November 13, 2018
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Therapy Dogs visiting the Library every Tuesday this term

They're baackkk!

Therapy Dogs from St. John Ambulance will visit students on the main floor of the Chancellor Paterson Library every Tuesday starting September 18, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. 

Come meet your new bestie.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Consultation: We need your input!

Lakehead is developing a five-year Action Plan on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in consultation with students, faculty, staff and administrators, and particularly with individuals from under-represented groups. 

The President's EDI taskforce is now reaching out far and wide to gather the important insight of our University community. Our Online Consultation Form is now available to all to complete during the month of November.

It is anonymous, which means that none of your inputs will be attributed back to you and all data will be kept confidentially with the Office of Human Rights and Equity. 

Fill out the form and tell us what can be done to improve equity, diversity and inclusion making Lakehead a stronger University for all. 

If you have any questions about the consultation process, or would like us to host a focus group please contact Jonathan Erua at or ext. 7763.

UC hallway closure

Beginning today there will be a hallway closure for the next three weeks in the University Centre basement between UC0038 and UC0036.

Access to all offices and classrooms will be maintained, however through traffic will be not allowed.

This closure is required as part of the ongoing HVAC project that is currently occurring in the UC.

For questions or concerns, please contact Steve Girvin, Manager of Operations, Physical Plant at 343-8370 or

Chancellor Paterson Library extended exam hours

The Chancellor Paterson Library extended exam hours begin Monday, Nov. 5 and end on Saturday, Dec. 15. 

  • Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 3 a.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Please note, students will need to present their University ID card to campus security for entrance past 12 a.m. All staff-assisted services will cease at midnight.

Attention Students: We’re Calling You!

Beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 24, Lakehead University will be calling first and second year students to check in and find out how things are going this term, and whether we can help connect you to resources and supports.

Calls will be taking place in the early evenings from Sunday to Thursday, and involve an automated attendant asking you a few simple questions. Your answers will let us know which resources to help connect you to.

When you see Lakehead University pop up on your phone’s screen, take the call!

For more information about this initiative, or if you have any questions, please visit

Free Grocery Bus Service - Nov. 10 to Dec. 1

Lakehead students can access a free ride to go get groceries from November 10 to December 1.
  • Saturday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Students will have the opportunity to shop at the Real Canadian Superstore, Walmart, and the Thunder Bay Country Market. Must present valid student ID. Buses will run on a loop from Lakehead's front doors (outside the Agora) to all locations for your convenience.

To attend or for more information, contact Rob Strachan at or Victoria Pullia at

Lakehead University Pre-Law Society Information Session - Thursday, Nov. 15

Do you have questions about getting into law school? Lakehead University Pre-Law Society will be hosting an information session in the Aboriginal Student Lounge (SC0004) on Thursday, November 15th, from 1 to 2 pm.

For more information about the session, contact Aboriginal Counsellor Sheryl O'Reilly at 343-8072.

Research Centre for Sustainable Communities Speaker Series ft. Dr. Lovett-Doust - Thursday, Nov. 15

The Research Centre for Sustainable Communities (RCSC) 2018/19 Speaker Series presents Dr. Lesley Lovett-Doust, Professor, Faculty of Arts and Science - Biology and Chemistry, at Nipissing University. Dr. Lovett-Doust, will deliver her lecture, “Endangered species --plants and people at Point Pelee”, which will focus on the Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia humifusa), a classic case of a species at risk.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 15
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: OR 2017

Use of Fragrances/Scented Personal Care Products

Exposure to fragrances (such as perfumes, colognes or after-shaves) and scented personal care products (such as certain deodorants, shampoos or soaps) can adversely affect individuals who suffer from allergies, asthma or migraines. 

Allergic and asthmatic persons report that certain odours from scented products can trigger an attack. Symptoms of headaches, dizziness, nausea, upper respiratory problems, and shortness of breath and skin irritations are some of the symptoms reported by those adversely affected by scented products.

