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July 2, 2015

Events

July 2
Doctoral Dissertation Oral Examination: Rehan Ahmed

July 6
Forests and Water in a Changing Environment

July 8
Canadian Undergraduate Computer Science Conference

July 8
Summer Institute in Education Speaker Series: Rod Allen

July 9
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Roxanne Snook

July 10
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Michael Tymko

July 10
Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre Presents: Beat Salad 2

July 13
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Carey Simpson

July 15
Summer Institute in Education Speaker Series: Critical Thinking and Caring

July 20
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Holli-Anne Passmore

July 22
Summer Institute in Education Speaker Series: Indigenizing Knowledge

July 23
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Carrie Karsgaard

July 24
Pit Stop: Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

Workshops

July 7, 14 and 21
Tuesday Mindfulness Sessions

July 7 and 9
MS Office Word 2013: Basic skills

July 14 and 16
MS Office Word 2013: Advanced skills

July 21 and 23
MS Office Publisher 2013

July 30
RISe Drop-in Session

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Historic first signatures are added to the Okanagan Charter at UBC Okanagan on June 25. From left: Tom Macauley, President of the UBC Students’ Union Okanagan, Jim Hamilton, President of Okanagan College, Enoch Weng, President of the Simon Fraser University Student Society, and Arvind Gupta, President of UBC.
Historic first signatures are added to the Okanagan Charter at UBC Okanagan on June 25. From left: Tom Macauley, President of the UBC Students’ Union Okanagan, Jim Hamilton, President of Okanagan College, Enoch Weng, President of the Simon Fraser University Student Society, and Arvind Gupta, President of UBC.

Health and sustainability promotion top priorities in Okanagan Charter

A new international charter was signed on June 25 by universities and colleges from around the world committed to bringing health promotion and sustainability into all their policies and practices.

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The Kelowna Fire Department was on campus to deal with a small grassfire above H lot on April 30. (Photo credit: Dan Odenbach)
The Kelowna Fire Department was on campus to deal with a small grassfire above H lot on April 30. (Photo credit: Dan Odenbach)

Dry conditions spark fire season reminder

Potential drought conditions in British Columbia have made this one of the driest fire seasons in recent memory.

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Shape up for summer

Interested in getting fit as a department? UBC REC’s group wellness option will help you customize a group fitness experience according to your wants and needs.

Prefer solo fitness? Try UBC REC’s indoor or outdoor personal training plans and packages.

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New student scholar community being developed for September

A new on-campus community is under development to help the brightest new UBC Okanagan scholars shine even brighter when they arrive in September.

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Book versus movie

Are you a fan of adaptations? Be sure to check out the library's latest display of movies and the books they're based on.

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WRAP Coordinator Tracey Hawthorn is presented with the first-prize in CAUBO's annual Quality and Productivity awards.
WRAP Coordinator Tracey Hawthorn is presented with the first-prize in CAUBO's annual Quality and Productivity awards.

Thrive wins first place award at CAUBO conference

The Canadian Association of University Business Officers has awarded UBC's Thrive: Building Positive Mental Health for All program first-prize in the open category of their annual Quality and Productivity awards.

The award was presented to WRAP Coordinator and Thrive organizer Tracey Hawthorn at their annual conference in June.

To date, 10 other universities have taken UBC's lead when it comes to Thriving.

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Parking signParking permit fees to increase in September

Parking on campus continues to be in high demand. To provide increased and better service options for the campus community, a modest increase will be applied to most parking lots at UBC Okanagan on September 1, 2015.

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Upcoming equity enhancement projects

This year's Equity Enhancement Fund is supporting five groups at UBC Okanagan.

The projects funded include Indigenous Art Week, a workshop on engaging ambassadors for change, a project that looks at the diverse needs of faith-based communities, and a peer-driven project that builds spaces for great inclusion.

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Off-hours parking now expanded

Effective July 1, on weekends, as well as weekdays after 4:30 p.m., parking permits will be valid in any parking lot except lots A, M and R.


Print system upgrades being implemented this summer

This summer IT, Media & Classroom Services will be implementing a new print management software package called PaperCut, a software application designed to help organizations manage enterprise printing.

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UBC Vantage College looking for volunteers

Assistants needed for student-led conference in July and orientation in August

Terina Mailer, Okanagan campus coordinator for Vantage College, is looking for a select few student volunteers to help organize a student-led conference from July 19 to 21 and an orientation on August 22 and 23.

