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Take Note
I Why Americans Supported George Bush
And what happens if they stop. A UBC political scientist provides a primer on
American politics. By Paul J. Quirk
16  The Truth About Admissions
Why can't Johnny get into UBC? Some admission myths examined. By Chris Petty
)  Sorghum, Sarah McLachlan and the Drought in Zambia
A UBC grad joins Engineers Without Borders and learns that politics and economics
are as big a part of poverty as drought. By Mike Quinn
I Welcome to UBC Okanagan
UBC's second campus opens in Kelowna, and a new adventure begins.
28  Letters
Some responses to "The World as a Holy Place."
I 2005 Alumni Achievement Awards
A look at the 2005 awards recipients.
32  The Arts
>  Alumni News
I  Class Acts
50  In Memoriam
Editor Christopher Petty, mfa'86
Art Director and Designer Chris Dahl
Assistant Editor Vanessa Clarke
Board of Directors
Chair Martin Ertl, bsc'c,3
Vice-Chair Doug Robinson, BCOM'71, LLB'72
Treasurer David Elliott, BCOM'69
Members at Large '05 - '06
Darlene Dean, BCOM'75, MBA'85
Gayle Stewart, BA'76
Members at Large '05 -
Don Dalik, LLB'76
Ron Walsh, BA'70
Members at Large '05 - '08
Raquel Hirsch, ba'8o, MBA'83
Mark Mawhinney, BA'94
Appointments '05 - '06
Marko Dekovic, ba'oi
Paul Mitchell, BCOM'78, LLB'79
Ian Robertson, bsc'86, ba'88
Jim Rogers, BA'67, mba
Faculty Representative '04 - '05
Richard Johnston, BA'70
AMS Representative
Spencer Keys, ams President
Executive Director
Marie Earl, ab, mla(stanford)
Trek Editorial Committee
Vanessa Clarke Scott Macrae, BA'71
Chris Dahl Christopher Petty
Sid Katz Herbert Rosengarten
Trek Magazine (formerly the UBC Alumni Chronicle) is
published three times a year by the UBC Alumni
Association and distributed free of charge to UBC alumni
and friends. Opinions expressed in the magazine do not
necessarily reflect the views of the Alumni Association or
the university. Address correspondence to:
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UBC Alumni Affairs,
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Photographs (cover and opposite): Martin Dee
Fall 2005    Trek    3 IVi Y   A4 OTHE R tried to train me in the art of genteel
conversation — a skill I've never quite mastered — by giving me a
few helpful hints for happy living: when you're talking with someone,
never stare at a mole, lump or other hideous object on the person's
face; never ask a person how much money he or she makes; and never, never bring up politics or religion. My mother was a smart woman
and socially successful, so I guess her dicta worked for her.
I've been pretty religious about following her first hint, but I've
given in to the temptation to ask about the second many times
(suspecting that the subject makes far more than I), and I've been a
wretched failure at the third. I've managed to get myself into more
than one conversational tight spot with "You didn't vote for that
idiot, did you?", hut real hostilities only break out when god (or God)
enters the conversation. In that, my mother was absolutely right.
The Spring, 1005, issue of Trek Magazine contained a piece called
"The World as a Holy Place" by emeritus professor Dan Overmyer.
In it, he posited the idea that we should look to the physical world
for the sacred, not to the supernatural world of heaven or some other
magical place. The article proved, at least, that people read the magazine. The deluge of responses resembled a biblical flood.
Interestingly, the split between agreement and disagteement was
about equal (though letters quoting chapter and verse tended to be
longer), and while some readers thought Dan was going to have some
explaining to do when he appeared before St. Peter, others were all
over his ideas. Excerpts from some of the letters appear on page 2.8,
while the responses in full can be viewed on our website.
More interesting to me was the response of one reader who questioned entirely the idea of printing the piece at all. "The article is
clearly opinion, not news," he wrote, "and has 110 place in an alumni
news magazine. The fact that the author was a professor of supposed
renown is not relevant. It was his opinion, nothing more."
He makes a point. Not one I agree with, but a point nonetheless.
Our editorial policy at the magazine was nailed down before the
first issue appeared in 1001. We want Trek to reflect the high level
of research, thinking, teaching and study going on at UBC; we want
readers to understand the depth and breadth of work being done in
virtually every discipline; we want the magazine to be as good — as
world-class — as rhe university. To do that we can't shrink from
controversy and we can't be timid about the people and the ideas that
flourish here. We don't have to agree with those people or their ideas,
but you, the reader, may enjoy hearing about them.
Should a university magazine publish articles that upset readers' beliefs or challenge their assumptions? My mother would probably say,
"yes, it should. Just don't talk about them at a cocktail party."
- Chkis Petty, Editor
4   Trek    Fall 2005 £^5  TAKE NOTE
B Non-verbal communication can affect
the way verbal communication is perceived.
And the jawbone, with its complex array of
movements, plays no small part in this. "If
the jaw isn't moving naturally during speech,
regardless of how subtle the inconsistency,
at one point the listener begins to lose
confidence in what the speaker is saying,"
says associate professor of Electrical and
Computer Engineering, Sid Fels, Together
with robot engineer Edgar Flores, he has developed a mechanical jaw that can simulate
human jaw movements and exaggerate them
up to three times their normal range. Flores
designed and built the jaw, including the
software that operates it.
The two researchers are discovering that
as well as being a useful tool for speech
therapy and research, the mechanical jaw
has other potential applications (for example
in otthodontics, linguistics and psychology)
and is attracting interest from other research
groups. One of them is a Japanese team that
has built a robotic torso the size of a small
Chew on this: The mechanical jaw is designed to simulate natural human jaw movement. How our jaw works says nearly as much about us as our words.
child (the Infanoid) in a bid to understand
better how young children communicate.
"Without an animated jaw the Infanoid
lacks some of the most important visual
cues in non-verbal communication," says
Flores "This deficiency hampers the child-to-
humanoid interaction."
A Clear Improvement
Will paper books ever be replaced by
electronic books? Current electronic displays
using liquid crystal have shortcomings that
make this scenario unlikely. But new technology undet development at UBC is giving
tise to a new genetation of display that
promises to be as cleat as ink on paper.
Liquid crystal displays use fluorescent
backlighting and layers of liquid crystals
against a screen to produce images, but if
ambient light is very bright, the content
becomes difficult to read. The new technology, based on an invention by vp Academic
and Provost Lome Whitehead and research
associate Michele Mossman, relies on the
physics phenomenon of Total Internal Reflection. They created a surface receptive to
I ight-absorbing coloured pigment particles.
"We can use an electric field to cause the
pigment to gather in desired regions to form
images," says Mossman. "In a way, it is a
bit like the children's toy, Etch-a-Sketch."
The result is an exceptionally clear, high-
resolution image that maintains its quality
in a variety of different light conditions.
The invention has teceived 15 patents and
precipitated a spin-off company: clear
Display Inc. "One of the most exciting
aspects of this technology is its positive en
vironmental potential," says Whitehead, "In
today's wotld of electronic information ir
is a shame that so much papct is wasted in
order to display information in an easy-to-
read, portable form. We hope this will bring
'electronic paper' one step closer to reality."
Drawing on Expertise
It took thtee years and an army of artists
to make Walt Disney's Snow White. Today's
animators have state-of-the-art equipment
that means many of the time-consuming
components of traditional animation can
now be completed at the press of a button.
Behind this new technological arsenal are
programmers like Robert Bridson of the
imager Laboratory for Graphics, Visualization and Human Computer Interaction in
the department of Computer Science. He is
Photograph: Martin Dee
Fall 2005    Trek    5 WELCOME   TO   UBC   OKANAGAN
On September 8,1005, UBC Okanagan
opened its doors for the first time. When
the official ceremony was over, 118 full-
time faculty and 3,500 students - 1,000
new first-year and .1,500 transferring
from Okanagan University College
- began the exciting adventure of being
pioneers in a new univetsity.
UBC hasn't experienced such an event
M    since the Point Grey campus opened 80
years ago. At the official opening ceremony on September 12, 1915, President Leonard Klinck said,
"Henceforth, there is no 'old' UBC, no 'new' UBC. We are just
The University of British Columbia." We have maintained that
sentiment with the opening of UBC Okanagan and the adoption
of the motto, "Two great campuses, one great university."
UBC Okanagan is providing our students with a unique educational experience. UBCO shares the benefits of being part of
a world-renowned research institution, and is thereby able to
attract the very best faculty, staff and students to its campus. As
well, research projects that relate specifically to the Okanagan
- in agroecology, environmental sustainability, and indigenous
studies, to name a few - will help train students for opportunities that will emerge from spin-off companies, new cultural
endeavours and a growing local economy.
UBCO also provides a unique faculty structure. Alongside faculties of Applied Science, Education, Management, and Graduate
Studies are new subject gatherings that tespond to changing
demands. The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
includes the humanities as well as the social and physical sciences; the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies combines performing and creative arts with related academic fields; and the
Faculty of Health and Social Development provides education,
research, and practice within a community-based framework.
With an intimate atmosphere and the institutional strength
of a world-class university, UBCO will provide students with an
outstanding undetgraduate, research-led educational experience.
At the same time, UBC's mission - in Vancouver and in
Kelowna - is "to prepare students to become exceptional global
citizens, promote the values of a civil and sustainable society,
and conduct outstanding research to serve the people of British
Columbia, Canada, and the world." As global citizens, UBC
graduates are fully engaged in the world and understand, as
future leaders, that the decisions they make will have a global
impact. This global education is the centrepiece of UBC's mission, and the key to meeting the future needs of our society. The
new campus in the South Okanagan is destined to make its own
distinctive and exciting contribution to UBC's goal of being one
of the premier universities in the world.
We are proud to welcome UBCO faculty, staff and students to
the UBC family. Tuum Est!
Martha Piper, Preside?;!, The University of British Columbia
responsible for developing the software module used to make animated
cloth appear to move exactly as it does in real life. For instance, it was
used to make Harry Potter's cloak move naturally when the character
rides on a broomstick in the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of
Secrets. He is now working on code to mimic the movement of fluids.
Despite rhe fact that the movement of everyday materials is notoriously difficult to capture, Bridson, who developed the cloth module
while working on his phd at Stanford, is planning on making the fluid
code available for anyone to take advantage of,
"Visual effects studios are not paid according to how well the movies do in the box office," says Bridson. "The truth is most of them
are struggling just to stay in the black, so there isn't a huge amount
of money to be made here. By making the code open source, animation software programmers can immediately make use of the modules
to develop better tools, and other researchers in the field will be able
to reference my work and create even better modules. I think it's a
healthier approach for the industry as a whole."
COPD Hits More Women
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (copd) is a debilitating
disorder and the fourth leading cause of death in North America.
Although the disease has historically affected greater numbers of men
than women, the past two decades have seen the scales tipping the
other way with scientists predicting that women will make up the majority of sufferers by 1010. But what accounts for this climb in female
Trying to find out is an interdisciplinary Canadian research team
that has recently embarked on a five-year study into contextual factors
- biological, social and cultural - that might play a role. Known as
icebergs (Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement: Bridging Excellence in Respiratoty Disease and Gender Studies) the ream is funded to
the tune of $1.5 million by the Canadian Institutes of Health research,
the Institute of Gender Health and the Institute of Circulatory and
Respiratory Health.
"We will be looking at the disease from all angles to understand why
women have an extraordinary vulnerability and to help develop better
diagnosis, treatment and even prevention," says team co-leader Professor Susan Kennedy of UBC's school of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. "Even at apparently equal exposures, the women are more
likely than men to develop the disease at an early age and ro experience
more serious symptoms. Sex and gender differences must be part of the
Other factors that might have some bearing on death rate, or how
severe symptoms are, include size of lung and working conditions.
Smoking remains the most common cause of the condition, but pollutants found in some work settings are also being explored as a link.
The team's second co-leader is Don Sin, Canada Research Chair in
Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease. Other researchers include experts
6   Trek   Fall 2005 in respiratory medicine, gender studies, exposure assessment, health
promotion, and it was a respiratory physiotherapist, phd student
Pat Camp, who originated the study. It involves many different UBC
departments and pattnets.
Early Warning for Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer has no early symptoms, and late diagnosis can
lead to an early death. In the late 1990s, Professor Nelly Auersperg
noticed that tissue samples from women with a family history of the
disease were different from samples of women with no family history ofthe disease. She developed a test for ovarian cancer that could
ptcdict if a woman's chances for getting the disease were higher than
Auersperg wanted her new test to be adopted in clinical practice. She patented it but could find no company willing to help her
develop it. Because the test was quite complex, invasive, and did not
come in a kit form, it was deemed unmarketable. "Commercial offshoots are great because reseatchers get to see their work matetialize
into public use," says Barhara Campbell of the University-Industry
Liaison Office. "But this technology is a simple reminder that even
though UBC researchers come up with the most innovative of ideas,
they do not aiways lend themselves to the marketplace."
Now, Auersperg is working with pmd student Michelle Woo on
developing a simple blood test to replace the otiginal tissue sample
method. Woo discovered a protein secteted by ovarian cancer cells
at an early stage in their growth that might also be present in blood
serum. "The idea is that if we can develop this into a blood test
that would be performed on high risk women, we might be able
to save more lives," says Woo. "We're also beginning to find that
this procedure could be useful in detecting cancer of the uterus."
The prospects of investment to help develop this test are a lot more
Harnessing the Sun
When you're the last one to leave the office, do you remember
to turn out the lights? Even late at night, many office towers are
decorated with the fluorescent stripes of fully-lit floors. "Office
lighting is one of the largest users of electrical power and a major
cause of greenhouse gas emissions," says Alexander Rosemann, a
post doctoral fellow from UBC's Structured Surface Physics Lab. He
is leading a research group that has devised a Solar Canopy System
as a means of redirecting sunlight into the interior of buildings and
decreasing the need for artificial light during the day. The system
uses an arrangement of adaptive mirrors preprogrammed to change
angle as the sun moves, lenses, and a hybrid prism light guide
(invented by Lome Whitehead, vp Academic) to direct and disperse
light inside. The system uses sensors that compensate for times of
low light conditions by substituting high quality electrical lighting
as required. As well as being environmentally sound, the system will
reduce electricity bills.
"About half the time there is plenty of natural light available,
At Ai.umni Reunion Weekend this
year, I had the privilege of sharing the
podium with President Martha Piper at
Cecil Green Park House as we greeted
alumni returning to campus for the
weekend's events. Along with all-years
reunions and young alumni from many
faculties and schools, our featuted group
was the Class of [945. Most of these
men and women are in their 70s now,
finished with their working lives and enjoying active retirement.
Dr. Piper, as you may know, is a compelling speaker. She focused in on UBC's incredible record as a research universiry and
explained how UBC's international reputation has grown remarkably in the past decade. But she saved her heartiest praise for her
audience members, "Our alumni," she said, "are the real proof of
UBC's success."
Looking around the room, I couldn't have agreed more. The
men and women from the Class of 1945 represent the builders of
our province. They were the engineers, teachers, administrators,
managers, medical professionals, entrepreneurs and cultural movers of their time. And, with groups of young alumni from the past
10 years also in attendance, it was clear that UBC has produced
tomorrow's leaders as well.
At the same time, UBC has taken its place among the world's
top universities. A recent ranking of world universities - private
and public - in The Economist put UBC in 37th position, one
of only two Canadian universities to make the top 100. With
that kind of recognition coming to UBC, the value of our degree
increases in the marketplace and in the eyes of the world.
As alumni of UBC, we must ensure that this value accrues in
the future. Each of us has a stake in UBC, and each of us has to
take a share of the responsibility. Your faculty, school or department needs your input as curriculum advisors, as alumni network
builders and as career counselors. The Alumni Association needs
volunteers to help plan events, to establish annual goals and to
run its affairs. The university needs your involvement to help
choose and elect the chancellor and members of senate, and to
help define the direction of UBC's growth into the future.
Over the next two years of my tetm as Chait ofthe Alumni Association, I will work with the Board of Directors and the staff of
the Alumni Affairs office - and through this column - to keep you
connected to your alma mater and to work together with you to
build a stronger university.
It's in all our interests to succeed together.
Martin Ertl, BSC'93, Chair, UBC Alumni Association
fall 2005    Trek    7 TAKE NOTE
but unused, just outside the building," says
Roscmann. "By guiding it to the core, we can
save energy and provide an interior environment that most people feel is more pleasant
and healthy."
The system can either be installed in the
ceiling spaces of existing buildings, or built
into the design of new ones. Of course, the
Solar Canopy System won't work at night.
But that's where we play a part - by remembering to turn the lights out when we don't
need them.
Hi-Tech Hub
■ UBC and its students are the beneficiaries
of a provincial government plan to double
the number of provincial spaces for student
in hi-tech areas of study to just under 7,000
in a bid to boost the economy by producing
more professionals in hi-tech fields. This
"Doubling the Opportunity Initiative" was
announced in 2001 and the government
has since provided $12 million to fund a
new building on campus fot the Faculty of
Applied Science. The Kaiser Foundation for
Higher Education also contributed $4 million
towards the 9,026 square metre, five-storey
Fred Kaiser Building, which was officially
opened in September by President Piper, Advanced Educarion Minister Murray Cocll and
namesake Fred Kaiser, chairman and ceo of
Alpha Technologies Group and member of
the faculty's Engineering Advisory Council.
"The new facility will house the teaching and tcsearch facilities that will provide
enough space for double the number of new
students in electrical and computer engineering, and produce graduates with the education to help us compete in the knowledge-
based economy," said Coell.
Since 2.001, the number of undergraduates
taking electrical and computing engineering
and mechatronics has doubled at UBC.
Built over an existing laboratory, the
new building also provides a central spot
for related services, including Engineering
Student Services and the Technical Communication Centre. As well as having many
environmentally responsible design features
- in ventilation and lighting systems, for
example - it offers students and faculty an
enhanced tesearch space equipped for work
in new and evolving areas such as wireless
communications, next generation internet,
interactive multimedia, power electronics
and power systems, nano- and bio-technology, biomedical application of control and
signal processing, human-computer interaction, microsystems technology for the life
sciences, medical imaging, haptic interfaces,
and chip design.
