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newsUBC Assoc. Prof. of Economics John Janmaat is studying water supply and resource partnerships in the Okanagan to help address water resource challenges around the globe. UBC Assoc. Prof. of Economics John Janmaat is studying water supply and resource partnerships in the Okanagan to help address water resource challenges around the globe.

Sharing research with the world

Celebrate Research week events run all this week

All this week, researchers and students from all faculties are sharing what they are working on with the Okanagan community.

The theme for this year's week of events is Resonate and Miriam Grant, vice-provost research, notes that the work being done at the university resonates not only in British Columbia but around the world.

"Creating new knowledge and sharing it widely are key pursuits in all UBC research. Every day, our students and their professors are expanding our understanding of the world and our place in it," adds Grant. "Over the past year, more than $11.7 million has been awarded to faculty and students, supporting more than 480 research initiatives at this campus."

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From left, Deborah Buszard, UBC deputy vice-chancellor and principal of the Okanagan campus, along with Norm Letnick, Minister of Agriculture and MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country, Master of Science student Manpreet Bahniwal, and UBC President Stephen Toope celebrate the opening of the Arts and Sciences Centre.
From left, Deborah Buszard, deputy vice-chancellor and principal, along with Norm Letnick, Minister of Agriculture and MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country, Master of Science student Manpreet Bahniwal, and UBC President Stephen Toope celebrate the opening of the Arts and Sciences Centre.

Arts and Sciences Centre officially opens

New academic and research facility benefits students
and community

Students and their professors have a strikingly beautiful, highly functional and energy-efficient new building in which to study and conduct research at the UBC's Okanagan campus.

Officially opened last Friday, the multi-purpose Arts and Sciences Centre houses classrooms, research and teaching labs, offices, student commons, and two large lecture theatres.

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Installation of the new University Theatre sign at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Installation of the new University Theatre sign.

New marquee lights the way to University Theatre

Can't-miss sign draws attention to increasingly active UBC performance venue

A bright new installation at UBC's University Theatre is a sign of the times for the burgeoning live-performance culture on campus, and for the growing theatre and music crowd in the Okanagan.

Launched last November, University Theatre is the first dedicated live-theatre space at UBC's Okanagan campus. It seats up to 220 people and is housed in the former ADM026 Lecture Theatre in the Administration Building, adjacent to the bus stop.

On February 19, a 4.8-by-1.65-metre (15.8' x 5.5') backlit sign was installed above the theatre entrance, providing a much-needed visual presence for Kelowna's newest permanent public performance space.

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Students from the Faculty of Medicine and the School of Nursing
Students from the Faculty of Medicine and the School of Nursing participate at the recent Diversity Health Fair.

CATCH BC targets local residents who may have 'at risk' health issues

Medical and nursing students focus on community health

Students from the Faculty of Medicine and the School of Nursing are working collaboratively to provide health action teams for the local community.

The newly-established Community Action Teams for Community Health BC (CATCH BC) are groups of medical and nursing students that work together and with public health organizations to assess health risks and provide disease prevention information and strategies to local residents.

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Grad Street preparing UBC grads for life after university

UBC's Okanagan campus has created a new interactive website specifically for its young alumni and soon-to-graduate students.

Launched last week week, Grad Street -- www.ubc.ca/okanagan/alumnirelations/gradstreet -- takes the place of an annual on-campus information event hosted by the university in each of the last three years.

"The prospect of life after university is so exciting, but it can be a little daunting, too," says Brenda Tournier, manager of alumni relations. "To help students get ready for graduation, the new Grad Street website offers most everything information-wise that students need to graduate and move forward."

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Nicole Brossard
Nicole Brossard

Prolific poet and storyteller to read at UBC's Okanagan campus

Nicole Brossard will give readings in French and English in Visiting Author series

An iconic figure in Quebecois culture, internationally acclaimed writer Nicole Brossard will give readings in both of Canada's official languages when she visits campus this month.

Brossard, who lives in Outremont, Quebec, has published more than 30 books including These Our Mothers, Lovhers, Mauve Desert, and Baroque at Dawn.

While she writes in both English and French, her work has also been translated into several other languages, including German and Spanish. Her writing has been widely studied and anthologized and she has won national and international acclaim.

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Ecological artist Marlene Creates
Ecological artist Marlene Creates

Ecological artist Marlene Creates connects community, art, nature

UBC Artist in Residence invites Okanagan public to Woodhaven Nature Conservancy

Internationally renowned ecological artist and poet Marlene Creates will be in Kelowna throughout March to present a series of talks and workshops about the links between art making and the natural world.

