PLAN 425 – Introduction to Community and Regional Planning in the Fall, Term 1, 2014W


The School of Community & Regional Planning will offer PLAN 425 – Introduction to Community and Regional Planning in the Fall, Term 1, 2014W.

The course will be offered on Tuesday mornings from 9:00-12:00pm and Thursday afternoons from 2:00-5:00pm.

This course provides a general introduction to some of the main concepts, challenges, and debates in community and regional planning, both as a professional practice and as a process of social and political intervention into space.

For more detailed information, please view the course outline (2013 version) in the below link:

Thanks, Rhoda
Rhoda Thow
School of Community & Regional Planning
415-6333 Memorial Road
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
phone: 604-822-5326
fax: 604-822-3787



The GSS and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is carrying out a qualitative study of graduate students’ perceptions of mentoring. We will be exploring graduate students’ perspectives on mentoring to inform and improve mentoring as an integral part of teaching and learning at UBC. We’d now like to invite you to participate in this study and share your experiences and perspective with us. Please review the official invitation letter and consent form then sign up to do your bit in helping us improve  the graduate student mentorship experience at UBC!

GSS Conferences: – Submit your poster for the WEST conference by May 15th! WEST is a multidisciplinary water/wastewater conference to be held at UBC from June 8-10th. Your registration gets you meals, gorgeous venue, special invited speakers, a science communication workshop, an evening of water awareness at the Vancouver Aquarium and great cross-disciplinary networking! The GSS is a very proud sponsor. Register Today!

– The GSS is proud to host the Alliance of B.C. Students’ AGM on May 31st – June 1st here at UBC Vancouver. The ABCS is the largest BC student advocacy body representing over 140,000 students at seven post-secondary institutions. If you’d like to get involved, please email us at

GSS Social & Recreational: – GSS Art Class: The Summer Sketch starts May 30th- July 18th! Work on your sketching skills and start to see nature in a whole new way! Read the detailed course description to find out more, and sign up!

– Have you signed up for our Pilates or ZumbaYoga or Bellydance Fitness classes? Click through to the various classes for more information and to register. All classes start on June 3rd! Make a date with us!

– Learn/Improve your French! The GSS is offering two French classes this summer beginning May 26th- July 21st for beginners and intermediate learners. Learn about the courses and register!

GSS Opportunities: – Apply to become a UBC Sustainability Scholar this summer! In collaboration with on-campus and off-campus sustainability partners, the UBC Sustainability Initiative is very pleased to offer UBC graduate students the opportunity to work in a funded sustainability internship project this summer. Students are hired by UBC and receive $5,000 to work 250 project hours over the summer (the distribution of hours will be negotiated with project mentor). Applications are due Tuesday May 20, 2014.

– Having trouble applying formatting your thesis, putting in your citations? Or are you interested in graduate student positions at Koerner Library, or going to some great programing by graduate students for graduate students? Check out these great opportunities at the Research Commons!

Thanks for reading! And a happy re-entry into “the real world” to everyone who shall be graduating next week. Don’t forget to pack happy memories inside your “everything I’ve learned” box. You’re going to miss this place.



GSS Communications Coordinator

Thesis Defense – MSc – HUNU


The University of British Columbia – Faculty of Land and Food Systems  announces
The Oral Examination For the Degree of

M.Sc. (Human Nutrition)
 On Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 2:30 p.m. in Room 300, FNH Bldg. of


Participation in School Food and Nutrition Programs and Associations with Healthy and Environmentally Sustainable Dietary Psychological and Behavioral Outcomes among Vancouver Students in Grades 6-8

Supervisory Committee
Dr. J. Black (Supervisor)
Dr. G. Chapman (Committee member)
Dr. T. Green (Committee member)

Examining Committee
Dr. D. Kitts (Chair)
Dr. J. Black (Supervisor)
Dr. G. Chapman (Committee member)
Dr. T. Green (Committee member)
Dr. A. Rojas (External)

Everyone welcome!

UBC Library Research Commons Workshops May 2014


The Research Commons is Hiring!

The UBC Library Research Commons is seeking 3 graduate students to take on the following roles in the Research Commons in the coming academic year:

Student Coordinator

Graduate Academic Assistants for Thesis Formatting and Citation Management Support

Graduate Academic Assistants for Qualitative Software Support


Please check out our RC home page for job descriptions, terms of appointment, and application deadlines:

Scroll to the bottom to view all!



