A Week of Celebration, Education, and Innovation

(February 17, 2012, Thunder Bay, ON)  

What a week to remember!  The 7th Annual Research & Innovation Week drew to a close last night with Dr. Chris Southcott named the 2011 Distinguished Researcher. Faculty and students were also honoured at a special awards reception for research excellence.

Dr. Chris Southcott was named the 2011 Distinguished Researcher

“Our researchers are conducting work and building partnerships that are vital to the health of the University, the City of Thunder Bay, and Northwestern Ontario,” said Lakehead University President Brian Stevenson. “We are very proud of their dedication, and what they’ve accomplished.”

The week was filled with lively conversations and the exchange of ideas on the Orillia and Thunder Bay campuses.

Poster displays gave the University community a sampling of some of the fascinating research work taking place at Lakehead

Highlights include Dr. Ellie Prepas’s $1.3 million Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) grant for FORWARD III, a project to make the oil sands and forest industries more sustainable. Dr. Prepas is one of many of Lakehead’s stellar researchers who generated a total research income of more than $22 million last year.

World-class geneticist and Gairdner Foundation Medical Review Panel Member Dr. Robert Hegele visited the Thunder Bay campus and reached out to high school students. He also shared his work on the causes of diabetes with Lakehead University and Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute researchers.

The University of Toronto’s Dr. Monika Havelka got everyone thinking with her Valentine’s Day talk Why Sex? The Evolution of a Paradox.

Dr. Havelka provided insights into the advantages and disadvantages of sexual reproduction from an evolutionary perspective

As well, the Aboriginal Research Day and Graduate Student Conference left no doubt that a passion for research and innovation cuts across all disciplines, uniting Lakehead faculty, students and the community.

Dr. Rui Wang, Lakehead’s Vice-President Research, Economic Development & Innovation, declared the week a resounding success.

“Research creates technology and knowledge. New knowledge leads to innovation. Innovation generates opportunities – opportunities for a better life quality, a greener environment, a promising knowledge-based economy, and community prosperity,” he said.

Research & Innovation Award Winners

High Output and Publication Excellence Award (HOPE)
Asieh Ahmadalinezhad, PhD Biotechnology
Ling Zhang, PhD Biotechnology
Shuai Chen, MSc Chemistry

Graduate Student Conference Best of the Best, Oral Presentations
First Place: William Dew, PhD Biotechnology

Graduate Student Conference Best of the Best, Poster Presentations
First Place: Ashley Cerqueira, MSc Biology

Postdoctoral Fellows Poster Award:
First place: Sanghamitra Chatterjee
Second place: Iryna Bashtan-Kandybovich
Third place: Eli Nix

Ontario Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award
Recipient: Dr. Kai Yan

Aboriginal Partnership Research Award for 2012
Dr. Peggy Smith , Faculty of Natural Resources Management
Denise Golden, PhD student, Faculty of Natural Resources Management
Carol Audet, Policy Advisor for the Office of the Grand Chief (NAN)
David Fletcher, Executive Director for the Office of the Grand Chief (NAN)

Lakehead University Innovation Award
Recipient: Dr. Nancy Luckai, Faculty of Natural Resources Management

Building Research Capacity Award 2011
Recipient: Dr. Mathew Leitch, Faculty of Natural Resources Management

Contributions to Research Award
Recipient: Dr. Michel Beaulieu, History

Distinguished Researcher Award for 2011
Recipient: Dr. Chris Southcott, Sociology

Lakehead University Research Chairs 2012

These Chairs recognize high quality research, scholarly and creative achievement by providing a two-year research grant to support an individual’s program of research. The Lakehead University Research Chairs program is a key element in retaining outstanding research talent at our institution.

Dr. Mary Lou Kelley, Social Work
Dr. Abdelhamid Tayebi, Electrical Engineering 

About Lakehead
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for a multidisciplinary teaching approach that emphasizes collaborative learning and independent critical thinking. Over 8,700 students and 1,850 faculty and staff learn and work at campuses located in Orillia, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Lakehead University promotes innovative research that supports local and regional socio-economic needs. In Orillia, development continues on building a campus that meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards.

Last updated February 17, 2012

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