Welcome to the February 2022 issue of Brainstorm

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“Brainstorm,” a special edition of YFile publishing on select Fridays during the academic year, showcases research and innovation at York University. It offers compelling and accessible stories about the world-leading and policy-relevant work of changemakers in all Faculties and professional schools across York and encompasses both discovery and applied research.

In the February 2022 issue

A collaboration with a York researcher is changing the ‘forever’ of tattoos
What is the science behind semi-permanent tattoo technology? Faculty of Science chemistry Professor Chris Caputo’s research is revolutionizing this form of personal expression in new and interesting ways for a Canadian startup.

Researchers help Canada’s largest police services eliminate racial profiling in policing
For the last decade, human rights experts Lorne Foster and Les Jacobs have been central figures in helping, through their research, to address systemic racism within some of Canada’s largest police departments

University students in Toronto experience exploitation and discrimination in housing options 
New research co-led by Luisa Sotomayor, an associate professor in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, and researchers at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, reports that students lack affordable, adequate and sufficient housing options that would enable them to live close to their campus.

Working toward treatment for rheumatoid arthritis
Faculty of Health Professor Ali Abdul-Sater’s passion for understanding the body’s immune response has led him to a discovery that he hopes will eventually relieve the suffering of people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Projecting COVID’s trajectory all in day’s work for leading York researcher
Using his expertise in mathematics and statistics, Professor Jianhong Wu is working to model the future impacts of COVID-19 and its variants.

YSpace helps startups ease into the Canadian marketplace
York University’s flourishing entrepreneurship hub, YSpace, is drawing the attention of many international companies seeking a market foothold in Canada.

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 Krista Davidson, senior manager, research communications; and edited by Jenny Pitt-ClarkYFile editor, Ashley Goodfellow CraigYFile deputy editor, and Alysia BurdiYFile communications officer.

Podcast or Perish 

Schulich School of Business Professor Johnny Rungtusanatham, Canada Research Chair in Supply Chain Management at York University, is a leading expert on the subject of supply chain disruptions. In the most recent episode of Podcast or Perish, Rungtusanatham discusses the impact of the huge storm in British Columbia, why stores are sold out of many goods during the pandemic, and what kinds of public policies could make supply chains more resilient.

Podcast or Perish is a podcast about academic research and why it matters. Join host Cameron Graham, professor of accounting at the Schulich School of Business, for a special 10-part series featuring extraordinary researchers and creators at York University and their innovative methodologies and approaches. A new episode is launched every month. 

Podcast or Perish is supported by York University’s Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation in partnership with Schulich School of Business.