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newsUnveiling the new dedication plaque at UBC’s Engineering, Management and Education building official opening ceremony were, from left: Roger Sugden, dean, Faculty of Management; Deborah Buszard, principal and deputy vice chancellor, Okanagan campus; Ben Stewart, BC minister of Citizens’ Services and Open Government, Curtis Tse, student, Faculty of Management; Stephen Toope, president, UBC; Lynn Bosetti, dean, Faculty of Education; and Spiro Yannacopoulos, associate dean and director, School of Engineering.
Unveiling the new dedication plaque at UBC's Engineering, Management and Education building official opening ceremony were, from left: Roger Sugden, dean, Faculty of Management; Deborah Buszard, principal and deputy vice chancellor, Okanagan campus; Ben Stewart, BC minister of Citizens' Services and Open Government, Curtis Tse, student, Faculty of Management; Stephen Toope, president, UBC; Lynn Bosetti, dean, Faculty of Education; and Spiro Yannacopoulos, associate dean and director, School of Engineering.

Four faculties share quarters in green, high-tech home at UBC

Official opening for Engineering, Management and Education (EME) building

An impressive high-tech building designed to inspire students and produce extraordinary research collaboration was officially opened at UBC's Okanagan campus on January 31.

At 186,000 square feet, and completed with a budget of $68 million, the Engineering, Management and Education (EME) building is home to four faculties and schools: The School of Engineering, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Management and the College of Graduate Studies. It is the largest single project undertaken as part of the campus master plan.

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Shelley Pacholok
Shelley Pacholok

Looking for the silver lining in the wake of Hurricane Sandy

UBC researcher explores how disasters may spark positive social change

Disasters are tragic occurrences that bring difficult challenges for the people involved, often entrenching social inequalities and further marginalizing vulnerable groups of people.

But can a disaster or crisis create opportunities for positive social change?

This is the question that Shelley Pacholok, assistant professor of sociology, is exploring in a new line of research.

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UBC students Andrew Vergara and Irene Gonneau
UBC students Andrew Vergara and Irene Gonneau.

Blending mainstream healthcare with traditional Aboriginal methods

Community initiative aims to improve mental health and substance use treatment

Increased treatment options could soon be on the way for Aboriginal people suffering from combined mental health and substance-abuse disorders in Kelowna and West Kelowna, thanks to a collaborative community project.

The effort aims to support Aboriginal individuals affected by mental health and substance use disorders with increased treatment options in Kelowna and West Kelowna specifically tailored to their individual needs and identity.

The joint initiative aims to better deliver concurrent disorders services to Aboriginal populations in a culturally safe and accessible way. Concurrent disorders describes a condition in which a person has both a mental illness and a substance use problem.

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Louis Fortier and Sophie Brech
Louis Fortier and Sophie Brech

The Tragicomic Destiny of Tubby and Nottubby takes to stage tomorrow

What: The Tragicomic Destiny of Tubby and Nottubby
Who: Written, directed, and Performed by Sophie Brech and Louis Fortier
When: 8 p.m.,Thursday February 7
Where: Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna
Tickets: $10 to $25

Tubby and Nottubby are two larger-than-life characters encountered on the threshold of despair when destiny surprises them on Christmas Eve.

Propelling them on an extraordinary quest from the banks of the River Thames in London to beyond the realms of reality, the story explores both the tragic and comic dimensions of human experience.

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An artist’s concept of the award-winning design of the South Okanagan field school
An artist's concept of the award-winning design of the South Okanagan field school

UBC's South Okanagan field school earns architectural award

An ecologically friendly, small-footprint design for rebuilding UBC's 60-year-old geological field school near Oliver, BC has received a 2012 Award of Excellence from Canadian Architect magazine.

The award winning designs by BattersbyHowat Architects will help create a permanent 'camp campus' and geological training resource for institutes of higher education in Western Canada, and potentially, internationally.

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United Way graphicOkanagan Campus 2012 United Way campaign surpasses goal

The Okanagan campus United Way campaign has surpassed its goal and plans are already forming for a big year in 2013. After all the contributions had been tallied, the 2012 campaign total at the end of January was $55,685.

"Our goal this year was to raise $50,000 for the United Way of the Central & South Okanagan Similkameen," says Sarah Stang, Chair of the campus campaign. "Thanks to the generosity of our faculty, staff and students, we beat that goal. We couldn't have done it without the extraordinary support of so many people."

