Academic programs approved
The university Senate has approved the creation of a number of new programs which are set to begin in September.
· School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies – collaborative MSc and PhD programs in Molecular Imaging.
· Department of Economics – Honors Specialization in Economics, Politics and Philosophy.
· Faculty of Social Science – Honors Specialization in Global Economics.
· King’s University College – Honors Specialization in Criminology.
· Brescia University College – Major in Canadian Social and Environmental History.
· Brescia University College – Honors Specialization in Food Science and Technology, in partnership with Faculty of Science. NEW AWARDS
Senate has approved several new scholarships and awards, including:
· The David Campbell Ontario Graduate Scholarship (School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Education) – to be awarded to a full-time graduate student pursuing a Master’s or PhD degree in Education. The scholarship, valued at $5,000, was made possible through a donation from David R. Campbell (BA ’38).
· The Dr. Alfred Jay Medical Biophysics Award (School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Medical Biophysics) to be awarded to a full-time Masters or Doctoral student in Medical Biophysics who has demonstrated innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of his or her Medical Biophysics research studies. The award, valued at $1,125, was established by Dr. Alfred W.L. Jay (PhD Biophysics ’71) through Foundation Western.
· The P. J. Blake Memorial Award (School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Orthodontics) to be awarded to a full-time graduate student in the Master of Clinical Dentistry (MCID) program who demonstrates compassion, organization and thoughtfulness – qualities shared by P. J. Blake in her many years of service as a staff member at Western. The award, valued at $1,125, was established by gifts from family, friends and colleagues in memory of Patti-Jo (P.J.) Blake through Foundation Western.
NEW ECONOMIC CHAIR
Senate has approved the Robert W. Hodder Chair in Economic Geology in the Faculty of Science.
The new chair is a key component of the Faculty of Science’s Initiative to Enhance Energy Resources and Economic Geology. Led by the Department of Earth Sciences, the chair will play a key role in Western becoming the premier institution in Canada where students can pursue a four-year undergraduate program in economic geology leading to professional registration in the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.
Hodder is Professor Emeritus (Geology/Earth Sciences) at Western and maintains a consulting practice in London. He was a professor of economic geology from 1970 to 1993 and Geology Chair from 1982 to 1990. He has been a leader in development of the department’s Initiative to Enhance Energy Resources and Economic Geology.
The chair was made possible through a $800,000 donation (over four years) from Keith Barron (PhD ’97, Geology). Barron is co-founder of Aurelian Resources and Founder of U308 Corp. He has worked in minerals exploration for more than 22 years, primarily in the search for gold and diamonds.
In Canada, his work has included projects in northern Ontario and Quebec, the western Arctic, and the Coastal Mountains of British Columbia. Internationally, Barron, one of the founding members and Past-President of the Western Student Chapter of the Society of Economic Geologists, has worked in Montana and Idaho, Queensland Australia, Venezuela, Ecuador and in the Republic of Kazakhstan.