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July 08
Upcoming Health & Wellness Workshops and Events

Sunberry Fitness Richmond – One free Week for UBC Staff/Faculty

Sunberry Fitness in Richmond is currently offering UBC Staff and Faculty  (and non UBC Hospital staff) one free week to use their gym and try their fitness classes. Offer expires July 31st 2014.

UBC  Breastfeeding Café

On July 17, from 11-12:30pm, and August 19, from 8-9:30 pm at the Acadia Park Commons Block in the Activity Room  the UBC Breastfeeding Café will be holding workshops for new moms to  ask questions and share experiences with other moms in a non-judgmental environment. For more information see Facebook @ http://tinyurl.com/ubc-breastfeeding

Free Salsa and Ballroom Dancing

Ballroom Dance: “Robson Square Summer Dance Series” - Every Friday night June 27 – August 29, 7:30pm – 11:30pm: Since 1991, DanceSport BC has put on a social ballroom dance event every Friday during the summer months. With more than 500 attendees a night, people of all ages gather for a fun-fill night of dancing. Whether you are a dance professional or have two left feet; on your 100th date or your first; with a group of old friends or getting to know a new city, these dances are for you. For more info, please visit: www.dancesportbc.com/about/robsonsquare/

Salsa Dance: “Sunday Afternoon Salsa” : Every Sunday afternoon, June 29 – August 24, 3:00pm – 7:30pm : 7th Annual Sunday Afternoon Salsa dance series at Robson Square. A free, community festival open to the public and for people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Includes beginner dance lessons, performances, and social dancing. Organized by Salsa Vancouver (www.sundayafternoonsalsa.com)

Free Workshops for July – Spaces Available

Bacteria & Bowels: July 10 2014 @ 12-1pm Part 2 of Healthy UBC's ‘Summer Digestive Health’ series with Dr. Thara Vayali. In this session, attendees will learn the real deal behind bacterial balance, what probiotics do (and don't do) and whether probiotics are appropriate for you. Leave with 4 easy food ideas that promote bacterial health to incorporate into your diet over the next 4 weeks.  Click here for information

UBC Botanical Garden Guided Walk – July 16 @ 12.30-1.30pmJoin UBCs resident walking tour expert Arlene Decaire for this FREE lunchtime guided tour of UBCs famed Botanical Gardens. UBC Botanical Garden is a hidden gem where visitors can expect a quiet visit away from crowds whilst also getting a learning experience rich with interesting plants and informative signs. A group will be meeting at 12.30pm outside the main entrance the Gardens. To enroll in this walk call 604-827-3047 or email efap.info@ubc.ca. For more information click here.

Connect to your Career at UBC- July 24th 2014 @ 12-1pmJoin UBC’s Career Navigation & Transition Consultant Pooja Khandelwal in this one hour session to promote the supports available for UBC employees to navigate possible career opportunities, and create a personalized career development plan. This session will provide you with access to thought-provoking questions, links to resources, tools, and web sites within UBC that may support you in your career planning process. For more information visit www.hr.ubc.ca/career-navigation . Click here to sign up

Healthy Eating Habits – July 24, 2014 @ 12-1pm at UBC Robson Square campus You’ve probably heard that your body is like a car - give it the right fuel, add extras like quality protein sources; antioxidants, healthy fats, and fluids - and you are no different than keeping a high-performance car engine going strong. Join dietitian Melissa LeBlanc in this session designed to motivate participants to improve their eating habits and optimize their health, energy, and performance; the session will also focus on prevention and management of stress through balanced meals /snacks and tips on specific foods that induce or reduce stress. Click here for more information

Learn to Meditate – July 29- Aug 19th, 2014 @ 12-1pm – (There is a cost associated with this workshop) This 4 session course is designed for both beginners and experienced practitioners of mindfulness meditation. It will introduce participants to the basic concepts of meditation and mindfulness techniques and is specifically tuned to the working environment. Sessions will include instruction, discussion, guided meditation and visualization in a non-religious context. Participants will be provided with handouts, homework practice, and follow up emails and access to downloadable recordings. Cost: $35 (Payable by JV to KPGK or by cheque to UBC Human Resources. Payment must be received before registration is confirmed.) Click here for more information.

July 04
2014 NSERC RTI Pre-Selection Application

The application instructions for the UBC pre-selection process for 2014 NSERC RTI applications are now available

All researchers considering applying for NSERC RTI funding in the 2014 competition must first submit an application package to the UBC peer review committee for this pre-selection process. Note that UBC is required to pre-select a quota of 45 applications which are then submitted to the national NSERC RTI competition. 

All RTI pre-selection application packages are to be forwarded to David Woods in the SPARC Office by the following deadline: Tuesday, September 9, 2014. (by 5pm)

Ranking of all potential UBC RTI applications will be completed by the peer review committee and results will be made available to applicants by September 26, 2014.

This requirements and instructions document, for the NSERC RTI application pre-selection process, is also available via the following SPARC webpage:



July 04
2012-2013 MD Undergraduate Program Annual Report

The 2012-2013 MD Undergraduate Program Annual Report is now live.  Learn how MDUP is graduating more doctors for British Columbians.

To access the report, click here.

July 03
Construction Update: BC Children's and BC Women's Redevelopment Project

​BC Children's and BC Women's (C&W) has a latest special construction bulletin which provides an update on the upcoming construction activities on the C&W campus. 

