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March 4, 2020

Events

March 4
Book/Podcast Discussion: How to be an Antiracist by Kendi

March 5
Pit Stop: Student Learning Hub

March 5
UBC Okanagan Interdisciplinary Student Health Conference

March 5
Film Screening: The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

March 6
IGNITE Okanagan 2020

March 6
A Guide to the Ethics Bowl

March 6
MSc Thesis Oral Defence: Suzanne Johnson

March 6
MASc Thesis Oral Defence: Dylan Goode

March 6
From the Anti-Confederates to Wexit: Regional Alienation and Federal Transfers in Canada

March 7
Drawing with Patrick Lundeen

March 9
Visiting Artists Lecture Series

March 9
Gender and Women’s Studies Celebrates International Women’s Day

March 10
Film Screening: Rendez-vous de la Francophonie

March 11
Institutions of the Soviet Bloc

March 11
Lessons from 20th Century Attrocities: How Can Historians Help?

March 12
Okanagan Cardiovascular and Respiratory Symposium

March 12
Philosophy Colloquium

March 13
MA Thesis Oral Defence: Rachel Stubbs

March 16
PhD Dissertation Oral Defence: Suad Alrebdi

March 16
Millennial North Korea: Cell Phones, Forbidden Media and Living Creatively with Surveillance

March 16
PhD Dissertation Oral Defence: Charles Rockson

March 16
What is K-pop?

March 16
MFA Thesis Oral Defence: Cristalle Smith

March 18
Healthy adult aging and balance

March 19
Engineering First-Year Specialization Night

March 19
First Annual Sharon Thesen Lecture on Writing

Workshops

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 6
Writing the Research Article

March 9
Thesis Formatting

March 10
Thesis or Dissertation Structure: An Overview

March 10
MD Admissions Info Session

March 12
MLA Basics

March 12
Writing a Lay Summary

March 18
Writing the Academic CV

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Share your voice: UBC Climate Emergency Engagement

The climate emergency is one of the most pressing issues of our time

At this pivotal moment, the decisions and actions we take today will reverberate beyond our own borders and lifetimes.

Your help is needed to shape UBC’s climate emergency response. Share your ideas, candid and constructive feedback, and engage in lively and respectful conversations. The engagement process runs until March 27, 2020.

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Growing Together: IRP and UBCO

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard shares her excitement for the implementation of Workday as the core enterprise software system for UBC's human resources, finance and student administration.

See more at: youtu.be/EjmHY-MTXc8


campus-to-campus half-marathon and relay

Campus to Campus Run volunteer opportunities

Campus to Campus Run organizers are actively recruiting volunteers for what will be a celebratory and community-building experience on April 4. Help is needed to greet runners and support registration, cheer on runners at relay stations and assist in tear-down.

Volunteers will receive an event t-shirt and be invited to a BBQ celebration at Okanagan College. To register or find out more, visit: www.okanagan.bc.ca/campustocampus


Image of the book cover project in ART building classrooms

Faculty members invited to submit book and journal covers

The UBCO Classroom Artwork Project aims to display academically inspiring artwork in classrooms and other public teaching areas of the university. 

Researchers from any faculty who have book or journal covers they would like displayed in a classroom are encouraged to email their submissions to Andrew Irvine at classroom.artwork@ubc.ca


Reminder: encourage first- and fourth-year students to complete the 2020 NSSE

A reminder to faculty and staff to encourage all first- and fourth-year students to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The survey closes on May 31, 2020.

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Reminder: 3MT final takes place March 10

see it all at the Kelowna Innovation Centre

Hosted by Doris Bregolisse of Global Okanagan, the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a showcase of graduate student research at UBC Okanagan.

This is a sold-out event. If you have a ticket and are unable to make it, please cancel so that someone on the waitlist can attend.


March 9: UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan open house

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.

As a follow-up to activities that took place at UBCO in January, you are invited to drop in to an open house on March 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the University Centre Ballroom (UNC 200).

Learn more about UBC’s important journey in creating this plan at: indigenous.ubc.ca/indigenous-engagement/indigenous-strategic-plan


March 12: When They See Us

An Evening With Dr. Yusef Salaam

Join the UBCSUO in hearing Dr. Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five -- formally known as the Central Park Five -- discuss the issues of police brutality and misconduct, press ethics and bias, race and law, and the criminal justice system.

To register or find out more, visit: eventbrite.ca/e/96180607787


March 14: We CAN Tech

UPCOMING EVENT TO FEATURE TALKS FROM DISTINGUISHED WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY

Girls in Tech UBCO is hosting We CAN Tech, a regional celebration that brings women, minorities in technology and allies together in ways that support their participation in computing. The event on March 14 is open to students, faculty members and industry professionals.