 Tips and Tricks for Formatting Your Thesis: Little Things Mean A Lot!

Are you worried about getting your thesis/dissertation into the format required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies? Would you like to know more about how to use the formatting features in Microsoft Word? Research Commons staff will help you with your questions about the nuts and bolts of formatting: tables of contents, page layout, numbering, headings, front matter, and more! As well, find out more about the resources that are available to help you in writing your thesis/dissertation. Graduate students at any stage of the writing process are welcome; some prior knowledge of Microsoft Word will be helpful.

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 at 10:30AM – 12:30PM

Thursday, May 29th, 2014 at 3:00PM – 5:00PM

Monday, June 9th, 2014 at 2:00PM – 4:00PM


Have specific questions you think would be best answered in a one-on-one session? See our Consultations page to book a session:


Citation Management Using RefWorks, Zotero, or Mendeley

Need to manage large numbers of references and citations as part of your research, teaching or administrative work? Citation management tools are for you. These tools provide a simple way to store, organize and retrieve your citations in an effective manner, and can also help you in formatting in-text citations and bibliographies in your work.

Sign up for a tool specific hands-on workshop about the core concepts of citation management and detailed instruction for use of either RefWorks, Zotero, or Mendeley.

Are you new to citation management tools entirely, or do you have advanced-user questions? See our Consultations page to book a one-on-one session:

Citation Management Using RefWorks: Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Citation Management Using Mendeley: Thursday, May 30th, 3-5pm

Citation Management Using Zotero Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 1:00PM – 3:00PM    Location: Koerner Library, RM217



Workshop 1- Basic SPSS

Do you wonder what SPSS is and how it can be useful to manage and analyze your data? Would you like to learn how to work with SPSS just by clicking a few keys? Let us help you learn the basics.

No previous knowledge of SPSS is required for the first workshop:

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 at 10:00AM – 12:00PM


Workshop 2- SPSS Data Management

Do you know how to edit your data using effective data management software? Do you want to work with user-friendly software without going through a hassle of writing code? SPSS can do this for you with a few clicks. Attend this workshop and learn how to manage your data fast.

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 at 1:00PM – 3:00PM Location: Koerner Library, RM217

Workshop 3 – Descriptive/Graphing Analysis with SPSS Do you have trouble summarizing your data? Do you want to analyze your data with t-test, ANOVA, Pearson-test, etc. using SPSS? Do you have trouble graphing and presenting your data with SPSS? Well, we can help you with all of these questions. Enroll in this workshop and learn how to analyze your data hassle-free!

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 at 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Workshop 4 Regression Analysis Regression analysis is a statistical process for estimating the relationships among variables. We can use regression to make quantitative predictions of one variable from the values of another. Do you wonder how to do linear and logistic regression analysis with SPSS? Do you want to learn about simple and multivariate regression modeling? Register for the SPSS Regression workshop to get a sense of it all!

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 at 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Have specific questions you think would be best answered in a one-on-one session? See our Consultations page to book a session: __________________________________________________________________


Kelsey Blair
Student Coordinator Koerner Library Research Commons


Research Associate posting: Human Dimensions of Conservation, Climate and Food Security


Research Associate Posting

The Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia invites application for a Research Associate in the field of human dimensions of conservation, climate and food security. The successful candidate will conduct original research on climate impacts and adaptation across temporal and regional scales. Methodological expertise will ideally include and involve use of expert interviews, elicitation of expert judgments regarding uncertainty parameters, and analysis of survey data using SAS, SPSS or R. Area focus will be coast British Columbia marine and terrestrial regions, with a particular focus on food webs and food species. Other responsibilities will include literature research and analysis of existing regulatory and assessment policies, including those specific to B.C. First Nations.

The successful applicant should be a PhD with some postdoctoral research experience. Good oral and written communication skills and the ability to work on a team project are essential.

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, and a 1-page statement of research interests, no later than June 25th, 2014: email:
This is a minimum 50% FTE position, available as of July 1st, 2014 and will initially be for one year. Salary dependent on educational level and experience. UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply.

UBC is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.