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New $100k Allard Prize
rewards courage
and leadership in
combating corruption
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Archaeologist Marc Zender, BA'97, is expert at deciphering
ancient Mayan script. He spent the summer at the site of an
ancient Maya city in Belize.
In Short
Alumni Departments
The Allard Prize for International Integrity
is awarded to an individual, movement
or organization that has demonstrated
exceptional courage and leadership in
combating corruption. The inaugural
prize went to Indian activist Anna Hazare.
SEE PAGE 15.   •
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A short story by Jay Brown, MFA'10
When Shobha Sharma, BA'03, heard
Free the Children founder Craig Kielburger
speak at a UBC conference, it changed
the course of her life.
A once-obscure piece of scientific
equipment is proving key to resolving
a serious challenge facing the
medical community.
When a loyal supporter of the university
donated funds for a clock tower to honour
the founding pioneers of the province, some
of the students were less than impressed.
Q & A
Q: What would you like your epitaph to say?
A: 1 wouldn't want an epitaph. They're like
tattoos for the dead. Or monogrammed
shirts. Name and dates, please! editor's note
id this time last year, news channels were awash with
is about the world's imminent demise on December 21.
ong count Maya calendar was coming to the end
<-le, and fearmongers weren't about to pass up
■ tunity to spread messages of doom and gloom.
You might even remember where you were when it was all supposed to
go kaput. I was on a long-haul flight, chatting merrily with fellow passengers
about the relative advantages of being in the air come the apocalypse
The superstitious and anxiety-prone were no doubt hastily stocking up
on canned food, padlocks and crossbows, just in case they survived
Experts busily refuted rumours of asteroids and rogue planets hurtling
towards Earth. NASA even released a news item on the December 21
phenomenon, mostly based on an interview with "hard-nosed scientist"
Dr. John Carlson, a radio astronomer. After brushing aside as a misconception
the notion that the Maya ever predicted the end of the world, he went on to
provide plenty of other reasons why we should be interested in this ancient
civilization. The Maya mastered astronomy, developed an elaborate written
anguage, and Carlson describes their long count calendar as the most
complex calendar system ever developed
If the passenger sitting next to me on that December 21 flight had been
UBC alumnus Marc Zeller, I would have come to realize that what we actually
know about the Maya is a lot more interesting than superstitious claptrap
Zeller is an archaeologist and world expert at deciphering ancient Mayan script
As artefacts are pulled from the earth at the sites of ancient cities in Mexico
and Belize, he helps to decipher their significance and piece together the lives
of the people they belonged to. We don't have all the answers yet, but the
journey is a fascinating one
We humans spend much time and effort trying to reach and explore
places we've never been - yet there is still much be learned from where we
have already been, and a lot to be rediscovered that has long been forgotten
In much the same way as a new scientific discovery forces us to adjust
prevailing theories about the world around us, discoveries about our past
change the way we see our own evolution to the present and help us
to better anticipate our future. And I'm not talking about asteroids
Vanessa Clarke,
EDITOR Vanessa Clarke, BA
CONTRIBUTOR Michael Awmack, BA'oi, MET'09
Elizabeth Powell, BSc
VICE CHAIR Michael Lee, BSc'86, BA'89, MA'92, LLB
TREASURER Ian Warner, BCom'89
MEMBERS AT LARGE [2011-2014]
Robert Bruno, BCom'97
Blake Hanna, MBA'82
Ernest Yee, BA'83, MA'87
MEMBERS AT LARGE [2012-2015]
David Climie, BCom'83
Dallas Leung, BCom'94
Judy Rogers, BRE'71
Kirsten Tisdale, BSC83 (Zoology)
an Warner, BCom'89
Faye Wightman, BSC'8i (Nursing)
MEMBERS AT LARGE [2013-2016]
Valerie Casselton, BA'77
Michael Lee, BSc'86, BA'89, MA'92, LLB
Gregg Saretsky, BSc'82, MBA'84
Barbara Miles,BA, PostGradinEd.
Prof. Stephen J. Toope, AB, LLB & BCL, PhD
Sarah Morgan-Silvester,BCom'82
Jeff Todd, BA
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It seems the criticisms that I've
seen of his appointment have
been more that they expect him
to be a bit boring. And among
economists, if we rule out those
who are boring, that would rule
out too many of us.
Professor of economics Kevin Milligan,
on the appointment of economist Jean-Denis
Frechette as new Parliamentary Budget Officer.
(Globe & Mail - Aug 31, 2013)
Interpol estimates that up
to 30 per cent of all wood
products are made from
trees that were illegally
harvested. After learning
that, I began to see wood
products in a whole new
light. Where did this item
come from? Who profited
and who was harmed?
UBC Graduate School of Journalism
student Keith Rozendal, who
participated in the Internationa
Reporting Program's CUT project,
investigating the illegal timber trade
(UBC Media Release - Oct 1, 2013)
To think of all of these people as
dangerous or homeless, or to see
them as incapable of employment
or a relationship, is ridiculous.
These numbers tell us that the
vast majority of Canadians afflicted
with a mental illness are wonderful,
functioning people. They are our
teachers, lawyers, waitresses, bus
drivers; they are us, not 'them'.
Alumnus Michael Schratter in an Op Ed responding
to the City of Vancouver announcement that
mental health issues are at a crisis point in the city.
(Vancouver Sun - Sept 17, 2013)
Some of our guys were walking
around with a deer-in-the-headlights
look, not believing what this guy
could do. He's motivating. He's
inspiring. But I didn't go seeking
that. We're just so lucky to have
all of the natural components of
the character of Austin Hinchey
UBC head Volleyball coach
Richard Schick on Austin Hinchey,
who recently joined the UBC
Thunderbirds as a blue-chip recruit
Hinchey chose to have his leg
amputated at the age often, mainly
because brittle bone disease was
hampering his participation in sport
(The Province - June 30, 2013)
There is a lot of cultural lore about the power
of eye contact as an influence tool, but our
findings show that direct eye contact makes
skeptical listeners less likely to change their
minds, not more, as previously believed.
UBC Prof. Frances Chen, who used new eye-tracking
technologies to investigate the effects of eye contact in
situations involving persuasion. (UBCMedia Release - Oct 2, 2013)
We've got two feelings:
one is the loss of a hero,
but the other is the
loss of a child that we
sent into harm. People
can step back and say
a dog is not worth
as much as a human
being, that sort of thing,
but that's your higher
intellect working.
Professor emeritus of psychology
Stanley Coren commenting on
how the public's grief over the
death of Edmonton police dog
Quanto, who was stabbed by a
suspect he was chasing, is natural
(Edmonton Journal - Oct 8, 2013)
All of the creatures that are displayed
could fit on the tip of a pin. There's
so much life on this Earth that you
just can't see with the naked eye.
Derek Jang, interpreter at The Beaty Biodiversity
Museum at UBC, on the museum's latest exhibit
featuring framed images of magnified microbes
(Breakfast Television Vancouver - Oct 8, 2013)
The first thing we need to do is to change the
culture from a culture of passive bystanders to a
culture of upstanders... it's a community problem.
Alumna Brenda Morrison answering the question "Can we stop bullies?"
(At a UBC Dialogues event in Vancouver - Sept 17, 2013)
9$^ TAKE
Free-diving, or breath-hold diving, is a sport with historical ties to spear
fishers and pearl divers. Most countries, including Canada, have nationa
teams that compete to see who can dive the deepest and hold their
breath the longest. Croatia's national team continues to break world
records and now some of their top divers are helping a team of
Canadian researchers from UBC's Okanagan campus
School of Health and Exercise Sciences PhD candidate
Chris Willie and a team of UBC scientists were
invited to Croatia to work with that country's
top scientific lab in conducting tests on some
elite free-dive athletes. Among them was
Croatia's world-record holder, Goran
Colak, who recently held his breath
for 22 minutes and 30 seconds after
breathing in pure oxygen
"There have been some preliminary
studies done over the years on breath-hold
divers, but very little research completed on
their brains," says Willie, who is earning his PhD
in cerebral vascular physiology. "We aim to tease out
the mechanisms involved that allowthese people to
hold their breath for such a long time." The second
goal, he says, is to fundamentally understand how
the brain responds to changes in blood gases,
both oxygen and carbon dioxide
Under dry land conditions in a lab, the
athletes were monitored while holding their
breath until reaching levels of oxygen far
ower than most people could survive -
nearly as low as that of a human on the
summit of Mt. Everest. (The world record
for free-divers not using oxygen, the type
of testing that Willie is conducting, is
about 12 minutes.) Sophisticated ultrasound
equipment was used to monitor the flow of
blood into the brain
"This kind of research is important to breath-hold divers, and to most
people," Willie says. "But it's especially important for people who live with
diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure,
who have changes in blood flow that affect the delivery of oxygen to the
brain. These are things that affect their pathology, their quality of life,
and their doctor's ability to treat them."
War is hell and, according to new research, experiencing its horrors
can cause people to have a greater affinity for members of their own
group, particularly if they are exposed to warfare in later childhood
or early adulthood
"These effects have the potential to explain why conflict sometimes
eads to cycles of war and sometimes stimulates nation-building in
its wake," says study co-author Joseph Henrich, a professor in UBC's
departments of Psychology and Economics
The researchers collected data from 543 children in the Republic
of Georgia following the brief but devastating war between Russia and
Georgia over South Ossetia. They also collected data from 586 adults
in Sierra Leone following an 11-year civil war that ended in 2002, which
ed to the displacement ofmuchofthepopulationandthedeathsof
more than 50,000 civilians
Based on evolutionary theory, the researchers hypothesized that
experiences with intergroup conflicts should lead individuals to become
more focused on their own group's wellbeing, since individual survival is
often linked to the fate of the group
The subjects played games that involved choosing how to allocate tokens
to themselves and an anonymous partner. In some cases, the anonymous
partner was from the same village or school, and in other cases not. Those
who had experienced war were more willing to sacrifice to reduce inequality
if their partner was from the same village or school. No such effects
were present in participants younger than six or older than 20 when they
experienced war. "These findings suggest that if war is experienced during
a sensitive window in development between middle childhood and early
adulthood, then it leaves an enduring mark," says co-author Michal Bauer
of Charles University, Czech Republic
The research may help to explain why war can lead to nation building
or a perpetual cycle of war. "When people identify with an in-group that
coincides with the state or nation, then nation-building can be enhanced,"
says Henrich. "For people who identify with a subnational identity, such
as an ethnic group, war can sow the seeds of future conflicts."
With the help of a rat casino, UBC brain researchers have successfully
reduced behaviours in rats that are commonly associated with compulsive
gambling in humans
The study, which featured the first successful modeling of slot
machine-style gambling with rats in North America, is the first to show
that problem gambling behaviours can be treated with drugs that block
dopamine D4 receptors
For the study, rats gambled for sugar pellets using a slot machine-style
device that featured three flashing lights and two levers they could push
with their paws. The rats exhibited several
behaviours associated with problem
gambling, such as the tendency to
treat "near misses" similarly to wins
Juilding on previous research,
the team focused on the dopamine
D4 receptor, which has been linked to a variety of behavioural disorders
but never proven useful in treatment. The study found that rats treated with
a dopamine D4 receptor-blocking medication exhibited reduced levels of
behaviours associated with problem gambling
"More work is needed, but these findings offer new hope for the
treatment of gambling addiction, which is a growing public health concern,"
says Paul Cocker, lead author of the study and a PhD student in UBC's
Department of Psychology.
American and Canadian researchers have for the first time quantified
the energy cost to aquatic animals when they carry satellite tags, video
cameras and other research instruments
Studying fibreglass casts of sea turtles in a wind tunnel,
the team found that while most commercially
available tags increased drag by less
than five per cent for large adult
animals in the wild, these same
devices increased drag by
more than 100 per cent on
smaller or juvenile animals
"Many marine animals
make year-long breeding
migrations crossing entire
oceans, while others may rely on high speeds
and acceleration - enabling them to catch prey
or to escape predators," says T. Todd Jones, a scientist
with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Pacific Islands
Fisheries Science Center in Hawaii who led the study while a doctora
fellow at UBC. "If the drag costs from carrying tags disrupts their natura
behaviour, they may miss out on breeding and foraging seasons, be unable
to catch enough food, or even end up becoming someone else's meal."
The study includes a universal formula that allows scientists to calculate
drag for a wide range of marine species including turtles, mammals, fish,
and diving birds to inform study design. "In addition to the animal welfare
and conservation implications, excessive drag may also impede the
collection of research data in the wild," says Jones. "The guidelines we've
developed can help ensure that the data collected accurately reflect the
animals' natural behaviours in the wild, so we can devise conservation
strategies accordingly."
Time is a huge impediment when it comes to working together to halt
the effects of climate change, new research suggests. A study has recently
revealed that groups cooperate less for climate change mitigation when
the rewards of cooperation lie in the future, especially if they stretch into
future generations
"People are often self-interested, so when it comes to investing in
a cooperative dilemma like climate change, rewards that benefit our
offspring - or even our future self - may not motivate us to act," says
Jennifer Jacquet, a clinical assistant professor at New York University's
Environmental Studies Program, who conducted the research while a
post-doctoral fellow working with Math professor Christoph Hauert at UBC
"Since no one person can affect climate change alone, we designed
the first experiment to gauge whether group dynamics would encourage
people to cooperate towards a better future."
Researchers at UBC and two Max Planck Institutes in Germany gave
study participants 40 Euros each to invest, as a group of six, towards climate
change actions. If participants cooperated to pool together 120 Euros for
climate change, returns on their investment, in the form of 45 additiona
Euros each, were promised one day later, seven weeks later, or were
invested in planting oaktrees, and thus would lead to climate benefits
several decades down the road - but not personally to the participants
Although many individuals invested initially in the long-term investment
designed to simulate benefits to future generations, none of the groups
achieved the target
"We learned from this experiment that even groups gravitate towards
instant gratification," says Hauert, an expert in game theory, the study
of strategic decision-making. The authors suggest that internationa
negotiations to mitigate climate change are unlikely to succeed if
individual countries' short-term gains are not taken into consideration
Living in a place lauded for its natural beauty and vast wildlife, British
Columbians take much pride in their great outdoors. So when it comes
to protecting and preserving the wild animals that live in BC, passions
can leave people divided
Take the debate over the cull of wolves - conservationists argue killing
wolves helps preserve moose populations, supporting the sustainable
killing of wildlife as a tool that promotes biodiversity. Animal welfare
scientists rail against this position, focusing instead on the suffering
of individual animals and the method of killing
But the debate over the human threat to wildlife doesn't have to be
polarizing, suggests new research from UBC. Using an anonymous online
survey, more than 350 BC residents - including government officials,
biologists, conservationists, animal welfare scientists and the genera
public - were asked to rate the level of harm caused by a variety of human
activities that impact wildlife
The results surprised Sara Dubois, who conducted the survey as part
of her doctoral studies in UBC's Animal Welfare Program. "Both sets
of experts, conservationists and animal welfare scientists, along with
the public, agreed independently that the biggest harms to wildlife are
development, pollution, and agriculture," she says. "There is agreement
that the bigger picture stuff - habitat loss, pollution - is hurting
wildlife more than hunting or vehicle collisions."
Dubois says the results show the potential
common ground to be reached between
the experts, who are often pitted
against one another. She notes
her research will help her in
her job as manager of wildlife
services for the BC Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals, where she often
has to negotiate between
the two sides. D "THE CHEMISTRY
That's what anti-hero Walter White tells Gus Fring before entering
a nefarious deal to cook his trademark blue methamphetamine during an
episode of Breaking Bad, the Emmy-winning AMC series that aired its final
episode on September 29
The hit show centred around White's transformation from downtrodden
high school teacher into a criminal kingpin named Heisenberg (a tip of
the black hat to Nobel Prize-winning scientist Werner Heisenberg), who
respects the scientific method even after losing his moral compass
Here, UBC chemistry professor Michael Wolf talks about the show's use
of chemistry and how it has raised the profile of the "central science" in
popular culture
How accurate is the chemistry portrayed in Breaking Bad?
The science behind the show is solid. There are times when they
sensationalize things a bit. For example, the methamphetamine Walt
cooks is blue. Meth is not blue unless you add something to make
it blue which is something they never mention on the show. That's
definitely a dramatization for TV.
They get into details that the average person would probably miss
In one episode, White talks about chirality, which is the handedness of
a molecule. Methamphetamine is a chiral molecule, meaning it is either
right- or left-handed. One form is relatively inactive, the other form is the
active drug. The second method they use to make meth produces both
types of molecules, which results in a lower purity. For chemists it was
a nice detail
Has Breaking Bad raised the profile of chemistry among the
general public?
would say it's certainly increased interest. A lot of people find out
I'm a chemistry professor and have brought up the show and ask me
what I think.
think the fact that it's a good TV show with a science element has
gotten people interested in science. I worry a bit because the show is
about making illegal drugs. We don't want that to be the only perception
the public has about chemistry.
Chemistry is a difficult topic to relate to the public because people
tend to be a little bit scared of it. They often don't see what we really
do and how important it is to their daily lives
Does the show highlight the power of chemistry?
Absolutely, everything around us has chemistry in it. We would still be
iving like it was the Middle Ages if we didn't have chemistry to bring us
to our modern standard of living. It's made the world what it is now. D
Sadism may be mo re common than we think, according to a pair of
UBC studies published in the journal Psychological Science this September.
The findings suggest that sadism - deriving pleasure from another
person's suffering- is not just a sexual disorder found in hardened
criminals. Some people derive pleasure from cruelty in everyday
situations and are even willing to make an extra effort to cause harm
to someone else.
"Some find it hard to reconcile sadism with the concept of'normal'
psychological functioning, but our findings show that sadistic tendencies
among otherwise well-adjusted people must be acknowledged,"
says Erin Buckels, the lead author of the study and a graduate student in
the Department of Psychology at UBC. "These people aren't necessarily
serial killers or sexual deviants but they gain some emotional benefit in
causing or simply observing others' suffering."
In one study, participants were asked to perform one of four tasks:
killing bugs, helping a researcher kill bugs, cleaning dirty toilets, or
enduring pain from ice water. As predicted, participants who chose
to kill bugs had the highest scores on a scale measuring sadistic
impulses. Their pleasure also seemed to correlate with the number
of bugs they killed.
A second study compared sadism to other "dark" personality traits -
psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism, also known as the "Dark
Triad." It revealed that only sadists chose to intensify the suffering of an
innocent opponent when they realized the opponent wouldn't fight back.
They were also the only ones willing to expend additional time and energy
to cause sufferingto an innocent opponent.
The findings could inform research and policy on domestic abuse,
bullying, animal cruelty, and cases of military and police brutality.
"It is such situations that sadistic individuals may exploit for personal
pleasure," says Buckels. D
In his new book, Big Gods, Ara Norenzayan explains why world religions
and their secular successors continue to influence events at the dawn
of the 21st century.
Let's start with a basic question. How do you define "Big Gods?"
Big gods are the deities of the great polytheistic and monotheistic
faiths that have spread around the world in the last 10,000 to 12,000 years
These powerful "supernatural watchers" demand passionate commitment,
meddle into peoples' affairs, reward good deeds and punish acts that
violate the community's norms. This might come as a surprise to many
people, but religion didn't start this way.
As best as we can tell, among ancestral societies, and in modern
hunter-gatherers today, the gods have limited knowledge and power.
While some are pleased by rituals and sacrifices offered to them,
most care little about how people treat each other. This is the centra
puzzle that I try to solve in this book: how did we get from morally
indifferent gods with limited powers, to the vast majority of people
today worshipping big gods
How did we make the leap from hunter-gatherer gods to the religiously
diverse societies we live in today?
We know that there is tremendous cultural diversity and dynamism
in religious beliefs and practices in the world. Lurking underneath this
diversity, there is a striking pattern. Gods play a small part in the rich
and varied cooperative lives of hunting and gathering societies, but over
time, as societies get larger and more complex, religion and morality
become increasingly intertwined. The gods loom larger and become
more interventionist
The idea I explore in this book is whether these two developments
were fundamentally related. Did cooperation among strangers intensify
and expand partly because of the cultural spread of sincere faith in these
big gods that monitor and punish wrongdoers and free riders even when
no one is watching?
The book also explores the various forms of atheism. What are your
insights on the rise in atheism and the large percentage of atheists
in Vancouver - a city known for its spirituality?
Some societies have climbed the ladder of religion and then kicked it away,
embracing secular methods of social organization. In some parts of the
world, people have found effective ways to be cooperative without big gods
Here in Vancouver, we have one of the least religious societies in North
America - almost one in two Vancouverites say that they do not belong
to any religion. Yet, a growing number of the non-religious report having
spiritual beliefs and inclinations
What does Big Gods tell us about the role of religion in our society today?
Despite the massive advances of science and technology, world religions
and their secular successors continue to influence events at the dawn of
the 21st century. Whether it is about religious diversity, a backlash against
secularism, or the global repercussions of conflict among religions, hardly
a day goes by without religion making headlines. In looking at the origins
and spread of world religions, Big Gods tackles these contemporary issues
that are shaping events today.
What does Quebec's recently proposed charter of values say about
the separation of church and state and the ability for societies to
create a tolerant atmosphere for people of different faiths?
Quebec's proposed charter is just one example of the ongoing battle
between competing visions of secularism. Separation of religion and
state is, of course, an important achievement
of secularism. When the state remains
truly neutral in matters of faith, it promotes
peaceful co-existence of different cultures
and religions. But neutrality does not imply
suppressing or banishing religion or, for
that matter, other culturally cherished
values. Multicultural civil societies thrive by
accommodating the self-expression of people
of different faiths, as well as of non-believers
Ara Norenzayan is professor of psychology
at UBC and a co-director of UBC's Centre for
Human Evolution, Cognition, and Culture. D
a place of mind
Now supporting preservation of bird habitats
Werner and Hildegard Hesse were passionate bird watchers and
enthusiastic conservationists. The Hesses expressed their passion
for birding with a gift in their wills to UBC, ensuring vital funding for
ornithology research
UBC can help you plan a lasting legacy in an area important to you
Call 604.822.5373 or visit www.startanevolution.ca/Hesse
startanevolution.ca UBC ARCHAEOLOGISTS
UBC archaeologists have helped to uncover the last known group
of hunter-gatherers in Central Europe
Working with international researchers, the UBC team used
advanced isotope analysis techniques to determine that a group of
hunter-gatherers retained their way of life 2,000 years longer than
previously thought
"Until now, scientists believed that hunter-gathering cultures
disappeared in Central Europe almost immediately after farming
began around 5,000 BC," says Olaf Nehlich, a post-doctoral researcher
in UBC's department of Anthropology. "These new findings show that
hunter-gatherers continued to exist alongside farming societies for
a much longer period of time."
Nehlich and UBC Anthropology professor Michael Richards
conducted the isotope analysis that identifies that the two different
groups of Homo Sapiens had differing diets, indicative of their
hunter-gathering and farming lifestyles. UBC has the only lab in
Canada - and one of a handful around the globe - equipped for
archaeological research using this combination of isotopes
The study focused on preserved Stone Age specimens found
in the ancient Blatterhohle archaeological site in Hagen, Germany.
The UBC researchers analyzed sulfur, nitrogen and carbon isotopes in
the specimens' bones and teeth while a team lead by Ruth Bollongino
of Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz conducted genetic
testing, which found surprisingly little cross-mating between the
two cultural groups
According to the researchers, further study is needed to determine
the social relationships between them. "How these two groups of
Homo Sapiens interacted is still very much a mystery," says Nehlich
"Our findings suggest they lived separately, and kept to each other,
but at this point, we have no idea if they were friends or foes."
The study, "2000 Years of Parallel Societies in Stone Age
Central Europe," was published in Science Express journal. D
Should we work to live? Or live to work?
Vancouver - January 14, 2014
Plugged in: Is technology connecting us?
Or controlling us?
Okanagan - January 30, 2014
1 ne rvexr step is a program jor receni graduates
providing advice and guidance for life after university.
Vancouver - February 4, 2014
Okanagan - March 27,2014
The Grape Debate 2014:
Is wine made in the vineyard or in the wine
Vancouver - January 31, 2014
« Innovation Goggles
Stephen J. Toope
President and Vice-Chancellor, UBC
What does innovation look like to you? Is it a computer processor that
runs 1,000 times faster than the best money can buy? Or a pair of ski
goggles that feeds you performance metrics, web data and phone calls all
from the middle of a black diamond run? What about an ultrasound-guided
robot conducting perfectly accurate surgeries, while the surgeon's hands
remain outside the patient? Fertilizer pellets made out of waste water?
Mine waste that fixes atmospheric C02? What about groundbreaking
treatments for Alzheimer's? Cancer? AIDS?
Everything I've just described is a real discovery made by a team
of UBC researchers. Research universities are innovation powerhouses,
and UBC is one of best in Canada: Highest income from licensed IP.
Highest number of patents applied for per year. Highest number of US
patents issued per year. Second-highest number of licenses executed,
of discoveries and inventions, and of start-ups per year. Over 150 spin-off
companies so far and a partner in over 1,000 industry-sponsored projects.
Generator of 94 per cent of all industry-sponsored research in BC, with
an annual contribution to BC's economy of $12.7 billion.
So what's the catch? For starters, BC ranks ninth among
10 provinces in productivity gains since 1985. Add to that the fact that
our top 25 companies saw revenues drop last year, particularly in the
resource and energy sectors, and you begin to see that something's
wrong with this picture.
The tech-transfer process - by which university research contributes
to technological progress and economic growth - is weak, and it's
keeping our regional and national economies from thriving as they could.
Every stakeholder in the process, from industry to government
to granting agencies to UBC, bears a share of the responsibility
for that. Here's what we're doing about it at UBC:
1. We're opening a Corporate Relations office to better nurture
and build our relationships with industry;
2. We're opening a faculty consulting agency to handle
administration so our experts can focus on delivering
innovative solutions to their clients;
3. We've become a living laboratory for sustainability, and the
solutions we devise are exportable and scalable to the wider
community - civic to global;
4. We've redesigned our "entrepreneurship@UBC" program to
include education, workshopping, venture creation, and seed
funding, with all content available online; and
5. We're reengineering our University Industry Liaison Office
(UILO) to facilitate not only the commercialization of medical
discoveries but all elements of this strategy.
Perhaps most importantly, we recently brought together key
industry leaders and organizations to discuss how business,
academia and government can cooperate to accelerate our
innovation ecosystem. We all have our work cut out for us
between now and next year's roundtable, but collaborating
in such a partnership at last gives us the potential to create our
own version of San Diego's CONNECT or London's Tech City.
And that's what innovation looks like to me.
Board of Directors
Judy Rogers, BRE'yi
Michael Lee, BSc'86, BA'89, MA'92, LLB
Ian Warner, BCom'89
MEMBERS AT LARGE [2011-2014]
Robert Bruno, BCom'97
Blake Hanna, MBA'82
Ernest Yee, BA'83, MA'87
MEMBERS AT LARGE [2012-2015]
David Climie, BCom'83
Dallas Leung, BCom'94
Judy Rogers, BRE'yi
Kirsten Tisdale, BSC'83 (Zoology)
Ian Warner, BCom'89
Faye Wightman, BSC'81 (Nursing)
MEMBERS AT LARGE [2013-2016]
Valerie Casselton, BA'yy
Michael Lee, BSc'86, BA'89, MA'92, LLB
Gregg Saretsky, BSc'82, MBA'84
Barbara Miles, BA, Post Grad in Ed.
Professor Stephen J. Toope, AB, LLB & BCL, PhD
Sarah Morgan-Silvester, BCom'82
Jeff Todd, BA
Making Things Happen
Jeff Todd
Executive Director, Alumni Association/AVP Alumni
Alumni Central
Judy Rogers, BRE'71
Chair, UBC Alumni Association
When I was a kid in the late 1960s, I would look up at the moon
and try to imagine people up there. It seemed like an impossible
dream - the stuff of science fiction. But for a young boy it set the
imagination soaring. Would I grow up and become an astronaut?
Would I at least get to go up there as a tourist one day?
As it happens, I've stayed put on terra firma. But little did
I guess that decades later I would be hosting celebrations to
recognize the amazing career of someone who was right in the
thick of that mind-blowing human accomplishment of landing
on the moon. One of this year's alumni UBC Achievement Awards
recipients is William Carpentier, MD'61, who was chief physician
to the Apollo 11 astronauts.
I knew of this "World Famous Physician"- as he became known
for his TV appearances at the time - long before I'd ever heard
of UBC. But then I like to think that UBC was in Dr. Carpentier's
DNA long before NASA! We celebrated him along with five other
exceptional members of the UBC community (see page 36) at an
uplifting awards ceremony and dinner in November.
Sometimes the world's problems and challenges may seem
overwhelming in scale, but that hasn't stopped any our recipients
from taking action to address some of them. One of the reasons
I like working at UBC is because universities are such hopeful places.
They are concentrated pools of talent, innovation and goodwill that
can - and do - produce the sort of thinking and action that leads to
change. Here students are encouraged to recognize that, by virtue
of their education, it is their duty to be invested in a broader future
than just their own. Our six awards recipients certainly make for
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Somethings are worth waiting for. At our AGM this September
President Toope announced that UBC, in partnership with
alumni UBC, is committed to going ahead and building an
Alumni Centre on its Vancouver campus (see page 23). This
was welcome news to the many alumni volunteers, including
former and current board members, who have been personally
invested in this project - some of them from its earliest conception
many years ago. I am so very grateful to everyone who has
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We couldn't hope for a better site for our new Alumni Centre.
It's right next to transit stops, across from the bookstore,
a stone's throw from the library and immediately adjacent to
the new Student Union Building, currently under construction.
Even for frequent visitors to campus, this new SUB, paid for by
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from the original. I'm so pleased we're going to be neighbours,
given all the natural connections between students and alumni -
especially in the areas of mentorship, employment, and innovative
partnerships and learning opportunities.
The Alumni Centre will be a prominent structure forming part
of the new University Square. Plans for improving this central
area of campus have long been in the works - with the objective
of giving it some definition and architectural character, and
creating an inviting and vibrant community atmosphere.
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The Allard Prize for International Integrity
is awarded to an individual, movement or
organization that has demonstrated exceptional
courage and leadership in combatting corruption,
especially through promoting transparency,
accountability and the rule of law. The $iook prize
was established by UBC alumnus Peter Allard, QC,
as part of an $11.86m donation that helped fund
the new Law building, Allard Hall.
The inaugural recipient of the prize is
Anna Hazare, who for decades has led successful
movements across India to enhance government
transparency and investigate and prosecute
official corruption.
The other finalists - Dr. Sima Samar, an
internationally celebrated advocate for human
and women's rights, and Global Witness,
an organization campaigning against natural
resource-related conflict and corruption and
associated environmental and human rights
abuses - were each awarded $25,000.
Go to trekmagazine.alumni.ubc.ca to watch
an inspirational video about the finalists' lives
and work.
' A photo competition to reflect the themes of the Allard Prize was
also launched, with winning entries being announced every six
months. Trek's cover, this spread, and page 9 all feature the work
of the first two winning photographers. See over for descriptions. COVER    •
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The following is abbreviated from remarks
made by Peter Allard, QC (BA'68, LLB'yi), at the
Allard Prize ceremony held on September 25,2013:
Just after the end of the Second World War, the
generation of UBC Law students who preceded
me came forward with a new sense of hope and
commitment to build a better and more just world
Tens of millions of the world's citizens had just died
horrific deaths through the most cruel savagery,
atrocities and traumas imaginable
Political regimes preceding WWII, both on the
extreme left and right, clearly demonstrated that,
despite their constitutions and manifestos to the
contrary, the realities of their political administrations
stripped citizens of their basic democratic rights of
fairness and justice through denial of an equitable
rule of law. Tyranny reigned
After the war, with the assistance of a number of
initiatives including the Marshall Plan and creation of
The United Nations, democracy in North America and
Europe began to encounter an era of peace and stability.
Every form of government is a constant "work in
progress," demanding full transparency, accountability
and value for those citizens who work and deliver
revenue to the system. The goal is to ensure that
those less fortunate are raised up to a minimum level,
that checks and balances over power and abuse of
power actually work, and that our democratic values
and principles are rooted to the middle ground where
a strong sense of right and wrong, social justice and
the truth are in place and stabilized
We often naively think that issues of accountability,
corruption and the lack of the rule of law are Second
and Third World issues. But the reality is that our
Western democracies are subject to precisely the
same concerns. Over the past 30 years, the necessary
checks and balances have been increasingly eroded
through deregulation and the influence of money
over substance and democratic principles
Stability and the rule of law have, to a significant
extent, given way to unfettered power in the hands
of a few, and an over-taxed and increasingly vulnerable
middle class. Self-interest and short-term greed
are threatening legal systems around the world,
and long-term protections are disappearing
Much of this degradation has been accomplished
with or sanctioned by the concurrence of our lega
and judicial brethren. Furthermore, there has been
a loss of judicial independence over time, and judges,
some of whom come to their positions through
elaborate political networking systems, are themselves
subject to the temptations of their own and their
associates' interests
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In order to protect each and every democratic principle that we hold dear,
it's imperative that we foster more independent, probative, balanced and
impartial justice systems worldwide. We must protect and fight for the basic
rights that some people have today and for which others yearn. For history
has warned us that they are fragile. And they can disappear overnight
What better place to highlight the need to strengthen the concept of the
rule of law, ethics and international integrity within the legal profession and
the broader community than at UBC Law? And how better to support this
activism than to focus attention on those guiding lights in the world who
tirelessly and selflessly fight, often at great personal risk, on behalf of those
who are denied equal access to a just and fair legal system?
The Allard Prize honours those precious and inspirational souls whose
work and actions embody all of the prize criteria - including leadership,
courage, transparency, accountability and the rule of law. All of this year's
finalists - Global Witness, Anna Hazare and Sima Samar - are extraordinary,
all are deserving, and we hold all of them in the highest esteem
To a large extent this prize is meant to honour the generation that
preceded me along with their ideals and hopes for a just and better life,
and who had hopes and dreams for their families and their families' families
for a safer and more secure society. It is now time for us to encourage
the next generation to be actively engaged and vigilant, and for disparate
groups to come together, to effect positive change and find common
sense solutions to the constant threats to basic human rights and security,
challenge all of us to become participants in the quest to improve all of
the systems that we are responsible for managing. Not just in Canada, but
worldwide. And I challenge all of us to spend less time on pure commentary,
and more time on incorporating our collective intellects into progressive
and equitable action
Transcript of remarks made by Allard Prize winner Anna Hazare
on accepting the honour:
Dear Sisters and Brothers/Ladies and Gentlemen
Mr. Peter Allard is one who has dedicated his mind, body and
soul towards service to the society and I am very happy to receive
this recognition
have been combating corruption for the last 25 years. I have
always followed and practiced non-violent methods of "Satyagrah"
(ie: protests through agitations, demonstrations, hunger strikes, etc.)
have never allowed any violence to take place
On August 16, 2011, when I went on a hunger strike at Ramleela Maidan,
New Delhi, people turned up in very large numbers, not only in New
Delhi but also all across the nation. Millions of people came forward on
to the streets to pledge their support, but not a single stone was thrown
This has become a unique example for the rest of the world. I have
also been imprisoned by the government quite a few times, especially
during agitations
also tried to fight the legal battles through the judiciary. Some
of the deposed ministers filed various legal suits against me at various
places. Eleven advocates came forward and offered me their voluntary
egal services. Some are still fighting cases on my behalf, without
charging any money.
Due to the persistent anti-corruption activity, six cabinet ministers
had to resign from their posts, and more than 400 corrupt government
officers have been dismissed. Due to these agitations, the government was
forced to bring about transparency in their operations. The government
amended and framed newer laws
Similarly, agitations for improvement in government functioning led
to introduction of biometric attendance systems in government offices
A new legislature came into existence by virtue of which no document
could remain without action for more than seven days
The Right to Information Act came into existence. Earlier information
on various facts was denied to the public under the pretext of the
Official Secrets Act. After gaining access to vital information, the RTI Act
has led to the unearthing of a large number of scams and some really
big ones
Katharina Hesse is a Beijing-based photographer who has worked
throughout Asia for nearly two decades. Her work primarily focuses
on China's social concerns, amongthem youth and urban culture,
religion and North Korean refugees.
The woman in this photo is
Kim Jeong-Ya (a pseudonym), 67, from
Yanji, China. Ms. Kim is one of a handful
of Chinese activists from this region
who have put their lives at risk to help
neighboring North Korean refugees.
Ms. Kim has dedicated her life to
creating a safe passage to South Korea
for North Koreans via mainland China. She has been imprisoned twice
by North Korean agents operating in China.
The Allard Prize Photo Competition jury selected this photo as
it captures the image of a woman with extraordinary courage and
with dedicated commitment to human rights.
         The woman in this photo is
Kim Jung-ae (a pseudonym), 62.
After her son died two years ago
of starvation, Ms. Kim escaped
from North Korea to find food and
shelter in China. It was no easy task
to leave North Korea - a country that
Earlier there were several malpractices for
the transfers of the government officers. Now,
due to the new legislature, no government
officer can be transferred before completion
of his three year term, nor can he retain that
post for more than three years
A village community meeting is, in fact, a
village parliament. A new legislature came into
existence empowering the village community with
more powers. The co-operative institutions were
plagued with rampant corruption. A completely new
egislature was framed to counter the corruption
There are several co-operative credit societies,
and these are mostly controlled by powerfu
politicians. The controllers would siphon out almost
all the money and later declare the society bankrupt. Many poor depositors
ost all their wealth, deposits and their lifetime's earnings. Our agitations
forced the government to declare a 2000 million Rupees relief package
for poor aggrieved depositors
For the last two years, I have mainly focused my efforts for a very
strong "Jana Lokpal Act" (Ombudsman Act). I have already given a notice
to the government to go on hunger strike on this issue when the next
winter session of parliament begins
have dedicated my life in the service of the people. I believe, service
to humanity, is in real sense, the worship of God. I have been doing my
bit and continue to do so within the limits of my abilities. I am thankfu
to the prize committee to consider me worthy of the honor. Thank you. D
denies its citizens the basic human right to travel freely. During her
journey to China Ms. Kim had no income, was disabled and had to live
onherbsand grass that she collected in the mountains. It took Ms. Kim
five days by foot to reach a town in China, where she now supports
herself by reselling garbage that she collects on the streets.
The competition jury selected this photo as it captures the image of
a woman with the courage to seek a better life despite the risks involved.
Somenath Mukhopadhyay is an amateur photographer and a teacher
at a higher secondary school. His work primarily focuses on people
and the environment and in particular in the areas of agriculture,
human health, water and food security and climate change.
The boy in this photo is collecting 	
water from a dried up pond in
Birbhum, a district in West Bengal, India.
The district is known for its arid soil
and sparse vegetation. Climate change
and extreme weather conditions have
marginalized communities such as
Birbhum that rely on its surroundings I
for food and shelter.
The competition jury selected this
photo as it highlights the basic human rights    I
issue of access to safe drinking water. I	 JMMk
A tall, imposing structure in what would have
been the private elite sector of Caha I Pech.
Photo: Diana Smith, Believe It Tour
rcilaeologist Marc Zender - a world
i'enowned expert on ancient hieroglyphs
- is helping to unravel the mysteries
of the r--
Marc Zender strokes the handle of an ancient ceramic dish. It might be
an odd gesture, except the handle is in the shape of an irresistibly cute
peccary, something like a Central American pig
"You see those curlicue lines?" Zender says, pointing to the rust-colored
swirls on either side of the peccary's face. "Those come from the musk
glands." With those curlicues of blowing wind, the artist is telling us that
a peccary stinks
The Maya probably used this casserole-like container, officially called
a covered basal flange dish, to cook tamales from 1,400 to 1,700 years
ago. "We can't be sure exactly when the dish was made," Zender says
"But if there's a single hieroglyph in that tomb, then I could date it to within
50 years. Every hieroglyph has its own stylistic history."
A team of archaeologists and students found the dish in a tomb a few
days earlier at Cahal Pech, an archaeological site in western Belize. Now
it's in Tiffani Thomas's nearby hotel room. Thomas, an artist and teacher
working at the site, notices the open holes in the peccary's nostrils and
smiles. "Can you imagine the smell of the tamales wafting out?"
"Oh, excellent! Well done. The steam would have escaped." Zender
bends his 6' 2" frame over the peccary, picks it up, and gives it a quick kiss
In 2011, archaeologists unearthed bone rings with hieroglyphic
inscriptions. Marc Zender translated some of these, discovering
the name of Cahal Pech's King and the ancient Mayan word for ring.
Photo by C. Mathew Saunders.
on the snout, laughing as he sets it on the bedspread. The beauty of the
clay beast is awesome, yet its fragility is alarming. How can this artifact
- this one-of-a-kind object - be sitting here on a bed, instead of behind
glass at some museum?
Thomas is worried about storing it in her room. The archaeologists
excavated and carried it from a tomb high atop a temple down a flight
of uneven stone stairs. Now she has to keep it safe until it reaches
its next destination, likely the Institute of Archaeology in Belize
Everybody caring for irreplaceable items feels nervous, Zender reminds
her. In 2011, during Zender's first season at Cahal Pech, archaeologists
found, buried in a tomb, two beautifully inscribed rings made from anima
bone. Zender deciphered the writing on them, discovering the name of
Cahal Pech's king and the ancient Mayan word for ring. But in the process,
A private elite residential/
administrative area at Cahal Pech.
Photo: Suzanne Schroeter.
he almost sat on the rings. "I cleaned and made notes about them on the
bed because there was no other work space." He stands to demonstrate
"Then I got up to do something else, came back, and" - he blanches,
remembering the almost-fatal-plop onto the bed - "ayyyy-eee!"
Dr. Marc Zender is one of world's top experts on Mayan hieroglyphs
In the classroom and on archaeological sites, he's a specialist in decoding
Mayan writing and revealing the history, meaning, and culture behind
it. Zender has been involved in deciphering some 50 Mayan glyphs
- the characters and symbols in hieroglyphs - and has, unassisted,
identified about a dozen
Two glyphs make up his own name. AJ, a stylized flower with waves
of scent floating from it, means "one who does," and BAJ, representing
a hammer stone made of sturdy flint, means "to hammer." All together
"one who hammers," which ties neatly to the Latin word for hammer, marcus
Marc Zender studying an ancient Maya building.
Photo by Kathryn Reese-Taylor.
The one who hammers is currently the official
epigrapher, or specialist in ancient inscriptions, for two
Maya excavation projects: The Proyecto Arqueologico
de Comalcalco in Tabasco, Mexico, and Cahal Pech,
due east of Comalcalco. At Cahal Pech, Zender spends
several weeks each summer as a faculty member of
the AFAR field school out of North Carolina, one of the
few programs to take US high school students on an
international dig. This summer more than 40 students
are covered in grime and joyfully digging where
6,000 people may once have lived before the collapse
of the ancient Maya civilization around 900 AD. "Marc
is one of those incredibly gifted people," says Jaime
Awe, director of the Institute of Archaeology in Belize
"He's equally at home talking with colleagues as with
high school kids. Not a lot of people have that gift."
It's hard to convey the range of Zender's mind
So let's try this: the Toronto native speaks English,
German, Spanish, and Yucatec Mayan, along with
remnants of French, and he's studied most of the
30 Mayan languages. Among other subjects, he
teaches classes on both the ancient and modern forms
of the Nahuatl language, once spoken by the Aztecs,
at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he's
a visiting assistant professor.
The vitae of his academic publications is pages
long, but he can also riff entertainingly on topics
ike the history of the letter A. (It began as a drawing
of an ox.) Good Morning America in the US, Timewatch
on the BBC, and National Geographic have all featured
Zender's research
Early Classic (ca. AD
450-600) peccary vessel
excavated this year. The
looping red scroll on its
cheeks indicates musk.
Photo by Andrea Cooper,
and courtesy of
Jaime Awe and
the BVAR
project. FEATURE   ■   the one who hammers
Late Classic (ca. AD 600-700) jade celt excavated from a tomb
chamber in 2011. These objects were suspended from belts
and would make musical sounds as they struck each other.
1     Photo by C. Mathew Saunders.
"He's probably the best person to come along in the last ten years
in my subject," says Stephen Houston, a leading archaeologist and
professor at Brown University who helped bring Zender to Harvard
as a post-doctoral fellow and lecturer, and also acknowledges him
as "a spectacularly successful teacher, beloved of his students."
The high school students, led by Zender and AFAR founder
Mat Saunders, are searching for the floor and
exterior wall of a temple or building hidden
within a hill at Cahal Pech. They are doing
serious work that feels like play. Zender helps
them dig with shovels, refine with trowels, and
screen dirt for ceramics and other artifacts
He is authoritative without being remote
or stuffy. (His rendition of "The Fun Song"
from Spongebob is considered respectable
by his charges.)
At 42, Zender could pass for a decade
younger, maybe because he's never lost a boyish
enthusiasm for the coolness of his subject. His mom
was fascinated with history and nurtured his interest
with frequent trips to the Royal Ontario Museum,
where listening to the docents helped inspire his
dream of a career as an Egyptologist
He played with secret languages early on. He
and his friends would write notes to each other in
code or lemon juice, to be revealed by the light of a
amp. "We'd send each other more and more devious
messages to see if we could crack them," he says. By the time he was
a teenager, he not only loved The Lord of the Rings, he had taught himself
to read Tolkien's invented alphabets and the Elvish languages. (Zender
still teaches courses on Tolkien's languages and writing systems through
Harvard's Extension School.) He also realized that the Maya, like the
Egyptians, had hieroglyphs - and that you could drive to Maya sites
from Canada. Egyptian hieroglyphs had been largely decoded by the time
Zender was at university, while there was still much to learn about Mayan
During Zender's three summers at Cahal Pech, the teams of students
and professionals have turned up extraordinary finds, including jade
figurines, obsidian tools and weapons, painted ceramics, bone, jewelry,
shells with hieroglyphs, and an inkpot with three colors of pigment still
intact. Jade pendants, sometimes worn on belts, not only looked beautifu
in Maya times but chimed as they knocked together - the sound of the
elite strolling by. From the 32 sites where Zender has worked or consulted,
though, his most exciting discovery has been more than a dozen buria
urns at Comalcalco, including one that told a life story.
"It wasn't from a king or queen or high nobleman, but rather a priest,
a functionary for the site," Zender says. The priest's small burial chamber
was filled with dozens of texts inscribed on stingray spines and conch
The tomb chambers were discovered
in Pyramid B, the tallest at Cahal Pech.
shell pendants. "It suddenly cast light on all these people who were on
the periphery of court life." During ritual ceremonies, the priest would
pierce his penis, tongue or ear lobe with a shark's tooth as a way to offer
a gift of blood to the gods. They were a fun group, those Maya
The glamour of that find got Zender written up in U.S. News& World
Report. It also produced, behind the scenes, one of the more memorable
stories from Zender's marriage. Zender and his then-fiancee, Susan
Morley-Zender, BA'crj, had planned a Cancun honeymoon and were
a few days from leaving when Zender received an urgent email from
Comalcalco: Come now
He broached the news to his beloved, who agreed to make a detour
from Cancun. Zender promised an easy bus ride, but in his haste to
get there, he picked the first scheduled departure. "We ended up
on the chicken bus," Morley-Zender says. In cages piled high around
them, chickens clucked and preened. "It was a 16-hour ride, with no
stops, and the bathroom didn't work. It smelled so awful that the locals
held handkerchiefs over their noses." It wasn't all from the chickens;
the bathroom waste holding-tank was positioned above the muffler,
producing a cauldron of boiling excrement
Zender laughs uproariously when he hears that his wife has recounted
the story (in a small building, you can find him soon enough by listening
for the burst of baritone laughter) then pauses for a moment: "Was she
aughing when she told you?"
Zender's life has taken unexpected turns before. He is the second in
his extended family to graduate from university, earning his undergraduate
degree in anthropology at age 27, guided by his mentor, UBC associate
professor William R. Thurston. The way Zender set out to become the
best at an obscure subject may not be a bad plan: Before going to college,
read plenty of books on your own first. "He took time off to self-educate,"
Morley-Zender, an elementary school teacher in New Orleans, says of her
husband. "I think he knew when it was time: Not only am I going to do this,
I'll do it with excellence."
They met in a UBC class on Indian history and married a year after
graduation. He had already become "instant dad" to her two young
daughters, and they have a third daughter, all of whom enjoy hieroglyphs,
although not quite as much as their dad. Secret signs can come in handy
even for them. When Zender needs to let them know where the house
keys are, he does so with Egyptian hieroglyphs
It takes both patience and a soaring imagination to sustain a career in
archaeology. Zender, Saunders, and others have many conversations about
whether the stones they're uncovering are part of a wall or the beginnings
of stairs, whether they are part of an intact building or a collapsed one
Some of the material could be daub, the evocative word for stucco or
plaster used on an ancient building, now fallen and just historical debris
Add looting from the 1950s and 1,200 years of trees, and "the rubble pattern
of a building can look ridiculously complicated," Zender admits. "A whole
generation of trees can grow up, become massive, die, andyankthetop
of a building to pieces."
He's giving a tour on Friday morning from the top of the excavation hill
As he describes how commoners and the elite lived, the city seems to
materialize before him. Perhaps such imaginary visions - of structures and
pathways, ancient ball games and markets - are what Zender sees all the
Late Classic (ca. AD 600-700) conch shell ink pot. Three
of its four wells still show traces of blue, red, and black ink.
Photo byC. Mathew Saunders.
time. Below, the students hoist
wheelbarrows of excavated dirt
and someone's iPod plays Billy
Joel's "New York State of Mind."
Zender, who skips from
stone to stone with the agility
of a mountain goat, agrees that
archaeology is like working a puzzle,
"except we don't have all the puzzle
pieces, and we don't have the picture
on the box lid," he says. They've seen
enough patterns at other sites or in reports,
though, that they can hypothesize; archaeologists
begin with the known to piece together the unknown
That's what the students have been doing. Their efforts could give
staff from the Institute of Archaeology enough information to reconstruct
or conserve the facade of the new structure by next summer.
This work isn't for everyone. It's tiring, even for teenagers. Belize
can be so humid in July that you feel as if you never left your bathroom
after a shower. But by Friday afternoon, at the end of their second week
in Belize, there is a movie-ready ending: They've found facing stones
from a long-ago staircase that can help guide the rest of the excavation
To anyone who has invested time on the site, or in the company of
Zender, the facing stones are like jewels. It is so easy to get wrapped up
in what might be under that next layer of soil. For Zender, the excitement
about making discoveries in the field has never waned. "All those giddy,
ndiana Jones-type feelings come back to you," he says. "You're digging
in a sandbox - and coming up with treasures." D
34 10 MAYA
The past year has been all
about revitalization. From
a re-examination of its identity
to the roll-out of a new strategic
plan, alumni UBC has positioned
itself to surpass the university's
campaign goal of doubling alumni
engagement with UBC by 2015.
In 2012-13, more than 45,000
alumni were involved with the
university in some capacity -
from simply updating an address
in order to receive news and event
invitations, to mentoring a student,
to serving on a dean's committee,
to participating in one of our myriad
programs tailored for alumni.
This is an increase of 30 per cent
over last year.
The new strategic plan developed
last year is now in execution; a new
brand is enlivening communications
and growing awareness of the
organization and its many offerings;
and, as the new student union
building nears completion, we
eagerly anticipate breaking ground
in preparation for a new alumni
centre right next door.
All the elements are in place
for a record-breaking 2013-14.
For more information about
staying involved with UBC,
please go to alumni.ubc.ca
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To better serve our 285,000 alumni across the
globe, UBC and alumni UBC are building a brand new
alumni centre at the heart of the Vancouver campus,,
with an expected completion date of April 2015!
The centre will be the first of its kind in Canada and
a physical representation of the partnership between
UBC and its alumni. Beyond symbolism, it will be a
key resource for alumni as they do business, expand
their careers, satisfy their intellectual, cultural and
social appetites, and engage with other alumni and
members of the campus community. It will also
serve as a welcome centre for non-alumni visitors -
an introduction to UBC presented by its grads.
The project was initiated by committed alumn,
volunteers, and support from alumni across Canau
and around the world is essential to its completion.
Please visit alumnicentre.ubc.ca to find out more.
For information about contributing to the Alumni
Centre please contact Leanne Poon at 604-822-9245
or Leanne.Poonfffiubc.ca
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Shoba Sharma.
Holding her infant son in her arms last June, Shobha
Sharma decided to name him Samanyu Azad - a name
that honours the development work in rural India she
has poured her soul into for close to 10 years
"Azad means freedom. I named my son after a
child labourer I met there," says Sharma, who was
deeply affected by the grim life the 11-year-old was
eading. "Azad played the dhol drum at wedding
processions, travelling to different communities
without his family. I realized that children were
employed here for several reasons: they're paid less,
they don't have the freedom to speak out against
this injustice and therefore they're more vulnerable
and less of a security risk to their employers."
