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First Asian Centre Visit UBC Reports 1986-09-11

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UBC Reporb apt 11 le86  Expedition findsvents, ore Artificial intelligenceand robotics developments maybe the keys neededto mine millions oftons of petal-bearing sulphides from the floor of the Pacific Ocean, says a University ofB.C. geologist. Prof. Dick Chase of UBC‘s Department of Geological Sciencesis just back from a twoweek scientific expeditionto B.C.’s West Coast, 200 kilometres off Vancouver Island. 2,500 metres below the surface ofthe ocean, the expedition found deposits of sulphide compounds created when heated sea water rushes out of volcanic ventson the ocean floor. Prof. Chase saysthe 1986 expedition, a joint effort by UBC and the University of Toronto, explored a large deposit of minerals found in 1984,and located a new hot vent area 30 kilometres to the north. The scientists carried out their work aboardthe Canadian Forces auxiliary vessel Endeavour. He estimates there are some three to 5 million tons of sulphides of zinc, copper, silver and gold in the area known as Southern Explorer Ridge. The size ofthe new vent field, on Northern Explorer Ridge, is not yet known. “But,” he hastens to add, “don’t hold your breath in anticipation that these minerals will be immediately mined.At present it’s cheaper to mine the same ores on dry land before we begin mining the seas.”  The UBC-Toronto discoveries, he says, ocean-floor vents. The scientists saw bizarre may help to spur Canadian developmentof forms of life found nowhere elseon earth. specialized underwater vehicles that would These included meter-long worms thatlive roam the ocean floor, armedwith a chemical in tubes and exist by breathingthe hydrogen probe that could identify ore-grade deposits. sulphide-laden vent waterand ingesting multiRobotically armed vehicleswould collect the colored bacterial colonies. Large numbers of minerals, bringing them to the surface. long-legged crabs werefound feeding on the Technology ofthis kind may be closer than worms. we suspect, Dr. Chase says. Atleast two The ocean floor ventsform where CrUStal federal departments Energy, Mines and plates on the ocean floorpull away from each Resources, Fisheries and Oceans are other. Explorer Ridge is formed at the junction fostering research thatcould ultimately lead to between the Pacific Plate, which is moving in the development ofsuch vehicles. the direction of Japan, and the Explorer Plate, In addition to the sulphides, which will be which is moving under Northern Vancouver analysed at the University of Toronto,the Island. expedition also collected volcanic rock. Prof. These massive plates reston the almost Chase will analyse the rock samples, many of molten earth’s mantle. Slow currentsin the which are geologically comparatively new. mantle helpto move the plates. The scientistsused an instrumentcalled a Prof. Chase, and UBC Prof. Steven Scott, CTDnransrnissometer to locate the vents University of Toronto, were chief scientists around which the suiphides grow. The involved in the 1984,1985and 1986 CTDnransmissometer detects particles of iron . expeditions. UBC studentsinvolved in the oxide in the plume of sea water that has mixed most recentexpedition were geology students with volcanic vent fluid, and can measure the Gregory T. Shea and Alexander Denton and slight increasein water temperature ofthe engineering studentJohn Criswick. plume. Both the expeditions weresupported by the In 1984,a similar expedition to Southern Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Explorer Ridgeused Pisces IV, a diving Council of Canada. Profs. Scott and Chase are submersible, to get a closeup view the of seeking sources offunding from industry and government to enable themto continue their research.  --  --  Looking over volcanic rocks dredged up this summer from the floor of the Pacific Ocean 200 kilometres off Vancouver Island are Prof. Dick Chase, left, of UBC’s Department of Geological Sciences and colleague, Prof. Steven Scott of the University of Toronto. Rock samples will be analysed at UBC by Prof. Chase. *  The University Health and Safety Committee has recentlyprepared a policy proposal for non-smoking at UBC, the details of which are published below. The committee, made up of eighteen members representingall areas of the campus community, welcome comments from students, staff and faculty. These comments will thenbe used in preparing a recommendation for consideration