News Archive 2013

March

Lakehead University Announces Two Decanal Renewals
Lakehead University is pleased to announce the renewal of two of the University's deans: Faculty of Education's Dr. John O'Meara, and the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies' Dr. Andrew Dean. Read more about Lakehead University Announces Two Decanal Renewals March 15, 2013
 
Lakehead hosts Rapid Change and the Future of Canada’s North talks
Lakehead University's Centre for Northern Studies forum Rapid Change and the Future of Canada's North will feature four internationally renowned speakers on Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16. Biology Professor Dr. John Smol, of Queen's University, recently appeared on an episode of the CBC documentary series The Nature of Things. Other speakers include Juli Abouchar, a Partner in Willms and Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP; and Professor of Human Geography, Dr. Dieter Muller of Umea University in Sweden. Read more about Lakehead hosts Rapid Change and the Future of Canada’s North talks March 14, 2013
 
High School Students from City and Region will Aim for the Podium in Lakehead’s Science Olympics
Lakehead University's upcoming Science Olympics Northwestern Ontario will be a great opportunity for curious high school students to learn through doing, with help from professors and university students running the exciting events. Local and regional students from grades 9 to 12 will work in groups to solve fun challenges that apply their knowledge of science and engineering in creative ways. "Science Olympics is an excellent way to engage students in science, engineering and math while introducing them to Lakehead University," said Dr. Andrew Dean, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies. Read more about High School Students from City and Region will Aim for the Podium in Lakehead’s Science Olympics March 13, 2013
 
Lakehead University’s Powwow Celebrates Aboriginal Culture
(Friday, March 8, 2013 – Thunder Bay, ON) The Lakehead University Native Student Association (LUNSA) is hosting its annual powwow at the C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse from Friday, March 15 to Sunday, March 17, 2013. This year's theme is Celebrating 25 Years of Powwow at Lakehead University. "The LUNSA association executive is commemorating 25 years by kicking off the powwow season with this celebration," said Sarah Nelson, LUNSA President. Read more about Lakehead University’s Powwow Celebrates Aboriginal Culture March 08, 2013
 
University's Board of Governors Approves Lakehead's Strategic Plan for 2013-2018
(March 8, 2013 – Thunder Bay, ON) After over two years of development, meetings and consultations with the University community and its various stakeholders, Lakehead's Board of Governors proudly approved the final draft of the University's Strategic Plan for 2013-2018. The Plan, entitled, Nurturing a Passion to Lead, embodies the bold, new vision that will oversee the collective vision of the University for the next five years: 'To provide a transformative university experience that is far from ordinary.' "Completing this Strategic Plan is a major milestone," said Board of Governors' Chair, Cameron Clark, "And we know that this is just the start. "Our Strategic Plan will serve as the framework to foster intellectual and human connections while giving students the tools to construct their own destiny," Clark added. Read more about University's Board of Governors Approves Lakehead's Strategic Plan for 2013-2018 March 08, 2013
 
Lakehead hosts March Break Open House for Prospective Students
(March 6, 2013 – Thunder Bay, ON) Prospective students, along with their friends and family, will explore life on campus and have the unique experience of being a student for a day from Monday, March 11 to Friday, March 15 during Lakehead University’s March Break Open House. "Students will tour the campus and residences, meet with faculty members in their programs of interest, and be a Lakehead student for a day by attending in-session classes," said Robert Perrier, Acting Director of Lakehead University's Admissions and Recruitment Department. Read more about Lakehead hosts March Break Open House for Prospective Students March 06, 2013
 
First Nation and Metis Nation Leaders Support Faculty of Law’s Proposed Course Enhancement
Lakehead's Dean of the Faculty of Law, Lee Stuesser, has proposed a new course that will be an enhancement to the new law program’s first year curriculum. It is Dean Stuesser's hope that this proposal will address the fundamental demand of the students staging a sit-in outside the University President’s Office. A proposed new law course, Law 1535: Aboriginal Perspectives, would be positioned as a mandatory, half-credit component of the curriculum to complement Law 1530: Native Canadian World Views & Law, which has already been approved by Lakehead University Senate. The course will assume an experiential format, and introduce students to Aboriginal culture, traditions and perspectives through speakers, dialogue and experience-based learning. Read more about First Nation and Metis Nation Leaders Support Faculty of Law’s Proposed Course Enhancement March 06, 2013
 
