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newsChristina Turi is investigating the potential medicinal properties of common sagebrush.
Christina Turi is investigating the potential medicinal properties of common sagebrush.

Chemical complexity of plants sprouts to life in UBC lab

PhD candidate Christina Turi examines medicinal potential of BC's native plants

Christina Turi works like a detective -- the clues she follows uncover mysteries of the plant world. Turi interprets the realm of plant signaling and behaviour, a branch of botanic investigation that examines how plants respond to their environment under changing conditions.

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Linguistic anthropologist Christine Schreyer (standing) plays ‘Where are your Keys’ with Splatsin elders who recently spent a day in the Aboriginal Centre where they shared their language with students and enjoyed a traditional meal.
Linguistic anthropologist Christine Schreyer (standing) plays ‘Where are your keys' with Splatsin elders who recently spent a day in the Aboriginal Centre where they shared their language with students and enjoyed a traditional meal.

First Nation Elders share language skills with UBC students

American Sign Language makes learning an interactive event

In a fun learning exchange, elders from the Splatsin First Nation taught words from their language to UBC students, while the students shared a fun interactive learning game with the elders.

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UBC forensic psychologists Michael Woodworth, Zach Walsh, and Stephen Porter host a Dec. 13 workshop on how to spot a psychopathic liar. UBC forensic psychologists Michael Woodworth, Zach Walsh, and Stephen Porter host a Dec. 13 workshop on how to spot a psychopathic liar.

Who's lurking in your backyard?

Workshop examines psychopaths and how to identify this destructive personality

Psychopathy is a complex emotional disorder that is often difficult to detect. Psychopathic people are typically narcissistic, conning and manipulative, antisocial, and engage in deception at an often pathological level.

If you don't know what to look for, it's difficult to spot and easy for them to manipulate and take advantage of you.

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In her English workshop, Allison Hargreaves get students thinking about the importance of writing as part of any post secondary experience.
In her English workshop, Allison Hargreaves gets students thinking about the importance of writing as part of any post-secondary experience.

Combined school district tours pays off for Aboriginal learners

More than 220 Aboriginal students from secondary schools throughout the North, Central and South Okanagan visited our campus on Nov. 12, a mid-term break for university classes.

The visiting Grade 9 and 10 students enjoyed a campus tour followed by workshops led by Aboriginal Programs and Services student staff and volunteers geared toward getting students thinking about high school courses they will need to meet their preferred university program admission requirements.

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Food Exchange

Food Exchange drive on now

The on-campus Food Exchange is looking for faculty and staff to help fill the food reserves and directly support students in need. Help Okanagan campus students by:

  • Purchasing food items for donation
  • Donating food items from home
  • Donating cash at participating Aramark locations
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HSE Poster contest

Feeling Creative?

DESIGN A POSTER

Design a poster that educates the university community about the responsible way to dispose of unwanted arts materials.

  • Grand Prize: $200 cash prize
  • Second Prize: $100 cash prize
  • People's Choice Award: $100 cash prize

This contest is being organized by Health, Safety and Environment with support from the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and the Green Research Advisory Committee.

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Kelowna-Lake Country Member of Parliament Ron Cannan and Global Gala organizing committee member Michelle Bolen.
Kelowna-Lake Country Member of Parliament Ron Cannan and Global Gala organizing committee member Michelle Bolen.

Nursing Global Gala raises more than $10,000

An estimated 300 people enjoyed African-themed food, entertainment and a silent auction as the Okanagan School of Nursing fourth-year students held their annual Global Gala at the Laurel Packing House on Saturday, Nov. 23.

The evening's festivities raised more than $10,000. Proceeds go towards students travelling to Ghana, Zambia and India for six-week practicums in March 2014. The nursing students pay their own way for travel to Africa and India to work in health clinics and teach infant and maternal health in remote villages.

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From left: UBC staff members Jennifer Novy, Shauna Oddleifson, Melissa McHugh and Cara Kirkey bundle up with FortisBC blankets distributed at the Power of You Bundle Up event.
From left: UBC staff members Jennifer Novy, Shauna Oddleifson, Melissa McHugh and Cara Kirkey bundle up with FortisBC blankets distributed at the Power of You Bundle Up event.