Creates will facilitate two site-specific community art master classes, a public evening talk at the Kelowna Art Gallery, and numerous in-class lectures at UBC's Okanagan campus -- culminating in a special project for the Regional District of the Central Okanagan on March 22.

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Water research splashes down on March 22

UBC's Okanagan campus will open the flood gates with its first-ever Splash Down academic water research competition on March 22.

Splashdown will be a fast, furious and slightly damp exposure to water related research. The competition will help showcase water research being done on campus, as well as focus attention on the importance of freshwater.

Each participant is allowed three minutes and three slides to talk about their research. A panel of judges will select winners in categories ranging from most informative and most entertaining to best and worst dressed.

This event is in recognition of World Water Day 2013's theme, the International Year of Water Cooperation.

To RSVP or find out more, visit the Okanagan Sustainability Office website.


Create New Student OrientationStudent volunteers needed for Create in September

Create organizers are looking for some helping hands.

Over 250 student volunteers are needed to welcome all the new-to-UBC students joining the Okanagan campus in September. Students are needed for: orientation leaders, team leads, the welcome team, setup and cleanup and to be pump up or involvement leaders.

By volunteering, students gain valuable skills, add to their resume, meet other students, develop their network and give back to UBC.

Help Create something great in September. Encourage students or peers to volunteer for one of UBC's biggest events of the year.

To volunteer or find out more, visit the Campus Life website or contact Adam Goodwin, student event coordinator, at 250-807-9276.

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Okanagan campus to host 2013 Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution Conference

Early registration and abstract submissions now open

UBC's Okanagan campus will be hosting this year's Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution Conference. This theme for this year's conference is Range Margins in a Rapidly Changing World.

All interested faculty are invited to submit abstracts or attend the conference.
The program includes plenary talks by Fred Allendorf, regents' professor of biology at the University of Montana, and Pierre Legendre, professor of biology at Université de Montréal.

The conference features five full-day and three half-day symposia and has space for approximately 240 oral presentations and 120 poster presentations. It will also feature a number of social events, as well as workshops and two public outreach events.

To find out more about the conference, visit csee2013.ok.ubc.ca.

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Enter to win a $30 Quality Greens gift card

To better understand energy usage habits on campus, the Okanagan Sustainability Office will be surveying faculty and staff between March 12 and 26. The survey data will inform development of activities to create awareness and help reduce our campus energy footprint.

Survey respondents will be entered into a draw to win a $30 Quality Greens gift card.

To complete the survey, watch for the notification email on Tuesday, Mar. 12 or visit the Sustainability Office website after that date.

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peoplePictured laying down flowers are: (l-r) Nilufar Islam, Riffart Binte Siddiqui, Wendi Zhang, and Afrin Hossain.
Laying down flowers on Mother Language Day were, from left, Nilufar Islam, Riffart Binte Siddiqui, Wendi Zhang, and Afrin Hossain.

In recognition of International Mother Language day

Several students marked International Mother Language Day on February 28. The day, which promotes linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism, has been observed every year since 2000.

It marks the day in 1952 when police shot and killed students who were demonstrating for recognition of their mother language, Bengali, as one of the two national languages in what is present-day Bangladesh.

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Doug Owram to chair expert panel on Memory Institutions and the Digital Revolution

History Professor Doug Owram, former deputy vice-chancellor and principal of UBC's Okanagan campus, has been appointed Chair of the Expert Panel on Memory Institutions and the Digital Revolution by the Council of Canadian Academies.

As Chair, Owram will work with a multidisciplinary group of experts to assess how memory institutions -- including archives, libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions -- can embrace the opportunities and challenges of the changing ways in which Canadians are communicating and working in the digital age.

Doug Owram
Doug Owram
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Dr. Charlotte Jones
Dr. Charlotte Jones

Leading national researcher joins Faculty of Medicine

Program to raise awareness of chronic disease already underway

A physician well known for her community-based health campaigns and research is the newest associate professor of medicine at UBC's Okanagan campus.

Dr. Charlotte Jones, an endocrinologist and leading researcher in the field of chronic disease prevention, recently joined the UBC Faculty of Medicine's Southern Medical Program.

Her research focuses on increasing the awareness, detection, and control of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors in diverse and at risk populations including the elderly, ethnic minority groups, and aboriginal peoples.

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Steve Manuel
Steve Manuel

Steve Manuel named Canada West Coach of the Year

Heat head coach Steve Manuel has won the Coach of the Year Award in just his second year of play in the ultra-competitive Canada West conference.

Manuel guided his team to a 15-7 record, nine wins better than the 2011-2012 season and good enough for a fourth-place finish with the chance to host a conference quarter-final.

