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newsFrom left, Doug Owram, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal, Senior Faculty Award recipients Carolyn Labun and Joyce Boon, and Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, Provost and Vice Principal at UBC's Okanagan campus.
From left, Doug Owram, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal, Senior Faculty Award recipients Carolyn Labun and Joyce Boon, and Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, Provost and Vice Principal at UBC's Okanagan campus.

UBC honours outstanding teachers

A trio of outstanding teachers from the fields of biology, engineering and sociology were honoured April 28 with this year's Teaching Excellence and Innovation Awards.

Joyce Boon, associate professor of biology in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, and Carolyn Labun, senior instructor in the School of Engineering, are co-recipients of the award for senior faculty. The award for junior faculty went to Christopher Schneider, assistant professor of sociology, also in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

The award recognizes innovative teaching in class but also takes into consideration activities that support teaching that occur outside of the classroom.

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Facilities staff working on the stairway replacement are, from left, Al Prout, Maintenance and Grounds Manager Al King, and James Hembling.
Facilities staff working on the stairway replacement are, from left, Al Prout, Maintenance and Grounds Manager Al King, and James Hembling.

Central courtyard stairway closed for repairs

The main stairway from the central courtyard down to the bus shelter and Alumni Avenue will be closed for renovation during the month of May. Work on the project began on Monday, May 2.

A pedestrian detour route through the Administration building has been clearly marked.

The concrete steps have deteriorated since they were originally poured in 1993 and will be replaced with new concrete. Facilities Management will also be upgrading landscape plantings around the stairway. The work was scheduled to take advantage of a brief window between the end of the winter term and the beginning of the summer conference and accommodations season on campus.

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Demian Carson
Demian Carson

Would you exercise more if it took less time and was more fun?

According to the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, to achieve health benefits, adults aged 18 to 64 should accumulate at least 150 minutes of aerobic physical activity per week.

But is there a way for the average adult to achieve the same health benefits in less time while increasing their enjoyment of exercise?

This is the question UBC student Demian Carson will be exploring this summer. A fourth-year human kinetics major, Carson has received an Undergraduate Research Award of nearly $5,000 from the Canadian Institute of Health Research to find out if high-intensity interval training is an attractive alternative to continuous aerobic exercise for promoting exercise among the average adult.

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Policy change needed for caregivers supporting loved ones
with dementia

Four UBC researchers have teamed up to investigate the experiences and support needs of family caregivers to people with dementia.

The researchers -- Carole Robinson, Associate Professor of Nursing, Meredith Lilly, Faculty Associate at the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Susan Holtzman, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Professor Joan Bottorff, Director of the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention -- hope their research will influence the strategic planning currently underway to address the burgeoning needs of persons with dementia and their family caregivers.

"After more than a decade of concerted effort by policy-makers in Canada and elsewhere to encourage older adults to age at home, there is recognition that the aging-in-place movement has had unintended negative consequences for family members who care for these seniors," says Lilly.

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In the news...

Measuring cultural influence in Kelowna

A new report by Bernard Momer, associate professor of geography, has found that Kelowna residents value and support cultural opportunities in the city.

The report, Our City, Ourselves, provides valuable insight into Kelowna's cultural status by using cultural indicators to measure progress and change.

"Our research looked at a variety of cultural indicators such as infrastructure, spending habits and the variety of cultural activities in Kelowna," says Momer. "We found that 64 per cent of residents believe that arts and cultural pursuits are important to the quality of life in Kelowna and, on average, Kelowna residents spend more than the provincial average on cultural pursuits."

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Students earn Public Anthropology awards

Congratulations to the 33 Public Anthropology Award recipients in Dr. Hugo De Burgos' ANTH 100 (Introduction to Cultural Anthropology) class.

This term, the students participated in a North American competition involving over 3,000 students from 16 schools, putting into practice effective writing skills while being active global citizens. The names of the award-winners and their winning opinion pieces are now online.

Dr. Hugo De Burgos
Anthropology professor Hugo De Burgos
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Nominations now open for Staff Awards of Excellence

Is there is someone on campus who has gone above the call of duty as a UBC employee? Someone who typifies the UBC experience? Or shown exceptional leadership?

Now is the time to give recognition -- nominations are now open for this year's Staff Awards of Excellence.

The Staff Awards of Excellence are awarded in four areas -- enhancing the UBC experience, leadership, sustainability and global citizenship -- and any Okanagan campus staffer, faculty member or student can nominate eligible staff members.

The deadline for nominations is June 30, 2011; the awards will be presented at the annual Staff and Faculty barbecue in September.

For nomination packages and more information, visit the Staff Awards of Excellence website.

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Nominate someone great for the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Award

Nominations are currently open for the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Award, which recognizes a staff member who has made an exceptional contribution to the Okanagan campus and the greater community.

