Monday, March 31, 2014

Video: Meet Simran Bir, Douglas College student and basketball star



Simran Bir is a Royals basketball player and Douglas College student. In this video, Simran shares shooting tips and reveals how she deals with a hearing impairment.


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Sunday, March 30, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Student Research Day, renewable energy forum and more!



Here’s what’s happening at Douglas March 31-April 6


Monday, March 31


Speaker Series
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
10:30am-12:30pm
Gabor Maté, a bestselling author and expert on addiction treatment, will discuss our “toxic culture.” More info here.

Tuesday, April 1


Student Research Day
New Westminster campus, concourse
2-5pm
Students will set up displays on a variety of research topics. More info here.

Wednesday, April 2


Public talk
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1-2:30pm
Mark Winston, a Simon Fraser University insect expert, will discuss how to improve scientific communication with the public. More info here.

Thursday, April 3


Public forum
New Westminster campus, room 2201
4:30-6:30pm
A forum on renewable energy featuring speakers from FortisBC, Endurance Wind Power and the City of New Westminster. More info here.



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Friday, March 28, 2014

Douglas College Poem of the Month: March 2014



Poem of the Month showcases outstanding work written by Douglas College students.

Each month, the Creative Writing Department displays posters across both campuses featuring a new poem.

Click on the image to the right to see an enlarged version of this month’s poster, featuring "Oyster Bay” by Chantelle Auclair.

All Douglas College students are eligible to enter the Poem of the Month competition. Featured poems are selected by a committee of instructors.

To learn more about submitting poems, contact the Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts at 604 527 5465.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Douglas College students hold school supplies donation drive

The Students 4 Students project team.
A group of Douglas College students recently gathered boxes of school supplies and donated them to after-school programs at two elementary schools in the Tri-Cities. The Students 4 Students school supplies drive was organized by five Hospitality Management students as a course project.

As part of the project, the students examined Early Development Instrument (EDI) data for the Coquitlam school district. The EDI is a research tool used to help gauge the challenges children face in their community.

“The goal was to spread awareness about the condition of the school district after analyzing the EDI information,” says Rachel Kwasnica, a Douglas College student who led the project. “We also wanted to show consideration to students that might be having a tough time with school by providing them with some quality supplies.”

With support from local businesses and other donors, the team collected items including scissors, glue sticks, crayons, binders, paints and more. The project is also being entered in LinkBC’s Project Change contest, which is aimed at encouraging student leadership.


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Monday, March 24, 2014

How to improve public understanding of critical scientific issues



SFU's Mark Winston.
It's no easy task to sift through the flood of scientific evidence and opposing viewpoints that emerge when people debate critical health and environmental issues.

So what can be done to improve the way science is communicated to the public and help people make sense of it all?

Mark Winston, a Simon Fraser University insect expert and frequent public commentator, is visting Douglas College to talk about just that.

Winston's free, public talk will focus on the key issues of genetically modified crops, pesticide use and declining bee populations. 

The talk takes place on Wednesday, April 2 from 1-2:30pm in the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre on the Douglas College New Westminster campus.


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Sunday, March 23, 2014

This week at Douglas College: UNIBUG forum, President’s budget forum and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas March 24-30


Monday, March 24


Alumni Marketplace
New Westminster campus
10am-6pm
Vendors will be selling pottery, African art, jewellery, clothing, South American art and crafts and much more. Proceeds from table rentals go to support the Alumni Bursary.

Wednesday, March 26


Alumni Marketplace
Coquitlam campus
9am-6pm
Vendors will be selling pottery, African art, jewellery, clothing, South American art and crafts and much more. Proceeds from table rentals go to support the Alumni Bursary.

Health Fair
New Westminster campus
10am-4pm
Visit the interactive booths to get an assessment, enter a contest, have a mini massage, or learn strategies to combat stress and anxiety. There will be something for everyone. More info here.

President’s Budget Forum
New Westminster campus, room 4920
Coquitlam campus, room B3011 (by video connection)
12:30pm
Students are invited to join President Scott McAlpine to learn about the 2014-2015 budget. More info here.

Saturday, March 29


UNIBUG Forum
New Westminster campus, room 2201
10am-12pm
Learn about the UNIBUG project, the importance of pollinators and fighting garden pests the natural way. More info here.


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Friday, March 21, 2014

Student Research Day returns to Douglas College


Douglas College students are ready to have their brains picked about research projects they have conducted on variety topics.

Over 30 displays will take over the New Westminster campus concourse for Student Research Day 2014 on April 1 from 2-5pm.

Everyone is invited to check out the displays and learn about caffeine's effect on memory, female objectification in video games, garbage floating in the Pacific and more.

