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April 15, 2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and UBC's response

The University of British Columbia, including the Okanagan campus, is responding to the spread of COVID-19 virus.

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New online wellness centre available via Canvas

The new Wellness Centre: Online provides undergraduate and graduate students access to self-care modules and resources that will be continually updated, including:

  • sessions with nurses, counsellors and peers
  • wellness tips
  • community connection and support

To enrol or find out more, visit:

April 22: Stress relaxation techniques

minds and bodies need rest and recovery breaks to reduce the effects of stress

At this seminar, learn more about the stress response and how it works, the importance of managing stress for optimal health and practice some stress-reducing exercises.

The seminar takes place from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on April 22. Visit Morneau Shepell to register or find out more.

Engineering co-op students available for research

With COVID-19’s impact on the Canadian economy, a greater than usual number of engineering co-op students are currently available.

Faculty members are encouraged to consider hiring UBCO engineering students for remote research opportunities this summer.


Current staff postings

UBC Stories
Rebecca Tyson, professor of mathematical biology.

Rebecca Tyson, professor of mathematical biology.

Extreme opinions can impact the spread of a pandemic, says UBC prof

Research links polarization, echo chambers to the spread of disease

Understanding how disease is passed from one individual to another has long been key to protecting populations from diseases like COVID-19.

But new research from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences suggests that polarized opinions and apathy towards taking action can move through society like a virus and can seriously endanger efforts to contain a pandemic.


Assistant Professor Mahmudur Fatmi wants to hear how COVID-19 has impacted people’s travel, whether it’s running errands, going on a road trip or a cancelling that trip of a lifetime.
Assistant Professor Mahmudur Fatmi wants to hear how COVID-19 has impacted people’s travel, whether it’s running errands, going on a road trip or a cancelling that trip of a lifetime.

UBCO professor researching the impact of COVID-19 on travel restrictions

Online survey examines out-of-home and in-home activities

The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted everyone in Canada and around the world. While people are being asked to stay at home and maintain social distancing, a UBC Okanagan professor is collecting data about people’s travel habits.


Nancy Holmes, poet and associate professor.
Nancy Holmes, poet and associate professor.

UBC professor offers poetry in troubled times

UBCO's Nancy Holmes explains why we turn to poetry in the face of adversity

In this unprecedented time of fear, bewilderment and isolation, poetry is a beacon. It speaks to the complex emotions that are unleashed at times like this, says Nancy Holmes, poet and associate professor in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.


Free mental health support available to all BC residents

UBCO collaborates with BCPA and province to offer psychological first-aid service

All British Columbians now have access to free, psychological first-aid thanks to a collaboration between UBC Okanagan, the BC Psychological Association, and the province.


Short story contest winners announced

As with many events this spring, The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies' short story contest winners were announced at a virtual venue.

Carol Zuckerman, a recent graduate from the Master of Fine Arts program took the top prize this year with her story Trout.


Library launches new season of Frequencies

The UBC Okanagan Library is launching the fifth season of its podcast Frequencies. This season explores the topic of community.

In the first episode, Community Engagement Librarian Donna Langille talks with poet and FCCS Associate Professor Nancy Holmes.

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