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Asian Library Celebrates its 30th Anniversary Martin, Paula; UBC Reports 1990-09-06

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& Kennedy played role in forestry challertges By JO  MOSS Robert Kennedy has played a part in some of  the  most difficult and far- reaching challenges forest education has faced. Many of the issues, which involve competing uses of forest land, wilder- ness areas, and more efficient use of the forest resource - are still with us. Although Kennedy stepped down af- ter 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 for- est products research in government, Kennedy took over as dean in 1983 when  B.C.’s  forest  industry  was in the depths of recession. He recalls the provincial government announced cut- backs in university funding when he was about a week into his  new job. “Those were critical times,” Ken- nedy said. Environmental and wilderness con- cerns 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 chal- lenge to be accepted,” Kennedy said, noting that enrolment figures are still not as high as they  were in the  late 70s. In his early years as dean, Kennedy worked to strengthen faculty speciali- ties so that when economic recovery came, the school could provide the necessary technic‘al and scientific sup- port for the sector’s mandate of  more efficient and effective forest manage- ment and utilization. The role of professional foresters changed from when he  went to univer- sity. They became forest managers, forest biologists and industry/govern- Sziklai  receives international honor Recently retired Forestry Professor Oscar Sziklai has received a distin- guished service award from the Inter- national Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO) for his nearly 30 years of contributions to interna- tional forestry research. Sziklai has been involved  in IUFRO studies of parent stands and  seed pro- curement since 1965 when  he coordi- nated collection of Douglas fir seed from B.C.’s west coast for tests in Europe and North America. One of three forest scientists to re- ceive the distinguished service award, he has also made substantial contribu- tions 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 mem- ber  of the Chinese Forestry Society. IUFRO was founded in 1890 in Vienna and is one of the oldest for- estry organizations with a worldwide membership. Sziklai will also receive an honor- ary 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 doc- torate from Sopron. Anta1 Kozak has received one as well ment spokespeople. with less empha- sis  on forest engineering. “We are now in ;I stage wherc foresters have  an  even broader respon- sibility,’. said Kennedy, who  has  spent 37 years in forestry. Today’s gradu- ates need skills in conflict resolution. organizational behavior.  and  leadership psychology as well  as a broad training in resource management and renewal. An ethical sense of stewardship i \  criti- cal, Kennedy said. He predicts part of the technical side of forestry, certain aspects o f  har- vesting and silviculture. for example, will  increasingly be done by forest  tech- nicians, allowing foresten to concen- trate on broader management. bioloyi- cal and social issues. In all. the demands o n  a forestry school to produce graduates with in- depth expertise in a variety o f  areas are strong. Kennedy said UBC’s current four-year BSF program is o n l y  the beginning of  the rounded education required to meet future demands on natural resource managers. Combina- tions of post-baccalaureate and corn tinuing professional education will become  increasingly  important. he said. Kennedy graduated from the Col- lege  of Forestry at  the State University of New York in 1953. He came to UBC  to earn a Masters degree-ne of only six graduate students in the  For- estry faculty at that time. Following graduate work at Yale University where he earned a Doctor of Philosophy in 1962, he joined the Forestry faculty at the University of Toronto, then took a position with Western Forest Products Lab (now Forintek) in 1966. He was associated with  the labora- tory for 13 years, heading the wood biology  section for four years, and serv- ing as director  from  1975  to  1979,  when he joined UBC. Throughout his career. he  has  been active in various national and interna- tional professional and forest-industry organizations including the Interna- tional Union of Forest Research Or- ganizations (IUFRO). Recently presi- dent of the prestigious International Academy of Wood Science, Kennedy was only the third Canadian to be elected to its select membership of about 200 worldwide. In 1989, Kennedy was named Commissioner of the B.C. Forest Re- sources Commission, a task force set up to determine what the role of for- estry in the province should be. The commission is expected to define who is ultimately responsible for long-term forest management and make specific recommendations on tenure, harvest- ing practices, methods of public in- volvement, and allocation of resources. Kennedy said the study is long overdue. “We have to deal with com- peting uses for the forest. and to that end we have to develop a broad  land- use strategy, complete with better in- ventory data on all forest resources. Then we can have more realistic de- bate with better information on which to base our decisions,” he explained. “We’re going to have to  put a value on things like wilderness and water- shed protection. And it won’t happen without some heated debates.” he warned. Kennedy will remain on faculty until  he retires in December. 