Thank you to all of the Faculty of Science staff, faculty and students who participated in the 2018 Ontario Universities Fair.
YFile featured our newest faculty members: Conor Douglas (Science and Technology Studies), Ozzy Mermut (Physics & Astronomy), Iain Moyles (Mathematics & Statistics), Stephanie Pugliese Domenikos (Science and Technology Studies), Andrew Skelton (Mathematics & Statistics), Nikolaus Troje (Biology) and Joel Zylberberg (Physics & Astronomy).
Sapna Sharma (Biology) and former York Science Communicator Matt McGrath are featured in a new Did YU Know video that discusses some of the causes of water shortages around the world.
Alumna Pamela Ohashi (BSc 1982) received the Robert L. Noble Award from the Canadian Cancer Society for her research on the role of the immune system in the development and progression of cancer.
Master’s student Karam Dahyaleh (supervised by Gary Sweeney, Biology) received the MITACS Globalink Research Award and conducted research at Seoul National University this past summer.
Recent MSc graduate Julia Gauberg (supervised by Scott Kelly, Biology) and PhD graduate Brock Harpur (supervised by Amro Zayed, Biology) received Thesis and Dissertation Prizes from the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
YFile’s Innovatus issue highlighted the Integrated Science program.
YFile profiled Science Saturdays, which are offered by the Science Engagement Programs office in the Faculty of Science and begin October 13.
YFile featured research by Chun Peng (Biology) that showed that microRNA miR-218-5p is a key contributor to the development of preeclampsia, a complication of pregnancy.
Cora Young (Chemistry) presented a talk on Arctic pollution as part of the Toronto Public Library’s “Our Fragile Planet” series.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy launched a new website.
Kenton Kroker (Science and Technology Studies) delivered the John Augustine Lecture, “How to be a Scientific Physician in Ontario, circa 1882,” at the Lakehead Summer School 2018 for the Thunder Bay Medical Society. He also presented “Epidemic Encephalitis & the Emotional Reconfiguration of Interwar Britain” at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
Paul Delaney (Physics & Astronomy) visited grade six classes at Gulfstream Public School to speak about our Solar System.
Christopher Lortie (Biology) was interviewed for a 2 Minutes, 3 Questions video produced by the VPRI’s office at York University.
- Thomas Baumgartner (Chemistry) and his team report a unique type of phosphorus-based ‘‘step-conjugated’’ building block via an unexpected reaction. Because of the pyramidal geometry of the phosphorus centers, the molecular scaffold provides intriguing electronic communication throughout the three-dimensional structure in stepwise fashion, akin to a staircase. This fundamentally new type of step-conjugation will enable the development of organic electronics with enhanced efficiencies and ultimately a more widespread application in next-generation consumer electronics.
PhD student Brendan Boyd (supervised by Bridget Stutchbury, Biology) answered “Why is bird poop white?” on CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks.
Paul Delaney (Physics & Astronomy) spoke to CTV News, Surius XM, AM640, 630CHED, AM1010 about Elon Musk and the tourist to the Moon mission. He also spoke to a number of the radio outlets (including some of the above) about Sunspot closure, light and gravity waves, 40 Eridani A and planet Vulcan, and the Pluto Planet debate.
October 4-27: Public lecture series “Biodiversity Conservation in the Twenty-first Century,” presented by the Faculty of Science, Ontario Nature and the Toronto Public Library http://science.yorku.ca/tpl
October 17: Science Communication Workshop, presented by Science Communicator in Residence Molly Segal. Lumbers 306, 10am-12 pm. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
October 24: York Gairdner Lecture: Watching Proteins Dance Using Biophysics, presented by Dr. Lewis Kay. Senate Chamber, 1:30-2:30 pm.
November 13: York University Retirees Association (YURA) Showcase. Central Square, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. *All of the proceeds go to support three undergraduates and graduate scholarships.*