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newsEmily Landry
Engineering student Emily Landry has acquired funding to create an electronics learning lab at UBC's Okanagan campus.

Engineering student lands $5,000 grant for new UBC
research lab

Third-year engineering student Emily Landry has been awarded $5,000 to establish a work space for electronic prototyping, which will help advance research at UBC's Okanagan campus.

"The McNaughton Learning Resources Centre will provide electrical engineering students with the capability to tinker with and actually prototype electronics that they create themselves," says Landry. "It will also facilitate peer-to-peer learning and provide students with resources that help them achieve greater levels of success in curriculum-related design projects and engineering competitions."

The funding consists of $3,750 from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Canadian Foundation's McNaughton Learning Resource Centre Grant program, and $1,250 from the School of Engineering's Engineering Professional Academic Fund.

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Annabel LyonHave your work critiqued by novelist Annabel Lyon

Novelist Annabel Lyon (The Golden Mean) is the fourth annual writer-in-residence at UBC's Okanagan campus. Lyon will spend two weeks on campus from Mar. 6 to 20, 2011.

This unique and popular program allows 16 selected local writers to get free critiques of their work.

Writers are invited to have their work critiqued and to participate in a one-on-one meeting with Lyon. Appointments are limited to 16, with six of the 16 spaces reserved for Okanagan campus students.

To be considered for an appointment, send a maximum of 15 double-spaced pages of your fiction (plus a one-page synopsis if it is an excerpt from a longer work). Submissions should be sent via email between Jan. 12 and Jan. 31 to irma.ronkkonen@ubc.ca. In the email provide name, student number (if applicable), phone number, and email address, with "Writer in Residence" in the subject line.

To find out more contact Nancy Holmes, at 250-807-9369.

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Supporting graduate students in their pursuit
of teaching excellence

UBC's Okanagan Senate has approved a new course for doctoral students who are passionate about learning best practices in teaching.

The course, Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) 630, is designed to give doctoral students nearing completion of their doctoral studies practical training in course design and implementation.

"As a Tier One research-intensive university we are focused on not only producing great researchers who make a global impact, but great researchers who have the ability to communicate and teach others to change the world through knowledge, exploration and learning," says Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, provost and vice principal.

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Participate in Plastic Bag Reduction Day tomorrow

Visit the Bookstore or Library on Thursday to participate in Plastic Bag Reduction Day and receive one limited-edition reusable bag with original artwork by student Kirk Chavarie at no charge.

Plastic Bag Reduction DayWorldwide, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used each year. It takes between 450 and 1,000 years for plastic bags to break down in a landfill.

Doing simple things like shopping with reusable bags can make a serious impact on the amount of plastic ending up in landfills each year, while also avoiding the greenhouse gas emissions associated with making the bags.

Make it a resolution this year to help reduce the use of single-use plastic bags.

To find out more about Plastic Bag Reduction Day visit the Sustainability Office website.

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Applications for graduation now open

Students looking to apply for graduation can now do so -- applications are available via the online Student Service Centre.

Please encourage students to apply for graduation as soon as possible if they plan to graduate this spring. Applications must be submitted regardless of whether students intend to participate in the June 2011 Convocation Ceremony.

Graduation applications are available from now until Monday, Feb. 28. To find out more visit the Graduation website.

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Battery collection service available on campus

Have a collection of old cell phones or dead batteries? Dispose of them quickly and free of charge with Health, Safety and Environment's battery collection service -- a series of brown cardboard battery boxes that are available in a number of locations across campus.

The battery boxes will accept batteries and mobile phones that are no longer needed. Each battery or phone must be wrapped in one of the supplied plastic bags and placed inside the box. All batteries that weigh less than five kilograms, or 11 pounds, are accepted. Once the box is full, HSE will package the box and send for recycling.

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New Be Well at Work program launches this month

Those interested in this month's Health Fair on January 25, might also be interested in participating in the new Be Well at Work research project.

Be Well at Work is delivered by the UBC School of Population and Public Health, in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society. It will look at the effectiveness of three different workplace wellness approaches.

Be Well at Work will also help evaluate Alive!, an email-delivered lifestyle intervention program that looks to increase physical activity and improve nutrition and overall health.

