Glendon professor elected to the Royal Society of Canada

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) has elected Glendon professor Patrick Cavanagh to its ranks as Fellow in the Academy of Social Sciences. Five other York University professors were also recognized: Jonathan Edmondson, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) and Anna Hudson, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD), joined Cavanagh as Fellows. Three new members were elected to the College of New Scholars, Artists & Scientists: Rebecca Pillai Riddell, Faculty of Health; Marlis Schweitzer, AMPD; and Zheng Hong (George) Zhu, Lassonde School of Engineering.

There will be an induction ceremony on Nov. 22.

“York is delighted to see that professors Cavanagh, Edmondson, Hudson, Pillai Riddell, Schweitzer and Zhu have been recognized by the Royal Society of Canada,” said Rui Wang, interim vice-president research and innovation. “These exceptional researchers embody our vision to enhance our impact on the social, economic, culture and overall well-being of the communities we serve,” he added.

Patrick Cavanagh

Patrick Cavanagh, a Senior Research Fellow in psychology at Glendon, is a leading scholar in vision research. He has pioneered new directions in the perception of motion, colour, and shadow and the spatial and temporal resolution of visual attention. His work on the distortion of visual position caused by movement led to a new theory of position perception based in the cortical and subcortical areas of attention and eye movement control. His groundbreaking discoveries have been supported by numerous grants from research councils in Europe, the U.S. and Canada. His affiliation to Glendon and York is the result of a multi-Faculty co-operation, including the Faculties of Health, Science and Engineering, the VISTA research centre and the Office of the Provost.

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