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the cross-Canada
UBC prof pioneers
academic relations
with North Korea
Harry Potter and the
quest for first editions
The hi-tech road
that repairs itself
Dan Mangan has
the last word
 anada C3 shipmates explore
a key theme of Canada 150
Canada 150
Two UBC grads
thumb their way  :
across the country
on a shoestring budget
An innovative concrete
developed at UBC has been
used to build the world's
first self-repairing road *
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2 Editor's Note 38 Class Acts
3 Take Note                   46 Quote, Unquote
26   The Big Picture           46 U =
34   Prez Life 48 In Memoriam
4   Could Metro Vancouver Withstand A Major Flood?
4   Big Brother In Your Car May Make You A Better Driver
/   How Computers Can Detect Emotion On Social Media
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The UBC Library's quest to
acquire first editions of a wildly
popular children's book series
5Ml Pill
The author shares some tidbits from his
new book on the history of student life at UBC
in Mangany^g^,
Q: Which famous person do you think
(or have you been told) you most resemble?
A: No question. Seth Rogen. Got mistaken for him
during the Olympics. Signed a guy's shirt "Seth Rogen".
High Achievers
29  The 2017 alumni UBC
Achievement Awards recipients
45  The 2017 Alumni Builder Awards recipients
Muggle quidditch takes off at UBC
 editor's note
I always find it ironic when someone uses
the expression "think outside the box."
Having long lost its original freshness, it's
now about as inside the box as you can get.
I've rarely attended a brain-storming session,
though, where it wasn't slipped into the
introduction - hardly a model for creative
thinking processes.
Old habits die hard, but when you allow yourself to coast in your comfort zone
(another hackneyed expression - instead let's say "sleep in your smug smog"),
it's easy to miss opportunities for new and improved ways of doing things.
Just this week, I dined in a restaurant so dimly-lit it I could barely read the
menu. The waiter there accused me of being old-school, because instead of
using the flashlight on my smartphone to read the menu, I held up one of the table
candles to it. It's not as if I grew up in an age of beeswax, it just didn't occur to
me to use my phone (less a case of old habits dying hard, and more of new habits
being a difficult birth).
The same stuck thinking doesn't apply, thank goodness, to UBC scholars, who
- through their impediment-free pondering and masterful mulling - frequently
come up with novel ideas and new approaches. Take Nemy Banthia, PhD'87, the
engineering scholar who is finding a way to bring infrastructure to rural, remote,
and resource-poor communities. He and his team have developed the world's first
self-repairing concrete for building cheaper and more durable roads (page 12).
Or Dr. Keekyoung Kim and colleagues, who have created a new bio-ink that may
lead to improvements in the fabrication of human tissues and organs (page 7).
Or Dr. Muhammad Abdul-Mageed, who has co-developed a computer program
that uses Twitter data to detect human emotions (page 7).
Albert Einstein once wrote: "Imagination is more important than knowledge,
for knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world,
stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real
factor in scientific research."
There are few limits here. UBC recycled all its boxes a long time ago.
Vanessa Clarke
Vanessa Clarke, BA
Duncan Schouten, BMus, MMus
Pamela Yan.BDes
CHAIR Faye Wightman, BSc'8l (Nursing)
VICECHAIR Gregg Saretsky, BSc'82, MBA'84
TREASURER Barbara Anderson, BSc'78
Stephen Brooks, BA'92
Randy Findlay, BASc'73, PEng, ICD.D
Leslie Lee, BCom'84
Faye Wightman, BSc'8i (Nursing)
Amir Adani, BSc'oi
Aleem Bandali, BA'gg
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
Barbara Miles, BA, Postgrad Cert, of Ed.
Professor Santa J. Ono
Lindsay Gordon, BA'73, MBA'76
Jeff Todd, BA
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An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but the mould on it
could make you sick.
Rhiannon Wallace, a PhD candidate at UBC's Okanagan campus, has
developed a way to stop, or at least control, blue mould - a pathogen that can
rot an apple to its core. Wallace's research has determined that bacteria, originally
isolated from cold Saskatchewan soils, may be the answer to preventing mould growth and
apple rot while the fruit is in storage or transport.
"The majority of post-harvest fungal pathogens are opportunistic," explains Wallace,
who is working with UBC biology professor Louise Nelson. "If a fruit is physically damaged,
it is at an increased risk of rotting during storage. So a tiny blemish on the fruit from harvest
or handling can turn into a conduit for attack by fungal pathogens and subsequently result
in the development of mould."
The fungal pathogen Penicillium expansum, also known as blue mould, destroys millions
of stored apples each year. Post-harvest rot can result in yield losses of up to 20 per cent in
developed countries such as Canada, while developing countries can lose up to 50 per cent
of the crop, Wallace says.
Traditionally, post-harvest rot has been controlled with chemical fungicides, but Wallace
says these treatments have become less effective as the pathogen has developed resistance
and there is consumer pushbackto the chemicals. The research by Wallace and Nelson aims
to provide a safer and more sustainable alternative to fungicides.
Wallace suggests the solution may lie in a particular bacterium specific to Saskatchewan soil.
Pseudomonas fluorescens, due to its prairie roots, can survive in cold storage - a characteristic
that is key to dealing with cold-stored produce like apples.
During tests conducted at the British Columbia Tree Fruits Cooperative storage facility in
the Okanagan, Wallace determined that these bacteria can prevent blue mould from growing
on Mcintosh and Spartan apples while in storage. In addition, the bacteria provided control of
blue mould on apples that was comparable to a commercially available biological control agent
and a chemical fungicide.
"What is novel about our research is that we show the bacterial isolates we tested have an
array of mechanisms to inhibit or kill Penicillium expansum on apples, while fungicides generally
act only by a single mode," Wallace says. "These findings suggest that the development of
resistance by blue mould against our soil bacteria is unlikely."
She does note that while all three isolates of Pseudomonas fluorescens tested provided control
of blue mould, the level of control provided by each isolate varied with apple variety.
Two birds that look the same, but have songs so different they can't recognize each other,
should be considered distinct species, suggests UBC research.
"Songs are important for birds and who they choose to mate with," says Benjamin Freeman,
a Banting postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Zoology. "Birds evolve different songs and
we wanted to find out which populations are so different in song that they should be considered
different species."
Among the 72 related populations of Central and South American birds the researchers
tested, they found evidence for 21 new species. Organisms that mate and create offspring that
can go on to reproduce are considered to be part of the same species, but there are a number of
naturally occurring barriers, such as geographic location or behaviour, that can prevent similar
organisms from mingling. In the study, UBC and Cornell University biologists examined how
different populations of birds respond to each other's songs.
In the tropical forests of Central and South America, where the vegetation is dense, birds
rely heavily on song to claim their territory and let other birds know where they are. For this
experiment, the researchers hung wireless speakers in the trees and broadcast songs from
related subspecies. They then observed how the birds responded.
If a bird continued on with its natural behaviour and
ignored the speaker and sound, it indicated that the
song being played did not represent a threat to territory
or mating potential. But if a bird got angry and started to
try and kick the "intruder" out, it indicated recognition
of the song as that of a competitor. In short, the birds
distinguished between songs and reacted accordingly.
Historically, scientists have identified new species
by finding birds that look different enough or occupy
different geographic locations. "It's interesting that
with one study in one year we came up with good
evidence that there are 21 new species that authorities
should recognize," said Freeman. "We know so much
about birds, but this demonstrates that we still have
a lot to learn."
This research is part of a larger pursuit to learn about
the evolution of bird songs and why birds develop
different songs. "As a birdwatcher in tropical forests,
you have no choice but to get interested in songs," said
Freeman. "As you walkthrough the forest, you hear
25 birds for every one you see. As a biologist, I wanted
to know - is it important that the birds sing differently
and is it a little important or a lot important?"
Freeman and his colleagues have submitted their
findings to a committee of ornithologists who are
responsible for naming and recognizing bird species
of South America.
Research from a professor of engineering at UBC's
Okanagan Campus might hold the key to biofuels that
are cheaper, safer and much faster to produce.
"Methane is a biofuel commonly used in electricity
generation and is produced by fermenting organic
material," says Cigdem Eskicioglu, an associate professor
with UBC Okanagan's School of Engineering. "The process
can traditionally take anywhere from weeks to months
to complete, but with my collaborators from Europe and
Australia we've discovered a new biomass pretreatment
technique that can cut production time nearly in half."
Starting with materials commonly found in agricultural
or forestry waste - including wheat straw, corn
husks and Douglas fir bark - Eskicioglu
compared traditional fermentation
processes with their new
technique and found that
Douglas fir bark in particular
could produce methane 172 per
cent faster than before.
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By Lou Corpuz-Bosshart
The late summer flooding in Texas underscored the need for flood prevention in flood-prone
North American cities. UBC landscape architecture professor Kees Lokman is Dutch and has
been studying how flood prevention can be grafted right onto the bones of a major city to shield
it against major storms and river flooding. With many scientists predictingthatthe pattern
of extreme weather will only intensify in the future, Lokman is leading a research project to
analyze how Lower Mainland communities can better prepare for flooding and bounce back
in its aftermath. In this Q&A, he explains what's needed to build flood-resistant structures
and communities.
How prepared are we in Metro Vancouver to handle a flood emergency similar in scale to what
happened in Houston and Mumbai?
We are not well prepared. We have 250 kilometres of dykes that don't meet provincial
standards, which anticipate one metre of sea level rise by 2100 - already a very conservative
projection. We see many communities and critical infrastructures at risk of future flooding,
including the Vancouver International Airport and the Port of Vancouver. While many
municipalities have, or are working on, adaptation plans, we're a long way from seeing
implementation of these strategies on a regional scale. And while some residents and asset
holders are aware of the risk, many more don't even know if they are sitting on afloodplain.
How well are our municipalities working together to prepare for future flooding?
The municipalities are mostly left to their own devices. There is the Fraser Basin Council,
which aims to unite these separate efforts, but they have no mandate. We need better
collaboration between the municipalities and major asset owners in terms of planning,
financing and implementation of flood management strategies. For this we need for the
provincial and federal governments to play a stronger role.
What are you doing to shed light on this matter?
We recently received MITACSfundingto establish a collaborative platform between
academics, local practitioners and subject matter experts to develop innovative adaptation
strategies for those areas in the region most vulnerable to future flooding. Hopefully at the
end we can show that climate change is not simply an engineering challenge but an opportunity
for communities to integrate a whole host of other opportunities including urban development,
habitat creation and food production. We would like to have some pretty strong results to
present to the public and for consideration to provincial levels of government.
What is the role of design in flood-proofing our cities?
Engineers have traditionally driven flood prevention programs and structures, and that's
good and practical, but landscape architects can provide a broader perspective that considers
co-benefits and spatial qualities. For example, dredged sediments from the Fraser River can
be used to nourish coastal wetlands or grow artificial dunes to protect our coastline. Bypass
channels can be designed to temporarily store water during high water events while creating
new waterfronts for urban or nature development.
The Room for the River project in the Netherlands has shown how a portfolio of solutions
can be implemented at a regional scale to improve flood protection while also providing
recreational, ecological and aesthetic values. We need to look beyond current engineering
approaches of dykes and seawalls if we are to improve resilience, adaptation and community
participation in our natural and built environments.
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By Andrew Riley
Usage-based insurance (UBI), which monitors a driver's
behaviour through a device installed in the vehicle
and charges insurance rates accordingly, is growing
in popularity. By 2023, UBI is expected to grow to
142 million subscribers globally.
UBC Sauder School of Business professor Charles
Weinberg examined how effective UBI policies are
in changing consumers'driving habits. In this Q&A,
Weinberg explains the advantages of UBI to drivers
and insurers, and the privacy tradeoffs.
Your study looked at the effect of UBI policies on changing
consumers' driving behavior. What did you find?
Telematics devices installed in vehicles measure
a number of elements that insurance underwriters
use to price their policies, such as miles driven, time
of day, where the vehicle is driven, rapid acceleration,
hard braking and hard cornering.
We found that drivers using a telematics device as
part of their insurance plan reduced the number of hard
brakes they made and improved their overall UBI score
(as calculated by the company). However, on average,
people drove the same amount of miles per day.
In addition, women were found to improve their
driving more than men. Younger drivers also improved
more than others, which could be due to the fact that
younger drivers learn faster, their habits are less settled,
or they have a greater economic incentive to drive safer.
Our study did not allow us to pin down the reasons why.
What are the privacy implications of
usage-based insurance?
Privacy is an important issue because telematics
devices allow firms to track where customers drive
and when. In the case of UBI, people recognize that
they are actively allowingtheir insurance company to
have access to some otherwise private information. For
example, people might not want others to know where
they are driving or whether they are driving late at night.
It begs an interesting question: should people trade
their privacy for an insurance discount?
However, despite these issues, our study results
suggest that drivers enrolled in UBI programs can
improve their driving safety, resulting in lower rates
and fewer accidents.
"The potential to more efficiently harness the energy from forestry waste
products like tree bark can open a world of new opportunities," says Eskicioglu.
"Our new fermentation process would be relatively easy to implement on site,
and, because the bioreactors can be much smaller, the costs can be kept low."
The new process pretreats the initial organic material with carbon dioxide
at high temperatures and pressures in water before the whole mixture
is fermented, Eskicioglu explains. The new pretreatment process uses
equipment and materials that are already widely available at an industrial
scale, so retrofitting existing bioreactors or building new miniaturized ones
could be done cheaply and easily.
In addition to producing biogas faster and cheaper, Eskicioglu says her
new technique may also make methane production safer. "Unlike traditional
biomass pretreatment for bioreactors, our method doesn't require the use
or generation of toxic chemicals," she says. "We still have some work to do
to move it to an industrial scale, but our results so far are very promising."
A study led by the UBC Sauder School of Business has found significant
US institutional investor bias against firms located in Quebec relative to
firms located in the rest of Canada, due to language differences.
"We found that investors are still sensitive to differences between
their domestic language and the language used in the location of foreign
investment," says Professor Russell Lundholm, the study's lead author.
"In the case of Quebec, this bias is surprising given that regulatory filings
are prepared in both English
and French, and that all
Canadian provinces share the same
nationality, federal law, stock exchange
and accounting standards."
The researchers found that, on average, US investment holdings in
Quebec firms were a quarter of the size of those held in the rest of Canada.
The researchers also found that the amount of bias against investing in
firms varied with how "French" they appeared to be. The bias was higher for
Quebecois firms that had a large ratio of French to English online documents.
The bias was smaller for Quebecois firms whose CEOs had US work
experience, or US-based board members or financial analysts. The study,
which was co-authored by Nafis Rahman of the University of Hong Kong and
Rafael Rogo of UBC, found that UK institutional investors exhibited a similar
bias against Quebec firms while investors from France did not.
"Our results indicate that language differences pose a real deterrent for
institutional investors," says Lundholm. "This could be a consequence of
perceived costs associated with translating documents, a fear of being less
informed than investors who speak the same language, or simply feeling less
familiar with the firm."
The findings were based on data collected from the Toronto Stock
Exchange (TSE) and the Thomson Reuters Institutional Holdings database.
The researchers examined all firms headquartered in Canada and listed on
the TSE between the years 2000 and 2012, representing 2,094 companies,
of which 233 were located in Quebec.
In this historic 100th year of alumni UBC, the University of British Columbia will be graduating
2,275 new alumni this November, adding to the 10,583 graduates this past spring in Vancouver
and Kelowna, BC. All are welcomed into the global community of more than 325,000 alumni
by Lindsay Gordon, who is embarking upon his second term as UBC Chancellor.
Mr. Gordon, a UBC alumnus and past President and CEO of HSBC Bank of Canada, has played
an active role in the life of the university, serving on the board of alumni UBC, the UBC Board of
Governors and the University Senates. A dedicated philanthropist, he was co-Chair of the
successful start an evolution fundraising and alumni engagement campaign and, with his wife
Elizabeth, has given generously to support UBC's Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health
in support of aboriginal medical students. He also co-founded the ChILD Foundation in 1995.
To get involved in the program of alumni UBC 100 activities, go to alumni.ubc.ca.
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A Canadian effort to build one of the most innovative radio telescopes in the world will open
the universe to a new dimension of scientific study. The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping
Experiment, known as CHIME, is an extraordinarily powerful newtelescope located in the
mountains of BC's Okanagan Valley at the NRC's Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory
near Penticton. The unique "half-pipe" telescope design and advanced computing power will help
scientists better understand the three frontiers of modern astronomy: the history of the universe,
the nature of distant stars and the detection of gravitational waves.
By measuring the composition of dark energy, scientists will better understand the shape,
structure and fate of the universe. In addition, CHIME will be a key instrument to study
gravitational waves, the ripples in space-time that were only recently discovered, confirming
the final piece of Einstein's theory of general relativity.
CHIME is a collaboration among 50 Canadian scientists from UBC, the University of Toronto,
McGill University, and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).
Human bones are incredibly resilient, but when things go wrong, replacing them can be a painful
process requiring multiple surgeries. Traditional bone grafting is used to treat anything from
traumatic fractures to defects, and requires moving bone from one part of the body to another.
