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Urbanization leads to more pathogens and inbreeding of wild bees

Urbanization leads to more pathogens and inbreeding of wild bees

Media release from May 16, 2023 Wild bees living in cities like Toronto are facing increased environmental stressors compared to those in rural and even suburban areas, such as more pathogens and parasites, found researchers at York University. They also found changes in the microbiomes of wild bees living in densely urban areas and fragmented […]

Video platforms like Zoom can disrupt normal visual communication cues

Video platforms like Zoom can disrupt normal visual communication cues

Media Release from March 30, 2023 Visual cues people normally pick up when communicating in-person can become misleading and false over video platforms like Zoom and Skype, making communication not only more difficult, but also exhausting, says new research out of York University. Vision Professor Nikolaus Troje of York’s Faculty of Science points out that […]

York research delegation to lead water security panel at UN Water Conference

York research delegation to lead water security panel at UN Water Conference

A York delegation will head to New York City March 21 to bring their research expertise to the UN 2023 Water Conference. The delegates will lead a panel discussion on water security and climate change; the panel is one of a select group of side events included in the program. “Very few side events led by a […]

Professor Elizabeth Clare’s eDNA research a winner of Gizmodo Science Fair

Professor Elizabeth Clare’s eDNA research a winner of Gizmodo Science Fair

Biology Professor Elizabeth Clare's research on airborne environmental DNA (eDNA) is one of the winners of the 2023 Gizmodo Science Fair. Her work has shown that eDNA collected from air can be used to detect a wide range of animal species and offers a novel, non-invasive approach to monitoring biodiversity. In a study conducted in […]

Professor Laurence Packer spotlights bees of the world

Professor Laurence Packer spotlights bees of the world

One of the world’s most renowned bee experts, Distinguished Research Professor Laurence Packer, has released a comprehensive guide to the world’s bees. Bees of the World, published by Princeton University Press, is a 240-page celebration of the diverse types of bees living across the globe. The book features more than 100 genera of bees, accompanied […]

That sinking feeling: Are ice roads holding up under January’s unseasonable warmth?

That sinking feeling: Are ice roads holding up under January’s unseasonable warmth?

Media release from January 12, 2023 Vital winter ice road infrastructure may be cracking and sinking under the load of an unseasonably warm start to the new year across Europe and North America, a trend York University Associate Professor Sapna Sharma and team has detailed in a recent study. The research warns that ice roads, […]

Dawn Bazely awarded RCIScience Sandford Fleming Medal for outstanding science communication

Dawn Bazely awarded RCIScience Sandford Fleming Medal for outstanding science communication

University Professor Dawn Bazely in the Faculty of Science joins the ranks of illustrious Canadians like Nobel Laureate John Charles Polanyi and astronaut Chris Hadfield as the recipient of the 2022 Sandford Fleming Medal for excellence in science communication from the Royal Canadian Institute for Science (RCIScience). The selection committee was unanimous in its decision, […]

Faculty of Graduate Studies names Sapna Sharma recipient of Postdoctoral Supervisor Award

Faculty of Graduate Studies names Sapna Sharma recipient of Postdoctoral Supervisor Award

Faculty of Science Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, Sapna Sharma, received the 2022 Supervisor of the Year award from the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) at a council ceremony on Dec. 1. FGS bestows the award annually on an individual who has demonstrated outstanding support for postdoctoral scholars at York University, exceeding general […]

Best of YU 2022

Best of YU 2022

As we wrap up the year, we highlight our standout moments of positive change in 2022. #10 Enhanced opportunities for undergraduate research and success Fifty-five students from Science and across the University attended our annual Summer Undergraduate Research Conference to present their summer research projects and network with their peers. The Faculty of Science also […]

Buzzing with excitement: researchers return in person for 11th annual BeeCon

Buzzing with excitement: researchers return in person for 11th annual BeeCon

After two years of virtual conferences, BeeCon returned to York University in a hybrid format. More than 400 attendees participated in the two-day conference hosted by the Centre for Bee Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (BEEc). BeeCon is a free, annual conference that brings together bee biologists on a global scale to discuss bees, collection methods, […]