AgUS now LFS|US
The Agriculture Undergrad Society (AgUS) recently decided to change its name to Land and Food Systems Undergraduate Society (LFSUS) to better reflect its connection with our Faculty. In honour of preserving the history of AgUS, the group will continue to refer to themselves as Aggies.
Lynn Newman Honoured with 2011 President’s Staff Award
Congratulations to Lynn Newman, Assistant Dean, Students, on receiving a 2011 President’s Staff Award in recognition of her contribution of excellence in global citizenship. In addition to chairing and co-chairing UBC’s United Way Campaign the past two years, she is currently completing an EdD focusing on improving working relationships between staff and academics as the focus of her research.
Congratulations to Yang Liu, one of our third-year GRS students, on being selected a Wesbrook Scholar. The Wesbrook Scholar designation is given to twenty outstanding undergraduate/post-baccalaureate UBC students each year in a university-wide competition, and is one of the highest honours a UBC student can achieve. The criteria for the award include academic excellence, leadership and community involvement.
2011 Richards Service Award presented to Dr. Jim Thompson
Professor Jim Thompson received the 2011 Richards Service Award in December. The award, named in honour of Dean Emeritus Jim Richards, is given annually to an LFS faculty member who exemplifies the qualities of outstanding service in their work with faculty, staff and students. As founding Director of the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre, Jim guided the Centre to become an internationally-recognized, world-class facility supporting development and adaptation of new technologies for the dairy industry. Jim was also instrumental in establishing the world-renowned UBC Animal Welfare Program, and spent a number of years as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Val Skura receives the 2011 Shynkaryk Service Award
The Shynkaryk Service Award is presented annually to a staff member who consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty in their work. As a technician in Food Science and FNH, our 2011 recipient Val Skura provides a tremendous level of service and support to our faculty members, researchers and students. Val has shown a remarkable ability to fix everything from balances, pipets, and incubators – saving money and many “in-progress” experiments. Her technical assistance, advice, and lab organization have been invaluable. She is well known for her easy going, approachable nature and sense of humour.
Professor Andy Black co-authors paper for Nature
Professor Andy Black co-authored a paper with his former PhD student Xuhui Lee in the November 2011 issue of Nature. Titled “Observed increase in local cooling effect of deforestation at higher latitudes”, their research found that, because forests absorb more sunlight than agricultural crops, deforestation can lead to cooler local air temperatures in northern forest regions, but less so further south. “At night open land cools more than forests in both the northern and the southern latitudes,” added Black. “This is a result of forests being warmer at night because the presence of trees causes turbulence, bringing heat from above to the ground.”