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October 09
WordPress Training: November 18

​The Faculty of Medicine offers training sessions to learn how to use UBC’s hosted WordPress service – an easy to use website content management system which is free for UBC units.

The next training session will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Multipurpose Lab on the first floor of the Life Sciences Centre.

To register for the WordPress training session, click here​.​​

October 09
City Wide Course in Evidence Based Medicine

The School of Population and Public Health is offering the 2016 City Wide Course in Evidence Based Medicine. This is a non-credit version of a graduate course, SPPH 513 (Clinical Epidemiology), offered at UBC. Residents and fellows in the Faculty of Medicine are given priority, but other interested persons are welcomed to register.  It is intended to provide participants with the fundamentals of evidence-based medicine and to enhance further knowledge in the application of research methods.  The course is scheduled for 8 weekly seminars on Thursdays from 1:30 – 3:00pm, February 11 – April 7, 2016 (no class on February 18).

There is no cost for this course. 

Please refer to the information sheet and registration form​ for more information.  Should any questions arise, or to submit completed registration forms, please contact Winona Kent at winona.kent@ubc.ca.

October 07
Upcoming Health and Wellbeing Offerings

October is Healthy Workplace Month

Submit your photo to have a chance at winning a FREE workplace workshop

UBC Health, Wellbeing and Benefits is offering an exciting opportunity to win a FREE workshop to departments who submit a photo of their efforts in “healthifying” their workplace. It could be as simple as encouraging colleagues to take the stairs instead of the elevator, attending one of our healthy workshops, hosting a healthy workplace potluck lunch, creating a wellness information board, scheduling a daily group stretch break, or starting a walkabout program for a group of colleagues. 

We want to see your photos engaging in healthy initiatives/activities! Email melissa.lafrance@ubc.ca your healthy workplace photo submission no later than end of day (4:30pm) Friday, October 9th to be entered in the draw. Workshop topics include but not limited to life/work balance, effective communication at work, healthy active living, and stress relaxation techniques. Three UBC departments who submitted their photo will receive a free workshop. Open to all UBC worksite locations.

For information and tips on “healthifying” your workplace as well as information on the Healthy Workplace Month, visit www.healthyworkplacemonth.ca/en/.

Special Opportunity: Not Myself Today Campaign

Registration deadline: Friday, October 9

This year, as part of Thrive 2015, UBC is partnering with the Not Myself Today Campaign, an initiative focused on reducing stigma and supporting mental health in the workplace. This year’s partnership with Not Myself Today is designed to provide departments with a ready-made and easy-to-use action plan for participating in Thrive Week. Join us in celebrating diversity, community and respect as colleagues at UBC.  

For more information or if you would like to participate in the Not Myself Today Campaign as part of Thrive 2015, please email miranda.massie@ubc.ca​. Registration deadline is October 9.

Own your Own Fitness 2015 Part 3: BodyWorks Fitness Centre Orientation and Introduction

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 | 5:15-6:15pm

Learn the basics of strength training to get you started on a general exercise program anywhere that is convenient for you. Instruction on utilizing proper exercise technique for common exercises will also be covered. Click here for more information and to register​.

Managing your Money

Thursday, October 22, 2015 | 12-1pm

Join Money Coach Melanie Buffel and learn to manage and control finances, reinforce good habits, build new ones and create a manageable budget. There will be additional information on saving to meet your financial needs and investing these savings. Click here for more information and to register​.

CAMMPUS | Are You Heart Healthy? Say Yes with CAMMPUS

UBC Health, Wellbeing and Benefits in the Department of Human Resources, in collaboration with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, invite UBC faculty and staff from UBCs Point Grey campus, Robson Square and Hospital Locations to participate in a unique project called CAMMPUS (Cardiovascular Assessment and Medication Management by Pharmacists at the UBC Site). CAMMPUS features confidential, expertly guided services provided by the UBC Pharmacists Clinic (located at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vancouver campus) to help you find out your current level of heart health (and cardiovascular disease risk) and take steps to keep this risk as low as possible. 

Participating in CAMMPUS is your chance to make long-lasting changes to your health and is available at no cost to you. Click here for more information. Click here to view the postcard.

If you would like CAMMPUS promotional posters or postcards for your department, please email melissa.lafrance@ubc.ca​.

