ATAC ~ Future of the North Campaign Update for AGORA
 

By Susan Wright, Office of Development

The ATAC ~ Future of the North Campaign continues in full swing. With government funding of $29.5 million and private sector donations totaling $4.6 million in place, Lakehead University needs $9.9 million to fund the $44 million dollar Centre. Lakehead’s fundraising volunteer teams and staff continue to contact potential donors, both within the University and externally, for these dollars.

ATAC Tours
To date, nearly 50 tours of ATAC for community groups, prospects, and donors have been led by the Office of Development. The response to the building’s technology and its capabilities has been extremely positive. The demonstration of the virtual reality room facilitated by TSC at the closing of the tours is also impressive. Two tours for staff and faculty have run to date. If your group is interested in a tour please contact Susan Wright at ext 8421. (Attached picture: Fitzpatrick & Partners ATAC Tour December 2003)

Upcoming Events
A number of community groups have shown interest in using ATAC facilities for their community meetings. These include both the Port Arthur and Fort William Gyro Clubs, and St. Joseph’s Care Group. These groups will have their dinner meetings in the faculty lounge and then a tour of the ATAC building. With groups such as these we hope to widen awareness in the community of what Lakehead University and ATAC have to offer.



Lakehead Mathematician Discovers New Proof for Pythagorean Theorem
 

Dr. Medhat Rahim, Faculty of Education at Lakehead University, recently published new proof of famous Pythagorean theorem using a unique method

By Tiina Ahokas

Dr. Medhat Rahim is a mathematics specialist at Lakehead’s Faculty of Education. And now he has come up with a unique proof of an ancient theorem. “A new proof of the Pythagorean using a compass and unmarked straight edge,” was published in the January-February 2003 issue of International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology.

Pythagoras was a Greek philosopher, religious teacher, and musician, well noted as the first pure mathematician. He is particularly remembered for his famous geometry theorem, now known as the Pythagorean theorem, from approximately 532 BC. Although the theorem was known to the Babylonians 1000 years earlier, he may have been the first to prove it. Evidence for this exists in the form of cuneiform clay tablet text, known as Plimpton 322; part of the Plimpton collection resides at Butler library of Columbia University in New York.

Pythagoras founded an influential society of disciples. Men and women in the society were treated equally–an unusual concept at the time–and all property was held in common. Members of the society practiced the master's teachings, a religion of tenets. Pythagoras was interested in the principles of mathematics, the concept of number, the concept of a triangle or other mathematical figure, and the abstract idea of a proof. Of Pythagoras's actual work nothing is known. His mathematics school practised secrecy and communalism, making it hard to distinguish between his own work and that of his followers. However, the school made outstanding contributions to mathematics, and it is possible to be fairly certain about some of Pythagoras's mathematical contributions.

Dr. Rahim may be one in a long line of Pythagoras’ disciples. Rahim’s proof is the 371st published proof of the theorem. The 370 proofs that come before this one are published in “The Pythagorean Proposition” (1968) by E.S. Loomis. “Pythagorus is the key concept in mathematics. So many other concepts are based on that one,” says Rahim. “It is a game for every mathematician to challenge, to find another proof. Mine is the 371st proof – but at this time is the newest and most current. Other scholars have proved it before – and I expect that others will come after this one.”

Rahim’s proof is unique in that it does not use number-oriented measurements, simply a compass and an unmarked straight edge. It can be understood by high-school as well as upper-level students.

Rahim’s proof came to him in the summer of 2001, while attending the Canadian Mathematics Educational Study Group (CMESG) Conference in Montreal The CMESG is a group of mathematicians and mathematics educators who meet annually to discuss mathematics education issues at all levels of learning. He was traveling by train from Toronto to Montreal, working on his laptop, when the idea came to him to try the technique without using numbers. Over the course of the three-hour journey, the ideas clicked and the first draft was completed. His peers excitedly encouraged him to send it for publication, indicating that they’d never seen anything like it before.

Beauty is the first test
Dr. Rahim’s paper in the International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology begins with a quote from G.H. Hardy (1877-1947), a well-known mathematician who taught for many years at Cambridge University, and stated:

A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas.


The mathematician’s patterns like the painter’s or the poet’s must be beautiful; the ideas, like the colors or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test; there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics.

