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Array The President's Report 1981-82
The University of British Columbia The
The report of President Douglas T. Kenny
to the Senate and Board of Governors
of the University of British Columbia
for the academic year September 1,
1981, to August 31, 1982.
The University of British Columbia Foreword
To the Board of Governors and Senate,
The University of British Columbia.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Despite the fact that The University of British Columbia has been in existence for only 67
years, it is the prevailing view that it is approaching maturity as a world-class institution.
How has this been accomplished in such a remarkably short time?
I have attempted to provide the basic answers to that question in the first section of this
report on the activities of the 1981-82 academic year. In short, I believe we have achieved
maturity as a result of the commitment to excellence in all we do as an institution of higher
education. British Columbians can take pride in the fact that UBC faculty members are
regularly honored for their teaching and research achievements, that we have the best
prepared students in Canada entering the University as the result of stringent entrance
requirements and that we are the second largest centre for University research in this
The rest of my report records the many and varied endeavours of the people and
organizations that make UBC one of the outstanding intellectual centres in Canada. I
especially invite you to read those sections which record the continuing support that is
forthcoming from the community at large and the outstanding effort the University continues
to make by providing opportunities for learning in all parts of the province through its
continuing education programs.
I would be less than honest if I did not admit that the University continues to face serious
problems resulting from financial restraint. That we have managed to maintain and enhance
the quality of the University's academic programs during a prolonged period of restraint is a
tribute to all those who have a part in University governance —
the Board and Senate, the deans of the faculties and their department heads, the faculty,
the heads of administrative units and the students and employed staff of the University. It
gives me great pleasure to record once again my debt to the entire University community for
their devotion to the ideals of the academic enterprise.
Douglas T. Kenny
President. The President's Report 1981-82
The University of British Columbia has been
in existence for only 67 years. It has lived
through hard times, hopeful times and doubtful
Unlike Harvard University, which is older
than the United States, or the University of
Toronto, which is older than Canada, our
University is comparatively young from either
an old- or a new-world standpoint. Although
most academicians agree that UBC has become
one of the nation's leading universities, nevertheless, as British Columbians, we tend to
underestimate the value and importance of the
high quality of its faculty, the quality of its
students, the excellence of its research and
reflective scholarship, its distinctive academic
programs and its service to the community and
the nation. I sometimes think that what all of us
need today is the opportunity to visit other
universities in Canada and abroad. The more I
learn about universities elsewhere, the more certain I am that the taxpayer has grounds for being proud of the quality and excellence of this
University's achievements.
As a case in point, it wasn't so long ago that I
was asked by a member of the Bureau of
Foreign Affairs of the Chinese Ministry of
Education: "How did The University of British
Columbia become one of the world's leading
universities in such a remarkably short time?"
Looking back, how was it done? Perhaps not
surprisingly, there is no simple or precise answer
to the question.
The conditions that make a great university
are not to be found in purely quantitative
measures, such as the size of the campus, the
number of buildings, the number of full-time
and part-time professors or the number of
students. My short answer to the question was:
Woven into the intellectual and cultural fabric
of the University's character is an insistent commitment to excellence in teaching and advanced
research, an emphasis on sound liberal education, a diversity of academic programs relative
to the basic fields of knowledge, a deep respect
and encouragement for the exploration of novel
lines of inquiry and strong academic leadership.
In elaboration I specified several criteria to
which the University adheres in order to ensure
that a continuing record of excellence is maintained:
1. To recruit, develop and retain faculty of
the highest quality;
2. To maintain high entrance requirements
for all students;
3. To conduct rigorous evaluation of all new
and old programs;
4. To maintain an excellent library and computing centre;
5. To provide an environment that stimulates advanced research;
6. To provide adequate physical facilities in
keeping with the University's academic
priorities; and
7. To develop a flexible mission statement
that indicates how the University could
develop in the future to be most valuable
to the people of the province and the
It is my belief that these seven elements are
imperative to the establishment, preservation
and strengthening of a university that aspires to
world distinction. It is important to realize that
much of the strengthening of a university goes
on in the day-to-day discoveries of professors,
the gradual changes in teaching that take place
in departments and the decisions of departmental
administrators and their colleagues. The above
seven elements simply provide the basis for a
longer perspective for the future development of
the University.
To give some idea of how these elements
operate in practice, I would like to indicate
some of the changes within the University that
have strengthened it academically since 1975.
THE FACULTY. Faculty members are the
most important resource in any University
because they are recruited, retained and promoted on the basis of their dual commitment to
teaching and excellence in research. During the
last few years the criteria and procedures for the
appointment and advancement of faculty have
been strengthened. The University has in place
a rigorous appointment, tenure and promotion
policy, which ensures that a tradition of high
standards is met by those who are attracted and
retained. This is imperative since the faculty
sets the academic tone and standards of the
In the long run it is the judgment of national
and international bodies that provides the acid
test of the faculty's quality. There are three
main ways in which outside bodies make such
judgments, namely, by the ability of faculty to
attract research grants, by the honors received
by faculty for their departments and faculties.
On any of these measures the UBC faculty
stands high.
Let me cite a few examples of our lengthy
record of commitment to excellence.
• On the national scene, UBC received a little over $15 million in research monies in
1973-74. In 1981-82 UBC was awarded nearly
$45 million, making the University the second
largest centre for research in Canada. Research
funds come to UBC from a wide range of
sources. Aggregated across all sources, UBC
received almost 80 per cent of research monies
awarded to British Columbia universities in
• In 1982 UBC, in competition with more
than 60 other Canadian universities, received
three of eight medals awarded by the Royal
Society of Canada for outstanding discoveries
over the past 10 years.
• UBC has been judged to have the best
school in Canada for accounting, according to
accounting professors across Canada.
• UBC's Faculty of Dentistry is the first in the
world to introduce a simulation teaching
system. The World Health Organization has
asked the Faculty to become a collaborative
centre for the review and evaluation of the
The President's Report 1981-82/5 The introduction by the
University in the late 1970s of
higher admission standards for
students has resulted in the
best-prepared student body
entering any Canadian
university and has not acted
as a deterrant to increased
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system, and to provide consultant assistance to
other world institutions setting up similar
facilities for training oral health personnel.
• Since 1976 the Faculty of Medicine has
undergone a massive faculty rejuvenation, attracting 77 new full-time faculty and 64 part-
time faculty. This rejuvenation has been unique
in North America and the survey team for the
Committee on the Accreditation of Canadian
Medical Schools and the Liaison Committee on
Medical Education report that the new faculty
are "of exceptionally high calibre." The bright
future of the Faculty of Medicine is guaranteed
by these obviously talented young scholars.
It is the prevailing view at UBC that the
University is approaching maturity as a world-
class institution. This view is confirmed by outside reviewers and peer committees. Numerous
faculty members have received national and international recognition. Many departments and
faculties are widely recognized for their particular teaching and research strengths.
THE STUDENT BODY. No university will
become great unless it insists that its students be
of high scholarly quality. This is manifested in
the first instance by the admission policies. During the  1960s and early  1970s,  many North
American universities lowered their admission
standards and opted for an open admission
policy. This approach was a mistake because it
lowered the value of secondary education and
might have implied to students that a solid
education in high school was not important. For
entrance to a quality institution of higher learning students need a common intellectual base
and it has been my experience that high university entrance requirements will produce higher
Thus, in the late 1970s, the University sought
to improve the quality of students entering at
the undergraduate level. In 1975, the admission
policy of the University was like a fragile flower
requiring cultivation. Admission in that year
was based on senior secondary school graduation with standing between 'C and 'C +' or better and the University as a whole did not require
specified high school courses.
While the University was cautious about forcing the pace of change in admission standards,
in 1977 grade 12 applicants were subject to a
more rigorous scrutiny than formerly, with applicants of a grade point average beiow 2.3 being denied entrance and those with a G.P.A.
between 2.3 and 2.5 being screened on the basis
of relevancy of secondary school subjects. As a
result, failures at the University dropped. Accordingly, the admission requirements for 1978
were based on a high school standing of 'C +' on
the best 10 relevant subjects.
Between the years 1978 and 1981, UBC phased
in new entrance requirements, namely, at least
'C + ' (G.P.A. 2.5) calculated on the following
ten courses: English 11 and 12, Social Studies
11, French 11 or a foreign language 11, Algebra
11, Science 11, four additional "Arts or Science"
courses, three of which must be numbered "12".
These higher admission requirements have
not acted as a deterrent to increased
enrolments. I am positive that they have served
to attract quality grade 12 students to the excellent educational experiences available at
UBC. In fact, the insistence on excellence in the
high school has resulted in the highest enrolments in the University's history. Based on the
best judgment I can obtain, I am sure that we
have the best prepared students entering any
Canadian university.
The matter of enrolment requirements goes
beyond the freshman year, for, given UBC's
responsibilities as a centre of professional education, it has been essential for the maintenance
of quality to restrict or control the number of
students' entering most of our professional
faculties. Unfortunately, enrolment demands
exceed the capacity of these programs by an
appreciable amount. Accordingly, most professional programs have enrolment limitations. In
general, our professional faculties only enrol
outstanding students with admission policy based
primarily on previous undergraduate qualifications.
At the graduate level, UBC's strongest
departments only accept graduate students who
have first-class-average standing. Excellence at
the graduate level is only achieved by a "high
grading" of applications for admission. The
University recognizes that the standards for
establishing the evaluation of graduate theses
are difficult to assess, maintain and improve. However, the University has insisted that the
best kind of insurance is a system of external
examination, with examiners drawn from outside the student's supervisory committee, from
outside the graduate student's department and
from outside the University.
PROGRAM   REVIEW   AND   DEVELOPMENT. The programs required to advance the
academic goals of the University are, for the
most part,  in place,  but any university that
aspires   to   world   stature   must   strengthen,
broaden,    renew    and    add    to   its   learning
resources. A university must be responsive to
changes   in   disciplines,   societal   needs   and
priorities, and student interests. The University
of British Columbia will not continue to grow
and develop its full potential for teaching and
research unless it can afford to continue to invest in new academic initiatives at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
It is particularly,important that the investment in new initiatives should occur now. As the
developing and developed nations of the world
compete more extensively, our economic well-
being becomes progressively more dependent on
new intellectual skills and technologies. This
University plays a key role not only in the
research it does but in the research atmosphere
in which it educates highly qualified manpower
for the future. At a time of economic restraint
and national recession it is prudent to maintain
and expand the investment in higher education
in general and graduate education and research
in particular.
And so the question: How does one avoid a
static academic environment?
By two modes. First, we know through our
own academic experience that the most important changes occur through internal academic
leadership. This way is not as dramatic — or as
anxiety producing — as the second mode. But
it is more certain to change and improve
academic programs than any other method.
Traditionally at UBC, the faculty has done an
outstanding job of reviewing and improving its
own programs.
Second, program reviews may be conducted
at University-wide levels by external review
groups. Such program review groups, of necessity,
must be very sensitive to the total dynamics of
The University of British Columbia.
Over the past seven years the University has
concentrated on both modes of program review
and development.
By way of illustration, a new development
within the Faculty of Law may be cited as an example of the first mode of review and program
development. For a number of years, the Faculty
of Law has been actively engaged in examining
the feasibility of a program in Japanese law.
The response within the faculty, within the
University, within the British Columbia legal
community, and in Japan, was most encouraging. Of course, the viability of a long-term program was dependent upon the ability of the
Faculty to recruit, on a full-time basis, a legal
scholar with expertise in the field of Japanese
Happily, the Japanese Law Program became
a reality in 1981-82, several years in advance of
the original predictions. The Faculty of Law
was successful in an application to the Max Bell
Foundation of Canada for a grant of $272,000
to fund a research program and to fund partly a
permanent appointment in the field of Japanese
law in the person of Dr. Malcolm Smith. The
obvious importance of this new initiative for the
legal and business community of Canada is
widely understood.
It would be presumptuous — and indeed
plainly impossible — to try to sum up the gains
from external reviews in any simple set of
characterizations. The main point I would like
to stress is the immense academic progress that
a large number of faculties and departments
has made over the past seven years as a result of
such reviews. Suffice it to say that the following
faculties and departments have gained
academically from such reviews during the past
seven years.
Faculties: Applied Science, Education, Dentistry, Forestry, Medicine, Science.
Departments: Anaesthesiology, Animal
Science, Anthropology and Sociology, Architecture, Health Care and Epidemiology, History,
Institute of Animal Resource Ecology, Institute
of Applied Mathematics and Statistics,
Microbiology, including Medical Microbiology,
Nursing, Pharmacology, Political Science,
Psychiatry, School of Librarianship, School of
Rehabilitation Medicine.
During the past few years, there was strong
academic focus on detailed and careful review
of proposed new programs, reflecting promising
new areas of scholarly and professional
significance. The following list of major cur-
ricular additions since 1975-76 indicates, in a
summary and partial fashion, the introduction
of new programs and changes in programs that
have added to the University's strength.
Theatre, Ph.D. in South Asian Studies, Ed.D.
in Curriculum Studies, Ph.D. in Human Learning, Development and Instruction.
Arts, M.Sc. in Dental Science, M.Eng. in
Clinical Engineering, Master of Archival
Studies, M.A. in Family Studies, M.A./M.F.A.
in Film & Television Studies, Master of Architecture, Master of Journalism, M.Eng., Pulp
and Paper Engineering.
Major in Special Education, Bachelor of
Medical Laboratory Science, B.E. (Elementary
Concentration: French), Bachelor of Landscape
Architecture, B.A. in Speech Sciences, B.F.A.
in Acting, B.F.A. in Design/Technical
Theatre, Combined Honours B.Sc. in Oceanography and Another Subject.
NEW MAJORS, CONCENTRATIONS: Major in Coal Engineering, Major in Naval
Architecture, Tropical Crop Production,
Immunology, Allergy, and Infectious Disease,
Avian Wildfowl Biology, Clinical Teaching and
Grace Hospital, Construction Engineering,
Coordinated Music Programs, Major in Music
Theory, Concentration in Chinese and Japanese
Studies (B.Ed. Secondary).
DIPLOMAS: Post-Graduate Certificate in
Periodontics, Diploma in Administration for
OTHERS: Co-operative Education Program
(Agricultural Sciences, Engineering, and
Forestry), Four-Year Program in Forestry.
The President's Report 1981-82/7 UBC provides one of the most
advanced interactive
computing systems in North
America for teaching and
research purposes.
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IN PROGRESS: Ph.D. in Social Foundations
of Educational Policy, Ph.D. in Audiology and
Speech Sciences, Ph.D. in Education (Social
Studies), Ph.D. in Education (Governance and
Administration), B.Sc. Majors and Honours'in
Atmospheric Science, B.Sc. Majors and
Honours in Pharmacology, Diploma in Site
Planning, Diploma in Meteorology, Four-Year
Program in Engineering.
The on-going process of review ensures program vitality and quality, a pivotal aspect of
UBC's academic planning.
COURCES. A University is only as good as its
library, which is the common link between all
within the university. It has been said that an
institution is the lengthening shadow of a man.
The library is the lengthening shadow of all the
men and women who have recorded their knowledge and of those who have used the library
and have profited from that knowledge.
UBC did not begin with a great library.
When the University started, the library consisted of 22,000 bound volumes and approximately 7,000 pamphlets. By 1945 the library
holdings had increased to 100,000 volumes.
The library took a great step forward in the
1960s when it received a gift of $3 million from
Dr. H.R. MacMillan, which assisted significantly
in moving the collection to one and a quarter
million. For that time this was a remarkable
cathedral of knowledge.
The collection of physical volumes grew from
1,670,370 in 1975 to 2,307,341 in March, 1982.
This represents an increase of 38 per cent.
