January 29, 2015 / Vol. 51 No. 4 PM 41195534 westernnews.ca ‘Accidental philosopher’ STAN BEHAL // SPECIAL TO WESTERN NEWS Joseph L. Rotman, Western chancellor and Canadian philanthropist, dies at 80 BY JASON WINDERS WHEN JOSEPH ROTMAN turned 60, he faced a decision on how to define his life’s second act. Starting in his father’s heating business, located on Toronto’s Spadina Avenue, Rotman grew a fortune over three decades as an oil trader, merchant banker and investor. When it came time to step away from the business world, he focused on advice from his earliest days: “My father taught me that the most powerful way to inspire others to give is for them to see people giving in their community. He taught his children, and lived his life, on the belief that writing the cheque was the easy part. It is the giving of one’s time and ability that is more difficult.” At that moment, he committed himself fully to public service - philanthropy, volunteerism, even public policy. He clustered his new life’s work around key passions. Within health research, he fueled discovery and pioneered public policy. Within innovation, he created and shaped national and provincial agendas through collaborations across the country. Within postsecondary education and the arts, he cemented a legacy from which generations after him will benefit. To each passion, he dedicated – quite strategically – all his resources. “What I found is, when I turned 60, and had the opportunity to make a decision of how to spend the rest of my life, what became important for me was I wanted to see my role in a way that was going to have a positive and enduring impact on society. Fortunately, I had the freedom to make that choice. My only regret is what happens to most people – you don’t start thinking about your legacy until you’re close to the end. My advice for each of you is to consider ‘venture philanthropy’ as a vehicle, as a means, as path and as a way to think, as early as possible, so that your desired legacy becomes a catalyst for action, not later, but today.” Born Jan. 6, 1935 in Toronto, Rotman was destined to become ‘an accidental philosopher.’ When he graduated from Forest Hill Collegiate in 1954, his highest mark was a C+. Nevertheless, he applied to the University of Toronto’s Commerce and Finance program. He was not accepted. “You might not be aware,” he often mentioned when relating this story, “but this group at U of T is now called the Rotman Commerce Program.” Undeterred from continuing his education, Western’s newspaper of record since 1972 Rotman, BA’57, LLD’09, chose Western. “Instead of Western being a second choice,” he told Memorial University graduates in 2013, “it turned out to be the best thing to happen to me, and has remained a most powerful influence on my career and whatever success I have enjoyed.” Once on campus, Rotman registered for a Philosophy course. Admittedly, it was a matter of strategy, not personal interest at the time. He had not taken the subject in high school, and, therefore, did not have a C- or a D as a past record. In the classroom, Alistair Johnson, the head of the department, was his professor in the firstyear course, and he took a personal interest in the young Rotman. By the end of the first year, Rotman was enraptured by philosophy. In that discipline, he learned to think and ask questions. JOSEPH ROTMAN // CONTINUED ON PAGE 9 2 Western News | January 29, 2015 upload your photos Coming Events JAN 29-FEB 4 # 29 // THURSDAY MCINTOSH GALLERY EXHIBITION Ron Benner: Three Questions. Curated by Julian Haladyn. mcintoshgallery. ca. Exhibition continues to Feb. 28. PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY COLLOQUIUM Audrey Bouvier, Earth Sciences, Western. Meteorites: Time capsules of the origin of the Solar System and terrestrial planets. 1:30 p.m. P&A 100. CLASSICAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT Daryn Lehoux, Queen’s University. Creatures Born of Mud and Slime: Spontaneous Generation in Antiquity. 4:30 p.m. SSC 3014. CHINESE PROGRAM AT HURON Chinese Film Forum 1 at Huron. War, Trauma, Memory: John Rabe (multilingual with English subtitle). After the screening, there will be a discussion session. Free admission and refreshment served. Contact Dr. Laura Wu at firstname.lastname@example.org. 5:30 p.m. Huron University College. 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From when I was young, I always liked stories and was always writing stories. It was this thing I did, that I found I got affirmation for. Teachers would single me out as someone who was good at writing. People seemed to respond to my stories. It seemed to be the thing that gave me affirmation from the universe and told me I was on the right track, in what I should be doing. It provided escape, and fun, and a kind of comfort in being able to create my own world. Where did those early stories come from? I don’t really know. I was growing up in smalltown Nova Scotia; I wasn’t really reading stories that resembled my experience at all. I was reading stories about people in England, the States, and it kind of conditions you to believe, at that age, that nobody writes stories about the kind of life that I live. So, you start off trying to write those stories. But then, when I started to get older, 18-19-20, I started to actively seek out Canadian writers and writers from my area. And I started to realize people from my part of the world could write their stories as well. And it was kind of a turning point for me. That’s when I started focusing on my own world and mining my own life for material. Who were you reading, then, when you started to discover your own experience in text? I was reading Alistair MacLeod, David Adams Richards, Alden Nowlan. Dave Richards’ work, SPECIAL TO WESTERN NEWS Lynn Coady is the author of Hellgoing, a collection of short stories and the first installment in this year’s session of Western Reads. If you pick up the book, she said, expecting to read something like Alice Munro, you won’t find what you’re looking for. (laughs) it was sad – but had a lot of humour, too. I really appreciated that and responded to that, because Maritime literature, for whatever reason, can be grim sometimes. And that’s not really what I wanted to do. I think maybe my books have certain depressing elements, but they have humour, too. Where does inspiration come from, for you? Characters are what inspire me most – people, thinking about their contradictions, yearnings and failings. I’m really interested in character and fundamental human dilemmas. For whatever reason, a certain situation or some little idea about a character will get stuck in my head, and I won’t know why, and I’ll just start obsessing about that character, and they will grow in my mind until there’s a story to be born. Tell me about something difficult you’ve encountered in writing. Is there a work that you struggled through? Why? I guess the last story in Hellgoing – that story came from a deep, subconscious place, I think. As I was writing it, I was feeling my way in the dark because I didn’t really know – I was really interested in these characters and their relationships, but I didn’t really know why. It was through writing this story that I was going to figure this out. And it took a long time; it took about a year of writing and rewriting before I started to understand what the contours of the relationship were, and what it was that was so compelling about these two characters. What kind of misconceptions have you run into about your work? Oftentimes, I see reviews and stuff where people find my point of view grim or cold, or just sort of overly pessimistic, about people. And I find that kind of baffling. I think it’s got to be a taste issue. These are people who tend to read more overtly optimistic stories, I think. The other thing that was a little bit frustrating was when I won the Giller – the year Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize – I found myself being kind of held up alongside Alice Munro a lot. And my work was. People were saying, ‘You write short stories; GET YOUR READ ON Alice Munro writes short stories,’ and I think people who weren’t familiar with my work picked up Hellgoing thinking it was going to be like reading Alice Munro, and they were sorely disappointed. There are some cranky reviews on Amazon about that saying, ‘This is nothing like Alice Munro!’ What is success for you, at the end of the day? Success for me is just being able to write without starving to death, having that be my fulltime vocation. And that’s a really difficult thing to achieve, and it means I’m not always writing fiction to achieve that. I’ve been writing television a lot lately. It’s satisfying in different ways than writing fiction. But just being creative full-time without being hungry is all I’ve wanted out of life. What would you like to say to Western alumni and community readers who pick up Hellgoing? Enjoy the book. Some people take issue with the ending; they find it weird, abrupt or unsatisfying. And I just ask that readers be open. The thing that frustrates me sometimes is hearing people say, ‘You did the ending wrong.’ But I meant for it to be that way. To participate in Western Reads, register online at alumni.westernu.ca/learn/western-reads/. The first 100 people to register will receive a free copy of one of this session’s books. Follow Western Reads on Twitter @westernuReads, use #purplereads and sign up for Facebook events. 4 Western News | January 29, 2015 Yes, that’s with a ‘B’ Western News (ISSNO3168654), a publication of Western University’s Department of Communications and Public Affairs, is published every Thursday throughout the school year and operates under a reduced schedule during December, May, June, July and August. An award-winning weekly newspaper and electronic news service, Western News serves as the university’s newspaper of record. 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WE STERN NEWS WesternNews.ca Westminster Hall, Suite 360 Western University London, ON N6A 3K7 Telephone 519 661-2045 Fax 519 661-3921 Western’s annual economic impact pegged at $11.3 billion BY JASON WINDERS PETER WHITE THINKS the numbers speak for themselves. “This (report) reconfirms what everyone knows – Western has a huge impact on the city,” said White, the university’s executive director, government relations and strategic partnerships. “But being able to put this feeling into the specific perspectives of numbers and people, and where those things take place, that’s important for people to see.” Released Tuesday, the Western University: Economic Impact Study Final Report placed the university’s total annual economic impact at $11.3 billion – with $3.6 billion of that felt in London. The study found 15,480 jobs in Canada are connected to Western – 10,840 in London alone. “Western is deeply embedded into London’s social and economic fabric,” said Amit Chakma, president and vice-chancellor. “As we grow and play a larger role on the international stage, we are confident our position as a key contributor to the economy will continue to strengthen.” From April to June 2014, KPMG LLP undertook an economic impact study in order to determine the university’s estimated economic impact taking into account everything from enrolment, employment and innovation to commercialization of new discoveries and company creation locally, regionally and nationally. Western’s affiliate colleges are not included in this study, which is based on data from 2012-2013. The university had not conducted an economic impact study since the late-1990s. KPMG credited the university with contributing $1.62 billion to Canada’s GDP through spending on operations and $146 million to Canada’s GDP – $120 million of that in London – due to capital investments. Locally, the university injected $293 million in student living expenses to the economy, as well as $46 million as a result of an estimated 190,000 visitornights to Western. “Unfortunately, we sometimes end up with negative stories on universities and their students’ impact in communities,” White said. “But I think the reality is – and these numbers show this – there are a lot of great things with regard to student impact in London. “Postsecondary education is a real strong segment for London’s economy. What we do at Western, and with Fanshawe College’s impact on the east side of the city, postsecondary education is huge segment for the City of London in terms of economy, GDP and employment.” Research undertaken at Western, and its two Research Parks, is estimated to have an annual cumulative contribution of $2.06 billion to GDP in Ontario – $720 million of that in London. Western alumni living in Ontario improved their earnings by $4.95 billion as a result of their education at Western ($1.15 billion among alumni living in London). The estimated direct, indirect and induced impacts of this additional income are $7.43 billion in Ontario ($1.71 billion in London). “The reality is, we are an extremely important part of London’s economy,” White said. INSIDE TODAY Read highlights from the KPMG Western University: Economic Impact Study Final Report, Western News special insert. MUSTANG MEMORIES PHOTOS PROVIDED BY THE JOHN P. 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Western News Lecture Black sells new methods for old system ERIC GREEN // SPECIAL TO WESTERN NEWS Author, entrepreneur and media tycoon Conrad Black visited Western last weekend as part of the Social Science Students’ Council’s academic conference, ‘Capitalism in Today’s Society.’ Black spoke about capitalism and listed a number of strategies that Canada could implement in order to strengthen its economic position. BY ERIC GREEN CONTROVERSIAL AUTHOR, ENTREPRENEUR and media magnate, ex-Canadian Conrad Black appeared at Western this past Sunday to discuss the current state and importance of capitalism in the modern world. The Social Science Students’ Council (SSSC) held its academic conference, ‘Capitalism in Today’s Society,’ which brought together all 11 departments within the faculty. While Saturday’s talks by professors Maude Barlow, Anton Allahar and Jean-Philipe Vergne, focused on the negative impacts of capitalism in society, Black’s keynote address touched on downsides but also affirmed his belief that capitalism is still the ideal economic system for any society. “[Capitalism] is indeed, I suggest to you, the best economic system because it is the only one that conforms to the practically universal human desire for more,” Black said. He went on to say not recognizing this notion is the ultimate failing of left wing thinkers, who want to ‘share,’ in as much as it means confiscating the property and wealth of others. People, Black said, are largely opposed to having what is theirs taken away