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Array The President's Report
The University of British Columbia The President's
Report 1978-79
The report of President Douglas T. Kenny
to the Senate and Board of Governors
of the University of British Columbia
for the 1978-79 academic year.
The University of British Columbia Foreword
To the Board of Governors and Senate,
The University of British Columbia.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
My report on the 1978-79 academic year records the on-going efforts of
the University of British Columbia to achieve the objective of becoming
one of the outstanding institutions of higher learning in Canada.
In order to reach this goal of intellectual excellence and to meet the
challenges of the 21st century that is rapidly approaching, UBC will need
additional resources to add new faculty members to maintain existing
academic strength and bolster deficient areas, to replace and add new
equipment needed for teaching and research, and to construct new
buildings in which the academic enterprise can flourish.
One of our basic tasks in the immediate future is to convince the people
of British Columbia that the University is making efficient use of public
funds in carrying out its central mission, the education of young men and
women who will be able to contribute to all aspects of life in our
increasingly complex and technological world. I believe that the public will
be sympathetic to our needs if we demonstrate that we are doing
everything within our power to maintain academic standards and provide
service to the community at large.
In this mission, each member of the University community has a role to
play in strengthening and preserving the values on which UBC was
founded: the spirit of free enquiry and discovery, the concern for basic
human values, and improvement of the quality of life for all our citizens.
In this context I express my gratitude to the individuals and groups
responsible for ensuring that UBC is one of the leading universities in
Canada: the Board of Governors and Senate; the deans, department heads
and members of the teaching and research establishment; the
administrative and employed staff; and our students.
Many of the individuals who make up these groups study and work in
overcrowded, sub-standard conditions which we are striving to upgrade.
That the academic life of the University remains basically sound is no
small tribute to their dedication and perseverance.
Cordially yours,
Douglas T. Kenny.
President. XXAvJXT-L'Iv-TXT. A iJ from the report of President Douglas
Kenny to the Senate and Board of Governors of the University of British
Columbia for the 1978-79 academic year.
• UBC enrolled a record 32,625 students during the year for credit programs
offered at three separate academic sessions. Every unit at UBC offering
continuing education programs experienced enrolment increases, bringing
the University's total enrolment to almost 100,000 persons.
• UBC received nearly $26 million for research during the academic year, an
increase of 23 per cent over the previous year. A number of faculty received national and international awards for their research efforts.
• The University's 12 faculties continued their efforts to improve the curricu
lum by revising existing courses and by introducing new programs. Several
faculties and departments are committed to full reviews of their offerings.
• The University Library added the 2,000,000th volume to its collection in
1978-79. The major problem facing the library system is to provide adequate space for 3,000,000 volumes within a decade. A president's committee is studying the problem.
• The University opened two new buildings during the academic year and con
tinued planning for several new structures. However, many UBC faculties
and departments continue to experience over-crowding and sub-standard
teaching, research and working conditions because of a backlog of unmet
building needs.
• The University awarded its 100,000th degree during 1979 Congregation cere
monies. The
The University of British Columbia's journey
on the road to maturity began a mere 63 years
ago when it opened its doors to 379 students
who were taught by 34 faculty members on an
operating budget of $175,000. When the
1978-79 academic year commenced, it had
developed into a highly regarded university with
an operating budget of $180 million, more than
3,000 full- and part-time teachers and researchers, and a student body of nearly 100,000
enrolled for a vast array of credit and non-credit
In just under two-thirds of a century, UBC
has come to be widely respected for the quality
of its students, its graduates and its faculty. A
few departments have attained positions of international leadership and many are of significant  importance nationally.   Only  two  other
Canadian universities — Toronto and McGill —
receive more money for research from federal
agencies. Our Computing Centre is one of the
best on the continent and our Library, which
added its two millionth volume in the 1978-79
academic year, is a national resource second in
Canada only to that of the University of Toronto.
I am pleased to report that in 1978-79, UBC
continued to strengthen the quality of its
academic program through the on-going process of curriculum revision and the addition of
new programs, increased by 23 per cent the
amount of money invested in research, and continued to foster involvement in a multitude of
public-service functions by making its facilities
and the expertise of its teachers and students
available to enhance virtually every aspect of life
— public, athletic, cultural and intellectual —
in the province and the nation.
However, the rapid growth of the University
during its relatively short history has resulted in
some glaring deficiencies. UBC stands out in
Canada as an example of the difficulty of
developing a well-rounded adult from a skinny
adolescent on a very lean diet. The time has
come to build on the past in order to prepare for
the next century.
In the 1980s the University will need addi-
In the 1978-79 academic year,
UBC enrolled almost 100,000
students for credit and non-
credit programs, increased
spending on research by 23 per
cent and expanded its library
holdings to more than two
million volumes.
The President's Report 1978-79/5 tional financial resources to add the faculty that
will make us a university of world stature, to
replace obsolete equipment vital to teaching
and research, and to construct the buildings
that will enable us to upgrade the environment
for learning on the campus and expand our services to the community. There is a pressing need
to improve the quantity and quality of higher
education so that all our citizens, young and
old, will have the opportunity to reach their
highest potential.
Critics of higher education claim that Canadian universities are over-educating our young
people. The truth is that we are seriously under-
educating them. In this country only 4.7 per
cent of the population has a baccalaureate or
higher degree. The comparable figure in the
United States is 10.5 per cent.
British Columbia's participation rate for
university education, i.e., the percentage of
students in the 18-24 age group who enrol at
universities, is sixth amongst the provinces. In
particular, B.C. is below the national participation rate in such professional fields as architecture, commerce, dentistry, engineering, law,
medicine, nursing, physical education,
rehabilitation medicine and social work.
By almost any standard one can mention in
terms of higher education, Canada seriously
lags behind our neighbors to the south, which
leads to the harsh conclusion that the educational attainment of Canadians requires
It's also claimed from time to time that our
students are unable to find employment after
graduation. Figures compiled by Statistics'
Canada fail to bear this out. The national
unemployment rate for university graduates was
3.3 per cent in September of 1979. The rate for
high school graduates in the same month was
7.3 per cent, for those with some post-secondary
training the rate was 6.6 per cent, and even
those who were awarded certificates after post-
secondary training were experiencing an
unemployment rate of 5.2 per cent. Our own
surveys show that our graduates, by and large,
have little trouble finding employment after
No other human institution is charged with
the grave responsibility that devolves upon the
University — to educate young men and women
in order that the province and the nation can
compete successfully in an increasingly complex
Our goal must be to create a distinguished
centre of learning which ranks among the very
finest in Canada and the western world. There
is no doubt in my mind that the resources exist
to enable this University to attain this objective
by expanding and maintaining excellence in
research and graduate education, by continued
development of professional education, by ongoing evaluation and review of existing programs and by responsiveness to provincial and
national priorities.
The ways in which the University is presently
striving to reach this objective is reflected in the
various sections of my report which follow.
Last year, in my. report on the 1977-78
academic year, I began this section by drawing
attention to the impressive efforts that are continually being made throughout the University
to review and revise our curriculum to make it
responsive to the accumulation of new
knowledge through research, the perceived
needs of the economy and industry and the interests and needs of students. The reports of the
deans of UBC's 12 faculties for the 1978-79
academic year have reinforced the confidence I
feel that this process is continuing in order to
ensure that we offer quality programs to our
The process by which the UBC curriculum
changes is lengthy and time-consuming.
Changes initiated at the departmental level
must first be approved at faculty meetings
before being forwarded to Senate. Those proposals with financial implications are considered by the Board of Governors before being
submitted for approval to the Universities
Council of B.C., which may decide that it cannot approve a specific program for financial
reasons. The often lengthy delay between a proposal for a new program and its implementation
was discussed at the Senate meeting in January,
1979, traditionally the month in which most
proposals for curriculum changes and new programs reach UBC's academic parliament. If
proposals for new programs do not reach Senate
in January, it was pointed out, a year or more
can elapse before the program can be offered.
Dean of Arts Robert Will told the Senate that in
some instances he had been waiting four years
to hear from the Universities Council on a proposed program.
I also reported last year on some of the
specific steps the University had taken to improve educational quality at UBC. One of these
was the establishment of committees to carry
out full-scale reviews of the Faculties of Science
and Education. The purpose of these reviews is
not inquisitorial; it is to identify needed improvements in the curriculum, in the preparation of faculty members, and in the resources
and equipment they require to perform their
functions as teachers and researchers.
The report of a six-member committee
established to review the Faculty of Education
was completed and submitted to me in
February, 1979. The committee was chaired by
Prof. Paul Gilmore, head of the Department of
Computer Science at UBC, and included three
experts from outside the University. The 20
recommendations made by the committee will
affect almost every aspect of the education
faculty's academic and administrative operations.
Among other things, the committee has
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• A review of the total course offerings and
programs in Education by a new dean who will succeed Dr. John Andrews, who announced his
intention last year to step down as head of the
faculty on June 30, 1979;
• The implementation of steps to ensure
closer contact between the Faculty of Education
and other discipline areas at UBC;
• Exploration of restructuring the faculty
and a reduction in the number of internal faculty committees;
• Re-examination, clarification and
strengthening of personnel procedures, including procedures for retention and advancement of faculty members;
• Review of selection procedures in
recruiting students and a tightening of English-
proficiency requirements; and
• A thorough examination of teaching and
marking standards within the faculty.
The committee found much in the faculty to
praise, including departments "characterized
by a number of quality faculty, strong graduate
programs and research," alternative programs
("one of the faculty's most important innovations in the training of teachers"), and the
Native Indian Teacher Education Program.
Also singled out for praise were the diploma
programs in special education for the deaf and
the education faculty's "sensitivity to the
demands placed on it by the field," i.e., its continuing education activities. "Field development," the report comments, "for the Faculty of
Education is like the shine on Willy Loman's
shoes in Death of a Salesman: It goes with the
At the same time, the report continues, the
committee also found "important instances of
commission and omission which detract from
the faculty's effectiveness and efficiency in
meeting its primary responsibilities." The committee deals with the faculty's shortcomings
under the headings of administration and
governance; standards, curriculum and programs; and allocation of resources, and comments that it found among faculty members in
Education "a general willingness to re-examine
its programs, procedures and curriculum, and a
receptiveness to constructive change."
The recommendations in the report will call
for careful consideration and widespread study
because of the way in which the Faculty of
Education intersects with other University
faculties. I feel the committee has done a
thorough job and that the report will be of great
help in selecting a successor for Dean Andrews,
and to the new dean when he is appointed.
The material which follows has been selected
from the reports of the deans of the faculties to
illustrate the continuing restructuring of the
University curriculum and new programs approved in the 1978-79 academic year.
ty has received Senate and Board approval for a
number of significant curriculum changes,
which are being implemented.
A new 68-unit curriculum has been approved
to replace the former 62-unit program required
for the bachelor's degree. It was felt that the
62-unit curriculum imposed severe constraints
in providing students with general and specialized knowledge. A new professional program
leading to the degree of Bachelor of Landscape
Architecture will  be offered  in  the  1979-80
academic year in the Department of Plant
Science, and the faculty's existing Rangeland
Resources Program, formerly available only in
Plant Science, has been extended into three
other departments in the faculty.
During the academic year, the Universities
Council provided funding for an Interior program to meet educational needs in renewable
resource management in various parts of the
province. The program is the result of a study of
the educational needs and desires of Interior
groups and emphasizes a collaborative approach with credit and non-credit courses
developed and presented in co-operation with
resource agency and community college personnel. The new program was launched at Cariboo
College in Kamloops in late August when a
1V6 -unit credit course in range sciences was offered over a two-week period for those with appropriate academic background. Other courses
in Kamloops and in Prince George and Kelowna
are being organized.
APPLIED SCIENCE. The Department of
Mechanical Engineering committed itself to a
wide-ranging and fundamental review of its
curriculum with a view to improving course offerings to second-year students, providing a
more intensive study of machine tool technology
and the introduction and modification of
courses in several areas.
New material on coal mining and preparation has been introduced into the curriculum of
the Department of Mineral Engineering in
keeping with the need to expand studies in this
area of great significance to the province. The
department's offerings will be further enhanced
with the construction of a new coal research
UBC's 12 faculties continued to
improve the curriculum
through revision of existing
courses and the introduction of
new programs. These changes
and additions reflect the accumulation of new knowledge
through research, the perceived needs of society and industry and the interests and
needs of students.
The President's Report 1978-79/7 UBC's music department completed a total revision of the
undergraduate curriculum in
musical composition and
reorganized courses in music
theory. The department
presented 27 faculty recitals
and 85 student performances
during the year as part of an
active program of public ser-
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laboratory adjacent to the Frank A. Forward
Building for metallurgy.
The School of Nursing will eliminate its two-
year diploma program leading to early licensure
and concentrate on development of a four-year
baccalaureate program. The new program,
which will be implemented over the next four
years, will be designed to improve the training
of students for nursing practice in the 1980s and
provide a stronger basis for graduate work.
Senate also approved a proposal from Applied Science to introduce a new four-year program leading to the bachelor's degree in
engineering. Presently, the engineering program is five years in length and requires a
preliminary year in the Faculty of Science. The
new program is designed for exceptional, highly
motivated and well qualified students who have
outstanding secondary school records. The
faculty will report back to Senate in two years on
student progress in the program.
ARTS. The faculty is currently seeking approval by the Universities Council for the following new degree programs approved by Senate:
extension of the Ph.D. program in Asian Studies
to include south Asian studies; a master's program in family studies in the School of Home
Economics; a new Master of Archival Studies
program in the School of Librarianship; and a
new master's program in film and television
studies in the Department of Theatre. The
Council has approved the following programs
for introduction in the coming academic year: a
new Master of Fine Arts program in the fine arts
department; and a new Ph.D. program in the
Department of Theatre. The Department of
Creative Writing is still awaiting approval by
the Council of funds for a sequence of
undergraduate and graduate courses on the
writing of children's literature, approved by
Senate some years ago.
New curriculum developments in Arts include the following: introduction of a concentration in writing for students in Creative
Writing and the secondary school teaching program in the Faculty of Education to enable
students to teach writing in the schools; an extensive review of first- and second-year courses
and of senior program requirements in the
Department of French; revision of the majors
and honors program in Hispanic studies into
two streams to provide separate specialties in
language and literature; revision of the majors
and honors program in Italian to provide a
more cohesive curriculum; a total revision of the
undergraduate curriculum in musical composition and reorganization of courses in music
theory in the music department; and a complete
review of the graduate program in the Department of Slavonic Studies.
A major innovation for the School of Social
Work in the 1978-79 academic year was the
launching of a two-year program of part-time
study in the Interior centre of Prince George for
individuals who have a bachelor's degree and
for a second group who have two years of
undergraduate education in arts acceptable to
UBC. The first group — those with a B.A.
degree — will qualify for the Bachelor of Social
Work degree after two years of study. The latter
group will, after two years of study, have completed the required social work courses toward
the B.S.W. degree but will lack required social
science courses. It is anticipated that this group
will qualify by taking the required courses by
correspondence or by enrolling for one or more
of UBC's regular academic sessions.
The courses are staffed by one faculty
member who lives in Prince George and by
UBC-based teachers who travel to Prince
George to lecture. Originally, it was planned to
offer the same program in the Fort St. John-
Dawson Creek area as well, but this proved not
to be feasible. The school is exploring the
feasibility of beginning the program in this area
in May, 1980.
The Prince George program, which began
with an initial enrolment of 13 students, is offered with the collaboration of New Caledonia
College, which is providing classroom space and
library facilities.
Dean Robert Will, the head of the arts faculty, draws special attention to the needs of the
Department of Fine Arts, which now has space
in six different buildings on the campus. One of
these locations, the Fine Arts Gallery, is located
in very poor accommodation in the basement of
the Main Library, but still manages to stage
some lively and interesting exhibits during the
year. A closely related problem concerns the
University's own collection of art, now valued at
almost $1.5 million, which is not housed in a
facility where there is adequate temperature
and humidity control as well as security. A
facility is required not only to overcome these
problems but also to provide a measure of accessibility which would realize the collection's potential as a teaching resource and for public
undergraduate program which amended the
core requirements for each year of the degree
program, by changing the unit structure of
some courses and by revising certain other
courses. The new program will apply to students
enrolling for the 1979-80 winter session.
Worth noting here was the initiative taken
during the academic year by Commerce dean
Peter Lusztig leading to the formation of a
Dean's Advisory Council made up of 38 senior
business, labor and government leaders from
B.C. and other parts of Canada. The purpose of
the council, which held its first meeting at UBC
on Nov. 7, 1978, is to brief the commerce faculty on how better to serve the changing needs of
organizations and management by advising and
criticising programs and courses offered in the
DENTISTRY. A new graduate program in
periodontics was approved by Senate, a
feasibility study is under way on the introduction of a course in hospital dentistry, and all
faculty course objective statements are being
reviewed to be followed by a review of the
allocation of a weighting to each course.
EDUCATION. The faculty offered two
courses on and off the campus on the teaching
of French to meet the growing demand for
teachers of this language in elementary schools.
The faculty now offers a concentration in
Italian and plans are being formulated to offer
concentrations in Chinese and Japanese.
Courses offered by the counselling psychology
department have been revised to give added emphasis to career planning and counselling of
minority groups, among other things, and the
department also expanded its part-time program so that courses are available on and off the
campus in the evenings and in summer session.
A special program initiated by the provincial
Ministry of Education was available in the summer of 1979 to train academic teachers in the
field of industrial education.
The music education department has extended and revised its course content to include
instructional techniques related to string and
wind instruments and to such areas as stage
band instruction.
The changes outlined above in industrial and
music education, says the report of the Faculty
of Education, are illustrative of recognition that
the teachers of the 1980s must be capable of offering general education, some specialist education, as well as education for the intelligent and
enjoyable use of increased leisure time.
The School of Physical Education and
Recreation is undertaking a thorough review of
its academic program with a view to providing
alternative options to the traditional pattern of
preparing physical education teachers. Plans
are under way to develop new course options in
sport studies, exercise science and instructional
strategy and design. A new curriculum proposal
is also forthcoming in the undergraduate degree
program in recreation, which will include an increase in the commitment to the study of leisure
and the phenomenon of recreation in society.