In consideration of the documented health difficulties being experienced by some staff of the University, the University requests everyone to avoid the use of fragrances and scented personal care products. Faculty, staff, students and visitors are urged to support this request and recognize the adverse health effects that can be suffered by fragrance sensitive individuals.

Your co-operation is appreciated.

MCC Movie Night - Thursday, Nov. 15

The LUSU Multicultural Centre is screening movies from different cultures and backgrounds.

Join us to watch 3 Idiots, an Indian comedy-drama film on Thursday, November 15 from 2:30-5:30 PM at the Study Coffeehouse (the side room). FREE ADMISSION. SNACKS PROVIDED.


The Artery, Lakehead's student-run literary zine, is now accepting submissions until DECEMBER 3rd, 2018.

The English Student Association (ESA) has extended the deadline to allow more students a chance to submit their work! Any questions about HOW or WHERE to send your work should be directed via email to

Time to get writing, Lakehead!!!

EXCEL Leadership This Week - Thursday, Nov. 15

Attention Thunderwolves!

EXCEL Leadership, Lakehead's Student Leadership Development Program is back and better than ever for 2018/19!  The Student Success Centre is excited to bring you this program as one of three Student Leadership Programs. 

Improve your leadership skills, develop new relationships and engage with your community in a meaningful way. Participate through thought-provoking and entertaining workshops designed to bring out your best leadership qualities. 

This week's workshop takes place on Thursday, November 15 in SN 2011 and focuses on Leadership VS Management. The workshop is offered at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., so you can choose the one that best fits your schedule.

Pre-registration is not required and all students are invited to attend, so just show up and join in! 

For more information, click here to visit the Student Success Centre's website. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

UM Duluth Delegation visiting Lakehead - Nov. 15 and 16

A delegation from University of Minnesota-Duluth will be visiting Lakehead from Thursday, November 15 to Friday, November 16, to explore opportunities to expand on research collaborations. Members of the delegation are:

  • Dr. Fernando Delgado, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Karl Markgraf, Chief International Officer & Director, International Programs & Services
  • Dr. Rebecca Teasley, Associate Dean, Engineering and Sciences
  • Dr. Jill Doerfler, Head, American Indian Studies
  • Dr. Latisha Brengman, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Earth & Environmental Sciences
All faculty who are interested may attend the following events:

1) Presentations by UM Duluth, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, from 2:00-4:00 pm, LI 5014C.

2) Overview / presentations by Lakehead Faculty, Friday, Nov 16, 9:00-11:00am, CB 4058

For more information, contact Jill Sherman,

Fall 2018 Biology Seminar Series – Friday, Nov. 16

You're invited to attend the Fall 2018 Biology Seminar Series presentation, “Fish life history dynamics in ecological and evolutionary time” with guest speaker Dr. Brian Shuter, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto/Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Date: Friday, Nov. 16
Time: 3 - 4 pm
Location: AT1010 (Thunder Bay) and OA 2006 (Orillia)

The Fall 2018 Biology Seminar Series is presented by Dr. Azim Mallik and Dr. Michael Rennie, Department of Biology.

All are welcome. Free public seminars. No registration is required.

Please email to receive future announcements.

NEURIG Talk: High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Therapy for the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Disorders - Friday, Nov. 16

Surgical Soundwaves: High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Therapy for the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Disorders

When: Friday, November 16th at 4:30 in AT1007. 

Talk Summary: Craig Macsemchuk is a third-year undergraduate student of electrical engineering at Lakehead University. This previous summer, he worked as a research assistant at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary working in the area of high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) for brain applications.

He developed software to interface General Electric MRIs with experimental HIFU research platforms and assisted with data analysis related to HIFU treatment of essential tremor.

Craig will introduce high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) as a minimally invasive therapy for the treatment of neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. He will then explain some of the underlying mechanisms of the HIFU treatment cycle including MRI thermometry, online data processing, and treatment procedure.

