September 12, 2014
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A Message from the Student Health and Counselling Centre

The Student Health & Counselling Centre would like to welcome new and returning students to Lakehead University. Starting university, moving away from home (maybe for the first time) and away from friends and family, can cause individuals to feel sad, lonely, overwhelmed or anxious.

The Student Health and Counselling Centre can help. To book an appointment with a physician and/or a counsellor, please call 343-8361 or visit us at the Centre - UC1007 (across from Security).

The Centre also offers free meditation sessions. Sessions are held in RC0007 (in the tunnel near the Faculty of Graduate Studies).

  • Tuesdays: 3:45 - 4:15 pm
  • Thursdays: 10:15 - 10:45 am
  • Fridays: 2:15 - 2:45 pm

Also, don’t forget you have access to Good2Talk - the 24/7/365 post-secondary student helpline for 'free, professional and anonymous support for students in Ontario' (1-866-925-5454) and the local 24/7 Crisis Response line (807-346-8282).

Lakehead Strength and Conditioning offers new classes

As a part of Campus Recreation offered through the Department of Athletics, Lakehead Strength and Conditioning is excited to offer the new Fitness Fundamentals program for faculty, staff and students. 

It’s a 12-session course (one-hour sessions) that will be held each semester which cover all the basics of a functional fitness program including exercise and nutrition.

Classes are Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 12 pm for four weeks, starting Monday, Sept. 15. 

Cost is $147 if registered by Monday, Sept. 15 or $197 after. 

For more information please call Aaron at 630-2601 or email

Subway Opening Delayed

The opening of the new Subway at the Thunder Bay campus will be delayed a week while ARAMARK waits for final inspections from the city. It is now scheduled to open on Monday, Sept. 22. We apologize for the delay.

Questions can be sent to Nick Buragina at

Campus Connection is now online!

The September issue of Campus Connection is out now. Read it here:

Lakehead Alumni Receives Pat Clifford Award

The Canadian Education Association (CEA) has awarded Lakehead alumnus Dr. Gregory Lowan-Trudeau (BEd '06, & MEd '08) its 2014 Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research in Education. His award-winning work, Protest as Pedagogy, is a critical understanding among current and future teachers of the link between Aboriginal ways of knowing, the historical basis for land claims and rights, and how this relates to contemporary resource development issues and associated activism.

The CEA's Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research in Education recognizes the work of emerging researchers – their research contributions, their promise, and their commitment to breaking new ground or revisiting commonly held assumptions in education policy, practice or theory in Canada. 

Click here to learn more about Dr. Lowan-Trudeau, his research and award, and the CEA.


Dr. Aicheng Chen selected as a Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry

Congratulations to Dr. Aicheng Chen, Professor of Chemistry and Canada Research Chair in Materials and Environmental Chemistry, who has been selected as a Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry (FISE). Dr. Chen was presented the FISE Medal during the 65th ISE Annual Meeting, which was held in Lausanne, Switzerland from August 31 to September 5, 2014.

ISE was founded in 1949 and presently has more than 3500 members over the World. The Society may appoint a few of its individual Members as ISE Fellows. Such ISE fellows are selected by the Executive Committee, upon recommendation by the Fellows Nominating Committee, after consultation with the Council.

“ISE Fellow” is a category of membership conferred upon an individual in recognition of her/his continuing outstanding scientific and/or technical achievement within the field of electrochemistry. 

Getting to Know Our Profs - Dr. Rosario Turvey

Meet Dr. Rosario Turvey, Assistant Professor - Sustainability Sciences.

Don't Miss Campus Rec Fit Week Sept. 15-20!

Want to try a new activity but don't want to commit just yet? Try classes like Caribbean Dance, Yoga Dance, Bootcamp, Spin and many other great workouts for FREE! Call 343-8585 to reserve your spot!

For a full class schedule please visit

Faculty Lounge Closure - Tuesday, Sept. 16

The Faculty Lounge will be closed on Tuesday, Sept. 16 for a private function. The lounge will be unavailable for use or to pass through on this date.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Please direct any questions or concerns to Conference Services at 343-8799.

TESL starts Tuesday, Sept. 16

Spots are still open in Thunder Bay to learn to teach English as a second language. Your next career could be your next adventure, in Canada or abroad. The next class begins Tuesday, Sept. 16!

For further information please contact the Department of Professional Development in Education by emailing Connie Anzew at or calling 807-346-7852.

Yard Sale in Support of the United Way - Wednesday, Sept. 17

Students, staff and faculty are invited to attend an on campus yard sale in support of the United Way of Thunder Bay. There will be something for everyone, including household items, clothing, books, furniture and more.

Wednesday Sept. 17, 2014
10 am – 3 pm
Centre for Northern Forest Ecosystem Research (CNFER Building beside the library)

Questions can be sent to Mary Wanzuk, CNFER Administrative Assistant at

Tipi Set-Up Moved to Wednesday, Sept. 17

Please note the new day for set-up listed below. 

Aboriginal Cultural & Support Services will be putting up the Tipi for Fall Harvest on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1 pm at the Lakehead University Sweat Lodge Site.

Student volunteers are needed. For more information contact Sheila Pelletier-Demerah at 343-8085 or

Student Forum – Learn About Important Program Changes - Thursday, Sept. 18

All students at the Orillia campus are invited to attend an information session about the recent changes within the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and the establishment of new Department of Sustainability Sciences.

