IRES News: May 9th, 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Bakker for winning the Guggenheim Fellowship!

Geography professor and IRES Faculty Associate Dr. Karen Bakker is one of 180 scholars, artists, scientists, and writers who won a prestigious Guggenheim fellowship this year. We extend a huge congratulations to Dr. Bakker!

IRES Student Society's Show and Tell

Thanks to the IRES Student Society for hosting a Show & Tell event, with presentations of music, sewing, jewelry making, swing dancing, storytelling, tennis and urban gardening! Presentations were followed by dinner and chit chat in the AERL lobby.


To truly address climate change, we need to change the very systems we live and work in., a new platform by Dr. Kai Chan, is seeking young activists and folks (including expert scientists) who can articulate the science of sustainability to join their community.

CoSphere has identified

- 6 systems where huge change is needed including economy and finance

- levers to change them including incentives and laws

- and leverage points at which to apply them, including consumption.

They then provide a platform to enable these changes.

Join CoSphere                                                                                                      Learn more compiles and shows evidence from peer-reviewed literature on the outcomes of agricultural management practices and food system interventions.

Dr. Zia Mehrabi, Dr. Navin Ramankutty, Victor Pineda Gonzalez, Jaehun Song, Tasch Mehrabi, Carlina Kim and Ally Lacey released FarmGeek last year – check it out!

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UBC Library Research Commons Newsletter

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

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UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Update newsletter

Check out the latest "GradUpdate" - a weekly snapshot of workshops and opportunities available to UBC graduate students.

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Volunteer Summer Research Opportunity

In collaboration with the Common Energy Club's Green Infrastructure team, the GI team is looking for motivated, committed and engaged people of various backgrounds and skill sets to research suitable areas for rain garden implementation in the emerging East-West “Science Walk” Green Corridor. The team consists of three smaller sub-teams focusing on different aspects of the rain garden. 



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Sensory Acts: Graduate Studies Opportunity

The Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance (MAP) graduate program at the University of Regina (Saskatchewan, Canada) seeks applicants for partially-funded graduate study toward a Master of Fine Arts or a Master of Arts degree beginning September 2022. Candidates interested in pursuing critical qualitative and arts-based research involving nonverbal interspecies communication with plants and/or animals, more than-human research, sentient ecologies, ethnographic practice, film production and/or other art and historical art practices in Theatre, Performance, Visual Arts, Creative Technologies, Sound Studies and expanded cinema are welcome to apply. One position is available. The successful applicant will be based in either the MAP Interdisciplinary Program or the Department of Film for the 2-year program of study.

Deadline: June 13, 2022

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