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The World Famous Physician
How a kid from a Vancouver
Editor's Column
Take Note
Island logging town became
flight surgeon for Apollo 11
Quote, Unquote
The Boy Who
Touched the Moon
The stellar story of a
The Big Picture
precocious youth entrusted
Prez Life
with a piece of the Moon
Class Acts
Man on a Mission
In 1997, Bjarni Tryggvason,
In Memoriam
BSc'72, spent 12 days in space
The Last Word
At Home in Space
With Robin Gill, BA'93
How do astronauts adjust
Q: Which famous person
to life in the cosmos?
(living or dead) do you think
(or have you been told) you
Lunar Rock Star
most resemble?
The geophysicist whose rock
A: A colleague once told me
samples came from the Moon
that 1 looked like the women
Crossing the Karman Line
UBC students are building
in Modigliani paintings.
a rocket to launch into space
Regulating the Final Frontier
Can humankind cooperate to
Mission to Mars
ensure safety and sustainable
Planetary Ping-Pong
development in space?
Negative Advertising
and US Politics
Correction, Spring 2018
The spring 2018 issue of Trek magazine included
an image of Dr. Gordon Matheson on page 36,
who was incorrectly identified as Dr. Chan Gunn.
We apologize to both Dr. Matheson and
Dr. Gunn (who is pictured here, left, with
UBC's President Ono). Dr. Gunn is a Vancouver
physician known for his innovative work in the
field of pain relief. He generously donated
$5 million to the Faculty of Medicine to support
the construction of the Chan Gunn Pavilion,
a facility focusing on physical activity and
exercise medicine that opened in March.
19      The 2018 alumni UBC
Achievement Awards recipients
47     The 2018 Alumni Builder
Awards recipients
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he Moon
I was two years old
when Neil Armstrong
walked on the surface
of the Moon. When an
estimated half a billion
people were watching
mankind's giant leap
- a miraculous feat of
science, engineering and
bravery - I was probably
asleep (or bawling).
I've grown up in the Space Age,
never conscious of a time when
humans couldn't leave Earth
(well, a few of them anyway -
for a finite time), but my parents
and grandparents, let alone the
generations before them, probably
thought the idea of walking on the
Moon an impossible dream
Now we're talking colonies on
Mars and the tantalizing notion
of habitable planets beyond our
solar system. Much like the Moon
50 or 60 years ago, it all seems
far beyond reach
But human beings are hardwired to explore and usually make it to their
destination, or find ones they weren't expecting. Throughout history, people
have taken risks to explore the unknown, and through a combination of ancient
wisdom and ingenuity have reached most places on their own planet that can
sustain human life - in order to settle, find new land, map, conquer, explore,
survive, research, or profit. An intrepid few have even made it to the extremes
of Earth that can't sustain human life - from the floor of the Mariana Trench to
the summit of Everest, and from North Pole to South. It seems we're helplessly
drawn to cold and inhospitable places
Is it possible we can set up colonies on Mars and other planets yet to be
discovered? The explorers of the past could never have foreseen where we are
today. We can't foresee the future either, but the compulsion to explore and
earn defines us as a species. NASA has spoken of people orbiting Mars by 2030,
shortly followed by a landing, with commercial enterprises predicting they will
do it sooner. Whoever gets there first, the moment we become an interplanetary
species will be watched live by billions of astonished people on Earth. And this
time, I'll be awake for it
Vanessa Clarke
Vanessa Clarke, BA
Duncan Schouten, BMus, MMus
Pamela Yan, BDes
CHAIR   Randy Findlay, BASc'73, PEng, ICD.D
VICE CHAIR   Ross Langford, BCom'89, LLB'89
TREASURER   Barbara Anderson, BSc'78
PAST CHAIR    Faye Wightman, BSc'81 (Nursing)
Amir Adnani, BSc'oi
Aleem Bandali, BA'99
Valerie Casselton, BA'77
Patricia Mohr, BA'68, MA'70
Gregg Saretsky, BSc'82, MBA'84
Barbara Anderson, BSc'78
Shelina Esmail, BA'93
Ross Langford, BCom'89, LLB'89
Stephen Brooks, BA'92
Randy Findlay, BASc'73, PEng, ICD.D
Debra Hewson, BA'8i
Leslie Lee, BCom'84
Rahim Moloo, UB'05
Shorn Sen, BCom'84
Professor Santa J. Ono
Lindsay Gordon, BA'73, MBA'76
Heather McCaw, BCom'86
Jeff Todd, BA
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Powerful artificial antioxidant
Naturally-derived antioxidants have become the "it" health ingredient to look for in food.
But researchers from UBC Okanagan and the University of Bologna have discovered that
TEMPO - a well-known artificial antioxidant - is up to 100 times more powerful than nature's
best and could help counteract everything from skin damage to Alzheimer's disease.
Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that are naturally present in the body and are
created during routine natural processes like breathing, according to UBC chemistry professor
and study co-author Gino DiLabio.
"Free radicals are a natural part of human metabolism. But when our bodies have too many,
like when we're exposed to UV radiation from the Sun, when we smoke, or even when we drink
alcohol, it can be a problem," says DiLabio. "These
extremely reactive molecules can damage cells or
DNA and can contribute to many different diseases,
like Alzheimer's, and some researchers think they may
even be responsible for aging."
While the body already has its own chemical
defenses against free radicals through vitamin C
and vitamin E, DiLabio and his colleagues wanted
to know how a human-made antioxidant called
TEMPO would perform.
To explore the idea, the researchers used a mimicked
cell environment to test how effective TEMPO was
in converting free radicals to non-harmful molecules
compared with vitamin E.
"We were surprised to learn that TEMPO was up to
ioo times faster at converting free radicals than vitamin E
in fatty environments," says DiLabio. "That means that it
could be a particularly effective means of protecting skin
tissues or even the walls of cells from radical damage."
Dilabio says that the study may lead to the
development of a pharmaceutical therapy to help
prevent free radical damage.
"I could see this leading to the development of
a topical cream to protect your skin after exposure to the
Sun or even a pill that could protect your neurons from
getting damaged. The possibilities are very exciting."
Does child abuse leave "molecular scars"?
Children who are abused might carry the imprint of that trauma in their cells - a biochemical
marking that is detectable years later, according to new research from UBC and Harvard University.
The findings, based on a comparison of chemical tags on the DNA of 34 adult men, still
need confirmation from larger studies, and researchers don't know if this tagging - known as
methylation - affects the victims' health.
But the difference in methylation between those who had been abused and those who had
not - if it is replicated in larger studies and can be described in greater detail - might one day be
useful as a biomarker for investigators or courts in weighing allegations of child abuse.
"Methylation is starting to be viewed as a potentially useful tool in criminal investigations -
for example, by providing investigators with an approximate age of a person who left behind
a sample of their DNA," says senior author Michael Kobor, a medical genetics professor
at UBC who leads the "Healthy Starts" theme at BC Children's Hospital Research Institute.
"So it's conceivable that the correlations we found between methylation and child abuse might
provide a percentage probability that abuse had occurred."
Methylation acts as a "dimmer switch" on genes, affecting the degree to which a particular
gene is activated or not. Scientists are increasingly looking at this turning on and turning off of
genes, known as epigenetics, because it's believed to be influenced by external forces - a person's
environment or life experiences.
The researchers decided to look for methylation in sperm cells, on the premise that childhood
stress might inflict long-term physical health effects not only on the immediate victims, but also
on victims' offspring, as demonstrated in previous animal experiments.
They identified a group of men who are part of a much larger, long-term health tracking study
coordinated by Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and asked them to donate their
sperm. In detailed questionnaires they had completed years before, some of the men said they
had been victims of child abuse.
The researchers found a distinctive methylation
difference between victims and non-victims in 12 regions
of the men's genomes.
The scientists were struck by the degree of "dimming"
in those dozen regions: Eight DNA regions were more
than 10-per-cent different, and one region showed
a difference of 29 per cent.
The study does not demonstrate long-term physical
consequences of child abuse, because it's still unknown
how methylation of those genetic regions affects
a person's health. In addition, scientists don't know
if methylation patterns survive the messy process
of fertilization and thus can be passed down to
a person's children.
"When the sperm meets the egg, there is a massive
amount of genetic reshuffling, and most of the
methylation is at least temporarily erased,"
says lead author Andrea Roberts,
a research scientist at the Harvard
Chan School. "But finding
a molecular signature in sperm
brings us at least a step closer
to determining whether
child abuse might affect
the health of the
victim's offspring."
 Mission to Mars
NASA launched its Mars InSight lander from California on May 5
- the first interplanetary launch from the Vandenberg Air Force
Base - and it is expected to reach its destination in late November.
Sending a lander to Mars will allow researchers to peer inside the
planet and learn about what's below the surface, as well as the
planet's history. UBC planetary scientist Catherine Johnson is the
only researcher from Canada involved in the mission.
What makes this mission unique?
The mission is the first time we will deploy a seismometer
on the surface of another planet. Astronauts installed
seismometers on the Moon as part of the Apollo missions,
but InSight is the first mission to put a seismometer on another
planet's surface. The seismometer will tell us where and when
"marsquakes" (earthquakes, but on Mars) occur and provide
a look at Mars' interior.
What is your role in this experiment?
I'll be involved in studying marsquakes. We want to know where
marsquakes occur geographically and at what depth, to try and
understand where there are active faults.
A big part of what we'll be doing is working with data returned
from the magnetometer. This is the first time an instrument
that measures the magnetic field will be deployed on the
surface of Mars. We'll hope to get some information about
the magnetization of rocks near the surface and perhaps more
importantly, to be able to measure the magnetic field and how it
How planets play ping-pong
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia, MA'16
Christa Van Laerhoven, BSc'07, is a UBC astrophysicist
and post-doctoral fellow who studies celestial
mechanics, which she says is a fancy name for orbital
shenanigans. After completing a PhD at the University
of Arizona she is now back in BC and often involved in
public science engagement events around the province.
She talks about Neptune, exoplanets, and what science
fiction writers get wrong.
Why are you so interested in the Kuiper Belt?
The Kuiper Belt is a ring of small objects extending
just beyond the orbit of Neptune from about thirty to
hundreds of astronomical units (AU). Everyone gets
upset, because Pluto is not a planet, but it's a Kuiper Belt
object, which I think is more interesting. And the Kuiper
Belt can tell you so much about the formation of the
Solar System, much more than the planets. It shows you
how Neptune migrated.
Wait, Neptune migrated?
Yes! Kuiper Belt objects are like little ping pong-balls
that the planets bat around. Imagine you're on
a frictionless surface like an ice sheet, and you started
batting thousands of balls from one side of you to the
other side of you. You'll start to slide. This is how Neptune migrated. It took
things from the Kuiper Belt, threw them around. When Neptune throws objects
in, Uranus can get a hold of them and take them away, handing them to Saturn.
So when Neptune pulls objects in, it tends to lose them, and when it throws stuff
out they come back. As Neptune does this, it plows through the Kuiper Belt and
messes with all the objects in there.
If you look just at Neptune in isolation, it can't tell you that story. It can't tell
you it used to be at a different distance from the Sun, closer to it than it is today.
You also study exoplanets, planets beyond our solar system.
I like thinking about the long-term orbital evolution of exoplanets. I'm a panelist
on Reddit's Ask Science, and a couple of years ago a user asked: "How many
planets can you fit in a habitable zone?" And I went through the literature and
nobody had quite done that calculation. So we generated several hypothetical
systems, and the answer is five. You can fit five Earth-massed planets in the
habitable zone, which is the range at which planets could support liquid water
and life. In most science fiction you see one or two habitable planets in any given
system, but you can have more.
What else does science fiction get wrong about space?
The thing that is jarring is how they treat asteroid belts. You remember in
Star Wars when C-3PO makes a dire prediction about the odds of flying through
an asteroid belt? It's actually very hard to hit an asteroid. Bill Nye once said
there's a lot of space in space, and he's right. If we launch a mission to Jupiter,
a layperson might stop to worry about whether an asteroid might hit us.
But unless you're aiming for one, you won't hit it.
varies over time, for example, between day and night. Those variations might be
able to tell us how electrically conductive the rocks in the interior of the planet are
and, in turn, help us understand the composition and water content of those rocks.
This will be an important experiment to try and understand the history of
water on the surface of Mars. We'd like to know how much is tied up in the
interior of Mars to understand the water inventory of the planet.
How will we use this information to understand the planet's history?
We know from surface measurements from Mars Rovers and from images and
satellites we've had in orbit for the last couple of decades that the planet's early
history was a very different place than it is today. Surface water and ice were
much more abundant and the atmosphere was much thicker.
The big question is where did the water come from and where did it go?
We know the history of water on the planet's surface and in its atmosphere,
but we don't know about the interior and how much water is tied up in rocks
inside Mars. Understanding the water content in the interior of the planet is
a key part of being able to understand the history of water.
It's also important for comparative studies to better understand how much
a planet changes during its history. Very early in its history, Mars went through
the same general processes as Earth-heavy materials (metals) sank to the center
to form the iron core, and rocks, which are lighter "floated" on top forming the
crust and the mantle.
Mars, like Earth and Venus, is a rocky planet but it isn't as large, so it has
undergone less reworking from its interior to its exterior over time. It has had
tectonics and volcanism like Earth and Venus but the record of early processes
should still be seen in its interior structure. By looking inside Mars, we hope to get
a window into the early processes that all these rocky planets have experienced.
An artist's illustration of
NASA's InSight lander
about to land on the
surface of Mars.
Image credit: NASA
Negative advertising works in US politics
By Tom Leslie
New research from the UBC Sauder School of Business has found that
negative political advertising is effective, especially if it's coming directly
from a candidate or their campaign. Meanwhile, positive advertising, or
ads from organizations such as Political Action Committees (PACs), is far
less effective.
In this Q&A, Yanwen Wang, study co-author and assistant professor
at UBC Sauder, explains how the study - the first of its kind - was carried
out and why the findings are important.
Her co-authors are Michael Lewis and David A. Schweidel of
Emory University.
Why did you want to study political ads?
With the millions of dollars being spent on advertising in the lead up to
midterm and presidential elections, we wanted to try to understand the
role that advertising plays in the outcomes, especially when it comes to
PACs, because that is where the vast majority of the advertising spend
is coming from.
How did you conduct the study?
We examined political advertising and its impact on the share of the vote
during the 2010 US midterm election and 2012 US presidential election
campaign. Our focus was on advertising across the borders of designated
marketing areas (DMAs), a term used by marketers to define marketing
areas by town, city or major metropolitan area.
People within the same electoral area that live on different sides
of a DMA border are fairly similar, but they get selected into different
exposure levels of political advertising. For example, you and I could live
across a road from each other but we belong to different media markets,
and we would get exposed to totally different TV advertising.
What did you find?
The key finding was that advertising dollars spent by PACs were much
less effective compared to advertising by the candidates, and negative
ads performed very well.
We looked at vote share and turnout rates. We found candidates'
own advertising is effective in lifting the vote share as well as mobilizing
turnout. In fact, negative advertising from candidates was approximately
twice as effective as advertising sponsored by PACs. PAC advertising was
only slightly effective in affecting vote shares, and not effective at all in
mobilizing turnout rates.
Why do you think PAC advertising is less effective?
We believe it is due to differences in source credibility across the various
ad sponsors. Basically, advertising by PACs may lack credibility in the eyes
of audiences. You would expect that, given the amount of money they
were spending, that PAC ads would be more polished and professionally
produced, but based on my experience, this was definitely not the case.
And while the tone of candidates' ads were usually very professional,
the PACs ads came off as funny, aggressive, or a bit illogical.
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Nanotechnologies and Opioid abuse
New research at UBC's Okanagan campus, Harvard Medical School and the University of Texas is exploring the role
nanotechnologies can play to reduce opioid abuse.
Sepideh Pakpour, an assistant professor at the School of Engineering, says nanotechnologies can help address
drug addiction by identifying the most at-risk individuals - those who are physiologically predisposed to be affected
by opioids - and help develop new therapeutic targets and personalize appropriate treatments.
"Owing to the unique and diverse properties of nanotechnologies, they offer enormous opportunities when it
comes to innovative scientific approaches to understanding addiction," Pakpour says.