But Hossein Montazerian, a research assistant with UBC Okanagan's School of Engineering, has
discovered a new artificial bone design that can be customized and made with a 3D printer for
stronger, safer and more effective bone replacements.
"When designing artificial bone scaffolds, it's a fine balance between something that is
porous enough to mix with natural bone and connective tissue, but at the same time strong
enough for patients to lead a normal life," says Montazerian. "We've identified a design that
strikes that balance and can be custom built using a 3D printer."
Montazerian analyzed 240 different bone graft designs
and narrowed it down those that were both porous and
strong. He printed those that performed best using
a 3D printer and then ran physical tests to determine how
effective they would be under load in the real world.
"A few of the structures really stood out," he says. "The
best designs were up to 10 times stronger than the others,
and since they have properties that are much more similar
to natural bone, they're less likely to cause problems over
the long term."
Montazerian and his collaborators are already working
on the next generation of designs that will use a mix of two
or more structures. "We hope to produce bone grafts that
will be ultra-porous where the bone and connective tissues
meet, and are extra-strong at the points under the most
stress. The ultimate goal is to produce a replacement that
almost perfectly mimics real bone."
While his bone graft designs are well on their way,
Montazerian says the technology still needs some advances
before it can be used clinically. For example, he says other
researchers in the field are starting to refine biomaterials
that won't be rejected by the body and that can be printed
with the very fine 3D details that his designs require.
"This solution has enormous potential and the next step
will be to test how our designs behave in real biological
systems," he says. "I hope to see this kind of technology
clinically implemented for real patients in the near future."
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UBC researchers have created a new bio-ink that may
support a more efficient and inexpensive fabrication of
human tissues and organs. Keekyoung Kim, an assistant
professor at UBC Okanagan's School of Engineering,
says this development can accelerate advances in
regenerative medicine.
Using techniques like 3D printing, scientists are
creating bio-material products that function alongside
living cells. These products are made using a number of
biomaterials including gelatin methacrylate (GelMA),
a hydrogel that can serve as a building block in
bio-printing. This type of bio-material - called bio-ink -
is made of living cells, but can be printed and moulded
into specific organ or tissue shapes.
The UBC team analyzed the physical and biological
properties of three different GelMA hydrogels - porcine
skin, cold-water fish skin and cold-soluble gelatin.
They found that hydrogel made from cold-soluble
gelatin (gelatin that dissolves without heat) was by far
the best performer and a strong candidate for future
3D organ printing.
"A big drawback of conventional hydrogel is its
thermal instability. Even small changes in temperature
cause significant changes in its viscosity or thickness,"
says Kim. "This makes it problematic for many room
temperature bio-fabrication systems, which are
compatible with only a narrow range of hydrogel
viscosities and which must generate products that are
as uniform as possible if they are to function properly."
Kim's team created two new hydrogels - one from
fish skin, and one from cold-soluble gelatin - and
compared their properties to those of porcine skin
GelMA. Although fish skin GelMA had some benefits,
cold-soluble GelMA was the top overall performer.
Not only could it form healthy tissue scaffolds, allowing
cells to successfully grow and adhere to it, but itwas
also thermally stable at room temperature.
The UBC team also demonstrated that cold-soluble
GelMA produces consistently uniform droplets at room
temperature, thus making it an excellent choice for use
in 3D bio-printing. Three times cheaper than porcine
skin gelatin, cold-soluble gelatin is used primarily in
culinary applications.
"We hope this new bio-ink will help researchers
create improved artificial organs and lead to the
development of better drugs, tissue engineering and
regenerative therapies," Kim says. "The next step is to
investigate whether or not cold-soluble GelMA-based
tissue scaffolds are can be used long-term both in the
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By Sachi Wickramasinghe
Human emotions can be difficult to understand, even for trained professionals. But what
if a computer could decipher your feelings, perhaps even better than a therapist? That
possibility is a step closer to becoming reality, thanks to a computer program that can
detect with near-human accuracy nuanced emotions using Twitter data. In this Q&A,
Muhammad Abdul-Mageed, assistant professor in UBC's School of Library, Archival and
Information Studies who developed the program, explains the possibilities for the software.
The paper was co-authored by Lyle Ungar, computer science professor at the University
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Why is it important to have computers that can detect emotion, especially on social media?
Emotion is key to communication and decision-making. With people using computers for
everything from shopping to health-care decisions, it is becoming increasingly important
to have computers that can detect emotions. For example, in classes where students use
computers to learn, emotion-detection software - which we call emotional "chatbots" -
can help students stay motivated by sending messages like, "I know that is a frustrating
problem. Let's try addressing it from a different angle," or "Excellent! You're right to be
proud having solved that." This can increase engagement and reduce student frustration
and dropout.
Social media is pervasive in our lives and people freely express their emotions online.
Emotional chatbots can help improve individual and community well-being in several
ways. They can help assess the mood of groups of people, such as stress levels at work.
Since emotions can be contagious - in that we are all affected by the emotions of people
surrounding us-emotional chatbots can be used to improve the overall well-being of people
by exposingthemto more positive emotions on social media. With proper consent and
privacy guarantees, it can also help in the early detection of mental health problems.
Technology companies could also use this type of software to develop more
advanced artificial intelligence that has the potential to better understand human
emotions. For example, Apple could use emotional chatbots to develop a more intuitive,
emotionally aware Siri.
What were some of the challenges you faced developing this software?
Previous research has shown it is possible to build machines that can successfully detect
emotions like anger, disgust, fear, joy, sadness, surprise, and sometimes anticipation and
trust. But the human emotional experience is more complex than just eight emotions.
Recent advances in "deep learning" - a branch of artificial intelligence inspired by
information processing in the human brain -show that, given enough labelled data, it should
be possible to build better models. Manual labelling of data, however, is expensive, so it is
desirable to develop labelled emotion data without annotators. While the proliferation of
social media has made it possible for us to acquire large datasets with implicit labels in the
form of hashtags (in the case of emotion), these labels are not always reliable.
For example, while the tweet "I can't wait to eat my lunch in this amazing Vancouver
waterfront restaurant with my friends. #thrilled" clearly expresses happiness, a tweet like
"My kid gets to play #angry birds to learn basic physics. And she's complaining about it?!
#parenting" does not.
How did you address these challenges?
Our team developed a number of successful techniques that let us use the noisy cues of
emotion hashtags in tweets as a way to build a large labelled emotion dataset that we then
learn from using deep learning methods.
Our new state-of-the-art program can detect 24 nuanced emotions with near-human
level accuracy (an average of 87 per cent accuracy for the computers, compared to 90 per
cent accuracy for humans). When we combined some closely related categories of emotions,
such as ecstasy, joy, and serenity as one happiness category- reducing the 24 emotion
categories to only eight - we reached an even higher accuracy of 95 per cent.
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There is a word in North Korea: Juche. Loosely translated as "self-reliance," juche has served
as a central pillar of North Korean foreign policy since the country retreated from the global
community nearly 70 years ago. More than a patriotic code word, juche is a guiding principle
of the country's national identity, and, for most of us in the West, it's one of the few things we
actually know about the famously closed society.
But being self-reliant doesn't mean losing one's curiosity about the rest of the world, and,
thanks to Professor Kyung-Ae Park at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, UBC has
been granted a rare window into life in this reclusive state. For more than 20 years, Park has been
carefully navigating the complexities of Asian-Canadian affairs, bypassing the maze of political
entanglements to establish relationships - and eventually collaboration - between scholars
in Canada and North Korea (officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK).
In 2010, she created the Canada-DPRK Knowledge Partnership Program (KPP), a unique
scholarly enterprise designed to facilitate academic exchanges between UBC and six North
Korean universities. Founded on the belief that sharing knowledge is necessary for building
human capacity, the KPP has cautiously avoided the peaks and ditches that litter the political
landscape, serving as an unofficial ambassador between our two countries by using what's
known as a "Track II" approach to international relations, an unofficial channel that becomes
handy when Track I (government) has gone off the rails.
"Since 2011, we've been hosting North Korean professors at UBC every year, which means
we were able to do it every year regardless of the political situation," says Park. "I don't have
any political agenda. But I have a strong belief that access to education, access to knowledge,
is a universal human right. So I was just trying to provide such access for North Korean scholars,
and was hoping to improve bilateral relations through these scholarly exchanges."
Perhaps one of the keys to KPP's success is its clarity of purpose. Focused exclusively on the
areas of economics, finance, trade, and business, the KPP hosts six North Korean scholars at UBC
every year for a period of six months. Arriving in early July, the scholars use the summer to study
English, then spend the fall semester alongside undergraduate and graduate students in courses
focused on international trade, finance, economics, and management. The visitors then use what
they learned at UBC to create a group research project, which they take back to the DPRK and
present to their academic peers.
Augmenting the visiting professor program are occasional KPP conferences in North Korea,
where Park organizes seminars and workshops between the DPRK and foreign scholars. The
first two of these conferences in 2013 and 2014 focused on special economic zones in North
Korea, bringing together more than 20 foreign experts and nearly 200 domestic scholars and
government officials. In addition, KPP organizes study tours abroad for North Korean experts,
providing them with opportunities to interact with foreign scholars outside of their country and
gain practical, hands-on experience.
Although the KPP officially launched in 2011, the idea of an academic exchange between the two
countries first took root in Park's mind in the 1990s. After earning her political science degree from
Yonsei University in South Korea, and her PhD at the University of Georgia in the United States -
where she focused on political development in China and North Korea - Park arrived at UBC in 1993,
just as Canada was beginning to engage North Korea on the potential for normalized relations.
From 1995 to 2000, Park made several visits to North Korea and hosted seminars for a North
Korea delegation at UBC, all stones along the path to establishing official diplomatic relations
between the two countries in 2001. But the honeymoon was short-lived. In January 2002, US
President George W. Bush declared North Korea an "axis of evil," rejecting the "sunshine policy"
negotiated by the previous administration and South Korea and severely straining the DPRK's
relationship with the West. By the end of the year, concerns over North Korea's weapons program
led to US sanctions against the country, and Canada was frozen out along with the rest of the West.
"From 2001 on, there was not much interaction at all between North Korea and Canada
compared to the latter part of the 1990s," says Park. "So I thought we might want to consider
interactions in the non-political arena - academic exchanges, knowledge-sharing programs,
scholarly exchanges, those sorts of non-political activities."
After much consideration and careful negotiation, Park proposed the KPP to North Korea in
2010. A year later, the first six scholars arrived in Vancouver, establishing UBC as a pioneer in
academic relations with North Korea.
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The West's relations with North Korea have long
fluctuated between diplomatic engagement and
peace. Meanwhile, a UBC academic program
quietly keeps open a channel of communication
even during the most acrimonious of times.
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As the centerpiece of the KPP, the visiting professor program has proved
beneficial for both countries, offering surprises to UBC faculty as well as
the DPRK scholars. "Given how much we hear about North Korea and how
little we know, those interactions allowed me to learn quite a few things,"
says Yves Tiberghien, who met with the visitors while he was director of
the Institute of Asian Research from 2012 to 2017. "In conversations, the
scholars were quite humorous. They were lively, quite blunt, and we had
good discussions. I gave one group a list of guest lecture topics about the
economy, and the first thing they picked was Chinese economic reforms.
For me it was edifying to discover that there is an amount of tension and
misunderstanding between North Korea and China - often in the West
we don't realize. So it would take this Canadian scholar to talk about the
economy of China to them."
As enlightening as it is for UBC faculty and students
to work side-by-side with people who have never
before left their home country, it is positively eye-
opening for the visitors themselves. "They take tons of
pictures - they go around and look at things with fresh
eyes," says Zorana Svedic, a lecturer at the Sauder
School of Business who serves as this year's academic
advisor to the visiting scholars. "It's kind of nice to see
them really enjoying their time and trying to absorb as
much as possible. It's very unusual to see people who
have never stepped out of their country before, so it's a big culture shock for them because they're
just not used to talking to people from different cultures, different races, different languages.
"I come originally from Serbia," she adds, "which is a very Caucasian society- there's not many
races of any other kind. And I grew up in Communism, so I kind of understand some of the things
they have to deal with. But still, we were never as closed as North Korea is, so I haven't come
close to experiencing the things they've experienced."
As enlightening as it is for UBC
faculty and students to work
side-by-side with people who
have never before left their home
country, it is positively eye-opening
for the visitors themselves.
Besides their UBC activities, the DPRK scholars take
a field trip to Toronto during their stay, where they
meet with UT professors and corporate CEOs and
get a taste of Eastern Canada. But as valuable as this
ancillary cultural interaction is, the focus of the program
is strictly academic, and a large part of that is an
attention to pedagogy.
The visiting scholars don't just absorb knowledge,
they absorb the manner in which it's distributed - how
students choose their courses, how professors execute
their presentations, and how teachers and students
interact in the classroom. DPRK universities tend to
follow the "sage on the stage" model: the professors
lecture and the students take notes. Western education,
particularly business schools, are more inclined to
participatory models in which students cooperate in
working groups and collaborate with their professors.
"My courses are very interactive," says Svedic. "People
work in teams and students ask a lot of questions.
Especially in the Sauder School of Business, we really
encourage participation - that's one of our goals, for
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students to participate and collaborate with each other.
That's very new to [the North Koreans], so it's interesting
for them to learn about this approach. Our whole goal is
for them to try to absorb some of the teaching practices
that we have here and take them home [to] utilize in their
own classes, [to] spread this knowledge, spread this
teaching style across their colleagues as well."
This is one reason why these scholars are selected
for the program earlier in their careers, usually younger
professors who can return to their home universities and
apply an interactive pedagogical strategy in their own
classrooms, passing on not just knowledge, but a new
way of learning.
Naturally, the KPP has earned
some notice from other institutions.
"It's praised all around," says
Tiberghien, who has heard
glowing reviews of the program at
conferences in Japan, South Korea,
and the US. "The cadre of Korean
scholars that have come to UBC
is pretty much the only group that
has gained some factual knowledge about the economy
outside of North Korea, so the program is held in high
regard by a lot of people that I hold in high regard. If we
have a chance to work with North Korea in the future,
the human capital will be these people."
Alumni of the program are already having a substantial
impact in North Korean classrooms. "Professors have
been devising new courses based on the knowledge they
garnered at UBC, writing new textbooks and research
books, and sometimes translating books they brought
from Canada into Korean and sharing them with other
universities in the DPRK," Park says.
But exchanges between nations don't happen
in a vacuum - conversations about economics and
international trade must take into account the global
economy, which means bringing other countries into
the mix. In 2015, the KPP organized scholars from Kim II
Sung University and the University of National Economy,
as well as a number of government officials, for a study tour of Indonesia.
They researched economic management issues and Jakarta's development
strategies in an unprecedented dialogue with Indonesian scholars and
administrators. Later in the year, the KPP worked with the United Nations
Institute for Training and Research to bring 12 North Korean scholars and
officials to Switzerland to study the country's agricultural practices.
So far, the program has largely stuck to its original intent, focusing on
economics, business, trade, and finance. But in October 2016, Park broke
new ground when she organized a conference in Pyongyang on the issue of
sustainable development. Tapping 130 North Korean experts and 16 foreign
scholars, the conference covered climate change adaptation, sustainable
agriculture and tourism, and forest, water, and waste management. The
conference was followed in 2017 by two sustainable development workshops
in Pyongyang and Mt. Paektu, organized by the KPP and co-hosted by the
DPRK Ministry of Land and Environment Protection and the Ministry of
External Economic Affairs.
As impressive as the program is, and as successful as it's been, the spectre
of international politics always looms in the distance. Relationships between
the DPRK and Western countries has lately reached a fever pitch, potentially
threatening any small enterprise trying to make a positive difference.
But if simmering tensions between the DPRK and other countries do cool
down and diplomatic relations are normalized, the KPP will likely help lead
North Korea into a greater role in the global economy. "We're not doing any
political teaching," adds Svedic. "We're teaching business. If North Korea is
to open towards any kind of international trading or international business
deals, they need to be more familiar with the business practices outside
of North Korea."
"At this moment, when there is so much rattling of the sabres and so much
competition and talk of war," adds Tiberghien, "to have a peaceful program
targeting economic issues as a chance for discussion with top scholars in
North Korea is very valuable. It gives some hope for another way." D
Professor Park holds the Korea Foundation Chair in UBC's School of Public
Policy and Global Affairs. She is the recipient of the 2017 Faculty Community
Service Award, presented in November at the alumni U BC Achievement
Awards (see page 31).
 UBC professor Nemkumar Banthia, PhD'87, has led the
development of a special concrete with unique properties that
could dramatically improve the infrastructure of remote,
resource-poor communities. But its vast potential for wider
application means that, within a few decades, it might be found
almost everywhere.
Canada and India may seem
worlds apart on measures
related to GDP, climate and
poverty, but Banthia saw
what he called an "obvious"
connection between the
challenges facing his native
and adopted countries.
