A new study led by Western biology professor Liana Zanette and PhD student Justin Suraci, published by Nature Communications, demonstrated that the fear apex predators like lions and wolves inspire can have cascading effects down the food chain critical to maintaining healthy ecosystems. The impressive results, conducted by studying raccoons on British Columbia's Gulf Islands was further explored by The Washington Post, The Daily Mail (UK), The Atlantic, New Scientist, Christian Science Monitor and CBC Radio's Quirks & Quarks, as well as dozens of other media outlets from around the world.
An Associated Press story about whether or not the threat of the Zika virus would lead to cancellation of the upcoming games in Rio de Janeiro that featured expert commentary from Janice Forsyth of Western's International Centre for Olympics Studies was shared widely around the globe, most notably by The Japan Times – the country's largest English language newspaper. The feature was also published by The Daily Mail (UK) and Fox Sports. Forsyth also spoke with CBC News and The Globe and Mail about the controversy surrounding the Canadian designers set to outfit Team Canada for the 2016 Olympics' opening ceremony.
New musculoskeletal research from Western Health Sciences PhD candidate Ryan Frayne, originally intended to improve a hockey goaltender’s life-long mobility, has led to the development of goalie pads that do just what netminders want them to do – stop more pucks. The ongoing studies were covered by the National Post, the London Free Press and several other Post Media newspapers across the country, CTV London, CBC News and CBC Radio Ontario Morning and InGoal Magazine, considered the world's most-read hockey goaltending magazine.
Award-winning CBC News journalist David Common and two doctors stayed awake as part of a 26-hour sleep lab experiment at Western's Brain and Mind Institute to test how sleep deprivation can affect even the best healthcare providers. The study, conducted by Western's Stuart Fogel and his team, was later featured on CBC's top-rated investigative program, Marketplace. More than 1.5 million viewers watch Marketplace every week.