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newsSocial media: Changing the shared experience
Sociology professor Christopher Schneider is keeping a close eye on how modern living is affected by social media such as Facebook and Twitter

Social media: Changing the shared experience
Were the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games the first "social media Olympics"?

UBC sociologist Christopher Schneider, who studies social media and their impact on our lives, says coverage of the Games moved far beyond entertainment to become infotainment. He says social media technology such as Facebook and Twitter are changing the way that we experience spectacular social events such as the Olympics, and even how we interact with the world.

"News agencies have changed the model and structure of their format to better reflect recent developments in social media," says Schneider.

"With social media, you are in the know in a very real sense, in real time. You can watch television and be in the know with those who are immediately around you, but with social media you can be in the know and interact with others who are in the know anywhere.

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INTUIT: the 2010 BFA graduate exhibition
INTUIT: the 2010 BFA graduate exhibition
This year's Bachelor of Fine Arts graduates are presenting their work in a public exhibition that will run from April 18 to 25 in the Fine Arts and Health Building.

INTUIT is an extensive exhibition of student works including paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, video and installation work.

Opening Reception
To kick off the annual exhibit, an opening reception with light food, refreshments and musical entertainment, is being held on Saturday, April 17 at 6 p.m. This year's opening reception will be an exciting cultural event that includes hors d'oeuvres, wine, poetry and a genre-crossing variety of musical performance -- from jazz and folk to indie rock and west coast punk.

There is no charge for entry and this event is open to the public. The art work tends to sell quickly as it is so reasonably priced.

To find out more contact Cory Dixon, Fine Arts Course Union president.

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Celebrate Research Week Video Features now online
Celebrate Research Week Video Features now online
This year's Celebrate Research Week was designed to get people talking. The week featured eight free public events that focused on marijuana use among teenagers, sustainability efforts, and issues surrounding the genetic disease Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and organ donation.

No better demonstration of UBC's research excellence came at the annual Celebrate Research Gala, held on March 15. The evening featured video vignettes of some select researchers from the Okanagan campus, as well as award presentations for the Researchers of the Year and the Award for Public Education Through Media.

To view all of the Celebrate Research Week Video Features visit the Public Affairs news feature.

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Competition winners spend week with UBC
Saskatchewan high school students Dilynn Kehler, left, and Tayler Daniels are visiting UBC Okanagan this week to work in a scientific lab with Professor Louise Nelson.

Competition winners spend week with UBC
Okanagan research lab
Two First Nation high school students from Saskatchewan visit Kelowna to learn about food research

Two high school students from Saskatchewan are on an all-expenses paid internship to UBC Okanagan to work in a scientific lab with Louise Nelson, Associate Dean, Research and Strategic Planning at UBC Okanagan.

Tayler Daniels from Duck Lake and Dilynn Kehler from Punnichy were two of 10 First Nation high school students selected in a national competition organized by the Guelph-based Advanced Foods and Materials Network (AFMNet) to participate in a program called "Be a Food Researcher for a Week," which runs from March 14 to 20.

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Aboriginal language now on UBC campus street signsAboriginal language now on UBC campus street signs
Visitors to UBC's Okanagan campus in Kelowna will get a bilingual experience while travelling the campus roads. New street signs feature both English and Nsyilxcen, the traditional language spoken by the Okanagan's original people.

"UBC Okanagan is located in the traditional territory of the Okanagan Nation," says Lyle Mueller, Director, Aboriginal Programs and Services. "It is customary among Aboriginal people to acknowledge and respect traditional territories. Knowing this, UBC Okanagan felt it was appropriate to acknowledge the traditional territory of the Okanagan Nation by using its language on campus."

The signs display new names for several previously unnamed roads on campus, which will help emergency services such as police, fire and ambulance navigate the rapidly growing campus community. As well, address numbers are being placed on buildings for easy visibility from the street.

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Biology graduate program asks students to confront humanity's questions
Biology graduate student Natalie Melaschenko travelled to Kenya in 2009 to study field techniques at the Mpala Research Centre
Biology graduate program asks students to confront humanity's questions
The Biology Graduate Program established three years ago at UBC's Okanagan campus is already earning a reputation for student excellence.

About a third of the 15 master's degree and six PhD students currently enrolled in the Biology Graduate Program are recipients of major external fellowships, such as the highly competitive Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) fellowship and Pacific Leaders Scholarship.