Nanotechnologies are extremely small devices that can do anything from monitoring neurotransmitters in the
brain to enabling more sensitive drug testing and blood plasma monitoring. Pakpour explains nanotechnologies have
already found widespread applications within life sciences, including targeted delivery of therapeutic biomolecules,
contrast agents to monitor cancer cells and tumour binderies, hyperthermia, immunotherapies, and tissue
engineering applications. However, their potential applications for opioid abuse diagnostics, drug detoxification,
opioid dependence and addiction treatment remains untapped.
According to the new research, the speed and accuracy of nanotechnologies can result in a more effective
approach in drug development and identification, along with better screening of patients who may be vulnerable to
addiction. Theoretically, Pakpour says, nanotechnologies can enable researchers to improve their understanding of
multiple addiction variables at the molecular level.
Nanotechnologies can be designed to regulate brain-signalling pathways that are associated with drug addiction,"
explains Pakpour. "And nanoparticles can be used to detect protein and microbial biomarkers in a person's plasma,
urine or saliva for successful and robust identification and discrimination of vulnerable individuals."
With an interdisciplinary research background, Pakpour's work bridges biology with engineering and her research
group models how human microbiome interactions impact disease.
"With the help of funding agencies together with collaborations between nanomedicine, human microbiome
and drug-abuse experts, we believe that nanotechnologies will provide a unique capacity for both predictive and
therapeutic approaches in opioid dependency and addiction in the foreseeable future," she adds.
Enlightening Research
The idea that light has momentum
is not new, but the exact nature
of how light interacts with matter
has remained a mystery for close
to 150 years. Recent research from
UBC's Okanagan campus may have
uncovered the keys to one of the
darkest secrets of light.
Johannes Kepler, famed German
astronomer and mathematician, first
suggested in 1619 that pressure from
sunlight could be responsible for
a comet's tail always pointing away
from the Sun, says study co-author
and engineering professor Kenneth
Chau. It wasn't until 1873 that James
Clerk Maxwell predicted that this
radiation pressure was due to the
momentum residing within the
electromagnetic fields of light itself.
"Until now, we hadn't determined
how this momentum is converted
into force or movement," says Chau.
"Because the amount of momentum
carried by light is very small, we
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receiving her honorary degree in 2016.
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who made history in 7992 as the first
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first neurologist in space, aboard
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haven't had equipment sensitive enough to solve this."
Now that technology is sensitive enough, Chau, with his international
research team from Slovenia and Brazil, are shedding light on this mystery.
To measure these extremely weak interactions between light photons,
the team constructed a special mirror fitted with acoustic sensors and
heat shielding to keep interference and background noise to a minimum.
They then shot laser pulses at the mirror and used the sound sensors to
detect elastic waves as they moved across the surface of the mirror, like
watching ripples on a pond.
"We can't directly measure photon momentum, so our approach was
to detect its effect on a mirror by 'listening' to the elastic waves that
travelled through it," says Chau. "We were able to trace the features
of those waves back to the momentum residing in the light pulse
itself, which opens the door to finally defining and modelling how light
momentum exists inside materials."
The discovery is important in advancing our fundamental
understanding of light, but Chau also points to practical applications of
radiation pressure.
"Imagine travelling to distant stars on interstellar yachts powered by
solar sails," says Chau. "Or perhaps, here on Earth, developing optical
tweezers that could assemble microscopic machines."
"We're not there yet, but the discovery in this work is an important step
and I'm excited to see where it takes us next."
Novel discovery could lead to new cancer,
autoimmune disease therapy
A new discovery by an international research team - co-led by UBC Canada 150
Research Chair Josef Penninger and Harvard Medical School neurobiologist
Clifford Woolf - could have implications for therapies for cancer and
autoimmune diseases.
The researchers outline a new understanding of the biology of T cells, a type
of immune cell in the body, that demonstrates how the cells can be activated to
either enhance immunity against cancer or block autoimmune disease.
T cells are the soldiers of the immune system and patrol the body seeking out
pathogen-infected cells or aberrant cells that could become tumours. When T cells
find such a cell, they proliferate and enter "combat mode" to fight danger to the
body. However, a common problem is that activated T cells can be directed against
the body's own cells, leadingto allergic reactions and autoimmune diseases such
as colitis, asthma, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, or certain skin diseases.
The researchers found that BH4 - a molecule needed to produce the
"happiness hormone" serotonin or dopamine - controls the growth of T cells.
In animal models, they found treating mice with BH4 blockers "calmed" T cell
activity in inflammatory conditions. Meanwhile, they found that higher levels of
BH4 activated growth of T cells, causing tumours to shrink.
"One fascinating feature of our discovery is that a system that was actually
known in neurobiology for decades can play such a key role in T cell biology," said
study co-author Josef Penninger, the Canada 150 Research Chair in Functional
Genetics and new director of the Life Sciences Institute at UBC.
"And since it regulates not only early activation but how T cells grow, the
possibilities for medical applications are extremely varied, from controlling
autoimmune diseases, asthma and allergies to having a new way to trigger
anti-cancer immunity."
As part of the study, the researchers have developed a new drug called
QM385, which inhibits BH4 production, which they hope to soon start testing in
human patients. D
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Research results from the work of NASA's WMAP
team to map the early universe. The team includes
UBC profs Gary Hinshaw (a team leader) and Mark
Halpern. This important work won the team the
2018 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics,
which comes with a $3 million prize.
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Level of student satisfaction at UBC's
Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, based
on an Undergraduate Experience Survey.
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the number of countries they live
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campus has nearly 12,000 student
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degrees granted
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 As far as science celebrity goes, little compares with
contributing to America's moonshot - the Apollo
11 capsule that touched down on our lunar satellite
on July 20,1969. As flight surgeon for the mission,
Bill Carpentier, MD'61, garnered a level of historical
immortality few achieve in their field.
A pilot and specialist in aviation medicine,
Carpentier's resume seemed tailor-made for attending
to astronauts. But it was his swimming prowess, of all
things, that set him on the path to becoming "America's
most famous doctor."
Soon after arriving at the Manned Spacecraft Centre
in Houston, Texas, in 1965, a 28-year-old Carpentier was
settling in to finish his medical residency and become
a flight surgeon trainee for NASA. With the Gemini
program in full bloom, and NASA transitioning from
military oversight into a civilian organization, there was
no shortage of potential adventure.
One of the spots up for grabs was that of recovery
physician for the Gemini capsule. As part of the
helicopter crew responsible for snatching astronauts
from the water after splashdown, the recovery physician
would work with the Underwater Demolition Team
(UDT) to address any emergency medical needs -
even if it meant jumping into the water and treating
the crew in a churning sea. But the physician that had
been assigned to the next Gemini mission was not quite
up to the task.
"So my boss said to me, 'Weren't you a swimmer in
college?'," Carpentier recalls. As luck would have it, he
had swum competitively, and underwent scuba training
during his residency at Ohio State. "At that point in my
life I didn't think there was anybody in the world that
was a better swimmer than I was. I said I'm not just
a swimmer, I'm a damn good swimmer. He said 'Would
you be willing to jump out a helicopter and give medical
treatment if needed?' And I said you bet! What could be
a better job than that? Yeah, let's go!
"And that's what it was like at NASA in those days.
There were jobs to do, there was something to learn.
They'd ask, 'Can you do this job?' And if you said yes,
then you just did it, and you better do it well."
How a kid from a
Vancouver Island
logging town became
ffignt surgeon for
Apollo 11.
Carpentier was always up for a new adventure. Born in Edmonton, he moved to Vancouver Island in 1945 when
his father returned from World War II after five years with the Canadian Army. Facing sparse prospects in Alberta,
he resettled the family in Lake Cowichan to work the sawmills and be closer to his brothers.
Despite the smallville atmosphere of a logging town, Carpentier nurtured a deep curiosity about the outside
world - particularly the idea of becoming a pilot - more than once considering a career in the military. While studying
engineering and physics at nearby UVic, he spent his summers working for the Canadian Pacific Steamship Company,
moving from job to job with each new opportunity - mess boy, freight loader, waiter, assistant purser. "I worked for
them many summers," he recalls, "because I like going to sea, I like being on the ocean. It was a great job - anything
that they had open, I applied for."
Although most of his income went to college expenses, he saved enough for flight training, earning his private
pilot's license by taking one-hour lessons in the small window of light left after working a 12-hour shift each day.
His interests eventually turned to medicine, earning him a spot at UBC's medical school. In his fourth year he met
Wilma Sloan, a nurse trainee who was also studying at UBC, and by the following summer they were married and off
to Ohio State, where Carpentier took up a two-year residency program in aviation medicine.
A researcher at heart, he seemed destined for academia, planning to earn his PhD at McGill University in Montreal.
But only months before leaving Ohio, with Wilma already jusqu'au cou in French lessons, he received a call with the
question of a lifetime. NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center was instituting a third-year training program in aerospace
medicine, and would he like to apply.
after he w
snaq. 1 he
was assigned as recovery physician tor the Caemini capsule,
he US Navy insisted he learn to conduct rescue jumps, and
found himself staring into the Gulf of Mexico from a Coast
"I said, Would I like to apply?" he recalls. "My god,
would I like to apply? I would really, really, really - four
hundred times really - want to come down, but I'm on an
exchange visitor visa. I don't have a green card."
But four little words on the other end of the phone
changed Carpentier's life: "We can fix that."
After six months of investigation by the RCMP, the
US State Department, and the FBI, he had his security
clearance in one hand and his green card in the other.
In January 1965, Bill and Wilma hopped in their little car,
and off they went to Texas.
The timing couldn't be better. NASA, only seven years
old, was wrapping up the Mercury program that sent the
first Americans into space, and with the Apollo missions
only four years away, the Moon was as incredibly near
as itwas incredibly far.
But shortly after he was assigned as recovery
physician for the Gemini capsule, he hit another snag.
The US Navy insisted he learn to conduct rescue jumps,
and within days he found himself staring into the Gulf
of Mexico from a Coast Guard helicopter.
Carpentier had been told by outgoing flight surgeons
that the UDT teams -the predecessors to the Navy Seals
- could jump out of a helicopter at 40 knots from 40 feet
in the air, and he wanted to prove he was up to the task.
The pilot refused, deeming it too risky, but Carpentier
insisted. There would be no rescue buddy in the water
with him. No life preserver, no scuba gear, nothing but
a wetsuit jacket for flotation. He knew that if he had to
 the world famous physician
go into the water for a Gemini splashdown, he had to be unencumbered to aid the astronauts, and
then squeeze himself into a horse collar to be hauled back up to the helicopter. He didn't want an
actual rescue mission to be his first time.
The pilot conceded to starting slowly and working their way up: 10 feet high at 5 knots. 15 feet
at 10 knots. 20 feet at 15 knots. "At 25 feet I was hitting pretty hard," he remembers. "So I said,
'Look, we're gonna be here all day long, let's just do it. Go at 40 feet and go 30-40 knots and I can
say I did it.' So we did it. I jumped out and I hit with a pretty big bang. But I was fine, I lived through
it, and they hauled me back up."
When Carpentier later met the UDT team on the aircraft carrier, the senior officer looked down
at him and asked, "Have you ever jumped out of a helicopter before?" Carpentier told him he
jumped 40 feet going almost 40 knots. The officer looked at him like he was crazy. "You did what!?"
Carpentier had been misinformed. None of the military swimmers had ever made a jump that
dangerous. Rescue helicopters usually hover in place at under 20 feet.
But now fully trained for recovery missions, he could settle into his primary role of studying
the effects of space travel on human physiology, particularly the little-understood issue of
weightlessness. The longest flight so far was Gordon Cooper's 34-hour orbit, but future missions
would call for days in space, and the moonshot would
take two weeks.
Splitting his time between the lab and the sea,
Carpentier alternated between charting the effects of
weightlessness on linear graphs and practicing recovery
operations on an aircraft carrier, where he trained with
After splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, the Apollo 77
astronauts wait in the life raft as a pararescue man closes*
and secures the capsule hatch. The crew was then air
1 lifted to the prime recovery ship, the USS Hornet, where
.they were housed in a Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF).;
Image credit: NASA (Milt Putnam)
"Lunardu§t isveryfine, almost like talcum powder.
It has a distinctive smell - sort of a combination
of gunpowder ana ashe§. There was a small
cloud of dust on both suits, whiph I got in my
nose and my eyes. It was very irritating."
the UDT personnel for every imaginable scenario, from
hooking up an IV to administering CPR - all on a pliable
raft in a six-foot ocean swell.
"I thought to myself, Are they going to be able to make
it?" he recalls. "What am I going to do if they are in serious
trouble? How am I going to handle myself? What is the
worst scenario that I can think of, and what am I going to
do about it? When you're that age and in that kind of job,
your main concern in life is don't screw up. That was my
main concern from the time I got up in the morning till the
time I went to bed at night. Don't screw up."
Lucky for all, he never had to put the training into
practice; his Gemini assignments all brought back
healthy astronauts. As Gemini wound down, he was
assigned to pre-flight medical care for the Apollo
missions, travelling around the country to monitor the
crew as they prepared for the trip of their lives.
Somewhere in the haze, Bill and Wilma managed
to have children, both boys, born in 1965 and 1968.
Wilma went all-in on her education, earning her
undergraduate and master's degrees, and her PhD, during
their stay in Texas. It's hard to imagine, even in retrospect,
that between the travel, the training, the work, the classes,
the marriage, and the diapers, somewhere you had to fit
a moon landing into your schedule.
"Zero dark thirty" is what soldiers call it when your
alarm goes off and there's not a sliver of light in the sky.
On July 24,1969, - three days after the first human
stepped onto the surface of the Moon - Carpentier
greeted the wee hours aboard the aircraft carrier
USS Hornet, ready to fish Armstrong, Collins, and
Aldrin from the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The lunar
command module splashed down before dawn, and
by the time the Sun filled the morning sky, the doctor
and his patients exited the retrieval helicopter in full
biological isolation suits on their way to over two weeks
of seclusion, starting in NASA's Mobile Quarantine
Facility (MQF), a converted Airstream trailer.
So as not to accidentally infect the astronauts with
any fresh bugs, Carpentier had already spent a week in
the MQF with project engineer John Hirasaki, who was
responsible for testing the equipment and samples in
the spacecraft that had been hauled aboard the ship and
attached to the MQF. Carpentier remembers the daily
routine as surprisingly businesslike considering what had
just been accomplished. Hirasaki packaged the lunar
samples and cooked the meals. Carpentier conducted
daily exams of the crew and served as bartender.
arpentier and project engineer
John Hirasaki inside the MQF.
Image credit: NASA
After caring for the crew, Carpentier's most pressing duty was to swab the inside of the capsule
to test for biological contaminants. It was believed the possibility of contagion was remote, but
NASA's Committee on Back Contamination had established the Extra-Terrestrial Exposure Law
to keep Earth safe from potential outer-space pathogens.
There were none - another lucky break for Carpentier, who accidentally inhaled a lungful of
moon dust. "As soon as I opened up the suit bag, I got lunar dust on me," he remembers. "Lunar
dust is very fine, almost like talcum powder. It has a distinctive smell - sort of a combination of
gunpowder and ashes. There was a small cloud of dust on both suits, which I got in my nose and
my eyes. It was very irritating."
After two more days aboard the Hornet, the MQF was flown back to Houston, occupants and
all, where they were moved to a larger facility and joined by technicians and support personnel
who had sealed themselves in the previous week. The crew had a television, a ping-pong game,
a pool table, exercise equipment, and books to pass the time, but their days were dominated by
mission debriefings, report writing, medical exams, blood tests, and constant monitoring.
They did not particularly enjoy the confinement, and after eight days in a space capsule, the
desire to hold their families and breathe fresh air was understandable. Not even a week into their
quarantine, they were asked by the press through a glass wall how they were enjoying their time
in the receiving laboratory. Armstrong mustered a sportsmanlike response: "About as well as you
can expect." Collins said "I want out."
But it was the calm between two storms. They had just accomplished one of the most
significant feats in human history, and the world was not going to let that go without a party.