To find out more visit the Okanagan campus United Way campaign website.

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More tables and chairs in common areas of the Arts and Sciences, Arts , Fipke Centre, and Engineering, Management and Education buildings offer students additional places to study this term. More classrooms have been set aside for drop-in use by students, too.
More tables and chairs in common areas of the Arts and Sciences, Arts , Fipke Centre, and Engineering, Management and Education buildings offer students additional places to study this term. More classrooms have been set aside for drop-in use by students, too.

Study space expands with more furniture and rooms

Student seeking space to study have more options this term. Over the past week, several classrooms have been converted for use as student study areas from 7 p.m. until building close, 7 days a week until April 24. These are drop-in spaces, and do not require pre-booking.

  • Fipke Centre: FIP 124, 138 and 139
  • Arts Building: ART 218
  • Science Building: SCI 236
  • EME Building: EME 2131

As well, more tables and chairs have been added to foyers and other common areas in the Arts and Sciences Centre, the Arts building, the EME building and the Fipke Centre. The Central Booking Office has published a map of informal meeting spaces on campus.

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Cindy Bourne, Academic Resource Centre coordinator, and Jess Roebuck, Disability Resource Centre Coordinator
Cindy Bourne, Academic Resource Centre coordinator, and Jess Roebuck, Disability Resource Centre coordinator

Note-taking skills and other campus collaborations

Disability Resource Centre and Academic Resource Centre collaborate to offer skill-building workshop for students

The Disability Resource Centre (DRC) and the Academic Resource Centre are teaming up to provide note-taking workshops that build personal learning skills for UBC students.

These workshops are training students to improve their learning capacities as well as serve as professional development for peer note-takers who support students with disabilities as a classroom accommodation at UBC's Okanagan campus.

"Peer note-takers play an important role in supporting students with disabilities in the classroom," says DRC Coordinator Jess Roebuck. "We're looking to provide training to help our peer note-takers on campus become even better, more efficient note takers, so we connected with the Academic Resource Centre to review a variety of note-taking methods and strategies."

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Al King, Manager of Maintenance and Grounds with Facilities Management at one of many recycling stations
Al King, manager of Maintenance and Grounds with Facilities Management at one of many recycling stations located on campus. Office garbage and recycling bins -- now combined in a black and blue "deskside recycling" unit, can be emptied at these conveniently located stations.

Tips for the new garbage bins in Okanagan campus offices

Over the holiday season, garbage cans in offices and workstations across campus were replaced by much smaller trash containers in a move to reduce the amount of non-garbage going to the landfill.

Facilities Management would like to remind faculty and staff how to care for these new containers:

  • Use it sparingly; recycle as much as possible.
  • Empty it regularly into the larger bagged garbage in a common area nearby.
  • Keep it clean.

The bins are used for garbage-only items such as used tissues and napkins, broken glass, foil wrappers of food items, carbon paper and lip balm or gloss sticks.

The containers are not to be used for liquids, batteries, wood or other construction materials, light bulbs, recyclable materials, Styrofoam or hazardous materials.

To find out more about the new containers, visit the Facilities Management website.

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James Burke
Renowned science communicator James Burke spoke in Kelowna on Jan. 22 as part fo the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences' Distinguished Speaker Series.

Technology is rapidly bringing change and society is not ready

Famed scholar James Burke presents bold vision of the future to Kelowna audience

A 21st century technology revolution will change the global culture from focusing on scarcity to dealing with abundance, thanks in large part to nano-technology, says world-renowned producer, director, and thinker James Burke, who spoke to a full house at the Kelowna Community Theatre on January 22.

The talk was presented by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences and was the third in this season's UBC Distinguished Speaker Series.

In his presentation, Burke explored the intriguing possibility that the future is no longer what it used to be, and society as a whole is almost entirely unprepared. Drawing connections from medieval history, philosopher Rene Descartes, and global connectivity, to the lack of interdisciplinary studies in education, the creation of toilet paper, household nanotech labs, and the future role of universities, Burke shared his vision and ideas of what the next 60 years might bring.

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Okanagan Short Story Contest short list announced

Winners to be announced at public reading on February 12

The short list of finalists has been announced for the 15th annual Okanagan Short Story contest. The quest for literary excellence attracted 163 story submissions by writers from throughout BC's Southern Interior.

