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A selection of updates, news and stories from across the university.

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  • CWEG
    25 May, 2023 | Announcement | Faculty

    Apply for a Climate and Wellbeing Education Grant by Jun. 12

    Climate and Wellbeing Education Grants provide up to $6,000 to UBC faculty members to incorporate climate change and wellbeing content and approaches into existing undergraduate and graduate courses. 

  • AI in the classroom
    24 May, 2023 | Media release | Faculty & Staff

    From science fiction to classroom reality: How UBC professors are using AI as a teaching tool

    Hiring a new teaching assistant usually means reading stacks of resumes, conducting interviews, and checking references—but what if they aren’t human? Meet ChatGPT and GitHub Copilot, two new artificial intelligence-powered teaching assistants (created by OpenAI and Microsoft, respectively) that are ready and available to help third-year engineering physics students at UBC who might be looking for help with their homework or assignments.

  • Peiman Azarsa
    23 May, 2023 | Research in focus | Faculty & Staff

    Research in focus: Peiman Azarsa

    As a construction materials engineer, Peiman's research is focused on finding new methods and technologies to produce sustainable concrete. Find out what first motivated him to study this essential component in construction and infrastructure development.

  • Plane
    18 May, 2023 | Feature story | Faculty & Staff

    To travel or not to travel? UBC Library asks the question

    Last month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that we are nearing a critical threshold. Despite current efforts, we are more likely than not to surpass a global temperature increase of 1.5°C in the near-term, that “we are already seeing the repercussions,” and that greater climate action is needed urgently.

  • Updates for leadership: UBC Bulletin
    17 May, 2023 | UBC Bulletin | Faculty & Staff

    Change to academic scheduling this October

    During the 2023 calendar year, statutory holidays have created an imbalance in the numbers of days available for classes on each weekday, with Mondays disproportionately affected. In light of this, the Vancouver Senate has approved a motion to designate Thursday October 12 as a ‘Make-up Monday’ to offset the impact of statutory holidays occurring on Mondays. All classes normally scheduled for Thursday October 12 will be cancelled and replaced by classes that are normally scheduled for a Monday.

  • Updates for leadership: UBC Bulletin
    15 May, 2023 | UBC Bulletin | Faculty & Staff

    UBC’s transition out of the COVID-19 pandemic

    On May 5, the World Health Organization declared that COVID-19 no longer qualifies as a global emergency. This announcement came alongside UBC’s own discussions about fully transitioning to a communicable disease prevention framework.

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