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June 7, 2017

Events

June 8
Doctoral dissertation oral exam: Darren James Brown

June 9
Master's thesis defense: Kumar KC

June 15
Library Leader in Residence presentation: Terri Tomchyshyn

June 19
Doctoral dissertation oral exam: Evelyn Lise Jensen

June 19
Genetic Approaches to the Conservation of Giant Galápagos Tortoises

June 20
Doctoral dissertation oral exam: Monique Emily Francois

June 21
Faculty of Medicine admissions info session

June 22
Doctoral dissertation oral exam: Amy Botta

June 22
Snowshoe Hare Abundance and Foraging Behavior

June 24
FCCS Creative Days: Life Drawing

Workshops

June 9
MS Office Excel: Expert Functions, Forms and Macros

June 12 and 19
Mindfulness Practice

June 13
Beyond a single story: media representations and culture

June 14
Charting Your Path: Career Development

June 16
MS Office Excel: Expert Database Management & Analysis

June 21
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training

June 22
Community Building through Action

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

Workshops

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More than 1,650 students will receive their degrees at UBC Okanagan this week.
More than 1,650 students will receive their degrees at UBC Okanagan this week.

More than 1,650 students graduate from UBC Okanagan this week

For many, it’s one of the biggest milestones of their lives—graduating from university. At UBC Okanagan, nearly 1,650 students will reach that milestone this week as the university gears up for six convocation ceremonies.

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It was a packed house in the gym for Destination UBC on May 13.
It was a packed house in the gym for Destination UBC on May 13.

Destination UBC quickly becoming the destination

This year's Destination UBC, held from May 11 to 14, was an incredible success.

The Student Recruitment and Advising team would like to thank all members of the campus community who helped make the event special for everyone who attended the weekend.

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Coding, modding, Minecraft and robotics

STEM Learning Lab summer camps are returning to UBC Okanagan this summer, with camps running from early to mid-July.

These camps are fun for children ages 8 to 14 and focus on learning to code, Minecraft tournaments, robot dance-offs and more.

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Webinar: Learning Technology Innovation Pilots

UBC has committed funds to support the development of expertise in emerging areas where innovation in learning technology can enhance student learning and input is needed to identify areas, topics and questions for further exploration.

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Canadian Blood ServicesDonate with the UBC Okanagan Partners for Life team on June 24

Find the time to donate before summer vacation begins

On Saturday, June 24, the UBC Okanagan Partners for Life Team is hosting an adopt-a-clinic date at the Kelowna Blood Clinic (1865 Dilworth Drive). The team is looking to fill 20 appointments between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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Policy #131 – Sexual Assault and other Sexual Misconduct

UBC’s new sexual assault policy, approved by the Board of Governors, took effect on May 18, 2017. The new policy introduced important new principles and commitments, definitions, resources and procedures.

A feature of the new policy is a single point of contact and liaison on each campus for all members of the UBC community who have experienced sexual misconduct or know someone who has.

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Workshop: Practical Project Management

Core Skills for Managing Business Projects

This two-day workshop provides practical, effective tools and proven processes that ensure your projects stay on track and your deliverables are achieved on time and on budget.

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Jonathan Holzman, associate professor of engineering.
Jonathan Holzman, associate professor of engineering.

Jonathan Holzman earns Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education

Jonathan Holzman is this year's recipient of the Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education from Engineers Canada, one of the highest honours in the profession.

Watch the Engineers Canada video profile of Holzman...


One of Canada’s most iconic Aboriginal artists Alex Janvier will be presented with an honorary degree at UBC this Thursday.
One of Canada’s most iconic Aboriginal artists Alex Janvier will be presented with an honorary degree at UBC this Thursday.

UBC honorary degree for iconic artist Alex Janvier

UBC Okanagan is celebrating not only the accomplishments of its students during convocation this week but also the unique work of Canadian artist Alex Janvier.

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First-year UBC medical student Stephanie Schindler (middle) leads hands-on activity for students at LV Rogers Secondary in Nelson as part of the Healthcare Travelling Roadshow.
First-year UBC medical student Stephanie Schindler (middle) leads hands-on activity for students at LV Rogers Secondary in Nelson as part of the Healthcare Travelling Roadshow.

