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UBC works with school district on coding curriculum

Jun 27, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC is working with public school educators to create ways to bring more innovation into Okanagan classrooms. As part of an effort to help increase innovation and computer coding taught in Kindergarten to Grade 5 classrooms, UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Education recently hosted an event with School...

Salmon Arm campus and community recognize students

Jun 24, 2016 / 9:23 am
Okanagan College Media Release Thirty-eight students from Salmon Arm were recently awarded bursaries and scholarships in recognition of their hard work in and out of the classroom. Students and their families, alongside College officials and donors from the community, gathered on Wednesday,...

UBC celebrates national research grants

Jun 24, 2016 / 12:00 am
Biologists, engineers, statisticians, chemists and a number of grad students at UBC’s Okanagan campus will benefit from federal research grants announced Thursday. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced more than $465 million for some 4,000 awards as...

Human brain wired to avoid information overload

Jun 23, 2016 / 12:00 am
The conscious part of the human brain is actually more in tune with body parts that are not moving, UBC research shows. In a recent study conducted at UBC’s Okanagan campus, researchers found that many of the signals and sensations travelling between moving body parts and the brain are ignored by...

Slowing down ships saves whales

Jun 16, 2016 / 12:00 am
Endangered whale species and the marine traffic that threatens them can co-exist, UBC research shows. “Each year more than 8,000 commercial ships cross through the critical habitat and foraging ground of several species of large whales,“ says Lael Parrott, associate professor of Biology and...

Alumnus celebrates College’s history with gift for tradespeople of tomorrow

Jun 15, 2016 / 12:49 pm
Okanagan College Media Release An alumnus with a connection to Okanagan College that spans more than five decades has made a gift to inspire the next generation of tradespeople who will follow in his footsteps. Lambert Schmalz, owner of Lambert & Paul Construction Ltd., has pledged $50,000...

UBC develops tool to predict how bighorn sheep react to human development

Jun 15, 2016 / 12:00 am
A UBC Okanagan researcher has created a tool to help map bighorn sheep movement in an effort to monitor how they respond to human development in their habitat. Corrie Allen is a graduate student and a contributing member to UBC Okanagan's Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem...
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Okanagan College instructor ready to change the way kids think about food

Jun 10, 2016 / 2:57 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Kelsey Galt, holistic nutritionist, owner of Basket Case Picnics and instructor for the College’s Camp OC, has always been interested in eating healthy and staying fit. She attributes this interest to her upbringing and the fact that she has been an athlete for...

Astronaut and water scientist conferred with honorary degrees at UBC Okanagan

Jun 10, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC Okanagan’s courtyard is where pomp and circumstance meet shouts of joy and colourful festivities as hundreds of freshly-minted graduates celebrate their accomplishments at the university’s convocation ceremonies. In five different ceremonies held over two days more than 1,600 students—the...

Engineering PhD student wins prestigious Governor General gold medal

Jun 10, 2016 / 12:00 am
Described by his supervising professor as the most brilliant student he has ever encountered at UBC, AHM Muntasir Billah has spent the past few years distinguishing himself at the university’s Okanagan campus. As he celebrates the completion of his PhD during convocation ceremonies, he will also...

Cancer researcher and advocate wins top student prize

Jun 10, 2016 / 12:00 am
Aspiring pediatric physician Bhavan Panghali is among the 1,760 graduates at UBC’s Okanagan campus this week. The microbiology student is also the recipient of the largest undergraduate award given to an Okanagan student—the $10,000 Pushor Mitchell LLP Gold Medal Leadership Prize. “Words...

UBC study examines brain performance and left-brain, right-brain cooperation

Jun 8, 2016 / 12:00 am
New research out of UBC suggests that the two halves of the brain are not always better than one. In a recently published study in the journal Brain and Cognition, Psychology Professor Barbara Rutherford explains findings that seem to flip common sense on its head. “Research has shown that some...

UBC celebrates graduates and student accomplishment

Jun 6, 2016 / 12:00 am
After a year of celebration at UBC Okanagan, the last hurrah takes place this week as the campus recognizes one of its largest graduating classes—more than 1,600 students will cross the stage to accept their UBC degree. It’s been quite a year, says Deborah Buszard, UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor...

