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newsAsst. Prof. Margo Tamez from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at UBC's Okanagan campus will present research findings at a UN human rights conference in Switzerland this month.
Asst. Prof. Margo Tamez from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences will present research findings at a UN human rights conference in Switzerland this month

UBC professor's research makes global impact

Margo Tamez attends high-profile sessions on Indigenous rights

Margo Tamez has been invited by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to present research findings on the impacts of militarization on Indigenous peoples, their lands and territories on international borders.

An assistant professor of Indigenous Studies and Gender-Women's Studies in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, Tamez will present during the 5th Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), held July 9 to 13 in Geneva, Switzerland. EMRIP provides the Human Rights Council with thematic advice, in the form of studies and research, on the rights of Indigenous peoples.

"Being selected to participate is an enormous honour," says Tamez. "It comes with a significant responsibility to uphold the principles of Indigenous elders, women, families, youth and workers in regions of North America which have been brutally marginalized in U.S. domestic policy decisions related to border security."

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Briar Craig, associate professor in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
Briar Craig, associate professor in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

UBC professor exhibits art around the world

Briar Craig's resume grows with international recognition

Briar Craig, associate professor in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, has been awarded second prize for his screen printing at the international exhibition Imprima 2012 -- Mostra Internacional de Gravura, in Sobral, Brazil.

The exhibition runs from May 15 to August 15 at the Casa de Cultura de Sobral. Second prize includes an invitation to mount a solo exhibition of works at the House of Culture in Sobral.

"My art focuses almost exclusively on screen printing, primarily photographically," says Craig. "I use digital technologies to generate stencils that I put onto screens to screen print. Screen printing is often perceived as old fashioned. My goal is to drag it into the 21st century by using photographic technologies and computers."

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English Foundation Program offered at Okanagan campus

Focus is on intercultural communication and academic English language skills

A new English Foundation Program (EFP) will be offered this September at UBC's Okanagan campus. The program is dedicated to providing university access and support to students who meet academic requirements necessary for admission, yet do not meet its English language admission standards.

The program is designed for international students whose academic credentials would otherwise be suitable for admission, aside from a lack of English proficiency. EFP will allow students to develop language proficiency skills that will foster their overall success in a degree program at UBC's Okanagan campus.

"The creation of an English Foundation Program is another example of UBC's commitment to building an inclusive, diverse learning community," says Ian Cull, Associate Vice President, Students at the Okanagan campus. "By increasing accessibility to a university education in this way, we are helping provide the leaders of tomorrow with more opportunity to fulfil their ambitions."

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Create New Student OrientationHelp Create something great for new students in September

There are a number of volunteer opportunities for interested members of the campus community who want to help Create a great experience for new students in September.

Help is needed for early morning setup, lunch service and the Create Showcase that runs throughout the afternoon on orientation day.

To volunteer, or find out more, visit the Campus Life website or contact Leah Donatiello, orientation coordinator, at 250-807-8632.

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Funding opportunities for international distinguished visitors

The Invited International Distinguished Visitor Fund provides opportunities for UBC faculty to invite international colleagues to visit UBC and engage with the campus community and share their research and expertise. Examples of engagement activities include providing presentations and workshops, conducting research activities, and collaborating with faculty and students.

Applications for funding must be submitted by a, Okanagan campus faculty member on behalf of their international colleague. The Office of Research Services is available to facilitate the pairing of suitable research colleagues if an interested international applicant is not currently connected with an Okanagan campus faculty member.

To find out more visit the Office of the Provost website.

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Motionball event raises over $18,000 for Special Olympics

Congratulations are due for the Athletics and Recreation department, which helped raise $18,000 for Special Olympics Canada recently.

Athletics and Recreation hosted a Motionball marathon competition on Saturday, June 23. As the host venue for the event, Athletics and Recreation collected over $18,000 for the Special Olympics.

The day's activities featured a series of volleyball, benchball, basketball, flag football, Ultimate, and soccer competitions. UBC's participating team featured a mix of students, student athletes, recent alumni and a Special Olympics athlete.

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Preservation Farm active on campus this summer

Preservation Farm and Research Initiative (PFRI) is back for another season -- watch for them on campus this summer. This group of hard-working students and faculty from UBC's Okanagan campus is passionate about fresh produce, and committed to educating the community about the benefits of naturally grown, pesticide-free produce, promoting wellness and health in the Kelowna area, and exploring related avenues of research.

Preservation Farm cares about environmental sustainability. No chemical pesticides are used, ensuring PFRI vegetables and herbs taste delicious while keeping our bodies, our rivers and our lakes clean and safe. The group will have a weekly table to sell fresh produce, and will also be traveling door-to-door around the campus to introduce themselves.

Contact PFRI at preservationfarm@gmail.com if you have questions or to purchase produce throughout the summer.

To find out more visit the PFRI website: www.preservationfarm.net

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Library washroom closure July 3 to August 30

After 20 years of faithful service, the washrooms located inside the Library entrance are being renovated this summer. From July 3 to Aug 30, Facilities Management will be installing newer technology with water-saving fixtures, and updating the hard surfaces.

During this renovation, suggested alternative facilities are located in the nearby Administration building and Science building.

