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UBC Alert: watch for test messages Friday morning

All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to sign up for UBC ALERT, UBC's emergency notification system. In the event of an emergency, text and voice messages will be delivered to all personal or work cell phone numbers registered with the UBC Alert system.

UBC ALERT will be tested Friday morning (Dec. 20). If you have signed up to be notified of emergencies, you may receive up to two voice and text messages during this test. Testing is expected to be complete by 10 a.m.

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UBC students Lisa Santos and Michael Archambault flank Kelowna Korean War veteran George Barr.
UBC students Lisa Santos and Michael Archambault flank Kelowna Korean War veteran George Barr.

Korean War veterans share experiences with UBC students

Community learning project brings generations together

Local Korean War veterans told their stories about "the forgotten war" to UBC students in a community learning project that brought generations together.

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UBC nursing student Amber Froste looks out from her Vernon balcony with her children Reed, right, and Runa Howard. Twelve months ago, a kitchen fire had this young family in a bind as most of their possessions were lost and rendered their rental home unliveable.
UBC nursing student Amber Froste looks out from her Vernon balcony with her children Reed, right, and Runa Howard. Twelve months ago, a kitchen fire had this young family in a bind as most of their possessions were lost and rendered their rental home unliveable.

Special Aboriginal fund comes through for students in crisis

For Amber Froste, this holiday season is a lot less stressful than it was 12 months ago.

Just four days before Christmas 2012, the UBC Nursing student had just put the finishing touches on her holiday shopping and decided to take her two children over to a friend's house for dinner.

"We were not gone more than two hours when I received a call from my landlord saying there was a fire and fire trucks were at my house," recalls the fourth-year student.

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Why not enjoy yourself while helping in the community. These Heat athletes sure did.

The Heat help stuff a bus

Heat student athletes took time out of their busy schedules recently to lend a hand to the community, as all Heat teams sent volunteers to the Real Canadian Superstore for the annual Stuff a Bus campaign.

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Dean charts the future of the Faculty of Management

"I want you to join me on an amazing journey," writes Dean Roger Sugden in a wide-ranging holiday invitation sent to students, faculty, and staff in the Faculty of Management.

Sugden addresses the Faculty's 2013 highlights, critical programs, and appetite for regional engagement. The full Year in Review is posted in the Dean's Forum.

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UBC Recreation launches new Group Fitness promotion

UBC Recreation launches new Group Fitness promotion

Get support for your healthy-living New Year's resolutions with a wide range of on-campus fitness classes

Have you resolved to get fit in 2014 but don't know where to start? Try group fitness classes.

To help you keep your New Year's commitment to yourself and your health, UBC Recreation is offering a great deal: $80 for a semester-long unlimited group fitness pass ($60 for students).

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Okanagan Cardiovascular & Respiratory Symposium

Scientists invite the world to international conference

The Centre for Heart, Lung & Vascular Health presents its inaugural Okanagan Cardiovascular & Respiratory Symposium, March 22 to 24, at Silver Star Mountain Resort.

Among others on the international roster of experts presenting keynotes and scientific sessions are Professors Peter Raven (University of North Texas Health Science Center), Frank Dinenno (Colorado State University), and Damian Bailey (University of Glamorgan, UK).

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UBC, Selkirk College team up to help those with serious chronic illness

Six-month study will also look at methods to ease the burden
for caregivers

With increasing numbers of Canadians living with serious chronic illnesses, health care experts are looking for ways to make life easier for them and their caregivers.

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UBC's S-FRAME software laboratory

S-FRAME Software Inc. has provided a donation of structural engineering software, software upgrades, maintenance and technical support valued in excess of $690,000.

This pioneering technology is widely used by structural and civil engineers for a diverse range of projects. S-FRAME has donated software solutions to equip a laboratory in the Engineering, Management and Education building.

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Have a ceramic heater in your office? Participate in the Heater Swap-Out Program

Space heating and cooling has a significant impact on campus energy consumption, and on greenhouse gas emissions in particular. In the cooler months, many personal space heaters found on campus are ceramic heaters rated at 1,500 watts.

The new Facilities Management Heater Swap-Out Program encourages alternative space heating behaviours and more energy-efficient heating options.

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Security tips to prevent thefts during the holidays

Campus Security reminds everyone to safeguard both UBC and personal effects this holiday season. Thefts of this type are crimes of opportunity and offices, study areas, and computer labs that are left unattended tend to be prime targets.

They have also provided a number of special tips to keep your office and belongings secure.

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Nominations now open for Student Researcher of the
Year Awards

Know an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student researcher? Nominate them for the Award for Student Excellence in Research and/or Creative Scholarly Activity.

New this year, UBC will recognize both an undergraduate and graduate student who has made a significant contribution to research during his or her time at the Okanagan campus.

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Hugo De Burgos accepting his award as one of Canada’s 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians
Hugo De Burgos accepting his award as one of Canada's 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians

Hugo De Burgos named among Canada's Most
Influential Hispanics

UBC assistant professor a role model for visible minorities

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Hugo De Burgos has been named one of Canada's 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians. Chris Alexander, minster of immigration, and Ian Troop, CEO of Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games presented the awards at a ceremony in Toronto recently.

