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Conference focused on keeping aging population active

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Reserve your spot for The Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging Research to Action: Activity and Aging Continuing Education Conference June 18-19. (Read more)

PT professor recognized by Canadian Physiotherapy Association

The Faculty of Health Sciences and the School of Physical Therapy are proud to announce that Professor Bev Padfield has been named this year's winner of the "Golden Hands" Award. The award will be presented at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association's Annual Congress, July 22-25 in St. John's Nfld.

The Golden Hands Award of the CPA's Orthopaedic Division is given in honour of David Lamb to an exceptional orthopaedic physiotherapist that exemplifies the commitment to our profession in manual therapy, education, mentorship and research. David Lamb was one of the pillars on which the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapy was built. A contributor to Grieve's Modern Manual Therapy, David was a world-renowned manual physical therapist, serving as a member of the Standards Committee for the International Federation of Manipulative
Therapy (IFOMT) between 1972 and 1976 and was its Chair from 1976 to 1990. From 1977 until 1996 he lectured extensively and conducted courses on all levels of manual therapy across the globe.


Nursing adjunct member and PHRED Director honoured

Charlene Beynon, a long-standing and committed adjunct member of the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing and Director of the PHRED program for a number of years, was nominated and will be receiving the Canadian Public Health Association's Honorary Life Membership Award at he Centennial Conference in June!! 

Honorary Life Membership is awarded for exceptional excellence as an educator, researcher or practitioner in the field of public health, as demonstrated by achievements, valuable and outstanding research or distinguished service in the advancement of public health knowledge and practice.
Congratulations Charlene! 


Janice DeakingNew Provost, Vice-President (Academic) 'seasoned leader'

By Communications Staff

A Canadian expert in sport performance and authority on Ontario graduate programs will be the next Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at The University of Western Ontario.(read more)



PT professor recognized by Canadian Physiotherapy Association

The Faculty of Health Sciences and the School of Physical Therapy are proud to announce that Professor Bev Padfield has been named this year's winner of the "Golden Hands" Award. The award will be presented at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association's Annual Congress, July 22-25 in St. John's Nfld.

Exercise today tests emergency response

Monday, May 3, 2010

Things may look a bit different on campus and on this homepage today as the university tests its emergency exercise capabilities. (Read more)

ChileOccupational Therapy members head to Chile

Follow 15 professional students, 5 occupational science graduate students and 6 faculty from OT as they travel to Chile. Led by Lynn Shaw, OT 9662 students will be participating in an International Course as part of the Master’s of Clinical Science in Occupational Therapy. The group will also be attending the WFOT World Federation of Occupational Therapy Conference that is underway in Chile.

Click here to follow along with the group's blog.

Click here to view the Flickr photo gallery.

photo ©iStockphoto.com/FotografiaBasica

Nursing Professor recognized with COUPN award

Congratulations to The Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing's Prof. Joyce McInerney for receiving the Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing (COUPN) Excellence in Teaching Award.

McInerney has been recognized for her teaching with many awards over her 30 year career. Her teaching is supported by practical experience in midwifery, intensive care, acute care, general surgery and community nursing.

The awards will be presented to nursing faculty, students, staff and health program partners by COUPN in a reception to be held in Toronto on April 22.

Congratulations Joyce!

PT student recognized with Canadian Physiotherapy Association award

James (Jay) Shaw, a student in Western's MPT-PhD program has won the Student Leadership Award of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Nominated by his peers in the School of Physical Therapy and supported with letters by faculty members, Shaw will receive his award at a banquet of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association at its annual Congress in St John's, July 22-25.

The School and his classmates are very proud of Jay - the first Western PT student to be so honoured.

Aleksandra Zecevic and School of Health Studies Director Marita KloseckFHS home to three USC award winners.

At a recent University Students' Council (USC) award ceremony, The Faculty of Health Sciences brought home three awards.

Congratulations to the School of Health Studies' Aleksandra Zecevic for being awarded the USC's Teaching Award.

The Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching is given every year by the University Students’ Council and is sponsored by the UWO Alumni Association, the USC and Bank of Nova Scotia. Students nominate professors during the course of the year and three members of the USC Awards committee come to observe a lecture. The committee then deliberates and chooses winners. This year there were 38 nominees of which four were selected.

Two FHS students, Jennifer Archibald (Kinesiology) and Alexandra (Lexy) Smith-Doughty (outgoing Health Studies Students’ Council president) were also presented with the USC Student Award of Merit.

The Student Award of Merit is presented to students who are not in their first year and have excelled in at least three of the following areas: academics, student government, athletics, music or dance or fine arts, and philanthropy.

Congratulations to all.

Click here to read Zecevic's award acceptance remarks.

photo: Zecevic (right) pictured with School of Health Studies Director Marita Kloseck

Nursing student wins 2010 COUPN Award

Congratulations to Deivi Gaitan for being awarded the 2010 COUPN (the Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing) Excellence in Professional Nursing Practice at the Undergraduate Student Level Award from the Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing.

Deivi was a founding member of the Latin American Nursing Student Initiative (LANSI) group and is a leader in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing. LANSI not only supports the School’s Mission by offering innovative health care delivery, it aligns with Western President Dr. Amit Chakma’s vision of Western producing the next generation of global citizens and it reflects the best example of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion.

Congratulations Deivi!

Vigars set to take on world

Monday, April 5, 2010

Bob Vigars will lead Team Canada as the head coach of the national university squad at the 2010 FISU World University Cross-Country Championship held in Kingston, Ont., on Sunday, April 11.

Read the Western News story here.

Heather LaschingerLaschinger named 2010 Hellmuth Prize winner

Congratulations go out to Heather Laschinger of the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing for being named one of two winners of the 2010 Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research.

The Hellmuth Prize, the top research honour at The University of Western Ontario, was established in 1996 to recognize distinguished researchers for achievement over a substantial body of work. The prize is named for Bishop Isaac Hellmuth, one of Western's founders and a pioneer of higher education in Canada.

Congratulations Heather!
Visit Laschingers bio page here.
Read the Western News article. (PDF, 6.6 MB)

Debbie Laliberte RudmanOT's Debbie Laliberte Rudman named Faculty Scholar

The Faculty of Health Sciences and the School of Occupational Therapy are proud to announce that OT faculty member Debbie Laliberte Rudman has been named a Faculty Scholar.

Faculty Scholars have an international presence in their discipline and are considered all-round scholars. Winners hold the title of Faculty Scholar for two years, and receive a stipend of $7,000 each year for scholarly activities.  

Congratulations Debbie.
Click here to view Rudman's FHS bio page.

Nursing's Carol McWilliam and Carroll Iwasiw recognized by RNAO

The Faculty of Health Sciences and the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing are pleased to announce that two members of the School have been recognized by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.

Carroll Iwasiw has been selected to receive the Leadership Award in Nursing Education (Academic) award. Carol McWilliam has been selected to receive the Leadership Award in Nursing Research.

These awards are bestowed on nurses who have made outstanding contributions to the profession of nursing in Ontario.

These awards will be presented to McWilliam and Iwasiw at the Annual General Meeting on Friday April 16th at the Hilton Toronto, 145 Richmond St. West. Details on the AGM are available at http://www.rnao.org/agm

Kathy ObrightFHS member takes home Pleva award

March 18, 2010

School of Physical Therapy member Kathy Obright was named today as a winner of the 2010 Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching.

These prestigious awards set the standard for great teaching on campus, embodying excellence in classroom instruction, academic counselling and tutoring, thesis supervision, course design, curriculum development, preparation of educational materials, research on university teaching, and development of innovative teaching materials.

Congratulations Kathy!

FHS welcomed guests from far and wide to March Break Open House

On Saturday, March 13, the Faculty of Health Sciences and Western welcomed thousands of visitors to campus during this year's March Break Open House.