The village of Thondebhavi in Southern India is set amid lush hills, bright green
palm trees, and ruddy fields sown with crops. On a blistering day in June,
farmers in traditional cotton sarongs pause to chat underneath leafy trees,
cows rest under sheds with palm-frond rooves, and stick-wielding herders
guide a throng of goats.
At first glance, Thondebhavi seems like an unremarkable rural community,
but there is something unique in the heart of this village that sets it apart:
a half-kilometre stretch of road that repairs itself. The first road of its kind in
the world, it is made from cutting-edge concrete developed in a lab almost
13,000 kilometres away at UBC.
Though the village lies about 70 kilometres from the edge of Bangalore,
a burgeoning metropolis nicknamed "India's Silicon Valley," it is an unlikely
site to pilot new technology. Just two years ago, the villagers' only connection
to the outside world was a mud road. It would become so mucky during
the annual monsoon rains that mosquitos hovered above it, and farmers
struggled to transport their crops - including aromatic flowers, pulses and
vegetables - to market.
"It was in terrible shape," grimaces Yashodamma, a middle-aged
woman who sits on the elected village council. "It used to be impossible
to walk on the road. Old people would slip and fall."
The new hi-tech road runs through Thondebhavi, population 4,800,
in an arc bordered by colourful one-storey houses. It connects with another
new (but traditional) road built by the government, which leads to the
highway. These pavements have transformed the village, making it easier
for farmers transporting produce, children walking to school, women
commuting to work in garment factories and anyone else with a place to go.
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attract water are one of the key
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the lab, prepared to be tested
for quality and performance.
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While the villagers go on their respective ways, a team
led by UBC civil engineering professor Nemkumar
Banthia, PhD'87, is monitoring the U-shaped road, which
has sensors buried inside and is an active research
project. "For this little village in South India to have the
most advanced road system is very exciting for me,"
says Banthia, who sports a tidy moustache and goes by
the nickname "Nemy." He wanted to pilot the technology
in Thondebhavi because he was born in an Indian village
without roads. "We used to go bike and we had no roads
to actually bike on," he laughs.
Banthia is the CEO and scientific director of the
India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary
Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation
and Sustainability - or IC-IMPACTS for short. Based on
UBC's Vancouver campus, the initiative tackles pressing
social problems through solutions that involve research
collaborations between India and Canada, and helps
build trade linkages between the two countries. Banthia's
self-repairing concrete is one such collaboration.
"Development always meant a lot
to me. Coming from a very poor
community in India - with no water,
no infrastructure - I think those are
the things that stick with you," says
Banthia, who speaks thoughtfully
in precise sentences. He became
an engineer in the hope that he
could make a difference, studying
structural engineering at the Indian
Institute of Technology in New Delhi
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at UBC in the 1980s.
When the federal government put out a call for
an India-Canada research centre, Banthia consulted
Canadian and Indian researchers and companies to
develop IC-IMPACTS' vision to tackle social challenges
common to both countries. Banthia won the funding for
UBC to build a centre, in partnership with the University
of Alberta and the University of Toronto, with a mission
to "develop and implement community-based solutions
to the most urgent needs of each nation: poor water
quality, unsafe and unsustainable infrastructure, and
poor health from water-borne and infectious diseases."
Canada and India may seem worlds apart on
measures related to GDP, climate and poverty, but
Banthia saw what he called an "obvious" connection
between the challenges facing his native and adopted
countries. He draws parallels between the more
than 100 First Nations communities facing boiled water
advisories and the tens of millions of Indians who lack
access to safe drinking water. He also recalls the De
La Concorde Bridge that collapsed in Montreal in 2006,
killing five people and injuring six others.
"We [Canadians] need these new materials - crack-healing materials,"
explains Banthia. "As much as we need it in Thondebhavi, we need it in
Montreal too."
All IC-IMPACTS projects are carried out with dollar-for-dollar funding
from Canada and India. Technologies are jointly developed and rolled out
by researchers and companies from both countries. They work closely with
people in communities like Thondebhavi, where the local village council was
consulted and ultimately gave permission to IC-IMPACTS to build the road.
Other IC-IMPACTS'collaborations include efforts to develop and install
Banthia's horizons are bigger than the
immediate problems these projects tackle:
he wants to shape how Canada does
trade. IC-IMPACTS can spur industrial
partnerships that increase trade between
Canada and India, as well as Canada and
other emerging economies, he explains.
Plans are already underway to bring
Mexico and China into the fold.
low-cost water treatment systems
for communities in remote parts
of Canada and India. For example,
a UBC professor is leading a project
to develop technology that uses
bacteria and gravity to clean water.
Researchers are also working
on improving infrastructure and
public health. One such initiative
aims to increase early detection
of tuberculosis in one of India's
poorest states. Another is focused
on developing a portable tool for
detecting eye infections.
But Banthia's horizons are bigger than the immediate problems these
projects tackle: he wants to shape how Canada does trade. IC-IMPACTS
can spur industrial partnerships that increase trade between Canada and
India, as well as Canada and other emerging economies, he explains.
Plans are already underway to bring Mexico and China into the fold.
"In the end, we are moving towards developing technologies for
the global economy," says Banthia. For this, international collaboration
that helps researchers develop technology attuned to the conditions of
different countries, including their geography and culture, is key. "When
you co-develop technologies," he explains, "you are coming up with
very elegant solutions that are appropriate for a country as opposed to
developing technologies without quite understanding a country, without
quite understanding the regulations, without understanding the process,
the people, their expertise, conditions [or] culture."
The concrete project highlights the value of this
model. The self-healing technology was developed
by Banthia at UBC, but the road in Thondebhavi
was designed and built in partnership with the
National Institute of Engineering in Mysore and the
University of Alberta, as well as Indian and Canadian
companies. ACC Cement, one of the largest cement
companies in India and a partner on the project,
helped identify Thondebhavi - which is just over
two kilometres from one of
its cement factories - as a site
for deploying the technology.
Now, researchers are observing
how the road, which has three
different segments of varying
thickness and proportion of
materials, performs in a tropical
environment. A second road
is slated for the Lubicon First
Nation north of Edmonton to
examine how the concrete
performs under extreme cold.
If the self-repairing concrete
takes off, it could be a big
business. Forty-six per cent of
roads, amounting to three million
kilometres, are unpaved in India,
while nearly one million kilometres of roads are needed
in remote parts of Canada, according to IC-IMPACTS.
And those numbers don't include roads being built in
emerging economies like China, and the new buildings
and bridges that inevitably come with them.
For now, the concrete will be used for two more
projects in India: a two-kilometre road in Haryana and
the replacement of a five-kilometre stretch of highway
in Madhya Pradesh. Even so, a decade or more could
pass before the technology is widely adopted. Even
though Banthia's innovation is an improvement on
regular concrete that could result in significant savings,
governments may be reluctant to adopt it widely for years,
says Shashank Bishnoi, a concrete expert at the Indian Institute of Technology
in New Delhi. First, they'll want to see proof of the successful performance of
multiple roads made with the special concrete, he explained. That could take as
much as a decade, possibly more.
For villagers in Thondebhavi, the self-repairing road is a source of pride
and curiosity. The whole village turned up to see the new road being built
in 2015, recalls Basavaraju Balootagi, a government officer who has been
managing local infrastructure development for five years. He proudly shows
off a photo album filled with pictures of foreign visitors, including Banthia.
When the villagers saw tiny nail-like fibres being mixed with chemicals,
they grew suspicious, continues Balootagi, sitting in his office in
a government building on the outskirts of Thondebhavi. Curious passers-by
peer in through the grills on the windows as he recounts the construction of
the road. "People began to ask whether, in future, these things would rise up
and cause the tires of motorcycles or bicycles to puncture."
for environmentally friendly construction.
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That was far from the case. "These things" were actually steel fibers that
were added to the concrete to improve the strength of the road. The mixture
also contains special nanocoated fibres that attract water and are one of
the key elements of Banthia's concrete. When concrete reinforced with
these nanocoated fibers cracks, it can repair itself with a small amount of
water, which could come from rainfall or another external source. The water
hydrates the cement at the site of the crack, resulting in a chemical reaction
that bonds the road by reproducing the same product that gave the concrete
its original strength. The technology works in all kinds of climates, though
a long draught soon after casting would be an issue, Banthia says.
"There are fibres in this concrete that are keeping the crack narrow and,
as the crack is formed, they bond. It's like a stitch," explains Banthia, placing
his palms together, then pulling his fingers apart before interlocking them,
as he describes the mechanism. "Then, as the water comes in, they produce
additional products that now fill the crack that has just formed."
The road in Thondebhavi is also a model for environmentally friendly
construction. The mixture makes use of fly ash, a by-product of coal plants
that would otherwise go to waste, while the high strength of the concrete
makes it possible to use less cement. In fact, the road is 60 per cent thinner
than a typical Indian road, and its embedded sensors indicate it has held up in
the face of heavy rains and extreme heat. Most Indian roads fall apart within
five years, with many "showing
deterioration within two years of
being laid due to poor materials,
intense heat, poor drainage, and
monsoons," according to a write-up
about the project by IC-IMPACTS. In
contrast, Banthia anticipates the road
in Thondebhavi will last as long as
15 years before needing maintenance,
describing it as a demonstration
project for low-cost, long-lasting,
climate-friendly roads for rural
and remote areas.
Banthia's technology offers
great possibilities, and yet the
concrete road in Thondebhavi
looks just like any other. For the
locals, it's the everyday benefits
of the road built by IC-IMPACTS
and the government-funded road
accompanying it that matter most.
The old road running past their
houses was in such bad shape that
some villagers dreaded leaving their
homes. One woman describes it
as having been unbearable, while
a middle-aged farmer complains of
getting boils from walking in filthy,
stagnant water on the road. "We
had to wash our feet with soap
water every time, but an itching
sensation remained," he says.
There were also economic
costs, as locals struggled to take their produce to market. "The new road
is smooth," says Suresh Reddy, a farmer who grows tomatoes and maize.
"Earlier it was bumpy. And the tomatoes would bang about in the boxes and
get squashed. You get lesser prices because of this."
Cows would defecate on the old road, adding to the muck when the road
became waterlogged with monsoons. "Now, nobody allows anybody to dirty
the road," says Yashodamma of the village council, noting that the elimination
of such filthy water means that fewer worms, snakes and malaria-transmitting
mosquitos are attracted to the area. "Earlier no one gave a damn."
As for Banthia, such everyday changes are one of the most "satisfying"
parts of his career. His face lights up when he talks about meeting a man
using a wheelchair during a visit to Thondebhavi. "[The man] said, 'Thank
you so much for building this for us, because, during the monsoon months,
this whole village is completely unwalkable. There is no way you can walk
around, let alone [use] a wheelchair.... Now, I can go visit my family. I can go
visit my friends,'" recalled Banthia.
"This was the most exciting thing. When he came and said thank you." D
Writer Alia Dharssi travelled to Thondebhavi this summer. She interviewed the
villagers and government officials, who all speak the local language Kannada,
with the help of a translator.
 Alumni often ask about how the
UBC admissions system works:
who gets in and why? Here,
Pamela Ratner, UBC's vice-provost
and associate vice-president
of Enrolment and Academic
Facilities, addresses some
of those questions.
How many students apply to UBC and how many get admitted?
Every year, we receive more than 40,000 applications for our undergraduate programs
(domestic, international and transfer students) and roughly two-thirds of those applicants are
offered admission. These applicants are very well-qualified students. Last year, we offered
admission to 63 per cent of the Grade 12 domestic graduates who submitted applications to
UBC (both campuses combined). In comparison, 60 percent of international undergraduate
applicants were accepted.
How many students are enrolled at UBC in the current academic year?
In September, UBC welcomed 63,370 students to its Vancouver and Kelowna campuses.
Of these students, more than 70 per cent are from BC, five per cent are from the rest of
Canada, and 25 per cent are international students from about 150 countries.
My child had ago per cent average but was not accepted at UBC. Why?
Admission to UBC is competitive. The admission criteria are determined by three things: (a) how
many domestic students apply, (b) the grades they present, and (c) how many new first-year seats
are available (as determined by government targets and funding). Demand from international
students does not affect any of these factors. In addition, UBC looks beyond applicants' grades
and considers their personal profiles: what kinds of things have they done outside of the classroom
and what have they learned from those experiences? As a result, having high grades does not,
in and of itself, guarantee admission, particularly to our most competitive programs.
In addition to grades, how else are applicants evaluated?
UBC uses broad-based admissions criteria, in addition to grades. The information helps us
determine whether an applicant will flourish here- not just because of their grades, but also
because of the experiences and ambition they bring with them. Applicants are asked to tell
us about the things that are important to them, their significant achievements, what they've
learned from their experiences, and the challenges that they've overcome. Alumni volunteers
play an important role in this broad-based admissions process, helping, with others, to assess
the personal profiles of prospective students. Grades are still of vital importance, but we look
at the whole person too.
Are only Lower Mainland kids getting accepted into UBC - what about the interior or the north?
UBC accepts students from all over BC, Canada and the world. Around 1,200 students from
the BC interior and the North were accepted in 2017.
What about Aboriginal students?
We estimate that there are around 1,500 Aboriginal students enrolled across the two campuses,
although this may bean understatement as this number relates to those who self-identify as
Aboriginal, and some may choose not to disclose their status. In recent years, UBC has made
considerable efforts to encourage participation from Aboriginal students. The 2017 incoming
class saw a 32 per cent increase of students who identify as Aboriginal entering UBC directly
from secondary school.
What is the difference in admission standards between
UBC Vancouver and Okanagan?
As mentioned previously, admission standards vary
by how many domestic students apply, the grades they
oresent, and how many new first-year seats are available
is determined by government targets and funding).
Because those factors differ for the two campuses and
for our many programs, admission standards vary.
Does UBC have admissions programs for children of alumni,
like some of the Ivy League universities?
. As a public university receiving taxpayers' money,
Z accepts students based solely on their meetingthe
lissions criteria. It doesn't matter who their parents
In some private US schools, these types of programs,
:n referred to as legacy admissions, are more prevalent,
although there is some evidence that the practice is declining.
How does UBC decide how many international undergraduate
students to accept?
The number of international undergraduate students we
can admit is determined by individual faculties and approved
by the UBC Senate in accordance with our commitment to
provide excellent education and appropriate levels of support
for all students, including counselling, advising, library
services, experiential learning opportunities, and so forth.
Do international students take spaces away from domestic
students? Are international students subsidized by
BC taxpayers?
No. Each year, the provincial government funds UBC
for a set number of domestic students. Domestic and
international undergraduate applicants are considered
separately, and they do not compete for the same spaces.
Domestic applicants compete against each other for the
government-funded spaces, while international students
compete for spaces that are not government funded.
We have always enrolled more domestic students than
we are provincially funded for. International undergraduate
students pay significantly highertuition fees, unaided by
funding from BC taxpayers.
Is it easier for international students to get accepted?
The university first evaluates domestic applicants to ensure
that the most qualified students are offered admission to
the domestic, government-funded spaces. This competitive
process determines the marks required to gain admission
-typically far above the minimum standard. With the wide
range of educational systems found around the world,
it is impossible to precisely equate grades (for example,
75 per cent vs. B+vs. 4 for an International Baccalaureate
Certificate course). Through the competitive process, UBC
establishes admission criteria for international students
that are comparable with domestic students and validates
these equivalencies by examining first-year performance to
ensure that international undergraduate students admitted
perform at the same level as domestic students with
comparable grades.
How much tuition do international students pay versus domestic students?
UBC's international undergraduate students pay a higher tuition fee than
domestic students that is benchmarked against fees charged for similar
programs at peer institutions in Canada and reflective of the value of
a UBC degree. Tuition revenue from international students enables UBC
to provide an outstanding education and enriched student experience
for all students. In the 2016/17 fiscal year, $234 million was received from
international undergraduate students compared with $221 million from
domestic undergraduate students. International students also provide
important economic benefits to the city, the province and the country
- sparking relationships that can lead to lasting, mutually beneficial
exchanges of research, trade and business opportunities.
Are there any scholarships available?
Yes, there are a range of scholarships and bursaries available to
domestic students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
UBC and its donors award $15 million to incoming students with
awards such asthe Major Entrance Scholarship,theSchulich Leader
Scholarship, and the Centennial Scholars Entrance Award. For those with
financial need, there are bursaries and student housing assistance and
supplement grants. For international students there are merit-based
and need-based awards, includingthe International Scholars program,
now in its 16th year, and the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program.
More details on all of these are available at:
Where do the majority of UBC's international students come from?
UBC has one of the most diverse populations of international students
in Canada, representing many countries. The top five source countries
of international students are China,the US, India, Republic of Korea,
and Japan. This year's first-year undergraduate students come from
131 countries.
What about domestic students going abroad? How does UBC ensure global
engagement isn't just a one-way street?
International engagement isthe hallmark of a globally-ranked university
like UBC, one of Canada's best universities, and it's one of the compelling
reasons students from BC and the rest of Canada come here to study.
They know that they will have an opportunity to learn from top faculty
members drawn from around the world and to interact with and learn from
peers whose diverse backgrounds will enrich their student experience.
