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dec. 4, 2019

Events

December 4
PhD Dissertation Oral Defense: Mohamed Mohamed

December 5
MSc Oral Defense: Jordan Gardener

December 5
MASc Oral Defense: Yuwei Guo

December 6
Graduate Community Holiday Social

December 10
MSc Oral Defense: You Rao

December 10
PhD Dissertation Oral Defence: Mohammad Haji Mohammadi Sani Abadi

December 11
PhD Dissertation Oral Defense: Peyman Yousefi

December 12
MASc Oral Defence: Erfan Taatizadeh

December 13
PhD Dissertation Oral Defense: Ran Wei

December 19
PhD Dissertation Oral Defense: Marina Le

Workshops

December 4
PowerConcepts: Excel Expert

December 4
Writing the Academic Cover Letter

December 5
PowerConcepts: Excel Expert

December 5
Converting your Paper into a Journal Article

December 5
TA Credential Workshop 1

December 6
TA Credential Workshop 2

December 9
Thesis Formatting

December 10
MD Admissions Info Session

December 11
Inclusive Language Workshop

December 11
Understanding Your Travel Benefits

December 16
PowerConcepts: Microsoft Project

December 16
PowerConcepts: Outlook Strategic Management w/OneNote

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

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Employee News

Dec. 10: UBC Okanagan Nobel Night returns

Imagine discovering planets outside our solar system or reducing global poverty in all its forms. Imagine using oxygen to better understand basic cellular mechanics or a battery that powers the world.

Be inspired to make imagination reality, as a distinguished panel of UBC Okanagan professors decipher how the 2019 Nobel Prizes have changed the world forever.

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14 Not Forgotten Memorial image

Dec. 6: 14 Not Forgotten memorial

On December 6, the School of Engineering is hosting a memorial and vigil for the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre.

This takes place from 12 noon to 1 pm in zero level of the EME building's Richard S Hallisey Atrium.

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Dec. 11: 'Tis the Season Open House

UBC IT Okanagan's annual holiday open house takes place on December 11 this year, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in ADM024.

There will be food, music, games, and a whole lot of Yippee Ki Yay!


Expanded list of compostable items on campus.

More items can now be composted in the bright yellow bins around campus

The expanded list of acceptable items includes all organic food, bread, meat and bones, wooden utensils and chopsticks, wax paper, napkins, paper towels, coffee filters, tea bags and compostable containers.

Pizza boxes can also be stacked next to waste sorting stations on the main floors of campus buildings for collection.

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Graphic for Winter weather safety reminder

Winter weather safety reminder

Winter has arrived on campus and Facilities Management wants you to know they are well-prepared when snow and ice are on campus.

Facilities Management's regular winter duties include sweeping snow from walkways and parking lots as well as depositing ice-melt and sand to prevent slips and falls.

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Image of boys and girls participating in the Spring break outdoor leadership camp

Spring break outdoor leadership camp

Wild & Immersive's Spring Break Overnight Camp is a forest adventure-themed camp based in Maple Ridge, BC, for boys and girls in grades 4 to 7.

Campers will experience a mix of environmental education, fun activities, structured free time, outdoor adventure and plenty of time to make new friends.

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Improved student printing on campus

UBC IT Okanagan is improving student printing across campus with new printers with more options for students. There will be also be new printer locations throughout campus, all with swipe-to-print functionality.

New printers will be installed and ready for the start of term January 2020.

To find out more, visit: it.ok.ubc.ca/student-printers


Seeking ideas for UBC's Indigenous Strategic Plan

UBC is in the final stage of developing an Indigenous Strategic Plan, which will guide the university’s Indigenous engagement initiatives for years to come. Your ideas are sought via an online survey.

The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. The deadline for responses is December 12.


Jan. 9: Emotionally effective leader workshop

This highly experiential one-day workshop helps people leader’s to learn more about their emotional intelligence, and how that is affecting their day-to-day leadership.

Using the EQ-i leadership report self-assessment, participants will see how they measure up on 15 areas of emotional intelligence.

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


Work Study applications now open

$400,000 available annually to help fund on-campus student employment opportunities

Work Study applications are now open and being received until January 10 for 2020/21 summer and winter session funding.

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Adobe products license changes

If you use Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Creative Cloud, be aware that Adobe has recently updated their application licensing technology. This affects all UBC faculty and staff that have UBC subscribed Adobe software.

To make sure you don't lose access to your Adobe products in this update, contact the UBCO IT Help Desk.

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UBC Stories
Golden retriever Abby listens while Annie Letheman (right) reads to her sister Ruby and researcher Camille Rousseau (middle) observes.
Golden retriever Abby listens while Annie Letheman (right) reads to her sister Ruby and researcher Camille Rousseau (middle) observes.

UBC study demonstrates dogs promote page turning

Turning the page for Spot boosts literacy in young students

Reading in the presence of a pooch may be the page-turning motivation young children need, suggests School of Education doctoral student Camille Rousseau.

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Gord Binsted, dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Development and one of the 'Mars' research leaders.
Gord Binsted, dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Development and one of the 'Mars' research leaders.

Canadian research team headed to 'Mars'

Simulation habitat launches experiments on astronaut fatigue

While a trip to the red planet may still be years away, a team of Canadian researchers headed to a simulated Mars habitat on Hawaii's Mauna Loa at the end of November.

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From left: Kevin Golovin, Abbas Milani, Feng Jiang and Jeremy Wulff and part of the COMFORTS network, a team of researchers from UBC, UVic and the University of Alberta.
From left: Kevin Golovin, Abbas Milani, Feng Jiang and Jeremy Wulff and part of the COMFORTS network, a team of researchers from UBC, UVic and the University of Alberta.

New 'hyper glue' formula developed by UBCO and UVic researchers

Cross-linking technology tightly binds where commercial glues cannot

With many of the products we use every day held together by adhesives, researchers from the School of Engineering and the University of Victoria hope to make everything from protective clothing to medical implants and residential plumbing stronger, thanks to a newly-developed ‘hyper glue’ formula.

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Brigitte Le Normand, associate professor of history.
Brigitte Le Normand, associate professor of history.

Forward thinker: Brigitte Le Normand's story

Author, researcher and history professor Brigitte Le Normand is a champion of public humanities on the UBC Okanagan campus.

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Heat student athletes who accomplish a high academic record while playing on varsity teams were recently recognized at a special event.
Heat student athletes who accomplish a high academic record while playing on varsity teams were recently recognized at a special event.

Heat student-athletes recognized for making the grades

Race times and final scores aren't the only numbers that count

UBC Okanagan's student-athletes live by scores, statistics and numbers. And while game day stats are vital to their success, students who achieve high numbers in the classroom were acknowledged at a recent event.

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Winners of this year's Faculty of Management Live Case Challenge (from left): Gabrielle Schroeder, Maulen Zairov, Jonathan Zhang, Breann Zilkey and Shaina Johnstone.
Winners of this year's Faculty of Management Live Case Challenge (from left): Gabrielle Schroeder, Maulen Zairov, Jonathan Zhang, Breann Zilkey and Shaina Johnstone.

UBCO management students compete to take local business to the next level

Ninth Live Case Challenge brings new solutions to Patriot One

Each year the Faculty of Management and Argus Properties Ltd. present a unique made-in-the-Okanagan opportunity—the Live Case Challenge—where management students work in teams to take on an actual 'live' management challenge faced by a community partner.

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ubco.tv spotlight

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal's Fall Town Hall
This fall's DVC and Principal's Town Hall provided updates on the UBC Okanagan community, as well as plans for the future. This town hall also included the 2019 UBCO Staff Awards of Excellence.

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

         
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