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newsA view of the majestic Himalayas.
A view of the majestic Himalayas.

Atop Everest for health research

UBC expedition seeks high altitude answers to chronic diseases

Talk about a steep learning curve.

A pioneering research project designed to investigate the effects of chronic oxygen deprivation and distribution of blood flow at high altitudes through the heart, lungs and brain will put a UBC research expedition on top of the world at Everest Base Camp next month.

The School of Health and Exercise Sciences is sending a 25-member team of international scientists on a six-week research expedition in April to Everest's Pyramid laboratory. The fully equipped scientific facility -- at 5,050 metres -- is three miles above sea level and more than half-way up the world's tallest mountain, which tops out at 8,848 metres. Compare that to Vancouver at sea level, or Kelowna's elevation of 344 metres.

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For James Beaton, receiving the James R. Conway Scholarship and Bursary Endowment literally changed his life.
For James Beaton, receiving the James R. Conway Scholarship and Bursary Endowment literally
changed his life.

Awards make reality of living a dream at UBC

Scholarships provide students with best shot at opportunity for a quality education

For James Beaton it was a chance to change his life, to pursue a dream, to achieve something he once thought impossible.

The Bachelor of Arts student received the James R. Conway Scholarship and Bursary Endowment two years ago, allowing him to leave his home town of Coaldale, Alta. and pursue higher education -- a dream that at one point, he thought would never happen.

"I felt that I just wasn't supposed to go to university -- the costs and the risks were so high, but receiving the scholarship encouraged me to push the boundaries that I had always imagined were there," says Beaton.

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Dance dramaturge Guy Cools is the Artist in Residence for the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

Artist in Residence Guy Cools presents 'Body' talks and a new performance starring students

The stage is set at UBC's Okanagan campus for the creative and critical works of Belgian dance dramaturge Guy Cools.

Cools, the 2012 Artist in Residence for the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, brings a wealth of international experience as a teacher, writer, dance dramaturge and lecturer.

Cools' residency includes class visits, a performance workshop, public lectures, and dramaturgical work on a performance created by guest instructor Ame Henderson and students in the Interdisciplinary Performance program. This full-length performance will be presented at the Kelowna Community Theatre on April 2, 3 and 4.

On March 7, Cools will give an on-campus talk about the nature of intercultural exchange. It will be illustrated with the work of British-Bengali choreographer Akram Khan (7 to 9 p.m., ADM 026).

On March 15, Cools will give another talk at the Kelowna Art Gallery, entitled The Mythic Body (7 to 9 p.m., 1315 Water Street, Kelowna).

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UBC’s Okanagan campus World Model United Nations delegation flashes V for Vancouver, site of this year’s international student conference. Delegates include, from left: Nick Gunn, Tim Krupa, Oliver Eberle, Savannah Hallworth, Dominique Gelineau.
The World Model United Nations delegation flashes V for Vancouver, site of this year's international student conference. Delegates include, from left: Nick Gunn, Tim Krupa, Oliver Eberle, Savannah Hallworth, Dominique Gelineau.

Okanagan campus sends delegation to World Model
UN conference

Participants to learn about diplomacy and current events

For the first time, a student delegation from UBC's Okanagan campus will take part in the World Model United Nations Conference. The international academic simulation of the United Nations, sponsored by Harvard University and UBC, as host university, takes place in Vancouver from March 11 to 15.

The eight-member delegation will represent Antigua and Barbuda -- a twin-island, Caribbean nation. The gathering unites like-minded students, totalling 2,200 from 270 universities around the globe, to learn the art of diplomacy and become better educated in current events.

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In one of many examples of research underway at UBC's Okanagan campus, Andre Phillion, assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the School of Engineering, uses a scanning electron microscope to conduct an experiment.
In one of many examples of research underway at UBC's Okanagan campus, Andre Phillion, assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the School of Engineering, uses a scanning electron microscope to conduct an experiment.

Benefits from academic research touch lives everywhere

Okanagan campus has $10 million worth of funded projects

Without research, knowledge about our world would stagnate, but dedicated professors and students are delving into the unknown in a quest to expand understanding of the universe around us.

And many of those researchers can be found right here in the Okanagan.

UBC's Okanagan campus has numerous continuing research projects ranging from engineers working to improve construction materials, to health-care professionals investigating ways to keep people healthier. The Okanagan campus attracts about $10 million a year in research funding.

Ultimately, the public benefits from the research done in labs and classrooms. The knowledge learned on campus is transferred in many ways so it can be applied to the lives of people everywhere.

