newsUBC psychology professor Liane Gabora
UBC psychology professor Liane Gabora

UBC psychology professor wins international award for outstanding research

Liane Gabora, assistant professor of psychology, has been selected to receive the Berlyne Award for Outstanding Research by a Junior Scholar, given by American Psychology Association (APA) Division 10.

Gabora will travel to Washington, DC, this August to attend the 2011 annual meeting of the APA, where she will formally accept the recognition and present a one-hour talk on her research, which explores the mechanisms underlying creativity, how the complexity and creativity of the human mind came about, and how ideas evolve over time as different people put their own spin on them.

"The talk will introduce my theory of creativity, referred to as the honing theory of creativity," says Gabora. "I will present converging evidence for this theory from neuroscience, experimental psychology, and a mathematical theory of concepts that models how they combine and how they shift under different contexts."

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Sarah Morgan-Silvester reappointed Chancellor of UBC
Sarah Morgan-Silvester

Sarah Morgan-Silvester reappointed Chancellor of UBC

Sarah Morgan-Silvester has been reappointed for a second three-year term as Chancellor of the University of British Columbia.

Morgan-Silvester was first appointed in April 2008; her next term will begin July 1, 2011 and end June 30, 2014.

The Chancellor is the ceremonial head of the university. Morgan-Silvester will confer all degrees and will continue to serve on both the Senate, responsible for the university's academic governance, and the Board of Governors, responsible for managing the property, revenue and business and affairs of the university.

"Ms. Morgan-Silvester has been an outstanding leader and ambassador for UBC over the past three years," said UBC President Stephen Toope. "I look forward to working with her during the next three years as the university continues to create an exceptional learning environment and support outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world."

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BC's Top Employers in 2011UBC named one of BC's Top Employers in 2011

UBC has been named one of British Columbia's Top Employers in 2011, for the fifth consecutive year.

"UBC is grateful for the professional and personal achievements of our faculty and staff, and the community they belong to with students and alumni at the University," said Lisa Castle, Associate Vice-President of Human Resources. "Every day, we are committed to providing a fulfilling environment and mutual respect, as well as encouraging the open exchange of ideas and opinions as outlined in Place and Promise."

UBC was recognized for:

  • its faculty and staff pension plans and retirement options
  • maternity leave salary top-up and access to on-campus subsidized daycare,
    encouraging faculty and staff work-life balance
  • supporting employee development through tuition waivers and in-person and online training options
  • tuition support and scholarships for the children of faculty and staff
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Ker WellsDevised Theatre Artist in Residence:
Ker Wells

Acclaimed Canadian performer Ker Wells will be on campus for a two-week residency from Feb. 23 to Mar. 8.

As the Devised Theatre Artist in Residence, Wells will work intensively with students in the Interdisciplinary Performance program and teach a performance workshop.

Wells will also give a public talk sponsored by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and hosted by the Kelowna Art Gallery on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m.

During his talk, Wells will screen audiovisual material documenting his artistic process and providing a context for his work by addressing the history of Canadian experimental theatre.

To find out more about Ker Wells or the residency, contact Virginie Magnat, assistant professor of performance, at 250-807-8411.

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Nursing professor Kathy Rush
Kathy Rush, associate professor of nursing

Researchers seek to better integrate graduate nurses into workplace

Province-wide project receives $149,000 from Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research has awarded $149,000 to a province-wide research team co-led by Kathy Rush, associate professor of nursing, and Monica Adamack, regional practice leader, clinical education, for Interior Health.

Given through the BC Nursing Research Initiative's Commissioned Research Program, the funding will support a project that examines and identifies best practices in the integration of new graduate nurses into the workplace.

"Educational institutions play an important role in preparing students to enter the realities of the workplace," says Rush. "Ensuring the readiness of new graduates for practice remains a challenge with the growing acuity and complexity of care coupled with technological advancements."

