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Visiting artists (from left): Daniel Jolliffe, Heather Passmore, Roja Aslani, Isabelle Pauwels and Pierre Hebert.

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies presents...

Visiting Artists Series opens at UBC Okanagan tomorrow
Six acclaimed Canadian artists will visit UBC Okanagan this spring for the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) Visiting Artists Series. Artists and art lovers in the community are invited to attend the exciting guest lectures, starting this week with Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline, a young painter from Winnipeg.

Tomorrow at 6 p.m. in ART103 (the Arts building lecture theatre at UBC Okanagan), Kaktins-Gorsline will talk about his paintings, drawings, and prints. His jarring, fragmented, and complex mixed-genre paintings have been shown around the world. Kaktins-Gorsline has an Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University.

The Feb. 4 talk by Heather Passmore is in Arts building ART214. All other talks are in ART103. Admission is free and open to the public. The FCCS Visiting Artists Series is sponsored by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan.

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Titles modified for DVC and Provost at UBC Okanagan
The new year brought modified titles for UBC Okanagan's leaders. As of Jan. 1, 2010, the Deputy Vice Chancellor is known as the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal, and the Provost, UBC Okanagan is known as the Provost and Vice Principal Academic and Research.

The title of Deputy Vice Chancellor is not common in Canada or many parts of the world, noted UBC President Stephen Toope in announcing the change. "It has been difficult for a number of external constituencies, including other universities, to understand the role and its placement within UBC's organizational structure," he said.

The changes simply reflect roles appropriately; the duties and responsibilities of each position remain unchanged.

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SustainAbility Film Fest at UBC Okanagan Jan. 29 and 30
Child exploitation, climate change, education reform, sustainable architecture and a host of other topics will be addressed at the second annual Fresh Outlook Foundation's REEL Change SustainAbility Film Fest set for Jan. 29 and 30 at UBC Okanagan.

"REEL Change is a must-attend event for anyone interested in sustainability and the impact arts and culture can have to help raise awareness, dialogue and change," says Leanne Bilodeau, Manager of the Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability at UBC Okanagan. Her office partnered with the Okanagan Sustainability Institute and event organizer Joanne de Vries of the Fresh Outlook Foundation to host the festival on campus.

The films are free and open to the public -- they will be shown in UBC Okanagan's Fipke Centre, which was built to reflect the most recent trends in green building design and construction.

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Hope for Haiti benefit concert Jan. 31
Hope for Haiti, a benefit concert for Haiti earthquake relief, is planned for Sunday, Jan. 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the University Centre ballroom UNC200. The entire campus community and the public are invited to enjoy student performers, along with Hugo De Burgos and friends, the Latin Dance Club and more. Student clubs will participate, and a silent auction, bake sale and other activities will help raise funds for the relief effort. Donations will be collected for the Red Cross.

If you wish to contribute items for the silent auction or bake sale, contact Chelsea Butchart or Liz Hilliard at Campus Life. If you cannot attend the benefit but wish to donate, contact Terri Flanagan in UNC222F.

Details are still being finalized, so watch UBC Okanagan Events for the latest info.

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You don't have to be gay to...
Join UBC Okanagan in supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, transexual, two-spirit and intersex (LGBTQTTI) students, faculty and staff at the annual Outweek celebrations, planned from Feb. 8 to 12.

The theme -- You don't have to be gay to celebrate, watch, talk, play and party -- reflects the number of the events planned during Outweek. The week kicks off with the annual Pride flag-raising and Outweek opening ceremony, at 12 noon in the campus courtyard, and ends with a HoMotown party at the Habitat in downtown Kelowna (248 Leon Ave.) on Friday evening.

To find out more about this year's events visit the Campus Life website or contact Chelsea Butchart, student events coordinator, at 250-807-9820.

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HR offers Olympic tickets to faculty and staff
As UBC is a venue host for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Human Resources has received a number of tickets to the games for exclusive distribution to UBC faculty and staff. A total of 26 pairs of tickets are available for the Olympic Games, and 84 pairs of tickets are available for the Paralympic Games.

UBC employees are encouraged to enter to win a pair of tickets before the contest closes on February 1 at midnight. To enter visit:

The contest is open to all current UBC faculty and staff members, subject to verification by Employee ID, and only one entry per employee is allowed. For full contest details visit the UBC HR blog. Student employees are excluded from this lottery as tickets have already been provided to the VP Students and the Student Olympic Collaboration for exclusive distribution to UBC students.

