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Oct. 4, 2017


October 5
The Science of Happiness: What We Know and How We Can Use it to Improve Society

October 6
Busting BA Myths in Order to Design for a New Future

October 10
PHD Dissertation Oral Exam: Masoud Haghi Kashani

October 12
Creativity, Universities and Regional Socio-Economic Development

October 12
PINTS Speaker Series

October 12
Iron Pin Ceremony

October 13
MSc Thesis Oral Exam: Mathew Rieger

October 13
PhD Dissertation Oral Exam: Mohammad Paknahad

October 13
The Carotid Bodies: the henchmen of cardiorespiratory disease

October 15
Iron Ring Orientation

October 17
MSc Thesis Oral Exam: Ryan Simair

October 17
PhD Dissertation Oral Exam: Gizachew Demissie

October 24
Priorities and challenges in rural Indigenous palliative care: Cultural safety revisited


Positive Space Workshop

Copyright Essentials for Thesis Writing

October 5
Staff Pension Plan workshop

October 5, 6, 11
and 12
Go Global Info Session

October 5
Creating Thesis Statements

October 5
Researching for the Literature Review

October 9
Developing Minds: Positive Space

October 10
Introduction to Research Ethics

October 11
Writing the Literature Review

October 12
QPR Suicide Prevention Training

October 12
Writing for the Academic Job Market

October 17
Crafting Perfect Paragraphs

October 18
Diversifying Your Research Career

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Employee News

UBC Okanagan Partners for Life Program Champions Natalie Murdoch (School of Nursing) and Warren Brock (Southern Medical Program) with their Honouring Our Lifeblood national award from Canadian Blood Services.

UBC team recognized for increasing blood donations on campus

Team-based approach to saving lives recognized nationally by Canadian Blood Services

The UBC Okanagan Partners for Life Team was recently recognized at the 2017 Canadian Blood Services Honouring Our Lifeblood award ceremony for significantly increasing the number of blood donations from students, faculty, staff and alumni.


Falcons Play for United Way on July 8

United Way BBQ: Tuesday, Oct. 10

The UBC Okanagan United Way campaign kicks off October 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a barbecue fundraiser in the central courtyard. $5 gets you a burger (beef or veggie) and a drink.

For extra fun, teams will compete in the Flip ‘n Fun Great Pancake Race at 12:30 p.m. Come out to race or cheer on the competitors, including the Loose Moose from Big White and UBC Okanagan's own Heat Athletics mascot Scorch. Enter your department’s team by Oct. 9 for a chance to win the Golden Frying Pan trophy.

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United Way Book Sale: Wednesday, Oct. 11

Always a popular fundraiser for the United Way, the Library Book Sale is your chance to pick up some new-to-you books and DVDs.

Donations of books (cookbooks and novels are especially popular), CDs and DVDs, are gratefully accepted at the Library Service Desk.

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United Way coffee and games: Friday, Oct. 13

Take a break with your colleagues on Friday morning

Bring two dollars for this special United Way Pit Stop in the UNC Ballroom (UNC200) from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Enjoy coffee or tea, and pastries, and bring another two dollars to enter the second-annual Office Triathlon.

If you’d like to volunteer at any of the United Way events this fall, contact Bud Mortenson or visit the UBC Okanagan United Way volunteer page.

Community dialogue: Strategies for navigating our differences

How do we better engage with and respond to conflicting ideas?

Join the Equity and Inclusion Office on October 10 for a facilitated community dialogue session and learn strategies to better navigate differences.

Open to students, staff and faculty, the dialogue will touch on the right to free speech in the context of UBC's commitment to civility and respect.


Louise Sidley, left, and David Sidley speak to family and friends gathered after the sculpture “Pair of Deer” was officially unveiled at UBC's Okanagan campus.
Louise Sidley, left, and David Sidley with the sculpture “Pair of Deer.”

Preventing damage to courtyard deer

The campus community is reminded that climbing the deer sculptures in the central courtyard is not permitted, as it poses a safety concern and in recent months has caused damage to the bronze sculptures.

Appreciate and respect the art in our outdoor spaces and indoor locations across campus. Visit the Public Art Collection website for more information.


Children's health is the focus of Mini-Med 2017

Starting October 18, alumni UBC presents the 2017 Mini-Med public health education series

On Wednesday evenings from October 18 to November 8, hear from experts who are driven to make a difference in the health and well-being of children.

