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August 17, 2016

Events

August 18
Pit Stop: Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

August 24
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Ryan Holly

August 24
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Soroor Sarafrazi

August 25
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Kevin Wong

August 25
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Diana Lisi

August 25
Southern Medical Program and BC Cancer Agency Student Research Presentations

August 25
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Md. Nobinur Rahman

August 30
Kick Start Orientation

August 30
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: David Williams

August 31
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Guanshan Ye

August 31
Master's Thesis Oral Examination: Raed Saasaa

September 1
Doctoral Dissertation Oral Examination: Scott Fazackerley

September 2
Doctoral Dissertation Oral Examination: Ozgul Akinci

September 2
Embodied Labour of Femininity in Sex Work and Performance in Contemporary Turkey

September 2
Doctoral Dissertation Oral Examination: Paul Lee

September 6
Annual Biology Graduate Symposium

September 4
Parent Conference Optional Campus Tours

September 4
Parent Conference 2016

September 6
Create New Student Orientation

September 8
Visiting Scholar Presentation: Kate Hunt

September 8
Doctoral Dissertation Oral Examination: Giampiero Galvagno

Workshops

August 18
Aligning Learning Outcomes and Assessments for Your Course

August 22, 23 and 24
Credentialing for Teaching Assistants

August 22
Getting Started With Connect

August 22
Managing Your Content in Connect

August 23 and 24
Crucial Conversations

August 23
Communication in Connect

August 23
Multimedia Using Kaltura

August 24
Smartforms Training

August 24
Assessing Students Using Connect Assessment Tools

August 24
Clickers Drop-in

August 24
Working With Groups in Connect

August 24
Classroom Technology

August 25
Setting Up Your Grade Centre

August 25
Teaching Portfolios

August 25
Copyright Alerts

August 26
Copyright Essentials for the Classroom

August 29, 30 and 31
Credentialing for Teaching Assistants

August 29
Fluid Surveys

August 29
Connect Added-On Tools

August 29
Position Management Workshop

August 29
Introduction to Clickers

August 29
Aligning Learning Outcomes and Assessments for Your Course

August 29
Classroom Technology

August 30
New Faculty Orientation

August 30 and 31
Mental Health First Aid Canada

August 30
Getting Started With Connect

August 30
Turnitin

August 30
First Class Success and Syllabus Design

August 31
Orientation For New Graduate Students

August 31
Tech Orientation

August 31
Clickers Drop-in

August 31
Taking Care of Our Students in the Classroom

August 31
Research Finance Workshop

August 31
Copyright Alerts

September 1
Teaching Large Classes

September 2
Bootcamp: Writing the Doctoral Scholarship Application

September 2
Sessional/ Adjunct/ Lecturer Orientation to Teaching Session

September 6, 7, 8
Credentialing for Teaching Assistants

September 6
Teaching Portfolios

September 6, 7, 8
Credentialing for EESC Teaching Assistants Only

September 7
Credentialing for COSC Teaching Assistants Only

September 8
Bootcamp: Writing the Doctoral Scholarship Application

September 8
Sessional/ Adjunct/ Lecturer Introduction to Blackboard Connect

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

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Student move-in day is a well-choreographed event at UBC Okanagan that happens the first Sunday in September and marks the beginning of the new academic year.
Student move-in day is a well-choreographed event at UBC Okanagan that happens the first Sunday in September and marks the beginning of the new academic year.

Don't miss out on move-in day

Campus prepares for annual migration of new students

Sunday, September 4 is the day when all students moving into residence are welcomed to UBC Okanagan.

Move-in day is a busy day and any staff or faculty coming to campus are reminded that the day has a significant impact on traffic and parking on campus.

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Allan King, former manager of maintenance and grounds, with the City of Kelowna's Most Environmentally Dedicated Individual award he won in 2010. Behind him is the campus trail system, one of the many campus sustainability initiatives King championed over the years.
Allan King, former manager of maintenance and grounds, with the City of Kelowna's Most Environmentally Dedicated Individual award he won in 2010. Behind him is the campus trail system, one of the many campus sustainability initiatives King championed over the years.

Chris Kraft to get clipped for the Compost King

Al King Memorial Shear organized for Aug. 25

Facilities Management's Chris Kraft is starting a new tradition in support of the Canadian Cancer Society and in memory of former UBC Okanagan employee Al King.

