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Sept. 17, 2014

Events

September 17
Community-University Partnerships

September 18
2014 Underwear Run

October 7
Your Next Step Okanagan: Mapping a Career Path

September 18
Blue Drinks Kelowna

September 19
Biology Seminar: Marta Guarna

September 19
Women's Soccer: Heat vs. University of Victoria

September 19
Men's Soccer: Heat vs. the University of Victoria

September 20
Women's Soccer: Heat vs. UBC Thunderbirds

September 20
Men's Soccer: Heat vs. UBC Thunderbirds

September 21
SMP Student Golf Tournament

September 22
SPARK: Academics Week

September 22
Film screening and discussion: What I LOVE about being QUEER

September 22
Master's Thesis Defence: Johnathan Ikebuchi

September 26
Pit Stop: Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

September 26
Draw By Night 2: New Breed

September 29
SPARK: Diversity and Equity Week

October 1
Practical tips for using Twitter for health research

October 2
Conducting health research with indigenous communities

October 21
Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide: Lessons from the Canadian National Palliative Care Survey

Workshops

September 17
Midpoint Feedback

September 17, 24 and October 1
BEN (Behaviour Modification, Exercise & Nutrition)

September 17
TA Orientation

September 18
MD Admissions Info Session

September 18
Southern Medical Program Master Teacher Lecture Series

September 19
Midpoint Feedback

September 19
Community of Practice: Teaching First Years

September 22
Accounting 101 and Finance Overview

September 22
Developing an Assessment Philosophy

September 23
Tuesday Morning Mindfulness

September 23
Your Role as the Tenure and Promotion Process Guardian

September 23
ePAF Initiator/Approver Training

September 23
University Teaching Modules: Learning Outcomes Part 1

September 23
Automatically format bibliographies in any citation style using RefWorks

September 23
What can I do with my Arts degree?

September 24
Why do you Want to be a TA?

September 24
Hack the Library

September 24
Grad School 101: 20 helpful tips to research your options

September 25
Library on the Go

September 25
Meet the CSC and Subject Librarians

September 29
Clickers: Community of Practice

September 29
Navigating FMS nQuery

September 30
Tuesday Morning Mindfulness

October 1
International Education Travel Subsidy Information Session and Presentations

October 1
Connecting Assessment to Learning Outcomes

October 1
What can I do with my degree?

October 2
Online Course Design

October 2
Fierce Conversations

October 2
Video Creation with Mobile Devices: Students as Content Creators

October 2
Me and my degree: Finding the fit

For more events and events workshops visit ok.ubc.ca/events

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Employee NewsFrom left: Lisa Castle, UBC vice president of human resources; Pauline Brandes, UBC Okanagan campus director of human resources; Robin Whittall, Staff Award of Excellence for Sustainability; Malcom Petch, Staff Aware of Excellence for Enhancing the UBC Experience; Tracey Hawthorn, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal’s Award of Excellence; and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard. Absent is Sandra Mecklenburg, Staff Award of Excellence for Leadership.
From left: Lisa Castle, vice president of human resources, Pauline Brandes, director of human resources, the winners of the Staff Award of Excellence and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard.

UBC honours its own with staff achievement awards

Tracey Hawthorn, Robin Whittall, Malcolm Petch and Sandra Mecklenburg were recently recognized for contributions that enrich the UBC experience for students, faculty and their co-workers.

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Professor Arvind Gupta, 13th President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of British Columbia
Professor Arvind Gupta, 13th President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of British Columbia.

Meet UBC's President on Sept. 24

You are cordially invited to meet and greet Prof. Arvind Gupta next Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Engineering, Education and Management Building's Richard S. Hallisey Atrium. Refreshments will be served, and there will be a brief speaking program at 12 noon.

Prof. Gupta was installed as UBC's 13th President and Vice-Chancellor at a ceremony on Sept. 12. View the Installation ceremony online.