Azad's situation is not unique. In Udaipur, India,
where 34 per cent of the population lives on less than
$1 a day, Sharma discovered that more than 60 million
child workers - some as young as six - populate the
region's work sites. Nearly half of them are illiterate
Her career is dedicated to helping such children gain
access to an education - like the one her son can count
on - and tackling the incapacitating poverty that meant
they were denied one in the first place
A few months before she gave birth, Sharma shared
her experiences in India as a speaker at UBC's annua
Student Leadership Conference. It wasn't her first
time at the event. Back in 2003, about to graduate,
she attended as an audience member, and the speaker's
presentation permanently altered the course of her
carefully planned life
"I had intended to go to law school," says Sharma,
"but when I heard Free the Children founder Craig
Kielburger speak, it changed everything."
Kielberger's message about how young people
can become agents of change resonated with Sharma,
who had been becoming increasingly disturbed by
the marginalization of indigenous populations in
North America. Right after graduation, she began
a two-year stint at Free The Children's Toronto office
"People thought that I was in a 'saving the world'
stage, but within my first year, I was promoted to
director of communications," says Sharma, who later
decided to pursue a master's degree in Indigenous
Governance at the University of Victoria. She was
especially interested in education reform, and spent
six months in Ladakh in the Himalayan foothills to
complete fieldwork towards her thesis, Regenerating
Indigenous Governance through Education in Ladakh
"If you have the opportunity to provide support
to individuals or a community, go when you have the
east to gain," she says. "I was in Ladakh - 14,000 feet
above sea level - in the middle of the winter, where
temperatures [that go down to] minus 50 keep all the
tourists away. It gave me an opportunity to understand
the hardships and work with the community towards
real solutions."
Living in a 6 x 6 solar-powered room built into
the mountain, Sharma didn't just understand the
hardships, she lived them. "Working in Ladakh was
the most powerful experience of my life," she says
"My role was to empower Ladakhi youth by helping
them gain skills so they could become community
eaders. I used Free The Children materials to teach
solution-oriented thinking and action planning. In that
part of Asia, there's not a lot of innovation in education;
the kids aren't allowed to think for themselves."
Within days of Sharma's return home, Free The
Children tapped her to launch its new centre in Udaipur.
As Projects and Programs country director of India,
Sharma trained a team of locals, many of whom were
skeptical of her work
"It took a long time to build trust, she says
"While I was busy doing needs assessments, they
were doing character references, because here was
this random girl who came into their community
asking a thousand questions." Sharma knew that
This young boy Sharma met
had travelled from his village
to earn money to support his
household. Mixingand pouring
cement, digging trenches and
wateringthefoundation were
only a few of the tedious
tasks of a minimum 12-hour
day. Other very common
child labour practices are
cotton picking, diamond
cutting, domestic labour
and work in cloth factories.
Photo by Russ McLeod.
trust had to be established before the work could
begin. "I'll never forget the day I got permission
to build a school," she says. "When I went into the
community with a contractor, the elders walked me
up to the school grounds, as if saying to the people
'we support her.' That was incredible."
Sharma managed a team of 25 and worked 16-hour
days. She led donor relations, built relationships with
government and local community leaders, and oversaw
rural construction. With temperatures hovering at
40 degrees, Sharma followed the villagers' schedule
"I'd get up at three in the morning to go into the field,
and sit against a tree with a cup of tea to cool down,"
she says. "The sun was so intense that I'd throw up
if I ate in the middle of the day, so I often wouldn't
eat. Every summer for the first three years I was there,
'd get severely dehydrated, so I'd have to go to the
city hospital for a saline drip."
Although Udaipur is one of the most sought-after
tourist destinations in the world, it is surrounded
by poverty. Sharma, who speaks
Hindi, Punjabi and Mewari, the
ocal dialect in Udaipur, helped
create alternative income
generation projects for the
"The community members guided and supported <
attempts at overcoming challenges and understandir
reality, equally as much as we attempted to support ti
battling hardships and uplifting practices within their day to
day lives," says Sharma. "We all became family very quickly."
Photo by Russ McLeod. FEATURE    •
freedom fighter
villagers. By connecting them directly to the market
and introducing new technology that added value
to their crops, Sharma's team helped provide income
to parents so they'd have the economic freedom
to send their children to school. Running awareness
campaigns about child labour diverted many kids into
Free The Children's government-supported schools,
including the one in Lai Community of which Sharma
is most proud
"When we initially got here, we found a mud
hut that was being used as a local pub by night and
a school by day," she recalls. "Working with the
community, we built a five-room primary school
The community pushed for strong educators, and
now there are five teachers there. It went from
10 to 170 students, 60 per cent of whom are girls."
Sharma met her husband, Sagar, in Udaipur and
planned to return to India shortly after giving birth
But three days after Samanyu was born she suffered
a life-threatening stroke due to blood clots in her brain,
which brought her plans to a screeching halt
"Luckily I came out alive and not paralyzed, but
had to stay in Canada to be closely monitored by
doctors before receiving clearance to fly," she says
In early May, Sharma finally brought her new family
to visit her Udaipur family. "The elders were meeting
and they all stood up and came over to greet me,
which was amazing," she says
Sharma hopes to join Free The Children's Honorary
Board of Advisors and eventually return to India
full-time. "My husband and I want Samanyu to be
exposed to poverty so that he can make socially
conscious decisions in his own life," she says
"There's a Ladakhi proverb - 'Lamae Lam Stanchin'
- that means 'paths will lead to more paths.' I believe
you will always succeed if you do what you're most
passionate about." D
This used to be Lai's primary school.
It's a mud and rock hut that was
being used as a school by day and
the local pub by night. Students
would come to school in the morning
and find shards of glass and empty
liquor bottles. Duringthe monsoon
the room would fill up with water.
Photo by Russ McLeod.
Millions of children work to help their families in ways that are
neither harmful nor exploitative. However, UNICEF estimates that
around 150 million children aged 5-14 in developing countries, about
16 per cent of all children in this age group, are involved in child
labour. International Labour Organization estimates that throughout
the world, around 215 million children under 18 work, many full-time.
In Sub-Saharan African 1 in 4 children aged 5-17 work, compared
to 1 in 8 in Asia Pacific and 1 in 10 in Latin America.
Although aggregate numbers suggest that more boys than
girls are involved in child labour, many of the types of workgirls
are involved in are invisible. It is estimated that roughly 90 per
cent of children involved in domestic labour are girls. Even though
the prevalence of child labour has been falling in recent years
everywhere apart from Sub Saharan Africa, where it is actually
increasing with regard to children aged 5-14, it continues to harm
the physical and mental development of children and adolescents
and interfere with their education.
(Sources: UNICEF and ILO)
A once-obscure piece of scientific
equipment is proving key to
resolving a serious challenge
facing the medical community.
When Pierre Trudeau visited the UBC campus in
February 1976, he candidly acknowledged that he
knew nothing about cyclotrons but was excited about
the research potential they offered for Canada. The
then prime minister was in Vancouver to speak at the
official dedication ceremony for TRIUMF, a facility
on the university's south campus that still houses the
world's largest example of a cyclotron, AKA a high
energy particle accelerator.
What a difference a few decades can make
TRIUMF has since gained an international reputation
for expertise in areas related to physics, chemistry,
and nuclear medicine. And although most Canadians
may still be hard-pressed to explain what a cyclotron
is, it's probably fair to that say many have at least
heard of a high energy particle accelerator - think
Higgs boson. But the enhanced public profile of these
once-obscure pieces of scientific equipment is also
due to a series of events that have brought cyclotrons
into the fold of modern medicine
At the end of 2007, a research nuclear reactor
in the small town of Chalk River, Ontario, broke
down unexpectedly. It was the sole North American
source of radioactive materials key to producing
technetium-99m, an isotope required for the
sophisticated medical imaging that doctors now
routinely use to diagnose and treat conditions such
as cancer or heart disease
When the reactor broke down, thousands of patients
found themselves waiting for imaging procedures, and
although the mechanical problem was resolved after
a few hectic months, the "isotope crisis" had revealed
that the reactor might well be on its last legs Dr. Francois Benard holds the BC Leadership Chair in Functional Cancer Imaging at UBC
As the medical community struggled with the problem, he was among the first to identify
cyclotrons as a potential solution. They are already found in dozens of hospitals across
the country - devices typically as big as a single car garage containing powerful magnets
that spin electrically charged particles around at high speeds then direct them at small,
coin-sized targets. Depending on a target's makeup, the impact yields all sorts of isotopes
More specifically, if the target is made of the metal molybdenum, one of those isotopes
is technetium-99m
Technetium-99m is a short-lived, radioactive version of a fairly unremarkable silvery gray
metal. Small quantities of it can be attached to biological agents with an affinity for particular
organs or cancerous tumours. Once injected directly into the human body, the localized
radiation can be turned into images that go well beyond the established success of X-ray
imagery. Not only do they reveal the physical structure of what is happening beneath the skin,
but also the otherwise invisible biochemical interactions that are occurring at the same time
As exotic as this procedure might sound, it has become a routine undertaking in the
last 20 years, one that is now carried out on millions of patients every year. Benard has been
interested in this powerful technology for even longer, since his student days at the Universite
de Sherbrooke, where his father had been among the researchers who helped establish the
medical school
The cyclotron's ability to produce technetium has been known since 1971, but the finding
held little medical interest while the Chalk River reactor was doing its job. Thomas Ruth,
senior research scientist at TRIUMF, credits Benard with reminding a community in crisis
of this valuable piece of old news
"Francois was the one locally that really pushed the envelope to make us look at something
that was staring us in the face," he says
By 2010 a team led by principle investigator Dr. Paul Schaffer, as well as members of
Richmond-based Advanced Cyclotron Systems, Inc., one of the world's leading manufacturers
of these devices, were actively exploring the prospect of cyclotron-based isotope production
More than $30 million in federal funding went to research groups across the country for this
purpose. The culmination of these efforts came this June with an announcement that the
BC Cancer Centre's cyclotron could generate technetium-99m in quantities sufficient to meet
the needs of Vancouver and likely well beyond. Although the downtown Vancouver-based
cyclotron will be turning out the isotopes on a workaday basis, it was the hard science carried
out at TRIUMF by Schaffer's team that made it viable
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n affinity for particular organs or
anceroustumours. Once injected
intothe human body,the localized
radiation can be turned into images
that go well beyond the established
;uccess of X-ray imagery.
"What we've achieved is
showing that we could scale things
up substantially, by an amount of
10 times," said Benard. "Essentially
the milestone is moving away from
pilot scale to real-life quantities that
make it useful for urban areas."
Researchers at cyclotron
facilities in Edmonton, Alberta and
Sherbrooke, Quebec, are also close
to demonstrating their own ability
to meet regional imaging needs
If similar achievements can be
made in other parts of the country,
Canada will become the first place
in the world to free itself from the
constraints of nuclear reactors as the sole source of technetium-99m
For Professor Anna Celler of the university's Department of Radiology,
this milestone seemed more like a trip down memory lane. As part of the
project team, she took part in calculations of a cyclotron's isotope output
just as she had done for her PhD research decades earlier.
"It was very natural and I enjoyed it," she said, recalling a peak period
in cyclotron research. "Investigations of different radioisotopes using
cyclotrons is something that was done more in the 70s and 80s than
it is being done now."
Even so, Celler added that this accomplishment may well be a sign
that cyclotrons are hitting their scientific stride once again. Besides
solving the immediate problem of tech net ium-99m, the same approach
can turn out a wide range of different isotopes, each suited for a specific
type of medical imaging
Pierre Trudeau might not have fully understood what a cyclotron
is, but he was right to be excited. "We are involved in other projects,
creating medically important radioisotopes," says Celler. "People
realize that the cyclotron can be used, and the expertise is here." D
HFR-France, BATAN,
AEA, Ludmille/Rusian,
Leningrad NPP, MR, SM-3
Canada's NRU reactor
is 51 years old and
of the world's
Argentina's CNEA/RA-3
is 40 years old
and supplies
OSIRIS in France
is 42 years old
and supplies
South Africa's
is 43 years old
and supplies
BR2 in Belgium
is 47 years old
and supplies
The Netherlands'
HFR-Petten reactor
is 47 years old
and supplies
Molybdenum-99 decays into Technetium-99m, a short-lived
medical radioisotope used in 80% of nuclear medicine
procedures. Canada's HRU reactor at Chalk River, ON,
and the Netherlands' HFR-Petten reactor together account
William Carpentier, l\AD'6i
Carpentier was the chief physician for the Apollo 11
crew and is acknowledged as one of the greatest
contributors to the field of space life science. His
later career has focused on nuclear medicine, and
four decades of exceptional work has resulted in
important advancements in radiology, diagnostics
and cancertreatment.
Tim Laidler, BA'09
Tim Laidler is a master's candidate in counselling
psychology and a corporal in the Canadian Forces
who is committed to enhancing the quality of life
for veterans of war. He is credited with increasing
awareness around the issue of Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorder.
Salina Dharamsi, BCom'13
Salina Dharamsi has already established an
impressive record of academic achievement,
leadership and community service. As well as being
a familiar face on the local volunteering scene, she
has travelled to Guatemala, India and Rwanda,
where she worked and learned side-by-side with
local people on community development projects.
Muhammad Iqbal
After Mo Iqbal retired from UBC's department
of Mechanical Engineering, he and his wife
established the Maria-Helena Foundation to
provide educational opportunities to disadvantaged
children in Pakistan, notably to girls. The
organization has so far established several schools,
a medical clinic and a training centre.
Gurdev Gill, MD'57, DSc'96
Gurdev Gill was the first Indo-Canadian to practice
medicine in British Columbia. He has been centrally
involved in several organizations that support
newcomers to Canada, helping them adapt to
Canadian culture and promoting equality and
intercultural understanding. He now spends much
of his time overseeing public health projects in the
Punjab area of India.
Juanita Lohmeyer, BSc'oo
Juanita Lohmeyer is an award-winning business
executive with a long record of service to
disadvantaged communities in Canada and abroad.
She has a practical, business-based approach to
establishing sustainable programs for providing
healthcare, alleviating poverty, and empowering
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When a loyal supporter of the university donated
funds for a clock tower to honour the founding
■Loneers of the province, some of the students
were less than impressed.
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The Ladner ClockTower is a well-established landmark
of UBC's Vancouver campus, but when first proposed
in the 1960s, as with many things during that era, it was
the focus of controversy.
The tower was a gift from Leon J. Ladner. He was
the son of British Columbia pioneers, born and raised
in the town that bears his family name. He went on to
co-found the prominent law firm Ladner Downs and
served as an MP from 1921 to 1930. Ladner was also
a long-time supporter of the university. A founding
member of Convocation, it was Ladner who in May 1921
moved the resolution urging the establishment of a new
campus at Point Grey. He was also a member of Senate
from 1955 to 1961, and of the Board of Governors from
1957 to 1966
In a letter to UBC President John B. Macdonald, dated
4 July 1966, Leon Ladner announced his gift of $100,000
(later increased to $150,000) for the construction of
a clock and bell tower. He intended it as a tribute to
the founding pioneers of the province - in particular
his father and uncle, Thomas and William Ladner. He FEATURE    •
clock tower
also hoped that the clocktower
would serve as an inspiration
to UBC students
When that clock tower is
completed and the clock rings
out the passing of each hour,
I hope it will remind the young
students that not only does time
go fast, but that the hours at
our university are very precious
and the use of those hours will
seriously affect the success,
the happiness and the future
of their lives.
The project was officially announced by the university in July 1967.
According to the press release, the clock was originally envisioned at the
top of the new administration building planned for the corner of University
Boulevard and Wesbrook Crescent. Ladner felt the building's proposed eight
storeys would make it the ideal location. When the university determined
that funds were available only for a four-storey administration building,
Ladner agreed to an alternative site immediately west of Main Library.
The tower's design was the result of a competition held by the
university architectural firm Thompson, Berwick and Pratt. From among
10 submissions submitted by the staff, Ladner and two of the firm's
executives picked a proposal by Ray Griffin. He was a 29-year-old architect
who had received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from UBC in 1961
and had been with Thompson, Berwick and Pratt for four years
Griffin's plans called for a 140-foot-tall four-sided carillon tower, with
seven-foot clock-faces at the top of each side that would be illuminated
at night. Together with light projected through coloured glass in vertica
slits down the sides of the tower, the clock was intended to catch the
attention of passers-by around campus as well as seafarers on the waters
off Point Grey.
The carillon consisted of 330 bells, including 61 Flemish bells, 61 harp
bells, 61 celeste bells, 61 quadra bells, 61 minor tierce bells and 25 English
tuned bells. The "bells" were actually small bronze bars, made from the
same metal as traditional cast bells. When the bars were struck with
small metal hammers, the sound would be amplified from the top of
the tower through 12 speakers
The design also included a 100-seat terrace fitted into the natura
contours of the surrounding landscape, where spectators could sit and
watch musicians play the carillon using a console or keyboard. This part
of the project was later abandoned. The console was installed in a smal
concrete building beside the tower. The carillon could be played manually
from the console, or automatically using nylon rolls with holes punched
in them, similar to those used on old-fashioned player pianos. In 1997,
this carillon would be replaced by a digital system capable of playing
a wide range of synthesized bell sounds
Soon after it was announced, some students questioned the
appropriateness of Ladner's gift. In October 1967, The Ubyssey reported
that newly-elected undergraduate student senators were asking if the
money could be "diverted into more urgent projects, such as the library."
The response from the university administration was that the funds could
not be used for anything else
For student activists, the issue
still wasn't settled. In The Ubyssey
on 27 October 1967, an article by
Donald Gutstein began, "What could
you do with $150,000 at UBC? You could
buy 25,000 books. You could give $8 to
every student. Or, better still, you could
throw it away. You could build a clock
and bell tower next to the UBC library."
