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Excel tips and tricks with Lynda.com at UBC

February 20, 2017 @4:11 pm

Did you know that as a faculty or staff member, you have free and unlimited access to Lynda.com, which offers thousands of video tutorials on business, creative, and technology skills?

With so many tutorials available, Human Resources has spotlighted a few of the options available in their Learning with Lynda.com series to help get you started.

The latest post in the series looks at Excel tips and tricks, with a focus on discovering information about your Excel data. For example, if you have 1,000 survey results that include respondents’ favourite dessert, but would like to know how many types of desserts were suggested, it would be a cumbersome task to determine the number of unique entries manually. This tutorial will show you features of Excel that can help.

Learn more about Lynda.com at UBC.

Update on the search for a new Vice-President, Research

February 20, 2017 @1:25 pm

A message to faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan from Professor Santa J. Ono President and Vice-Chancellor

I am writing to inform you that a global search for a suitable candidate for the position of Vice-President, Research is now underway.

The Vice-President, Research will report to the President and provide leadership in the development and administration of research at UBC. This role will also be responsible for the promotion of interdisciplinary research programs at both UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan. The Vice-President, Research will be an articulate, credible advocate for the full range of the university’s research, and will establish and maintain effective liaison with external funding agencies, business, industry, government, and the broader community.

In accordance with UBC Policy #18, I have established a committee to support this search process and prepare a recommendation of a suitable candidate for the position. The committee consists of:

  • Santa J. Ono, Chair
  • Michael Treschow, Board of Governors
  • Alan Shuster, Board of Governors
  • Terry Zhang, Board of Governors
  • Matthew Evenden, Faculty of Arts
  • Jean Shoveller, Faculty of Medicine
  • Stephen Foster, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • John-Paul Heale, University-Industry Liaison Office
  • Philip Barker, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
  • Louise Nelson, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
  • Lisa Ritland, Graduate Student
  • Haibo Fong, Graduate Student

A member of the President’s Office staff will act as non-voting secretary to the committee.

The search committee invites you to provide feedback on the draft position description and candidate profile by March 3, 2017. The profile can be found at http://president.ubc.ca/files/2017/02/Executive-Brief-UBC-VPR-For-Community-Feedback.pdf

We also encourage you to send in nominations or suggestions of candidates for the position. All feedback and suggestions should be submitted via our search consultants at ubcvpresearch@boyden.com, and will be treated confidentially.

Consultation on the second draft of UBC’s Sexual Assault Policy

February 16, 2017 @11:16 am

A message from, Louise Cowin, Vice-President, Students, Lisa Castle, Vice-President, Human Resources and Hubert Lai, Q.C., University Counsel  

This week the UBC Board of Governors approved a second draft of the policy, known as Policy #131 — Sexual Assault and Other Sexual Misconduct.

The initial draft of this policy was issued in June 2016, and a UBC community consultation period was held from June to October 2016. This included a series of information sessions and meetings with stakeholders.

Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback during the consultation period. Key themes that emerged from the comments included the need for a central support office, and for a separate and distinct investigatory process.

As a result of that feedback, and the new BC legislation (the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act), a number of significant changes have been made to the draft policy. Given these changes, the university is once again inviting you to provide feedback. This latest consultation period will be open until March 14, 2017. View the draft policy.

We encourage you to engage in this process and provide comments on the new draft of Policy #131 — Sexual Assault and Other Sexual Misconduct. Please submit feedback via email to university.counsel@ubc.ca or through the confidential feedback survey.

In addition, there will be two public information sessions. One will take place on the Vancouver campus on February 28, 2017, and one will take place on the Okanagan campus on March 6, 2017. Learn more.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have participated in the policy development process to date, in particular the members of the Sexual Assault Policy Committee, the University Sexual Assault Panel, and the Steering Committee on Sexual Assault.

It is important that we continue to facilitate meaningful engagement around these issues. Thank you once again to all those who have taken the time to submit feedback.


Watch again: UBC’s Next Century with Professor Ono

February 16, 2017 @2:33 pm

On February 15, Professor Santa Ono took to Facebook to discuss the strategic planning process and answer your questions.

The live event was moderated by UBC Journalism Senior Instructor Kathryn Gretsinger and included special guests Professor Linc Kesler, director of the UBC First Nations House of Learning and senior advisor to the president on Aboriginal Affairs, and Lisa Castle, vice-president, Human Resources.

In case you missed it, you can watch a recording of the discussion below.