We encourage our domestic students to broaden their horizons
through internationally-focused learning opportunities- enablingthem
to become global citizens ready to meet the challenges of the world.
More UBC students go on exchanges, research, and study abroad
programs than students at any other university in Canada. UBC's Go
Global program, for example, partners with 300 universities worldwide,
and administers over $1.4 million in international learning awards.
What advice would you give to a prospective applicant to UBC?
We look at each prospective student as a whole person: a combinatior
of talents, interests, and passions. Our students have a wide variety
of backgrounds, experiences, and skills. What they have in common
is a commitment to pursue academic excellence in a challenging,
rewarding, and supportive environment.
If you would like to find out more about the student admission process,
please see page 43 for details on an upcoming presentation.
Quick facts about UBC students of 2017/18:
63,370 students at UBC
(Vancouver and Okanagan campuses)
The admission average for new
first-year students at the Vancouver
campus is 90-5 Per cent ar|d at tne
Okanagan campus is 84-4 Per cent
769 Indigenous students,
including 293 new Indigenous
students (students with
Indigenous basis of admission)
Sarah and Matthew
are the most common names
of students at UBC
Among new students
the most common names are
Nicholas and Emily
Among all students (new and
returning) from outside Canada/
US/Australia/UK/New Zealand,
the most common names are
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52,321 undergraduate students;
11,049 graduate students
14,921 new undergraduate students;
2,062 new graduate students
47r04o domestic students;
l6,322 international students
7,l66 new first-year students
at the Vancouver campus
2,124 new first-year students
at the Okanagan campus
Overall, UBC's student body
represents l82 countries
New first-year students
come from 131 countries
In 2016/17 at UBC Recreation
at the Vancouver campus,
there were 950 intramural
teams (in ten leagues),
and 1,200 events teams
(for 14 events)
The most popular food item in
student residence at the Vancouver
campus is the S3 lad bar
in student residence at the
Vancouver campus is Water
from the water fountains,
followed by coffee
(Numbers are accurate to August 25,2077, and are subject to change.)
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The Polar Prince icebreaker in the
Torngat Mountains National Park,
Newfoundland and Labrador.
(Photo: Jackie Dives)
On June i, the icebreaker Polar Prince set sail from Toronto on a 150-day
journey to Victoria. It traversed all three Canadian coasts on a 23,000 km route
that included navigation of the Northwest Passage. The epic adventure was
a signature project of Canada 750 and aimed to engage millions of Canadians
in national discussions centred around four key themes: reconciliation, diversity
and inclusion, the environment, and youth engagement. Three hundred lucky
Canadians were selected to fill a passenger list representing a cross-section of
our society. It included scientists, artists, musicians, Indigenous elders, historians,
politicians, business leaders, youth, newcomers, journalists, celebrities, and
teachers. Each passenger was assigned to one of is legs of the journey, during
which they enjoyed community events and cultural activities, both on board and
via shore excursions. Alumnus Trevor Corkum was writer-in-residence for Leg 6
of the route, a week's sailing from Nain in Newfoundland and Labrador to Iqaluit
in Nunavut. One of his shipmates was alumna Nadine Caron, A/ID'97.
I first met Nadine on the streets of Kuujjuaq in northern Quebec. Our plane
had left Montreal two hours earlier and dropped our Leg 6 group off at
Kuujjuaq Airport. On the descent, circling down, thick boreal forest rose up
to meet us, punctured here and there by sombre grey lakes. As there were
delays in boarding the chartered plane to Labrador, our group decided to take
a walkthrough town.
Kuujjuaq is the administrative capital of Nunavik, the Inuit homeland of
Quebec. As the heart of Nunavik, itwas a fitting entry point for our journey
north. Like many northern communities, Kuujjuaq is a sprawling town,
houses spiralling around dusty, unpaved roads, hemmed in by the harsh
beauty of rocky hills. Snug in our puffy coats - even though it was late July -
Nadine and I lagged behind the rest of the group, lost in conversation.
I remember we spoke at length about books. She recommended The Truth
About Stories by Thomas King, and I told her how I'd loved Madeleine Thien's
Do Not Say We Have Nothing. She spoke about her daughter, husband, and
their life in Prince George. I talked about my partner. When I asked about
work, she told me she was a doctor. We soon fell into a comfortable silence,
watching kids at the community centre play pick-up ball.
It was only later, after the group boarded the ship and formal introductions
were made, that I realized Nadine was Nadine Caron, co-director of UBC's
Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health and Canada's first female
Indigenous surgeon. Turns out I had even seen her before on TV, in a moving
one-on-one interview with Peter Mansbridge.
But I knew her first as simply Nadine. Engaged conversationalist.
Voracious reader.
We were an eclectic group of 25 Canadians that included a Yukon
Supreme Court justice, a ceramic artist, a Conservative MP,
a comedian, and an advocate forthose with Down syndrome. We departed
Nain, Labrador, on a retired Coast Guard icebreaker, the Polar Prince,
which powered its way alongside the spellbinding Torngat Mountains
en route to Iqaluit.
A typical day would see us boarding a flotilla of Zodiacs to zoom ashore
for a community or cultural event, like learning to cook Arctic char with
Inuit elders. Days were full and emotions high. In the evening, we'd gather
to debrief. Stories were shared, themes engaged, and sometimes, in the
intimacy of those late hours, wounds and private memories revealed.
It was hard not to be moved while travelling through Nunatsiavut, the
magical homeland of the Labrador Inuit. Or when meeting with Inuityouth
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who are reshaping the world's understanding of their
people through activism and story. Or connecting with
elders like Sophie Keelan and John Jararuse, whose lives
had been turned upside down when Inuit living in the
village of Hebron, where a mission had been established in
the 1830s by the Moravian church, were forced to relocate
in 1959, after the Newfoundland government halted
service. Disaster ensued as families were split apart, the
Inuit scattering to unfamiliar communities in the south.
One of the most powerful moments on our journey
was a ceremony in the refurbished church in Hebron.
On long wooden benches, we listened to Sophie and
John sing an Inuktitut hymn before sharing memories
of their childhoods in Hebron, full of love and family and
time on the land. Sophie and John's tales were stories
of resilience; their connection to and love of the land
unbroken, despite the hardships they'd endured.
Hebron is a recognized historic site now, part of the
Torngat Mountains National Park, co-managed by the
Inuit and Parks Canada. Sophie and John were gracious
hosts, welcoming us to their territory, preparing a traditional meal of bannock and Arctic char
and inviting us to walk the trails where the Inuit have lived, hunted, and died for thousands of
years. Their generosity, humility, and infectious laughter were highlights of the trip.
The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Legacy Room on the ship is designed as a safe space
to discuss reconciliation. The Legacy Room idea was conceived by Nova Scotia Assembly
of First Nations Regional Chief Morley Googoo, who partnered with the Gord Downie & Chanie
Wenjack Fund. There are a growing number of Legacy Rooms across the country, spaces
where Canadians can gather to reflect on the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission's final report.
It was in the Legacy Room that some of our group's most powerful conversations occurred.
Conversations like Nadine's story of her mother's time at a residential school in Ontario, how
upon entering the school her mother was given the designation Number Forty - stripped of
everything from her name to the culture and language she was forced to leave.
"What I started to notice about the Legacy Room was that it garnered a level of respect on
the ship," said Nadine on later reflection. "It was supposed to be the quiet space, and it was.
We had some very challenging, very eye-opening conversations together. Yet there was also
a lot of laughter."
She told me about how her mother, attending a reunion at her former residential school,
ended up laughing on the front step with her sister, an hour after breaking down with grief.
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"Laughter is a form of resilience for many Indigenous
communities," she explained. "It means that we
survived. It means that we're still laughing. It means
that we're still here."
Idealists among us believe we're navigating a critical
moment in Canada's history, at long last beginning
to incorporate some of the vital stories missing from
the official narratives of our country. Recognizing
Canada's historical mistreatment of Indigenous peoples,
the wrongs done to Inuit, First Nations, and Metis
communities, is an urgent first step.
Not long after our return from the trip, I asked Nadine
what reconciliation looks like from her perspective.
"In order to reconcile something,
you have to recognize and accept
the past with the present," was her
response. "You need to start from
a place of respect. If you're proud
that Canada does well in hockey,
or that we have a democracy, or
whatever it is that makes you proud
to be a Canadian, you have to be able to take that and
also look at the past." In other words, being part of our
country carries a responsibility to bear the full weight of
our collective history, in all its joy and accomplishment,
but its darker chapters too.
Moving forward, she says it's the duty of all Canadians
to apply the spirit of the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission's Calls to Action in their day-to-day lives.
"Figure out what that might mean to you
personally. How are you going to take those calls to
action, interpret them through the lens of your own
profession and do something to be part of the change
we need? If you are a health care practitioner, how
can you address your care of Indigenous Canadians
through that lens? And if there's something you don't
understand, it's your responsibility to ask. It's everyone's
responsibility." She sees the icebreaker Polar Prince as
an apt metaphor for Canada powering its way into the
future. "By seeing where we've come from, by knowing
where we've been, we are better able to redirect the
country to where we'd like it to be in the future." D
Trevor Corkum is a Toronto-based writer and educator.
His novel The Electric Boy is forthcoming with
Doubleday Canada.
Nadine Caron is an associate professor in the
Department of Surgery in UBC's Faculty of Medicine,
and was appointed co-director of the university's Centre
for Excellence in Indigenous Health in 2014.
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across Canada
A coming of age ritual shared by young men and
women over the eons has been the grand travel
adventure to vaguely romantic, unknown places. In
19th century England, for example, some young adults
ventured to Italy and France to live in villas, drink wine
and write intense, intellectual novels, while 20th century
middle-class youths from North America (when they
weren't fighting in wars) took to the byways of Europe
or Asia to find themselves, drink wine and write wistful
novels of love and alienation.
This summer, Ori Nevares and Philippe Roberge, two
BASc'17 grads, chose the budget-conscious Canadian
version of the travel adventure: they decided to hitchhike
from Whitehorse to St. John's, to learn a little bit about
themselves and a lot about their own country. They
called their project Expedition Canada 150 for two
reasons: Canada's 150th, obviously, and because they
carried just $150 each in cash. They hoped to prove that frugal travel was
still possible in this expensive age, and to take the pulse of Canadians vis
a vis our reputed friendliness and generosity.
"Last year we took some friends and did a tour of the west coast of
North America by car," says Nevares. "We wanted to see how far we could
get in six hours of nonstop driving. But this year we wanted to do something
to celebrate Canada's 150th. And since neither of us had ever really seen
much of Canada, it seemed like the perfect opportunity."
They decided to record their voyage with weekly video blogs, social
media pages posted with their progress, and portraits of the men and
women they met along the way. They plan to produce a documentary
("We have more than 600 gigs of video," says Roberge), and write a book
about their adventure.
To organize for the trip, they got sponsorships from Canon, who supplied
the camera, L'Oreal (for sport sunblock) and Bergans, an outdoor clothing
company from Norway. They made "Canada" signs, carried large Canadian
flags, filled backpacks with clothes and camping gear, and prepared
 Canada 150
themselves to look like who they were: two wholesome students on their
way across the country. They flew to Whitehorse - chosen as the point of
departure because it is the farthest west of larger Canadian cities - and
on day one of their adventure, they hauled themselves and their packs to
Highway! and stuck out theirthumbs.
Hitchhiking was fairly easy, according to both, though
they did have some long waits. "Our longest wait was
about four hours on Highway 2 between Edmonton
and Calgary," says Nevares. "We were in the middle of
nowhere and the cars just went whizzing past at 120 kph
We couldn't walk anywhere, because an hour in either
direction got us to a similar stretch of road."
Once in a car, they would make a point of asking the
driver the same four basic questions: How did your
family come to Canada? What's your favourite thing
about Canada? How did you hear about our project?
What's the best piece of advice you can give us? These interviews,
together with the blogs, will form the basis for the upcoming doc and book.
"It wasn't a piece of cake," says Roberge. "It was a tough slog, especially
the first part. In Brandon, we went through a big storm and a tornado.
"In Brandon, we went
through a biq storm
That night we got to sleep under a bench at a Tim Horton's, all wet and
miserable, and we thought, 'What are we doing? We could be home in
Vancouver with our friends, my girlfriend, having a great summer!'"
"People were amazing, and incredibly generous," says Nevares. "But they'd
say how jealous they were of what we were doing, that they envied our life.
And I'm thinking how exhausted I am, and
that I have to sleep on the floor on the ferry to
Newfoundland, using my sweater as a pillow."
From the beginning, they were able to
depend on the kindness of the strangers who
had seen their blog and social media postings
for food and, often, lodgings, but Winnipeg
was the turning point. They were interviewed
by the local CBC station, which plugged
their social media presence and made a big
deal of their adventure. From then on, they
became minor celebrities. "We got way more offers for accommodation
than we needed. It was an amazing response," says Roberge. They were
even comped the ferry ride to Newfoundland. Ultimately, they ended up
spending under $10 of the $300 they took with them.
and a tornado. That
night we, got to sleep
urraera bench at
a Tim Rortons. all „
wet and miserable.
"Altogether, we had something like 58 rides between
Whitehorse and St. John's," says Nevares. "People
always ask us if we had any negative experiences,
and quite honestly, we didn't. There were some dodgy
people, for sure, and one guy who kept talking about
the coming apocalypse, but he was really quite cool.
At no time did we ever feel threatened or unsafe."
"Ninety-nine per cent of the people we met were
friendly, encouraging and incredibly generous," says
Roberge. "And they'd tell you things about themselves
they'd probably never tell anyone else. I guess they
think they'll never see us again. But we heard about
peoples' divorces and other family secrets."
"The hardest part," says Nevares, "was staying
positive. You're on the road for hours, waiting for a ride,
then in the car for hours more, all after sleeping the
night before on a bench, and you have to be friendly and
interested. You can't just fall asleep, even though you're
totally exhausted. Then, when you get somewhere at the
end of the day, when some generous person has put you
up for the night in their house, you have to be on your best behaviour over dinner
with the family. And before you can go to sleep you have to write and upload the
day's blog, along with any video footage. But at the end of it, none of that matters.
The people were incredible. It's the best adventure I've ever had in my life."
The grand adventures of youth frequently produce bits of knowledge and
insight that a person can use to great advantage in adulthood. Did that happen
for Nevares and Roberge?
"No question," says Nevares. "It's the advice we heard from just about
everybody we met along the way: 'Live for today. If you have a dream, go for it.'"
"People praised us for being brave, for doing the impossible," says Roberge.
"But we're just normal guys. We're not super smart or super strong people.
We just decided to do it. If we can do something like that, anyone can. You just
have to decide to take the first step."
"Our first step was to buy the plane tickets from Vancouver to Whitehorse,"
says Nevares. "Once we did that, there was no turning back."
"Right," says Roberge. "We didn't buy flight cancellation insurance.
We had to go." D
For more on Expedition Canada 750, visit expeditioncanada150.com and
Back on the West Coast, they celebrated by
climbing Brunswick Mountain, the highest
peak in the North Shore mountains.
(Kiefer James Photography)
  Share the excitement of alumni UBC's
100th year where you live by hosting
or attending a 100 Dinners gathering.
100 Dinners lets alumni organize special get-togethers in their community.
Either host a private dinner for UBC friends you already know, or organize
a public dinner to make new connections with alumni in your region.
We'll give you all the tools you need to make your event a success.
Whether you studied English or Engineering, graduated in 1965 or 2015,
or live in Tokyo or Toronto, 100 Dinners is for you!
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alumni ubc 2017
Achievement Awards Recipients
For the past ioo years, UBC alumni have proven they
are capable of amazing things. This November, at the
alumni UBC Achievement Awards, we will honour
eight inspiring members of the UBC community who,
through their extraordinary endeavours, have taken the
lead on important issues to create positive social change.
Indira Samarasekera
O.C., PhD'80, LLD'06
Dr. Samarasekera is a metals and materials
engineering scholar with international
stature whose achievements span research,
government relations, industry innovation,
and university administration. Her leadership
has been described as transformative,
and she is a highly effective champion for
post-secondary education, research funding,
and technology transfer.
Karim Damji
Dr. Damji is a leading ophthalmologist who is
dedicated to global health and has strong links
to East Africa, where glaucoma is a common
blinding disease. His approach to spreading
knowledge and skills, byempowering local care
providers to improve the quality of eye care
in their own countries, has enabled thousands
of people to benefit.
Dr. Kyung-Ae Park
Professor Park holds the Korea Foundation
Chair at UBC and leads Track II diplomacy
efforts between Canada and North Korea.
A core component of this work is hosting
six North Korean academics at UBC each
year, who study business and economics.
This ground-breaking program aims to build
human capacity and improve the quality of
life for North Koreans.
Dr. Mary Ann Murphy
Dr. Murphy is well-known for her advocacy
around issues relating to older adults and
developed the first undergraduate ageing
specialization within a Canadian School of
Social Work. She has built strong links between
UBC Okanagan and the wider community,
giving her students unique learning experiences
and facilitating innovative collaborations to
address complex societal needs and challenges.
