Lakehead University Alumni Magazine

Campus News

Published April 22, 2009

New Building

Port Arthur Collegiate Institute (photo above), a 99-year-old stone building and Thunder Bay landmark that was closed in 2007, has been acquired by Lakehead University. It will provide additional space for teaching and research.


Gregory Pyle and Alla Reznik
Gregory Pyle and Alla Reznik

Lakehead is pleased to announce the appointments of two new Canada Research Chairs.

Alla Reznik, Canada Research Chair in the Physics of Molecular Imaging, will help to develop an advanced solid-state technology for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging to be used in the early diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Gregory Pyle, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Biotechnology and Ecotoxicology, will be studying the way in which human activity may interfere with chemical communication systems used by aquatic animals in their environment.


Lakehead is offering free tuition for Canadian students with a 95%+ average, coming directly from a recognized Canadian high school.  For more information, visit Lakehead Rewards Top Scholars.


Cranes: A Natural History of a Bird in Crisis

by Janice M. Hughes, Professor of Biology

"The plight of the whooping crane is an epic tale, not bedecked in pomp and circumstance, but laced heavily with the injuries of cruelty and indifference.  Yet all good stories have heroes and villains, and whooping cranes have known both.  This book will unravel the tale of their near extinction and their slow climb back from the brink as it reveals those humans that played a hand in the journey; for this, too, is their story." Janice Hughes

Dog Tracks

by Ruby Slipperjack, Professor of Indigenous Learning

Dog Tracks is a book that crosses genres: it is a tender story of an uprooted girl who finds home and self, and it is also a subtle text that gives readers a glimpse of traditional and non-traditional life on a northern Ontario reserve.  Thomas King, author of Green Grass, Running Water, says "Ruby Slipperjack is one of the strongest Native voices in Canadian literature."

2007-2008 Annual Report

Learn more about the growth of research and graduate studies at Lakehead University by reading the Annual Report online at

The Cover of Cranes
The Cover of Dog Tracks
The Cover of the Annual Report


Lakehead celebrated Research and Innovation Week at its Thunder Bay Campus February 23-27, 2009.  Throughout the week, there were guest speakers, panel discussions and debates, a graduate student conference, poster presentations, displays, information sessions, and a celebration of two recipients of the 2008 Lakehead University Distinguished Researcher Awards: Dr. Abdelhamid Tayebi (Electrical Engineering) and Dr. Syed Islam (Political Science).  Films were shown, including the premiere of Judy Iseke-Barnes' A Living History of Metis Families as told by Dorothy Chartrand.

According to Research Infosource Inc., Lakehead moved up to 30th place in Canada's Top 50 Research Universities in 2008, based on total sponsored research income as well as research output and impact measures.  "The upward movement of our rank in the Top 50 Research Universities is evidence that our researchers and facilities are of world-class calibre," says Dr. Rui Wang, Vice-President (Research).  "Our ultimate goal is to be in the top 25 in the next 5-10 years."

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