Louise Nelson

Louise Nelson's research into new ways of preserving fruit in storage is the cover story for the Winter 2007-2008 edition of Advance, the official publication of the Advanced Foods and Materials Network.

The feature highlights Dr. Nelson's work with Dr. Peter Sholberg of the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, in developing a way to detect fungal pathogens while apples are on the tree.

View the full story in Advance
(1.5 MB -- PDF file)

Samantha NuttDo More for Civilians Caught in War's Crossfire, Urges UBC Okanagan Speaker Samantha Nutt
Dr. Samantha Nutt, a medical doctor, activist and founder of War Child Canada, visits Kelowna on Jan. 28 with a message urging the global community to do a better job of protecting civilians caught in the crossfire of war.

Nutt has helped children in some of the world's most violent flashpoints and is a leader in the effort to bring humanitarian aid to children and families in war-affected countries. She has been invited by UBC Okanagan's Distinguished Speaker Series to present a free public lecture examining the impact of war and the importance of public engagement in global issues.

"What will it take to reduce, if not eliminate, the threat of war as a propagator of death, disease and destruction and unfathomable hardship?" Nutt asks. "In short, it takes nothing less than a moral and philosophical transformation around the privileged position we occupy in the world --geographically, politically and economically -- and the responsibility that comes along with this so that we aren't beating innocent people with a stick on the one hand, and unapologetically handing out Band-Aids with the other."

DSS logoDate: Monday, Jan. 28
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts
421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna.

Free tickets are available from the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office. Call (250) 717-5304. Book early to avoid disappointment.


Note: Tickets are now sold out for the Jan. 16 Distinguished Speaker Series presentation by Nobel Laureate Dr. Carl Wieman. Some rush seating may be available prior to the 4 p.m. presentation in the Student Services Centre Theatre SSC026.

Need a New Year's Resolution? Try Carpooling
Need a New Year's resolution that will make a significant impact on the campus community? Carpooling is one great way to reduce traffic, costs, and help the environment. UBC Okanagan is one of many partners in carpool.ca, the first Internet-based carpooling site in Canada, and is helping promote January as Ride Share Month in Kelowna.

"Carpool.ca helps students, faculty and staff connect with each other and provide alternative transportation to and from campus. It's free, informative, and is as easy a New Year's resolution to keep as any I can think of," says Garry Appleton, Manager of Security and Parking.

For more information, and to find a carpool near you, contact Greg Bishop in the parking office or visit Carpool.ca.

Launching LAKE: A Journal of Arts and Environment
The inaugural issue of LAKE: A Journal of Arts and Environment, a new arts and literary journal housed in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, will be launched on Friday, Jan. 18.
Meet the editors, buy a copy of the journal or a subscription, listen to music provided by Lent, Fraser, Wall, hear about a new literary contest, and get a taste of a wonderful new journal.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Nancy Holmes at 79369 or Sharon Thesen at 79417.

Date: Friday, Jan. 18
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts
421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna.

Registration Begins Jan. 14 for Second Annual Health Symposium

Register early if you hope to attend the second annual Health Symposium on Feb. 19.

"Registration begins on Monday, Jan. 14, and we're anticipating an even larger draw of faculty and staff this year, in addition to sponsorship delegates and key members of the community, so make sure you check the website early and often," says symposium organizer Leanne Bilodeau.

"The theme of this year's symposium -- Our Community, Our Culture -- is about creating the type of environment that supports our aspirations and enhances the overall health and well-being of our faculty, staff and students," Bilodeau says.

The symposium will feature experts, interactive sessions, activity-based workshops, and an all-day tradeshow that will present opportunities to learn more about healthy living and healthy workplace practices. Keynote presenters this year are Dr. Martin Collis (Healing, Humour and High-Level Wellness: The M.E.L.L.O.W. Approach) and Nora Spinks (Do It On Purpose: Achieving Work-Life Quality Together).

Here's a glance at the breakout sessions:
10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
1a) Leveraging Generational Diversity: Challenges and Opportunities
1b) From Overwhelmed to Empowered: Leading my Career, Leading my Community
1c) Developing Workplace Health Through Continuous Learning, Leadership and Change
1d) Choice A -- What's Your Exerscuse?
1d) Choice B -- Quitting For Good: A Smoking Cessation Workshop Breakout Session

1:30 to 3 p.m.
2a) Weight Loss for the Mind
2b) Bring Order to Chaos: Manage your Time, Energy and Technology
2c) Discovering Your Prosperity Factor: The Secrets to Financial Health
2d) Developing Workplace Health Through Continuous Learning, Leadership and Change

For more information and registration visit the Health Symposium website, or contact Leanne Bilodeau.