and, because of that, it is necessary for us, as a society, to implement new policies and strategies to give the wealthy a legitimate reason to work towards the abolishment of poverty. Black listed a number of strategies that Canada could implement in order to strengthen its economic position. One of his main points was with the establishment of a wealth tax that would be self-eliminating as the percentage of people living in poverty decreased. Essentially, he suggested, those worth more than $5 million would be required to pay a 1 per cent tax towards alleviating poverty, but not to the government. The money would go to social assistance systems designed by those paying the tax themselves. In this way, Black said, we provide an incentive for the wealthy to help those less fortunate. He suggested Canada should establish private sector health care in order to alleviate pressure on the public sector, and to provide incentives for doctors to stay and work in Canada, reducing taxes on essential spending, like groceries and clothing, while increasing taxes on elective spending on luxury items. While Black’s presentation received resounding applause, the event was not without controversy. One panellist dropped out of the conference in protest of Black’s position as keynote speaker, due to his criminal convictions, while a small number of protestors stood outside the event. Black said he had not intended to discuss his legal issues, as they had no real bearing on the subject he had been asked to address. In light of the situation, however, he took a moment to defend himself. “I gather that I’m being boycotted by a couple of people on grounds of my alleged moral turpitude, as demonstrated by the workings of the American legal system, Black said. “No sane person acquainted with the case could possibly imagine that I broke any laws, and I didn’t – I wouldn’t dream of such a thing. There wouldn’t have been any charges … in any civilized nation outside the U.S. So the people who boycotted me, for that reason, have made a mistake.” | January 29, 2015 5 6 Western News | January 29, 2015 Academics Among a number of examples on campus, Doerksen mentioned Commercial Aviation Management professor Susanne Kearns and her use of ‘snap courses,’ short, contentfocused presentations that can be delivered even by way of mobile applications. Tom Haffie, a lecturer in Biology, also got a nod for being among the first to use clickers in a Western classroom as a way to engage students and drive active learning. “Kem Rogers in Schulich is looking at how students learn in a face-to-face environment versus an online learning environment. He’s doing the same course and doing some research on what’s the impact on learning from these different learning modalities,” Doerksen added. “I think we’re going to see evidence-based practice and best practice for continued learning and growth at Western.” The provost’s office is investing in a teaching fellows program with a focus on e-learning. It is also exploring options to develop clusters of courses online, enabling students to do an entire module online. Teaching terms of reference and a teaching award to recognize contribution in technology-enabled learning is also coming down the pipeline, Doerksen added. “There’s no question that lectures well delivered are a critical part of pedagogy, but if we look at other ways of engaging our students, we can find ways to engage them as partners in learning through technology.” The new website includes an introductory video and features professors from all faculties sharing their experiences teaching with technology, as well as an eLearning toolkit with links to teaching strategies and software resources. B Y A D E L A TA L B O T BY NOW, YOU’VE likely read the email. But what can, and what should, you do now that you’ve read it? A note from Vice-Provost (Academic Programs) John Doerksen landed in faculty inboxes earlier this week, spreading the word about the state of e-learning and new technology-enhanced teaching initiatives taking place at Western. The note is tied to the recent launch of the new eLearning at Western website, hosted by the Teaching Support Centre (TSC) and meant to be an informative and supportive hub for faculty and staff interested in technology-enhanced learning. “We’re in a great place with e-learning now at Western. The overarching goal, at least in my mind, or, what we’ve heard from the task force, is that (e-learning) is driven by academic priorities,” Doerksen said. Nearly two years have passed since an e-learning task force was asked to produce a report to the provost, outlining priorities and goals in technology-enhanced learning on campus. Since then, Doerksen noted, progress has been made and every year, more and more students are showing a demand for fully online courses. This year, there are 13,000 online enrolments alone. But online courses are not what define e-learning, Doerksen continued. “At Western, we are interested in the whole spectrum. What’s the principle driving e-learning at Western? It really is academic engagement. It’s an academic priority we are working to address,” he said. “E-learning won’t be the right thing for every course or discipline, but we are talking about the full spectrum, where on one end, you have the fully online course, and on the other end, you could have a course with minimal engagement with e-learning, and just using Sakai.” In the middle, there are plenty of options available to faculty, lecturers and teaching assistants who wish to enrich students’ learning experience, Doerksen added. Varied classroom technologies and tools are available with support at the ready from the TSC. Online resources are out there, and even publishers of class books and materials are getting on board and providing online tools to accompany traditional texts. Blended learning is a formal structure now, too, Doerksen explained, with components of classes available online in addition to occasional face-to-face interaction. All of these options are currently being explored by professors and instructors in just about every program and faculty. For those wishing to incorporate more technology and web-based tools in their teaching, or for those who want to design a course online, help is always available through the TSC and the Instructional Technology Research Centre on campus. Some faculty members might be hesitant to move towards technology-enhanced learning initiatives but, Doerksen said, an open mind is all “We’re in a great place with e-learning now at Western. The overarching goal, at ILLUSTRATION BY FRANK NEUFELD that’s needed. “I would say if we take the opportunity to look for the possibilities, we might surprise ourselves. I encourage faculty colleagues to go to the new Western Active Learning Space. When you walk into that space, you realize there’s lots of technology, students can work together in pods, linked by technology. It’s really designed for student active learning, and when you walk in and play around with the technology, try to imagine how you could convey core disciplinary knowledge and see how can that technology can help,” he said. “We also have to keep in mind students’ own expectations. Students are coming to us as digital natives. They’re vary familiar with technology and this is a way for us, in the context of our teaching mission, to actually be able to use the tools they’re familiar