New Nature of Things host Jennifer Gardy visited Western’s WindEEE Research Institute to participate in the recreation of a tornado — indoors. Gardy connected with storm chaser and WindEEE research scientist Maryam Refan, who explained how WindEEE engineers create a vortex of up to 300 km per hour. The episode, titled Myth or Science 4: In the Eye of the Storm, aired this month on CBC Television. One of the most successful series in the history of Canadian television, Nature of Things attracts more than 6 million viewers every year.
Researchers at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry published a study in Cerebral Cortex showing the significant, long-term impacts the psychoactive component in marijuana has on the adolescent brain. After adolescent rodents were exposed, researchers noted substantial and persistent behavioural, neuronal and molecular changes that are identical to neuropsychiatric conditions, such as schizophrenia. In contrast, adult rodents exposed to THC in the same study did not show the same changes. The findings were explored in the National Post, the Huffington Post, Radio Canada International and the London Free Press.
A new study published by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology led by Michelle Mottola, a professor in Western's School of Kinesiology, in collaboration with Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, presents overwhelming evidence that women should, whenever possible, exercise during pregnancy to combat high blood pressure, excessive weight gain and oversized babies. Mottola shared her message that pregnant women should be active and aim to walk 10,000 steps a day during pregnancy with CBC Radio, CTV London, the London Free Press, Radio Canada International, AM 640 (Toronto) and Blackburn News.
Award-winning Faculty of Information & Media Studies professor Romayne Smith-Fullerton was a featured panelist on CBC Radio's The Current discussing how traditional journalism might survive all of the recent cuts and layoffs in Canada. Recently, Postmedia announced a wave of layoffs and the consolidation of newsrooms across the country, the Guelph Mercury ended its print publication entirely and the Toronto Star stopped its printing presses to cut costs. The Current airs in every market in Canada and a quote from Smith-Fullerton was shared broadly as a clip for CBC Radio's general news broadcasts across the country.