February 1, 2006

Exchange is an e-journal for faculty and staff highlighting UBC Okanagan events, achievements and news you can use. Your Public Affairs staff welcomes contributions, notes, hot tips and suggestions for future editions.

In this issue...

World Issues -- Local Impact: Global Citizenship Seminar Series Feb. 6
Stephen Lewis, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, is speaking at UBC on February 6. The talk, entitled World Issues - Local Impact, will be held at the UBC Chan Centre for the Performing Arts Concert Hall, with videoconference available at UBC Okanagan.

Stephen Lewis is a Commissioner for the World Health Organization's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, and last year he was the CBC Massey Lecturer for 2005. This was the first Massey Lecture to be held at UBC - more information.

Stephen Lewis submits that universities are, first and foremost, centres of academic excellence and academic inquiry. But if they are to be relevant to the modern world, they must be familiar with the nature of their own community.

Date: Monday, February 6
Time: 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
Location: ART386

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Health Studies to Show Controversial Documentary Feb. 8
UBC Okanagan Health Studies would like to invite all faculty and students to a screening of a new CBC documentary:

Medicare, Schmedicare - The Myth of Our One-Tier Medicare System
"Filmed in private clinics in Montreal, Vancouver, and Toronto Medicare Schmedicare jumps into the Medicare debate-outlining the various health services that have become privatized in Canada," asserts the CBC's Passionate Eye. More information can be found here.

Film to be followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. Alan Davidson, Associate Professor of Health Studies

Date: Wednesday, February 8
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: FIN 143

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Book Launch and Reception for Maury Williams Feb. 2
Dr. Maurice Williams' new book, "Gau, Volk and Reich" will be launched tomorrow (Thursday, Feb. 2) with a short program and wine and cheese reception in the Okanagan Room (SSC115) starting at 3 p.m.

Subtitled "Friedrich Rainer and the Paradox of Austrian National Socialism," the book is a political biography of Rainer, an Austrian Nazi who had a host of responsibilities and was well-placed in Hitler's Third Reich. It has been published in two editions, English and German, by one of the oldest history associations in Europe, and the largest in Austria, the History Association of Carinthia.

More information about the book

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High Demand Prompts Second WSET Wine Course to start Feb. 7
Fine Vintage Ltd., in partnership with UBC, announces a second Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Intermediate course to start in February in Kelowna.

Due to significant demand, a second WSET Intermediate course has now been scheduled to run on Tuesday nights, running for nine weeks starting February 7. The courses are all held in the Landmark Technology Centre in Kelowna and instructed by local wine writer and educator Rhys Pender. It is not necessary to have completed the first course to enroll in the intermediate course.

Visit the Fine Vintage website to register.

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Canadian Institutes of Health Research Operating Grant Workshop Feb. 6
This workshop is for faculty members who are interested in developing or upgrading their grant application writing skills, specifically those meeting the March 1 CIHR grant application deadline. General topics include: writing research proposals, developing a budget, peer review processes, and what reviewers look for in grant applications.

Date: Monday, February 6, 2006
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (includes lunch)
Location: To be provided upon RSVP

Online registration is required to attend this event. Registration for this event closes February 2.

To register and for more details, please see the Office of VP Research's Events Calendar

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UBC Okanagan Athletics Holds First Annual Scholarship Breakfast
Supporting athletics is a proud tradition for UBC. With this in mind, UBC Okanagan Athletics is hosting an event that hopes to crystallize this tradition in a way that keeps their programs as unique and competitive as any in Canada. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Martha Piper; patrons are Lois and Cliff Serwa, whose passion for physical fitness has enabled them to be a driving force within the community for over 30 years. Jackie Wong, UBC Okanagan student and one of only 10 women nation-wide who have qualified for the CCAA Female Mentor Coach Program, will also be featured.

Friday, April 21, 2006
Time: 7:15 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Location: Coast Capri Hotel

Check the Athletics and Recreation site for more.

Tickets can be purchased through Elizabeth Kershaw at the UBC Okanagan Development Office. Call 78565, or e-mail for confirmation.

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Volunteers Sought for UBC Okanagan Transition Study
Dr. Blane Despres, Assistant Professor of Education at UBC Okanagan, continues to seek volunteers for a short-term project that will focus on the systemic transition from March 2004 to September 2005. Dr. Despres hopes to preserve the stories, sentiments, and memories of the transition in order to promote further research into the process. Participants will be asked to discuss their perceptions of the transition in a 20- to 30-minute interview. Question topics range from reactions to the initial announcement by the provincial government, to the implementation of UBC Okanagan.

This will be the first exploration into the institutional transition from University College to UBC Okanagan. Interested volunteers can view the questionnaire and consent form online. Dr. Despres can be contacted by e-mail or at 807.8122.