Lakehead University Celebrates International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 7
Lakehead University's Department of Women's Studies is celebrating International Women's Day on Thursday, March 7 with Western University's Dr. Treena Orchard. "Dr. Orchard's presentation will be of interest to students, faculty and members of the broader community with an interest in social justice, human rights and gender issues," said Lakehead University Women's Studies professor Dr. Pam Wakewich, who hopes for a large turnout at Thursday’s event. "It will also give us an opportunity, on the eve of International Women's Day, to talk about the ways in which participatory action research can be an effective tool for personal reflection and social change." Read more about Lakehead University Celebrates International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 7 March 05, 2013
 
Lakehead University’s Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining & Exploration Launched Today
Lakehead University's Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration (CESME), launched today, will play a lead role in economic development by bringing together Northern communities and the mining industry to build better relationships. The Centre will encourage and support research, education and outreach activities regarding the nature and impacts of mineral resource exploration and extraction particularly in Northern Ontario. "Building better relationships between mining companies and the communities where they work will be critical to the development of Northern Ontario," said Dr. Peter Hollings, CESME Director and Chair of Lakehead University's Geology Department. Read more about Lakehead University’s Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining & Exploration Launched Today March 04, 2013
 
Innovation at Lakehead University recognized with Business Achievement Awards
Innovative programs and research activity at Lakehead University's Orillia campus were recognized last night during the Orillia District Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards reception, held at Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club in Orillia. Lakehead Orillia was the recipient of the Technological Advancement Award for an innovative research project with Polymer Specialties International Ltd. (PSI) to develop improved degradable plastic film products. Lakehead professor, Dr. Chris Murray, who leads the research team, along with Derek Rynard of PSI, accepted the award. Read more about Innovation at Lakehead University recognized with Business Achievement Awards March 01, 2013
 

February

Lakehead University to Host Pair of Math Competitions
Lakehead University's Department of Mathematical Sciences is preparing to host two mathematics contests for students of various ages. "Both contests provide students with challenging questions beyond the regular curriculum that will spark their interest in mathematics," said Dr. Adam Van Tuyl, Mathematical Sciences Professor and Chair. Read more about Lakehead University to Host Pair of Math Competitions February 27, 2013
 
Lakehead Appoints New Vice-Provost, Aboriginal Initiatives
Lakehead University has named Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux as its Vice-Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives). She will assume her new responsibilities, which will be based at the University's Thunder Bay campus, effective July 1, 2013. "Dr. Wesley-Esquimaux is an excellent choice for Vice-Provost," said Dr. Rodney Hanley, Lakehead’s Provost and Vice-President (Academic). "Her experience in Aboriginal leadership, community development, and her strategic vision will be invaluable and I am thrilled she will be joining us at Lakehead." Dr. Wesley-Esquimaux has held the Nexen Chair in Aboriginal Leadership at Alberta’s Banff Centre for the past four years. She is a Status Only Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto and an Adjunct Professor at Carleton University. Read more about Lakehead Appoints New Vice-Provost, Aboriginal Initiatives February 26, 2013
 
Lakehead hosts Community Builder and Author Paul Born
Internationally recognized author and community builder, Paul Born, is hosting a free public presentation that will create new dialogue, foster a sense of hope and build true connections between people whose energies might otherwise go unharnessed. Paul is a social entrepreneur, director of Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement, and co-founder of Vibrant Communities. The public presentation discusses building vibrant communities. Read more about Lakehead hosts Community Builder and Author Paul Born February 22, 2013
 
Lakehead Celebrates 2012’s Top 10 Research and Innovation Achievements
Lakehead University's inaugural Top 10 Research and Innovation Achievements recognized the best of 2012 and highlighted the important work being done by the University’s researchers. "These achievements were selected by the University community," said Dr. Rui Wang, Vice-President (Research, Economic Development & Innovation). "Lakehead is a research-intensive university and we're proud to celebrate the top 10 achievements from 2012." Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Brian Stevenson said the University has the best and brightest researchers working to improve the world through research and innovation. "It's important that we recognize the contributions Lakehead's researchers make to our community. These individuals often avoid the spotlight, however this event offered our community the chance to congratulate their dedication and hard work," Dr. Stevenson said. Read more about Lakehead Celebrates 2012’s Top 10 Research and Innovation Achievements February 14, 2013
 
