Kristen Brooke

Email: kristen.brooke@ubc.ca


 

Learners will soon have the opportunity to discover the latest in performance-based design of bridges as the School of Engineering opens registration for UBC Okanagan’s newest micro-credential course, ‘Performance-based Design and Life-cycle Cost Analysis of Bridges’. This 30-hour non-credit micro-credential course will provide professionals with flexible options to increase their knowledge in designing and modelling bridges that satisfy requirements while considering lifecycle impact. Registration opens on March 31, with courses beginning on May 2. To learn more or to register, visit cpe.ok.ubc.ca/bridge-engineering.

This micro-credential is the latest Continuing and Professional Education offering supporting the transformative learning vision highlighted in ‘Shaping UBC’s Next Century ‘and UBC Okanagan’s Outlook 2040.

 

A new issue of the ‘From the Provost’s Desk’ newsletter is now available. Read the newsletter to learn more about milestones and achievements of our campus community, along with current initiatives from the Office of the Provost.

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Student spotlight – Shriya Agrawal
  • Congratulations to UBC Okanagan’s newest Canada Research Chairs
  • UBC’s Co-op Student of the Year
  • International partnership expands: UBCO-Exeter Excellence initiative
  • PAIR team developing first provincial framework for BC Work Integrated Learning
  • and more . . .

International partnership expands: UBCO-Exeter Excellence initiative

On December 7, UBC Okanagan and the University of Exeter renewed and expanded the institutions’ Statement of Cooperation to further strengthen the relationship and encourage cooperation in the areas of academic exchange, education and research. Building on previous collaborations, the universities have established the UBCO-Exeter Excellence initiative. This includes the creation of three funding schemes over the next three years, in the form of Initiator and Catalyst Grants and a Visiting Scholar Joint Fellowship Scheme. The grant lines will help academics at Exeter and in UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) and Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to tackle research and/or education challenges through collaboration.

“UBC and Exeter are engaging through partnership to address some really vital, shared challenges of our time,” said Exeter’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, External Engagement, Professor Mark Goodwin. “The Excellence initiative will enable people of both institutions to work together and combine their knowledge and expertise to generate new knowledge, new opportunities for faculty and students, and bring impact to our communities.” Dr. Greg Garrard, Associate Dean Research & Graduate Studies, FCCS, who represented UBC at the agreement signing added, “it has been an absolute pleasure to visit the Streatham campus, meet with scholars undertaking innovative research, and renew UBC Okanagan’s partnership with the University of Exeter. I’m confident the joint funding we’re announcing will take our existing collaboration to a new level.”

Applications are available online and due February 9, 2022.

As you know, the month of May is Asian Heritage Month. It comes to us amidst significant adversities: the unprecedented rise of anti-Asian racism, the scepter of the unrelenting pandemic, the humanitarian crisis in India and so on. And yet even in the face of such daunting realities, we see communities coming together, raising their voices and offering support to one another, within and across borders.

It is with this spirit of coming together that I am writing to invite you to the first-ever Asian Heritage Month at UBC Okanagan. Beginning on May 6, we will hold several virtual events during the four weeks of May. The initiative is inspired by our students . . .

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Dear colleagues,

It is my pleasure to announce two outstanding projects that have received funding through the Aspire-2040 Learning Transformations (ALT-2040) fund. This fund supports faculty in transforming the way we teach and learn at UBC Okanagan.

Please join me in congratulating the 2021 ALT-2040 funding recipients:

Committing to a Culture of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Building a Pathway Towards the Development of Culturally Competent BSN Prepared Nurses

Lead applicant: Dr. Manuela Reekie, Faculty of Health and Social Development

This project seeks to address inclusion, diversity and equity in health care through increased cultural competency education for BSN graduates that better prepares them to meet the social, cultural and linguistic needs of patients. Learn more about this project.

Indigenous Land-based Writing and Pedagogy Guide for Students and Instructors

Lead applicant: Dr. Kerrie Charnley, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

This project supports the development of an Indigenous academic writing guide that will assist students and faculty to write in culturally relevant ways within university learning environments and expand faculty understanding of Indigenous pedagogies, including how they can be incorporated into courses and programs. Learn more about this project.

I am heartened to see the commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion exemplified by these two projects. In particular, both projects reflect UBC Okanagan’s commitments in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and I look forward to sharing more about this work as the projects get underway.

It is projects like these that make me truly excited to see what the future holds for UBC Okanagan, and the impact this funding will have on our students, faculty and community. Congratulations to the ALT-2040 2021 recipients.

Sincerely,

Ananya Mukherjee Reed 
Provost and Vice-President Academic
UBC Okanagan

Message from Santa J. Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor

Today, Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, provided information for B.C. public post-secondary institutions to guide planning for a return to on-campus activity this fall.

Based on current immunization timelines and vaccine approvals, and with strong and effective safety plans in place, I can confirm that UBC is planning for a return to on-campus activity for Winter Session, Term 1, in September . . .

