Lakehead University Orillia invites community to learn about local research

Lakehead University celebrates Research and Innovation (R&I) Week from March 19 to 21 at the Orillia campus with a variety of student and faculty presentations and special events.

Events happening at the University Avenue campus will showcase the exceptional research being undertaken at the university and will highlight how we make our world a stronger place when we connect our knowledge, curiosity and our findings. There will be something of interest for all ages.

The official kick-off to the week is on March 19 at 1 p.m. with an environmental sustainability panel in room 2008, hosted by Dr. Sree Kurissery, Lakehead’s sustainability sciences department chair and associate professor of biology.

On March 19 at 7 p.m., Dr. Dalibor Misina from the sociology department will be hosting a special screening of his film, Leonard Cohen: In His Own Words in room 1033.  The film offers an unmediated insight into Cohen’s thoughts on growing up, writing, love, monastic life, the human condition, and ‘the third act’.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Lakehead faculty and local community members will engage in public discussion about poverty, food insecurity, social justice and civic engagement on March 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The panel, Poverty and Civic Engagement, will run from 10-11:30 a.m. in room 2019, and Understanding Food (In)Security will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in room 1025. The final forum of the day, The Global Food Chain, will feature a screening of the film Banana Split by Lakehead University history professor Dr. Ron Harpelle from 4-5:30 p.m. in room 1033.

The evening of March 20 will feature a presentation from Dr. Herman van den Berg, faculty of business administration associate professor, on Bitcoin: Cryptocurrency, hype or new asset class? from 7-9 p.m. in room 1033.

One highlight of the week will be the undergraduate research presentation on March 21. From 10-11:30 a.m., visitors will be able to hear presentations by student researchers and view an extensive poster presentation in the learning commons.

The week will close with a screening of the documentary, Food Evolution, from 7-9 p.m. in room 1022, followed by a facilitated question and answer session with Dr. David Law, former research biochemist for Monsanto Co., Dr. Victoria Te Brugge, of the sustainability sciences department, and Ian Affleck, CropLife Canada vice president.

Registration is not required. All events take place at 500 University Avenue in Simcoe Hall and are free and open to the public.  Visit for information.

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