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John Tyler Binfet receives funding from the Central Okanagan Foundation
John Tyler Binfet receives funding from the Central Okanagan Foundation.

Kids, kindness, and giant ears

UBC researches how school children learn the language of kindness

The quality of being friendly and considerate with concern for others is the basis for a new study of Grades 1-8 to determine how Canadian kids perceive acts of kindness.

Education Prof. John Tyler Binfet is exploring kindness in the classroom -- from the perspective of children.

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Experiment on a test subject at the University of Split, Croatia. UBC’s Anthony Bains, left, and Chris Willie, second from left, monitor readings.
Experiment on a test subject at the University of Split, Croatia. UBC's Anthony Bains, left, and Chris Willie, second from left, monitor readings.

Research Centre launches Student Blog

The research team in the Centre for Heart, Lung & Vascular Health is chockablock with undergraduate students, graduate trainees, and post-doctoral fellows. 

Now that core group is sharing the fun side of science in its newly launched Student Blog. 

In the first monthly instalment, PhD candidate Chris Willie recounts his recent trip to Croatia, where he studied prolonged apnea in world-class breath-hold divers.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
December 18, 2013

NEWS

UBC Alert: watch for test messages Friday morning
Korean War veterans share experiences with UBC students
Special Aboriginal fund comes through for students in crisis
The Heat help stuff a bus
Dean charts the future of Management
UBC Recreation launches new Group Fitness promotion
Scientists invite the world to international conference
UBC, Selkirk College team up to help those with serious chronic illness
UBC's S-FRAME software laboratory
Heater Swap-Out Program
Security tips during the holidays
Nominations open for Student Researcher of the Year

PEOPLE

Hugo De Burgos named among Canada's Most Influential Hispanics

research spotlight

Kids, kindness, and giant ears
Research Centre launches Student Blog

events

Take heart: distress associated with atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat disease of aging and is often associated with distress. At this seminar, experiences of older adults prior to undergoing treatment (cardioversion) for atrial fibrillation will be discussed.

This seminar will feature Linda Hatt, associate professor of psychology, Kathy Rush, associate professor of nursing, and Carol Laberge, director of cardiac services at Kelowna General Hospital.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 9
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Arts Building, room ART365

To attend in person, via webinar or teleconference, RSVP to: takeheart.eventbrite.ca

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What does it mean to be a global citizen?

The Cultural Studies program's next AlterKnowledge Discussion Series event takes place on January 10 at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.

At the discussion undergraduate students will present the primary findings of a collaborative research project analyzing the events associated with Global Citizen Kelowna's Global Citizen Week.

Date: Friday, Jan. 10
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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Centre for Scholarly Communication Open House

At the beginning of the semester, the Centre for Scholarly Communication is hosting a welcome back open house for students and faculty members.  

Enjoy a coffee or a snack and learn more about the centre's services -- including workshops, special events, consultations, and writing group support.

Date: Friday, Jan. 17
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Library building, room LIB101

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Spiritual care within palliative care: what does the evidence tell us?

At this presentation, Shane Sinclair, assistant professor of nursing at the University of Calgary, will discuss the increasingly recognized need for spiritual care and its role within palliative care from an evidence based approach.

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 28
Time: 10 to 11 a.m.
Location: Arts Building, room ART218

To attend in person, via webinar or teleconference, RSVP to: spiritualhealthcare.eventbrite.ca

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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:

  • December 18
    Vida Yakong Dissertation Examination
  • December 18
    Thesis defense: Tricia Brett
  • December 18
    What is the good life? How everyday emotions, beliefs and culture shape who we are and what we want.
  • January 10
    Women's Volleyball: UBC Heat vs. UBC Thunderbirds
  • January 10
    Men's Volleyball: UBC Heat vs. UBC Thunderbirds
  • January 11
    Women's Volleyball: UBC Heat vs. UBC Thunderbirds
  • January 11
    Men's Volleyball: UBC Heat vs. UBC Thunderbirds
  • January 15
    All about Grounded Theory: Lessons from the field
  • January 15
    FCCS Research Series

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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UBCO.TV spotlight

  • On campus for the holidays
    While many students head home to spend the holiday break with friends and family, some students remain on campus.
  • Karma Bowl
    A group of student volunteers has started a campus initiative to raise awareness about sustainable and local food sources.
  • Cardiovascular Research in Croatia
    PhD candidate Chris Willie was invited to Croatia to work with that country's top scientific lab and conduct tests on some elite free-dive athletes.

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Workshops

Centre for Scholarly Communication workshops in January

The Literature Review: From Research to Writing

Working on your literature review? This workshop will get you started, beginning with advice on search strategies,

Using Refworks and Mendeley

Need help organizing your research or literature review? As a follow up to the literature review workshop, this session outlines in detail two digital formats for organizing your references.

Setting up Research Alerts and Academic Profiles

Hands-on tips to keep current in your research area using technology

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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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