2014 Sessions

Webcasts of Events Now Archived in cIRcle

For anybody who was unable to attend events, or for those who want to relive the glory, UBC’s institutional Repository (cIRcle) has archived all of the talks. Links to the webcasts can be found on the individual event’s description page.

A Summary of Highlights

The Open UBC Planning Committee wants to give a shout out to MLIS Candidate Amanda Wanner for creating an amazing storify of all of the events related to Open UBC 2014. Check it out HERE to see photos, tweets, summaries of events, and more.

Open UBC 2014 – Our Most Successful to Date

After a very exciting and passion-filled two days, Open UBC-2014 has come to an end. The planning committee would like to thank all presenters and attendees for participating and making this year’s events so successful.

A few highlights from the last couple of days include:

  • A motivational key-note address courtesy of Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education at SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)
  • A thoroughly engaging panel discussion on the future of scholarly publishing that touched on everything from the struggle for small publishers to survive in a new OA environment to the weight that publication in certain journals has in influencing tenure and promotion committees.
  • A lively and passionate (and very well attended!) debate over the benefit of MOOCs in higher education.

For those of you who couldn’t make it, know that you have access to all of the sessions via our extensive presentation archive (hosted by UBC’s very own cIRcle). Currently only sessions from  2009-2013 are available, but this years events will be posted soon, so check back!


UBC University Librarian Ingrid Parent with our Keynote Speaker, Nicole Allen

Image Courtesy of Amanda Wanner

Can I Use This?

Brown Bag Session: Can I Use This?

Tuesday, October 28, 12 to 12:50 P.M., Lillooet Room (301) of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (See the full schedule).


If you are preparing any kind of multimedia for your teaching, from PowerPoint slides to online videos, chances are you want to incorporate images, video clips, or other media from different sources. This session will focus on the pragmatic elements of reuse, the essentials of copyright, and the basics of working with Creative Commons and openly licensed materials. The session will provide information on UBC’s copyright context and guidelines, how to find openly-licensed images and other educational resources, and UBC tools to support open education. Feel free to bring your lunch to eat during this session!

Speaker Bios.:

Will Engle is a strategist with Open Education Initiatives at UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. Will is engaged with projects that are leveraging emerging technologies, approaches, and pedagogies to support flexible and open learning. With a background in library science, Will is interested in understanding and supporting the removal of barriers that limit access to education, information, and knowledge.

Devin Soper is a copyright librarian at UBC. Devin oversees the daily operations of the Scholarly Communications & Copyright Office. His role involves liaising with academic faculties and departments, coordinating campus instruction on copyright and author rights, responding to copyright-related questions, and investigating the copyright status of selected materials. He also provides operational assistance to the Director, Library Digital Initiatives in the provision of copyright and intellectual property services to UBC users.

Open Robotics and 3D Printing Demo

Speaker: Jon Nakane and Students from the Engineering Physics Project Lab.

Tuesday, October 28, 3 to 5 P.M. (See the full schedule).


Prototyping tools are available on campus for students looking to fabricate their ideas into physical objects. On display will be physical prototypes from UBC Engineering Physics and other local groups making use of waterjet cutters, 3d printers, laser cutters and other tools to put together physical prototypes for academic courses, capstone projects and extracurricular teams.

Speaker Bio:

Jon Nakane has been at UBC for more than 15 years – as an undergrad and grad student, and currently as the Lab Director of the Engineering Physics Project Lab at UBC. He supervises senior undergrad engineering projects involving electronics, mechanical and software solutions. He has access to some of the more interesting prototyping tools on campus, and has sponsored extra-curricular competition teams (UBC Snowstar, Electric Racing Team, UBC Rapid).

Film Screening – RiP! A Remix Manifesto

Thursday, October 30, 4 to 6 P.M.
Room 216, Koerner Library


Come and celebrate Open Access Week with a documentary screening!

RiP! A Remix Manifesto. Director & Writer: Brett Gaylor

Join filmmaker Brett Gaylor and mashup artist Girl Talk as they explore copyright and content creation in the digital age. In the process they dissect the media landscape of the 21st century and shatter the wall between users and producers. Creative Commons founder, Lawrence Lessig, Brazil’s Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil, and pop culture critic Cory Doctorow also come along for the ride. Popcorn will be provided!

Register here!

Film Screening: Terms and Conditions May Apply

Tuesday, October 21, 1 to 3 P.M.
Room 216, Koerner Library


Join us in celebration of Open Access with a documentary screening!

Terms and Conditions May Apply. Director: Cullen Hoback.

This documentary exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage, and what can be done about it … if anything. Popcorn will be provided!

Register here!

Open Badges UBC Booth

October 28, 3 to 5 P.M., IKBLC 2nd floor open area

If you had the ability to represent a skill or accomplishment to the world, what would that skill be? How would you like to present it to the world? Open Badges UBC invites you to learn about open badges, an online credential that can illustrate your knowledge and skills. We invite you to talk to us about how you would like to represent your academic and social skill sets to the world. Come to the booth and make a badge that visually represents one of your accomplishments or skills to the world.

Open Education Resources – Where Do I Put My Stuff?

