Lakehead University's R and I Week at the Intercity Mall will have something for everyone

Photo of Dr. Andrew P. Dean.

Dr. Andrew P. Dean tried out an EEG machine, which monitors electrical activity of the brain.


March 3, 2016 – Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead University kicks off its 11th annual Research and Innovation Week with more than 15 exceptional and unconventional displays at the Intercity Shopping Centre on Saturday, March 5.

 There will be something interesting to see and do for people of all ages – especially children.

“The very popular Passport program is back this year to encourage young people to visit all of the displays to win prizes,” said Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead University’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation.

New this year is a display by the Neuroscience Research Interest Group (NeuRIG), which will present a broad range of neuroscience topics covering brain and eye anatomy and functions, and other important functions.

There will be interactive tasks and demonstrations, as well as activities that the public, including young children, can engage in with the exhibitors.

“R and I Week is a chance for Lakehead University researchers and students to show the community the fascinating work that they do at Canada’s number one research university,” Dr. Dean said.

Other displays include Superior Science, Aboriginal Mentorship, Anthropology, Enrolment Services and more.

Also happening this weekend, on Sunday at 2 pm Drs. Judith Leggatt, Scott Pound and Michael Richardson from Lakehead’s Department of English will discuss the Future of the Book in the Reading Room at the Brodie Street Library.

They will describe the changing nature of books and the emergence of new narrative forms as a result of emergent digital technology and new media.

R and I Week runs from Saturday, March 5 until Thursday, March 10.

Also of interest, two social justice round table discussions will be held on Monday at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm. Click here for more information.

On Tuesday, Kevin Ford will talk about turning the tide of offshoring Canadian businesses at a breakfast on at 7:30 am (registration required) in the Faculty Lounge; and Lakehead’s Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies is sponsoring a talk by Dr. Robert Reisz from the University of Toronto Mississauga, who will describe the life of two types of dinosaurs from embryo until they are fully grown on Tuesday at 8 pm in the Ryan Building, room 1042.

For more information and the full schedule, please visit The public can attend all of the events.



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Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

Maclean’s 2016 University Rankings place Lakehead University second in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and first among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2015, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities.