BIOGRAPHY

Lovaye Kajiura Ph.D.


Dr. Lovaye Kajiura’s connection to McMaster University’s Biology Department is deep and longstanding. She first became interested in Biology as a high school student when she worked as a laboratory technician, research assistant, and teaching mentor. She chose to do her undergraduate studies at McMaster University because of its excellent academic and research reputation. In order to fulfill her dream of getting a Ph.D. and teaching at the University level, Dr. Kajiura pursued her Masters and Ph.D. studies. Working with Dr. David Rollo’s research team, she examined organismal ecology, resource allocation, the impact of biotechnology on physiology, endocrinology, nutrition, and behaviour using the transgenic rat growth hormone mouse model. Since becoming a faculty member, Dr. Kajiura has focused her abundant energy towards coordinating and teaching 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year undergraduate courses. She is strongly devoted to the scholarship of teaching and learning. She has published integrated case-based studies, examined the linkages between technology and learning, peer mentorship, and interdisciplinary collaborations. Dr. Kajiura is one of the co-leaders of the McMaster IMPACT (Interdisciplinary, Mentorship, Practical, Applied, Community, Transformative) Initiative. Dr. Kajiura (Biology) along with Dr. Robert Fleisig (Engineering), Dr. Brenda Vrkljan (Occupational Therapy), and Dr. Liz Hassan (Engineering) lead innovative interdisciplinary collaborative projects. The IMPACT Initiative engages Science undergraduate/graduate students, Engineering undergraduate/graduate students, Occupational Therapy graduate students, McMaster Alumni, Medical students, Community Healthcare Partners, and real volunteer clients. Students from diverse academic disciplines collaborate to understand, appreciate, and address challenges experienced by our aging population and people living with disabilities. The IMPACT Initiative creates devices to improve the quality of life of clients living with arthritis, dementia, cerebral palsy, aphasia (strokes), and other conditions. This interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and application of knowledge successfully creates meaningful learning experiences that lead to positive community change Dr. Kajiura is also a founding member and steward of the Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators (oCUBE) and leads the McMaster Mentorship Outreach Student Team (MMOST). She attributes academic and professional success to a commitment to life-long learning, thinking long-term, and always being prepared with back-up plans. She believes that perseverance, leadership, strong work ethic, and having a positive attitude are keys to success in every area of life. Dr. Kajiura will always beyour mentor for life.

Teaching

Dr. Kajiura currently teaches the following courses:

 

BIOLOGY 1A03 CELLULAR & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

Biology 1A03 covers the structure, molecular composition, and function in sub-cellular and cellular systems. Biology 1A03 is designed for students who intend to specialize in Science programs and is required for many higher level courses in the Faculty of Science. Upon completion of Biology 1A03, students will be able to: 1. Effectively discuss the fundamental concepts and underlying processes related to cellular and molecular biology, 2. Implement laboratory technical skills necessary for biological sciences, and 3. Work independently and in collaboration with others to compile, analyze, interpret, and present scientific data using oral, written, and internet formats. The primary goal of the course is to prepare students academically for subsequent, specialized Biology courses and to ensure that students acquire skills essential for upper-level biology courses and biology-related fields of study.

 

BIOLOGY 1M03 BIODIVERSITY, EVOLUTION, & HUMANITY

Biology 1M03 explores the fundamental evolutionary and ecological concepts with particular reference to biodiversity and human evolution. The curriculum examines the dynamics of species diversity and explore the evolution and impact of humans. Emphasis is placed on evolution, ecology, behaviour, and conservation as related to the gain and loss of biodiversity. The PBL (problem-based learning) tutorial (dry lab) activities reinforce the lecture topics and develop skills facilitating the interpretation of scientific observations. The course is a prerequisite for many programs and most relevant to those focusing on evolution and ecology.

