- Laura Pendlebury, a Masters in Environment and Sustainability (MES) candidate, wants you to consider the tiny honeybee and its not-so-tiny impact on human health and survival. In fact, she wants the whole campus community to keep in mind the important role of pollinators, an insect species whose survival ensures our own. This is precisely why Pendlebury teamed up with classmate Rachel Brown in an effort to recognize the university’s bee-friendly initiatives with Bee City Canada. The organization, which aims to protect pollinators and their habitat, gives special designations to communities that establish and maintain healthy pollinator habitats within their boundaries. Western was recently the first university to receive this recognition from Bee City Canada.
- Bees, the effect what we eat and how we live but all too often we forget just how big of an impact they have. Hoping to better protect them, Western University has stepped up efforts, and it's paying off. The school has recently been given the "Bee City" designation, the first ever university campus to receive such a distinction.
- Duncan Hunter chokes up a little when it is suggested that work he began at Western three decades ago will now, finally, be applied to saving hundreds of lives. “It’s a good thing,” said the Chemistry professor emeritus after a long pause. “It took 30 years and had its ups and downs. So, yes, it’s emotional.”
Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Azedra, a new compound developed by Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc., for patients with rare tumours of the adrenal glands.
Hunter developed the compound with his Western lab team 30 years ago and then, after some years of further development, applied for the patent.
- The human brain is complex and has been studied endlessly and when looking at just the brain on the outside it is 3D in physical space. However, researchers at Western University were curious as to whether the brain is actually better understood as 2D. By using mathematical equations researchers study the dimensionality of the brain.