Opportunity for Graduate Student Cover Cropping Researchers


The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is hosting an annual Production Agriculture Symposium entitled “Cover Crops: Economic and Environmental Management,” and we have opened a call for 15-20min presentations. Graduate students and postdocs with cover cropping research projects are invited to submit 250-500 word abstracts by January 15th, 2016. Presenters will be provided with free admission, free food, and a chance to win a prize for being among the best presentations. We may also be able to provide assistance with locating affordable accommodation.

This event is part of the DuPont-Pioneer Plant Sciences Symposia Series and will take place in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 25, 2015. If you are interested in attending or submitting an abstract for consideration, please fill out this registration form at your earliest convenience. Presenters will be notified of their acceptance by mid-January.

Best Wishes,

Michelle Dobbratz
Member, Production Agriculture Symposium Committee
Applied Plant Sciences Graduate Club
University of Minnesota- Twin Cities

P.S. This is going to be a really fun event!

GSS NEWS – Mygradstory.ca – Your Story Can Make a Difference


GSS Anti-Harassment & Discrimination Website Launched Last Friday

Your Story – the stories of UBC graduate students – has the power to stop harassment and discrimination experienced by graduate students on campus. Your GSS knows that the experience of and challenges faced by fellow graduate students are often profoundly different than that of undergraduate students.

Mygradstory.ca is where your voice can be heard, where graduates students can tell their story about their experiences with discrimination and harassment at UBC and in the community.

How to Tell Your Story

UBC graduate students can share their stories in one of these ways:

  • Email
  • One-on-one confidential meetings
  • “Post secrets” postcard
  • Video

Your stories will provide critical information to the GSS Ad Hoc Committee on Harassment and Discrimination as to the form and manner that discrimination and harassment appear at UBC.

For More Information

Visit mygradstory.ca

GSS Catch up

Love Writing or Storytelling? Become a GSS Student Blogger!

Do you love writing? Do you have a story to tell about your UBC campus life or what’s out there?

Your GSS is recruiting volunteer student bloggers to share stories with fellow graduate students on a myriad of topics such as:

  • Your TA experience
  • Campus food critique
  • UBC administration or campus issues
  • Upcoming weekend events around town
  • How students can contribute to sustainability
  • Your take on politics and the Canadian government
  • Local music scene

Even random rants will do! The sky’s the limit. Pitch us your story ideas!

Interested in becoming a GSS Student Blogger? Email Karen at communications@gss.ubc.ca

Next GSS Council Meeting

Thu., Dec. 10, 5:30pm
GSS Ballroom, Thea Koerner House
(6371 Crescent Road, UBC)

GSS Programs & Events

Polar Express Party: Family Fun

Sun., Dec. 6, 10am-2pm, Acadia Park Activity Room
Family holiday fun at UBC! Get into the winter season with FREE hot chocolate and candies brimming with holiday cheer while mingling with fellow families at UBC and your kids playing at the activity stations!

Event info

Yoga Class

Last Class: Mon., Dec. 7, 2015, 5:30-6:30pm
Thea Koerner House

Drop-ins welcome at $7/session. Open to yogis of all levels.

Class info

“I love the scents of winter! For me, it’s all about the feeling you get when you smell pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread and spruce.”
— Taylor Swift


2-year Post-Doc Position: Human Dimensions of Agriculture- Bloomington, Indiana


Position: Post Doctoral Fellow (Non Tenure Track, 2 year appointment beginning January, 2016)

Primary Responsibilities: Engage in local and sustainable specialty crop production research, particularly looking at high tunnel usage and local product distribution. This project is led by an interdisciplinary team of scholars from Indiana and Purdue Universities, utilizing a social-ecological systems framework to better understand the successes and challenges of high tunnel usage amongst Indiana specialty crop farmers. Required qualifications include: strong knowledge of sustainable and local food system related literature; background in mixed-methods social science research (including both quantitative and qualitative methods); ability to work independently; and valid U.S. driver’s license with a clean driving record. Preferred qualifications also include knowledge of GIS software/analysis.

Qualifcations: Doctoral degree or ABD (All But Dissertation).

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Application Deadline: Open until a suitable candidate is identified, with the first round of reviews anticipated to begin by December 13, 2015.

Applications should include: Cover letter, current curriculum vitae and a list of three (3) references with names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers.

Application: Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at: https://indiana.peopleadmin.com. Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to: Dr. James Farmer, (jafarmer@indiana.edu) or via postal mail at Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies, ATTN: Dr. James Farmer c/o Search Committee, School of Public Health-Bloomington, Indiana University, 1025 East Seventh Street, PH 133, Bloomington, IN 47405-4801.

After the Search Committee completes its initial screening, applicants will be notified of the status of their application. If appropriate, the committee will request permission to proceed to the next stage. With applicant’s permission, references will be contacted after the screening.

The IU School of Public Health-Bloomington is Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited, and offers a collegial environment for collaborative research both within the School and across campus. The IU School of Public Health-Bloomington continues to expand its research portfolio that emphasizes its strengths in social and behavioral health, environmental health, recreation and parks, epidemiology and community-based research and practice.

Located on the Flagship Campus of the Indiana University System, IU School of Public Health-Bloomington has over 140 faculty across its six departments (http://www.publichealth.indiana.edu/). Indiana University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), and boasts numerous resources available to IU School of Public Health-Bloomington faculty. The city of Bloomington offers the feel of a college town with the amenities of a large city. As Indiana University prepares for its Bicentennial in 2020 there has not been a more exciting time to join the faculty.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

For more information about the position, please contact:

James Farmer, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor
Dept. of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies
School of Public Health- Bloomington
Indiana University


Research Commons Workshops for December


Here is the link for the final Research Commons Workshops of the term.  We have appreciated all of the help that you have given us this year and we look forward to working with you again in the future!

Thank you for all of your help in passing this information along each month.

Here is the newsletter link:

With gratitude,

Mark Christensen
Student Coordinator
Koerner Library Research Commons