Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Friday, October 12th, 2018

John Urban

Campus News:
-Western University officially opens the newly constructed, Three C+ Engineering building today at 11 a.m.
-The new building addresses the critical need for additional space by adding 100,000 sq. ft. that integrates classroom theory with collaborative hands-on learning
-Western Engineering has seen a steady increase in enrollment, growing from 1,500 students in 2009 to 2,700 students across both undergraduate and graduate programs today
-Built ‘by engineers for engineers,’ the building is the result of a collaborative design process involving input from students, faculty and staff
-As a potential Platinum LEED building, Three C+ showcases intelligent design that is environmentally sustainable. Features include a rainwater collection/harvesting system, electric vehicle charging ports, and a renewable solar energy system
-If certified, it will be only the third Platinum academic building in Canada
-The project was funded through an institutional investment by Western, and was supported by donors and the Federal and Provincial Governments

-Teamed with Paul Wiegert, Graduate Program Director at Western’s renowned Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX), Chris Fox a Western University graduate student discovered the exoplanet – provisionally known as Kepler 159d – by investigating gravitational effects on Kepler 159b and Kepler 159c
-These two previously discovered exoplanets were detected by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, an observatory in space, charged with finding planets outside our solar system, particularly alien planets that are around the same size as Earth in the habitable regions of their parent star
-Kepler 159d has a mass comparable to that of Saturn, the second-largest planet in our solar system and like Saturn, it is likely mostly composed of gases with no distinct solid surface
-Whether Kepler 159d has rings or moons like Saturn is still unknown but what is known is that it orbits within its star's ‘Habitable Zone,’ which means temperatures are in the range suitable for Earth-life but there is no evidence on whether there is actually any life in the system
-The finding was published in the scientific journal, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Local News:
-Tomorrow, over 2,000 participants will gather at Victoria Park to take part in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada’s 7th annual Light The Night Walk in London
-At twilight, patients, families, researchers and physicians will walk in solidarity with lanterns raised to bring help and hope to the more than 138,000 Canadians affected by blood cancers
-In 2017, over 35,000 Canadians raised over $5.8 million to help fund world-class Canadian research and provide support services at no cost to thousands of blood cancer patients, survivors and their families
-At the Light The Night Walk in London, thousands will be at this singular gathering of the blood cancer community, alongside event chairs Lorna Richards and Luca Monti
-The event is family-friendly and will feature some local entertainment, a Remembrance Pavilion, the opportunity to meet an LLSC funded researcher and learn about patient services, and more
-Registration starts Saturday at 5pm, with the walk beginning at 7pm

-Londoner Katelyn Gosling is among 23 players who will be part of Hockey Canada’s first 4 Nations Cup team in four years when the event hits the ice Nov. 6-10 in Saskatoon
-The 25-year-old defenceman was selected from a 59-player identification camp held last month in Dawson Creek, B.C.
-Gosling, a former London Devilettes and Western University standout, is currently a member of the Calgary Inferno of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League

-Tonight your women’s basketball and men’s lacrosse teams are in action
-The ladies host the Concordia Stingers in preseason action from Alumni Hall, with the tip off set for 6pm this evening
-While the men’s lacrosse team plays the Toronto Varsity Blues at Mustang Field at 8pm tonight
-Also, be sure to tune in tomorrow at 12:50pm for Mustangs Live, as we present the battle of the horses between the Ottawa Gee Gees and your undefeated defending Vanier Cup champion Western Mustangs
-Stream the game from our nation’s capital at

-This afternoon will be a cool one with a high of 9 degrees, with a mix of sun and cloud
-We could see a 60% chance of seeing some rain overnight as we drop down to 4 degrees
-We have a beautiful Fall weekend in store with a mainly sunny Saturday with a high of 10 degrees and Sunday being partially cloudy with a high of 13