Earth Sciences
Atkinson honoured as top seismologist

Atkinson honoured as top seismologist

Perhaps it is too easy to say that Gail Atkinson was shaken by the news – but the lifetime honour she received was as unexpected as it was deserved.

Discovery Grants back 75 research projects

Discovery Grants back 75 research projects

Seventy-five university research projects across seven faculties received more than $13.8 million in Discovery Grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

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.

Read. Watch. Listen. with Cindy Mora Stock

Read. Watch. Listen. with Cindy Mora Stock

The waiting – on that book, that movie, that album to come out – is the hardest part as Earth Sciences postdoctoral scholar Cindy Mora Stock takes a turn on Read. Watch. Listen.

Student trio lauded by Lunar and Planetary Institute

Student trio lauded by Lunar and Planetary Institute

A trio of Western students were among only 20 worldwide to receive the Career Development Award from the Lunar and Planetary Institute. The award is given to graduate students who have submitted a first-author abstract for presentation at the 51st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

Takes of long ago, far away

Takes of long ago, far away

Although World Space Week has come and gone, we’re still celebrating by seeking out picks from our brightest minds with feet firmly planted on Earth but eyes boldly cast towards the stars. Today, Earth Sciences PhD candidate Gavin Tolometti, a member of the Institute for Earth and Space Exploration, takes a turn on Read. Watch. Listen.

Model shakes up earthquakes forecasting

Model shakes up earthquakes forecasting

Findings by a Western-led international research team may mitigate hazard, damage, even loss of life by helping forecast the largest possible earthquake within a series of quakes, according to a study published today.

Western takes first steps toward the Moon

Western takes first steps toward the Moon

A team comprised of Western faculty, postdoctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate students is conducting an analogue Moon mission over the next two weeks.

Dragonfly will soar across Saturn moon

Dragonfly will soar across Saturn moon

NASA has thrown its financial support behind project Dragonfly– a drone mission co-led by Western planetary geologist Catherine Neish – to explore Saturn’s massive moon Titan.

Research resets timeline for life on Mars

Research resets timeline for life on Mars

Western researchers, leading an international team, have shown that the first ‘real chance’ of Mars developing life started early, 4.48 billion years ago, when giant, life-inhibiting meteorites stopped striking the Red Planet.

Students land project – after a lost year

Students land project – after a lost year

One year ago today, a team of Western graduate students launched a high-altitude balloon (HAB) 20 km into space with the lofty goal of studying the Earth’s stratosphere. The launch was a success. The retrieval not so much – at least until last week.

Close pass of ‘swarm’ calls for close observation

Close pass of ‘swarm’ calls for close observation

An oncoming swarm of meteors – one blamed for perhaps the most famed Earth encounter since the time of the dinosaurs – may statistically pose a more immediate risk for Earth and its inhabitants than previously believed.

NASA web show eyes cosmos, Western expertise

NASA web show eyes cosmos, Western expertise

Last week, Western professor Gordon ‘Oz’ Osinski fielded questions about the universe from around the planet when he appeared as a guest on Ask An Astrobiologist.

Have a question about the cosmos? Ask Oz.

Have a question about the cosmos? Ask Oz.

Got a question about the cosmos? Join Western professor Gordon ‘Oz’ Osinski as he fields questions about the universe from around the planet when he appears as a guest on Ask An Astrobiologist