Power of You Bundle Up event a huge success

Heat your body, not your space

The Okanagan Sustainability Office would like to thank everyone who participated in November's Power of You Bundle Up event. Over 120 faculty, staff and students attended to learn more about energy efficiency tips for staying warm while keeping energy consumption to a minimum during the winter months.

Everyone received a complementary FortisBC lap blanket, as well as a variety of other energy efficient incentives and materials.

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Helping with pedestrian safety on campus

ICBC Road Safety Coordinator Christine Silver was on campus on November 28 to help Campus Security promote pedestrian safety.

Reflectors were handed out in the bus loop near the Engineering Management Education building. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to wear one to help improve their safety when walking near roads at night.

For anyone who didn't receive a reflector on Thursday, stop by either the security office in the Cascades residences or the dispatch office in the Administration building.

Security Coordinator Mike Gesi and graduate student Lynn Eileen show off pedestrian safety reflectors with ICBC Road Safety Coordinator Christine Silver.
Security Coordinator Mike Gesi and graduate student Lynn Eileen show off pedestrian safety reflectors with ICBC Road Safety Coordinator Christine Silver.

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Randall Findlay Laboratory official opening today

Randall and Claudia Findlay have made a gift of $225,000 to the School of Engineering. An alternative-energy laboratory at the School of Engineering will be named in honour of Randall Findlay. 

The gift includes $125,000 to establish the Randall and Claudia Findlay Bursary in Engineering Endowment Fund which will directly benefit students enrolled in the School of Engineering. This endowment has been augmented with an additional $30,000 from an anonymous donor.

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Project GROWProject GROW card sales on now

Is there someone you know who wants to make a difference in the world? Why not try something unique?

Project GROW's annual Christmas cards sales are on now until December 17 -- setup daily in the Engineering Management Education building or Fipke Centre from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Building hours during the holidays

The Okanagan campus will be closed for the holidays from 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 24, through to 7 a.m., Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.

Buildings will reopen 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from Dec. 27 through Jan. 1.

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Seasonal closure staffing information

A reminder from Human Resources that the upcoming statutory holiday dates are:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Thursday, December 26, 2013 are the statutory holidays for Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
  • Wednesday, January 1, 2014, is the statutory holiday for New Year's Day.
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peopleEric Huang has become a Reddit sensation with his advice to computer students
Eric Huang has become a Reddit sensation with his advice to computer students

Social news site explodes with praise for first-year student

"Every person who is studying computer science is now writing down your username for future reference" – Reddit user

Eric Huang woke up one morning and was amazed to find more than 100 messages on his cell phone. The 18-year-old Barber School student turned into an overnight sensation on the social news site Reddit and was featured on the homepage of the popular business and tech site Forbes.com

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Katy Klomps, 3rd star of the week

Katy Klomps selected Canada West Third Star

Heat women's volleyball player Katy Klomps earned a Canada West Third Star for her efforts on the court in the Heat's sweep of Winnipeg recently.

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research spotlightAssistant Professor of Anthropology David Geary studies the revival of Buddhism in India.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology David Geary studies the revival of Buddhism in India.

Cultural anthropologist finds inspiration at the place of Buddha's enlightenment

David Geary's office displays the usual things you expect to find in the workspace of a university professor; bookshelves lined with publications from his field and file folders next to the computer.

But a closer look reveals his true passion: small carved statues of Buddha sit discreetly between the books and on his desk rest a stack of leaves from the Bodhi Tree, tied with a fine string.

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John Klironomos among three UBC ecologists named as
AAAS fellows

John Klironomos, associate dean of research and strategic planning in the Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences, has been named fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Klironomos was recognized along with colleagues Steven Hallam and Daniel Pauly from UBC's Vancouver campus. Klironomos's research in plant and soil ecology includes the structuring of plant communities and empirical studies on plant-microbe interactions.

AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society, and the publisher of the journal Science.

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Nursing researchers seek family caregivers for
end-of-life study

A School of Nursing research team is seeking to recruit families involved in caring for family members dying of cancer.

The study aims to develop an in-depth understanding of the experiences of bereaved family members caring for terminally-ill relatives with advanced cancer who lived in the home until death.

