Celebrate Research Week

Celebrate Research Week is a showcase of UBC Okanagan research excellence, spanning all faculties and presenting cutting-edge work on diverse and compelling topics. Research is the heart and soul of a great university. Through research, UBC Okanagan is able to have a wide-ranging and important impact on the world, affecting everything from cultural and social understanding to the prevention and treatment of disease.

Read more about Celebrate Research Week 2008

Featured Event
In Conversation with Writer-in-Residence Lynn Coady
Enjoy an evening of coffee and creativity in the Laurel Packinghouse. Novelist Lynn Coady will discuss the life of a writer, and the business of writing with Marion Barschel, CBC Radio One's Daybreak host.

Date: Thursday, Mar. 13
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: The Laurel Packinghouse -- 1304 Ellis Street
Registration: register for this event

Lunchtime Feature Presentations
From Mar. 8 to 15, UBC Okanagan showcases a wide variety of presentations on campus -- including the following lunchtime features in the Student Service Centre Foyer:

  • The Science of Happiness 
  • Housing Choices, Demand and Needs in the Okanagan Valley
  • Are You Suited to be a Psychopath?
  • Globalization, Place, and Indigenous Peoples' Lives and Environments in the Americas
  • Mexican Migrant Farm Workers and the Okanagan
  • Sustainable Road Safety: Oxymoron or No Accident?
  • Building the Kettle Valley Railway: The Moiling, Toiling Men of Myra Canyon

On-Campus Afternoon Sessions
Each day's lunchtime features are followed by a full afternoon of themed Faculty and Graduate Student Presentations, including:

  • Spirit, Emotion, Health and Happiness
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Culture and Social Norms
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Interrelationship of People, Resources and Natural Systems
  • Language and Complex Systems
  • Individual and Social Development

A full schedule of events is available at the UBC Okanagan bookstore.
Details about Celebrate Research Week presentations

Lakers Win BCCAA Men's Volleyball Championship
The UBC Okanagan Lakers men's volleyball team earned the gold medal and BCCAA Championship banner last week with a five-set rollercoaster match versus host Malaspina University College Mariners. The Lakers are enjoying some much-needed rest in preparation for the National Championships in Ontario at Humber College beginning March 6.



Men's Basketball Team in National Championships
The Lakers men's basketball team is heading to Quebec in pursuit of a national title. After claiming silver in the BCCAA Provincial Championships at UNBC last month, the team has been selected for a wildcard berth in the Men's National Basketball Championships, hosted by Champlain College Saint Lambert in St. Lambert, Québec.
The nation’s top-ranked collegiate basketball teams will converge on Saint-Lambert for three days of exciting head-to-head competition March 13 to 15.
Follow all the championship basketball action on YouTube

Left to Right: Chris Major, Luke England, Tammy Thomas, Rebecca Warnes and Kailey Buller.

All-Star Talent Recognized by BCCAA

This year's Lakers volleyball men and women are well represented in this year's BCCAA  all-star selections. Graduating setter and Laker men's leader Chris Major was named to the first team all-star lineup, and middle Luke England -- student athlete speaker at the upcoming Mar. 28 Athletics Scholarship Breakfast -- earned a second-team nomination.

Graduating power Tammy Thomas is this year's BCCAA Player of the Year, while also earning first-team all star honors alongside Laker outside hitter Rebecca Warnes. Right side Kailey Buller was named BCCAA's Rookie of the Year, and Laker women's head coach Steve Manuel was voted BCCAA Coach of the Year.


water fountainBetter Water in Campus Drinking Fountains
Drinking water was identified as a priority campus health issue by students, faculty and staff who participated in last fall's VOICE study (Student Voices Creating a Healthy Campus Community). At that time, 71 per cent of those surveyed were dissatisfied with the non-bottled drinking water available on campus.

In response, a Water Action Group was formed consisting of students, staff and faculty. One of the group's high-priority items was to have filters placed on the fountains around campus. In December, Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) water filters were installed on fountains in the Student Service Centre near the Cafeteria, the Arts building beside Booster Juice, and the Science building on the left of the main door.

Two weeks ago, the VOICE team surveyed the campus community to get feedback on the water quality in the filtered fountains. Survey results clearly supported the use of fountain filters, with 88 per cent of respondents indicating the water had improved, and 93 per cent recommending that filters be placed on all fountains.

A blind taste test also was conducted -- two-thirds of the people participating tasted an improvement in the filtered water in comparison with unfiltered water.

