Invitation: Provide Feedback on Forestry and LFS Black Faculty Cohort Hiring Proposal


Dear Members of the Faculties of Forestry and Land and Food Systems,

As some of you may know, UBC has launched an application process for a Black Faculty Cohort Hiring Initiative:

The Faculty of Forestry and the Faculty of Land and Food Systems see this as an important initiative and opportunity to recruit excellent scholars into our programs. We are in the process of developing a joint application in the interdisciplinary area of Food-Forest-(Bio)Fuels.  With apologies for the short notice, we would like to invite Black students, staff and faculty in both Faculties to join us for an open house to discuss the initiative and our joint application.

Meeting Details

In Person: Forest Sciences Centre 4001 (Boardroom)


Time: Tuesday, May 16th, 10 am (PST)


Forestry-LFS Black Faculty Cohort Hiring Initiative Committee

Will Valley (Associate Dean, EDI, LFS)

Hisham Zerriffi (Associate Dean, EDI, Forestry)

Alex Moore (Assistant Professor, Forestry)

Warren Cardinal-McTeague (Assistant Professor, Forestry)

Nicholas Grant (Research Facilitator, LFS)

Thesis Defense_Joint PhD_Parisa Nourani Rinaldi_ISLFS


Universidad de Los Andes and UBC – Faculty of Land and Food Systems Announces

The Oral Examination for the Degree of

Doctor of Philosophy
(Interdisciplinary Development Studies and Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems)

Parisa Nourani Rinaldi

“Water science and democracy in Colombia’s extractive frontiers”

Tuesday, May 16th, 2023 – 1:30 PM

Edificio por confirmar, Universidad de los Andes



Chair: Dr. C. Leal


Supervisory Committee
Dr. L. Lavkulich – Co-Supervisor
Dr. M.C. Roa-García – Co-Supervisor
Dr. S. Brown – Committee member
Dr. S. Smukler – Committee member
Dr. P. Jaramillo – Committee member

Defence Committee Composition

Dr. L. Lavkulich – Co-Supervisor
Dr. M.C. Roa-García – Co-Supervisor
Dr. S. Brown – Committee member
Dr. P. Jaramillo – Committee member
Dr. W. Davis – University Examiner
Dr. M. Serje – University Examiner
Dr. T. Perreault – External Examiner

CCARM “Food for Thought” Seminar Series: Dr. Jeffery Wigle – Friday, May 26, 2023 at 11:00 am (Central Standard Time-CST)


On behalf of Dr. Thomas Netticadan, CCARM Team Leader, please post the attached poster, forward to everyone in your departments, and forward to anyone else that may be interested.

Dr. Jeffrey Wigle, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, University of Manitoba, and Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences (ICS), St. Boniface Albrechtsen Research Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba CANADA will be giving an in-person seminar on Friday, May 26, 2023, from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Central Standard Time-CST) 

His seminar is entitled, “Investigations into cardiometabolic diseases: The roles of bioactives and adipokines” 

Everyone is invited to attend.

Use the link below to join the Zoom Meeting

FoodForThought – May262023 2023 – Wigle_online

If link above does not work, go into Zoom website, click Join:

Meeting ID:  860 4196 4509

Passcode:  014578

 Julie Schoffner

Administrative Assistant
Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM)
St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre
& University of Manitoba
Room R2019 – 351 Taché  Avenue
Winnipeg, MB  R2H 2A6  CANADA

Call for Nominations: CGS/Proquest Distinguished Dissertation Award


Internal deadline: May 31, 2023

This award is very competitive – PhD dissertations from universities across North America are forwarded to this competition. UBC graduate programs are strongly encouraged to only forward nominations that are competitive with those from top PhDs throughout North America.

CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award – Graduate School – University of British Columbia – Vancouver – Canada (

CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

The CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards are made to individuals who have completed PhD dissertations representing original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline. Graduate programs may submit up to two nominations: one in Biological Sciences/Life Sciences and one in Humanities and Fine Arts.

To be eligible, the nominee must have completed their doctoral degree requirements in the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023, inclusive. UBC will forward one nominee in each category to the international competition (open to all institutions who are members of the Council of Graduate Schools in the US and Canada).

Two CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards, each consisting of an award of $2,000 and a certificate of recognition, will be presented at the CGS Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon in December 2023, in Washington, DC.  Reasonable travel expenses of award recipients will be covered.

Application deadline: May 31, 2023

Graduate program nomination deadline: Wednesday, June 14 at 4:00 pm PT

Application procedure

Applicants must submit to their graduate program the following:

  • An abstract of the applicant’s dissertation (not to exceed 5 double-spaced pages). Appendices containing nontextual material, such as charts or tables, may be included as additional pages. All pages should be numbered, and each should bear the name of the nominee.
  • Three letters of recommendation evaluating the significance and quality of the applicant’s dissertation work. One of these letters is to be from the applicant’s dissertation supervisor, another from a member of the applicant’s dissertation committee, and the third from a person of the applicant’s choice.
  • The applicant’s curriculum vitae (not to exceed 5 pages).

For detailed eligibility requirements, application procedures, and nomination procedures, please see:

TA Opportunity: Winter Term 2 LFS 450 – Land, Food & Community III: Leadership in Campus Food System Sustainability


TA Opportunity: Winter Term 2 LFS 450 – Land, Food & Community III: Leadership in Campus Food System Sustainability

I am looking for a TA for LFS 450 –  Land, Food and Community III: Leadership in Campus Food System Sustainability. LFS 450 is offered in the 2023/24 Winter Term 2: January to April, 2024 from 2-5pm.

The course uses an applied learning, team-based approach with students to gain knowledge and skills to critically examine and actively advance food system sustainability challenges, spanning climate change, biodiversity, circular economies, food security to ecological and human health, and more. The position is for 190 hours and involves assisting with course preparation, class and group facilitation, evaluating individual and team based assignments, and consulting with students as needed to support them in achieving course learning objectives. More details about the course and job position below.

Interested in applying for this position? Please send me an email at letting me know you are interested along with your resume as soon as possible. If helpful, we can also set up a time to chat about the opportunity first prior to submitting a resume.

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Liska Richer (she/her)

Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems