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July 20, 2016

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Employee News
Photo from last year's Opera Under the Stars
A photo from last year's Opera Under the Stars performance at UBC Okanagan.

Help wanted: Opera Under the Stars

Interested in volunteering to help stage a special on-campus selection of Opera Kelowna performances from The Magic Flute on the evening of August 3?

The free public concert – Opera Under the Stars -- is from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the central courtyard and a few more people are needed from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to help direct people from parking lots to the courtyard prior to the concert start.

To volunteer contact Bud Mortenson.


Photo for Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Basic Personal Defense System

Additional RAD course organized for August

Personal defense course for women now open for registration

Campus Security will be holding another Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Basic Personal Defense System course on August 11 and 12. Women of all ages, ability, experience and strength are encouraged to register.

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Connected By Commitment Annual Report launched

The year is summarized through a mix of storytelling and metrics that highlight the successes of our students, faculty, staff and alumni.

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The pond near the EME building is a manmade stormwater feature that
The pond near the EME building is a manmade stormwater feature that acts as a retention reservoir

Integrated Stormwater Management Plan phase one consultation report now available

The first phase of the Integrated Stormwater Management Plan consultation process is now complete, and a report has been produced that summarizes the input received during the public consultation period in March and April.

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Summer Institute in Education Summer Speaker Series poster imageSummer Speaker Series explores new ways to educate the next generation

The next generation of learning is upon us. As smartphones and portable devices replace textbooks and paper, educators are constantly evolving their teaching techniques and learning strategies.

In this year's Summer Speaker Series, educators from across the Okanagan will come together to discuss hot topics in education and share insights.

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Karma Yeshe Rabgye
Karma Yeshe Rabgye

Mindfulness as professional development: smartEducation at UBC

Silent retreat organized for Aug. 29

As part of smartUBC's ongoing health and wellness initiative, a four-hour silent retreat led by Karma Yeshe Rabgye is being hosted on campus on August 29.

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Crucial Conversations course organized for Aug. 23 and 24

Crucial Conversations is an internationally recognized two-day course that teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics.

The training teaches skills to help move crucial discussions forward in a respectful way that produces positive results. 

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UBC Stories
UBC researcher Keekyoung Kim (left) works in his lab with student Zongjie Wang.
Researcher Keekyoung Kim (left) works in his lab with student Zongjie Wang.

Cell research could help with heart tissue transplants

A new technique developed by a School of Engineering researcher could make tissue regeneration cheaper and safer for health-care systems and their patients.

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Associate Professor of Biology Deanna Gibson says some fats are getting a bad rap and can actually help protect us from inflammatory diseases.
Associate Professor of Biology Deanna Gibson says some fats are getting a bad rap and can actually help protect us from inflammatory diseases.

Some dietary fats still getting a bad rap, says UBC researcher

UBC research shows that some of the fats we consume are getting a raw deal when it comes to deciding what's good for us.

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Researchers Kasun Hewage (left) and Mohammad Kamali believe modular construction needs a closer look.
Researchers Kasun Hewage (left) and Mohammad Kamali believe modular construction needs a closer look.

Factory-built homes could help cities with tight housing markets

Cities facing housing shortages should encourage more modular construction to increase options for prospective homebuyers and renters says Kasun Hewage, associate professor of engineering.

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PhD candidate Taylor Holland has spent the better part of three years studying soil samples from vineyards throughout the Okanagan.
PhD candidate Taylor Holland has spent the better part of three years studying soil samples from vineyards throughout the Okanagan.

Barber School researchers determine vineyards affect soil quality

Biologists from UBC Okanagan are digging under vineyards to see if the Okanagan's grape industry is affecting soil quality.

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Sam Charles, senior media production specialist with Media Centre Studio
Sam Charles, senior media production specialist.

Sam Charles re-appointed to Team Canada for 2017 Summer Universiade

Sam Charles, senior media production specialist with Media Centre Studio, has been selected as videographer for Team Canada at next year's Summer Universiade in Taipei, Taiwan.

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Avcorp Industries and UBC agree to pursue innovative partnership

Avcorp Industries and UBC have agreed to explore the establishment of a Learning Factory for Advanced Composites at UBC Okanagan.

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ubco.tv spotlight
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  • An artist in STAR labs
    The 2016 Indigenous Summer Intensive organized by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies is hosting Vancouver-based artist Rodrigo Hernandez-Gomez, who is melding the old with the new.
  • Rewriting the traditional grammar of schooling
    Delving into the transformation of grammar schooling at Clarence Fulton Secondary.
  • Studying R
    Professor John Braun, co-author of A First Course in Statistical Programming with R 2nd Edition, talks about the importance of R in data analytics and statistics.

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