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May 4, 2016

Events

May 4
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Zongjie Wang

May 5
FCCS 2016 Spring Festival: Student Okanagan Film Festival

May 6
4th Annual Staff and Faculty Sports Day

May 12
MD Admissions Info Session

May 16
Doctoral Dissertation Oral Examination: Claudia Donoso

May 16
Neutrino Astronomy, Core-Collapse Supernovae and the HALO-2 Detector

May 17
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Cody Durrer

Workshops

May 9 to 12
Course (Re)Design Seminar

May 9, 10 and 12
Credentialing for Teaching Assistants

May 10 and 17
Mindfulness Practice

May 12
Intro to Human Resource Management System (HRMS)

May 12
Smartforms Training

May 12
Supporting the Tenure and Promotion Process

May 16, 17 and 19
Credentialing for Teaching Assistants

May 17
Golf cart training: Beginners

May 17
Golf cart training: Re-certification

May 18
True Colours

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

Workshops

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Pictured are: Gary Pearson, Robin Dods, Daniel Dural, Nancy Holmes, Rob Johnson, Bernard Momer and Ian Walker.
Pictured are: Gary Pearson, Robin Dods, Daniel Dural, Nancy Holmes, Rob Johnson, Bernard Momer and Ian Walker.

UBC Okanagan marks milestones for professors and staff

It’s been a year of milestones for UBC, with the university celebrating its 100th anniversary and the Okanagan campus marking 10 years since it officially opened.

Different milestones were marked on April 21, as faculty and staff who have served for more than 25 years were celebrated at the Long Service Recognition Dinner.

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Crowdfundraising UBC: BARK

The BARK program intends to expand to include kids aged 7 to 12, and is looking for help to do so. Consider donating or learning more about how you can help.

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Registration open for Hack & Whack golf tournament

start the summer off right with colleagues at the 10th annual Hack & Whack golf tournament on June 16

This year's tournament is at the Pinnacle Course at Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club in Kelowna. Register in pairs, as an individual ($55 per individual entry), or for the dinner-only option ($35).

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Phenomenal deal: Five days of free fitness

all this week: free Group Fitness classes

Lunch-hour options include yoga, spin & strength and a new Barre muscle toning class. And an $80 faculty and staff Group Fitness pass gives you as many options you can handle until August 31.

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New waste removal service selected for campus

UBC Okanagan has a new service provider for its waste removal service: Super Save Disposal.

Facilities Management recently went through a competitive bid process after the existing waste removal contract expired. The new contract with Super Save will provide cost savings as well as new blue bins for campus, which were installed on May 1.

To find out more, contact the Facilities Management Office at 250-807-8213.


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UBC one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2016

UBC has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2016, for the fifth year in a row. Fittingly, this award was announced on Eath Day (April 22).

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Coordinated Summer Training series launched

Looking for professional development opportunities for yourself or someone you supervise?

Explore the sessions offered through the Coordinated Summer Training series, which offers great professional development and networking opportunities for summer student staff, professional staff and faculty members.

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Parking permit rate changes coming in September

Now is a good time for lot changes

On September 1, 2016, parking rates will be increasing.

Revenues from parking are one of the few areas available for revenue diversification on campus which have been mandated for UBC. They are also an important way that UBC supports alternative transportation modes.

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Current staff postings

UBC Stories
Barber School microbiologist Deanna Gibson
Barber School microbiologist Deanna Gibson

Prolonged antibiotic use can accelerate diabetes, Barber School study shows

A team of UBC researchers has found that gut bacteria are linked to the onset of Type 1 diabetes.

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UBC Associate Professor Lukas Bichler (second from left) discusses how to extract minerals from mining byproducts with his students.
UBC Associate Professor Lukas Bichler (second from left) discusses how to extract minerals from mining byproducts with his students.

School of Engineering and industry partnership spurs metallurgical sector development in BC Interior

A $293,000 research partnership among Teck Metals Ltd., Fenix Advanced Materials, Drop Designs, Mitacs and UBC aims to use by-products from smelting operations to create economic development opportunities in the province’s Southern Interior.

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UBC Okanagan Assoc. Prof. Zach Walsh says the government needs to do a rethink when it comes to medicinal cannabis as new research indicates more and more people are substituting cannabis for prescription drugs, including opiate pain killers. Darren Hull photo.
Assoc. Prof. Zach Walsh

Barber School study finds psychedelic drugs may reduce domestic violence

Psychedelic drugs may help curb domestic violence committed by men with substance abuse problems, according to a new study by Assoc. Prof. Zach Walsh.

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Assoc. Prof. of Physics Andrew Jirasek
Assoc. Prof. of Physics Andrew Jirasek.

UBC researchers improving cancer treatment and outcomes

A new program in the Barber School may change the way radiation affects cancer patients and how they feel during treatment.

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Brandon Ashcroft enjoyed a great working relationship with Prof. Allison Hargreaves. The two colleagues shared a moment during the final English 114 class of Term 2.
Brandon Ashcroft enjoyed a great working relationship with Allison Hargreaves. The two colleagues shared a moment during the final English 114 class of Term 2.

Tutor recognized as a major piece of the heart of the Aboriginal Centre

Brandon Ashcroft never saw it coming.

The Aboriginal Programs & Services (APS) English tutor was gently ambushed during the final English 114 class of this term. APS staff, students and Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Prof. Allison Hargreaves expressed their appreciation for the English major’s dedication over the past three years.

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Assist. Prof. Stephen Berg with school children in Rwanda.
Assist. Prof. of Education Stephen Berg with school children in Rwanda.

Education professor heads to Rwanda to promote inclusion and play

Even children who live in extreme poverty or countries ravaged by war respond positively to games and playtime.

Stephen Berg, who has seen this time and time again, heads to Rwanda this week where he will introduce playtime inclusion into Rwanda classrooms.

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Student Okanagan Film Festival poster

Student Okanagan Film Festival to be launched by UBC's Creative Studies

With the goal of launching a new entertainment tradition, students and faculty in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies are planning their inaugural film festival.

A jury consisting of various faculty members selected more than a dozen diverse student short films for the event.

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Health policies not culturally inclusive, UBC research finds

Aboriginal people feel isolated in many parts of Canada’s health care system, UBC research has found.

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In The News...

For this West Kelowna student, graduation fulfills promise to dying mother

For students across the southern Interior, graduation means the light at the end of a very long tunnel. It means the successful completion of years of hard work and the start of a new chapter of life.

For Candice Loring, graduation means so much more.

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Researchers design program to enhance greater happiness and well-being

A study at UBC Okanagan is looking to help people increase their happiness in life.

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UBC partners with Third Space to promote mental health, work-life balance

A Faculty of Health and Social Development partnership with the Third Space non-profit group will see nursing and social work students providing community health services in Kelowna’s newest living lab.

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  • Industry partners with the School of Engineering
    Engineering Assoc. Prof. Lukas Bichler and his research team are working with a number of companies to find innovative ways to extract minerals from mining by-products.
  • Rainbow Staircase at UBC Okanagan
    A new rainbow staircase was unveiled April 18 as part of an awareness-raising project by the Students’ Union and the Equity & Inclusion Office.
  • 3D tissue generation without UV
    A chemical compound developed by UBC researchers makes it possible to create biological tissue with a light projector you can buy at Walmart.

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