Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Office of Communications, 807-343-8177 or 807-472-9113.
- Second prize is a $2500 tuition voucher for Lakehead U.
- Third prize is a $1500 tuition voucher for Lakehead U.
- Fourth prize is a $500 voucher for the Lakehead U Bookstore.
Of the total, $150,000 will assist with planning and design costs for a new research building, $141,000 will support research into the electrolytic production of metals, $111,155 will assist the purchase of special equipment to enhance Lakehead's toxicology testing services, and $27,500 will help employ a Youth Intern for a new Materials Science and Biotechnology research centre.
"The Government of Canada is dedicated to investing in institutions such as Lakehead University, since they play a leading role in developing and commercializing innovative technologies that contribute to the economic diversification of the region," said Mr. Comuzzi.
"This support allows Lakehead University to enhance its research capabilities on several fronts, helping it move toward the goal of becoming one of the top 25 research universities in Canada," said Mr. Boshcoff.
A new multi-tenant research building is considered essential to attract new faculty to Lakehead, help commercialize research at the university and add another asset to the university's innovation cluster. The research program developing new materials for electrodes used in the production of metals, such as nickel, copper and gold, aims to create patented products that could assist Northern Ontario mining and smelting operations to remain globally competitive. The special equipment purchase will strengthen Lakehead's leading role in testing toxicity levels in water and further its innovative research in aquatic toxicology.
"We are excited by the potential of these initiatives to help us continue to develop a critical mass of research capabilities that are both useful to regional industry and likely to create new, commercially valuable products and processes as well as long-term employment," said Dr. Fred Gilbert, President of Lakehead University.
By supporting Lakehead University through its programs and services, FedNor is opening doors and building futures for a prosperous Northern Ontario.
Funding for this initiative was provided for in the February 2005 federal budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.
Research building design and planning costs
This project supports the cost of an integrated project team to design, plan and manage a new 150,000 square foot (13,935 square metre) multi-tenant research building. The team will find other funding, private sector tenants, and manage the project through construction to its opening and initial operation. The establishment of leading-edge research facilities is critical to attracting new faculty, and will hopefully lead to increased commercialization of university research. Following the creation of the Northwestern Ontario Technology Centre, the ATAC building and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (West Campus), the research facility will be the fourth
major FedNor-assisted step toward creating an innovation cluster at Lakehead University
Research into energy-efficient metal production electrodes
This project will contribute to a three-year research program involving the development of energy-efficient materials for electrodes used in the electrolytic production of metals, such as nickel, copper and gold. Researchers will collaborate with the Lakehead Intellectual Property Management Office to patent the developed test methodology and any novel electrode material(s). Such new products would assist many Northern Ontario and Canadian mining and smelting operations to remain globally competitive, and the research program would become a key regional resource for the mining industry.
Enhance Lakehead's toxicology testing service
This project will fund special equipment that will strengthen Lakehead's leading role in testing toxicity levels in water and further its innovative research in aquatic toxicology. The new equipment and testing capabilities will add to recent research innovations at Lakehead's Aquatic Toxicology Research Centre (ATRC), including the Toxicology Identification Evaluation (TIE) and a Toxicology Early Warning (TEW) system. The TEW system, which bioassays effluent on a continuous flow basis, is undergoing pilot phase testing as a portable unit this year.
Youth Intern to develop Materials Science & Biotech Research Centre
This project requires a Youth Intern who will assist the development of a new Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Materials Science and Biotechnology. Tasks include: helping develop a proposal for the Research Centre; preparing and maintaining an Internet website for the Centre; preparing promotional material; preserving contacts with interested university faculty, and soliciting and maintaining contacts with representatives of industry, government and community groups.
To find out more about FedNor, visit us at: http://fednor.ic.gc.ca
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(Thunder Bay - August 29, 2005) Lakehead University's Faculty of Education has developed a unique opportunity for non-traditional students in Thunder Bay.
A new program called Humanities 101: A Lakehead University Community Initiative is being offered as a non-credit Lakehead U course to people who may not otherwise have the chance to attend post-secondary education. The first of it's kind in Ontario, this multidisciplinary course involves faculty members from around the university, and will cover issues related to Social Work, Aboriginal Studies, Political Science, Women's Studies, Anthropology, English, Music, and Philosophy.
"The course is similar to an introductory first-year university course, and includes the opportunity for students to discuss course topics during class time with the goal of generating an interactive learning experience for all participants," says Dr. Christina van Barneveld, an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Education who is spearheading this initiative at Lakehead U. "It is designed to introduce students to the excitement and interest that accompanies the discovery and creation of knowledge. The program aims to acquaint students with the benefits that may come from higher education experiences, and provide assistance to overcoming barriers to higher-level education experiences."
Dr. van Barneveld adds that in order to reduce some of the barriers to attending class, students will be supported with a transportation allowance, childcare allowance, school supplies, and a small meal before class.
A Community Approach
A network of 15 governmental and non-governmental organizations were brought together to collaborate with Lakehead U in developing and implementing Humanities 101.
"This community-driven approach to program development helps create new relationships between Lakehead U, its Faculties, and the community, and builds a network that continues to grow," says Dr. van Barneveld. "This network has ongoing involvement through the in-kind support of the students of Humanities 101, as part of a 'circle of support' around each student or in program advisory roles," says Dr. van Barneveld.
Students participating in this initiative are identified through the network of community service agencies. The community service providers recommend individuals who they feel are ready to take a step towards this educational opportunity. Individuals are 17 years or older, able to read a newspaper, and enjoy discussing social and cultural issues in a friendly and supportive academic context.
"Our University is enriched by the presence of these new students," says Dr. Julia O'Sullivan, Lakehead U's Dean of Education. "Lakehead, like the other great universities, reflects, respects, and responds to the community in which it exists."
Members of the Media are welcome to interview Dr. van Barneveld by calling Marla Tomlinson at 343-8177.
Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Communications Officer, Lakehead University, 343-8177 or 472-9113