Fermilab names Nigel Lockyer as new director

York University alumnus and physicist Nigel Lockyer has been appointed the new director of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. In September, he will move from his post as director of TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics in Vancouver.

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Study details Canada’s ‘perfect storm’ housing problem

Stephen Gaetz, director of York University’s Canadian Homelessness Research Network, said Vancouver deserves credit for its “interesting and innovative” approaches to the housing crisis, including implementing a “Housing First” strategy, where some chronically homeless are provided with stable housing and support services in a more holistic way, reported The Tyee.

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Crush your mortgage

Schulich School of Business Professor Moshe Milevsky says people applying for mortgages should pull their credit scores six to 12 months in advance to make sure there’s nothing wrong. Also, try to avoid job volatility for at least six months before applying, as this will make your income appear more stable in the eyes of the banks, he said in MoneySense.

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Politician, not jury, to pick Holocaust monument design

The federal government has assembled an eminent seven-member jury, including prominent York University history Professor Irving Abella, to evaluate entries in a design competition for the new national Holocaust monument planned for a site across from the Canadian War Museum, reported the Ottawa Citizen.

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Little choice in Iran

If there is to be another uprising of popular defiance in the wake of a presidential election in Iran this year, none of the candidates is likely to lead it….”These are turf wars more than ideological wars,” said York University Professor Saeed Rahnema in Maclean’s.

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Wanted: People who understand numbers and business

When Schulich Professor Murat Kristal proposed the master of science in business analytics program to Schulich’s Dean’s Advisory Council a year ago, he cited the movie Moneyball, in which Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane analyzed what had been disregarded player stats to find undervalued players to rebuild his cash-strapped team, reported The Globe and Mail.

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Government charges blamed for record new home costs

Affordability is becoming a major challenge across the GTA, and fees slapped on homeowners are part of the issue, but so are escalating land costs and the profits reaped by developers who are getting civic approvals to build higher, more lucrative, buildings or have farmland rezoned for more valuable residential construction, said James McKellar, associate dean of York’s Schulich School of Business, in the Toronto Star Tuesday.

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