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Which New format do you prefer for The Exchange?

The Exchange is testing some new formats to help readers access news that's most important to them, while sharing the important stories that create a common experience for all UBC employees on campus.

Which one do you want to see in your inbox starting this fall? And why?

  • Option one: similar to the existing format, but with more employee news up front
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UBC PhD candidate Nilufar Islam, pictured at Kelowna’s McKinley Reservoir, is studying the concept of booster chlorination along water distribution networks in a way to get clean water into every home in BC.
UBC PhD candidate Nilufar Islam, pictured at Kelowna’s McKinley Reservoir, is studying the concept of booster chlorination along water distribution networks in a way to get clean water into every home in BC.

UBC graduate student earns $70,000 grant to study
water quality

Engineer is on a mission to ensure distribution networks deliver clean water

Nilufar Islam was a high-school student in Bangladesh when Walkerton, Ontario, made international news for E. coli-infected water that killed seven people in May 2000.

Little did she know at that time, the Walkerton tragedy would shape her educational future.

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DVC and Principal Town Hall


Summer Scholars program wraps up a second successful year

Summer Scholars program wraps up a second successful year

On July 14, 18 students from nine countries arrived at UBC's Okanagan campus for two weeks of personal access to top UBC professors as part of this year's Summer Scholars program.

Offered by the International Student Initiative in partnership with faculty members from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, the program combined morning lectures with daily field trips that looked at water, forest management and urban planning.

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Exceptional Learning Environments

Let's start an evolution together

Key areas where investments will make a difference: an ExceptionAL learning environment

start an evolution will provide distinctive spaces to work, collaborate, and socialize, ensuring students gain a high-quality education and enriching life experiences.

Consider investing in groundbreaking and inspiring facilities:

  • Library, innovation and learning commons
  • Recreation and gymnasium facilities
  • Performing arts and cultural spaces
  • Informal learning spaces
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Cover illustration of an Okanagan Historical Society publication. Courtesy of the Okanagan Historical Society/UBC Library
Cover illustration of an Okanagan Historical Society publication. Courtesy of the Okanagan Historical Society/UBC Library

History of the Okanagan comes alive

UBC Library project makes publications accessible to everyone

A new digitization project initiated by UBC’s Okanagan Library is making this region’s history accessible to the world.

Nearly 70 volumes of the Okanagan Historical Society’s (OHS) annual reports were recently digitized.  The collection is available online in UBC Library’s digital collections.

This publication is one of the longest, continually published historical periodicals in British Columbia.

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Apply or nominate someone for the Moldovan Memorial Award

Nominations are now open for the Moldovan Memorial Award. The award gives $1,000 each to two individuals who have made innovative contributions that address specific concerns associated with the teaching and research ecological footprint at UBC.

The award was created in memory of Judit Moldovan, who introduced green labs and a number of positive ecological research changes to UBC's Okanagan campus.

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peopleDr. Glenn Benoit
Dr. Glenn Benoit

Glenn Benoit recognized for teaching excellence

Dr. Glenn Benoit was recently recognized with the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics. The annual award honours outstanding women’s health educators from each of the association’s members including the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Dr. Benoit is an obstetrician and gynecologist based in Kelowna and Clinical Assistant Professor with the UBC Faculty of Medicine.

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Saheb Mansour-Rezaei
Saheb Mansour-Rezaei

Saheb Mansour-Rezaei, PhD,
Civil Engineering

Applied Science Class of 2013

“I decided to become an engineer because I understood that finding solutions for real world problems is what I wanted to do with my life.” - Saheb Mansour-Rezaei

Saheb Mansour-Rezaei was drawn to civil engineering by the desire to help solve physical problems in the real world. His passion lies in protecting the quality of drinking water, a necessity to maintaining human health.

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research spotlightAnthropology student Robyn Giffen won a top oral presentation prize at the U21 Conference in Amsterdam.
Anthropology student Robyn Giffen won a top oral presentation prize at the U21 Conference in Amsterdam.

