header

newsDeputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Doug Owram, Associate Professor of Anthropology Naomi McPherson, Associate Professor of Psychology Paul G. Davies and Provost Wesley Pue are seen at the awards for Teaching Excellence and Innovation ceremony. Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Doug Owram, Associate Professor of Anthropology Naomi McPherson, Associate Professor of Psychology Paul G. Davies and Provost Wesley Pue at the awards for Teaching Excellence and Innovation ceremony.

UBC teachers honoured for their dedication to students

Trio recognized with awards for Teaching Excellence and Innovation

Three great teachers who inspire their students and prepare them to achieve remarkable things were honoured by UBC with awards for Teaching Excellence and Innovation in a ceremony on May 3.

Naomi McPherson, associate professor of anthropology, is recognized in the senior faculty awards category.

The award for junior faculty member is shared by Erik Rosolowky, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, and Paul G. Davies, associate professor of psychology.

read more to top

Maureen Lisle
Maureen Lisle

Maureen Lisle winner of the 2012 President's Service Award for Excellence

Hearty congratulations to Maureen Lisle, winner of the 2012 President's Service Award for Excellence. Lisle earned the award through 32 years of excellent and dedicated service to the Visual Arts Program.

Lisle is the visual arts technician in the department of Creative Studies. The woodshop is her primary domain, where she assists faculty and students with wood-related art projects. She is known as a model staff member, mentor, colleague and volunteer for numerous charitable causes.

Lisle was also instrumental in fundraising for the Murray Johnson Memorial Award in Visual Arts.

To see the other President's Service Award winners, visit UBC Reports.

to top


Everest expedition team members arrive at the Pyramid Laboratory, at an altitude of 5,050 metres.
Everest expedition team members arrive at the Pyramid Laboratory, at an altitude of 5,050 metres.

UBC Research expedition reaches Everest, prepares
for experiments

First glimpse of the top of the world as team arrives at
Pyramid Laboratory

Team members of Everest 2012, UBC's International Research Expedition, reached the Pyramid Laboratory near Everest Base Camp Sunday after an eight-day hike with yaks and guides taking them to the top of the world.

"Just arrived at the lab. So far, so good despite some altitude illness," expedition leader Philip Ainslie said in an email.

Severe nausea is a common malady for mountain climbers and others upon arriving at high altitudes. It can take three to four days to overcome, as human physiology adapts to the thin atmosphere and lower oxygen levels. The 25 expedition members will spend the next three weeks working, living and sleeping in the Himalayas at 5,050 metres above sea level.

read more to top

UBC psychology professors Michael Woodworth, Zach Walsh and Stephen Porter.
UBC psychology professors Michael Woodworth, Zach Walsh and Stephen Porter.

Ever wonder how to spot a psychopath?

UBC psychologists host one-day session on detecting severe personality disorder

The public is invited to take a journey into the intriguing and destructive personality of a psychopath with three of Canada's top psychopathy researchers.

On June 11, UBC professors Stephen Porter, Mike Woodworth and Zach Walsh, directors of the Centre for Advancement of Psychology Science and Law (CAPSL), will host a one-day public presentation offering professionals and community members the opportunity to better recognize and understand psychopathic behaviour in youth and adults, as well as learn some strategies for managing and dealing with psychopathic individuals.

"Because psychopaths are typically narcissistic, manipulative, antisocial and engage in deception at a pathological level, it is very difficult to detect people with this complex emotional disorder," says Porter.

read more to top

Place of Mind site goes mobile


Keynote speaker Robert Pictou uses his personal journey as a basis to engage high school students and to motivate them to think about their future.
Keynote speaker Robert Pictou uses his personal journey as a basis to engage high school students and to motivate them to think about their future.

New format allows Aboriginal Career Fair to feature personal journeys and insights

The 18th Annual Aboriginal Career Fair, held at UBC's Okanagan campus on May 3, featured a different format than in previous years. The popular event, which drew more than 350 high school Aboriginal students from across the Interior, was split between an indoor and outdoor event.

