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Ideas that will change your world

Campus community invited to discuss 2013 Nobel
laureates' accomplishments

On December 10, a panel of professors at UBC's Okanagan campus will discuss five of this year's Nobel Prize winners. The panel will explain the what, how, and the why of these massive, game-changing ideas in an event geared to all ages and backgrounds. 

The event is from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Engineering, Management and Education building (EME 0050 Lecture Theatre). 

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Creating a community of global citizens requires a commitment to fostering intercultural understanding.

Work without borders

What if your traditional vacation time was used to change someone's life instead? Read the inspiring story in the Annual Report.

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Aspire graffiti walls on campus

What should be unique about the Okanagan campus' learning experience?

Post any thoughts on the Aspire graffiti walls on November 21:

  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the EME Richard S. Hallisey atrium
  • 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Fipke foyer

Learn more at aspire.ok.ubc.ca.

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UBC’s Department of Creative Studies head Neil Cadger, left, and Rotary Centre for the Arts General Manager Patrick LeBlanc, on stage following the announcement of a partnership between the university and theatre.
Creative Studies head Neil Cadger, left, and Rotary Centre for the Arts General Manager Patrick LeBlanc, on stage following the announcement of a partnership between the university and theatre.

Community engagement focus of UBC and Kelowna's Rotary Centre for the Arts

Central Okanagan residents can expect to spend more time at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, now that UBC has signed on as a partner providing expanded community programming.

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Winter weather at UBC's Okanagan campus

Winter weather: a seasonal safety reminder

When snow and ice arrive this winter, the Facilities Management team will be busy sweeping snow from walkways and parking lots while depositing ice-melt and sand to prevent slips and falls.

Slips and falls are major cause of injury not only on the UBC campus but in all parts of the city.

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Loon: A man. The Moon. A most peculiar love story.

Theatre26 presents: Loon, Nov. 29

A man. The Moon. A most peculiar love story.

Acclaimed physical theatre duo WONDERHEADS present a love story that whisks a man to the moon and back. Featuring larger than life masks, fantastical puppetry, and a style described by CBC as ‘utter magic.'

This is the third production of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies' 2013-2014 season and the first performance in their downtown season.

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UBC nursing student Bobbi Bennett, as a ‘casualty’ in a recent mock disaster exercise in Vernon.
UBC nursing student Bobbi Bennett, as a ‘casualty' in a recent mock disaster exercise in Vernon.

UBC nursing students take on role as victims in mock disaster

'Code orange' emergency exercise teaches quick life-and-death decision skills

For Bobbi Bennett and eight of her fellow fourth-year nursing students, the shoe was definitely on the other foot.

Instead of caring for patients, they were the patients -- volunteers in a simulated large-scale emergency exercise held by first-responders at Vernon Jubilee Hospital recently.

They were realistically made up to appear like victims in an explosion -- Bennett had shrapnel and an embedded piece of silicon concrete poking out of her chest. Others had the appearance of gaping head wounds, lacerated faces, their wounds ranging from slight to life-threatening.

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UBC's White Ribbon campaign begins Monday

November 25 to December 6 are days set aside for the Okanagan campus' annual White Ribbon Campaign to create awareness about the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

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How the internet defines who we are

visiting speaker Russell Belk examines our online identities
on Nov. 26

Like. Tweet. Share. Broadcast yourself.

Millions of Canadians are wired to communicate in the digital world -- but not without peril.

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UBC's nursing students promote better health for African village

Global Gala event invites Okanagan community to help raise funds

Dancing, shopping, and eating African-inspired food is how the campus community can help send students to Africa to promote improved health conditions.

On Saturday, November 23, UBC's fourth-year year nursing students will host the annual Global Gala fundraiser.

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Nominate someone great

Nominations for Teaching Excellence and Innovation award now open

Do you know an outstanding teacher? Nominate him or her for an Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation.

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BARK drop-in spots available

The BARK (Building Academic Retention through K9s) program has spots available in its drop-in sessions. The drop-in sessions run Fridays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in room EME1123.

To find out more, visit barkubc.ca.

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Nominations now open for Researcher of the Year Award

Each year, UBC's Okanagan campus recognizes a faculty member who has made a significant contribution to research during the time of their appointment at the University.

The award terms and nomination form for this year's Researcher of the Year Award are now available from the Office of Research Services website.

