Lakehead University – Have you discovered anything new lately?

Lakehead University Research Week at Intercity
Lakehead University Research Week at Intercity
Andrew Dean from Lakehead University invites you to Research Week
Andrew Dean from Lakehead University invites you to Research Week

THUNDER BAY – EDUCATION – I am extremely pleased to invite you to this year’s Research and Innovation Week, organized by faculty, staff and students at Lakehead University.

This year’s R and I Week runs from Saturday, March 5 to Thursday, March 10. Have you discovered anything new lately? Now’s your chance.

The Intercity Shopping Centre will have more than 15 booths on display on Saturday, March 5 from 9:30 am to 6 pm. Visit Lakehead’s Paleo-DNA Laboratory display at the mall to make a colourful model of a DNA helix and the Neuroscience Research Interest Group display to learn more about brain and eye anatomy and try other interesting demonstrations.

Come to the Intercity Mall to learn more about Lakehead University. There will be lots to see and do for people of all ages.

On Sunday, March 6, three members from Lakehead’s English department and two alumni will discuss The Future of the Book in the Fireside Room at the Brodie Library from 2 to 4 pm.

Drs. Judith Leggatt, Scott Pound and Michael Richardson will describe the changing nature of the book and the emergence of new narrative forms due to the advancement of digital technology and new media. Laura Prinselaar, Youth Services Librarian at the Thunder Bay Public Library, and Chris Servais from Chapters will participate in the discussion.

On Monday, March 7, Lakehead University and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery are holding social justice round table sessions on two timely topics at the Art Gallery at 1080 Keewatin St.

Reconciliation as Pathway for Meaningful Relationships with Indigenous Peoples will be from 2 to 4 pm, featuring Sam Achneepineskum, Denise Baxter, Lorena Fontaine, Ry Moran, and Dr. Rob Robson, moderated by Dr. Christopher Mushquash, Canada Research Chair for Indigenous Mental Health and Addictions.

Understanding Refugees in Crisis: Community and Citizenship will be from 7 to 9 pm with Sam Achneepineskum, Taina Maki Chahal, Miriam Cohen, Dr. Steve Jobbitt, Liane Boyer McLean, and Farhan Yousaf, moderated by Dr. Batia Stolar, Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation, and associate professor in English at Lakehead.

On Tuesday, March 8, entrepreneur and Lakehead alum Kevin Ford will present Turning the Tide of Offshoring Canadian Businesses, a talk exploring how Canada lost jobs in manufacturing and services and how this trend can be reversed.

This free talk includes breakfast. It will be in Lakehead University’s Faculty Lounge from 7:30 to 9:30 am. Register at

Also on Tuesday, March 8, attend a free Northern IGNITE luncheon from noon to 2 pm featuring seven-minute visual presentations by faculty describing why they are passionate about their work. This luncheon will run from noon until 2 pm in Lakehead’s Faculty Lounge. Register by visiting

Later that day, Dr. Robert Reisz will give a fascinating talk about the embryonic and hatchling life of two dinosaurs from China and South Africa, as well as their growth to adulthood.

Interesting facts will be revealed such as how they grew inside their eggs, what they did after they hatched, and how these secrets were uncovered from the dawn of the age of the dinosaurs.

Dr. Reisz is the Distinguished Professor of Paleontology at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

His discoveries and field work have been widely featured in textbooks, scientific magazines, and have been popularized and disseminated to the lay public globally through numerous interviews on national and international media.

Sponsored by the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies, Dr. Reisz’s free talk will be at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 8 in Lakehead’s Ryan Building, room 1042.

For more information about R and I Week, please visit

I hope to see you at these exciting discussions!

By Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation

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