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)


Thursday, February 5, 2015, 10:00 a.m., Room 300, FNH Bldg.


THESIS TITLE: The relationship between maternal and infant serum and breast milk B12 concentrations assessed at 8 weeks postpartum

Supervisory Committee

Dr. T. Green (Supervisor)
Dr. Y. Lamers (Committee member)
Dr. D. Kitts (Committee member)

Examining Committee

Dr. J. Black (Chair)
Dr. T. Green (Supervisor)
Dr. Y. Lamers (Committee member)
Dr. D. Kitts (Committee member)
Dr. Z. Xu (External)

Everyone welcome!

Faculty of Land and Food Systems Graduate Student Conference – March 5


LFS Graduate Student Conference - Poster 2015

Hello LFS!

We are extremely excited to announce that the 2nd Faculty of Land and Food Systems Graduate Student Conference will take place on Thursday, March 5 at the Liu Institute for Global Issues.

This conference is designed to celebrate LFS graduate student research! This one-day conference will allow students to showcase their research in an academic conference setting, and will include oral and poster presentations and competitions, a networking lunch, and an awards reception. Dr. Evan Fraser, Professor of Geography at the University of Guelph and Tier I Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security, will kick off the conference with a plenary address.

Any graduate student, undergraduate student, or post-doctoral fellow conducting research with an LFS faculty member is eligible to present. Note: Abstracts are due on Tuesday, February 10 at 4pm.

Volunteer positions are available for graduate and undergraduate students and LFS faculty!

For more information, please see the attached poster, and visit



Dear Graduate Students,

We would like to welcome all students to get to know your Graduate Student Society, what and why we do what we do!
We also have a whole bunch of classes starting up and upcoming socials you should check out. Feel free to also tell us a little bit about your housing situation so we can better facilitate advocacy in relation to housing here at UBC.

Learn More about Your Graduate Student Society

Graduate Student Society Workshop
This workshop will detail what the GSS does for you as graduate students at UBC and give you a perspective on what it is like to be an executive in the Society!
Being a GSS Executive is an opportunity for professional development, building your leadership and management skills, and an experience running an organization that enhances your lives as graduate students.
We will kick off the election season with some informational seminars in early February. Info/sign up at

GSS Social and Recreational
International Celebration Night Thur. Jan. 29, 6-8pm: Join your GSS for a night of globe-trotting through ethnic food, videos and cultural trivia questions.
GSS Classes Learn something new! Registration still open:
• Figure skating or ice skating (Sign up by Jan. 25)
• Zumba or Dance Diversity class (Sign up by Jan. 26)
• Pilates or yoga (Sign up by Jan. 31)

French Beginners 101 or French 102 (Sign up by Jan. 31

Ski Trip to Cyprress Sat. Feb. 21, 2015: Missed our January outing to Whistler? No fret! Mark your calendars for the next excursion to the snowy Cyprress Mountain. Registration deadline: Fri. Feb. 13, 2015.
Coffee Social Fri. Jan. 30, 3pm-4pm, Room 2.12, CHBE Building: Come and unwind with the folks in Chemical and Biological Engineering!

GSS Catch Up

UBC Residence: Input Needed
Are you a grad student living on campus in UBC residence? We would like to know about any long-standing issues you face and your ideas about what could be improved. Please email your thoughts to Neal Yonson, your GSS Graduate Policy Researcher at

Out and About

Dine Out Vancouver Jan. 16 – Feb. 1, 2015: Vancouver is such a multi-cultural food magnet. Sample unique course meals at over 250 restaurants around town and enjoy unique culinary experiences not available throughout the rest of the year.

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”- Audrey Hepburn

– Karen, for your GSS


Soil Science Seminar


Dr. Sean Smukler

Sean Smukler and team will discuss “The logistics of making C sequestration a viable tool for mitigating climate change”.

Friday, January 23rd, 3:00 – 4:00 pm in room 154 MacMillan.

All are welcome!

Upcoming FNH Graduate Seminar


Crystal Karakochuk (Human Nutrition) & Kristina Michaux (Human Nutrition)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

  • Pre-Seminar Social at 3:30 pm in FNH Atrium
  • Graduate Seminar presentations at 4:00 pm in FNH room 60

SPEAKER 1:  Crystal Karakochuk (Human Nutrition)
SUPERVISOR:  Dr. Tim Green
PhD Progress Seminar TOPIC:  Is iron deficiency the cause of anemia in Cambodian women of reproductive age?

SPEAKER 2:  Kristina Michaux (Human Nutrition)
SUPERVISOR:  Dr. Tim Green
Results Seminar TOPIC:  Assessing the impacts of Home Fortification with Micronutrient Powders on anaemia, growth, and diarrhoea in children aged 6-23 months living in rural Rwanda.

*Please check the FNH Graduate Seminar Series webpage for general information and for full schedule.