Expert Panel Examines Crime, Technology and the Media
What is relevant detail in media coverage of the Robert Pickton trial? How does technology both help and hinder the quest for justice? These and other questions about crime, technology and the media will be discussed this Thursday evening by a panel of experts at the Kelowna Art Gallery, as part of UBC Okanagan's Celebrate Research Week.

Lawyer Joni Metherell of Pushor Mitchell in Kelowna will moderate the
discussion, entitled Crime, Technology and the Media: Oh What a Tangled Web They Weave. Panelists are:

  • Dr. Mary Lynn Young, Assoc. Prof. of Journalism at UBC Vancouver, who will speak on the topic of "what is relevant detail in media coverage of the Robert Pickton trial?"

  • Gary Symons, CBC Radio news correspondent, who will tell his story about a publication ban that ruined a man's life and prevented the media from reporting it.

  • Dr. Michael Woodworth, Asst. Prof. of Psychology at UBC Okanagan, who will speak about how technology both enhances and impedes the quest for justice.

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2007
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water Street, Kelowna

Tickets are free. Online pre-registration required. Register here.

Check out all Celebrate Research Week presentations and events

Award-Winning UBC Okanagan United Way Campaign
UBC Okanagan faculty, staff and students pulled together in a big way to support the 2006 United Way campaign. Now the University's dedicated committee, headed by Terry Flannigan, has been recognized for its hard work and achievements with the Leadership Campaign Team of the Year Award.

This honour recognizes the team of workplace volunteers that ran the most exceptional Leadership campaign, motivating their peers to contribute personal gifts at the $500, $1000, and $1500 level and beyond. UBC Okanagan received 20 Leadership gifts from faculty and staff, a three-fold increase over 2005.

The UBC Okanagan team was also nominated for the Employee Campaign Team of the Year Award and the Quantum Leap Participation Award, given to the organization that achieved the most extraordinary increase in employee participation.

The 2006 UBC Okanagan United Way campus campaign raised $36,855.26 for the United Way, surpassing its goal by almost $7000.

Launch of the Virtual Welcome and Resource Centre
The UBC Welcome and Resource Centre launched March 1. Created by Public Affairs' web communications team, the portal contains centralized information for multiple UBC audiences, most notably prospective hires and new faculty and staff hires. We invite you to explore the web portal and let us know what you think!

Key features of the web portal include Quick Start Orientation, a new online self-service tool that delivers customized information to help new hires navigate their way through campus within the first few days of employment; Jumpstart, an e-newsletter launching in April for new hires during their first 12 months of employment; and rotating profiles on faculty and staff -- including Rob Johnson, Director of Athletics and Recreation -- to showcase the diverse career opportunities available at UBC.

Background information on the business process redesign (BPR)

Background information and subsequent project updates on the Virtual Welcome and Resource Centre

Go Global Round Two Deadlines Approaching
Attention Faculty Members -- if you are interested in having your students study abroad, let them know about the upcoming deadlines for UBC Okanagan's Go Global programs.

Student Mobility Programs provide students with study, work, and volunteer opportunities to build global citizenship skills and knowledge, to live their discipline, and to take advantage of academic excellence at our partner institutions. UBC Okanagan's Go Global Student Mobility Programs are Senate-approved programs designed to create opportunities for outstanding students to fulfill UBC degree requirements as they immerse themselves in the academic and social lives of different regions. Mobility opportunities are available for undergraduate and graduate students, both internationally and in Canada.

Round One Go Global application deadlines have now passed; Round Two applications will be accepted starting March 1 -- deadline is May 15. Please refer to the Go Global for a list of available spots and universities. Note that most of these spots will be available for Term 2 departures only.

For more information, contact Dana Reiter, International Advisor, International Programs and Services at 807-9276.

Investigating Parent Needs for Child Services on Campus
Are you a parent who works or studies at UBC Okanagan? Do you have child service needs which you would like to see fulfilled on campus?

If so, you may be interested in participating in a research project titled, Asking the experts: Investigating parent needs for child services on campus. Participants may choose to engage in either a one-hour interview or a focus group to discuss appropriate child services that may inform future plans for the UBC Okanagan campus.

Anyone interested in participating or learning more about the research is encouraged to contact Amanda Turner or Barbara Rutherford

World Water Week at UBC Okanagan:
March 19 to 22, 2007
World Water Day is celebrated on March 22 around the world as a day of action to promote the importance of water as a resource and a basic human right.

