LFS Today Dec 6, 2022


Notice for Dr. Raja Rajamahendran

We are sad to announce that Dr. Raja Rajamahendran, Professor Emeritus, passed away on November 30, 2022. Dr. Rajamahendran completed his MSc and PhD in Animal Science (Reproductive Physiology) at McGill University in the 1970s. He joined UBC as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Science in April 1987. In 1990, he was promoted to Associate Professor and then to full Professor in 1995. He retired on December 31, 2015. Raja’s research focused on bovine reproduction, particularly using molecular techniques to study ovarian/uterine function, sperm function, fertilization, and early embryo development. His research lab at the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre developed reproductive technologies to reduce early embryonic mortality in dairy cattle. Raja will be greatly missed. His funeral will be held on Sunday, December 11 at 9:00am at Riverside Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7410 Hopcott Road, Delta, BC.

Random Acts of Recognition

Thank you to Melody Wang, Student Support Specialist with LFS Student Services, for her dedication when navigating a significant technical issue that prevented the bi-weekly Newslettuce from sending easily. She worked diligently to write and save the content, and identified a pathway forward when facing technical difficulties with the newsletter e-platform. Without her, the last edition of the term would not have been sent to all subscribers. You’re one in a melon and we a-peach-iate you!

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 the recipient’s email. We’ll send them a $6 Starbucks gift card and acknowledge their good work in LFS Today.

Multiple Teaching & Learning Funding Available (early Jan. deadlines)

A number of teaching and learning funding opportunities are available for you to redesign your courses, adapt or recreate open education resources, or place more attention on Indigenous knowledge in your curriculum, but they all have deadlines in early January 2023! You may see a complete list here: https://lc.landfood.ubc.ca/teaching-resources/funding/

Have an idea in mind and don’t know where to start? Please contact Judy Chan at judy.chan@ubc.ca by December 14 to get a head start and to give Judy ample time to provide feedback.


Jan. 10 & 17 – Imposter syndrome workshop

Imposter Syndrome is a sensation that plagues a lot of people. Despite hard work and effort, people with imposter syndrome can feel a sense of “phoniness.” If you can relate, this workshop might be for you.

For IBPOC individuals, there is an added layer that is important to explore as past traumas and the unique experiences faced by these communities can heighten the sense of imposter syndrome. Choose the most appropriate session below and enrol today.

Imposter syndrome workshop

  • Audience: All faculty and staff at UBCV and UBCO
  • Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2023
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST
  • Location: Zoom
  • Register

Trauma-informed imposter syndrome workshop

  • Audience: IBPOC faculty and staff at UBCV and UBCO
  • Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2023
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST
  • Location: Zoom
  • Register

Feb. – Travelling Health Fair 2023

The Travelling Health Fair is returning in February 2023, with registration for specific events and consultations opening on January 16, 2023. The Travelling Health Fair is an annual, free, mobile health clinic offering one-on-one health assessments. This year the focus will be on diabetes prevention.

Learn more


Dec. 9 – Call for proposals to the Ministry of Health Research Seed Grant Program

The Ministry of Health Research Seed Grant Program provides funding for BC universities to produce research that responds to pertinent health-related questions identified by the ministry. In partnership with the Ministry of Health, the Faculty of Medicine and UBC Health are offering researchers up to $50,000 to carry out a research project.

If you want to generate new research that responds to the Ministry of Health’s current needs, submit a Notice of Intent by 12:00pm on December 9.

Learn more about the research questions, program goals, and opportunities.

Find out more

Jan. 9 (internal deadline) – Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Fellows Program

Would you like to redesign your courses to remove learning barriers? You may develop more accessible content such as video with transcripts and downloadable PDFs. You may also redesign class activities to promote collaboration from learners with diverse needs and background. Or, you may work on creating more flexible assessment strategies. There are many approaches you may engage to create equitable learning for all students in your courses.

You may apply to be a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Fellow in LFS. You will receive a course release and work with a cohort of other UDL Fellows from across campus to re-design and implement accessible courses. Aside from your dedication in removing barriers for LFS learners, LFS UDL Fellow will be selected by the LFS Academic Administration Committee about this UDL Fellows Program, you may check out this link or contact Judy Chan at judy.chan@ubc.ca

Please submit your nomination form (as a Word document via this link) to Judy.Chan@ubc.ca on Monday, January 9, by 3:00 pm.

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

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