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July 19, 2017

Events

July 20
Towards an improved forecast for biodiversity under climate change

July 20
Community Structure of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi

July 21
Introducing RangeShifter: a platform for spatial ecological and eco-evo modelling

July 22
Creative Days Workshop: Sculpture

July 24
MSc Thesis Oral Exam: Xi Wang

July 25
SMP-BCCA Student Research Presentations

July 25
MSc Thesis Oral Exam: Laura Morris

July 26
MA Thesis Oral Exam: Edward Grifone

July 26
MSc Thesis Oral Exam: Nathan Sletten

July 27
Research Seminar

July 31
MA Thesis Oral Exam: Cole Mash

July 31
MFA Thesis Oral Exam: Cara Fionn Agnes Johnston

August 1
MA Thesis Oral Exam: Katherine Rose

August 2
MSc Thesis Oral Exam: Kayla Fitzpatrick

August 3
MSc Thesis Oral Exam: Jill Dierijck

August 3
Objectively assessed activity patterns of cancer survivors: The wheels are turning but are we upside down?

Workshops

July 20
Power Concepts: MS Outlook and One Note

July 21
Power Concepts: MS Office Excel Core

July 24
Power Concepts: MS Office Word Core

July 25
Unconscious bias

August 2
Power Concepts: MS Office Word Expert

August 3
Power Concepts: MS Office Excel Expert

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

Workshops

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View UBC's 2016-17 Annual Report

UBC’s 2016-17 Annual Report has launched in a new downloadable format, it includes top highlights, high-level performance measures and financial information.

Take some time to read the many accomplishments of our students, faculty staff and alumni over the past year.

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Join the United Way in making a difference

Each year, students, faculty and staff of UBC Okanagan directly support our community by raising funds and contributing to dozens of non-profit organizations partnered through the United Way of Central and South Okanagan-Similkameen.

If you’d like to join a great team of volunteers, or have ideas to involve your faculty or department, contact Bud Mortenson, chair of the 2017 UBC Okanagan United Way campaign.

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Hundreds of opera lovers enjoy an open-air concert by Opera Kelowna at last summer’s Opera Under the Stars in the central courtyard at UBC Okanagan. This year, Opera Under the Stars takes place Aug. 2, starting at 8:30 p.m.
Hundreds of opera lovers enjoy an open-air concert by Opera Kelowna at last summer’s Opera Under the Stars in the central courtyard at UBC Okanagan.

Volunteer for Opera Under the Stars

UBC Okanagan is hosting Opera Under the Stars in the main courtyard on August 2. The organizing team is looking to fill volunteer positions, including campus greeters and event information from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. that day.

If you want to be part of the volunteer team and help deliver an event with some of Canada’s best opera talent, contact Community Engagement Strategist Suann Brown.


Gwen Steele presenting last year at the Gardening Club's Introduction to Xeriscaping workshop. Photo credit: Jason McLeod.
Gwen Steele presenting last year at the Gardening Club's Introduction to Xeriscaping workshop. Photo credit: Jason McLeod.

Gardening Club settles in for summer workshops

The Okanagan Campus Nectar Trail has put down roots and the spring planting season has passed, but the Gardening Club is staying as busy as a bee with two lunch-and-learn workshops in July and August.

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Master of Management students at the introduction for the intensive in-residence session.
Master of Management students at the introduction of the intensive in-residence session.

Master of Management official launch

The Faculty of Management is excited to welcome the first cohort of students into the redeveloped Master of Management program.

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Change agent: Social sustainability

There’s more to sustainability than looking after the environment

On October 31, 2016, UBC marked a significant step toward social sustainability, becoming one of six Canadian universities to formally adopt the Okanagan Charter.

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Three Health and Exercise Sciences professors named Michael Smith Foundation scholars

Congratulations to Glen Foster, Heather Gainforth and Jonathan Little, who are recipients of 2017 Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Scholar Awards.

The MSFHR Scholar Program supports early-career researchers to advance cutting-edge health solutions.

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UBC Okanagan clinical assistant named one of the top 150 nurses in Canada

Congratulations to Lauren Airth, a clinical assistant with the school of nursing and UBC Okanagan alumna, who has been named by the Canadian Nurses Association as one of the top 150 nurses in Canada.

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Current conditions spark fire season reminder

British Columbia is facing one of the most volatile fire seasons in recent memory and Campus Security would like to remind the campus community to be extra vigilant with any flammable materials that you might be using.

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New Faculty Orientation scheduled for Aug. 17

Human Resources' faculty orientations are designed to complement academic department orientations. This half-day session is offered on August 17.

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Workshop: Crucial skills for management and supervision

This workshop presents the crucial skills for managing employment relationships from beginning to end, with particular focus on hiring and performance management.

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UBC Okanagan courtyard setting for Opera Under the Stars

Opera Kelowna and UBC partner for open air, mid-summer evening concert on aug. 2

Some of Canada’s best talent will gather for an evening of performances as Opera Kelowna opens its 2017 Summer Opera Series with Opera Under the Stars, organized in partnership with UBC.

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Cigdem Eskicioglu, professor of engineering.
Cigdem Eskicioglu, professor of engineering.

New biofuel technology cuts production time significantly

UBC Okanagan researcher helps develop cheaper and faster bioreactors

New research from a professor in the School of Engineering might hold the key to biofuels that are cheaper, safer and much faster to produce.

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From left: Kimberley Kaseweter, Logan Volkmann and Geoff Coombs have all been awarded UBC Killam Doctoral Scholarships.
From left: Kimberley Kaseweter, Logan Volkmann and Geoff Coombs have all been awarded UBC Killam Doctoral Scholarships.

Three UBC Okanagan students capture Killam Doctoral scholarships

Prestigious award provides funding to pursue ongoing research

A trio of UBC Okanagan researchers have each been awarded the UBC Killam Doctoral Scholarship, marking the first time in three years any nominee from the Okanagan campus has captured the most prestigious award available to graduate students.

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Working closely with her professor, Alice Zhang picked up research and analytical skills unheard of for most undergraduate students - and turned heads at a national conference as a result.
Working closely with her professor, Alice Zhang picked up research and analytical skills unheard of for most undergraduate students.

Starting a research career early

Alice Zhang never imagined that she would be among the first undergraduate students from the Faculty of Management to present at a large Canadian management conference.

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Cultural Studies students Tessa Baatz and Emma Mcleod (centre) present their project in class.
Cultural Studies students Tessa Baatz and Emma Mcleod (centre) present their project in class.

Converting parking spaces into people places

Student research project proposes the city create parklets

Parklets, not parking spaces, can create a positive vibe in the City of Kelowna.

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Jason Pither, associate professor of biology.
Jason Pither, associate professor of biology.

Ancient fungi could help Canada's future northern forests

UBC research provides new clues to how trees adapt to a changing climate

As Canada’s vast boreal and tundra ecosystems experience dramatic warming due to climate change, trees are rapidly spreading north.

New research from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences suggests some of these trees could be getting help from a surprising source: fungi that have lain dormant underground for thousands of years.

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