October 2013


GREAT Program Published in HEInnovate

The GREAT program was selected as one of several case studies in the Guiding Framework for Entrepreneurial Higher Education Institutions, developed by the European Commission, Directorate General Education and Culture and OECD LEED forum. This framework is a self-assessment tool for higher-education institutions looking for advice, ideas and inspiration for the effective management of institutional and cultural change. The aim is to help these institutions become more entrepreneurial. Read more about our program or discover more about the guiding framework at HEInnovate.

 Partner Project News

New Papers Co-authored by AdapTree Members

AdapTree lead, Dr. Sally Aitken, and UBC Zoology professor Dr. Michael Whitlock have published a new paper, “Assisted Gene Flow to Facilitate Local Adaptation to Climate Change” in Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics. Read more at Annual Reviews.

AdapTree members Amanda De La Torre, Tongli Wang and Dr. Aitken, along with Barry Jaquish, have published another paper in New Phytologist: “Adaptation and exogenous selection in a Picea glauca x Picea engelmannii hybrid zone: implications for forest management under climate change.” Learn more at the Wiley Online Library.

For more news from the Adaptree project, be sure to visit the Aitken Lab blog, The Modern Forest.

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Intern Feature: Max Macdonald

In our Intern Feature series, we profile genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC interns and their work with our partner projects.

This month, we feature our apicultural summer researcher, Max Macdonald. Max is currently studying biochemistry at UBC Okanagan and is currently halfway through his undergraduate degree. He has been working at Armstrong Apiaries for the past four summers as a commercial beekeeper and breeder. Max spent the summer of 2013 working in the field with the Next-Generation Integrated Pest Management Tools for Beekeeping (Bee IPM) project to obtain a qualitative and socioeconomic perspective on how beekeepers feel about the tools developed by the project researchers. Read more about his exciting internship experience at his profile page.

For more information on our Internship Program, please visit the Internships page or contact us.

 Upcoming Events

Communicating Science with Impact

November 19th and 20th, 2013; 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Gerald McGavin Building boardroom, 2386 East Mall, Vancouver, BC

Learn how to effectively communicate why you do what you do and why it is important with Dr. Mark Winston, Academic Director of SFU’s Centre for Dialogue and Professor of Biological Sciences. Your science communication will become more compelling and effective at the end of these hands-on sessions. For more information or to register, please visit the event page. There are only 3 spots left so

Tools for Scientific Storytelling: Social Media II

November 26th, 2013; 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
SPPH room 143, 2206 East Mall, Vancouver, BC

Back in July, genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC presented a Social Media workshop with science communicator Ben Paylor to explore the benefits of Twitter and other platforms to communicate scientific research. Due to overwhelming feedback from our participants for more hands-on session, we are offering a follow-up workshop this fall. This upcoming event will focus on case studies examples and specific how-tos to garner support for your initiative. To register, please visit our Social Media workshop page.

6 Minutes of Passion…for Science

November 28th, 2013; 6:15pm to 9:00pm
Michael Smith Laboratories lecture theatre, 2185 East Mall, Vancouver, BC

Join our scientists in this fun and inspiring year-end celebration as they present what inspires them do what they do in this Pecha Kucha-style night, presented to you by genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC and TerreWEB (Terrestrial Research on Ecosystem & World-wide Education and Broadcast)! This event is free and food and drinks will be provided. For details or to register, please visit our 6 Minutes of Passion…for Science page.

Lean Launch Pad for Genomics

January to March 2014; 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Venue TBA

genomics.entrepreneurhsip@UBC is excited to bring back the Lean Launch Pad (LLP) program! Led by Sauder School of Business instructor Iain Verigin, this series of workshops is designed to engage participants in moving potential products out of the lab and into the market through talking to customers, partners and competitors, and encountering the challenges and uncertainty of creating successful innovations. For more information, visit the Lean Launch Pad page or attend one of the two informational sessions:

  1. November 22nd, 2013; 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Michael Smith Laboratories Room 101, 2185 East Mall, Vancouver, BC
  2. December 6th, 2013; 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Wayne and William White Engineering Design Centre Room 102, 2386 East Mall, Vancouver, BC

Watch this video, created by our video intern Julia Patey, on UBC entrepreneurs, Aspect Biosystems. Aspect Biosystems are graduates of entrepreneurship@UBC’s Lean Launch Pad program, which ran earlier this year.

More Events

In addition to the workshops hosted by genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC, here are other events of interest on the genomics/entrepreneurship front offered by UBC, Mitacs and other organizations.

View our calendar for more upcoming events.

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