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august 7, 2019

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Sept. 28: Supper with Steve

A Steve Patterson comedy special

Steve Patterson is best known as host of the CBC Radio One hit show The Debaters. Join Patterson at Homecoming weekend for a comedy special, pre-reception, long-table style dinner and dessert reception.

To register and for more events, visit: ok.ubc.ca/homecoming


Image of students looking at this year's UBC Annual Report

UBC's 2018–2019 annual report

You’re invited to read UBC’s 2018–2019 Annual Report, which communicates our progress over the past year and celebrates the achievements of faculty, staff and others who are shaping UBC’s next century.

This year’s downloadable report includes top highlights, high-level performance measures and financial information.

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The Pride staircase outside the University Centre.

Updated Pride staircase a symbol of diversity at UBCO

The Pride staircase outside the University Centre has now been painted and updated with black and brown stripes and trans flag colours in recognition of the diversity of the LGBTQ2SIA+ community at UBC Okanagan.

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Reminder: Psychology clinic offering specialized substance use services

The Problematic Substance Use Clinic is a low-barrier outpatient treatment service for individuals seeking help to reduce harm associated with their use of alcohol or other substances.

Fees for services are on a sliding scale based on income.

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Aug. 9: Managing@UBC program applications deadline

Don’t miss out on this September to May, nine-month Managing@UBC program that is designed to challenge leaders at all levels to be their very best.

This program is based on the idea that the act of managing requires an understanding of both management and leadership. It includes assessments, coaching, workshops and peer learning triads.

To apply or find out more, visit: hr.ok.ubc.ca/learning/managing


Book your table for this year's Faculty and Staff Information Fair

Departments, faculties and associations are invited to plan and staff a table with information they would like to share with employees at the 2019 Faculty and Staff Information Fair on August 29.

The registration deadline is August 16, 2019. To register or find out more, visit: hr.ok.ubc.ca/learning/welcomebackfair


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UBC Stories
Dr. Ananya Mukherjee Reed, provost and vice-president, academic

One-on-one with Ananya Mukherjee Reed

Dr. Ananya Mukherjee Reed is provost and vice-president, academic, at UBC Okanagan and professor in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences' department of economics, philosophy and political science.

An interdisciplinary scholar in the field of development studies, Dr. Mukherjee Reed’s work over the past decade has mostly concentrated on inclusive and people-centered development.

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UBCO students put cosmic ray research aloft

Weather balloon will carry cloud chamber to 120,000 feet

A group of UBC Okanagan students have won the opportunity to launch a science experiment into the stratosphere with help from the Canadian Space Agency.

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The BC Transitioning Youth with Disabilities and Empowerment (TYDE) Project, led by UBC Okanagan School of Social Work Associate Professor Rachelle Hole, aims to improving the employment outcomes for transitioning youth with developmental disabilities in British Columbia.
The BC Transitioning Youth with Disabilities and Empowerment (TYDE) Project, led by School of Social Work Associate Professor Rachelle Hole, aims to improve the employment outcomes for transitioning youth with developmental disabilities in British Columbia.

Working towards inclusion

TYDE Project helps those with developmental disabilities find meaningful employment

For most youth, entering the workforce is a familiar rite of passage on the path to adulthood. But for youth with developmental disabilities, this transitional period brings difficulties and challenges that are rarely even considered or comprehended by others.

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Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton, left, with UBC engineers Rehan Sadiq, Kasun Hewage and Shahria Alam discusses green technology educational opportunities during a tour of the college’s Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence.
Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton, left, with UBC engineers Rehan Sadiq, Kasun Hewage and Shahria Alam discusses green technology educational opportunities during a tour of the college’s Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence.

UBC and Okanagan College create green construction centre

Partnership will create hands-on learning opportunities

A formal partnership between UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College has established a Green Construction Research and Training Centre that will provide new research options and create hands-on practical training opportunities for students.

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Doctoral student Sajjad Mohammadnejad with a mixed gas burner used by engineering researchers in the Combustion for Propulsion and Power Laboratory at UBC Okanagan.
Doctoral student Sajjad Mohammadnejad with a mixed gas burner used by engineering researchers in the Combustion for Propulsion and Power Laboratory at UBC Okanagan.

Researchers examine how hydrogen affects natural gas combustion

UBCO engineers explore improved energy generation

In the search for cleaner and more efficient energy, researchers from UBC and the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada are investigating the benefits of injecting hydrogen into natural gas distribution networks.

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The Reichwald Health Sciences Centre which houses the Faculty of Medicine's Southern Medical Program and Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management.
The Reichwald Health Sciences Centre which houses the Faculty of Medicine's Southern Medical Program and Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management.

New research centre at UBC Okanagan

A new Faculty of Medicine research centre has been established at UBC Okanagan

The Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management will serve as a provincial leader for research, knowledge translation and exchange in the urgent research field of chronic diseases.

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From left: Colin Basran, mayor of Kelowna; Gaelene Askeland, Journey Home Society; Paul Van Donkelaar, UBC Okanagan; Kerry Rempel, Okanagan College; John Graham, UBC Okanagan; Trevor Corneil, Interior Health Authority; Gordon Lovegrove, UBC Okanagan; Stephanie Lang, UBC Okanagan; Kyleen Myrah, Okanagan College.
From left: Colin Basran, mayor of Kelowna; Gaelene Askeland, Journey Home Society; Paul Van Donkelaar, School of Health and Exercise Sciences; Kerry Rempel, Okanagan College; John Graham, School of Social Work; Trevor Corneil, Interior Health Authority; Gordon Lovegrove, School of Engineering; Stephanie Lang, FHSD graduate student; Kyleen Myrah, Okanagan College.

Collaboration aims to improve services for homeless

UBC and Okanagan College team with community groups to tackle issue

Researchers at UBC Okanagan, Interior Health, Okanagan College, the Central Okanagan Journey Home Society and various human and health service sectors across the BC Interior, have received federal funding to explore ways to improve services for homeless people.

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Louise Griep, engagement strategist, Equity & Inclusion Office.
Louise Griep, engagement strategist, Equity & Inclusion Office.

Ideas to action: Building a plan for a more inclusive UBC

Hear from Louise Griep, engagement strategist with the Equity & Inclusion Office, as she discusses her experience of facilitating the development of UBC’s Inclusion Action Plan, an overview of the plan's core focus, and what this means for the university and its community.

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Assoc. Prof. of Geography Kevin Hanna
Assoc. Prof. of Geography Kevin Hanna.

Kevin Hanna co-chairs national advisory committee on science and knowledge

Kevin Hanna, associate professor of geography, has been appointed to the Government of Canada’s Technical Advisory Committee on Science and Knowledge.

Hanna will serve as co-chair of the new Technical Advisory Committee, advising the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

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Expert Q&A: Wildfire season in the Okanagan Valley

UBC professor explains how temperature, fuel and climate change contribute to wildfire risk

With long-range weather forecasts predicting little precipitation and a rise in temperatures, UBC asked David Scott, associate professor in earth, environmental and geographic sciences, his opinion on the fire risk in the Okanagan.

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