"In the past, we have held the Aboriginal Career Fair outdoors to accommodate the many Aboriginal students and the information booths," said UBC Aboriginal Student Advisor Johanna Sam, one of the event organizers. "This year, we held it in the Fipke building which allowed our keynote speaker to have a more captive audience in the lecture theatre. It was a good opportunity to showcase the space to potential UBC students."

read more to top

New graduate programs offered at UBC's Okanagan campus

Urban Studies and Social Work Master's DEGREES addED

Two new graduate programs will be offered by the College of Graduate Studies at UBC's Okanagan campus in September 2012:

  • An Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) in Urban Studies MA program;
  • A Foundation Two Year Master of Social Work program;

Urban studies is a course that has become increasingly popular, with potential post-graduate employment in such sectors as public policy government, planning and development, research institutes, heritage preservation and social services, says James Hull, associate professor of history in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

read more to top

A conceptual drawing of the library's new single service desk.
A conceptual drawing of the library's new single service desk.

Changes are coming to the library's first floor

Renovations started on the first floor of the library on Monday and when completed in August will feature a number of significant changes to the Learning Commons and the general operation of the library.

The project will be carried out in phases and library staff are working to minimize the impact that this has on patrons. Highlights of the renovations will include:

  • A single service point that combines Circulation and Reference.
  • More seats
  • An Additional quiet reading room similar to the Field Reading Room
  • Additional group study rooms
  • Self-service checkout
  • Self-service holds and reserves

To find out more, visit the Okanagan campus library website.

to top


U Camp

Registration now open for UBC summer camps

UBC's Okanagan campus has a lot of interesting activities to offer children this summer.

Building on the success of last year's U Camps and Heat Sport Camps, Athletics and Recreation are expanding this year's youth camp options.

With added sport camps in running, sport conditioning, and Ultimate Frisbee -- as well as GEERing up!, a new camp that focuses on science, technology and hands-on projects -- each program offer week-long day camps for youth in Grades 1 to 8. Early drop-off and late pick-up options are also available.

Registration is now open, and all employees receive a 10 per cent discount when registering a child for two or more camps.

To register, or find out more, visit goheat.ca/camps.

to top


Community Engagement Office now operational

The Okanagan campus' Community Engagement Office is now operational. Its overall focus is to put more UBC in the external communities and more external communities into UBC. Community Engagement Strategist Suann Brown will direct her energies to four high-priority areas:

  • Being a point of contact and entry for the community
  • Increasing community interest in connections to UBC
  • Providing support and resources (internally and externally)
  • Measuring the impact of UBC community engagement activities

The Community Engagement Office is a central place for employees to refer community members who are new to UBC and want to find out more. It is also a resource for employees who need event planning advice, equipment loans, and advertising options for UBC events which are open to the public.

To learn more about the Community Engagement Office, contact
Suann Brown at 250-807-9950 (office), or 250-575-2451 (mobile).

to top


Motionball comes to campus June 23

Athletics and Recreation IS host venue for Special Olympics fundraiser

June 23 will be a busy day for Athletics and Recreation. That Saturday, Athletics and Recreation is acting as a host venue for Motionball -- a significant one-day fundraiser being held in support of Special Olympics Canada.

Motionball pits teams from across the Okanagan in a series of volleyball, benchball, basketball, flag football, Ultimate, and soccer competitions. Each team will have one Special Olympics athlete assigned to play side-by-side the other members of the team.

As host venue, Athletics and Recreation has received one free team entry (valued at $1,000) and is looking for UBC staff and faculty interested in participating.

Anyone interested in participating can contact Adam Goodwin, events and marketing coordinator, at 250-807-8862 to find out more.

to top


Conferences and Accommodation now open for the
summer season

The summer conference season officially opened last Friday. Over the next three months, much of the academic space and student residences are turned into on-campus hotel and conference facilities.

Conferences and Accommodation wants to remind the campus community that everyone is invited to stay on campus -- not just summer conference attendees. Graduates also can make reservations for out-of-town guests attending Convocation ceremonies in June.

Several notable groups are being hosted on campus this summer including the Canadian Association of Latin and Caribbean Studies, Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference and the Association for Literature, Environment and Culture in Canada.

View the top 10 reasons to hold conferences on campus, or make an online reservation by visiting: www.okanagan.ubcconferences.com.

to top


Facilities Management's new homepage

Facilities Management refreshes website to focus on ongoing projects and service delivery

Facilities Management recently refreshed their website to help the department highlight new developments and provide important information about the many campus services they offer.

