Paul Shipley is working with fellow UBC Okanagan chemistry professor Susan Murch, Canada Research Chair in natural products chemistry, to establish a new Centre for Antibiotic, Neuroprotective, and Anti-Inflammatory Technologies. It's one of seven UBC Okanagan research initiatives to receive funding announced this week by the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

UBC Okanagan Researchers Receive $880,000 for Seven Projects
Seven new research programs at UBC Okanagan will receive more than $880,000 in funding announced yesterday by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

"This funding recognizes the excellence of our researchers, and the importance of the research being conducted at UBC Okanagan," said Doug Owram, Deputy Vice Chancellor, noting that UBC is consistently ranked among the world's top research-intensive universities.

The UBC Okanagan projects are:

  • Centre for Antibiotic, Neuroprotective, and Anti-Inflammatory Technologies -- $192,810
    Paul Shipley and Susan Murch, Chemistry

  • Environmetrics Research Laboratory -- $152,084
    Jason Loeppky and Sylvia Esterby, Mathematics and Statistics

  • Facility for Soil-Atmosphere Interactions -- $144,761
    Craig Nichol, Hydrogeology

  • Ecological and Conservation Genomics Laboratory:
    Investigating Genetic Level Responses of Living Systems to Changing Environments --
    Michael Russello, Biology

  • Community Geoinformatics Laboratory:
    A Space for Communities to Express Their Knowledge of Place --
    Jon Corbett, Geography

  • Laboratory for Organometallic Chemistry of First-Row Transition Metals -- $77,227
    Kevin Smith, Chemistry

  • Computer Aided Convex Analysis Laboratory -- $62,783
    Yves Lucet, Mathematics
All seven projects were funded through the CFI Leaders Opportunity Fund, designed to assist in attracting excellent faculty to Canadian universities as well as retaining the very best of today's and tomorrow's leading researchers for Canada.


One of UBC's newest alumni, Stuart Hurd of Edmonton, recently converted his two degrees from the former Okanagan University College to UBC degrees.

OUC Grads Welcomed into UBC Alumni Family
Edmonton teacher Stuart Hurd, Kelowna lawyer Heidi Taylor, and UBC Okanagan Development Coordinator Elizabeth Kershaw have a lot in common. They're all graduates of Okanagan University College (OUC), and they've chosen to convert their OUC parchments to UBC degrees.

A graduate from OUC with a science degree in 1999 and an education degree in 2004, Hurd returned to Kelowna to meet some of his new UBC alumni family at a June 22 reception hosted by UBC Okanagan Alumni Relations, and attended by members of UBC's Alumni Association board of directors.


Your Views Matter: Healthy Workplace Culture Survey
What does UBC Okanagan's healthy workplace culture look like? A confidential, web-based survey is now underway to gather your input -- you can help shape our future!

As part of a new UBC Okanagan-wide Healthy Workplace Culture Strategy, an Advisory Group (AG) has been established by the DVC to help faculty and staff create the supportive culture required to achieve and sustain a healthy working and learning environment.

The AG welcomes all faculty and staff to participate in the survey, which you can access on the new UBC Okanagan Health Promotion website.

If you have any questions or comments about the Healthy Workplace Culture Strategy, please contact Leanne Bilodeau directly at 78938.

Career Services Now Accepting Work Study Program Proposals
Interested in hiring a student? The UBC Okanagan Work Study Program is now accepting project proposals for 2007-2008.

The UBC Okanagan Work Study Program is a financial need-based program that provides domestic students with the opportunity to work on campus in a variety of roles and earn additional income to help finance their education. The Work Study Program provides a wage subsidy of $9 per hour up to a maximum of $3,000, or until April 30, 2008 -- whichever comes first. In this program students work a maximum of 12 hours per week.

As a UBC Okanagan faculty or staff member, you are eligible to apply for the Work Study program and become a Work Study project supervisor.

In 2006-2007, Career Services helped 125 students find employment at UBC Okanagan and over $135,000 was paid out in subsidized wages. For more information about the Work Study Program and to download the Project Proposal visit the website.

Important Dates
Project proposal forms for supervisors are now available.

Aug. 1 Applications for students available. Positions posted online
Sep. 3 Work Study Program begins
Apr. 30 Work Study Program ends

If you have any questions, contact or call 79223.

Campbell Appointed Dean of Education
Dr. Doug Owram, Deputy Vice Chancellor, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Robert Campbell as Dean of the Faculty of Education. Dr. Campbell has led the faculty in an acting capacity for the past two years and Dr. Owram is pleased he will continue to play an important role as a leader in the UBC Okanagan community.

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July 4, 2007

Bookstore Hosts Sidewalk Sale
The UBC Okanagan Bookstore will be having a sidewalk sale July 9 to 13. Many items -- including clothing and gifts -- will be up to 50 per cent off.

International Languages Conference to be held at UBC Okanagan July 30 to Aug. 1

The 42nd International Conference on Salish and Neighbouring Languages -- co-hosted by Community, Culture and Global Studies and the En'owkin Centre -- will be held on campus this year from July 30 to August 1.

Presenters will address the study, preservation, and teaching of Salish and neighbouring languages, including N'syilxcen, Lushootseed, St'át'imcets, Halkomelem, Heiltsuk (a Wakashan language), Klallam, and Skwxwú7mesh Salish, and the Tsimshianic languages.

More information is available on the Community Culture and Global Studies website.

Physical Theatre Workshop Offered at UBC Okanagan in August
UBC Okanagan is offering a unique opportunity for professional development in performance called Creating Performances: An Introduction to Physical Theatre.

This university-level theatre workshop will introduce students to contemporary European physical theatre techniques drawn from a variety of sources (Jacques Lecoq, Monika Pagneux, Moshe Feldenkrais, Etienne Decroux) and will explore the fundaments of live performance through structured improvisations.

"This workshop is suitable for adult performers interested in creating physically based performances, and drama instructors wishing to introduce physical theatre techniques into their teaching," says Neil Cadger, one of the three instructors for the course and Assistant Professor for the Performance Program in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.


Date: Sat & Sun, August 25 & 26
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with artist talks Saturday at 7 p.m.
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts
Cost: $235
To register: email Tia-Maria Hoeller or call 807-8177

Smart Forms Training
UBC Okanagan Finance is pleased to offer SMART FORMS training. Smart Forms are web-based requisition forms that replace paper-based requisition forms (Q-Requisitions and Travel Requisitions). This session is limited to 12 participants -- register early.

To Register: e-mail Gabriel Gock. Be sure to include your CWL login ID.
Date: Wednesday, July 18
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: FIN 142

Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training Offered
Health Promotion -- in partnership with Campus Health and Wellness, Campus Life, and Housing and Conferences -- is offering QPR training for faculty and staff at UBC Okanagan.

QPR Training (question, persuade and refer) fits within our Healthy Workplace Culture Strategy in terms of providing a program which builds the capacity of our faculty and staff to identify, intervene and refer staff or students at risk of suicide to appropriate resources on campus.

QPR is not a form of counselling or treatment, but rather, a community-based approach which offers hope through positive and proactive action.

General Session
Date: Wednesday, July 25
Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Please e-mail all RSVPs to Doris Taylor or call 78624. Please note: workshop size is limited, please register early.

If you have any questions about these sessions, please contact Leanne Bilodeau, Health Promotions, or call 78938.

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