 

BIOLOGY 1P03 INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY

Biology 1P03 provides an introduction to basic biological principles for students without Grade 12 Biology U. This course provides students with the background information to effectively discuss the fundamental concepts and underlying processes related to Biology. The primary goal of the course is to prepare students academically for subsequent, specialized Biology courses and to ensure that students acquire skills essential for upper-level biology courses and biology related fields of study

 

SCIENCE 1P03 IMPACTFUL INITIATIVES IN HEALTH

The IMPACT (Interdisciplinary, Mentorship, Practice, Applied, Community, Transformative) initiative collaboratively engages undergraduate and graduate students from various Faculties, McMaster alumni, healthcare partners, and real clients to understand and address challenges experienced by people living with disabilities (e.g., arthritis, strokes, cerebral palsy, dementia). Students will learn and mobilize their applied and conceptual knowledge of biology to collaboratively create customized devices that help real clients with activities critical to their health to improve their quality of life

 

BIOLOGY 4A03 ADVANCED TOPICS IN ECOLOGY

The Advanced Topics in Ecology course focuses upon the examination of current topics in ecology, including ecosystem & landscape ecology, evolutionary ecology, and behavioural ecology. This course instructs collaborative research teams of students. Students conduct projects designed to enhance their knowledge of advanced areas of ecology. Course assignments and projects involve compiling and summarizing an extensive literature review, development of oral presentations skills, reflective journals, formulation of critiques (constructive feedback), and writing inquiry guided in-depth integrated reports using a fusion of both problem based learning PBL and Inquiry learning approaches. This course is multidisciplinary and holistic with the emphasis on face-to-face in-lecture discussions and is application-based. Students will develop their analytical, critical thinking, problem solving, presentation, ecological research literacy, and collaborative research skills.

Dr. Kajiura  co-supervises students with Senior Thesis / Senior Projects
Biology 4C12 Senior Thesis
Biology 4F06 Senior Project

 

Dr. Kajiura supervises students with Experiential Applied Placement Courses & Independent Research Projects

Biology 3EP3 Applied Biology Placement
Science 3EP3 Applied Science Placement
Life Sciences 3EP3 Life Sciences Applied Placement
Science 3EX6 Applied Science Placement
Molecular Biology 3I03 Independent Research Project
Biology 3IR3 Independent Research Project

 

Dr. Kajiura has previously taught the following courses:

Biology 4SB3 Science Inquiry: The Impact of Biotechnology
Biology 4FF3 Biology Inquiry: Ecological Assessment of Genetically Engineered Transgenic Animals
Biology 4J03 Field Biology
Life Science 4L03 Advanced Research Seminar
Biology 3TT3 Community Ecology
Biology 2F03 Fundamental & Applied Ecology
Biology 3Q03 Peer Mentoring I
Biology 3QQ3 Peer Mentoring II
Biology 1A03 Structural & Functional Relations in Living Systems
Biology 1AA3E Reproduction & Adaptations in Living Systems

Research

Conferences


Implementing Partnerships that have IMPACT

Lovaye Kajiura, Elizabeth Hassan, Robert Fleisig, Brenda Vrkljan McMaster University

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Enhancing Student-Centered Collaborative Learning in Capstone Courses

Lovaye Kajiura, McMaster University

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Impact Evaluation of a Novel Community-Engaged Interdisciplinary Learning Project

Megan Dodd, Lovaye Kajiura, Robert Fleisig, Brenda Vrkljan – McMaster University

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IMPLEMENTING MEANINGFUL LEARNING EXPERIENCES

Lovaye Kajiura , Robert Fleisig , Brenda Vrkljan – McMaster University

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Cultivating Collaborative University-Community Partnerships:

Lovaye Kajiura , Robert Fleisig , Brenda Vrkljan , Megan Dodd – McMaster University

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Promoting Participation in an Aging Society

Brenda Vrkljan, Robert Fleisig, Lovaye Kajiura – McMaster University

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Facilitating Transformative Interdisciplinary Collaborative Projects:

Lovaye Kajiura , Robert Fleisig , Brenda Vrkljan – McMaster University

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Facilitating Transformative Interdisciplinary Collaborative Projects:

Robert Fleisig, Lovaye Kajiura, Brenda Vrkljan – McMaster University

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More Connecting with Less Boundaries

Lovaye Kajiura McMaster University, Julie Smit University of Windsor, Colin Montpetit University of Ottawa, Fiona Rawle University of Toronto Mississauga, Tamara Kelly York University, Michelle French University of Toronto, Tom Haffie University of Western Ontario, Jennifer Waugh University of Western Ontario, Tanya Noel University of Windsor

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Inter-Institutional Knowledge Mobilization:

Lovaye Kajiura McMaster University Julie Smit University of Windsor Colin Montpetit University of Ottawa, Tamara Kelly York University, Michelle French University of Toronto, Tom Haffie University of Western Ontario

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Conference Presentations (Peer Reviewed)

 

Kajiura, L., Hassan, L., Fleisig, R., & Vrkljan, B. (2017). Implementing Partnerships that have IMPACT. Poster Presented a peer reviewed poster presentation for the McMaster University MacPherson Institute’s Teaching & Learning Conference, Innovation Park, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. November, 16th 2017.

