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newsUBC Researcher of the Year for 2012, Philip Ainslie
Philip Ainslie, 2012 Researcher of the Year

Philip Ainslie named UBC's Okanagan campus Researcher
of the Year

Physiologist instituted new lab, leads Everest health
research expedition

Philip Ainslie, Canada Research Chair in Cerebrovascular Function in Health and Disease and associate professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences, has been named Researcher of the Year at UBC's Okanagan campus.

Ainslie is principal investigator of a research expedition that will see 25 scientists from around the globe, along with UBC students, travel to Mount Everest next month. The six-week research foray to the Pyramid Laboratory near Everest Base camp -- five years in the planning -- will conduct a series of experiments to measure oxygen deprivation and blood flow through the heart, lungs and brain at high altitudes.

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BC Public Education through Media Award 2012 winner Christine Schreyer
Christine Schreyer, 2012 Public Education through Media Award winner

Christine Schreyer receives 2012 Public Education Through Media Award

Christine Schreyer, assistant professor of anthropology with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, was honoured with the Public Education through Media Award for her outstanding service to the university and community by sharing her research expertise through innovative and creative ways via the news media.

She received the award at the annual Celebrate Research Gala on March 9.

Schreyer's research gained international attention last year when she initiated a project examining the impact on society of invented languages. Her research focused on the Na'vi language created for the Hollywood blockbuster movie Avatar. Using online research techniques, Schreyer discovered a global community of Na'vi fans who, lacking a common root language, used Na'vi to communicate, blog, convey ideas and keep in touch.

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Men’s Heat volleyball player Greg Niemantsverdriet says scholarships played a vital role in being able to play sports and get an education.
Men's Heat volleyball player Greg Niemantsverdriet says scholarships played a vital role in being able to play sports and get an education.

Athletic Scholarship Breakfast helps on and off the courts

UBC's annual Okanagan fundraiser benefits sports program, athletes

Sports have always been a big part of Greg Niemantsverdriet's life, and thanks to scholarships, the Heat volleyball player can pursue an education while continuing to compete.

The Heat recently completed their first season in Canadian Interuniversity Sports' Canada West division -- Canada's highest level of post-secondary play -- and Niemantsverdriet, of Vernon, relished the level of competition.

"There are not a lot of errors in this league," he says. "Every game is really important. Everybody is good including their benches."

Niemantsverdriet says scholarships are very important to student athletes.

"To have the chance to play and get an education is a privilege not a lot of students have," he says.

Rob Johnson, director of athletics and recreation at UBC's Okanagan campus, says the first year of Canada West competition met all expectations.

"We knew it would be challenging and we believed we could compete. Our student athletes and coaches really stepped up," says Johnson. "We didn't win as many games as we would have liked, but we won more than anyone outside UBC's Okanagan campus predicted. What is more important to me than winning, our student athletes competed as hard as they could, the whole game, every game. You can't ask for any more than that."

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Rhiannon Wallace, 2012 World Water Day student coordinator at UBC’s Okanagan campus, wants students to get involved in promoting sustainable management of water resources.
Rhiannon Wallace, 2012 World Water Day student coordinator, wants students to get involved in promoting sustainable management of water resources.

World Water Week focuses on problems faced by
African nations

UBC's Okanagan campus activities promote sustainable
water management

Drawing attention to the massive problems faced by African nations in water and food security is the central theme of global World Water Day on March 22.

There is a schedule of activities planned this week and the public is invited to all events. UBC's World Water Day Coordinating Committee is working with Partners in the Horn of Africa, a locally based non-governmental organization that works with communities in Ethiopia to sponsor sustainable agricultural projects. These often involve building small-scale irrigation works and water-quality improvement projects.

Rhiannon Wallace, a third-year Science student majoring in microbiology in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, is 2012 World Water Day student coordinator on campus. She considers her position a great opportunity to learn more about the environment and water issues that face society.

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Dance dramaturge Guy Cools is the 2012 Artist in Residence for UBC’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.
Dance dramaturge Guy Cools is the 2012 Artist in Residence for UBC's Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

Belgian dance dramaturge creates new public performance

Artist in Residence Guy Cools collaborates with UBC faculty
and 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 (FCCS), brings a wealth of international experience as a teacher, writer, dance dramaturge and lecturer. A dramaturge acts as dramatist, advisor, literary editor and liaison with authors and playwrights.

