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Mar. 19, 2014

Events

March 19
Rule Out Racism documentary screening: The Stuart Hall Project

March 19
Getting to grips with mixed methods and multi-method designs

March 19
UBC Law School Information Session

March 19
Chief Librarian's Forum

March 19
FCCS Research Series

March 19
I'm a Biologist... Now What?

March 19
World Water Day Keynote: Jeannette Armstrong

March 20
Master's Thesis Defence Announcement: Alejandro Velasquez

March 20
Okanagan Cardiovascular and Respiratory Symposium

March 20
Seminar Series: Daniel Schindler

March 20
Hispanic Film Series: Operación E

March 21
Pit Stop: Campus Operations and Risk Management

March 21
PhD Examination Announcement: Haley Catton

March 21 and 28
Bird, Bug, and Botany Walks

March 21 and 28
BARK Drop-in

March 21
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination film screenings

March 25
Human attachment to companion animals: Using dogs to promote healthy aging

March 25
Master's Thesis Defence Announcement: Fabricio Valdivieso

March 25
SARAHS in the Classroom Speaker Series

March 26
Social Work Speaker Series: Cindy Blackstock

March 26
Master Thesis Defence Announcement: Andra Hyde

March 27
COCANA Seminar: Hung Phan

March 28
Psychosocial Treatment of Bipolar Disorder

March 31
Unit 5 Colloquium

March 31
Advance Care Planning: 'What he told us made a world of difference'

April 1
Biology MSc Thesis Defense: Jennifer Forsythe

April 1
MD Undergraduate Program Info Session

April 2
Career Cafe: Finance and Law in Business

April 3
Barber School Undergraduate Research Conference

April 3
COCANA Seminar: Samir Adly

April 3
Hispanic Film Series: El Laberinto del Fauno

April 3
Spent by Why Not Theatre

April 7
Communities in motion: Healthy kids for better futures

Workshops

March 19
Proposal Writing Panel Discussion

March 21
Citations

March 21
Academic Citation Practices and Intellectual Property

March 24
Writing about Scientific Data

March 25
E-Learning Community of Practice

March 26
Mitacs Step Workshop: Presentation Skills

March 26
The Essay Format for Final Exams

March 26
Five Things You Need to Know to Avoid Debt

March 26
Writing the Artist's Statement

March 27
Editor's Forum: Publishing Advice from Scholarly Editors

April 1
Critical Incidents

April 3
Credentialing Bootcamp

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Employee NewsDr. Arvind Gupta, 13th President and Vice Chancellor of the University of British Columbia.
Arvind Gupta, 13th president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia.

UBC welcomes our 13th president and vice-chancellor

A renowned expert in research and innovation policy who has forged close collaborations between universities, civil society and business has been appointed the 13th president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia.

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Celebrate UBC's 12th President

Celebrate UBC's 12th president

President's Open House being held on March 26

Your chance to wish Professor Stephen Toope well as he concludes eight years of service to the university.

Date: Wednesday, March 26
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Richard S. Hallisey Atrium, Engineering, Management and Education Building


Earth Hour challenge: one hour, no power

Earth Hour challenge: one hour, no power

In support of Earth Hour 2014, the Okanagan Sustainability Office is hosting a One Hour, No Power challenge on March 27.

No signup or registration is required -- participation is as easy as turning off lights in unoccupied spaces. Turn off lights in all offices, classrooms, meeting rooms, washrooms and labs when they're not being used.

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the Healthy UBC Challenge 2014

Human Resources issues Healthy UBC Challenge to all faculty and staff

Human Resources is hosting the Healthy UBC Challenge 2014 for all staff and faculty starting on March 31.

To gear up for spring, UBC is hosting a Total Health Challenge, a fitness and nutrition challenge focused on improving your overall health. 

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Exam Jam graphic

Reminder: more Exam Jam flexibility means more study opportunities

A reminder to faculty members who haven't had an opportunity to organize study review sessions for the upcoming exam period: Exam Jam is moving to a slightly different format this April.

For those faculty members with exams later in the exam period, Exam Jam organizers have three lecture theatres and a number of large classrooms on reserve.

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Ugly Sweater Day

Ugly Sweater Day a success

The Okanagan Sustainability Office thanks everyone who participated in the Power of You Ugly Sweater Day on February 28.

Over 70 people attended the lunch-hour event in the Administration Building foyer to show off their favourite ugly or comfy-cozy sweater and learn energy efficient tips for staying warm.

