MFRE news: Beyond MFRE: Chinese air pollution and its impact on labour migration


The MFRE program has just published a new post highlighting our alumna and LFS grad student, Xiao Han.

We are delighted to share a few of our news and stories with the LFS Community. If appropriate, please feel free to share our latest post with faculty and students.

Beyond MFRE: Chinese air pollution and its impact on labour migration

Thank you!

Paulina Gonzalez Miranda
Educational Researcher
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus

Garden Cooking Workshop promotions


As you are aware MOV is preparing for our Chinese Cooking Workshop next Wednesday, October 2. Ticket sales have been moving slowly. We were hoping you might be able to disperse marketing materials among colleagues at St John’s College and perhaps through the Food and Sustainability department.

Here are links to the event. Lorenzo can provide more materials if you have the capacity to disperse hard copies of creatives.

Many thanks.

Alan Kollins

Community Engagement Manager

Museum of Vancouver
1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC  V6J 3J9

UBC Let’s Talk Science SMaRT Program pod leader recruitment 2019-2020


We at UBC Let’s Talk Science are recruiting pod leaders for the SMaRT Program 2019-2020 term 2.

I am Vaishnavi Sridhar, the new coordinator for the SMaRT program.

What is SMaRT?

The UBC-Community Learning Initiative and Let’s Talk Science have teamed up to bring UBC graduate and undergraduate students into elementary school classrooms to deliver hands-on science activities designed for grade 5 – 7 directly relating to their curriculum.


  • Enrich the scientific knowledge of elementary school students and begin an understanding of scientific method.

Program Description

  • UBC students deliver four* 1-1.5 hour science lessons to Grade 5-7 classes (4/5 split classes may participate) between January and April 2020.

* PharmCSL student pods will deliver five 1-1.5 hour lessons (more information during the orientation session)

What is your role as a pod leader (Grad student)?

As a pod leader you will lead a group of 4-5 undergrads and visit East Van classrooms to deliver science activities related to the curriculum of elementary school kids (grades 4-7)


  • You gain mentorship,leadership and volunteer experience
  • Better your teaching skills
  • Get reference letters
  • Enjoy

Kindly apply via this google form by October 15th and encourage your friends to apply as pod leaders too!

Pod leader google form

Looking forward to working with you all.

Kindly contact me on this email if you have more questions.

Kind regards
Vaishnavi Sridhar
SMaRT Program Coordinator

UBC Let’s Talk Science

Extension of appointment as Dean, Faculty of Land and Food Systems 


I am pleased to announce that I will be continuing as Dean, Faculty of Land and Food Systems in my second term that runs from October 1, 2019 to October 1, 2024. This reappointment was approved by the Board of Governors earlier this week, on the recommendation of Professor Santa Ono.

To those students who provided feedback during the re-appointment process and external review committee sessions, I would like to express my sincere thanks. It gives me great pleasure to continue working in this Faculty and to move forward on initiatives that we started in 2014.

We have much work ahead to do! I am confident the Faculty will continue to build on its strengths to address critical global issues around food security; sustainable agriculture and the environment; food, nutrition and health; and food safety and quality.

I would like for us to focus on excellence through increasing research intensity, enhancing student-centered learning and engagement, leveraging opportunities for partnerships, recognizing excellence in the Faculty, and building a stronger sense of community. Our strategic plan – the Action Plan – has helped the Faculty to renew its mission and goals, aligning them with the university’s strategic plan.

I look forward to meeting every student in the Faculty over the coming years, and I encourage you to let me hear your ideas about building a stronger Faculty by approaching me directly or emailing


Rickey Yada


LFS Community Meeting – Thursday, Sept. 26


The LFS Community will take place this Thursday, Sept. 26 from 1:45-3:00pm in Michael Smith Labs, Room 101.

Click here to add this meeting to your Outlook calendar.

1:45-2:00 pm – Refreshments and networking
2:00-2:15 pm – Welcome from Rickey Yada and David Kitts
2:15-2:30 pm – Academic Concession Policy by Christine Klaray, Director, LFS Student Academic Services
2:30-2:45 pm – Plant Care Services by Marie-Claude Fortin, Shared Research Facilities Manager, Office of the VP, Research & Innovation
2:45-3:00 pm – Updates and Introduction of new staff in LFS