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Events

October 8 to November 12
Virtual Bootcamp

October 13
Colour outside the lines: Compassion in the 21st Century

October 19
Open Access Keynote: The Impact of Open Access at UBC Library

October 19 to November 9
Introduction to Rock Climbing

October 21 
Patient-oriented virtual health economics mixer

October 21
Diabetes prevention approaches: The efficacy and effectiveness of lifestyle modification

October 21 
Entrepreneurship@ UBCO Leadership Forum

October 22
Being creative for health and well-being

October 22
Rethinking Critical Pedagogy: Radical Education and the Role of Philosophy

October 29 to December 3
Virtual Kickboxing

Workshops

Ongoing
Online Writing Communities

Ongoing
Tech Connect Drop-In Sessions

Ongoing
Teaching Online Learning Community

Ongoing
International Students Connection Group

October 7
Writing an Academic Cover Letter Workshop

October 7
OTP: Making Teamwork Work in Online Courses

October 7
Introduction to Dataverse

October 7
Sincerity, Respect, and Meaning: Virtual Land Acknowledgements at UBC

October 7
Go Global Q&A Session

October 8
Data Discovery Using FRDR and Geodisy

October 8
Thesis Writing: Research Proposal

October 8
Inclusive Teaching: What is it and Why Does it Matter?

October 8
OER Grant Information Session

October 8
Editing Audio with Audacity

October 8
Change, Wellbeing & You

October 8
Career Connections: Meet the Interns at Google, Microsoft and Ubisoft

October 9 and 13
Digital Drop-In: Writing Support

October 9
Office Hours: Research Data Management series

October 13 and 19
Click to Connect

October 13
Introduction to Sensitive Data & De-identification

October 13
Presenting Online

October 13
Building Authentic Assessment for Online Learning

October 13
Recording Lectures with Asynchronous Technology

October 14, 15 and 20
Digital Drop-In: Writing Your Term Paper

October 14
Virtual Networking & Branding with RBC

October 14
Introduction to REDCap

October 14
Multimedia

October 14 and 19
Digital Drop-in: Researching Your Topic

October 14
Virtual Job Search Strategies

October 14
Go Global Q&A Session

October 15
Thesis Writing: Literature Review

October 15
Data Horror Stories & Open Panel with UBC Researchers

October 15
Go Global Q&A Session

October 15 and 20
Digital Drop-In: Citing Sources

October 16
Office Hours: Introduction to Sensitive Data

October 16
Zoom

October 19
Designing Courses with Care: Did I Miss Any Student in My Online Course?

October 19
Go Global Q&A Session

October 19
Beneath the Surface: Root Determinants of Indigenous Health Inequities

October 20
Open Education Faculty Showcase

October 20
Rock Your LinkedIn Profile

October 20
Go Global Q&A

October 21
Creating Inclusive Spaces

October 21 and 23
Transitioning to Online Teaching: A Blended Approach

October 21
Virtual Interview Prep

October 21
Copyright, Creative Commons, and Open Licenses

October 21
Inclusive Teaching: What is it and Why Does it Matter?

October 21
Writing the Academic CV

October 22
Go Global Q&A Session

October 22
Thesis Writing: Methods and Results

October 22
Finding, Using and Adapting Open Resources For Your Courses

October 22
Leading Change and Caring for Others

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Voting in the 2020 BC election

EVERY ELIGIBLE MEMBER OF THE UBC COMMUNITY IS ENCOURAGED TO TAKE PART IN THE ELECTION

British Columbians will elect a new provincial government on October 24.

While this is the official Election Day, there are options to vote by mail or during advance voting days, and all voting places will have protocols in place to keep voters safe during the pandemic.

To find out more about voting, visit: president.ubc.ca/blog/2020/09/30/voting


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Campus space changes

UBC Okanagan has experienced tremendous increases in student enrolment and research activities over the past several years. To accommodate this growth, a number of units have relocated.

Most units continue to operate under some degree of remote working arrangements due to COVID-19 safety rules and may not be always physically present on campus.

More moves will continue over the fall and winter. The most up-to-date information can be found at: facilitiesplanning.ok.ubc.ca/projects


Professor Anthony Stewart
John P. Crozer Chair of English Literature, Bucknell University
Professor Anthony Stewart, John P. Crozer Chair of English Literature, Bucknell University.

Recording: You’re not crazy, you’re not wrong

HEARING EXPERIENCES OF PEOPLE OF COLOUR IN THE UNIVERSITY

On September 17, the UBC Okanagan community came together for a talk on the contradictions of the university for people of colour with Professor Anthony Stewart of Bucknell University.

If you missed the webinar the recording is now available.


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Recording: Faculty Town Hall

The Faculty Town Hall on September 24 was hosted by the Provost and Vice-President Academic and covered what faculty need to know about the Integrated Renewal Program and a 2020/21 budget overview and update.