In response to this testing, Facilities Management will begin installing filtration units on the remaining campus water fountains in mid-March. Signs will also be posted on fountains as filters are installed.

For more information about this initiative, or to join the Water Action Group, please contact Claire Budgen, Director of Health and Wellness.

Project GrowProject GROW Coin Drive Starts Today
Crack open a piggy bank for the Project GROW (Ghana Rural Opportunities for Women) Coin Drive, which celebrated with a kick-off event earlier today in the SSC Foyer.

From Mar. 5 to 26, buckets will be located in all the main foyers around campus. All members of the campus community are encouraged to add change to these buckets. The winning bucket will be awarded the Coin Drive Trophy and bragging rights for one full year.

How it works:
Participating faculty, staff, and students are grouped into teams representing specific academic areas. Each team will share a coin bucket. Staff from any non-academic unit will be awarded their own group and bucket. The aim is to collect as many pennies in a bucket as possible with one penny equaling one point. All other change or bills are counted as negative points towards a team's total.

All proceeds are being donated to Project GROW.

Cafeteria Making Big Changes
Thinking about lunch? Try stopping in at the new and improved cafeteria. Aramark is moving in a new direction -- a facelift and a greater number of healthier choices are just the beginning of changes for UBC Okanagan food services.

In a VOICE survey about health on campus last October, more than half of the 1,268 participants identified food as an area for improvement. Aramark and the VOICE team have been working together to create change. Recent changes to the cafeteria include:

  • a new entree salad bar station where you create your own salad
  • a new fruit stand
  • relocation of food and drink to make healthy choices easier
  • introduction of Halal meats
  • a herb garden and much more

Also new is the Chef's Table. This is a chance for cafeteria patrons to meet with executive chef, Darren Bezanson, to share ideas and suggestions and bring in their favourite recipes to be featured in the cafeteria. The Chef's table will be held every Friday from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Check out the cafeteria and let the food action group know what you think. If you are interested in being involved with the food action group, please contact Nurse Clinician Suki Futa or Claire Budgen, Principal Investigator, VOICE Project.

United Way

The UBC Okanagan United Way 2007 Campaign committee with the Quantum Leap Participation Award. From left, Don Thompson, Bonnie DeBruyn, 2007 UBC Okanagan Campaign Chair Gwen Zilm, Elizabeth Kershaw, Brenda Tournier, and Past Campaign Chair Terry Flannigan.

Quantum Leap Award for UBC Okanagan United Way Campaign
UBC Okanagan brought home a major award from the United Way's Community Spirit Awards on Feb. 21.

On the strength of a campus-wide campaign that raised $46,638 -- $11,000 more than the campaign's $35,000 goal -- the United Way gave UBC Okanagan the Quantum Leap Participation Award for the most extraordinary increase in employee participation in their 2007 campaign.


Education students

Education Students Invited to Exhibit Movie Projects on Royal B.C. Museum Site

The Royal B.C. Museum's website will soon feature videos made by UBC Okanagan Education students.
Last fall, students in Education Professor Vicki Green's Social Studies Methodology course were challenged to prepare physical models or iMovie presentations about some aspect of Okanagan history. Nearly 40 students chose to make short films about their subjects.
The students have been invited to exhibit their videos on the provincial museum's Free Spirit, Stories of You, Me and BC website, celebrating B.C.'s 150th anniversary.
The Nakusp Museum is also excited about the iMovies and plans to feature them in their museum. At an upcoming celebration of Aboriginal culture at Vernon's Ellison Elementary school, student teacher Vicky Raphael, of Lytton, B.C., will present the iMovie she made showing her brother fishing in the Fraser River using a dip net.

Read more about the student projects...

View a selection of student videos...

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March 5, 2008


International Women's Day Events This Week

Women and the Sex Trade in Kelowna and British Columbia
Learn about how the sex trade affects women in our community and our province. This panel discussion features representatives of Prostitutes Empowerment Education and Resources Society, Elizabeth Fry Society, Benita Bunjun of Vancouver Status of Women, and author Maggie de Vries.

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 5
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Atrium, Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave.

Presentations and performances
Inspiring presentations and performances from local women, including Little Women for Little Women in Afghanistan, the Balkan Women's Choir, and Okanagan Music Award winners, Earthbound.

Date: Thursday, Mar. 6
10:30 a.m.
Location: SSC Foyer

Keynote Address: Benita Bunjun
At noon, visit the Arts Atrium for a special song by Kaila Sinclair followed by a keynote address by Benita Bunjun of Vancouver Status of Women.

