Best wishes for a happy and productive 2016.
Some 500 people gathered at the Appel Salon downtown for the inaugural York Science Forum, hosted by the Faculty of Science and featuring renowned Harvard physicist and best-selling author Lisa Randall. York physicists Sean Tulin and Wendy Taylor joined her for a panel discussion, moderated by Dean Ray Jayawardhana. During her visit, Randall also delivered the first Fields-York Lecture on the Physics & Mathematics of the Universe on campus (see this National Post article for a re-cap) and did interviews with CTV Canada AM and CBC Quirks & Quarks. Special thanks to Sean Tulin for coordinating Randall’s visit and Dimitra Markatasfor organizing the Forum.
Physics and Astronomy hosted 100 Grade 9 students from Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute. The visit included presentations and tours of the Observatory and Cody Storry‘s lab.
In the Media
More than 50 media outlets reported on the Geophysical Research Letters paper on global lake temperatures by Sapna Sharma (Biology) and collaborators. They included CBC News, Toronto Star, Metro News, Discovery News, Yahoo News, Science, Nature, RCI and CBC Radio.
CHML Radio and CTV News interviewed Paul Delaney (Physics & Astronomy) about the launch and landing of SpaceX’s Falcon rocket. Altogether, Paul made over 70 media appearances during the course of 2015, engaging with the public regularly on space and astronomy topics and raising the profile of York Science regionally and nationally.
Jesse Rogerson (PhD candidate, Physics & Astronomy) also appeared on CTV News to talk about SpaceX’s successful launch and landing of the Falcon 9 rocket.
Associate Dean Peter Cribb was quoted in a 24 Hours Toronto article titled “Should you switch majors?”.
Amro Zayed (Biology) spoke with Toronto Star about his favourite tree ornament.
Dean Ray Jayawardhana’s article on Pluto’s turn in the limelight appeared in the New York Times.