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- Efforts to look deeper into classroom learning styles and farther into the cosmos have been lauded with a Fellowship in Teaching Innovation. Since 2002, the fellowship has supported undergraduate and professional school teaching at the university. Fellows receive $10,000 that can be used to develop teaching innovation projects through the purchase of release-time, support for graduate students or the acquisition of technology. This year’s Centre for Teaching and Learning Fellowship in Teaching Innovation award winners include Social Sciences student Sasha Doxtator and Physics and Astronomy professor Robert Cockcroft, along with fellow undergraduate student Brianne Derrah, who have created an Indigenous astronomy course for this fall.
- VICTORIA, B.C. ― Western will be home to 12 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs (CRC) whose work will have an impact on health care and economies terrestrially, as well as the cosmos celestially, as Kristy Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced 346 positions at 52 institutions across Canada today. “Our government recognizes that when our institutions better reflect the diversity of Canada, science and research are stronger and their impacts on the lives of Canadians are more profound,” Duncan said. “I am encouraged to see improved equity, diversity and inclusion among our CRCs and look forward to seeing how their unique perspectives will help shape a better future for us all. I would like to thank our universities for embracing research excellence and inclusion.”
- Laura Soper is an elite Canadian athlete, yet she walks the halls of Western University in anonymity.
But that’s okay with the Mustangs’ ringette star. who prefers to grab the spotlight on the ice playing a sport which, traditionally, has gained little attention.
Soper, 18, has been selected to skate for Canada’s national junior ringette squad competing at the 2019 World Ringette Championships in Burnaby, B.C. from November 25 to 30. She endured a gruelling selection camp in Ottawa last month when 22 athletes from across Canada were chosen to represent their country in a sport that, despite the lack of mainstream interest, is growing at an unprecedented rate from coast to coast.
- When Robert Cockcroft looks up, he knows he is not alone in doing so. “Everyone has access to the sky.” Inspired by that, the Physics and Astronomy professor created an Indigenous astronomy course that will share the principles of astronomy through traditional Indigenous sky stories. Debuting this fall, it would be the first such course offered at a Canadian university. “There are a lot of steps. But we shouldn’t be scared of making these first steps, as long as we have an end goal. We’re not going to get there overnight. But this a step in the right direction,” Cockcroft said of the course’s intent to “move forward and decolonize academia.”