Back row from left: Bowen Hui and Alexandra Gretchko (nominator); Christopher Bitcon (nominator) and Scott Reid; Katie Poole (nominator) and Carlo Rasi. Front row from left: Ruthann Lee; Ember (assistance dog), Clayton March (nominator) and Trudy Kavanagh; Fern Helfand.
Back row from left: Bowen Hui and Alexandra Gretchko (nominator); Christopher Bitcon (nominator) and Scott Reid; Katie Poole (nominator) and Carlo Rasi. Front row from left: Ruthann Lee; Ember (assistance dog), Clayton March (nominator) and Trudy Kavanagh; Fern Helfand.

Celebrating accessibility

Disability Resource Centre recognizes record number of professors

On September 3, the Disability Resource Centre (DRC) presented its annual I Am Accessible award to a number of deserving faculty members.

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Current cell numbers required for emergency alerts

The UBC ALERT messaging tool communicates emergency notifications via text and voice messages.

To receive emergency messages on your work or personal cell phone, update your profile or sign up at emergency.ok.ubc.ca.


R Word graphic

Language has power. Use yours respectfully.

In recognition of UBC Okanagan's Diversity and Equity week, September 29 to October 5, the Disability Resource Centre wants everyone on campus to choose their words carefully.

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United Way graphic

Join the 2014 UBC Okanagan United Way campaign

This year's UBC Okanagan United Way campaign kicks off on October 6 -- and campaign organizers need you.

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Canadian Student Leadership Conference graphic

Student volunteers needed for Canadian Student Leadership Conference

UBC is thrilled to host the Canadian Student Leadership Conference for the afternoon of September 25.

Student leaders are needed to help act as CSLC Hosts, implement the conference and welcome conference delegates.

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Got REB? graphicMonthly RISe drop-in sessions now available

Looking for assistance with your RISe ethics application? Need help navigating in RISe?

The Office of Research Services will be offering monthly RISe drop-in sessions beginning on September 25.

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Open Access graphicSubmissions due Oct. 3 for Open Access Hall of Fame

The UBC Okanagan Library is currently welcoming submissions for the 2014 Open Access Hall of Fame.

Launched last year, the Open Access Hall of Fame features Okanagan campus faculty members, graduate students, and researchers who have made their research open and available to everyone.

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Eggs, bacon, sausage...and SPAM!

IT, Media and Classroom Services has seen a recent increase in spam reports, so now is a good time to re-visit this topic.

There are a few things you can do about email spam, and a few things you should know about it.

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Upcoming Mental Health Lunch and Learn sessions

The Canadian Mental Health Association in partnership with the UBC Work Re-integration and Accommodation Program present a series of six Mental Health Lunch and Learn Sessions this fall.

Sessions will be held every second Thursday until Nov 20. Participants are asked to pre-register for all the sessions they wish to attend.

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SMART notebook software available

The SMART Notebook software, which can be used to prepare and present lectures in any SMART-enabled classrooms and lecture theatres on campus, is now available through a self-service software system.

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Fall 2014 BEN schedule released

Have you experienced the BEN-efits?

Behaviour change * Exercise * Nutrition -- BEN is the healthy weight and lifestyle program for faculty and staff at UBC Okanagan.

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Current staff postings

UBC StoriesAssociate Dean of Research with UBC Okanagan’s Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences John Klironomos has been named a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

UBC professor named a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Passionate and inspirational professor earns
national honour

John Klironomos remembers the first time he looked through a microscope and saw the magical, mysterious, and oddly beautiful world that most of us never see.

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David Lacho

Can strong language empower?

In the process of helping grassroots movements find their voice, David Lacho also found his own

See his story...


Using an aerial map of the Hulcar Valley north of Armstrong, BC, Steele Springs Water District chairman Brian Upper, centre, explains to UBC researchers Ted Wannop, John Janmaat, Quinn Rochon and Maryssa Soroke where the springs are located.
Using an aerial map of the Hulcar Valley north of Armstrong, BC, Steele Springs Water District chairman Brian Upper, centre, explains to UBC researchers Ted Wannop, John Janmaat, Quinn Rochon and Maryssa Soroke where the springs are located.

UBC students explore small water system issues in rural BC

Research helps identify opportunities and challenges to watershed management

Three undergraduate students have been visiting small West Kootenay communities, interviewing residents to better understand the challenges and issues of watershed management.