Rahim’s life’s work makes use of patterns. His work in Education uses visualization techniques that are based on models and manipulation of shapes, rather than memorization of equations. He recently presented “Dances with Polygons” in Dubai in October 2003, a presentation received with much amazement—so much so that he has been invited back next May for three weeks to train mathematics teachers in Dubai. Using PowerPoint and AutoCad software, he visually provides reasons for simple mathematical formulations, such as the area of a rectangle. He postulates that the area of a number of geometric shapes can be determined using the formula for the area of a rectangle. On screen, simple shapes such as rectangles and parallelograms, followed by more complex polygonal shapes like pentagon, hexagon, or any n-gon for n ? 3, are dissected into other simple shapes such as triangles and trapezoids. The resulting shapes then move across the screen, their ‘legs’ flipping up and dancing across the screen like synchronized swimmers. The patterns are an art-form – pleasing to watch and making mathematical formulas something more than just equations to be memorized.

Adding another proof to the famous theorem was just another pattern, pushing the frontier of mathematics beyond its existing level, widening its base of knowledge. “Pythagoras is one of the challenges for a mathematician. Proofs are one of the ways that we contribute to the enlargement of the body of knowledge. It is the job of all mathematicians,” he states. “But I feel it is the best paper I’ve ever written. It is more than the proof. It is also about a feeling you get from discovering something new, rather than using existing theorems. It keeps you going, so you feel as if you can live forever in the accounts of the mathematics world.”



President’s Message

Progress Report: Campus Climate

 

By Dr. Fred Gilbert
President, Lakehead University

Looking back on the past year, Lakehead enjoyed many successes: our faculty and students started benefiting from the technological capabilities of ATAC’s classrooms, the NOMS Board had its inaugural meeting, and considerable progress was made in meeting the requirements of the Medical School’s Fall 2005 opening; and Lakehead’s Integrated Marketing Plan had us reaching out with a new visual identity. We enter the New Year with great expectations for continued success. Strategic planning is well under way and will be finalized this spring, providing us with a platform that should offer a strong focus for the future.

I primarily want to report on the progress made on the Campus Climate recommendations. I am joined by other members of the Administrative Executive Committee (AEC) in providing a summary of our progress.

Recommendation 1 – Workload
Progress:

  • Part of the current budgetary process is designed to reduce workload in impacted areas on campus

Recommendation 2 – Community Outreach
Progress:

  • A State-of-the-University session was held on December 3, 2003, where Mary Louise Hill, Vice President (Academic) and Provost, and Michael Pawlowski, Vice President Administration and Finance, joined me to report to members of the University community the institution’s status on a number of areas as well as progress on major initiatives.
  • Key points were summarized in the President’s message in the December issue of Agora.

Recommendation 3 – Internal Communications
Progress:

  • As part of our commitment to be inclusive, a questionnaire was developed with employee input from the Internal Relations Committee (IRC), to elicit employee feedback on a number of internal communications issues, processes, and vehicles. The questionnaire was sent out to pertinent groups with representation on the IRC, and responses were analyzed and aggregated. A policy was developed based on the survey results.
  • Both a summary of the survey results and the policy will be communicated internally via Communications Bulletin. The policy also will be posted on the website as soon as it becomes official.

Recommendation 4 – Deferred Maintenance & Related Issues
Progress:

  • A five-year deferred maintenance plan/budget has been developed to identify, priorize, and address the most pressing concerns around facilities renewal/maintenance, mechanical safety, electrical requirements, health and safety, energy efficiency, and campus beautification, among others. The plan is undergoing final review to ensure that the most critical areas are addressed despite the limitations of inadequate government funding.
  • A high-level summary of the priority plan will be communicated to the University community as soon as it is approved; the five-year deferred maintenance plan will be reviewed yearly.

Recommendation 5 – Coaching & Training
Progress:

  • Human Resources forwarded to AEC in early September 2003 a framework for a training plan. Human Resources has had discussions on various coaching and training groups regarding packaged or tailored seminars. Groupings of employees are currently being determined as well as identifying the specific training for each group. The review will be completed soon and training will start in February 2004.
  • Information is being gathered through the budget process and the review of the University overtime policy. Once a better understanding of the workload staffing issue is known, work will begin on lowering expectations and identifying related training.
  • Departmental reviews by staff, supervisors, and directors of services provided by their respective departments, and possible alternatives, will be done on an ongoing basis

Recommendation 6 – Having a Voice
Progress:

  • Suggestion boxes have been put up in the Agora, the Fieldhouse, and the Bora Laskin Building to encourage feedback from students, staff, and faculty.
  • In addition, the Internal Relations Committee continues to encourage the groups it represents to be forthcoming with suggestions to improve the different areas that impact our status, including campus climate, operations, marketing and promotion, and community engagement.

