Welcome to the November 2018 issue of Brainstorm

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 November 2018 issue

Q-and-A with researcher on fantasy video game to help Inuit youth build resilience
Prof speaks with Brainstorm about her CIHR-funded project that engages Inuit youth to adapt a Maori-focused role-playing game to their own context in Canada’s North. The impact of this Indigenous-York U collaboration could be profound.

How disability is disclosed in job interview affects hiring, research finds
New research analyzes the effect of disclosing a disability when applying to a job. The team of researchers discovered that how this information is presented, and the observer’s response, affect the hiring outcome.

UN insiders provide keen insights on anti-LGBTQI campaigns for researchers
Interviews with UN employees about anti-LGBTQI beliefs and behaviours within UN-member countries provide evidence that points to new strategies to protect vulnerable individuals. This research will capture the attention of both human rights groups and policy-makers on a global scale.

New book demystifies human sex via highly memorable non-human comparisons
A new and engaging textbook by a science prof explains human sex through a series of comparisons to non-human organisms. Hint: it’s not all candle-lit dinners, as one non-human species kills and eats its partner during copulation.

Seabird deaths result of regulatory failure in the offshore oil industry
Researchers investigate the ongoing failure to monitor and prevent risks to seabirds posed by the offshore oil industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. This groundbreaking work will be of interest to policy-makers, biologists, environmentalists and oil-industry stakeholders.

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