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jan. 20, 2021


Growth and Success for International Students

Cross Country Skiing

January 10 to 30
Living Things Festival 2021: The Collective Body

January 11 to 22
Undergraduate Student Winter Orientation & Winter Welcome Activities

Jan. 20
Lunch and Lift Workshop

January 21
Climate Change and Human Rights Litigation

January 21
In Camps: Vietnamese Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Repatriates

January 22
The Chess Tournament

January 23
Snow Shoe Tours

January 23
Student Leadership Conference

January 27 to February 24
Wednesday Virtual Art Classes

January 27
Corporations, Moral Personhood and the Criminal Law: Much Ado about [almost] Nothing

January 28 to February 25
Thursday Virtual Art Classes

January 28
Bell Let’s Talk

January 29
Varieties of Austerity

February 1
Movement Break Challenge

February 1
Virtual Kick-Off Walk

February 1
Neurodecolonization, Mindfulness, and the Medicine Wheel: An Indigenous model of traditional wellness


Teaching Online Learning Community

Online Writing Communities

CTL Virtual Drop-in Hours

Maximizing Motivation, Focus and Wellness

Journey Together

Ergo Your Posture

Dream Appreciation Group

January 21
Anti-Racist Teaching Series: Identity Matters: Connecting Power, Privilege and Bias to Anti-Racism Work

January 22
What I Learned In Class Today: Educational Experiences and Institutional Responses

January 22
Time Management and Goal Setting

January 25
Introduction to Statistical Package for the Social Sciences

January 26
Thesis Writing: Writing the Literature Review

January 26
Teaching Remotely with Care: Introduction to Accessible Online Courses and Open Educational Resources

January 26
Canadian Society Civil Engineering Industry Night

January 27
Copyright for Graduate Students – Different Scenarios

February 2
Researching for the Literature Review

February 3
R Fundamentals

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Employee News
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Jan. 22: Report on UBC Okanagan’s TRC Declaration of Commitments webinar

Participate in a webinar on January 22 that shares UBC Okanagan’s progress on its Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) commitments. This progress is a start to UBC's ongoing commitment and dedication to meaningful truth and reconciliation work.

To register or find out more, visit:

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Jan. 21: Life Raft Debate

In a post-apocalyptic world, which UBCO prof. has the expertise needed to rebuild civilization?

In the 2021 Life Raft Debate, space agencies have discovered an asteroid is on a collision course with planet Earth. In order to preserve humanity, a settlement has been developed on Mars.

At the debate, five professors must present their most compelling arguments, explaining why their area of expertise makes them the best choice to occupy the final spot in the shuttle.


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Jan 28: PostSecret and the Pandemic featuring Frank Warren

Frank Warren is the sole founder of the PostSecret Project, a growing collection of over a million artful secrets, mailed anonymously to him on postcards. Known as ‘the most trusted stranger in the world,’ Warren’s presentation reveals how the pandemic has disrupted our lives while providing tools to navigate through this challenging but temporary crisis.

This event is hosted by the School of Social Work and alumni UBC.

To register or find out more, visit:

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UBC Studios equipment lending is back for 2021


The new UBC Studios booking system allows equipment bookings in advance as well as during regular hours—Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To find more about renting policies, renting instructions and the gear catalogue, visit or email

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Partner with Move UBC

Whether hosting an event, sharing supports with students or helping spread the word that small movements can add up to big changes—there are plenty of ways to take part in Move UBC in February.

Sign-up, receive perks and stay in touch with everything Move UBC.

Read more…

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Physical activity coaching available through UBC Recreation

Struggling to fit movement into your day? Need exercise ideas?

UBC Recreation online coaching sessions are an easy way to fit 30 minutes of activity into your day. They help to break down barriers, set goals and suggest ways to fit activity into your schedule.

Sessions are free and open to all members of the UBC community.


Workplace Preferences Survey closes this evening

Last year, the COVID-19 outbreak quickly propelled UBC into new ways of working.

The university is interested in hearing faculty and staff perspectives on these ways of working, including positive aspects and challenges, and what you’d like your workplace to look like in the future.

The survey closes at 5 p.m. this evening. Provide your feedback by visiting:

2020-21 Alumni Builder Award recipients announced

The Alumni Builder Award recognizes a cross-section of alumni representing all faculties who have significantly contributed to the university and enriched the lives of others, This year four UBC Okanagan recipients are being recognized:

  • Moozhan Ahmadzadegan, BFA’19
    Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Paul Chernikhowsky, BASc’94
    School of Engineering
  • Dr. Jim Huang, MSc’11, MD’15
    Southern Medical Program
  • Dr. Noelannah Neubauer, BKin’12, MSc’14
    Faculty of Health and Social Development

Colin Pritchard is also receiving the inaugural Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal’s Alumni Builder Award.

