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nov. 18, 2015

Events

November 19
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Sassan Rakhshani

November 19
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Afruna Lizu

November 19
EESC Physical GEOG Seminar Series: Steve Piercey

November 20
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Qi Zhang

November 20
Quantitative Sciences Course Union Presents: Industry Symposium

November 20
Ethics Colloquium: Carter vs Canada: Physician Assisted Suicide in Canada Today

November 20
Doctoral Dissertation Oral Examination: Shelir Ebrahimi

November 20
Transgender Day of Remembrance Candlelight Vigil

November 20 and 21
FCCS Performance Series Presents: Medicine

November 23
Mind over Muscle

November 23
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Jeffrey Stonehouse

November 23
Biology Seminar Series: Jonathan Little

November 23
Chemistry Colloquium Series Presents: Hicham Fenniri

November 24
Biology Seminar Series: Scott Kelley

November 24
Supporting family caregivers: The development and use of a decision guide

November 24
Doctoral Dissertation Oral Examination: Sepideh Pakpour

November 24
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Christopher Carroll

November 25
Doctoral Dissertation Oral Examination: Kirstin Aleklett

November 25
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Damian Leitner

November 25
Remembering and Commemorating Genocide: Transatlantic Perspectives

November 27
Chemistry Colloquium Series Presents: Jean-Philip Lumb

November 30
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Megan Harper

November 30
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Zhaoquan Zeng

November 30
Mathematical Biology Modelling Workshop

December 1
Doctoral Dissertation Oral Examination: Tomas Veloz

December 2
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Jacqueline Gabelhouse

December 3
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Martha Cresswell

Workshops

November 18,
19 and 23
Graduate Scholarships and Awards Q&A Drop-in Session

November 18
I'm Graduating and Now What? Post-Grad Options other than Grad School

November 19, 24, 26, December 1 and 3
Drop-in Advising

November 19
Unlocking vital skills for the Canadian workplace

November 19
Intercultural Understanding for Faculty and Staff

November 19
ORCID: Essential Identifier for Researchers

November 23
Getting the Interview: How to Make Your Application Stand Out

November 24 and December 1
Tuesday Mindfulness Sessions

November 24
Setting up Academic Profiles

November 25
Experiential Learning Community of Practice

November 25
Quantitative Sciences Course Union Presents: Photoshop Workshop

November 25
Peter A. Allard School of Law Info Session

November 26
RISe Drop-in Session

November 26
Okanagan College Transfer Night

November 27
Social Media Community of Practice

November 28
Signature Open House

December 2
Strategies for Keeping Up to Date on Current Research

December 2
Grade Centre Drop-in Session

December 2
TA Bootcamp

December 3
Grade Centre Drop-in Session

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

Workshops

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Nobel Night returns on Dec. 10

Find out more about 2015 Nobel Laureates’ Accomplishments at this all ages event

December 10 is the Nobel Prize Award Day. To mark this event, a panel of UBC professors will discuss all six of this year’s winning contributions to the world.

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Introducing rimes.ok.ubc.ca

On November 27, researchers are invited to join the Provost and VP Research at an open house to launch rimes, UBC Okanagan’s new research resources and tools website.

Find out how you can access all the research tools you need through one portal, participate in a demo and learn to use research tools more efficiently.

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Bakers unite!

Would you like to bake or volunteer for the United Way Bake Sale on November 26? Savoury or sweet donations of jams, canning, chocolates or any kind of baked goods are welcome. Sign up online as a bake sale donor or contact rosemary.thompson@ubc.ca.

Drop off your frozen or fresh items in ART343 on Wednesday, Nov. 25, between 1 and 4 p.m. Please attach your ingredient list to your donation to help share allergy information.

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New UBC Survey Tool launched for all students, faculty and staff

The UBC Survey Tool is now available to all members of campus community.

This new tool is a Canadian-hosted solution by FluidSurvey, an affiliate of SurveyMonkey, and complies with the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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From left: Tracey Hawthorn and Deb Oakley were on hand to accept the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Voices Award on Nov. 4.
From left: Tracey Hawthorn and Deb Oakley were on hand to accept the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Voices Award on Nov. 4.

Mental Health Award for UBC Okanagan

Human Resources team received Canadian Mental Health Voices Award for a Large Business

Presented for the first time this year, the award recognizes UBC Okanagan’s Thrive week, the Mental Health Network, Employer Community of Practice on Mental Health, and the mental health programs and services provided to faculty and staff.

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Transportation survey launched for Okanagan campus

Do you drive to campus? Take the bus? Car pool? Bike? Walk from a nearby neighbourhood? Take the transportation survey and tell us how you get to, from and around campus.

Watch your email inbox for the survey link.

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Student evaluation of teaching starts next week

Students will be completing online Teacher Evaluation Questionnaires from Nov. 21 until Dec. 6. Faculty members receive an email verifying courses for evaluation and providing material to help promote the evaluations.

Questions? Contact Lynne McPherson with the Centre for Teaching and Learning at lynne.mcpherson@ubc.ca.


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Exam Jam looking for faculty support

Exam Jam returns on Dec 5, and organizers are looking for faculty members or teaching assistants who are interested in holding exam prep sessions for students. All you need to do is confirm your attendance and Exam Jam organizers will do the rest.

To find out more, contact Cindy Bourne, manager of learning resources and supports, at cindy.bourne@ubc.ca.

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buyIT logobuyIT: New IT purchasing portal to launch this month

buyIT is the new purchasing portal created by IT, Media and Classroom Services that allows you to browse and purchase popular UBC-supported computers, software and accessories.

