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The University of British Columbia Alumni Magazine
Volume 54 • Number 2 • Summer 2000
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President Linda Thorstad, BSc'77, MSc'84
Senior VP Gregory Clark, BCom'86, LLB'89
Past President Haig Farris, BA'60, LLD'97
Treasurer Thomas Hasker, BA'86
Members at Large '99-'01
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Don Wells, BA'89
Members at Large '00-'02
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Jane Hungerford, BEd'67
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Editorial Committee
Don Wells, BA'89, Chair
Ron Burke, BA'82
Sue Watts, MF'75, PhD'81
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A Conversation with the Dean
John Cairns, MD'68, talks about the state of the Faculty of Medicine
Against All Odds: UBC's Faculty of Medicine After 50 Years
An excerpt from a new book by Wendy Cairns, BA'65
Medical Model
A focus on medical research at UBC by Hilary Thomson
Boat Full of Inspiration
Rehab, professor Susan Harris and her battle with cancer
by Shari Ackerman
Campus Profile: VP Students Brian Sullivan
A look at UBC's new focus on the student experience
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Clinic Has 'Positive Impact' on the Downtown Eastside
Addictions, poverty, mental illness
and HIV/AIDS are among the
problems that the Downtown
South Community Health Centre deals
with on a regular basis. The centre serves
3,000 clients a year.
"The problems and way of life aren't
as entrenched here as they are on the
Downtown Eastside," says Rob Kolen,
who manages the free clinic located at the
south end of Vancouver's Seymour Street.
"These people have huge medical
needs," says Dr. Fraser Norrie, a clinical
instructor in UBC's Family Practice Dept.
who works part-time at the clinic.
Norrie is one of five family practice
physicians working at the centre along
with nurse clinicians, community counsellors, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses
and alcohol and drug counsellors. Two
doctors, two nurses and two community
counsellors do shift work.
The centre is a training site for family
practice residents who complete a one-
month rotation in their first year. Undergraduate medical students from UBC who
are interested in treating underserved
populations also train at the centre.
Many of the clients are intravenous
drug users and the centre's needle exchange program distributes about 12,000
needles per month. There are about 2.5
Third year McMaster University student Jeremy Penner at the Downtown South Community
Health Centre.
million needles exchanged annually in all
of Vancouver's exchange programs. The
exchange program can serve as a gateway
to treatment, says Kolen.
"Most of our clients have multi-drug
addictions which are very difficult to
treat," he says. "Our clients have a better
chance of recovery here than in a tradi-
UBC Establishes Canadian Literary Award
UBC's Dept. of Theatre, Film and
Creative Writing has established
a Creative Writing Residency
Prize in Stageplay. It is worth $25,000, and
is the most generous of its kind in Canada.
"Not only will it increase the profile
of playwriting as an art form in Canada ...
it will bring playwrights of national and
international stature to UBC and the Lower Mainland," says Assoc. Prof. Bryan
Wade, director of the prize.
The award includes a one-month residency at the university. The winning play-
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wright will mentor Creative Writing students, work with Theatre students and
faculty on the development of the play
for performance, and deliver the Stageplay
Residency Lecture.
The winning play will be published
by PRISM international, Creative Writing's
literary magazine, and a public performance will be presented.
"The prize will build on connections
developed in our department between
writing, publication and performance,"
says Wade.   •
tional medical setting, however. We can
literally walk them over to see someone
who can help. They don't get bounced
around the system."
The 360-square-metre clinic holds
examining rooms, lab space and group
meeting rooms. Not only does it offer
medical and counselling attention six
days a week, there is a youth program
each weekday evening, a project focusing
on the health issues of gay, lesbian and
transgendered individuals, and a drop-in
program three nights a week for young
male street workers.
"There's an ambience here that is
healing," says Family Practice Asst. Prof.
Stefan Grzybowski. "People who come
here often have trouble with behaviour
and boundaries but they act appropriately
here — that's something special."
The Centre is supported by St. Paul's
Hospital, the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver/Richmond Health Board, the Ministry of Health and other municipal and
provincial agencies. • Biophysicist Comes
Home to DNA
After almost a decade south of the
border, biophysicist Andre
Marziali is glad to be back on his
old stomping grounds.
The 33-year-old assistant professor in
UBC's Physics and Astronomy Dept.
returned to his alma mater last fall from
Stanford University, where he led a team
of engineers and physicists in the
development of an integrated modular
system for DNA sequencing.
For Marziali BAScfEng Phys)'89, the
move of his young family back to the
Lower Mainland was an easy decision.
"My wife and I are both from Vancouver
and we really wanted to get back here,"
says Marziali. "Plus, there was a great
career opportunity at UBC to teach and
pursue my own research."
With 25 per cent of the province's
university professors expected to retire
within the next four years, the fact that
Marziali has bucked the perceived trend of
young university teachers and researchers
fleeing to the United States is good news.
"The combination of the retirement
bulge over the next decade with the brain
drain to the US and Eastern Canada from
this province—caused primarily by the
erosion of salaries in BC universities—will
make the problem of recruitment and
retention of outstanding scholars the
major challenge for UBC," says Derek
Atkins, associate vice-president, Academic
Planning. "It is heartening then that
despite this, the quality of UBC faculty
and research is enabling us to attract
quality people such as Marziali."
Marziali's modular system for large-
scale DNA sequencing allows researchers
to dramatically speed up the laborious
task of identifying numerous samples of
DNA strands. Using devices that automatically perform many of the steps needed,
Marziali is able to analyze up to 10,000
samples a day.
He is also working on adding another
Physics Asst. Prof. Andre Marziali's research
is being used to speed up the analysis of
DNA sequences.
component to the system, the
hermocycler, to be used in research at the
BC Cancer Agency's Genome Sequence
Centre headed by UBC Nobel laureate
Michael Smith.
It costs up to 50 cents to sequence
each DNA base. Marziali would like to see
that reduced to a penny, which would
lower the cost of genome research.
Therefore, more work can be done to
further explore and understand human
gene function.
"Michael Smith was instrumental in
getting me back up here," he says.
"Besides the fact that I love to teach, a
large reason why I'm here is to support
the work of the BC Cancer Agency's
Genome Sequence Centre."
Marziali is awaiting word on a $1.2
million grant from the National Human
Genome Research Institute to help
support his research. •
$15 Million in New
Research Funds
Nine UBC projects have received
more than $15 million in capi
tal funding thanks to a combination of federal monies, matching provincial funds and support from a
donation made by Stewart Blusson BSc'60.
"This support facilitates both basic
lesearch and the development of new
technologies," says David Dolphin,
lormer acting vice-president, Research.
UBC projects recently received more
than $6 million in funding from the BC
Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF)
to match support from the Canada
Foundation for Innovation (CFI). The remaining 20 per cent of funding is from
the Blusson gift, hospital foundations and
corporate sources. A large portion of Blusson's 1998 gift of $50 million was specifically allocated to attract CFI funding.
Biochemistry Prof. Grant Mauk is the
principal applicant in a project valued at
almost $8.75 million. It will be used to
buy equipment for eight technology hubs
on campus. CFI contributed to the cost of
equipment for five hubs. The provincial
government matched those funds and
also contributed to the cost of the other
three facilities.
The Core Centre for Growth and Development at the Children's & Women's
Health Centre of British Columbia received funding as well as projects for the
protection of fish habitat, industrial mineral innovation and forestry and agriculture sustainability, and funded health
sciences projects. UBC's Biomedical Research Centre received funding to upgrade
equipment that will be used to explore
new treatments for cancer, asthma and
auto-immune disorders.
UBC research attracts more than $140
million in research funding annually and
77 companies have started in BC as a result of UBC research. •
Chronicle chronicle news
Students Play Dual Roles to Train Themselves
Rave reviews are greeting students
in a new directed studies course in
the Faculty of Pharmaceutical
Twelve fourth-year students form a
cast of costumed characters that appear
regularly in the Pharmacy Professional
Practice 300 lab. Making their entrances
on crutches and wheelchairs, the students
regale would-be pharmacists with fictional
symptoms and drug-related problems.
The students are performing the role
of standardized patient, a method of
developing and testing students' ability to
counsel patients. Standardized patients are
usually played by paid actors, but the
faculty recruited students for the roles to
help introduce peer teaching. This
innovative method is found in few
faculties of pharmaceutical sciences in
North America. Learning more about how
to manage disease states was what
motivated fourth-year student Amita
Kumar to get involved.
"Developing the case studies required
a lot of research and integrating that
information with my own knowledge
from previous courses to create a fictitious
patient was a challenge," she says, "The
most important aspect of the project was
that I was able to experience what it is like
to be a patient rather than the pharmacist."
Students were required to act and
UBC Athlete Celebrates 100 Years
The oldest living former UBC
varsity athlete turned 100 this
year. Jessie (Buckerfield)
McDougall celebrated on March 12, with
her family and friends at West
Vancouver's Hollyburn House.
Jessie was very athletically inclined.
She was captain of the King Edward high
field hockey team in high school, a
pursuit she admittedly preferred to the
books. In 1919 she enrolled in first year
Arts at UBC, where she played for the
1919/20 Blue & Gold field hockey team,
coached by Mrs. P.A. Boving. It was a
high-profile sport on campus as UBC won
four and lost one that year. Jessie's last
game was played on March 20, 1920, a 1-0
victory over Victoria. She was also a
member of the UBC Women's Athletic
Executive. Jessie then moved to the
Provincial Normal School in Vancouver
where she received her teachers training
degree in 1923.
In 1924, Jessie married Mickey
McDougall, BA'21. Mickey later became
the "legendary" principal of North
Vancouver high school, and the
McDougall scholarship and Mickey
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McDougall Gym were established in his
honour. Jessie coached the North Van
high school women's field hockey team to
the 1926 provincial championship.
"I didn't like the books as much as
hockey ... I would rather have been
playing hockey," reminisces Jessie of more
than 80 years ago. "I have such good
memories of those days."
—Fred Hume, UBC Historian
create the entire patient case, including a
detailed description of the disease state,
symptoms, personality, family history and
social activities. They also evaluate their
performance and the effectiveness of the
peer teaching approach.
Each student played one of 12
characters for two hours a week for 12
weeks—all organized by lab co-ordinator
Hilary Watson.
"The program offers dual learning,"
says Watson, a lecturer in the division of
Pharmacy Practice. "It cements the
knowledge of the directed studies students
while teaching new skills to the students
in the lab." •
Canada's Best
This year's honorary degree
recipients are movers and
shakers from a variety of
professions. They include former prime
minister Kim CampbeU, BA'69, LLB'83
acclaimed filmmaker Atom Egoyan
and Nobel Prize-winner Robert
Mtmdell M'53. Other recipients are
Alice Baumgart BSN'58, leader in
nursing and health care; Prof. Emeritus
of Physics and Astronomy Myer
Bloom; Henry Friesen BEd'6l, head of
the Medical Research Council of Canada; neurological researchers Edith
and Patrick McGeer BA'48, MD'58;
Walter Hardwick BA'54, MA'58, Prof.
Emeritus and former deputy minister
of Education; international educational
leader Robert Ho; former UBC dean of
Medicine William Webber MD'58;
pioneering geologist John Wheeler
BASc'47; Maureen Mitchell Donald,
the first deaf person hired as a teacher
of the deaf in Canada; and conservationecologist Evelyn Chrystalla
Melou. Degrees were awarded during
Congregation May 24-31. Message from the President
UBC Faculty of Medicine: 50 Years of Innovation
in 1950 was vastly different from
' the place we're
familiar with today. Populated with a few
sturdy buildings such as Main Library
and the Science building, a dozen or
more 'temporary' structures from the '30s
and a raft of old army huts, it strained
under the weight of thousands of returning army vets and a whole new generation of eager learners. This was the campus that UBC's first medical students saw.
The struggle to establish a medical
school at UBC began with UBC's first
president, Frank Wesbrook. But it wasn't
until mid century that the combined political, academic and diplomatic skills of
Claude Dolman and G.E Strong could
create the UBC faculty of Medicine. They
searched out and hired a fresh team of
enthusiastic young men and women
from around North America and, with
limited space and equipment, began accepting students in the fall of 1950.
Since then, UBC has grown into one
of the best universities on the continent,
and our faculty of Medicine has grown
along with it. Our strengths in health
research are well known, our clinical expertise draws both patients and practitioners from around the world, and our success as teachers is proved by the fact that
our graduates (from physicians and nurses, to rehabilitation experts in every
field) are in high demand world-wide.
Articles in this issue of The Chronicle give you a sense of the history and
research capabilities of the faculty, and of
the men and women who make it all
The 20th century brought incredible
advances to humanity in virtually every
area of endeavour, and health is no exception. We need only compare the typical lifespan of a person born in 1900 to
that of a person born today; or compare
infant mortality rates between 1900 and
2000. At the turn of the last century, we
barely understood the role of bacteria in
general health, and were just beginning
to delve into the mysteries of viruses.
Today we're entering a new frontier
of genetics-based health care. It has already revolutionized the way we look at
disease and will, over the next hundred
years, change completely the way we
manage good health. Our faculty of Medicine is on the cutting edge of that frontier, with some of the best researchers in
North America working on campus.
