2020

  • Anonymous gift opens door to experiential learning in history

    October 23, 2020
    Students in the Public History Minor at Western will have more hands-on learning opportunities, through the Public History Experiential Learning Fund for Local History, thanks to an anonymous donor.

  • Teaching the decision-making behind finance

    October 23, 2020
    Feng Zhan wants his finance students to think outside the box. Zhan has joined the DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies as an Associate Professor.

  • Indigenous resurgence and socio-ecological resilience

    October 13, 2020
    Lewis Williams has joined the Department of Geography and Environment, cross-appointed with the Indigenous Studies program. Williams researches Indigenous resurgence and socio-ecological resilience.

  • Hear, Here receives ACO Public Education and Engagement Award

    October 06, 2020
    Hear, Here London, a project of the Public History program, is the recipient of the 2020 ACO Public Education and Engagement Award

  • Group norms and personal well-being

    September 30, 2020
    How is your health shaped by your memberships in social groups? This is one of the big questions Blair Evans researches. Evans has joined the Department of Psychology as an Assistant Professor.

  • Defining the meaning in relationships

    September 30, 2020
    It’s complicated. That’s what John Sakaluk’s research tell us about relationships. Sakaluk has joined the Department of Psychology as an Assistant Professor

  • Catherine Li, undergraduate student in Psychology, among top winners in global competition

    September 22, 2020
    Social Science students named as global winners, regional winners and highly commended in the 2020 Global Undergraduate Awards.

  • Trish Regier named new Manager of Undergraduate Student Services for the Faculty of Social Science

    September 22, 2020
    Regier to lead counselling staff in supporting students through changing times.

  • Yini Liu joins DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies

    September 22, 2020
    Yini Liu has joined the DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies as an Assistant Professor. Liu researches non-traditional methods of financing, such as private investment in public equities (PIPEs) and reverse mortgages.

  • Jessica Grahn named to College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

    September 09, 2020
    Jessica Grahn has been named a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Grahn is a world leader in the area of cognitive neuroscience of music. She investigates why we move to rhythm and how movement and rhythm may be connected in the brain.

  • MRPE has now received final approval from the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance

    September 08, 2020
    New MA in Research for Policy and Evaluation (MRPE) Will Prepare Students for Careers in Government, Not-for-Profit, and Private Sectors

  • Samantha Joel's landmark study on what makes a successful relationship featured on CNN!

    July 29, 2020
    Samantha Joel's (Department of Psychology) landmark study published in in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences explored what makes relationships successful.

  • Ansari named as CRC in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning

    July 28, 2020
    Ansari, a Professor in the Department of Psychology, will hold the chair in the Faculty of Social Science and the Faculty of Education.

  • Coming soon: The Canadian Communities Policy Observatory

    July 19, 2020
    Western’s Network for Economic and Social Trends (NEST) is pleased to announce the Canadian Communities Policy Observatory, a new web-based platform that will make it easier for policy makers, non-profit organizations, academics, journalists, and businesses to access data on Canadian urban centres, neighbourhoods, and regions.

  • City-builder John Fleming joins Western’s Centre for Urban Policy and Local Governance

    June 15, 2020
    Western’s Centre for Urban Policy and Local Governance is excited to welcome nationally recognized urban planner John M. Fleming as a Distinguished Practitioner Research Fellow. Over the next two years, John will build on his significant professional experience to carry out research on local governance, civic engagement, and policy making in the field of city building and design. He will also collaborate with faculty and mentor students.

  • Future Governor of the Bank of Canada

    May 07, 2020
    Tiff Macklem (Western Economics Ph.D. 1989) has been named the new Bank of Canada Governor by Finance, continuing the tradition of Western alumni in leadership roles at the central bank.

  • Pandemic making economic future uncertain

    April 17, 2020
    With reports of six million people applying for Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), Economics professor Audra Bowlus estimates the unemployment rate in April could approach 30 per cent. That number surpasses even the highest unemployment rate recorded during the Great Depression.

  • Allies and Obstacles examines how allies may be part of the problem

    April 16, 2020
    A new book, co-authored by Pamela Block, Professor in the Department of Anthropology, examines how allies can be part of the problem in the realm of disability activism. Allies and Obstacles looks at the history of parent activism, comparing approaches of parents in different impairment groups.

  • No universal stress response to COVID-19

    April 14, 2020
    As the world responds to the COVID-19, many people are feeling more stress than they normally would. How deeply this affects them and how they respond to this stress will depend on many factors says Elizabeth Hayden, professor in the Department of Psychology.

  • Pandemic offers pause, not end, to globalization

    April 14, 2020
    Mark Cleveland, Associate Professor in DAN Management, says Covid-19 pandemic is not likely to stop the process of globalization.

  • Erin Heerey named as a Western University Faculty Scholar for 2020

    April 09, 2020
    Heerey, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, has an international reputation for her research determining how people use social cues in decision-making contexts.

  • Julie Schermer named as a Western University Faculty Scholar for 2020.

    April 09, 2020
    Schermer, professor in the DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies, researches personality psychology, specializing in broadening the understanding of individual differences at the observed, genetic and environmental levels.

  • Faculty collects PPE for London Health Sciences

    April 08, 2020
    As health care services respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increased need for personal protective equipment. Ed Eastaugh, Lab Manager in the Department of Anthropology saw an opportunity to help with the efforts. Eastaugh put out a call for any extra PPE from labs and offices, and the faculty responded.

