NORTHERN ONTARIO SCHOOL of MEDICINE OPENS its DOORS
Canada’s first new medical school in a generation was declared officially open in high-tech fashion by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty following a telemedicine roll call to more than 10 far-flung communities in Northern Ontario.
“This is the beginning of a great adventure,” said His Excellency John Ralston Saul, speaking on behalf of his wife Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, from Laurentian University in Sudbury. “It is built upon a four-centuries-old Canadian idea and reality of a triangular foundation of First Nations, francophone, and the whole variety of anglophones…. Your accomplishment today, at Lakehead and Laurentian, is a harbinger of a North to come and of a Canada which must come.”
The Grand Opening of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) consisted of a two-campus videconference on September 13, 2005, that featured many distinguished guests in Thunder Bay including Aboriginal leaders Elijah Harper, Louis Waswa, and Goyce Kakegamic, and Canada’s Minister of Public Health Dr. Caroline Bennett. Ontario Lieutenant Governor James Bartleman and Canada’s Commissioner of Official Languages Dyane Adam joined the proceedings by videolink from Toronto and Ottawa, respectively.
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is the culmination of over three decades of visioning, lobbying, planning, and practical hard work from various stakeholder groups of committed individuals, institutions, and governments.
“NOSM will pioneer the marriage of technology, education, research, and health care delivery,” said the Dean, Dr. Roger Strasser. The School’s first 56 undergraduate class members have already begun their studies which will be undertaken in a wide variety of community and health science settings across Northern Ontario.
HIGH-TECH LANGUAGE LABThe Department of Languages got a boost this year with the opening of a new Computer-Assisted Language Laboratory in Room 2001 of the Braun Building. The new lab is interactive and easy-to-use, offering high-quality audio, video, and multimedia components.
PHD in FOREST SCIENCESStarting this fall, Lakehead is offering a new doctoral program in Forestry. It is a research based program focusing on the development of researchers with expertise in the Boreal and Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Forest Regions.
Lakehead’s new Vice-President (Research), Rui Wang has an ambitious goal. He wants Lakehead to be among the top 25 research intensive universities in Canada in the next five to ten years. “Research activity has increased significantly over the past decade,” says Wang. “We just need to accelerate the pace by encouraging every researcher on campus to embrace that challenge.”
In 2004-2005, Lakehead was awarded $18.1 million in research funding. As well, Lakehead has been allocated a SSHRC Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) – Lakehead’s eighth CRC since the program began in 2000.
CHAMBER of COMMERCE AWARDThe Office of Continuing Education and Distributed Learning was awarded a Commitment to Quality Award by the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce. The award was given in April 2005 in recognition of the Office’s strong commitment to service, continuous improvement, and innovative approaches, especially related to the effective and efficient applications of technologies to support teaching and learning.
DEAN OF SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
The Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies has a new Dean. Lesley Lovett-Doust is an ecologist who sees research as just another aspect of teaching. “While some people take the view that research is something to be done alone, a more realistic and stimulating scenario is to build a community of researchers – from first-year undergraduates to graduate students and faculty, all at different levels, all working together.”
UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENTLakehead earned three awards in the 2005 Prix d’Excellence of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education: a silver award for the Lakehead website; a bronze award for the 2003-2004 Annual Report; and a bronze award for the Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment CD-ROM entitled “Clearcut?”.