Upcoming MOST Workshop | Practical Project Management

December 7 & 8, 2015

Is project management an area where you would like to develop more skills? This fall, UBC Workplace Learning & Engagement has two opportunities for you to learn and practice the critical tools and techniques that have been proven necessary for project management success, presented by UBC’s MOST Program together with Lynda.com, an online collection of instructional videos designed to provide just-in-time training in a variety of areas (available at no individual charge to UBC staff and faculty). Click here for more information or contact colin.hearne@ubc.ca​.

This week’s Healthy UBC Recipe

This week’s healthy recipe from Stephanie Dang from the school of Food Nutrition and Health is Quick Quinoa and Veggie Casserole. Quinoa is a complete protein, which means that it contains all the essential amino acids. This recipe is a delicious way to incorporate quinoa into your diet.

All of our weekly healthy recipes will be located in our Healthy UBC Recipe Series​ page where they will live forever.

This week’s Fitting in Fitness

When you’re stuck in a rut (or stuck inside during a rainy day), it can be hard to know where to look for inspiration. Our Fitting in Fitness contributor Courtney Chan shares 5 Youtube channels that provide videos you can easily follow along at home in Cardio on Demand​.

UBC’s Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP)

Services provided by Shepell 

You can trust Shepell to help you and your family to resolve issues that you may be facing. They can help with stress, relationship problems, depression, anxiety, nutrition and weight loss, parenting, and much more. There are many ways to get help today - all completely confidential. Review the services available here and use the icons under Get in Touch to book your service anytime, anywhere. For more information on UBCs EFAP provider Shepell click here​.

Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 4-10, 2015

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week, your Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider, is excited to bring you a new online, issue-focused initiative, Mental illness: Awareness and action. This microsite features an interactive poll and new articles that address myths and facts about mental illness, how you can help someone who is affected, and a how-to guide for raising awareness. 

Visit, learn, and share today: workhealthlife.com/mental-illness-awareness-and-action​

Turkey 2K Trot – Donations in Support of United Way

October 14, 2015; 11am-4pm @ The Cairn

Join Applied Science’s kickoff to UBC’s annual United Way campaign on October 14! Run or walk from Agronomy Road (Main Mall crosswalk) to Flag Pole Plaza and back. Open to everyone. Click here for more information.

Stretch for a Cause | UBC United Way Yoga

Thursday, October 15, 2015; 12-1pm @ Jack Poole Hall

Participate in the first United Way Stretch for a Cause at Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. All UBC staff and faculty are welcome! RSVP to Karolin Konig at karolin.konig@ubc.ca by Tuesday, October 13.

UBC Apple Festival & Scarecrow Contest

October 17 & 18, 2015 @ UBC Botanical Garden

A family event for all ages, UBC’s Apple Festival celebrates all things apple. Participate in a Scarecrow Contest at UBC’s Apple Festival. Let your imagination run wild and be eligible to win some great prizes. Entry deadline for the scarecrow contest is October 7.

Corporate Discounts Available to UBC Staff and Faculty

A wide range of Health, Fitness and Family discounts both on and off campus are available to UBC staff and faculty:

October 01
Participate in ShakeOut BC on October 15, 2015

​To help the campus community prepare for an earthquake the University is participating in the province-wide ShakeOut BC earthquake preparedness exercise on Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m. to Drop, Cover and Hold on.

Practicing what to do in an earthquake helps you be ready to react quickly, as does knowing what to do afterwards.

Being prepared
ShakeOut BC is also a timely reminder to develop a self-recovery plan and to make or check your emergency kits. A thorough list of things to consider having in your emergency kit at work or at home can be found here. Emergency and first-aid kits can be purchased through St Johns, Canadian Safety Supplies, 72 Hours and the Red Cross.

What to do after an earthquake
In the event of an earthquake, once the shaking stops you should:

  • Remain calm and take care of yourself first. 
  • If you are safe, check for damage (e.g. natural gas leaks) and help others. 
  • Move to a safe area if your present location is compromised, otherwise stay where you are.
  • Initiate your individual self-recovery plan

After an earthquake, your first thoughts will probably be about your family or support network, but the reality is you may have limited ability to contact or connect with them. Having a self-recovery plan and emergency kit in place will give you some peace of mind in the initial aftermath.