If you missed the webinar the recording is now available.


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Do you know a student who has a fairness concern?

The Ombuds Office is an independent, impartial and confidential resource to ensure that UBC students are treated fairly in all aspects of university life. It provides a place for students to discuss their concerns and offer unbiased advice and guidance.

To find out more, visit: ombudsoffice.ubc.ca


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Oct. 22 to Dec. 3: Learn to play squash

UBCO has partnered with Global Fitness & Racquet Centre and Squash BC to help faculty and staff learn to play squash.

Registration includes a one-hour lesson each week with a certified squash coach, equipment rentals and a six-week membership to Global Fitness and a Squash BC recreational membership.

To find out more, visit: events.ok.ubc.ca/event/learn-to-play-squash


Oct. 20 to 24: UBCO adopts a week with Canadian Blood Services

The UBC Okanagan Partners for Life team invites you to join students, faculty, staff and alumni in supporting Canadian Blood Services the week of October 20 to 24, 2020.

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Oct. 22: IRP Community Call-In

Workday Support and the Integrated Service Centre

UBC faculty and staff are invited to join sponsors and leadership from the Integrated Service Centre for a discussion on how to access support when Workday goes live on November 2, 2020.

Faculty and staff are invited to ask questions and share comments during the event. Connect with the IRP team in advance through ServiceNow.

To register or find out more, visit: us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Z8vccgFxT3KjtlmhViMG3g


Open Education Resources Grant applications now open

The UBC Okanagan Open Educational Resources Grant pilot program provides funding and support to faculty looking to adapt or create open educational resources.

Information sessions are available for applicants looking to develop their Open Educational Resources Grant proposals on October 8 and 23, and November 6.

The application deadline for proposals is November 27, 2020. To find out more, visit: provost.ok.ubc.ca/awards-funding/oer


University Children’s Learning Centre expansion complete

spots in the infant/toddler and three to five programs

The expansion at the University Children’s Learning Centre at UBC Okanagan is now complete increasing spaces by almost 50 per cent, along with an expanded outdoor play area.

The learning centre offers an infant/toddler program for children aged eight months to three years, and a theme-based preschool program for children aged three to five years.

Priority goes to UBCO students, faculty and staff. To find out more, email okanagan.daycare@ubc.ca or call 250 491 2126.


New 24/7 remote counselling service now available to all students

UBC Student Assistance Program meets critical need to support UBC students living outside of BC

The UBC Student Assistance Program (SAP) provides free, 24/7 personal counselling and life coaching for all UBC students. Services are available by phone, video, face to face where available, e-counselling and in multiple languages.

To inquire about a staff orientation to the program, email Roger Wilson at roger.g.wilson@ubc.ca. To find out more, visit: students.ok.ubc.ca/SAP


Developing UBC guidelines to increase diversity in conference panels and keynote speakers

Faculty members, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students are invited to join a small committee to develop guidelines and best practices related to conferences organized by UBC community members.

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UBC Stories
Isaac Li, assistant professor of chemistry, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science.
Isaac Li, assistant professor of chemistry, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science.

Molecular architect: Isaac Li's story

Isaac Li, a Michael Smith Foundation scholar, is focused on developing shapeshifting molecules to study the physical interactions in diseases and developmental processes.

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When is HIIT the best exercise fit?

UBCO researcher says interval exercise good for average people as a part of a ‘menu’ of options

Determining whether high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is an appropriate form of exercise for the average person has been hotly debated for years.

But for one UBC Okanagan researcher, there’s not much to debate—interval exercise, when used appropriately, can fit into people’s menu of flexible exercise options.

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UBC Okanagan researchers say breadfruit is nutritionally sound and has the potential to improve worldwide food security issues. Photo credit Jan Vozenilek, Copper Sky Productions, Kelowna.
UBC Okanagan researchers say breadfruit is nutritionally sound and has the potential to improve worldwide food security issues. Photo credit Jan Vozenilek, Copper Sky Productions, Kelowna.

Could breadfruit be the next superfood? UBC researchers say yes

Breadfruit is sustainable, environmentally friendly and a high-production crop

Breadfruit, which grows in abundance in tropical and South Pacific countries, has long been a staple in the diet of many people.

The fruit can be eaten when ripe, or it can be dried and ground up into a flour and repurposed into many types of meals, explains UBC Okanagan researcher Susan Murch.

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Don’t treat a COVID-19 vaccine like we did toilet paper, says UBC prof

Health inequity and vaccine nationalism undermines health for all

With governments around the world seeking to develop and distribute a COVID-19 vaccine and put a stop to the spread of the virus, one UBC Okanagan researcher says we should resist the urge to engage in nationalist policies for global health issues.

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Empowering entrepreneurs

For risk-takers and problem-solvers, entrepreneurship@UBC Okanagan helps transform creative classroom theory into real-world application.