"To have such a high percentage of our graduate students receiving these prestigious and competitive fellowships is huge," says Karen Hodges, Biology Graduate Program coordinator. "It really points to the quality and relevance of the work being done by our students, as well as the depth of our program, which is able to offer students solid, meaningful projects with international relevance in a competitive, supportive environment."

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UBC named one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2010)UBC named one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2010)
UBC has topped Canada's Best Diversity Employers list for the third consecutive year, among 44 other Canadian employers. UBC is the only post-secondary institution in BC to receive this recognition in the 2010 roster and is one of four national academic institutions to be awarded.

Winners of the competition are chosen by Mediacorp's editorial team, based on applications submitted to the annual Canada's Top 100 Employers project. This year, more than 2,600 employers started the application process, which was reduced to just over 300 short-listed employers for the diversity competition.

"This award recognizes that UBC is putting its commitment to equity and diversity into action," says Tom Patch, associate vice president of equity. "Advancing diversity at UBC is about more than a diverse workforce; it's about ensuring that diverse perspectives are included and welcomed throughout the organization. Achieving these goals will take time, but this award indicates that we are moving quickly and in the right direction."

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Professors Dods and De Burgos nominated for
Roosevelt Global Citizenship Award

The Center for a Public Anthropology has nominated UBC Okanagan anthropology professors Robin Dods and Hugo De Burgos for the Public Anthropology Eleanor Roosevelt Global Citizenship Award for inspiring university students to partake in the global community and think critically, respond intelligently, and act responsibly.

The Eleanor Roosevelt Global Citizenship Award, which will be announced on April 12, honours an individual, project, organization, or institution for outstanding contributions to ethical education, democratic governance, and public activism.

"We congratulate Professors Dods and De Burgos for their nomination and their role in showcasing for UBC Okanagan students how to be effective communicators and responsible global citizens," said Rob Broofsky, director of the Center for a Public Anthropology and professor of anthropology at the University of Hawaii.

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Create New Student OrientationHelp Create a great experience for new students
September might be six months away, but organizers for Create are already looking for volunteers to help out at UBC Okanagan's annual new student orientation.

There are a number of volunteer opportunities for interested faculty and staff members -- help is needed for early morning setup, lunch service, as well as attendants for games, snack booths and the Create Showcase that runs throughout the afternoon on orientation day. Volunteering for any of these positions will help create an incredible experience for all new students on campus.

To volunteer, or find out more contact Student Events Coordinator Chelsea Butchart at 250-807-9820.

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Great Canadian Smoke OutHealth and Wellness continues to
smoke out the campus community

Congratulations to all the staff and faculty that participated in this year's Great Canadian Smoke Out (GCSO) campaign. Thanks to a partnership with Health Canada and the Health Safety and Environment department, over 800 participants and $475 in prizes were awarded in this year's campaign. The on-campus winners were announced at a GCSO wrap-up party on March 24 -- visit the Health and Wellness website to find out more.

Faculty, staff or students needing additional help to quit smoking are able to get a number of free resources from UBC Okanagan Health and Wellness. Limited amounts of nicotine replacement therapy, along with cope kits and one-on-one motivational counselling are available at the Health and Wellness centre in the University Centre building.

For more information contact Kelly Robertson, nurse clinician, or call the Health and Wellness office at 250-807-9270.

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Western Canadian Conference on Computing Education finds a home in the Okanagan
UBC's Okanagan campus is home to the Western Canadian Conference on Computing Education (WCCCE) on May 7 and 8. WCCCE is a forum for discussing the development of computing programs and curricula as well as sharing strategies and tools for teaching and learning in fields such as computer science, computer technology, and information systems.

The conference brings together university and college educators from across North America, as well as industry and government representatives who have an interest in computing education. WCCCE will feature a wide range of topics including post secondary programs and curricula, new or experimental curricula, as well as multimedia applications for computer education.

Registration for WCCCE begins on Friday, Apr. 9. To find out more contact Patricia Lasserre, associate professor of computer science, or visit the WCCCE website.

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Summer work study work learn
applications now being accepted

Work Study and work learn program organizers are getting ready for the busy summer months ahead. Beginning this month, faculties and departments can begin submitting project proposals for summer student positions. The work study program -- which creates hundreds of on-campus jobs during the fall and winter -- gives meaningful employment to students while helping faculty and staff benefit from qualified and energetic employees.

