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feb. 17, 2021

Events

Ongoing
Growth and Success for International Students

Ongoing
Cross Country Skiing

Ongoing
Badminton Ladder

Ongoing
Study with Me!

February 17
CMPS Symposium Series: Dr. Karla Miller

February 19
3MT – Physical Activity Heat

February 19
Cultural Studies Spring Social & Info Session

February 23
Art Hive

February 24
Using data to advance human rights: A UBC dialogue about the collection and use of disaggregated data

February 25
When the World is Ending: Strategies and Practices of Care within Indigenous Futurist Research and Pedagogies

February 26
Decolonizing Physical Activity and Sport

February 27
Snow Shoe Tours

February 27
Art on the Line

March 2 
Art Hive

Workshops

Ongoing
Teaching Online Learning Community

Ongoing
Online Writing Communities

Ongoing
CTL Virtual Drop-in Hours

Ongoing
Tech Connect Drop-In

Ongoing
Maximizing Motivation, Focus and Wellness

Ongoing
Journey Together

Ongoing
Dream Appreciation Group

February 18
Researching for Term Papers

February 19, 22 and 25
Adaptive Resiliency

February 22
Intercultural Competencies: Introduction to Intercultural Development and Cross-Cultural Skills

February 23
Supporting Peer Assessment Activities in the Classroom

February 24
Inclusive Teaching: What is it and Why Does it Matter?

February 24
Graduate Student Town Hall

February 25
Anti-Racist Teaching Series: Exploring Complex Classroom Dynamics Using Case-Studies

February 26
TA Online Community: Providing Effective Feedback

March 2
Thesis Writing: Abstract and Lay Summary Workshop

March 3
Designing for Inclusive Learning

March 4
Demystifying Academic Writing: Your Questions Answered

March 4
Exploring Peer Assessment with peerScholar

March 4
Developing a Mental Health Curriculum for Teaching Assistants

For more events and workshops visit ok.ubc.ca/events

Workshops

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Employee News
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Move UBC Movement Break Challenge gaining momentum

There are already over 1,200 reported faculty and staff movement breaks this month.

The School of Health and Exercise Sciences is leading with the Faculty of Management, Student Services and UBCO Library teams challenging for the top spot. Become the UBCO movement champion by reporting your movement breaks.

Faculty and staff can also participate in the Move UBC Wellbeing Challenge and be entered to win a $500 gift card to a favourite fitness-related shop or $250 for a local restaurant.


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March 4 and 5: Join eight leading voices in the battle against misinformation

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences' economics, philosophy and political science department presents the next Roger W. Gale Symposium in Philosophy, Politics and Economics: The Misinformation Age.

A diverse expert panel will discuss how to combat misinformation while preserving free speech. Join for particular sessions or all online virtual sessions.

To register or find out more, visit: epp.ok.ubc.ca/misinformation


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Feb. 22, 24 and 25: CTLT Fireside Chats

FACULTY AND STUDENTS' OWN EXPERIENCES ADAPTING TO ONLINE COURSE DELIVERY AND LEARNING

At the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology's (CTLT) Fireside Chat sessions on February 22, 24 and 25, hear some in-the-trenches advice from colleagues who have taught classes online over the past few months. The sessions will also feature students sharing candid experiences of learning online.

Leave with tips and practical strategies you can apply immediately to your online teaching.

To register or find out more, visit: events.ctlt.ubc.ca/tag/firesidechat


Feb. 26, March 12 and 26: Climate-Friendly Food Dialogues

a lunchtime series

This series shares research and other forms of knowledge and helps support the development of an inclusive, community-engaged, and emissions-reduced climate-friendly food system at UBCO.

Three dialogues—planned for February and March— will explore ways to achieve this system and provide actionable takeaways for the campus community.

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March 1: Thinking Qualitatively Conference call for abstracts open

The Thinking Qualitatively Conference is an interdisciplinary methods conference that unites established and emerging qualitative researchers in explorations of qualitative research methodologies from across the world.

The conference runs from July 5 to 9, 2021, and is hosted by the School of Nursing. Abstracts submissions and registration will open on March 1.

To find out more, visit tq-2021.ok.ubc.ca or email julianna.barabas@ubc.ca.


March 4: Reimagining economic development futures webinar

Global challenges such as climate change, the health and economic insecurities provoked by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the absence of equity, diversity and inclusion are impacting places around the world.

Join panellists from Europe, Africa and North and South America for a discussion on how these challenges impact economic development and what strategies and policies are required to reimagine our economic development pathways over the next 20 years.

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March 10: Changes to end-of-course student surveys online forum

Faculty and staff are invited to an open forum to learn about changes to the end-of-course student surveys that will be implemented in the fall of 2021.

This open forum will have updates on the changes to the survey questions, the metrics used in reporting results and more.

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Recording: Science and Systemic Racism, Indigenous Perspectives webinar

On January 20, the UBC community joined together for the second of a three-part series discussing systemic racism in science. This discussion explored Indigenous perspectives on science and systemic racism, with panellists from Mi’kmaw Nation, UPEI and UBC.

If you missed the webinar, the recording is now available.


