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The York University Brief

December 2017
From tea to 3D, York University opens YSpace, a new innovation hub in Markham

York University announced the official opening of YSpace, its new innovation and entrepreneurship centre in Markham aimed at helping budding entrepreneurs turn bright ideas into action. 

York University’s new co-working and maker space offers students and community entrepreneurs and innovators a place to build and scale their ventures and connect with industry and not-for-profit partners, and provides them with access to programs designed to build their entrepreneurial skills. Read more…

York University launches first institutional Sustainability Strategy

York University has launched an institutional Sustainability Strategy. Led by a working group comprised of members of the President’s Sustainability Council and other key stakeholders, including faculty, students and staff, the strategy was developed over the past 12 months to guide the University in advancing sustainability in key areas over the near and long-term. Read more…
York University launches Indigenous Framework, appoints special advisor to the president on Indigenous initiatives

York University will further its commitment to equity and social justice with the launch of its Indigenous Framework and the appointment of a special advisor to the president on Indigenous initiatives.

The Indigenous Framework for York University is the culmination of several years’ work by members of York’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and the engagement of Indigenous community partners. It builds on the University’s distinct values, traditions, history and vision. Read more…
Brain injury technology sprints from lab to market

Last year, York University Professor Lauren Sergio undertook a ground-breaking study on the effect of concussions on neurological skills in elite hockey players. The findings were not uplifting: athletes with a history of concussions showed prolonged performance deficits.

Through this research, Sergio raised a vital point: the existing ways of assessing functional abilities after a concussion are failing. She created a new technology to better assess traumatic brain injury.
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Research shows inquiry-based learning used with technology enhances education

Inquiry-based learning (IBL) supported by 1:1 technology tools can positively impact student learning, finds a strategic research study led by York University’s Faculty of Education Professor Ron Owston.

The study identified that IBL supported by 1:1 technology tools can: positively impact student learning; increase student and teacher engagement; lead to greater student autonomy; and, promote deep learning opportunities and collaboration among teachers and students.
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York Research Chair links adaptations of bilingualism to brain’s performance

Psychology Professor Ellen Bialystok in the Faculty of Health examined the effects of experience on cognitive function and brain organization across the lifespan, with a focus on bilingualism.

She concluded that lifelong bilingualism involves adaptations that are linked to the brain’s performance. Read more…
York University Economics student makes history on Dragons’ Den

York University student Kevin Chau made television history when his innovative app fired up Dragons’ Den, inspiring all six Dragons to invest in his venture.

The Financial & Business Economics student is the first entrepreneur to strike a deal with all six Dragons at once. A few weeks before his 22nd birthday, he walked into the Den in hopes of gaining a $20,000 financial investment for his mobile app, Summary Scanner, which summarizes key points of text from a picture and reduces reading time by about 80 per cent. The app’s value was estimated at $200,000. Read more…

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Director, Government Relations and Chief of Staff
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Government Relations Assistant

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