By tackling the challenges that our society faces, researchers at Western Science often publish papers highlighting new discoveries, receive awards for outstanding and novel science, and produce patents that transform discovery to application. Featured below are the most recent announcements from different research groups at Western Science regarding publications, awards, and patents. Explore the accomplishments of Western Science and be sure to come back to see the new and exciting projects that being are undertaken at Western Science.

Featured Highlights

Discovery circumstances of the first interstellar asteroid

Join us on Friday, December 8th, 2017 at 1:30 pm in Physics & Astronomy Seminar Room 100 to uncover the circumstances that led to the discovery of the first interstellar asteroid. Dr. Robert Weryk from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, a Western Science alumnus, will be talking about his role and the science that led to the identification of this interstellar object. The full abstract of the talk can be found below:

For the first time ever astronomers have studied an asteroid that has entered the Solar System from interstellar space. Observations from ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile and other observatories around the world show that this unique object was traveling through space for millions of years before its chance encounter with our star system. It appears to be a dark, reddish, highly-elongated rocky or high-metal-content object. Our team from the Pan-STARRS observatory – being the first to detect the interstellar visitor – has chosen the name 'Oumuamua’ for our discovery. The name is of Hawaiian origin and means a messenger from afar arriving first. I will discuss the results that appeared in Nature on 20 November 2017.

Science TD Gift Announcement Event

This announcement will recognize and honour the TD Bank Group for its generous support of the Data Analytics Program.

The event will be held on Monday, November 20, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. in the Physics & Astronomy Atrium.
All are welcome.

Open Education Day

The Science Students' Council invites you to Western’s Open Education Day on Friday November 17th. Four exciting and dynamic events have been planned by campus and provincial stakeholders throughout the day to speak on innovative teaching/learning practices for faculty and students. The agenda for the day can be found below.

An Engaging Keynote
9:00am – 11:00am 
“Serving social justice and pedagogical innovation with open educational practices”
Rajiv Jhangiani, Teaching Fellow in Open Studies, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

A Special eLearning Lunch and Learn
“Open Ontario: an eCampusOntario Lunch and Learn”
eCampusOntario will highlight Ontario's Open Textbook Library, Publishing Infrastructure, and the #OERangers. Lunch provided!

An Interactive Workshop
“Finding and Evaluating Open Educational Resources”
Join Western Libraries for a hands-on session on finding and evaluating OER

The Student Perspective
“The Student Impact of Open Educational Resources”
Western's Science Students’ Council, University Students’ Council, and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance join forces to demonstrate the various ways that OERs can have a positive impact on students.

Register Today:

Howard Alper Talks Canadian Innovation and Science for Western's International Week

International Week celebrates diversity at Western by engaging students, faculty and staff in discussion and debate about international issues while fostering international education, cross-cultural skills, and cultural traditions.

This year, Western Science is happy to host Dr Howard Alper, a distinguished professor at the University of Ottawa, who will be talking about Canada's science policy and its implication for future economic development.

In addition to his research on organic and inorganic chemistry, Dr Alper has served on a number of NSERC committees and councils advising the cabinet and the prime minister on science, technology and innovation issues. He is currently the chair for Canvassing Committee to Enhance Global Recognition for Canadian Research Excellence.

More details regarding Alper's talk can be found below and on the International Week website.

Innovation, Science, and Economic Development—Policy Advice and Benchmarking to Shape the Future of a Nation

Monday, November 13, 2017, at 3:30 pm in PAB 100

Science advice to decision makers can help shape the future of a nation. How the advice role/responsibility is structured, including opportunities, constraints, as well as outputs/impacts will be considered, using personal experiences for illustrative purposes. Benchmarking on a global basis is essential to maximizing prospects for success, as a country needs to determine its assets and deficiencies and make choices.

Win VIP Tickets to Brain Candy Live!

Once you become a @westernuScience follower, your twitter handle will be automatically entered into the contest draw for VIP tickets to Brain Canady Live! 

The VIP tickets to 'Brain Candy Live!' on November 23, 2017,  at the RBC Theatre in Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario include the opportunity to meet Adam Savage and Michael Stevens after the performance, a signed 8x10 photo, a special VIP meet and greet laminate, and the opportunity to take a photo with Mr Savage and Mr Stevens.

The draw will take place on November 13, 2017, at 3 p.m. 

@westernuScience will contact the winner via private message. This non-transferable prize must be claimed by noon EST on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Failure to claim the tickets and the backstage passes by the deadline will result in forfeiture of the prize.

In order to claim the prize:
You must provide the following information to Western Science, which it will share with Budweiser Gardens for the purpose of retrieving the event tickets at the venue.

  1. First and last name
  2. Email address or 10-digit phone number
  3. Specify whether you are:
    1. UWO student
    2. UWO Faculty
    3. UWO staff
    4. Other

You will also be asked to provide written permission to Western University to post/share your name, likeness and quotes regarding the prize and ensuing event on our digital platforms (including but not limited to the Faculty of Science website, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages). Click here for media permission forms for adults and minors.

For more information about Brain Candy Live! Go to:
https://www.facebook.com/budweisergardens and https://www.facebook.com/BrainCandyLive/ 

Hats off to Western Award of Excellence Winner, Phin Perquin

Congratulation to Phin Perquin, winner of Western's Award of Excellence. This award is the highest level of campus-wide recognition for the exceptional performance of Western staff. Western faculty, staff, students & alumni are invited to nominate an individual staff member or a team of staff who make an outstanding contribution to our campus community.