Winners will be notified on Feb. 2, beginning at 10 a.m., with details on how and where to pick up tickets. Visit the UBC 2010 website for more details on what's happening on campus during the Olympic and Paralympic period.

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Visiting authors (top row, from left) Matt Rader, Laisha Rosnau, Lee Henderson; (bottom row, from left) Gillian Wigmore, Michael MacLennan, Richard Wagamese

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies presents...

Seven novelists, poets, playwrights to
read in 2010 Visiting Author Series
The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) at UBC Okanagan brings an exciting array of Canadian writers to Kelowna for the 2010 Visiting Author Series of author readings.

From January to April, seven Canadian writers will read and talk about writing and the writing life. With poets, fiction writers, experimental language practitioners, screenwriters, and playwrights, the FCCS Visiting Author Series has something for everyone this term.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m. in UBC Okanagan Arts building ART 218 -- playwright and screenwriter Michael MacLennan.
  • Thursday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m., UBC Okanagan Arts building ART 106 -- Lee Henderson, novelist and editor (this a Freedom to Read Week event).
  • Thursday, March 4, 7 p.m., Downtown Kelowna Branch, Okanagan Regional Library (1380 Ellis St.) -- Laisha Rosnau, novelist, poet and UBC Okanagan Writer in Residence will read and introduce the winners of the Okanagan Short Story Contest.
  • Friday, March 26, 7 p.m., Alternator Gallery (421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna) -- acclaimed poet and experimental artist Lisa Robertson.
  • Thursday, April 1, 7:30 p.m., Downtown Kelowna Branch, Okanagan Regional Library (1380 Ellis St.) -- Richard Wagamese, First Nations fiction writer and journalist.
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Office of the Provost announces new
annual award for TAs and tutors

Details of the new UBC Okanagan Provost's Award for Teaching Assistants and Tutors were announced by the Office of the Provost last week, with the deadline for nominations quickly approaching.

This new award recognizes exceptional undergraduate and graduate student teaching assistants and tutors for their contributions to academic life at UBC Okanagan. Each year up to six awards consisting of a $500 cash prize and a certificate of recognition will be awarded. For award criteria and other details visit the Office of the Provost website.

The deadline to submit nomination packages is Friday, Feb. 12. To find out more contact Communications, International and Awards Officer Raina Ducklow at 78150.

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Call for presenters: UBC Okanagan Learning Conference
Join faculty and staff from various institutions as they share best practices that promote learning success at the UBC Okanagan Learning Conference, being held this year from May 5 to 6. The theme for this sixth annual Learning Conference is Learning Through Research. The conference opens with a keynote presentation from John Smol, talking about the integration of research and teaching. Smol is a Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change and 3M National Teaching Fellow.

All faculty members are invited to submit proposals and participate -- to share expertise and experience that connects research and learning. Each 50-minute session is expected to have an interactive component. Formats may include discussions, roundtables, or presentations.

To find out more about the conference, contact Peter Arthur, director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning, at 79207, or visit the Learning Conference website.

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The Great Canadian Smoke Out
The Great Canadian Smoke Out is in full swing on campus thanks to a partnership between Health and Wellness, Health Safety and Environment and Health Canada.

All members of the campus community can enter the contest to win cash prizes. Smokers and non-smokers alike can enter by agreeing to be smoke-free from Jan. 20 to Mar. 25. Contest applications and free quit-smoking resources are available through the Health and Wellness Centre in the University Centre (room UNC337). Resources include nicotine replacement therapies -- such as gum, patch or an inhaler -- as well as 'cope kits.'

Individuals wanting to quit smoking are also offered one-on-one counselling and follow-up sessions to help increase their chances of quitting successfully. Applications will be accepted until Sunday, Jan. 31.

To find out more visit the Great Canadian Smoke Out weblog or drop by the University Centre (room UNC337).

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Triennial Library survey launches next Monday
UBC Okanagan Library Services is launching a survey next Monday to gather feedback from students and faculty about the quality of services at UBC Okanagan.

Invitations to the survey will be emailed to all faculty and students beginning on Monday, Jan. 25. Participants will be entered to win an iPod Touch.

To find out more visit the UBC Okanagan Library website.

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UBC Okanagan student Treanna Delorme is a member of the First Nations Snowboard Team.

Torch fires up UBC Okanagan Nursing
student's Olympic aspirations

A competitive snowboarder with the First Nations Snowboard Team (FNST), Treanna Delorme will carry the Olympic torch for one kilometre in Lillooet, B.C., on Feb. 6.

