Alzheimer’s prevention strategy prescribes exercise

More than one in seven cases of Alzheimer’s disease could be prevented if people who are physically inactive started getting regular doses of exercise, a new report suggests. The Ontario Brain Institute commissioned the research paper examining 55 studies on physical activity.…Study author Professor Michael Rotondi of York University’s School of Kinesiology and Health Science said they found people over age 65 who were physically active were about 38 per cent less likely to develop the degenerative brain disease than those who were physically inactive, reported CBC News and others March 8. Read full story.

Why social business initiatives fail
On March 11 in Banff, Alta., the Canadian Cloud Council’s Cloud Matters Conference will kick off with the “Business Gets Social” panel.…Jim Love, CIO of IT World Canada and part-time professor at York University, is participating on the panel and takes the pragmatic view when discussing social initiatives. “Most social initiatives are doomed,” said Love in IT World Canada March 7. “Rolling out a social initiative takes planning and thought, just like any marketing program. It takes hard work.” Read full story.

Professor’s best advice: to embrace globalization
Oakville’s Martin Singer says the best rewards for any professor come from seeing former pupils succeed. To be successful, however, Singer tells students to embrace globalization, something he has done and championed in his nearly 40-year teaching career at Concordia University and now at York University, where he is dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. When Singer became dean of the York Faculty, which has more than 25,000 students, around five per cent of learners were international students. Just four years later, that number is approaching 10 per cent, reported the Oakville Beaver March 7. Read full story.

Professor to give talk on exoplanets
Professor Paul Delaney of York University is a well-known astronomer and passionate educator with a knack for turning his audiences into astronomy enthusiasts, reported the Orillia Packet and Times March 7….Delaney will give an illustrated talk to the Orillia Astronomy Club March 19 on exoplanets, a topic that will be of interest to all who have wondered whether we are alone in the universe. Read full story.