Philosophy
Trio of PhD candidates named Vanier Scholars

Trio of PhD candidates named Vanier Scholars

Three Western PhD candidates – all from the social sciences and humanities competition – have been named among 166 nationwide recipients of 2020-21 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships.

Western scholar contributes to WHO human trial guidelines

Western scholar contributes to WHO human trial guidelines

Human trials may offer a pathway toward a COVID-19 vaccine, but the effort is rife with ethical pitfalls that need to be navigated. It is a journey that requires a well-developed roadmap forward, according to one Western researcher.

Student lauds residence experience in pandemic

Student lauds residence experience in pandemic

With his family in India and friends scattered around the globe, Moiz Rajwani will always treasure the support he received from his Western family in his home away from home.

Seven Western programs among global elite

Seven Western programs among global elite

Four Western subjects now count themselves among the Top 50 programs in the world, according to the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject, released today.

Report advocates for adoptive parent leave

Report advocates for adoptive parent leave

A new report calling for paid “attachment leave” for newly adopting Canadian families is reaching the ears of policy-makers in Ottawa, where advocates hope their call find its way into federal party platforms.

Annual Words festival to capture our stories

Annual Words festival to capture our stories

“I love regional literary festivals. When I’m in a town or a city, and there is one happening, I will go,” says Western Writer-in-Residence Cherie Dimaline, among the featured authors at Words: London’s Literary and Creative Arts Festival.

Filmmaker has no problem leaving you with questions

Filmmaker has no problem leaving you with questions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGxUG3cC9Mw It was the summer of 2015 when former U.S. Marine and world-record weightlifter Matt Kroczaleski was publicly outed as being transgender. Known for squatting 1,003 pounds, benching 738 pounds and deadlifting 810 pounds, she...

Forging on the feminist fitness journey

Forging on the feminist fitness journey

It started as a personal blog on which philosophers Tracy Isaacs and Samantha Brennan would share their fitness journeys, publicly tackling a challenge to be in the best shape of their lives by the age of 50.

Crossing ‘Borders’ for global understanding

Crossing ‘Borders’ for global understanding

Andrew Botterell couldn’t ignore the email. When a note from Academics Without Borders (AWB) popped up in his inbox, requesting curriculum support for Bahir Dar University’s law school in Ethiopia, it might as well have addressed him directly. Botterell, who is the...

New program a chip off the Oxford block

As of next year, Western undergraduate students will have the opportunity to enroll in a program inspired by what The Guardian and BBC once dubbed “the degree that runs Britain.” Oxford University’s PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) program – which makes up a...

CFI backs hope for Huntington’s patients

CFI backs hope for Huntington’s patients

Working with a yeast model of Huntington’s, Patrick Lajoie is uncovering some of the mystery associated with Huntington’s disease. His work was one of four Western projects sharing in nearly $1 million in CFI funding.

Four Western projects earn CFI backing

Four Western projects earn CFI backing

From delving into the modeling neurodegenerative diseases to looking into digital philosophy, four Western researchers will share in nearly $1 million in funding through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund.

Professors’ feminist fitness blog named among top health influencers

Professors’ feminist fitness blog named among top health influencers

Feminist thinkers at Western are giving women in fitness a voice – and now, they’re receiving recognition for it, too. Western professors Tracy Isaacs and Samantha Brennan were recently nominated as one of OptiMYz magazine’s Top 100 Health Influencers. Their blog, Fit...

Ask her anything: Philosophy professor connects with online community

Ask her anything: Philosophy professor connects with online community

The questions came in “fast and furious” for Samantha Brennan. When the Western Philosophy professor set out to host an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session on Reddit last month, she was amused by the range and the amount of questions, and how fast they came in. In an...

Forgotten role of reproductive justice in Zika crisis

Forgotten role of reproductive justice in Zika crisis

The media response to the recent Zika virus outbreak has been sensationalized and, as a result, governmental responses have been largely misplaced. Zika has been around for decades, with relatively mild symptoms. However, a recent outbreak in Brazil, that coincided...

Finding reason for hope in a wrong-way election

A lot of people are feeling a lot of things given the results of the American election – and I am one of them. I was absolutely caught off guard by the results. I truly believed this was the year we would see the first female president. And as a sometimes overly...