 

Kajiura, L. (2017). Enhancing Student-Centered Collaborative Learning in Capstone Courses: A model for using creative themes & media for applied knowledge mobilization & integrated problem solving. Presented a peer reviewed presentation at the Western Conference on Science Education, Western University, London, Ontario., Canada, July 6th 2017.

 

Dodd, M., Kajiura, L., Fleisig, R., and Vrkljan, B. (2016). (M. Dodd & I were the two presenters of this session). Impact Evaluation of a Novel Community-Engaged Interdisciplinary Learning Project. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) Conference: Empowering Learners, Effecting Change. Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. June 21st -24th, 2016.

 

Fleisig, R.V., Kajiura, L., Vrkljan, B, and Dodd, M. (2015).  Cultivating Collaborative University Partnerships: Using the IMPACT (Interdisciplinary, Meaningful/Mentorship, Practice, Applied, Collaborative/Community, Transformative) Project Educational Model of Teaching and Learning. Workshop presented at the MIIETL Research on Teaching & Learning Conference: Cultivating Communities, Innovation Park, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. December 9th 2015.

 

Kajiura, L., Fleisig, R., and Vkljan, B. (2015). Implementing Meaningful Learning Experiences – The IMPACT (Interdisciplinary, Meaningful/Mentorship, Practice, Applied, Collaborative/Community, Transformative) Project

Concurrent Session presented at the Western Conference on Science Education, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. July 7th -10th 2015.

 

Vrkljan, B., Fleisig, R., & Kajiura, L. (2015). Promoting Participation in an Aging Society: The IMPACT Project. Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy Conference 2015. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

 

Fleisig, R., Kajiura, L,Vrkljan, B., Kajaks, T., and Crizzle, A.M.(2014). Bridging the Gap: Increasing student awareness of aging through design – The IMPACT Project, 43rd Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of Canadian Association of Gerontology (CAG) Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. October 16th, 2014.

 

Fleisig, R.V., Kajiura, L., and Vrkljan, B. (2014). Facilitating Transformative Interdisciplinary Collaborative Projects: The IMPACT (Interdisciplinary, Meaningful, Practice, Applied, Community, Transformative) Project. International Conference on Engineering Education and Research (ICEER), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. August 24th -26th 2014.

 

Kajiura, L., Fleisig, R., Vrkljan, B. (2014). Facilitating Transformative Interdisciplinary Collaborative Projects: The IMPACT (Interdisciplinary, Meaningful, Practice, Applied, Community, Transformative) Project.  Pedagogical Speeding Dating Session. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference: Transforming our Learning Experiences, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. June 18th, 2014.

 

Kajiura, L., Smit, J., Montpetit, C., Rawle, F., Kelly, T., French, M., Haffie, T., Waugh, J., and Noel, T. (2013).

More Connecting with Less Boundaries: The Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators (oCUBE) Model. Workshop presented at the Western Conference on Science Education (WCSE), Western University, London, Ontario, Canada, July 9th– 11th 2013.

 

Kajiura,L., Smit, J., Montpetit, C., Kelly, T., French, and M., Haffie, T. (2013), Concurrent Session Presentation – Inter-institutional Knowledge Mobilization: The Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators Model., Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) Conference,  University of Cape Breton, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 19th-21st 2013.

 

Kajiura, L., and Montpetit, C. (2011). Concurrent Session Presentation – Engaging Students with Interactive Lectures Using Case-Based Studies, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) Conference, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, June 15th-18th 2011.

