Who We Are

Sarah Blay | Research Commons Program Coordinator

Sarah is the coordinator for the Research Commons, and works closely with the Head Librarian of the Research Commons to optimize program offerings and logistics. 

Jeremy Buhler | Data Librarian

Allan Cho | Research Commons Librarian

Allan looks after the day-to-day operations of the Research Commons, and coordinates with Library and campus partners to ensure the project’s success. Allan also organizes the Graduate Student Workshop Series – a series of workshops designed to assist students with all the steps of the research process, from literature reviews to getting published to measuring research publication impact.

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Eka Grguric | Digital Scholarship Librarian

Paul Lesack | Data and GIS Analyst

Anne Olsen | Head, Koerner Library

Evan Thornberry | Map and GIS Librarian

Research Commons Instructional Team Leads

Susan Atkey | Librarian, Humanities and Social Sciences Division

Susan is a librarian at the Humanities and Social Sciences Division at Koerner Library. Susan works with the Data Analysis team overseeing the instruction for the NVivo workshops.

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Sarah Parker | Librarian, Woodward Library 

Sarah is a librarian at Woodward Library and the liaison for the Research Commons. She works with the Citation Management team overseeing the instruction for the RefWorks, Mendeley and Zotero workshops.

Dean Giustini | Librarian, Biomedical Branch Library 

Dean is a librarian at Biomedical Branch Library and a liaison for the Research Commons. He works with the Thesis Formatting team, and oversees the teaching of the Thesis Formatting workshops.

Graduate Academic Assistants

Cecilia Vadala | Citation Management Graduate Assistant

Cecilia Vadala is a Masters student in theatre. She has worked for UBC Libraries in various roles during her undergraduate and now graduate studies. She has helped the UBC Library Research Commons customize our offerings to best met the citation management needs of the community. As a member of the team, she offers one-on-one consultation as well as workshops about citation management.

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Elham Esfandiari | Citation Management Graduate Assistant

Elham Esfandiari is a PhD student in Rehabilitation Sciences. She is interested in developing rehabilitation program for individuals with lower limb amputation which can be delivered through mobile devices. As a member of the team, she offers one-on-one consultation as well as workshops about citation management.

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Amir Michalovich | NVivo | Qualitative Data Analysis Graduate Assistant 

Amir Michalovich is a PhD student in the Language and Literacy Education Department. He is interested in the ways in which multimodal meaning-making can facilitate immigrant and refugee students’ engagement and integration in school learning. His experience includes managing a research project, filmmaking, teaching, and providing consultations about ATLAS.ti.

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David Romero  | NVivo | Qualitative Data Analysis Graduate Assistant 

David Romero is a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Studies at UBC. He is interested in qualitative methodologies, elite public schooling, continental philosophy and subaltern studies. He also holds a Ph.D. In Latin American Literature and is interested in interdisciplinary research practices that connect social sciences and humanities.

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Nasim Peikazadi | Thesis Formatting Graduate Assistant

Nasim Peikazadi is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Educational Studies. Her research is focused on the integration experiences of racialized minority refugee and immigrants. Nasim is a member of the Thesis Formatting team and together with other members of the team offers weekly workshops as well as one-on-one consultations.

Josh Chan | Thesis Formatting Graduate Assistant

Josh Chan is a Masters of Library and Information Studies student at the iSchool. His goal is to become an academic librarian for a post-secondary institution like UBC so that he can continue to help students with their research work. As a member of the Research Commons team at Koerner Library, he holds one-on-one consultations for Thesis Formatting, as well as Thesis Formatting workshops.

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Arthur Marques | Quantitative Data Analysis Graduate Assistant

Arthur is a Ph.D. student in Software Engineering at the Faculty of Computer Science, where he investigates how to locate relevant text for a task amidst large amounts of irrelevant information. Arthur provides workshops and consultations for quantitative data analysis in the team.

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Matty Jullamon | Quantitative Data Analysis Graduate Assistant

Matty is a PhD student in Human Development, Learning, and Culture at the Faculty of Education. Her research interests include critical thinking and inquiry-based learning in the science classroom. As a member of the team, Matty offers workshops and consultations on the use of quantitative data analysis tools.

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