The York Circle Lecture and Lunch Series - September 22, 2018

Please join us for The York Circle Lecture and Lunch on Saturday, September 22 from 9am to 1pm. Please note the location change below.

Hear from four of York's leading faculty members on a wide range of interesting topics that speak to some of the key themes that define York University.

The York Circle Lecture and Lunch Series is held four times a year and is open to our community of alumni and friends.

Complimentary coffee, light snacks and lunch will be provided.

Saturday, September 22, 2018 | 9am-1pm

9am - 9:45am: Registration, Coffee and Light Snacks

9:45am: Opening Remarks

Location: Vari Hall, Keele Campus, York University


Event Schedule

First Session (10am-11am)


Session 1A - Regina Lee
Building 'Small' Satellites at York

Session 1A, Lecture Hall A – Building 'Small' Satellites at York

In the last few decades, space research has undergone several revolutionary changes. Once reserved for state-owned, national or international entities, activities for space research are now attempted for private and commercial goals. Such significant advancement came alongside advances in microsystems systems technologies. In the presentation, an overview of technology advancement in space research, in particular, nanosatellite (smaller than 10 kg) development and missions will be discussed. It has been a focus of Lee's research team at York University to develop a series of nanosatellite technologies that will lead us to an advanced scientific nanosatellite missions in the near future. Several novel technologies underdevelopment including micro-thruster design, sun sensor development and magnetic control study will be presented.

Speaker: Regina Lee - Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies & Professor, Earth and Space Science Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering


Regina Lee, PhD, PEng is Associate Professor and the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at Lassonde School of Engineering. Her current research focuses on microsystems technologies for nanosatellite applications, which has led to significant advances in the field particularly in the development of attitude sensors and solar cell technologies. Prof. Lee is a recipient of the NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement, holds a number of NSERC and CSA grants collaborating with industrial partners on various industry driven problems.

Session 1B - Fuyuki Kurasawa
Do We Live in a Post-Truth Age? Climate Change Research as the Digital Canary in a Coal Mine

Session 1B, Lecture Hall B Do We Live in a Post-Truth Age? Climate Change Research as the Digital Canary in a Coal Mine

In the digital age, what counts as truth? Summing up some of Kurasawa’s research as Director of York University’s Global Digital Citizenship Lab, the presentation explores these questions by taking climate change research as its point of departure since, despite the scientific consensus regarding its anthropogenic causes, North American public opinion remains divided on the issue. Kurasawa explains this phenomenon by discussing the rise of digitally-enabled pseudo-science and para-science, seemingly credible forms of knowledge that are challenging traditional sources of scientific expertise. This contest has troubling implications for public understanding of major issues and trust in expertise.

Speaker: Fuyuki Kurasawa – York Research Chair in Global Digital Citizenship, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Fuyuki Kurasawa is Associate Professor and York Research Chair in the Department ofSociology at York University, where he is Director of the Global Digital Citizenship Lab. A Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, and a former Fulbright Scholar, Kurasawa has been a Visiting Fellow at Cornell, the ÉHESS, Harvard, NYU, and Yale, where he is a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Cultural Sociology. In 2000, The Globe and Mail named him on its list of Canadian Young Leaders, and he is a frequent analyst in French- and English-language media.


Break: 11-11:20am

Second Session (11:20am-12:20pm)


Session 2A - Amy Muise
Keeping the Spark Alive: Self-Expansion in Romantic Relationships

Session 2A, Lecture Hall A – Keeping the Spark Alive: Self-Expansion in Romantic Relationships

A satisfying romantic relationship is among the strongest predictors of physical health and psychological well-being but keeping the spark alive over time in relationships is challenging. The presentation will share Muise's research with long-term couples and new parent couples demonstrating the role of self-expanding activities—novel, exciting, broadening experiences with a partner—in the maintenance of sexual desire and relationship satisfaction over time. This work suggests that self-expanding activities can help couples keep the spark alive over time and during transitional periods, which has broad implications for their overall relationship satisfaction.

Speaker: Amy Muise - Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health

Dr. Amy Muise is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Sexual Health and Relationship (SHaRe) lab at York University. Her research focuses on how romantic relationships and sexuality influence overall health and well-being. Dr. Muise’s work is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. She is the recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association New President’s Research Award for the most promising new scholars in psychology in Canada and an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science. She currently teaches courses on the psychology of intimate relationships.

Session 2B – Christopher Caputo
Developing New Technologies Rooted in Sustainable Chemistry

Session 2B, Lecture Hall B – Developing New Technologies Rooted in Sustainable Chemistry

It is an exciting time to study the chemical sciences. Chemical solutions will play a central role in developing new technologies which have the potential for a more sustainable future. Research in Caputo's lab strives to find ways of applying sustainable chemistry. This talk will discuss high level projects which are currently being investigated in Caputo's research group. These include developing colorimetric sensors to indicate food quality, developing alternative materials to replace precious metals in industrial processes and finally the use of renewable chemical feedstocks for the development of the world’s first semi-permanent tattoo technology.

Speaker: Christopher Caputo – Assistant Professor & Tier 2 Canada Research Chair, Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science

Christopher Caputo is an enthusiastic young chemist whose research expertise lie at the interface of organic, inorganic and materials chemistry. He completed his PhD at the University of Toronto and undertook an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University. He began his independent career in July 2017 as an Assistant Professor and a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair at York University. Before starting at York, he was Head of Research and Development at Inkbox Ink, a local start-up which created the world’s first semi-permanent tattoo. He has published over 20 papers and four patents in his career, including top journals such as Science.


Complimentary lunch: 12:20-1pm
Event ends: 1pm

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Event Location

This edition of The York Circle Lecture and Lunch Series will take place on York University’s Keele campus in Vari Hall.  For directions to Keele campus by car or public transit, visit and click on the relevant link under the “Transit and Driving Directions” heading.  If you plan to drive, you will be required to pay for parking.  Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The closest public parking lots are:

  • Arboretum parking garage #80 on the map ($7.00 Flat Rate). Pull a ticket from the machine upon entry and pay at the pay station when leaving. Machine accepts cash, coins and credit cards.
  • Thompson Road ‘Pay and Display’ parking lot #79 on the map ($7.00 Flat Rate). You are required to purchase a ticket from the ‘Pay and Display’ machine in the lot and place it on the driver’s side of the dash. Machine accepts coins and credit cards only.