Then he will present a retrospective analysis of essential tremor treatments conducted at the University of Calgary. Lastly, he will talk about future directions in focused ultrasound research for blood-brain barrier opening and neuromodulation.

Developing Research Partnerships with Non-profit and Public Sector Organizations: an Office of Research Services Lunch n' Learn - Tuesday, Nov. 27

The Office of Research Services will be hosting a lunchtime panel discussion Developing Research Partnerships with Non-Profit and Public Sector Organizations on Tuesday, November 27th from 12 pm – 2 pm in ATAC 5036/OA 3007.

This session will feature a panel of researchers (Drs. Vicki Kristman, Rebecca Schiff and Elaine Wiersma) and representatives of non-profit organizations with whom they have worked in successful research partnerships.

The researchers and partners will address questions about how they began working together, what a partner is looking for in a research collaboration, and their process of working together to co-create and mobilize research knowledge. Dr. PhebeAnn Wolframe-Smith (Office of Research Services) will be facilitating the discussion.

Lunch is provided with this session. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Rita Nicholas (if attending in Thunder Bay) or Rebecca Heffernan (if attending in Orillia) by Tuesday, November 20th. Make sure to specify any dietary requirements.

Lab Software Requests - Winter Term

The Technology Services Centre (TSC) routinely refreshes the computer software installations in Computer Labs and Classrooms in preparation for the Winter term. This provides an opportunity for academic staff to review their requirements.

In order for TSC to meet an end of December deadline for completion of the software refresh, ALL requests must be submitted by the end of the day on Friday, November 16, 2018.
Anyone making a request is reminded that they should NOT assume that any software will be left on the computers, beyond TSC’s standard deployment (Microsoft Office, Adobe reader, Anti-Virus, etc.).

Requests should be made through the online form which will automatically create a ticket in the Desktop queue with all relevant information found in the form. Please insure you provide the following information when filling out the online form:

  • Lab room number
  • Application requested (include the application version)
  • Term(s) software is needed for
  • Where the application can be found / sourced
  • Copy of the applicable license or “right to use” document from the vendor
  • Support information (requester’s responsibility)

Please note, support is the sole responsibility of the requester. If adequate support is not provided, TSC may not be able to install software until issues are resolved.

For additional information, please contact Mason Holroyd, Manager Server, Desktop & Client Services at 807-343-8102 or

Nominations are now open for Lakehead University 2019 Innovation Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Innovation Awards.

There are two awards to be given out, the Lakehead University Innovation Award and the Lakehead University Student Innovation Award.

Presentations of the 2019 Innovation Awards will occur at the Research and Innovation Week Reception on Thursday, February 28, 2019.

Please visit the Economic Development and Innovation Office (EDI) website and click on 2019 Lakehead University Innovation Awards for more information.

Nominations must be received by Friday, February 1, 2019 to be considered for the 2019 Research and Innovation Week Awards. Awards will not necessarily be given each year.

Nominations can be emailed to or faxed to 807-766-7178.

If you have any questions, please call or email Kelly Fettes, Administrative Officer, EDI office at or 343-8871.

Instructors: Submit your course resources for myCourseLink

Instructors planning to have course materials available to students at the start of the winter term should submit their requests now.

Once material is submitted either for course reserves or a course package, Library staff will request copyright clearance where needed. This process could take up to eight weeks.

The course resources request form can be found here.

Contact us at if you have any questions.

Sociology Speaker Series - Monday, Nov. 19

The Department of Sociology 2018-2019 Speaker Series presents, "Transforming Health and Social Services for the Aged via a Learning Health System", with Dr. Kevin Willison, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and Sociology at Lakehead Orillia, Fellow of the Institute for Life Course and Aging (U of T), and Research Affiliate of the Centre for Education and Research in Aging and Health (CERAH).

Date: Monday, Nov. 19
Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: LI 5014C (Thunder Bay) and OA 3007 (Orillia)

Abstract: In Canada there are a number of health and social services that are offered to vulnerable populations such as the aged which do not function collaboratively. Many would argue that such services and related organizations require improved integration. This brief talk, which will draw ideas from such disciplines as health sociology and public health, will consider factors needed for an alternative, namely, the development of a learning health system.

