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January 3, 2018

Events

January 5
Viral Objects Display

January 8
Discovering the limitations of heterogeneous and carbon-based photocatalysts with transient absorption spectroscopy

January 9, 16 and 23
Objects in Motion

January 10
Sustainable catalytic processes: Iron-catalysed atom transfer radical addition reactions

January 11
Identification and characterization of F. nucleatum virulence factors critical for host-pathogen interactions in colorectal cancer

January 11
Draw By Night #23

January 13
Visual Arts Portfolio Day

January 13
Creative Days with Fern Helfand

January 15
Small Molecule Activation and Catalysis with Square Planar Iron Complexes

January 15
PhD Dissertation Oral Exam: Rhiannon Wallace

January 15 to 19
Red Phone

January 17
Pit Stop ~ Ombuds Office

January 17
MD Admissions Info Session

Workshops

January 10
Creating Mentally Healthy Workplaces

January 10
Thesis Formatting

January 12
MS Office Publisher

January 12
Writing a Lay Summary

January 15
MS Office Word Core

January 16
MS Office Excel Core

January 16
New Staff Orientation

January 16
Writing a Lay Summary

January 17
MS Office Outlook

January 17
BCGEU PD Fund Meeting

January 17
Writing a Research Data Management Plan

January 17
Thesis Formatting

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Workshops

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Feb. 14: Experience UBC

2018 marks the second year that 1,000 local grade 10 and 11 students will arrive on campus to Experience UBC for a day. While on campus they'll attend academic sessions, speak with students, faculty and staff, as well as get a sense of what student life is like on campus.

If you would like to volunteer at this event, contact Student Recruitment and Advising's Kate Lohr (kate.lohr@ubc.ca) before February 1.


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New year, new you. Be stronger than your excuses.

Start the year off right with a free test drive of any of on-campus fitness classes at the Hangar all next week, January 8 to 13.

Discover something new or reconnect with a favourite activity. With a variety of classes and times, you can find the fitness options that work best for you and your schedule. 

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Marina Kriscautzky
Marina Kriscautzky

FCCS visiting scholar: Marina Kriscautzky

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies is pleased to announce that for a week this month it will be hosting renowned scholar Marina Kriscautzky, professor of psycholinguistics and director of the Centre for Educational Technology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Prof. Kriscautzky will spend from January 13 to 20 at UBC Okanagan working with students and faculty. She will also be holding a public talk on January 16 at 2:30 p.m. in UNC 334.

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Canadian Blood ServicesJan. 17: Blood donor clinic organized for the UNC Ballroom

The UBC Okanagan Partners for Life team has organized a blood clinic for January 17, 2018 in the University Centre Ballroom. The clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Developing Minds returns for the winter term

The Developing Minds program returns this term with new and exciting workshops that provide a wide-range of personal and professional development opportunities for students, staff and faculty.

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Procurement officer joins Supply Management

A warm campus community welcome to Clint Sampson, Supply Management's newest procurement officer.

Located in ADM 006, Sampson brings extensive public procurement knowledge from his 11 years of experience working in supply management with The City of Calgary and most recently, one year with the City of Kelowna.

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Changes to Brink's 2018 non-tuition bank deposit schedule

A note to all departments who make non-tuition deposits on campus: Brink's carriers will be changing the pickup schedule in 2018.

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Reminder: Teaching Excellence Award and Killam Teaching Prize nominations are open

Nominations are now open for the Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award and the new Killam Teaching Prize.

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Share your views: Kelowna housing survey

As part of building its Healthy Housing Strategy, the City of Kelowna is asking residents to share their housing experiences. An online housing survey at getinvolved.kelowna.ca asks about the state of housing in Kelowna and its priorities for the future.

This survey is available until January 15, 2018.

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UBC Stories
Heather Gainforth, the study's senior author, says that if individuals are provided with healthy food they have a better chance of controlling their diabetes.
Heather Gainforth, the study's senior author, says that if individuals are provided with healthy food they have a better chance of controlling their diabetes.

People with Type 2 diabetes need more support

International review determines teaching how to eat well should be part of the treatment

Research shows the old adage 'teach someone to fish' instead of giving them a fish, rings true when it comes to helping people with Type 2 diabetes.

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Researchers sample trees in the Amazon river while investigating the 20 million tonnes missing of atmospheric methane. Photo credit: Norbert Hertkorn
Researchers sample trees in the Amazon river while investigating the 20 million tonnes missing of atmospheric methane. Photo credit: Norbert Hertkorn

Amazon's mysterious methane finally accounted for

Scientists determine source of 20 million tonnes of methane is a natural phenomenon

In a new study published in Nature, a team of international researchers have discovered the answer to a scientific mystery that has gone unsolved in the Amazon Rainforest for the past 10 years.

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UBC hosts gala evening of art, anticipation and entertainment

Unique variety of artwork available at Art on the Line

Each year the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies in association with the Visual Arts Course Union hosts Art on the Line. The fundraiser and gala event celebrates the work of local artists in a lively, auction-style evening.

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UBC researchers (from left to right) Abby Yang, Associate Professor Adam Wei, Krysta Giles-Hansen and Qiang Li discuss the role forest vegetation plays while monitoring water resources.
UBC researchers (from left to right) Abby Yang, Associate Professor Adam Wei, Krysta Giles-Hansen and Qiang Li discuss the role forest vegetation plays while monitoring water resources.

Forests are the key to fresh water

UBC research shows both forest vegetation and climate change have an impact on water supply

Freshwater resources are critical to both human civilization and natural ecosystems, but Barber School researchers have discovered that changes to ground vegetation can have as much of an impact on global water resources as climate change.

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UBC Okanagan graduate Blago Hristovski
UBC Okanagan graduate Blago Hristovski.

Paying it forward

A Kelowna family continues a legacy of giving back to the community, one student award recipient at a time.

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Plot twists, new high-school category for annual fiction competition

Submission deadline fast approaching for UBC Okanagan's Short Story Contest

To celebrate the 20th year of its public debut in the Okanagan, UBC’s creative writing contest has undergone some dramatic changes—by adding new chapters.

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Assoc. Prof. of Psychology Zach Walsh.
Assoc. Prof. of Psychology Zach Walsh.

UBC prof points to a potential aid in combating the opioid crisis

Kratom may be valuable tool in addressing epidemic

As the opioid crisis in Canada reaches alarming new heights, claiming the lives of 2,800 Canadians in 2016, new research suggests that the controversial psychoactive plant kratom could help provide the relief patients, clinicians, and policymakers are looking for.

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Carole Robinson
Carole Robinson.

UBC professor tests software to help cancer patients have the 'tough conversations'

Program may help those reluctant to engage in advance care planning

A UBC study investigating how cancer patients might use an advance care planning software created for seniors has shown promising results and led to improvements in the program.

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BC's Interior universities join forces to take research to a new level

Students at British Columbia's three Interior universities will benefit from enhanced research opportunities and increased mobility, thanks to a newly signed agreement that will be a game changer for higher education in the region.

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  • Combining technical civil and environmental engineering
    Assistant Professor of Engineering Kerry Black's research incorporates civil and environmental engineering principles and research with policy and socio-economic components -- focusing on sustainable infrastructure for healthy and resilient communities.
  • Engineering Design Competition
    Highlights from the finals of the 2017 APSC CAD/CAM Design Competition.
  • BARK-Telus Pilot Program
    The Building Academic Retention through K9s (BARK) program has been mentoring 22 children, aged between five and 12 years old from the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club.

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