Tradition of undergraduate research excellence continues at UBC

Third time in four years an Okanagan student wins award at Universitas 21

When anthropology student Robyn Giffen was selected by a group of her peers to win a top oral prize this month at the Universitas 21 Undergraduate Research Conference in Amsterdam, she was the third student from UBC’s Okanagan campus to do so in the past four years.

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workshops

Charting your path: career development

This workshop explores some of the facets of working styles and identifies next steps to take to fulfill career ambitions.

The session uses the Strong Interest Inventory -- the most respected and widely used career planning instrument in the world -- to guide participants to reflect onhow to add select tasks at work and projects in their personal lives that fit individuals' styles.

This inventory links your interests and preferences to various jobs, work settings and careers.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 20
Time: 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre building, room FIP124
Cost: $50

To register for this workshop, visit the Human Resources website. To find out more, contact Lisa Levell, organizational development and learning specialist at 250-807-9021.

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Win Air Canada or WestJet lounge passes

Attend a UBCTravelSmart session to learn about this one-stop online program for UBC-related travel. UBCTravelSmart offers support when and where it's needed and benefits from UBC’s purchasing power savings while using travel sustainability practices.

Learn when, why, and how to use UBCTravelSmart at one of the following sessions and be entered to win one of several airport lounge pass packages:

Sessions for travel arrangers and faculty members

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 28
Time: 2 to 3:15 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART214

Date: Friday, Aug. 30
Time: 9 to 10:30 a.m. or 12 noon to 1:15 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART214

Condensed session for faculty members

Date: Thursday, Aug. 29
Time: 2 to 2:30 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334

To RSVP for any of these sessions, contact Deb Deorksen at 250-807-8861.

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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:

August 8 and 19
Modernization of the Canadian Copyright Act

August 12
Flexing for Learning

August 13
Instructional Skills Workshop

August 13 and 20
Staff eRecruit Support

August 16
Classroom Technology Orientations (session one | session two)

August 19
Classroom Technology Orientations (session one | session two)

August 19
Connect Boot Camp: Introduction and Overview to Connect

August 19
Editing Diary: A method for enhancing your editing skills

August 19
Minute Taking Tips and Techniques

August 19
Connect Boot Camp: Creating and Adding Content to Your Course

August 20
Classroom Technology Orientations (session one | session two)

August 20
Connect Boot Camp: Assignments and Assessments

August 20
Connect Boot Camp: Blogs, Wikis, Journals and Discussion Boards

August 20 and 22
MS Outlook 2010: Thinking Outside of the Inbox

August 22 and 23
TA Credentialing: Foundations

August 21
Connect Boot Camp: Grade Centre

August 21
Assessing Team Work

August 21
Connect Boot Camp-Session Six: Drop-in

August 21
Peer Review

August 22
Academic Integrity

August 22
ePAF Initiator/Approver Training

August 22
Teaching Large Classes

August 22
Finance Lunch and Learn

August 22
Team-based Learning

August 22
Using Feedback to Inform your Teaching

   

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
August 7, 2013

News

Four options, all of them good
UBC graduate student earns $70,000 grant to study water quality
DVC Town Hall, Orientation Fair and annual barbecue on August 29
Summer Scholars program wraps up a second successful year
Let's start an evolution together
History of the Okanagan comes alive
Apply or nominate someone for the Moldovan Memorial Award

People

Glenn Benoit recognized for teaching excellence
Saheb Mansour-Rezaei, PhD, Civil Engineering

Research Spotlight

Student win adds to growing tradition of undergraduate research excellence

eventsJoseph Dunne
Joseph Dunne

Stirring Minds Speaker Series: Joseph Dunne

What matters in Education? Reflections from a Life

Join Joseph Dunne, UBC’s Okanagan campus distinguished visiting scholar, as he discusses his research on the value of teacher practice as it has developed over four decades of philosophical inquiry.

Dunne will address the interests and concerns that have animated his writings. 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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What does start an evolution mean to you?

Start an evolution

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