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Postdoctoral fellows join PSAC Local 610

Postdoctoral fellows join PSAC Local 610

Postdoctoral fellows at Western have won the right to unionize following a recent settlement between the university and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), the Ontario Labour Relations Board announced. Following the settlement, a December 2015 vote by...

Berman, Laird named to Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Berman, Laird named to Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Health Sciences professor Helene Berman and Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professor Dr. Dale Laird have been named among 36 new fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the organization announced Thursday at its 2016 Forum and Annual General...

Wang earns top undergrad honours

Wang earns top undergrad honours

When the call came, Mary Wang wasn’t even interested in answering it. Wang, a fourth-year Medical Sciences student, was recently named one of 25 Global Winners in the Undergraduate Awards (UA) competition, an academic awards program that celebrates the world’s...

Gift builds ‘bridge’ to the future

Gift builds ‘bridge’ to the future

Joyce Garnett believes change is good. Now, thanks to a $1-million legacy gift to establish the Joyce C. Garnett Innovation Fund, the University Librarian Emeritus will inspire future development and growth in Western Libraries. Serving as University Librarian from...

Shrubsole tapped for top spot

Shrubsole tapped for top spot

Geography professor Dan Shrubsole was recently named President of the Canadian Association of Geographers for a two-year term at its Annual Meeting held in Halifax.

May the farce be with you

May the farce be with you

Perhaps this was the droid you were looking for. Western Engineering students continued a campus tradition last week by turning the Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory into the gigantic R2-D2 from the Star Wars series of films. Over the years, Engineering students have...

Five named honorary degrees recipients

Five named honorary degrees recipients

The Canadian Ambassador to the Netherlands, a past Professor of Poetry at Oxford University, a manufacturing industry titan and two world-renowned economists will receive honorary degrees when Western hosts its 308th Convocation this fall.

Western, Canada continue run among global elite

Western, Canada continue run among global elite

Canadian universities remained relatively stable in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University rankings, released Tuesday, as experts called “investment in higher education” the key differentiating factor between institutions on the rise (South Korea, Russia, the...

McKellar mourned by Western community

McKellar mourned by Western community

The Western community is mourning the death of Don McKellar, former Faculty of Music Associate Dean and music pioneer, who died Sunday, Aug. 28. He was 90. Born and raised in St. Thomas, Ont., McKellar taught secondary school music in Ottawa after graduating from the...

Sparling mourned by Western community

Sparling mourned by Western community

The Western community is mourning the death of David Sparling, Ivey Business School professor emeritus and Ontario agriculture champion, who died after a 22-month battle against brain cancer on Sunday, July 31. He was 64. Sparling’s working life began on a farm in...

Commentary: Celebrating Sanwal’s amazing legacy

Commentary: Celebrating Sanwal’s amazing legacy

The field of biochemistry has changed dramatically over the past 65 years. One person who has not only witnessed this change but also contributed to the change is Dr. Bishnu (Bill) Sanwal. Sanwal came to Western in 1973 to serve as Chair of the Department of...

Funeral services set for King’s student

Funeral services set for King’s student

The Western community is mourning the death of Shannon Laverty, 20, a King's University College student, who died Wednesday, July 6. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, July 11, at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas, Ontario. A funeral...

Weather siren testing today

Weather siren testing today

Be advised that Western's severe weather siren is being tested throughout the afternoon of Friday, June 24. Should there be an actual weather event, you will be advised.

New PMA president targets PDG process

New PMA president targets PDG process

With contract negotiations still two years out, newly elected Professional Management Association (PMA) President Melanie Molnar will instead focus her attention on improving a performance review process, she said, many of her members feel is falling short. "I've...

Centre celebrates two decades of seeing differently

Centre celebrates two decades of seeing differently

When the Centre for Functional and Metabolic Mapping (CFMM) first opened its doors at Robarts Research Institute in 1996, you could stand in front of the building and see the reflection of the hospital on one side and the university on the other. At the time, it was...

Pulling up roots after 46 years

Pulling up roots after 46 years

If you glance out Janet Williams’ office window in Middlesex College, you’ll see a lovely, mature 35-year-old beech tree. She remembers the day it was planted. “There used to be two, but about three years ago one suddenly died,” said Williams, an academic counsellor...

Mental-health strategist added to university team

Mental-health strategist added to university team

Western has hired a mental-health strategist to work with the Student Mental Health and Wellness Advisory Committee, as well as other partners supporting mental health and well-being across campus. Debbie Chiodo, who holds a Masters in Psychology and a Master of...

Koval earns Distinguished Service Award

Koval earns Distinguished Service Award

Mathematics professor John Koval, King's University College, was named among seven outstanding statisticians honoured at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Statistician Society of Canada (SSC), on June 5. Koval received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award, an honour...

Rylett tapped as College of Reviewers Chair

Rylett tapped as College of Reviewers Chair

Physiology and Pharmacology professor Dr. Jane Rylett was recently named among 15 College of Reviewers Chairs by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Selected from among more than 100 candidates across Canada, these chairs will oversee strategies aimed...