Welcome to the May 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 May 2022 issue

York research team removes harmful waste from Canada’s groundwater
An internationally recognized leader in the development of novel green technologies, Professor Satinder Kaur Brar, Lassonde School of Engineering, is on a mission to add value to residues and remove toxic compounds from the environment that pose extreme hazards to ecological and human health.

A social license for equitable child healthcare
Assistant Professor Ian Stedman is collaborating with experts at SickKids to develop a format with software that makes it easy to use data for research while protecting the identities of children whose data is being used.

Education research empowers youth to support planetary health
Preparing young people with the educational tools and skills to navigate complex issues is a key driver behind the research of Faculty of Education Professor Kate Tilleczek.

Researcher aims to prevent food fights by promoting national food policy
Although food is a public resource, there is no effective and joined up national policy to guide it, says Associate Professor Roderick MacRae, which is an issue that should be addressed.

Don’t leave me this way: researcher explores barriers to gaming
Kelly Bergstrom, assistant professor of communication and media studies at the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, explores participation in various types of massive multi-player online games, why gamers abandon this pursuit and the barriers to participating in the first place.

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-Clark, YFile editor, Ashley Goodfellow Craig, YFile deputy editor, and Alysia Burdi, YFile communications officer.