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Capone tapped for two-year extension

Capone tapped for two-year extension

John Capone, Vice-President (Research), received a two-year extension to his term, now expiring June 30, 2019, university officials announced late last week. The Board of Governors approved the move Jan. 26, following a recommendation from the Review/Selection...

Personality key in predicting medical school success

Personality key in predicting medical school success

We may be putting an “unhealthy emphasis” on Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) results and grade point averages (GPA) when it comes to picking the next best physician, according to one Western researcher. High marks are one thing, but they’re not a solid predictor...

Forgotten role of reproductive justice in Zika crisis

Forgotten role of reproductive justice in Zika crisis

The media response to the recent Zika virus outbreak has been sensationalized and, as a result, governmental responses have been largely misplaced. Zika has been around for decades, with relatively mild symptoms. However, a recent outbreak in Brazil, that coincided...

Funding bolsters Canada’s role in international justice

Funding bolsters Canada’s role in international justice

For almost two decades, Valerie Oosterveld has dedicated her work to gender-sensitive criminal justice – first as a lawyer with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and now, as an academic. Oosterveld, associate dean in the Faculty of Law, along with 22 partners...

Helping a monarch future take flight

Helping a monarch future take flight

By analyzing the ‘chemical fingerprints’ in the wings of monarch butterflies, one Western researcher has helped pinpoint the North American birthplaces of the migratory creatures, vital information that may help conserve the dwindling species.

Biology dissertation nabbing attention, top honours

Biology dissertation nabbing attention, top honours

Long before Tim Hain, BSc’04, PhD’16 (Biology), completed his dissertation, his work was gaining considerable traction. Hain successfully defended his PhD dissertation in December 2016. Four months earlier he had published four papers in peer-reviewed journals, which...

Book brings together literature, environment

Book brings together literature, environment

Joshua Schuster knows most would argue environmentalism, at least in its most activist of forms, is a relatively modern concern. Environmental issues weren’t prominent until the 1960s, when American conservationist Rachel Carson, widely credited for advancing the...

Grant fuels research into family challenges

Grant fuels research into family challenges

As populations across the Europe and North America age, governments are faced with a changing set of challenges. Sociology professor Rachel Margolis is part of an international team receiving an almost $1.4-million grant funding a project titled, Care, Retirement and...

PhD candidate forging new frontiers in virtual reality

PhD candidate forging new frontiers in virtual reality

In a quiet corner of Robarts Research Institute, hidden behind a maze of cubicles and black curtains, researchers are pushing the boundaries of reality.  It’s in this curious and creative space that PhD candidate Adam Rankin, BSc’07, MSc’09, is taking medical imaging...

Alumna hunts DNA on Red Planet

Alumna hunts DNA on Red Planet

Astrobiologist alumna Alexandra Pontefract, PhD’13 (Geology), knows finding DNA on the Red Planet will be no easy feat. But it is possible. What’s more, if DNA is found, it’s not far-fetched to think it would be proof of shared ancestry between Earth and Mars. “There...

Researcher: Complexity of humour is no joke

Researcher: Complexity of humour is no joke

Rod Martin remembers when humour wasn’t serious business. In the 1970s, psychologists didn’t exactly see humour as a worthwhile topic of study, said Martin, who in July, retired after more than three decades of teaching Clinical Psychology at Western. Such perceptions...

Capone tapped for two-year extension

Capone tapped for two-year extension

John Capone, Vice-President (Research), received a two-year extension to his term, now expiring June 30, 2019, university officials announced late last week. The Board of Governors approved the move Jan. 26, following a recommendation from the Review/Selection...

Personality key in predicting medical school success

Personality key in predicting medical school success

We may be putting an “unhealthy emphasis” on Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) results and grade point averages (GPA) when it comes to picking the next best physician, according to one Western researcher. High marks are one thing, but they’re not a solid predictor...

Forgotten role of reproductive justice in Zika crisis

Forgotten role of reproductive justice in Zika crisis

The media response to the recent Zika virus outbreak has been sensationalized and, as a result, governmental responses have been largely misplaced. Zika has been around for decades, with relatively mild symptoms. However, a recent outbreak in Brazil, that coincided...

Funding bolsters Canada’s role in international justice

Funding bolsters Canada’s role in international justice

For almost two decades, Valerie Oosterveld has dedicated her work to gender-sensitive criminal justice – first as a lawyer with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and now, as an academic. Oosterveld, associate dean in the Faculty of Law, along with 22 partners...

Helping a monarch future take flight

Helping a monarch future take flight

By analyzing the ‘chemical fingerprints’ in the wings of monarch butterflies, one Western researcher has helped pinpoint the North American birthplaces of the migratory creatures, vital information that may help conserve the dwindling species.

Biology dissertation nabbing attention, top honours

Biology dissertation nabbing attention, top honours

Long before Tim Hain, BSc’04, PhD’16 (Biology), completed his dissertation, his work was gaining considerable traction. Hain successfully defended his PhD dissertation in December 2016. Four months earlier he had published four papers in peer-reviewed journals, which...

Book brings together literature, environment

Book brings together literature, environment

Joshua Schuster knows most would argue environmentalism, at least in its most activist of forms, is a relatively modern concern. Environmental issues weren’t prominent until the 1960s, when American conservationist Rachel Carson, widely credited for advancing the...

Grant fuels research into family challenges

Grant fuels research into family challenges

As populations across the Europe and North America age, governments are faced with a changing set of challenges. Sociology professor Rachel Margolis is part of an international team receiving an almost $1.4-million grant funding a project titled, Care, Retirement and...

PhD candidate forging new frontiers in virtual reality

PhD candidate forging new frontiers in virtual reality

In a quiet corner of Robarts Research Institute, hidden behind a maze of cubicles and black curtains, researchers are pushing the boundaries of reality.  It’s in this curious and creative space that PhD candidate Adam Rankin, BSc’07, MSc’09, is taking medical imaging...

Alumna hunts DNA on Red Planet

Alumna hunts DNA on Red Planet

Astrobiologist alumna Alexandra Pontefract, PhD’13 (Geology), knows finding DNA on the Red Planet will be no easy feat. But it is possible. What’s more, if DNA is found, it’s not far-fetched to think it would be proof of shared ancestry between Earth and Mars. “There...

Researcher: Complexity of humour is no joke

Researcher: Complexity of humour is no joke

Rod Martin remembers when humour wasn’t serious business. In the 1970s, psychologists didn’t exactly see humour as a worthwhile topic of study, said Martin, who in July, retired after more than three decades of teaching Clinical Psychology at Western. Such perceptions...