Babying the Bullies
Bullying in schools is an issue that interests Kimberly Schonert-Rcichi, who has
studied social, emotional and moral development in children for the past 20 years. She
is particularly interested in the results of a
program called Roots of Empathy, which
brings children from eight to 14-years old
in contact with young infants in an attempt
to encourage the development of genuine
empathy and a related decrease in violent or
cruel behaviour.
"A lot of social empathy instruction is
contrived," says Schonerr-Reichi , "but
when you bring a live human being into the
classroom, it's tcaliy authentic. Children
are invited to talk about the baby's feelings
and that legitimizes their own feelings. The
kids who are the loudest toughest ot most
vulnerable are the ones who connect most
with the baby." The program uses trained
instructors and invites parents and young
infants into the classroom setting. The baby
is a focal point for learning about concepts
like respect.
Schonert-Rcichi a professor of Education and Counselling Psychology, has been
testing the efficacy of the program (now in
operation in 1,100 classrooms across eight
provinces) and is very impressed with the
findings. "In one of our studies, we found
an 88 per cent decrease in aggression for
children who participated in the program.
For children who had not taken part in the
program, aggression actually increased by 50
per cent." The study used control classrooms
to help verify results, which were based on
interviews with children to determine their
level of social and moral understanding,
and tests to rate their level of aggressive and
positive behaviours. Inrerviews and tests were
conducted both before and after program
Mary Gordon initiated the Roots of
Empathy program in the 1990s, and is very
pleased to have Schonert-Reichi's study
confirm its effectiveness. "When we incorporated in 2000, we set out as one of our goals
that we'd be an evidence-based organization
- that although we know our program works,
we would also have the data to back it up,"
she says. "Kim's studies completely complement and validate our goals. Kim has set
the gold standard for research. We don't run
any programs without her measurements,"
Schonert-Reichi's co-workers include Clyde
Hertzman, a professor of Health Care and
Epidemiology and a group of postgraduate
Education students.
Other countries, such as New Zealand and
Australia are either running or showing interest in the program. In Canada, the next step
for the program developers and researchers
is to ascertain the longer-term and further-
reaching effects of empathy training. "We
want to measure the impact on children over
a three-year period after they've had exposure
to Roots of Empathy," she says. "We'd love
to show that it not only makes you a nicer
person, it makes you do better in school."
Reading Tutor
A 2003 study catried out in BC involving
42,000 fourth graders disclosed that 32. per
cent of students learning English as a second
language and 19 per cent of non-KSL students
had reading abilities below expectation. But
if the test run of a new electronic literacy tutor is anything to go by, then those alarming
statistics might soon be reduced.
Called Reading Tutor, the new literacy
tool uses state-of-the-art voice recognition
technology and artificial intelligence, and was
developed by Jack Mostow at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Collaborating with Mostow is UBC Education professor and applied linguist Ken
Reedcr, who is testing the software in schools
8   Trek    Fill 200.1 A Magic Reading Box: Linguist Ken Reeder uses the Reading Tutor with a grade 4 student.
in the Downtown Eastside. Feedback from
teachers and pupils has been very good.
Mostow's own previous trials were also
promising: in the space of three months
children could improve their reading by the
equivalent of i z months.
"This is pretty amazing stuff!" says
Reeder. "This is simply the most advanced
speech recognition available on the planet.
The nice thing about this is that we've got
it and Vancouver children are benefiting.
Schools are clamouring to get on board."
Reeder became involved because Mos-
tow's tests had so far been on sublets who
spoke English as theit fitst language, but
Reeder was interested in finding out how the
software would perform for children with
different educational needs. Could Reading
Tutor meet the challenge of today's typically
multicultural classrooms?
Reeder found the software well able to
adjust itself to the reading level of any individual user. It is an interactive program where
the child wears headphones and reads stories
out loud. Reading Tutor will listen, pronounce words correctly, and can even read
along with the child, Reading Tutor and the
child take rums to pick which stories to tcad.
Not only does this help maintain the child's
interest and involvement, it allows Reading
Tutor to monitor the level of difficulty to
ensure that optimum progress is being made.
"That's the beauty of this tool," says
Reeder. "It offers individualized and customized reading practice for young readers. It's
one-on-one: the child has the exclusive atten
tion of the Reading Tutor. 1 know teachers
would love nothing more than to sit down
and work 20 minutes intensively with a
child, but it's not physically possible."
The results from the Downtown Eastside
so far look promising with improvements
made across four different first language
groups. The most marked improvements
were among those who bad the lowest read-
ing level at the start of the trials. Mostow
is pleased that his invention works as well
for ESL learners as it does for native English
speakers. "In general when you're trying an
education invention, it's not enough to test it
in one place," he says. "If you get something
that stubbornly works under different conditions and settings and different populations,
then you've really got something."
Photograph   Martin Dee
Fall 2005    Trek    9 TAKE NOTE
then you've really got something."
Creating Room to Learn
Some spaces are more conducive to
learning than others and the university is
trying to make sure that new campus buildings are designed with this in mind. Experts
like education professor Sarnia Khan can
provide advice about some of the factors
that should be taken into consideration
when creating a space for learning.
She lent her services to the department of
Computer Science recently when they were
developing a new learning centre. "Current
research shows that learning is a dynamic
and collaborative process," says Khan.
"The part I contributed to the discussion
was how students can construct knowledge
individually, in groups, and with digital
technology, and how that learning can be
Bladder Monitor: Dr. Andrew Mcnab shows off a new device that uses infrared light to monitor bladder function. Brad Wheeler (I), Ray Gagnon (r)
The department of Computer Science
wanted a space where students could
explore theories in practice. Khan realized
that the space would need to be adaptable
enough to cater to both individual and
group learning requirements. She recommended furniture on wheels that can be easily rearranged to accommodate collaborative or individual learning. Opened this July
as part of a $40 million building project
to establish the Institute for Computing,
Information and Cognitive Systems/Computer Science Cognitive Systems (icics/cs)
addition, the learning centre also features
ample electrical outlets and data ports. Opportunities for virtual learning are also advantageous. "For example, in science, where
it's essential for students to test ideas and
build models, a simulation or remote access
to scientific instruments from hundreds of
kilometres away can extend laboratory and
classroom spaces," says Khan, who is now
working with the faculty of Education to
create a science education wing in the Scarfe
10    Trek    Fall 2005
Lightening the Bladder
Tens of millions of North Americans
suffer from urinary incontinence, and with
an ageing population the numbers are
expected to rise. But the statistics probably
don't represent the true pervasiveness of the
It is estimated that about 40 per cent
of those with symptoms aren't diagnosed
because of a reluctance to undergo conventional testing. Current methods are invasive,
involving catheters inserted in the rectum
and urethra to measure bladder pressure,
which in turn informs the diagnosis of bladder function. Researchers at UBC have developed an alternative and painless method
of testing that will very likely replace
traditional techniques in a few years.
The new method uses infrared spectroscopy (nirs) and an external monitor,
smaller than the palm of a hand, which is
placed on the abdomen to gauge bladder
function, nirs uses light energy diffused
through tissue. The light is absorbed differently by different components of tissue and
it is the measurement of this difference that
provides the basis for analysis and diagnosis.
The method can be used to monitor blood
flow to the bladder, a deficiency of which can
cause complications for the organ.
Before its promise for diagnosing bladder
functioning was discovered, Professor Andrew Macnab and research technician Roy
Gagnon used nirs to measure blood flow
to the brain. They found that data relating
to the bladder were obscuring those related
to the brain and spinal chord. An encounter
with urologist Lynn Stothers meant the three
were soon working to develop the new diagnostic tool for the bladder.
The method is now undergoing commercialization via the University-Industry
Liaison Office. "Licensing the use of nirs in
urology is a great example of commercialization being the most effective way to get new
technology to physicians and their patients,"
says Brad Wheeler, technology transfer manager. Gagnon and Macnab's years of research
involving nirs has meant rapid and cheap
Photograph: Martin Dee Getting the Signal
UBC phd Grad Kim Dotto turned
his garage into a laboratory to cteate
the prototype of his new antenna design
that is now being developed by electrical
engineers at UBC. Resembling a fleur-
de-lis (fdl), the antenna could greatly
improve wireless data transmission in
many applications. It covets a wider
range of bandwidth and produces signals
that are more stable and uniform than its
"We've been able to confirm the FDL
antenna's capacity to handle frequency
transmissions from i to if> gigahertz
(GHZ)," says Professor Matt Yedlin, who
supervised Dotto's phd research in the
department of Flectrical and Computer
Engineering, "To put that in perspective,
cellular phones work at around i .8 GHZ.
Space communications come in at 2 GHZ.
Other satellite ttansmissions range from
4 to 12 GHZ. In measurement application, the i-dl antenna covers a bandwidth
range that would normally require 30
calibrated antennas."
The antenna is a godsend for the communications industry as customer demand
for wireless services continues to climb,
lt is cheap to make and the uniformity of
signal means that it will likely have many
more uses than conventional antennas.
These include medical imaging, pinpointing the location of embedded objects
such as pipes or landmines and radio
frequency imaging (which is used, for example, in forestry to produce an image of
the interior of a tree to help guide cutting
decisions and avoid pointless destruction).
"The most obvious use," says Yedlin,
"is ultra-secure communications for military operations. The frl antenna enables
transmissions to be spread over a much
wider range of frequencies, making
electronic jamming virtually impossible."
The antenna has also undergone resting
at the France Telecom Research and Development Laboratory, and the Labora-
toire D'Electroniqtie, Antenne et Telecommunications at the Universite de Nice, lt
was gtanted a US patent in June. ■
In October, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre officially opened its doors. The
new space, which replaces the north annex of Main Library, built in 1947, is sleek,
attractive and state-of-the-art. With comfortable furniture, open spaces and high-tech
access, the centre is one of the best places on campus to study.
It also features an automated storage retrieval system for print and other marerials,
the first of its kind in Canada. The asrs is climate controlled and has a capacity of 1.6
million volumes. Visit the Library on your trip to campus, and watch the robot retrievers in action. It may look like science fiction, but it's science fact, and very, very cool.
Photograph (above): Chris Petty; (befow): Yinan Max Wang/Ubyssey
Fall 2005   Trek    11 12    Trek    Fall 2005
llustration: Anita Kunz POLITICAL    ANALYSIS
Why Americans Supported
George Bush
And What Happens If They Stop...
Many Canadians undoubtedly have wondered why voters in the 2004 United States
presidential election made the judgments they did about George W. Bush, the war in Iraq, and
the war on terrorism. How could a majority of them vote to reelect a president whose most
important policy decision had appeared wrong-headed to most of the world when he made it,
and had looked potentially catastrophic by the time of the election? When I visited Squamish
this summer, a well-read river rafting guide with whom I was discussing politics asked my
opinion about the election: "Did the voters think about the issues, or just make a knee-jerk
As of early September 2.005, Bush's approval ratings had sunk to 40 per cent, and seemed
likely to sink further in the aftermath of the federal government's slow and ineffective
response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. So we may also ask: "Is the US
public now approaching political issues and the presidency more thoughtfully than they did
a year earlier? And what policies toward Iraq and terrorism will they support, or perhaps
demand, in the near future?"
To state my conclusion simply, the same limitations of public opinion that arguably
rewarded Bush for the failure in Iraq in his first term by giving him a second term may have
equally perverse consequences if the public continues to turn against Bush and his policies
during his remaining years as president. As I told the rafting guide, I believe that a good deal
of the support for Bush in 2004 reflected an uninformed, somewhat thoughtless reaction to
fear of terrorism. Yet I also believe that a similarly thoughtless reaction - this time against
Bush and the war - may now lead to further serious mistakes in policy toward Iraq.
A Breakdown in Accountability
According to political scientists, US presidential elections, especially with an incumbent running for reelection, are largely referenda on the president's performance in his first
term. Most Democratic and Republican voters line up to support their respective parties'
candidates. And the swing voters, who determine the outcome, make a judgment on what the
incumbent has accomplished. They hold the president accountable. The 2004 election was a
strange one, however, from that standpoint.
At least with respect to terrorism and the war in Iraq, Bush in 2004 was in some ways
highly vulnerable. The principle public rationale for the war, Iraq's alleged possession of
weapons of mass destruction (wmd), had exploded, as no wmds or evidence of their recent
presence were ever found. The administration's pre-war claim that Iraq had assisted in the
9/11 terrorist attacks had found no supporting evidence and had been abandoned, except for
occasional innuendo, mainly by Vice President Dick Cheney. Further, the administration, espe-
UBC political scientist Paul J. Quirk provides a primer on American presidential politics
Fall 2005    Trek    13 Supporting George Bush
daily Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, had mismanaged the
occupation and reconstruction of Iraq, deploying too few troops to
provide security, restore order quickly, and prevent the development
of an effective insurgency.
As a result, US troops were suffering heavy casualties at the hands
of insurgents, and Iraqi police and citizens even heavier ones. By the
time of the election, the prospect of Iraq making a successful transition to democratic self-government - the result that the administration had confidently promised before the war - had become at best
uncertain. At the same time, the war had become the leading recruiting tool for radical Islamic terrorists in the Middle East and around
the world.
Bush and most Republicans defended the decision to go to war,
called for patience, and held out hope for a successful outcome. But
apart from reliable advocates of Republican causes, few commentators still argued that going to war in Iraq had been a good idea, and
most counted it a major mistake.
In the meantime, Bush had assembled a weak record on other
fronts in the war on terrorism. He had resisted establishing a Department of Homeland Security, and then essentially had been forced
by Congress to reverse himself. He had also resisted reorganizing the
intelligence services, which had failed to recognize multiple warnings of the 9/11 attacks, and was forced to reverse that stand by the
report of a prestigious national commission released three months
before the election.
Partly because Bush had spent so much money on the war in
Iraq, and because he had sacrificed so much revenue through his tax
cuts, he had funded key elements of the war on terrorism stingily.
Commentators were critical of the administration's limited efforts to
secure the borders against entry by potential terrorists; to establish
effective inspection of cargo coming through American ports; to
protect vulnerable domestic targets; to prepare for adequate emergency responses to future attacks; and, above all, to better secure the
world's often sloppily managed nuclear weapons and materials from
falling into terrorists' hands. On the diplomatic front, Bush had done
little to deal with the apparently genuine threats of WMDs posed by
Iran and Korea.
In November, 2004, US voters saw these matters quite differently.
Public opinion about the war in Iraq was almost evenly divided, with
a slight majority approving the war. A solid majority approved of
Bush's leadership in the war on terrorism. Despite heavy criticism by
Democratic candidate John Kerry, these issues helped Bush, rather
than hurting him, in the election.
Public Evaluations of Presidents
The reasons for the generous treatment of Bush are not ultimately
mysterious. The election reflected two tendencies in voting and
public opinion that we take for granted in relation to other issues.
It was, in a sense, nothing new in the behavior of the US electorate
- and nothing unique to the US.
One of the tendencies is obvious, although by itself is not enough
to explain the result. Partisans see the world in Republican or Democratic terms - through red or blue lenses - as the case may be. Their
biased perceptions and interpretations can be quite impervious to
new information about the real world.
When President Bill Clinton got caught up in the Monica Lewinsky sex-and-perjury scandal, the division of public opinion about the
impeachment perfectly mirrored the partisan division. Democrats
believed his offenses did not warrant impeachment and removal from
office; Republicans believed they did. In this case, independent voters
lined up with the Democrats, resulting in a large majority opposed to
Even when the relevant information about the nature of his offense
changed significantly, the division of opinion did not budge. At the
outset Clinton was accused only of committing perjury in testimony
about a peripheral issue in a civil lawsuit. Paula Jones was suing him
for sexual harassment, which she alleged had occurred while Clinton
was governor of Arkansas. The trial judged allowed Jones' attorneys
to ask Clinton whether he had had sex - no harassment was at issue
- with staff members in the White House. Clinton falsely denied
having done so. Later, the judge changed her mind and ruled that the
question should not even have been permitted, because it was not relevant to the alleged harassment. When evidence of Clinton's perjury
in the matter became public, neither Democrats nor many independents were impressed by the alleged offense.
Clinton, however, upped the ante by going on to commit essentially the same perjury again, but this time in a grand jury investigation
in which his relationship with Lewinsky and thus the earlier perjury
were central to a possible criminal charge. The grand-jury perjury
was, on its face, a very different and more serious matter. It was
something an ordinary citizen might conceivably go to jail for. Perjury in a criminal investigation was also, without too great a stretch,
arguably an impeachable offense. The public, however, had made up
its mind about the case. The escalation of Clinton's violations of the
laws had no impact at all on public opinion about the case.
Considering how partisan feelings bias judgments and how early
judgments bias later ones, it is not surprising that Republicans mostly
approved the war in Iraq, and that most of them have continued to
do so even as the principal rationale for the war has evaporated and
its costs have grown. They have blocked out disturbing new information, found excuses for Bush's misjudgments, or reinterpreted the
rationale for war.
This does not explain, however, why so many swing voters approved the war, and why large numbers have continued to do so,
despite considerable slippage over the past few months. To understand why that occurred, we need to consider a second tendency in
public opinion.
On the few matters of greatest national concern, voters - especially
the generally inattentive swing voters who decide elections - respond
almost exclusively to the most obvious apparent outcomes of leaders'
decisions. They notice, in a gross, undiscriminating way, whether
things are going well for the country or going poorly.
Most important, they give hardly any attention to the specifics of
what the president has actually done about any issue or problem.
In fact, swing voters are generally clueless about all but the most
dramatic actions of political leaders and the government. If they
14    Trek    Fall 2005 followed the activities of political leaders, most of them would have
developed partisan leanings.
This tendency to focus on apparent outcomes and ignore almost
everything else is completely familiar and widely taken for granted
in one area: voters' reactions to the economy. Everyone knows that
the president's public approval will rise when the economy is doing
well, and fall when it is doing poorly. It does not matter what the
president has done about the budget deficit, whether he has pushed
for higher or lower interest rates, or whether his policies, in anyone's
opinion, have been economically sound. All that matters is the numbers - inflation, economic growth, and especially unemployment - in
the several months before the election.
President Clinton benefited from this tendency too. He rode the
economic boom of the mid-1990s to an easy reelection in 1996.
