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Oct 2, 2019

Events

October 2
Campus Commuter Challenge Celebration Event #2

October 3
PINTS Speaker Series: Jerome Cranston

October 4
MASc Oral Defense: Yiqun Duan

October 4
PhD Dissertation Oral Defense: Mary Kjorven

October 4
Campus Commuter Challenge Wrap-Up

October 4
Heat Women’s Soccer vs. Victoria

October 5
Canada West Golf Championships

October 7
The Politics of Carbon Taxes in Canada

October 7
Southern Medical Program Open House

October 8
Priorities and challenges in rural Indigenous palliative care

October 8 and 15
University Chorus

October 9
MSc Oral Defense: Tyler Vermeulen

October 9
PINTS Speaker Series: Eric Meslin

October 10
Symposium: Joining Forces for Healthy Kids

October 10
PINTS Speaker Series: Megan Lochhead

October 10
Heat Women’s Soccer vs. Thompson Rivers

October 10
Heat Men’s Soccer vs. Thompson Rivers

October 16
MASc Oral Defense: Niloofar Shakourifar

October 16
250 Years of Alexander von Humboldt

October 17
Ambiguous Heterotopias

October 17
IWC Public Reading Series

Workshops

October 2
Research Data Management: Tools and Background

October 3
PowerConcepts: Outlook Strategic Management

October 3
Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Assault

October 4
Manage your Rights to Make your Publications Widely Available

October 7
Writing the Research Proposal

October 8
MD Admissions Info Session

October 8
Researching for the Literature Review

October 10
Writing the Literature Review

October 10
Introduction to Research Ethics Workshop

October 15
PowerConcepts: Microsoft Word Core

October 15
Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Workshop

October 16
PowerConcepts: Excel Core

October 16
Writing the Academic CV

October 17
PowerConcepts: Outlook

October 17
QPR Suicide Awareness Workshop

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

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Oct. 18: Future of Health Forum focuses on research and innovation in cancer care

Collaboration brings cancer research to the community

UBC Okanagan, Accelerate Okanagan, BC Cancer and Interior Health have joined forces to host an annual forum called Future of Health—an event designed to foster connection and provide an opportunity to exchange ideas around health research and innovation.

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Don't be wishy-washy

Choose the green cycle and you will save energy while using the dishwasher.

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Peer Writing Group Network now accepting applications

The College of Graduate Studies, in collaboration with the Centre for Scholarly Communication, is currently recruiting graduate students for the fall intake of its Peer Writing Group Network.

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Photo of on-campus Automated External Defibrillators caseAutomated External Defibrillators being made publicly accessible across campus

The centralized campus Automated External Defibrillator (AED) program is being enhanced and moving towards a model that will make these devices publicly accessible.

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Voting in the 2019 federal election

Every eligible member of the UBC community is encouraged to take part in the 2019 Federal Election

From October 5 to 9, Elections Canada is setting up a special "Vote on Campus" office in the foyer of the Administration building at UBC Okanagan. To vote, you must be a Canadian citizen and at least 18 years old on election day, Monday, October 21.

To find out more about voting at UBC Okanagan, visit: president.ubc.ca/vote-2019/#ubco


Oct. 9: Pathways to policy

A discussion on the power of interdisciplinary collaboration

Eric M. Meslin, CEO of the Council of Canadian Academies, will be at UBCO next Wednesday to give a public talk as part of the PINTS Speaker Series.

This talk will look at how to move from 'laboratory to legislature' and the value of interdisciplinary collaboration when translating knowledge into the public sphere.

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Reminder: Apply now for the Invited International Distinguished Visitor Award

Don't miss the opportunity to invite an international academic colleague to UBCO through the Invited International Distinguished Visitor Fund.
The deadline for submissions is October 15.

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Reminder: Get your Staff Pension Plan questions answered on Oct. 22

Thinking about retirement? Have questions about your pension benefits?

Spaces are still available for the Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan session on October 22. It will be led by Pension Administrator Margaret Leathley.