Any staff member who has provided at least three years of continuous service, and has not previously won the award, is eligible for nomination.

The deadline for nominations is June 30, 2011; the awards will be presented at the annual Staff and Faculty barbecue in September.

For nomination packages and more information, visit the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Award website.

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What will your child choose to do at UBC this summer?

What will your child choose to do at UBC this summer?

UBC has a lot of interesting activities to offer children this summer.

Athletics and Recreation's new U Camp offers week-long day camps for youths aged 7 to 11. Participants get to choose from themes such as Mini U, Kreative Kids, Multi-Sport and UBC Survivor.

This year's featured U Camp is The Power of Being a Girl -- an empowering week of leadership, team-building and lifestyle skills for girls ages 11 to 14. Fun, fitness and friendship will also be emphasized.

UBC employees who register their children in two or more camps receive a 10 per cent discount. Early drop-off and late pick-up options are also available.

The popular Heat Athletics' sport camps are also returning, offering instruction and conditioning in volleyball, basketball and soccer. The sport camps are for boys and girls aged 13 to 17, with the exception of soccer which is for girls 8 to 12.

To register, or find out more, visit goheat.ca/summercamps.

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Student performance of Dream Migrations raises $870

Through three public performances of a piece called "Dream Migrations" last month, 29 theatre students raised $869.50 for the Save Japan UBCO project.

This original performance on the theme of community was co-directed by Professor Virginie Magnat and Artist-in-Residence Ker Wells, in collaboration with graduate students Ozgul Akinci, Claire Leger and Tanja Woloshen. It was performed on April 8 at the Kelowna Art Gallery and on April 9 and 10 in the University Centre Ballroom on campus.

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Registration opens May 17 for annual faculty and staff
'Hack and Whack' golf tournament

Enjoy the start of summer with colleagues at the fifth annual faculty and staff 'Hack and Whack' golf tournament on June 14.

This year's tournament is at the Pinnacle Course of Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club in Kelowna. The fun will start with a 3 p.m. shotgun start and includes nine holes of golf, dinner and lots of prizes.

Registration for the tournament opens on Tuesday, May 17, and costs $55 per entry. A $32 dinner-only option is also available.

The tournament is open to all UBC faculty and staff members. To register or find out more, visit the Hack and Whack website or contact Christy Mahlberg, Student Events Coordinator.

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Easter Seals' 24 Hour RelayUBC team created for 24 Hour Relay

Campus community called on to relay for Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs

The Easter Seals' 24 Hour Relay is on June 11 and 12 at the Kelowna Apple Bowl. This annual event is a community based fundraiser that challenges groups of people to run or walk relay-style for 24 hours.

The proceeds raised at this event help send children to the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs and the Easter Seals Camp in Winfield.

Members of the campus community interested in joining the Okanagan campus team should contact Vanessa Lomas at 250-807-9004. To find out more visit the UBC 24 Hour Relay website.

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Gently-used shoes for a good cause

Leah Sanford, English Language Centre Coordinator, is collecting on-campus donations to support a local Soles4Souls shoe drive, being organized by local resident and businessman Jim Belshaw. Belshaw aims to collect 100,000 pairs in 25 days this spring.

Soles4Souls distributes shoes, free of charge, to people in need around the world.
In last year's shoe drive, 7,000 of the 40,000 pairs collected in the Okanagan were distributed locally. The remaining shoes were shipped to people in need across the globe -- primarily in Haiti. This year, arrangements have been made to ship donations to Japan.

Clean out your closest and drop off all gently-used footwear at the Career Centre (room UNC207) by Thursday, May 5.

To find out more contact Leah Sanford at 250-807-8822.

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Okanagan Senate meeting highlights: April 27

The Okanagan Senate regularly considers important items. To better inform the campus community, highlights of these items will be posted on the Senate website following each scheduled meeting. Highlights from the April 27 meeting include:

  • One new bursary approved for students totalling $7,000 (Sigurdson Family Bursary) and one revised award for international students valued at $3,000, offered by the International Student Initiative (ISI) UBC Okanagan Campus International Community Achievement Award.
  • Revisions to the policies on academic leave and readmission were approved.
  • A change in the common application deadline for undergraduate degree programs -- from February 28 to January 31 -- was approved.
  • Changes to the English Language Admission Standard were approved.
  • Revisions to the Bachelor of Human Kinetics and Bachelor of Science in Nursing were approved to comply with the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General's new criminal record check requirements.
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peopleBrad Bennett and Deepa Mehta

Brad Bennett and Deepa Mehta to receive UBC honorary degrees in June

Kelowna businessman and community volunteer Brad Bennett and filmmaker Deepa Mehta will receive honorary doctoral degrees at this June's Convocation ceremonies.

