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Campus Digest, May 10

May 10, 2012

Goldschlager honoured for volunteerism

GoldschlagerPaul Mayne, Western News

Western professor Alain Goldschlager, Department of French, recently received the Ontario Volunteer Service Award, recognizing 30 years of service with B’nai Brith Canada, the National Task Force on Holocaust Education and the League of Human Rights. For a man who started “as a simple soldier” conducting voluntary research during the trial of Ernst Christof Friedrich Zündel, his work evolved into a lifetime of local, national and international leadership positions.

Turns out, however, Goldschlager wasn’t even the first in his home to win the honour. His then-17-year-old daughter, Arielle, won the award in 2008 for her efforts with the United Way. “Normally, they say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. In this case, the tree grows not far from the apple,” Goldschlager said.

Plant sale springing up

Western’s Friends of the Gardens are preparing for its 19th annual Plant Sale. Organizers are hoping for a big turnout to help lighten their load prior to the group’s relocation.

The sale, which benefits Western’s Friends of the Gardens Student Bursaries, runs 12-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 in the Biological & Geological Sciences building courtyard, ground floor (between B&G rooms 0120 and 0187, across from Material Sciences Addition, Room 0203). Remaining plants will be sold 12-1 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, May 16-18.

Only cash or personal cheque are accepted.

For a complete listing of plants, visit the Friends website.

“This is always a much-anticipated and well-attended event, but we can really use the support this year, as we are being forced  by construction in the B&G Courtyard to move all our plant materials, etc. to new quarters,” said Lesley Tchorek of Friends of the Gardens. “We are hoping to sell as much of our plant inventory as possible through this year’s sale to lighten our load. Our new accommodations will be much more modest than at present.”

Western News takes pair of top honours

Two Western News staffers won Canadian Community Newspaper Awards in the organization’s annual national awards program celebrating the best in community publishing from across the country.

Reporter/photographer Paul Mayne won Best Campus Feature Story. Published on March 3, 2011, the story, Finding Private Lawless, chronicles how the remains of a First World War hero were identified thanks to Western research.

Editor Jason Winders won Best Campus News Story. Published on Jan. 6, 2011, the story, A Dream Unfolds, focuses on Western President Amit Chakma’s landmark visit to the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Awards empower Africa-based research

Nine Western research projects, all with eyes on Africa, will be able to explore their ideas across the continent thanks to funding from The Africa Institute.

The 2012 Africa Institute Student Mobility Funding is awarded to meritorious undergraduate and graduate student projects that will be undertaken in Africa. The award supports students who plan to carry out activities in Africa with a research focus that benefits the student’s academic plan.

Political Science professor Joanna R. Quinn, The Africa Institute director, announced the awards on May 2. The funded projects include:

Raffle idea takes the cake

CakePhoto by Kathy Wallis

You didn’t have to have a heart to help Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry students last week. You could have a lung, heart or even kidney. Organizers Ryan McLarty, Sonika Kainth, Carolyn Travers and Jimmy Yan, all first-year medical students, raised $403 for the United Way through an anatomical bake sale raffle. Pictured are, from left, a heart cake by Lauren Forrest, kidney cake by Tara Thompson and lung cake by Laura Callan.

Early researchers earn funding

Five Western researchers look to find innovative solutions to global challenges, thanks to the province’s Early Researcher Awards program. A total of $700,000 will help these world-leading researchers make new discoveries while helping to build their research teams.

“We are thrilled to see five of our exceptionally talented new faculty members among the latest cohort to be rewarded for their hard work and scholarship, and we are very grateful to the province for continuing to provide this much needed support which is key to attracting and retaining these bright minds on our campus,” said Janice Deakin, Western provost and vice-president (academic) and acting vice-president (research).

The funding includes support for:

A classic performance at Western

CarsonAdela Talbot, Western News

A performance by renowned Canadian poet and classicist Anne Carson kicked off the 2012 Classical Association of Canada (CAC) Conference, hosted by Western’s Department of Classical Studies from May 7-10. The annual CAC conference unites roughly 150 researchers from across North America. Professor Amy Richlin of the University of California at Los Angeles delivered the keynote address, Vox Clamantis in Deserto: Teaching Classics to the First Nations, Wednesday evening.


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