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Introduction to Web of Science
The UBC Okanagan Library will be offering an introductory session on Web of Science. Learn the basics of searching this multidisciplinary database -- a system which indexes 8,700 of the most prestigious, high-impact research journals in the world. Mike Tuckerman from Thompson Scientific will show how to navigate the database, and highlight some new features.

Date: Tuesday, Feb 7, 2006
Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
Location: Okanagan Library Learning Lab (LIB111)

Online registration is available here

Contact James Laitinen if you have any questions, or call 79146.

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RISe Now Available to UBC Okanagan Faculty
UBC Policy #87 requires researchers to have the approval of the UBC Animal Care Committee prior to embarking on research or teaching involving the use of Animals. As of February 15, 2006, faculty members will have access to the Researcher Information Services (RISe) online system. RISe enables researchers to submit and manage animal care ethics applications easily and securely. With RISe, users can track their ethics applications through the approval process, as well as manage amendments and renewals. More information on RISe can be found by accessing the ORS web site and following the links to the RISe information site. User support can be accessed via the system.

For questions related to RISe animal-specific questions:

For general questions related to Research Services contact:

Fred Woo
Biosafety & Animal Care Assistant
UBC Vancouver
Phone: 75115

Heather Drake
ORS Research Secretary
UBC Okanagan, LIB310
Phone: 78150

Creating a Teaching Dossier/e-Portfolio
Evidence of your teaching and research accomplishments should be gathered with equal commitment and care. In developing a teaching dossier, you learn to collect relevant materials, to present them in an organized fashion, and to reflect upon your teaching values and philosophy. This seminar sets the stage for the development of your own teaching dossier. It will also focus on suggested approaches regarding documentation, and discuss the collection and organization of material. This session is intended primarily for faculty members who are pre-tenure or under consideration for promotion, but all are welcome. You may wish to review Teaching Dossier Preparation: a Guide for Faculty Members.

Facilitated by Dr. Simon Ellis, Department of Wood Science, UBC Vancouver (Bio).

Date: February 9 or 10, 2006
Time: 9 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: LIB302
Register for this workshop

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Creating a Digital Teaching Portfolio Using iWebfolio
This hands on workshop will provide participants with an overview of how to create an e-portfolio using the online iWebfolio. iWebfolio provides you with space to store the documents and reflections that may be part of your teaching dossier. The power of putting your dossier online is in the share-ability that this type of software provides. iWebfolio allows you to selectively, and securely, share your e-portfolio with as many people as you would like.
Facilitated by Kele Fleming, Office of Learning Technology, University of British Columbia.

Date: February 9 or 10, 2006
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Location: FIN142
Register for this workshop

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BCNET 2010: Celebrating Kelowna's Connections to the World
BCNET would like to announce the completion of the accelerated, super high-performance connectivity for Kelowna's research, higher education, and business community. This new network lays the foundation for greater innovation in science and education.

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2006
Time: 2 - 4 p.m.
Location: Okanagan Room (SSC115)

BCNET is dedicated to providing high capacity, "super" broadband, often called research networks to British Columbia’s research and education higher institutions. Up to 10,000 times faster than the commercial Internet, these specialized advanced networks provide the backbone for innovation in research, education and science in British Columbia.

Connecting researchers: from the heartlands, to the coast, to the world.

RSVP: e-mail Elise Everest, or call 604.268.7864

More information

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Musculoskeletal Injury Course Starts Feb. 10
The Safety and Environment Office, Human Resources, is offering the Worksafe course "Preventing and Investigating Musculoskeletal Injury" to staff and faculty on February 10. This introductory eight-hour course is free to staff and faculty, however, space is limited.

Common examples of musculoskeletal injury (MSI) include:
  • Sprains and strains associated with shoulder and low back
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome of the wrist, tendonitis of the wrist, bursitis of the shoulder

MSIs resulting from overexertion and repetitive motion accidents have consistently accounted for about one-third of the claims accepted by the WCB in B.C. The human cost of MSI is tremendous: pain and suffering for injured workers, decline in workplace morale, decline in work quality and productivity, and increase in absenteeism.

Those that take the course will have the opportunity to learn the following objectives:

Identify the key components of the Ergonomics (MSI) requirements under WCB

  • Explain the seven-step MSI prevention process
  • Explain five categories of risk factors associated with MSI
  • Explain three main types of risk control for the risk factors
  • Use a checklist to identify and assess risk factors
  • Determine ways to control identified risk factors
  • Apply early treatment and intervention principles
  • Investigate incidents of MSI to prevent recurrence

To register, please contact Yvonne Novak at 807.8624 by this Friday, February 3.

