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Events

September 6
Welcome Week events

September 6
MSc Thesis Oral Exam: Alexander Hansen

September 6
Writing the Doctoral Scholarship Application Tutorial

September 6
MASc Thesis Oral Exam: Md Rashedul Kabir

September 6
MSc Thesis Oral Exam: Victoria Armstrong

September 8
PHD Dissertation Oral Exam: Colin Wallace

September 13
MASc Thesis Oral Exam: Guoyu Zhang

September 14
alumNIGHTS at Oak + Cru

September 15
MASc Thesis Oral Exam: Hassaan Masood

September 19
PHD Dissertation Oral Exam: Matthew Waterhouse

September 20
Nature, National Character, and Unnatural Disaster: Reflections on the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan

September 21
MSc Thesis Oral Exam: Brett Ford

October 24
Priorities and challenges in rural Indigenous palliative care: Cultural safety revisited

Workshops

September 12
ePAF Initiator/Approver Training

September 12
Get Involved

September 19
MD Admissions Info Session

September 20
Go Global Info Session

September 20
Developing Minds: Resume Rescue

September 20
Compassion at work: The quiet power that elevates

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

Workshops

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Employee News

Prime Minister Trudeau hosts on-campus Town Hall tonight

The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, will host an on-campus Town Hall tonight at 7 p.m. in the Gymnasium.

The public and all UBC Okanagan students, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to meet the Prime Minister at this special event.

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2017 Staff Awards of Excellence and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal's award winners: Paula Lambert, Angela Sali, Shannon Dunn, Renee Leboe, Liz Hilliard, Robert Buonomo and (centre) Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard.
2017 Staff Awards of Excellence and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal's award winners: Paula Lambert, Angela Sali, Shannon Dunn, Renee Leboe, Liz Hilliard, Robert Buonomo and (centre) Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard.

Annual awards recognize select staff for spirit and accomplishments

The end of the summer marks an important tradition at UBC Okanagan: the bestowing of the annual Staff Awards of Excellence

The awards are part of the annual end-of-summer welcome back events for staff and faculty, which also features the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal's Town Hall and a barbecue for all employees.

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Next Distinguished Speaker to be announced Sept. 12

The Distinguished Speaker Series returns for the 2017/18 season with a fall event that's sure to make you happy

Presented by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, the series' next speaker will be announced next Tuesday (September 12).

To be among the first to find out who the next speaker will be, subscribe to the Distinguished Speaker Series email announcement list.


Consent is clear

Consent is enthusiastic, freely given, and can be revoked at any time

You play a role in making this campus a safe and caring place. Respect others and treat them the way they want to be treated.

Make sure to share with all students, faculty and staff members information about available on-campus wellness counselling and sexual assault resources.

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Disbelieved by doctors, Jennifer Brea turns the camera on herself to reveal the hidden world of ME in her film, Unrest.
Disbelieved by doctors, Jennifer Brea turns the camera on herself to reveal the hidden world of ME in her film, Unrest.

Chronic fatigue highlighted at Disability Resource Centre screening

Find out more about the most common disease you've never seen on october 3

Next month, the Disability Resource Centre is hosting a film screening of the award-winning documentary film Unrest.

Tickets for this screening are $10 and can be purchased online at: cbm.ok.ubc.ca/drc/unrest/registration

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Get Active. Get Involved. Get Rec'd.

September 14 | 5.30 to 7.30 p.m. | UBC Okanagan Gymnasium

Check out all the ways to #getrecd: Meet a workout buddy, join a club, try a fitness class, and more. Over $1,000 in prizes to be won.

Hosted by UBC Recreation and UBC Okanagan Heat Athletics.


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Queer Orientation events organized for Sept. and Oct.

The first of this year's Queer Orientation events got underway last night, and will continue throughout September and early October. The orientation will feature events that foster a sense of community for LGBTQ2IA+ students, staff, and faculty.

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Working out on campus has never been more fun - or affordable

Free fitness classes Sept 11 to 15 in the Hangar

Discover something new or reconnect with a favourite. With a variety of class options and times, come find out what’s best for you and your schedule.