UBC Alert

If you’ve registered for UBC Alert, you’ll receive a text message at 10.15 a.m. – this alert will clearly state that this is a drill. UBC Alert is an important part of maintaining safety and security during an emergency so it is important that your phone number is up to date in Self-Service: log onto www.msp.ubc.ca to make sure your information is correct.

September 30
Appointment Announcements

Faculty of Medicine Appointments

  • Samuel Abraham appointed Interim Associate Dean, BC Cancer Agency (BCCA), effective September 1, 2015.

  • Kelly McNagny and Fabio Rossi extended as Interim Co-Directors of the Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), effective September 1, 2015.

  • Blair Leavitt appointed Interim Director, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT), effective September 1, 2015.  

  • Kimberly Schonert-Reichl formally appointed Director, Human Early Learning Partnership, effective September 1, 2015.  


  • Sylvia Barrett appointed Administrator, Biomedical Research Centre, effective September 15, 2015.

UBC Appointment

  • Phillip Steenkamp appointed Vice President, External Relations and Communications effective December 1, 2015.  
September 30
Leadership Opportunities & Searches
September 28
Seeking input: Library Garden consultation

The following message is being sent on behalf of Michael White, Associate Vice-President, Campus and Community Planning


I am pleased to let you know that consultation to re-design Library Garden, one of the largest public green spaces on campus, begins today. Located between Memorial Road and Agricultural Road, in front of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Library Garden will also be home to the new Indian Residential Schools History and Dialogue Centre. 

Located within the oldest area of campus, Library Garden plays an important role in telling UBC’s story – through the physical design of the space and the activities that could take place there. 

From September 28th – October 12th, we are seeking input from the campus community to help shape the design for the area. We want to hear what is important to you about this area of campus as well as what opportunities you see for its future. 

You can learn more about the project and submit your ideas online at planning.ubc.ca, or visit us in person at the two public open houses. 

  • October 1: 11am – 2pm, 2nd floor foyer, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
  • October 8: 11am – 2pm, main lobby, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre 

The process to re-design Library Garden will parallel the design process for the new Indian Residential Schools History and Dialogue Centre to ensure that the Garden supports the needs and activities of the Dialogue Centre as well as the broader campus community.

If you have any questions about the Library Garden design process, please contact Gabrielle Armstrong, Senior Manager, Consultation, Campus + Community Planning at 604-822-9984 or gabrielle.armstrong@ubc.ca. 


Michael White
Associate Vice-President
Campus and Community Planning
The University of British Columbia

September 28
Read September'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 September, we featured the following staff members:

  • Dave Cerilli, Technical Support Analyst, IMP.

  • Jeffrey Knight, Simulation Tech / Technology Support Analyst at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, IMP.

  • Amanda Grenier, Assistant Manager, Faculty HR, Dean's Office, Point Grey.

  • Darcie Prosser, Coordinator, Reviews & Searches, Dean's Office, Point Grey.

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.

September 23
UBC Medical Journal: Call for new submissions (Spring 2016 issue)

The UBC Medical Journal is currently accepting submissions for their upcoming Spring 2016 issue. The theme for our next issue is Marginalized Populations

Submissions can fall into one of the following categories: Academic Research, Reviews, Commentaries, News and Letters, Global Health, and Case and Elective Reports. Submissions that do not fall into this theme are also accepted so do not hesitate to submit your work! 

The submission deadline for the Spring 2016 issue is TBA (mid-October).  UBCMJ Distinguished Writing Award (and a $250 honorarium) will go to the strongest article submitted for this issue.

Please visit here for more information on the submission process. If you have any questions feel to contact managing.editor@ubcmj.com.

September 23
Are You Heart Healthy? Say Yes and participate with CAMMPUS!

UBC Human Resources invites UBC faculty and staff to participate in a unique project called CAMMPUS (Cardiovascular Assessment and Medication Management by Pharmacists at the UBC Site).

CAMMPUS features confidential, expertly guided services provided by the UBC Pharmacists Clinic (located at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vancouver campus) to help you find out your current level of heart health (and cardiovascular disease risk) and take steps to keep this risk as low as possible.

The cost of services you receive in CAMMPUS and CAMMPUS-EVAL are 100% covered by the UBC’s extended health benefit plan and available at no cost to you.

If you are interested in learning more or attend an information session, visit here.

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