Dean’s Message for LFS Community Connects: October 2020

Dean’s Message for LFS Community Connects: October 2020

Hello and welcome to fall!

As this is the month to give thanks, I wanted to write about some of the things for which I am grateful.

To start, our LFS Mentorship program has taken off this year. We’ve hit a record number of mentors (118) who are guiding our undergraduate students and if you’re one of those who’ve volunteered your time, THANK YOU! Entirely virtual this year, we have mentors who are connecting with us from Cairo, Paris and Hong Kong, among other places!

Also, I’m very pleased that our faculty members have continued to win awards and research funding. Some of these include a prestigious Research Trainee Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research for Postdoctoral Research Fellow Larissa Rossen. Working with supervisor Yvonne Lamers, Larissa is looking at toddler nutrition and neuro-cognitive development at UBC and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

Faculty member Tamara Cohen won an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to develop a self-monitoring app to assess an individual’s dietary behaviour according to the new Canada Food Guide.

One of the last things that I am thankful for is our steady enrolment of students to date. The final enrolment figures will be out next month and, except for a possible slight drop in the number of international students, we’ve seen strong interest from students to start and continue their studies in LFS.

I hope you are doing well. Stay safe and take care.

Rickey Yada

Professor and Dean

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