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Allan King, manager of maintenance and grounds, with the City of Kelowna's Most Environmentally Dedicated Individual award he won last week. Behind him is the campus trail system, one of the many campus sustainability initiatives King has championed over the years. The Okanagan campus itself won the Most Sustainable Development award.

Okanagan campus recognized for sustainability
UBC's Okanagan campus was recognized for its sustainability efforts at the City of Kelowna Environmental Achievement Awards on May 27. The annual awards recognize individuals and groups who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to environmental stewardship in the City of Kelowna.

The Okanagan campus was tops in the Most Sustainable Development category, and UBC's "compost king" Allan King from the Facilities office was recognized with first place in the Most Environmentally Dedicated Individual category.

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UBC grants enhance community partnerships in health research
Four research grants of $10,000 each have been awarded by the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention (IHLCDP) at UBC's Okanagan campus to support collaborative community research projects aimed at improving the health and well-being of Okanagan residents.

The projects address community issues such as:

  • Preventing marijuana and tobacco use among middle school students
  • Improving the quality of life for obese people awaiting laparoscopic gastric banding surgery
  • Enhancing mobility of older adults in rural communities
  • Improving the health and well-being of men who have sex with men in the B.C. Interior
"I think that it's really a win-win," says IHLDCP Director Joan Bottorff. "The university provides people who have particular skills, knowledge and research interests that are to the advantage of community members who have issues or questions they want to explore.

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FINA Gallery's first summer exhibition on now
FINA Gallery's first summer exhibition on now
A selection from the Public Art Collection is currently on display in the FINA Gallery (Fine Arts and Health building). The show, entitled Female Perspective, features images of women by women, and is the first summer exhibition for the FINA Gallery.

Female Perspective opened May 26 and runs until July 16. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

To see the entire collection visit the Public Art Collection website.

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UBC's Okanagan Wine School opens
opportunity in wine industry

Attracted to the Okanagan lifestyle, Fiona Price relocated from Vancouver to Kelowna just over a year ago. Though she wasn't entirely sure what was in store for her professionally, Price had a strong background in the tourism industry and planned to target a rapidly-growing area that would bring new professional challenges.

So when she read a story in a local newspaper about UBC's Okanagan Wine School course, which included Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Foundation Level certification, she decided to dive right in.

"I was hoping to gain some knowledge about the regional wine industry, while having fun and making a few connections," says Price. "And the fact that I could do this while picking up my Foundation Level WSET Certificate was a bonus. It was very interesting to combine that professional certification with UBC."

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Awards season continues for staff and faculty
Nominations are open for this year's Staff Awards of Excellence as well as the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Award, but time is running out to nominate a campus community member who has made exceptional contributions to the campus and surrounding communities.

Okanagan campus faculty, student or staff members have until June 30 to send in nominations.

To find out more visit the Staff Awards of Excellence or the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Award websites.

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Okanagan Senate meeting highlights: May 2010
The Okanagan Senate regularly approves important items. Highlights will be posted on the Senate website following each scheduled meeting.

Highlights from the May 19 meeting:
  • Over 800 candidates were approved for degrees at the June 11 convocation -- including UBC's first Okanagan cohort of Bachelor of Applied Science degrees.
  • The elections of Student Senators Emily Landry (Nominating Committee), Calvin Wain (Council of Senates) and Laura Super (Council of Senates) were all approved. The appointment of Cecil Norman (Council of Senates) was also approved.
  • Revised senate policy O-4: Governance of the College of Graduate Studies was approved
  • New courses in anthropology, engineering, geography, human kinetics and graduate studies were approved. A new Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies theme in health and exercise sciences was also approved.

The next meeting of the Okanagan Senate is Wednesday, September 22.

For more information, please contact Kelly Ross, manager of the Okanagan Senate Secretariat, at 250-807-9259.

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Create New Student OrientationVolunteers needed for Create in September
Organizers for Create are looking for volunteers to help at the Okanagan campus' annual new student orientation in September.

There are a number of volunteer opportunities for interested faculty and staff members -- help is needed for early morning setup, lunch service, as well as attendants for games, snack booths and the Create Showcase that runs throughout the afternoon on orientation day. Help create an incredible experience for all new students by putting in a few hours in September.

To volunteer, or find out more contact Student Events Coordinator Chelsea Butchart at 250-807-9820.

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B.C.'s Registered Nurses recognize Robinson with Award of DistinctionB.C.'s Registered Nurses recognize Robinson with Award of Distinction
Carole Robinson's remarkable career in nursing has earned her the Award of Distinction from the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC).

Robinson is the acting Director of the School of Nursing, acting Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Development, and coordinator of the Master of Science in Nursing program at UBC's Okanagan campus. She has been described by colleagues as a masterful communicator, educator, clinician, researcher and a leader who exemplifies excellence as a professional nurse.

The award recognizes Robinson for her significant contributions to the lives of numerous cancer patients and their families and her extensive experience in a range of clinical environments, including serving as Regional Professional Practice/Academic Leader and later as Regional Nurse Coordinator with Pain and System Management and Palliative Care at the B.C. Cancer Agency (BCCA).