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Printmaker Laura Widmer
Printmaker Laura Widmer

UBC Fine Arts student wins top prize for Canadian printmakers

Fine Arts student Laura Widmer has won the Muskat Studios Materials Award at the Boston Printmakers 2011 North American Print Biennial.

The award consists of one week printing at Muskat Studios in Boston with Tamarind Institute Master Printer Carolyn Muskat.

Widmer will travel to Boston for the Feb. 27 opening reception of the exhibition, where she will meet with famed American pop artist Jim Dine, the juror for the 2011 biennial. Widmer will also give a public lecture about her work at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham -- the site of the Boston Printmakers Biennial.

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Graduate studies: road less travelled more travelled at UBC

Many graduate students at UBC's Okanagan campus are taking the road less travelled by pursuing their master's or doctoral degrees in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS).

While the majority of universities across the country see about 1 or 2 per cent of their graduate students choosing IGS programs, about 30 per cent of graduate programming on-campus consists of IGS students. Currently, the campus has about 573 graduate students, 159 of whom are in IGS (72 in PhD programs and 87 in master's programs).

"Our smaller campus fosters an interweaving of faculty and student connections," says Daniel Keyes, Interim Director of IGS. "That enables students to branch out of their specific disciplinary area of study and explore classes, concepts and projects that relate to their academic pursuits, but also bring a different perspective.

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UBC chemistry student earns professional association's inaugural scholarship

Afton Hiscox, a fourth-year honours chemistry student in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, is the winner of the inaugural Association of the Chemical Profession of British Columbia (ACPBC) Student Member Scholarship.

"Afton's contributions to the profession and the community and her academic standing were outstanding," says Paul West, President of ACPBC.

Hiscox was selected from 16 applicants representing six universities around the province. Criteria for awarding the $1,000 scholarship included membership in the ACPBC, academic standing, a declared major in chemistry, and exemplary activities that promote the chemical profession.

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UBC.ca relaunched with new focus on the Okanagan

A number of changes are underway for websites at the University of British Columbia, and the first significant change went live on Feb. 14.

UBC's central online portal -- UBC.ca -- was relaunched on Monday with increased access to Okanagan content, resources and information.

The system-wide portal now better reflects the two-campus reality at UBC. A number of branding and usability improvements are also under development, including changes that provide better context and indicators for Vancouver campus, Okanagan campus and system-wide content on all UBC websites.

In response to feedback from members of the campus community, the campus identifying colour themes have also been changed from brown to green on UBC.ca. This shift better reflects the landscape of the Okanagan, and will be implemented across all Okanagan campus websites in the coming weeks.

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Equity Enhancement Fund applications due March 15

Members of the campus community have until Mar. 15 to apply to the Equity Enhancement Fund -- a program established to help provide funding for new initiatives designed to enhance equity at UBC.

In 2009 and 2010 the fund provided a total of $10,500 to the following Okanagan campus initiatives:

  • Department of Critical Studies: commemoration activities for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
  • School of Engineering: funds were allocated to help increase recruitment and retention of Aboriginal students.
  • Disability Resource Centre: building awareness of access and ability through the arts.

The Guidelines for the Fund can be viewed on the Equity Enhancement Fund Guidelines website. The funding is available to any academic or administrative unit with the endorsement of the unit or department head.

To find out more, or to submit a proposal, contact Associate Vice President Equity Tom Patch.

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New Be Well at Work program launched

The campus community is to participate in a new workplace wellness program called Alive!

Alive! is being offered at no charge as part of a Be Well at Work study, organized by UBC's School of Population and Public Health and the Canadian Cancer Society. The study looks at how new wellness programs in the workplace help employees adopt healthier lifestyles.

Alive! is designed to help improve diet and physical activity by making gradual changes. The program suggests small weekly goals that are tailored to participants' current eating and physical activity habits and preferences.

The deadline to enroll in the new Alive! program is Tuesday, Mar. 8.

