Call for Applications: PhD Research Fellowships, University of Oslo


The Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) at the University of Oslo is inviting applications for two PhD research fellowships in ‘Food, Food systems and land use’.

SUM, is an international research institution at the University of Oslo with a well-established track record of undertaking critical, independent and high quality interdisciplinary and policy-related research on the challenges and dilemmas posed by sustainable development.

Read more about the Phd applications and apply here.



Dear Graduate Students,

Happy New Year, and greetings to new students at UBC Vancouver!

Your GSS is starting 2015 with a bang! Check out our newly revamped GSS website and get the latest news or sign up for upcoming events and GSS classes.

A Message from Your GSS President

Welcome back, fellow grad students!
Here at the GSS, we are your graduate student voice at UBC Vancouver. This means we advocate to the University and government on issues that affect students, ensuring changes to UBC landscape include a graduate student focus. We also organize social events and extra-curricular classes throughout the year. We support your departmental graduate student committee or association and generally encourage a broader sense of graduate student community at UBC.

Have a question, suggestion or comment? Feel free to get in touch with one of the members of your GSS Student Executive. We love to hear from you!
Colúm Connolly, President
Graduate Student Society of UBC Vancouver

GSS Social and Recreational

Ski Trip to Whistler Did someone say Whistler? We did! Our first ski trip of the year is set for January 24, with round trip bus and packages for all! Register by January 15. Space is limited, and tickets ALWAYS sell out fast!

GSS Video Clip Competition Showcase your home country and culture via a short-length video with photographs and music, and you could win a prize! No subject is too familiar, no place is too distant (or near), so participate!

GSS Classes Learn something new this term! Sign up for a class or two on:
• French Beginners 101 or French 102
• Figure skating or ice skating
• Pilates, yoga, zumba, or join our new Dance Diversity class

GSS Catch Up

Job Opening: Booking Assistant Join our team and help students and our other clients set up their events in the Thea Koerner House.

GSS Restructures In case you haven’t heard, your GSS has passed motions to revise its bylaws before the winter break. The resulting changes to the Student Executive will improve support for grad students.

“Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, pretend that you do and, at some point, you will.”
– Venus Williams

– Karen, for your GSS

Koerner Library Monthly Workshops January 2015


Tips and Tricks for Formatting Your Thesis: Little Things Mean A Lot!

Are you worried about getting your thesis/dissertation into the format required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies? Would you like to know more about how to use the formatting features in Microsoft Word? Research Commons staff will help you with your questions about the nuts and bolts of formatting: tables of contents, page layout, numbering, headings, front matter, and more! As well, find out more about the resources that are available to help you in writing your thesis/dissertation. Graduate students at any stage of the writing process are welcome; some prior knowledge of Microsoft Word will be helpful.

Monday, January 12th at 9:30am – 11:30am

Tuesday January 20th at 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Monday, January 12th at 9:30am – 11:30am

Have specific questions you think would be best answered in a one-on-one session? See our Consultations page to book a session:


Citation Management Using ProQuest Flow, Zotero, or Mendeley

Need to manage large numbers of references and citations as part of your research, teaching or administrative work? Citation management tools are for you. These tools provide a simple way to store, organize and retrieve your citations in an effective manner, and can also help you in formatting in-text citations and bibliographies in your work.

Sign up for a tool specific hands-on workshop about the core concepts of citation management and detailed instruction for use of either Zotero, ProQuest Flow, or Mendeley.

Citation Management Using Mendeley
Friday, January 16th at 11:00am – 1:00pm

Citation Management Using ProQuest Flow
Friday, January 23rd at 11:00am – 1:00pm

Citation Management Using Zotero
Friday, January 16th at 11:00am – 1:00pm.

Are you new to citation management tools entirely, or do you have advanced-user questions? See our Consultations page to book a one-on-one session:


Wenesday, January 28th, 2015 at 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Koerner Library RM216


NVivo is one of the leading computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS) packages, and is now available for both PC and Mac operating systems. The Research Commons can help grad students to get started successfully using NVivo in qualitative research, including:

*Installing the software *Creating new projects *Importing a variety of sources, including documents, PDFs, spreadsheets, audio and video files, and data from online sources *Becoming familiar with the technical aspects of coding in NVivo *Using NVivo’s tools to explore and present relationships and trends in qualitative data

Note: NVivo is not free software; a student subscription can be purchased from QSR International, and a 30-day trial subscription is also available. (UBC faculty or staff members can get an NVivo license through UBC IT.) NVivo is not currently available on UBC Library computers.