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Canadian Blood ServicesSave lives on campus this fall

Join the UBC Okanagan Partners for Life team for two on-campus blood clinics on September 27 and October 25. The clinics will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the University Centre Ballroom (room UNC200).

The team has close to 100 faculty, staff and student appointments to fill for each clinic.

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No scent campaign graphicNo scents is good sense

Risk Management Services is asking for your help in limiting the use of scented products on campus. Scented products can cause a variety of health problems including sore throats, shortness of breath and migraines.

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Early Alert: notice, assess, respond

With earlier support, it becomes easier for a student get back on track when they're facing difficulties that put their academic success at risk.
Early Alert is an available support that helps UBC faculty, staff and TAs put the right supports in place for these students.

It works by uniting a network of faculty, staff and advisors, who can advise students on the available resources and support available.

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Western Economic Diversification Canada funds improvements to University Commons

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, was on campus on August 17 to annouce funding upgrades to a variety of community spaces, including upgrades to the University Commons field north of the University Centre building.

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Staff Pension Plan info session organized for Oct. 5

THINKING ABOUT RETIREMENT? HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR PENSION BENEFITS?

An Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan session is organized for October 5. It will be led by Pension Administrator Margaret Leathley. One-on-one retirement info sessions are also available upon request.

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Raise your profile with a 30-Second Bio

Impress your colleagues and help them learn more about what you do by having your profile featured in UBC Today.

Conferences and Accommodation Manager Suzanne Nazareno was the inaugural 30-Second Bio for UBC Okanagan, and the university as a whole.

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UBC Stories
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Trying to resist the urge to splurge? Ditch your smartphone

UBC research shows consumers more likely to purchase hedonic products with touchscreen technology

You are more likely to indulge in guilty pleasures when shopping online with a touchscreen versus a desktop computer, according to research from the Faculty of Management.

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Hossein Montazerian, research assistant with the School of Engineering, demonstrates the artificial bone design that can be made with a 3D printer.
Hossein Montazerian, research assistant with the School of Engineering, demonstrates the artificial bone design that can be made with a 3D printer.

UBC researcher looks to the future of bone replacements

Research examines potential of artificial bones made with 3D printer

A School of Engineering researcher has discovered a new artificial bone design that can be customized and made with a 3D printer for stronger, safer and more effective bone replacements.

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Assistant Professor of Economics Ross Hickey.
Assistant Professor of Economics Ross Hickey.

The economics of back to school

A Q&A with Ross Hickey

Barber School Economist Ross Hickey discusses the reasoning behind back to school sales.

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Education professor John-Tyler Binfet poses with Frances. The pair has offered a drop-in animal-assisted therapy program at UBC Okanagan for five years.
Education professor John-Tyler Binfet poses with Frances. The pair has offered a drop-in animal-assisted therapy program at UBC Okanagan for five years.

Stressed for back to school? Find a furry friend

Just 20 minutes with a dog significantly reduces student stress, according to new Faculty of Education research

As students prepare their return to the classroom, many are searching for strategies to improve their mental health and manage the stress that can come with a rigorous study and project schedule.

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UBC researcher and Southern Medical Program student Sandy Wright.
UBC researcher and Southern Medical Program student Sandy Wright.

UBC researchers test new technique to help with concussion diagnosis

Variations in blood flow may be the method to pin down brain trauma

Sports-related concussions are a major public health concern and are notoriously difficult to diagnose. But new research from the Southern Medical Program and the School of Health and Exercise Sciences provides a new tool to help test athletes for recent brain trauma.

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Assistant Professor Brian Dalton.
Assistant Professor Brian Dalton.

Big and strong may not last as long, according to UBC prof

Research shows women outlast men during dynamic muscle exercises

In the battle of the sexes, new UBC research suggests that men may be stronger physically but women have much greater muscle endurance than their male counterparts.

In a new study from the School of Health and Exercise Sciences, researchers have found that women are considerably less exhausted after natural, dynamic muscle exercises than men of similar age and athletic ability.

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  • Competing at the 2017 Summer Universiade
    Heat women's athlete Aidan Lea reflects on her experience training with the Canadian national volleyball programs and competing at the 2017 Summer Universiade.

To see more videos like this, visit youtube.com/user/ubcotv

         
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