Donald Kalolo, (right), chief pharmacist at Zambia’s University Teaching Hospital’s Cancer Centre, visited UBC Okanagan last Thursday to meet with nursing faculty and tour the campus with Dr. Bill Nelems, a thoracic surgeon in Kelowna who has helped establish a new research partnership between UBC Okanagan and the University of Zambia.

Research and education project puts focus on Zambia's palliative care
Donald Kalolo is heading home to Zambia from Kelowna with new information about palliative care practice and pain management.
Kalolo, chief pharmacist at Zambia's University Teaching Hospital's Cancer Centre, is working on a Master of Science degree in public health, with a focus on palliative care — easing people's pain and suffering. His research visit to Kelowna included time at B.C. Cancer's Centre for the Southern Interior, meetings with palliative care staff, and a visit to UBC Okanagan on Thursday. Kalolo's information-gathering in Kelowna is the first step in a new project between UBC Okanagan and the University of Zambia that Kalolo says could lead to a national policy for palliative care in that African county.
"Our primary concern is improving the quality of patient care and this project gives us an opportunity to demonstrate what can be done by putting our heads together," says Kalolo. "The collaboration between the universities is the best possible thing that could ever have been done. There is so much that we can accomplish through this partnership."

Dial 8 for an outside line
Effective Monday, June 23, ITServices has changed how all phone users on campus reach an external line — dialing 8, instead of the traditional 9. This has been put in place to alleviate false 9-1-1 calls on campus.

To reach an outside line please now dial 8, as opposed to 9. For more information, visit the ITServices website.


UBC Okanagan researcher leads study of China's forests
Adam Wei
, Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at UBC Okanagan, is the Canadian project leader on a new international research initiative that could lead to more sustainable productivity for China's forests.

Adam WeiTimber production in several key Chinese forests has declined significantly in recent years, resulting in an enormous loss of timber volumes and associated economic values. To identify why productivity is falling, and to determine the best forest management strategies for several forests in China, Wei's team plans to use a B.C. 'home-made' technology — an ecosystem model named FORECAST developed at UBC over the past 20 years.

Wei and colleague Hamish Kimmins, Canada Research Chair in Forest Sustainability and Ecosystem Management Simulation at UBC in Vancouver, will be working with university researchers in China to apply the FORECAST software to assess sustainable productivity and carbon sequestration in major Chinese forests.

The two-year project recently received $65,000 from the B.C. Innovation Council. The People's Republic of China's Ministry of Science and Technology and Zhejiang Province have contributed approximately $190,000 (1.3 million Chinese Yuan) to Zhejiang Forestry University.


Cultural evolution researcher Liane Gabora is developing software that could help explain, for example, how the concept of using a mortar with a pestle evolved.

Rethinking the evolution of human culture and early life
Liane Gabora, Assistant Professor of cognitive psychology at UBC Okanagan, is developing computer software that will help archaeologists piece together the process by which human culture evolves.

"I'm interested in what sense culture constitutes an evolutionary process," says Gabora. "The computer models of cultural evolution we have underway here will not only offer insight into the minds of those who came before us, but also make predictions about what kinds of minds will follow us, and the directions humanity is evolving."


Shari and Emily

Residence Life Managers Shari Walsh and Emily Webb

Residence Life Managers earn top-spot at annual housing competition
Last week at the Association of College and University Housing Officers International (ACUHO-I) annual conference in Florida, Shari Walsh and Emily Webb, UBC Okanagan's two newest Residence Life Managers, earned top spot in the case study competition for housing professionals. 

Webb and Welsh, both with less than five years' experience, beat out a host of competitors from Canada and the United States. 

ACUHO-I membership includes more than 6,400 housing professionals from 900 colleges and universities in 22 countries. The annual conference is attended by more than 1,000 delegates. 

Congratulations to Emily and Shari for putting UBC Okanagan in the international spotlight.

July 2, 2008


The Sixties Scoop and the impacts of Aboriginal transracial adoption
Raven Sinclair, one of Canada's leading researchers in Aboriginal transracial adoption, will speak on July 11 about findings from her doctoral project that examined the issue of cultural identity during the era now known as the "Sixties Scoop," when Aboriginal children were adopted into non-Aboriginal families.

Sinclair's presentation, Aboriginal Child Welfare and the Lost Identity/Identity Conflict Paradigm, is a summer colloquium co-hosted by the UBC Okanagan School of Social Work and the Summer Institute in Indigenous Graduate Studies.

Sinclair, Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Regina, will lead a discussion about research looking at more than 60 Aboriginal adoptee narratives. The study found that cultural identity was of little concern to adoptees. Rather, the socio-political context of racism in Canada emerged as a key problem.

Date: Friday, July 11
Time: 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Arts Atrium

For more information contact Joani Mortenson, Assistant Field Education Coordinator, at 7881.

Ballet dancers on campus through July
Dancers from across Canada grace the UBC Okanagan campus this week as the Canadian School of Ballet begins its Summer Dance Intensive at UBC Okanagan. The program began on Monday, June 30, and will continue through August 2. The Summer Dance Intensive has previously been held in Banff.


UBCO.TV Spotlight

The campus community's people, achievements and events are constantly being showcased on UBCO.TV. Check out what's on this month:

2008 Spring Convocation
Students, family, friends and faculty celebrate the successes of this year's graduating class.

Latest in Asphalt Technology
UBC Okanagan volunteers as a pilot project site for new warm-mix asphalt.  A product that is more environmentally friendly than traditional hot-mix asphalt.

Metropolis symposium's panel discussions now on UBCO.TV
The Regionalization of Immigrant Settlement in Canada: the Attraction-Retention of New Immigrants
, a symposium held at UBC Okanagan on May 15, was presented by Metropolis British Columbia and the Ministry of Attorney General, and involved academics, government policy makers from different levels, non-governmental organizations, and other interested parties.
All three of the day’s panel discussions, plus an audience discussion and closing remarks, can now be viewed on the UBCO.TV website:

What's at stake? Visions of immigrant settlement in non-metropolitan Canada

The Canadian context: Regionalization policies and outcomes

Immigrant Settlement in the Okanagan Valley

Discussion and concluding remarks

More information about the symposium

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