Some of benefits of the program include a personalized health assessment of your diet and physical activity and a tailored program that will help you make small changes to increase your healthy behaviours.

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Amazing Race Wellness Challenge winners announced

Congratulations go to Readers of the PACT, the Okanagan campus winners of the 2010 Amazing Race Wellness Challenge.

Readers of the PACT earned a total of 3,040 points, besting 84 other teams from across both the Okanagan and Vancouver campuses.

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Naomi McPherson, associate professor of anthropologyUBC professor Naomi McPherson next editor-in-chief of Anthropologica

Naomi McPherson, associate professor of anthropology, has been named the next editor-in-chief of Anthropologica, the Journal of the Canadian Anthropology Society. McPherson will succeed current editor-in-chief Andrew Lyons, professor emeritus of anthropology at Wilfrid Laurier University.

In making the announcement, the executive board of the Canadian Anthropology Society described McPherson as "an established scholar with extensive fieldwork experience in New Britain and who has published widely on such topics as myth, ritual, sorcery, gender relations, kinship, the anthropology of human reproduction, and HIV/AIDS."

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research spotlight

Barbara Pesut, Canada Research Chair in Health, Ethics and Diversity.UBC Nursing Professor Barbara Pesut named Canada Research Chair

Barbara Pesut, assistant professor of nursing, has been named Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Health, Ethics and Diversity.

One-fifth of Canada's population resides in rural areas where access to healthcare services is limited. Pesut's research involves developing treatment approaches for quality end-of-life healthcare, specifically for people who are at risk for health disparities due to geographic, cultural, or social differences.

One of 15 new Canada Research Chairs at UBC, Pesut is among 310 new research chairs named across Canada in celebration of the national research program's 10th anniversary. As a Tier Two Canada Research Chair, Pesut will receive $500,000 over the next five years. The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has awarded Pesut $38,521 from its Leaders Opportunity Fund for research infrastructure associated with the new Canada Research Chair award.

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M. Anwar Hossen
Anwar Hossen has received the 2010 Jawaharlal Nehru Humanitarian Award. The award is given each year by the Centre for India and South Asia Research, part of the Institute for Asian Research at UBC's Vancouver campus.

UBC grad student recognized for water governance research in South Asia

The Centre for India and South Asia Research has awarded the 2010 Nehru Humanitarian Award to doctoral student M. Anwar Hossen, for his research into water policy and governance in rural Bangladesh. The award is given annually to the UBC master's degree or PhD student with the most promising research on a topic related to South Asia.

"This award is very significant for Anwar," says John Wagner, assistant professor of anthropology in the Community, Culture and Global Studies Unit, and Hossen's supervisor. "All UBC graduate students from either campus who are working on any topic related to South Asia, regardless of discipline, are eligible to apply for the award. That Anwar was selected highlights the importance of the research he is doing and recognizes the dedication he brings to his work."

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Centre for Teaching and Learning workshops in January

The Centre for Teaching and Learning hits the ground running in 2011. Find out more about the workshops and training sessions in the month ahead.

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goBEYOND Teach-In: climate solutions,
from the classroom to the community

In this information session, participants can find out what they need to know about the goBEYOND Teach-In that is happening at university campuses around the world from January 17 to 28. At this session, the Centre for Teaching and Learning will present simple strategies to use in the classroom to participate in the Teach-In.

Date: Monday, Jan. 10
Time: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI331

There is no charge for this event, but online pre-registration is required. To find out more contact Mallory Hewlko at ubco@campusclimatenetwork.org.

Student employment hiring fair

Organized by Student Services, this session on Jan. 12 gives students the opportunity to participate in résumé, cover letter and interview improvement stations.

Students will get the opportunity to increase employability, while finding out more about on-campus job opportunities in 2011.

The hiring fair will feature info booths from Academic Advising, the Academic Resource Centres, Campus Life, Campus Recreation, the Career and Co-op Education Centre, the First Year Experience Program, Health and Wellness and Residence Life.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 12
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: University Centre Ballroom, room UNC200

There is no charge to participate in the fair and it is open to all students.

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Career Café discussions in January

Students can find out more about a variety of careers in January as the Career Café discussion series continues in 2011.

Career Café provide students with informal opportunities for open discussion with professionals about what they do, how they found their career and why they fit.