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It's back: A week of free fitness

Join UBC Recreation for a free introductory week of Group Fitness classes from September 12 to 17.

Take advantage of a week's worth of free Bums & Tums, yoga, spin, barre and more.

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One Book Kelowna returns in Oct. with All True Not A Lie In It

If you participated (or wanted to participate) in last year's #OneBookUBCO, you're in for a treat.

The UBC Okanagan Library has expanded the One Book program for 2016 to be One Book Kelowna. Events will be held in different locations in the city, including UBC Okanagan Library and Okanagan College.

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Join the battle

The second annual Brains & Brawn Battle is on September 23. Are you ready for the challenge?

Create a team, join a team or volunteer. Get active in your campus community.

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Help welcome students to our campus community this September

UBC Okanagan will soon welcome new and returning students to campus through a broad range of orientation activities and events, including Create New Student Orientation.

All faculty and staff play an important role during this time. By welcoming incoming students and taking part in orientation events, you join us in helping to create memorable and lasting positive experiences for our students.

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Campus homepage redesign underway

University Relations is redesigning ok.ubc.ca and wants to hear from you. Take the 5 to 10 minute survey and help improve ok.ubc.ca webpages. Survey closes August 26.

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Spark discovery, connections and success

UBC Okanagan's extended orientation program for new graduate and undergraduate students kicks off on September 12 with Involvement Week.

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Staff Pension Plan info session organized for Oct. 20

Thinking about retirement? Have questions about your pension benefits?

A UBC Staff Pension Plan seminar is organized for October 20. It will be led by Pension Administrator Margaret Leathley. One-on-one retirement info sessions are also available upon request.

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New Gardening Club presents Learning Local Landscapes workshops

If you've been itching for a row to hoe, the new Gardening Club is an excellent opportunity to work on your green thumb.

Taking root on campus this month, the new club has organized a series of four Learning Local Landscapes workshops.

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Wellbeing at UBC survey begins Aug. 26

A faculty and staff online survey opens on August 26. It will help give the university a better understanding of the current state of health and wellbeing. It will also gather information about the use and satisfaction with campus services, facilities and amenities related to health and wellbeing.

Watch for links to the wellbeing at UBC survey in the UBC Okanagan Healthy Newsletter, and email reminders later this month.


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UBC Stories
Dan Durall (left) and Ben Tantikachornkiat are looking at how micro-organisms may affect the taste of wine.

Dan Durall (left) and Ben Tantikachornkiat are looking at how micro-organisms may affect the taste of wine.

UBC takes steps toward examining the DNA of the world's wine regions

UBC researchers are one step closer to identifying the biological personalities of the world's greatest wines.

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These poplar trees are part of a biological recycling system.
These poplar trees are part of a biological recycling system.

UBC partnership aims to recycle environmental contaminants

UBC Okanagan chemist Susan Murch is partnering with a BC company to turn soil contaminants into household products.

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Education prof. Sabre Cherkowski has been studying how teacher wellbeing can influence student performance.
Education prof. Sabre Cherkowski has been studying how teacher wellbeing can influence student performance.

Children's success in schools tied to teachers' wellbeing

The ability of public schools to teach students in an innovative and relevant way starts with an education system that looks after the wellbeing of its teachers, according to a study from Faculty of Education Assist. Prof. Sabre Cherkowski.

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Westbank First Nation Curatorial Heritage Researcher Jordan Coble talks about the Okanagan Nation’s relationship to the land and how his ancestors used to cross Okanagan Lake near the current location of the WL Bennett Bridge.
Westbank First Nation Curatorial Heritage Researcher Jordan Coble talks about the Okanagan Nation's relationship to the land and how his ancestors used to cross Okanagan Lake near the current location of the WL Bennett Bridge.

Learning from the past and present to prepare for the future

Indigenous summer camps appeal to Aboriginal youth

Providing Aboriginal youth a voice proved a wise investment in planning the fourth annual UBC Indigenous Summer Scholars Camp.

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BC's South Okanagan becomes home to a new family medicine residency training site

UBC and the Province of British Columbia have launched a new family medicine training site in the South Okanagan, marking the first time doctors in UBC's Family Practice Residency Program can complete their entire residency in the region.

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UBC researcher Michael Deyholos stands in front of the flax plants he studies.
Barber School professor Michael Deyholos stands in front of the flax plants he studies.

