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Dean's Statement on Community Safety
Dear Western Science and Western Medical Science students,
I wish my beginning of term message to you could have taken a completely different tone. But as a campus community we are grappling with the tragic death of one student and a sequence of reports of sexual assault on campus.
I know that faculty, staff, and students alike feel the weight or impact of these incidents. I certainly do.
I want to remind you of the University supports that are available for students.
Supports relating to gender-based and sexual violence are found at Health and Wellness and at Gender-based Violence & Survivor Support Case Manager.
Of course, our Science & Basic Medical Sciences Academic Counselling team also stands ready to help.
This is a very difficult time. As a Faculty, we will continue to support all those impacted by these events and condemn any form of violence in our community. I was proud to see our Science Sophs take a stand against sexual violence on campus, participating in a silent protest during O-Week closing ceremonies. I am also in full support of the SGBV Student Walkout planned for Friday, September 17 at noon.
Thank you all for your care and compassion toward one another now, as always.
With my best,
- Incoming student Andréa Jackson’s penchant for problem-solving includes a hobby that might make most of us throw up our hands in frustration. In Grade 6, Jackson began tinkering with Rubik’s cubes: the basic 3×3 kind at first, and then increasingly more difficult ones. She solved the 7×7 cube – that is, twisting and turning each side’s 49 tiles until the faces of all six cube sides had a single colour – within a day of receiving it.
- Two Western faculty members have received prestigious honours from the Royal Society of Canada. Philosophy professor and chair Carolyn McLeod has been named a fellow of the society, and Earth Sciences professor Catherine Neish, a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.
- Western’s Institute for Earth and Space Exploration (Western Space) is making good on its promise to launch the university into space and bring space down to Earth. Only this time, it’s a simulation and not the real thing – yet. Gordon “Oz” Osinski, director of Western Space, is leading an expedition analogous to a space mission over the next two weeks in northern Labrador at the Mistastin Lake impact crater.
- A corrosion scientist newly appointed to Western will add research heft and innovation in the international quest to safeguard used nuclear fuel. Samantha Gateman, an award-winning electrochemist, is the new chair in radiation-induced chemistry at Western. Gateman’s research will be funded through a new $1.1-million grant from the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO).