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july 2, 2020

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For a very successful virtual graduation ceremony

The Ceremonies and Events office would like to thank all departments and colleagues who helped make the 2020 virtual graduation ceremony such a success.

Graduation couldn't have happened without all of you.


Dr. Ananya Mukherjee-Reed

UBC Okanagan Provost in the running for Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards

Vote for Professor Ananya Mukherjee Reed - a finalist for this year's RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards.

Ananya Mukherjee Reed, originally from India, immigrated to Canada in 1995 and joined academia as a scholar working on theories of alternative development and justice. Following a long career, she is now serving as the Provost and Vice-President Academic at UBC Okanagan.

To vote or find out more, visit: canadianimmigrant.ca/canadas-top-25-immigrants/vote


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New recognition available for Staff Awards of Excellence

Celebrate the individuals responsible for outstanding contributions to our campus community

This year, a new Staff Awards of Excellence recognition is available to recognize entire departments or units of three or more -- the Okanagan Campus Spirit award -- and share $5,000 among the recipients.

If you know someone who is making a positive impact in the workplace, nominate them for a Staff Award of Excellence by July 17 at 4 p.m.

To find out more, visit: hr.ok.ubc.ca/learning/awards/staffexcellence


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UBC's Sophos Antivirus software license is about to expire

Protect your devices

Help keep UBC information secure while you're working remotely. UBC’s license agreement with Sophos Antivirus expires on July 29, 2020.

If you have downloaded Sophos Antivirus from UBC, you must install a replacement antivirus solution by July 29, 2020.

For free antivirus options available to UBC faculty and staff, visit: it.ubc.ca/antivirus


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New online teaching program available

To help adapt courses for an online environment, the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology has created the Online Teaching Program for educators on both campuses.

The flexible program contains self-paced modules in Canvas, online workshops and one-on-one consultations. More workshops will be added throughout July and August.

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Peter Simpson, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
Peter Simpson, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Peter Simpson starts his term as COGS Dean

The College of Graduate Studies is pleased to welcome Peter Simpson to the UBC Okanagan community.

Today is the first day of his five-year appointment as the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

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COVID-19 re-occupancy information

UBC has developed a COVID-19 Safety Planning Framework for the gradual and phased re-occupancy of the university

There is an established set of guiding principles for the resumption of on-campus activities, as well as separate processes for both UBC campuses.

To explore the UBCO process and access resumption resources, visit: finance-operations.ok.ubc.ca/covid19-resumption


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UBC Stories
Rehan Sadiq, professor of civil engineering and the executive associate dean of the School of Engineering
Rehan Sadiq, professor of civil engineering and the executive associate dean of the School of Engineering.

Rehan Sadiq elected to Canadian Academy of Engineering

Rehan Sadiq, professor of civil engineering and the executive associate dean of the School of Engineering at UBCO, and Purang Abolmaesumi, professor of electrical and computer engineering, have been named fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) for their distinguished achievements and service to the profession.

Election to the CAE is one of the highest professional honours an engineer in Canada can receive.

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Nelly Oelke, associate professor of nursing.
Nelly Oelke, associate professor of nursing.

Floods, fires and pandemics: Nelly Oelke's story

Rural-health researcher Nelly Oelke wants to understand how communities cope with natural disasters and provide guidance for enhancing rural mental health services.

“I spent many hours over the years caring for my elderly father, who continued living in a small town in rural Alberta,” says Oelke, an associate professor at UBCO’s School of Nursing.

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UBC’s Wine Research Centre, located on the Okanagan campus, is dedicated to fostering cooperation between academic institutions, the wine industry sector and communities around the world.
UBC’s Wine Research Centre, located on the Okanagan campus, is dedicated to fostering cooperation between academic institutions, the wine industry sector and communities around the world.

UBC Okanagan uncorks new Wine Research Centre headquarters

Wine Research Centre will expand its presence across both UBC campuses

The renowned wine region of BC’s Okanagan Valley now boasts a new research hub, as UBC shifts the headquarters of its acclaimed Wine Research Centre from its Vancouver campus to its Kelowna-based campus.

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Majid Moradzadeh, doctoral student in power engineering, poses in front of an electric vehicle power station at UBCO.
Majid Moradzadeh, doctoral student in power engineering, poses in front of an electric vehicle power station at UBCO.

UBCO engineers look at ways to power electric vehicles sustainably

Fossil fuels a key part of keeping plug-in vehicles on the road

New research from the School of Engineering aims to improve the efficiency and cost associated with charging electric vehicles.

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Workplace well-being when you’re not physically at work

UBCO professor offers advice to create a flourishing workplace remotely

Many Canadians have been working from home in an effort to help flatten the curve and limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Some people have been thriving in their new remote work environment, but there are those who have been experiencing challenges.

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