Geographers in the News Archives


2013 / 2014 Academic Year

Dr. Gilliland Addresses Healthy Communities Forum

Last week Dr. Jason Gilliland was in Komoka, Ontario to present to an audience of local policy makers and other community stakeholders at the "Healthy Communities Forum" hosted by the Middlesex London Health Unit. His presentation focused on a report authored by HEAL researchers entitled "Linking Health and the Built Environment in Rural Settings: Evidence and Recommendations for Planning Healthy Communities in Middlesex County".  [READ MORE] [REPORT] [HEAL LAB]

Kevin Vuong, MA Candidate makes The Toronto Star - 'One Million Music Moments: Turning concert photos into music moments'

"Youth network envisions lifting Toronto's profile with moments captured on smartphones and shared on social media."  [READ MORE]  Well done Kevin ... you make us proud!

The Geography Department is Excited to Announce the Opening of the NEW Computational Geomorpology Lab

The Computational Geomorphology Lab (CGL) provides high-end computer stations for modelling, simulation, spatial data analysis, statistical data analysis, and data visualization. Research activities are focussed on landscape evolution, fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, catchment analysis, and aquatic ecosystem assessment. The CGL contains 3 Tesla GPU computer systems for high-performance parallel computation, and 5 additional workstations for scientific computing. Software available in the lab includes ArcGIS, SigmaPlot, SPSS, Surfer, Matlab, Telemac 2D/3D, CAESAR, MS Visual Studio, Intel Parallel Studio, PGI Fortran. The use of the CGL is available to graduate students doing research involving numerical simulation, and students working with Dr. Yates or Dr. Van De Wiel. Be sure to check out our other Geography Research Facilities!

Congratulations to Dr. Phil Stooke for his Outstanding Academic Title from the American Library Association

Congratulations to Western Geography Professor Dr. Phil Stooke! His book The International Atlas of Mars Exploration was chosen by the American Library Association's CHOICE reviews magazine as one of its "Outstanding Academic Titles" of 2013! Each year they pick from among the 7,000 or so books they have reviewed during the year. His book was the only Cambridge astronomy title selected! Congratulations Phil! [ARTICLE EXTRACT]

Western's HazMat Team Welcomes Erika Hill!

Geography's own Lab Technician/Coordinator, Erika Hill, has been invited to join Western's HazMat Team. This team is composed of 10 University employees trained on the disciplined approach to emergency response. They are trained to meet a response standard called NFPA 471, which is the norm for most emergency response groups including the London Fire Department. The Team responds and mitigates hazardous biological, nuclear, and chemical situations as these happen on campus or in our reserach labs. Being asked to be on this team indicates the high quality of Erika's work and work ethic. Congratulations Erika on your appointment! [WESTERN EMERGENCY TEAMS]

Nelson Mandela 1918-2013 "Truly a Great Man"

Belinda Dodson, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Director of the Migration and Ethnic Relations Program has provided a number of interviews to media about Nelson Mandela. She is well qualified to respond to these questions based on her experience growing up in South Africa, and her research on migration and development issues in Southern Africa. The essence of her reflections on the life of Nelson Mandela can be found [HERE].

The Globe and Mail-No Climate-Change Deniers to be Found in the reinsurance Business

Professor Gordon McBean, co-Director of Western's Centre for Environment and Sustainability and Professor in the Department of Geography along with Paul Kovacs, Executive Director of Western's Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction were quoted as part of an article dealing with the thoughts and responses from the insurance industry to climate change in December 2013 issue of the Globe and Mail's Report on Business Magazine. [READ MORE]

Geography Grad Students Take First Place at Western's World's Challenge Challenge!

Congratulations to Western Geography Grad Students, (from left to right) Sepehr Pashang, Kevin Vuong and Joseph Kanmennaang, for taking first place at the World's Challenge Challenge! Their unique solutions to global issues entitled, 'Embracing Social Innovation: Implementing safe and inexpensive solar energy solutions to reduce dependencies on biomass fuels' was presented to Provost and Vice-President Academic, Dr. Janice Deakin and a panel of academic leaders in front of a campus audience on November 12th during International Week. Well done gentlemen!! [WESTERN NEWS-pg 12]

Dr. Tony Weis - "The Ecological Hoofprint" Book Release

Congratulations to Western Geography Professor Dr. Tony Weis on his new book The Ecological Hoofprint: The Global Burden of Industrial Livestock. His book provides a "rigorous and eye-opening way of understanding what this system means for the health of the planet, how it contributes to worsening human inequality and how it constitutes a profound but invisible aspect of the violence of everyday life." The book is officially being released next week. Congratulations Tony! [PUBLISHER'S WEBSITE]

Congratulations to Evan Cleave, CAGONT's 2013-2014 Student Representative

Western University's, Geography MA Candidate, Evan Cleave was elected as the new Canadian Association of Geographers (Ontario Division) Student Representative for 2013-2014.  Congratulations Evan!

WESTERN Geography Well Represented at CAGONT / ELDAAG 2013

Western Geography was well represented at the recent joint meetings in Toledo, Ohio at the Canadian Association of Geographers (Ontario Division) and the American Association of Geographers (East Lakes Division). Evan Cleave, MA Candidate, presented a paper (co-authored with Professor Godwin Arku) on "Promoting Economic Development: examing place branding strategies and messages amongst communities in Ontario". Madeleine Northcote, MA Candidate, discussed "Survivalism or Entrepreneurism? Investigating livelihood strategies on Cape Town refugees". PhD Candidate, Sarah Mason, presentated a multi-authored paper (with J. Dixon, F. Mambulu, A. Rishworth, P. Mkandawire and Professor I. Luginaah) called "Management strategies of urban biosolids: Narratives around facility siting in rural Ontario". Professor Dan Shrubsole participated on a panel pertaining to "Geographers at Work in a Changing World: Implications within and Beyond Academia".

