Sociology
NHL’s culture problems have policy solutions

NHL’s culture problems have policy solutions

Allegations about harassment, abuse and discrimination in hockey have rocked the sport over the past few weeks. Yet there is a curious silence as to how Sport Canada’s new suite of ‘safe sport’ policies can help clean up the mess.

Finishing degree matters in health outcomes

Finishing degree matters in health outcomes

What researcher Anna Zajacova discovered about the health outcomes of people who completed some postsecondary education, but never graduated, may lead to new insights into how higher education levels impact lives.

Brunette-Debassige, White earn Atlohsa Awards

Brunette-Debassige, White earn Atlohsa Awards

Western community members Candace Brunette-Debassige and Jerry White were named among seven honourees earning Atlohsa Peace Awards for their contributions in the spirit of truth and reconciliation.

Western emerging generation among New College

Western emerging generation among New College

Two Western scholars – Lauren Flynn of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering and Janice Forsyth of Sociology – were named among the newest members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Project adds Indigenous voice into textbook

Project adds Indigenous voice into textbook

A sociology textbook used by universities across Canada received an Indigenous-focused update in hopes of exposing young scholars to the ongoing issues facing many communities – all thanks to a new Western summer research program.

Adventure draws alumnus to Ukraine

Adventure draws alumnus to Ukraine

Felix Tam, BA’77, at age 64 and professional police officer for more than three decades, has recently returned home to Canada from a one-year stint helping train police officers in Ukraine.

Vanier celebrates nation’s finest graduate students

Vanier celebrates nation’s finest graduate students

Five Western PhD candidates have been named among 167 nationwide recipients of the 2018-19 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships – two from the natural sciences and engineering competition, two from the health sciences competition, and one from the social sciences and humanities competition.

Western mourns death of former Chancellor, economist

Western mourns death of former Chancellor, economist

Western is mourning the passing of former Chancellor Grant Reuber, BA’50, LLD’85, who served the university in multiple capacities, including as head of Economics and Sociology, the first dean of the Faculty of Social Science, as Provost & Vice-President...

Alumni earn Top Immigrant honours

Alumni earn Top Immigrant honours

Western alumni Kundan Joshi, BESc’04 (Software Engineering), founder and CEO of TheAppLabb, and Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi, BSc’08 (Medical Sciences & Sociology), a dermatologist, have been named among the 10th annual RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants, a list that...

Cross-border love a complex affair

Cross-border love a complex affair

In the world of Kate Choi, the wedding ring is a portable mini-architect – it builds bridges between people and their families; it shapes entire neighbourhoods and communities. But before building these bridges, newly arrived immigrants have to break down walls of...

University key to keeping immigrant brain power

University key to keeping immigrant brain power

Like Canada, London is seeing a large influx of highly educated immigrants. But if the Forest City has any hope of retaining its foreign-born population, Western needs to be a big piece of the effort, according to one Western researcher. Data collected for the 2016...

Study: Aging alone could strain individual, system

Study: Aging alone could strain individual, system

As more and more adults face old age alone, society needs to rethink its approach to health and elder care before this demographic shift puts further strain on an already taxed system, according to one Western researcher. For most of human history, adults have...

Pair named among emerging scholars

Pair named among emerging scholars

Two Western professors have been named among the newest members of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Those named to the College represent the emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership in Canada....

White: Let yourself make mistakes

White: Let yourself make mistakes

Retiring Sociology professor Jerry White has made a few “mistakes” in his life – from being kicked out of his undergraduate engineering program two months in, to almost getting arrested in the Soviet Union in 1974. Yet, despite the errors of his ways, he has embraced...

Brush named to top professor honour

Brush named to top professor honour

Visual Arts professor Kathryn Brush smiles as she remembers getting a photo from one of her students doing a cartwheel in front of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis, just north of Paris, France. She may be an internationally recognized art historian and an...

Grant fuels research into family challenges

Grant fuels research into family challenges

As populations across the Europe and North America age, governments are faced with a changing set of challenges. Sociology professor Rachel Margolis is part of an international team receiving an almost $1.4-million grant funding a project titled, Care, Retirement and...

Speaker puts segregation in the spotlight

Speaker puts segregation in the spotlight

If campaign promises and early moves hold true, the incoming Trump administration will be a clear step backward on civil rights and desegregation in the United States, according to a Princeton University professor, who will bring his cautionary message to campus...

At 50, Sociology finds strength in numbers

At 50, Sociology finds strength in numbers

The Department of Sociology at Western developed around demography and quantitative analysis, a strength it carries to this day. During the 2016-17 academic year, Sociology is celebrating its 50th anniversary. While part of the university since the 1940s, the earliest...