Thesis Defense – PhD – PLNT


 UBC – Faculty of Land and Food Systems Announces 

The Oral Examination for the Degree of 

PhD in PLNT 

Siddhartha BISWAS 


Friday July 7th, 2017 at 9.00 AM
Room 207, Anthropology and Sociology Building

6303 Northwest Marine Drive

Latecomers will not be admitted


Dr. John Saddler (Forestry)

Supervisory Committee:
Dr. David A Theilmann, Research Supervisor (Plant Science)
Dr. James W Kronstad, Co-supervisor (Plant Science)
Dr. Peter J Krell (Molecular and Cellular biology, U. of Guelph)

University Examiners:
Dr. Eric Jan (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
Dr. François Jean (Microbiology and Immunology) 

Everyone is welcome!



A Rewarding Student Leadership Opportunity Awaits You

Nominate yourself for the next GSS Financial & Executive Oversight Officer

Nomination deadline: July 20, 2017, 5pm

Do you want to build essential management and communication skills? Run for the appointed position of Financial and Executive Oversight Officer (FEO) on the GSS Student Executive team and gain essential experience in managing the budgets and finances of a major student government.

This volunteer, one-year term is open to current UBC graduate students. For more information and how to apply, visit:

GSS FEO Elections

GSS Catch Up
Graduate Students
Responding to Disclosure Workshop

Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 3-4:30pm, GSS Boardroom

Learn how trauma affects the mind and body, and how to support fellow graduate students who has disclosed sexual assault.

Info & Sign Up

Graduate Student Job Posting:
GSS Advocate
Help support individual UBC graduate students who encounter academic, social, or personal issues, advocating on their behalf to UBC administration and faculty, and connect students with campus resources that can provide the appropriate assistance.

Job Details

Volunteer Opportunity:
GSS/AMS Referendum Ad Hoc Committee
Meet other graduate students and give back to the graduate student community! Your GSS is looking for volunteers to join the GSS/AMS Referendum Ad Hoc Committee.

The committee will hold a needs assessment on the AMS services that graduate students currently use, draft proposals for how to proceed as a Society, and prepare for a related 2018 referendum. This will require research, consultation with the GSS membership, and careful consideration of many factors.

This volunteer opportunity is open to all current UBC graduate students, preferably with some familiarity with the AMS and GSS, as well as AMS and GSS services. Ideally, the volunteers come with experience or interest in consultations and project management.

Committee members are expected to attend regularly committee meetings, approximately 2 per month. The GSS/AMS Referendum Ad Hoc Committee will run from the end of July 2017 to March 2018.

Application deadline: July 18, 2017, 9am
To apply, please attend the next GSS Council meeting (July 20, 5:30, Michael Kingsmill Form at the Nest) or send a short statement of interest to:

GSS Events & Programming
St. Mark’s Summit Summer Hike

Sat., July 15, 2017, 9am-5pm, Cypress Mountain


Hike atop St. Mark’s Summit at Cypress Mountain with fellow graduate students for a breathtaking view of Howe Sound atop the peak.

Details & RSVP

Stanley Park Cycle Tour
Sat., Aug. 12, 2017, 1-4pm, Downtown Vancouver


More than just a ride in the park! As you leisurely weave down the pristine forest trails that criss-cross through Stanley Park, you will learn incisive information about our amazing wilderness city.

Tour Details

Summer Sports League: Soccer & Softball
Come and watch your friends go for the goals!

Are you ready to welcome summer with a bang? Teams of graduate students are playing for some good old summer outdoor fun and see who is the best.

Games & results: Follow along on when your friends are playing and the scores:

For more information on the leagues, please visit:

GSS Events Calendar

Waitlist Registration is now OPEN for August 5, 6, 12 2017 Grad ISW



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Waitlist registration is now open for the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) August 5, 6, 12 2017. The ISW is an internationally recognized program and students receive transcript notation for their participation. In addition, graduate students in STEM departments are eligible to become CIRTL associates upon completion of the workshop.   The ISW is a 3-day intensive workshop that develops participant’s teaching skills and confidence.  It is appropriate for first time teachers or those with years of experience.  Join the thousands of students who have taken this workshop. 

IMPORTANT: The workshop runs from 8:15am-5:00pm. Please note you must be able to attend all three days, i.e. the entire 24-hour workshop.  Please find attached the policy for registering in an ISW and an FAQ sheet. This workshop is always in high demand. To register for the August 5, 6, 12 ISW, please go to the following link and sign-up: . Waitlist registration will close on Friday at 4:30pm. By clicking this link, you can register for the waitlist, however this does not register you for the workshop. If you are accepted into the workshop, you will be contacted directly by our office.
Please let me know if you have any questions.

Elissa Morris 
Events Assistant | Centre for Teaching Learning and Technology
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver
214-1961 East Mall, Vancouver BC, V6T 1Z1 Canada
Phone 604 827 4871| | @UBC_CTLT

Graduate Pathways to Success: Essentials of Productive Teams (@VGH site)


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Registration is now open for:

Essentials of Productive Teams (Mitacs)

Tuesday, July 11 | 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

For more information or to register, visit

 Check out for more events and opportunities, including:

Reminder to apply by June 30th, 2017 to be a Graduate Student Wellness Peer 2017-18

Tips and Tricks for Formatting your Thesis, June 27, 2017

Citation Management Using Mendeley, July 4, 2017

2017 Cultural Exchange Volunteer, July 15th to August 11th

 Note we’ve been asked to share: UBC-V: Emergency preparedness exercise, June 28 (south campus where Main Mall meets Agronomy Road)

 Please let me know if you have questions. 

 Thank you,

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