IRES News: April 9th, 2019

IRES Moments

Celebrating IRES WorkLearn Student Grace Cheng's Graduation!

IRES (a.k.a the Institute of Really Excellent Surprises) surprising WorkLearn student, Grace Cheng, in order to celebrate her graduation and her new job at Broadband TV. Thanks for all of your hard work, Grace. You will be missed!

Shut Up and Write

Hard at work at the "Shut Up and Write" session last week.


Canada’s Changing Climate Report said Canada is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world, on average. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

'Individual action matters': climate communicators need to give useful advice, researcher says

CBC spoke to Jiaying Zhao, the Canada Research Chair in behavioural sustainability and a psychology professor at UBC, about the need for better communication and action against climate change.
“Instead of just saying, [we’re] warming fast, in addition I think we can say, ‘Here are a bunch of actions we can do collectively to mitigate this problem,'” Zhao said.

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PICS announces new Opportunity Projects research initiatives

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions is pleased to announce the first four research projects to be awarded funding under its new Opportunity Projects Program (OPP).

Congratulations Stephanie Chang!

One of the four research projects will be lead by IRES' very own Stephanie Chang: "Adaptive Mitigation: A framework for assessing synergies, conflicts, opportunities and trade-offs between climate change mitigation and adaptation in urban neighbourhoods."


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IRES Events

IRES Student Symposium

 April 11th, 2019

The IRES Student Symposium showcases research done by our Masters and PhD students.

Date: April 11, 2019, 2:00-4:30pm, dinner reception and cash bar 4:30-8pm

Location: Earth Sciences Building 1012

Symposium Schedule:
20 mins per speaker (15 min talk, 5 min questions)

2pm to 2:05pm – Introduction by Leila Harris
2:05pm to 2:25pm – John Driscoll (– Kai Chan
2:25pm to 2:45pm – Naya Arriagada Oyarzún
2:45pm to 3:05pm – Victor Lam

3:05pm to 3:25pm – Break (20 mins)

3:25pm to 3:45pm – Steve Williams
3:45pm to 4:05pm – Krista Cawley
4:05pm to 4:25pm – Connor Robinson

Cash Bar and Dinner in AERL Building Lobby: 4:30pm to 8pm

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Job Opportunities

Improving the understanding of ground-level ozone formation and exposure

Paid internship opportunity available as part of the Sustainability Scholars Program.

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External Opportunities

Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey

The Graduate and Professional Student Survey is conducted across Canada every three years. In 2019, UBC is inviting 11,000 graduate students across both campuses to contribute their point of view on the graduate experience at UBC. We hope that this study will result in providing improved educational opportunities for current and future students.

Past surveys have been used to better understand and improve the experience of graduate students at UBC, and we will be using this year’s results for the same purpose. Student perspectives in previous years have helped to support the passing of the PhD minimum funding package.

Participation involves answering a questionnaire, which should take approximately 25 minutes to complete. We have extended the survey deadline to April 18, 2019.

In addition to helping shape graduate education at UBC, we will be offering survey entrants a chance to win a one-on-one lunch with Dean and Vice-Provost Susan Porter and four $100 gift cards to UBC Food Services.

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GPS Update: Translating your Research into Policy + CGPSS Survey Extended + More!

The latest updates from UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS).

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Biogeoscience 2019 Field Courses

Classroom and field courses from the University of Calgary, University of Saskatchewan, Univerity of Regina, SAIT and Laurier being held at the Barrier Lake field station in Kananaskis, Ab.

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Apply to the Institute for Future Legislators (IFL)

Have you ever thought about running for public office? Do you wonder what it would be like to serve as a legislator? Apply to UBC’s Institute for Future Legislators (IFL) to find out! The IFL is delivered by the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at SPPGA and offered in Vancouver and Victoria this summer. The institute provides intensive hands-on mentoring and training for anyone who seeks the experience and knowledge necessary to make a difference—whether at the local, provincial, or federal level.

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UBC Library Research Commons Events Newsletter

Learn more about the events happening this April 2019 at the UBC Library Research Commons!

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External Events

Leading Practices in Natural Resource Governance Workshop

The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) is pleased to invite you to our Leading Practices in Natural Resource Governance Workshop. The workshop will feature participants from Argentina, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guyana, Kenya, Mongolia, Peru, Senegal and Canada, representing academia, government, civil society, and industry. The panels will reflect on gender equality, inclusive governance and environmental sustainability within the natural resource sector, while also examining the links and tensions between research and practice in international development projects.

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Summer Seminars – 2019 Applying the ecosystem approach to aquaculture: mapping the footprint of multiple effluents

Our guest speaker, Dr. Leigh Howarth, has been studying effluents with seaweed ‘bioindicators’ as a way of assessing water quality. As seaweeds rapidly absorb and accumulate nutrients within their tissues, they can better reflect long-term nutrient levels compared to more traditional measures of water chemistry. They found that seaweeds, taken from a bay in Nova Scotia close to a salmon farm and several other industrial activities, could distinguish and map the footprints of multiple effluent sources, proving that seaweed bioindicators could play an important role in applying the ecosystem approach to aquaculture.

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Seminar Series - Search for Assistant Professor in Indigenous Fisheries

The Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries recently advertised for a faculty position in the area of Indigenous Fisheries with expertise in social or biological fisheries sciences who have significant experience with Indigenous fisheries’ communities and territories, practices, issues, perspectives, and cultures.

As a result, six candidates have been invited to make presentations as part of their final interview process. They will each give a research seminar that will focus on the research they have undertaken thus far in their career, and a teaching seminar, which will highlight their teaching style.

These seminars are open to all, and participants are encouraged to attend, and to provide feedback to the search committee.

All presentations will take place in ESB 2012.

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