Physics and Astronomy
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).

Eight faculty honoured for teaching excellence

Eight faculty honoured for teaching excellence

Eight exceptional faculty members have been awarded Western’s highest honours for leading and inspiring their students. Collectively and individually, they exemplify the heart of excellence in teaching – and their influence has stretched across faculties, disciplines and decades.

Study gets up close with near-death experiences

Study gets up close with near-death experiences

Those who momentarily shuffled off this mortal coil returned with positive perceptions of what they discovered on the other side – a finding that encourages researchers to dig deeper into the ways people describe near-death experiences, according to a joint study between Western and the University of Liège (Belgium).

Image sets off monster galaxy quest

Image sets off monster galaxy quest

An image of UGC 2885 – a majestic spiral galaxy 2.5 times wider than our Milky Way with 10 times as many stars – sparked widespread interest last week when released at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Scientists explore origins of interstellar visitors

Scientists explore origins of interstellar visitors

Since 2017, not one but two interstellar asteroids have been detected entering our solar system – each one offering more clues as to their origins and unlocking further secrets of the universe.

Transcending space and time

Transcending space and time

In celebration of World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, we sought out picks from our brightest minds with feet firmly planted on Earth but eyes boldly cast towards the stars. Today, Physics and Astronomy professor Jan Cami, Associate Director for Western’s Institute for Earth and Space Exploration, takes a turn on Read. Watch. Listen.

TMT sparks discussion on research, Indigenous rights

TMT sparks discussion on research, Indigenous rights

Western officials offered support for research that would be conducted at the advanced Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) atop Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano on the Island of Hawaii, while simultaneously stressing the need for an open dialogue between local governments, Indigenous groups and the international science community.