News & Notes
Research presentation on pests wins award
Nisa Chavez, an undergraduate student in Applied Animal Biology, won first place at the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) held for UBC students, in the Virtual Presentation category. Chavez worked as a researcher in the Plant-Insect Ecology and Evolution Lab and presented her project, a data analysis of “Spatiotemporal prevalence of two Agriotes pest species at the UBC Farm”. Her research supported a long-term project at the UBC Farm that is monitoring two important click beetle species, which are agricultural pests of economic concern. Chavez competed against 22 other virtual presenters. In total, more than 350 presentations were part of MURC, including in-person presentation and poster sessions.
Musqueam Garden at UBC Farm
Musqueam Garden will be creating more food security, health and wellness programs aided by recent funding from UBC’s Community-University Engagement Support (CUES) Fund.
Leading the initiatives are Patricia Isaak, Health Services Coordinator, Musqueam Indian Band, and Dr. Eduardo Jovel, LFS Applied Biology program and xʷcicəsəm Garden.
This year marks the fourth growing season at Musqueam garden, where Isaak and Dr. Jovel endeavour to grow healthy, local, and culturally appropriate foods to unite the community and enhance food security. During the growing season, they will increase food production and distribution. In addition, they will deliver health and wellness workshops and provide opportunities to learn about traditional medicines, food preparation, and nutritional literacy.
They also hope to use the CUES Fund to increase participation in the garden among both community members and UBC students, and increase food security capacity at Musqueam, such as through grassroots programs.
New awards for top graduate student researchers
To recognize the contribution to research made by LFS graduate students, the Faculty has created two new annual awards. These run in conjunction with the annual Governor General Gold Medal and CAGS-ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award competitions; the students selected as the GG Gold Medal nominees are named winners in the newly created top LFS thesis and dissertation awards. Huiying (Amelie) Zhang (MSc Food Science 2022), won the LFS Top Thesis Award, which is presented to the master’s student with the top-ranked thesis. Zhang’s thesis was Identification of circuminoids in nutraceuticals and assessment of stability and bioactivity following pulsed light treatment. Dr. Ronit Mandal (PhD Food Science 2022), won the LFS Top Dissertation Award, given to the doctoral student with the highest-ranked dissertation. Mandal’s topic was Design, development, and validation of continuous-flow pulsed UV light systems for liquid food processing.