Lakehead U Vice-President (Research) Elected Vice-President of the Canadian Physiology Society

(Thunder Bay - February 6, 2006) Lakehead University's Vice-President (Research), Dr. Rui Wang, has been elected Vice-President of the Canadian Physiology Society.
The Canadian Physiological Society (CPS) is a non-profit society that serves as a forum for the dissemination and discussion of scientific information of interest to researchers in Physiology and related Biological Sciences in Canada. The major aims of the Society are to encourage research in the Physiological Sciences and to foster communication between members of the Canadian scientific community.
Dr. Wang was elected to the position of Vice-President of CPS at its 2006 winter meeting at Lake Louise, Alberta, from February 1 to 5, 2006. He has spent more than 10 years working with the CPS in various capacities.
"This is a great honour for me and for Lakehead University, and I am eager to have a greater role in the Society," Dr. Wang says. "This is an opportunity to facilitate discussion among researchers, and collaborate with people across the country in the areas of physiological and biological sciences."
Dr. Wang's research focuses on the regulation of cardiovascular health in general. He is an internationally known leader in the study of the metabolism and physiological functions of a group of small molecules of gas, known as gasotrasmitters, including nitric oxide, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen sulfide. His research has been continuously supported by CIHR, NSERC, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada for the last decade. During the last 5 years, he has received a total of more than $5,000,000 research funding for his research team.
In his career, Dr. Wang has published more than 110 peer-reviewed papers in leading scientific journals. He has also edited two books, written 13 book chapters, and has been invited to give more than 50 lectures and talks around the world. To date, Dr. Wang has trained more than 40 graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and visiting scientists.
The Vice-President of CPS holds office for a period of two years, which normally leads to a 2-year term of the presidency.

Director of Operations for the Lakehead University Orillia Campus Hired

(Thunder Bay - February 2, 2006) Lakehead University is pleased to announce the appointment of the new Director of Operations for the Orillia Campus, Dr. Sally-Ann Burnett, effective April 3, 2006.
Dr. Burnett comes to Lakehead University with over 10 years experience in post-secondary institutions, most recently as the Director, Broadstairs Campus, of the Canterbury Christ Church University in the United Kingdom. Her role at the Broadstairs Campus was to lead the development of the campus, including strategic planning, financial planning, and management of human and physical resources; ensuring the high quality of programs and services; and liaising with the student union to ensure an excellent student experience.
"Dr. Burnett's experience and expertise matches what is needed to develop Lakehead University - Orillia into a thriving and vibrant campus," says Dr. Fred Gilbert, President, Lakehead University. "Our Orillia Campus is just beginning - we need someone who can promote it and ensure its success, not only by growing enrolment, but also by being engaged with the Orillia, Barrie, First Nations and other communities. Dr. Burnett, with her first-hand working knowledge of a new satellite campus in England, is well qualified to lead our Orillia team."
The Director of Orillia Operations functions as the operational lead for the Orillia campus and is accountable to the President for the implementation of the Orillia Campus initiative. Dr. Burnett will be responsible for the Orillia campus planning and development, project management, long-range planning including the preparation and management of budgets, and assisting in the recruitment of faculty and staff in Orillia.
Prior to her position as Campus Director with the Canterbury Christ Church University, Dr. Burnett was the Director of the Centre for Enterprise and Business Development at that university. There she found business opportunities for the university, secured funding for services and projects, and developed partnerships in economic development.
"This is an exciting step forward for Lakehead University, Orillia," says Dr. Laurie Hayes, Vice-President (Academic) and Provost at Lakehead University. "Dr. Burnett will have the opportunity to create and foster lasting relationships with our stakeholders and the Orillia community."
Members of the media wishing to interview Dr. Gilbert should call Marla Tomlinson at (807) 343-8177.

