4th Student Farm Global Symposium

Join us for the 4th Student Farm Global Symposium presented by University of California Davis Global Affairs taking place on Saturday, June 22nd, 2024 from 9-11AM PST!

  • Both grad students and undergraduates are welcome to present and participate.
  • Students don’t need to be directly involved on a student farm – they can talk about any projects they’re involved in.
  • Topics are wide ranging and this year’s focus is on ‘Community’.
  • Presentations are usually short – just 5-10 mins
  • There are partners in Morocco, Brazil, Costa Rica and more.

This is a great opportunity for students to get experience sharing their work and thinking!

Register here: 


NEW COURSE – CONS 449: Literature of Forests, Environment, and Place

Are you a 3rd, 4th year, or grad student?

Have you ever wanted to investigate a place or species more deeply?

Have you ever wanted literature to inspire these investigations?

Have you ever wanted to read (short fiction, poetry, essays, and digital texts) more widely on forests, environment, place, and home?

Have you ever wanted to write about the historical, cultural, Indigenous, linguistic/etymological, literary, colonial, patriarchal, economic, mythological, experiential/personal, political, theoretical, systemic, ecocritical, and/or storied dimensions of a place or species?

Take Special Topics/Guided Studies CONS 449 – The Literature of Forests, Environment, and Place – in January of 2025! 

*Can be assigned as Restrictive Elective or other requirement with special permission from APBI Program Coordinator (apbi.advising@ubc.ca).

More information here: https://blogs.ubc.ca/writingplace/2024/04/03/new-course-the-literature-of-forests-environment-and-place-cons-449/

CONS 449: The Literature of Forests Environment and Place – Syllabus

Job Opportunity: Part-Time Animal Care Technician

Hours per week: 20 maximum

Hourly wage: $17.93

Location: UBC Vancouver Campus

Preferred start date: week of May 1, 2024

Employment period: early May to end Aug, 2024

Research related: Yes

Contact: wmeyers@mail.ubc.ca


The Haas Laboratory in the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health performs cutting edge research into early brain development and disorders that arise when early brain cell development goes wrong, such as epilepsy and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We use a unique combination of engineering and biology to capture live, single-neuron images and videos in developing tadpole brains to observe their dynamic growth behaviours and signaling patterns. We seek 1-2 undergraduate students to join our team as project worker to assist in the maintenance and caretaking of our essential Xenopus laevis frog colony. Each week we rely on careful treatment and matings of frogs to make sure we have a steady supply of tadpoles for study. The student(s) will be responsible for several tasks associated with this, including but not limited to:

  • Preparation of all media and solutions related to frog and tadpole care
  • Weekly assembly of mating pairs and injection priming to ensure mating success and tadpole yield, as well as maintain the health of the colony
  • Feeding of frogs and cleaning of frog tanks while minimizing stress on the colony and long-term monitoring of frog health
  • Raise embryos to tadpole stage and pick healthy tadpoles for further study
  • Careful and accurate written record-keeping of Xenopus health, egg quality and tank-cleaning logs

Monday, Tuesday & Friday availability are preferred, but flexible arrangements can be made. Work periods are within 8am and 4pm when other laboratory staff are present. If tasks are completed in a timely manner, the student will have the opportunity to participate in research activities of the laboratory as well, such as:

  • Genetic manipulation of developing tadpoles, provoking expression of genes of interests
  • Observation of effects of such expression on the early developing brain using confocal, light and cutting-edge two-photon microscopy
  • Processing images obtained from studying the effects of ASD-associated genes and patient variants to obtain data used in research publications


The position is suitable to an undergraduate or graduate student in a UBC life science/ biology-related program with preference for students interested in animal handling and animal wellbeing. Previous experience in working in a research laboratory or animal care would be an asset but is not required. The candidate(s) ought to have a thorough work ethic, attention to detail and be comfortable with the handling of animals, specifically frogs and tadpoles, as well as needles. Mandatory laboratory safety courses will be provided and are required to be completed prior to beginning lab work.

Please provide a cover letter, your resume and course schedule (if relevant) outlining any experience. A transcript is not required, but please provide a description of any relevant work or volunteer experience and courses you have taken. Please contact our laboratory admin at wmeyers@mail.ubc.ca with these documents. Thank you.

Xenopus technician Haas Laboratory Summer 2024 Job Description

Vancouver Fruit Tree Project Society Seeking Board Members

The Vancouver Fruit Tree Project (VFTP) is a volunteer run, community based, registered charity that has been tackling local food waste and food insecurity in Vancouver since 1999.

They are looking for individuals with an interest and/or experience in the following areas:

  • Fundraising
  • Event Planning
  • Community Partner Development
  • Food Security
  • Policy Analysis & Development
  • Grant Writing
  • Technology/IT

They are looking to fill the position of:

  • Member at Large

How To Apply

To express interest in the VFTP board please email them with a little bit about yourself, your skills and experience as it relates to the role, and why you are interested in joining the Vancouver Fruit Tree Project Society Board.

Any questions and to express interest, please email: board@vancouverfruittree.com

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