Click here to read Acting Dean Wamsley's blog post about this exciting event.

Mustangs announce 2010 Wall of Champions inductees

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Champions Club is pleased to announce the 2010 inductees into the Wall of Champions, the Western Mustangs football hall of fame. (Read more)

Western rocks the Brier

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Western professor Tom Jenkyn (Department of Kinesiology, Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering) will share some of the secrets behind the Olympic success of Canada's curling teams, as the campus gathers to check out the Tim Hortons Brier. (Read more)

Become the 'Face of Western'

Monday, February 22, 2010

Share your most memorable moments as a Western student and you could become the 'Face of Western.' (Read more)

interprofessional studetnsInterprofessional Placement students contribute to health care agency

On Thursday, February 18th, 2010 a new pamphlet, developed by Occupational Therapy students for The Ontario Review Board and the Forensic System, was released at the St. Joseph’s Health Care Regional Mental Health St. Thomas’ Forensic Unit site. (Read more)

Calls growing to end hockey violence

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Researchers at The University of Western Ontario - one an expert on sports and the Olympics and one an expert on the effects of violence - have joined forces with the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness (CCAA) and other groups to continue work to bring attention to the problem of violence in hockey. (Read more)

The School of Occupational Therapy is getting their wheels in motion.

Professors Lisa Klinger and Sandra Hobson of the School of Occupational Therapy have just announced their participation in the 8th Annual Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion event to be held on Sunday, June 13th, 2010. To show their Western and FHS spirit, they have started a Faculty of Health Sciences  team captained Klinger. You can support  their dream of helping to improve the lives of people living with spinal cord injury in two ways:

  1. to join the FHS team – "the FHS Movers and Shakers" click here. 
  2. to donate to either Klinger or Hobson click here.

Curling the social rock of rural communities

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Social support is crucial to the health of rural women in Canada. As rural communities shrink and their sport facilities deteriorate, rural women - already struggling for equal status in many areas of social life - are seeing their opportunities for group activity and social interaction disappear. (Read more)

CSD students raise funds for HaitiCSD students raise funds for Haiti

CSD Students' Council representatives Marissa Bedard and Andrea Martin spearheaded a Haiti Earthquake Relief fundraising campaign in which students, staff and faculty were asked to donate whatever spare change they had in their pockets. Their donations totalled an impressive $1,367.95. This total amount will be presented to the Canadian Red Cross Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund on Friday, 29th January, 2010. Congratulations and a thank you to all for your generousity and compassion.

In the picture from left to right Marissa Bedard 2nd Yr SLP student, J.B. Orange, Director, Andrea Martin, 2nd Yr SLP.

Aboriginal sport expert guiding Olympic centre

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The International Centre for Olympic Studies (ICOS) went to a former varsity athlete, three-time Western graduate and Aboriginal sport expert when selecting a new director. (Read more)

Western students win national health innovation award

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

University of Western Ontario students were named winners of the Health Innovation Award after weighing in on how Canada can improve its health-care system. (Read more)

FHS ready to get in motion

Jim Weese, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Chair of the Middlesex-London in motion® Executive Committee is proud to introduce the FHS and Western partnership with Middlesex-London in motion®.

The in motion® Executive Committee, and a number of working groups, are comprised of members from our city and county, our university, college, and elementary/secondary schools, our Parks and Recreation Departments, the Middlesex-London Health Unit and many private citizens. An impressive number of FHS professors, staff and students are also involved.

in motion® is a nationally-recognized advocacy campaign designed to educate and excite members of our community to make better choices for their health, with particular emphasis on getting our citizens to be more physically active.

Click here for more information about this partnership and in motion.

Click here to visit the Middlesex-London in motion website.

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Secret curling broom research Olympics-bound

Thursday, January 21, 2010

'Sweeep!' This simple word echoes across curling rinks nation-wide. (Read more)

Hunt continues for Canada’s Olympic history

By Paul Mayne
Thursday, January 14, 2010

While Bob Barney has a keen interest in the athletes representing Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, his academic curiosity is for Olympic athletes from a century ago - the members of Canada’s first Olympic team in 1908.