Spanning the month of March, Cools' residency includes class visits, a performance workshop, public lectures, and dramaturgical work on a performance created by guest instructor Ame Henderson and Bachelor of Fine Arts students in the Interdisciplinary Performance program.

This full-length performance will be presented at the Kelowna Community Theatre on April 2, 3 and 4.

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Student Austin Newton was ‘homeless’ until from March 11 to 16 as part of an on-campus campaign to raise funds and awareness for the homeless.
Student Austin Newton was 'homeless' until from March 11 to 16 as part of an on-campus campaign to raise funds and awareness for the homeless.

Students brave winter chill to help homeless

Fundraiser 5days.ca has students sleeping outside to raise
money, awareness

A group of students have given up their warm beds for hard concrete and cold winter winds in a bid to raise money and awareness of the plight of homeless people.

From March 11 to 16, the students spent their nights sleeping in front of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences and remained 'homeless' until the week was over. They still attended classes through the day, but were required to be outside from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Student Erica Sutherland says the first night was "a little cold, but it was for a good cause so it was worth it."

This is the fourth-year psychology student's last year on campus and she wants to "make a difference" before leaving. So she signed up to get a glimpse of what life is like without a place to call home -- with only cardboard and a sleeping bag for a bed.

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UBC students want to get rid of racial prejudice

Annual Rule Out Racism Week to raise awareness, discussion
of the issue

It is a sad fact that racism still rears its ugly head in society today.

All this week the Okanagan campus is hosting its annual Rule Out Racism Week to raise awareness and to generate public discussion on the matter.

Kamilla Bahbahani, campus equity advisor and co-organizer, says there will be many events prompting people to think about and discuss the ugly sore of racism.

"It's one of those things that still exist," says Bahbahani. "We're trying to highlight and celebrate diversity. We are creating different venues to talk about these issues in a respectful manner."

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Toni Harfield, occupational health nurse, oversaw the development and implementation of the Okanagan campus Community Health pilot project.
Toni Harfield, occupational health nurse, oversaw the development and implementation of the Okanagan campus Community Health pilot project.

Health, Safety and Environment wraps-up pilot project

Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) has announced that its year-long Occupational Health pilot project has just completed with a variety of successes to report. The one-year project provided employees with health assessments, immunizations and respiratory protection. The project also helped guide nursing student projects in the areas of travel health and flu clinic operation.

HSE would like to recognize Toni Harfield, occupational health nurse, for her efforts on this project. Harfield helped expand the program and was instrumental in its success.

For those who were accessing the program and require follow ups, please contact HSE at 250-807-8624. To find out more about immunizations and their occupational exposures, HSE recommends seeingk advice from a physician or local travel medical clinic.

Please note that HSE's core community health programs -- ergonomic assessments, air quality investigations and flu clinics -- will not be affected by this change.

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Disability Resource Centre

Disability Liaison Network available to all
faculty members

Did you know that the Disability Resource Centre (DRC) has a Faculty Disability Liaison Network (FDLN) that meets regularly to discuss improvements for programming and services at UBC's Okanagan campus?

This network is a great opportunity for scholars from a variety of departments and units to come together to share ideas and resources and address issues with the DRC.

Recent FDLN discussions have included: service improvements, exam processes as well as practical and meaningful ways to accommodate students with disabilities.

The next network meeting will be in May.

To get involved, contact DRC Coordinator Jess Roebuck at 250-807-9263.

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School of Social Work fundraising to improve school for exploited girls in Nepal

Events planned for March 23 and 24

Members of the School of Social Work are helping to raise funds in support of Inter-Cultural Women Education Network (IWEN). IWEN provides educational opportunities for girls in rural Nepal who have been sold into the sex trade.

The funds will be used to support IWEN's Classrooms for a Cause project, which sends IWEN volunteers to Nepal to help to expand capacity for a school that protects young girls.

The fundraising events include a Pub Night at the 97 Street Pub on March 24 and a Bake and Scarf sale in the Fipke Centre foyer on March 23. Tickets for the Pub Night are $20 and include food and one drink.

To purchase tickets, or find out more, contact Dixon Sookraj or Corinne Dolman in the School of Social Work.