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What's after WebCT Vista? Hands-on product
evaluations underway

The Learning Technology Advisory Council is working on the selection of a new Learning Management System -- a project that will significantly shape the future of UBC's learning environments.

The current system (WebCT Vista) is used in more than 4,000 course sections, and by more than 53,000 students. The Vista product line is being phased out in 2013 and UBC is currently undergoing a process to choose a new system.

All interested members of the UBC teaching and learning community are invited to participate in the process, starting with a hands-on evaluation for the two shortlisted products: Blackboard Learn 9.1 and Moodle 2.0. Evaluation sessions are organized throughout February.

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Storm water retention pond under rehabilitation

Since 1991, the campus storm water system has employed a series of catch basins and piping to take storm water to a central low point, which is the pond located on the eastern side of the campus. The pond was intended to serve as an evaporative method of releasing campus storm water to the atmosphere, rather than releasing it into the City of Kelowna's storm water system.

Storm water originates from rain and snow melt, which also carries sediment into the pond. Over the past 20 years, the build up of sediment has caused the deterioration of pond water quality necessitating sediment removal to help maintain the environmental integrity of the pond.

UBC has commissioned a control measure to address the existing condition. This plan will see the construction of a forebay surrounding the inlet pipe, acting as a sediment settling area and allowing future silt removal and servicing. Ecological reviews have been conducted to minimize habitat disturbance of the pond.

Construction is slated to begin Feb. 28 and should be completed by end of March.

To find out more contact Facilities Management at 250-807-9272 or Health, Safety & Environment at 250-807-8621.

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Composting in the collegia

A new collegia composting program gives students more options for disposing of their compostable materials.

Junior and senior collegia spaces are now equipped with composting bins where students can dispose of their compostable materials such as apple cores, peels and napkins. The new composting containers help the campus community return nutrients to the soil, where other food can be grown.

The program is organized by fourth-year student Michelle Yule as part of a directed studies project for Mary Stockdale, adjunct professor of human geography, and will include an on-campus educational campaign on the importance of composting.

Composting in the Collegia will complement existing on-campus composting programs, such as the kitchen facilities bins, and provide a resource that has more value at UBC than in a landfill.

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Reminder: graduation applications due Feb. 28

Please encourage students to apply for graduation as soon as possible if they plan to graduate this spring. Applications must be submitted whether or not students intend to participate in the June 2011 Convocation Ceremony.

Graduation applications are available via the online Student Service Centre from now until Monday, Feb. 28. To find out more visit the Graduation website.

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peopleDay of Caring students-turned-construction-experts (from left to right): Kira Robertson, Natasha Hass, Brittany Taylor and Chelsey Forsyth.
Day of Caring students-turned-construction-experts, from left, Kira Robertson, Natasha Hass, Brittany Taylor and Chelsey Forsyth.

School of Social Work Day of Caring to help families and build traditions

More than 20 UBC social work students came out on Jan. 22 to help create a new beginning for one local family.

At the inaugural Day of Caring, volunteers from the School of Social Work, the United Way of the Central Okanagan and the Stepping Stones Counselling Group joined together to paint and decorate bedrooms for a family who has experienced domestic violence.

The day produced two key results: very happy children with new bedrooms and new memories; and students who were given the opportunity to learn from experienced Stepping Stones counsellors and therapists.

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research spotlightLeanne ten Brinke
Leanne ten Brinke

Crocodile tears? Facial clues reveal fake or sincere remorse

A new study led by Leanne ten Brinke, psychology PhD candidate, investigates how genuine and falsified remorse reveals itself on the human face, and how these facial clues can help detect whether a person is faking regret or is sincerely sorry.

Published last week in the journal Law and Human Behavior, ten Brinke's study examined and coded the facial behaviours associated with emotional deception in videotaped accounts of true personal wrongdoing, accompanied by either genuine or fabricated remorse, among 31 Canadian undergraduate students.

