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july 15, 2020

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Greetings from DVC and Principal Lesley Cormack

Prof. Lesley Cormack officially took up her duties as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal on July 1. In her first video message for faculty and staff, Prof. Cormack outlines her plans for this summer – which involve both completing her move to the Okanagan and getting to know our campus community.

View the DVC and Principal’s video message...

About Prof. Cormack...


7 Ways the Library Can Support Your Research

Using the library to support your research

As research activity resumes on campus, the UBC Library is ready to help.

Search the library's e-collections. Consult with a librarian. Request books from the collection. Or try the new Lean Library browser extension.

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Reminder: Nominations due July 31 for Staff Awards of Excellence

If you know someone who is making a positive impact in the workplace, nominate them for a Staff Award of Excellence by July 31 at 4 p.m. (deadline has been extended from July 17).

Awards are given to individuals (four awards) and a team (one award). The winners will be recognized at a virtual celebration on September 3.

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


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Reminder: Sophos Antivirus software license expires July 29

Protect your devices

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


Sara-Jane Finlay re-appointed AVP, Equity & Inclusion

The UBC Board of Governors has approved the re-appointment of Sara-Jane Finlay as Associate Vice-President (AVP), Equity & Inclusion for an ongoing term.

Finlay was initially appointed for a five-year term in March 2015. The Equity & Inclusion Office partners with units across the university to embed equity, diversity and inclusion into structure, policies and processes.

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July 24: Enhancing couple relationships webinar

Delivered by Morneau Shepell, this session looks at common relationship challenges, discusses methods to improve communication and resolve conflict, explores ideas on enhancing intimacy and romance, and reviews the importance of commitment and trust.

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City seeking input on transit exchange improvements

Residents and transit riders in Kelowna and the Central Okanagan are invited to share input on potential improvements at four transit exchange facilities in Kelowna including the Midtown / Orchard Park Exchange, Mission Recreation Exchange, Rutland Exchange and Kelowna Airport Transit Station.

To get started, visit: getinvolved.kelowna.ca/transit-exchange-study


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UBC Stories
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Coexisting with Wolves

Assistant Professor Adam Ford and students working out of his Wildlife Restoration Ecology lab are forging new collaborations in their pursuit to discover how humans and wolves can coexist in British Columbia.

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Jasmin Hristov with students

Exposing land grabs

‘Global sociologist’ Jasmin Hristov writes, teaches and conducts research on how state and paramilitary violence has forced millions of Latin American people off their land.

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UBC study examined 40 years of data following the fate of 2,500 grizzly bears.
UBC study examined 40 years of data following the fate of 2,500 grizzly bears.

Grizzlies change habits to coexist with people—but is it enough?

Bears living near people rely on ‘immigrants’ and nocturnal behaviour to sustain populations

Researchers have determined that bear populations near people need two things to survive—adaptive behaviour to become nocturnal and immigrant bears moving into their region.

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Associate Professor John-Tyler Binfet's new research seeks to disrupt that notion by showing how adolescents demonstrate kindness.
Associate Professor John-Tyler Binfet's new research shows how adolescents demonstrate kindness.

UBCO kindness researcher challenges the notion of mean teens

New research shows adolescents are kinder than we think

A School of Education researcher is hoping to flip the switch on the pre-convinced stereotype that teens are mean.

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UBCO Associate Professor Nelly Oelke is one of the researchers receiving funding from the interior university research coalition for her work in mental health resilience in rural communities
Associate Professor Nelly Oelke is one of the researchers receiving funding from the interior university research coalition for her work in mental health resilience in rural communities.

Research collaborations tackle challenges faced by rural BC residents

Interior university research coalition funds research to improve the lives of those living outside large urban centres

Supported by the Interior University Research Coalition’s Regional/Rural/Remote Communities Collaborative Research Grant, three Interior university research teams will address the complex problems faced by British Columbians who live outside large metropolitan areas.

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Associate Professor Sunny Li, right, discusses adaptations to the Airborne Infection Isolation and Removal system, with his doctoral student Mojtaba Zabihi and Care Health Meditech Managing Partner Stephen Munro, centre.
Associate Professor Sunny Li, right, discusses adaptations to the Airborne Infection Isolation and Removal system, with his doctoral student Mojtaba Zabihi and Care Health Meditech Managing Partner Stephen Munro, centre.

UBCO researchers team up with industry partner to clear the air

New device aims to isolate and remove droplets and airborne viruses

UBC Okanagan researchers are collaborating with Kelowna-based Care Health Meditech to develop a new device that isolates and eliminates airborne droplets and germs associated with COVID-19 and other illnesses.

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