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Sept. 19, 2018


Sep 20
Human Rights Pit Stop

Sep 20
Milkcraters of the Moon Reading Series: Michael Turner and dia kabunda

Sep 20
Make Kin, Not Babies: The Queer Future of
Reproductive Politics

Sep 22
What's the chemistry of colour?

Sep 25
Town Hall with Rehan Sadiq

Sep 26
PhD Dissertation Oral Defence: Nima Moallemi

Sep 26
LGBTQ+ Faculty & Staff Rendezvous

Sep 27
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Sep 28
Population health intervention research and evaluation for chronic disease prevention

Oct 2 and 3
The Politics of Tourism in the Okanagan and Beyond


Sep 19
Introduction to Research Data Management

Sep 20
Starting a Scholarly Research Project

Sep 21
Thesis Formatting

Sep 24
Positive Space Workshop

Sep 24
Writing the Research Proposal

Sep 25
MD Admissions Info Session

Sep 26
Writing a Research Data Management Plan

Oct 3
Mitacs: Foundations of Project Management

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Employee News

New upper campus access to UBC Okanagan officially opens

The City of Kelowna celebrated the opening of John Hindle Drive, the newest western access route to UBC’s Okanagan campus, in an official ribbon cutting ceremony on September 7.


Sept. 25: Open forum: Search for the next Dean of the Barber School

A global search for the next Dean of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences will begin shortly

To encourage input from the campus community an open forum will be held next Tuesday, September 25, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the University Centre Ballroom (UNC 200).

Your comments about the Dean search are also welcome via email to Cara Kirkey ( in the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal’s office.


Photo of Cornel West

Tickets for next Distinguished Speaker Series event available tomorrow


The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences' next speaker in its Distinguished Speaker Series is philosopher, political activist and author Cornel West on October 12.

Early bird tickets for the event will open tomorrow at 9 a.m., and a second round of tickets will be available on October 4 at 9 a.m.

To find out more, visit:

Turn intention into action

Get your all-access faculty and staff membership for just $220 and enjoy unlimited access to the Hangar fitness centre, group fitness classes and gymnasium drop-in until April.

Drop-in and 10-punch passes are also available.

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Thrive UBC logoWays to get involved with Thrive

Play a role during this year's Thrive Week. You can host an event or activity that supports mental health literacy through the Thrive 5: moving regularly, sleeping soundly, eating to feel nourished, helping others and connecting socially.

The Okanagan Thrive organizing committee is hosting two partner-planning meetings on September 19 from 9 to 10 a.m. in room ART 112 and on October 3 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in room ART 202.


Canadian Blood ServicesOct. 24: UBC Okanagan blood donor clinic

The UBC Okanagan Partners for Life team invites faculty and staff to donate blood on Wednesday, October 24. The clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the University Centre Ballroom (UNC 200).


Sept. 26: Registration opens for Not Myself Today initiative

For the first year at UBC Okanagan, the Not Myself Today initiative will be available within numerous UBC workplaces during Thrive Week.

Not Myself Today activities are meant to be simple and flexible enough to integrate with existing mental health initiatives.

Registration for Not Myself Today during Thrive Week will be open until September 26. To register or find out more, visit:

Oct. 11: Integrated Renewal Program information session about Workday

Staff and faculty are invited to meet leaders of the Integrated Renewal Program and learn more about Workday, UBC’s future enterprise system, on October 11.

The information session will outline the Workday implementation plan followed by a discussion on how it will affect members of the UBC community.


Oct. 30: Staff Pension Plan info session being offered

Thinking about retirement? Have questions about your pension benefits?

An Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan session is organized for October 5. It will be led by Pension Administrator Margaret Leathley. One-on-one retirement info sessions are also available upon request.


smartUBC offering eight-week mindfulness program and daily sessions

Train yourself to manage stress, employ self-care techniques and improve your overall mental and physical health with smartUBC's new eight-week program available to faculty and staff.

The program is being offered on Tuesdays from October 2 to November 20, which includes weekly two-hour sessions and a half-day silent retreat.

Daily mindfulness drop-in sessions are also available Monday through Friday, from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in room UNC 328. No experience required.

Election signs on campus

Election signs will soon be appearing along Kelowna streets, regulated by the City of Kelowna’s Election Sign Bylaw, which permits election signage on city property along public roadways.

Students in UBC residences are permitted to post election signs within the boundary of their accommodation premises. However, UBC is a non-partisan entity and election signage elsewhere on campus is not permitted and will be removed by Facilities Management.

Final improvements to Upper Campus Way

Street lights are currently being installed along the newly-opened Upper Campus Way. To accommodate this work, one traffic lane will be closed on Upper Campus Way and single-lane alternating traffic will be in effect for this and next week.

For your safety, please obey flaggers and signage and allow yourself extra time when accessing campus via Upper Campus Way during this period.

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UBC Stories
Miles Thorogood, instructor of digital media and computer science
Miles Thorogood, instructor of digital media and computer science.

Miles Thorogood recognized for research and creative practice

Miles Thorogood, instructor of digital media and computer science, is the recipient of two awards for outstanding soundscape and acoustic communication.


Shola Fashanu joined the Okanagan chapter of the Engineers Without Borders last year.
Shola Fashanu joined the Okanagan chapter of the Engineers Without Borders last year.

Making a difference in West Africa

While many students spent the spring and summer terms working to gain experience and some money, third-year mechanical engineering student Shola Fashanu was in Ghana working for a small start-up supported by Engineers Without Borders Canada.


Gino DiLabio is a professor and head of the Department of Chemistry
Gino DiLabio, professor and head of chemistry, says that the study may lead to the development of a pharmaceutical therapy to help prevent free radical damage.

Artificial anti-oxidant may be the next go-to supplement

Study shows TEMPO is up to 100 times more powerful than vitamin E

Researchers from the Barber School and the University of Bologna have discovered that TEMPO—a well-known artificial anti-oxidant—is up to 100 times more powerful than nature’s best and could help counteract everything from skin damage to Alzheimer’s Disease.


Hat Trick logoHat Trick program teams up with Victoria Grizzlies

Men’s healthy living program looking for a few more recruits

A healthy living program established by researchers in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences is being expanded to include Victoria residents.

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