Don't stress the test! - Nov. 19, 28, Dec. 4, 5

Student Health & Wellness, in partnership with the Student Success Centre and Student Accessibility Services, invites you to come out and join us for this interactive, activity-based workshop focused on academic and psychological prep for exams and test-taking.

Tips, strategies and skills for exam success. 

Monday, Nov. 19 - 1 to 2 pm
Wednesday, Nov. 28 - 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 4 - 1 to 2 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 5 - 1 to 2 pm

Chancellor Paterson Library room 5002.

Research Centre for Sustainable Communities Speaker Series ft. Monica Virtue and Shelly Bressette - Monday, Nov. 19

The Research Centre for Sustainable Communities presents the lecture “Visualizing Ipperwash” featuring filmmaker and digital designer Monica Virtue in conversation with Shelly Bressette, an Anishinaabe writer from the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation.

Virtue will share her work and perspective on the process and complex politics involved in her documentary, digital and interactive mapping projects over the past 16 years concerning Ipperwash, including her most recent work with the family of slain activist Dudley George. Shelly will speak about her writing and her belief that stories help readers find truth - not by ignoring the past, but by facing it and moving beyond it. 

Date: Monday, Nov. 19
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: OA 1033

Pension Information Session - Tuesday, Nov. 20

There will be a Pension Information Session held on Tuesday, Nov. 20 hosted by Clint Mason, Manager of Pension Services.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 20
Time: 10 a.m., and 2 p.m.
Location: ATAC 3004 (Thunder Bay) and OA 2005 (Orillia)

The session will cover the different types of pensions, information specific to Lakehead University’s pension, and retirement options available to pension members, as well as answering any questions attendees may have about Lakehead’s pensions.

Please confirm your attendance in advance by calling or emailing Clint Mason, using the contact information below.

Clint Mason, HBComm, CFP, CPA, CMA
Manager of Pension Services
Tel.: 807-766-7287

Financial Literacy Fair - Orillia Campus - Tuesday, Nov. 20

Did you know that November is Financial Literacy Month in Canada? Come to Lakehead Orillia's Financial Literacy Fair. 

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 20
Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Cafeteria

Join us to learn the skills needed to control your personal income, expenses and budget!

Organizations in attendance include: Edward Jones Investing, CIBC, IG Wealth Management, National Bank, H&R Block, and Scotiabank.

Light refreshments provided. Stop by for your chance to win some fantastic prizes!

Eco-Wellness - Wednesday, Nov. 21

Learn how to make your own skin care, beauty & hygienic products from all natural sources by signing up for a free workshop run by the Sustainability Initiative Centre and Gender Equity Centre!

Date: Wednesday, November 21th
Time: 5 - 6:30 pm
Location: The Study (Side Room)

RSVP here. 

Further Education with Lakehead University

The Faculty of Graduate Studies will be hosting an information booth on the main floor of the Chancellor Paterson Library on:

  • Thursday November 8, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday November 13, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday November 21, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Thursday November 29, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Drop by to learn more about the Master's and PhD degrees we offer right here at Lakehead University, and grab some free swag! Everyone welcome.

For more information contact

Chopped U: Breakfast Edition - Thursday, Nov. 22

Join Chopped University to learn how to cook, how to budget and how to shop for the healthiest, affordable and most sustainable meals!

Date: Thursday, November 22th
Time: 6 - 8 pm
Location: Nanabijou Childcare Centre

Classes are run by the Sustainability Initiative Centre and the Food Bank.

RSVP here.

Financial Literacy Fair - Thunder Bay Campus - Wednesday, Nov. 21

Did you know that November is Financial Literacy Month in Canada? Come to Lakehead University’s 2018 Financial Literacy Fair. 

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 21
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Agora

There will be a Lunch and Learn session at 11 a.m. Featured speakers include Dr. Max Haiven, Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Counselling, BDO, Sun Life Financial, and Investors Group.