FORESTRY. The curriculum committee of
the faculty is conducting a major review of the
faculty's programs with a view to recommending
revisions and improvements. A reorganized and
strengthened program in the area of wood
science and industry will begin in September,
1979. Recommendations which led to the
changes were made by a special committee that
included industrial representatives.
ments in the graduate studies area are reported
under the headings of the various faculties. One
noteworthy addition to Graduate Studies was
the clinical engineering program leading to the
Master of Engineering degree, which was approved by the Universities Council in 1979 and
which will be offered in the 1980-81 academic
year. This program reflects the increasing
dependence of medicine and other disciplines
on sophisticated equipment for diagnostic and
research purposes, which requires engineers
with advanced training and expertise.
LAW. A comprehensive review of the law
curriculum is under way and quite apart from
the development of existing programs, the
faculty is considering the introduction of
courses in the areas of health law and Japanese
The proposed health law program would further teaching and research related to the quality
and delivery of health care in B.C. and was the
result of discussions between the law faculty, the
B.C. Health Association, the Faculty of
Medicine and the Health Sciences Coordinating Committee. The feasibility of a program in Japanese law is being examined in the
light of the growing economic relationships between Canada and Japan. UBC is a logical location for such a program and its introduction
would offer opportunities for interchange and
collaboration with a similar program at the
University of Washington, which sponsors the
most ambitious Asian law program in the
United States.
The faculty continues to explore the use of
audio-visual techniques in legal education. The
B.C. Supreme Court has approved in principle
the establishment of a closed circuit television
link between the new Law Courts in downtown
Vancouver and the law school on campus. If
funding can be provided, UBC will be the first
law school in Canada to have this aid to instruction in advocacy.
SCIENCE. At its meeting in January, the
Senate approved the transfer of the Institute of
Oceanography from the Faculty of Graduate
Studies to the Faculty of Science, where it will
function as a department under its new head,
Prof. Stephen Calvert, who arrived at UBC on
July 1, 1979, to take up his new post. The
department will not otter an undergraduate
degree in oceanography but will concentrate on
preparing programs for combined honors in a
basic science with electives chosen from
oceanography subjects. This will be a prerequisite for proceeding to graduate work, which
will continue to be Oceanography's prime
To provide a comprehensive background for
the emerging field of planetary sciences, the
honors Bachelor of Science program in
geophysics and astronomy was revised to allow
The President's Report 1978-79/9 Prof. Stephen Calvert took up
his post during the academic
year as head of the new Department of Oceanography in the
Faculty of Science. The department was formerly an institute
in the Faculty of Graduate
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combinations of courses from each area. The
Department of Computer Science continued the
curriculum reorganization program initiated
three years ago, and new laboratory facilities
have enabled the department to redesign the
first-year program as well as some upper-year
courses. A new option in computer science at
the undergraduate level has been devised for
students in Commerce and Business Administration.
A significant number of students have enrolled for the new B.Sc. program of combined
honors in chemistry and biochemistry. The
physics department has introduced changes in
second-year courses so that more courses are
available to non-physics students.
program, initiated to encourage women to enter
the Faculty of Forestry and the engineering program in the Faculty of Applied Science, was expanded during the academic year to include
men as the result of approval by Senate of a motion providing for the permanent establishment
of the program in these two faculties. The Cooperative Education and Internship programs
began in the Women Students' Office under the
capable direction of Maryke Gilmore, assisted
by Diane Waterman. On Sept. 1, 1979, the two
programs will become administratively separate
from the Women Students' Office, which can
take justifiable pride in its role of fostering these
developments at UBC, initially designed to
develop women's career potential.
Co-operative education is basically a work-
study program where students interested in
forestry and engineering integrate their University studies with supervised employment with
forestry and engineering firms.
There were a number of notable trends and
developments during the year in research, an
essential component in the intellectual life of
anv university.
Perhaps the most heartening development in
the past fiscal year was a 23 per cent increase in
the amount of money invested in research, a
significant change from the lean years of the
early and mid-1970s. The University received
$25,923,392 for research in the 1978-79 fiscal
year, and every faculty in the University showed
an increase in funds over the previous year for
this primary function.
Some notable trends in funding are:
• The gradual decrease in the proportion of
funds provided by the federal government, from
a peak of 78 per cent in 1972-73 to 64 per cent
in 1978-79;
• The dramatic increase in provincial
government support from an average 2 per cent
in the early 1970s to 8.5 per cent ($2,210,775) in
the last fiscal year, with much of the increase
resulting from grants awarded by the B.C.
Health Care Research Foundation for work in
the health sciences;
• Continuation of the trend toward support
of "mission-oriented" research, with research
contracts making up 15 per cent of the total as
compared to 10 per cent in 1972; and
• A gradual increase in research programs
carried out in collaboration with industrial
companies, a trend which is likely to expand
when our Discovery Park is developed.
For the second year in a row, the Faculty of
Medicine led in terms of total research fund
allocations, edging out the Faculty of Science,
$7,699,106 to $7,453,173. Within the Faculty of
Science, however, the Department of Chemistry
remains the unit with the highest amount of
research support, topping $2 million for the first
time in 1978-79.
It is heartening to note that some functions
which have been funded at a low level until
recently received healthy increases over the past
two years, including Commerce and Business
Administration, Education, Pharmaceutical
Sciences and Agricultural Sciences.
One aspect of research funding remains a
matter of concern. We must guard against any
pressures that would tend to give mission-
oriented research primacy in the allocation of
grants. Mission-oriented research can only
flourish when it draws on fundamental
knowledge that accumulates as the result of
basic research, particularly in the sciences. If
University facilities are manipulated by the
granting agencies so that it is only possible to
obtain grants if the research is aimed at solving
an immediate and specific problem, there is a
strong possibility that proposed solutions will be
stop-gap and incomplete because they are not
founded on basic research.
A graphic example of how basic research can
contribute to applied research came to light at
UBC in the 1978-79 academic year. For the past
23 years, Prof. J. Gilbert Hooley of the Department of Chemistry has been investigating the
chemistry of the element carbon on low-cost
equipment that he devised and and made with • -#
his own hands. His basic research has to a
significant extent been responsible for a revival
of interest in carbon because of its potential
usefulness to the aluminum industry, as a conductor of electricity, as a catalyst in the process
of making gasoline from coal and in other industrial processes which use carbon fibres. The
interest of industry in carbon results from Prof.
Hooley's research on how a wide range of
materials, including metals such as potassium
and sodium, are absorbed into carbon. This absorption process radically changes the properties
of the carbon, mechanically and in terms of its
ability to conduct electricity. For his continued
"pioneering contributions" to carbon research,
Prof. Hooley was honored in June, 1979, at the
14th biennial Conference on Carbon held in the
United States. He received the Charles E. Pet-
tinos Award of the American Carbon Society
which carries with it a cash prize of $1,000.
I cite Prof. Hooley's work to indicate that
basic research is essential in stimulating interest
in utilizing common materials to meet new
needs in industry and society. If we fail to encourage and continue this endeavor, we run the
risk of overlooking potential solutions to many
current problems.
Interest in research and teaching about
children has been stimulated during the
academic year at UBC as the result of the
declaration by the United Nations of 1979 as the
international Year of the Child. In the previous
academic year, UBC's Senate approved the
establishment of a Centre for the Study of
Childhood in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. I
am hopeful that we will be able to obtain the
funds that will permit the centre to function as
an interdisciplinary and co-ordinating facility to
foster research related to children. An informal
survey by a member of our Department of
Paediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine, conducted during the academic year, indicates that
concern about young people is not confined to
such obvious areas as pediatrics and education.
Teaching and research is also taking place in architecture and law.
Students from Architecture were in Greece
for 100 days early in 1979 to prepare plans for
inner-city playgrounds in Athens under the
direction of John Gaitanakis, assistant professor
in the School of Architecture; Prof. Donald
MacDougall of Law has written extensively on
the subject of Canada's child laws and has been
closely associated with agencies that promote
the well-being of children; Prof. Sheila Egoff of
our School of Librarianship is regarded as one
of the world's leading experts on children's
literature; Prof. Stanley Blank of Education is
developing new curriculum materials which will
be available in B.C. schools next year for
teaching gifted children; Dr. Henry Dunn of
Paediatrics has just completed a 20-year study
UBC received almost $26
million for research in the
1978-79 fiscal year, an increase
of 23 per cent over the previous
year. The research total was
aided by substantial increases
in support from the provincial
government and from private
sources and foundations.
The President's Report 1978-79/11 Long-time UBC faculty
member Prof. J. Gilbert Hooley
was honored by the American
Carbon Society in June, 1979,
for his continued "pioneering
contributions" to carbon
research. His work illustrates
how basic research contributes
to the solution of current problems.
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of babies of low birthweight, which is yielding
some exciting results that will enable doctors to
predict the physical problems which this group
of children will encounter later in life.
This sampling of more than 200 projects
serves to indicate how widespread and varied is
the interest in research on children at UBC. -
What follows are excerpts from the reports of
the deans of faculties dealing with research projects of widespread public interest.
Warren Kitts draws attention to the fact that
more than 35 per cent of the projects under way
in his faculty involve studies and field work in
centres far removed from the campus and
Lower Mainland. Projects range from the effects of poisonous plants on cattle in the
Cariboo to the biological control of knapweed
near Kamloops, from mine tailing reclamation
research near Kimberley to animal studies in the
Okanagan and on Vancouver Island, and from
grain studies in the Peace River area to research
on copper-deficient soils in the Fort Fraser area
in north central B.C. He also reports that faculty members wrote six chapters in books,
published 79 papers in refereed journals,
prepared 83 reports, reviews, monographs,
bulletins and articles, and presented 63 conference papers and abstracts.
Notable research includes: the work of Dr.
Shuryo Nakai, who has developed a natural protein product that can be used to give fruit juices
and soft drinks the nutritional value of milk; the
work of members of the Department of Bio-
Resource Engineering, who are co-operating
with the B.C. government on improved ways of
coping with the aquatic weed Eurasian milfoil,
a serious problem in many B.C. lakes; a
feasibility study of pregnancy testing in cows to
reduce the calving interval and ensure the
greatest efficiency in milk production; experiments in Prince George with modification of
soil temperature using plastic film, work which
suggests that it may be possible to achieve a
longer growing season; and the development of
methods to utilize fish products in poultry feed.
APPLIED SCIENCE. This faculty is sponsoring a large number of projects that have
potential for improving the quality of human
life. Chemical engineers are developing a process for the manufacture of slow release fertilizer
under an agreement signed with a local firm; in
Electrical Engineering research is actively being
carried out in the areas of biomedical engineering, communications and signal processing,
computer applications and power systems
engineering; in Mechanical Engineering
research projects are going forward on such
topics as wood waste combustion, explosion risks in coal mines, solar energy systems,
and development of an artificial kidney
machine; in Metallurgy research on copper has
led to promising developments in the production of that metal which could be of value to
B.C. industry and research is being undertaken
on the behavior of metal implants with
members of the Faculty of Medicine; in Mineral
Engineering several projects aimed at improving
the recovery of B.C. coal are under way as is
research on mine ventilation, safe mine-waste
disposal and rock mechanics for mine design.
Two members of the School of Architecture are
involved with research that could have important bearing on energy conservation, and assistant professor Dino Rapanos is carrying out
work leading to the preparation of design
guidelines for residential development in flood-
prone areas.
FACULTY OF ARTS. Research in this
faculty is characterized by diversity. In
Economics the main thrusts of research are in
such areas as welfare economics, production
relationships, inflation, studies of energy policy
and demands and natural resources economics.
Several members of the department, with the
support of the Economic Council of Canada,
have undertaken a study of the economics of
fishery regulations.
In Geography, Drs. John Hay and Tim Oke
are the prime movers of an extensive
climatology program directly related to community concerns for the development of alternative energy strategies. Prof. J. Ross Mackay of
the same department continues his pioneering
work in the Canadian Arctic which has made
him an international authority on permafrost,
Dr. Michael Boris initiated a three-year project
on landslides in southern B.C., a group in the
department is concerned with the stresses which
are so much a part of the urban environment,
while other groups are active in transportation
studies and economic development in Third
World countries.
Some idea of the breadth of research in the
history department is indicated by the subject
matter of books published by faculty members:
Dr. George Egerton is the author of Great Britain and the Creation of the League of Nations;
Prof. Robert Kubicek wrote Economic Imperialism in Theory and Practice: The Case of
South African Gold Mining Finance,
1886-1914; Dr. Peter Moog completed Vancouver Defended: A History of the Men and
Guns of the Lower Mainland Defences,
1859-1949; and Dr. P.W. Ward is the author of
White   Canada   Forever:   Popular  Attitudes, Public Policy and Orientals in British Columbia.
Prof. Dale Kinkade of the Department of
Linguistics is widely known for his studies of the
languages of North American Indians and Dr.
David Ingram of the same department is internationally known for his research on child
language acquisition.
The first large-scale political survey of B.C. is
under way in the political science department
under the direction of Dr. David Elkins, Dr.
Donald Blake and Dr. R.G.C. Johnston, who
are studying the May 10, 1979, provincial election and May 22, 1979, federal election in a project entitled "Structure of Opportunity,
Political Culture, and Electoral Choice."
The Department of Psychology continues to
be extremely productive in terms of research.
Projects include the prediction, prevention and
treatment of alcoholism; the way in which people experience and describe emotions and feelings; brain involvement in violent and nonviolent psychopaths; and the facilities available
in nursing homes and other long-term care institutions for the aged.
The language and literature departments of
the arts faculty annually produce a wide range
of literary and other types of studies. Examples
are the development by Dr. Kenneth Bryant of
Asian Studies of a unique method of printing
the scripts of North India languages by computer; continuing work of importance on the
origins of Chinese script by Prof. E.G.
Pulleyblank; and on-going work in the Department of English on early English drama by Prof.
R.W. Ingram, on Dante Gabriel Rossetti by
Prof. W.E. Fredeman, on W.B. Yeats by Dr.
Andrew Parkin, and the completion of a hand
book of Canadian writers by Prof. Jan de Bruyn
and Dr. W.E. Messenger. In the Department of
Hispanic and Italian Studies Prof. D. Aguzzi-
Barbagli is a member of the editorial team for
the massive Collected Works of Erasmus being
published by the University of Toronto Press;
Prof. Harold Livermore has had published in
English and Portuguese a biographical study of
William Carr Beresford; and Dr. Stefania Cic-
cone has seen the first fruits of six years of
research on the language of the Milanese press
in the first half of the 18th century published in
the form of two volumes of Concordances and
one oi Journalistic Texts, totalling some 3,000
COMMERCE AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION. The research interests and activities of the teaching staff of the Faculty of
Commerce and Business Administration are
reflected in the more than 125 books, articles,
chapters, etc., written and accepted for
publication during the 1978-79 academic year.
The following titles (authors in brackets) indicate the wide range of academic work in
which this faculty is involved: "Canada Savings
Bonds: Valuation and Redemption" (Michael
Brennan and E.S. Schwartz); "Social Security
Wealth and Private Savings in Canada" (Philem
Boyle and J.D. Murray); "Sectional Energy Demand in Canadian Manufacturing Industries"
(T.A. Cameron and S.L. Schwartz); "Union
Decertification: An Exploratory Analysis" (I.
Chafetz and C. Fraser); "Real Estate Law in
British Columbia" (I. Davis and F. Taylor);
"The Housing Question" (M.A. Goldberg);
"Post-war Japan and Informational Transfer of
Technology"   (J.T.   Goode);   "Soviet   Accoun-
Prof Stanley Blank, left, of
UBC's Faculty of Education
confers with graduate students
Michael Izen and Suzanne
Kenney on the preparation of
curriculum materials for gifted
children for use in B.C. schools
in September, 1979.
The President's Report 1978-79/13 UBC's research forest near
Haney in the Fraser Valley is
the site of research on white
pine blister rust, which has
destroyed a substantial portion
of this valuable species on Vancouver Island and in the
Kootenay district of the province.
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ting, Planning and Control" (G. Gorelik); "Condominiums: A Decade of Experience in B.C."
(S.W. Hamilton); "The Role of Railway
Regulation in National Policy in Canada" (T.D.
Heaver and J.C. Nelson); "Money and Corporate Earnings" ((M. Levi); "Need Satisfaction
of Paid and Volunteer Workers in Health Service Occupations" (L.F. Moore and J.C. Anderson); "Energy Policy—The Global Challenge"
(Peter Nemetz); "Information Sources for
Advertising Policy" (R.W. Pollay); "Dealing
with Unemployment — What are the Alternatives?" (B. Schwab); "Canadian Joint Ventures in Brazil" (J.W.C. Tomlinson and E.S.
Schwartz); "The Need for a Public Defender in
Ontario" (A.R. Vining); "Energy Policy
Modelling: United States and Canadian Experiences" (2 vols.) (W.T. Ziemba and S.L.
DENTISTRY. Of major importance to the
faculty has been the award of a Medical
Research Council grant to Dr. Donald Brunette
for research in cell biology related to the
periodontium — the collective name for the
tissues which surround the teeth. The grant will
enable the expansion of basic and applied
research on diseases of these tissues, a major
cause of tooth loss throughout the world. It is
expected that an expansion of basic research in
this area will lead to the development of techniques for the re-implantation of teeth and the
study of biomaterials suitable for such procedures. Dr. Timothy Gould will be closely
associated with Dr. Brunette in this work. Other
noteworthy research in the faculty includes: internationally recognized studies in muscle
physiology and occlusion by Dr. A.G. Hannam
and his co-workers, Dr. William Wood and Dr.
R.M. Shah; examination of the effects of oral
bacteria on heart disease and in particular,
bacterial endocarditis, with grants from the
B.C. Heart Foundation; and the health hazard
of mercury pollution in the dental office, being
investigated by Dr. Richard Roydhouse.
The faculty is also introducing improved service research for B.C. dentists, both in oral
mucosa clinics and in oral biopsy services,
designed to enhance clinical investigative
EDUCATION. Research in this faculty continued to be in the areas of teaching and learning, with particular attention to curriculum
development and assessment; adaptation of
material and instructional techniques for the
handicapped, the gifted, minority groups, immigrants and adults; and selection procedures
and screening implements that will aid in correlating student characteristics with later
teaching success.
In the field of curriculum development the
most notable grant went to Dr. Doreen Binn-
ington, who is using funds totalling $590,000 for
a curriculum development research project
which will eventually result in a new approach
to the teaching of social studies in Canadian
schools. The support comes from the Canadian
Mining and Metallurgy Association, B.C. school
districts and the University. Two members of
the faculty — Drs. James Sherrill and David
Robitaille — are using a grant of more than
$118,000 from the B.C. Ministry of Education
for the development of a Mathematics Achievement Test Project. In September, 1979, class
sets of tests prepared under this project will be
available to every school in the province. The
federal government provided $100,000 to
establish a French Resource Centre, which provides an important collection of programs, pro- fessional books and instructional aids for
teachers of French in schools. This grant was
supplemented by an additional $37,000 to
facilitate offering off-campus courses in the
teaching of French.
