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Trucks from several different local fire departments will be on campus as the Office of the Fire Commissioner and the BC Wildfire Service do advance planning work in the region.
Trucks from several different local fire departments are on campus as the Office of the Fire Commissioner and the BC Wildfire Service do advance planning work in the region.

UBC Okanagan hosts firefighters and equipment in support of BC wildfire efforts

UBC's Okanagan campus began housing 25 firefighters and their equipment on July 24 in its summer residence accommodations as part of its continued support of the BC wildfire emergency effort.

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Keith Culver, director of the Survive and Thrive Applied Research Initiative.
Keith Culver, director of the Survive and Thrive Applied Research Initiative.

What are you working on?

Meet Keith Culver, director of the Survive and Thrive Applied Research Initiative (STAR).

STAR connects organizations with UBC researchers and international partners to create solutions to real world challenges.

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Welcoming our students: get involved in Create and orientation events

As fall approaches, Create organizers are excited to begin preparing to welcome our new and returning students to campus through a broad range of orientation activities and events.

As a faculty or staff member, you play an important role during this time.

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Student health and wellbeing focus of new UBC course

First-year elective at UBC Okanagan introduces health competencies

Students have a new elective course to consider this fall, as the university introduces the HEAL 100 course on health and wellbeing.

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Change agent: Climate and energy

The big picture

In 2016, UBC Okanagan embraced a new pathway to sustainability with its Whole Systems Infrastructure Plan.

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UBC Okanagan's wildfire preparedness and response

In addition to supporting the wildfire emergency effort in the local community, UBC Okanagan is making itself a fire smart campus.

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Psychology Clinic launches additional services

The UBC Okanagan Psychology Clinic provides empirically based assessment and therapy, and is currently accepting self-referrals for evaluation of adults with suspected learning disabilities and neuropsychological disorders.

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Reminder: Management and supervision skills workshop offered on Aug. 14

Don't miss out on this workshop, which presents crucial skills for managing employment relationships. New and existing supervisors and managers will find this workshop useful.

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UBC Stories
School of Engineering Professor Mina Hoorfar at work in her Advanced Thermo-Fluidic lab.
School of Engineering Director Mina Hoorfar at work in her Advanced Thermo-Fluidic lab.

UBC researchers test 3D-printed water quality sensor

Inexpensive and tiny devices inspect water quality in the distribution system

Researchers in the School of Engineering have designed a tiny device —built using a 3D printer—that can monitor drinking water quality in real time and help protect against waterborne illness.

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The Olympic journey begins for Jeff Thorburn immediately as he joins the team in just over a week in Sochi, Russia.
The Olympic journey begins for Jeff Thorburn immediately as he joins the team in just over a week in Sochi, Russia.

Heat head athletic therapist heading to the Olympics

To help defend their 2014 Olympic Gold medal, Team Canada has named Jeff Thorburn as one of their two athletic therapists at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Thorburn has been the head athletic therapist for the UBC Okanagan Heat since 2013, after serving seven years with the Kelowna Rockets.

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Pride at UBC: Anne Fleming

With Vancouver Pride taking place this weekend and Okanagan Pride taking place the weekend after, the UBC Equity and Inclusion office asked FCCS Creative Writing Prof. Anne Fleming what Pride means to her.

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Appreciating the British Columbia wine territory, an
Appreciating the British Columbia wine territory, an "exhibit trail" experience at several wineries, kicked off this month and will run until the end of August.

Exploring the identity of BC wine territory

"Exhibit trail" at wineries encourages discussion

Scholars in the Faculty of Management are bringing wine industry dialogue into BC communities this summer with an "exhibit trail," or multi-location exhibition, at wineries throughout the province.

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Heat women's head basketball coach Claire Meadows
Heat women's head basketball coach Claire Meadows

Claire Meadows to work as assistant with Basketball Canada

Coaching year-round has become the norm for Claire Meadows.

For the second straight off-season Heat women's head basketball coach Claire Meadows is spending June and July with Canada Basketball.

This year Meadows is an assistant coach with the U19 Women's National Team that is set to compete at the FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup 2017.

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UBC students Emma Smith, left, and Eamon Riordan-Short scan historical material at Peachland's museum as part of the Okanagan Region Historical Digitization Project.
Students Emma Smith, left, and Eamon Riordan-Short scan historical material at Peachland's museum as part of the Okanagan Region Historical Digitization Project.

UBC Library enhances access to Okanagan Valley historical resources

Student digitization team visits community archives and museums

The rich and varied history of the Okanagan Valley will be easier to discover thanks to a project launched by UBC Okanagan's Library in partnership with various regional organizations.

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Master of Management students tour downtown Kelowna with City of Kelowna Director of Business and Entrepreneurial Development Robert Fine as part of their two week-long summer intensive.
Master of Management students tour downtown Kelowna with City of Kelowna Director of Business and Entrepreneurial Development Robert Fine as part of their two week-long summer intensive.

Master of Management reimagines professional graduate education

Students connecting with Okanagan enterprises

Professional graduate education is being reimagined right now at UBC's Okanagan campus.

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PhD candidate Sydney Morgan conducts research on wine yeast strains and how they react to sulphites.
PhD candidate Sydney Morgan conducts research on wine yeast strains and how they react to sulphites.

Sulphites and the great wine debate

UBC research shows different sulphite amounts affect yeast strain and final product

Adding different levels of sulphites to grape juice can significantly alter which yeasts are able to ferment the wine—and changes how the final wine tastes and smells.

PhD candidate Sydney Morgan has recently published research about how sulphites, also known as sulphur dioxide (SO2), affect wine yeast and how this reaction may change the taste of a product.

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Dr. Jacqueline Reid is now a first-year UBC internal medicine resident in Vancouver.
Dr. Jacqueline Reid is now a first-year UBC internal medicine resident in Vancouver.

Rapid Access Clinic reduces patient wait times, improves diagnosis

New clinic leads to earlier diagnosis of cancers and reduces costs

A new clinic model at Vernon Jubilee Hospital has led to earlier diagnosis of gastrointestinal cancers while also reducing overtime staffing costs, a new UBC study shows.

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HAT TRICK logoUBC Okanagan's HAT TRICK returns for round three

New recruits wanted for lifestyle-changing program and research project

Named for the three goals represented in the program—physical activity, healthy eating and teamwork—UBC's HAT TRICK is back for its third period.

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UBC student Tristan Watson conducts research on root disease in cherry orchards.
PhD student Tristan Watson conducts research on root disease in cherry orchards.

New research suggests compost and wood-mill waste an organic alternative to fumigation

UBC researchers say root disease may be prevented by using compost with young cherry trees

Material currently thought of as garbage may be the answer to preventing root disease in cherry orchards without the use of fumigation, according to new research from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

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The importance of Coding Connections

Computer Science Instructor Bowen Hui thinks young people should learn to code earlier in life. That's why for the last two years, Hui has worked with local school districts to offer a one-day coding camp to high-school students.

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Brachytherapy expertise recognized in faculty role at 2017 AAPM Summer School

Every year, the American Association of Medical Physicists (AAPM) holds a professional development summer school for medical physicists.

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ubco.tv spotlight
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  • Heat athletic therapist heading to the Olympics
    The Heat's Head Athletic Therapist Jeff Thorburn has been named to the training staff for the 2018 Team Canada Men's Hockey Program.
  • HAT TRICK
    A free program for men who want to be more active, eat healthier, and get connected with their favourite hockey team.
  • HEAL 100
    Introduction and Principles of Health and Wellbeing is a new first-year course that's launching this fall.

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