February 15, 2006

Exchange is an e-journal for faculty and staff highlighting UBC Okanagan events, achievements and news you can use. Your Public Affairs staff welcomes contributions, notes, hot tips and suggestions for future editions.

In this issue...


UBC Okanagan Welcomes Okanagan Zone Teachers' Conference Feb. 17
On February 17, this campus can expect an infusion of 1,000 to 1,500 educators keen to experience what UBC Okanagan is all about. The theme for this year's B.C. Teachers' Federation Okanagan Zone Teachers' Conference is "Maintaining Professionalism: Setting the Course to Success", and all members of the UBC Okanagan community are welcome to join in the activities.

The conference is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon in the Gymnasium, with the afternoon marked for numerous breakout sessions -- including workshops on different aspects of education and learning, booths dedicated to promoting UBC Okanagan programs, and a publisher's trade show.

The keynote speaker for this conference is Alfie Kohn, educator and author of 10 books, who will be discussing his latest book, Unconditional Parenting.

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Visiting Biogeography Expert Gives Talk Feb. 24
Dr. Kiyoko Miyanishi, Professor Emerita with the University of Guelph's Department of Geography, will be visiting UBC Okanagan on Friday, February 24, to present a talk entitled, "Succession: Fundamental Ecological Concept or Myth?" on Friday, February 24.

Dr. Miyanishi was born in New Denver, and has research interests that include fire ecology, plant ecology and biogeography. Her presentation begins at 3 p.m. and all are welcome.

Date: February 24, 2006
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: SCI219

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FCCS Presents... Upcoming Writers, Artists and Performers at UBC Okanagan
As part of its Writers, Artists and Performers speaker series, the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies presents the following events at UBC Okanagan. All events are free and open to the public.

John Lent
Fiction writer, poet, and musician, Lent is a favourite of Okanagan writers, students and general audiences. The author of several books of poetry and fiction, he will be reading from his latest book, a collection of linked short stories, So It Won't Go Away.

Date: February 23, 2006
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: ART103

Chris Cran
An internationally recognized painter who lives and works in Calgary, Cran has ventured into a variety of creative roles. In addition to his professional activities as a painter, he has been actively involved in Calgary's theatre scene, and recently produced several uniquely creative sets for Calgary's One Yellow Rabbit theatre company.

Date: March 1, 2006
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: SSC026

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Our Place in the World: Celebrate Research Week Mar. 4 - 11
Mark this important week in your calendar and join us for the annual Celebrate Research Week -- an exciting week packed with events that showcase the amazing researchers and their work at both UBC campuses. These events include lectures, seminars and symposia on topical and timely issues.

Every year there is a new theme to keep the week fresh and promote new ideas. Taking into account the World Urban Forum, the TREK document and the concept of global citizenship, the theme of "Our Place in the World" was chosen for 2006. UBC Okanagan is excited to be participating in the Celebrate Research Week for the first time.

A number of events are planned on campus from March 6 - 10. Each will showcase UBC Okanagan research, stimulate discussion, and promote learning.

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Learning Technology Workshops Offered by the Centre for Teaching and Learning

UBC Okanagan's Centre for Teaching and Learning is presenting a wide-variety of workshops designed to promote e-learning on campus over the next several months. These sessions range from understanding the role of meta-tools in learning projects (Blogs, Wikis, etc.), to better understanding digital audio's role in the classroom.

Social Software in the Academy
Weblogs, wikis, RSS, social bookmarks and a new generation of online meta-tools. They're not just about easy, inexpensive means of personal publishing; they're about creating networks of expert peers, and riding out raging flows of information. They're about the culture of remix, liquid media and pattern recognition. Attention will focus on the realities of supporting emergent media in the academy, and on lessons learned from ongoing examples of using social software in learning environments.