The UBC Okanagan first-year Nursing student says carrying the torch is a thrilling opportunity and one she believes could further inspire her own dreams of someday representing Canada on the Olympic podium.

"I was so stoked when I found out I was chosen for this honour," she says. "It's going to be an awesome experience."

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Putting a human face on global conflict

Award-winning journalist Kevin Sites spoke in very personal terms last Thursday evening (Jan. 14) as he told a sold-out audience at the Kelowna Community Theatre about his experience covering every major conflict in the world during a single year.

"My idea was to swing to the fences -- to put a human face on global conflict by using a multimedia approach to covering every major war in the world, all delivered on the Internet," said Sites, who wrote In the Hot Zone -- One Man, One Year, 20 Wars after serving as Yahoo!'s first news correspondent in 2006.

"(It) was the best job I ever had," he said. "I was given an American Express media card, no limits, and told to go wherever the story was."

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Heather Tegart and Julia Sturge hold up their new iPods given to them by Health and Welllness Director Claire Budgen. The iPods were prizes for completing this year's National College Health Assessment.

An impressive thank you for answering the call
Students Heather Tegart and Julia Sturge received brand new iPods for participating in an online research survey that asks many questions about students' health-related behaviors and looks at quality of campus life indicators. The National College Health Assessment, a standardized survey conducted at universities and colleges across North America, looks at a wide-range of health issues important to students -- from alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use to sexual, mental and physical health topics, including nutrition, exercise and personal safety issues.

UBC's Okanagan and Vancouver campuses conduct this survey every two years. This year's assessment was a resounding success as over 1,300 students responded to the assessment from UBC Okanagan -- the highest number of responses ever received at this campus.

The 2008 assessment results are already available on the Health and Wellness website, and this year's results will be published in April.

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UBC Okanagan Human Kinetics professors Gareth Jones and Jennifer Jakobi research how we become frail and what interventions, such as exercise, can prevent frailty.

UBC Okanagan researchers recommend
Olympic approach to aging well
For many older adults, aging with chronic disease, disability and frailty requires a daily Olympian effort just to survive. Exercise training inspired by Olympic regimens can allow older adults to turn back the clock on frailty, according to researchers Gareth Jones and Jennifer Jakobi, assistant professors of Human Kinetics at UBC Okanagan.

"In many ways, frailty is a natural part of aging - it's where we end up - but we all get there at different rates, and we move through different stages of it," says Jones. "At some point people just can't cope with the environment around them. Our research looks at how older adults progress towards becoming frail and what interventions, specifically exercise, might prevent people from ending up there.

Older people who are active can have a better quality of life, Jones says. "Exercise is the best medicine to reduce the impact of chronic disease. If we don't take the exercise medicine, we are more likely to become dependent longer, and become a greater burden to society."

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UBC Okanagan conservation geneticist Michael Russello with a Galápagos giant tortoise.
Nine captive tortoises found to be descendants of 'extinct' species
Breeding could see species returned
to Galápagos island home
New genetic research has identified nine captive giant tortoises as descendants of an "extinct" species formerly endemic to Floreana Island in the Pacific's Galápagos Islands.

"Based upon our findings, we now have an opportunity to breed the species and maintain the integrity of this distinct lineage," says Michael Russello, a conservation geneticist at UBC Okanagan.

The species known as Chelonoidis elephantopus went extinct on Floreana Island in the 20th century due to human activities. The ultimate goal is to eventually repatriate the lost tortoise species on Floreana so the island can one day support a self-sustaining breeding population of the endemic giant tortoise.

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A new year offers students new
opportunities for financial health

Students have a good opportunity to turn over a new financial regiment and learn some new money management skills this month with two workshops being organized by Student Financial Assistance & Awards. Upcoming sessions include:

Students can register for these sessions, or find out more, on the Student Financial Assistance & Awards website.

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Women in Science workshops offered this spring
Registration is now open for female students interested in attending this year's Women in Science workshop series. Beginning on Jan. 21, these workshops are a great opportunity for female students considering science careers to meet local women scientists, to discuss science career issues in general, and their careers in particular. Participants also get to enjoy an organic vegetarian dinner as part of each event.