by the President inpreparing recommendations tothe Board of Governors. Please address any comments you may have to the Wayne Greene, Director of Occupational Health and Safety,Old Administration Building. All comments must be received by September 26th. Clean Indoor Air The University recognizes thatno individual has the right to pollute the air of others with any substances known to be hazardous to health. In general, employers are required by the Industrial Health and Safety Regulations to ensure that stringent contamination and air quality conditions are met. Exposure to smoking in the workplace or public areas of .the campus is a health hazardas well as an annoyance, and all personson the University’s campus, whether students, staff, or visitors have the right to breathe cleanindoor air in places of public assembly, passage, workplace or classroom. 1. Public Areas  Smoking is not permitted in public areas, such as thefollowing: * conferencerooms * lecturerooms * laboratories * common study rooms * elevators * hallways or foyers * washrooms * indoor recreation areas or change rooms * public reception areas * theatres A maximum of 5 0% of the seating in Food Service facilities maybe designated as smoking areas, but these areas must be away from access to the servery, and should have ventilation to prevent smoke driftingto pollute the air of non-smokers. 2. Places of Emplovment In addition to the places noted above, any employee may object about smoke in his or her workplace. They shall address their objections to the Department Heador Director, to the supervisor, orto the safety Committee chairman of the area, who shall be responsible for attempting to reachan accommodation, if possible, betweenthe preferences of smoking employees and those employeeswho do not  wish to have their airpolluted by smoke. Where an agreement cannotbe reached which is satisfactory to all ofthe affected employees, the preferences of non-smoking employees will prevail. The Dean, Director or Department Head will thenprohibit smoking in the workplaceso that all employeeswill work in a smoke-free environment. This shall include private offices wherethe building’s air circulation system draws the smoke intothe air space of others,and would also include staff lunchrooms. 3. Siqns The majority ofthe adult population of the Vancouver area are non-smokers,thus nonsmoking isthe norm, and smoking is the exception. Signs, therefore, shall be posted to indicate areas where smoking is permitted. It is emphasized thatthe absence of nonsmoking signs does not infer that smoking is allowed. All buildings will have asign at the entrance to inform visitors thatthe University’s policies prohibit smoking exceptin designated areas. 4. Communication The University’s ”Clean Air Policy”will be communicated to all studentsin the University’s academic calendar. Students who continue to smokein restricted areas shallbe dealt with first bythe Dean of their faculty, and, if necessary, through the President’s Advisory Committee on Student Discipline. The ”Clean Air Policy” will be communicated to all University employees.Any member ofthe University who refuses to cooperate with the policyas stated above shall be dealt with through the normal disciplinary procedures. 5. SmokinaAreas Where possible, areas where smokingis permitted will be specifically designatedin ,buildings which have adequate ventilation to separate the smoking room’sair to prevent the contamination ofthe building air supply.  OCTOBER 1986 * AgrlcultureCanada -Extramural Research Grant [31] * Alberta Forest Servlce -Forest Development Research Fund Grant (151 * Alberta Herltage Fdn. for Medical Research -Medical Research Fellowships (11 ’ AmericanChemlcalSociety:PRF -Research Type AC [l] * American Councll of Learned Socleties -Chma Conference Travel Grants [l] * American Lung Assoclatlon -Traming Fellowships [l] -Trudeau Scholar Awards [l] ArthritisSoclety -AssociateshtpsILAsslstantships 1151 -Fellowships (151 -Research [15] * AUCC:lnternatlonalRelations -International Scholarships Post Doctoral (311 B.C. CancerFoundation -Travel Grant for Post-doctoral Fellows [IS] ’ B.C. HerltageTrust -HlstoricalArchaeological Program [I] * CambridgeUniv.