MSc Defense: Hughie Jones (Soil Science)


The University of British Columbia – Faculty of Land and Food Systems

The Oral Examination For the Degree of

M.Sc. (Soil Science)

Friday, June 20, 2014
2:00 pm
Room 139 MacMillan Building

Hughie Jones

Energy, water and carbon balances with a biophysical surface conductance model of two young hybrid poplar plantations on high productivity soil in Canada’s aspen parkland


Supervisory Committee

Dr. T. Andy Black (Supervisor)
Dr. Rachhpal S. Jassal (Committee member)
Dr. Mark Johnson (Committee member)
Examining Committee

Dr. Les Lavkulich (Chair)
Dr. T. Andy Black (Supervisor)
Dr. Rachhpal S. Jassal (Committee member)
Dr. Mike D. Novak (External examiner)

Graduate Pathways to Success Events: Career Symposium, Statistics + Writing with Integrity


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Registration is now open for:

GPS/CSI&C Pre-Career Symposium Workshops

Monday, June 9, 2014, Hennings Bldg

3:00pm – 4:00pm: Networking

4:00pm – 5:00pm: From Resume to Online Profile

For a session descriptions, please visit:

To register, see:


GPS/Centre for Student Involvement & Careers Graduate Career Exploration Symposium (Internships, Entrepreneurship, Career Panels, Networking)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, (Hebb, Henning and Brock Hall)

Details, including registration information, may be found at:

Fee: $10 (includes lunch)


GPS/SCARL Workshop: Multiple Testing and Comparisons

Please note this is not a how to with software type presentation.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Graduate Student Centre)

For a session description, please visit:

To register, see:


GPS Workshop: Writing with Integrity

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Graduate Student Centre)

For a session description, please visit:

To register, see:

If you have any questions, please let me know.


Thank you, Jacqui.


Jacqui Brinkman

Manager, Graduate Pathways to Success Program | Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus

Phone 604 827 4578 | Fax 604 822 5802

170 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z2 |



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call for abstracts IVMA 2014

Thank you for considering submission of an abstract for presentation at the IVMA-BC Bi-Annual Conference in Richmond, BC.

The deadline for abstract submission is June 15th, 2014.

Abstracts (at least one but no more than two full pages) should be prepared using the following guidelines and submitted to as a PDF file attachment:

Abstracts must clearly describe the content of presentations and their basis (detailed case study, discussion of experience from practice, preliminary research data, completed research not presented previously, review of literature, administrative initiatives and regulations, etc) and may be submitted for oral or poster presentation.

A leading author (who will present the paper at the Conference) should be designated; each leading author may submit no more than three abstracts and will be considered as corresponding author by the Organization.

The official language of the Conference is English and all papers must therefore be written and presented in English.

Please note that the Organizing Committee will confirm receipt of all abstracts. Authors not receiving an e-mail notifying receipt of their abstract should email to ensure their abstract has been received.

Abstracts submitted for presentation will undergo a thorough selection process carried out by the Organizing Committee. Acceptance of abstracts will be notified to the leading author only by June 30th, 2014.

Once accepted, final abstracts or executive summaries of presentations should be submitted no later than August 30th, 2014 for publication in conference proceedings.

Authors presenting their work in an oral session are requested to submit their PowerPoint presentations no later than October 15th 2014.

Email notification will be sent to corresponding authors of accepted abstracts regarding conference proceedings and PowerPoint presentation submission deadlines.


Graduate Research Assistant, Student Engagement Project


Graduate Research Assistant, Student Engagement Project

Vice President Student’s Office and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT)

Application Deadline: Monday June 09th 4:00pm

Terms of Position

Number of positions: 2 – one position will begin in June 2014 and one in September 2014;

Please indicate for which you are applying

Period of Position: 10 months from starting date at 10 hours/week

Rate of Pay: $25/hour


The Vice-President, Students Office is working in partnership with the AMS and GSS on a project to understand the student experience of Flexible Learning at UBC. UBC’s commitment to Flexible Learning is “a way to enhance learning outcomes in a way that meets the needs of the learner, aligns with the nature and requirements of the discipline, and uses the expertise of the instructor all to best effect”. Over the past 12 months, there have been 45 Flexible Learning projects funded at the UBC Vancouver campus with over 4500 students taking part. To learn more about Flexible Learning at UBC, go to:

Since January 2014, a mixed-methods study exploring students’ experience of Flexible Learning has been underway. In the forthcoming phase of the study, we will engage a broad range of students using qualitative research tools for further input and engagement of the FL initiative.

To this end, we are seeking two GRAs, who will work with the Postdoctoral Researcher assigned to this study to assist with the planning, design, collection, transcription, and coding of the qualitative research protocol. The successful candidate(s) will also work closely with the Director of Portfolio Initiatives and Research Analysts within the VP Students Office, GRA colleague, and a small Advisory team comprised of members from the AMS, GSS, and CTLT.

The Position

The GRA will assist with the following:

– Design of two separate phases of the qualitative portion of the study: 1) the design of a focus group toolkit and 2) the design of a year-long undergraduate journaling project, both with the goal of researching themes pertaining to student experience, learning outcomes, and pedagogical approaches in an Flexible Learning course.

– Contributing to all phases of the research process, including applying for UBC ethics approval; Conducting a literature review; recruiting research participants; conducting interviews, focus group discussions, experiential learning activities, and action-research approaches to student engagement; transcription of interview material; coding of data; preliminary analysis.

– Providing assistance to faculty-led projects to support student engagement and further understanding of student experience within the faculty led projects. This support would include assistance in implementing focus groups and surveys based on the toolkits; the VPS office will also support this function.

– Liaising with a range of stakeholder’s involved different aspects of this project, specifically, representatives from the AMS and GSS.

– Based on the candidates interest and time (not part of the hours of the GRA) opportunities for academic presentations and collaborative publications will be made available.

The Candidate

In your cover letter, please speak to your skills and competencies with respect to the below:

– A demonstrated understanding of qualitative research (e.g. graduate level courses, academic and community-based experiences, methods you have worked with);

– Understanding of Teaching and Learning approaches at the post secondary level;

– Familiarity with UBC context;

– Understanding of student engagement initiatives;

– Ideal work environment (self-led, collaborator, etc.) and approach to managing tasks

Please submit CV and cover letter by 4:00pm on June 9th to:

Dr. Maryam Nabavi

Teaching and Learning Fellow, VPS