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Alumna sends message from the front lines

Alumna sends message from the front lines

Watching people out in their cars, coming out of stores with large cartsful and talking with their neighbours – all within arm’s length of each other. That’s hard to see. Please stay home. Because I don’t have the option.

Researchers crack COVID-19 genome signature

Researchers crack COVID-19 genome signature

Using machine learning, a team of Western computer scientists and biologists have identified an underlying genomic signature for 29 different COVID-19 DNA sequences. 

Researchers eye value of universal COVID-19 testing

Researchers eye value of universal COVID-19 testing

Universal testing for COVID-19 may not be the best way to keep people safe, despite growing calls for ramped up screening. In fact, testing everyone could cause unintended harm and crash the system, according to new Western-led research.

El Naggar, MacDermid earn top scholar honours

El Naggar, MacDermid earn top scholar honours

A pair of Western scholars – Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Hesham El Naggar and Physical Therapy professor Joy MacDermid – have been honoured with Distinguished University Professorships.

Helping bend, shape needs of Western, world

Helping bend, shape needs of Western, world

Earlier this month, Clayton Cook and his University Machine Services team constructed a much-need bracket for a local neurosurgeon – a devise to hold a patient’s head in place during lifesaving surgery. Just another Thursday around the shop.

Alumnus bottling help, hand sanitizer for fight

Alumnus bottling help, hand sanitizer for fight

“We were aware there was beginning to be a need – people didn’t have any. Hand sanitizer is made with high-proof alcohol. We thought, ‘Let’s see what we can do. We have a building full of alcohol – let’s do a little bit.’”

Student team delivers during COVID-19 crisis

Student team delivers during COVID-19 crisis

A volunteer group of Western students has set up a grocery shop-and-delivery service for Londoners who have self-quarantined or are at high risk of COVID-19 infection.

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.

Network unites students in disaster resiliency efforts

Network unites students in disaster resiliency efforts

Western students and their Cuban peers will be at the forefront of understanding how communities can better withstand the worst Mother Nature has to offer thanks to a new scholars network designed to offer on-the-ground opportunities for young researchers.

Researchers solve mystery of Tuvan throat singing

Researchers solve mystery of Tuvan throat singing

An international research team has uncoupled the mystery of how Tuvan throat singers produce distinctive sounds in which you can hear two different pitches at once – a low rumble and a high whistle-like tone.

CSA grant backs Western Space rover tech

CSA grant backs Western Space rover tech

Western will play a key role in humanity’s return to the Moon, thanks to a major investment by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) in a university-led advancement that could represent a flagship Canadian contribution to international missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

Read. Watch. Listen. with Cindy Mora Stock

Read. Watch. Listen. with Cindy Mora Stock

The waiting – on that book, that movie, that album to come out – is the hardest part as Earth Sciences postdoctoral scholar Cindy Mora Stock takes a turn on Read. Watch. Listen.

Degrees, scholarship to honour Flight 752 students

Degrees, scholarship to honour Flight 752 students

The families and friends of four Western students whose lives were cut short in the downing of Ukraine International Flight PS752 will not only see their loved ones’ academic careers celebrated, but ambitions live on in opportunities for future students.

Care Zone program signals help for Science students

Care Zone program signals help for Science students

Just look for the sign. Science students are closer than ever to wellness supports – be it advice in the moment or a bridge to wider university services – all thanks to the faculty’s new approach based on a not-so-new idea.

Student trio lauded by Lunar and Planetary Institute

Student trio lauded by Lunar and Planetary Institute

A trio of Western students were among only 20 worldwide to receive the Career Development Award from the Lunar and Planetary Institute. The award is given to graduate students who have submitted a first-author abstract for presentation at the 51st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.