Thesis Defense – MSc – FOOD


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

The Oral Examination For the Degree of

M.Sc. (FOOD)


Monday, December 8, 2014
9:00 a.m.

FNH 220


Stephanie NADYA

THESIS TITLE: Prevalence of Verotoxigenic Escherichia coli in Irrigation Waters and Fresh Produce in British Columbia, Canada
Supervisory Committee

Dr. E. Li-Chan (Supervisor)
Dr. P. Delaquis (Co-Supervisor)
Dr. S. Wang (Committee member)
Examining Committee

Dr. D. Kitts (Chair)
Dr. E. Li-Chan (Supervisor)
Dr. P. Delaquis (Co-Supervisor)
Dr. S. Wang (Committee member)
Dr. S. Bach (External)

Everyone welcome!

Thesis Defense – MSc – HUNU


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

The Oral Examination For the Degree of

M.Sc. (HUNU)


Monday, December 15, 2014
10:00 a.m.

CFRI, Room 2108


Mikaela BARKER

THESIS TITLE: Dietary Energy Intakes in Children with Mental Health Condition Treated with Second-Generation Antipsychotics


Supervisory Committee

Dr. A. Devlin (Supervisor)
Dr. C. Panagiotopoulos (Co-Supervisor)
Dr. T. Green (Committee member)
Dr. Y Lamers (Committee member)


Examining Committee

Dr. J. Black (Chair)
Dr. A. Devlin (Supervisor)
Dr. C. Panagiotopoulos (Co-Supervisor)
Dr. T. Green (Committee member)
Dr. K. Harris (External)

Everyone welcome!



Dear Graduate Students,

There’s lots of opportunities to be grabbed and bagged as we get closer to the end of the year and January. Take a moment to look up from your work and plan for You’re Awesome Life in 2015! We’ve got a few ideas in this week’s newsletter, but there’s plenty more out there! Naturally, part of You’re Awesome Life in 2015 involves filling out the Health & Dental Survey, so do it!

Out & About

You’re invited to submit your proposal for the Osgoode Forum 2015. The May conference is titled “Sex, Drugs & Rock & Roll: Subversive Sites in the Law.” Interdisciplinary perspectives are most welcome. Please see their website for more information and guidelines. The deadline is January, 2015.

The Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre, UBC in association with GRAND NCE are excited to welcome applicants  to compete in the second MAGIC-GRAND I3 (idea, innovation and inaugurate) challenge. To participate you must Register by emailing by November 30th, and be prepared to Submit a 2 page business model canvas and Pitch a few days after. Email Mark Salopek or Siobhán McElduff with your questions!

Also, The Faraday Show is UBC’s annual science lecture, designed for children (and the young at heart), presented by the Department of Physics & Astronomy. It promises the best fun. Go! It’s on Sunday, December 7th 2-3:30pm, at the UBC Hebb Theatre. Just bring non-perishable food items for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank!

GSS Advocacy

Breaking: The GSS, under the auspices of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is in Ottawa this week advocating specifically that graduate students are eligible for the Canada Student Loan Program, and require investments in indirect cost of research program.

Travis Gordon, Chair for CASA and President of the University of Prince Edward Island Student Union, spoke Monday about the organization’s desire to see the federal government put further measures in place to keep student debt from becoming family debt.

Follow @casadaily and our very own President @connoc23 for up-to-the-minute updates from Ottawa!

You Can Do It, People! You Can Totally Get Through This! You Can Even Smile While You Get Through It! 🙂

– Ngwatilo, for your GSS, at that time of the year.

Graduate assistantships with internships in Scotland


Doctoral ($60,000) and master’s ($32,000) scholarships with internships in Scotland
Title: Predicting the “root-priming effect” from plant functional traits

Project description:
I am offering a scholarship of $20,000 x 3 years for a Ph.D. project, or
$16,000 x 2 years for 2 M.Sc. projects, all focusing on the “root-priming
effect.” The project is based on manipulation of stable isotopes to study the
effect of root exudates on soil organic matter mineralization. This project
aims to highlight the interaction between the chemical quality of humus and
plant functional traits that control the mineralization of soil organic matter.
So far, this issue has been treated only from a biochemical perspective and
we would be the first to do so in an ecological context. The practical benefits
are many, especially in agriculture, forestry, and mitigation of greenhouse
gas emissions.

Students will be co-directed by Dr. Eric Paterson of the James Hutton
Institute in Aberdeen ( and will have 1-2 research
internships in Scotland. We are looking for motivated students with good
academic records, prior research experience, and proficiency in English.
French is the working language of Québec, but applicants with limited
French proficiency can still undertake graduate studies at francophone
(French-speaking) universities here in the province.

Interested individuals should contact:

Robert Bradley (Professor)
Département de biologie
Université de Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke, Québec
Canada J1H 1E6


SCARP Lunchtime Dialogues | November 24 | Reclaiming Indigenous Planning Amidst Natural Resource Development: Critical Dialogues and Emerging Best Practices | A part of the SCARP Lunchtime Dialogue series


Reclaiming Indigenous Planning Amidst Natural Resource Development: Critical Dialogues and Emerging Best Practices

Monday November 24, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Room 150, West Mall Annex

1933 West Mall, UBC


Pizza and a salad will be available for $4 in cash.

Please spread the word and RSVP here:

Event Description

The occurrence of natural resource deposits on and beneath traditional indigenous lands world-wide raises complex issues for indigenous planners, natural resource managers, the federal government and project proponents alike. While recent supreme court cases such as the Tsilhqot’in vs. Supreme Court of Canada have reasserted aboriginal title to land in British Columbia, the pragmatic future of indigenous self-determinism and defining sustainable mining remains uncharted. Further, mineral tenure policy, absence of a federally adopted Free Prior and Informed Consent and clear guidelines for consultation further complicate the planning landscape. Today in Canada, development planning and participation in decision-making is often left in the hands of communities and mining companies.

The aim of this dialogue is to engage current student planning research on activism, indigenous values and principles of sustainable mining to discuss the way indigenous communities can assert their use and stewardship of land and to take a value focused approach to the natural resource development.

Comparative studies of community action and activism from the Yukon, British Columbia and Australia will be presented to frame a final round table discussion about informed consent, engagement and shared decision-making resources in mineral resource development.

We look forward to seeing you at this fantastic and timely dialogue. Please come prepared with examples and resources to share.



Paula Hay – Masters Candidate in the School of Community and Regional Planning

Gillian Nicol –  Masters Candidate in the School of Community and Regional Planning

Ann Marie Sam  – Nakaz’dli First Nation and Masters Candidate in Mining Engineering 

Malcolm Scoble Ph.D – Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering


Christopher J. Carter (Facilitator) – Masters Candidate in the School of Community and Regional Planning


Who is invited

Elders, indigenous scholars and planners, planning practitioners, engineers, natural and social scientists, public health and education practitioners, and more!


Event Organizers

Christopher J. Carter

Kathryn Lennon

Regan Kohlhardt

Your RSVP today helps us plan for food and event attendence.