Discover all the events taking place at UBC Okanagan leading to March 22 World Water Day.

  • World Water Week Film Festival
    Presented by the Okanagan International Film Society and OSASS.
    Dates: Monday to Wednesday, March 19 to 21
    Times: 5:30 to 9 p.m. daily
    Location: SSC Lecture Theatre SSC 026

  • Slam Poetry Competition
    Presented by Dr. Nancy Holmes and featuring students from the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies. All slam poems should refer to or be about water! Prizes, glory and lots of fun! E-mail to sign up.
  • Date: Tuesday, March 20
    Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Location: SSC Sun Room (Cafeteria)

  • Poster Competition Display and Judging
    Date: Tuesday, March 20
    Time: all day
    Location: SSC Foyer and Arts Building Foyer

  • Xeriscape Presentation
    Presentation by local xeriscape expert Gwen Steele.
    Date: Wednesday, March 21
    Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    Location: ART 114

  • Water Awareness Information Session
    Student and course union organized information session and displays.
    Date: Thursday, March 22
    Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Location: SSC Foyer and Arts Building Foyer

  • World Water Day Opening Ceremony
    The ceremony observing World Water Day includes a water drum procession, speeches from local dignitaries and water experts, student poetry readings and entertainment by the Raging Grannies.
    Date: Thursday, March 22
    Time: 12:30 to 2 p.m.
    Location: UBC Okanagan water fountain and central courtyard

  • Distinguished Speaker Series
    Dr. David Schindler
    Western Canada's Freshwater Supply in the 21st Century
    More info
This colloquium of UBC Okanagan women researchers is a response to the UBC Okanagan Academic Plan that notes our responsibility "to provide ample time for reflection and debate." The Colloquium gives researchers an opportunity to present their research and how it aligns with their teaching, providing a forum for a cross-fertilization of ideas, reflection and collaboration.

Participants will present current research projects at a variety of stages. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in the exchange of ideas. Moderated by Naomi McPherson, Community, Culture and Global Studies, Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences.

  • Presenter: Robin Dods
    Anthropology: Ancient Pyrotechnology and the Shaping of Cultural Landscapes
    Date: Wednesday, March 14
    Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
    Location: ART 372

  • Presenter: Sylvie Zebroff
    Disabilities Health Research Network Myths, Manners and Methods -- Sexual Health Education for Children with Intellectual Disabilities
    Date: Wednesday, March 28
    Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
    Location: ARTS 372

Dr. David Schindler
Western Canada's Freshwater Supply in the 21st Century
Join Dr. David Schindler, Killam Memorial Professor of Ecology at the University of Alberta and one of the world's leading experts on freshwater, in an exploration of Western Canada's freshwater supply in the 21st century.

Date: Thursday, March 22
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts, downtown Kelowna

Tickets are free but there are only a few left. To order tickets, contact the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office, 250-717-5304.

In Conversation with Stephen Toope
Join Marion Barschel, CBC Radio One's Daybreak host, for a conversation with UBC President and renowned advocate for human rights, Professor Stephen Toope.

Date: April 4, 2007
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Coast Capri Hotel -- 1171 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna
Registration: Register Online


Joint Rehearsal Workshop
The Okanagan festival Singers, Kelowna, and AURA Chamber Choir, Vernon, are presenting a joint rehearsal of Handel's Israel in Egypt. This rehearsal is a preview to the Okanagan Festival Singers' special 20-year anniversary concert.
Date: Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2007
Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: Foyer of the Student Services Centre

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New Titles
Dr. Doug Owram, DVC, has announced the following titles, reflecting changes in duties and responsibilities:

  • Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz
    Associate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Academic and Research

  • Lea-Ann Arnold
    Budget and Planning Officer, Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor

Deanna Simmons Joins Career Services

Deanna Simmons of Student Services has accepted a position with Career Services and Co-op Education. Deanna has been working with the institution for five and a half years, serving students and supporting the department. She brings with her great customer service skills, exceptional organizational abilities, and dedication to serving students. Welcome Deanna to the Career Services and Co-op Education team.

International Student Snapshot
The beautiful setting and innovative programming of UBC Okanagan attracts students from around the world. In this occasional feature, we introduce some of the international students enriching UBC Okanagan campus life.