Recommendation 7 – Interpersonal Skills
Progress:

  • The University will add effective interpersonal skills as a criterion in all job descriptions and job evaluation procedures.

Recommendation 7 – Interpersonal Skills
Progress:

  • The University will add effective interpersonal skills as a criterion in all job descriptions and job evaluation procedures.

Recommendation 8 – Conflict Resolution Vis-à-vis Collective Agreements
Progress:

  • No action needed - effective mechanisms have been in place to deal with conflict as a result of collective agreement requirements.

Recommendation 9 – Communication of Recommendations & Actions
Progress:

  • Communicating Campus Climate progress will be done on an ongoing basis; this represents the first progress report.

Recommendation 10 – Implementation Progress
Progress:

  • This report represents the first progress report to the Board of Governors following the President’s response to the Board in August 2003. Administration commits to updating the Board of progress on all recommendations twice during the academic year.
  • The Internal Relations Committee will continue to serve as a sounding board to ensure appropriate representation from all internal stakeholder groups.

Recommendation 11 – Student Surveys
Progress:

  • No new action required. The University is engaged in a large number of student surveys annually, and the Office of Institutional Analysis/Government Relations has compiled a list of student surveys. The surveys provide data that can be used to determine students’ perspectives on campus climate.

We will continue to report on any actions taken with respect to Campus Climate recommendations, and will continue to work closely with the Internal Relations Committee to identify opportunities for continuous improvement.

I would like to begin the New Year by expressing the hopes that the short holiday break revitalized all of us and that 2004 has in store continued renewal for Lakehead University.



Lakehead Scientists research toxicity prediction systems that assess the effects of process changes in the production of pulp and paper
 

Dr. Peter Lee is leading a research team of two graduate students and two technicians to research and develop novel toxicity prediction systems for the pulp and paper industry. The project has two components, one aimed at Toxicity Identification Evaluation (TIE) and the other at Toxicity Early Warning (TEW) system. These are applicable for both newsprint and kraft mill operations where process changes such as water reduction may occur.

The research team utilizes a continuous flow bioassay system designed and owned by Bowater Canadian Forest Products (BCFP) Inc, Thunder Bay, and facilities at the Lakehead University Aquatic Toxicity Research Centre (ATRC). The wastewater system of the BCFP mill at Thunder Bay will be the model for the investigations. Dr. Geoff Hill, Process Technology Leader at BCFP and Adjunct Professor at Lakehead, is a co-supervisor of the graduate students. The Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada (PAPRICAN) will be involved in an advisory capacity for the proposed investigations.

A review of historical data from the BCFP mill’s effluent records targets compounds that are being investigated for their potential to cause biological effects. The source of these compounds will be determined and, in the case of additives used by the mill, attempts will be made to obtain information on toxicity and chemical ingredients from suppliers of products used in these processes.

Various biological endpoints are used to gauge the effects of the effluents from the mill using Bowater's constant flow bioassay system. If an impact is observed, the actual cause will be isolated by developing a Toxicity Identification Evaluation (TIE) system. A corresponding Toxicity Early Warning (TEW) system will be developed to decrease the time required to identify a response in various bioassays. Several wastewaters representing simulations of mill modifications will be treated in a model plant and its effect determined.

Benefit to Ontario and Partners
This system is urgently required since it will assist the pulp and paper industry in its efforts to better understand the factors affecting effluent quality. Techniques developed in this research will increase the expertise in environmental problems and solutions associated with the pulp and paper industry in Northwestern Ontario. BCFP is the industrial partner in this proposal. By participating in this research project, BCFP will be positioned to better understand its pulping and papermaking processes and the effect of process changes on effluent quality. A second partner and the receptor in this project is PAPRICAN. Paprican will be able to implement this system throughout Ontario, Canada and the world.

One of the major funders for the project is CRESTech (www.crestech.ca)



Wolves Join OUA All-Stars Vs. Canadian Junior Team
 

Four players from the Lakehead Thunderwolves Men's Hockey Team were selected to be part of the 2003 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) All-Star Team that played two exhibition games against Canada's World Junior Team

By Mike Aylward

Four players from the Lakehead Thunderwolves Men's Hockey Team were selected to be part of the 2003 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) All-Star Team that played two exhibition games against Canada's World Junior Team. Joel Scherban, Jeff Richards, Mike Jacobsen, and Kris Callaway joined the OUA Select team as they challenged the Canadian National Junior team.

