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May 5, 2021

Events

Ongoing
Growth and Success for International Students

Ongoing
Badminton Ladder

Ongoing
Virtual Art Class

Ongoing
Golf Lessons

Ongoing
Stand-up Paddle Boarding Lessons

May 5, 25 and
June 16
Geohazards Connections 2021

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

May 6
Opening event: Asian Heritage Month

May 6
2021 Researcher of the Year Awards Celebration

May 7
Okanagan Clinical Neurosciences Grand Rounds

May 12
Chinese Voices of the Okanagan: A Showcase

May 12
DIY Wood Sign Painting

May 13
The Story of Bhangra

May 19
Black
Underrepresentation in Business

May 20
Rediscovering Chinatown

Workshops

Ongoing
Teaching Online Learning Community

Ongoing
Online Writing Communities

Ongoing
CTL Virtual Drop-in Hours

Ongoing
Tech Connect Drop-In

Ongoing
Graduate Online Learning Coach Weekly Drop-In Session

May 5
Using Zoom in a Learning Environment

May 7
Using Zoom in a Learning Environment

May 10
Excel Expert Part 1: Forms and Functions

May 10
MD Admissions Information Session

May 11
Excel Expert Part 2: Database Management

May 11
Using Zoom in a Learning Environment

May 13
Thesis Formatting Q&A

May 14
Master Grads: Careers in Academia Panel Discussion

May 20
Toward the Future of Academic Integrity at UBC

May 20
Student and Faculty Perspectives on Learning and Teaching During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 20
Shaping Our Future: Blended Learning from a Different Lens

 

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

Workshops

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May 13: Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal’s Spring Town Hall

The DVC virtual Spring Town Hall takes place Thursday, May 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Hear more about UBC Okanagan’s many achievements and notable developments over the past year, as well as an update on where the university is heading.

To register, visit: ubc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KZ6jeigrTwKDpW7j5gpg1A


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UBC Okanagan and community partners celebrate Asian Heritage Month

This May, the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic invites you to the first-ever Asian Heritage Month at UBC Okanagan.

There are a variety of virtual events taking place this month, inspired by UBCO students. To register or find out more, visit: provost.ok.ubc.ca/asian-heritage-month


Image: FCCS alumna Melissa Dinwoodie
Image: FCCS alumna Melissa Dinwoodie

Have your work featured in the Homecoming colouring book

UBC Okanagan student and alumni artists are invited to submit an original work for the Homecoming 2021 colouring book.

Submissions are due May 31 and can be in any style that suits the Spirit of Okanagan theme. To submit your work or find out more visit: fccs.ok.ubc.ca/colouring-book


Kids playing volleyball

Get in the game this summer with Heat Sport Camps

Kids can build skills and memories this summer with UBCO’s Heat basketball and volleyball camps. Running in July and August, these camps provide youths aged 11 to 18 an exciting, game-like learning environment to develop new sports skills.

With a low coach to participant ratio, Heat Sport Camps are a great opportunity for prospective athletes to learn from the pros.

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


Rendering of the Interdisciplinary Collaboration Innovation (ICI) building

Until May 11: Provide your feedback on the new Interdisciplinary Collaboration Innovation building

A reminder that all faculty and staff are invited to share feedback on the proposed new academic building to be located on Alumni Avenue.

The public consultation for this is taking place online until May 11. To provide your input, visit the ICI project information page.


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June 24: Retirement of McAfee encryption management service

UBC IT will be retiring the McAfee encryption management service on June 24, 2021. Following this date, UBC IT will continue to manage encryption for supported devices by leveraging the capabilities of existing licensed products. 

To find out more, visit the encryption management service migration page.


An example of a UBCO campus logo

Campus logo files now online

UBC Okanagan campus logo files are now available for download on the UBC brand website. The page contains useful information about correct logo usage, unit and department logos as well as the brand identity rulebook.

You can also find information on UBC brand colours and fonts. To find out more, visit: brand.ubc.ca

New approach to coordinating surveys

UBC has established a new Survey Governance Committee that will manage a consistent and coordinated approach to UBC surveys.