On August 10 the quarantine was lifted, and the astronauts soon embarked on an international
"Giant Leap" tour. Carpentier, suddenly a global celebrity, was deemed "famous enough" to join
them, and on Air Force One manifests was listed as "WFP" (World Famous Physician).
"That's hard to imagine," says Carpentier, "a kid growing up in the middle of Vancouver Island
in a logging camp, flying on the president's airplane with the first guys that walked on the Moon.
Going to major cities around the world, going to state dinners and meeting presidents, prime
ministers, the King of Siam, an audience with the Pope. Incredible. Holy crap. That was something
I was not trained for."
It was also the first significant social time Carpentier spent with the astronauts. Normally
absorbed in the stressful and risky business of their missions, now they were celebrities on tour,
allowing Carpentier to see them in a new light - particularly Armstrong, whom he had always
regarded as an older brother figure. "In Spain, he made remarks in Spanish," Carpentier would
later say at Armstrong's memorial service. "We didn't know he spoke Spanish. In France, he made
remarks in French. No matter where we were, he always had something important to say about
that country's history. He was undoubtedly the best-read person I ever met."
After a whirlwind 38-day tour, however, Carpentier
was soon back at work. By this time, Apollo 12 had
already gone to the Moon and back, and Apollo 13 was
gearing up for a spring launch. Carpentier would resume
his regular duties with the Apollo 14 crew, but not
before having a front-row seat for one of NASA's most
memorable sound bites: "Houston, we have a problem."
When the Apollo 13 command craft was crippled
in an explosion in April 1970, the crew limped home in
their lunar module, which could only supply half of the
oxygen the astronauts would need for the four-day trip.
Carpentier and the medical team scrambled to calculate
the buildup of carbon dioxide while engineers devised
a stop-gap solution to stretch the breathing supply
until they reentered the atmosphere, a tense period
millions of others would eventually share watching the
film Apollo 13.
 the world famous physician
"It was just like itwas in the movie," Carpentier
later told the Canadian Space Agency, "that long
silence, the blackout period that went on longer than
on other flights. Maybe they haven't made it. Maybe
we're never going to hear from them again. You think
all of those things. Then, when they did, the place
just erupted."
In one sense, Carpentier's time at NASA ended
afterthe Apollo program. He had accomplished in the
department's most historic decade more than most
people do in a lifetime. More interested in studying
medicine than becoming management, he left
NASA for a residency at Baylor University, then spent
the next 30 years working in nuclear medicine at
Scott and White, a private company in Temple, Texas.
Apollo 73 astronauts
Fred Haise, John Swigerh
and James Lovell aboard
the recovery ship USS two
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down in the Pacific Ocean
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In another sense, this was
just his first chapter. More than
a flight surgeon, Carpentier was
a powerful voice for the health of
the astronauts, recording enormous
amounts of physiological data to
make future missions safer. He
continued working as a part-time
consultant for NASA, administering
radiopharmaceuticals to crew
members and collecting data on future programs such as Skylab and
the space shuttle.
While he will be remembered for his contributions as a doctor, it's
his data that will endure. Nearly five decades after he began collecting
detailed physiological information from the astronauts, he is still
compiling the records into a book.
"It sort of tells a story, but it's exploring the data and my feelings of
what can be learned and where do we go. My whole purpose is to be able
to document everything that went on during the Mercury, Gemini, and
Apollo programs and do an integrated analysis. It's valuable information
that is never going to be repeated. I'm done with Mercury, I've almost
finished Gemini, I've got most of the data for Apollo, and I'm just
gonna keep going, documenting everything from flight to flight to flight,
as long as I'm able and as long as NASA will let me."
"All I got to do is live six more years to finish my projects and I'll be
a really happy guy," he laughs. Although still in Texas, he summers
at his cabin on Pender Island, and at 83, goes to CrossFit three days
a week. As far as his legacy goes, he's more concerned with the
data than his own name.
"Talking about this over the years, I guess what strikes me most is how
bloody lucky I was to live through the golden age of space flight. Five
hundred years from now, a thousand years from now, people will look
back at the century and say 'What did those guys do back then, flying to
the Moon for the first time?' It's going to be one of those things that the
20th century will be remembered for." D
iBLUE Change their world so they can change ours
 The boy lived on Earth. The boy was me.
I grew up as an only child in Chatham, Ontario,
a smallish city in farming country. We were a fairly poor
but strongly loving family who lived on the edge of town,
in a neighbourhood that was - as they say - on the wrong
side of the tracks. In fact, we did live close to the railway
tracks. In one sense, we actually lived on the right side of
the tracks. Because on the other side of the tracks was
the smokestack of Darling's, a rendering plant. That's
a "factory" where they turned inedible animal parts into
ingredients that went into stuff like soap, toothpaste,
crayons, glue and shoe polish. The stuff that came out
of a rendering plant's smokestack did not smell good, so
being on the other side of the railway tracks from one
could be considered the right side of those tracks.
My first memories of my fascination with the stars
start at the age of two. But I have no inspiring stories
of how I fell in love with the sky. My mother June didn't
take me out one warm summer night to share with me
the Perseid meteor shower. My father Jim didn't read to
me from The Big Book of Space, or anything like that. All
I know is that I wanted to be who and what I am today
before I could even understand what it meant to be who
and what I am today.
I went straight from the Terrible Twos to the Theoretical
Threes to the Feynman Physics Fours. My parents had
no idea about the sciences and technologies that were
my passions almost as soon as I left the womb. My dad
worked at the assembly line of the International Harvester
truck plant for 40 years. My mom worked at home, and
during some summers at the local Libby's vegetable
canning plant and at the Post Office during the Christmas
rushes. Neither of them had gone beyond elementary
school. But while they might have been puzzled that their
son wanted to become an astrophysicist, they supported
me in every way they could. When I grew into who and
what I am today, itwas because of them.
When I was seven years old, they bought me a telescope.
A Tasco brand refractor - the cheapest model available
- that they bought at Zellers. It may have been cheap, on
a wobbly mount, with optics whose quality was more G.I. Joe
than Galileo, but it was my first window onto the Universe.
I would take my telescope almost every night to the
darkest place in our neighbourhood. The darkest place in
our neighbourhood was the cemetery. Did I mention we
also lived near the cemetery? 17 Wilkinson Street was a real
estate agent's dream! Location, location, location! Close to
the railroad tracks! A rendering plant nearby! Convenient
cemetery! All that was missing to make our house a perfect
timeshare opportunity was a minimum-security prison and
a sewage treatment facility.
My parents allowed me to go to the cemetery late at night
with my telescope. It was a smaller town, a different era, and
my parents trusted me on my own even at the age of seven.
Occasionally, while I was observing in the cemetery, an
Ontario Provincial Police cruiser would patrol the graveyard.
As the officers' flashlight scanned the tombstones, they
would sometimes see a strange silhouette. Moving
cautiously to the scene, they would find a seven-year-old boy
and his Tasco telescope at two in the morning. They would
ask "What's your home address, little boy?" I would dutifully
respond "17 Wilkinson Street." The officers would escort
me home, bang on the front door of our house, and one
of my parents would get up from bed to tell the perplexed
police that I had permission to be in the cemetery at that
time of night.
By the time I was 13 years old, I was a full-blown junior
egghead. An uber-astro-geek. My best friend Kevin and
I were already chasing our dreams. He wanted to be a pilot
and I wanted to be an astrophysicist. Kevin is now an Air
Canada Jazz pilot, jockeying Dash 8 aircraft, and I am now an
astrophysics professor. Sometimes the magic works.
While I was still a junior scientist wannabe in Chatham,
officials with NASA and the US State Department in
Washington, DC, were devising a plan to commemorate the last Apollo mission to the Moon.
They invited all the countries in the United Nations to send a youth representative - between
the ages of 17 and 21 -to take part in what became known as the International Youth Science
Tour. The young space ambassadors would have front-row seats at the launch of Apollo 17 in
Florida, front-row seats at Mission Control in Houston during the last moon walk and would
watch the splashdown of the astronauts' command module on a television screen in the United
Nations building.
Eighty countries accepted the invitation, including Canada. To choose Canada's space
ambassador, the government held a contest for anyone between the ages of 17 and 21 to write
an essay about the importance of space exploration to humanity. I entered the competition.
I was only 13 years old. I lied about my age. I won.
By the time anyone in the Canadian government or in NASA knew how old I was (or more
to the point, how young I was), it was too late to do anything about it. So, in December 1972,
a now-14-year-old Canadian boy was off to Washington
to join 79 older teenagers and young adults for the start
of a 10-day adventure paralleling the eight-day adventure
of the Apollo 17 astronauts. From the US capitol,
a chartered 707 jet took us to our next stop: the Kennedy
Space Center in Florida to watch the launch. We stayed
in an Orlando hotel. I was in the room next to Neil
Armstrong and his family, and we hung out at the pool
together. How many kids (other than Neil's) can boast
that they played "Marco! Polo!" with the first human to
leave bootprints on the Moon?
We watched the launch from the VIP grandstands,
about 5 km from Launch Pad 37-B. That put us on the
 the boy who touched the moon
In this Apollo 77 onboard photo,
Lunar Module pilot Harrison
H. Schmitt collects rock samples
from a huge boulder near the Valley
of Tourus-Littrow on the lunar
surface. Image credit: NASA
display at the National Museum. At the Rideau Hall ceremony, with an RCMP
honour guard, I gave away my moon rock. And in exchange, the Government of
Canada gave me an autographed hardbound copy of the National Museum book
The Birds of Canada.
Decades later, I was hosting Apollo 17 commander Gene Cernan in Vancouver
on a tour to promote his book The Last Man on the Moon. I told him the story and
got him to sign the book they gave me. He wrote "Jaymie. I can't believe you gave
away a moon rock for Canadian birds!"
The rock was put on public display in Ottawa, and every few months I would
call the museum staff to check on it. In 1975,1 was informed that the rock had
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eggheadT An
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blown junior,
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edge of what NASA calls the PLAFS (Post-Launch
Advanced Fallback Zone). Translation into non-
N ASAese: Rocket scientists had calculated that, if the
rocket exploded, pieces would fly no farther than 5 km
before hitting the ground. So they put the control centre,
the media, and the VIPs a little more than 5 km from
the launch pad.
The launch of Apollo 17 was the first and only launch
of a Saturn V rocket at night. Later in life, I was fortunate
enough to witness a total solar eclipse in southern
Hungary, where the Moon's shadow raced towards me
across the farmland, and confused birds settled down
for a brief false night in the middle of the day. The night
launch of Apollo 17 was no less stirring, but the opposite
experience. It was like a second sunrise at midnight,
waking the sleeping birds. Apollo roared (as seemed fit
for the namesake of the Roman god of the Sun).
In Florida, we were 5 km from the action. Once the
astronauts were on the Moon, we - and everyone on
Earth - were about 380,000 km from the action. But the
young space ambassadors eventually found ourselves
in Houston, Texas, at the Johnson Manned Spaceflight
Center. The astronauts might be nearly half a million
km away, but we had front-row seats in Apollo Mission Control, only
metres from the big screens that showed us the last men to visit the Moon
preparingto come home.
Just before the close-out, when
the astronauts would return to
their Lunar Module and leave
the lunar surface, the Apollo
17 commander, Gene Cernan,
and co-pilot, Harrison "Jack"
Schmitt (the only scientist -
a geologist - ever to visit the lunar
surface) walked in front of the
camera, nearthe US flag. Jack
was carrying a rock. Gene started
talking to us. To us! The last man
on the Moon gave us a moon
rock. It became known as the
Goodwill Rock. When on Earth,
it was cut into pieces and each of the International Youth Ambassadors
presented theirs to their respective governments.
When I was 14,1 had a moon rock. How many kids can say that?
In September 1973,1 travelled from Chatham to Ottawa to present the
rockto Governor General Roland Michener so that it could go on public
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been part of a travelling exhibit, and in Edmonton it has
been stolen. I thought to myself: "If I'd known they were
going to be so careless, I would have just kept it under
my bed in a shoebox."
For years after that, I kept checking the news for
any report that my moon rock had been recovered.
There is a genuine black market in moon rocks. The
agency responsible for recovering them is the US
Customs Service. I guess the logic is that these rocks
were imported into the United States. Imported from
the Moon. In 1998, the FBI had a sting operation where
they recovered the moon rock that had been given to
the youth space ambassador from Honduras. That
helped keep my hope alive that someday I would see my
moon rock again.
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Apollo 77 astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison "Jack" Schmitt
spoke directly to the international youth science tour from the
Moon. Noting that they had collected a very significant rock
composed of many fragments, Schmitt said, "A portion of
a rock will be sent to a representative agency or museum in
each of the countries represented by the young people in
Houston today..." Cernan said: "We salute you, promise of
the future."Image credit: NASA
I did. But in a very unexpected way.
In 2008,1 was preparing a lecture on the Moon for
an introductory astronomy course at UBC. I wanted to
share with the students my very personal connection
to the Moon, so I was searching the web for a picture
of the Goodwill Rock before it had been cut into smaller
pieces. I dug deeper and deeper, patiently trying different
combinations of words in my search engine. After one
particularly lucky keystroke, I caught my breath. My
rock had appeared on my monitor. It was being held
by a smiling man I did not recognize. In the lower right
corner of the photo was a digital date and time stamp.
The photo had been taken in the year 2000.
Using this as my first clue, persistent detective
work eventually revealed the hidden location of my
missing moon rock. A secure warehouse in the town
 Canada's portion of
the Goodwill Rock.
The inscription reads:
This flag of your nation was
carried to the Moon aboard
Spacecraft America during
the Apollo XVII mission,
December 7-19,1972.
Presented to the
people of CANADA
From the people of the
United States of America
Photo: © Michael
J. Bainbridge Photography
Matthews presented the
moon rock to Governor
General Roland Michener.
In exchange, he received
a copy of'The Birds of
Canada. Decades later,
the book was signed by
Apollo 17 commander
Gene Cernan, who wrote
"Jaymie. I can't believe you
gave away a moon rock
for Canadian birds!"
The Birds of Canada
of Aylmer, Quebec, which stores much of the official collection
of the Canada Museum of Nature in Ottawa. Nobody knew the
rock was there until museum staff stumbled upon it 25 years after it
had disappeared.
To me, it was a real-life version of the closing scene of the movie Raiders
of the Lost Ark, where a janitor pushes a big crate containing the ark in a huge
warehouse stacked to the rafters with other mysterious crates, never to be
seen again. Indiana Jaymie and the Raiders of the Lost Rock.
I contacted the curator of the Museum of Nature, Michel Picard, to explain
that he was in possession of my rock. Me: "Hello, Mr. Picard. You have my moon
rock." Him: "Of course we do, sir. Please allow me to transfer you to our gift shop."
Me: "No, wait! I'm an astrophysics professor, and an Officer of the Order
of Canada, and I was given the rock when I was 14 years old." Him: "May
I speak with your caregiver or parole officer?" Me: "I have proof I The last
man on the Moon signed my copy of The Birds of Canada." Him: "Hard to
argue with that. Are you sure you wouldn't like me to transfer you to the
museum gift shop? They have some very nice souvenir paperweights.
Maybe one of those is the rock you're looking for."
That wasn't the actual conversation, but I suspect something like
that was running through Mr. Picard's mind in the early going. Once he
knew the backstory of me and the moon rock, Mr. Picard was intrigued
and supportive.
While awaiting my personal milestone, the reunion with my moon
rock, months passed and a more public moon milestone loomed.
The 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing on 20 July 1969.
In anticipation of that milestone, I was being interviewed by phone
about the Moon and the legacy of Apollo by Vancouver Sun columnist
Pete McMartin. At one point, I mentioned in passing my personal
connection to the Moon. "Oh yeah, Pete, when I was 14,1 owned
a piece of the Moon."
I swear I could hear Pete's jaw hit his desk.
That became the lead story, on the front page of the weekend edition
of the Vancouver Sun, just before the Apollo 11 anniversary. The headline:
"The Boy Who Touched the Moon". The publicity, which spread beyond
Canada to newspapers and web sites around the world, led to a question
in many minds. Why was Canada's moon rock hidden from the eyes
of Canadians, especially during the anniversary of one of the greatest
milestones in human exploration?
