Tomorrow: The UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre Open House – August 2, 2014


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 it lasts.

Grad Student Positions in Public Health (U of Calgary)


Graduate Student Positions in Epidemiology, Microbiology and Public Health of Untreated Rural Well Water, through the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,  University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Project: This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an important ground breaking project.  We are seeking three graduate students with an interest in interdisciplinary study in environmental public health, microbiology, epidemiology, animal health and decision science. We are guided by the One Health philosophy that management of the interaction of animals, humans, and the environment in which they live is critical to developing participatory solutions to sustainable management of our resources, including water. Positions start January 2015 in the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health at the University of Calgary. The Principal Investigators are Drs. Sylvia Checkley and David Hall (Department of Ecosystem and Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine) and Dr. Marie Louie (Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine) working in collaboration with researchers from the provincial and federal Government through the FoodNet Canada Sentinel Site (  A stipend of $20,000 per year Canadian will be available with potential for more funding through scholarships.

Qualifications: We seek self-motivated, industrious students to begin Master’s graduate programs starting January 2015. The applicants should have a BSc. Demonstrated interest and experience in a related field is essential, as is the ability to work cooperatively with an interdisciplinary team. A DVM degree may be an asset but is not required.

Start date: January 1, 2015

Application Deadline: August 31, 2014, or until suitable applicants are identified.

Application: Send a letter of introduction describing research interests and experience, a current CV, an unofficial copy of transcripts, and 3 references to Dr. Sylvia Checkley, Department of Ecosystem and Public Health, University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Phone: (403) 210-7409 Fax: (403) 210-9740 Email: Applicants should verify their eligibility for grad school at UCVM under “Admission requirements” at the following link:

Further Information: Please review our web pages at –, You may also contact Dr. Checkley for further information.



Dear Graduate Students,

I’d like to highlight this moving video about Climate Change Adaptation in Bulacan Province, Philippines, by Kathryn Gwun-Yeen Lennon and Christopher J. Carter. They’ve just returned from a studio Planning course led by Prof. Leonora Angeles of SCARP and the Institute of Gender, Race & Sexuality. The collaboration included students from SCARP, Theatre, IRES and Geography and is totally worth the 1min 47s. Please share any accessible content you’re making about your (esp!) cross-disciplinary research with me at

Islands In the Shapes of Nations (May mga isla na sa hugis ng mga bayan) from Ulteri on Vimeo.

GSS opportunities

Is your grad department well represented at the GSS? You should have at least one councillor on the GSS Council to voice the interests of graduate students in your department, and improve your experience at UBC. Intake of new councillors is coming up at the GSS October council. Interested? Curious about who your rep on Council is? Contact

Are you interested in serving on the Graduate Council? The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies works to maintain and enhance the quality of graduate scholarship at UBC primarily by encouraging a spirit of enquiry appropriate to each academic discipline, and by monitoring and improving the educational process which leads to a graduate degree. The Graduate Council is the legislative and administrative authority of the Faculty regarding graduate programs of study. There are five open graduate student positions. Want one? Contact:

Get involved in Orientation! Become an Orientation Volunteer! New Graduate Student Orientation, hosted by G+PS, International Student Development and the GSS, runs from Wednesday, August 27th to Friday, August 29thRegister here to volunteer. Questions? Email

Get involved in Orientation! Become an Orientation Volunteer! New Graduate Student Orientation, hosted by G+PS, International Student Development and the GSS, runs from Wednesday, August 27th to Friday, August 29thRegister here to volunteer. Questions? Email

GSS Social & Recreational

Come with us on a 4-hr intermediate hike to Eagle Bluffs at Cypress Park on August 9th. We leave UBC at 9 am and return at 4pm. The $10-$15 cost includes the bus ride and a light breakfast. As usual, download and sign the waiver and bring it with you, along with your receipt if you buy a ticket online. *You’ll want to move fast, we have less than 10 spots left.*

GSS Research & Conferences

LAST CALL! We want your voice in our Poll! It’ll take you 15minutes.

Tell us what you’d like the GSS to focus on in our advocacy work for graduate students on campus, and at the provincial and federal levels; what kinds of academic, social and professional events you’d be interested in having, and what you’d like to see in our communications this coming year.

We’re so grateful for your participation. It literally makes our day.

Like our Facebook Page, we’re shutting down our Facebook Group in the next 7 days. We’re streamlining the Awesome Sauce!

That’s it from me! Don’t forget it’s a Big weekend in larger Vancouver, with the end of the Celebration of Light festival, and the 36th Annual Pride Parade!

Work and Live,

– Ngwatilo: for your GSS

Postdoctoral Research Day – September 17


SAVE THE DATE for the Postdoctoral Research Day hosted by the UBC PDA

All postdocs, research associates, PhD students, and faculty are welcome.

When: Wed Sept 17, 2:00pm-6:00pm (with food and beverage to follow)
Where: UBC Life Sciences Centre, Room LSC3 and West Atrium

This event will be an opportunity for interested participants to showcase their work, meet peers, and increase their visibility! Registration to present a talk or a poster will open in mid-August. Stay tuned for more details on our website,Twitter, or Facebook page.

Interested guests can send their questions to

Please help distribute widely! We look forward to strengthening connections within the research community.