From climate change to crisis response, York researchers explore 21st-century challenges

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Welcome to the December issue of Aspire, a special issue of YFile highlighting research and innovation at York University.

Aspire is produced by the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation in partnership with the Communications & Public Affairs Division.

Renowned for its high-profile, research-intensive environment, York University fosters a community of forward-thinking scholars and changemakers dedicated to creating positive, global change.

In this issue:

York researcher traverses tick-infested terrain to beat back insect apocalypse
Off-road adventures, tick-infested terrain, and a rustic and isolated cabin were all part of the process for one graduate student advancing research on how climate change affects insects.

De-escalating robocops? York study imagines future of crisis response
Researchers at York University are using futuristic thinking to explore ways that artificial intelligence and robots could enhance mental health care and crisis response.

Voice-activated sexism: exploring consequences of gendered technology
Gendered technology, such as women’s voices as default settings for devices such as Siri or Alexa, influences how women tech experts are treated, show two York PhD candidates. 

York U sociologist travels to COP28 to research Indigenous climate leadership
Asssitant Professor Angele Alook is advancing the understanding of Indigenous methods to mitigate climate change.

York announces new funds to promote Black scholarship
York University has launched three new funding initiatives in support of Black researchers and their scholarly pursuits.

York alumni-founded startup breathes new air into industry
Two York alumni are helping to make the air we breathe cleaner through an innovative startup that’s quickly gaining national attention.

Intellectual property services at York give startups innovation edge
Read how a partnership between York’s Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation and IP Innovation Clinic is helping inventors and entrepreneurs succeed and grow.