Welcome to Brainstorm for February 2018

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 February 2018 issue:

  • York researchers simulated a C. difficile outbreak in a hospital ward. What they learned will capture the attention of public health officials, policy-makers, clinicians and epidemiologists.
  • York Professor by day and celebrated jazz percussionist/composer by night, Barry Elmes releases a new CD that’s getting a lot of buzz: “Dog’s Breakfast.”
  • Canada Research Chair Joel Katz embarks upon three pain studies in the process of creating and testing a new tool to measure pain. Highly effective, it points to future directions in treatment.
  • York University Professor Graham Wakefield, core member of VISTA, participates in a groundbreaking art exhibit in Seoul, Korea: He and fellow artist-researcher create an unforgettable virtual reality experience.
  • Environmental Studies Professor Roger Keil releases book on the global phenomenon of suburbanization. This, on the heels of a major conference, will shape future thought on this important topic.

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.