with to reach our students,” Doerksen said. “I think we have a lot of great champions (of e-learning) across campus. One of the things that’s been great is seeing these colleagues get together and form a community of practice.” least in my mind, or, what we’ve heard from the task force, is that (e-learning) is driven by academic priorities.” - John Doerksen Vice-Provost (Academic Programs) Western News | January 29, 2015 7 Professors, instructors and teaching assistants across all faculties are using technology to help them teach and engage students. Here are just two examples of how technology is enhancing both the traditional classroom experience and the online learning experience at Western. om Haffie was among those who pioneered the use of clickers in the classroom roughly a decade ago. Technology has come a long way since then, but his classroom has kept up, using clickers and so much more to enhance the student learning environment, to make lessons engaging, and himself available to a class that might have an enrollment of 700 students. “I started with overheads, writing out my overheads the night before and revealing them as we go. But I got frustrated with that really quickly and I started carrying a Mac SE on my back to the classroom. There was a projection plate that went on the overhead so I made little animations to make things move in class,” Haffie said of his first foray into technologyenhanced learning. “I’m mostly using a tool to do something I would have done anyway. Before clickers, I used cards – people would fold up cards of different colours and hold them. My interest in technology comes from just a frustration of not being able to communicate with students and keep them engaged.” In his class, Haffie runs two computers, various software, he records the class, uses clickers, a tablet and launches out of PowerPoint to use the web as well. It can be hard to keep up, but it’s a valuable and accessible learning experience for his students. Recording his class allows his students to access materials after the lecture and helps with efficiency, he said. It’s about accessibility, too, and students being able to help themselves. He also holds office hours online through OWL and, at any time, 120 people might be online for a discussion. “And 120 people would never come to my office,” Haffie said. With clickers, which he still uses, he is able to have a conversation with a large class, garnering audience response in real-time. “With clickers, I could discover what they already knew as a group. I could adapt and change, and not show the next slide because (they) already know that,” Haffie said. “Technology shrinks the room – students at the back of my classroom are reading questions on their iPhone and clicking in their answers – they’re engaged in ways people who sit in back rows typically aren’t,” he went on. “(Students) live in a technological world, and I don’t think they want to feel like they’re going back in time when they come into a classroom. There are certainly times we close the laptops and put phones away, and interact differently, but in general, technology is part of the world and it seems like it’s an obvious tool for the classroom.” documents collectively. “We are also getting into students being able to write code. The United Kingdom is introducing coding for all grades in the curriculum, so we are exploring that there,” he continued. A dozen years ago, we might have been wondering if online courses and technology-enhanced learning is the way to go, Gadanidis said, but it’s valuable in all programs and classrooms. “Most of my teaching online is asynchronous partly because some of the students I have aren’t in same time zone. But we also use synchronous groups as well, and I would create different times when I would invite students to join to have a face-to-face discussion online,” he explained. “I don’t start with technology; I start with what I want to accomplish – what is it and how do I structure this learning so it would be meaningful, and then I look for technological tools that would help me do that.” ADELA TALBOT // WESTERN NEWS ADELA TALBOT // WESTERN NEWS or George Gadanidis, e-learning is an integral part of his approach to teaching – which you could say is good, because he’s teaching future teachers. “Even if I teach face-to-face classes, we have online components where students can go to follow up on discussion and access resources. In the Bachelor of Education program, if they are in a practicum, they can share ideas online, even if they aren’t together,” Gadanidis said. Funding over the years has allowed him to make documentaries of research he has done in classrooms, which are available online for his students to learn from. With colleagues and other students, Gadanidis also designs interactive content for students, allowing them to play with mathematical concepts and ideas online. He uses wikis, as part of his lesson plans, asking students to write and to contribute to 8 Western News | January 29, 2015 ‘Tabla for one’ POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE THIS PROGRAM OFFERS A CLEAR PATHWAY TO CAREERS IN THE LUCRATIVE FINANCIAL PLANNING INDUSTRY. IT PROVIDES STUDENTS WITH A BROAD RANGE OF FINANCIAL, BUSINESS AND SOFT SKILLS, PLUS THE OPPORTUNITY TO EARN THE LICENCES AND DESIGNATIONS THAT EMPLOYERS ARE LOOKING FOR. business.humber.ca/postgrad PAUL MAYNE // WESTERN NEWS Highly sought-after tabla performer and educator Shawn Mativetsky shared his love of north Indian classical music – with a blend Western contemporary – last week at the Don Wright Faculty of Music’s Friday Concert Series. Based in Montreal, Mativetsky teaches tabla and percussion at McGill University. For more information on upcoming concerts and performances in Music, visit music.uwo.ca. Western News | January 29, 2015 9 s ew t N er rn ns te l I es cia W e Sp ECONOMIC IMPACT Western University’s Economic Impact Highlights 201 5 10 Western News | January 29, 2015 Western News | January 29, 2015 Making Significant Economic Contributions Partnering for Success Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Western University welcomed its first students in 1878, and is deeply embedded in the social and economic fabric of London, and is a key contributor to the economic success of the province and nation as a whole. Western and the City of London have enjoyed a long, proud history of collaborating to strengthen the University and the City. Thousands of faculty, staff, students and alumni call the Forest City home. It is here, they have built their lives and communities. In 2012-13, Western attracted more than $245 million in research funding from government, industry, donors and internal sources. To explore the depths of these contributions, Western recently commissioned KPMG Management Consulting to conduct a study to estimate the economic impact of the University’s activities from enrolment, employment, innovation, commercialization of new discoveries and company creation within a local, regional and national context. It concluded that Western is clearly making an impact. The following information comes from the KPMG Economic Impact Study 2015, and counts the years 2012-13, unless otherwise noted. Study Highlights With outstanding academic programming and robust research, Western is an economic engine that helps ensure London continues to grow and flourish. It is also one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. WORLDiscoveries® is the business development arm of London’s research institutions, providing a bridge from local innovation and invention to global industry. Since 2008, it has facilitated the creation of 12 spin-off companies. 