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UBC research study looks at muscle change in healthy,
older adults

The Healthy Exercise and Aging Lab Group in the Faculty of Health and Social Development is looking for healthy older adults, aged 65 to 95 years, to participate in a study on muscle change and physical activity.

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December 4, 2013

News

Chemical complexity of plants sprouts to life in UBC lab
Elders share language skills
Who’s lurking in your backyard?
Combined school district tours pay off for Aboriginal learners
Food Exchange drive on now
Feeling Creative?
Global Gala raises more than $10,000
Power of You Bundle Up event a huge success
Helping with pedestrian safety
Randall Findlay Laboratory opening
Project GROW card sales on now
Building hours during the holidays
Seasonal closure staffing information

People

Social news site explodes with praise for first-year student
Katy Klomps selected Canada West Third Star

Research Spotlight

Cultural anthropologist finds inspiration at the place of Buddha’s enlightenment
Klironomos named AAAS fellow
Nursing researchers seek family caregivers for end-of-life study
UBC research study looks at muscle change in healthy, older adults

events

Don't stay in your office for coffee this Friday

Sponsored by Development and Alumni and Valley First Credit Union, all faculty and staff are invited to the next Pitstop for coffee on December 6.

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. Gluten-free options will be available.

Enter the draw for a chance to win an Orchard Park Mall or Cactus Club Cafe gift certificate.

Date: Friday, Dec. 6
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Administration building foyer

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Holiday Traditions Family Fun Day

UBC's Okanagan campus is holding a Holiday Traditions Family Fun Day on Saturday.

The day promises an enjoyable experience for families, beginning with a showing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey.

The day will also feature horse-drawn hayrides, crafts, games, cookie decorating as well as family photos and goodie bags with Santa Claus.

To find out more about the day, read The Exchange news story.

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Nobel night

Nobel night

On December 10, a panel of professors 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). 

All are welcome. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is required.

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'Tis the Season Open House

IT, Media and Classroom Services are holding their annual 'Tis the Season Open House on December 13, and everyone on campus is invited to join in the festivities.

There will be food, music, games and a whole lot of Ho! Ho! Ho!

Date: Friday, Dec. 13
Time: 2 to 5 p.m.
Location: Administration building, room ADM024

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Do they know it's Christmas?

The question of global poverty

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

This month's discussion will respond to screenings of the 2012 spoof fundraising song, "Africa for Norway," as well as other short videos on the representation of poverty and development aid.

David Jefferess, associate professor of cultural studies and English, will facilitate a discussion exploring the way global poverty and inequality are represented in humanitarian marketing.

Date: Friday, Dec. 13
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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All about grounded theory

Lessons from the field

This session features Kärin Olson, professor of nursing at the University of Alberta, and is intended for anyone conducting research in an educational, professional or community setting who would like to learn more about grounded theory.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 15
Time:
1 to 4:30 p.m.
Location:
Engineering Management Education building, room EME1202

To RSVP or find out more, visit: fieldlessons.eventbrite.ca

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Art on the Line

Art on the Line gala set for February 1, 2014

The Visual Arts Course Union and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at will host the 12th annual Art on the Line gala fundraiser on Saturday, February 1, 2014.

This annual gala is one of the most widely popular visual arts events in our community.

Date: February 1, 2014
Time: doors open 6 p.m., draw starts at 7:30 p.m..
Location: Fipke Centre
COST:  $175 per ticket (admits 2 people)

To find out more, read the University Relations media advisory.

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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:

  • BARK Year Two
    Now in its second year, BARK is a dog therapy program run under the direction of Ty Binfet.
  • Controversial art on campus
    Art and Controversy was initiated by controversy surrounding certain artworks that have been displayed on campus from the Public Art Collection.
  • Mental Health Awareness on campus
    A group of fourth-year nursing students are in the midst of promoting mental health awareness on campus.

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events

Project Management Institute certification exam

The Faculty of Management is sponsoring an on-site certification examination event for the Project Management Institute (PMI) on Sunday, January 26, 2014.

To write this examination those interested must apply directly to the PMI, which will evaluate qualifications and determine eligibility. Those interested must apply by December 16, 2013.

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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:

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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Exchange your information

The Exchange is your newsletter. Let everyone know what's going on in your corner of campus.

Send submissions to University Relations c/o Chris Guenard.

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