Men who have sex with men in small cities less likely to be tested for HIV

Jun 2, 2016 / 12:00 am
Men who live outside major Canadian cities and have sex with other men are less likely to get an HIV test than their metropolitan counterparts, a UBC study shows. The study, conducted at UBC’s Okanagan campus, also shows that the lower testing rates are likely connected to internalized feelings...

From accountants to welders, thousands of College graduates heading out into the world this month

Jun 1, 2016 / 2:08 pm
Okanagan College Media Release As one Okanagan College business student will note when she addresses her graduating class this Saturday, it was often the most challenging moments of her studies that best prepared her for the future. Jessica Lenz is completing a Bachelor of Business...

UBC Okanagan engineers offer fun summer options for kids

Jun 1, 2016 / 12:00 am
Engineers at UBC’s Okanagan campus suggest a re-think when it comes to summer camps. Instead of campfire singalongs and S’mores, School of Engineering faculty members are suggesting 3-D modeling, laser engraving, Lego robotics, and concrete like you've never seen before. The school is hosting...

Foundation charity golf tournament celebrates twenty-five years, milestone in funds raised for students

May 31, 2016 / 10:27 am
Okanagan College Media Release This year marked the 25th playing of the Okanagan College Foundation’s annual charity golf tournament, and along with that milestone came another impressive number on the event’s scorecard. The tournament has now raised more than $500,000 towards awards,...

Outland Design gift grows trades campaign total, nurtures early childhood educators

May 30, 2016 / 3:59 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Education is one of the roots of a healthy community. This is the message a local landscape architecture firm hopes people in the valley will take away from its recent donation to Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus and its students. Outland Design Landscape...

Student wins international award at major conference

May 27, 2016 / 12:00 am
A fourth-year UBC Okanagan student came away with a top prize at the recent Experimental Biology Conference in San Diego. Heather Hackett, a School of Health and Exercise Sciences student, attended the annual conference in April, presenting her research on an ultrasound contrast agent that...

Hamilton to stay as OC President until 2019

May 26, 2016 / 4:11 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton has accepted an offer to extend his term until October 2019. The longest-serving president in British Columbia’s post-secondary sector, Hamilton has led Okanagan College since 2004. “We are absolutely thrilled that Jim...

UBC researchers discover cure for ‘concrete cancer’

May 25, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC researchers have found a more reliable way to make concrete from discarded glass. In a recent study, researchers from UBC’s Okanagan campus were able to calm a chemical reaction that has traditionally caused glass-fed concrete to weaken, expand and crack, a reaction known as concrete...

Good vibrations: College students launch new venture to change the way we think about sound

May 24, 2016 / 9:03 am
Okanagan College Media Release When it comes to the places where we live, work, learn, and play, how they sound can be just as important as how they look in determining how we will feel about them. Two Okanagan College students have launched an innovative new business to help the world sound a...

Okanagan College business student off to Tanzania on prestigious international fellowship

May 20, 2016 / 9:57 am
Okanagan College Media Release An Okanagan College student’s academic excellence and passion for international development has earned her one of the most esteemed fellowships in the country. Karen Vandergaag, a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Honours student at the Kelowna campus,...

UBC works with small schools to tackle big problems

May 20, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC Okanagan is working with rural educators from across the province to find ways to help schools in smaller communities. Recently, UBC Okanagan's Faculty of Education hosted the Small School Think Tank (SSTT), a two-day event held May 16 and 17. At the event, educators come together to find a way...

UBC research targets oil and gas pipeline safety

May 20, 2016 / 12:00 am
A recent UBC study could make it easier for oil and gas companies to prevent pipeline failures. This study, conducted at UBC’s Okanagan campus, has resulted in an engineering model that could help the companies determine which areas of their pipeline network could be prone to corrosion and should...

Ford dealer drives up support for new trades complex, celebrates father’s legacy

May 16, 2016 / 2:46 pm
Okanagan College Media Release A local automotive dealer wants to help rev up the learning environment for trades students at Okanagan College in Kelowna, carrying on his father’s legacy of supporting education and the community. Orchard Ford and Kelowna Ford Lincoln Dealer Principal Dan...

UBC research aims to make swimming healthier, more energy efficient

May 16, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC engineering researchers are looking for ways to reduce energy use and minimize potential health concerns in community pools. In a study that will examine large-scale indoor pools across British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, researchers will examine how pool design impacts chemical exposure...

