Professional Learning: Spring 2019 Session Tickets
Apr 2 – Jun 14 all-day

Spring 2019 – Online Courses run from April 2  to June 14.

Spring 2019 – Blended Courses run from April 9 to June 12.

Please check our website for other AQ courses that are offered in the Spring session.

Undergraduate Program Coordinator Meetings for 2018-19 Tickets
May 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

The Undergraduate Program Coordinators usually meet on the third Thursday of each month.

**The August Meeting will be held at 1 pm in the afternoon rather than in the morning (August 23, 2018).

***The December Meeting will be held on the second Thursday of the month (classes end Tuesday, Dec 4) (December 13, 2018).

Coffee Break @ The Global Café Tickets
May 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee Breaks

Join the Global Peer Program on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for a Coffee Break in the Global Cafe! This is a great opportunity to meet new and old friends, ask senior students and York International staff questions about York or Toronto. Or drop by to relax and enjoy a treat and beverage.

The Global Cafe is the space for international and domestic students from across programs, Faculties, countries, and cultures to meet and get to know each other! All YorkU students and faculty are welcome to attend. There is no appointment required for these sessions, and you can stay for as long or as short as you please, we hope to see you soon!

*Webinar – Time Management Tickets
May 23 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Where does the time go? Are you having trouble balancing school, work, and life? How much study time is enough? Learn practical, personalized approaches to managing your time that work for you.


Please note that this is a webinar.

Access to this on-line workshop will be open starting at 2:00pm on Thursday, May 23 via:

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Odette Sculpture Residency: Public lecture Brendan Fernandes Tickets
May 23 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Brendan Fernandes headshot courtesy of The Banff Centre. Photo by Anna Springate-Floch.

Brendan Fernandes headshot courtesy of The Banff Centre. Photo by Anna Springate-Floch.

NB the start time is 2:30pm, not 2 as previously posted

Chicago-based Visual Art alumnus Brendan Fernandes (BFA ’02) is the 2019 Louis Odette Sculptor-in-Residence at York University. He will be on campus May 6 to 10 and 20 to 24, with a hiatus in between where he installs a work for the 2019 Whitney Biennial. The residency in conjunction with the Intensive Sculpture Workshop, a fourth-year course offered by the Department of Visual Art & Art History which provides a valuable apprenticeship/mentorship experience for students, allowing them to work closely with a renowned artist.

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Fernandes is a internationally recognized Canadian artist working at the intersection of dance and visual arts. His projects address issues of race, queer culture, migration, protest and other forms of collective movement. Always looking to create new spaces and new forms of agency, Fernandes’ projects take on hybrid forms: part Ballet, part queer dance hall, part political protest…always rooted in collaboration and fostering solidarity.

Fernandes discusses his  recent work in dance, queer politic and contemporary forms of agency and resistance in a public talk. Admission is free and all are welcome. 

The Louis Odette Sculptor-in-Residence program is made possible with the generous support of the P. & L. Odette Charitable Foundation. The program strives to create a dynamic learning environment which supports the advancement of the art of sculpture, and where students benefit from participation in, and observation of, diverse professional studio practices. The residency provides the opportunity for upper-level undergraduate visual arts students to develop an enhanced working understanding of sculpture techniques from the perspective of eminent guest artists.

“I’m Down” 2017 Image credit Monique Meloche Gallery

“Ballet Kink” 2019 Image courtesy of the Guggenheim Museum. Photography by Scott Rudd Events.

“Steady Pulse” 2017 Image credit Monique Meloche Gallery

Senate Meetings for 2018-19 Tickets
May 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Senate usually meets on the fourth Thursday of each month.

**The December meeting will be held on the second Thursday of the month (December 13, 2018).

***The June meeting will be held on the third Thursday of the month (June 27, 2019).

ACU Happy Hour at Ella’s Tickets
May 23 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

All Canada University Events invites you to join your fellow Canadians for Happy Hour – an afternoon of relaxation, fun and meeting other alumni at Ella’s Wood Fired Pizza.

Dress casual attire required.

Directions: Closest metro is Gallery Place on the red line. Take the 9th Street exit and at the top of the escalator turn right (Ella’s is right across the street from Gallery Place Metro).

10th Annual Muscle Health Awareness Day (MHAD10) Tickets
May 24 all-day

The Muscle Health Research Centre will be hosting its 10th Annual Muscle Health Awareness Day (MHAD10) on Friday, May 24 from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. This conference features an impressive list of invited speakers from across southern and eastern Ontario. The event is organized by Dr. David Hood and Janice D’Silva, the director and centre co-ordinator of the Muscle Health Research Centre in the Faculty of Health, and will feature talks highlighting research in muscle (skeletal, cardiac or smooth), exercise, health, disease, blood flow or metabolism, just to name a few.

Over the course of this event, there will be a series of lectures, graduate student poster presentations and opportunities to network. The event is held in the South Lobby and Rooms 101 and 103 of the Life Sciences Building. The fee to register is $25, and includes a light breakfast, buffet lunch and coffee breaks.