The Museum of Nature was not prepared at the time to put the rock
on public display, so the Canada Science and Technology Museum in
Ottawa stepped forward and adopted the rock briefly. And I was finally
reunited with my rock in November 2009.
No one knows how the rock ended up in that warehouse, or for how
long it languished there unseen. It definitely wasn't stolen on a travelling
exhibition, as I'd been told in 1975. Since even the most senior staff today
at the Museum of Nature were not associated with the museum then,
I fear we many never know the full story of its clandestine travels. My
job - my passion - is to solve cosmic mysteries. Who'd have guessed that,
in the journey of a moon rock born billions of years ago, carried to Earth
across over 380,000 km of space as a souvenir by the last lunar tourists,
the most mysterious leg of that journey would be a detour of 12 km from
Ottawa to Aylmer, Quebec? D
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Achievement Awards, we honoured eight inspiring members
of the UBC community who, through their extraordinary
endeavours, have demonstrated this vision.
Congratulations to this Years Recipients
Kahlil Baker
MSc'12, PhD'17
Dr. Baker co-founded Taking Root,
a nonprofit organization promoting
reforestation in Nicaragua to fight both
climate change and poverty. Taking Root
discourages the practice of clearing
land to grow crops by creating economic
incentive (carbon credits and the sale
of sustainable wood products) to grow
trees, resulting in the reforestation of
thousands of acres.
Kathryn Shoemaker
MA'06, PhD'14
Through her work as a scholar, teacher,
volunteer, writer and award-winning
illustrator, Dr. Shoemaker is an influential
advocate for reading and excellence in
children's literature who is dedicated
to the development, dissemination,
and promotion of high-quality books.
She has illustrated 40 children's books
and produced an extraordinary collection
of teaching and learning materials.
Gerry Burch
Mr. Burch is a highly regarded forester
who leads by example to support his
community, his profession, and his
alma mater. Active as a student leader
in the 40s, he has maintained strong
ties to UBC Forestry-establishing
scholarships, leading fundraising
efforts, and sharing his wealth
of knowledge.
Charles Laszlo
Dr. Laszlo is a pioneer of biomedical
engineering in Canada who has
made remarkable contributions as
an educator, researcher and inventor,
including leading the creation of
UBC's own biomedical program.
Hard of hearing since his twenties,
he is an advocate for those with hearing
loss and is an entrepreneur in the
development of electronic hearing aids.
Dale Parker
UBC is a fortunate beneficiary of
Mr. Parker's vast experience in
corporate governance and finance.
His many contributions have included
leadership of the university's Investment
Management Trust, which manages
several key UBC funds valued at over
$3.5 billion, and of the UBC Foundation,
which encourages financial support.
>   In the wider community, he serves
several health-related organizations.
Nemkumar Banthia
Dr. Banthia is a world-class researcher in
the field of advanced building materials
who is dedicated to improving the lives
of people in marginalized communities
through innovative solutions to improve
infrastructure. He is the CEO and scientific
director of the India-Canada Centre for
Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships
to Accelerate Community Transformation
and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS).
James McEwen
OC, BASc'71, PhD'75, DSc'11
Known as the grandfather of BC's
biomedical engineering industry,
Dr. McEwen invented the first
microprocessor-controlled automatic
surgical tourniquet system, which
improved the precision, speed and safety
of surgery and is now the standard of care
worldwide. He established the Medical
Device Development Centre - an incubator
for many medical technology companies.
Charles E. Fipke
Dr. Fipke is an internationally respected
geologist who founded Canada's first
commercial diamond mine, establishing
the country as a major producer of
high-quality stones and creating
thousands of jobs. Among other causes
close to his heart, Dr. Fipke's philanthropy
has benefited Alzheimer's research, the
protection of wild animals, and UBC's
Okanagan campus in his hometown
of Kelowna.
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 "You sit in the capsule for an
hour and a half before launch.
I noticed how everyone was so
calm. We all had specific things
to do and we did them. They L t mUn MUiiK
weren't paying us to be afraid,"
Bjarni Tryggvason grew up with a desire to be an
astronaut, but knew it was a faint hope. Like most
young people in the 1960s, he followed the space race
with interest and was stuck to the TV screen during
the moon landing. However, he was resigned to the
idea that becoming an astronaut was likely out of reach
for a Canadian.
Always fascinated by flying, he started taking flying
lessons right out of high school and got a commercial
pilot's license with the goal of eventually becoming an
airline pilot. He enrolled at UBC as a backup plan. "You
blow one pilot medical exam, and your airline career is
done," he says. But the discipline he chose to study -
engineering physics - hooked him immediately. "I ran
into some really interesting stuff on the science side,
decided not to become an airline pilot, and stuck with
research and development."
It turned out to be a good plan. After UBC he did
post-grad work at Western University in mathematics
and fluid dynamics, which led by 1982 to a research
position at the Low Speed Aerodynamics Lab at the
National Research Council in Ottawa ("low speed"
being anything under 480 mph). He was lead researcher
investigating the wind loads for the Royal Commission
on the sinking of the Ocean Ranger oil rig in 1982. As well
as this work, he taught graduate courses in structural
dynamics and random vibrations at Carlton and the
University of Ottawa, accumulated thousands of hours
as a pilot, and was a self-described fitness nut.
Even so, his focus was still primarily on research and
development. But when the ads came out in 1983 to
join Canada's newly created space program, he jumped at the chance. After an extensive vetting
program, he was accepted as one of the first group of Canadian astronauts.
"I was already doing all the right stuff," he says, "so it wasn't a big career change for me. I was
already into flying and research and fitness, I was a flying instructor and had experience in many
kinds of aircraft. It was a natural fit for me."
Tryggvason supported Marc Garneau during his 1984 space shuttle flight, developing
procedures for onboard experiments, and was on track for subsequent missions. But in 1986,
the Challenger shuttle blew up during launch, delaying the next flights for Canadian astronauts
by five years. During that time he began working on systems to isolate space experiments from
the vibrations caused by the everyday workings of the spacecraft. He was the lead developer of
the Large Motion Isolation Mount and the Microgravity Vibration Isolation Mount (MIM). At the
same time, he trained as a backup astronaut for the 1992 space shuttle flight.
And then, in August 1997, came the chance to go to space. His job as on-board payload
specialist was to conduct tests on the second generation MIM device and perform experiments
that would highlight the effects
of spacecraft vibrations on fluid
experiments. The innovations
he developed have been used on
aircraft, the Russian space station,
the space shuttle and on the
International Space Station.
But does the job change just
because you happen to be hurtling
around the planet at unimaginable
speeds? Does your mind wander off
to dwell on the horrific possibilities
of fiery death, or do you gaze, mind
blown in religious rapture, at the
sight of the Earth floating by? Not
really, says Tryggvason. Your time
is spent concentrating on your
assignments. "You sit in the capsule for an hour and a half before launch,"
he says. "I noticed how everyone was so calm. We all had specific things
to do and we did them. They weren't paying us to be afraid. Sure, you
think about all the things that can go wrong, but when you start going
through all the prep steps, you go into that mode you've trained for and
you do your job. Anyway, if you focus on your fear you'll be petrified
during the whole mission, as you're only a second away from dying at any
time - a million things can go wrong. So fear doesn't really play a part."
And as far as the rapture portrayed in various movies is concerned, he
knows of hardly any astronauts who have had their minds blown during
a mission. "Of course, the view is like nothing else," he says, "and I felt
the awe of being so fortunate as to be the one who gets to do this. But
mind-blowing? No. We're too busy doing our jobs."
He's often asked if being in the tiny shuttle caused any claustrophobia. "The shuttle looks
cramped," he says. "It's as big as a good-sized bathroom, but you can use the whole volume,
up down and sideways. And you're in free fall, so you can manoeuvre easily."
Which brings Tryggvason to a point of clarification. "People say there's no gravity up there,
but that's just nonsense. If there was no gravity, you couldn't stay in orbit. You'd fly off into space.
The gravitational acceleration to the Earth on the space station is 9 metres per second squared,
compared to 9.8 on the ground. The Earth's gravitational field is almost as strong at that altitude
as it is on the ground. A lot of people don't understand that. Imagine if you jump off the roof of
a two storey building. For that few seconds you're in free fall. All your muscles are stress-free,
all the pressure gradients of fluids have disappeared. That's what's going on in the free fall
environment." It's the speed of the orbit that accounts for the weightless sensation of the free
fall state, not a lack of gravity. The orbital speed of the spacecraft, 7.8 km per second, produces
a 90 minute orbit around the Earth.
But how does one sleep
when hurtling around the world in
a free-fall state? "You sleep in sort
of a sleeping bag. But since you're
in free fall, you have to strap your
pillow to your head, otherwise
it would float away. You don't
actually need a pillow, but you use
it because you're used to having one.
After a couple of nights I stopped
using it because it just didn't make
sense. Also, your brain tells you to
roll over onto your side or back or
whatever. Since you're in free fall,
it doesn't matter, but your brain
tells you to do it anyway. It's an
interesting experience.
"[When sleeping], your
brain tells you to roll over
onto your side or back or
whatever. Since you're in
free fall, it doesnt matter,
but your brain tells you
to do it anyway. It's an
interesting experience."
And life after orbiting? Tryggvason and his son, an
airline pilot, both fly competitive aerobatics as well as
performing in air shows. For years after retiring from the
Canadian Space Agency, he worked at the International
Test Pilots school in London, Ontario, training pilots
to become test pilots, and he still works as a test pilot
himself. His expertise makes him a sought-after pilot
for experimental and vintage aircraft. In 2009 he flew
a replica of Alexander Graham Bell's Silver Dart to mark
the centennial of the first flight in Canada and the British
Empire. He has more than 6,500 hours as a pilot, and has
flown more than 50 aircraft types. He is also currently
working with a US-based group developing STEM
experiments that are conducted on the International
Space Station.
He completed the updated mission specialist training
between 1998 and 2000, and was scheduled to go on
another mission. But he felt his kids, both in high school
in Florida at the time (his daughter is now a veterinarian),
needed his attention to help them start on their careers
and to reacquaint them with Canada. So he left Houston
in 2001, figuring he'd spend a couple of years with family
business, then return, but he never did.
But would he go up again given the opportunity?
"Absolutely," he says. "In a flash." D
Two UBC researchers are conducting Canada's
first psychosocial space experiment to learn
how astronauts adjust to life in the cosmos.
By Madeleine de Trenqualye, BA'oj
Phyllis Johnson and
Peter Suedfeld are
investigating the
psychological effects of
long-term space flight.
Photo: Martin Dee
"All the conditions necessary for murder are met if you shut
two men in a cabin measuring 18 feet by 20 and leave them
together for two months," wrote Cosmonaut Valery Ryumin,
following a mission onboard the Salyut 6 space station.
The cosmonaut's foreboding diary entry reflected
a common fear from the early days of space travel.
NASA psychiatrists worried that long-term space flight
would be so dehumanizing, claustrophobic and stressful
that astronauts would suffer from "space madness."
While there haven't been any space murders, UBC
sociologist Phyllis Johnson and psychologist Peter Suedfeld
say it's important to know more about the psychological
effects of long-term space flight before we can hope
to reach far-away destinations like Mars. Together, the
husband-and-wife research team are conducting Canada's
first psychosocial experiment on board the International
Space Station. They want to learn how astronauts can not
only survive the high-pressure and isolating experience of
long-term space flight, but thrive in it.
"We're looking at how astronauts cope with being in
this extreme and unusual environment, where there's
potential for danger and long absences from family," says
Johnson, the principal investigator of At Home in Space.
"How important is it to feel at home on the International
Space Station? What do they do to make the station feel like
home while they are there? What do they take with them
to personalize their quarters? Which activities are the most
important in creating a feeling of home and in developing
a space culture?"
Getting a clearer picture of how astronauts acclimatize
to life in space - including the emotional, cultural and
environmental adjustments they make - can help guide
future missions.
The researchers are also interested in how astronauts
from a variety of cultures and nationalities create a unique
"space culture" that transcends their cultural differences.
Do they develop a set of shared cultural norms within the
confines of an isolated spaceship?
The participating astronauts will complete a set of
questionnaires before, during and after their journeys
to assess changes related to how they cope with stress,
how they connect to life on Earth, and how they build
relationships with each other. Johnson has also asked the
astronauts to photograph their living quarters as well as any
customs and celebrations on board the space station.
She says there are many examples of space celebrations:
crew members often mark 100 days in space with a small
ceremony, enjoy celebratory meals after completing tough
spacewalks, and celebrate Cosmonautics Day on April 12.
Does this kind of cultural camaraderie increase efficiency
and psychological well-being? And if so, how could space
culture be accommodated in future missions?
The sociology and psychology
of space travel
Space travel might seem like an unusual research topic for
a family sociologist like Johnson to venture into. But she says
it fits into a larger body of research that looks at how families
cope with long-term separation. Other sociologists in her field have studied
military families, long-distance truck drivers, domestic workers, and families
where one parent lives and works in a different part of the world - sometimes
dubbed astronaut families. It seemed intriguing to Johnson to turn the lens on
actual astronauts to study what they do to stay connected to their loved ones
and how their families support them during long-duration missions.
Meanwhile, Johnson's husband and research partner - UBC psychologist
Peter Suedfeld - brings his expertise on stress and human resilience to the
project. A Holocaust survivor, Suedfeld became interested in how humans
cope with stressful, novel, or traumatic experiences. After studying genocide
survivors, polar explorers and prisoners in solitary confinement, Suedfeld
turned his attention to space travellers.
At least one space mission has been cut
short due to psychological problems
and other missions have suffered from
interpersonal clashes among the crew.
He says that when he first raised the issue of potential psychological
problems during long-duration space flights, he was laughed at by
a senior astronaut.
"He laughed at me and he said, 'You don't understand this. These are
experienced military test pilots. Nothing fazes them. They can work together,
they can work alone. There's not going to be any friction. There's not going
to be psychological problems. They can deal with anything. They've got
the right stuff.' Well, unfortunately he's not around to know that he was
wrong and I was right, because there have been psychological problems
of various sorts."
At least one space mission has been cut short due to psychological
problems and other missions have suffered from interpersonal clashes
among the crew, says Suedfeld.
 "There have been situations in which astronauts were by the end of their stay up there so
angry with each other that... one of them said, 'I don't even want to live in the same city as this
guy for the rest of my life, never mind having any contact with him.' So it's good to know what
conditions might bring that about, and how you could make the conditions more positive."
To that end, Suedfeld has worked with NASA and the Canadian Space Agency to help
determine optimum capsule design for habitability and psychological health. And together
with Johnson, he completed a multi-year study of retired Russian cosmonauts, analyzing their
motivational profiles, coping strategies and post-experience growth, as well as how their work
impacted their family relationships.
Their overarching goal is to identify the factors that increase astronauts' psychological
well-being, rather than simply treating adverse effects, something known in the field
as salutogenesis.
The researchers say that measuring post-experience
growth will be an important part of this study, since
space agencies and space psychologists have not paid as
much attention to the beneficial long-term after-effects
of spaceflight. To do this, they will assess the effects
shortly after return and six months later.
Suedfeld says the positive effects can include
a heightened sense of purpose, comradeship, as well
as a satisfaction in achieving something that few
people have done.
"People come back and feel stronger and more
courageous - more competent to deal with other
problems," says Suedfeld. "They become more
universalistic. They think about humanity as a whole
rather than the particular country that they come from.
Some of them have expressed unhappiness that there
is so much strife on Earth when, if you go into space,
it's just this one beautiful blue marble."
At Home in Space wraps up in 2020. The project's
findings could be used to improve bonding, morale and
environmental design for communities on Earth living in
remote, confined or isolated locations, including oil rig
workers, crews on long-voyage cargo ships, researchers
in remote locations and those on long military
deployments. The researchers say the study could even
have applications for elderly residents living in group
housing who experience limits on living space, privacy,
and control over their environment.
What we learn from studies in polar and space
environments helps to predict and anticipate what
might happen under certain circumstances in these
communities, says Suedfeld. D
The researchers are interested
in how astronauts from
a variety of cultures
and nationalities create
a unique "space culture" that
transcends their cultural
differences. Do they develop
a set of shared cultural
norms within the confines of
an isolated spaceship?
