Ride Don’t Hide with the GSS

There’s still time to sign up to ride with team GSS on June 24th.

This special event helps create awareness about the importance of mental health and to raise funds for programs helping those who are dealing with mental illness.



Join the GSS at Bard on the Beach July 14th

We’re organizing a special trip to see Shakespeare’s classic comedy As You Like in the beautiful setting of Vanier Park. This joyful production is a tribute to love, laughter and music. Set in the 1960’s it features 25 classic Beatles songs.

So join us for a Magical Mystery Tour. Don’t be a Nowhere Man. All you need to do is get your Ticket to Ride. Don’t Wait, Because, if you Let it Be you’ll be saying I Should Have Known Better and no one wants to be The Fool on the Hill.



Educational Intelligence

Peter Musser swapped a career in US Naval Intelligence for graduate study at UBC. He wasn’t sure what to expect when he became a GSS councilor for his department, but it’s a decision he doesn’t regret.

“Being in GSS has given me a lot of exposure to the grad student experience outside of my own program, which has been really invaluable. It’s really easy to find yourself siloed from all of the really great things going on at UBC, and GSS is a really potent way of breaking out of that.”


Providing an Edge for the GSS

Meet Anna Ringsred, the GSS Election Coordinator. Anna competed at the Sochi Olympics in speed skating before coming to UBC. She reflects on how she applies the lessons of sport to graduate study and how she came to volunteer with the GSS.


Community Announcements

UBC Extended Learning are recruiting for several roles, that grad students are encouraged to apply for. All are based on the Vancouver campus

  • Campus Guide for Pre-Grad Students
  • Graduate Seminar Facilitator – Arts & Humanities Stream
  • Graduate Seminar Facilitator – Business Stream
  • Graduate Seminar Facilitator – Engineering Stream
  • Graduate Seminar Facilitator – Science Stream

Check out CareersOnline for more information about each individual role.


Volunteer with UBC’s Office of Regional and International Community Engagement (ORICE)

ORICE is happy to announce new volunteer position openings for our Action Team. This team will play an important role for the unit by supporting the organization of its annual Global Development Symposium and Winter I term speaker series on themes related to the Sustainable Development Goals. The ORICE Action Team will work alongside the staff in the office and the Student Leadership team to ensure the successful implementation of the events, prepare materials for promotional information, liaise with speakers and provide logistical support for the events.

More information

Wood Science Seminar


Department of Wood Science Seminar

Friday June 15th, 2018

CAWP 2916 12:30-1:30pm


“Designer Walls: non-cellulosic polysaccharide synthesis in plant cell walls” 

Drs. Tony Bacic and Monika Doblin 

La Trobe Institute for Agriculture and Food (LIAF)

School of Life Sciences

Department of Animal, Plant and Soil Sciences



Shawn Mansfield, PhD


Department of Wood Science

4030-2424 Main Mall

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, BC, Canada

V6T 1Z4

Ph:   604-822-0196

Lab: 604-822-6420

Cell: 604-649-9534




Thesis Defense – MSc – ISLFS


UBC – Faculty of Land and Food Systems Announces 

The Oral Examination for the Degree of 


(Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems)



Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at  13:30 pm
Room 170 – MacMillan Building


Chair: Dr. J. Carrillo

Supervisory Committee:

Dr. H. Wittman – Supervisor
Dr. A. Hanser – Committee member
Dr. J. Black – Committee member 

Defense Committee Composition

Dr. H. Wittman – Supervisor
Dr. A. Hanser – Committee member
Dr. J. Black – Committee member
Dr. R. VanWynsberghe – External


Everyone is welcome

Two Free Events at the Vancouver Aquarium | ‘Return of the Sea Otter’ & ‘The Truth About Everyday Plastics’


Return of the Sea Otter: Author Talk and Book Signing

Monday, 18-Jun-2018 @ 7pm (doors 6.30pm)

Return of the Sea Otter: The Story of the Animal that Evaded Extinction on the Pacific Coast

Rhode Island-based writer Todd McLeish has been writing about wildlife and environmental issues for more than 20 years. His 4th and newest book is The Return of The Sea Otter’

In his newest book, Todd McLeish journeys along the Pacific Coast from California to Alaska to track the status, health, habits, personality, and viability of sea otters – the appealing animals unique to the Pacific that were hunted to near extinction in the 18th and 19th centuries. Todd shares stories of his adventures and outlines the natural history of these adorable marine mammals – often seen floating on their backs and holding hands – that play a vital role in maintaining the health of the kelp forest ecosystem. To learn more about Todd, check out

Price: Free, but register here to guarantee your seat
Accessibility: This event will be ASL signed and is wheel-chair accessible
Location: The Vancouver Aquarium
Livestreaming?: Yes!! On the Vancouver Aquarium YouTube Channel

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The Truth About Everyday Plastics

Tuesday, 26-Jun-2018 @ 7pm (doors 6.30pm)

What happens to your fleece jacket in the laundry and that plastic bottle when it is empty?

Stephen Chastain, an Ocean Wise scientist, will look at four everyday household items. He will examine why and how our use and disposal of these items is damaging the environment and how this relates to large-scale global issues.

He will discuss how he explores the world of microplastics under the microscope and the research that Ocean Wise is doing to learn about the processes that are causing these problems. This research is helping us all to do something, whether it is small changes in our daily routine or ways in which we redesign our approach to plastics as a society.

Price: Free, but register here to guarantee your seat
Location: The Vancouver Aquarium
Livestreaming?: Yes!! On the Vancouver Aquarium YouTube Channel

For more information see

If you have any questions please let me know.

Many Thanks,


Ruth Sharpe, PhD
Manager of Public Programs
D 604 659 3497