Two York University professors elected to the Royal Society of Canada


TORONTO, September 6, 2012 – The achievements of two York University professors have been recognized by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), which has inducted them as Fellows.

Carl E. James, professor, in the Faculty of Education and Director, York Centre for Education and Community, and Norman Yan, professor in the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science and core faculty member of the Institute for Research in Innovation and Sustainability have been inducted into the society as Fellows.

“On behalf of the York University community, I would like to offer our sincere congratulations to two of our faculty members, Carl E. James and Norman Yan, on being named as Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada,” said York University President & Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri. “This prestigious recognition is well-deserved as Drs. James and Yan are leading scholars who have made outstanding contributions in research in their fields.”

The society has elected 71 new Fellows, including one Foreign Fellow and one Honorary Fellow, to its ranks for 2012. The newly elected Fellows will be officially inducted on Saturday, November 14, 2012 during a ceremony held at The Ottawa Convention Centre. Election to the academies of the Royal Society of Canada is one of the highest honours a Canadian scholar can achieve in the Arts, Humanities and Sciences.

Carl E. James is Professor in the Faculty of Education and Director of York Centre for Education and Community.  He is also cross-appointed in the graduate programs in Sociology and Social Work. Over the years, he has conducted research that examines the schooling, educational, social, and athletic experiences of marginalized and racialized youth. Long concerned with issues of equity, in his work, James seeks to address the problems and concerns that account for the representation and outcomes of racialized people in institutions and society generally.  In 2006, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University, Sweden for his contribution to social equity and anti-racism education.

Norman Yan is Professor in the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science.  His long-term professional goals are to identify the separate and interactive effects of climate change, acid and metal pollution, and invading species on the life of Canadian lakes, and to determine the key factors that regulate the recovery of these lakes from historical damage, once the stressors are removed. Much of his field work is executed in partnerships with Ontario government scientists at their laboratories near Dorset and Sudbury. After working for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for 25 years, Yan joined York University in 2000, and he now splits his time between the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s Dorset Environmental Science Centre and York University.

For more information on the 2012 Fellows, visit the Royal Society of Canada website.

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