Register and find out more at:

Take the Clean Desk Test

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and faculty and staff are encouraged to learn more about their role and responsibilities in protecting data at UBC.

Test your security knowledge by taking the online Clean Desk Test and you can enter to win an iPad mini or $50 Best Buy gift card.


Reminder: Road construction safety

A variety of road projects are underway on and around UBC Okanagan that will improve access to transit, allow completion of the Teaching and Learning Centre and improve access to campus from the west.

Construction of roads, buildings and pedestrian paths will cause some short-term inconvenience. Use caution when travelling near the construction sites, pay close attention to flag people and respect fencing in place.


Call for Applications: Invited International Distinguished Visitor Award

The Invited International Distinguished Visitor Fund provides opportunities for faculty members to invite international colleagues to visit UBC and share their research and expertise with the campus community.

The award is for $5,000 and the deadline for submissions is October 15.


macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) currently being tested

Until compatibility has been assured for UBC Okanagan systems, and all vendors support this release of macOS, IT, Media & Classroom Services will not be performing upgrades or shipping new systems with macOS 10.13 (High Sierra).


Thrive Recipe Contest currently underway

Share your favourite healthy snack recipe for a chance to win great prizes

Cook your way to fame at both UBC campuses. Contest runs from September 25 to October 9.


UBC Stories
A group of women celebrate community and connectedness through dance and music at the annual ladies party hosted in Oliver, BC. (photo contributed)
A group of women celebrate community and connectedness through dance and music at the annual ladies party hosted in Oliver, BC. (photo contributed)

Small towns need to do more to help immigrants feel they belong

UBC study shows programs and services can't be 'one size fits all'

UBC researchers have determined that efforts to make immigrant diasporas feel welcome in small, rural towns often miss the mark—despite the good intentions.


Regular exercise benefits those with spinal cord injuries

Conclusive evidence is supported by hundreds of studies, according to UBC researcher

What's true for the general population is doubly true for those living with disabilities.


Faculty of Education's Carly Bokor shows Paramount Chief of the Nabdam Region how to use the Foldscope.
The Faculty of Education's Carly Bokor shows Paramount Chief of the Nabdam Region how to use the Foldscope.

Pocket-sized microscope brings science lessons in Africa into focus

UBC educators share simple tool with schools in Ghana and Uganda

The Foldscope—a 50-cent paper microscope about the size of a bookmark—was meant to inspire and change the world.

And thanks to teachers with the Faculty of Education, that change has made its way into West Africa.


Cannabis flower. Credit: Antoine Collet/Flickr
Cannabis flower. Credit: Antoine Collet/Flickr

UBC and TRU team up to explore useful bio-products found in cannabis

Partnership with licenced industry grower expands research potential

Researchers at UBC Okanagan and Thompson Rivers University have teamed up with an industry partner to investigate the many useful products that can be made from cannabis.


Associate professor Soheil Mahmoud (second from right) with his research team at UBC Okanagan's lavender field.
Associate professor Soheil Mahmoud (second from right) with his research team at UBC Okanagan's lavender field.

Purple plant is on the defensive

Lavender is more than just a nice smelling and calming plant

While lavender has long been known for its strong scent and soothing oils, a Barber School researcher is exploring the plant's ability to create natural pesticides.


Students produce new United Way video

Over the past summer, a team of four UBC Okanagan students worked with the United Way to produce a new video showcasing the important work of United Way-funded partner organizations in the community.

Developed by Daniel Leung, Katila Whiteman, Sarah Mae Polak and Sam Eastman, the video also outlines the impact of your financial support.

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UBC-KEDGE Wine Industry Collaboration logoTalks to explore facets of wine territory identity

Discussions consider ideas like voice, creativity, collaboration and cohesion

Most individuals would say their identity consists of much more than what meets the eye. According to researchers in the Faculty of Management, the same can be said for wine territories.


UBC experts commit to mental health research

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week across Canada

More than six million Canadians suffer from a mental illness. As Canadians reflect on how best to accommodate this ever-growing demographic during Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 1 to 7), researchers at UBC Okanagan are investigating the potential causes and its management.

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  • Exploding brains in Mars
    Health and Exercise Sciences graduate students Mike Tymko and Lindsay Boulet are examining how the low-gravity experiences are effecting the health of astronauts.
    The Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative (SAMHI) is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to supporting the mental health of Canadian post-secondary student-athletes.
  • Create 2017
    Highlights from the 2017 Create New Student Orientation.

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