Nancy Hermiston
Professor Hermiston headsthe Voice and
Opera divisions in UBC's School of Music
and established the UBC Opera Ensemble
in 1995. She also serves as university marshal.
She has nurtured the development of many
promising young singers, and her willingness
to share her love of classical music with the
wider community has enriched the cultural
life of Vancouver.
Ian Robertson
Mr. Robertson has been a highly effective
advocate and fundraiser for UBC over
many years. While chairing alumni UBC,
he helped develop a robust alumni
engagement strategy and was instrumental
in establishing an alumni centre. A former
Thunderbird swimmer, Mr. Robertson is
a leader within the Thunderbird alumni
community in support of athletes' success.
Lianping Ti
Dr. Ti is an outstanding young academic
whose research focuses on the efficacy of
healthcare systems for people suffering with
drug addiction and related infectious diseases.
Her research has uncovered barriers to
healthcare forthese marginalized populations
and has already played a role in shaping
new hospital policies to address them.
Helen Burt
A highly-respected research leader based
in UBC's Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences,
Dr. Burt co-founded Canada's Centre for
Drug Research and Development to support
the commercialization of innovative academic
discoveries. She is best known for developing
novel drug-delivery systems, which target
specific locations in the body and control
the rate of a drug's release.
Read more about the recipients at alumni.ubc. cal awards
alumni ubc 2018
Do you know a graduate, student, faculty or friend of UBC who deserves to be recognized
as a leader, advocate, artist or visionary? This is your chance to bring them into the limelight.
To nominate online, visit alumni.ubc.ca/nominate. nomination deadline: Friday, February 16,2018
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In 1976, Stan and Rose Arkley donated their extensive
private collection of children's literature to UBC Library's
Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC). Stan was
a member of the class of 1925, whose members had
earlier donated the outstanding Alice One Hundred
Collection to mark the 100th anniversary of the original
►publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and the
40th anniversary of their graduation.
Today, through purchase and donation, the Arkley
Collection of Early and Historical Children's Literature
comprises more than 12,000 Canadian, British, and
American children's books, serials, and manuscripts.
It has always prioritized popular works or "books that
children actually read," so it seems incredible that as
late as spring 2015, it did not include a single Harry Potter
book - the most popular children's literature series in
several generations. Yet it wasn't until that summer that
the RBSC began the process of acquiring complete sets
of the US, UK, and Canadian first editions of the Harry
Potter series. As books were added to the collection,
RBSC learned more and more about the profound and
surprising connections that Vancouver shares with the
beloved series.
As most fans know, the story of Harry Potter began in
the summer of 1990 on a delayed train from Manchester
to London, when the seven-year saga of a young,
orphaned wizard "simply fell" into the mind of author
J. K. Rowling. The story of Harry Potter in Vancouver
began at Kidsbooks' former flagship location on West
Broadway in the fall of 1998. The store's co-owner,
Kelly McKinnon, saw a reference in Publisher's Weekly
to the debut novel in the series and asked her partner,
alumna Phyllis Simon, MLS'73, whether she had heard
of this book that was making such a splash in the UK.
McKinnon and Simon asked Vancouver's Raincoast
Books, the Canadian distributor for Bloomsbury
Publishing, to import 200 paperback copies of Harry
Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - a hefty order for
a title with no track record. They sold the first 200 books
within two or three weeks and ordered another 200, followed by another 400 - selling them
all by word of mouth throughout that fall.
Despite the humble beginnings of the Harry Potter series, by the time the fourth book,
Goblet of Fire, was published in 2000, the phenomenon and the fandom were in their full
glory. The series was the topic of front page stories for major publications such as Maclean's.
With 1,900 pre-orders for Goblet of Fire, Kidsbooks began preparations for a midnight book
release party.
Step one to hosting a fantastic Harry Potter party is creating a truly magical environment.
Kidsbooks did this by hiring Vancouver interior designer Catherine Youngren to turn theirl
25-metre storefront into the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Youngren created
the design for the enormous hand-painted wooden facade, and Ken Hollands, BFA'96, a UBC
alumnus in technical theatre, built and installed it. The 500 free tickets to the first release
party were distributed within six hours. Many fans arrived in costume and enjoyed a sorting
ceremony (Hogwarts' method for assigning students to different school houses), magic tricks,
lightning-bolt tattoos, games, and, most importantly, the release of a new Harry Potter adventure.
According to a National Post story published after the midnight party, Kidsbooks sold 500 copies
of Goblet of Fire in just seven and a half minutes. They went on to host another three midnight
release parties, the final one taking place on the great lawn at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
Ticket sales for the party were capped at 3,500, and 5,000 books were ordered.
In a 1999 interview in the Vancouver Sun, Kidsbooks founder Phyllis Simon said of the
Harry Potter phenomenon: "I've never seen anything like this, neither in children's nor adult
publishing.... Not since Charlotte's Web or The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; but it's so
different, what's happening with Harry." Simon saw the phenomenon as reflective of the moment
in which the series was born: a rare "magical reading experience" crossing both gender and
age gaps, combined with the powerful promotional tool of global media. In terms of the lasting
impacts of the series, Simon feels that the books legitimized children's literature, bringing new
respect to the entire genre.
While Vancouver-based Kidsbooks was the first bookstore in Canada to carry Harry Potter and
the Philosopher's Stone, it was Raincoast Books that truly brought the series to Canada. In October
1998, Allan MacDougall, founder and then president of Raincoast Books, a local wholesale and
distribution company, made his annual visit to the Frankfurt Book Fair. MacDougall knew that
Kidsbooks was doing a brisk business with Philosopher's Stone and happened to run into an
old friend, Barry Cunningham, J. K. Rowling's original editor at Bloomsbury Publishing. After
making inquiries, MacDougall found that all Canadian rights for the first two books were sti
up for grabs. A quick phone call to London secured Raincoast's distribution rights. A few
weeks later, Bloomsbury offered Raincoast the opportunity to not only distribute UK
editions of the existing Harry Potter books, but to publish Canadian editions. Between
the rights acquisition in 1999 and publication of the final book in 2007, the company's
annual revenues at least tripled, with reported sales of 11 million Potter titles.
In an interview with Maclean's, MacDougall acknowledged that the company
was "proud of what we've accomplished - we were never out of print, never
failed to get books to stores. Harry Potter gave us the chance to show that a small
Canadian publisher is quite capable of doing what multinational houses do."
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Sometimes a book is special not because of the particular edition, but because of its
provenance. This paperback copy of Philosopher's Stone was previously owned by Felicity
Walker, a young actress from Hertfordshire, England, who was the body double for Emma
Watson's Hermione Granger in the first three Harry Potter films, during which time she
collected a wealth of often unique mementos from the productions. The title page of this
particular book is signed by Daniel Radcliffe (who played Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron),
Emma Watson (Hermione), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), and Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley).
The book, which bears the date November 23,2000, would have been signed during the filming
of the first movie, when the young stars ranged in age from 10 and 73. Now all grown up, they
have gone on to enjoy successful careers. But these childish signatures remind us that they
were once just kids who had been given the opportunity of a lifetime to become
part of a magical world.
MacDougall was also responsible for bringing not only the Harry
Potter series to Canada, but author J. K. Rowling herself. In March
2000, he attended a dinner at Goldsmiths' Hall in London in honour
of Harry Potter's international publishers and found himself sitting
beside the author. Over the course of the evening, MacDougall,
with his characteristic charm, persuaded her to make her first trip
to Canada in October 2000 for two historic appearances in Toronto
and Vancouver. While in Vancouver, Rowling held a press conference
with junior journalists, conducted interviews, and gave two readings
for more than 10,000 fans at the Pacific Coliseum as part of the
Vancouver International Writers Festival.
Given the local impact of the series, the RSBC's collection of Harry
Potter books not only ensures that scarce first or special editions
of these works can be properly cared for and made accessible
to Canadians for generations to come, but allows UBC to tell the
story of the effect this literary phenomenon had on the people, the
business, and the cultural landscape of Vancouver.
UBC Library's collection of US, UK, and Canadian first editions
of the Harry Potter series is now almost complete, with just one
more book to secure: a scarce UK first edition of Harry Potter and
If the first UK edition of Philosopher's Stone
is scarce, the uncorrected proof of the book
is even more so: only about 200 copies of |
this proof were produced. While the proof
contains some of the text errors that are
notable in the first edition of the book,
it also includes a misprint of the author's
name, ifh/lh appears as "J.A. Rowling"
on the mtlMpage. This proof was signed
by J. K. Rowling at a book tour stop
at Carnegie Hall in New York on
October 79,200J.
The Barber Learning Centre is a large
modern library facility built around the
core of the original 7920s Main Library.
Like the original building, the centre
includes a room named for UBC's first
librarian, John Ridington. However, it is
probably better known by its unofficial
name: The Harry Potter room - so
called because of its winding staircase
and walls covered in portraits
(including Ridington's). Ridington was
a controversial character who would
not have seemed out of place in
a Harry Potter novel. He was known
for his authoritarian approach to
enforcing library etiquette, and the
nickname King John soon stuck with
irreverent students. "There are few
of us who have not at some time
seen his bearded countenance
appear unexpectedly from behind
a barricade of books, to gaze down
reprovingly upon us, and, if need
be, make a few remarks in pithy,
and Johnsonese English," reported  J
the 7976 Annual.
RSBC's copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find
Them (J. K. Rowling, 2001), features an original watercolour
drawing as a frontispiece by artist Jason Cockroft, illustrator
of the cover art for the UK children's editions of Order of
the Phoenix, Half Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows.
Rowling later adapted Beasts and Where to Find Them
for the screen, as a prequel to the Harry Potter films.
the Philosopher's Stone, of which only 500 copies were
published. At auction it has so far proven elusive, selling
for prices well beyond the range of the library's budget
(despite the RSBC's first attempt at crowdfunding in
preparation for an auction held this July). But there is
no intention of giving up. As Albus Dumbledore says in
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, "We must try not
to sink beneath our anguish, Harry, but battle on."  D
Rare Books and Special Collections conducts weekly
tours on Wednesdays at 11 am. See rbsc.library.ubc.ca/
visiting/tours for more information.
It seems unlikely that a fictional game in which the players fly among the
clouds on broomsticks chasing a magical sphere called a snitch would ever
make it as a college sport. But a generation brought up on Harry Potter
and all things enchanting wasn't about to give upon their dreams of rising
above Muggledom.
A college in Vermont claims to have originated quidditch (for Muggles)
in 2005. By 2007, enough teams had taken flight to hold a world cup
competition and form the International Quidditch Association. Now, there
are teams across Europe, North and South America, Asia and India. The
first Canadian teams came out of Ontario in 2009, while UBC's first team
hit the metaphorical stratosphere in 2010 as an Alma Mater Society club. By
2014 teams had risen up in universities and high schools across the country.
It's a gender-neutral sport, one of its basic rules requiring that a team can
field no more than four players of the same self-identified gender at a time.
While the game is, of course, tethered to the ground, it is remarkably
faithful to its fictional roots. Two teams of seven (three chasers, two
beaters, a keeper and a seeker) try to toss slightly deflated volleyballs, called
quaffles, through two sets of three hoops situated at either end of a field.
Only the chasers are allowed to score, while the beaters, armed with slightly
deflated dodgeballs called bludgers, try to stop the
opposing chasers by hitting them with their balls,
rendering them momentarily incapable of flight. After
17 minutes, a player not affiliated with either team,
the snitch runner (a player with a tennis ball in a sock,
the snitch, attached to his or her back like a tail), runs
onto the field. This player's task is to avoid having the
snitch snatched from their back by either team. A seeker from each team
enters the field a minute later and tries to "catch the snitch." Each quaffle
tossed through a hoop scores 10 points for the chaser's team, while the team
whose seeker catches the snitch scores 30. The game ends when the snitch
is taken from the snitch runner. The team with most points wins.
Oh. One more thing. Each player, except the snitch runner, is required
to hold a small "broomstick" between their legs at all times (usually a PVC
pole). Such a rule is no more ridiculous than making hockey players chase
a little rubber puck while manoeuvring down an iced field on shoes with knife
blades on the soles, or the arcane rules of any given sport. Think golf. Or
basketball. In quidditch, the broomsticks lend a sweet sense of authenticity.
The game has grown considerably at UBC. "When the club started in
2010," says Jade Kandola, a 3rd year biology student who has been playing
since she came to UBC, "they used hula hoops on sticks spiked into the
round. Now we have fully functional teams and proper equipment, and
many of our players have played on the national team."
"It's not a bunch of
nerds running around
on broomsticks. Its
athletes trying to win."
In 2016 the AMS team split in two, forming an
additional squad as a Thunderbirds Sport Club (TSC).
This team soared to the top and won the regional
competitions that year, and came in fourth at the
national competitions in Victoria. This September,
tryouts were held for both teams and attracted more
than 70 enthusiasts. Twenty-six of these will make up the
TSC team, while the rest will play for the AMS team.
The TSC team, flying under the T-Bird banner, is the
more focussed, competitive group. "We tend to get the
stronger players," says Gloria Cuthbertson, a 2nd year
English student "Also, our practice schedule is fairly
intense. A lot of our players come from rugby and soccer,
and they take it quite seriously."
The AMS team is more community focussed. "You
don't have to be a student to play for the AMS team,"
says Kandola, "so we have to be a little more relaxed with
our practice schedule. Some of our players have already
graduated from UBC and just want to keep playing."
Still, quidditch is a vigorous,
demanding sport, regardless of which
team one joins. "It's really intense,"
she says. "It's not a bunch of nerds
running around on broomsticks. It's
athletes trying to win. You get a huge
competitive rush when you're on
the field. Also, there's the social aspect of the sport.
You get to meet an amazing variety of people from all
faculties and sports."
But what happens when students who haven't been
exposed to Harry Potter come along in the next few
years. Will quidditch appeal to them? "We have new
players who've never read any of the Potter books," says
Cuthbertson. "They're attracted to quidditch because
they see what a great sport it is."
In the Harry Potter universe, Quidditch is a fast-paced,
dangerous sport with students screaming around on
powerful broomsticks high above the ground. In our
universe, it's slightly slower - but just as competitive and
taken just as seriously by many players. In spite of being
surface-bound, quidditch has taken off at UBC, and
promises to keep growing. Big leagues, here we come! D
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The Hundred-Year
Trek: A History of
Student Life at UBC
Heritage House, $32.95.
Orderthrough the UBC Bookstore.
Sheldon Goldfarb, PhD'92, MAS'96,
has been the AMS Archivist at
U BC for more than 20 years. I n 2014,
a year before the Alma Mater
Society's 100th anniversary, he
began the gargantuan task of writing
a book to tell the story of a century
of student life and politics at UBC.
The result - The Hundred-Year Trek:
A History of Student Life at UBC -
can now be ordered from the UBC
Bookstore (bookstore.ubc.ca) and
a portion of the revenues goes to
the AMS. As a taster, Goldfarb   '
shared with Trek magazine some
of the fascinating tidbits he has
uncovered during his project.
During which era would you most like to have been a student at UBC, and why? Well, the most interesting
era was probably the late 60s, when the world was turned upside down, and not just at UBC: protests,
demonstrations, the counterculture... students occupyingthe Faculty Club. That doesn't mean I'd have liked
to live through it all; you know the old curse about living in interesting times. It might have been interesting
(in a quieter way) to have been in the room with Sherwood and Evelyn Lett when they wrote the first constitution
for the Alma Mater Society- not that that constitution lasted very long. Within a year or two it was being
amended. Amending its constitution, or at least its code and bylaws, is one of the oldest traditions at the AMS.
We're always changing things, then changingthem back.
Over the decades, what aspects of student life have changed the most? What I discovered in writing the book was
that, on the one hand, lots of things are just the same as they've always been (students complaining about fees, the
student leadership worrying about how to engage the general student body, students partying, students studying),
but at the same time - wow - somethings we just don't do anymore, like electrocuting students as part of first year
orientation (not electrocuting them to death, but zapping them with electricity). Hazing is gone, thank goodness.
And student attitudes have changed about things like Indigenous peoples and feminism. The student body
no longer pretends to bean Indigenous group, with the Totem for an annual publication. We still use the name
Thunderbird, of course, but we did eventually get permission for that from a chief.
But the biggest change, though this probably affects the student leadership more than the general student
body, is that since the wild 60s turned everything upside down, the students have obtained a say in running
the university, or at least have representation on the Senate and Board of Governors, and on various university
committees and faculty bodies. They are also supposed to be consulted on tuition increases and the like.
There was very little of that before 1965. In fact, the students didn't even have full control over their student
society: one of those early constitutional changes I mentioned was vetoed by the University Senate, and
Student Council used to have to submit its minutes to the university for approval.
What have been your most unusual discoveries about UBC's student history? One was that the university
used to cancel classes so students could attend the AMS General Meeting. I've suggested to the current
AMS president that he mention this to Santa Ono.
I also learned that UBC almost closed during the Depression, and that in the early days the students would
rampage through the downtown streets in wild, linked-arm snake dances.
