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Job Posting: Biodiversity Coordinator, FRST Graduate Students – Deadline Tuesday April 2nd

Application Deadline is: April 2nd .


Job Title:  Biodiversity Coordinator  (Posting ID: 862968)

Department: Sustainability + Engineering and SEEDS Sustainability Program, Campus + Community Planning, VP External Relations

Work Period/Hours: May 1st, 2019 to August 31st, 2019 (Total 300 hours, approx. 20 hours per week)

Wage: $21.00

Core Job Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the Campus Biodiversity Initiative: Research and Demonstration (CBIRD) and inform the development of UBC’s emerging Urban Forest Management Plan and Biodiversity Strategy.

Specific Duties:

  • Facilitate the development of new, and coordinating existing partnerships with biodiversity stakeholders including campus staff, students, faculty and external community partners;
  • Facilitate a campus-based Biodiversity Steering Committee made up of faculty, staff and students;
  • Perform secondary research and environmental scans into best practices to inform the development of the emerging UBC Urban Forest Management Plan and Biodiversity Strategy;
  • Work with staff and community partners to identify urban biodiversity challenges and opportunities, and create clearly defined research project proposals that can be integrated with suitable senior level UBC undergraduate and graduate courses.
    • Key priority areas include scoping research that can contribute to a baseline of campus biodiversity assets, business case that articulated the benefits of biodiversity, key drivers in to biodiversity loss, pilot projects to test ideas and increase community engagement;
  • Develop and submit funding applications as required;


Application Deadline/Process:  Please submit Resume, Cover Letter, Professional Writing Sample (one page max)  via UBC Careers Online by April 2, 2019.



Liska Richer

Manager, UBC SEEDS Sustainability Program

Community Development | Campus and Community Planning

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus

Main Office #3331 -3rd Floor, 2260 West Mall, CIRS Building | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z1

Phone 604 822 3270  |  Cell 604 722 5056 |  |  @ubc_candcp| Donate to SEEDS


MFRE Friday Seminar – March 22, 2019: Natalie Cartwright, Co-Founder, Board Member & Chief Operating Office at Finn AI

MFRE Speaker Series

Speaker: Natalie Cartwright, Co-Founder, Board Member & Chief Operating Officer at Finn AI

Topic: The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Finance

Date & Time: Friday March 22, 2019 3:30pm

Venue: MCML 160

Please find attached a poster with more details.


About the Speaker:

Natalie is a vocal proponent in examining the ethical implications of new emerging technology. She is an advocate for socially conscious innovation and how the intersection of humans and technology can positively impact society. Prior to founding Finn AI, Natalie worked at the Global Fund in Geneva managing a USD $250 million health investment portfolio. Natalie received her MBA at IE Business School in Spain.


Leveraging artificial intelligence and the deepest banking domain expertise in the industry, Finn AI builds simple, easy-to-use conversational banking platforms for financial institutions so their customers can easily manage their money and improve their financial literacy.


All are welcome!


Kind regards,



Shristee Rahman  MFRE
Educational Researcher
Land and Food Systems | Master of Food and Resource Economics
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
348A-2357 Main Mall | Vancouver British Columbia | V6T 1Z4 Canada

Puppy Therapy – March 27

Through UBC Student Housing and Hospitality Services, I am hosting a puppy therapy event! Come to the Place Vanier Ballroom between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM to play with therapy dogs and enjoy light refreshments! All proceeds go directly to Vancouver Eco Village.

To rsvp for a time slot, students can follow this link:

For more information, please access the following pages:

If they have any questions, students can reach out to me via this email (

Thank you so much!


Skylar Zakarin

Volunteering Opportunities

Let’s Talk Microbes Symposium

Let’s Talk Science is hosting an exciting symposium featuring topics related to microbiology, the human microbiome, synthetic biology, and other related topics for students in grades 10-12. We are recruiting volunteers for a number of roles, including registration, set up and clean up, and assisting with tours. Training will be provided prior to the event.

