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Study: Boredom takes toll mentally and physically

Study: Boredom takes toll mentally and physically

Boredom comes and goes for us all – especially as we have isolated ourselves from one another for weeks now. But for those facing homelessness, profound boredom has been a way of life that can lead to poor mental health, drug use and even suicide, according to a Western study.

Pandemic poetry books lighten load, raise funds

Pandemic poetry books lighten load, raise funds

As March arrived with the leonine claws of COVID-19, Aaron Schneider thought it was clearly time to let poetry do what it does best – offer challenge, comfort and shared experience.

Brent Shea named to Campus Police top job

Brent Shea named to Campus Police top job

He wore dress blues for more than three decades with the London Police Service. Now Brent Shea is purple and proud as the new Director of Campus Community Police Service.

Campus meets challenge to support students

Campus meets challenge to support students

The loss of physical proximity has not diminished the campus community’s connections with students. From one-on-one acts of simple kindness to sweeping university-wide programs, Western has continued to develop creative ways to connect with and support students during unprecedented times.

Engineering brings STEM studies home for kids

Engineering brings STEM studies home for kids

With schools closed and social interactions limited, it is undeniably a difficult time for parents and teachers as they try to engage kids in at-home learning activities.

Sport and Rec programs make digital jump

Sport and Rec programs make digital jump

Separated physically doesn’t mean sacrificing physical activity and community engagement thanks to Sports and Recreation Services moving many programs online.

Student’s venture delivers fresh food, comfort

Student’s venture delivers fresh food, comfort

“Things were going OK. We were growing at a normal place and hitting our targets fine. We were in a good position to expand to other communities,” said the Ivey Business School HBA student. “But come the first week of March, things flipped.”

Advanced Manufacturing pivots to face shields

Advanced Manufacturing pivots to face shields

Western teams across campus are supporting production of low-cost, substantively effective medical face shields that could be in hospitals for health-care workers within days if not hours.

Campus offers critical supplies for front lines

Campus offers critical supplies for front lines

John McCormick saw an opportunity to support colleagues on the local front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, his gesture to provide critical supplies has inspired others across campus.

Med students unite to aid health-care colleagues

Med students unite to aid health-care colleagues

Medical students at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry are rallying to support their local communities and health-care colleagues during the COVID-19 containment efforts.

Student team delivers during COVID-19 crisis

Student team delivers during COVID-19 crisis

A volunteer group of Western students has set up a grocery shop-and-delivery service for Londoners who have self-quarantined or are at high risk of COVID-19 infection.

Study reveals health-care gaps for trans, non-binary

Study reveals health-care gaps for trans, non-binary

Nearly half of transgender and non-binary Canadians who responded to a national survey say they faced one or more unmet health care needs in the past year – with about 1-in-10 saying they avoided an emergency room visit completely, according to a Western-led project exploring this community across Canada for the first time.

Network unites students in disaster resiliency efforts

Network unites students in disaster resiliency efforts

Western students and their Cuban peers will be at the forefront of understanding how communities can better withstand the worst Mother Nature has to offer thanks to a new scholars network designed to offer on-the-ground opportunities for young researchers.

30+30 adds up for professor, local nonprofit

30+30 adds up for professor, local nonprofit

Thirteen days into his month-long series of triathlons, Nursing professor Abe Oudshoorn hit the wall. “I was cooked. I was toast. I couldn’t make it up the stairs.”

Big data project lights path to energy savings

Big data project lights path to energy savings

Western researchers are charged up over the use of big data to help utility providers untangle the complexities of consumer energy demand across the country while also planning for a greener future.

Study: Online tool help combat partner violence

Study: Online tool help combat partner violence

Canadian women experiencing intimate partner violence benefited from the use of a personalized digital lifeline linking them to information, supports and help, according to a new study into the use of the online tool co-developed by a Western researcher.

Expert centres ethics in WHO coronavirus efforts

Expert centres ethics in WHO coronavirus efforts

As the death toll from coronavirus tops 2,600, the global community continues to grapple with urgent medical questions. But the health crisis has spawned an equally pressing ethical debate.

Outreach at heart of new Indigenous Leader role

Outreach at heart of new Indigenous Leader role

Building relationship. Danielle Alcock knows that enjoyable part of her graduate student days will be paramount in her new role as Indigenous Leader in Residence, a newly created role at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.