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2017 graduates throw their mortarboards into the air to celebrate their success after receiving their degrees.
2017 graduates throw their mortarboards into the air to celebrate their success after receiving their degrees.

UBC Okanagan hosts six graduation ceremonies this week

More than 1,750 students will cross the stage and receive degrees

UBC Okanagan's gym and courtyard will be filled with traditional ceremony, shouts of celebrations and lifetime memories on Thursday and Friday.

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Map of suggested employee parking during graduation

June 7 and 8: Graduation traffic changes

Employees are encouraged to use transit or Parking Lots J, W and the north-end of H during Convocation

With the construction of Upper Campus Way -- the new access to campus opening this fall -- and the resulting closures of Parking Lots G and C, getting around campus during graduation will be different this year.

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Oct. 19 and 20: UBC Okanagan's first-ever Homecoming

Help spread the word with all new alumni at convocation this week: Encourage them to come to UBC Okanagan's first Homecoming event in October.

They'll enjoy conversations with old and new friends, meet an Olympian and taste the best of local chefs, wineries and breweries.

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New names, new construction

UBC's Board of Governors has recently approved a name change for the former Mountain Weather Office to Upper Campus Health Building, as well as several other projects.

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Advanced Malware Protection being deployed in June

This month, UBC Cybersecurity will be turning on the Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) system at UBC Okanagan. The AMP system is an extra layer of protection that complements UBC’s current malware protection (Sophos).

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GEERing Up for this year's science and engineering camps

GEERing Up returns to UBC Okanagan this summer with hands-on science and engineering day camps for kids entering Grades 1 to 7.
Camps run from July 9 to August 23.

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July 1: Computer lab request deadlines

To help schedule computer lab software updates for the September 2018 academic term, IT, Media & Classroom Services is implementing cutoff dates for Lab Software Installation Submittals.

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Applications being accepted for Global Contexts in the Classroom Fund

This new seed funding opportunity provides support for UBC Okanagan faculty members to internationalize curriculum through designing course modules that incorporate international content and contexts into existing courses. The funding can be used for travel, collaboration and teaching materials.

The application deadline is August 1, 2018. $1,000 to $3,750 in grants are available.

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UBC space available downtown through RCA partnership

Did you know that UBC has a formal agreement in place with the Rotary Centre for the Arts (RCA) to use the facility for a variety of university events?

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June 11, 19 and 26:
Uniforum Open Labs

The UniForum@UBC study is entering year two of the program, which collects information to better understand UBC's services and activities.

Drop-in sessions have been organized to on June 11, 19 and 26 to help and guide UniForum respondents when entering their data into the UFAST system.

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June 13 and 14: eProcurement and OPT training sessions with Finance Operations

Finance Operations has organized five sessions for June 13 and 14, which will provide a preview on how to work with the new UBC eProcurement form, as well as provide more training for the Online Payment Tool (OPT).

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Reminder: Parking permit rate changes coming Sept. 1

Parking Services would like to remind the campus community that parking rates will be increasing on September 1.

The new rates can be viewed online at: parking.ok.ubc.ca/Parking_Rates/Monthly_Permit_Rates


Strategic Plan poster now available

In April, UBC launched its new strategic plan, Shaping UBC's Next Century. The vision and goals are now available in a simple poster format.

Print your own copy to display in your workspace.


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UBC Stories
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Printing parts

School of Engineering researchers are making new discoveries in tissue engineering

UBC Okanagan biomedical engineers are discovering new ways to construct functional living tissues and artificial organs.

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A picture captured by Prof. Ainslie's research team during their high-altitude research expedition to White Mountain, California, in 2015. Photo credit: Matt Reiger
A picture captured by Prof. Ainslie's research team during their high-altitude research expedition to White Mountain, California, in 2015. Photo credit: Matt Reiger

Team of researchers hunt for answers in thin air

How do high-altitude residents and deep-water divers thrive where others cannot?

Faculty of Health and Social Development Professor Phil Ainslie's research has taken him from extreme mountain peaks, to the wild edges of the globe and to the cold depths of the ocean.

His quest is to understand why and how some people thrive in conditions that make the average person extremely ill.

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Cannabis plants grow under artificial lights

UBC Okanagan researchers develop faster test for cannabis quality

New method to help meet increasing demand for cannabis potency testing

Researchers in the Barber School have developed a new method of measuring phytocannabinoids—the primary bioactive molecules in cannabis—that will lead to faster, safer and more accurate information for producers, regulators and consumers alike.

