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Students to swim with basking sharks

Students to swim with basking sharks

With a body as long as a school bus and an open mouth that could swallow a washing machine, basking sharks are really, really big. And for environmental sustainability students in professor Paul Mensink’s class, learning can hardly get mo …

Western applauds fed re-investment in research

Western applauds fed re-investment in research

A new blueprint for scientific research – said to be the most comprehensive in four decades – offers Canada a renewed opportunity to be a world-changer in the sciences, according to Western administrators and scholars. Commissioned last year by Minister of Science...

Teaching in the age of social media

Teaching in the age of social media

  To some of my students’ displeasure, I have my office hours on Friday afternoons. I prepare for this ancient tradition of face-to-face, pen-and-paper pedagogy by tidying my office, purging unwanted scraps of paper, removing half-empty coffee cups, and sometimes...

New research opens a window on eye health

New research opens a window on eye health

Poets see the eyes as a window to the soul. Scientists increasingly view the eyes as a window to the inner workings of the body. And early vision loss, according to Western researchers, could be a predictor, and precursor, of other ailments that may appear later in...

Blended courses to offer ‘best of both worlds’

Blended courses to offer ‘best of both worlds’

Launched in the fall of 2016 as part of Western’s Blended Learning Strategy, the Supported Course Redesign (SCoRe) program – which supports faculty members in the transformation of fully face-to-face large-enrollment courses into blended offerings – will see its first...

Western researchers get $3.3 million funding boost

Western researchers get $3.3 million funding boost

A Western researcher is giving tiny Atlantic salmon fry a fighting chance to make it to maturity in vast Lake Ontario, more than a century after over-fishing and habitat loss caused its disappearance from the lake. A team led by Bryan Neff, a professor in the...

‘Smart’ tutoring connects Western, London communities

‘Smart’ tutoring connects Western, London communities

Ami Patel and Saniya Mansuri go way back. The two have known each other since their preschool days and have mirrored one another’s academic footsteps from day one - arriving at Western as roommates three years ago to study Biology and Medical Sciences. And for some...

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...

Western presence strong on Mayor’s Honour List

Western presence strong on Mayor’s Honour List

There is a strong purple presence on London Mayor Matt Brown’s annual Honour List for this past year as former staff members Susan Grindrod and Therese Quigley, along with former professor emeritus Joseph Cummins, Don Wright Faculty of Music lecturer Dale Yoshida and alumna Sandra Miller, MLIS’01, have been recognized for their community involvement.

Researchers: Time to rebuild trust in decision-making

Researchers: Time to rebuild trust in decision-making

Hundreds upon hundreds of professors, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students from across the country, including dozens at Western, are calling on the federal government to reassess its regulatory decision-making processes concerning environmental assessments. They...

Class offers a new outlook on the world

Class offers a new outlook on the world

The Rwanda: Culture, Society and Reconstruction course in the Department of French Studies, taught by professor Henri Boyi, involves a five-week international service-learning experience in Rwanda. This course started seven years ago. Western News asked three students...

Fulbright award turns up heat on plant study

Fulbright award turns up heat on plant study

By the time you read this, Joseph Stinziano will already be in Albuquerque, N.M., honing in on the secrets of boechera depauperata – a heat-tolerant plant that can thrive in temperatures as high as 40 degrees Celsius. Stinziano, a PhD candidate in Biology, will spend...

Western applauds fed re-investment in research

Western applauds fed re-investment in research

A new blueprint for scientific research – said to be the most comprehensive in four decades – offers Canada a renewed opportunity to be a world-changer in the sciences, according to Western administrators and scholars. Commissioned last year by Minister of Science...

Teaching in the age of social media

Teaching in the age of social media

  To some of my students’ displeasure, I have my office hours on Friday afternoons. I prepare for this ancient tradition of face-to-face, pen-and-paper pedagogy by tidying my office, purging unwanted scraps of paper, removing half-empty coffee cups, and sometimes...

New research opens a window on eye health

New research opens a window on eye health

Poets see the eyes as a window to the soul. Scientists increasingly view the eyes as a window to the inner workings of the body. And early vision loss, according to Western researchers, could be a predictor, and precursor, of other ailments that may appear later in...

Blended courses to offer ‘best of both worlds’

Blended courses to offer ‘best of both worlds’

Launched in the fall of 2016 as part of Western’s Blended Learning Strategy, the Supported Course Redesign (SCoRe) program – which supports faculty members in the transformation of fully face-to-face large-enrollment courses into blended offerings – will see its first...

Western researchers get $3.3 million funding boost

Western researchers get $3.3 million funding boost

A Western researcher is giving tiny Atlantic salmon fry a fighting chance to make it to maturity in vast Lake Ontario, more than a century after over-fishing and habitat loss caused its disappearance from the lake. A team led by Bryan Neff, a professor in the...

‘Smart’ tutoring connects Western, London communities

‘Smart’ tutoring connects Western, London communities

Ami Patel and Saniya Mansuri go way back. The two have known each other since their preschool days and have mirrored one another’s academic footsteps from day one - arriving at Western as roommates three years ago to study Biology and Medical Sciences. And for some...

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...

Western presence strong on Mayor’s Honour List

Western presence strong on Mayor’s Honour List

There is a strong purple presence on London Mayor Matt Brown’s annual Honour List for this past year as former staff members Susan Grindrod and Therese Quigley, along with former professor emeritus Joseph Cummins, Don Wright Faculty of Music lecturer Dale Yoshida and alumna Sandra Miller, MLIS’01, have been recognized for their community involvement.

Researchers: Time to rebuild trust in decision-making

Researchers: Time to rebuild trust in decision-making

Hundreds upon hundreds of professors, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students from across the country, including dozens at Western, are calling on the federal government to reassess its regulatory decision-making processes concerning environmental assessments. They...

Class offers a new outlook on the world

Class offers a new outlook on the world

The Rwanda: Culture, Society and Reconstruction course in the Department of French Studies, taught by professor Henri Boyi, involves a five-week international service-learning experience in Rwanda. This course started seven years ago. Western News asked three students...

Fulbright award turns up heat on plant study

Fulbright award turns up heat on plant study

By the time you read this, Joseph Stinziano will already be in Albuquerque, N.M., honing in on the secrets of boechera depauperata – a heat-tolerant plant that can thrive in temperatures as high as 40 degrees Celsius. Stinziano, a PhD candidate in Biology, will spend...