In recent years, the faculty has endowed new academic chairs, established
an innovative community outreach program and developed new hospital-based
research institutes and centres. Also, after
extensive consultation and review, we
have introduced a new curriculum that
exploits information technology and the
opportunities for learning and research
presented by that new technology.
UBC is a key player in the newly
formed Canadian Institutes of Health
Research (CIHR), which will coordinate
federally sponsored health research
projects. The CIHR will link centres of
excellence into a highly integrated system where researchers and clinicians
around the country will work together
Martha Piper, President
on common health issues, sharing information and results. It will be an exciting
and productive time for health research
in Canada and at UBC.
Our faculty of Medicine has made
significant contributions to the health of
Canadians during its 50 year history.
That it has become a leader in modern
research, teaching and health care delivery is a testament to the dedication of
our staff, students, faculty and practitioners and an indicator of the strength of
our university.   •
'Thank you...
...for loving UBC as much as I do, and having the
faith in current students to invest in our future. The
scholarships and bursaries you help provide mean
-Angela Halicki, Student
3rd Year, Bachelor of Arts
Angela's thanks - and those of many other
students - go out to the 23,232 alumni and
friends who made a gift to UBC last year. Your
donation makes a difference in the lives of our students.
For information on the difference gifts have made, or ways to
continue your support, please contact us at:
Phone: (604)822-8900 or toll-free:
1-877-717-GIVE, Fax: (604)822-8151
E-mail: ubc.fund@ubc.ca
Chronicle chronicle news
• Metals and Materials Engineering
Prof. Indira Samarasekera > PhD'80,
has been appointed VP, Research, as of
May 1. She has also been appointed
UBC co-ordinator for the Canada
Foundation for Innovation (CFI). She
is director of the Centre for Metallurgical Process Engineering.
• Bruce Fleming BSc'73, MD'78 has
been named associate dean, Student
Affairs, in the Faculty of Medicine. He
was named outstanding teacher by the
residents in Emergency Medicine in
1996 and by the fourth-year medical
class in 1999.
• Calum MacAulay PhD'89, a clinical
associate professor of Pathology and
associate member in the Physics Dept.,
is the winner of the council's Young
Innovator Award. MacAulay is a biophysicist involved in applied technologies for the early detection of cancer.
• Paul Sorensen BSc'80, MD'84,
PhD'90, Associate Professor, Pathology
and Laboratory Medicine and Pediatrics, is the first recipient of the Asa and
Kashmir Johal and Family Chair in
Pediatric Oncology.
• The Physical Medicine Research
Foundation has awarded more than
$250,000 for research projects for im
proving the understanding of whiplash-
associated disorders. $47,815 went to
Donna Mclntyre BSRP'80, MPE'86,
PhD'94, Darlene Redenbach BSRP'82,
MSc'86, PhD'92, and Roy Purssell BSc'77,
MD'79 of Rehab Sciences, Division of
Physical Medicine and Rehab and Division of Emergency Medicine, UBC. $6,028
to Gunter P. Siegmund BASc'86 of Maclnnis Engineering Associates and the Biomechanics Lab and Human Kinetics, UBC.
• Robert Brunham MD'72 has been appointed director of the University of British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
(UBC-CDC) and professor in the Dept. of
Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine.
Brunham is also named the medical director of the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control Society.
• Richard Lipsey f BA'51 received an
from the
last Nov.
25. Lipsey
is a professor of Economics at
Fraser University.
• Medical Genetics Prof. Michael Hayden
has been awarded the 1999 Guthrie
Family Humanitarian Award for his
clinical and research work in
Huntington's Disease. He is the first
Canadian to receive the award.
• Earth and Ocean Sciences Prof. Tom
Pedersen has been appointed to a three-
year term as chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of Past Global Changes
(PAGES), an international scientific body
in Bern, Switzerland.
• Economics Prof. Erwin Diewert has
been nominated to a prestigious panel
charged with solving an important
measurement problem for economic
policy-making in the US. He will serve
on the National Statistics Cost-of-
Living Indexes committee at the
National Academy of Sciences.
• Donald Brooks, ~f professor of
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
and Chemistry, has been appointed
UBC co-ordinator for the Canada
Foundation for Innovation program.
• Heather McCaw has been appointed
acting director, Development. She most
recently served as associate director,
Development Office.
• Jo-ann Archibald,  f director ofthe
First Nations House of Learning, is a
recipient of the 2000 National Aboriginal Achievement Awards—the highest
award given by Canada's aboriginal
Chronicle Huntington's Testing No Secret
It's highly unusual for a large crowd to attend and applaud a PhD defence, but more
than 50 people were present when Sue Cox defended her doctoral research.
Many had first-hand experience with the topic of her 500-page thesis, It's Not a Secret But...: Predictive Testing and Patterns of Communication about Genetic Information in
Families at Risk for Huntington's Disease.
Cox's interest in this topic began nearly 20 years ago when a friend explained that
he was at risk for Huntington's disease. "I had no idea that his story would leave such
an indelible impression or that I would later struggle to articulate something about the
social and familial implications that he came to understand all too well," she says.
Described as a genetic time bomb, Huntington's disease typically occurs after age
35 and each child of a parent with the disease has a 50 per cent chance of developing it.
In 1993, predictive testing with near 100 per cent certainty became available for the
first time.
Cox conducted 102 interviews throughout BC with 16 people who were having the
test and 33 of their family members to see how families communicate about hereditary
"The phrase "It's not a secret but' is intended to convey the profound sense of ambivalence that many at-risk individuals feel about disclosing their test results to others,"
Cox says. Her research was part of a larger study headed up by UBC medical anthropologist Prof. William McKellin. "Much of genetics research is undertaken in the lab, working at the molecular level with the hope of developing tests that will eventually lead to
clinical interventions," McKellin says. "Sue moved beyond the molecular genetics lab
and clinic to understand the subtle and profound ways that genetic testing affects everyday family and social lives."
Cox is a post-doctoral fellow with the Centre for Applied Ethics and collaborates
with renowned researcher, Medical Genetics Prof. Michael Hayden, director of the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics. She is an active volunteer in societies that
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What's Changed in
50 Years?
As part of the first class to graduate
when the Second World War began, Jack Stevenson BA'40,
BCom'40 remembers the biggest worry
was not whether you would find a job
once you graduated, it was whether you
would go to war.
In 1940, fraternities and sororities
were the big thing on campus — which
was slightly less crowded with a student
population of little more than 2,500 people.
With no campus pub, the old Hotel
Vancouver, which stood where Eaton's is
now, was the popular hangout for university students. Tuition fees were in the low
A graduate of Engineering in the tumultuous '60s, John Ritchie's BASc'69,
MASc'71 most vivid memory is not of the
upheaval caused by the Vietnam War, but
the punch cards that held all his computer programs.
"It was a real disaster when you were
running down the hall and tripped,
dumping your punch cards on the floor
and losing the whole sequence of your
program," he says.
During this time the campus was in
the process of expanding with a student
population of more than 20,000. Buildings such as Totem Park and the Student
Union Building began to spring up.
But Peter Ladner BA '70 says although
there have been a lot of changes in the
decades after graduation, there are many
similarities between his generation and
the students today. He recalls the emotional tumult of his first few days at UBC.
"When I first arrived at university it was
quite difficult," he says. "I was a little cog
in a huge machine. All this gray concrete,
shuffling from class to class, wondering
what I was doing here." •
Chronicle chronicle news
Wood Dust = Lung Cancer?
A link between wood dust and cancer? Epidemiologist Paul Demers thinks so.
Demers, who specializes in occupational respiratory disease, is assistant professor in the Faculty of Graduate Studies' Occupational Hygiene Program. He is a
principal investigator in a four-year study of 26,000 BC millworkers at 14 sawmills who
have been exposed to wood dust from 1950-85.
"An agency of the World Health Organization classified wood dust as a carcinogen
in 1995," says Demers, whose research earned him the designation Medical Research
Council of Canada (MRC) /British Columbia Lung Association Scientist this year. "Now
we're trying to determine which woods are the culprits and at what exposure level."
The 1995 classification focused on the dust of hardwoods like oak and mahogany
as a cause of sino-nasal cancer. There is one case of sino-nasal cancer for every 100 cases
of lung cancer in North America, says Demers, although in Europe the incidence is
higher in part due to exposure to wood dust.
Airborne dust from softwoods such as hemlock and fir and mixed woods are also
being investigated as a cause, as well as asthma and chronic obstructive
lung disease.
Researchers liaise with the woodworkers' unions and mill management to examine
data from employment records and match the information to Statistics Canada data on
cancer and deaths due to respiratory illnesses.
Sawmill jobs include dumping and sorting logs and lumber in the yard, sawing,
moving and inspecting lumber inside the mill and clean up of the work area. Vacuuming or sweeping dampened dust are preferable to blowing dust out of the work area using compressed air, says Demers.
He and a research team study procedures at mills from New Westminster to Mackenzie. "There have been very significant changes in practices over the time period of
the study," says Demers. "Although some mills still have 100-year-old equipment,
there's a lot less manual labour and more work is done from a sealed-off computer
Recommendations made in 1997 contributed to a Workers' Compensation Board
decision to cut levels of wood dust exposure in half to the current level of 2.5 milligrams per cubic metre of air. At this level dust particles are visible hanging in the air. •
VOC Celebrates 5 Years
Fifty-five VOC oldtimers gathered at Cypress Bowl downhill ski area for their annual
hike, Sept. 8, 1999. Hikers went to Yew Lake or up Black Mt. to Cabin Lake. A 5-year
reunion luncheon will be held Sept. 6, 2000 at Cecil Green Park. The annual hike is on
Sept. 7, 2000 at Cypress Bowl. If you haven't received any information, call Ingrid
Blomfield, 926-1156, Iola Knight, 922-7358, or Margaret Merler, 922-8973.
Chronicle Family Link Proven in MS
Professor of Medical Genetics Dessa
Sadovnick grew up with MS. But
she wasn't affected with the disease. Rather, her mother raised money for
Multiple Sclerosis of Canada. Dessa witnessed first hand the devastating effect of
the illness on individuals and families.
As a result, Dessa started working as a
research associate with Neurology Prof.
Donald Paty, director of multiple sclerosis
research programs, in 1980. She joined
the faculty in 1989.
After seeing so many families affected
with the disease, Sadovnick was convinced of a genetic link. That conviction
resulted in the largest and most comprehensive database on family histories of
MS in the world.
In the early 1980s, looking for a genetic component in MS was "an off the
wall idea" according to Sadovnick. If there
was a family link, it was attributed to diet
or viral illness.
Sadovnick began a collaboration with
neurologist George Ebers at the University
of Western Ontario and in 1993 they
launched a Canada-wide study to establish whether or not MS is linked to genetics. Sadovnick and her team at UBC's
clinic gathered histories from patients registered at MS clinics across the country.
More than 18,000 patients were screened
and incorporated into the collaborative
study. More than 3,500 histories came
from UBC MS clinic patients. Using this,
the genetic link in MS was conclusively
proven in 1996. Sadovnick and fellow researchers are continuing to build the database.
It helps doctors identify high-risk individuals and start monitoring the disease
even before symptoms begin. There are an
estimated 50,000 cases of MS in Canada.
The disease usually strikes between ages
20 and 40, affects twice as many women
as men, and mainly affects Caucasians
Medical Genetics Prof. Dessa Sadovnick
and people of northern Europe ancentries.
MS patients suffer loss of balance,
muscle weakness, impaired speech, numbness, loss of vision and extreme fatigue.
"This is a disease that has implications for the whole family," says Sadovnick. "It's satisfying to me as a
researcher that my work allows me to deal
directly with patients .... I know these
people — it's a real advantage over investigation based solely on lab work." •
Send Us Your Extra Wine. No, Really!
The best wine producing areas in the world - France, Germany, California,
Australia, South Africa - all count on academic research to refine and
enhance production. Canada, one of the youngest wine producing regions
in the world, has benefitted from this research as well.
Now, the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and the province of BC join these
centres with the launch of the B.C. Wine Research Centre. Led by Dr. Hennie van
Vuuren, the Eagles Chair in Food Biotechnology, this centre is beginning to draw
local and international attention.
Dr. van Vuuren and his team will conduct research in enology and biotechnology to promote the technological development of BC's wine industry. But we
need wine to start the research.
That's right. In order for Wine Research Centre students and researchers to
study wine we seek donations from your own cellars for study in the centre's labs.
You will receive a charitable tax receipt for the fair market value of your donation
and have the knowledge that you're helping produce better wine right here.
We need commercial wine (sorry, no home made wines) of excellent quality.
You can drop off wine to the Food, Nutrition and Health Building, and we will
add your contribution to the cellars for study.
For further information contact Dr. van Vuuren at 822-0418 or David Love,
Faculty Development Officer, 822-8910. •
Chronicle      11 A Conversation with
John Cairns, MD
Dean of Medicine
UBC's been around since 1917. Why was there
no medical school until 1950?
It was very difficult to get a medical school started
in BC. Most medical schools in the east were
established in the late 1800s and any need we had
in the west was filled by those grads and doctors
from abroad. Governments at the time thought it
wasteful to spend money on a medical school out
here when we could easily attract physicians from
elsewhere. The move to start a medical school here
really got going in the 30s and 40s, but there was
still a lot of resistance.