Photo: Jeff Richards

In addition to the four selected were Steve Rawski, who was chosen as an alternate, and Bryan Duce, who had to decline the invitation due to an exam conflict. Lakehead, ranked fourth in Canada, had the most players selected by any other team.

The games were played on December 14 and 15 in Kitchener, Ontario at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium on the Kinsmen Ice Pad. The games served as a final tune-up for the Juniors before heading to the World Championships in Finland on December 18.

Lakehead Head Coach Pete Belliveau said it is a great honour for his players. "This is a clear indication of the quality athletes and individuals that we have involved with our hockey program here at Lakehead.”

Photo: Joel Scherban

Lakehead Athletic Director Tom Warden said that this is a great way for the OUA to showcase its game and players in cooperation with Hockey Canada. "I am really pleased that the OUA and Hockey Canada have developed this partnership. I am especially pleased that Lakehead is able to have such representation. All our student-athletes work very hard to balance their studies and athletics so it is just fantastic to see these guys given the opportunity to showcase their talent at such a high level."

Though the OUA Select team lost the first of the two meetings against the Canadian National Junior Team by a score of 2-0, according to head coach Mark French, the team “played a good competitive game, got going pretty well in the first period, but they made it up in the second and the third periods. We had a bit of trouble matching up later in the game. Overall, I thought we got it going pretty good from the guys.” The following day, the OUA Select Team dropped the second of the two meetings by a score of 9-1. According to assistant coach Ed Kirsten, "I thought we played a better game down low, they (Team Canada) had their chances, we did too, but they just got better chances to finish. Like last night, our first period was the strongest, but their speed was definitely the biggest factor in the game and that made the difference."

For more information about the Lakehead Thunderwolves, visit www.thunderwolveshockey.com



NOMS Update
 

The Northern Ontario Medical School (NOMS) is moving along well, as was outlined at the December 18 webcast symposium “Anticipating 2005– An Update on the Northern Ontario Medical School.” This symposium, which was webcast on www.normed.ca, discussed what will happen between now and September 2005 at NOMS.

“It’s important to keep everyone in Northern Ontario connected to NOMS, and events like these are just one of the ways we reach out,” says Dr. Roger Strasser, Founding Dean of NOMS.

NOMS has been hosting regular monthly webcast symposia covering topics of interest to health professionals, educators, potential students, and Northern Ontario communities. Symposia use a video and webcast format and are produced in partnership with NORTHNetwork.

“Anticipating 2005 – An Update on the Northern Ontario Medical School” was designed to inform the public about the progress and opportunities at the School. The panel was chaired by Dr. Roger Strasser, NOMS Founding Dean, and included Dr. Chris Winckel, leader of the team developing the school’s curriculum; Dr. Jill Konkin, Associate Dean Admissions and Student Affairs; and three division heads: Dr. Tim Zmijowskyj - clinical sciences, Dr. Todd Dufresne – human sciences, and Dr. Garry Ferroni – medical sciences.

”At this symposium,” Dr. Strasser adds, “we discussed the admissions and selection process and the MD program was explained. We also talked about upcoming opportunities for faculty positions at NOMS.” Dr. Strasser is currently leading the team through accreditation of the MD program to an anticipated opening of the school in the fall of 2005.

The next symposium, “Celebrating Family Physicians – The Medical Generalist” will feature Dr. Claudette Chase. Dr. Chase currently divides her time between Sioux Lookout, where she provides family physician care and does clinical work at the Sioux Lookout Zone Hospital, and Thunder Bay, where she works as Director of Family Medicine at the Northwestern Ontario Medical Programme.

This symposium will address the decline in the number of new graduates entering family medicine training as well as the shortage of family medicine practitioners. A report released by the Ontario College of Family Physicians recommends that medical schools respect the value of the medical generalist. How will the Northern Ontario Medical School support this recommendation, and contribute to improving health outcomes in Northern Ontario?

The live webcast of this symposium will take place on Thursday, January 29, 2004 from noon to 1:30 pm. Interested individuals may view the live webcast from their computers by going early to www.normed.ca for webcast setup and details.



‘Fatal Flower’ Blooms at Lakehead
 

The Fatal Flower, a feature length silent film originally produced in 1929, is being completed now 70 years later as a collaborative effort by a local film group, drawing on talent from Lakehead

Members of the local film community have teamed up with faculty and students from Lakehead to pay tribute to one of the most important episodes in the history of film in Canada. “The Fatal Flower” is a feature length silent film that was shot in 1929, but not completed. It is now being finished in Thunder Bay as a collaborative effort—and it will be the first silent film produced in Canada in seventy years.