Gutstein called the clock tower
"a functional, social and visua
irrelevancy" - it had no value as a
andmark, and reduced the multi-use
function of the space in front of Main
Library. It was "junk," useful only for filling some of the wasted space
between buildings. He complained of "the monotonous and inconsequentia
tolling of the hours, hour after hour, day after day, year after year, century
after century" that the clock would bring to the campus
Finally, Gutstein objected to Ladner's idea that the clock's chimes
would remind students that "the use of [their] hours [at UBC] wil
seriously affect the success, the happiness and the future of their
ives." To a representative of the late-6os counter-culture, this was
a thinly-veiled demand for conformity. "The clock tower is a large
Pavlovian-type experiment", he wrote. "Ring the bell enough times
until we react ready for the business world."
Other students contented themselves with poking fun at the tower.
Off-colour jokes about the "lofty erection" abounded. The Ubyssey quoted
graffiti in Main Library that read, "I resent that tower; it reminds me of my
Leon Ladner was dismayed and disappointed by the response to the
project. He insisted that a memorial to the pioneers of the province was
an appropriate use of his money. "There are no memorials in B.C. to honor
the early builders of this province and I take it upon myself to do this," he
told The Ubyssey in 1968. "Nobody, particularly 20,000 students, will agree
upon the best form of a memorial... [T]he donor should have a say in the
disposition of his contribution."
Ladner dismissed the idea of using the money for books, saying,
"books are the provincial government's responsibility." He also pointed
out that he had already established two scholarships at UBC; that he had
promised another gift for the new Student Union Building; and that his
other education-related foundations and gifts amounted to $30,000
Ladner also claimed that he consulted with student leaders, both
after his initial offer to the university and during the initial planning
stages. Peter Braund, former AMS president (1966-67) had a different
perspective, recalling that the consulation was rather limited. "He just
told us one afternoon over lunch that we are going to have the tower.
It wasn't a consultation," he told The Ubyssey. The students' respect for
Ladner, however, prevented them from making any objections at the time
"We didn't indicate our opposition because he'd done a great deal for the
university," said Braund
Other opponents of the clocktower resorted to more direct action
In October 1968 a man was arrested while vandalizing the tower. The
official report noted that locks had been forced open, some light fixtures
broken, and the concrete structure spray-painted. The incident occurred
the same week as the student occupation of the Faculty
Club, although there was no documented connection
between the two events. In a letter to acting university
president Walter Gage dated October 28, Leon Ladner
expressed his outrage
If the authorities are reluctant to lay the
[vandalism charge], I am prepared to lay it myself...
In my judgement, public opinion will react strongly
against our University and our student body if
vandals, like this man, are not prosecuted or expelled.
Public opinion is already building up a strong
critical attitude towards the student body without
recognizing the fact that 95 or 98% of the students
are decent, good people.
Despite such opposition, construction of the
tower proceeded and was largely complete by
the end of 1968. The student radicalism did not
abate and the generally tense atmosphere around
the campus made both Ladner and the university
administration reluctant to schedule a public
dedication ceremony. As President Kenneth Hare
wrote to Ladner on 29 November, "the fact remains
that until we completely suppress the radica
fringe - and this is in progress - it is very foolish
to give them any opportunity of raising a crowd
where they can make a political demonstration."
Director of Ceremonies Malcolm McGregor was
even more blunt - when asked by The Ubyssey
when students could expect an official dedication,
he answered, "I won't be part
of a ceremony that is for the
benefit of anarchists."
A modest ceremony
proposed for December 1968
- which would have coincided
with the Christmas exam period
- was not approved as the
administration felt that it would
be an added inconvenience for
students. Another proposal to
have a dedication and carillon
recital during the spring 1969
congregation also went nowhere
Finally, a dinner party was
held on 19 August 1969 to
honour Leon Ladner and his
gift to UBC. Guests included
Premier W.A.C. Bennett,
Lt.-Gov. John Nicholson, and
some 40 other invited guests
The affair was not publicized,
and guests were specifically
requested not to make any
public statements about it
After dinner, Ladner made a brief speech, unveiled
a commemorative plaque, and officially presented
the tower and carillon to the university. On a
pre-arranged signal from a campus patrolman,
Hugh McLean from the Department of Music began
a short recital at the carillon. The music could be
heard across campus
Over the years, the controversies surrounding
the building of the Ladner Clock Tower have
gradually faded away. Music broadcast from the
tower has become a traditional part of congregation
ceremonies every spring and fall. It is still the
butt of jokes, particularly in The Ubyssey, which
has published pictures of the tower with a condom
drawn over it on at least one occasion. But to most
students, faculty and alumni, it is part of the campus
andscape, and if anything is viewed positively -
even with affection. D
The Clock Tower in 2009.
Photo by Leoboudv (Own work)
[CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.
org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) orGFDL (http://
www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via
Wikimedia Commons FEATURE   •   fiction
Jay Brown, who earned an MFA in Creative Writing
from UBC in 2010, is a writer and librarian living and
working in Toronto. His short fiction has appeared
in The Vancouver Review, Grain, Prairie Fire, the
anthology Darwin's Bastards, and The Journey Prize
Stories 23 & 25. He is currently at work on a novel.
Thank you, Dean Ara pi, for those kind words.
Let me first express my pleasure at being here today to congratulate all of you
for successfully completing your diploma requirements. My own time spent here
in the Stagger building was one of the most satisfying and magical periods in my life.
As you're all aware, I am one of the pioneers of this program. In its heyday,
Hollow Earth Studies was Victoria College. Students came here from all over the
•world and, and in a single generation, there were sister departments in 37 educational
institutions, globally.
Those were different times. In the last ten years no new textbooks have been issued
on the topic. Our last journal of repute, The Open, quietly folded in 2047. The current
minister of Natural Resources, Mia Treppanier, has reduced research funding down
to the,barest of trickles - only just enough to keep the LED banks at Pelly Bay powered
and maintained. The area of interest you and I have in common is in danger of being
strangled out of existence.
But why? It's true that there's been no proven
economic incentive for exploring the vast opening
beneath our feet. Hopes for floating layers of valuable
gasses or other energy stores were dashed completely
when the last of the Exxon Sanctity probes finished
its scan. Empty. Ever since, H.E.S. has largely become
an academic discipline; our funds come from those
dollars meant to service the public good
All of you at one time or another, I'm sure, have
envisioned careers post-graduation as vacuunauts
slung across earth's inner arc to explore and sample
and illuminate that long mysterious underside. Easily
harvested resources aside, the inner earth - what the
ate philosopher Thomas Asch termed "the ceiling
world" - remains a space with virtually unlimited
exploration potential. You young graduates wish
to know the function of the bioluminescence of the
bacterial colonies that glow in giant quartzite stalactites
below Lake Superior, or the nature of the condensation
that forms in the olivine fields of the Shetland plate
You dream of that instance in which you first pivot
downwards on your harnesses, remove your protective
masks, face for a moment that awesome stretch of
darkness, and hear the unmediated humming of the
entire deep against your eardrums. In short, I have
no doubt that you were driven here by curiosity.
What's happened to the world's curiosity?
As we move forwards we are also always moving
backwards, longing for the way things were before
great change swept us into this unknown world
We regressives often prefer to fish in stagnant but
familiar waters and reel in the giant dead fish of the
past, paint them in pastel colours and display them
for sale on the dock as though they were fresh and not
rotten. Things are as they've always been, we say, not
ike this. We are so afraid of change that we are capable
of ignoring it even as it occurs right before our eyes
I've got something stuck on the wall just in front
of my desk at home. It's a framing of the simple image
of a stick figure with horns and a little forked tail, a sort
of devil. It's a rubbing taken from the first descending
platform at Pelly Bay, a tiny doodle etched into the
metal, possibly by one of the men or women who
welded it all together. In that first foray, three of us were
owered on this platform, lashed together on a circular
bench. The descent took over four hours. The smooth
and featureless walls of the borehole were barely a
centimetre from the lip of the platform and after a time
our excitement turned to claustrophobia. We stopped
talking and there was only one dead sound, which was
the fibre-line as it hissed through the pulley. As we
proceeded, the narrowness of the borehole - this tiny
carved out space - made all the weight and force of the
earth's crust stark and fearsome in its massiveness
I discovered the etching as I was nervously running my fingers back and forth across
the metal of the bench. The design was embossed into it there: circles and sharp lines.
It was invisible from where I sat, but I teased at its texture over and over again, like a monk
rubbing his prayer beads. Of course, when the platform finally emerged out of the tunnel
my attention was entirely consumed by the void.
For almost an hour we simply hung there, now infinitesimally small against a space
so massive - yet bounded. Hot, dank, black. The proportion of that emptiness, which
sucks at your dangling boots, does strange things to the unprepared mind. There are *"
ancient forces at work within this vast sphere of space, winds whose heat hint at the
infernal temperatures of the middle, a low, consuming hum whose timbre you will no
doubt recognize in some forgotten organ of your body.
We do not like or trust emptiness. We do hot warrant it in the world of our imagination.
When you are not in it, you fear it, seek the anchoring firmness of solidity. But when you
are in it, the emptiness subsumes you. Sea divers who've dropped down in weighted suits
into the darkness of the deep sea speak of a similar calmness. In unbounded space, size
is meaningless and our minds expand and inhabit it all at once.
In a way, it is the devil down there. It is things as we do not wish them to be. It is the   ,
veil pulled back on a monstrous fact: that we sail through space not on solid rock but on
a fragile-seeming bubble. Holy, the firm and wicked, the empty. Those are the instincts,
radical and primitive, which assail us gathered here in this hall. It is the will of the world
that the genie be shoved back and the bottle, stoppered and forgotten.
I will share with you now a thing you will never have heard before. I descended into the
borehole within the first year of its opening and provided consultation to the engineers
who designed and operated the Sanctity probes. We were operating under the assumption
that the shape of the hollowness was more or less symmetrical. That is, the earth's crust
was roughly 25-35 kilometres thick at any given location and the shape of the void was
spherical. Which turned out to be true. We were also operating under the even deeper
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assumption that we were the first humans to have
made this discovery. But there we were wrong
There had never been a borehole drilled through
the earth's crust before but there have been plenty
of human visitors
Thirty kilometres is a fair distance but not so
far that natural openings - typically of volcanic
origin - have appeared on their own from time to
time. These are fragile passages, with relatively
brief life spans, that have permitted ancient transit
And as proof, the ceiling world holds relics of these
earlier times. In recent decades, human bodies have
transited relatively little of the openings beyond any
of the historic eight great boreholes, but the Sanctity
probes searched far and wide. Below the therma
plumes of Polynesia they found what certainly
appeared to be intricate carvings - no more than
seven hundred years old - all along a lip of kimberlite
whose vent may once have led all the way to the
surface. Underneath a graduated fault, where the
Nazca plate subducts under the Pacific, there is
a narrow shelf some eight kilometres long which
comes to a singular point roughly 15 metres wide, a
tiny isthmus, like a precariously floating dais. Seated
there, in a tight row, are nearly 70 figures whose flesh
was long ago blasted to dust. What circumstances
eft them there it's impossible to know. But I believe
that these are the skeletons of those ancients who
refused the call to return and instead preferred, for
all time, to bravely bear witness on the reality of the
opening beneath them. The earth closed above their
heads and history allowed no mention of them
We must face the possibility that this may happen
again. That this is happening again. That knowledge
is selective to the point of being predatory. It kills
what threatens it. There were once eight boreholes,
nowthere is only one. The world is making a choice
to disbelieve and only the narrowest of channels,
quite literally, prevents this from becoming a reality.
It will begin in the highest of places with a signature
on a document and filter downwards in effect
Funding will disappear altogether. Institutions will
close those last doors and turn elsewhere. The facility
around the borehole will run to disrepair until finally,
in some small satellite office a switch will be pushed
on the generator that powers the forces that keep
the channel intact. And on that day, 30 kilometres
of shifting rock and silicate will close down on our
understanding once more and we will forget all that
we've discovered to be true
Today, graduates, I commend your boldness and
your resolve. I am proud to salute you. You stand
against this dim vision. You see it just as well as I,
and you proceed nonetheless. D
Apples sold at the annual UBC Apple Festival that took
place in October at the UBC Botanical Garden.
Length of time Croatia's Goran Colak recently held his
breath after breathing in pure oxygen. He is among a
group of elite free-dive athletes being studied by a
group of UBC scientists (see pg 4).
60%   11%    161%
81%  80% 86%
The extent to which illegal drugs in the USA
became cheaper (average inflation-adjusted and
purity-adjusted prices) and more potent between
1990 and 2007, according to a study lead by
UBC professor Evan Wood that used government
data to assess the effectiveness of the war on drugs.
Similar results were found for Europe.
Number of Rwandan toddlers
who will benefit from a UBC-led
nutritional program that distributes
micro-nutrient powders to combat
malnutrition and anemia.
Amount UBC distributed in merit-based support to Vancouver and     rf* i^7 i^7   ^\ W^
Okanagan students in the 2012-2013 fiscal year. (UBC Annual Report)        %P /   / O^^Xll
Injury-prevention professionals are 70 per cent more likely to
suffer injuries that require medical attention than the general
population,    according   to    UBC    and    University    of   Cardiff
researchers. Mariana Brussoni, a UBC public-health professor
involved in the study has herself suffered a broken rib, broken
nose and fractured cheek since she's been working in the field.
(National Post - Oct 2)
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by Sean Kheraj,
UBC Press
304 pages
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Any urbanite who has not left the city in a while might
thinkthe 400 hectares of Vancouver's Stanley Park is
an untouched forested wonder. But those who have
recently hiked into the wilderness might recognize the
park's eastern grey squirrels and majestic mute swans
as imports, and the overly-numerous Douglas firs as
replacements for hemlock and western red cedars.
Sean Kheraj's Inventing Stanley Park dispels the myth
of an untouched urban wilderness. Kheraj tells the story
of how the park became what it is today by looking at
the impact not just of nature's influences - such as the
ice age, insects, and volcanic eruptions - but also of
economics, politics and the public perception of nature.
Instead of starting in 1888, when the park was
officially opened, the book begins with the winter
storm of 2006 that uprooted thousands of trees. If
people weren't aware how much work had gone into
creating Vancouver's "crown jewel," the reconstruction,
which cost upwards of $5.5 million, was an awakening.
The history of the park reaches back to an
underwater peninsula with a wealth of marine life and
mammals that sustained a pre-European population
estimated at anywhere from 20,860 to 62,580. Whoi
Whoi, the largest First Nations settlement in what
is now Stanley Park, was so severely depopulated
by early smallpox epidemics that it appeared empty
to George Vancouver who, according to reports, was
greeted by only 50 men when he entered the Georgia
Straight. Kheraj says Whoi Whoi's history in the park
is lost in the tourist literature of the twentieth century.
It has been replaced with totem poles transplanted
from as far away as Alert Bay. Most striking is the
story of a midden comprised of shells and human
bones found during the construction of the ring road
around the park. The shells were used to pave the road
giving it a white surface that glowed in the sun.
Kheraj's writing is sharp and his research extensive.
The analysis builds on a cumulative scholarship of
park planning, but what makes the read interesting
are stories about park evictions that included burning
Chinese people's homes, and plans to combat insect
infestation that included dumping lead arsenic from
planes as recently as the 1960s. Kheraj ends on the
idea that, unlike previous park policy, recent forest
management plans engage with park ecology, not nature
myths. How he gets here is worth a walk in the woods.
by Fiona Tinwei Lam,
Oolichan Books
32 pages
In the digital age opposable thumbs are not needed to
flip through a book, but some reads - like The Rainbow
Rocket, a children's book by Fiona Tinwei Lam - are
a visceral reminder of the book as a format for physica
enjoyment. The cover is an explosion of colour on
black matting that is smooth and pleasant to touch
llustrated by Kristi Bridgeman, whose art has
illuminated the work of Canadian poet and novelist
P.K. Page, The Rainbow Rocket is a story told equally
in image and word. The pictures make you pause
and the tale is hard to read without a tear or two
The Rainbow Rocket is about a young boy named
James and his relationship with his Poh-Poh, which
means grandmother in Chinese. It starts with a
regular Sunday visit: eating cookies, drinking tea and
talking about rockets, invented, says Poh-Poh, by the
Chinese 800 years ago. Poh-Poh guides James' hand
as he draws a rocket and on his next visit, she gives
him a stone stamp with a tiny horse carved on top
When pressed in red ink, it prints his name in Chinese
Soon Poh-Poh starts to forget things and her words
become "a jigsaw puzzle with pieces missing." The
Sunday visits move from her small art-filled apartment
to a nursing home and finally the hospital. When she
dies, the horse from James' stone stamp and his drawing
of the rainbow rocket carry him into an imaginative
world where he falls asleep in his grandmother's arms
But this dream is not enough to fill the gap left by
Poh-Poh's death. Ching Ming Day, a Chinese holiday
that remembers and honours ancestors, helps him
integrate memory and loss
For children who have recently experienced
oss or are about to, The Rainbow Rocket is a good
aunching pad for discussion, but the story is not
limited. Read out loud, it is an opportunity to immerse
yourself in rich imagery and perhaps a cathartic cry.
by Derek Hayes,
MA'70, Dip (Urban Land Econ)'go
Harbour Publishing
368 pages
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In one hefty volume, geographer Derek Hayes
attempts, quite successfully, to cover the entire
history of British Columbia using maps. While the
accompanying text fills in details, British Columbia:
A New Historical Atlas, is a tale told in images
A significant number of these maps have never been
published. Many document events in the province's
history. Some illustrate hopes and dreams, not
actual places. One maps murder. As a collection,
they illustrate how a place comes into being
More than 100 of the images come from a
vault of historical maps at the Land, Title and
Survey Office in Victoria. Many others were culled
from the Rare Books and Special Collections
Department at UBC. Hayes points out that despite
the volume of survey maps, treaty maps, tourist
brochure maps, railway maps, and mining maps
presented here, many did not survive. Often when
maps are consulted, says Hayes, the contemporary
are prized over the historical
Hayes' book starts with the province's First
nhabitants and includes a rare 1859 hand-sketched
map of a First Nation village drawn by Somena chief
Thiusoluc on request from an American surveyor.