And then there were the Revolutionary Trutchkeyites, which I discovered in the pages of the Ubyssey back
in 1978 in the free announcement column for clubs. Every week or so, amidst the notices from the French
club or whatever, there'd be these strange announcements emanating from a group called the Revolutionary
Trutchkeyites, talking about sock hunts or cleaning binges or eating spaghetti and watching Fellini movies-
usually to take place at Trutch House. I presume this was a group of people living in a house on Trutch Street,
all with keys of course, hence Trutchkey... not to be confused with Trotsky....
Do any individuals in particular stand out? Oh, yes, two in particular from the past 50 years: Stan Persky and
Kurt Preinsperg. Persky was one of the leaders of the revolution in the late 60s, an unorthodox president of the
Arts Undergraduate Society who wanted to introduce "human government" and who at one point tried to get
athletic funding for an imaginary hockey league; unfortunately, I think all he got was imaginary funding.
As revolutionaries go, he was rather quirky, maybe more hippie comedian than hardliner. When Dow
Chemical came to campus, he wanted to reason with people to convince them not to apply to work for them.
His harder-line fellow activist, Gabor Mate, said, Oh, let's just block the doors.
And then there was Kurt Preinsperg, the longtime controversial writer of letters to the editor of the Ubyssey
(about things like tying foreign aid to population control). He went from that to becoming president of the AMS
(not the usual route) but got in trouble for compiling "Rules for Romance" (tips for picking up girls, some said).
There was even a tongue-in-cheek documentary made about him, called, of course, Rules for Romance.
Earlier there was Evelyn Lett, who helped write the first AMS constitution and who continued to be interested
in student affairs for years afterward (pushing for student residences, for instance). The AMS gave her its Great
Trekker Award in 1965. Later there was the first female f rosh president, who made an even bigger splash after
UBC: Kim Campbell, our first female prime minister (who has graciously contributed a foreword to the book).
What do you consider to have been the most inventive student protest? Makinga complainttothe UN about
tuition was pretty inventive, though it backfired on the AMS president who did it. Then there was Pat Marchak
(later dean of Arts), who made a protest of sorts as editor of the Ubyssey, writing an editorial in which she attacked
"phonies," i.e. people who put extra-curricular activities ahead of their studies. That backfired too, because at
Christmas she confessed that no new staffers had joined the paper. Presumably they were too busy studying. D
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but it bore a wealth of talent. William Smitheringale, BSc'55, PhD (MIT), was
a geological consultant in BC for many years; Eric Walter Mountjoy, BSc'55,
PhD (Uni. of Toronto), was a professor at McGill and received the 1997 Logan
Medal of the Geological Association of Canada (GAC) for his teaching
and research on carbonate rocks; and William A. Padgham, BSc'55, PhD
(Wisconsin), who won the 1996 Ambrose metal of the GAC for his sustained
and dedicated service to the Canadian earth science community.
Robert Thomson, BA'62, has set up his own publishing company, Godwin
Books (www.godwinbooks.com), and reprinted two of George Godwin's
works: The Eternal Forest (1929) and its sequel Why stay we here? (1930),
which follows Godwin to France in WWI. Thomson has also published seven
of his own books, the most recent of which is Florence, Dante and Me. It draws
upon the letters he wrote to his fiancee over the course of his year-long
university study in early 1960s Italy, and aims to capture the experience
of a young and adventurous student in a distant land.      On June 7, 2017,
Doreen Braverman, BEd'64, was presented with the Sovereign Medal for
Volunteers by the Honourable Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia,
Judith Guichon, at Government House in Victoria. • Bill Donnelly,
BSc'64, PhD'6j, is co-author of a graduate-level physics textbook that has
recently become available: Foundations of Nuclear and Particle Physics by
T W. Donnelly, J. A. Formaggio, B. R. Holstein, R. G. Milner and B. Surrow,
Cambridge University Press (2017). Although Bill is retired from a career of
38 years at MIT, he continues to be active as a nuclear theorist and is working
on another book.     John Kalbfleisch BA'64, has written the novel A Stain
Upon the Land (Shoreline Press). The book focuses on the 1827 shooting
of prominent Montreal official Robert Watson. The murder horrified the
bustling city and launched a mystery that endures to this day: who killed
Watson, and why? Blending fact and fiction, A Stain Upon the Land is a tale of
intrigue, passion and violence that ranges from the Highlands of Scotland to
the backwoods of Upper Canada, from the War of 1812 to a cholera epidemic
that scourged Montreal in 1832. The novel follows the fortunes of a young
woman and the two men who love her - and not all of them can survive.
Though several people had reason enough to want Watson dead, no one was
ever punished for the crime.      Professor Gordon McBean, BSc'64, PhD'yo,
is the winner of the 62nd International Meteorological Organization Prize
awarded by the World Meteorological Organization. Established in 1955, the
prize is the most important award in meteorology and rewards outstanding
contributions in meteorology, climatology and hydrology.      George Swede,
BA'64, has won first place in the Haiku Society of America's 2017 Merit Book
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Awards with his 40th collection
of poetry, Helices (Red Moon
Press, 2016). More details
about his career can be found
at www.georgeswede.com.
Larry Nickel, BMus'77, PhD'07,
was awarded his PhD in music
from UBC in 2007. His doctoral
thesis was writing his oratorio
Requiem for Peace. It has since
been performed by choirs all over
the world. Recently, Dr. Nickel
directed the Carnegie Symphony
Orchestra in NYC for its performance
of Requiem for Peace. Dr. Nickel was
commissioned by The Tenors to
write an arrangement of Ave Maria.
Their performance of Dr. Nickel's
arrangement has over 200,000
You Tube hits.     Arnold Fine,
BCom'79, LLB'8o, has received the
2017 Adam Albright Award for
Outstanding Adjunct Professor
at UBC's Allard School of Law.
In his thin
ird coJeKiol glories,
entitled Ernest Palmer's Dream
and other stories, St. Hope Earl
McKenzie, PhD'82, tours the rural Jamaican world in which he was born and raised, the
island's towns, and even ventures to Toronto, Canada. The characters we meet include
young scholars who are caught up in the turbulence of cultural relativism, homophobia and
madness, the nature of evil, and generational conflicts about religious beliefs. We meet
a deaconess who takes in a mentally ill woman from streets, a loner who longs for
riches and has a dream which changes his life, and an ageing farm worker whose goal
is to get one more shot at earning some money in the United States. We are shown the
impact of political violence on the life of a Rastafarian, and we meet a group of men in
the country who are determined to carry out the wishes of a dead man. We even meet
an angry Taino ghost. These stories are intended to entertain, disturb, and provoke
thought. • Daria Ellerman, BA'87, was picture editor for a feature
film directed by Mina Shum, BA'88, Dip. film and TVStudies'90, and
produced by Stephen Hegyes, BA'89, MA'95, all grads of UBC's Film and
Television Arts program. Meditation Park comes 23 years after Shum's
breakthrough success with Double Happiness starring Sandra Oh, who
returns for a role in the new movie.      Anita Miettunen, BSc'87 MSc'99
(Nottingham Trent University, UK), previously worked in environmental
regulatory science for the federal government, and was primarily
based in Gatineau, QC, and Ottawa, ON. She now works as a program
coordinator at UBC for the Liber Ero Fellowship Program, which
supports early-career applied conservation research scientists across
Canada. Miettunen is an active writer and illustrator and recently
published her first children's book, Big Blue Forever (Red Deer Press,
As more "party" drugs like cocaine, MDMA, and
ketamine are found to be cut with fentanyl and its
analogues-opioids up to 100 times more potent than
morphine - there is growing concern among members
of the nightclub and underground party scenes about
the risk of accidental overdoses at their events.
This is why, in fall 2016, registered nurse Orla Adams,
BA'08, launched a series of workshops at clubs around
Vancouver to train promoters, club employees, and
party-goers on first aid techniques, recognizing
symptoms of an overdose, and how to administer the
life-saving opioid antidote Naloxone. Previously, Adams
had worked at Insite- one of Vancouver's supervised
injection facilities -where she helped to treat and
prevent many overdoses.
Accordingto Adams, club- and party-goers are
a difficult population to target for health education.
"They are predominantly healthy young people who
don't regularly interface with the health care system,"
she says. In Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, however,
the culture of drug use is more open, and the population
lof drug-users who regularly interact with health care
providers is well educated in overdose prevention and
management. "[They] look out for each other and save
lives on a daily basis."
Adams' concern is personal: more than a nurse, she
is also a DJ, dancer, and long-time participant in the
nightlife scene, and has witnessed first-hand the effects
of its culture of secrecy. While working on an inpatient
ward at St. Paul's Hospital, she provided care to patients
who had overdosed on fentanyl or its analogues when
they believed they were taking other drugs. Although
some patients survived their ordeals, others never
made it out of intensive care.
These situations, she says, are preventable. "I want
party-goers who are going to be using recreational drugs
to feel comfortable telling someone what they are using.
I want a high level of awareness of the risks of drug use
and a strong impulse to look out for each other."
Now living in Toronto, Adams hopes to continue her
educational workthere before the situation reaches
the critical level it has in Vancouver. The popularity
of her initial training workshops gives her reason to
be optimistic. "It's encouragingto see promoters and
entertainment companies being honest about the
realities of drug use in the nightclub industry," she says,
"and showing leadership by providing free opportunities
for their clients and staff to learn more about the risks of
illicit drug use and how to manage overdose situations."
For more information on overdose prevention and
management, visit towardtheheart.com
Adams can be found online (SsOWABOWA on
Facebook, Instagram, and Soundcloud.
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2017). Her book was inspired by the true story of
how Canada's largest blue whale skeleton, buried
for more than 20 years in PEI, eventually became
a magnificent display at the Beaty Biodiversity
Museum in Vancouver. Her book also includes facts
about the blue whale and information about threats to
this endangered species. Drawn to children's literature,
Miettunen is also enrolled in the MA in Children's
Literature program at UBC.      Vic Cavalli, MA'88,
has been teaching English at university level since
1988 and creative writing since 2001. His debut novel,
The Road to Vermilion Lake (Harvard Square Editions),
was released this year. Cavalli is especially grateful
for UBC Professor Tom Blom's encouraging support during his formative
stages as a writer, and for Professor Patricia Merivale's outstanding
teaching, which opened his horizons for modern fiction.
Catherine Chick, BSc'91, MBA
BA (McMaster), has been appointed as the
chief information officer at Mitacs, responsible for establishing and
implementing the technology vision that supports the organization's
strategic plan. She will be based at Mitacs' Vancouver office at
UBC. Chick joins Mitacs from Seaspan, where she served as VP,
Business Services and Technology and has held leadership positions
in the technology, manufacturing, financial, and higher education
sectors.      Dust Blown Side of the Journey is a book
of poetry by Eleonore Schonmaier, MFA'92, that
has been published by McGill-Queen's University
Press. Reflecting a childhood in the northern
Canadian boreal forest and an adult life lived without
borders, her poems show the beauty of the lived
and natural world in both wilderness and urban
settings. • Maia Kumari Gilman, BA'92, MArch'99,
has recent published The Erenwine Agenda, an
ecofiction novel about an environmental activist
working in New York City who takes on the natural
gas industry.      In her new book, Positively Canadian:
A fun guide to Canadian language, culture and history,
Heather Pattullo, MEd'92, explores what it means
to be Canadian. Whether you are an adult wanting
a "refresher" on Canada, an ESL student wanting
grammar practice while learning zany Canadian
facts, or a new citizen of Canada, there is something
here for everyone.      Laura K. Davis, BA'93, has
published Margaret Laurence Writes Africa and
Canada, the first book to examine how Laurence
addresses decolonization and nation building in 1950s
Somalia and Ghana, and 1960s and 1970s English
Canada. Focusing on Laurence's published works as
well as her unpublished letters not yet discussed by
critics, the book articulates how Laurence and her characters are poised
between African colonies of occupation during decolonization and the
settler-colony of English Canada during the implementation of Canadian
multiculturalism.      Derry McDonell, BCom'96, recently moved his family
to Hong Kong, where he has taken up a post as consul for Political,
Economic and Public Affairs at the Consulate General of Canada in Hong
Kong in Macao. This comes after two years of Mandarin language training
and before that a posting at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo. They are
very excited to explore all that Hong Kong, Macao and China have to
offer, and to join the many ranks of Canadians in the region. McDonell
looks forward to meeting UBC alumni of all stripes.      Michael V. Smith,
MFA'98, has released Bad Ideas, a new collection of poetry that explores
the inevitability of loss and triumph with irony and tenderness. Through
this dazzling collection of a remembered life, hung out to ogle like
laundry on the line, Smith recalls a mother who discovers a sex tape,
a man who dreams of birthing his own son and a woman who blends her
baby girls into milkshakes. Bad Ideas is a testament to how an altered
perspective effects change, how stories can be recast.      Journalist
Deborah Campbell, BFA'99, MFA'02, has released A Disappearance
in Damascus, winner of the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for
Nonfiction. The story begins in 2007, when the author travels undercover
to Damascus to report on the exodus of Iraqis into Syria following the
overthrow of Saddam Hussein. There she meets and hires Ahlam,
a refugee working as a "fixer"- providing Western media with trustworthy
information and contacts to help get the news out. But one morning
Ahlam is seized from her home in front of Campbell's eyes. Haunted
by the prospect that their work together has led to her friend's arrest,
Campbell spends the months that follow desperately trying to find her
- all the while fearing she could be next. Through its compelling story of
two women caught up in the shadowy politics behind today's conflict,
A Disappearance in Damascus reminds us of the courage of those who risk
their lives to bring us the world's news.      Bob Wakulich, MFA'99, won
the 2017 Big Pond Rumours Press Chapbook Contest with a collection of
poems entitled Channeling The Masters, a poetic satire which examines
contemporary issues in the styles of 17 famous deceased authors.
S. D. L. Curry, MBA'oo, has published a new book Hidden
by the Leaves. Set amidst the Christian holocaust of
17th century Japan, Hidden by the Leaves tells the story
of a priest and his two young catechists in their heroic
efforts to save the lives of the villagers who have become
their family.      In her new book, entitled Your Heart is
the Size of Your Fist, Martina Scholtens, MD'oo, a clinical
instructor with UBC's Faculty of Medicine, offers
a unique and personal glimpse into the efforts taken
by doctors to care for refugees in Canada - the first by
a Canadian doctor on refugee health. Through first-hand
recollections, she sheds light on the experiences of
people seeking a fresh start in a new country while
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A presentation by UBC's director of
undergraduate admissions, Andrew Arida
January 2018, Vancouver (and online)
Details to be confirmed and will be posted on
Grades, self-reporting, personal statements, short-answer
questions, extra-curricular activities, and applicant
interviews. A great deal of information can go into
admission decisions. This raises a question: how do
Canadian universities use all this information to determine
who gets in? Andrew Arida will provide an overview of
the rationale and process Canadian universities often
use to make admission decisions. He will also dispel the
myths and rumours that often surround this. Expect an
interactive and lively discussion!
 class acts
navigating around poverty, language barriers, and neighbours who
aren't always friendly or helpful.      Dr. Paul Dhillon, BA'04, is a general
practitioner in rural Saskatchewan and a clinical assistant professor
at the University of Saskatchewan. He is co-founder of The Review
Course in Family Medicine, which helps residents and international
medical graduates prepare for their certification examination in family
medicine. On the leadership front, he has served as president of the
Professional Association of Interns and Residents of Saskatchewan,
and in 2016 he captained Team Canada to a 14th place finish at
the World Medical Football Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
Dhillon has also served as a medical officer in the Canadian Armed
Forces; worked in Sierra Leone in an Ebola hospital with Save the
Children; and edited a book - The Surprising Lives of Small-Town
Doctors - donating all of the proceeds to charity. The College of Family
Physicians of Canada has honoured him with the Murray Stalker
Award "as the Canadian family medicine resident most likely to
become a future leader in our field."     Julie Walkinshaw, MSW'08,
has recently expanded her counselling business in the Okanagan by
hiring another counsellor. As well as offering general counselling services to
individuals, families and children, both counsellors specialize in work with
individuals and couples that are dealing with sex addiction.      Miranda Lam,
LLB'02, a litigation partner at McCarthy Tetrault, has been appointed vice chair
of the Vancouver Foundation Board of Directors for 2017-2018. Vancouver
Foundation is the largest community foundation in Canada, with more
than $1.1 billion in assets and more than 1,700 funds under management.
Inner book The Memory lllus
In her book The Memory Illusion, forensic psychologist and memory
expert Dr. Julia Shaw, PhD'13, draws on the latest research to show why
our memories so often play tricks on us - and how, if we understand their
fallibility, we can actually improve their accuracy. The result is an exploration
of our minds that both fascinating and unnerving, and that will make you
question how much you can ever truly know about yourself. Think you
have a good memory? Think again.      Cameron Johnston, BASc'14, recently
took four months off work to cycle solo across Canada, crossing 10,858km
from the Pacific to the Atlantic. He documented his travels on his website,
CameronJohnston.org, which was so popular that he's decided to publish
its contents as a book, due out in 2018. Cameron is the fourth generation
of his family to attend UBC. His great grandmother, Ada Irene Lucille
Menzies (nee Vermilyea), BA'1916, was in the first graduating class; her
son, Dr. M. Albert Menzies, was a child psychiatrist who had a teaching
affiliation with UBC Medical
School.      Otolith - the ear stone
- is a series of bones that help
us to orient ourselves in space.
