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August 15, 2018

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Our collective achievements

You're invited to read UBC's 2017–2018 Annual Report, which communicates our progress made over the past year and celebrates the achievements of faculty, staff and others who are shaping UBC’s next century.

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Welcoming our students: get involved in Create and orientation events

As fall approaches, organizers for Move-In Day and Create are excited to welcome 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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A screenshot of the new gradstudies.ok.ubc.ca.

College of Graduate Studies relaunches web presence

The College of Graduate Studies has re-launched its website (gradstudies.ok.ubc.ca) with a new design, which delivers an immersive experience that elevates and encourages exploration of the ideas, people and events that define graduate studies on the Okanagan campus.

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Aug. 16 and 23: Ricoh printer training and Q&A sessions

IT, Media & Classroom Services and Ricoh have organized training sessions for the new multifunction devices currently being installed across campus.

Training will be held in the ADM 101 Boardroom on August 16 and 23 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.

To RSVP or find out more, visit: ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_emao6ngB6YjDW5v


Share your vision: Kelowna's cultural plan

The City of Kelowna is asking for feedback for Kelowna's Cultural Plan until August 31.

By responding to the survey, you'll help Kelowna develop an understanding of the community's idea of culture, and what it means to you. Anyone who fills out the survey will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a picnic basket full of local products.


Philipp Reichert, manager of International Programs and Services.
Philipp Reichert, manager of International Programs and Services.

Philipp Reichert appointed to Immigration Advisory Committee

Philipp Reichert has been appointed to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) Immigration Advisory Committee (IAC).

Reichert is manager of International Programs and Services and has been with the university since 2012. He is also an instructor for CBIE's International Students and Immigration Education program.

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UBC Okanagan community invited to special Opera Kelowna performance

UBC Okanagan and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies are major sponsors of Opera Kelowna. Our support is helping to make possible a fourth performance of Carmen -- the Opera’s MainStage Production -- on Sunday, August 19.

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Nominations open for Board of Governors staff representative

Nominations are currently open for an elected staff representative of the Okanagan campus to serve on the UBC Board of Governors for the remainder of the 2017-2020 triennium.

The nomination period closes at 4 p.m. on August 21.

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Aug. 29: Research Orientation Day

The Office of Research Services is hosting a Research Orientation Day for new faculty members on August 29.

To find out more contact the Office of Research Services at ResearchOffice.UBCO@ubc.ca or 250 807 9412.


Reminder: Connect access ends Aug. 31

The UBC community will no longer be able to access Connect After Aug. 31

The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) recommends that all faculty members using Connect export all their existing material so that it is not lost after August 31. Make sure to save this content in two separate locations, such as your computer and a USB flash drive. 
 
Use the CTL's step by step tutorial for exporting your content from Connect to Canvas. For more assistance in exporting your course content from Connect, you can contact CTL staff at: ctl.helpdesk@ubc.ca

Improving the use of students' preferred names

Changes to a number of UBC systems have been made to improve the use of students' preferred names.

Faculty and staff can support this change by always using preferred names that appear on class lists and in the SISC.

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Faculty members: Get dunked at Create

At this year's Create Showcase, the Quantitative Science Course Union (QSCU), Student Experience Office and UBCSUO will be hosting a Dunk Your Prof event.

Faculty members from all areas of campus are invited to participate. Anyone interested can contact QSCU president Parsa Rajabi at: president.qscu@gmail.com


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UBC Stories
Vice-Principal Research and Innovation Phil Barker

Phil Barker: Research and the future of Okanagan tech

UBC Okanagan's Vice-Principal Research and Innovation Phil Barker is passionate about deepening the university's research culture and increasing innovation capacity.

Learn more about his love for problem solving, the power of partnership and the future of Okanagan tech in this Accelerate Okanagan feature story.


New study discovers gene that makes lavender smell sweet

UBC Okanagan researchers say discovery could lead to better smelling lavender

For many, summer isn’t complete without fields of purple and the sweet smell of lavender.

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Sepideh Pakpour, assistant professor with the School of Engineering, says nanotechnologies can help address drug addiction by identifying the most at-risk individuals and help develop new therapeutic targets and personalize appropriate treatments.
Sepideh Pakpour, assistant professor with the School of Engineering, says nanotechnologies can help address drug addiction by identifying the most at-risk individuals.

