When the first wave of Syrian refugees arrived in Canada in December, newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greeted the planeload of new Canadians in Toronto with open arms. Ian Austen, Canadian correspondent for The New York Times, covered the welcoming event and interviewed Western psychology professor Victoria Esses to provide commentary for his feature story. Esses, Director of Western's Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations and Co-Chair of the Pathways to Prosperity Partnership, is an expert on immigration and cultural diversity, ethnic relations, national identity and belonging.
Western's Adrian Owen provided expert analysis to award-winning Maclean's science writer Kate Lunau for her long-form, feature story about the "shocking" recovery of a patient in a vegetative state. Owen is the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging and a principal investigator at Western's world renowned Brain and Mind Institute. Hospitalized in 2013, Juan Torres was in a vegetative state for two years, recovered and is now telling his story.
Ontario Today, CBC Radio's province-wide open line show, asked the question: "The litany of people he offends keeps growing: Muslims, Mexicans, veterans, people with disabilities. It's hard to believe he has a following. So why are you transfixed by Donald Trump?" And Western's Bryce Traister provided host Rita Celli with an answer. Traister is Chair of Western's Department of English and also serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies for Western's American Studies Centre.
Melvyn Goodale, Canada Research Chair in Visual Neuroscience, was a featured guest on The Conversation Hour with Jon Faine, an Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio talk show discussing his research into echolocation – when people use sound to navigate. Goodale, who serves as the Director of Western's Brain and Mind Institute, was visiting Australia, in part, to deliver the inaugural public lecture for the new Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences. In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Monash was ranked 73rd overall.