The opening of the Buchanan Research and
Fitness Assessment Centre has enabled the'
School of Physical Education to begin a program of research on human physical activity
and physiological stress response to exercise as
well as being able to offer to the public and the
University community a sophisticated physical
fitness assessment service. Elsewhere in the
school, a team of sport and physical activity
specialists are co-operating to carry out a
province-wide survey and assessment of secondary physical education programs for the provincial government.
FORESTRY. A wide range of projects is being conducted in this faculty in the areas of
wildlife, fisheries, range and watershed
management through timber management and
wood utilization research. The varied external
sources of funds include federal and provincial
agencies, several forest industries, the Workers'
Compensation Board, the Greater Vancouver
Water Board, the U.S. Department of
Agriculture and the World Wildlife Fund.
Examples of important forest research projects are: co-operation between a forest-
harvesting group and a faculty member from
Electrical Engineering on the design and testing
of an electronic "data logger" for studying the
human factors in logging operations in order to
contribute to the design of more appropriate
cost-effective, man-machine systems for logging; a new wood pulping and hydrolysis process that has attracted international attention
during the year; an extension of fire research
with the co-operation of the B.C. Forest Service;
studies of the dwarf mistletoe, a parasite that attacks many commercially important B.C. tree
species; initiation of research on white pine
blister rust, which has destroyed a substantial
portion of this valuable species on Vancouver
Island and in the Kootenays; continuing
research on nutrient cycling and the long-term
consequences of various harvesting and
management options for soil fertility and future
productivity; and examination of the potential
of tree breeding for producing more energy
from wood.
GRADUATE STUDIES. The institutes,
schools and centres associated with the graduate
studies faculty collectively received more than
$2 million in funding in 1978-79. Some notable
projects funded during the year were: a new
project on environmental protection regulation
to be undertaken by the Westwater Research
Centre with funding from the Economic Council of Canada; completion by the Institute of International Relations of the project entitled
"Canada and the International Management of
the Oceans"; a major series of seminars and
workshops sponsored by the Centre for Human
Settlements with the support of the Ministry of
State for Urban Affairs; and a series of
workshops on simulation techniques by the Institute of Animal Resource Ecology under a
U.S. government contract.
Faculty members and students in the School
of Community and Regional Planning are mak
ing a major contribution to the understanding
of integrated resource management in the
Yukon. Among the studies completed or in advanced stage under the direction of Dr. William
Rees and Prof. Irving Fox are: those focussing
on the unique porcupine caribou herd; alternative uses of the Yukon River, which included
a site examination by canoe in the summer of
1979; decision-making with regard to previous
hydro-electric projects; and a study of the
federal government environmental assessment
review process covering both B.C. and the
The following studies are under way in our
Centre for Transportation Studies: ocean pollution caused by tanker operations; bottlenecks at
Vancouver International Airport; earthquake
hazards in transportation; and considerations
which the federal government should take into
account in the establishment of new policies
dealing with scheduled and charter airlines.
The soil dynamics group within the graduate
studies faculty sponsors research in three major
areas: earthquake engineering, including the
seismic response of nuclear power plants; ocean
engineering, including work on the design and
performance of off-shore platforms and
pipelines; and environmental fluid mechanics,
including the development of techniques for the
analysis of the dispersal of pollutants in oceans,
lakes, rivers and air, and prediction of the effects of waste-heat discharges from power
LAW. Like Commerce, much of the research
work of faculty members is reflected in the titles
of papers, books and articles published in the
past year. This included material on the Canadian approach to anti-discrimination legislation
and possible alternatives by W.W. Black, compensation for criminal injuries by P.T. Burns,
commentary on the new provincial Family Relations Act by K.B. Farquhar, the reshaping of
Canadian federalism and northern land claims
by Kenneth Lysyk, Canada and the law of the
sea by Donald M. McRae, and condominium
law in B.C. by Dennis Pavlich.
MEDICINE. Funds available for research in
the various departments of the medical faculty
totalled nearly $8 million, an increase of more
than $1.5 million over the previous year. The
Medical Research Council of Canada continues
to be the major contributor (more than $3.5
million), with 60 per cent of the increase accounted for by new funds from the B.C. Health
Care Research Foundation. Other major contributors were the National Cancer Institute
($513,844), the Heart Foundation ($488,608),
and the federal Department of National Health
and Welfare ($410,051). Other foundations and
societies provided a high percentage of funds
While the faculty has made impressive advances in research during the past year as the
result of funding increases and continuing work
on the provision of new research space in the
basic sciences and for the clinical departments,
there remain severe space problems for clinical
research at off-campus hospitals, a factor which
militates against attracting and retaining high-
calibre medical scientists.
Notable grants in the 1978-79 academic year
included the following: a $192,000 equipment
The President's Report 1978-79/15 Two new undergraduate terminal laboratories came into
operation in UBC's Computing
Centre during the academic
year. More than 700 first-year
Computer Science students will
enjoy a revised curriculum using the new facilities.
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grant to Dr. P.R. Cullis for purchase of a special
type of spectrometer for analysis of the reactions
of drugs and hormones with cell membrane
components; a $93,616 grant to Dr. Michael
Smith for nucleic acid studies; grants of
$149,114 to Dr. Stefan Grzybowski for a study of
health hazards in the pulp and paper industry
and $130,000 for the purchase of a mobile lung
function van; a $50,895 grant to Dr. N.H. Lee
for research on possible effects of therapeutic
abortions on subsequent pregnancy outcome; a
grant of $100,000 to Dr. John C. Hogg from the
Canadian Tobacco Manufacturers Council for a
study of the effect of tobacco smoke on the lung;
a grant of $52,500 to Dr. Thomas L. Perry for
research on the biochemical basis of mental
dysfunction; a $108,148 grant to Dr. Harold
Copp for hormone studies; and $66,560 to Dr.
Juhn Wada for continuing work on epilepsy.
its relatively small size, members of the Faculty
of Pharmaceutical Sciences were the authors of
115 scientific publications in the 1978-79
academic year. Graduate student enrolment
stood at an all-time high of 28.
The division of pharmaceutical chemistry in
the faculty is continuing its program of preparing radio-nuclides, which are used in diagnosing
certain diseases. The radioiodine, 1-123, is being used at Vancouver General Hospital as a
diagnostic imaging agent and is being flown to
Toronto, Winnipeg and Edmonton for use in
hospitals in those cities.
The division of clinical pharmacy continued
to develop research in the area of drug utilization, with the support of the provincial
ministries of Human Resources and Health.
This research can be expected to have an impact on the prescribing and dispensing patterns
in the fields of both medicine and pharmacy.
SCIENCE. The strength of UBC's scientific
establishment is reflected in the level of funding
for research. Grants to the Faculty of Science in
1978-79 were at an all-time high of $7,453,173,
an increase of more than 24 per cent over the
previous year.
Eighteen of our leading scientists received
$526,800 from the new Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council, which has taken
over the research-granting function formerly
held by the National Research Council, for the
support of projects in "national problem areas."
These so-called Strategic Area Grants are for
research in the fields of energy, environmental
toxicology and oceanography. The largest single
grant of $70,000 was made to Dr. Neil Towers
of the Department of Botany, who will study
toxic substances found in certain common
garden plants. The research is an outgrowth of
a discovery made in Dr. Towers's laboratory
that certain naturally occurring compounds
found in plants are lethal in the presence of
sunlight to some types of bacteria, fungi and insects. It's believed these compounds, called
poly acetylenes, are potentially useful in
medicine for treating certain skin diseases and
in agriculture for control of insect larvae.
Other strategic area grants were awarded to:
Dr. Robert Parsons of Physics, who will use a
$41,700 allocation for work that has potential
application in the field of solar energy; Dr. Raymond Andersen of Chemistry and Oceanography, who will use a $63,000 grant to study
marine microorganisms that produce substances
(metabolites) used for the explanation of
chemical structure and for ecological evaluation; Dr. Jochen Meyer and Prof. A.J. Barnard,
both of the physics department, who have
received a total of $52,000 for research in the
area of laser fusion; and Prof. Hans Stich of
Zoology, whose $50,000 grant will be used for
experiments on the use of human blood cells as
a test for agents that cause malformations and
cancer in humans.
The 1978-79 academic year marked the conclusion of the Controlled Ecosystems Pollution
Project (CEPEX), an international pollution
study that involved scientists from UBC's Institute of Oceanography as well as groups from
oceanographic institutions in the United States
and Scotland. The experiment, which began in
1973 and cost about $10 million, has provided
much information about low concentrations of
pollutants affecting marine food chains. The
site of the experiment was Saanich Inlet on
Vancouver Island.
What follows are brief reports on two other
University units which make significant contributions to the research capability of the
the most extensive computing facility in western
Canada, which serves researchers, provides services to departments and faculties as part of the
undergraduate teaching program and serves the
needs of the administration for information. In
1978-79, computer use expanded by 25 per cent
over the previous year.
One of the centre's goals is to provide growth
at constant cost through the exploitation of new
technology. More of the capacity of the new
Amdahl central processor was put to use
through the addition of new equipment and
specialized devices. In July and August of 1979,
two new undergraduate terminal laboratories were installed with a total of 60 display-screen
terminals. More than 700 first-year Computer
Science students will enjoy a revised curriculum
using the new facilities.
Computing Centre director Prof. James Kennedy reports that the centre has difficulty in
supplying a full range of services to students and
faculty because of the shortage of staff positions. The amount of work done by the computer doubles every three years or so, largely
through diversification into wider fields of
scholarship and through development of new
Computer languages and methods of analysis.
This growth creates a demand for more expert
consulting by specialists but, paradoxically, the
maintenance of a larger range of resources
diminishes the staff time available to provide
personal service.
in the dissemination of the knowledge that
results from the research activities of faculty
members at UBC and elsewhere. A brief listing
of some of the titles published in the last
academic year will indicate the scope of the
UBC publishing program.
Dr. Dorothy Blakey Smith, a former member
of UBC's English department, edited The
Reminiscences of Dr. John Sebastian
Helmecken, the first speaker of the B.C.
legislature; Ocean of Destiny, by well known
historian and UBC graduate J. Arthur Lower,
provides a concise history of the North Pacific
Ocean from 1500 to 1978; Robin Fisher, a UBC
graduate who now teaches at Simon Fraser
University, was the author of Contact and Conflict: Indian-European Relations in B.C.,
1774-1890; a selection of the Reader's Club of
Canada was a book by poet and critic Tom Marshall entitled Harsh and Lovely Land: The Major Canadian Poets and the Making of a Canadian Tradition; Dr. John Howes of the UBC
Asian studies department was the co-editor of
Pacifism in Japan: The Christian and Socialist
Tradition; and Dr. Robert North of Geography
was the author of Transport in Western Siberia:
Tsarist and Soviet Development.
In a later section of this report on the University Library, I have noted that the 2,000,000th
volume added to the UBC library collection was
the Atlas of British Columbia: People, Environment and Resource Use, written by Dr. A.L.
Farley of Geography and published by the UBC
Press. The formal presentation of the book to
the library was made at a reception at the
Centennial Museum. At the same event the first
copy of the atlas to come off the press was auctioned off for $615, the money being donated to
the Crane Library for the blind for use in producing copies of the atlas which can be used by
the blind and visually impaired.
The division of my annual report into sections
that deal with teaching, research, public service, etc., is a rather artificial one which is done
for the sake of convenience in describing
University activities in the course of an
academic year. The division can be misleading
in the sense that it tends to place in separate
compartments activities which are really interrelated.
The concerts staged by our music department, for instance, are more than entertainment; they are designed to give our students experience as performers. When our student architects go abroad to aid the city of Athens in
Greece in the creation of inner-city
playgrounds, they are performing more than a
public service; they are gaining knowledge
about another society and culture that will add
another dimension to their careers as architects.
The faculty member who is on leave to carry
out a study for some level of government is doing more than bringing expertise to bear on a
social problem; he or she is gathering useful
knowledge and experience that is brought back
to the classroom and conveyed to students.
In short, these members of the University
community are involved in learning, which is
the prime function of the University.
Babette Gourlay and Peggy
Sloan, members of the Friends
of the UBC Botanical Garden,
admire volume of watercolors
that was part of an exhibition
of 200 years of botanical art in
UBC's Museum of Anthropology in the spring and
summer of 1979.
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Our Botanical Garden serves as a prime example of how these functions are.interrelated. It
would be equally appropriate for me to deal
with its 1978-79 activities under the headings of
teaching and research, rather than public service, for it is deeply involved in all three activities.
In terms of public service, the director and
staff of the Botanical Garden are responsible for
the maintenance and development of 110 acres
of campus land which are open on a year-round
basis for the pleasure and education of the
public. Included in the areas that come under
the garden's jurisdiction are the Rose Garden at
the north end of the Main Mall, the Nitobe
Memorial Garden, and the B.C. Native Garden
and E.H. Lohbrunner Alpine Garden adjacent
to Thunderbird Stadium. Because there are no
admission charges for access to most of these
developments, it is not possible to give precise
figures for the number of people who visit each
garden area, but certainly many thousands of
people visit us annually just to see the garden
On another level, the staff of the garden
answer by telephone and letter enquiries from
the public about the care and maintenance of
indoor and outdoor plants. Information was
provided in response to nearly 4,000 enquiries in
1978-79. Garden staff members also gave 40
public lectures, provided more than 20 special
instruction programs, utilized newspapers,
radio and television, published a quarterly journal and continued the horticulture-as-therapy
program both on and off the campus during the
1978-79 academic year. One of the garden's major efforts this year in the area of public education was the art exhibition in the Museum of
Anthropology entitled "Plantae Occidentalis:
200 Years of Botanical Art in British
Columbia," which was the culmination of three
years of research and development.
The garden has continued to strengthen its
links with the B.C. nursery industry and with
professional groups by staging field days and by
providing advice on the introduction of new
plant material to the commercial nursery trade.
The garden also has close ties with various
academic units of the University such as the
Department of Botany and the Faculty of
Forestry and continues to supply requested
plant material to botanical gardens and
research stations in Canada, the U.S., Japan
and Europe.
In terms of research, the garden continued its
program of testing plant materials that show
promise in checking erosion on the exposed cliff
faces at Point Grey immediately below the campus and sponsored a wide range of academic
studies on common and rare plants and insecticides. In many areas of its operations the
garden is assisted by the voluntary organization
known as the Friends of the Garden, who now
number 32, and who organize garden tours,
assist in the seed exchange program, and
organize an annual plant sale for students,
which resulted in the sale of 5,600 items over a
three-day period in September, 1978.
I could continue in this vein almost indefinitely, citing other academic units of the
University such as the anthropology museum,
the University Research Forest at Haney in the
Anthropologist and maskmaker Paul Gibbons, whose profession is clowning, performed regularly in the campus anthropology museum as part of a program to interest young people in native Indian culture and also assisted a member of the faculty in a course on the anthropology of art.
Fraser Valley and Centre for Continuing Education as organizations that combine teaching,
research and public service.
The University continued to make a substantial contribution to the cultural life of the Lower
Mainland and the province in the 1978-79
academic year. The Department of Music
presented 27 faculty recitals and 85 student performances during the year; the University
Singers gave six concerts on Vancouver Island in
January, 1979, and the University Chamber
Singers performed 11 times in the Okanagan
and Kootenay centres in April and early May.
There were a total of nine plays performed during the academic year in the Frederic Wood
Theatre and the Dorothy Somerset Studio. The
Department of Fine Arts sponsored a number of
public lectures, continued to play an active role
in the University's annual Medieval Workshop
and staged eight exhibitions in the Fine Arts
Gallery, including a retrospective exhibition of
the works of B.C. painter Sophie Pemberton, an
exhibition of hats and headgear entitled
Headspace, and a circulating exhibition from
the National Gallery of Canada on documentary photography in Canada from 1850 to 1920.
The Museum of Anthropology continues to expand its remarkable program of special exhibits, Sunday-afternoon lecture-
demonstrations and concerts, fieldwork presentations, twice-weekly film presentations,
workshops for teachers and children and an
outreach series that saw eight UBC faculty
members, graduate students and volunteers
speak at the West Vancouver Recreation Centre. Museum activities ranged from major exhibits of Japanese pre-history, classical antiquities and Northwest Coast Indian art,
through Christmas choral concerts by the
University Chamber Singers, to films on the art,
archeology and cultural life of people on almost
every continent of the world. The museum's
staff are using some ingenious innovations to introduce young people to its collections and activities. Paul Gibbons, an anthropologist and
maskmaker whose profession is clowning, gave
twice-weekly performances during much of the
1978-79 academic year for groups of school
children making field trips to the museum. The
performances were designed to focus the
children's interest on the museum's collection of
totem poles and masks. Mr. Gibbons also
assisted Dr. Marjorie Halpin, a museum curator
and assistant professor of anthropology, in an
academic course on the anthropology of art,
which focussed on the theme of masquerade,
Dr. Halpin's major area of research.
In January, 1979, 20 second- and third-year
students in our School of Architecture left Vancouver for a 100-day project in the Greek city of
Athens, where they prepared plans for a
number of inner-city playgrounds. John
Gaitanakis, an assistant professor in the UBC
school, arranged the project, which was based
on an earlier study which he carried out for the
Greek government proposing that streets in central Athens should be closed to vehicle traffic to
create play areas for children. The Greek
minister of public works decided to proceed
with the plan as part of its contribution to the
1979 International Year of the Child sponsored
by the United Nations. The students went to
Greece as part of an academic course entitled
"Study of Architecture Abroad," which provides students with opportunities to undertake
studies in foreign countries with unique architecture or architectural problems. Work on
creating a playground and community meeting
place based on the students' design began in the
The restrictions of space prevent me from
listing the names of all the members of the
faculty who are involved in a multitude of
public-service projects as members of government, professional and community bodies or
who gave public lectures to service and community groups and on radio and television. Our
students, too, make a contribution to this aspect
of University activities through such projects as
free food advice and horticulture advice, the
provision of free dental care to Lower Mainland
children and participation in free legal advice
clinics on a year-round basis. The items which
follow have been selected from lists of projects
submitted by the deans of faculties.
Three members of the Department of Asian
Studies — M. Soga, K. Takashima and L.
