2020 Fundraising for Student Scholarships and TBSO

Dear Friends,

As you may know, due to the COVID-19 situation, Raag-Rung had to postpone our 37th annual Fundraising Dinner Concert to September 18, 2021 (see poster).

Therefore, for continuing our support for scholarships at Lakehead University and Confederation College and to the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, this year’s effort will be through the donations that may be made online at www.Raag-RungMusicCircle.com (please scroll down the Home Page and click on the Donation button at the lower right corner) or by mailing a cheque made payable to Raag-Rung Music Circle at the address given below.

Please note that in addition to the tax receipt, we will hold a draw in October to give out a professionally produced music DVD or CD to each lucky winner. These discs contain music by internationally acclaimed and highly respected musicians with recognitions and awards such as the Grammy, Bill Board’s Top Ten and Music, Juno, President of India and the prestigious Padma awards given by the Government of India to artists and individuals who have made exceptional contributions in their fields (these are similar to the Order of Canada recognitions).

A detailed catalogue of these items, subdivided into (1) Instrumental, (2) Vocal Classical and Devotional and (3) Ghazals categories, is available for your information. We request that you kindly indicate your preferred category in which your name should be included in the draw. We are pleased to inform you that some of these discs have been autographed by the legendary artists.

We thank you in advance for your support, thoughtfulness and generosity. With best wishes for safe days ahead and with warm regards.

The Raag-Rung Music Circle Team
494 Ryerson Cres.
Thunder Bay, Ont.
P7C 5R8
(807) 577 5641
www.Raag-RungMusicCircle.com

A Toxic Legacy of the Vietnam War

The Department of History is pleased to announce that “Toxic Time-Bomb,” Dr. Ron Harpelle’s latest environmental film, will premiere at a live-streaming event organized to mark the Journée internationale d’hommage et de soutien aux victimes de l’Agent orange, (Agent Orange Day).

August 10 is Agent Orange Day because that was the day, 59 years ago, that the United States began aerial spraying toxic herbicides in Vietnam. From 1961 to 1971, 75 million litres of these tactical herbicides were sprayed on approximately 12 percent of South and Central Vietnam and they were also used in neighbouring Laos, Cambodia and Thailand.

Nearly 5 million people were affected by the spraying during the war and children are still being born with birth defects linked to these herbicides. Today in Vietnam more than 100,000 children are the third and fourth generations of victims. Sadly, some of the Agent Orange used in Vietnam was produced in Canada and the legacy of its production haunts us still.

“Toxic Time-Bomb” is about the impact of industrial pollution and about the activists who have spent 30 years fighting to ensure that industry and government take responsibility for the destruction of the environment in and around their community. Agent Orange was produced by Uniroyal Canada in Elmira, Ont., a small farming community just outside Waterloo. In late 1989, 17 years after production stopped, Elmira was obliged to shut down its water supply because of the discovery of high levels of dangerous chemicals in the aquifer that flows under the town. The film was made with support from the Ontario Arts Council and is part of a larger co-production project with French filmmaker Sylvie Vàng Jacquemin and local filmmaker Kelly Saxberg.

The film is available in English, with French, Spanish and Vietnamese versions and will premiere on August 9 at 10:30 pm and again on August 10 at 6:00 am local time.

For details and to see the film as part of the event, look on Facebook for either the Collectif Vietnam-Dioxine or the Journée des victimes de l'agent orange. For those who miss the premiere, the film will be made available for viewing online until August 14 at Shebafilms.com.

Geology Department Honours students publish their thesis research

Photo of Sadie Fischer
Sadie Fischer
In the last couple of months, two Geology Honours students have published their Honours thesis research in international peer reviewed journals, a significant achievement that reflects the high quality of the Honours research projects our students undertake.
 
First off and perhaps most impressive is Sadie Fischer (HBSc Geology Class of 2015), whose paper "Biological mats in siliciclastic sediments of the Paleoproterozoic Gunflint Formation, Northwestern Ontario, Canada” authored with her supervisor Dr. Phil Fralick will be published in the August edition of the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences.
 
The paper is the first description of mats of bacteria that lived on the shallow, sandy seafloor in the Thunder Bay area 1,878 million years ago. The rocks preserve the evidence of this ancient life as the “pond scum” growing on the bottom bound the sand grains together creating odd structures in the layers, even though the bacterial mats themselves have degraded into thin streaks of carbon.This paper has been selected by the Editor-in-Chief to be featured under the Editor’s Choice section of the Journal’s homepage, a notable honour. 

