- On Sunday, November 4 2018, the episode Spying on Animals form the Nature of Things on CBC focused on new uses of wildlife cameras and featured footage of Dr. Zanette filmed last year working in South Africa. As part of Dr. Zanette's project in South Africa, remote cameras are being used to photograph, and potentially manage an entire ecosystem with the cooperation of thousands of Citizen Scientists who help catalogue the pictures online.
Spying on Animals shows us how innovations in remote, unmanned cameras let us bear witness to animal behaviour 24/7, almost anywhere on Earth. This is a revolution for scientists, a new and powerful connection between ourselves and wildlife, and an inspirational force for conservation.
- Dr Liana Zanette (Department of Biology) will be appearing in a Nature of Things episode entitled "Spying on Animals" which debuts Sunday 4 November at 8:00 PM ET on CBC TV. Spying on Animals shows us how innovations in remote, unmanned cameras let us bear witness to animal behaviour 24/7, almost anywhere on Earth. This is a revolution for scientists, a new and powerful connection between ourselves and wildlife, and an inspirational force for conservation.
- Western’s Be Extraordinary Campaign, the most ambitious campaign in the university’s history, has raised a record-breaking $805 million. The tally, announced at a campaign celebration Friday morning, stems from a decade of work, generosity and the collective energy of more than 50,000 alumni and friends, faculty, staff, students, volunteers and corporate partners who supported the goal of strengthening Western’s role on the global stage. The campaign has helped Western increase support for students, attract the world’s top talent to help build on nationally and internationally recognized research strengths, increase international opportunities for students and build world-class facilities.
- Ever since Chris Fox was a young boy, he wanted to visit alien planets. Now he has gone and found one – although, at about 700 light years from Earth, it would be a tough commute. The Western University graduate student has teamed with Paul Wiegert, Graduate Program Director at Western’s renowned Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX), in discovering the exoplanet – provisionally known as Kepler 159d. Fox and Wiegert did not actually view Kepler 159d; rather, they deduced its presence by investigating its gravitational effects on the orbits of Kepler 159b and Kepler 159c.