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physics. Scientists call the entity responsible for this phenomenon "dark energy," but do not
know what it is. To study the properties of dark energy, astrophysicists have built a telescope
called CHIME (the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment), located in Penticton, BC
CHIME, which has been operating for the past year, has no moving parts but maps cosmic radio
signals over the sky visible from Canada every day. It will map the location of hydrogen gas, the
most common element in the cosmos, creating a three-dimensional map of the structure of the
Universe. Scientists can infer distances by measuring the sizes of these hydrogen structures,
and the expansion of the universe from the colour of the light the structures emit. By tracing the
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They banter like George and Gracie, share the
airtime, laugh a lot. UBC alumni Barbara and Ken
Hallat are telling the story of their wedding reception
at Cecil Green Park House on June 28,1968, their
50th anniversary celebration there in 2018, and
the years in between. They speak of being "lucky"
and "blessed," and they're flirting like newlyweds
"Don't print that!" Barb cries after almost everything
Ken says. "I'm under a gag order," Ken teases back.
Barbara Cartmell and Ken Hallat met on the ice
rink at Kerrisdale Arena as grade 10 students at Sir
Winston Churchill High School. For a couple of years,
they played the field, as it was called in those days
As of grade 12, they dated exclusively. "We had lots
of fun!" is how Barb explains their decision to go
steady. Along with two other girls, they carpooled
together to UBC, where Barb earned her BEd and
Ken his MBA. "Over seven years, we talked about
a lot of things," Barb says. "He was somebody
could trust and we knew each other well."
They were married at St. Helen's Anglican Church,
where the minister, Barb's uncle, had double-booked
the 6 pm time slot. They obliged the other couple,
married at 7, and then moved the party to Ceci
Green Park House. "There was no alcohol," Barb
aughs, "just tea and coffee and a punch bowl
A little band. It was exactly what I wanted."
First developed in 1912, the Cecil Green estate
features a fully revitalized old-world mansion
and glass-covered terrace surrounded by lush,
sprawling gardens and the sea. "We had access
to Cecil Green Park House for the $15 alumni fee
charged at the time," Ken reveals. Barb recalls
a wedding party made up entirely of family, and
many more extended family and close friends
among their 100 guests. The impressive venue
books just one event at a time, so they had the
place to themselves
"I always gardened with my dad," Barb reminisces,
"so we loved the gardens. It was like having it
at home."
"We loved the venue and the spectacular views
from the patios." In fact, Ken admits, "We didn't
bok anywhere else."
The same was true when it came time to celebrate
their golden wedding anniversary. "The 28th was
booked," Ken says, "and we tried to get [the other
party] to move their date, but they couldn't, so we
held it on the 27th." Seems their graciousness has
stood the test of time
The secret to their happy marriage? "Balance,"
says Ken. "Your married life, your individual life,
your career have to be in balance. Flexibility.,
there have to be two points of view. And do some
work on the relationship, but don't make it a job!"
"Marry somebody you trust and love," Barb says,
"and have fun!" There's a pause
"Luck," she adds
"Luck and timing," Ken says at the same time
They laugh
Moon rock display at Ermdale College
(University of Toronto, Mississauga)
27 September 1969. David Strangway
is pictured second from left.
. Image © University of Toronto
David Strangway was UBC's 10th president, serving from 1985-1997. He was a controversial
figure in that he had a vision for the university that stirred debate. Some would say he
transformed a middle-level, regional university into an international educational and research
powerhouse (which he did); others would say he took a perfectly good, well-loved middle-level
regional university and completely changed it (which he also did). In the process, he conducted
what was at the time the largest fundraising campaign in Canadian university history. He went
on to found Quest University in Squamish, BC, a private, non-profit liberal arts and sciences
university. He died in December 2016.
Strangway was, as well, a renowned geophysicist. He taught at the University of Colorado
until 1965, when he became an assistant prof at MIT. He joined NASA in 1970 as the chief of the
Geophysics Branch. He designed lunar experiments for the Apollo missions and was the point
person for the analysis of the samples returned to Earth.
He went on to design advanced geophysical experiments for the missions, select sites for
investigation, and train astronauts to conduct experiments. (During one of the communications
between Houston and the Apollo 17 astronauts, capsule communicator Robert Parker referred
to Strangway as "Dr. Strangelove," a whimsical reference to the 1964 Stanley Kubrick film of
the same name.) Strangway was also involved in developing electro-magnetic tools for lunar
exploration and in studyingthe early history of the Moon by examining its magnetic field. He
authored or co-authored more than 165 research papers that include results of his studies on the
lunar samples, and in 1972 was awarded the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal.
Strangway counted his years at NASA as the most exciting of his academic career. As well as
his fascination with the science, the missions by nature were intense. "There was tremendous
suspense," he told the Alumni Chronicle in 1985. "We
had to be ready to make rapid responses if something
went wrong with the mission or if somebody said, 'Look,
there's only a few minutes left, what do we do first?'
All the training, the priority setting, the team sense
that went with this, and then culminating in the actual
missions - that's what was so exciting at the time."
His office at UBC was a testament to his time at
NASA. The walls were covered with depictions of
the planets, and his bookshelves were crammed with
space-oriented books, both coffee-table worthy and
academic. I had the privilege of writing speeches and
columns for him during his presidency, and he often
talked, in an animated way, about his days at NASA.
Like many academics-turned-administrators, he missed
the exhilaration of pure research. He was, to the end,
a scientist. - Chris Petty, MFA'86 D
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 Launch Sequence
Spring 2016, Fort McMurray, AB.
Nineteen-year-old Hubert Fortier is
nearly a year out of high school and
apprenticing as a welder. He's submitted
applications to a few universities,
but he's counting on a career in the
trades. That May, 125 wildfires burn
through Alberta, 37 of them out of
control, and one takes down his home.
A week later, as family and friends are
deciding whether to rebuild or relocate,
Fortier receives an acceptance letter
from UBC. Just like that, he is on his
way to Vancouver.
Vancouver, Summer2016. Engineering
students Joren Jackson and Simon
Bambey co-found UBC Rocket - Rocket
for short - dedicated to the design,
manufacture, and launch of suborbital
rockets. When SpaceX successfully
launches Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral
Air Force Station in Florida toward the
International Space Station, Hubert
Fortier watches live along with millions.
"From then on," says Fortier, "it was
all rockets." His timing impeccable,
a Google search turns up the
newly minted club.
September2016. UBC Rocket hosts
its first info session. It's standing
room only. Applicant numbers are
overwhelming, and Rocket becomes
UBC's largest student engineering
design team. Fortier makes the cut.
His trajectory is set.
June 2017, somewhere near Truth or
Consequences, New Mexico. The
10-month-old club arrives at the
inaugural Spaceport America Cup
with their first rocket to compete
against 110 teams in the world's largest
intercollegiate rocket engineering
conference and competition. They beat
out Caltech and MIT to bring home the
trophy in their category.
September 2017-June 2018, Vancouver,
BC. Encouraged by their success, the
club refurbishes their winning rocket
and builds three more. The founders
are rewarded for their ingenuity: private
aerospace manufacturer RocketLab in
New Zealand brings Bambey on board
as a Propulsion Intern, and Jackson
UBC Rocket members with the remnants of their
winning rocket, Cypress, at the 2077 Spaceport
America Cup in New Mexico. Club founders
Simon Bambey and Joren Jackson are second
and third from left, respectively.
members finesse
their design at the 2017'
Spaceport America Cup
lands a full-time gig as Integration and Test Engineer at SpaceX. Succession planning is suddenly a thing for the
two-year-old club.
September2018. Enter Hubert Fortier and Robert Chisholm. Both original members, they are now UBC Rocket's
co-captains. The bar is high - 100 kilometres above sea level, to be exact. That altitude, called the Karman Line,
represents the boundary between Earth's atmosphere and outer space. The Base 11 Space Challenge, sponsored
by National Rocketry League in the US, is offering $1 million to the first student-led university team to cross it
before the end of 2021. The countdown is on.
We are looking for people who do not shy away from long-term challenges, are able to commit
a significant amount of time to the team, and are self-motivated to complete tasks to extremely
ambitious deadlines, reads the UBC Rocket membership application. Set aside roughly
two hours to complete the form. Most of that time will be spent learning some rocketry
basics. Of 115 new applications, the club accepted 60, bringing total membership
to 90. A conscious approach to inclusion means the team is diverse in every respect.
Members hail from engineering, business, science, and arts. Some bring no relevant
experience at all, but have proved over those two hours that they can learn, and they're willing to work.
By January, they'll have tested their first liquid-fuel engine, and in June will demo-launch a liquid-fuel rocket
in Spaceport America Cup's 3oK-ft challenge. The composites subteam, led by Lauren Lee, will use advanced
techniques and materials to form the fin cans - the central structure that connects the fins and motor to the body
of the rocket - as a single unit, a feat never before achieved by a student team. Both assays are prep for Base 11,
the million-dollar challenge beginning in May of 2020. And if by chance they win that prize, Rocket will create two
endowment funds at UBC of USD$50oKeach: one to sustain the club, and the other to support Geering Up, UBC's
STEM subject camps, clubs, and workshops for school-aged kids in BC.
Rocket's motto is a question: "What could go wrong?" Answer: A lot. So they'll commit an average of
10-15 hours per week through the year, and 20-30 in the weeks leading up to competitions. They'll design, build,
test, and rebuild. They'll manage projects and people, promote the club, engage with sponsors, advocate to
Ottawa, and fundraise. They'll reach out to school kids in both BC and Alberta (primarily online), and build
awareness, interest, and expertise in STEM subjects through Frequent Flyers, a new project in which participants
of all ages design, build, and launch their own rockets and payloads. "I don't sleep much," Fortier laughs. By the
time they graduate, they'll have enough real-world cred to launch stellar careers in any field they choose,
including rocketry.
Unless, of course, they want to work in North America.
Final Frontier
Once among the world's leaders in rocket engineerin;
Canada no longer has a rocket program of its own.
Meanwhile, the United States' International Traffic
in Arms Regulations (ITAR) restrict the export
of defense and military-related technologies for
national security reasons. Translation: Canadian
rocketeers can't find jobs on the home front, and
they can't work for American rocketry companies,
either. (In Joren Jackson's case, his Point Roberts
address was the loophole that meant he could
accept SpaceX's job offer.)
In fact, if Canadian rocketry activist Adam
Trumpour hadn't made a mission of it, the
Base 11 Space Challenge would be off limits,
too. A concept designer at Pratt & Whitney
Canada and co-founder of Continuum
Aerospace in Toronto, Trumpour is also one
of Canadian rocketry's loudest voices. At the
2017 Canadian Small Satellite (SmallSat)
Symposium in Toronto, he invited UBC
Rocket up to share the floor, and their
combined passion raised enough money
from the audience that day to create
a Canadian rocketry competition, the
first ever. Trumpour has a home lab,
self-financed, that functions as the
mobile service hangar for a home-bui
liquid-fuelled rocket engine. His
point: that the political, legal, and
financial constraints around Canadian
space-ex are rocket fuel for the
do-it-yourself crowd.
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ie U8C Rocket membership is diverse, but the
immon denominator is a willingness to work and learn.
It's a growing crowd. There are 22 university rocketry clubs across the country, members of a nascent
Canadian Rocketry Consortium (CRC) that is calling on Ottawa for reduced regulations, more launch sites,
and greater public exposure. The CRC submitted a few grant applications to the Canadian Space Agency
last year, and though they weren't funded, they did put the student
rocketeers on the radar.
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and climate patterns, ATMs, GPS and smartphone maps, ground and air
traffic control, industrial farming, and big-data management all depend on
satellites. Space science is seminal to the development of autonomous cars,
smart cities, robotics,
and Al. Private firms
are working on reusable
rockets, 30-minute-max
travel anywhere on Earth,
and colonizing Mars.
UBC students are building SkyPilot to
compete in the 30k foot category at the
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The global space market is currently valued at over
USD $380 billion and it is predicted to grow to the
multi-trillions. A country without an independent
ability to launch satellites risks its sovereignty.
Canada's Maritime Launch Services (MLS),
founded in Canso, Nova Scotia, in 2016, is so
far this country's only commercial spaceport.
First launches are planned for 2020. It's a start,
although for students clubs like Rocket that
are already operating like companies, it hardly
constitutes a job market. "I hate politics,"
Fortier says, "but I see it as part of my duty to
make rocketry happen here. This is something
I want to change."
Help UBC Rocket
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Rocketry is expensive.
Preparation for the Base 11 Space
Challenge alone will cost UBC
'ocket close to $80,000. "We're
out an eighth of the way there,"
b co-captain Hubert Fortier
aughs. Want to help UBC rocketeers
each space? Here's a list of tools and
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Space has always been the meeting place of
fantasy and reality, the setting for everything
from scientific research and starry romance
to military strategy and geopolitical
rivalry. Now, space exploration looms as
a necessity for human survival. While
growing legions of committed Earthlings
strive to remediate land and oceans,
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• CNC machines & tooling -for machining
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• filament winder -for composite
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many - including Fortier - already envision humanity as an
interplanetary species. "Most of my friends think I'm crazy,"
Fortier laughs, "but one extinction event could wipe us out
here." He knows better than most that, although there's no
place like home, sometimes you have to leave. Q
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Welcomed the first students in our new
School of Biomedical Engineering.
Discussed ways of addressing climate change
with University of California President Janet
Napolitano. UBC is enthusiastic about
contributing to this global challenge
through collaboration
Gave talk to first year students that
focused on Bertha Mlson and Ruth
Bader fynsburg, two women who
profoundly changed the world
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Welcomed world-renowned health economist
t>r. Peter Berman from Harvard as new director
of UBC's School of Population and Public Health.
Met with President Qonokami from the
University of Tokyo. UBC and U Tokyo exchange
outstanding students, collaborate at the
highest level in transformational research,
and work to build bridges between our nations.
Heard New York Times best
selling author T>r. Michio
Kaku speaking to a sold out
Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts, as part
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 There is something about space that brings out the giddy enthusiast in even the most fc
serious academic.
That thought occurs while sitting in the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre with Dr. Aaron Boley,
Canada Research Chair in Planetary Astronomy and co-founder of the new UBC Outer Space
Institute. Boley is equal parts earnest and excitable; he's a space geek who skipped over the Star
Trek fantasy conventions in favour of completing a PhD in Astrophysics (University of Indiana,
2007) and two post-doctoral fellowships, one at the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the
University of Zurich and the second astheSagan Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Florida.
His has been a serious path.
Yet, in talking about creating an interdisciplinary space institute at UBC, everything Boley says
sounds like the breathless plotlineof a Hollywood movie, from space mining adventures a la Avatar .
If Boley gets his way - which is to say, if the UBC Outer Space
Institute achieves its potential - the good guys will always get there
first, anticipating problems, "mediating disagreements and establishing
a rule's-based regime that allows humankinaro apply in space the lessons
learned from every colonial calamity that has ever occurred on Earth.
to orbital catastrophes such as Gravity. Except in Boley's version, there is always a happy ending
-not just one where the good guys win, but an even cheerier narrative in which the plot-driving
conflicts never even happen. If Boley gets his way - which is to say, if the UBC Outer Space Institute
Per the earlier Hollywood references, the first two
research themes are space mining and space debris,
which cover both the most promising opportunity and
the most immediate threat.
Threat first: since the Russians orbited Sputnik I in
1957, humans have launched more than 5,000 satellites
into space. These objects stayed; wavered; wandered
off into a higher "graveyard orbit"; re-entered Earth's
atmosphere and burned up; or broke up and scattered,
creating a near-Earth-orbit debris field that now
contains 20,000 pieces of space junkthat are large
enough to track, roughly 10 centimetres in diameter and
up. But there are more than 500,000 pieces if you count /
everything bigger than one centimetre. And, as Boley
explains, those little pieces do count. Bigger pieces will
do more damage, but a piece of space junk that's big
enough to track is also obvious enough to avoid; the
US military issues an average of 21 warnings a day of
potential debris collisions, so satellite owners can adjust
their track. But the little pieces are much more plentiful,
and coming at you at 58,000 kilometres an hour, even
a one-centimetre chunk can tear a dangerous, perhaps
catastrophic, hole in a piece of space infrastructure.
satellites into 2,000 pieces, golf ball size or larger.
