Volume 21 No. 25

March 20, 2017

Positions Available

Tenure-track faculty position at Université Laval - Professor in geo-hazards

The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering is seeking a candidate with solid expertise in Earth Sciences, including Quaternary geology and geotechnical investigation, with a specialty in geo-hazards related to ground instability, to teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in French; to supervise and coordinate graduate student research; to develop and secure funding for a high-quality research program and assume an active role within the department. For more information, see here

Postdoctoral researcher - Saint Mary's University Organic Geochemistry Laboratory

In 2015 the University of Calgary and the Nova Scotia Department of Energy, assisted by the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA), submitted a successful proposal to Genomics Canada's Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) to develop and utilize bioassays of aerobic, anaerobic, and thermophilic hydrocarbon oxidizing bacteria as novel indirect hydrocarbon indicators for de-risking offshore petroleum exploration. A two-year (with potential for extension to a third year) Mitacs postdoctoral researcher is being sought to analyze the intact/non-intact polar lipids (IPLs and PLs) within Scotian Shelf and Slope piston core sediments. The postdoctoral researcher will utilize samples deemed interesting because they contain genomic evidence of bacterial anaerobic oxidation of hydrocarbons and/or have detected seep oil within the sediments. Samples collected of surface and piston core sediments off the Scotian Shelf and Slope during cruises in 2015 and 2016 have generated interesting results. Another cruise is planned for the summer of 2017 in the Sydney Basin for the collection of additional samples. The researcher will be based at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and will pursue work at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (also in Halifax) as well as the Nova Scotia Department of Energy, and the Department of Bioengineering and Geomicrobiology at the University of Calgary.

The research associate will be expected to produce work of publishable quality for appropriate peer reviewed journals, present papers at national and/or international meetings, and contribute to the development of collaborative research grants. The successful applicant will hold a PhD in a relevant subject at the time of employment. Applicants with experience in the outlined research are preferable. Closing date: April 1st, 2017. For more information, see here

Opportunities for Students

2017 Geoscience BC Scholarships

Geoscience BC is awarding $5,000 scholarships to up to ten MSc or PhD students working on a BC-based mineral or energy exploration/development thesis. Applicants must have registered and started in a Masters or Doctorate program in earth science or geoscience. Application form and guide available here. See flyer here

PhD in Petroleum Geochemistry - Saint Mary's University

The Canadian Research Chair in Petroleum Geochemistry and Reservoir Characterization in the Department of Geology at Saint Mary's University is currently advertising for a PhD student (entry September 1st, 2017) to conduct a molecular geochemical survey of Scotian Shelf and on-shore produced oils and extracts from potential source rocks. The PhD student will work on the topics of organic geochemistry/petroleum geochemistry using molecular (biomarker) proxy data for Mesozoic sections of both marine and lacustrine environments with the objective of developing enhanced techniques for the evaluation of oil-source rock/oil-oil correlation, prospectively evaluation of organic-rich source rocks, and the reconstruction of paleodepositional environments along the Scotian Margin.

Applicants are required to have, or be about to obtain, a Master degree, or equivalent, in geological science, chemistry, environmental science, or related field areas. Applications close May 1st, 2017. For more information, see here.

MSc (Thesis) Opportunity - University of Regina

The Geology Department at the University of Regina is currently looking for a suitably qualified person to undertake a Masters Thesis project under the supervision of Drs. Bend, Bethune and Dale. The position is open immediately and will remain open until filled. The earliest start date is Spring/Summer 2017. This study is supported and funded by the Fedoruk Centre. The research goal of this particular project is to determine, document and assess the geological stability of bedrock in areas considered suitable to the location of an advanced technology project. The successful candidate will receive a stipend of $17,000 p.a. for two years. For more information, see here.


ECOSCOPE Seminar - Dr William Burgos

Wednesday, March 22, 4:00-5:00PM, LSC3, Life Sciences Institute
Dr William Burgos - Geochemical and Temporal Influences on the Enrichment of Acidophilic Iron-Oxidizing Bacterial Communities.

For more information, see here.

IRES Seminar - Bejoy Thomas

Thursday, March 23, 12:30-1:30PM, AERL Theatre (room 120), 2202 Main Mall
Bejoy Thomas - Whose water? Challenges and complexities in wastewater reuse in peri-urban Bangalore, India

For more information, see here.

EOAS Seminar - Dr William Burgos

Thursday, March 23, 4:00-5:00PM, ESB 5104-06
Dr William Burgos - Record of shale gas wastewater disposal in lake sediments of Pennsylvania, US.

For more information, see here.

Anecdotal Evidence 

Thursday, March 23, 7:00PM, Anza Club, 3 W 8th Ave, Vancouver
Anecdotal Evidence is a storytelling series about the human side of science. The rapture in the research and humanity behind the abstract. How science impacts our lives on a personal level. Stories are filled with humor, humanity, and sometimes even science.  The stories are true, 7(ish)-minute tales told live, onstage, without notes. Our storytellers this round include Armin Mortazavi, Theresa Liao, Julien St. Amand, Natalie Mahara, Madeline Cashion, Clayton Manning

For more information, see here.