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March 31: Okanagan Symphony Orchestra open rehearsal

Featuring guest conductor Ivars Taurins 

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies is hosting renowned baroque specialist Ivars Taurins and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra as they prepare for an eclectic program that celebrates the music of this historic era.

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Unifying UBC IT services: New operating system

UBC is working to create a more consistent IT experience for faculty and staff through our IT Service Integration project that aligns IT services between the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

As a first step, the UBC IT Okanagan Service Centre will be rolling out an updated operating system, based on Windows 10, for UBC provided laptops and desktop computers. 

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UBC Okanagan researcher argues against relying only on charismatic species the like grizzly bear for gauging habitat health.
UBC Okanagan researcher argues against relying only on charismatic species the like grizzly bear for gauging habitat health.

When it comes to conservation, ditch the 'canary in the coal mine'

Menagerie of several species to monitor habitat health offers better conservation outcomes

With habitat loss threatening the extinction of an ever-growing number of species around the world, many wildlife advocates and conservation professionals rely on the proverbial 'canary in the coal mine' -- monitoring and protecting a single representative species -- to maintain healthy wildlife biodiversity.

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UBC Okanagan Engineering Professor Cigdem Eskicioglu has been named the Senior Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in advanced resource recovery from wastewater.
Engineering Professor Cigdem Eskicioglu has been named the Senior Industrial Research Chair in advanced resource recovery from wastewater.

UBC Okanagan awarded Industrial Research Chair in advanced resource recovery from wastewater

New role will create clean technologies for municipal wastewater treatment

Engineering Professor Cigdem Eskicioglu has been named the new Senior Industrial Research Chair in advanced resource recovery from wastewater.

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Taught by UBC sustainability professor Lael Parrott (far left) with Kluane Lake, Yukon, as their backdrop, the field course encourages students to critically evaluate how human-environment interactions change landscapes.
Taught by UBC sustainability professor Lael Parrott (far left) with Kluane Lake, Yukon, as their backdrop, the field course encourages students to critically evaluate how human-environment interactions change landscapes.

In the field: Connecting the Yukon

They came with differing experiences, expectations and knowledge.

Yet all nine of the students who participated in the ‘Landscapes as Complex Social-Ecological Systems’ Yukon field course left with similar mindsets and impressions.

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Vernon’s Josh Dueck is one of many people who have given the physical activity guidelines a test drive. Photo by: OI Canada
Vernon’s Josh Dueck is one of many people who have given the physical activity guidelines a test drive. Photo by: OI Canada

UBCO professor simplifies exercise advice for spinal cord injury

Researchers take the guesswork out of exercising effectively

A team of researchers has developed an online platform of tried and true resources to help people living with spinal cord injury lead a more active life.

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Sepideh Pakpour, a School of Engineering assistant professor, says test show levitating human plasma may lead to faster, more reliable, portable and simpler disease detection.
Sepideh Pakpour, assistant professor of engineering, says test show levitating human plasma may lead to faster, more reliable, portable and simpler disease detection.

Study points to better medical diagnosis through levitating human blood

Floating human plasma helps researchers detect diseases like opioid addiction

New research from the School of Engineering, Harvard Medical School and Michigan State University suggests that levitating human plasma may lead to faster, more reliable, portable and simpler disease detection.

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UBC researchers develop strategy to protect wine grapes from smoke-taint

A common agricultural spray may be the key to preventing smoky flavour

It's a problem plaguing grape-growers worldwide—in an ever-changing climate, how can they protect their crops from the undesirable effects of wildfire smoke exposure?

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UBCO's Morad Abdelaziz and Yuri Rodrigues have been researching the impact microgrids would have on the distribution and conservation of electrical power.
UBCO's Morad Abdelaziz and Yuri Rodrigues have been researching the impact microgrids would have on the distribution and conservation of electrical power.

Say goodbye to power outages, says UBC Okanagan engineer

Researchers shine a light on ways to keep the energy flowing

With the goal of eliminating brownouts and blackouts, new research from the School of Engineering is redesigning how electricity is distributed within power grids.

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Relax-a-Cucha event aims to make knowledge 'snack-sized'

March 4 event tackles complex ideas in seven minutes and 12 slides

Making difficult concepts accessible and understandable for everyone is hard enough, but to do it in less than seven minutes is an especially unique challenge. That's the idea behind Relax-a-Cucha, an event organized every two years by the Institute for Community Engaged Research.

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UBC event explores interconnected histories of Canada and South Asia

Historical connection of Punjabi explored through theatre, art and literary production

Using theatre, visual art and literary production, this event on March 4 explores different aspects of the Punjabi language—as a Canadian and South Asian language—and how creative work like poetry and art express this dynamic relationship.

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