Newscast - Monday 25th May 2020
-Science and Neuroscience undergraduate Lena Schreyer is one of 10 Canadian students awarded the prestigious 2020 3M National Student Fellowship Award.
The award honours postsecondary students for outstanding leadership in their lives, communities and schools. The award brings a $5,000 scholarship and one year of working with and learning from other award-winners to improve teaching and learning at postsecondary institutions.
Schreyer is the first Western student in five years to receive the fellowship.
-Western researcher-led projects have been named among 15 initiatives provincewide as part of the government’s $20-million Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund, focusing on areas of research such as vaccine development, diagnostics, drug trials and development, and social sciences.
The funding was in response to a recent call for proposals for the Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund. Announced in April, the fund was created as an immediate response to engaging the research community on ways to fight COVID-19.
LOCAL AND NATIONAL:
-In honour of World Bee Day on Wednesday, a local community-led organization is buzzing about the idea of sprucing up the city’s bee-friendly gardens.
Alex Leonard with the London, Ont., Pollinator Pathways Project, a volunteer group that works to educate people about pollinator pathways within the city, spoke with 980 CFPL’s Jess Brady on The Afternoon Show Thursday about the group’s new projects.
The group was formed three years ago to educate Londoners on resources and tools so they can create “pollinator pitstops” for pollinating species.
-Canada Sews London-Middlesex is a local initiative that sews fabric PPE equipment for essential workers, upon request of a local health team.
On March 19, Katie Timson, regional coordinator, started sewing fabric face masks, headbands, scrub caps and gowns to be available as a ‘last resort option” for front-line health care workers.
In a matter of days, Timson and her team delivered 1000 masks to The London Middlesex Primary Care Alliance.
Canada Sews London-Middlesex now has 300 volunteers who sew, cut fabric or offer contactless delivery, in anticipation of PPE shortages.
Timson says that anyone can be a volunteer, all you have to do is send a message to the group’s Facebook page. Canada Sews London-Middlesex is also accepting donations.
-Professional sports teams in the state of New York will be allowed to resume training as of this Sunday, governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference.
New York is home to professional teams across a number of different leagues, with the NHL’s Rangers, Islanders and Buffalo Sabres, NWHL’s Buffalo Beauts, NBA’s Knicks and Nets, WNBA’s Liberty, MLB’s Yankees and Mets, NFL’s Buffalo Bills, and MLS’s New York City FC all operating out of the state.
-Johnson & Johnson is ending sales of its iconic talc-based Johnson's Baby Powder in the United States and Canada, where demand has dwindled amid thousands of lawsuits claiming it has caused cancer.
The world's biggest maker of health-care products said Tuesday the talc-based powder will still be sold outside the U.S. and Canada.
"Demand for talc-based Johnson's Baby Powder in North America has been declining due in large part to changes in consumer habits and fuelled by misinformation around the safety of the product and a constant barrage of litigation advertising," the company said.
-On Tuesday, expect a temperature of 30 degrees with cloudy skies. Moving onto Wednesday, expect temperatures to be 28 degrees with sunny skies. It is currently 23 degrees.