IRES News: March 4, 2019

Featured News

National Geographic Young Explorers Award Recipient: Helina Jolly

Congratulation to IRES' very own Helina Jolly for receiving the prestigious National Geographic Young Explorers award!

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IRES Events

IRES Professional Development Seminar with Nafiza Ali

 March7, 2019

oin Nafiza Ali from UBC Wellness to learn about stress and mental health:

  • Understand what mental health means and when to get help
  • Learn about and practice strategies you can use to manage distress at any time
  • Get info and ask questions about different mental health resources on and off campus

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Negotiations over Groundwater Contamination

 March 6, 2019

Negotiations over Groundwater Contamination this Wednesday, March 6th, in a special Royal Society of Canada lecture with Dr. Keith W. Hipel, University Professor of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

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Media Coverage

© UNICEF/Mungunkhishig Batbaatar

A boy waiting for his school bus in the Songinokhairkhan district of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, where air pollution levels are dangerously high.

Air pollution, the ‘silent killer’ that claims seven million lives a year: rights council hears.

At the Human Rights Council in Geneva, David Boyd, Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, insisted that air pollution is a “silent, sometimes invisible, prolific killer” which affected women and girls more than men.

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Job Opportunities

External Opportunities

Graduate Fellowships: Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy for 2018-19

Two graduate fellowships are being offered by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy for 2018-19.

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Call for Papers: 23rd Annual Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Conference: Innovation, Law & Policy, May 1 & 2, 2019, Peter A. Allard School of Law

Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia
invites graduate students from all disciplines to participate
in the 23rd UBC Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Conference, which will be held on May 1-2, 2019 in Vancouver.

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Vancouver Public Library: Public Talks Speakers Wanted

Let’s Talk Science, in partnership with the Vancouver Public Libraries and UBC, is looking for volunteers with expertise related to Green Cities, Recycling, Renewable Energy, Oceans, and/or Climate Science to give a public talk at the VPL Central Branch in April or September.

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Volunteer Opportunity: Annual EG-Fest

EG-Fest is a one-day trade show style event put on by engineering and geoscience professionals, students, and organizations during National Engineering and Geoscience Month. It is a great opportunity for people in our community to see first-hand how the many facets of engineering and geoscience affect our everyday lives. The main goal of EG-Fest is to extend public knowledge and appreciation of engineering and geoscience. Join the Let's Talk Science booth as we host a virtual reality activity and rock identification challenge!

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Introduction to R Workshop – by UBC R Study Group

Are you interested in learning R, but don’t know where to start?

Come to this beginner R workshop organized by the UBC R Study Group!In this workshop, you will code along with us as we show you how to wrangle your large and messy data frames, generate simple summary statistics, and make beautiful plots. We will have coffee and snacks.

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External Events

GPS Update: Attend the 3MT Thesis Semi-finals and Final, LinkedIN, Volunteer for MURC and more

Learn more about upcoming events from UBC Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.

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The Blueshore Financial 10k/5k Run

The Thunderbirds Track Club would like to invite your department to participate in The Blueshore Financial 10k/5k Run that will take place on Campus on Friday, June 14th

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Addressing gender in research – What skills and tools do we need?

In solidarity with the University of British Columbia’s efforts to support the Women deliver 2019 (and issues of gender equity more broadly), Ms. Helina Jolly, PhD candidate at IRES in partnership with Office of Regional and International Community Engagement (ORICE) is organizing a meet up to discuss engagement of gender within academic research spaces.

The meeting intends to bring together senior undergraduate students, masters students, PhD students, postdocs, faculties and other ‘gender’ discussion enthusiasts to start a conversation on ‘Addressing gender in research – What skills and tools do we need?’

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Research Seminar: The role of complex modeling in climate science

Gavin Schmidt, the Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, discusses the history of climate modelling, the ‘philosophy’ of model development and the new challenges posed by the onset of ‘big data’.

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UBC Library Research Commons: March Newsletter

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

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Accumulating Insecurities in Eastern DRC: A Revised Framework for Understanding Resource Wars.

Join us for this talk with Dr. Ann A. Laudati on natural resources and armed violence in the eastern Democratic Republic. Welcome remarks will be provided by Carla Suarez, Killam and SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.

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We All Live from the Land: Seeds of Recognition, Recognition of Seeds with Dr. Harriet Friedman

Drawing on the history of ideas about nature, especially Humboldt and Darwin from the 19th century, and Latour’s revisioning of how governing human society might adequately respond to the Gaia hypothesis, Dr Friedmann will focus on seed governance at the interface of society, culture, and ecology.

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The Shadow of Gold: Next Stop, Vancouver! Special Screening, Monday March 11

Do you know where the gold in your ring comes from? You should.

Filmed in China, Peru, BC, the U.S., London, Dubai, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, The Shadow of Gold reveals the impact of gold mining and the gold trade on our economy, environment and conflicts. Canada (and Vancouver) plays a huge role in the global mining trade. British Columbia is home to the Mount Polley disaster, the biggest environmental accident in Canadian history Still, there are positive developments: mercury free artisanal mining, and Fair Trade jewellers catering to consumers with a conscience. Come and find out what the lust for gold truly costs. And who pays the price…

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The Social Justice Institute Distinguished Visiting Scholars Presents: Dr. Karen Barad

After the End of the World: Entangled Nuclear Colonialisms, Matters of Force, and the Material Force of Justice

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