Western Geographer Jason Gilliland Collaborating for Community Impact

"It makes me do my job better, by working with community" claims Dr. Jason Gilliland of Western's Geography Department. Dr Gilliland's community revitalization work was featured in a video produced by the Pillar Nonprofit Network and recently debuted at their Collaborating for Community Impact forum in London. Collaborating for community impact means collaboration among nonprofit, business, government and academia. The video and conference showcased how Western faculty such as Dr Gilliland, and their students, benefit in a variety of ways by working in the community. [VIDEO]

WESTERN NEWS-Classroom Turns into a Fleet of Canoes

Each fall, the third year honours students in the Department of Geography leave the conventional classroom behind and embark on a week that takes geography back to its roots - in the field. As part of Field Camp Week 2013, sections of the Field Methods and Practices course headed to three wildly different regions: the major urban centre of Montreal, Quebec; the deep caves of Kentucky; and aboard a fleet of canoes in Killarney, Ontario. [Continue reading WESTERN NEWS-pg 12]

Western Geographers Help Reclaim London School Playground

Researchers from the Human Environments Analysis Lab in Western's Geography department joined students at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Elementary School in London, Ontario for a ceremonial sod turning and tree planting as they enter the final phase of a unique project to ‘green’ and reclaim a valuable part of their school yard. Janet Loebach, a PhD student in Geography at Western, has been leading a team of volunteers working with Blessed Sacrament students to plan how they would rescue a play area considered out-of-bounds due to safety concerns. The final plan, dubbed 'The Green Direction' by Blessed Sacrament students, includes ... read more. [WESTERN NEWS-pg 11]

Western Geographers Host Canadian Association for Girls in Science

On Wednesday, September 25, 2013 the team from the Human Environments Analysis Laboratory (HEAL) in the Department of Geography at Western hosted an event for several dozen girls (aged 7-16 years) on behalf of the Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS). The event entitled: "Around the World in 60 Minutes" incorporated the use of GPS technology for a fun and interative Geocaching event. [READ MORE]

Dr. Gordon McBean Named Among Canada's Clean 50

Western Geography professor Gordon McBean was named among Canada's Clean 50. The award, announced annually by Delta Management Group, recognizes 50 individuals or teams, from 16 different categories, who have done the most to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the past two years. [READ MORE]

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship - Dr. Hannah Tait Neufeld

The Department of Geography would like to congratulate Hannah Tait Neufeld on her recent award of a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship and welcomes her to the Department. While at Western, Hannah will work with Professor Chantelle Richmond on traditional food knowledge among First Nation communities in Southwestern Ontario. [INDIGENOUS HEALTH LAB]

WESTERN NEWS - Sarah Peirce, Geography PhD Student

Sarah is one of eight Western Graduate students who have been named recipients of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Vanier Scholars are selected based on leadership skills and high standards of scholarly achievement in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, engineering and/or health sciences. Sarah's reseach investigates the relationship between sediment transport and river morphology in gravel-bed rivers, common in many areas of Canada and around the world. Congratulations Sarah! [READ MORE Page 9-10]

Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario Fellowship

Congratulations to Western Geography Professor, Mike Buzzelli, who has been awarded a Fellowship with the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO). HEQCO is an arm's-length agency of the Government of Ontario that brings evidence-based research to the continued improvement of the postsecondary education system in Ontario. As a Fellow, Mike will work with HEQCO staff to assist in achieving its goal. [WEBSITE]

LONDON FREE PRESS: Measuring Progress in London's Old East Village

Professor Jason Gililand, member of the Geography Department and Director of the Urban Development Program, provides comments on recent developments that have occurred in Old East Village, London, Ontario. [LINK]

WESTERN NEWS - Supporting Solutions Through SSHRC

Twenty Western projects, involving 27 researchers including Geography's Dr. Jamie Baxter "Realizing waste's resource potential" and Dr. Gordon McBean "Integrated Strategies for disaster risk reduction", were funded through this latest SSHRC announcement. Congratulations Jamie and Gordon! [READ MORE]

Launch of the Canadian Environmental Health Atlas 

Dr. Michael Buzzelli of the Department of Geography at Western University, with collaborators across Canada, are pleased to launch the Canadian Environmental Health Atlas. The Atlas is an online, open access visual publication that introduces the many ways in which the environment affects human health. The Atlas also highlights the importance of environmental health in health promotion and disease prevention. [READ MORE] [THE ATLAS]

Dr. Jason Gilliland speaks about urban food deserts on CBC's "The National"

Millions of Canadians live in "food deserts". According to Dr. Jason Gilliland of Western's Geography Department, a food desert is a disadvantaged area of a community where residents do not have easy access to healthy, affordable food. Dr. Gilliland was recently interviewed on CBC TVs "The National" about the subject of food deserts and the potential benefits of "pop-up good food markets". These food programs have recently appeared in several Canadian cities as a means of bringing fresh food and produce to residents without nearby grocery stores. [VIDEO CLIP]

New Western study suggest winds of change may be blowing for wind turbines

A new study from Western University shows the winds of change may be blowing when it comes to operating large-scale turbines in rural Ontario. [MORE - Western News] [MORE - London Free Press]

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