The map does not follow Western cartography
conventions, such as positioning north at the top
What is more interesting though is the idea that First
Peoples would not have drawn maps at all, since
most lived locally and had no need for them. The
maps move chronologically. There is a series that
outline the European quest to find the Northwest
Passage. There are maps made by fur traders tracing
routes to find sea otter pelts called "soft gold." From
the gold rush to the railways, to mineral expansion
and salmon fishing, Hayes winds his way through to
Olympic Torch relays and ends with New Treaties
Hayes is the award-wining author of a series of historical atlases
that range from the cities of Toronto and Vancouver, the North
American Railroad, the United States and the Arctic. British Columbia:
A New Historical Atlas won the 2013 Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize, a new
award from the UBC Library and the Pacific Bookworld News Society.
(Basil Stuart-Stubbs was a former UBC University Librarian. He died in 2012
See page 47 for his obituary.)
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by Aislinn Hunter,
Anchor Canada
279 pages
It is easy to imagine
Aislinn Hunter's
2002 novel, Stay, as
a film. The story is ,      .
detailed with precise
descriptions, like the
"two blue welts" of eye makeup worn by the girl
behind the counter in the only store in Spiddal, an
actual village on the shore of Galway Bay, where the
novel takes place. Tensions here are buried and dug
up while people pass both pints and stories around
Hughes, the local pub. The lilt of conversation begs
the words be read aloud. Add dark humour that
passes off as a day-in-the-life and all elements of
a movie are accounted for - there is even a film crew
and catering truck.
Hunter's characters are convincing and their
stories linger. She casts an entire town as a backdrop
to the painful past of her main character, Dermot
Fay, a Catholic professor ousted from a Protestant
University in Dublin. Fay hides from his past in a
run-down cottage on the coast. His only friends, aside
from the drink, are his dog and a British archaeologist
who teaches at the university. But then Dermot meets
Abbey Gowan, a young Canadian whose relationship
with her alcoholic father forced her from Ontario to
Ireland, where she hopes to rid herself of his ghost.
The desire to belong, stay, and flee pervade the book.
So does the ambiguity of time.
Originally published by Raincoast books in 2002,
Stay is now a motion picture. It premiered at the
Toronto International Film Festival in the fall but comes
to a theatre near you late 2013 or early 2014. Wiebke
von Carolsfeld - director of Marion Bridge, which won
Best Canadian First Feature film at the Toronto Film
Festival the same year Stay was published - adapted
it for screen. While Marion Bridge featured Canadian
actress Molly Parker, Stay boasts Aidan Quinn (from
Desperately Seeking Susan, The Mission and the current
TV series Elementary) as Dermot Fay.
What works in print cannot always translate on
screen and von Carolsfeld combines elements of the
novel that, although connected by theme, do not involve
the same characters or city; Windsor is traded for
Montreal. Given its director and cast, including Taylor
Schilling as Abbey, the film is promising. Nonetheless,
the book deserves to be read first. CLASS ACTS
Photo: Dawn-Marie Barreira
iy J^US     Last Man Standing, The Life ofSmokey
Smith, VC, 1914-2005 is a recently published book by
Thomas Glen Lockhart, BA'57. Smokey Smith was a
hero of WWII and Canada's last surviving recipient
of the Victoria Cross
lyOOS     Jagdev (Jag) Dhillon, MSc'66,
has been elected as a Fellow of the Canadian
Institute of Planners (CIP) - the highest award
the Institute can give to a planner. After receiving
his Master of Science degree in community and
regional planning, he was awarded a certificate of
distinction by the Town Planning Institute of Canada
for outstanding achievement. His master's thesis
was: The Zoning Board of Appeal: A Study of Its Role
in the Implementation of Municipal Planning Policy in
British Columbia. Dhillon has been a Member of CIP
since 1967.      Peter MacLaurin, BEd'6y Dip(Ed)'95,
and Dianne E. MacLaurin (nee McBride), BEd'6y, met in 1961 at UBC
Summer Session. On July 5, 2013, they celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary at home on Quadra Island
iy i\JS     After seeing his first subalpine meadow almost 40 years
ago, botanist Jim Pojar's dream of writing a book about alpine flowers
has been realized. Published by Lone Pine Publishing, Alpine Plants
of British Columbia, Alberta & Northwest North America, was written
primarily by Pojar, PhD'y4, with editorial assistance from his friend,
Andy MacKinnon, and contributions from three other botanists: his
wife, Rosamund, Curtis Bjork and Hans Roemer. In the intervening years,
Pojar worked for the BC Ecological Reserves Program and the Research
Section of the BC Ministry of Forests, where he became a highly respected
field botanist/ecologist, working on the further development and
refinement of the BC Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification system
He has written and published numerous scientific articles, reports and
plant field guides, including Plants of Coastal BC (also co-written with
While some of us worked on our tans over the summer, Sean McBe
Dion Maxwell and Liam Fisher were busy pre pa ring for a memorable
On July 20,2013, the trio kayaked from Victoria to False Creekto honor Sean's
late friend, and mentor, Tyler Lewis, and raise funds for the foundation created in
his memory. Tyler - a UBC engineering PhD candidate, gifted researcher and avid
outdoorsman - died in a skiing accident in 2012.
Training for the voyage was rigorous. On-water training typically lasted two to
three hours, with longer sessions running six to nine hours. Dry-land training included
gym sessions three to four times per week, running, cycling, yoga and swimming
multiple times a week.
The non-stop, arduous expedition had its challenges - the 135-km distance,
paddling in the dark, nutrition maintenance, and strong tidal currents. "There was a
point where we were paddling as hard as we could, and just barely creeping forward,"
says Sean. The team prevailed, making the crossing in 16 hours and 46 minutes,
raising more than $17,000 for the Tyler Lewis Clean Energy Research Foundation.
What's next for the team? "We don't want to give too much away, but there's
been talk of circumnavigating Vancouver Island," says Sean. For more information
about the foundation, visit www.tylerlewis.ca
Andy MacKinnon and others) with 250,000 copies sold to date, and
co-authored the companion books, Plants of Northern BC and Plants of
the Western Boreal Forest and Aspen Parkland. Pojar's joy in writing these
guide books is having the opportunity to share his knowledge as well
as his passion and love of plants with others.      Exciting times lie ahead
for Susie Nute, BEd'y4, (nee Jung) and her husband. In November, they'll
attend convocation for their youngest son, Thomas Nute, BEd'13, and in
April 2014, their oldest son and his wife are expecting the family's first
grandchild. ■ P.W. Bridgman, BA'74, MA'83, LLB'8y, recently released his
book of short stories, Standing at an Angle to My Age. The book explores
universal themes of forgiveness and redemption, of love and loss, of
hope and hopelessness and darkness and light. Set mainly in Canada,
re land and England, the stories cut across broad expanses of time,
space, culture and circumstance.      March of Dimes Canada President
and CEO Andria Spindel, MSW'y4, was awarded the degree of Doctor of
Laws, honoris causa from Guelph-Humber University on June 17, 2013,
for her tireless work in helping to create a more inclusive and accessible
society for Canadians living with disabilities. The previous year, she was
awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal for her work with March of Dimes
Canada and other voluntary organizations. Spindel joined Ontario March
of Dimes in 1981 as executive director.      Tim Frick, BPE'75, MEd'8o, has
been inducted into the 2013 Basketball BC Hall of Fame. Frick is well
known for his longstanding coaching career on Canada's basketbal
wheelchair teams, including the BC Breakers Women's Provincial Team
and the Canadian Women's Wheelchair Basketball National Team, who
have won seven gold medals combined at both the Paralympic and World
Championships under his tutelage.      Douglas Bing, BSc'y6, DMD'yy, retired
after 36 years as a dentist and ran for the BC Liberal party for a seat in
the provincial legislature. Bing, who was serving his third term as a Pitt
Meadows City Councillor, is now the BC Liberal MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt
Meadows electoral district.      On November 16, 2013, UBC Electrica
and Computer Engineering professor Victor Leung, BASc'yy PhD'82, was
inducted as a Fellow into the Royal Society of Canada - the highest honour
a scholar can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences in Canada
As a world leader in research on wireless communication networks,
his research has advanced the adoption of wireless networks in the
fields of healthcare, transportation and energy, for the betterment of
society.      For almost 20 years, Ben Heppner, BMus'79, LLD'9y, has fantasized
about hosting Saturday Afternoon at the Opera - On September 7, 2013,
his fantasy became reality. The highly acclaimed Canadian tenor is the
new host of CBC Radio 2's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and Backstage
with Ben Heppner. Radio has been part of the Grammy and Juno-award
winner's life since he was a child - opening new worlds to him beyond
his hometown in Dawson Creek, BC, and introducing him to a world that
eventually included opera
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iy OvS     Mason Loh, BCom'82, LLB'83, was awarded the Governor
General Caring Canadian Award, which recognizes Canadians who have
made significant, sustained, unpaid contributions to their community
in Canada or abroad. Loh has devoted over 30 years to a broad range
of causes including the promotion of cross-cultural understanding and
the establishment of the first regulatory system for the professiona
practice of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine in North
America within BC.      It's been a good year for writer and freelance
journalist Marjorie Simmins, BA'84. In May, she won gold at the Atlantic
Journalism Awards for her article on Canadian actor and comedian
Shaun Majumder featured in Halifax's Progress magazine. The article
chronicles his fascinating life story and his efforts to build a five-star
eco-hotel in his home town of Burlington, NFLD, as an economic driver
for a declining rural community. And in June, Vancouver-raised Simmins
received word that her memoir, Coastal Lives, which describes the 15-year
process of becoming a Maritimer, has been accepted by Pottersfield Press
for spring 2014 publication.      On May 11, 2013, The Hon. Steven Point,
LLB'85, LLD'13, received the Doctor of Sacred Letters from Saint Mark's
College. Reverend Dr. Mark Hagemoen, Principal of Saint Mark's College
and President of Corpus Christi College, said: "The Honourable Steven
Point is an inspirational Catholic and First Nations leader who played a
key role to bridge the cultural and generational needs of the peoples and
citizens of BC and Canada and provide for the spiritual vitality of peoples
of all faiths." Point served as the first aboriginal lieutenant governor in the
Imagine ditching your car and your stressful rush-hour
commute, donning a pair of ice skates, and gliding
to work on a crisp winter's day in Edmonton. That's
exactly what Matt Gibbs, MLA'13, proposes with his
award-winning design - the Freezeway. The Freezeway,
is an 11-km year-round greenway that serves as a
cycling path in the summer and converts into one of
the world's first curbside skating lanes in the winter.
His novel design, which began as his master's thesis,
recently won top prize in the Center for Outdoor
Living Design's 2013 Coldscapes international design
competition. "Canadians (with many exceptions)
often begrudgingly loathe the coming of the season,"
says Gibbs. Accordingly, his design combats the
typical sedentary nature of the winter season by
simultaneously promoting winter programming, active
lifestyles, sustainable forms of transportation, social
activity and an iconic identity for the City of Edmonton.
The Edmonton born-and-raised landscape architect
has shared the idea with some staff and council
members of the City of Edmonton and is hopeful that
his concept will fit into the City's vision for the future.
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chratter, BEd'99, MEd'07, for sharing his inspirational story
in the 2012 spring/summer issue. The article recounted how, after years of attempting to
hide his bipolar disorder, Michael decided to tackle the stigma and ignorance surrounding
mental illness head-on by riding his bike around the world to raise awareness.
Michael cycled the equatorial distance of 40,000 km over 16 months, riding through
33 countries on six continents and raising over $100,000 for the Canadian Mental Health
Association BC (CMHA BC).
Since then, Michael and CMHA BC have worked tirelessly to take the program, known as
Ride Don't Hide, to the next level. Last year, Ride Don't Hide held its first Greater Vancouver
community ride. Approximately 500 riders participated, raising over $75,000 for CMHA
BC. A big break came last year when Shoppers Drug Mart signed onasthetitlesponsor,
and this year 2000 riders participated in 13 community Ride Don't Hide events across BC
(and a 14th community ride in North York, ON). The campaign raised over $500,000 for
CMHA programs for women and families.
On a personal note, Michael still loves his job working as a teacherforthe Vancouver
School Board and last year he married his fiancee, Deborah So. They recently purchased
a home and are expecting their first child this November.
On Sunday, June 22,2014, there will be Ride Don't Hide in a community near you.
For more information, visit www.ridedonthide.com
history of BC, the Chief of the Skowkale First Nation, Tribal Chair of the
Sto:lo Nation, and Chief Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commission. He
graduated from UBC Faculty of Law, living in residence at Saint Mark's
College during his studies. In 1999, Point became a Provincial Court judge
and served as Lieutenant Governor of BC from 2007 to 2012. In 2000, he
received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award and an honorary
Doctor of Laws degree from the University of the Fraser Valley. Most
recently, he served as chair of the advisory committee on the safety and
security of vulnerable women.      Winona Kent, MFA'85, recently published
her fourth novel, Persistence of Memory - a mystery, love story and
speculative novel about accidental time travel that combines the language,
humour and manners of Jane Austen's era with charming characters and
colourful storytelling. Kent's breakthrough in short fiction came many
years ago when she won first prize in the Flare magazine Fiction Contest
with her short story about an all-night radio newsman, Tower of Power
Her spy novel, Skywatcher, was a finalist in the Seal Books First Nove
Competition. Kent has been a freelance writer for assorted newspapers
and magazines, a temporary secretary in London, UK, a travel agent and
the managing editor of Prism International. After a career that's included
freelance articles, long and short fiction, screenplays and TV scripts,
she's now returned to her first love, novels. Writing is her passion. She
currently lives in Vancouver and works as a graduate programs assistant at
UBC. ■ John MacKay, BA'87, is professor of Slavic languages and literatures
and film studies, and chair of the Film Studies Program at Yale University.
He received his PhD in comparative literature from Yale in 1998 and became
a full professor in 2008. John is the author of four books - Inscription and
Modernity: From Wordsworth to Mandelstam; Four Russian Serf Narratives',
True Songs of Freedom: Uncle Tom's Cabin in Russian Culture and Society; and
the forthcoming Dziga Vertov: Life and Work - and has published articles
in numerous journals and essay collections. Along with teaching a wide
variety of courses on cinema, media, literature, theory and Russian culture
at Yale, he has also lectured in many places in the US, Canada, and Europe
Co-founder of the Working Group in Marxism and Cultural Theory at Yale's
Whitney Humanities Center, MacKay lives in a lively household in New
Haven, Connecticut
iy y \JS     Claire Wilkshire, PhD'97, published her first novel, Maxine,
in March 2013. Wilkshire is a freelance writer, editor, teacher and translator
in St. John's, NFLD.      After her friends urged her to write down events
from her life because they sounded so interesting, Gudrun Honig, BA'97,
enrolled in a UBC Continuing Studies journal writing course. She recently
published her first book, My Journey to the New World - an autobiography
recounting her life during World War II and her subsequent emigration
from Germany to Canada.     Alan Woo, BA'99, has won the Christie Harris
llustrated Children's Literature Award from the BC Book Prizes for his
first book, Maggie's Chopsticks, published by Kids Can Press
faUUUS     Naben Ruthnum, BA'04, has been named a finalist
in the Writers' Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize.
Since graduating, Ricky Shetty, BA'oi, has gone from being a student,
to an alumnus, to a worker and to a published author. After launching
his blog, Daddy Blogger, his book, Wisdom from Daddies, was released
on Father's Day 2013.      Doretta Lau, BEA'oi, BA'03, has been named a
finalist in the Writers' Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey
Prize.      Warren Smith, LLB'03, Managing Partner, The Counsel Network,
has been elected as president of the National Association of Legal Search
Consultants - North America's largest industry association for lega
recruitment. Smith is the first Canadian and the youngest person to
ead the nearly 200-member organization and is also heavily involved
with the UBC Law School Alumni Board.      Kendall Titchener, BA'10,
works for the Calgary Stampede in the events
and entertainment department. Weeks after
Calgarians experienced a devastating flood that
immobilized their city, Titchener and her team
worked relentlessly to ensure that the show would
go on. Although hit by one of Canada's largest
natural disasters, community spirit prevailed and
attendance records were broken at several of
Titchener's events - including the family event
in which she arranged for 20 families to meet
astronaut and Stampede parade marshal, Chris
Hadfield. Titchener described the 2013 Stampede
as an opportunity of a lifetime and was gratefu
and humbled to be a part of it
201 OS     Daniel Wood, BA'12, met his
girlfriend, Jayde Wood (nee Wang), BSc'n,
in the Chem 100 lecture hall in 2007 during a
chemistry 101 midterm. Six delightful years later
they are now married and enroute to finishing
their second degrees. D
In August, Michael Stamhuis, BASc'76, and four team members from the Okanagan
Masters Swim Club completed a remarkable feat of endurance: swimming the English
Channel in 13 hours and 41 minutes.
Taking turns to swim for one-hour intervals, they had to contend with frigid and rough
waters, jellyfish, strong tidal currents, and freighters. Michael says the biggest challenge
was the preparation beforehand, specifically the cold water training. To qualify, each
member had to complete a two-hour swim in 15 degree water without a wet suit. "Training
in the spring in Okanagan Lake when it was 12 or 13 degrees Celsius was probably the
hardest!" says Michael.
Michael recently competed in the 2013 World Masters Games in Torino, Italy, winning
gold in 200 free, 200 back and 100 free, and bronze in 400 free. He set two new Canadian
records in his age group (60-64) at the BC Masters Swimming Championships in Vancouver.
Michael's next challenge will be the 2014 World Masters Aquatics Championships
in Montreal.
