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Nov. 21, 2018


Nov 21
PhD Dissertation Oral Defence: Matthew Noestheden

Nov 21
Bring patients back to the PROM

Nov 21
Modelling the Late Pleistocene Human Expansion

Nov 21
PhD Dissertation Oral Defence: Sumeet Sekhon

Nov 21
Community Water Forum: Fire and Flood

Nov 22
MSc Thesis Oral Defence: Kishoare Tamanna

Nov 22
MSc Thesis Oral Defence: Wyatt T. Slattery

Nov 22
Alternative Migrant Economies and Community Cultural Development: Philippine-Canada Migrant Connections

Nov 23
MSc Thesis Oral Defence: Bita Nazyab

Nov 23
United Way Campaign Pit Stop

Nov 23
Alpine Hydrogeology: The Critical Role of Groundwater in Sourcing the Headwaters of the World

Nov 23
Market States, Sentiment, and Momentum in the Corporate Bond Market

Nov 23
School of Nursing Global Gala

Nov 28
MASc Thesis Oral Defence: Yonghui Lu

Nov 29
MASc Thesis Oral Defence: Mahdieh Alialkhiabani

Nov 29
PhD Dissertation Oral Defence: Mehrbod Estaki

Nov 30
Bioinformatic Approaches for Microbiome Personalized Medicine

Dec 3
MSc Thesis Oral Defence: Bradley Kievit

Dec 4
MSc Thesis Oral Defence: Erica Abbie


Nov 21
Positive Space Workshop

Nov 22
Excel Expert: Functions, Forms and Data

Nov 23
Excel Expert: Database Management

Nov 23, 26 and 30
Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s Application Writing Drop-In Session

Nov 27
Pathways to Permanent Residence

Nov 28
Selecting Quality Journals for Publication

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Dec. 12: UBC Okanagan Nobel Night returns

Each December, Nobel Prize medals are presented to some of the world’s most outstanding contributors to physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, peace and economics.

In celebration, UBC Okanagan hosts Nobel Night—an opportunity to learn about the Nobel Laureates and their world-changing ideas from a panel of distinguished professors.


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Friday morning: United Way Celebration Pit Stop

The UBC Okanagan United Way campaign hosts a celebration Pit Stop on Friday morning (Nov. 23), from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the University Centre Ballroom.

Make your own breakfast bowls, enjoy breakfast snacks and coffee, mingle with your colleagues – and bring a donation for the United Way.


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What will inspire you to work at UBC in 2025?

Share your thoughts to shape UBC’s future workplace

Human Resources is collecting student, faculty and staff thoughts in a brief survey at

The survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete and closes on December 9, 2018.

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New toner recycling program introduced

In IT, Media and Classroom Services' ongoing efforts to meet the university's sustainability goals as well as reduce and redirect waste from the landfill, the department is introducing a new campus-wide toner recycling program.


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Winter weather safety reminder

The Okanagan valley has had an interesting mix of cooler and warmer weather this fall, and Facilities Management wants you to know they are well-prepared for when snow and ice returns to campus.

Facilities Management's regular winter duties on campus include sweeping snow from walkways and parking lots as well as depositing ice-melt and sand to prevent slips and falls.


Dec. 2: Sprout Film Festival

UBC's Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship celebrates the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities by co-hosting the Sprout Film Festival on December 2.

This afternoon of short films featuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is a free event and donations to the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank are welcome.


Dec. 3: Okanagan Research Forum

20+ speakers. 100+ participants. 4 sessions. 20+ posters.

Hosted by the Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services (BRAES) and the Institute for Community Engaged Research (ICER), the Okanagan Research Forum: Eating the Okanagan will explore change in local food systems.  


Dec. 4: Influencing Without Authority workshop

The acid test of a good plan is the willingness of others to implement it

A key skill relevant to leaders at all levels is the ability to positively influence people in a way that others willingly alter their thoughts and plans. In this workshop, participants will learn to hone their ideas to maximize acceptance by their stakeholder groups.

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UBC Stories
The study shows that repetitive impacts of a soccer ball on a player’s head could cause damage to the cells of the nervous system. Credit: Shutterstock
The study shows that repetitive impacts of a soccer ball on a player’s head could cause damage to the cells of the nervous system. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Keep your head out of the game, suggests new UBC research

Study evaluates effect of heading a ball in soccer

The soccer ball is racing at a speed of 80 km/hr when the player uses their head to redirect it and score. Their team wins the game — but at what cost? UBC Okanagan research suggests the price is high.


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BARK program helps local kids with their social skills

Young children learn from team of therapy dogs

Next Tuesday, children and dogs are going to take over the foyer of the Engineering, Management and Education building.


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Engineering One Design Competition Showcase to feature life-saving projects

engineering students tasked with designing a safer donation bin

First-year engineering students at UBC Okanagan have been tasked with solving a pressing need that may save lives.


Hilla Shlomi, director of the Social Work Walk-In Clinic.
Hilla Shlomi, director of the Social Work Walk-In Clinic.

UBC Okanagan offers its expertise to struggling parents

Pilot walk-in clinic open to the public

The School of Social Work Mental Health Clinic is a key partner in the new on-campus walk-in well-being clinic. The clinic is specifically designed to support parents who have concerns about their children’s mental health.


Three UBC Okanagan students awarded women in tech scholarships

Computer science and math students hope the award will inspire others

In BC, women make up 20 per cent of the high-tech workforce, far less than the national average according to the BC Tech Association. But those statistics are changing thanks in part to three young women from the Barber School.

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  • Hydrail for the Okanagan
    Holger Busche and Assoc. Prof. of Engineering Gord Lovegrove sit down at Kelowna's Innovation Centre to discuss hydrogen-powered rail (hydrail) transportation for the Okanagan.
  • Hydrail for the Okanagan: Q&As
    Answering various questions from Kelowna citizens and business leaders, Holger Busche and Gord Lovegrove answer questions about a hydrail system for the Okanagan.

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