UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre Open House


You are invited to the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre open house on Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 9am-4pm. This is a great opportunity to meet student researchers and learn more about the Centre’s internationally renowned research and education programs in animal welfare, animal reproduction and resource recovery.

Throughout the day members of the Agassiz Slow Food Cycle Tour, a 25-km self-guided cycle tour that invites cyclists to explore the countryside and meet local farmers, will be stopping by. This year, the Invasive Species Council of BC will be on hand with an invasive plants display. Visitors can also enjoy a glass of ice cold chocolate milk, donated by the BC Dairy Association, while supplies last.

Graduate Student Instructional Skills Workshop


For Registered UBC Graduate Students Only

Our three day Instructional Skills Workshops (ISWs) are designed for graduate students interested in developing and enhancing their instructional skills. It caters to individuals new at teaching as well as those who wish to refresh and enhance their skills. Due to the interactive nature of this workshop, participants must be comfortable communicating verbally in English. Participants benefit from practicing skills and sharing ideas in a cooperative environment.

You will work closely with peers and trained facilitators (who are themselves UBC graduate students and teaching assistants from across campus). In this supportive atmosphere you will have a chance to begin to develop new teaching skills, to enhance existing skills, and/or to try new and challenging ideas. The workshop consists of teaching practice, theory application, and topical sessions specifically relevant to Teaching Assistants and Graduate Students at UBC. We take a learner-centered approach that may have you looking at your students in a whole new light!

During the workshop you will teach 3 short lessons and receive feedback from your peers. After completing this workshop you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion, and you will receive a “pass” standing in INDS 501 as an entry on your transcript indicating that you have participated in the ISW.  All ISWs run for 3 days, from 8:15am-5:00pm each day.  ISWs require a $60 deposit to confirm your registration. This deposit is refundable only upon completion of the workshop. If you have to cancel before the workshop starts or if you are otherwise unable to complete the workshop once it has started, the deposit cannot be refunded. The deposit cannot be transferred to other dates.

See www.events.ctlt.ubc.ca/series/view/5 for a full schedule of upcoming workshops.

New Grad Student Orientation (FoGPS)


The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has announced their August 2014 orientation schedule for incoming students. Orientation will take place over three days, August 27 – 29, with the 27th set aside for international students, the 28th for all students, and the 29th to introduce the Graduate Student Society (GSS).

Please visit http://orientation.grad.ubc.ca/schedules/august-2014/ for details.

Seminar: New Aquaculture and Hydroponic Technologies


Blue Planet Environmental is a Canadian water-technology start up that will be visiting UBC to demo their gas-infusion technologies and look for potential synergies and opportunities on campus. The company has two core technologies. The first is its HydroBloom product (also known as NBT) which has the capacity to deliver nano- and micro-sized bubbles into water quickly. This product is primarily used in laboratory settings, hydroponic greenhouses, irrigation wells, and water tank maintenance. Their second technology utilizes fine-bubbles that can be efficiently delivered to any depths in open water bodies. This product is the ‘h’-unit and is primarily used in pond remediation and aquaculture.

Friday, June 20, 2014
11 am – 12 pm
Agora, MacMillan Building Lower Level
Click here for more info and to RSVP

Henry Gordon-Smith, Director of Global Strategy, and Samantha Cohen, Field Engineer, will be visiting and demonstrating the two technologies as well as offer a brief presentation on their applications and the projects that they are involved in.

Systematic Review Search Methodology


July 8th, 9-1, Woodward Library Computer Lab – B25
Register here: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/5032

Need to know what the search process for systematic reviews is about? This half day session will provide an introduction to the process of locating relevant studies and recording the methodology. Topics include the systematic review process, framing the search question with tools like PICO, searching Medline and other databases and grey literature sources, and tips for using citation management software for systematic reviews.