Zolbrod — have been involved in a project to
develop   instruction   in  Japanese   in   private
Japanese schools in the Vancouver area and
have also worked to promote the study of
Japanese in B.C. secondary schools. As a result
of their efforts, Japanese language instruction
will be offered as a third-year program in a
secondary school in Richmond, beginning in
September, 1979.
Members of our Department of Psychology
worked with the Vancouver Police Department
on matters related to eye-witness testimony and
with the municipality of North Vancouver on
psychological and behavioral reactions to environmental noise. Other departmental
members advised the U.S. Department of
Justice on the establishment of a new centre for
research on violence, worked with the Yukon
health department on the delivery of mental
health services in the Far North and with the City of Vancouver on alcohol problems.
Members of the Department of Civil
Engineering are involved in research and public
service projects related to water-resource and
sewage-treatment problems in the Okanagan.
Twenty-six second- and third-year dental
students provided services to 1,057 Lower
Mainland children in the period May 1 to July
31, 1979. The estimated value of these free services was more than $275,000.
Quite apart from its academic activities in
providing 180 late-afternoon and evening
courses on campus and 50 off-campus credit
courses for classroom teachers, Faculty of
Education teachers served on several committees established by the B.C. Ministry of Education and advised school districts on a wide variety of topics, including the early detection of
learning problems, programs for children learning English as a second language and the
evaluation of physical education programs. Dr.
Hannah Polowy was a member of the Canadian
Commission for the International Year of the
Child and Prof. John Dennison was named to a
federal government commission to review
education and training in federal penitentiaries.
Several UBC faculty members were involved
in international projects. Zoologist Thomas
Northcote was in Peru for more than two
months to help develop and manage the aquatic
resources of Lake Titicaca under a project sponsored by the United Nations. Prof. Norman
Wilimovsky of Zoology and Dr. Charles
Underleider of Education participated in the
UBC-based project to develop an overall plan of
development for the Indonesian island of
Students from the School of Community and
Regional Planning prepared a two-volume
report for the municipality of Burnaby on
"Planning and Noise," collaborated with the
Vancouver School Board in the preparation of a
report on planning for declining enrolment,
assessed the current and future needs of the
Marpole district of Vancouver at the request of
that area's business association and citizens'
planning committee and examined resource
management problems in the Slocan Valley in
the Kootenay area of the province.
Public service projects in the Faculty of Law
include the following: the appointment of Prof.
Peter Burns as evaluation director of the Burnaby Criminal Defence Project, a pilot project
involving the setting up of a public defender's
The President's Report 1978-79/19 office in that district; service by Dean Kenneth
Lysyk as a member of the advisory committee to
a provincial government cabinet committee on
confederation; the appointment of Prof. D.M.
McRae as advisor to the Canadian delegation to
the 34th session of the United Nations's general
assembly; and the appointment of associate professor James Taylor as chairman of the management committee of the Criminal Defence Office, a joint project of the federal justice department and the Legal Services Society of B.C. involving an experiment on alternative methods of
delivery of legal services to the community.
In the Faculty of Medicine, members of the
Department of Medical Genetics visited communities in the Thompson-Okanagan valley to
demonstrate how to bring medical genetics services to outlying areas of the province. The
Department of Psychiatry has evolved a joint
venture to establish a psychiatric teaching unit
in Prince George in collaboration with the
Ministry of Health and the Prince George
Regional Hospital and the department also expanded its outreach program so that it now includes Dawson Creek, the Queen Charlotte
Islands and the Prince Rupert/Terrace area.
Students in the School of Rehabilitation
Medicine participated in a wheelchair access
program both on and off the campus. A book
has been issued on their findings and has
resulted in ramps being built in new buildings.
Prof. David Bates of the medical faculty is
serving as chairman of a provincial Royal Commission on Uranium Mining in B.C. A second
member of the commission is Prof. James Murray of the Department of Geological Sciences.
During the summer of 1979, more than 600
students were supported by provincial government grants under the Youth Employment Program that enabled them to undertake, with
faculty supervision, projects with a community
service component that were allied to their
academic work. Many of these projects, such as
the Food Information Hotline run by students
in Agricultural Sciences, received widespread
publicity. But equally important, if less
publicized, were dozens of other projects, including the preparation of teaching and research materials for use in classrooms by students in the coming academic year. Most of
these projects had the additional virtue of providing valuable experience for the students involved.
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It seems appropriate in this report on the
1978-79 academic year to deal separately with
the work of the Office of the Co-ordinator of
Health Sciences in view of the expansion which
is taking place in the Health Sciences Centre,
including the construction of a new Acute Care
Unit on campus and additional teaching and
research facilities at off-campus hospitals.
The campus Health Sciences Centre is, of
course, more than a facility for the Faculty of
Medicine. UBC has set an example for North
America in developing an integrated approach
to patient care through the provision of educational opportunities for the groups that provide
health care, including doctors, dentists, dental
hygienists, nurses, rehabilitation specialists,
pharmacists, clinical psychologists, social
workers and dietitians, and by breaking down
the barriers between these groups.
Dean Bernard Riedel chairs the co-ordinating
committee which brings the health sciences
faculties and schools together. This committee
includes the deans of the Faculties of Medicine,
Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Dentistry, and
the directors of the Schools of Nursing,
Rehabilitation Medicine, Home Economics and
Social Work. The head of the division of clinical
psychology in the Department of Psychology is
also a member, as is the administrator of the
Health Sciences Centre Hospital.
The committee co-ordinates interprofessional
matters, the use of health sciences facilities such
as the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre and programs such as the St. John Ambulance first aid program; it relates to the
clinical teaching needs of the health sciences
and the affiliated teaching hospitals; and provides a bridge that links the interests of the
academic and health care units on campus.
The co-ordinator has wide-ranging responsibilities, serving as a representative of the
various health science academic units as they
relate to health care facilities and agencies both
on campus and in the community. He also
relates to the provincial ministries of Health and
Education on matters of common interest to the
health science schools.
In order to plan, provide and co-ordinate
common services for the health schools, the Office of the Co-ordinator is made up of six
separate divisions.
1. The Division of Business Administration
serves the Faculty of Medicine extensively by
handling funding arrangements with the provincial Medical Services Commission and affiliated teaching hospitals and also handles
funding arrangements for community health
centres. The division is thus directly involved
with the physicians and surgeons of the community who are part of the medical faculty and
also works closely with the administrative staffs
of affiliated teaching hospitals. Assistance is also
given to all health science deans and directors as
2. The Division of Continuing Education in
the Health Sciences is internationally recognized Construction continued during
the 1978-79 academic year on
the new Acute Care Unit of the
campus Health Sciences Centre, where groups that provide
health services are trained in
the integrated approach to patient care.
for the excellence of its overall progam and its
approach to continuing education. Details on
the division's 1978-79 program are included in
this report in the section on Continuing Education.
3. The Division of Educational Support and
Development provides educational consultation
and service to the health sciences faculties and
schools in the planning, development and implementation of curricula, and evaluation and
research procedures as they apply to students,
curricula and teaching in the health sciences. In
1978-79 the division provided educational support to the Faculty of Medicine's curriculum
committee and five of its sub-committees, including one on teaching evaluation, assisted the
curriculum committees of three departments,
continued to evaluate the resources necessary
for expansion of the medical class and residency
program, and assisted other health sciences
schools and faculties in teaching and course
4. The Division of Health Services Research
and Development is charged with stimulating
scientific enquiry into health issues in population groups, ways in which health services can
best be organized and delivered and ways in
which institutions should respond. The division
includes the Health Manpower Research Unit of
the provincial health ministry and is the focus of
federal, provincial and interprovincial health
manpower planning activities.
The division is co-operating with a number of
University departments and is carrying out
research studies of hospital bed utilization and
the effect of B.C. seat belt legislation in
hospitalized injuries. Other division projects in
clude: a study of the extent of involvement of
public health nurses in school health services; a
monitoring study of the long-term care program
in selected health units; health manpower
studies on medical laboratory technologists,
psychiatric nursing, dental auxiliaries, dietitians, physiotherapists and occupational
therapists, and biomedical engineers.
5. The Division of Health Systems is concerned with analysis of the health care system,
and particularly with the optimal involvement
of technology. The best known aspect of the
division's activities is the Health Hazard Appraisal service, which processed some 6,500
questionnaires during the year submitted by
physicians, community health nurses and other
health practitioners. On the basis of a computer
analysis of a questionnaire completed by a patient the appraisal system provides information
about such things as life expectancy based on
the patient's current life style. He or she can
then be counselled on how changes in life style
can add to life expectancy and the improvement
of the individual's health. The constantly accumulating data base resulting from the appraisal system permits a number of research
studies to go forward.
The division also has a research contract with
the Department of National Defence to develop
a Nutrition Appraisal and Recommendation
System for use as a component in the Life
Quality Improvement program being introduced by the Canadian Armed Forces. A
number of other projects related to the application of computers to the health-care system are
also under way within the division.	
The President's Report 1978-79/21 Landmark event in the UBC
library during the academic
year was a decision to close the
system's union card catalogue.
Honor of putting the last card
in the system went to Eleanor
Mercer, who retired this year
after 41 years of service in the
library, while UBC Librarian
Basil Stuart-Stubbs looks on.
All new books are now
catalogued on microfiche and
eventually the library's entire
collection will be converted to
machine-readable form under
a program supported by the
provincial government.
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The problems confronting the University
library system were brought into sharper focus
during the academic year. It is now evident that
the single most important problem facing the
system in the immediate future is the provision
of additional space to house its burgeoning collection of books and other publications and
It was only 10 years ago that the library collection reached the 1,000,000 mark. In the
1973-79 academic year, the 2,000,000th volume
was added to the book collection.  In other
words, the library added as many volumes in the
past 10 years to its collection as were gathered in
the first 52 years of its existence. During this
decade UBC spent almost $18 million to acquire
publications and other materials; some 15 per
cent of that total, nearly $2.8 million, was spent
in the 1978-79 academic year alone.
If the present rate of acquisitions continues,
within eight years all existing shelf space in campus libraries, all closed storage (where 140,000
volumes are currently stored), and all space currently under construction will be filled. Before
another decade passes we must have space sufficient to house 3,000,000 volumes.
A simplistic and unacceptable solution to this
dilemma would be to reduce seriously or stop
the purchase of material for the library system.
Such a course of action would fly in the face of
the principles that have guided the growth of
the UBC library system since UBC opened its
doors to students in 1915.
Perhaps the best explanation of why we must
find more space instead of reducing acquisitions
was stated by UBC's Librarian, Basil Stuart-
Stubbs, in his 1978-79 report to Senate. He said:
"The University deals in knowledge: its purpose
is the creation, preservation and dissemination
of knowledge. These processes are continuous,
interrelated and endless, and they impose
specific requirements on the University's
library, which must acquire, store and provide
access to the published results of intellectual activity."
During the academic year, a number of key
library divisions moved to new quarters in the
Library Processing Centre adjacent to the
Woodward Library. The move meant that one
entire stack level as well as a former reading
room in the Main Library's south wing were
vacated. The move, however, does not mean
that this space will be made available for book
stacks. The areas vacated fall far short of National Building Code standards and any renovations to these areas would mean that the entire
Main Library would have to be upgraded. The
same applies to the space now occupied by the
Asian studies division, which will move to the
new Asian Centre when work on that structure
is completed.
The seriousness of this situation has led me to
strike a large and broadly representative University committee on library space, which is
charged with determining the needs of the
library, considering how they may be met and
making recommendations on priorities for construction.
Inflation and the decline in the value of the
Canadian dollar are other factors which have
strained the University's ability to meet the pace
of collection development. Although the collections budget has doubled since 1970, the
number of acquisitions has diminished by about
a third. The recommendations of the Senate
and the generosity of the Board in providing increases in the library's budget in recent years
have staved off the kind of drastic reductions
which have been commonplace elsewhere in
North America.
One other matter connected with acquisitions
deserves mention here: the 2,000,000th volume
added to the library's collection was by Prof.
Albert    L.    Farley   of   the    Department   of Geography and published by our own University
Press. Prof. Farley's Atlas of British Columbia,
in preparation for four years, includes 115 full-
color maps and covers an immense range of information from the distribution of native
peoples in the province to the location and
capacity of sawmills. The atlas was not just an
appropriate volume as the 2,000,000th acquisition for the library; it also fitted in with one of
the primary aims of the University Press, which
is to provide books about B.C. for British Columbians.
The provision of new space for library collections has not been confined to UBC's Point Grey
campus. Currently under construction are new
facilities to meet the needs of our expanding
program of medical education. The Biomedical
Branch Library will soon move into expanded
quarters at the Vancouver General Hospital and
a new branch library is under construction in
the joint facility on Oak Street that will serve the
new Children's Hospital and Grace Hospital as
well as the existing Shaughnessy Hospital.
The number of hours the library system was
open in 1978-79 increased, primarily to meet
the needs of spring session students, many of
whom are employed full-time and who need additional hours in the evenings and on weekends
in order to complete assignments.
Another major decision made by the library
in the academic year was to close its card
catalogue. As collections expand, so do card
catalogues, which provide information and access to the material stored in the library. In
order to reduce costs and maintenance time, the
library has begun to catalogue its collection on
microfiche with the aid of the computer.
Microfiche readers are now located throughout
the system to take advantage of the computer's
ability to duplicate and disseminate catalogue
information. The fiche catalogue will begin to
grow retrospectively as the library progresses
with the conversion of old catalogue information to machine-readable form under a program supported by the provincial Ministry of
Education. These developments are linked to
the creation by the ministry of the B.C. Union
catalogue, a tool which will enable students and
teachers everywhere to exploit the total
resources of postsecondary libraries in the pro-
One of the most impressive developments that
has taken place at UBC in the post-World War
II period has been the growth of continuing
education programs sponsored by the University
in all parts of the province. Our Centre for Continuing Education has a proud history extending back into the 1930s of providing outreach
programs that extended to the very boundaries
of the province. With the growth of professional
schools and the increased demand for general
and specialist education, the University has
done everything it could to respond to the needs
of professional organizations and the expressed
needs of the public at large. I think it is safe to
say that there is scarcely a single faculty, school
or department in the University that is not
somehow involved in general and specialist continuing education for our citizens.
The breadth and depth of our continuing
education programs reflects the rapidly changing world in which we live. The revolution in
communications, the growth of the women's
movement, the incredible increase in the rate at
which new knowledge accumulates, the desire
of our citizens to improve themselves intellectually and economically, the increased amount
of leisure time that is available to people — all
these factors have contributed to the expansion
of continuing education programs offered by
the University.
I am pleased to report that registrations for
continuing education programs offered by the
University increased in the 1978-79 academic
year and that some academic units made commitments to increase significantly their continuing education responsibilities in the future.
What follows are excerpts from the reports of
deans and directors of the various units that
provide outreach programs in the community.
CENTRE FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION. The centre is undoubtedly the most visible of all the units providing community education and offers one of the most varied and extensive programs in all of North America.
Overall enrolment in courses and services
provided by the centre increased more than 15
per cent in 1978-79 to 40,844 persons, compared to 35,436 the previous year. Professional
continuing education programs experienced a
20-per-cent enrolment increase, a 30-per-cent
increase in the use of the downtown Women's
Resources Centre was recorded, and in the program area of Adult Education Training, enrolment grew from 617 to 1,070 persons, an increase of 73 per cent.
The Women's Resources Centre of the CCE
in downtown Vancouver not only averages 725
contacts per month but is also serving as a
model for Women's Access Centres being
established and funded by B.C. community colleges under an initiative taken by the provincial
Ministry of Education, Science and
Technology. The conceptual framework for
these provincial centres was prepared for the
ministry by Anne Ironside, director of the UBC
Women's Resources Centre. Ms. Ironside's work
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Summary of Revenue and
(Excluding Capital Additions
to Endowment, Student Loan and Capital Development
April 1, 1978 to
March 31, 1979
For Specific
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Province of British Columbia
Operating Grant
$     873,395
Canada — Museum of
Anthropology Grant
Student Fees
Investment Income
Sponsored or Assisted Research
Gifts, Grants and Bequests
$ 7,797,693
Sponsored or Assisted Research
Student Services
Scholarships & Bursaries
Plant Maintenance
Renovations & Alterations
Ancillary Enterprises
— General Purposes
— Specific Purposes
The President's Report 1978-79/25 Anne Ironside, director of the
UBC Women's Resources Centre in dovmtown Vancouver,
was the author of a study which
has served as a model for
Women's Access Centres being
established and funded by B. C.
community colleges under an
initiative taken by the provincial government.
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in this area reflects one of the major responsibilities of the Centre for Continuing Education, that of providing models for services that
can be implemented throughout the province
through government or citizen initiatives. The
centre is attempting to raise funds for an extension of the resources centre for women by opening a Life Planning Centre to serve men and
women of all ages.
Other highlights of the centre's 1978-79 program included:
• Continued expansion of the Interior Program of services and lectures in the Okanagan-
Thompson region;
• Consolidation of recently established programs in gerontology, pre-retirement planning,
women in management and career development;
• New initiatives within the centre's
Language Institute that have led to introduction of a French-language program for adults,
instructor training for teaching English and
French, workshops for teachers on French instruction (offered on the Lower Mainland and
in the Interior), and demonstrations at community colleges, school districts and conferences
of materials for teaching English as a second
language; and
• Provision of a free telephone link which
enabled students taking correspondence courses
under the centre's Guided Independent Study
program to confer with their tutors.
Space limitations prevent me from listing the
many dozens of other programs, conferences,
lectures and publications that were sponsored or
organized by the centre in the academic year.
CCE director Jindra Kulich, while
acknowledging that much of the centre's activity in the Interior of the province is made possible by grants from the Universities Council of
B.C., points out that much of this funding is approved only on a year-to-year basis, which
prevents orderly and efficient planning and
development, especially in the non-credit program area.
HEALTH SCIENCES. This division, which is
part of the Office of the Co-ordinator of Health
Sciences, provides almost as many courses off
the campus as it does on. Of the total of 214
programs put on by the division in 1978-79, no
fewer than 102 of them were offered in off-
campus centres and were attended by 3,153
professionals. The 112 on-campus courses
staged by the division drew 6,110 registrations.
It is worth noting here that the proceedings of
many of the professional courses given by this
division are recorded on videotape for distribution throughout the province to those unable to
attend. Instruction manuals, audio tapes and
slides are also distributed by some of the divisions.
