Issue 24 | Fall 2015

BC Drought Brings Water Conservation Issues to Forefront

Professor Emeritus Hans Schreier on the summer’s record breaking drought in British Columbia that brought water conservation issues to the forefront of public concern.

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A Message from the Dean

Professor Yada reflects on his first 12 months as Dean of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, including the launch of the Faculty’s five-year Action Plan.


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Growing the Future of Food and Farming at UBC Farm

A panel of experts discussed the trends that UBC Farm’s research, teaching and community programs will need to address during the next 100 years of farming at UBC at a special dialogue on September 18.



UBC Farm receives $2M from founders of Nature’s Path Foods

The donation from Arran and Ratana Stephens, co-founders of Nature’s Path Foods, is a personal gift to the CSFS. The gift will help fund capital infrastructure essential for agriculture research and operations as UBC Farm expands its programs and transitions to a certified organic farm.


Tiago and Nina de Souza-Jensen at Joy of Feeding

More than 500 people celebrate Joy of Feeding at the UBC Farm

Sixteen home cooks of different cultural backgrounds gathered to offer a taste of their favourite recipes at the fourth annual Joy of Feeding event at the UBC Farm on September 19, 2015.


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Peter Higgins, President, Purdys Chocolatier

Alumnus Peter Higgins is living every chocolate lover’s dream; as President of Purdys Chocolatier, part of his role includes working with the company’s chocolate development team to test new products.


UBC Dairy Centre Student Residence

UBC Dairy Education & Research Centre Opens Student Residence

More than 100 people celebrated the official opening of the new student residence at the UBC Dairy Education & Research Centre on September 16, 2015.


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Researcher at UBC Dairy Centre is Potty Training Calves

Teaching calves how to use a toilet might seem like a strange idea, but postdoctoral fellow Alison Vaughan is set to prove that potty training the dairy cattle can help make their lives better and improve operations for dairy farmers.


Soil Science graduate students Darrell Hoffman and Nicole Read

Students dig deep into soil science with mobile game

UBC soil scientists have developed a mobile-enabled game which leads students on scientific quests to identify different soil types in their natural environments. Students earn bonus marks for successfully completing the quest, and compete against their classmates for top scores.


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Global Resource Systems Alumna Receives Gates-Cambridge Scholarship

GRS alumna Jodi Gustafson was one of three Canadian students to receive the 2015 Gates Cambridge Scholarship; Jodi began her postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge this fall.




    1. Professor Tony Farrell Elected to the Royal Society of Canada
    2. Professor David Fraser Named Loblaw Animal Welfare Advisor
    3. Professor Susan Barr Receives 2015 Earle Willard McHenry Award
    4. Professor Gwen Chapman Launches Acquired Tastes
    5. Food & Resource Economics Student to Speak at Skoll World Forum


Anelyse Weiler. Photo: Simon Fraser University, via Flickr Creative Commons

LFS Alumna One of 2015 Trudeau Foundation Scholars

Anelyse Weiler (BSc GRS ’11) is one of 16 recipients of the Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship, recognizing exceptional Canadian students who have distinguished themselves through academic excellence, civic engagement, and a commitment to reaching beyond academic circles.


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Retirements: Alejandro Rojas

After almost twenty years with our Faculty, Associate Professor Alejandro Rojas–the driving force behind the Think&EatGreen@School (TEGS) Project– retired in May 2015.


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Sarah Harvey, Western Nutrition Research Centre

An alumna of the Human Nutrition graduate program, Sarah Harvey returns to UBC as manager of the newly-launched Western Nutrition Research Centre, providing a range of clinical and research services to industry.