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Events

December 2
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Jacqueline Gabelhouse

December 3
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Martha Cresswell

December 4
FCCS/IKBSAS Open Forum

December 11
Pit Stop: Aboriginal Services

December 11
Alterknowledge: A conversation with Grouse and Pamela Barnes, Wildrose Native Traditions

December 14
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Ryhane Moghadas Jafari

December 14
Unit 5 Colloquium Series Presents: Winfried Grassmann

December 15
Doctoral Dissertation Oral Examination: Ali Tirdad

December 16
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Xiao Ping (Andy) Yue

Workshops

December 2
Strategies for Keeping Up to Date on Current Research

December 2
Grade Centre Drop-in Session

December 2
TA Bootcamp

December 3, 8, 10, 15 and 17
Drop-in Advising

December 3
Grade Centre Drop-in Session

December 4
Smartforms Training

December 8
MD Admissions Info Session

December 8
Tri-Agency Open Access Policy

December 8 and 15
Tuesday Mindfulness Sessions

December 8
Get a Head Start: Writing Over the Break

December 9
SoTL Information Session

December 10
Grade Centre Drop-in Session

December 10
Leveraging your LinkedIn Profile Webinar

December 14
Grade Centre Drop-in Session

December 15
Assessment Bootcamp

December 15
Term Launch Bootcamp

December 16
Just in Time Course Design

December 16
Grade Centre Drop-in Session

December 16
Bringing Focus and So Much More to Your Classes

December 17
Grade Centre Drop-in Session

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

Workshops

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Professor John Klironomos, Associate Dean of Research and Fellow with the Royal Society of Canada, will emcee Nobel Night on December 10.
Professor John Klironomos, associate dean of research and Fellow with the Royal Society of Canada, will emcee Nobel Night on December 10.

UBC Okanagan hosts Nobel Night December 10

Researchers talk about this year's prize winners

One may wonder what malaria, round-worm, peace in Tunisia, and DNA repair have in common. They are all connected to 2015 Nobel Prize winners.

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'Tis the Season Open House organized for Dec. 17

IT, Media and Classroom Services' annual holiday celebration takes place on December 17 this year, from 1 to 4 p.m. in room ADM024 of the Administration building.

There will be food, music, games, and a whole lot of Ho! Ho! Ho!


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Coders needed for Code Create_ on Jan. 23

Volunteers are needed for Code Create_, a province-wide half-day event being held on January 23.

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Nominations open for alumni UBC Achievement Awards

The accomplishments of UBC's global community of alumni represent an inspiring account of positive social, cultural, and economic change in the world.

The alumni UBC Achievement Awards is the chance to recognize those actions and share the stories of our vibrant and influential community.

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Okanagan campus transportation survey now under way

Reminder: Take the transportation survey and tell Campus Planning how you get to, from and around campus. Check your email inbox for the survey link.

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Exam Jam does double duty this term

This term's Exam Jam will feature study support sessions across two weeks in December: a kick-off on December 5 and a second day on December 13.

Faculty members interested in holding an Exam Jam exam review session can contact Cindy Bourne, manager of learning resources and supports, at cindy.bourne@ubc.ca.

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buyIT logobuyIT goes live

buyIT, the new purchasing portal created by IT, Media and Classroom Services, is now live. It allows you to browse and purchase popular computers, software and accessories directly from UBC.

To get started, visit buyit.ok.ubc.ca and login using your CWL login and password.


Winter weather safety

Snow and ice have already arrived on campus and the Facilities Management team are responding in full force

Areas are prioritized according to high traffic areas, terrain (stairs, inclines, etc.), and areas with past history of incidents or accidents.

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Nominate an outstanding faculty member for a Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award

Do you know someone who excels at teaching? Nominate them for a Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award.

Two awards of $3,000 each will be given to a tenured and pre-tenured faculty member.

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Seasonal electrical safety

Facilities Management would like to remind all employees to check their office, lab, research space for electrical hazards.

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UBC Stories
Third-year electrical engineering student Trevor Stirling will represent Canada at the World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships taking place in Demark. He competes in the men’s single trampoline event.
Third-year electrical engineering student Trevor Stirling will represent Canada at the World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships taking place in Demark. He competes in the men's single trampoline event.

Engineering student represents Canada at world trampoline championship

Student bounces from gym to lab to class to international competition

When UBC engineering student Trevor Stirling talks about a Miller plus, don't be thinking it has anything to do with a beverage.

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It was a thrilling finish to one of the best Canada West basketball games played at UBC Okanagan thanks to Aldrich Berrios.
It was a thrilling finish to one of the best basketball games played at UBC Okanagan thanks to Aldrich Berrios.

Berrios' buzzer beater for the win

Aldrich Berrios hits not one but two jaw dropping shots to give the Heat a win over Mount Royal

With 0.8 seconds left on the clock, Aldrich Berrios tied the game up with a three-point shot.

The excitement did not end there however, as Berrios went on to score a buzzer-beater from half-court to win the game.

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Fourth-year nursing student Jasmine Worsford checks the vitals of Parker, the new child simulator donated to the university by the Colin and Lois Pritchard Foundation.
Fourth-year nursing student Jasmine Worsford checks the vitals of Parker, the new child simulator donated to the university by the Colin and Lois Pritchard Foundation.

