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newsCelebrate Research Week

Celebrate Research Week takes audiences around the world

Celebrate Research Week is UBC's annual showcase of the tier-one research being conducted on campus. This year's events feature venues that will take Okanagan residents across Kelowna (the Rotary Centre of the Arts, Bohemian Café, University Centre) and topics from around the world (Ghana, Argentina).

Featured Events

March 7, 7 p.m.

Documentary film screening
Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground

No charge, but online pre-registration required.

March 7, 5 p.m.

Café Scientifique
For Better or for Worse: Women's Efforts to Promote Men's Health

No charge, but RSVPs required.

March 9, 4 p.m.

Presentation and film screening
Genomics and Medicine: Should you be afraid?

No charge, but RSVPs required.

Lunchtime Feature Presentations

Monday, Mar. 7
Roadmap to an integrated design and manufacturing of polymer composite products
Featuring Abbas S. Milani, Assistant Professor of Engineering

Tuesday, Mar. 8
Memory politics and digital media: a new chapter in Argentina's past
Featuring Jessica Stites Mor, Assistant Professor of History

Wednesday, Mar. 9
Psychological ownership: dilemmas in knowledge sharing, innovation and change
Featuring Graham Brown, Assistant Professor of Management

Thursday, Mar. 10
Future delta: motivating climate change action grounded in place
Featuring Aleksandra Dulic, Assistant Professor of New Media, Video and Drawing

All lunchtime presentations are no charge and take place from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the University Centre ballroom.

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UBC's Spanish Film Series presents Spanish cinema in Kelowna

Okanagan residents have an opportunity to experience a variety of Spanish films this year through the Spanish Film Series, sponsored by the Spanish Program and the Latin American and Iberian Studies Program.

Presented in collaboration with the Modern Language Program at Okanagan College, the series includes screenings on March 29 (Habana Blues), April 26 (Camarón), Sept. 13 (El abuelo), Nov. 1 (La lengua de las mariposas), Nov. 29 (Para que no me olvides) and Dec. 13 (Vete de mi).

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New Place of Mind website aims to bring together all UBC stories, big and small

New Place of Mind website aims to bring together all UBC
stories, big and small

UBC's A Place of Mind Aggregator website was created to shine a light on the ideas and innovations being created every day by the UBC community.

More Okanagan campus stories are needed in a variety of topics such as health, sustainability, business and politics, learning, arts and culture and student life.

To become a contributor, or find out more, email Info.aplaceofmind@ubc.ca.

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Innovations in Learning: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Proposals now being accepted for seventh annual Learning Conference

Join faculty and staff from institutions throughout Canada as they share teaching best practices and innovations at the seventh annual Learning Conference, May 5 and 6.

The theme for this year's conference is Innovations in Learning: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and all interested individuals or groups are invited to submit proposals for 50-minute sessions.

This year's conference will feature keynote presentations from Richard Gale, director of the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Mount Royal University, and Julia Christensen Hughes, Dean of the College of Management and Economics at the University of Guelph.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Monday, Mar. 14.

To find out more about the conference, contact Peter Arthur, director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning, at 250-807-9207, or visit the Learning Conference website.

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New program helps participants feel Alive!

Thompson Rivers University and University of the Fraser Valley have a leg up on total participants in the new Alive! program, but staff and faculty members at UBC's Okanagan campus still have time to meet the challenge while improving their health and decreasing their cancer risk.

Alive! is the new wellness program offered as part of the Be Well at Work research project. Designed to help improve diet and physical activity by making gradual changes, Alive! works by suggesting small weekly goals tailored to participants' current eating and physical activity habits and preferences.

Once registered, the program takes less than 10 minutes per week to measure progress and access program resources. Participants are also eligible for prize draws.

To find out more visit: http://okanagan.bewellatwork.ubc.ca/

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Update an email address and be entered to win a TV

UBC employees are encouraged to update or verify their UBC email address. Do so and be entered to win one of two 19-inch flatscreen televisions. To be entered:

  • employees must login to the Faculty & Staff Self-Service with their CWL (using VPN if you are off campus)
  • click on "email address" in the myPersonal Info section
  • enter a UBC email or business email address into the primary email box and click "save" or verify that your UBC email (or your business email) is already listed as the primary email address and click "enter me in the draw"

The contest is open to all UBC employees who are active employees at the time of the draw. It closes Tuesday, Mar. 15, at midnight. The TV draw will be held the next day.

To find out more visit: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/update-your-email/

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Lost it? Here's where to find it

The official Lost and Found on campus is located in the UBC Students' Union Okanagan (UBCSUO) Used Bookstore, located in the University Centre building (room UNC103).