 

Kajiura, L., and Montpetit, C. (2011). Round Table Discussion – Teaching Stream Faculty, Measuring and Communicating Scholarship and other Scholarly Activities, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) From here to the Horizon 2011 Conference, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, June 15th-18th 2011.

 

Kajiura, L., and Montpetit, C. (2011). Concurrent Session Presentation – Designing Advanced Seminar Research Courses in Science, The Western Conference on Science Education, Western University, London, Ontario, July 5th-8th 2011.

 

Kajiura, L. (2009). Presentation -Engaging Students with Peer Mentoring, Society of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) Symposium, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, December 8th 2009.

 

Rollo, C. D., Lachman, E. I., and Kajiura, L. (1992). Ecology of the Supermouse. Ecological Society of America, Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

Invited Presentations

 

Kajiura, L. (2018). How to Effectively Prepare for Lectures (Notetaking), Home Study, & Assessments. Presented 4 workshops for McMaster Uhiversity’s Student Success Centre’s Academic Orientation Workshops. Michael B. DeGroote Centre for Learning & Discovery, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario Canada, August 1st & 2nd 2018.

 

Kajiura, L. (2018). Why should people care about Biodiversity, Ecology, & Sustainability? Presented 3 workshops for the McMaster Learning Enrichment Advancement Program (LEAP). Burke Science Building, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario Canada, July 10th, 17th, 31st 2018.

 

Kajiura, L. (2018). Be Bold & Courageous- Keys to Success. McMaster University Golden Key Society Honorary Induction Ceremony -Guest Presentation. Burke Science Building, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario Canada, April 4th 2018.

 

Kajiura, L. (2017). Creating IMPACT during Collaborative Interdisciplinary Design Reviews. Presented. three guest lectures regarding how to students can effectively collaborative (providing and using constructive feedback) during IMPACT Design Review Sessions for Engineering 1P03 students, Chester New Hall Building, and John Hopkins Engineering Building, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, November 6th 2017.

 

Kajiura, L. (2017). Handling Challenging Classroom Situations: Real Scenerios, Effective Solutions, Presented a Workshop for the McMaster University MacPherson Institute’s Teaching & Learning Forum, McMaster University Student Centre, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, September 6th 2017.

 

Kajiura, L. (2017) Effective Notetaking & Getting Ready for Your 1st Lecture.  Presented a workshop sessions for the McMaster University MACademics Session, for the McMaster University Student Success Centre, Burke Science Building, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. August 9th & 10th 2017.

 

Kajiura, L. (2017) How to Create Scientific Innovations for Improving Life on Earth & the Future World. Presented three Workshop presentations for the Learning Enrichment Advancement Program (LEAP) , Burke Science Building, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, July 10th, 24th, and August 8th 2017.

 

Kajiura, L. (2016). Cultivating Inter- & Multi-Disciplinary Collaborative Projects. Presented a workshop at the Biology Leadership Forum Pearson Education, Hilton Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 11th, 2016.

 

Kajiura, L. (2016). Navigating Challenging Situations in the Classroom. Presented a workshop at the Emerging Educators Development Day associated with the Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation & Excellence in Teaching, Burke Science Building, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, October 11th, 2016.

 

Kajiura, L. (2016). Led online Journal Club Discussion regarding the 2015 article “Survey of Biology Capstone Courses in American and Canadian Higher Education: Requirement, Content, and Skills by Neil Haave for the  Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, October 2016.

 

Kajiura, L. (2016). Effective Notetaking. Presentations for the McMaster University Student Success Centre’s Macademics Program (formerly known as the New Marauder Orientation (NMO) Program). McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. August 11th and 12th 2016.

 

Kajiura, L. (2016). Why are Scientists and Engineers Creative & Innovative? Interactive presentations for the McMaster Learning Enrichment Advancement Program (LEAP). McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. July 11th, July 25th, and August 8th 2016.

 

Kajiura, L. (2016) Cultivating Creative Confidence in Biology undergraduate students. Presented an interactive session at the Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators (oCUBE) May UnConference. Port Carling, Ontario, Canada. July 11th, July 25th, August 8th 2016.

 

Kajiura, L. (2016). Led online Journal Club Discussion regarding the 2015 article “Democratizing education? Examining access & usage patterns in massive open online courses” by John D. Hansen and Justin Reich for the  Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, February 2016.

