September 01, 2017
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Nature Walk - Friday, Sept. 8


You don’t need to go far to access the beautiful scenery and tranquil nature that is all around us! The Office of Sustainability will offer a guided walk to explore some of the natural features of campus. 

While on the walk, learn about recycling procedures, water bottle refilling stations, the community garden, and other sustainability initiatives.

Date: Friday, Sept. 8
Time: 1 to 2 pm
Location: Meet out front of the Chancellor Paterson Library

We welcome all students to join, especially new, incoming students. Please dress appropriately for the weather, including footwear for walking on uneven ground.

For questions, contact Ledah McKellar, Sustainability Coordinator at coordinator.

Lakehead University Presidential Search Consultation

Dear Members of the Lakehead University Community,

We have embarked on the process of selecting a President and Vice-Chancellor. The search will be comprehensive in scope with an integral portion being a process of consultation.
We ask for your assistance in gathering information to inform the process. Please click here to complete a brief form to be returned to Laverne Smith & Associates Inc. and held in confidence.

As this is a very important matter for the University, your input is critical and I would ask you to take the few minutes required to help us in this important undertaking. All responses will be held in strict confidence by Laverne Smith & Associates Inc. and the inclusion of your name is optional. Please complete your questionnaire by September 15, 2017.

Thank you for your time and input.

Yours truly,

David Tamblyn
Chair, Board of Governors
Chair, Search Committee

The Chancellor Paterson Library - Labour Day Weekend & Fall Term Hours

A warm welcome to all incoming and returning Lakehead students from your friends at the Chancellor Paterson Library!

If you've got a few minutes to spare during this busy long weekend, come check out the Library to see all the new and exciting changes we've been working on over the summer!

This holiday weekend, Library hours are as follows:

  • Saturday, Sept. 2 - 12 pm to 5 pm
  • Sunday, Sept. 3 - 12 pm to 5 pm
  • Monday, Sept. 4 - CLOSED
Fall term hours commence on Tuesday, Sept. 5 and we'll be open until midnight, seven days a week! Our regular Fall term hours are as follows:

  • Monday to Friday - 8 am to midnight
  • Saturday and Sunday - 10:30 am to midnight

For all upcoming Library hours visit Also be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram:, and

On behalf of the staff of the Chancellor Paterson Library, have a safe and eventful holiday weekend!

Lakehead Orillia libraries welcome

If you've got a few minutes to spare during this busy time, come check out the Lakehead Orillia libraries to see what support is available to you! In addition to books, we also lend out DVDs, cellphone and computer chargers, and even have a few guitars and ukuleles! 

Here are the library hours for both campuses:  

University Avenue
Friday: 8am-5pm
Saturday/Sunday: Closed  

Heritage Place
Monday-Thursday: 8am-6pm
Friday: 8am-5pm
Saturday/Sunday: Closed

For more information please visit

Shafiqur Rahman - Biotechnology PhD Defense - Tuesday, Sept. 5

The Biotechnology PhD Candidate Shafiqur Rahman will present his research entitled: Bioconversion of Crude Glycerol to Biofuels and Value-added Bioproducts.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 5
1:30 PM
ATAC 5036

Biodiesel-derived crude glycerol, a core by-product of biodiesel production process is becoming of great environmental and economical concern for growth of biodiesel industries due to its ever-growing over supply problem. Therefore, biotransformation of crude glycerol to renewable energy would lead to both environmental and economic dividends of biodiesel plant. In this study, numerous bacterial strains isolated from environmental samples were screened for their capability of converting glycerol to 2,3-BD, a high worth green product uses as a liquid fuel or fuel additive. Moreover, high productions of 2,3-BD were reported using two mutant strains of newly isolated Klebsiella variicola SRP3 and K. pneumoniae SRP2 respectively. However, Real-time qPCR and glycerol dehydrogenase (GDH) enzyme activity assay revealed that the overexpression of GDH gene resulted in an increased GDH enzyme activity, led to a markedly boosted 2,3-butanediol (2,3-BD) production.

Committee Members: Dr. Wensheng Qin and Dr. Charles Xu (supervisors), Dr. Baoqiang Liao, Dr. Justin Jiang and Dr. Xiao Zhang (external)

Everyone is welcome.

For more information contact Brenda Magajna at

Mona Amiri - Chemistry and Materials Science PhD Defense - September 12

The Chemistry and Materials Science PhD candidate, Mona Amiri will present her research entitled Fabrication, Characterization and Electrochemical Studies of Nickel and Nickel-Based Materials

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Time: 9 a.m.
Room: ATAC 3004

Committee Members: Dr. Aicheng Chen (supervisor), Dr. Christine Gottardo, Dr. Mark Gallagher and Dr. Bradley Easton (external)

Everyone is welcome.

For more information contact Brenda at

Attention NSERC-Eligible Faculty Members: Lakehead University NSERC DG Workshop - Friday, Sept. 22

You are invited to attend the following upcoming NSERC Discovery Grant workshop to be held on Friday, Sept. 22 from 10 am to 12 pm in ATAC 3004 (Thunder Bay) and OA 2005 (Orillia).

The information presented at this workshop will be useful to both new and more seasoned Discovery Grant applicants.

For more information, please click here.

Media Release: Lakehead University welcomes record number of international students to orientation

Approximately 550 students from around the world took part in the International Orientation held at Lakehead University on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

August 30, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead University welcomed a record number of students at this year’s International Orientation.

Approximately 550 students from more than 50 countries participated in the orientation held at the Hangar on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

“Orientation is an exciting time for students, staff, and faculty,” said Nancy Gallo, Director, English Language Centre and International Student Services.

“Local businesses and services help students become accustomed to the University and to the City of Thunder Bay,” Gallo said.

James Aldridge, Lakehead’s Vice-Provost, International, said the university continues to increase its outreach around the world.

“International students come to Lakehead University because they’ve heard about the exceptional learning environment that we offer, especially for research,” Aldridge said.

“We welcome these students and will do everything possible to assist them in adjusting to life in Thunder Bay,” he said. “We’re thrilled to see another large increase in students choosing Lakehead and we look forward to even more of our domestic students studying abroad.”

Orientation provides an opportunity for students to mingle with each other, and meet representatives from Lakehead University, Lakehead’s Student Union, the Chancellor Paterson Library, the Thunder Bay Police Service, and other important local organizations.

This year, students have come to Thunder Bay from Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Republic of Korea,  Lebanon, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, UK, Ukraine, US, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.