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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 […]

Projecting COVID’s trajectory all in day’s work for leading York researcher

Projecting COVID’s trajectory all in day’s work for leading York researcher

Using his expertise in mathematics and statistics, Professor Jianhong Wu is working to model the future impacts of COVID-19 and its variants. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Faculty of Science mathematics and statistics Professor Jianhong Wu has been working non-stop with both federal and provincial agencies and a National Modelling Task Force to project the spread of the disease and […]

Mysterious dead cluster galaxy found in thriving ancient galaxy city

Mysterious dead cluster galaxy found in thriving ancient galaxy city

Media release from February 10, 2022 The discovery of a massive dead cluster of galaxies in a young universe full of star producing galaxies, close to 12 billion light-years away from Earth, has surprised an international team, including researchers from York University. York researchers discovered a large galaxy structure, also known as a protocluster, and […]

Astrophysics students EXPLORE collaborative research

Astrophysics students EXPLORE collaborative research

EXPLORE, which is funded by York’s Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) and Germany’s DFG Collaborative Research Center CRC-TR 211, came into being as the result of conversations between Laura Sagunksi, a former postdoctoral Fellow from York who is now a professor at Goethe University in Frankfurt, and four other professors at York University and Goethe University. The York […]

DNA from air could revolutionize the way we measure animal biodiversity, say scientists

DNA from air could revolutionize the way we measure animal biodiversity, say scientists

Media release from January 6, 2022 Two new studies published today in the journal Current Biology show that environmental DNA (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. The findings were made by two independent groups of researchers, one based in […]

Adam Muzzin helps build instrument on new James Webb Space Telescope

Adam Muzzin helps build instrument on new James Webb Space Telescope

Media advisory from December 15, 2021 The new James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) – a collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency – is expected to launch this month with the Canadian-built Near-Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph (NIRISS). It will take images and spectra of fainter objects than the Hubble […]

Best of YU 2021

Best of YU 2021

As we look towards a new year, here are our 10 most memorable highlights from 2021: #10 Dean’s Special Advisory Board We launched our inaugural Dean’s Special Advisory Board to drive success and strengthen our collaboration with industry and community. FSc held a virtual public event to introduce board members to our community, including Board […]