Okanagan University College

Kelowna, Canada

Okanagan University College

Kelowna, Canada

Okanagan University College was a public, post-secondary educational institution based in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. It evolved from Okanagan College , and the college's predecessor, the B.C. Vocational School 1963-1965. On 30 June 2005, OUC was split to create two new institutions, a new Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan. Wikipedia.

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Day T.,Okanagan University College
Canadian Geographer | Year: 2017

This paper documents and discusses textbook representations of the scope of physical geography. Eight themes in contemporary physical geography are identified from current textbooks, namely a spatial perspective, the concept of a “natural” world, impacts on people, process and system concepts, anthropogenic impacts, environmental change, linkages between systems, and physical geography as a science. The emergence of anthropogenic impacts as a theme challenges traditional notions of a natural world, and an increased focus on spatial perspectives and the concept of “place” challenges the idea of physical geography as a science. Les thèmes définitoires de la géographie physique dans les manuels scolaires: Cet article documente et traite des représentations de la portée de la géographie physique dans les manuels scolaires. Huit thèmes de la géographie physique contemporaine sont recensés dans les manuels actuels, notamment une perspective spatiale, le concept de monde « naturel », l'incidence sur les gens, les concepts de processus et de système, les impacts anthropiques, les changements environnementaux, les liens entre les systèmes et la géographie physique comme science. L'émergence de la thématique des impacts anthropiques remet en question les notions traditionnelles d'un monde naturel et un intérêt accru porté aux perspectives spatiales ainsi que le concept de « lieu » remettent en question l'idée de la géographie physique comme science. © 2017 Canadian Association of Geographers / L'Association canadienne des géographes

Grmek R.,Okanagan University College | Khmelevsky Y.,Okanagan University College | Syrotovsky D.,Reckitt Benckiser
Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference on High Performance Computing and Simulation, HPCS 2011 | Year: 2011

In this paper we investigate possible solutions for alleviating retail manufacturers of logistical concerns by using inexpensive cell phones with WAP and WiFi capabilities, low resolution digital cameras, and open source applications for web hosts in the cloud to store and process business information. The proposed inventory tracking system prototype is aimed at the company's agents whose responsibilities are to track and manage the retailer's merchandise as it flows between suppliers and consumers. The system can eliminate inefficiencies in the process of tracking inventory and orders processing, while doing so with minimal economic cost by utilizing inexpensive cell phones from one side and inexpensive web hosting in the cloud on the other side. This means to use inexpensive options in terms of both hardware and software, and services in the cloud for data processing and storage as well as to automate the process of physically tracking inventory so less time is spent on this particular task. Such a system with further development can also address business critical question of monitoring sales personnel adherence to the assigned sales routes, collection of other information from the retail outlets (products distribution, pricing, shelving, out-of-stock situations etc.). There are several areas where the proposed solution can be used: on-shelf availability check and inventory calculation (used both by retailers' personnel and by the manufacturer's sales force); orders taking (to automate the process); retail audit (used by the specialized commercial or governmental agencies) and by consumer protection rights agencies. From the technical point of view the goal is to investigate the available open source solutions so they may be integrated with a new proposed system for business utilization. The paper outlines the design of the proposed system and the prototype implementation results, as well as our problems during prototype design and development, and our future plans. © 2011 IEEE.

Voit A.C.,TU Munich | Hebda R.J.,Royal British Columbia Museum | Hebda R.J.,University of Victoria | Racca J.M.J.,University Laval | And 6 more authors.
Revue des Sciences de l'Eau | Year: 2014

Diatom analyses of sediments from a high elevation lake situated in an Engelmann Spruce - Subalpine Fir (ESSF) forest of south-central British Columbia, Canada, reveal long-term climate and water chemistry change. During the transition from the late-glacial / Pleistocene to the xerothermic early Holocene, small, benthic Fragilaria diatoms species that grew under low light conditions in Sicamous Creek Lake gave way to planktonic Cyclotella species that require openwater conditions. Warm temperatures in the mesothermic Holocene are indicated by smaller Cyclotella species and large, benthic pennate diatoms. Diatom communities reflected Neoglacial cooling in the late Holocene, with abundant Nitzschia fonticola and Achnanthes minutissima. Small, benthic Fragilaria regained abundance, suggesting cooling and conditions similar to the late-glacial interval. Diatom community composition responded to the deposition of the Mt. Mazama and Mt. St. Helens tephras, though the Mazama eruption caused greater change in relative abundance of various taxa within the assemblage. Correspondence analysis shows distinct communities have occurred since the initiation of sedimentation, likely due to climate controlled landscape and vegetation changes; diatom-inferred pH values using various models and training sets show limited acidification change occurred through the lake’s history. © 2014, Institut National de la Research Scientifique. All rights reserved.

