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newsFederal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, left, UBC Asst. Prof. Mary Jung and MP Ron Cannan were at the launch event in Kelowna for the Achieving Healthier Weights in Canada’s Communities. Jung leads a UBC team that will evaluate the strategy over the next four years.
Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, left, UBC Asst. Prof. Mary Jung and MP Ron Cannan were at the launch event in Kelowna for the Achieving Healthier Weights in Canada's Communities. Jung leads a UBC team that will evaluate the strategy over the next four years.

UBC selected to evaluate one of nine national health strategies

Asst. Prof. Mary Jung to assess data from Achieving Healthier Weights project

A professor from the Faculty of Health and Social Development is heading up the evaluation of a four-year, $1.6-million national strategy aimed at achieving healthier weights in Canadian communities, announced on June 26 by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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Alumni Ave. to remain open: construction on hold

Construction to expand bus bay capacity on Alumni Ave. has been put on hold pending more design and planning work to address pedestrian needs and transit exchange capacity on campus.

This means the temporary traffic pattern and bus loop changes announced last month are not necessary at this time. Watch The Exchange for updates later this year.

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Spiro Yannacopoulos, director of UBC’s School of Engineering and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science.
Spiro Yannacopoulos, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science.

School of Engineering earns Canada's gold seal of approval

programs receive 'ultimate recognition' by review board

The School of Engineering at UBC's Okanagan campus has passed its latest test with flying colours.

The school was recently reviewed by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB), and received the maximum scores for two programs and a "pretty good" grade for the third.

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Applied Science appoints Associate Dean and Acting Director for School of Engineering

Spiro Yannacopoulos has been appointed Associate Dean, School of Engineering, for a five year term, effective July 1, 2013. This full-time position will have a dual reporting role to the Provost and Vice-Principal of UBC’s Okanagan campus and to the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science.

Eric Hall, Dean pro tem of UBC's Faculty of Applied Science has also announced the appointment of Prof. Rehan Sadiq as Acting Director for the School of Engineering for a one-year term effective July 1.

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Murray Roed stands beside a sandstone and conglomerate outcropping estimated to be about 50 million years old. Geologists have determined that White Lake flowed through the Okanagan valley at this time, winding between towering volcanoes, leaving behind rocky deposits like this one on Boucherie Road in West Kelowna.
Murray Roed stands beside a sandstone and conglomerate outcropping estimated to be about 50 million years old. Geologists have determined that White Lake flowed through the Okanagan valley at this time, winding between towering volcanoes, leaving behind rocky deposits like this one on Boucherie Road in West Kelowna.

Multi-talented geologist's passion for Earth sciences recognized

UBC instructor mixes philanthropy with writing, painting
and photography

When you're a natural-born teacher and have a certain zeal for something, you can spend most of your waking hours sharing that passion. Such is the case for geologist Murray Roed.

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Lars Bornemann and Claire Elliott featured as top in the Province. (Photos by Richard Lam, PNG)
Lars Bornemann and Claire Elliott featured as top in the Province. (Photos by Richard Lam, PNG)

Two of the Heat's incoming recruits honoured by The Province

Two student athletes that are set to suit up for the Heat this fall. Lars Bornemann and Claire Elliott have been selected as part of The Province newspaper's 14th annual Head of the Class special section.

The selections mark the third straight year that UBC's Okanagan campus has had an athlete selected as part of Head of the Class, which aims to honour the best and brightest graduating student-athletes in our province.

The 24-page feature was released in print in the June 17 edition of The Province.

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Poet Sonnet L’Abbé, who crossed the country talking to Canadians, has written a poem about Canada entitled What is Your Birthday?
Poet Sonnet L'Abbé, who crossed the country talking to Canadians, has written a poem about Canada entitled What is Your Birthday?

Poet Sonnet L'Abbé writes a stirring poem about Canada

UBC instructor toured country asking Canadians why they love their country

She spent months on a steel-wheels tour, criss-crossing the country as Artist in Motion for CBC, ViaRail and Community Foundations of Canada, taking the pulse of Canadians at countless whistlestops.