On the same theme, Ben Kuzmich’s research from his Honours thesis has just been published in the Journal Precambrian Research in a paper by Shiwei Wang, Ben Kuzmich, Pete Hollings, Taofa Zhou, Fangyue Wang entitled "Petrogenesis of the Dog Lake Granite Chain, Quetico Basin, Superior Province, Canada: Implications for Neoarchean crustal growth”.
 
Ben completed a study of the Dog Lake Chain granites north of Thunder Bay using petrography and geochemistry to develop a new model for their formation, working with Dr. Hollings. Dr. Shiwei Wang was at Lakehead for two years as the CESME Postdoctoral Fellow and conducted further work on Ben’s samples using a variety of state of the art analytical techniques.
 
Ben graduated in 2012 and went on to do a MSc thesis at Lakehead. He now works for Barrick at the Hemlo Au mine in Marathon, Ont.
 
Photo of Ben Kuzmich
Ben Kuzmich

Lakehead University reaches out to future Thunderwolves

photo of students receiving scholarship offers

 

As we prepare to welcome our new students to Lakehead University this fall, Enrolment Services – Student Awards & Financial Aid has been busy completing final reviews of entering high school student transcripts to extend final Lakehead University Entrance Scholarships Offers.

In recognition of the academic accomplishments of our students, we wanted to continue our Lakehead tradition of visiting with some of our scholars to personally deliver their official scholarship and extend warm greetings to our newest Thunderwolves. With physical distancing and safety precautions in place, 20 students welcomed the opportunity to meet with Lakehead outside, at their home doorsteps.

On Thursday July 23 and Friday July 24, Andrea Tarsitano, Vice-Provost (Students) & Registrar, and Josh Levac, Associate Registrar, Student Awards & Financial Aid, travelled to South Gillies, Shebandowan and other parts of Thunder Bay with a Lakehead swag bag and official Scholarship Offer to present.

“Along the way, we were met with excitement and enthusiasm about attending Lakehead and reminisced with many proud Lakehead Alumni reflecting back on their experiences and times as a Lakehead student,” Tarsitano says.

“During these unprecedented times, our generous scholarship offers - more than ever - can make the difference in a student attending Lakehead,” Levac says.

Take a look at some of the photos captured during our visits and the smiles shared!

Lakehead researchers receiving more than $354K from SSHRC

July 30, 2020 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada is granting Lakehead University researchers more than $354,000 in funding for seven important projects that will have wide-ranging impacts.

Dr. Amanda Maranzan, Associate Professor in Psychology, is receiving a $70,528 Insight grant that will allow her to examine disclosure attitudes and experiences among postsecondary students experiencing mental distress in the context of an anti-stigma reduction strategy.

Called Honest, Open, Proud – College (HOP-C), this three-session program led by two trained peer facilitators aims to reduce stigma and help students make informed choices about disclosure, which vary by setting.

“This program teaches relatively safe ways to disclose should the student decide to do so, and helps students craft stories that reflect their disclosure goals,” Dr. Maranzan said.

“Prior research on this anti-stigma reduction program found evidence of reduced self-stigma, increased perceived resources to cope with stigma-related distress, and greater self-efficacy regarding disclosure amongst postsecondary students,” she added.

Dr. Maranzan and her team will examine the impacts of this disclosure-based stigma reduction strategy on variables that are important to postsecondary students: self-esteem, self-efficacy, social support, and academic achievement.

This research will also assess the role played by disclosure decisions, behavior and affirming attitudes. Researchers will determine the feasibility of HOP-C to support scaling-up this anti-stigma approach if appropriate.

The project will take three years to complete and will allow Dr. Maranzan to hire one Psychology doctoral student to gain research experience and skills through high quality research training as well as four trained peer facilitators (students at any level of study).

Dr. Manal Alzghoul, Assistant Professor in Nursing, is receiving a $65,250 Insight Development grant to explore immigrant parents’ knowledge and cultural beliefs along with factors contributing to the risk of unintentional injury to children.

“My research will examine the acceptability of injury prevention programs to immigrant parents,” Dr. Alzghoul said, adding that she and her team will conduct the study with immigrant families living in northern and rural Ontario.