When found items are turned in to your office or building, simply use inter-office mail to send them to UNC103, or call Security to have them picked up. Items of value will be marked and recorded for Security bookkeeping. All items are held for one month, and if not claimed they will be donated to local charities. Campus Security appreciates the campus community's cooperation.

To reach the Security Office, call 250-807-9236. The Used Bookstore can be reached at 250-807-9280.

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peopleUBC students Neetu Garcha, left, and Odd Gleditsch are heading to a global conference focused on fighting hunger.
UBC students Neetu Garcha, left, and Odd Gleditsch are heading to a global conference focused on fighting hunger.

UBC students attend global conference to fight world hunger

UBC students Odd Gleditsch and Neetu Garcha will represent UBC's Okanagan campus at the Summit of Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH), taking place Feb. 25 to 27 in Guelph, Ontario.

Supported by the United Nations World Food Program, UFWH is an international organization focused on sustainable human development. The sixth-annual summit, with the theme "Hunger has no boundaries," will be the first held in Canada and the first outside the United States.

"I think it is important for us as students to keep a focus on this issue, which is one of the world's biggest problems," says Gleditsch, a third-year international relations student. "I hope to learn new ways to empower and motivate students here. The fact is you don't have to go somewhere to make a difference; we can make a difference from our campus."

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Cynthia Mathieson (left), Dean of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, Senator Sharon Carstairs (middle), and Joan Bottorff (right) Director of the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention
Cynthia Mathieson (left), Dean of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, Senator Sharon Carstairs (middle), and Joan Bottorff (right) director of the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention.

Canada unprepared for an aging population

Canada is not prepared to meet the needs of its aging population, Senator Sharon Carstairs said on Feb. 21, at Kelowna's Rotary Centre for the Arts, speaking as part of the UBC Distinguished Speakers Series.

Carstairs, who chaired Canada's Special Senate Committee on Aging, told the audience it will take an innovative, united effort led by the federal government to create the policies that bring about the changes needed.

"The care needs for our seniors -- especially our frail elderly -- present a wide variety of complex issues for seniors and our aging population, which range from financial security, housing, transportation issues, the treatment of chronic diseases and our basic health care needs," said Carstairs. "There are some serious gaps to be addressed in these areas.

The next Distinguished Speakers Series talk takes place on March 21, and features water expert Oliver Brandes as part of UBC's annual World Water Day celebrations.

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workshopsCelebrate Research Week

Celebrate Research Week sessions offered by the Centre for Teaching and Learning

The Centre for Teaching and Learning offers a number of scholarship of teaching and learning sessions on Mar. 10 as part of UBC's annual Celebrate Research Week. Session topics include:

  • Team-based learning experiences in nursing
  • Problem-based learning in pharmacology
  • The impact of an innovative field-based component within the mathematics methods course for pre-service teachers
  • Improving pedagogical efficiency and effectiveness using an automated testing system
  • Research support leads
  • Team-based learning in computer science
  • Education for effective interprofessional practice in child welfare
  • The intergenerational classroom as a vehicle to reduce social distance and promote social innovation: integrating research, teaching and undergraduate learning

These sessions take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Science building (room SCI253). To find out more visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

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Figuring out the puzzle for soon-to-be arts
and science graduates

Academic Advisors will be assisting soon-to-be arts or science graduates in March with a series of information sessions that help students put together a very important puzzle: what's needed for graduation.

How does it all fit together and how do you get to graduation? Find out more about the tools students may not know about.

Arts degrees

Date: Monday, Mar. 7
Times: 10 to 11:30 a.m., 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI128

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 8
Times: 10 to 11:30 a.m., 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre, room FIP133

Science degrees

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 9
Time: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI126

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 9
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre, room FIP133

Date: Thursday, Mar. 10
Times: 10 to 11:30 a.m., 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre, room FIP133

Spaces are limited due to lab space. To RSVP students should email Kaliopi Kollias, Associate Academic Advisor, with the following details: name, program and year of studies, student number, date and session number.

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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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Career Centre workshops and info sessions

The Career Centre is hosting a number of career-related workshops and info sessions for students throughout March. Here are some of the upcoming sessions:

Students can RSVP, or find out more, by contacting Christy Mahlberg, Career Centre Events Coordinator, at 250-807-8611.

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Team-based learning community of practice

The Team-based learning community of practice will provides faculty with an opportunity to share best practices and network with instructors from other faculties.

A number of faculty members across campus are already using team-based learning in their classrooms -- this community of practice is a good opportunity to learn more from, or share experiences with, colleagues from throughout the campus community.

Date: Monday, Mar. 14
Time: 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI253

To find out more contact Heather Hurren, Manager of Academic Development, at 250-807-9288.

