Forensic psychologist student Leanne ten Brinke has studied 78 emotional, televised pleas to find indications about who is lying and who is not.
Emotional pleas focus of extensive psychology study
UBC researchers FINDING CLUES TO who is being dishonest
It is a scenario that has played across television screens countless times over the years: a tearful plea for the safe return of a loved one.
But, is the person telling the truth, or attempting to cover up their own dirty deed? Leanne ten Brinke knows what to look for.
The forensic psychologist student spent the last six years working with psychology Professor Stephen Porter to study 78 cases in Canada, the U.S., U.K. and Australia of people pleading for the safe return of a loved one.
Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, right, chats with student Ashley Huber and instructor Lindsay Kennedy from Okanagan College's nursing program. Students completing their first two years of nursing at Okanagan College can transfer to complete the final two years of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing at UBC's Okanagan campus.
Nursing program partnership formed with Okanagan College
The first cohort of 26 nursing students at Okanagan College are on their way to completing the first half of the four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered at UBC's Okanagan campus. The new program was announced Oct. 7, at the official opening of Okanagan College's new, state-of-the-art health simulation lab.
Students who successfully complete all courses in years one and two at Okanagan College will be fully prepared to transfer with guaranteed admission into the BSN program to complete the final two years of the program on the UBC campus in Kelowna.
En'owkin Centre language instructor Richard Armstrong gives an informal orientation about the Okanagan Nation Alliance Salmon Feast on the banks of the Okanogan River.
Annual Salmon Feast teaches the history of the valley
After compiling participant feedback from the event 12 months ago, organizers of this year's cultural tour to the Okanagan Nation Alliance Salmon Feast added respected elder Richard Armstrong onto the itinerary.
The Okanagan Nation member graciously gave an orientation on the banks of the Okanogan River to both Aboriginal and international UBC students. He talked about how the true name of the indigenous people in this area was not Okanagan.
"When the Indian agents came they asked 'what are you?' When asked 'what are you?' is different than being asked 'who are you?' The people living here replied 'Okanagan,' which means 'people from the bottom of the Valley.' We are really 'Syilix People,'" said Armstrong who instructs the Okanagan Language course in the Fipke building.
Six new Canada Research Chairs appointed at UBC
Okanagan professor Philip Ainslie named CRC in Cerebrovascular Function in Health and Disease
Six new Canada Research Chairs have been appointed at the University of British Columbia and 11 more have been renewed, infusing $12.1 million into research at the university.
The chairs were announced Oct. 12 at the University of Guelph, in Ontario, as part of a national announcement of 253 chairs across Canada, totaling $203.9 million.
"The Canada Research Chair program has been instrumental in supporting and expanding research capacity at UBC and universities across the country," says John Hepburn, Vice President Research and International at UBC. "It helps drive researchers in their pursuit of knowledge and the creation of new innovations."
Okanagan campus United Way campaign committee members and volunteers pose with Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Doug Owram at the 2011 Walk-Thru Breakfast. Front row, from left: Sarah Stang, Alanna Vernon, Doug Owram, Chelsea Butchart, Sharon McCoubrey. Middle row: Aimee Thompson from the Elizabeth Fry Society. Back row: Adam Goodwin, Elizabeth Kershaw, Peggy Walker and Suzanne Nazareno.
Breakfast fund-raiser kicks off 2011 campus
United Way campaign
Change starts here. The United Way campaign committee for UBC's Okanagan campus has begun work on the 2011 campaign with an ambitious goal: to raise $55,000 for the United Way of the Central and South Okanagan Similkameen.
Through special events, employee payroll deductions and donations, UBC asks that the campus community please consider supporting the 2011 campaign.
The 2011 Walk-Thru Breakfast held on September 29 was the campaign kick-off event for campus and more than $1,500 was raised. The campaign committee would like to thank the event sponsors: Claremont Ranch Organics, Quality Greens, Safeway, Cinnzeo, Fezziwig's Artisan Bakery-Café, The Bread Company and Cherry Hill Coffee.
Fun Fact: The Okanagan campus campaign has run every year since 2005 and over that time more than $260,000 has been raised.
To find out more visit the Okanagan campus United Way campaign Facebook page.
Earthquake Preparedness exercise being held tomorrow
UBC's Okanagan campus is encouraged to participate in ShakeOut BC on October 20 at 10:20 a.m. by practicing "Drop, Cover and Hold" or, at a minimum, learn what to do in the event of an earthquake. The Vancouver campus will be participating in the event.
