LFS Faculty Members Receive More than $100,000 in TLEF Grants
Congratulations to Associate Professor Maja Krzic, Associate Professor Hannah Wittman, Associate Professor Christine Scaman and Senior Instructor Karol Traviss on receiving UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) awards. Combined, they received more than $100,000 in TLEF grants for their projects. TLEF was created in 1991 to enrich student learning by supporting innovative and effective educational enhancements.
LFS Researchers Receive CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund
Two of our researchers received funding from the John R. Evans Leaders Fund, which helps universities attract and retain researchers by providing funding for tools and laboratory equipment, infrastructure and operating costs.
Assistant Professor Siyun Wang was awarded a $68,000 grant for her research on Molecular Characterization of Salmonella Enterica in Food Supply Systems, while Assistant Professor Simone Castellarin received $125,000 – along with an additional $125,000 from the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund – for his project Molecular and Physiological Regulation of Fruit Ripening and Composition in Grapevine.
Maja Krzic Named 3M National Teaching Fellow
Congratulations to Associate Professor Maja Krzic on being named 3M National Teaching Fellow. The 3M National Teaching Fellowship is Canada’s most prestigious recognition of excellence in university teaching and educational leadership. Maja is one of ten 3M National Teaching Fellows this year; she’s the first Fellow from LFS and 18th Fellow from UBC since 1986.
Maja was also recently named The Natural Sciences Education Outstanding Associate Editor for 2015 from the American Society of Agronomy.
Candice Rideout Awarded UBC Killam Teaching Prize
Congratulations to Candice Rideout, Instructor in our Food, Nutrition and Health program, on receiving the 2015/16 Killam Teaching Prize. This award recognizes excellence in teaching. Candice has achieved outstanding student evaluations in both large and small classes since her appointment in 2012. She uses innovative approaches to engage students and fosters an inspiring classroom environment to produce a transformative learning experience.
Xiaonan Lu awarded NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grant
Dr. Xiaonan Lu, Assistant Professor in Food Science, has been awarded an NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grant (CRD) totaling $330,000 over 3 years (with generous contributions from his supporting organization). The main goal of his CRD research project is to develop paper-based microfluidic immunoassays to detect selective food chemical hazards, a technique which could be validated to be faster and less expensive than conventional methods. If successful, this technological advance will significantly improve food safety and greatly benefit the agricultural, food and biotechnology industries in Canada.
Premier Undergraduate Award
Michelle Ebtia, a fourth year student in our Food, Nutrition and Health major, received a Premier Undergraduate Award. These awards are the University’s most prestigious designations, given to senior students with outstanding academic performance, leadership, and involvement in student and community activities. Michelle received the $10,000 John H. Mitchell Memorial Scholarship. She has also been named a Wesbrook Scholar, one of 20 UBC students to receive the designation along with a $1,000 scholarship.