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Upcoming Applied Science Faculty Recruitment Research Talks
The UBC Okanagan Faculty of Applied Science is holding several upcoming research talks. These talks feature topics from wind turbine improvement, to the validity of a life cycle assessment used in industry for assessing environmental impacts. Talks will be held on February 7, 9, and 16. Click on the following announcements for more information.
  • February 7: Development of Wind Turbine Towers Using Fiber Reinforced Polymers -- Dr. Nibong Ungkurapinan
  • February 9: Technical Issues Related to Assessing Product and Process Life Cycles -- Dr. Edwin
  • February 16: Sensor and Data Fusion in Engineering Systems -- Dr. Homayoun Najjaran
Profile: UBC Okanagan Financial Services
UBC Okanagan Financial Services is committed to providing excellent customer service to the Faculty and staff of UBC Okanagan. They are the liaison between Vancouver and Kelowna for Budgeting, Reporting, Payroll, Accounts Payable and Research. Their mandate is to provide training, assistance and advice to the university community regarding any financial issues. Financial Services is located at the Hardy Building, as well as on campus -- ART167. The department consists of:

Manager of Finance - Barbara Peacock
Barbara manages the finance department and provides the tools and training to ensure all faculty and staff have access to financial data as required. This includes providing assistance with budgets, actual costs reporting requirements and finance assistance.
Phone: 78617

Research & Trust Accounting Clerk - Jeannette Chevrette
Jeannette handles all financial related research issues. She is also the Security Administrator for UBC Okanagan which entails setting up access for nQuery and setting up or changing signing authorities as required. She also assists with any budget related enquiries.
Phone: 78616

Payroll Clerk - Wade Noseworthy
Wade handles all the payroll issues for UBC Okanagan. He enters the hourly and overtime time sheets, enrolls and administers employee benefits, sets up employee appointments and direct deposit, and answers all enquiries pertaining to payroll related issues.
Phone: 78625

Accounts Payable Clerk - Erin Podmorow
Erin processes all travel requisitions (TREQ), requisitions for payment (QREQ), Journal Vouchers. All invoices relating to Purchase Orders are processed in Vancouver at this time. She handles all enquiries for staff and vendors.
Phone: 78615

Please do not hesitate to contact the Financial Services staff if you have any questions or concerns.
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Exchange Your Information
If you have a University-related item you'd like to see included in a future edition, please send it to Chris Guenard in Public Affairs. The deadlines for upcoming editions are:
Publication Date Deadline for Submission
February 15 February 10 (Friday)
March 1 February 24 (Friday)
March 15 March 10 (Friday)
April 5 March 31 (Friday)
April 19 April 14 (Friday)
May 3 April 28 (Friday)
May 17 May 12 (Friday)

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1, Wednesday, 10 - 11 a.m.
Centre for Teaching and Learning Workshop: Student Assessment -- Grading Multiple Choice Exams
Learn the process for grading multiple choice exams using UBC Okanagan’s OMR scanner and Remark software
More information
1, Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
HR Workshop: Getting a Grip on Your Personal Finances
1, Wednesday, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Centre for Teaching and Learning Workshop: WebCT -- Using Gradebook
Learn an easy way to keep track of student grades, and at the same time allow students to see their grades 24x7
More information
3, Friday, 4 p.m.
FCCS Colloquium Series: Bryan Ryley
Okanagan Room in Student Services Centre (SSC)
Interference and the Icon
4, Saturday, 6 - 10 p.m.
Men's & Women's Lakers Basketball vs. Douglas
UBC Okanagan Gym
4, Saturday, 7 p.m.
FCCS Art on the Line Gala Fund-Raiser
Tickets: Linda Falkingham, Secretary, Department of Creative Studies, 807.9761
More information
6, Monday, 11 a.m. - 12 noon
Writing Centre Workshop: Verb Tenses
Host: Ramine Adl, Modern Languages
7, Tuesday, 9 - 10 a.m.
Applied Science Talk: Dr. Nibong Ungkurapinan: Development of Wind Turbine Towers Using Fiber Reinforced Polymers
8, Wednesday, 3 - 4 p.m.
Pension Workshop: Two New Pension Equity Funds
9, Thursday, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Applied Science Talk: Dr. Edwin Tam: Technical Issues Related to Assessing Product and Process Life Cycle
10, Friday
Musculoskeletal Injury Course
Register by Friday, February 3. Call Yvonne at 807.8624.
13 - 16, Monday - Thursday, 9 - 11:50 a.m. & 1 - 4 p.m.
Centre for Teaching and Learning Workshop: Faculty Instructional Workshop (limited enrolment)
Discover new learning environment facilitation skills. This four-day workshop will teach participants about applying instructional design, and the creation of mini-lessons.
More information
13 - 16, Monday - Thursday, 9 - 11:50 a.m. & 1 - 4 p.m.
Centre for Teaching and Learning Workshop: Instructional Skills Workshop for Grad Students (limited enrolment)
TBA: Discover new learning environment facilitation skills. This four-day workshop will teach participants about applying instructional design, and the creation of mini-lessons.
More information
16, Thursday 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
HR Info Session: One-on-One Coaching Program
16, Thursday, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Applied Science Talk: Dr. Edwin Tam: Sensor and Data Fusion in Engineering Systems

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