  • Yoshida focuses on Creating Dialogues between the Community and the Academic

    April 02, 2020
    Yoko Yoshida is joining the Department of Sociology as an Associate Professor. Her research focuses on immigration and immigrant integration, race and ethnic relations, as well as social inequality. She has also worked on issues of health inequality.

  • Ramos translates Social Science to Help Communities

    April 02, 2020
    Howard Ramos is joining Department of Sociology as professor and Department Chair. A common thread through Ramos’ research is a focus on social justice and translating social science to help communities and facilitate public engagement of pressing issues.

  • Jason Gilliland receives Children’s Health Foundation CHRI Scientist of the Year Award

    March 13, 2020
    Jason Gilliland, professor in the Department of Geography, has received the Children’s Health Foundation CHRI Scientist of the Year Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize the Scientist or Associate Scientist of the CHRI (Children’s Health Research Institute) who has made a significant contribution to the field of children’s health research from 2017-2019.

  • Students, classes team up for climate change action

    February 27, 2020
    Beth Hundey, an eLearning and Curriculum Specialist with the Centre for Teaching and Learning, and Political Science professor Radoslav Dimitrov combined their classes as ‘diplomats’ and ‘scientists’ to confront the challenges of global climate change.

  • Self-policing not working in Canadian sport

    February 25, 2020
    Sport Canada’s new suite of Safe Sport for All policies should be seen as a positive step towards addressing public concerns about harassment, abuse and discrimination in sport. Yet, recent signs suggest the system is failing its victims say Janice Forsyth and Taylor McKee

  • Sexual orientation plays part in pay gap

    February 24, 2020
    A recent study by Western Sociology professor Sean Waite showed that lesbian, gay and bisexual community members continue to find themselves on the lower end of the pay scale compared to their heterosexual men counterparts.

  • Canada cannot dust off gender roles in home

    February 20, 2020
    Canadian couples still divide most household chores along traditional lines – even though women and men, overall, share more home duties more than ever, a new Statistics Canada study of opposite-sex couples shows.

  • Divorce data revealing – and still murky

    February 13, 2020
    Sociology professor Rachel Margolis’ research around divorce shows that more Canadian couples are staying married – but garnering such important information has become much harder since Statistics Canada stopped collecting vital statistics on divorce in 2008.

  • DAN Management Distinguished Lecture in Consumer Behavior, “Global Consumer Culture: Evolution and Impact on Business.”

    February 11, 2020
    What it means to be a global brand has changed, and how people see themselves in relation to global brands has also changed, said Atilla Yaprak, Professor of Marketing and International Business, in the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University

  • Getting at underlying factors of eating disorders

    February 10, 2020
    Western Psychology professor Lindsay Bodell, director of the the Psychobiology of Eating And Related Disorders lab, is focusing her research on identifying the biological and psychological causes that lead to eating disorder behaviours.

  • New book eyes rethink of transitional justice

    February 05, 2020
    Political Science professor Joanna Quinn has co-edited the recently released Transitional Justice in Comparative Perspective: Preconditions for Success, a book “underpinned by an inherent sense of optimism,” as one reviewer put it, that goes beyond simply identifying obstacles to transitional justice but additionally offers ideas on how those obstacles might be overcome.

  • Mosaic X-rays reveal Peruvian mummy mysteries

    February 04, 2020
    Western researchers, including two undergraduate students, have become pivotal players in developing a mobile X-ray protocol that could transform how mummies are examined in the field. Anthropology professor Andrew Nelson and his team have pioneered a process to digitize and stitch together X-ray images so that they can non-destructively ‘view’ Peruvian mummy bundles in their entirety. The process will enable other anthropologists to conduct valuable work without damaging the objects.

  • Celebrating "Womxn in Leadership"

    February 03, 2020
    “Empowered Womxn Empower Womxn”; this statement served as inspiration for members of the Social Science Students Council as they organized the first ever “Womxn in Leadership” breakfast. The event brought together nearly 100 female-identifying students and faculty in the Faculty of Social Science to celebrate women in leadership roles.

  • Moving the needle on active transportation

    February 03, 2020
    With the support of a $1-million grant, the Human Environments Analysis Laboratory (HEAL) will investigate the effectiveness of methods to change people’s attitudes and promote more active and sustainable models of transportation to and from school.

  • Policing partnership puts big data on patrol

    January 16, 2020
    Sociology PhD student Jacek Koziarski is working with Barrie Police Service to provide evidence-based research to help police become more effective in addressing specific crimes in the community. Koziarski is a graduate student of Sociology professor Laura Huey, Director of the Canadian Society of Evidence-Based Policing.

  • Haiti ‘still in crisis’ 10 years after earthquake

    January 13, 2020
    “Everyone I know in Haiti says it’s the worst it’s ever been. The earthquake isn’t even a touchpoint now for them of how bad it’s been,” said Anthropology professor Greg Beckett, author of There Is No More Haiti: Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince.

  • Social Science faculty receive funding for research into social and economic impacts of COVID-19

    October 23, 2020
    In April, Western University launched a new $1 million research fund aimed at helping society survive pandemics. Funding for the first round of projects that will help build resilience and recovery from disease outbreaks, both now and beyond the current COVID-19 pandemic, has been announced.