Welcome to Brainstorm for March 2017

Brainstorm, a special edition of YFile publishing on the first Friday of every month, showcases research and innovation at York University. It offers compelling and accessible, feature-length stories about the world-leading and policy relevant work of York’s academics and researchers across all disciplines and faculties, and encompasses both pure and applied research.

In the March 2017 issue, Professor Dan Adler teams up with the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal to co-curate a ground-breaking exhibition on Canadian artist Liz Magor, one of Canada’s most important and influential living sculptors. Hired by the Ottawa Police to examine racial profiling, Professors Lorne Foster and Les Jacobs determine that police stop racialized minorities at a disproportionate rate, and propose evidence-based recommendations. Policy-applicable research by Professor Emeritus Joel Lexchin and others (part of a project led by York’s Pat Armstrong) examines the care received by clients of long-term care facilities and finds for-profit seniors homes fall short. Professor Benjamin Berger, Osgoode Hall Law School, edits a provocative new book on religion and public authority that promises to have a ripple effect on public policy as it cuts to the heart of religious pluralism. York Research Chair Shayna Rosenbaum teams up with Baycrest in a project that leads to major advancements in our understanding of amnesia.

Launched in January 2017, Brainstorm is produced out of the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation in partnership with Communications & Public Affairs; overseen by Megan Mueller, manager, research communications, and edited by Jenny Pitt-Clark, YFile editor.