Flash Frame, a local film and video cooperative, has its hands on the entire body of original work by the Port Arthur Cinema Society from the 1920s. The Society went bankrupt in 1930 during the Depression, but managed to produce two complete feature-length amateur films--the first feature-length films in Canada. They were written by Dorothea Mitchell, perhaps the first independent female film maker in Canada. She was a remarkable, well-traveled, literary figure of the early 20th century – and of Thunder Bay and region.

In 1929 the Port Arthur Cinema Society came together to make films. They became part of the Amateur Cinema League and they produced dramas, popular for the period, but movies not associated with Hollywood The 45-50 minute films were intended to be shown in movie houses. They were professional films with sets and actors that now speak to an era, and to an important part of Thunder Bay’s history. The Port Arthur Cinema Society aimed to see their community, and stories made by real people, on film. Their films document Thunder Bay’s history and heritage as well as the buildings, local people and actors of that era.

“A Race for Ties” was their first film, a drama involving a family needing to save themselves financially by winning a contract for railway ties. “Sleep Inn Beauty” was a slapstick comedy framed around a beauty contest, filmed at Surprise Lake, involving forty women of the day, a boat chase and a quick wedding ceremony. “A Race for Ties” is well-known, but “Sleep Inn Beauty” has not been seen in public since 1930. The Port Arthur Cinema Society’s final film, before going bankrupt, was “The Fatal Flower,” a murder mystery about a Police Chief and his daughter. The original footage from that final film was left unfinished. One and a half rolls of scrambled clips have been salvaged—but with no idea of what the intentions were for the story. The Port Arthur Cinema Society dissolved after that third film, as a result of the Depression as well as due to the emergence of ‘talkies’, but Dorothea Mitchell had the foresight to donate the silent footage to the National Archives of Canada, preserving it forever.

The current group of local filmmakers has taken the original footage from “The Fatal Flower,” written a story, and the film now becomes the first silent feature film in over 70 years in Canada. The group aims to preserve the spirit of the original filmmakers, using local talent and involving the local film industry—and to finish a job that was started in 1929. They started three years ago by obtaining rights to the films, tracking down the Society’s family members for permission to use the films and subsequently the release of the films from the National Archives. Next came converting the 16mm film to Beta tapes, editing with modern equipment, writing a story based on the scrambled clips, producing artwork and music, and packaging and marketing the films. They aim to complete the final product for release in February 2004, when there will be an opportunity for local community to view the film…and to find out how the Fatal Flower mystery ends!

The second component to the project was an application to Audio-Visual Preservation Trust (AV Trust), for funding of an educational film package. AV Trusts works to preserve Canada’s audio and visual heritage and The Fatal Flower Project is the 2003 recipient of a Feature Film Education & Access Program Grant. The project was also awarded the Canadian Film Institute’s Burrit/Thompson Award for 2003. The film group has secured funding to package all films produced by the Society and to produce an educational package about amateur silent films for use by schools. Schools currently teach a media component in their curricula and the group aims to garner an appreciation of silent films in students. They will provide elementary, junior and high school students with an appreciation of silent film through educational tools such as a website, classroom activities and a “How-To” package appropriate for grades 1-12 in differing levels of complexity on the production of a silent film. The educational package will enable educators to work with Canadian films and use them in the classroom.

Producing “The Fatal Flower” has been a team effort and the final product is “as good as any other silent film of that period,” according to Dr. Ron Harpelle (History), the project manager and producer. The group has immersed itself into the period, pulling together all the details necessary to produce an authentic silent film. Kelly Saxberg is the editor/director of the production, working with a team of people from Lakehead and the community: Noreen Ivancic (Distance Education) is the curriculum development specialist, packaging the film for schools; Michel Beaulieu (formerly of History) is the group’s researcher; Peter Raffo (History) is the writer; Danny Johnson is responsible for producing a musical score appropriate to the period; Donald Delorme (Confederation College film program) is the technical hand; Allyson Kailik is responsible for design of titlecards and artwork; Anne Clarke (Visual Arts) is in charge of the design of a period poster for the film.

The final result is a “part of Thunder Bay’s history that’s important and one that no one knows exists. There are no other examples of film like this… and we have it all,” says Dr. Harpelle. “It is the only complete body of amateur work available from that period and from the first amateur film society in Canada. That first society allowed others in Canada to blossom afterwards.”

