham Farmers’ Market. Thank you to all of the staff, students and researchers who participated in making the event a hit!
Registration opened for the Faculty’s summer camps. Details about this summer’s programs were highlighted in yFile.
Sapna Sharma (Biology) received the York University President’s Emerging Research Leadership Award. This is the fourth consecutive year that a Science faculty member has received either the President’s Research Excellence Award or the Emerging Research Leadership Award.
Alex Mills (Biology) published the book Biology of Sex with the University of Toronto Press.
The following researchers were highlighted in this year’s York University Research Leaders booklet: Peter Backx (Biology), Thomas Baumgartner (Chemistry), Chris Caputo (Chemistry), Paul Delaney (Physics & Astronomy), Eric Hessels (Physics & Astronomy), Raymond Kwong (Biology), John McDermott (Biology), Chun Peng (Biology), Sapna Sharma (Biology), Gary Sweeney (Biology), Jianhong Wu (Mathematics & Statistics), Cora Young (Chemistry).
Laurence Packer (Biology) was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Entomological Society of London.
Adjunct Faculty member Michael Organ (Chemistry) received the NSERC John C. Polanyi Award.
The Association of Graduate Students in the Biological Sciences held their annual symposium. This year’s poster award winners included Gil Yerushalmi (1st place), Malcolm Glennie (2nd place), Nahid Vaghardfard (3rd place), and Nora Dannah (Ryerson) and Lidia Misyura as runners up.
Recent graduate alumnus Brock Harpur (Biology, supervised by Amro Zayed) accepted an Assistant Professor position at Purdue University.
Research by Huaiping Zhu (Mathematics & Statistics) on the mathematical modelling of west nile virus transmission was highlighted in the Brainstorm edition of yFile.
Laurence Packer (Biology) was a consultant on Canada Post’s new bee stamps.
Professor Packer also displayed an exhibit at the SciArt Gallery at the University of Toronto during Science Rendezvous, with more than 500 people participating in his lab’s quiz about bees vs flies. In addition, he presented “Bees, Other than the Domesticated Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)” at the Halton Peel Naturalist Club.
Paul Delaney (Physics & Astronomy) delivered a presentation on Cassini mission highlights at RASC Hamilton, and on the search for life at the Markham Library Speakers Hub.
Paula Wilson (Biology) co-organized the Annual Conference for the Ontarion Consortium of Biology Educators. At the event, Professor Wilson also co-led a workshop on “Metacognition,” and Tamara Kelly led a workshop titled “Teaching for Mastery.”
Hélène Mialet (Science & Technology Studies) presented “Bodies, Machines and Dogs: Reflection on a new kind of Assemblage” as part of the series “For Whom the Medium Matters” at the McLuhan Center for Culture and Technology.
PhD student Paige Whyte-Fagundes (Biology, supervised by Georg Zoidl) published A Potential Compensatory Role of Panx3 in the VNO of a Panx1 Knock Out Mouse Model in Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience. She also presented “Forebrain electrophysiological Recording of Seizure Activity in Genetically Modified Zebrafish Larva” at the 2018 Krembil Research Day.
The Technologies for Exo-Planetary Science (TEPS) CREATE program, directed by Dean Ray Jayawardhana, hosted a summer skills workshop at the University of British Columbia.
YFile profiled the upcoming Insect Biotech Conference, which is being organized by Jean-Paul Paluzzi and Andrew Donini (Biology).
- PhD student Mohamed Salem (supervised by Chun Peng, Biology) determined the expression and function of miR-590-3p in epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). Their findings demonstrate that miR-590-3p promotes EOC development via a novel FOXA2-VCAN pathway.
Quantification of methane sources in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region of Alberta by aircraft mass balance – Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
- PhD student Sabour Baray (Chemistry) and his supervisor Robert McLaren published a paper that quantifies the total amount of fugitive methane being released from the Athabasca Oil Sands Facilities north of Fort McMurray.
PhD student Thomas Onuferko (Biology, supervised by Laurence Packer) identified 15 new species of stealthy cuckoo bees. The study received coverage in the BBC (by journalist Matt McGrath, former York Science Communicator in Residence) and Science Update (produced by AAAS).
Sapna Sharma (Biology) spoke to the BBC about a new climate feedback loop discovered in freshwater lakes.
Dean Ray Jayawardhana spoke to NBC News about a new device that could be used to spot planets around nearby stars.
Paul Delaney (Physics & Astronomy) spoke to Sirius XM and CHML900 about the Insight launch, with AM640 about planetary nebula and exoplanet mountains, as well as with Global TV about Canadian astronauts’ future missions.
August 7: Summer Undergraduate Research Conference, at 8:30 am – 3:30 pm in the New Student Centre, 2nd Floor, Convention Centre.
August 14-16: Astro Workshop 2018: Professional Development for Teachers of Astronomy. Register at http://astro2018.science.yorku.cab