The program in continuing dental education
was singled out for special mention in October,
1978, by a survey team of the Canadian Dental
Association, which was on campus to examine the Faculty of Dentistry. The survey team said it
found continuing education to be one of the
highlights of the faculty's operations.
A notable development in Continuing Education in the Health Sciences in recent years has
been the appointment of regional co-ordinators
who assess the needs of health professionals in
their area and plan courses to meet those needs.
The co-ordinators perform a valuable service in
situations where health professionals are not
numerous, e.g., in the area of rehabilitation
medicine, by planning programs on a regional
basis in order to attract a group of reasonable
COMMERCE AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION. The continuing education activities of this faculty operate under three divisions: executive programs, which stages short-
term management seminars; the diploma division, which offers long-term professional career
training; and the real estate division, which is
responsible for licensing and continuing education for the real estate industry.
Executive programs offered 95 seminars and
attracted 2,390 participants for sessions under
the headings of urban land economics,
organizational behavior and management, the
appraisal and development of managers,
finance, marketing, communications, accounting and management information systems and
labor relations. The seminars were held in widely scattered centres in Canada, including Victoria, Kelowna, Prince Rupert, Edmonton,
Calgary and Toronto. Many of the seminars
were held in the E.D. MacPhee Executive Con-,
ference Centre in the Henry Angus Building,
which has proved to be a superior facility for
continuing business education. The executive
programs division continued to develop relations with B.C. industry and implemented a
number of new course offerings throughout the
province during the academic year.
The diploma division offers five professional
development courses in association with various
professional associations which attracted 4,300
students in 1978-79. The largest of these, the
Certified General Accountants' course, takes
five years to complete and enrols about 2,300
students, who can also take it by correspondence. The balance of the registrants
were enrolled in the five-year Society of
Management Accountants' Course (633
students), the three-year Junior Chamber of
Commerce Business Administration program
(173 students), the three-year Marketing and
Sales Management Diploma (139 students), and
the fellowship program of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (959 students).
A total of 3,369 persons enrolled for programs offered in the real estate division, including more than 2,000 for the real estate
salesman's pre-licensing course, 663 in the
diploma program in urban land economics, and
192 in the licensing course for mortgage
earlier section of this report on Teaching and
the Curriculum, I have drawn attention to this
faculty's intensified commitment to continuing
education throughout the province. However,
some other on- and off-campus activities of the
o* Agricultural Scie
faculty deserve attention. In 1978-79 these included:
• A three-day workshop in Kamloops on the
teaching of agriculture for high school teachers,
instructed by seven UBC faculty members;
• A B.C. animal agriculture research
seminar at Agassiz, where three faculty
members from Animal and Poultry Science updated technical personnel and producers on recent research being conducted at UBC, the
research station and in the veterinary services
branch of the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture;
• A landscape design short course coordinated by Dr. John Neill and sponsored by
the plant science department; and
• A short course in remote sensing' techniques, taught by Dr. Peter Murtha at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George.
In addition, faculty members gave more than
70 talks and lectures to community groups, high
school students, professional groups and producer associations throughout Canada. The
faculty also mounted displays at a mini-open
house in Kelowna sponsored by the UBC Alumni Association and displayed various aspects of
faculty activities at the Pacific National Exhibition.
SOCIAL WORK. The School of Social Work
offered 42 continuing education programs in
1978-79, which attracted a total enrolment of
688 professionals. Prof. Ben Chud, who now administers the continuing education program in
the school, has begun to plan actively for the
annual Conference on Family Practice to be
held in June, 1980, which will involve the five
schools of social work in Western Canada.
FORESTRY. This faculty took steps to intensify its commitment to continuing education
by appointing Dr. Donald Munro, a member of
the faculty, as director, off-campus and continuing education, effective Aug. 1, 1979. He
will work in conjunction with the Centre for
Continuing Education, regional colleges and industrial and government foresters to develop
and strengthen the professional education program in forestry.
Various aspects of teaching and
research in the Faculty of
Agricultural Sciences were on
display at the Pacific National
Exhibition in Vancouver in late
summer. This faculty intensified its commitment to continuing education during the
academic year.
The President's Report 1978-79/27 Students taking correspondence courses through
UBC's Centre for Continuing
Education can make use of a
toll-free telephone line that
links them to their UBC tutors
or Audrey Campbell, who administers the Guided Independent Study program.
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The decision to expand the program is the
result of a study by a Prince George firm of
forestry consultants which identified and confirmed the continuing education needs of professional foresters and employers. The consultants found that the two-year forestry
technology programs under way since 1966 have
produced a demand for upgrading to the professional level of some 300-500 graduate
technologists. Since some companies have expressed the hope that their experienced,
qualified technologists can earn professional
qualifications without leaving their place of
employment for long periods, there is a significant demand for a distance-education program
in forestry at the university level. The study proposes a forestry program for the Interior, to be
phased in over the next five years at a cost of
EDUCATION. In the section of this report
on Teaching and the Curriculum I have already
outlined the very significant contribution made
by the education faculty in the field of continuing education and the praise it has received for
that endeavor from the committee I established
to review the faculty's operations.
In 1978-79, the faculty devoted nearly 12,000
hours to providing continuing education credit
courses, seminars, workshops, scientific exhibitions and demonstrations, performances of
various kinds, art exhibits and participation in
conferences and congresses. These were offered
by faculty members from 25 divisions in the
faculty, many of whom travelled to the far corners of the province to keep commitments.
There is no lack of dedication in this faculty to'
the principle that they have a responsibility to
upgrade the quality of teaching in B.C. schools.
student body
In recent years, usually in late summer, we
are told by Canadian newspapers that student
enrolment at universities and colleges is
declining. What the writers of these misleading
articles usually mean is that enrolment in
eastern Canadian institutions is declining. If
they had taken the trouble to investigate, they
would have found that the reverse is true in the
far west. University and college enrolments in
western Canada continue to increase and in the
1978-79 academic year UBC's was at an all-time
In the period from Sept. 1, 1978, to Aug. 31,
1979, we enrolled 32,625 students, made up of
22,676 daytime students, 1,221 evening session
students, 1,458 correspondence students, 2,757
spring session students, and 4,135 summer
session students. Each of these figures represents
an increase over the previous academic year.
If UBC enrolment is looked at on a fiscal year
basis - April 1, 1978, to March 31, 1979 —
which is the official reporting-time period for
the Universities Council of B.C., we also
reached a new record, topping the previous
fiscal year by one per cent. The total enrolment
was 31,895 students — 2,565 in spring session,
3,975 in summer session, 22,676 in daytime
winter session, 1,221 in winter evening courses,
and 1,458 taking correspondence courses.
Once again, the percentage of female
students continued to climb in the total first-
year class of 3,271 who enrolled for the daytime
winter session. Women outnumbered men 54.3
to 45.7 per cent. In the overall daytime winter
enrolment women made up 45.2 per cent of the
student population; 46.6 per cent of
undergraduate students were women and 36.3
per cent of graduate students were women. All
these percentages are increases over the same
figures for the previous year.
In my last report I summarized the
recommendations made by an eight-member
President's Advisory Committee to Review
Student Services, which was charged with
devising more effective ways of delivering
existing services and suggesting new services
that might be provided to students. The task of
implementing the report's recommendations,
which called for a radical reorganizing of
services, was begun in the 1978-79 academic
year by Prof. Erich Vogt, vice-president for
faculty and student affairs. Soon after receipt of
the report, the Board approved a change of
name for the Office of the Dean of Women,
which is now called the Women Students' Office
and which is now headed by a director. Dr.
Lorette Woolsey, who had served as acting
director of the office in the 1977-78 academic
year, was confirmed as director of the new office
in the 1978-79 year.
When students returned to the campus in
September, 1979, Prof. Vogt set in motion
machinery which led later in the academic year
to the formation of a standing advisory
committee on student services, which was one of
the 15 recommendations made. The first task of
the committee was to draw up a job description for the position of assistant to the vice-president
for faculty and student affairs, who will, when
appointed, chair the advisory committee. The
new committee will also be charged with
making recommendations to the administration
on matters dealt with in the report from the
presidential advisory committee. The new
standing committee on student services includes
four student members.
Dr. Lorette Woolsey, the director of the
Women Students' Office, is assisted by an active
and lively group of women who have a mandate
to work in a constructive way to make UBC a
better place for women and men. In addition to
workshops and group counselling, her office
initiated and expanded two career-oriented
programs — internship and co-operative
education. The internship program offers
students the opportunity to work off-campus on
a part-time basis during the winter session in a
field related to their academic interest; and the
co-op program integrates formal academic
study during the winter with summer work in
business, government or industry, particularly
in the fields of forestry and engineering. As I
mentioned earlier, both the co-op and
internship programs will operate separately
from the Women Students' Office as of Sept. 1,
Later in the year, the University took a
number of steps to improve accessibility to post-
secondary education for students from all sectors of the community. I met, early in
December, 1978, with the presidents of the
University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University and with student leaders from all three in"-
stitutions to discuss the need to improve the
B.C. student-aid program and accessibility to
higher education. At the conclusion of the
meeting, the three presidents issued a statement
in which we drew attention to the need to improve rapidly the program of student grants and
loans and we called on the provincial government to consider implementation of the recommendations made in an earlier report by the
Universities Council of B.C. The three
presidents also decided to seek an early meeting
with Ministry of Education officials to discuss
the problem.
Later in the academic year the University
took some steps of its own designed to improve
accessibility to secondary education. The Board
approved a proposal to add $250,000 over the
next five years to UBC bursary funds to aid low-
income students, bringing to $450,000 the
amount the University makes available annually
from its own funds and those contributed by
donors to assist students or to supplement financial awards made by the B.C. Student
Assistance Program.
The University also made plans to launch a
pilot project in the summer of 1979 with five
secondary schools chosen as representative of
schools in the province. Representatives of the
five schools came to the campus to confer with
appropriate officials. One of the major aims of
this workshop was to determine why some
students come on from secondary school to the
University while others do not.
Another aspect of this program, which will
cost a total of $159,000, is the provision of $750
bursaries for two students from each of the five
schools chosen for the accessibility project. The
awards have been made on the basis of the
recommendation of schools involved.
The University also plans to expand its
distribution of printed and audio-visual
material to schools throughout the province and
to bring to the campus selected grade 8 and 9
students, since studies have shown that it is at
this point in their school careers that students
generally make decisions about postsecondary
education. We will also arrange for students at
the University to visit their former high schools
to provide information to prospective freshmen.
In my last report I described to you the steps
which had to be taken in the 1977-78 academic
Enrolment at the University
reached an all-time high during the 1978-79 academic year.
More than 32,600 students
enrolled for day and nighttime
credit programs at three
separate sessions and for correspondence programs offered
through the Centre for Continuing Education.
The President's Report 1978-79/29 These young visitors to UBC's
triennial Open House on
March 2 and 3, 1979, were
fascinated by models constructed by students in the
School of Architecture.
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year to solve a number of serious administrative
problems at International House. I am pleased
to be able to report that Vice-President Erich
Vogt, after consultation with appropriate
University and community groups, has been
successful in resolving most of the difficulties. In
December, 1978, the Board approved a new
constitution for the House, drafted by a committee of students and community and faculty
members of the organization. Thus, the University was able to lift the suspension of the constitution of International House, which was imposed in May, 1978.
Another of the University's triennial open
houses was held on March 2 and 3, 1979. An
estimated 50,000 people visited the campus on
these two days to see displays and exhibits, talks
and demonstrations put on by the more than
125 faculties, departments, schools and centres
that make UBC such a fascinating institution.
Open House began as a student-initiated event
and by and large it continues to function
smoothly and draw most of its manpower from
the student body. Certainly, the event would
not be a success were it not for the initiative and
imagination of the student body. To all those
who contributed to the 1979 event I extend my
thanks and congratulations for ensuring that
our visitors are informed about the contributions that UBC is making to the cultural and industrial life of this province.
UBC's facilities are, of course, open to the
public on a year-round basis and we do
everything we can to ensure that the public is
aware of the opportunities available to them to
participate in the athletic, cultural and intellectual life of the University. A fuller description of
the many activities available to the public is included in this report in the sections on Continuing Education and Public Service.
UBC athletic teams continued to win more
than their share of honors during the 1979-80
academic year. The Thunderbird football team
won the western Canadian university football
championship for the second time in three years
and won the semi-final Western Bowl by
defeating Wilfrid Laurier University 25-16.
They narrowly lost the national final to Queen's
University in a game played in Toronto. The
Thunderbirds were picked as the Team of the
Year and quarterback Dan Smith was a finalist
in the University Athlete of the Year competition. Football coach Frank Smith was selected
by his peers as College Coach of the Year and
two members of the team, fullback John McKay
and linebacker Kevin Konar, were picked for
the All-Canadian team.
UBC and Simon Fraser University agreed to
revive competition in football and other sports
during the 1978-79 academic year. The
Thunderbird football team ended their season
with a 22-14 win over the SFU Clansmen in a
game played before more than 12,000 in Empire Stadium on behalf of the United Way appeal. Later in the year, the Thunderbird soccer
team defeated the SFU side 1-0.
The Thunderbird rugby club compiled an
amazing record in local, collegiate and international play. They won the McKechnie Cup and
the World Cup and in a 32-team tournament in
California won all their games before being
defeated 4-0 in the final by Loughborough College of Great Britain, unquestionably England's
finest university rugby team. Scrum half
Preston Wiley was chosen the tournament's
most valuable player. Six UBC team members
were chosen for Canada's national team which
is coached by UBC's Donn Spence.
UBC also continues to provide the bulk of the
players for Canada's national field hockey team,
led by Alan Hobkirk, a player of outstanding
ability who was the 1979 winner of the Bobby
Gaul Trophy, which recognizes UBC's outstanding athlete of the year.
A UBC-Vancouver Rowing Club crew won
international honors at the Nile Rowing Festival
in Egypt over the Christmas period by winning
the overall scoring title, and UBC's own international regatta at Burnaby Lake in March, 1979,
saw our team win the team points total and vie- tories in the junior varsity lightweight and varsity eights as well as the lightweight four with cox.
Individual men who were honored for their
outstanding performances were swimmer Don
Liebermann, gymnast Ed (Buddy) Osborne,-
judo experts Victor Yoshida and Hiroshi Nishi,
squash player Richard Fleming, volleyball
player Mark Thierrien, fencer Graham Smith
and wrestlers Peter Farkas, Lee Blanchard and
Martin Gleave.
Our women athletes performed equally well.
The Thunderette field hockey team won the
Canada West and national collegiate championships for the first time and made a clean
sweep of the Vancouver league. Field hockey
was named Team of the Year at the annual
UBC women's sports banquet and the team's
captain, Nancy Moore, was the recipient of the
Sparling Trophy as the outstanding woman
athlete of 1979.
UBC was the host of the Canadian Inter-
University Gymnastics Championships on Open
House weekend and several of our men and
women gymnasts placed high in the competitions. The advent of our new Aquatic Centre
has meant a revival of interest in competitive
swimming at UBC; the 15-member women's
team this year captured the Canada West crown
and placed fifth in the national university meet
in Montreal.
Individual women who distinguished
themselves included gymnasts Leslie Fortune,
Laurel McKay and Ann Brunner, swimmers
Wendy Hogg and Janice Blocka, and fencers
Beryl Allen, Sue Kainer, Janice Went worth and.
Kathy Thompson.
Many UBC students also distinguished
themselves academically and received recognition in the form of awards and scholarships.
Congratulations are due to the students listed
below whose honors were announced publicly or
reported to me by the deans of the faculties.
Catherine Milsum was the 1979 winner of the
Rhodes Scholarship for B.C., the first woman to
win the award in this province. The winners of
UBC's three leading awards for a combination
of academic achievements and service were:
Anne A. Gardner, a third-year Science student,
who won the $2,500 Sherwood Lett Memorial
Scholarship; Gary Walters, also a third-year
Science student and the recipient of the $1,500
Amy Sauder Scholarship; and Dierdre Dawson,
a graduating student in Rehabilitation
Medicine, who received the $1,000 Harry
Logan Memorial Scholarship.
In Agricultural Sciences Jennifer Renshaw
won the award for the best undergraduate
paper given annually by the western chapter of
the Institute of Food Technology, and thesis
awards from the Canadian Agricultural
Economics Society went to R. McNeill and D.
Over the past three years, more than 100
students in the engineering program in the
Faculty of Applied Science have been involved
in the construction of an automobile which rum
on electrical power rather than the conventional
internal combustion engine. In the summer of
1979 the students took the car to Detroit, where
they won two awards in a competition sponsored
by Student Competitions on Relevant Engineering. They came away with first prize in the stu-
Dan Smith, quarterback for
the UBC Thunderbird football
team, holds aloft the Shrum
Bowl trophy, won by UBC for
the first time in a victory over
Simon Fraser University at Empire Stadium before 12,000 on
behalf of the United Way appeal.
dent innovation section of the competition and
also won the cost-to-consumer category, which
means that if the UBC entry were mass-
produced its unit cost would have been the
lowest of all the entries. There is general consensus that the UBC entry would have placed
higher in other categories had it not been for
the fact that the team was late in arriving in
Detroit — the truck transporting the UBC vehicle broke down twice en route to the east — and
another mishap prevented the car from going
through all the tests in the competition, which
was won by an entry from the University of
Manitoba. All those who had a hand in preparing the car for the competition deserve congratulations for developing a vehicle that included some innovative and original features.
The President's Report 1978-79/31 Four of the more than 100 UBC
engineering students who constructed an electric car that
won two first prizes at an international contest in Detroit in
the summer of 1979 pose with
the vehicle after its return to
the UBC campus. Left to right
are: Jaime Chiang, Alex Rata-
jac, Frank Peabody and Bobby
Ratayats. Peabody, who was
project co-ordinator, holds
plaque denoting first prize for
innovation in the contest.
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Tlu-ee students in the Faculty of Arts, Barbara Thornbury, Louise May and Geraldine
Pelletier, were awarded Canada-China Cultural
Exchange Scholarships; Jane Boothroyd of Fine
Arts was the winner of a Tina and Morris
Wagner Foundation fellowship and Stainfield
Wong of the same department was awarded the
Frances Reif Scholarship in Asian art; music
student Ben Heppner was the winner of the
voice section and co-winner of the first prize
overall in the 20th talent competition of the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, while in
the same competition David Swan was the winner of the piano section.
In the Faculty of Education, Dr. V. Storey
was given the award for the outstanding doctoral dissertation for 1979-80 by the Canadian
Association for the Study of Higher Education.