Career Café sessions run from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the Career and Co-op Education Centre (University Centre building, room UNC207). Students can RSVP for these sessions by contacting Christy Mahlberg, Career Centre events coordinator, at 250-807-8611.

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Accounting 101 and Finance Overview

This course is intended for new employees and current employees who are assuming new finance responsibilities. It describes the structure of UBC Finance, offers key contact information and introduces employees to the basics of UBC accounting. Topics covered will include the roles of Payroll, Accounts Payable, Research and Trust Accounting, basic accounting practices, UBC account structure, and fund accounting.

Date: Monday, Jan 17
Time: 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB302
To register: contact Frank Mueller, financial analyst, at 250-807-8726.

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Daytime computer skills courses now available

A new year ushers in new resolutions and ambitions. Members of the campus community looking to turn those ambitions into new skills should take note of the upcoming daytime computer courses being offered monthly by Continuing Studies in 2011.

Most employee groups can apply tuition waiver benefits to reimburse or offset the cost of most Continuing Studies courses. Visit the UBC HR Benefits website for more detailed information on particular tuition benefits for your employee group.

To find out more about these courses visit the Continuing Studies website.

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Sustainable community development internal grant workshop

A workshop about the new Sustainable Community Development Internal Grant has been organized for the campus community on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

The workshop is focused on UBC faculty, staff and students, as well as staff from the City of Kelowna and members of the Glenmore community. Faculty members who plan to apply to the grant are encouraged to attend this workshop.

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 18
2:30 p.m.
University Centre building, room UNC334

Up to four grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to successful applicants. The grant application deadline is Feb. 15, 2011. To find out more about grant terms and conditions visit: http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/provost-research/internal.html

This workshop is free, but online pre-registration is required.

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Smart Forms Training

Smart Forms are web-based requisition forms that replace paper-based requisition forms (Q-Requisitions and Travel Requisitions). This session is limited to 12 participants.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 20
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: TBD
To register: contact Antonella Lee at 250-807-8797. Please include your CWL login ID and your contact information on campus.

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DATE (discussions about teaching excellence)

The Centre for Teaching and Learning's teaching excellence discussion series continues this month with guest Maury Williams, associate professor of history.

The DATE (discussions about teaching excellence) will take the form of an open meeting hosted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning. The discussion begins with an opening from Williams, who will provide insights into teaching excellence and then open the discussion to the audience.

Date: Friday, Jan. 21
Time: 12 noon to 12:50 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB306

To register or find out more about this discussion visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

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Navigating FMS nQuery

This course is intended for anyone on campus that has access to FMS nQuery. It provides participants with an overview of the FMS nQuery menu items and program features. An on-screen demonstration will highlight key options available and how to use them. The topics covered will include how to navigate this read-only system for various purposes: voucher inquiries, payments, vendor searches, purchase orders, ledger summaries and various payroll functions.

Participants are recommended to attend the Accounting 101 and Finance Overview workshop in advance of attending this session.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 27
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Administration building, room ADM013
To register: contact Frank Mueller, financial analyst, at 250-807-8726.

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January 5, 2011


Engineering student lands $5,000 grant for new research lab
Have your work critiqued by Novelist Annabel Lyon
Supporting graduate students in their pursuit of teaching excellence
Participate in Plastic Bag Reduction Day tomorrow
Applications for graduation open
Battery collection service available
New Be Well at Work program launches this month
Amazing Race Wellness Challenge winners announced


Naomi McPherson next editor-in-chief of Anthropologica

Research Spotlight

Barbara Pesut named Canada Research Chair
Grad student recognized for water governance research in South Asia

eventsAdad Hannah

Visiting Artist Speaker Series: Adad Hannah

Adad Hannah -- best known for his video-recorded tableaux vivants -- will be on campus this week to give a talk as part of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies' Visiting Artist Speaker Series.

Hannah's work looks to draw attention to the performance inherent within photography, creating a space for reflection that transforms passive viewers into self-conscious historical agents.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 6
Time: 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC106

To find out more visit the Visiting Artist Series website or contact the Department of Creative Studies at 250-807-9761.

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Francis Martin

Biology Seminar Series: Francis Martin

The Biology Seminar Series is bringing in a special guest speaker next week to talk about molecular signals between symbiotic fungi and other plants.

