New Graduate Course: SOIL 517 Land and Water Resources Evaluation – 2017W Term 1


The Master of Land and Water Systems program is offering a new course this fall that is open to all graduate students, with instructor permission.

 SOIL-LWS 517 Syllabus 2017W

SOIL/LWS 517.001 Land and Water Resources Evaluation 

This course focuses on a “systems” approach to assessing and evaluating land and water resources. It provides guidance in critical reading, methods and approaches to assessing and interpreting information based on different values and governance systems. The aim is to provide students the opportunity to develop processes and experiences by which they can facilitate their academic disciplinary experience into a more holistic framework. Course syllabus is attached. 

The course is offered by Les Lavkulich and Julie Wilson of the Master of Land and Water Systems program. It will be of interest to your Masters students as well as senior undergraduates with an interest in the land-water-energy nexus.  


Winter Term 1

Mon Wed 9:00 – 10:30 am

MCML Room 358 

Note: MLWS students must enroll in the LWS section. All other students must enroll in the SOIL section. 


Looking for research participants!


I am a postdoctoral researcher, jointly affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley and the University of British Columbia. I am writing to invite you to participate in a research project entitled “The Integration of Second Generation Racialized Minorities in the United States and Canada,” which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada) Postdoctoral Fellowship. 

This study examines the educational, work and lived experiences of racialized minority immigrant descendants in North American societies, with a particular focus on the factors that affect their integration process. As part of the study, you will be asked to fill up an online survey questionnaire. The link is in the below this invitation. If you agree, after the suvey, you may be chosen to participate in a 1-1.5 hour individual interview (face-to-face, or skype or telephone) with me at UBC. This study will provide you with the opportunity to share your educational and lived experiences as a descendent of immigrants. The findings of the study may benefit immigrant communities by suggesting policy and social change, and improving services and support.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary. You can also withdraw from participation in the project at any time. The data collected in this study will be kept confidential and participants and identities will not be used for any presentations or publications. Researchers have employed several mechanisms to ensure your confidentiality.

Participants who only complete the online survey questionnaire will be entered in a drawing to win one of (20) $10 Amazon gift card. Participants who complete the survey and also complete a follow-up individual interview will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

If you have any questions, please email me at or and copy to my research assistant Yinan Zheng at, or call me at 510-850-9972. Thank you so much for considering participating in the study, and I hope to hear from you soon.

   Survey link:



Dan Cui (PhD)
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Job Opportunities – The Nature’s Bounty Co


The Nature’s Bounty Co have a number of excellent job opportunities in the field of Regulatory affairs based in the UK. 

·         EU Region Leader, Regulatory Affairs & Registrations (Maternity Leave Cover) – Tring, Hertfordshire

·         APAC Region Leader, Regulatory Affairs & Registrations – Central London or Tring, Hertfordshire

·         Labelling and Registrations Specialists – Central London or Tring 

Further details are attached including guidance on how to apply. Please pass on to anyone who you think may be interested.  

Labelling Registrations Specialist Advert- June 17 

APAC Region Leader Advert- June 17 

EU Region Leader Maternity Leave Advert- June 17


Best wishes,





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Thesis Defense – MSc – Soil


UBC – Faculty of Land and Food Systems Announces

The Oral Examination for the Degree of



Soil amendments from urban residuals and their effect

on crop productivity and nutrient cycling


Thursday, July 13, 2017, 1:00 pm

Room 170, MacMillan Building

Latecomers will not be admitted


Dr. R. Cerri – Chair

Dr. S. Smukler – Supervisor

Dr. L. Lavkulich – Committee member

Dr. W. Valley – Committee member

Dr. J. Carillo – External examiner

Supervisory Committee:

Dr. S. Smukler – Supervisor

Dr. L. Lavkulich – Committee member

Dr. W. Valley – Committee member




Everyone is welcome!

Link Correction: Call for Articles – UBC INK Journal



UBC INK Journal 

Do you want to… 

Bring more attention to the research you have worked so hard to produce?

Develop skills in communicating your work to a general audience?

Build connections with other researchers in the UBC community?   

If your answer is yes, then submit an article of your work to INK (Ideas, Numbers, Knowledge)! 

INK is a non-academic, student-run journal that amasses knowledge from across the disciplines. The journal offers a platform for bright and motivated students to communicate their work in a way that can be understood by someone outside of their field of expertise. It also hosts interdisciplinary discussions on real world problems, and serves as a vehicle for knowledge sharing and collaboration.  

Our team aims to bring together academic communities from across UBC and beyond to enhance sharing and communication of knowledge. We disseminate innovative thinking that addresses practical issues in society, and we offer students a niche for their ideas as well as involvement in the actual publication process. 

We are currently accepting submissions for our August 2017 issue. The deadline for submission is July 31st, 2017. Graduate students will receive a $100 honorarium for successfully published articles. For more information, please visit our website: 

Please submit your article to INK’s Editor-in-Chief, Samantha Jones at  

Thanks so much,

Maria Zhu | MSc Candidate in Neuroscience
Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre
University of British Columbia
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