Lakehead University Names its 2012 Distinguished Researchers of the Year
Dr. Sonja Grover, Professor in the Faculty of Education, and Dr. Aicheng Chen, Chemistry Professor and Canada Research Chair in Material and Environmental Chemistry, are Lakehead's 2012 Distinguished Researchers of the Year. "Dr. Grover and Dr. Chen are excellent researchers – it’s no surprise that they were selected," said Dr. Rui Wang, Vice-President (Research, Economic Development & Innovation). "Our researchers help put Lakehead University and Thunder Bay on the map," said Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Brian Stevenson. "More importantly, Dr. Grover's and Dr. Chen's respective research also brings economic and scientific benefits to our city and Northwestern Ontario in new and innovative ways." Read more about Lakehead University Names its 2012 Distinguished Researchers of the Year February 14, 2013
 
Lakehead Professors talk about Research Matters and the Future
Lakehead University Chemical Engineering Professor Dr. Lionel Catalan and Chemistry Professor Dr. Stephen Kinrade are the perfect pair to help cement Lakehead's reputation as a research-intensive university through the Council of Ontario Universities’ Research Matters Campaign. Research Matters educates the general public about the important projects happening every day at Lakehead and other Ontario universities. Dr. Catalan and Dr. Kinrade are excellent choices due to their roles as lead researchers in the creation of an additive that makes stronger and more environmentally friendly cement, the glue that holds concrete together. Read more about Lakehead Professors talk about Research Matters and the Future February 13, 2013
 
Lakehead Donation Creates Northern Lake Superior Research Award
A generous donation to Lakehead University’s Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies has allowed the creation of the Northern Lake Superior Research Awards. With various University departments matching the contribution, the Faculty has received almost $400,000 to provide research stipends and awards to undergraduate and graduate students’ research projects pertaining to Northern Lake Superior. "The largest freshwater lake in the world is on our doorstep and provides a unique and special research opportunity for our students," said Dr. Andrew Dean, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies. Read more about Lakehead Donation Creates Northern Lake Superior Research Award February 09, 2013
 
Lakehead Opens 8th Annual Research and Innovation Week
Lakehead's Research and Innovation Week opening ceremonies in the Agora celebrate the amazing projects conducted by faculty and students. "Research and Innovation at Lakehead nurtures scholarship, contributes to the prosperity of our community, and makes a difference in people’s lives," said Dr. Rui Wang, Vice President of Research, Economic Development and Innovation. “This week is an invitation to the residents of Thunder Bay and Simcoe County to see the high calibre research conducted at Lakehead, meet the researchers who make it happen and discover the benefits this research has for everyone,” Dr. Wang said. Lakehead President Dr. Brian Stevenson said Research and Innovation Week is an opportunity to thank and honour the important work of the researchers who contribute to the overall knowledge of various topics. Read more about Lakehead Opens 8th Annual Research and Innovation Week February 08, 2013
 
Lakehead University Researchers Awarded Large NSERC Grant
Dr. Han Chen, Lakehead Professor in Natural Resources Management, and his co-applicants have received a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada strategic project grant worth $620,761 over three years. Working with Lakehead researchers, Dr. Jian Wang and Dr. Chander Shahi, Dr. Chen will examine ways to minimize the environmental impact of biomass harvesting and maximize economic opportunities. "Without funding it’s nearly impossible to do research such as this," Dr. Chen said. For the next three years, Dr. Chen will work with his research partners and at least a dozen students in the boreal forest north of Thunder Bay. Read more about Lakehead University Researchers Awarded Large NSERC Grant February 08, 2013
 
Lakehead University’s Research and Innovation Week Hosts IBM's Smarter Cities
IBM Canada's Smarter Cities Executive, John Longbottom, will talk about Smarter Cities as part of Lakehead University's Research and Innovation Week. The breakfast event will take place in the University's faculty lounge, Monday, Feb. 11. "Smarter Cities take advantage of a growing amount of data that provides insight which allows planners to make better decisions about traffic, roads, water, health care, social services, buildings and more," Longbottom said. Read more about Lakehead University’s Research and Innovation Week Hosts IBM's Smarter Cities February 07, 2013
 