Tickets for the workshop are just $10, or $20 for all four workshops. Each workshop runs from 5 to 7 p.m. The series' schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, Jan. 21
    Professional Communication Skills
  • Wednesday, Feb. 3
    Interview Theatre
  • Thursday, Feb. 25
    How to Negotiate your Salary
  • Thursday, Mar. 11
    Panel Discussion and Mixer

Students can register for any of these workshops in the Science building (room SCI200). To find out more, contact Robin Whittall, career advisor, at 78828.

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DATE (discussions about teaching excellence) begin this Friday
A new teaching excellence series being offered by the Centre for Teaching and Learning begins this Friday. The new series -- called DATEs (discussions about teaching excellence) -- will take the form of an open meeting hosted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning. The discussion begins with guest speaker Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Doug Owram, who will provide insights into teaching excellence followed by an open discussion.

Date: Friday, Jan. 22
Time: 1:30 to 2:20 p.m.
Location: University Centre ballroom, room UNC200

To register or find out more about this discussion visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

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Career Week organized for Jan. 25 to 29
Students with career fear can relieve their anxieties during Career Week, happening on campus from Jan. 25 to 29.

Students can get a jump-start on the summer job hunt with a resume and cover letter workshop (Jan. 25, 4 to 6 p.m., UNC207) and a resumania workshop (Jan. 26, 1 to 4 p.m., UNC207). The week continues with a two-day Job Fair (Jan. 27/28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., UNC Ballroom) and finishes up with a resume rescue workshop (Jan. 29, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.).

Students can RSVP for these workshops by contacting To find out more contact Shawn Swallow, associate director of the Career Services and Co-op Education Centre, at 79223.

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Suicide awareness instructor training offered
QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) is a suicide awareness program UBC has adopted for suicide prevention training. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

The Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability is pleased to offer 10 complimentary spaces for QPR instructor training at the Okanagan campus. The course will certify participants to teach members of our campus community the QPR process and certify them as gatekeepers. A gatekeeper is anyone who has contact with the public and who may need to provide support to others.

Those interested in attending a two-day training session to become a certified QPR Instructor and join the team of trainers are asked to contact Jeff Zeitz, Workplace Health and Sustainability advisor at 78183, or visit the Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability.

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January 20, 2010

Weekly Ideas into Action discussions start tonight
A new series of weekly public discussions of contemporary ideas begins today at UBC Okanagan. Hosted by graduate student Nelson Jatel, the discussions will be sparked by videos from the popular website, followed by a roundtable exploration of ideas ranging from the social sciences to mathematics.

The first Ideas into Action is today (Wednesday, Jan. 20), and will feature presentations by Malcolm Gladwell on spaghetti sauce, and Barry Schwartz on the paradox of choice.

The Ideas to Action discussions will be held each Wednesday through April, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Fipke Centre (room FIP124) at UBC Okanagan. Admission is free and everyone is welcome

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 20, and every Wednesday through April
Time: 5 to 6 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre, room FIP124

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UBC Okanagan Spanish Film Series opens tomorrow
UBC Okanagan's Spanish Film Series begins with a screening of the film "7 vírgenes" tomorrow at 7 p.m., in the Rehearsal Hall at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in downtown Kelowna.

Sponsored by the Spanish Program in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, the Latin American Studies Program, and the Spanish Embassy, the Spanish Film Series will screen Spanish films once a month throughout 2010. All films are free and open to the public. Some of the upcoming films include:
For more information about the series, contact Francisco Pena, assistant professor of Spanish.

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Food and Fiction: Redefining Environments
Ruth Ozeki is an award-winning filmmaker and novelist whose work has been characterized by USA Today as "ardent and passionate... rare and provocative." Her first novel, My Year of Meats, was published in 1998 and has garnered glowing reviews, awards, and a still-growing readership.

Her films have been screened at the Sundance Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art, the Montreal World Film Festival, and the Margaret Mead Film Festival. She will be giving an on-campus talk entitled Food and Fiction: Redefining Environments on Jan. 25 as this year's Cultural Studies Annual Speaker.

This presentation is open to the public and there is no charge.

Date: Monday, Jan. 25
Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART214

To find out more contact Alwyn Spies, assistant professor of Japanese, at 78126.

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Invitation to participate in a numeracy initiative
Next Wednesday, Stephen Gismondi, assistant professor of mathematics from the University of Guelph, will present his talk Invitation to Participate in a Numeracy Initiative, as part of the OCANA Seminar Series.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 27
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Science building, room SCI396

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Geotechnical site investigation using digital photogrammetry
Sponsored by the UBC Okanagan Office of the Provost, the Research Tea Break Speaker Series is a showcase of the many types of research occurring on campus. Speakers in this series provide a half-hour presentation of their research, followed by an interactive discussion between the speaker and the audience.

