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UBC and industry partnership spurs metallurgical sector development in BC Interior

May 2, 2016 / 12:00 am
A $293,000 research partnership among Teck Metals Ltd., Fenix Advanced Materials, Drop Designs, Mitacs and the University of British Columbia aims to use by-products from smelting operations to create economic development opportunities in the province’s Southern Interior. The three-year project,...

UBC partners with Third Space to promote mental health, work-life balance

Apr 29, 2016 / 12:00 am
A UBC Okanagan partnership with the Third Space non-profit group will see nursing and social work students providing community health services in Kelowna’s newest living lab. The five-year partnership will see UBC social work students experience a clinical placement in a non-profit mental health...

UBC professor heads to Rwanda to promote inclusion and play

Apr 29, 2016 / 12:00 am
Even children who live in extreme poverty or countries ravaged by war respond positively to games and playtime. UBC Assist. Prof. Stephen Berg, who has seen this time and time again, heads to Rwanda next week where he will introduce playtime inclusion into Rwanda classrooms. “It doesn’t matter...

Prolonged antibiotic use can accelerate diabetes, UBC study shows

Apr 28, 2016 / 12:00 am
A team of UBC researchers has found that gut bacteria are linked to the onset of Type 1 diabetes. Their findings also show that long-term and over-use of antibiotics can accelerate the process by disrupting the gut bacteria. “The incidence of Type 1 diabetes has doubled in the last few years in...

UBC study finds psychedelic drugs may reduce domestic violence

Apr 26, 2016 / 12:00 am
Psychedelic drugs may help curb domestic violence committed by men with substance abuse problems, according to a new UBC study. The UBC Okanagan study found that 42 per cent of U.S. adult male inmates who did not take psychedelic drugs were arrested within six years for domestic battery after their...

UBC Okanagan marks milestones for professors and staff

Apr 25, 2016 / 12:00 am
It’s been a year of milestones for UBC with the university celebrating its 100th anniversary and the Okanagan campus marking 10 years since it officially opened. Different milestones were marked last week, as faculty and staff who have served for more than 25 years (at either UBC and at Okanagan...

Eleven trips to the podium for OC students at Skills BC competition

Apr 21, 2016 / 3:16 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Three Okanagan College students are on their way to Moncton, NB to compete in the Skills Canada National competition following their gold medal wins at the provincial competition, which was held in Abbotsford on April 13. The three gold medalists were joined on the...
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UBC develops marijuana breathalyzer

Apr 20, 2016 / 12:00 am
The smell of your breath is the science behind a new device that will determine if you’re too stoned to be behind the wheel. UBC Okanagan engineering professor Mina Hoorfar has developed a handheld device, known as a microfluidic breath analyzer that can detect the presence of...

UBC Okanagan researchers receive $500,000 in innovation funding

Apr 15, 2016 / 12:00 am
Four UBC Okanagan researchers have been recognized as some of the top research talent in Canada. The four—Prof. John Braun, Assist. Prof. Joshua Brinkerhoff, Assist. Prof. Liwei Wang and Assist. Prof. Wesley Zandberg—will collectively see their research supported by $500,000 of Canada...

UBC student participates in United Nations special assembly on drugs

Apr 14, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC Okanagan student Michelle Thiessen is one of ten students from across Canada heading to the United Nations to discuss international drug policies. The students are attending the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) in New York City, April 19 to 21. The group is...

UBC’s rainbow stairs celebrate inclusion

Apr 14, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC Okanagan will soon have rainbow stairs. As part of an 18-month awareness-raising project, the stairs outside the University Centre will dawn colours similar to those of some crosswalks in Kelowna. “UBC believes that all people regardless of race, religion, gender identity or sexual...

UBC research makes creating biological tissue safer and more affordable

Apr 13, 2016 / 12:00 am
A chemical compound developed by UBC researchers makes it possible to create biological tissue with a light projector you can buy at Walmart. The compound, a new type of biological ink used in the 3D printing of tissue, eliminates the need to use UV light systems in favour of safer, more...

Ride-share incentives capture Live Case Argus Cup

Apr 13, 2016 / 12:00 am
Incentivize and they will share rides That was the concept behind the winning submission from the UBC Faculty of Management (FoM) Live Case Challenge, sponsored by Argus Properties Ltd., which wrapped up April 7. Third-year students Audrey Kaake, Cameron Mahler, Jenel McKenney, Kyle Patan and Gopal...

Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence named greenest post-secondary building in Canada for 2016

Apr 11, 2016 / 12:58 pm
Okanagan College Media Release After becoming the first building of its size in the region to receive LEED Platinum certification, The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation has been named the most sustainable post-secondary...

Silver Surfers: College students help seniors catch the techie wave

Apr 8, 2016 / 10:46 am
Okanagan College Media Release In today’s fast-paced digital age, catching up to the latest technology gadget can seem insurmountable for seniors. Helping bridge the technology age-gap, twins Daniel and Rebecca Alfred and Sam Jamieson, all Enactus Okanagan College students, have stepped up to...

College enlists in program that opens doors for Canadian vets, reservists

Apr 8, 2016 / 9:22 am
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College is enlisting in a national program that helps Canadian Armed Forces veterans and reservists accelerate their education as they transition to other employment. The College has just signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Canada Company, a...

'Passion and purpose' of sport the focus at UBC athletics breakfast

Apr 8, 2016 / 12:00 am
Retired from professional soccer at the age of 33, Kelowna’s Rob Friend shared a passionate message for the audience at Friday morning’s 11th annual Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Breakfast – he can never kick a soccer ball again. “I had to step away from the game totally. I can’t...

Team of researchers developing new tools to save millions on road design

Apr 8, 2016 / 12:00 am
Computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and statisticians at UBC’s Okanagan campus are teaming up to create a tool to make highway construction less complicated and cheaper. “Road construction is an expensive endeavour and can cost as much as $20 million per kilometre for highways and...

Student ambassadors honoured at President’s Dinner

Apr 6, 2016 / 10:53 am
Okanagan College Blog Post At the annual President’s Dinner held on March 31 in Kelowna, President Jim Hamilton recognized 145 students for being ambassadors of Okanagan College, noting that the students’ participation in events revealed admirable levels of commitment by these individuals...

UBC professor examines impact of reforestation on carbon and water

Apr 6, 2016 / 12:00 am
A four-year UBC study will look at current forest management practices to determine how harvesting, and natural disturbances—such as wildfires and pest infestations—are affecting the natural balance between carbon and water. UBC researchers are teaming up with Kelowna-based engineering and...

PrairieCoast Equipment gives Trades Complex campaign an Okanagan-style push

Apr 5, 2016 / 4:10 pm
Okanagan College Media Release With heavy duty mechanics in high demand across many sectors, a donor has stepped forward with a locally-inspired donation to remind Okanagan College students and would-be students that BC’s agricultural equipment industry needs more mechanics. “Our company...

Bluebird day for Okanagan College’s 14th annual Half Marathon

Apr 3, 2016 / 1:08 pm
Kelowna runners took the top spots in Okanagan College’s 14th annual Half Marathon, 10 KM and Relay Race on Sunday, April 3. Kelowna’s Christy Lovig tied the women’s 10 K course record, the same record that she set at last year’s event. Lovig ran the distance in (36:48) in both 2015 and...

Home of the future Living Lab project started in Wilden subdivision

Mar 31, 2016 / 12:00 am
An energy-efficiency research project involving industry, UBC and Okanagan College broke ground today. Known as the Wilden Living Lab, the project will see two homes constructed on separate building lots. The lots are valued at about $200,000 each and were provided by the Blenk Development...

OC passes $100 million budget

Mar 30, 2016 / 4:29 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College’s Board of Governors has passed its first $100 million budget: one that will create additional capacity for international and domestic students and provides additional financial aid support for students at each of its four campuses. The Board...

New Salmon Arm diploma option maps ties between information and geography

Mar 30, 2016 / 12:15 pm
Okanagan College Media Release A new two-year Environmental Studies diploma option at Okanagan College’s Salmon Arm campus is focused on a growing area of research and study that integrates information and computer-based mapping. Beginning this fall, students can take the Geographic...

Nominations open for 2016 OCAA Alumni Awards

Mar 30, 2016 / 11:12 am
Okanagan College Media Release The Okanagan College Alumni Association (OCAA) is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award and Young Alumni Award. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni of Okanagan College and Okanagan University College for their demonstration...

Arts education promotes an open mind, critical thinking, and global perspective

Mar 29, 2016 / 10:48 am
Okanagan College Media Release Adopted from a Haitian orphanage as a baby, 21-year-old Kelowna resident Aaron Gregory’s personal history has instilled in him a deep commitment to humanitarianism and giving back to the community. Gregory has found his stride at Okanagan College where he is...

