- James Rochlin, a professor of political science with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at UBC’s Okanagan campus, has been awarded a $200,000 Partnership Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for his project Human Security and the Colombia-Canada Free Trade Agreement.
- Agriculture and Agri‐Foods Canada announced a $1.2‐million funding agreement with UBC to research greenhouse gas mitigation and carbon sequestration in the Okanagan and Fraser Valley fruit industries. Drs. Melanie Jones, Louise Nelson and Craig Nichol are collaborators on the project.
- Deanna Gibson has been awarded $350,000 for the next three years from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC). The grant is called the Grant in Aid of Research, and Deanna’s title is “Polyunsaturated fatty acid rich diets increase colitis susceptibility through the intestinal microbiota.” Deanna ranked in the 96% (3rd rank out of 66 grants) and only 7 projects were funded.
New program highlights
BSc Statistics Major, Honours, Minor
This program provides students with a solid grounding in the theoretical, computational, and applied aspects of statistical science. A graduate of this program is prepared for further study in statistical science, or to enter into a career in Statistics Canada, health sciences, business, government, industry, or an actuarial/financial institution. http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/okanagan/index.cfm?tree=18,282,858,1292
Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies has a new theme: Urban Studies
The Master’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies option in Urban Studies will provide students with the practical tools, theory, and background preparation for significant work in related professions and fields of study. Students will gain a breadth of knowledge through course work in several disciplines and the production of original, publishable research.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program
The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology graduate program will offer both MSc and PhD degrees. It will provide students with advanced training and development in leading edge research and place a strong emphasis on career development while fostering interdisciplinary and collaborative studies.
New faculty members
- Mohsen Javdani, assistant professor of economics; MA economics, UBC; PhD economics, Simon Fraser University
- Julien Picault, instructor of economics; MSc economics, Universite de Montreal; PhD economics, HEC Montreal
- Kyle Larson, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences; MSc Queen’s University ; PhD Queen’s University
- Melissa White, assistant professor (gender and women’s studies, human geography); MA women’s studies, York University; PhD Women’s Studies, York University
- Brigitte Le Normand, assistant professor of history, MA history, University of California; MA Russian and East European studies, University of Toronto; PhD history, University of California in Los Angeles
- Jake Bobowski, instructor of physics; MSc physics UBC; PhD physics, UBC
- Maya Libben, assistant professor of psychology; BSc psychology University of Alberta; PhD clinical psychology, McGill University
- Kristen Hopewell, assistant professor of sociology, MA political science, University of Toronto; PhD, sociology, University of Michigan