Lakehead U Expert on Gerontology and Palliative Care Named Director of CERAH

( Thunder Bay /> /> - January 30, 2006 />) A Lakehead /> University /> /> expert on gerontology and palliative care has been appointed Director for the Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH). As the new Director, Mary Lou Kelley will strengthen the research and education role of CERAH in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario through partnerships with other stakeholders, working under CERAH's motto "Progression through Innovation, Education, and Action." Mary Lou is replacing Dr. Michel Bédard who was the Centre's Director for three years.

"I am honoured to have been appointed Director of CERAH," Prof. Kelley says. "The Centre works towards the advancement of important gerontological issues which are relevant to Northwestern Ontarians, and I look forward to working with our network of community and University partners to further interdisciplinary education and research opportunities with the Centre."

CERAH Background

The Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), formerly known as the Northern Educational Centre for Aging & Health (NECAH), was established at Lakehead /> University /> /> in 1991. The Centre brings together professionals, educators, researchers, students, caregivers and older adults in a collaborative effort to learn more about the aging process and its relation to health and well-being.

Interdisciplinary collaboration is the approach used by CERAH to develop and administer a wide range of research and continuing education programs. CERAH also works cooperatively with a variety of programs to facilitate community development. In conjunction with an extensive regional network of committees and community partners, CERAH implements its vision for exemplary practice in the field of aging and health.

Mary Lou Kelley's Background

Mary Lou Kelley has been a faculty member in the School /> of Social Work /> at Lakehead /> University /> /> since 1980. She is also a faculty member in the Collaborative Graduate Programs in Gerontology and in Women's Studies, and is a core faculty member in the Master of Public Health Program. She is Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Certificate that is delivered online by the Department of Continuing Education and Distributed Learning throughout Canada /> /> and beyond. Since 1993, Mary Lou has been the project manager for the Ontario Ministry of Health's Palliative Care Education Initiatives for physicians and interdisciplinary community providers which are delivered by CERAH.

Since 1980, Mary Lou's research has focused on long-term care of older persons, palliative care, rural health, education for health care professionals, and community-based care delivery to rural seniors. She is a research affiliate with Lakehead /> University /> />'s Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research. Her current projects, funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), relate to end-of-life care in rural and remote areas. She works with researchers across the country as part of a research team that studies issues related to End-of -life Care for Seniors. Mary Lou is actively involved in community organizations such as the Northwestern Ontario /> End-of-Life Care Steering Committee. She was honoured in 2005 to be one of Lakehead /> University /> />'s 40 Northern Lights, a recognition of her passionate leadership in social work, gerontology and palliative care.

Lakehead U Lecturer Co-Author of Textbook on Outdoor Leadership

(Thunder Bay - January 30, 2005) A Lakehead University lecturer with the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Tourism has co-authored a textbook which will be available later in January.
Mary Breunig co-authored "Outdoor Leadership: Theory and Practice" along with Bruce Martin, Christine Cashel, and Mark Wagstaff. Published by Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois, this textbook aims to help learners develop eight core competencies that are based on professional standards, which are the foundation of successful outdoor leadership.
"Along with the core competencies, readers will gain an understanding of how to transform theory into practice through real-life examples," says Breunig. "As well, the book contains learning activities designed to build leadership skills. Readers will be able to demonstrate their leadership skills by creating a professional development portfolio that documents successful leadership experiences."
The authors, experienced outdoor leadership instructors who have worked in a variety of outdoor settings, outline the steps to mastering eight core competencies that not only help learners develop leadership abilities, but also help both students and professionals meet current professional standards. The competencies are:

· Foundational knowledge
· Self-awareness and professional conduct
· Decision making and judgment
· Teaching and facilitation
· Environmental stewardship
· Program management
· Safety and risk management
· Technical ability

"The textbook looks at these concepts in a real-world context," Breunig says. "As authors, we wanted to provide the information in an interesting manner while providing solid foundations for successful outdoor leadership. Professionals and students will be able to apply this knowledge to their life and work."
Through its learning activities, its numerous practical examples, and its step-by-step portfolio development, "Outdoor Leadership: Theory and Practice" is designed to improve learners' abilities as an outdoor leader.
For interviews with Mary Breunig, call Marla Tomlinson at 807-343-8177.