(Peterhouse) -Research Fellowships [25] Canadian Commonwealth SchollFell. Committee -Research Fellowshlps [31] -Visiting Fellowships [31] * Canadian Cystic Fibrosls Fdn. -FellowshipsforTrammgand Research [I] -Research [l] -Scholarship [l] -Studentship (11 * Canadian Geriatrlcs Research Society -Research [l] * CanadianInternationalDevelopmentAgency(C1DA) -CIDAIICDS lnstttutlonal Development Llnkages [lo1 * General Motors Cancer Res. Fdn. -Research Prwe [Z] * Guggenheim, J o h n Slmon, Memortal Foundatton -J.S. Guggenhelm Fellowships [l] * Hannahlnstltute -Publications Assistance [1]  First Asian Centre visit The former commissioner-general of the Sanyo Pavilion at Expo 70, a man who played a key role in the building of UBC‘s Asian Centre, visitedthe campus this summer for his first-ever look at the handsome centre. Kazuhiko Nishi was theman who decided to donate the steel girders thatsupport the unique, pyramidal roof ofthe building. The idea of relocating Sanyo’s Expo70 pavilion at UBC was suggested to Mr. Nishiby Prof. Shotarolida of the Department of Asian Studies. However, Mr. Nishi, now retiredfrom a public relations post with Sanyo, had never seen the reconstructed building, which was redesigned for University use by Vancouver architect Donald Matsubaand landscaped by Roy Sumi. President David Strangway invited Mr. Nishi to come to Vancouver this summer to view the  a  building which houses the Asian Studies Library, the Department of Asian Studies and the Institute ofAsian Research. He was a special guest at a luncheon attended by UBC and community leaders and recent UBC graduates whoare associated with firms that have close business ties with Japanese companies. Characteristically, the generosity of the Sanyo Corporation surfaced once again during Mr. Nishi’s visit. He announced that Sanyo would donate the latest versionof a facsimile transmission and receiving machine tothe Asian Centre. Asian Centre officials said the machine will save UBC hundreds of dollars annually in postage and other shipping costs because the academic units in the building are constantly being asked to provide information to students and scholarsat other universities.  Health, Education and Welfare, U.S. Dept. of -Small Grants Program (11 * IMASCO-CDCResearchFoundatlon -Research [I] * lnstltute of Urban Studies, Wlnnlpeg -CMHC Senlor Fellowshlp [15] * lnternatlonal Unlon Agamst Cancer ’ -Eleanor Roosevelt Cancer Fellowshlps [l] -1nternatlonal Fellowshlps [l] * Japan Socletyfor the Promotton of Sclence -JSPS Fellowshlp for Research In Japan [l] * Japan World Exposn. Commemor. Fund -1nternatlonal Projects [31] * JuvenlleDlabetesFdn. (US) -Career Development Award [I] -Postdoctoral Fellowshlps [I] * Kldney Foundatlon of Canada -National Research Fellowship Program (11 -Research [15] * Mallgnant Hyperthermla Assoc. -Grant-ln-Ald [15] * MRC:Awards Program -Vwt!ngSclentlsts [l] * MRC:GrantsPrograms -MRC Group (11 * MRC:SpeclalPrograms -FrancelCanada MRC Exchange 111 -Research for DysklneslaILTortlcollls (11 * Multlple Sclerosis Socletyof Canada -Career Development Grants [I] -Postdoctoral Fellowshlps [l] -Research [l] -Research Studentshlps [l] ’ NatlonalDefenceCanada “llitaryand Strategic Studies Program [lo] * Natlonal Inst. o f Education (US) -NIE Research Grants [6] * National Kldney Foundatlon -Research Fellowshlps [I] * Natlonal Research Councll o f Canada -The Steacle Prue [4] * NSERC:FellowshlpsDivlston -University Research Fellowshlp [l] * NSERC:Intl.RelatlonsDivlslon -CIDA/NSERC Research Assoclates: LDC’s [15] -Exch: Braz., Czech., Japan, Bulg., UK, Sulsse, Germany, Austrla (151 -Internattonal Collaboratwe Research [15] -1nternatlonal Scientlflc Exchange Awards [15] * NSERC:Majorlnstallatlon -Major lnstallatlon [I] ‘ NSERC: Vector Computer Faclhty -DorvalVectorAccess [l] * OsgoodeSociety -Fellowship In Canadlan Legal Hlstory [IS] * Royal College of Phystcians and Surgeons of Canada -Detweiler ClinlcalTrameeshtp [l] Secretaryof Statec/o S.S.H.R.C. -Bora Laskm Fellowshipi n Human Rlghts [l] * Sollcltor General of Canada -Crimtnologlcal Research [I] SSHRC: Fellowshlps Dbvlslon -Canada Research Fellowshlps [l] -Jules IL Gabrlelle Leger Fellowshlp [1] -Postdoctoral Fellowshlp [I] -Sp. PDF for Research on Urban Poverty In Canada [E] ” SSHRC: Intl.RelatlonsDlvlslon -And to International Secretanates [I] -Bilateral Exchange: Chma [l] -Bilateral Schol. Exchange: Japan & Hungary [l] -Bilateral Scholarly Exchange: France [1] -International Collaboratlve Research [l] * SSHRC: ResearchCommunlc. DIV. -Atd to Learned Journals [14] -Ald to Occasional Conferences [30] * SSHRC:ResearchGrantsDlvlslon -Research [15] -Research Tme Stipend (151 -Standard Research Grants (151 ‘ St.John’sCollege -Commonwealth Fellowshlp [l]  Please turn to Page 4 See DEADLINES  


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