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March 21, 2018


Mar 21
Embrace Aging: Estate planning essentials

Mar 21
500 Years: Life in Resistance

Mar 22
Activism and Social Change in Postwar Guatemala

Mar 22
Building the Himalaya: Implications of Techtonometamorphic Discontinuities

Mar 22
Graduate Collegium Totally Fun Thursday Event

Mar 22
Embrace Aging: Transitions in care

Mar 22
Is public willingness to pay farmers for ecosystem services sufficient to support agri-environmental programs for agriculture?

Mar 22
We Animals: Stories of Love and Liberation

Mar 22
12th Man: Soccer Culture and the Shaping of Eastern Europe

Mar 23
Viral Objects Reception

Mar 24
Embrace Aging: Introduction to Pickleball

Mar 24
Embrace Aging:

Mar 26
PhD Oral Exam: Hassan Mohammadnavazi

Mar 26
Embrace Aging: Mingle Mondays

Mar 27
Alternative Housing Models: Future of Kelowna

Mar 27
Embrace Aging: Spinal arthritis

Mar 28
Ottawa and Empire: Canada and the 2009 Military Coup in Honduras

Mar 29
Embrace Aging: Cyber security

Apr 5
Physical activity or sedentary behavior in children


Mar 21
MS Office Word Expert

Mar 21
MD Admissions Info Session

Mar 21
Selecting Quality Journals for Publishing Your Research

Mar 22
MS Office PowerPoint

Mar 23
Publishing an Article: Manage Your Rights to Make Your Publications Widely Available

Mar 29
MS Office Publisher

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Top faculty members receive prestigious Researchers of The Year awards

Engineering, FCCS and Nursing professors named Researchers of the Year

From smart building materials, to innovative public art, to improved palliative care, UBC Okanagan's Researchers of the Year are pushing the boundaries of human knowledge and developing new ways to improve their communities.


Building a more inclusive campus community

In Professor Ono's latest blog post, he discusses how the new Campus Climate Survey will help us better understand experiences with diversity at UBC.


UBC Cybersecurity graphic

High-risk websites to be blocked starting Friday

On Friday, March 23, UBC Cybersecurity will be implementing network security upgrades at UBC’s Okanagan campus for all wired connections and the ubcsecure wireless network.


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Do you have your tickets yet?

Support UBC Okanagan student athletes at the 13th annual Athletics Scholarship Breakfast on Friday, April 6. Featuring keynote speaker Mike Shaw.

Buy your tickets today: $125 each or $1,250 per table.


National Co-op and WIL Week

Join the national celebration of co-operative education and work-integrated learning (WIL) this week. Students, faculty, and staff are invited find out more about the UBC Okanagan Co-op Education program.


UBC Survey tool infographic

Tomorrow: Training available for new UBC survey tool

UBC's new survey tool is available for use and Okanagan Planning and Institutional Research has organized a training session tomorrow for all interested faculty, staff and graduate students.

To register for a session or find out more, visit:

To find out more about additional training and online resources for Qualtrics, visit:

Tomorrow: Second Annual Recycling 101 event

What goes where and why?

Bring your colleagues and your mug to the courtyard tomorrow for a free cup of coffee/cocoa and learn more about UBC Okanagan’s waste diversion programs while you test your sorting knowledge and take the pledge to improve your 'green' behaviours.


Pair of Minds and Music Concerts set for spring

Events feature renowned classical musicians combined with informal lectures by faculty experts and artists

The Minds and Music concert series returns on March 27 and April 3 for a pair of concerts that look at music as a language of emotions and romance.

Both concerts take place at 12:30 p.m. in the UNC Ballroom. There is no charge for either concert and no registration is required.

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Experience UBC students were divided into groups and tasked with combining words with movements during the Creative and Critical Studies session
Experience UBC students were divided into groups and tasked with combining words with movements during the Creative and Critical Studies session.

Experience UBC post-event feedback

Experience UBC 2018, held on February 14, drew nearly 800 grade 10 and 11 students to UBC's Okanagan campus from across the Okanagan and Nicola Valleys.

Their excitement and eagerness to explore was evident as soon as they stepped foot on campus.


Video conferencing available to faculty and staff

Faculty and staff at UBC’s Okanagan campus now have access to the UBC Collaboration Suite (Skype for Business).

The new service allows users to collaborate over video conference; share computer screens and securely transfer files to colleagues. Register to attend a training session.


Today: Campus Health is taking a one-day stand against smoking

Campus Health is taking today to host a one-day stand against smoking on campus.

A mobile info booth will be travelling across campus until 11 a.m. engaging with the campus community about smoking cessation options, smoke-free campus information and lung carbon monoxide testing.

To find out more, visit:

March 26: Celebrate the Golden Apple Awards and VOICE 4 results

Join Campus Health on March 26 as they present this year's Golden Apple Awards and the results from VOICE 4, the latest edition of UBC Okanagan's longitudinal health research project.

The event takes place March 26 at 12 noon in the EME building's lower Richard S. Hallisey Atrium.

Apr. 30: UBC Faculty Pension Plan seminar

Understanding Your Retirement Income Options

The UBC Faculty Pension Plan is holding a seminar on April 30 at 10 a.m. for faculty members interested in finding out more about the income and investment choices available from the pension.

Various income options will be discussed in detail, along with working beyond age 65 and investment considerations during retirement. One-on-one sessions are also available by emailing Lorraine Heseltine by April 13.

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UBC Stories
Shahria Alam, one of UBC Okanagan's 2018 Researchers of the Year.
Shahria Alam was named UBC Okanagan Natural Sciences and Engineering Researcher of the Year.

Smart-bridge technology could lead to cheaper and safer infrastructure

Researchers look to memory alloys over steel reinforcement

Researchers in the School of Engineering have determined that smart memory alloys are a safer and more cost-effective alternative to steel reinforced concrete bridges in earthquake-prone areas like the BC lower mainland.


Nancy Holmes, who is co-investigator with Border Free Bees, was named 2018 UBC Okanagan Researcher of the Year in the Social Sciences and Humanities.
Nancy Holmes, who is co-investigator with Border Free Bees, was named UBC Okanagan Social Sciences and Humanities Researcher of the Year.

Kelowna residents urged to be a Bee Ambassador this year

Border Free Bees lands additional funding to increase scope of project

FCCS' Border Free Bees research project is encouraging local residents to 'bee' friendly this summer.


Barb Pesut was named 2018 UBC Okanagan Health Researcher of the Year.
Barb Pesut was named UBC Okanagan Health Researcher of the Year.

UBC researcher tackles the complexity of palliative care

National study underway to explore nurse's role in end-of-life care

Faculty of Health and Social Development researcher Barb Pesut has spent her career working on ways to improve the quality of end-of-life healthcare, especially for people in rural communities.


Ryan Hoiland was named 2018 UBC Okanagan PhD Researcher of the Year.
Ryan Hoiland was named UBC Okanagan PhD Researcher of the Year.

UBC study suggests antioxidants may not help with altitude sickness

Researchers take knowledge of how high altitude affects the brain to new heights

A new UBC study is using a high-altitude expedition to better understand how reduced oxygen levels affect the brain and whether antioxidant supplements—commonly sold and marketed as a remedy for altitude sickness—are effective.


Vice-Provost and Dean of UBC Okanagan's College of Graduate Studies Miriam Grant (far left) poses with biology student Corrina Thomsen; chemistry student Matthew Noestheden; Stephanie McKeown, director, Okanagan Planning and Institutional Research; Paul van Donkelaar, associate vice-principal research; Susan Porter, vice-provost and dean UBC Vancouver's Faculty of Graduate Studies; biology student Sydney Morgan; social work student Tanya MacKeigan; electrical engineering student Franzi Tschurtschenthaler and interdisciplinary studies student John Henderson.
Participants and organizers from this year's UBC Okanagan 3MT final.

Researcher flying high after winning 3MT final

Unique presentation of thesis leads to top points

PhD student Sydney Morgan won UBC Okanagan's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on March 6, with a presentation of her research into native or indigenous yeasts that can make exceptional wines.


The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) is a Canadian radio telescope located at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory
The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) is a Canadian radio telescope located at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory

UBC astrophysicist to explain dark matter, energy and dawn of the cosmos

Audience to learn about the early expansion of the universe and the role of CHIME in deciphering its mysteries

For anyone who has ever looked into the night sky and wondered how it all came to be, the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences is hosting an evening on Saturday with UBC astrophysicist Mark Halpern.


Picture of the UBC Okanagan Emergency First Response Team

Uniquely Okanagan: UBC emergency first response student team

The UBC Okanagan Emergency First Response Team is a student volunteer operated organization, led by Residence Life, that provides 24/7 first responder support to the campus.


Award-winning Canadian photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur is hosting a public talk and gallery showing of her work while in Kelowna
Award-winning Canadian photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur is hosting a public talk and gallery showing of her work while in Kelowna.

Acclaimed animal advocate, photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur visits UBC

Gallery reception, public talk part of weeklong visit

Jo-Anne McArthur, an award-winning Canadian photojournalist and founder of We Animals, will be one of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies’ 2018 Visiting Scholars. McArthur is spending this week working with students and faculty.

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