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Philosophers focus on AI ethics

Philosophers focus on AI ethics

A new interdisciplinary initiative at Western is putting a human-interest twist on artificial intelligence (AI). Three postdoctoral associates are bringing their unique backgrounds and research interests to the classroom this year to help students bette …

Finding reason for hope in a wrong-way election

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...

Searching for the soul of science

Searching for the soul of science

For Danae Campos-Melo and Cristian Droppelmann, philosophy is an integral part of working in a science lab. “I consider the philosophy of science to be the soul of science,” Droppelmann said. “It gives us the intellectual deepness that we need as scientists.”...

Scholars named among Royal Society elite

Scholars named among Royal Society elite

Eight Western professors have been named among the nation’s top scholars in the arts, humanities and sciences by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), including six newly named Fellows and two New Scholars. James Grier, Paul Potter, Gregor Reid, David Shoesmith, Xueliang...

Commentary: Verdict did not acquit misconceptions

Commentary: Verdict did not acquit misconceptions

Following the Jian Ghomeshi acquittal, many commentators argued the criminal justice system simply isn’t the right tool for successfully convicting sexual assault cases. But it goes deeper. It is estimated that 90 per cent of sexual assaults go unreported. For the 10...

Leonard, Shoemaker named to top professor honour

Leonard, Shoemaker named to top professor honour

Two professors are the latest recipients of Distinguished University Professorships (DUP) awards, joining a select group of faculty members recognized for exceptional scholarly careers. Honoured this year are John Leonard, English and Writing Studies, Arts &...

Love of ‘The Game’ stays all in the family

Love of ‘The Game’ stays all in the family

David Beeston’s heart may be true ‘blue,’ but he sees only ‘red’ when it comes to business. That’s because Beeston, BA’01 (Philosophy), LLB’07, grew up in Toronto, where his father, Paul, BA’67 (Political Science), was president of the Toronto Blue Jays. Today, David...

Three Western programs named among global elite

Three Western programs named among global elite

Three Western programs now count themselves among the global elite, as Nursing, Philosophy and Psychology were named among the Top 50 programs in the world, according to the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject, released today. In total, Western programs...

Group looks to unite family amid refugee crisis

Group looks to unite family amid refugee crisis

The Western Ontario Friends for Refugees is a group of university community members helping Londoner Rania Almuradi reunite with her mother, brother and sister, who are still in Syria.

New chair embraces ‘meeting of minds’

New chair embraces ‘meeting of minds’

Tim Bayne’s research can be described as the flipside of Adrian Owen’s neuroscience coin. And that’s just one reason he’s here. “Adrian (Owen) and his collaborators are using neuroimaging to look at brain activity in (vegetative) patients, and what they’re really...

Davenport: Relation to Relativity

Davenport: Relation to Relativity

Dear Professor Christopher J Smeenk, I greatly enjoyed your short piece in Western News, Empty out the drawer: Following Einstein’s path to General Relativity, and those of your colleagues, in the section last month which marked the 100th anniversary of the...

Of Space, Time and The Mind

Of Space, Time and The Mind

A century ago this month, Albert Einstein achieved his long-sought theory of gravitation, the General Theory of Relativity, by publically debuting it during presentations to the Prussian Academy in November 1915. A seminal text, this paper led to a scientific...

Finding reason for hope in a wrong-way election

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...

Searching for the soul of science

Searching for the soul of science

For Danae Campos-Melo and Cristian Droppelmann, philosophy is an integral part of working in a science lab. “I consider the philosophy of science to be the soul of science,” Droppelmann said. “It gives us the intellectual deepness that we need as scientists.”...

Scholars named among Royal Society elite

Scholars named among Royal Society elite

Eight Western professors have been named among the nation’s top scholars in the arts, humanities and sciences by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), including six newly named Fellows and two New Scholars. James Grier, Paul Potter, Gregor Reid, David Shoesmith, Xueliang...

Commentary: Verdict did not acquit misconceptions

Commentary: Verdict did not acquit misconceptions

Following the Jian Ghomeshi acquittal, many commentators argued the criminal justice system simply isn’t the right tool for successfully convicting sexual assault cases. But it goes deeper. It is estimated that 90 per cent of sexual assaults go unreported. For the 10...

Leonard, Shoemaker named to top professor honour

Leonard, Shoemaker named to top professor honour

Two professors are the latest recipients of Distinguished University Professorships (DUP) awards, joining a select group of faculty members recognized for exceptional scholarly careers. Honoured this year are John Leonard, English and Writing Studies, Arts &...

Love of ‘The Game’ stays all in the family

Love of ‘The Game’ stays all in the family

David Beeston’s heart may be true ‘blue,’ but he sees only ‘red’ when it comes to business. That’s because Beeston, BA’01 (Philosophy), LLB’07, grew up in Toronto, where his father, Paul, BA’67 (Political Science), was president of the Toronto Blue Jays. Today, David...

Three Western programs named among global elite

Three Western programs named among global elite

Three Western programs now count themselves among the global elite, as Nursing, Philosophy and Psychology were named among the Top 50 programs in the world, according to the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject, released today. In total, Western programs...

Group looks to unite family amid refugee crisis

Group looks to unite family amid refugee crisis

The Western Ontario Friends for Refugees is a group of university community members helping Londoner Rania Almuradi reunite with her mother, brother and sister, who are still in Syria.

New chair embraces ‘meeting of minds’

New chair embraces ‘meeting of minds’

Tim Bayne’s research can be described as the flipside of Adrian Owen’s neuroscience coin. And that’s just one reason he’s here. “Adrian (Owen) and his collaborators are using neuroimaging to look at brain activity in (vegetative) patients, and what they’re really...

Davenport: Relation to Relativity

Davenport: Relation to Relativity

Dear Professor Christopher J Smeenk, I greatly enjoyed your short piece in Western News, Empty out the drawer: Following Einstein’s path to General Relativity, and those of your colleagues, in the section last month which marked the 100th anniversary of the...

Of Space, Time and The Mind

Of Space, Time and The Mind

A century ago this month, Albert Einstein achieved his long-sought theory of gravitation, the General Theory of Relativity, by publically debuting it during presentations to the Prussian Academy in November 1915. A seminal text, this paper led to a scientific...