Although his politically courageous, deficit-reducing 1993 budget
probably helped the economy, the boom was mainly the effect of
developments in the economy itself, especially technology-driven
gains in productivity.
Twelve years earlier President Ronald Reagan had enjoyed a big
boost from outcomes-only voter evaluations in an even more dramatic way. His first-term tax and budget policies led to an enormous
expansion of the federal budget deficit. On most accounts, they were
economically unsound and posed a serious danger to long-term economic growth. But Reagan was rewarded for the strong 1983-1984
recovery with an effortless reelection just the same.
The Bush Advantage
What do these tendencies in public opinion and elections have to
do with President Bush, terrorism, and the war in Iraq? The story of
the 2004 election is much the same as that of Reagan's reelection in
1984 - a president rewarded for near-term results, regardless of the
long-term merits of his policies - except that the central issue was
terrorism, rather than the economy.
The deficiencies of the Bush administration's efforts on terrorism and homeland security did not matter to relatively uninformed
swing voters. Bush's willingness to take drastic action - wars in
Afghanistan and Iraq, a sweeping expansion of the federal government's police powers, and prolonged detentions of thousands of suspects on the basis of minimal evidence - gave such voters a feeling
of being protected. Whatever the wisdom of his decisions, Bush was
undeniably a bold and courageous leader.
In my view, however, one fact was crucial to the swing voters'
positive response: there had not been a terrorist attack on US soil
- not a single car-bombing, hijacking, hostage taking, or suicide-attack - in the three years since the 9/11 attacks. Not a single citizen
had been harmed by terrorists at home. (No one had ever claimed
credit for the handful of anthrax-laced letters that were sent shortly
after 9/11.) For the most part, people had felt free to resume normal
life. Comedians poked fun at the color-coded threat ratings that
were issued by the Department of Homeland Security.
One might be tempted to credit the administration and its homeland security programs with having prevented even a single attack.
But the government had not even claimed specific accomplishments
that could have produced such prevention. There had been few, if
any, clear-cut instances of an Al Qaeda cell in the US being identified
and put out of action; of a known, active terrorist being apprehended
attempting to enter the country; or of a planned attack on a specific
target being discovered and blocked. No terrorist, for example, had
been captured in a house full of bomb-making materials. Rather, it
appears that beyond the 9/11 attacks, Al Qaeda and other terrorist
networks had few, if any, projects underway for directly attacking the
US. Efforts by the US and other governments to disrupt those networks, cut off their funding, and capture key personnel probably had
degraded their ability to develop new ones. But their lack of capacity
to wreak further havoc was a blessing for Bush as well as the country.
In any case, from the perspective of swing voters attentive only to
short-term results, the results of Bush's efforts were indeed satisfactory. Notwithstanding the emerging standstill in the war in Iraq,
Bush's claim to be the leader needed to fight terrorism appeared validated by the evidence.
Rising Discontent
Throughout 2005, public opinion has slid slowly downhill from
Bush's standpoint. As various polls showed in August, a clear majority (53-43 per cent) believed that the US made a mistake in going to
war in Iraq. An even larger majority (58-37 per cent) disapproved
of the way the Bush administration has conducted the war. Bush's
overall approval had slipped to about 40-45 per cent, according to
various polls, before the political crisis of Hurricane Katrina.
Gradually, US citizens, as many observers predicted, have gotten
tired of the war. Many were alarmed by the July bombings in the
London Underground, an event that was widely linked to Britain's
participation in the war in Iraq and that highlighted the potential for
similar attacks in the US. The percentage of the public who believed
the war was helping prevent terrorist attacks fell from a high of 47
per cent in Fall 2004 to 38 per cent in August 2005.
By this fall, an entirely different manifestation of citizens' propensity for relatively thoughtless responses has become important.
Asked whether they favor "keeping a large number of US troops in
Iraq until there is a stable government there or bringing most of our
troops home in the next year" a 61 per cent majority favored setting
a deadline for withdrawal. The reasoning for this position is not hard
to figure out:  if the war in Iraq was a mistake, ending it immediately
must be good. If Bush deceived the country to gain support for the
war, opposing his current position on it must be right.
Some serious politicians and commentators do advocate a rapid
withdrawal. Most seem to think that the US, having toppled Saddam's government, must now stay the course and assist a new government to become stable and contain the insurgency, even if it takes
several years. Otherwise, in addition to the suffering of its citizens,
Iraq will remain a breeding ground for international terrorism and a
source of instability in the Middle East for many years to come. The
danger is that a public disaffected from the war and distrustful of the
president will too overlook these dangers. ■
Paul J. Quirk joined the UBC faculty in 2004 as Phil Lind Chair in US
Politics and Representation. He teaches in the department of Political
Science and the recently-established United States Studies Program.
Fall 2005    Trek    15 ADMISSION   MYTHS
The question facing parents of school-aged
kids a couple of generations ago was
"Why can't Johnny read?" Today's parents
have a different question: "Johnny can read
just fine. Why can't he get into university?"
the truth about acimissions
Those of us who graduated more than a decade ago can be forgiven if we feel some shock when we hear about the gtades students
need these days to get into UBC Vancouver General Arts students
need high school averages of 82. per cent range to get in, white Sauder School of Business students range in the mid-8os. Those entering
a science program need 89 per cent, ceos, physicians, teachers and
even university presidents will shake their heads in disbelief, saying,
"Ed never get into university today with my high school marks!"
It's understandable, then, when parents look with dismay at the it
progeny's perfectly respectable high school marks and wonder if
their alma mater has become too elitist or too selective. "If 1 was successful at university with my marks from high school, my kids can be
too. It's not fair." And everyone has a story about someone - a friend,
a relative or even themselves - who got through high school with a
"c:" average or worse and transformed
magically into an academic wiz at
The problem isn't quite that simple,
British Columbia has been short of
post secondary seats for most of its
history preferring, in the early years at
least, to count on other jurisdictions
to supply educated workers. After
World War One, some BC politicians
felt residents should travel east for an
education, and save the province the
expense of a university. It took until
1922 (and the Great Trek) for the
province to get on with building a real
It is true that most resource-based
economies tend to have lower post
secondary participation by high school
graduates. In BC, less than 15 per
cent of high school grads take further
16   Trek   Fall 2005
Photograph: Chris Petty training, one of the lowest in Canada. Still, the province has experienced a chronic shortfall in available post secondary spaces, even
though BC has built an extensive college system in the past 40 years
and opened new universities in the Interior. If UBC were to decrease
entrance requirements by even a few percentage points, thousands
of new spaces would have to be created. At 40,000 students, UBC is
about as big as it's ever going to get.
But UBC, rightly or wrongly, is considered to be the premier university in the province, especially by its alumni, and they expect that
their children should be able to study here, just as they did. Many
feel UBC lets in too many foreign students. Further, they feel that
UBC has artificially raised its academic standards in order to include
only the very smartest high school students, and in so doing, refuses
entry to students who would otherwise be successful.
The creation of UBC Okanagan is a partial response to these
points. Now, students can get an education that only a top research
university can provide, but in a smaller institution. And, generally
speaking, students from either campus will be able to transfer to the
campus that best suits their needs, depending on the program and its
requirements. Current admission requirements at UBC Okanagan are
lower than those at UBC Vancouver for most programs, at about 79
per cent.
But is it true that high school grads with less than top marks can't
get into UBC? Yes and no.
UBC Vancouver's entrance requirements are higher than those of
many other schools in the province. It's a case of supply and demand.
For the 2005 academic year, UBC had almost 25,000 applications for
4,500 seats. With those numbers, the institution can pick and choose
the very best from among them. More faculties such as Science and
the Sauder School of Business are using broad-based criteria for
selecting new students - taking into account non-academic performance measures - but there is no doubt that UBC's admission standards are skewed toward better academic performers. It also seems
that those students who excel at sports, the arts or other extra-curricular activities are often the same students who excel in academics.
Whether marks are the best yardstick is a question educators worldwide are asking. For now, it seems to be the only reliable standard.
Which doesn't mean the high school graduate with less-than-stel-
lar marks can't get in to UBC. This university is part of a large post
secondary system, with schools in every community in the province.
Each of those institutions offers courses that transfer for equal credit
to other universities. After a year of hard work at another institution, a student can apply to transfer to UBC, and all his or her credits
will come along for the ride. As well, high school students can repeat
courses they haven't done well in in order to achieve higher marks.
And speaking of marks, there is a consistent myth that high school
grades today are inflated. The "c+" of 30 years ago is an "a" today.
Not so, say high school counsellors. That "c+" you got in Canadian
History 12 would still be a "c+." High schoolers know how hard it
is to get into university, and those with their eye on that prize work
very hard to get it. Parents know, too. Veteran high school teach
ers report that parental pressure on kids and teachers has increased
dramatically over the last 15 years.
Another constant complaint is that UBC is letting in far too many
foreign students. Former UBC president David Strangway used to tell
a story about an angry parent who confronted him, saying, "I came up
to campus and looked into a number of classrooms and all I saw were
foreign students. Why don't you take in more Canadian students?"
The answer, of course, was that they were Canadian students, in the
main. That many were children of second and third generation Asian
families didn't occur to the parent. The fact is that UBC has a lower-
than-average percentage of foreign students for a university of this size
and reputation. Less than 10 per cent of UBC's 40,000-plus registered
students come from outside Canada; at UBC Okanagan the percentage
of first year international students is even smaller - just over three per
cent - but the percentage of first year out-of-province students is closer
to UBC Vancouver's at 10 percent. UBCV's out-of-province student
population is just over 13 per cent.
International students pay full tuition - nearly triple what Canadian
students pay - and do not fill spaces that are supported by government
Another complaint is that UBC only takes students who can afford
the tuition. Official UBC policy (Policy 72: University Access) states
that no student who qualifies for entrance to UBC and who shows
genuine financial need will be denied admission. Student loans, bursaries and scholarships - some awards are as high as $40,000 - ensure
that financial need will not bar admission to those students.
Most of the complaints about the state of UBC's admission policies don't take into account that UBC has become one of the world's
top universities. UBC is one of a few Canadian universities to rank
highly in most international surveys, and in terms of grants, research
produced, patents registered and spin-off economic activity, UBC is a
powerhouse. Other BC universities rank highly in other categories and
form a large, provincial post secondary system in which each institution plays a vital role in the development of the province.
Universities such as the University of Northern British Columbia
and Thompson Rivers University serve their communities, and the
province by producing home-grown professionals in teaching, medicine, law and the arts and sciences when previously these regions had
to depend on people educated elsewhere to fill the void. And since the
vast majority of university graduates tend to stay in the place in which
they were educated (85 per cent of UBC's 200,000 grads live in BC),
these institutions are doing what one single institution cannot do: serving the educational needs of the entire province.
And parents should consider one other thing: maybe Johnny would
just as soon go to a university not quite so close to home.
Thanks to BC teachers Celine Kaufman, bed'85 and Cindy Gauthier,
BPE'78, MED'85 for their insight into current student expectations in
our high schools, and to Brian Silzer and staff at Enrolment Services
for their facts, figures and knowledge.
Fall 2005    Trek    17 annul
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2005/06 Alumni Travel
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A UBC grad joins
Engineers Without
Borders and learns
that politics and
economics are as big
a pari of poverty as
was a hot and sticky July even inc; in Accra,
Ghana. I sat in a small internet cafe in the urban slum of Alajo next to
my m os qui to-infested one-room apartment. My ten month volunteer
placement with Engineers Without Borders (ewb) was over, and I was
just checking my email to see what time my plane left for Canada the
next day. I felt devastated to leave so many close friends behind, but
as with the end of any experience my sadness was accompanied with
a bittersweet feeling. I was excited to go home and see my friends and
family in Canada, and even caught myself dreaming of the joys of a hot
shower and a toilet with an actual seat.
That's when msn Messenger signalled that a new message had come
in. A good friend who was working at the ewb head office in Toronto
asked if 1 was sitting down because she had some really big news for me.
Apparently, Sarah McLachlan's producer had just phoned, and inspired
from reading one of my "Letters from rhe Field1" on the ewb website,
wanted to use it in crafting the music video for her new hit song "World
on l:ire." I had written about a close friend in Aiajo
named Christy Yaa, a single mother who worked
The author with his friend,
Christy Yaa, in Accra, Ghana,
Christy was featured in Sarah
McLachlin's music video,
World on Fire.
16 hours a day as a house cleaner and orange seller to put her son
through school, yet refused to ever let me pay for the oranges I bought
from her. The bewildering message on the screen flashed, "Sarah thinks
your words speak for the song."
When I returned to Canada, I found the reverse culture shock to be
intense. Everything was so quiet, clean, and comparatively dull next to
the hustle and bustle of Ghana. I had trouble dealing with the level of
comfort and consumption that our society has become so accustomed
to. I was able to get a manufacturing engineer job shortly after my
return through one of my UBC co-op connections, but it felt extremely
empty. I was making nearly seven times the salary but the struggle to
force myself out of bed every morning affected my entire outlook on
A few months later, ] saw Christy Yaa's beaming smile displayed in
the video of Sarah McLachlan's song and could not help from breaking down into tears. An assortment of international charities (including
ewb) were $ i 50,000 richer, thanks to the generosity of the Vancouver artist. Christy also received
Fall 2005   Trek    19 DROUGHT IN ZAMBIA
$1,000 of that money for a scholarship to put her son through school
and a grant to expand her business.
Now, as 1 am writing this in Zambia, in the heart of southern Africa,
I realize that moment when I first saw the video was the second turning
point in my life. For the first time, I learned that it is possible to change
the world and knew inside that I could only be happy if 1 yielded to my
passion for helping the poor.
And looking even farther back, I cannot even picture what my life
would be like right now if I didn't join the UBC chapter of ewb in 1001
and turn my attention to Africa. That was the first turning point in my
life, where I changed from a disgruntled engineering student to an inspired and aspiring global citizen. Through my involvement and connection with that group of amazing people, 1 found an avenue to apply the
engineering problem solving skills 1 was learning in lecture hails towards
solving the problems faced by small scale farmers in rural Zambia on my
second volunteer placement in Africa with ewb.
This time, I am based in Livingstone, situated in the Southern Province
of Zambia and adjacent to troubled Zimbabwe. It is the tourist capital
of the country and home to Victoria Falls, the world's seventh wonder.
People from all over the world flock here to see the falls, visit the majestic
five-star Royal Livingstone Hotel, and conquer the world's best white
water rapids. In fact it's incredibly easy to come here as a tourist and be
completely oblivious to the crisis that exists just beyond the smokescreen
of adrenaline and luxury that is put up to attract visitors and shield them
from Zambia's often depressing reality.
last them until the next one. Harvest time is normally a time of excitement
and happiness, a time of feasting and replenishing hungry bellies, a rime
of repairing rain-damaged houses with farm income. But when I arrived in
Zambia this year in March, all I could see were fields of stunted, dried up
crops which have now progressed to empty household grain silos and the
start of the long hungry season.
1 have come to understand that the food insecurity experienced here is
different and much more complex than it is in many other parts of Africa.
The cause of these frequent droughts in Zambia has to do with a changing climate, but their negative effects seem to be from an il! conceived
government policy dating back to the i 960s. The Tongan and Lozi people
of this area traditionally relied on a nutritious cereal crop called sorghum
for their subsistence. It is well suited to the sandy soil and can withstand
long periods without water. However, the government of Kenneth Kaunda
introduced a one-crop policy in Zambia as part of a campaign to bring
unity to the newly independent country. A massive government system
was set up to promote maize, which included handing out free inputs
(seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides) to farmers, offering a guaranteed price
of purchase, and building huge state-owned mai/.e storage and processing
But in the Southern Province the soil and climate are not well suited to
maize, which is why sorghum was grown for centuries previously. Over
the following decades the already less-than-ideal soil became less and less
fertile from the nutrient thirsty maize crops, increasing the susceptibility to
drought damage. Then, in 1991, under increasing pressure from the International Monetary Fund ([me} and a newly elected government, Zambia's
economy underwent massive change with market liberalization policies
Life expectancy dropped from the mid 1950s to 32.7 years since 1991 and the hiv infection rate has only
In the villages immediately outside Livingstone and throughout the
entire Southern Province of Zambia, there was a severe drought this past
season resulting in an acute food shortage for nearly every rural household. Only this wasn't a one-off occurrence, as the rains have become
less dependable and the soils less fertile over the past few decades. Food
insecurity has become a chronic problem and I can sec it in the hungry
eyes of malnourished, underdeveloped children in the villages I work in.
Children are the last to eat in rural Africa, and thus the first to suffer in
rimes of hardship.
My home province, Alberta, experiences droughts that last a few years,
crippling many farmers. Droughts there and in Zambia can be equally
severe, but the consequences are much more dire in Zambia. In Canada,
our diets arc well balanced with a variety of food from all over the world.
Our government is able to buy food from other regions and other countries to make up for any shortfall caused by drought, and farmers are
often insured with some level of compensation and a social safety net. I
read about the recent drought in Alberta in papers from home, and while
the livelihoods of those farmers are seriously compromised, none of them
arc starving as a result.
Compare that situation to Zambia, where the majority of the rural
population relies on maize (corn) as their staple food for every meal of
the day, often only one already. The region has virtually no irrigation,
and nearly all rural dwellers are farmers who rely on one harvest of
rain-fed maize per year to feed their families and save enough money to
that ended government subsidies and resulted in nearly all state-owned
companies being privatized.
This policy shift had major consequences for small-scale farmers in the
Southern Province. Most notably, they arc pastoralists (cattle farmers),
and when the previously subsidized livestock vaccinations suddenly cost
money, people simply stopped vaccinating their cattle. The result was the
rapid spread of tick-borne disease (called East Corridor Disease), and just
this past year, foot and mouth disease. Ninety per cent of livestock has
perished in this region. Not only do people not have cattle to eat anymore
(a primary source of protein), but they do not have any to use to plough
their fields, a key factor in agricultural productivity which enables farmers
to plant earlier to fight drought-shortened growing seasons.