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International research grant applications due on Friday

Mitacs is now accepting applications for competitive international research opportunities, including student travel to and from Canada.

The deadline to apply is November 20 at 5 p.m.

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Dell Member Purchase Program for personal purchases

Dell offers all UBC faculty, staff, and students access to their Member Purchase Program, which provides a number of benefits when buying equipment for personal use.

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Reminder: HRMS workflow workshop tomorrow

Workflow is the term used to describe the electronic approvals system within the Human Resource Management System (HRMS).

On November 19, learn more about how initiators and approvers can navigate the system and how the rules are administered to position management, eRecruit and ePAF in HRMS.

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Reminder: Pay your parking fines with canned food until Dec. 18

You have until December 18 to be able to pay part of your parking fines in food donations.

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Reminder: Nominations open for teaching assistants and tutors award

Nominate a teaching assistant or tutors who have demonstrated a high-level of skills, abilities and contributions to students and supervisors.

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Current staff postings

UBC Stories
Sanjoy Ghosh is an assistant professor with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.
Sanjoy Ghosh is an assistant professor with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

The fats you consume may make you lazy and prone to diabetes

UBC researchers investigate the detriments of polyunsaturated fats

Dietary fat has dangerous alliances in the diabetes war, according to UBC researchers.

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Jennifer Jakobi’s research into fall prevention for seniors aims to help keep elderly residents safe and independent in their later years.
Jennifer Jakobi’s research into fall prevention for seniors aims to help keep elderly residents safe and independent in their later years.

UBC researcher investigates fall prevention for the elderly

Jennifer Jakobi awarded Killam Research Fellowship to assist with her research

A UBC researcher is looking at ways to help keep elderly residents safe and independent in their later years. One of the key aspects of her research is fall prevention.

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Jeanette Vinek, senior instructor with the School of Nursing, and Mary Jung, assistant professor with the school of Health and Exercise Sciences, have teamed up to bring mindfulness training to first-year nursing students.
Jeanette Vinek, senior instructor with the School of Nursing, and Mary Jung, assistant professor with the School of Health and Exercise Sciences, have teamed up to bring mindfulness training to first-year nursing students.

UBC’s Faculty of Health and Social Development integrates mindfulness training

Stress management and resiliency techniques part of curriculum and research

The School of Nursing is putting its stress-reducing, mindfulness training to the test.

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Jordan Coble will lead a tour of the Sncəwips Heritage Museum in Westbank Friday, November 20 as part of the AlterKnowledge Discussion Series.
Jordan Coble will lead a tour of the Sncəwips Heritage Museum in Westbank Friday, November 20 as part of the AlterKnowledge Discussion Series.

AlterKnowledge series visits Sncəwips Heritage Museum on Friday

Discussion will focus on how heritage organizations shape public ideas of history

UBC Okanagan’s AlterKnowledge Discussion Series is altering its location and going on a bit of a field trip.

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The Heat women's volleyball team won both matches in Calgary this past weekend.
The Heat women's volleyball team won both matches in Calgary this past weekend.

Heat women's volleyball team sweeps University of Calgary in weekend series

A late third-set run gave the Heat women's volleyball a clean 3-0 win on Saturday night, wrapping up a two-match sweep of the University of Calgary Dinos.

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Adnan Bhat listens while Shaykh Navaid Aziz, a chaplain and youth counsellor from Calgary, answers questions during the “Misconceptions about Islam” event held at in the Arts and Sciences Centre on November 2.
Adnan Bhat listens while Shaykh Navaid Aziz, a chaplain and youth counsellor from Calgary, answers questions during the “Misconceptions about Islam” event held at in the Arts and Sciences Centre on November 2.

Engineering student bridging gaps between cultures on campus

Muslim Student Association hosts discussion about hatred and misconceptions

UBC graduate student Adnan Bhat knows a thing or two about engineering change.

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Research by Jonathan Little is demonstrating that high intensity interval training can help reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Jonathan Little is demonstrating that high intensity interval training can help reduce the risk of diabetes.

Just one HIIT: High intensity interval training may reduce risk of diabetes

UBC researchers demonstrate the impact of just one training session

We all know that pushing yourself through that intense cardio workout is good for your heart. But new research demonstrates that high intensity interval training (HIIT) can actually help reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

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Margaret Macintyre Latta, director of the Centre for Mindful Engagement, and David Hansen.
Margaret Macintyre Latta, director of the Centre for Mindful Engagement, with David Hansen.

Education philosopher discusses being a person in the role of teacher

Columbia University's David Hansen visits Faculty of Education

When you can learn anything by looking it up online, what does it mean to be a person in the role of teacher today?

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Second-year Creative Writing student Elisa Ip.
Second-year creative writing student Elisa Ip.

Creative Writing students host interactive Green Boxes project

The Green Box(es), an interactive art project, will be taking place on campus the first two weeks of December.

Each participant in Instructor Mark Giles’ creative writing seminar has been asked to fill a green box with items connected by a theme. The campus community is then welcome to explore the boxes; check to see what’s inside and how the contents are connected. 

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In the news...

Seniors audit sociology class. The result is amazing.

Professor Mary Ann Murphy decided to give her a fourth-year sociology students a first-hand account of aging by inviting a handful of seniors to audit her Global Aging class.

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Economics professor receives 2015 BCCAT Leadership Award

Associate Professor of Economics Peter Wylie has been selected for this year's BCCAT Leadership Award.

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