For more information on these updates, click here.

To view the latest C&W Special Bulletin Construction Update: Special Bulletin Construction Update June 30 2014.pdf

July 02
Call for Nominations - 2015 3M National Teaching Fellowship Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 3M National Teaching Fellowship Awards. Recognizing that UBC has many faculty members who are most deserving of this recognition, it is strongly encouraged to nominate colleagues from your Faculty/College for this prestigious award.

All nominations should be submitted to the Office of the Provost and VP Academic by Thursday, August 7, 2014.

Please refer to the following website for infomration about the nomination criteria and process:
http://www.mcmaster.ca/3Mteachingfellowships/nominate.html. Dr. Simon Bates, Academic Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, is available to offer advice on the process and nomination package. He can be reached at: simon.bates@ubc.ca.


July 02
​UBC welcomes its 13th President and Vice Chancellor Professor Arvind Gupta

On July 1st, 2014 Professor Arvind Gupta becomes the 13th President and Vice Chancellor for UBC for a five-year term, while retaining his position at UBC as professor of computer science. Gupta joins a legacy of leaders at UBC that began in 1913 with Frank Wesbrook and has been built upon by each subsequent President ever since. Gupta succeeds Professor Stephen Toope, who completed his eight years’ service as of June 30, 2014. Let's welcome President Arvind Gupta. To read more about Professor Arvind Gupta's appointment, click here.

June 27
Appointment Announcements

Faculty of Medicine Appointments 

The Faculty welcomes the following leadership appointments and re-appointments, effective July 1, 2014:

  • Dr. Lesley Bainbridge, steps aside from her role as Director, Interprofessional Health Education.

  • Dr. Joanna Bates, returning as Centre Director, CHES.

  • Dr. Gisèle Bourgeois-Law, steps aside from her second term as Associate Dean, Continuing Professional Development. Recruitment is currently underway.

  • Dr. Jayne Garland was reappointed as the Head, Department of Physical Therapy to December 31, 2014. During her administrative leave from July 1 to December 31, 2014, Janice Eng is Appointed as Acting Head for the department.

  • Dr. Dan Goldowitz, reappointed as Interim Director, CMMT to December 31, 2014 while the search continues.

  • Dr. Connie Hull, reappointed as Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, SMP to June 30, 2015.

  • Dr. Allan Jones, reappointed as Regional Associate Dean, Interior to June 30, 2019.

  • Shelagh Levangie appointed Director, Human Resources for the Faculty of Medicine, for a one year term effective July 3, 2014.

  • Dr. Kelly McNagny/ Dr. Fabio Rossi, reappointed for Co-Interim Director, Biomedical Research Centre to December 31, 2014.

  • Dr. Fred Mikelberg, reappointed as Vice Dean, Academic Affairs to June 30, 2017.

  • Dr. Gurdeep Parhar, reappointed as Associate Dean, Equity and Professionalism to December 31, 2014 while the search for his successor continues.

  • Dr. Amil Shah's appointed as the Interim Regional Associate Dean, Vancouver Fraser was extended to December 31, 2014.

  • Dr. Andrew Webb, reappointed as the Special Advisor to the Dean, Fraser Health to June 30, 2019.

  • Dr. Bruce Wright, appointed as Regional Associate Dean, Vancouver Island, UBC Faculty of Medicine, and Head, Division of Medical Sciences, University of Victoria, following the leadership of Dr. Oscar Casiro.

UBC Appointments

  • Professor Hugh Brock appointed Interim Vice-Provost and AVP Academic Affairs, effective July 1, 2014.

  • Joanne Fox appointed Academic Director of UBC Vantage College

  • Karyn Magnusson appointed Managing Director, Building Operations effective July 14, 2014

June 27
Leadership Opportunity

​​The Faculty is currently recruiting for the following leadership role. Visit the following link for details:

June 27
Now Accepting Room Booking Requests for Non-Academic Sessions

​The Space Planning & Facilities Management team are now accepting room booking requests for FoM non-academic sessions (meetings, workshops) through August 2015.

Users who would like their existing bookings extended to August 2015 are encouraged to submit their request by July 7, 2014.

Please note that rooms are subject to availability and booking confirmations will be sent out through July and August, due to the volume of requests received.

For a listing of rooms available for booking through the FoM Room Booking Team, please use the following search tool: http://facilities.med.ubc.ca/room-booking/find-room/

To submit your room request, please follow steps 1 & 2 at: http://facilities.med.ubc.ca/room-booking/book-room/

Please contact the FoM Room Booking Team at roombooking.fom@ubc.ca if you have any questions or need more information.

June 26
Join the Canada Day Parade

The Medical Undergraduate Society is inviting faculty and staff to join them July 1 in the Vancouver Canada Day Parade as they carry a UBC Faculty of Medicine banner. 

Event details:

  1. If you plan to attend, fill out the attendance sheet.​
  2. Arrive by 6pm at Broughton and Alberni. The parade starts promptly at 7pm and will last an hour.
  3. To join in the parade team, please wear a white coat, red t-shirt/shirt/blouse underneath (red for Canadian spirit!), and dark (preferably black) pants.
  4. Bring the largest Canadian flags you can find.
  5. If you prefer to be in the audience instead of walking with the Faculty of Medicine team, please consider taking pictures as the Faculty of Medicine walks by and email them to bennylee625@gmail.com

For more information contact bennylee625@gmail.com​.

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