UBC Dairy Research Centre Open House – July 25


You are invited to the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre open house on Saturday, July 25 from 9am-4pm (Add to your calendar →). 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.

The Faculty is currently looking into various transportation options (i.e. carpooling, booking bus/shuttle, etc..).  If you plan on attending and are interested in any of these options, please email rsvp@landfood.ubc.ca by July 10th, 2015 so we can work out the logistics.

Throughout the day members of the Agassiz Farms Cycle Tour, a 25-km self-guided cycle tour that invites cyclists to explore the countryside and meet local farmers, will be stopping by. Visitors can also enjoy a glass of ice cold chocolate milk, donated by the BC Dairy Association, while supplies last.

UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre
6947 Lougheed Highway, Agassiz, BC

Water restrictions and fire ban in effect on UBC campus (fixed links)


Sent on behalf of Ron Holton, Chief Risk Office and David Woodson, Managing Director, Energy and Water Services

This message is to inform you that continued record dry and unseasonably hot weather in May and June has led Metro Vancouver to issue Stage 2 water restrictions and an EXTREME fire rating for Pacific Spirit Regional Park and the Lower Mainland, both of which apply to the Vancouver campus.  We anticipate these restrictions will continue, and may become more strict, for the rest of the summer.

An extreme fire rating means:

  • no burn permits will be issued until further notice
  • all burn permits already issued are suspended until further notice
  • campfires and briquette barbeques are prohibited
  • use of propane barbeques and gas stoves is permitted in approved facilities under direct supervision
  • fire safety practices are in place for all UBC landscaping crews
  • the public is asked to be aware of spark and ignition sources; smokers should carefully dispose of butts and ashes in non-flammable locations

And as of Monday, July 6th UBC Vancouver has changed its water use practices, in compliance with Stage 2 restrictions:

  • water ponds and fountains will be taken off the potable water feed and drained, where required, to protect the asset from damage due to algae growth
  • lawn and garden bed watering will occur once per week where half the campus grounds will be watered on Tuesday and half of Wednesday, newly planted area are exempted from the restrictions and will be watered more frequently
  • window washing will be discontinued
  • power washing will be discontinued

You can learn more about the new water regulations or other tips to help you save water around campus and in your home on the Metro Vancouver site.

For questions regarding water use practices, please contact David Woodson, Managing Director, Energy and Water Services.

For questions regarding fire restrictions, please contact Ron Holton, Chief Risk Officer.

TA Position Available – FNH 490 004 – FILLED


Interested students are asked to apply for an available TA’ship for FNH 490 004.  The job description follows:


Attending formal debates and providing critical, constructive oral and written feedback to the students.
Attending presentations of term assignments that include a variety of formats and providing critical, constructive oral and written feedback.


Education & knowledge requirements: preference will be given to students who have obtained an undergraduate degree in nutrition or dietetics and have a thorough understanding of a range of nutrition topics

Experience: preference will be given to students who have the ability to be comfortable providing oral and written feedback, to correspond effectively with the Instructor, and to ask questions when uncertain about their responsibilities

Skills: preference will be given to students who are comfortable responding to student questions, student requests for reviews of assignment marking, and those who are efficient with Excel

If you are interested in this position, please contact
Zhaoming Xu

TA Positions Available – FNH 477 001 – FILLED


The instructor of FNH 477 001 is looking for 4 TA’s (approximately 72 hours/each).  The job description is below:


As a PBL group tutor, facilitate students' learning in PBL groups by: encouraging and promoting student participation, asking probing questions, providing students with feedback, facilitating students' provision of peer feedback, and monitoring PBL group work (including Connect posts).  Tutors will also attend weekly tutor meetings in which cases will be discussed and tutors will provide feedback regarding groups' progression through cases to the course instructor;
As a Marker, mark students' assignment papers as well as  objective and subjective portions of the midterm and final exam.  All marking would be completed using rubrics prepared by the instructor.  TA's will be trained and supported in the use of the marking rubrics.


Education and Knowledge Requirements: Preference will be given to graduate students in Human Nutrition who have completed Problem-Based Learning tutor training.  Ideal candidates will have a good understanding of nutrition in general, and nutrition and disease prevention in particular.

Experience: Preference will be given to applicants who have prior experience facilitating PBL groups.

Skills: Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including skills in providing and receiving constructive feedback.

If you are interested, please contact the course instructor – Liz Novak

Liberation Scholarship for Canadian Undergraduate and Graduate Students Wanting to Study in the Netherlands


On behalf of our partners at the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vancouver please note that the Dutch government has launched a Liberation Scholarship program to commemorate the liberation of the Netherlands by mainly Canadian troops 70 years ago.

As a token of its appreciation the Netherlands is offering 70 scholarships for Canadian undergraduate and graduate students wanting to study in the Netherlands for a period of between 3 and 12 months within the next couple of years.

UBC undergraduate and graduate students interested in obtaining a scholarship need to apply directly at one of the participating Dutch higher education institutions before October 1, 2015.

Detailed program information, application process and a list of participating Dutch universities is attached.

Liberation Scholarship for Canadian Students to Study in the Netherlands 2015-2017


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