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Asian Library Celebrates its 30th Anniversary Martin, Paula; UBC Reports Sep 6, 1990

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&  Kennedy played role inforestry challertges By JO MOSS Robert Kennedy has played a part in some of the most difficult and farreaching challenges forest education has faced. Many of the issues, which involve competing uses of forest land, wilderness areas, and more efficient use of the forest resource - are still with us. Although Kennedy stepped down after seven years as Dean of Forestry in July, he is actively involved in helping resolve them. A wood scientist who successfully combined a university career with forest products research in government, Kennedytook over as dean in 1983 when B.C.’s forest industry was in the depths of recession. He recalls the provincial government announced cutbacks in university funding whenhe was about a week into his new job. “Those were critical times,” Kennedy said. Environmental and wilderness concerns were becoming stronger public issues, and enrolment in forestry schools was declining as young people turned away from what they saw as a tarnished profession. “Some young people still see it as a field to be avoided, instead of a challenge to be accepted,” Kennedy said, noting that enrolment figures are still not as high as they werein the late70s. In his early years as dean, Kennedy worked to strengthen faculty specialities so that when economic recovery came, the school could provide the necessary technic‘al and scientific support for the sector’s mandate of more efficient and effective forest management and utilization. The role of professional foresters changed from when he wentto university. They became forest managers, forest biologists and industry/govern-  Sziklai receives international honor Recently retired Forestry Professor Oscar Sziklai has received a distinguished service award from the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO) for his nearly 30 years of contributions to international forestry research. Sziklai has been involved inIUFRO studies of parent stands and seed procurement since 1965 when he coordinated collection of Douglas fir seed from B.C.’s west coast for tests in Europe and North America. One of three forest scientists to receive the distinguished service award, he has also made substantial contributions to seed research in B.C. and to tree breeding and forest genetics in Sweden and China, where he is the only non-Chinese to be made a member of the Chinese Forestry Society. IUFRO was founded in 1890 in Vienna and is one of the oldest forestry organizations with a worldwide membership. Sziklai will also receive an honorary degree from Sopron University in Hungary this fall. He was one of 200 forestry students at Sopron university who fled to the west in 1956 after the short-lived Hungarian revolution. He is the second member of the Sopron group in UBC’s Faculty of Forestry to receive an honorary doctorate from Sopron. Anta1 Kozak has received one as well  Asian Library celebrates its 30th anniversary  ment spokespeople. with less emphasis on forest engineering. By PAULA MARTIN “We are now in ;I stage wherc BC‘s Asian Library foresters have an evenbroader responcelebrates its 30th sibility,’.said Kennedy, who has spent anniversary this Fall 37 years in forestry. Today’s gradu- which makes it a ates need skills in conflict resolution. I\.& full 974 years organizationalbehavior. and leadership ! younger thanthe oldest book in its psychology as well as a broad training collection. in resource management and renewal. The Chinese dictionary, one of An ethical sense of stewardship i \ criti45,000 volumes in the P’u-Pan Colcal, Kennedy said. lection. was published in 986 A.D.. He predicts part ofthe technical ! and is the oldest volume in the UBC side of forestry, certain aspects o f harLibrary system. saidAsianLibrary I vesting and silviculture. for example, Head Linda Joe. ! will increasinglybe done by forest tech“It‘s one of our treasures.“ shc nicians, allowing foresten to concenadded. trate on broader management. bioloyiThe library i5 ranked first in Cancal and social issues. ada in terms o f number of volumes, In all.the demands o n a forestry with more than 350,000 covering a school to produce graduates with infull range of subjects in Chinece. depth expertise in a variety o f areas are Japanese, Hindi, Punjabi, Sanxhrit strong. Kennedy said UBC’s current and \everal other languages. I t a h four-year BSF program is o n l y the cames current newspapers and scholbeginning ofthe rounded education arly journals andhasmaterial on requiredtomeet future demands on 5.000 reels of microfilm and 17.000 natural resource managers. Combinasheets of microfiche. tions of post-baccalaureate and corn “We are strong in literature. histinuing professional education will tory, religious studies, language. and become increasingly important. he said. fine arts.” Joe said. “We also have :I Kennedy graduated from the Colgood collection of materials about Photo by Media Servse\ lege ofForestry at the State University the current situation in East Asia and ofNewYork in 1953. He came to Asian Library Head Linda Joe with the oldest book in the UBC its economics, politics. and statisUBC toearn a Masters degree-ne of library system a Chinese dictionary published in 986 A.D., patt of tics.” only six graduate students in the Forthe P’u-Pan Collection. estry faculty at that time. The Asian Library also cames a archives. withmaterial