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July 03
Transportation and Transit Referendum Results

To: All Students, Faculty and Staff on the Vancouver Campus

The results of the transit referendum have been announced:

38.32% Yes

61.68% No

Though I am personally disappointed with the outcome, Metro Vancouver residents have spoken and we need to respect the outcome. However, this is not the end of our efforts to ensure that our partners come together to improve transit for all Lower Mainland residents, including extending rail rapid transit to our Vancouver campus. UBC intends to work proactively with the Musqueam First Nation, City of Vancouver, TransLink, the Province, Metro Vancouver, and other key stakeholders to bring forward a bold vision that heeds the concerns that voters have expressed but also delivers the improved service that our region critically needs, including more buses in the short term and rapid transit in the longer term.

Improved transportation is as much about bringing UBC closer to the community as it is about bringing faculty, students, staff and other members of our campus community to UBC. We want to improve connections between UBC and Metro Vancouver to facilitate the exchange of ideas, collaboration and innovation – in science, engineering, medicine, arts and business. With a growing community of nearly 50,000 students, 14,000 faculty and staff and 10,000 residents, UBC is one of the largest single destinations in Metro Vancouver. Right now, the lack of transportation options is a barrier to people accessing the opportunities that UBC has to offer – academic, cultural, athletic, research and economic.

Regardless of how you voted, I want to thank you, our faculty, staff and students, for participating in this important plebiscite. You have shown with your actions that UBC truly is a place of engagement.

Yours truly,

Arvind Gupta
President and Vice-Chancellor 

July 03
Upcoming Wellness and Activities Offerings

UBC Weight Watchers Summer 2015 Series

Join Weight Watchers@ Work Every Tuesday @ 12-1pm UBC Bookstore, Upstairs, Staff Only area. For more information and pricing contact Megan Campbell @ 604-822-6909 megan.campbell@ubc.ca.

Hot Box Yoga – Wesbrook Village-5 classes for $39

Located in Wesbrook Village Hot Box Yoga is a modern yoga and wellness environment offering affordable prices and accessible yoga for everybody. They are currently offering a special 5 Flow Offer – 5 Classes for $39. Click here for more information or email chris@thehotboxyoga.com   

UBC Farm - Upcoming Volunteer Orientation : July 14th, 2:30pm to 3:30pm

If you are interested in volunteering at The UBC Farm, come out to their volunteer orientation and learn about the various programs that take place on the farm and learn about farm safety and protocol.   

Free Workshop - Launch Into Lynda.com: 12:00-Aug. 19th 1:00pm @Diamond Health Care Centre    

Are you interested in learning Photoshop, how to edit a video with iMovie; or are you simply interested in creating awesome presentations? Then you may be interested to know that UBC employees have FREE access to lynda.com, a leading online learning resource that helps anyone learn software, technology; and creative and workplace business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Want to know more, then join Stephanie Thorpe and Cathy Faulconer from UBCs Organizational Development and Learning (ODL) unit in this workshop and discover how lynda.com's features and online tutorials can support your ongoing learning goals.   

June 30
Leadership Opportunities & Searches
June 30
Appointment Announcements

Faculty of Medicine Appointments

  • Bob Bluman appointed Acting Associate Dean, Continuing Professional Development, effective August 1, 2015.

  • Carol Ann Courneya reappointed Assistant Dean, MD Undergraduate Student Affairs, Vancouver Fraser Medical Program, effective July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018.

  • Bruce Forster reappointed Head, Department of Radiology, effective July 1, 2015.

  • Daniel Goldowitz extended Interim Director, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, effective July 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015.

  • Jennifer Golinski appointed Senior Director, Education Program & Services, effective September 1, 2015.

  • Leigh Hunsinger-Chang reappointed Assistant Dean, MD Undergraduate Student Affairs, Northern Medical Program, effective July 1, 2015.

  • Geoffrey Payne reappointed Assistant Dean, Northern Medical Program, effective July 1, 2015.

  • Melanie Reed appointed Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, Southern Medical Program (SMP), MD Undergraduate Program, effective June 1, 2015.

  • Christina Roston reappointed Assistant Dean, MD Undergraduate Student Affairs, Vancouver Fraser Medical Program, effective July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018.

  • Ian Scott appointed Director, Centre for Health Education Scholarship, effective September 1, 2015. Dr. Kevin Eva appointed Acting Director, CHES from July 1-September 1, 2015.

  • Kiran Veerapen appointed Assistant Dean, Faculty Development, effective July 15, 2015. Katherine Wisener was appointed Interim Director, Faculty Development, effective June 1, 2015 during the search process.

  • Derek Wilson appointed Interim Director, Evaluation Studies Unit, effective July 1, 2015.

  • Adrian Yee extended as Assistant Dean, Island Medical Program to August 31, 2015.  

Administrative Appointment  

  • Charlyn Black appointed Associate Director, School of Population and Public Health, effective July 1, 2015.

UBC Appointments

  • Leslie Dickson appointed Associate Director, Public Affairs, effective July 6, 2015.

  • Gastón Gordillo appointed Director, pro tem, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS), effective July 1, 2015.

  • John Metras appointed as Interim Associate, Vice-President for Resources and Operations, effective July 1, 2015.

  • Ingrid Parent reappointed University Librarian, effective July 1, 2015.  

June 29
Read June's Staff Spotlights

Did you miss this month's staff members who were featured in our Staff Spotlight? You can catch up on their stories here. Each week, get to know a different staff member from across the province.

