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March 17, 2021

Events

Ongoing
Badminton Ladder

Ongoing
Virtual Art Class

March 17, 24, 31
Virtual Art Classes

March 17
Wood Sign Paint Night

March 18
Gut health: A key to unlocking better health and wellbeing

March 18
US Labour and Capital – Before Trump and After

March 18
Grad Student Trivia Night

March 19
Wonder’s Wounds: World Making and World Destruction in Hinduism

March 19
Mélikah Abdelmoumen: Lecture et rencontre

March 22
âniskôscikêwin: Extending Linkages

March 23 and 30
Art Hive

March 30
Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Final 2021

April 6
Art Hive

April 8
Modern Mindfulness: A Journey from the Buddha to the Lab

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

Ongoing
Graduate Online Learning Coach Weekly Drop-In Session

Ongoing
Growth and Success for International Students

Ongoing
Study with Me!

Until March 31
Practical Productivity

March 17 and 18
The Working Mind – for Supervisors/
Heads/Managers

March 17
Career Connections: Sherwin-Williams

March 18
Thesis Formatting Q&A

March 24
Lunch & Lift

March 25
LinkedIn Workshop

March 26
Climate Friendly Food Dialogue Session

March 26
The University’s Relationship with the Host Nation

March 30
Writing the Academic CV

March 31
Career Connections with Interior Health (non-medical roles)

April 1
Rock Your LinkedIn Profile

April 1
Why we capitalize the ‘I’ in Indigenous: Guidance on writing with and about Indigenous Peoples

April 6
Writing the Academic Cover Letter

April 8
Rubric Development

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

Workshops

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Submissions now open: Celebrate Learning Week 2021

Shaping our Future

UBCO and UBCV are hosting a virtual Celebrate Learning Week this year. This week-long initiative is accepting event submissions that showcase teaching and learning at UBC.

Submit open lectures, poster sessions, workshops or other events by April 9, 2021. To find out more, visit: celebratelearning.ubc.ca/events/submission-form


Sheila Watt-Cloutier

March 26: UBC Reads Sustainability—The Right to Be Cold with Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Join environment, culture and human rights advocate and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier for a conversation on her book The Right to Be Cold on March 26.

The talk will feature a culmination of Watt-Cloutier's regional, national and international work over the last 25 years exploring the parallels between safeguarding the Arctic and the survival of Inuit culture.

To register or find out more, visit: watt-cloutier.eventbrite.ca


Stock photo of a vaccine and syringe

March 31: Roger Watts Debates go virtual

BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD HAVE THE ABILITY TO MAKE VACCINATION MANDATORY

Top UBC Okanagan student debaters will argue their case before a panel of community judges on March 31.

Tickets are free, but registration is required at: epp.ok.ubc.ca/about/roger-watts-debate


April 15: STEM education for Indigenous youth in Canada

Join the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic and the Faculty of Health for a webinar that will discuss the importance of STEM education for Indigenous youth in Canada, featuring Dr. Jane Philpott and Dr. Jason Pennington.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A panel discussion moderated by Professor Ian Foulds. To register or find out more, visit the event page.


Concerned about a student? Use Early Alert

Supporting student learning and success is a priority for UBC. Faculty and staff are encouraged to use Early Alert when they are concerned about a student’s wellbeing or academic performance.

This system helps students get back on track, maintain a healthy sense of wellbeing and manage life challenges. Check out the Early Alert website for training and resources.

For more information, contact Roger Wilson, director of Health and Wellness or Terina Mailer, manager of Academic Advising.


Funding for virtual international collaborations

The Invited International Distinguished Visitor Fund provides opportunities for UBC faculty to invite international colleagues to visit campus and share their research with the campus community.

For Winter 2021, UBC Okanagan faculty are invited to submit applications for virtual collaboration with international partners.

Apply online by March 31 at: ors.ok.ubc.ca/funding/internal


How to defuse Zoom-bombs 

To celebrate a year of working and teaching remotely, UBC IT Okanagan has some tips to help ensure your Zoom meetings and events can be hosted safely without interruptions from uninvited guests. 

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Reminder: Science and systemic racism, perspectives of Black scientists

HOSTED BY THE OFFICE OF THE PROVOST AND VICE-PRESIDENT ACADEMIC, UBC OKANAGAN

On March 24, join panellists Dr. Maydianne Andrade, Dr. Namandjé Bumpus and Dr. Emmanuel Osei for a webinar discussing Black scientists’ perspectives and science and systemic racism.

To register or find out more, visit the event page.


May 3 to 7: UBC Staff and Faculty Sports Week

Registration opens March 22

To accommodate for the university's diverse staff, and different working and living situations, Staff & Faculty Sports Week will host a variety of synchronous and asynchronous activities.

This event will be held virtually for UBCO and UBCV employees from May 3 to 7. 

To find out more, visit: recreation.ubc.ca/sportsday


UBCO Recreation newsletter now available

Stay up to date with all events and programs from UBCO Recreation

Keep in the know with UBCO Recreation's list of available activities. From cooking classes and yoga, to physical activity coaching paint nights and more. Newsletters will be sent on the last Sunday of every month.

