2013

Book wins top Scottish History Prize

History professor emeritus Roger L. Emerson has been named the winner of the 2013 Saltire Literary Award, Scottish History Book of the Year.  The book is titled:An Enlightened Duke: The Life of Archibald Campbell (1682-1761), Earl of Ilay and 3rd Duke of Argyll.

Who knows what dogs are thinking?

Western's Dog Cognition Lab, supervised by Psychology professor emeritus William Roberts and run by doctoral candidate Krista Macpherson, is doing some fascinating work on canine cognition. The story is featured in MacLeans and was featured in an episode of The Nature of Things.


Family Ties of Gay Adults

Professor Ingrid Connidis' work on the family lives of gays and lesbians (Interview and Memoir: Complementary Narratives on the Family Ties of
Gay Adults) was awarded the 2013 Alexis Walker Award.  This award was created to honour high quality research in the area of family studies.


SSHRC Announcement Highlights Professor MacGee's Research

SSHRC chose the Faculty of Social Science to be the site of the official announcement of the latest round of Insight and Insight Development Grants. They highlighted Professor Jim MacGee's (Economics) work on consumer debt.

Western Economics Ranked in the Top 100

Western Economics ranks 51-75 of the top 200 universities in the subject field Economics/Business by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Center for World-Class Universities.


New Graduate Program - Master of Financial Economics

The Economics Department introduces its new interdisciplinary graduate program. Students will spend the next 16 months acquiring the advanced technical and analytical skills needed to evaluate and manage risk in an increasingly complicated and dynamic financial marketplace.


Mummy: Myths and Mysteries

Andrew Nelson and Andrew Wade researching some of the hoariest accounts of ancient mummification.


Who was Franz Boas?

A multidisciplinary team led by anthropologist Regna Darnell's research team receives $2.5 million to found out. Boas sought to understand things like culture, language, education and music practice among First Nations peoples, which allowed him to increase public awareness of cultural diversity, speak out against racism and break down the isolationism of 20th-century American society.


Social Science Award Ceremony

Our award ceremony was held June 11th in Conron Hall.  Graduating students are awarded with UWO Gold Medals and Special Awards.  Congratulations to this years recipients!  Read more

 


School named after Mary Wright

Mary J. Wright has had a long distinguished career at Western.  She is also well known in surrounding communities.  A new public school in Strathroy is to be named Mary Wright Public School.  Read more


25 years of service

Congratulations to Social Science members who recently received their long service award. Peter Ashmore, Daniel Shrubsole, Philip Stooke, from Geography; Heather Stevens, SSNDS; Mitch Rothstein, DAN Program; Andrés Pérez, Political Science; and Jerry White, Dean's Office.


Melvyn Goodale elected Fellowship of Royal Society

Melvyn Goodale is one of the world's leading visual neuroscientists best known for his research of the human brain as it performs different visual tasks.  This prestigious award is awarded to the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from around the world on the basis of excellence in science. 


Economics Alum named new Governor of the Bank of Canada

Stephen Poloz (MA., 1979; Ph.D. 1982) has been named Governor of the Bank of Canada for a seven-year term, starting June 3, 2013.


Congratulations Professor MacGee

Jim MacGee from the Department of Economics has been named the 2013 recipient of the Bank of Canada's Governor's Award. The award recognizes outstanding academics in areas of research critical to the bank's mandate. Read more


Researchers Assisting Africa's Farmers

Western University Researchers will be working with farmers in southeast Africa to help with food security, nutrition, and income.  Farmers will learn how to grow new diversified crops into protein-rich legumes and improve food security.  Professor Isaac Luginaah's team has been granted funds from the Canadian International Development Agency for this five year project. (Read more)


Researchers discover link in autism

Professor Derrick MacFabe discovers a breakthrough that is giving parents of autistic children new hope.  There is a compelling link between certain types of autism and gut bacteria. Read more