2015/16 Killam Graduate Teaching Award
Human Nutrition PhD student Theresa Schroder received a 2015/16 Killam Graduate Teaching Award. UBC annually awards the Killam Graduate Teaching Award to sixteen Teaching Assistants in recognition of the valuable role that they play in our undergraduate programs. The prize includes both a certificate and $1,000 and is given to TAs who have achieved a high level of respect from both undergraduate students and academic or course supervisors.
Assistant Professor Xiaonan Lu Receives Grant from Center for Produce Safety
Xiaonan Lu, Assistant Professor, Food Safety, received a $200,000 US award from the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) for his project on Detection, validation, and assessment of risks implied by the viable but non-culturable (VBNC) state of enteric bacterial pathogens in fresh produce. The CPS awards are for research projects directed at answering critical questions in specific areas of food safety practices for fruits and vegetables; pre-harvest, harvest and post-harvest handling; and food safety and the environment. The objective is to provide the produce industry with practical, translatable research data that can be used at all levels of the supply chain.
LFS Researchers Receive CFI John R Evans Leaders Fund
Assistant Professor Yvonne Lamers and Assistant Professor Xiaonan Lu 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. Lamers, Canada Research Chair in Human Nutrition and Vitamin Metabolism, was awarded $200,000 for the UBC Nutritional Biomarker Laboratory, while Lu received $260,000 for his project on Single Cell-Level Platform for Detection and Characterization of Foodborne Pathogens.
Fulbright scholar joins Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems program
Victoria Ostenso joined the Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems program in September, prestigious Fulbright Fellowships. The Fulbright Program offers competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists. The award celebrates and supports individuals who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, and service to their communities, while, at the same time, reflecting diverse perspectives.
Ostenso plans to study how immigrant and ethno-cultural communities in the Metro Vancouver area form informal food redistribution networks to combat food insecurity and the ways in which formal food access programs can best facilitate these networks.
Food Science Student Receives Mitacs Award for Innovation
Food Science PhD student Yaxi Hu won a 2016 Mitacs Award for Innovation. This award is given to a PhD student who has made a significant achievement in research and development innovation during his/her Mitacs-funded research. Hu received the award at the 2016 Mitacs Awards on November 14th in Ottawa.
Research Spotlight: Hughie Jones, PhD, Soil Science
The effects of climate change are being felt by BC farmers. Variable weather conditions and changes in temperature can have a negative effect of crop production. PhD student Hughie Jones is studying the value of plastic film in protecting horticultural crops from the effects of our changing climate. By manipulating micro climates at several organic farms, including UBC Farm, Jones’ research will ultimately help farmers across BC and beyond to make informed decisions about protecting their crops, starting their growing season earlier, or even increasing production.