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Nov. 7, 2018

Events

Nov 9
Aging with Confidence

Nov 10
Creative Days: Frame-by-Frame Animation with Myron Campbell

Nov 14
Translating a diabetes prevention program from the laboratory to the community

Nov 14
Mutiny on the Black Prince: Slavery, Piracy and State Capture in the Revolutionary Atlantic World

Nov 15
Golden Emblems of Maternal Ideals in Asante Kingship and Popular Culture

Nov 15
Milkcraters on the Moon Reading Series

Nov 16
PhD Dissertation Oral Defence: Luca Ruggiero

Nov 16
Ecosystem Restoration in a Changing World

Nov 16
MSc Thesis Oral Defence: Geetkamal Hans

Nov 16
MSc Thesis Oral Defence: Megan Ludwig

Nov 20
MSc Thesis Oral Defence: Carmen Chelick

Nov 20
PhD Dissertation Oral Defence: Pamela Black

Nov 21
PhD Dissertation Oral Defence: Matthew Noestheden

Nov 21
Bring patients back to the PROM

Nov 21
PhD Dissertation Oral Defence: Sumeet Sekhon

Nov 22
MSc Thesis Oral Defence: Wyatt T. Slattery

Nov 22
Alternative Migrant Economies and Community Cultural Development: Philippine-Canada Migrant Connections

Nov 23
United Way Campaign Pit Stop

Nov 23
School of Nursing Global Gala

Workshops

Nov 7
Canadian Employment Etiquette, Everything you Need to Know

Nov 8
Writing a Research Data Management Plan

Nov 9, 16, 19 and 23
Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s Application Writing Drop-In Sessions

Nov 12
PowerConcepts: Word Expert

Nov 13
PowerConcepts: PowerPoint

Nov 13 and 21
Writing the Canada Graduate Scholarship Master's Application

Nov 14
Copyright Essentials for Thesis Writing

Nov 15
Post-Graduation Work Permit Information Session

Nov 15
Undergraduate Research Awards Information Session

Nov 16
PowerConcepts: Publisher

Nov 19
PowerConcepts: Outlook Strategic Management

Nov 19
PowerConcepts: OneNote

Nov 20
MD Admissions Info Session

Nov 21
Positive Space Workshop

Nov 22
PowerConcepts: Excel Expert

For more events and events workshops visit ok.ubc.ca/events

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UBC Remembers

Tomorrow: Remembrance Day service begins at 10:45 a.m.

The UBC Okanagan Remembrance Day service will be held tomorrow in the campus courtyard by the flagpoles. Everyone is welcome to attend this annual ceremony.

The ceremony commences at 10:45 a.m. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony in the Arts building foyer.

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The new Commons is an exciting new addition to the campus environment.

Nothing common about it

You can’t miss it when you enter campus — the new Commons building shines like a high-tech silver ship perched on the edge of campus.

The building is an exciting new addition to the campus environment and there is collective anticipation of its January opening among students, faculty and staff alike.

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United Way: consider a UBC payroll e-pledge donation

The funds raised through the 2018 UBC Okanagan workplace campaign will help improve the lives of children and families as well as create a new United Way student award, enabling a UBC student to unlock their potential.

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


BBA Readers needed: help admit the 2019 incoming class

All it takes is an hour or two per week. The time commitment is up to you.

Volunteer Broad-based Admissions (BBA) readers are critical to the undergraduate admission process and shaping our community of students. The time commitment is flexible, and BBA reading can be counted toward university service hours for faculty members.

Readers are needed now, with online training beginning in early November.

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An 2018 image of Okanagan landscape that's been destroyed by both flooding and fire

Nov. 21: Community Water Forum

Fire and Flood: Climate Change and Extreme Weather in the Okanagan

Emergency response systems are being seriously tested with increases in the frequency and intensity of wildfires, floods and droughts.

Join experts from UBC Okanagan, the community and the Province of BC for a conversation about what is needed to restore balance and create a more sustainable future in BC.

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Find out more about the Work Study program in Nov. and Jan.

For faculty and staff needing an extra set of hands on campus, wage subsidies are available through the Work Study program.

Attend an info session to learn more. Sessions are taking place on November 19 and 22 as well as January 8 and 11.

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Image for Welcome to the Anthropocene: Now What? film series

Welcome to the Anthropocene: Now What?

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and Okanagan College have organized a new film series that asks the question "now what?" in regards to the Anthropocene -- a human-centred force now altering the planet’s biosphere and implicating human-kind in mass extinctions.

The films will be screened monthly in the Okanagan College Kelowna campus theatre, and a discussion will follow each film.

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Nov. 28: Prepare your dependent child for UBC admission

Faculty and staff who are parents of children thinking of attending UBC are invited to attend an undergraduate programs and admissions information session on November 28 to learn more about the university's student application process and timelines.

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Reminder: Nominations open for Teaching Excellence Award and Killam Teaching Prize

Don't forget to nominate a deserving faculty member for either the annual Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award or the Killam Teaching Prize.

