Luke Ingratta and Joy Shah, two of the nation’s highest achieving secondary students, will begin their undergraduate studies at Western this fall as recipients of prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarships. Launched in 2012, the $100-million scholarship program – funded by Canadian philanthropist Seymour Schulich – provides for 50 undergraduate scholarships across top Canadian universities each year. The program aims to allow the country’s most promising students to pursue their dreams and become global leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Climate change means this year's relatively quiet forest fire season in Ontario is not what we should expect in the future, says Dr David Martell, a professor emeritus in the faculty of forestry at the University of Toronto. Working with faculty from Western, Dr Charmine Dean and Dr Doug Woolford, the team has analysed the data around fires caused by lightning strikes, collected over 50 years both east and west of Lake Nipigon in Ontario, and 43 years of data collected in Alberta.
Nighttime in the Santa Cruz mountains. A mountain lion sprawls on the forest floor, happily noshing on a freshly killed deer. The wind in the trees is the only sound, the moon the only illumination. Then political commentator Rachel Maddow's voice fills the clearing: “Last Friday, three days after Bobby Jindal quit …" The lion lifts its head, and its eyes, glowing in the scant light, look right toward a hidden camera. Then the creature turns tail and flees. It's gone before Maddow even finishes her sentence.
Reports of cougar sightings around Ontario tend to spark alarm. But relax, they’re more scared of us than we are of them. That’s confirmed in a newly published study by Western University biology Prof. Liana Zanette. She said cougars see humans as “super-predators,” and for good reason: Humans kill large predators at nine times the natural rate.