The danger here is that debris begets more debris
as pieces smash about, breaking up other satellites.
Thisthreatens a cascade of damage that could cripple
our ability to operate in the critical near-Earth orbit,
where thousands of satellites now provide a huge range
of services, including: weather forecasting, global
positioning systems, aircraft and ship communications,
financial services, agriculture, forestry, fishery and
climate change science and research, search and rescue,
and disaster relief. If a near-Earth orbit debris field really
got out of control, it could compromise our ability to send
anything into space, creating a kill zone that would keep
us locked on our own planet -or forcing us to completely
redesign every space.vehicle and satellite.
The second issue, space mining, is similarly
1 critical and, in some regards, carries similar risks.
Extra-planetary resource development is no longer
a distant theoretical possibility. Even today, the
Japanese space agency (JAXA) is stalkingthe asteroid
Ryugu with a craft called Hyabusa2, looking for a safe
place to set down so it can dig into the asteroid and
' bring samples back home.
Competitiveness Act in 2015, making it legal to "own" anything that you bring back from space,
even if the Outer Space Act prohibits you from claiming ownership of the body from which you
harvested the bounty.
This becomes increasingly complicated. If you mine a small asteroid, for water or precious
metals, you could consume it or destroy it. Given their relatively small size, asteroids have a limited
gravitational pull, so if you start scraping about, it would be difficult to contain the dust and rocks
If a near-Earth orbit debris field really got out of control, it could
compromise our ability to send anything into space, creating a kill
zone that would keep us locked on our own planet - or forcing us to
completely redesign every space vehicle and satellite.
that might drift off into space - again creating a potentially dangerous debris field. As Earthlings
begin to grapple seriously with these issues, Boley also wonders whether we should bethinking
of preserving some asteroids for scientific or even aesthetic purposes. As the solar system's last
supply of unprocessed inorganic and organic materials, asteroids may hold invaluable secrets
to such things as the origin of planets, he says. Some may also prove to be inherently precious or
beautiful. And space tourism is also a promising area; we don't want to wreck the seven wonders
of the near-Earth world before people have a chance to enjoy them and learn from them.
It's for these and many other reasons that Boley has become a policy guy, adding the creation
of an Outer Space Institute to his astrophysical research to-do list. "I'm a scientist, but the policy
questions just leap out," he says.
achieves its potential - the good guys will always get there first, anticipating problems, mediating
disagreements and establishing a rules-based regime that allows humankind to apply in space
the lessons learned from every colonial calamity that has ever occurred on Earth.
If that sounds naive- even hopelessly optimistic-you'd best not say so to Boley's Outer
Space Institute co-founder, Dr. Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and
International Law. Byers doesn't just think Boley is right; he has evidence and argument on
his side. Despite the messy state of planetary politics - our failure to deal collectively with
global issues like climate change or species extinction - Byers says: "Countries collaborate in
cold, dark, dangerous places." He learned as much working in the Arctic on everything from
international agreements on resource development to search-and-rescue protocols. In remote,
unforgiving locations, Byers says, "We become more aware of our common humanity."
Still, it's best not to leave these things to chance. So, Byers and Boley have gathered scientists
and social scientists in almost every imaginable discipline to join an Outer Space Institute. From
UBC, there are physicists and astronomers, political scientists and lawyers, medical doctors and
sociologists. Outside experts include people such as Paul Meyer from Simon Fraser University,
a former Canadian ambassador for disarmament; David Kendall, the retired former chair of the
United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space; and Tanya Harrison, director
of Research at the Arizona State University NewSpace initiative. There's even private-sector
participation, such as with Brian Israel, a former US State Department legal advisor who is now
with Planetary Resources, Inc.
In  remote,  unforgiving  locations,  Byers
'says, "We become more aware of our
common humanity."
We've known about this for a longtime. The US
conducted the high-altitude Starfish Prime nuclear
test in 1962 and the resulting detritus knocked out as
many as 10 early-generation satellites. It was partly on
that basis that the US, Russia and the UK signed the
first Outer Space Treaty in 1967, promising no weapons
of mass destruction in space and prohibiting any
nation from claiming sovereignty over a celestial body.
If anyone needed a reminder of the danger of banging
around in the heavens, China conducted what Boley
describes as a "very successful" anti-satellite missile
test in 2007, creating more space debris than any .
previous event in history. In accurately deploying a "kill
vehicle, the Chinese blew one of their own weather
.Can humankind cooperate to ensure safety and sustainable development in space?
Two optimistic Canada Research Chairs have founded an institute to lead the way.
! By Richard Littlemore
The promise here is enormous, especially for space
exploration and development. Asteroids are a likely
source for water, fuel and other resources that could be
crucial to support extra-planetary missions; it would
be much easier to harvest those materials in space
than to try to blast them in sufficient quantity off the    ,
gravitationally stubborn planet Earth. Commercial
enterprises are also working to take advantage of these
new opportunities. For example, the American company
Planetary Resources, Inc. has attracted investment
from the likes of Google executives Larry Page and
Eric Schmidt, Ross Perot, Jr., and (perversely, given
the dour image of miningthat he offered in Avatar),
Hollywood producer and director, James Cameron.
The US also passed a Commercial Space Launch
And Byers says Boley is "an invaluable collaborator," adding, "I can't work on law and policy
without some understanding of the astrophysics."
UBC, they argue, is also the natural place for an institute of this type. Canada is one of the
world's most important space powers, on the strength of extra-terrestrial expertise that can
be traced directly to UBC talent, including John MacDonald and Vern Dettwiler, who founded
MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates, the company that is famous, among other things,
for building the RadarSat satellites and the Canadarm.
Byers and Boley also return to their optimistic view that the world is ready to cooperate in
space if only someone shows leadership. "It's just a question of how we get nations to play well
together," Boley says, adding that, "Really, it's already working. Even at the height of the Crimean
conflict in 2014, Americans continued to fly back and forth to the International Space Station
aboard Russian Soyuz rockets."
Space, it seems, is not just the final frontier: the infinite place may also the place of
infinite possibility. D
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Super Seo Siblings
By her own admission, high school
home economics teacher Martina Seo,
BHE'oo, BEd'og, MET'17, is not among the
world's foremost athletes. So, when her
brother, Phil Seo, BCom'03, invited her to
join him in applying for a spot on CTV's
hit show The Amazing Race Canada, her
expectations were low. "Whatever,
it's just an audition tape," she recalls
thinking at the time, "we won't get on."
It's true that Phil, a long-time fan
of the series, had previously applied
several times without success. But
the show has a seasonal theme and
this year's - celebrating everyday
Canadian heroes who have given back
to their communities - seemed like
a perfect fit for the Seos. Between
them, Phil and Martina have recorded
over 10,000 hours of volunteering
around the world, including banking
manager Phil's participation in the UBC
Sauder School of Business' Executive
Mentorship program.
The show's producers evidently
agreed, selecting the pair from among
thousands of applicants. This gave rise to
Martina's first Amazing Race challenge:
"I had never watched the show," she
admits, and was more than a little
daunted after studying all five previous
seasons. "I was so scared. I didn't want
to get eliminated on the first episode!"
Photo: CTV Media
Ray Grigg, BA'61, DLitt'02, has
Tjs released his tenth
publication, The EcoTrilogy, a selection from his more
than 750 environmental columns over the past 16 years.
Covering a breadth of topics - mostly philosophical in
Ecologos, mostly psychological in Ecopathy, and mostly
biophysical in Ecocide - the 64 chapters per book are
informative and carefully footnoted for additional
reading, but the collective effect is to underscore the
complexity of our environmental challenge. In this
regard, The EcoTrilogy is a realistic assessment of our
situation, neither hopefully optimistic nor ominously
pessimistic. The message in the books is implicitly clear:
that we are racing against time with very little margin
for error. The EcoTrilogy is available from the author at or at bookstores in Campbell River, the Comox Valley, and Quadra Island,
where he lives on a lovely ten-acre property with Joyce Baker, BMus'69.      Penny Douglass,
BSc'68, reports that a group of class- and room-mates from the Rehab Medicine class of 1968
recently gathered to share the 50th anniversary of their graduation. Image (top right): L-R
Lyndsay (Thomson) Fukushima, Penny (Rofe) Douglass, Joanne Stan, Dorothy (Shives) Genge,
Donna (Bishop) Prelypchan, Janey (Brasell) Cole-Morgan.      In 2017, Ron Smith's, BA'69, DLitt'02,
latest book, The Defiant Mind: Living Inside a Stroke (Ronsdale Press), was long-listed for the BC
Book Awards' George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature and won the IPPY gold
medal in autobiography and memoir from USA's Independent Publisher. The Defiant Mind,
originally published in 2016, offers a first-person account of Smith's journey through a debilitating
stroke. With acuity and humour, Smith chronicles his process of recuperation - the challenges
of communication, the barriers to treatment, the frustrations of being misunderstood and
written-off, the role of memory in recovering identity, the power of continuing therapy, and the
passionate will to live. Stricken by partial paralysis and limited to typing with only two fingers,
Smith's writing process lasted 18 months. His goal, above all, was to deliver a message of hope:
that life can go on, even after what he calls a "carpet bombing of the brain."
While physical training was important race preparation for the "Super Seo Siblings," as
they called their team, it was balanced with a strong emphasis on strategy. The Seos bought
a map of Canada and, based on their observations from past seasons, began theorizing the
challenges they might encounter across the country. Phil, who has a background in logistics
and operations, even enrolled in a course on game theory.
All their planning, however, did not fully prepare them for the rigours of the race. "It was
literally a thousand times more intense than I thought it was going to be," says Phil. Martina's
fear of early elimination almost became reality when, in the first episode, she was faced with
climbing an 80-foot loggers pole in Squamish, BC. After 45 exhausting minutes and more
than a few tears, the final stretch seemed all but impossible. "It took me a very long time to do
it, and I almost quit," she says. But with Phil's encouragement - and a bit of motivation from
a competitor's aggressive ascent of the neighbouring pole - Martina reached the top and
helped the Super Seo Siblings finish second-to-last, avoiding elimination by a whisker.
That moment, Martina says, was a turning point. "After I was able to do that, I realized that
I could really accomplish anything." The Seos' never-give-up attitude helped them become
a fan favourite, and the pair steadily climbed the rankings as the race progressed. In the
span of only a few weeks, their travels took them from BC to the Yukon and back, Indonesia,
Ontario, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, Mexico, and New Brunswick. It was in Fredericton,
NB -the penultimate leg of the race - that the Seos finally met their match, ending their run
in fourth place.
Despite the disappointment of not making it to the finale, the Seos look back fondly on
their experience and would jump at the opportunity to do it again. "It was the best time
of my life," says Martina, "I loved it!" The competitors, she says, have all become friends,
sharing an online messaging group to keep in touch. One contestant- Olympian skeleton
racer Melissa Hollingsworth - will even be joining Martina as a guest chef in her home
economics class.
The civic-minded Seos have already been able to translate their newfound fame into
ways to give back, attending meet-and-greets, giving presentations, and holding Amazing
Race Canada viewing parties in support of local Vancouver charities. When asked if she
encountered any teachable moments in her race, Martina offered some of the optimism for
which she's become well-known. "I want my students to know that if I can get to fourth place
on The Amazing Race Canada, then they can even go farther than me. I want to inspire them to
know that you don't have to be an Olympian, or a CFL player, or an Argos cheerleader, or in
the RCMP - you just need to have a lot of heart and you can go far."
Boscariol, BA
Anita (Fuoco) Boscariol, BA'78, LLB'82, recently retired as director general, Treaties and Aboriginal
Government Negotiations West, Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada, and joined Vancouver
law firm Watson Goepel LLP as leader of its new Indigenous Law Practice Group. Following
a high-quality education obtained at UBC (for both her undergraduate degree in French and
subsequent law school training), and a lengthy career in law and public policy, Anita's latest
adventure with the new practice group involves assisting and advising a variety of clients in
matters related to issues of Indigenous self-government, economic development, governance,
and engagement, consultation and accommodation. Anita's husband is also a UBC alumnus,
and, following in the family tradition, her two daughters have gone on to receive undergraduate
degrees from UBC as well. The next generation? Well, that's still TBD. • Ken Cameron, MA'70
(Community and Regional Planning), has published Showing the Way: Peter Oberlander and the Imperative
of Global Citizenship, focusing on the life of the late Peter Oberlander, founder of UBC's School of
Community and Regional Planning. The book traces Oberlander's remarkable trajectory from
refugee to key member of the team assembled by UBC President Norman Mackenzie to provide
the trained teachers, lawyers, architects and planners needed to build a new society in British
Columbia after World War II.
Oberlander's life epitomized the
concept of citizenship as a set
of rights and responsibilities
that we must exercise at local,
national and global levels.
The book is available online
as well as through the UBC
bookstore. • Kristina Mayer,
BEd'75, of Victoria, BC, remarried
on December 9, 2017, to
a long-time friend in Chicago,
Illinois. Kristina's new husband,
Wayne M. Erck, is a retired
two-star general of the United
States Army. Kristina and
her husband now split their
time between Victoria and
Chicago. • Charles Ernest
Watson, MA'74, remembers
fondly his years at UBC obtaining
a degree in comparative
literature and teaching as an
instructor in the Department
of English for several years. He
relocated to Mesa, Arizona,
after graduation and has retired
after more than 40 years in the
car business, most recently Penske Automotive Group.
He will be the first to point out, however, that he is not
a "car guy!" He is an advocate of high levels of empathy
and integrity in the sales profession. Charles has recently
published two books: Sales Coach for Beginners: Ten Basic
Rules and Ten Best Practices. In addition, he has written
several books of poetry in the phoenix desert series.
All are available through     Wes Wong,
BSc'74, (MMath'78, U of Waterloo), retired from full-time
vocation in informational technology at the turn of the
decade. Now, he is focused on serving the Lord Jesus
Christ in church ministry, and has transitioned from IT
(Information Technology) to OT (Old Testament) and
NT (New Testament). To be more efficacious in his
ministry service, Wes returned to school and earned
a Master of Theological Studies ('12, McMaster Divinity)
and Doctorate of Ministry ('17, Tyndale Seminary).
Blessed with over 40 years of management and
ministry experiences, Wes currently serves the Lord
in a voluntary role as management consultant at the
Canadian Chinese Alliance Churches Association.
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Robert H. Lee, BCom'56, LLD'96,
wins CCAE Friend of Education Award
(L-R) Leslie, Lily, Robert,
Carol and Graham Lee with
Jeff Todd, executive
directorofalumni UBC
and AMP, Alumni
UBC's very own Robert H.Lee, CM, OBC, was presented with the prestigious Friend of Education
Award from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) at a ceremony in
Halifax on June 6. This national award recognizes individuals who are committed to education
and have made a significant contribution to institutional advancement in Canada.
Affectionately known throughout campus as "Mr. UBC," Lee envisioned and founded the
UBC Properties Trust, which helps support the university's mission through optimization
of its land assets and has added $1.35 billion in value to the university endowment to date.
He has given countless hours of service as a member of the UBC Board of Governors, as
chancellor, and in many other volunteer roles. His passionate advocacy, philanthropy,
business leadership, and volunteerism have transformed the university, which will continue
to experience the positive outcomes of his work for years to come.
After his first novel, Full Curl, won the 2018 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First
Crime Novel in Canada and was short-listed for the Rakuten Kobo Emerging
Writers award in the mystery category, Dave Butler, BSF'81, is releasing the
next instalment in the Jenny Willson mystery series on Dundurn Press.
