UBC Library – Join us for a week of “all things data”


Depositing your data just got easier

Complementing our existing UBC Dataverse data repository, UBC Library has become a member of Dryad, a nonprofit membership organization and provider of a well-established open-data repository that makes research data discoverable, freely reusable, and citable. As the first institutional member of Dryad in Canada, UBC Library joins a thriving global community of universities, research institutions, and academic libraries all working together to promote data publishing, curation, and preservation.


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Data aficionados, unite!

…for an empowering week of “all things data”

Love Data Week is an international celebration of all things data, scheduled annually in the week of Valentine’s day. Its aim is to engage community and increase awareness with events that highlight the prominence, value, and appropriate handling of data in our lives and research.


For Love Data Week 2022, libraries at SFU, UBC, UNBC, and UVic collaborated to offer a series of talks and workshops. All events will be hosted online via Zoom, and registration is open to everyone. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Find out more, and register for events

Data Champions Pilot Project: funding call and request for reviewers

The Digital Research Alliance of Canada has launched calls for the Data Champions Pilot Project and the Merit Review Committee to enhance research data management (RDM) practices in Canada.

The pilot project will fund ‘Data Champions’ to develop activities at the local, regional, and/or national level that advance awareness, understanding, development, and adoption of research data management (RDM) tools, best practices, and resources in Canada. The overall aim is to promote a shift in data culture within the Canadian Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) ecosystem by promoting sound RDM practices. The funding will provide up to $50,000 CAD per applicant to a diverse cohort of researchers who will take on the role of ‘Data Champions’.

Application deadline: Thursday, February 3, 2022, at 5 pm EST


Recordings of recent information sessions: https://alliancecan.ca/latest/data-champions-info-sessions


Full details and application form: https://alliancecan.ca/funding-opportunities/data-champions-pilot-project-call

Upcoming highlights

PyTorch Tensors: Python’s access road to Artificial Neural Networks


In this workshop, suitable for users of all levels, we will have a deep look at this data structure and go much beyond a basic introduction. In particular, we will:

  • see how tensors are stored in memory
  • look at the metadata which allows this efficient memory storage
  • cover the basics of working with tensors (indexing, vectorized operations, etc.)
  • move tensors to/from GPUs
  • convert tensors to/from NumPy ndarrays
  • see how tensors work in distributed frameworks
  • see how linear algebra can be done with PyTorch tensors


Everything you wanted to know (and more) about PyTorch tensors

Thursday, January 27 from 1 – 2:30 pm


Find the citation-management software that’s right for you!


Citation-management software helps keep references organized, allows the removal of duplicates when importing references from a number of databases, and can help build bibliographies. In academic institutions, students, faculty, and researchers often ask questions regarding the latest software to manage their projects. This session will provide participants with basic knowledge of such tools as Zotero, Mendeley, and RefWorks.


Choosing the right citation-management tool for your research

Monday, January 31 from 4 – 5:30 pm


Discover GitHub: where collaboration meets experimentation


Learn the basics of using Git and GitHub for version control and collaboration. Git is widely-used version-control software that tracks changes to a group of files, referred to as a repository. GitHub is a popular website for hosting and sharing Git repositories, making it easier to collaborate and share your work. Together, Git and GitHub provide a platform that is increasingly used for collaboration in research and academic environments.


In this beginner workshop, participants will learn key concepts, create their own Git repository, and publish to GitHub. No previous experience is required.


Introduction to Git and GitHub

Monday, January 31 from 2 to 3:30 pm





Get your data analysis up and running, with Excel


This session is designed for users who have some previous experience with Excel and covers a range of skills from basic to intermediate levels. We will introduce basic Excel objects, data types, and functions; show how to use formulas to describe sample data; and walk through the process of preparing a data visualization and a simple pivot table.