 

Kajiura, L. (2015).  Designing Interdisciplinary Inter-University Collaborative Projects. Presented at the Ontario Consortium of Biology Undergraduate Educators (oCUBE) December UnConference, University of Toronto, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. December 16th 2015.

 

Kajiura, L. and Vrkljan, B. (2015). How Students Should Prepare for Interdisciplinary Collaborative Design Reviews for the IMPACT Project. Presented to Engineering 1P03 lectures, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. November 9th 2015.

 

Kajiura, L. (2015). Successful Strategies for Dealing with Challenging Situations in Lectures, Labs, & Tutorials.

Workshop presented at the McMaster Teaching & Learning Forum, McMaster Institute of Innovation and Excellence in Teaching & Learning. Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning & Discovery, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, September 3rd 2015.

 

Kajiura, L. (2015). Effective Notetaking. Presented for the McMaster University Student Success Centre’s New Maurauder Orientation (NMO). Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning & Discovery, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. August 14th 2015.

 

Kajiura, L. (2015). Academic Reading: How to Effectively Use your Textbooks. Presented for the McMaster University Student Success Centre, SOAR Online presentation of session & resources. McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. July 30th 2015.

 

Kajiura, L. (2015). Biology Leadership Forum, Pearson Education, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. May 7th & 8th 2015.

 

Kajiura, L. (2015). Led online Journal Club Discussion regarding the 2014 article “Collaborative testing: Evidence of learning in a controlled in-class study of undergraduate students” by Brett Hollis Gilley and Bridgette Clarkston for the  Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. February 2015.

 

Kajiura, L. (2014).  oCUBE December UnConference, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

 

Kajiura, L. and Sample, S. (2014). The IMPACT Project – Interdisciplinary Perspectives regarding Strokes and Expressive Aphasia. Presentations for Engineering 1P03 and Biology 1P03 & 1A03 students, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, November 5th, 2014.

 

Kajiura, L. (2014)  oCUBE Collaborative Projects & IMPACT Project , both presented at the Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators (oCUBE) 5th Anniversary UnConference, Port Carling, Ontario, Canada, May 20th –23rd 2014.

 

McDonnell, L. and Kajiura, L. (2014) Teaching and assessing problem-solving skills (BIG) presented at the Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators (oCUBE) 5th Anniversary UnConference, Port Carling, Ontario, Canada, May 20th –23rd 2014.

 

Kajiura, L., Fleisig, R., Vrkljan, B. (2014). The IMPACT Project – An Interdisciplinary Initiative involving students and educators in Science, Engineering, and Rehabilitation Sciences, A request for large collaborative space. Presented to the McMaster University Space Committee, McMaster Innovation and Excellence in Teaching & Learning (MIIETL), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.

 

Kajiura, L., Fleisig, R., Vrkljan, B. (2014). The McMaster Interdisciplinary IMPACT Project – Transformative learning in Undergraduate and Graduate Students in Science, Engineering, Rehabilitation Sciences. Presented at the Level 1 Instructors Community of Practice, McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching & Learning (MIIETL), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

 

Kajiura, L. (2014). Our Roles in Preservation, Conservation, & Sustainability of Biodiversity. Guest Presentation representing the McMaster Department of Biology for High School OutReach for the students at Highland Secondary School, Dundas, Ontario. February, 18th, 2014.

 

Kajiura, L. (2013). An Interdisciplinary Project involving diverse faculties and departments – the IMPACT Project. Presented at the Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

 

Kajiura, L. (2013). Rheumatoid Arthritis – Biological Linkages to Engineering & Rehabilitation Sciences
An Interdisciplinary Project. Presentation for Engineering 1P03 and Biology 1P03 students, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

 

Kajiura, L., (2013). How to successfully teach “challenging” students. Workshop presented at the Teaching & Learning Forum, McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching & Learning (MIIETL), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

 

Kajiura, L., Keenleyside, W, and Montpetit, C.(2012).Presented – Perspectives regarding National Case-Based Studies Conferences at the Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators (oCUBE) Conference, University of Guelph, Ontario, December 19th 2012

 

Kajiura, L. (2012).  Presented – How to Engage ESL Students in Large Lectures at the Biology Leadership Forum, Pearson Education Conference, Toronto, Ontario, November 12th 2012.