This year features an exciting roster of guest speakers:

Dr. Keith Dadson is a postdoctoral Fellow in molecular cardiology at the Toronto General Research Institute, University Health Network. He is working under the supervision of Dr. Phyllis Billia. His research focuses on identifying pathways that lead to recovery of heart function following cancer therapy induced cardiotoxicity, and methods to stimulate cardiomyocyte cell-cycle re-entry to repair the heart following myocardial infarction. He completed his PhD at York University under the supervision of Dr. Gary Sweeney.

Dr. Mireille Khacho is an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology. Her research focuses on the mechanisms by which mitochondria regulate stem cell function and longevity in order to develop therapeutic strategies that enhance tissue regeneration during aging and degenerative diseases. She is also studying the metabolic regulation of muscle stem cells function and muscle regeneration.

Dr. Paul Oh is a senior scientist and Research Division head at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. He is also the medical director of the Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program. His research focuses on how exercise affects cardiovascular health and on ways of optimizing exercise interventions. He is identifying ways to make cardiac rehab even more effective for people who are recovering from various forms of heart disease and/or surgery. He has found that the right volume and intensity of exercise are important to maximize gains in function, minimize risk factors and ultimately change cardiovascular health. Dr. Oh is also working to extend the successful model of cardiac rehabilitation to other at-risk populations.

Dr. Geoffery Power is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences in the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) at the University of Guelph. He is the director of the Neuromechanical Performance Research Lab. His research uses various in vitro, in vivo, in situ and whole human techniques to investigate muscle function and neuromuscular control of movement across the lifespan.

Dr. David Dyck is a professor in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph. Dr. Dyck’s research focuses in the regulation of fat and carbohydrate metabolism in skeletal muscle, with a particular emphasis on the dysregulation that occurs in obesity and diabetes. He studies the effects of adipokines on muscle lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, and how muscle becomes resistant to their effects in obesity models. The interaction of diet and exercise is also a point of interest in terms of the muscle’s response to various hormones including insulin, leptin and adiponectin.

Dr. Ali Abdul-Sater is an assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University. His research identifies novel regulators of inflammation and understanding the molecular mechanisms through which these regulators control innate immunity and the inflammatory response. Dr. Abdul-Sater investigates the molecular mechanisms through which different exercise regimens regulate the immune response. Understanding the disparate roles of TRAF1 in controlling chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.

Dr. Marina Mourtzakis is an associate professor and associate Chair of applied research, partnerships and outreach at the University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on the interrelationship between nutrition, exercise, body composition, and the effects of these factors on muscle metabolism in healthy people as well as patients with cancer. Furthermore, her research examines potential underlying mechanisms of this problem to develop rehabilitative approaches to counter, and potentially prevent, muscle loss by integrating concepts of nutrition, protein metabolism and muscle physiology.

Dr. Clark Dickerson is a professor and Canada Research Chair in Shoulder Mechanics in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. He is the associate director of research at the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders. His research focuses on identifying, quantifying, and reducing work-related stresses in the shoulder through mathematical modelling and experimentation. This can then be used together to improve the safety and usability of works paces and other man-machine interfaces, thereby reducing the frequency and severity of occupational shoulder injuries

The event will also feature a poster competition, and abstracts for poster presentations from undergraduates, master’s students, PhD students and postdoctoral Fellows are welcome on any topic related to muscle (skeletal, cardiac or smooth), exercise, health, disease, blood flow or metabolism.

Deadlines for abstract submissions are Friday, May 17 at 4 p.m. to be considered for a poster award; to be included in the conference, abstracts must be submitted by Monday, May 20 at 4 p.m.

For more information on the event and the poster submissions, visit

Book a Tour Tickets
May 24 @ 12:00 pm – Aug 23 @ 12:01 pm

Come and tour our state-of-the-art facilities and learn more about why we attract top students from all over the world. The School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) tour takes 45 minutes to one hour, and is guided by a current student.

The tours will be departing from the Student Information Centre, located on the first floor of the Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre.

Click here to visit the tour page to select the the program and dates you are interested in.


NSERC Discovery Grant Information Session Tickets
May 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This session will be of interest to all York University faculty members who are considering applying to the upcoming NSERC Discovery Grant competition.

This information session will be of interest to both first-time applicants as well as those who are resubmitting applications.

The Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Office of Research Services (ORS) are co-ordinating an NSERC Information Session for those faculty members who are in the process of preparing an NSERC Grant (Discovery and RTI) for the upcoming 2020 NSERC Grant competitions (deadline Nov. 1 and Oct. 25 respectively). All eligible researchers are encouraged to attend this session. These sessions are intended to provide tips and techniques on how to write a successful application, provide information on the Discovery Grant conference model peer review process and guidelines regarding the selection criteria, as well as highlighting new programs and developments at NSERC.

To assist in planning this session, please confirm your attendance by sending an email to or by calling ext. 55055.