Does our school supply all the physicians we
need in BC?
No. Because the school was new and the facilities
quite limited, we didn't have very large classes for
the first years. It wasn't until the 1970s that the
school really expanded, but even today, of the
8,000 or so doctors we have in BC, only about a
quarter of them are trained at UBC. And every year
we need about 300 new physicians in BC to replace
those who retire or leave. We graduate 120 each year, and only
about 80 of them stay here. So we're still depending on other
jurisdictions to train 75% of our doctors.
How does our medical school compare to others in the
We're the third largest school in the country, and we have an
excellent reputation. As a result, we've attracted some of the top
surgeons, pediatricians, psychiatrists, and other specialists to
Vancouver as practitioners, researchers, teachers and leaders. So
the presence of the school has had a major impact on the
practice of medicine in BC. That's an important role. One of the
ways to measure the quality of our students and the quality of
our education is to compare the marks of entering students and
of graduating students across the country. Our medical students
traditionally score higher than those at any other school on
their entrance exams.
The medical school attracts 42% of the research dollars that
come to UBC and we've attained international prominence in a
number of research areas. We're leaders in human genetics,
cancer research, protein engineering, neurosciences, respiratory
diseases, HIV/AIDS and a number of other areas, largely because
we've been able to attract top people.
University funding has been shaky over the past decade.
What's been the impact on the school of medicine?
Like many medical schools across the country, ours has been
seriously underfunded over the past decade or so. In spite of that
we have sustained the quality of our educational programs and
have undertaken innovative new approaches. We retain our
reputation for research excellence, but we have not excelled to
the level to which we are capable. We have definitely not been
able to satisfy BC's needs for health professionals to the extent
we ought to. A recent external funding analysis of the faculty
voiced concerns about our funding in relation to other provinces and commented on the integral relationships between
faculties of medicine and provincial ministries of health that are
more evident in other provinces. Implicit policies that have
promoted the training of health professionals in other provinces
and countries are superficially cost effective but have made BC
vulnerable to change occurring beyond its borders and direct
influence. Fortunately, our Ministry of Health has begun to
realize the importance of our medical school to a high quality
health care system, and sees its value as an engine of the
economy through research. I think they are beginning to
understand the value of educating appropriate proportions of
our physicians and other health professionals here.
Chronicle Dean Cairns with Brian Bressler and Helen Ting,
two new MDs, at the spring convocation. CP pic
What can the medical school do to
improve health care for people in BC.
We've been talking to government about
ways to make sure the quality of the
medical education here remains high,
and how to expand our capacity. If the
school doubled in size we'd be training
physicians at the same rate as other
Canadian schools, and would go a long
way to dealing with our shortages here.
That would mean a funding increase of
about $40 million a year.
But part of the discussion is also
about how we deliver a medical education. I'd like to see more money spent
developing educational facilities in
hospitals and universities around the
province. That way, students could get
their basic science education here in
Vancouver, then spend the last years
working and learning in other locations. This serves two functions: it
increases the funding to facilities outside the Lower Mainland,
and it would be more likely that persons trained in a particular
area would stay and practice in that area. We have that kind of
relationship now with UNBC and the hospital in Prince
George. Twelve members of our family practice program do
their training up there. Such expansion means a bigger school
here at UBC, but also development of facilities in major centres
around the province.
Another important part in medical education is the role of
our Clinical Faculty, some 2,000 doctors who help train our
students here and at sites around the province. These are
practicing doctors who aren't employees of the university,
though some may receive a stipend or sessional payment. Their
work is voluntary and it's an essential part of the education our
students receive. They provide a wellspring of commitment to
the profession and the university, and we value them very
much. So much of what our students learn comes from men
and women who practice medicine on a daily basis, and it's
one of the great strengths of our program. Students in our
schools of Rehabilitation Sciences and Audiology and Speech
Sciences also benefit from these Clinical Faculty.
Our relationship with the BC Ministry of Health has
improved dramatically over the past few years. We've established a new Health Human Resources Planning Group with
government to focus on the educational needs of nurses and
physicians and linking those needs to health care needs in BC.
Educational capacity needs to be brought into the loop when
government considers overall health care. This is the norm in
most other provinces, but it's a new concept here. Our school
has a long history of affiliation to hospitals around the province, and of being engaged in their health care needs. The
ministry is now recognizing that and understands the benefits.
What's the biggest problem facing
health care delivery in BC?
We in BC have to take more responsibility for supplying our own health care
professionals. The physician shortage
across the country is only going to get
worse and if we can't fill more of our
own needs, the shortage will be even
greater here. And we can't count on the
graduates from other places to come
here anymore. We fill almost as many
positions here with graduates from
Ontario medical schools as we do from
our own. But Ontario has already started
to put in place incentives to keep its
health care professionals in the province, to address its own shortage. We
can't count on that pool anymore.
We're having the same problems in
the school of Rehabilitation Sciences.
We're seeing real shortages of occupational and physiotherapists and we're
not filling the educational gap fast enough. We also educate a
large number of medical scientists here, and while our research
profile is still very high, these scientists are in demand elsewhere.
How do things look for the next 50 years?
The quality of our school is unquestioned. Students with the
highest marks in the country come to our school, and the
research we do here is some of the best in the world. I'm
excited about the new Canadian Institutes of Health Research,
which will concentrate more attention and more money on our
work. We've already benefited from the Canada Foundation for
Innovation funding. The Canadian Research Chairs are building the future of research at Canadian universities. I'm also
happy that the provincial health ministry is beginning to listen
to our pleas for increased spending on medical education to
sustain its quality. I am confident that our province will assume
the responsibility to educate more of its own health care
The first 50 years of this school have been impressive in
terms of teaching and research. We've done amazing things for
so young a school. But the next 50 will contribute even more.
We're entering an exciting phase in our development.
John Cairns, MD'68, FRCPC was named Dean of Medicine in 1996.
He achieved the highest standing in his graduating class at UBC. He
trained as a cardiologist at McGill, and joined the medical school at
McMaster in 1975, where he served for 21 years, earning the
position of Chair of Medicine. He and wife Wendy have three
daughters, and have a particular penchant for white water rafting.
13 Against All Odds:
Faculty of
Half a Century
by Wendy Cairns BA'65
's first president, Frank Wesbrook, himself a physician, dreamed of setting up a medical school at the new university. But it was
not until the energies of medical personalities such as G.F. Strong and academic
leaders such as Claude Dolman merged with the compelling demands of returning
WWII veterans that the enterprise was seriously undertaken. It was by no means
smooth sailing; the conflicting exigencies of the local practitioners and the
university intelligentsia resulted in considerable friction. The location of the
school and the availability of hospital beds became an issue of raging debate.
Key government figures weighed in. Eventually compromises were reached and
the medical school engaged its first faculty members in 1949 and accepted its
first class of students in 1950.
The primitive facilities and conditions that greeted the early students and
their professors became the stuff of legend. First Dean Myron Weaver and the
early department heads struggled valiantly to find equipment and space to
introduce the basic medical sciences, and clinical instructors gave generously of
their time under less than desirable circumstances to teach the students their
skills. Interviews with some of the original faculty members and first students
paint a vivid picture of the facilities, program, social life, personalities and
events of the early days.
The following excerpt is taken from Against All Odds: UBC's Faculty of Medicine After Haifa Century, by Wendy Cairns, BA'65, to be published later this year.
This section highlights the formation of the department of Anatomy.
1 the new school took shape it was
important to appoint heads of the basic
sciences departments, since these were
the areas where the students would begin
their pre-clinical training in the initial
two years of the program. With an average age of 35, these were the youngest
department heads in any medical school
in Canada. According to those who
wished to put the best light on the new
developments, this resulted in a new and
innovative integration of studies, because
no one was concerned about tradition. A
common observation of all the early faculty recruits was that a sense of excitement and esprit-de-corps permeated the
faculty and enlivened their working
When the new heads began the
mammoth job of setting up the medical
faculty, they thought that the issue of
location had been resolved in favour of a
united school based on the campus. They
knew, though, that because it would take
some time to generate the necessary capital funds, the medical school would be
temporarily divided between the universi-
Chronicle ty site and Vancouver General Hospital.
However, the change of government from
a coalition Liberal government to W.A.C.
Bennett's Social Credit regime in 1952
meant that previously promised funding
for the campus hospital was no longer
A general pattern was established in
recruiting new faculty: in each department the head would scout the field,
work up a list of possible appointments,
assemble their curricula vitae and then
discuss the list with the dean. Weaver
liked to be consulted and was very good
at it, paying real attention to details and
spotting potential flaws, offering useful
suggestions or exposing weak planning.
Dr. Jonathan Meakins, a fabled
former dean of McGill medical school,
was upset to learn that one of his most
promising proteges in Montreal, Dr. Sydney Friedman, had not been interviewed
for a department head position at UBC.
He promptly wrote to Dean Weaver about
the talented young anatomist. Friedman
had received his MD and later his PhD at
McGill and was second in command in
his department, eager to move on to a
greater challenge, but wanting particularly to stay in Canada. The recruitment of
Friedman, 33, along with his wife, Connie, was to have a major and lasting impact on the new medical school, whose
department of Anatomy eventually became one of the outstanding centres of its
kind in North America.
Friedman had misgivings about coming to the fledgling medical school. He
had read Claude Dolman's report which
proposed a centralized model, and agreed
with its principles. He worried that the
"counter-report" from the clinical forces
might prevail. Having worked in a school
which had been the leader in Canada for
academic medicine, Friedman was thoroughly indoctrinated with the idea that
there is only one kind of first-class medical school and it was not a split school.
Separate locations for clinical and basic
science meant little contact between the
two branches, and if they were to be
joined at the hospital location, the result
ing institution would develop a clinical
service orientation rather than an academic medicine orientation. On the other
hand, he saw a number of points in favour of the move to Vancouver. Very few
headships were due to become available
in other centres in Canada, whereas this
one was open to an ambitious young academic. An enormous sense of vitality and
burgeoning activity characterized the embryonic medical school. The Friedmans
had been friendly with many of the 20 or
so UBC students who had taken their
medical training with them at McGill,
and had warmed to the idea of living in
the natural beauty they had heard so
much about. A summer vacation on the
coast in 1947 had given them a look at
the west, and they liked what they saw.
At their first glimpse of the UBC
campus, however, they were startled.
There was little to see but a few scattered,
buildings, including some army Quonset
huts, and the Wesbrook building, still
under construction, which would house
the department of Bacteriology and Preventive Medicine. University members
were afraid that this was being built to
placate Dolman, and that it would eat up
all the money that was to have started the
medical school. There was some resentment at this use of what the newly forming faculty felt was "their" money, especially since the new building was not to
be used by the faculty at all.
The Anatomy department was to take
up half of one of the rustic huts, approximately 2500 square feet in total, a paltry
amount in comparison to most medical
schools. In addition to dissecting space, a
basic requirement for any anatomy laboratory is a suitable place to house cadavers under strictly controlled conditions,
acceptable to the public and families of
donors. When the available facilities were
prepared for teaching the students, Dr.
Friedman recalls that conditions were
anything but easy, especially as adequate
space for the morgue simply did not exist.
Dr. Alex Wood, who was head of the department of Animal Nutrition, and a major force in aiding the establishment of
the medical school, came to the rescue by
arranging for a room in Agriculture's
dairy barn to be set aside for the adequate
storage of cadavers. This served until
about a year later when Friedman was
able to have a small morgue added to the
end of the original hut. He likened it to
"the interior of a small ship, where you
make use of every square inch."
Wood was also instrumental in finding an excellent technician to assist
Friedman with his work. Gordon Cross-
on had been a pathology technician in
Suffield during the war, running one of
Wood's labs there. He started in the
Anatomy department in July, 1950, and
Chronicle      15 proved to be a great asset in helping to
organize the lab with its dissecting room,
and accommodation for staff in the remaining space. A separate hut was found
and placed nearby in which, with help
from Buildings and Grounds personnel,
they put two lecture rooms. With only a
couple of days to spare before the arrival
of the students in September, 1950,
Friedman and Crosson had managed to
organize the physical structure, from the
procurement of a minimal number of
cadavers right down to chalk and pointers for the lectures. Thanks to the intervention of Dr. William Gibson, chair of
the department of Neurological Research,
who had contacts in a long-established
histology laboratory in the U.K., sixty
sets of all the tissues of the body arrived
from Oxford via an eleventh hour shipment through the Panama Canal one
Jack McCreary, dean of Medicine in the
1960s, and an early builder of the faculty.
week before the students entered class.
