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Dean's Statement on Anti-Racism
Racism has no place in the University or London community. Everyone in Western Science is appalled by news of violence directed against Black and Indigenous people, particularly in Canada. This intensifies our resolve to remove obstacles and systemic barriers to creating a community in our Faculty of Science in which we can all study Science in an atmosphere of mutual respect. As a Faculty of Science and as members of the London community, we condemn all racist acts, whether intended or arising from ignorance, and the power imbalances they reflect and perpetuate. Power imbalances and racial biases also exist in our own Faculty community.
Our resolve to improve must be matched with thoughtful action. I affirm Western Science's active role and support in Western's response to the Anti-Racism Working Group Report. Over the coming weeks, I commit to working within and outside our Faculty to identify issues from staff, faculty, and students. This process will be followed by planning and action within our Faculty of Science, informed and led by our community. We will, together, speak up and stand up for the changes needed.
Matt Davison, Faculty of Science Dean
- Professor Catherine Neish from the Department of Earth Sciences joins the Tom McConnel Show to discuss the confirmation of Phosphene around Venus, and why it might indicate a sign of life on Venus.
- Tagging animals is among the oldest and most valuable techniques in wildlife management. Before its use, many questions could only be met with guesses. Where does a species migrate? What is the size of the animals' home range? Do they have fidelity to a breeding site? How long do they live? According to historical accounts, the first record of bird banding occurred in 1595, when a peregrine falcon owned by Henry IV of France flew off after a hawk and turned up 1,350 miles away.
- If you have ever looked up at the Moon on a clear night, you would probably have noticed that the surface is pockmarked by hundreds upon hundreds of craters. Once thought to be possibly volcanic in origin, we now know that these are meteorite impact craters, formed by collisions of asteroids and comets with the lunar surface over the past four and a half billion years. The Moon is our next door neighbour in the context of the solar system and so essentially what happens on the Moon, also happens on the Earth.
- Asteroid impacts have caused some of the largest destructive events in our planet's history. New research now shows these impacts may have also provided just the right conditions for life to get its start on Earth. If a massive asteroid were to strike Earth today, it would probably be the end for human civilization, and for the majority of species on the planet's surface. Most dinosaurs went extinct for this very reason, when an object struck the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, around 66 million years ago. But what if asteroid impacts were also responsible for life developing on Earth?