Lynn Coady

Lynn Coady UBC Okanagan's First Writer in Residence

Novelist and short story writer Lynn Coady will spend two weeks on the UBC Okanagan campus from March 1 to 15, 2008. Students of UBC Okanagan and writers in the Kelowna area are invited to have their work critiqued and to participate in a one-on-one meeting with Coady. She will also give a free public reading at the downtown Kelowna library on Wednesday, March 5.

"Having a writer in residence in a community is a huge benefit to new writers," says Nancy Holmes, Associate Professor in Creative Studies at UBC Okanagan. "Writers can get feedback on their work, talk about agents and publishing, and the writer's life in general with someone who's been there. We're incredibly lucky to have Lynn Coady from Toronto to be UBC Okanagan's first writer in residence."


Publication Date Submission Deadline
January 23 January 18 (Friday)
February 6 February 1 (Friday)
February 20 February 15 (Friday)

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January 9, 2008

Faculty of Health & Social Development Research Seminar
Edward H. Taylor, PhD, LICSW -- Associate Professor, University of Minnesota
Social work at the interface of neuroscience and ecological systems: A research perspective on mental illness

Maintaining social work's professional status as mental health providers demands increasing attention to the environmental paradigms with which we work. In mental health, this means researching the reciprocal process and interaction among multilevel ecological systems, brain functioning, information processing, emotions, and social cognitive perceptions. This presentation provides an overview of research conducted at the interface of neuroscience, environment, and treatment. Dr. Taylor will review findings from his earlier work as part of the largest neuroscience study of twins and schizophrenia, and discuss recent research exploring developmental-ecological differences between violent and non-violent clients with schizophrenia. The talk will conclude with a brief outline of treatment research conducted on using self-rating scales with clients, and an evaluation of Minnesota's efforts to implement evidence-based practices in child mental health clinics. Dr. Taylor is a candidate for the position of Director, School of Social Work.

Date: Monday, Jan. 14
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information contact Lynne McPherson or call 78738.

Daniel BolshoyGuitarist Daniel Bolshoy Performs Jan. 23
Daniel Bolshoy brings his ideas and his classical guitar to the UBC Okanagan campus on Wednesday, Jan. 23. A guitarist who regularly performs solo and chamber music recitals in Canada's most prestigious venues -- Glenn Gould Studio, the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, the National Art Centre, Vancouver's Chan Centre -- Bolshoy will be performing his South American programme.

The program will be introduced by UBC Okanagan Assistant Professors of Spanish Dr. Francisco Pena and Dr. Mercedes Duran-Cogan.

Bolshoy teaches guitar at Concordia University in Montreal and regularly offers master classes to guitar societies and educational institutions internationally. He also frequently performs outreach and educational concerts for young people.

Wednesay, Jan. 23
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: SSC026

View the program for this performance

Find out more on Daniel Bolshoy's website

Strategic Research Plan Forum Rescheduled
The Strategic Research Plan Forum originally scheduled for Nov. 21 has been rescheduled to Jan. 16. This forum will present the work done to date on the UBC Okanagan Strategic Research Plan led by Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, Provost (Okanagan), and the Strategic Research Planning Committee.This is an important opportunity for all faculty members to ask questions and provide feedback for the Strategic Research Plan.

Date:  Wednesday, Jan. 16
Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Location: SCI337
Registration: Register online.

For more info, please contact Raina Ducklow or call 78150.

Kuali Day Workshop -- The Next Generation Student System
UBC has recently embarked on a five-year project to develop a new student information system call Kuali Student. This project is comprised of a consortium of universities committed to creating a next generation student system that will surpass the capabilities available today. Kuali Student's service-oriented design is centered on the needs of students: helping them set education goals, anticipating their information needs, suggesting options, and simplifying their administrative tasks. Students, faculty and institutions will benefit from the concept of learning units, a new and flexible approach to dealing with curriculum change and tomorrow's dynamic learning environment. All faculty and staff are invited to attend one or all of the Kuali workshop sessions to learn more about this exciting project and provide feedback on the progress to date. The day will include four 40- to 60-minute presentations and discussion breaks. Refreshments will be provided. The four presentations will cover a general overview of the system, key concepts, and functional overviews such as customer contact, learning unit management (e.g. curriculum), registration and student records management, degree audits, student financial information, and more.

Tuesday, Jan. 29
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Okanagan Room (SSC115)
To register: contact Marie Leiren to reserve a seat and to be notified of more details nearer to the event.

For more information contact Fred Vogt, Associate Registrar, or Audrey Lindsay, Associate Registrar and Director of Student Systems.