Issue 29 | Spring 2018

A Better Way to Identify Unwanted Animal Products in Ground Beef

New technique can detect impurities in ground beef within minutes.

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A Message from the Dean

The Faculty of Land and Food Systems prides itself on a systems-approach and is uniquely positioned to deal with many of the most concerning global issues. Through teaching, research and service, we contribute to a healthier environment and a better understanding of the relationship between food, diet, nutrition and health.




Think&EatGreen@School, or TEGS, helps Dr. Alejandro Rojas’ legacy live on by connecting UBC with Vancouver-area schools to support food systems learning.


Alejandro Rojas

Remembering Alejandro Rojas

Dr. Alejandro Rojas passed away on April 16, 2018. Dr. Rojas taught in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems for nearly 20 years.


LFSUS Executive

Q&A with Katheryn Iu, LFS|US President 2017-2018

Katheryn Iu, outgoing President of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems Undergraduate Society (LFSUS), reflects on the many milestones the LFSUS executive reached this year.


Rob Kim. photo: martin dee

Q&A with Rob Kim, Career Strategist

Rob Kim, the Faculty’s new Career Strategist, is a UBC alumnus and former teacher who joined us in May.


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Some Cows are More Bullish than Others

Some calves are inherently optimistic or pessimistic, just as humans are, a new University of British Columbia study has found. Recognizing these individual personality differences is important to ensure animals are treated well, says professor Marina von Keyserlingk, who led the research team from UBC’s animal welfare program in the faculty of land and food systems.


Jessie Newman

The Power of Traditional Food

Since graduating from the Dietetics program, Jessie Newman has been working as a Community Dietitian with the Skidegate Health Centre on Haida Gwaii.


BC SPCA: Nicole, Sara, Erin

BC SPCA Launches AnimalKind

AnimalKind is the first program of its kind anywhere in the world that accredits pest control and wildlife management companies committed to using animal welfare-based standards with the BC SPCA stamp of approval.


Kristian Domingo

The Kristian Domingo Foundation

As a non-profit organization, the Foundation aims to provide meaningful opportunities with financial assistance to young adults who have faced and overcome adversity in their lives.

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  1. Crystal Karakochuk receives ILSI North American 2018 Future Leader Award
  2. Professors Murray Isman and David Kitts, and Sylvia Leung, Purchasing Agent, reached the impressive milestone of 35 years of service to UBC
  3. Evan Bowness, PhD student, a finalist for the SSHRC 2018 Storytellers challenge
  4. Kellen Wiseman, Lecturer, was awarded the Killam Teaching Prize. Christine Sumner received the Killam Graduate Teaching Award.
  5. Justine Cole, Applied Biology student, received the Premier Undergraduate and Wesbrook Scholar Award from UBC


A triad from 2017/18 (Senior Mentee, Alison Feng; Mentor, Philip Ngo; Junior Mentee, Tony Yang)

LFS Tri-Mentoring program looking to double number of mentors for 2018/19

The LFS Tri-Mentoring Program has successfully wrapped up for another year and is already looking ahead to 2018/2019.


Harold Steves and Dean Rickey Yada

Alumni Builder Award Recipients at the LFS Gala

On March 15, 2018, the Faculty held our First Annual LFS Gala at the Robert H Lee Alumni Centre to celebrate and recognize the diverse leadership, community and academic talents at LFS.


Hennie van Vuuren

Professor Hennie van Vuuren Retires

Professor Hennie van Vuuren, Founding Director of the UBC Wine Research Centre and Blythe and Violet Eagles Chair of Food Biotechnology, retired from UBC on March 31, 2018.


Fiona Simmance

Fiona Simmance, Research Manager

Fiona’s love of marine life led her to pursue a PhD at the University of Southampton, where she studied environmental change in marine environment.