There is a new recognition in North America
that any library also contains information stored
in other forms than the printed page, such as
microfilm and magnetic tape. In fact, our
Library now has a larger collection of the latter
than of books or of journals. Supplementary collections, such as microforms, films, videotapes,
sound recordings and the like, grew by 65 per
cent from 2,210,511 items in 1975 to 3,644,527
in 1982.
By the end of the present fiscal year $22.5
million will have been spent in the past eight
years to purchase library collections at UBC.
Two facts may be helpful in assessing the intellectual strength of our library. Our holdings
are the second largest in Canada, the largest being those of the University of Toronto. In comparison with university research libraries in the
United States and Canada, our Library ranks
thirty-fourth. It should be noted that our
Library was fortieth a little over a decade ago.
I began this section by recalling the status of
the Library at its origin. Today we can assert
that our Library is a major research library in
North America. There is, of course, much more
that needs to be done. There are many gaps to
be filled in order to support fully our graduate
research efforts. The era of technological
changes also has affected the Library greatly.
Technological advances made by the Library
since 1975 may be less apparent, but are no less
important. Special funding has enabled the
Library to acquire capital equipment in order
to improve its automated systems.
At the present time there is no aspect of selecting, ordering, cataloguing or circulating that
does not touch in some fashion on the computer. The Library now is linked electronically
to major data bases for catalogue support. It is
also one of a very few libraries to have developed
a working on-line system to deal with the complexities of serial management. Computer systems have been developed to produce microfiche records for elusive materials that were not
formally catalogued in the past.
The most significant step was taken, however, in 1978 when the card catalogue was closed and
the Library began providing access to the collections through computer-produced microfiche catalogues. From this point on, records of
materials catalogued could be made available in
multiple locations on and off the campus. Conversion to machine-readable catalogue records
also led to the development of a B.C. Union
Catalogue. In fact, the University can be proud
of the part it played in the creation of a
catalogue system for all of the post-secondary
libraries in the province.
Computer-assisted bibliographic searching
began to flourish after 1975 and is now offered
routinely as part of the Library's specialized
reference services.
While the Library is the heart of the University,
it also provides extensive public service to off-
campus users. Our Library plays an important
role for the entire province as a source of
materials and as a manager of the system.
Clearly, as our collections and services expand, so must the physical size of our libraries
expand. Fortunately, library building developments since 1975 have been most impressive: the
Marjorie Smith (Social Work) Library underwent stack expansion in 1976; the Data Library
moved into its present quarters in 1977; the
Crane Library (for the blind and visually impaired) was provided with a physically separate
recording studio in 1978; the Library Processing
Centre was occupied in 1979; the size of the
Biomedical Branch Library at the Vancouver
General Hospital was more than doubled in
1979; the new Asian Studies Library was opened
in 1981; the Hamber Library in the Children's/
Grace/Shaughnessey Hospital complex was
opened in 1982; the library at St. Paul's
Hospital became part of the UBC library system
in 1982.
The library system has undergone almost
continuous alteration and renovation to cope
with changing requirements.
Fully recognizing that the Library's space
situation was grave, a President's Committee on
Library Space Requirements was established.
The work of this Committee resulted in the
Library Development Proposal which was submitted to the Universities Council in the spring
of 1981. However, until the Universities Council
and the Provincial Government act positively on
the proposal, the gravity of the Library's space
situation worsens.
Just as there can be little debate about the importance of a library collection, there can be little doubt about the compelling need for an up-
to-date computing facility. Twenty-five years
ago no one could have foreseen the startling
computer developments within the University.
However, the electronic information revolution
has made our Computing Centre a new nerve
centre at UBC. Today, the need for excellent
computer support services touches almost every
area of teaching, research and administrative
activities. UBC's outstanding computing services for faculty and students are unique among
North American universities.
A most significant event in our history was the
opening of the Computing Centre in 1957 and
the installation of a first generation computer,
the Alwac III-E. When the Computing Centre
celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1982, it was
close to installing its tenth main-frame computer.
From the very beginning, the Computing
Centre regularly updated its excellent computer
resources and facilities. In March, 1977 the
Computing Centre staff moved into the newly
renovated offices in the Civil Engineering
Building, now known as the Computer Sciences
The years 1978-1982 saw considerably more
powerful computing systems being introduced,
providing faster service to faculty and students.
An Amdahl 470 V/6-II, a fourth-generation
computer, was purchased in 1978 to replace the
IBM 370/168. During 1981, an Amdahl 470/V8
in turn replaced the V/6, providing once more a
more powerful and faster computer.
UBC's library holdings of
more than 2.3 million physical
volumes and 3.6 million items
on microfilm, videotape and
magnetic tape make it one of
North America's major
research libraries.
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The demand for access to on-line computing
facilities for undergraduate instruction has increased very rapidly in the past few years. While
in 1976-77 there were 862 undergraduates each
active at a computer terminal for 6 hours,
1981-82 saw 3,163 undergraduates each active
at a terminal for 35 hours per week. Professors
are demanding more and more academic teaching time on computing facilities in order to
prepare their students properly for the future.
Unfortunately, this creates interference with
research activities of the faculty. Thus, the
future academic vitality of the University required the purchase of another computer, to be
used primarily as an undergraduate teaching
facility. An Amdahl 470 V/6-II, with a memory
size of 10 megabytes, was purchased and installed
in August, 1982. This computer will be used for
teaching purposes by all Faculties.
The University of British Columbia provides
one of the most advanced interactive computing
services in North America, having pioneered in
full-scale interactive systems over the past 10
years. I believe that the Computing Centre's
goal of providing a research and teaching service that will rate as excellent into the 1980s is
being met.
RESEARCH. Each year I refer to research as
an essential part of the learning process at the
University. Research is the cutting edge at the
frontier of knowledge. It is this cutting edge of
our nation's movement to discovery that distinguishes a university from other educational institutions. In fact, the University believes that its
responsibilities for research and scholarship are
equal to its responsibilities for teaching.
Moreover, research funding is crucial to graduate education, for it provides the wherewithal
for creating a graduate research environment as
well as direct financial support for graduate
students. It is fair to say that today UBC provides a rich environment for graduate education
and research.
Since 1975-76 the University has moved in
may substantive ways to fulfill its research
obligation to society. Illustrative of the University's increasing emphasis on research in collaboration with teaching are the following:
• UBC has become one of the major research
and graduate universities in Canada, second only
to the University of Toronto. Since 1974 our
research expenditures have increased from
roughly $15 million to approximately $45
million. Our research expenditures are four
times the combined expenditures of the other
two provincial universities. In fact, if one adds
in the research activities of all the laboratories
on the UBC campus, the total research expenditures are close to, $100 million per year.
• Total funds for graduate student support
exceeded $10,000,000 in 1981-82.
• The total number of graduate students has
increased from 2,666 in 1974-75 to 3,507 in
• Expansion of the Computing Centre to
have two main-frame computers, an Amdahl
V/6 and V/8, supporting approximately 1,000
computer terminals and a Xerox 9700 laser
• Expansion of the activities of the Department of Computer Science, with the Ph.D. pro
gram extended to a full range of academic
areas, and the addition of a VAX 370 computer
for digital-image processing.
• Establishment of four new centres in the
Faculty of Graduate Studies, namely: The Centre for Advanced Technology in Microelectronics, The Centre for Coal Research, The Centre
for Molecular Genetics, and The Centre for the
Study of Childhood. The Centre for Advanced
Technology in Microelectronics has associated
with an incorporated society, supported by
$200,000 per year for five years from the
Federal Department of Industry, Trade and
• Development of facilities for the Imaging
Centre, including equipment for: Computer
assisted X-ray tomography (C.A.T.), Positron
emission tomography (P.E.T.), and Nuclear
magnetic resonance scanning (N.M.R.).
• The development of the Acute Care and
Extended Care Units on campus, along with the
consolidation of a network of six associated
downtown teaching hospitals, actively involved
in the broad areas of health teaching and
• In 1981 the University approved the terms
of an agreement providing for the establishment
of Discovery Park UBC on a 56-acre site in the
south campus research area.
• In 1981 a new patenting and licensing
policy applicable to inventions and discoveries
by faculty, staff and students was initiated and
• With its strong commitment to research,
the University has added significantly to major
research equipment over the past seven years.
For example, some major new equipment purchases in 1981/82 were: Image analysis system
extension for Computer Science — $400,000;
Fourier transform infra-red spectrophotometer
for Chemistry — $200,000; Image Processing
work station for Geophysics and Astronomy —
$100,000; Nuclear magnetic resonance data stations for Chemistry — $136,000; Analytical
electron microscope for Applied Science —
$500,000; Protein analytical laboratory for
Medicine — $202,000; Mass spectrometer for
Pharmaceutical Sciences — $303,000; and
Laser facility for Chemistry/Physics —
While the University may express pride in the
outstanding record of equipment up-dating
during the past seven years, needless to say it is
concerned with maintaining this thrust.
By national standards, UBC is a large
research university. By international standards,
however, it is not. It is clear that UBC could and
should make major efforts to expand its
research and graduate work.
teaching and research cannot flourish in outdated and sub-standard facilities. Superficially,
UBC may appear to be well endowed with
buildings, but of the 322 buildings on campus
only 139 are of the permanent variety. The remainder are temporary huts or semi-permanent
buildings which have outlived their usefulness.
Some of our permanent buildings are more than
30 years old and such buildings need expensive
During the past seven years, however, there has been an impressive record of success in providing first-class facilities for some areas of the University.
In other instances, modest improvements have been made to some of the older facilities. To promote
academic strength or new developments within the University, often we have to adapt or modify existing buildings.
First-class health care and teaching facilities are essential to the University's goal of medical school
expansion. The record of achievement relative to the expansion program is as follows:
University Campus
Walter C. Koerner Acute Care Hospital 1980
Lecture Theatre IRC Building 1979
Medical Science Block A 1979
Biochemistry and Physiology additions
Medical Science Block B 1979
Anatomy alterations to additional space
Medical Science Block C 1982
Pharmacology renovations to additional space
James Mather Building
Health Care & Epidemiology renovations 1982
Wesbrook Building
Medical Microbiology renovations 1980
Medical Genetics renovations 1982
Sports Medicine Clinic — Owen Pavilion
Department of Family Practice 1980
The New Grace Hospital — Academic Space 1982
The New Children's Hospital — Academic Space 1982
Shaughnessy Hospital
Renovations to Jean Matheson Pavilion including Clinical Pharmacology, Family Practice, 1979
Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, and Ear, Nose & Throat.
Rehabilitation Medicine 1979
Medical Engineering Resources 1980
Departments of Medicine and Surgery 1980
Diagnostic Radiology 1980
Anaesthesia 1980
Seminar Rooms 1980
St. Paul's Hospital
Phase I - Medical Teaching Space 1979 & 1982
T.B. Auditorium 1979
Animal Holding area in the old McGavin Bakery 1980
Offices, Library, Student areas and Biomedical Communications 1978
Outpatients Department renovations 1979
Eye Centre 1983
Laurel I 1982
Doctors' Residence housing part of Medicine, Psychiatry and Pathology 1980
While the medical school projects were being constructed, major projects and the upgrading of
facilities were underway for other academic disciplines on the Point Grey Campus. Between 1975 and
the present there was a considerable amount of upgrading of the physical plant, as the following listing
The President's Report 1981-82/11 SPACE ADDITIONS TO THE CAMPUS SINCE 1975
Aquatic Centre
Henry Angus Building
E.D. MacPhee and CH. McLean additions
Asian Centre
Anthropology and Sociology: Stage I and II
1975, 1976
Bob Berwick Centre
Biological Sciences — North Wing
Bookstore (in progress)
Centre for Coal and Mineral Processing
Civil and Mechanical Engineering
George F. Curtis Law Building
Harry Purdy Extended Care Unit
Home Economics
Library Processing
Museum of Anthropology
Parkades: HSC (Acute Care Unit)
Fraser River
Psychology (in progress)
(A meson facility operated by the Universities Alberta, Victoria, British Columbia
& Simon Fraser University)
Animal Care Units
South Campus
Wesbrook Annex
Botanical Gardens
Information Centre
Public Service Centre
Brock Hall Remodelling
Cliff Erosion Control
Empire Pool Upgraded
General Services Administration Building — additions
Geography Building Renovations
Ponderosa (for Education)
Poultry Science — South Campus
SUB Cafeteria Renovations
Swine Research Unit
I have only listed the University's most visible projects. Other major buildings projects essential to
our academic programs are waiting for release of funds by the government.
12/The President's Report 1981-82 MISSION STATEMENT OF THE
UNIVERSITY. In an era of rapid social,
technological and economic change, any university finds it difficult, if not impossible, to
formulate a long-range academic plan. Even a
short-range plan for five years has to be viewed
as an evolving plan, a challenging outline, not
carved in stone. Nevertheless, a flexible
academic plan does provide a perspective and a
set of explicit institutional aims.
The University of British Columbia was planned from the beginning as a general, comprehensive institution. Today it serves society by
providing for the intellectual development of its
students, by providing intellectual leadership
for society and by encouraging and contributing
to the development of Canadian culture.
At the undergraduate level, the University
provides its students with a deep sense of intellectual discipline, along with a breadth of
knowledge. In order to meet the needs of society
the University provides a good distribution of
undergraduates among the core disciplines in
all the liberal arts and sciences as well as in the
professional faculties. Graduate studies and
research at UBC are encouraged in order to
meet the needs of society in the years ahead.
The central goal of the University has been to
attain and maintain excellence in the teaching
and research activities of its students and faculty.
In recent years two other goals have been added
— to expand senior undergraduate and advanced
professional and graduate work, and to strive
for balanced growth.
In 1979 UBC issued an overall statement of its
mission and a more detailed statement of the
goals of the 12 faculties. In January, 1980 the
Senate approved in principle the goals and objectives contained in that document, The Mission of the University of British Columbia. The
document is not a detailed operational plan for
the University. Nevertheless, it does provide a
chart that has guided the broad educational
directions of the University in the last few years.
Columbians can take pride in the genuine accomplishments of the University, our record
must be seen in the context of protracted financial stringency during the past six years. While
the University is not a business, it must run its
financial affairs in a businesslike fashion. Starting in 1976, it has been threatened with budget
deficits each year, but each year it has succeeded
in bringing its operating budget into balance.
Since government funding is on a year-to-
year basis, financial planning within the Univer-
UBC's Health Sciences Centre,
foreground, is a cluster of
buildings on Wesbrook Mall
on the eastern edge of the
UBC campus.
The President's Report 1981-82/13 UBC's new Bookstore,
scheduled for completion in
1983, will be three times
larger than the existing
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sity is based on very poor or questionable
predictions about our future financial position.
Consequently, from year to year, the University
never knows the magnitude of the financial
pressures it will face. Thus, any form of commitment or academic planning is becoming increasingly difficult.
In my judgment, government leadership on
this problem is long overdue. The government
should be prepared to articulate, in consultation with the public universities, a set of
objectives for the university system and a level of
funding that may be expected for the attainment of these academic objectives. If this does
not occur, then the present year by year ad hoc
adjustments by the University can only result in
academic damage. Sound academic planning
cannot take place in a financial fog.
Why does the University face severe financial
First, inflation. The University is a victim of
inflation, for it is the heaviest tax that it has and
a tax over which it has little or no direct control.
University costs follow the inflationary spiral
upward, and, unfortunately, revenues have not
kept pace with this inflation.
To mention just one example, while about 15
per cent of the total cost of running the University is in non-salary items, most of these expenses are virtually non-controllable costs, such as
heat, light, water, insurance, telephone, paper,
books, periodicals, and so forth. For the current
financial year the University has estimated the
following inflation factors:
1. Utilities 25.0%
2. Books and periodicals 22.5%
3. Scientific equipment 17.5%
4. Other supplies 13.0%
If one is to maintain the teaching effectiveness of all faculties, it is necessary to increase
the supplies and expenses portion of the budget
accordingly. To be very specific, inflationary
cost increases are producing severe strains on
laboratory teaching activities. Students are forced
to share limited resources in both the experimental and descriptive disciplines, to the detriment of their educational experience.