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Chief Librarian search presentations organized for
Nov. 25 and Dec. 2

The Okanagan campus has more than doubled its student population since 2005, but there has not been a corresponding increase in the size of the library.

Two candidates for the chief librarian position are about to make their case on how they would build a case for a library expansion or a new library.

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Muriel Kranabetter (right) sits beside Chief Yussef Derri at ceremony where she was crowned King of the village of Chanshegu, Ghana.
Muriel Kranabetter (right) sits beside Chief Yussef Derri at ceremony where she was crowned King of the village of Chanshegu, Ghana.

It takes crowning a nurse to bring new hope to remote Ghana

Regal title brings promise from UBC's School of Nursing to build a health clinic

It is good to be king. Just ask Muriel Kranabetter.

The associate professor of nursing was granted that rare distinction in a special tribal ceremony in the remote mud-hut Ghana village of Chanshegu. It confers upon Kranabetter the role of village elder. That is largely in recognition of the work she has led since 2009 with fourth-year students travelling to Ghana for clinical practicums.

"It was quite an honour," says Kranabetter, who dressed in traditional garb for the colourful festivities, spread out over several days. "There were a number of ceremonies, each with dancing and chanting and drums."

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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

Research into the long-term effects on athletes of repeated concussions will take on a sharper focus, thanks to two recent grants received by Paul van Donkelaar, director of UBC's School of Health and Exercise Sciences.

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 literary scholar Sonnet L’Abbé and Susan Murch, Canada Research Chair in Natural Products Chemistry, have worked on interdisciplinary projects in plant intelligence, signaling and behaviour.
UBC literary scholar Sonnet L'Abbé and Susan Murch, Canada Research Chair in Natural Products Chemistry, have worked on interdisciplinary projects in plant intelligence, signaling and behaviour.

Science of plant intelligence draws
serious scrutiny

Study of botanic sentience gains notice from top science writers

Once considered an obscure corner of botanic science defended by a small clutch of world experts, the study of plant intelligence is reaping some serious attention.

Prof. Susan Murch, Canada Research Chair in Natural Products Chemistry and researcher in plant chemistry, belongs to the International Society of Plant Signaling and Behaviour. Their recent conference drew interest from top scientific writers -- and new respect for the science of plant intelligence.

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workshops

The recruiting process

An Essential Administrative Skills Series workshop

This workshop provides a general overview of the procedures or actions required to recruit a staff member at UBC. It will cover how to classify a position, when to post a position, how to select an applicant, and which union rules apply prior to the interview stage.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 26
Time: 12 to 1 p.m.
Location: Engineering Management Education building, room EME4218
Presenters: Alana Jordan and Susan Fukushima from Human Resources

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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:

November 21
Finance Lunch and Learn

November 21 and 28
BEN (Behaviour modification-Exercise-Nutrition)

November 21
Copyright and Intellectual Property for Academic Researchers

November 22
Hyperion Open Lab

November 22
Effective Presentation Strategies

November 26, 27, 28
TA Credentialing (Foundations): Session B

November 26
SoTL Workshop Series: Qualitative Research Methods

November 26
The Recruiting Process

November 27
Essay Editing and Preparation for Essay-Format Final Exams Workshop

November 27
Course Design

November 28
Introduction to Prezi

December 2
Creating Your Syllabus

December 2
SoTL Workshop Series: The Ethics of Conducting Research on Our Classes…Our Students

December 3
Accounting 101 and Finance Overview

December 3
Just in Time Course Design

December 3
SoTL Workshop Series: Writing a Research Proposal

December 3
Modernization of the Canadian Copyright Act

December 4 and 5
TA Credentialing (Foundations): Session C

December 5
Editing Diary: A Tool to Enhance your Editing Skills

   

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
November 20, 2013

News

Ideas that will change your world
Work without borders
Aspire graffiti walls on campus
UBC and Kelowna's Rotary Centre for the Arts
A seasonal safety reminder
Theatre26 presents: Loon
UBC nursing students take on role as victims in mock disaster
UBC's White Ribbon campaign
UBC's nursing students promote better health for African village
Nominate someone great
BARK drop-in spots available
Nominations now open for Researcher of the Year Award
Chief Librarian search presentations organized for Nov. 25 and Dec. 2

People

It takes crowning a nurse to bring new hope to remote Ghana

Research Spotlight

Significant funding boost sharpens focus of concussion research
Science of plant intelligence draws serious scrutiny

events

Anatomy of a Girl Gang cover

Book launch: Anatomy of a Girl Gang

Tonight MFA student Ashley Little launches her raw and gutsy new novel Anatomy of a Girl Gang.

