Dr. Douglas Fraser, a Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry associate professor, a physician in the Paediatric Critical Care Unit at Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre and a Lawson scientist and co-investigator Mark Daley, a professor in Western's Departments of Computer Science, Biology and Statistics and Actuarial Sciences have developed a blood test that can now accurately diagnose a concussion using a form of blood profiling known as metabolomics. The discovery was covered by media outlets including New York Times, CBC Quirks & Quarks, CBC News, CTV National News, CTV London, National Post and London Free Press.
Donald Abelson, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science and Director of the Canada-US Institute, spoke with a wide range of media outlets including Global News, CTV News, CBC News and the London Free Press before, during and after the 2016 U.S. election, which is considered the longest, most expensive and arguably most watched election in the history of the entire planet. Bryce Traister, Chair, English and Writing Studies Department, was also a featured guest on CBC Radio Ontario Today to discuss the historic win by Donald Trump.
In November, the Canadian Space Agency engaged in CanMars 2016, a Mars sample return simulation mission set in the Utah desert. Western was home to the mission's science operations centre, which was led by Gordon Osinski, a professor in Western's Department of Earth Sciences, and facilitated by students and faculty from five Canadian universities. A media technical briefing, which was attended by Kate Young, Member of Parliament for London West, was presented on Facebook Live and was also covered by the London Free Press, CTV London and Space Ref, a trusted voice in the space sector with more than 575,000 unique visitors every month.
This summer, Kim Honey, editor of the university, college and programs guides for Maclean's magazine, visited campus as part of a cross-country tour. The post-secondary education influencer requested meetings with Western's top researchers and met with faculty investigating neuroscience, musculoskeletal health and Indigenous society. To date, two stories have appeared featuring Lisa Saksida and Tim Bussey from the Brain and Mind Institute and Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry's Department of Physiology and Pharmacology in one and Chantelle Richmond from First Nations Studies and the Departments of Geography and Family Medicine in the other.