10,840 jobs $120 million Western generated nearly $23 million in royalty and licensing income, and holds 198 patents and more than 100 active licenses. added to London GDP in 2012-13 through capital investments $1.62 billion estimated impact of improved annual earnings by Western alumni living in Ontario in 2013 contributed to Canada’s GDP on an ongoing basis due to expenditures related to Western $293 million $46 million in living expenses of students originating from outside of London and the surrounding areas added to the local economy as a result of an estimated 190,000 visitor-nights to Western estimated annual cumulative contribution to GDP in Ontario due to productivity gains from research million contributed to Canada’s GDP in 2012-13 due to capital investments Western is becoming an increasingly attractive environment for research, witnessing an 11 per cent increase in research funding since 2009. This aligns with the view held by stakeholders that Western’s most valuable and attractive economic asset is its multidisciplinary research capabilities. Study Highlights $7.43 billion $2.06 billion Research Commercialization connected to Western in London ECONOMIC IMPACT $146 3 . 1 1 $billion 11 Western had the third highest gross licensing income among Canada’s research-intensive universities in 2013. 6 . 3 $billion t al ’s To ct n r e t Wes Impa m ic o n o Ec n don in Lo ECONOMIC IMPACT Impacting Businesses and Organizations Western supports existing businesses through access to: • Leading researchers and students • Business development guidance for start-ups and small- and medium-sized enterprise • Physical facilities that may otherwise be out of reach for companies Leading-edge facilities, researchers and guidance are found in Western’s two London Research Parks, which are considered to be among the region’s most attractive features for SMEs currently operating in London or considering relocating to the city. In a recent survey, UBI Index ranked Western’s Research Parks 22nd in the Global Top 25 University Business Incubators of 2014. t al ’s To ct n r e t Wes Impa m ic o n o Ec 2 Western University | Economic Impact 2015 Western University | Economic Impact 2015 3 12 Western News | January 29, 2015 Additional Social & Economic Impacts Growing the Local & National Economy Human Capital In 2013 Western alumni living in Ontario improved their earnings by almost $5 billion as a result of their education at Western. Of this total, approximately 23 per cent accrues to those living in the City of London. The estimated total direct, indirect and induced impacts of this additional income is $7.43 billion in Ontario and $1.71 billion in London. More than 16,000 Western graduates have taken their talents to international markets and communities, allowing for the creation of an extensive global network of alumni. This influence may be best represented by graduates of the Ivey Business School who currently occupy leadership roles in 102 countries. Supporting the Needs of the Community Western is home to many public and community-based partnerships, providing community-accessible services including health, legal and educational supports. Western also undertakes many community-based research activities. Ranging from obesity to dementia, built environment to homelessness, food security to Indigenous knowledge, Western’s inclusive community-based research activities are shaping public policy through collaboration. Western promotes quality of life in London and the surrounding communities by making its resources and space available to outside groups and individuals. Drawing thousands to campus annually, Western’s programs, events and activities provide vital services, promote life-long learning, provide specialized expertise, enhance physical well-being as well as build professional and social networks. Key Facts Western spends approximately $1 billion annually as a result of its ongoing operations. Other organizations and individuals also make expenditures on goods and services and job creation that would not have been made in Western’s absence, contributing to the economy locally, provincially and nationally. Highlights 15,480 jobs $1.62 billion connected to Western nationally value-added by Western to the Canadian economy annually ECONOMIC $960 IMPACT million Western’s operating expenditures and those of related entities Increased earnings Impact of increased earnings $4.95 billion $7.43 billion improved earnings of alumni living in Ontario as a result of their education at Western estimated total direct, indirect and induced economic impacts of this additional income in Ontario $1.14 billion $1.71 billion improved earnings of alumni living in London as a result of their education at Western estimated total direct, indirect and induced economic impacts of this additional income in London Western makes a significant investment in various types of capital including new construction, major building renovations, housing renovations, as well as utilities and infrastructure projects. 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But I am not so blind as to think my opinion is shared by all. You read the papers. University educations, particularly ones in the humanities, are under attack. They question our ‘value’ in the world. They view us as weathered volumes stored on dusty shelves, pulled down only during our time on campus when they pack us away to make room for other items in their post-graduation lives. They see what we have to offer as stagnant, stuck in a time of tunics. To many, we are quaint. But we know that isn’t true. The questions we ask, the answers we explore are as relevant, as modern and as necessary today as at any other time in our history. In fact, the ‘value’ earned through the intellectual heavy-lifting necessary for a university degree bears the hopes of a better future. Our problem is simple; we’re not very good at sharing that message. I am proud of my training as a philosopher. I want to share the insight I gained at Western, the orderly thinking I was trained to employ there, at every opportunity.” SPECIAL TO WESTERN NEWS Following graduation, Rotman stayed connected to Western for the remainder of his life. In 1999, he established the Rotman Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Science, to enhance the research and training capacities in the origins and nature of scientific theory and the impact of scientific theories on society. In 2008, his $4 million donation established the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, an internationally recognized forum in which philosophers and other humanists engage scientists on problems of global relevance, and to address issues faced by society. In 2009, he was presented an honorary degree from Western. In 2012, he was named the university’s 21st chancellor. “My goal as chancellor is to try and help the university achieve excellence – the very basis of what makes any university great – the ability of its students and scholars to think creatively, independently and usefully. Western has been one of Canada’s great academic powerhouses