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PICS Internship Program Call for Proposals

The deadline is fast approaching.

Submit your application by Monday, January 11, 2021.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hire a PICS intern to support your climate action programs. PICS internships support the hiring of university students and recent graduates at the workplaces of governments, NGOs, industry and communities within British Columbia that are pursuing climate change mitigation and adaptation research, planning or implementation.

PICS will provide $12,000 to BC provincial, regional, and local governments, and BC-based non-governmental agencies, indigenous communities, private companies and Crown corporations to hire a student intern for a minimum of 13 weeks. Successful applicants may top up this contribution to provide an appropriate wage for the student’s level of education and experience.

Eligible students must be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program at one of the four PICS partner institutions: UVIC, UBC, SFU or UNBC. Students must either be returning to complete their degree programs following the internship or have completed their programs the semester prior to the start of the internship.

For information about this annual call please read the Internship Program Guide and submit an Internship Application Form, or visit the PICS website.

Health System Impact Fellowship

The Health System Impact (HSI) Fellowship (for doctoral trainees and post-doctoral fellows) provides highly-qualified doctoral trainees (doctoral students) and post-doctoral fellows studying health services and policy research (HSPR), or related fields, a unique opportunity to apply their research and analytic talents to critical challenges in health care that are being addressed by health system and related organizations (e.g., public, private for-profit, not-for-profit, and Indigenous health organizations that are not universities) outside of the traditional scholarly setting, and to also develop professional experience, new skills, and networks.

Value: $50,000 for 1 year for Doctoral applicants, $77,500 per year for up to 2 years for Postdoctoral applicants

Please note that this award opportunity requires the signature of the “Authorized Official at the Institution Paid”, which at UBC is done by the Office of Research Services.

For more information, including eligibility requirements and application procedures, refer to the award opportunity listing on ResearchNet.  This competition is externally administered, so questions about this funding opprtunity should be directed to CIHR:

Sessional Lecturer for LFS 350 002

Sessional Lecturer (Principles and Practice of Community Food Security)

The Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada is seeking applications for a Sessional Lecturer position, from January 1, 2021 to April 30, 2021. The successful applicant will be expected to teach a 3-credit third-year undergraduate level course, LFS 350 Land, Food, and Community II: Principles and Practice of Community Food Security.  A full description of the course can be found at  Review of applications will begin on November 13, 2020 until the position is filled. Please see the complete ad for more details:



Upcoming Webinars / Virtual Conferences from the Canadian Nutrition Society

Upcoming Events you won’t want to miss!

There are a number of free educational webinars and virtual conferences coming up from the Canadian Nutrition Society … and more on the way!

Watch our website for updates! REGISTER TODAY!

Fall Webinar Line-up

Food Access Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic

This event is filling up – REGISTER SOON!
Wednesday, October 21, 12:00 – 13:00 ET

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed daily life for citizens in most countries around the world. The speed at which citizens have had to react and adapt to government directives for physical distancing is unprecedented, producing a number of hardships in acquiring the essentials of life. Of particular importance to understand is the impact that the pandemic has had on access to food, which will have been affected for a variety of reasons; e.g. economic challenges resulting from job loss, agricultural impacts, self-isolation, or apprehension to shop in-store due to concerns about exposure to the SARS-CoV2 virus. This webinar will present findings from two projects that have evaluated consumer risk perceptions and food access impacts of the pandemic: 1) a Quebec provincial household survey investigation and 2) a Pan-Canadian survey study on consumer perceptions and experiences.

Speakers: Daiva Nielsen, PhD and Wallapak Polasub, PhD

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Carbohydrates Under Target: Ketogenic diet and Type 1 Diabetes

Wednesday, November 4, 12:00 – 13:00 ET

Data from type 1 diabetes registries show that over 4 out of 5 patients have A1c levels above the 7% target. Therefore, a large proportion people with type 1 diabetes are struggling to achieve good diabetes control and are avidly looking for strategies, such as the ketogenic diet, to improve it. There is indeed a growing interest in limiting carbohydrate in the diabetes community, however healthcare professionals are sometimes reluctant to provide guidance on how low we can limit the carbohydrate intake due to the lack of information related to safety issues. During this presentation, we will explore the short terms impact of the ketogenic diet on diabetes management and discuss the potential safety issues in the context of type 1 diabetes. We will consider the patients’ perspectives for adopting this diet and review the pros and cons to allow informed decision from the patient.

Speaker: Anne-Sophie Brazeau, PhD, RD

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Upcoming Virtual Conferences

Registration now open!

·         Mini Virtual Conference Series

Assessing Diet Quality / Dietary Intake Using Contemporary Methods
Friday, November 20, 2020 – Learn more/Register
Pediatric Nutrition: From the womb to 1000 days!
Thursday, February 25, 2021 – Learn more/Register

Nutrition in Diverse Populations
Friday, March 26, 2021 – Learn more/Register

CNS 2021 Thematic Conference: Advances and Controversies in Nutrition and Diabetes

This virtual conference will be held over two half days and will explore advances and controversies in the nutritional management of diabetes through exposure to research and practice perspectives. Attendees will participate in a “real time” experience, including live Q and A, a Virtual Poster Expo, exhibits, networking, and much more
Friday, January 22, 2021 & Saturday, January 23, 2021
Learn more/Register

Highlights from the CNS Education Portal

Past CNS webinar recordings and slide handouts continue to be available on our Education Portal to support ongoing learning. Here are a few from the archives:

All Canadian Malnutrition Awareness Week™ Webinars were recorded and are also available for viewing in the CNS Education Portal:







Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research Program: Applications due October 28

Dear Shelley,

I write from Columbia University’s Earth Institute on behalf of the postdoctoral research program in sustainable development.  This two-year program is open to innovative postdoctoral scholars who are dedicated to a better understanding of critical scientific and social issues in global sustainable development.

Last year, you helped share our announcement with your doctoral students and networks.  I hope you might do so again this year.  The announcement follows.

Earth Institute, Columbia University

Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research Program in Sustainable Development



The Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York, NY, seeks applications from innovative, doctoral candidates or recent Ph.D., M.D., J.D., or Sc.D. recipients (within 5 years of degree receipt) interested in a broad range of issues in sustainable development. The Institute is especially interested in qualified candidates from historically underrepresented groups for its Diversity Fellowships.

The Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research program provides scholars with the opportunity to acquire and apply the cross-disciplinary expertise needed to address critical issues of sustainable development such as food security, energy systems, climate change impacts, poverty reduction, disease, and environmental degradation. Candidates who have developed cross-disciplinary approaches during their graduate studies will find numerous, unique opportunities to engage in programs at the leading edge of sustainable development research.

Candidates must complete the online application and submit a proposal for research that would contribute to global, sustainable development. Candidates may suggest contributing to or expanding on existing Earth Institute programs or developing new projects that integrate the breadth of expertise of the Earth Institute. Candidates are strongly encouraged to identify and contact a mentor prior to submitting an application.

The deadline to submit an application is October 28, 2020 for 24-month appointments starting in the fall of 2021. The salary is $67,530.

For more information about the program, the diversity fellowship, and to apply, visit or email Videos of past research symposia are available here.

The program is open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. All doctoral requirements must be fulfilled and the degree awarded within 5 years before the start of the appointment. Gaps in employment or studies will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Columbia University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Gabriella Cohen (she/her)
Senior Program Manager
Office of Academic and Research Programs
The Earth Institute, Columbia University I 212.854.0418