In her book Otolith, Emily Nilsen,
MFA'15, attempts a similar feat
in poetry: to turn the reader's
attention to their relationship
to the world, revealing an
intertidal state between the
rootedness of place and the
uncertainty and tenuousness
of human connection.
The Georgia Straight:
a 50th Anniversary
Rocky Mountain Books,
Hardcover, $40
The Georgia Straight, Vancouver's iconic free weekly newspaper,
is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion,
Straight journalist DougSarti, BA'89, and owner and publisher
Dan McLeod, BSc'65, have released a new book showcasing more
than 100 of the paper's most stunning covers, along with short essays,
insider details, and contributor reflections that put each of the
issues into historical context. (The book's introduction, for example,
is by Bob Geldof, who edited the entertainment section during
the early 70s.)
I n his prologue to The Georgia Straight: a 50th Anniversary
Celebration, McLeod recounts the origins of the paper's name.
The storytakes place beforethe Pit Pub was established on UBC's
Point Grey campus, when the nearest watering hole for several
miles was the since-demolished Cecil Hotel pub on Granville
(pre strip-joint days). The Cecil had thus became a popular
gathering spot for students.
It was here, in February 1967, that McLeod and fellow UBC student
Peter Auxier, BA'65 - who were then editors and publishers of TISH,
a poetry magazine founded by UBC English graduate students -
had an urgent discussion with artists Michael Morris and Glenn Lewis.
Their beer-fuelled mission: to come up with a better name for a new
"underground" newspaper that had recently been founded and given
the working name of Terminal City.
The four friends, representing a portion of the collective that gave
the paper its original name, disliked the title and its implied negativity.
A meetingto finalize the name was imminent, so they needed to
come up with a vote-swaying alternative. Their brainstorming led to
names of local geographic landmarks, narrowed to bodies of water,
and landed on the Georgia Strait. McLeod, however, had a different
interpretation: "I thought, 'yes, the Georgia Straight,' because we
would be straight shooters, speaking truth to power. And, thinking
ironically, in our lifestyle and beliefs we were anything but 'straight.'"
Despite facing stiff opposition at the next meeting, the new
name won the majority vote, and another piece of Vancouver's
history was born. D
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Created exclusively to commemorate the 100th year of alumni UBC, the Alumni Builder Awards recognize a cross
section of alumni representing all faculties who have significantly contributed to the University and enriched the lives of
others, and in doing so have supported alumni UBC's mission of realizing the promise of a global community with shared
ambition of a better world and an exceptional UBC. We are proud to honour the following alumni whose contributions
have been recognized by UBC faculty, advisory councils, and other leadership groups to mark our 100th year.
Mr. Peter A. Allard, QC, BA'68, LLB'71
Claudio I. Arato, BSc'89, BASc'91
Jacob Austin, PC, QC, 0BC, BA'54, LLB'55, LLD'n
Lawrence I. Bell, OBC, BA'61, LLD'04
Daniel R. Bowditch, BASc'71
W. G. Burch, BASc'48
Peter Busby, CM, BArch'77
Anthony C. B. Cheng, MD'67
Ignatius K. Chong, BCom'82
Billy K. Chow, BSc'86, PhD'91
Wallace B. Chung, CM, OBC, 0C, DSc'94
Angela Crane, PhD'14
Brenda Currie, DipDh'76, BDSc'04, MSc'07
Andre De Leebeeck, BASc'76
Meeru Dhalwala,/1D'76
Allan G. Doig, BA'73
Catherine A. Ebbehoj, BSN'75, MSN'99
Morna A. Edmundson, BMus'8i
David K. Eto, BSc(Agr)'8s
Dr. Jennifer L. Gardy, BSc'oo
Paul L. Geyer, BASc'88
Andrew Halper, LLB'8i, BA'83
Blake M. Hanna, MBA'82
David F. Hardwick, MD'57, LLD'oi
>r. Ossama R. Hassanein, MASc'74, MBA'76
David L. Hemerling, BSc'89, DMD'93
Frederick J. Hume, BCom'68
Marietta E. Hurst, BA'57, MEd'82
Frank lacobucci, QC, CC, BCom'61, LLB'62, LLD'89
Nelson R. Jatel, BSc'98, MA'14
Elizabeth A. Johnson-Lee, BSc'88, DMD'92
Satnam Lalli, BSc(Pharm)'8o
Michelle S. Lee, BCom'92
Peter P. Lee, BCom'89
Angelique O. Leung, BSc'84, DMD'88
Joanna Leung, BCom'91
William H. Levine, BA'63
Gerald L. Ma, BCom'90
Stephanie K. Ma, BSc'oo, MSc'03
Laura Mandelbaum, BA'08
Rebecca L. Matts, BA'97
Ann McAfee, BA'62, MA'67, PhD'75
Jason D. McLean, BA'95, LLB'99
R. Christine Melton, MD'77
Julia P. Montgomery, BA'57
Sarah A. Morgan-Silvester, BCom'82
Doug T. Nielsen, DMD'72
Aleksey Novicov, BASc'8i
Dr. Peter H. Pearse, CM, BSF'56
Marion L. Pearson, BSc(Pharm)'82, MA'08, PhD'is
Sherry L. Priebe, BDSc'03, MSc'09
Francis M. K. Pun, BASc'94
Bryce Rositch, BA'76, BArch'8o
Gerald R. Skinner, BA'65
Gregory E. Smallenberg, BLArch'88
Dr. Kenneth A. Spencer, BASc'67, PhD'72
Harold L. Steves, BSc(Agr)'63
Anne M. Stewart, QC, BSc '72, LLB'75
David Sweet, 0C, DMD'78
Beverley L. Tamboline, BA'53, MD'6o
AM Tehrani, PhD'04
Sheldon Trainor-DeGirolamo, BCom'88
Andrew H. Tsang, BSc'96, DMD'97
Leon Tuey, BEd(Sec)'64
and Joan Tuey, BEd(Elem)'63
Praveen K. Varshney, BCom'87
P. Joan Wasylik, BA'77
Tim C. Watson, BASc'82
Wayne B. White, BASc'67
William F. White, BASc'67
Carmen C. Wong, 6Sc'o3
Dr. John G. Worrall, BSF'63
Victor J. Yang, LLB'70, BCom'72
Ernest Yee, BA'83, MA'87
 Sample Q&A from a Reddit
AMA (ask me anything) session featuring
UBC president Santa Ono. Many questions
were serious, but others, like this one, were
on the quirkier side:
Q: Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses,
or one horse-sized duck?
Santa Ono: I'd rather fight the 100 duck-sized horses
because they're little and not a threat... but one
horse-sized duck would be terrifying!
Percentage of first-year UBC students
surveyed who believed that their peers
had made more friends at university than
they had. This misperception affects their
well-being, and the researchers (from
UBC and Harvard) think it may inform
initiatives designed to help new students
adapt to university life.
UBC's position in the annual Times Higher
Education World University Rankings for
2018. It was one of four Canadian universities
to make the top 100 and has moved up two
places since last year.
The University
of Oxford was 1
ranked top. I
Amount paid for a journal believed
to be the earliest first-hand account
ofBC by an English woman. The
journal, now part of UBC's Rare Books
and Special Collections, was written
by Susannah Weynton (nee Hack,
1821-igoi), wife of Captain Alexander
John Weynton of the Hudson's Bay
Company supply ship Cowlitz.
The number of alumni and friends who
attended the "party of the century" held
on UBC's Vancouver campus to celebrate
the 100th anniversary of alumni UBC.
"[In 1912], the city wanted to
straighten the street that is now
Pender, and so they took Chang Toy's
land away for the 'public good,' giving
him what they determined was fair market
value. He had no say. They didn't need the
last six feet on the edge of his property, so
left him a useless sliver with no value. As an
act of protest, Chang Toy put up a building
on that narrow piece of land anyway, so that
the thinness of the building itself would serve
as a reminder of the treatment of Chinese as
second-class members of Vancouver society.
Some of my students called the Sam Kee
Building the "F- You Building", because Chang
Toy was making a statement with it about what
racism had taken away from him and other
Chinese in Vancouver."
UBC history professor Henry Yu explains the
origins of the Sam Kee building in Vancouver's
Chinatown - the world's thinnest building,
according to the Guinness Book of World
Records (Vancouver Sun,
Sept 24)
"We were the beneficiaries
of public parks and schools.
We were gypsies. We trained
where anybody would have
us. So having this, it's been worth
the wait because this is stunning.'
Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi,
commenting on the official opening of the
National Soccer Development Centre
at UBC (News 1130, Sept 22)
"Some Canadians may struggle
with the concept of granting rights to an
ecosystem or river. And yet it is far from unusual
in our legal system to extend rights to non-human
entities. For example, corporations are designated
by the law as legal persons and enjoy a wide range
of rights.... Recognizing that nature has rights could
help us transcend the destructive perception that
humans are separate from our environment and
superior to other creatures.)
UBC prof and environmental lawyer David Boyd,
commenting on New Zealand's move to recognize
nature's legal rights, which broke an impasse
on land disputes between the government
and the indigenous Maori people
(Vancouver Sun, Sept 5)
/ ne numoer oj uiympic-sizea swimming
pools that could be filled every year with fish
discarded by industrial fishing fleets due to
poor practices and management, according
to researchers at UBC and the University of
Western Australia. (UBC News, June 26)
"It's very hard to find anything undesirable about
raising taxes on high-value Vancouver property.... Politicians
don't like to irritate the kind of people who live in $5 million to
$10 million homes. But there's no good reason not to do it."
UBC economist Thomas Davidoff commenting on why a mansion tax,
proposed by long-time anti-poverty activist Jean Swanson, is a good
idea, but has not been implemented in Vancouver.
(The Province, Sept24)
"It's never been a safer
time to be a child in Canada than
it is now. The likelihood of getting
kidnapped by a stranger is one in 14 million.
And yet the leading cause of death for kids is kids
in cars. Parents, in their misguided effort to keep
kids safe, are putting them in cars and driving
them places, not understanding that they're
putting them at greater risk."
UBC professor Mariana Brussoni was quoted in an article
about a Vancouver father who was told his children
were too young to ride public transit
by themselves (CTV News,
Sept 5)
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(-^1    every second on CHIME, Canada's new radio
telescope (see page 6). This rate is equivalent
J I I        to every person on Earth performing one million
multiplication problems every second.
 Henry George Sivertz, BA'48, LLB'52
Henry passed away in Shuswap Lake General
Hospital on July 26, 2016, after living many years
with dementia. He was born in Victoria, BC, on
June 1, 1927. Both sets of grandparents lived
in Victoria and Henry's youth was spent there
and in Vancouver. He graduated in law at UBC,
then articled and practiced in Vancouver during
the 1950s with Douglas, Symes and Brissenden.
He married Marguerite in 1951, and four children were born in that decade.
The family moved to Salmon Arm in 1962, where Henry practiced law for
the next 30 years until his retirement. Henry enjoyed his life in Salmon
Arm, with skiing in the winter and tennis and sailing in the summer.
He remained in touch with his Icelandic roots at his cabin in Point Roberts,
WA. He is survived by his wife, Marguerite, sons George (Valerie),
Chris (Songsak), and Frank (Carol), as well as two granddaughters,
Samantha of Vancouver and Kristen of Toronto. He was predeceased by
his daughter Laurie. Henry was a good man and will be missed by many.
Madeleine A. Johnson (nee Macdonald), BA'48
Madeleine was a teacher, and a loving mother and grandmother.
She was born on June 4,1925, in London, Ontario, and died July 8, 2016,
after losing a courageous battle with arthritis and Parkinson's.
Following two years of service during WWII in the Canadian Women's
Army Corps, Madeleine graduated with a BA from UBC in 1948, then
taught school in Jamaica and, later, Langley, BC, where her Junior
High School dance class won first prize at the Langley Waltz Festival.
She continued her interest in teaching and, after certification from the
University of Alberta, Madeleine taught at the King Edward Junior High
School in Edmonton. A move with her husband John and their family
took her to Calgary where she taught for several years at the Louse
Dean School. As a teacher she enjoyed following the achievements
of her many former students.
An adventurous spirit and a fascination with elephants took her and
John on many photo safari trips to Africa and other foreign countries.
A lifelong love of reading and books inspired her to organize a book club
for her friends.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, daughter Leslie, son
Victor, his wife Ola and their daughter Nikita.
\\^J^f H    Dr. John M. Fredrickson, BA'53, DM'59
km March 24,1931 - Aprils, 2017
' Born in Winnipeg and of Icelandic descent,
John was the son of Frank Fredrickson and Beatrice
I '\ Fredrickson (nee Peterson). He is predeceased
1~~"*" by his parents, brother Frank, sister Marilyn,
and Marilyn's daughter Melissa Peppiatt (Freya,
—A Stuart). He is survived by his wife Alix (nee
Gordon); daughters Kristin and Lisa; son Erik;
niece Signy (Lowell, Silas) and nephew Grant Jon Fredrickson; and nieces
Francesca Robyn and Marney (Liam, Laura) Peppiatt.
John grew up in Vancouver, attending Maple Grove School, Point Grey
Magee and UBC, where he won six Big Blocks in soccer as an undergraduate
and received a degree in medicine. He pursued a long and distinguished
career in academic otolaryngology and head and neck surgery beginning
at the University of Chicago, where he interned, followed by the University
of Freiburg, Germany where he was a research fellow, and then Stanford
University where he took up his first teaching position. Returning to Canada,
John was head of Clinical Sciences at the University of Toronto for 15 years.
Capping his career, he served from 1982 to 2002 as Lindburgh Professor
and head of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
at Washington University St. Louis.
Over the course of his tenure in medicine, John served as president
of the American Laryngological Association, and became a member
of the Barany Society Executive, in addition to chairing the Examining
Committee of Otolaryngology for the Royal College of Physicians
and Surgeons of Canada. John was a member of the American Board
of Otolaryngology and served as editor of the American Journal of
Otolaryngology. He was a long-standing member of the prestigious
Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum, and chairman of the Research
Committee for the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and
Neck Surgery. He was a member of grant review committees for the
Medical Research Council of Canada, and the American National Institute
of Health. John made significant research contributions to the fields of
vestibular neurophysiology and microvascular reconstructive surgery
of the head and neck. Recognition for his work continues.
Affectionately known as "Bud," John had a conscientious, kindly
presence that was appreciated by all. Ever the athlete, he followed
many sports but particularly his beloved soccer. John's life story would
not be complete without mention of his love for jazz and classical music.
His has been a unique, eventful life. He will be deeply missed. The
family thanks Windermere Care Centre and Dr. R. Menzies. If desired,
donations can be made to Parkinson Society British Columbia.
Patricia Wadsworth (nee Beck), BSc'55, MA'70
May 7,7937 - August 16,2017
Patricia Mary (Beck) Wadsworth passed
peacefully in Vancouver following a long and
courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Pat completed the five-year combined Nursing
program at UBC and Vancouver General Hospital
(VGH) in 1955 and a Master of Adult Education
degree in 1970. She also completed Fellowships
in both the Canadian and American Colleges of Health Care Executives.
Pat held many senior positions in health care, including vice president
of Nursing at VGH and executive director of the BC Health Association.
Pat always had time to dedicate to nursing causes. Later in her career,
Pat was a highly sought after consultant as well as a pioneer in Health Care
Accreditation in Canada. She was the recipient of innumerable honorary
distinctions in recognition of her contributions. She put her stamp on many
things, and her natural leadership and mentoring skills inspired many others
to go on to do whatever they wanted, regardless of gender. Pat will be
greatly missed by many friends and family.
Thomas Michael "Mike" Harris, BASc'56
December 29,1932 - June 4,2017
Michael was both scholar and adventurer. He graduated in engineering
physics (UBC) and earned a master's degree in aeronautical engineering
(Institute of Aeronautics, UK). He served six years as a fighter pilot
with the RCAF and four years as a test pilot with Cornell Aeronautical
Laboratory. An athlete and inventor, Michael rowed with the UBC
"Cinderella Crew" that won gold at the 1954 Commonwealth Games
and invented the "Baseball Trajectory Analyzer." He authored one
non-fiction book, consulted on two others and wrote many technical
papers. Michael is survived by his wife Virginia "Ginger"; children, Lynn,
Brian, Leigh (Daniel Sussman) and April le, and their mother, Patricia;
grandchildren, Zane, Chloe, Quinn, Declan and Sorelle; and siblings,
Moira Johnston Block, Sheilagh Simpson, Brian (Janet Knight) and
Gerald (Sherryll).