The American Planning Association Award
for 1979 went to Major W. Low, on leave of
absence from the Armed Forces as a student in
Community and Regional Planning in the
Faculty of Graduate Studies. He is now head of
facility planning for the armed forces' air command. In the same school Robert Hobson was
the recipient of the Planning Institute of B.C.'s
award for his thesis on the management of
estuarine resources in the Fraser River and is
now employed by the newly established federal-
provincial agency that is managing the estuary
of that river.
Also in Graduate Studies, more than one
third of the students in the Institute of Animal
Resource Ecology received competitive scholarships, including eight graduate fellowships, a
Commonwealth scholarship and four foreign
government awards. Six of the 17 master's
fellowships awarded in Canada in 1978-79 went
to students enrolled for advanced work in UBC's
Centre for Transportation Studies.
Students in the Faculty of Medicine who were
honored in the academic year included: Dr.
Simon Baker of Anaesthesiology, winner of a
prize awarded annually to residents by the
Canadian Anaesthetists Society; Dr. Brian
Smith, one of five Canadian students who were
winners of Robert Wood Johnson Awards in
health-care administration; and Dr. Brian Day
of Surgery, recipient of the 1979 Eduoard Samson Research Award.
Faculty of Science students who received
awards were: E. Downey, recipient of the best
essay prize of the Canadian Institute of Mining
and Metallurgy; W.K. Milson of Zoology, who
won an award from the Canadian Society of
Zoology for the best Ph.D. thesis in Canada;
G.L. Jung of Chemistry, winner of the
American Chemical Society's analytical
chemistry award; and C.P.J. Bennington, also
of Chemistry, winner of the Lefevre Gold Medal
and the Society of Chemical Industry Scholarship.
I also take this opportunity to congratulate
the hundreds of graduate and undergraduate
students who have won awards offered by national organizations and by UBC. Their scholarship and hard work has contributed to the
reputation that this University enjoys in international academic circles.
The heads of the 1979 graduating classes are
listed in a later section of this report on our annual Congregation for the awarding of
academic and honorary degrees. Capital
financing and
new buildings
I would like to be able to report to you that
we made a significant breakthrough in 1978-79
in our efforts to improve the physical environment on the campus by being given the green
light to proceed with the planning of a number
of new buildings, which would relieve overcrowding and provide improved teaching and
research space.
Construction and planning continued on a
number of projects which have been outlined to
you in previous President's Reports, but the fate
of most of our requests made to the Universities
Council more than three years ago remains
I can only reiterate here what I have emphasized to the Council and to the Board and
Senate in the past — first-class academic and
research programs cannot flourish and reach
their potential in outdated and sub-standard
quarters, which include some 100 weather-
beaten army huts which have been fixtures on
the campus since 1946.
Once again, I can only add that we are doing
everything possible to convince the Council of
the need for capital funds to improve the quality of education at UBC.
UBC's new Aquatic Centre, built with funds
contributed by UBC students, faculty and staff,
the Board of Governors, the federal and provincial governments and the community at large
was officially opened on Sept. 27, 1978.
Hon. Simma Holt, then a member of the
House of Commons in Ottawa, and Hon. Sam
Bawlf, then provincial minister of recreation
and conservation unveiled a plaque dedicating
the centre. Ms. Holt substituted for Hon. Iona
Campagnola, then federal minister of state for
fitness and amateur sport, who had to cancel
her plans to attend the ceremony at the last
minute. A second plaque was unveiled during
the opening ceremony to mark the opening of
the John M. Buchanan Fitness and Testing Centre, housed in the same building as the pool,
which provides research facilities for fitness
testing and human physical activity.
The centre is, of course, a significant addition to campus recreational and competitive
sports facilities. But it will also be a major centre for teaching and research by a number of
UBC faculties, schools and departments. It provides a year-round, all-weather teaching facility
for the School of Physical Education and Recreation and can be used by the School of Rehabilitation Medicine for physiotherapy and work
with the handicapped, and by the Faculty of
Science for teaching scuba diving techniques to
future oceanographers and marine biologists.
The varied configuration of the pool will permit
several groups to make use of it at the same
The centre offered a full program of activities
from the moment it opened its doors in May,
1978, including swimming lessons for all ages
from beginners to advanced levels, keep-fit ses
sions for women, sessions for the handicapped
and elderly, synchronized swimming and diving
lessons, and Royal Lifesaving Society lessons. In
the spring of 1979, the first provincial aquatics
workshop attracted more than 450 aquatics
supervisory and teaching personnel to a 10-day
workshop on all aspects of water instruction
from lifesaving to kayaking. Twenty provincial
organizations participated in the workshop and
the majority of the participants were taking certification courses to prepare for summer jobs.
The new centre is managed by a committee of
six, reflecting the varied interests of the users.
The Alma Mater Society and the University
each appoint three members to the management committee, with one person from each
group representing the community. This
reflects the University's concern that the off-
campus community should have a share in the
use and operation of the centre.
The new Library Processing Centre was completed and occupied during the 1978-79
academic year. The new building houses the
serials, acquisitions and catalogue divisions of
Varied configuration of UBC's
new indoor swimming pool
provides shallow area for swimming lessons, foreground,
marked lanes for recreational
and competitive swimming,
upper left, and deep water for
diving at far end.
The President's Report 1978-79/33 During the academic year UBC
was authorized by the provincial government to borrow
$3,591,952 to complete its
Asian Centre, which will provide space for the University's
Asian studies library and the
Department of Asian Studies
and the Institute for Asian
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the library, as well as the catalogue preparation
division, each of which was formerly housed in
sub-standard quarters in the Main Library. The
library's systems division also moved from the
Sedgewick Library to the new facility. When
other floors of this new building immediately
west of the Woodward Library are complete,
several other service divisions of the University
will move in. The problem of providing additional space for UBC's growing book collection
are dealt with under another section of this
report on the University Library.
During the academic year the University was
authorized to borrow $3,591,952 to complete
the Asian Centre adjacent to the Nitobe
Memorial Garden. The first phase of the project, which cost $1.6 million, enabled the
University to erect the steel framework of the
building, donated by the Sanyo Corporation
following Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan, and to
complete the centre's exterior. Further work
had to be halted in August, 1975, when
available funds ran out. The completed centre
will house UBC's Asian studies library of more
than 200,000 volumes, and provide offices for
the Department of Asian Studies and the Institute for Asian Research. It will also contain a
small auditorium for the performance of Asian
music, theatre and dance and an exhibition
area. The centre will be a significant bridge between the cultures of Canada and the Orient and
Southeast Asia.
Planning continued during the academic
year on new buildings to house the School of
Home Economics and the Department of
Psychology. The functional program for the latter facility was approved by the Board at its
November meeting. Plans are also being
prepared for construction of a new Coal
Research Building and for completion of space
in the Frank A. Forward Building for
metallurgy to house the Department of Mineral
A new swine research unit was completed in
April, 1979, replacing a building destroyed by
fire in September, 1977.
Construction continued during the academic
year on the new Acute Care Unit of the Health
Sciences Centre Hospital as well as additions to
nearby Basic Medical Sciences Buildings. These
projects are related to the expansion of our
medical school, which involves expenditures of
more than $50 million to expand campus
facilities and construct new buildings and
research and teaching space at hospitals in the
Vancouver area where our senior medical
students undergo clinical training. The University has also undertaken to double the size of its
entering medical class from 80 to 160 students.
The first-year class was increased in size from 80
to 88 in the 1978-79 academic year and will
grow to 100 in the 1979-80 academic year. Extensive road work began in the summer of 1979
designed to improve access to the Health
Sciences Centre from the 16th Avenue entrance
to the campus. To accommodate the hundreds
of professional people and visitors who will have
to have access to the new hospital when it is
complete in the spring of 1980, plans are under
way to construct a new 1,000-car parking structure to the west of the hospital complex.
During the academic year, the University
began formal discussions with the B.C.
Development Corporation leading to establishment of a high-level research park on a tract of
land south of 16th Avenue in the area set aside
many years ago by the University for research
purposes. It is expected that UBC's Discovery
Park will be one of several such developments
which the provincial government is interested in
developing in order to attract sophisticated,
high-level technology industry to this province.
There seems litde doubt, based on experience
with such developments elsewhere, that the
result would be a diversification of B.C.'s
economy, which is now heavily based on the extraction of natural resources. It should also provide opportunities for employment of our
graduates and research opportunities for faculty
members and students.
We are not carrying out these negotiations
without having solicited opinions from the
University community. In June, 1977, I asked
each of UBC's 12 faculties for comments and
views on this proposal. The replies were
uniformly positive. The executive committee on
research and the advisory board on grants, contracts and research policy also responded enthusiastically to the Discovery Park concept,
particularly in relation to the opportunities it
would provide to increase interaction between
researchers at UBC and those from industry and
government. The committee of deans made
several recommendations that were carried into
the negotiations and the report of a 1978 ad hoc
committee on UBC's Discovery Park summarized the hopes and concerns of the University
community and formed a set of guidelines
which are the basis of negotiations with the provincial government. I would like to record my deep appreciation
for the advice and support which I have
received from various members of the Board of
Governors and Senate during the 1978-79
academic year. No one individual can possibly
cope with the multitude of decisions that must
be made in any one year for an institution as
large and complex as the University of B.C.
Much of the annual decision-making stems
from the arduous and time-consuming work of
committees which make recommendations to
the Board and Senate. To the members and
those who chair the standing and ad hoc
committees of both the main governing bodies
of the University I extend my gratitude for their
past and continuing efforts.
The Board of Governors, at its first meeting
of the academic year on Oct. 3, 1978, learned
with regret of the resignation of Hon. Thomas
Dohm, Q.C., an appointee of the Lieutenant-
Governor in Council. Mr. Dohm was first
appointed to the Board in 1972 and served as its
chairman from 1975 to 1977.
His successor on the Board is Alan Eyre, a
graduate of UBC appointed by the provincial
government for a three-year term of office. He
is no stranger to the UBC campus. After
graduation in Civil Engineering in 1945, Mr.
Eyre lectured in the Faculty of Applied Science
for two years. He is a former vice-president of
the UBC Alumni Association and was actively
involved in the 3 Universities Capital Fund
which raised money for the construction of new
buildings at UBC, Simon Fraser University and
the University of Victoria in 1964 and 1965.
Late in March of 1979, the provincial
government announced the appointment of
another graduate, Stanley Weston, to the Board
of Governors. He received his degree in
agriculture from UBC in 1939 and is known as
an authority on land reclamation and erosion
control. He was also associated as a student with
one of UBC's success stories. He worked on the
test plots initiated by a group of UBC
agriculture professors which led to the
development of a variety of alfalfa rhizoma,
which is now the premier animal forage crop in
North America and the largest acreage crop in
Mr. Weston succeeded Sadie Boyles,
professor emerita of Education at UBC and a
Board member since 1975.
At its final meeting on July 3, 1979, the Board
elected Dr. Leslie R. Peterson, appointed to the
Board in January, 1978, as its new chairman for
the period Sept. 1, 1979, to Aug. 31, 1980. He
succeeds Ian Greenwood, chairman for the
1978-79 academic year, who will continue to
serve on the Board as an appointee of the
provincial government.
A highlight of the Board's year was a meeting
held in the Okanagan city of Kelowna at the
invitation of Board chairman Ian Greenwood.
The meeting, the first ever held by the Board
off the UBC campus, was the regular gathering
for the month of May, but was advanced one
day to April 30 to simplify travel arrangements.
Following the meeting, Board members were
guests at a reception and dinner sponsored by
the Alumni Association. I had the privilege of
addressing the dinner and speaking the
following day at a meeting of the Rotary Club of
Much of the business of both the Board and
Senate falls under the heading of routine.
However, some debates and decisions not
mentioned in other sections of this report
deserve mention here.
At its December, 1978, meeting the Board
approved an increase of $750 in the stipends
paid to individuals teaching three-unit extra-
sessional courses in the spring and summer
sessions and evening courses held during the
winter session. The increases became effective
on April 1, 1979, and will continue for the fiscal
years 1979-80 and 1980-81. The new stipends
are as follows: assistant professor and below —
$2,900; associate professor and above —
At its meeting in March, 1979, the Board
approved a revised Agreement on the
Framework for Collective Bargaining between
the University and the Faculty Association. The
new five-year agreement replaced one in force
since December, 1975, and provides, among
other things, for simplification of bargaining
procedures on salaries, fringe benefits and other
items with economic implications, expansion of
the bargaining unit to include full-time
sessional lecturers for the purpose of negotiating
salaries and fringe benefits, and changes in the
structure and terms of reference of joint
committees for bargaining on non-academic
matters and for consideration of grievances by
faculty members.
At its June, 1979, meeting the Board
approved a recommendation postponing a
tuition-fee increase for students until April 30,
1980, starting with the 1980 spring session. I
decided to recommend the postponement to the
Board because earlier in the year, when it
appeared that a fee increase would be necessary
for the 1979-80 winter session, I gave an
undertaking to students that they would be
informed about the tuition increase before they
left the campus in April. It was not possible to
do this because the provincial government
called an election early in 1979 before a budget
had been approved by the legislature.
Consequently, the University was not informed
officially of its operating grant for 1979-80 until
June, two months after the completion of the
final exam period.
At its final meeting in July, 1979, the Board
received the master plan for control of erosion
on the Point Grey cliffs adjacent to the
University, prepared for UBC's Marine
Foreshore Development Committee chaired by
Vice-President C.J. Connaghan by Swan
Wooster Engineering of Vancouver. The
proposals call for extensive erosion-control
measures in the area immediately below Cecil
Green Park, the Museum of Anthropology and
the Botanical Garden headquarters, where the
threat to University property is the greatest.
Other areas on the Point Grey headland would
receive minimal treatment to control gullying
caused by water seeping out of the cliff face.
The President's Report 1978-79/35 Discussion of the proposals will be carried out in
the 1979-80 academic year with the Vancouver
Park Board, which controls the cliff and beach
area below the University, with a view to taking
action to counter this pressing problem.
The University Senate twice rejected
proposals made by student senator Eric Warren
of the Faculty of Law calling for a study of
requirements for bachelor's degrees offered by
the University. The question of basic
requirements for bachelor's degrees has been
the subject of study by a number of universities
in North America in recent years. In some
cases, extensive revisions to degree programs
have resulted; in other cases, proposals for such
studies have been rejected.
Our own Senate decided that an investigation
such as that proposed by Mr. Warren would be
inappropriate. His motions appeared to founder
on two rocks: they were far too broad in scope
and would have required a study of some 17
bachelor's degrees offered by UBC; and the
motions engendered a feeling among some
senators that recommendations by a Senate
committee would be an erosion of the rights of
the University's 12 faculties, which have the
responsibility of setting degree requirements
that are approved by Senate.
The so-called "literacy issue" — the inability
of many students to demonstrate competence in
the use of the English language — was the
subject of two debates by Senate late in the
academic year. The roots of the debate lay in a
Senate decision of April, 1976, when it ruled
that remedial workshops for students who
proved to be deficient in English-language skills
would end in August, 1979, and that beginning
in September, 1979, admission to UBC would
be limited to students demonstrating "basic
competence in English composition or whose
work in subjects other than English is
demonstrably outstanding."
At its March, 1979, meeting, Senate rejected
a proposal from its admissions committee that
attempted to give form to this recommendation.
The admissions committee was itself dissatisfied
with the motion and described it as a "step in
the right direction" while admitting that it had
"failed to find a satisfactory resolution to the
problem of identifying applicants relative to
their capacity to demonstrate basic competence
in English composition." The following month,
on the recommendation of Senate's agenda
committee, the matter of finding a way to assess
the writing ability of students was referred back
to the admissions committee together with the
report of a Senate ad hoc committee on
standards in English, which made three recommendations relative to this problem.
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This year, I would like to report briefly on the
activities of a number of units that make a
significant contribution to the academic and
other aspects of campus life by providing
services to the University community.
office is basically a counselling centre that
advises students on educational, career, social
and personal concerns. In 1978-79, almost
8,200 individual interviews were carried out by
the counsellors with UBC students alone. In
addition, counsellors visited 202 secondary
schools to describe UBC academic programs for
prospective students and also attended 14
conferences arranged by regional colleges to
counsel students and confer with college
personnel. The office also stages workshops on
study habits, job search techniques and career
planning, provides a special counselling service
for handicapped students, stages a summer
orientation program for new students,
administers the Youth Employment Program of
the provincial labor ministry and administers
the agreements to provide services to overseas
students studying in B.C. under the auspices of
federal agencies. The director of the office,
A.F. "Dick" Shirran, has also been involved in
the operations of International House over the
past year.
are actively seeking funds for construction of a
new Bookstore to provide this essential support
service with adequate space for the sale of
textbooks and general reading for the University
community and the public at large. A
functional program for a new building was
completed late in 1978 and it is hoped that an
early decision will be made concerning a site for
the development. Bookstore manager John
Hedgecock reports increased support and cooperation from the faculty and says that the
installation of a sophisticated computer system
in 1978-79 will improve the efficient allocation
of resources to meet the needs of the University
community. He says the management of the
Bookstore is re-evaluating its traditional
approach and methodology in the light of stable
University enrolments and the accompanying
development of continuing and distance
FOOD SERVICES. This department
provides day and night services to the campus
population through outlets in various campus
buildings and in campus residences. The food
service requirements for the developing south-
campus area are being studied. In the past year
a number of outlets were redecorated, the
Student Union Building cafeteria menu was
expanded and the outlet in the Scarfe Building
for education was taken over by UBC from the
Canadian National Institute for the Blind. New
developments for the coming year include the
opening of a new coffee house in a lounge in the
Gage Residence for students and other members
of the University community.
SERVICES. This is a new support department which combines room booking and timetabling
facilities with the audio-visual and photography
units and the film library of the former
Instructional Media Centre. New audio-visual
equipment has been purchased and the 16mm
film library expanded. The department will
move into new space which is being completed
on the third floor of the new Library Processing
Centre. The department will be able to make a
contribution to all areas of instruction on the
campus as a result of the upgrading of its
equipment and plans to provide consultation
and assistance in the self-production of audiovisual programs by faculty and students.
association continued a broadly-based program
that provides services to alumni branches
throughout North America as well as services to
the public. The association's Speakers Bureau
arranged for 225 active faculty volunteers to
fulfill 411 speaking engagements during the
In addition to its branches program, which
included a tour by the University Singers to six
Vancouver Island communities in January,
1979, the association sponsored a small open
house in the Orchard Park Shopping Centre in
Kelowna with the aid of students, faculty
members and alumni and also organized a
special dinner to mark the first meeting in
Kelowna of UBC's Board of Governors, which
was attended by more than 300 graduates and
students from the Okanagan who won
University awards during the academic year.