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Current staff postings

UBC Stories
School of Engineering researcher Matiyas Bezabeh is studying the effect of extreme wind loads on tall timber building models.
School of Engineering researcher Matiyas Bezabeh is studying the effect of extreme wind loads on tall timber building models.

Creating homes to withstand tornadoes

Researchers investigate making buildings stronger to endure devastating winds

New research from the School of Engineering and Western University provides a roadmap to safer building designs in tornado-prone areas.

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A busy street scene in Kowloon, Hong Kong.
A busy street scene in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Q&A: UBC professor examines consumer conflict

Tensions rise between Hong Kong residents and visitors who come to shop

When Hong Kong was handed over to China in 1997, it opened consumer opportunities that the residents of China had never previously accessed. Now, tensions continue to escalate, as those who live there feel invaded by those who shop there.

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Picture of a drone

New research innovating real-time automated surveillance

School of Engineering researchers are investigating new technologies that are making high-tech surveillance faster and more effective.

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Study first author Ryan Hoiland says patients with moderate to severe COPD endure a state of chronic hypoxaemia.
Researcher Ryan Hoiland says patients with moderate to severe COPD endure a state of chronic hypoxaemia.

UBC research determines oxygen may help with dementia patients

Oxygen therapy proves beneficial to some with COPD

A team of researchers, including several from the Faculty of Health and Social Development, have determined that providing extra oxygen to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may help reduce the risk of developing dementia.

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Don Nettleton, far left, and Monica Gaucher, both with the Okanagan Regional Library, present UBC Okanagan’s Deborah Buszard her own library card. Also pictured is UBC Okanagan Chief Librarian Heather Berringer.
Don Nettleton, far left, and Monica Gaucher, both with the Okanagan Regional Library, present UBC Okanagan’s Deborah Buszard her own library card. Also pictured is UBC Okanagan Chief Librarian Heather Berringer.

Okanagan Regional Library opens branch at UBC

Unique partnership brings ORL services to campus

For anyone studying or working at UBC’s Okanagan campus, it just got easier to take out their favourite book from the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL).

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Jacques-Olivier Pesme, wine industry expert at UBC leads a wine leader forum while gathering infomraiton for the newly-released BC Wine Territory Identity report.
Jacques-Olivier Pesme, wine industry expert at UBC, leads a wine leader forum while gathering infomraiton for the newly-released BC Wine Territory Identity report.

UBC launches report about BC wine territory identity

Several actions for the wine industry recommended

Researchers in the Faculty of Management have released a report, BC Wine Territory Identity, presenting findings from their work with the wine industry across the province.

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Karen Ragoonaden, professor of teaching and director of the Centre for Mindful Engagement.
Karen Ragoonaden, professor of teaching and director of the Centre for Mindful Engagement.

Parlez-vous Français?

French-speaking degree holders take note: the BC Ministry of Education has recently announced funding for an additional 20 prospective French educators for the Bachelor of Education.

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

UBC tests out walk-in well-being clinic

Pilot project examines if people will drop-in for a mental health check-up

UBC Okanagan’s Interprofessional Clinic is testing out a walk-in clinic where people will have the opportunity to get a mental health check-up without an appointment.

Associate Professor Lesley Lutes, director of clinical training for the PhD program in clinical psychology, says the five-week pilot project is a first step to opening doors and conversations about mental health.

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Professor of Nursing Kathy Rush says that virtual education has the benefit of reaching populations in remote communities.
Professor of Nursing Kathy Rush says that virtual education has the benefit of reaching populations in remote communities.

Bringing the healthcare mountain to the patient

UBC study evaluates virtual educational care

UBC Okanagan nursing researchers are examing the health impact of virtual information compared to in-person delivery. Their latest study, looking at virtual chronic disease education, showed that this approach works equally well, if not better, than the traditional in-office approach.

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Zach Walsh, associate professor of psychology and expert in the field of addictions.
Zach Walsh, associate professor of psychology and expert in the field of addictions.

UBC provides alcohol and drug counselling

Therapy available at UBC Okanagan clinic

UBC Okanagan’s Psychology Clinic is offering a new service to the community.

Under the direction of registered psychologist Zach Walsh, the clinic is offering a problematic substance use clinic for anyone who feels they may need help with their use of alcohol or other drugs.

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Engineering graduate students Tharaka Wanniarachchi and Remy Kennedy-Kuiper are working on a system to keep solar panels clear of ice and snow so they work effectively during winter months.
Engineering graduate students Tharaka Wanniarachchi and Remy Kennedy-Kuiper are working on a system to keep solar panels clear of ice and snow so they work effectively during winter months.

Exposing power from the sun

UBC researchers work with sustainable industry partner to power green home

Utilizing solar panels is a recognized way to harness renewable power from the sun. But in Canada and other northern climates, the effectiveness of solar panels in the winter months is reliant on removing obstacles like snow and ice.

That is the challenge faced by researchers from the School of Engineering.

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