York prof hopes crowd-funded Mars rover takes off

Where NASA sent the 899-kilogram Curiosity, the team led by Ben Quine of York University wants to send its own rover weighing only six kg, reported the Ottawa Citizen Nov. 4…. The project is called Northern Light and Quine, who teaches space engineering as part of York’s large space program, thinks he could pull it off for $1.1 million (to build it all) and as much as $5 million to hitch a ride on someone else’s launch. Read full story.

Judge’s social media ‘friends’ spark concerns
The ongoing judicial investigation into the conduct of Justice Lori Douglas may be a harbinger of things to come, said Lorne Sossin, dean of York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School. “We are definitely going to see more of this issue in Canada,” said Sossin in the Lawyers Weekly’s Nov. 7 issue. “We now have a group of people largely appointed in their 50s and 60s who I think it is fair to say are not active in social media. In a very short number of years that will reverse and it will become the norm, and the exceptions will be judges not engaged in social media.” Read full story.

Help clients secure their retirements
Moshe Milevsky, a finance professor at York University’s Schulich School of Business, says, “Most of this by definition is unmodellable. All we can really do is have contingencies in place. But if a huge disaster hits, their reserves aren’t going to be enough.” In other words, there is no absolute margin of safety, barring insurance, reported Advisor.ca Nov. 3. Here, Milevsky argues, people may have to draw on their social capital and turn to friends and family to make up shortfalls. Read full story.

Osgoode Hall is marking a major teaching milestone
Osgoode Hall Law School’s 125th anniversary holds special significance for its dean, reported the Lawyers Weekly Oct. 31. Lorne Sossin, who is also a professor in the Faculty, was a first-year student at the school 25 years ago and is now in his fifth year as its dean. Read full story.