Welcome to Brainstorm for September 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 September 2017 issue: York’s new President and Vice-Chancellor, Rhonda Lenton, reflects on the rising profile of research and innovation at the University and shares keen insights on research amplification. While researching highly toxic pokeweed, Professor Katalin Hudak’s lab makes an important discovery that could bolster the survival of agricultural crops. Professor Sherry Grace studies women-only cardiac rehab programs, and suggests we need to do more to engage women to participate. New research from Professors Jelena Zikic and Julia Richardson looks at two immigrant populations in Ontario, and finds roadblocks when these newcomers try to reenter their profession. Professor Alan Blum produces a new book in the burgeoning field of medical humanities, and proposes a novel and empowering lens through which to look at life.

Launched in 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.