Three winners will be announced at a public reading with contest judge Erín Moure, UBC's Writer-in-Residence, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 12, at the Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis St., Kelowna.

The shortlisted authors are: Shauna Mosbeck, Kelowna; Marissa White, Lake Country; Jade Hignett, Vernon; Joe Dermo, Kelowna; Carlo Da Ros, Kelowna; Cassandre Campeau-Bouthillier, Kelowna; Bhupinder Jaswal, Vernon; Brandon Shalansky, Kelowna; Katherin Edwards, Kelowna; Shelley Wood, Kelowna; and Andrew McMonagle, Winlaw.

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UBC leads Canadian universities in Engage Grants

Okanagan campus supports industry collaborations through research

UBC's Okanagan campus leads the country in an important category of sponsored research. Since the Engage Grants (EG) program was introduced by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) in 2010, UBC has been the biggest EG user of any Canadian university, with the Okanagan campus receiving a disproportionately large percentage of those grants.

Researchers at UBC's Okanagan campus have received $1,363,254 for 55 projects since the start of the EG program. As of January, the campus has acquired $474,362 for 19 projects during NSERC's 2012-13 fiscal year, which ends March 31.

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Fith year female golfer Jen Woods is nominated for one of the top athletic awards in BC.
Fifth-year female golfer Jen Woods is nominated for one of the top athletic awards in BC.

Jen Woods nominated for Sport BC College Athlete of the Year

For the third consecutive year, a member of the Athletics Department has been honoured as a nominee from the 47th Annual Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards.

Jen Woods, a member of the national champion Heat women's golf team, is the nominated Heat athlete after stellar play on the links this past season.

Previously nominated for the Heat were volleyball players Preston Tucker in 2012 from the men's team, and Alex Basso in 2011 from the Heat women's squad. Both of those athletes went on to win the award. Tucker for his efforts in 2011. Basso her work in 2010.

This nomination is a fantastic way to put a bow on Woods' fifth and final year of competing at the collegiate level; a year that has been full of awards and accolades for the Kelowna-born golfer.

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Invite colleagues for international research and collaboration

Interested in inviting a scholar from an international university to visit the Okanagan campus? For those who don't yet know, there's a fund for that.

The Invited International Distinguished Visitor Fund provides opportunities for UBC faculty to invite international colleagues to visit 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. 

The application deadline is February 15. To find out more, contact Raina Reddecliff, international resource and communications officer in the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal's Office.

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peopleStudent Abdulrahman Alnaar spoke on behalf of students at the recent Library renovation opening ceremony.
Student Abdulrahman Alnaar spoke on behalf of students at the recent Library renovation opening ceremony.

Change starts here: student making a difference

Abdulrahman Alnaar arrived at UBC's Okanagan campus in 2009 to study political science. An international student from the Kingdom of Bahrain, he had volunteered extensively through his high school back home. Over the past couple of years, Alnaar has become a very involved student leader -- currently, he is a director at large for the UBC Students' Union Okanagan.

As a volunteer, he participated in the Reading Week Day of Caring series last February (a partnership between United Way and the Community Service Learning Program) by helping out at Kelowna's Gospel Mission. With a new Community Outreach initiative forming through the Students' Union, many more students will get to be part of this kind of volunteer experience.

Students who want to get connected to the campus community can check out the Students' Union or the Community Service Learning Program. The UBC Okanagan Get Involved Centre is another great place for students to start.

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Troy Campbell, Security Coordinator
Troy Campbell, security coordinator

New Security Coordinator a familiar face

In Troy Campbell, Campus Security has an excellent set of eyes and ears to help ensure a safe and secure university environment.

In 2011, Campbell was hired by Campus Security to serve as a Security Communications Coordinator where has helped provide round the clock emergency and security services to the Okanagan campus.

Now that he has become familiar with his surroundings at UBC, Campbell has been asked to take on a new level of responsibility as a Security Coordinator. In this new role Campbell will assist Campus Security in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the 24-Hour Security Dispatch Centre, investigations, and training.

Campbell studied at the University of Nevada Reno in the School of Social Research and Justice Studies before joining UBC. He has extensive work experience in the field of Retail Loss Prevention & Management.

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Patty Wellborn
Patty Wellborn, assistant communications coordinator

Patty Wellborn new communications assistant

A warm campus community welcome to Patty Wellborn, the new assistant communications coordinator for the University Relations department.