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James Maskalyk
James Maskalyk

Six Months in Sudan author to speak on March 27

Humanitarian and Physician James Maskalyk to give next distinguished Speaker Series talk

Emergency room physician James Maskalyk's desire to heal led him to Sudan, Africa, in 2007, where he stayed for six months as Médecins Sans Frontières' (Doctors Without Borders/MSF) newest medical doctor in the field.

Equipped with his experience as an emergency physician in a downtown hospital and his desire to understand the hardest parts of the world, Maskalyk's days in Sudan were spent treating malnourished children, fending off a measles epidemic, and staying out of the soldiers' way.

Maskalyk will speak in Kelowna on Mar. 27 about his experience as a young doctor serving in the war-torn town of Abyei. The talk -- based on his book Six Months in Sudan -- is part of UBC's Distinguished Speaker Series.

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UBC research aims to make for a healthier, happier society

Faculty of Health and Social Development conducts multiple research projects

Universities are places of learning and discovery, and that drive for knowledge has produced countless breakthroughs. Numerous health research projects underway at the UBC's Okanagan campus have the potential to lead to major advances that will benefit the public.

Gordon Binsted is the acting dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Development, which includes the Schools of Nursing, Social Work and Health and Exercise Sciences -- all areas where research is being conducted with the goal of helping people live healthy lives.

"Universities have a number of different roles when it comes to research," says Binsted, adding the first role is the creation of new knowledge.

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UBC's Okanagan campus engineering students host
variety of events

Engineering Week runs all this week

Engineering Week is underway right now and the School of Engineering has a variety of activities planned.

Today will be the most smashing day of the event with the popular Car Smash. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. people can make a donation and work out some frustrations with a sledge hammer on a clunker car in the campus courtyard. Money raised from the event will help cover the costs of Engineering Week, with any remaining funds going to charity.

From 2 to 3 p.m., engineers will turn their attention to food with the Edible Car Contest. Participants will have to build a model car using only food items. The event will be held in EME foyer.

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Rule Out Racism weekRule Out Racism week

March 19 to 23 is Rule Out Racism week at UBC -- a week dedicated to building a mindful campus community which highlights and celebrates diversity.

The week's events will begin with an opening ceremony on March 19 in the campus courtyard at 12 noon. March 21 will be the day of greatest activity, with a graduate student research spotlight on race and racism (11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., ART183), an Eat Your Words interactive art project (11 a.m. to 1 p.m., campus courtyard and UNC foyer) and a film screening of One Big Happa Family (3 p.m., UNC theatre) and a live broadcast entitled Addressing Injustice: UBC's Response to the Internment of Japanese Canadian Students -- Then and Now.

Throughout the week there will also be visual art displays in the campus courtyard that address the notion of territory from an Aboriginal perspective, as well as a series of film screenings in the UNC theatre.

For full details, visit www.ubc.ca/okanagan/events.

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Facilities Management wants to hear from you

It's short, simple and will help Facilities Management deliver better services to the campus community.

A new customer satisfaction survey has been developed by the department to help find out more about what is going well and what needs improvement in their service delivery.

The survey takes less than a minute to complete and can be accessed by visiting the link in the email that all customers receive when a work order has been completed. It asks to rate the service of the work order and add any additional comments.

Everyone who completes the survey in March and April will be entered to win a Tim Horton's gift card. Draws will be held at the end of each month.

To find out more contact Facilities Management at 250-807-9272.

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Reminder: Equity Enhancement Fund applications due March 15

Members of the campus community have until March 15 to apply to the Equity Enhancement Fund -- a program established to help provide funding for new initiatives designed to enhance equity on campus.

The guidelines for the fund can be viewed on the Equity Enhancement Fund Guidelines website. The funding is available to any academic or administrative unit with the endorsement of the unit or department head.

To find out more, or to submit a proposal, contact AVP Equity Tom Patch.

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peopleUBC’s Okanagan campus concrete toboggan team makes one of three runs during the annual Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race in Calgary over the weekend.
UBC's Okanagan campus concrete toboggan team makes one of three runs during the annual Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race in Calgary.

Great sled performance from UBC's Okanagan
campus engineers

Student team one of the best at Great Northern Concrete
Toboggan Race

They won best new team, second-best performing toboggan and placed fifth overall out of 19 entries.

Those results are even more impressive considering it is the first time UBC's Okanagan campus has entered a team of engineering students in the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race in Calgary.

