Archive for September, 2010

ONA Salmon Feast a hit with students from around the world

September 28, 2010 | Filed under: News Features

UBC international student Morio Fukunaga, left, from Japan and Aboriginal student Cody Tolmie take part in the sockeye salmon deboning session of the Okanagan Nation Alliance Salmon Feast in Okanagan Falls. (Photo: Dan Odenbach)

South Okanagan thundershowers failed to dampen spirits as international and Aboriginal students from UBC took part in the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) Salmon Feast celebration, which was held in Okanagan Falls Sept. 17 to 19. The cultural tour, organized by UBC Aboriginal Programs and Services, was a hit with students from Ontario to Bangladesh. The [...]

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Small steps and big leaps: climate action workshop at UBC

September 24, 2010 | Filed under: Media Releases | Tags:

Faculty and staff at UBC's Okanagan campus didn't have to travel to serve as subject-matter experts for the Thompson-Okanagan region's Provincial Climate Action Workshop this week. The two-day event on Wednesday and Thursday was hosted by UBC's Okanagan campus Sustainability Office, drawing participants from government, business, academia, the public and non-profit sectors. Small Steps and [...]

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Four new professors for growing Human Kinetics program at UBC's Okanagan campus

September 24, 2010 | Filed under: Media Releases | Tags: ,

Now in its fourth academic year, the Human Kinetics program at UBC's Okanagan campus is expanding with four new faculty members to meet the needs of its rapidly growing student population. Student numbers have increased steadily since the program's inception in 2007. The first class, which will graduate June 2011, began with 65 students. This [...]

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UBC international students recognized for community achievement

September 24, 2010 | Filed under: Media Releases

International Student Community Achievement Award winners (front row, from left) Oliver Szeleczky, Suud Nahdi and Manuel Leckel. Selection committee members (back row, from left) Teresa Flanagan, Cigdem Eskicioglu, Jeannine Kuemmerle and Abu Arif. (Missing are award winners Yolanda Moser, Sim Zijian and Adi Prabowo and selection committee members John Burton and Jessica Stites Mor.)

Six international students at UBC's Okanagan campus have been recognized for their contributions to the campus and community with the International Student Community Achievement Award. "The university is extremely proud of the contributions of our international students," says Teresa Flanagan, Manager of International Programs and Services. "From visual and performing arts to forestry research, from [...]

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School of Nursing and OkaZHI host Oct. 1 fundraiser for healthcare in Africa

September 24, 2010 | Filed under: Media Releases

Kelowna surgeon Dr. Bill Nelems on the beach near Cape Town, South Africa, after cycling 4,500 kms across southern Africa earlier this year. Dr. Nelems will be speaking about his adventure at the Oct. 1 fund-raising barbecue and social at UBC's Okanagan campus.

A barbecue dinner and social will be held at UBC's Okanagan campus on Friday, October 1, to help raise awareness for local initiatives aimed at improving healthcare in Zambia and Ghana. The afternoon and evening event is hosted by the School of Nursing, in partnership with Okanagan Zambian Health Initiative Group (OkaZHI) and the campus-based [...]

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UBC places 30th in THE World University Rankings

September 17, 2010 | Filed under: News Features

UBC places 30th in THE World University Rankings

The 2010 Times Higher Education world university rankings has been released, and the University of British Columbia is 30th among the top 200. It is second in Canada after the University of Toronto, which ranks 17th.

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Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law opens at UBC

September 16, 2010 | Filed under: Media Releases | Tags:

Faculty and students at UBC now have a brand-new space to pursue the latest research in the field of forensic psychology. The Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law (CAPSL) has just opened in the new Arts and Sciences Phase II building at UBC's Okanagan campus. Designed to emerge as a nationally and [...]

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On Oct 19 depression is a laughing matter at UBC

September 15, 2010 | Filed under: Media Releases

Stand Up For Mental Health

On October 19 UBC's Okanagan campus will welcome a group of standup comedians with a variety of mental health issues for a comedy show...

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Richard Florida tells Kelowna it has key ingredients for a successful community

September 11, 2010 | Filed under: News Features

Richard Florida

Nearly 1,000 people gathered Friday night at the Delta Grand Okanagan to hear international best-selling author Richard Florida, one of the world's leading public intellectuals, talk about competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation. The presentation, which is the first in this season's UBC Distinguished Speakers Series, was held as part of the 5th [...]

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Math from an Aboriginal perspective

September 10, 2010 | Filed under: News Features | Tags:

Lyle Mueller, Director of Aboriginal Programs and Services, and Associate Professor of Mathematics Javad Tavakoli

Faculty and staff at UBC’s Okanagan campus have designed a new foundational mathematics course that uses an Aboriginal perspective in the application of basic math concepts.

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