Second, inadequate government grants. Over
the past seven years, operating grants from
government have fallen significantly below what
the University has requested, requires, and
The University of British Columbia has
become a great university, largely through its
firm commitment to quality. Quality education
is expensive. The long-term academic interests
of the University, the province and the nation
will not be served by letting quality slip. One
must ask — what are the costs of mediocre
higher education? Without a strong commitment to first-class higher education, British Columbia will be condemned to a second-class
The government and the Universities Council
have been aware that while operating grants
have increased in each of the seven years from
1975 to 1981-82 the increases have been
significantly less than the amounts requested by
the University. For each of the seven years, the
average shortfall between grant requested and
grant received has been over $12.6 million. The
budgetary shortfall for 1981-82 was $7.4 million. I know, and I am sure that the Board of
Governors knows, that the requested grants
have always been on the fiscally prudent and
conservative side. New Home Economics
Building on the East Mall of
the campus will be ready for
occupancy in the fall of 1983.
Since the operating grants from government
have not met inflationary costs, the University
has had to remove from continuing operating
expenditures approximately $12 million between 1976 - 77 and 1981 - 82. Each reduction
can only be made once. It is in this respect that
retrenchment and reduction in the past few
years will have its telling long-term academic
effects. There can be no doubt that these
repetitive budget reductions have reduced the
University's ability to absorb further cuts. In
addition, they have necessitated teaching
adjustments that are not consistent with
academic excellence.
Third, increased enrolments. The past seven
years were particularly difficult for the University since it is committed to admitting an ever-
increasing number of students in the face of
budgetary shortfalls. In sum, we have been
tightening our financial belt for seven years
while at the same time absorbing an increased
number of students. To add further to the problem, enrolments have shifted in favour of
relatively costly academic programs. The
following data indicate how the total head
count enrolments have increased significantly
over the past few years.
t leadcount
Year by year
Fiscal Year
in its operating grant and that the Board of
Governors had requested of the government a
supplemental grant to offset this shortfall. The
government did not act positively on this request.
How did the University cope with the required retrenchment figure of $7,470,000?
A President's Committee on Fiscal Retrenchment was struck to advise me on how the
University could meet this annualized shortfall
in operating funds for 1982-83. The recommendations of that committee were endorsed by the
Senate Budget Committee and accepted by the
Board of Governors. The fiscal retrenchment
was accomplished by reductions in the budget
base of $5,202,000, plus an increase in student
fees of $3,192,000 (tuition fee revenues were increased approximately 32 per cent), less a portion of the fee increase set aside for student aid.
This exercise involved the elimination of more
than 67 full-time equivalent academic staff
positions and 94 full-time equivalent support
staff positions.
The reduction in non-faculty budgets has
curtailed important services to the Faculties.
The reduction in faculty budgets has made it
impossible to fill required faculty positions,
thereby impairing the level of instructional support to students. With respect to the thorny
issue of tuition fees, the committee believed that
the students should be asked to make this contribution in order to preserve the quality of their
higher education. As the committee observed:
"Education at UBC is by any measure a
In my report for the 1980-81 academic year,
I mentioned the very real difficulties faced by
UBC as the result of an inadequate operating
grant. In that report, I said that the University
faced an annualized shortfall of over $7 million
The President's Report 1981-82/15 Teaching and the Curriculum
The curriculum — the whole
range of studies taught at the
University — reflects the
increase in knowledge
resulting from research as well
as the expressed needs of
society and students.
In past reports, I have drawn attention to the
continually changing curriculum of the University resulting from the increase in knowledge
through research and the expressed needs of
society and students. There was no decline in
activity in this area in 1981-82 and the University Senate devoted a substantial part of each of
its monthly meetings to consideration of proposals from UBC's 12 faculties.
I should reiterate here that proposals for curriculum change do not originate in Senate, but
in the some 125 departments that make up the
faculties. Each of these departments has its own
curriculum committee which meets regularly to
review the existing curriculum. Proposals for
changes are then reviewed in most cases by a
faculty curriculum committee before being forwarded to the Senate's curriculum committee
for further debate. Thus, a proposal, when it
reaches the floor of Senate, has had a thorough
review at several University levels to ensure that
it is academically sound and does not duplicate
programs being offered elsewhere.
Having cleared the scrutiny of Senate and the
Board of Governors, proposals for change are
subject in many instances to investigation by a
committee of the Universities Council of B.C. In
this connection, the Council approved a
number of new post-baccalaureate degree programs in the 1981-82 academic year. These are
a Doctor of Education degree program in curriculum studies, a Doctor of Philosophy program in human learning, development and instruction, a Master of Engineering program in
pulp and paper engineering, a Master of Journalism program and a Master of Architecture
program. It is the University's hope that adequate provincial funding will be provided to
permit these programs to get under way in
1982-83 or soon thereafter.
What follows are extracts from the reports of
the deans of UBC faculties dealing with changes
in the curriculum in the 1981-82 academic year.
faculty's new Landscape Architecture program
continued to expand its offerings as the first
class of students moved through the program.
Three new courses at the 400 level were offered
for the first time.
APPLIED SCIENCE. The energies of this
faculty in the academic year have been concentrated on the development of a new four-year
program leading to degrees in engineering. This
has involved intensive discussion in all of the
departments offering engineering degrees, as
well as with other faculties which provide
courses on a service basis. It is expected that the
new four-year program will be debated at the
faculty level in the 1982-83 academic year
before being forwarded to Senate for further
Several departments within the faculty have
also undertaken a review of graduate courses in
anticipation of an expansion of enrolment in
this area in the near future. Worth noting here
is the introduction, in the chemical engineering
department, of a new graduate course on coal
utilization, which deals with many aspects of
using coal for energy purposes and as a chemical
feedstock. The introduction of such courses
reflects the increasing need for highly trained
manpower in an area of increasing importance
to the B.C. economy.
The nursing school in the Faculty of Applied
Science implemented the third year of a revised
curriculum in 1981-82 and continued planning
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1982-83. Revisions in the graduate program,
developed over a two-year period, will also be
implemented in 1982-83.
In May, at the University's spring congregation, the first engineering and forestry students
graduated under the Co-operative Education
programs, which were instituted five years ago
for the purpose of integrating students'
academic study with productive, study-related
work experiences with co-operating employer
Dean Martin Wedepohl of the applied
science faculty said that the UBC program,
which had initially been designed to encourage
qualified women students into traditionally
non-female faculties, had contributed not only
to doubling the number of women enrolled in
engineering, but also to implementing the objectives of the professional faculties by providing
qualified students with study-related work experience.
In the summer of 1982 a total of 88 students,
75 in engineering and 13 in forestry, were involved in the program with 44 employers in
B.C. and Alberta. All the students wrote a required technical report and were visited and advised by professors from the Faculties of Applied
Science and Forestry. In their evaluations of the
work of students, employers stressed the quality
of their work performance and the benefits to
them of the interaction with UBC faculty
ARTS. As expected, the breadth of work offered in the Faculty of Arts resulted in a number
of important curriculum changes.
In Anthropology and Sociology, the Master of
Arts and Doctor of Philosophy programs were
reviewed and revised in the interests of more
focussed education and a more standardized
evaluation and examination procedure. New
courses have been added to the program in archaeology at the undergraduate level and the
sociology program has been overhauled extensively in the area of ethnic relations, crime and
society, experimental research and applied
sociology. The resulting proposals have been
forwarded to Senate.
In the Department of English a special major
program in English language (as opposed to
literature) was approved and will be offered for
the first time in 1982-83.
The art history program in the fine arts
department was reviewed, leading to proposals
for substantial course revisions which are before
A two-year revision of the Bachelor of Arts
program in Geography was approved by Senate
and will be offered in 1982-83. The revisions
make possible a new emphasis on environmental
studies, as well as the traditional areas of
cultural-historical geography, economic
geography and urban studies. In preparation is
a new program in atmospheric science, to be offered jointly by the Departments of Geography
and Oceanography.
Other noteworthy changes included the
following: a new honors program in Romance
languages was introduced in Hispanic and
Italian Studies; Psychology introduced a
number of special-topic courses in such areas as
restricted environment stimulation and televi
sion and human behavior; five new third-year
courses were introduced by the Department of
Religious Studies; and an intensive review of the
offerings of the Department of Slavonic Studies
was carried out, leading to proposals for revision
of the Russian language program and the introduction of courses in comparative Slavic
literature in translation.
The new Master of Archival Studies program,
offered jointly by the School of Librarianship
and the Department of History, enrolled its first
class of 10 students in September, 1981. During
the summer of 1982 most were engaged in the
practicum which is an essential part of the program, many of them at the Public Archives of
Canada in Ottawa.
Initial planning was completed for a doctoral
program in the School of Social Work, to be
submitted for approval in the coming year.
evolutionary development of courses and programs in this faculty, several major revisions are
worth noting. A new course in public enterprise
and regulated industries deals with an important facet of Canadian economic life, and major
changes in a course in organization change were
implemented to include the rapidly evolving
field of mergers and acquisitions.
DENTISTRY. In line with changes made to
the curriculum of this faculty in 1980-81, the
main task of its curriculum committee has been
to provide clinical relevance to many of the
basic science subjects and to ensure that dental
students are exposed at an early stage in their
training to the problems of treating patients.
One result of the changes will be to extend by
one month the academic year for third-year
students, beginning in 1983-84. A pilot hospital
dentistry program was initiated in 1981-82 and
will be fully instituted in 1983-84.
An innovation in the faculty this year has
been the purchase of simulator teaching units,
enabling as many as 40 students at one time to
practice on dummy patients. The students are
able to simulate the giving of local anesthetics,
filling teeth, removing impacted teeth, as well
as a series of specialized procedures such as
straightening teeth, installing bridges and
crowns and treating diseased gums or the roots
and supporting bone structure of teeth,
EDUCATION. The University English composition examination applied to the Faculty of
Education for the first time in 1981-82, and all
new students who had not already completed
the University's English composition requirements were required to pass this exam.
Specific curriculum changes approved by
faculty and Senate in 1981-82 included the
following: revision of the content and sequencing of the Bachelor of Education program in
special education; revision of concentrations
and majors in the fields of social studies, following major curriculum revisions in the Departments of History and Geography in the Faculty
of Arts; and revisions in the science education
major and concentration in the elementary
degree program and in the requirements for the
concentrations and major in earth and space
science and mathematics in the secondary program.
Considerable progress was made toward a
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revision of the diploma program in counselling
to effect its transformation from a graduate to
an undergraduate diploma, and a further important change was permission for students in
the adult education diploma program to undertake a number of courses by guided independent study in order to increase the accessibility
of the program to practising adult educators.
In the School of Physical Education and
Recreation, seven new courses were taught in
the 1981-82 academic year, and Senate approved a new aquatic specialization, an
undergraduate sport-science seminar and a new
course on the Olympics. In the course of the
year the school completed and sent forward a
thoroughly revised program for the Bachelor of
Education degree program with a physical
education concentration.
FORESTRY. The new four-year degree program approved by Senate for this faculty provides for majors in forest resource management,
forest harvesting, forest science and wood
science and industry. The first two programs
are designed to prepare students for entry into
the profession of forestry, the last two for
careers in specialized fields.
The forest resources management option is
the most general of the four degree programs,
involving all aspects of forest biology and
management, including timber, range wildlife,
recreation, fisheries and water. The student
may emphasize economic, social, protection, inventory or other quantitative aspects of
resources management and, on graduation, be
eligible for registration as a professional
The forest harvesting major is designed to
prepare the graduate for professional forestry
responsibilities, with emphasis on planning,
design and administration of forest road
development, planning and supervision of logging operations, and special projects such as
camp construction, log handling and transportation facilities. Again, graduates will be eligible for professional forester status.
The forest science majors will be interested in
preparation for graduate work leading to
careers in research and teaching. Emphasis will
be placed on phenomena which influence the
establishment, growth and development of trees
and other forest resources, including genetics,
soils, climate, ecology, and other foundation
courses in such fields as entomology, pathology
and wood science.
The wood science and industry major is
designed to give students a strong technical
background in wood as a material and an
understanding of wood products manufacture,
marketing and utilization. Graduates will be
fitted for technical and managerial positions in
many facets of the forest industry.
Each of these new majors involves a basic program of required core courses providing a foundation in forest sciences and their application to
forestry and utilization problems. This will be
supplemented with electives chosen in consultation with faculty, permitting studies in more
depth in such diverse areas as biology, business,
hydrology, remote sensing and wildlife.
Community and Regional Planning in
Graduate Studies devoted considerable effort in
1981-82 to evaluation and reorganization of key
courses in planning methods. A revised curriculum will be tested in 1982-83 and the final
version of this omnibus course will then be submitted for approval. The school offered its first
spring intersession course in 1982 in order to
meet the demand for study in the field of impact assessment. To test the demand for an urban studies abroad program, the school offered
a special section of an academic course in
Jerusalem in the summer of 1982, which attracted 20 students. This experiment will be
evaluated with a view to continuing development of the studies-abroad option in 1982-83.
Following a survey of prospective employers
in government and industry, the Institute of
Animal Resource Ecology determined that there
was a demand for graduates with a wide spectrum of training in fisheries management. To
meet this demand, a tentative curriculum was
prepared in 1981-82 leading to the degree of
Master of Science, incorporating exposure to
economics, law, decision-making, resource conflicts and fish-forest interaction. Students
wishing to take this mix are now accommodated
within the M.Sc. program in zoology and initial
reaction to it indicates that a separate program
approved by Senate is advisable.
LAW. No general changes were made in the
curriculum of this faculty as the total revision of
all years of the program which took place over
the past three years is now in effect. However,
some notable new appointments were made to
the faculty as the result of the introduction of
new courses. These are noted in the section of
my report dealing with faculty appointments.
Bernard Riedel points out in his report that
while curriculum changes in his faculty appear
to be minor, they are really modifications to
allow for future developments in the area of
pharmacy administration and clinical pharmacy.
SCIENCE. Innovations in this faculty for
1981-82 are: Introduction of a new lecture-
demonstration program in first-year chemistry
courses and computer-assisted instruction in the
department's resource centre for these students;
the introduction of an honors course in first-
year mathematics for students with outstanding
records and evidence of special aptitude (a
second-year course is being introduced to continue these students at the honors level); approval by the Universities Council, and financial
support, of a new combined honors program in
oceanography and another subject; and the
upgrading of the majors program in physics.
In the section entitled Governing Bodies, I
mention the prolonged debate on the subject of
limiting enrolment in the Faculty of Applied
Science which took place during the academic
year. In this section of my report, I wish to draw
attention to the fact that the Department of
Computer Science in the Faculty of Science also
sought and had approved a proposal to limit
enrolments in first and second-year courses on
the basis of previous academic performance by
applicants. It was with the greatest reluctance
that the Board and Senate acceded to these requests when they were placed before them.
However, I wish to make it clear to both the
academic community and the community at large that this course of action reflects what is a
crisis situation in academic computer science.
Budgetary retrenchment is partly to blame for
this state of affairs, but what is hurting the
discipline even more is the lack of graduates
who seek academic posts after completing their
Prof. Paul Gilmore, the head of the computer
sciences department at UBC, together with two
eastern colleagues, documented this situation in
a report prepared during the 1981-82 academic
year. Cited as causes of the current difficulties,
which have been building over the last decade,
are heavy teaching and administrative loads, inadequate laboratory and computing facilities
for teaching and research and a rapid increase
in the traditional disparity between academic
and industrial salaries. The report states that
new master's degree holders in computer science
receive offers from industry that easily match a
full year's academic salary for new Ph.D.'s.
