Living Language: Science and Society (LFS 402)

Living Language is an interdisciplinary, transition-out course for fourth-year students who will use language science as a model for examining the knowledge they have gained in their respective disciplines and how to apply it beyond their graduation, in work and life. As an interdisciplinary course, it will be cross-listed as LFS 402, LLED 402, ASTU 402, APSC 402, FRST 402, and PHAR 402. There is limited enrolment by Faculty to ensure an interdisciplinary group of students are able to participate; 4 seats will be reserved for students registering in LFS 402.

The class structure is comprised of in-class lectures by Professors Werker, Turin, and invited language leaders across campus and in the wider community, along with student-led reflections and presentations. Through the course, students will lead their own exploration of language as it applies to all domains of human life, from the creation and acquisition of spoken language to writing systems, texts of all kinds, arts, culture, science, and technology. Students will engage in group discussion with their peers and will complete short written assignments that include individual reflections and longer, more in depth, explorations. Working in small interdisciplinary groups, students will design an action-oriented final project to be presented in-class at the end of the term.

This course will be offered in Term 1 of the 2019 Winter Session (September – December 2019), Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 – 5:00 pm in Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IBLC) 185.

You can learn more about the course here.

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Enjoy Sustainable Coffee with mugshare!

Do you wish you could ditch single-use cups, but always seem to forget your tumbler and can’t survive without coffee? Have you been seeing conspicuous teal lids floating around campus and are starting to wonder how you can get your hands on one? Good news – mugshare has your back! The official pilot launch just went live this March with six cafe partners both on UBC campus and in and around Vancouver for a total of 12 participating locations. With a super simple deposit-drink-return system, a sustainable coffee has never been easier.

But what is mugshare you may ask? Well, it originally started as an offshoot of a Common Energy project, the largest student-run sustainability club on campus, but it has since grown into an independent organization with the vision of creating a system that makes reusable the new normal. All it takes is a toonie at any of our participating cafes, then you can enjoy your drink wherever you like for as long as you like. When you’re ready to lighten your load again, just return your mug to any participating cafe and get your $2 back. That’s it! And don’t worry, the cafes will take care of industrially dish-washing all returned mugs – so you never have to deal with that week-old latte residue again.

Want to find out more? Check out to find a full list of participating cafes or connect with mugshare on Instagram and Facebook for updates (and occasional coffee-related giveaways). Hope to see you sporting some teal with your coffee soon!

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What can MFRE teach you?

Did you know? In Term 3 of the Masters of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE) program, students undertake a Graduating Project throughout the summer. These projects are often in partnership with local and international organizations, where students get to apply their newly acquired skills in the real world. Graduating Projects reflect potential positions where an MFRE could pursue a career.

Interested in the MFRE program? Learn more about the Graduating Projects that involve applied economics research skillspolicy analysis and managing a business!

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May 2019 Graduation Ceremony & Reception Details

Lettuce celebrate!

If you’re graduating this spring, congratulations!  Graduation is a wonderful time to celebrate your accomplishments with your friends, families and LFS staff and faculty.  You won’t want to miss out on any of the key events happening, so we have summarized it all for you here!

LFS Convocation Ceremony

When? Wednesday, May 22 @ 8:30am
Where? Chan Centre for Performing Arts

  • This is where you get to wear the fancy cap and gown, walk across the stage, and hold your diploma for the first time!
  • Bright and early, LFS is the first ceremony of the season! Details about the ceremony, gown rentals, guest ticket registration and more can be found here.
  • Curious about what actually happens on the day? No worries – UBC Ceremonies has you covered.  Check out “What to expect at your ceremony” for a breakdown of the day.

LFS Graduation Reception

When? Immediately following the ceremony (10:30am – 12:30pm)
Where? Lew Forum, Allard School of Law (steps away from the Chan Centre…convenient, no!?)

  • Dean Rickey Yada invites all grads to bring their friends and families to celebrate with him at the post-ceremony reception. Take pictures with your favourite profs, introduce your families to the infamous shorts-wearing Dean, and mark your transition from student to alumni with refreshments and some keynote speakers.
  • Formal remarks will begin at 10:45am, so come then to hear some words of inspiration, then spend some time at the reception before heading off to your individual plans.
  • RSVP here by Monday, May 20

If you have any additional questions about graduation, please feel free to reach out to LFS Student Services ( // 604-822-2620) and we’ll do our best to help.

On behalf of everyone in LFS Student Services, congratulations to all our grads – we’re so proud of you, and wish you all the best in the next chapter!

