Welcome to the November 2022 issue of ‘Innovatus’

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Will Gage
Will Gage

Welcome to the November 2022 issue of “Innovatus,” a special issue of YFile dedicated to teaching and learning innovation at York University. This month, we take a deep dive into the many innovations underway in the Faculty of Science.

Informed by its strategic plan, the Faculty of Science is evolving its courses in concert with new areas of study. Data science will be the focus of a new undergraduate program in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, while the Department of Science, Technology & Society is expanding its roster of courses and introducing equity, diversity and inclusion into the curriculum. Accessibility is also an important theme in the stories presented in this issue of “Innovatus,” particularly for international students and non-science majors, expanding the wonders of science to more students.

I hope the ideas presented in this issue are both informative and inspiring.


Will Gage
Associate Vice-President, Teaching and Learning

Faculty, course directors and staff are invited to share their experiences in teaching, learning, internationalization and the student experience through the “Innovatus” story form, which is available at tl.apps01.yorku.ca/machform/view.php?id=16573.

Data science program ready to blossom
Data science will be in full bloom at York University with the introduction of a new undergraduate program from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. This field uses computing skills and statistical reasoning to generate valuable insights from data. 

Department of Science, Technology & Society new courses foster discovery, expand career pathways
The Department of Science, Technology & Society is offering a more diverse roster of courses and major and minor options, opening the world of science to more students from other disciplines.

2+3 = A great opportunity for international students at the Faculty of Science
Organizers of one of the Faculty of Science’s best kept secrets, the 2+2/2+3 Undergraduate International Collaboration Education Programs, anticipate exponential growth, thanks to recent agreements signed with five international partners.

Course for non-science majors focuses on understanding how everyday materials work
Mysteries of Everyday Materials is an intriguing course offered by the Faculty of Science that teaches students about materials such as sunscreen and non-stick coatings.