"From the coding process we knew what emotions were present, we knew the duration of each emotion, and we also knew the sequence," says ten Brinke. "So we were able to compare these variables in the context of genuine and falsified remorse."

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Centre for Teaching and Learning workshops in February

The Centre for Teaching and Learning is running a full slate of workshops for faculty members this month. Find out more about the professional development opportunities in the month ahead.

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DATE (discussions about teaching excellence)

The Centre for Teaching and Learning's teaching excellence discussion series continues next week with guest Mary Courtney, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Development.

Date: Friday, Feb. 25
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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Extra daytime computer skills course added to Continuing Studies offerings

Members of the campus community looking to boost their computer skills should take note of the upcoming daytime computer courses offered by Continuing Studies. A new course for intermediate Microsoft Excel users has been organized for the first week of March.

A variety of story writing technique and wine ambassador workshops are also being offered by Continuing Studies in the coming weeks.

Bring a friend for free

UBC alumni are eligible to register for any Continuing Studies class and bring along a friend for free.

Art, wine, writing, technology -- find a new passion or hobby this winter with the help of Continuing Studies.

To find out more visit the Continuing Studies website or call 250-807-9289.

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Understanding financial risks and internal controls

Finance is offering a seminar on identifying financial risks and developing compensating internal controls. The workshop is designed in a case study format and is very interactive.

The seminar will be of interest to all unit heads, administrators and financial officers as it will provide the tools necessary to manage financial risks of the unit and also support the 2010-2011 Financial Statement Certification Program.

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 8
Times: 9 a.m. to 12 noon, or 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Administration building, DVC Boardroom (room ADM102C)

To register for this seminar email financetraining.ubco@ubc.ca with name, telephone number, department, course name, date and time.

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February 16, 2011


UBC psychology professor wins international award for outstanding research
Sarah Morgan-Silvester reappointed Chancellor of UBC
UBC named one of BC's Top Employers in 2011
Devised Theatre Artist in Residence: Ker Wells
Researchers seek to better integrate graduate nurses into workplace
Fine Arts student wins top prize for Canadian printmakers
Graduate studies: road less travelled more travelled at UBC
Chemistry student earns professional association's inaugural scholarship
UBC.ca relaunched with new focus on the Okanagan
Equity Enhancement Fund applications due March 15
New be well at work program launched
What's after WebCT Vista? Hands-on product evaluations underway
Storm water retention pond under rehabilitation
Composting in the collegia
Reminder: graduation applications due Feb. 28


School of Social Work Day of Caring to helps families and build traditions

Research Spotlight

Crocodile tears? Facial clues reveal fake or sincere remorse


Career week:
work your BSc

The Career Centre is hosting a series of workshops and info sessions aimed at helping science students learn more about their career options.

Students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of science-focused workshops and sessions next week.

All of these sessions take place in the Career Centre (University Centre building, room UNC207).

To RSVP or find out more contact Christy Mahlberg, Career Centre events coordinator, at 250-807-8611.

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Master of Management info session

The Faculty of Management -- in alliance with the Sauder School of Business -- is now offering the Master of Management, a program that provides a general foundation in business and management to individuals with bachelor's degrees in non-business disciplines.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 23
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC207

To attend this session those interested can RSVP with name, email address and current program of study to mm.ubco@ubc.ca or by calling 250-807-9644.

To find out more visit: www.ubc.ca/okanagan/mm

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Okanagan campus hosts indigenous panel discussion Feb. 23

UBC will host a free public event next week featuring a panel of Indigenous Studies faculty who will share their research and expertise in the area of indigeneity -- the study and practice of the essential philosophical and cultural foundations of Indigenous Peoples.

The panelists and discussion topics are:

  • Jeannette Armstrong (Okanagan)
    Positioning Indigeneity as an essential global social paradigm in these times
  • Tirso Gonzales (Aymara)
    Andean-Amazonian indigenous self-determined development as buen vivir (good living)
  • Margo Tamez (Apache)
    The implications of Ndé Kónitsaahii gokíyaa ('Lipan country') in the context of the United States' and Mexico's militarization
  • Gregory Younging (Opaskwayak Cree)
    (De)Colonization of indigenous knowledge in the era of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 23
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Administration building lecture theatre, room ADM026

To find out more about the panel discussion, contact Indigenous Studies Professor Greg Younging.