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Hire a student, receive a subsidy

Summer session student wage subsidy program now open

Faculty and staff have until March 26 to apply for a $9-per-hour wage subsidy to hire qualified and energetic students to help with a variety of projects or jobs. This subsidy helps create career-related, on-campus work positions for students through the Work Study (for domestic undergraduates) and Work Learn (for international undergraduates) program.

Proposals are being accepted until March 26 for summer student positions. Accepted applications will be subsidized for up to 12 hours per week for the summer month, to a maximum of 300 hours.

To find out more, visit the Work Study and Work Learn website or contact Deanna Simmons at 250-807-9250.

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Okanagan campus news available anywhere, any time

Don't want to wait until the next edition of The Exchange to find out the latest news about the Okanagan campus? Visit the Okanagan campus' online newsroom. (https://news.ok.ubc.ca/).

The newsroom is set up to be easily viewable on most mobile devices -- giving everyone access to the latest news anywhere, at any time.

The Exchange also has its own online prescence (https://news.ok.ubc.ca/exchange/) where faculty and staff members can keep up to date on the latest employee news.

Okanagan campus news is also available via facebook (facebook.com/ubconews) and Twitter (twitter.com/ubconews).

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peopleNatasha Orlitzky had a smashing good time during Engineering Week at UBC’s Okanagan campus Wednesday, taking a sledgehammer to a van for charity.

Engineering Week fundraiser a smashing success

Engineering student Natasha Orlitzky had a smashing good time during Engineering Week, taking a sledgehammer to a van for charity on March 7.

The minivan, donated by Apple Valley Auto Recycling and Service, was reduced to rubble to raise money for Engineers Without Borders who aim to send a UBC student to Africa later this year.

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Third year Human Kinetics student Joel Selinger gets stopped on his shoot-out attempt at the UBC Food Exchange Ball Hockey Tournament recently.
Third year Human Kinetics student Joel Selinger gets stopped on his shoot-out attempt at the UBC Food Exchange Ball Hockey Tournament.

Annual Food Exchange ball hockey tournament nets donations and camaraderie

Fitness, team-building, sportsmanship, community support, fun and drama were all featured in the 2012 UBC Food Exchange Ball Hockey Tournament on March 10. Nine teams, made up of male and female players, participated in the Campus Life event.

At the on-site registration, each student player was asked to sign a waiver and donate a non-perishable food item. Ball hockey squads were fielded by Aboriginal Programs & Services, and several teams grouped by student residences (Nicola One, Simi/Random, Purcell One, Cassiar, Nicola Two, Purcell Two, Kalamalka, Val & Friends).

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research spotlightUBC School of Engineering professors Solomon Tesfamariam and Rehan Sadiq have developed a Decision Support Tool that has potential for managing municipal infrastructure such as water main networks.
UBC School of Engineering professors Solomon Tesfamariam and Rehan Sadiq have developed a Decision Support Tool that has potential for managing municipal infrastructure such as water main networks.

Research tool examines aging municipal infrastructure

UBC engineering team hopes to cut risk of water system failures

A research project by the School of Engineering could some day provide municipalities with a useful tool for managing water-supply networks and reduce risk of system failures.

The project, led by engineering professors Rehan Sadiq and Solomon Tesfamariam, utilizes a risk-based asset management tool to help predict potential problems.

The entire country is grappling with an infrastructure deficit of unprecedented proportion. With the majority of Canada's urban infrastructure built in the 1950s, '60s and '70s, municipalities are finding themselves on the hook to finance costly replacement projects.

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Research Rodeo winners

This year's Celebrate Research Gala also recognized a number of students who took part in UBC's first-ever Research Rodeo on March 8. These were competitions for undergrad and graduate students where entrants had three minutes to deliver the best pitch about their research projects.

The winners were:

Research Rodeo graduate student winners, from left: Jocelyn Madeira; David Kadish; Gabriel Newman
Graduate students (from left): Jocelyn Madeira, Biology, Gold Compounds and Your Brain: Auranofin as Neuroprotective and Anti-Neuroinflammatory Molecule; David Kadish, Engineering, Automatic Computer Recognition of Facial Expressions; Gabriel Newman, Creative and Critical Studies, Social Potluck.