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Course (Re)Design Seminar being organized for May

Interested in refreshing a course, or creating a new one? Faculty members are invited to participate in the course (re)design process with the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

The seminar requires a four-day commitment with whole-group instructional sessions followed by additional group planning sessions. Applications are now available and are due by Friday, Mar. 18.

The seminar is modeled on a research-based course design process that focuses on learning-centered instruction and constructive alignment.

Participants will be expected to share their outcomes throughout the seminar with short lessons or presentations.

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Reminder: daytime computer skills courses available

Members of the campus community who would like to enhance their software skills should take note of the upcoming daytime computer courses offered monthly by Continuing Studies.

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, and more, visit the Continuing Studies website.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
March 2, 2011

News

Celebrate Research Week brings audiences across the world and back again
UBC's Spanish Film Series presents Spanish cinema in Kelowna
New Place of Mind website aims to bring together UBC stories
Proposals now being accepted for seventh annual Learning Conference
New program helps participants feel Alive!
Update an email address and be entered to win a TV
Lost it? Here's where to find it

People

UBC students attend global conference to fight world hunger

Research Spotlight

Canada unprepared for an aging population

eventsMad Hatter: through the looking glass

Mad Hatter: through the looking glass

A new art installation project will see approximately 50 Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) students turning units at Kelowna's Ponderosa Motel into art spaces.

Witmar Development has given Associate Professor Byron Johnston and students space for the installation project in the 14-unit motel located at 1864 Harvey Ave. The project will see second-, third- and fourth-year students provided with their own motel suites to research and develop. Students will transform each unit into an artistic space under the theme of "Mad Hatter: through the looking glass."

The exhibition will open March 4 with the Mad Hatter Extreme Tea Party from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Tickets for the tea party opening event are $35 ($15 for students) and can be purchased through the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office and at the door.

To find out more contact Byron Johnston at 250-807-9769.

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FCCS Visiting Artists Series: Weppler and Mahovsky

Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky, noted Canadian artists who are pushing the boundaries of modernist and 21st-century sculpture, will speak on March 10.

Weppler and Mahovsky are Vancouver-based artists who have worked collaboratively since 2004. Both have Master of Fine Arts degrees from UBC in Vancouver, where they met in 1996.

They have exhibited widely in Canada and internationally, including LABoral (Gijón) Dos de Mayo (Madrid), Tokyo Wonder Site (Tokyo), How Soon is Now (Vancouver Art Gallery), Cubes, Blocks and Other Spaces (Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal), and Nothing to Declare (Power Plant, Toronto).

Date: Thursday, Mar. 10
Time: 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Fine Arts and Health Building, room FINA227

To find out more contact Irma Ronkkonen at 250-807-9648.

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FCCS Visiting Author Series

FCCS Visiting Author Series: Annabel Lyon

Annabel Lyon, 2011 Writer in Residence at UBC's Okanagan campus, will give a public reading on March 10. Her first novel, The Golden Mean, won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General's Award for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.

Lyon lives in New Westminster, BC, with her husband and two children. She is the judge for the 2011 Okanagan Short Fiction Contest.

Date: Thursday, Mar. 10
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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Additional Barber School Grad photo sessions organized

Another round of grad photo sessions has been organized for students from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

Fine Photography will be set up in the Arts building foyer Mar. 15 to 17, from 9 a.m. to 3:55 p.m.

Students are encouraged to sign up early, as drop-in sessions are allowed only if time permits. Online registration is currently open at www.kelownafinephotography.ca.

To find out more contact Fine Photography at 250-769-1414.

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Time well spent: lessons from the primary health care integrated health networks

Members of the Interior Health Authority will be on campus Mar. 15 to present the key findings from research on a number of primary health care integrated health networks.

The networks were implemented in 10 communities across the Interior of British Columbia and each network was primarily focused on individuals with multiple chronic conditions.

Presenters for this session include:

  • James Coyle, leader of performance, monitoring and evaluation for planning/strategic services for the Interior Health Authority
  • Maja Karlsson, manager of community integrated health services for the Central Okanagan at the Interior Health Authority.

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 15
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC334

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Epic women in Spain

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies' Spanish Program and Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program have organized a talk on Mar. 21 with Marjorie Ratcliffe, associate professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Western Ontario.

Ratcliffe will give the presentation: Epic Women in Spain: Literature and Historical Trauma

Date: Monday, Mar. 21
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART220

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German Film Society screening: John Rabe

The next German Film Society screening will take place on Mar. 28 and features John Rabe (2009) from director Florian Gallenberger.

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

Films are in German with English subtitles. At each German Film Society screening there will be popcorn, pizza and non-alcoholic beverages provided.

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

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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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