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Dean's Statement on Anti-Racism
Racism has no place in the University or London community. Everyone in Western Science is appalled by news of violence directed against Black and Indigenous people, particularly in Canada. This intensifies our resolve to remove obstacles and systemic barriers to creating a community in our Faculty of Science in which we can all study Science in an atmosphere of mutual respect. As a Faculty of Science and as members of the London community, we condemn all racist acts, whether intended or arising from ignorance, and the power imbalances they reflect and perpetuate. Power imbalances and racial biases also exist in our own Faculty community.
Our resolve to improve must be matched with thoughtful action. I affirm Western Science's active role and support in Western's response to the Anti-Racism Working Group Report. Over the coming weeks, I commit to working within and outside our Faculty to identify issues from staff, faculty, and students. This process will be followed by planning and action within our Faculty of Science, informed and led by our community. We will, together, speak up and stand up for the changes needed.
Matt Davison, Faculty of Science Dean
- A massive infestation of gypsy moth caterpillars seems to be taking hold in southwestern Ontario. This year more than ever, many say the damage caused by these little insects seems to be getting worse. Afternoon Drive host Chris dela Torre speaks with entomologist and professor of biology at western, Jeremy McNeil to learn more.
- Calls are mounting for Canada and the United States to ban a toxic industrial chemical compound that can contaminate water systems for generations after a study revealed it was found in more than half of all cosmetics sold throughout North America.
- A group of international scientists is marking world ocean day by calling for legal protection of the basking shark in Irish waters. Ireland has a global responsibility to protect the world’s second largest shark and fish – known as Liabhán chor gréine, or the “great fish of the sun” – the scientists state. In an open letter appealing to the Government, the scientists explain that Irish coastal waters are “one of the few places globally” where basking sharks “regularly and predictably occur on the surface close to shore”.
Water is life, whether you're a human on Earth or the first person to set foot on Mars. If Mars settlements are going to happen, human explorers will need to get water supplies from Mars itself. A new study of possible "glaciers" on the red planet points to an area that it says could be "perfect for future Mars landings." Scientists have been researching subsurface ice on Mars for years and have already put forward the idea of matching up ice formations and potential landing sites for future human visitors.