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Robert Chartrand
Robert Chartrand

Facilities Management welcomes new electrician

Facilities Management would like to introduce Robert Chartrand, the campus community's newest electrician.

Chartrand joins UBC from Edmonton, Alberta where he was an instructor for the electrical engineering technology and electrical apprenticeship programs at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology's School of Information Communication and Engineering Technologies.


New Creative and Critical Studies awards announced

As part of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies' (FCCS) ongoing efforts to recognize contributions and excellence in a variety of areas, the Faculty has established some new awards.

In the fall of 2013, the first FCCS Teaching Awards for Excellence and Innovation were awarded. This year, the Faculty is ready to introduce the Community Engagement Award and the Service Award.

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Heater Swap-Out Program update

The Heater Swap-Out Program continues to help employees learn more about the difference between ceramic and radiant heaters, including a series of personal demonstrations at Ugly Sweater Day last month.

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Timesheet drop-off reminder

A reminder to those who submit payroll timesheets: Make sure to drop off the timesheets to the Payroll area, which is part of Payment & Procurement Services.

Payment & Procurement Services is located in the lower level of the Administration Building (room ADM006).

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Current staff postings

UBC StoriesFrom left, Prof. Gord Binsted, acting vice principal, research; 3-Minute Thesis winner Jennifer Forsythe; Prof. Rehan Sadiq, Researcher of the Year; Megan Udala, Undergraduate Student Researcher of the Year; Matthew Lemay, Graduate Student Researcher of the Year; Prof. Cynthia Mathieson, provost; Prof. Thomas Heilke, Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies
From left, Prof. Gord Binsted, acting vice principal, research; 3-Minute Thesis winner Jennifer Forsythe; Prof. Rehan Sadiq, Researcher of the Year; Megan Udala, Undergraduate Student Researcher of the Year; Matthew Lemay, Graduate Student Researcher of the Year; Prof. Cynthia Mathieson, provost; Prof. Thomas Heilke, Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies.

Engineering professor Rehan Sadiq named Researcher of the Year

Students Matthew Lemay and Megan Udala also receive top research awards

Civil and environmental engineer Rehan Sadiq was named Researcher of the Year at UBC's Celebrate Research awards ceremony on March 7.

Sadiq's study is in the area of drinking water quality modelling, environmental risk assessment and decision-making, and asset management of civil infrastructure systems.

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FCCS Spring Festival

FCCS launches Spring Festival of culture and entertainment

Month-long celebration features student work, performances, professional shows

Call it a cornucopia of culture, an abundance of art, a digital discourse, a litany of literature and a profusion of performance.

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies is launching its first-ever Spring Festival, an ambitious month-long celebration of the visual, performing, literary and digital arts.

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Ashley Little, a master of fine arts student with UBC’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, has been nominated for two BC Book Prizes
Ashley Little

UBC graduate student Ashley Little nominated for two BC Book Prizes

Author of three novels gets unprecedented recognition

Ashley Little, a master of fine arts student with the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, has been nominated for two BC Book Prizes for two of her novels.

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World Water Day 2014

UBC supports World Water Day with community events

Keynote by Jeannette Armstrong, CRC in Okanagan Indigenous Philosophy

UBC's Okanagan campus has planned three days of events and activities in support of World Water Day on March 22.

World Water Day is a global event intended to raise awareness about a lack of clean drinking water around the world. It also highlights the misuses and importance of water, and serves as a reminder for people to take action.

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Dr. John Falconer demonstrates the Littman electronic stethoscope to second-year medical students Kurt Hoskin and Matt Mittelstadt. Using Bluetooth technology, students at UBC’s Okanagan campus can ‘hear’ the heartbeat of a patient in places like Trail.
Dr. John Falconer demonstrates the Littman electronic stethoscope to second-year medical students Kurt Hoskin and Matt Mittelstadt. Using Bluetooth technology, students can 'hear' the heartbeat of a patient in places like Trail.

e-Health research helps medical students become tech savvy

Technology aids Southern Medical Program students to learn and study

John Falconer still confesses a certain excitement when he holds a brand new, electronic tele-stethoscope in his hand.

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The UBC Okanagan Heat are Bowl Champions of 2014
The Heat are 2014 Bowl Champions.

Heat men's rugby team earns National University 7s Championship

UBC Okanagan Heat men's Rugby 7s team came home from the 2014 National University 7s Championship on March 8with the top spot.

