Jenna Butler, a Computer Science PhD student at Western University, seeks new drug combinations to battle a deadly disease.
After a brief frenzy of summertime mating, the Rocky Mountain Apollo is well into winter hibernation in Kananaskis Region, Alberta. It’s a short life for the Apollo, but this very brevity makes the species a perfect bellweather for the one-two punch of climate change and habitat loss that is threatening to wipe out all species, including humans.
Evelyn Boychuk (MSc '12) was recently awarded the Public Awareness Award from Canadian Society of Zoologists at their May, 2015 annual meeting in Calgary. She was recognized for her Globe and Mail article about a U.S. study reporting how Monarch butterflies are threatened by genetically modified crops.
London Free Press - Astronaut Jeremy Hansen and Western professor Gordon Osinski embarking on Arctic mission - Imagine exploring the Canadian Arctic where polar bears run loose on the bare rock in a massive meteorite crater. That’s what astronaut Jeremy Hansen and Western professor Gordon Osinski will do while they study the largest impact crater discovered in the last decade.
Research2Reality - Hate Waiting? The APQ Model Could Change Your Life - Canadians are no strangers to waiting especially when it comes to health care. In September 2014, the Canadian Institute for Health Information released a report revealing hospital wait times for the majority of patients to see a doctor at 161 hospitals across the country.
The Weather Network - 'Great Pyramid' spotted on Ceres by NASA's Dawn spacecraft - The mysterious bright spots on Ceres have been getting a lot of attention, and rightfully so, however they aren't the only point of interest on the surface of this newly-explored dwarf planet.
Western Media Release - Western and partners receive nearly $20M in funding for research excellence - Among the recipients in Science are Blaine Chronik who received $2.6 million to develop new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems that are smaller, lighter, cheaper and easier to use, and Elizabeth Gillies who received $3.5 million towards building the Biomaterials Nanoscale Imaging and Characterization (BIONIC) a new facility enabling biomaterials to be studied in 3D.
Western Alumni Gazette - Taking flight - For the past five years, [Pablo] Jaramillo-López has been doing research with the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Michoacán, México.
CBC News - Methane found trapped in Mars meteorites - Methane, a potential source of energy for life, has been found trapped in meteorites from Mars. The discovery by Canadian and Scottish scientists suggests that microbes could potentially live deep underground on Mars.
ARY News - Scientists found evidence which could possibly mean life exists on Mars - Scientists have extracted Methane gas from a Martian rock and claim that the gas could be a source of food for life on the planet.