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  • InSight’s 2.2-meter-wide solar panels
    20 May, 2022 | Media release | Faculty & Staff

    Discover the lonely fate of a robot on Mars

    Covered in the red dust that sealed its fate, NASA's InSight lander is slowly shutting down, more than 250 million kilometres from home. With its solar panels now obscured by the planet’s debris, the four-year-old robot is running out of power. One by one, its instruments are being taken offline: its robotic arm moving into ‘retirement pose’, and its seismometer likely to be turned off sometime in June.

  • UBC Okanagan campus
    19 May, 2022 | Announcement | Faculty

    Tell us how you’re innovating teaching at UBC

    What inspires you to think and act differently as an educator? Do you offer an innovative teaching experience or environment? Have you introduced new ways of overcoming barriers in your classes?

  • UBC Okanagan
    16 May, 2022 | Okanagan Global Message | Faculty & Staff

    2022 Aspire-2040 Learning Transformations Fund Awards

    A message from Rehan Sadiq, Provost and Vice-President, Academic pro tem, UBC Okanagan Dear colleagues, The Aspire-2040 Learning Transformations (ALT-2040) Fund supports program development, curriculum transformations, student experience enhancement and educational resource development that accelerates the curricular vision in UBC’s strategic planning documents Outlook 2040 and UBC’s Strategic Plan, Shaping UBC’s Next Century.

  • Sports Day
    16 May, 2022 | Announcement | Faculty & Staff

    See photos from the Staff & Faculty Sports Day

    Staff & Faculty Sports Day took place in-person in Vancouver and the Okanagan earlier this month.  More than 360 people took part in the festivities at UBC Vancouver, with over 200 participants at UBC Okanagan. The afternoon was filled with lots of energy, bright colours and cheer. See the photos!

  • Students collaborating with faculty member
    16 May, 2022 | Announcement | Faculty

    Apply to the Students as Partners fund by June 15

    The Students as Partners fund provides grants to encourage student-faculty partnerships in undergraduate course redesign at UBC Vancouver.   Faculty and student partners may receive up to $7,100 per project, as well as dedicated support from an assigned Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology staff member, and access to a learning community. During 2022-2024, up to 40 projects will be funded, with the intention to distribute funds across a diversity of disciplines and academic units. 

  • Silvia Tomášková
    16 May, 2022 | Leadership one-on-one | Faculty & Staff

    Silvia Tomášková

    Silvia Tomášková is the inaugural Dean of the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UBC Okanagan. She began her five-year term on December 1, 2020. A native of a country no longer in existence – Czechoslovakia – Dr. Tomášková came to Canada as a political refugee in the 1980s. She found her new home in Canada, and in the world of academia as a feminist anthropologist and archaeologist, with field and historical research in Europe, Siberia, and South Africa. As a theoretical scholar, her professional interests also extend to history, social studies of science, and gender studies. Her research focuses on knowledge production, particularly about places and spaces in the deep past, as alternatives to modernity. Dr. Tomášková is also deeply committed to the representation of neglected voices. Outside of academia, Dr. Tomášková leads an active lifestyle, loves the great outdoors and views cooking as a personal science class.

  • Turtle
    13 May, 2022 | Media release | Faculty & Staff

    Meet the turtle that helped reduce plastic office waste

    As part of a UBC Psychology experiment, pictures of a turtle and other marine animals were placed above recycling bins to see if they could influence people to reduce their plastic waste in offices. The research indicates that visualizing marine consequences helped reduce plastic waste by 17%.

  • UBC Global
    12 May, 2022 | Okanagan Global Message | Faculty & Staff

    Reconnecting on campus: Graduation and Principal’s Town Hall

    A message from Lesley Cormack, Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, UBC Okanagan Dear colleagues, It’s been a tough two years—but the normal things in life are starting to resume. And opportunities to connect on campus are resuming, too. I’m pleased to highlight the return of two meaningful opportunities to connect with our community on campus in the coming weeks:

  • Updates for leadership: UBC Bulletin
    11 May, 2022 | UBC Bulletin | Faculty & Staff

    Equity Enhancement Fund — call for proposals

    This message was sent to executive, deans and other senior academic leaders, academic heads, directors and managers, and senior professional leaders in Vancouver and the Okanagan.

  • UBC Okanagan
    10 May, 2022 | Okanagan Global Message | Faculty & Staff

    Message from the Provost, UBC Okanagan

    A message from Rehan Sadiq, Provost and Vice-President, Academic pro tem, UBC Okanagan Dear colleagues, As we conclude a busy winter term at UBC Okanagan, I am pleased to share a new iteration of the Provost Office newsletter, Academic Update. We will be issuing this newsletter quarterly on the Provost’s website to keep you apprised of the many academic initiatives happening on our campus.

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