What does it take to change the world?
Here in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, we believe getting involved and sharing our knowledge are key to creating positive change. Whether it’s in our local communities – like Gordon Ly, a fifth year Dietetics student who has spent the past two summers volunteering his skills at a BC camp for children with type 2 diabetes — or in a community far from here, we are focused on doing our part to create a better tomorrow.
Our students come to us with a strong sense of social awareness and global responsibility. By studying in our Faculty, they have the benefit of learning from our faculty members, leading experts in their respective fields who are making an impact in critical areas like food safety, resource use and the environment.
We are also fortunate to have many exceptional staff members working with us — people like Nelson Dinn, the Manager of The UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre. Dinn was recently recognized with the President’s Service Award for Excellence for his outstanding contributions to UBC. Many of our staff members have been with us for years, including several who have reached the 25 year milestone.
It’s been 30 years since I joined UBC as an Assistant Professor. This year marks my last as Dean. In 2014, I will pass the torch with the knowledge that what we have created together over the past eight years — securing the UBC Farm as academic green space, the creation of several new professional programs and major renovations of lab space, to name just a few — will leave a lasting impression.
Murray B. Isman, Dean
Faculty of Land and Food Systems