The Walter Gage Memorial Fund of the,
association now stands at more than $175,000 as
the result of an appeal to alumni and other
friends of the University. Funds received during
the year by the UBC Alumni Fund were up
some 40 per cent over previous years, a result of
a substantial increase in gifts from the parents
of students, response to special appeals, and the
number of donors giving for the first time.
DAY CARE SERVICES. Nine day care
centres for the children of students and staff
members are operating in the Acadia Camp
area in space allocated by the University. More
than 170 children ranging in age from 18
months to school age attend. The centres have
been set up by the parents of the children in
care and are run on a co-operative basis. The
University is not directly involved in their
operation, but takes an active part in ensuring
that the buildings are in good order and that
essential services are properly maintained. A
small gymnasium was built this summer for the
use of all day care centres and children living in
nearby University residences. The University is
currently looking at the need to provide
additional day care for children of the staff who
will work at the Health Sciences Centre Hospital
and in other areas of the campus.
The centre began operating on the UBC
campus in June, 1978, to provide services to
students in the areas of employment
counselling, arranging for employers to visit the
campus and interview students, accepting
student registrations and referring them to
vacancies listed, providing labor market
information to students and employers and
operating an employment library for the use of
students. The centre also selects and refers
qualified students to fill vacancies.listed with
the University's employee relations department.
In the 1978-79 academic year, the centre
provided 807 employment counselling
interviews for students, arranged 103 visits by
employers and succeeded in placing more than
3,000 students in permanent, part-time and
summer employment. The centre also provided
services to the Women Students' Office, aided
the Co-operative Education program and
contributed to the work of the President's
Advisory Committee on Student Services.
More than 170 children, whose
parents are members of the student body and the teaching
and employed staff, are enrolled in nine campus day care
centres in space allocated by
the University.
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Prof. Michael Bullock of the Department of Creative Writing was the recipient
of the $5,000 Canada Council prize for translation during the 1978-79 academic
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and honors
An impressive number of UBC faculty
members were honored by professional and
other groups in 1978-79 in recognition of their
scholarship and achievements. I know the
University community joins me in congratulating the winners listed below.
William G. Wellington of the plant science
department received the C.W. Woodworth
Award of the Pacific branch of the Entomological Society of America and the Service
Award of the Entomological Society of
Prof. Emeritus of Poultry Science Jacob Biely
was the recipient of the Nutrition Society of
Canada's Earl William McHenry Award for
outstanding teaching and research and the
Golden Award of the Canadian Feed Industry
Association "for dedicated industry leadership
by significantly contributing to the advancement of poultry, livestock and food production
in Canada."
Prof. William D. Powrie, head of the food
science department and chairman of the
Canada Committee on Food, was awarded the
Canadian Institute of Food Science and
Technology's William J. Eva Award for outstanding research and service.
Dr. George Eaton of Plant Science and Tina
Kyte, formerly a research assistant, received the
George M. Darrow Award of the American
Society for Horticultural Science for excellence
in viticulture and small-fruits research. The
citation specifically recognized the recipients'
research paper entitled "Yield Component
Analysis in the Cranberry."
Dr. Peter Murtha, who holds a joint appointment in Soil Science and in the Faculty of
Forestry, received a presidential citation for
meritorious service from the American Society
for Photogrammetry and was elected a director
of that organization.
Dean Warren Kitts was named chairman of
the advisory panel for strategic grants in
food/agriculture by the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council of Canada.
A number of members of this faculty served
in executive posts in professional organizations.
They were: Dr. James MacMillan as president of
the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society
for 1979-80; Dr. James Richards as president of
the Association of Faculties of Agriculture in
Canada for 1978-79; Dr. L.M. Lavkulich as
president-elect of the Canadian Society of Soil
Science; Dr. Vernon C. "Bert" Brink as president of the Federation of B.C. Naturalists; Dr.
John W. Neill as founding president of the
Northwest chapter of the International Society
of Arboriculture; and Prof. Michael Shaw as
president-elect of the Canadian Botanical
APPLIED SCIENCE. Prof. A. P. Watkinson
of the chemical engineering department was
named the winner of the ERCO Award for 1979
given to a resident of Canada who has made a
distinguished   contribution   to   the   field   of chemical engineering while under the age of 40.
Prof. Borg Madsen of Civil Engineering
received a meritorious achievement award from
the B.C. Association of Professional Engineers
for his research in timber engineering, while
Prof. D.S. Mavinic of the same department was
the recipient of the Keefer Gold Medal of the
Canadian Society of Civil Engineering for the
best civil engineering paper.
Prof. Herman W. Dommell of Electrical
Engineering was elected a fellow of the Institute
of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for contributions to the development and application
of digital computer programs for the analysis of
complex electrical systems network problems.
In the same department, Dr. E.V. Jull was
awarded the degree of Doctor of Science in
engineering by the University of London in
recognition of his professional attainments.
Dr. V.J. Modi of Mechanical Engineering has
been asked by the United Nations to write a
report on the current state of space science and
technology. Prof. Geoffrey Parkinson of the
same department was named the Rupert Turn-
bull Lecturer by the Canadian Aeronautics and
Space Institute, the institute's top scientific
award in aerodynamics.
Prof. J.K. Brimacombe of Metallurgy received two awards from the American Institute
of Mining and Metallurgy — the Extractive
Metallurgy Science Award for 1979 and the
John Chipman Award. In the same department
Dr. E.B. Hawbolt was the recipient of the 1979
Walter Gage Teaching Award in the applied
science faculty. ,
Prof. CO. Brawner of Mineral Engineering
was the recipient of the B.T.A. Bell Commemorative Medallion for service to the Canadian mining industry and also received a
meritorious achievement award from the
Association of Professional Engineers of B.C.
ARTS. Dr. Richard Pearson of Anthropology
and Sociology was awarded a prestigious
fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim
Foundation; Dr. Daniel Overmyer of Asian
Studies was awarded a prize by the American
Council of Learned Societies for his book Folk
Buddhist Religion; Prof. Michael Bullock of
Creative Writing was the recipient of the
Canada Council Prize for Translation; Prof.
A.D. Scott of Economics was elected president
of Academy II of the Royal Society of Canada;
Dr. John Hay of Geography received a Guggenheim fellowship and in the same department
Prof. J. Ross Mackay was named an outstanding
fellow by the Arctic Institute of North America;
in Hispanic and Italian Studies Dr. Stefania
Ciccone served as president of the Canadian
Society of Italian Studies and Dr. A. Pacheco-
Ransanz as president of the Canadian Association of Hispanists; in Home Economics Dr Nancy Schwartz was elected president of the B.C.
Dietetic Association and Dr. TJ. Abernathy
served as president of the B.C. chapter of the
National Council on Family Relations; Prof.
Jonathan Bennett of Philosophy was the 1979
recipient of the Prof. Jacob Biely Faculty
Research Prize; and Dr. A.G. Phillips of
Psychology was the recipient of one of four
E.W. Steacie Memorial Fellowships awarded in
DENTISTRY.   Dean  George  Beagrie  was
UBC physicist John Berlinsky,
right above, was the only Canadian university faculty member
to be awarded a 1979 research
fellowship by the Alfred P.
Sloan Foundation of New
York. He's shown conferring
with fellow physicist Prof.
Walter Hardy, who shared the
E.W.R. Steacie award of the
National Research Council
with Prof. David W. Boyd, left,
of the Department of
Mathematics. The Steacie
fellowship winners share a
$3,000 cash award.
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elected a member of the Pierre Fauchard
Academy and Dr. J.G. Silver was elected a
fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of
EDUCATION. Prof. Gordon Smith, a noted
Canadian artist who teaches in Education, was
awarded a gold medal for his services to the
Canadian Architects Association. Dr. John Dennison served as president of the Canadian Society for Higher Education and R.J. Leduc, chairman of the faculty's industrial education division, was elected president of the Canadian Industrial Arts Association.
FORESTRY. Dean Joseph Gardner has been
named Canadian representative on the advisory
committee on forestry education to the Food
and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The committee advises on the evolution
and development of FAO programs in the field
of education and training in forestry. Dr. Fred
Bunnell was awarded a fellowship by the Nuffield Foundation of the United Kingdom while
on educational leave in Europe.
Wiesman, director of the School of Community
and Regional Planning, was elected president of
the Association of Urban and Regional Planning Programs at Canadian Universities. Prof.
Peter Oberlander, director of the Centre for
Human Settlements, was in Israel for the first
six months of 1979 as the inaugural lecturer in a
Canada Studies Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
MEDICINE. Dr. R.S. Molday of Biochemistry was the recipient of a National Aeronautics
and Space Administration Recognition Award
for the design and development of metal-
containing polymeric microspheres for biomedical research. Dr. John Dirks, head of the
medicine department, was named Royal College Lecturer in Medicine for 1979. Dr. M.G.
McLoughlin of the Department of Surgery was
the first Canadian recipient of the Joseph F. McCarthy Award of the western section of the
American Urological Society. Dr. G.S. Harris of
Ophthalmology became president-elect of the
Canadian Ophthalmological Society and Dr.
Juda Quastel of the psychiatry department was
named honorary president of the International
Congress of Biochemistry held in Toronto in the
summer of 1979.
David Fielding and Dr. Gordon Page were
awarded the Rufus A. Lyman Literary Award
of the American Association of Colleges of
Pharmacy to recognize the outstanding research
paper published in the American Journal of
Pharmaceutical Education. This was the first
occasion on which the award has been made
outside the United States. Dr. John McNeill was
elected president of the Western Pharmacology
Society and the faculty's Good Teacher Award
was presented to Norman Zacharias.
SCIENCE. Prof. J.L. Rau of Geological
Sciences was awarded a certificate of merit by
the government of Thailand for his work at
Chiengmai University associated with a program run by Canadian University Service
Overseas. Dr. F.D. Patton of the same department won the gold medal of the Canadian Na
tional Committee on Rock Mechanics and the
Leonard Medal of the Engineering Institute of
Canada for the best paper submitted for
Prof. David Suzuki of Zoology was awarded
honorary degrees by Acadia University and the
University of Windsor and received awards from
Bell Northern, Dawson College of Montreal and
Conesta College of Kitchener, Ont.
Prof. David Boyd of Mathematics shared the
prestigious Steacie Prize, one of Canada's top
scientific awards, with Prof. Walter Hardy of
Physics. Another member of the physics department, Dr. John Berlinsky, was awarded a two-
year fellowship by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Prof. CA. McDowell, head of the Department of Chemistry, was appointed an honorary
fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of
Chemistry, and Dr. Edward Piers of the same
department was awarded the Merck, Sharp and
Dohme Lecture Award of the Chemical Institute of Canada. Prof. Gilbert Hooley, a longtime member of the chemistry department, was
the 1979 recipient of the Charles E. Pettinos
Award of the American Carbon Society for
"continued pioneering contributions" to the
long-neglected area of carbon research. Prof.
Robert F. Snider was the recipient of the master
teacher award from the UBC student chapter of
the Chemical Institute of Canada.
Nine members of the UBC faculty were
elected to the Royal Society of Canada, this
country's most distinguished learned society, in
1979. Elected to Academy II — humanities and
social sciences — were: Prof. Michael Ames,
director of the Museum of Anthropology and a
member of the anthropology and sociology
department; Prof. George C. Archibald of
Economics; Prof. Charles Bourne of Law; and
Prof. Alan Cairns, head of the Department of
Political Science.
New members of the society's Academy III
(science) are: Profs. William Casselman and
Rafael Van Severen Chacon, both of the
mathematics department; Prof. Philip G. Hill,
head of the Department of Mechanical
Engineering; Prof. Charles J. Krebs of Zoology;
and Prof. T.R. Parsons of Oceanography.
Among the leading awards made annually by
the University are the Killam Senior
Fellowships, provided from the Izaak Walton
Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies
established through a bequest to UBC from the
late Dorothy J. Killam. The awards are made to
distinguished faculty members who have
outstanding records of achievement and wish to
devote their full time to research and study for a
period of time. The 15 holders of these
fellowships in 1978-79 are: Boye Ahlborn,
Physics; Asok N. Aklujar, Asian Studies; W.D.
Liam Finn, Civil Engineering; William E.
Fredeman, English; Frederic Grover, French;
David Ley, Geography; Donald Ludwig,
Mathematics; James Miller, Medical Genetics;
William New, English; Michael Quick, Civil
Engineering; John G. Sinclair, Pharmaceutical
Sciences; J. Mary Taylor, Zoology; Richard C.
Tees, Psychology; Norman Wilimovsky, Animal
Resource Ecology; and David L. Williams,
Physics. 	 Appointments,
and retirements
During the 1978-79 academic year, the Board
of Governors approved a significant number of ,
new appointments aimed at strengthening the
academic and administrative structure of the
University. The most significant appointments
are as follows.
Prof. R.H.T. Smith, the head of the Department of Geography, was appointed associate
vice-president for academic development. In
this capacity, he will assist Prof. Michael Shaw,
vice-president for academic development. Prof.
Smith, who will be on leave of absence as head
of Geography in order to assume his new duties,
succeeds Prof. Ronald Shearer, who has returned to full-time teaching and research duties
in the Department of Economics.
Alan Hutchinson was named director of the
traffic and security department, succeeding
David Hannah, who retired.
Dr. Ronald Foreman will be on leave of
absence from his teaching and research duties
in the Department of Zoology for three years
beginning July 1, 1979, to serve as director of
the Bamfield Marine Station on the west coast
of Vancouver Island. The station is operated by
the Western Canadian Universities Marine
Biological Society, formed in 1969.
At the request of the Board of Governors, I
agreed to a three-year extension to my contract
as president of the University. My decision to accept the extension will mean that I shall continue as president of the University until July,
Jane Stigings resigned as secretary to the
president on June 30, 1979, but will continue as
an employee of the University as administrative
officer for the University Resources Council. I
take this opportunity to express my personal
thanks to Miss Stigings for her loyalty and
dedication in this demanding position.
APPLIED SCIENCE. Prof. John Grace, an
expert in the field of particulate technology,
fluidization and spouted beds, became head of
the Department of Chemical Engineering on July 1, 1979, succeeding Prof. Frank Murray, who
remains a professor in the department. Dr. R.J.
Kerekes joined the chemical engineering
department as an honorary professor in the fall
of 1978, fulfilling a recent agreement between
the University and the Pulp and Paper Research
Institute of Canada. The appointment
strengthens research and teaching in the field of
pulp and paper at UBC.
Prof. L. Martin Wedepohl joined the faculty
as a member of the Department of Electrical
Engineering and dean of the Facility of Applied
Science. He adds new strength to the academic
work of the University in the field of power
systems through his expertise in travelling waves
and transients in transmission systems.
Prof. George Poling was appointed head of
the Department of Mineral Engineering, succeeding Prof. J.B. Evans, who returned to his
native Australia where he will head the mining
and metallurgy department of the University of
Shirley Brandt joined the School of Nursing
as director of continuing education. The joint
appointment of Sue Rothwell as director of nursing in the Cancer Control Agency of B.C. and
as assistant professor in the school represents the
first appointment in a clinical agency outside
the Health Sciences Centre. Ms. Rothwell will
participate in the development of a teaching
and research program in the cancer agency.
Douglas Shadbolt will join the applied science
faculty on Sept. 1, 1979, as professor and director of the School of Architecture, succeeding
Prof. Robert R. McLeod, who resigned to accept a post at the University of Bristol in
England.   Prof.  Abraham  Rogatnick became
Among the senior appointments to the faculty during the
academic year were, left to
right, Prof. George Poling as
head of Mineral Engineering,
Prof. Martin Wedepohl as
dean of the Faculty of Applied
Science, Prof. Tali Conine as
director of the School of
Rehabilitation Medicine, and
Prof. Douglas Shadbolt as
director of the School of Architecture.
The President's Report 1978-79/41 Prof George Volkoff, left,
retired as dean of the Faculty of
Science after a 45-year association with UBC as a teacher, administrator and researcher. He
was succeeded by Prof. Cyril
Finnegan, who served as
associate dean of Science under
Prof Volkoff
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chairman of the school's graduate program for
the 1979-80 academic year.
ARTS. Dr. Terence G. McGee, a specialist in
Asian geography, joined the Department of
Geography and became head of the Institute of
Asian Research in the Faculty of Graduate
Studies. Dr. Robert Kubicek, a member of the
UBC faculty since 1963, succeeded Prof.
Margaret Prang as head of the Department of
History. Prof. Prang will continue as a faculty
EDUCATION. As a result of reorganization
within the School of Physical Education and
Recreation, the following faculty members were
elected as chairmen of newly created academic
units: Sport — Jack Pomfret; Recreation and
Leisure Studies — Dr. J.K. Larsen; Professional
Studies in Physical Education — Dr. Robert
Hindmarch; and Sport Science — Dr. Robert
FORESTRY. Dr. Donald D. Munro was appointed director of off-campus and continuing
education in Forestry for a one-year term. He
will co-operate with UBC's Centre for Continuing Education, the regional colleges and the
Association of B.C. Professional Foresters in
strengthening professional education programs
in forestry throughout B.C. Dr. Jules
Demaerschalk was appointed assistant to the
dean of Forestry, succeeding Dr. B.J. van der
Kamp, who completed a two-year term in this
MEDICINE. Dr. Peter R. Grantham was
appointed Royal Canadian Legion Professor
and head of the Department of Family Practice.
Dr. A. Van Wart will serve as chairman of a
similar department at St. Paul's Hospital.
Dr. A.W. Chow was appointed head of the
Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Keith Dawson will
become head of the Department of Medicine at
Shaughnessy Hospital on Sept. 1, 1979, and on
the same date Dr. John Ruedy becomes head of
the same department at St. Paul's Hospital.
Dr. Victor Gomel was appointed head of the
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in
the Faculty of Medicine and Dr. T.R. Martin
heads a similar department at St. Paul's
Hospital. The new head of obstetrics at Grace
Hospital is Dr. James King.
Dr. J. A. Pratt-Johnson is the head of the
newly-created Division of Paediatric
Ophthalmology in the ophthalmology department and Dr. R.H. Hill became James and Annabel McCreary Professor and head of the
Department of Paediatrics on Jan. 1, 1979.
