2015

  • Syrian Families are Greeted by Trudeau via The New York Times

    December 14, 2015
    New York Times publishes story on Prime Minister Trudeau greeting the first Syrian families. Professor Victoria Esses quoted “Some people say it’s kind of like the Canada we remember,” and how Canadians are welcoming and generous.

  • Prof. Dimitrov attends Paris climate change conference via Media Relations

    December 11, 2015
    Professor Radoslav Dimitrov (Political Science) attends COP21 as a European Union delegate, representing the Republic of Bulgaria. He has been a government delegate since 2009, and reports that this year it has been an "unnerving experience." Dimitrov specializes in global environmental politics, international climate change negotiations, and UN diplomacy.

  • Morneau, Philpott named to Trudeau cabinet via Western News

    November 05, 2015
    Western alumni William Morneau, BA’96 (Political Science), and Jane Philpott, MD’84, were named today among 31 members of the new Liberal cabinet of recently elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau tapped Morneau as Finance Minister and Philpott as Health Minister at swearing-in ceremonies held today at Rideau Hall.

  • Mobile phones answer call for relief help via Western News

    November 04, 2015
    The use of mobile phones could play a major role in dealing with Papua New Guinea's current drought, says Professor Dan Jorgensen, Anthropology. For us they are a luxury item, but for them, they make a huge difference with transportation networks, identifying priority areas, organizing relief efforts, etc.

  • Congratulations to staff on Award of Excellence via Western News

    October 19, 2015
    Social Science has three recipients receiving the Western Awards of Excellence - Erin Huner (Office of the Dean), Dianne McCormack (Psychology), and Karen Vankerkoerle (Geography).

  • Boas considered 'Father of American Anthropology' via Western News

    October 09, 2015
    Professor Regna Darnell with an international multidisciplinary team have been researching personal and professional papers of Franz Boas, a distinguished public intellectual, to revive his legacy and explore new meanings.

  • Worldwide Undergraduate Award Competition via Western News

    September 29, 2015
    Congratulations to the undergraduate students recently among the international winners of The Undergraduate Awards, a worldwide competition recognizing top undergraduate work.

  • Refugee Sponsorship Fund via Social Science

    September 24, 2015
    Social Science is working in partnership with the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre to raise funds for a G5 Private Sponsorship Application for a Syrian refugee family.

  • Royal Society of Canada Announcement via Western News

    September 23, 2015
    Congratulations to the newest members of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Recipients from Social Science are Bipasha Baruah (WSFR), Joanna Quinn (Political Science), and Chantelle Richmond (Geography).

  • Happy parenthood can determine family size via Western News

    August 10, 2015
    A survey conducted by Rachel Margolis (Sociology) and Mikko Myrskyla identifies how the happiness of parenthood determines thier choice of having more children.

  • Western's African Experience Abroad via Western Blog

    July 08, 2015
    Africa Institute experiences Uganda while establishing Western's new Master's in Management of Applied Science - Global Health Systems in Africa. Check out the blog and read about dinner with Jane Goodall.

  • Undergrad strikes gold with new theory via Western News

    June 19, 2015
    Second-year Geography student, Maia Somers, presented at the Association of American Geographers in Chicago, more commonly attended by master’s students, researchers and professors. She spoke on a new theory for gold deposition.

  • Study: Cooking up smell-o-vision technology not a good idea via Western News

    June 19, 2015
    Fourth-year Psychology student, Nakita Wong, presented her research at the 45th Annual Ontario Psychology Undergraduate Thesis Conference in May. Her study shows how congruent odours did not enhance engagement or emotional arousal compared to a no-odour control.

  • Family structure affects a child's success via Western News

    June 03, 2015
    Researchers Professor Avison (Sociology) and Professor Seabrook (Brescia) are challenging the longstanding myth that a child’s success in life depends on his or her family structure, and a mother’s education as the key indicator.

  • Mind Games via CBC News

    May 11, 2015
    CBC's Marketplace partnered with Dr. Adrian Owen (neuroscientist, Brian and Mind Institution) on how effective brain training games are. "I don't think there's anything to say that you can train your brain to be cognitively better in the way that we know that we can train our bodies to be physically better," Dr. Owen tells co-host of Marketplace.

  • Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research via Western News

    April 22, 2015
    Congratulations to Professor Robert Young (Political Science) for being awarded this year's Hellmuth Prize. Professor Young will deliver his Hellmuth Prize Lecture, Nurturing Research, Wednesday, April 22 at 3:00pm in Arts & Humanities Building, room 1R40. A reception will follow.

  • Mapping the causes of obesity via Canadian Geographic

    April 09, 2015
    Jason Gilliland and the HEAL team have been conducting studies on obesity in Southwestern Ontario by identifying the causes geographically and socioeconomic links to healthy eating and activity.

  • Faculty Scholars via Western News

    March 27, 2015
    Congratulations to this year's Faculty Scholars recipients: Kim Clark (Anthropology), Timothy Conley (Economics), and Paul Gribble (Psychology).

  • Prof. Stooke parts with his 'egg'-ceptional artwork via Western News

    March 13, 2015
    He never expected the U.S. Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., to come calling for one of his whimsical creations – a 38-year-old egg painted as one of the moons of Mars.

  • Dr. Ted Hewitt appointed President of SSHRC via Western News

    February 13, 2015
    Former Sociology professor and associate dean of Social Science Ted Hewitt has been appointed President of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Congratulations Dr. Hewitt!

  • Grand Opening of the HEAL via Geography website

    February 10, 2015
    The Human Environments Analysis Laboratory was officially opened on February 9th. The lab examines social and physical environments from the scale of entire regions down to the level of individual buildings or open spaces and their inhabitants.

  • Echolocation assists blind people via Ottawa Citizen

    February 03, 2015
    Researchers from the Psychology Department in the Brain and Mind Institute confirm how a blind person uses a sixth sense called echolocation to detect distances between themselves and objects.

  • New dean appointed via Western News

    January 13, 2015
    Robert (Bob) Andersen has been appointed as dean of Social Science starting July 1, 2015. Andersen, BA’91 (Political Science), Dpl’92 (Sociology), MA’94 (Sociology), arrives from the University of Toronto where he is currently a Distinguished Professor of Social Science and chair of the Department of Sociology (St. George Campus).

  • First of its kind database via Western News

    January 09, 2015
    Claire Halstead, a PhD student in History compiles a comprehensive database of British child evacuees during the Second World War using historical information of medical records, addresses, and letters.