Date: Thursday, Mar. 6
Time: 12 noon
Location: ART Atrium

Films on Friday
A continuous loop of films will be screened in the Student Service Centre Foyer.

LIB205 will also feature a deeper look at films about women and the sex trade. Films include:

  • Finding Dawn
  • Sex Slaves
  • Remote Sensing

Date: Friday, Mar. 7
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
SSC Foyer and LIB305

Emaline Delapaix and the Delistocracy
Enchanting, eclectic music and readings by student creative writers from UBC Okanagan.

Date: Friday, Mar. 7
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: The Well, SSC

(photo by John Berridge)

Author Anne Simpson to Read from Falling

Presented by the Department of Critical Studies, author Anne Simpson will give a public reading from her new novel, Falling (McClelland and Stewart, 2008), on March 6.

Simpson is the author of three books of poetry, Light Falls Through You, winner of the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the Atlantic Poetry Prize; Loop, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize and a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Poetry; and, most recently, Quick.

Her first novel, Canterbury Beach, was shortlisted for the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. In 1997 her short story Dreaming Snow shared the Journey Prize, and in 1999 she was awarded the Bliss Carman Poetry Award. She lives in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

Date: Thursday, Mar. 6
Time: 12 noon
Location: SCI219

Stephen Owen
Vice President of External, Legal and Community Relations, University of British Columbia

Government Accountability and Citizen Participation in a Deliberative Democracy

This is a presentation of the Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology Unit of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 12
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: ART366

Disability and Technology: Qualities of Connection
The Disabilities Health Research Network (DHRN) is hosting its third-annual conference and Annual General Meeting on Friday, March 14. This year's conference is entitled: Disability and Technology: Qualities of Connection. 

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Dr. Gary Birch, Executive Director of the Neil Squire Society and Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UBC's Vancouver campus

  • Dr. Tracey Skelton, Professor of Critical Geographies, Loughborough University and Associate Professor of Human Geography, National University of Singapore

Topics include: Emerging Wireless Technologies: Enabler or Barrier? and D/deaf Culture and the Use of the Internet to Foster Community.

Date: Friday, Mar. 14
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Westin Bayshore Hotel -- 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver

For more information visit the Disabilities Health Research Network website.


Rebecca Belmore to Visit UBC Okanagan as Distinguished Artist in Residence

One of Canada's leading performance and installation artists, Rebecca Belmore, will visit UBC Okanagan from March 17 to 21 to share her expertise and experiences with art students.
An Indigenous performance and multimedia artist currently based in Vancouver, Belmore has been selected for the first-ever UBC Okanagan Distinguished Indigenous Artist in Residence Program, which will see her spend a week at UBC in Vancouver, followed by a one-week residency at UBC Okanagan.
She will present her work in an artist talk open to the public on March 18. She will also present her work to a Theatre and Performance class, and visit with MFA students and fourth-year Creative Studies students.
Born in Upsala, Ontario, Belmore attended the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and is internationally recognized for her performance and installation art. Since 1987, her multi-disciplinary work has addressed history, place and identity through the media of sculpture, installation, video and performance. She was Canada's official representative at the 2005 Venice Biennale -- the world's oldest and most prestigious venue for the international display of contemporary art.

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 18
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: SSC026

More information about Belmore's UBC Okanagan visit will be available on the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) website.

God on Campus: the Future of Religious Studies
Visiting professor Dr. Robert Daum, Diamond Chair of Jewish Law and Ethics at UBC's Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, will present a free public lecture on the future of religious studies.

Daum, an expert on sources, theory, history and cases of Jewish law, has a background in Jewish-Christian discourse and an interest in other communal relations. His current research looks at the foundational traditions of Rabbinic Judaism, constructions of Jewish legal authority, and analyses of rabbinic traditions and texts.

This is an FCCS presentation by the Department of Critical Studies.

Date: Thursday, Mar. 20
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: ART376

Critical Thinking Community of Practice
Discuss strategies for implementing Critical Thinking into the classroom and review current literature pertaining to Critical Thinking.

Date: Thursday, Mar. 13
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: SSC044

Register for this workshop

Team Based Learning Community of Practice
A number of professors are using Team Based Learning in their classrooms and others wish to learn more. This community of practice will provide faculty members with an opportunity to share best practices and network with instructors from other faculties.

Date: Monday, Mar. 17 
Time: 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: SSC044

Register for this workshop