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Life within language

Life within language

Connected by Commitment: Intercultural understanding

Ask Christine Schreyer about 'language preservation' and expect a friendly correction: “If we just say 'preserve' it's the idea of something that's stuck in the past, or stuck in a jar, preserving jam.”

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Ashley Little has been short-listed for the City of Vancouver Book Award 2014. Little, a double winner at the BC Book Prizes, is working on projects ranging from movie scripts to stage plays, a short story, and a fourth novel.
Ashley Little has been short-listed for the City of Vancouver Book Award 2014. Little, a double winner at the BC Book Prizes, is working on projects ranging from movie scripts to stage plays, a short story, and a fourth novel.

Author Ashley Little short-listed for Vancouver Book Award

Another honour for UBC graduate student, dual winner in BC Book Prizes

Creative writing graduate student Ashley Little has been short-listed for the City of Vancouver Book Award 2014 for her stark novel, Anatomy of a Girl Gang.

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Engineering graduate student Adam Lee
Engineering graduate student Adam Lee

Engineering student receives Transportation Association of Canada scholarship

Engineering graduate student Adam Lee has been awarded the Western Association of Highway Officials legacy scholarship.

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School of Nursing graduate Christine Gregory and Southern Medical Program students Alison Leighton and Robyn Buna work to solve a patient emergency in the Pritchard Simulation Centre at Kelowna General Hospital, part of the clinical studies program for nursing and medical students.
School of Nursing graduate Christine Gregory and Southern Medical Program students Alison Leighton and Robyn Buna work to solve a patient emergency in the Pritchard Simulation Centre at Kelowna General Hospital, part of the clinical studies program for nursing and medical students.

Nursing regulator approves collaborative UBC – Okanagan College program

Common curriculum example of institutional cooperation

The School of Nursing's collaborative bachelor of science in nursing program with Okanagan College has received the longest possible length of approval without terms or conditions from the profession's regulatory body, the College of Registered Nurses of BC.

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BC author Garry Gottfriedson is a Kamloops rancher, educator and author.
BC author Garry Gottfriedson is a Kamloops rancher, educator and author.

Visiting Author series kicks off Sept. 24

BC authors Ashley Little, Garry Gottfriedson to read at inaugural 2014-2015 event

The 2014-2015 UBC Visiting Author series starts anew on September 24, with readings by BC authors Ashley Little and Garry Gottfriedson.

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Margo Tamez, right, sits with Chief Caleen Sisk (Winnemum Wintu Tribe) in the Palais des Nations, during the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 85th Session, Review of the United States.
Margo Tamez, right, sits with Chief Caleen Sisk (Winnemum Wintu Tribe) in the Palais des Nations, during the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 85th Session, Review of the United States.

UBC professor presents discrimination research at UN committee

Texas-Mexico border wall has negative effects on the rights of Indigenous peoples

A UBC researcher's presentation to a United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has made positive inroads.

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Elder Jessie Nyberg, Stswémc/Xgat’tem Nation. Photo credit: Eric Mitchell
Elder Jessie Nyberg, Stswémc/Xgat'tem Nation. Photo credit: Eric Mitchell

Old ways, new wisdom

Connected by Commitment: Aboriginal engagement

Aboriginal Peoples (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) are the fastest growing populations in Canada. However, they continue to experience major disparities in health, education and socioeconomic conditions.

In order to reduce these disparities, it is crucial for healthcare professionals to become aware of the history and the realities of these issues by providing culturally appropriate and safe health care.

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2nd Star: #10 Enzo Paal, UBC Okanagan (Soccer)
2nd Star: #10 Enzo Paal, UBC Okanagan (Soccer)

Enzo Paal selected Canada West 2nd Star of the Week

Hosting their first weekend of Canada West soccer games, the Heat swept both Fraser Valley and Trinity Western for a surprising two wins and a 3-1 start to their season. This weekend's sweep was guided by the right foot of second-year forward Enzo Paal.

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Photo gallery: Heat athletes volunteer at second annual Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon

Photo gallery: Heat athletes volunteer at second annual Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon

For the second straight year student athletes from UBC's Okanagan campus were able to kick off the year by getting out in the community.

See the photos...