Please come and find out what these changes mean for you.

Find out about the background leading to these changes and learn about our exciting plans for the future of the two departments.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 18 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: OA 2015

For more information please contact Shelley Unwin at

Notice from the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) - PTR Information Sessions Reminder – Thursday, Sept. 18

This is a reminder that the second Information Session held on Promotion, Tenure and Renewal process and procedures will be held:

The information session will be on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in ATAC 5036.

Orillia faculty can participate via video-conference OA 2005.

Faculty members who are considering making application for promotion, tenure or renewal or who are interested in knowing more about the PTR process are encouraged to attend.

Brown Bag Speaker Series: Fall 2014 Women and Law - Friday, Sept. 19

Dr. Joan Sangster from Trent University will present her paper on masculinity, grievances, violence and the workplace: “Just Horseplay? Masculinity, Grievances and the Violence in Canadian Arbitration History.”

Date: Friday Sept. 19, 2014
Time: 10 am
Location: Little Dining Room, UC 1029

Dr. Sangster teaches History and Gender and Women's Studies. All are welcome to attend.

For more information please contact Dr. Lori Chambers at 343-8218.

Instructional Training for Graduate Students

Are you a current graduate student interested in learning how to teach? Do you have teaching responsibilities as part of your graduate assistantship?

Then consider dropping into one of the Instructional Development Centre's (IDC) upcoming teaching workshops (starting Tuesday, Sept. 30) or registering in one of their instructional training programs. The programs are free and can be added to your Co-Curricular Record.

For more information visit the IDC website or contact Brett Sharman at 807-343-8554 or

Media Release: Lakehead researchers receiving nearly $350,000 from CIHR

September 10, 2014 – Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead University researchers are receiving nearly $350,000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to improve the quality of people’s lives in Canada and abroad.  

Dr. Vicki Kristman, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences, is receiving a New Investigator Award of $300,000 over five years for a supervisor training program that could improve work disability outcomes for injured workers. 

“This research program will focus on three specific questions,” Dr. Kristman said.

  • How can stakeholders identify or develop accommodations for workers trying to return to the labour force?
  • How can workplaces and employers support the use of workplace accommodations?
  • And, what is the best way to measure and demonstrate the health and economic impacts of workplace accommodation for all stakeholders?

“Results from this research could decrease work disability and save billions of dollars in direct and indirect costs,” Dr. Kristman said. “I want to thank the CIHR for this funding. We wouldn’t have been able to undertake this research program without the CIHR’s assistance.”

The primary project will involve employers in Canada and the US. In order to test a supervisor training program, some supervisors within those companies will receive training sessions and some will not.

Two Lakehead University students will work with Dr. Kristman on this research program.

 Dr. Kristman’s award is funded by the CIHR Institutes of Health Services and Policy Research and Population and Public Health through the CIHR Roadmap Signature Initiative in Community-based Primary Health Care.

This award provides outstanding new investigators with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their independence in initiating and conducting health research through provision of a contribution to their salary. Only 40 awards are given throughout Canada per year.

Carley Pope, a Lakehead student in the Master’s Clinical Psychology program, is receiving a Canada Graduate Scholarship of $17,500 to spend one year examining if there’s a connection between breastfeeding and postpartum depression.

“Postpartum depression is a serious and under-recognized disorder that can be extremely disruptive for the mother, infant, and family,” Pope said.

“My interest stems from a belief that there is an urgent need for better understanding into why perinatal mental health issues arise in order to develop effective prevention and intervention strategies to improve mental health outcomes for the mother and her family.”

Pope will assess if women who intend to breastfeed and do not breastfeed are at a greater risk of experiencing post-partum depression compared to women who do not intend to breastfeed and do not breastfeed.

“This funding is recognition that Lakehead’s researchers are doing incredible work to make life better for people around the world,” said Dr. Andrew Dean, Lakehead’s Vice-President, Research, Economic Development & Innovation (Interim).

The CIHR is Canada’s federal funding agency for health research. Composed of 13 Institutes, the CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,200 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

New CIHR Grants awarded in 2013-2014

Total value of awards:  $340,251

Faculty Member Grants

New Investigator Award (five-year grant)

Vicki Kristman, Department of Health Sciences, Preventing work disability through accommodation, $300,000.

Planning Grant and Dissemination Grants (one-year grants)

Naana Afua Jumah, Faculty of Medicine, West Campus, and Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute, Northwestern Ontario management strategies for opioid dependence in pregnancy: sharing knowledge and improving care, $8,500.

Co-applicant: Meldon Kahan, University of Toronto.

Laura Curiel, Department of Electrical Engineering and Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute, Improving research activity on novel minimally invasive procedures for cancer treatment in Northwestern Ontario, $10,000 (in partnership with CIHR Institute of Cancer Research).


  • Naana Afua Jumah, Faculty of Medicine, West Campus, and Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute
  • Samuel Pichardo, Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Margaret Anthes, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Health Professional Student Research Award (three-month award)

Nicholas G. Escott, Faculty of Medicine, West Campus, Investigation of Blastomyces dermatitidis-induced acute respiratory distress syndrome, $4,251. Grant supports student Daniel Dalcin.

Graduate Student Awards

Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program (one-year awards worth $17,500)

Carley Pope, Psychology, Breastfeeding and postpartum depression:  A closer look at the bidirectional relationship.