(read more)

PrapavessisCanadian Cancer Society Researcher of the Month

Congratulations to Harry Prapavessis on being named the Canadian Cancer Society's Researcher of the Month.

Click here to read more about his research and the Canadian Cancer Society.

Read the Western News story here.

Feet, joints tied to shoe checks

London Free Press | January 7, 2010

Tom Jenkyn is helping Londoners to put their best foot forward. A researcher in the Faculty of Engineering and School of Kinesiology is looking at how the joints in our feet move when we walk.

(read more)

Takahashi lauded by mayor

Monday, January 4, 2010
Western wrestling head coach Ray Takahashi has pinned yet another accolade, being named to London Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best's New Year's honours list. (Read more)

Western Makes a Difference: Lindsay Sleeth and Ed Holder

Lindsay Sleeth and Ed Holder

Lindsay Sleeth is changing lives and London West MP Ed Holder (BA’76) is supporting her efforts.

Click here to read the story


Western honours its top student-athletes

The Western Mustangs are tops in Ontario and have jumped to fourth in the nation when it comes to the number of top academic student-athletes. (Read more)

School of Communication Sciences and Disorders awards students

2009 award winners

At a recent ceremony, the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders awarded students for their outstanding achievements in both academic and clinical efforts in the program. Awards are presented each fall and are made possible by donations.

The following awards were presented at this year's ceremony:
Unitron Entrance Award - Jacob Sulkers - Yr 1 Audiology
Phonak Entrance Award - Jason Cheung - Yr. 1 Audiology
Jean Kienapple Award - Elizabeth Brunger - Yr. 1 Audiology
Phonak Clinical Excellence Award - Lindsay Acton - Yr. 2 Audiology
ListenUp Canada! Award - Terri-Lynn Gagnon - Yr. 2 Audiology
W.A. Cole Award - Kelly Jellous - Yr. 2 Audiology
Daniel Ling Award - Ashley Howarth - Yr. 2 Audiology
Leeper Family Award - Paula Malczewski - Yr. 2 SLP

Congratulations to all of the recipients for their achievements and thank you to our generous supporters who make these awards possible.

Pictured are front row from left to right:
Paula Malczewski, Terri-Lynn Gagnon, Jason Cheung, Elizabeth Brunger
Back Row from left to right:
Jacob Sulkers, Ashley Howarth, Lindsay Acton, Kelly Jellous

Western wins national cheerleading title

The Western Mustangs cheerleading dynasty continued its dominance in Canada, winning its 24th national title in 25 years on Dec. 5-6 at the Powerade Centre in Brampton, Ont.

(Read more)

Kinesiology members receive honours

Congratulations are to be extended to many members of the School of Kinesiology for recently receiving awards!

Karen Danylchuk was this year’s recipient of the Earle F. Zeigler award, which is the highest honour that can be bestowed by the North American Society for Sport Management.  Congratulations Karen for this acknowledgement of your research and service! Visit the NASSM website - www.nassm.com/


In recognition of his exceptional service to the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology, Craig Hall was recently appointed a Fellow of the Society.  Congratulations Craig on this fitting recognition of your academic excellence and service to the Society! Visit the Society's website - www.scapps.org/


Michelle Mottola’s research expertise has been recognized through her inclusion as a board member on the Expert Advisory Group on the National Nutrition Pregnancy Guidelines for Health Canada, http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/prenatal/memb_pregnancy-matiere-eng.php, and on the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Clinical Investigation - A Committee (Reproduction, Maternal, Children and Youth Health).


Darwin Semotiuk was selected as the Sports Person of the Year an event to be celebrated at the Rogers Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction in January.  Darwin, this award is clearly an honour for your lifelong involvement in athletics at all levels and you should be proud of your accomplishments!