Wellborn relocated to the Okanagan from Chilliwack, where she lived for more than 19 years, working for the Chilliwack Times Newspaper, and the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV).

During her years at UFV, Wellborn was with the Marketing and Community Relations team and her work included editing the print calendar, writing and editing the thrice-weekly electronic internal newsletter, updating department web pages, writing and producing more than 90 program information sheets, and preparing media releases

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Alfonso Martinez, facilities service worker
Alfonso Martinez, facilities service worker

New facilities service worker

A warm campus community welcome to Alfonso Martinez, the Okanagan campus' newest facilities service worker.

Martinez is part of the Facilities Management service team that deals with the building and grounds maintenance on campus. He was hired as an auxiliary worker by Facilities Management in November last year to help with snow removal and worked out so well that he was hired as a permanent employee in January.

Originally an electronics communications engineer from the Philippines, Martinez came to Canada in 2005. He has been in the Okanagan since April 2012, working in a variety of capacities.

When he's not at UBC helping campus community members, he can quite often be found spending his extra time working for non-profit groups such as the Okanagan YMCA and Camp Hatikvah in Oyama.

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Kelman wins annual chess tournament

Fourth year student Sean Kelman has won the fourth annual Active Chess tournament. This is the second time Kelman won the tournament, having also won the tournament's inaugural run in 2009.

Kelman's only blemish this year was a draw with tournament director Greg Bishop during the matches.

The event, which was held on January 26, featured 14 players from across the Okanagan. Mathematics graduate student Chayne Planiden earned runner-up honours, dropping only one game to tournament winner Kelman.

This tournament is an annual event that is open to all faculty, staff, students and community members. It is sponsored by the UBC Bookstore.

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research spotlight
Researcher Sanjoy Ghosh, in his lab at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Researcher Sanjoy Ghosh in his lab.

Findings link polyunsaturated fat to heart health risk

UBC research suggests fish oil could have negative impacts rather than benefits

UBC researcher Sanjoy Ghosh wants to better understand how diet can cause chronic cardiovascular complications for people trying to control diabetes and obesity.

Ghosh, assistant professor of biology with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, is investigating the role Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) play in the development of heart disease in people with diabetes and obesity. Omega-6 PUFA includes vegetable oil, canola oil, corn oil, sunflower oil and safflower oil, all commonly used in food products in Canada, and a major staple of the North American diet.

Omega-6 is generally thought to be a "healthy" fat, but Ghosh notes that his own research, as well as other recent studies, suggests too much Omega-6 could cause inflammation and damage the heart muscle.

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Warren Hare, assistant professor of mathematics, and Yves Lucet, associate professor of computer science.
Warren Hare, assistant professor of mathematics, and Yves Lucet, associate professor of computer science.

Revolutionizing road design

The current cost of construction for new roads is enormous -- as an example, the new Asia Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative, the 40-km four-lane road connecting B.C.'s Deltaport to Highway 1, is targeted at $1.5 billion.

New research coming out of the Centre for Optimization, Convex Analysis, and Nonsmooth Analysis (COCANA) combines mathematics, computer science, and civil engineering to transform the process of designing new roads and potentially vastly reduce their construction costs.

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New books published in the Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education is celebrating the recently published work of three of their professors.

Wendy Klassen, associate professor and coordinator of professional development for the Faculty, published a book in October with Raya Fransila on Preparing Teacher Candidates in the 21st Century with Pearson Education Canada.

Professor Margaret Macintyre Latta also recently published Curricular Conversations: Play is the (Missing) Thing with Routledge.

And Assistant Professor Christopher Martin published a new book titled Education in a Post-Metaphysical World: Rethinking Educational Policy and Practice Through Jürgen Habermas' Discourse Morality through Bloomsbury Publishing.

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workshops

Enrolment Services Fair

Enrolment Services is holding a multi-session fair on February 19 that offers six workshops intended for faculty and staff. Staff and faculty are invited to attend one or all of the sessions being offered. Session topics include:

Senate 101

9 to 9: 45 a.m.
Presenter: Nathalie Hager

Admissions R' Us

9:45 to 10:30 a.m.
Presenters: Sita Rani MacMillan and Manj Sidhu

Enrolment Management 101

9:45 to 10:30 a.m.
Presenter: Fred Vogt

Recruitment: Talking to Prospective Undergrads about UBC

10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Presenter: Leanne Isaak

Course Enrolment Management

11:15 a.m. to 12 noon
Presenter: Erin Shannon

The Impact to student funding

11:15 a.m. to 12 noon
Presenters: Jessica Mueller and Nancy Adams

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 19
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: University Centre Ballroom, room UNC200

To RSVP or find out more, contact Diane MacBride at 250-807-9104.

