Sociology
Officer-turned-researcher explores police culture

Officer-turned-researcher explores police culture

It’s not enough to diversify police forces, stresses one Western researcher. The culture within the forces themselves must change if working conditions are to improve for officers – particularly for women and visible minority officers. “I’m not anti-police; I’m...

Making plans to mark the occasion

Making plans to mark the occasion

You’re going to see a lot of red and white mixed in with purple next year as the university prepares to help Canada celebrate its sesquicentennial.

Six researchers named among nation’s elite

Six researchers named among nation’s elite

Coming to Western from Germany, Sweden, the United States and across Canada, these new Canada Research Chairs are developing HIV vaccines, improving hearing and movement, learning how and why people migrate and immigrate, and exploring the foundations of physics.

Winder named Yale’s sixth Roe Cloud Fellow

Winder named Yale’s sixth Roe Cloud Fellow

Sociology PhD student Natahnee Nuay Winder considers her next opportunity a chance to continue the work started by a renowned Native American educator more than 75 years ago.

Beaujot earns Lifetime Contribution Award

Beaujot earns Lifetime Contribution Award

Sociology professor emeritus Roderic Beaujot recently received the 2015 Lifetime Contribution Award, presented by the Canadian Population Society. The Lifetime Contribution Award recognizes “a Canadian scholar every two years who has shown outstanding commitment to...

Urban photographer snaps street stories

Urban photographer snaps street stories

Ask Cliff Davidson, a Sociology PhD candidate, about any of his thousands of photographs and he will tell you how each came to be. Just don’t call him an artist.

New home led to new life, opportunities

New home led to new life, opportunities

At 17, he arrived as a stranger in a strange country with his entire life crammed into a single piece of luggage. He didn’t know a soul, speak the language and would not see his parents in his native Albania for five years. “I left a child and went home a grown man,”...

Student serves success beyond the kitchen

Student serves success beyond the kitchen

At first, Danielle Hausberg was just taking photos of her meals to show her family she was making healthy choices. Today, the Sociology student has a half million followers looking over her plate.

Determined learners never done studying

Determined learners never done studying

Fifteen learners from a variety of educational institutions and agencies received Adult Learner Awards from the London Council for Adult Education earlier this month. Two Western students were among these award recipients. A third Western student received the SAGE...

Professor explores ‘hardened’ exterior of homeless

Professor explores ‘hardened’ exterior of homeless

On a recent trip to Los Angeles, Laura Huey met a woman who, in the words of the Western Sociology professor, scared the hell out of her graduate students. “She was about 58 years old, grew up around gangs, had been around gangs her whole life. She was still somewhat...

Happiness findings may resonate beyond the family

Happiness findings may resonate beyond the family

Your happiness as a parent largely depends on two things – your age at the time of the first arrival and the number of children you have, according one Western researcher. “People’s happiness trajectories are based on when they have children, and based on the number...

Class action needed to ease postsecondary path

Class action needed to ease postsecondary path

Wolfgang Lehmann was the first in his family to attend university. Struggling through his first year, he dropped out, needing to fight his way back – eventually becoming an academic in his roundabout way. Once in academia, this son of working-class parents – his...

Student writer coaxing new students out of comfort zones

Student writer coaxing new students out of comfort zones

At 4 years of age, Steven Slowka dictated his first story to his mom, but his attempts to write stories and books ever since have floundered. “They never came full circle,” said Slowka, this year’s Student Writer in Residence, of his recent writing efforts. Then, he...

Making sound connections toward success

Making sound connections toward success

More than a decade ago, Lueda Alia started forging friendships online, frequenting absolutepunk.net and engaging with its online community. Today, she’s turned her taste in music and the online community she found into a business all her own. Alia, a Western...

Professor honoured for exploring family ties

The support and action offered by the parents and siblings of gay men and women are crucial to improving their lives, and the relationship of all family members.