R Workshop Series



ECOSCOPE is an industrial stream NSERC CREATE training program which provides UBC students and post-docs with the skills needed to translate environmental sequence information derived from studying microbial communities in natural and engineered ecosystems into commercial and entrepreneurial activities. 

Upcoming R Workshop Events 

Introduction to R Workshop Series
September 26, 28 & 30


You will learn:

§  the concept of a data vector, and how to use vectorized functions,

§  how to organize your data vectors into data frames,

§  to import data from a file or on the web into an R data frame,

§  to create various graphics using R’s built in graphical capabilities,

§  to modify the various features of a graphic,

§  to add additional features to an existing graphic, and

§  to save your graphic in various formats,

§  how to organize your work with R Studio using projects.

Workshop 1: Monday, September 26th, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Workshop 2: Wednesday, September 28th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Workshop 3: Friday, September 30th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm




Room LSC3 – Life Sciences Institute – 2350 Health Sciences Mall. Vancouver, BC – View Map


You can register to the workshop series ($36 plus fees). The fee includes 3 sessions, and 6 hours of instruction. Free for ECOSCOPE trainees (to rsvp contact info.ecoscope@ubc.ca). No refunds. 

Related Workshops

Working with Data Workshop Series – October 2016

Graphics with Ggplot Workshop Series – November 2016

Introduction to R Workshop Series – January 2017

Statistical Models Workshop Series – February 2017

Reproducible Research Workshop Series – March 2017

Intermediate R Programming Workshop Series – April 2017

About the Instructors

Davor Cubranic is a scientific programmer in the Department of Statistics and a member of Applied Statistics and Data Science Group (ASDa) He has been using R for six years and has authored eight R packages published on CRAN. Prior to joining UBC, Davor worked in the software industry developing tools for exploring and analyzing large datasets.

Rick White has worked for the Applied Statistics and Data Science Group (ASDa) in the UBC Department of Statistics for over 20 years. For the last 7 years he has been the Managing Director. Rick has consulted on many projects that cover a wide variety of statistically related issues, including experimental design, graphical displays of data, statistical modelling and data analysis. Through his consulting he has co-authored over 40 peer reviewed papers primarily in biostatistics and the “omics”. He started using R shortly after it was released in 1997.

For more events, take a look at our event calendar


ISEKI-Food Association NEWS


ISEKI-Food Association newsletter July 2016 also available in French

For details, please go to following link


IFA supported event – FoodInnova 2017, 31 January – 3 February 2017, Cesena, Italy

Registration is now open now, please find registration and all other conference details under this link

Abstract submission deadline: 15 October 2016.


Innovate UK grant

The University of Reading has been awarded an Innovate UK grant to carry out a project about sugar and fat reduction in biscuits. The consortium consist of three partners: Cargill, United Biscuits and the University of Reading. They are looking to recruit a PDRA here where the role will require someone with a range of skills (ideally including microscopy, rheology and experience in food texture measurements) and the interest and ability to develop other skills. Hopefully the post will start on 1st October. The position is for 23 months at 80% FTE (ie 4 days per week). Please, find attached the job description.

For applying to the position please follow this link.

Applications have to be submitted online.

For any questions please contact Dr Julia Rodriguez Garcia directly, you can find her details in the job description.


Best regards

Anita Habershuber

ISEKI-Food Association



Speed Friending

A New School Year, Many New Friends

Graduate school opens the door to many new opportunities and friendships, but forming that solid sense of community isn’t always easy.  

Meet new and current grad students and expand your social network. Speed Friending is very similar to speed dating. But we’ve also thrown in some twists to make the experience extra fun and engaging. Let the GSS help you break the ice – find a community to call your own.  

Afterwards, cap the night off with your GSS for a classic sit down at Koerner’s pub. Bring in your new buddies and let the fun begin!

Event details & RSVP  

GSS Catch Up

AMS/GSS Heath & Dental Plan

Did you know? You can even enroll your family in the Health & Dental Plan!


The AMS/GSS Health & Dental Plan is a student-specific extended health and dental plan that covers expenses not covered by the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP), such as:

  • Prescription drugs
  • Vision care
  • Dental care
  • Travel health coverage
  • Health practitioners
  • And more!

