MFRE Speaker Series: Dr. Mukesh Eswaran, UBC Vancouver School of Economics – November 1, 2019


Our next guest for the MFRE Speaker Series is Dr. Mukesh Eswaran from UBC Vancouver School of Economics.

Topic: Why is Justice So Elusive for Women Who Survive Sexual Assault?

Date & Time: Friday, November 1st, 3:00pm

Venue: MCML 160

Mukesh Eswaran is a Professor at the Vancouver School of Economics, a Senior Fellow of the Bureau of Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), and an Associate of Theoretical Research in Economic Development (ThReD). Interestingly, he discovered his passion for economics after finishing a doctoral degree in physics, which led him to pursue a Ph.D. in this field at UBC. Since then he has been actively doing research in several subfields of economics, mostly economic development, the economics of gender, and evolutionary economics.

After being unable to find a text that comprehensively treated the core issues relevant to women and their role in the economy, he set about writing one himself; “Why Gender Matters in Economics”, published by Princeton University Press in 2014.

In his research, Mukesh seeks to theoretically understand the mechanisms responsible for various phenomena in the social sciences.

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PRSSS Student Research Awards – Deadline Nov. 8th


We are excited to announce that the Pacific Regional Society of Soil Science is accepting applications for two student research awards.

The Les Lavkulich Graduate Student Award in Soil Science (one award of $5000) and the Art Bomke Undergraduate Student Award (one award of $3000) will be awarded to students on the basis of academic achievement, research proposal, leadership/community service, financial need, and letters of recommendation. The application deadline is November 8, 2019.

For the award guidelines and more information please see the student awards section of our website.

Thank you,

Teresa Porter

PRSSS President

Four LFS PhD Students Received Public Scholars Initiative Awards


Congratulations to four LFS PhD students on receiving Public Scholars Initiative Awards:

UBC’s groundbreaking Public Scholars Initiative has launched its fifth year in September with a new cohort of 34 students. This program continues to encourage and support doctoral students from all disciplines across UBC who wish to undertake impactful dissertation research and/or knowledge mobilization that engages partners from outside the academy or who hold diverse roles inside the academy.

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Workshop: Meta-analysis as a tool in literature review


A workshop on  “Meta-analysis as a tool in literature review” will be given later in this term by Dr. Marcin Baranski of the  University of Life Sciences, Warsaw.
Dr. Baranski (  has several publications focused on meta-analyses and is currently involved in the following two projects:

  • Ekhagastiftelsen project 2018-1: Promoting human health and well-being by maintaining matrix related organic food qualities from field to fork.
  • Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership, 2018-1-PL01-KA203-051124: Transformation of European Food Systems towards Sustainability by Transnational, Innovative Teaching (TEFSI).

The workshop will be held on Nov 13, 14, and 15 from 9:00 – 12:00.  Please review the workshop details below.  If you are interested in attending, please complete the information at  Meta-Analysis Workshop RegistrationYour response is needed by Oct 31, 2019.  

If you have further questions, please email


Workshop:  Meta-analysis as a tool in literature review
For who: Senior undergraduate and graduate students. Please note that enrolment will be limited to 20.
Pre-requisite:  Completion of an introductory statistics course ( e.g. LFS 252, FRST 231 or equivalent)

Topics covered will include:

  1. search and meta-analysis,
  2. fixed vs random effects model,
  3. statistical heterogeneity of the data,
  4. meta-regression,
  5. publication bias,
  6. critical appraisal in evidence synthesis,

The workshop will have practice and ‘homework’ including:

  1. introduction to R statistical software,
  2. meta-analysis protocol writing,
  3. dataset inspection and problems solving,
  4. conducting meta-analysis in R using various methods and visualisation of the results,
  5. designing meta-regression,
  6. inspecting for publication bias,
  7. assessing of the strength of evidence

Workshop format – 9:00 – 12:00, on three consecutive days
Day 1: Theoretical background on importance of systematic literature search and meta-analysis, steps in meta-research, the citation universe through scientific literature database Web of Science, search phrase composing.
Practical tasks: participants choose a meta-analysis topic, select key words for a search, run a search in Web of Science, report a number of identified references, screen through a couple of pages and select relevant publications.
Day 2: Theoretical background on fixed vs random effects model in meta-analysis, statistical heterogeneity of the data, meta-regression, publication bias, sensitivity analysis, critical appraisal in evidence synthesis, introduction to R statistical software.
Practical tasks: participants download and install R software and conduct basic data management and calculations.
Day 3: Theoretical background on dataset inspection and handling, problems solving, meta-analysis in R using various methods, visualisation of the results, meta-regression, meta-analysis protocol writing.
Practical tasks: dataset inspection, meta-analysis and heterogeneity calculations, detection for publication bias, assessments of the strength of evidence.

Christine Scaman  PhD
Associate Professor, Food, Nutrition and Health
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
Room 247, 2205 East Mall | Vancouver British Columbia | V6T 1Z4 Canada
Phone 604 822 1804 | Fax 604 822 5143

Update to Competition Announcement: Google PhD Fellowship


Updated competition announcement: Google PhD Fellowship award opportunity

Addition – Eligibility Requirements:

  • New: Completed graduate coursework by the Fall of the award year, when the Fellowship begins. This is usually the 3rd year for US and Canadian students.

Addition –  Application Requirements:

  • New: Student essay response (350-word limit) to: Describe the desired impact your research will make on the field and society, and why this is important to you. Include any personal, educational and/or professional experiences that have motivated your research interests.
  • New: Student essay response (350-word limit) to: Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.

The application deadline for this opportunity is November 6, 2019 at 4:00 pm PST.  Note: Applicants apply directly to Graduate Awards; graduate programs do not submit nominations.

For more information, please see this link: