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newsChristine Schreyer wrote the Kryptonian language for the Hollywood blockbuster Man of Steel.
Christine Schreyer wrote the Kryptonian language for the Hollywood blockbuster Man of Steel.

UBC prof's super secret has Okanagan connection to Hollywood

Linguist Christine Schreyer developed Kryptonian language for Superman movie

Christine Schreyer can finally disclose her secret identity.

The linguist and anthropologist at UBC's Okanagan campus served as a consultant for the hit Hollywood blockbuster Man of Steel, and helped develop the Kryptonian language for the movie.

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UBC Okanagan Prof. Rehan Sadiq and Assoc. Prof Kasun Hewage are working with the City of Penticton to help the municipality make its city-owned buildings more energy efficient.
Engineering Prof. Rehan Sadiq and Assoc. Prof Kasun Hewage are working with the City of Penticton to help the municipality make its city-owned buildings more energy efficient.

UBC engineers assist Penticton with energy reduction goals

Researchers will look at everything from recycling to
electrical consumption

The City of Penticton will get a helping hand from UBC’s Okanagan campus to reach its goal of reducing corporate greenhouse gas emissions.

Prof. Keith Culver, the director of UBC’s Okanagan Sustainability Institute, connected City of Penticton staff with Prof. Rehan Sadiq and Assoc. Prof. Kasun Hewage from the university’s School of Engineering.

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Radiology technician Ramona Getz adjusts the new mobile; digital x-ray machine in the new state-of-the-art trauma room at Kelowna General Hospital during a demonstration Thursday. The room was equipped thanks to a $1 million gift from the Charles E. Fipke Foundation. Photo courtesy of Kelowna Capital News.
Radiology technician Ramona Getz adjusts the new mobile digital x-ray machine in the new state-of-the-art trauma room at Kelowna General Hospital during a demonstration Thursday. The room was equipped thanks to a $1 million gift from the Charles E. Fipke Foundation. Photo courtesy of Kelowna Capital News.

UBC medical students to benefit from state-of-the-art
trauma suite

Charles Fipke donation to Kelowna hospital gets trauma room operational

With a $1-million gift from the Charles E. Fipke Foundation, a new state-of-the-art trauma room is saving lives at Kelowna General Hospital.

Supporting excellence in patient care and medical education, the new advanced trauma room will benefit patients, staff at Kelowna General Hospital, and the UBC Faculty of Medicine Southern Medical Program.

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UBC Assoc. Prof. Barb Pesut, centre, and her research assistants, from left, Sarah Koss, Miranda Dalhuisen, Lynnelle Erbacker, and Bhavn Sraon assisted the community of Princeton in applying for a teambuilding grant that will help the community explore options for residents living with life-limiting chronic illness.
UBC Assoc. Prof. Barb Pesut, centre, and her research assistants, from left, Sarah Koss, Miranda Dalhuisen, Lynnelle Erbacker, and Bhavn Sraon assisted the community of Princeton in applying for a teambuilding grant that will help the community explore options for residents living with life-limiting chronic illness.

UBC and Princeton residents team up to review care for chronically ill

Teambuilding grant brings residents and researchers together

Members of the Princeton Support Our Health Care Coalition will work with researchers from UBC’s Okanagan campus to gain knowledge about how to improve care for people in Princeton who live with life-limiting chronic illness.

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DVC Town Hall, Orientation Fair and annual barbecue organized for August 29

Deputy Vice-Chancellor's Town Hall

The Town Hall will include the presentation of the Staff Awards of Excellence.

Time: 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200

Orientation Fair for new faculty and staff

Amazing Race Theme

Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location:
University Commons (behind the University Centre)

New Faculty & Staff click here to participate.

(please note this is a separate RSVP from the BBQ)

Faculty and staff barbecue

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: University Commons (behind the University Centre)

RSVPs to the faculty and staff barbecue are required by Thursday, August 22.

To submit your RSVP click here.

Email invitations to these events will be distributed to all faculty and staff members later in July. Please contact the Ceremonies Office at okanagan.ceremonies@ubc.ca to find out more.


UBC Master of Fine Arts students host shows highlighting
their talents

Several FCCS MFA students are currently hosting their thesis exhibitions in the Okanagan.