A new slideshow on the Facilities home page offers ongoing details about major current projects and renovations taking place on campus, as well as information about the different service units and teams within the department.

See the results: www.ubc.ca/okanagan/facilities

Reminder: Facilities Management wants to hear from you

Facilities Management would like to remind all employees to complete their customer satisfaction survey found in the confirmation email received when a work order has been completed. 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.

to top


Nominations for Staff Awards of Excellence and DVC award close June 30

A reminder to members of the campus community: Nominations for this year's Staff Awards of Excellence and Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Award close on June 30, 2012.

If there is someone on campus who has gone above the call of duty as a UBC employee, now is the time to show recognition.

The awards will be presented at the annual Staff and Faculty barbecue in September. For nomination packages and more information, visit the Human Resources website.

to top

peopleLeah Donatiello, 2012 Orientation Coordinator
Leah Donatiello, 2012 Orientation Coordinator

Leah Donatiello selected as the 2012 Orientation Coordinator

A warm campus community welcome to Leah Donatiello, fourth-year Human Kinetics student and this year's Orientation Coordinator.

Donatiello is no stranger to working in the AVP Students' portfolio. Last year she was a Get Involved program leader, responsible for coordinating student volunteer experiences, and co-led a volunteer trip to Peru. She also worked as a Residence Advisor for the two years prior and has served as an executive member of the on-campus World Vision Club.

Donatiello's new role will keep her heavily involved in all the planning for this year's Create New Student Orientation in September

Members of the campus community can contact Donatiello about Create event ideas and volunteer opportunities, new student concerns or any program ideas related to the first week of activities in September.

to top


Ceremonies and Events staff (from left): Erin Podmorow, Kimiko Folz and Alanna Vernon
Ceremonies and Events staff (from left): Erin Podmorow, Kimiko Folz and Alanna Vernon

New face in Ceremonies and Events

The campus community also welcomes Kimiko Folz to the Ceremonies and Events Office.

Folz is the administrative assistant for Ceremonies and Events and joins Manager Alanna Vernon and Event Specialist Erin Podmorow. She recently moved to the Okanagan from the Lower Mainland and is an alumna from UBC's Vancouver campus with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree.

Everyone on campus will quickly get familiar with Folz as she starts managing the department's event RSVPs as part of her duties.

to top

research spotlightLeanne ten Brinke graduates with the first PhD in Psychology at UBC’s Okanagan campus
Leanne ten Brinke to receive the first PhD in Psychology at UBC's Okanagan campus

Best not lie to this Psychology PhD graduate

Leanne ten Brinke can spot a lie in your facial expression

Microbiology's gain would have been psychology's loss if Leanne ten Brinke had followed her original academic path.

"I came to UBC because my supervisor at Dalhousie, Dr. Steve Porter, had the fantastic opportunity to develop a world-class forensic psychology program at the Okanagan campus," says ten Brinke, a native of Antigonish, NS. She also switched her area of study from microbiology to psychology.

Ten Brinke is on track to receive the Okanagan campus's first Psychology PhD at convocation this June in Kelowna.

read more to top

Shahria Alam, assistant professor of Engineering
Shahria Alam, assistant professor of Engineering

UBC research will evaluate seismic performance and retrofitting of bridges

Engineering professor leads $260,000 study on highway bridges for earthquake safety

Severe earthquakes around the globe have exposed the vulnerability of public infrastructure, such as bridges, to collapse and suffer serious damage. There are many examples:

  • Collapse of the Hanshin Expressway in Japan's Kobe quake in 1995;
  • Superstructure failure and collapse of a portion of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in California.
  • Failure of the La Cienega-Venice undercrossing collector distributor lanes during the 1994 Northridge earthquake in Santa Monica, CA.

"We are very fortunate in BC to have escaped serious infrastructure damage in the past," says Shahria Alam, assistant professor of Engineering.

read more to top

OKANAGAN CAMPUS
May 16, 2012

News

UBC teachers honoured for their dedication to students
Maureen Lisle winner of the 2012 President's Service Award for Excellence
UBC Research expedition reaches Everest, prepares for experiments
Ever wonder how to spot a psychopath?
A Place of Mind, now mobile
New format allows Aboriginal Career Fair to feature personal journeys and insights
New graduate programs offered
Changes are coming to the library's first floor
Registration now open for UBC summer camps
Community Engagement Office now operational
Motionball comes to campus June 23
Conferences and Accommodation now open for the summer season
Facilities Management refreshes website
Nominations for Staff Awards of Excellence and DVC award

People

Leah Donatiello selected as the 2012 Orientation Coordinator
New face in Ceremonies and Events

Research Spotlight

Best not lie to this Psychology PhD
UBC research will evaluate seismic performance and retrofitting of bridges

events

MD/PhD program info session

The UBC MD/PhD Program is holding an information session on May 24.

