You’re invited: LFS Scholar Series – Dr. J. Bruce German, December 8


Land and Food System Scholar Series


Invited scholar: Dr. J. Bruce German


Hosted by:  Siyun Wang, Food Science


Title: Lactation: An evolutionary model for diet and health research.


Abstract: The world is facing unprecedented challenges to produce a food supply that is both nourishing, safe and sustainable. Scientists are struggling to understand how to guide the future of agriculture and food in response to these 21st century challenges.  Lactation provides an inspiring model of what research and its applications could be. Lactation emerged through evolution under the relentless selective pressure to be a sustainable bioreactor secreting biopolymers with diverse functions acting from the mammary gland through the digestive system of the infant. Scientific understanding of milk yields targets of efficacy: what are the mechanisms by which diet can improve the protection, performance and success of infants; with an impeccable safety dosser: milk is all that babies eat! As just one example, milk contains free oligosaccharides. These glycans reach the lower intestine where bacteria compete. One specific strain of bacteria, Bifidobacterium longum subspecies infantis, is capable of taking up, hydrolyzing and metabolizing the complex glycans of human milk. Such a symbiotic relationships provides value to both the microbe and the infant: the microbe gains a food supply and the infant gains protection from pathogens.


Biography: Dr. J. Bruce German is a Distinguished Professor in Food Science and Technology, Director, Foods for Health Institute, University of California Davis ( Bruce German received his BSc and MSc from University of Western Ontario, his PhD from Cornell University, joined the faculty at the University of California, Davis in 1988, in 1997 was named the first John E. Kinsella Endowed Chair in Food, Nutrition and Health is currently Director of the Foods for Health Institute and professor, at University of California, Davis. The goal of his research, teaching and outreach is to build the knowledge necessary to improve human health through personal health measurements and diet. The model being used of how to proceed is lactation, the product of millennia of constant Darwinian selective pressure to produce a food to nourish, sustain and promote healthy infant mammals to be healthier . This evolutionary logic is the basis of the research program to discover molecular, physical, functional and nutritional properties of milk components and to apply these properties as principles to foods. Bruce and colleagues have published more than 500 papers that have been cited over 50,000 times.  Together with colleagues and the University of California the research program has launched 4 companies providing products and services to the commercial marketplace.



Join in-person or via Zoom:

Date: December 8, 2022

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM PST

Location: In-person at SPPH B151, or via Zoom

This presentation will be followed by a meet and greet from 11:30-12:00.

Please register here by Dec 6.

Thesis Defense – Food Science – PhD – Thomas Matthew Brenner



The Oral Examination for the Degree of

Doctor of Philosophy
(Food Science)

Thomas Matthew Brenner

Formulating a Broad-Spectrum Bacteriophage Cocktail Against Pervasive Poultry-Associated Salmonella Enterica Serovars ”

Friday, December 9th, 2022 – 9:00 AM

350, HR MacMillan Building, 2357 Main Mall


Chair: Dr. B. Finlay

Supervisory Committee:
Dr. S. Wang – Supervisor
Dr. C. Suttle – Committee member
Dr. E. Fraser– Committee member

Defense Committee Composition
Dr. S. Wang – Supervisor
Dr. C. Suttle – Committee member
Dr. D. Kitts – University Examiner
Dr. J. Kronstad – University Examiner
Dr. L. McMullen – External Examiner


Job Opportunity: STO24/LSO2 Lands Authorizations Team South Coast Region


Subject: Job Opportunity: STO24/LSO2 Lands Authorizations Team South Coast Region


Licenced Authorizations Officer (LSO2)/

Authorizations Specialist (STO24)

South Coast (Surrey, Squamish, Chilliwack and Powell River)

Ministry of Forests

*Applications due Jan 4th,2023*


We are hiring 1 permanent position (Chilliwack) and 2 Temporary positions (approx. 9 months with strong possibility of extension)

 1 November Lands Day Iona Beach Site Visit

Come join the South Coast Region’s Crown Land Authorizations team!

We are a growing, fun, and results-focused team that specializes in land decisions for natural resource management in the South Coast Region under the Land Act. As a Licenced Authorizations Officer/Authorizations Specialist you will provide professional advice regarding the allocation of resources, conduct applied research, and provide technical expertise to support decisions on the use of Crown land. You will also play a key role in advancing our team’s Strategic Plan for backlog reduction.

The South Coast region of the Province has an incredibly diverse, rich landscape and is the most densely populated region in BC.  The myriad of interests and values to consider in the management of natural resources makes this a complex and interesting region to work.

If you enjoy working with a dynamic team, have effective communication skills, and the initiative to take on this important role, we look forward to your application.

Here are the links to the postings:

We look forward to your application! Applications are due Jan 4th.

 Please reach out to Bryanna Thiel ( or myself if you have any questions or would like to discuss the positions.

Stephan Zimmermann (he/him), M.R.M.

Senior Authorizations Specialist

South Coast Regional Office

Ministry of Forests
200 – 10428 153 Street, Surrey, BC  V3R 1E1

Phone: 778-572-2192 E-mail:

Located on the ancestral territories of the Shxw’ow’hamel, Katzie, Kwantlen, Sto:lo, Skawahlook, Seabird Island, Tsawwassen, Hul’qumi’num, Kwikwetlem, Semiahmoo, and Musqueam Peoples.

MFRE Speaker: Heather Escobar, United Way


Heather Escobar, LFS grad and Business Development Manager of United way will be speaking to the MFRE students about Food systemsDistribution, and Supply chain this Friday, December 02, 2022. Everyone is welcome. Everyone is welcome!

Food System, Distribution and Supply Chain

Date: Friday, December 02, 2022

Time: 3:00-4:30 PM

Location: MCML 160

Heather Escobar is LFS grad and is the Business Development Manager for Food Security at United Way BC. In her previous work she developed relationships with a variety of food systems stakeholders including small scale farmers and producers, large national brands, logistics providers, and independent grocery retailers.

Her current work includes developing and piloting a technology solution that will standardize and aggregate food need data and find efficiencies in supply and logistics to ensure that fresh, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food reaches the communities that need it most.



Olivier Ntwali, BSc Ag. Econ, MFRE
Academic Program Manager
Master of Food and Resource Economics| Land and Food System
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
Macmillan Building – 348A- 2357 Main Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z4 Canada
Phone: 6047718961||

IAFNS Science Innovation Showcase!


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December 13-15, 2022



2022 Science Innovation Showcase


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