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Experts have created an evidence-based tool that can help coaches be sure they are offering quality programs to parasport athletes. Photo credit: Canadian Paralympic Committee
Experts have created an evidence-based tool that can help coaches be sure they are offering quality programs to parasport athletes. Photo credit: Canadian Paralympic Committee

Canadian researchers review quality of exercise options for those with disabilities

Quality, not just quantity, important for building parasport programs

While blueprints are essential for any construction project, a team of researchers—working hand in hand with the Canadian Paralympic Committee—say a clear blueprint is vital when it comes to establishing sporting programs including people with disabilities.

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UBC grad students Kurt Yesilcimen, second from left, and Connor Keegan, far right, give the cart a final inspection before handing it over to Metro Community Church's Devon Siebenga and Ramsay Collier.
UBC grad students Kurt Yesilcimen, second from left, and Connor Keegan, far right, give the cart a final inspection before handing it over to Metro Community Church's Devon Siebenga and Ramsay Collier.

UBC's personal belongings cart ready to hit the streets

Members of the street community, local church, will test first prototype

It's not your everyday test drive. The first-ever personal belongings carrier, specifically designed for homeless people, is ready to roll onto Kelowna sidewalks.

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Exercise can help with social isolation of seniors

Study finds those with hearing loss, much more isolated than their peers

A pilot program encouraging older adults to get walking to improve their health has revealed unexpected details to researchers in the Southern Medical Program.

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UBC Okanagan sustainability researcher Lael Parrott, report editor and contributor
UBC Okanagan sustainability researcher Lael Parrott, report editor and contributor.

Mountains matter

University experts comment on how climate change is transforming alpine environments

Mountains are bellwethers of climate shifts according to new reporting led by Barber School researchers, who suggest these terrains are experiencing a variety of rapid and worrying changes.

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Aboriginal Destination UBC participants after their escape room challenge
Aboriginal Destination UBC participants after their escape room challenge.

Destination UBC: Catching up on all the fun

Student Recruitment and Advising is proud to have hosted another Destination UBC event at the Okanagan campus over the May 11 to 13 weekend

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2018 Southern Medical Program graduate Sarah Pankratz.
2018 Southern Medical Program graduate Sarah Pankratz.

Summer state of emergency

Sarah Pankratz will never forget the ominous sight of six billowing columns of smoke rising from the hills surrounding her hometown of Williams Lake.

It was July 2017, she was home barely a week from medical school and was looking forward to a quiet summer. She had spent the previous year as a Southern Medical Program student training at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

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Harsimran K. Kalra with fellow students and professor Francisco Peña in the Mythologies in Motion course
Harsimran K. Kalra with fellow students and professor Francisco Peña in the Mythologies in Motion course.

Mythologies in motion

The study of world literatures takes advantage of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies' range of expertise in the field and opens a dialogue between worldviews from a range of cultures and historical periods.

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Matthew Stork is a PhD candidate in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at UBC's Okanagan campus
Matthew Stork is a PhD candidate in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences.

Short bursts of intense exercise are a HIIT, even with less active people

Participants find high-intensity interval exercise as enjoyable as traditional exercise

While we know high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is time-efficient and good for our health, School of Health and Exercise Sciences researchers are still curious to determine if less active users are willing to do it.

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Michelle Thiessen is a clinical psychology graduate student and study lead author.
Michelle Thiessen is a clinical psychology graduate student and study lead author.

Psychedelic drug use associated with better emotion regulation and reduced partner violence in men

Psychedelics may help improve emotion regulation and keep violent tendencies at bay

In a new study, researchers from the Barber School have discovered that men who have used psychedelic drugs in the past have a lower likelihood of engaging in violence against their intimate partners.

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Spotting imperfection before it occurs

Using 3D multi-scale multi-physics mathematical models, School of Engineering researchers have developed a process to predict when cracking will occur in fusion welding.

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Allison Hargreaves wins Gabrielle Roy Prize

Allison Hargreaves, associate professor of North American Indigenous Literatures, has won the 2017 Gabrielle Roy Prize for her book Violence Against Indigenous Women: Literature, Activism, Resistance.

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The 3MT Regionals: Q&A with PhD student Sydney Morgan

Last month, biology PhD student Sydney Morgan was in Regina representing UBC Okanagan at the Western Regionals of the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

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