Year in Review 2021: Top headlines at York University, January to April

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As a new year emerges, YFile takes a look back on 2021 to share with readers a snapshot of the year’s highlights. “Year in Review” will run as a three-part series and will feature a selection of top news stories published in YFile. Here are the stories and highlights for January to April, as chosen by YFile editors.


York University, Mackenzie Health launch innovative health collaboration in York Region
York University joined forces with Mackenzie Health in an innovative new community-focused health collaboration that will aim to enhance health services, training of highly qualified personnel, research and innovation and healthier outcomes for York Region residents, and beyond.

York University launches new international Indigenous Student Exchange Program with virtual pilot
The exchange program is funded by the federal government-sponsored Outbound Student Mobility Pilot Program. Ten Indigenous students at York University joined Indigenous students from partner universities worldwide to participate in a series of facilitated online workshops on a variety of themes.

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As a succession of government and public health measures and guidelines came into effect, the Emergency Management Team met regularly over evenings and weekends to plan and implement changes

Recognizing hard work and dedication in York University’s 2020 COVID-19 Emergency Management Team
As the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly impacted all aspects of daily life in 2020, York University moved quickly to assemble an emergency team that would prove instrumental in its ability to respond to the crisis. Throughout the pandemic, the emergency team managed preparedness and response efforts, working evenings, weekends to mobilize efforts to protect University community members.

Dahdaleh Institute research on improving water safety in humanitarian operations published in leading journal
Groundbreaking new research from York University’s Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research providing recommendations to improve the safety of household water supplies in refugee and internally displaced persons (IDP) camps was published in Water Research, the leading water science and engineering journal.


Faculty member Mark Terry’s documentary film was recognized during the UN SGD 2020 Action Awards

Youth Climate Report, documentary film project led by York faculty member Mark Terry, recognized with UN SDG Action Award
The Youth Climate Report, a documentary film project led by Mark Terry – explorer, award-winning filmmaker and contract faculty member and course director at York University’s Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change – earned an Honourable Mention from the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2020 Action Awards.

York University announces new Postdoctoral Program for Black and Indigenous Scholars
York University launched a new Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Black and Indigenous Scholars, as part of a wider commitment to promoting justice and embracing a variety of scholarly perspectives, backgrounds and lived experiences.

Lassonde’s K2I Academy launches Helen Carswell STEAM Program for Black and Indigenous Youth
The K2I Academy welcomed 25 Black and Indigenous students from the York Region District School Board (YRDSB) to participate in a 14-week paid research program. The high school students worked on research projects related to engineering, computer science, earth science and/or atmospheric science under the guidance of undergraduate research assistant mentors, supervised by Lassonde faculty.

Compelling content across communication platforms earns York Communications & Public Affairs eight awards
York University creates content that matters and earned eight prestigious awards in recognition of the high-quality work produced by Communications & Public Affairs (C&PA).


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York’s UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education towards Sustainability, Professor Charles Hopkins

York named founding partner of new global UNESCO network on education for sustainable development
York University announced it is one of six founding partners of a global UNESCO network on Education for Sustainable Development led by Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany.

Researchers at York University receive $9 million in Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) funding
Three major research projects at York University received more than $9 million in research infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced more than $518 million in research infrastructure funding on March 3 supporting 102 projects at 35 post-secondary institutions and research hospitals across the country.

Celebrating experiential education’s pandemic successes
Experiential education was the star of two celebratory events held at York University. Both events showcased how students and faculty have been able to pivot during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep experiential education thriving during a year of teaching and learning remotely.

New Research & Innovation resource documents York’s unique contribution in fight against COVID-19
A vital resource created in the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation is a comprehensive, ever-expanding and searchable list documenting COVID-19 research and expertise undertaken across York University.


York University Lions men's hockey player Kaleb Dahlgren and women's track and field athlete Monique Simon-Tucker were named York's top graduating student-athletes at the 53rd annual Varsity Athletics Banquet April 8, 2021
York University Lions men’s hockey player Kaleb Dahlgren and women’s track and field athlete Monique Simon-Tucker were named York’s top graduating student-athletes at the 53rd annual Varsity Athletics Banquet April 8, 2021

Three student-athletes nominated for York’s Heart of a Lion award
Three York University Lions student-athletes have been nominated for York’s Charles Saundercook Memorial Trophy: men’s hockey player Kaleb Dahlgren, women’s track and field athlete Simone Da Silva and women’s hockey player Kelsey McHolm. Four student-athletes also received the 2021 Lions Legacy awards: men’s hockey player Kaleb Dahlgren, women’s hockey standout Lauren Dubie, women’s soccer player Teni Odetoyinbo and track and field athlete Monique Simon-Tucker.

York University researchers leading national infectious disease modelling efforts
Researchers in York University’s Faculty of Science were awarded federal government funding to lead national disease modelling efforts that will help us better predict, prevent and respond to emerging infectious disease.

New student-driven initiative offers a hub for students to take action on the SDGs
The SDG Student Hub was launched in fall 2020 as part of the partnership between York and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to bring world-class initiatives in sustainable development to its communities. The SDSN works with universities and other knowledge centers to help them activate sustainable development initiatives through knowledge mobilization; problem-solve partnerships with governments, business and civil society; and encourage local social entrepreneurship.

Check back in the next edition of YFile for Year in Review 2021: Top headlines at York University, May to August.