The University of Western Ontario, commonly referred to as Western, is a public research university located in London, Ontario, Canada. The university's main campus covers 455 hectares (1,120 acres) of land, with the Thames River cutting through the eastern portion of the main campus. Western administers a wide variety of academic programs between 12 faculties, professional schools and three affiliated university colleges. The university was founded as The Western University of London Ontario, a denomimational school of the Church of England, by Bishop Isaac Hellmuth and the Anglican Diocese of Huron. The university became secular in 1908 and was renamed "The University of Western Ontario" in 1923. The university has over 23,000 undergraduate and over 5,000 graduate students. More than 220,000 alumni and former students of Western can be found in over 100 countries around the world. The Western varsity athletic teams are known as the Western Mustangs, and are members of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport. The university was founded on 7 March 1878 by Bishop Isaac Hellmuth (1817–1901) of the Anglican Diocese of Huron as "The Western University of London Ontario."
Scientists revolutionize solar power with new "gold nanocluster" technology
Scientists at Western University have discovered that a small molecule created with just 144 atoms of gold can increase solar cell performance by more than 10 per cent. These findings, published recently by the high-impact ...
Student scratches out an idea for app
Tired of buying scratch lottery tickets, only to come up empty handed? Chris Lange is confident his latest app will give you the "best bang for your buck" next time you get lotto fever.
Maternal effect key to fish combating climate change
(Phys.org) —According to research by Western scientists, thermal tolerance in a wild fish population is a key factor in understanding how animal species adapt to climate change.
Explaining the games gasoline retailers play
(Phys.org) —When it's time to top up the tank, how much thought do you give to where you will buy gas? Maybe you drive around town, looking for the best deal. Chances are, you usually visit the same station in your neighbourhood, ...
Crater discovery's impact echoes still today
Desmond Moser never gives up. Twenty years ago, the now Western Earth Sciences professor first visited the heart of South Africa's Vredefort impact crater, locating what he believed to be some of the only ...
Polyethylene and polypropylene beads threaten shoreline ecosystems
You likely wouldn't spot them, unless digging through the sand on your hands and knees, but a miniature plastic pest along the shoreline of the Great Lakes could result in huge headaches for the environment ...
Study finds law dramatically curbing need for speed
Almost seven years have passed since Ontario's street-racing legislation hit the books and, according to one Western researcher, it has succeeded in putting the brakes on the number of convictions and, more importantly, injuries ...
Meteorite impact craters may have hosted early life on Earth
(Phys.org) —A new study from Western explores the possibility that Earth's earliest life forms may have been cultivated by a meteorite impact event.
Research explores the games people play on credit applications
As it stands, it's possible for you to play your bank and get approval for a loan that, maybe, you shouldn't be granted.
Researcher looks to save an endangered duck habitat
Ever try to slap a mini-backpack on a mallard duck? Hang out with Matt Palumbo long enough and you'll find out how.
Conductivity and chemical effects of carbon coating on electric car batteries
(Phys.org) —While you may see a Chevrolet Volt here, or a Nissan Leaf there, the future of the electric car has a way to go when it comes to safety, cost and, especially, performance. However, Engineering ...
Astronomers seeking meteorites that may have crashed near St. Thomas, Ontario
(Phys.org) —Researchers from Western University have released footage of a basketball-sized meteor that was almost as bright as the full moon. The meteor lit up the skies of southwestern Ontario earlier this week and Western ...
Food industry in flux, but still 'powerful,' according to study
One Western professor contends Canada's food manufacturing industry remains a "viable and a powerful economic force," despite a string of recent high-profile closures, including the Kellogg's plant in London and Heinz plant ...
International study puts middle class in spotlight
Having lived in India and Singapore as a child, Western Economics professor Terry Sicular was always fascinated by Asia. Five decades later, that passion prevails.
Female brown-headed cowbirds perform spatial tasks better than males
Tired jokes about men, women and sense of direction have existed since the dawn of time. A new study at Western, however, has shown female brown-headed cowbirds perform spatial tasks better than their male ...