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newsWorld Water Day 2013

World Water Days draw attention to sustainability of
fresh water

Students at UBC's Okanagan campus plan Splashdown  and
other events

World Water Day, which takes place March 22, is a United Nations initiative established in 1993. As World Water Day draws closer, organizers at UBC's Okanagan campus hope people get caught up with the wave of excitement for a number of water-appreciation activities.

Opening ceremonies, hosted by the Students' Union, take place in the University Centre Ballroom at noon on Thursday, March 21. Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray will be the guest speaker at the event, which will also include a drum presentation, musical entertainment and poetry readings.

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Creative writing students Kate Ball and Hayden McIntosh discuss the Plant Intelligence Project with instructor Sonnet L’Abbé (right).
From left, Creative writing students Kate Ball and Hayden McIntosh discuss the Plant Intelligence Project with instructor Sonnet L'Abbé.

The Plant Intelligence Project

UBC creative writing students link literature, art and science in collaborative study

Call it sowing the seeds of a new idea. Budding writers in Creative Studies are blending plant metaphors with plant science to discover their emerging literary voice.

It takes fertile imagination and plenty of spadework: using live plants, text, art objects, experiments that explore art and science, and integrating references of n'syilxcen, the Okanagan native language, and non-humanities research in a live presentation called the Plant Intelligence Project.

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Dr. Gary Victor, Director of the Medical Teaching Unit at Kelowna General Hospital.
Dr. Gary Victor, Director of the Medical Teaching Unit at Kelowna General Hospital.

Medical teaching unit at Kelowna General Hospital

As the director of the Medical Teaching Unit (MTU) at the Kelowna General Hospital, Dr. Gary Victor oversees the teaching and evaluations for countless residents and students completing internal medicine rotations at the hospital.

The 10-bed MTU at Kelowna General is a prime example of medical education and patient care delivered in unison. Patients usually are admitted from the Emergency Department with undifferentiated diagnoses often involving multiple organ systems. The education team is then tasked with working through a number of possible scenarios and developing an action plan for each patient.

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Canadian Conference for Student Leadership organizers (from l-r) Jacqueline Beaulieu, Robyn Giffen, Guillermo Angel , and Greg Mather are looking forward to hosting some 245 students from across Canada this weekend. Canadian Conference for Student Leadership organizers (from left) Jacqueline Beaulieu, Robyn Giffen, Guillermo Angel , and Greg Mather hosted some 245 students from across Canada at the Canadian Conference on Student Leadership.

UBC hosts national student leadership conference

Speakers include hockey's Trevor Linden and War Child founder Samantha Nutt

When you host your peers for the first time, you work hard to impress.

That is certainly the case at UBC's Okanagan campus where students hosted the Canadian Conference on Student Leadership in Kelowna from March 7 to 9. This is the first time the event was held in BC and the local organizers packed the agenda with a wide range of activities and all-star keynote speakers.

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Nicola King
Nicola King

Experiencing culturally-based Aboriginal health education

Health and Social Development students learn through special modules

Nicola King, who is embarking on a career as a social worker, feels better prepared today to deal with a broad range of cultural and social issues than she might have before.

She credits this to the Indigenous health and cultural safety course offered through the Faculty of Health and Social Development. The course includes four learning modules that explore Aboriginal health from the perspectives of traditional Aboriginal culture, ongoing impact of colonization, cultural safety and spiritual values.

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Introducing enhanced project management

Facilities Management is taking a new approach to project management on UBC's Okanagan campus. Recovering costs through a nominal fee (based on a project's cost) will support a more robust project management service.

Over the past year Facilities Management has managed 42 projects worth more than $4 million. This involves moving projects from planning to completion.

Anticipating a continued high need for professional project management on the Okanagan campus, Facilities Management is moving to a new, more structured project management service based on cost-recovery of five per cent of a project's budget.

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Changes announced for the summer 2013 Work Study and Work Learn program for faculty members

The submission period for the summer Work Study and Work Learn program is approaching quickly and faculty members are advised to be aware of changes in the program.

The Provost's Office will now be managing the portion of the Work Study and Work Learn wage subsidy program that is not supported by AVP Student initiatives.

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Informal learning space survey launched

UBC is looking to find out more about how students are using the variety of informal learning and social spaces on campus, and how they can be improved.

The survey is available online until March 28 at: survey.ok.ubc.ca

Students who complete the survey will be entered to win an iPad mini.