Hussein Keshani’s research aims to reimagine the nature of the botanical garden.
Hussein Keshani's research aims to reimagine the nature of the botanical garden.

UBC scholar receives $198,259 grant for cultural study

Research partnership focuses on U of A's Devonian Botanic Garden

Hussein Keshani, associate professor in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, has received a $198,259 grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council that will be used to examine the use of mobile technologies for botanical and cultural interpretation at the University of Alberta's Devonian Botanic Garden near Edmonton.

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Fourth-year forward Kirsten Dodds nets Player of the Game honours in team's first Canada West game. (Photo by Alex Hill)
Fourth-year forward Kirsten Dodds nets Player of the Game honours in team's first Canada West game. (Photo by Alex Hill)

Canada West debut leaves Heat unscathed

Debuting in their first ever Canada West match, the Heat women's soccer team sparred with the University of Northern British Colummbia for 90 minutes towards an eventual 0-0 draw to open their respective seasons Saturday afternoon.

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Robert Campbell from the Faculty of Education, Bowen Hui, from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, Barbara Sobol from the UBC Okanagan library, and Bruce Young from the Centre for Teaching and Learning, will analyze responses of students in a flexible learner environment to examine post-secondary students’ awareness of digital citizenship.
Bowen Hui, from the Barber School, Robert Campbell from the Faculty of Education, Barbara Sobol from the library, and Bruce Young from the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Interdisciplinary research team explores ethical use of digital media

Through a Provost's Flexible Learning Research Grant four UBC specialists in digital media have joined forces to examine post-secondary students' awareness of digital citizenship.

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Master’s of Fine Arts student Emily Nilsen has two poems on CBC’s annual poetry prize long list.
Master's of fine arts student Emily Nilsen has two poems on CBC's annual poetry prize long list.

UBC poet long-listed for annual CBC poetry prize

Graduate student hopes to win residency at Banff Centre

Emily Nilsen is in good company. Nilsen, a master of fine arts student, has been long-listed for CBC's annual poetry prize.

Nilsen is listed with 37 other poets as the best of the bards in this year's contest.

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Sam Charles, senior media production specialist
Sam Charles, senior media production specialist

UBC video producer to represent Canada at 2015 Summer Universiade

Sam Charles, senior media production specialist with the Media Centre Studio, has been chosen as a videographer for Team Canada at the 2015 Summer Universiade games in Gwangju, Korea.

Staged every two years in a different world-class city, the Universiade is an international multi-sport event organized for university athletes organized by the International University Sports Federation.

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UBC researchers win health research funding award to support obesity and diabetes research

Two UBC Okanagan researchers -- Sanjoy Ghosh and Mary Jung -- have received research awards from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research that will help them address two interconnected and high-profile public health issues.

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Walk n' Talk for Your Life program aims to improve seniors' fitness

Walk n' Talk for Your Life is a collaborative, community health research study designed to increase socialization and healthy lifestyles among seniors.

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Artist Althea Thauberger to discuss her latest projects in UBC talk

Acclaimed artist Althea Thauberger will give a presentation about her work in a free lecture at UBC Okanagan at 7 p.m., on Monday, September 22, in room ARTS 103.

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In the news...

Professor receives funding to help Okanagan farmers

Soheil Mahmoud, associate professor of biology, recently received $120,500 for a project that could benefit local farmers.

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Oil and water in Saudi Arabia

Connected by Commitment: International engagement

Blessed with the oceans of hydrocarbons that lie underneath, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia still struggles to slake its thirst.

In this desert land, the rains are few, fresh water is always scarce and never cheap.

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Dr. Cheryl Holmes recognized by the University of Illinois

Holmes earns prestigious Best Thesis Award

Dr. Cheryl Holmes is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious University of Illinois at Chicago, Masters of Health Professions Education Best Thesis Award.

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Havens away from home: Collegia

Connected by Commitment: student learning

The concept of a collegium is not new. In Roman times collegia were a way for various guilds to gather together to informally exchange ideas on trade, politics and life in Rome. Most importantly, a collegium offered its guild members a home away from home.

In the post-secondary education landscape collegia serve a purpose similar to the role they played during Roman times.

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