The university sent 16 budding engineers from various disciplines to the annual event where they raced a toboggan built from scratch. The toboggan required concrete running surfaces, a maximum weight of 300 pounds, a braking and steering system and the capacity to carry five people.

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Okanagan campus Faculty of Management students, from left, Eric Binotto, Ciera Elliott, Maxime Walker and accounting instructor Sandy Hilton teamed up to win first place at the Gathering of Accounting Associates, Professionals and Students competition.
Faculty of Management students, from left, Eric Binotto, Ciera Elliott, Maxime Walker and accounting instructor Sandy Hilton teamed up to win first place at the Gathering of Accounting Associates, Professionals and Students competition.

Accounting students calculate first-place finish

UBC's Faculty of Management team wins GAAPS

Perhaps the competition did not take into account the skill of the Faculty of Management team.

By the time the Gathering of Accounting Associates, Professionals and Students (GAAPS) was over, a team of Management students from UBC's Okanagan campus had claimed first prize.

Ciera Elliott and Maxime Walker, of Kelowna and Eric Binotto, of Westbank, traveled to the University of Manitoba for the competition in February, where they bested nine other teams from across the country. All three students are in the accounting and finance specialization, in the final year of the four-year Bachelor of Management program.

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From left: Judges Michael Mielke (Radiance), Wellington Chadehumbe (Triumph Venture Capital) and Marc Himel (Jenoptik Optical Systems) with winners Samuel Schaefer (University of British Columbia Okanagan), Yin Wang (Princeton University) and Petrus Johannes Venter (University of Pretoria) at the OPTO Startup Challenge.
From left: Judges Michael Mielke (Radiance), Wellington Chadehumbe (Triumph Venture Capital) and Marc Himel (Jenoptik Optical Systems) with winners Samuel Schaefer (UBC's Okanagan campus), Yin Wang (Princeton University) and Petrus Johannes Venter (University of Pretoria) at the OPTO Startup Challenge.

School of Engineering student wins OPTO Startup Challenge

Creation of mini microscope a team effort at UBC's Okanagan campus

Samuel Schaefer, a fourth-year School of Engineering student, won first place at the OPTO Startup Challenge for his presentation of his research group's product, a 'smart, compact microscope in the palm of your hand.'

Schaefer developed the microscope with Kenneth Chau, assistant professor electrical engineering, and fellow undergraduate Stephen Boehm during a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) term over the summer of 2011.

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Maaike Ammerlaan
Maaike Ammerlaan, Conference Sales and Services Manager

New Conference Sales and Services Manager looks forward to summer season

Conferences and Accommodation would like to introduce Maaike Ammerlaan (pronounced my-kah) to the campus community.

Ammerlaan, started in January as Conference Sales and Services Manager with Conferences and Accommodation. She has a background in marketing and sales in the hotel and resort industry and will be responsible for bringing groups and individuals to UBC's Okanagan campus from May to August.

Ammerlaan will help arrange accommodations for any group -- from planning all the meeting and catering space, to setting up and managing the registration and on-site logistics.

Professors or administrators who want to bring a conference or a meeting to campus in the summer can contact Ammerlaan to help get things started.

To book a room or find out more, visit www.okanagan.ubcconferences.com or call 888-318-8666.

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research spotlightSusan Murch, Canada Research Chair in natural products chemistry

Susan Murch featured in breadfruit research documentary

A new video documentary produced by the Breadfruit Institute explores research to preserve breadfruit and expand its use in reforestation and as a food staple throughout the tropics. Susan Murch, Canada Research Chair in natural products chemistry and an associate professor at UBC's Okanagan campus, is conducting research at the Breadfruit Institute, located at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Kalaheo, Hawai'i.

In the 15-minute documentary, Breadfruit -- a tree of importance to Hawai'i, (11:50 into the video) Murch outlines research into the nutritional potential of breadfruit, and how this crop could address "hidden hunger" in parts of the world where people might have enough food, but it may be deficient in some of the nutrients they require. Breadfruit shows excellent potential for addressing hidden hunger in many parts of the world, says Murch.

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workshops

Tax tips for international students

Representatives from Kelowna Community Resources are coming to campus to provide income tax tips for international students. They'll address topics such as who needs to file income tax, how and when to file and consequences for not filing.

Kelowna Community Resources will also give an overview of the services and workshops they provide. They will also meet individually with students after the workshop to answer specific tax questions.

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 7 (today)
Time: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI247

To RSVP, or find out more, contact Leah Sanford, language and writing services coordinator.