ShakeOut BC is the largest earthquake drill in Canadian History. Earlier this year, more than 470,000 people participated in the first ShakeOut BC. The annual drill is the third Thursday of October. Even though there haven't been large earthquakes along the coast in recent years, small earthquakes happen often. More than 1,200 are recorded each year across the province.
For more information about ShakeOut BC, visit www.shakeoutbc.ca
The Okanagan campus Health, Safety and Environment website also has instructional videos and other resources: www.ubc.ca/okanagan/emergency
Sustainable Community Development Internal Grant Forum being held Oct. 26
The Okanagan Sustainability Office is hosting a Sustainable Community Development Internal Grant Forum next Wednesday to celebrate and share the outcomes of three projects that help foster sustainable community development within the Glenmore neighborhood of Kelowna.
The Sustainability Community Development Internal Grant is a partnership between UBC's Okanagan campus and the City of Kelowna. This grant program enables faculty members and students to engage with Glenmore residents and city staff on projects that address key sustainability issues within the community.
- Introductions and video presentation
2 to 2:15 p.m.
- Social Potluck
2:15 to 2:45 p.m.
- Reducing Water Usage in Civic Parks Using Adaptive Irrigation
2:45 to 3:15 p.m.
- Sustainable Glenmore Transportation Compass Pilot Project
3:15 to 3:45 p.m.
- Closing remarks
3:45 to 4 p.m.
To find out more visit the Sustainable Community Development Grant Forum website.
Support the Heat: 2011 PacWest Soccer Provincial Championship
Athletics and Recreation is hosting the 2011 PacWest Soccer Provincial Championship next weekend as part of The Heat Weekend in the Okanagan.
Many volunteers are needed from October 28 to 30 to help host and coordinate a successful weekend. To volunteer, visit the provincial championship website or contact Adam Goodwin.
First Canada West gameS OCT. 28 and 29
Athletics and Recreation reminds the campus community that the first Canada West league games take place on October 28 and 29 as the UBC Heat volleyball teams take on the University of Winnipeg.
And remember to support the Heat with Blue and Gold Fridays.
2011 Workplace Experiences Survey: share your
What do you think about UBC as a workplace? From November 1 to 18, members of the campus community will have the opportunity to share their experiences by participating in the 2011 Workplace Experiences Survey. For more information, please visit www.focusonpeople.ubc.ca.
Open to all UBC staff or faculty, the survey includes questions in areas such as opportunities for advancement, leadership, workloads, and change in the workplace. The survey is expected to take about 20 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous and confidential.
UBC has engaged Ipsos Reid, a third-party survey consultant in Canada, to administer the survey. Ipsos Reid will gather survey responses, analyze the results and generate survey reports for the University. The reports are expected to be available in early 2012, and will be shared with staff and faculty.
IT, Media and Classroom Services update: email server upgrade
IT, Media and Classroom Services will be working with UBC IT to upgrade the Okanagan campus' email services.
This upgrade will require a migration of existing mailboxes to the new server and the migration will be coordinated with departments and units throughout the remainder of 2011 and early part of 2012.
Updates will be posted as the project progresses on the IT, Media and Classroom Services news blog. To find out more, contact Vanessa Lomas, project manager.
Food for fines
A food drive for the campus community's Food Exchange program is underway until the end of October and organizers are treating this as a good opportunity to build awareness about the program.
From now until October 31, anyone who donates a non-perishable food item will receive a $2 reduction off their library fines (up to $30).
Located on the third floor of the University Centre building, near the Health and Wellness office, The Food Exchange is always looking for donations and referrals. The Food Exchange is available to any student in need.
To find out more contact the Food Exchange Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farmers' market coming to UBC campus
A farmers' market is coming to UBC's Okanagan campus on Friday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the foyer of the Engineering Management Education building. With 19 confirmed vendors selling such things as organic foods and veggies, healthy breads, gluten-free products, and organic soap, the market offers the opportunity for students, staff and faculty to purchase healthy, locally grown products.
The pilot project is in response to student feedback and focuses on nutrition. There will be a dietitian on hand to offer advice and answer questions.
Partners in the project include fourth-year students from the School of Nursing, students from Health and Exercise Sciences, and the Health and Wellness Centre.