The film project is one of local resonance, with national significance, says Dr. Harpelle. “It challenges conventional thinking on film in remote communities. And it is significant to Canada, because it was done in Thunder Bay, in the 1920’s and we were there first. And now we’re the first group in 70 years to be doing it again.”

Look forward to the release of “The Fatal Flower” and the re-release of “Race for Ties” and “Sleep Inn Beauty” later this winter!



Former Lakehead Director Wins Prestigious Award
 

Dr. Claire Franklin, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister, Health Canada, was presented the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Public Service of Canada 2003

Dr. Claire Franking, a former Director at Lakehead University, was presented with a National award recently. On December 1, 2003, Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, and the former Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chrétien, presented the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Public Service of Canada to three senior public service employees.

The 2003 recipients are: Ronald Bilodeau, Vice-president, Canadian Pacific Railway, and former Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Deputy Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Privy Council Office; Dr. J. R. Jocelyn Paré, Director of the Wastewater Technology Centre, National Water Research Institute, Environment Canada; and Dr. Franklin, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister, Health Canada.

"Canada is the envy of the world for the professionalism of our public service and for the non-partisan advice that the members of the Public Service of Canada give to political leaders," said Mr. Chrétien. "The recipients of this year's Outstanding Achievement Award have provided distinctive leadership, innovation, ideas, and talent in modernizing Canada's public service and enabling it to respond to the current and future needs of all Canadians."

Dr. Claire Franklin, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister, Health Canada

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dr. Claire Franklin earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Carleton University and her doctorate in Physiology at the University of Ottawa. In the early 1970s, she served as Director of the Thunder Bay School of Medical Technology and as Chair of the Medical Sciences Program at Lakehead University. “The cross appointment between McKellar Hospital and Lakehead University was an exciting time. It was an effort to develop the Medical Sciences Program at Lakehead, and to integrate facets of both the hospital and university programs into the School of Medical Technology,” says Dr. Franklin. In addition to being actively involved in both the hospital and University communities, Dr. Franklin played the cello in the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.

From Lakehead she went on to join the Environmental Health Directorate of Health and Welfare Canada in 1975. In 1995, she was appointed Executive Director of the newly created Pest Management Regulatory Agency at Health Canada.

In the ensuing eight years, Dr. Franklin has responded with outstanding success to the challenges of launching a new organization and bringing it to a position of international leadership. An early accomplishment in this process was the consolidation of personnel from four departments with differing corporate cultures and mandates into a single team with a clear sense of purpose.

Dr. Franklin has also pioneered the innovative use of information technologies by the Agency, first to clear a backlog of product submission reviews and later to convert the review process and other management procedures to electronic media. In 1999, the Agency received the world's first fully electronic product submission and is now internationally recognized as a pacesetter in this field. Throughout this period, the Agency has worked closely with regulatory agencies in the US and other countries on the harmonization of requirements and standards.

In 1996, Canada and the US initiated a joint review process for new pesticides with the intent of making products available to Canadian and American growers simultaneously. In consultation with stakeholder groups, Dr. Franklin developed the draft legislation of the Pest Control Products Act, which received Royal Assent in December 2002. She has also been successful in acquiring resources to implement the Act, for both Health Canada and other departments responsible for pesticide-related research, and has instituted a continuous learning program at the Agency.

Throughout her career, Dr. Franklin has continued to contribute as a scientist to the field of toxicology. In addition to managing significant research programs at Health Canada, she has been instrumental in accessing additional funding for environmental health studies from international sources, including the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in the US, and has collaborated with researchers at Harvard University to study the effects of air pollution on children's health.

Dr. Franklin was accompanied by her family at the December ceremony. She is extremely honoured to receive the esteemed award. “To me it is a very personal award, on top of being a prestigious honour,” said Dr. Franklin. “The award is a recognition for many years of service and a lifetime of achievement in the Public Service.”

Highest Award in Public Service

The Government of Canada introduced the Outstanding Achievement Award in 1966. Considered to be the most prestigious award in the Public Service of Canada, this award is presented to senior public service employees who have distinguished themselves by a sustained commitment to excellence. A committee of distinguished Canadians appointed by the Prime Minister selects the recipients. A maximum of five awards may be presented each year. Recipients receive a framed certificate, gold pin and a Canadian work of art of a maximum value of $5,000. The Outstanding Achievement Award is one of three public service-wide award programs administered by the Treasury Board Secretariat. Other programs include the Head of the Public Service Award and the Award of Excellence.

