IRES News: November 30th, 2020

IRES News & Events


Congratulations to the November 2020 IRES Graduates!

Congratulations to Aaron Moguin, Andrea Byfuglien, Bronwyn McIlroy-Young, Cameron Bullen, John Driscoll, Kyoko Adachi, Luis Felipe Melgarejo, Maayan Kreitzman, Narayan Gopinathan, Rudri Bhatt, Victor Lam, and Zachary Sherker!

You did it! We wish you all the best on your future endeavours!


National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

On December 6, 1989, an armed man walked into an engineering class at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. After forcing the men to leave, he stated that he hated feminists and began to shoot the women in the class. By the end of the shooting, he had killed 14 women and injured ten more.

In response to this tragedy, Canada established December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. This day serves as a reminder of the gender-based violence against women in Canada and around the world that persists today.


December 1, 2020: Diversity in Engineering – Synergies with Decarbonization & Building Science

Join Brittany Coughlin for her presentation highlighting synergistic strategies for advancing energy efficient, low carbon building designs, alongside ideas for advancing diversity in the workplace.

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December 3, 2020: IRES Faculty Seminar with Inês Azevedo (Last Seminar in Term 1)

Inês Azevedo will cover three related recent papers:

  • Comparing the Health Damages from Air Pollution to the Value Added in the U.S. Economy
  • Fine Particulate Air Pollution from Electricity Generation in the US: Health Impacts by Race, Income, and Geography
  • What are the best combinations of fuel-vehicle technologies to mitigate climate change and air pollution effects across the United States?

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Job Opportunities

Graduate Student Opportunities

UBC Library Research Commons Newsletter

Check out the latest UBC Library Research Commons Newsletter for events, workshops, and more!

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UBC Geography TA Openings

The Department of Geography is seeking TAs for the following courses in term 2:

  • GEOB 270: Introduction to GIS (running labs, office hours, grading, etc)
  • GEOB 103: Our Changing Environment, Water and Landscapes (running labs, office hours, grading, etc)
  • GEOB 308: Quaternary and Applied Geomorphology (running labs, office hours, grading, etc)

Deadline: November 23rd, 2020 

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New On-Line Course in Green Infrastructure Launches in February 2021 at SFU

This 30-hour on-line course is for policy makers, professionals, and students seeking to understand green infrastructure (GI) and its potential for managing the impacts of urbanization and climate change. The course, offered over 12 weeks, provides a thorough overview of current green infrastructure theory, design, and practice and the associated challenges and opportunities.

Early Bird Deadline: January 14, 2021

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Renewable Energy Transition Strategies: Practical Innovations for Urban Areas

This very popular 30-hour online course is a primer on the foundational first actions cities are taking to pursue their targets. The course draws on the rich experiences of cities from North America and Europe on the leading pathways to 100% renewable energy.

Early Bird Deadline: March 31, 2021

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Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) Internship Opportunity

Apply for a PICS internship, which supports hiring a university student at the workplaces of BC governments, NGOs, industry and communities pursuing climate change mitigation and adaptation research, planning or implementation. Students gain vital experience and exposure in a competitive growth job market while helping our solution seeker partners advance climate change solutions.

Deadline: January 11, 2021

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Canadian Northern Studies Trust Awards

The purpose of the CNST is to develop a cadre of scholars and scientists with northern experience and, at the same time, to enhance the educational opportunities available for northern residents. The funds administered by the CNST come from a variety of donors committed to northern research.

Deadline: January 31, 2021

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UBC Let’s Talk Science: Science Fair Mentorship Opportunity

UBC Let’s Talk Science is currently recruiting mentors for their 2020-2021 science fair mentorship program in partnership with David Thompson Secondary School. Volunteer mentors are paired with high school students to help them design, run and analyze a scientific experiment for their online science fair.

Deadline: December 2, 2020

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BioTAP’s Challenges in Teaching: Sharing Coping Strategies

BioTAP is inviting you to register for a workshop titled Challenges in Teaching: Sharing Coping Strategies. Shifting to online learning has been a challenge (to say the least) and we commend you for all your hard work making this term a success. Way to go! If you feel like it’s time to get together with your fellow TAs to celebrate your successes and chat about teaching challenges, then this is the workshop for you. Together we will generate a list of top teaching strategies that you can try out the next time you teach.

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Funded Graduate Student Positions in Social-Ecological Health and Just Sustainabilities

Lakehead University is seeking exceptional candidates to undertake graduate level research relating to community-campus engagement, sustainability, and social and ecological justice funded through the Lake Superior Living Labs Network (LSLLN). Students with backgrounds and interest in social-ecological health, food studies, climate change, critical theory and/or community-based research are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: February 1, 2021

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Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship

The Canadian Science Policy Fellowship is now accepting applications from prospective fellows interested in undertaking a year-long policy position with a Canadian government host office beginning in September 2021.

Deadline: February 3, 2021

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External Events

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