UBC President Stephen Toope - photo by Martin Dee

A Conversation with President Stephen Toope
I was attracted to UBC primarily for three reasons. First, the Trek 2010 Plan. I was immensely impressed that a complex organization like UBC could agree on such a transformative mission. More from UBC Reports...



Michael Russello and colleagues from Yale found new evidence of genetic diversity among tortoises of the Galápagos Islands.

Exploring Ecology at the Molecular Level

The Galápagos islands -- where Charles Darwin first found evidence that would lead to his theory of natural selection -- became a little more diverse last summer. Michael Russello and research colleagues from Yale University used mitochondrial and nuclear DNA analyses to identify previously unknown genetic diversity among the endangered tortoises in that remote Pacific archipelago.

Russello, who is moving this summer from Yale University to a faculty position in the Department of Biology at UBC Okanagan, is currently exploring a range of questions in ecological and conservation genetics.

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Flannigan to Chair UBC Okanagan United Way

Terry Flannigan has volunteered to chair the 2006 UBC Okanagan United Way campaign. Faculty and staff raised more than $25,000 for the United Way during the first-annual campaign on campus last year.

"I hope we can match or beat the great campaign total we reached last year," said Flannigan, who recently retired as executive director of Development and now serves as senior advisor to that department.

"We are pleased that Terry will continue on with the United Way campaign on campus," said UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice Chancellor Doug Owram. "It is important that we are involved with our community, such as through our participation with the Central Okanagan United Way."

Fund-raising opportunities during last year's UBC Okanagan United Way campaign included a Leadership drive for faculty and staff to contribute through payroll deduction, and a series of on-campus events such as a Halloween costume contest and barbecue, pancake breakfast, and a very successful bake sale and silent auction. Watch for many of these again this year, along with some new events.

"With so much support in our UBC Okanagan community for this important cause, I am sure $25,000 is reachable again," said Flannigan.


Coordinator of UBC Okanagan's Disability Resource Centre Appointed

Jess Roebuck joins UBC Okanagan's Disability Resource Centre as its new Coordinator. He brings twelve years' experience working in the post-secondary disability services setting, with a professional emphasis on cross disability issues and policy development. Jess is a faculty member at the University of Winnipeg, where he teaches Disability Studies.

Faculty and staff are invited to drop by the Disability Resource Centre (SSC119C) to meet Jess.


UBC Okanagan engineering student first recipient of new scholarship

UBC Okanagan engineering student Josh Schlenker, centre, is the first recipient of a new scholarship established by Stantec Consulting Ltd. UBC Okanagan School of Engineering Director Dr. Spiro Yannacopoulos, left, and Stantec's Interior B.C. Manager Steve Woodmass recently presented the award to Schlenker at the UBC Okanagan campus.


Construction affects parking on campus
Construction of the Science Multi Purpose building will commence during the week of July 24, 2006, and will be ongoing until January 2008. This construction will cause unavoidable disruption to existing parking and will result in lots B and C being decommissioned permanently. Boarding/ fencing of the construction site will be in place on July 24.

To offset the loss of this parking, alternate space will be constructed before September 1. Details of the alternate parking arrangements will be provided soon. We thank you for your patience during this exciting phase of campus expansion.


Exchange Your Information
The Exchange is your newsletter -- let everyone know what's going on in your corner of UBC Okanagan! Send submissions to Public Affairs c/o Ingrid Tilstra

Publication Date Submission Deadline
August 2 July 28 (Friday)
August 16 August 11 (Friday)
September 6 September 1 (Friday)
July 19, 2006


Simona Colonna Trio
Sponsored by UBC Okanagan and presented by Cedar Creek Estate Winery, this Festival Vancouver Around the Province concert features the vocal, piano and guitar talents of Italy's Simona Colonna Trio.

Date: August 10, Thursday
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Vineyard Theatre, Cedar Creek Estate Winery
5445 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna
Tickets: $25, Ticketmaster
More Information from Festival Vancouver

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Take Five with Doug Owram, Deputy Vice Chancellor, UBC Okanagan
Our new DVC answers five key questions.
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UBC Okanagan Professors Among New Canada Research Chairs
Two UBC Okanagan professors are among six new UBC Canada Research Chairs announced today by Industry Minister Hon. Maxime Bernier.

The six UBC positions are valued at $3.9 million, and are among 90 federally funded research positions, representing a total investment of more than $61 million distributed to universities, research institutes and hospitals across Canada today. In addition, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) supported the UBC positions with $350,000 and provided $5.7 million across Canada.

Craig Mitton, Canada Research Chair in Health Care Priority Setting, will be based at UBC Okanagan. He will develop and apply methods to help health-care decision makers set priorities and allocate scarce resources to meet local, regional and national objectives.

Mathematician Heinz Bauschke, also based at UBC Okanagan, is the Canada Research Chair in Convex Analysis and Optimization. Read more...


Borders No Barrier for Theatre Professor
When Virginie Magnat was just 15, she received a full scholarship to study at the Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific. She traveled from her home in Southern France and discovered on the coast of Vancouver Island a new world and a passion for theatre.

"Spending two years with 200 students from over 70 countries in a 'global village' nestled in the coastal forest of Vancouver Island literally changed the course of my life," says Magnat, who went on to become a theatre researcher, practitioner and professor.

Magnat is moving to UBC Okanagan from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), to collaborate with Professor Neil Cadger on a brand new performance program at UBC Okanagan. The program in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies will offer a variety of courses in performance practice and theory. More from UBC Reports...


Share your Summer Adventure Stories
The September issue of UBC Reports, the university newspaper, will be themed around field work students and/or faculty have done over the summer. We would like folks to write their own stories (about 400 words) to make for a lively piece -- diary or blog excerpts are acceptable. We're also looking for compelling photographs to accompany the story.

We will cover hands-on experiences and would like to represent unusual locales if possible.

If you have a story that you think might fit the bill, please send us a couple of sentences outlining the location of the work, what was undertaken, if and how the local community was involved, how many students/faculty were involved and duration of stay. This will help us decide which stories to pursue.

If your story is selected, we will contact you with further details about submissions.

Contact Bud Mortenson with your outline by email or call 807-9255.

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Computer Essentials in Health Informatics
The UBC College of Health Disciplines is offering a new elective for health and life science students. The course is designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach to health informatics and the use of technology in the delivery of health care, based on knowledge and understanding of computer science concepts and skills tailored to life and health sciences contexts.

Date: August 21- 25, 2006
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
Fees: None, but pre-registration is required.
Registration & Information


All Health and Safety courses have been suspended for the summer.

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