Brad Bennett has a long and distinguished record of community service in the Okanagan and leadership in higher education in British Columbia. He served as Chair of UBC's Board of Governors for five years, and was instrumental in the creation of UBC's Okanagan campus.

Deepa Mehta is a Genie Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated Indian-born Canadian film director and screenwriter. She began her career as a television and motion picture editor, producer and director, after coming to Canada from India in 1973.

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Prizes awarded at Barber School Undergraduate Research Conference
Students and judges mingle at the sixth annual Irving K. Barber School Undergraduate Research Conference.

Prizes awarded at Barber School Undergraduate
Research Conference

Just over 50 students participated in the sixth annual Irving K. Barber School Undergraduate Research Conference, held April 7. Students, judges, supervisors, Deans, and staff members turned out to see what Barber School undergraduate students have been researching this year.

Congratulations to the six students selected by judges as the top presenters:

Oral presentations Poster presentations

First place
Mike Chen

First place
Meghan Dutot

Second place
Andrew Hughes

Second place
Kaela Loffler

Third place
John Ryan

Third place
Ahmad Abd-El-Aziz

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research spotlightMaster of Science student Graeme Koelwyn
Master of Science student Graeme Koelwyn

UBC researchers aim to improve heart health for breast
cancer survivors

UBC Human Kinetics Assistant Professor Neil Eves and Master of Science student Graeme Koelwyn are conducting research that examines the heart and blood vessel function in breast cancer survivors who have received anthracycline chemotherapy.

"In breast cancer, specifically, an increasing number of people are surviving because treatments are getting better and doctors are catching it earlier," says Koelwyn. "But due to the nature of these treatments there may also be a growing number of people who experience post-treatment complications."

"It is well known that anthracycline chemotherapy may affect the heart during or after treatment, but we have a minimal understanding of how it affects the blood vessels or the relationship the blood vessels have to the heart," says Eves, an exercise physiologist. "If we can better understand this, we can potentially help breast cancer survivors live longer, healthier lives."

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workshops

"Enhance your well-being" workshops offered through summer

A new series of workshops focused on holistic nutrition and habits to enhance well-being is being offered throughout the summer at no charge to UBC employees.

Funded by the UBC Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program, these lunchtime workshops are being held on the third Wednesday of each month this summer and will focus on simple ways to be a healthier person.

Facilitator Angela Wright will give participants an understanding of how macronutrients affect health and help highlight which foods reduce stress and eliminate toxins.

Dates: May 18, June 15, July 20 and August 17
Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB306

To register, or find out more, visit the Holistic Nutrition and Habits to Enhance Your Wellbeing website.

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AAPS Member Services Officers visiting campus in May

Member Services Officers for UBC's Association of Administrative and Professional Staff (AAPS) will be on campus in late May to offer two orientation sessions and meet with members individually.

Orientation for AAPS members

This is a great opportunity for new members and existing members to learn about the association and gain a better understanding of the agreement between UBC and AAPS.

Date: Wednesday, May 25
Time: 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART183

Date: Thursday, May 26
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Arts building, room ART185

To RSVP for either of these sessions contact Luisa Liberatore, AAPS Member Services Officer, by Thursday, May 19.

The Member Services Officers are also available to meet members individually. To schedule an individual session, email aaps@interchange.ubc.ca.

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OKANAGAN CAMPUS
May 4, 2011

News

UBC honours outstanding teachers
Stairway closed for repairs
Would you exercise more if it took less time and was more fun?
Policy change needed for caregivers supporting loved ones with dementia
Measuring cultural influence in Kelowna
Students earn Public Anthropology awards
Nominations now open for Staff Awards of Excellence
Nominate someone great for the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Award
What will your child choose to do at UBC this summer?
Student performance of Dream Migrations raises $870
Registration opens May 17 for annual faculty and staff 'Hack and Whack' golf tournament
UBC team created for 24 Hour Relay
Gently-used shoes for a good cause
Okanagan Senate meeting highlights

People

Brad Bennett and Deepa Mehta to receive UBC honorary degrees in June
Prizes awarded at Barber School Undergraduate Research Conference

Research Spotlight

UBC researchers aim to improve heart health for breast cancer survivors

events

Spots still available for today's Mental Health Symposium

Spaces are still available for today's Mental Health Symposium, in the University Centre ballroom from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The symposium will provide insight into mental health issues and strategies, as well as supports and resources available to UBC employees.

Seats are limited for the symposium, but those interested in participating can register on-site.

Date: Wednesday May 4 (today)
Time: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: University Centre Ballroom, room UNC200

To find out more visit the symposium website, or contact Tracey Hawthorn, Work Re-Integration and Accommodation Program Coordinator at 250-807-8183.