To view the full list of recipients, visit:

Become a Workplace Wellbeing Ambassador 

Are you interested in playing a vital role in championing health and well-being?

HR’s Health and Wellbeing team is looking for volunteer Workplace Wellbeing Ambassadors who will support workplace well-being initiatives, as well as inspire others to be a part of meaningful programs.

To find out more, visit:

Thriving Workplaces Micro Fund 

Keep thriving in your workplace

The Workplace Health and Wellbeing team is inviting UBCO units and departments to apply for a Thriving Workplaces Micro Fund for up to $500 applied towards activities that promote health, well-being and building resilience in the workplace. 

To apply or find out more, visit:

Reminder: Indigenous perspectives and science and systemic racism webinar


On January 20, join panellists Elder Albert Marshall, Mi’kmaw Nation; Jeannette Armstrong, Canada Research Chair in Okanagan Indigenous Knowledge and Philosophy, UBC Okanagan; and Aaron Prosper, master's student, UPEI and project manager for the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Nation Cancer Care Strategy for a webinar discussing Indigenous perspectives and science and systemic racism.

To register or find out more, visit:

Jan. 25 to 29: Data Privacy Week events

International Data Privacy is an international effort to empower individuals and businesses to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust.

This year all Data Privacy Week events will be offered virtually, with programming developed to highlight how data privacy affects UBC faculty and staff.


Jan. 26: Arts Career Apprenticeship Program info session

Encourage students to learn more about a new program that aims to connect upcoming arts, humanities and social sciences graduates with local employers at an upcoming info session this month.


Feb. 2: Debt freedom webinar

Household debt in Canada has reached an all-time high in the past few years with Canadians owing as much as $1.77 for every $1 of after-tax income earned. In this session, participants will learn:

  • how to create and implement a spending and savings plan
  • options for debt management
  • how to monitor and update your plan for ongoing clarity
To register or find out more, visit:

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UBC Stories
UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Lesley Cormack.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Lesley Cormack.

One-on-one with Lesley Cormack

Professor Lesley Cormack is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UBC’s Okanagan campus. She joined UBC in July 2020 from the University of Alberta where she served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 2010 to 2020.


Since 2016, Blockchain@UBC has been exploring in-depth research and collaboration between industry and academia.
Since 2016, Blockchain@UBC has been exploring in-depth research and collaboration between industry and academia.

Mastering blockchain

What is blockchain and where is it going? Researchers from Blockchain@UBC are exploring the wide-ranging applications of this distributed ledger technology.


Chen Feng, assistant professor of engineering.
Chen Feng, assistant professor of engineering.

Modern encryption: Chen Feng's story

Fascinated by numbers, computers and electronics his entire life, Engineering Professor Chen Feng’s research is now helping decision makers navigate the blockchain revolution.


The Okanagan-based CHIME radio telescope detected a fast radio burst from within the Milky Way in April 2020.
The Okanagan-based CHIME radio telescope detected a fast radio burst from within the Milky Way in April 2020.

Radio burst in Milky Way sheds light on origins of mysterious phenomenon

UBCO researcher describes significance of findings

In the decade since they were first discovered, astronomers have categorized fast radio bursts as mysterious phenomena. But a recent astronomical event has provided further insight into the origin of these signals.


School of Engineering researchers Farhad Ahmadijokani and Mohammad Arjmand have developed a cost-effective material that can help remove toxic chemicals, like cancer-treatment drugs, from water supplies.
School of Engineering researchers Farhad Ahmadijokani and Mohammad Arjmand have developed a cost-effective material that can help remove toxic chemicals, like cancer-treatment drugs, from water supplies.

New tool removes chemotherapy drugs from water systems

UBCO researchers help protect people from toxic chemicals

‘What goes in, must come out’ is a familiar refrain. It is especially pertinent to the challenges facing School of Engineering researchers who are investigating methods to remove chemicals and pharmaceuticals from public water systems.


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A call to writers for Okanagan Short Story Contest submissions

Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies holds annual fiction writing competition

Up and coming writers are encouraged to submit entries for the annual Okanagan Short Story Contest.


Support for innovation in clean technology and sustainable materials at UBCO

On Friday, Western Economic Diversification Canada announced $1.9 million in funding to establish a cleantech hub at UBC Okanagan. The hub will be located in UBC's Innovation Precinct and will promote clean technologies.


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