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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 […]

Jane Heffernan presents at Parliamentary Health Research Caucus

Jane Heffernan presents at Parliamentary Health Research Caucus

On June 8, Professor Jane Heffernan from the Department of Mathematics & Statistics presented at a Parliamentary Health Research Caucus luncheon entitled Game Changers in Health Research and Health Innovation. She was one of three Canadian health researchers and innovators invited to the event to share their research with parliamentarians and special guests. The luncheon […]

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 […]

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 […]

Seyed Moghadas receives President’s Research Impact Award

Seyed Moghadas receives President’s Research Impact Award

Congratulations to Professor Seyed Moghadas, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, for receiving the President’s Research Impact Award, announced at the York University Research Awards Celebration on April 19, 2022. The event recognized the contributions of researchers from all Faculties and schools, and in areas including Indigenous knowledge, Black scholarship, global health, vision science, and space […]

Researcher seeks to shed light on age-related visual brain diseases

Researcher seeks to shed light on age-related visual brain diseases

A York University researcher is advancing the use of biophotonics to gain a better understanding of age-related disorders of the eye and brain. Biophotonics uses light technology, including lasers, and is a burgeoning field of research and discovery. Biophysicist Ozzy Mermut has a special interest in age-related disorders of the eye and brain, as well […]

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 […]

A collaboration with a York researcher is changing the ‘forever’ of tattoos

A collaboration with a York researcher is changing the ‘forever’ of tattoos

What is the science behind semi-permanent tattoo technology? Faculty of Science chemistry Professor Chris Caputo’s research is revolutionizing this form of personal expression in new and interesting ways for a Canadian startup. A York University research team is collaborating with Inkbox, a Toronto-based startup that uses semi-permanent tattoo technology, to better understand the science behind their […]