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April 6, 2016

Events

April 6
The Biogeography of Indonesian Forests

April 6
Unit 8 End-Of-Term Party

April 7
Save the Wild Bees: How They Help Produce Our Food, and How You Can Help in their Conservation

April 7
Aerobic Oxidation Reactions for Organic Chemical Synthesis

April 7
School of Nursing Blood Pressure Clinic

April 7
The Refugee Crisis in Europe

April 7
FCCS Spring Festival: Performance Studies Projects by students in THTR 411/CULT 480

April 7
FCCS Spring Festival: Book Launch for Desecrations by Matt Rader, Paper Shell, and CRWR 381 Chapbooks

April 7
FCCS Spring Festival Presents: Draw By Night #15

April 8
Valley First/UBC Athletics Scholarship Breakfast

April 8
Doctoral Dissertation Oral Examination: Darwin Horning

April 8
FCCS Spring Festival: Living Things

April 9
FCCS 2016 Spring Festival: Pony! Cabaret

April 11
Doctoral Dissertation Oral Examination: Hojatollah Rezaei Nejad

April 11
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Brent DeWolff

April 11
C-F Bond Formation in Organometallic Complexes

April 12
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Jonathan Bepple

April 12
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Majid Targhagh

April 13
Book Launch: The Moral Mapping of Victorian and Edwardian London

April 14
Doctoral Dissertation Oral Examination: Ying Liu

April 16
FCCS 2016 Spring Festival: 2016 BFA Graduation Exhibition Opening Reception

April 17 to 24
2016 BFA Graduation Exhibition: Stranger In Your Pocket

April 18
Doctoral Dissertation Oral Examination: Jia Xu

April 21
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Jensen Allan Lund

April 21
Pollinators and Farming in the Okanagan

Workshops

April 8
Grade Centre Drop-In Session

April 12 and 19
Mindfulness Practice

April 12
Grade Centre Drop-In Session

April 14
Grade Centre Drop-In Session

April 18
Teaching Portfolios

April 19
Grade Centre Drop-In Session

April 21
Grade Centre Drop-In Session

April 21
MD Admissions Info Session

April 28
RISe Drop-in Session

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

Workshops

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Destination UBC awaits on May 14

UBC's annual early-welcome event takes place on May 14 this year and organizers are calling for the campus community to provide a warm welcome to the newest group of admitted UBC students.

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Anxiety treatment services now available

Do you feel nervous or scared in social situations? Do you panic when others around you seem calm? Are you overwhelmed with worry and uncertainty?

UBC Okanagan's Interprofessional Clinic can help with evidence-based psychological assessment and treatment services.

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Faculty and staff ball organized for April 28

Come out for an evening of dancing and fun with your colleagues. Bring your favourite dance partner. Sponsored by Human Resources as part of UBC's Centennial Celebration and Wellbeing@UBC.

Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at the HR office (ADM002) or at the door.


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Exam Jam expanding faculty member participation

end-of-term exam preparation event launches April 9

If you would like to hold an exam preparation session during Exam Jam, please contact Cindy Bourne, manager of learning resources and supports, at cindy.bourne@ubc.ca.

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Student evaluation of teaching now underway

Students are completing online Teacher Evaluation Questionnaires from March 25 until April 10. 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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UBC IT Talks: Leading change in a digital world

On April 29 join a distinguished panel of speakers from UBC, Gartner, and CopperLeaf Technologies for a panel discussion on working effectively to manage change in today's digital world.

Hear stories of successful change management tactics and discover new strategies for influencing rapid, profound, and sustainable change.

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Epigenetics focus of UBC workshop Apr. 27 to 29

The UBC Centennial Emerging Research Workshop on Epigenetics will be held on April 27 to 29. This workshop at UBC's Vancouver campus aims to bring together researchers across UBC in this relatively new but already complex area to better understand and raise the profile of epigenetics research at UBC. The workshop will also be webcast to UBC students, faculty and staff.

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Magnet arrives at UBC Okanagan

New online job board service available for students at no charge

UBC is partnering with the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission and a variety of local organizations to offer a new employment tool for students.

Magnet is an online, data-rich software platform that matches the skills of students looking for work to the needs of employers who have jobs to offer.

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Faculty Pension Plan seminars organized for Apr. 25

Understanding your retirement income options and the performance of the Faculty Pension Plan investment funds will be the topic of discussion at two seminars on April 25.

One-on-one consultations are also available for the retirement income session. The registration deadline for both seminars is Friday, April 15.


Call for proposals: Aspire Learning and Teaching Fund

The Aspire Learning and Teaching Fund is an opportunity to transform student learning through strategic academic program innovation.

The 2017/18 call for proposals is now available. Letters of Intent are due online by 3 p.m. on May 31, 2016.