Working with data in Excel: part 1

Wednesday, February 2 from 10 am to 12 pm


NVivo: qualitative data analysis, made easy


NVivo is a computer-assisted qualitative-data-analysis software. In this introductory workshop, you will learn about the benefits of working with NVivo, how to set it up, the types of sources you can use, and how to import them into NVivo. You will also learn how to do queries, nodes, and coding.


NVivo part 1: getting started in NVivo

Wednesday, February 2 from 4 – 6 pm


Explore the power of programming and GIS for social-justice work


In this workshop, we’ll use a dataset that focuses on a very painful subject and may be triggering for some. We are going to look at Police Killings in Canada from 2000-2017. The data was obtained from Pivot Legal Society and initially collected by the CBC. We’re going to geocode the data, investigate racial disparities, and make interactive maps using a provided Jupyter Notebook. The goals of this workshop are to familiarize you with using Python for GIS and to show that programming and data analysis can be powerful tools for promoting social- and environmental-justice issues.


Geocoding and web-mapping with Python

Monday, February 7 from 1 – 3 pm


Upcoming workshops

Citation Management

Using Mendeley for Citation Management

Monday, February 7 from 4 to 5:30 pm


Data Analysis and Visualization

NVivo part 2: classification and datasets

Wednesday, February 9 from 4 to 6 pm


Writing (Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication)

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Find what you’re looking for to enhance your research skills by following the link below to browse all our offerings.

Book a one-on-one consultation

For subjects such as:

▸ NVivo, R

▸ GitHub, digital exhibits, Unix shell


▸ Citation Management

and lots more

Workshop materials

Self-directed learning resources for:

▸ Digital Scholarship core skills–APIs, GitHub

▸ Data management, analysis, visualization

▸ Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
…just to name a few

Global online student learning opportunity, deadline Feb 9 (no cost)


Network for Intercultural Competence to facilitate Entrepreneurship (NICE) 


Program dates: March 2 – beginning July (flex)

Program cost: Free


Application deadline: February 9, 2022 

Grow your intercultural and entrepreneurial skills and gain global experience without needing to travel. The Network for Intercultural Competence to Facilitate Entrepreneurship (NICE) program is a multi-university global collaboration that aims to empower students with critical 21st century skills. The four-month virtual learning journey from March to July, 2022 includes interactive online modules, facilitated group discussion, project work and an optional virtual presentation session. Students collaborate with peers from multiple disciplines and universities across Europe to apply learning to real-world global challenges – such as climate action, health and wellbeing, and clean and efficient energy. A facilitator from one of the partner universities supports student teams. Students receive a certificate upon completion.

Undergraduate and graduate students from any discipline are welcome to apply online.

For more information and to apply:  https://global.ubc.ca/network-intercultural-competence-facilitate-entrepreneurship-nice

Questions: Daniella Weber, Associate Director Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Vice Provost International (Daniella.weber@ubc.ca).


Call for abstracts: LFS Graduate Student Conference


Are you a graduate or undergraduate student working on research in LFS?

Submit your abstract to this year’s Land and Food Systems Graduate Student Conference!

The Land and Food Systems Graduate Student Conference is a one-day, student-organized conference designed to showcase the diverse graduate research and work taking place in our faculty. This conference aims to highlight the excellent work of our graduate students by providing an opportunity to present at a formal and interdisciplinary academic conference.

Where: Online (registered attendees will be sent a Zoom link)

When: Tuesday, March 15, 2022

How:   Submit your abstract here by Feb 7th    |   Register for the conference here by Feb 28th

Info:    Presenter information can be found here 

This one-day event will include an interdisciplinary plenary address, poster and oral presentations, lunch, and an award ceremony. Awards and cash prizes will be presented for outstanding oral and poster presentations.

If there are any questions about the conference or abstract submission, email lfsgrads@gmail.com.

