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Introducing The Commons

The Commons is the new, UBC Board-approved name for UBC Okanagan’s multi-purpose student learning facility under construction beside the existing library building.

When it opens this fall, The Commons will feature more than 45,000 sq. ft. (4,180 sq. m.) of space including the Hon. D. Ross Fitzpatrick Great Hall, the Lois and Cliff Serwa Reading Room, a 400-seat classroom, Visualization and Emerging Media Lab, as well as Special Collections and Archives.


Prof. Ono introduces
Innovation UBC

In his latest blog post Professor Santa Ono discusses Innovation UBC, one of three cross-cutting priorities that will enhance institutional  impact in an increasingly complex and interconnected world.

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UniForum@UBC: Early insights into the structure of service delivery across UBC

UBC is one of 44 post-secondary institutions around the world participating in the UniForum study. The study enables UBC to benchmark against other universities and develop best practices from experiences across participating institutions.

With more than 600 employees participating in the UniForum study in 2017, organizers wanted to share highlights from year one.

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Hack & Whack registration deadline tomorrow

UBC Okanagan’s annual Hack & Whack golf tournament for faculty and staff is being held on May 22 at the Kelowna Springs Golf Club. 

Register as a part of a team or as an individual ($65 per individual entry). Registration closes tomorrow – don’t miss out on the fun!

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Peer Writing Group Network now accepting applications

The College of Graduate Studies, in collaboration with the Centre for Scholarly Communication, is currently recruiting graduate students for the summer intake of its Peer Writing Group Network.

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Share your #UBCOGrad moments

The campus community will be recognizing the class of 2018 on June 7 and 8

In order to give all soon-to-be alumni the best graduation experience possible, make sure to share your #UBCOgrad moments through your UBC Okanagan social media channels on June 7 and 8.

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May 28 to June 22: Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge

All staff and faculty are invited to participate in this summer’s Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge.

This four-week challenge being held from May 28 to June 22 is a fun and inclusive way to encourage our community to keep fit by taking the stairs. 

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Spring and summer group fitness

Spring and summer group fitness classes are now in full swing. A faculty and staff group fitness pass gives you access to unlimited group fitness classes from now until August 31 for only $80.

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Call for proposals: Aspire Learning and Teaching Fund

The Aspire Learning and Teaching (ALT) Fund supports curriculum change, innovative teaching practices, and learning environment enhancement at UBC Okanagan.

The ALT Fund is currently calling for proposals for 2019/20 projects. There is a two-stage process, with the letter of intent due on June 4. A maximum of $50,000 is available per project and projects may take up to three years in length.

To find out more, visit: altfund.ok.ubc.ca/alt-fund-call


The parking permit that you're still displaying...

You can get rid of it!

Displaying the permit on your mirror is no longer required. Parking compliance at UBC Okanagan is based on the license plate, not the hanging permit. The permit is no longer used.

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May 31: Interior University Research Coalition symposium

The British Columbia Interior University Research Coalition is a partnership involving UNBC, TRU, UBC Okanagan.

This coalition is holding a day-long symposium on May 31 as an opportunity for researchers to connect, introduce collaborative funding opportunities and build a collaborative research community across the three campuses.

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Work Study projects funded

The Work Study program received 112 funding applications for over $1,429,460 from faculty and staff across campus this spring. Of these, 59 applications were approved for full or partial funding.

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Library renovations to start soon

This summer, the first floor of the UBC Okanagan Library will undergo a renovation. Once construction begins (mid- to late-June), there will be some changes to community and guest services.

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UBC Stories

One water

Researchers take a holistic approach to examine one of the Earth's most precious resources

There are massive pressures on Earth's finite water supply. Through a diverse array of water-related research activities, UBC Okanagan's School of Engineering is uncovering new ways to manage water resources, from the local to the international stage.

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Engineering professor Abbas Milani and graduate student Armin Rashidi use 3D scanning equipment to analyze textile composites.
Engineering professor Abbas Milani and graduate student Armin Rashidi use 3D scanning equipment to analyze textile composites.

Researchers improve textile composite manufacturing

UBC engineers iron out the wrinkles in producing strong and durable materials

While wearing a crisply ironed, wrinkle-free shirt makes a good impression, researchers in the School of Engineering are working to solve the issue of wrinkling when it comes to making textile composites.

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Polar bears are listed as a species of ‘special concern' in Canada. Their numbers are declining from the combination of losing habitat and feeding opportunities related to climate change. (Evan Richardson photo)
Polar bears are listed as a species of ‘special concern' in Canada. Their numbers are declining from the combination of losing habitat and feeding opportunities related to climate change. (Photo credit: Evan Richardson)

New research says location of protected areas vital to wildlife survival

Scientists identify hotspots for Canada's protected areas

Location, location, location is not just a buzzword for homebuyers.

A new study by 17 conservation scientists and environmental scholars says the exact location of protective wild spaces is just as vital as committing to set these areas aside.

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Using a specialized optical technique, called Raman spectroscopy, Andrew Jirasek and colleagues are the first to use the technique to look at the unique cellular changes that occur following radiation.
Using a specialized optical technique, called Raman spectroscopy, Andrew Jirasek and colleagues are the first to use the technique to look at the unique cellular changes that occur following radiation.

UBC researchers shine a new light on cancer treatments

Infrared fingerprinting of cancer cells can lead to better radiation therapies

Researchers from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences have discovered a new method of using infrared light to monitor cancer progression during radiation treatment that may lead to better and more personalized therapies.

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Q&A: Warren Hare

Warren Hare, associate professor in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Science, recently co-authored a new textbook with Charles Audet of Polytechnique Montréal.

Derivative-Free and Blackbox Optimization helps fill the gap for quality, accessible material needed in a new and rapidly growing sub-field of computer science.

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