Brown Bag Session: Open Education Resources – Where Do I Put My Stuff?

Wednesday, October 29, 12 to 12:50 P.M., Lillooet Room (301) of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (See the full schedule).


While finding open education resources for your course is complicated on its own, organizing and storing these resources to make them easily usable and findable also has some difficulties. Questions of where to put the material and what information you need to categorize the material needs to be addressed to make the best use of the resources you find. This session will outline a process of content curation, including a discussion on descriptive information needed for categorizing content, and recommendations on archiving your material to make it easily findable.

Feel free to bring your lunch to eat during this session!

Student Innovation in the Open: Student Panel Presentation and Discussion


This panel discussion with UBC students includes Christian Brady, graduate student, Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies; Eugenia Kwok, fourth year undergraduate student in the Applied Animal Biology Program in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems;  Katie Mills, fourth year undergraduate student in the Applied Animal Biology Program in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems; Victor Ngo, graduate student, School of Community and Regional Planning; and Lisa Tweten, graduate student, Classics, Near Eastern and Religious Studies.
Tuesday, October 28,  11 to 11:50 A.M., Lillooet Room (301) of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (See the full schedule).

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This session brings student innovation into the open, as UBC students from a variety of disciplines present their research in a panel discussion.

Chris Brady’s Abstract:
As the humanities look for new audiences and new ways to communicate ideas, Chris Brady’s podcast, Prometheus Unbound, provides a creative outlet for students and instructors who wish to craft aesthetically pleasing and intellectually rigorous content as well as providing students with alternative means of learning a subject besides the standard lecture format. Podcasts allow instructors to experiment with new pedagogical approaches and expose learners to different ways of engaging in subject matter.

Chris Brady’s podcast takes the Roman poet Lucan’s (1st c. CE) epic Pharsalia as the jumping off point for all sorts of investigations into literary, political, and cultural issues that engage modern classicists and tries to explain these issues in an easily digestible way. One of the primary topics Chris wanted to focus on in the beginning episodes was the concept of spectacle, not just by defining it but by  showing the ways in which spectacle influenced political decisions and changed artistic expression in imperial Rome.

Each episode (of which there are two and several more planned) takes a familiar concept from the modern world, like action movies from the 1980s, Shakespeare’s Julius Casesar, or Canadian PSAs, and deconstructs it without academic jargon. The show follows a theme from familiar content to the unfamiliar classical world and equips the listener with an intellectual framework for understanding issues in the classical world with a sort of modern mnemonic. The episodes are not organized in a hierarchical way. The information from one episode overlaps with that of another to give listeners the ability to make connections between different concepts depending on their engagement and interest in any particular topic.

Ultimately, the aim of the project was to create a medium for people to engage with concepts in classical scholarship by bringing their own experiences from different disciplines and cultural backgrounds. Through this interplay of the modern and the ancient, we can find new ways in which the classical world informs our understanding of modern cultural phenomena, but also ways in which the modern world can help us better articulate classical concepts.

Eugenia Kwok’s Abstract:
Public openness in laboratory research: a survey study
Y. K. Eugenia Kwok, Elisabeth Ormandy and Dan Weary (UBC Animal Welfare Program)
The objectives of this study were to model a system that makes animal protocols available for public comment, and identify key factors that affect public acceptance of animal research. Participants (n=247) completed an online survey where five different research scenarios were presented: a) Parkinson’s Disease with chimpanzees, b) organ transplant research with pigs, c) smoking research with mice, d) cancer research with zebrafish, and e) chronic pain research with mice. Participants were asked “Are you willing to support this use of animals in research?” They could choose “yes,” “neutral,” or “no.” Participants were also asked to provide a reason for their choice. Willingness to support the proposed use of animals varied with scenario. The proposal to use mice for smoking research received the lowest level of support (26% of participants voted “yes”). Reasons provided for not supporting this research were framed around a belief that science is well informed on the negative effects of smoking, and that the research is therefore unnecessary. This study illustrates one way in which research protocols could be open to public scrutiny and comment, providing institutions a better sense of how their practices meet public expectations, and which practices are the most contentious.

Katie Mills’ Abstract:
Conservation of endangered species, including the Stephens’ Kangaroo rat (SKR), is an important concern due to habitat loss through urbanization and agricultural expansion. Translocation is a key conservation strategy to combat species loss, yet translocation survival rates are very low; likely due to stressors involved (e.g. capture, handling, captivity). Grooming behaviours are displayed for many reasons one of which is stress, thus determining the functionality of grooming behaviours in SKR can aid translocation efforts through improved monitoring of stress behaviours. This project attempts to understand the functionality of grooming behaviours in response to two social contexts; it is a continuation of research completed by Dr. Liv Baker, in which sixty SKR individuals from two source populations were translocated. All individuals were exposed to two treatments: 1) a predator stimulus (fox-urine coated rock) and 2) a conspecific stimulus (mirror). Each trial was ten minutes long consisting of 2 five minute periods; the acclimation period where the individual was placed in the enclosure and the active period when the stimulus was revealed. Treatments were filmed and the footage then used to record frequency and duration of grooming behaviours exhibited by individuals. Preliminary results suggest that there is an increase in grooming behaviours that appear to be out of place in situations of high stress for the animal. This research is important to translocation efforts because it can help better observe and predict the functionality of grooming behaviours as indicators of stress, thus improving translocation survival rates.

