Message from the Dean

Message from the Dean

Dean Rickey Yada

Welcome to spring!

I’m feeling optimistic as we start turning a chapter on COVID-19 and we gradually return to in-person meetings again.

I’ve had the opportunity to visit some cutting-edge food processors over the past few months; it’s been exciting to see their technology, and learn how they are contributing to B.C.’s food sector.

As our Food and Beverage Innovation Centre comes to fruition, with an expected ground breaking in early 2023 and an expected completion in Spring 2024, LFS will be able to better support student experiential learning, research and entrepreneurs around the province as they test new product formulations and new processes. I’m excited by the opportunity to partner with more companies.

In this issue of ReachOut, you can read about research by Derek Dee, who is changing protein at the molecular level and with that, he will bring about new uses of plant-based proteins in the future. Also, read up on Juli Carrillo and Quentin Geissmann’s Sticky Pi project, a “smart” trap with a camera that uses deep learning – a subfield of machine learning using algorithms – to automate insect monitoring, a first of its kind.

You can also learn about some of the interesting personalities within LFS – our new faculty members who are vibrant and bring diverse talents and passions to the university. Meet an LFS graduate student, former Quebec resident Vincent Fetterley, who was drawn to B.C. in equal parts for the outdoors and for UBC’s plant science program.

Also, meet Career Strategist Rob Kim who is growing his following on LinkedIn and via a new podcast as he talks about navigating careers.

I hope you enjoy this issue!

Rickey Yada

Dean and Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems