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newsUBC’s smartphone app allows a user to collect data and photos of suspected forest fire hazards and measure them using the principles of remote sensing.
UBC's smartphone app allows a user to collect data and photos of suspected forest fire hazards and measure them using the principles of remote sensing.

'Only you can prevent forest fires' ... with your smartphone

A smartphone app that prevents forest fires by identifying hazardous areas and that was developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia is getting tested in the Okanagan this summer.

Wildfires are a yearly threat in the region. The 2003 Okanagan Mountain fire destroyed 25,000 ha of forest and 239 homes, and in July 2009, two fires in West Kelowna forced 12,500 residents out of their homes and destroyed three properties.

Designed by Faculty of Forestry PhD student Colin Ferster and professor Nicholas Coops, the app is designed for professionals and members of the public, such as homeowners.

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Faculty and staff barbecue


Participants in the mountain biking adventure to Myra Canyon stop for a group photo
Participants in the mountain biking adventure to Myra Canyon stop for a group photo.

UBC Aboriginals Into Medicine Pre-Admissions Workshop comes to the Okanagan campus

This year's UBC Aboriginals Into Medicine Pre-Admissions Workshop was hosted by UBC's Okanagan campus from July 11 to 13 .

For the first time, the annual workshop featured an outdoor adventure which took students away from a university setting and helped punctuate their three-day experience. For several hours prospective medical students enjoyed mountain biking the famous Kettle Valley Railway beds in Myra Canyon.

On the final day of the workshop, UBC Faculty of Medicine Aboriginal Programs Manager James Andrew fielded positive feedback from prospective medical students.

"The students like the campus, the city and thought the weather was nice. It's the first time we've had an outside activity. But we thought it would a good chance to see the area and not be stuck in a classroom," said Andrew. "Their reaction has been really positive. In future workshops, we may have more outdoor activities."

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Sam Overton

Heat Rugby team lands award-winning local player

Heat Rugby has taken a major step in becoming a top notch athletic program at UBC's Okanagan campus with the signing of an award-winning rugby recruit.

Okanagan Mission Secondary standout and winner of the first Courtney Walls Bursary, Sam Overton turned down offers from other schools to stay at home and continue to pursue his rugby dreams with the Heat.

"It's going to be a really good experience to be part of the revolution of rugby at UBC's Okanagan campus," said Overton talking about his choice to attend UBC. "There's a lot of funding and effort put forward for it this year and I'm really looking forward to be part of it."

As captain of the Okanagan Mission Secondary Huskies rugby squad, Overton led the team to a 10-1 record and a fifth place finish at the provincial championships -- the school's best ever finish. After the championships, the hard running flanker was one of 10 recipients of a B.C. rugby scholarship.

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Summer reading series launches in the Okanagan

Canadian authors, poets to read from their works in
Penticton, Kelowna

Summer means a time for reading -- and listening -- to top authors discussing their work and passion.

The public is invited to A Writing Place: Authors in Rural British Columbia, a reading series in the Okanagan, August 7 to 11, 2012, jointly sponsored by UBC, Okanagan College, and the Association for Literature, Environment and Culture in Canada.

Kicking off the series is a reading in Penticton by naturalist and writer Richard Cannings, who will be reading from his work with his brother Sydney Cannings. The reading is at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 in the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence at the Penticton campus of Okanagan College.

A biologist and author of An Enchantment of Birds and Flights of Imagination, Cannings has written and co-authored many guidebooks along with his brother including British Columbia: A Natural History, Roadside Nature Tours through the Okanagan, and The B.C. Roadside Naturalist.

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subTerrain magazineOkanagan students and faculty go subTerrain

SubTerrain magazine's latest issue features a special spotlight folio that highlights the work of four undergraduate and three graduate students from UBC's Okanagan campus.

Issue 61 of subTerrain features a supplement that opens with a foreword by creative writing professor Michael V. Smith and features creative work from graduate students Kristin Burns and Clay McCann, as well as creative writing students Kirsten Barkved, Lee Hannigan and Dylan Lenz, all of whom live in the Okanagan.

The works of recent MFA graduate Portia Priegert and BFA graduate Murissa Shalapata are also featured prominently in the spotlight.

SubTerrain is a contemporary Canadian fiction, poetry and visual art publication. It features many of the top progressive writers in the country and this supplement is a huge boost to UBC's hard working creative writers and graduates.

To order a copy or find out more, visit: subterrain.ca

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Critical Studies professor publishes translation of Father Pandosy book

Thanks to Lorin Card, assistant professor of French, Edmond Rivère's book Father Pandosy: Pioneer of Faith in the Northwest is available in English for the first time.

Rivère is an associate professor of French with the department of Critical Studies who originally published the book under the title Jean-Charles Pandosy; De Marseille à l'ouest canadien, 1847-1891.

The book is a well-researched history of Jean-Charles Pandosy's life. It relates to how he founded l'Anse au sable and the Mission, which later developed into the City of Kelowna.

To purchase a copy or find out more, visit the Sandhill Book Marketing website.

Father Pandosy: Pioneer of Faith in the Northwest

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peopleJackie Podger
Jackie Podger, AVP Administration and Finance

Jackie Podger taking on new role at UPEI

Jackie Podger, Associate Vice President (AVP) Administration and Finance, has accepted the position of Vice President Administration and Finance at the University of Prince Edward Island, commencing September 2012. 

"Jackie's contributions in her roles at UBC in Human Resources and Administration and Finance have been essential in the success and growth of the Okanagan campus and UBC as a whole," says Professor Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal. "We thank Ms. Podger for her contributions to UBC over the past seven years and wish her the best for her new role."

Michael Shakespeare, currently Managing Assistant Treasurer for UBC, has agreed to be seconded to the Okanagan campus to serve as interim AVP Administration and Finance while a search is underway for a permanent appointee.

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Learning Services Librarian Diana Bang
Diana Bang

Learning Services librarian one of two Canadians to attend international librarian leadership program

Learning Services librarian Diana Bang was recently selected as one of two Canadians to attend the Minnesota Institute Leadership Training Program, held this year from July 21 to 27. The institute -- which is geared towards librarians from underrepresented groups in the early stages of their careers -- is a program that the University of Minnesota libraries have been offering every two years since 1998.

"I felt that this was a timely opportunity for me to develop fundamental expertise in aspects of leadership, organizational behavior and management," says Bang.

The institute provides participants with intensive managerial and leadership training, as well as a focus on practical applications such as grant development and professional writing. The institute also gives participants an opportunity to build a network of peers for support and collaboration.

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research spotlightRyan Trenholm holds his trophy bear, awarded for best oral presentation at an international showcase of almost 60 undergraduate students from 23 of the world’s leading universities in Tokyo.
Ryan Trenholm holds his trophy bear, awarded in Tokyo for best oral presentation at an international showcase of almost 60 undergraduate students from 23 of the world's leading universities.

Top prize awarded to UBC undergraduate researcher

Young scholar tops international field at Tokyo conference presentation

A UBC sciences student -- admittedly a nervous speaker -- dazzled judges and took top prize for his presentation at an international showcase of almost 60 undergraduate students from 23 of the world's leading universities.

The global Undergraduate Research Conference at Univesitas 21, was held in Tokyo, Japan earlier this month.

On the heels of a top-place finish at the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) in Vancouver last March, Ryan Trenholm of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences took home the Top Oral Presenter award during the second day of the conference in Tokyo.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
August 1, 2012

News

'Only you can prevent forest fires' ... with your smartphone
DVC Town Hall, Orientation Fair and annual barbecue on August 30
UBC Aboriginals Into Medicine Pre-Admissions Workshop comes to the Okanagan campus
Heat Rugby team lands award-winning local player
Summer reading series launches in the Okanagan
Okanagan students and faculty go subTerrain
Critical Studies professor publishes translation of Father Pandosy book

People

Jackie Podger taking on new role
Learning Services librarian one of two Canadians to attend international librarian leadership program

Research Spotlight

Top prize awarded to UBC undergraduate researcher

events

Paddle for Africa

Global Nursing Citizens is partnering with Kelowna Rent a Boat for a fundraiser on August 11.

Paddle for Africa will feature paddleboard rentals and races, a silent auction and an evening boat ride on Okanagan Lake.

All of the proceeds from this event will go to support UBC's Okanagan campus nursing students and their ongoing work in Ghana and Zambia.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 11
Time: 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
(park activities); 10:30 p.m. (evening boat ride)
Location: Kelowna City Park -- 1600 Abbott St.

To find out more visit the Paddle for Africa fundraiser page.

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Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention

Sing-along for health and well-being

Examining the benefits of singing groups for older adults

Elisabetta Corvo, PhD candidate at Canterbury Christ Church University in the United Kingdom, will be in Kelowna on August 30 to share the first findings of her research project regarding the impact and benefits of the participatory singing and music-making Silver Song Clubs.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 30
Time:
3 to 4 p.m.
Location:
the Regency Theatre at Missionwood Retirement Resort -- 1075 Barnes Ave., Kelowna

There is no charge for this visiting scholar presentation but online RSVPs are required. To RSVP visit silversong.eventbrite.ca.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention and the Sing For Your Life Foundation, B.C.

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events

Video production
boot camp

This workshop is designed for faculty and staff members who want to incorporate video into their class curriculum, research, promotional or archival tool kit. It will provide participants with a good understanding of the video production process, techniques and equipment necessary to create high-quality videos.

Dates: August 7, 8 and 9
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Location: Administration building, room ADM011

There is no charge to attend this workshop, but space is limited. To register, visit the Media Centre website.

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Introduction to SISC

A Student Information Service Centre (SISC) training session will be held on August 22 for those who are new to the system or anyone needing a refresher.

SISC is an information system geared to faculty and staff who perform student-related administrative and advising roles on campus. This hands-on session will teach participants to use SISC to support registration and academic advising as well as provide an overview of registration screens, bulk section switching, sending emails and searching the system.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 22
Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m.

To register, contact Enrolment Services Assistant Diane Dyrdal.

Seating is limited. Participants will need to bring their Novel and CWL username and password.

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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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