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July 28, 2017
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Search for Missing Thunder Bay Man Continues

The Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) is continuing its search for Michael Quirielle, who was last seen on the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre’s property on Saturday, July 8, just before 6:30 am.

For more information about the missing man and to view his photo, please click here.

Lakehead’s Security Services team has been advised that the TBPS may extend its search of the area to our main campus grounds, this weekend. If so, the search will involve uniformed officers on our campus.

Anyone with information about this missing man is asked to contact the TBPS at (807) 684-1200, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit

Agora stairs closing next week

To allow for construction on Student Central, the stairs in the Agora leading up to the Administrative Offices (UC 2001 to UC 2009) and the Upper Lecture Theatre (UC 2011) will be closed all next week (Monday, July 31 to Friday, Aug. 4) while work takes place.

Access to the second floor will be available using the stairs or elevator in the Centennial building.

Thanks for your patience during this construction.

TSC - Phone Server Maintenance - Monday, July 31

TSC staff and Bell are scheduled to perform phone server maintenance on Monday, July 31 between 4:30 pm to midnight.

This is to repair the ongoing trouble we have been experiencing the past month with our phone system.

There may be disruption in phone service during this time. For questions or concerns please email

Tim Hortons Agora Closure

Tim Hortons Agora will be closed for maintenance beginning Monday, July 31.

The Tim Hortons in the Main Café will be open regular hours, 8am to 3:30 pm Monday to Friday.

Mink Lake and Sandbar First Nation Youth Employment Program Science at Lakehead University This Week

Tyra Quewezance, left, from Whitedog, Ont., and Ashley King, from Gull Bay First Nation, watch as their filter cleans water.  

Indigenous youth from 27 Northwestern Ontario communities were once again at Lakehead University as part of the annual First Nation Natural Resource Youth Employment Program’s (FNNRYEP) Science Week.

The 50 youth and their counsellors from Mink Lake and Sandbar First Nation Youth Employment Program summer camps participated in the collaborative project between industry, the province and local post-secondary institutions.

During previous years, youth in the program have had the chance to participate in local archeological digs, learn to fly drones for use in the natural resource management sector and compete in engineering challenges.

While on campus Monday, July 24 to Friday, July 28, youth enjoyed hands-on labs and challenges, including learning about Lakehead's water resource science lab. They also discussed the water issues facing Indigenous communities throughout North America with an Elder; took a geologic walking tour of downtown Port Arthur; and participated in geocaching challenges.


The Search for the Vice-Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives) is well underway and we are welcoming two candidates to Lakehead University to meet with the Search Committee.

As part of the selection process, there will be an opportunity for faculty, staff, and community members to attend an Open Presentation with each candidate.

The following are details of these presentations:

Dr. Jonathan Dewar
Wednesday, Aug. 2
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
ATAC 1001 / OA 2005 (video conference)

Ms. Denise Baxter
Tuesday, Aug. 8
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
ATAC 1001 / OA 2005 (video conference)

Following each candidate’s presentation, the Search Committee encourages input in writing within 48 hours, (to be kept in confidence), to Dr. Moira McPherson, Chair, VP (Aboriginal Initiatives) Search Committee, c/o the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), UC 2007A, or email

Biographical statements for each candidate can be found on the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) website by clicking here.

Azadeh Bahramian - Biotechnology PhD Thesis Proposal - Monday, July 31

Azadeh Bahramian will soon present her Biotechnology PhD Thesis Proposal entitled Modeling a Fluidized Bed Reactor for Catalytic Pyrolysis of HDPE.

Date: Monday, July 31
Time: 10 am
Location: ATAC 5036

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Contact Brenda Magajna at for more information.

Request for Achievements on Truth and Reconcilitation

Have you, your department, faculty members or students accomplished significant achievements on Truth and Reconciliation?

Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Chair on Truth and Reconciliation, would like to hear from you as she is creating a report on year one of Lakehead's commitment to reconciliation in Northwestern Ontario. Please feel free to include a high definition photo.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, July 31, 2017. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux at or (807) 343-8926.

Concur Training Sessions

With the new mandate that Concur must be used by all faculty and full-time staff to submit travel expense statements as of September 1, 2017 (see updated Travel Policy as of May 1, 2017), Financial Services will be offering drop-in Concur training sessions.

