2015-2016 Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) /UBC Affiliated Fellowships doctoral competition


CIHR Doctoral Applications: Direct application to CIHR for 1 October, 2014 deadline.

Students wishing to be considered for the Affiliated Fellowships competition, must submit an Affiliated Fellowship application to their graduate programs for consideration to be nominated to the university-wide competition – due date to submit completed Affiliated Fellowship application to the LFS Graduate Office is Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
SSHRC and NSERC doctoral Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGSD):

Applicants applying through UBC will either be:

i)                    currently registered at (or were registered at during the year of application), or are on an approved leave of absence from, a degree program at UBC.

ii)                  not currently registered at UBC; or are registered, but not in a degree program; and have completed all of the requirements for a degree program from UBC since January 1 of this year

Both agencies have application forms online. Please see agency websites for further detail:

SSHRC: http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/programs-programmes/fellowships/doctoral-doctorat-eng.aspx

NSERC: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/BellandPostgrad-BelletSuperieures_eng.asp

Deadlines: Deadline for applications to be submitted by students to our office is:

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

UBC Affiliated Fellowships:

The doctoral Affiliated Fellowship competition runs in concert with the university-adjudicated Tri-Agency (NSERC, and SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholarships competitions. Students who submit an NSERC or SSHRC Tri-Agency application are automatically considered for Affiliated Fellowship funding (without needing to submit a separate Affiliated Fellowships application package).

Those applying only for Vanier or CIHR doctoral funding must submit a separate and complete Affiliated Fellowship application in order to be considered.

The application forms, reference forms, and instructions for the doctoral Affiliated Fellowships competition are now available on the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website:


CUPE 2278 – Notice of Meeting for ALL 2014-15 LFS TA’s


CUPE 2278                                  Please note new time of meeting


It is understood and accepted that each Department shall give to each of its employees and to the Union written notice of the orientation meeting. Such notice shall be consistent with the sample form set out below.

The Union and employees shall be given such notice at least two weeks in advance of the date of the orientation meeting.

NOTICE OF MEETING                                     

In accordance with Article 3.02 of the Collective Agreement between the University of British Columbia and the Teaching Assistants’ Union, the Employer shall arrange and hold an induction/orientation meeting of all members of the Bargaining Unit in each Department (Faculty in non-departmentalized Faculties). All members of the bargaining unit are expected to attend. During this meeting, time shall be provided for a representative of the Union to discuss the function of the Union, expectations, responsibilities and duties of teaching assistants and markers as well as their rights as members of the Union

Date of Meeting:                         TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

Time of Meeting:                          2:00 pm (for approximately 30 minutes)       

Location of Meeting:                    AGORA Café, Macmillan Building     

This orientation meeting is MANDATORY for ALL LFS 2014-15 Winter Session TA’s.  If you are unable to attend, please contact:
Sara Moukarzel mksara@alumni.ubc.ca



2014-15 LFS TA Training Orientation SEPTEMBER 9


Hello LFS TA’s:

You are invited to the LFS TA Training Orientation!  This event is for new and returning TA’s (teaching assistants, markers and PBL tutors) for 2014 Winter Session, terms 1 and 2.   If you will be TA’ing in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems in any capacity during the 2014-15 academic year, the Faculty STRONGLY encourages your attendance and participation. The Orientation Day will  include an orientation meeting run by the TA Union, CUPE 2278, which is mandatory for all UBC teaching assistants. The new LFS TA evaluation process, which all LFS TA’s will participate in starting with term 1, will also be discussed.

At the orientation, you will become familiar with:

  • Resources on campus that can be used to build your teaching skills
  • Key people and policies relevant to the TA role
  • The expectations of you as a TA and what you can expect in your position
  • Connect: What it can and cannot do for you as TA
  • The new LFS TA evaluation process

Date: Tuesday September 9th
and Coffee: 9:30 am
Sessions: 10am – 3:00pm (3:00-3:30 pm: coffee social)
CUPE 2278 Orientation Meeting:  2:00 pm (for approximately 30 minutes)
Where: AGORA Cafe, MacMillan Building (2357 Main Mall)

**Free morning coffee, lunch, and mid-afternoon refreshments provided.

Please use the following link to register for the TA Orientation Day

If you have any questions or are unable to attend, please email mksara@alumni.ubc.ca

Possible seminar elective for Grad students


140821_Draft UBC Seminar Syllabus ABreck

The Architecture of Conflict: Understanding Multi-Levels of Conflict in the Built Environment

Alicia Breck, M.A. Law and Legal Studies, Concentration in Architecture (Carlton)

Wednesdays:  5:30 – 8:30

Get involved with all levels of conflict in the built environment, from inner city homeless and housing issues to international conflicts and reconstruction crises. Learn how work with policies, pitch projects, and develop processes to get your design built. Guest visits from professionals and field trips to current events in the city. Perfect course for anyone interested in politics, city planning, urban design, law, architecture, sociology, human rights, and geography. This course will draw upon material from all of these disciplines to provide its students with a comprehensive understanding of how the architecture of buildings and cities affect, and are affected by, multiple levels of conflict.

Registration open to grad students as an advanced History / Theory course.

Prerequisites: Two semesters of history and Contemporary Theory (or equivalent). EnDs students by permission of instructor.

Trish Poehnell
Student Services Coordinator
Architecture, SALA
p  604.822.2779
f   604.822.3808


Ecosystem Services (RMES 508): Quantifying Nature’s Bounty towards Better Environmental Decisions


RMES 508 1-p ad 2014 Kai Chan

RMES 508 will prepare researchers and future decision-makers to foster sustainable management of ecosystem-based activities, for the competing and complementary ends of sustaining and enhancing human well-being and protecting biodiversity. The concept of ‘ecosystem services’ (ES, the processes by which ecosystems render benefits for people) is not a framework for valuation (e.g., “putting a price tag on nature”), although it has been applied and understood as such. Rather, ES provides one novel approach for putting a ‘human face’ on ecosystem change, facilitating trade-off evaluation, and identifying ‘win-win’ opportunities. But management is never the simple implementation of any approach; accordingly, students will learn about the following facets of the concept from ecological, economic, ethical, and also institutional (law, policy, and business) perspectives: philosophical underpinnings, debates and controversies, analytical tools and approaches, recent developments, limitations, and opportunities.

ES—as the provision of benefits—can be understood as the nexus of two processes: ecosystem provision (e.g., how watersheds yield clean water) and human consumption or appreciation (e.g., how people access water). Study of ES is therefore inherently interdisciplinary, involving an integration of the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Students will work in diverse teams, learn from peers, and integrate across disciplines to analyze real-world cases in partnerships with government agencies, NGOs, etc., of their choosing.

Kai M. A. ChanAssoc Prof & Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services)
CHANS Lab (Connecting Human and Natural Systems)

Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
AERL Rm 438, 2202 Main Mall
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z4

Ph: 604.822.0400               Fax: 604.822.9250

kaichan@ires.ubc.ca           kc@kchan.org

www.ires.ubc.ca                 www.kchan.org

@KaiChanUBC                   My group: chanslab.ires.ubc.ca