US Commissioner Peter Goldmark visiting UBC, June 9


All are invited:

Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark visiting UBC

June 9, 3 pm @ FSC 4001 (or Caseroom, FSC 2916)

Commissioner Peter Goldmark will visit UBC on June 9 for an hour of open talk on wildfires, carbon management and forestry.

The event will include short presentation on how the state of Washington is considering wildfire in the context of climate change and will be open for questions and answers on other subjects of interest as well.

Please respond to by May  25 if you wish to reserve a spot. This is a free event and light refreshments will be served.

Please feel free to distribute this invitation to other interested individuals. 

Peter Goldmark is the 13th Commissioner of Public Lands since statehood in 1889, and the fifth Commissioner to manage the Department of Natural Resources, an agency which assumed its current form in 1957. He was elected by the people of Washington in 2008 and began his first four-year term in January 2009. In November 2012, voters reelected him to serve a second four-year term as Commissioner of Public Lands.

A scientist by training and a Washington native, Goldmark was raised on his family’s ranch in the Okanogan Highlands.  After receiving his Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1971, he traveled to Harvard University for a postdoctoral fellowship in neurobiology. In 1972 he returned to Washington to raise his family, run his own business and make a life as a rancher.

Goldmark’s lifelong involvement with agriculture and education has led to public service at the local, county and statewide level. In addition to his tenure as Commissioner of Public Lands, Goldmark served as Washington State Director of Agriculture in 1993, as chairman of the Governor’s Council on Agriculture and the Environment from 1994-1996, on the Governor’s Council for a Sustainable Washington in 2002-2003, and on the Governor’s Council on Biodiversity in 2004-2005.  Goldmark served as a member of the Okanogan School Board from 1998 to 2005.  He was also a member of the Washington State University Board of Regents from 1996 to 2005, with service as president of the board from 1999 to 2000.

One of the state’s earliest organic farmers and ranchers, Goldmark maintains a small scientific research facility at the family ranch and has published scientific articles in national and international journals. He has bred and released two new wheat varieties for Washington farmers.

A volunteer wildland firefighter, Goldmark fought fires as a member of Okanogan County’s Fire District No. 8 for more than 30 years.

See more at:

Eli Koleva, MSc (Forestry)

Executive Coordinator – Faculty Affairs | Dean’s Office – Faculty of Forestry, UBC

2005-2424 Main Mall, Vancouver BC  V6T 1Z4 | T. 604 822 3542 |


Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning Program


The Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning Program 2016-2017 is open for registration to graduate students.  This was formerly known as the Graduate Certificate Program.

We have updated information here:

The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2016. Participants can apply online

This program is only for current UBC Graduate Students.

Kind regards,


Mischa Makortoff
Senior Events Program Assistant | Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
214 – 1961 East Mall | Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z1
Phone 604.822.0064 |  @UBC_CTLT   | UBC.CTLT

LFS Community Meeting, May 25


The next Community Meeting for LFS faculty, staff, and students will take place on Wednesday, May 25 from 12:00-1:00 pm in FNH 40.  Coffee and cookies will be provided.


12:00-12:15  Dean’s message
12:10-12:15  Grad Reception/Grad Ceremony Volunteer opportunities– Christine Klaray
12:15-12:35 Information Security and Privacy – Paul Hancock
12:35-12:55 UBC Employment Equity Census – Sara-Jane Finlay

Introduction to Community and Regional Planning – PLAN 425


SCARP is pleased to offer our introductory Planning course – PLAN 425 –  to all UBC students. We have scheduled two sections to run January to April, 2017. Below is a course description and a link to the registration page. 

Welcome to the world of Planning!

PLAN 425 – Urban Planning Issues and Concepts 

Current global trends of increasing urban growth, economic development and restructuring, ecosystem and climatic change, international and domestic population movement, and new advances in the practices of local governance ensure that the field of Community and Regional Planning will be a lively and challenging profession for quite some time to come, both here in Canada and elsewhere in the world.                                                                                                                                                                            

PLAN 425 provides a general introduction to some of the main concepts, challenges, and debates in Planning, both as a professional practice and as a process of social and political intervention in space. At its heart, Planning is an action-oriented and problem-oriented activity. As a profession, Planners use well-defined tools such as zoning by-laws, citizen engagement, and land-use policies to manage a wide range of issues, including transportation, housing, real estate development, community-building, and the allocation of social services, which affect our everyday lives in communities, cities, and regions. As a general practice by ordinary citizens, Planning operates in complex social and political environments that are shaped by local, regional, national, and transnational forces. This course aims to critically engage students with the multiple meanings, practices, and tools that shape the field of community and regional Planning.

Some of the questions we will explore include:

  • What tools do Planners use and what kinds of skills are important for planners to have?
  • What role does Planning play (or ought to play) in relation to the forces that shape community, urban, and regional change?
  • Whose values and interests are represented in Planning processes? Who is a Planner?
  • How is Planning understood and how does Planning operate in different cultural, social, and political contexts?
  • How can different theoretical perspectives illuminate our understanding of Planning practice?

The course will provide students with a foundation in the dynamic and multifaceted themes of contemporary Planning. In particular, it will engage participants in the various research and teaching concentrations at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning. The aim is to present, share, and develop instructive and stimulating experiences that will help students to gain an initial understanding of contemporary Planning issues and practices. At the same time, this course aims to develop critical thinking skills and expose students to diverse cultural perspectives and positions around Planning problems.

PLAN 425 is designed as an introductory course; no previous experience in the field is required.  This is a chance to find out whether Community and Regional Planning as a career may be the right choice for you.

The course will be offered in 2016W Term 2 as follows:

-PLAN 425, section #004,  Tuesday from 3:00-6:00pm, room ORCH 3018

-PLAN 425, section #002, Thursday from 2:00-5:00pm, room PCOH 1001

Register here.

Penny Mullen
Financial Specialist | Faculty of Applied Science | School of Community and Regional Planning
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
417-6333 Memorial Road, Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z2
Tel: 604 822 8213

Graduate Pathways to Success: Space in Mixed Effects Models, Overcoming Perfectionism


Craig Jones from UBC Geography is in the 3MT Canadian Finals!   Login to watch all the videos and vote for your favourite (May 9-19) at .


There is still space in the weeks:

Statistics Series Session VI: Mixed Effects Models

May 18, 2016 | 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

For more information or to register, visit


Overcoming Perfectionism

May 19, 2016 | 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

For more information or to register, visit


Visit for other graduate student workshops and events including:

Writing  for Graduate Students, June 14 – Jul 22, 2016 (ONLINE),    ; direct link

QPR Suicide Prevention Training, June 28, 10 AM to 12:00 PM


Please let me know if you have questions.


Jacqui Brinkman
Manager, Graduate Pathways to Success Program | Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
Phone 604 827 4578 | Fax 604 822 5802
170 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z2 |