Experts from Western's International Centre for Olympic Studies were a major source for media outlets in Canada and abroad during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. New director Michael Heine was interviewed by more than 40 media outlets, including the Brazilian bureaus of Associated Press and CTV News, as well International Business Times (UK), CBC News, CTV Toronto, the London Free Press and a number of local radio stations. A featured guest on CBC Radio: Sunday Edition, Janice Forsyth also had editorials published by Huffington Post and the Globe and Mail. Robert K. Barney was featured by ESPN, CBC Radio: The Current, CBC News and CTV Toronto.
Jennifer Willoughby, a doctoral student in bioarchaeology at Western's Department of Anthropology, investigates cancer in mummified remains. Willoughby recreated natural mummification using mice with and without tumors. Using a CT scanner, Willoughby then successfully identified the tumors in the mummified mice. Willoughby's work, co-authored by Western's Casey Kirkpatrick and Andrew Nelson and Jim Koropatnick from London Regional Cancer Centre, was presented to the 9th World Congress on Mummy Studies in Lima, Peru. The presentation and findings were covered by Popular Science, Science and Sputnik – an online news and radio broadcast service run by the Russian government.
The Perseid meteor shower delivered a spectacular show this summer and experts from Western's Centre for Planetary Space & Exploration connected with national media in advance of the cosmic event to set expectations for viewers. Peter Brown, Canada Research Chair in Meteor Science, was interviewed by CTV News Channel and CBC News while his and Margaret Campbell-Brown's expertise was cited by The Weather Channel and Space.com, considered the premier source of space exploration, innovation and astronomy news.
Linguistics graduate student Michael Iannozzi from Western's Faculty of Arts & Humanities is studying the linguistic habits of those living south and west of Toronto as part of his research project SWORE (Southwestern Ontario Regional English). With dozens of conversations completed with residents of five counties (Essex, Chatham-Kent, Elgin, Lambton and Middlesex), he expects to talk with more than 100 people once the project is complete. Iannozzi has also shared his research with CBC Radio: Ontario Morning, CBC Windsor, CBC Kitchener-Waterloo, Metro News, the Sarnia Journal, the London Free Press, AM 1290 (London), AM 900 (Hamilton) and AM 570 (Kitchener).