Scientist looks to beat cancer to the punch

One of the biggest challenges in cancer treatment is tackling the spread of cancer (metastasis) as the disease becomes more difficult to treat once it spreads.

Two new CRCs named; eight renewed

Western professors Bipasha Baruah and Girma Bitsuamlak have been named the university’s newest Canada Research Chairs (CRC). Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced the two new and eight renewed CRCs this morning at a special event in Toronto marking the kickoff to National Science and Technology Week.

Neuroscientists unravel vegetative state

By exploring parts of the brain that trigger during periods of daydreaming and mind-wandering, neuroscientists from Western have made a significant breakthrough in understanding what physically happens in the brain to cause vegetative state and other so-called ‘disorders of consciousness.’

Tracking earlier detection of breast cancer

Two Western professors’ research into the early detection of breast cancer are part of eight innovative new projects across the country that will share more than $3.2 million in funding from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Researchers exploring Martian ‘oddities’

By investigating extremely detailed images of Mars, Western researchers have discovered further evidence linking subsurface volatiles, such as water or ice, to previously recognized (but thought to be rare) pits on the Martian surface.

Seeking answers to cancer’s questions

Innovation solutions from two Western scientists have received new funding from the Canadian Cancer Society. The grants were two of 28 representing a $5.4 million investment across the country announced today.

Western boasts eight Vanier winners

Eight Western students have been named recipients of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Canada’s most prestigious scholarship for doctoral students.

Western geologist assists astronaut on future missions

Western University planetary geologist Gordon ‘Oz’ Osinski and his research team will be joined by Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut Jeremy Hansen in the Canadian Arctic to investigate a possible new meteorite impact crater which, in turn, will help prepare for future international missions to the Moon or Mars.

Redefining archaeological research

Gently cradling a 5,000-year-old cuneiform clay tablet from Ur, Andrew Nelson wishes he could peel back the layers to find out what makes up this first-generation iPad. And thanks to a new microCT scanner at Western’s Sustainable Archaeology Repository (SAR), the Anthropology professor has done just that.

Lecture to focus on ‘Education Matters’

One of the world’s best-known cognitive neuroscientists, Stanislas Dehaene, will visit Western on Monday, May 7, where he will deliver a public lecture, “Education Matters: Literacy, Numeracy and the Developing Brain.”

Campus Digest, April 19

Western neuroscientist wins Grammy award While she didn’t share the stage with Bruce Springsteen or Adele at the 54th annual Grammy Awards, Jessica Grahn is now a Grammy winner. Grahn, a neuroscientist at Western, has been awarded a grant from the Grammy Foundation...

Neuroscientist wins Grammy award

While she didn’t share the stage with Bruce Springsteen or Adele at the 54th annual Grammy Awards, Jessica Grahn is now a Grammy winner.

Hellmuth Prizes awarded

Psychology professor John Meyer and Robarts Research Institute scientist Terry Peters have been awarded the 2012 Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research.

One cool CAT: Mini-machine broadens teaching opportunities

The brainchild of Western Medical Biophysics professors Jerry Battista and Kevin Jordan, the DeskCAT – a miniature CT (Computed Tomography) scanner small enough to sit on a counter – brings a novel and interactive method to teach CT imaging techniques to a wide range of students.

Reimaging Anita Hill: Finding strength in her story

Anita Hill’s story didn’t end in 1991. But it didn’t begin there either. Hill will deliver her Centre for American Studies Speakers’ Series lecture at 5 p.m. today in Conron Hall, University College, Room 224.