Alumni Expeditions is a series of travel programs for inquisitive alumni,
offered to the Canadian Alumni Community and friends. Designed to deliver
exciting experiences, we travel to thought provoking destinations while offering
stimulating itineraries, seminars and the camaraderie of fellow travellers. BY DON WELLS
Ah, the twists of fate
If you'd told Ashley Howard 20 years ago that she
would one day return to her home town to become
UBC's Managing Director of Athletics, she might have
aughed. A career in sport administration was not
something the Lord Byng High School graduate could
have imagined back when she enrolled in the Faculty
of Science at Queen's University, rather than the
forested campus down the street
Such an idea was still out of scope when she
graduated from Queen's, as it was when she began
an MBA in International Business at the University
of Victoria. Not even a lifelong interest in competitive
sport, including her experience as co-captain of
Canada's National Women's Ultimate Team that won
the 2000 World Championship in Germany, piqued
any such thought or interest. And it certainly wasn't
within her field of vision when she became a product
and special projects manager with an IT firm during
the rise and fall of the dot com era
Even when she moved to Scotland and put
her business transformation skills to work in a
high-performance sport environment, she still
hadn't considered a career in university sport. But
after 12 years as a senior leader in two of Scotland's
eading sport organizations, she began to think about
a new challenge. As a mother of two toddlers with
family in Vancouver, she began to think about "back
home." When she and her husband - a design engineer
she met during an undergraduate exchange year at
Glasgow's University of Strathclyde - contemplated
bundling up the family to explore uncharted adventures
in Vancouver, they got excited. And it was only after
arriving back home that the opportunity she has today
came into frame
"The job was one of the first that caught my eye
on my return to Vancouver. I was meeting with senior
executives from a number of industries, and on many
occasions, folk from my network independently flagged
the UBC opportunity. I had already been working on
my application."
Not surprisingly, UBC isn't an unfamiliar place to her.
Why would it be to a perennial honours student who
grew up just beyond its gates? She learned to swim at
the UBC Aquatic Centre as a child, and as a teenager,
she attended summer tennis and volleyball camps at
UBC and "hung out a bit." She later worked for three
consecutive summers on Point Grey while studying
at Queen's. "I worked with a UBC professor of medica
genetics on coding the number eight chromosome,
and I also did a bit of research in the areas of philosophy
and ethics," she says with genuine modesty and just
a hint of Scottish brogue
Needless to say, a great deal has changed at UBC
since those days. It looks different, feels different,
and in almost every way, it is different than it was in
the 1990s. After rigorous adherence to bold strategic
plans implemented by the university's leadership
over the past decade, UBC has earned a reputation
commensurate with many of the world's most
respected research universities. Its ongoing evolution
now includes a process of reimagining Athletics and
Recreation, with an eye to ensuring long-term financia
sustainability and sharpening the focus upon certain
teams to enhance competitive success. An externa
review conducted in the spring of 2012, followed by
a series of "think-tank" sessions involving campus
representatives and independent experts, has resulted
in a framework for a new competitive sport model -
one that Howard is mandated with refining in concert
with a representative advisory team
The process will continue to be highly consultative,
but with the understanding that the overarching
objectives are athletic excellence; greater connectivity
to strategic partners; broader engagement of
the university community than ever before; and
enhanced student learning, together with professiona
development opportunities for coaches and staff
wherever possible. The task of refining the UBC
Athletics and Recreation program will involve change
and all the attendant challenge and strain. But Howard
stresses that the intention is to build upon UBC's
historical strengths to create a "Made in Canada"
brand of university sport excellence, and one based
on traditional values and principles
"I am proud to say that I am captivated on an ethica
and emotional level by the legend of the Thunderbird
and the notion of 'Victory through honour,'" she says
"We'll never have to look for a guiding principle; we
already have one, and it will be one of the key pillars
for everything we do and every decision we make
My personal belief is that the creation of a cohesive
and strategically focused culture is key to the success
of any organization, and that an environment of
integrity, fairness and inclusivity is the most essentia
element within that culture, especially one undergoing
change and transformation."
Fortunately for UBC, Howard brings substantia
experience in leading sports organizations through
periods of change and transformation. Most recently,
she served as CEO of Scottish Swimming, where
she helped lead the organization through a period
of impressive growth and achievement. The staff
went from eight to 40, including a three-fold increase
in the number of paid coaches, certified teachers
and trained volunteers. The payoff was huge in
terms of grassroots participation and increased government investment
(the organization's budget tripled under her lead), not to mention an
unprecedented increase in podium finishes, highlighted by a silver meda
for Michael Jamieson at the 2012 Olympic Games, the first for a Scottish
swimmer since 1996. Prior to joining Scottish Swimming, she held the
position of director of Achieving Excellence for sportscotland, the nationa
agency for sport. Here she was responsible for a $3om annual budget
and developing a strategy to achieve ambitious medal targets on the
world stage
UBC's new competitive sport model, she explains, is founded on
the reorganization of current UBC varsity and club teams into five new
strands ranging from intramural competition to the most competitive
high-performance Thunderbird teams. She has already consulted with
stakeholders and independent experts to arrive at appropriate criteria,
weights and measures for determining how sports will be targeted for
placement into one of the five strands. The next step is an evaluation
of each sport against the criteria which she emphasizes will be a robust
process that includes opportunities for feedback and is open to revision
based on quality information and discussion. She will then present
recommendations on the new structure to UBC vice-president Students,
Louise Cowin, including the level of support provided within each strand
While she rolls out the review process, another committee is exploring
the potential to offer a comprehensive wellness program for the campus
community. "That is something that is still in the developmental stages,
but no matter how it takes shape, we know it will be a critical agenda
going forward," she says. "Winning, leadership, resilience, teamwork
- these are all core sporting traits, and they are all embraced by a UBC
vision to be the healthiest campus on earth."
Those that opt to take part in the consultations will encounter an
articulate leader of noticeable intelligence, and one whose success is,
according to those who know her well, built on a collaborative spirit,
superb communication skills and a natural empathy for what is important
to others. She says she is a "softy" at heart, but extensive real-world
experience within private and public sector environments has given
her both the wisdom and the willingness to do what is necessary when
change is imperative. A fierce competitive spirit that lays just one or
two epidermal layers below doesn't hurt either. D
To find out more about the sport review see:
Send your feedback to:
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Dorothy passed away peacefully at home
on June 19, 2012, with her husband of nearly
57 years, Robert (Bob) Baragar, BASc'50, at her
side. She is survived by their sons, Geoffrey
(Diana) and Marc (Maria) of Vancouver; beautifu
granddaughters Claire and Elyse; a sister, Gwen
(Doug) of Deep River, ON; and numerous
oving nieces and nephews on both sides of the family. Dorothy was
born in Victoria, BC, on September 20,1920, to Forest and Edna Shaw.
She attended Victoria schools and College, then UBC, where she earned
a BA in biology and MA in zoology. Following teaching assignments at
Trail and Cowichan Lake, she spent two years as science mistress at St
Margaret's girls' school in Folkestone, UK. In 1953 she began a doctorate
in education at Teachers College, Columbia University, NYC. There she
met Bob at International House where both were staying, and in 1955
they were married. Following a year in Cambridge, England, they moved
to Ottawa. Bob began a career with the Geological Survey of Canada
and Dorothy embarked on motherhood (Geoffrey) and, when possible,
thesis-writing. But the Ottawa stay was short-lived; they were transferred
by the survey to Yellowknife for four years. Returning to Ottawa in 1963
with another son (Marc) Dorothy embarked on a career in librarianship
after earning a degree at Ottawa University. This led to 17 years as librarian
in Ottawa area high schools. Following retirement in 1986, Dorothy gave
in to a life's ambition and travelled by various modes, by herself, around
the world. More travel followed, but arthritis, strokes, hearing-loss and
a speech-impairing pulmonary disease reduced her final years to a confined
and limited existence, the natural vivacity so characteristic of Dorothy
tragically dampened
Born in Victoria on May 31,1921, Dr. Knotts,
World War II veteran and professor emeritus
of English at the University at Albany, SUNY,
died on February 23, 2013. Following graduation,
Walter enlisted in the Canadian Army and was
wounded in action in Italy in 1944. In 1949, he
earned his doctoral degree in English literature
from Harvard University and first began his teaching career at Ohio State
University. Dr. Knotts began teaching English literature in 1953 at the
University at Albany, SUNY - something he would continue to do with
passion and energy until his retirement in 1991. During his tenure, Dr. Knotts
became a beloved mentor to countless students, and a faculty leader,
serving as chair of the English department from the late 1960s through the
1970s. His particular area of expertise was the satirical works of Jonathan
Swift and Alexander Pope. He had wide-ranging literary interests, always
engaging with literature throughout his life. His friends remember his
marvellous conversational skills, his generosity and kindness, and his sense
of the absurd. He had an amazing way of looking at life askance, which
brought out his fine sense of humour - no surprise, since Swift and Pope
were his mentors. Dr. Knotts enjoyed tennis, poetry, literature, opera, ballet,
classical music, art, pottery, and theatre. He was an avid traveller and spent
most of his summers in England and Italy. He was a fine actor who appeared
on stage in the Arena Theater summer productions at Page Hall, UAIbany,
in the 1960s, directed by Jarka Burian. Above all, Dr. Knotts cherished the
company of his family, friends and colleagues, and their children. He wil
be dearly missed by all who knew him and were touched by his life
September 17,1919 - May 22, 2012. George was born in Edam, SK, and
grew up in North Battleford. His engineering studies at Saskatoon were
interrupted by WWII. During the war he volunteered and was first stationed
in Victoria, where he met and married Sybil and, shortly after the marriage,
was shipped off to Europe as an infantry officer. After the war they settled
in Vancouver, where George completed his BA and MA in mathematics
(thesis: A Generalization of the First Plucker Formula), followed by a BEd
During his career he taught at Burnaby South, and Delbrook and Carson
Graham in North Vancouver. He also taught at UBC's commerce school
During this time he co-authored a Euclidean geometry textbook, served
on the board of Highland's United Church, was on the executive of the
BC Mathematics Teachers Association, played tuba for a variety of bands,
and was, along with wife Sybil, an avid sailor. Perhaps the highlight of
his career was when his mathematics contest team came in first in BC
In 1990 George and Sybil moved to Qualicum Beach, where he quickly
became active in a number of community organizations. A few years ago
he took up bridge. He also enjoyed the game of Upwards, and it was a
rare occasion for anyone else to win. Sybil passed on in 2008. George is
survived by his son, Stephen, BSc'75; daughters Margaret Fisher (Jack)
and Johanne Sutton (Jim); six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren;
his sister, Marion Wheaton; and his cousin, Jerry Pladsen
Born in Kelowna on March 22,1922, Donald Neill Weatherill passed
into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 25, 2012
Survived by his loving family: sons Bob (Lillian), Brian (Lilo), Gary (Monika),
Gordon (Shelagh) and David (Joanne); 14 grandchildren; and eight
great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his loving wife, Doris; parents Harry
and Grace Weatherill; brothers Harry and Robert; and sister Bet. Don grew
up in Vernon after his parents relocated to assist in the establishment and
management of Bulman's Cannery in 1929. After graduating high school in
1940, Don joined the RCAF and served as a fighter pilot mainly in England
and India. After the war, he returned to Vernon and married his high schoo
sweetheart, Doris Wylie, in 1946. After receiving his BSc, Don and his young
family returned to Vernon, where he joined Bulman's as the field service
representative, and he and Doris bought a small acreage in the District of
Coldstream, where they raised their five boys. In the late 1960s, Don acted
as a local and regional sales representative for various agricultural service
organizations, eventually retiring in 1987. He and his wife were very active
in church, the Boy Scouts and many other charitable organizations. They
oved their little farm and garden, raising numerous animals, and varieties
of fruits and vegetables that were either donated or given away, as well
as Chrysanthemums and Poinsettias for the Christmas season. He loved
his wife, his family and loved people. He was always genuinely interested
in others and helped whenever he could. He was dearly loved and will be
greatly missed by all his family and friends. Donations can be made to
Grace Bible Church or the charity of your choice
Bob was born on May 9,1927, and passed away peacefully on June 18,
2012, at the age of 85. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, June; sons Ian,
Allan (Trish) and Patrick; and daughters Pamela (Ken) and Dianne (Blaine);
grandchildren Janet, David, Lisa and Alexander; and Lisa and Alex's mother,
Sue. He was predeceased by his parents, Lt. Col. Stewart P. McMordie,
DSO, and Edith Mabel McMordie, and by his brother, William. Bob was
raised in Prince Rupert, Nelson and Vancouver, earning his engineering
degree in 1950. He was a Professional Engineer in municipal and industria
design and lived in Toronto and Calgary before settling in North Vancouver
in 1971 as a partner with Reid Crowther and Partners. He loved to hike
and cross country ski, particularly on the local mountains, with Hollyburn
being his favourite. A carved stone was left at the peak of Hollyburn to
commemorate his passing. Donations may be made in Bob's memory to
the North Shore Rescue Team
April 24,1924 - May 30, 2011. John passed away peacefully on Monday,
May 30, 2011, at the age of 87. He is survived by his wife of 60 years,
June, and three children. John served in the Navy during WWII on
HMCS Arnprior. After the war, he attended UBC and after graduation
worked for the Dominion Bridge Company in Calgary as a PEng from
1951 until retirement. A life-long member of APEGGA, John loved the
mountains and spent hours hiking and skiing with an outdoor club
In later years he was passionate about his tufa rockgardens and
woodworking around the home. He was poetic, artistic, athletic and
intelligent to the end
June 9,1923 - December 21, 2012. Born in
Winnipeg, Herman spent his early years in
Little Grand Rapids and Berens River, MB
He had many fond memories of those years
In some ways he seemed destined to become
a teacher: his first real job at 18 was teaching
at Cross Lake at the north end of Lake Winnipeg
During the war the family moved to Oregon and Washington State where
he joined first the American, and then Canadian Army. After the war he
earned his degree and taught around BC: Vancouver, Bella Coola, Kitimat,
Port Hardy, Revelstoke, Ladysmith and Surrey. He was active politically
in the community and with his church, and loved hiking and canoeing
After retirement he took up volunteering with enthusiasm: more tutoring,
campaigning for the Heart and Stroke foundation, and advocating for
the preservation of green spaces. He received the Governor General's
Confederation Commemorative Medal in 1992 for his advocacy work that
helped create the Green Timbers Urban Forest in Surrey. He is predeceased
by his first wife, Vera, and son, Eric; grandson Brian; and three brothers
and three sisters. He is survived by his wife, Sadie; children Mary Jane,
Don, Alan and Gaye; grandchildren Andrew, Julian, Zoe and Jeffrey; two
brothers and a sister; and many nephews, nieces and extended family.
1930 - 2012. Basil Frederick Stuart-Stubbs, former UBC University
Librarian and director of the School of Library, Archival and Information
Studies (SLAIS), passed away on May 29, 2012. Stuart-Stubbs wil
be remembered as a bibliophile, scholar and librarian. His writings
encompass Canadian history, cartography, bibliography, library history,
copyright, union catalogues, resource sharing and computerized networks
Music was Stuart-Stubbs's lifelong passion - in particular, the piano.
"I had the honour of knowing Basil for many years, admiring his
achievements from across the country. He was truly unique, an icon
in the evolving story of librarianship in our country," says Ingrid Parent,
UBC's University Librarian. "I considered him to be a generous mentor,
a revered colleague and a dear friend to many. He will be missed."
Stuart-Stubbs grew up in Moncton, NB. In 1964, at the age of 34, he was
appointed UBC's University Librarian. His 17 years in that role coincided
with the computer revolution and the rapid growth of staff and collections
dispersed over new branch libraries on the expanding Point Grey campus
In 1981, Stuart-Stubbs moved to a faculty position when he was appointed
professor and director of SLAIS, a position he held for two terms. Basil took
particular interest in the production and distribution of Canadian books,
and was associated with several initiatives beneficial to authors and readers,
and to Canadian publishing. These included chairing the UBC Publications
Centre, which created UBC Press
Basil received many awards and honours, including an appointment as
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; the first Miles Blackwell Medal for
Outstanding Academic Librarian by the Canadian Library Association; the
Order of Canada; and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal
Munro Carroll, age 80, died October 10, 2011, in Fayetteville, AR. He was
born July 10,1931, in Salmon Arm, BC, to Matthew and Alice Munro Carroll
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Sarah Catherine
Carroll. He is survived by his loving friends, the Michael Peters family
and Jamie Snider.
Born May 14,1930, in Powell River, John passed away suddenly on
March 25, 2013, in Victoria. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife,
Carole; his sister, Isabel; sisters-in-law Marianne and Patricia; and much
oved nieces and nephews: Scott (Jane) Jones; Ron Jones; Megan (Bart)
Mooibroek; and Janet (Guy) Jones-Hatif; and their children. John was
predeceased by his parents, Nellie (nee Simpson) and Alexander, and wil
be remembered by many cousins on the Simpson and MacDonald sides
After graduating from UBC in mechanical engineering, he spent a short
period in Hamilton and New York with Otis Elevator before returning to
Vancouver and joining Swan Wooster Engineering Co., where he remained
until retirement. A colleague of John's wrote that he was instrumental in
the development of Swan Wooster on the world stage. He was referred
to as the "Idea Man," always challenging himself and others to design
improvements to the marine terminal equipment
It was sports that brought John and Carole together in 1969
Enthusiastic badminton and tennis players, they valued the friendships
made at Jericho, Vancouver and Glen Meadows Tennis Clubs. Their
favourite vacation haunts were Yellowpoint Lodge and their property
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included classical music, oil painting, cartooning, history, astronomy
and wine-making, but his passion was designing and tending the garden,
preferably while listening to a Puccini opera. In social situations, if
encouraged, he would tell limericks or recite poetry, but best of all he liked
to stimulate lively discussions and ardent debates. John will be remembered
for his engaging manner, his kind and generous heart, his teasing and gentle
wit, all of which will be greatly missed by his family and friends. If desired,
donations may be made in John's name to the Victoria Symphony Society.