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Open forum with documentary filmmaker Nettie Wild on Feb. 23

Internationally renowned documentary filmmaker Nettie Wild (A Place Called Chiapas, Bevel Up!) will be on-campus to give a talk on Feb. 23. The presentation by Wild is part of an open forum on the art and practice of activist filmmaking attached to a course on Digital Media and the Humanities taught by Jessica Stites Mor, assistant professor of history.

Wild has worked professionally as an actress, producer and writer. She is best known for her feature length documentary films, A Place Called Chiapas (1998), A Rustling of Leaves: Inside the Philippine Revolution (1989/90), and Blockade (1993).

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 23
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre building, room FIP139

To find out more contact Jessica Stites Mor, Assistant Professor of History, at 250-807-9655.

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Ezra Levant

Is there such a thing as ethical oil?

The Faculty of Management has organized a reception next Thursday with Ezra Levant, the best-selling author of Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada's Oil Sands.

Levant is a free-speech provocateur, a conservative political activist with the ear of the Prime Minister, and a well-known media figure.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 24
4 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Administration building Sunroom

This reception is free and open to the public. To find out more contact Carol Zuckerman at 250-807-9501.

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FCCS Visiting Author Series

FCCS Visiting Author Series: Patrick Lane

The Visiting Authors Series presents a public reading with Patrick Lane on Feb. 24, providing anyone who loves writing, literature and books an opportunity to meet one of Canada's finest authors.

Lane, recipient of the 2007 Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence, is considered by admiring readers -- including scholars, critics, and fellow writers -- to be one of the finest poets of his generation.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 24
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Okanagan Regional Library downtown -- 1380 Ellis St., Kelowna

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

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Don't stay in your office for coffee next Friday

All faculty and staff are invited for coffee in the faculty and staff lounge next Friday for Pitstop, sponsored by the School of Engineering.

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

Date: Friday, Feb. 25
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Administration building faculty and staff lounge, room ADM115

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German Film Society screening: Die Welle

The next German Film Society screening will take place on Feb. 28 and features Die Welle (2007) from director Stefan Ruzowitzky.

Date: Monday, Feb. 28
Time: 3 to 5 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART214

Films are in German with English subtitles. Popcorn, pizza and non-alcoholic beverages are provided at each German Film Society screening.

To find out more contact Claude Desmarais, Reichwald professor in Germanic studies, at 250-807-8635.

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The Institute of Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention

Reflections on women's health and women's status: national and global perspectives

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day (1911 to 2011), join the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention and Faculty of Health and Social Development for a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) webcast panel discussion about the past and future of women's health and status of women.

Health researchers Lynn McIntyre, Bilkis Vissandjee and Lorraine Greaves will share their reflections in a brief panel presentation, followed by a question and answer session moderated by Joy Johnson, scientific director of CIHR's Institute of Gender and Health.

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 8
Time: 10 to 11 a.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI331

This event is free and open to the public. To join the on-campus webcast and networking event RSVP to HealthyLiving.Research@ubc.ca by March 4, 2011.

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Judy Chicago

Surveying Judy Chicago: my struggle as a woman artist

Widely regarded as a pioneer of feminist art and art education, Judy Chicago is an artist, author, feminist, educator, and intellectual whose career now spans four decades.

Chicago will speak about her life's experiences in on Mar. 24, as part of the Visiting Artist Series, sponsored by the Faculty of Creative and Creative Studies.

Date: Thursday, Mar. 24
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts -- 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna

This event is free and it is open to the public but online pre-registration is required. To register visit the Faculty of Creative and Creative Studies website.

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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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