Event Invitation: Indigenous Bodies of Evidence and Counter-Mapping in the “Green” Nuclear Archive July 14


Indigenous Bodies of Evidence and Counter-Mapping in the “Green” Nuclear Archive

Join us for this public event with Dr. ann-elise lewallen, Associate Professor, University of Victoria, Pacific and Asian Studies on Indigenous bodies of evidence and counter-mapping in the “green” nuclear archive.

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm PT

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Please register in advance. The Zoom details will be emailed to all registrants ahead of time.

Keynote: Dr. ann-elise lewallen, Associate Professor, Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Victoria

: Professor Ramana, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

Welcome Remarks:
Tasha Carruthers, Student, Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs, UBC

How does our imagination of a climate-friendly future hinge on rebranding or even erasing our toxic past? What bodies of evidence are enrolled as “proof” to create archives of sustainable (i.e. health affirming) or toxic (i.e. health denying) energy choices?  Some environmentalists have touted the climate-cleansing benefits of “carbon neutral” solutions such as nuclear energy (James Hansen, for example). These claims often ignore the actual costs of nuclear fuel production, waste disposal, plant decommissioning, and troublingly, nuclear accidents. What’s more, rarely are the social, environmental, and human toll on Indigenous and minoritized peoples, their livelihoods and cultural dependence on local landscapes and more-than-human relatives, included in these calculations. Many Indigenous communities continue to grapple with a rash of debilitating public health impacts ranging from genetic and developmental concerns to chronic kidney and respiratory diseases, related to current or previous uranium mining. After discussing some of the evidence about these, I will explore recent Indigenous strategies to counter the “green energy” archive enlisted to promote nuclear energy.

Through invoking the framework of critical environmental justice and settler colonial studies, I explain how Indigenous communities, such as the Navajo and Pueblo Nations, deploy citizen science techniques (such as counter-mapping and counter empiricism) and Traditional  Ecological Knowledge (TEK). As I document, they use these tools to counter official archives and spatial erasure of their kin, both human and animal. Marshalling bodies of evidence from their own bodily knowledge, experiences, and memories of the land, Indigenous scientists are documenting communal knowledges and management practices in the land. They also digitally and physically demarcate the drilling and destruction of ancestral landscapes and waterways through counter-maps, as I document, therein denouncing settler energy colonialism and demanding reparations from public and private stakeholders alike.

Bio: Dr. ann-elise lewallen is Associate Professor, University of Victoria, Pacific and Asian Studies. lewallen’s research focuses on transnational civil society, environmental justice, embodiment, and Indigenous communities in contemporary Japan and across Asia. In her first book, The Fabric of Indigeneity: Contemporary Ainu Identity and Gender in Colonial Japan (U. of New Mexico and SAR Press, 2016), lewallen analyzes Indigenous Ainu women’s use of cultural production to resist Japanese settler colonialism and women’s role in trans-generational cultural revival within the Ainu community. In her book-in-progress, Sovereign Bodies: Energy Colonialism and Defying the State in India and Japan, she analyzes civil society movements targeting Japan’s technological diplomacy in India’s growing energy sector juxtaposed with Indigenous communities’ use of Traditional Ecological Knowledge to defend their land. She adopts an environmental justice framework to collaborate with Indigenous communities through cultural mapping techniques in order to resist eco-cultural degradation of land, water, and Indigenous Knowledge/s.

Co-hosted by: UBC Interdisciplinary Histories Research Cluster; UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs; Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability

Event Detailshttps://sppga.ubc.ca/events/event/indigenous-bodies-of-evidence-and-counter-mapping-in-the-green-nuclear-archive/


Help to Support UBC Undergraduate Research


My name is Emily and I am reaching out on behalf of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities (URO) team. URO is a student-led, AMS-constituted UBC club. We run the Research EXperience (REX) program where undergraduate students (mentees) are paired with post-doctoral and graduate students (mentors) to design a theoretical research project. At the end of the program, the undergraduate students present their finished projects at MURC, one of the largest undergraduate research conferences in BC. This initiative provides undergraduates early exposure to the valuable world of research without the monetary and logistical constraints associated with the traditional laboratory experience. The 2020-2021 REX program saw the participation of over 130 mentors and 420 undergraduate applicants.


