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The York University Brief

February 2018
York University Markham Centre Campus will feature light-filled flexible space for students

York University’s Board of Governors has approved the preliminary design and budget for the York University Markham Centre Campus project, an important milestone along the way to opening the new campus in September 2021.

Approval of the design and budget for the approximately $253 million project means the design development phase will now begin, including production of construction documents in preparation for tendering. The university intends to start construction by the end of 2018.
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Fat but fit? Study shows exercise can outweigh health effects of obesity

Can you be fit and healthy even if you’re overweight? That’s the question researchers at York University’s Faculty of Health set out to answer in a new study that shows physical activity may be equally and perhaps even more important than weight for people living with severe obesity.

According to the recent study, individuals with severe obesity who are fit have a similar health profile to those who weigh significantly less than them. The goal of the study was to look at the benefits of cardiorespiratory fitness on cardiovascular health in populations with mild to severe obesity.

The results suggest individuals with even severe obesity, or a BMI greater than 40, can be fit and healthy.
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York University will participate in the new Innovation Superclusters Initiative

York University applauds the Government of Canada’s $950-million investment in the Innovation Superclusters Initiative, a commitment that will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, by the private sector.

The Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, in which York University is proud to be a participant, is an exciting initiative that will help to substantially propel our region into a globally leading centre for advanced manufacturing, which is critical to the success of the Canadian economy. It will help manufacturers across Canada become world leaders in the application of advanced technologies, and support technology firms in building the next generation of tools for advanced manufacturing.

Specifically, York University is the academic lead for the microelectronic component of the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, one chapter of the overall project. This considerable initiative will see York University’s researchers become prominent contributors towards securing Canada’s leadership in the knowledge economy.
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Investment in vaccine mathematics a powerful tool to combat infectious diseases

A major new research initiative based in the Faculty of Science at York University will develop mathematical techniques to identify populations most susceptible to infectious diseases and enable manufacturers to produce cost-effective vaccines that can be deployed quickly. The research is also expected to better position Canada to respond rapidly to emerging public health issues such as Zika outbreaks.

The $2.6-million NSERC/Sanofi Industrial Research Chair in Vaccine Mathematics, Modelling and Manufacturing, awarded to York University Distinguished Research Professor Jianhong Wu, was announced at York on Tuesday, Jan. 23.  A professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics in the Faculty of Science, Wu will lead a large team of York professors, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.
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Ontario EcoSchools: Successful York University project matures

What began as an idea in York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) in 1998 to teach elementary and secondary students about the environment and conservation has now become a registered charity.

Ontario EcoSchools now reaches more than 900,000 Kindergarten to Grade 12 students every year, empowering them to effect change within the school community. It also trains and supports teachers, school staff and school board officials to provide guidance to these young leaders. In doing so, it certifies more than 38 per cent of public schools in Ontario, representing 56 of the 72 school boards in the province. It also promotes environmental learning and action, helping schools become more environmentally responsible.
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Census vastly undercounts Indigenous population in Toronto, study says

For decades, Indigenous communities have said their numbers are far higher than reported by government agencies.

The census released in October pegged Toronto’s Indigenous population at 23,065, up from the 19,270 census estimate in 2011.

Not so, says a new study that confirms what Indigenous people have been saying all along.

The study by researchers from York University and St. Michael’s Hospital, in collaboration with Indigenous agencies, was published in the British Medical Journal Open.
The study’s most conservative assumption places it between 45,000 and 73,000 people, or two to four times the 2011 census estimate. Read more…
York University research explains why global responses to pandemics are too slow

New research out of York University shows that political indecision delays global responses to emerging pandemics more than poor surveillance capacity.

Steven J. Hoffman and his colleague Sarah L. Silverberg conducted an analysis of the three most recent pandemics – H1N1, Ebola and Zika. These were used as case studies to identify and compare sources of delays in responding to pandemics and examine what influences the length of delays.
The study found that slow political mobilization is responsible for almost twice as much delay in responding to pandemics than is insufficient surveillance capacity. Read more…
Graduate students share expertise with community organizations

Partnerships were the key to providing 30 York University graduate students with the opportunity to apply their research skills and knowledge to real-world situations, an experience they’ll be celebrating together this month.

With the help of an Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) grant, the Knowledge Mobilization Unit (KMb) forged a partnership with the Faculty of Graduate Studies to provide the students their own partnership opportunities with community organizations, where they designed programs or improvements to public policy, professional practices and/or social programs.

The recent internship program paired students with organizations that included the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario.
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Ijade Maxwell Rodrigues
Chief of Government and Community Relations
Laksh Vig
Government Relations Assistant

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