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UBC COVID-19 response

 

We have grown significantly since our last newsletter and I am delighted that each of you has made UBC Okanagan your home. Below is a list of new faculty and post-docs who have joined us as of October 2019I look forward to connecting with each of you virtually and in-person once it is safe to do so.  

Faculty 

  • Megan Smith, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Paul Tsopmene, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
  • Amir Ardestani-Jaafari, Faculty of Management
  • Michael Noonan, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
  • Margaret Eileen Carlyle, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Science
  • Jessica Lougheed, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Science
  • John Cho, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Science
  • Andrea Craig, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Science
  • Matthew-Jim D’Elia, Library
  • Ahmad Al-Dabbagh, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Conor Pranckevicius, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
  • Elizabeth Keys, Faculty of Health and Social Development
  • Michael Benoit, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Babak Mohamadpour Tosarkani, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Victoria Komisar, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Madeleine Ransom, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Science
  • Brendan Dyck, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
  • Brad Epperly, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Science
  • Alon Eisenstein, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Meaghan MacNutt, Faculty of Health and Social Development

Post Docs

  • Emilian Tuca, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
  • Mohamad-Jaafar Nehme, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Houman Alipooramirabad, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Chun-Sheng Wang, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Gehad Mohamed Hossam Abdelaz Makeen, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Jordan Babando, Faculty of Health and Social Development
  • Arezoo Hosseini, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Gholamreza Farzan, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Jolene Garber, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
  • Milad Kamkar, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Hashim Islam, Faculty of Health and Social Development
  • Ehsan Hosseini, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Amanda Liczner, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
  • Anna Ordog, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
  • Seong Ho Kim, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
  • Shambhu Adhikari, Faculty of Health and Social Development
  • Saeed Rahbarimanesh, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Hani Balkhair, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Syed Asad Hussain, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Changki Kim, Faculty of Health and Social Development
  • Madeleine Orr, Faculty of Management
  • Amrit Paudel, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Camille Guertin, Faculty of Health and Social Development
  • Osamah Siddiqui, Faculty of Applied Science

Lecturer

  • Sylvie Babadjide, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Science
  • Frazer Atkinson, Faculty of Health and Social Development
  • Ryan Ard, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
  • Mairi Richter, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Allison Jensen, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Danielle Robinson, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Science
  • Evan Habkirk, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Science
  • Rachel McGraw, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Science
  • Meilan Ehlert, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Phil Smolenski, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Science
  • Natalie Funk, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Francois Gauthier, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Jing Li, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Matthew Hamilton, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Science
  • Angela Finley, School of Education
  • Vsevolod Lynov, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
  • Roshan Jahangeer, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Science
  • Laura Hall, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Science
  • Graham Zilm, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Science
  • Emma Lind, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Science
  • Md Abdullah, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Science
  • Sukhjit Chohan, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Science
  • Shelley Weisser, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
  • Stephanie Tobin, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
  • Reza Khanbabaie-Shoub, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
  • Heather McLean, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Science
  • James Long, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Chad Fletcher, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Craig Hostland, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Graeme Webb, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Eleonore Goldberg, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • James Phelan, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Tanya Halsall, Faculty of Health and Social Development
  • Mir Faizal, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
  • Christina Behme, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Science
  • Crystal Nykilchuk, School of Education

This webinar featured panelists Dr. Maydianne Andrade, Professor; President, Canadian Black Scientists Network; Co-Chair, Toronto Initiative for Diversity & Excellence; Special Advisor to the Dean, Inclusive Recruitment & Equity Education, University of Toronto Scarborough, Dr. Namandjé Bumpus, E.K. Marshall and Thomas H. Maren Professor and Director, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Dr. Emmanuel Osei, MITACS & Michael Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, UBC.

The talk was followed by a moderated Q&A. Click the link below to watch the recording.

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Places throughout the world are facing multiple challenges: climate change, the health and economic insecurities provoked by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the absence of equity, diversity, and inclusion, to name just a few. In the context of such challenges, what do their economic development futures look like? And how can those futures be shaped by citizens, businesses, universities, and governments? What strategies and policies are required to reimagine our economic development pathways over the next 20 years?

This webinar brought together invited speakers to reflect on these questions in three very different contexts, from Europe, North America and South America. The speakers reflected on these experiences and challenges, shared their thinking about the economic development futures they envisage over the next 20 years, and considered what is required for these visions to be realized.

With an increasing need for continued education among those looking to build their knowledge in high-demand fields, UBC Okanagan has launched two micro-credential programs as part of its career and personal education portfolio. The first of their kind at UBCO, the two new micro-credentials will focus on the fields of technical communication and industrial automation.

The new credentials are part of British Columbia’s $4 million in funding for similar initiatives across the province. Both programs are delivered online and credentials will be issued as a non-credit Letter of Proficiency. Learners will receive a traditional paper copy of the credential as well as a digital badge that can be shared on their professional social media profiles. . .

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