LFS Today Dec 1, 2022


Random Acts of Recognition

Congratulations to these Random Acts recipients:

Wayne Tamagi, Duncan McHugh, and Sahil Sahibole for their creative problem solving and support efforts for a recent event held at the UBC Farm.

To nominate a faculty member, staff or graduate student that’s been doing an outstanding job or has gone above and beyond in some way, send an email to lfs.recognition@ubc.ca and tell us why this person should be recognized, along with their email. We’ll send them a $6 Starbucks gift card and acknowledge their good work in LFS Today.

Pacific Agriculture Show – sign up before Jan. 3

The Pacific Agriculture Show is coming up from January 26 to 28, 2023 at the Abbotsford Tradex Exhibition Centre.

The Faculty and the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm will have a 10×10 booth for the three days and we are opening the booth to showcase faculty research to the producers who attend. If faculty members, lab staff or graduate students would like to volunteer for a 3-4 hour shift to meet-and-greet agriculture show attendees, they are welcome to join the booth!

We’ve set up a sign-up sheet – please sign up for the booth before January 3:

Your lab or research group can provide promotional materials – providing background about your work and/or including a call-to-action for show attendees – as well as research slides (up to 5) for our screen display.

If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Wong (shannon.wong@ubc.ca) or Karen Lee (Karen.lee98@ubc.ca).

Teaching Theory Thursday

Nudge students in need of a little extra support. Send targeted, personalized emails at strategic points of the course with reminders about steps they can take to recover last ground.”
– Darby & Lang, 2019, Small Teaching Online, p. 150

Brought to by The Learning Centre.


Dec. 2 – Lunch & Learn Decolonial Session: Reflecting on RISE Workshop – Indigenous Research Methods, Protocols, and Processes

Our next session will be held on Friday, December 2, 2022 at noon (PST). Will Valley (Associate Dean EDI, Faculty of Land and Food Systems) will be leading the session this week.

In this session, we will discuss key themes that emerged in the November 18th session at the yurt with Drs. Andrea Reid, Danielle Ignace, Shandin Pete, and Tabitha Robin Martens. We will begin with reflections on expertise, scholarly communities of care, and processes and protocols for engaging with Indigenous content, methodologies and communities. We will end with a discussion on Academic Indian Job Description, a Poem by Dr. Cash Ahenakew (UBC Faculty of Education).

Join Will and The Learning Centre team for this week’s session. To register for the session, please visit https://ubc.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5cscumsqDwrG9OI5NHXco_FeqnmI0pzdWM1.

Follow the Lunch & Learn Series on the Lunch & Learn Webpage!

LFS Learning Centre hosts a new Lunch & Learn series on decolonization on the first Friday of every month at noon (PST). These sessions will be facilitated by Will Valley (Associate Dean, EDI at The Faculty of Land and Food Systems). These sessions will maintain the Lunch & Learn structure of being discussion-based and will have a short pre-reading associated with them to provide a brief context of the topic.

Dec. 2 – MFRE Speaker Series: Food System, Distribution and Supply Chain

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.

Date: Friday, December 02, 2022

Time: 3:00-4:30 PM

Location: MCML 160

Dec. 13 to 15 – IAFNS Science Innovation Showcase

This science-first and science-focused event will bring together scientists from multiple sectors, at all stages of their careers from graduate students to professors, technical experts to CEOs. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue and discussion on the data, the technology and science being applied across the food and beverage ecosystem. Join us to learn about next generation possibilities!

December 13 to 15

12 – 4:30pm ET


Learn more and register


Dec. 4 – Deadline Extended – LFS 496 Career Development Placements

The career development in Land and Food Systems course (LFS 496) prepares UBC students professionally and academically for future careers through a mentored learning experience with a real food business or organization. Opportunities range from event coordination, garden teaching, food security action and more!


Jan. 31 – National Student Paper Competition for Graduate Students

Do you know any talented graduate students working on important Canadian policy issues? Consider nominating them for this year’s National Student Paper Competition (NSPC)! Online applications are open from November 1, 2022, to January 31, 2023.

The NSPC is an annual competition hosted by the Canada School of Public Service. The competition aims to identify and amplify important policy work coming out of Canadian graduate programs. The initiative gives graduate students the opportunity to connect with senior executives, expand their networks, nurture their leadership skills, and foster employment opportunities with the federal public service.

Only university professors or supervisors can submit papers on behalf of their students. You can encourage your graduate students to submit an academic or research paper they have been working on or write something innovative.

The Grand Prize winner(s) of the competition are offered a 4-month internship with the Government of Canada and many opportunities to expand their networks. In addition, the authors of the top five papers are invited to present their papers to senior executives and can attend many events with public servants from diverse departments.

The NSPC initiative is committed to contributing to a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive Canadian public service. We strongly encourage the participation of students from equity-deserving groups, including graduate students with disabilities, or from BIPOC and 2SLGBTQI+ communities. This competition is designed to remove barriers, ensure a fair assessment, and allow all candidates to demonstrate their competencies fully. Accommodation measures are available to applicants upon request.

To learn more about the application process, topics of interest, eligibility, and the grand prizes, please visit the NSPC webpage or contact the NSPC team if you have any questions or concerns.

Questions or comments? Please email us at lfs.today@ubc.ca

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