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Seventh annual Learning Conference

Seventh annual Learning Conference

Innovations in Learning: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Interested in finding out how to better integrate mobile learning tools? Want to find out more about problem-based learning in large classrooms?

These topics -- and a variety of other teaching and learning topics -- will be up for discussion at the 7th annual Learning Conference, May 5 and 6.

The conference opens with a keynote presentation from Richard Gale, founding director of Mount Royal University's Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The conference will also feature a second keynote address by Julia Christensen Hughes, the University of Guelph's Dean of the College of Management and Economics.

Date: May 5 and 6
Time: all day
Location: third floor of the Arts building

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

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Pitstop beach party next Friday

To help coax summer to arrive early this year, Human Resources (HR) and the Work Re-integration and Accommodation Program (WRAP) invite all faculty and staff to a beach party-themed Pitstop on Friday, May 13.

The Pitstop will feature limbo and hula hoop contests, as well as ice cream and frozen yogurt. Members of the campus community are encouraged to wear their best beach wear.

A full-spread of HR and WRAP materials will be available as well.

All proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross to support relief efforts in Japan.

Date: Friday, May 13
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Administration building Human Resources boardroom, room ADM006

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Conceptualizing runoff processes in headwaters: where does water go when it rains?

Jeffrey McDonnell, the 2011 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer and Director of the Institute for Water and Watersheds at Oregon State University, will be on campus to give a talk for the Earth and Environmental Sciences department on May 17.

McDonnell will discuss the future of water runoff process concepts -- specifically the concept of subsurface storage excess -- and look at the evidence from a wide array of climate, geology, vegetation and topographic conditions.

This lecture is intended for those interested in hydrology, water resources, land planning or water quality issues.

Date: Tuesday, May 17
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI333

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Soil Ecology Society 2011 meeting

The Soil Ecology Society will be holding its annual meeting this year at UBC's Okanagan campus from May 24 to 27.

The meeting, hosted by Biology Professor John Klironomos, will gather soil scientists and ecologists from across Canada and the United States to present on a variety of topics.

The Soil Ecology Society is an international organization of researchers, students, environmental professionals and others interested in the advancement and promotion of soil biology and ecology.

To find out more visit the Soil Ecology Society 2011 meeting website, or contact Cameron Egan.

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AAPS meet and greet scheduled for May 25

AAPS members have a good opportunity to network with other members and meet several AAPS Member Services Officers while they're on campus in May.

Date: Wednesday, May 25
Time: 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Administration building faculty and staff lounge, room ADM115

To RSVP contact Luisa Liberatore, AAPS Members Services Officer, by Thursday, May 19.

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Bike to Work Week 2011

This year's Bike to Work Week events aim to attract new cyclists

Bike to Work Week (BTWW) -- an annual campaign organized by the City of Kelowna to encourage people to take up commuter cycling -- starts on May 30 and members of the campus community have a large selection of UBC events to help them get 'geared up' for this year's fun.

Campus-based events are being organized for each day of BTWW -- including a cyclist mentoring program, lunchtime sessions for rookies, a group ride from the Glenmore area, films and a celebratory barbecue.

To register, or find out more, visit the UBC BTWW website. To find out more about the BTWW events organized by the City of Kelowna visit: www.i-go.ca.

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Research on motion: innovative approaches to support physical activity

This half-day symposium will showcase international and regional research related to improving physical activity among adults that positively impacts obesity and chronic disease, and enhanced overall quality of life.

It provides an opportunity for community members, health professionals, educators, fitness trainers, recreational program leaders, students, and researchers to learn about current research and its practical application in physical activity promotion.

This event is sponsored by the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, the Faculty of Health and Social Development, the UBC Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

Date: Monday, May 30
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: First floor, clinical academic campus lecture theatre -- 2312 Pandosy St., Kelowna

This event is free, but registration is required by Tuesday, May 24. To find out more, visit the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention website.

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Jean Clandinin, professor of education and director of the Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development
Jean Clandinin, professor of education and director of the Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development

Stirring Minds speaker to discuss teacher education and development on June 3

Jean Clandinin is the next speaker in the Faculty of Education's Stirring Minds Series. She will be on campus June 3 to present her talk: Sustaining a Research Centre: The Experience of the Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development at the University of Alberta.

Twenty years ago the Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development was founded at the University of Alberta. In this talk, Clandinin -- a professor of education and director of the centre -- will describe its structure and mandate, the ongoing work of the centre and the challenges and what the future holds for teacher education and development across Canada.

Date: Friday, June 3
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Administration building, DVC Boardroom

This talk is free and open to everyone. To find out more contact Lindsay Peruniak, Assistant to the Associate Dean of Education, at 250-807-8203.

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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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