Students hit the road to recruit future healthcare professionals

A diverse group of university students from across BC and Canada recently spent a week in rural BC to inspire high school students to pursue future careers in healthcare.

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The Enactus UBC Okanagan team competing at the national exposition included, from left, Kim Duong, Erkki Annala, Nicole Michalewicz, Ishita Ashraf, Tristan Ramsay and Puru Pradhan.
The Enactus UBC Okanagan team competing at the national exposition included, from left, Kim Duong, Erkki Annala, Nicole Michalewicz, Ishita Ashraf, Tristan Ramsay and Puru Pradhan.

Awards for Enactus UBC Okanagan in their first-ever national competition

Members of a newly formed Enactus UBC Okanagan team received national recognition in May while competing in their first Enactus Canada National Exposition.

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UBC Okanagan launches Economics and the Media, the first campus course of its type open to students across the university.
UBC Okanagan launches Economics and the Media, the first campus course of its type open to students across the university.

New economics and media course offered by the Barber School

In today’s Information Age, media is everywhere. As the digital revolution continues to unfold and new global markets emerge, new media has become a growing economic influence.

Within this context, UBC Okanagan is launching Economics and the Media, the first course of its type open to students across the university, regardless of their program of study.

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New genetic markers in sockeye salmon that can help improve management of fish populations. Photo credit: Kyle Hawes
New genetic markers in sockeye salmon that can help improve management of fish populations. Photo credit: Kyle Hawes

Ancient genetic markers in sockeye salmon can help manage healthier fish stocks

The markers, called single nucleotide polymorphisms, are individual locations in the genome that, in this case, allow researchers to distinguish between the different variants of sockeye salmon: those that spawn on lakeshore or island beaches and those that spawn in rivers and streams.

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Scott Douglas, assistant professor in the Faculty of Education.
Scott Douglas, assistant professor in the Faculty of Education.

New journal hosted by Faculty of Education supports students from diverse language backgrounds

BC teachers, administrators, and researchers working with students speaking English as an additional language will benefit from a new journal edited by Scott Douglas, assistant professor of education.

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Assist. Prof. of Education John Tyler Binfet.
Assist. Prof. of Education John Tyler Binfet.

UBC study determines classroom kindness declines as students get older

Teachers believe they have considerable influence on student kindness in the classroom but according to a new study from UBC Okanagan, this influence seems to decline as students get older.

"When we examined trends across different grades it became obvious that teachers of younger students have a more favorable view of their influence on student kindness than teachers of older students," says study lead author John Tyler Binfet, assist. prof. of education.

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After just one year playing for the Heat, Aidan Lea has been chosen to be a part of Volleyball Canada's Women's National Team.
Heat volleyball player Aidan Lea

Aidan Lea earns spot on national volleyball team

After completion of the largest women's selection camp ever, UBC Okanagan Heat volleyball player Aidan Lea has been selected as one of 24 athletes that will compete this summer for Team Canada.

This is the second straight year the Heat have a member of their squad represented on the national team and the first time that a student athlete will return from competing and training with the national team and compete again for UBC Okanagan.

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University of British Columbia research supports on-farm adoption of clean technologies and practices

On June 6, Kelowna-Lake Country Member of Parliament Stephen Fuhr announced a $1.4-million investment with UBC Okanagan to identify irrigation practices that can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while increasing nitrogen and carbon storage in soil.

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UBC’s annual Think Tank supports a bright future for Osoyoos Secondary School

At this time last year, the fate of Osoyoos Secondary School was dire. Due to challenges with declining enrolment, the school was scheduled to close.

A year later and things today look much brighter for the students of Osoyoos Secondary.

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Gift supports Kelowna General Hospital and Biology Co-op education program

Kelowna residents Colin and Lois Pritchard have long been recognized in the community for their outstanding contributions to advancing health care in the southern interior region.

On May 18, the most recent of their foundation’s contributions was unveiled at Kelowna General Hospital.

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Management research gets a boost with International Undergraduate Research Awards

Exams may be over, but four Bachelor of Management students will be devoting the dog days of summer to research.

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Gratitude Project installs art into new Kelowna Police Services Building

A gathering inside the new Kelowna RCMP Police Services Building on May 18 witnessed the unveilinging of an art collaboration created by a local artist and students of Central Okanagan public schools and UBC Okanagan.

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