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Flexible learning: what are the possibilities?

This session delivers a morning of inquiry and opportunities for leveraging flexible learning. Flexible learning strategies such as flipped, blended or online classrooms provide students with new ways of engaging with course content, peers and instructor.

This session will look at:

  • The types of learning environments possible with this strategy.
  • Why to consider this approach.
  • How faculty members can implement flexible learning.

The session will also feature a moderated round table discussion, providing an opportunity for participants to share and discuss practical approaches to enhancing learning. The conversation will continue over lunch.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 21
Time: 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Location: University Centre Ballroom, room UNC200

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Discussion About Teaching Excellence: Deborah Buszard

The Centre for Teaching and Learning's first Discussion About Teaching Excellence event of 2013 will feature Professor Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

The event will begin with Professor Buszard providing insights into teaching excellence, followed by an open discussion.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 26
Time:
12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200

To RSVP for this event, contact Lynne McPherson or register online.

Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal.
Deborah Buszard

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Aligning potential: performance management

As a manager, coaching people to reach their full performance potential is one of the most important leadership roles. Learn more about how to set meaningful expectations, provide ongoing feedback and foster development in this day-long workshop.

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 26
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334.
Presenter: Emma Bloch Hansen, Western Management Consultants
Cost: $200

The registration deadline for this workshop is March 15. To register, visit the Human Resources website.

To find out more about this session, contact Nicole Udzenija, organizational development and learning consultant.

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Project management skills

By focusing on developing sound project management skills and processes, projects are more realistically budgeted for and resourced, risks are managed and mitigated, and projects are far more likely to be executed on time without severe consequences to people.

Participants will be exposed to a live, simulated project in this session. They will have to build a physical structure within an allotted time. As the project management methodology is introduced through the day, participants apply it to the simulation over successive rounds, and the difference in project execution becomes evident in a compelling way.

Date: Thursday, Apr. 11
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: DVC Boardroom, Administration building
Presenter: Jim Brosseau, Kwela Associate
Cost: $200

The registration deadline for this workshop is March 28. To register, visit the Human Resources website.

To find out more about this session, contact Nicole Udzenija, organizational development and learning consultant.

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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:

February 6
Connect Drop-In

February 6
HR Club Lunch and Learn

February 6
Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Problem, Process, and Solution

February 6
Community of Practice: Course Design

February 7
Writing for the Job Market: the resume, curriculum vitae and cover letter

February 7
Sustainability Leadership

February 7
Drop-in Dissertation, Thesis, or Scholarly Article Writing Group

 

February 7
Editor's Forum: How Articles Get into Journals

February 8
Using Sources: How to Maintain Authorial Agency and Avoid Plagiarism

February 8
Community of Practice: Teaching Large Classes

 

February 8
Teaching with Technology: Using Movie Maker

February 8
Workplace Writing

February 12
Teaching Squares

 

February 12
Drop-in Dissertation, Thesis, or Scholarly Article Writing Group

February 12
Assessment Series Workshop #1: Developing an Assessment Philosophy

February 12
Connect Drop-In

 