Prior to his arrival in BC, Friedman
had investigated the provincial regulations and found that the act allowing
anatomists to dissect cadavers was inadequate, that any physician who could procure a cadaver was permitted to do so. As
a condition of his agreeing to come to
work at UBC, Friedman declared that a
proper anatomy act should be put in
place, giving the university Anatomy department head total control of cadaver
procurement and dissection. This was
done according to his specifications. It
provided for a chain of command that
would allow an unclaimed body or a donated body to come in to the department
of Anatomy, and prohibited cadaver dis
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the demise of the entire program. It was
and remains important that one authority
have control of the location of the material, who has access to it, and under what
circumstances it is maintained. At this
point in the province's history, the expansion of social welfare meant that the
number of indigents and unclaimed bodies was diminishing. UBC became one of
the first medical schools in North America to start a voluntary donation program,
encouraging people through newspaper
ads to leave their bodies for scientific purposes. Now such a program is used in almost every medical school, with cadavers
supplied on a totally voluntary basis. BC's
Human Tissue Act, also written largely by
Friedman and his colleagues, has superseded the Anatomy Act, and encompasses
similarly stringent requirements.
A local mortician had been found to
embalm and then store the bodies to be
used for the original anatomy course.
They were conserved in oil in a cement
room in the animal
Dr. Sydney Friedman, first head of UBC's
department of Anatomy.
integrating four aspects of the subject:
histology, gross anatomy, radiology, and
neuro-anatomy. In more traditional
schools, these branches were quite strictly
compartmentalized, so that a student
might be studying lung tissue in histology, for instance, several months before
seeing what a full lung looked like in the
cadaver. Friedman and his colleagues
worked to coordinate the curriculum to
preclude this hap-
barns. Due to the delicacy of the situation,
the hearse which
transported them
onto the campus always arrived late at
night, and Friedman
surmises that his midnight meetings with
the mortician in the
eerie light of the animal barn must have
made an unearthly
sight. Later transportation to the anatomy facilities was a difficult and wretched job, and it was a relief
when, the following year, a morgue was
built adjacent to the hut and a conventional system of storage was put in place.
The teaching of anatomy at UBC introduced some innovations, relating the
course to clinically relevant points, and
At their first glimpse of the
UBC campus they were
startled. There was little to
see but a few scattered,
buildings, including some
army Quonset huts.
pening at UBC.
There was also an
attempt to study
living anatomy with
a lesser degree of
emphasis on cadavers.
Technical innovation became a feature of the anatomy
course. It was among
the first programs in
North America to
incorporate the use
of television for gross anatomy, even as
the dissecting rooms continued to be
housed in antiquated huts. The black and
white pictures, of nebulous resolution,
were nonetheless helpful for delineating
bones, and the immediacy of the display
allowed the students to ask questions and
hear the response as everyone witnessed a
Chronicle common visual picture.
All Friedman's courses highlighted
anatomical illustration, and his two-
handed blackboard sketches became legendary. He had attended art school during his high school years, and his approach to learning, especially of anatomy,
was always visual. He remembered things
better if he saw them rather than heard or
read them, and he felt that anatomy was
above all a visual science, not abstract or
theoretical. He wanted his students to
achieve a three-dimensional sense of
what they were viewing. Students would
look forward to sessions in which he
would approach the blackboard as he
spoke, pick up a piece of chalk in each
hand, and proceed to delineate in front of
them the symmetry of the human body
and its internal features while continuing
to lecture fluently on his subject.
At an afternoon garden party at the
President's home, Friedman was introduced to an artist who was to play an
important role in his career. Nan Cheney
had come with her radiologist husband
from Montreal to Vancouver and now,
recently widowed, was in financial
straits. In Baltimore she had been a
former pupil of Hans Brodl, a famous
medical artist, and was now well known
in the Vancouver art community. One of
her close friends was Emily Carr. (The
book "Dear Nan" by Doreen Walker examines their friendship and correspondence.) Friedman hired her to do drawings
of dissections, and she was provided
with space in one of the three huts
which comprised the early quarters of
the medical school. Cheney's works
eventually illuminated a number of anatomical texts, including Friedman's, and
selected pictures by her remain in the
The department of Anatomy under
Friedman's command went on to become
one of the preeminent programs for anatomists on the continent, due largely to
the clear-sighted vision of its earliest leader, and his equally dedicated colleague
and life partner, Connie. Together they
laid the foundations for a department
which has produced some of the faculty's
leading lights. •
Golden Jubilee 2000
Thursday, November 2, 2000
• Golf Tournament, Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club, and/or tour of
Museum of Anthropology and other UBC sites.
Friday, November 3, 2000
• Vancouver ConventionCentre: CME Theme-based scientific program
with plenary, concurrent and poster sessions and commercial exhibits.
• "Reception by Decades": Alumni and friends reception in the Pan Pacific
Saturday, November 2, 2000
• Day two of the CME program.
Faculty of Medicine Facts
UBC's medical school is the third largest of Canada's 16 schools of medicine. It
is the only medical school in BC.
The Faculty of Medicine also includes the only School of Rehabilitation Sciences
in the province and the only School of Audiology and Speech Sciences in Western Canada.
Faculty researchers were awarded more than $13 million in Canada Foundation
for Innovation funding in 1998/99.
Fourth-year graduates of the school ranked second among Canada's medical
schools in the Canadian Medical Council's final exams in 1998/99.
In 1998/99 more than 6,500 students enrolled in various classes and programs
offered by the faculty.
The faculty received more than $4 million in donations toward student awards,
research projects and various educational projects in 1998/99.
Faculty researchers attract more than $60 million in research funding annually.
The medical school's outreach includes continuing health professional education
and linking faculty experts with health-care practitioners in BC communities.
Faculty members are the recipients of many awards for excellence in teaching as
well as numerous national and international research awards.
Chronicle      17 Thf Mfdtcat MonFT
by    Hilary    Thomson
50 Years of
at UBC
such a
relatively late-
blooming school, UBC's
Faculty of Medicine has had
more than its share of stars,
coups and accolades. It brings
in some research money, too.
i edical researchers at UBC in 1950 could be found on the lookout
for spare test tubes and bunsen burners as they started their labs
from scratch, often in cramped, badly-lit and borrowed spaces. In
the fifty years that followed, their investigations have contributed
V.      /     »   Ik* significantly to science, to learning and to health both here and
around the world.
Let's recall a WWII army hut that passed for a campus research lab in 1960.
There, Dr. Harold Copp synthesized a hormone called calcitonin. It regulates the
blood level of calcium and is used around the world for the treatment of osteoporosis
and other bone diseases. The discovery earned Copp a charter membership in the
Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
And 30 years later the same zeal for innovation can still be seen at UBC. Investigators have been recognized with awards from the Medical Research Council of
Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the National
Cancer Institute of Canada. The faculty attracts $60 million annually in research
funding, placing it among the top four Canadian medical schools.
Here's a sampling of what the inquiring minds in the Faculty of Medicine want
to know.
We start with that wonder of wiring called the brain. Discovering how messages
are passed through the tangle of neurons that make up the nervous system is the
work of neuroscience. The task is daunting beyond belief. The central nervous system
- made up of the brain and spinal cord - and the peripheral nervous system create a
series of branching connections that look like the myriad cracks in the desert floor
after years of drought. Each person's nerve fibres would stretch 47 miles if laid end to
end. Besides daunting, the task is urgent. Diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer's,
Parkinson's and schizophrenia affect more than four million Canadians and cost
around $30 billion annually in care. It's a looming epidemic and explains why
neuroscience is a key area of research at UBC.
Dr. Max Cynader directs the Brain Research Centre. It is an interdisciplinary
facility that calls on the expertise of scientists in areas ranging from zoology to
electrical engineering. Its mission is to consolidate the efforts of 75 different research
laboratories located on campus, at the Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre
and the Children's & Women's Health Centre of B.C.
Because the brain is a growing organ, it can change shape and capacity. That's
known as brain plasticity. Cynader and his team are investigating how to mould or
manipulate the brain by regenerating neurons so the brain can regrow vital connections. The results could help combat learning and vision disorders, stroke and spinal
cord injury. And if redesigning a living brain seems like something out of science
fiction, think again. This research is by no means far-fetched. It means business and
has generated spin-off companies such as IGT Pharma and NeuroVir that look at how
ideas can translate into therapies.
Chronicle / ^| herapies for the neurodegen
erative diseases that Dr. Donald
Calne describes as a scourge of
modern society are the goal of
UBC's Neurodegenerative
Disorders Centre. Calne, the centre's director,
estimates that by 2040 disorders such as
Huntington's disease, the muscle contracture
syndrome dystonia and Lou Gehrig's disease
may overtake cancer as the second most
common killer. But not if he can help it.
Calne is leader of one of the strongest
movement disorder research groups in the
world. He specializes in Parkinson's Disease
which affects about 100,000 Canadians.
First described by Leonardo da Vinci,
Parkinson's is a progressive degenerative
disorder related to low levels of dopamine, a
chemical messenger in the brain. When
dopamine-producing cells die, messages
running through the nervous system get
garbled or lost and patients are unable to
control movement. Finding the cause of a
disease encased in a bony box has been
nearly impossible until Calne and his team
started their research. To look into the living
brain, they use positron emission tomography (PET) scanning. The PET scan shows
images of chemical activity of the brain,
allowing scientists to measure the rate of loss
of nerve cells.
It becomes even more complicated when
you consider that the PET scanner is fuelled
by atoms. A two-kilometre pneumatic tube
runs from the Movement Disorders Clinic at UBC Hospital to TRIUMF, the sub-atomic
physics lab on campus. Named to the Order of Canada for his contributions, Calne
chaired last year's International Parkinson's Congress held in Vancouver.
Other neurological disease research looks at Multiple Sclerosis (MS), which
literally translated means "many scars." One of the most common diseases of the
central nervous system, it is the fascination of Dr. Donald Paty, research head at the
world's largest MS clinic, located at UBC Hospital. In MS, lesions or scars in the
sheath surrounding the nerve disrupt messages from the brain. The result is loss of coordination, paralysis and impaired speech.
Like Calne, Paty uses high-tech equipment to see what's going on inside the
brain. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) shows the physical structure of the brain
and the extent of the lesions. What Paty and his team learned was that scarring came
and went and years could pass before a lesion became permanent. This discovery,
when paired with clinical symptoms, led scientists to understand that the disease is
connected to the immune system and can be treated. But Paty's contribution extends
beyond this breakthrough. He was instrumental in setting up a chain of MS clinics
across the country that uses a standardized approach to collecting data from patients.
Dr. Dessa Sadovnick, an alumna and research associate of Paty's, gathered histories
from more than 18,000 patients across Canada and in 1996 helped to prove the
genetic link in MS.
Michael Smith, director of
Vancouver's Genome
Sequence Centre. He won the
1993 Nobel Prize in
Chemistry for his work in
reprogramming segments of
DNA, the substance in genes
that provides instructions for
growth and development.
Pat Higinbotham photo.
Chronicle      19 lc
ut what about the disease that has
touched almost every family?
kCancer research news is in the
papers everyday, yet the disease is
one of the top killers and it's
predicted that the number of new cases will
double by 2010. Are we losing the fight?
Not with contenders like Dr. Victor Ling in
our corner. The only person in the world to
have won the two highest honours in cancer
research, Ling is the vice-president of Research
at the BC Cancer Agency and the faculty's
assistant dean. His groundbreaking work
concerns the mechanism that causes cancer
cells to become resistant to chemotherapy
drugs. He discovered a protein that sits on
cancer cells and acts like a pump to flush away
the drugs sent in to kill the cancer. Ling and his
team are now trying to figure out how to turn off the pump.
Joining Ling in the cancer research fight is researcher and
alumnus Dr. Martin Gleave. He and fellow scientists at the
Prostate Centre at Vancouver General Hospital aim to create the
best prostate research centre in the world. Gleave is a key
member of a 50-person team that includes centre director Dr.
Larry Goldenberg, Dr. Paul Rennie and other leading scientists.
A recent gift of $20 million from Vancouver businessman
Jimmy Pattison gave a big boost to investigate various therapies, including hormone treatment, for this cancer that affects
20,000 Canadian men annually. And this team is not puttering
about in the lab. The group has already applied for patents on
their discoveries and is forming a biotech company to develop
their ideas and bring them to market.
|he cure may already be on the shelves for Alzheimer's patients, say researchers Edith and Pat McGeer.
A UBC alumnus and outspoken former B.C.
politician, Pat has been described as an ideas
machine. His wife and research partner Edith, who is
an organic chemist, was already working in the university's
neurological research department when Pat joined her after he
graduated from medical school. Working at UBC's Kinsmen
Laboratory for Neurological Research, the McGeers have studied
almost 700 autopsied brains that reside in the lab's brain bank.
They were the first to contend that non-steroidal antiinflammatories, such as ibuprofen, can protect against the
disease that affects 250,000 Canadians and an estimated 14
million people worldwide. The McGeers' recent work suggests
that Alzheimer's can be treated with a drug called
dapsone, currently used for its anti-microbial and
anti-inflammatory effects in treating leprosy.
Pat and Edith McGeer were recognized with
the Order of Canada for the achievements of
their 40-year research partnership and received
an honorary degree from the university this year.
Recognition for research at UBC also
includes the most prestigious honour of all, the
Nobel Prize.
Nobel laureate Dr. Michael Smith has been
described as part wizard, part pragmatist, part
scientist and part dreamer. But he says he's just a
chemist. Some chemist. Smith won the 1993
Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in repro-
Max Cynader, left, is director of the Brain Research
Centre. His team is investigating ways to manipulate
the brain to regenerate neurons.
