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Western’s sustainability champions go the distance 

Western’s sustainability champions go the distance 

The Western community’s push to sow seeds of sustainability is growing, and in more than a metaphorical way.  Ten faculty, staff and students were feted this week as campus sustainability champions, based on glowing nominations from their peers.  …

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...

Diet discovery shifts thinking on prehistoric cave bear

Diet discovery shifts thinking on prehistoric cave bear

Newly discovered information into the inflexible diet of one group of prehistoric bears has scientists rethinking how the creatures lived and what caused the large mammals’ extinction some 25,000 years ago.

Smith: Are you suffering from academic attention deficit disorder?

Smith: Are you suffering from academic attention deficit disorder?

At conferences, I sit at the back of the room. I’m a people-watcher. From the back, I can observe the spectators as well as the speaker. I like to see what the audience members are up to. Are they captivated by the presentation? Are they taking a nap? Are they jotting...

Human super predator most terrifying of all

Human super predator most terrifying of all

A new study by Western demonstrates that smaller carnivores, like European badgers, that may be prey to large carnivores, actually perceive humans as far more frightening.

Commentary: Smart people don’t run

Commentary: Smart people don’t run

I have almost always associated universities with long-distance running, and this is, probably, why I also associate them with pain, sweat and hard work. Growing up in Sudbury, Ont., I was on my high school cross-country running team. Most of our workouts were on the...

Western helps unlock secrets to food security

Western helps unlock secrets to food security

First Nations traditional knowledge fused with the scientific labs at Western in an attempt to understand more about food safety and security for the Kluane First Nation. The community of 95 people is located in the Yukon Territory, along the shores of Kluane Lake and...

Smith: Let’s do away with the auto-reply email

Smith: Let’s do away with the auto-reply email

I recently had a life-altering experience – one I am lucky to have survived to tell the tale. It happened a few months ago while I was in the final preparations for a science conference in Singapore. My bags were packed and waiting patiently by the front door for the...

Awarding the top of the classroom

Awarding the top of the classroom

Five more professors can add their name to Western’s Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching list, co-presented by the University Students’ Council, The Bank of Nova Scotia and the university’s Alumni Association. Honoured as the best in the classroom this year...

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...

Diet discovery shifts thinking on prehistoric cave bear

Diet discovery shifts thinking on prehistoric cave bear

Newly discovered information into the inflexible diet of one group of prehistoric bears has scientists rethinking how the creatures lived and what caused the large mammals’ extinction some 25,000 years ago.

Smith: Are you suffering from academic attention deficit disorder?

Smith: Are you suffering from academic attention deficit disorder?

At conferences, I sit at the back of the room. I’m a people-watcher. From the back, I can observe the spectators as well as the speaker. I like to see what the audience members are up to. Are they captivated by the presentation? Are they taking a nap? Are they jotting...

Human super predator most terrifying of all

Human super predator most terrifying of all

A new study by Western demonstrates that smaller carnivores, like European badgers, that may be prey to large carnivores, actually perceive humans as far more frightening.

Commentary: Smart people don’t run

Commentary: Smart people don’t run

I have almost always associated universities with long-distance running, and this is, probably, why I also associate them with pain, sweat and hard work. Growing up in Sudbury, Ont., I was on my high school cross-country running team. Most of our workouts were on the...

Western helps unlock secrets to food security

Western helps unlock secrets to food security

First Nations traditional knowledge fused with the scientific labs at Western in an attempt to understand more about food safety and security for the Kluane First Nation. The community of 95 people is located in the Yukon Territory, along the shores of Kluane Lake and...

Smith: Let’s do away with the auto-reply email

Smith: Let’s do away with the auto-reply email

I recently had a life-altering experience – one I am lucky to have survived to tell the tale. It happened a few months ago while I was in the final preparations for a science conference in Singapore. My bags were packed and waiting patiently by the front door for the...

Awarding the top of the classroom

Awarding the top of the classroom

Five more professors can add their name to Western’s Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching list, co-presented by the University Students’ Council, The Bank of Nova Scotia and the university’s Alumni Association. Honoured as the best in the classroom this year...