Two Western Kinesiology students have been awarded the Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award . Kim Shapcott (supervisor Bert Carron) was awarded the Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award by the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology.  Kim (who convocated this fall) was the second of Bert’s students to achieve this award as Heather Hausenblaus preceeded her.  Congratulations Kim on the recognition of your excellent work while at Western.

Kris Neely (advisor Matt Heath) was also awarded the Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award (Motor Control) by the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology. For further information about this award click here.

Christie PrestonThe best student experience and the CCAA

Christie Preston, a BA Honours Specialization Kinesiology Candidate (2010), recently submitted a very powerful article demonstrating the value the Canadian Centre of Activity and Aging (CCAA) brings to creating the best student experience at Western from the student's perspective.

The CCAA currently has 17 Kinesiology student volunteers in a variety of roles in addition to six work study students from various programs at Western and two Health Sciences practicum students.

Click here to read this excellent article submitted by Christie.

Grant Success

Congratulations to Anita Kothari and Shannon Sibbald, co-investigators on a successful CIHR PHSI grant "A tailored, collaborative strategy to develop capacity and facilitate evidence-informed public health decision-making" (PI: M. Dobbins, McMaster University), $350,000 over 3 years.

Two graduate students awarded provincial nursing scholarships

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Two University of Western graduate students were awarded fellowships last week from the de Souza Institute - an organization funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care dedicated to providing Ontarians with the world's best cancer nursing care. (Read more)

NCA Featured on Audiology Online

Research from The National Centre for Audiology was showcased during the month of November on Audiology Online with three presentations given during the month.
The first on November 4th was on “Universal Design for Hearing: Considerations for Examining Hearing Demands and Developing Hearing Friendly Workplaces” by Prof. Mary Beth Jennings. The second on November 11th was titled “Modified Verification Approaches for Frequency Lowering Devices” and was presented by Danielle Glista. The month finished with a presentation by Sheila Moodie on November 18th on “Clinician Fit-to-Targets: Preliminary Results of a Network Study”.
Dr. Marlene Bagatto of the NCA organized this wonderful opportunity for researchers at the NCA. AudiologyOnline, www.audiologyonline, is the leading online resource for audiology and the hearing industry, providing news and information, an international career center for audiology employers and job seekers, and continuing education for audiologists and hearing instrument dispensers. On a typical day, there are approximately 3,400 visits to the site.  On a monthly basis, Audiology Online averages 400,000 page views and have approximately 60,000 unique visitors.  This year, they expect to process more than 50,000 hours of continuing education (CEUs) through the 600+ courses in their library.  The presentations given by NCA researchers will now be part of this CEU library.

Activity and AgingCCAA



Activity and Aging Journal Club

The Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA) invites you to participate in the inaugural Activity and Aging Journal Club! It’s FREE so come join your colleagues from around the Province and across Canada in discussing this month's featured article, from Alberta, on Falls Prevention - "Preventing Falls through Physical Activity: A Guide for People Working with Older Adults".

Click here for more information.

School of OT has spirit!

Congratulations to the School of Occupational Therapy for winning the 2009 "gOT Spirit?" Challenge.

"The goals of the “gOT spirit? Challenge” are for occupational therapy programs across Canada to create awareness of Occupational Therapy during OT month in October 2009 and to establish a collegiality and friendship among Occupational Therapy students across Canada." - mOTion across Canada.

Western's School of OT group, organized and led by students, created a great deal of OT awareness through radio interviews, community mall-walking events, a Twitter feed and many other events.

Congratulations to the School of Occupational Therapy for being awarded this tremendous honour.

Visit the Western gOT spirit page

2009 Albert Taylor Distinguished Lecture

On Tuesday, November 17, 2009 The School of Kinesiology proudly held the 2nd annual Taylor lecture featuring Kerry S. Courneya, PhD. His discussion Physical activity interventions in cancer survivors: Quality of life and disease outcomes can be viewed below or by visiting the Western YouTube channel.

Click here for a copy of the PPT presentation.(3.42 MB)


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