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2019 BCFT Round Table Networking Event | April 25, 2019

British Columbia Food Technologists (BCFT) is hosting their annual Round Table Networking Event on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at JOEY Burnaby (109 – 1899 Rosser Ave) from 6:15 – 9:15pm.

This networking event allows students and young professionals to sit together and have conversations with experts who have tremendous experience working in the food industry. These experts work in different roles, such as Research & Development, Quality Control, Academia, Regulatory and so on. It is also an excellent opportunity for people who are about to start their careers to see what is out there in the field of food science and technology.

For more information regarding the event, please visit:

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19th International Student Summit at the Tokyo University of Agriculture | September 16-22, 2019

Represent your program, LFS, and UBC at the 19th International Student Summit at the
Tokyo University of Agriculture (TUA)!

This year, the 19th ISS will be held from Monday, September 16 to Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Tokyo NODAI (Setagaya campus). The theme for this summit is “Youth Transforming Thoughts on Sustainable Agriculture and Resource Management to Connect Local and Global Community”, which was adopted at the 18th ISS. Participating students will focus on their activities undertaken at each university in their presentations and discussions. The framework of student activity as to the rationale, methods, implications (economic, social and cultural), and constraints should be clarified in order to foster their contributions to the solution of global problems for the sustainability of this world.
Students can participate in one of the following sessions.

  • Session 1: Students’ Actions in the field of agriculture
  • Session 2: Students’ Actions in the field of environment
  • Session 3: Students’ Actions in the field of food
  • Session 4: Students’ Actions in the field of education

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by ISS Committee to evaluate if the presentation is within the focus of the ISS theme. Participants are encouraged to attend the Comprehensive International Education Program (CIEP) (4 credits), a one-week program at cost offered by Tokyo NODAI including agricultural internship, lectures, and workshop, to learn agriculture in Asia which will be held prior to ISS. TUA will cover airfare, domestic transportation, accommodation, and meals for the selected participants.

Any LFS undergraduate student currently registered as second, third year or continuing fourth year interested in this area of studies is encouraged to consider this opportunity. To apply, submit a 1 to 2-page proposal explaining why you wish to represent UBC at the International Student Summit. Please include information on how the actions or projects you have been involved will fit into one of the four sub-themes of the ISS. Include your name, student number, email address and current phone number. Please e-mail your application to Roxana Quinde (, Coordinator, Global Partnerships.

Applications must be received no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, April 19, 2019.

Please see attached information sent by our partner in Tokyo: Fall International Programs at Tokyo NODAI

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Free Rain or Shine Ice Cream from LFS|US | April 4, 2019

LFS|US is handing out FREE Rain or Shine Ice Cream in the MCML Courtyard on Thursday, April 4, 2019, from 12:00pm until they run out!

Visit their Facebook Event page for more information!

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Paper Airplane Talk and Workshop | March 29, 2019

On Friday, March 29 at 12:00pm, UBC Applied Science is hosting a paper plane talk and workshop!

Come out and build the ultimate aircraft of your dreams. Speakers at the event will include Dean Olson of UBC Applied Science and a panel of faculty experts for a Q&A. The event will conclude with a workshop and a faculty versus students paper plane challenge.

  • Date: Friday, March 29, 2019
  • Time: 12:00 – 1:30pm
  • Location: Room 2020/2030, Fred Kaiser Building (2332 Main Mall)
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MFRE Speaker Series | Friday March 29, 2019

The MFRE speaker series is a professional development program designed to show a glimpse into the complexities of ‘real world’ food and resource economics issues. The next featured speaker is Susan Dong, Manager of Brand Communications for A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. Dong is responsible for communicating brand positioning at more than 850 restaurants across Canada. Learn more about her work here.

The seminar will take place on Friday, March 29 at 3:30pm in MCML 160. All are welcome to attend!

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Climate Friendly Food Forum | March 26, 2019

The Climate Friendly Food Forum will be an interactive and open format demonstration of sustainability in food systems.

There’s no fixed timetable, so feel free to drop in from 4:30-6:30 pm on Tuesday, March 26 in the Lower Agora of the AMS Nest.

You will get a chance to circulate between tables to learn about climate-friendly food and exchange knowledge/opinions with people of various backgrounds and interests.

Food and multimedia productions will showcase key outputs, such as a definition for climate-friendly food, a CFF assessment framework, as well as a proposed CFF vision for UBC and actionable steps to achieve these goals.


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