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UBC Okanagan reduced carbon footprint in 2015

Jul 20, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC Okanagan reduced its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 17 per cent between 2014 and 2015. As detailed in its 2015 Carbon Neutral Action Overview Report, the reduction equates to 524 tonnes of GHGs, roughly the equivalent of the annual emission of 111 passenger vehicles or 1,213 barrels of...

Camp OC keeps kids learning all summer long at Okanagan College

Jul 19, 2016 / 1:57 pm
Summer in the Okanagan means lazy days at the beach, but for 1,500 kids in Kelowna this year it also means exciting adventures in everything from Lego robotics to the culinary arts at Okanagan College’s Camp OC. Last week, more than 150 children and teenagers filled the College’s Kelowna...

Factory-built homes could help cities with tight housing markets

Jul 19, 2016 / 12:00 am
Cities facing housing shortages should encourage more modular construction to increase options for prospective homebuyers and renters, a UBC researcher says. Following the first comprehensive review of conventional and modular construction research of its kind, Kasun Hewage, an associate professor...

Local builder proud to support future tradespeople

Jul 18, 2016 / 2:56 pm
Okanagan College Media Release With more than two decades of experience under his tool belt, a local construction business owner and Okanagan College alumnus is giving back to support future tradespeople. John Bachelder, owner of Bachelder Construction Ltd., has pledged $10,000 toward the...

Cell research could help with heart tissue transplants

Jul 15, 2016 / 12:00 am
A new technique developed by a UBC researcher could make tissue regeneration cheaper and safer for health-care systems and their patients. A study, conducted by UBC researcher Keekyoung Kim while at Harvard University, has identified new ways in which proteins and various biological...

UBC researchers determine vineyards adversely affect soil quality

Jul 14, 2016 / 12:00 am
Biologists from UBC’s Okanagan campus are digging under vineyards to see if the Okanagan’s grape industry is affecting soil quality. The team of researchers spent the better part of three years studying soil samples from more than 15 vineyards throughout the valley. Associate Professor Miranda...

Avcorp Industries and UBC agree to pursue innovative partnership

Jul 12, 2016 / 12:00 am
Avcorp Industries and the University of British Columbia have agreed to explore the establishment of a Learning Factory for Advanced Composites at UBC’s Okanagan campus. The two parties, represented by Avcorp CEO Peter George and UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard, signed an...
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Some dietary fats still getting a bad rap, says UBC researcher

Jul 7, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC research shows that some of the fats we consume are getting a raw deal when it comes to deciding what’s good for us. Long thought of as the bad guys in the commercial diet industry, fats are now getting a second look thanks to research done by UBC’s Deanna Gibson. Her recent findings,...

Downtown College campus not proceeding as hoped, College to focus on enrolment growth as top priority

Jun 30, 2016 / 3:00 pm
Enrolment challenges mean that a prospective donation of land proposed as a potential site for a new campus of Okanagan College in Salmon Arm will not proceed. (The land identified for the potential donation is located between 10th Street SW, 10th Avenue, Foothill Road and Shuswap Street.) ...

Seniors with undiagnosed hearing loss can become isolated

Jun 30, 2016 / 12:00 am
Senior citizens with undiagnosed or untreated hearing problems are more likely to suffer from social isolation and cognitive impairment, a UBC study has found. UBC Okanagan researchers examined the impact of undiagnosed or untreated hearing issues in seniors aged 60 to 69. The study found that for...

Two-time College grad wins gold in national electronics competition

Jun 29, 2016 / 11:51 am
Okanagan College Media Release Zach Andrews is adding another medal to a growing collection of accolades after returning from the Skills Canada Competition in Moncton, NB with a gold medal in Electronics. The 31-year-old qualified for the Canada-wide competition after winning gold for B.C. in...

Jazz and Okanagan College create new opportunities for graduating pilots

Jun 28, 2016 / 12:32 pm
Okanagan College Media Release A new agreement with Jazz Aviation LP could spell more career opportunities for pilots graduating from Okanagan College’s Commercial Aviation diploma program. The College’s two-year program, run in concert with flight partners Southern Interior Flight Centre...

Rick and Yasmin Thorpe & Friends awards continue to open doors for students

Jun 28, 2016 / 12:04 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Scholarships from Rick and Yasmin Thorpe and friends are inspiring graduating high school students from Penticton and Summerland to make the most of their studies as they step into the classrooms of Okanagan College this fall. Eight students hailing from three...

Wood mulch can help in climate change fight

Jun 28, 2016 / 12:00 am
In addition to looking nice, covering soil with wood mulch can actually help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, UBC research shows. In a recent study undertaken in Kelowna-area vineyards, UBC Okanagan researchers discovered that using mulch in agriculture can cut nitrous oxide emissions up to 28 per...

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...

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...
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