Okanagan College business students, advisors and faculty recognized for excellence on national stage

May 13, 2016 / 9:17 am
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College business students chalked up multiple podium finishes at a recent national competition in Toronto. Making the showing all the more impressive was the fact that a number of the students and their mentors were honoured at the highest level for their...

UBC celebrates 'exemplary role models’ who make a difference

May 13, 2016 / 12:00 am
The best of the best were honoured at a special ceremony at UBC Okanagan this week. Every year, UBC professors are honoured for their teaching style, innovation and collaborative methods. At the Teaching Excellence and Innovation awards ceremony at UBC’s Okanagan campus, professors, teaching...

Princess Auto Foundation turns key on new trades bursaries at Okanagan College

May 12, 2016 / 4:06 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Whether building a house or re-building a car, it all begins with a strong foundation of knowledge. A national foundation dedicated to supporting trades education has launched a new bursary fund at Okanagan College to give students a strong start. The Princess...

College names von Mandl, Redmond and Winkler as 2016 Honorary Fellows

May 12, 2016 / 10:43 am
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College is bestowing its highest honour on three notable Okanagan residents, each of whom has helped shape and define the region in unique and impactful ways through entrepreneurship, philanthropy and ecological research. Anthony von Mandl O.B.C.,...

Eyewitnesses’ memories darken skin colour when recalling ‘black’ crimes, UBC research shows

May 12, 2016 / 12:00 am
Eyewitnesses remember the faces of black suspects less accurately in drive-by shootings than they do in serial killings. Their memories are further skewed when the victims are women or white males, psychology researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus have found. “What this study shows is that the...

Digital tools can motivate diabetics to exercise and eat well

May 10, 2016 / 12:00 am
A UBC researcher is encouraged by the findings of a pilot study showing people with prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes, given the right tools, are motivated to exercise more. Assist. Prof. Mary Jung, a researcher in UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Health and Social Development, has shown that people with...

Racial minorities still viewed as broken windows, UBC research shows

May 5, 2016 / 12:00 am
Skin colour is still a cause for suspicion among the urban middle class who are turning to technology to record and express their fears, a UBC study has concluded. After a four-year review of a community blog, court records and mainstream media, a researcher at UBC’s Okanagan campus says that...

College to host 22nd Annual Aboriginal Career Fair on May 5

May 4, 2016 / 10:20 am
Okanagan College Media Release Hundreds of Aboriginal high school students from throughout the B.C. Interior will converge on Okanagan College on Thursday, May 5 to explore a vast array of post-secondary and employment opportunities. The 22nd annual Aboriginal Career Fair will take place from...

UBC researchers improving cancer treatment and outcomes

May 4, 2016 / 12:00 am
A new program at UBC's Okanagan campus may change the way radiation affects cancer patients and how they feel during treatment. Starting this fall, in collaboration with the BC Cancer Agency's Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior, the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences...

Rick Gee recognized by College for Distinguished Service

May 3, 2016 / 2:53 pm
Okanagan College Media Release A retired employee who assembled an impressive career that spanned 30 years and five days will be recognized by Okanagan College with the Distinguished Service award at the College’s Summer Convocation ceremony on June 29 in Kelowna. Rick Gee, former Chair of...

Health policies not culturally inclusive, UBC research finds

May 3, 2016 / 12:00 am
Aboriginal people feel isolated in many parts of Canada’s health care system, UBC research has found. A study by researchers at UBC Okanagan shows that health standards and policies do not make room for aboriginal values and beliefs. Some of the identified standards include limited visiting...

Researchers design program to enhance greater happiness and well-being

May 3, 2016 / 12:00 am
A research study at UBC Okanagan is looking to help people increase their happiness in life. The well-being study is supervised by Lesley Lutes, the director of Clinical Training, and social psychologist Derrick Wirtz. The study aims to teach participants how to enhance resiliency to life’s...

Local business helps College gives trades students a warm welcome

May 2, 2016 / 3:05 pm
Okanagan College Media Release As Okanagan College welcomed students and staff to its new Trades Training Complex last week, a donation of equipment from a local appliance dealer helped ensure it was a warm welcome. Coast Wholesale Appliances Inc. has donated microwaves to power up kitchenette...
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