Haiyang She of China is in her fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts program. When Haiyang She first moved to Kelowna, she missed the tall buildings and busy lifestyles that larger cities like Vancouver and Toronto had offered.

She soon found, though, that becoming involved in a number of activities like aikido and volunteering off campus at the Rotary Centre for the Arts helped her adjust to a new lifestyle and make a lot of friends, including her best friend whom she met through UBC Okanagan's conversation partner program.

For dealing with homesickness, she recommends moving in with roommates who are good friends and who can help you to develop good study habits. She urges new students to be brave about meeting new people and to get involved on campus with something that interests them.

Exchange Your Information
The Exchange is your newsletter. Let everyone know what's going on in your corner of UBC Okanagan! Send submissions to Public Affairs c/o Ingrid Tilstra

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Think Ahead, Go Further!

This March, Career Services is organizing a number of events to help students and upcoming graduates jump start their job search. Faculty and staff can help by promoting these valuable events to all students. Career Services is available year-round, providing free assistance with student resumes, interview skills, job search strategies, and career advising! Visit today in SSC 106 or online.

Summer Job Fair Preparation Session -- students can drop by and get tips on resume writing, interview skills, and getting the most out of a job fair.

Date: Wednesday, March 7
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: SSC Foyer

2007 Summer Job Fair -- hosted by Career Services and Platinum Sponsor Sysco Kelowna
Date: Tuesday, March 13 and Wednesday, March 14
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: SSC Foyer and Arts Foyer

Guest Speaker Eric Glanville -- 8 Steps to a Highly Effective Job Search
Date: Wednesday, March 14
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: ART 114

Software: Microsoft Office

Multimedia Exhibition: The Making of Picasso's Guernica
A multimedia exhibition featuring the story behind Pablo Picasso's famous Guernica painting is now underway at UBC Okanagan. The exhibition and the March 21 official ceremony are open to the public -- everyone welcome.

Date: March 1 to 30
Location: Arts Building first floor, faculty office hallway and lounge

Event: Guest Speaker Lindsey Davis: Great Expectations -- The Well-being of Youth in a Globalized Society
Date: 3:15 to 4 p.m.

Kelowna Mayor Joins International Women's Day Discussion Panel at UBC Okanagan Mar. 8
Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd is one of four women participating in UBC Okanagan's March 8 International Women's Day panel discussion about the aspirations and realities of today's women.

Joining Mayor Shepherd on the panel are Jacqueline Foley, Hydrogeologist with Golder Associates, Pauline Terbasket, Executive Director of the Okanagan Nation Alliance, and Gwen Anderson, UBC Okanagan Nursing Professor. UBC Okanagan graduate student Natasha Neumann is moderator for the discussion.

Date: Thursday, March 8
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: ART 103

Other International Women's Day Events on Mar. 8
Women's Day Morning Social
This morning social for the campus community (students, faculty and staff) features Kate Gibson Oswald playing the Celtic harp and readings by UBC Okanagan creative writing students. Refreshments and pastries provided.
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Arts Atrium

Women in Sports
Guest speaker is student athlete Sarah Knipe, All-Canadian basketball player and UBC Okanagan nursing student.
Time: 2:15 to 3 p.m.
Location: ART 103

The Well-Being of Youth in a Globalized Society
Guest speaker Lindsey Davis presents a research talk entitled Great Expectations: the Well-Being of Youth in a Globalized Society. Davis is a senior researcher with a specialist youth research division at Synovate, one of the world's largest market intelligence firms.
Time: 3:15 to 4 p.m.
Location: ART 103

Women in the Global Community
Documentary photojournalist Wendell Phillips shares images of women from around the world. There's no admission fee but donations to the Kelowna Women's Resource Centre are encouraged.
Time: 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Location: Student Services Centre Lecture Theatre SSC 026

More info...

Webcast: The Heart of Diabetes, A Public Forum
Join B.C. experts to explore and discuss the latest research and care in the fight against diabetes and its cardiovascular complications. An interactive discussion period will follow with Dr. Art Hister (House Calls) during which participants can ask questions in person or by e-mail, or just listen.

Date: Saturday, March 10
Time: 9 to 11 a.m.
Location: Join the live webcast

More info...

Presented by the Faculty of Medicine and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC, and supported by the Canadian Diabetes Association and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. and Yukon.