 

Kajiura, L. and Sharp, J. (2012). Presented Active Learning in Large Classrooms at the Biology Leadership Forum (Pearson Education Conference) – Biology Advisory Board/Innovation Committee, Toronto, Ontario, November 11th & 12th 2012.

 

Kajiura, L. (2012).  Presented workshop : How Effectively Use Your Textbook for the Sciences for the McMaster University Student Success Centre, Hamilton, Ontario, September 14th 2012.

 

Kajiura, L. (2012).  Presented – How to Successfully Deal with Challenging Students at Teaching Assistant (TA) Day for the McMaster University Centre for Leadership in Learning, Hamilton, Ontario, September 5th 2012.

 

Kajiura, L. (2012).  Presented – Lesson Planning for Different Learning Styles and Intelligences at Teaching Assistant (TA) Day for the McMaster University Centre for Leadership in Learning, Hamilton, Ontario, September 5th 2012.

 

Kajiura, L., Smit, J., and Robertson, L. (2012).  Presented – What is your department, faculty, university doing for students to ease their transition from high school to university? at the Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators (oCUBE) Conference, Peterborough, Ontario, May 22nd-25th 2012.

 

Kajiura, L. (2012).  Presented – Digital Learning at the Biology Leadership Forum & Innovation Advisory Board  Meeting for the Canadian Consortium of Excellence in University Biology (CCEUB), Toronto, Ontario, May 4-5th 2012.

 

Kajiura, L., and Sharp, J. (2011). Presented – Learning Objectives and Course Outcomes at the Canadian Consortium of Excellence in University Biology (CCEUB) – Executive Committee Meeting for the Biology Leadership Forum (Pearson Education) – Biology Advisory Board/Innovation Committee, Toronto, Ontario, November 13th 2011.

 

Kajiura, L. (2011). Presented – (In) Civility in the Classroom at Graduate Student Day: An Exploration of Teaching & Learning Conference for the McMaster University Centre for Leadership in Learning, Hamilton, Ontario, September 7th 2011.

 

Kajiura, L. (2011). Presented  – Lesson Planning for Diverse Learning Styles at Graduate Student Day: An Exploration of Teaching & Learning Conference for the McMaster University Centre for Leadership in Learning, Hamilton, Ontario, September 7th 2011.

 

Kajiura. L. (2011). Presented – Linking Concepts in Biology at the Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators (oCUBE) Conference, Peterborough Ontario, May 24th-27th  2011.

 

Kajiura, L. (2011).  Presented – How Do We Bridge the Gap Between High School and University? at the Biology Leadership Forum, Strategies for Success Conference (Pearson Education), Toronto, Ontario, May 14th 2011.

 

Kajiura, L. (2011). Presented – Avenue to Learn – Best Practices at the Learning Technology Symposium for the McMaster University Centre for Leadership in Learning & University Technology Services, Hamilton, Ontario, April 21st  2011.

 

Kajiura, L. (2010).  Presented – Biology Leadership at the Canadian Consortium of Excellence in University Biology (CCEUB) Conference, Toronto, Ontario, November 14th 2010.

 

Kajiura, L. (2010).  Presented – How to Prepare a Teaching Dossier and Demonstrate Scholarly Teaching at Teaching Assistant (TA) Day for the McMaster University Centre for Leadership in Learning, Hamilton, Ontario, September 10th 2010.

 

Kajiura, L. (2010).  Presented – Lesson Planning for Different Learning Styles at Teaching Assistant (TA) Day for the McMaster University Centre for Leadership in Learning, Hamilton, Ontario, September 10th 2010.

 

Kajiura, L. (2010). Presented – Scholarly Teaching- Demonstrating Your Scholarship, Scholarly Activities, and their Impact Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators (OCUBE) Conference, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. May 26th-28th, 2010.

 

Kajiura, L. (2010). Presented – Engaging Life Students with Integrated Investigative Case- Based Studies at the Strategies for Success Conference (Pearson Education), Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 1st 2010.

 

Kajiura, L. (2010). Presented – How Do We Get Students to Think Like Scientists, Panel Discussion at the Strategies for Success Conference (Pearson Education), Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 30th 2010.

