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March 15, 2017

Events

March 15
La génesis y los orígenes históricos del español / The genesis and historical origins of Spanish

March 15
Life, Death, and Survival in Ancient Siberia

March 15
Sleep: the key to healthy aging

March 15
Estate Planning Essentials

March 15
Policy Studies and Political Theory Seminar Series

March 16
Estate Planning Essentials

March 16
Interdisciplinary Student Health Conference

March 20
Molecular Engineering of Light-Activated Proteins

March 20
Stochastic Perturbations in a Forced Limit Cycle With Noise

March 21
Giving Voice

March 21
Transforming Racial (In)Equality in the University

March 22
Master's Thesis Oral Exam: Katie Weatherson

March 22
Exercise: Putting the brakes on aging

March 23
Okanagan Men's Shed

March 25
Introduction to Pickleball

March 30
Doctoral dissertation oral exam: May Anne Mata

March 30
Data visualization and healthcare

March 31
Master's Thesis Oral Exam: Antonio Fadda

March 31
Centre for Heart, Lung and Vascular Health Science Social

Workshops

March 15
Understanding Your Travel Benefits

March 15
Mitacs Step: Skills of Communication

March 15
Interview Skills for Selection Committee Members

March 16
MD Admissions Info Session

March 16
Strategies for Keeping Up to Date on Current Research: Setting Research Alerts

March 17
Converting a Course Paper into a Journal Article

March 20, 27 and April 3
Mindfulness Practice

March 20
Selecting Quality Journals for Publishing Your Research

March 21
Navigating Difficult Conversations

March 22
ORCID: Essential Identifier for Researchers

March 22
Diversifying your Research Career

March 24
Setting up Academic Profiles

March 28
PhD Students Community of Practice

April 6
Charting Your Path: Career Development

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

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Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard (far left) and Vice-Principal Research Philip Barker (far right) congratulate award-winning researchers Mary Jung, Jonathan Holzman, Mike Deyholos, and Susan Frohlick.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard (far left) and Vice-Principal Research Philip Barker (far right) congratulate award-winning researchers Mary Jung, Jonathan Holzman, Mike Deyholos and Susan Frohlick.

Shining stars, bright minds win top research accolades

Open minds, creative thinking and cutting-edge research have led to top awards for faculty and students at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

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Graphic with text stating UBC's Next Century. Join the discussion on campus March 20 and 30.

Open houses: discuss UBC’s Next Century strategic plan

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to join the discussion about UBC’s strategic priorities at two upcoming open houses in the Fipke Centre foyer on Monday, March 20 from 4 to 6 p.m., and Thursday, March 30 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

This is your chance to help shape the future of the university. In addition to the open houses, a survey about the draft priorities, core commitments and challenges will be launched next week. Watch for a personalized email invitation to complete this survey.

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IGS student John Sasso wins the UBC Okanagan 3MT. Photo credit: Michelle Lamberson
IGS student John Sasso wins the UBC Okanagan 3MT. Photo credit: Michelle Lamberson

John Sasso wins UBC Okanagan 3MT competition

Interdisciplinary Studies PhD student John Sasso took home the top prize at this year's UBC Okanagan 3MT final on March 8.

His presentation -- "A high-performance prescription to win the fight-or-flight of your life" -- also earned Sasso the People's Choice Award.

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The 2017 Okanagan Campus Appeal

All faculty and staff help make this university great. Your generosity and hard work are the backbone of the campus.

Development and Alumni Engagement invites you today to support our talented students reach their full potential and make an impact on the world.

Find out more at: support.ubc.ca/facultystaff-ubco

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Aspire Learning and Teaching Fund call for proposals

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017-2018 Aspire Learning and Teaching Fund: Ray Taheri-Ardebili, senior instructor in the School of Engineering (project: UBCO Design Thinking Hub), and Miles Thorogood in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and Barber School of Arts and Sciences (project: Digital Media Flexible Learning Modules).

The 2018-2019 ALT Fund Call for Proposals is now available. There is a two-stage process, with the letter of intent due on May 24.

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Seats still available for 12th Annual Athletics Scholarship Breakfast

The Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Breakfast Endowment now exceeds $750,000, which means more than $16,500 of support annually.

Help support UBC Okanagan student athletes on April 7 by pushing that number even higher. Buy your tickets today.

