Planetary Stewardship is the theme of this year’s Research and Innovation Week held virtually by Lakehead University

You are invited to participate in Lakehead University’s 17th annual Research and Innovation Week, being held virtually from Monday, March 7 to Friday, March 11.

Lakehead University will hold opening ceremonies on Monday, March 7 at 11:20 am with keynote speaker Seth Klein, team lead for the Climate Emergency Unit – a project of the David Suzuki Institute, whose talk is called Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency.

At 1 pm, Lakehead will post the first Ignite video on social media, featuring a research project by Dr. Muntasir Billah from Civil Engineering called Infrastructure Condition Assessment and Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic Using Artificial Intelligence.

At 2 pm on Monday, March 7, the Graduate Student Conference Poster Presentation Live Chat will be held, followed by Mitchell Thomashow’s talk, To Know the World: A New Vision for Environmental Learning at 3:30 pm.

At 5 pm, Dr. Pauline Sameshima will lead a virtual art tour called Climate Action in Action!, then at 7 pm Dr. Reidun Twarock, Professor of Mathematical Virology at the University of York in the UK, will present a talk called Viral Disease Through the Lens of Geometry.

On Tuesday at noon, Drs. Ellen Field and Paul Berger and several graduate students will discuss Student Reflections on Climate Change Education Courses at Lakehead, followed by the 1 pm launch of Ignite video #2 featuring a research project by Dr. Angela Hovey called Shelter Access for all Women: Creating a Harm Reduction Framework.

At 1:30 pm, Semie Sama will host Teaching for Climate Action: The Bora Laskin Faculty of Law is Catalyzing Communities of Future Climate Leaders.

At 3 pm, Dr. Ellen Field and collaborators will discuss the findings of Policy Incoherence and Uneven Coverage: A Review of Climate Change Education within Canadian Curriculum Texts, followed by the Three Minute Thesis (Graduate Student Conference) at 4:30 pm and Three Minute Research (Graduate Student Conference) at 6 pm.

At 7 pm, Lenore Keeshig will host Stories of the Land from Residential and Indian Day School to Present Day. Keeshig is Anishinaabekwe, a journalist, storyteller, poet, and children’s author.

On Wednesday, March 9 at 9 am, a group of researchers will participate in a panel discussion called Climate Change and Political Action: Lessons from India, Uruguay and Canada. At 10 am, Lakehead will hold the Undergraduate Student Conference Poster Competition Live Chat followed by the Undergraduate Student Conference Oral Presentations at 12:30 pm.

Then at 1 pm, Lakehead will post Ignite video #3 on social media, featuring Dr. Sam Salem’s research project called Towards Enhanced Fire-Resistant Mass Timber Buildings for Canadians.

On Wednesday, March 9 at 5 pm, Dr. Pauline Sameshima will host session 2 of the Climate Action in Action! art tour, and at 7 pm Dr. Kelsey Leonard will host a talk called Indigenous Water Justice for Planetary Wellbeing.

Then on Thursday, March 10 at 11 am, several Lakehead professors will discuss their exciting research in Celebrating Lakehead University’s Faculty Authored Monographs.

At 12:30 pm, 2021 Distinguished Researcher Dr. Ed Rawana will host a discussion called Strength-Based Strategies for Parents and Educators to Promote Mental Wellness and Resiliencies in Children and Youth, followed by 2021 Distinguished Researcher Dr. Mitchell Albert’s talk, How Hyperpolarized MRI Changed the Fields of Pulmonary and Neuro Imaging at 2 pm.

Then at 5 pm, Lakehead will hold the Research and Innovation Awards of Excellence.

On Friday, March 11, Dr. Rita Wong from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, will host a discussion called Follow the Water, Stand with the Land.

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