Welcome to the January 2021 issue of 'Innovatus'

Welcome to the January 2021 edition of ‘Innovatus,’ a special issue of YFile devoted to teaching and learning innovation at York University. It offers compelling and accessible feature-length stories about York University’s commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, internationalization and the student experience.

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Glendon students turn their backyards into labs

Biology students need to learn fieldwork techniques, pandemic, or no pandemic, so Laura McKinnon, an associate professor in Glendon’s bilingual biology program decided to send them out into their backyards to practise and the results of this unique experiential education initiative were outstanding.

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Northern lakes at risk of losing ice cover permanently, impacting drinking water

Close to 5,700 lakes in the Northern Hemisphere may permanently lose ice cover this century, 179 of them in the next decade, at current greenhouse gas emissions, despite a possible polar vortex this year, researchers at York University have found. The lack of ice cover contributes to increased summer water temperatures, which in turn results in more frequent algae blooms that impact water quality.

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