Newsmakers
Newsmakers 2019: Changing Campus

Newsmakers 2019: Changing Campus

It was another busy year for construction and renovation projects across campus, with the most noticeable change being the completion of the two-year renovation project to the interior of University College its accompanying revitalization of Kent Drive.

Newsmakers 2019: Northern Tornadoes Project

Newsmakers 2019: Northern Tornadoes Project

Western is poised to become the country’s leading authority on tornado tracking and research thanks to a major expansion of its Northern Tornadoes Project in June.

Newsmakers 2019: Wendy Pearson

Newsmakers 2019: Wendy Pearson

For Western professor Wendy Pearson, teaching excellence is about valuing people as much as pedagogy. It is a lifelong commitment that has earned her recognition among the national classroom elite.

Newsmakers 2019: Western Space

Newsmakers 2019: Western Space

Launched in October, Western’s Institute for Earth & Space Exploration is the next step in making the university an internationally renowned focal point for studying the rocks beneath our feet and the stars above our heads.

Newsmakers 2019: Grace Parraga

Newsmakers 2019: Grace Parraga

As a lung-imaging scientist, Grace Parraga has seen the devastating effects cigarette and cannabis smokers can have on the quality of life. The popularity of vaping has since added yet another concern to the Medical Biophysics professor’s research focus.

Newsmakers 2019: Pamela Cushing

Newsmakers 2019: Pamela Cushing

In recognition of her efforts towards identifying disability not as a deficit but as a difference, King University College professor Pamela Cushing was named the 2019 recipient of the Canadian Disability Studies Association’s Tanis Doe Award, which honours a professor who advances the study and culture of disability in research, teaching or activism.

Newsmakers 2019: The Fab Five

Newsmakers 2019: The Fab Five

Ever day, Social Sciences’ ‘Fab Five’ work to help students achieve success and complete their degrees. This year, it was their turn.

Newsmakers 2019: Jen Gunter

Newsmakers 2019: Jen Gunter

Known for “wielding the lasso of truth” online. Dr. Jen Gunter is a fierce advocate for women’s health now tackling those issues with a docuseries on CBC Gem.

Newsmakers 2019: Smoking Ban

Newsmakers 2019: Smoking Ban

July 1 was a big day on campus as Western officially went smoke – the final step in an evolution that has seen a gradual shrinking of designated smoking areas and an increase in cessation supports.

Newsmakers 2019: Laura Stephenson

Newsmakers 2019: Laura Stephenson

Beset by political misinformation, disinformation, populism and polarization, democracy faces some of its biggest challenges in a generation. Political Science professor Laura Stephenson aims to take the pulse of Canadian democracy and improve the health of electoral participation.

Newsmakers 2019: Simu Liu

Newsmakers 2019: Simu Liu

From a Western classroom to Hollywood’s big screen, Western alumnus Simu Liu, HBA’11, will fight alongside the latest wave of Marvel Comics superheroes to follow Iron Man, Captain America and Thor in populating the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Newsmakers 2019: Chris Merchant

Newsmakers 2019: Chris Merchant

Western quarterback Chris Merchant wrapped up his collegiate career with the Mustangs by being named the 2019 winner of the Hec Crighton Trophy as Canada’s most outstanding player in U SPORTS football.

Newsmakers 2019: JUNO Awards

Newsmakers 2019: JUNO Awards

The biggest stage in Canadian music was tinted purple earlier this year as Western alumni and students kicked off the 2019 Juno Awards with a once-in-a-lifetime performance.

Newsmakers 2019: High Altitude Balloon team

Newsmakers 2019: High Altitude Balloon team

Supported by Western’s Institute for Earth and Space Exploration, the High Altitude Balloon (HAB) team brings together students from a dozen departments in five faculties across campus – not related to any coursework, simply for the love of science.

Newsmaker 2019: Dual Installation

Newsmaker 2019: Dual Installation

For the first time in its history, Western held a simultaneous installation of a president and a chancellor, welcoming Alan Shepard as the 11th President and Vice-Chancellor and Linda Hasenfratz, BSc’89, MBA’97, LLD’19, as its 23rd Chancellor, this fall.

Newsmakers 2019: Mark Daley

Newsmakers 2019: Mark Daley

If Western researcher Mark Daley has his way, the Western community will not only understand those patterns, but start using data to transform the institution for the benefit of students, faculty and staff across campus.

Newsmakers 2019: Kalley Armstrong

Newsmakers 2019: Kalley Armstrong

Kalley Armstrong might justifiably boast about her pedigree – whether about her stellar hockey career with one of North America’s top college teams or as granddaughter of a Hockey Hall of Fame player. Instead, the Anthropology graduate student is most excited about sharing her on-ice talents with young Indigenous athletes is helping her explore her First Nations roots.

Newsmakers 2019: Catherine Neish

Newsmakers 2019: Catherine Neish

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

Newsmakers 2019: Andrea Sereda

Newsmakers 2019: Andrea Sereda

Dr. Andrea Sereda, BSc’03 (Microbiology/Immunology), MD’07, a family physician who practices street outreach medicine, provides care through the London Intercommunity Health Centre (LIHC).