In No Place for Wolverines, Park Warden Jenny Willson initiates a covert
inquiry into a proposed ski hill in Yoho National Park. She's quickly drawn
into a web of political, environmental and criminal intrigue that threatens
to tear apart a small BC town, pitting neighbour against neighbour, friend
against friend, family against family. After a wolverine researcher dies in
a mysterious fire, Willson forms an uneasy alliance with an RCMP corporal
and an Idaho-based investigative journalist to expose the truth behind the
ski hill project. With characteristic tenacity, she discovers that perception
differs from reality. Willson ends up in a show-down with the American
proponent, with her own agency and with political puppeteers who pull
strings in the shadows. Ultimately, Willson must decide if she's willing to
risk her career - and perhaps her life and the lives of those close to her - to
reveal what lurks in the darkness.     Joel Murray, BA'Bi, MA'99, successfully
defended his Doctor of Education degree from Simon Fraser University
in January 2018, and attended his convocation in June. His dissertation,
From the inside out: A hermeneutic phenomenological exploration of the ethical
dilemmas and lived experience of an associate dean, examined how academic
administrators in the post-secondary context resolve ethical dilemmas in
their practice. Dr. Murray has worked at Kwantlen Polytechnic University
since 2000, where he currently serves as associate dean of the Faculty of
Science and Horticulture.      Darrel J. McLeod, BA'84, BEd'85, has recently
released his memoir, Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of
Age, on Douglas & Mclntye. Mamaskatch is a series of
linked, storylike chapters telling the story of a Cree boy
growing up near Lesser Slave Lake, Alberta. Like many
indigenous children, McLeod longed for happiness,
peace and a normal life - his reference for "normal"
being Archie comic books. Instead, he found himself
immersed in situations of terror and tragedy, with his
strong and tender mother transforming into a tormented
and tormenting figure, his older brother growing into
a flamboyant drag queen, and his one promising father
figure, brother-in-law Wally, catapulting him into a life
of secrecy as he involves Darrel in schemes of abuse.
This abuse opens a cavern of questions about his gender
identity and future, and this struggle - to know who
he truly is, and to move out from under a dark cloud of
shame and guilt - becomes a key thread in the book.
Darrel's young life takes on a blurring pace from the
tiny village of Smith in the boreal forest of northern
Alberta, to the Rocky Mountains, to the city (Calgary) and eventually to the
west coast. Along this path he struggles to hold onto his Cree culture and his
sanity, though torn by the disintegration of family, poverty, suicide, issues of
gender identity, racism, and bullying. Yet deep and mysterious forces handed
down by his mother help him survive and thrive. Buried deep inside, Darrel
had her love and strength, and the continued presence of the magical birds
that she gave to him as a protective force. Their reappearance at different
junctures of his life, guiding him "home" to a fulfilling and adventurous
life.      After completing a five-year appointment to the Ontario Municipal
Board, Joe G. Wong, BCom'84, recently returned to the practice of municipal
law at the City of Cambridge and is now a solicitor with the City of Hamilton.
Jillian Cooke, BASc'93, repc
Dorts that the Chemical Engineering Class of
1993 held their 25-year reunion on the weekend of May 18-20. It was well
attended with more than 30 alumni returning to UBC from Singapore,
Hong Kong, Texas, Connecticut, Oregon, and across Canada. They first
celebrated at a pub night, with new custom patches for their reds, and the
next day Marlene Chow (director of Academic Programs, Administration
and Resources for the Faculty of Chemical and Biological Engineering) and
Dr. Peter Englezos led a tour of the "new" building and labs. The engineers'
cairn provided a location for group photos. Faculty, staff, and family joined
the classmates at the new ESC/Cheeze, where the class presented a cheque
to the department for $10,000 towards the much-loved third year field trips.
They closed the festivities with a fun slide show, spanning first jobs to current
news for each grad. More gatherings to follow!
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In her new book, Collecting Art in the Italian Renaissance Court: Objects and
Exchanges, Leah R. Clark, BA'04, examines collecting practices across the
Italian Renaissance courts, exploring the circulation, exchange, collection,
and display of objects. Rather than focusing on patronage strategies or the
political power of individual collectors, she uses the objects themselves to
elucidate the dynamic relationships formed through their exchange. Her
study brings forward the mechanisms that structured relations within the
court, and most importantly, also with individuals, representations, and
spaces outside the court. The book examines the courts of Italy through
the wide variety of objects - statues, paintings, jewellery, furniture, and
heraldry - that were valued for their subject matter, material forms,
histories, and social functions. As Clark shows, the late fifteenth-century
Italian court can be located not only in the body of the prince but also in the
objects that constituted symbolic practices, initiated political dialogues,
caused rifts, created memories, and formed associations.      Who knew
how important a degree in English could be? For Jennifer Ward, BA'04,
it gave her the writing and critical thinking skills necessary for work she
is honoured to do. After graduation from UBC, she spent ten years as
an English Instructor at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology before
working in the K-12 system Indigenizing curriculum. She also received
a Master's degree from Athabasca University with her project Grounding
Curriculum & Pedagogies in Indigenous Knowledge & Indigenous Knowledge
Systems. Now, as Educational Developer at the University of Alberta, she
has been a keynote speaker at a national conference and a guest speaker
at other educational institutions in Alberta. This year, she embarks on her
PhD journey. • Magda Konieczna, MJ'05, has recently released Journalism
Without Profit: Making News When the Market Fails, her new book on Oxford
University Press. As mainstream journalism struggles, news nonprofits
attempt to fill the gap by providing quality information that is essential to our
democracy. But can these nonprofits deliver better results than legacy news
organizations? In this book, Konieczna investigates the present and future
of nonprofit news organizations. She argues that sharing and collaboration
define these organizations in unexpected ways that both enable and limit
their ability to produce good journalism.     Ak'ingabe Guyon, PGY'06, was
recently awarded the Public Health Physicians of Canada President's Award
for outstanding contribution to public health and preventive medicine. This
is partly a reflection of efforts carried out by Guyon and her colleagues to
analyze and denounce the current weakening of public health in Canada,
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Celebrating the people and history of the UBC School of Kinesiology,
is now available online and in the UBC Bookstore.
This breathtaking book captures the School's history of interdisciplinary
research and innovation in the study of human movement and its
impact on health, society, and quality of life.
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 including articles in the Canadian
Journal of Public Health and for
CBC. • JaneWhittingham,
BA'o6 MLIS'14, is the author of two
picture books, both published
by Canadian publishing house
Pajama Press. Wild One (2017)
follows an imaginative and enthusiastic little girl through her busy day, while A Good Day
for Ducks (2018) was inspired by Vancouver's many rainy days! You can connect with Jane
on her website,     On May 2, 2018, the Burnaby RCMPheld its annual
Officer in Charge awards ceremony, which recognizes the valuable contributions of its
employees, police officers, community partners, and residents for their outstanding service
and dedication to public safety. Manoj Dabir, MBA'09, was honoured to be among this year's
awardees, recognized for his volunteer contributions to the local community. Burnaby RCMP
Officer in Charge Chief Superintendent Deanne Burleigh presented the awards in presence
of the Mayor and city council. Dabir has been volunteering with the RCMP community
services since 2009, and cherishes the opportunity to give back to the community where he
has lived for the last 15 years.      For the first time, the most innovative food policy solutions
in the Nordic Region have been collated in a single document. Solutions Menu: A Nordic Guide
to Sustainable Food Systems, edited by Afton Halloran, BSc'09, covers nutrition, food culture
and identity, public food and meals, food waste and sustainable diets. It includes 24 policy
examples - from local, national and regional levels - designed to trigger new conversations
and inspire new policies in other parts of the world. Each solution represents a tangible
step to address a specific issue; together, they represent a new and holistic approach to
food policy. They are also testament to the fact that soft policies can deliver solutions and
play a significant role in pursuing ambitious national and international goals. Read more
Business sustainability consull
jltant Eduardo Sasso,
AASM'15, has released his new book, A Climate of Desire:
Reconsidering Sex, Christianity, and How We Respond to
Climate Change. Drawing on his experiences in Costa Rica,
Vancouver, and Montreal as a member of the global
climate movement, Sasso's reflects on the constructive
role that religion can have in public life. In particular, he
draws inspiration from the faith traditions that nurtured
the abolitionist and early civil rights movements, as well as
from new global initiatives working toward a low-carbon
future. Learn more at • Rami Katz,
MEA'17, has released his thesis film, The Issue of Mr. O'Dell.
Lauded as a "personal and humanizing portrait" by
POVMagazine, the documentary explores the life and
work of Jack O'Dell, a ninety-four-year-old civil rights
activist who once worked closely with Martin Luther
King Jr., and now lives in Vancouver. The film had its
world premiere at the 2018 Full Frame Documentary Film
Festival, where it received the President's Award, and
premiered in Canada at the 2018 DOXA Documentary
Film Festival. Katz received the H. Norman Lidster Prize for
Documentary Filmmaking while studying at UBC, and has
directed several short documentaries that have screened
at nearly two dozen film festivals around the world. He
lives in Vancouver. D
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The Governor General of Canada has recently awarded
Amar (Alex) Sangha, BSW'99, with the Meritorious
Service Medal (MSM) for founding Sher Vancouver,
a not-for-profit society providing assistance to LGBTQ
South Asians and their friends, families, and allies.
Awarded annually, the medal recognizes individuals
who, according to a letter Sangha received from Director
of Honours Sacha Richard on behalf of Governor General
Julie Payette, have made "remarkable contributions
in many different fields of endeavour, who inspire
others and who share a common goal of making
a positive difference."
Originally launched in 2008 as an online support
group for LGBTQ Sikhs, Sher Vancouver gradually
expanded to become an umbrella organization for all
members of the queer South Asian community. As
their membership grew, so too did the scope of Sher
Vancouver's initiatives. Among these are the Dosti
project (2009), bringing South Asians into local schools
to give workshops about coming out; the Out and
Proud project (2013,, an
online platform to showcase the strength and diversity
of the global queer South Asian community; and
a 2016 campaign to raise funds in support of an Indian
youth studying in Vancouver whose family abandoned
him after he came out as gay.
Sher Vancouver's colourful floats have become
a crowd favourite of the Vancouver Pride Parade,
and in 2017 Sher Vancouver became the first LGBTQ
organization to be part of the Vancouver and Surrey
Vaisakhi parades - some of the largest Vaisakhi events in
the world outside of India.
Sangha dedicates the Meritorious Service Medal to
his mother, Jaspal Kaur Sangha, crediting her for "raising
me and my two brothers largely as a single parent."
"Most importantly," adds Sangha, "I am hoping this
recognition will provide me with a platform to continue
to advocate for LGBTQ people around the world who are
victims of abuse, discrimination, oppression, and even
torture and death."
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Created in 2017 as a part of alumni UBC's 100th anniversary, the Alumni Builder Awards recognize a cross
section of alumni from all faculties who have contributed to the University and enriched the lives of others.
In doing so, they have supported alumni UBC's vision of a global community with shared ambition for a better
world and exceptional UBC. We are proud to honour this year's Alumni Builder Award recipients whose
generous contributions have been recognized by their UBC faculty.
Lindsay Alfaro, MSW'17
For her distinguished service within the
Faculty of Health and Social Development.
Parm Bains, BSc (Agriya
For his mentorship, passion for agriculture and
commitment to the excellence and sustainability
of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.
Bruce Blackwell, BSF'84, MSc'89
For his long record of service to the Faculty of Forestry.
Greg Chang, dmd'86
For his distinguished and inspirational community
leadership, and tireless advocacy for the
Faculty of Dentistry.
Nancy Cho, BSc (Rehab)'82
For her dedication to education and furthering
the practice of physiotherapy, and many years
of volunteer service to the Faculty of Medicine.
Denis Connor, BASc'63, MASc'65, PhD'69
For his dedication and advocacy in support
of the Faculty of Applied Science.
Chad Embree, BCom'n
For his peer mentorship in UBC Sauder School of
Business and inspirational passion and knowledge
/ for digital marketing, strategy and ecommerce.
Richard N. Liu, BA'93
For his long record of service fostering connections
with alumni and students in Beijing and Asia as
well as dedication to mentoring students in the
Faculty of Arts.
Michael McDonald, llb'88
For his long record of support to the Indigenous
Legal Studies program at the Allard School of Law.
Glen Mulcahy, BPE'91
For his contributions to the School of Kinesiology
and his long record of mentorship.
James Seabrook, basc'v
For his distinguished leadership and significant
contributions to the School of Engineering.
Andrew Trites, MSc'85, PhD'91
For his leadership, passion, advocacy, and
long-standing dedication to the multidisciplinary
facets of environmental education, conservation
and ocean sciences.
Swamy Yeleswaram, PhD'92
For his distinguished leadership and contributions
to the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Raymond "Bruce"
Jones, BA'51
Raymond "Bruce" Jones
passed away peacefully on
September 21, 2018. Late
of Maple Ridge, BC, age
92 years. Predeceased by
his wife Wineva (Sandy).
Survived by his spouse Art
Pearson; three children, Craig (Richard), Jennifer (Peter)
and Chris (Kathy); and sister Colleen Nielsen.
Ronald Arnison, BASc'54
On June 5, 2018, Ronald
(Ron) Arnison passed
away peacefully in his
sleep, aged 86. He is loved
and survived by children
Debra (Glen Sutton),
Susan (Greg Olsen), Mark
(Tami Cooper), and Jan
(John Levenick). Missing him deeply are grandchildren
Jessica Morrison Golosky (Eric Golosky), Amy Morrison,
David Sutton, Graeme Arnison and Finn Arnison. He
was predeceased by his wife June Evelyn (Kirk) and his
parents Fred and Frances (Madge) (Watson) Arnison.
Ron was born March 16,1932, in Vancouver, where
he spent his early years. Family camping trips to
Shuswap Lake ignited a lifelong love of the outdoors,
later expressed in camping and fishing trips with his
own family and hunting trips with friends.
Ron and June, friends since high school, became an
item at UBC where he was studying civil engineering and
she was in home economics. They married on October
3X ^955- Following the birth of two daughters, they
travelled and lived in northern BC. In 1958, they moved to
Banff, where their son was born, and from there to Jasper
where they had their fourth child. Later moves included
Saskatoon, Ottawa, and finally Edmonton.
Most of Ron's career was spent with the federal
Department of Public Works. Later, he was responsible
for the management of federal buildings in western
Canada. He finished his career as the project manager
for the construction of Canada Place in Edmonton. Once
retired, Ron took up golf and accompanied June while
she indulged her passion for history, genealogy and the
collection of antique patterned glass. Together, they
travelled to over 20 US states.
Ron loved being a grandad and had a special
relationship with and place in his heart for each of his
five grandchildren. Most of all, Ron was a soul mate,
best friend, lifelong companion, and finally caregiver, to
his wife June. His devotion to her, and hers to him, was
an inspiration. All who knew him refer to him as a true gentleman. His family knew him as a very
good man, with a twinkle in his eye, a perceptive sense of humour, and great hugs.
Theo G. Bell Irving, SCom'52
June 23,1930 - June 7,2078
Theo died in Qualicum Beach on June 7, 2018. She was predeceased
by her parents, Dora and Norman Gyles. Theo is survived by her
husband D. Harry Bell-Irving; her children Sara Olivotto (Ivo), Jan
Bell-Irving (Chris Dahl), Malcolm Bell-Irving (Wendy), Tori Purdon
(Toni); her grandchildren Theodora, Kathleen, Michael, Nicholas,
Fraser, Maddy, Christopher and Claire; her great grandchildren
Alexandros, Nikolas, Andrew, Emma; and her brother David Gyles
(Bev). Theo graduated from UBC in 1952 with a Bachelor of Commerce, where she was one of the
few women in her graduating class, and went on to work as a statistician with William M. Mercer.
She participated in the community by volunteering on fundraising drives for a number of charities.
Theo loved art and, for years, volunteered at the Vancouver Art Gallery Store and subsequently at
the store for the UBC Museum of Anthropology. Theo was kind, gracious, and patient, and will be
remembered for her gentle, loving nature. A celebration of Theo's life was held this past summer at
Qualicum Beach.
Robert Gilliland, BA'59, BSW'66, MSW'67
Robert (Bob) Gilliland was born on November 26,1935, in
Toronto General Hospital, to Douglas and Gladys Gilliland. Bob
had a younger brother, Doug, and the family grew up in Toronto,
Montreal, Calgary, and finally Vancouver.
