Randy Lewis was happy to hear the news, but he was nowhere near surprised. He expected Tuesday’s discovery of two new subatomic particles since he predicted their existence five years ago. “It’s certainly a very nice feeling,” the York University physicist told the Toronto Star Nov. 19. “Finding these two shows our experiments, which are very challenging, are being done correctly.” Read full story.
Retired general and a former astronaut to advise Canadian government on space policy
There has been growing concern among space industry representatives that Canada’s space policy has been severely lacking, reported the Ottawa Citizen Nov. 19. Industry officials have complained about the lack of significant space projects or stalled programs as well as funding cuts at the Canadian Space Agency…. The Space Advisory Board, of which York University’s President and Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri is a part, will provide advice to the government on Canada’s role and future in space. Read full story.
New subatomic particles fulfill Canadian physicists’ prediction
Two Canadian physicists are relishing the news that a pair of subatomic particles they predicted more than five years ago has turned up at the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s premier particle physics experiment, reported the Globe and Mail Nov. 19…. “To really be confident when we get to those bizarre new things, we want to be understanding all the details of the expected particles,” said Randy Lewis, a professor of physics at York University in Toronto. Read full story.
Tiger Woods lashes back at Golf Digest parody
“It’s not surprising to see a piece like this come out in order to generate publicity and potential sales,” notes Vijay Setlur, a sport marketing instructor at York University’s Schulich School of Business. Setlur thinks Woods’ reaction to the parody was legitimate, since it does have the potential to tarnish his brand, reported the Toronto Star Nov. 19. But full-on “character assassination,” as Woods puts it? Setlur disagrees, adding the bigger issue facing the golf pro’s brand stems from his lengthy slump – he hasn’t won a major championship in more than six years – in the wake of his infidelity scandal and the breakdown of his marriage. Read full story.
Canadian postsecondary schools failing sex assault victims
A three-month-long Toronto Star investigation has found that only nine of 78 Canadian universities have created a special sexual assault policy, considered a necessary step in dealing with the problem of sexual violence on Canadian campuses…. Among universities yet to adopt a special policy are the big three in Toronto – the University of Toronto, Ryerson University and York University, though York has promised a draft policy next year and U of T is studying the issue, reported the Toronto Star Nov. 20. Read full story.