Date: February 24, 2006
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: TBA

Podcast Basics 
This short workshop will provide a brief review of the many aspects of listening to, creating, and sharing personal digital audio. Choosing equipment, recording, editing and posting will be addressed, with emphasis on the open-source cross-platform sound editor Audacity. Discussion will focus on how educators and students are using audio to enhance teaching and learning.  No experience is required, but it's hoped practicing Podcasters will attend to share their knowledge and learn from one another.

Date: February 24, 2006
Time: 2 – 3 p.m.
Location: ART180

Both of these sessions are Facilitated by Brian Lamb, Instructor and Coordinator, Office of Learning Technology, University of British Columbia. 

For more information please view the View the Centre for Teaching and Learning’s website, contact Peter Arthur or call 79207

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UPCOMING EVENTS
16, Thursday 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
HR Info Session: One-on-One Coaching Program
16, Thursday, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Applied Science Talk: Dr. Edwin Tam: Sensor and Data Fusion in Engineering Systems
LIB302
17, Friday, 6 - 9 p.m
Men's & Women's Lakers Volleyball vs. UCFV
UBC Okanagan Gym
18, Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m.
Men's & Women's Lakers Volleyball vs. Douglas
UBC Okanagan Gym
20, Monday, 11 a.m. - 12 noon
Writing Centre Workshop: Parts of Speech
Host: Ramine Adl, Modern Languages
ART283
21, Tuesday, 9 - 10 a.m.
Applied Science Talk: Dr. Jonathan Holzman
Nanotechnological developments in ultrafast all-optical switching.
ART372
22, Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 12 noon
Writing Centre Workshop: Verb Tenses
Host: Dr. James Hull, History
ART206
22, Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Dealing with Change
Gain some insights on how to better deal with change.
Location TBA
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23, Thursday, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Campus Health & Wellness Presents: A "Sex Positive" Health Affair
Arts Building Foyer
23, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
FCCS Presents... John Lent
Fiction writer, poet, musician, Lent is a favourite of Okanagan writers, students and general audiences.
ART103
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24, Friday, 10 - 11 a.m.
Applied Science Talk: Dr. Yonas Dibike
Uncertainties in Downscaling and Simulation of the Hydrologic Impacts of Climate Change: Case Studies from Quebec and Northern Canada.
ART372
24, Friday, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Social Software in the Academy
Weblogs, wikis, social bookmarks and a new generation of online meta-tools. This workshop will focus on learning how to create networks of expert peers.
Location TBA
24, Friday, 2 - 3 p.m.
Podcast Basics
This short workshop will provide a brief review of the many aspects of listening to, creating, and sharing personal digital audio.
ART180
24, Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Training for Faculty & Staff: Joint Health and Safety Committee
This course is ideal for joint health and safety committee members, worker health and safety representatives, and health and safety professionals.
Location TBA
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24, Friday, 4 p.m.
FCCS Colloquium Series: David Jefferess: Globalization and Human Solidarity: The Fourth World War as Tactical Media
Okanagan Room in Student Services Centre (SSC)
27, Monday, 11 a.m. - 12 noon
Writing Centre Workshop: Non-fiction Techniques for Essay Writing
Host: Anne Fleming, Creative Writing
ART283
1, Wednesday, 6 p.m.
FCCS Presents... Chris Cran
An internationally recognized painter who lives and works in Calgary, Cran has ventured into a variety of creative roles.
LIB303
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3, Friday, 4 p.m.
FCCS Colloquium Series: Fern Helfand, Mary Ann Murphy, Penny Cash and David Scott: Visual Imagery and Personal Stories Play a Role in Renewal: The Meaning of Home and the Okanagan Fires 2003
Okanagan Room in Student Services Centre (SSC)
6, Monday, 11 a.m. - 12 noon
Writing Centre Workshop: Punctuation
Host: Ramine Adl, Modern Languages
ART283
7, Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Simplify Your Workspace
Gain some insights on how to better organize your space.
LIB303
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8, Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
How to Become a Master Communicator
Practice and develop strong interpersonal skills.
LIB303
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