February 13
Writing a Journal Article: Revising for argument

February 13
Connect Drop-In

February 14
Writing a Literature Review

February 14
Drop-in Dissertation, Thesis, or Scholarly Article Writing Group

February 15
Getting Started and Staying Organized: Writing a Major Document

February 15
Teaching with Technology: PowerPoint to Video Conversion

February 15
Workplace Presentations

February 18
Writing a Thesis or Dissertation Proposal

February 18
Writing a Grant Proposal

February 19
Faculty Instructional Skills Seminar

February 19
Drop-in Dissertation, Thesis, or Scholarly Article Writing Group

February 19
Connect Drop-In

February 20
Awareness Session: Asperger's Syndrome

February 20
Connect Drop-In

February 21
Navigating FMS nQuery

February 21
Using Refworks and Mendeley

February 21
Drop-in Dissertation, Thesis, or Scholarly Article Writing Group

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
February 6, 2013

News

Four faculties share quarters in green, high-tech home at UBC
Looking for the silver lining in the wake of Hurricane Sandy
Blending mainstream healthcare with traditional Aboriginal methods
The Tragicomic Destiny of Tubby and Nottubby takes to stage tomorrow
UBC's South Okanagan field school earns architectural award
Okanagan Campus 2012 United Way campaign surpasses goal
Note-taking skills and other campus collaborations
Tips for the new garbage bins in Okanagan campus offices
Technology is rapidly bringing change and society is not ready
Okanagan Short Story Contest short list announced
UBC leads Canadian universities in Engage Grants
Jen Woods nominated for Sport BC College Athlete of the Year
Invite colleagues for international research and collaboration

People

Change starts here: student making a difference
New Security Coordinator a familiar face
Patty Wellborn new communications assistant
New facilities service worker
Kelman wins annual chess tournament

Research Spotlight

Findings link polyunsaturated fat to heart health risk
Revolutionizing road design
New books published in the Faculty of Education

events

Student Legacy Council Valentine's Day fundraiser

Celebrate Valentine's Day and support the Student Legacy Council as they raise funds for the grad class legacy stones by purchasing an inexpensive gift to send to a loved one or friend.

Valentines can be sent anonymously or signed. Deals range from $3 to $13, and include Ferrero Rocher, Lindt or Hershey Kisses chocolate, candy hearts or roses.

Valentine's can be ordered today in the courtyard or on February 7 in the Arts building foyer between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on both days. Recipients will be contacted by phone or email to pick their gifts from the Arts foyer on February 14.

Valentine's can also be ordered at any time by contacting student organizer Claire Gontard.

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The neuroscience of whom we love: biological influences on sexual orientation

A very prominent cultural debate is whether being gay or straight is a choice.

This talk will examine what modern neuroscience has to say about how sexual and gender orientations are shaped biologically -- with a focus on the interactions between the brain, hormones, and behaviour.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 6 (today)
Time: 12 noon to 12:50 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART218

To find out more about this event, contact Student Events Coordinator Christy Mahlberg.

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Translate poetry with Erín Moure

Join Erín Moure today for a workshop on translating poetry. No experience required -- although some knowledge of French or Spanish could help.

Participants will choose between one poem in Spanish and one in French. Bring a laptop or tablet to help learn about using internet resources for translators. And some paper and pens.

Participants will also have a chance to speak with Moure about the challenges and joys of translating poetry.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 6 (today)
Time
: 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre building, room FIP121

To RSVP up for this workshop, email Melissa McHugh in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

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UBCycles

How to care for your wheels

At this UBCycles clinic, learn what makes a bicycle wheel work and how it is kept straight and round.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 6 (today)
Time: 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: Engineering Management Education building, room EME1203

To find out more, visit the clinic Facebook event page or email ubcycles.okanagan@ubc.ca.

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Okanagan architecture: the best and worst

The Cultural Studies program's next AlterKnowledge Discussion Series event takes place tonight at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.

The discussion will look at the best and worst examples of architecture in the Okanagan valley and will be led by Hussein Keshani, assistant professor of art history.

Date: Wednesday Feb. 6 (tonight)
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art -- 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna

To find out more about this discussion, contact David Jefferess, associate professor of cultural studies and English.

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Positive Space workshop

Positive Space is an initiative intended to raise the visibility of welcoming and supportive places for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, queer, questioning and intersex people and issues on campus.

Everyone is welcome at this session -- from those with who are experienced about these issues to those looking for more information. The workshop is informative and interactive.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Engineering Management Education building, room EME4218

To RSVP for this session, contact Kamilla Bahbahani, manager of the Equity Office.

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Career Fair 2013 graphic

Career Fair takes place tomorrow

This year's Career Fair takes place tomorrow in the Education Management Education building and will feature a more diverse grouping of companies looking for potential employees from previous years.

There will be representatives from the health care and high tech industries, as well as government, banking, education, engineering firms and a variety of others.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 7
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Education Management Education building Richard S. Hallisey Atrium

To find out more visit the Career Fair website.

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Info session: English or interdisciplinary graduate studies

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies is holding and information session for those interested in finding out more about their master's programs in English and interdisciplinary studies.