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Rule Out Racism 2017 examines whiteness on Mar. 20

EVENTS TAKE PLACE FROM MARCH 20 TO 24

This year's Rule Out Racism series gets underway on March 20 with a frank discussion on the realities of racism and critical reflection on white privilege in Canada.

The week also features a variety of other events that focus on conversations about race and racism that take place on campus, as well as Okanagan College and the downtown branch of the Okanagan Regional Library.

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Read a living book

The UBC Okanagan Human Library returns on Mar. 22

UBC's Okanagan Human Library is an event where real people are on loan to readers who borrow the living books and learn their story.

This year's event will feature a Syrian refugee, a LGBTQ+ Christian, several international students, the chaplain of Kelowna's Gospel Mission, and the president of the Muslim Student Association.

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Lights out

Check out energy-saving tips from the Sustainability Office.

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Student evaluation of teaching surveys open March 24

Students will be completing online Teacher Evaluation Questionnaires from March 24 to April 9. Faculty members have received an email verifying courses for evaluation and have been provided 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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Calling all student filmmakers

For a second year the Student Okanagan Film Festival celebrates emerging student filmmakers of the Okanagan Valley.

Screenings take place on May 8. Submit your short film today.

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Heat vs. Spike IT charity volleyball match organized for Apr. 6

The gauntlet has been thrown down as the IT, Media and Classroom Services volleyball team -- SpikeIT -- has challenged the Heat women’s volleyball team to a charity fundraiser match for the BC Cancer Foundation.

Support a great charity and enjoy some great volleyball on April 6 at 1:30 p.m. in the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.


Phishing graphicSpam and phishing attempts are on the rise

UBC Okanagan is currently seeing a noticeable increase in the frequency of phishing and malware messages targeting UBC email addresses.

If you receive an email that you think is a phishing and malware message, do not click on any links until you can confirm the legitimacy of the email and its sender.

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Graphic for Digital Media in Education conferenceUBC Okanagan conference draws digital media experts

Experts from across North America will gather at UBC Okanagan from May 17 to 19 for the first-ever Digital Media in Education conference.

As digital media continues to be among the most important and powerful forms of communication in the 21st century, institutions, businesses and governments are building teams of digital media professionals, says conference Chair Rosemary Thompson, manager of UBC Studios Okanagan.

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Spaces available for DHSI@Congress sessions

Are you curious about how the digital humanities can support your research, teaching, and dissemination?

This year's Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Ryerson University will feature DHSI@Congress on May 27 and 28, a series of introductory digital humanities workshops organized by English and Digital Humanities professor Constance Crompton.

All faculty members attending this year's Congress are invited to register for any of the DHSI@Congress sessions.

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Campus Life seeks student leaders

Campus Life is currently recruiting for student leaders to help welcome the incoming class of 2017.

Positions are open for orientation leaders (a two-day commitment) and peer mentors (a yearlong commitment).

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Pulling for our community May 27

WILL A TEAM FROM UBC OKANAGAN WIN THIS YEAR’S BUS PULL?

The United Way is looking for teams to compete in the 2017 Bus Pull on May 27 at Prospera Place. Teams of eight are asked to raise $1,500 and pull a city bus in pursuit of the Community Cup. Members can be bus-pullers or fund-raisers, or both.

To register a team, contact Jeremy Lugowy, community engagement coordinator at the United Way office in Kelowna.

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UBC Stories
Members of the UBC research team trek to the Pyramid International Laboratory/Observatory at the base of Mount Everest
Members of the UBC research team trek to the Pyramid International Laboratory/Observatory at the base of Mount Everest.

Learn more about UBC Okanagan's expedition to Nepal this week

A team of UBC Okanagan researchers travelled to Nepal last October to continue their research into altitude acclimatization.

The expedition conducted 12 major studies with one principal goal—to identify physiological differences in acclimatization and responses to sustained high-altitude exposure between lowland natives and people of Tibetan descent.