Organizations in attendance include: Thunder Bay Counselling, Investors Group, Northern Credit Union, BDO Thunder Bay Debit Solutions, Sun Life Financial, Lakehead University Accounts Receivable, Lakehead University Student Health and Wellness, Lakehead University Student Success Centre,  RiVAL (Re-Imagining Value Action Lab), H&R Block, RBC and more.

Win some great LU swag and more! Light refreshments provided.

Chris Abraham’s Biotechnology PhD Dissertation Defense – Tuesday, Nov. 27

Biotechnology PhD candidate Chris Abraham will present his research Magnetic Resonance Imaging Guidance of High Intensity Focussed Ultrasound: Optimizing Guidance on Pre-Clinical Models on Tuesday, November 27, at 1:00 pm in ATAC 5035.

Magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) is a treatment modality capable of administering mild or ablative hyperthermia. This technique has been used for many years, improving patient outcomes for cancer and other ailments. Focused ultrasound (FUS) has the advantages of being non-invasive, highly precise, and inexpensive compared to other cancer treatments. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is uniquely suited to guide FUS due to its high spatial resolution that matches the pinpoint accuracy of FUS. In addition, MRI is capable of monitoring temperature increases made by FUS leading to an accurate thermal dose. MRgFUS has been extensively studied and been used to treat various cancers.

The work presented in this thesis aims to increase the efficacy and adoption of MRgFUS as a primary treatment modality by providing pre-clinical tools that facilitate its use and increase its specificity in targeting. The first part of the work, custom RF coils were developed to be used within a MRgFUS platform that allowed for accurate targeting and careful control of the thermal energy deposited into tissues. This work also explored the use of functional imaging biomarkers to aid in the targeting of MRgFUS. A biologically specific MRI contrast agent was developed and characterized in a mouse model of prostate cancer. The use of biomarkers may reduce patient side effects following prostate cancer treatments by increasing the differentiability of healthy tissue from malignant tissue. In addition to the development of contrast agents, the visibility of FUS targets using optimal pulse sequence parameters was demonstrated.

Overall, interest in FUS to treat various ailments has sparked research groups around the world to build FUS systems. The work presented in this thesis developed tools to facilitate the use of MRgFUS as a tool for investigating new therapeutic applications in preclinical models. Using these tools, future applications of FUS may be explored.

Committee Members: Dr. Laura Curiel, Dr. Boguslaw Tomanek (co-supervisors), Dr. Samuel Pichardo, Dr. Apichart Linhananta, Dr. Alla Reznik and Dr. Adam Waspe (external)

Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Brenda Magajna at

Lakehead University has a MobileSafety app

 Mobile Safety App image

Lakehead University has partnered with AppArmor to give students, faculty and staff a faster way to access resources on campus.

The new MobileSafety app includes emergency contacts, a safety toolbox, and other important resources available at the touch of a button.

Users can easily access Lakehead's walk-safe program, contact security if needed, and use tools that can help in an emergency.

The safety toolbox includes a flashlight, a loud alarm, and the ability to send security a photo. AppArmor custom mobile safety apps improve emergency response in a crisis and make campus security resources more accessible.

To download the app search for Lakehead Mobile Safety or click here. It is available on all IOS, Android and BlackBerry devices. For more information about AppArmor please visit

Anti-Spam Law and Policy

This is a friendly reminder that Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), reflected in Lakehead University's Policy on Commercial Electronic Messages, prohibits sending most commercial promotions of goods and services (e.g. the sale of tickets) through Communications Bulletins or other emails without recipients' prior consent and unsubscribeoptions. 

Exceptions to this rule are promotions relating to the University's core activities of education, research, and scholarship, and to raising funds for a charity registered under the Income Tax Act.

CASL is accessible by clicking here, and you may see the Policy by clicking here. If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact Millo Shaw, Lakehead's Director of Risk Management and Access to Information, at 807-343-8518 or