Milestones

Milestones

New Dietetics Crowd Fundraiser

UBC Dietetics students often need to travel to rural, remote or Indigenous communities during their practicum. To help them, the Faculty has established the Dietetics Rural and Indigenous Communities Placement Fund to support students with these additional costs. Learn more and support Dietetics students here: crowdfundraising.ubc.ca/projects/lfs-dietetics-student-support

Toddler Development Researcher Wins Award

Larissa Rossen, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, was awarded the prestigious MSFHR (Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Research) Research Trainee Award. Rossen is the principal investigator in the Away We Grow Toddler Development Study that looks at toddler feeding patterns, nutrient status, and neuro-cognitive development at UBC and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Her supervisor is Associate Professor Yvonne Lamers.

New Dietary App Receives Research Funding

An Insight Development Grant has been awarded to Assistant Professor Tamara Cohen from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). This funds her project to develop a self-monitoring app to assess an individual’s dietary behaviour according to the new Canada Food Guide. Cohen is also Director of the Dietetics program.

President’s Staff Award To Roxana Quinde

Roxana Quinde received a UBC President’s Staff Award for Community Engagement. Quinde has worked in LFS for 20 years, and she is the Coordinator for Global Partnerships and Coordinator for the Global Resource Systems program. She was recognized for fostering global links to universities and organizations in order to expand opportunities for student exchanges, and for being a strong community builder on campus.

UBC’s 25-Year Club

Staff members Nelson Dinn and Wayne Tamagi were inducted into UBC’s 25 Year Club. Dinn is the Business Operations Manager at UBC Dairy Education & Research Centre based in Agassiz, B.C., and Tamagi is Systems Analyst at the LFS Learning Centre.

In addition, faculty member Christine Scaman was inducted into the 25 Year Club. Scaman is an Associate Professor and Program Director in Food, Nutrition and Health. She specializes in food chemistry, specifically investigating carbohydrates and enzymology.

CFI Funding to Outfit Research Labs

Three researchers received funding from the Government of Canada, through the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the John R. Evans Leaders Fund: Assistant Professor Derek Dee received $125,000 for his project, Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy to Study Food Proteins and Enzymes; Assistant Professor Alexandra Protopopova received $125,300 for her project, Laboratory for Humananimal Interaction and Companion Animal Welfare; and Associate Professor Risa Sargent received $123,454 for her project, Plant-pollinator and Global Change Lab.

LFS Mentorship is 20 Years Old

This year, our mentorship program hits a 20-year milestone! A huge thank you to our hundreds of alumni and supporters who have provided guidance for our students over the past two decades. LFS has one of the largest mentorship programs at UBC – this year 118 mentors will be matched up with 312 undergraduate students (18% of our students!) – all virtually for the first time.

We welcome our returning mentors, plus 70 new mentors. LFS is a global community that thrives on connections; this year we have mentors in Cairo, Paris, Kathmandu and Hong Kong, to name just a few places our alumni live.