Student researchers will be on hand to answer questions about their projects, conducted either for a course or through independent study based on their own interests.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Gabor Maté visits Douglas College to talk "toxic culture"



Dr. Gabor Maté
Gabor Maté, a bestselling author and expert on addiction treatment, is visiting Douglas College as part of the Students' Choice Speaker Series.

Maté's talk, which is free and open to the public, will explore what having a cultural obsession with material gain means for people's health.

Maté, a physician who has worked for more than a decade on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, was invited by students in the Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies, and the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The presentation, titled "Toxic Culture: How Materialistic Society Makes us Sick," takes place on Monday, March 31 from 10:30am-12:30pm in the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre on Douglas College's New Westminster campus.

The Students' Choice Speaker Series is sponsored by Knowledge First Financial.


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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Douglas College pollinator study looks at bees in the garden

                                                                 Mikki Herbold Photo
A new Douglas College study on pollinators is looking into what’s buzzing in local gardens.

The college’s UNIBUG (User Network for Insect Biology in the Urban Garden) team is working with community volunteers on the research.

For the study, the volunteers will place small, homemade bee houses in their gardens to attract the insects.

The volunteers will then periodically monitor the bee activity, from spring to fall, and report their findings.

“I think it’s inherently valuable to look into this,” says Veronica Wahl, UNIBUG Coordinator. 

“Pollinators are really important. We depend on them for our flowers. We depend on them for our food.”

“This project is about contributing to our knowledge of what the wild bee populations are like around this region. There are a lot of things we don’t know.”

The study isn’t looking at the common honey bee. Instead, the focus is on a variety of solitary bees known as leaf cutter and mason bees.

“They don’t make honey. They almost never sting people. In nature they nest in hollow stalks,” Wahl says.

The researchers are able to take advantage of that preference for laying eggs in hollow stalks to attract the bees.

The bee houses volunteers place in their gardens will be filled with clusters of paper tubes. The idea is to simulate the kind of nesting spots the bees seek in nature.

“To the bees, this looks like a hollow stalk and so they use the tubes to lay their eggs inside,” Wahl says.

While bees are the focus, the UNIBUG team will also study what other pollinators like hummingbirds and butterflies are up to in gardens.

The pollinator research adds to UNIBUG’s existing work investigating how predatory and parasitic insects can control garden pests.

For those who want to learn more about the project, the 3rd-annual UNIBUG forum takes place on Saturday, March 29.

The free, public event is being held in room 2201 on the Douglas College New Westminster campus from 10am-12pm.


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Monday, March 17, 2014

Douglas College students invited to president's budget forum




President Scott McAlpine
David Denofreo Photo
Want to learn about Douglas College's annual financial plan?

Students are being invited to join President Scott McAlpine and Vice President of Finance Tracey Ternoway for a presentation on the draft 2014-2015 budget and a question-and-answer session.

The president's budget forum takes place on Wednesday, March 26 at 12:30pm in the New Westminster campus boardroom, room 4920.

The forum will also be connected by video to the Coquitlam campus boardroom, room B3011.

Light refreshments will be provided. Registration for the event is not required.



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Sunday, March 16, 2014

This week at Douglas College: A Dream Play, Speaker Series, Pearls book launch and more!



Here’s what’s happening at Douglas March 17-23


Monday, March 17


Theatre show
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
12pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present an adaptation of A Dream Play by August Strindberg. More info here.

Tuesday, March 18


Theatre show
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present an adaptation of A Dream Play by August Strindberg. More info here.

Wednesday, March 19


Speaker Series
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1-2:30pm
The Students’ Choice Speaker Series presents a talk about the future of the publishing industry. More info here.

Theatre show
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present an adaptation of A Dream Play by August Strindberg. More info here.

Thursday, March 20


Health Fair
Coquitlam campus
10am-4pm
Visit the interactive booths to get an assessment, enter a contest, have a mini massage, or learn strategies to combat stress and anxiety. More info here.

Theatre show
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present an adaptation of A Dream Play by August Strindberg. More info here.

Friday, March 21


Book launch
New Westminster campus, Studio Theatre
7pm
The Creative Writing department is launching the 2014 edition of Pearls, an anthology of student writing. More info here.

Theatre show
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present an adaptation of A Dream Play by August Strindberg. More info here.


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Friday, March 14, 2014

Douglas College talk covers future of publishing



Industry experts Jesse Finkelstein and Trena White will offer insight into how book publishing is changing.

As part of their Students' Choice Speaker Series talk, they will cover the rise of self-publishing, the impact of digital publishing and how to make a living in this field.

The free talk, titled "The Future of Publishing is You," takes place on Wednesday, March 19 from 1-2:30pm in the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre on Douglas College's New Westminster campus.

The Students' Choice Speaker Series is sponsored by Knowledge First Financial.



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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Pearls book launch celebrates best work by Creative Writing students



Reading isn't just supposed to be about doing research for assignments or studying for exams. It's also about
being inspired, captivated, moved and entertained.