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peopleYeyuan (Roger) Xiao and Ali Ahmadi, Engineering's first PhD graduates from UBC's Okanagan campus
Yeyuan (Roger) Xiao and Ali Ahmadi, Engineering's first PhD graduates from UBC's Okanagan campus

School of Engineering graduates first two PhD students

Congratulations to Ali Ahmadi and Yeyuan (Roger) Xiao, the first PhD graduates from the School of Engineering at UBC's Okanagan campus.

Ahmadi and Xiao received their doctorates at the first afternoon convocation ceremony on
June 7.

Ahmadi was supervised by engineering professors Jonathan Holzman, Mina Hoorfar and Homayoun Najjaran for his PhD, which focused on developing a new generation of biomedical devices which are based on transporting and manipulating small droplets. This research has significant implications for treatment of cancer and other serious illnesses.

Xiao was supervised by engineering professor Deborah Roberts. His PhD research focused on examining degradations of perchlorate, a drinking water contaminant widely found in North America, Europe, China and Japan. He also helped develop a process to help build sustainable technologies that remove perchlorate from drinking water.

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This year's International Counsellor Tour delegation. The delegation is visiting both UBC campuses this week.
This year's International Counsellor Tour delegation. The delegation is visiting both UBC campuses this week.

International high school counsellors visiting UBC this week

Fourteen counsellors from international high schools are visiting the Okanagan and Vancouver this week to explore and learn about both UBC campuses. The annual visit, hosted by the International Student Initiative, expands the international exposure of UBC to counsellors at major high schools across the globe. This year the group consists of representatives from the United States, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, India, China, Kenya and the United Arab Emirates.

The group will receive an overview of all academic programs and a tour of both campuses. This year the counsellors are also meeting with the Human Kinetics Everest team along with international students from a variety of programs.

This is the third year this visit is taking place and after each previous visit there has been a significant jump in applications from each of the schools represented.

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Catherine Comben and Laura Mandelbaum were honoured as distinguished alumni
Catherine Comben and Laura Mandelbaum were honoured as distinguished alumni

UBC alumni honoured at annual recognition dinner

Community Builder and Rising Star recipients recognized

Two UBC alumni were recognized on June 19 for their extraordinary contributions to both UBC and their communities.

Catherine Comben, BA'67, was presented with the Okanagan Alumni Community Builder award, which honours an outstanding Okanagan-based UBC alumnus who has made, and continues to make, a difference locally, regionally and globally, demonstrating UBC's values and vision of civil society, sustainability and global responsibility.

Laura Mandelbaum, BA '08, was honoured with the Rising Star Award, given to graduates of the Okanagan campus who have shown themselves to be exceptional, bringing pride to the UBC community by applying their learning for the betterment of the world around them.

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research spotlight
Assistant professor of engineering Lukas Bichler with MASc student Karen Robles
Assistant professor of engineering Lukas Bichler with MASc student Karen Robles

Engineering professor and student recognized nationally
for research

Lukas Bichler, assistant professor of engineering, has received The Brimacombe Award -- a national award given by the Metallurgy and Materials Society (MetSoc) to young achievers who bring people together to collaborate on innovative research and significantly advance research in the field of materials science.

Bichler is only the fourth recipient of the award since its creation in 1998.

"Winning The Brimacombe Award is a very humbling experience," says Bichler. "I must give credit to my research team, students, collaborators, and mentors, who have helped me tremendously with my research. The excellent collaborative relationship I share with my colleagues enables us to push the boundaries of science and create materials which never existed."

Karen Robles, a Master of Applied Science student who works with Bichler, recently received the first-ever MetSoc Masters Scholarship to support her work in in the field of materials science. Specifically, Robles is working to develop and characterize ceramic composite materials using a unique processing method called Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS).

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
July 4, 2012

News

UBC professor's research requested by UN Human Rights Council
UBC professor exhibits art around the world
English Foundation Program offered at UBC's Okanagan campus
Help Create something great for new students in September
Funding opportunities for international distinguished visitors
Motionball event raises over $18,000 for Special Olympics
Preservation Farm active on campus this summer
Library washroom closure July 3 to August 30

People

School of Engineering graduates first two PhD students
International high school counsellors visiting UBC this week
UBC alumni honoured at annual recognition dinner

Research Spotlight

Engineering professor and student recognized nationally for research

events

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:

  • Disaster tourism
    Several UBC students travel to New Orleans to study the effects of disaster tourism.

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events

Charting a path to greater self awareness and career development

Working on your performance goals? Want some guidance planning a professional development path?

This workshop will help participants information to identify and reflect on personal psychological preferences. It will give participants a personalized, confidential written report listing strengths, communication and problem-solving style, reactions to stress, and potential pitfalls or areas for development.

Career Advisor Robin Whittall is a certified Meyers-Briggs trainer and has a wealth of experience using this tool. She will be the workshop leader for this session.

Date: Tuesday, July 24
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Location: Library building, room LIB304
Cost: $50

This workshop is part of the Essential Administrative Skills Series. To find out more visit the Human Resources website.

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Microsoft Office 2010 courses

Human Resources would like to organize some additional Microsoft Office 2010 courses for August, but the department would like the campus community's input on what courses should be offered.

To suggest courses contact Deb Deorksen at 250-807-8861.

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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.

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