Douglas Padraic Ormrod, BASc'56
May 1934 - September 2017
Doug was raised on the family farm in Langley
and went on to study agronomy at UBC. Doug
taught and conducted research at a number
of universities, predominantly UBC, University
of Guelph and University of Victoria. Doug was
driven to succeed and reached the peak of his
career at Guelph as dean of Graduate Studies;
however, in "retirement" at UVic, he was able to return to his passion:
teaching and directly guiding the learning of students. Doug had graduate
students from all over the world, and he managed to travel much of it
throughout the years. By all accounts, Doug had a very successful career
and life, although he was plagued by mental health issues and, at age 75,
was finally diagnosed with bipolar disorder. If you would like to remember
Doug, a contribution to an organization such as the Canadian Mental
Health Association would be appropriate.
Anne Isabel Brewster (nee Richard), BSc'59
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on February 10,1936,
Anne died peacefully at Moog and Friends
Hospice House in Penticton on May 30, 2017.
She is survived and sadly missed by her sister,
Christine (James); nieces Emma (Paul), Heather
(Chris) and Joelle (Mark); and cousins Karen,
Ron, and Maureen (Lowell). She is predeceased
by her parents, Mary and David Richards. Anne
received a degree in Honours Chemistry from UBC in 1959. She moved
with her husband Charles to the Eastern US, where she had a long career
with Bell Labs, AT & T and GTE. After retiring to Penticton (where she
had attended Pen-Hi), Anne became an active volunteer, notably with
Critteraid Sanctuary the Penticton Industrial Development Association
and assisting seniors with their computer skills. She will be greatly missed
by her many dear friends. The family would like to thank the staff at
Regency Southwood and Moog & Friends Hospice for all of their care
and compassion.
Tibor Bezeredi, DM'6o
Tibor Bezeredi, UBC professor emeritus of
medicine, died June 21, 2017, age 87. He is survived
by his loving partner in life, Meg. A colleague wrote:
"He was best known as a passionate teacher who
was generous with his time and advice."
Wayne K. Huffman, BSc'6i (MechanicalEngineering)
Wayne Huffman, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away
on March 28, 2017. Wayne joined Finning in 1961 as a sales trainee in
Vancouver. He was assigned a sales territory in 1963, and worked in
mining sales from 1968 until 1972. For the next four years he was in
management with Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers. In 1976 he started his
own company, selling used heavy duty equipment.
Wayne returned to Finning in 1985 as a salesman with the international
use equipment group in Vancouver. He subsequently became
consignment manager, used equipment manager and then general
manager of used equipment. He took that experience across the Atlantic
in 1998 to become general manager of used equipment for Finning's
operations in Britain. Wayne retired in 2000 and returned to Vancouver.
He enjoyed his retirement years, pursuing his love of trains and antique
cars, while spending as much time with his family as he could. He and his
wife retired to Salmon Arm in 2007, where they spent many happy years.
Wayne leaves behind his loving wife Helen, his children Steve (Janet),
Keven (Ellie), Megan (Lee) and Mike (Julie), along with his grandchildren
Tony, Shaun, Alanna, Elise, Liam, Talia and Deylen.
John Keith Dungate, LLB'65
John Keith Dungate passed away peacefully at
home April 15, 2017, in Kelowna, BC. He was born
July 16,1938, in Vernon, BC. After graduating from
the UBC Faculty of Law in May 1965, he moved to
Prince George, where he practiced law until 2013.
He is survived by his four children, Trevor Dungate
(Jennifer), Tammy Ramsay (Ian), Troy Dungate
and Trina Dungate and his four grandchildren.
Also survived by his sister, Betty Smith (Gordon), sister-in-law Pat Dungate
and many nieces and nephews. John enjoyed an active life of skiing, cycling,
travels with family and friends and visits with his grandchildren. He
particularly enjoyed the 50-year celebration for the Class of 1965 from the
UBC Faculty of Law. Donations in John's name, if desired, will be gratefully
received by the Okanagan Rail Trail project. Contact the Community
Foundation of the North Okanagan www.CFNO.org or 250-542-8655
Raymond Troy Lassau, BSc'66, MSc'72
R. Troy Lassau passed peacefully surrounded with
the love and laughter of his family on June 10, 2017,
at Vernon Jubilee Hospital in Vernon, BC. He
was the beloved father of Andrew Lassau and his
wife Christine Ludlow, Marissa Lassau and her
husband Francois Harbec; affectionate Grandad
to Gabrielle and Madisen Lassau and Liam and
 in memonam
Emma Harbec; and devoted husband for 40 years to his predeceased wife
Julieta Cacanindin Lassau. Troy spent many years at Ortech (Ontario) as
R&D Director in Metallurgy and served as adjunct professor for the faculty
of Material Science at the University of Toronto. He was a passionate
Rotarian, a hardworking Halton Catholic District School Board Trustee, board
director for the Halton Childrens Aid Society and one of the founders of the
Halton Industry Education Council in Burlington, Ontario. Troy always spoke
with great fondness of his many years at UBC and the respected friends and
colleagues he met and retained until his passing.
James Theodore Grinder, BEd'67
James (Jim) Grinder, born September 13,1942,
in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, passed away
in Comox, BC, at St. Joseph's Hospital on
September 18, 2017. He is survived by his wife
Dena of 54 years and their two children John
(Sharon) and Liza (Sandy), and grandchildren
Jayden, Alexandra, Logan and Jamie; also his
mother Evelyn Sapinsky, brother Dan Grinder
and many in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased
by his father Arthur Grinder and sister Judy Stuckle.
Jim attended UBC, obtaining his teaching degree in 1967, and then
continued his studies at Gonzaga University where he completed his
Master of Arts degree. His career started in Dawson Creek and then
moved on to Summerland, where his music program attained provincial
and national acclaim. Jim was the Performing Arts coordinator for
S.D. #71 (Comox Valley) from 1980-1990, and he finished his career as
a university professor at Malaspina (Vancouver Island University). He
adjudicated stage and concert band festivals throughout British Columbia.
Jim's grandkids were his pride and joy. He loved jamming with them
as well as skiing and boogie boarding. Jim was well known for his giant
pumpkins, winning the Royston Pumpkin award many times! Jim also
loved to hunt, fish, cycle and play music. He was an active member of
the "Walkers," winning many shootouts and hockey pools. Jim also loved
to travel. Dena and Jim toured Asia, New Zealand, Cuba, Hawaii, Mexico,
Canada and, of course, Disneyland.
Jim was a gentle and loving man and a good friend to all. He will be
greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to BC Lung
Association to fund research.
Arthur John Sansom, MEd'75
John was born in Wimborne, England, in 1927,
and trained as a teacher at Winchester College.
He then embarked on a 40-year teaching career
that spanned four countries: England, Nigeria,
Sweden and Canada. In 1961 John emigrated
to Canada with his Scottish wife. They began
their married life in Irvine, AB, where John taught in
the high school. After four years of summer school
at U of A, John had his Bachelor of Education degree, and shortly after that
the family moved to BC. Two summer schools and several correspondence
courses lat er, he graduated from UBC with a master's degree in education.
He was an administrator in the Shuswap School District for 21 years until
retiring in 1987. Having done a year of specialized training in the teaching
of geography John was always interested in travel. In retirement he and
Irene enjoyed many travel experiences and adventures and, in later years,
the comfort and ease of cruising. John died peacefully at home in Salmon
Arm on March 28, 2017, with his family beside him. He is survived by Irene,
daughter Karen, son Brian and his wife Tess, and three grandsons.
Rani M. Shroff, MSW'77
Our one and only radiant, Rani M. Shroff,
MSW'77, passed away suddenly in January 2017
at age 72. Rani was a well-loved wife, mother of
two daughters, grandmother of three, a beloved
sister, aunt, friend, cousin and social worker.
She is missed immensely by her family and
friends in Vancouver and abroad who knew of
her strength and perseverance in the face of
a long-term illness. Despite the illness, which she did not allow to define
her, she was smart, feisty courageous, funny and charming. In 1996, she
had a consultation with American doctor Andrew Weil, who marvelled at
her ability to outrun her illness. For decades, her husband and youngest
daughter formed an interconnected daily care tripod with Rani, so that
she could still enjoy traveling, fine dining and adventures. Rani valued
kindness, caring and love above all else.
She doted on all her family pets and used to ask, "What are they
thinking, looking at me with those big, lovely eyes?" Her happy smile
and lively humour were two of her best features and earned her much
popularity as a psychiatric social worker at Riverview Hospital. Rani took
on life for 72 years, laughed with her loved ones and friends, lived on three
continents, travelled extensively hosted animated dinner music parties
with her husband, played a gutsy hand of bridge and enjoyed swimming,
yoga and Scrabble. Up until the last, Rani loved mangoes, sushi, chocolate
cake, ginger tea and dining at the Teahouse. She will be loved forever.
This quote used to sit on Rani's desk blotter: "But these are human things,
the Point of it all is Out There, a Little Beyond that last rise that you can just
barely see, hazy and purple on the sky."
Charles Garner Harrison, LLB'85
Charles Garner (Chuck) Harrison passed away on January 24, 2017,
following a brief illness. He is survived by Edith, his wife of 36 years,
children Paige and Mark, parents Marilyn & Philip, and sister Elizabeth.
He was predeceased by a stillborn daughter, Georgia.
Chuck was born in Calgary. His family moved to Vancouver when
he was three, where he lived for the rest of his life. He graduated from
UBC Law, gaining articles at Russell & DuMoulin, now Fasken Martineau.
He remained there practicing Labour and Employment Law his entire
career. Chuck loved the outdoors, particularly skiing and hiking, and
vinstilled that same love in his children.
Jan deBruyn, BA'49
It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our beloved dad,
grandpa, and great-grandpa, Jan de Bruyn, on February 24, 2017. He died
peacefully and gently.
Jan was born on April 9,1918, in Abcoude, Holland. His family
immigrated to British Columbia in Canada in 1926. They first lived first
on the Queen Charlottes and eventually moved to New Westminster,
then Burnaby. Jan graduated from John
Oliver School.
Jan worked in Ottawa before WWII, and
here he met Betty Roy. They were married in
May 1941. Jan enlisted in the army in 1941, and
worked in the Pay Corps until 1946, reaching the
rank of Staff Sergeant. After being demobbed,
Jan went to UBC, where he received his BA in
English Literature. In 1949, he won a Beaver Club
Scholarship to continue his studies at the University of London, from
which he received his MA in 1951. After returning to Vancouver, Jan began
teaching English at UBC, where he worked until his retirement in 1983.
In 1958, to celebrate BC's Centennial year and his 40th birthday, Jan
and friend Vic Hopwood hiked across the Rockies together, from Jasper,
Alberta, to Golden, BC.
After retiring from UBC, Jan and Betty moved to Sandy Hook, near Sechelt,
where they had built a retirement home. They lived there until 1995, when
they moved to the West Kootenays, close to two of their daughters. In
2002, they moved to Castlewood Village, a seniors' apartment complex in
Castlegar. Here, Jan formed a writing group called the Lifewriters, which
produced eight books of collected stories. He was still writing up to a month
before his death - now by hand because he couldn't type any more.
Jan and Betty who died in 2015, were married for almost 74 years
and raised six children together. One of their sons, Frankie, died in 1961.
Jan is survived by his children Sydney Diane, John, Mary and Kathy;
13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
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TAKE NOTICE that an Extraordinary General Meeting of the members of
alumni UBC will be held at the Jack Poole Hall at the Robert H. Lee Alumni
Centre at 6163 University Boulevard, Vancouver, British Columbia, at 6:00pm
on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
The business to come before the membership will be the special business of
considering the amendment and replacement of the Bylaws of alumni UBC by
passing the following resolution as a special resolution, requiring the support of
at least 2A of the voting membership present at the meeting of the membership:
The following Special Resolution will be submitted to the membership:
"BE IT RESOLVED THAT the alumni UBC's Bylaws be wholly
revised, by replacing them in their entirety with the proposed
Bylaws recommended by the Board of Directors."
Copies of the proposed Bylaws in both a clean and a highlighted version
showing the proposed changes are available at alumni.ubc.ca/egm by request
at the alumni UBC offices or can be emailed to anyone on their request.
Casual attire and light refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP online by January 2nd at alumni.ubc.ca/egm/register
Dated as of October 13, 2017.
Chair, alumni £/i?CBoard of Directors
 What is your most prized possession?
I've written many of my best songs on a 1957 Gibson J45.
So there's that. But really my most prized possession is
my kettle. It can heat things to six different temperatures
and keep the water at that temperature for 20 minutes.
Isn't that mind-blowing?
Who was your childhood hero?
I was pretty obsessed with John Lennon. I wasn't a very cool
kid, but I understood all too well how cool he was. I was also
obsessed with Calvin and Hobbes. I think Calvin might have
been my childhood hero, and is likely still my adulthood hero
Describe the place you most like to spend time.
Anywhere within a 45ft radius to my kettle.
What was the last thing you read?
White Noise by Don DeLillo. Incredible
piece of work. A must-read.
What or who makes you laugh out loud?
My friend Colin. He used to play bass
in my band. One time we were on tour
in Europe and "I Will Survive" came on
the radio. He ate an entire apple while
lip-syncing the song, never taking time to
chew. It was all over his clothes, all over
the tour van, little bits of half-chewed
apple. He trusts his instincts. I have
been in pain from laughing more than
a handful of times because of him.
What's the most important lesson
you ever learned?
Being mean to anyone for any reason,
no matter how tempting it is, will never
make you happier.
What's your idea of the perfect day?
Wake up at home. Eat all meals
with family and favourite people.
Read a book. Play a show somewhere
in Berlin. Sleep in own bed.
What was your nickname at school?
"Eye-patch Dan." It's because my
name was Dan and I had to wear an
eye-patch for a year in Kindergarten.
What would be the title of your
Make Love To Strangers
If a genie granted you one wish,
what would it be?
Ten more seasons of Deadwood.
What item have you owned for
the longest time?
Have I told you about my kettle?
What is your latest purchase?
A very large box of diapers.
Whom do you most admire
(living or dead) and why?
People who can provide insight
and humour at the very same time.
On completing his degree at UBC (he majored in English), Dan Mangan
shunned the boredom he feared would come from holding down a "real
job," and decided to try and make his living as a musician. He was drawn
tothe romanticized notion of beinga "travellingtroubadour," and made his
way overseas, where he landed small gigs in the bars and cafes of Western
Europe. He also toured North America in a borrowed station wagon and
even made it to Australia. While the reality was not as romantic as he had
imagined - "It was a gruelling process. I basically rambled around like
a dishevelled hobo..."-the experience marked the beginnings of a musical
evolution that has produced four distinct albums.
The breakthrough album, his second, was Nice, Nice, Very Nice (2009).
It was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize and Mangan was named Artist
of the Year at the Verge Music Awards. Next came Oh Fortune (2011), which
won a J uno award as Alternative Album of the Year, while Mangan was
recognized as New Artist of the Year. During this time, he was also the subject
of a CBC documentary, which introduced him to a much wider audience.
When he and his band members (whom he credits for much of his
success) took a break from the road, Mangan was offered the opportunity
to score the soundtrack for the movie Hector and the Search for Happiness,
starring Simon Pegg. He's also explored different writing genres-
contributing articles to the arts section of The Guardian newspaper,
Huffington Post Canada, and Montecristo Magazine.
His most recent album, Club Meds (Dan Mangan + Blacksmith), was released
in 2015 to critical acclaim. But success does not mean he's forgotten his
small-time troubadour roots or the hard slog it tookto get his music noticed; one
of his latest ventures is co-founding Side Door, an online booking and ticketing
platform that helps up-and-coming musicians, audiences, and would-be hosts
connect for intimate concerts in unconventional venues across Canada.
In September 2012, Mangan married long-term girlfriend Kirsten
Slenningatthe UBC Farm. The couple and their two sons live in Vancouver.
@danmanganmusic \ sidedooraccess.com
What would you like your epitaph to say?
If you could invent something, what would it be?
A digital platform that matches artists with hosts in unique
spaces for incredibly intimate and unique performances
world wide... Wait, have I told you about "Side Door"?
In which era would you most like to have lived, and why?
Right now. No matter how much garbage anyone ever
tells you about how Millennial don't have any attention
span, or are too big for their britches
because they don't want to eat garbage
microwaved food at Applebee's,
remember this: they are the least
homophobic and xenophobic generation
in history and they have the world at
their fingertips so they don't have to take
their jerk parents' word for everything.
What are you afraid of?
That the assholes will keep winning.
Name the skill or talent you would
most like to have.
I wish I could draw well.
Which three pieces of music would
you take to that desert island?
Probably just Radiohead. I'd be too vexed
to decide on what comes #2 to me.
Which famous person (living or dead)
do you think (or have you been told)
you most resemble?
No question. Seth Rogen. Got mistaken
for him duringthe Olympics. Signed
a guy's shirt "Seth Rogen".
What is your pet peeve?
When bullies find a way to imagine themselves as victims.
What are some of your UBC highlights?
I took a sociology class by a prof named Richard Fredericks
(no longer at the school) that actually changed my life.
I think that education has become a means to an end in
so many cases, and that the "end" is employment. But
education in its purest form must just be knowledge and
perspective. I'm a better person because of that class. D
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