The above research was completed as a part of Applied Biology 398: Research Methods in Applied Animal Biology. With this presentation Katelyn had the opportunity to present at MURC 2014 and placed 1st in Oral Presentation. This allowed her to travel to Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China during July 2014 to present the same research at the Undergraduate Research Conference 2014.

Victor Ngo’s Abstract:
Open access scholarship can play an important role in enhancing university-community partnerships, particularly in the field of community planning. Planning students are often engaged in projects of reciprocal learning and development in local, regional, and international communities. Open access and the dissemination of collaborative research can serve as a rich asset for communities. This presentation will cover three mini-case studies where research at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) and open access are playing a role in university-community partnerships: UBC’s University Neighbourhoods Association, Vancouver’s False Creek South, and the Bulacan Province, Philippines.

Lisa Tweten’s Abstract
Graduate students in the Classics, Near Eastern and Religious Studies Department at the University of British Columbia have begun to digitize the department’s epigraphic squeeze collection. Very briefly, a “squeeze” is a copy of an inscription made using damp filter paper that is pounded over the inscription, allowed to dry and peeled off; the result is a perfect – if backwards – copy of the inscription that allows for future study apart from the physical inscription. Our collection had previously been kept in a locked storage room, accessible to few, unused and unknown to the majority of the department. Malcolm McGregor, once the head of the Classics department at UBC, co-authored the definitive volumes on the Athenian Tribute List based on his epigraphic collection of the stone fragments of said list.

Similar digitization projects have been undertaken by other institutions; what sets our project apart is the quality of our images. Where other projects use a flatbed scanner, we have partnered with the UBC Library’s Digital Initiatives team to create high-resolution photographs. By using raking light to highlight the raised inscription of the squeeze, we are able to provide an extremely detailed image that allows minute study of letter formation which is a key feature in dating inscriptions, and the text is now easier to read than on the squeeze itself. Moreover, once the squeeze has been digitized, it can be flipped and read from left to right, which means epigraphists no longer have to read ancient Greek backwards. Our aim in digitizing the collection is to revitalize epigraphic study at UBC and allow scholars from around the world access to documents which would otherwise sit unused in storage.

Speaker Bios.:

Chris Brady
Chris Brady is a master’s student in the Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies Department. Prior to that, Chris attended Middlebury College in Vermont, earning a BA in classics. Chris created and produced the Prometheus Unbound podcast on the intersection between classics and pop culture (accessible at http://seeingspectacles.com/podcast or on iTunes by searching “seeingspectacles”). The podcast received the GSS cIRcle award in the spring of 2014.

Eugenia Kwok
Eugenia Kwok is a 4th year undergraduate student in the Applied Animal Biology Program in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. In her third year, she took her first research methods course, taught by Drs Marina von Keyserlingk and Daniel Weary, where she worked on her first research project with mentor Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy. The main objective of this study was to investigate the possibility of increasing public openness in laboratory research. Eugenia subsequently presented her research findings at UBC’s Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) where she placed third in top oral presentation. She then went on to present these findings at the Universitas 21 Undergraduate Research Conference in Shanghai as well as the 9th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences in Prague, both held this past summer.

Aside from her work with laboratory animals, Eugenia is also currently working on her undergraduate thesis looking at the behaviour of community stray dogs in Southern Brazil. Through funding provided by the Mitacs Globalink Research Award, Eugenia was able to spend 3 months in Curitiba, Brazil where she studied the behavioural time budgets of community dogs and their interactions with community members. In the future, Eugenia hopes to pursue graduate studies and continue her research work in exploring animal welfare, ethics and ethology.

Katie Mills is a fourth year undergraduate student  in Applied Animal Biology (BSc) in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC. She is currently working as an NSERC USRA student in the Animal Welfare Program at UBC researching the efficacy of contraceptive methods on non-native species population control. She participated in the 2014 Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) at UBC on March 22, 2014 and placed first in the MURC 2014 oral presentations’ competition. Her MURC award-winning oral presentation was from her APBI 398 – Research Methods in Applied Animal Biology – course taught by Drs. Nina von Keyserlingk and Dan Weary – and is openly accessible in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository at: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/47016.

Victor Ngo is an urban planning graduate student at the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC. Victor’s interdisciplinary research focuses on climate change and sustainability planning, examining land use, transportation, urban design, and public engagement issues. He is interested in innovative applications of civic technology and digital and social media for public engagement and civic participation.

Lisa Tweten
Lisa Tweten (pronounced Tweeten) completed her BA at Concordia University in Montreal in 2012 and is currently a Masters student at the University of British Columbia in the Classics, Near Eastern and Religious Studies department. In April of 2013, she and a group of MA and PhD students in the CNERS department began From Stone to Screen, which to date has digitized their departments entire artifact collection and the majority of their 1000 epigraphic squeezes.