Canadian production of computer scientists
with doctorates has averaged only 19 a year for
the past five years, with just 20 produced in
I emphasize here that the problems which
Prof. Gilmore and his colleagues have outlined
are not UBC's alone; they are phenomena with
which every computer science department at
every Canadian university is faced.
I have described this situation at some length
in order to indicate that if universities continue
to be underfunded and are forced into further
retrenchment, enrolment restrictions will
become commonplace in other disciplines. The
result, in a very short time, will be a manpower
gap in the human resources which are needed
desperately if we are to ensure that Canada is to
be capable of competing in a world of high
UBC's Faculty of Dentistry is
the first in the world to
introduce a simulation
teaching system, which is
being reviewed and evaluated
at the request of the World
Health Organization.
The President's Report 1981-82/19 Research
Profs. Robert Miller, right,
and Douglas Kilburn of the
Department of Microbiology
will receive $1 million over
five years from the Terry Fox
special initiatives program
designed to stimulate original
cancer research.
I am pleased to report to you that grants for
research at the University increased by almost
15 per cent in the 1981-82 academic year and
now total nearly $45 million, making UBC the
second largest research university in Canada.
Close to 80 per cent of all the university research
funds available in the province were allocated to
UBC faculty members. Truly, if it can be said
that UBC has a "growth industry," it is in the
area of research.
The fact that we are able to attract funds of
this magnitude reflects the confidence which
granting agencies have in the quality of the
research done by our faculty and graduate
students. Clearly, these agencies are endorsing
research which has potential for improving the
quality of life for Canadians generally and for
improving the quality of classroom teaching, for
we must never forget that it is through research
that new ideas are tested and eventually incorporated into the body of knowledge that is
transmitted to students.
The federal government, either through national granting agencies or through government
20/The President's Report 1981-82 departments, remains the major source of funds
for University research, with just over 56 per
cent coming from these sources. Funds from
provincial and local government sources and
from Canadian companies and foundations also
increased in the 1981-82 fiscal year compared to
the previous year.
Twelve UBC departments each received more
than $1 million for research in 1981-82. The
Department of Medicine in the UBC medical
faculty led with grants totalling $3,464,972,
followed by Chemistry with $2,958,624 and
Physics with $2,479,921. On a faculty basis,
Medicine had the largest grant total —
$13,420,564 — followed closely by Science with
$13,360,487. I was pleased to note that two of
our smaller faculties, Forestry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, each received grants in excess
of $1 million in the fiscal year.
A number of grants made to individuals for
specific projects are worthy of note. Profs.
Robert Miller and Douglas Kilburn of the
Department of Microbiology will receive a total
of $1 million over five years from the Terry Fox
special initiatives program designed to stimulate
original cancer research. Their research will
aim at enhancing the biochemical signals that
activate the body's immune system to destroy invading cells. It is believed that this is the largest
single grant ever made to a research project at
Two Canadian foundations — the Donner
Canadian Foundation and the Max Bell Foundation — also made significant commitments of
funds in 1981-82 for research and training projects at UBC.
The Donner Foundation announced grants to
three projects totalling $700,000. The funds will
be used to establish a program of studies and
training in correctional education over the next
three years in the Faculty of Education
($275,000); for support of the Native Indian
Teacher Education Program in Education
($200,000); and for a three-year study by a
research team in the School of Community and
Regional Planning on the impact of mega-projects on the people and the environment of
northern Canada and British Columbia
Three grants from the Max Bell Foundation
totalling $628,500 will support projects in the
Faculty of Law, the Institute of Asian Research
and the Westwater Research Centre. A
$300,000 grant to the Institute of Asian
Research will support seven studies focussing on
major components of Canada's economic relationships with the countries of the Pacific and
Asia. A second grant of $275,000 to the Faculty
of Law will foster the development of Japanese
legal studies over a three-year period. A third
grant of $53,500 to Westwater will enable that
centre to finalize a coastal resource management project and to publish a book on Canada's
Pacific coastal resources, using studies already
completed by centre personnel.
Space limitations do not permit me to make
use of all the material on research provided by
the deans of UBC's 12 faculties. I have extracted
from their very thorough reviews material which
provides examples of research which is clearly
valuable to a wide range of Canadian life.
in this faculty received more than $3.3 million
in 1981-82 for a wide range of basic and applied
projects, many of them in centres remote from
the campus. Scholarly publication also continued at a high level. Faculty members wrote
11 chapters in books, published 68 papers in
refereed journals, prepared 55 reports, review
articles or monographs and presented 142 conference papers or abstracts.
Projects of widespread interest include the
following: developing and adapting microcomputer software to farm management, by C.C.
Short; recovery of oil from biological materials,
by Dr. N.R. Bulley; solar energy collection,
storage and use in greenhouses, by Prof. L.M.
Staley; the rehabilitation of severely disturbed
forest land, by Dr. A.A. Bomke; soil erosion
measurement in the Peace River region, by Dr.
M.D. Novak; as well as a large number of projects on land resource management, animal and
food studies and landscape design.
APPLIED SCIENCE. The Department of
Mining and Mineral Process Engineering is involved in a number of projects closely related to
the needs of the Canadian mining industry.
These include two projects under the direction
of Prof. CO. Brawner on open pit mines, computer modelling techniques applied to mine
design under the direction of Prof. Hamish
Miller, major projects under Prof. Jan Leja on
Saskatchewan potash ores and the recovery of
fine coal at the plant of a major oil company in
southeastern B.C., and improvement of the
recovery of tin oxide to help ensure that this
aspect of Cominco's Sullivan concentrator remains economically viable, under Prof. George
The Department of Metallurgical Engineering continues to make important contributions
to the world steel industry, through its projects
on electroslag casting for the manufacturing of
high-quality steel products and through an extensive program dealing with the continuous
casting of steel. Research in a new area of laser
and electron beam technology has been carried
out jointly with a faculty member in the physics
department, and work has continued on projects in the areas of coal liquefaction with particular emphasis on B.C. coals, the use of fibre
composite materials for use in aircraft components and corrosion relative to the pulp and
paper industry.
Work in the Department of Mechanical
Engineering falls under six main headings: in
the field of aerodynamics and fluid mechanics,
Prof. G.V. Parkinson and Dr. I.S. Gartshore
continue their research on the effects of wind on
various types of towers and buildings (Dr.
Parkinson has served as a consultant to Vancouver firms involved in the construction of the
B.C. Place Stadium), and Prof. V.J. Modi and
his students are working on wind-driven irrigation systems suitable for small Canadian farms
and in developing countries as well as problems
associated with aerodynamics applicable to
high-speed aircraft design. In the area of heat
transfer, thermodynamics and combustion,
graduate students and research engineers working under the direction of Drs. R.L. Evans and
P.G. Hill have continued their research on the
use of methane for automotive fuels, and Dr.
M. Iqbal is studying a number of solar energy
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application problems related to building design
under Canadian conditions.
In the design area, faculty members and
graduate students are involved in projects as
diverse as a device to aid hospital personnel to
transfer patients to and from x-ray tables and
the design of insect traps; Prof. James Duncan
continues his important research in the area of
automatic machining; and a number of projects
are underway in vibration research, including
one bearing on so-called "white-finger" disease
in the mining industry.
In the area of space dynamics and space
science, Dr. V.J. Modi continues work which is
pertinent to Canadian interest in communications satellite technology, and Prof. Henry
Vaughan has been active in the area of naval architecture and marine engineering on the problem of ice or reef damage to ship's hulls.
There has been a marked increase in faculty
research and scholarly activity in the School of
Nursing in the past year. Thirty-five articles by
faculty members appeared in Canadian nursing
journals, and 36 funded projects were underway
on clinical and theoretical topics as well as projects relative to student learning and behavior.
Research topics included noise levels in hospital
patient areas, hospital-related stress of parents
of children with long-term disabilities, the effects of beliefs in and attitudes toward infant
feeding, and family support systems in response
to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in a
family member.
ARTS. I was impressed with the number of
scholarly books published by Arts faculty
members in the 1981-82 academic year. A few
of the titles reported are as follows: Prof. Barrie
Morrison of Asian Studies was the co-author
and co-editor of Science, Politics and the
Agricultural Revolution in Asia; Dr. Errol Dur-
bach of the English department wrote a book on
the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, published in London, and the University of Toronto
Press published a volume entitled Beyond Sam-
bat ion by Moses Steinberg; the first volumes of
Dr. Stefania Ciccone's study of the Milanese
press in the 19th century are being printed;
historian David Breen published two books on
the Pacific National Exhibition under the imprint of the UBC Press; Dr. K.G. Banting of
Political Science published an important study
of social welfare policies entitled The Welfare
State and Canadian Federalism; and two major
books appeared by members of the psychology
department — Judgement Under Uncertainty,
by Prof. D. Kahneman et al, and Lateral
Preferences and Human Behavior, by Dr.
Stanley Coren (with C. Porac); and four books,
written or edited by members of the School of
Social Work, appeared.
In addition to this, faculty members in Arts
are engaged in such diverse research projects as
archeological studies in Korea, British Columbia and Turkey, the financing of the Canadian
unemployment insurance scheme, the compilation of an historical atlas of Canada, the urban
geography of Canada, the biochemistry of the
brain, and the impact of modernity on religion.
Much of the research which goes on in the
University is dependent on the energies and imagination of our graduate students, and I was
interested   to   note   that   the   Department   of
Psychology held a one-day conference at which
its graduate students presented descriptions of
their research to the faculty and graduate
COMMERCE AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION. Diversity also marks the research
efforts of members of this faculty. In the
transportation division, Drs. William Waters
and Dean Uyeno are completing a two-volume
book on logistics management and coal exports
and Dr. Trevor Heaver is completing a study of
the provision of capacity by CP Rail through the
Selkirk Mountains. The research activities of the
urban land economics division encompassed the
financing of B.C. schools under the old and the
new school financing scheme instituted in 1982,
the impact of zoning on property values, the
feasibility of mortgage rate insurance protection
for residential borrowers financed by the Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation and an
analysis of B.C.'s business tax.
In the finance division, notable studies include completion of a textbook on international
finance by Maurice Levi, research on property
liability insurance premiums by Alan Kraus,
and studies on mergers relevant to the formation of laws and takeovers in France by Espen
Eckbo. The management science division is involved in projects related to toxic chemical
regulation in Canada, energy studies related to
modelling, self-sufficiency and export, and an
investigation into the optimal design and
manufacturing of plywood. The division of accounting and management information systems
sponsors projects relevant to the operations of
governments at all levels, designers and
managers of computerized information systems,
financial accounting practitioners and theorists
and standard-setting bodies.
In the division of industrial relations management, Gordon Walter published a paper on
mergers and acquisitions and initiated a second
study of motives in acquisitions. Larry Moore
gave a paper at a British conference which
represents a portion of his work in association
with UBC anthropologist Brenda Beck investigating the management style of Canadian
branch bankers.
In the marketing division John Claxton continues his studies on the promotion of energy
conservation behaviors, Robert Kelly is involved
in an on-going study of how cultural institutions
and performing arts associations are perceived
by various sub-populations and used for socially
symbolic purposes and Doyle Weiss continues
research on measuring the impact on sales of
advertising and other market variables.
Projects in the policy analysis division which
have implications for a wide range of Canadian
interests include labor supply and prison industries, electric utility pricing, economic incentives for energy conservation, new competition policy legislation, the effect of rent control
on the price of rental housing and the international transfer of Canadian technology to Latin
DENTISTRY. This faculty continues to
sponsor a wide range of research studies concerned with fundamental biological principles
as well as clinical problems associated with
malformation of the teeth, restorative materials and health factors in the environment of the
dentist's office.
In the area of oral biology, Dr. Joseph
Tonzetich continues his important work on
volatile sulphur compounds in human breath,
which has led to the development of test systems
to measure the onset of ovulation, a test which
will have far-reaching implications in family
planning; Dr. Alan Hannam is using a
computer-based system to develop rational approaches to correcting occlusal abnormalities;
and important work on dental implants continues under the direction of Dr. Donald
Brunette. Treatment procedures for the reduction of pain in patients with temporomandibular joint dysfunction are being undertaken
in oral medicine by Dr. Janet Dorey, who is also
co-operating with Vancouver General Hospital
physicians to determine the incidence of
rheumatic heart disease in patients who seek
dental treatment. In the same area, Dr. Colin
Price continues his studies of ways to improve
the quality of dental radiographs while reducing
patient radiation exposure, and Dr. Robert
Priddy is establishing a computer data base for
an oral pathology biopsy service.
Experts in oral and maxillofacial surgery are
continuing their work in the field of jaw bone
healing aimed at improving techniques for correcting dento-facial deformities, and in orthodontics Dr. Alan Lowe is conducting an investigation of 80 children with various malocclusions with the aim of providing new information for a greater understanding of this clinically important subject. Faculty members in
preventive and community dentistry have completed data analysis of a provincial children's
dental health survey and co-authored a report
for the ministry of health. In the field of
restorative dentistry, Dr. Marcia Boyd is involved in a national study for the selection of
dental students who will be good communicators in the delivery of dental care to the
public; Dr. Gary Derkson is evaluating various
materials used in restoration and with Dr. David
Donaldson and Prof. Alan Richardson studied a
new local anaesthetic funded by a medical company. Dr. Donaldson has also been involved,
through a contract with the federal Department
of Health and Welfare, in studying the effectiveness of devices which claim to reduce the
levels of nitrous oxide pollution in dental offices. In the same department, Dr. Gary Gibson
has completed a five-year analysis of fissure
sealants in the prevention of occlusal dental
EDUCATION. Dean Daniel Birch, who
completed his first year as head of the Faculty of
Education in the 1981-82 academic year,
reports that an important beginning has been
made in linking faculty research expertise with
the needs of school districts through the
medium of off-campus course work. Suitable
school district projects will be identified which
will serve as vehicles for both research and instruction in graduate courses. One such project
has already been successfully completed in
Prince George by the Department of Counselling Psychology.
During the academic year, the former dean
of Education, Prof. John Andrews, and Dr.
Rodd Rogers of the Department of Education
Psychology and Special Education co-authored
a definitive report on the "state of the art" in
research and education in Canada on behalf of
the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. Other UBC faculty members and
academics at other Canadian universities also
contributed to this report, which is expected to
have a significant impact on the funding
policies of the Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council.
The following research projects, completed or
ongoing in the Faculty of Education, are
selected from Dean Birch's report on his faculty.
Dr. John Dennison continues his extensive
studies focussing on B.C.'s community college
and institute system; grants to faculty members
in the Department of Administrative, Adult
and Higher Education have allowed studies to
begin on the history of the development of adult
education in Canada and to plan, conduct and
evaluate a national institute on adult basic
education; in the Department of Curriculum
and Instructional Studies a proposed metalwork
curriculum has been developed by William
Logand and P. Preston; Robert Merriam and
K. Evans have completed an investigation of
hearing loss, noise control and implications for
industrial education facilities, and Dr. Hannah
Polowy, in association with a Japanese educator,
is working on a project entitled "Communication and Interaction Modes with Young
Children"; in the Department of Language
Education, Drs. J. Belanger and D. Rogers have
published the first of a series of textbooks on
writing for use in the schools, Prof. Mary
Ashworth published six papers on the teaching
of English to immigrant children and Dr.
Robert Roy published a research study on the
order of grammar acquisition by French immersion students and francophones.
In the Department of Mathematics and
Science Education, Dr. Walter Szetla has
enlisted the co-operation of 65 teachers in three
school districts for a project with grade 7
students on problem solving and calculators; in
the Department of Social and Educational
Studies, Dr. Donald C. Wilson is collaborating
with scholars at the Centre for Canadian Studies
at Duke University in the eastern United States
on a project entitled "Study Canada," which
will stimulate Canadian studies curriculum
development in Canada and the U.S.; faculty
members in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts in Education surveyed B.C. arts
and music teachers to evaluate the faculty's
graduate and undergraduate course offerings,
continued with a project on art and the visually
handicapped and the production of music
education units related to ethnic groups in B.C.
and prepared an overview of arts education in
In the School of Physical Education and
Recreation, research encompasses the
biomedical and physiological capabilities of
wheelchair performance, the aerobic capacity
of humans in a variety of stress conditions, and
an on-going assessment of pre-event training for
Canadian elite athletes.
