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Feb. 20, 2019

Events

Feb 21
Public presentation with Tanya Talaga

Feb 22
Human Resources Pit Stop

Feb 25
PhD Dissertation Oral Defence: Ryan Wilson

Feb 26
MASc Oral Defence: Curtis Penson

Feb 26
Who owns Outer Space?

Feb 26
International Student Alumni Panel

Feb 27
Women’s Health Research Symposium

Feb 27
Welcome to the Anthropocene film screening: The End of Meat

Feb 28
Cannabis: Does it have a place in palliative and end-of-life care?

Mar 1
PhD Dissertation Oral Defence: Eric Vukicevich

Mar 1
Ninth Annual Indigeneity Panel

Mar 4
Visiting Artist Series: Mia Feuer

Mar 6
UBC Connects: Me Too movement founder Tarana Burke

Mar 6
MSc Oral Defense: Brian Muselle

Mar 7
How we fail vulnerable and marginalized people as they die, and what to do about it

Mar 7
Beyond Climate film screening and Q&A with David Suzuki

Mar 8
Follow the Leader: Lessons from Female CIOs in Higher Education

Mar 14
Social Work Week guest speaker: BC Representative for Children and Youth Jennifer Charlesworth

Workshops

Feb 21
Project Management Workshop

Feb 22
PowerConcepts: Excel Expert

Feb 28
Money Talks Workshops

Feb 28
Writing the Research Proposal

Mar 5
Writing the Research Article

Mar 6
Tax Information for International Students

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

Workshops

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Wired Editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson

Feb. 25: Next Distinguished Speaker Series event to be streamed live on Facebook

NICHOLAS THOMPSON: THE WIRED FUTURE

Seats are still available for the next Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Speaker Series event featuring Wired editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson.

Can't make it to the event? The talk will be available to view during and after the event via Facebook Live at: facebook.com/ubcocampus

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


Call for nominations

There is no shortage of UBC staff who make outstanding contributions to the university community. You are invited to recognize them and their achievements by nominating them for the 2019 President’s Service Award for Excellence.


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Share your thoughts about UBCO Food Services

Starting July 1, many of the food and beverage locations at UBC Okanagan will be under new management. The campus will transition to a self-operated food services model called UBCO Food Services.

The university is gathering feedback from students, faculty and staff to choose the best possible mix of menus and locations for the campus.

Share your thoughts at food.ubc.ca/ubco for a chance to win $300.


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Join the Cool Campus Challenge and conserve energy this winter

Every action counts

Help UBC Okanagan conserve energy as part of the Cool Campus Challenge, a fun and friendly initiative between BC universities and colleges to save energy this winter season.

Make your pledge today at: sustain.ok.ubc.ca/initiatives/coolcampus/pledge


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Do more with your coffee break

February is Move UBC month

Stay active with drop-in volleyball or badminton at lunchtime throughout the month. Start a friendly competition with giant checkers at the library games night on February 27.

To find out more, visit: move.ubc.ca


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Apply now to the Green Labs Fund

If you are looking for financial support to reduce the environmental impact of your research activities or lab, the Green Labs Fund is for you.

The 2019 application cycle is now open. An innovative plan could make you the lucky recipient of up to $4,000.

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Nominate an outstanding graduating student, and they could win a free ticket to attend Graduation Ball at the Delta Grand Hotel on March 23.
Nominate an outstanding graduating student, and they could win a free ticket to attend Graduation Ball at the Delta Grand Hotel on March 23.

Nominate a graduating student to attend this year's Graduation Ball

Nominated students must have demonstrated leadership in one or more of the following areas: community service, cross-cultural relations, promotion of diversity, intellectual pursuits, and artistic or athletic endeavours. They also must be graduating in 2019.

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April 5: Support the Heat

Tickets on sale now for the 14th annual Athletic Scholarship breakfast.

Funds raised through this annual event go directly to the UBC Okanagan athletic scholarship endowment. $125 each or $1,250 per table.

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March 14: Graduate student competitors present research in 3MT final

Students, faculty, staff and the Okanagan community are invited to watch the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) final on March 14 at The Innovation Centre.

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Feb. 28: Center for Open Science co-founder discusses open science rewards

On February 28, the UBC Vancouver Office of the Provost and department of psychology are bringing Brian Nosek to UBC.

The executive director and co-founder of the Center for Open Science will be giving a talk on the rewards of open science via video conference to everyone at UBC Okanagan in RHS 257.

