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feb. 19, 2020

Events

February 19
PhD Dissertation Oral Defense: Lukman Sarker

February 20
MASc Thesis Oral Defense: Arpin Bhullar

Feb. 21
Pro-D Day STEM camp

February 24
Visiting Artists Lecture Series

February 25
Grad photos

February 25
Policy and practice implications of MAiD for Canadian nursing

February 26
Grad Rundown

February 28
De-platforming: The Morality of Restricting Speech at Universities

February 28
The History of First Nations in British Columbia

February 28
School of Health and Exercise Sciences Seminar Series

March 3
MSc Thesis Oral Defence: Theresa Loewen

March 3
Thesis Formatting

March 3
MSc Thesis Oral Defense: Noelle Richardson

March 5
Pit Stop: Student Learning Hub

March 5
Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering Career Fair

Workshops

February 19
Mental Health First Aid

February 24
PowerConcepts: Access Part 1

February 25
PowerConcepts: Access Part 2

February 26
Crafting Thesis Statements

February 27
Grammar Bootcamp

February 27
MLA Basics

February 27
QPR Suicide Awareness

February 27
SMP Teacher Certificate Program

March 2
Drafting Research Posters and Presentations

March 4
Using Sources Correctly in Academic Writing

March 5
Writing the Research Proposal

March 5
Proofreading Pro-Tips

March 5
It Begins with U: Upstander Intervention

March 5
UBC Okanagan Interdisciplinary Student Health Conference

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

Workshops

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Employee News
Lesley Cormack, incoming Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UBC Okanagan.
Lesley Cormack, incoming Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UBC Okanagan.

UBC announces new Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Okanagan campus

Lesley Cormack will assume top post at UBC Okanagan this summer

The University of British Columbia has announced that Lesley Cormack has been appointed as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UBC Okanagan and will formally begin the role on July 1, 2020.

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Introducing the Festival of Ideas

A yearlong lineup of events has been curated to inspire ideas and catalyze conversation, in celebration of UBC Okanagan's 15th anniversary.

Join the inaugural event on March 5, a solution-focused panel discussion on igniting greater civic engagement in our community and province with the Honourable Janet Austin, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

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


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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 2020 President’s Service Award for Excellence.


First- and fourth-year students invited to complete the NSSE

First- and fourth-year undergraduate students from UBC’s Okanagan campus are invited to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The survey will launch on February 10 and will close on May 31, 2020.

Everyone on campus is encouraged to help raise awareness about the NSSE.

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A photo of a co-op student working at a physiotheraphy clinic

Apply now for summer co-op hires

With nearly 200 students currently seeking employment for May, now is the time to post a summer student position

The Interdisciplinary Co-op Program includes undergraduate students from four faculties: Arts and Sciences, Creative and Critical, Health and Social Development, and Management.

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Each UBC Future Global Leaders course runs for two weeks and includes class time, university preparation workshops, information sessions and a full calendar of after-class and weekend activities.
Each UBC Future Global Leaders course runs for two weeks and includes class time, workshops, info sessions and a full calendar of activities.

Registration open for UBC Future Global Leaders summer program

UBC Future Global Leaders offers a pre-university experience for high school students ages 15 to 18. Participants will explore university life, discover their passions and challenge themselves in university-level academic courses taught by UBC professors and instructors.

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IBPOC Connections: Coffee Club 

The Coffee Club provides the opportunity for faculty and staff groups and communities that represent Indigenous, black or people of colour (IBPOC) -- who are already in existence or in formation -– to come together around special interests.

Communities may be formed around institutional spaces, sociocultural identities, or key topics. To apply for seed funding or find out more, visit: equity.ubc.ca/ibpoc-connections


Feb. 25: Eminence Cluster Trainee Poster Session

The inaugural Cluster Trainee Poster Session on February 25 provides trainees with opportunities to share their research, showcase their creativity and update the campus community on eminence cluster activities.

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Feb. 29: Athletes to show their Olympic potential at RBC Training Ground

The next generation of Canadian Olympians will be on campus February 29 to compete at the RBC Training Ground qualifying event.