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You Check for men

An online real-time health risk assessment tool built specifically for men by UBC's department of urologic sciences and the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation. You Check is 100 per cent anonymous and confidential.

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Passion projects

CASEY HAMILTON JUGGLES SOCIAL ACTIVISM AND SCHOLARLY PURSUITS

To change the system, you have to seize opportunities in life, says social entrepreneur Casey Hamilton.

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Microbiologist John Klironomos
Professor of Biology John Klironomos.

Unearthing how climate change affects soil ecology

John Klironomos dishes dirt with the best of them.

Renowned microbiologist John Klironomos stands at the leading edge of a field once ignored in ecology yet today considered crucial: soil.

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Jason Loeppky is one of only two statistics professors across Canada to receive a NSERC’s Grant Accelerator Supplement.
Jason Loeppky is one of only two statistics professors across Canada to receive a NSERC’s Grant Accelerator Supplement.

Federal government supports researchers at UBC Okanagan

Researchers win NSERC Discovery grants

Research scientists across several UBC Okanagan faculties will receive more than $2.6 million in financial grants, fellowships, and scholarships from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

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The Entry Island coast with lines of sedimentary deposits distinct from the basalt base of the hills in the background. The sea is moving the coastline inward. (Photo credit: Robin Dods)
The Entry Island coast with lines of sedimentary deposits distinct from the basalt base of the hills in the background. The sea is moving the coastline inward. (Photo credit: Robin Dods)

A sea of change for researchers and islanders alike

This spring saw the continuation of a research project that started four years ago on the Magdalen Islands of Quebec, which are a microcosm of the issues for all island and coastal peoples under stress from climate change and coastal erosion.

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Winners at the 2015 School of Engineering's graduate symposium are: Xuan Du, Majid Targhagh, Nivedita Mahesh, Armin Rashidi Mehrabadi, Behzad Mohajer, Sepehr Zarifmansour, and Ehssan Hosseini Koupaie.
Winners at the 2015 School of Engineering's graduate symposium are: Xuan Du, Majid Targhagh, Nivedita Mahesh, Armin Rashidi Mehrabadi, Behzad Mohajer, Sepehr Zarifmansour and Ehssan Hosseini Koupaie.

Engineering grad students host second annual symposium

Event brings industry onto campus; students out of their labs and classrooms

The School of Engineering's second annual graduate symposium took place on campus recently, bringing together students to discuss their research.

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Professor Lael Parrott led a fieldtrip with graduate students from UBC Okanagan, Oregon State University and Université du Quebec to HJ Andrews Experimental Forest.
Lael Parrott led a fieldtrip with graduate students from UBC Okanagan, Oregon State University and Université du Quebec to HJ Andrews Experimental Forest.

An experimental forest

fieldtrip brings students and faculty to Oregon research forest

Lael Parrott, associate professor of biology and Earth and environmental sciences, recently led a group of graduate students on a week-long course at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in Oregon. The forest is part of the Long-term Ecological Research network and contains old coniferous forest typical of the US Pacific Northwest.

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Small World, a community art event created by UBC sculpture professor Samuel Roy-Bois.
Small World, a community art event created by UBC sculpture professor Samuel Roy-Bois.

Small World art project hopes to demonstrate connectedness

People invited to grab some tools and participate in creating large sculpture

Small World takes place Saturday at the Brent’s Grist Mill Heritage site at the bottom of Dilworth Mountain along Mill Creek Linear Park in Kelowna. This event is free, family-friendly, and open to the everyone. Drop in at any time during the day to participate.

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Southern Medical Program expands seats for rural applicants

The Faculty of Medicine’s admissions office and Southern Medical Program are expanding the number of medical school seats available to students interested in rural, remote, or northern rural medicine.

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New UBC nursing curriculum aims to teach respectful care of First Nations patients

Nursing experts in UBC Okanagan's School of Nursing are teaching a new generation of students about delivering culturally respectful treatment to First Nations patients.

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    Assistant Professor Cristina Caperchione in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences has received a grant from the Canadian Cancer Society to investigate approaches to increasing physical activity for survivors of breast cancer.
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    Make a statement about your colleague's work ethic. Submit a nomination at hr.ok.ubc.ca/staffexcellence

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