At the same time as market liberalization, the much publicized hiv/aids
pandemic exploded and a multiyear drought marked a period of tremendous hardship. Newly privatized companies and mines (70 per cent of the
economy relies on copper mining) that were sold at rock bottom prices
were gutted and closed, creating massive unemployment. Life expectancy dropped from the mid 1950s to 31.7 years since 1991 and the hiv
infection rate has only stabilized at just under 2.0 per cent because death
is starting to catch up with the spread of the virus. And of course the pandemic also undermines food security through decreased farmer productivity since people living with aids are often sick and find it difficult to work
their fields by hand. In short, the riming and pace of market liberalization
couldn't have been worse.
20   Trek   Fall 2005 at a good price. We have established a demand for sorghum in nearby
Botswana (where it is the staple food) and for use as livestock and chicken
feed. There is also a strong demand for sorghum use in a new brand of beer
being introduced by Zambian Breweries. By targeting respected leaders
like Alfred, it is hoped that his example will be closely watched and copied
by all his neighbours and sorghum will eventually make up to 60 per cent
of the aggregate food crop in all drought prone areas. But this will only
be achieved by creating a sustainable and profitable advantage over maize
throughout all levels of the supply chain. And if Alfred decides that he still
doesn't want to eat sorghum, at least he will bc able to sell it and
buy maize without depending on food aid to make it through the dry
These socio-cultura! barriers need to be addressed head on. And they
are not easily solvable. In an area where most people are accustomed to
relying on the annual delivery of free food aid, my first objective will bc to
earn the trust of Alfred Mulele, who probably sees me as a rich Mzungtt
(foreigner) and expects me to either give him something for free or simply
disappear after meeting him once. My approach is to spend as much time
in the field with Alfred as ! can, learning the local language, eating the local
food and breaking down as many of the cultural barriers that separate us
as possible. Living with Christy Yaa in a slum in Ghana is what enabled me
to make a connection that helped her, and being side by side with Alfred on
his farm and in his village is what will help him.
Working closely with Alfred, 1 am already in the villages nearly every
day identifying farmers who are leaders, and who are serious about fighting drought and sharing their knowledge with others. In this first phase, I
will introduce newer, productive farming techniques to these local leaders
stabilized at just under zo per cent because death is starting to catch up with the spread of the virus.
Now Zambia is in trouble and there is a general feeling among the
people here of dependency and helplessness. But even with all of these
real and very serious problems, the biggest obstacle to food security in
the Southern Province as a socio-cultura I one dating back to the one-crop
maize policy of the 1960s. People are now so accustomed to maize as
their staple food that they refuse to eat anything else. They will plant it
year after year even knowing that if the rains are insufficient it will fail.
They will refuse to grow or buy sorghum or cassava (both drought-resistant crops) even if they are a fraction of the price of maize, and even
though taste tests have shown that people cannot tell the difference if
sorghum or cassava is properly blended into their staple meal, nsbima. A
lot of this has to do with stigma, as traditional, drought-resistant crops
arc commonly known as "poor man's crops."
My job is to work directly with small-scale farmers such as Alfred
Mulele to attack this stigma. Alfred is the chairman of a small agricultural cooperative near Livingstone, and is very well respected in the area
for his generosity, work ethic and leadership. Through twu, and care (an
international non-governmental organization), 1 am involved in the pilot
phase of a market-driven project to commercialize sorghum as a cash
crop and enable farmers like Alfred to move from farming for subsistence
to farming as a business. This past year, Alfred planted 1 .j hectares of
maize without harvesting a single cob because of the drought. Through
this project, he will bc given free early-maturing and drought resistant
sorghum seeds to plant and an assurance of a market to sell his harvest
so they can achieve a good harvest even in years of low rainfall, and help
them become trainers themselves. Even before the first rains come in December, I will he with them in their fields emphasizing that they must prepare to plant early, because the biggest cause of crop failure is that farmers
wail um Ions; and miss 0111 on the crucial first few rains. &] February, 1 will
be teaching these lead farmers proper harvesting and grading techniques to
supply a good quality sorghum to the market so that they can command a
fair price. And in the final phase, 1 will he helping to analyze the successes
and failures of the past year to lay the groundwork for a scaled up, three
year project involving many more farmers.
Tackling systematic harriers that the poor face in their everyday lives is
where I want to focus my career, to create sustainable opportunities rather
than perpetuating hand-outs. I don't believe that poverty in Africa can be
made history through charitable aid or even debt relief (although both can
be tremendously positive if targeted effectively). Rather, a long term, sustained commitment with a humble approach and firm grasp of the micro
and macro causes of poverty will be much more effective and is why 1 feci I
need to make this a career choice to make a significant contribution.
Joining the UBC chapter of HW8 was the first step for me along this path,
and I hope the next one will be a Master's in Development Management
at the London School of Economics in 2006-2.007 followed by a Master's
in Business Administration in Social I-.ntrcprenenrship. But for now, I am
quite happy working with farmers like Alfred Mulele to enable him to have
more control over nature, and ultimately more control over his life. ■
Fall 2005   Trek    21 MILESTONES
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Above: Robert Louie, Chief of the Westbank
First Nation welcomes students
Opposite: The rich Okanagan farmland depends
on irrigation to flourish. Students enjoy the
magnificent views as they head for class
Below (l-r): Nancy Hermiston starts opening
ceremonies with 0, Canada; Deputy Vice-
Chancellor Barry McBride delivers the welcome
address; UBC Board of Governors chair Brad
Bennett and Chancellor Alan McEachern look on
welcome to
UBC Okanagan
To say the atmosphere on the campus of UBC Okanagan was electric on official
opening day, September 8, 2.005, would be an understatement. The music, the tents, the
swirling crowds of people - young, old and in the middle - made the place look more
like a carnival than a university, even though the younger ones all had their arms full of
Some of us from the Alumni Affairs office in Vancouver came up for this significant day.
The clever tag, "One great university, two great campuses," finally made sense. Looking out
over the Okanagan Valley with its tan hills contrasting with miles of vineyards and agricultural lands, it's easy to see why the site was chosen.
UBC Okanagan is situated on the north campus of the former Okanagan University
College. The changeover began with the announcement of UBC Okanagan in March,
2004, and work has proceeded at a blinding speed since then to convert the campus to a
university's needs.
UBC Okanagan took in 3,500 students for the Fall, 2005 term, 2,000 of whom
transferred from OUC. By 2009, the campus will accommodate 7,500 students.
To begin, the campus will have seven faculties: The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and
Sciences; the Faculty of Creative and Critical  Studies; the Faculty of Health and Social
Development, and faculties of Management, Education and Graduate Studies. Initially,
UBC Okanagan has a full-time faculty contingent of 218.
In order to accommodate the expected growth of the student population, the campus
will triple in size in the next five years. New research, residential, recreational and
cultural facilities will be built on existing cleared land, all with great views of the
Okanagan hillsides. The emphasis for new building construction will be on
sustainability. Geothermal heating and cooling will be a feature of new construction,
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students (the female-to-male split is 70-30), processions of
university officials in academic robes, and a group of 60
UBC alumni living in the Kelowna region.
all of which will be leed certified, which means that each building will be designed to
minimize its environmental impact, and use, as much as possible, elements of its surroundings in everyday operation. UBC Okanagan, being part of a world-ranking university, will reflect those values that make for good global institutional citizenship.
But back to opening day. The campus was crowded with students (the female-to-male
split is 70-30), processions of university officials in academic robes, and a group of So UBC
alumni living in the Kelowna region.
These So grads were invited to the opening by the Alumni Affairs office to show incoming
students that they were joining an institution with a history, and that a social and business
network awaited them on the other side of graduation.
We gowned our alumni in their academic robes, hoods and all, and positioned them on
either side of the walkway to the entrance of the auditorium, where official ceremonies would
take place. New students in their faculty groupings then proceeded up the walkway through
the lines of alumni who applauded and welcomed them to their first university experience. It
was surprisingly moving, and even the old hands among us were touched. Later, more than
one of our alumni told us it was one of the best university experiences they'd had since their
own graduation. "Let's do it again," they said. "And when they graduate, too!"
Not a bad idea. ■
Opposite: Two members of the Faculty of
Creative and Critical Studies head for the
Above: Students at UBC Okanagan prepare for
the year ahead
Below (left to right): Students mix, mingle and
get to work; University Librarian Catherine
Quinlan and Irving K. Barber in the procession
to the official opening ceremonies Letters
In our last issue, Dan Overmyer's piece,
"The World as a Holy Place," moved many
of our readers to comment, and we have
provided excerpts of some of them here.
We will reprint all the letters we received in
their entirety on our website as soon as we
can contact the writers for permission and
load the files.
Dr. Overmyer comments on the "terrible
self-righteousness that justifies attacks on
other traditions and people" while at the
same time proclaiming that scientific evidence has demonstrated that all interpretations of virtually all religious teachings are
This conclusion is reasonable if one
believes that science presents a complete
picture of our universe. However, growing
numbers of thinkers . . . are raising significant questions (about) our understanding of
the nature of reality and the hard problem
of consciousness . . . and the role it plays
in our understanding of reality. Since all
the world's religions are based on individuals who claim to gain knowledge through
deep introspection of their consciousness
and since consciousness itself is utterly
mysterious (at least, to many), it might be
a bit premature to pronounce the resulting
knowledge invalid.
D. Hogg
I did my degree in religious studies . . . with
classes held all over campus. I was inspired
by then-department head Dr. Charles
Anderson, whose longtime work with the
international Interfaith movement led him
to introduce us to ideas and beliefs outside
those we were raised with, allowing us to
open our minds to the truth at their core. It
seemed to me then - and I am still learning
now - that belief is at the root of all suffering and of all joy. What a person believes
- about himself, the nature of the universe,
the events that befall him and the choices
he has in the face of those events - creates
his reality, and impacts that of every life he
If we truly believed the world was a holy
place, and heaven ours to create, right here,
we would treat our divine waters and skies,
all sentient creatures, our fellow angels,
whatever colour their robes, only with grace.
D. Haynes
As a spiritual being, I find that through the
pursuit of all kinds of knowledge and experience, I am able to catch glimpses of an order
that does exist beneath all of the chaos and
change. Dr. Overmyer is correct to state that
science has shown many things once thought
to be permanent to in fact be in the process
of change.
But science has also revealed to us new
insight into laws that govern the universe,
laws which are unchanging. The beauty of
existence lies in the discovery that, beneath
all the chaos and change, there are some
things which remain the same. It is through
the discovery of this order that we are able
to touch what is truly divine. And it is in the
yet undiscovered, and perhaps undiscover-
able, truths that we find hope in both life and
W. Pedersen
"The World as a Holy Place" is probably
the most mature, well-reasoned, persuasive, enlightened and enlightening piece of
humanistic writing I have had the pleasure of
reading in years. Overmyer's message offers
us a solid, empirically verifiable foundation,
a common ground that tolerates, accepts
and even celebrates all varieties of religion
as works in progress rather than sources of
absolute truth.
It would judge them all not by the relative
power of any one god or group of gods, but
by the positive contributions each religion
has made to the epic human struggle to
make sense of an infinitely complex universe,
which is itself a work in progress. Congratulations for having published such a thought-
provoking article.
J. Walls
As a humanist, I found the article a refreshing read. Several years ago I recall
contemplating the nature of God and came
to essentially the same conclusion as Dr.
Overmyer: the universe is the source of all
power and all knowledge and is therefore
"God." Thanks for publishing this inspiring
P. Vogt
The article caught my attention as a convinced Christian who attends a Traditional
Anglican Communion church. It speaks in
direct opposition to the Christian truths
which my church teaches and which I fully
believe. I was, therefore, offended by his
article, which I consider to be blatantly anti-
B. Dunell
As a lapsed Roman Catholic who just turned
65,1 have (not unnaturally) become rather
concerned with mortality, specifically my
The Roman Catholic church did not
exactly encourage close examination or
questioning of its tenets, and when I felt a
lot of its arbitrary rules were laid down by
men who had their own issues (largely not
dealt with), I slipped away. Yet I felt that
many people, much more intelligent than I,
believed in organized religion. Was I missing
the proverbial boat?
I have always suspected that humans
have a need to explain, to find a reason for
everything and we insist on doing that in our
own terms. Hence, God, or the President, the
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Prime Minister, the Boss, the Dad or the Man
must exist. Right? How else could our world
have come about?
C. Rowlette
Dan Overmyer says that "the one absolute
truth we should all be able to agree on is that
everything we know or can know depends
on this world for its existence," and "We can
find a sacred dimension in this world itself."
If everything is changing, how can we have
anything even approximating an "absolute
truth"? If the world is impermanent, how
can it be sacred? In his view, it seems the
only way to have truth and sacredness is to
define them ourselves. But why should we
trust ourselves, changing, imperfect beings
that we are? If nothing is permanent and
absolute, then truth is, as Richard Rorty has
put it, what my peers will let me get away
with saying. A more fundamental question
to ask is: if there does not exist one unchanging, absolute reality, how can I even know
that something is changing? The way we
know something changes is if we have an
unchanging and absolute standard with
which to compare it. The theist will answer
that this unchanging, absolute standard is
Prof. Overmyer is to be commended for
raising some very interesting and provocative points.
The world was designed and created by God
in order to teach us of social structure, for
sure, but also to bear witness to its Creator
who is glorified in it and uses it to teach
us more than just social structure. He uses
it to testify to His infinite intelligence and
His omnipotent power to create, as well as
His sovereignty in upholding order in His
I do not agree that the world itself is
sacred. Again it bears witness to the one
who is sacred. Scripture declares that we
are misguided when we worship the creation
rather than the creator. Scripture declares that
we all have an inner knowledge of God and
that we suppress that knowledge because we
are sinful creatures, preferring a lie over the
truth of God.
J. Hardy
Dr. Overmyer appears to deny that experiential knowledge exists, or is at least vastly
inferior to factual knowledge. The fundamental beliefs of religions deal primarily with this
experiential knowledge, your relationship
with the creator, or with the universe. Science
attempts to explain how something comes
about, while theology attempts to explain
why something is so.
It is true that historically, theological principles were used to explain physical phenomena. Our present science has replaced these
theories. However, we as a society tend to
make the same mistake at the other extreme.
P. Lusina
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It appears that Dr. Overmyer's own brand of terrible self-righteousness justifies attacks on other traditions and people. He also seems
to justify cashing in real science, reasonable argument and academic
humility - those foundational aspects of a university education - for
unapologetic religious proselytism.
A. Wickett
It has been a long time since I have read anything so inspirational,
so elegant and beautifully written, that I feel compelled to respond.
I have often felt similar musings of wonder and awe toward this
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Earth which has given life in such abundance, but it took Professor
Overmyer's article to put it all into perspective. I want to thank him
for that and say that it gave me a sense of community and hope for
the future.
H. Lewis
Dr. Overmyer correctly concludes that humans should focus on this
world instead of on mythical other places, but he does not provide
sound foundations for guiding human life on earth.
Throughout the article he mentions pantheistic notions from a
Heracletian perspective. But whether the source of supernatural
causation is among us or in the heaven of Western religions does not
change the fact that pantheism's epistemology is faith not reason.
Fortunately there is a life-fostering non-mystical philosophy, one
based on the rationality that Overmyer rejects. Kant and Hume's
failure to find a basis for ethics in it resulted from Plato's erroneous
conclusion about the mind, a conclusion used to justify all manner of
oppression from religion to North Korean starvation. I recommend
Tara Smith's book Viable Values and Craig Biddle's book Loving Life
to learn about using the mind to foster human life. They recognize
the human spirit in the general sense but ground it in reality.
The world is not a holy place: it is what it is. Realizing that is essential to finding answers to the question of how each human should
deal with it to live - and preferably live happily - in this world.
K. Sketchley
The article is thought provoking and smoothly presented. Much of
our society is moving to this type of postmodern thinking combined
with scientific logic. His thesis asserts that in a naturalistic world
there is still room to find meaning and holiness without resorting to
a super natural view that is unsupported by scientific fact. His thesis
takes the naturalistic world, gives it "spirituality" and then proposes
to "build a modern structure of ethics" based upon what is good or
bad for life and the earth while also drawing the best from the ethical
traditions of the past. To me there are some major difficulties with
what he proposes since he presents scientific theories as fact and does
not provide a means to develop the new order.
People can quickly take a cold and random universe and give it
personality and meaning using terms such as life force, universal
intellect and a cosmic presence. Actually they are recognizing the
universe is  open and there are realms and forces we cannot test.
Religions recognize this and give people purpose to life with morals
and ethics to live by in daily life.
Will postmodern thinking be able to provide anything better?
We are asked to have blind faith in scientific facts while accepting
selections of what thoughtful minds have given us over the course of
human history. Perhaps there is more to the universe than "one world
and one reality." It is just that man is not able to comprehend it all.
B. Spinney, D vDieren ■
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Presented by Early Music Vancouver
December 15-17, 8:00 pm, 18, 3:00 pm
Mozart: The Magic Flute.
UBC Opera Ensemble. Sung in German with
English subtitles
December 20, 8:00 pm
Festive Bach Cantatas for Christmas
December 2,2, & 2.3, 8:00 pm
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Bach & Beyond Series, Mark Fewer (leader/
January 21, 8:00 pm
UBC Symphony Orchestra
Bo Peng (cello), Daniel Pain (tuba), Joshua
Belvedere (viola). Guest Conductor: John
Van Deursen
January 26, noon, 2.7, 8:00 pm
Universiry Singers
January 29, 8:00 pm
Radu Lupu, piano
For information on exhibits, please contact
the Belkin at 604-822-2759 / www.bclkin-
gallery.ubc.ca or the Belkin Satellite at
604-687-3174 / htrp://www.belkin-gallery.
October 14 - December 4
Piotr Nathan: How Far Do You Dare To Go
Works from the past ten years that include
painting and three forty foot murals.
Piotr Nathan,
How far da you dare to go, 1996
oil on canvas
Photo: Christine Fenzl
32    Trek    Fall 2005 BELKIN  SATELLITE
October 29 - November 27
Beyond Redemption: Gay Erotic Art
Gay erotic art addressing theoretical and
political concerns relevant to gay erotic art
today. Well-known artists Stephen Andrews, AA Bronson, Brice Canyon, Ever-
gon, Robert Gober, Felix Gonzalez-Torres,
Attila Richard Lukacs and Donald Moffett
will present work in a variety of media.
