New research led by Western's Faculty of Science has confirmed the link between fracking in the oil and gas fields of Western Canada and earthquakes that have recently struck the region. The investigative team included Gail Atkinson, Burns Cheadle, Robert Shcherbakov and Hadi Ghofrani from Western's Department of Earth Sciences. The study, published by journal Seismological Research Letters, was covered widely locally, nationally and internationally by the Globe and Mail, CBC News, The Province, the Vancouver Sun, VICE and Australian popular science magazine, Cosmos.
According to a new Western study, obese women in the Canadian workforce earn less money than non-obese women. Sisira Sarma and his team from Western's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry analyzed data on adults, 18 to 53 years old, from the National Population Health Survey between 2000 and 2011. The data also reveals differences between obese and non-obese women in terms of education level and health indicators. The study was covered by CTV News, Global News, CBC News and the London Free Press.
An internationally renowned wife-and-husband team of cognitive neuroscientists have joined Western after collaborating on game-changing research for the past 15 years at the University of Cambridge. Tim Bussey and Lisa Saksida specialize in understanding cognition and developing new techniques for translating data acquired in pre-clinical trials to the clinic. Bussey, named Western Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience, and Saksida have been appointed as professors in Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry‘s Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. Their arrival received coverage from CTV News, the London Free Press and CBC News.
If you watch sci-fi movies from the 1970s, you would think by the year 2016 there would be a robot in every home. But there isn’t. Jörn Diedrichsen, who has come to Western from University College London, says the simple reason robots aren’t prevalent in society yet is that understanding motor control is a difficult problem to solve. In his new role as Western Research Chair in Motor Control and Computational Neuroscience, his goal is to find the answer. The hiring of Diedrichsen generated interest from CTV News, the London Free Press and Motherboard, VICE's online magazine dedicated to the intersection of technology, science and humans.