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Make your voice count graphicStudent evaluation of teaching online starting March 25

Students will be completing Teacher Evaluation Questionnaires starting this month.  The online evaluation website for the Okanagan campus will be open for student participation from March 25 through April 8.

Faculty members have been sent an email verifying courses for evaluation and providing material to help promote the evaluations. All students are encouraged to participate, as their evaluations and comments make a difference in the planning and delivery of curriculum.

To find out more, contact Lynne McPherson with the Centre for Teaching and Learning at 250-807-8845.

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VOICE logoBeing a healthy campus: connecting the dots

VOICE community forum being held April 2

VOICE researchers will be in the courtyard on April 2 helping connect the dots for a healthier campus community.

In September and October 2012, the VOICE project canvassed the Okanagan campus, looking at ways to create, renew and sustain health-promoting change. Join the forum and find out the results of the survey and what is healthy about the campus, and what actions are underway to make things even better.

The forum runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the campus courtyard on April 2. To find out more, contact VOICE research coordinator Melissa Feddersen.

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UBC Reports is looking for a graduate who's most likely to change the world

Nominate them for a chance to win two tickets to a Davis Cup quarter-final game, courtesy of UBC Athletics and Recreation, and a $50 UBC Bookstore gift card.

The winner will be featured on the cover of UBC Reports and receive complimentary rental of their regalia for spring Convocation or Congregation and a diploma frame.

To nominate, visit: www.ubc.ca/changetheworld

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Reminder: President's Service Award for Excellence nominations for UBC staff closes April 5

UBC faculty, staff, and students have until April 5 to submit nominations for the 2013 President's Service Award for Excellence.

This award is the top award presented to UBC staff in recognition of contributions to the university and excellence in personal achievements. Up to five recipients are selected annually, and awards are presented during graduation ceremonies. Each recipient receives a medal and $5,000.

To find out more about award criteria and the nomination process, visit the Focus on People website. If you have any questions, please contact Grace Wang.

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Create New Student OrientationReminder: Create organizers looking for volunteers

Create organizers would like to remind the campus community that many helping hands are needed in order to put on a great day for 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.

The deadline to sign up is Friday, March 22.

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

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peopleLauren Airth
Nursing student Lauren Airth.

UBC nursing student seeks insight at mental health summit

Unleash the Noise is organized by students for students

There is a certain stigma about mental health. And when it comes to mental health illness in children and adolescents, it often becomes a ‘behind-closed-doors' conversation. That's all about to change, however, if a group of university students have their way.

Unleash the Noise is a national event that took place in Toronto on March 16 and 17. While it aimed to raise awareness about mental health issues, the ultimate goal of the weekend was to go well beyond that, explains Lauren Airth, a third-year nursing student.

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Research Rodeo 2013 winners

This year's Celebrate Research Gala recognized a number of students who took part in UBC's second Research Rodeo on March 6. These were competitions for undergrad and graduate students where participants had three minutes to deliver the best pitch about their research projects. This year's winners were:

Graduate Students

Graduate Research Rodeo winners David Kadish, Matt Husain and Robert Hermosillo are congratulated by UBC Provost Wesley Pue, Vice Provost Research Miriam Grant and Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard.
Winners David Kadish, Matt Husain and Robert Hermosillo are congratulated by UBC Provost Wesley Pue, Vice-Provost Research Miriam Grant and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard.

Undergraduate students

Rodeo Roundup undergraduate winners Sarah Smith, James Beaton and Carey Simpson are congratulated by UBC Provost Wesley Pue, Vice Provost Research Miriam Grant and Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard.
Winners Sarah Smith, James Beaton and Carey Simpson are congratulated by UBC Provost Wesley Pue, Vice-Provost Research Miriam Grant and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard.

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Heat women's basketball nets two recruits

Calgary guard set to join Heat

A 5'10" guard from Calgary, Shenelle Tamminen comes from a strong basketball pedigree and has signed a letter of intent to play with the Heat women's basketball team next season. Currently ranked second in Alberta, the basketball program at Bishop O'Byrne has produced some outstanding athletes, with Tamminen being the latest.

Princeton post will add height to Heat next season

A 6'2" post from Princeton, Julia Reichert played for the Junior Heat team last summer and has been a standout in her basketball career since she began playing the sport in her Grade 8 year.

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research spotlightUBC Researchers of the Year Joan Bottorff and Stephen Porter
UBC Researchers of the Year Joan Bottorff and Stephen Porter.

