newsEngineering PhD student Roberta Dyck wants to ensure public swimming pools offer the healthiest environment possible to swimmers and workers.
Engineering PhD student Roberta Dyck wants to ensure public swimming pools offer the healthiest environment possible to swimmers and workers.

What is lurking in your pool?

PhD student investigates what all those chemicals could be doing to swimmers

Engineering PhD student Roberta Dyck is a woman with a mission -- making swimming pools safe for all from the dreadful-sounding disinfection by-products (DBPs).

"All water -- including drinking water -- has naturally occurring organic materials, which can originate from leaves and other vegetation, that react with chlorine to produces chemicals called DBPs," explains Dyck. DBPs in drinking water have been associated with health risks such as cancer and reproductive disorders.

"This is why Health Canada has established guidelines for DBPs in our drinking water that aim to minimize any potential adverse health effects," she says. "But in most countries we don't have similar regulations in place for swimming pools, where chlorine is not only reacting with the naturally occurring material resulting from source water, but also with what swimmers bring into the pool with them -- sweat, urine, perfumes, hairspray, deodorant and skin excretions, to name a few."

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Kelly Koon Yee Wong
Kelly Koon Yee Wong

Faculty of Management recognizes three students

The Faculty of Management would like to congratulate several recent award winning students.

Kelly Koon Yee Wong, a Master of Management candidate has been awarded the first CFA Okanagan Award in Management. This award assists Wong with tuition costs as she continues her professional development by working toward her Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

She is a member of the first Master of Management class and plans to make her career in investment banking.

Undergraduate students Ge Ren and Kyla Stewart have also been awarded the Robert B. Harris Scholarship in Management. Ren is entering her second year and working towards her BMgt. Third year student Kyla Stewart is doing the same and is also the VP Academic for the Management Student Association.

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DVC Town Hall, Orientation Fair and annual barbecue organized for August 30

Deputy Vice-Chancellor's Town Hall

The Town Hall will include the presentation of the Staff Awards of Excellence.

Time: 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: UNC 200 (Ballroom)

Orientation Fair for new faculty and staff

Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
University Commons (behind the University Centre)

Faculty and staff barbecue

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: University Commons (behind the University Centre)

RSVPs to the faculty and staff barbecue are required by Thursday, August 23.

Email invitations to these events will be distributed to all faculty and staff members later in July. Please contact the Ceremonies Office at okanagan.ceremonies@ubc.ca for further information.

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Community Day 2012

Community Day is coming together

The UBC community is coming together again to organize Community Day on September 29. The theme for this year's event is Discover Your University and everyone on campus is invited to join in for a fun-filled day of discovery, learning, and connections.

In a shift this year, the main event hub will be in the Engineering, Management and Education building with a variety of activities, displays, talks, and tours.

For the third year running, the Sustainability Office will be providing tours of the Geo-Thermal Exchange building. This year's festivities will also include full campus and specialty tours.

For those interested in joining the activities, there is still time to confirm participation. Visit the Community Day website to fill out the Participation Form.

To find out more about Community Day, contact Suann Brown, Community Engagement Strategist, at 250-807-9950.

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Create New Student OrientationCreate Showcase open to all Okanagan campus departments and units

All Okanagan campus departments and units are invited to participate in this year's Create Showcase.

The Create Showcase is a resource fair for all new to UBC students. Part of the Create: New Student Orientation, the showcase is an excellent opportunity to engage new students that are joining UBC's Okanagan campus in September.

The showcase is on Tuesday, Sept. 4, and runs from 1 to 3 p.m. in the University Commons. It will be held rain or shine.

There is no charge for registration, which includes one table with a white tablecloth, and two chairs. Power is also available for those who request it.

To register or find out more visit the New to UBC website.

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Bike to Work week 2012

Bike to Work Week 2012 results

Tires of Fire bike highest total distance in Central Okanagan

Congratulations to those who participated in this year's UBC Bike to Work Week (BTWW) activities. This year's UBC team -- the Tires of Fire -- was recognized by regional BTWW organizers for biking the highest total distance of any team in the Central Okanagan. The team's final tally was an impressive 2,779 km.

