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Sept. 5, 2018

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Employee News
Top row from left: Trevor Odlum, Chase Tompkins, Paul Crang, Andy Fehr and Paul Clancy. Bottom row from left: Deborah Buszard, Marlis Wecels, Barbara Sobol and Adrienne Vedan.
Top row from left: Trevor Odlum, Chase Tompkins, Troy Campbell, Paul Crang, Andy Fehr and Paul Clancy. Bottom row from left: Deborah Buszard, Marlis Wecels, Barbara Sobol and Adrienne Vedan.

UBC recognizes dedicated staff with excellence awards

At last week's Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal's Town Hall, a number of employees were recognized for exemplary service to the university at the annual Staff Awards of Excellence.

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Brianna Wells (left), research support specialist, and Gabrielle Legault, Indigenous community liaison.
Brianna Wells (left), research support specialist, and Gabrielle Legault, Indigenous community liaison.

New research support specialist and Indigenous community liaison join ORS team

The Office of Research Services is welcoming two new team members that will provide support to faculty members and postdoctoral researchers at UBC Okanagan.

Brianna Wells has joined ORS as a research support specialist to oversee the social sciences and humanities portfolio, and Gabrielle Legault is the new Indigenous community liaison.

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Image for alumni UBC masculinity event

Tonight: How can we reshape ideas around masculinity in the 21st Century?

What would a healthier and more respectful view of masculinity look like?

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. alumni UBC hosts a panel of university and community experts for an important conversation about the changing societal views of masculinity.

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Sept. 6 to Oct. 11: Queer Orientation

Join the Positive Space Committee, the UBCSUO Pride Resource Centre and the Equity & Inclusion Office for the third annual UBC Okanagan Queer Orientation.

Queer Orientation is a series of events for LGBT2QIA+ students, staff, faculty and allies -- from film screenings and poetry, to workshops and networking events.

To find out more, visit: equity.ok.ubc.ca


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UBC 101 – online orientation available for new students

The Office of the Associate Vice-President Students has just launched a new online orientation for new students that streamlines and improves the transition experience for UBC Okanagan undergraduate students.

UBC 101 – online orientation is a non-credit course offered through Canvas to provide incoming students with the knowledge and resources to have a great first-year at UBC Okanagan.

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

Start your year with free fitness classes from September 10 to 15 at the Hangar Fitness Centre. Attend a free fitness class to receive a bottle of Vitamin Water Zero and be entered to win prizes.

With a variety of group fitness class options and times, choose a class that’s best for you and your schedule.

Find your fit...


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Need help with WiFi?

"UBC Secure" is now a more reliable network. Update your WiFi settings by visiting it.ubc.ca/autoconnect.

If you need help, please contact the IT Service Centre.


Homecoming banner imageVolunteer for Homecoming

Homecoming brings together generations of UBC grads to celebrate their time on campus. Join us in welcoming UBC alumni back to campus for UBC Okanagan’s very first Homecoming.

Volunteer to help with the celebration on October 19 and 20.

To participate or find out more, visit: ok.ubc.ca/homecoming/volunteer


Sept. 11: Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Showcase

Celebrating the legacy of Michael Smith

Join the Office of the Vice-Principal Research for a special Showcase of Scholars that celebrates the impact and legacy of Michael Smith and the remarkable health research being done at UBC Okanagan.

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Thrive UBC logoThriving through volunteering

Thrive Week takes place from October 29 to November 2

The Thrive Organizing Committee is looking for campus partners to help expand positive mental health among all UBC faculty, staff and students. Individuals or groups can plan an event, help promote Thrive week or get people talking in support of mental health.

To find out more, visit the Partnering with Thrive website or email thrive.okanagan@ubc.ca.


Project Literacy is coming to campus

The UBC Okanagan Library is pleased to announce a community partnership that will enable Project Literacy Kelowna to bring their One to One Tutoring Program for English language acquisition to the campus community.

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Miranda Hart, associate professor of biology in the Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

Gardening Club puts local landscape under the microscope

The UBC Okanagan Gardening Club will be putting local plants under the microscope with a September workshop that will have you looking at the natural world in a whole new way.