for many years. I see all kinds of potential to expand its strengths and reputation across the country and well beyond.” Joseph L. Rotman died Tuesday, Jan. 27. He was 80. He is survived by Sandra Frieberg, his wife since 1959, and their two children, Janis and Kenneth. Funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 30 at 1:30 p.m. at the Holy Blossom Temple (Toronto). Shiva visits Friday after burial; Saturday 7- 9 p.m.; Sunday and Monday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Evening services at 8 p.m. Shiva will conclude Monday evening, Feb. 2. w estern news 9 10 Western News | January 29, 2015 Research Initiative puts five disorders on notice B Y PA U L M AY N E “If we can identify markers of a disease, whether it be imaging, genetic or cognitive – or some combination of those – it will allow us to possibly predict five or 10 years before somebody goes on to get symptoms of a neurodegenerative, disease and potentially, intervene.” - Robert Bartha Medical Biophysics professor Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry ROBERT BARTHA HOPES his latest research will allow him to travel back in time when it comes to aggressively attacking neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, ALS and Parkinson’s. “Our ultimate goal is to try to find ways of early diagnosis. Understanding what’s changing in the brain allows us to start looking back in time,” said Bartha, a Medical Biophysics professor in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. “If we can identify markers of a disease, whether it be imaging, genetic or cognitive – or some combination of those – it will allow us to possibly predict five or 10 years before somebody goes on to get symptoms of a neurodegenerative disease, and potentially, intervene.” Bartha will lead the imaging platform of the Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative (ONDRI) Integrated Discovery Program, which aims to understand the commonalities and distinguishing characteristics of five neurodegenerative disorders: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, frontotemporal lobar dementia and vascular cognitive impairment. Along with the Robarts Research Institute, more than 20 participating clinical, academic and research centres in Hamilton, Kingston, Ottawa and Toronto are taking part in the study, the first of its kind in the world to collect large amounts of data on a spectrum of neurodegenerative disorders. “It’s the most complex long-term observational study in the world,” said Schulich Dean Michael Strong, who is heading up the provincial program. “It brings together a large group of more than 50 investigators from across the province of Ontario, four patient advocacy groups and the industrial sector. No one else is putting this all together – the commonality of these neurodegenerative diseases – which makes this tremendously unique.” ONDRI aims to enrol 600 participants across the province in 2015 who will participate in an array of assessments. These include magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography brain scans, eye tracking, blood and gait analysis and cognitive testing. All of the collected data is being entered into a central database expected to answer a variety of different research questions related to diagnosis and treatment of these disorders. “Being able to correlate these structural and functional brain changes, with these other mea- HONORARY DEGREE NOMINATIONS The Senate Honorary Degrees Committee will meet in April to select candidates for honorary degrees to be awarded at Western’s Autumn convocation scheduled in October. To ensure that consideration is given to as many worthy candidates as possible, the Committee invites the submission of nominations from any member of the university community. Nomination forms may be downloaded from the following website: uwo.ca/univsec/senate/convocation/honorary_ degrees.html and submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to April 22, 2015, for consideration by the Honorary Degrees Committee. sures of disease progression, is completely new, and we will be doing it across different diseases in a standardized way, following patients over time,” said Bartha, whose lab focuses on early onset Alzheimer’s. “We will be able to pinpoint the differences – and similarities – between the neurodegenerative diseases. This vast amount of data will become an important resource for scientists to answer a variety of different research questions, which will ultimately improve diagnosis and lead to better treatments.” While not all centres are up and running yet, Bartha added some early imaging results are complete. And he likes what he sees. “It’s looking really good,” he said. “I’ve never been part of something this significant before, something that has this much detailed information available. And with this study, there is going to be so much data. That’s never a bad thing but, at the same time, you have to start thinking carefully how you’ll manage that, who are the best people to start looking at the data and what are the important questions we want to be asking.” The Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) will invest $19 million in new funds during the next five years to fund ONDRI. Partner institutions and donations will contribute another $9.5 million to the program, bringing the total investment to $28.5 million. Donald Stuss, OBI scientific director and University of Toronto psychology and medicine professor, said there’s an ever-growing need for high-quality research focused on neurodegenerative diseases and ONDRI takes traditional research to the next level. “Just think of it, breaking down silos, not just between the institutions and researchers, but between diseases. This is a unique group and initiative,” Stuss said. “ It’s a new way to look at the complexity of the diseases for each person – a person-centered approach. It’s turning convention on its head. Instead of studying what’s unique, you study what the common thread is. “It’s important with neurodegenerative disorders to find if there might be more similarities between these diseases than there are differences, and we need to know that. This is research that will have an impact.” Bartha added while you can search, and find, mounds of research data on individual neurodegenerative diseases, what hasn’t been done before is this type of standardized cross-sectional analysis. “We’re going to make direct comparisons between the different groups and really come to understand what’s the same and what’s different,” he said. ”The benefit being is, if you start to understand where the disease is happening, what is the process, what is the timeline and how they compare, you can act.” The question, added Bartha, is right now, can we intervene? The answer is not very well. “In these cases, we don’t have the drugs. But I think what’s important to understand is once we know more about what the changes are – and what they are over time – we can start testing drugs affectively,” he said. “Using these markers in clinical trials, with new drugs, is really important. Right now, most of the drugs that have been tried have been tried very late in the disease, when there is a huge amount of neurodegeneration in the brain. Having any impact at that point is very difficult. “What we need to do is to start drugs earlier on, when the disease process is just