Research and Innovation Week 2021

Research and Innovation Week 2021 - March 1-5, 2021

Our Changing World

We've all heard the catch-phrases: In these unprecedented times, we are all in this together, to try to flatten the curve, while adjusting to a new normal. Our world is changing, but living through a global pandemic has radically changed so much of our daily lives. We look to scientists, political leaders, artists, and intellectual thinkers for direction, as they work tirelessly to improve health and well-being, drive us toward social equity, and aid us in discerning fact from fiction. These are uncertain times, but as we pivot in these uncharted waters, we look to research and innovation to help us understand and appreciate this new world.

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The Role of Research and Innovation in Achieving UN  Sustainable Development Goals

Aligned with this year's Research and Innovation Week theme "Our Changing World", this year's Research Showcase highlighted how Lakehead University research projects, innovative collaborations and initiatives are playing a role in the achievement of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

For a list of the Research Showcase events that were held, please click here.

Award winners

Graduate Studies Awards

1) Three Minute Thesis Awards

  • Third Place: Shadiya Aidid, Masters of Health Sciences, Divestment & Beyond: Perspectives from the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement. Supervisors: Drs. Charles Levkoe and Lindsay Galway
  • Second Place: Taha Sadeghi, Ph.D., Biotechnology, Drug Delivery to the Human Respiratory Tract. Supervisor: Dr. Leila Pakzad
  • First Place: Ashley Faulkner, Masters of Science, Biology, Using the Immune System to Tackle a Cancer-Causing Virus. Supervisor: Dr. Ingeborg Zehbe

2) Graduate Studies Research Excellence Awards

  • NSERC Category: Oleksandr Grynko, PhD. Chemistry and Material Science. Supervisor: Dr. Alla Reznik
  • SSHRC Category: Keri-Lyn Durant, PhD in Educational Studies. Supervisor: Dr. Pauline Sameshima
  • CIHR Category: Rebecca Tzalazidis, PhD. Clinical Psychology. Supervisor: Dr. Kirsten Oinonen

3) Graduate Student Conference Poster Winners

  • CIHR poster winner: Jessica Allingham, PhD Chemistry and Material Science, Brightening Up Brain Injuries. Supervisors: Drs. Michael Campbell, Wely Floriano
  • Engineering poster winner: Joseph Higginson, MSc Chemical Engineering, Research on Multilayer Biopolymer Films for Packaging Applications. Supervisors: Dr. Ehsan Behzadfar
  • NSERC poster winner: Jocelyn Bel, PhD Biotechnology, Brown Adipose Tissue Adaptations Under Chronic Stress. Supervisors: Drs. Neelam Khaper, Simon Lees
  • SSHRC poster winner: Cassandra Burgess, PhD Educational Studies, From Paper to Practice: Educator Understanding and Facilitation of Self-Regulation in the Kindergarten Classroom. Supervisors: Drs. Sonia Mastrangelo, Alex Lawson
 Special Awards

1) Indigenous Partnership Research Award

  • Dr. Chris Murray, Department of Sustainability Sciences, Orillia campus, and Nancy Assance, Department of Education, Beausoleil First Nation for the research project titled, Agaaming ~ Across the Bay: Beausoleil First Nation Wind and Water  Monitoring Project.

2) Ingenuity Award

  • Nehikhare Patrick Igbinijesu, Master’s student in Social Justice Studies for his company Manilla.

3) Community-Engaged Research Award

  • Dr. Kathryn Sinden, School of Kinesiology in partnership with Thunder Bay Fire Rescue/Thunder Bay Professional Firefighters Association for the research project titled, Protecting those who protect us: Supporting development of a mental health management strategy for Thunder Bay Fire Rescue.
 Canada Research Chair Award Recognition
  •  Dr. Lindsay Galway, Chair in Social-Ecological Health, Department of Health Sciences
 Senate Research Committee Awards

1) Research Excellence Awards

  • Dr. Amir Azimi, Department of Civil Engineering
  • Dr. Salimur Choudhury, Department of Computer Science
  • Dr. Max Haiven, Department of English

2) Distinguished Researcher Awards

  • Dr. Mitch Albert – Research Chair and Professor, Department of Chemistry
  • Dr. Edward Rawana – Professor, Psychology Department and Director, Centre of Education & Research on Positive Youth Development
Undergraduate Student Conference

Oral Competition Winners

  • Nathaniel Oriecuia - Science and Environmental Studies
  • Justis Danto-Clancy and Kim Young - Law
  • Esteban Huerta, Michael Nikolich, Mark Seleski, Colton Wooster - Engineering
  • Erika Niva - Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Jaidyn Charlton - Health and Behavioural Sciences

Poster Competition Winners

  • Shivam Khurania - Business Administration-Accounting
  • Fraser MacKinnon, Zach Hoger, Kevin MacKinnon, Jonathon Shurvell, Brenden Mills - Engineering
  • Gil Angela Dela Cruz - Health and Behavioural Sciences
  • Madison Mancusa - Science and Environmental Studies
  • Kayla Theriault-Weighell - Social Sciences and Humanities