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March 25, 2024

REGISTER NOW! Introductory and Intermediate workshops in R and Python | April 2024

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Are you looking to build skills in data analysis and statistical programming?

Western Data Science Solutions will be hosting introductory and intermediate workshops in R and Python this April. Workshops are interactive and last for three hours each. Date and times are:

  • Introduction to Python: Tuesday, April 16, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Intermediate Python: Thursday, April 18, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Introduction to R: Friday, April 19, 9:30 pm to 12:30 pm
  • Intermediate R: Monday, April 22, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Cost is $50 + HST.  You can register through Western Conference Services at https://conference.has.uwo.ca/Register/default.aspx?code=C001913.

More details about the workshops and the other services we offer are available at on our webpage at https://www.uwo.ca/stats/WDSS/index.html.

March 22, 2024

Sustainability Impact Showcase | April 3, 2024

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All are invited to the annual Sustainability Impact Showcase for a celebration of campus community members who are making a positive impact on sustainability at Western. This year’s Green Award recipients will be recognized alongside remarkable campus community-led initiatives taking place through the Campus as a Living Lab program, as well as the inaugural Western Sustainable Impact Fund.

DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2024
TIME: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  Weldon Library, Community Room

REGISTER NOW!

All are welcome to attend and we hope to see you come out to help celebrate and close off the term!

Sustainability Impact Showcase | April 3, 2024

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All are invited to the annual Sustainability Impact Showcase for a celebration of campus community members who are making a positive impact on sustainability at Western. This year’s Green Award recipients will be recognized alongside remarkable campus community-led initiatives taking place through the Campus as a Living Lab program, as well as the inaugural Western Sustainable Impact Fund.

DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2024
TIME: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  Weldon Library, Community Room

REGISTER NOW!

All are welcome to attend and we hope to see you come out to help celebrate and close off the term!

Can AI be Creative? A Public Dialogue with Sheila Heti, Aarthi Vadde, and Tanja Grubnic

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Can AI be Creative?

Please join us for a panel discussion regarding AI and Creativity with Tanja Grubnic, Doctoral Candidate in English, Sheila Heti, Alice Munro Chair in Creativity and Aarthi Vadde, Associate Professor, Duke University. We’ll be discussing Heti’s literary engagements with AI, like her short story “According to Alice” published in The New Yorker, among other topics related to creativity in the age of AI.

DATE: Thursday, March 28, 2024
TIME: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: University College (UC) Conron Hall Room #3110

This event will also be available to attend as a Zoom webinar. Click HERE to register: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UXzHFjtPSX6fkcc_9Hc7uQ#/registration.

All are welcome! Reception will follow.

INSPIRING MINDS | Cara Davidson, PhD candidate, Faculty of Health Sciences

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Inspiring Minds seeks to broaden awareness and impact of graduate student research, while enhancing transferable skills. Students were challenged to describe their research, scholarship or creative activity in 150 or fewer words to share with our community.


Cara Davidson
PhD candidate, Faculty of Health Sciences

Gender-based violence and breast cancer: A threat to women’s health equity in Canada

In Canada, intimate partner violence (IPV) and breast cancer are pervasive public health concerns that disproportionately affect women. However, the intersection of these issues is often overlooked, despite an estimated 1 in 8 breast cancer patients experiencing IPV at the same time as cancer – and often facing health disparities as a result. I study the biopsychosocial relationships between breast cancer and IPV in Canada, with the goal of exploring health disparities and lived experiences. Additionally, I am co-creating a trauma- and violence-informed clinical tool for breast cancer healthcare providers in collaboration with patients, oncology teams, IPV professionals, and non profit organizations. Overall, I aim to shed light on the experiences of Canadian women who experience IPV and breast cancer and promote improved health outcomes among this equity deserving group.


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March 18, 2024

SCHOLARS TO LEADERS SPEAKER SERIES | "Harnessing the Power of Social Media as a Researcher" | March 26, 2024

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Dr. Parshati Patel, astrophysicist, science communicator & educator, author, and artist, will be speaking next Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at 12:30 p.m. with a talk entitled Harnessing the Power of Social Media as a Researcher.

DATE: Tuesday, March 26, 2024
TIME: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Online, register for Zoom link

REGISTER NOW!

About the Talk
Curious about the potential impact of sharing your research on social media? Or wondering how to leverage your expertise effectively to build a personal brand? Join Dr. Parshati Patel as she shares insights on communicating your research to wider audiences through social media. In this talk, you will discover strategies for building a personal brand authentically and learn how your online presence can propel your career while forging connections globally and unlocking exciting new opportunities. Parshati will share her journey of utilizing social media to cultivate her personal brand, leading her to diverse and unique opportunities within and beyond her area of expertise!


Presenter Bio
Dr. Parshati Patel is an astrophysicist, science communicator, educator, author, and artist based in London, Ontario. She holds an Honours. B.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy from University of Toronto, along with an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Astronomy and Planetary Science & Exploration from Western University. Her doctoral research focused on the study of young, massive stars and the disks surrounding them.