FORESTRY. Dean Joseph Gardner reports
that funds to support research in his faculty increased by about 50 per cent, reflecting the new
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emphasis on intensive forest management by
government and industry.
A number of interesting developments have
taken place in the faculty in terms of the application of computers to forest management.
Prof. J. P. Kimmins received a major grant of a
third of $1 million to continue work on his ecosystem based forest management computer
simulation model called "Forcyte." The model
produces biomass and volume yield predictions,
economic performance predictions and energy
cost-benefit analysis. The model has aroused interest in U.S., English, Australian, Japanese
and European centres. A large field-research
program involving two post-doctoral fellows and
seven graduate students is under way.
Dr. R.J. Woodham, who holds a joint appointment in Forestry and Computer Science,
and Dr. A.K. Macworth of Computer Science
have collaborated in a major extension of
capabilities in the area of remote sensing, a new
discipline that makes use of a combination of
the computer and high-altitude satellite
photography. This extension was made possible
by a major installation grant from the Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research Council in
support of remote-sensing research groups in a
number of UBC departments and faculties, including Oceanography, Geophysics and
Astronomy, Soil Science and Pathology, which
supplemented the NSERC grant with one from
the Medical Research Council of Canada.
There were 37 research users of this image
analysis facility in the last academic year. This
development makes UBC pre-eminent in
remote sensing teaching and research in
Canada and the broadly based use of facilities
attests to the interdisciplinary nature of UBC's
program. Drs. Peter Murtha and John McLean
are making use of a Science Council of B.C.
grant to investigate the use of remote sensing for
early warning of insect attack on forest tracks, a
development which will result in major savings
in the forest industry.
Other notable research in the forestry faculty
includes the work of Dr. Gordon Weetman, who
has completed a 10-year project based in
Quebec on the effect of fertilizer on tree growth
and who is involved in similar studies on Vancouver Island and in the Interior of B.C.
research on which I am reporting in this section
depends to a significant extent on the contributions of students who are enrolled in the Faculty
of Graduate Studies. No university worthy of
the name can carry on a comprehensive program of research without enrolling students at
the post-baccalaureate level. Most of these
students will, in the course of qualifying for
master's and doctor of philosophy degrees, be
associated with faculty members in research.
Thus, in addition to preparing themselves for
careers in specialized areas, graduate students
are making a contribution to one of the basic
functions of a university, that of adding to the
sum total of man's knowledge about the world.
The high quality of the work performed by our
graduate students is reflected in the number
who are awarded fellowships by national granting agencies, industry, foundations, voluntary
health organizations and the University. A
number of schools and institutes come directly
under the administration of the faculty and
what follows are brief descriptions of some of
the active research programs going on in these
The Centre for Human Settlements has been
commissioned to prepare the lead paper for the
sixth session of the United Nations Commission
on Human Settlements, which meets in
Helsinki, Finland, in May, 1983. This paper will
be based on the results of two invitational
seminars held at UBC in November, 1981, and
April, 1982. The centre is also continuing its
research on aging in relation to Canadian urban
settlements. In the last academic year, the centre held a total of nine seminars on such diverse
topics as the management of petroleum development, architecture for the Third World, the
role of television in the teaching of urban
studies and remote frontier settlements. The
centre also hosted 13 scholars-in-residence from
foreign and Canadian universities and government agencies, who made use of University
resources during their stay.
The School of Community and Regional
Planning, in addition to receiving a major
$225,000 grant from the Donner Canadian
Foundation for research on the impact of mega-
projects on the Canadian environment, received
funding for research on service-sector employment in the Greater Vancouver Regional
District, economic transformations linking
Canada and Japan, the continuing education
needs of practising planners, the development
of curriculum for multi-cultural education and
studies related to housing in Vancouver.
The Institute of Asian Research, in addition
to launching the project entitled "Canada and
the Changing Economy of the Pacific Basin" on
a $300,000 grant from the Max Bell Foundation, is funding five research studies under the
Ohira Commemorative Program in Japanese
Studies, and a history of the Institute of Pacific
Relations by Professor Emeritus William L.
Holland, who holds the title of honorary
research fellow in the institute.
On-going work in the Institute of International Relations involves research on Canada
and international trade by more than 25 faculty
members on a 1981 Donner Canadian Foundation grant, which has been supplemented by a
grant from the federal Department of Energy,
Mines and Resources, and a five-year grant of
$300,000 from the Department of National
Defence for research and teaching in the area of
strategic and defence studies.
The Institute of Animal Resource Ecology
continues to carry on an active research program on a wide range of topics, including the
B.C. purse seine fishing fleet, coho salmon
populations, courtship and territoriality in
populations of fish and birds and the control of
knapweed in B.C. A research team from the institute has begun an active program of
documenting the acid-rain phenomenon in
B.C., a growing problem in all of North
America. The group has been working with
federal and provincial environmental agencies
on the establishment of remote sampling stations. This project is an excellent example of the
way in which university scientists provide
stimulus and expertise to government agencies, alerting them to problems on a matter of
widespread public concern.
The Westwater Research Centre also continues an active research program on such important topics as management of the Fraser
River estuary, environmental conflicts resulting
from the growth of recreation and tourism in
B.C.'s coastal zone, policies related to the prospect of exploration and development of B.C.
off-shore gas and oil deposits and the development of an energy project approval process for
B.C. The centre also suports water management programs in the Yukon and in foreign
locations, including Peru and Senegal.
The Resource Management Science group
sponsors an interdisciplinary research program
that touches on such topics as food production
in Mexico and Indonesia, the effect of elk
migration resulting from coal reclamation in
the East Kootenay area of B.C., and oyster
management and production in coastal B.C.
waters. A similar group in the field of soil
dynamics is involved in important studies in the
fields of earthquake and ocean engineering and
environmental fluid dynamics. Some of the
techniques and programs developed at UBC are
now used by consulting engineers and oil companies in North America and Norway and by
government agencies in Italy, Japan, the Soviet
Union, Bulgaria and Mexico. A program
designed to analyse free surface flow was successfully tested by the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers and other co-operative research is being carried out with institutes in Japan and
Great Britain.
The Centre for Transportation Studies has
research projects in such areas as the costs of
providing crash, fire and rescue equipment and
services at Canada's airports, landing fees at
major international airports, coal movements
throughout the world and truck transportation
to small and remote communities.
Other research activities in Graduate Studies
include development of a nutritional appraisal
and recommendation program for the federal
Department of Supply and Services by a
research group associated with the new clinical
engineering program and the continuation of
work on analytical, numerical and statistical
methodology and their application to the life,
social and environmental sciences by faculty
associated with the Institute of Applied
Mathematics and Statistics.
LAW. The active research program being
carried out in the Faculty of Law is reflected in
the wide range of papers published by faculty
members in the last academic year. Dean Peter
Burns also points to work of importance in the
following fields: Prof. Kenneth Lysyk and
Robin Elliot on constitutional law; Michael
Jackson has completed a book on prisoners'
rights in the field of criminal law; under the
heading of private rights, Dean Burns and Dr.
David Vaver are completing work on interference with economic interest and David
Cohen is engaged in research on urea formaldehyde installation; Dennis Pavlich has
completed the second edition of his book on the
law of condominiums; G.B. Klippert has completed a major work on the Canadian law of
restitution, which will be published shortly as
will   be   Prof.   Anthony   Hickling's   work   on
picketing, and 12 members of the faculty have
published articles in a Japanese periodical introducing Japanese lawyers to Canadian law.
MEDICINE. Perhaps the most exciting interdisciplinary project now under way on the
campus will lead to the development of a centre
for imaging the structure and inner workings of
the human body. I have decided to report on
Dr. Gordon Weetman of
UBC's Faculty of Forestry has
completed a project on the
effect of fertilizer on tree
growth in Quebec and is
involved in similar studies in
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this development here because the three major
pieces of equipment associated with the project
will be installed in the Health Sciences Centre
Hospital at UBC.
Faculty members from the disciplines of
chemistry, physics, pharmaceutical sciences and
medicine are co-operating in the development
of the centre, which will bring together the
latest in research and diagnostic tools to show
what is happening at a microscopic level within
the cells of the human body. The diagnostic instruments to be associated with the centre are so
sophisticated that biochemical events associated
with health or misadventures that accompany
disease can be detected while a patient is conscious and alert and without pain or discomfort.
Dean Bernard Riedel, the co-ordinator of
Health Sciences says the development will make
UBC the most advanced centre for human-body
imaging in the nation and a leader on this continent.
One of the pieces of diagnostic equipment to
be installed in the centre — a positron emission
tomograph — is being constructed at the
TRIUMF cyclotron project on the campus and
will be used for research on such common
neurological diseases as stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. The PET
scanner will depend on the production of shortlived radioisotopes, which will be produced at
TRIUMF and speeded to the imaging centre in
the campus hospital along a 2.4-kilometre
pneumatic pipeline now under construction.
This project is an outstanding example of how
the basic and applied research functions of the
University can be made available to the citizens
of B.C. for the expansion of knowledge and the
treatment of disease.
The total research income to the Faculty of
Medicine in 1981-82 was almost $14.6 million,
an increase of 18.3 per cent over the previous
year and 43 per cent over 1979-80. I was interested to note in the report of Dean William
Webber that research income is about evenly
balanced between the basic science departments
($7.1 million) and the clinical departments
($6.7 million). Research space in the Health
Sciences Centre Hospital has been occupied,
planning for a new research institute on Oak
Street in association with the new hospital
development there is well under way and it is
anticipated that additional research space will
become available at the other two major centres
where medical students and faculty members
work — St. Paul's Hospital in downtown Vancouver and the Vancouver General Hospital.
The major increase in research activities over
the past five years in the medical faculty reflects
the expansion of the school as well as changing
attitudes. Attempts to make research more attractive to medical students include the
development of summer programs (in 1982, 45
students were supported compared to 27 the
previous year). A number of departments encourage medical students to take a year off to do
research and residents to undertake research at
an early stage in their training.
faculty, although one of the smaller ones at
UBC, receives almost $1.5 million for research
and enrolled 30 graduate students and five postdoctoral fellows, who pursued Master of Science
and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in 1981-82.
Faculty members published 222 papers and
abstracts in the same year and presented
research findings at national and international
Dean Bernard Riedel, in his report on
research in 1981-82, lists projects that bear on
such diseases as cystic fibrosis, hypertension, the
diagnosis and treatment of cancer, sialolithiasis
(the second most common disease of the salivary
glands), arthritis, kidney dialysis, epilepsy, and
heart research in association with investigators
at the State University of New York in Buffalo.
Drug utilization and metabolism as well as
research on radioisotopes are other areas of
study within the faculty.
SCIENCE. The research activities of the
Faculty of Science present an extraordinary array of endeavor in the area of applied studies as
well as in basic science. Prof. Laurie Hall of the
Department of Chemistry is involved in the
groundwork for establishment of the UBC imaging centre mentioned above under the activities
of the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Hall is one of
the world's leaders in adapting the principles of
nuclear magnetic resonance for use as a
chemical microscope to obtain information on
cell surfaces and to probe components within
cells. In the same department, Prof. Larry
Weiler's experiments with pheromones to control forest insect pests has reached the level of
commercial development.
The Laser Research Centre staffed by faculty
members from the Departments of Chemistry
and Physics is an example of a co-operative
research effort which has been rewarded with a
substantial grant from the B.C. Science Council. The members of the geophysics and
astronomy department continue to excel in the
design and fabrication of instrumentation and
are regarded as being in the forefront of their
disciplines. The department is deeply engaged
in the development of the proposed network of
radio telescopes called the Canadian Long
Baseline Array and with the projected space
telescope program called Starlab with
Australian and U.S. groups.
Microbiologist Dr. Julia Levy continues her
efforts to develop sensitive, inexpensive tests for
cancer diagnosis, as in the lung cancer early
diagnosis program. Members of the Department
of Oceanography, in co-operation with government and industrial groups, have completed a
study of the living marine organisms of the B.C.
coast. The oceanography of coastal inlets and
the Strait of Georgia continues to be the main
focus of the department producing work of interest to the fishing, mining and marine navigation communities as well as contributing to
academic oceanography.
In physics, the radio astronomy group has
been active in conducting and publishing
material resulting from a conference on the
Milky Way. In applied physics, the work of
Prof. Rudi Haering on developing a new type of
battery, that of Prof. R. Parsons on insulation
materials, development of a light pipe system
for hazardous areas by Lome Whitehead and
the speech compressor and voice indexer of
Andre van Schyndel, have each attracted
widespread interest in the academic and industrial communities. It seems appropriate here to review the activities of TRIUMF, the national cyclotron
facility operated jointly by UBC, Simon Fraser
University, the University of Victoria and the
University of Alberta. One of the basic aims of
TRIUMF, which has been in existence since
1968, was to produce high-energy beams of protons of such intensity that they, in turn, would
create a thousand times more of the short-lived
sub-atomic particles known as mesons or pions
than any other laboratory had achieved. The
number of mesons produced in 1983 will be two
and a half times that of any preceding year, a
phenomenon which will mean a corresponding
increase in the amount of scientific research
which can be carried out.
Using TRIUMF's unique variable-energy proton beams, an international team has just completed a survey of the fundamental interaction
between neutrons and protons and between
pairs of protons. In the space of six years, this
survey has probably doubled our knowledge of
the nuclear force. Prof. David Axen of UBC's
physics department .and_ associate director of
TRlUMF headed a large contingent of scientists, many of them from Great Britain, who
participated in the project.
Other research groups, in collaboration with
West German, Israeli and University of Toronto
scientists, are exploring some of the most important current questions in the field of atomic
physics. In May of 1982, the scientists of the
B.C. Cancer Foundation and the B.C. Cancer
Control Agency began the treatment of large,
deep-seated tumors with pions produced at
TRIUMF. This work prepares the way for major
clinical trials of this new radiation therapy tool,
scheduled to begin in 1982-83.
I am pleased to report that Prof. Charles
McDowell, who accepted the post of University
Professor in the last academic year, has continued his active scholarly career as a teacher
and researcher. Former scientific associates
from Japan and India came to UBC for collaborative work and a post-doctoral fellow
arrived from Japan to replace one who left to
take up a position in the United States.
In addition to being awarded a personal
NSERC operating grant of $40,000, Prof.
McDowell and three other colleagues received a
capital grant of $132,000 to purchase a special
computer data system to enhance the quality of
research facilities in the area of nuclear
magnetic resonance, a discipline in which Prof.
McDowell is known internationally. For his
outstanding contributions to the science and
profession of chemistry over the years, Prof.
McDowell was awarded the Montreal Medal of
the Chemical Institute of Canada at that
organization's annual meeting in Toronto in
June, 1982. In the academic year under review,
Prof. McDowell co-authored a total of 21
academic research papers.
Finally, I add a brief review of the activities of
the University of B.C. Press, which continues to
play an important role in the process of scholarly communication, publishing books which are
read and reviewed around the world. It also
serves the Canadian community by publishing
books on both regional and national interest.
In 1981-82, the press published 15 titles, four
of   which   received   particularly   widespread
notice: Canadians Behind Enemy Lines, by Roy
MacLaren and the RCN in Retrospect, edited
by James A. Boutilier, deal with aspects of
Canada's military history; and two books by
David Breen and Kenneth Coates of the UBC
history department celebrate the 75th anniversary of a local institution, the Pacific National
Exhibition. Two other volumes were selected by
the Book of the Month Club: Overland from
Canada, the Journal of Mr. Thomas McMick-
ing, the fourth in a series of pioneer recollections, and A Flannel Shirt and Liberty, a book
which tells of the lives of early single women immigrants to the west. UBC books were also
chosen by the Canada Council and the B.C.
ministry of education for inclusion in kits for
schools and libraries.