In June, we featured the following staff members:

  • Veronica Ryan, Administrative Assistant, MedIT, Point Grey.

  • Aimee Wesley, Program Assistant, Master of Occupational Therapy, Department of Occupational Therapy & Occupational Sciences, Point Grey.

  • Julie Morey, Senior Administrative Assistant, UBC Division of Vascular and Thoracic Surgery, UBC Department of Surgery, VGH.

  • Arlene Kallos, Clinical Trial Unit Manager/Clinical Trial Coordinator, Pediatrics/Vaccine Evaluation Centre/Child and Family Research Institute.

If you are you interested in being profiled as part of the staff spotlight series or would like to nominate a colleague, email us at communications.med@ubc.ca.



June 29
Future of IT in the FoM Information Session

​Join the Future of IT in the Faculty of Medicine information session where recommendations about how IT in the Faculty of Medicine is delivered. The session will be held on July 23, 12:00 – 1:30, via web conferencing.    

Please sign-up via the information session sign-up form or RSVP to Veronica Ryan 

You will need access to an internet-enabled device with audio to attend. There will be a recording of the event available if you are unable to join us.

June 24
Call for Nominations: 2016 Distinguished Medical Research Lecturer Award

​Call for Nominations: 2016 Distinguished Medical Research Lecturer Award

Deadline:August 21, 2015, 4:00pm

Every year the Faculty of Medicine recognizes the outstanding lecturers in our medical research fields. Candidates from Basic Sciences or Clinical Sciences are nominated by fellow faculty members on the basis of a distinguished research career, recognition in the medical community and effective contributions to student educational growth over the past year. Nominees are selected by the Faculty of Medicine Research Council. Acceptance of this award is accompanied by a seminar open to all faculty members and students as a part of the Leaders in Medical Discovery Series. The seminar will be accredited for College of Family Physicians of Canada and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada credits.

Nominees should be senior Faculty members in the UBC Faculty of Medicine, with distinguished research careers. To nominate someone for this award, please provide the following:

  1. A supporting letter signed by two nominators, who are both Faculty members in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Please specify whether the candidate is being nominated for the basic sciences or clinical sciences category.

  2. An up-to-date copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae.

Please send complete PDF nomination packages to the UBC Faculty of Medicine, Office of the Executive Associate Dean, Research c/o Lisa Ritland at med.research@ubc.ca by Friday, August 21, 2015.

June 23
Call for Nominations: The 2016 UBC Faculty Research Awards

​The 2016 UBC Faculty Research Awards are now accepting call for nominations. These awards acknowledge research excellence at UBC, which is home to many outstanding and talented researchers.   

The list of awards include: 

Killam Faculty Research Fellowship

Deadline: September 15, 2015. These awards are open to full-time faculty with tenure regardless of rank, although preference is given to applicants who are no more than 14 years from receipt of their PhD degree. The purpose is to assist research and study during a recognized study leave. The maximum award is $15,000 plus a $3000 travel and research expense allowance.

President’s Award for Public Education through Media

Deadline: September 15, 2015 This award of $3,000 is presented to a UBC faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the University and the community by sharing research expertise via the news media.

Killam Faculty Research Prize 

Deadline: October 1, 2015. Up to ten prizes in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded to fulltime faculty members in recognition of outstanding research and scholarly contributions – (five awards) in the arts, social sciences and humanities and (five awards) in the sciences, medicine and applied sciences. All fields of research are included.  

Jacob Biely Faculty Research Prize

Deadline: October 15, 2015. The Biely Prize, established in 1969, has long been regarded as UBC’s premier award. All fields of research are eligible, and the prize, in the amount of $1,500 is awarded for a distinguished record of published research by an active researcher.

Charles A. McDowell Award for Excellence in Research

Deadline: October 15, 2015. This award, consisting of a medal and a certificate, will be presented to an outstanding young member of the faculty of UBC who has demonstrated excellence in pure or applied scientific research. The recipient must be currently in receipt of a research grant from NSERC and be nominated in a year not more than 12 greater than the year they received their PhD degree.

Sam Black Award for Education and Development in the Visual and Performing Arts

Deadline: October 15, 2015. This biennial award, consisting of a certificate and award in the amount of $1,000 recognizes faculty members who have made outstanding education and development contributions to (and should include outstanding performance in) the fields of Art, Music, Creative Writing, and Theatre and Film and outstanding accomplishment in scholarship in the fields of the Fine and Creative Arts. 

For full nomination guidelines, please visit here. If you require further information, please contact the Faculty Awards Coordinator, Brenda Carrier at (604) 822-6010, or by email brenda.carrier@ubc.ca  

June 17
Attend the Understanding Your Travel Benefits Workshop on June 30

The summer is nearly here, and lots of us are getting ready for vacations both at home and abroad. A medical emergency while travelling can be a frightening and costly experience.

Join UBC Benefits Analyst Stephanie Mah in this one-hour session on Understanding your Sun Life Travel Benefits to ensure that your well-earned break is as stress free as possible. This session will also include a Q & A, so feel free to come with questions. For more information or to register, click here.

  • Date: June 30, 2015, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Location: Multipurpose Room, 600 – 6190 Agronomy Road (TEF III)

  • Register Online

June 17
The 2014-2015 Focus on People Benchmark Report is now available.

​The Focus on People Benchmark Report provides a comprehensive, annual overview of faculty and staff employment data, including retention and attraction metrics.

Visit here to read this year’s report.


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