TA Appointment Status


The first of the 2014 Winter Session TA contracts will be going out via email this week.  Please note:  instructors have until July 4 to select their 2014 Winter Session TA’s for both terms 1 and 2.

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.

Statistical Methodology for Systematic Reviews


July 15th, 9-1:30, Woodward Library Computer Lab – B25
Register here: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/5058

Hands-on workshop on statistical methodology used in systematic reviews, and an introduction to RevMan software (http://tech.cochrane.org/Revman). Taught by Shayesteh Jahanfar, PhD, International Cochrane Trainer. Content covered will include: double screening process; data extraction process; providing examples of data extraction form; introducing Distiller software to ease the process of screening; effect measures such as odds ratio and relative risk; heterogeneity; and creating a forest plot, tables of included and excluded studies, and risk of bias graphs in Revman.