We are currently looking for mentors for the 2021-2022 REX program. We kindly ask you to forward this email to the graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on your team, and encourage them to take part in this great opportunity. We sincerely appreciate your help in supporting undergraduate research at the University of British Columbia.

What is REX?

REX is a six month long program designed to help undergraduate students build essential research skills through a prospective research project (no results, lab time, or lab resources required). The skills acquired by the prospective students include:

  •         Answering research questions
  •         Understanding how to perform literature reviews
  •         Synthesizing an experimental design
  •         Creating & printing a research poster
  •         Learning how to present a research poster


We are envisioning the 2021-2022 cycle of the REX program to be predominantly online, most certainly for the first semester of the year. This means that meetings will be held preferably online between mentors and mentees.  Mentors and mentees will still be free to choose their own meeting times and their own method of contacting each other, however, we encourage REX groups who choose to hold in-person meetings to continue to follow recommendations from BC Health authorities.

We are currently looking for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are interested in committing a minimum of 4 hours each month to act as a mentor. It is a great opportunity for graduate students to gain mentorship, leadership, and management skills.  Furthermore, the REX program assists mentors on the lookout for promising students to take into their lab through direct evaluation for 6 months (October to March).

If this opportunity interests you and has sparked your interest in becoming a mentor, please fill out a registration form here. (This is NOT the final registration. The final registration and bio submission opens on August 2nd, 2021 and will confirm your registration in the program for this year.)

Further information:

REX Mentor Brochure

If you have any questions, comments or other inquiries please do not hesitate to contact us at rex.uro.ubc@gmail.com. Thank you for your time and consideration.


Emily Li

Research EXperience Committee Member

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

University of British Columbia

Call-out for Graduate Student/PDF Representatives: LFS Strategic Plan


Call-out for Graduate Student/PDF Representatives: LFS Strategic Plan

The UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS) renewed its strategic plan in March 2021. As we begin rolling out this five-year plan, we invite graduate students and postdoctoral fellows (PDFs) to participate to ensure their constituency is involved in decisions at the Faculty level.

We invite graduate students and PDFs who want to join the strategic plan implementation committee to email us (by June 23) stating your interest in serving as a Graduate Student/PDF Representative. Specifically, we are looking to fill two positions in the areas of Transformative Learning and Research Excellence.

Role and time commitment

As a Graduate Student/PDF Representative, you would be a champion, bringing the voice of graduate students and PDFs to the attention of senior administration, and helping shape the course of our strategic plan activities.

You will work alongside faculty and staff as a lead for either Transformative Learning or Research Excellence. You would bring insight to establishing success metrics, support mobilizing actions for the first two years as we move to successfully meet metrics and goals, identify challenges and suggest course corrections, and identify for the Program Manager metrics and success stories related to graduate students and PDFs.

Expected length of term is for a minimum of one year, with two years preferable. Strategic plan meetings will be quarterly and there may be time commitment between these meetings with your area leads, or to mobilize activities on a project-by-project basis.

About the Strategic plan

The Strategic plan, called the LFS Action Plan 2021-2026 has four pillars aligned with the university’s Strategic plan, Shaping UBC’s Next Century: People and Places, Transformative Learning, Research Excellence, Local and Global Engagement.

Our Vision is Balancing our food system and planetary health to create a better world. The Faculty has identified five priority areas based on areas of strengths among our researchers, and based on UN Sustainable Development Goals. To read the full document, we invite you to view the Action Plan online: https://www.landfood.ubc.ca/action-plan/

Contact us!


If you are interested in joining the Strategic plan implementation committee as a Graduate Student/PDF Representative send an email by Wednesday, June 23, 2021 to Karen Lee: Karen.lee98@ubc.ca or call 604-312-6343. Thanks for your consideration.