The summer program enables faculty and staff to hire eligible students at a subsidized wage of $9 per hour for a maximum of 20 hours per week, for a total of 300 hours, during the summer months.

To find out more contact Deanna Simmons, on campus employment program coordinator, at 250-807-9250. Faculty and staff can also visit the project proposal website to get the work study process underway.

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UBC Bookstore LogoTextbook orders due soon
The bookstore reminds all faculty members that the due date for textbook orders is fast approaching. Orders must be received by Saturday, May 1, for classes in September.

Due dates for textbook orders throughout the year are:
  • May 1
    Due date for classes in September
  • October 1
    Due date for classes in January
  • February 1
    Due date for classes in May
  • March 1
    Due date for classes in July

It takes up to three months for the textbook team to process the more-than-900 textbook adoptions requests received on campus, and four months for custom titles. Orders are placed in first-come first-serve batches.

For assistance and processing of order forms contact Julie Forgie, bookstore assistant, at 250-807-9246. To find out more about textbook purchases contact Carrie Harfman, textbook buyer, at 250-807-9244.

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Okanagan Senate meeting highlights: March 24
The Okanagan Senate is regularly passing important items. To better inform the campus community, highlights of these items will be posted on the Okanagan Senate website following each scheduled meeting. Highlights from the March 24 meeting include:
  • Philip Balcaen was announced as the new Faculty of Education representative to the senate.
  • Faculty representative Jonathan Holzman elected to the Academic Policy Committee.
  • Convocation representative Dr. Robert Mack elected to the Admissions and Awards Committee.
  • Summer session registration application deadline for undergraduate applicants moved to January 15.
  • A new mechanism for undergraduate applicants to Okanagan programs to meet the English Language Admission Standard (ELAS) was approved.
  • Results of the 2010-2011 Student Board of Governors and Senate elections were reported.

For more information about these Senate highlights contact Nathalie Hager, manager of the Okanagan Senate Secretariat, at 250-807-9259.

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PeopleCreative professors receive 2010 Okanagan Arts Awards
Creative professors receive 2010 Okanagan Arts Awards
Congratulations to Nancy Holmes and Gary Pearson in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies on receiving prestigious Okanagan Arts Awards at the third-annual Okanagan Arts Awards ceremonies last month. Presented by the Okanagan Arts Council, the awards are given each year in eight categories, and this year 25 people were nominated.

Holmes, associate professor of creative writing and poetry, and head of the Department of Creative Studies, won the award for Literary Arts. Pearson, associate professor of painting and drawing, received the Visual Arts award.

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Engineering co-op student, faculty and employer of the year announced
From left: Carolyn Labun, Erin Johnston and Bodo Papke (accepting the award on Maple Reinders' behalf).
Engineering co-op student, faculty and employer of the year announced
The first graduating engineering co-op class celebrated their achievements on March 17 at the inaugural Co-op Graduation Reception. At the event Electrical Engineering student Erin Johnston, Instructor Carolyn Labun and co-op employer Maple Reinders were all recognized for their outstanding contributions to the co-op program.

Erin Johnston, a strong academic performer and motivated co-op student, is the recipient of numerous awards including the Stantec Scholarship in Engineering, a Major Entrance Scholarship, and the Canadian Tire A.J. Billes Scholarship.

Carolyn Labun has been teaching courses in written and oral communication for over 15 years with a focus on Engineering communication, technical communication and first-year transition writing programs. She is consistently mentioned in engineering co-op evaluations for the impact she has had in student undergraduate learning.

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UBC Okanagan Human Kinetics students put theory to the test at Kelowna facilities
Human Kinetics student Stefan Bigsby practices a training exercise on the BOSU ball at iQuest Healthcare and Fitness Centre.
UBC Okanagan Human Kinetics students put theory to the test at Kelowna facilities
Human Kinetics students at UBC's Okanagan campus are taking the classroom to the community and working with health and fitness professionals who are on the cutting edge of novel exercise training programs.

A new Exercise Prescription course gives third-year students a foundation in exercise prescription and design while preparing them to think outside the box when pursuing careers as personal trainers or certified exercise physiologists, says Human Kinetics professor Gareth Jones, who designed the course.

