Thesis Defense – PhD – HUNU


UBC – The Faculty of Land and Food Systems Announces

The Oral Examination for the Degree of Ph.D. in HUNU



“Is Iron Deficiency a Major Cause of the High Prevalence of Anemia in Non-pregnant Cambodian Women of Reproductive Age? Evidence from a Cross-sectional Survey and a Randomized Controlled Trial” 

Wednesday December 7,  2016 at  12:30 pm Room 220 – Graduate Student Centre




Dr. Emma Guns (Experimental Medicine)

Supervisory Committee:

Dr. Timothy J Green, Research Supervisor (Human Nutrition) Dr. Susan I Barr (Human Nutrition)

Dr. Suzanne M Vercauteren (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine)


University Examiners: Dr. Zhaoming Xu (Human Nutrition)

Dr. Joel Singer (Population and Public Health)

UBC Research Commons – December 2016 Workshops & Events


Research Commons December Events

With the Holiday Season just around the corner, you still have time to attend some of the useful workshops and events for graduate students that the Research Commons is offering this term. Our services this month include our Digital Humanities Mixer, Thesis Formatting, NVivo, SPSS, Citation Management, and the R Study Group!

Read on for workshop dates, descriptions and links to register.

1-on-1 Consultations

1-on-1 consults are available for Thesis Formatting, Citation Management, SPSS, and NVivo up until December 16, 2016. 

To request an appoint, follow the steps below:

  1. Check the consultation schedule to find available time slots for your requested service.
  2. Fill out the Consultation Request Form.

Citation Management Support

Need some help when it comes to managing your citations, and compiling your bibliography? Join our weekly Citation Management workshops for help with Mendeley, RefWorks and Zotero! Get tips on organizing your research, formatting bibliographies, and creating in-text citations.

Workshops run every Thursday at 3-5pm in Koerner Library, Room 217.

Upcoming Citation Management Workshops:

Citation Management Using Mendeley
Thursday, December 1

Citation Management Using RefWorks
Thursday, December 8

Citation Management Using Zotero
Thursday, December 15

Need assistance with analyzing your quantitative data? Attend one of our SPSS workshops, where our student experts will get you acquainted with using SPSS for your statistical analysis.

Workshops are located in Koerner Library at 10am-12pm, room 217.

Upcoming SPSS Workshops:

SPSS (Part 1) – Environment, Data Entry and One Variable Analysis
Tuesday, December 6

SPSS (Part 2) – Data Management and Bivariate Analysis
Tuesday, December 13


Improve your research results and gain new insights into your data by learning to use NVivo, a powerful qualitative data analysis software.

Workshops are held weekly, in Koerner Library, room 216.

Upcoming NVivo Workshops:

NVivo (Part 1) – Getting Started with NVivo
Wednesday, December 7

NVivo (Part 2) – Classification & Datasets
Wednesday, December 14

 Thesis Formatting Support
Thesis formatting can be tricky – we’re here to help. Register today for one of our weekly two-hour workshops that cover the basics of the thesis template, and useful resources for thesis writing and formatting.

Fall sessions run Wednesdays at 10am-12pm in Koerner 217 .

Upcoming Thesis Formatting Workshops:

Wednesday, December 7
Wednesday, December 14

 R Study Group
Join the UBC R Study Group and learn how to code and collaborate with others on open science projects. All graduate students, scientists and researchers are welcome!

Weekly sessions run Mondays at 3-4:30pm in Koerner Library, room 216.

Upcoming Sessions:

Monday, December 5
Advanced R – Exceptions & Debugging

Pixelating: A Digital Humanities Mixer

Thursdays | 12-2pm | Koerner Rm 153
UBC scholars are invited to attend our drop-in sessions of Pixelating: A Digital Humanities Mixeran opportunity for DH scholars across campus to meet colleagues, talk tools, brainstorm ideas and network with others who use digital tools to explore and visualize their research.

Join us Thursdays at 12-2pm in Koerner Library, room 153.

Upcoming Sessions:

Thursday, December 1

LFS Holiday Party – December 8


LFS Holiday Party – December 8

The LFS Holiday Party is Thursday, December 8 from 3:00 -5:00 pm in the Agora Lounge.  Our gathering will have festive food and drink, along with music and good fellowship!

  • Delicious food!
  • Great raffle prizes!  To be eligible for the prize draws you must R.S.V.P.
  • Food Bank Donations – bring non-perishable food donations for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
  • 50/50 draw for the Food Bank.
  • This party will also celebrate the Faculty’s December birthdays.
  • Presentation of the Shynkaryk and Richards Service Awards and LFS Graduate Student Service Award.
  • Please bring your own plate, cup and cutlery to reduce waste.

We need some volunteers for setting up the room and cleaning after the party. Please let Rebecca or me know ASAP.

We need to know how many people will be attending, so please RSVP by Tuesday, December 6 to .  Remember, you must R.S.V.P. to be eligible for the raffle prize draws!

UBC Researchers Develop New Method to Test for Antioxidants in Chocolate


Xiaonan Lu and PhD student Yaxi Hu have developed a faster and cheaper way to quantify antioxidant levels in chocolate. It’s a method they plan to use in new research to help uncover when antioxidant levels rise and fall during the manufacturing process, from raw cocoa beans to chocolate bars. The new method predicts the antioxidant levels in chocolate in under a minute, compared to the industry standard that can take several hours or even days. Congratulations Xiaonan and Yaxi!

For the full story click here

Jacqui Brinkman talking about the 3MT


Jacqui Brinkman from the Faculty of Graduate and Post Doctoral Studies will talk about the 3 Minute Thesis 

Come hear Jacqui Brinkman talk about the 3 Minute Thesis.  

The 3 Minute Thesis is a contest and exercise to present your thesis in 3 minutes that runs annually.  Come hear more about the process and what you can do to prepare. While the competition takes place in March 2017 it is not too soon to start preparing. Jacqui will talk about how to prepare and what can happen when you participate.



Monday Dec 5 1:30-2:50 FNH 300