Take a break from the textbooks and pick up a copy of the 2014 edition of Pearls, an anthology that collects the best work Douglas College Creative Writing students have to offer.

"It is such a pleasure to put together this showcase of outstanding student writing," says Calvin Wharton, Chair of the Department of Creative Writing.

"I think readers will be surprised and delighted by the quality and variety of work in this year's edition."

Published annually and sold in the campus bookstore, Pearls features fiction, poetry, personal narrative and scripts written by students. The 2014 edition has 65 student contributors.

A book launch for Pearls 33-the title of the latest edition-takes place on Friday, March 21 at 7pm in the Studio Theatre on the Douglas College New Westminster campus, 700 Royal Ave., New Westminster. The event will include readings by students and an awards ceremony.

More information about the Creative Writing program is available here.


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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Psychology expert to discuss how self-control is key to success




Nathan DeWall, University of
Kentucky psychology professor.
Nathan DeWall believes in the power of self-control.

"We all have heroes who motivate us to become better versions of ourselves and the success of those heroes relies on a common ingredient: self-control," says DeWall, a psychology professor at the University of Kentucky.

DeWall will lay out his ideas on the science of self-control during a talk at Douglas College on March 18.

"I want to explain the science of self-control and show people that we aren't as different from our heroes as we think. We all have what it takes to achieve our goals," he says.

The talk will draw on cutting-edge science to show how self-control helps us have better lives, stronger relationships and improves societies. According to DeWall, by understanding why self-control is important and how it works, people can accomplish more than they ever thought was possible.

DeWall holds a PhD in social psychology from Florida State University and has had more than 120 scientific articles and chapters published. He is also director of the Social Psychology Lab at the University of Kentucky.

His talk, titled Taming the Impulsive Beast: Self-Control as Our Greatest Human Strength, takes place March 18 from 12-1pm in room 2201 on the Douglas College New Westminster campus.



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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Video: A look inside the Douglas College Veterinary Techology program



Check out this video for a glimpse inside the Douglas College Veterinary Technology program. Under faculty supervision, students get hands-on experience working with dogs and other animals as they train for careers in the veterinary field.

More information about the program is available here.



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Monday, March 10, 2014

EVENT literary magazine to hold fundraising book sale at Douglas College



Want to pick up some books, movies or music while supporting the publication of great Canadian literature?

EVENT, Douglas College's long-running literary magazine, is holding its annual fundraising book sale.

The sale takes place March 17-21 from 10am-5pm in the New Westminster campus concourse.

Published three times per year, EVENT features fiction, poetry, non-fiction and book reviews by emerging and established writers.

Donations of books, CDs, DVDs and magazines are being accepted for the fundraising sale.

Drop off any donations at the Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts Office, room 2600 on the New Westminster campus, or at the Foundation office at the David Lam campus.

For more information, contact EVENT by email or by phone at 604 527 5293. Check out EVENT's new website here.



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Sunday, March 9, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Oscar Wilde play, A Dream Play, election info forums and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas March 10-16


Monday, March 10


Theatre show
New Westminster campus, Studio Theatre
noon
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. More info here.

Info session
New Westminster campus, room 1809
5:30-6:30pm
Learn about the Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Studies Stream. For more info, contact Dallis Warren.

Tuesday, March 11


Theatre show
New Westminster campus, Studio Theatre
7:30pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. More info here.

Wednesday, March 12

Theatre show
New Westminster campus, Studio Theatre
7:30pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. More info here.

Thursday, March 13


Info forum
New Westminster campus
Room 4900k
1-2pm
Learn about running for elected student positions on the College Board and Education Council. More info here.

Info forum
Coquitlam campus, room B3011
4-5pm
Learn about running for elected student positions on the College Board and Education Council. More info here.

Theatre show
New Westminster campus, Studio Theatre
7:30pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. More info here.

Friday, March 14


Theatre show
New Westminster campus, Studio Theatre
7:30pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. More info here.

Theatre show
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present an adaptation of A Dream Play by August Strindberg. More info here.

Saturday, March 15


Theatre show
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
2pm and 7:30pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present an adaptation of A Dream Play by August Strindberg. More info here.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Learn about Douglas College's Associate of Arts degrees



What can an Associate of Arts degree at Douglas College do for you?

Choose from a variety of academic disciplines, earn a credential and graduate with 60 university-transferable credits.

Find out more during two informational events taking place at both of the college's campuses.

Academic advisors, faculty members and Associate of Arts students will be on hand to answer your questions.

Event details


Tuesday, March 18
11:30am-2:30pm
Coquitlam campus, atrium

Thursday, March 20
11am-2pm
New Westminster campus, concourse

More information about Associate of Arts Degrees is available here.