For details on the following exhibits, and
on permanent collections and on-line
exhibits, please visit the website at www.
moa.ubc.ca or call 604-822-5087.
February 15 - December 31, 2005, Gallery 8
New Acquisitions
Recent acquisitions include a shield and
carved fish from the Solomon Islands, Nunavut sculptures three painted house screens
and a Chilkat robe.
For tickets and event details, please contact
604-822-5574 / concerts@interchange.ubc.ca
or visit www.music.ubc.ca .
Free Events in the Recital Hall, Music Building
(Noon unless otherwise stated):
October 28
UBC Guitar Division
Actors pataking in a workshop for Studies in
Motion: the Hauntings of Eadweard Muybridge,
a play by UBC alumnus Kevin Kerr. The play wil
ncorporate the latest in stagecraft technology
courtesy of designer Robert Gardiner. Actors
Patti Allan, Allan Morgan, Dawn Petten, Juno
Ruddell, Andrew Wheeler, Jonathon Young
November 10
String Chamber Ensemble
Student composers
November 13 (2:00 pm)
Oscar Pizzo (piano). Works by Scelsi, Berio,
November 17
Jazz Ensemble 11
Photography: Tim Matheson
Fall 2005    Trek    33 arts
School of Music (cont'd)
November 18
UBC Chamber Strings
November 18 (8:00 pm)
UBC Vocal Chamber Ensembles
November 21
UBC Percussion Ensemble
November 23
Canada Music Week Concert
Featuring Canadian works performed by
UBC Music Students
November 24
Collegium Musicum
Contemporary Players (8:00 pm)
November 25 UBC Jazz Ensemble 1
Collegium Musicum (8:00 pm)
December 1 (7:00 pm)
Floraleda Sacchi, harp & Cladio Ferrarini,
December 1
Christmas concert
Wednesday Noon Hours
Recital Hall, Music Building
$4 at the door:
November 2
Andrew Dawes (violin), Antonio Lysy (cello),
Jane Coop (piano)
November 9
Van Django: Cameron Wilson (violin),
Budge Schachte (guitar), Fin Manniche
(guitar/cello), Dave Brown (bass). Django
Rienhardt and Stephane Grappelli's gypsy
jazz arrangements and original compositions.
November 16
Michael Strutt (guitar). Gilardino, Hovhan-
ess, Rautavaara, Samandari, and Eyre
November 30
Eric Wilson (cello) with Patricia Hoy (piano}.
Sonatas by Dohnanyi and Schnittke
January 11, 2006
Julia Nolan (saxophone) with Sandra Joy
(piano). Around the world in the 20th
Century Denisov, Lemay, Dorothy Chang,
Sch.ullioff& Berio
January t8
Gene Ramsbottom (clarinet), David Harding
(viola), Kenneth Broadway (piano). Works by
Mozart, Uhl and Schumann
January 25
Mike Allen Quartet: Mike Allen (saxophone),
George McFetridge (piano), Sean Cronin
(bass), Julian MacDonough (drums).
November 13, 2:00 pm
Opera Tea- UBC Opera Ensemble
UBC @ Robson Square, $2o/$i 5
December 3, 10:00 am
Masterclass: Harp, with Floraleda Sacchi
Flute with Claudio Ferrarini
Gessler Hall (room 1 r6), Music Building
December 11, 2:00 pm
Opera Tea - UBC Opera Ensemble
UBC @ Robson Square, $2o/$i 5
January, 2006
January 28
Jerome l.owenthal (Piano)
Recital Hall, Music Building, $2o/$io
January 29, 3:00 pm
Scholarships Winners Concert
Recital Hall, Music Building, $2o/$io
For more information about performances
and venues, please visit the website at www.
theatre.ubc.ca. The Box Office is open in the
Frederic Wood Theatre Lobby from 10:00 am
until 4:00 pm. Reserve tickets by calling 604-
All shows start at 7:30pm
La Rondc
By Arthur Schnitzler
Adapted by John Barton from a translation by
Sue Davies
November 16 - 26, 2005 telus Studio Theatre
By Aaron Bushkowsky
A presentation with Rumble Productions
November 23 - December 3, 2005
Frederic Wood Theatre
Studies in Motion: the Hauntings of Eadweard
Muy bridge
By Kevin Kerr
A co-production with the Electric Company
&C the PuSh International Performing Arts
January 18-29, 2-006 Frederic Wood Theatre
(matinee performance on Sunday, November
27 at 4:00 pm) ■
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October 3-7 at the
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34    Trek    Fall 2005 ALUMNI
No matter how fak away life has taken
you from Point Grey campus, with alumni
living and working in 130 nations around
the world, there are bound to be a few fellow grads to reminisce with in your area.
Visit the Regions section ofthe Alumni
Affairs website for a list of area contacts at
www.alumni.ubc.ca/regions/index.html. If
you're relocating, traveling or would like to
participate at upcoming social and business
networking events, your area contact would
love to hear from you.
The number of alumni networks around
the globe and the activities they organize
continue to grow. If you have time and talent to share, and would like to get involved
on a regional team or start a network closer
to home, let us know! tanya.wa!ker@ubc.ca
or 604-8x2-8643/800-883-3088.
We're pleased to welcome new alumni
volunteer contacts in Philadelphia, Portland
and Moscow:
Liz Bong, bcom'oi
Email: elizabeth.bong@olc.ubc.ca
Nicki Poms, BASC'96
Email: nicki@morelifeworks.com
Vladimir Kravtehenko, Msc'99
Email: Vladimir.kravtchenko@gmail.com
As a freshman, did you ever wish you'd
had someone ro tell you about the ins and
outs of university life? This summer, alumni
made sure that new students had the
chance to ask questions and pick up some
useful tips before heading off for UBC.
Student send-offs organized by alumni
networks in Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing,
Shanghai, Jakarta, Seattle, San Francisco,
Calgary, Toronto, Kelowna and Nanaimo
Young Alumni joined in a special project with
residents at St. James Community Services
Society Santiago Lodge in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. They created beautiful mosaic tiie
stepping-stones for the Lodge's outdoor space.
Fall 2005   Trek    35 Alumni Reunion Weekend
September 30 to October i saw more
than j ,000 alumni returning to campus
for Alumni Reunion Weekend. Grads
celebrated milestone graduation anniversaries, including Arts and Science 1955,
Applied Science 1955, Home Economics
I355,Law 1975, Medicine 1980, and
Rehab Medicine 1980. The School of
Social Work celebrated its 75th Anniversary, as did Alpha Gamma Delta.
The weekend kicked off with a bbq at
Cecil Green Park for all alumni working
on campus as UBC employees, followed
by a chance to hear world renowned researcher Dr. Brett Finlay speak about his
work, Fighting the Microbial Menace.
On Saturday morning, alumni converged at Cecil Green Park Flouse for
a pancake breakfast and words of welcome from Dr. Martha Piper and Alumni
Association chair Martin Ertl.
Reunion groups enjoyed class functions for the rest of the day and were
invited back on Sunday for a tour of the
campus and Museum of Anthropology.
If you would like to help organize a class
reunion for next year's reunion weekend,
please contact our event coordinator.
Marguerite Collins at 604-82,7-3294 or
email marguerite,c0llin5@ubc.ca
They got their buns back on campus:
Amanda Murdoch, BA'03, Natasha Norbjerg,
BA'04 and Forestry student Madeline Corveth
showed up (or the Amazing Race. Groups of
young alumni - one of which contained the
women here displayed - raced around campus
hunting for various items essential to the UBC
experience. One of the challenges was to find
and eat cinnamon buns. Tough life.
N.Vujevic photo.
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Home Ec 1955 had a great time: Graduates from the Home Economics program took their party to
the UBC Garden Pavilion where they ate, drank and were merry. Three profs from those years at UBC
joined the group. Much laughter was heard. C. Petty photo.
36   Trek    Fall 2005 ALUMNI
were a chance for grads to share
UBC stories, pass on words of wisdom and welcome the new crop of
students to the UBC community.
Here's a taste of what's coming up
this fall:
• Sports outings (Canucks matchups with your home team)
• Festive celebrations
• Speaker events
• Social gatherings (pub nighrs,
cooking classes)
• Networking opportunities
Check the web calendar for events
taking place in your home town.
Planning for the following
reunions is underway. Unless
otherwise stated, please contact
Marguerite at 604-817-3294 or
email marguerite,col I ins@ubc.ca
for more information.
Class of zooo: December 27 - 28,
2005 (Tues: 1'OITS in the Basement, Wed:
Luncheon, Seminars, Dinner) For more
information, please visit: http://www.sauder.
u be .ca /a lumni. re u n i o n s/Bco m 2 00 0. cfm
Class of 1976: 30th Anniversary Reunion.
Fall 2006. Contact Don Nilson at 604-925-
Class of 1968: May 2006. Contact Gerry
Kramer, BSI''68, email gkramer@shaw.ca.
Class of 1967 - Spring 2007 (TBC)
Class of 1966: June 24-25, 2006, Contact
Lynn Sutherland for more information at
sumac@telus.net / 604-936-4041
Dr. William Gibson, BA'33, in a portrait by
renowned Austrian portraitist George Kayser,
painted in honour of Dr Gibson's 92nd
birthday. The portrait now hangs in the
Woodward Biomedical Library.
Class of 1986: 10th anniversary reunion,
Fall 2006. Contact Juliette Hum at 604-351-
7364, email juIiettc.hum@novartis.com
Thunderbird Swimming Alumni: Reunion,
November 4 at the UBC Aquatic Centre
from 4:30 onwards. Feel free to bring family
and some photos of your days as a T-Bird.
Watch the UBC Thunderbird Cup action,
after which current UBC swimmers will mix
with alumni (around 7:30pm).
Please visit http://www.alumni.ubc.ca/rsvp
to RSVP online. For more information please
contact Derrick Schoof at 604-822-8903 or
email ubcpdsa@interchange. ubc.ca
Sauder School of Business Gala
Event: December 6,1005, at the
Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver.
Special speaker: Sir John Bond,
Group Chairman of hsbc Holdings i»lc. Reconnect with UBC and
other Commerce alumni, network
with the business community and
enjoy a fun-filled celebration of
one of the world's leading business
schools. To purchase tickets and
for more information, please visit
w w w.sauder. ubc.ca/a lumni.
It has been a great summer for the
UBC Young Alumni Network. We
gained 5,000 new members with
June graduation, and took part in a
couple of new initiatives.
First, a dedicated group of young
alumni formed a running team for
this year's hsbc ChiidRun, a 5km
run ro raise money for the oncology
department at bc's Children's Hospital. To help reach the fundraising
goal, the team held an event at The
Roxy in the spring which raised
more than   $ 1 800. To make a contribution, please visit www.bcchf.
Second, several Young Alumni
joined forces with the UBC Learning Ex- .
change Trek Program to spend time with
residents at St, James Community Services
Society Santiago Lodge in Vancouver's
Downtown Eastside for a day of building
Alumni and residents spent the day
cleaning up gardens and courtyards, socializing, and creating beautiful mosaic tile
stepping-stones for the outdoor space at
Santiago Lodge.
Both Santiago Lodge residents and
UBC participants thoroughly enjoyed the
experience of getting to know one another,
and look forward to their next opportunity
to work on a project together. For more
information on how to get involved with the
UBC Trek Program and upcoming community service projects, please email:
Trek Magazine comes out three times
annually, but we can't afford to send
it to every grad every time. We send
smaller mailings (75,000 vs 160,000) to
grads who have shown some interest
in UBC through volunteer work,
attending a reunion, class or lecture,
donating money, or even by just
phoning and telling us they want all
three issues. Volunteer subscribers, of
course, go to the top of the list.
If you would like to subscribe ($50
would be swell, but you be the judge),
call our offices, visit our website or
send in the little form below.
Don't miss an issue!
Yes! Send me every issue!
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Please send cheques to: UBC Aiumni Association
6251 Cecil Green Park Road
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1
Young Alumni Reunion Weekend
We spent the rest of the summer planning
Young Alumni Reunion Weekend. All
graduates of the last to years were invited to
get their (cinnamon) buns back on campus
and partake in three days of events ranging
from a lecture with renowned microbiologist Dr. Brett Finlay to a good old-fashioned
Pit Night. The weekend was part of Alumni
Reunion Weekend, which welcomed back
the classes of 1955, 1975, 1980 and 1995
from various faculties to mark key graduation anniversaries.
The organisers of Young Alumni Weekend would like to take this opportunity to
thank our generous sponsors who provided
prizes for these events:
Apex Tent and Rentals
Beauty Boutique, Shoppers Drug Mart
Canadian Outback Adventures
Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak
Harbour Towers 1 lotcl, Victoria
Sugarlime Jewelry
To find out about upcoming events, visit
Career Mentoring
After a quiet summer our mentoring programs
are ramping up again for the fall. The ever
popular Science Career Expo will take place
on November 9 with 600 students expected to
be in attendance. Twenty UBC Science alumni
will talk about their career paths and provide
useful insights and tips. Arts Career Expo is
also in the planning stages. As always we are
eager to hear from Arts alumni interested
in speaking to students about where their
degrees have taken them. If you would like to
participate, please contact Dianna at dianna.
deblaere@ubc.ca or 604-822-8917.
COjViing Soon: Vision Ano Substance
President Martha Piper will be visiting aiumni
in the cities listed below. Watch for the
Vision and Substance card in the mail.
Calgary, Nov. 28; Singapore, Jan. 1 1; Seoul, Jan.
14; Seattle, Feb. 15; San Francisco, Feb. 16; Ottawa, March 13; Toronto, March 15; London,
uk, April 24; Vancouver, June 1; Okanagan,
June 9. For more information, contact tanya.
walker@ubc.ca. ■
38   Trek    Fall 2005 1
Constance C. Glanville BA'37 remembers
celebrating the 60-year anniversary of
graduation from UBC in 1997. After
earning her undergraduate degree,
Constance went on to gain a diploma
in Social Work. Her late aunt, Isobel
Harvey, BA'18, ma'19, was involved in
UBC's original magazine and later taught
Phil Henderson BCOM'47 is one of the
many veterans who attended UBC in the
40s. During his career, he worked at bcit
for 17 years. He was recently honoured
with the bcit Distinguished Service
Award, and gave the keynote speech to
students at their graduation ceremony.
He was also Burnaby's Citizen of the
Year in 2000 ... Ken Jessiman bcom'49
and wife Christine recently celebrated
their 56th wedding anniversary. Attending the social event were son Kenn
Jessiman bcom'79, of North Vancouver,
and daughter Laurie MaeAdams BSC'77
of Calgary.
Sholto Hebenton BA'57 is this year's recipient of the Canadian Bar Association's
Louis St-Laurent Award of Excellence.
"Sholto Hebenton's dedication to legal
research, scholarship and education for
ali lawyers shows a true understanding
of what it means to be a cba member,"
said cba President Susan McGrath. "His
leadership abilities and lifelong commitment to cba put him in a class of his
Jagdish Ahuja, pho-63
has been featured in
the latest edition of
Leading Intellectuals
of the World
Alumni Week at the UBC Botanical Qarden
November 21 - 25, 2005.(
Free Admission all week with your alumni A"rd
• Sign up for an invitation to our Spring Grand Opening
• Learn about campus services for UBC Alumni
• Check out the Holiday Wreaths and great gardening gifts at the Shop in the Garden.
• 10% off all shop purchases that week!
• Buy a garden membership. Discounts in the shop, on garden courses, and free access
to the garden year-round!
Check out our website for more details
ubebotanica [garden
& centre for plant research
Garden and Plant Centre
• Botanical books, gifts and dried flower arrangements.
• Seasonal choice selections of perennials, shrubs and vines.
• Unusual plants and rare seeds from plants in the Garden.
• Shop proceeds support research, education and garden improvements.
Fall 2005   Trek    39 class ACTS
Jagdish Ahuja i*hd'63 has been featured
in the latest edition of Leading Intellectuals of the World, published by the
American Biographical Institute in February. The institute uses strict selection
procedures and seeks recommendations
from educational, business and governmental bodies for worthy biographies to
feature. Dr. Ahuja has always performed
exceptionally well academically and completed his phd in Statistics at UBC], having
been educated to Masters level in India.
He specializes in Statistical Distribution
Theory and is internationally renowned
for his work. He lives in Oregon with his
wife Sara swat i with whom he has two
daughters ... Vancouver's co-directors
of Planning, Ann McAfee BA'62, MA'67,
PHD'75 and Larry Beasley MA'76 recently
received two awards recognizing their
contributions to city planning. The 1005
Appreciation Award from the Downtown
Vancouver Business Improvement Association was in recognition of the role
the Vancouver Planning Department has
played in contributing to Vancouver's li
ability. In July, Larry and Ann were elected as Fellows of the Canadian Institute of
Planners in recognition of their contributions to Canadian planning. McAfee is a
past president of the UBC Alumni Association and was recently elected to the UBC
Senate. Beasley continues his association
with UBC as an adjunct professor in the
School of Community and Regional Planning ... Robert Miller Rsc'67 has been
elected to the board of the Sunshine Coast
Credit Union for a three-year term ...
Dr, Douglas C. Stewart BED'6r has been
reflecting on what his youth in Vancouver
and time at UBC has meant to him. "In
one way or another, education has been
inspiration and sustenance for me," he
says. While continuing his own education,
he helped others in theirs, teaching classes
from grade four to university level. After
working in administration for zo years
in Cowichan, he left for South East Asia.
Douglas spent four years in Brunei, five
in Kuching, four in Chiang Mai and one
and a half in Jakarta. He is presently Vice
Principal, Academic, for lnti College in Jakarta. "The voyage of discovery launched
by my significant experience at UBC has
been exciting, challenging, revitalizing,
rewarding - in short, a worth- while life,"
he says. "1 believe I am in the reflective
part of the learning cycle and as I come
more into the synthesis I will once again
turn to educational institutions for solace
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and renewal. I will once again look
more closely at my alma mater - UBC"
...   Raymond G. Vickson BSC'65 retired
in September 2004 after 31 years on the
faculty of the University of Waterloo. He
and wife Lynne Vickson BA'65 are enjoying their retirement home in Victoria.