The book follows the members of a gang of teenage girls in Vancouver called the Black Roses, a.k.a. "the city's worst nightmare."

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 20 (tonight)
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Streaming Cafe -- 596 Leon Ave., Kelowna

To find out more visit Ashley Little's website or the Arsenal Pulp website.

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VOICE fall forum

VOICE-OPOLY: becoming a health-promoting university

The VOICE fall forum is a Monopoly-inspired showcase of campus projects aimed at building health-promoting partnerships at UBC's Okanagan campus. The topics will range from study space and mental well-being, to food and physical activity on campus.

There will be free food samples from the Karma Bowl initiative (bring your own bowl and spoon to enjoy) as well as other local vendors.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 21
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre foyer

To find out more contact Melissa Feddersen, campus health project coordinator.

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Don't stay in your office for coffee this Friday

All faculty and staff are invited to the next Pitstop for coffee on November 22.

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.

Sponsored by the Disability Resource Centre, the Community Service Learning Program and the Ombudsperson office.

Date: Friday, Nov. 22
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC 227

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Documentary screening: Lost Angels

Join fourth-year nursing students for a special viewing of Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home, a documentary about uncompromising yet life-affirming everyday experiences of eight homeless individuals living in a large urban city.

Nursing students and members of the community involved in the Kelowna Housing Needs Assessment will discuss their findings to help raise awareness of homelessness issues in Kelowna.

Date: Friday, Nov. 22
Time: 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Location: University Theatre, room ADM026

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Reconciliation and urban Aboriginal health

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

This month's discussion will look at the concept and practice of reconciliation in relation to urban Aboriginal health in the Okanagan and beyond.

The discussion will feature the insights of Sheila Lewis (Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society) and Carlene Dingwall (Pacific AIDS Network; UBC PhD student).

Date: Friday, Nov. 22
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, visit the AlterKnowledge website.

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How the internet affects who we are

Russell W. Belk, a renowned consumer behaviour and marketing scholar, discusses our online identities in a free public talk presented by the Faculty of Management.

On Nov. 26 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, Belk discusses how the internet affects who we are online -- our "extended self" -- as well as the benefits and dangers of blogging, rating products, and posting online.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 26
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts -- 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna

To find out more and reserve tickets, read the event advisory.

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Cardiac and vascular adaptation to exercise training in humans

Daniel Green, Winthrop professor of cardiovascular physiology at the University of Western Australia, has been invited to the Okanagan as an international speaker for the Centre for Heart, Lung and Vascular Health.

Green will introduce recent findings about the impacts of exercise training on cardiac remodelling.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 28
Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Reichwald Health Sciences centre, room RHS LT257

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Exam Jam

Tutors, Peer Mentors, Supplemental Leaders, and other campus learning partners are all getting ready for this semester's Exam Jam.

The one-day exam review and prep fest will take place on December 2 and will feature course review sessions, TA reviews, supplemental learning reviews as well as access to tutors.

Date: Monday, Dec. 2
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: multiple locations on campus

To find out more visit the Exam Jam website.

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Daniel Green

A brief history of big ideas in medical science

When it comes to advances in medicine, there have been remarkable discoveries over the ages. But where do these ideas come from?

Visiting scholar Professor Daniel Green from the University of Western Australia considers 400 years of medical science and patterns emerging from Nobel Prize-winning studies to address the questions: Where do paradigm shifting ideas come from and where should we look next?

Date: Monday, Dec. 2
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts -- 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna

To RSVP for this event 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:

  • November 22
    Women's Volleyball: The Heat vs. University of Winnipeg
  • November 22
    Men's Volleyball: The Heat vs. University of Winnipeg
  • November 23
    Women's Volleyball: The Heat vs. University of Winnipeg
  • November 23
    Men's Volleyball: The Heat vs. University of Winnipeg
  • November 27
    Unit 6 Guest Speaker
  • November 29
    Women's Basketball: The Heat vs. UNBC
  • November 29
    Men's Basketball: The Heat vs. UNBC
  • November 30
    Women's Basketball: The Heat vs. UNBC
  • November 30
    Men's Basketball: The Heat vs. UNBC
  • December 2
    BMB MSc Thesis Defense: Mariana Galata

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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