Jay Ingram discusses animal consciousness during Lakehead’s Research and Innovation Week
Science broadcaster and writer Jay Ingram will discuss animal consciousness during his Tuesday, Feb. 12 presentation, part of Lakehead University’s Research and Innovation Week. "People aren't completely sure if other people are conscious; the standard joke is 'I can't really tell if you're conscious,'" Ingram said. "Scientists have examined areas of the human brain that seem to be necessary and looked to see if animals have similar structures." Read more about Jay Ingram discusses animal consciousness during Lakehead’s Research and Innovation Week February 06, 2013
 
Lakehead Researcher’s Film about Innocent Man sent to Prison
Hard Time is a film about the 31 years Robert King spent in prison for crimes he did not commit, including 29 years in solitary confinement. "It takes every scrap of humanity to stay focused and sane in that environment," King said in Hard Time, a film by Lakehead University researcher and History Professor Ron Harpelle. "I should be anything but what I am today, but sometimes the spirit is stronger than the circumstances," King said. Read more about Lakehead Researcher’s Film about Innocent Man sent to Prison February 06, 2013
 
Lakehead University’s New Faculty of Law Hires First Faculty Members
The founding dean of Lakehead University's Faculty of Law, Lee Stuesser, proudly introduced his first three hires. The law school, Ontario's first in 44 years, has appointed two assistant professors — a Lakehead University alumna who specializes in Aboriginal legal issues, and an experienced Canadian Constitutional Law teacher — and a head librarian who is also a lawyer. "One thing is clear: Lakehead University's ability to attract such quality people bodes well for the future of this law school," said Stuesser. "I’m very excited how our Law School’s inaugural year is taking shape." Read more about Lakehead University’s New Faculty of Law Hires First Faculty Members February 05, 2013
 

January

Lakehead University Names Former Canadian Ambassador as its Eighth Chancellor
Lakehead University is proud to announce distinguished former career diplomat, entrepreneur and political strategist, Dr. Derek Hudson Burney, as its eighth Chancellor. "Dr. Burney is an accomplished individual with a national and international reputation and deep roots in Thunder Bay," said Lakehead University President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Brian Stevenson. "Lakehead University is honoured that this former ambassador to the United States from 1989 – 1993 will now represent our great university at home and abroad." Read more about Lakehead University Names Former Canadian Ambassador as its Eighth Chancellor January 24, 2013
 
Lakehead Seeks Nominations for Prestigious Fellow of the University
The Board of Directors of Lakehead University is seeking nominations for "Fellow of the University," which recognizes people who have contributed to the growth, development and well being of Lakehead University. Candidates should have substantially contributed to education at Lakehead University, as well as to the University’s growth and development. They should be active participants in charities, service clubs, community organizations, and business and professional groups. The selected Fellow(s) is given the right to attend and speak at meetings of the Board of Governors as a non-voting member, the right to participate in Convocation ceremonies, the right to wear designated academic dress, as well as other special privileges. Read more about Lakehead Seeks Nominations for Prestigious Fellow of the University January 21, 2013
 
Lakehead University Professor’s Book Discusses the Beauty of Bugs
A new book edited by Lakehead University's Dr. Harvey Lemelin challenges the idea that insect enthusiasts are not interested in bugs that lack human characteristics by discussing those people who raise and collect such creatures. "There is a misconception that people don’t care about insects lacking anthropomorphic features – that simply isn't true," said Dr. Lemelin, Lakehead University’s Research Chair in Parks and Protected Areas. Dr. Lemelin's book, The Management of Insects in Recreation and Tourism, illustrates a range of human-insect encounters from an interdisciplinary perspective. "This book provides insight into the insect recreation and tourism industry," Dr. Lemelin explains. "It presents case studies and examples that demonstrate the appeal of insects, from the captivating beauty of butterflies to the curious fascination of locust swarms. Read more about Lakehead University Professor’s Book Discusses the Beauty of Bugs January 11, 2013
 
Lakehead University’s Annual Education Fair Hosts Employers from Around the World
Lakehead University's 2013 Education Fair will be bustling with school boards and teacher recruitment agencies from across Canada and around the world. The annual event – taking place in the Agora on Friday, Jan. 18 (10 am-3 pm) – provides an ideal venue for Lakehead students and alumni to learn about local, national and global teaching opportunities. "We have seen increased teacher recruitment in northern and western communities of Canada and there is a competitive demand for Canadian teachers overseas, particularly in the United Kingdom," said Christina Buzzi, Career and Employment Specialist with the Student Success Centre. Read more about Lakehead University’s Annual Education Fair Hosts Employers from Around the World January 11, 2013
 
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