Directors of the medical program will be talking about MD/PhD admissions requirements, application dates and deadlines, academic and non-academic requirements, selection criteria and funding sources.

Date: Thursday, May 24
Time: 2:15 to 3 p.m.
Location: Reichwald Health Sciences Centre, room HSC257

All are welcome. To find out more visit the visit the MD/PhD program website or contact Program Coordinator Jane Lee at 604-822-7198.

to top


Don't stay in your office for coffee next Friday

Sponsored by Student Housing and Hospitality Services, all faculty and staff are invited to the next Pitstop for coffee on Friday, May 25.

Coffee, tea and a variety of pastries will be served for only $2 per person.

Date: Friday, May 25
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Purcell Residence building, roof-top deck

to top


Bike to Work Week 2012

Bike to Work Week 2012

Exercise. Fresh air. A smaller carbon footprint. Whatever the reason, join faculty, staff and students for this year's Bike to Work Week (May 28 to June 1) to make the path more pedalled to UBC.

This year's campus-based events include a bikers' breakfast, a group ride and picnic, as well as a barbecue and awards ceremony at the end of the week.

Sign up for this year's team -- the UBC Tires of Fire -- by contacting Campus Life.

To find out more visit the Bike to Work Week website.

to top


'Hack and Whack' golf tournament

'Hack and Whack' your way through June 5

Enjoy the start of summer with colleagues at the sixth annual faculty and staff 'Hack and Whack' golf tournament on June 5.

This year's tournament is at the Pinnacle Course of Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club in Kelowna. The fun will start with a 3 p.m. shotgun start and includes nine holes of golf, dinner and lots of prizes.

Registration for the tournament opens next week, and costs $55 per entry. A $32 dinner-only option is also available.

The tournament is open to all UBC faculty and staff members. To register or find out more visit the Hack and Whack website.

to top


Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention

Is exercise the fountain of youth?

The Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention has arranged for visiting scholar Adeel Safdar to given an on-campus presentation about whole body rejuvenation and aging.

Safdar is a Cardiology Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Date: Thursday, Jun. 14
Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre building, room FIP124

There is no charge for this presentation and it is open to everyone. To find out more visit the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention website.

to top

ubco.tv
UBCO.TV

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

to top

events

An introduction to bayesian data analysis using WinBUGS software

This workshop will present an introduction to the practice of Bayesian data analysis. Suited for faculty and graduate students who have some experience with or a need for statistical analysis for their research, no previous exposure to Bayesian methods is assumed.

Basic Bayesian ideas will be discussed along with their practical implementation using WinBUGS software.

The workshop will be led by Paramjit Gill, associate professor of statistics,
and Ryan Lekivetz, assistant professor of statistics.

Date: Tuesday, May 29
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: TBA

To register or find out more, visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

to top


Asking powerful questions for
powerful answers

Ever been stopped short by a thoughtful question, reconsidered, and came up with a better plan? In this half-day session, participants will be introduced to the art of asking powerful questions and listening so that you can use a coach approach with others.

Led by Julia McLaughlin of UBC's Coaching Services program and Nicole Udzenija, Organizational and Learning Consultant for the Okanagan campus, this session is open to all employees.

Date: Wednesday, June 27
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Science building, room SCI396
Cost: $50

To register for this session, visit the Human Resources website. To find out more contact Nicole Udzenija at 250-807-8623.

to top


Workshops at a glance

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

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

to top


Exchange your information

The Exchange is your newsletter. Let everyone know what's going on in your corner of campus.

Send submissions to University Relations c/o Chris Guenard.

Publication Date

Submission Deadline

June 6 June 1
(Friday)
June 20 June 16
(Friday)
July 4 June 29
(Friday)

View previous editions of The Exchange