The University of Western Ontario

04/02/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/02/2024 08:00

Experts available on a variety of topics in the news

Western University experts are available to discuss the total solar eclipse, foreign interference inquiry, dengue cases, and school boards vs. social media giants.

Total solar eclipse
On April 8, parts of North America will be treated to the rare spectacle of a total solar eclipse.

Jan Cami
Professor, Physics and Astronomy

Areas of expertise: Observational astronomy and solar eclipses; dying stars; star forming regions; ground-based, airborne or space telescopes.

Sarah Gallagher
Professor, Physics and Astronomy

Areas of expertise: Observational astronomy and solar eclipses, extragalactic astrophysics, supermassive blackholes, active galaxies.

Dr. Philip Hooper
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Areas of expertise: Eye safety during the eclipse, vitreo retinal surgery.

Foreign interference inquiryThe first stage of public hearings as part of an independent inquiry into foreign electoral interference has begun and will run until April 10.

Laura Stephenson
Professor, Political Science

Areas of expertise: Foreign interference, political behaviour, shift in the dimensions of political debate, voter attitudes and public opinion, electoral engagement with politics.

Dengue cases
As cases of dengue rise in the Americas, Puerto Rico has just declared a public health emergency.

Stephen Barr
Associate Professor, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Areas of expertise: Dengue fever, virus-host interactions, emerging viral pathogens, virus containment.

School boards vs. social media giants
Four Ontario schools boards have filed lawsuits worth $4.5 billion against social media giants citing online harms to students.

Kaitlynn Mendes
Associate Professor, Sociology; Canada Research Chair in Inequality and Gender

Areas of expertise: Social media and online harms, tech-facilitated sexual violence, use of AI in harassment and bullying of youth, youth online violence.

If the topic you are looking for is not listed, please reach out for information about additional experts.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Justin Zadorsky, Media Relations Officer, Western University, 226.377.1673 (mobile), [email protected]

Cynthia Fazio, Media Relations Officer, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, 226.376.4924 (mobile), [email protected]