Karen Lee  (She, Her, Hers)
Director of Marketing and Communications
Faculty of Land and Food Systems | Room 235
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
H.R. MacMillan, 2357 Main Mall | Vancouver British Columbia | V6T 1Z4 Canada
Phone 604 827 5297 | Cell 604 312 6343
karen.lee98@ubc.ca | @ubcLFS


Last offerings of thesis formatting workshops and consults


Newsletters | Research Commons (ubc.ca)

Change to service offerings – Thesis Formatting
As of June 30, 2021, UBC Library will no longer offer Thesis Formatting workshops or support. Students are encouraged to explore the many online resources that provide guidance on Thesis Formatting. For templates and FAQs, please visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/current-students/dissertation-thesis-preparation/style-guides-computer-tools.
Last call for Thesis Formatting workshops and consultations
Join us for the last Thesis Formatting consultations and workshops offered by the UBC Library Research Commons. Even if you are not finishing for a while, now is the time to meet with one of our experts.

Dissertations and theses formatting: strategies for successful submission
Thursday, June 17
12 to 1:30 p.m.

Book a Thesis Formatting consult
This is your chance to bring your own thesis to a one-on-one consult and get tips from experts.

Note: Last Thesis Formatting consults offered on Thursday, June 29, 2021.


At its simplest, dryad2dataverse, developed by Paul Lesack (Data/GIS Analyst, UBC Library Research Commons), is a standalone program that automatically harmonizes research data from Dryad into Dataverse. What does this mean for you as a researcher?
Answer: Much of UBC’s research holdings are now available in one place: Scholars Portal Dataverse.
Read the full story

Online resource feature
Celebrate Student Research: Games in Asia

Image credit: Bianca Chu’s thesis journey sugoroku
As part of Celebrate Learning Week and explorASIAN festival, Celebrate Student Research: Games in Asia was successfully held on May 18, 2021. Now you can view the research that was showcased online!
View research showcase

Upcoming workshops

NVivo and CAQDAS support
Catch UBC Library Research Common’s NVivo expert, Amir Michalovich, as guest host on a Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) podcast. Also join him for an NVivo workshop this month.

???? Qualitative Conversations | Episode 26: CAQDAS – Listen on demand

NVivo part 1
Monday, June 21 – 4 to 6 p.m.

NVivo part 2
Monday, June 28 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Learn about Git and GitHub + building websites
Join our Digital Scholarship experts this month to get a handle on Git and GitHub, including how to make websites with GitHub Pages.

Building a website with GitHub Pages and Jekyll
Monday, June 21
1 to 2:30 p.m.

Introduction to Git and GitHub
Monday, June 28
1 to 2:30 p.m.

View the full calendar

Browse all our offerings, to help optimize your research, by following the link below.
View calendar

Open scholarship

Open pedagogies and assignments: using UBC blogs and the UBC wiki to enhance student learning
Wednesday, June 23
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Citation management

Choose the right citation management tool for your research
Thursday, June 24
12 to 1:30 p.m.

Literature reviews

Literature reviews for engineering, forestry, health science, land & food systems, and science
Thursday, June 17
1 to 2 p.m.

Literature reviews for humanities, social sciences, education, and art
Friday, June 25
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Data visualization

Intro to visualization using Tableau
Wednesday, June 30
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Writing (Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication)

▸ Upcoming writing workshops for graduate students

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Thesis Defense – Applied Animal Biology – MSc – Lara Sirovica


UBC – Faculty of Land and Food Systems Announces The Oral Examination for the Degree of

Master of Science Applied Animal Biology (AABI)

Lara Sirovica

“Public perceptions of dairy cow-calf management systems differing in type of social and maternal contact”

9:00 AM on Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Join Zoom Meeting



Chair: Dr. A. Protopopova

Supervisory Committee:
Dr. M. von Keyserlingk – Supervisor
Dr. D. Weary – Committee member
Dr. S. Gulati – Committee member

Defense Committee Composition
Dr. M. von Keyserlingk – Supervisor
Dr. D. Weary – Committee member
Dr. S. Gulati – Committee member
Dr. D. Fraser – External