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SunRype VP of Business Development Derek Brown (left), Finance Business Manager Kyle Robinson, SunRype CFO and VP of Finance Amanda Burns, Argus Properties President and CEO Ted Callahan, SunRype Communications Manager Barb Broder, SunRype President and CEO Dave McAnerney, UBC Okanagan campus lecturer Svan Lembke and Faculty of Management Dean Roger Sugden celebrate the launch of the 2017 Live Case Challenge sponsored by Argus Properties.
Leadership from Sunrype, Argus Properties and UBC were in attendance at the 2017 Live Case Challenge launch announcement, including Lecturer Svan Lembke and Faculty of Management Dean Roger Sugden.

UBC management students take on challenge with SunRype

Third-year Bachelor of Management students are squeezing everything they have learned to help Sun-Rype Products Ltd., as part of the sixth annual Live Case Challenge.

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Assistant Professor of Education Christopher Martin
Assistant Professor of Education Christopher Martin.

UBC professor says teacher education programs should teach for public accountability

Teachers are empowered to have a strong influence on children, who in turn play a role in shaping society. But with this empowerment comes responsibility.

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Sara McCreary and Kaitlynn Given have their seasons recognized, as they're named to represent the Heat on two different all-conference teams this year.
Sara McCreary and Kaitlynn Given will be representing the Heat on two different all-conference teams this year.

Given earns Canada West All-Star, McCreary on All-Rookie team

Heat women's volleyball players Kaitlynn Given and Sara McCreary are being recognized as among the best in the conference this season.

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Even when they are given pedometers, many first-year university students aren't increasing their physical activity.
Even when they are given pedometers, many first-year university students aren't increasing their physical activity.

Even when given pedometers, university students don't make time to exercise

The physical and mental health of many first-year university students takes a sharp decline, even when they are given pedometers to encourage exercise, UBC research has determined.

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Kyle Hinchey has earned a spot on the All-Rookie team in Canada West men's volleyball.
Kyle Hinchey has earned a spot on the All-Rookie team in Canada West men's volleyball.

Hinchey's outstanding season earns him a spot on the Canada West Rookie team

In a season when the Heat men's volleyball team set a new record for wins, outside hitter Kyle Hinchey stood out as the driving force for the program's future.

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UBC is hosting a series of events to help people create pollen trails to benefit the bee population.
UBC is hosting a series of events to help people create pollen trails to benefit the bee population.

UBC professor plants seeds for Kelowna nectar trail sessions

Britain's doing it. Norway's doing it. America's doing it. Vancouver's doing it. And now a UBC professor says it's time for Kelowna to do it too.

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The Heat women's volleyball season ends in Edmonton with three set loss to Trinity Western.
The Heat women's volleyball season ends in Edmonton with three set loss to Trinity Western.

Bronze medal was not in the cards for shorthanded Heat

Needing a win to advance to another National Championship, the Heat women's volleyball team came up short against the two-time defending Canada West Champion Trinity Western Spartans on Saturday night in the Canada West bronze medal match.

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John Braun is one of several statistics professors making significant contributions to financial risk modelling and probability theory.
John Braun is one of several statistics professors making significant contributions to financial risk modelling and probability theory.

Scotiabank funds $2-million cybersecurity and financial data initiative at UBC

UBC is poised to accelerate cybersecurity and financial risk research in Canada and beyond, thanks to a $2-million donation from Scotiabank.

The donation will support ongoing work led by several UBC researchers, including Statistics Professor John Braun.

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Carole Robinson
Carole Robinson.

Lack of adequate support a barrier for those wishing to die at home

With a growing trend of people choosing to die at home, UBC researchers have determined that those caring for palliative loved-ones need more support from health care professionals than they are currently getting.

Nursing Professor Carole Robinson says while many people would like to die at home, a sudden decline in health may mean they end up in hospital or a hospice.

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Canada's parliamentary poet laureate speaks at UBC

Canada's parliamentary poet laureate George Elliott Clarke will be speaking at UBC Okanagan on Thursday in EME 2181 at 3:30 p.m.

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Finalists announced in Okanagan Short Story Contest

Esteemed Canadian writer Renée Saklikar is doing some high-pressured page turning, as it's down to the wire for the finalists in the 2017 Okanagan Short Story Contest.

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Historian, scholar Pieter Lagrou visits UBC to discuss post-war Europe

The end of the Second World War witnessed massive border changes across Central and Eastern Europe.

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UBC supports art experience with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra

Canada's 150-anniversary celebration has already begun with a large-scale collaboration between UBC researchers, École Glenmore students, and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra.

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