During her graduate studies, Parshati discovered her passion for science communication and transitioned into the field after completing her Ph.D. Over the past decade, she has dedicated herself to fostering awareness about space among the masses, particularly among the youth. Her commitment to public engagement is evident through her leadership in spearheading award-winning space outreach initiatives and organizing over 400 educational workshops and public events. As a highly sought-after keynote speaker, she has delivered over 75 invited talks and actively contributes regularly to the media, with over 100 interviews conducted both in-person and online.

Previously, Parshati has worked at Western University’s Institute for Earth and Space Exploration as Educational Outreach and Communications Specialist as well as on an assignment to the Canadian Space Agency as the Program Designer and Education Advisor in their Youth STEM Initiatives team. Currently, she is a freelance professional offering her expertise to a diverse range of organizations and audiences.

In addition to consulting for science books, Parshati has also authored a children’s book called ‘My Books of Stars and Planets’. She holds a Professional Certificate in Communications and Public Relations, as well as a Certificate in Digital Communications, Innovative Thinking and Project Management from Western Continuing Studies.

March 15, 2024

INSPIRING MINDS | Naima Abouseta, PhD candidate, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry

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Inspiring Minds seeks to broaden awareness and impact of graduate student research, while enhancing transferable skills. Students were challenged to describe their research, scholarship or creative activity in 150 or fewer words to share with our community.


Naima Abouseta
PhD candidate, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry

The relationship between cortisol, perceived stress, and dental caries experience in adolescents and young adults

The dental literature extensively discusses the relationship between stress and dental caries. However, the role of stress in dental caries remains uncertain due to the confounding effect of inflammation caused by gingivitis and periodontal disease, leading to elevated cortisol levels. Few studies have investigated salivary cortisol levels in young adults without periodontal disease and well-controlled gingivitis. Young adults are more subject to increased levels of stress. This study collected hair and saliva samples from 93 participants aged 15 to 25. Participants completed a stress questionnaire and underwent oral examinations. Higher perceived stress was associated with increased dental caries likelihood. Participants with dental caries showed significantly higher hair cortisol levels, but no significant difference was found in salivary cortisol levels. Our study suggests that adolescents and young adults with dental caries experience higher perceived stress and exhibit elevated hair cortisol levels than those without dental caries.


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March 14, 2024

REGISTER NOW! Pollinator Practices at Western | March 21, 2024

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Western became the first Canadian university to become a Bee City Campus in 2018 and this designation recognizes the ongoing pollinator work happening on campus.

Join us for a discussion on pollinator practices at Western. This event brings together a panel of campus community members who play important roles in overseeing campus landscape operations, coordinating garden volunteers, and engaging passionate students on pollinator initiatives.

DATE: Thursday, March 21, 2024
TIME: 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon
LOCATION: Zoom, please register for link

We'll also welcome back a Western alum who works with Bee City Canada and hear about his passion for pollinators!

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March 08, 2024

INSPIRING MINDS | Lauren Denusik, PhD candidate, Faculty of Health Sciences

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Inspiring Minds seeks to broaden awareness and impact of graduate student research, while enhancing transferable skills. Students were challenged to describe their research, scholarship or creative activity in 150 or fewer words to share with our community.


Lauren Denusik
PhD candidate, Faculty of of Health Sciences

Virtual More Than Words®: A Caregiver-Mediated Program for Autistic Preschoolers

Families with an autistic child are experiencing long waitlists to access services. Caregiver mediated programs may be one solution by educating and empowering caregivers to support their child’s development when the clinician is not present. My doctoral research explores the virtual adaptation of More Than Words®, a caregiver-mediated program that provides caregivers strategies they can implement into daily routines to support their autistic preschooler's social communication and play skills development. Outcomes of over 2000 Ontario families that participated in the virtual program between 2020 and 2021 will be examined. Additionally, the experiences of families and clinicians will be explored to understand the facilitators and barriers of this virtual adaptation. As we move beyond the pandemic, virtual services are important in reducing accessibility barriers. My research will provide researchers and clinicians with new findings on virtual programming and where adaptations are needed to ensure positive and impactful experiences for families.


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March 06, 2024

Join Us for the Proteus Innovation Competition Finale!

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Experience innovation at the Proteus Innovation Competition live pitch, where finalists battle it out with their commercialization strategies for cutting-edge technologies. With $5,000 in cash prizes on the line, witness the culmination of a four-month challenge.

Event Highlights

  • Date: March 27, 2024
  • Time: 4:30 PM
  • Location: Online via Zoom

Featuring Innovative technologies from Western University, McMaster University, University of Windsor, University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Don't let this opportunity pass. Be there to see who takes home the prize and makes their mark on the future of technology!

Register today at https://proteusic.com/.


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