After the course, students have the option of obtaining the first level required for Certified Professional Trainer certification through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, which is recognized as the highest level of professional certification in Canada for exercise prescription with healthy adults.

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Fred Vogt now Deputy Registrar for Okanagan campus
Fred Vogt's
title has been changed to "Deputy Registrar-UBC Okanagan Campus."

The announcement was made last week by Ian Cull, Associate Vice President, Students, Okanagan, and James Ridge, Associate Vice President and Registrar, who noted that in recent months there has been a realignment and strengthening of enrolment and registrarial functions at UBC's Okanagan campus.

"As part of the these changes, Vogt's role has been enhanced to include shared management of Financial Services and Awards, expanded support to admissions activities, and additional responsibilities representing the UBC Registrar on Okanagan campus committees," the announcement says. "It is appropriate to amend Vogt's position title to reflect his formal responsibilities representing the Registrar on the Okanagan campus."

Congratulation to Fred on this important change.

Universities and Interior Health collaborating
Joanne Konnert from the Interior Health Authority and Colin Reid from UBC Okanagan.

Universities and Interior Health collaborating
on $1M elderly care study

A research program with nearly $1-million in funding is underway in B.C.'s Okanagan region and Alberta to look at ways to improve the care of seniors when sudden health issues force them into a hospital.

The "Older Persons' Transitions in Care (OPTIC)" research team includes Colin Reid, assistant professor of human kinetics at UBC's Okanagan campus, working with principal investigator Greta Cummings, professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta, and lead decision-maker Joanne Konnert, chief operating officer for the Okanagan area of the Interior Health Authority.

The study will take place in Edmonton and Kelowna involving emergency departments, residential care facilities and the emergency medical services used to transfer the residents.

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Let's Talk About Secondhand SmokeUBC research helps Aboriginal community talk about smoke-free spaces
Researchers from the University of British Columbia have partnered with Aboriginal communities in northwestern B.C. to create a community report meant to foster conversations about secondhand smoke and the importance of creating smoke-free spaces.

The report specifically addresses tobacco reduction for pregnant Aboriginal women, mothers and their children. Due to numerous factors -- for example, lack of child care services and affordable housing -- these groups are often exposed to secondhand smoke.

"The awareness that was raised by doing the interviews and surveys for this study was a big part of the impetus for making changes in our communities," says Debbie Sullivan, a community health nurse at the Gitsegukla Health Centre in Hazelton, B.C. "We are very excited that all our community halls are now smoke-free and we think it is a result of bringing this topic to people's attention through this research."

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Study: Spirituality linked to children's happiness; religiousness is not
A story by the CanWest News Service last Friday looked at UBC research led by Mark Holder, associate professor of psychology on the Okanagan campus, whose team has found that spirituality -- a personal belief in a higher power -- is strongly linked to the happiness of children ages eight to 12, but religiousness -- practices such as attending church -- is not.

An original study was conducted with relatively affluent, predominantly Caucasian and Christian children in B.C. It was recently repeated with children in New Delhi.

Read about the research in Psychology Today and

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Tenure and promotion mentorship sessions
offered tomorrow and April 22

Faculty members interested in tenure and promotion advice are encouraged to sign up for tomorrow's mentorship session featuring Alex MacKay. MacKay -- a joint professor with the departments of radiology and physics and astronomy in Vancouver -- is one of several faculty members offering tenure and promotion guidance for the Tenure and Promotion Mentorship Program on campus.

There will be another session offered on Thursday, April 22, featuring Laura Moss, associate professor of English from Vancouver's Faculty of Arts.

To find out more visit the Tenure and Promotion Mentorship Program website.

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Understanding Substance Abuse
Know someone close struggling with an alcohol or drug problem? This session provides an overview of the signs and symptoms of substance abuse, the effects of different drugs, how a substance abusing employee may behave and what is meant by enabling.

Date: Monday, April 12
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Arts building, room ART374

This is a free workshop provided by the Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability in partnership with Human Solutions. To register visit the Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability website.

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April 7, 2010



Research Spotlight

OCANA Seminar talks running this afternoon
Mathematics student Bryan Gardiner and postdoctoral fellow Mason Macklem will give the next two presentations in the OCANA Seminar Series today starting at 2 p.m.

Gardiner will start the presentation with his talk, Computational Convex Analysis: Convex Hulls and Graph-Matrix Calculus.