UBC School of Nursing turns to technology to help with paediatric care

Donation provides new "child" simulator to help with student medical training

For anyone working in the medical field, they know the challenges they face helping a child in trouble. Finding and treating what's wrong can be difficult.

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UBC students author website on Frankenstein and Romanticism

What Mary Shelley's novel tells us about the culture of the Romantic Age

With the new movie Victor Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe now in theatres, students of one of George Grinnell's literary studies courses have created a website that uses Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein to explore the literature and culture of the time through a series of short essays.

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Public health nurse Meggie Ross and nursing students Jamie Towert, Alyssa Sand, Paige Bunbury, and Amy Standcumbe (from left) pose with a promotional prop for Baby Friendly communities. The group recently discussed the Baby Friendly Community Initiative with the City of Penticton.
Public health nurse Meggie Ross and nursing students Jamie Towert, Alyssa Sand, Paige Bunbury and Amy Standcumbe (from left) pose with a promotional prop for Baby Friendly communities. The group recently discussed the Baby Friendly Community Initiative with the City of Penticton.

Penticton adopts UBC nursing students' Baby Friendly Initiative

Group works to make breastfeeding in public more acceptable throughout the Okanagan

A group of fourth-year nursing students has aligned with the City of Penticton to be "baby friendly."

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The UBC Okanagan cross country team ran through the cold and a wet track to finish on the podium with a silver medal.
The Heat women's cross country team ran through a cold and wet track to finish on the podium with a silver medal.

National silver medal for Heat women runners

The UBC Okanagan women's cross country running team secured a national silver medal at the 2015 Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association (CCAA) Cross Country National Championships.

This is the second time in two years the Heat have earned medals at the national championships.

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Bruce Mathieson has created an interactive technology tool to help his students map the brain.
Bruce Mathieson has created an interactive technology tool to help his students map the brain.

Interactive learning tools help students map the brain

UBC professor turns to technology to help students learn neuroanatomy

For those who traditionally learned about anatomy outside medical school, figuring out what the human brain looks like inside the skull was largely a textbook exercise.

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UBC Okanagan nursing student Sarah Buchsbaum receives her flu shot from fellow student Talia Fraser.
UBC Okanagan nursing student Sarah Buchsbaum receives her flu shot from fellow student Talia Fraser.

UBC Okanagan flu vaccine numbers receive shot in the arm

Number of students, staff, and faculty rolling up their sleeves rises 780 per cent in 10 years

Ten years ago, 92 people took part in the first flu clinic held at UBC's Okanagan campus. This year, the number of students, faculty, and staff attending on-campus flu clinics has risen to 810 -- a 780 per cent increase.

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Earllene Roberts, with the Disability Resource Centre, and Barbara Sobol, undergraduate services librarian, demonstrate some of the equipment available at the campus’s new Inclusive Technology Lab to Provost and Vice-Principal Academic Cynthia Mathieson (right).
Earllene Roberts, with the Disability Resource Centre, and Barbara Sobol, undergraduate services librarian, demonstrate some of the equipment available at the campus's new Inclusive Technology Lab to Provost and Vice-Principal Academic Cynthia Mathieson (right).

New Inclusive Technology Lab levels the academic field at UBC

Workspace options improve learning opportunities for many students

A new space has opened up on campus that will help level the academic playing field for students with disabilities.

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Fourth-year chemistry student Shaqil Rahemtulla.
Fourth-year chemistry student Shaqil Rahemtulla.

Barber School undergrad co-authors paper in scientific journal

Fourth-year chemistry student Shaqil Rahemtulla has done what is usually reserved for graduate students and professors: published research in a scientific journal.

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ETEP teacher candidates had students jumping around and moving their bones.
ETEP teacher candidates had students jumping around and moving their bones.

Education students host health fair at Kelowna primary school

Teacher candidates introduce healthy living activities to Quigley Elementary school students

Child health is a growing concern for parents of young kids.

That's why on November 25, Faculty of Education students addressed that concern. And they did it in a fun, interactive way.

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Computer Science Instructor Bowen Hui with students (from left): Emerson Kirby, Ashley Wong, and Kevin Van Kessel.
Computer Science Instructor Bowen Hui with students (from left): Emerson Kirby, Ashley Wong and Kevin Van Kessel.

Barber School debuts team in world's largest programming contest

This fall, UBC Okanagan made its debut at the IBM-sponsored Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM ICPC) -- the oldest, largest, and most prestigious programming contest in the world.

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First-year engineering students compete in annual design showcase

Novelty, function, and sturdiness are criteria that can lead to success

The term is about the wind-down and first-year engineering students have an opportunity this week to demonstrate what they've learned in class.

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Scientists discuss how the history of water and glaciers can help with future planning

Sediment cores and past glacial conditions can provide clues to future warming

Water is becoming increasingly scarce on the Canadian Prairies and whether it's because of increased industrial and municipal use, or the melting glaciers and decreased precipitation, it's a concern for many.

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Syrian fundraising efforts underway

With passion and purpose, many at UBC Okanagan have stepped up to support the Syrian refugee crisis.

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