Acclaimed poet Sonnet L'Abbé, who teaches creative writing at UBC's Okanagan campus, journeyed from coast to coast and to Canada's North, attending regional conferences, asking Canadians about their love for Canada and how we can show it in local and nation-wide events for celebrating Canada's 150th birthday in 2017.

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Applications for Work Study Work Learn program being accepted starting July 8

Applications for the 2013-2014 Work Study/Work Learn program will be accepted starting on July 8.

The Work Study/Work Learn program gives eligible faculty and staff the opportunity to receive a minimum wage subsidy to hire qualified and energetic students to help with a variety of on-campus projects or jobs.

All applications are due on July 19.

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Deadlines extended for Staff Awards of Excellence and
DVC award

The submission deadlines for this year's Staff Awards of Excellence and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Award have been extended to this Friday (July 5).

If there is someone on campus who has gone above the call of duty as a UBC employee, now is the time to show them recognition.

The awards will be presented at the annual Staff and Faculty barbecue in August. For nomination packages and more information, visit the Human Resources website or contact Lisa Levell, organizational development and learning specialist, at 250-807-9021.

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Science building chiller replaced

On June 25 the Science building rooftop chiller was successfully replaced with a new unit, and contractors and Facilities Management staff have been hard at work, assembling the piping and control circuits, and making final adjustments.

The new chiller is currently 95 per cent operational and air conditioning was reactivated on Friday, June 28.

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Women in Science and EngineeringHow mentoring programs contribute to young women's academic and professional success

WiSE program volunteers help contribute to long-term research

Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) are recruiting female mentors working in science or engineering careers from outside the university. Mentors will be matched with two students who want to build their professional skills for future careers.

Participating mentors will also help examine how this program contributes to young women's academic and professional success through a longitudinal evaluation research project.

To find out more visit the WiSE website.

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peopleWalley and Marietta Lightbody (left) jointly received UBC’s Okanagan Alumni Community Builder Award, while UBC graduate Jennifer Forsythe (second from right) received the Rising Star Award. The tributes were presented by Deborah Buszard, (right) deputy vice-chancellor and principal of UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Walley and Marietta Lightbody (left) jointly received UBC's Okanagan Alumni Community Builder Award, while UBC graduate Jennifer Forsythe (second from right) received the Rising Star Award. The tributes were presented by Deborah Buszard, (right) deputy vice-chancellor and principal.

Community builders, rising star celebrated for volunteer efforts

Kelowna residents Walley and Marietta Lightbody received the 2013 UBC Okanagan Alumni Community Builder Award in a ceremony June 19. Jennifer Forsythe, completing her MSc this year, received the Rising Star Award.

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Three men's v-ballers will go for gold this August at the Canada Games.
Three men's v-ballers will go for gold this August at the Canada Games.

Heat men's volleyball sends three to Team BC

Three members of Greg Poitras' Heat men's volleyball squad have earned spots on the 21/20U Team BC Canada Summer Games Indoor squad.

Setter Kristof Schlagintweit, middle Jim Bell, and outside hitter Alex Swiatlowski will join the BC team this summer; all three will be sophomores this fall with the Heat.

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research spotlight

Shahria Alam
Shahria Alam

Next-generation 'green' concrete a home construction first

UBC engineering professor mixes recycled waste aggregate into concrete

Kelowna architect Hugh Bitz heard buzz about a "green concrete" project and called UBC. Bitz is always looking for ways to integrate green strategies and technologies into building projects -- and decided that green concrete was the answer for constructing his own new home.

The application is based on research done by Assistant. Professor of Engineering Shahria Alam's researched methods for recycling used concrete, composite scrap, crushed and mixed as aggregate for fresh concrete.

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UBC Assoc. Prof. Richard Klukas explains his research on indoor LED positioning to federal Minister of Industry Christian Paradis and Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan during a visit to UBC’s Okanagan campus on June 28.

Minister of Industry visits campus

UBC Assoc. Prof. Richard Klukas explains his research on indoor LED positioning to federal Minister of Industry Christian Paradis and Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan during a visit to UBC's Okanagan campus on June 28.

