York Science has rounded up its best moments of 2016! Check out our top five below.
York Science received several high impact gifts that will support the development of our next generation of scientists:
- Jim and Marilyn Simons made a $1M USD gift to create the York Science Fellows program in the Faculty of Science.
- Professor Emeritus Allan Carswell (Physics & Astronomy) and the Carswell Family Foundation made a $1M CAD gift to the Faculty of Science and Lassonde School of Engineering to support graduate student scholarships.
The Faculty of Science also offered six York Science Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards (DURA), in addition to about 20 Undergraduate Science Research Awards from NSERC. The DURAs were generously supported by alumnus Scott Tanner. The Faculty is committed to dramatically increasing the number of DURAs over time.
Our stellar scientists received notable recognitions and awards for their research excellence:
- Bridget Stutchbury (Biology) received the President’s Research Excellence Award for her outstanding research on the ecology, behaviour and conservation of birds.
- Peter Backx (Biology) and Sean Tulin (Physics & Astronomy) received new Canada Research Chair appointments, while Jianhong Wu (Mathematics & Statistics) had his CRC renewed.
- Nantel Bergeron (Mathematics & Statistics), Chun Peng (Biology) and Amro Zayed (Biology) received new appointments as York Research Chairs. With five Chairs altogether, Science is now the Faculty with the most YRCs.
- Laurence Packer (Biology) was named a Distinguished Research Professor.
- Thilo Womelsdorf (Biology) and his collaborators at York received $33M from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund for their Vision: Science to Applications (VISTA) program.
In 2016 we were delighted to launch an innovative Integrated Science Program, the University’s first interdisciplinary program for first-year science students. Connecting concepts in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, the program promotes active participation, collaboration and inquiry in small classes. In their fall semester, students explored the habitability of Mars − investigating topics in rocket science, life and planet essentials, and the future prospects of sending humans to the red planet. Their winter term will focus on sustainability.
The Faculty of Science had an exciting year of inspiring young minds to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Highlights included the following:
- We reached more than 2,000 youth with our assortment of innovative and engaging programs in STEM, including the Helix Summer Science Institute, Science Explorations Summer Camps and March Break Camps, and York Science Saturdays.
- We co-hosted the York Region Science & Technology Fair, which drew a large number of grades 7-12 students, teachers and families to campus.
- We joined forces with Markham Village BIA to bring Science Rendezvous—Canada’s largest celebration of science—to the Markham Farmers’ Market
At York Science, we are committed to engaging effectively with our broader community and bringing stimulating science programs to the public. A few highlights from 2016 include the following:
- We hosted our second annual York Science Forum, a high-profile public engagement initiative that explores the latest mysteries and discoveries in science.
- In partnership with the Toronto Public Library, we launched a new public lecture series, The Fascinating (and Sometimes Scary) World of Infectious Diseases at library branches across the city.
- Paul Delaney (Physics & Astronomy) was appointed University Professor in recognition of his stellar contributions to teaching, service and community engagement.
- The York Observatory welcomed thousands of visitors to take tours through the facility and peer through its the telescopes to observe the wonders of our Universe. Among the highlights was a public viewing event hosted by the Observatory and the Astronomy Club at York to watch planet Mercury transit across the face of the Sun.
- The Let’s Talk Science Outreach Program at York University (which includes 78 volunteers) engaged more than 5,600 students.