Jeff Renaud
Ancient beavers cut trees for food first, not to build dams

Ancient beavers cut trees for food first, not to build dams

By studying the wood-cutting behaviour of ancient beavers that once roamed the Canadian high Arctic, an international team of scientists has discovered that tree predation – feeding on trees and harvesting wood – evolved in these now-extinct rodents long before dam-building.

Mark Daley named CIFAR Vice-President (Research)

Mark Daley named CIFAR Vice-President (Research)

Mark Daley, Western’s Special Advisor to the President on Data Strategy, has been appointed Vice-President (Research) for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), effective Aug. 17, the organization announced July 9.

Neuroscientist takes COVID-19 Brain Study to Reddit AMA

Neuroscientist takes COVID-19 Brain Study to Reddit AMA

Western neuroscientist Adrian Owen and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre neurologist Rick Swartz will participate in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) at 1 p.m. Friday, July 10, to discuss the COVID-19 Brain Study.

Brain Study explores lasting impacts of COVID-19

Brain Study explores lasting impacts of COVID-19

Neuroscientists exploring the lasting impacts of COVID-19 on the brain hope their newest study will provide answers for health-care professionals and improved care for millions of patients around the globe.

Study investigates virtual learning impact on families

Study investigates virtual learning impact on families

The Western-led LEAP (Learning, Education, and the Pandemic) study aims to assess family experiences with learning during COVID-19. Specifically, Western Education researchers are exploring how family stress and virtual learning during the pandemic impacted students’ education.

Global study explores pregnancy during pandemic  

Global study explores pregnancy during pandemic  

A new Western-led study will investigate how mothers are dealing with stress before, during and after their pregnancies amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the short- and long-term effects this moment in human history has on moms and their newborn babies.      

New data offer unique insights into voters

New data offer unique insights into voters

New numbers released by the Western-led Consortium on Electoral Democracy (C-Dem) offer everyone from researchers to policy wonks to the general public the deepest insights yet into Canadian thinking during the last federal election.

Western, General Dynamics team on face shields

Western, General Dynamics team on face shields

Based on an initiative, concept and design by Western, General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada is now producing approximately 500 medical face shields per day to support Canada’s fight against COVID-19. 

Study finds consensual nonmonogamy a ‘healthy’ option

Study finds consensual nonmonogamy a ‘healthy’ option

Consensual nonmonogamy within a relationship showed only positive outcomes on life satisfaction and relationship quality for the primary partners in a romantically involved couple – leading researchers to believe it to be healthy, viable relationship option.

Researchers crack COVID-19 genome signature

Researchers crack COVID-19 genome signature

Using machine learning, a team of Western computer scientists and biologists have identified an underlying genomic signature for 29 different COVID-19 DNA sequences. 

Study: Bilingualism does not make you ‘smarter’

Study: Bilingualism does not make you ‘smarter’

Despite numerous social, employment, and lifestyle benefits, speaking more than one language does not improve your general mental ability, according to a new study conducted by Western’s Brain and Mind Institute.