Welcome to the February 2020 issue of ‘Brainstorm’

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“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.

Climate crisis will affect our health from dwindling bees to food insecurity
“Brainstorm” guest contributor Paul Fraumeni sits down with five York University researchers to discuss climate change, how it affects human health and what we can do about it. Each academic offers unique insights from science, health and environmental studies. Read full story. 

Two cutting-edge projects on AI-and-human interaction awarded major grants
Human-machine cooperation and developing trust among robots, soldiers and civilians – these are the subjects of two, high-tech Artificial Intelligence (AI) projects from York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering. They were, collectively, funded $5 million. Read full story.

Onus of interpreting Indigenous contexts rests squarely on interpreter
A York University alumnus argues that heritage interpreters must become more critical of themselves and their sources to successfully address Indigeneity. He offers meaningful suggestions on how to improve engagement with Indigenous peoples. Read full story. 

Neuroscience research adds key insights on communication between neurons
Understanding communication between nerve cells in the brain is one of the primary aims of neuroscience. Cutting-edge research led by a PhD student at York University, and championed by the Canada Research Chair in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, could one day help us to better understand Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases. Read full story. 

Reaction to Panama Papers: Social media can give rise to accountability
After the bombshell of the Panama Papers hit the news, two intrepid academics pursued accountability. They launched a study that looked at how Twitter could elicit audience reaction, and how publicly minded academics could expedite the process. Read full story.

Study finds immigrants more likely to have inadequate palliative care
Research that focused on end-of-life care for undocumented immigrants found that this group experienced insufficient care. The researchers press for policy change that embodies the spirit behind Canada’s universal health care system by better serving this vulnerable population. Read full story.

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, senior manager, research communications; and edited by Jenny Pitt-Clark, YFile editor.