Bob graduated from King Edward High School in 1954, and at
UBC earned his BA in Criminology and Psychology C59), Bachelor
of Social Work ('66), and Master of Social Work ('67). He completed
his studies in 1987 with a PhD in Psychology from Pacific Western
University. He met and married the love of his life, Gwyneth Witney, in 1961, and they had three
sons: Brian, BASc'85, Stephen, and James (Jim), BCom'93, former chair of the Faculty Advisory Board
for the Sauder School of Business. Bob was a man of many passions and pursuits. He was a UBC
professor; a pioneer of many therapeutic methods; a student of shamans; a practitioner of Tai Chi;
and a chainsaw bear carver. He was a free spirit with a great sense of humour and spent his final
days visiting friends and family, joking, and laughing.
On the evening of August 14 in his home, Bob passed away peacefully with his family at his side.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the BC Cancer Foundation would be appreciated.
Edmund (Ted) W. Howard, BSF'58
After a long and healthy life, Ted passed away on October 22,
2017, at the age of 86. He was born in Calgary, where he attended
Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School, and went on to St. Michaels
University School in Victoria, BC. Ted received his BSF'58 from
UBC and his master's in Forestry ('68) from the University of
Georgia, USA. Shortly after graduating from UBC, Ted married
Phyllis Thompson (BA'59, UBQMEd'76) and moved to St. John's,
Newfoundland, where Ted worked as a Research Scientist in
Silviculture and Fire for Canada Department of Forestry. In 1974, missing the beauty and climate of
BC, Ted and Phyllis with their children, Arthur (BSc in Agriculture '85, UBC; MDiv'89;
DMin'13) and Jacqueline (Dip. in Animal Technology '87; BSc in Zoology '98), moved to
Vancouver where Ted had accepted the position of Forestry instructor at BCIT.
In 1990, Ted retired and did some consulting work in forest fire behaviour for
both a forestry college and a private company in South Africa.
Ted had a very full and satisfying life working in research and teaching;
helping establish BCIT's Retiree Association, where he held multiple positions
through the years; travelling extensively; researching his family history;
gardening; and just enjoying his children and grandchildren: Jean May,
Jonathan, Breyden and Jaryn. Ted will be greatly missed by all his family.
Edward Knight, BSF'50
It is with great sadness that we announce the
passing of Ted Knight at the age of 94. Ted is
survived by Lavina, his wife of 66 years; his
sons David (Cindy), Alan (Carley), Brian (Mary)
and Keith (Luisa); grandchildren Lucy, Carolyn
(Curtis), Peter, Bill and Christopher; and great
grandchildren Max and Molly. Ted was born
and raised in Vancouver, and, after serving in
the Royal Canadian Air Force, graduated from UBC in 1950 with a degree in
forestry. He had long, successful career with the BC Forest Service, retiring
in 1985. His retirement years were spent tending his vegetable garden in
Victoria as well as visiting and hosting his family. Ted was a loving husband,
father and grandfather and will be missed by all of us.
r Gordon A. Thorn, BCom'56, MEd'71
Gordon passed away on May 17,2018, having
lived a full and wonderful life. His kindness,
sense of humour, and whole-hearted
engagement in diverse activities enriched each
of our lives. He will be lovingly remembered
by his children Kathy, Graham (Michele) and
Margot (Laurent); his siblings Baird and Patricia;
and his grandchildren Dani (Craig and great
grandson Avery), Durham, Natasha, Derek, Evan, and Lucas. Gordon was
predeceased by his loving wife Helen of 60 years. He lived in Saskatchewan and
Alberta before attending UBC in 1951, where he graduated with his Bachelor
of Commerce in 1956, and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Gordon
and Helen moved to Northern BC to work with Imperial Oil in 1956. In 1958,
he attended the University of Maryland to obtain his MBA and returned to
Imperial Oil. He joined the UBC Alumni Association in 1962, where he worked
until 1966. He obtained his MEd at UBC in 1971. Gordon began his cherished
career at BCIT in 1966, joining as VP of Continuing Education, then serving as
president (1974-85). He also served on the UBC Senate (1972-81 and 1987-93).
Helen Thorn, BA'55, BSW'56
Helen passed away on September 22,2016, after a long struggle with cancer
that she managed with incredible courage and dignity. She will be lovingly
remembered by her husband of 60 years, Gordon; her three children, Kathy,
Graham (Michele), and Margot (Laurent); and her brother, Edward Hurlston
(Carol) and niece, Kim. She leaves to specially remember her, six grandchildren
whom she adored: Dani (Craig), Durham, Natasha, Derek, Evan, and Lucas.
Helen had a very full and vibrant life with many
cherished friendships. She lived most of her
life in the Dunbar area and attended Queen
Elizabeth Elementary, Lord Byng Secondary,
and UBC, where she completed her BA and
BSW. Her early career found her working in
remote areas of Northern BC and then at an
adoption placement agency in Vancouver.
Later, after devoting her endless energy to
raising her family, she completed her MA at SFU in 1982. She trained as
an Orton-Gillingham tutor, teaching children with dyslexia and worked as
a practicum advisor for tutor training.
David Donaldson, Professor Emeritus
Dr. Donaldson, 76, completed his dental degree
in 1965 at the University of St. Andrews. He
went on to receive his Fellowship in Dental
Surgery through the Royal College of Surgeons
in Edinburgh in 1969, and in 1971 was granted
his master's degree in Restorative Dentistry by
the University of Dundee. In 1970, he accepted
an appointment at UBC in the new Faculty of
Dentistry. David enjoyed and excelled at academia but also worked in private
practice, specializing in treating chronic pain and TMJ pain management.
Dentistry was his passion, and he would retire from UBC after 45 years of
service as a distinguished professor emeritus, having held appointments as
head of the Department of Oral Biological and Medical Sciences, head of the
Department of Oral Surgery, and professor and head of the Division of Pain
and Anxiety Control. He was also the past chairman of the Canadian Dental
Association Council on Education, and past president of both the Association
of the Canadian Faculties of Dentistry and the International Federation of
Dental Education Associations.
Donald Roger McAfee, BA'62, LLB'67
In 1959, Roger arrived at UBC from Ontario,
having given upon professional hockey. He
chose UBC because of its renowned theatre
program, but majored in geography. He joined
the Ubyssey as photo editor in 1959 and was
the paper's managing editor and editor-in-chief
from 1962-63, when he led a talented team to
the Southam Trophy as Canada's best university newspaper.
In 1963, Donald entered law school at UBC and served as both president
of the AMS and captain of the law school hockey team. As president, he
renegotiated the planned design for the new student union building (SUB),
tripling its size. After UBC, Roger served as a prosecutor in Vancouver and
was in private practice for some 20 years. He later returned to journalism,
contributing to Pacific Yachting and many other marine publications and
publishing several books, including The Warm Dry Boat and Fort Ross: The Ship in
the Shadow, reflecting a passion for the sea.
He leaves his wonderful wife, Melody Bell (ne'e Miller), and other members
of their extended families. A celebration of his life was held on October^, 2018.
 in memonam
George Leslie Ross,
BMus'67, MMus (Voice)'7i
It is with heavy hearts that
we announce the sudden
passing of George Ross,
age 73. An unrepentant
advocate for the
importance of the arts in
society, he had a profound
effect on everyone who came into his sphere. His work
in the Canadian arts scene and his broad knowledge of
artistic disciplines were the delightful makings of what
became a very large life. His reach and impact was felt
nationally and abroad. More than a great friend, he was
kind, gentle, joyful, supportive, patient, very resourceful,
and "always there with a smile and a hug". In the 1970s,
George's summers were spent working as a director,
production and stage manager, and coordinator for the
Opera program at the Banff Centre; his winters included
a variety of freelance positions with opera companies in
Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Seattle, Portland, and
Winnipeg. In 1978, George became manager of Theatre
Arts at the Banff Centre, retiring in 2004 from the position
of Associate Director, Operations. Not one to fully leave
his work behind, George stayed active with Calgary
Opera chorus and other theatre companies in Calgary,
and remained a loyal patron of the arts.
Nora Paton, MEd'76
Nora Ann Paton of Kenora, Ontario, passed away at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital on
Monday, March 26, 2018. Online condolences may be emailed to
Kate E. Mclnturff, MA'95, PHD'00
Kate Mclnturff of Ottawa, age 49, died peacefully at home on July 27,
2018, following a three-year battle with colon cancer. Born in Seattle,
Washington, in 1968, Kate graduated with a bachelor's degree from
the University of Washington and a master's and PhD from UBC.
After serving as an instructor at the American University of Cairo
(Egypt) and assistant professor at McMaster University, she moved
to the University of Ottawa and in 2007 became a Canadian citizen.
Kate subsequently worked at Peacebuild, the Canadian Feminist
Alliance for International Action, and Amnesty International, then served for five years as a senior
researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). While at CCPA, she served on the
United Nations Advisory Group on Inequalities and the Coordinating Committee of Social Watch.
Reflecting her lifelong passion for women's rights and gender equality, Kate achieved national
acclaim for researching, writing, and producing CCPAs annual report, The Best and Worst Places to be
a Woman in Canada ( Her life's work was recently summarized
in a posthumous profile in Maclean's. In August, Kate posthumously received the Karen Takacs
Award for Women's Leadership in International Development, and in November she was recognized
by the Women's Executive Network as one of Canada's Top 100™ Women.
Kate is survived by her son Rowan Salter, age 13, her former husband Mark Salter, PhD'99, her
parents, innumerable friends and colleagues, and the women of Canada. Kate requested that
donations be made to CCPA, where a fellowship in her name is being established as part of the
Making Women Count initiative.
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October 9,1938 -
December 19,2017
The Rev. Canon Douglas
Elliott Williams died
peacefully, in his 80th
year, on December 19,
2017, in Vancouver, BC.
The only son of Keith S. and Elizabeth D. Williams of
Oxnard, California, he was born October 9,1938, in San
Bernardino, California.
He is predeceased by his eldest son, Zephyr Starwater
Grayston (Gregory Donald) Williams (Surajit Bose) of Palo
Alto, California, and his brother-in-law, The Rev. Dr. Donald
E. Grayston. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Helen
M. (Grayston) Williams; daughters Catherine A. Hall
(Anthony) of Greenwich, CT, and Melody V. Williams of
Stockton, CA; son Ian C. Williams and fiancee, Kristen
L. Elliott of Kirkland, WA; granddaughters Elana A. Voigt
(John Ryan) of Bremerton, WA, Brittany E. Ridgeway
(Horatio) of Sacramento, CA; Haley V. Fowler of Stockton,
CA, and great-grandchildren, Tristan and Milani Ridgeway.
He was educated at the University of California, Los
Angeles, in Philosophy; the Cuddesdon Theological
College, Oxfordshire, UK; the General Theological
Seminary, New York City; and most recently at UBC for
a degree in classics (Latin) and medieval studies. As an
Anglican/Episcopal priest, Douglas served in the Diocese
of Los Angeles, Diocese of California, and Diocese of
El Camino Real, retiring as Canon Precentor of Trinity
Cathedral, San Jose, CA, before retiring to Vancouver
in 2000. In the Diocese of New Westminster he served
as honorary assistant in the parishes of Christ Church
Cathedral, St. James', and St. Anselm's.
Donations in memory of Douglas may be made to the
Vestment Fund of Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard
Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2L1.
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 What is your most prized
possession? My home,
which is also my sanctuary.
Who was your childhood
hero? My mom and dad.
Describe the place you most like
to spend time. At a dinner party
with interesting and interested people.
What was the last thing you read?
Today's New York Times.
What or who makes you laugh
out loud? Witty, dark comedies.
What's the most important lesson
you ever learned? Once a liar,
always a liar. They exist in all facets of
life, whether personal or professional.
If your gut tells you they're lying,
it won't get better. They'll continue to
lie because that's often all they know.
What's your idea of the perfect
day? Lunch with my best friends
when I get to see them in Toronto.
What was your nickname
at school? / didn't have a nickname
until I got into the news industry.
A colleague started calling me Giller
back in iggj and it has stuck ever since.
Now even senior executives call me that
What would be the title
of your autobiography?
My Climb to Complacency
If a genie granted you one wish,
what would it be? Win the
lottery so I can do whatever I want,
whenever I want
What item have you owned for the
longest time? Pearl earrings that
my grandmother gave me when I was
i6 years old. I still wear them because
they remind me of her.
Whom do you most admire (living
or dead) and why? My parents.
They worked so hard under difficult
circumstances as newcomers to this
country just so we could have a better
life. I hope we have made them proud.
What would you like your epitaph
to say? Focus. (It is an expression I use
to underscore when I'm trying to make
a point, so my friends will get it)
If you could invent something, what would
it be? A machine to cure every disease.
In which era would you most like to have
lived, and why? The Sixties, because it was such
an era of change with the civil rights movements.
What are you afraid of? Childbirth and dying.
It just seems so painful.
What is your latest purchase? A Chanel
purse. It was indulgent on my part but I love
classic pieces that last decades.
Name the skill or talent you would most       i
like to have. / wish I could draw or paint.
I am constantly in awe of people who have
this amazing talent. Artists are an important
part of our society.
Which three pieces of music would you
take to that desert island? Beethoven's
"Fur Elise," David Bowie's "Golden Years,"
and Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me."
Which famous person (living or dead)
do you think (or have you been told) you
most resemble? A colleague once told me
that I looked like the women in Modigliani
paintings. When I was a teen, I was told
I looked a bit like Isabella Rossellini. I don't
think I look like any of them, but I couldn't
be more flattered.
What is your pet peeve? Stupidity.
People need to really think before they
speak or send that email, because it will
mark you for life.
What is the secret to a good life?
Take chances. You never
know where they'll take you.
Do you have a personal motto?
Don't settle for less.
What's the most important
thing left on your bucket list?
There are too many to list.
What are your UBC highlights?
- Reading Foreign Affairs and
The Economist in the library stacks.
- Hanging with friends at Sedgewick Library
(and they're still part of my close circle to this
day. We meet once a year for dinner and still
laugh about the silly things we did in school).
-1 graduated with a degree in International
Relations. It was such a fascinating and
enriching program. To this day, that
knowledge has stayed with me and is
so applicable in the work I do.
Robin Gill always knew she would be a journalist.
"This was the only thing I ever wanted to do," she says. "My family
was big on reading newspapers and watching the news every single
night, and we would watch it as a family, so it was ingrained in me."
It's all about telling a good story, says the Global National weekend
anchor and BC correspondent, "one that's relevant, current and
matters to people."
Gill majored in international relations at UBC and was seriously
studious. "I loved my major," she says. "I would spend hours in the
stacks reading Foreign Affairs magazine and The Economist because
they were so expensive I couldn't afford to get the subscription." The
Pit pub, on the other hand, she tended to avoid. "I just couldn't stand
the smell of beer on the floor," she says, while conceding "they did do
a great burger."
Gill, who describes herself as a "fairly private person," began her
career as a writer and researcher, and initially saw herself progressing
to another behind-the-scenes role as a producer. "Along the way," she
says, "I worked with producers and news directors who said I should
be in front of the camera."
Now a national news anchor, Gill is a familiarface to millions of
Canadians, with the result that her job can sometimes encroach on her
private life. But a lot of the time her anonymity remains surprisingly
intact. "People come up to me and say, 'Did I go to university with
you?' They can't quite place me."
Gill says she thrives on breaking news, finding an oasis of calm
amongst the chaos rather than succumbing to the stress. It's the
deadlines that kill her. "We have very tight deadlines and you are
constantly feeding the beast. You never get over the anxiety of it - the
heart palpitations - if something goes technically wrong and your
story doesn't make its slot, and you're flying by the seat of your pants."
Another source of stress can be the stories themselves, the harrowing
ones that involve human pain and loss. "You do absorb some of it," she
says. "It can be very emotional, and it can be very draining."
For that reason, she's keen on maintaining a healthy work-life
balance. "I have a huge circle of friends - many different circles - so it's
about making time to spend with them.
"Some of my closest friends are from my UBC days. We all meet for
dinner once a year and we still talk about the stupid crazy things that
we did back then. Not that I'm ever going to reveal what we did."
Some stories are best left untold.
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