Over 40 members of the campus community participated this year and a number of these participants were recognized for their efforts:

  • Ridiculous Relay Race winners: Brian Heichert and Ryan Pannell
  • Golden Gear winner (most kms cycled): Carrie Karsgaard, 235 km
  • Silver Gear: Trevor Odlum, 158 km
  • Bronze Gear: Ryan Pannell, 152 km
  • Winner of the Bicycle Buddy draw: Tracey Hawthorn and Andrea Osachoff
  • Attendance draw: Shelby Wolfe

Prizes awarded were a mix of Choices, Tim Hortons and Fresh Air Experience gift cards. The Gear winners were awarded bicycle gear medals for their long-distance efforts.

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Create organizers call
for volunteers

Create organizers are looking for some helping hands.

Campus community members are needed to help with early morning setup, lunch service and the Create Showcase that runs throughout the afternoon on orientation day.

To volunteer, or find out more, visit the Create website or contact Leah Donatiello, orientation coordinator, at 250-807-8632.

Create New Student Orientation

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Kerry Hynes joins Facilities Management

Kerry Hynes has joined the Facilities Management team.

Moving from the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal's office, Hynes is now working in the Facilities Management office located in ADM 130 I.

She will be the first point of contact for general inquiries, work order requests and will be working closely with the Work Order System to ensure efficient service to the entire campus.

Kerry Hynes

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research spotlight

In the news...

Helping new trees thrive in organic orchards

When she moved from Saskatchewan to British Columbia eight years ago, Louise Nelson brought with her over 100 strains of soil bacteria that she wanted to test against tree fruit replant disease, a disease that affects young trees planted in old apple orchard blocks.

Replant disease happens around the world, but what causes this problem is not understood. When growers pull out old trees out of their orchards and put in their places new varieties, the new trees do not always thrive. Some explanations have been proposed, with one theory suggesting that perhaps when the same species are grown in the same place for a long time, a population of soil pathogens may be built up that negatively affects the new seedlings.

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In the news...

Protected Habitat Shrunk for U.S. Endangered Species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) consistently disregarded scientific advice when determining how much land to protect for endangered species during the George W. Bush Administration, a new study shows. The analysis, which includes decisions made between 2002 and 2007, shows that the agency was much more likely to ignore expert advice to increase protected areas. Instead, the agency typically ended up cutting the amount recommended by scientists, often by a sizeable amount.

The findings are "pretty damning," says conservation biologist Karen Hodges of the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, in Canada, who was not involved in the research. "It's devastating that a federal agency responsible for endangered species is asking experts for advice and consistently ignoring that advice."

She says the findings are consistent with a paper she published in 2008, which showed that FWS preferred using biological criteria, such as proximity to a nest or den, that tend to minimize the amount of critical habitat.

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A virtual introduction to Blackboard

Interested in attending an overview of the Okanagan campus' new learning management system from the home or office? This 20 minute online session will provide attendees with a brief overview of the following concepts.

  • What happened to WebCT Vista courses and how to get course content transferred to the new Blackboard system
  • How students access Blackboard courses
  • What online supports are available for new Blackboard users
  • The key Blackboard concepts needed to start placing content in Blackboard
  • Additional supports that are available

An internet-connected computer with speakers or a headset will be required to take part in this session. The web link for the workshop will be emailed to registered participants the day prior.

Dates: July 19 and Aug. 7
Time: 9 a.m.

To register for this session, visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

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An Introduction to BEN

The School of Health and Exercise Sciences' Nutrition Education Center is offering a new health promoting program for staff and faculty this summer.

BEN (behaviour modification, exercise and nutrition education) helps faculty and staff to facilitate healthy lifestyles and healthy weight through education and skill development.

Date: Thursdays, from July 26 to August 23
12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
Human Resources boardroom, room ADM006

To participate or find out more about the BEN workshops, contact Deb Deorksen at 250-807-8861.

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Video production boot camp

This workshop is designed for faculty and staff members that want to incorporate video into their class curriculum, research, promotional, or archival tool kit. It will provide participants with a good understanding of the video production process, techniques, and equipment necessary to create high-quality videos.