199 I .  He said  he  has no firm plans for the  future other than a few months’ leave early in the New Year to visit  the University of Melbourne. Australia. Asian  Library  celebrates its 30th anniversary By PAULA MARTIN BC‘s Asian Library celebrates its 30th anniversary this  Fall - which makes it  a I\.& full 974 years ! younger than the oldest book in its ~ The Chinese dictionary, one of r 45,000 volumes in the P’u-Pan Col- collection. ! I ! lection. was published in 986 A.D.. and is the  oldest volume in  the UBC Library system. said Asian Library Head  Linda Joe. “It‘s one of our treasures.“ shc added. The library i5 ranked  first in Can- ada i n  terms o f  number of volumes, with more than 350,000 covering a full range of subjects in Chinece. Japanese, Hindi, Punjabi, Sanxhrit and \everal other languages. I t  a h cames current  newspapers  and schol- arly journals and  has  material on 5.000 reels of microfilm and 17.000 sheets of microfiche. “We are strong in literature. his- tory, religious studies, language. and fine arts.” Joe said. “We also have :I good collection of materials about the current situation in East  Asia  and its economics, politics. and statis- tics.” The Asian  Library also cames a number of special materials and is the Canadian depository of Japanese government publications. “Our mission is to support the  re- search and teaching at UBC about the Asia Pacific region,“ said J o e . “We also share our resources with the community, so anyone is wel- come to use them.” The Asian  Library also houses B special collection of Asian-Canadian Photo by Media Servse\ Asian Library Head Linda Joe with the oldest book in the UBC library system - a Chinese dictionary published in 986 A.D., patt of the P’u-Pan Collection. archives. with material pertaining to The Asian Library has several the history of Chinese and Japanese goals, she said, which include im- immigrants in Canada. Another spe- plementing a preservation program cia1 collection, the George H. Beans for its special collections, hooking Collection of Japanese Maps, contains into an international research net- 320 sets of rare maps of Japan pro- work and obtaining special com- duced between 1 6 0 0  and 1867. puter software that would allow Joe  said  the library is heavily used Asian characters to be displayed by Asian scholars and people from onscreen. business and government, as well as “No East  Asian library has this the general public. More than 27,000 capability yet,” Joe added. transactions were made last year. Women’s group sponsors computer  science workshop By CONNIE FILLETTI A multidisciplinary workshop exploring the chal- lenges and themes in computer science over the next decade, with a focus on areas in which women excel, is scheduled to take place at UBC Sept. 8 and 9. Organized by the Academic Women’s Associa- tion and the Department of Computer Science, WINDOW: Women, Information technology, New Directions and Opportunities Workshop is aimed at a wide cross-section of women, from the computer novice to the expert user. The greatest challenge in organizing the meeting has been to advertise it successfully, said Dr. Alison Buchan, an associate professor of Physiology and WINDOW coordinator. “The impression of many women is that  it  will be too technical and  that it is designed for members of a computer science department,” said Dr. Buchan. “This is not true. The whole purpose of the work- shop is to inform those with little or no computing experience about just how exciting computing is, and how many fields are changing due to the  use  of computers.” The program ranges from the  use of computers in the arts, medicine and media to  the impact of com- puters on our daily lives. Despite the high-tech sub- ject matter, all workshops and overview talks will  be accessible to a general audience, and although the meeting is directed to encouraging women to attend, men are welcome. While women excel in many areas of computing, Dr. Buchan thinks the problem is more the number of women in computing. The areas posing the great- est problem are those that overlap with engineering and advanced science due to the small number of women with the right backgrounds. “The current climate for women in computer sci- ence is excellent. There is a 50 per cent enrolment at the undergraduate level, but this falls to 20 per cent in the graduate program at UBC and throughout North American universities,” Dr. Buchan explained. “All the women graduates get good positions when they complete their degrees. Unfortunately, most go into industry leaving very few who become aca- demics to serve as role models for students.” Dr. Buchan hopes that WINDOW will provide a better understanding of the scope available to com- puter users, while encouraging more women to make greater use of computers and to consider a career in computing. She  also feels that  it  will  be an excellent opportu- nity for women in computing to share their experi- ences in their different fields, and to discuss prob- lems encountered during their careers. For more information on WINDOW fees and registration, call 228-2083.


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