Workshop 1- Basic Spss

Do you wonder what SPSS is and how it can be useful to help you manage and analyze your data? Would you like to learn how to work with SPSS just by clicking a few keys? Enroll in our workshop and let us help you learn the basics!

Monday, January 12th from 12:00pm – 2:00pm


Workshop 2- SPSS Data Management

Do you know how to edit and organize your data using an effective data management software? Do you want to work with user-friendly software without going through a hassle of writing code? SPSS can help you accomplish this for you with a few clicks! Attend this workshop and learn how to manage your data fast and effectively.

Monday, January 12th from 2:30pm – 5:00pm


Workshop 3- Descriptive/Graphing Analysis with SPSS

Do you have trouble summarizing your data? Do you want to analyze your data with t-test, ANOVA, Pearson-test, etc. using SPSS? Do you have trouble graphing and presenting your data with SPSS? Well, we can help you with all of these questions. Enroll in this workshop and learn how to analyze your data hassle-free!

Monday, January 19th from 12:00pm – 2:00pm


Workshop 4- Regression Analysis

Regression analysis is a statistical process for estimating the relationships among variables. We can use regression to make quantitative predictions of one variable from the values of another. Do you wonder how to do linear and logistic regression analysis with SPSS? Do you want to learn about simple and multivariate regression modeling? Register for the SPSS Regression workshop to get a sense of it all!

Monday, January 19th from 2:30pm – 5:00pm

Workshop 5- Logistic Regression – NEW OFFERING

Have you been to our linear regression workshop? If you have, it is time to learn about logistic regression. Logistic regression measures the relationship between a categorical dependent variable and one or more independent variables.  These variables, which can either be continuous or dichotomous variables, use probability scores as predicted values of the dependent variable. If you have not had a chance to go through the linear regression workshop, don’t worry, we will start with a review and then jump into logistic regression. You will learn when and how to use the logistic regression modeling in SPSS and how to interpret the output.

Monday, January 26th from 12:00pm – 2:30pm


Workshop 6- Survival Analysis – NEW OFFERING

Survival analysis is for everyone in the field of Medicine, Engineering, Economics, and even Sociology. Survival analysis deals with the analysis of time duration to until one or more events happen, such as the death of organisms, failure in mechanical systems, etc. This topic is called reliability analysis in engineering, duration analysis in economics, or event history analysis in sociology.  We offer support for survival analysis using SPSS.

Survival analysis in medicine, deals with how long a patient has to survive under certain conditions or show an event such as death. You are able to answer questions like: what is the proportion of a population which will survive past a certain time? Of those that survive, at what rate will they die or fail? Can multiple causes of death or failure be taken into account? How do particular independent variables or characteristics increase or decrease the probability of survival?

Monday, January 26th from 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Cinema Salon
Thursday, January 29th
Koerner RM 216

Cigarette Burns
Directed by John Carpenter
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Run time: 59 minutes

Host: Ernest Mathijs, Professor of Film Studies

With a torrid past that haunts him, a movie-theater director is hired to hunt for the only known print of a film so notorious that its single screening caused the viewers to become homicidally insane. Part of the “Masters of Horror” series, Season One.


Copyright Workshops and Events

Copyright for Authors and Creators

December 16th, 2014

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM


You’ve finally finished your research and now you’re looking to publish. Just what do you need to know about copyright to make sure your work has the protections you need? This workshop will cover what authors and creators need to know about copyright, giving you a solid knowledge base to build from.

Register Here

Copyright for the Classroom

December 16th, 2014

Tuesday, January 27th, 20115 at 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Have questions about screening films in class, distributing readings to your students, or using someone else’s images in your presentation slides or online course pages? What about your students’ use of copyrighted materials in their assignments and online postings? Come to this workshop to get answers to these questions and more!

Register Here

Graduate Student Orientation to the Library

January 14th, 2015

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 at 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Are you a graduate student and new to UBC? Would you like to know more about what the library has to offer? This basic workshop will provide you with an overview of some of the key services and resources available to you from the library.

Literature Reviews -Great Research Starts Here
Thursday, January 15th, 2015 at 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Location: Koerner RM217

This session is appropriate for students conducting literature reviews in any discipline.
Topics include
… what is a literature review?
… finding the right databases
… search strategies for databases
… finding scholarly articles, theses and dissertations, books, and more
… resources to help you keep track of your research.

