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Events

Ongoing
starting May 9

Paddleboard Lessons

April 21, 23 and 26
Badminton Ladder

April 21
Lunch & Lift

April 21
Starting a Conversation with Alanna Coady: How do shame and social support impact depressive symptoms for people living with chronic pain?

April 21
DIY Wood Sign Painting

April 29
Biocomposites Cluster Seminar Event

April 29
Annual Sharon Thesen Lecture

May 3
Staff & Faculty Sports Week

May 3 and 4
Biology Graduate Symposium

May 4
Parent-Adolescent emotion dynamics: Associations with mental health

May 5
Geohazards Connections 2021

May 6
Project Superhero: Science & the Superhero in You!

May 6
2021 Researcher of the Year Awards Celebration

Workshops

Ongoing
Online Writing Communities

April 21 and 28
CTL Virtual Drop-in Hours

April 21, 23 and 28
Tech Connect Drop-In

April 23
Intercultural Competencies: an introduction to Intercultural Development and cross-cultural skills

April 23 and 30
Teaching Online Learning Community

April 27
Outlook Strategic Management with OneNote

April 27
Publishing Agreements for Graduate Students

May 6 to June 3
Mindful Cooking: Healthy Meals Made Simple (Register with MindWell-U to access)

May 11 and 19
Understanding Mental Health

May 12
Mindful Eating for Health & Well-Being
(Register with MindWell-U to access webinar)

Self-guided
Mindfulness and the Benefits at Work

Self-guided
Self and Community Care: Building Skills to Manage Stress

Self-guided
Wellbeing in the workplace

Self-guided
What you need to know about vaccines 

Self-guided
Travelling Health Fair for Women: Bone Health & Osteoporosis

Self-guided
Travelling Health Fair for Women: Brain Health

Self-guided
Travelling Health Fair for Women: Perimenopause & Menopause

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

Workshops

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Employee News
Aerial photo of UBC Okanagan

Budget priorities for 2021/22

bolstering EDI, supporting students and furthering UBC Excellence.

The university's budget for 2021/22 has been approved. Spending priorities for the year ahead will support the ongoing recovery from COVID-19, further UBC’s impact through key priorities, and continue to support excellence in teaching, learning, and research.

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April 26: Black underrepresentation in medicine and community health

The next webinar in the Where are all the Black People? Underrepresentation in the Academy series features Dr. Alexandra Bastiany, cardiologist with Thunder Bay Regional Health Centre, and Dr. Mojola Omole, surgical oncologist and physician with Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

They will share their experience and expertise as they discuss the issues of black underrepresentation in medicine and community health.

To register or find out more, visit: events.ubc.ca/where-are-all-the-black-people


Two kids playing basketball

Registration now open for Heat Sport Camps

Led by a team of nationally recognized coaches and student athletes, Heat Sport Camps are a great way to boost skills and learn a new sport.

Running in July and August, these camps will focus on teaching youths aged 11 to 18 fundamental sport skills in an exciting, game-like learning environment. Athletes of all skill levels welcome.

To register or find out more, visit: goheat.ca/camps


Rendering of the Interdisciplinary Collaboration Innovation (ICI) building

Provide your feedback: Interdisciplinary Collaboration Innovation (ICI) building

Online consultation launches April 28

UBC is developing a new four-storey, 13,564 m2 (146,000 sq. ft.) interdisciplinary academic facility on Alumni Avenue, south of the Engineering Management and Education building. The ICI building will contain teaching, research, office, community and engagement space, including 100-seat and 200-seat lecture theatres.

The public consultation for this will take place online April 28 to May 11. To find out more, visit the ICI project information page.


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Virtual Run with UBCO Rec

Spring is a great time to lace up your runners and get outside for the first virtual Run with Rec of the season. Choose your distance, your starting line, and complete this run on your own time. 

Faculty and staff can also learn to run with Rachel starting on May 4. This virtual training program will get you safely ready to complete your first 5 km race.


Respect, sincerity and responsibility: Land acknowledgement @ UBC

UBC is committed to mending, creating and sustaining good relationships with Indigenous peoples, in particular the people on whose unceded, traditional and ancestral lands our campuses are situated on.

Learn how to acknowledge Indigenous lands and their history in a meaningful way through the new self-paced workshop for UBC faculty and staff.

To take the course, visit: wpl.ubc.ca/browse/professional-development/courses/wpl-pd-rsr


Task Force on Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence convened

The Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force has convened for an intense period of work between March and July 2021.