For more information on the market, or to become a vendor, contact nurse clinician Melissa Feddersen or nursing student Susan Willerth at 250-862-7028.
UBC alumna Luisa Vasquez has landed her dream job of working for the United Nations and she credits the university for helping her turn her dream into a reality.
UBC student lands dream job
Dream of working for United Nations a reality
UBC grad Luisa Vasquez is living a dream.
Vasquez long imagined working for the United Nations, and now she does just that in the protection office of the United Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees in Costa Rica. The office oversees the processing of asylum seekers to ensure they are treated fairly and that their rights are respected.
"I am very happy to work in a place like this," says Vasquez. "There are a lot of things to work towards, not to say that it's all nice, but that's what makes a job worth doing, it's all the challenges that come with it, and finding ways in which to make appropriate changes and learning from the mistakes."
After completing her undergraduate degree with a major in international relations, Vasquez moved on to a post-graduate degree from the UN-mandated University for Peace before fulfilling her UN dream.
National Geographic journalist and author Dan Buettner was in Kelowna as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. Buettner spoke at the RCA about Blue Zones where people live long, healthier lives.
Author gives Kelowna audience tips on how to live longer
Dan Buettner comes to Okanagan as part of Distinguished Speaker Series
In all of his travels, Dan Buettner has not located the fountain of youth, but he has picked up a few tips on how to live longer.
The author and National Geographic writer has been from one end of the planet to the other, and along the way he uncovered the best strategies for longevity.
Buettner has identified Blue Zones, where many people live to be 100 or older, and he brought those aging secrets to Kelowna last Thursday as part of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences' Distinguished Speaker Series.
Fazle Sadi is working on complex algorithms that allow skiers to record height, drop and air-time of a jump.
Making a smarter ski goggle in the middle of summer
Sharper algorithms = more air time = better stunts
Sometimes you need to think outside the box, or in the case of one engineering student, outside the season.
Electrical engineering master's degree student Fazle Sadi faced the challenge of developing algorithms for a high-tech pair of ski goggles in the middle of summer.
So Sadi secured the instruments needed for his tests, stuffed them into a backpack and headed for the hills -- literally -- where he enlisted the aid of a volunteer mountain bike rider to simulate a snowboarder getting some air time.
Shahria Alam, assistant professor of engineering
Concrete idea: using industrial waste in sustainable,
UBC professor tests to determine waste types that can be mixed into cement
Shahria Alam sees a much more valuable use for industrial waste than taking up space in a landfill.
So, the assistant professor with the School of Engineering worked with undergraduate research assistant Emma Slater and graduate students Muntasir Billah and Rafiqul Haque to find ways to utilize various types of waste in producing new-generation concrete.
"In the B.C. region, there are more than 40 composite manufacturing companies and they produce a lot of waste," says Alam, noting in the B.C. Interior alone there are up to 1,000 metric tonnes of composite scrap produced every year that has the potential to be reused in construction projects.
New book: Q Skills for Success Reading and Writing 5
Think critically. Succeed academically.
Scott Roy Douglas, assistant professor in the Faculty of Education, has co-authored a new six-level English Assistance Program book for college and university students.
Q Skills for Success Reading and Writing 5 looks to connect critical thinking, language skills, and student learning outcomes to learning English. The book's question-centred approach provides a unique critical thinking framework for each unit which helps develop key cognitive skills such as analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating.
In the new book, Douglas created chapters one, five, seven, eight and nine.
To find out more about this book, visit the Oxford University Press website.
Workshops in the Library series in October and November
The Workshops in the Library series is a regular series of workshops that focuses on practical skills for finding, handling, and presenting research information. Here are some of the sessions offered in October and November:
All workshops are held in the library (room LIB111) and registration is appreciated but not required. To find out more visit the Workshops in the Library website.
Hyperion open lab sessions
Finance will hold a series of open lab sessions in October and November in preparation for the upcoming budget cycle and preparation of 2012-2013 fiscal plans. At the beginning of each lab session there will be a brief discussion of current forecasts, followed by an open lab to allow participants to ask questions.
Dates: every Tuesday from October 4 to November 15
Time: 9 to 11 a.m.
Location: Fipke Centre building, room FIP129
This session is aimed at Hyperion users that are directly involved in the updating of the forecast and inputting next year's plan.