Change-of-Coverage Period:
September 6-27, 2016


·         Incoming and returning students can enroll their family or opt out of the health and dental plan for this academic year during the following periods only: September 6-27, 2016.


·         For more information on the AMS/GSS Health & Dental Plan and change-of-coverage period, visit:

·         ihaveaplan.ca  

AMS/GSS Health Plan Premium Assistance Fund

After paying for tuition, books and food, can you still afford to pay for healthcare? We can help you get FREE healthcare coverage. 

The AMS/GSS Health Plan Premium Assistance Fund helps students pay for the AMS/GSS Health & Dental Plan fee on a need basis. This Fund is open to incoming and returning students who have not opted out of the Plan.

Application period: September 27, 2016 at 4pm

Apply for the Fund in 3 easy steps:

  1. Complete the form online
  2. Drop off supporting documents at the GSS Office
  3. Receive notification from the Health & Dental Coordinator once your application is reviewed

Fund info & to apply

GSS Programs & Events

Craft Untapped: Orientation BBQ Edition

Thu., 5-7:30pm, GSS Penthouse

We are cracking open the best of the local autumn brews and firing up the BBQ to serve up burgers. Get introduced to Vancouver’s craft beer scene while mingling with new and current grad students.

Event info & tickets

Sunset at a Beach

Fri., Sep. 9, 5-9pm, Spanish Banks

Sunset in Vancouver is stunning, especially when you experience it with good company. Bring your friends and meet us at Spanish Banks to watch the sun set below the horizon.

Meet up info

Grad Student Night Out (GSNO)

Fri., Sep. 9, 9:30pm and on, Venue (Downtown Vancouver)

Celebrate surviving the first week of the new school year and get acquainted with Vancouver’s nightlife.

Event info & tickets

Board Games Night

Mon., Sep. 12, 5-8pm, Penthouse

Join us for a night of fun, friends, and board games, including classic favourites like Settlers of Catan, Taboo, Carcassonne, Hanabi and more!

Event info

UBC Research Commons – September 2016 Workshops & Events


Please see below the UBC Library Research Commons September Events newsletter, below, to your graduate students. 

If you would prefer to send a link to the newsletter within your own departmental newsletters or emails, the URL is bit.ly/RCNewsSeptember2016 

Questions, comments, suggestions? Let us know! 

All the best, 

The Research Commons Team 

UBC Library Research Commons  

2nd floor, Koerner Library
The University of British Columbia
1958 Main Mall | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z2 


UBC MD/PhD Open House

UBC MD/PhD Program Open House
Friday Sept 9th, 2016
Location: Room 2301, The Nest, 6133 University Boulevard, UBC Campus 
1:15-1:30 pm Refreshments
1:30-1:35 pm Welcome and Introduction
1:35-1:50 pm Overview of the Program by Dr. Lynn Raymond (UBC MD/PhD Program Director)
1:50-2:15 pm Q/A Period for Dr. Raymond
2:15-3:00 pm MD/PhD Student Presentations (Parker Jobin, Amanda Dancsok and Adam Ramzy)
3:00-3:30 pm Guest speaker: Dr. Stuart Turvey (Professor, Division of Allergy and Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, UBC)
3:30-3:45 pm Q/A Period for Dr. Turvey
3:45-4:45 pm Poster Session (opportunity for prospective applicants to mingle with students and to ask questions) 
UBC's MD/PhD program is one of the nation's best and most competitive programs for training future clinician-scientists. Our alumni go on to top-tier residency programs across North America in specialties such as neurosurgery and neuropathology, ophthalmology, internal medicine and radiology, and later establish careers bridging clinical medicine with scientific research. Our program boasts an exceptional student publication record and outstanding success in external funding applications. For more information, visit: http://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/mdphd/
Registration is not required. Prospective applicants are welcome to attend the full event or any of the sessions. We hope to see you at the open house!


Parker Jobin

MD/PhD Candidate, Year 4
Vancouver Fraser Medical Program
University of British Columbia

UBC Life Science Centre
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Overall Lab, Centre for Blood Research, Room 4.420

2350 Health Sciences Mall,

Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z3