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Masters of Social Work student Ian Pryzdial with a member of the Men’s Shed.
Masters of Social Work student Ian Pryzdial with a member of the Men’s Shed.

Successful aging

Researchers at UBC Okanagan's Faculty of Health and Social Development are exploring how to help Canada's growing older population age successfully from head to toe.

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Landscape left untouched after a wildfire can regenerate and create protective cover for red squirrels and the snowshoe hare, and important species like coyotes, lynx, bobcats and owls depend on it to survive. Photo credit Angelina Kelly.
Landscape left untouched after a wildfire can regenerate and create protective cover for red squirrels and the snowshoe hare, and important species like coyotes, lynx, bobcats and owls depend on it to survive. Photo credit Angelina Kelly.

UBCO researchers concerned about important prey and predator species in post-fire logging areas

Salvage harvesting logging damages vital habitat for wildlife species

New research from UBC Okanagan shows that salvage logging on land damaged by wildfires has negative impacts on a variety of animals.

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Jennifer Davis hopes to use applied health economics to improve elderly patient care.
Jennifer Davis hopes to use applied health economics to improve elderly patient care.

UBCO health economist using innovative research to improve senior care

Applied health economics and patient partnerships can pinpoint cost-effective lifestyle interventions

Health economics might not be the first thing that springs to mind when it comes to treating elderly patients, but it is just one of the innovations being used by clinically applied health economist Jennifer Davis to help improve care among seniors.

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Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and UBCO’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Lesley Cormack officially declared September 25 to 27 UBCO Homecoming weekend in the City of Kelowna.
Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and UBCO’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Lesley Cormack officially declared September 25 to 27 UBCO Homecoming weekend in the City of Kelowna.

UBC Okanagan puts a new spin on Homecoming

Campus celebrated third annual homecoming weekend virtually

Homecoming weekend has become a valued tradition at UBC Okanagan. And this year, it was like no other homecoming, as most events took place in participants' homes.

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Student enrolment remains strong at UBC

Enrolment figures higher or on par with previous years in the Okanagan and Vancouver

Student enrolment numbers remain strong this fall at UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver—a sign of the university’s stellar academic reputation. Students are keenly interested in achieving their educational ambitions at UBC, despite challenges posed by COVID-19.

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Gino DiLabio, inaugural dean of the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science.
Gino DiLabio, inaugural dean of the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science.

Research and local partnerships the top priorities for UBCO’s new Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science

Faculty of Science’s inaugural dean shares bright vision for future

The Faculty of Science’s inaugural Dean Gino DiLabio was recently appointed and is navigating his first term in the newly-created role. DiLabio, a chemistry professor and former head of UBCO’s chemistry department, explains the rationale for the new faculty and its commitment to research and partnerships within the community.

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The COVID-19 Disability Survey will capture perspectives from Canadians with different types of disabilities and their family members.
The COVID-19 Disability Survey will capture perspectives from Canadians with different types of disabilities and their family members.

National survey supports Canadians living with disabilities during COVID-19

Findings will help ensure strategies meet the needs of people of all abilities

COVID-19 has created an entirely new set of challenges for the more than 6.2 million Canadians living with a disability, says UBC Professor Kathleen Martin Ginis.

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From COVID-19 to Type 2 diabetes—what’s new in breastfeeding?

UBCO expert discusses latest breastfeeding research during National Breastfeeding Week

Breast is still best for babies, even during a pandemic, according to one UBC Okanagan nursing professor and women’s health expert.

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CATT for Women’s Support Workers is available online in English and in French
CATT for Women’s Support Workers is available online in English and French.

New online training will help frontline workers support survivors of brain injury in intimate partner violence

UBC researchers team up to launch free e-learning course

A new training course from UBC researchers aims to provide critical education for frontline workers to recognize signs and symptoms of brain injury in survivors of intimate partner violence.

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Writer-in-Residence Kim Senklip Harvey
Writer-in-Residence Kim Senklip Harvey.

Oct. 20: Writer in residence Kim Senklip Harvey to give public lecture 

Interior Salish Sharing: Stories from a Shapeshifter

Indigenous theorist and cultural evolutionist Kim Senklip Harvey will be giving a talk about the prose, plays and process of dismantling and troubling colonial and neo-capital systems and the resurgence of Indigenous Matriarchal led systems and frameworks.

This talk is organized by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies as part of its writer in resident program.

To register or find out more, visit: fccs.ok.ubc.ca/about/events-workshops/authors


UBCO researchers evaluate the effects of fish oil supplementation on infants during breastfeeding

Research suggests infant immunity may be compromised

Letting nature take its course may be the best advice for nursing mothers, according to researchers from UBC Okanagan. Their findings show taking fish oil supplements while nursing may not be beneficial and may even negatively impact babies’ immunity.

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