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  • Students as Partners fund
    30 January, 2023 | Announcement | Faculty

    Apply to the Students as Partners fund by Feb. 24

    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. 

  • Deborah Buszard
    30 January, 2023 | Leadership one-on-one | Faculty & Staff

    Deborah Buszard

    Deborah Buszard is UBC’s Interim President and Vice-Chancellor – she was appointed to this role in October 2022. Professor Buszard is a familiar face at the university and a well-known leader in the Canadian post-secondary landscape. She served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal at UBC Okanagan from 2012 to 2020. Prior to this, she served in various leadership roles at both Dalhousie and McGill University. She currently holds an academic appointment as Professor of Biology in the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science on the Okanagan campus. Originally from the United Kingdom, Professor Buszard’s early research endeavours brought her to Canada, where she pursued horticulture and strawberry breeding. Her current research interests include global agriculture and food innovation, institutional system transformation, and sustainability. In addition to her academic work and love of plants, Professor Buszard loves travel and the great outdoors. She also considers herself a lifelong student, eager to learn something new and put her skills to the test.

  • Move UBC
    26 January, 2023 | Announcement | Faculty & Staff

    Get active this February with Move UBC

    Move UBC is an annual university-wide initiative in February to encourage faculty, staff and the wider university community to reduce time spent being inactive. During Move UBC this month, find out about: 

  • UBC Broadcast
    25 January, 2023 | UBC Broadcast | Faculty & Staff

    Share your thoughts on the search for a new President and Vice-Chancellor

    A message from The Honourable Steven Point, Chancellor and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee As you know, UBC is in the midst of a search for a new President and Vice-Chancellor. We recently invited you to share comments via an online survey. We now want to invite you to join a virtual forum and share your views related to the skills and qualities you want to see in the next President of UBC.

  • Brain scan
    24 January, 2023 | Media release | Faculty & Staff

    Traffic pollution impairs brain function

    A new study by UBC and University of Victoria researchers has shown that common levels of traffic pollution can impair human brain function in only a matter of hours. The findings show that just two hours of exposure to diesel exhaust causes a decrease in the brain’s functional connectivity – a measure of how different areas of the brain interact and communicate with each other. The study provides the first evidence in humans, from a controlled experiment, of altered brain network connectivity induced by air pollution.

  • Sally Stewart
    23 January, 2023 | Teaching in focus | Faculty & Staff

    Teaching in focus: Sally Stewart

    ‘Teaching in focus’ is a new feature highlighting our talented teaching faculty, their unique teaching style, and their incredible work at UBC. Learn more about our first faculty member, Sally Stewart who believes in the power of students’ personal health as critical in setting a foundation for their academic success.

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