Brian McParland BASC'79, MSC'81,
PHD'85 atlc' w'fe Sharon have swapped
villages from Chesham to Amersham.
Brian has recently been appointed director of Medical Physics with gl Healthcare Biosciences in Amersham and been
elected a Governor of Our Lady's Roman
Catholic School in Chesham Bois, where
the McParland's two daughters, Siobhan
and Aine, attend ... In June, Craig Pinder
ba*7o, phd, chr, was designated a University of Victoria Distinguished Professor (Organizational Behavior) in the
faculty of Business. Before moving to Victoria in 1999 with wife Pat Pinder ba'70,
he was based in UBC's Sauder School of
Business for 24-and-a-half years. He was
UVic's vice president pro tern, External
Relations, 1002-2003, and will return to
the faculty of Business as associate dean
in August ... Jim Thorsell PHD'71 was
presented with the International Parks
Merit Award by the World Commission
on Protected Areas for his service in 90
countries in support of nature conservation. Jim received the award at the third
World Conservation Congress held in
Bangkok, Thailand, in December, 1004.
Dan Effa bcom'H6 has opened Liquid
Capital Pacific Corp. in the Lower Main-
U-Pass, 1930: The more things change, the
more they stay the same:
This student bus pass - given for free - entitled
students in 1930 to a reduced fare.
40   Trek    Fall 2005 land, a company specialising in providing working capital to small and medium
sized businesses. He has also joined the
Board of Directors of the Surrey Foundation, a community foundation that seeks
to enhance the quality of life by creating
and managing permanent endowment
funds that provide financial support
to charitable organizations ... Adam
Con bed (Music Edueation)'86, MED'92
earned a phd in Choral Music Education
from Elorida State University in 2002.
He is currently in his fourth year of a
tenure-track position at Georgia Southern University as the associate director
of Choral Activities and assistant professor of Music Education. He has just
been promoted to the position of chair
ofthe Music Education department.
Adam wishes to express his condolences
to the family and friends of Dr. Allen
Clingman (see In Memoriam). "He was
an influential mentor who taught me to
value people before work. I remember
him with great fondness."  ... Suzanne
Maranda MLS'82 became the Director of
the Bracken Health Sciences Library at
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario ...
Albert Sze Wei Tan BCOM'89 wonders if
any other Commerce grads went on to
become doctors. His interest is in energy
healing, meditation, and hypnosis.
\j o
Toby Barazzuol BCOM'92 was recently
named by Business in Vancouver as one
of the top 40 business people under the
age of 40 ... Alice Ifeoma Eni BA'94,
BF.D'95 has a new baby. Magnus Uzoma
Jungclaus was born on Friday September
9, 2005 at 2:00 am. Little Magnus was
a healthy 8 lbs 5 oz. and went home
the same day ... June Harrison BED'71
is proud of daughter Megan Gilgan
ba(hons)'96 (Political Science) who
has been deployed in Afghanistan since
2003. Her first assignment was working out of Mazar-e-Sharif for the United
Nations Assistance Mission of Afghan
istan (unama) preparing the six northern
provinces for the presidential elections in
October, 2004. She is presently in Kabul,
and after working for the Minister of
Finance for a number of months has
returned to UNAMA to work on provincial governance and the reintegration
components of the disarmament and
demobilization programs ... Solomon
Wong BA'96 was recently appointed by
Deputy Prime Minister McLellan, Justice
Minister Coder and Multiculturalism
Minister Chan to the Cross-Cultural
Roundtable on Security. He joins 14
others from across Canada to advise
the Government of Canada on security
Liz-Ann Munro I.amarre BSC'03 recently
graduated from Dalhousie Unversity in
Dental Hygiene. She's looking online for
transcripts to go and complete a Masters in Education at Mount St. Vincent
University, also in Ffalifax ... This summer, Siobhan Smith BA'03 completed her
Masters degree (ma) in Art History &
Curatorial Studies at York University. ■
Can UBC Create Your Legacy?
Anna Cavouras thinks so. While studying for her degree in social work, Anna received
the Beatrice Wellington Gonzalez Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to students
concerned with the plight of individuals. Anna recently spent time in Cape Dorset, Nunavut,
raising awareness of housing shortages in [his northern community. She hopes to continue
to focus on basic needs, social planning and communities where people support one another.
Of her award, she says, "To give money to education and to a specific individual so that they
can follow their dreams - that is priceless, and will pay dividends in society forever."
To create a legacy that will make a difference for students like Anna, contact
UBC Gift & Estate Planning and ask for a free information kit. Tel: 604.822.5373
Email: heritage.circle@ubc.ca
Fall 200S    Trek    41 ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2005
On November 3, 2005, 12 members of the UBC community were honoured for exceptional
achievement in their respective fields and for exemplary behaviour as contributing members of
society. As usual, we received many worthy nominees deserving of recognition and this year's
recipients reflect the high standard, f The Alumni Achievement Dinner features videos of the award
recipients, presentation of awards, a silent auction and great food in the elegant surroundings of
Vancouver's Fairmont Waterfront Hotel. More information about this year's awards (and how to
nominate for next year) can be found on our website at www.alumni.ubc.ca/awards.
George Curtis
Lifetime Achievement Award
Note: Just before press time, we learned of the death of George
Curtis. We wish to express our sincere condolences to his family. This
award will be presented posthumously.
As the founding Dean of Law, George Curtis has been on campus
since 1945, and although retired as of 1971, he is still has an office in
the law building (which is named after him). Dean Curtis celebrated
his 99th birthday this year and also the 60th anniversary of the
school he was instrumental in establishing. His contributions to the
school and the legal profession are significant. With the Dean Emeritus George F. Curtis Student Endowment, his positive influence on
students will be felt for years to come. It seems a fitting tribute for a
man who relied on his talent to win scholarships to help him during
his own student years. His academic credentials are impeccable. He
gained two graduate degrees from Oxford University, both with 1st class honours, and was a
Rhodes Scholar and a Viscount Bennett Professor.
He continues to act as a bridge between the
faculty and its alumni and is an advocate for its
alumni association, encouraging current students
to become active members.
Dean Emeritus George Curtis is a living vessel
of UBC history, with crystal clear recollections
from some of the institution's landmark years.
He remembers the return of the wwn veterans,
for example, when the campus was littered with
army huts in an innovative effort to house their
large numbers. Especially, though, he is an oracle
of legal history - a wonderful source of information for both students and faculty, who continues
to give inspiring speeches about the legal profession to those just entering it. And the history of
his own career is an inspiring one.
Dean Curtis was appointed Queen's Counsel in
George Curtis
1957 and was the Canadian government's delegate for the Commonwealth Education Conference in 1959, '61, '64, and '71 and for
the UN conference in Geneva on the law of the sea (1958 & '60).
He has also acted as Royal Commissioner and was chairman of
Canadian Section of International Commission of Jurists from 1972
to '74. He became a member of the Order of British Columbia and
of the Order of Canada in 1995 and 2003 respectively. In 1995, the
Canadian Bar Association awarded him its Gold medal. In the community, he has been involved with the ymca for many years, sitting
on the association's board from 1932 until 1969, and founding its
Alma branch.
Michael Ames BA'56, phd
Alumni Award of Distinction
In a world that often seems filled with conflict, Dr. Ames is a
counterbalancing force whose life has been
dedicated to the understanding and communication of the world's peoples and diverse cultures.
Dr. Ames' early research interests during his
undergraduate years at UBC in the department
of Anthropology and Sociology set the scene for
what would be a career characterized by community service, a belief in inclusion and access
to education for all, and a desire to educate the
world about the peoples of the northwest coast
and South Asia and their rich cultures. Early in
his career, he participated in a now famous 1956
social political and economic study of bc First
Nations, concentrating his own research in communities on the Pacific coast. It was at this point
in his career that Dr. Ames first became involved
as a student assistant with the world renowned
Museum of Anthropology (moa), which at
this time was located in the basement of Main
42    Trek    Fall 2005 After completing his doctorate at Harvard, Dr.
Ames returned to his alma mater in the mid-'Sos,
reaching full professor status in 1970 and being
named new director of the moa in 1974. It was
under his watch that the museum was moved,
lock, stock and totem pole, to its present location
in the striking Arthur Erickson-designed building
overlooking Howe Sound. He believes that museums should serve communities and be especially
answerable to those peoples whose work and history feature in collections. He feels a keen sense of
duty to communicate the history and display the
artifacts in the most effective way possible. He
believes the museum represents what civil society
should strive for and the moa is a venue for
many public performances and presentations that
reinforce that ideal.
As well as his keen interest in First Nations
communities, Dr. Ames has retained a lasting
interest in religion and society in South Asia - the
subject of his Harvard research - and has returned
to the area many times, serving for a while as president of the India-
financed Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute that promotes Indian studies in Canada. Numerous UBC undergraduate and graduate students
have benefited from this program by traveling to the area as part of
their studies. He was also key in creating a course that examined the
Downtown Eastside, studying the troubled urban area as a phenomenon and exploring the underlying socio-political causes. He is
a big fan of the current 101 series of courses run in the Downtown
Eastside and at Musqueam because they give access to resources and
education for people who otherwise wouldn't have.
Dr. Ames' professional interests are wide and
he has served on numerous boards and committees for First Nations, arts, museums, and federal
granting organizations. His insight is sought from
many quarters and on several occasions he has
enjoyed the hospitality and respect of indigenous
peoples who have invited his presence and input
in their countries.
Dr. Ames achievements have not gone unnoticed. Among other accolades, he is a fellow of
the Royal Society of Canada and a member of the
Order of Canada. Part of UBC's vision expressed
in Trek 2010 is internationalization and the desire
to produce students who are truly global citizens.
Dr. Michael Ames has been practicing this vision
for the past 40 years.
Henry (Syd) Skinner
Honorary Alumnus Award
Mr. Skinner has a strong personal attachment to
Michael Ames
Henry Skinner
UBC and genuine concern for the well being of
its students. In 1989 he established an endowment fund to support students studying Landscape Architecture. Today that endowment fund
is worth $300,000 and supports four students
every year. But it's not only his financial support
that singles Mr. Skinner out as an exceptional
friend of UBC. He makes regular trips to the
Point Grey campus to meet the beneficiaries of
his generosity and share in the excitement of
their challenges and achievements. The students
also benefit from his 96 years worth of wisdom,
and he is an inspirational role model for them
in both their professional and personal lives. He
has earned the respect and affection of many
whose lives he has helped improve, and was
made an honorary member of the bc Society of
Landscape Architects in 2001.
Mr. Skinner well knows how lucky the
students are to have this opportunity at a
university education. He arrived in Vancouver from England in 1928, aged 18, with five pounds to his name.
He worked in a sawmill for a small wage and, during the prairie
harvests, as a thresher. It was the start of a long association with
the land. With difficulty he weathered the Great Depression that
began shortly after his arrival in Canada. After serving in wwn, he
continued his working life in catering management at a number
of up-scale Vancouver venues, such as the Royal Vancouver Yacht
Club, retiring from the bc Hydro Executive Club in 1974. As he
sees it, he went from producing food to serving it. But even then,
Mr. Skinner's interest in the support of post-secondary education
was apparent: he was Educational vp of the bc
Hydro Toastmasters Club in 1961 and 1962.
Perhaps because of his early life experiences,
Mr. Skinner demonstrated a strong work ethic
and was disciplined with his earnings, careful to save as much as possible. He started to
teach himself about stocks and shares and an
approach based on common sense, patience and
research meant he soon evolved into a shrewd
During the 1960s, he took a number of night
classes at UBC, including one in financial investment. He formed a strong attachment to the
university, even building a house for himself
and late wife Elsie (a farmer's daughter) just a
stone's throw away in Point Grey. He has personally known many of UBC's past presidents,
is a member of the President' Circle and the
UBC Heritage Circle and his name can be found
engraved alongside those of other champions
Fall 2005    Trek    43 of UBC on the Great Trek Cairn Plaza on the
campus' Main Mall.
Mr. Skinner continues his connection to the
land through his keen love of gardening. A producer of prize-winning azalea and camellias, he is a
nurturer who likes to help others thrive. "The idea
that all the hard work I've done over the years
will be making a difference long after I've gone,
that's a wonderful thought," he says. "I bought
land in 1940 and have been buying stocks since
1951, but giving to UBC is the best investment
I've ever made."
Robert Stewart
Honorary Alumnus Award
Mr. Stewart's long association with UBC began in
the 1960s in his role as a marketing lecturer for
the university's bachelor of Commerce program.
His involvement is now in a volunteer capacity
as a member of the Faculty Advisory Board for
the Sauder School of Business. He has served this
board since 1989, as its chair from 1995, and during this period his
strong leadership has facilitated the promotion of links between the
business community and the school, secured the services of key staff,
and guided the school in its policies regarding, among other things,
student admissions. From 1992 to 1994, he also served on the Faculty Advisory Committee for Forestry.
Mr. Stewart's own business background is impressive. Forty years
ago he started out as a sales representative with Scott Paper Ltd.,
and worked his way up the company ranks, running for a while the
company's operations in Manila. He retired in
1995 as the company's chairman and ceo, but is
still very active, enjoying the energy of the people
he works alongside and relishing the time to
explore new challenges and interests.
His community service extends beyond the
university into philanthropy. He was a director of the Vancouver Foundation, has been
president and director of the United Way of
the Lower Mainland (receiving the President's
Award of distinction from the United Way for
his contributions) and was director of Ronald
MacDonald House. He is board chairman of
the West Vancouver Arts Centre Trust (wvact),
which oversees the recently opened Kay Meek
Centre (for performing arts) in West Vancouver.
Although he doesn't have an arts background, he
is well placed for setting organizational wheels in
motion and turning visions into realities.
Mr. Stewart's collection of honours includes a
Commemorative Medal for the 125 th Anniver-
Robert Stewart
Cullen Jennings
sary of Canadian Federation, presented by the
Governor General in recognition of his service to
his fellow citizens, the community and Canada.
He also received the Corporate President's Award
for outstanding contribution to amateur sports
from the Sports Federation of Canada in 1987
and a trustee of the bc Sports Hall of Fame
and Museum (1988-94). Under his watch, Scott
papers Ltd. began sponsorship of the annual
Canadian Women's Curling Championship and
2006 will mark 25 years of involvement. This is
the longest national sponsorship of any amateur
sport in Canada.
His influence in the business community is
partly based on his level of participation and
contribution. He served on the board of the Business Council of Canada from 1989 to 1994 and
was a governor for the Vancouver Board of Trade
between 1986 and 1993 (and chairman from
1991 to 1992).
Mr. Stewart has acted as director for numerous corporations, including Maple Leaf Foods Inc., Royal Bank of
Canada, Terasen Inc., Shell Canada, industrial organizations, and
community groups.
Cullen Jennings phd'02
Outstanding Young Alumnus
Dr. Cullen Jennings spent the early years of his life living on board
a fishing boat, often staying at sea for days at a time without seeing anyone but his immediate family. It was perhaps this formative
experience that led him to a career in communications. Highly respected in the telecommunications industry with an established record across
a number of technical fields, Dr. Jennings has
emerged as a world leader in the field of Voice
over Internet Protocol (voip). How we communicate with one another in the future may well be
down to the revolutionary work of this software
architect and his (very rare) ilk.
Based at Cisco Systems Inc, he is a Distinguished Engineer, one of no more than 41 out of
close to 40,000 employees to hold the title, and
the first Internet Protocol specialist. As well as
his computer engineering expertise, Dr. Jennings'
business acumen means he is a major influence on
the company's corporate strategy, and as a proven
predictor of industry trends is invaluable in this
His student supervisors at the University of
Calgary remember his early brilliance. He once
made his own modem using parts from outdated
44    Trek    Fall 2005 computers because he couldn't afford to buy
one. He then looked into marketing the version
to similarly cash-strapped students. This episode
typically foreshadows the style of Dr. Jennings'
contributions to the industry. His impact on the
field cannot be over estimated. He is a proponent of open source software and is a generous
contributor to this ideal. He shared with the rest
of the world a voip system he developed while
working for Vovida Networks, a decision that
affected the industry in a major way by allowing
smaller players (and more of them) to participate
in the telecommunications market and drive
further innovation. He is currently co-chair of the
Internet Engineering Task Force (ietf), helping
to establish engineering standards. He is sought
as a technical strategist by many companies and
His desire to lead and improve does not stop
with the industry. Dr. Jennings would like to see
advances made by him and colleagues have a
direct improvement on the lives of people all over the world and for
technical innovations to reach their full humanitarian potential and
has been involved in work to this effect bringing communications
to the people of Nepal. He hopes to remove barriers of distance
and cost involved in communication and his work will likely have a
profound affect on our future lifestyles.
On top of his technological and business skills, Dr. Jennings excels
in interpersonal communication. He is a respected speaker - eager to
share his knowledge with others and able to convey complex information to a wide variety of audiences. He is a cherished and admired
mentor and colleague.
Pieter Cullis
Steven Heine
Pieter Cullis BSc'67, Msc'70, PHD'72
Alumni Award for Research in Science and
Educated to doctorate level at UBC, Professor
Pieter Cullis gained post-doctoral experience in
Britain and Holland before returning to his alma
mater to join the department of Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology in 1978. He is recognized as
a world leader in the development of liposomal
drug delivery systems used in tackling disease,
most notably cancer and its complications.
His research group has developed new methods
for both manufacturing liposomal systems and
loading them with a very high concentration of
medication. These liposomal systems can enhance
a drug's beneficial effect by increasing delivery
levels, and decreasing any toxicity (which in turn
allows for greater quantities of a toxic drug to be
administered). Two of these liposomal systems
have already been approved by regulatory agencies. One of the formulations is used to fight
fungal infections, a common side-effect of the
immunosuppressive effects of cancer chemotherapy. The other is used in treating metastatic
breast cancer.
Dr. Cullis is also a successful entrepreneur.
Driven by the desire to see his research move
quickly from the laboratory to the clinical setting, and to maintain control over the process, he
has been associated with a number of biotechnology companies, including Inex Pharmaceuticals which he and his research group established
in 1992.
