Social Science
Place pandemic stress in context for self, others

Place pandemic stress in context for self, others

COVID-19 has introduced new levels of stress into the lives of everyone. When considering the wellbeing of others or ourselves, it is important to understand that how deeply that stress is felt depends on many factors, explained one Western researcher.

How kudzu became the ‘bad seed’ of plant world

How kudzu became the ‘bad seed’ of plant world

Kudzu’s journey to becoming the bad seed of the continent’s plant world has close parallels in historical attitudes towards immigration, regionalism and nationalism, argues Western environmental historian Kenny Reilly.

Western researchers earn SSHRC Insight Grants

Western researchers earn SSHRC Insight Grants

Twenty Western researchers across six faculties received more than $2.7 million in Insight Grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the funding agency announced this week.

Read. Watch. Listen. with Wes Kinghorn

Read. Watch. Listen. with Wes Kinghorn

Southern contrarians, musical theatre vampires (and their slayers), plus a brief pitch for Gillian Anderson as the next Bond, when Public History postdoctoral scholar Wes Kinghorn takes a turn on Read. Watch. Listen.

Pandemic offers pause, not end, to globalization

Pandemic offers pause, not end, to globalization

It’ll take more than a pandemic to stop the march of globalization. In fact, it might be the offshoots of globalization that help humanity combat this and other global threats.

Isolation reshapes how kids play, stay active

Isolation reshapes how kids play, stay active

This indefinite span of COVID-19 isolation can be more than a month-long stretch on the couch for kids if parents and guardians are willing to lead the way, according to Western experts in children’s physical activity.

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.

Ease up on e-learning expectations for kids

Ease up on e-learning expectations for kids

“It is useful to engage children with some school now – but be gentle on yourself and, by extension, be gentle on them to reduce the stress load on everyone.”

Alumni idea moves mitten plant to facemasks

Alumni idea moves mitten plant to facemasks

A pair of Western alumni have converted Canadians’ worries about contracting the COVID-19 virus into a business producing and selling facemasks to essential, non-health-care workers.

Learning from echoes of past plagues, poxes, flus 

Learning from echoes of past plagues, poxes, flus 

Students in Western medical historian Shelley McKellar’s ‘Plague, Pox and Flu: Disease in Global History’ undergraduate course are in the rare position of learning the historical lessons of pandemics while living in one.

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.’”

Frontiers Award honours economist Howitt’s career

Frontiers Award honours economist Howitt’s career

Famed Western economist Peter Howitt, along with French economist Philippe Aghion, have been named co-recipients of the 2019 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Economics, Finance and Management.

Panicked consumers seek control amid the crisis

Panicked consumers seek control amid the crisis

Empty shelves once filled with rolls and rolls of toilet paper. It is one of the more enduring – and strange – images of the COVID-19 crisis in Canada. But scenes like these are not uncommon in times of stress as they are all products of the often irrational consumer mind, according to a Western Consumer Behaviour expert.

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.

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.