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                                                                                                       Friday, May 14, 2010

  York in the Media            Why the iPod generation tunes out in school

                               The younger generations are living their lives with iPods blaring in their ears and a
                               cellphone glued to their hand, wrote the Stratford Gazette May 12. So when they head
                               into the classroom, it's no wonder their minds begin to wander when their teacher starts
                               writing on the blackboard.

                               Learning in today's digital society was just one of the issues tackled during this week's
                               Canada 3.0 forum, held at the Stratford Rotary Complex Monday and Tuesday.

                               “We’re in an old-school way of thinking and we have some work to do around that
                               teaching culture,” said Janet Murphy, project manager for the Advanced Broadband
                               Enabled Learning (ABEL) program at York University and the York Region District School

                               She noted most schools ban cellphones, which are the “most powerful computing
                               devices” we possess. She was quick to point out teachers and faculty are prepared to
                               shift, but face a number of impediments along the way.

                               The ABEL program works with both public and private sectors to help transform learning
                               and connect people together. She noted that young people don’t view technology as
                               technology – it is only the older generations who see it that way. “This really is an
                               opportunity like no other,” she said, of digital learning, calling every day a “learning day”.

                               Team from York is out of this world

                               York University researchers who designed and built a miniature space-borne pollution
                               monitor are part of a team of Canadians who were honoured with a 2010 Alouette Award
                               from the Canadian Aeronautics & Space Institute (CASI) , wrote the North York Mirror May

                               The annual prize, one of the top accolades for the advancement of space technology in
                               Canada, was awarded May 4 to the CanX-2 microsatellite team, headed by the University
                               of Toronto.

                               York’s instrument, a microspectrometer dubbed Argus, is currently riding aboard the
                               microsatellite, which launched in April 2008. Argus can accurately detect sources of
                               industrial pollution on Earth, to a resolution of one kilometre.

                               “We’re very excited to be a part of the team receiving this award,” Brendan Quine, Argus
                               Principal investigator and professor in York’s Department of Earth & Space Science &
                               Engineering, said in a release. “Argus is a Canadian first and we’re delighted we could
                               make it happen at York.”

                               UK coalition likely to revive the issue in Canada

                               Britain is similar, but not the same [as Canada], wrote The Glob e and Mail May 13 in a
                               story about the new coalition government in the United Kingdom and an agreement
                               between the parties to fix the length of its term in office. They have no written constitution,

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                               and Parliament can limit the Crown’s powers. Its coalition can pass a fixed-term law,
                               wrote the Globe.

                               But another part of that agreed law is less likely to fly: changing the convention so that it
                               will take 55 per cent of MPs to defeat the government. That would effectively give British
                               Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives, with 47 per cent of MPs, a veto on its
                               own survival. Changing that convention may be constitutionally questionable, especially
                               if all the parties in the Commons disapprove, according to York University constitutional
                               expert Patrick Monahan, York’s vice-president academic & provost.

                               Cash-strapped navy being cut to bone, analysts say

                               As celebrations continue for its 100th anniversary, Canada’s navy has announced what
                               defence analysts say is a major reduction in the number of ships available for service,
                               wrote Canwest News Service May 12.

                               The move, sparked by budget problems, will leave the navy a shell of its former self,
                               according to analysts.

                               Defence analyst Martin Shadwick said the move cuts the navy to the bone. “The sheer
                               percentage of the fleet that will be unavailable is staggering,” said Shadwick, a
                               researcher in the York Centre for International & Security Studies. “It leaves the navy in
                               the medium term with very limited capability.”

                               Independence of expert reviewing Newfoundland drilling questioned by critics

                               Critics have long claimed that the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore
                               Petroleum Board has always been in a conflict of interest because it promotes offshore
                               development while overseeing safety, wrote The Canadian Press May 13 in a story about
                               a consultant appointed to review Newfoundland's ability to prevent and respond to
                               offshore oil spills.

                               Gail Fraser, a professor with the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, said
                               the board is in a conflict of interest because it is involved in every step of the process of
                               bringing wells into production.

                               Jones said the offshore industry “is regulating itself, now it’s investigating itself
                               and...there’s been a lot of problems with that. This looks like more of the same.”

                               From pencils to parking spaces: local students feted for world-saving ideas

                               They hope to save the world – one pencil and one parking spot at a time, wrote the
                               Richmond Hill Lib eral May 12.

                               Five students from Richmond Hill and Thornhill have come up with ideas they believe
                               can make a difference in the world. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario
                               agreed, and gave the students $20,000 to help them on their way.

                               Two teams of students, from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School and the Schulich School
                               of Business at York Unviersity, were each awarded $10,000 as part of the institute’s
                               second annual Save the World contest.

                               The institute invited students to submit innovative business concepts that would make
                               the planet a better place.

                               Schulich student Rich (Meng Ri) Zhou and Edward Huang of the University of Toronto
                               Scarborough were finalists in the contest for their idea of creating an alternative to
                               business cards in order to reduce the problems of environmental harm, information loss
                               and social inactivity.

                               On air

                                        Bridget Stutchbury, Canada Research Chair in Ecology & Conservation Biology
                                        in York’s Faculty of Science & Engineering, took part in a phone-in show about

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                                      local birds on CBC Radio’s “Maritime Noon” May 12. CBC broadcaster Colleen
                                      Jones also did a segment on Stutchbury’s book, The Bird Detective: Investigating
                                      the Secret Lives of Birds, on CBC News, Nova Scotia, May 12.

                                      Kelly Thomson, a professor in York’s School of Administrative Studies in the
                                      Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and faculty lead in the York Bridging
                                      Program for Women, and student Asta Kiske, spoke about ways immigrants with
                                      professional qualifications can find jobs, on Rogers Television’s “Goldhawk Live”
                                      program May 12.

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