Provincial funding spurs program for Health Care Assistants in Princeton

Mar 24, 2016 / 2:45 pm
With funding from the Province’s Ministry of Advanced Education, Okanagan College will offer a new Health Care Assistant program in Princeton this year, providing education for eight students in the six-month certificate program. “There is a growing need for health care professionals...

Girls recognize kindness in schools more than boys, UBC study shows

Mar 24, 2016 / 12:00 am
Girls between the ages of 9 and 13 perceive kindness in school more than boys, research from UBC's Okanagan campus shows. In a study of more than 1,700 students between Grades 4 and 8, girls were shown to notice acts of kindness in schools significantly more than boys. “Students’ perception of...

Pastry Arts students provide extra incentive for a race to the finish line

Mar 23, 2016 / 3:01 pm
Okanagan College has come up with a few sweet and savoury reasons for runners to register for the 14th annual Half Marathon, 10 K and Relay Race, which will take place on Sunday, April 3 at the Kelowna campus. In addition to the traditional post-race fare of bagels, fruit, cookies, and other...

Immigrant entrepreneurs more confident about their future than those born in Canada

Mar 23, 2016 / 12:00 am
Immigrant entrepreneurs are more optimistic about doing business in Kelowna than those born in Canada, a UBC study shows. The study, “Sustaining Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Small- and Medium-sized Cities”, was conducted by UBC Okanagan Prof. Carlos Teixeira in 2009 and 2010. The study was...

Accounting students add up awards

Mar 23, 2016 / 12:00 am
Delivering what the customer needs, not wants, has earned UBC’s Faculty of Management students top honours at a provincial competition for accounting. The annual Chartered Professional Accountants of BC (CPABC) Case Competition finals were held March 12. Three teams from UBC’s Faculty of...

'Heartbreaking' story wins 2016 Okanagan Short Story Contest

Mar 22, 2016 / 12:00 am
Creative writing that tugged the heartstrings of award-winning fiction writer Tamas Dobozy won this year’s Okanagan Short Story Contest. Dobozy, UBC Okanagan’s Writer in Residence, was the final judge in the annual fiction writing contest that gathered more than 85 entries. UBC alumna Dania...

UBC Okanagan enters formula racing

Mar 21, 2016 / 12:00 am
For the first time ever, students at UBC’s Okanagan campus are building a race car and getting ready to go after the checkered flag in the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) student design competition. The group of interdisciplinary students; primarily made up of 30 engineering...

Why is there public resistance to vaccination?

Mar 18, 2016 / 11:21 am
Okanagan College Media Release To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? This is a question loaded with contention in a public debate that has come to be mainstream in recent years. Vaccines are generally regarded as among the most effective public health interventions. Scientific research has...

Voyager RV gives back, sees bright future for technicians in B.C.

Mar 17, 2016 / 2:24 pm
Okanagan College Media Release The Okanagan’s largest dealer of “homes away from home” has made a major donation towards the new home for learning students at B.C.’s second largest trades training institution. Voyager RV has donated $30,000 to support the construction of a bright new...

The taxman is knocking; College students answer the call for help

Mar 17, 2016 / 9:25 am
Okanagan College Media Release A group of Okanagan College business students are volunteering to help take the stress out of filing for tax season by offering a series of free public weekday tax clinics until April 29. The Okanagan College Accounting Club is hosting the Canada Revenue Agency...

Pedals to the masses online: bike parts firm built by OC students and alumni

Mar 17, 2016 / 8:41 am
Okanagan College Media Release Trevor Tuck, Dylan Decker, Colton Cheney and Shelby Miller may well be the picture of the next generation of entrepreneurs. With persistence, help from family, friends and wherever they can get it, a thirst for education, well-managed expectations and an...

Manipulators less convincing online than in person, UBC research shows

Mar 17, 2016 / 12:00 am
If you have to negotiate business with a narcissist or psychopath, you’re better off doing it on Facebook, research from UBC’s Okanagan campus shows. In one of the first studies of its kind, UBC researchers found that traditionally successful manipulators who are classified as being part of the...

Spaghetti Bridge contest comes to a dramatic finish

Mar 15, 2016 / 3:03 pm
Okanagan College Media Release The 33rd annual Okanagan College Spaghetti Bridge Building Heavyweight competition came to a surprising finish after a series of disqualifications launched the team of Anna Offenwanger and Ephraim Nowak from UBC Okanagan into the top spot. Offenwanger and Nowak...
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