SHS Bulletin

School of Health Studies

December 2015

The End of Term - Embracing Change

Exams are now upon us (and our students!). We have had a very good first term of the academic year. It has been busy one and one full of change. We will be saying farewell to Jennifer Sandig, our undergraduate assistant. Jennifer has been the welcoming face of the front office for two plus years but has an opportunity to grow her career with a move to the Faculty of Science in the role of assistant academic counsellor. Many have come by to wish her the best in her new role. Jennifer will be here until the end of this week. Kent Robinson, our undergraduate academic coordinator is no longer with the School of Health Studies. Both of these positions will be filled first thing in the new year and ads have been posted.

"When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills."
~ Chinese Proverb

Together we will harness the energy of change to continue to grow our School of Health Studies.

As I close, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very joyous holiday season. Rest, be safe, enjoy friends and family, have a happy New Year.

Hail & Health,

Dan Belliveau


Adding to the Professoriate

Promotion & Tenure

It is with great pleasure that I announce the successful promotion and tenure of Drs. Shauna Burke and Jamie Melling! CONTRATULATIONS! Both dossiers were exceptionally strong and that was recognized by our Provost, Dr. Janice Deakin. Next time you see our two newest associate professors, please be sure to congratulate them on this tremendous achievement.

Researcher Profile

Aging Society - Aging London

In a very unfortunate incident, a London family had the distressing task of attending a court hearing of their elderly parent on a count of attempted murder of her spouse. The reporter of the London Free Press article reached out to Dr. Aleksandra Zecevic to gain some insight into the experience of aging and the challenges that our elderly population face routinely.

Aleksandra has worked closely with the city of London as it became the first city in Canada to join the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network of Age Friendly Cities. The City's website has several valuable resources on being an age-friendly city. These resources include a action plan and a way to get involved and much more information.

Research Endeavours

Our November Publications (plus a couple of missed ones from the fall)

Booth RG, Andrusyszyn MA, Iwasiw C, Donelle L, Compeau D. Actor-Network Theory as a sociotechnical lens to explore the relationship of nurses and technology in practice: methodological considerations for nursing research. Nursing Inquiry 2015.

Montero-Odasso M, Bherer L, Studenski S, Gopaul K, Oteng-Amoako A, Woolmore-Goodwin S, Stoole P, Wells J, Doherty T, Zecevic AA, Galinsky D, Rylett RJ, Jutai J, Muir-Hunter S, Speechley M, Camicioli R. Mobility and Cognition in Seniors. Report from the 2008 Institute of Aging (CIHR) Mobility and Cognition Workshop. Can Geriatr J. 2015 Sep 30;18(3):159-67.

McDonald MW, Hall KE, Jiang M, Noble EG, Melling CW. Ischemia-reperfusion injury and hypoglycemia risk in insulin-treated T1DM rats following different modalities of regular exercise. Physiol Rep. 2014 Nov 20;2(11).

* My apologies to those whose recent publications I may have overlooked (please send them along!)

Learning about Learning

London will be host to the 2016 Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) conference. The conference takes place June 21-24 and proposals are currently being accepted on areas related to teaching and learning. The call for abstracts closes January 6th.
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Our Astounding Students

The Out-of-Province Student's Association

Two School of Health Studies students, Nicola Paviglianiti and Aanchal Ralhan published their experience (check out page 26) about being out-of-province students (Alberta and Newfoundland respectively) and creating the Out-of-Province Student's Association, now going into its third year at Western. If these names sound familiar, they should. Both hold nationally recognized scholarships and are wonderful ambassadors of our School. Aanchal was nominated for the 2016 Rhodes Scholarship and reached the national interview stage of the process.

An Advocate for Public Policy

Michelle Amri has recently returned to her home town of London from a Masters of Public Administration degree at Queen's and experience abroad including the Philippines. Michelle was a graduate of our Program in 2013 and continued on to complete a MPA. Her experience in the program is profiled on the Queen's MPA website. Michelle was our awardee of the Brian Innes award in Rural Health and Health Policy in the 2012=13 academic year.

You can learn more about Michelle in this 2012 video where she describes her passion for health promotion and her experience in the School of Health Studies.
Miss World Canada 2012 - Michelle Amri


Souper Thursday

Our first Souper Thursday event was held on Thursday December 3rd and was a great success! Thank you to all who came out to enjoy a bowl of Spicy Chicken Thai or Tomato Bisque Seven-Cheese Tortellini soup. The tradition (dare I call it that already!) will continue in January. Join us on Thursday January 21st, 2016 for a couple of hearty soups and great company. Mark your calendars and I'll see you in our Collective Restoration space (ie. lunch room)!

Christmas at the Belliveau's

On Friday December 11th, the School of Health Studies celebrated the season at our home. It was wonderful to have staff, faculty and their family together to enjoy the best of the season. Thank you to all who attended for making the event a great success. Food was fantastic and the company even better. For those who were unable to be there, here are a couple of snapshots.


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Keep it Coming!

I hope this newsletter becomes a means to celebrate our successes. This document represents us all so please send along anything that deserves to be mentioned and/or recognized; be they publications, conference acceptances, new graduate student trainees, media, notes or anything else you would like to share. I hope you find the SHS Bulletin a good reminder of the collective innovation and productivity of our School.