Lakehead U History Professor Goes to Korea on Fellowship

(Thunder Bay - January 27, 2006) A Lakehead University History professor has been awarded a Junior Fellowship at the Academy of Korean Studies.
Dr. Carl Young will be in Korea for three months this spring to research Korean history and conduct further research on his proposed book, "Eastern Learning and the Heavenly Way: The Tonghak and Ch'ondogyo Movements in Korea, 1895-1910."
"My research interests focus on religious social movements, nationalism, and imperialism in modern Asia, centering especially on Korea and Japan," Dr. Young says. "This Fellowship is an excellent opportunity for me to have an in-depth experience of the Korean culture and history. I look forward to creating relationships with my colleagues at the Academy of Korean Studies, and learning from them."
Dr. Young also has a strong interest in comparative world history and cross-cultural interaction between different world regions, focusing on Asia as a case study. His previous research has dealt with the comparison of South Korean minjung (popular) theology and Latin American liberation theology in the 1970s and 1980s and an investigation of the Tonghak (Eastern Learning) and Ch'ôndogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way) movements in Korea between 1895 and 1910.
According to their website, the Academy of Korean Studies was founded "with the objects of studying the essence of Korean culture for establishing the base for new creation with independent historical views and a sound sense of values, seeking the basic principles of future Korea to raise and restore the spirit of the Korean people, and creating and developing Korean culture."
The Academy of Korean Studies fellowship program is designed to provide foreign scholars and doctoral candidates an opportunity to carry out their research or dissertation research in Korea. The recipients of a fellowship are chosen based on the merit of the research plan; their capability to give lectures to the graduate students at the Academy; the possibility of conducting joint research project with AKS faculty members; and the capability of translating Korea-related books into foreign languages.

38th Annual Forestry Symposium Looks at Forestry's Role within the Kyoto Accord

(Thunder Bay - January 26, 2006) The 38th Annual Forestry Symposium, "The Kyoto Accord: Where Does Forestry Fit?," takes place on Saturday, January 28, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in ATAC, Room 1003.
Each year, the students in the Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment organize a symposium dealing with relevant issues in forestry. This one-day symposium is free to the public.
The purpose of this symposium is to gain insight into what the Kyoto Accord may mean to the forest industry, how foresters can help meet Canada's goals under the accord, and provide information regarding global carbon trading. This topic will be explored through five 30-minute presentations.
This year's speakers are: Mr. Wayne Bell, RPF, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources ; Dr. Mark. Boyland, Canadian Forest Service; Dr. Guy Larocque, Canadian Forest Service, Laurentian Forestry Centre; Dr. Tat Smith, Dean, Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto; Dr. Mehdi Zahaf,
Faculty of Business, Lakehead University.
Admission is free and everyone is encouraged to attend. For more information, visit
Members of the mediaare welcome to attend the event. To set up interviews with the event chairs or the speakers, please call Marla Tomlinson at 343-8177 or 472-9113.