The talk,The Discovery of a Molecular Signal between Root Symbiotic Fungi and their Plant Hosts, is being given by Francis Martin, researcher from the Institut national de la recherche agronomique, and group leader of the Ecogenomics of Interactions Group.

Date: Tuesday Jan. 11
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART206

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Don't stay in your office for coffee next Friday

Sponsored by the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal, all faculty and staff are invited for coffee in the faculty and staff lounge next Friday for Pitstop.

Coffee or tea and a variety of pastries will be served for only $2 per person.

Date: Friday, Jan. 14
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Administration building faculty and staff lounge, room ADM115

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Brief intervention for tobacco and cannabis use among high-risk middle school students

The Institute of Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention is organizing a teenage-focused tobacco and cannabis use research seminar for health researchers and the general public on January 18.

The seminar will feature Zach Walsh, assistant professor of psychology, and Jamie Marshall, mental health and addictions coordinator for the Interior Health Authority.

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 18
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334

This talk is free and open to the public.

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Minds and Music

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and UBC Opera Ensemble perform Viennese Waltz rehearsals

This traditional Viennese concert rehearsal showcases arias and ensembles from the magical operettas of Lehar and Strauss featuring The Merry Widow and Die Fledermaus, as well as the great song tributes to Vienna.

In this performance, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra will be sharing the stage with soloists from the renowned UBC Opera Ensemble, which has launched singers into careers all over the world.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 20
Time: 3 and 7 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200

To find out more, visit the Minds and Music website.

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Alumni and Friends Curling Funspiel

Spots still available for curling funspiel on Jan. 22

Spots are still available for a day of all-Canadian winter fun on Jan. 22. Show the UBC spirit at the second annual Alumni and Friends Curling Funspiel.

This day-long event includes an optional curling lesson, as well as breakfast and lunch. Net proceeds for this event go to student leadership awards.

Date: Saturday, Jan. 22
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Kelowna Curling Club -- 551 Recreation Ave.
Registration: Alumni and friends -- $45; students -- $25.

To find out more visit the Alumni Relations website.

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Health Fair organized for Jan. 25

Human Resource invites members of the camps community to participate in a Health Fair on January 25.

The focus of the Health Fair will be on health, wellness and cancer prevention.

Healthy snacks and drinks will be provided.

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 25
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre building foyer

To find out more contact Tracey Hawthorn, WRAP Coordinator, at 250-807-8183.

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Research Tea Break Speaker Series

Conversations in the gut promote homeostasis during health and disease

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Research Tea Break Speaker Series is a showcase of the many types of research occurring on campus.

The series continues in January with a talk by Deanna Gibson, assistant professor of biology, giving her talk: Innate Immunity and Enteric Microbes: Conversations in the Gut Promote Homeostasis During Health and Disease.

This event is free and open to everyone. Refreshments will be provided.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 26
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC106

For more information contact the Research Services Office at 205-807-9658.

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Sean Aiken

Discover your passion with Sean Aiken

In 2011, Sean Aiken is traveling throughout North America to share his inspiring story in an entertaining and interactive multimedia presentation.

Experience the remarkable and inspiring true story of one guy who transformed his uncertainty about the future into action.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 26
Time: 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Laurel Packinghouse
2-1304 Ellis Street, Kelowna

There is no charge for this event, but online pre-registration is required. Reception and book signing will follow the presentation.

To find out more contact Erica Triggs at 250-807-9360.

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What's Happening on campus

The Okanagan campus 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 Okanagan campus events calendar.

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ubco.tvUBCO.TV spotlight
The campus community's people, achievements and events are constantly being showcased on UBCO.TV. Check out what's new:

  • Clean spaces campaign: etiquette
    Part of the Clean Spaces campaign, this UBCO.TV feature demonstrates the do's and don'ts of common area etiquette on campus.
  • Chllin' for charity
    In this UBCO.TV feature student Neetu Garcha reports on the Chillin' for Charity event as teams jump into ice water to support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Exchange your information

The Exchange is your newsletter. Let everyone know what's going on in your corner of campus.

Send submissions to Alumni and University Relations c/o Chris Guenard.

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February 16 February 11 (Friday)

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