All new faculty and staff, as well as new Concur users or those who need more training, are welcome to drop in or RSVP to one of the following designated sessions, which will run April 25 until August 31, 2017 in the Little Dining Room (next to the Faculty Lounge):

  • Tuesday mornings, 9 to 10:30 am: Drop-in General Session: Everyone is welcome to attend.
  • Thursday afternoons, 2 to 3:30 pm: Drop-in General Session: Everyone is welcome to attend.
  • Wednesday mornings, 9 to 11 am: Research targeted sessions. Limited to eight people per session. RSVP to secure a place.

There will be a limited amount of computers set up for use, but trainees are welcome to bring their own laptops or tablets, as Wi-Fi will be available.

Questions for the general sessions can be directed to Patrick Larin at ext. 8141 or

Please RSVP for the research sessions to Margot Ross at ext. 8730 or

Call for Honorary Degree Nominations

The Senate Honorary Degrees Committee invites all members of the Lakehead University community to submit nominations for honorary degree recipients to be awarded at the 2018 Convocations in Thunder Bay and Orillia.

Lakehead University grants honorary degrees to individuals who have accomplished extraordinary achievements and remarkable service, and who support the values of advanced learning and the pursuit of knowledge.

Please visit this web page to submit a nomination and obtain more information regarding honorary degrees.

Qualifying nominees will be considered at an in-camera meeting of the Senate during the fall term and those approved will be added to the Senate Approved Honorary Degree Nominees List.

The Senate Honorary Degrees Committee will select recipients from the list each year. Names placed on the Senate Approved Honorary Degree Nominees List shall remain there for a period of three years, after which time the name may be removed from the list if the nominee has not been selected or re-nominated.

For more information, please contact Yvonne Roussel at

Kevin Gagnon - Chemistry and Materials Science PhD Thesis Proposal - Tuesday, Aug. 8

Kevin Gagnon will present his Chemistry and Materials Science PhD Thesis Proposal entitled: Substituent and Ligand Effect Parameters from the Topology of the Electron Density.

Date: Tuesday, August 8
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: ATAC 2015

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Contact Brenda Magajna at for more information.

Indigenous Crafting: Cattail Basketry and Mats - Tuesday, Aug. 8

Faculty and Instructors are welcome to participate in a hands-on workshop Indigenous Crafting: Cattail Basketry and Mats.

Participants will create a small basket or mat from cattail reeds and learn of their cultural history, use and purpose.

There are content connections and applications within Visual Arts, Education, Anthropology, History, Science, Natural Resources Management, Geology, Biology (Plant), Mathematics, and Indigenous Learning.

All departments/faculties are welcome.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 8
Time: 1:30 - 4 pm
Location: LI 5002

For more details or to register visit LibCal at

Teaching Commons Upcoming Workshops - August 8 and 10

Tuesday, Aug. 8: Introduction to Copyright and Fair Use.

Thursday, Aug. 10: Make Your Syllabus Interesting AND Informative. Do you want your students to read the syllabus? Learn how to use plain language and (creative) design principles to make your document clear, accessible, and engaging.

For more details or to register visit LibCal at

Katelyn Duchene Dissertation Defense - Wednesday, Aug. 9

Katelyn Duchene’s Ph.D. dissertation defense will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 1 pm in room ATAC 3004.

Title of thesis - Variability in Women’s Perception of Potential Female Rivals: Effects of Fertility, Mating Orientation, and Revealing Dress Biases.

Supervisor: Dr. Kirsten Oinonen, Second Reader: Dr. Josephine Tan, Internal Reader: Dr. Mirella Stroink, External Reader: Dr. Jennifer Gordon, Defense Chair: Dr. Ed Rawana.

Introduction to Incorporating Indigenous Content Workshop - Thursday, Aug. 10

This introductory workshop is intended to provide Faculty and Instructors with some knowledge and skills to begin incorporating Indigenous content into their curriculum/courses in respectful and meaningful ways.

Best practices, supportive teaching strategies, and types of student learning will be discussed.

When: Thursday, Aug. 10
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Where: LI 5002

Please direct questions to Dr. Amy Farrell-Morneau at

Big Data Streaming Analytics in R and D: Applications, Challenges and Opportunities - Monday, Aug. 14

The Department of Computer Science is hosting an International Scholar Seminar with Dr. Simon Fong, from the University of Macau, on Monday, Aug. 14.


Big Data Streaming Analytics (BDSA), an emerging research area, is known as, “techniques that process, analyze and data mine over massive amounts of information while it is dynamically feeding in, as opposed to waiting for data to come to rest in a data warehouse or Hadoop.

The technology is being applied increasingly as new sources of data become prevalent, such as streaming sensor data from the Internet of Things, streaming social media data, and streaming video feeds from CCTV.” In big data era, when data are generated and ever changing in real-time, it is no longer enough to simply perform historical analysis and batch reports. In situations where you need to make well-informed decisions in real-time, the data and insights must also be timely and immediately actionable.