July 10,1919 - April 17, 2012. Jean's life was
shaped by her lifelong involvement in education,
volunteer work to advance BC history and the
arts, and a deep commitment to family and
church. Following graduation in Nelson, Jean
trained as a teacher at the Normal School in
Victoria, where she met Bernard Webber, BA'50,
MA'62. After teaching in schools on the Arrow Lakes and in Okanagan
Centre, she married Bernard on July 1,1941. Later that year, Bernard was
elected as CCF MLA for Similkameen (1941-45). Jean was very much his
partner in campaign and constituency work. After Bernard's return to
a career in education and several moves with their growing family, Jean
returned to teaching, first at a one-room school near Duncan, and then
in a demonstration rural classroom at the Vancouver Normal School
While the family was growing up, Bernard and Jean earned bachelor's
and master's degrees at UBC. In the late 1960s, Jean taught at the Vernon
Campus of Okanagan College. She contributed to BC history by serving on
the executive of the Okanagan Historical Society (OHS); editing the annua
OHS Report; researching and writing articles on BC history; co-editing,
with the En'owkin Centre of Penticton, Okanagan Sources, a source book
on Okanagan First Nations history; and compiling and editing materia
from sixty years of OHS Reports, with additional researching and writing,
for the book A Rich and Fruitful Land, a comprehensive history of the
Okanagan, Similkameen and Shuswap valleys. Jean helped lead numerous
cultural organizations throughout the many regions of the province in which
she lived. Jean's sense of family extended to those in need in the community,
and to the Christian Science church, which she served in many capacities
She is lovingly remembered by family and friends
George Gorelik, Sauder alumnus and emeritus associate professor of
accounting, died on December 22, 2012, at age 86. George, a Byelorussian
emigre born in Sienno, Nowogrodek, Poland, on May 5,1926, worked as
CGA-BC's first full-time employee and went on to become its president
in 1976. He earned his CGA certification and subsequently an MBA from
the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration in i960. George
eft CGA-BC in 1963 to follow his love of teaching and accounting as a
ecturer in UBC's Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration. His
academic ambition then took him stateside to the University of California,
Berkeley for his doctorate, which he received in 1970. He wrote many papers,
including research on management accounting, financial decision-making,
international comparative accounting and organizational science, while
studying and teaching as an associate in Berkeley. His connection to UBC
asted 30 years. George earned many awards and distinctions over the
years. He was a FCGA, and a life member; in 2008, CGA-Canada named him
one of Canada's top 100 CGAs of the past 100 years. George spent 28 years
teaching at UBC. Upon his retirement in 1991, the Faculty of Commerce
and Business Administration honoured him with an annual prize in his name
The George Gorelik Prize is awarded to the student obtaining the highest
standing in financial accounting. His other great passion was his abiding
ove of the classical guitar and singing. Besides his loving wife, Peggy,
he is survived by his children: Katherine, Peter, Stephen, Elizabeth, and six
grandchildren, all of whom live in BC
Eric died in Penticton on November 20, 2012, aged 76 - sweet and gracious
to the end. His lively spirit will always brighten the hearts of his wife of
31 years, Kathy (Reid); his children, Erica (David) Kencke; Tanis (Jorge);
and Roger. Grandchildren Nathaniel and Aislinn Kencke will miss their
"Papa." Born and raised in Trail, BC, he was the youngest of six to Swiss
immigrants. He will be missed by siblings Lil Murray, Nell (Bob) Bartlett,
and Barney (Mara). He is predeceased by his parents, Robert and Frieda;
siblings Robert and Goldy (Bill) Cross; and first wife, Judy (Hague)
After completing Victoria Normal School, Eric began a 34-year teaching
career in elementary, high school and college, mostly in Penticton. He
always brought his passion for learning and biology into the classroom and
inspired and counselled students to achieve their best. He also enjoyed
coaching basketball and youth soccer. Eric was a role model for his students
and peers, and stood for what is right. He showed a genuine interest in each
individual and made a difference to many. Eric's positive energy, zest for life,
and readiness to tease made him a remarkable partner, father, friend, and
colleague as well as a fun opponent on the ski hills, squash court and golf
course. In retirement he turned his energy to pedalling, cycling through the
European countryside. His proudest achievement was pedalling 8,100 kms
from Vancouver to Halifax in 2000. He will be missed by the Thursday
"Bocce Boys," and the Friday "Theos" lunch group. A committed blood
donor, Eric gave 75 units of blood in his lifetime. Because of bone marrow
failure he received 382 units over eight years. To honour Eric you may
wish to donate blood, or contribute to the Eric Hofmann Biology Bursary
at Penticton Secondary Schools Bursary and Scholarship Foundation
Born in Vancouver on January 16,1935,
Bill died on December 16, 2012, of pancreatic
cancer. Bill's grandfather, Fred Abbott, came
to Vancouver in 1897 from Newfoundland, and
both Bill's father, William John Abbott, and his
mother, Betsy (Hastie) Abbott, were born in
Vancouver. Bill began his long teaching career
in the fall of i960 in Campbell River. For the next 36 years, he taught art
in School District 72: CARIHI Secondary School, Phoenix Middle School,
and Southgate Secondary School. He retired to West Vancouver where
he taught art to seniors on a volunteer basis for several years. Bill was an
artist throughout his life. As a teenager, he was a regular at weekly figure
drawing sessions at a studio behind a barber shop at Broadway and Cambie
During his retirement years, he drew at the figure drawing sessions at
Basic Inquiry. Even in hospital, Bill was still sketching. Bill met his loving
wife of 52 years, Patsy, at UBC and they loved to travel. They travelled to
Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and all around North America, including
a visit to Newfoundland several years ago to see where his grandfather
came from. The most recent trips were to Syria, the Black Mountains
of Tennessee, and the Copper Canyon of Mexico. Bill always came home
with new watercolour sketches. They loved camping around the Skagit
Valley. Again, Bill always returned with sketches and watercolours. Bill
eaves behind his loving family: Patsy (nee Leth), BA'6o; David, BSc'88;
Alexandra, BSc'89, (Rob); Rebecca, class of '15; Kate, Juliet, Rosemary
(nee Leth) Van Heukelom, BA'66, (Andy, BA'66, LLB'77); and Willy, Morgan,
Skyler and Holly. Bill was a wonderful, caring, and artistic husband, father
and grandfather. Bill was going on outings up to a week before his death,
and was talking art, as always, in his hospital bed
It is with deep sadness that we announce the
passing of Dick Davidson on August 18, 2012
Dick was born July 24,1942, in Timmins, ON,
to Aura Marie Trottier and Allen Albert Davidson
In 1963, he married Julianne Marie Wojick at
St. Mary's Polish Church in Sydney, NS, and
together they were blessed with five children
Allen, Suzanne, Laurie, Michelle and Christopher. Dick served with the Roya
Canadian Armed Forces - a position that helped put him through university
and gave him the opportunity to see much of Canada. After serving with the
RCAF for 18 years, Dick moved to Sioux Lookout, using his newly acquired
pilot's licence to explore entrepreneurial opportunities. Some of these
very successful endeavors included the Sunset Lodge and Camps (fishing
camp); The Sioux Hotel; The Sunset Inn & Sunset Suites; Dick & Nellie's Bar
& Grill; The Guardian Eagle Fly In Fishing Resort; and many Thunder Bay
restaurants including Beaux Daddy's. Besides creating, building and running
multiple businesses, Dicks' interests were in his community. He served with
the Rotary Club for 23 years (two as President) and town council, and was
even the president of the Chamber of Commerce. Dick was predeceased
by his father, Allen, and his beloved mother, Aura. He is survived by six
brothers and sisters: Ken (Roma), Don (Gloria), of BC; Lynn Smyth, Patricia
(Blake) Haverluck, of Thunder Bay; Cathy (Wayne) Robinson of SK; Joanna
(Mark) of Toronto; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; his children
Allen, Michelle of Ottawa; Christopher (Kathryn), Suzanne (Randy) Favot,
Laurie (Richard) Fenelon, of Sioux Lookout; his grandchildren, Brandon,
Samantha, Drew, Easton, Jordyn, Daniel, Robyn, Lea, Joshua and great
grandchild, Makayla
Ken passed away peacefully at Southlake Regional Hospital in
Newmarket, ON, on September 13, 2012. He is survived by his wife,
Janine (nee Farmery); son David (Whitney); granddaughter Leighann;
and brothers Bruce (Nathalie) Campbell and Tom (Jan) Campbell. He
is predeceased by brother Wayne Sobiski and his son, Edward (Ted)
James. Ken was born in Kingston, ON, on December 25,1935, the son
of Kenneth W. Campbell and Thelma Mary Todd and adoptive father
Lawrence Sobiski. His primary education was in Scarborough, ON,
at RH King Collegiate. He graduated in i960 from Ryerson Institute of
Technology in Architectural Technology. He worked as an architectura
draftsman in Bethesda Maryland until he went to UBC. He graduated
in 1972, receiving the Alpha Rho Chi medal for Leadership, Service
and Professional Merit. He was a member of the OAA and RAIC until
retirement. He was inducted into the Ryerson University Sports Hall of
Fame in September 2011 as a member of the 1959 Championship Footbal
team. His professional career included many public buildings, such as
sporting and school facilities, and residential design. He was employed
by William G. Whitney Associates before becoming senior partner with
Whitney Bailey Architects, Engineers. Following retirement he was a theatre
set designer, musician and community volunteer. He loved all sports and
was an avid golfer. His professional integrity, sense of humour, gentleness
and human kindness will be remembered by all who knew him
Verena Marie Klose (nee Chen) passed away
on March 27, 2013. She was a lifelong Richmond
resident, arriving into the world on November 1,
1975, to parents Doris and Tessley Chen. She
attended Ferris Elementary and both R.C
Palmer Secondary and Richmond Secondary.
It was in Grade 11 that Verena met - and began
dating - future husband Ramon Klose. After graduation from high school,
she attended Kwantlen University College in Richmond and Simon Fraser
University, where she completed her undergraduate degree in both
history and English. She then continued her studies at UBC's Faculty of
Education, obtaining her bachelor's degree in education and her teaching
certificate. Verena's passion for literature found its outlet in her career
path in the ensuing 14 years, as she taught at various secondary schools
in Richmond including Steveston, London, Palmer and McMath. As a teen
and young adult, she was very involved with the 11th Richmond Scouts,
both as a Venturer and a Rover. She was also a member of the Aquanauts
Swim Club. In 2003, she and Ramon were married; four years later they
welcomed daughter Keira. As a first-time mother, Verena brought her
desire for connecting with others and her enthusiasm for being an active
and involved resident to a new level as she dove head-first into a variety
of local parenting groups. On February 22, 2013, Verena and Ramon
happily welcomed anticipated second daughter, Lauren, to their family.
She was a loving daughter, wife, friend, mother, sister and teacher, and is
survived by her husband, Ramon Klose; her daughters, Keira and Lauren;
her grandmother, Winnie Chen; her parents, Doris and Tessley Chen;
brother Gerald Chen (Christine); sister Brenda Tsang (Rick); nephews
Aidan and Nathan Chen; niece Kaitlyn Tsang; as well as an extended
family of aunts and uncles
Chris was born in Cheam, England, and from a
young age developed a love of nature and the
outdoors. He and his cousin, David, shared
these interests and Chris learned a lot from their
time spent together. Chris had a great sense
of humour and always saw the comical side
of life. He was hard working and driven by his
belief in the environment. Chris pursued studies in the biological sciences
and specialized in botany and cytogenetics. He obtained a PhD from
Southhampton University and became a senior scientific officer with the
Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. During these years, he spent a year in Ottawa
with the Canada Department of Agriculture undertaking a post-doctora
research fellowship, and soon after returning to England he decided to
take a new position at the UBC Botanical Gardens. From 1970 to 1981 Chris DEPARTMENTS    •
in memoriam
was a research scientist and associate professor in the departments of
the Botanical Garden, Botany and Plant Science. He left UBC to pursue a
country lifestyle, which was his lifelong dream. After several years in the
Nelson area, Chris and his wife moved to Bridesville where they had a cattle
ranch, forestry consulting company and tree nursery. Chris also conducted
park interpretation programs at Kettle River Provincial Park. In the mid '90s,
they relocated their operation to Lumby, where they lived until 2010 when
Chris decided to retire to the Turtle Valley near Chase. He was continuing to
pursue his many diverse interests when he died unexpectedly from a sudden
heart attack on December 10, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Alison; sons
Andres (Arlette), David and Ross; two grandchildren, Katie and Thomas;
his former wife, Jean, mother of his two oldest sons; and various relatives
in Britain
1933 - 2013. Cherished husband of Sylvia; father to Martin and Graham;
stepfather to Daniel Baron, Dr. Lorraine Baron, and Roger Baron; brother
of Dr. Peter Wedepohl; and brother-in-law of Denis St Jean. In 1953, Martin
obtained his BSc from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg
His research in power line carrier protection earned him a PhD from the
University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 1957,
resulting in a world-wide reputation and an illustrious career in industry.
His academic career began in 1964 at UMIST where he quickly rose to
head of the Electrical Engineering Department. His research focus was in
the theory of wave propagation in multi-conductor transmission lines. In
1974 he was appointed Dean of Engineering at the University of Manitoba,
served as chairman of the Board of Hydro Electric Corp, and established
the Manitoba High Voltage Direct Current Research Laboratory and the
Manitoba Micro-Electronics Institute. He received the Province's "Order
of the Bison," and was conferred "Honorary Citizen of the City of Winnipeg."
In 1979, he was appointed Dean of Applied Science at UBC. He served as
a member of the Science Council; the Arts, Science and Technology Counci
of BC; and the BC Hydro Electric Corporation. In 1985, he was instrumenta
in establishing the Canadian Institute for Industrial Technology. In 1998,
he was conferred the title of Dean of Applied Science Emeritus, UBC, and
adjunct professor at the University of Manitoba. He continued his research
cooperating with the Manitoba HVDC Centre, and the universities of
Manitoba and Stellenbosch. As chairman of U2000 he spearheaded the
establishment of UBC Okanagan, as well as the Faculty of Engineering
He received many awards for his research in engineering, but cherished
most the faculty teaching prize from his students, whom he hoped to
inspire with a sense of creativity.
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JensPreshaw, BH/C'94,BEd'96, took this shot of himself with the last issue
-in Seljalandsfoss, Iceland. "I've always longed to visit the land of fire
and ice," he says. "I finally had the chance this summer. The volcanoes,
geysers, fumaroles, glaciers, waterfalls, Icelandic horses and funky
churches make it difficult not to be touched by the island's awesome
beauty." You can see more of J ens' photography atjenspreshaw.com
Emeritus Professor John "Jack" Foster from Queen's University
Belfast's Institute of Irish Studies recently found a book of
poetry by Victorian Arthur Hugh Gough after returning to
Vancouver and clearing out a locker at UBC, where he had worked
in the department of English for a number of years. The due
date stamp reads October 11,1966. Luckily for him, the McClay
Library in Ireland waived the £8,577.50 fine owing, and he won an
unexpected 15 minutes of fame with the story being relayed via
several national newspapers. "I suppose the moral                 ■
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It's been almost 30 years since William Gibson's debut novel,
Neuromancer, struck a chord with readers and won science fiction's
"triple crown" - the Hugo, Nebula and Philip K. Dick awards.
Neuromancer popularized the concept of cyberspace (a word
Gibson coined) long before the ubiquity of the Internet and virtual
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with predicting the rise of reality TV, videogames and the Internet.
By the age of 12 Gibson had dreamed of becoming a science fiction
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Clearly, his fears were unfounded.
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also written screenplays and non-fiction. He is lauded for breaking
the science fiction mold and has been hailed as one of the most
important and influential novelists of the past two decades.
He lives in Vancouver with his wife, Deborah, BA'74, MA'76, PhD'11.
What is your most
prized possession?
I'd be terrified to have one, actually.
Who was your childhood hero?
Sherlock Holmes
Describe the place you most
like to spend time.
If I could be anywhere, effortlessly,
instantly, for two hours, once a
year, I'd probably keep going back
to Tokyo
What was the last thing you read?
The Teleportation Accident,
by Ned Beauman, a novel
What or who makes you laugh
out loud?
Perfect strangers on Twitter,
often as not
What's the most important
lesson you ever learned?
The fundamental undesirability
of ranking things, including
life lessons
What's your idea of the
perfect day?
One with my wife, without
appointments. Except, possibly,
a nice lunch
What was your nickname
at school?
Nothing ever stuck, fortunately.
What would be the title
of your biography?
That would be up to my biographer,
If a genie granted you one wish,
what would it be?
For more of my fellow humans
to accept that our species is
responsible for global warming
I'd settle for about 80%
What item have you owned for
the longest time?
Probably some small cast-meta
trucks my father gave me as a child
What is your latest purchase?
A large bag of quite expensive,
super-clumping cat litter.
Whom do you most admire
(living or dead) and why?
That ranking thing again. I don't
really thinkthat way. I admire
Jorge Luis Borges, but then I admire
Elmore Leonard... I think more
in terms of galaxies than lists
What would you like your
epitaph to say?
wouldn't want an epitaph
They're like tattoos for the
dead. Or monogrammed shirts
Name and dates, please
If you could invent something,
what would it be?
Something inexpensive, that
makes the foulest water potable
In which era would you most
like to have lived, and why?
The past is better enjoyed as a
tourist than as a resident, I imagine
What are you afraid of?
Of any sort whatever.
Name the skill or talent you
would most like to have.
Which famous person (living
or dead) do you think (or have
you been told) you most resemble?
used to think I looked a bit like
Samuel Beckett, but it's getting
harder to see
What is your pet peeve?
The inability to see that one's
own culture informs so much of
what one sees that that is, in effect,
the majority of what one sees
What are some of your
UBC highlights?
Going to hear a visiting lecturer,
an anthropologist, who supposed
that aliens, visiting our planet,
would suppose that multinationa
corporations were the dominant
form of intelligence here. I don't
think I'd ever heard the term
"multinational corporation"
before. And seeing Chris Marker's
La Jetee for the first time, in a film
history course
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