Research Rodeo undergraduate student winners, from left: Ashley Yip; Kimberly Lemky; Karly Drabot
Undergraduate students: Ashley Yip, Science, The Effects of Exercise on the Gut Microflora and Immunity to Inflammatory Disease; Kimberly Lemky, Science, How Bugs Move Drugs; Karly Drabot, Psychology, Improving the Health of Men Who Have Sex With Men: Engaging Local Physicians.

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workshops

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 21
Holistic Nutrition and Habits to Enhance Your Well-Being

March 21
WebCT Vista Wednesdays

March 21
IMRD: Writing the Methods and Results

March 22
IMRD: Writing the Discussion

March 23
Social Media

March 26
Educational Technology Monday

March 26
HR Lunch and Learn: Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program

March 27
TA Tuesdays

March 28
DATE Speaker: Wisdom Tettey

March 28
WebCT Vista Wednesdays

March 28
Using LaTeX

March 28
Java Junction

April 3
TA Tuesdays

April 4
WebCT Vista Wednesdays

April 4
Making an Effective Presentation

April 4
Term Wrap Up

 

 

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
March 21, 2012

News

Philip Ainslie named UBC's Okanagan campus Researcher of the Year
Christine Schreyer receives 2012 Public Education Through Media
A
ward
Athletic Scholarship Breakfast helps on and off the courts
World Water Week focuses on problems faced by African nations
Belgian dance dramaturge creates new public performance
Students brave winter chill to help homeless
UBC students want to get rid of racial prejudice
Health, Safety and Environment wraps-up pilot project
Disability Liaison Network available to all faculty members
School of Social Work fundraising to schools improvements for exploited girls in Nepal
Hire a student, receive a subsidy
Okanagan campus news available anywhere, any time

People

Engineering Week fundraiser a smashing success
Annual Food Exchange ball hockey tournament nets donations and camaraderie

Research Spotlight

Research tool examines aging municipal infrastructure
Research Rodeo winners

eventsSecond annual Indigeneity panel

Second annual Indigeneity panel

The Indigenous Studies program presents its second annual Indigeneity panel on March 21 (today).

The panel will consist of presentations by graduate students Carmella Alexis, Carlene Dingwall, Starleigh Grass, John Chenoweth and Jaimie Issac, as well as poetry readings by Indigenous Studies faculty members Jeannette Armstrong, Margo Tamez and Gregory Younging.

The event will begin with a reception and slideshow in the University Centre ballroom (room UNC200) at 11:30 a.m., followed by the panel at 12 noon.

To find out more contact Gregory Younging.

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Sex and love at university

Sexual choices among Okanagan students over a generation

In the past 30 years, university students experienced a sexual revolution and the AIDS epidemic, and a series of competing campaigns that challenged long-term values and behaviours.

At a talk later today sociologist Nancy Netting will present results from her study of post-secondary student sexual behaviours over the past 30 years in the Okanagan.

Netting's data reveals many constants, some important changes and at least three distinct subcultures between 1980 and now.

This talk is part of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences' Unit 6 Speaker Series. It will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Arts building (room ART208)

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Six Months in Sudan author to speak on March 27

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.

Maskalyk's days in Sudan were spent treating malnourished children, fending off a measles epidemic, and staying out of the soldiers' way.

He 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.

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 27
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Kelowna Community Theatre -- 1375 Water St.

Seats are free but online registration is required for this event.


Under the shadows
of Babel

the beginnings of early Christian and Jewish historiography

Tristan Major, post-doctoral fellow with the department of English at UBC's Vancouver campus will be in Kelowna for a history colloquium on March 28.

At the colloquium Major will discuss different strategies used by early Jewish and Christian authors to conflate the Book of Genesis with Hellenistic and Roman historiography.

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 28
Time: 2 to 3:20 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART108

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Healthy eating bake sale

As part of a course assignment with health and exercise sciences instructor Sally Stewart, third-year human kinetics students were challenged to create healthy baked snacks and healthy eating education tips that will inspire the campus community.

The baked goods, recipes and healthy information will all be available on March 28 in the Arts building.

All proceeds for this bake sale are going to support the Okanagan campus Students 4 Kenya fundraiser.

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 28
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Arts building foyer

To find out more, contact Sally Stewart, or visit the Nutrition Education Centre in the Arts and Sciences II building (room ASC264).