Anputhas M.,Okanagan University College | Samita S.,University of Peradeniya | de Abeysiriwardena S.Z.D.,Rice Research and Development Institute
Communications in Biometry and Crop Science | Year: 2011

Identification of rice varieties with wider adaptability and stability are the important aspects in varietal recommendation to achieve better economic benefits for farmers. Multi locational trails are conducted in different locations/seasons to test and identify the consistently performing varieties in wider environments and location specific high performing varieties. The interaction aspect of varieties with environment is complex and highly variable across locations. Thus, the identifying varieties under these circumstances are difficult for varietal recommendations. However, several methods have been proposed in the recent past with the complex computation requirements. But, the aid of statistical software and other programs capabilities ease the complexity to a large extent. In this study, we employed one of the established techniques called variance component analysis (VCA) to make the varietal recommendation for wider adaptability for many varying environments and the location specific recommendations. In this method variety × environment interaction is portioned into components for individual varieties using yield deviation approach. The average effect of variety (environment centered yield deviation - D k) and the stability measure of each variety (variety interaction variance - s k 2) are used make the recommendations. The rice yield data of cultivars of three month maturity duration, cultivated across diverse environments during the 2002/03 wet-season in Sri Lanka was analyzed for making recommendations. Based on the results the variety At581 gave the highest D k value with wide adaptability selected for general recommendation. Varieties Bg305 and At303 also had relatively higher D k and thus these two can also be selected for general cultivation purpose. © CBCS 2011.

Day T.,Okanagan University College | Doige C.,Okanagan University College | Young J.,Saint Mary's University
Geography | Year: 2010

Many introductory physical geography textbooks use the term 'heat' in ways that reflect usage of the word in physics and chemistry textbooks prior to the late 1960s. It is now generally accepted by the physics and chemistry communities that heat is energy that is transferred between a system and its environment as a consequence of a temperature difference across a system boundary. Once the energy transfer is accomplished, the energy is no longer heat. Therefore heat cannot be stored. Although the greenhouse effect results in heat transfer through radiation, it is incorrect to state that heat is trapped, stored, contained or held in the atmosphere. © Geography 2010.

Cai T.,Northeast Forestry University | Ji Y.,Northeast Forestry University | Benda L.,Earth System Institute | Ju C.,Northeast Forestry University | Wei X.,Okanagan University College
Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment | Year: 2014

Increasing land development throughout China poses serious risks to environmental services including water supplies, freshwater and terrestrial habitats, and soil erosion. Resource management must increasingly anticipate effects of resource use including the design of mitigation strategies. Because of the vast areas involved, detailed environmental assessments and resource management planning that require extensive data collection, analysis and modeling may not be suitable or cost effective in many instances. Yet, developing and communicating environmental information more broadly, in a spatial context, is necessary to support sustainable land uses and watershed management in China into the future. A 'digital watershed' provides a spatial framework, in which landforms and physical processes are analysed in context with patterns of resource use and human infrastructure. Analyses using digital watersheds can increase the site specificity and defensibility of resource planning at watershed to regional scales by government agencies and the private sector, while concurrently restraining costs of environmental assessments. The digital watershed represents a significant advancement over existing digital representations of land and streams in China. Here, we describe NetMap's digital watershed and analysis tools, illustrating their use in China.

Fazackerley S.,Okanagan University College | Lang D.,Columbia University | Nichol C.,Columbia University
Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering | Year: 2015

The ability to understand phenomena in environmental systems is reliant on the ability to measure data about the system. In this realm, a high degree of non-homogeneity can exist between adjacent measurement points. The barrier to increased spatial sampling is device cost. Newer low-cost sampling platforms enable increased spatial sampling allowing for a better understanding of phenomena. Many sensing applications also require temporal synchronization across distributed devices to understand phenomena. This work presents a novel, low cost and flexible communications framework built on open source technologies with a sample application. It allows for multiple devices to be connected via a bus topology and controlled and addressed from a single master device. A time synchronization strategyis presented that allows for low cost devices to be used for temporally aligned sampling without the need for complex and expensive time synchronization equipment. The wired system is based on the proven and robust RS-485 physical layer, and addresses numerous issues that are often encountered with other technologies. The sample application of low range differential pressure measurements demonstrates the functionality of both hardware and software components. This paper describes the design and implementation of the communications framework that can be used to measure distributed sensors with low cost, temporal alignment of data. The communications framework is available at https://github.com/sensingFramework. © 2015 IEEE.

Jalava J.,Okanagan University College | Griffiths S.,Okanagan University College | Maraun M.,Simon Fraser University
The Myth of the Born Criminal: Psychopathy, Neurobiology, and the Creation of the Modern Degenerate | Year: 2015

By some estimates, there are as many as twelve million psychopaths in the United States alone. Cold-blooded, remorseless, and strangely charismatic, they commit at least half of all serious and violent crimes. Supposedly, most serial killers are psychopaths, as, surprisngly, are large numbers of corporate executives. They seem to be an inescapable, and fascinating, threat in our midst. But is psychopathy a brain disorder, as many scientists now claim? Or is it just a reflection of modern society's deepest fears? The Myth of the Born Criminal offers the first comprehensive critique of the concept of psychopathy from the eighteenth-century origins of the born-criminal theory to the latest neuroimaging, behavioural genetics, and statistical studies. Jarkko Jalava, Stephanie Griffiths, and Michael Maraun use their expertise in neuropsychology, psychometrics, and criminology to dispel the myth that psychopathy is a biologically-based condition. Deconstructing the emotive language with which both research scientists and reporters describe the psychopaths among us, they explain how the idea of psychopathy offers a comforting neurobiological solution to the mystery of evil. A stunning merger of rigorous science and clear-sighted cultural analysis, The Myth of the Born Criminal is for anyone who wonders just what truth - or fiction - lurks behind the study of psychopathy. © University of Toronto Press 2015.

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