Dr. David Law awarded CFI grant

 Lakehead University researcher, Dr. David Law, has been awarded a Leaders Opportunity Fund valued at $171,621 by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).  Funding will offset costs associated with upgrading equipment and aquatic facilities in the Lakehead University Aquatic Research Laboratory, where Dr. Law and his colleagues conduct research to help protect the health of Canadian waterways.  

Read the media release to learn more about laboratory upgrades and the impact they will have on future research.    

Biorefining Research Initiative Receives Funding

Lakehead's Biorefining Research Initiative (BRI) Receives Funding for Lignin Research

Lakehead University is pleased to announce receipt of an NSERC Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) grant in the amount of $621,200 over a four-year period for the University's Biorefining Research Initiative (BRI). The grant will foster research on the Enzymatic Modification of Lignin for Polymer Applications.

Read the media release to learn more.

Jody MacEachern receives President's Award for Graduate Studies

2009-2010 President's Award for Graduate Studies

This year's recipient of the prestigious President's Award for Graduate Studies is Jody MacEachern.  Jody has recently completed his MSc. Thesis "How does environmental variation effect fitness of density-dependent habitat selectors? " in the Department of Biology (Dr. Douglas Morris, Supervisor).  This President's Award is given annually to a student graduating with a Masters or Doctoral degree based on academic performance.  The student must also have occupied a position of responsibility in any student organization and/or by their activities and achievements have made contributions that have earned the special gratitude of a Department, School, Faculty and/or the University.

Warm congratulations are extended to Jody MacEachern for this outstanding accomplishment in pursuit of knowledge and his determination to make a difference.  The Department of Biology is proud of its growing legacy of leadership in Lakehead University's graduate programs.  Jody is the third Biology MSc graduate to receive the President's Award (joining Alissa Moenting-Edwards in 2004-2005 and Michael Oatway in 2006-2007).

Funding for Waterway Research

The Ontario Government is investing $171,621 toward a Lakehead University research project by Drs. David Law, Peter Lee, and Joseph Carney.  These researchers are developing new technologies to protect the quality of Ontario’s waterways.

New Website for 2010 Alumni

The Offices of Alumni Relations and Career and Co-op Services are pleased to launch Lakehead Works For Me, a new website customized specifically for the graduating class of 2010. The information on this site demonstrates to new graduates the many services and resources still available to them as they become new Lakehead University Alumni.

2010 Graduate Student Research Competition Results

2010 Graduate Student Research Competition Results


The Office of Research and the Office of Graduate Studies are pleased to congratulate the following graduate students, who received the awards below at the 2010 Graduate Student Research Competition on Friday, February 26:


First Place
Recipient: Bradley Doff, M.E.S. Northern Environments and Cultures
Supervisor: Dr. Todd Randall
Presented: Maximizing Urban Tree Benefits: A Case Study Making the Link Between Urban Forests and Community Sustainability

Second Place
Recipient: Brian Adams, M.Sc. Chemistry
Supervisor: Dr. Aicheng Chen
Presented: Study of Pd-containing Nanomaterials for the Hydrogen Economy

Third Place
Recipient: Peter Kennedy, M.A. English
Supervisor: Dr. Douglas Hayes
Presented: Origins of Arthurian Literature


First Place
Recipient: Ling Zhang, PhD Biotechnology
Supervisors: Dr. Rui Wang and Dr. G. Yang
Presented: Glucose Repress Cysthathione Gamma-lyase Expression in Insulin-secreting Beta Cells

Second Place
Recipient: Shannon Costigan, PhD Biotechnology
Supervisor: Dr. David Law
Presented: Gene Expression Responses in the Liver of Fathead Minnows Exposed to Pulp and Paper Mill Effluents

Third Place
Recipient: Lesley Kingsmill, M.E.S. Northern Environments and Cultures
Supervisor: Dr. Matthew Boyd
Presented: Middle Holocene Archaeology and Paleoenvironments of the Thunder Bay Region, Lake Superior Basin


First Place
Recipient: Rawnda Abraham, M.Ed. Education (Specialization In Women's Studies)
Supervisor: Dr. Connie Russell
Presented: Nam-bii-go-nini Ojibwe Language Revitalization Strategy: Families Learning Our Language At Home

Second Place
Recipient: Lisa Jodoin, M.A. English (Specialization in Women's Studies)
Supervisor: Dr. Scott Pound
Presented: When the Creative Meets the Critical: Writing a Métis Gothic Novella


First Place (only one prize for this category)
Recipient: Cassia Sanzida Baten, PhD Forest Sciences
Supervisor: Dr. Reino Pulkki
Presented: Does Wood Biomass Based Heating System Benefit Aboriginal Communities? A Case Study From Grassy Narrows First Nation, Northwestern Ontario

Congratulations to all the winners!

Biology Professors receive NSERC funding

NSERC Invests Over $1.75 M in Lakehead University Research Activity

(April 9, 2010 - Thunder Bay, ON)  Dr. Rui Wang, Lakehead University Vice-President (Research), is pleased to announce that substantial funding, administered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), has been awarded to support the work of thirteen Lakehead researchers.  The grants total $1,761,341 across diverse areas of study, which span the faculties of Natural Resources Management (formerly the Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment), Science and Environmental Studies, and Engineering.  Three of the grants were awarded to Lakehead Adjunct Professors working at the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI).
Click here for more details on funding received by Dr. Kam Leung, Dr. Rui Wang, and Dr. Douglas Morris.

Orillia Biology Professors Support L. Simcoe Clean-Up

Additional Funding to Support Lake Simcoe Clean-Up

(April 13, 2010 – Orillia, ON) Lakehead University – Orillia has received a second research grant for $78,000 from Environment Canada’s Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund (LSCUF) to evaluate a new and innovative method of measuring phosphorus levels in Lake Simcoe.

Orillia Launches new Arts & Science Degree

Lakehead-Orillia Launches Canada's First Interdisciplinary HBASc Degree in Environmental Sustainability


(April 9, 2010 – Orillia, ON) Lakehead University’s Orillia Campus is pleased to announce the launch of Canada's first interdisciplinary Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science degree with a major in Environmental Sustainability.

click here for more information

Vice President (Research) publishes article in Scientific American

Dr. Rui Wang, Lakehead University's Vice-President (Research), recently published a research article in Scientific American Magazine.  Entitled Toxic Gas, Lifesaver, the article is written by Dr. Wang and presents information on Hydrogen sulfide, a lethal gas (best known for smelling like rotten eggs) which also plays key roles in the body—a finding that could lead to new treatments for heart attack victims and others.

The magazine is available at various bookstores in Thunder Bay.