 

Kajiura, L. (2010). Presented – Engaging Student s with Integrated Case- Based Studies at Strategies for Success Conference (Pearson Education), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, March 19th-20th 2010.

 

Kajiura, L. (2009). Presented – Teaching Introductory Biology, What are the Challenges and the Solutions? at the  Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators (OCUBE) Conference, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, December 11th 2009.

 

Kajiura, L. (2009). Presented – Addressing Learning Outcomes at the Canadian Consortium of Excellence in University Biology (CCEUB) Biology Leadership Forum Conference (Pearson Education), Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 8th and 9th 2009.

 

Kajiura, L. (2009). Presented – Lesson Planning to Engage Diverse Learning Styles and Intelligences, Centre for Leadership in Learning Workshop, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, October 28th 2009.

 

Kajiura, L. (2009). Presented – “What do TA’s Really Do?” and presented the “Lesson Planning” Workshop   TA DAY McMaster University Centre for Leadership in Learning’s (organized, coordinated Panel Discussion and served as moderator) , Hamilton, Ontario, Canada,  September 9th 2009.

 

Kajiura, L. (2009). Presented workshop-  Realizing the Roles & Rewards of Peer Mentoring for Remarkable Result,  Strategies for Success Conference (Pearson Education) , Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 2nd 2009.

 

Kajiura, L. (2009). Presented – Dealing with Challenging Students at the Environmental Science Teaching Assistant Workshop, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, January 22nd 2009.

 

Kajiura, L. (2008). Presented – What do TA’s really do?” Panel Discussion at TA DAY, McMaster University Centre for Leadership in Learning’s (organized, coordinated Panel Discussion), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, September 3rd 2008.

 

Kajiura, L. (2007). Presented – Using WebCT in Large Classes seminar and participated in Panel Discussion for the

McMaster University Centre for Leadership in Learning and Learning Technology Resources Centre’s Teaching Large Classes, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, November 21st 2007.

 

Kajiura, L. (2007). Presented – What do TA’s really do?” Panel Discussion at TA DAY, McMaster University Centre for Leadership in Learning (organized, coordinated Panel Discussion), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, September 5th 2007.

 

Kajiura, L. (2001). Presented – DNA Biotechnology, Biology1K03 Guest Lectures, McMaster University, Hamilton,

Ontario, Canada, September 28th 2001.

Publications


Fiona Rawle, Tamara L.J. Kelly, Lovaye Kajiura, Tanya C. Noel, Paula .J. Wilson, Julie Smit, Joseph Boivin, Wendy .J. Keenleyside, and Colin J. Montpetit

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Knowledge mobilization across boundaries with the use of novel organizational structures, conferencing strategies, and technological tools:

Lovaye Kajiura, Julie Smit, Colin Montpetit, Tamara Kelly, Jennifer Waugh, Fiona Rawle, Julie Clark, Melody Neumann, Michelle French

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Two Approaches to Case-Based Teaching in Science

Colin Montpetit , Lovaye Kajiura

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The growth hormone axis, feeding, and central allocative regulation

C. D. Rollo, L. J. Kajiura, B. Wylie, and S. D’Souza

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The growth hormone axis and cognition: empirical results and integrated theory derived from giant transgenic mice

C. D. Rollo, C. V. Ko, , J.G.A. Tyerman, and , L. J. Kajiura

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Lifetime reproduction of giant transgenic mice: the energy stress paradigm

C. D. Rollo, J. Rintoul, and L. J. Kajiura

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The ontogeny of resource allocation in giant transgenic rat growth hormone mice

Lovaye J. Kajiura and C. David Rollo

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A mass budget for transgenic “Supermice” engineered with extra rat
growth hormone genes: evidence for energetic limitation

Lovaye J. Kajiura and C. David Rollo

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Publications

 

Rawle, F., Kelly, T.L.J., Kajiura, L., Noel, T.C., Wilson, P.J., Smit, J., Bolvin, J., Keenleyside, W.J., and Montpetit,

C.J.  (2016). The Impact of oCUBE: A Community of Practice of Biology Educators. Transformative Dialogues:

Teaching & Learning Journal, Volume 9, Issue 1 (July): 1-12.