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Videoconference: CIHR Open Forum

Session to look at proposed changes to the Open Grant Competition

The Office of Research Services is hosting a videoconference session on March 16 that will feature Jane Aubin, Chief Scientific Officer of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), who will provide an overview and answer questions on the proposed changes to the CIHR Open Grant Competition.

The session will look at the proposed changes to two granting streams (including a 7-year program stream), a New Investigator track and the elimination of the current peer-review standing committees, and a shift to a College of Reviewers.

Date: Friday, Mar. 16
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: Provost boardroom, room ADM103E

To RSVP or find out more about this session, contact Andrea Osachoff in the Office of Research Services.

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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:

March 7
WebCT Vista Wednesdays

March 7
Preparing a Poster / Making a Poster Presentation

March 9
SoTL Brown Bag Presentation with Sandy Hilton

March 13
TA Tuesdays

March 14
WebCT Vista Wednesdays

March 14
Editors Forum with Naomi McPherson

March 15
Career Café: Careers in International Aid and Development

March 15
SoTL Brown Bag Presentation with Stephen McNeil

March 15
Writing Abstracts and Introductions

March 16
Intro to Clickers

March 16
Grant Applications Workshop: Tri-Council Grants

March 16
Online Teaching Evaluation Questionnaire

March 20
TA Tuesdays

March 21
Holistic Nutrition and Habits to Enhance Your Well-Being

March 21
WebCT Vista Wednesdays

March 21
IMRD: Writing the Methods and Results

 

 

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
March 7, 2012

News

Atop Everest for health research
Awards make reality of living a dream at UBC
Artist in Residence Guy Cools presents 'Body' talks
Okanagan campus sends delegation to World Model UN conference
Benefits from academic research touch lives everywhere
Six Months in Sudan author to speak on March 27
UBC research aims to make for a healthier, happier society
Okanagan campus engineering students host variety of events
Rule Out Racism week events
Facilities Management wants to hear from you
Reminder: Equity Enhancement Fund applications due March 15

People

Great sled performance from UBC's Okanagan campus engineers
Accounting students calculate first-place finish
School of Engineering student wins OPTO Startup Challenge
New Conference Sales and Services Manager looks forward to summer season

Research Spotlight

Susan Murch featured in breadfruit research documentary

eventsCelebrate Research Week 2012

Celebrate Research Week events continue until Friday

Without research, knowledge about our world would stagnate, but dedicated professors and students are delving into the unknown in a quest to expand understanding of the universe around us.

Join UBC faculty, staff, and students this week for an up-close and exciting look at how UBC celebrates research.

FEATURED EVENTS

March 7
Café Scientifique: Who Cares for Caregivers?
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Location: The Bohemian Café -- 524 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna

March 8
Research Rodeo
Time: 12 noon to 1:45 p.m. (undergraduates) and 2 to 3:45 p.m. (graduate students)
Location: University Centre ballroom

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Kooks, extremists, paranoids?

Historical antecedents of the U.S. Tea Party movement

Geoff Smith, professor emeritus of physical, health education and history at Queen's University, will be in Kelowna on March 7 as part of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences Unit 6 Speaker Series.

Smith will be discussing the historical antecedents of the United States' Tea Party movement.

Date: Wednesday, March 7 (today)
Time: 2 to 3:20 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART386

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World Community Film Festival

World Community
Film Festival

The 10th annual Travelling World Community Film Festival comes to UBC's Okanagan campus this week.

The festival is co-sponsored by the Cultural Studies program. On-campus screenings include:

March 8, room ART114
- Survival, Strength, Sisterhood
(5 p.m.)
- Clean Bin Project (5:40 p.m.)
- Site of Lead with filmmaker and Anthropology Professor Hugo De Burgos (7 p.m.)
- Pipe Dreams Project (8 p.m.)
- Happy (8:30 p.m.)

March 9, room ART103
- Consuming Kids (3 p.m.)
- Occupation Has No Future
(4:15 p.m.)
- The Economics of Happiness
(6:30 p.m.)
- Freedom Riders (8 p.m.)

There will also be a screening of Woodhaven: an eco-art experience on Sunday, March 11, at 1:45 p.m. at Okanagan College (1000 KLO Road, Kelowna).

Admission to all films is free, but donations are accepted for the Ki-low-na Friendship Centre and Inn from the Cold. Full details are available on the World Community Film Festival website.

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Global 007: license
to dance

Students of all ages are invited to the Global 007: License to Dance party on March 10.

The James Bond-themed semi-formal event features international music, refreshments and a full night of intrigue.

