Astronomers from Western and the University of Alberta combined data from NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope to discover a previously "hidden" black hole. Robin Arnason, a Physics & Astronomy graduate student, was quoted in a number of major media outlets including National Post, Metro (UK) and The Sun, which boasts the second largest monthly reach of national newspapers in the UK. The finding was also featured by Astronomy, which reaches the largest audience of space enthusiasts in the world, and International Business Times, considered the world's largest online business newspaper with more than 55 million unique visitors per month.
Alexandra Harriss, a graduate student in the Faculty of Health Sciences, is working with the Ontario Player Development League and Burlington Youth Soccer Club to study the relationship between accumulated head impact exposures in youth soccer players and changes in brain function. Despite the increased attention being paid to the causes, effects, prevention methods and treatments of head trauma in high-impact sports like football and hockey, relatively little research has been done on soccer -- the most popular sport among Canadian children. The concussion study was further explored by CTV London, the London Free Press, CBC Ontario Morning, CBC Afternoon Drive and CJBK.
For epilepsy patients, stress and anxiety can exacerbate their condition; increasing the frequency and severity of seizures. Until now, it was unclear why this happened and what could be done to prevent it. In a recent study, Michael O. Poulter, a professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and a Robarts Research Institute Scientist, and his team showed epilepsy actually changes the way the brain reacts to stress, and have used these findings to point to new drugs that may prevent stress-induced seizures. The discovery was covered by CTV London and the London Free Press.
Andreas Schotter, an assistant professor of International Business and Global Strategy at Ivey Business School, provided expert commentary to the Toronto Star for two stories about the financial impacts of Brexit. Schotter also contributed an op-ed to Huffington Post on the subject, directly related to the effects of Brexit on Canadian business executives. Having also worked on several case studies regarding the rise of London's sharing economy, Schotter also spoke to the London Free Press about FillSpaces – a new online space-sharing business, which was developed at Propel Entrepreneurship.