The next tea break in this series will feature Dwayne Tannant, professor of engineering, giving his talk: Geotechnical Site Investigation Using Digital Photogrammetry.

This event is free and open to everyone. Refreshments will be provided.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 27
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB306

For more information contact the Research Services Office at 79658.

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A reputation for tolerance: examining contested geographies of belonging in Kelowna
The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) continues its Culture/Power Series with a talk from Cindy Holmes, an interdisciplinary studies PhD candidate and holder of a SSHRC doctoral fellowship at UBC Okanagan. The talk is entitled A Reputation for Tolerance: Examining Contested Geographies of Belonging in Kelowna and draws on Holmes' research on interlocking feminist and spatial theories to examine racialized, sexualized, gendered and classed hierarchies and normalized violence in Kelowna, as well as the contestations and resistances to these practices.

She has worked with community groups for over 20 years in the areas of violence against women, violence in the lives of
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) people, health promotion and anti-oppression education.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 28
Time: 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.
Location: Library building, room LIB306

For more information contact David Jefferess, assistant professor of English and cultural studies, at 79359.

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Recyclables for a reason
Bring any bottles or cans you have stored up to the Recyclables for a Reason bottle drive on Jan. 27. Hosted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the campus courtyard, crew members will be collecting bottles, cans and donations for the Kelowna and District Society for Community Living (KDSCL).

ARAMARK will also have a pitstop setup in the courtyard, providing food and a warm drink for a $2 donation.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 27
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Campus Courtyard

To find out more contact Assistant Food Service Director Aubrey Lough at 79208.

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Catering open house organized for Jan. 28
The campus community is invited to join ARAMARK and Classic Fare Catering for a sampling of the catering menu and a good cause. Culinary Director Mathew Morazain is holding a catering open house on Jan. 28 filled with recipes from a variety of regions and culinary traditions, with an emphasis on local and sustainable ingredients.

The open house will also feature a silent auction, with all proceeds going to the Kelowna and District Society for Community Living (KDSCL). Donations for the KDSCL will also be collected.

Catering Coordinators Amber Nash and Petrina Palazzo will be on hand to answer questions about catering policies, procedures, sites and event planning services offered on campus.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 28
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Administration (Student Service Centre) building Sunroom

To find out more contact Assistant Food Service Director Aubrey Lough at 79208.

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The Road To Zero: The Journey So Far
The campus community has been offered free seats to attend the Cascadia Region Green Building Council Transformational Lecture Series event being held in Kelowna next Thursday featuring guest speaker Dennis Wilde.

Dennis Wilde is a principal at Gerding Edlen Development, which has embarked on more LEED projects than any other development company in North America, and in 2008 adopted net zero energy, carbon and waste as its goal for future projects. Wilde is a nationally respected green building expert and helped create the firm's Sustainable Solutions division.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 28
5 to 7 p.m.
Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna

There is no charge for this talk for all campus community members, but online pre-registration is required. This event is sponsored by the Office of Workplace Health and Sustainability.

To find out more contact Jessica Woolliams, B.C. co-director for Cascadia Region Green Building Council.

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Disability, biotechnology, and the right to exist
The Disabilities Health Research Network (DHRN) has organized a presentation on Jan. 29 featuring Tim Stainton, director of the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship from UBC Vancouver's School of Social Work, on the topic, Disability, Biotechnology, and the Right to Exist.

This talk looks at the issues surrounding prenatal testing and termination of fetuses thought to carry disability-related traits. After addressing the current state of the technology and its impact, this lecture considers the arguments used to support the use of such technology and the arguments put forward by the disability community in opposition.

The talk will also examine what can be done to limit the growth of such technology and the elimination of persons who carry traits that are targeted by such tests.

Date: Friday, Jan. 29
Time: 12 noon
Location: Fipke Centre, room FIP139

To register for this talk, or find out more, visit the DHRN website or contact Director of Programs Diane Reed.

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What's Happening at UBC Okanagan
The UBC Okanagan events calendar is the central point for online information about university-related events, on and off campus. Visit this page often for information about interesting speakers, people doing things on campus, or groups recognizing a national day of celebration or social action.

Events at a Glance:

For a full listing visit the UBC Okanagan events calendar.

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