When: Friday, April 5th, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where: UBC – Hugh Dempster Pavilion (DMP) room 310

Sign up to volunteer here:

If you have any questions, or if you are a graduate student/post-doctoral fellow interested in speaking at this event, please contact Alyssa at


Girls’ Coding Workshop at John Oliver

We’re looking for a few enthusiastic volunteers to help us introduce girls in grades 6 to 9 to coding! In this six-week program, students will learn to write Python code to draw things using turtles and make simple games, as well as program Micro:bits. This term, we’re also piloting an advanced curriculum for returning students, which focuses on algorithm design, data visualization, and using Python libraries.

When: Tuesdays 3:30-5:45 PM from mid-April to late May

6 weeks total, exact dates TBD

Where: John Oliver, 530 East 41st Ave (41st & Fraser)


Volunteer requirements:
-Knowledge of Python (you don’t need to be an expert, since we’re starting at a very basic level)

-Awesome teaching and communication skills, commitment to communicating your passion for coding to the next generation

-Be able to attend all 6 workshops, plus a few planning meetings before the first session and in between as needed. If you need to miss a session or two that’s not a complete dealbreaker; we will try to work with you on this!

-Pass a criminal record check (we will cover the cost of this)

If you’re interested, please email by March 22nd with the following information:
-Your name

-Year & program at UBC

-Brief description of what you use code for in your own studies, research, and/or what you plan to do in the future. We are interested in having a group of volunteers with a variety of specialties (game developers, bioinformaticians, etc.) so that we can better communicate the wide range of what code is used for in the real world.

-Previous teaching/volunteer experience that you feel is relevant.

-Any questions you might have!


Quantum Leaps Conference

Quantum Leaps is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) based conference that happens annually. It is a student organized event for female high school students (grades 10-12). The goal of the conference is to show students a glimpse of the real world and careers in STEM, so that they can explore what opportunities are available, and how to get there. Let’s Talk Science will be hosting a workshop on using forensics to solve a murder mystery and we looking for dedicated volunteers to facilitate it!

When: Sat April 13, 2019 2:00PM – 3:45PM

Where: SFU Burnaby Campus, Applied Sciences Building

Interested volunteers please sign up here ( or contact Evelyn at


UHill Earth Day BBQ

Join UBCLTS and University Hill Elementary for the Annual UHill Elementary Earth Day BBQ! The Earth DayBBQ is an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the environment. We are looking for 4-6 volunteers to run some fun, crowd pleasing activities, including Edible DNA, DIY Slime, and clay fossils for students and their families. Materials and training will be provided and volunteers will be provided with delicious barbecue!

When: Thurs
April 25, 2019 4:30PM-7:00PM
Where: Uhill Elementary School (5395 Chancellor Blvd, Vancouver, BC)

Interested volunteers please sign up here ( or contact Evelyn at


Thank you,


Community Events Coordinator



Twitter: @ubclts

GPS Update: 3MT Winners! + Mitacs Essentials of Teams@VGH + Women in Data Science + More!

Three Minute Thesis

We would like to thank all of the graduate students who shared their research with us in this year’s 3 Minute Thesis!

Here are our finalists (and winners) of this year’s 3MT!  Miss the event but interested in the talks?  Videos will be live in the next two weeks.


Check out for other opportunities including:

Career Building

Essentials of Productive Teams (MITACS) @Vancouver General Hospital, Mar 22

Sustainability Work Learn Opportunities, Apply by Mar 19

Psychology Careers Expo, Mar 21

Career day in the Faculty of Medicine (BC Children’s Hospital), Apr 3


Grad School Success

2019 Nexus Interdisciplinary Conference (wicked Problems and Interdisciplinary Solutions), Mar 21

The Global Women in Data Science Conference, Mar 21

TI Methods Speaker Series: Problems with P-Values in Health and Social Research, Mar 27

Thesis Formatting: Tips, tricks, and resources, Mar 25

Graduate Student Writing Community: Mar 26, Mar 28

Getting Started with NVIVO, Mar 26

R Workshops: Study Group,  Mar 27

Literature Review: Writing, Mar 27

Hackathon (Canvas’s REST API)- learning analytics, data analysis, or visualization, Mar 29


Funding/ Awards

Mitacs Globalink Research Award

Graduate Student Engagement Program (GSEP), Apply by Mar 29

Thank you,


Jacqui Brinkman, MSc
Director, Graduate Student Professional Development
Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueum Traditional Territory
170 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z2 Canada
Phone 604 827 4578 | Fax 604 822 5802 | @ubcgradschool