Kelly Olson, a professor in Western's Department of Classical Studies, gave award-winning environmentalist and broadcaster David Suzuki a tour of a Pompeii brothel for the October 6th episode of The Nature of Things. An expert in Roman society, culture and sexuality, Olson has toured Pompeii several times in her career, a city buried in ash about 2,000 years ago when Mount Vesuvius erupted. One of the most successful series in the history of Canadian television, The Nature of Things attracts more than 6 million viewers every year. The Nature of Things appearance was also featured by multiple CBC News stations and the London Free Press.
Researchers from the Faculty of Science released footage of a fireball that was seen widely by observers throughout southern Ontario on October 7. Peter Brown, Canada Research Chair in Meteor Astronomy and a professor in Western's Department of Physics & Astronomy, reported that six all-sky cameras from Western's Southern Ontario Meteor Network recorded the meteor over Georgian Bay. The footage confirmed countless reports and was covered by The Weather Network, Daily Planet, CTV London and the London Free Press. Just 10 days later on October 17, Western's all-sky cameras captured footage of another fireball over Ottawa, which was shared further by the Ottawa Citizen and CBC News.
When news broke that a former nurse was accused of murdering eight elderly patients by allegedly using lethal doses of insulin to kill, national and local media outlets turned to Michael Arntfield for critical analysis. A professor in Western's Department of English and Writing Studies and the architect of the academic field known as literary criminology, Arntfield was interviewed live as an in-studio guest on CTV London for the 6 p.m. news the day the accused allegedly confessed to the crimes and was also featured by CTV National News, CTV News Channel, CBC News and the London Free Press.
An international team of neuroscientists found that a person's ability to see fine visual detail can be sharpened by simply staring for a few seconds at a rapidly flickering display. These counter-intuitive findings from Melvyn Goodale from Western University's Brain and Mind Institute were published by the high-impact journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Goodale shared the discovery with Bob McDonald, host of CBC Radio's Quirks & Quarks. The award-winning radio science program is heard by a national audience in Canada of nearly 800,000 people and by thousands more around the world on its weekly podcast.