NPAW 2020: Chalk Talks and Teaching Demos - A Panel featuring UBC Postdoc Alumni and Faculty

Date & Time

Friday, 25 September 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Online via Zoom


Postdoctoral Fellows Office



In celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, hear from a panel comprised of current faculty members as well as former UBC postdocs about developing chalk talks and teaching demos. panelists include Dr. Brett Eaton (Professor, Geography and Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts), Dr. Derek Gladwin (Assistant Professor, UBC), Dr. Mark MacLachlan (Professor, Chemistry and Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies, Faculty of Science) and Dr. Jorge Rosés Labrada (Assistant Professor, University of Alberta).

This event is part of 2020 National Postdoc Appreciation Week. Click here for a list of all NPAW events!



Dr. Susan Porter, Dean and Vice-Provost, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Dr. Susan Porter

Dr. Susan Porter has been the Dean and Vice-Provost of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at UBC since 2013. She is also a Clinical Professor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine, and has served in sequential roles in graduate and postdoctoral administration at UBC since 2000.

Dr. Brett Eaton (Professor, Geography and Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts)

Dr. Brett Eaton

Brett has been a faculty member at UBC in the Department of Geography since 2004, and is currently serving as the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Arts. With over 25 years of experience in teaching, research, and professional practice, he has dedicated most of his professional career to developing a better understanding of earth surface processes and their associated geohazards. Currently, his research group at UBC is focussed on how rivers respond to environmental changes. Brett and his students are also applying these fundamental results to better understand the influence of floods, forest fires and dam construction on river condition and fish habitat. Brett is also a licensed member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

Dr. Derek Gladwin (Assistant Professor, UBC)

Biography coming soon!

Dr. Mark MacLachlan (Professor, Chemistry and Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies, Faculty of Science)

Dr. Mark MacLachlan

Dr. Mark MacLachlan is a Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Science. He has trained more than 35 graduate students and 20 post-docs during his 20 years at UBC.  He has led several workshops to help graduate students and post-docs apply for academic positions and has served on numerous faculty search committees.

Dr. Jorge Rosés Labrada (Assistant Professor, University of Alberta)

Dr. Jorge Roses Labrada

Jorge Emilio Rosés Labrada is Assistant Professor of Indigenous Languages Sustainability and Linguistics in the University of Alberta Department of Linguistics.

Working within a community-based language research model, Jorge Emilio Rosés Labrada has collaborated with Mako and Piaroa communities in the documentation and description of their languages. He has also worked with Kwak'wala and Makah (two Wakashan languages of the Pacific Northwest) and with Sapé and Arutani (two South American isolates). The main focus of these projects has been the creation of annotated corpora of linguistic and ethnographic data that can facilitate in-depth synchronic and diachronic linguistic research on these languages and be mobilized in the production of teaching materials for use in ongoing language revitalization and maintenance efforts.

He holds a PhD from The University of Western Ontario and a doctorate in language sciences from the Université Lumière-Lyon 2 and was a Banting and Honorary Killam postdoctoral fellow in UBC's First Nations and Endangered Languages between 2015 and 2017."


Registration in this session is required, and is now open. Those successfully registered will receive an email within one week of the session date.


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