Top, this page, Edith and Pat McQeer have
unlocked many of the secrets of Alzheimer's and
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gramming tiny segments of DNA, the substance in genes that
provides instructions for growth and development. The
alchemy allowed him to deliberately alter genetic codes and
thus began a new era in genetics. The founding director of
UBC's Biotechnolgy Laboratory in 1987, Smith became the first
director of Vancouver's Genome Sequence Centre a decade
later. The first such centre in Canada to be directly linked to a
cancer treatment and research organization (BC Cancer
Agency), it will provide new insights into genetic events
associated with cancer and contribute to new diagnostics and
Decoding the mouse genome is one of the centre's activities and would mark a major milestone in the Human Genome
Project, which seeks to map all human genetic material.
nother contributor to this project is Dr. Michael
/   \      Hayden, director of the Centre for Molecular
/ \    Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT). An interna
tionally known professor of Medical Genetics,
■Hayden has spent the past 15 years researching
the molecular and cellular events underlying Huntington's
disease and premature coronary artery disease.
Last summer Hayden made world news with his discovery
of the role of an altered gene in regulating levels of high-
density lipids known as good cholesterol. Big news for millions
born with a genetic predisposition to heart trouble. Within five
years, Hayden hopes to move from research to clinical trials of
drugs to treat people at risk of heart disease. And he's got the
connections to do it. When setting up CMMT, he pulled in the
single largest research grant in UBC's history - $15 million
from multinational drug company Merck Frosst Canada Inc.
Inherited illnesses like Huntington's are the legacies no-
one wants. That's why geneticist Dr. Judith Hall, head of the
UBC's Dept. of Pediatrics, has dedicated her career to reducing
the incidence of congenital defects. A crusader for children, her
research has shown that many birth defects are preventable
through prenatal diet and that folic acid added to grains during
refining could dramatically reduce spinal defects. Hall is a
stellar researcher who has described numerous new syndromes,
including a new cause of dwarfism. She has been named one of
the 1,000 best doctors in North America and is a recipient of
the Order of Canada.
Another UBC advocate for children's health is Dr. Susan
Harris of the faculty's School of Rehabilitation Sciences. One of
the top researchers in physical therapy in the world, Harris is
concerned with motor development in infants and the early
diagnosis of cerebral palsy. She developed an assessment tool
suggest that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
may hold the answer to a cure.
Top, this page, Judith Hal) is head of Pediatrics at
UBC. Her research into birth defects has shown that
many of these are preventable.
based on her 15 years of clinical research that is now part of
standard practice.
■:y ^| he contributions of UBC research is a list that
could go on and on. It would include respiratory
disease research conducted by Dr. James Hogg;
HIV/AIDS research of alumnus Dr. Martin Schecter
and Dr. Julio Montaner; cardiology studies by Dr.
Charles Kerr, investigations into infectious diseases like E.coli
by Dr. Brett Finlay and Dr. John Steeves' spinal cord research.
It's a long list. An impressive list.
Fifty years has brought UBC a long way from those first
discoveries in post-war army huts. The curiosity and commitment of its researchers have offered new learning that has
contributed to Canada's continuing role in medical innovation.
But no-one is resting on their laurels. Ask any UBC medical
researcher and they'll tell you that the milestones of the last 50
years are markers on a journey that is just beginning. •
Hilary Thomson is a Communications Coordinator at UBC's Public
Affairs department. She covers the medical beat for the campus
newspaper, UBC Reports.
21 "Boat ^fAifofOnsfoimBon
Twenty-four Vancouver women who survived breast cancer
formed their own dragon boat team to prove there is not
only life after breast cancer, but a full and active one.
<8m 'Shari ficfarman
hen Susan Harris walks
through the door, I'm
immediately struck by
how healthy she looks.
She gives a warm smile and offers her
hand in a determined shake. For someone
who has come face to face with death, she
radiates life. Yet the thing that has threatened her life has become her focus. She
has been diagnosed with breast cancer
twice in four years.
A professor in UBC's School of Rehabilitation Sciences since 1990, Susan grew
up in Rochester, upstate New York. She
received her BS in physical therapy from
Russell Sage College in Troy, NY and her
MEd and PhD in special education from
the University of Washington. She spent
15 years researching child development.
Then in 1994, her life changed completely. She was diagnosed with breast cancer
and had a partial mastectomy.
Always active, but restricted by the
lack of knowledge on post-treatment re
habilitation measures, Susan looked for
answers, only to find nothing but sketchy
accounts of the effects of exercise and
breast cancer. So she contacted fellow
UBC colleague Don McKenzie, in the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Clinic, who
was conducting the first study of the detrimental effects of chemotherapy on
women. There she found her direction.
She learned that exercise after breast cancer surgery had been discouraged because
it was believed to be a factor in developing lymphedema, a permanent swelling
of the arm and chest area. Lymphedema
can occur anytime from six months to
ten years after breast cancer surgery
where the lymph nodes have been removed. It causes pain and loss of range of
motion in the affected arm and disrupts
and overloads the already compromised
system. It is unpredictable, irreversible,
and prone to cause infections. It hits 15-
20 per cent of women who have had
breast cancer surgery.
rhere are more than two million breast cancer survivors in
North America. They receive
very little information about exercising
after finishing a course of treatment. Because of a lack of research about the post
treatment phase, physicians tend to err on
the side of caution when advising patients, says Dr. Urve Kuusk, general surgeon with the BC Cancer Agency. Women
are often told they can't lift more than
ten pounds and should not do any repetitive motions. For many years, physicians
all over the world believed that repetitive
upper body movements such as canoeing
or even raking, dramatically increased a
women's risk of developing chronic
lymphedema. Susan questioned this. "I
have always challenged the myths, all my
life. I like to make sure people have evidence to back up their theories. I have
even been a co-investigator and collaborator with my own oncologists," she laughs.
Three years ago, Susan studied the
arm circumferences of 20 women who
engaged in the vigorous, upper-body sport
of dragon boat racing. The results concluded that women who have had treatment for breast cancer can do repetitive
upper body exercises without incurring
lymphedema. Most of the women wore
compression sleeves during the exercises
and racing. In 1997, she conducted a
small, randomized controlled trial, funded
by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Its purpose was to examine the effects of progressive resistive and
stretching exercises on range of motion,
strength and arm circumference in women who recently had breast cancer surgery
and treatment. "No one can agree what
the arm's circumference should be, what
it is supposed to be. There was no significant difference when weight lifting or
with any upper body repetitive exercises,"
says Susan.
Women who have had breast cancer
are advised not to take hormone replacement therapy. Therefore, they are at increased risk for developing osteoporosis
and heart disease (Harris, 1996/97). Post-
Chronicle treatment exercise can benefit them
through high-impact aerobic exercise or
weight lifting, which helps build bone
density and cardiovascular health.
f\r\ 1996, to emphasize their belief
"   I that post-treatment exercise is
>J  beneficial to affected women, Susan
and Don formed a Dragon Boat team,
called Abreast in a Boat. The idea was inspired by a group of US women with
breast cancer who climbed Mt. Ancon-
cagua in South America. Upon hearing
this, Susan and Don went on the next
climb. They weren't able to receive funding for it, so they decided to try dragon
boating. Fortunately, Don already had
experience with the sport. Susan recruited
Susan Harris challenged the belief that post-
treatment exercise causes lymphedema—and
a third of the women, and 24 of them
met in February of 1996. Their only intent was to make it to the Dragon Boat
Festival that July in Seattle. They ended
up doing a lot more than that. After training carefully for two months before they
hit the water, they not only entered and
finished races, but beat boats of both men
and women. "We bonded, became addicted, and couldn't let go of it," exclaims
Susan. They got to the festival and paddled the next month in Victoria. They
were the first-ever Dragon Boat team
made up entirely of breast cancer survivors. The one-time project had become a
big part of Susan's life.
Ranging from ages 31-60, all with a
history of breast cancer, these women are
living proof that exercise after treatment
does not cause lymphedema. Not one
woman has shown any effects or signs of
the illness. In fact, several reported improved range of motion in their shoulders
and many believe it has enhanced their
quality of life. They even received the
David Lam award for Community
Inspiration. But they're not working just for themselves. Last Christmas, the dragon boat women
found out through the Cancer
Agency about a woman who had
breast cancer and needed help.
They made her their charity. They
raised $1500, of which $600 went
to her and $900 to the Life Quilt
Project to support breast cancer.
Susan heads a PR committee, raising awareness of the issue. Their
impact was overwhelming; virtually overnight they became role
models for women with breast cancer. "When we went to New
Zealand in 1998 we had incredible
press, everyone knew about us,"
she says with a smile. "We brought
cancer out of the closet for a lot of
people there—it was taboo to talk
about, so people were very close-
mouthed about it." In all, they
won. have influenced 500 women; as of
last year there were 10 breast cancer teams in Canada, and 25 teams
around the world. "The success of our
dragonboat adventure sends a clear and
loud message to the millions of women
currently living with breast cancer that
you can participate in fun-filled strenuous
athletic activity, providing you undergo
progressive exercise training prior to competition," says Susan.
Susan has also spoken to and challenged therapists, physicians, oncologists
and nurses in the US, Canada, Sweden
and the Netherlands on their rehabilitation methods. She recommends that
physical therapists treating women with
breast cancer should ensure that these
women are engaging in regular aerobic
exercise at least four hours per week, even
in the midst of treatment.
>"|t is evident that the Abreast in a
"   I Boat women are very a close-knit
^/  and supportive group. A warm smile
spreads across Susan's face when she
mentions them. This is not surprising.
One of the purposes of Abreast in a Boat
is to connect and support isolated people.
It worked for Susan. She was diagnosed
with a new cancer in the opposite breast
in 1998 and had a bilateral mastectomy.
She turned to her team and not only were
the women there for her, but their families were as well. They continued to support her during a whole year of treatment
and beyond.
Susan radiates confidence; she is
someone who has suffered great loss, but
who has also gained much. She recalls her
time with the team in Seattle and Victoria. "We were on top of the world; we felt
invincible," she explains. Then some of
the women began to get sick. "It really hit
home how present the disease was. No
matter how strong we felt, it was still
there, reminding us how devastating it
can be." Susan's eyes well up when she
remembers the many women they have
lost over the years.
The light returns to her face, however, as she anticipates the next race. Training will begin soon: three days a week
devoted to aerobic exercise and three days
to weight-lifting.
Addicted? I think so. •
Shari Ackerman is assistant editor ofthe
Chronicle     23 a umm news
President's Message
Branches: Reaching Out for You
1L S difficult to imagine that anyone would
choose to leave Vancouver. A vital, world-class
city, Vancouver boasts the best of nearly
everything, from cultural facilities to ski hills
to cuisine. Does it rain a bit too much?
Perhaps. Do other parts of the world have
more job opportunities at this point in time?
Maybe. Do some of our alumni come from
other parts of the world and return home after
graduation? Of course.
For many reasons, a good percentage of
our alumni live in places other than here,
including Kamloops, Toronto, New York, Hong
Kong, Abu Dhabi and all points in between. Linda Thorstad' President
Which is why we have developed a strong and expanding Branch Program.
UBC has a strong international focus. Many of our academic and research
programs have strong links to universities abroad. UBC has developed institutes of
study that examine social, political, cultural and economic issues in Asia, Europe and
the Americas. As well, many of our students, faculty and staff have origins in many
different countries.
Alumni branches have been organized across Canada and around the world.
These branches serve as entry points for grads either returning or moving to centres
outside Vancouver. It has been my privilege to travel, with president Martha Piper, to a
number of alumni branches this past year. I am overwhelmed by the energy and
enthusiasm of our alumni, many of whom have established businesses, taken top-level
jobs and become important members of their communities. Meeting with them
reminds me that we really do have an incredible university, and that a degree from
UBC is known and respected far beyond our own borders.
Your UBC degree is a valuable commodity, and there are people waiting who
will make you feel at home. Wherever you go in the world, TUUM EST.
Look out,
Fourteen members of
the Mech Eng Class
of '69 gathered for
their annual fishing
trip at Boat Harbour
on Vancouver Island.
L-R: Al Little, Al Tippett, Don Roberts, Manfred Frank, Bill Prinz, Kee San Chow, Don
Workman, Dave Baker, Dexter Ouland, Al McLeod, Jens Henrickson, Julian Matson, Jim
MacDonald, DeWayne Chaisson.
• Law '66 Golden Great Wall Szechuan
Restaurant, June 23, contact
• Trinidad £t Tobago '50 University
Centre, June 24
• Law "75 University Golf Club, June 3
• Medicine '75 Empress Hotel, July 2
• Chemistry '88 Tuscan Villa, West
Vancouver, July 14. E-mail
annieandleo@sprint.ca for more info.
• Forestry "75 Kelowna Coast Hotel,
July 22-23. Contact
paffleck@ilma.com for info.