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Integrated Renewal Program welcomes new Program Director

Chris Mercer has been selected as the new program director for the Integrated Renewal Program. Mercer joined the university on August 20 with over 35 years of experience working in higher education with both large public and smaller private post-secondary institutions.

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Raise your profile with a 30-Second Bio

Share something about yourself and the work you do with your colleagues by having your profile featured in UBC Today. FCCS and Barber School Professor Alison Conway was the most recent UBC Okanagan employee to be featured in a 30-Second Bio.

Submit your 30-Second Bio today at: faculty-staff.ubc.ca/faculty-staff/your-ubc/have-your-say/submit-your-30-second-bio


Call for Applications: Invited International Distinguished Visitor Award

The Invited International Distinguished Visitor Fund provides opportunities for faculty members to invite international colleagues to visit UBC and share their research and expertise with the campus community. The deadline for submissions is October 15.

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Use UBC Travel's online booking tool and be entered to win free airfare

UBC Travel encourages all faculty and staff to use the online resources and services for university-related travel.

Visit travel.ubc.ca before October 31 to learn more about the UBC Travel Program and enter into the draw for one of two Delta Airlines sky bonus tickets.


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UBC Stories
UBC President Santa Ono addresses a packed gymnasium as he welcomes more than 2,400 first-year students to the Okanagan campus.
President Santa Ono addresses a packed gymnasium as he welcomes more than 2,400 first-year students to the Okanagan campus.

UBC Okanagan welcomes students back to campus

Early indications show it will be LARGest number of students ever

Construction of the new Commons building wrapping up, and the creation of new roads leading to and from campus, are clear indications of an expanding community. And this year's student enrolment numbers demonstrate that growth is a common thread throughout the university, says Deputy Registrar Fred Vogt.

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Actor Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson plays Tau, father to the main character in Alpha. He describes the language Schreyer created as “something built with knowledge and craftsmanship.”
Actor Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson plays Tau, father to the main character in Alpha. He describes the language Schreyer created as “something built with knowledge and craftsmanship.”

UBC Okanagan linguist creates language for Hollywood film Alpha

'Constructed language' imagines what words sounded like 20,000 years ago

Like the crisp, white vista of frozen tundra, Barber School Anthropologist Christine Schreyer was given a blank canvas when it came to creating the dialogue for the Hollywood historical drama Alpha.

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Kenneth Chau, associate professor of engineering.
Kenneth Chau, associate professor of engineering.

UBC Okanagan researchers shine a light on 150-year old mystery

Discovery by international research team advances understanding of light momentum

The idea that light has momentum is not new, but the exact nature of how light interacts with matter has remained a mystery for close to 150 years.

New research from the School of Engineering may have uncovered the keys to one of the darkest secrets of light.

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Healthy neurons visualized using fluorescent microscopy.
Healthy neurons visualized using fluorescent microscopy.

UBC study raises the standard for measuring nerve cell death

Research improves screening of experimental therapies for neurodegenerative disease

Researchers at UBC Okanagan have developed a new and improved method to judge the effectiveness of experimental therapies for neurodegeneration—the progressive loss of neurons.

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Miranda Hart, associate professor of biology in the Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences.
Miranda Hart, associate professor of biology in the Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

UBC researcher wonders where the women are

Study shows females under-represented in top research journals

After an in-depth study, a Barber School researcher says almost every aspect of two top science journals continue to under-represent women—from published articles to photos, feature profiles and even advertisements.

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Mary Jung, associate professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences.
Mary Jung, associate professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences.

UBC study shows school-based activity depends on teacher buy-in

Researchers examine BC’s daily physical activity guidelines

With back to school, there are many things on a parent’s mind. Beyond packing lunches, paying fees, and sharpening pencils, should parents worry about how active their kids are?

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$1.3M grant to help those with developmental disabilities find work

UBC Okanagan researcher working with community groups to develop online education

Researchers from the School of Social Work have received over $1.3M in federal funding to prepare youth living with intellectual disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder to find meaningful employment later in life.

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