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March 07, 2018

Therapy Dogs: De-Stress Event -- March 14, 2018


Wednesday, March 14, 2018
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Drop in and visit with the St. John Therapy Dogs.

All therapy dog visits take place in the University Community Centre (UCC) Mustang Lounge: East Lounge Floor.

Meet the dogs and their owners, learn about the Therapy Dog Program and the benefits they provide. Take some time out of your day to de-stress.

This is a FREE event.

March 01, 2018

Use RMarkdown to Generate Summary Reports and Journal Manuscripts in R

R-LadiesGlobal_300Join the R-Ladies group for this month's tutorial. We will walk through a viable workflow for using R to generate summary reports to share preliminary findings in R with colleagues/supervisors/etc as well as to prepare a manuscript for submission! We will also touch on reference management integration with RStudio as well as how to integrate .R scripts into multiple RMarkdown projects.

What is R-Ladies? A low-key get together for ladies interested in using and learning more about R, a powerful statistical software program. We meet about once a month to feature different topics and speakers.

When: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from  5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: London Public Library, Central branch (251 Dundas, downtown).  We will be in the Wellington Room on the 2nd floor. 
Cost:  All our meet ups are free, and always will be!
Sounds good, where do I sign up?  RSVP at our MeetUp page

Social Media:  Twitter | Facebook | MeetUp | Email


Do I need to bean R expert? No! While some familiarity helps, all levels are welcome! If you want to follow along, come with your laptop and have R and RStudio installed.

I already know R, what's in it for me? Awesome! Come join a community of women interested in STEM research, meet new pals, learn new skills or sharpen old ones, or talk to us about leading a workshop on a topic you're passionate about!

I don't identify as a lady, but I still want to learn R - can I join? Yes! While we prioritize female leadership, our general membership is fully inclusive.

I'm interested in leading a workshop! How to I get in touch? Great! You don't even need to be a full fledged "expert" to lead a workshop... this is a group for skill swapping. If you're interested, send us an email at

Canadian Obesity Student Meeting: June 20-22, 2018


This year, Western University has been selected to host the Canadian Obesity Student Meeting (June 20-22) hosted by the Canadian Obesity Network.

Students doing research about obesity treatment, management and prevention are invited to submit an abstract for a poster or oral presentation. This is a national student meeting and brings together world renowned Canadian researchers and Faculty members including a Women in Science and The Physician's Perspective on Obesity discussion panel.

If you have any questions, please email conference Co-Chairs, graduate students in the Faculty of Health Science, Taniya Nagpal ( and Kristen Reilly (

Please visit to learn more and submit your abstract.

February 27, 2018



Three Western graduate students are in the top 75 competitors for the NSERC Science, Action! video competition.

Cast your vote by watching these youtube videos:

Swallow Survival Taking Flight
Dean R. Evans, MSc candidate, Biology

Implant Engineering
Jake Reeves, PhD candidate, Engineering

Rust Revealed
Thalia Standish, PhD candidate, Chemistry

Thank you for supporting Western's graduate students!

February 26, 2018

REMINDER: Graduate Student Late Fee Charge - Winter 2018


Students who owe more than $400.00 for the current term, whose tuition is not being paid by a sponsor and who have not made alternate payment arrangements with the Student Financial Services Office will be subject to a second late payment penalty of $147.

This Graduate Delinquent Account Charge, approved by the Board of Governors and Senate, will be applied to accounts at the beginning of March.

February 23, 2018

Celebrate Social Work Week 2018


Celebrate Social Work Week 2018:  Social Workers on the Front Line of Real Issues

March 5 - 9, 2018

Supported by King’s University College School of Social Work and the Ontario Association of Social Workers Western Branch


February 22, 2018

PhD STUDENTS APPLY NOW! Wounded Warriors Doctoral Scholarship in Military and Veteran Health Research


More Canadian research is needed to address the needs over the life course of those who serve or have served our nation and their families. The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) and Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC) have made a ten year commitment to Canadian scholarships that will ensure a lasting legacy for military and Veteran health research in Canada by training a future generation of researchers.

