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

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  • Jason Ellis
    21 May, 2024 | Teaching in focus | Faculty & Staff

    Teaching in focus: Jason Ellis

    Jason is an associate professor with the Department of Educational Studies in Vancouver. Find out what inspired him to develop his students’ historical thinking skills, and how historical arguments can enhance their understanding of the present.

  • Crow
    21 May, 2024 | Announcement | Faculty & Staff

    Share your wildlife photos by June 7

    Now that we have officially entered spring, it is the perfect time to enjoy being outdoors. Whether you’ve been exploring nature or spending time out in the garden, we want you to share a photo (or two) that showcases the birds and wildlife around you.

  • Updates for leadership: UBC Bulletin
    16 May, 2024 | UBC Bulletin | Faculty & Staff

    Workday Student reaches key milestone

    We are pleased to announce that Workday Student will reach a key milestone next week, when it becomes directly accessible by UBC’s student population.On May 21, all new and returning UBC students will gain access to Workday Student to support all their academic administrative activities for the Winter 2024 session and beyond.

  • Film screening
    16 May, 2024 | Feature story | Faculty & Staff

    Windows into the East: Arts and literature as cultural dialogue

    May is celebrated as Asian Heritage Month, and in honour of this occasion, we invited three Arts faculty members to share their favourite art and literature pieces from their culture that hold personal significance.Art and literature form the foundation of one’s heritage and culture, influencing an individual’s values and identity. Dr. Tara Lee, Gu Xiong, and Dr. Mila Zuo reflect on how these pieces of art and literature are related to their lived experiences as Chinese-Canadians in our community. Their perspectives shed light on the invaluable takeaways of cross-cultural media.

  • Gardening
    13 May, 2024 | Media release | Faculty & Staff

    Top tips for gardening in a drought

    With BC in the middle of a multi-year drought, and another dry summer likely on the way, green-thumbed residents may be wondering how best to garden in a drought.Dr. Tara Moreau, Associate Director at the UBC Botanical Garden, provides top tips for gardening in a dry season and describes what gardens might look like in a climate-changed future.Learn more

  • Faculty and Staff Sports Day
    13 May, 2024 | Announcement | Faculty & Staff

    View photos from Faculty and Staff Sports Day

    Take a look at images from the 14th UBC Faculty and Staff Sports Day, which took place on May 3. A total of 136 teams took part at UBC Vancouver while UBC Okanagan had its biggest Sports Day yet with 270 participants. The fun event was made possible with the support of a dedicated group of staff and volunteers who made this amazing day possible.

  • Jacky Takeuchi
    13 May, 2024 | 30-second bio | Faculty & Staff

    30-second bio: Jacky Takeuchi

    As a research technician in UBC Okanagan's Faculty of Applied Science, Jacky gets excited by the opportunity to work with a dynamic group of researchers from all over the world.

  • Frank Laezza
    13 May, 2024 | Leadership one-on-one | Faculty & Staff

    Frank Laezza

    Frank Laezza is UBC’s Vice-President, Finance and Operations (VPFO). He is responsible for leading the VPFO team in overseeing the stewardship of the university’s physical and financial assets, and the safety, risk and assurance functions across both campuses.He serves as a member of UBC’s executive leadership team, and is a board member with both UBC Investment Management, which manages the endowment and staff pension plan, and UBC Properties Trust which develops and manages real estate assets for the benefit of the university.Frank began his role with UBC in March 2023 after serving in leadership roles at a number of Australia’s post-secondary institutions, including Murdoch University, Technical and Further Education State Vocational College (NSW), the University of Technology in Sydney, and the University of New South Wales. He is a strong believer in connected leadership and is working to transform the VPFO into a strategic business partner to other faculties and departments. He aims to instill a culture where everyone embraces curiosity, possesses the financial knowledge to make informed choices, and takes ownership to drive positive, collective change.

  • Dr. Lianne Soller, Dr. Edmond Chan and Beverley Ojeaga.
    9 May, 2024 | Feature story | Faculty & Staff

    Helping kids overcome food allergies

    New research from Dr. Edmond Chan promises to help older and high-risk childrenFood allergies affect nearly 600,000 Canadian children and one in two Canadian households. But a cutting-edge research program led by Dr. Edmond Chan is helping B.C. children overcome these challenges — even allowing kids to safely consume the foods that would have previously caused a near-fatal reaction.

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