There will be plenty of hands-on time for searching, and assistance from the two presenting librarians.

**Health Science Researchers: this workshop does NOT cover how to do a Systematic Review.**
Stay Alert! Keeping Current with Research
Tuesday January 20th, 2015 at 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Keeping current with new research in your field can be a challenge. In this workshop, you’ll learn strategies and tools to help you stay up-to-date with the published literature. We’ll cover: How to create saved search alerts for new articles and dissertations on your topic How to set up Table of Contents alerts for your favourite journals How to find out when a key article has been cited by someone else How to use social media tools such as blogs and Twitter to hear the buzz around new research Please bring your own laptop.

Building Your Academic Profile
Tuesday January 27th, 2015 at 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Thinking about publishing your research? There are more ways to communicate your scholarly ideas than ever before. Learn about skills and tools for discussing, interacting, presenting, writing, commenting, and finally publishing your research. In this workshop you will: develop a scholarly/publication profile using both traditional and social tools, build knowledge of formal and informal modes of publication, identify ways to broadly participate in your field (e.g. webinars, blogs, open education resources)

Thank you,

Mark Christensen
Student Coordinator
Koerner Library Research Commons

SSHRC Contest


SSHRC is having a contest where students can share how their funding is benefiting the lives of Canadians. The top prize is $3,000 plus some promotion of their work etc.


At the time of entry, you must be a Canadian resident, 19 years of age or older, enrolled at a Canadian post-secondary institution, and in compliance with the contest rules and regulations.

The Top 25 Storytellers will receive a $3,000 prize, national promotion of their work and an invitation to Congress 2015 for an exclusive research communications master class, preparing them to deliver their presentation before a live audience at the Storytellers Showcase.

Your submission must be an original work—video, audio, text or info-graphic—featuring research funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and carried out at the institution at which you are enrolled at the time of submission.

Your submission must not exceed three (3) minutes in length for video or audio, or 300 words for text or info-graphic.

See complete contest rules and regulations

You’re Invited to the UBC Farm Symposium – January 30th


Greetings from the UBC Farm,

This coming January 30th from 9am to 2pm, at the Old Barn Community Centre, UBC students, Faculty, staff, and community members will come together for the annual UBC Farm Symposium, a day of dialogue and engagement aimed at deepening our communal understanding and connection to food.

Registration for this daylong event is $5 and includes a local and sustainable lunch, as well as coffee, tea, and snacks throughout the day. I invite you to participate and share this opportunity widely with your students and networks.

The schedule features the following presentations:

  • Digging up the medicines: healing our relationship to the land through intergenerational mentorship, Danette Jubinville, UBC First Nation Studies Program
  • Finding better ways to enhance biodiversity and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes: from UBC Farm to El Salvador, Sean Smukler, Assistant Professor, Applied Biology & Soil Science
  • Biodiversity at the UBC Farm: From bee intern to agroecology student, Marika van Reeuwyk, UBC Plant and Soil Science Student
  • Farm to Healthcare: Bridging the Gap Cristel Moubarak, UBC Dietetics Alum / Shannon Lambie, Farm-to-Institution Scaling Up Project Manager
  • Harvesting Stories – Creative Storytelling at the UBC Farm, Olivia Szostek, UBC Land and Food Systems Student
  • How do we feed the world – Beliefs and perspectives, Navin Ramankutty, Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability & Véronik Campbell, Academic Programs Manager, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
  • The people’s counter enclosure: Alternative land access and agrarian citizenship in British Columbia, Dennis, Msc Candidate UBC Land and Food Systems
  • Growing Growers: Transformative Sustainability Learning (TSL) at UBC Farm as Embodied Change, Seth Friedman, Practicum Instructor, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm / Carmelle Mohr, UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture 2014 Cohort Graduate

Looking forward to seeing you all there. Full details at

If you would like to promote the Symposium on your social media channels, feel free to use the below prepared tweets:

#UBCFarmSymposium celebrates #UBC student engagement in food sustainability – Jan 30 register:

Amazing presenters lined up for #UBCFarmSymposium. Check out the schedule & register today!

Shannon Lambie
Communications Coordinator | Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
Faculty of Land and Food Systems | The University of British Columbia

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