$2-million gift creates Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology Program

York University President & Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri and Janusz Kozinski, dean, Faculty of Science & Engineering, are extremely pleased to announce that Douglas Bergeron and his wife Sandra Bergeron are generously donating $2 million to create The BEST (Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology) program at York. The funds will be used to support entrepreneurial programs and initiatives focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors, reported The Financial Post and many other publications, May 10. Read full story.

Aurora tech wiz receives jubilee medal
When the Royal Canadian Institute wanted to expand beyond the audience regularly attending its Sunday afternoon lectures at the University of Toronto, it looked to Aurora tech wizard Kelly Parke, who recently won a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work, reported the Aurora Banner, May 10. Read full story.

CFL should mandate roster spot for Canadian QBs, says ex-star Frank Cosentino
Retired York University coach and professor, Frank Cosentino, who played quarterback for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Edmonton Eskimos and the Argonauts, spoke about the CFL with the Star from his winter residence in Florida, reported the Toronto Star, May 10. Read full story.

Clustered venues for PanAm Games a win for tourism and traffic
A revised plan to cluster events will increase activities at the “Pan Am Park” at Exhibition Place, The Globe and Mail has learned, as well as three other Toronto sites, including York University, reported The Globe & Mail, May 11. Read full story.

Eco backstrokes
Some aspects of the Conservatives’ budget bill, such as the effective dismantling of the federal environmental assessment process, were expected. Others… go much further than even critics anticipated, writes Faculty of Environmental Studies Professor Mark S. Winfield in a letter-to-the-editor of The Globe & Mail, May 10. Read full story.

Pharma companies, publishers agree on publishing guidelines
Pharmaceutical industry and publishing representatives have collaborated to develop 10 recommendations for closing the credibility gap in reporting industry-sponsored clinical research, but York Professor Joel Lexchin of the School of Health Policy & Management, Faculty of Health – who was not involved in the collaboration – noted although the recommendations are a “welcome start”…they may not have much of an effect, reported Medscape Today News, May 10. Read full story.

Why more men are getting cosmetic surgery
According to a Canadian survey of 103 men published in 2009, it’s typically men with low self-esteem who have undergone, or are considering cosmetic procedures, but study co-author and York sociology Professor Rose Ricciardelli doesn’t think women should worry about their partner’s self-esteem if he wants to make changes, reported Best Health Magazine, May 11. Read full story.

The surf gene: are great surfers born or made?
Parents have the role — and arguably the more critical role — of providing the developmental environment for developing athletes…and the amount of support (emotional but also financial) they provide during early development is not a trivial thing, says Joe Baker, sport scientist at York University in Surfer magazine, May 10. Read full story.

Was Toronto’s original gangster addicted to fame?
Nathan Morlando, who wrote the screenplay for his debut feature film, Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster, first heard about the Boyd legend growing up in Toronto, and continued to be interested in the story while doing his master’s degree at York University and later interviewed Boyd, reported CTV Calgary, May 11. Read full story.