Unintentional injuries are a major cause of death and disability among children worldwide and in Canada. Injuries impact the social, physical, psychological, and economic wellbeing of children, their families, and communities. Most of these preventable injuries occur inside and around the house.

Immigrant families, who comprise 21.3% of the Canadian population, may have a different understanding of children’s risk of injury as well as knowledge of prevention strategies based on safety standards in their home countries, cultural norms, and housing environments. Compared to non-immigrants, immigrant children are 23 percent more likely to be injured if they are young (i.e., 14 years old or younger), male, reside in northern and rural areas, and have a higher socioeconomic status.

“The findings of this research may inform the design of injury prevention initiatives to improve the knowledge, perceptions, and engagement of immigrant parents,” Dr. Alzghoul added. 

The project will take two years to complete. For each year, one master’s student and three undergraduate students will perform research with Dr. Alzghoul.

Lakehead Orillia campus associate professor Dr. Valerie Hébert, departments of history and interdisciplinary studies, is receiving a three-year $51,473 Insight Grant to write a monograph exploring the complex ethical dilemmas associated with viewing, exhibiting, and engaging with images of atrocity, specifically photographs taken during the Holocaust.

“Photographs are how I came to learn history,” said Dr. Hébert. “My grandfather had a book of Time Life photographs chronicling major events of the 20th century. They gave me a visual vocabulary for events I would later study, write, and teach about. So, in a sense, this project brings me full circle to where my interest in history began.

“In the age of social media, we are more and more a visual society. When it comes to images of suffering bodies, we ought to be conscious of the harrowing circumstances of their creation, and the responsibilities of the viewer in light of these circumstances.”

Dr. Hébert’s book will discuss the many functions photographs serve in understanding atrocity, and where we might look for guidance in engaging them sensitively.

“Congratulations to our researchers and thank you to SSHRC for recognizing the important work that is happening at Lakehead University,” said Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation.

In 2019/20, Lakehead University will receive nearly $2 million in assistance from the Research Support Fund to support the indirect costs of research, which includes costs for supporting the management of intellectual property, research and administration, ethics and regulatory compliance, research resources, and research facilities.  

Total: $354,666

Insight Development Grants (two years)

Hay, Travis – Postdoctoral Fellow, Indigenous Learning - The Colonial History of Medicine in Northwestern Ontario 1930-1990 - $20,166

  • Project Elder: Terri Redsky Fiddler
  • Partners: Sandy Lake First Nation; Nishnawbe Aski Nation

Gokani, Ravi – Assistant Professor, Social Work - Proselytism and Service Provision in Conservative Evangelical Faith Based Organisations: Managing Competing Mandates - $59, 615

Scharf, Deborah – Assistant Professor, Psychology - Adolescent Exposure to Cannabis Marketing - $49,431

Co-applicants (all from Lakehead):

  • Michel Bédard
  • Rupert Klein
  • Anna Kone

Alzghoul, Manal – Assistant Professor, Nursing - A Mixed Methods Study of Immigrant Parents' Perceptions of Risk Factors, Prevention Strategies, and Accessibility of Injury Prevention Programs to Prevent Unintentional Injuries in Children in Rural and Northern Ontario - $65,250

Co-applicants:

  • Vicki Kristman (Lakehead)
  • Souraya Sidani (Ryerson)

Filice, Sylvane – Assistant Professor, Nursing – Regard en arrière, regard vers l’avenir: une approche herméneutique pour examiner le vécu des infirmiers/ères francophones dans le Nord de l’Ontario - $38,203

Co-applicants: (all from Lakehead)

  • Mary Ellen Hill
  • Isabelle Lemee
  • Michelle Spadoni

Insight Grants (three years)

Hebert, Valerie – Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies, Five Shots from Sdolbunow: Photographs of the Holocaust by Bullets, 1942 - $51,473

Maranzan, Amanda – Self-stigma and strategic disclosure amongst Canadian post-secondary students - $70,528

Collaborator: Patrick Corrigan – Illinois Institute of Technology

  

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Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. In 2019, Maclean’s 2020 University Rankings, once again, included Lakehead University among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, while Research Infosource named Lakehead 'Research University of the Year' in its category for the fifth consecutive year. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Amanda Maranzan Manal Alzghoul and Valerie Hebert

Recent books by Dr. Pauline Sameshima win an award and an honourable mention

Two books published last year by Dr. Pauline Sameshima, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies at Lakehead University, have been recognized by the Society of Professors of Education — with one winning an Outstanding Book Award and the other, an Outstanding Book Award Honourable Mention.