Klukas' Electrical Engineering research group is developing a system that will use indoor LED lighting to locate small sensors that can be used to track people and assets in indoor environments.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
July 3, 2013

News

UBC selected to evaluate one of nine national health strategies
Alumni Ave. to remain open: construction on hold
School of Engineering earns Canada's gold seal of approval
Applied Science appoints Associate Dean and Acting Director for School of Engineering
Multi-talented geologist awarded for his passion about Earth sciences
Two of the Heat's incoming recruits honoured by The Province
Poet Sonnet L'Abbé writes a stirring poem about Canada
Applications for Work Study Work Learn program being accepted starting July 8
Deadlines extended for Staff Awards of Excellence and DVC award
Science building chiller replaced
How mentoring programs contribute to young women's academic and professional success

People

Community builders, rising star celebrated for volunteer efforts
Heat men's volleyball sends three to Team BC

Research Spotlight

Next-generation 'green' concrete a home construction first
Minister of Industry visits campus

events

Presidential Search Committee Town Hall meeting

The committee charged with the responsibility of identifying a new President for UBC invites internal and external communities to help define the qualities to look for in UBC's next President. The Search Committee is holding a Town Hall meeting today on the Okanagan campus.

Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.
Town Hall: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Theatre, ADM 026

The Committee also welcomes suggestions for prospective candidates.

All communications and discussions during this search will be held in the strictest confidence. Should you be unable to attend, please send your written comments via Ms. Reny Kahlon, board liaison manager for the Office of the Board of Governors.

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Woodhaven

This Communion of Subjects: The Woodhaven Research

An MFA thesis exhibition by Creative Studies candidate Lori Mairs.

Exhibition Dates: June 27 to Aug. 5
Opening Reception: Thursday,
July 4, 6 to 9 p.m.
Location: Woodhaven Nature Conservancy -- 4711 Raymer Road, Kelowna

Regional District Families in Parks event

July 13, 9 to 11 a.m. at the Woodhaven Nature Conservancy.

To register call the ECCO Centre at 250-469-6139

Artist walks

Monday July 8, 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday July 17, 7:30 p.m.
Monday July 22, 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday July 31, 7:30 p.m.
Monday Aug. 5, 8:30 a.m.

Group walks are available on request. To find out more, email art@lorimairs.com or call 250-764-8335.

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Gender Euphoria

Shannon Lester, drag-based performance artist and painter, is holding his final MFA Thesis Exhibition from July 1 to 15 in the FINA gallery in the Creative and Critical Studies building.

This exhibition of large-scale acrylic paintings on canvas, titled Gender Euphoria, is the culmination of Lester's two-year residency at UBC's Okanagan campus and explores Lester's interests in feminism and gender identity, with a twist.

The opening reception for the show is being held at the FINA gallery on July 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

To find out more visit the exhibition's Facebook page.

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Okanagan Days

Okanagan Days

Running from July 9 to 11, Okanagan Days will feature seven individual events organized by Alumni UBC, Athletics and Recreation and several Okanagan campus departments.

Events include:

  • Wine tasting and reception at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery
  • Guided campus tour
  • Wine and cheese reception
  • A North Okanagan wine tour
  • Golf tournament and dinner featuring local wines
  • Mixology demonstration from local craft distillery, Okanagan Spirits
  • The opportunity to stargaze with UBC astronomy experts at the South Okanagan's Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory

To find out more, visit the Okanagan Days website or contact Nicola Schuck at 1-855-427-5767.

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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:

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events

Communication skills for collaboration

Participants in this introductory course will consider and explore how personal and others' styles of negotiating can influence disputes and their outcomes. The session will look at attitudes, skills and practical ways through conflict. 

The emphasis is on exploring and practicing ways of talking and listening that help resolve conflict and build relationships.

Date: Thursday, July 25
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Fipke Centre building, room FIP124
Cost: $50

To register for this workshop, visit the Human Resources website. To find out more, contact Wendy Creelman, organizational development and learning consultant.

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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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