This is an open session and registration is not required. To find out more email email@example.com.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Brown Bag
Developing and Assessing the Value of Digital Tools for Facilitating Instruction
This new series by the Centre for Teaching and Learning opens the floor to faculty members and their ideas for research into teaching and learning. Provide feedback and ideas on their proposed research at this brown bag lunch presentation.
The first event in the series will feature Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award winner Patricia Lasserre discussing the topic Developing and Assessing the Value of Digital Tools for Facilitating Instruction.
Date: Friday, Oct. 28
Time: 12 noon to 12:50 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB303
To find out more visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.
WestGrid job scheduling explained
Martin Siegert, head of research computing and WestGrid site lead at Simon Fraser University, will give a talk by videoconference on November 16. Find out more about WestGrid job scheduling, how job priorities are calculated and how UBC researchers can get the most out of the WestGrid system.
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 16
Time: 12 noon
Location: Fipke Centre building, room FIP337
This talk is part of the WestGrid and Compute Canada Seminar Series. It is free and open to everyone. To RSVP, contact Collaboration and Visualization Specialist Todd Zimmerman.
Workshops at a glance
Here are some professional development workshops for faculty and staff at UBC's Okanagan campus in the next few weeks:
For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.
October 19, 2011
• Emotional pleas focus of extensive psychology study
• Nursing program partnership formed with Okanagan College
• Annual Salmon Feast teaches the history of the valley
• Six new Canada Research Chairs appointed at UBC
• Breakfast fund-raiser kicks off 2011 campus United Way campaign
• ShakeOut BC
• Sustainable Community Development Internal Grant Forum being held Oct. 26
• Support the Heat: 2011 PacWest Soccer Provincial Championship
• 2011 Workplace Experiences Survey: share your UBC experience
• IT, Media and Classroom Services update: email server upgrade
• Food for fines
• Farmers' market coming to UBC campus
• UBC student lands dream job after graduating
• Author gives Kelowna audience tips on how to live longer
• Making a smarter ski goggle in the middle of summer
• Concrete idea: using industrial waste in sustainable, creative ways
• New book: Q Skills for Success Reading and Writing 5
UBC Thrive week
Thrive week is in full swing at both UBC campuses this week. All events are no charge for members of either campus community.
For full details about the week's events visit the Thrive website or contact Tracey Hawthorn, WRAP coordinator, at 250-807-8183.
Upcoming German- and French-language film screenings: White Ghost and L'Auberge Espagnole
The German Film Society and the Department of Critical Studies have organized a pair of separate on-campus international film screenings.
Film: White Ghost
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 19 (today)
Time: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI337
Film: L'Auberge Espagnole
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 19 (today)
Time: 4 to 6 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART222
To find out more contact the Department of Critical Studies at 250-807-9399.
Don't stay in your office for coffee this Friday
Sponsored by IT, Media and Classroom Services, all faculty and staff are invited to the next Pitstop for coffee on Friday, Oct. 21.
Coffee, tea and a variety of pastries will be served for only $2 per person.
Date: Friday, Oct. 21
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Administration building, room ADM011
REEL Change SustainAbility Film Fest
The economics of happiness, climate action, industrial composting, species protection, intelligent manufacturing and a host of other topics will be addressed at the third-annual Fresh Outlook Foundation's REEL Change SustainAbility Film Fest, set for Friday and Saturday at UBC's Okanagan campus.
The film festival opens on Friday, Oct. 21 (7 p.m., Fipke Centre) with a screening and discussion of The Economics of Happiness.
A post-film panel discussion at this event will feature Ross Hickey, assistant professor of economics, and Mark Holder, associate professor of psychology.
The festival is sponsored by the Sustainability office and continues all day Saturday, with each film followed by a panel discussion featuring other local experts.
All films at the festival are free and open to the public. They will be shown in the Fipke Centre building.
For a full listing of the times and films being shown at the festival visit: www.freshoutlookfoundation.org
Latin American film festival
The next two screenings in this fall's Latin American film festival are on Oct. 24, with La niña santa directed by Lucrecia Martel, followed on Nov. 2 with Mamachas del Ring by director Betty M. Park.
La niÑa santa
Date: Monday, Oct. 24
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Arts and Sciences II building, room ASC130
Mamachas del Ring
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 2
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART386
To find out more about this film festival contact Jessica Stites Mor at 250-807-9655.