Date: Saturday, Mar. 10
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: University Centre Ballroom, room UNC200

Tickets are $5, which includes refreshments, and can be purchased at the Campus Activities Desk or the International Programs and Services front desk.

Join the First-Year Experience Program, the International Students' Club and International Programs and Services for an unforgettable night.

To find out more contact Christy Mahlberg, student events coordinator, at 250-807-9841.

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Alcohol awareness week

Alcohol awareness events

Campus Life has organized a series of events from March 13 to 15 to help build awareness of the dangers of alcohol.

All Alcohol Awareness Week events are being held in the University Centre foyer from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

March 13

Portion Proportion
Participants find how out much they're actually drinking.

March 14

Positive Prime Time
Having fun and being healthy aren't mutually exclusive.

March 15

Beer Goggles Gauntlet
Experience the difficulty of tackling everyday tasks when impaired.

To find out more about these events contact Student Event Coordinators Chelsea Butchart or Christy Mahlberg.

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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:

  • March 13
    Anomalous Bodies: The Representation of Disability in Ellice Hopkins' Rose Turquand with Oliver Lovesey, associate professor of English
  • March 20
    Contemporary Print Culture from the Local to the Global with Briar Craig, associate professor of printmaking, photography and drawing

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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Grad Street

Grad Street

Graduating students get everything they need to navigate their way from student to alumnus on Grad Street.

They can talk with recent grads about the transition from student to alumnus, learn how to order a grad gown and book a spot on graduation day and get some advice on next steps for life beyond university.

Date: Thursday, Mar. 15
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: University Centre Ballroom, room UNC 200

To find out more visit the Grad Street website or contact Erica Triggs at 250-807-9360.

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Water for food in the Okanagan and beyond

The Okanagan Basin Water Board's annual public forum and panel for UN World Water Day/Canada Water Week, held in partnership with UBC's Okanagan campus, is March 20.
Following the UN theme, the topic is water and food security.

Panelists include:

  • Yehalem Metiku, an Ethiopian representative with a BC interior-based non-profit Partners in the Horn of Africa
  • Ted van der Gulik, BC Ministry of Agriculture and vice-chair of the Okanagan Water Stewardship Council
  • John Wagner, associate professor of anthropology
  • Permaculturalists Javan Bernakevitch and Michael Nickels
  • Anna Warwick Sears, Okanagan Basin Water Board Executive Director

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 20
Time:
5 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Summerhill Pyramid Winery -- 4870 Chute Lake Rd., Kelowna

Space is limited, so online pre-registration is required.

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Yehalem Metiku

World Water Day keynote speaker: Yehalem Metiku

Ethiopian scholar Yehalem Metiku is this year's World Water Day keynote speaker. Metiku is Ethiopia's representative for Partners in the Horn of Africa, a locally-based non-governmental organization that works with communities in Ethiopia on sustainable agricultural projects.

Metiku will speak about water and food security challenges faced by Ethiopia due to the 2011 drought and about the types of projects now underway in the country by Partners in the Horn of Africa. These include small-scale irrigation and water-quality improvement projects. This work is crucial in Ethiopia, given the regular occurrence of drought which is likely to grow worse over coming decades due to climate change.

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 21
Time: 
7 p.m.
Location:
Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts -- 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna

Seats at this event are free, but online registration is required. To find out more visit the Sustainability Office website.

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Barber School Undergrad Research Conference

Barber School Undergrad Research Conference organized for April 4

Arts and Sciences students at UBC's Okanagan campus have been hard at work this year researching exciting topics for the 7th-annual Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference being held Wednesday, April 4.

This year's conference will also feature undergraduates from Thompson Rivers University and University of the Fraser Valley.

  • Poster Presentations
    11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fipke Centre Grand Atrium
  • Oral Presentations
    1 to 3 p.m., Fipke Centre building, rooms FIP247, FIP249; Arts and Sciences II building, rooms ASC271 and ASC273

The conference is an annual showcase of the diverse research projects underway by undergraduate students in the IKBSAS.

To find out more, visit the Undergraduate Research Conference website.

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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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ubco.tv
UBCO.TV

Okanagan campus people, achievements and events are showcased on UBCO.TV. Check out what's new:

  • Supplemental learning
    Students needing a little extra help are grouping together for some supplemental learning.
  • Bookedstyle Fashion Blog
    A group of students have setup a blog to showcase fellow UBC students and their fashion sense.
  • The Invisible Universe
    Astronomer Erik Rosolowsky takes a look at the parts of the universe that we can't see with the naked eye.

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