Nominations Invited for Visiting Scholar for 2016

September 23, 2015

Faculty members are invited to nominate international visiting scholar candidates for a visit of approximately one month during the 2016 year.

Deadline: November 2, 2015, 4:00 p.m. to Faculty of Education, Research Office (1163)

Amount: Honorarium $5000 maximum; Travel, accommodations & meals $5000 maximum

Purpose: The purpose of the visiting scholar fund is to help to support the research function of the Faculty by bringing an outstanding scholar and researcher to the Faculty.

Eligibility: The host faculty member(s) must be tenured or probationary faculty member(s) of the Faculty of Education.

Note: There are no restrictions as to when the visit must occur and non-summer term visits are encouraged.

Applications and Guidelines…

Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre

September 21, 2015

Formal approval has been granted by the Vice-President Research for the Mary J. Wright Centre, which will be located in a “soon to be announced” Community Agency.

All researchers within the Faculty of Education interested in research focusing on early childhood are particularly encouraged to seek membership in the Mary J. Wright Centre and see it as a supportive site for their research and practice. The Centre hopes to build strong interdisciplinary collaborations amongst researchers so as to promote “ground-breaking” research.

Western’s  Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre is a community-university partnership between the Faculty of Education, Western University, and a Community Agency (“soon to be announced)  – a collaboration that is committed to generating, coordinating, and overseeing state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research that has the potential to inform our understanding of the conditions that influence early childhood outcomes and, in turn, the development of evidence-based early childhood education and intervention programs and services.   Specific attention is paid toward translational research designed to address significant inequalities in opportunity, foster the health and well-being of our most vulnerable children, and identify the protective processes for enhancing outcomes for all children.  Researchers are also committed to serving as “capacity-building” agents who hold responsibility for sharing their research and development with child professionals to build ownership and capacity for the institutionalization and sustainability of their findings.  Moreover, emphasis is also directed toward preparing the next generation of developmental and family researchers and professionals through service learning, practicums, and internships.

Please contact Dr. Vicki Schwean if you wish to be a member of the Centre.

Principles of Partnership

March 9, 2015

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health “(CCPH) has studied, examined, engaged in, and evaluated what makes partnerships work, sustain authenticity, and achieve the change they want to see in their community… [A]uthentic partnerships best exist within a space that includes four specific elements: 1) Guiding Principles of Partnership, 2) Quality Processes, 3) Meaningful Outcomes and 4) Transformative Experience(s).”  See more at…

Invitation to BIG DATA Synergy Cluster Town Halls

April 17, 2014

See below and attached for information on a proposed Cluster of Research Excellence.  If your area of research is at all related to this or you can see that it might be related, you are urged to attend one of the “town halls” and “join” the cluster. These Clusters (“defined areas of research strength”) will be the driving force behind research at Western and will be receiving funding / other support from the University.

Cluster of Research Excellence in “Big Data”

A cluster of research excellence proposal in “big data” .. called Big Data Synergy @ Western is  currently being developed.  The vision behind Synergy is (1) to provide a collaborative environment in which to explore “big data” (2) to advance pathways for the development of big data technologies, intelligent decision-making systems and real time analytics (3) to explore the impact of these technologies on individuals and society and (4) to explore appropriate policy and regulatory frameworks to guide the collection and use of “big data”.

What does “big data” mean to you and how is it impacting your research?
Why is the synergistic approach to “big data” for you?
How can you contribute to this research cluster?

COME OUT to one or both of the “BIG DATA” Town Halls to see how you can help shape this cluster!

Town Hall #1: May 1, UCC 56, 1:00-2:30pm, focused on Applications, Agency and Implications
Town Hall #2: May 2, UCC 56, 1:00-2:30pm, focused on Tools, Techniques and Enabling Technologies

In each town hall:
We will provide an overview of …
– The Western research excellence cluster initiative
– The Synergy cluster
– Thoughts on an associated graduate program
– Thoughts on the direction of funding for the cluster
Your input is needed on …
– Where are OUR strengths?
– Who else in Canada is doing this?  What make us unique?
– Potential Linkages/Partnerships?