At 3 p.m. Macklem follows with his own talk Experimental Mathematics and Visual Programming Environments.

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 7 (today)
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI333

To find out more contact Heinz Bauschke, professor of mathematics, at 250-807-8529.

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Sustainable Strategic Management: The Quest for New Root Metaphors
Fourth-year management students from Luc Audebrand's Strategy and Change Management course will be on hand in the Fipke Centre foyer on April 8 to promote new metaphors and opportunities for organizations to grow in a sustainable fashion.

Until now, the main metaphors used in strategic management research were ones based around war and strategic dominance. The goal of this project: to give teams of students the opportunity to turn standard business practices into sustainable enterprises -- giving the students the opportunity to 'change the metaphor.'

There will be eight teams of four or five students giving poster presentations on how they would change typical business activities into sustainable practices using new metaphors in strategic management.

Date: Thursday, Apr. 8
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Fipke Centre foyer

To find out more, contact Luc Audebrand, assistant professor of strategic management and organization studies, at 250-807-9675.

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Official Opening: University Centre and the J. Peter Meekison Student Centre
UBC's Okanagan campus will celebrate the opening of its $33-million University Centre building with an official ceremony on April 9.

Students, staff, faculty and members of the general public are encouraged to attend the opening, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the lower floor of the building. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

Date: Friday, April 9
Time: 10:30 to 11 a.m.
Location: University Centre building lower floor

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Festival at the U
goes country

UBC Okanagan's annual end-of-the-year roundup returns this Friday. This year's event features a country-western theme, along with all the customary games, food and prizes that traditionally go on at Festival at the U.

The celebration starts at 11:30 a.m. in the University Centre green space and runs until 2 p.m. This year's activities include human jousting, carnival games and a barbecue free to all students.

Date: Friday, April 9
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: University Centre green space

This event is free and open to the campus community. To find out more contact Student Events Coordinator Chelsea Butchart at 250-807-9820.

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UBC Okanagan performance class presents student experiences in Inside Out
UBC Okanagan performance class presents student experiences in Inside Out
Audiences will get a rare inside perspective on university student experiences as an Interdisciplinary Performance class at UBC Okanagan presents Inside Out: Confessions of a Student Body from April 9 to 11.

The performance is an immersive experience. The room is designed to reflect private and public space. Each audience member joins a group of eight people who will circulate to nine different private cubicles where smaller groups and individuals will perform for them.

After each "private" performance they will be led through "public" space to the next private cubicle. The public space is also a performance space. During transitions from one cubicle to the next, the audience is invited to enjoy public-space goings-on.

Dates and times:
Friday, April 9 -- 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 10 -- 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 11 -- 8 p.m.
Location: University Centre Ballroom, room UNC200

Supporting the health and well-being of family/friend caregivers: what we know and what we'd like to find out
This brown-bag lunch presentation -- part of the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention's (IHLCDP) Partnerships in Research series -- is an opportunity to give input and find out more about the current understanding on caregiver well-being, and discuss plans to move research forward in this area.

This presentation will put particular emphasis on caregiving to individuals with dementia, and caregiving in rural versus urban contexts.

Date: Tuesday, April 13
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334

There is no charge for this event and it is open to the public. To find out more contact Caron Currie at 250-807-8072.

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United Way logo
Campus hosts the mother-of-all garage sales
With Spring in the air, garage-sale season is heating up. Everything from office supplies, to furniture, to house wares, to jewelry will be found at the inaugural community bazaar in support of UBC's United Way campaign.

There are three ways to make a difference:
  • Tables may be purchased for just $20. Buyers sell their own goods and retain the proceeds.
  • Items may be donated for sale at United Way tables.
  • Rummage, find and spend on the day of the event.

Faculties are invited to clear out their storage rooms; residences to recycle those leave-behinds; and staff to part with items they just don't have room for anymore. All fees and proceeds from donated items go directly to the United Way.

Date: Saturday, May 1
Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200

Contact Lindsay Peruniak by Thursday, April 15, to reserve a table. Donated items may be brought to the lower-level foyer of the Mountain Weather Office building no later than Wednesday, April 28.

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What's Happening at UBC Okanagan
The UBC Okanagan events calendar is the central point for online information about university-related events, on and off campus.

Events at a Glance:

For a full listing visit the UBC Okanagan events calendar.

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