Dates: August 7, 8 and 9
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day
Location: Administration building, room ADM011

There is no charge to attend this workshop, but space is limited. To register, visit the Media Centre website.

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Essential Administrative Skills Series: Microsoft Publisher 2010

Create, customize and publish print-ready brochures, newsletters, labels, e-files, and more. Work from templates or create your own design to produce professional-looking documents.

Dates: Aug. 7 and 9
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre building, room FIP129
Cost: $200 (includes HST)

This workshop is part of the Essential Administrative Skills series. Visit the series' online schedule to find out more. To register, visit the Human Resources website.

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Faculty instructional skills seminar

This workshop is designed to enhance learning environment facilitation skills for new and experienced faculty members. The three-day experience will involve learning and applying instructional design in the creation of mini-lessons that will be taught to the group.

Learn to write learning outcomes, use common instructional techniques and resources, evaluate learning, develop lesson plans, give and receive constructive feedback, as well as increase confidence as an instructor.

Feedback will be provided and incorporated in further mini-lessons and peer evaluations.

Dates: Aug. 13 to 15
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon each day
Location: Library building, room LIB305

To register for this session, visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

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Workshops at a glance

Here are some professional development workshops for faculty and staff at UBC's Okanagan campus over the next few weeks:

July 19
Writing a Literature Review

July 24
Charting Your Path to Greater Self Awareness and Career Development

July 24
Writing a Grant Proposal

July 25
Accessing and Using Course Reserves at UBC

July 25
Academic Writing for Graduate Students

July 26
Creating and Adding Course Content in Blackboard Connect

July 26
Communicating in Blackboard Connect

July 26
Assessments in Blackboard Connect

July 26
Writing a Thesis or Dissertation Proposal

July 31
Adobe Acrobat: Electronic Forms

July 31
Preparing Your Curriculum Vitae or Resume

August 1
Academic Writing for Graduate Students

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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July 18, 2012


What is lurking in your pool?
Faculty of Management recognizes three students
DVC Town Hall, Orientation Fair and annual barbecue on August 30
Community Day is coming together
Create Showcase open to all departments and units
Bike to Work Week 2012 results
Create organizers call for volunteers


Kerry Hynes joins Facilities Management

Research Spotlight

Helping new trees thrive in organic orchards
Protected Habitat Shrunk for U.S. Endangered Species


Paddle for Africa

Global Nursing Citizens is partnering with Kelowna Rent a Boat for a fundraiser on August 11.

Paddle for Africa will feature paddleboard rentals and races, a silent auction and an evening boat ride on Okanagan Lake.

All of the proceeds from this event will go to support UBC's Okanagan campus nursing students and their ongoing work in Ghana and Zambia.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 11
Time: 9 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
(park activities); 10:30 p.m. (evening boat ride)
Location: Kelowna City Park -- 1600 Abbott St.

To find out more visit the Paddle for Africa fundraiser page.

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Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention

Sing-along for health and well-being

Examining the benefits of singing groups for older adults

Elisabetta Corvo, PhD candidate at Canterbury Christ Church University in the United Kingdom, will be in Kelowna on August 30 to share the first findings of her research project regarding the impact and benefits of the participatory singing and music-making Silver Song Clubs.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 30
3 to 4 p.m.
the Regency Theatre at Missionwood Retirement Resort -- 1075 Barnes Ave., Kelowna

There is no charge for this visiting scholar presentation but online RSVPs are required. To RSVP visit silversong.eventbrite.ca.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention and the Sing For Your Life Foundation, B.C.

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Okanagan campus to host Lake Country trade show Sept. 25

The campus community has a good opportunity to find out more about Lake Country businesses and services on September 25.

The Turn Left and Come Out to Lake Country Trade Show, which is being held on campus, will showcase a large selection of the community. The event will also feature food, refreshments, prizes and number of small- to medium-sized businesses will be showcased at the trade show.

This event is sponsored by the Office of the AVP Administration and Finance and is open to all faculty and staff.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 25
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200

Registration for the trade show will open in August.

To find out more contact Christine Simon, Executive Assistant to the AVP Admin and Finance, at 250-807-8560.

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