By tackling the challenges that our society faces, researchers at Western Science often publish papers highlighting new discoveries, receive awards for outstanding and novel science, and produce patents that transform discovery to application. Featured below are the most recent announcements from different research groups at Western Science regarding publications, awards, and patents. Explore the accomplishments of Western Science and be sure to come back to see the new and exciting projects that being are undertaken at Western Science.

Featured Highlights

Congratulations to TK Sham on the Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research!

Congratulations to TK Sham, one of two Western recipients of the Hellmuth Prize for the advancement in research. Dr. Sham is a world leader in the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, particularly their use in energy production, and nanocarriers for drug delivery.

In celebration of this achievement, please join us at the Hellmuth Public Talks and Reception on Friday, October 6th, at 1:30 pm in the Great Hall. A reception will follow.

Research in the academic setting - the discovery and integration of new knowledge and the development of new theory and concepts - is one of the defining hallmarks of academia at Western University.

The Hellmuth Prizes for Achievement in Research provide a way for all members of the Western community to appreciate and celebrate research achievement of our most distinguished faculty members.

Biology Graduate Student, Bridget Murphy, Wins Prestigious Award for Undergraduate Work

Bridget Murphy, BSc’17, was named a Global Winner in the Category of Earth & Environmental Sciences, for her submission “Future Climate Conditions Alter Leaf Thermotolerance in Canadian Boreal Trees.”

Working out of Western’s Biotron Experimental Climate Change Research Centre, Murphy’s work focused on extreme heat events and their impact on trees. “Climate Change means we are seeing increased frequency in severe weather events, like we are seeing now with the recent hurricanes,” says Murphy. “My research focuses on extreme heat events and their impact on Canada’s boreal forest.”

By testing the effects of higher temperatures and increased carbon dioxide concentration on two species, the Black Spruceand the Tamarack, Murphy’s research concluded that that elevated temperature and carbon dioxide increased the thermotolerance of both species to brief, extreme heat exposure.

“Future climates may actually increase the thermotolerance of Canadian trees, reducing predicted damage from climate change.”

Both Lewis and Murphy are now graduate students at Western in their respective fields of study.

Hats off to this year’s winner of the Faculty of Science Outreach Award, Dr Gordon Osinski!

Congratulations to Gordon Osinski, Associate Professor & NSERC/MDA/CSA/CEMI Industrial Research Chair in Earth and Space Exploration from the Department of Earth Sciences, who was recently presented with the 2017 Faculty of Science Outreach Award.

Osinski was recognized for his pivotal role in the creation of the Space Camp, which offers youth from 8-12 years of age engaging exploration experiences all summer long. Each week up to 25 campers engage in hands-on activities, daily projects and demonstrations highlighting space focused topics in the fields of astronomy, biology, engineering, geography, and geology. In addition, Osinski has incorporated outreach into numerous projects including the NSERC funded CanMars Analogue Missions that occurred in 2015 and 2016 and the creation of the iMars website which allows for interactive mapping of mars online.

For more information about the wide variety of outreach in which Dr. Osinski and his colleagues across the Faculty of Science engage, go to Our Love of Science.

Luke Ingratta Awarded Prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship!

Congratulations to Luke Ingratta on winning of this year's 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. Ingratta will be entering Western’s Science program this Fall and hopes to focus his studies on Physics.

Luke Ingratta's Biography

My name is Luke Ingratta, I am 17 years old and I am currently living in Strathroy, Ontario. I attended Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School and will be entering the Faculty of Science at Western this fall. While I have a genuine passion for many fields of science, I am especially interested in Physics and hope to make this the focus of my studies at Western. Apart from science, I also enjoy theatre and have participated in a number of stage performances, the highlight of which was a production of Les Miserable at the Grande Theatre in London. During my high school career I was involved in a number of extra-curricular activities including a role as Finance Captain for my school’s Relay for Life Committee and representing my school in the Student Cabinet of the London District School Board’s Student Leadership Counsel. I hope to get involved with similar events at Western. Although I am a little uncertain of what to expect when university starts, I am especially excited to meet new people and begin my post-secondary journey.

Congratulations to the two Banting Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award Winners!

Congratulations to the two Banting Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award winners from the Department of Chemistry this year. Providing funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth, only 23 awards given nationwide in all NSERC-funded areas. Two of these were awarded to PhD graduates Stephanie Barbon, PhD with Joe Gilroy heading to University of California Santa Barbara and Jun Li, PhD with TK Sham who is now at University of Toronto.

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Banting Fellowship

Congratulations to this Year's Vanier Scholars from the Western Science Community

The Faculty of Science is proud to congratulate this year's Vanier Award winners from the Faculty of Science!

Christy Caudill

Christy Caudill is from the Department of Earth Sciences and her award-winning proposal is on comparative planetology. She studies Martian soil production and past environments on Mars as seen through impact craters.

Leanne Grieves

Leanne Grieves is from the Department of Biology and her award-winning proposal is on evolution and ecology of songbirds. She studies parasitism, the complex diversity, and the role smell plays in the mate choice of songbirds.

The Vanier Scholarship was created to strengthen Canada's ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies.

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Vanier Scholarship Website