One scholarship will be awarded annually to a PhD student who demonstrates excellence in research issues relevant to military members, Veterans and families while also exhibiting significant potential for a high impact research career. Students will be funded for $18,000 each year for two years.

We are accepting applications until September 1, 2018.

Please submit your applications to, and ensure that you receive confirmation from, Julie Burch at

For more information on Wounded Warriors Canada visit

February 21, 2018

SCHOLARS TO LEADERS SPEAKER SERIES — “Having Faith in your Own Instincts” on February 28, 2018


Dean Erika Chamberlain, Professor and Dean, Western's Faculty of Law (PhD University of Cambridge, LLB Western University), a former Cambridge Commonwealth Scholar and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow, currently Western's Academic Colleague to the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), will be speaking next Wednesday, February 28 at 12:30 p.m. in the IGAB Atrium about Having Faith in your Own Instincts.

The Scholars to Leaders Speaker Series is a unique initiative of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies that is open to all students and scholars across all careers at Western – undergraduate, graduate, professional, and postdoctoral. The Series brings students together with university leaders who are uniquely skilled in mentoring candidates as they prepare for next stages of academic competition and global careers. The monthly luncheon events showcase guest speakers who share valuable insight and expertise on critical aspects of leadership from their own career experiences.

Monthly meetings run from September to March (except December), and are held on the last Wednesday of every month in the International and Graduate Affairs Building (IGAB) Atrium. Pizza is available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis but feel free to bring your own lunch.

See you next week!

February 20, 2018

JOB POSTING: Communications and Outreach Coordinator


McIntosh Gallery, Western University, is seeking a part-time communications and outreach coordinator. Reporting to the director/chief curator, they will promote exhibitions, events and programs, build collaborative community and campus relationships, and manage a dynamic team of volunteers and interns.

Main tasks include:

  • Updating content on gallery website
  • Working with designers for print and web advertising
  • Designing and scheduling social media campaigns on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Live social media reporting during events and programs
  • Writing and editing press releases and media advisories
  • Building productive relationships with the media, community and campus groups, and other arts organizations
  • Supervising and scheduling volunteers and interns for front desk reception and events

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Post-secondary education or experience in communications, journalism, marketing, advertising, arts administration, design or a related field
  • Excellent oral, written and online communications skills
  • Producing and editing ads for print and web platforms
  • Experience updating websites and generating promotional materials
  • Proficiency using Facebook, Instagram,Twitter and Microsoft Office
  • Strong project management skills
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines and work simultaneously on various projects
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively


  • Experience in a public art gallery/museum or artist-run centre
  • Experience editing and proofreading art-related texts
  • Knowledge of contemporary art


  • This is a part-time, contract position (15 to 18 hours a week) starting March 2018. Applications will be accepted via e-mail ( until March 1.

Spoken Science Speaker Series Launch - February 28, 2018


Exercise is Medicine On Campus is beginning a new initiative that provides students the opportunity to share their research with their peers as well as the London and campus community. On the last Wednesday of every month, please join your fellow graduate students and Faculty members for Spoken Science, a community-based speaker series.

The first of the series begins on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Advanced Medical Group (230 Victoria Street) Education Theater. The first session is focused on Concussions: Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention and an Athlete's Perspective. The session will be chaired by Dr. James Dickey and Dr. Al Salmoni.

All are welcome to attend.

All attendees will have the opportunity to hear three student-led short talks on this topic followed by a group discussion facilitated by the session Chairs. Furthermore, all student attendees will receive certification from Exercise is Medicine Canada for their attendance and can use this event towards their co-curricular record.

The second talk will be on March 28, 2018 on the topic of cancer prevention, treatment and management. We hope you will join us on February 28 for the launch of this initiative and we look forward to hearing your thoughts on concussion research.

If you have any questions please email

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