Provost's Forum on Open Access being held Oct. 25
Breaking Barriers and Sharing Knowledge in the Digital World
The campus community is invited to the upcoming Provost's Forum on Open Access: Breaking Barriers and Sharing Knowledge in the Digital World, being held next Tuesday.
Open Access is the movement behind unrestricted access to quality scholarly publications via the internet. Open Access seeks to increase exposure and use of scholarly output and enhances the advancement of scholarship.
The event will feature a panel discussion followed by a Provost-moderated discussion. Panel members include:
- Lawrence Berg, associate professor of human geography
- Chris Schneider, assistant professor of sociology
- Barbara Sobol, Learning Services librarian
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 25
Time: 3 to 4:15 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB306
To RSVP for this forum, contact Lynne McPherson.
Harold Rhenisch discusses Jena:
The University and the Garden
Acclaimed poet and writer Harold Rhenisch will be on campus next Wednesday to discuss his story Jena: The University and the Garden. The story looks at the German stretch of the 1000-year-old pilgrimage road from Spain to the Ukraine.
Rhenisch is a long-time resident of the Okanagan, and is celebrated for his pioneering work of Okanagan literary non-fiction Out of the Interior. He is the author of 27 books of poetry, fiction, essays, translation, and memoir.
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 26
Time: 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART204
This event is sponsored by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies' Reichwald Professorship in German Program.
To find out more contact the Department of Critical Studies at 250-807-9399.
Having fun getting fit?
Why exercise enjoyment is essential for sticking with it
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. Speakers in this series provide a half-hour presentation of their research, followed by an interactive discussion between the speaker and the audience.
This series continues in October with a talk by Mary Jung, assistant professor of health and exercise sciences, giving her talk Having fun getting fit? Why exercise enjoyment is essential for sticking with it.
There is no charge for this talk and it is open to everyone.
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 26
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: University Centre building, room UNC106
To find out more, contact the Research Services Office at 250-807-9412.
United Way Halloween barbecue
This year's United Way Halloween fundraiser barbecue is being held on October 27.
For a minimum donation of $3 get a burger (veggie or beef). For $5 get a combo: burger (veggie or beef), drink, popcorn and a Halloween treat.
There will also be a prize draw for a 19-inch flat-screen television.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 27
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Walkway between Fipke Centre building and Library building
Coast to Coast
Yuriy Zinchenko, from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Calgary, will give a talk by video conference on November 1 on the topic Optimization models and methods for radiation therapy treatment planning.
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Fipke Centre building,
This talk is part of the Coast to Coast Canadian Seminar Series. It is free and open to the public. To RSVP contact Collaboration and Visualization Specialist Todd Zimmerman.
Influenza vaccine clinics Nov. 2 and 9
All members of the campus community are eligible to receive the flu vaccine at clinics being held on Nov. 2 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The clinic will be located in the Administration building foyer.
The flu shot is available to all students, faculty and staff members for $5 plus a donation to the Food Exchange. All participants are asked to bring their Health Card.
Dates: Nov. 2 and 9
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Administration building foyer
To find out more, visit www.ubc.ca/okanagan/hse or contact Toni Harfield, occupational health nurse, at 250-807-8867.
Get in the mix: Students portfolio faculty and event-planning mingler planned for Nov. 2
The purpose of this mingler is simple: reach out to faculty and staff on campus and encourage them to get involved in some of the programming delivered by the AVP Students portfolio.
This event is similar to a Students portfolio awareness event -- organizers will be providing snacks and refreshments at the mingler, with opportunities for participants to find out more about upcoming events and partnership opportunities.
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 2
Time: 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: Arts building atrium
To find out more contact Chelsea Butchart, student events coordinator, at 250-807-9820.
Cultural Studies Annual Speaker: Jo-Ann Episkenew
Jo-Ann Episkenew, director of the Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre, will be in Kelowna next month as part of the Cultural Studies annual speaker program.
Embodied Storytelling, Embodied Research, and Decolonizing the Imagination
In this talk, Episkenew discusses her research into play activities that help Indigenous youth examine the decisions they make that affects their health.
Date: Thursday, Nov. 3
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200
Applied Literature and Health Research: A Close Reading of the Human Text
In this talk, Episkenew looks at her past, how her training in literature has helped her become a 'discipline shifter' and the possible contributions of literary studies to health research.
Date: Thursday, Nov. 3
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art -- 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna
To find out more about these talks, contact David Jefferess, chair of the cultural studies program, at 250-807-9359.
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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