pertaining to The Asian Library has several Following graduate workatYale number of special materials and is thehistoryof Chinese and Japanese goals, she said, which include imUniversity where he earned a Doctor the Canadian depository of Japanese immigrants in Canada. Another speplementing a preservation program of Philosophy in 1962, he joined the government publications. cia1 collection, the George H. Beans for its special collections, hooking Forestry faculty at theUniversity of “Our mission is to support the reCollection of Japanese Maps, contains into an international research netToronto, then took a position with search and teaching at UBC about 320 sets of rare maps of Japan proworkand obtaining special comWestern Forest Products Lab (now J o e . the Asia Pacific region,“ said duced between 1 6 0 0 and 1867. puter software thatwould allow Forintek) in 1966. “We also share our resources with Joesaidthe library is heavilyusedAsian characters to be displayed He was associated with the laborathe community, so anyone iswelby Asian scholars and people from onscreen. tory for 13 years, heading thewood come to use them.” business and government, as well as “No EastAsian library has this biology sectionfor four years, and servthe general public. More than 27,000 capability yet,” Joe added. The Asian Library also houses B ing as director from 1975 to 1979, when transactions were made last year. special collection of Asian-Canadian he joined UBC. Throughout his career. he has been active in various national and international professional and forest-industry organizations including the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). Recently president ofthe prestigious International Academy of Wood Science, Kennedy was only the third Canadian to be elected to its select membership of By CONNIE FILLETTI meeting is directed to encouraging women to attend, about 200 worldwide. A multidisciplinary workshop exploring the chal- men are welcome. In 1989, Kennedy was named lenges and themes in computer science over the next While women excel in many areas of computing, Commissioner of the B.C. Forest Redecade, with a focus on areas in which women excel, Dr. Buchan thinks the problem is more the number sources Commission, a task force set of women is scheduled to take place at UBC Sept. 8 and 9. in computing. The areas posing the greatup to determine what the role of forestry in the province should be. The Organized by the Academic Women’s Associa- est problem are those that overlap with engineering commission is expected to define who tion and the Department of ComputerScience, and advanced science due to the small number of is ultimately responsible for long-term WINDOW: Women, Information technology, New women with the right backgrounds. forest management and make specific Directions and Opportunities Workshop is aimed at “The current climate for women in computer scirecommendations on tenure, harvesta wide cross-section of women, from the computer ence is excellent. There is a 50 per cent enrolment at ing practices, methods ofpublic innovice to the expert user. the undergraduate level, but this falls to 20 per cent volvement, and allocation of resources. Kennedy said the study is long The greatest challenge in organizing the meeting in the graduate program at UBC and throughout overdue. “We have to deal with comhas been to advertise it successfully, said Dr. Alison North American universities,”Dr.Buchan explained. peting uses for the forest. and to that Buchan, an associate professor of Physiology and “All the women graduates get good positions when end we have to develop a broad landWINDOW coordinator. they complete their degrees. Unfortunately, most go use strategy, complete with better in“The impression of many women is that it willbe into industry leaving very few who become acaventory data on all forest resources. Then we can have more realistic detoo technical and thatit is designed for members of a demics to serve as role models for students.” bate with better information on which Dr. Buchan hopes that WINDOW will provide a computer science department,” said Dr. Buchan. to base our decisions,” he explained. “This is not true. The whole purpose of the work- better understanding of the scope available to com“We’re going to have to put a value shop is to inform those with little or no computing puter users, while encouraging more women to make on things like wilderness and waterexperience about just how exciting computing is, greater use of computers and to consider a career in shed protection. And it won’t happen and how many fields are changing due to the use of computing. without some heated debates.” he warned. computers.” She alsofeels that it will bean excellent opportuKennedy will remain on faculty The program ranges from the use of computers in nity for women in computing to share their experiuntil heretires in December. 199I . He the arts, medicine and media to the impact of com- ences in their different fields, and to discuss probsaid he hasno firm plans for the future puters on our daily lives. Despite the high-tech sub- lems encountered during their careers. other than a few months’ leave early in ject matter, all workshops and overview talks will be For more information on WINDOW feesand the New Year to visit theUniversity of Melbourne. Australia. accessible to a general audience, and although the registration, call 228-2083. ~  r  -  Women’s group sponsors computer scienceworkshop  


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