President and Vice-Chancellor Lorna R. Marsden and Team York are in Atlanta, Georgia, Monday and Tuesday, to promote research, meet alumni and boost awareness for York University.
The visits includes a meeting with representatives from three local universities and a research centre to discuss collaborative projects and technology transfer, and an alumni reception hosted by Astrid Pregel, Canada’s consul general in Atlanta and a York alumna.
Team York includes Stan Shapson, vice-president research and innovation, Barbara Sutton, alumni affairs director, and Paul Marcus, York University Foundation president. Other members are Suzanne MacDonald, associate vice-president research; David Dewitt, professor and director, York Centre for International and Security Studies; Michael Siu, professor and director, York Centre for Mass Spectrometry; Christian Buhagiar, York manager of research policy and government relations; James Milway, executive director, Ontario Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity; and Liz Mulholland, Toronto City Summit Alliance.
On Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 10-11, various team members are meeting with researchers at Emory University, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech University and Georgia Research Alliance. They will be discussing technology transfer and collaboration in health, international and security, immigration and settlement, culture and entertainment research.
The visit ends with an alumni reception and a dinner honouring Marsden. Hosting both events is Marsden’s friend Astrid Pregel, Canada’s consul general in Atlanta. Pregel, who earned an Honours BA and an MBA from York, has spent much of her 22-year career in the foreign service promoting Canada’s commercial interests in posts in Kenya, India, Washington and Ottawa.