Graduate students make a
significant contribution to
research at UBC and the high
quality of their work is
reflected in the fact that many
of them are supported by
grants from a variety of
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Along with teaching and research, the provision of services to professional and community
bodies, governments and voluntary organizations is one of the important functions of the
University. In providing these services, our
faculty are applying in a practical way the
expertise which they accumulate as part of their
academic duties at the University. In the widest
sense, the provision of teaching and research
functions of faculty members can also be
regarded as a significant public service, as can
the continuing education activities that are a
part of the work of every faculty member of the
I was impressed with the number of faculty
members who were involved in projects and advisory services for foreign governments, many of
them in what are commonly called developing
countries. I take this opportunity to list the projects reported by the deans for the 1981-82
academic year.
In Agricultural Sciences, Dean Warren Kitts,
Dr. L.M. Lavkulich, Dr. V.C. Runeckles and
Ms. M.R. Garland visited the new University of
Sokoto in Nigeria in March, 1982, to evaluate
the undergraduate program in agriculture and
to explore possible linkages between UBC and
this new institution. Dr. K.V. Lo of the Department of Bio-Resource Engineering was a consultant on the storage of tropical fruit and new
research and development to a company in
Taiwan in the summer of 1982. Dr. George
Eaton of the Department of Plant Science provided consultative services to the UN's Food and
Agriculture Organization on fruit production
research in Sri Lanka.
In Applied Science, Prof. A.E. Hall lectured
on mine ventilation to the China Institute of
Mining in Peking. J.L. Rau of geological
sciences continues working on the geohydrology
and land subsidence around Bangkok for the
Royal Thai government, and W.K. Fletcher of
the same department is involved in a United
Nations international development program in
Malaysia. With colleague A.J. Sinclair, Dr.
Fletcber gave an intensive two-year course in
applied geochemistry for Brazilian geologists in
Rio de Janeiro under the Canada/Brazil Scientific Exchange.
In the Faculty of Arts, Prof. David Aberle
was an expert witness to a committee of the
United States Senate concerned with Navajo
relocation; Dr. Hector Williams continued to
serve as the first director of the Canadian
Institute of Archaeology in Athens; Prof. Peter
Simmons of the School of Librarianship was the
principal speaker at the International Seminar
on Standards in Information held in Budapest
in June, 1982; and Dr. H.R. Cohen of the
Department of Music was co-director of the International Conference on Music in Paris in the
1830s, sponsored by the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities.
The dean of Dentistry, Dr. George Beagrie
continues to be active in international work concerning dental education and practice through
involvement with the Federation Dentaire Inter
nationale and as a consultant to the World
Health Organization.
In the Faculty of Education, Dr. Roger
Boshier was a visiting lecturer in a series of
training programs for adult educators in
Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong, arranged by the Asian and South Pacific Bureau
of Adult Education; Prof. Stanley Blank provided
consultative services on creative and gifted
children to schools in San Diego, California;
education psychologist Patricia Arlin was involved in an adolescent development program
in New York; and Prof. Bryan Clarke of special
education is working on problems associated
with the education of the deaf in Pakistan
through the Canadian International Development Agency.
Dr. Julien Demaerschalk of the Faculty of
Forestry is on leave to direct an inventory of the
forests of Zaire in Africa, sponsored by CIDA;
Dr. R.W. Kennedy, as a consultant to a project
sponsored by the UN, spent six weeks during the
summer of 1982 in Bangladesh, where he
reviewed the needs of industry and government
for forest products research and made recommendations for program changes, and also lectured in six Australian centres at the invitation
of the Australian branch of the Institute of
Wood Science; and Dr. J.P. Kimmins was on a
lecture tour of Japan, sponsored by the Japanese
Society for the Promotion of Science.
Dr. Peter Oberlander, director of UBC's Centre for Human Settlements, advised the Canadian delegation to the fifth session of the UN
Commission on Human Settlements, held in
Nairobi in Kenya in the spring of 1982, acted as
a consultant to the Government of Nigeria in
the planning and development of that country's
new capital, and was invited to join the international consultative committee on Jerusalem
chaired by the mayor of that city.
Dr. Thomas Northcote of the Institute of
Animal Resource Ecology is involved in a CIDA-
supported project on water quality in Lake
Titicaca in Peru and a project supported by the
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Council on the water-supply reservoir of Sao
Paulo, Brazil; and the Institute's director, Dr.
C.C. Lindsey, is an external assessor to the
zoology department of the University of
Singapore and an advisor to a CIDA-sponsored
research and training program for open-water
fisheries in Bangladesh.
Too numerous to mention here are the many
faculty members who are involved in the work
of organizing international conferences,
seminars and other types of meetings either
abroad, in Canada or at UBC Meetings held
locally make extensive use of the University
campus during the summer, thus enabling the
University to keep its residences operating during the period when UBC is having its summer
Space does not permit me to mention all the
public service projects which involved faculty
members during the  1981-82 academic year. The selection which follows has been extracted
from the reports of faculty deans.
to its expanding program of continuing education, which is described in greater detail in
another section of this report, faculty members
are active in providing expertise through addresses on a wide range of topics to professional
groups, young people, industry, community
groups and the public at large and through
regular interviews on radio, television and in
Advice to the B.C. Ministries of Agriculture
and Food, Forestry and Energy, Mines and
Petroleum Resources was provided by Dr. R.R.
Barichello, Dr. RJ. Copeman on raspberry
diseases, Larry Diamond on the design of
Tumbler Ridge, B.C., F.B. Holl of plant
science, and Dr. M.D. Pitt on problems in the
East Kootenays. Other organizations that
benefitted from faculty expertise were B.C.
Hydro and Power Authority, the Canada
Wildlife Service, Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Shaughnessy Hospital, the
National Research Council, Agriculture
Canada as well as a wide range of commercial
and industrial organizations.
Members of this faculty also play an important role in numerous international, national,
provincial and University committees, boards,
societies and organizations as editors of journals, executive members of professional
organizations and chairmen of advisory and
review committees established by governments
or government agencies.
In addition to providing information on food
and plants through telephone advisory services,
the faculty provides free public tours of its Dairy
Cattle Research and Teaching unit (3,500
visitors in 1981-82), and promotes communication through regular articles in farming and
trade journals and the publication of a bimonthly faculty newsletter entitled "Food for
APPLIED SCIENCE. In the Department of
Mining and Mineral Process Engineering, Prof.
A.L. Mular is a member of the board of examiners of the Professional Engineers of B.C.;
Prof. Jan Leja published a book on froth flotation, a major contribution to the field of
mineral processing; and Prof. G.W. Poling is
chairman of the advisory committee to the inspections and engineering branch of the B.C.
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum
Resources. In Metallurgical Engineering, J.A.
Lund serves as chairman of the Canadian Accreditation Board of the Canadian Council of
Professional Engineers.
Dr. N.R. Bulley of the Department of Bio-
Resource Engineering serves on the agricultural
program development committee of the B.C.
education ministry's curriculum development
In the School of Nursing, members of faculty
are engaged in the clinical area of maternal and
child nursing and are involved in prenatal
clinics, as consultants to lay organizations and
members of advisory support committees to
agencies, or as teachers and consultants to continuing education programs throughout the
The School of Architecture was heavily in
volved in 1981-82 with current developments in
downtown Vancouver, particularly on the north
shore of False Creek, where students and faculty
were involved in area planning for the entire
270-acre site, studies of housing alternatives at
various densities and the impact of transportation alternatives, the impact on areas peripheral
to the site, the potential for conservation of existing buildings on the site, and the potential
and implications of the use of the site for Expo
ARTS. Members of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology gave, among other
things, 31 public lectures, 20 radio talks, five
newspaper and TV interviews and four school
talks in 1981-82; Dr. H.J. Rosengarten of the
English department served on the B.C. Ministry
of Education's language arts advisory committee; Dr. J. Wood-Marsden of Fine Arts was invited to sit on the International Committee for
the Architectural Program of the National
Gallery in Ottawa; Dr. Walter Hard wick of
Geography continued as chairman and president of the Knowledge Network and chairman
of the Interprovincial Committee on Educational Communications, and Dr. Olav Slay-
maker, the new head of Geography, chairs important research bodies associated with the
International Geographical Union and the
American Geophysical Union as well as the
Council of Geography Department Chairmen of
the Canadian Association of Geographers;
Keith Ralston and Dianne Newall of the history
department are consultants to the Heritage
Conservation Branch of the B.C. government;
Dr. Anne Piternick of the School of "Librarian-
ship chairs the committee on bibliography and
information services for the social sciences and
humanities for the National Library Advisory
Board, and Prof. Basil Stuart-Stubbs, the
school's director, chaired the National Library
Board's committee on the bibliographic and
communications network and is also a member
of the B.C. Arts Board, the board of the Vancouver City Archives and a library management
board of the Canadian National Institute for
the Blind; Dr. R.K. Carty of Political Science
directs the Legislative Internship Program,
which chooses students who assist MLAs in their
legislative work and Dr. Paul Tennant of the
same department has brought together the
Council of Yukon Indians and the Association
of Yukon Municipalities to work together in
drafting a new municipal act (he prepared the
first draft of this legislation); Dr. Donald Dutton of Psychology established the first North
American program of treatment and research
for men convicted of wife assult; John A. MacDonald of Social Work served as a consultant to
the Spallumcheen Indian Band on band-
administered child welfare services; and Norman Young of the theatre department was appointed to the Canada Council, the senior body
which makes grants to the performing arts in
this country, and to the Vancouver Centennial
expertise at the disposal of the community
included the following: Donald Fields, who
became president of the Pacific Ballet Theatre
Society;  W.T.  Stanbury,  who was named a
Norman Young, an assistant
professor of theatre at UBC,
was appointed during the
academic year to the Canada
Council, which makes grants
to support the performing arts
at Canadian universities.
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Summary of Revenue and
(Excluding Capital
to Endowment, Student Loan and Capital Development
April 1, 1981 to
March 31, 1982
For Specific
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Province of British Columbia
Canada — Museum of
Anthropology Grant
Student Fees
Investment Income
Sponsored Research
Gifts, Grants and Bequests
Sponsored Research
Student Services
Scholarships & Bursaries
Plant Maintenance
General Expense
Ancillary Enterprises
— General Purposes
$    6,304,027
$    6,304,027
$( 3,147,072)
— Specific Purposes
Certain 1980-81 figures
have been restated in order
to conform with the Financial Statement presentation adopted in
1981-82, with no resultant effect
on the fund balances.
The President's Report 1981-82/31 Prof. Finlay Morrison, a
member of the Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences for
35 years, is widely known for
his public service activities in
professional pharmaceutical
organizations in B. C. and
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senior program advisor to the Institute for
Research on Public Policy and advisor to the
federal minister of consumer and corporate
affairs concerning the drafting of new competition legislation; Norman Carruthers, who
reviewed proposals by the B.C. Ministry of
Education on education financing; Michael
Goldberg advised a B.C. government cabinet
committee on housing policy and was appointed
by the minister of consumer and corporate affairs to be a one-man inquiry into pricing and
competition in the B.C. brewing industry;
Stanley Hamilton served as education advisor to
the Real Estate Council of B.C.; and Michael
Brennan and Eduardo Schwartz served as consultants to the federal Department of Finance.
DENTISTRY. Dr. Robert Priddy and Dr.
John Spouge are responsible for the oral
pathology biopsy service which provides
specialized diagnostic services for all of B.C.;
Dr. Douglas Yeo served as a consultant to Red
Cross Youth; and Dr. G. Derkson provided dental service at the Children's Hospital in Vancouver.
EDUCATION. This faculty makes a major
contribution to B.C.'s educational system by
identifying teacher needs and designing activities to meet those needs utilizing University
resources. In addition to providing 101 credit
courses and 90 non-credit programs in 67 communities, faculty members provided the following services: Dr. Ian Housego planned and
presented a short course for beginning principals sponsored by the B.C. education
ministry; Dr. William Griffith serves on the
community liaison committee of Lakeside Correctional Institution; members of the Department of Counselling Psychology helped the
Canada Employment and Immigration Commission revise their group counselling programs
for the unemployed; and frequent voluntary
services were provided to local school districts,
teachers' organizations, the provincial government and cultural groups by members of the
Department of Educational Psychology and
Special Education, including services by faculty
and graduate students to the Arrow Lakes and
Bella Coola school districts, which do not have
their own services; the Department of Mathematics and Science Education operates a
diagnostic and instructional centre for elementary and secondary school students who have
difficulty with mathematics, and the department also sponsors the annual "Physics Olympics" and "Mathletics" events; Jane Gaskell of
the social and educational studies department
served on the advisory committee on women's
studies of the B.C. education ministry, in the
same department Thelma Cook chaired the St.
Paul's Hospital Foundation, and Neil Sutherland was president of the Canadian History of
Education Association.
Faculty members in the School of Physical
Education and Recreation provided consultative services to several Vancouver and
Lower Mainland agencies, including the
Ministry of Education and school districts with
new program developments, including Delta,
Richmond, Surrey and Maple Ridge. The
Buchanan Fitness Centre continues to provide
an important public service by providing a full-
scale   assessment  of physical  condition,   with
many individuals being referred by their family
physicians. The school also participates in the
work of the Department of Family Practice in
the Faculty of Medicine in the on-going success
of the B.C. Sports Medicine Clinic, which now
provides a public service unequalled in a university facility anywhere in Canada.
FORESTRY. In September, 1982, Prof.
Peter Pearse will return to teaching duties in the
faculty after leave to enable him to carry out a
major study of the west coast fishery for the
federal government.
GRADUATE STUDIES. Lloyd Baron, a sessional lecturer in the School of Community and
Regional Planning, serves as an advisor to the
Native Arts and Crafts Association, which
assists native artists to become self-sufficient;
another sessional lecturer, Peter Boothroyd, is
an advisor on B.C. public participation procedures in impact assessment to the West Coast
Environmental Law Association; Dr. William
Rees serves on the policy and steering committee of the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, and Prof. Brahm Wiesman played a leading role for the Planning Institute of B.C. and
the Canadian Institute of Planners in the
analysis and response to the proposed B.C.
Planning Act.
Dr. Charles Laszlo, director of the
University's new Clinical Engineering Program,
has been invited to chair a technical subcommittee of the Western Institute for the Deaf
and continues his involvement in providing a
public service in the area of health hazard
Members of the Institute of Applied Mathematics and Statistics who provided public services included Prof. Colin Clark, who serves on
the fisheries and ocean research advisory council and the Council of Associations of Environmental and Resource Economists; and Prof.
Don Ludwig, who is on a working group on seal
stocks in the northwest Atlantic sponsored by
the International Council for Exploration of the
The Westwater Research Centre published
and distributed widely two bulletins on water
management in the Yukon and held a public
meeting in Whitehorse to discuss the findings of
the main report. Andrew R. Thompson, the
centre's director, organized and chaired a
Fraser River Estuary Forum as part of a federal-
provincial study; and Prof. Irving K. Fox served
as a consultant to citizen's groups in the
Nechako and Bulkley Valleys to offer advice
related to their concerns about a proposed project at°Kemano.
Prof. Karl Ruppenthal of the Centre for
Transportation Studies worked with the government of Alberta on problems associated with
the provision of air services to remote communities and provided counsel to members of
the parliamentary staff on various legislative
LAW. In this faculty, W.W. Black coordinated a continuing legal education course
on the federal Charter of Rights and Freedoms
and served as chairman of the discrimination
committee of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association; D.S. Cohen assisted in the development of
teaching materials for the new grade 9-10 consumer education course for B.C. schools; A.F. Sheppard was a commissioner for the Law
Reform Commission of B.C.; and M.A. Hick-
ling and C.L. Smith chaired boards of inquiry
under the Human Rights Code of B.C.