To sign up or find out more, visit: recreation.ok.ubc.ca/recreation-newsletter


2021 Healthy Workplace Initiative Funding applications now open

The Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program is an annual fund available to UBC departments and units to support grassroots activities that promote wellbeing in the workplace.

The program provides start-up funds and support for health-related, sustainable initiatives.

To apply or find out more, visit: hr.ubc.ca/health-and-wellbeing/healthy-workplace-initiatives-program


April 7 and 8: The Working Mind for employees

The Working Mind is an evidence-based program designed to promote mental health and reduce the stigma around mental illness in the workplace; there is no cost to this training.

To register or find out more, visit: wpl.ubc.ca/browse/ubco/wellbeing/courses/wpl-ubco-twm


Get the latest IT Enterprise Services updates

The UBC community can now stay informed in real-time on the operation status of IT enterprise services, such as Canvas, the Student Service Centre and employee email via the new UBC IT Status Page.  

The page, an extension of the IT Bulletins site, offers the ability to subscribe to service updates via email, text and social media.

Read more…


Current staff postings

UBC Stories
Dr. Sepideh Pakpour

A new generation of engineering: Sepideh Pakpour's story

Dr. Sepideh Pakpour is exploring how the microbiome can be used as building blocks to a healthier world.

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Dr. Mohammad Arjmand

A marriage of polymers and nanotechnology: Mohammad Arjmand's story

Dr. Mohammad Arjmand and his team are developing nanoscopic materials that have the potential to change the future of high-tech industries.

Read more...


Dr. Sarah Brears is the Regional Associate Dean, Interior, for the Faculty of Medicine’s Southern Medical Program (SMP)

Leadership one-on-one: Sarah Brears

Dr. Sarah Brears is the Regional Associate Dean, Interior, for the Faculty of Medicine’s Southern Medical Program (SMP). She provides strategic leadership for the Faculty’s undergraduate and postgraduate medical education programs within the Interior.

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UBC Okanagan’s Problematic Substance Use Clinic offer low-barrier options for treatment. It offers virtual treatment options and structures fees on a sliding scale based on patients’ income.
The Problematic Substance Use Clinic offers low-barrier options for treatment. It offers virtual treatment options and structures fees on a sliding scale based on patients’ income.

UBCO's substance use clinic accepting new patients virtually

Psychological service available to those experiencing problematic substance use

As we pass the one-year mark of living with the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s little doubt the virus has taken its toll on the mental health of many Canadians.

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UBCO researchers are concerned about how the actions of some scientists, advocacy groups and the public are eroding efforts to conserve biodiversity, including grizzly bears, wild bees and salmon.
UBCO researchers are concerned about how the actions of some scientists, advocacy groups and the public are eroding efforts to conserve biodiversity, including grizzly bears, wild bees and salmon.

Misinformation, polarization impeding environmental protection efforts

Faculty of Science researchers part of global team working to curb misplaced conservation

A group of researchers, spanning six universities and three continents, are sounding the alarm on a topic not often discussed in the context of conservation—misinformation.

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The art of BFA students Pip Dryden and Avery Ullyot-Comrie shares studio space with Professor Briar Craig in UBCO’s Fina Gallery during the Spring Festival of the Arts.
The art of BFA students Pip Dryden and Avery Ullyot-Comrie shares studio space with Professor Briar Craig in UBCO’s Fina Gallery during the Spring Festival of the Arts.

Celebrate the season with the Spring Festival of the Arts

FCCS hosts annual spring festival

Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies’ (FCCS) Spring Festival of the Arts brings a myriad of exhibits and events to the Kelowna area. The festival covers a spectrum of artistic endeavours by students, faculty and staff including exhibitions of creative writing, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, short films and public art.

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Third-year UBCO nursing student Thomas Pool, a trained FTIR technician, checks a drug sample during a harm-reduction session on campus.
Third-year UBCO nursing student Thomas Pool, a trained FTIR technician, checks a drug sample during a harm-reduction session on campus.

UBCO and Interior Health offer free, confidential drug checking

New enhanced service available in several Okanagan communities

UBC Okanagan’s Harm Reduction Team, in partnership with Interior Health, is taking its confidential drug-checking service to communities across the region in an effort to save lives.

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The newly-created MOTIVATE-T2D team will connect people living with Type 2 diabetes with health specialists through wearable technology and online exercise coaching.
The newly-created MOTIVATE-T2D team will connect people living with Type 2 diabetes with health specialists through wearable technology and online exercise coaching.

International team to provide at-home training for patients with diabetes

Funding connects UBCO and British researchers to develop novel technology

A School of Health and Exercise Sciences professor is the Canadian lead for a 13-person team that recently won an internationally-competitive one million dollar award to accelerate diabetes research.

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Dr. Jian Liu conducts research in materials and interface design for next-generation battery technologies.
Dr. Jian Liu conducts research in materials and interface design for next-generation battery technologies.

Keeping up with the charge to develop better batteries

Engineering professor works to create safe, energy-dense, renewable batteries

With increasing global efforts to adopt clean energy, developing sustainable storage systems has become a major challenge in getting electric vehicles on the road and integrating intermittent renewable energy resources into the grid.

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