Julia Prudhomme is exhibiting her thesis work at the Vernon Public Art Gallery. Her show Just Passing Through opened in late May and runs until July 25.

MFA student Lori Mairs has also taken her artwork out of the classroom into the outdoors. Her thesis exhibition stretches 22 acres of land and includes 27 works situated in the Woodhaven Nature Conservancy.

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peopleIncoming Heat soccer players earn inaugural scholarship
Incoming Heat soccer players earn inaugural scholarship

Soccer recruits earn EA Sports Scholarship

With training camp just weeks away, two new additions to the Heat soccer teams have been selected as recipients of the inaugural 2013 EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League Scholarship.

Michael Sexton and Katie Smillie will be joining the men’s and women’s Heat soccer programs respectively and have each won the award.

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Justin Allaire
Justin Allaire

Facilities Management welcomes new project manager

Facilities Management would like to introduce their newest employee to the campus community.

Justin Allaire is the campus' newest project manager and is tasked with leading staff, consultants and contractors, in addition to managing the funds and time required for planning, design and construction of capital projects developed by Facilities Management.

Campus stakeholders will benefit greatly from Allaire's attention to detail and strong communication skills.

Originally from Toronto, Allaire and his wife relocated to Kelowna in 2006 to expand on their passion for outdoor adventures. He graduated from Lakehead University in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.

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research spotlightPaul van Donkelaar is the director of UBC’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences
Paul van Donkelaar, director of UBC’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences.

Significant funding boost sharpens focus of UBC
concussion research

Two grants allow scientists to add resources for monitoring concussed athletes

Paul van Donkelaar, director of the School of Health and Exercise Sciences, has received $287,000 through the Canada Foundation for Innovation and a second grant of almost $100,000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The funding, he says, will help the university purchase equipment needed to continue investigating what happens to the brain after an athlete suffers a concussion.

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UBC nursing student Avneet Khela spent six weeks working at the Outreach Urban Health Centre in downtown Kelowna.
Nursing student Avneet Khela spent six weeks working at the Outreach Urban Health Centre in downtown Kelowna.

UBC nursing student impacts the gritty side of outreach nursing

Take Home Naloxone program proven to save lives for
at-risk people

While they don’t happen often, drug overdoses are a reality in Kelowna. And for staff at the downtown Outreach Urban Health Centre, they know each death is preventable. So when the BC Centre for Disease Control introduced a pilot project called Take Home Naloxone, they knew the potential to save lives was one step closer.

Avneet Khela, who just graduated from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, played a crucial role in preparing for the implementation of this program at Kelowna’s Outreach Urban Health Centre.

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Handbook of seismic risk analysis and management of civil infrastructure systems Engineering prof publishes new handbook on seismic risk analysis

Earthquakes represent a major risk to buildings, bridges and other civil infrastructure systems, causing catastrophic loss to modern society.

In a new publication, Assoc. Prof. of Engineering Solomon Tesfamariam has co-edited a series of articles that look at the assessment of seismic risks to buildings, bridges, water supply systems and other aspects of civil infrastructure.

This new Handbook of seismic risk analysis and management of civil infrastructure systems reviews the latest research into the risk analysis and management of civil infrastructure systems, modern earthquake design code provisions and practices as well as ground motion and hazard assessments and methodologies.

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workshops

Four day course (re)design being offered in early August

Centre for Teaching and Learning helps faculty members refresh their courses

Faculty are invited to participate in this course (re)design process to refresh a course they currently teach or create a new course with a design process facilitated by the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

The seminar requires a four-day commitment from participants. They will work on a different course aspect each day -- from content to learning outcomes, instructional strategies and assessment processes.

Individual faculty members or course teams may be interested in this opportunity to design a new course or revitalize an existing one.

Dates: Tuesday, Aug. 6 to Friday, Aug. 9
Time: all-day
Location: Science building, room SCI331

To register for this seminar visit the UBCevents calendar listing. To find out more, contact Heather Hurren, manager of academic development, at 250-807-9288.

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Instructional skills workshop

This instructional skills workshop is offered within a small group setting -- limited to six participants -- and is designed to enhance the teaching effectiveness of both new and experienced educators.

During the four-day workshop, participants design and conduct three mini-lessons and receive verbal, written and video feedback from the other participants.

Using an intensive experiential learning approach, participants are provided with information on theory and practice of teaching adult learners, useful learning objectives with accompanying lesson plans, techniques for learner participation, and suggestions for learning evaluations.

Dates: Tuesday, Aug. 13 to Friday, Aug. 16
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day
Location: Science building, room SCI331

To register for this seminar visit the UBCevents calendar listing. To find out more, contact Heather Hurren, manager of academic development, at 250-807-9288.

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Blackboard Connect Boot Camp being offered in August

A Blackboard Connect Boot Camp is being offered in August by the CTL. Over the three days, the centre will focus on specific topics or aspects of the UBC learning management system.

Those new to the Blackboard Connect environment -- or interested in preparing online courses materials for the start of the next semester -- are invited to attend one of the sessions being offered from August 19 to 21.

August 19
Introduction and overview to Blackboard Connect
August 19
Creating and adding content to your course
August 20
Assignments and assessments
August 20
Blogs, wikis, journals and discussion boards
August 21
Grade centre
August 21
Migrating course content and drop-in

Additional Connect Drop-in Sessions

CTL specialists will also be available to from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 29 and 30 in the Science building (room SCI126).

To find out more, visit the CTL 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:

July 18
Copyright

July 23 and 25
Adobe Acrobat: Creating Electronic Documents

July 23, 30 and Aug. 6
Staff eRecruit Support

July 25
Communication Skills for Collaboration

July 25
Using New Technology to Keep Current

July 29
iPad, iPhone and You

July 30 and Aug. 1
Adobe Acrobat: Electronic Forms

July 30 and Aug. 1
MS Excel 2010: Basic Features

Aug. 6 and 8
MS Excel 2010: Advanced Features

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
July 17, 2013

News

Prof's super secret has Okanagan connection to Hollywood
Engineers assist Penticton with energy reduction goals
UBC medical students to benefit from state of the art trauma suite
UBC and Princeton residents team up to review care for chronically ill
DVC Town Hall, Orientation Fair and annual barbecue on August 29
UBC Master of Fine Arts students host shows highlighting their talents

People

Soccer recruits earn EA Sports Scholarship
Facilities Management welcomes new project manager

Research Spotlight

Significant funding boost sharpens focus of UBC concussion research
UBC nursing student impacts the gritty side of outreach nursing
Engineering prof publishes new handbook on seismic risk analysis

eventsFCCS Pitstop

FCCS Pitstop on Friday

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies is is hosting a Pitstop this Friday.

The Pitstop will includes juggling and plenty of swag door prizes.

Only $2 per person. All proceeds will be donated to the Okanagan campus United Way campaign.

Date: Friday, July 19
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: outside the Creative and Critical Studies building

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Poetry off the Page

On August 1, renowned Canadian poets -- including UBC alumni George Bowering, Frank Davey, Daphne Marlatt, Fred Wah, and FCCS’s own Sharon Thesen -- will offer public readings in the University Centre Ballroom.

This event is being held as part of this year’s week-long Textual Editing and Modernism in Canada Summer Institute, being held for the first time at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 1
Time: 3 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: University Centre Ballroom, room UNC200

A number of the activities during the summer institute, including the poetry readings, are open to the public. The full schedule can be found here on the Editing Modernism in Canada website.

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Joseph Dunne
Joseph Dunne

Stirring Minds Speaker Series: Joseph Dunne

What matters in Education? Reflections from a Life

The Faculty of Education's Stirring Minds Speaker Series is bringing Joseph Dunne to UBC's Okanagan campus in August.

Dunne is the principal lecturer in education and head of human development at Dublin City University's St. Patrick's College.

In this talk he will discuss his work on the value of teacher practice as it has developed over four decades of philosophical inquiry. He will also set out a vision for what a future conception of teaching practice must be if it is to make good on its promise to help children lead flourishing lives.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 8
Time: 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Purcell residences House Lounge

Wine and cheese to follow. To RSVP for this talk, contact Kyla Hicks in the Faculty of Education.

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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

Revisit some of UBCO.TV's Next Big Thing segments.

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