The Faculty of Science stands tall and firm in facing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Faculty members, staff and students in the Faculty of Science are commended for their hard work and resilience during this challenging time. Read the message from the Dean of Science sent on March 23, 2020.
The Faculty of Science is once again inviting applications to its Science Communicator in Residence Program, for the 2020-2021 academic year. The deadline has been extended to May 11, 2020. Read More
Seyed Moghadas, and Jianhong Wu, Jane Heffernan and Huaiping Zhu (Mathematics & Statistics) received funding from the Government of Canada for COVID-19 rapid research projects.
Ed Furman (Mathematics & Statistics), PhD student Andrew Fleck, and Yang Shen of University of New South Wales (Australia) were awarded a grant from the Casualty Actuarial Society to explore the effects of rare risk events, such as pandemics, natural disasters, and financial market crashes, on the reserves of property and casualty insurers.
From January to March, volunteer undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, along with education students, hosted weekly learning sessions for grade 1-8 students to prepare them for a Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest scheduled at York University in March (unfortunately the event was cancelled due to COVID-19).
Ilijas Farah (Mathematics & Statistics) published the book Combinatorial Set Theory of C*-algebras (Springer), which explores and highlights the fertile interaction between logic and operator algebras.
Jane Heffernan (Mathematics & Statistics) was interviewed about social distancing and why it works during the COVID-19 pandemic in a yFile article.
The York University Magazine profiled an NSERC grant received by Ryan Hili and Sergey Krylov (Chemistry) to boost early-stage drug development research, and the precise measurement of the proton radius by Eric Hessels (Physics & Astronomy) and his team.
YFile profiled research by Christopher Lortie (Biology) and his team that showed that climate change puts blunt-nosed leopard lizards, an endangered species, at risk of local extinction.
Adam Muzzin (Physics & Astronomy) was featured in York University’s People of YU campaign.
Laurence Packer (Biology) presented “The Wild and Wonderful World of Bees” at the North American Native Plant Society Speaker Series, and “Bees” at a Vaughan Public Library branch.
Jianhong Wu (Mathematics & Statistics) joined the Expert Group on Modelling Approaches of the Office of the Chief Science Advisor of Canada; the COVID-19 Modelling Table, a committee sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Health, Ontario Health, and Public Health Ontario; and the Public Health Agency of Canada Modelling Expert Group for COVID-19 – Canadian Projections.
PhD student Saeed Ghorbani and his supervisor Nikolaus Troje (Biology) published MoVi: A Large Multipurpose Motion and Video Dataset.
Thomas Baumgartner and his postdoc Monika Stolar (Chemistry) published Phosphaviologen‐Based Pyrene‐Carbon Nanotube Composites for Stable Battery Electrodes in Batteries & Supercaps. The paper was also featured on the cover for the journal. Read the media release from York University.
Chris Bergevin (Physics & Astronomy) and his team published Overtone focusing in biphonic tuvan throat singing in eLife. Read the media release from York University.
Chris Lortie (Biology) and his students published Shrub and vegetation cover predict resource selection use by an endangered species of desert lizard in Scientific Reports.
Jianhong Wu (Mathematics & Statistics) and his postdocs Francesca Scarabel and Nicola Bragazzi published Canada Needs to Rapidly Escalate Public Health Interventions for Its COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies on SSRN. Read the media release from York University.
Postdoc Nicola Bragazzi (Mathematics & Statistics) co-authored Novel Coronavirus Infection (COVID-19) in Humans: A Scoping Review and Meta-Analysis, published in the Special Issue Real Time Clinical and Epidemiological Investigations on Novel Coronavirus of the Journal of Clinical Medicine. Read the media release from York University.
PhD student Zoe Davis and her supervisor Robert McLaren (Chemistry) published Validation of MAX-DOAS retrievals of aerosol extinction, SO2, and NO2 through comparison with lidar, sun photometer, active DOAS, and aircraft measurements in the Athabasca oil sands region in Atmospheric Measurement Techniques.
Gerald Audette (Chemistry) participated in a Q & A about COVID-19, transmission and staying safe for an article in YorkRegion.com.
Paul Delaney (Physics & Astronomy) spoke to AM1010, AM640 and Sirius XM on a variety of topics, including lava tubes and life on Mars, water and habitability on mini Neptune K2-18b, and a black hole “explosion” in Ophiuuchus. He was also quoted in an article in University Affairs about the new one-metre telescope at the Allan I. Carswell Observatory.
Dasantila Golemi-Kotra (Biology) spoke to CBC News Toronto on the topic of the general public using face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jane Heffernan (Mathematics & Statistics) spoke to a number of media outlets about infectious disease modelling and the impacts of social distancing, including CTV News, Global News, The Globe and Mail, and The Star.
Jianhong Wu (Mathematics & Statistics) and his postdocs Francesca Scarabel and Nicola Bragazzi spoke to numerous media organizations about their predications of the growth rate of COVID-19 under various scenarios of public health interventions. Media included OMNI TV, CTV News, Toronto Star, Global News, and many more.