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News Highlights

  • Western students land five of 23 Canada Space Fellowships

    By Megan Stacey, Western News, March 24, 2023

    Five self-described Space nerds, now pursuing studies in engineering, medicine and business at Western, are looking to leave their mark on Canada’s Space industry.  They all grew up obsessed with Space. It led them to apply for internships and mentors through the Zenith Canada Pathways Foundation, which seeks to make the Space industry more inclusive and diverse in terms of background and specialization. 

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  • What Canada can learn from the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank

    By The Conversation Canada, Yahoo! News, March 17, 2023

    The sudden collapse of Silicon Valley Bank left its investors reeling, shocked and unsure of what had happened to their funds. Cristián Bravo Roman, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Banking and Insurance Analytics, Western University and Yuhao Zhou, PhD Candidate in Financial Modelling, Western University

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  • Volcanoes on Venus erupt every few months like Hawaii, study suggests

    By Sheena Goodyear, CBC As it happens, March 17, 2023

    Venus, Earth's next-door neighbour, is covered in craters, volcanoes, mountains and lava plains. But it lacks the plate tectonics that gradually reshape Earth's surface. Because of that, scientists long believed it to be geologically dormant.

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  • Deep neural networks still struggling to match human vision

    By George Hopkin, AI Magazine, March 17, 2023

    New study led by Psychology and Computer Science professor Marieke Mur looking at how deep neural networks are unable to accurately reproduce human visual recognition.

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  • Timeline for Canadian Lunar Rover Mission

    CJOB 680, March 14, 2023

    Audio: A Little More Conversation with Ben O’Hara-Byrne, broadcast on Corus radio stations across Canada, interviewed Gordon Osinski, Earth Sciences professor and principal investigator of the Canadian Lunar Rover Mission, about the timeline for the Canadian rover launch.

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  • The SVB collapse and Canada

    By Andrew Nichols, CBC, March 14, 2023

    Statistical and Actuarial Sciences professor Cristián Bravo Roman joined The Rundown with Andrew Nichols on CBC News Network to discuss how the Silicon Valley Bank collapse could impact Canada.

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  • After the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, how likely are bank failures in Canada?

    By Tom Yun, CTV News, March 14, 2023

    The world economy continues to feel the ripple effects after U.S. authorities took over Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) last Friday. "No bank is immune to a bank run," Western University's Cristián Bravo, who is the Canada Research Chair in banking and insurance analytics, told CTVNews.ca over the phone Tuesday. "If everyone goes to the bank and tries to withdraw their money, that is going to cause a collapse."

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  • London physicist immortalized by colleagues with asteroid namesake

    By Mike Lacasse, CBC, March 05, 2023

    Western University physicist and professor Pauline Barmby is very familiar with celestial objects. When she found out an aseteroid was named after her, it was a welcomed new discovery. The asteroid, first discovered by Canadian astronomer Paul Weigert in 2006, was then categorized as 281067. Now, when someone looks up the space rock at the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, it's called Barmby.

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