starting. That’s when I think it will have a real effect. But we need to know what to look for first.” Bartha said he is thrilled to be playing a role in such a large and intricate project which, while still in its infancy, is already seeing collaborations being made. “This is kind of a new era of research, in a way, where we’re doing these large scale studies and pooling all the data for so many to use,” he said. “The hardest part is starting it, but once it gets rolling it will be an enormous resource. It will just keep building and building.” PAUL MAYNE // WESTERN NEWS Medical Biophysics professor Robert Bartha leads the imaging platform of the Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative Integrated Discovery Program, which aims to understand the commonalities and distinguishing characteristics of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, ALS and Parkinson’s. Western News MA-Western-Ad-Aug-VF.pdf 1 12-08-15 | January 29, 2015 11:48 AM Expect more from education. Fully accredited Montessori education for children 18 months to Grade 8, since 1968. • Half and Full day pre-school options • Central & Westmount locations NOMINATIONS WANTED for the UWOFA Board of Directors The UWOFA Nominating Committee invites members of the Association to volunteer or to suggest names of members for consideration by the committee. The positions open for election are the following: • Vice-President (who succeeds to the Presidency) • Secretary (two-year term) • Three members of the Board of Directors (two-year terms) who will represent the membership at large. Of these three seats, one must be filled by a part-time member. • Six members of the Board of Directors who will represent their Faculties (two-year terms, elected by Association members in the relevant Faculty). Faculty of Arts & Humanities Faculty of Health Sciences Faculty of Information & Media Studies Librarians & Archivists Faculty of Science Faculty of Social Science • Speaker for UWOFA (one-year term, renewable) • Speaker for UWOFA-LA (Librarians & Archivists) (one-year term, renewable) • Secretary for UWOFA-LA (Librarians & Archivists) (one-year term, renewable) All full-time and part-time members of the Association are eligible. The term of office begins July 1, 2015. Please send queries or nominations by Monday, February 23, 2015 to: Jeff Tennant, Chair, Nominating Committee University of Western Ontario Faculty Association Phone 519-661-2111 x87885 e-mail: email@example.com www.montessori.on.ca • 519-433-9121 11 12 Western News | January 29, 2015 Who’s hungry? Attention Western Students... POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE FROM ARBITRATION TO COMMUNITY OUTREACH, THIS PROGRAM OFFERS THE UNIQUE SKILLS YOU WILL NEED TO LAUNCH YOUR CAREER AS AN ARBITRATOR, CONCILIATOR, EMPLOYEE RELATIONS OFFICER, MEDIATOR AND MANY OTHER EXCITING CAREER OPTIONS. business.humber.ca/postgrad FRANK NEUFELD // WESTERN NEWS There is definitely some fine dining going on in Western’s residences, and Hospitality Services is slicing through the fat in search a few budding chefs with its first CHOPT Western - Student Culinary Competition. Each of the six residence dining operations is hosting their own competition, including Ontario Hall, where Nathan Li, pictured, took top honours. Other ‘top chefs’ include Michael Dal Cin (Perth) and William Spurr (Saugeen), with future competitions set for Essex, Sydenham, Elgin residences. Western News | January 29, 2015 In the Community Musical Theatre program takes to the summer stage President’s Medal for Distinguished Service Call for Nominations ADELA TALBOT // WESTERN NEWS Jackalyn Short, a Don Wright Faculty of Music professor is the co-artistic director of Musical Theatre on the Thames, a community-based program that will provide a one-of-a-kind professional and artistic experience in musical theatre. BY ANDREW COSTY CALLING ALL GLEE geeks and Fame fanatics, musical theatre takes to the Western stage this summer. Presented in collaboration with Western, Musical Theatre on the Thames is a community-based program that will provide a one-of-a-kind professional and artistic experience in musical theatre. The program begins July 6. “It’s just extra training,” said Jackalyn Short, a Don Wright Faculty of Music professor and co-artistic director of the program. “You’re never ready when you finish your degree. You’re always going and having to prove yourself, and pay your dues and do an internship. We’re trying to fill that niche.” While classical musicians have countless opportunities, there aren’t any equivalent summer programs available for musical theatre, Short said. “When you’re in school you’re learning theory and history and everything that goes along with your cho- sen craft,” she said. “And this is basically just about the craft.” Short will be working with fellow coartistic director – and family member – Amelia Pipher Cane. The motherdaughter team will be bringing in renowned specialists from Canada and the United States to coach the students. Musical Theatre on the Thames features intense one-on-one training and focus more on vocals than dance for this year’s production, Short said. The program will keep its students incredibly busy, occupying six days a week for three weeks in July, culminating in a performance of the Broadway musical Little Women during the week of July 20. From yoga and dance to singing and acting lessons, students will be able to train their inner passion to its limits. “At the end of it, you really know what you can do,” Short said. Taking place at Western’s Don Wright Faculty of Music, students will have plenty of rooms to rehearse, practice, and perform. The program isn’t exclusive to Western students – or university students at all. It is open to anyone age 18-30 who is interested to auditioning. “Someone who’s just graduated and been out of the business for two years thinks, ‘Oh my god, I really want to get back in to it, but I haven’t had a voice lesson in two years, and I don’t know what I’m doing. But I’m going to do it.’” Short welcomes anyone from any background. “What excites me is when I see an application come in, and I have no idea who they are.” Musical Theatre on the Thames will feature two concurrent sessions: one two weeks, and one three weeks long. The difference is, the three-week session will feature four full-show performances. Auditions take place at the end of February. Applications can be submitted online at motot.ca. Live auditions will be held in London and Toronto. The program also accepts distance auditions via email. Senate has established the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service to recognize those individuals who have provided exemplary service to the university, over a sustained period of time, over and above the normal requirements of their positions. The award is intended primarily to recognize staff, but faculty may also be considered for work or achievements that would not already be recognized by the professor emeritus designation or other service awards (such as teaching awards) in place. Nominees must have been retired/resigned from the university in any capacity (including Board or Senate membership) for at least one year prior to consideration and have no ongoing formal relationship with the university. 