Manuel guided his team to four straight wins to close out this season knocking two teams out of the playoffs in the process.

Manuel's team's knocked off then No. 1 Trinity Western in December and finished among the CIS top-10 in eight of the last nine weeks.

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Emily Oxland
Emily Oxland

Emily Oxland named to the Canada West All-Star team

In Emily Oxland's first trip to the service line in her first game as a rookie setter she ripped off an ace against Thompson Rivers, setting the stage for a stellar rookie campaign.

Oxland has been rewarded for her excellent season with recognition as a Canada West All-Star as she was superb in leading the Heat's women's volleyball team offense as a freshman setter.

"Emily was simply brilliant all season for us," says Coach Steve Manuel.

"It is unbelievable to me that a rookie setter would be able to lead this young team to a 15-7 record and a tie for third place in Canada West at the end of the regular season."

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research spotlight

Jennifer Forsythe
Jennifer Forsythe

A fungal affair: UBC student presents award-winning research in India

Field of study examines complex relationships between plants and soils

Jennifer Forsythe, a Master of Science student in biology, travelled to India in September to participate in the Seventh International Conference of Mycorrhiza. There, she presented her research to an audience of experts in the field and won the top student prize.

Forsythe's presentation entitled A Field Study of Specificity in the Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis won the John L. Harley Medal for excellence, awarded annually to the graduate student who presents research that emulates the rigorous approaches to mycorrhizal research that Harley pioneered. It is the most prestigious award for a student to win at the conference.

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workshops

Fraud prevention and detection

Fraud has a damaging impact on organizations and individuals. Although the key factor of fraud is opportunity, pressure and attitude can also play important roles.

It is an organization's responsibility to act as a deterrent to fraud by ensuring that appropriate controls are in place to prevent and detect fraud. External and Internal audit functions can help management by advising on fraud risk and the most appropriate internal controls to prevent it.

At this session learn about fraud statistics, control weaknesses that contribute to fraud, the fraud triangle and top internal controls to prevent and detect fraud. 

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 19
Time: 11 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Arts building, room ART214
Presenter: Johann Boulter, associate director of UBC Internal Audit

To register for this seminar, visit the Finance website.

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Understanding financial risks and internal controls

Finance is offering a seminar on identifying financial risks and developing compensating internal controls. This session -- organized in partnership with UBC Internal Audit -- is designed in a case study format and is very interactive. 

The seminar will be of interest to all deans, unit heads, directors, managers, administrators and financial officers. It will provide the tools necessary to manage financial risks of the unit and also support the 2012-2013 Financial Statement Certification Program.

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 19
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Engineering Management Education building, room EME4218

To register for this seminar, visit the Finance website.

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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:

March 6
ePAF Initiator/Approver Training

March 6
Undergraduate Series: Writing About Literature

March 6
Connect Drop-In

March 6
Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Writing Summaries

March 7
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Brown Bag Discussion

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

March 8
Experiences with Undergraduate Research

March 8
Students as Researchers: The Voice Project

March 8
Teaching with Technology: PowerPoint Advanced Skills

March 11
Writing a Journal Article: Revising for grammar correctness

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

March 12
Connect Drop-In

March 13
Ethics in Finance: An Interactive Session on Making Great Investments

March 13
Undergraduate Series: Writing in the Social Sciences

March 13
Connect Drop-In

March 14
Using New Technology to Keep Current (RSS feeds etc.)

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

March 15
Introduction to Clickers

March 18
Poster Presentations: Preparing and Presenting a Poster

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

March 19
Assessment Series Workshop #4: Using Rubrics

March 19
Resumes and Curriculum Vitae

March 20
Undergraduate Series: Revising and Editing a Term Paper

March 20
Writing a Literature Review

March 20
Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Writing Critiques

March 21
Writing an Introduction

March 21
Preparing a Poster for a Conference Presentation

March 21
Special Speaker Series: Getting Published in the Social Sciences

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

 

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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March 6, 2013

News

UBC's Okanagan campus shares research endeavors with the world
Arts and Sciences Centre officially opens at UBC's Okanagan campus
New marquee lights the way to University Theatre
CATCH BC targets local residents who may have 'at risk' health issues
Grad Street preparing UBC grads for life after university
Prolific poet and storyteller to read at UBC's Okanagan campus
Ecological artist Marlene Creates connects community, art, nature
Water research splashes down on March 22
Student volunteers needed for Create in September
Okanagan campus to host 2013 Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution Conference
Win a $30 Quality Greens gift card

People

In recognition of International Mother Language day
Doug Owram to chair expert panel on Memory Institutions and the Digital Revolution
Leading national researcher joins Faculty of Medicine
Steve Manuel named Canada West Coach of the Year
Emily Oxland named to the Canada West All-Star team

Research Spotlight

A fungal affair: student presents award-winning research in India

events

World Community Film Festival

Annual festival comes to the Okanagan campus this week

The annual World Community Film Festival Kelowna is featuring two days of on-campus screenings on March 7 and 8 in the University Theatre (room ADM026) and the Students' Union Theatre (room UNC106).

