Issue 26 | Fall 2016


Leading Animal Welfare Experts Find Practical Solutions to Modern Day Problems

“We live in a changing world,” said Professor Dan Weary. “The general public is increasingly interested in where their food comes from and in giving animals a reasonable life. Our job as animal welfare researchers is to find ways to keep dairy cows healthy and functioning well, while meeting the concerns of dairy farmers and the public.”

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A Message from the Dean

“What does the future look like to you?”

In the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, we are tackling some of the most critical issues of our time – issues that have already had a profound effect on the state of our world, like climate change, access to a healthy, safe and abundant food supply, and improved human and animal well-being. These are issues that need to be addressed now, so that we can ensure that future generations can enjoy a strong, more sustainable planet.


UBC Farm Celebrates The Naming Ceremony of xwc’ic’usum Gardens

The Indigenous Health and Research Education Gardens at the UBC Farm received a new Musqueam name on October 3rd: xwc’ic’usum. The ceremony included the raising of a totem pole, Thunder Child, by Algonquin artist David Robinson and a marking stone was dressed with ochre and eagle down.


APBI Grad Taps into Maple Syrup Market

In the spring of 2015, Jason Lion was working on a community gardening project on Hupacasath First Nation Reserve near Port Alberni, BC when he noticed the land had an abundance of Bigleaf maples. Lion, a graduate of our Applied Biology program who majored in plant and soil science, knew that these particular maples could be tapped for syrup.


Hitting the Sweet Spot

For some people, their morning coffee or tea just isn’t complete without a few sugar cubes, a packet of artificial sweetener or spoonful of honey. But which choice really hits the sweet spot for your health? Azita Madadi-Noei, a food science lecturer, explains the differences between sugars and sweeteners and why fears about artificial sweeteners like aspartame are unfounded.


Postdoctoral Research Natural Insecticides

It’s no secret that insecticides can be harmful, not only for the environment but also for human health. “Although there are good synthetic insecticides out there, many of those synthetic chemicals have negative effects,” said Jun-Hyung Tak, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Applied Biology. “Botanical insecticides can provide a better, more natural ­and just as effective alternative.”


Juli Carrillo
Assistant Professor, Applied Biology

Juli Carrillo’s fascination with bugs began during her childhood in Houston, Texas.  “I opened an insect field guide and there were these beautiful pictures of insects in the kind of crazy colours you really only see in a jewelry box,” she said. “I just got very excited about bugs.”



  1. 2015/16 Killam Graduate Teaching Award
  2. Assistant Professor Xiaonan Lu Receives Grant from Center for Produce Safety
  3. LFS Researchers Receive CFI John R Evans Leaders Fund
  4. Fulbright scholar joins Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems program
  5. Food Science Student Receives Mitacs Award for Innovation
  6. Research Spotlight: Hughie Jones, PhD, Soil Science


Culture Club: Not all Probiotics Created Equal

Probiotics are flying off the shelves in grocery stores, as research continues to confirm the important role that gut microbes play in our overall health. But not all sources of probiotics are created equal. Assistant Professor Siyun Wang explains what these helpful little organisms are—and how to get them working for you.


John Frostad
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems and UBC Chemical and Biological Engineering (joint appointment)

Imagine eating a great-tasting, nutritious meal, and then not feeling hungry again for 48-72 hours. It may sound like something from a science fiction movie, but if John Frostad has his way, a controlled release food product could eventually become a reality.


Spotlight On: Becca Franks

Becca Franks received a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize in 2016. The Killam PDF Prizes are awarded to full-time postdoctoral fellows in recognition of their outstanding research and scholarly contributions. Franks began her postdoctoral fellowship in the UBC Animal Welfare Program in 2014 under the supervision of Professor Daniel Weary. In addition to receiving the Killam PDF Research Prize, Franks is also a recipient of the Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.


Alumni Profile: Nicole Fetterly, RD, Coordinator, Nutrition Programming & Services

Nicole Fetterly has taken the nutrition world by storm. After graduating from the Dietetics program in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems in 2007, Fetterly worked for Vancouver Coastal Health in clinical dietetics and then as Nutrition Operations Manager at Choices Markets. She was named Star Woman in Grocery for 2015 by Canadian Grocer magazine.