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Nobel Laureate Talks Science Education
Jan. 16 at UBC Okanagan

Carl Wieman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001, will visit UBC Okanagan Jan. 16 for a free public lecture about science education in the 21st century.

"Science has advanced rapidly in the past 500 years," Wieman says. "Guided primarily by tradition and dogma, science education meanwhile has remained largely medieval. Research into the ways people learn is now revealing how many teachers badly misinterpret what students are thinking and learning from traditional science classes and exams."

However, Wieman says, research is also providing insights about how to do much better.

In his presentation, he will discuss the failures of traditional educational practices, even as used by "very good" teachers, and the successes of some new practices and technology that characterize this more effective approach, and how these results are highly consistent with findings from cognitive science.

Wieman joined the University of British Columbia this year as the Director of the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative. Tickets to Wieman's lecture are free, and are available only by online registration. The presentation is at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the UBC Okanagan Student Services Centre Lecture Theatre (SSC026). Space is limited.


On hand Dec. 6 for a cheque presentation at UBC Okanagan were, from left, Dr. Joan Bassett-Smith, Director of the School of Nursing; Donna Kurtz, Assoc. Professor of Nursing; Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Al Horning; Dr. Carol McFadyen, Assoc. Director of the School of Nursing; and Dr. Joan Bottorff, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Development.

B.C. Funds UBC Okanagan Aboriginal Nursing Project
UBC Okanagan has received $34,055 as part of the B.C. Government's Aboriginal Nursing Strategies. The funds will be used to establish a partnership with health and education agencies to develop tools, curricula and support services to increase enrolment of Aboriginal nursing students at UBC Okanagan.


advisorySnow Days at UBC Okanagan
In the event of a major snowfall or other serious weather event, the Deputy Vice Chancellor may call for the cancellation of classes or the closure of UBC Okanagan.
If this happens, the University remains open for essential services (such as food services needed for students in residence, the functioning of heating plants and maintenance of security).
Major Okanagan radio stations will be notified and using the newly developed phone tree, supervisors will contact faculty and staff. All UBC Okanagan students, faculty and staff are asked to listen to local radio stations and check the UBC Okanagan homepage for status updates.

New Policy Smokes Out Cigarettes on Campus
On Nov. 28, UBC's Board of Governors approved updates to Policy #15 Smoking and Smoking Product Promotion on Campus, in the hopes that all UBC campuses will breathe easier. Smoking is now banned in all areas except designated smoking areas -- the gazebos -- located:

  • at the bottom of Student Services Centre, near the Welcome centre
  • at the bottom of the Library stairs, near the Central Stores loading dock
  • at the south-west exit of the Student Services Centre building, behind the cafeteria
  • between the Arts and Fine Arts/Health building
  • between the Science and Arts building

Ken Yu, Acting Health, Safety and Environment Advisor, explains, "this is a great, aggressive new policy to help keep UBC healthy, but some folks on the Okanagan campus expressed confusion about a new stipulation that requires smokers to be at least six metres away from all buildings, doorways, air intakes, bus stops or any area with hazardous materials or that pose a flammability risk. To be as clear as possible: the six-metre aspect of the policy applies to the Vancouver campus -- at UBC Okanagan there is to be no smoking except in the designated smoking gazebos." 

For more information about how this policy change affects the UBC Okanagan campus, contact Health, Safety and Environment Associate Dave Cavezza

Bizzotto Appointed Manager of Facilities
Join the AVP Operations portfolio in congratulating Roger Bizzotto, newly appointed Manager of Facilities. Roger has been acting manager since April 2007, and has been a Maintenance Engineer with the facilities management staff since November 1994. 

The role of the facilities manager is to ensure high-quality maintenance of buildings, landscape, snow removal, recycling, campus mail and janitorial services for the entire campus. His office is in the facilities management office (SSC101), located across from the UBC Okanagan Bookstore, in the Student Services Centre building. He can be reached by calling 79272.

Vocational Service Excellence Award for Zilm
Gwen Zilm, UBC Okanagan AVP Learning Services, has been honoured with the Rotary Club of Kelowna 2007 Vocational Service Excellence Award. Presenting the award to Zilm at a recent Rotary Club meeting were (left) Vern Nielsen, Chair of the Vocational Service Committee, and Michael Loewen, President of the Rotary Club of Kelowna. The award recognizes outstanding achievement and commends Zilm for demonstrating the ideals of Rotary in the workplace.

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December 19, 2007

UBCO.TV Now Available to UBC Okanagan Community
UBCO.TV is getting attention across campus. The new system of TV monitors in the foyers of major buildings is now available to start promoting your events, contests, programs, and new developments. UBCO.TV can also be used to stream video of donor announcements, annual events, and anything else that needs to be communicated to students, faculty and staff in the coming year.

Download the new message request form. This form allows academic or administrative units to easily request a message for both UBCO.TV and the large electronic sign located on University Way. (Please note: this request form is for non-video related requests only, such as event or contest promotions.)

If you have suggestions for video segments you would like to see on UBCO.TV in the next semester, please send your ideas to Gwen Zilm, AVP Learning Services.

UBCO.TV -- start watching, get involved, be part of something new.

Six Future UBC Okanagan Students Selected for $5,000 Irving K. Barber B.C. Scholarships
Six second-year college students from throughout B.C.'s Southern Interior, all destined for UBC Okanagan next year, have been awarded $5,000 each from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Fund.

"These scholarships are an investment in the skills and talents of students in B.C.," said Dr. Irving K. Barber, the philanthropist for whom the fund is named. "They help students obtain their post-secondary degrees while rewarding their outstanding accomplishments, both in the classroom and in the community."


Total Surpasses $45K for United Way
UBC Okanagan's United Way Campaign total continues to rise. Campaign Chair Gwen Zilm reports that this year's goal of $35,000 has been surpassed by a wide margin. "Our total is $45,234 and climbing," she says, attributing the campaign's remarkable success to the generosity of the campus community and hard work of the campaign committee.United Way
Committee members this year were Chair Gwen Zilm, George Athans, Terry Flannigan, Alanna Vernon, Carrol Pidhaichuk, Bonnie DeBruyn, Sharon McCoubrey, Elizabeth Kershaw, Shawn Swallow, Louise Nelson, Brenda Tournier, Don Thompson, Deborah Owram, Leanne Perry, and Lindsay Winger.


It's Yours: A Legacy of Research Excellence
Celebrate Research Week Mar. 8 to 15, 2008

From Mar. 8 to 15, the campus community will feature faculty research, graduate students, and community members all aiming to demonstrate more about the rich tapestry of research being developed across UBC Okanagan.  It's Yours: A legacy of research excellence, this year's Celebrate Research Week theme, aims to draw on-campus and community attention to the outstanding research being conducted in all fields at UBC Okanagan.

In January, faculty will be called upon to sign up to participate in Celebrate Research Week through panel discussions, poster presentations, lectures, or the ever-popular Coffee and Controversy discussions.

For more information contact Chris Guenard, Alumni and University Relations.

There are no upcoming workshops to report.

Publication Date Submission Deadline
January 9 January 4 (Friday)
January 23 January 18 (Friday)
February 6 February 1 (Friday)

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