Date: Friday, Feb. 8
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART218

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Organization hopes to raise awareness of albinism

UBC's Kula Club and Get Involved, the student centre for involvement and careers, are bringing in the founder of the organization Under the Same Sun to speak and raise awareness of albinism, a rare genetic condition. It results in a lack of pigmentation in the hair, skin and eyes, causing vulnerability to sun exposure and bright light.

Founder Peter Ash will kick off a week of awareness raising about albinism.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 12
Time: 4:30 p.m.,
Location: Fipke Centre building, room FIP204

To find out more, visit www.underthesamesun.com

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Erín Moure

Next Visiting Author Series talk to feature Erín Moure

Award-winning Canadian poet and essayist Erín Moure -- the sixth annual Writer in Residence at UBC's Okanagan campus -- will be working on campus until mid-February.

Moure will be holding a public talk as part of the FCCS Visiting Author Series on February 12.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 12
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Okanagan Regional Library -- 1380 Ellis St., Kelowna

To find out more about this event visit the Faculty of Creative and Critical website.

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Got health?

A student-led inquiry youth engagement project

The Got Health? pilot project is a youth engagement initiative in B.C.'s interior region that promotes student health through student-led inquiry.

Eight schools developed student health teams that assessed, devised and implemented health promoting school opportunities in their schools. This new program engages youth and embraces their ideas and directions to support health promoting schools opportunities.

At this seminar Stephen Berg, assistant professor of education, and Tricia Labrie, health promoting schools coordinator for the Central Okanagan School District, discuss the Got Health? project.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 14
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334

There is no charge for this Partnership in Research seminar and it is open to everyone. To attend in person, or via teleconference, RSVP online via Eventbrite.

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Hispanic Film Series graphic

Hispanic Film Series: Que se mueran los feos

The Spanish program and the Latin American & Iberian Studies program present a screening of the film Que se mueran los feos on February 19 at 6:30 p.m.

There is no charge for admittance and the film will be presented with subtitles in English.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 19
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Okanagan College Theatre, Student Services Building -- 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna

To find out more contact Francisco Peña, assistant professor of Spanish, at 250-807-8044.

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Healthy measures assessments

Health assessments will be conducted Feb. 20 and Mar. 5 by Safeway pharmacy staff with the assistance of UBC nursing and human kinetics students.

Assessments will take approximately 15 minutes and there is no charge for this confidential service.

An additional session will be held on March 5.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 20
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Administration building foyer.

To schedule an assessment, please contact Deb Deorksen in Human Resources.

To find out more about the assessments contact Tracey Hawthorn, Work Re-Integration and Accommodation Program coordinator.

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Minds and Music logo

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra to bring Mozart to campus

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) will be on campus February 27 as part of the Minds and Music series to perform a Mozart rehearsal concert at no charge for the campus community.

They will be performing Mozart's Symphony No. 36 in C major.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 27
Time: 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: University Theatre, Administration building, room ADM026

This rehearsal concert is free and open to everyone.

To find out more, visit the Minds and Music website.

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Marlene Creates
Marlene Creates

From landworks to words in the land: 1970s to the present

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies has organized a public talk on March 14 with environmental artist and poet Marlene Creates.

Creates' theoretical and studio research interests include: photography, relational aesthetics, ecology, poetry, and place. Since 2002 her principal artistic venture has been to pay close attention to one particular place -- the six acres of boreal forest that she inhabits in Portugal Cove in Newfoundland and Labrador.

At the talk, Creates will trace her previous work that led to the development of her current practice.

Date: Thursday, Mar. 14
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Kelowna Art Gallery -- 1315 Water St.

To find out more about this talk contact Melissa McHugh.

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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:

  • Rising Star award
    The 2012 Alumni Rising Star Award goes to Laura Mandelbaum, BA '08.
  • The Grand Opening
    The official opening of the Engineering Management Education building took place on January 31, 2013.
  • Distinguished Speaker Series: James Burke
    James Burke spoke at the Kelowna Community Theatre on January 22, 2013, as part of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences' Distinguished Speaker series.
  • Justin Trudeau
    Liberal Party leadership candidate Justin Trudeau paid a visit to UBC's Okanagan campus on January 22, 2013.
  • Minds and Music
    The Montreal Guitar Trio has been described by CBC as "the hottest guitar ensemble in Canada."

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