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Gonzales contributes to Indigenous and agricultural research
Tirso Gonzales, assistant professor of Indigenous studies, is being recognized for his contributions to Indigenous research and agriculture. Over the past two months he has been invited to two major international gatherings in France and Peru to share his perspectives with researchers and policy-makers from around the world.

Gonzales recently returned from the 2010 Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) in Montpellier, France. He attended as an official delegate for Latin America selected by the Global Forum on Agricultural Research and Agropolis International. He was also invited to participate in an international workshop in Cusco, Peru, last month to determine the scope for an initiative known as the Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty.

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Engineering student wins award in Florida
UBC student Dylan Schuetze, who will be entering his fourth year of mechanical engineering this fall, recently returned from Orlando, Florida, where he got to rub elbows with members of NASA at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' 51st Annual Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference.

He also took home the Best Presentation award in his session. Schuetze's presentation focused on an undergraduate research project he is doing with engineering professors Abbas S. Milani, Yang Cao and Homayoun Najjaran. He is exploring new design automation methodologies to reduce cost of computations in complex engineering problems. In his conference paper, Schuetze proposed the application of his approach in minimizing oscillations of a vehicle passenger seat and enhancing the stiffness of a composite aircraft wing to avoid resonance.

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At the recent Engineering Graduate Gala, the 2010 Okanagan campus School of Engineering Award for Excellence in Teaching, donated by the Engineering Undergraduate Society, was awarded to (from left) Ahmad Rteil, Homayoun Najjaran, and Jonathan Holzman.

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Andrew HughesUBC undergrad heads to Australia for global research conference
Andrew Hughes, a Bachelor of Psychology (honours) student at UBC's Okanagan campus, will head to Melbourne, Australia, this July to present his research at the U21 Undergraduate Research Conference.

Hughes is one of three students from UBC who received an award through UBC's Go Global program to cover the costs of the trip, including flight, accommodation, and program fees. The annual conference brings together undergraduate students from around the globe to showcase their research for an international audience of fellow students and academics.

"I was ecstatic when I heard of my acceptance to the U21 conference," says Hughes, noting that ever since starting on his research project a year ago he has been eager to share his work as much as possible.

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Workshop: industry research trends and strategic partnerships
Hadi Mahabadi, VP and Director of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, will be on campus on June 7 to provide a half-day seminar that looks at helping faculty members understand industrial research trends and collaborations. The seminar will provide a short overview of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada as well as materials research trends and examples of advanced materials research being conducted by the centre.

Faculty members are encouraged to attend if they are interested in:

  • Understanding how an advanced industrial research centre operates and is managed
  • Why and when research is considered interesting to industry
  • What industrial sponsors looks for in to enable collaboration and secure funding
  • How to see technology transfer opportunities that increase chances of securing collaborative research programs

Date: Monday, June 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Administration building, Office of the Provost conference room (ADM103E)

To register or find out more, contact Andrew Klimek, Associate Director of the University-Industry Liaison Office, at 250-807-9853.

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New summer institute looks at sustainable urban design
Members of the UBC community have a good opportunity in July to find out more about strategies and techniques from a broad range of leaders in sustainable urban design.

The Summer Institute in Sustainable Urban Design, being held on the Vancouver campus July 18 to 23, looks to deliver strategies and techniques from a broad range of sustainable urban design leaders.

The institute will focus on innovative case studies -- including site visits to the 2010 Olympic Village and the new Vancouver Convention Centre -- as well as an integrated natural systems approach to building, landscape and urban design.

Early-bird registration for the institute ends on June 18. UBC staff and faculty can also contact Continuing Studies Client Services at 604-822-1420 to receive the University staff discount.

To find out more visit the Summer Institute in Sustainable Urban Design website.

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June 2, 2010



Research Spotlight

Faculty and Staff Golf Tournament
$55 will get you dinner, nine holes of golf, complimentary golf balls and tees, and a chance to win lots of prizes at this year's annual faculty and staff golf tournament.

Date: Friday, June 25
Time: tee-off begins at 3 p.m.
Location: Mission Creek Golf Course -- 1959 KLO Rd., Kelowna

To register or find out more, visit the Campus Rec website or contact Liz Hilliard, Campus Life Coordinator, at 250-807-9012.

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Bike to Work Week
Bike to Work Week recap
Congratulations to all of those who participated in Bike to Work Week festivities this year. All of the events -- from the kick-off barbeque and sports nutrition workshop, to the free breakfast and repair clinic -- were all met with great success and enthusiasm from the campus community.

UBC's Okanagan campus team this year clocked a total of 1,496.3 km. The Golden Gear award winners include top cyclist Alana Jordan at 208 km -- cycling everyday from Glenrosa Road on the Westside -- Paul Shipley at 167 km and Gail Hourigan at 105 km.

UBC's Bike to Work Week organizers thank all who participated in this year's events.

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What's happening on campus
The Okanagan campus events calendar is the central point for online information about university-related events, on and off campus.

Events at a Glance:

For a full listing visit the Okanagan campus events calendar.

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