Call for Abstracts – Annual Asia-Pacific Graduate Conference – due Dec 31


The Master of Arts Asia Pacific Policy Studies (MAAPPS) program invites you to present your research paper at the Annual Asia-Pacific Graduate Conference at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 10-12 April 2014.

The conference is designed to provide an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students to exchange ideas, compare methodologies and discuss contemporary Asia and Asia-Pacific affairs. It is also an excellent opportunity to interact, network and collaborate with peers from different institutions, countries and across a wide range of academic disciplines.

Application Guidelines:

Applicants need to:

  1. be currently enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program, or have graduated from a Master’s/PhD program in 2014; and
  2. submit your abstract for papers focused on an Asia Pacific-related topic using the online application form.

Abstracts must be received by no later than December 31st, 2014.

Any questions regarding the conference can be sent

Please circulate this email widely and across departments. We are looking forward to receiving your application.

Best wishes,

APGC Organizers


Invitation to the Sustainability Research Symposium


On behalf of the UBC Sustainability Ambassadors, we invite you to the first UBC Sustainability Research Symposium on Wednesday, March 4th 2015.

As Sustainability Ambassadors we encourage the UBC community to learn and explore sustainability principles and practices. We aim to engage and raise awareness to achieve a sustainable future through event promotion and education across campus.

The Sustainability Research Symposium (SRS) is a one-day symposium designed to showcase the spectrum of graduate research surrounding sustainability through a poster display. The symposium aims to provide further opportunities for graduate students to share current research and to build sustainability education and awareness within the UBC community. In addition to showcasing graduate research, participants will have an opportunity to network and engage with other students.

The event will be held from 11:00am to 3:00pm in CIRS.

If you are interested in participating, please complete an online registration form ( by January 15, 2015. We will contact you through e-mail shortly after we receive your application.

Research posters must be 36 x 48”. To show our appreciation for your participation at this event we are offering to print your poster at no charge. If you would like us to print your poster, please send us your PowerPoint slide by February 15th, 2015; if we do not receive your slide by this time, you will be responsible for printing your own poster.

More information will be detailed after application submission process. If you have any questions regarding the event please contact us at


Sustainability Ambassadors

UBC Sustainability


Kshamta B. Hunter M.A.
Manager, Advising and Student Involvement
Teaching, Learning & Research|UBC Sustainability Initiative
The University of British Columbia
2260 West Mall|Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z4
Phone 604 827 3754

Thesis Defense – MSc – AANB



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

The Oral Examination For the Degree of M.Sc. (AANB)


Tuesday, December 9, 2014
9:30 a.m.,
Room 350 MacMillan Bldg.

of Leigh GAFFNEY

THESIS TITLE:  Color matters: Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) prefer and are less aggressive in darker colored tanks

Supervisory Committee

Dr. M. von Keyserlingk (Supervisor)
Dr. D. Weary(Committee member)
Dr. J. Richards (Committee member)

Examining Committee

Dr. R. Cerri (Chair)
Dr. M. von Keyserlingk (Supervisor)
Dr. D. Weary(Committee member)
Dr. J. Richards (Committee member)
Dr. L. Lavkulich (External)



Dear Graduate Students,

Our Special General Meeting is on December 11th! We’re hoping you come out and vote and help us as we consider changes to our bylaws! We promise it will be short and sweet, and we will magic food in afterwords! This is not a bribe, but if it would help you to think of it as one, sure, it’s totally a bribe!

Best of luck to all of you writing final exams and papers in the next week. Eat well, stress less, and get it done! While on a break, and for a limited time only, you can sing/listen to Walking in A Winter Wonderland, because who knows when we’ll get snow again?! We’re looking forward to seeing you for breakfast at our Polar Express Party on Saturday, please RSVP? Also, do you have a team lined up for our GSS Video Clip Competition?

GSS Social & Recreational

See you this Saturday, December 6th from 9-11am at our GSS Polar Express Party, a pancake breakfast brimming with Christmas cheer. We’ll be at Acadia Park’s Activity Room! There shall be some craft making, and Santa has radioed in, says he’ll make a pitstop at our shindig IF you bring donations for the AMS Student Food Bank. We promised you would. Also, bring your friends, bring your kids, it’s Free! Just RSVP here so we know how many people to expect.

Have you lined up your team for the Inaugural GSS Video Clip Competition! It’s an opportunity to showcase aspects of your country and culture with your UBC Community, (and give yourself over to nostalgia, and practice your video making skills!) Your task will be to create a 3-10minute video made up of photographs and music from home. We’ve got useful guidelines and resources on our website to get you going! Participate! No subject is too familiar, no place too distant. Do it by January, 2015, for therapy, because you like to win. WOOT!

Look out for news about our Spring semester Ski Trips! For now, Save The Dates:
Whistler: January 24th, 2015
Cypress: February 21st, 2015
Whistler: March 21st, 2015
Spots will fill up fast, so keep your nose to the ground–well–our website and newsletter, for details in the coming weeks.

Out & About

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Network (IGSN) invites you to a gathering this Friday, December 5th from 6-10pm in the Graduate Student Centre Penthouse. They promise there will be interdisciplinary conversation, music, door prizes, board games, food and $3 drinks!

Don’t forget to go to The Faraday Show –UBC’s annual science lecture, designed for children (and the young at heart)! The event is presented by the Department of Physics & Astronomy and promises the best fun. It’s this Sunday, December 7th 2-3:30pm, at the UBC Hebb Theatre. Just bring non-perishable food items for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank!

Self-care is not a luxury, friends.
– Ngwatilo, for your GSS.

Graduate Student Award


AOCS offering $15,000 Student Award
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Graduate Student Award
Now Open

Thomas H. Smouse Memorial Fellowship

Dr. Tom Smouse was President of AOCS in 1983 and a noted industrial researcher into the flavor chemistry of fats and oils. The Archer Daniels Midland Foundation, AOCS Foundation, AOCS, and the family and friends of Dr. Smouse established and assisted in funding of this fellowship.

Application deadline: February 2, 2015
Application details and form are available on the award website. Please review carefully, there are many items required for a complete application.

The award offers:

  • $10,000 stipend
  • $5,000 for research funding

Eligibility requirements:

  • Individuals must be scholastically outstanding with interests and involvement outside the academic discipline
  • Must be enrolled, fulltime, as a graduate student for the 2015-2016 academic year
  • Must be an AOCS member (Not a member? Join today – student membership is FREE)
  • Other specific eligibility requirements for the award are presented in the program description file

For questions or more information on the application process, please contact Barbara Semeraro or visit the website.


For more information on awards, email or visit