Since then, his group has been able to establish
more facts about the beneficial characteristics
of lipids for drug delivery and has developed a
further three liposomal formulations for use in
the treatment of relapsed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, metastatic melanoma, and cancers of the
ovary, breast and lung, currently in clinical trial. Professor Cullis'
more recent research centres on developing liposomal formulations
of nucleic acids for gene therapy applications.
His many contributions also include his role as mentor to up-and-
comers, and many of the 31 graduate students who benefited from
his supervision have gone on to academic positions themselves, or
now work in the biotechnology industry.
Professor Cullis' research is internationally recognized and
respected, and since the late '70s he has secured a steady flow of
competitive grant funding amounting to more than $10 million. His
published papers and patents abound and he has
been honoured with a number of awards, including his election as Fellow of the Royal Society of
Canada, and UBC's Killam Research prize.
Steven Heine MA'93, PhD'96
Alumni Award for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
A faculty member of UBC's Department of
Psychology since 2000, Dr. Heine specializes
in Cultural Psychology, a new and sometimes
controversial branch of study that seeks to
understand how cultural background shapes
psychological processes. With three other faculty
members researching in the same area, the university can arguably be considered a leader and
Dr. Heine is happy to be at the forefront of this
exciting new field. You can't yet say Dr. Heine
wrote the text book on Cultural Psychology, but
it's accurate to say that he's writing one. He's
Fall 2005    Trek    45 currently under contract with W. W. Norton to
do just that.
Dr. Heine focuses his attention on North
America and Japanese societies. His interest in
cultural psychology was sparked a few years ago
when he was an English Language teacher living in Japan. The community was a small, rural
one and he was the first foreigner to have lived
there. The experience led him to start questioning
some of the things he had so far learned about
Psychology. For example, his Japanese colleagues
suggested to him that he praised students too
readily. The Japanese teachers tended to be more
sparing with their rewards believing this would
better achieve the commonly desired outcome of
accomplished students. The experience eventually led Dr. Heine into research that demonstrated that how people are motivated is heavily
dependent on cultural background. More recent,
groundbreaking research Dr. Heine has completed shows that certain fundamental psychological
processes are shaped by cultural practices and are not as universal
as once thought. These major discoveries have provoked interest
and focused a great deal of positive attention on UBC.
His professional commitments include being an executive member of the International Society for Self and Identity (issi). The
achievements he has already chalked up in a still-new career (he's
not yet 40) have been duly noted. In 2002 issi gave him its Early
Career Award followed by an Early Career Award for Social Psychology the year after from the American Psychological Association
(only the second time someone at a Canadian University has been
thus honoured), and last year UBC made him Freddy
a Distinguished University Scholar. Was a Peter
Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Early Career
Scholar in 2001. Completing his post doctorate
in 1997, he won the Morris Belkin Award for
best Psychology dissertation.
He has already had many papers published in
the profession's most prestigious academic journals and these are already heavily cited by other
researchers, an indication of the influence his
work is having on the field. He attracts a lot of
research funding and is often sought as a speaker.
Dr. Heine received his ba from the University of
Alberta, his ma and phd from UBC and post-
doctored at Kyoto University. He worked at the
University of Pennsylvania for a spell before joining UBC in 2000.
Charles (Chuck) Slonecker
Faculty Citation Community Service Award
Chuck Slonecker
Professor Emeritus Chuck Slonecker has had
a long association with UBC that began with
his joining the department of Anatomy (now
the Department of Cellular and Physiological
Sciences) in 1968. During the eighties, he was
head of Anatomy, but by the '90s had taken on
a more central role in university affairs, becoming a well known and unfailingly friendly face
about campus. He worked in Ceremonies until
2003 and was Director of University Relations
between 1992 and his retirement in 2003.
In 2001, the un's Year of the Volunteer, Dr.
Slonecker's spirit of volunteerism (and that of
wife Jan) was marked by UBC's introduction of
the Chuck and Jan Slonecker Volunteer Leadership Award. It marks 30 years of volunteerism
that began as his children grew and began
evolving outside interests. Dr. Slonecker lent his
time and skill to support programs in basketball, softball and volleyball, and summer camps
through his membership on the board of the
ymca. He was involved for five years during the eighties with the
Dunbar Little League Baseball as a manager and coach and also
volunteered his time and commitment to Boy Scouts of Canada. He
has served the board of the Community Care Foundation for the
past four years. It encourages community participation, leadership and volunteering among students, identifying and rewarding
outstanding students.
On campus, he is very much associated with the annual United
Way fundraising campaign. He started out as representative for
the Anatomy department and by 1993 was campaign co-chair. In
1994 he was working with the United Way
of the Lower Mainland's education Division
in an effort to expand the campaign to more
educational establishments in the district. He
continued as chair until his retirement in 2003
and remains connected to them in an advisory
capacity, helping them to plan future activities.
The 2002 campaign total far surpassed the
original goal and the campaign was the most
successful of UBC's to date
In the faculty of medicine he was valued
as an insightful leader and a gifted teacher,
receiving a Master Teachers Award in 1976
from UBC, a Killam Teaching Prize in Medicine
in 1993, a Teaching Award from the Faculty
of Dentistry in 2001, and a UBC President's
Service Award for Excellence. He has already
been made an Honorary Alumnus by the UBC
Alumni Association. Dr. Slonecker was a founding member of the Medical Alumni Division in
46    Trek    Fall 2005 1984, and has served on its committee since then.
This active alumni group has managed to raise
enough funding to build the Medical Alumni and
Student Centre located near Vancouver General
Dr. Slonecker is busy off campus, too. He was
external vp of the Vancouver Performing Arts
Lodges of Canada (2002-04), an organization that
provides social housing to support retired actors
and visual artists living below the poverty line,
served on the board for the Bard on the Beach
Theatre Society boards, and was a member of
the President's Advisory Committee for the Chan
Shun Performing Arts Centre.
Dr. Slonecker may have retired, but apparently doesn't realize it. He and wife Jan are 2005
co-chairs for UBC's Wesbrook Society, which
promotes financial support for UBC.
Freddy Abnousi bsc'oi
Global Citizenship Award
Mr. Abnousi embodies what UBC is striving for in its vision to produce graduates who are truly global in outlook and action. His efforts
and talents have not only secured him positive results at a personal
level, but have also demonstrated his commitment for active contribution toward a better world. A 3rd year student in Stanford's md
program, he is the founder of several organizations with a mandate
to improve the quality of, access to, and efficacy of health care for
people in various regions of the world. He has a keen interest in
health policy, holding an msc in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing from the London School of Economics, as
well as an mba from Oxford University. Additionally, he holds a bsc from UBC.
His talent and expertise, together with his high
level of personal drive, have helped him push
through innovative ideas and act as a human
catalyst for the adoption of humanitarian health
and social policies. He is an effective link between
business, government, non-profit agencies and
health care practitioners and hopes to forge productive links for future health care delivery.
An example of his innovation involves the use
of new technologies in medicine. After founding Medamorph Systems, a health it start up
that developed electronic medical records, Mr.
Abnousi developed the Medamorph Curriculum
to train medical students in using the records.
With preventable medical errors in the US costing
100,000 lives annually, electronic records are
seen to be the future of efficacious health care.
The training provided by Medamorph Curricu-
Cathy Ebbehoj
lum removes a major barrier to their widespread
implementation. Another example is the Stanford
International Health Access Institute that he has
co-founded through which health care access is
being increased from the grass roots level in rural
parts of developing countries such as Guatemala.
This institute, through public private partnerships,
is developing clinics and supplying them, as well
as working on public health initiatives in areas not
often reached many major international organizations.
His leadership potential was nurtured by an Action Canada fellowship and has led to his central
involvement in a number of overseas projects. His
first taste of international work was as an undergraduate with the Kenyan Agency for Rural Development to help develop an hiv/aids awareness
curriculum for Kenyan youth. His other overseas
projects have included health policy research and
consultancy for the American Enterprise Institute
(a public policy think tank) in Washington DC,
the British Medical Association in London, the nesst Venture Philanthropy Fund in Chile, and The World Bank in India.
Other projects Mr. Abnousi has been involved in are Dream Catcher
Yukon, a program he co-founded to provide mentorship to northern
youth, and Project Green Door, which has involved collecting old
computers from the private sector and donating them to an education
centre in Washington that teaches computer skills to mentally challenged individuals.
On top of his entrepreneurial, voluntary, academic and other activities, he is also participates in marathons and
Sheldon triathlons. He has been published in prestigious
medical journals including the Journal of the
American College of Surgeons and Plastic Reconstructive Surgery.
Cathy Ebbehoj BSN'75, MSN'99
Blythe Eagles Volunteer Leadership Award
After gaining her bachelor's in Nursing at UBC,
Ms Ebbehoj began her career as a staff nurse,
before turning her attention towards teaching and
her masters. She is currently a lecturer and advisor
in the School of Nursing. In that role, she has seen
many graduates pass through the classrooms, but
is loathe to let them leave UBC for good. In 1996,
Ms Ebbehoj became faculty alumni liaison and
in 1999 assumed presidency of UBC's Nursing
Alumni. The school offers the oldest university
based degree-granting nursing program in the British Commonwealth. Under Ms Ebbehoj's leadership, the number of active alumnae has doubled.
Fall 2005    Trek    47 She successfully connects with new and old
graduates ro keep connections strong across all
generations and experiences of grads.
All told, Ms Ebbehoj has been involved in volunteer activities for the ?o years since she graduated, and for 15 years has been a tireless and
effective bridge between the school and its alumni
as well as between their different generations. She
is a team member who provides humour, enthusiasm and momentum. An always positive response
to events involving alumni is in large part due to
Mrs. Ebbehoj's leadership, reputation, dedication
to the profession, and commitment to keeping
connections between fellow practitioners and
UBC grads strong.
She focuses on activities that educate, as well
as allowing plenty of opportunities for networking and socializing. She organizes a nursing team
for the cibc Run for the Cure each year; she
singles out outstanding practitioners to make sure
they're recognized for their efforts; she encourages pride in and celebration ofthe profession; and she supports an
annual nursing alumni event, where alumni achievers with unusual or
interesting jobs within the profession give presentations about their
careers. Known as The Nursing Alumni Knowledge and Innovation
Evening, this event is inspiring and has become one of the highlights
of the year for alumni. She was also an instrumental player when the
school celebrated its 80th and 85th birthdays in recent years. An 85th
anniversary gala dinner was held in honour of the school's oldest
graduates, and many who gained their degrees in the 1930s attended
and mingled with current students. Ms Ebbehoj is also an active
participant in Imagine, the university's initiative for welcoming first
year students.
As a lecturer in the school, she also plays a part
in shaping its vision and policies and, involved in
many professionally related boards, is a dependable advocate for the profession. Her professional focus is on maternal, newborn and family
health throughout the childbearing years. She has
received excellent evaluations for her teaching
skills from both student recipients and colleagues,
receiving the Registered Nurses Association of
British Columbia's Award of Excellence in teaching in 2000 and also the Nursing Undergraduate
Society Teaching Award. She is perfectly placed to
ensure the ongoing health of the nursing alumni
community, keeping members in touch with the
school, and keeping current students aware of the
history of their profession, much of it embodied
in the senior members of this very active UBC
alumni community.
Clara Chia Hua Tan
Claire Sheldon msc*99, PHD04
Outstanding Student Award
Ms Sheldon has excelled throughout her academic
career, and is due to complete the MD parr of a
7-year mu/phd combined program in 2006. She
is considered an excellent researcher, productive
beyond her years with unlimited potential, and has
nine published papers from her msc and phd work
alone. Her main research interests lie in Neuroscience. She defended her phd thesis (completed in the
department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences)
with a category one pass and attracted enthusiastic
remarks from an impressed external examiner. She
is sought as a speaker by national and international
professional bodies. Her academic skills translate
into the laboratory setting, where she has proved
herself as deft of hand as mind, her commitment
evidenced by the long hours she's chalked up.
She has been rewarded for her achievements with
a UBC Graduate Fellowship in 1997, and in her
current program is supported by awards from the
Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Michael Smith Foundation.
Her enthusiasm for her work is infectious and she has channelled it
to fellow students through teaching roles within the faculties of Medicine and Science, as well as in student-led initiatives in the community. Capable of adapting her teaching for different levels of expertise,
she has acted as unofficial (and unpaid) supervisor to undergraduate
honours students in the lab setting, as well as taking on responsibility for high school students participating in summer student research
Students often seek her out for advice and as a natural and generous
leader and mentor she always obliges them. She earned UBC's Teaching Assistant Teaching Award in 1998 and won
for best presentation at UBC's Medical Research
Student Research Forum in 2004. She was recently
awarded the 2005 cags/umi Distinguished Dissertation Award, which recognizes doctoral students
whose dissertations make an original contribution
to their academic field.
Notwithstanding a gruelling academic schedule,
Claire manages to find the time to serve her community in numerous ways. She has volunteered in
the Community Health Initiative by University Students, based in the underserved Downtown East-
side, and was also directly involved in Pacific Legal
Education Association and Ailanthus Foundation
programs working with underprivileged youth. She
Peter Jackson, BSc'80 is Master of Ceremonies for
this year's dinner.
48   Trek    Fall 2005 is a half-marathon runner and at one point was an instructor in the
intramural Sports Program.
Clara Chia HuaTan MSC'02
Outstanding Student Award
Ms Tan is a dedicated researcher, a keen community participant
unafraid of shouldering responsibility, and a peer leader whose actions
have helped improve the educational and social experiences of her
fellow students.
Currently an md/phd candidate, Ms Tan's area of research involves
seeking methods for shutting off the vasculature supply to tumors,
preventing them from getting larger and impinging on surrounding
structures or migrating to other locations in the body.
Already she has had published seven peer-reviewed papers, three as
first author. She is motivated by people and is quick to credit her family, friends and student peers for their inspiration and support. In her
work she is driven by a desire to find better treatments for cancers, a
disease that can take such a toll not only on patients, but also on their
families. She also has a keen interest in preventive healthcare.
Ms Tan has made efforts beyond the forma! requirements of her
degree by helping to enrich the student experience. She was student
representative for ber md/phd degree program from 2003 to 2004,
and represented the program at three Canadian Society for Clinical
Investigation conferences. She also co-organized the 2004 Medical
Undergraduate Society's Medical Research Forum, volunteered with
the Wellness Retreat for Medical Students, and organized the Art
Gallery at the Spring Gala. From 2002, she has been organizer and
co-chair of two UBC Disaster Medicine conferences.
Proud of her student peers, she helps provide them with event opportunities for showcasing their work. She is very involved in the social aspect of student life, and having learned to play piano as a child
she still loves to get together and create music with other students.
This past year, she was a choirmaster for the UBC Medicine/Dentistry
Choir and a cellist with a chamber music group consisting of medical
students. She believes in learning a new skill every year, and recently
that skill was skating. She's since joined a medical school hockey team
as goalie. The team won the Golden Puck this year, and the Intramural
Women's hockey team championships.
At the community level, she has been involved with the Community
Health Initiative by University Students (chius) since 2001 as both
a Programming Committee leader and a Downtown Eastside clinic
supervisor. She was a key Women's Night participant, where volunteer
aesthcticians and hair stylists work with health care students to provide services to disenfranchised women, promoting self-esteem, safety
and good health. Where appropriate, the students encourage these
women to seek further help.
Beyond the university, she has been a youth representative to the
Canadian Cancer Society board since 2004, and a volunteer and team
assistant with the society's Vancouver Lodge for five years.
Ms Tan's talents have not gone unnoticed. She is the recipient of
many awards and grants, including a McGill University Entrance
Scholarship and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
Award for Outstanding Trainees that acknowledges her outstanding research and contribution to the scientific community. Ms Tan
wants to be a ciinician/surgeon/scicntist involved in clinical practice,
research and teaching.
Master of Ceremonies
Peter Jackson, bsc'So
Peter Jackson is an executive vice president of Ticketmaster Canada,
currently focusing on business development in Asia. This follows a
three-year term as executive VP of Ticketmaster Europe. During this
time, in addition to other duties, he oversaw the company's ticket
sales for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Peter began his ticketing career while still at UBC, and soon after
graduation, managed ticket sales for the Vancouver Canucks. An avid
rower, he coxed UBC's Varsity eight as a student and helped raise
funds to keep the rowing program afloat. He is currently rowing tep
on the UBC Thunderbird Council, and is a key fundraiser for the
John M. S. Leckey UBC Boathouse project. ■
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June E. Anderson, wife for 5 5 years
of William Ian Anderson BA'48, on
February 9, 2005. She attended Victoria
High School in the 1940s ... Dr. Harold
Cardinal on June 3, 2005. He was working
on his Doctorate in Law at UBC as well as
acting as an advisor and consultant for First
Nations organizations. In 1999, he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree
from the University of Alberta. He was the
author of the well known book "The Unjust
Society." His fight for radical changes in
policy on treaty rights, education, social
programs and economic development
has had a lasting and positive impact on
Canadian society ... Geoff Cushon MSc'85,
PHD'95 on August 10, 2005 ... Kenneth
Donaldson basc'66, PHD'71 ... Sven Fredrickson BSF'51 on Feb 14 '05 ... Dr. Jack
Allen Freeman bsc(agr)'49, msc(agr)'50
... Dr. Charles Walter Humphries, associate
professor emeritus of the UBC History department. Dr. Humphries, came to UBC in
1965. He won UBC's Excellence in Teaching
Award in 1990. He was the associate head
of the UBC History department in the late
1990s ... Anna Kirk Jetter ma'68 on July 6,
2004 ...Yokio (York) Tamura bsc(agr)'4i
was born on July 28, 1920, and passed
away on Monday, April 25, 2005.
Professor Emerita Sadie Boyles BA'26, MA'36
Doctor Sadie Boyles, a long time member of
the UBC community, died on June 11, 2005,
Sadie Boyles
aged 99. Dr. Boyles graduated in 1926,
just after the official inauguration of the
university. As a frosh in 1922, she was an
active petitioner for building a new campus
at Point Grey. Taught by such renowned
faculty members as Garnett Gladwin Sedgewick and Henry Angus, and aspiring to be
connected with all aspects of university life,
Dr. Boyles assumed the role of senior editor
for the Ubyssey while pursuing her studies
in English and French. After graduating, she
taught at King Edward High School. She
became a pivotal instructor in the Teacher
Education program and taught French
Methods for 30 years. In 1963 she earned
the role of associate director, Secondary
Education. Her dedication and passion for
teaching, and her keen interest for work in
university affairs, produced a long list of
remarkable accomplishments. She was vice
president of the Faculty Association, and
after her retirement in 1971 assumed an
important role on the UBC Board of
Governors. She also authored several
French textbooks.
