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Global study explores pregnancy during pandemic  

Global study explores pregnancy during pandemic  

A new Western-led study will investigate how mothers are dealing with stress before, during and after their pregnancies amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the short- and long-term effects this moment in human history has on moms and their newborn babies.      

Western experts weigh in on mental health and pandemic

Western experts weigh in on mental health and pandemic

On Wednesday, May 6, Western professors Dr. Chandlee Dickey and Barb MacQuarrie took part in a webcast to answer questions from the community including prioritizing mental health during the pandemic, increased risks of harm and vulnerability of abused women and children in isolation, strategies to cope with domestic violence and child abuse, and more.

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).

Study: Bilingualism does not make you ‘smarter’

Study: Bilingualism does not make you ‘smarter’

Despite numerous social, employment, and lifestyle benefits, speaking more than one language does not improve your general mental ability, according to a new study conducted by Western’s Brain and Mind Institute.

Special-ed students, families being tested

Special-ed students, families being tested

Kids with special-education needs are not alone in suffering the impacts of a prolonged absence from the classroom – the whole family needs to be considered, stresses a leading educator in inclusive education.

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.

Deacon brings education, sport passions to Senate

Deacon brings education, sport passions to Senate

While the long-time educator, administrator, coach, and amateur sport advocate was an avid follower of current events and a voracious reader, Marty Deacon, MA’82, BEd’84, didn’t consider herself a politician. Until one day when the prime minister called.

Alumnus touts ‘roller coaster’ at velodrome

Alumnus touts ‘roller coaster’ at velodrome

For six years, Craig Saari, BA’01 (Kinesiology), BEd’02, has been president, coach, manager, troubleshooter and mobilizer at the Forest City Velodrome as part of a large team of volunteers/members who also love to cycle.

Voice of the Raptors finds home at the mic

Voice of the Raptors finds home at the mic

Teacher by day, Toronto Raptors broadcaster by night, Paul Jones, BEd’82, MA’84, has compressed two careers into one lifetime – and he’s still going.

Remember 30: The École Polytechnique Massacre

Remember 30: The École Polytechnique Massacre

It stands among the darkest days in Canadian history. On Dec. 6, 1989, 14 women were murdered at École Polytechnique de Montréal in what remains the deadliest mass shooting in the country’s history. Twelve engineering students. One nursing student. One university...

Remember 30: Needed company of men

Remember 30: Needed company of men

After the Montreal Massacre, the Canadian government appointed a nine person Panel on Violence Against Women to travel across the country and capture the depth of the issues and recommendations for change. I was fortunate to be the only man on the panel with eight distinguished women who had a history of advocacy on this issue in their jurisdiction.

Remember 30: Recognizing signs

Remember 30: Recognizing signs

As women, we’ve always been aware of the complex risks of being a woman in society, risks that too often include living and working in places where sexual harassment is pervasive and almost normalized.

UWOFA honours students at scholarship event

UWOFA honours students at scholarship event

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) handed out the association’s annual scholarships to outstanding students from across all 11 faculties at an event Wednesday afternoon in The Great Hall.

Lending a ‘Voice’ – and far more

Lending a ‘Voice’ – and far more

From an amazing reading list “guided by Hags,” to the direct beautiful storytelling of American country music legends, Education professor Barb MacQuarrie has a selection for everyone when she takes a turn on Read. Watch. Listen.

Survey eyes costs of partner violence in workplace

Survey eyes costs of partner violence in workplace

Starting Nov. 25, Western community members will be able to participate in a university-led academic survey, ‘Intimate partner violence and its financial costs,’ that hopes to determine the extent to which intimate-partner violence impacts survivors, perpetrators and witnesses at the university workplace.

Pursuit of happiness proves elusive for study

Pursuit of happiness proves elusive for study

There may be no single key to personal happiness, but it doesn’t hurt to be healthy, wealthy and like where you live. While those findings may make some people happy, others find happiness in different ways – and that is still something to smile about, according to researchers.

Brain clue signals anxiety, depression in some kids

Brain clue signals anxiety, depression in some kids

The discovery of a biomarker in the brains of those with neurodevelopmental disorders may offer hope to families looking for clues in how to address anxiety and depression in their children.