Bellward serves on the expert committee on
dioxins of Health and Welfare Canada and
Environment Canada; Dr. John McNeill was involved in a number of projects, including a
community college course on drug abuse and
made several appearances on radio open-line
shows on this topic; Dr. Finlay Morrison is a
member of the legislative committee and the
board of examiners of the College of Pharmacists of B.C.; Dr. Frank Abbott continues to
perform drug analysis for several community
groups and serves as a consultant to the B.C.
Alcohol and Drug Commission; and Dr. Marc
Levine was instrumental in establishing a community pharmacy residency program, the first
of its kind in Canada.
SCIENCE. Major events organized in
1981-82 by departments of the Faculty of
Science included two international meetings on
carbohydrates and fluorine by chemistry, the
annual meeting of the Canadian Society of
Zoology, a seminar on groundwater and
geotechnical engineering by members of the
Department of Geological Sciences, and the
seventh conference on artificial intelligence by
the Department of Computer Science. The
chemistry department also organized a series of
workshops and symposia for local industries.
In the Department of Geological Sciences,
Profs. H.V. Warren, R.E. Kucera and A.J.
Sinclair participate in the prospecting school
staged annually by the B.C. and Yukon
Chamber of Mines.
More than 3,000 people have visited the
University during the evening hours in 1981-82
to view the stars and planets through the new
40-centimetre telescope which was installed on
the roof of the building which houses the
Department of Geophysics and Astronomy. The
telescope was also a feature attraction during
the University's recent Open House.
In the Department of Oceanography, Prof.
S.E. Calvert is chairman of a national committee for oceanic research and Prof. T.R. Parsons
served as president of the International Association for Biological Oceanography and as a
member of the federal Oceans Research Council. The head of the zoology department, Prof,
Geoffrey Scudder, has been appointed chairman of the National Museum of Canada's scientific committee for the biological survey and is a
member of the minister's board on ecological
CENTRE FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION. Apart from fulfilling its mandate as a
major provider of public service courses and
programs, the centre was active in arranging
and hosting numerous television programs on
public television in Vancouver and for the
Knowledge Network, associate director Vince
Battistelli continued to chair the Education
Information Consortium of the Lower
Mainland and became a member of the board
of World Literacy Canada; Audrey Campbell,
director of the Guided Independent Study Program, was instrumental in organizing the
twelfth world meeting of the International Con
ference for Correspondence Education at UBC;
Janet Fraser chaired the management committee of the Immigrant Resources Project and
served as a consultant to the regional office of
the federal Secretary of State; Anne Ironside
chaired the committee on learning and corrections of the Canadian Association for Adult
Education; and Gerald Savory served on the national executive council of tbe United Nations
Association and chaired its national development education advisory committee.
In the course of their academic work and as
volunteers for numerous community organizations, the students of UBC also provide significant services to the public. Student organizations enhance the wide range of extra-curricular
activities on campus by sponsoring speakers and
staging events such as World Food Day in the
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Exceptional Persons Week in the Faculty of Education. Other student activities drawn to my attention by the deans of the faculties are listed
In Applied Science, the 1982 graduating class
in Chemical Engineering donated $600 to the
University to initiate a bursary fund which has
been supplemented by gifts from alumni and
faculty members. For the third year in a row,
the UBC student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers has received an
award of excellence for the high level of its
extra-curricular activities. In each of these
years, UBC was the only Canadian university to
be honored in this manner and one of only a
dozen schools in North America to receive this
award. In the School of Nursing,-Sally Moore
was appointed to the board of directors of the
Registered Nurses Association of B.C.
Students in the Faculty of Dentistry also provide significant public services in the field of
dental care both on and off the campus. Voluntary emergency dental services were provided
two evenings a week at an East Vancouver
health clinic by students supervised by Dr. Janet
Dorey, and low-cost, quality dental care was
provided to some 2,000 persons ranging in age
from 3 to 83 at the dental clinic operated by the
faculty on campus.
The many awards and honors conferred on
students in the 1981-82 academic year are listed
in other sections of this report dealing with
Awards and Honors and Congregation.
The very extensive public services provided
by the Museum of Anthropology, the music and
theatre departments and the Fine Arts Gallery
are listed under the sections of this report entitled Continuing Education, which should be
read in association with this section to gain a full
appreciation of the services which the University
provides to the community at large.
Prof S.E. Calvert, head of
the Department of
Oceanography in the Faculty
of Science, chairs a national
committee for Canadian
oceanographic research.
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The continuing education activities of UBC
encompass a very wide range of credit and non-
credit courses as well as a number of other programs offered throughout the year by such units
as the Museum of Anthropology, the Frederic
Wood Theatre, the Fine Arts Gallery, the
Department of Music and the Botanical Garden. Add to this a rich fare of public lectures,
demonstrations, film showings and sporting
events and UBC can rightly claim to sponsor
one of the most extensive continuing education
programs anywhere in the world.
Perhaps the most exciting event in the continuing development of this area of UBC activities was the arrival on campus in the fall of
1981 of the Knowledge Network of the West,
the province-wide educational television network established in 1980 as a non-profit society
by the provincial government. The network,
under an agreement negotiated in the last
academic year, rents space in UBC's Library
Processing Centre and the adjacent Woodward
Instructional Resources Centre, where more
than 100 hours of public educational television
are beamed weekly to all parts of the province.
In addition to general interest programming,
the network is pioneering in the area of educational telecommunications and independent
learning systems, areas which will expand learning opportunities and maintain and expand the
level of services to remote areas at reasonable
cost. UBC's involvement with the network includes the offering, with 13 other B.C. educational institutions, of "telecourses" for academic
credit. UBC's profile on the network is highest
in the area of "interactive programs," which
originate in the network's headquarters in the
Woodward IRC and are broadcast live throughout the province. Under this heading the Faculty
of Education offered a weekly series on exceptional children; the Faculty of Dentistry broadcast four, two-hour continuing dental education
programs for practising professionals; a six-part
series on rheumatology for B.C. doctors was
prepared by the continuing medical education
division; and our School of Social work used the
interactive network to communicate with a
group of students in Prince George, where the
University offers a credit program leading to the
degree of Bachelor of Social Work.
Paralleling the development of the network
has been the installation by the University of
new equipment and expanded services to enable
UBC faculties and departments to prepare
material for broadcast over the network. I am
confident that as various academic units learn
how to make the best use of our own equipment
and the network's facilities, UBC will make a
major contribution to the growth and development of the educational television system.
The University's activities in continuing
education are compiled annually in a report for
the Senate and the Board of Governors. Jindra
Kulich, director of the Centre for Continuing
Education, who compiles the report, says that
activities in this area were affected in 1981-82
by University retrenchment and the slowdown
of economic activity in the province generally.
Retrenchment has made it difficult for many
campus educational units to respond to requests
for continuing education programs in the community, and the depressed economic situation
has meant that many programs in the professions, especially those related to resource-based
industries and the public sector, have suffered
enrolment declines. However, many continuing
education programs, notably in the health
sciences, continued to expand their enrolments,
and participation in general continuing education in the humanities and sciences held its own.
The composite report shows that continuing
education units at UBC recorded 91,073
registrations for credit and non-credit courses in
the 1981-82 academic year, a slight decline
from the 94,278 registrations recorded in
1980-81. (See table opposite). The table does
not record the many thousands of people who
come to the campus weekly for lectures, concerts, theatrical performances and to visit campus museums. What follows are extracts from
the 1981-82 report of continuing education activities compiled by Mr. Kulich.
of Extra-Sessional Studies was established in
response to the pressure of the increasing
number of students who wanted to take UBC
credit courses, but were unable to attend the
regular, daytime winter session.
Total extra-sessional enrolment in 1981-82
was 11,463 students, comprising 3,608 part-
time students who were registered for late afternoon and evening courses, an increase of 215
students or 6 per cent over 1980-81; 3,600
students who registered for the 1982 spring session, up slightly over the previous year by 27
students; and 4,255 students who registered for
the summer session, an increase of 46 students
or 1.9 per cent over 1981.
CENTRE FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION. The general deterioration in B.C.'s
economic situation and campus retrenchment
during the 1981-82 fiscal year had an adverse
effect on the centre's programs and on participation. Total participation in centre activities declined by 10.64 per cent in 1981-82,
down to 47,386 registrations compared to
53,029 the previous year. The decrease was
most noticeable in programs in the professions,
where participation was down by almost 38 per
cent from 19,752 in 1980-81 to 12,247 in the
current year. This decline is due almost solely to
the province's difficult economic situation. During years of economic expansion, employers
allocated increasing resources to professional
development of their employees but, with the
recession, company funds for this activity have
been severely curtailed.
In other major areas of centre activities,
general education programs held their own with
a slight increase in registrations from 20,697 in
1980-81 to 21,011; Guided Independent Study
(correspondence programs) grew by 16.24 per
cent from 1,539 to 1,789 registrations; and the
use of the services of the Women's Resources Centre increased by 14 per cent from 10,012 to
The centre received the approval of Senate to
phase out two certificate programs. The Certificate in Education for Young Children will be
phased out by 1984 and the Criminology certificate by 1986. The students enrolled in these
programs, which UBC pioneered, are now well
served by other institutions.
The summer of 1982 marked the third year of
the centre's effort to expand summer programming, thereby providing learning experiences
for entire families, giving them the opportunity
of residential accommodation and campus day
care. The summer learning program now offers
178 courses (up from less than 100 in 1980) and
in 1982 enrolment was up by almost 17 per cent
from 4,144 in 1980-81 to 4,836. The most
marked increase was in the humanities and
daytime program for adults and in science
courses for children.
Other general education programs sponsored
by the centre continued to enjoy increased
audiences. These included educational travel
and field study, which attracted nearly 500
registrations for programs in Egypt, the South
Pacific, China and Europe; a wide-ranging program of language training for individuals
wishing to improve their knowledge of English,
French, Spanish and Japanese; daytime programs in downtown Vancouver, which this year
had a medieval theme; studio and art appreciation programs in calligraphy, drawing,
graphics, the fabric arts, glassblowing and
photography, to name only a few areas in the
creative arts; as well as programs in energy, the
humanities and sciences, public affairs and the
social   sciences.   The   Summer   Program   for
Retired People attracted 750 participants, the
Reading, Writing and Study Skills Centre continued its valuable work in basic communication skills, and, between January and August,
Extra-Sessional Credit Programs
Centre for Continuing Education (including
Guided Independent Study)
Mviiiion of Continuing Education in the
Health Sciences
Profeisional Programs of the Faculty of
Commerce and Business Administration
Professional Continuing Education Program
of the School of Social Work
Professional Continuing Education Program
of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
Professional Continuing Education Program
of the Faculty of Education
Professional Continuing Education Program
of the Faculty of Forestry
School of Physical Education and
Recreation Community Sports Services
(Adult Program)
CREDIT AND NON-CREDIT                                                                    91,078
•Included in Guided Independent Study
The President's Report 1981-82/35 under the heading of special projects, the centre
sponsored ten courses on the topic of Communications and the Media.
Despite the decline in enrolment for professional programs, the centre continued its efforts
in this area, staging courses for adult educators,
librarians, architects, computer scientists,
engineers, home economists, gerontologists,
urban planners and others.
One of the more important professional continuing education programs offered through the
centre's Guided Independent Study program is
that of the Faculty of Forestry in view of that
discipline's importance for the economy of B.C.
Despite the economic downturn in the province,
registration for five credit courses, first offered
in 1980-81, rose significantly in the 1981-82
academic year to 354 participants from 195.
The forestry program made available to colleges in three B.C. centres is a videotaped lecture course of 34 instalments on forest policy,
given by Prof. Peter Pearse of the Faculty of
Forestry. Regrettably, other short courses widely
advertised during the academic year failed to
attract sufficient registrations to be viable and
had to be cancelled. In addition, financial exigencies forced a reduction in the staff of the
forestry continuing education program, which
now consists of a director on a one-quarter time
basis and a secretary.
Finally, the Centre for Continuing Education
continues to encourage an active program in the
southern Interior of the province through an
office located in Vernon. Since 1974, when the
centre was established, nearly 7,000 registrations have been recorded for general and professional non-credit programs. The program
director, located at the Kalamalka campus of
Okanagan College, is now regarded as a local
link between Interior citizens and the University
for need assessment, program planning and implementation and consultation on Interior
developments of interest to faculty, Information
Services and the Alumni Association. In
1981-82, more than 700 participants participated in 25 programs.
HEALTH SCIENCES. The six divisions making
up this area of continuing education registered
13,422 persons in 1981-82, a significant increase over the 10,727 registered in the previous
academic year. I have reproduced the statistical
summary of continuing health sciences registrations for 1981-82 on this page to indicate that
this division provides a wide range of programs
both on and off the UBC campus. In short, the
division is taking the latest developments in
health science education to practitioners
throughout the province.
Satellite transmitter for the Knowledge
Network of the West was gently lowered
into place atop the Woodward
Instructional Resources Centre in the fall
of 1982 as part of the network's move to
the UBC campus. These valuable programs included a concentrated 40-hour program to prepare certified
dental assistants and registered dental hygienists
to work as assistants to orthodontists; a total of
six satellite courses offered through the facilities
of the Knowledge Network for dentists and dental assistants, nurses and doctors; an off-campus
program on sports medicine at Whistler; a wide
range of nursing programs in critical care
hospital infection control, long-term continuing
care and clinical psychiatric nursing; an independent study program for B.C. pharmacists,
which attracted 1,028 registrations for 15
courses; and interprofessional programs on
spinal cord injuries and adult diabetes for a
range of health professionals, which attracted
641 persons.
ADMINISTRATION. Professional programs
conducted by this faculty registered 9,690 persons in 1981-82, an increase of almost 500 persons over the 9,266 registered in the previous
The faculty's executive programs division
offered 71 management seminars attended by
1,245 business men and women; the diploma
division, which offers five professional development courses in association with various associations, recorded 5,099 registrations; certificate
courses for the preparation of notaries public
and real property office administration attracted nearly 70 registrations; and the real
estate division provided professional training in
No. of
No. of
Program Area
Lecture Series
Satellite Programs
Human Nutrition
and Dietetics
Lecture Series
Satellite Programs
Lecture Series
Satellite Programs
Satellite Programs
Independent Study
314 TOTAL REGISTRATIONS          13,442
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four subject areas to more than 3,200 students.
SOCIAL WORK. The continuing education
program in social work has the objectives of
enhancing the knowledge and skills of social
workers who have a university degree and the
provision of educational opportunities for those
employed in social services who lack professional
education. In 1981-82 the program enrolled
898 participants — 513 for 27 continuing
education courses and 385, an increase of
almost 33 per cent over the previous year, for
the 1982 Conference on Family Practice, sponsored jointly by the five western Canadian
schools of social work.
creation of a division of continuing education
and communications in this faculty, an increasing number of British Columbians have had access to continuing agricultural education programs in all parts of the province. In 1981-82,
1,720 persons attended academic and short
courses, symposia, workshops and seminars in
the Interior, on the Lower Mainland and on
Vancouver Island. During the year the program
expanded to include the Peace River area and
faculty members in Kamloops and Prince
George co-ordinated the development and
delivery of the program.