UBC researchers uncover new ways to reduce opioid abuse

Nanotechnologies can help screen patients and classify at-risk people

New research at UBC's Okanagan campus, Harvard Medical School and the University of Texas is exploring the role nanotechnologies can play to reduce opioid abuse.

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Gregory Younging, recipient of the 2018 Gray Campbell Distinguished Service Award.
Gregory Younging, assistant professor of Indigenous Studies.

Gregory Younging awarded 2018 Gray Campbell Distinguished Service Award

Barber School Prof. Gregory Younging has been recognized by Association of Book Publishers of BC for outstanding contributions to the province's publishing industry.

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An estimated 800 concert-goers enjoy Opera Under the Stars at UBC Okanagan
An estimated 800 concert-goers enjoy Opera Under the Stars at UBC Okanagan.

Hundreds gather for Opera Kelowna's Carmen at UBC Okanagan

An evening of outdoor music adds to the magic of Opera Under the Stars

A mid-summer evening of arias and excerpts from one of opera’s most famous love stories, Carmen, came life at UBC Okanagan as an estimated 800 people attended Opera Under the Stars.

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UBC Okanagan PhD student Vincent Loi
UBC Okanagan PhD student Vincent Loi

Engineers help immerse builders in their environments

What started as a project to enable researchers to virtually observe nanophotonics has morphed into an exciting venture that could soon allow architects and builders and their clients to step directly into their projects.

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UBC Okanagan students Stefan Bigsby, right, and Jackson Traplin debrief after their tour of the UBC Vancouver campus. Both were part of the cohort of UBC Okanagan students and staff who attended the opening of the Indian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre this spring.
UBC Okanagan students Stefan Bigsby, right, and Jackson Traplin debrief after their tour of the UBC Vancouver campus. Both were part of the cohort of UBC Okanagan students and staff who attended the opening of the Indian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre this spring.

Reflection leads student to return to UBC to pursue new journey

For many undergraduate students, university is a time of discovery and reflection

For Stefan Bigsby, starting a second degree at UBC’s Okanagan campus meant returning to his alma mater with a new awareness of his Métis heritage that he connected with two years ago.

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Kathleen Martin Ginis is a professor in both the Department of Medicine and School of Health and Exercise Sciences as well as Reichwald Family UBC Southern Medical Program Chair in Preventive Medicine.
Kathleen Martin Ginis, professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences as well as Reichwald Family UBC Southern Medical Program Chair in Preventive Medicine.

One Great Idea:
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UBC faculty write about an idea that significantly influenced their specific discipline

In 1943, renowned German neurosurgeon Dr. Ludwig Guttmann had a revolutionary idea: physical activity could be used for physical, social and emotional rehabilitation

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Lukas Bichler, associate professor in the School of Engineering.
Lukas Bichler, associate professor in the School of Engineering.

One Great Idea:
Lukas Bichler

UBC faculty write about an idea that significantly influenced their specific discipline

The epochs of human evolution can be directly linked to the materials available to mankind. As a result, the pace of technology development continues to accelerate with the availability of new materials.

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Lesley Lutes, clinical health psychologist and director of the clinical psychology PhD program.
Lesley Lutes, clinical health psychologist and director of the clinical psychology PhD program.

Depression and diabetes treatment should go hand-in-hand

Diabetes diagnosis can lead to stress, anxiety and other symptoms

Barber School Prof. Lesley Lutes says there is a lot more to treating people with Type 2 diabetes than just moderating their diet and prescribing exercise.

And if that’s all you do, you might be missing a key ingredient to their care.

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Marie Tarrant is director of the School of Nursing. Her research focuses on maternal and child health.
Marie Tarrant is director of the School of Nursing. Her research focuses on maternal and child health.

New study shows smoking can affect breastfeeding habits

Exposure to household smoke shortens duration

Researchers have determined that new mothers exposed to cigarette smoke in their homes, stop breastfeeding sooner than women not exposed to second-hand smoke.

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Researchers examine success of quit smoking app

Study concludes Crush the Crave has potential, but needs tweaking

With the trend of an app for just about everything these days, a team of researchers from several universities, examined the success of a mobile app designed to help young adults quit smoking.

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Reducing the fear of being too happy

Study proves people are able to control their own happiness

PhD candidate Holli-Anne Passmore has helped establish that -- even for people who have a fear of happiness -- brief positive psychology interventions embedded within university courses can enhance wellbeing.

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