Welcome to Brainstorm for May 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 May 2017 issue: York’s Douglas Cumming writes a comprehensive article on Brexit, tackling what is arguably the most pressing question: international business and entrepreneurship implications. The SHADD Project led by Historian Paul Lovejoy provides a rare glimpse into lives of those in the slave trade across four continents from 17th to 19th centuries. Research from York University, UHN and Trillium Health Partners underscores the importance of quality communication in an emergency setting and points to policy solutions. English professor, author and poet B.W. Powe published a compelling new book of poetry, Decoding Dust, in 2016 – the launching point for a must-read Brainstorm Q&A. Innovation York’s Cheryl Giblon discusses York as a vital player in Ontario’s high-tech entrepreneurial arena, opening a new accelerator space with IBM Canada in Markham in late 2016.

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, the YFile editor.