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- It was a launch in partnership with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) that took more than their research vehicle to new heights. For a group of Western students, it was a continuing lesson in technology and teamwork. “It was pretty much our own mission to space,” said Matthew Svensson, an Earth Sciences graduate student and Project Manager for the Western student-led High Altitude Balloon (HAB) Initiative. “It was a way for us to do our own poor-man’s space mission using balloons and some cheap parts.”
- As part of the NASA-led Lunar Gateway program, Canada is going to the moon. And thanks to a new $400,000 grant from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Western is going to shape how Canada’s youth get engaged in the interstellar opportunities this mission provides. Western has been selected by CSA to provide academic guidance over the next 12 months for its Junior Astronauts campaign, which promotes the importance of space and science to students across Canada.
- Vast volumes of data fly through our lives every day. And in the recesses of those diverse streams exist encoded patterns so complex we don’t yet have the capacity to understand what they mean. But if Western researcher Mark Daley succeeds in his newest role, the Western community will not only understand those patterns, but start using data in such a way that will transform the institution for the benefit of students, faculty and staff across campus. Last week, Daley was named Special Advisor to the President on Data Strategy with a mandate to help the institution make sense of, and make a difference in, a data-driven world.
- Findings by a Western-led international research team may mitigate hazard, damage, even loss of life by helping forecast the largest possible earthquake within a series of quakes, according to a study published today. Researchers from Western, the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (Japan) and the University of Potsdam (Germany) studied those events and used them to create a new statistical approach that estimates the probabilities for such extreme earthquakes during a prolonged seismic sequence of events to be above certain magnitudes. The findings were published today in the journal Nature Communications.