The team swept both Mount Royal and Calgary in the Bowl finals to earn the award. The Bowl is the first for the Heat, having improved to a 4-2 record in the tournament from 1-5 in 2013 and 2-3 in 2012.

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Chemistry Instructor Tamara Kunz joined the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences in September 2013.
Chemistry Instructor Tamara Kunz. (photo by Elizabeth Varty)

Making chemistry a thrilling experience

Students might not expect to see their teacher dressed as a zombie cheerleader at the front of lecture hall, but it's just one of many methods chemistry instructor Tamara Kunz has used to keep her students engaged.

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Christopher Martin, assistant professor of education, was recently awarded a SSHRC research grant.
Christopher Martin, assistant professor of education, was recently awarded a SSHRC research grant.

Professor receives SSHRC grant to look at public's role in education reform

Higher education is undergoing major changes. Programs and being cut, tuition is rising and government support is declining.

What role should the public play in deciding on the legitimacy and appropriateness of these changes?

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VOICE team financial coordinator Jackie Leung is helping students create an online used book exchange with Castanet. The VOICE team supports student and non-student projects that are relevant to the campus community through use of action research methods.
VOICE team financial coordinator Jackie Leung is helping students create an online used book exchange with Castanet. The VOICE team supports student and non-student projects that are relevant to the campus community through use of action research methods.

Partnership helps UBC students become textbook heroes

Exchange will lighten the financial load for undergrads

On every university campus, students commonly worry about finances.

Courtney Hayes and Farah Sarif, fourth-year nursing students, came up with a plan to alleviate some of that stress. They have created an alternative for buying and selling textbooks, an option that can save money and perhaps give students one less thing to worry about.

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Physics instructor John Hopkinson demonstrates Angular Momentum.
Physics instructor John Hopkinson demonstrates Angular Momentum.

Award-winning instructor joins physics department

When he was in elementary school in his hometown of Nobleton, just north of Toronto, John Hopkinson picked up one of his father's books on quantum mechanics with the intent of reading it.

"I don't think I got through the first page, but the interest was there," says the award-winning physics instructor.

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Similympics competitors Aliza Gemma and Nickki Hargreaves thumb wrestle as Hilary Howard and Mark Cianfagna cheer them on in the background.
Similympics competitors Aliza Gemma and Nickki Hargreaves thumb wrestle as Hilary Howard and Mark Cianfagna cheer them on in the background.

Similympics brings out campus pride in Similkameen

Student-led initiative brings residents together for fun and glory

On March 1, about 50 residents from the Similkameen residence came together for the inaugural Similympics. Each of the six Similkameen communities put forward a team to compete against each other for the grand prize: bragging rights and the gold-looking trophy.

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Birutė Galdikas

Next Distinguished Speaker Series event to feature renowned primatologist Biruté Galdikas

Presented by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

Curious Orange? is a live presentation by primatologist, conservationist, and ethologist Biruté Galdikas on April 7.

In this talk Galdikas will transport you to the lush rainforests of Borneo to discover the endangered orangutans of Borneo. She'll share personal stories from her four decades in the jungle studying and working closely with the arboreal apes.

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Want to get happy? Science tells you how

Ahead of International Happiness Day on March 20, Mark Holder sheds light on what you can learn from science about being content.

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World's top physiologists coming to UBC

Collaboration, sharing research goal of cardiovascular and respiratory symposium

The Centre for Heart, Lung and Vascular Health is attracting leading world experts to the Okanagan this week.

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Elementary students put mind over muscle

UBC scientists offer young students an up-close look at cool neuroscience

Neuromuscular physiology is a fancy term used to describe the connection between your muscles and your brain, enabling you to run, jump and be awesome.

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In the news...

Kelowna women in business: WISE women helping university students

From the moment Nishat Tasnim begins to speak, her remarkable cocktail of kindness, intelligence and moxie shines.

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Celebrate Research 2014 Three Minute Thesis winners

Congratulations to all finalists and winners who participated in the Three Minute Thesis competition during this year's Celebrate Research 2014.

Each participant had just three minutes to deliver their best pitch about their research thesis to a non-specialized audience.

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KULA club raising funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation

The KULA Club is holding a semi-formal coffee house event to raise money to support Make-A-Wish in BC and the Yukon on April 3 in the UNC Ballroom.

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