Faculty of Land and Food Systems Graduate Student Council


Thesis Defense – Food Science – MSc – Lanxin Mo


The Oral Examination for the Degree of

Master of Science
(Food Science)

Lanxin Mo

” Understanding the Swelling Behavior of Individual Starch Granules Using ParCS  ”

Monday, February 7th, 2022 – 2:30 PM




Chair: Dr. S. Wang

Supervisory Committee:
Dr. J. Frostad – Supervisor
Dr. A. Pratap-Singh – Committee member
Dr. S. Hatzikiriakos – Committee member

Defense Committee Composition

Dr. J. Frostad – Supervisor
Dr. A. Pratap-Singh – Committee member
Dr. S. Hatzikiriakos – Committee member
Dr. B. Stefanska– External

GradUpdate – 3MT@UBC 2022, Effectively Articulating your Research, Negotiating Job Offers, Overcoming Perfectionism, Common Academic Expressions in English, and more.



In this issue, 3MT@UBC 2022, Effectively Articulating your Research, Negotiating Job Offers, Overcoming Perfectionism, Common Academic Expressions in English, and more.

Special Event – Three Minute Thesis 2022

Present your Research in 3MT
Feb 17 – Mar 4 | Various heats, dates, and times | Check out the schedule, including Open Heats for research-based Masters and PhDs from all disciplines, and register.
Curious about the competition but want a little more information or keen to practice first? Register for a 20 min personal coaching session or check out one of the workshops below.

Registration now open

Short, sharp and to the point: communicating your research in three minutes (or less!)
Tuesday, Feb 1 | 3:00 – 4:00 PM | Keynote from Simon Clews, Writing Centre Director, University of Melbourne


Negotiating Job Offers
Wednesday, Feb 2 | 12:30 – 2:00 PM


Overcoming Perfectionism
Thursday, Feb 3 | 9:30 – 12:00 PM


Key Messaging: Effectively Articulating the Whys and Hows of your Research
12:00 – 1:15 PM Panel + 1:30 – 2:30 PM Interactive workshop
Arts and Education | Tuesday, Feb 8
STEM | Friday, Feb 11

Register – Feb 8

Register – Feb 11

Seats still available

Caring for Yourself in Grad School: Self-care Strategies for Managing Stress and Avoiding Burnout
Grad Wellness Series session | Wednesday, Jan 26 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM Register

Introduction to Statistical Concepts IV: Correlation and Linear Regression
Thursday, Jan 27 | 1:00 – 3:00 PM Register

Events and Opportunities

A selection of upcoming events are highlighted below.  Visit  community.grad.ubc.ca and grad.ubc.ca/current-students/professional-development for our full events calendar.


Take part in the Effective Mentorship of Racialized Graduate Students (EMRGS) project
The EMRGS project team is inviting racialized graduate students to take part in their project exploring mentorship in graduate school. Learn more

Choosing the Right Citation Management Tool for your Research
Monday, Jan 31 | 4:00 – 5:30 PM Register


Humanizing Tech – Arts Careers after Graduate School
Arts Amplifier Event | Wednesday, Jan 26 | 4:00 – 5:30 PM Register

Higher Education Pathways Beyond the Professoriate
An EDST “Spotlight on Alumni Careers” event | Thursday, Feb 3 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM Register

Unique long-term GAA role at UBC Sauder
Are you interested in decolonizing academic spaces? The GAA will co-develop faculty training modules founded in anti-racism, decolonial principles and topics of Indigenous business.
18+ month position | $30/hr | 10 – 20 hrs/week Learn more

Employer Virtual Info Sessions
Rogers Communications | Monday, Jan 31 | 3:00 – 4:00 PM Register
Isaac Operations | Tuesday, Feb 1 | 5:30 – 6:30 PM Register


Introduction to Git and GitHub
Monday, Jan 31 | 2:00 – 3:30 PM Register

Working with data in Excel: part 1
Wednesday, Feb 2 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Register

NVivo part 1: getting started with NVivo
Wednesday, Feb 2 | 4:00 – 6:00 PM Register


Common Academic Expressions in English
Wednesday, Feb 2 | 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Learn more

14-Day Writing Challenge
via UBC’s subscription to facultydiversity.org | March 14 – 27 Register