Before sending a survey, visit the PAIR website to determine whether your survey requires review and to see a calendar of approved university community surveys. Survey support is also available by emailing pair.team@ubc.ca.


May 17 and 20: Celebrate Learning Week events

Learn about the exciting projects funded by the Aspire-2040 Learning Transformative Fund (ALT-2040), at the TLEF and ALT-2040 Virtual Showcase on May 17. Also on May 17, hear from faculty members leading Aspire-2040 Learning Transformative Fund (ALT-2040).

And on May 20, an informal dialogue with the Associate Provosts of Teaching and Learning Brad Wuetherick (UBCO) and Simon Bates (UBCV) is taking place.


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UBC Stories
While COVID-19 has temporarily paused most international travel, UBC remains committed to attracting, engaging and retaining a diverse global community of outstanding students.

Around the globe

While travel may be limited during COVID-19, UBC Okanagan’s global footprint has been rapidly expanding over the past 15 years.

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Dr. Rehan Sadiq, executive associate dean of the School of Engineering.
Dr. Rehan Sadiq, executive associate dean of the School of Engineering.

Rehan Sadiq named Distinguished University Scholar

Dr. Rehan Sadiq, executive associate dean of the School of Engineering, has been named a UBC Distinguished University Scholar.

The prestigious program recognizes faculty who have distinguished themselves as exceptional scholars.

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Dr. Jian Liu

Little batteries, big potential: Jian Liu's story

Dr. Jian Liu is pushing the envelope and researching the battery technologies needed to power today’s electronics.

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UBCO’s Brendan Dyck is using his geology expertise about planet formation to help identify other planets that might support life. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.
UBCO’s Brendan Dyck is using his geology expertise about planet formation to help identify other planets that might support life. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.

UBCO researcher uses geology to help astronomers find habitable planets

Findings will help better identify Earth-like planets that could sustain life

Astronomers have identified more than 4,000, and counting, confirmed exoplanets — planets orbiting stars other than the sun — but only a fraction have the potential to sustain life.

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New UBCO research shows that over time, attempts to deceive others may become self-deception.
New UBCO research shows that over time, attempts to deceive others may become self-deception.

UBCO researcher examines the art of telling lies

Eventually it becomes hard to distinguish between fact or fiction

The telling of lies might be just a bad habit for some, but a UBC Okanagan researcher says that over time lies will infiltrate a person’s memory for the truth.

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New research has determined the global population for people living in high-altitude, like this village in Namche Bazaar, Nepal is more than 500 million. (photo courtesy of Alex Hansen)
New research has determined the global population for people living in high-altitude, like this village in Namche Bazaar, Nepal is more than 500 million. (photo courtesy of Alex Hansen)

UBCO researcher re-evaluates estimate of the world’s high-altitude population

Knowing how many people live and thrive at high altitude key for researchers

New findings detailing the world’s first-of-its-kind estimate of how many people live in high-altitude regions, will provide insight into future research of human physiology.

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Atrial fibrillation is the most commonly diagnosed arrhythmia in the world. Despite that, many people do not understand the pre-diagnosis symptoms and tend to ignore them.

UBCO cardiovascular researcher urges women to listen to their hearts

Ignoring medical symptoms can lead to stroke, dementia, early death

A School of Nursing researcher is urging people to learn and then heed the symptoms of atrial fibrillation (AF). Especially women.

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2021 Okanagan Short Story Contest first-place winner Jorie Soames.
2021 Okanagan Short Story Contest first-place winner Jorie Soames.

2021 Okanagan Short Story Contest winners announced

Frances Greenslade, acclaimed Canadian author and Okanagan College English professor, had the task of selecting the top stories for the 2021 Okanagan Short Story Contest.

The four finalists were announced at a virtual event on April 16, with first-place winner Jorie Soames recognized for her story Storm Warning.

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UBCO hosts international Thinking Qualitatively conference

Virtual event brings the world of research to everyone’s living room

UBC Okanagan’s School of Nursing, in partnership with the University of Alberta and the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology will host the international Thinking Qualitatively Virtual Conference this summer.

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