Two outstanding researchers honoured

Since UBC's Okanagan campus has grown faculty expertise in so many areas, there was no easy winner this year for the annual Award for Excellence in Research.

So the honour is being shared in 2013 by nursing Prof. Joan Bottorff and psychology Prof. Stephen Porter.

Both were honoured at a gala ceremony and reception campus on Friday, March 8.

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Sweeping vistas of the Okanagan Valley greet students studying on the bridges connecting classroom and office towers of the Engineering, Education and Management building at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Sweeping vistas of the Okanagan Valley greet students studying on the bridges connecting towers of the Engineering, Education and Management building. Photo by Martin Dee.

Research initiatives in the Okanagan grow by 40 per cent

Since 2006, faculty and student research at the Okanagan campus has grown by a whopping 40 per cent—from $8.3-million and 351 grants, to $11.6-million and nearly 500 grants in 2011-2012.

"Imagine the transformative impact of thousands of discoveries, innovations and deeper understanding." says Miriam Grant, vice-provost, research, and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. "That's our vision at UBC's Okanagan campus."

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UBC's Jeannette Armstrong appointed Canada Research Chair

Assistant professor will explore Okanagan indigenous knowledge and philosophy

Jeannette Armstrong, an assistant professor in Indigenous Studies at the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, has been appointed a Canada Research Chair.

Armstrong will be Canada Research Chair in Okanagan Indigenous Philosophy. With the prestigious appointment comes an annual award of $100,000 for five years to research, document, categorize and analyze Okanagan Syilx oral language literature.

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workshops

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 20
Undergraduate Series: Revising and Editing a Term Paper

March 20
BEN (Behaviour modification-Exercise-Nutrition)

March 20
Writing a Literature Review

 

March 20
Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Writing Critiques

March 21
Writing an Introduction

March 21
CANCELLED: Finance Lunch and Learn

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

March 22
Writing a Thesis or Dissertation Proposal

March 22
Teaching with Technology: Blackboard Collaborate

March 22
Writing for the Job Market: the resume, curriculum vitae and cover letter

March 25
Using Sources: How to Maintain Authorial Agency and Avoid Plagiarism

March 26
Aligning Potential: Performance Management

March 26
Drop-in Dissertation, Thesis, or Scholarly Article Writing Group

March 26
Discussion About Teaching Excellence: Christopher Schneider

March 27
Writing a Journal Article: Preparing to submit

March 27
Undergraduate Series: Proofreading a Term Paper

 

March 27
BEN (Behaviour modification-Exercise-Nutrition)

March 28
Writing a Critical Analysis

March 28
Drop-in Dissertation, Thesis, or Scholarly Article Writing Group

April 2
Drop-in Dissertation, Thesis, or Scholarly Article Writing Group

April 2
Assessment Series Workshop: Feedback

April 3
Undergraduate Series: Writing an in-class essay

April 3
BEN (Behaviour modification-Exercise-Nutrition)

April 3
Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Constructing a Research Paper

April 4
Writing a Literature Review

April 4
Special Speaker Series: Getting Creative Work Published

April 4
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
March 20, 2013

News

World Water Days draw attention to sustainability of fresh water
The Plant Intelligence Project
Medical teaching unit at Kelowna General Hospital
UBC hosts national student leadership conference
Experiencing culturally-based Aboriginal health education
Introducing enhanced project management
Changes announced for the summer 2013 Work Study and Work Learn program for faculty members
Informal learning space survey launched
Student evaluation of teaching online starting March 25
Being a healthy campus: connecting the dots
UBC Reports is looking for a graduate who's most likely to change the world
President's Service Award for Excellence nominations
Create organizers looking for volunteers

People

UBC nursing student seeks insight at mental health summit
Research Rodeo 2013 winners
Heat women's basketball nets two recruits

Research Spotlight

Two outstanding researchers honoured
Research initiatives in the Okanagan grow by 40 per cent
Jeannette Armstrong appointed Canada Research Chair

eventsRule Out Racism week

UBC marks Rule Out Racism week

Events take place all this week

Rule Out Racism week is an annual event that promotes a thoughtful campus community, highlights and celebrates diversity, acknowledges place, and examines privilege while also encouraging an open, respectful discourse on, and engagement with, issues of race and racism.

Highlights of the week include a dance on Saturday night, a panel discussion Wednesday, craft activities, a festive kebab-eque, a documentary, and a smudge that takes place at the Aboriginal collegium.

To find out more, read the UBC Media Advisory.

