Mathematics
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).

Mathematician seeks solutions in symmetry

Mathematician seeks solutions in symmetry

Western professor Jan Minac, a newly named fellow of the Canadian Mathematical Society, says good mathematical theory is like fine art – and just as valuable.

Western embracing ‘Change’ in the classroom

Western embracing ‘Change’ in the classroom

In celebration of the Times Higher Education (THE) Teaching Excellence Summit, Western News presents the following series of stories highlighting teaching excellence at Western.

Time to connect the dots to improve safe cycling on campus

Time to connect the dots to improve safe cycling on campus

Susan downshifts her bike to a lower gear with a soft ‘click click.’ Gliding into the safe haven of Western’s protected bike lane on Middlesex Drive, she begins the slow ascent. Halfway up the hill, a jaywalker scampers across the bike lane. "We get no respect," she...

Brush named to top professor honour

Brush named to top professor honour

Visual Arts professor Kathryn Brush smiles as she remembers getting a photo from one of her students doing a cartwheel in front of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis, just north of Paris, France. She may be an internationally recognized art historian and an...

Newsmakers: Western News looks back on 2016

Newsmakers: Western News looks back on 2016

How will we remember 2016? Probably through one or more of these faces. Western News presents its 7th annual Newsmakers issue, a celebration of those who contributed to our campus conversation in the last year. Join us in remembering the names and faces that...

Pulling up roots after 46 years

Pulling up roots after 46 years

If you glance out Janet Williams’ office window in Middlesex College, you’ll see a lovely, mature 35-year-old beech tree. She remembers the day it was planted. “There used to be two, but about three years ago one suddenly died,” said Williams, an academic counsellor...

Koval earns Distinguished Service Award

Koval earns Distinguished Service Award

Mathematics professor John Koval, King's University College, was named among seven outstanding statisticians honoured at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Statistician Society of Canada (SSC), on June 5. Koval received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award, an honour...

Book Reviews, May 12

Book Reviews, May 12

Intelligent Leaders - Let Me Know When You Find One By Wayne Townsend, BEd’77 Yet another book on leadership. No, I am not trying to be glib. Wayne Townsend knows all too well there are probably enough volumes on the subject enough to be stacked to the moon. However,...

Professor connects math, biology to order behaviour

Professor connects math, biology to order behaviour

Nature is a cutthroat business, where animals, even humans, are in a relentless competition for resources like food, mates or shelter. And whether we suffer or prosper, it all comes down to our genes, said Applied Mathematics professor Geoff Wild. Wild’s research...

Barron: Don’t lose sight of university’s meaning to young people

Barron: Don’t lose sight of university’s meaning to young people

In the flurry of worrying about career paths, partnerships with industry, tuition and fees, we might completely forget the four years at university are supposed to be important formative years in young person's life. (“Make sure debate about tuition costs is rooted in...

Three awarded Governor General’s Academic Medals

Three awarded Governor General’s Academic Medals

For more than 125 years, the Governor General’s Academic Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. Based solely on academic criteria, there is no monetary award associated with the medal. The Gold Medals were presented at Western’s Autumn Convocation ceremony for graduates of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies on Friday, Nov. 1.

Minac wins top mathematical honour

Minac wins top mathematical honour

Mathematics professor Jan Minac has been awarded the 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award by the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS).

Future of energy

Future of energy

Particularly in Canada, we depend on large quantities of cheap reliable energy. So, how will we power our lives over the next 40 years? As Yogi Berra said, “It’s hard to make predictions, especially about the future.”

Essex named to climate post

Chris Essex is on the hot seat. Recently, the Department of Applied Mathematics professor was appointed Chair of the Permanent Monitoring Panel for Climate for the World Federation of Scientists (WFS).