UBC research aims to help Canadian flax farmers

Flax research could one day help Canadian farmers grow a car fender

In a recent study, Biology Professor Michael Deyholos identified the genes responsible for the bane of many Canadian flax farmers' existence; the fibres in the plant's stem.

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Brianna Verigin is one of seven students from around the world to receive the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Fellowship in Legal Psychology.
Barber School student Brianna Verigin.

UBC undergraduate student awarded prestigious PhD fellowship

Brianna Verigin -- an undergraduate student working with psychology prof. Stephen Porter -- is one of seven students from around the world to receive a fully-funded Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Fellowship in Legal Psychology.

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Professor Christine Schreyer, (second from right) has combined her passion for restoring languages with her Hollywood connections. While working on her new documentary, she brought film director Britton Watkins, cinematographer Josh Feldman together with Nicole Gordon and Louise Gordon with the Taku River Tlingit.
While working on her new documentary, Christine Schreyer (second from right) brought film director Britton Watkins, cinematographer Josh Feldman together with Nicole Gordon and Louise Gordon with the Taku River Tlingit.

UBC anthropologist helps create documentary on the art of language construction

Anthropologist Christine Schreyer is combining her love of languages, and her Hollywood connections, to help create a new documentary film.

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Psychology professor Stephen Porter.
Psychology professor Stephen Porter.

Faces aren't always to be believed when it comes to honesty

UBC psychology professor Stephen Porter and PhD student Alysha Baker, recently completed two studies determining that people often make judgments of trustworthiness based solely on the face.

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Faculty of Health and Social Development professors Rachelle Hole (left) and Kathy Rush have shown that older adults who have been discharged from the hospital following serious ailments tend to minimize or even lie about the risks related to their condition.
Faculty of Health and Social Development professors Rachelle Hole (left) and Kathy Rush have shown that older adults who have been discharged from the hospital following serious ailments tend to minimize or even lie about the risks related to their condition.

Risky business: Seniors don't acknowledge post-hospitalization vulnerability

Everyone lies, including seniors.

According to a new study from UBC, older adults who have been discharged from the hospital following serious ailments tend to minimize or even lie about risks related to their condition and its management in order to avoid being seen as vulnerable.

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UBC researcher Glendon Wiebe wants to know about parents’ experiences when their adult child leaves the family religion
UBC researcher Glendon Wiebe wants to know about parents' experiences when their adult child leaves the family religion

Researcher looking for answers when a child abandons the family religion

A Faculty of Health and Social Development researcher wants to know about the experiences of parents when their adult child leaves the religious tradition they were raised in.

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Carey Doberstein, assistant professor of political science.
Carey Doberstein, assistant professor of political science.

Do think-tanks matter? A UBC professor says 'think again'

A Barber School professor is suggesting government policy makers and advisors need to do a re-think when it comes to giving validity to reports coming across their desks.

Carey Doberstein, assistant professor of political science, recently published an experimental study of public sector workers and determined that many give a written report or study purported to be from a university more credibility than one from a think-tank or advocacy group.

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Nilufar Islam developed the drinking water quality index tool while working on her PhD at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Nilufar Islam developed the drinking water quality index tool while working on her PhD at UBC Okanagan.

UBC researchers develop drinking water quality index tool for municipalities

UBC engineers have created a tool that will help municipalities measure water quality, as a way to ensure clean and safe drinking water is coming out of the taps.

Nilufar Islam, who recently received her PhD from UBC Okanagan, has spent the better part of her career creating methods to improve drinking water quality.

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UBC Okanagan reduced carbon footprint in 2015

UBC Okanagan reduced its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 17 per cent between 2014 and 2015.

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  • UBC examines the DNA of the world's wine regions
    UBC researchers Dan Durall and Mansak (Ben) Tantikachornkiat have developed a technique that combines a process to identify the full spectrum of DNA in yeast and bacteria samples.
  • South Okanagan Family Practice Residency
    Launched in the Spring of 2016, residency participants talk about the opportunities it provides.
  • Poplar Chemical Extraction Research
    Canada Research Chair Susan Murch and her team are studying how poplar trees can extract contaminants from mine tailings ponds and garbage dumps.
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    Assistant professor Glen Foster and researchers at the Centre for Heart, Lung & Vascular Health are collaborating Leiden University to analyze the benefits and drawbacks of high altitude medications.

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