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Research Tea Break Speaker Series

Age busters: an experiment in reducing social distance between the ages

The next Research Tea Break takes place on February 29 and features Mary Ann Murphy, associate professor of Social Work and Sociology. Murphy will be giving the talk Age Busters: An Experiment in Reducing Social Distance Between the Ages.

Ageism is one of the most pervasive, pernicious and insidious forms of discrimination. A growing body of social- and neuro-science is pointing to the harmful effects of ageism.

This Research Tea Break presentation describes preliminary data from research conducted on a Sociology of Aging undergraduate class, which mixes students ages 18 to 80.

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 28
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC106

To find out more, contact the Research Services Office at 205-807-9412.

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UBC to present latest breakthroughs in cancer research

Panel of experts will discuss various treatments, preventive measures on March 29

UBC Alumni Affairs, the Faculty of Medicine and the Canadian Cancer Society are holding an information session and reception with some of UBC's leading cancer-prevention experts on March 29 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The panel will gather in the Health Sciences Centre (room HSC260) to discuss the latest information regarding cancer. The event's moderator is Rebecca Zandbergen, host of CBC Kelowna's Radio West.

The panel will consist of:

  • Carolyn Gotay, professor and Canadian Cancer Society chair in Cancer Primary Prevention at UBC
  • Barbara Kaminsky, CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society (BC and Yukon region)
  • Joan Bottorff, director of the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention and chair in Health Promotion and Cancer Prevention
  • Juanita M. Crook, professor of Radiation Oncology and Developmental Radiotherapeutics at UBC

Seating is limited. To RSVP or find out more, visit the Alumni Relations website.

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Okanagan campus Heat

Open house: Athletics and Recreation five -year plan

Athletics and Recreation is holding an open house on March 30 to solicit feedback from the public about the department's new five-year business plan.

The previous plan helped guide the Heat into the Canadian Interuniversity Sport league and highlighted the need for expanded facilities and programs such as intramurals and fitness classes.

At the open house MMK Consulting, the group doing the research for the five-year plan, will be conducting conversations with attendees to gain ideas and suggestions.

Date: Friday, Mar. 30
Time: 2:30 to 5 p.m.
Location: Administration building foyer

To find out more, contact Events, Marketing and Sports Development Officer Adam Goodwin.

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Barber School Undergrad Research Conference

Seventh annual Barber School Undergraduate Research Conference

This year's Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences' (IKBSAS) Undergraduate Research Conference will be held on April 4 in the Fipke Centre and Arts and Sciences II buildings.

  • 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 honours and directed studies students in the IKBSAS.

To find out more visit the Undergraduate Research Conference website.

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FCCS Visiting Author Series

FCCS Visiting Author Series: Margaret Christakos

Poet Margaret Christakos will be giving a free public reading on April 5, as part of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies' Visiting Author Series.

Christakos is the award-winning author of seven acclaimed poetry collections and Charisma, which was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award.

She teaches creative writing and runs 'Influency: A Toronto Poetry Salon' at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.

Date: Thursday, Apr. 5
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Okanagan Regional Library -- 1380 Ellis St., Kelowna

This event is free and open to everyone. To find out more contact the Department of Creative Studies at 250-807-9648.

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Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention

Is the weight finally over?

At this Partners in Research Series event on April 12, the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention has brought together a number of health experts who will discuss a surgical and lifestyle intervention for obesity.

Presenters include:

  • Gareth Jones, assistant professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences
  • Dr. Andreas Kluftinger, director of surgical services with Kelowna Band Surgery
  • Keith Z. Brewster, PhD student with the school of Health and Exercise Sciences

Date: Thursday, Apr. 12
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334

This event is free and open to everyone. To RSVP, or join the session by teleconference, email HealthyLiving.Research@ubc.ca to confirm a spot.

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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:

  • Engineers help smash poverty
    Letting go of some tension and helping the less fortunate at the same time is a "smashing" idea.
  • Celebrate Research Gala
    Celebrate Research Week ends with awards presented at the annual gala.
  • Global Citizen Kelowna
    This year's Global Citizen Kelowna keynote talk came to UBC's Okanagan campus to raise awareness on a variety of issues.

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