In this talk, the platforms, techniques and the pros and cons of various data stream mining algorithms are reviewed. In particular, a research methodology called “Stream-based Holistic Analytics and Reasoning in Parallel (SHARP)” is presented. The potentials and efficacy of GPU programming and meta-heuristic optimization over data stream mining are discussed, pertaining to computational research in BDSA.

Title: Big Data Streaming Analytics in R and D: Applications, Challenges and Opportunities

Presenter: Dr. Simon Fong, University of Macau

Date: Monday, Aug. 14
Time: 1-2 pm
Location: AT 3004


Dr. Simon Fong graduated from La Trobe University, Australia, with a 1st Class Honors BEng. Computer Systems degree and a PhD. Computer Science degree in 1993 and 1998 respectively. Simon is now working as an Associate Professor at the Computer and Information Science Department of the University of Macau. He is a co-founder of the Data Analytics and Collaborative Computing Research Group in the Faculty of Science and Technology. Prior to his academic career, Simon took up various managerial and technical posts, such as systems engineer, IT consultant and e-commerce director in Australia and Asia. Dr Fong has published over 365 international conference and peer-reviewed journal papers, mostly in the areas of data mining, big data analytics, meta-heuristics optimization algorithms, and their applications. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Network and Computer Applications of Elsevier, IEEE IT Professional magazine, and various special issues of SCIE-indexed journals. More details on Dr. Fong can be found at his institution web page.

Office of Human Rights and Equity (OHRE) Director in Orillia Aug. 23 - 25

Dreeni Geer, Director of the OHRE, will be in Orillia on Wednesday, Aug. 23, Thursday, Aug. 24, and Friday, Aug. 25. 

If any member of the University community would like to meet with her, please email or call ext 7765 to set up an appointment.

The OHRE is here to support students, staff and faculty in any human rights or sexual violence matters, confidentially.

Professional Development Opportunity on Orillia Campus

Combatting Individual, Systemic and Cultural Racism - Training and Workshop 

Race-based discrimination and harassment is still prevalent in Canadian society which includes its systems and institutions. To help reduce and remove the barriers faced by racialized and indigenous persons and create an inclusive and equal environment, all members of the Lakehead University Community require skills and tools in anti-racism. 

The Office of Human Rights and Equity will be in Orillia on August 24th and August 25th, conducting a Training/Workshop on Combatting Individual, Systemic and Cultural Racism. The workshop will be geared towards faculty and staff.   All employees are welcome! 

The workshop will be divided into two, 2 hour sessions. Participants will complete the Part A session in the morning and the Part B session that same afternoon. Participants who complete Part A and Part B of the workshop will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Anti-Racism workshops will be held:

  • Workshop 1: Part A: 9 - 11 am, Part B: 1 - 3 pm on Thursday, Aug. 24 in room OA 2008.

  • Workshop 2: Part A: 9 - 11 am, Part B: 1 - 3 pm on Friday, Aug. 25 in room OA 2008.

This workshop will not be available for those hoping to attend via Polycom from Thunder Bay, but will be offered to Faculty and Staff in Thunder Bay at a future date. 

If you are planning to attend please e-mail Stéphane at with your name, your position/dept. and which Workshop (1 or 2) you plan on attending. The workshop will fill up fast, so please confirm your attendance asap.

Should you have any questions or would like more information you can always email, call ext 7785, or stop by the office Li5012 on the fifth floor of the library. We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

Introduction to Incorporating Indigenous Content – Monday, Aug. 28

Dr. Amy Farrell-Morneau, Indigenous Curriculum Specialist, will be at the Orillia Campus on August 28 and 29 to meet with faculty.

The workshop Introduction to Incorporating Indigenous Content is open to all Orillia campus faculty and will take place on Monday, Aug. 28, 2 - 4 pm in OA 2017.

This introductory workshop will cover: supportive and reflective teaching methods, broader learning styles, best practices of incorporating Indigenous content, and what to expect in the classroom. Feedback and questions are welcome to guide the direction of more specific topics and hands on learning.

As the Indigenous Curriculum Specialist, Amy will provide consultation and support services for faculty and staff around instructional resources, instructional design, assessment strategies, best practices, and the integration of learning technologies as they relate to the delivery of Indigenous curriculum to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners.

To register for the Introduction to Incorporating Indigenous Content workshop on Monday Aug. 28, please RSVP by clicking here.