October, 2023

The newsletter from the
Department of Zoology at UBC


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Deadlines & Important upcoming dates

🔸 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 🔸
Orange Shirt Day

Monday Oct 2: University closed for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Saturday Sept 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day. Reconciliation is an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools. Advance your personal understanding of residential school history by joining an intergenerational march and other activities at UBC.

Event details


Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships -
due October 15, 2023

Annual stipend: $60,000 for a max. of two years
Brief application guide:

  1. UBC Zoology deadline: October 15, 2023 to zool.gradprgm@ubc.ca
  2. Each department/unit at UBC-V may forward one nominee Fto the F G+ PS by November 9, 2023 at 4:00 pm PT
  3. UBC-V contact: killam.fellowships@ubc.ca

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Apply for November 2023 Graduation! -
due October 20, 2023

Program requirements must be met, reviewed, and closed by G+PS by October 20 to be eligible to graduate in November 2023.

Apply via SSC.


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2024 Liber Ero post-doctoral fellows - due November 1, 2023

The Liber Ero Fellowship is open to candidates from any country whose research furthers conservation goals within Canada. Fellows must be hosted at a Canadian institution, with mentorship teams drawing from expertise in non-governmental organizations, government, and universities.



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ZGSA Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest & BBQ
Friday, October 20

event details




ECO EVO retreat
Oct 27-29, 2023


register by Oct 5 & event details




News & Updates


Diane Srivastava elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada


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Reminder: next Faculty Meeting 🗓️
           Day: Tuesday October 3, 2023
       Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location: AERL 107


Pam Kalas
October 6, 2023

Event details

Sarah Benson-Amram
October 20, 2023


Event details



The BioImaging - BIF - facility team: EunKyoung Lee, Miki Fujita, and Derrick Horne received the UBC President's Staff Award for Collaborative Excellence

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Lili Zhang will be inducted to the UBC 25 Year Club - October 16, 2023 at the Nest


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NEW schedule for Zoology Coffee and Donuts

Starting October 2023: we will resume FRIDAY Coffee and Donuts rotations among the Biodiversity Research Centre (BRC), Life Sciences Institute (LSI), and Biological Sciences Building (Biosci) - more information on these buldings HERE.

All members of the department are welcome!

Coffee and Donuts schedule



Lecturer and Course Coordinator in Evolutionary Biology - Deadline for applications is October 12st, 2023.



Assistant Professor of Teaching position in Biostatistics and Data Science - Deadline for applications is December 15th, 2023.



Assistant Professor of Teaching position in the Biology Undergraduate Program in the area of Animal Physiology - Deadline for applications is October 1st, 2023.


Two Assistant/Associate Professor positions in Evolutionary Biology - Deadline for applications is October 1st, 2023.




More information on all these positions



1. Daily digest option for managing email notifications
UBC staff and faculty can now select an option to receive a ‘daily digest’ email once a day with a list of all Workday inbox action items from the last 24 hours, instead of receiving an email each time an inbox item is generated in Workday. See Inbox & Notifications in Workday in the Workday Knowledge Base for instructions on how to manage email notifications.

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2. Some less known eligible expenses when on sabbatical: PD Funds can be allocated for housing costs for up to 2 months. The costs to visit colleagues for collaborations regarding your research are eligible as well.


🖥️ ZCU TIP🖊️


Learn about these tips and about ZCU


Committees and other units - updates

ZEDI: Zoology Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

  • Positive Space: Foundations course. Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) aren’t milestones — they’re the fundamental components required to create a welcoming and inclusive workplace at UBC. It is hard work that takes active, intentional, and ongoing learning (and unlearning). Consider taking UBC’s The Positive Space: Foundations course to enhance your awareness.

    Positive Space: Foundations course is your resource hub for promoting and practicing inclusivity towards sexual and gender diversity.

    Learn about amatonormativity, what to do if you misgender a friend, and how you can engage in respectful interactions related to names, pronouns and inclusive language.
    Learn more

Graduate Program

  • Understanding Your Zoology Stipend: Mimi will be hosting another info session for Zoology grad students who missed the Sept 20 session, to give an overview on how student stipends are organized and set up for each academic year, the difference between your different funding sources, common problems we may run into with different funding sources, and what you should do if your pay is incorrect (hint: contact Mimi).
    When: Thursday, Oct 5 at 4:30pm
    Where: Biosci room 4223, West Win

Biology Office

CTLT Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology

  •  Upcoming Centre for Teaching and Learning Technology (CTLT) Workshops (https://events.ctlt.ubc.ca/):
    October Highlights:
    - Generative AI Support Clinic (Online-Drop-in) every Wednesday 1-2PM
    - GenAI Challenges and Issues (30+30) Oct 5 2-3PM
    - Indigenous Strategic Initiatives (ISI) Fund Information Session Oct 10 11-12PM

- Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) October 14, 21 & 22
- Various sessions held in October for preparing TLEF and OER project proposals



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for news, events, resources & more

Zoology event calendar


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