Macmillan water shutdown – Saturday February 4th 1pm to 5pm


Note Macmillan Water shutdown this Saturday Feb 4th from 1-5pm 

Pedro Aloise

 Project Services needs to shut the hot and cold water down to the Macmillan building on Saturday February 4th from 1pm to 5pm in order to perform repairs on water lines located in the 2nd floor Land and Food Systems labs on the North side of the building. 

Please let me know if this will affect any research or events. If it will, please propose an alternate date and time. 



François Desmarais
Facilities Manager
Customer Services | Building Operations
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
2329 West Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z4 Canada
Phone 604 822 0068 | Cell 604 250 3825

UC Davis Student Farm seeks new director- apply by Feb 21 for full consideration


UC Davis Student Farm is seeking a new director

The Student Farm at UC Davis (SF) is seeking a new director to lead the continued development of the SF as a learning community where students from many disciplines work to create, maintain and explore sustainable food systems on a 20+ acre farm. A key component of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI), the SF has served UC Davis students and faculty and the public with educational, research, and outreach opportunities focused on sustainable agriculture and food systems for 40 years. Each year over 400 students engage in staff- and faculty-mentored experiential learning through which they come to understand sustainability through the soils, crops, climate, and community in which they work and within programs ranging from backyard garden scale to mechanized crop and compost production 

The SF Director provides intellectual, academic, and community leadership to the SF and has primary responsibility for overall vision and administration as well as the programs’ educational, research and public service functions.  The Director collaborates with staff and students to ensure the SF learning community collectively develops and achieves it short-term and long-term goals focused on just and sustainable agriculture and food systems, experiential learning, and student leadership and empowerment.   

Recruitment period:

Open date: December 1st, 2016

Next review date: February 21st, 2017
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: November 14th, 2017
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Job is located on the UC Davis campus in Davis, CA. 

See a full job description and apply for the position here. 

Learn more about the Student Farm  and the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis. 

Aubrey Thompson (White)
Communications Coordinator
Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis
UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program
(530) 752-5299

Gender pronouns: she/her 

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Follow us on Twitter @ASI_at_UCDavis  

GPS webinar and online writing workshops for graduate students


Improving your Academic Writing Habits (via webinar)

Thursday, Feb 9th, 4:00 – 5:30 PM PST 

Related, faculty, staff and students may be interested in Nature Masterclasses (online Scientific Writing and Publishing courses).

Through the generous support of the Faculties of Applied Science, Medicine, Science, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies; the IsoSiM and High-Dimensional Bioinformatics NSERC CREATE training programs; and the CIHR Bridge training program, UBC now has a one year subscription to Nature Masterclasses .  This online training includes: 

·         15 modules, covering the entire publishing process (What Makes a Great Paper, Elements of Writing Style, Data Management and Presentation, Authors’s Responsibilities, Understanding Peer Review, and more)

·         Taught by Nature journal editors

·         Videos and activities designed for busy researchers 

With Nature Masterclasses you will learn: 

·         how to get the most out of the writing process;

·         how the manuscript selection process works;

·         what happens to your paper after submission;

·         what it takes to get published in top journals. 

UBC graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, staff and faculty may register and access the training here:  .  Access is available from any UBC computer, including UBC-Okanagan.  If accessing from home, you must first VPN in. 

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

Graduate Programs: Waitlist Registration is now OPEN for April 8, 15, 16 2017 Grad ISW


Waitlist registration is now open for the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) April 8, 15, 26 2017. The ISW is an internationally recognized program and students receive transcript notation for their participation.  It 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 April 8, 15, 16 2017 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: Introduction to Interacting with the Media, Practice Your Presentation Skills, and Overcoming Perfectionism


 There is still space in this week’s sessions:

Strategies for Presenting your Thesis in 3 minutes (includes general advice and practice for oral presentations)

Wednesday, Feb 01|10:00 to 11:30 AM (in-person)

Wednesday, Feb 01|1:00 to 2:30 PM (webinar)

Skills of Communication (Mitacs), Thursday, Feb 02|9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

For further information or to register, visit


Registration is now open for:

Introduction To Interacting with the Media, Tuesday, Feb 07|9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
For further information or to register, visit

Practice Your Presentation Skills I, Wednesday, Feb 08|9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

For further information or to register, visit

Overcoming Perfectionism, Thursday, Feb 09|9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

For further information or to register, visit


Check out for other graduate student opportunities including:

UBC Start-Up Weekend, Feb 03-07

Research Bazaar-Improve digital research skills (research better, faster, smarter): Feb 1-3 (UBC/SFU event @SFU Harbour Centre)

Statistical Models – R Workshop Series, Feb 06, 12:00-2:00PM; Feb 08, 2:00-4:00PM, Feb 09, 2:00-4:00PM

Graduate Career Skills Session, Feb 09, 2:00 PM

Copyright and Conference Presentations Workshop, Feb 07, 1:30 PM

Multi-disciplinary Graduate Student Writing Community, Feb 09, 3:00PM

Call For Papers, 8th UBCO Interdisciplinary Grad Students’ Conference: Critical Perspectives On Wellness. Submission Deadline: February 17

Future of Research Vancouver 2017 advocate for early career scientists @SFU Harbour Centre Feb 20th


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
604 827 4578 | Fax 604 822 5802 | @ubcgradschool