LFS service awards 2016 – deadline extended


Call for Nominations – LFS Service Awards – deadline extended

Nominations are now open for the Faculty of Land and Food Systems outstanding service awards, including the LFS Shynkaryk Service Award (staff), LFS Richards Service Award (faculty) and LFS Graduate Student Service Award. These awards will be presented at our Faculty Holiday Party on Thursday, December 8.

LFS Shynkaryk and Richards Awards

Nominees should be LFS staff or faculty members who meet the following criteria: consistently provides excellent service to students, faculty and staff, accomplished tasks with good humour and grace, works extremely well with others, and always goes one step further on every project. Nominations should include the name of the nominator, name of nominee and 3 or more reasons for the nomination (with examples).

LFS Graduate Student Service Award 

Nominees should be graduate students who meet the following criteria: provide services and / or leadership to fellow graduate students and the LFS community at large, and serve as exemplars to fellow grad students, faculty and staff or the faculty in general. Nominations should include the name of the nominator, name of nominee and 3 or more reasons for the nomination (with examples).

Please send nominations to Melanie Train (melanie.train@ubc.ca) by Tuesday, November 29.

Reminder: Tri-Agency CGS M / Affiliated Fellowships (Master’s)


Friendly reminder: please notify me about your intention of applying by Thursday, November 24th. 

·        You may consider working on your CGS-M or Affiliated Fellowship application with your supervisor. Or at least have it reviewed by your supervisor before submit it.

·        Once submitted, no corrections/updates would be possible.

·        Please make sure you do not wait to the last moment to submit your application.

·        Be reminded that the deadline for CGSM is 5pm (Pacific time) Dec 1st, 2016.

·        For the Affiliated Fellowships applicants, the deadline is 4pm (pacific time)Dec 1st, 2016, Room 344, MacMIllan Bldg.

·        The CGSM offers are to be held at UBC ONLY.

·        Upload the official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions you have attended to. Make sure you also upload the Grading Key for each one of the transcripts.

·        Check with your referees to make sure they submitted the letters of support.

·        Read the instructions carefully and follow as indicated.

The Fall 2016 Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) application is available on the Tri-Agency Research Portal


The deadline across Canada for applications is 5pm Pacific Standard Time on Thursday, 1 December 2016. After this time, the Research Portal will close, and there will be no opportunity to re-open the application. This is the deadline for all application materials, including reference letters. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their references are submitted on time. Please note that when identifying UBC as your institution, the official name is “The University of British Columbia”.

Instructions for completing a CGSM application (including transcript requirements) are available online

The Fall 2016 Affiliated Fellowships Master’s-level competition runs in parallel to the Tri-Agency CGS M competition.
The Affiliated Fellowships materials for Master’s-level funding have now been posted to the Graduate Awards website: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/affiliated-fellowships-masters-program

The deadline by which Affiliated Fellowship applications for Master’s-level funding must be submitted to the applicant’s UBC graduate program is Thursday, 1 December 2016 (same as the deadline for Tri-Agency CGS M applications).

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Kind regards,

Lia Maria Dragan
Graduate Programs Office
of Land and Food Systems The University of British Columbia
344-2357 Main Mall | Vancouver BC Canada V6T 1Z4
Phone 604.822.8373 | Fax 604.822.4400
Lia.maria@ubc.ca / lfs.gradapp@ubc.ca www.landfood.ubc.ca



Project-based course for GNAM on Urban Resilience — possible collaboration


A quick note to share an upcoming opportunity:


In the last 18 months, Sauder, along with the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM — http://advancedmanagement.net), has been working with the Rockefeller Foundation and 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) network in the area of urban resilience:

  • 100RC and GNAM have collaborated to mount online courses in the area of urban resilience for students in the GNAM network, in which student teams work on resilience challenges posed by the Chief Resilience Officers of cities, e.g., Norfolk, Pittsburgh, Semarang, Juarez, San Juan.
  • In October this year, we mounted a week-long face-to-face intensive resilience hackathon in Quito (alongside Habitat III) and students worked on a series of resilience challenges posed by the Chief Resilience Officer of Quito.
  • In March 2017, Sauder is hosting a similar course — the Global Network Week — a project-based course titled “Building Resilience in the New Urban Agenda: Localization, Integration and Valuation.”  Attached is the overview of the week.

The collaboration opportunity 

The District of West Vancouver and UBC Sustainability program have offered several projects for the student teams to work on during the March 2017 resilience hackathon — projects will be in the areas of economic development, biodiversity, alternative water sources, community resilience against climate change (specifically, climate adaptation at the neighborhood scale), forest wild-fire exposure, and earthquake resilience expertise development.  

The course is capped at 30 students for the GNAM network, but I am keen on exploring if a few of the LFS grad students may find this interesting.  For instance, 8 UBC journalism students are currently enrolled in the current GNAM Urban Resilience online course and are working with MBA students and Forestry & Environmental studies students on projects for cities.  Very exciting to have such diversity in each team. 

As you will see from the flow of the learning experience in the attached document:

  • the 6 weeks leading up to the week in March will see students being exposed, via online classes, to 100RC, the City Resilience Framework, Turbulence and Resilience project planning, and models of community engagement
  • students will be working in virtual teams for that period on better understanding the resilience challenges posed to them, and then finish their work here in Vancouver March 13-17.  So there will be significant work that the student teams will be doing.  Btw, the students for such courses come from several GNAM schools — in the course we are currently doing this fall, we have 42 students from 12 business schools globally, 15 time zones working on resilience challenges for cities.  We anticipate that a similar diverse student group will be working on the projects for the March initiative as well.


Dr. Murali Chandrashekaran
     Chair of the Americas Region, Partnership in International Management Network
     Senior Associate Dean, Strategic Partnerships and Global Initiatives
     Fred H. Siller Professor of Marketing and Behavioural Science
     Sauder School of Business
     University of British Columbia
     137 – 2053 Main Mall
     Vancouver, B.C.
     Canada V6T 1Z2 

T:   + 1 604-827-3163 

F:  + 1 604-822-9030

E: murali@sauder.ubc.ca

Volunteers wanted for Genome BC’s Lower Mainland Geneskool Classroom Visits


Genome BC’s Lower Mainland Geneskool Classroom Visits

Are you interested in visiting local classes to share your enthusiasm about science and genetics with young minds?
Sign up as part of our volunteer pool that visits local schools with fun activities.. Help teach kids about the hereditary nature of DNA, natural selection and even get them involved in solving murder mysteries! If you�re interested in helping out, let us know and we'll set you up with a classroom at a date and time which works for everyone! All our activities are pre-prepared and easy and fun to teach..  
When: Weekdays during term time, very flexible 
Where: Lower Mainland Classrooms
Who: High school students
Interested volunteers please sign up here https://goo.gl/forms/ui4sWt2k2c2AVlMB2 or contact the program coordinator Ashley Port at aport@genomebc.ca to sign up and for more information about this program..
Ruth Sharpe
Executive Coordinator, UBC Let's Talk Science
University of British Columbia
Brock Hall Annex, Room 2357B
1874 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Dodge Caravan Rear Seat 


Dodge Caravan Rear Seat 

The rear passenger seat to the Dodge Caravan had been removed and was simply thrown in the back of the van. As a consequence the seat safety locking mechanism was forced out of alignment.  Only through much effort was the seat finally reengaged in order to allow the seat to be used by passengers.  As a result the rear passenger seat of the Dodge Caravan may no longer be removed.  If you require additional cargo space please book either the Ford Ranger or the Chevy Colorado pick up  trucks.