Webcast: Public Forum on Managing Forgetfulness and Aging Successfully
Three of Canada's top brain researchers will speak on memory loss and how it can be managed at a free public symposium on March 12 at UBC's Life Sciences Centre. The forum will also be webcast live.

Drs. Max Cynader, Howard Feldman, and Jonathan Schooler, all from the Brain Research Centre at UBC Hospital and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, will join media doctor Art Hister, host of Canada's longest-running health radio show and emcee of the symposium, to discuss disorders of the aging brain, strategies to help improve memory, and how to age successfully.

Date: Monday, March 12
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Join the live webcast.

More info...

Sponsored by The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

Terry Speaker Series -- Dr. Vandana Shiva: Videoconference at UBC Okanagan
Dr. Vandana Shiva is a physicist, ecologist, activist, editor, and author of many books. In India she has established Navdanya, a movement for biodiversity conservation and farmers' rights. She directs the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy.

She is one of the leaders of the International Forum on Globalization, (along with Jerry Mander, Edward Goldsmith, Ralph Nader, Jeremy Rifkin, and others), and a figure of the global solidarity movement known as anti-globalization movement. Her most recent books are Earth Democracy; Justice, Sustainability, and Peace and Breakfast of Biodiversity: the Political Ecology of Rain Forest Destruction.

More information about this presentation, videoconferenced for UBC Okanagan viewers, visit the website.

Date: March 12
Time: 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Student Services Centre Foyer

Three Days, 32 Films at UBC Okanagan March 16 to 18
The Traveling World Film Festival at UBC Okanagan will present 32 documentary films covering issues from more than 25 countries from March 16 to 18. Films will be presented in Student Services Centre Lecture Theatre SSC 026 and the Arts Building ART 103. The opening ceremony is at 7 p.m., March 16, in the SSC 026 Lecture Theatre.

Film schedule and more info...

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re-collect, re-member, re-connect: Commemorating International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
An opportunity to join together as a community to re-collect and re-member experiences and structures of racial discrimination as well as struggles for social justice, and work towards re-connecting. This event is sponsored by the Indigenous Studies Course Union and the proposed Cultural Studies program, with the generous support of the Department of Critical Studies, FCCS.

The event will include a presentation by Eric Mitchell, host of the Okanagan leg of the Unity Ride, a two-year ride from the Okanagan to Six Nations, Ontario, and a roundtable of speakers from the UBC Okanagan community, including faculty and students, followed by a facilitated discussion.

Date: Wednesday, March 21
Time: 2 to 5 p.m.
Location: Arts Atrium

Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact David Jefferess at 807-9359

2007 Biology Seminar Series
The following seminars will be held on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m., in Science Building SCI 396:

March 7
Ian Cole, UBC Okanagan
Neurotransmitters and Flavanoids in Scutellaria species: Evidence of conservation of phytochemistry in an important medicinal plant genus.

March 14
Danielle Hirkala, UBC Okanagan
Molecular and biological approaches for improved prediction and control of post-harvest decay in pome fruit.

March 28
Kirsten Hanam, UBC Vancouver
The organic matter and microbial community composition of forest floors in the boreal mixedwood forest.

Coaching Clinic
Date: Thursday, March 22
Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
Fees: no charge, but pre-registration is required
Registration: Yvonne Novak
at 807-8624

Smarten Up Your Students With RAP
The Research Assistance Program (RAP) is a series of seminars where students can learn smart research skills. Here are some of the upcoming sessions, which will be held in the Learning Lab (LIB 111) in the Library:

Social Software Tools
Date: Thursday, March 8
Time: 3 to 3:50 p.m.

RefWorks: Bibliographies Made Easy
Date: Tuesday, March 13
Time: 10:30 to 11:20 a.m.

APA Citations
Date: Wednesday, March 14 and
Time: 2 to 2:50 p.m.

MLA Citations
Date: Thursday, March 15
Time: 3 to 3:50 p.m.

APA Citations
Date: Tuesday, March 20
Time: 10:30 to 11:20 a.m.

What Do You Mean I Can't Use Wikipedia?
Date: Wednesday, March 21
Time: 2 to 2:50 p.m.

RefWorks: Bibliographies Made Easy
Date: Thursday, March 22
Time: 3:30 to 4:20 p.m.

Students can register at the Library website.