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Reminder: Integrated Stormwater Management Plan open house

The Sustainability Office is developing an Integrated Stormwater Management Plan to responsibly manage the stormwater that falls at UBC Okanagan.

Find out more tomorrow at the Integrated Stormwater Management Plan open house in the Fipke Centre.

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UBC Stories
Michael Woodworth, professor of psychology.
Michael Woodworth, professor of psychology.

Manipulators less convincing online than in person: UBC research

If you have to negotiate business with a narcissist or psychopath, you're better off doing it on Facebook, according to research from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

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The eighth Annual Awards Athletics Awards celebrated a season's worth of accomplishments. Alex Swiatlowski and Devon Frame were emcees for the event.
The eighth Annual Awards Athletics Awards celebrated a season's worth of accomplishments. Alex Swiatlowski and Devon Frame were emcees for the event.

Eighth annual Heat Athletic Awards Banquet

The campus' student athlete community was highlighted with a host of awards handed out to a number of deserving winners on March 29, including Katie Wuttunee for Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year and Mitch Goodwin for Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year.

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John-Tyler Binfet works with a student at a local elementary school.
John-Tyler Binfet works with a student at a local elementary school.

Girls recognize kindness in schools more than boys, UBC study shows

Girls between the ages of 9 and 13 perceive kindness in school more than boys, research from the Faculty of Education shows.

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 A research partnership involving partners from industry has broken ground in Kelowna. From left, MLA Norm Letnick, Scott Tyerman of AuthenTech Homes, Karin Eger-Blenk and Russ Foster of the Blenk Development Corp., Jim Hamilton of Okanagan College, Deborah Buszard of UBC Okanagan, Carol Suhan of FortisBC, and MP Stephen Fuhr helped mark the occasion.
From left, MLA Norm Letnick, Scott Tyerman of AuthenTech Homes, Karin Eger-Blenk and Russ Foster of the Blenk Development Corp., Jim Hamilton of Okanagan College, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Deborah Buszard , Carol Suhan of FortisBC, and MP Stephen Fuhr

Home of the future Living Lab project started in Wilden subdivision

An energy-efficiency research project involving industry, UBC and Okanagan College broke ground on March 31.

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UBCO's Motorsports team prepares their car for the road ahead.
UBCO's Motorsports team prepares their car for the road ahead.

UBC Okanagan enters formula racing

For the first time, students at UBC Okanagan are building a race car and getting ready to go after the checkered flag in the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers student design competition.

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Leyton Schnellert, assistant professor of education.
Leyton Schnellert, assistant professor of education.

Success in the 21st century requires students to think for themselves

According to a study by the MacArthur Foundation, 65 per cent of students will end up doing work that hasn't been invented yet. How, then, do we teach students the skills needed for jobs that don't exist?

Leyton Schnellert, assistant professor of education, says we need to teach students how to be life-long learners.

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Award-winning writers Dania Tomlinson, left, and Bronwyn Berg at the 2016 Okanagan Short Story Contest ceremony.
Award-winning writers Dania Tomlinson, left, and Bronwyn Berg at the 2016 Okanagan Short Story Contest ceremony.

'Heartbreaking' story wins 2016 Okanagan Short Story Contest

Creative writing that tugged the heartstrings of award-winning fiction writer Tamas Dobozy won this year's Okanagan Short Story Contest.

Dobozy, UBC Okanagan's Writer in Residence, was the final judge in the annual fiction writing contest that gathered more than 85 entries. UBC alumna Dania Tomlinson's story "Badlands" won first prize, with Dobozy saying the writer is "totally in command of the narrative."

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Carlos Teixeira, professor of geography.
Carlos Teixeira, professor of geography.

Immigrant entrepreneurs more confident about their future than those born in Canada

Immigrant entrepreneurs are more optimistic about doing business in Kelowna than those born in Canada, a UBC study finds.

The study, "Sustaining Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Small- and Medium-sized Cities", was conducted by Barber School Professor Carlos Teixeira in 2009 and 2010.

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Elizabeth Elle speaks Thursday at the Okanagan Regional Library, Kelowna branch Thursday.
Elizabeth Elle speaks Thursday at the Okanagan Regional Library.

The science of bees and pollination topic of two timely talks

With spring in the air, and blossoms just starting to open up, spring bees are busy at work in local orchards and gardens doing their work.

The science behind the many varieties of bees and pollinators is the subject of two talks this month.

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Accounting students add up awards

Delivering what the customer needs, not wants, has earned Faculty of Management students top honours at a provincial competition for accounting.

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UBC Management students to solve City of Kelowna challenge

Have you ever faced a challenge so complex that it felt like you needed almost 200 of you to manage it?

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