After the Games, many athletes experience a kind of ‘Post Olympics Stress Disorder’

York Faculty of Health kinesiology Professor Frances Flint, a sports psychology consultant, said in the weeks after the Olympics, athletes should continue with basic training – get back in the water or on the track and just enjoy it. Then, take a little bit of time and evaluate. Where is my life going? Is this part of my life plan for the next four or eight years, or are there other interests? There needs to be a great deal of introspective time,” reported the Toronto Star Aug. 18. Read full story.

To bee or not to bee: Endangered species vanishing without explanation
Few people even realized the bee was in trouble. “It shows we are really not paying attention, which is kind of scary,” Sheila Colla, a PhD student at York University was reported as saying on and others, Aug. 19. York biology Professor Laurence Packer, added that when a common species such as the rusty-patched bumble bee disappears, “it’s a warning signal that things are going wrong in the great outdoors”. Read full story.

How Toronto’s suburbs are trying to switch from subdivisions to density
Mississauga is the archetypal Canadian suburb, a place of cookie-cutter subdivisions and strip plazas, connected by wide arterial roads. But if its planners have their way, its centre will be transformed within a decade into something else entirely, reported The Globe & Mail Aug. 18. “To me, it’s mildly insane – it’s like building more subdivisions,” says Robert MacDermid, an expert in municipal politics at York University. “Instead, you should be intensifying from the core [of Toronto] outward.” Read full story.

Local health promoter hopes Canada follows Australia’s lead with plain cigarette packages with no marketing logos
Anti-smoking advocates are looking to take away one of the few remaining spaces for tobacco advertising, cigarette packaging, after Australia’s highest court upheld the policy in that country this week. Plain cigarette packaging would likely decrease the number of youth starting smoking and might help teens and adults stop smoking, according to a 1995 research project by the University of Toronto, University of Illinois at Chicago, York University, Ontario Tobacco Research Unit and Addiction Research Foundation, reported the Peterborough Examiner Aug. 17. Read full story.

Twenty-two Canadian universities in new ranking
The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by Shanghai Jiao Tong University is one of the most objective as it doesn’t rely on reputation surveys. Instead, it looks at things like Nobel Prizes, highly cited researchers and the number of papers published in prestigious journals. York University and 21 other Canadian universities were ranked among the top 500 universities in the survey, reported Aug. 16. Read full story.

They’ll give 110 per cent at On the Curve
The Mississauga News Aug. 16 profiled York grads and registered nurses Vicky Sharma and Kiran Dhillon who are organizing and hosting the “Giving 110 per cent at On the Curve” charity networking event this Thursday night (Aug. 23) at the Mississauga City Centre restaurant to raise money to renovate and upgrade the endoscopy unit at Trillium Health Centre Mississauga. Read full story.

All Funked Up
Rob Bowman, professor of music and renowned expert on rock and roll, is one of the expert voices in a new CBC radio documentary by DJ and music journalist David Dacks about the about the iconic singer, songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member George Clinton and the band Funkadelic during their time in Toronto during the early ’70s, reported the Toronto Standard blog Aug. 16. Read full story.

Rutgers Announces the 2012-2013 J. Robert Beyster Fellowships to Study Employee Ownership
Tony Fang, a professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies at York University, is one of four recipients of the prestigious J. Robert Beyster Fellowship, reported ABC News Aug. 16. Fang is researching firm performance, worker earnings and firm stability from the largest longitudinal dataset on employee ownership in North America. Read full story.

Local lawyer enjoyed his time as Supreme Governor of the Moose
Osgoode Hall Law School grad William Scott, reflected on his legal career and community service as a longtime member of the Loyal Order of Moose 535 here in the Sault, having served as Supreme Governor of the Loyal Order of Moose from May 2006 to February 2007, one of only two Canadians to hold the top leadership role in the international Order’s 120-year-old history, in a profile published in Sault This Week Aug. 15. Read full story.

U.S. suggests beefed-up border surveillance
Reg Whitaker, professor emeritus of political science from York University, said some technology, such as drones and scanners, and is already in use. “Technological surveillance is becoming more and more sophisticated,” he said, in a National Post story published Aug. 15 about the United States beefing up its use of high-tech surveillance along the Canada-US border. Read full story.