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Graduating students receive Faculty of Science medals for high achievement

Graduating students receive Faculty of Science medals for high achievement

The Faculty of Science congratulates the recipients of its Gold and Silver Medals, presented to undergraduate students graduating with outstanding achievements. The Faculty’s Gold Medal goes to the student(s) with the highest GPA, and the Faculty’s Silver Medal goes to a student who has combined the highest degree of academic achievement with the greatest contribution […]

Tadpoles undergo surprising number of vision changes when becoming frogs

Tadpoles undergo surprising number of vision changes when becoming frogs

Media release from June 28, 2022 Tadpoles see well underwater, but what happens when they become frogs and live primarily on land? Researchers at York University and several other institutions, curious about the answer, found the eyes of tadpoles undergo a surprising number of changes. It’s already known that tadpoles go through a physical metamorphosis […]

Clues to bee health found in their gut microbiome

Clues to bee health found in their gut microbiome

Media Release from June 15, 2022 The local environment plays a pivotal role in the health and diversity of the gut microbiome of wild bees which could help detect invisible stressors and early indicators of potential threats, say York University scientists in a new study. Piloting a new frontier of metagenomics, the researchers sequenced whole […]

Faculty hosts first in-person open house since start of pandemic

Faculty hosts first in-person open house since start of pandemic

On Saturday, May 14, the Faculty of Science hosted an in-person open house at the Life Sciences Building. It was the first time since 2019 that high school students could visit the campus to learn more about the Faculty of Science. Nearly 200 visitors, including students who received admission offers for 2022-2023 and their family […]

Bridget Stutchbury receives Elliott Coues Award from American Ornithological Society

Bridget Stutchbury receives Elliott Coues Award from American Ornithological Society

Congratulations to Professor Bridget Stutchbury on receiving the 2022 Elliott Coues Award from the American Ornithological Society (AOS). The award recognizes “outstanding and innovative contributions to ornithological research.” Stutchbury is being recognized for her “contributions to our understanding of the ecology and conservation of migratory and neotropical songbirds.” Her pioneering research uses geolocators to track the […]

A message from Dean Wang on National Administrative Professionals Day

A message from Dean Wang on National Administrative Professionals Day

Dear Faculty of Science community, On this National Administrative Professionals Day, I would like to acknowledge and thank our administrative and support staff in the Faculty of Science for all that they do. Our dedicated, service-oriented administrative professionals provide essential support to faculty, researchers, staff and students – allowing our Faculty of Science community to […]

Peter Backx receives CIHR grant for atrial fibrillation research

Peter Backx receives CIHR grant for atrial fibrillation research

Congratulations to Professor and Canada Research Chair Peter Backx, Department of Biology, for receiving nearly $750,000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant Program, for his project “Understanding the Causes of Atrial Fibrillation.” The program is designed to fund ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related fundamental or applied knowledge, health […]

Science faculty, staff and student achievements celebrated at annual event

Science faculty, staff and student achievements celebrated at annual event

The Faculty of Science recently hosted its annual Honours & Awards Ceremony over Zoom to celebrate the students, staff and faculty members who had received awards and scholarships for their teaching and research excellence, academic achievements, and extracurricular involvement. The celebration recognized awards adjudicated from Sept. 1, 2020, to Aug. 31, 2021. More than 110 […]

Paving paradise: putting up parking lots put bumblebees at risk in Toronto

Paving paradise: putting up parking lots put bumblebees at risk in Toronto

Media release from March 21, 2022 “They paved paradise, put up a parking lot.” Written and sung by Joni Mitchell in the 1970s, those lyrics still hold true today as pavement and concrete structures squeeze out Toronto’s native bumblebees, say York University researchers in a new study published today. The research found areas of the […]

Prof Dawn Bazely receives provincial award of excellence

Prof Dawn Bazely receives provincial award of excellence

York University Professor Dawn Bazely, Department of Biology, was among 30 recipients of the Minister of Colleges and Universities’ Awards of Excellence. The awards, which were launched in 2020, recognize the leading work of Ontario’s faculty and staff during the pandemic. More than 675 nominations were received. Bazely is a professor in the Department of […]