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Sports psychology expert David Cox is the featured speaker at next March's Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast.

Annual breakfast will benefit high-calibre UBC athletes

Tickets for the seventh-annual Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast are now on sale.

The event will be held at the Capri Hotel on March 29 and will feature renowned sport psychologist David Cox. For more than 25 years, Cox has worked with athletes from the grassroots to the international levels. In particular, he has worked extensively with Tennis Canada, the Canadian Davis Cup Team, Skate Canada, Rugby Canada and a host of other Canadian national teams. He has attended the Olympics on numerous occasions, most recently in support of the Canadian Snow Board Team at the 2010 Games.

Jennifer Woods, a student athlete from Kelowna and women's Heat golf team member will also speak at the event.

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Gregory Younging, Professor of Indigenous Studies, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.


Post-doctoral fellow Jonathan Little
Post-doctoral fellow Jonathan Little

UBC research examines ways to prevent diabetes

Year-long study builds on McMaster findings of exercise benefits

A research team at UBC's Okanagan campus is investigating whether brief, high-intensity exercise workouts can prevent onset of diabetes in people who are at risk of developing the disease.

Post-doctoral fellow Jonathan Little, along with School of Health and Exercise Sciences faculty members Mary Jung, Phil Ainslie and Sally Willis-Stewart, are conducting follow-up research based on a McMaster University proof-of-principle study which appears in the latest edition of the Journal of Applied Physiology.

Little, who worked on the McMaster study for his PhD dissertation, will lead a year-long follow-up study with approximately 20 subjects who are predisposed to the onset of type 2 diabetes due to dietary habits, glucose intolerance and body weight.

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First Nations students awarded grants

Six of the winners attend UBC's Okanagan campus

Six First Nations students at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus have received grants from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society.

Amanda Neufeld from Lumby, Larissa Laderoute from Sicamous, Meagan Carrier from West Kelowna, Rhea Hewitt from Savona, Starleigh Grass from Westbank and Taryn Schroeder from Vernon were among 117 B.C. Aboriginal students who will share $311,500 in grants.

The B.C. Aboriginal Student Award is funded from the returns on a $10 million endowment fund established by the province in 2007 as part of its strategy to improve Aboriginal achievement and access to education. Awards of $1,000 - $3,500 are given annually to Aboriginal students pursuing post-secondary education in B.C.

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Reminder: give your view on U-PASS for faculty and staff

SURVEY CLOSES DECEMBER 31

Faculty and staff at UBC's Okanagan campus are invited to participate in a survey about a possible Faculty/Staff U-PASS program for the Okanagan campus. The survey is online, and takes less than five minutes to complete. The survey, which is non-binding, closes on December 31.

Take the survey: www.ubc.ca/okanagan/universityrelations/upass

Any questions about the survey should be directed to Gord Lovegrove, assistant professor in the School of Engineering, at 250-807-8717.

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From left: students Kate Harling, Ania Chwala and Brittney Stanwa haul lumber as part of a United Way Day of Caring held in November.
From left: students Kate Harling, Ania Chwala and Brittney Stanwa haul lumber as part of a United Way Day of Caring held in November.

Social work students volunteer at local Day of Caring

Okanagan campus social work students were helping special needs individuals and their families at the United Way Day of Caring, held in the last week of November.

A United Way Day of Caring is a partnership between organizations to volunteer time and support for a day. Employees or volunteers come together, develop team-building skills and make a difference in the community. The Day of Caring was organized by the School of Social Work's Student Union and held at Arion Therapeutic Farm in Kelowna.

Students Angie Walsh, Brittney Stanway, Ania Chwala, Jordan Oostenbrink, Karlena Bonita, Kate Harling, Chelsea Watts, and Richelle Collins were on-hand to help prepare for a Winterland event held the following weekend -- which included pony rides, face painting, gingerbread cookie decorating, crafts, farm tours as well as a visit and photos from Santa Claus.

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PhD student Chris Willie is the recipient of several scholarships and awards over the past year supporting his leading-edge research in understanding the integrated mechanisms that regulate human cerebral blood flow in both health and disease.
PhD student Chris Willie is the recipient of several scholarships and awards over the past year supporting his leading-edge research in understanding the integrated mechanisms that regulate human cerebral blood flow in both health and disease.

Student unlocks secrets to blood flow in brain

Research excellence fuels global quest to understand disease links

Taking his research around the globe -- and winning scholarly recognition -- is becoming routine for Chris Willie, an accomplished PhD student in the Human Kinetics program at UBC's Okanagan campus.

Willie was recently announced as a winner of the Vanier Scholarship in Interdisciplinary Studies, among the most prestigious graduate awards in Canada. It is only the latest in a series of distinctions.

In 2011 he has also earned an Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Predoctoral Fellowship, the Killam-Donald N. Byers Prize, an Alexander Graham Bell Graduate Scholarship (CGS), and a Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (CGS-MSFSS) national award. He has also been published in one of the top clinical journals, Hypertension, among other scholarly publications.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
December 21, 2011

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Annual breakfast will benefit high-calibre UBC athletes
UBC research examines ways to prevent diabetes
First Nations students awarded grants
Reminder: give your view on U-PASS for faculty and staff

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Social work students volunteer at local Day of Caring

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Student unlocks secrets to blood flow in brain

events

The Amazing Race Wellness Challenge returns in January

Registration opens January 3

Faculty and staff are encouraged to get a healthy start to 2012 by participating in the Amazing Race Wellness Challenge. This annual five-week event challenges everyone to discover their own definition of wellness.

The challenge includes a personal wellness assessment that will identify participants' health status and help set wellness goals. It will give everyone the tools to eat nutritiously, be active and make a consistent healthy difference.

This year's race runs for five weeks (January 23 to February 26, 2012), with participants collecting points by competing in a series of health challenges.

Registration opens on Tuesday, Jan. 3 via the Health Promotions website.

For those looking to make an extra difference, Team Captains are currently being recruited for the challenge. To become a Challenge Captain, contact Tracey Hawthorn, WRAP coordinator, by Tuesday, Jan. 3.

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Upcoming FCCS weekly research seminars

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Research Seminar Series covers a wide gamut of significant issues confronting societies, in both contemporary and historical contexts. The seminars adopt an interdisciplinary approach to examining and understanding relevant issues.

Upcoming seminars include:

  • January 10
    Looking, Veiling, and Fantasies of Visibility with George Grinnell, assistant professor of English.
  • January 17
    Settler Colonialism and Limits of Aboriginal Redress in Canada, with David Jefferess, associate professor of English, and Allison Hargreaves, assistant professor of North American Indigenous literatures.

All seminars take place on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Administration building faculty and staff lounge (room ADM115).

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What's Happening on campus

The Okanagan campus events calendar is the central point for online information about university-related events, on and off campus.

Events at a Glance:

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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The campus community's people, achievements and events are constantly being showcased on UBCO.TV. Check out what's new:

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Workshops at a glance

Here are some professional development workshops for faculty and staff at UBC's Okanagan campus over the next few weeks:

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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