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Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip receives UBC honorary degree

Indigenous leader Grand Chief Stewart Phillip received an honorary degree at the University of British Columbia's fall convocation ceremony on November 28.

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Holiday reflections: Honouring our commitments

In his final blog post of the year, Professor Santa Ono acknowledges some of the major accomplishments of 2018 and highlights the need to keep focused on our Indigenous commitments in the year ahead.

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Dec. 12: UBC professors explain the brilliance behind this year's Nobel Prize winners

Learn about the world-changing discoveries and achievements

At UBC Okanagan’s Nobel Night, university professors will explain why the 2018 awards are relevant and significant in today’s changing world.

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Dec. 13: 'Tis the Season Open House

IT, Media and Classroom Services' annual holiday open house takes place on December 13 this year, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in ADM024.

There will be food, music, games, and a whole lot of Ho! Ho! Ho!


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Holiday safety tips from Facilities Management

DECORATIONS, DISPLAYS AND CHRISTMAS TREES

During the holidays, decorations, displays, and Christmas trees often make appearances as part of the university's celebrations of the season. Facilities Management has provided a number of safety tips that should be observed this December.

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Join the University Chorus in January

Do you love to sing? Do you want to polish your voice and share it with others?

The Minds and Music Concert Series and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies are collaborating to create a University Chorus.

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Project supervisors needed for Southern Medical Program students

have an interesting activity, research project or learning opportunity that medical students can support?

The Southern Medical Program is seeking project supervisors for the Faculty of Medicine's Flexible Enhanced Learning course.

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Reminder: Focus on People survey now open

The Focus on People Framework that Human Resources is developing will speak to how the university intends to lead as a place for faculty and staff to realize their full potential.

Your voice is important and will help to shape the framework and future workplace at UBC. Take the survey today focusonpeople.ubc.ca.


Keeping UBC's data safe

Privacy and information security remains a top priority at UBC. We all have a responsibility in protecting UBC’s information in our day-to-day work. Take proactive steps to keep UBC's data safe.

Complete the online Privacy and Information Security – Fundamentals training, which is now mandatory.

To find out more and complete the training, visit: privacymatters.ubc.ca


Dec. 10: Advanced Malware Protection to be enabled across campus

On Monday, December 10, UBC Cybersecurity will be enabling Cisco Advanced Malware Protection for supported desktops and laptops at the Okanagan campus.

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One-on-one with Ian Cull

Ian Cull is our associate vice-president, students. As a leader of student life and experience at UBC Okanagan, student engagement is a top priority.

He understands — first-hand — the importance of enhancing services, experiences, and learning opportunities for students.

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UBC Okanagan alumna Emily Giroux was awarded the Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation on November 27 in Ottawa
UBC Okanagan alumna Emily Giroux was awarded the Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation on November 27 in Ottawa

UBC Okanagan alumna clinches national research prize

Award presented for outstanding innovation for spinal cord injury research

UBC Okanagan alumna Emily Giroux was recognized on the national stage this week for her innovative work in helping to shape research priorities for those living with spinal cord injury (SCI).

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Media matters

The digital age was created by and for inventors and designers, tinkerers and do-it-yourselfers. UBC Okanagan taps into new media's legacy, blending artistic, technical and critical-thinking skills with the next generation of creators.

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UBC study reveals how political leanings shape support for homeless

Stories, rather than statistics, unite Canadians on homelessness action

A new study by researchers at UBC and the University of Toronto has determined that people, regardless of their political stripes, will respond charitably to those experiencing homelessness if they learn about their personal stories.

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The partnership with Pacific Rim allows the Barber School and BCIT to develop high-quality cannabis beverages for health, wellness and leisure.
The partnership with Pacific Rim allows the UBC and BCIT to develop high-quality cannabis beverages for health, wellness and leisure.

Researchers investigate cannabis-infused beverages

UBC, BCIT partner with private cannabis company to brew beverage ideas

A unique partnership between UBC Okanagan, the British Columbia Institute of Technology and a private company, Pacific Rim Brands, has opened the door for the research and development of cannabis-infused beverages.

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Human kinetics student Lindsey Berthelsen is congratulated by Associate Vice-President, Students Ian Cull at a special breakfast event last week.
Human kinetics student Lindsey Berthelsen is congratulated by Associate Vice-President, Students Ian Cull at a special breakfast event last week.

Heat student-athletes recognized for academic achievement

National recognition for those who excel in the classroom and on varsity teams

Student-athletes who literally go the extra mile were recognized at a special event on campus last week.

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Mohammad Zarifi, assistant professor of engineering, shows his small biosensor that can be used to provides health care practitioners with a real-time diagnosis of a bacterial infection.
Mohammad Zarifi, assistant professor of engineering, shows his small biosensor that can be used to provides health care practitioners with a real-time diagnosis of a bacterial infection.

Engineering researchers develop tool for speedy diagnosis of bacterial infections

Inexpensive biosensor provides instant and accurate results

Using a small and inexpensive biosensor, researchers in the School of Engineering, in collaboration with the University of Calgary, have built a diagnostic tool that provides health care practitioners almost instant diagnosis of a bacterial infection.

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On the anniversary of her sobriety, Lisa Kenoras spends time reflecting outside of Dr. Knox Middle School where she works as a mentor to Indigenous students.
On the anniversary of her sobriety, Lisa Kenoras spends time reflecting outside of Dr. Knox Middle School where she works as a mentor to Indigenous students.

Indigenous student improves life path through mental health

Earlier this term First Nations student Lisa Kenoras celebrated a mental wellness milestone on her life journey.

While it was a normal day for the majority of students on campus, October 24 was a special reminder to Kenoras. The days were dark leading up to October 24, 2017, when the Shuswap Nation member was caught up in a negative cycle.

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What does it means to flourish?

A Q&A with Sabre Cherkowski on her recent book

Associate Professor of Education Sabre Cherkwoski recently wrapped up a three-year study that culminated in her latest book: Perspectives on Flourishing in Schools.

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