In person yoga is back

Relax with a morning flow, energize with power or balance out with a yin and yang session

There are six weekly yoga classes offered at the Hangar Fitness centre each week that faculty and staff can enjoy. Eight exercise-at-home virtual classes are also offered each week.

To register or find out more, visit: recreation.ok.ubc.ca/fitness/group-fitness


New name for UBCO IT

The UBC Okanagan department formerly known as IT, Media & Classroom Services has been re-named to UBC Information Technology (IT) Okanagan. This reflects a more integrated and aligned approach to IT services between the two campuses.

To find out more about this change and tour the new UBCO IT website, visit: news.ok.ubc.ca/it/2021/02/11/new-name-website-for-ubco-it


On demand, flexible professional learning opportunities available

For faculty or staff looking to use professional development funding before fiscal year end or the BCGEU reimbursement submission deadline of March 15, two flexible learning opportunities are available:

  • Influencing without Authority
  • Time Management

To register or find out more, visit: hr.ok.ubc.ca/events


2020 and 2021 Length of Service Award recipients to be honoured this fall

The Length of Service Awards is a long-standing tradition at UBC and one way in which the university recognizes the commitment and service of UBCO staff and faculty. In 2019, the program was expanded to recognize 15- and 20-year milestones in addition to 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of service.

Looking ahead to the fall, Human Resources will honour 2020 and 2021 award recipients at two separate in-person receptions if it is safe to do so.

To find out more, visit: hr.ok.ubc.ca/learning/awards-and-recognition


Virtual cooking classes available

Join UBCO Recreation with virtual, easy-to-follow cooking classes that will have your home smelling wonderful. Recipes include lasagna with zucchini rolls served with salad, tomato rice soup with fresh buns, pesto gnocchi, and ratatouille with flatbread.

To register or find out more, visit: recreation.ok.ubc.ca/events/off-campus-programs


Current staff postings

UBC Stories
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Engineering nanotech

When Dr. Mohammad Zarifi joined UBC Okanagan to teach electronic engineering, he didn’t have a lab or students. Quickly building up both, Zarifi‘s entourage is now developing tiny electronics with big potential.

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Dr. Barbara Oliveira, president of the UBC Okanagan Postdoctoral Association.
Dr. Barbara Oliveira, president of the UBC Okanagan Postdoctoral Association.

Influence through education: Barbara Oliveira's story

Dr. Barbara Oliveira uses her passion for education to give others the knowledge they need to make big changes in their lives.

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Dr. Jannik Eikenaar, assistant professor of teaching.
Dr. Jannik Eikenaar, assistant professor of teaching.

Inspiring the leaders of tomorrow: Jannik Eikenaar's story

On and off the court, Dr. Jannik Eikenaar is helping future leaders develop a strong foundation in equity, diversity and inclusion.

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When a smart meal is purchased from the business, the owner then contributes money to the Central Okanagan Food Bank. The pilot project in December raised more than $230 for the food bank with 115 holiday meals purchased. Photo by Joel Muniz on Unsplash.
When a smart meal is purchased from the business, the owner then contributes money to the Central Okanagan Food Bank. The pilot project in December raised more than $230 for the food bank with 115 holiday meals purchased. Photo by Joel Muniz on Unsplash.

UBCO students raise funds for food banks with Smart Meals

Sustainability, food security goals of student-driven project

A group of UBC Okanagan students are hoping to save the planet, one meal at a time.

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Celestial Bodies: Four Stories of the Night Sky, projections will be shown at the Rotary Centre for the Arts until February 28.
Celestial Bodies: Four Stories of the Night Sky projections will be shown at the Rotary Centre for the Arts until February 28.

UBCO professor discusses the importance of public art

Public art adds beauty to the community and lets us reflect on what is in front of us

Public art can take many forms, from mural paintings to installations and exhibitions, to large-scale sculptures. It can work to revitalize the urban landscape while supporting and improving the cultural, social and economic vitality of our local community.

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Members of the integrated knowledge translation guiding principles team at the consensus meeting in Vancouver, November 2019.
Members of the integrated knowledge translation guiding principles team at the consensus meeting in Vancouver, November 2019.

UBCO researcher launches evidence-based guiding principles for partnered research

New principles aim to close the gap between spinal cord injury research and practice

For many scientists, seeing their discoveries make the leap from the lab into the hands of the public can be a major challenge.

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A new School of Education study explored how children reacted while participating in a social skill-training program with therapy dogs.
A new School of Education study explored how children reacted while participating in a social skill-training program with therapy dogs.

Friends fur life help build skills for life

Dogs put the fun into learning vital social skills

A new UBC Okanagan study finds children not only reap the benefits of working with therapy dogs–they enjoy it too.

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A Valetine's Day zoom call

Showing virtual love on Valentine’s Day

UBCO researcher offered advice on stress reduction, relationship maintenance

Unfortunately, love wasn't the only thing in the air this Valentine’s Day season.

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The heart always matters, but especially on Valentine’s Day

UBCO researchers weighed in on heart mechanics, mating behaviour and the best romance novels

UBC Okanagan faculty put their hearts into research and teaching. To mark Valentine’s Day, they highlighted their expertise on matters of the heart—from what makes it tick to how to keep the emotions pumping.

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