• Pharmacy '75 Symphony of Fire
Dinner Cruise, Aug. 2
• Forestry '70 Grand Okanagan Hotel,
Kelowna, Aug. 4-6. Call Wayne
Coombs (250)748-5030
• Varsity Outdoors Club CGP, Sept. 6
• Medicine '70 Manteo Resort, Kelowna, BC,
Sept. 15/16
• PE'50 Qualicum Beach, Sept. 18-20
• Nursing '60 Tigh Na Mara Resort,
Parksville, Sept. 20-22. Contact Ruth
(Levirs) Boston at 224-7698, fax 222-8245
• Pharmacy '90 CGP, Sept. 24, contact
Peter Kubota at 278-8408
Alumni Day Reunions
• Elec Eng '50 Sept. 29
• Civil Eng '50 CGP, Sept. 29
• Applied Science '50 Sept. 29-0ct. 1
• Metallurgy '50 Sept. 29-0ct. 1
• Ag Sci '49, '50 it '51 CGP lunch, Oct. 1
• Home Ec '65 dinner, Sept. 30
• Commerce '50 David Lam Forum, Oct. 1
• Home Ec '50 Green College, Oct. 1
• Applied Sci '60 CGP, Oct. 2
Next Reunion Weekend: Oct. 5, 6 Et 7, 2001.
Start planning yours today!
• Applied Sci '70 CGP, Oct. 4
• Mech Eng '55 CGP, Oct. 14
• Law '90 Vancouver Law Courts Restaurant,
Oct. 14
• Commerce '65 CGP, Oct. 20, 6:30 pm. Call
Catherine Newlands at 822-6068.
• Medicine 50 Years Nov. 2-4
• Class of "40 Fall graduation, CGP, Nov. 24
• Chem Eng '66 May 19/21, 2001
Chronicle Nursing
The UBC School of Nursing 80th
Anniversary year has concluded. Dr.
Alice Baumgart received a Honorary
Degree at the convocation ceremonies in May. Alumni are invited to a
reception in conjunction with the
Canadian Nursing Association's AGM,
June 21, 4-6pm, at the Roof (Hotel
Vancouver). Contact Cathy Ebbehoj
at ebbehoj@nursing.ubc.ca for info.
Agricultural Sciences
I Join the Division for a weekend bus
trip mid-Sept, to the Okanagan for a wine
tour and get-together with Okanagan
alumni! If you are interested, contact Dave
Ormrod: dave_ormrod@telus.net, Jim
Sinclair:ycs/nc@ox/on./7et, or Cathleen
Nichols: crnichol@interchange.ubc.ca,
Faculty of Ag Sci, #241, 2357 Main Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4. All alumni,
colleagues and friends are invited to meet
Dean Moura Quayle and some AgSci
students on Alumni Day at UBC, Oct. 1!
UBC Alumni Association
September 19, 2000
6251 Cecil Green Park Road,
Main Floor
6:30 for 7:00
Everyone Welcome
The Young
Club is
made up of
recent * • *  ' •" "
grads who want to stay in touch
with each other and the university.
The club has now been revitalized
and we are looking for new
members to fill positions available
now. If you would like to get
involved to network and reconnect
with others, contact 822-3313 or
e-mail merling@alumni.ubc.ca.
Check out our website for more
info: www.alumni.ubc.ca
Branch Out!
Would you like to get involved in
alumni activities in your area? Alumni
branch programs offer opportunities for |
networking, professional development,
meeting travelling faculty, and purely
social activities. Alumni leaders are
particularly needed in LA, Calgary,
Kelowna, Kamloops, Beijing and
Upcoming Events
• Hong Kong: Monthly business luncheon.
Check times at www.ubcalumni.com.hk
• Toronto: Monthly brunches. Contact Ed Ng
for more info: nge3@tdbank.ca. New grad
party, July 12; Tennis Masters Alumni event,
Aug. 3; Martha Piper reception, Nov. 21.
• San Francisco/Silicon Valley: Monthly
Digital Moose Lounge Events, co-sponsored
by Canadian Consulate. Contact Beth Collins,
(415) 332-7800. Canada Day BBQ, Los Gatos;
UBC-hosted San Jose Sharks game in
• Kamloops: Martha Piper reception, Sept. 18.
• Kelowna: Martha Piper reception, Sept. 19
• Victoria: Martha Piper reception, Sept. TBA
• Calgary: Martha Piper reception, Oct. 24
For more information, contact Janis Connolly
at janisc@alumni. ubc.ca
Student Send-Offs
If you can spare five hours in your hometown this August, we'd love to have you
meet new students and share your experiences. We need alumni for: Toronto, Calgary,
Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Call Janis
Connolly at 822-8917 or e-mail
janisc@alumni. ubc.ca.
Taipei Event Volunteers
Past Events
•Ottawa: More than 150 alumni and
government people attended a UBC
reception on March 29. Martha Piper was
joined by noted UBC historian Allan Smith,
who rounded out an excellent program MC'd
by former UBC AMS vice-president Ruta
Fluxgold BA'98. Below, Martha Piper chats
with John Dyck BSc(Pharm)'S1, left, and
Frank Abbott, Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
•Hong Kong: The size of the space belied
the significance ofthe event when Martha
Piper and UBC alumni and friends opened
the new Hong Kong Alumni office Apr. 10.
More than 100 alumni mingled afterwards
with the UBC contingent at the HK Alumni
Association AGM.
•Taipei: On April 13, the UBC group met
with 60 vibrant alumni and friends in Taipei.
Sandra Yuan BCom'95 told the crowd how
the skills she acquired as a UBC student
prepared her for her job as senior consultant
at an Asian recruiting firm. Pictured at
bottom left are some ofthe volunteers.
•Washington, DC: UBC hosted the first All
Canada University Association dinner ofthe
millennium on April 28th. About 225 alumni
from over 20 universities across the country
made a show. Martha Piper delivered a
thought-provoking speech that compared US
and Canadian post-secondary systems. Jane
Battle BHE '60 and Linda Mint BHE '70,
acted as MCs for the entertaining evening.
Chronicle      25 Election   2000
board of directors
Linda Thorstad,
Members-at-Large 1999-2001 Members-at-Large 2000-2002
Senior Vice President
Gregory Clark,
BCom'86, LLB'89
R. Thomas Hasker,
Tom is a financial
advisor at Merrill
Edward John, LLB'79
Peter Ladner, BA'70
Don Wells, BA'89
John Grunau,
Jane K.
Darlene Marzari,
Alumni Recognition Award Winners 6t Sports Hall of Fame Inductees
Alumni Recognition Award Winners
Sports Hall of Fame Inductees
Award of Distinction
Nicola Cavendish, BA'76
George Puil BA'52, BEd'53
Faculty Citation Award
Donald McKenzie, MPE'72, MD'77
Blythe Eagles Volunteer Service
Lyall Knott, BCom'71, LLB'72
Outstanding Young Alumnus
Paul W. Rosenau, MA'87, BLA'87
Bruce Verchere, BSc'83, MSc'87,
Lifetime Achievement Award
May Brown, MPE'61, LLD'87
David Suzuki
Outstanding Student Award
Jesse Alexander Sims
Geordie Aitken
Alumni Award for Research
Donald Brooks, BSc'64, MSc'67
Honorary Alumnus Award
Harold Kalke
Donn Spence, BPE'56
Barbara (Bim) Schrodt BPE'51
Marilyn Peterson Kinghorn BPE'61
Reg Clarkson BA'56, BSW63,
1948-50 Hockey Team
6th Annual Aiumni Recognition and
Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
November 2,2000
Westin Bayshore
26       Chronicle Acadia Camp
The very name evokes memories of warm
nights spent studying in charming surroundings, with meditation-quality peace and quiet.
You don't remember it that way? A bit
crowded, noisy and damp, you say? Well,
maybe. But it was fun, wasn't it?
Here are two views of Acadia Camp as it
was in the 50s. We are trying to locate camp
members for an Acadia Camp Reunion on
Alumni Day, Oct. 1. Bring your memories, your
memorabilia and a warm pair of mittens!
Please contact Jane Merling at 822-8918, or
A Fort Camp Residents Hut 22
1960-61 Reunion is also in the works.
Contact Jane Merling at 822-8918 or
(800)883-3088 for more info.
Gabrlola Island
Vacation Rentals
A Gulf Island Gelaway
vacation on spectacular uaonoia island, a
short ferry trip from Nanaimo. Cabins
starting at $400 a week, waterfront homes,
$800/up. Visit our website at
www.island.net/~givr/givr.html or call 250
247 8577. Elly Hallam Gabriola Island
Vacation Rentals
Mentor Lunch
Tastes Good
The Agricultural Sciences Mentor
Lunch held March at Cecil Green
Park was an great success. More
than 70 students and 30 mentors got
together to talk about the world of work.
One fourth-year home economics
student, Martina Seo, even managed to
get a job out of it!
This is an excellent way to give back
to UBC. Why not start creating new
memories? If you are interested in
becoming part of this program and
helping these students out, contact Jane
Merling, Program Coordinator, at 822-
8918 or e-mail merling@alwnni.ubc.ca.
Alumni Day, October 1, 2000
Reunions, tours, lectures, displays, special events.
See UBC for the first time again!
Cheek our web site for info: www.alumni.ubc.ca
Your best conference venue is right at home. Let the UBC Conference Centre work behind
the scenes on your next convention. We'll register delegates, plan meetings, manage abstracts,
and attend to every nuance of your event. Show your colleagues how UBC's scenic settings and
first-rate facilities create a uniquely satisfying convention experience. And the perfect venue
for sharing your views. Call the UBC Conference Centre today.
The University of British Columbia 5961 Student Union Boulevard, Vancouver, B.C., V6T 2C9  Tel: 1604) 822-1060
Fax: (604) 822-1069  Web site: www.conterences.ubc ca
Chronicle      27 books received
UBC's Writers
Two Bowls of
Milk by Stephanie Bolster,
McClelland &
Stewart Inc.,
$14.99. Stephanie
Bolster's second
collection of poems move with
delicacy and power, whether focusing on a flock of snow
geese on a flooded plain, on the paintings
of Jean Paul Lemieux, or on two wasps in
a Pepsi can on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. These intimate acts of
language create a space infused with stillness and an edgy expectation.
An Anthology of
Steam Railroad
An Anthology
of Steam Railroad Poetry,
Vol. 2, edited
by Michael Gee
BEd'72. Steam
Railroad Publications,
This book contains poems written by former railroaders
across Canada. It reflects the working
man's life and his perceptions of it. It also
contains photos of steam engines which
are showcases for the historical organizations they represent. The poems represent
an unique class of poetry never before
collected and published as a complete
The Vancouver
Paddler, by Glen
Stedham BSc'69,
LLB'71. Glen
$19.95. This is a
240-page guide to canoeing and kayaking
in the Vancouver region and includes
rivers, lakes and oceans. Trip descriptions
include detailed driving directions as well
as photographs. Both roads and
waterways are shown on clear and easy to
read maps. Trips are rated from novice
ones suitable for parents with children to
challenging excursions.
A History of
Space, by Peter
Ward. UBC
Press, $39.95.
Homes are our
most personal,
private places, at
the heart of how
we conceive of
life outside the public sphere. Peter Ward
explores how domestic space has shaped
and been shaped by family and social relationships over the past three centuries.
Generously illustrated with architectural
sketches, paintings, and both historical
and contemporary photographs.
A Dowry of Owls,
by Larry McKeever BASc'30. Foreword by HRH The
Prince Philip,
Duke of Edinburgh. Lester &
Orpen Dennys.
Larry and Kay McKeever are the co-
founders and driving force behind the
Owl Rehabilitation Research Foundation,
now a major center for the breeding and
release of endangered species and the
study of owl behaviour. They receive anywhere from six to fifteen baby Great
Horned Owls every spring, and almost all
can eventually be returned to the wild.
What could be more rewarding?
Masten of
My Soul by
Carol Wootton MA'70.
Towner and
This is an
anthology of
radio and TV
presentations, essays, fiction and memoirs
spanning nearly forty years in the creative
life of the Victoria writer, teacher and musician. Many of these pieces were broadcast over the CBC and published in
various magazines and anthologies in
What Men Know
About Women, by
Ron Smith BA'69.
Oolichan Books,
$17.95. Ron Smith
explores the unspoken complications
men and women
experience in their
most intimate relationships. Whether surreal or realistic,
these stories are always spare and elegant.
They are about the circumstances of everyday life, told with compassion.
Raucous, by W.H.
New BEd'61,
MA'63. Oolichan
Books, $14.95.
A new collection
of poems that
draws on the language of geology
and nursery
rhyme to describe
an arc of desire,
disillusion and hope. Once again, W.H.
New explores the boundaries between the
physical and emotional worlds, between
experimental and known poetic forms.
Chronicle on the
UI I     LI I V.   H
exhibitions & events:
UBC Museum of
• A celebration of the Epic Ramayama
Three evenings of Indian and Indonesian
music and dance. June 20: Songs on
Ramayana Legends: Classical Northern
Indian music of the Agra Gharana and
classical Indian dance in Bharatanatym
style. June 21: Indonesian wayang kulit
(shadow puppet thatre) and Indonesian
dance performance. June 22: Classical
Indian dance in the Bharatanatym style
(Southern India).
• ihree Case Studies. Three cases, each
featuring a different aspect of Northwest
Coast art. I urn-of-the-century paddles,
Northwest materials, and two contemporary pieces by well-known artist Dempsey
Bob (Tahltan). Through August 31.
