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SmartAPPetite Project Makes Headlines

An interview with Dr Jason Gilliland of Western's Geography Department about the SmartAPPetite project was recently featured on the front page of the Londoner newspaper. SmartAPPetite is a smartphone app which aims to help users eat healthier while also helping to strengthen Ontario's local food economy. Seed funding for the SmartAPPetite project was provided by Research Western and the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities.  The interdisciplinary team, which includes faculty and students from Western, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Brescia University College were recently referred to as “the faces of the new local food economy” in the London Community News. Come talk to the SmartAPP team at the London Training Centre's "Feastival" in London on July 17th

Congratulations Erin Huner, PhD Candidate

The Department of Geography is proud to announce Erin Huner as the recipient of the 2014 CIHR Institute for Aboriginal Peoples' Health Scientific Director's Award for PhD work on Aboriginal Health. Erin is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at Western University. As part of her dissertation, Erin is engaged in a collaborative research project with Bkejwanong FN. The aim of her project is to create a framework for an indigenized Traditional Knowledge database containing archival elder interviews.
Well done Erin!

Congratulations Professor Peter Ashmore

Professor Peter Ashmore, Department of Geography, is the inaugural President of the newly-formed Earth Surface Processes Section of Canadian Geophysical Union for 2 years.  The new Section was officially approved at CGU's 2014 Annual General Meeting.

Dr Gilliland Interviewed for CTV News about Growing Food District

Dr Gilliland was featured in a story on CTV news  about how the Old East Village neighbourhood in London, Ontario is becoming a destination for local foodies, with over a dozen new food retailers in recent years.  Dr Gilliland has been a board member and advisor to the Old East Village Business Improvement Area for over a decade.  About 10 years ago, Dr Gilliland began researching urban “food deserts”, or socio-economically disadvantaged areas of a city where people do not have easy access to healthy and affordable food.  [WATCH]

Congratulations to Chantelle Richmond

Western Geography Professor Chantelle Richmond, who is alo cross appointed with First Nations Studies, has received an Early Researcher Award (ERA) from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. Worth $100,000 each, the award will support Chantelle’s ongoing research program that examines the social and environmental determinants of Indigenous health, and to better understand the dimensions linking health and place among Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world. Congratulations Chantelle!

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