Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

Lakehead University's Orillia campus is holding its Research and Innovation Week from now to March 8.

Research and Innovation Week at Lakehead University is an annual celebration and appreciation of their researchers, work, and achievements. Events started on Feb. 27 and go to March 8 at the Lakehead University-Orillia campus, and are open to the public to attend.

Speakers will be talking about projects in different categories, such as business, social work, education and sociology, and community members will be able to ask them about their projects.

“Our annual R&I Week is an excellent opportunity for the community to come and discover the many research projects taking place and to speak with faculty members and students about their projects, and the impact they are making,” said Dr. Andrew Dean, Vice-President of Lakehead University.
Here are some of the highlights:

• Tues., Feb. 28th — Aboriginal Initiatives Guest Speaker Dr. Peggy Smith will be presenting “Thirty Years of Aboriginal Research: A Retrospective” at 6:30-8pm. She is Interim Vice-Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives) and Associate Professor, Natural Resources Management at Lakehead University, and she will be talking about her research on the involvement of Indigenous People in natural resource development.

• Wed., March 1 — Sustainability Sciences Student Research in Environmental Sustainability will be from 11:30am-1:00 pm, followed by the Student Research Poster Display from 2:30-4:00 pm.

• Wed., March 8 — at 5:30 pm, Research Centre for Sustainable Communities Guest Speaker Hugh MacIsaac presents “Detecting and Protecting Aquatic Ecosystems from Aquatic Invasive Species.” He is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Invasive Species, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, University of Windsor. His work and research is focused on pathways that transmit invasive species, genetic characterization of invading species, and management of biological invasions. He also addresses the issues of false positives and false negatives in invasive species research, and on how to protect ecosystems from intruders.

Lakehead University has been ranked number one in Canada for research in the category of undergraduate universities by Re$earch Infosource. This demonstrations Lakehead’s brilliant research status and its ongoing growth. Lakehead has received this number one position for two years in a row- in 2015 and in 2016. The university created great research partnerships with non-profit sectors, and has also been placed eighth in research-income growth in Canada.

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Article compiled by Sara Taslim

Photo of Dr. Andrew Dean, courtesy of Lakehead University-Orillia

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