Lakehead U Students Excel at National Business Competition

Inter-Collegiate Business Competition the "Stanley Cup" of Business
(Thunder Bay - January 26, 2006) Four students from Lakehead University's Faculty of Business Administration brought home two top awards in a national business competition this January.
Two Lakehead U Business teams of senior undergraduate students went on to the finals in the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC). Eric Shanks and Mike Bone tied for first place in the Ethics category, while Mark Anttila and Chad Gemmel took home second in the Finance division. Lakehead U placed third overall out of 28 universities, including many of the biggest and finest in Canada
"I am very proud of these students," says Dr. Lifeng Geng, a Business faculty member and the faculty advisor. "This competition offers real-life experiences to these students, and it prepares them well for their future careers."
ICBC is Canada's oldest and largest undergraduate business case competition. Hosted annually by Queen's University, the competition attracts both national and international business students. Competitors participate in a preliminary round for the chance to compete in the final round from January 12 to 15. The categories in the competition are: accounting, business policy, debating, business ethics, finance, labour arbitration, marketing, and MIS.
"Even to make it to the final round, which comprises top six teams, is quite an honour. And, to have won first and second place in two categories," Dr. Geng says.
According to the ICBC, the competition aims to provide business students with a forum for the exchange of ideas and to establish relationships, and to challenge and further develop a variety of essential business skills. As well, the competition provides students with a chance for social interaction with other business students while developing valuable tools which will help the students in the career world upon graduation.
Members of the Media: Dr. Lifeng Geng and the students are available for interviews by calling Marla Tomlinson at 343-8177.

Three Lakehead U Engineering Students Win Second National Award

(Thunder Bay - January 18, 2005) Three Lakehead University Electrical Engineering undergraduate students have once again been honoured by a national Engineering institution.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has awarded Andrew Roberts, Alex Nequest, and Marc Kennedy the 2005 IEEE Life Member Award for the best student paper in Western Canada. Their paper is entitled "Stabilization of an Inverted Pendulum on a Mobile Robot," and was written under the supervision of Lakehead University's Dr. Abdelhamid Tayebi.
The first award the students received was the IEEE-TELUS Innovation Award, which was given to the students at the national competition in Vancouver this past September.
"To have my students win two awards for their project demonstrates their innovation, industriousness, and creativity - I am very proud of them," Dr. Tayebi says. "Andrew, Alex, and Marc have put in many hours on this project, and I am glad to see their hard work recognized by the IEEE. These students have the potential to go far with their Engineering education."
The purpose of the IEEE Student Paper Competition is to offer student members the opportunity to exercise and improve both written and verbal communication skills. For each IEEE Council in Canada (Western, Central and Eastern), there are three awards: IEEE Life Member Award, for the best overall paper; Hackbusch Award, for the best paper by a team of University students (one or more); and the Palin Award for the best paper by a team of College students (one or more).
To speak with Dr. Tayebi or any of the students, please call Dr. Tayebi at 343-8597. For more information on the competition, visit

Lakehead U Speaker Series Presents Steve Paikin

Lakehead University Speaker Series


Steve Paikin

Broadcaster, Author, and Journalist

"Profiles in Leadership - A Challenge to Canadians"

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Steve PaikinSteve Paikin has been covering politics in Canada for more than 20 years. Join Steve as he discusses political leadership, recent developments in federal politics, and the life of John Robarts, the popular Premier who transformed the Ontario government into a modern, sophisticated operation, and the subject of Steve's most recent book Public Triumph, PrivateTragedy

Steve Paikin, TVO Host
What: Lakehead University Speaker Series
When: Wednesday, February 15, 6 p.m.
Where: Lakehead University, Agora (University Centre, by main entrance)
Steve Paikin hosts two programs on TVOntario, the largest educational television network in the world. He is co-host of Studio 2, a nightly current affairs program which is now in its 12th season.
He also co-created and hosts Diplomatic Immunity, a weekly program specializing in foreign affairs, now in its 8th season. Studio 2 is an hour-long program which tries to put into context the issues affecting Ontario's 13 million residents.
The Lakehead University Speaker Series is a free public lecture offered by Lakehead University as an information-sharing event and dialogue, in partnership with The Chronicle-Journal and Travelodge Airlane. Parking is free. Everyone is welcome, but seating is limited - come early.

Lakehead University Education Fair

The Lakehead University Education Fair 2006 will be held on Friday, January 13 in the Agora. There will be over 35 school boards in attendance. Some will be conducting presentations and job interviews while on campus.
What: Lakehead University Education Fair 2006
When: Friday, January 13 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Lakehead University Agora