The competition includes speed, strength, power and endurance testing. The top performers will be invited for more testing and potentially the national final in May.

To find out more, visit: www.rbctrainingground.ca


Workday Wednesday AEP takeover: ePayment transition to Workday

The Application Ecosystem Program team is looking for feedback from UBCO employees who support ePayments.

At the Workday Wednesday session on February 26, discuss how ePayments are used and reconciled. The session takes place from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in room SCI 331.


Upcoming IT equipment purchase request deadlines

In order to process transactions for the fiscal 2019/20 year end, UBCO IT has announced procurement deadlines for submitting purchase requests.

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Reminder: Adobe products license changes

A reminder to all UBC faculty and staff that have UBC subscribed Adobe software: Adobe has updated their application licensing technology and you may lose access to your software.

Please contact the UBCO IT Help Desk by February 29 to avoid any disruption.

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Current staff postings

UBC Stories
Bachelor of Art student Jamie Stimson reflects on the words of encouragement posted on a sign during a Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) event in January. Later this month, Stimson will be a featured speaker at the Honour Our Murdered Women event in the UNC ballroom.
BA student Jamie Stimson will be a featured speaker at the In Honour of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women event in the UNC ballroom.

Feb. 26: In Honour of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women event draws on community experience

From the Highway of Tears to the Maritimes, Canadian women continue to disappear while the justice system chooses to turn a blind eye

For Jamie Stimson, the fact Indigenous women regularly go missing does not come as a shock as the UBC arts student’s journey took her to the brink of no return during her life on the streets.

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Language and the way we think

Thank you to those who attended the Jan. 29 Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Speaker Series talk with cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky.

Before the event, Boroditsky was asked some big questions about language and thought. Listen to what she had to say at:  youtu.be/lST0HpO79Hc


Kyla Morris, master’s student and undergrad alumna.
Kyla Morris, master’s student and undergrad alumna.

Diversions into critical theory: Kyla Morris' story

Pursuing a degree in psychology was something Kyla Morris thought about throughout high school. She felt a psychology degree offered a clear path to job opportunities.

But taking critical theory courses in English allowed Morris to make connections that were not apparent before.

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Engineering Professor Mina Hoorfar is using her ‘artificial nose’ technology to develop a roadside breathalyzer that can identify THC in breath molecules.
Engineering Professor Mina Hoorfar is using her ‘artificial nose’ technology to develop a roadside breathalyzer that can identify THC in breath molecules.

UBCO research team sniffs out competing cannabis breathalyzers

Five different technologies race to get on the market

It’s only a matter of time before breath detection devices, targeting drivers who are too high to drive, will be in the hands of enforcement agencies.

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Research has shown that the more rigorous forests are thinned, the more resilient they can be under the impact of climate change.
Research has shown that the more rigorous forests are thinned, the more resilient they can be under the impact of climate change.

Researchers test common garden practice on lodgepole pine forests

‘thinning’ saves water and can combat climate change

New research suggests a backyard gardener’s tried and true method of ‘thinning’ could benefit tree growth and water supply, and ultimately help fight climate change.

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Vernon-based author, editor, singer and songwriter John Lent is this spring’s writer-in-residence at UBC Okanagan.
Vernon-based author, editor, singer and songwriter John Lent is this spring’s writer-in-residence at UBC Okanagan.

Okanagan icon John Lent is UBCO’s writer-in-residence

Poet, editor and fiction writer will select Okanagan Short Story Contest winner

John Lent, a Vernon-based professional author, editor, singer and songwriter is this spring’s writer-in-residence at UBC Okanagan.

He will be on campus from March 9 to 26 working with students, faculty and the community in various writing and literary projects.

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ubco.tv spotlight

  • Stress management tool for UBC students
    Research led by Health and Exercise Sciences Instructor Tanya Forneris looks at using biofeedback techniques and breathing exercises to help students manage stress.
  • Digital Media in Education Conference
    The 2020 Digital Media in Education Conference brings together a diverse group of professionals dedicated to supporting education through technology, creativity and collaboration.

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