The World Anti-Doping Agency's Independent Commission released its report regarding ongoing investigations of doping, cover-ups, and extortion in Russian athletics earlier this month and renowned Faculty of Law professor Richard McLaren played an active role. An expert commentary released in advance of the media conference generated interviews for McLaren with BBC, The New York Times and the Daily Mail (U.K.) and following the public announcement in Geneva on November 9, McLaren shared his insight with dozens of more media outlets including The Washington Post, Shanghai Daily, Financial Times and Newsweek.
According to the World Health Organization, approximately 35 million people were living with HIV at the end of 2013, and more than two million people are newly infected every year. When Charlie Sheen announced he was HIV-positive, Maclean's award-winning health and science writer Kate Lunau connected with Schulich Medicine & Dentistry's Eric Arts, who was just named the only North American collaborator on the newly established European AIDS Vaccine Initiative (EAVI2020) for expert commentary. The renowned HIV researcher was also recently featured as one of five all-star Canadian scientists on Quirks & Quarks' 40th anniversary special.
With NASA actively seeking astronauts to head to Mars, the next generation of planetary space explorers prepared to explore the red planet last month at Western's Faculty of Science. In partnership with the Canadian Space Agency, Western served as mission control for two weeks here in London for a Mars rover simulation happening thousands of kilometres away at a field site in Utah. The Weather Network, CHCH, CTV London and the London Free Press visited Mission Control to speak with Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration Director Gordon Osinski and Global News science and weather reporter Nicole Mortillaro connected with him too.
As the world watched events of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) unfold, media from across Canada reached out to Western faculty for commentary on a variety of issues. Radoslav Dimitrov, a professor in Western's Department of Political Science who attended COP21, was interviewed for CBC Radio's The Current. Brian Branfireun, Canada Research Chair in Environment and Sustainability, spoke to the Ottawa Citizen about the science and politics of climate change while Gordon McBean addressed issues with the Toronto Star. Glenn McGillivray, his colleague at the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, connected with CBC News.