• The Art of Norval Morrisseau
A travelling exhibition organized by the
Glenbow Museum, Calgary. Twenty-eight
masterworks by this Ojibway artist.
Through October 6,2000, Gallery 5.
• New Northwest Coast Gallery Opening.
Spectacular contemporary weavings,
basketry, metalworkand carvings introduce visitors to a changing new world of
artistic expression on the Northwest
• Raven's Reprise: Contemporary Works
by First Nations Artists. This exhibit
presents 14 site-specific works in diverse
media (sculpture, mixed-media, photography, painting and textiles) by five
contemporary Northwest Coast artists:
Mary Anne Barkhouse Connie Sterritt,
John Powell, Larry McNeill, and Marianne
SNicolson. Through January 31, 2001,
Belkin Art Gallery
• Quartet for the Year 4698 or 5760:
Improvisation for 4 projectors
by Laiwan With Lori Freedxnan on
Bass Clarinet, June 23-30. Using the
idea of milienial year, Vancouver
artist Laiwan is collaborating with
Winnipeg composer/musician Lori
Freedman to construct a multi-media,
film projection environment based
on music and calendar structures.
Performance: Thur. Jun 22, 8pm.
• Paintings from the Collection:
Recent Acquisitions, Jul. 14-Sept 3.
I his year's annual summer collection
exhibition will present research on
the situation for painting in Vancouver and Canada through individual
works and detailed exhibition labels
that situate works in critical contexts.
• Wilfred and Sheila Watson
Collection (Recent Acquisition), Jul.
This exhibition marks the bequest of
noted Canadian writers, Wilfred and
Sheila Watson. Most of the works are
by their good friend Jack Shadbolt,
but includes works by Wyndam
Lewis, Henry Moore, Emily Carr and
Alberta artist Norman Yates.
• UBC Masters of Fine Arts Graduate
Exhibition, Sept. 15-24.
Annual exhibition featuring the work
ot recent giaduates from UBC's
Masters ol 1 me Arts Program.
*AU dates and titles sub|ect to change
Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts
June   UBC and the Chan Centre
welcome all the secondary
school graduates of the Class
of 2000 in the month of
17       Vancouver Chinese Choir
Association Performance
July 28-Aug. 13 Festival Vancouver:
July 30 Heartbeat-Drums of the
Global Village, 8pm.
July 31 Barbara Bonney, Soprano,
Aug. 2Schater String Quartets, 11am-
2 Zakir Hussain and Bustan
Abraham. A unique festival
double-bill featuring exotic-
Indian, Israeli and Arabic
music. 8pm.
3 Strings Attached, 8pm.
4 Exaudi Chamber Choir, 8pm.
5 Tribute to Oscar Peterson,
6 Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610,
8 National Youth Orchestra of
Canada, 8pm.
9 Rachmaninoff Vespers, 8pm.
10 Tedung Agung Ubud/Balinese
Gamelan, 8pm.
12       Hallelujah Handel! 11am-
Sept. 5 Imagine UBC, the first day
orientation for new students.
16       Kimono Fashion Show,
organized by the Japan Travel
23      Clam Chowder for the Soul.
Inspirational lecture series.
Times and dates subject to change.
Call 822-1815.
Haikxriuiiitl: jrom the Museum »/ Anthropology's
Three ('.use Studies exhibit. Rill Mcl.cmum photo.
29 class acts
W. Ian Anderson BA'48 and his wife June celebrated
their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 3, 1999, in
Solana Beach, CA.
Janet Mary (Whitmore) Bingham BA'50 received
the Cabrielle Leger Award in September, 1997, for her
contribution to heritage conservation ... BC's Auditor
General George Morfitt BCom'58 retired after 12
years in the business. He's also served as chair of UBC's
Board of Governors and the Alumni Association.
in December 1999, Barry Weaver MA'71 and Francis
Yee PhD'92 organized a reception for the more than
100 UBC geography alumni living in Victoria and
area. L-R: Dr. Charles Forward BA'49, MA'52;
Eleanor (Cock) Hoeg BA'50; Mary Lou Crerar BA'50;
Dr. Graeme Wynn (back); Ches Brown BA'50; Charles
Howatson BSc'39, MA'47; loan South BA'48; George
Wood BA'43, MA'50; Don South BA'48; Lew
Robinson, Prof. Emeritus. Missing: Peter Cumberbirch
Peter Batchelor BArch(Hon)'60 professor of
Architecture and Urban Design at the School of Design,
North Carolina State University, has been made a
Fellow in the American Institute of Certified Planners...
The Flag Shop owner Doreen Montgomery
Braverman BEd'64 was elected to the Board of
Directors of VanCity Credit Union for the 2000-01 term
... Barry Burns BLS'67 retired in March as a planning
coordinator in the Acquisitions and Bibliographic
Services branch of the National Library of Canada. He
has been in the profession for more than 33 years...
W. John Dawson BCom'64 was elected the first chair
of the Board of Directors for the new CA School of
Business, which provides education and training for
prospective chartered accountants... Barry M. Cough
BEd'62, biographer of Sir Alexander Mackenzie and
Professor of History, Wilfred Laurier University, has
been elected Fellow of King's College London for
distinguished service to Commonwealth affairs... Arv
Hardin BSc(Hon)'63, PhD'70 was appointed manager,
Strategic Business Planning, for the Polyolefins SBU of
Saudi Basic Industries Corp. He was a research advisor/
management consultant at the Sabic R & T complex in
Riyadh for six years... Berni (Bucholz) Hardin BA'66
has been living in Saudi Arabia since 1993. She has
worked with a US agency screening Iraqi refugees, the
Steven Covey Organization, the Canadian Women of
Riyadh, and edited a newsletter for the CWOR for
several years... After working for the Greater Victoria
School District #61 for 30 years, Trevor N. Jones
BMus'65 retired in June 1999 as a strings itinerant
teacher. He and his wife Jacquie continue to be active
in music, art and tennis... former president of the
1966/67 Engineering Undergraduate Society Eric
Newell BASc'67 is CEO and Chairman of the Board of
Syncrude Canada Ltd. He became an officer of the
Order of Canada in February. Eric was also awarded the
Canada Medal last year and was one of the top twenty
Chemical Engineers in Canada in the last century ...
Nan (Farevaag) Unklesbay BHE'66 was named
Fellow of the Institute of Food Science & Technology,
for substantial contribution to food science and
technology. She has been pioneering the use of "e-
beam" technology to destroy the deadly bacteria E. coli
... Rory W. Wellings BASc'67, MBA'73 is now senior
planning manager with the Kuwait Oil Company,
responsible for corporate planning and training.
Previously, Rory was an international business instructor
with Capilano College, and a consultant to major
international energy companies... Donna C. Willard-
Jones BA'65 was elected to membership in the
American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. She is a solo
practitioner in Anchorage, Alaska ... J.A. Warner
Woodley BCom'61 sold his national career transition
business, Mainstream Access Corp. to Right Management Consultants. He continues with Right as senior
vice-president, Canada.
Cathy Ebbehoj BSN'75, MSW'99 won an Award of
Excellence in Nursing Administration at the annual
nursing awards... Carol (Horton) Harrison BSW'77
has completed her MSc degree in Community Health
from the University of Northern BC in Prince George,
BC. She's been a public health nurse in Terrace since
1984 ... Sandy (Koss) McCormick BEd'73 has been
elected a Vancouver city councillor after serving two
terms as a trustee on the Vancouver School Board ...
Shannon Purves-Smith BMus'71, BA'96, has
completed a Master's degree in Rhetoric French at
Carleton University in Ottawa ... After 20 years in
private practice, Stephen N. Rand BSc'75, BArch'78
has been appointed manager, Airport Design, to the
Calgary Airport Authority, to assist in the implementation of major terminal expansion plans... Dave
Stevens BEd'79 received the Award of Excellence for
Art Education, Graduation Level from the BC Art
Chronicle Teachers' Association ... Anibal R. Valente
BASc(Civil Eng.)'79 has been promoted to vice-
president and district manager of the PCL family of
companies, for his leadership and the district's
continued success.
Alexandra (Kovacs) Ada BMus'88 was staff officer
bands and director of Music National Band of the Naval
Reserve Headquarters in Quebec City from 1990-98.
She married Stephen Ada in 1995 and is now events
director for the Calgary Chamber of Commerce ...
Renee Bjarnson BSc(Pharm)'83 just returned from
doing volunteer work for three months at an animal
rescue center in the Ecuadorian jungle ... Tony
Fogarassy BSc'83, MSc'89, LLB'92 and Blair
Lockhart LLB'90 welcomed 8 lb, 15 oz Alexander
Anthony Nile Fogarassy to the world on Aug. 8, 1999
... Dan Johnson MSc'80, PhD'83 is president of the
Entomological Society of Canada. He was promoted to
senior scientist at Lethbridge Research Centre and is
adjunct professor in Biogeography at the University of
Lethbridge ... Joel Murray BA'81, MA'99 has taught
ESL to adults in Vancouver for almost twenty years and
recently completed her Masters in Teaching English as a
Second Language ... Julie Ovenell-Carter's
BA(Hon)'81 second children's book, The Butterflies'
Promise (Annick Press, 1999) was just nominated for a
BC Book Prize ... Angela Savage PhD'80, lecturer in
Chemistry at NUI, Galay, Ireland, has recently adopted
a baby girl, Li Lu, born Sept. 4, 1998 in Hubei Province,
China ... John van Deursen BMus'85 was appointed
to music director of the newly-formed Hsinchu
Philharmonic Orchestra in Taipei.
Paula Bach BA'97 has accepted a job at Unisys
Corporation in Minneapolis, MN ... Stephanie
Bolster BFA'91, MFA'94 accepted a tenure-track
appointment as assistant professor in the Dept. of
English at Concordia University in Montreal...
Adrienne Wood Boone BSc'94, PhD(Biochem)'00
has moved to the University of Waterloo to do a
postdoctorate and join Chris Boone BSc, PhD'99
(Physics) who is currently working on a Canadian
Space Agency satellite program there ... Andrea
Brawner 6A'90, BEd'91 is reception coordinator with
The Rogers Group Financial Advisors and tutors
secondary students in French and English through the
Teacher's Tutoring Service ... Cheryl (Ainslie)
Cameron BSc'94 and husband Mark are thrilled to
announce the arrival of their precious daughter, Sarah
Margaret, born Sept. 10, 1999 ... Andrew Carter
BA'93 married Caroline Morgan MA'93 in June,
1997, and Matthew was born last December. Caroline
is working on her PhD in Linguistics and is teaching
French at SFU, while Andrew is a contractor for one of
the local cable companies... Linda (Cuddeford)
Davidson BSc'94, MD'98 completed her training in
family practice at UBC this summer and is working in
Vancouver. Her husband Warren Davidson BSc'94,
MD'98 is in his final year of core internal medicine and
plans to subspecialize in respirology ... After spending
five years in Montreal completing an Orthopaedics
residency at McGill University, Ian D. Dickey BSc'91,
MD'96 has been accepted for a two-year Musculoskel
etal and Adult Reconstruction Fellowship at Mayo
Clinic in Rochester, MN ... Patrick Harrison MFA'98
completed shooting his digital feature Longshot with
the help of many fellow UBC'ers. He then launched an
independent website with films, articles and artwork:
www.idig.net/~flick/home.htm ... On April 8, 2000,
Saskia Naomi decided it was time to introduce herself
to her parents, Makimi llmura MSW'90 and Leon
ter Beek PhD'94 and to her sister Linda Satomi. They
are all enjoying their new family member... Michael
Kozdron BSc'98 received his MA in Mathematics from
Duke University last December. He is working towards
his PhD there ... Ann (Cheung) Kubota
BSc(Pharm)'91 and Peter Kubota BSc(Pharm)'90
welcomed their third child, Kobe, on Feb. 8, 2000 ...
Brent Olthuis BCom(Hons)'95 graduated from McGill
University Faculty of Law in May. He is working for
Davis Polk & Wardwell, a NYC law firm. Next year he
will be clerking for Mr. Justice lacobucci of the Supreme
Court of Canada ... A New Year's baby for Elizabeth
(Nathe) Simonyi-Cindele BSN'97 and husband
Samuel: Zachary Aaron arrived promptly on Jan. 1,
2000. Elizabeth works on the Leuk/BMT Unit at VGH
and Samuel is currently attending med school at UBC ...
After exhausting his excuses, Raymond To BSc'88,
/MBA'90 finally got married on Aug. 21, 1999 to the
love of his life, Annie Chen. Raymond is currently
managing the software recruitment division for
Corporate Recruiters Ltd. in Vancouver... Sara
(Cobbe) Whalen BSc'93 married J. Kerry Whalen
BCom'94 on July 4, 1998. They met at the Pit Pub in
the summer of 1992 ...
The Players Clllb, an amateur dramatic society, was formed at
UBC in 1915 and for 40 years presented plays every spring and fall. The
Old Auditorium became home to the club, and members spent many an
idle hour in the second floor green room. For many years the spring
production was taken on tour to Vancouver Island and southern B.C.
The Players Club Alumni met for years for playreadings and socializing,
but by the early '60s interest fell off.
In September, 1999, a group of alumni attended the dedication of
the Dorothy Somerset Grove and decided to hold another playreading.