Dr. Frank Tyers was appointed head of the
Divison of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the surgery
department of the Vancouver General Hospital.
The new director of the School of Rehabilitation Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine is Dr.
Tali I. Conine and Joanne Stan became head of
the Division of Occupational Therapy in the
SCIENCE. Prof. Cyril Finnegan, a long-time
member of the Department of Zoology and
associate dean of the Faculty of Science, was appointed dean of the faculty to succeed Prof.
George Volkoff, who has retired.
Prof. T.K. Menon was appointed head of the
Department of Geophysics and Astronomy, succeeding Prof. R.D. Russell, who will remain at
UBC. Prof. S.E. Calvert is the first head of the
newly-created Department of Oceanography,
succeeding Prof. George Pickard, who has been
head of the Institute of Oceanography in the
Faculty of Graduate Studies since 1958 and who
is retiring.
Two new assistant deans of Science were appointed by Dean Finnegan. They are Prof.
Janet Stein of Botany and Prof. Robert Adams
of Mathematics.
The following persons submitted their
resignations during the academic year. All plan
to remain at UBC in teaching and research
Dr. John Zahradnik, chairman of the Department of Agricultural Mechanics and Bio-
Resource Engineering in the Faculty of
Agricultural Sciences.
Dr. William G. Wellington, director of the Institute of Animal Resource Ecology in the
Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Dr. George Knox, head of the Department of
Fine Arts in the Faculty of Arts.
Dr. James Miller, head of the Department of
Medical Genetics in the Faculty of Medicine.
Dr. Trevor Harrop, head of the Department
of Restorative Dentistry in the Faculty of Dentistry.
Dr. Margaret Prang, head of the Department
of History in the Faculty of Arts.
Dr. RJ. Rowan, head of the Department of
Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts.
Dr. Donald M. McLean, head of the Division
of Medical Microbiology in the Department of
Microbiology, Faculty of Science.
Dr. Peter Harnetty, head of the Department
of Asian Studies in the Faculty of Arts.
A total of 18 members of the faculty reached
the age of retirement in the 1978-79 academic
year. One other member of the faculty, Ernest
Watson of Agricultural Sciences, resigned in
order to take an early retirement.
Eleanor Mercer, an assistant librarian,
retired after 41 years of association with the
UBC library, where she began work as an assistant circulation clerk in 1938.
Those who retired after 30 or more years of
service are:
Prof. Philip Akrigg of the English department, a UBC graduate who began as a teaching
assistant in 1941 and who is the author or coauthor of numerous articles and books on
British Columbia and 16th- and 17th-century
English literature;
Marjorie V. Smith, a UBC graduate who
joined the extension department (now the Centre for Continuing Education) in 1943, initially
as a program supervisor in the areas of preschool and parent education, community
recreation and organization and, laterally, as
the organizer of programs in gerontology.
Prof. Stuart Jamieson, a UBC graduate who
joined the faculty in 1945 and is regarded as one
of Canada's leading authorities on the
economics of labor;
Prof. William Hoar, who also joined the
faculty in 1945, served as head of Zoology from
1964 to 1971, and who has been honored for his
studies in physiology and endochrinology, particularly as they pertain to fish;
Prof. James R. Adams of the zoology department, a 33-year faculty member and an expert
on animal parasites;
Prof. George Volkoff, who retires as dean of
Science and professor of Physics after a 45-year
association with UBC as a student (1930-36),
teacher and researcher (since 1940), head of the
Department of Physics (1961-71), and dean
(since 1972);
Prof. George Pickard, a member of the
physics department since 1948, director of the
Institute of Oceanography since 1958, and one
of Canada's leading physical oceanographers;
Assistant Dean of Agricultural Sciences Arthur J. Renney, a faculty member for 30 years
and an expert on the biology and control of
weeds who is widely known throughout the province for his extension activities.
Those who retired after 20 or more years of
service are:
Graduate Ernest L. Watson of the Department of Bio-Resource Engineering, who took
early retirement after a 27-year career at UBC
during which he became widely known for his
work in the field of food science;
Prof. Robin N. Smith of Education, who
joined the faculty in 1953 and who organized a
clinic to train teachers to deal with children who
have learning problems;
Prof. Alex Rosenthal, a noted organic
chemist who joined the faculty in 1953;
Dr. Marguerite Primeau, a 25-year member
of the French department who is widely known
as a writer and broadcaster;
Philip Penner, who joined UBC when the
former provincial Normal School was incorporated in UBC and who is the co-author of
Learning Language, an English textbook used
throughout Canada;
Dr. Frank Newby, a 22-year member of the
English department and an expert on 20th-
century prose and poetry; and
UBC graduate William Seal, former chairman of the industrial education division of the
Faculty of Education and a faculty member
since 1957.
Others who reached retirement age in the
academic year are:
Margaret Hood, a faculty member in the
School of Rehabilitation Medicine for 18 years;
George H.F. Johnson, supervisor of the
Language Laboratory in the Faculty of Arts
since 1965;
Prof. Geoffrey Durrant, former head of the
English department, author of two books on
English poet William Wordsworth, and winner
of a UBC Master Teacher award in 1973; and
Patricia Thom who joined the Centre for
Continuing Education in 1968 as director of
daytime Drograms.
I take this opportunity to extend to those who
retired the warm thanks of the University community and generations of students for the years
of dedicated service they have given to the
academic life of UBC.
The President's Report 1978-79/43 UBC's president, Dr. Douglas
Kenny, congratulates Claire
Frances Wilson, who was
awarded the University's
100,000th degree during the
1979 Congregation ceremonies.
Applauding are, seated right,
Hon J. V. Clyne, presiding over
Congregation for the first time
as UBC's chancellor, and Ian
Greenwood, seated left, chairman of the UBC Board of
Governors during the academic
44/The President's Report 1978-79
The University's annual Congregation to confer academic and honorary degrees was held on
May 30 and 31 and June 1 in the War Memorial
Gymnasium. The Senate of the University approved the awarding of a record 4,679 academic
degrees and 82 diplomas during the academic
The 1979 Congregation was the first presided
over by Hon. J.V. Clyne, who was officially installed in office as chancellor on the final day of
the 1978 degree-granting ceremony.
A highlight of the 1979 ceremony and a
milestone in UBC's history was the awarding of
the University's 100,000th academic degree.
The honor of receiving this degree fell to a
member of the graduating class in the Faculty
of Medicine, Claire Frances Wilson of
Kamloops, B.C., who proved to be a most appropriate recipient in view of her family's
association with UBC.
Ms. Wilson's father, who is a radiologist at
Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, was a pre-
med student at UBC for three years before
enrolling at McGill University to study for his
medical degree; her mother graduated from
UBC in 1949 with a degree in nursing; her
brother Andrew was awarded the degree of
Bachelor of Arts on the first day of the 1979
Congregation; and her younger brother, Scott,
will begin his fourth year as a student in the
Faculty of Science in September, 1979. I think
you will agree that it would be difficult to think
of a happier choice of individual to receive our
100,000th degree.
Ms. Wilson, like most of our graduates, plans
to return to her native province to practise
medicine after interning in Halifax.
UBC awarded its first degrees in 1916, the
year after the University first opened its doors,
to 40 Bachelor of Arts students. It was not until
1968, 52 years later, that the University awarded its 50,000th degree. A mere 11 years later we
have awarded our 100,000th degree.
Today, UBC graduates are to be found virtually everywhere. I think we can take special
pride, however, in the fact that 80 per cent live
and work in British Columbia.
Three of the five individuals who were
awarded honorary degrees at the 1979 Congregation were graduates of UBC. Prof. Albert
Bandura, a 1949 UBC graduate, was awarded
the honorary degree of Doctor of Science for his
notable contributions to learning and personality research in the discipline of psychology. He now teaches at Stanford University. Donovan
Miller, a 1947 commerce graduate of UBC, was
awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws
for his contributions to the Canadian fishing industry and for his service to the University as a
member of the Board of Governors and Senate
and as UBC's chancellor from 1975 to 1978.
The honorary degree of Doctor of Science was
conferred on Dr. Cecil E. Yarwood, who
graduated from UBC in 1929. His pioneering
work at the University of California in the field
of plant pathology and particularly plant viruses
has gained him an international reputation in
agricultural sciences circles.
Honorary degrees were also conferred on Dr.
Louis Rasminksy and Ida Green, both of whom
received the Doctor of Laws degree. The former
governor of the Bank of Canada, Dr. Rasminsky
is internationally known for his work with the
former League of Nations, the International
Monetary Fund and the International Bank for
Reconstruction and Development. Mrs. Green,
in partnership with her husband, Dr. Cecil
Green, has provided many gifts to universities in
North America — including UBC — and overseas for fellowship programs and for the construction of libraries, arts centres and science
buildings. Their generous gifts to UBC have
been used for the purchase and renovation of
Cecil Green Park and for establishment of the
Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professorships.
An annual highlight of the UBC graduating
ceremony is the recognition accorded to the
heads of each of the graduating classes when
they are presented to the chancellor for their
academic degrees. Here is a list of 1979 medal
and prizewinners, who are to be congratulated
on their academic achievements.
The Association of Professional Engineers
Proficiency Award (Head of the Graduating
Class in Engineering, B.A.Sc. degree): Jeffrey
F. Young.
The Helen L. Balfour Prize, $450 (Head of
the Graduating Class in Nursing, B.S.N,
degree): Karen Ann Matheson.
Dr. Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial Medals
and Prizes (Head of the Graduating Class in
Education, Secondary Teaching Field, B.Ed,
degree): Sheila Philomene Maria Tien, North
Vancouver, B.C.
Dr. Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial Medals
and Prizes (Head of the Graduating Class in
Education, Elementary Teaching Field, B.Ed,
degree): Betty Jean Leask.
The Ruth Cameron Medal for Librarianship
(Head of the Graduating Class in Librarianship,
M.L.S. degree): Griffith William Brian Owen.
The Canadian Institute of Forestry Medal
(best overall record in Forestry in all years of
course, and high quality of character, leadership, etc.): Robin John Dorey, Salmo, B.C.
The College of Dental Surgeons of British
Columbia Gold Medal (Head of the Graduating
Class in Dentistry, D.M.D. degree): Kenji Kenneth Shimizu, Burnaby, B.C.
The College of Dental Surgeons of British
Columbia Gold Medal in Dental Hygiene
(leading student in the Dental Hygiene program): Elizabeth Gail Alexander.
The Dean of Medicine's Prize (School of
Rehabilitation Medicine)(Head of the
Graduating Class in Rehabilitation Medicine,
B.S.R. degree): Debbie Louise Hurschman.
The Governor-General's Gold Medal (Head
of the Graduating Classes in the Faculties of
Arts and Science, B.A. and B.Sc. degrees): John
H. Klippenstein, Burnaby, B.C.
The Hamber Prize and Medal, $250 (Head of
the Graduating Class in Medicine, M.D.
degree, best cumulative record in all years of
course): Neil W. Kowall.
The Horner Prize and Medal for Pharmaceutical Sciences, $100 (Head of the Graduating
Class in Pharmaceutical Sciences, B.Sc.Pharm.
degree): Barry Thomas Alcorn, Kamloops,
The Kiwanis Club Medal (Head of the
Graduating Class in Commerce and Business
Administration, B.Com. degree): John S. Clark.
The Law Society Gold Medal and Prize (Call
and Admission fee)(Head of the Graduating
Class in Law, LL.B. degree): W. Stanley Martin.
H.R. MacMillan Prize in Forestry, $300
(Head of the Graduating Class in Forestry,
B.S.F. degree): Gerald H. Reichenback, Burnaby, B.C.
The Physical Education Faculty Prize (Head
of the Graduating Class in Physical Education,
B.P.E. degree): Timothy W. Ireland, North
Vancouver, B.C.
The Recreation Society of British Columbia
Prize (Head of the Graduating Class in Recreation, B.R.E. degree): Richard J. Sloan.
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Medal (outstanding student in Architecture,
B.Arch. degree): Sidney Tse Shek Chow, Victoria, B.C.
The Wilfrid Sadler Memorial Gold Medal
(Head of the Graduating Class in Agricultural
Sciences, B.Sc. (Agr.) degree): James Der.
Special University Prize, $200 (Head of the
Graduating Class in Fine Arts, B.F.A. degree):
Carol Ann Poser, Montreal, Quebec.
Special University Prize, $200 (Head of the
Graduating Class in Home Economics, B.H.E.
degree): Harumi Nakai.
Special University Prize, $200 (Head of the
Graduating Class in Licentiate in Accounting,
Lie. Acct. degree): William L. Dinicol,
Kamloops, B.C.
Special University Prize, $200 (Head of the
Graduating Class in Music, B.Mus. degree):
David Marcus Swan, Saskatoon, Sask.
The University Medal for Arts and Science
(Proficiency in the Graduating Classes in the
Faculties of Arts and Science, B.A. and B.Sc.
degrees): Helen R. Del Val-Lui, Burnaby, B.C.
The President's Report 1978-79/45 Recipients of honorary degrees
at UBC's 1979 Congregation
ceremony were, top row left to
right, Louis Rasminsky, former
governor of the Bank of
Canada; UBC graduate Prof
Albert Bandura, noted
psychologist who teaches at
Stanford University; UBC
graduate Prof. Cecil Yarwood,
a noted plant pathologist; second row, left to right, UBC
graduate Donovan Miller, who
retired as UBC's chancellor in
1978; and Ida Green, a University benefactor.
46/The President's Report 1978-79 Deaths
Few academic years in recent memory have
brought more sadness to the University community as the result of the deaths of active and
retired members of the faculty. In the deaths of
individuals such as Walter Gage, Charles
Borden, Roy Daniells and Ralph James, the
academic community has lost some of its most
beloved teachers and researchers, as well as a
group of men who made very significant contributions to the growth and development of
this institution.
Walter Gage died on Oct. 3, 1978, ending a
57-year association with UBC that began in
1921 when he enrolled as a freshman student at
UBC, which was then housed in the so-called
"Fairview Shacks" in the shadow of the Vancouver General Hospital. In the ensuing years
he was the recipient of almost every honor a
grateful Alma Mater could bestow on him for
his unflagging energy and dedication as a
teacher, administrator and president from 1969
to 1975. His legendary wit, the generosity which
extended to writing personal cheques to aid
worthy students and his involvement in virtually
every aspect of campus activities rightly earned
him the title "Mr. UBC." The memorial service
which the University held for him on Oct. 10 in
the War Memorial Gymnasium was attended by
nearly 3,000 people. At that service, one of the
five speakers was Professor Emeritus of English
William Robbins, a life-long colleague, who recounted Walter Gage's powers of intellect, imagination and character. The quality of
greatness in Walter Gage, he said, was that he
had "so much to give and gave of himself so
freely and fully. From his generosity of mind
and spirit we have a vision of what our common
humanity, at its best, can be. That is his legacy
and memorial." Everyone who knew Walter
Gage would concur with that tribute.
The death of Professor Emeritus of Archaeology Charles Borden on Christmas Day,
1978, ended the career of one of that handful of
UBC teachers and researchers who made very
significant contributions to the revival of interest in the culture and art of Indians of the
west coast of Canada. Over a period of more
than 20 years beginning in 1946, Prof. Borden
and his students almost single-handedly created
the discipline of western Canadian Indian archeology through the excavation of a large
number of sites in the Vancouver area and in
other regions of the province. He was internationally known for his work in the Fraser Canyon near the town of Yale, where he unearthed
a site with a sequence of Indian occupation extending over 12,000 years, making it one of the
most important archeological sites in the
western hemisphere. His most lasting legacy will
be the large number of students who regarded
him as a beloved mentor and friend and who
will ensure that his work is carried forward in
the years to come.
Roy Daniells, professor emeritus of English
language and literature, who died on Good Friday, April 13, 1979, was one of our most beloved and distinguished teachers and scholars
and a man who will be long remembered for his
memorable wit and his creative abilities as a
Walter Gage
The President's Report 1978-79/47 Roy Daniells
48/The President's Report 1978-79
Charles Borden
poet and writer. A graduate of UBC, he returned to his Alma Mater in 1946 and was appointed head of the English department in
1948, a post he held until 1965, when he was
named the first University Professor of English
Language and Literature in recognition of his
scholarship in English literature and his activities as a poet and writer. In addition to writing
two volumes of poetry, he was widely known for
his studies in 17th-century English literature,
particularly those dealing with the English poet
John Milton. In recognition of his many qualities he was elected president of the Royal Society
of Canada in 1970 and he also served as chairman of the Humanities Association of Canada.
He was made a Companion of the Order of
Canada in 1972 for "outstanding merit of the
highest degree, especially service to Canada and
humanity at large." He received the Lome
Pierce Medal in 1970 for "achievement of
special significance and conspicuous merit in
imaginative or critical literature."
Prof. Ralph D. James, who died on May 19,
1979, was another UBC graduate who returned
to UBC in 1943 and was named head of the
mathematics department in 1948, a post he
held until 1973. He was largely responsible for
the development of one of the finest math
departments in Canada and succeeded in attracting to it some outstanding scholars and
teachers. He was president of the Canadian
Mathematical Congress from 1961 to 1963 and
a fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada
and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. To mark his retirement as
head of the mathematics department, friends
and colleagues established a medal in recognition of Prof. James's "meritorious and
distinguished achievements" to be awarded annually to the student in the graduating class
Ralph James
whose record and promise in mathematics is
considered to be the most outstanding.
We also mourn the passing of the following:
Lemuel Bayly of the Department of Physical
Plant who died Sept. 18, 1978;
Prof. Kishan Mathur of the Department of
Chemical Engineering and a pioneer in the field
of fluidization and spouted beds, who died on
Sept. 22, 1978;
Barbara Pearce, a member of the staff of the
Sedgewick Library, who died Sept. 19, 1978;
Alfred Adams, executive secretary of the
University Resources Council who was
associated with fund-raising activities at UBC
for 15 years, who died on Dec. 22, 1978;
Prof. Emerita Charlotte Black, who joined
the UBC faculty in 1944 and served as director
of the School of Home Economics from 1952 until her retirement in 1965, who died on May 11,
Dr. Cedric Hornby of the Department of
Plant Science, who died on March 3, 1979;
Lothar Muenster of the Department of
Chemistry, who died on July 3, 1979;
Dr. P. O'Doherty of the Department of
Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine, who died
on July 15, 1979; and
Dr. David G. Perry of the Department of
Geological Sciences, who died on Aug. 2, 1979.


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