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Open forum: providing faculty with the ability to share student evaluation of teaching results with students

Faculty, administrators and students are invited to this discussion on March 28 that asks whether faculty members should be provided with the ability to share student evaluation of teaching results with students.

This forum will be facilitated by Peter Arthur -- chair of the Senate Learning and Research Committee and co-chair of the Evaluation of Teaching Committee.

More details about these committees and the discussions that led to this open forum are available on the online events calendar.

Date: Thursday, Mar. 28
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: University Centre Ballroom, room UNC200

Those unable to participate directly are invited to send comments to Peter Arthur.

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Breast Cancer: Not just a disease of older women

Shanna Larsen was only 24 years old when she lost her life to breast cancer. Her friends and family have bonded together to create Team Shan -- their hope is to spread the message that: breast cancer is not just a disease of older women.

Lorna Larsen, registered nurse, president of Team Shan and health promotion specialist will share how Team Shan is reaching out to young women, healthcare providers and the public about breast cancer risks and breast health messages.

Date: Thursday, Mar. 28
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Arts Building, room ART218

This Visiting Scholar Presentation is sponsored by the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention.

To attend in person, via webinar or teleconference, RSVP at: teamshan.eventbrite.ca

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Robert Smith?

Mathematics made… of disease and zombies

Robert Smith? is an original. A mathematics professor at the University of Ottawa, Smith? wants to be known as Smith?, not by the common surname of Smith.

His thought-provoking mathematics work connects fun and serious elements. For example, he has created a mathematical model of an attack on humans by zombies.

It's a novel and entertaining approach to disease modelling: using fictional zombies to illustrate how real disease can be modeled with mathematics.

Date: Thursday, Mar. 28
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts -- 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna

RSVPs not required. Admission is free and seating is open.

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Visual activity in the
blind brain

neural substrates of echolocation in the blind

At this Faculty of Health and Social Development Research Committee Seminar Series event, Mel Goodale will be on campus to discuss neural substrates of echolocation in the blind.

Goodale is Canada Research Chair in Visual Neuroscience and director of the Brain and Mind Institute at Western University.

He is best known for his work on the functional organization of the visual pathways in the cerebral cortex, and was a pioneer in the study of visuomotor control in neurological patients.

Date: Thursday, Apr. 4
Time: 2 to 3 p.m., followed by a reception
Location: Reichwald Health Sciences Centre, room RHS LT257

To RSVP or find out more, visit the event information page.

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Exam Jam 2013

Term-end study support program to be held April 8

The traditional end-of-term Exam Jam exam preparation event is being held on April 8.

Exam Jam provides students with faculty review sessions, tutoring, open study rooms, study break activities, snacks, and refreshments. More than 50 tutors will team up with teaching assistants and supplemental learning leaders to help ease the coming weeks of exam-time stress.

The event is organized by Academic Resource Centre, Campus Life and the First Year Experience program.

All faculty members and teaching assistants are invited to participate in review sessions. Sessions will be held throughout the day.

To book a session or find out more, contact Academic Resource Centre Coordinator Cindy Bourne.

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Next AlterKnowledge discussion being held April 10

The art of health
and illness

The Cultural Studies program's next AlterKnowledge Discussion Series event takes place on April 10 at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.

The discussion at this event looks at how art and culture raises questions about how we experience health and illness, what it is like to live with illness, how we understand the social dimensions of well-being and how the idea of illness has changed over time and in different locales.

The discussion will feature George Grinnell, assistant professor of English, and Mina Rajabi Paak, graduate student in interdisciplinary studies.

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 10
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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Ken Steele
Ken Steele

The road ahead for higher education

Ken Steele -- the chief trendspotter for Eduvation and co-founder of Academica Group -- will be on campus April 17.

Steele will give a talk that will cover major trends affecting higher education, pedagogy, funding and enrolment. As a former academic, entrepreneur and consultant, Steele has a wide-ranging perspective on higher education.

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 17
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Fipke Centre building, room FIP 204

This talk is organized by the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal, Academic and Research. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

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Stand Up for Mental Health

Take a look at the lighter side of mental illness with a group of stand-up comedians grappling with a variety of mental health issues. 

This unique comedy show tackles everything from meds and counsellors to diagnosis and surviving the system.

As an organization, Stand Up For Mental Health teaches people to create and perform original comedy material about their mental health journeys.

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 24
Time:
 Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; show is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200, Okanagan campus

Admittance to this event is by donation and all proceeds go to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

To RSVP or find out more, visit Eventbrite.

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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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