Issue 25 | Spring 2016

Chocolate as a Health Food?

When you think health food, chocolate probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but with its high antioxidant value, it just might help you achieve better health.

rickey yada

A Message from the Dean

Everything we do in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems has an end goal of creating a healthier, more livable and more sustainable society. Our researchers are leaders in their respective fields, scientists who have made it their life’s work to solve some of our most critical challenges.


kara vogt

UBC dietitian on the possibilities and pitfalls of meal replacements

Sales for the liquids and powders that act as a substitute for solid food have increased steadily over the past few years. But can these drinks really replace food?


profs. maja krzic and sean smukler

Researchers Team Up to Help Local Farmers Solve Soil Management Issues

Good soil health plays a vital role in our food system and is critical to ensuring an abundant food supply. But keeping soil healthy can be a challenge, especially as we face the impact of climate change on our environment.


Super Chefs in Vij's Kitchen

Dietetics and Dental Hygiene Students Team Up to Promote Nutrition and Oral Health

Under the leadership of Dr. Gail Hammond (Human Nutrition) and Assistant Professor Leeann Donnelly (Dentistry), students in both UBC programs produced two articles for parents and children, linking nutrition with oral health.


chefs vikram vij and meeru dhalwala. photo: martin dee

Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala Receive UBC Centennial Honorary Degrees

Restaurateurs Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala were among 13 Centennial honorary degree recipients recognized during UBC’s spring graduation ceremony on May 27th.


Drs. Temple Grandin and David Fraser

LFS Centennial Session | Dr. Temple Grandin

On February 25, the Faculty of Land and Food Systems was pleased to welcome world renowned animal welfare expert Dr. Temple Grandin to UBC. Listen to a podcast of Dr. Grandin’s presentation, Developing high standards of animal welfare.


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Applied Biology Student Reviews Unnecessary Surgeries on Companion Animals

During the final year of her BSc in Applied Animal Biology, Katelyn Mills spent four months conducting a literature review of unnecessary surgeries on companion animals, the results of which were published in The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.


MFRE Alumna Maureen Gitata

Alumni Profile: Maureen Gitata

Through the MFRE program, MasterCard Foundation Scholar Maureen Gitata learned the economics of the agricultural sector, and the policies that are necessary to uplift the economy of Kenya, as well as other developing countries that rely on agriculture as the key driver of economic growth.


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LFS Tri-Mentoring Program

The LFS Tri-Mentoring Program is looking for mentors for the 2016/2017 year! This long-standing program creates networking opportunities for current undergraduate students and industry professionals.

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  1. LFS Faculty Members Receive more than $100,000 in TLEF Grants
  2. LFS Researchers Receive CFI John R. Evans Leaders Funding
  3. Assoc. Professor Maja Krzic Named 3M National Teaching Fellow
  4. Dr. Candice Rideout Awarded UBC Killam Teaching Prize
  5. Asst. Professor Xiaonan Lu awarded NSERC Collaborative Research Grant
  6. Food, Nutrition and Health Student receives Premier Undergraduate Award


Flagpole plaza looking south down Main Mall, Photo: Hover Collective

LFS Researchers Appointed Canada Research Chairs

Assistant Professor Simone Castellarin (Wine Research Centre) and Assistant Professor Yvonne Lamers (Human Nutrition) are two of 31 UBC professors appointed/renewed as Canada Research Chairs (CRC) this year.


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  • After more than 28 years with our Faculty, Professor Rajadurai Rajamahendran retired in December 2015.
  • After a 30-year career, Seane Trehearne, the research technician responsible for Totem Field, retired in March 2016.


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Recent Graduate: Kyly Whitfield

Awarded her PhD in Human Nutrition at May’s graduation ceremony, Dr. Kyly Whitfield reflects on her time as a graduate student at UBC. “I had so many opportunities at UBC…getting a PhD in Human Nutrition was an opportunity to fuse my passions for research and travel.”