The screenings will start in both locations beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday and 3 p.m. on Friday.

Admission to all films is free, but donations are accepted for the Ki-low-na Friendship Centre and Inn from the Cold.

Full details are available on the World Community Film Festival website or Facebook page.

The festival is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Vice Principal and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

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Daniel Bolshoy

Minds and Music

Renowned Spanish guitarist Daniel Bolshoy to play in Okanagan

Daniel Bolshoy, classical guitarist and head of the guitar division at UBC's School of Music, is giving a public concert in the University Theatre on Friday.

The concert is part of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences' Minds and Music concert series.

Bolshoy will play pieces from Eduardo Sainz de la Maza, Agustin Barrios, Sergio Assad and Michael Karmon.

Date: Friday, March 8
Time: 2 to 3:15 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200

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

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The Sundy Service comedy troupe

The Sunday Service

Theatre26's last event of the season to feature improv comedy troupe

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies' Theatre 26 group has organized two nights of improve comedy as their last event of the season.

The events -- being held March 8 at the Blackbox theatre in Kelowna and March 9 at the University Theatre (room ADM026) will feature comedy troupe The Sunday Service.

Advance tickets are $7 for students and $13 for non-students. They are available at the UBC Bookstore and Mosaic Bookstore.

Tickets will also be available at the door at $10 for students and $15 for non-students.

Date/Location: March 8 (Blackbox Theatre) and March 9 (University Theatre)
Time: 8 p.m. each night

To find out more visit the Theatre26 Facebook event page.

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Getting to the heart of the matter

Using exercise to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Is exercise the best medicine for slowing down, or even reversing, cardiovascular disease in the growing number of people with COPD? Hear how campus researchers are working to uncover the answer to this question.

This Partnership in Research seminar will feature:

  • Neil Eves, associate professor and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research clinical scientist
  • Jinelle Gelinas, master's student in the Faculty of Health and Social Development
  • Nia Lewis, post-doctoral fellow in the Faculty of Health and Social Development

Date: Thursday, Mar. 14
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC 334

To attend in person or via teleconference, RSVP via Eventbrite.

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Don't stay in your office for coffee next Friday

Sponsored by Aboriginal Programs and Services, all faculty and staff are invited to the next Pitstop for coffee next Friday.

Coffee, tea and a variety of pastries will be served for only $2 per person. All proceeds will be donated to the Okanagan campus United Way campaign.

Date: Friday, Mar. 15
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Aboriginal Centre, room EME1123

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Rule out Racism Week

March 16 to 22

Rule Out Racism is a week dedicated to building a mindful campus community which highlights and celebrates diversity, acknowledges place, examines privilege and encourages open, respectful discourse on and engagement with issues of race and racism.

  • March 16
    (Dance) Around the World in 80 Days
    8 p.m. to midnight, University Centre ballroom
    Tickets: $5 (presales) or $7 (at the door)
  • March 18
    Opening Ceremonies
    12:30 to 1:30 p.m.,
    campus courtyard
  • March 19
    Cultural Crafts
    11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
    Fipke Centre foyer
  • March 19
    Film: El Sitio del Plomo
    2:30 to 4 p.m.,
    Arts building, room ART103
  • March 20
    Smudging ceremony
    12 noon to 1 p.m., Aboriginal Collegium, room UNC212
  • March 20
    Panel: Diversity in the Okanagan
    1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Administration building foyer
  • March 21
    Cultural Crafts
    1 to 3 p.m., Fipke Centre foyer
  • March 22
    Kebabeque
    11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., campus courtyard

To find out more, visit the Rule Out Racism Facebook page.

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Hispanic Film Series: Sexo con amor

The Spanish program and the Latin American & Iberian Studies program present a screening of the film Sexo con amor on March 19 at 6:30 p.m.

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

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 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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Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference

Eighth 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 building and the Arts and Sciences Centre.

The conference is an annual showcase of the diverse research projects underway by undergraduate honors and directed studies students in the IKBSAS.

  • Poster Presentations: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Fipke Centre Grand Atrium
  • Oral Presentations: 1 to 4 p.m., rooms FIP247, FIP249, ASC271 and ASC273

To find out more visit the Undergraduate Research Conference website.


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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