In April, 2000, the group read Sheridan's School for Scandal, the play
taken on tour in 1948. Readers and audience posed for posterity.
Playreading cast, seated, l-r: Norman Young, Barney O'Sullivan, Walter
Marsh, Tom Shorthouse, Pamela (Rutledge) Hawthorn, Lee Taylor, Joanne
Walker, Len Lauk, Alan Cory, Lois (Shaw) Rain, Ted Affleck, Joy (Coghill)
Thorne, Philip Keatley.
Audience, standing, l-r: June (Gava) O'Connor, Jack Thorne, Lily Harper, Bill
Lane, Betsy Lane, Sonya Taylor, Barbara (Barnes) Chambers, Mary
(Buckerfield) White, Bruce Peyman, Mavis (Plenderleith) Heatherington,
Verene (Maurer) Shepard, Adam Rain, Michael Shepard, Clare Baillie, Carol
(Aikins) Beichman, Lucy (Berton) Woodward, Nancy (Davidson) Macdonald,
Jerry MacDonald, Anne (Forrester) Manson, Walter Shynkaryk, Margaret
(Low-Beer) Libbert, Tom Shandel, Marion Poggemiller, Doreen Odling,
Cynthia Lauk, Lois (Williamson) Argue, Liz (Grant) Keatley.
Chronicle      31 class acts
In  Memoriam
Elizabeth E. Wallach
Elizabeth Wallach B£d'35grew up in Nelson and
spent most of her life as an active member ofthe
community. Her first teaching assignment after
graduation was in the high school in Slocan City.
She then taught for five years at Trafalgar Junior
High in Nelson. She was the second woman
elected to the City of Nelson council. Elizabeth
returned to teaching in 1957, until her retirement in 1979. She was appointed to the Selkirk
College Council in 1965 and served for 11 years.
In 1973, Elizabeth was a member of the Cowan
Commission on Post Secondary Education in the
Kootenays. She was a charter member of many
community groups, including the Canadian
Federation of University Women. Elizabeth was
an avid outdoors person and world traveller.
In Memoriam
Norman S. Bab BSc(Pharm)'51, founder of Kits
Cameras, Vancouver, Jan. 2000 ... Fletcher John C.
(Jack) Gillespie BSF'51 of Burns Lake, BC, Feb. 12,
2000 ... Jack Cillingham SSA'44 of Coquitlam, BC,
Oct. 26, 1999 ... Alan Cordon BASc'48 ot Bella Vista,
Ark., Dec. 22, 1999 ... William Hall Prof. Emeritus,
English, March, 2000 ... respected Penticton pioneer
and founding member of the Apex Alpine ski area
Robert Hatfield BA'28 of Penticton, BC, Feb. 14,
2000 ... Marjorie Eileen (Frisby) Ivey of Don Mills,
ON, Mar. 17, 2000, wife of Donald G. Ivey BA'44,
MA'46. She spent her early years supporting Donald
through his UBC MA and his PhD from the University
of Notre Dame ... Ivor Albert Kool BEd'86, President
of Acadia Camp 1956-58, of Nanaimo, BC, Apr. 27,
1999 ... Andrew Macintosh BA'89, MFA'95 of
Campbell River, BC, February, 2000 ... James Graham
McLaren BSF'50 of Victoria, BC, Jan. 3, 1999 ...
Clarence Philip Morin B/V50of Penticton, BC, Nov.
Allan Cecil Brooks
After graduation, Allan went on to get his
master's in Zoology at the University of Toronto.
He began his professional career in East Africa,
where was a biologist for the British government
for 12 years. When he returned to Canada he
taught secondary school, lectured in wildlife
biology arid worked as ar> interpreter in the
Rocky Mountain National Parks. His knowledge,
encouragement and enthusiasm left its mark on
many students.
Allan was a great supporter of parks. He
and wife Betty founded the Pender Island Field
Naturalists. He was involved in many environmental groups, including the Federation of BC
Naturalists. Allan loved hiking, camping,
travelling and exploring.
18, 1999 ... Daniel Pelech BSc(Pharm)'53 of Vernon,
BC, March 6, 2000 ... Joseph Pellicano BASc'48
(Elec Eng) ot Wilsonville, OR, Oct. 3, 1999 ... Mervin
Benjam Polvi BEd'67, MEd'72 of Burnaby, BC, Feb.
9, 2000 ... James David Pritchard BASc(Mech
Eng)'56 of Peterborough, ON, Dec. 3, 1999 ... Phil
Salisbury BASc(Horticulture)'39, PhD'70(Forestry),
University of Minnesota, of Vancouver, Jan. 10, 2000,
at 85 years... George Peter Alexandroff Shirokoff
BSc'52, MSc'53 of Kingston, ON, Dec. 24, 1999 ...
James T. Smith BCom'58 of Vernon, BC, December,
1999 ... Pauline O.M. Smith BHF'49 of Osoyoos,
BC, March 8, 2000 ... John W. Stewart BASc'39 of
Vancouver, Jan. 6, 2000 ... Dr. Homer Armstrong
Thompson BA'25, MA'27, LLD'49, May 7, 2000. He
was a distinguished archeologist, classical scholar and
humanist... George Volkoff BA'34, MA'36, DSc'45
passed away Apr. 24, 2000. He was head of the UBC
Physics department during his career and dean of the
Faculty of Science when he retired in 1979 ... John
Angus Webster BA'59 of North Vancouver, Jan. 9,
OK, so what's this??
Tkm Hollick-Kenyon, who was
Executive Director of this
Association for years, sent in
the above ticket, "the smallest artifact
in UBC Alumni history." Tim says it
was well known to Main Library users
in the '50s. What is it and what was it
Send in the right answer (along
with a story about it), and you may
well see print!
The UBC Thunderbird
varsity teams are
soaring into the new
millennium and they
want you to come along
for the ride!
Buy season tickets and save 20% off
the regular price. Your name will be
entered into a draw to win airfare for
2 to anywhere in North America!
(Subject to conditions)
Football (4 games) $20
Basketball (10 games) $55
Hockey (14 games) $75
Volleyball (12 games) $65
Soccer (5 games) $25
To purchase tickets, contact
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(continued from page 34)
Undergraduate Group, a group of 16 students, 1 faculty and 2
senior student leaders.)
The first day of classes is cancelled for IMAGINE. Thousands of people pack into War Memorial Gym for a presidential
welcome from Martha Piper in what amounts to a UBC pep
rally. Students meet their deans, attend student success workshops and participate in a showcase of student life. MUGs stick
together for studying, socializing and working through the
maze of first year university. IMAGINE UBC gets new students
involved, immediately, in their new world. It's a far cry from
the days when a new student simply appeared on campus and
disappeared into the moving masses.
Last year, the Alumni Association became part of the VP
Students portfolio, moving from External Affairs.
"Involved students make for involved alumni. It's important to make a connection right after grad," Sullivan says. "We
have to make it clear what the benefits are and keep them in
touch with what's going on at the campus. We have to get
better at tracking our grads, and in providing service to our
branches around the world."
But the new VP isn't neglecting process improvements. For
instance, the acceptance process for students applying for
admission is being overhauled.
"Exceptional students are sought by many institutions,
and they want quick decisions. We're putting a lot of effort into
speeding up the system." His office is also streamlining the
admission process. Formerly, students had to make separate
applications for admission, housing, parking, awards and meal
service. Now, some of these have been combined into one
As well, students coming to UBC from outside the Lower
Mainland are guaranteed on-campus housing.
"We only have enough housing for about a quarter of our
full time undergraduate population. This guarantee of housing
for students coming from outside Vancouver is one of the ways
we can attract outstanding students and build a stronger spirit
on campus, and, ultimately, in our grads."
All in all, Brian Sullivan has his work cut out for him. It's a
big campus (35,000 students), with a living alumni population
nearing 160,000. But he's enjoying the challenges.
"One of the other reasons I came to UBC from Guelph," he
says, "is that there's a sense of momentum and freshness here.
There's an openness to different ways of doing things, a non-
hierarchical and decentralized structure that's very appealing. It
makes it easier to explore and exploit new ideas more quickly."
Being in one of the great cities of the world doesn't hurt,
either. His family loves it. What with world-class skiing and
hiking, and all the events in town and on campus, the family
has found their first year in Vancouver an adventure. And,
watching the sailboats scud by on a breezy afternoon, Brian
Sullivan is contemplating taking up sailing.
His four children and wife, Hilary, have found their feet.
Hilary works with the SWIFT project (Supporting Women in
Information Technology) at UBC, two of his daughters go to
Kits High, another is a semi-pro snowboarder just finishing up a
year at Capilano College and the eldest, a son at the University
of Guelph, left recently for the University of Science in Penang,
Malaysia on an exchange program.
The downside? "I wasn't ready for the increase in the price
of ice cream. In Ontario, 2 litres of middle of the road, OK late-
night stuff goes for $2.49, $2.99. Here you're looking at $4.99,
and people tell me that's a good price!"
It's just about the only challenge he's willing to concede.  •
MaKe 2000 Your Year for a
Great Trip*
Join other grads in exotic places,
visit fantastic sites, and bring bacK exciting
T-shirts for the whole family!
^Through Spain
rust 7-15, 2000
fast Asia
33 campus profile
New VP Puts the
'Service' in
Student Services
The image of UBC as a huge,
impersonal institution is one
many of us carried away with our
degrees. While most of us remember
fondly the department or faculty where
we spent all our time, the university as a
whole seemed distant and inaccessible.
Some Arts grads have never set foot in
The Barn, and many 'Geers think
Buchanan Tower is just a place on the
other side of campus to hang old
Brian Sullivan, UBC's new Vice
President, Students is out to change that
"Previous incumbents in my position have been tenured faculty. Much of
their focus was on putting systems in
place to streamline the flow of students
and simplify, as much as possible, the
administration of education."
'Student Services' at UBC is evolving
in a new direction. "One of the reasons I
was attracted to this job in the first place
was because I saw that UBC was serious
about changing the student environment." It's easy, he says, to pay lip
service to change, but UBC has made the
ultimate commitment: money.
"The VP Students Office is, essentially, a
new portfolio, and we've been given a
budget to make some important changes.
I've been in student services all my
professional life, and I see a real shift in
focus at UBC, beginning with the change
in title from VP Student and Academic
Services to VP Students."
The work of student service professionals on campus revolves around
managing enrollment, helping students
start at university, supporting their
success while here as undergrads and
grad students, and being of service to
Vice President Student Services, Brian Sullivan at this year's grad ceremony. CP pic
them as graduates. "Students have real
issues here: anonymity, financial support, advising, housing, course selection." Sullivan sees these and other
issues as challenges, and as opportunities
to create new solutions. Dialogue with
"Getting an education doesn't
just mean completing degree
students, he says, is an essential part of
the process. He is already a visible
presence on campus, meeting often with
AMS and GSS groups. He has also
launched surveys for entering students
to gather information about their various
health, social, cultural and transition
"In an important sense, students are
clients and customers. They're here for a
product we can supply. But that's not all
they are, and getting an education
doesn't just mean completing degree
requirements. Most of our students are
young men and women who are learning
how to live as adults in this society.
Getting an education also means devel
oping the skills they need in day-to-day
life. Skills of citizenship, teamwork,
problem-solving and community
participation. We're developing programs that get students involved in
campus life."
"Many of the students who maintain the strongest alliance with the
university after graduation are those
who get involved with activities such as
tutoring, athletics, clubs, student
government and the UBYSSEY," he says.
To that end, he puts much effort into
working with the AMS and student
groups and into the IMAGINE program.
Developed by students, staff, and
faculty and coordinated by the First Year
Coordinator in the VP Students Office,
IMAGINE UBC is a university-wide
process that introduces first year students to the mysteries of university life.
More than 200 campus volunteers, 500
student leaders and 4,000 first year
students participate. This year more than
150 faculty will join a MUG offering
mentorship for first year students and
group leaders. (MUG stands for My
Continued page 33
Chronicle A special thanks to our sponsors
5th Annual Alumni Recognition and Sports Hall of Fame
A/lore than 750 friends of UBC came out to cheer the accomplishments of alumni and athletes and helped fill the coffers of our student scholarship funds. The UBC Alumni Association and the UBC
Department of Athletics would like to express special thanks to our
corporate sponsors who donated to this worthy cause.
Manulife Financial
Future Shop
Chevalier Croup of
BC Hydro
Thor-West Management
Clark, Wilson
Vancouver Airport Authority
Thorsteinssons Tax Lawyers
Allied Holdings
Koffman, Kalef
Spectrum Marketing
Blake Cassels Graydon
Richards Buell Sutton
Bank One Partners
Gifts  in   kind
Vanbots Construction Limited
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Leader Frames
Orca Bay Sports
Canadian Airlines
DD Manulife Financial
THE      POWER      IS      TOURS
BG hydro
Chevalier Group of Companies
Chronicle      35 Having trouble finding people
in the crowd?
Maybe it's time to try the
UBC Online Community
E-Mail Forwarding
Class Notes
Bulletin Boards
Find Lost Classmates
Career Services
Relocation Advice
Alumni Events
and click the on-line community button
See you onlinci
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