 

Kajiura, L., Smit, J., Montpetit, C., Kelly,T., Waugh, J., Rawle, F., Clark, J., Neumann, M., and French, M. (2014).

Knowledge mobilization across boundaries with the use of novel organizational structures, conferencing strategies,

and technological tools: The Ontario Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators (oCUBE) Model.

Collected Essays on Teaching and Learning (CELT), Volume 7: No. 1

 

Montpetit, C, and Kajiura, L. (2012). Two Approaches to Case-Based Teaching in Science: Tales from Two

Professors. Collected Essays on Teaching and Learning (CELT), Volume 5: 80- 85.

 

Rollo, C.D., Kajiura, L. J., Wylie, B., D’Souza, S. (1999). The growth hormone axis, feeding, and central allocative

regulation:  lessons from giant transgenic growth hormone mice. Can. J. Zool., 77: 1861-1876.

 

Rollo, C. D., Ko, C.V., Tyerman, J. G. A., and Kajiura, L. (1999). The growth hormone axis and cognition: empirical

results and integrated theory derived from giant transgenic growth hormone mice. Can. J. Zool., 77: 1874-1890.

 

Rollo, C. D., Rintoul, J., and Kajiura, L. J. (1997). Lifetime reproduction of giant transgenic mice: energetic stress

paradigm. Can. J. Zool. 75:  1336-1345.

 

Kajiura, L. J., and Rollo, C. D. (1996). The ontogeny of resource allocation in giant transgenic rat growth hormone

mice. Can. J. Zool. 74:  492-507.

 

Kajiura, L. J., and Rollo, C. D. (1994). A mass budget for transgenic “Supermice” engineered with extra rat growth

hormone genes:  evidence of energetic limitation. Can. J. Zool. 72: 1010-1017.

Outreach Programs

Interdisciplinary, Mentorship, Practice, Applied, Community, Transformative (IMPACT)

The IMPACT Initiative is an interdisciplinary collaboration that engages undergraduate and graduate students from Engineering, Biology/Science, Occupational Therapy, and Medicine, McMaster Alumni, Community Healthcare Partners, and volunteer clients. The IMPACT Initiative involves a learning process whereby students from different academic disciplines come together to understand, appreciate, and address challenges experienced by our aging population and people living with disabilities. IMPACT co-leaders Dr. Robert Fleisig (Engineering), Dr. Lovaye Kajiura (Biology/Science), Dr. Brenda Vrkljan (Occupational Therapy), and Dr. Liz Hassan (Engineering) teach students how to improve the lives of our aging population and that of people with disabilities. The IMPACT project drives student creativity, innovation, and community engagement. The interdisciplinary exchange of ideas successfully creates meaningful learning experiences that lead to positive community change.

McMaster Mentorship Outreach Student Team (MMOST)

The McMaster Mentorship Outreach Student Team (MMOST) is a collaborative outreach assemblage dedicated to providing opportunities for both student mentors and mentees to develop leadership and professional skills by in participating in diverse outreach projects conducted both on campus, in the community, and globally abroad.  MMOST aims to empower students with transformative experiences via collaborations with other McMaster students, faculty, alumni, and community partners. With the acquisition of these important transferable skills, students will better be able to navigate their academic, career, life journeys, and will be inspired to make transformative changes in their lives and most importantly the lives of others, while striving to “Be the MMOST ”!

Media Relations

McMaster’s University Biomedical Engineering website feature story regarding the IMPACT Project https://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/msbe/news/connecting-hearts-and-minds

 

IMPACT Project – featured story covered by the Canadian Broadcasting Centre (CBC) News Network – The National Dec 28th 2016. 

McMaster University Daily News Article related to the IMPACT Project collaborative project with Engineering, Biology, and Rehabilitation students.

http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/article/first-year-engineering-students-solve-problems-google-cant/

 

Globe & Mail Newspaper Article related to Teaching Professors

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/new-breed-of-university-faculty-puts-focus-on-teaching-over-research/article14117866/

Contact

Address

Department of Biology, LSB – 426
McMaster University
1280 Main St. West
Hamilton, Ontario ON L8S 4K1

Email

kajiura@mcmaster.ca

Phone

1 (905) 525-9140
Ext 27043