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Geography of Change course testing out the new Western Active Learning Space
Students and Dr. L. Graham Smith use the new WALS classroom (Western Active Learning Space) or the Geography of Change (Geography 4100) course. The new space promotes student-centric learning and interactive engagement, which greatly facilitates the pedagogy of Geography 4100. All of the course materials for Geography 4100 are hosted on a Prezi, a software feature which was a focal point for a Lunch and Learn session on Thursday November 20 2014. The session, entitled Beyond the Powerpoint and hosted by Western's Teaching Support Centre (TSC), included a feature presentation by Dr. Smith on the varied uses of Prezi. Both the use of WALS and of a Prezi as a course host reflect the continued innovation in teaching practice by the Department of Geography and its instructors.
Community Work by Gilliland and Students praised in Ontario Legislative Assembly
At the Ontario Legislative Assembly on November 24, 2014, London West MPP Peggy Sattler highlighted the quality work experience being gained by students in Dr Jason Gilliland’s HEALab in the Department o f Geography at Western Ontario. She spoke in particular about attending the launch of a new smartphone app (SmartAPPetite) that was developed by Gilliland, in collaboration with a team of students, researchers and community partners, to help improve community well-being and boost Ontario’s local food economy. [WATCH]
New smartphone app helps users ‘Buy Local, Eat Smart, Get Healthy'
Western University researchers and partners released the SmartAPPetite app Nov 21st, providing Southwestern Ontarians customized tips about local food, healthy eating, recipes, and information about local farmers and food providers. [More]
Back row from left to right: Michael Clark (MA Candidate, Western Geography); David Corke (Executive Director, London Training Centre); Peggy Sattler (MPP for London West); Dr Jason Gilliland (Associate Professor, Western Geography); Matt Brown (Mayor elect, City of London); Dr Colleen O’Connor (Associate Professor, Brescia Food & Nutritional Sciences); Ahsan Syed (HBA/BSc candidate, Ivey Business School); Malgorzata Milczarek (SmartAPPetite Project Manager, HEAL/London Training Centre). Front row: Katherine Wilson (BA student, Kinesiology and Geography, Western); Alicia Sippola (BSc student, Brescia Food & Nutritional Sciences)
Scientists have a heart-to-heart for Children’s Health
Over the past 12 years, Western Geography Professor Jason Gilliland has conducted interdisciplinary research on how the physical environment influences children's health and well-being. The collaborative work of Dr Gilliland and colleagues from the Lawson Health Research Institute and Children’s Health Research Institute (CHRI) was recently the focus of an article in the London Health Sciences Centre’s (LHSC) Inside magazine. The article also announced Canadian Pacific’s generous donation of over $1.3 million to the CHRI and LHSC, which will help build their capabilities to improve kids’ heart health by bettering the understanding of the causation and outcomes of heart diseases in children. [MORE]
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