To register or find out more, visit: hr.ok.ubc.ca/events


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UBC Stories
Shuswap Elder and UBCO Community Research Liaison Jessie Nyberg signs as a witness to the declaration of Truth and Reconciliation commitments.
Shuswap Elder and UBCO Community Research Liaison Jessie Nyberg signs as a witness to the declaration of Truth and Reconciliation commitments.

"The time to act is now"

UBC Okanagan signs declaration in response to Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action

Elders, chiefs and community members from throughout the Syilx Okanagan Nation joined with students, faculty and staff at UBC Okanagan on September 24 to witness the historic signing of UBCO’s commitments to action toward reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. View the ceremony online.

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Dela Hini won a Strong Woman award for creating her pink backpack project which distributed sanitary supplies, toiletries and cosmetics to exploited and marginalized women in Kelowna.
Dela Hini won a Strong Woman award for creating her pink backpack project which distributed sanitary supplies, toiletries and cosmetics to exploited and marginalized women in Kelowna.

UBC student wins 'Strong Woman' accolade

Dela Hini receives Top 20 Under 25 award from non-profit, Think for Actions

Sharing the bare necessities of life with marginalized women has brought recognition to a Barber School student.

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Marie Tarrant, Sheila Epp and Manuela Reekie from UBC Okanagan; Yvonne Moritz, Lisa Kraft, and Monique Powell from Okanagan College.
Marie Tarrant, Sheila Epp and Manuela Reekie from UBC Okanagan; Yvonne Moritz, Lisa Kraft, and Monique Powell from Okanagan College.

Nursing program at OC and UBCO recognized for innovative curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College has received long-term accreditation from the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP), which regulates nurse training in the province.

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The American avocet is one of many birds that can be spotted around UBCO’s campus.
The American avocet is one of many birds that can be spotted around UBCO’s campus.

UBC biology professors create annual calendar as fundraising project

Photographers offer a bird or an insect option for 2020

The birds and the bees can mean many things to many people. For a group of Barber School biology professors, however, they mean a great fundraising opportunity.

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A growing industrial demand for multifunctional bio-friendly raw materials is pushing researchers to develop value-added and energy-saving biocomposites and processes.
A growing industrial demand for multifunctional bio-friendly raw materials is pushing researchers to develop value-added and energy-saving biocomposites and processes.

UBC engineers create ways to keep stone waste out of landfills

Discarded materials mixed into a slurry for a second life

Using polymers and natural stone slurry waste, researchers in the School of Engineering are manufacturing environmentally friendly stone composites.

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Rehan Sadiq, executive associate dean, UBC Okanagan School of Engineering; Andrew Hay, vice-president, education, Okanagan College; Catriona Power, director of partnerships and strategy, Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre.
Rehan Sadiq, executive associate dean, UBC Okanagan School of Engineering; Andrew Hay, Okanagan College's vice-president, education; Catriona Power, director of partnerships and strategy, Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre.

Foresight Cleantech collaborates with Okanagan College and School of Engineering

Expanded initiative to support and grow clean technology industry in BC and beyond

Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre, Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan have established a new collaboration to create jobs and intellectual property, and grow the cleantech ecosystem in BC and Canada.

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UBC 101 offers 24/7, on-demand access to information and resources essential for the transition of new students to the university.
UBC 101 offers 24/7, on-demand access to information and resources essential for the transition of new students to the university.

Orientation available on-demand for new students

More resources, more convenience, and more power to tailor their own transition to university: new-to-UBCO students are getting a whole lot more from their orientation experience, thanks to an innovative new online program.

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Ray always looks for community impact projects to give his students
Ray Taheri always looks for community impact projects to give his students

Clothing bins made safer

It was July 2018 when Senior Engineering Instructor Ray Taheri heard the news: a woman had died after becoming trapped in a clothing donation bin in Vancouver—the fourth such death to have occurred in Canada since 2015.

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UBC hosts Kelowna-Lake Country federal election hopefuls

100 Debates on the Environment brings policies to the forefront

Organized by the Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience and Ecosystem Services, election hopefuls will be on campus for a question and answer session on October 3.

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