Parallaxic Praxis: Multimodal Interdisciplinary Pedagogical Research Design, which Pauline co-authored with Dr. Patricia Maarhuis (Washington State University) and Dr. Sean Wiebe (University of Prince Edward Island) was awarded the 2020 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award. This book outlines the extensive research possibilities of the “parallaxic praxis” framework for interdisciplinary partnerships, cross-sector collaborations, and scholars undertaking research projects in social justice, community engagement, teacher education, Indigenous research, and health and wellness.

Ma: Materiality in Teaching and Learning was awarded a 2020 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award Honourable Mention. The book, co-edited with Dr. Boyd White (McGill University) and Dr. Anita Sinner (Concordia University), explores the Japanese concept of ma as “the interval between two markers,” as a threshold space where new understanding and learning can occur.

Library contactless pickup open for undergraduate students and staff

Undergraduate students and staff can now request library items for contactless pickup or partial digitization in both Thunder Bay and Orillia. All requests for materials should be submitted using the library's main academic search tool, Omni. For instructions on how to place a request through Omni, visit: https://libguides.lakeheadu.ca/c.php?g=713740&p=5125693

Lakehead researcher developing resources to support firefighter mental health during COVID-19

June 15, 2020 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research has awarded Lakehead University’s Dr. Kathryn Sinden with a $49,968 Knowledge Synthesis COVID-19 rapid response grant to spend six months developing resources to support the mental health of firefighters working during COVID-19.

Photo of Dr. Kathryn Sinden

Due to the important work that they perform, firefighters are often “first-on-scene” and have a higher chance of being exposed to transferable diseases including COVID-19, said Dr. Sinden, an Assistant Professor in Kinesiology.

“Researchers have found that in periods of heightened risk such as a pandemic, there are further impacts on individuals’ mental health,” she said.

“For example, following the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003, front-line workers identified this event as traumatic and those who had higher risk for SARS exposure reported more post-traumatic stress injury symptoms than other workers.”

Dr. Sinden believes firefighters would have the same exposure to mental health conditions during and following the COVID-19 pandemic as other front line workers reported due to SARS.

“Consequently, in addition to known factors that increase firefighters’ risk for mental health disorders, COVID-19 has created a unique and challenging context where their risk for experiencing mental health conditions has increased,” she said.

This research will use an integrated knowledge translation approach, meaning firefighters will be embedded in the research process. As a team, they will appraise information about managing mental health from peer-reviewed academic journals, online information specific to firefighter health and general platforms, and existing guidelines provided by firefighter associations.

Dr. Sinden will use the results of this research to develop various resources that can be implemented by the firefighter community, with implications for first responder groups across Canada, to develop strategies to help them better manage their mental health and prevent illness.

“We are very pleased to have received this funding from CIHR,” said Dr. Andrew Dean, Lakehead’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation.

“This applied research project is important, timely and hopefully will yield valuable results for mental health management strategies for firefighters.”

In 2019/20, Lakehead University will receive nearly $2 million in assistance from the Research Support Fund to support the indirect costs of research, which includes costs for supporting the management of intellectual property, research and administration, ethics and regulatory compliance, research resources, and research facilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

 

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. In 2019, Maclean’s 2020 University Rankings, once again, included Lakehead University among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, while Research Infosource named Lakehead 'Research University of the Year' in its category for the fifth consecutive year. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Contactless pickup launches for undergraduate students and staff

Undergraduate students and staff can now request library items for contactless pickup or partial digitization in both Thunder Bay and Orillia. All requests for materials should be submitted using the library's main academic search tool, Omni. For instructions on how to place a request through Omni, visit: https://libguides.lakeheadu.ca/c.php?g=713740&p=5125693.

Lakehead Library offering online research workshops

Join the Lakehead Library for a general overview of library research, including a tour of our Omni "search everything" system. Our upcoming workshops are listed below. Click on the specific date to register. Once you register you'll receive the full meeting information.

If you require one to one research assistance, please feel free to contact the the liaison librarian for your subject area.

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