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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Douglas College science grad studies why some lizards get smart




Reptile researcher Joshua Amiel earned
a PhD from the University of Sydney.
Growing up, Joshua Amiel enjoyed hunting for the small reptiles that lurked near the waterways in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

Having recently earned a PhD, the biology expert now finds that fascination with cold-blooded critters at the centre of his research.

“I was always interested in catching snakes and amphibians and things,” says Joshua, a former science student at Douglas College.

“I never really thought I would be able to turn that into a career, but I’ve just maintained that interest since childhood.”

These days, lizards are Joshua’s reptile of interest.

During his doctoral research at the University of Sydney in Australia, he studied brain development and intelligence in the three-lined skink, a mountain-dwelling lizard species.

Previous research showed the lizards would grow larger if their eggs were incubated at warmer temperatures.

Joshua had his own question: How would warmer incubation temperatures affect their brains?

To find out the answer, Joshua collected eggs from the wild and incubated them in the lab, either at a warmer or colder temperature.

Once the eggs hatched, he gave the different groups of lizards a series of behavioural tests.

The experiments assessed how intelligently the lizards responded to fake predator attacks, mazes and memory tests.

The results were clear.

“Essentially, the lizards that were incubated at hot temperatures were smarter than the cold ones,” says Joshua, who is back living in Vancouver.

It was an interesting finding, but there was still the question of why the hot-incubated lizards exhibited more intelligence.

Joshua looked into how brain shape differed between the more-intelligent and less-intelligent lizards.

“What I found was really interesting and the reverse of what you would expect,” he says. “The cold-incubated, dumb ones actually had bigger brains than the hot-incubated, smart ones.”

But bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. As Joshua also found, the brains of the hot-incubated lizards had more neurons that were more densely packed together.

“What that means is the hot-incubated lizards had more processing power in their brains and that could be why they were better at all these cognitive tasks,” he says. “It’s a pretty interesting result.”

His research was praised by those in his field and attracted interest from international media.

Looking back on his path to scientific success, Joshua credits the role Douglas College played.

As a student at the college a decade ago, he says he was struggling without a long-term career goal. Then he took an introductory biology course and something clicked.

“All of a sudden I found something that I was passionate about. From there, my whole future changed,” he says.

After earning an associate degree from Douglas College and a bachelor’s degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, he was accepted directly into the PhD program at the University of Sydney.

“I attribute a great deal of my success to the strong start Douglas College gave me,” he says.

“There, I was able to explore different career opportunities, find and nurture a passion for biology, and develop myself as a biological researcher.”

More information about the Douglas College Biology program is available here.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Nominations open for student spots on Education Council and College Board



Nominations are now being sought for candidates to fill student representative positions on the College Board and Education Council. The positions—two on the board and four on the council—each have a one-year term, commencing on Sept. 1.

The nomination period closes on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 4pm.

Information about the elections as well as nomination forms can be found at the Registrar's office at both campuses as well as at the Douglas Students’ Union Offices and at the Douglas College elections website here and here.

Considering running for election, but want to know what's involved? Plan to attend an information forum on Thursday, March 13th to learn more about service on either of the College's co-governing bodies. Meet representatives from the College Board and Education Council, who welcome your questions and will provide insights on:
  • the roles of the Board and Education Council
  • the role of an individual member
  • meeting schedules and time commitments
  • governance education and development opportunities, which may also be beneficial to students and their future careers

Info forums


Coquitlam campus - Thursday, March 13, from 4-5pm in room B3011
New Westminster campus - Thursday, March 13, from 1-2pm in room 4900K

If you plan to attend, please register with Board Executive Assistant Shelagh Donnelly by email or phone at 604 527 5388.





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Sunday, March 2, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Games Expo, Oscar Wilde play, Career Fair and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas March 3-9


Tuesday, March 4


Career fair
New Westminster campus, concourse
10am-3pm
The Douglas College Alumni Association, Co-op Education and the Student Employment Center are proud to welcome you to our 24th annual Career Exploration Fair. More info here.

Info session
New Westminster campus, room 1730
4:30pm
Learn about the Australia Field School taking place in the Summer Semester. More info here.

Wednesday, March 5


Games expo
New Westminster campus, concourse
12-3:30pm
Enjoy playing video games, board games and more during this free Games Expo. More info here.

Thursday, March 6


Career fair
Coquitlam campus, atrium
10am-3pm
The Douglas College Alumni Association, Co-op Education and the Student Employment Center are proud to welcome you to our 24th annual Career Exploration Fair. More info here.

Info session
Coquitlam campus, room A1150
4:30pm
Learn about the Australia Field School taking place in the Summer Semester. More info here.

Friday, March 7


Theatre show
New Westminster campus, Studio Theatre
7:30pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. More info here.

Saturday, March 8


Theatre show
New Westminster campus, Studio Theatre
2pm and 7:30pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. More info here.


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