Herring People - An Arts-Based Initiative

Sunday, April 2, 3:00-5:00PM, Bill Reid Gallery, 639 Hornby St, Vancouver
This public event aims to raise awareness of Pacific herring’s role in BC marine ecosystems, aboriginal communities, and commercial fisheries. Hereditary Chief and master carver James Hart will speak about reconciliation in the context of his pole, Haida artist April White will officially launch her “Herring People” serigraph series, Tom Hackett will present his “Herring Quest” video on herring values and science, produced with Dr. Mimi E Lam, who will discuss “What values are at stake in the management of herring in BC?” 

For more information, see here.

EOSC/ENVR 449 Thesis Poster Presentations

Thursday, April 6 in the Museum lobby, EOS Main. 
Posters will be on display in the Museum lobby, EOS Main on April 5-6, 2017. The space is open to the public during normal work hours. Presentations (5 min talk, 5 min for questions) will be on the afternoon of Thurs, April 6th, in the same location. Refreshments will be available. Please come support our BSc Thesis students and enjoy the breadth of undergraduate research being done in EOAS.

Bulletin Board

UBC Science Strategic Plan Renewal - message from Dean Simon Peacock

UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Santa J. Ono has initiated a strategic planning process for our university. As part of this process, each Faculty has been asked to review, and refresh as appropriate, their current strategic plans. The Faculty of Science’s strategic plan, Advancing Science, has helped guide our collective efforts for the past six years and continues to serve us well.

My second term as dean will come to an end in June 2018, and I feel it would not be appropriate to launch a full-scale planning exercise with less than 16 months remaining in my deanship. Instead, I’ve committed to developing a shorter strategic focus document to help guide us over the next two years as well as help shape UBC’s emerging strategic plan.

I am explicitly asking for your feedback on an initial draft of the proposed strategic foci for 2017-2018. At the highest level, I propose we focus on four key initiatives – research excellence, teaching excellence, computer and data science, and innovation. We will also continue to build on the nine core areas and commitments articulated in Advancing Science. 

Review UBC Science’s proposed strategic foci for 2017-2018 here

Provide feedback via email by Wednesday, April 5: scidean@science.ubc.ca

Attend the UBC Science Town Hall on: Friday, March 31, 2017, Noon to 1:30 PM, MSL 102 (Michael Smith Laboratories lecture theatre)

Celebrate Learning Week

The ninth annual Celebrate Learning Week will take place this spring from May 2 to May 8, 2017.  Henry (Roddy) L. Roediger, Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, will give the keynote lecture on Making it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (9:30am – 11:30am on Thursday, May 4 in EOS 1012, with live streaming to UBC Okanagan). Please see here for an abstract of Roddy's talk and a brief biography.

All are encouraged to participate in Celebrate Learning Week by sharing teaching and learning opportunities available to students, faculty and staff. We invite you to organize special events, or inform us about planned events that coincide with the dates, that can be promoted and featured as part of the Celebrate Learning Week schedule. We welcome events such as open lectures, information sessions about new co-curricular and extra-curricular learning opportunities, student advising sessions, poster displays, invited lectures that explore teaching excellence, workshops that provide professional learning opportunities for faculty, or other ideas you may have.Events can be submitted through the online event booking form, available on the Celebrate Learning Week website and should be submitted by Friday, March 31, 2017.

Any questions can be directed to Sukhi Ghuman, Marketing and Events Manager at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (sukhi.ghuman@ubc.ca / 604-827-4816). For more information,see here

Call for Nominations - The Timothy R Parsons Award for Excellence

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has established the Timothy R. Parsons Award for excellence in Ocean Sciences to recognize a Canadian scientist for outstanding lifetime contributions to multidisciplinary facets of ocean sciences or for a recent exceptional achievement, while working within a Canadian institution. This award is named after Dr. Timothy R. Parsons, and honours his distinguished career as a Fisheries Research Board of Canada researcher, university professor, broadly read author and recipient of the 2001 Japan Prize.

The Timothy R. Parsons Medal is awarded for distinguished accomplishments in multidisciplinary facets of ocean sciences while working for Canadian Institutions or for the benefit of Canadian science and for excellence during the lifetime of the recipient or for a recent outstanding achievement, both being equally eligible.

To make a nomination, please complete the nomination form on the Parsons Award website here, or for more information, see hereNominations are due by March 31.

UBC Alumnus funded by NASA

On Friday, NASA announced its latest SSERVI funding. Mika McKinnon, former grad student (MSc '10 with Oldrich Hungr), is a Co-Investigator on Project ESPRESSO. Project ESPRESSO represents a consortium of seven partner institutions home to 17 co-investigators, and is dedicated to enabling and enhancing future solar system exploration by developing the tools and techniques our explorers will need. EOAS's Scott McDougall is a collaborator on this project and will be helping figure out how to modify existing landslide runout models to asteroids.