More details about the Outstanding Achievement Award 2003 recipients are available at: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/hr-rh/ar-pr/outstanding/siglist_e.asp



Agora Profile: Office of Part-Time and Distance Education
 

“Flexible options for the lifelong learner—this concept has been the impetus to our innovations in using educational technologies to link learners and the campus,” says Gwen Wojda, Director of the Office of Part-Time and Distance Education.

Flexibility: The Need for Distance EducationFlexibility is often the primary reason that students choose distance learning. Distance education enables learners to be mobile – to continue their studies locally, regionally, and globally. In addition, distance education provides students with the option of continuing their studies while balancing personal considerations such as work, illness, or family responsibilities, which often hinder studying in a traditional classroom setting. As well, distance education often fills a gap for on-campus students. Many full-time students take advantage of the flexibility that distance education offers, taking courses during the spring/summer terms, even while residing outside of Thunder Bay.

Through collaboration with internal and external partners, the Office of Part-Time and Distance Education is using advances in technology to provide full support to students. For example, online tools, such as web registration, access to library resources, tutoring, and the virtual writing centre, provide distance learners with the support they need to successfully complete their studies away from campus.

The Office of Part-Time and Distance Education works with faculty to incorporate new technologies into their current teaching strategies (lecture, debate, group discussion, case studies). In addition, faculty are invited to access an extensive range of resources, including professional development seminars, group and individual tutorials, and online resources. The Office’s training room provides an environment for faculty to experiment with various technologies, including videoconferencing, media-streaming, and online learning systems. Many faculty have chosen to incorporate online enhancements in their on-campus courses. For example, a learning situation can be greatly enhanced by a demonstration through video or simulation, rather than solely through verbal or text description.

Linking with experts from other locations greatly enhances a learning situation. Guest lecturers can provide expertise and support to a classroom and can be linked at minimal costs. For instance, His Excellency, John Ralston Saul was linked simultaneously by videoconference to an Education class at Lakehead and to a class at the University of Ottawa as well as to a regional secondary-school class. Several local schools were able to watch by media-streaming. In turn, experts from our campus can share their expertise with others. For example, Dr. Fiona Blaikie, Faculty of Education, shared her expertise in Educational Assessment Strategies with a university class in Iceland.

“These examples illustrate how distance education supports communication and interaction among students as well as between students and instructors, and how this interaction promotes shared learning through the exploration and discussion of ideas and concepts,” Wojda says.

Success in Distance Education The interest in learning by distance education is growing:

  • Nine programs are available entirely at a distance at the undergraduate and graduate levels, ranging from two certificate programs in Environmental Management and Interdisciplinary Palliative Care to a Bachelor of Arts (General program) degree to a Master of Public Health degree.
  • In 2003-2004, there were 5,400 registrations in 130 courses [distance and online-enhanced] —a jump from 1,700 registrations in 52 courses in 2001-2002.
  • Learners in 16 countries have taken advantage of our distance education offerings.

The success is not just in the numbers. According to Lakehead’s Dr. Livio Di Matteo, “The Smart classroom provides a multifaceted blend of approaches and techniques that broadens student access to knowledge and deepens their learning experience."

And in keeping with these successes, the Office of Part-Time and Distance Education continues to develop and expand and support options for students and faculty. “Our goal is to continue to support lifelong learning through the effective and efficient use of technologies and resources,” says Gwen Wojda.

The Office of Part-Time and Distance Education encourages both faculty and students to explore the exciting world of distance education. Please visit our office – ATAC 5031 or our homepage – parttime.lakeheadu.ca or phone us – 346-7730.



Welcome New Faculty and Staff
 

Lakehead University welcomes the following new faculty and staff who have been hired since the beginning of December 2003:

Faculty
Bruce Kjartanson, Civil Engineering, Associate Professor
Robert Willis, Business Administration, Assistant Professor
Harvey Lemelin, Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, Lecturer
Yves Turgeon, Psychology, Assistant Professor

Staff
Orpah McKenzie, NOMS Interim Director, Aboriginal Affairs
Lawrence Kempe, Physical Plant, Mechanic
Cheryl Jaspers, Anthropology - Paleo/DNA Lab, Human Resources Officer
Tracie Smith, NOMS Communications Officer



Awards and Honours
 

English Professor Honoured for his Outstanding Contribution to Teaching at Lakehead

Dr. Mike Richardson, a professor with Lakehead University’s Department of English, is the 2003 recipient of the Distinguished Instructor Award. This award is given out once a year to an instructor at Lakehead who has a sustained record of teaching excellence. Dr. Richardson accepted the award and made a presentation that reflects on his teaching, entitled “Trippingly off the Tongue (or Running off at the Mouth): Performance and Digression as Teaching Strategies,” on Monday, January 19, 2004.