Read more…


Feb. 28: STEM Outreach Strategic Forum

Share your insights and help build a collective vision for STEM outreach

The STEM Outreach Strategic Forum is a facilitated discussion to create a coordinated, strategic approach to science, technology, engineering and mathematics outreach at UBCO and in the community.

The forum takes place on February 28 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in room ART 374.

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Feb. 21: Milkcraters of the Moon featuring FCCS' Dania Tomlinson and Ashley Little

FCCS' Milkcraters of the Moon Reading Series is hosting an event with MFA alumni and creative writing instructors Dania Tomlinson and Ashley Little, where they will read from their new books.

This is the eighth reading in the series, which is a collaboration between UBC and local non-profit arts organization The Inspired Word Cafe.

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Upcoming IT equipment purchase request deadlines

In order to process transactions for the fiscal 2018-19 year end, IT, Media & Classroom Services has announced procurement deadlines for submitting purchase requests.

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Impactful labs continue to limit environmental impact

Over 30 researchers and lab personnel joined UBC Okanagan's Sustainability Office and Risk Management Services at the fourth annual Labs: Sort It Out and Power Down event on Feb. 7.

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T4/T4A statements are now available online

Faculty, staff, and student employees can now download their 2018 T4 and/or T4A statements for their tax returns via the Faculty and Staff Self-Service portal.

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Have your say: BC Transit expansion survey

BC Transit and the City of Kelowna are seeking feedback on fall 2019 proposed transit service changes. The online survey closes this Friday (Feb. 22), and is seeking input on a variety of service proposals including:

  • Service improvements on route 8 University/Okanagan College
  • A proposed routing change for route 4 Pandosy/UBCO Express
  • Proposed local service for Academy Way with service optimization on route 13 Quail Ridge.

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Current staff postings

UBC Stories
UBCO researchers are determined to find effective and more connected solutions to the growing global crisis of homelessness. The commonality in their pursuit for solutions: collaboration.
UBCO researchers are determined to find effective and more connected solutions to the growing global crisis of homelessness.

Finding home

From digital technologies to engineering projects of compassion, UBC Okanagan researchers collaborate with an ever-increasing network to combat homelessness.

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Stephen McNeil, assoc. prof. of chemistry.

Barber School professor wins top prize for contributions to chemistry education

Associate Professor of Chemistry Stephen McNeil, has been awarded the Chemical Institute of Canada Award for Chemistry Education.

Presented to one person annually, the award recognizes outstanding contributions to education at the post-secondary level in the field of chemistry or chemical engineering.

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For many, the traditional first date conversation takes place online before meeting in person.
For many, the traditional first date conversation takes place online before meeting in person.

First comes Tinder, then comes marriage

Psychology professor examines romantic relationships in the age of online dating

The way many people discover romance is undergoing a radical shift. Where once we may have met our romantic partners in the checkout line at the grocery store, the norm has shifted to connecting online first.

How did this happen and what does it mean for the future of romance?

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Barber School researchers are hoping to better understand interpretations of emojis through a new study.

Will U B my <3?

UBC study examines use of emojis in romantic contexts – and how some emojis have double meanings

For some, an eggplant emoji evokes visions of a fabulous dinner, while for others, it could suggest an intimate interlude after dessert.

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When it comes to freshwater availability, more than 50 per cent of the world's total water supply is found in only three countries—China, Canada and Kyrgyzstan.
When it comes to freshwater availability, more than 50 per cent of the world's total water supply is found in only three countries—China, Canada and Kyrgyzstan.

Think big—at least when it comes to global conservation

According to a group of international researchers led by the Barber School's Laura Coristine and Adam T. Ford, large countries are overlooked in their potential contributions to protect the environment.

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Engineering doctoral student George Luka says there is an urgent need to develop a fast, flexible, accurate and real-time detection tool to meet the challenge of protecting water consumers.
Doctoral student George Luka says there is an urgent need to develop a fast, flexible, accurate and real-time detection tool to meet the challenge of protecting water consumers.

UBC researchers develop diagnostic tool for detecting cryptosporidium

Cost-effective biosensor provides immediate and accurate results

A handheld 'tricorder' that can test for biological contamination in real-time has been the dream of science fiction fans for decades. And UBC Okanagan engineers say the technology is closer to science fact than ever before.

Read more...

ubco.tv spotlight

  • Giving Day 2019
    On March 6, the Okanagan campus will be holding UBC’s first ever giving day. Driven by online engagement, this 24-hour giving challenge will bring donors, alumni, friends and the community together to support our amazing students.
  • Do you speak emoji?
    We asked our students if they speak emoji and got some interesting results.

To see more videos like this, visit youtube.com/user/ubcotv

         
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