The task force was created as part of the response to the institutional commitment to build a more inclusive university community. It has broad representation from both campuses, and is co-chaired by UBCO's Dr. Shirley Chau and UBCV's Dr. Handel Kashope Wright.

To find out more about the task force and its complete membership, visit: antiracism.ubc.ca/task-force


Lessons at the Okanagan Golf Club now available

Now is a great time to improve your swing. These one-hour sessions throughout the summer are a great way to learn all aspects of the game in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.

Lessons are Monday nights from 6 to 7 p.m. To find out more, visit: events.ok.ubc.ca/event/golf-lessons/all


Spring tune-ups with UBCycles

Whether you’ve been riding throughout the winter or are pulling your bike out of storage, completing a spring tune-up is essential to the longevity of your bike's life.

UBCycles will get you riding on the trails and in the sunshine in no time. To book your spring tune-up appointment or find out more, visit: recreation.ok.ubc.ca/facilities/ubcycles


April 27: Piloting a concurrent hybrid model within a professional graduate program

Online Course Design Series

In response to student feedback amidst the transition to online learning, the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program organizers approached learning design in creative ways. At this session learn from their lessons, discuss, ask questions and share ideas.

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May 8: Departmental shared drive migration 

As part of UBCO IT’s ongoing hardware refresh initiatives, the departmental shared drive (K: drive) will be migrated to new hardware.

No action is required for this update, although after the migration employees will need to reboot their personal or office computers.


May 25: Virtually (Im)Possible Leadership Program

This learning opportunity enhances awareness around how leaders present themselves in volatile, complex and ambiguous environments, and what they need to do differently to lead themselves, their teams and organizations.

This is a three-session course with dates on May 25, June 30 and July 27. To find out more, visit: events.ok.ubc.ca/event/virtually-impossible-leadership-program/2021-05-25


Switch to MS Teams before May 31

UBCO departments and units can switch to Microsoft Teams before the May 31 decommissioning of Skype for Business. Complete the request for Teams only mode form.

To learn about the differences in features between Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams, view the features comparison chart. To find out more, contact the IT Service Centre.


Current staff postings

UBC Stories
Candice Loring, director of business development with Mitacs.

Candice Loring: Indigenous advocate and champion of innovation

Candice Loring, Bachelor of Management graduate and director of business development with Mitacs, surmounted incredible odds to achieve both academic and professional success.

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Faculty Creative and Critical Studies alumna Ayla De Grandpré.
Faculty Creative and Critical Studies alumna Ayla De Grandpré.

Learning about culture and resiliency: Ayla De Grandpré's story

Inspiring professors fostered Bachelor of Arts alumna Ayla De Grandpré’s love for linguistics, literature and the nuances of culture.

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A new study suggests the type of fat consumed during breastfeeding could differentially impact an infant's intestinal microbial communities, immune development and disease risk.
A new study suggests the type of fat consumed during breastfeeding could differentially impact an infant's intestinal microbial communities, immune development and disease risk.

UBCO research shows a mother’s fat intake can impact infant infectious disease outcomes

Findings show types of fats matter when it comes to gut well-being

A team of Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science researchers has determined that the type of fats a mother consumes while breastfeeding can have long-term implications on her infant’s gut health.

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UBCO postdoctoral research fellow Chinchu Cherian, along with Associate Professor Sumi Siddiqua, examines a road-building material created partly with recycled wood ash.
UBCO postdoctoral research fellow Chinchu Cherian, along with Associate Professor Sumi Siddiqua, examines a road-building material created partly with recycled wood ash.

School of Engineering researchers find a new use for waste

Pulp mill waste hits the road instead of the landfill

Waste materials from the pulp and paper industry have long been seen as possible fillers for building products like cement, but for years these materials have ended up in the landfill. Now, researchers in the School of Engineering are developing guidelines to use this waste for road construction in an environmentally friendly manner.

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Occupants in a vehicle, especially pregnant women, are subjected to relatively large forces suddenly and over a short period when a vehicle accelerates over a speedbump
Occupants in a vehicle, especially pregnant women, are subjected to relatively large forces suddenly and over a short period when a vehicle accelerates over a speedbump

UBCO engineer cautions pregnant women about speed bumps

The slower the better while driving over them, says researcher

Slow down. Baby on board.

So says School of Engineering researcher Dr. Hadi Mohammadi. His new research, conducted in collaboration with Sharif University of Technology, determines that accelerating over speed bumps poses a danger for pregnant women and their fetuses.

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