History Department Book Launch

The History Department hosted a book launch in honour of Jean Morrison, M.A. Graduate Student of History, entitled "Lake Superior to Rainy Lake: Three Centuries of Fur Trade History" on Thursday, January 22 in the Faculty Lounge.

Department of English Faculty Member Wins Award

Rachel Warburton, with the Department of English, is the recipient for the 2003 Florence Howe Award for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship from the Modern Languages Association for her essay, "Reading Rape in Chaucer; or Are Cecily, Lucretia, and Philomela Good Women?"



Campus News
 

The Future of Forestry Topic of 36th Annual Forestry Symposium

Four guest speakers will address the future of forestry in the Canadian context at the 36th Annual Forestry Symposium at Lakehead University on January 24. This one-day symposium will focus on four themes: communication, land use, maximizing forest values, and Canada's international perspective. These are key topics to understanding how the forestry industry is developing and where it is headed, says Karen Jackson, the co-Chair of the Symposium Committee.

Four forestry experts will be speaking at the symposium, each addressing one of the themes. Speakers are:

  • Dr. David DeYoe, General Manager - Ontario Forest Research Institute (OFRI)
  • Dr. John K. Naysmith, R.P.F., Chair, Ontario Forestry Futures Trust
  • Ms. Suzanne Parton, R.P.F., General Manager, Lake Abitibi Model Forest
  • Mr. Laird Van Damme, R.P.F., Managing Partner, Consulting Forester - KBM Forestry Consultants Inc.
The symposium takes place on Saturday, January 24 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in ATAC, Room 1003. It is free of charge. Tickets to the lunch are $7. For more information, call 346-7794.

Future Teachers Widening Horizons

Photo: Patricia Lang, Confederation College President, and Dr. Fred Gilbert, Lakehead President, join (l-r, front row) Marilyn Gouthro, with the Lakehead Public Schools, Carol-Lynne Oldale, with the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, and Julia O’Sullivan, Dean of the Faculty of Education at Lakehead at the Future Teachers Widening Horizons event on January 12.

Thunder Bay’s educational community has come together to help address an important educational need for teachers of high school students bound for college-based careers. The project Future Teachers Widening Horizons is an initiative of Lakehead University’s Faculty of Education, and brings the University, Confederation College, Lakehead District School Board (LDSB), and Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board (TBCDSB) together to help create an experience-based course for intermediate/senior teacher candidates.

“A significant portion of the current high school population has academic needs and career aspirations that vary from the experiences of our teacher candidates,” says Dr. Juanita Epp, Chair of the Undergraduate Studies in Education at Lakehead and Chair of the Widening Horizons project. “This project will enable the Faculty to introduce this special topic as part of teacher education in cooperation with Confederation College and the local school boards.”

In fall of 2004, approximately 25 students in the Intermediate-Senior program in Lakehead’s Faculty of Education will take part in the pilot course to collect data on the effectiveness and impact of the course. The course will include a theoretical component of professional development seminars and an experiential component consisting of time at Confederation College, with the Curriculum and Technology Planning Team, and the high schools of both school boards. The pilot course will also include community, business, and agency involvement to ensure current knowledge and understanding of placement and apprenticeship opportunities for post-secondary students.

Some of the aims of this project are: to provide teacher candidates with an increased awareness of education and career opportunities for workplace and college destination students, as well as a familiarity with the College structure, course offerings, and business and industry links; and give teacher candidates a background that will better equip them to discuss career opportunities with students and their parents.

For more information on the project, please call Ric Windsor, Widening Horizons Coordinator, at 345-5597.

It’s About You! Information Day

Please join the Office of Admissions and Recruitment as they welcome Grade 11 students from across Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario on-campus for It’s About You! on Friday, February 6 between 10 a.m. and 12 noon. The event will include an interactive Information Fair located throughout the Agora and Outpost, tours of the ATAC building and select departments, and the chance to Shoot for the Hoop and win some great prizes. For further information regarding It’s About You!, please contact Robert Perrier, Senior Recruitment Officer, at ext. 8674.

Social Justice Conference

LUSU is hosting a Social Justice Conference from January 30 to February 1. The keynote speaker will be Maude Barlow, who will be speaking on Sunday, February 1 in the afternoon. Conference fees are $15 and $13 for students. Please drop by the LUSU office for more details.