Community Stories

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Mastering the physics of racing cars

Find out how Director of Engineering Physics and Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Andre Marziali, is putting his expertise in physics to help him break a speed record

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Keeping UBC’s used furniture out of landfill

Since Leigh Clark joined UBC as a Facilities Planner in the Department of Infrastructure Development just two years ago, she has successfully identified and implemented a solution for keeping redundant furniture out of landfill and putting it to use elsewhere at the university.

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Peering into the classroom

Find out why John Vigna, Fiction Instructor and Pedagogy Chair of UBC’s Creative Writing Program, invited faculty from across disciplines to sit in on his large lecture classes and provide formative peer reviews of his teaching.

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30-Second Bio: Gregory Garrard

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Name: Gregory Garrard

Title: Dr

Department/Unit: English and Cultural Studies

Location: Okanagan

Year I started working at UBC: 2013

10 words or less to describe what I do at UBC: Associate Dean of Research, environmental and animal literature expert.

The best thing about my work/role at UBC: Incredible opportunities for collaboration and support for interdisciplinary research.

My favourite place to spend my lunch hour: At home in the garden with my Sheltie. Second place: outside the fish taco van, when it's on campus.

My top UBC tip for my colleagues, or for someone beginning their UBC journey: The Okanagan campus, like the city of Kelowna, hasn't yet decided what it's going to be about. That can be disappointing initially to arrivals from elsewhere, but it's also a tremendous opportunity.



30-Second Bio: Lorraine Beckett

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Name: Lorraine Beckett

Title: Clerk 3

Department/Unit: Building Operations

Location: University Services Building

Year I started working at UBC: 1994

10 words or less to describe what I do at UBC: My work helps others do their work

The best thing about my work/role at UBC: Being part of a very large group of hardworking people whose role is Stewardship of the campus.

My favourite place to spend my lunch hour: At my desk looking out at West Mall, watching the students and little ones from the daycare in our building walk up and down West Mall.

My top UBC tip for my colleagues, or for someone beginning their UBC journey: Enjoy working on this beautiful campus at the edge of a peninsula surrounded by water and trees. Never take for granted that this is a beautiful place to work, great and diverse people. Laugh alot, you will need a sense of humour



30-Second Bio: Megan Lochhead

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Name: Megan Lochhead

Title: Manager Curriculum & Academic Programs

Department/Unit: Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

Location: Okanagan

Year I started working at UBC: 2012

10 words or less to describe what I do at UBC: I assist the Faculty in creating, evaluating and revising their curriculum and programs.

The best thing about my work/role at UBC: I love being on campus and engaged in/with the events, learning opportunities and people who work and study here.

My favourite place to spend my lunch hour: Walking the loop around campus or out on the trails getting some fresh air and catching up with a colleague.

My top UBC tip for my colleagues, or for someone beginning their UBC journey: If you are in the Okanagan hit me up! I'd love to get to know you and show you around. In general I would say get to know your colleagues. Everyone is so nice and eager to help, so if you need something just ask.