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For their idea, Vansevenant and her team recently advanced to the regional finals of the sixth annual Hult Prize Challenge. Sponsored by the Hult Prize Foundation, the challenge is the world’s largest student competition and start-up platform for social good. Two teams of Western students also have advanced in the challenge. “Winning the Hult Prize would be a dream come true. Not only would it open the doors for our start-up venture, but it will help me gain the experience needed to further my career,” Vansevenant said. “To work on an international platform to help reach children, who are far less fortunate than the average individual, would mean a lot to me. “I have been fortunate enough to have the right to a quality education. I believe everyone should have the right to accessible and affordable education.” Schools4Future would locate schools in the most populated slums in India to ensure easier access for community members. In that area, the cost of transportation to and from school has been a barrier for young children who want to attend school. Vansevenant “Winning the Hult Prize and her team tackled this hurdle by creating, education4trash. would be a dream Here’s how it works: come true. Not only Parents can pay for their child’s tuition would it open the in plastic trash – 40 kg a month to cover doors for our starttuition. This may seem like a lot of up venture, but it plastic, but with 6,000 tonnes of plastic will help me gain the dumped into urban experience needed to areas of India every day, the plan allows further my career.” parents to give their children a better - Renee Vansevenant education while also cleaning up their community. Schools operate on profits generated by recycling all of the plastic collected. Schools4Future will not only focus on education, but also on the health of their students. Every day a full meal will be provided to each student, a cost included in the tuition. Under the theme, Early Childhood Education: The Unmet Need of the Century, the 2015 Hult Prize focuses on building start-ups that provide sustainable, high-quality early education solutions to 10 million children under the age of 6 in urban slums and beyond by the year 2020. Each team selected for the regional finals was chosen from more than 20,000 applications received from more than 500 colleges and universities in more than 150 countries. Teams from eight Canadian universities qualified. The Hult Prize regional final competitions will take place on March 13-14 in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai. The Hult International Business School (London Campus) team will compete in London. NEWS AND NOTES Four Western students now stand among 38 members of the fifth The Next 36 cohort, Canada’s most selective program for young entrepreneurs, following the organization’s annual National Selection Weekend. James Crocker, Engineering; Evan Ferguson, Engineering; Aishi Jiang, Science; and Nikita Zhitkevich, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, were selected from a pool of more than 630 applicants from 45 institutions across the country. “Each year the finalist pool seems to gets stronger,” said Peter Carrescia, managing director of The Next 36. “Canada’s brightest young people now see entrepreneurship as the path of greatest opportunity – so many of our finalists already bring extensive start-up experience and an impressive array of other accomplishments to the table.” Student entrepreneurs will spend the next seven months building their companies with the support of their mentors, a unique academic program and a pool of business advisors. Women’s rugby head coach Natascha Wesch has been awarded a prestigious Endeavour Executive Fellowship from the Government of Australia. For her fellowship, Wesch will work in Australia from June to mid-September, primarily with Victoria University and both the Australia Institute of Sport and Victoria Institute of Sport in the areas of sport psychology and applied sport psychology. Wesch will be conducting guest lectures and seminars, as well as working directly with athletes and teams in sport psychology. Among those she’ll be working with is Western alumnus Richard Baka, a senior lecturer at Victoria University’s College of Sport and Exercise Science. “I’m excited for this once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to work with some of the top people and organizations in the world,” Wesch said. “Australia has had a lot of success in sport psychology and how they apply it in their sport model. I want to learn how to take that model and bring it back here to Western, to the athletics program, and to my own teaching to make them all better and stronger.” Former London Mayor, and Western alumna, Joni Baechler has joined the university as the first-ever Distinguished Practitioner in Residence for its Local Government Program, which offers diplomas and Masters degrees in public administration. Before being appointed mayor in 2014, Baechler had represented London’s Ward 5 as a city councillor since 2000. During her one-year term, she will deliver guest presentations in a variety of courses, with an emphasis on urban politics and increasing women’s participation in municipal government. Baechler will also participate in lectures, workshops, group discussions and other events with students, faculty, staff and alumni. “I am truly looking forward to connecting with students at Western,” said Baechler. “I have enjoyed a life-long love of learning and this new position not only allows me to share my insight with the next generation of public administrators but also provides an extraordinary opportunity to engage with Western’s faculty and staff, who are already delivering a first-rate education.” While the position of Practitioner in Residence is not unique to Western, Baechler brings a distinctive perspective to the role, said Martin Horak, director of Western’s Local Government Program. “Joni is one of Ontario’s most highly respected municipal politicians,” he said. “She is widely known for being thoughtful and decisive and Western students will greatly benefit from her vast knowledge of city politics and her passion for civic duty. “Most often, public administration programs host practitioners who are public sector administrators. Having a former politician in the role provides an entirely different, and important, point of view for the students.” Since its inception in 1974, more than 1,000 graduates have successfully completed Western’s Local Government Program. Many of these alumni now hold prominent administrative positions in local governments across Ontario and Canada. | January 29, 2015 15 16 Western News | January 29, 2015 Millions of ways for the United Way PAUL MAYNE // WESTERN NEWS Western’s United Way campaign hit a major milestone as this year’s fundraising total of $745,014, announced Tuesday, pushed the university’s cumulative total over the $10-million mark since organized campaigns began in the 1990s. Western has consistently been one of the largest single donors to the campaign and has now raised $10,216,722 over that time frame. The largest non-government funder of social services in London and Middlesex County, United Way continues to create lasting change to improve the quality of life in the community. The fundraising total of United Way of London and Middlesex, will be announced Feb. 28. The goal was set at $9 million.
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