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May 20, 2015

Events

May 20
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Fahmida Islam

May 21
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Abdul Rahman Masoud

May 21
Doctoral Dissertation Oral Examination: Husnain Haider

May 22
Doctoral Dissertation Oral Examination: Seyed Mohammad Rezaei Niya

May 22
Pit Stop: Vantage College

May 25
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Janelle Renee Zerr

May 25
Faculty of Medicine: D. Harold Copp Lecture

May 27
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Robyn Giffen

June 2
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Luke Moisey

June 8
Doctoral Dissertation Oral Examination: Jonathan Smirl

June 8
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Carmen Vanbianchi

Workshops

May 20 and 21
MS Office Excel 2013 - Advanced Skills

May 25
True North Science Boot Camp

May 28
Faculty Pension Plan Retirement Planning Seminar

May 28
Faculty Pension Plan 101 Information Seminar

May 28
Faculty Pension Plan Investment Market Update/Commentary

May 28
Smartforms Training

May 29
Social Media Community of Practice

June 1
TA Credentialing (Foundations)

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

Workshops

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UBC's Centennial looks to the past and future

Celebrating 100 years of classes and 10 years in the Okanagan

Both UBC campuses have a very active Centennial year ahead.

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Celebrating #UBCOgrad 2015

The campus community will be recognizing the class of 2015 on June 4 and 5

To help all soon-to-be alumni have the best possible graduation experience this year, make sure to participate in #UBCOgrad through UBC Okanagan digital and social media channels.

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GEERing Up! for summer camps

Geering Up returns to UBC Okanagan this summer with a series of science and engineering summer daycamps for kids in grades 2 to 7. Camps run from July 6 to August 14.

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Free Group Fit classes all week

For a few more days, take advantage of the free Group Fit offerings slated for the summer, including staff & faculty yoga, Zumba, and spin.

A Group Fitness pass gives you access to unlimited group fitness classes from now until August 31 for only $80.

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Hack & Whack registration deadline approaching

UBC Okanagan's annual Hack & Whack golf tournament is being held on June 9.

Register in pairs, as an individual ($55+GST per individual entry), or the dinner-only option ($35+GST). Registration closes on June 3.

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Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Deborah Buszard
Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Deborah Buszard

Keynotes announced for International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges

From June 22 to 26, UBC Okanagan hosts the International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges.

The conference will feature keynote talks from Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Deborah Buszard and Hiram Arroyo, professor of foundations on health promotion and education at the University of Puerto Rico.

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Summer schedule for IT Service Desk released

Effective June 8, the IT Service Desk will start operating on summer hours -- 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

The service desk hours will return to normal (7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.) beginning August 24.


Faculty members needed for campus food advisory committee

There are still spots available for any faculty members interested in acting as advisors for UBC Okanagan Food Services' Food Advisory Committee.

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Engineering professor Homayoun Najjaran.
Engineering professor Homayoun Najjaran.

Drones and disasters

How unmanned aerial vehicles are helping assess the Nepalese earthquake zone

Aerial drones more than proved their worth following the massive 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal in late April. Rescue and relief teams deployed unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, to map the disaster zone and locate potential survivors.

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Some of the Zambian children who took part in UBC’s happiness study. Photo by Alexa Geddes
Some of the Zambian children who took part in UBC's happiness study. Photo by Alexa Geddes.

Zambian children report happiness levels on par with Canadian counterparts: UBC study

Strong spirituality and connection to nature factors in children's well-being

Spirituality and connection to nature are good predictors of Zambian children's well-being, according to a UBC study published in the current issue of the Journal of Happiness Studies.

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Rehan Sadiq, left, meets with fellow School of Engineering professors, Lukas Bichler, Ahmad Rteil, Kasun Hewage (standing), Shahria Alam and Joshua Brinkerhoff to discuss the four-year plan for their research project.

School of Engineering gets $1.13M for transport research in South Asia

Four-year UBC project involves four countries, exchange opportunities for students

The School of Engineering is leading a four-year interdisciplinary project that could change the way transport infrastructure is managed around the world.

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Provost and Vice-Principal, Cynthia Mathieson presents Engineering instructor Ray Taheri with the junior faculty Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation. Stephen Porter, Professor of Psychology in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, was named the senior faculty winner.
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UBC celebrates passionate teachers who make a difference

Students help select winners of annual teaching excellence awards

Two professors were recently honoured for their innovative and collaborative teaching methods at UBC Okanagan.

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From Left: Adam Kern, Jim Bell, Michelle Jakszuk.
From Left: Adam Kern, Jim Bell, Michelle Jakszuk.

Three Heat players selected for national camps

Three Heat volleyball players -- Adam Kern and Jim Bell from the men's team and Michelle Jakszuk from the women's team -- are off to showcase their talent in hopes of representing Canada in International competition later this summer.

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As a Miss World Canada finalist, Ena Vehabovic is encouraging young girls to think about careers in applied science.
As a Miss World Canada finalist, Ena Vehabovic is encouraging young girls to think about careers in applied science.

Engineering student is finalist at Miss World Canada event

Contestant wants to be the post-secondary role model she never had

Ena Vehabovic is used to being outside her comfort zone.

As one of 22 women among 150 fourth-year School of Engineering students, Vehabovic wants to improve the gender balance and encourage more women to pursue engineering.

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