Dr. Allen Clingman
Dr. Clingman passed away on March
27, 2005. He was a member of the
Faculty of Education for 3 3 years
until he retired in 1992 as head of the
Music Education program in Visual
and Performing Arts in Education
vpae) .
Dr. Clingman was born in Newton,
Iowa on June 19, 1929, served during the
Korean War, took his ba and ma at Drake
University in Iowa, and received his doctorate from Columbia University in 1958. Dr.
Clingman taught instrumental music at UBC
and was an advocate for community music
education. Over the years he presented
many papers on community music education at the International Society for Music
Education (isme). He was also past president of cmea, and bcmea, and a long-time
Canadian delegate to the isme conferences.
Diana Cooper BA'64, BLS'65
Diana Cooper died peacefully surrounded
by her friends on September 17, 2004.
Diana was a long time member of the UBC
family, having graduated from UBC in L964
with a Fine Arts degree, and commencing
her career with the Library in June 1965 as
the Fine Arts Librarian.
Diana always took an exceptional interest in the work of the Fine Arts Division.
Early in her career, she was in charge of the
exhibition catalogues and book selection, as
well as providing reference service to many
students in the areas of Fine Arts, Architecture, Dance, Fashion, Costume and Artistic
Photography. She was frequently applauded
by faculty, students and staff within the Fine
Arts department for the extra efforts she
50    Trek    Fall 2005 made to ensure students received a tour of
the Fine Arts Division and were well versed
in research methods. She thoroughly enjoyed
her work and her interactions. Diana served
on a number of Library committees over the
years, making many valuable contributions
to groups that included selection committees,
task forces on systems and procedures, communications task groups, and the teaching
liaison group. As well, she was active with
many professional organizations and associations. Diana attended the inaugural meeting
of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of arlis/na
in Seattle, was part of the organizing committee for their annual conference in Vancouver
in L999 and maintained an active role with
this Chapter.
As an artist, Diana expressed her creativity
in her personal life as well as in the workplace. The Fine Arts displays as well as exhibitions (eg: Theatrical Costumes, Edwardian
Illustrated Books for Children, Art of Egypt,
Hogarth's Analysis of Beauty) all benefited
from Diana's artistic eye and creativity. She
also provided art work for many Library
websites, training programs and other tools
developed over the last 10 years.
Diana felt a strong bond with those she
worked with and went out of her way to
ensure a pleasant work environment. She
will always be remembered for her weekly
flowers, baking and her love of afternoon
tea. A memorial bench has been placed in the
Rose Garden.
Dr. Walter G. Hardwick
BA'54, MA'58, LLD'OO, OBC
Lauded by peers as a man of vision, leadership and commitment, and active at many
levels of public life, Walter Hardwick died on
June 9 after a lengthy illness, aged 73.
Dr. Hardwick first joined UBC's department of Geography in i960, and taught
courses in urban studies, urban geography,
and political geography until his retirement
in 1997. Known as an inspiring teacher, he
was instrumental in writing the 1963 MacDonald Report on post-secondary education
that laid the groundwork for Simon Fraser
University and the province's network of
community colleges.
Appointed Director of Continuing Education at UBC in 1975 and deputy minister of
Education, Science and Technology in 1976,
Walter Hardwick was also responsible for
establishing the Open Learning Institute
and the Knowledge Network.
As a co-founder of team (The Electors'
Action Movement) and member of Vancouver city council from 1969 to 1974, Dr.
Hardwick initiated the transformation of
the south shore of False Creek from industrial use to housing. He also played a key
role in preventing proposals for a freeway
system through the centre of Vancouver
becoming a reality. Instead, he oversaw two
survey projects between 1971 and 1974
that served as a basis for urban planning in
the Greater Vancouver
Regional District, and
inspired the district's Livable Region strategy.
In 1977, Hardwick
was awarded the Order
of British Columbia for
his contributions on
civic, regional, provincial, national and
international levels. He
was also presented with
an honorary degree from
UBC in 1997. He is predeceased by wife Shirley
Steeves and survived by
his four children and five
grandchildren. A memorial ceremony was held
on June 28 at the Chan
Centre for the Performing Arts on campus,
and included tributes from former BC Premier Mike Harcourt and former provincial
Minister of Education Patrick McGeer, a
UBC professor emeritus in Psychiatry.
Elizabeth Killam Hutton, BA'29
Betty had great drive and intelligence to
take on any challenge. She chose to focus on
her husband and four children, her extensive garden and her wide network of friends
and community projects that often included
her alma mater.
She was a champion of UBC, attending at
the young age of 16 and graduating at 19
with a major in economics. She was active
with the Kappa Kappa Gama sorority and
is fondly remembered for her performances
on the UBC auditorium stage. Her four
children graduated from UBC and took their
valued skills into careers around the world:
daughter, Anne, a politician in the 70's when
women were less commonly "at the table";
son, Alan, a ceo of a major it company;
son, David, a Canadian ambassador; and
daughter, Jane, an Associate VP at UBC.
Her husband Gordon, while Shaughnessy
Hospital's chief psychiatrist, also taught
part-time in four UBC faculties. Betty knew
many deans and their wives personally, having close friendships with
the Norman McKenzies,
Walter Gage, the Lassares,
Hebbs and Freddie Wood.
After graduation,
she traveled by train to
Toronto where she graduated from u of T in Social
Work. This passion for
helping others was a core
value in her approach to
life. She shared her limitless energy with a community that she defined
broadly. This included support of schools, churches
and organizations such as
the ywca, Junior League,
Ostomy Society, University Women's Club, UBC
Hospital and the Community Arts Council.
She raised money for many worthy causes
and had a sense of kindness that was both
deep and wide. While she would often take
her children to some dispirited places in
Downtown Eastside neighbourhoods, with
boxes full of food. We left with a powerful
understanding of why these caring relationships lasted for decades.
To our great benefit, she dedicated her
talents and love to her family. She cooked
wonderful meals, grew fresh fruits and vegetables in our garden, canning and pickling
the best of the harvest. She made bread
Fall 2005    Trek    51 ///MEMORIAM
the old fashion way, with large metal tubs
sitting in the sun under damp towels. She
made most of her own clothes and knitted
her sweaters. These were some of the values
and simple joys of living that we grew up
to appreciate. Her pleasure in small things
gave us a great sense of family roots and
community stability. She added greatly to
building the Garden of Remembrance at
Canadian Memorial Church, contributing a
bench, gates, her plants and much personal
care. She could be seen for years walking to
the church with her pail of earth, her gardening trowel, and pruning sheers for the
roses. On other days, she would walk with
her tennis racket to the Lawn Tennis Club,
actively playing until age 91.
Betty had a strong character that was
well known throughout the neighbourhood.
With unwavering commitment to her ideals
of right and wrong, she stood up for what
she believed, speaking with strength and
resolve. With a positive "can do" attitude,
firm values and clarity of action, she faced
problems directly with tenacity and spirit.
She lived life fully, with no regrets. She is
remembered well.
Don Nazzer BASc'41
Don Barkley Nazzer died suddenly ar qeii
in Halifax, following cardiac surgery.
He is survived by his constant companion and loving wife Sunny (Margaret),
children Eric (Nancy), Craig (Dr. Carey),
Laura Saunders (Capt. John), Carol Walsh
(Robert), 10 grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.
He graduated in Mechanical Engineering and his curious and lively intellect led
him into a challenging career, first with the
engineering firm Armstrong Wood in Toronto designing sophisticated weaponry for
the Armed Forces, then with the National
Research Council in Ottawa.
In the 1940s, he was part of an international team (nz, Russia, Germany, vk)
that designed and constructed the first
nuclear reactor (code-name zeep) to go crit
ical outside the US. This was the beginning
of the Chalk River Project and Canada's
nuclear program. In the 1950s he managed
the design and engineering of the supersonic
high speed wind tunnel that was used in the
Avro Arrow project.
In 1958 he joined Canadian General Electric in Peterborough, eventually becoming
one of the pioneers in its
Civilian Atomic Power
He was responsible
for the site selection
(Point Tupper), construction and operation of
Canada's first successful
heavy water plant. At the
request of R. B. Cameron he came to Sydney
in 1970 to determine
what to do with the
failed Glace Bay heavy
water plant.
After overseeing the
rehabilitation of that
plant, the new government of Gerald Regan
shut it down. In 1973,
he was engaged to do an energy analysis of
Sydney Steel Plant and until his retirement
in 1980, bis advice was sought on various
technical matters by Sysco,
After retiring, he indulged in his passion
for wine and travel (Opimian Society). He
was an active life member of the ymca, a
working partner in his wife's interior design
firm, an avid reader and a crossword fanatic
Don was a gentle man who enjoyed the chal
lenges of life. Memorial donations may be
made to the ymca Building Fund.
lsabelle Eleanor Nelson (Irwin) BASC'47
lsabelle passed away on August 15, 2005.
She was 81 years old and is survived by her
husband, Don, three daughters, one son,
nine grandchildren, and sister Louise Irwin
of Vancouver.
Gerald Miller Newman BA'5 '
Gerald passed away at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, bc, at age 79 on May 5,
1005. After completing his degree, Gerald
worked for the Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation from ^56-1968, where he
produced and directed numerous drama
and music programmes for radio and television. In 1967, he joined the department
of English at Simon Fraser University and
taught Shakespeare and literary criticism
until his retirement in
T991. Gerald also served
as chairman of this
department from 1968
to 1974. Throughout his
life Gerald was equally
passionate about music,
drama, photography, and
film — always offering
distinctive viewpoints
and maintaining the
highest standard of
intellectual discourse.
His wife, Joyce; sons,
Geoffrey and Timothy;
daughter-in- law, Haya;
and step-grandchildren,
Hutton Talya and Hilah will
lovingly remember him
along with extended
family and his many friends. The family
wishes to thank St. Paul's and Lions Gate
Hospitals for their efforts and care.
Joan Selby (Budd) BA'44
Joan died peacefully on February 12,,
2005. She is survived by her daughter, Lyn
Goytain, grandson Stefan Goytain (wife
Angela). Joan traveled extensively and had
a great collection of memorabilia. She is
missed by her family and wide circle of
Dr. James N. M. Smith
With great sorrow we announce that James
(Jamie) N. M. Smith died peacefully in
his home on July 18, 2005, following an
1 T-year battle with cancer. Jamie was born
in Rothesay, Scotland, in 1944, completed
his bsc at Edinburgh University and di'HIL
at Oxford University. He taught in the Zoology department at UBC from 1973. Over
the years Jamie has been referred to as the
52   Trek   Fall 2005 Birdman of UBC, a reflection of his lifelong
career in the study of bird populations, particularly song sparrows; as The Gentle Giant
because of his tall stature and mild and
modest manner; and as the Island Man for
his love of islands and his long-term work
on Mandarte Island near Sidney, BC.
Jamie's research achievements have been
recognized by awards from both the Canadian and American Ornithological Societies.
Through his career in ecology, he had the
opportunity to explore many of the world's
ecosystems from the Galapagos Islands, and
the Great Barrier Reef to boreal and arctic
Canada. He shared his passion for field ecology with students and the public, and was a
respected teacher and community naturalist.
He worked to protect habitats and preserve
endangered species and inspired generations
of students to study ecology and pursue
interests in conservation biology. In addition
to his academic pursuits, Jamie enjoyed golf,
telemark skiing, birding, hooting for owls at
his family cabin on Saturna Island, and singing while playing his guitar, particularly for
small children, Jamie is survived by his wife
Judy Myers, and his children Isla and Iain
Myers-Smith, his mother Margery Smith
of Dollar, Scotland and his sister Elizabeth
Smith of Bridge of Weir, Scotland, hi lieu
of flowers, donations may be sent to the
Jamie Smith Memorial Fund at UBC, (Attn:
Michelle Messinger, 6153 nw Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC v6i izi) to establish a scholarship for students to attend field courses.
Jamie and his family greatly appreciated
the support of the Pacific Spirit Community
Health Centre, the Canadian Red Cross and
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1980, especially at U of T, UBC and McGill.
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his physician Dr. Steve Kurdyak that made it
possible for bim to stay at home throughout
his illness.
A profile of Jamie was written shortly
before his death, island Man: A Field Study
about Research, Graduate Supervision and
Jamie's Many Gifts to his Students can be
found in the fall edition of Tapestry, the
newsletter of the Centre for Teaching and
Academic Growth; www.tag.ubc.ca/resoiir-
ce s/ta pestry/jamie.pdf
Lilian To Msw'79
Lilian To, ceo of success, passed away
suddenly on July z, 2005. She was a much
admired leader of the organization, which
helps Canadian newcomers adjust to life in
a new country.
She was born an only child on November
t, 194J, in Guangdong, China. She gained
a degree in Psychology from the University of Hong Kong in 1967, followed by a
qualification in Social Work. She arrived in
Canada from Hong Kong in ^73 in order
to be with her future husband, Chi-Tat
To, who had left Hong Kong to study at
UBC. She started working for success (the
United Chinese Community Enrichment
Services Society) the following year and
spenr the best part of the next three decades
A loved one. Since 1973 until his recent passing, Dr. Jamie Smith taught in the UBC Zoology
Department, sharing his passion for birds with up-and-coming scientists. An internationally
renowned ecologist, Dr. Smith studied avian populations at sites in BC and around the globe.
To honour his memory, family and friends have established the Jamie Smith Memorial Fund,
which will make it possible for future generations of students to study ecology in the field.
A former student shares the importance of field studies by writing, "Jamie placed a sparrow
in my hand and 1 felt the pounding heart of a bird for the first time. I've never forgotten
that moment."
For more information on establishing a commemorative gift, please contact the UBC
Development Office. Tel: 604-822-8900 Email; info.request@supporting.ubc.ca
Fall 20O5    Trek    53 mMEMORIAM
advocating on behalf of other immigrants making
the transition to life in Canadian. Although she left
her original position after two years to work in mental health, she maintained her involvement through
her board membership. Under her leadership, the organization has grown in size and influence. Although
she was never one to sing her own praises, Lilian
received many accolades including the Vancouver
Multicultural Service Award (1991) and the ywca
Women of Distinction Award (1999). Lilian and Chi-
Tat had two sons - Daniel and Nathan - and were
active in the Christian community.
The provincial premier's office released the following statement: "Lilian To was an exceptional British
Columbian who dedicated herself to ensuring that
new citizens who came to our shores were welcomed, supported and empowered to share fully in
the prosperity and opportunity of our province. She was someone
who clearly understood and believed in the power of a strong, open
and diverse community. Driving that vision was her dynamic spirit
and her great passion for bc and its people. Without question, bc's
future lies in our openness and in the ties we share with communities across the Pacific, and the strength of those ties is, in large part,
a reflection of Lilian To's life and work. Our thoughts and prayers
go out to her family, her many friends and her colleagues at success during this sad time. Lilian was truly a bright light who will
shine on in the hearts and lives of all those she touched during her
remarkable life."
Charles Young LLB'75, LLM'77
Charlie was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on December 2.8, 1949,
and was raised in the nearby hamlet of Paw Paw. In the family
tradition, he attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and
became an enthusiastic Wolverine, proudly playing his clarinet in
the Michigan Marching Band.
He met his sweetheart and soul mate, Lucy Fox, and they crossed
the continent on Amtrak, landing in Vancouver, bc, where they
married on October 5, 1973. Charlie discovered his love of wild
and rugged terrain while completing his law degree and masters.
In 1976, he and Lucy settled in New Mexico, and first child Justine was born in 1979. Sixteen months later the family took a 50-
mile backpack trip in the San Juan Mountains with Justine covering
the entire distance on Lucy's back.
Charlie served in the US Bureau of Land Management, the nm
Legislative Council Service, and the Albuquerque City Attorney's
Office and Risk Management Division. Ultimately, he enjoyed
nearly 15 years as a successful lobbyist, making countless friends,
serving as a role model for many, and never tiring of the challenges.
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Joan Selby
But his true passions were running, especially on the nearby mountain trails, and bicycling. A three-time finisher of the Leadville
Trail 100 Mile run, he also completed the La
Luz Trail Run and the Pikes Peak Ascent and
Marathon many times. Holidays meant bicycling in Ireland, Portugal, Nova Scotia, North
Carolina, and the Azores Islands. Charlie and
Lucy joined the Peloton Project to raise funds
for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, which
supports cancer survivors. This took them to
Austin, Texas, for the Ride of the Roses.
Companionship and camaraderie were
very important to Charlie and he made new
friends wherever he went. He is remembered
as witty, energetic, loyal, honest, compassionate, outgoing, and the ultimate father and
husband. ■
Once again the University is recognizing excellence in teaching
through the awarding of prizes to faculty members.  Five (5) prize
winners will be selected in the Faculty of Arts for 2006.
Eligibility:  Eligibility is open to faculty who have three or more
years of teaching at UBC. The three years include 2005 - 2006
Criteria: The awards will recognize distinguished teaching at
all levels; introductory, advanced, graduate courses, graduate
supervision, and any combination of levels.
Nomination Process: Members of faculty, students, or alumni may
suggest candidates to the Head of the Department, the Director of
the School, or Chair of the Program in which the nominee teaches
These suggestions should be in writing and signed by one or more
students, alumni or faculty, and they should include a very brief
statement of the basis for the nomination. You may write a letter
of nomination or pick up a form from the Office of the Dean,
Faculty of Arts in Buchanan Bl 30
Deadline: 4:00 p.m. on January 16, 2006. Submit nominations
to the Department, School or Program Office in which the nominee
Winners will be announced in the Spring, and they will be identified
during Spring convocation in May.
For further information about these awards contact either
your Department, School or Program office, or Dr. J. Evan
Kreider, Associate Dean of Arts at (604) 822-6703.
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