Six credit courses were offered in non-
metropolitan areas, two each in Kamloops,
Prince George and Williams Lake; four symposia and conferences were held in three B.C.
centres; and among professional development
off-campus short courses and workshops were
the following — nutritional management for
horses and greenhouse propagation in Prince
George, genetics and beef breeding in Kamloops, advances in soil fertility in Dawson Creek
and the successful "Financial Management
Workshop," which attracted almost 600 persons
in 41 B.C. centres.
commitments of the Faculty of Education is to
make the University's instructional and research
resources available to communities throughout
the province. Most of the faculty's educational
and technical assistance activities are coordinated by the Field Development Office,
which identifies community needs, designs
activities that respond to the needs and brings
together community needs and University
resources. The ways in which services are provided can be summarized in three categories —
credit courses, non-credit workshops, seminars
and institutes, and credit and non-credit special
Seventy-three Education credit courses,
which attracted 1,268 registrations were offered
in 28 locations in 1981-82. Six of these were
offered through innovative collaboration among
the three public universities, while an additional three represent collaboration between
two of the universities. In addition to the
courses noted above, 28 were offered in the
Yukon and two were offered via the Knowledge
Network, resulting in a total of 1,758 registrations for credit courses.
Non-credit activities for professional development were offered in 38 locations, attracting
3,434 participants who received a total of 1,169
hours of instruction. These activities included a
number of special projects, such as ten credit
and 18 non-credit programs attracting 676
enrolments at 19 locations on the topic of
microcomputers and their application to education and 13 workshops for 119 participants in
the Native Indian Teacher Education Program.
An important area combining continuing
education and community service is coordinated through the faculty's Education
Clinic, which provides a number of services,
including test reviews for psychologists in local
districts, training in psycho-educational
assessments and direct service to the public
through counselling, remedial reading and
assessments. In 1981-82 the clinic sent 400 test
reviews to school districts and served 20-25
clients weekly with direct counselling, remedial-
reading and psycho-educational assessment services. A one-week symposium on psycho-educational assessments attracted 110 participants.
valuable service offered annually by the University through the School of Physical Education
and Recreation is a spring and summer program of instruction for adults in golf, ice hockey
and tennis. Utilizing the University's unique
facilities and instructional personnel, these
classes are created to provide adults with excellence in sport skill development. A total of
1,232 persons took part in the 1981-82 program.
Further to the programs outlined above the
University fosters continuing education activities through a wide variety of programs carried on in conjunction with its museums, the
Frederic Wood Theatre, the Fine Arts Gallery,
its annual Open House, and its faculties, which
sponsor a multitude of lectures, workshops and
In addition to attracting almost 129,000
visitors to see exhibits, including art and travelling displays at the Museum of Anthropology
some 48,581 persons came for 26 single lectures;
1,656 attended lecture series, seminars, workshops and excursions; 6,750 came for demonstrations; 1,195 registered for conferences;
19,700 attended public events; and 18,000 took
advantage of the museum's program of escorted
An important aspect of museum activity is
the production of exhibits based on UBC collections and borrowed materials, which are lent to
institutions in North America and Europe.
The University's Botanical Garden continued
its active service to the community at large and
to professional groups. One of the garden's major
projects has been in the field of horticultural
therapy, in which the garden has collaborated
closely with the UBC Health Sciences Centre in
the development of a program for seniors and
patients in hospitals and extended care units.
This year, the UBC garden provided more than
20 consultation/workshops in B.C. and
Washington State and hosted the 10th annual
meeting of the National Council for Therapy
and Rehabilitation, which attracted 150
registrants from North America and Britain.
The garden also continued its involvement with
the B.C. Nursery Trades Association, including
nine specialized workshops and establishment of
an Education Certification Program within the
association; exhibited at two major shows, one
of which, the Vancouver Home and Garden
Show, was visited by 85,000 people; arranged 47 tours of the garden through its active companion organization, the Friends of the Garden;
and answered some 5,000 horticultural queries
through the Hortline service operated in
association with the Department of Plant
Science. These activities continued despite
severe budget cuts.
The Department of Music offers an extensive
and varied program of public concerts and
recitals, both on and off the campus. Sixteen
faculty concerts, 110 student recitals and 47
ensemble concerts were given on campus; the
UBC Chamber Singers gave 17 off-campus concerts in the Vancouver metropolitan area and
conducted choral workshops and gave concerts
to 4,880 persons in the Okanagan and the
Kootenays in April and May, 1982. Unfortunately, the touring activities of the past
involving the University Wind Symphony and
the Choral Union had to be curtailed in
1981-82 because of retrenchment.
The music department also sponsored a number of special concerts by distinguished artists as
well as lectures by musicologists. It continued its
association with the Vancouver Society for Early
Music, now offering one of the major summer
courses of its kind on this continent.
Some 22,000 people saw a total of nine
theatrical productions staged in the Frederic
Wood Theatre and the Dorothy Somerset
Studio. Major productions included Harold
Pinter's The Caretaker, King Lear by
Shakespeare, and a musical adaptation of Ten
Lost Years, by Canadian author Barry Broad-
The UBC Fine Arts Gallery staged six exhibits
in 1981-82, three of them major travelling
displays from other Canadian centres and from
the Arts Council of Great Britain; the Asian
Centre sponsored musical performances and
three art exhibits; and the Centre for Continuing Education mounted two exhibits, including
one on Chinese calligraphy.
Visitors to the campus under the aegis of the
Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professors program included Prof. Ronald Dore, one of the
west's leading experts on Japan, historian and
journalist Connor Cruise O'Brien, and Dr.
Gerald Wasserburg of the California Institute of
Technology, an international authority on the
application of mathematics, physics and chemistry to problems of the earth and the solar
system. Visiting professors under this program
gave 16 public lectures to more than 4,000 people. Similarly, 22 visitors took part in 50 events
sponsored by the Faculty of Arts Distinguished
Visitor Program.
Other useful and interesting activities for the
University and the general public in 1981-82 included the following: 36 courses offered by the
Computing Centre enrolled 1,386 persons; the
Institute of Applied Mathematics and Statistics
held 75 seminars and workshops and published
15 technical reports; the Department of Asian
Studies and the Asian Centre attracted hundreds of people to the campus for lectures,
recitals and tea-ceremony performances; and
various departments continued series such as
the E.S. Woodward Lectures (Department of
Economics). The Department of English
organized a centenary conference on James
Joyce and Virginia Woolf, and the Department
More than 175,000 persons
visited UBC's Museum of
Anthropology during the
academic year to see exhibits
and watch performances,
including dancing by Native
The President's Report 1981-82/39 UBC's library system felt the
impact of retrenchment in
1981-82, even though the
amount of money available
for the purchase of new
materials was not reduced.
of Fine Arts staged its 7th annual symposium for
graduate students as well as a seminar on health
safety for artists.
I take this opportunity to extend the thanks
and congratulations of the University to those
who organized the 1982 Open House in early
March, 1982. This year it was the turn of the
liberal arts and sciences, commerce and
business administration, law and education to
exhibit their work to the public, which turns up
in thousands to see and experience the work of
the University. Other visitors to the campus in
the course of the year included 3,000 persons,
young and old, who visited the Dairy Cattle
Research and Teaching Unit operated by the
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences; 2,800 persons
who visited the facilities of the Department of
Geophysics and Astronomy to see the seismograph station and to view the night sky through
its two telescopes; and numerous visitors to the
M.Y. Williams Geological Museum in the Geological Sciences Building and to the Botanical
Garden, where no record of attendance to this
outdoor facility is maintained.
Finally, the UBC Speakers Bureau, funded
and staffed by the UBC Alumni Association,
sent 310 volunteer speakers to fill 423
engagements during the academic year. A grant
from the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation
enabled the service to be extended beyond the
Greater Vancouver Regional District.
The University Library
No university worthy of the name can meet
the needs of its faculty and students without an
outstanding library. It is essential to the health
of the academic enterprise. This is particularly
true for the disciplines which fall under the
heading of the humanities. Library resources
are, in a sense, the laboratory in which ideas are
recorded and tested. Over the years UBC has
also prided itself in being able to provide services to other universities and colleges in the
province and to the general reading public,
many of whom use the library for reference purposes and for recreational reading.
In previous reports I have drawn attention to
the erosion of financial resources available to
the libary as a result of inflation and the declining purchasing value of the Canadian dollar in
foreign markets. To these factors in the last
academic year were added the problems of dealing with the immediate effects of the 1981-82
financial shortfall and planning for retrenchment in 1982-83.
In order to attain savings of $202,000 in the
1981-82 fiscal year, the Library had to freeze
more than 30 positions. Unfortunately, this
resulted in an increased backlog of work in the
divisions concerned with the processing of books
and other material. Although collections funding has not been reduced, long-term prospects
forced the Library to cancel an additional
$40,000 in duplicate subscriptions to journals
and other serials. Despite these difficulties the
Library managed to maintain normal hours of
operation by keeping the most critical public-
service positions filled.
In order to meet its 1982-83 retrenchment
target of $379,000 while keeping its collections
budget intact, Library administrators identified
a number of positions in the administrative,
reference and processing areas for elimination.
Fortunately, no layoffs were required since most
of these positions became vacant in the course of
the 1981-82 fiscal year.
However, major programs cuts were inevitable. At the end of August, 1982, the Ecology
Library was changed from a branch library to a
reading room and the Reading Rooms Division
was disbanded, eliminating three positions.
Certainly, those departments which have relied heavily on reading room services in the past will
regard this as a retrograde step. The burden of
providing adequate reading rooms for students
will now fall on those departments that wish to
maintain them.
Library responsibilities have continued to
grow, even during this period of radical adjustment. In April, 1982, the Library accepted
responsibility for the operation of UBC's Film
Library, previously a function of the space and
audio-visual department, and in June for the
Centre for Human Settlements audio-visual
library. The summer of 1982 saw the extension
of branch library services to St. Paul's,
Children's, Grace and Shaughnessy Hospitals in
order to provide services for medical school
faculty members and students carrying out their
clinical work in those settings. Funds for this latter development were provided through the
budget for expansion of UBC's undergraduate
medical class.
In spite of retrenchment and staff shortages,
the Library was well used during this academic
year. Circulation transactions, the measure of
loan activity, totalled 2,181,794, a modest
decline of 1.7 per cent from the previous year.
The number of reference questions declined by
4.5 per cent, which should not obscure the fact
that reference librarians answered more than
50,000 queries for clients. These figures testify
to the very high use made of Library collections
by members of the University community and
by the public at large.
You will recall that in my last report I outlined
a redevelopment plan for the Main Library
which involved construction of two new wings
linking that building with the nearby Sedgewick
Library and, in a second stage, the reconstruction of the Main Library to provide more efficient and useable space for book collections.
This plan, approved by Senate and adopted by
the Board of Governors early in 1981, is the
result of a study which shows that unless additional library space is provided, the Main
Library will run out of space for new acquisitions early in the 1990s. The proposal for expansion of the Library has been submitted to the
Universities Council of B.C., but no decision
has been made.
I am pleased to report that Douglas N. Mclnnes, a UBC graduate who joined the UBC
library system in 1963, was appointed University
Librarian on June 1, 1982. He succeeds Basil
Stuart-Stubbs, who resigned to become head of
the University's School of Librarianship on July
1, 1981. Mr. Mclnnes, who was the gold medallist of the 1963 library science class at UBC, has
served with the Library's special collections division, as Biomedical Librarian for three years
and as assistant librarian for public services
before his appointment as acting librarian. We
were indeed fortunate to have on our own staff a
capable and experienced librarian to provide
leadership during this critical period in the
University's history.
UBC graduate Douglas
Mclnnes, who joined the
library in 1963, was appointed
University Librarian in the
1981-82 academic year.
The Student Body
Student enrolment at the University for both
the 1981-82 fiscal and academic years stood at
an all-time high. Fiscal year enrolment totalled
34,433 students, a 4 per cent increase over
1980-81, when 33,113 students were registered.
Academic-year enrolment was up 1.6 per cent
from 33,963 in 1980-81 to 34,506 in 1981-82.
The fiscal-year enrolment total was a result of
increases in our major academic sessions, particularly in the 1982 spring session, which
registered an 18.5 per cent increase from 3,015
students in 1980-81 to 3,573 in 1981-82. The
percentage increase in the daytime winter session enrolment in 1981-82 over the previous
year was 1.6 per cent and that for the evening
winter session was 2.6 per cent.
Our fiscal-year enrolment, which is the basis
for the University's submissions to the Universities Council of B.C. for operating grants, is the
sum of the following enrolments in the period
April 1, 1981 to March 31, 1982 (comparable
1980-81 figures appear in brackets): 1981
spring session — 3,573 (3,015); 1981 summer
session — 4,209 (3,917); daytime winter session — 23,879 (23,604); winter evening session — 1,315 (1,282); guided independent
study (correspondence) — 1,457 (1,295). Total
- 34,433 (33,113).
Our academic year enrolment in the period
from Sept. 1, 1981 to Aug. 31, 1982 (the period
covered in this report), is the sum of the following sessional enrolments: daytime winter session
1981-82 - 23,879 (23,604); evening winter ses
sion — 1,315 (1,282); guided independent
study (correspondence) — 1,457 (1,295); 1982
spring session — 3,600 (3,573); 1982 summer
session - 4,255 (4,209). Total - 34,506
It is interesting to note that in our largest session, the 1981-82 winter session, enrolment in
the Faculty of Arts continued to increase and
stood at a record 6,521 students, including a 25
per cent increase in registrations in the School of
Social Work, enrolment in the engineering programs of the Faculty of Applied Science was up
more than 7 per cent and in the same faculty
the School of Nursing recorded an increase of
more than 11 per cent. Another interesting
aspect of our winter session enrolment is the
continuing increase in the number of part-time
students. In 1981-82, 41.9 per cent of our
students were in this category, compared to 40.3
in the previous winter session.
The students entering the University for the
first time in September, 1981, were the first
which were subject to the full impact of the
University's new entrance requirements, which
have been phased in since 1978. The fears expressed at the time the new entrance requirements were approved that they would
significantly reduce our first-year enrolment
proved groundless. Enrolment at this level in
1981-82 was 3,565, a decrease of only 52
students from the previous year. I remain convinced that good students are attracted to quality
education and that the long-run prospects are
The President's Report 1981-82/41 Student enrolment at UBC
stood at an all-time high in
both the fiscal and academic
42/The President's Report 1981-82
that the new requirements will have a positive
effect on enrolment.
In the last academic year, following the
resignation of Prof. Erich Vogt as vice-president
of faculty and student affairs, a reorganization
of administrative responsibilities in the President's Office was carried out. The rearrangement called for the appointment of a vice-
provost for student affairs, reporting to Vice-
President Michael Shaw, who assumed the title
of vice-president, academic, and provost.
The search for a vice-provost for student affairs ended successfully in May, 1982, with the
appointment of Dr. Neil Risebrough, assistant
dean of the Faculty of Applied Science and
director of the engineering core program of that
faculty, who has a long involvement with student affairs at the University.
In his new post, Dr. Risebrough will be
responsible for liaison with the directors of
University residences, the Women Students' Office, the Student Counselling and Resources
Centre, the Student Health Service, campus day
care, the Awards and Financial Aid Office and
International House. He will take up his new
position on Jan. 1; 1983, when he returns from a
year's leave of absence as a consultant on
metallurgical problems for a Vancouver firm of
consulting engineers.
I take this opportunity to express my personal
thanks and that of the University community to
Mr. Kenneth Young, UBC's registrar, who has
ably served as acting vice-provost for student
affairs while the search was on for a permanent
occupant of the post.
The balance of this section of my report
outlines the activities of various administrative
units providing services to students and some of
the awards and honors conferred on our students in the 1981-82 academic year.
RESOURCES CENTRE. This unit complements the educational objectives of the
University by providing counselling services to
enrolled students and to those considering
returning to or entering the University. In addition, the resources section includes a wide range
of educational and vocational material, audio
and video career cassettes as well as printed
material that enables students to cope with a
university environment.
The centre sponsors workshops in study skill
development, career exploration and development, personal growth and assertiveness training. A stress management program is offered
annually in association with other campus units,
such as Health Services, Nursing, sports and
recreation and the Acute Care Hospital.
The director of the centre, A.F. "Dick" Shir-
ran, reports that 9,357 persons received
counselling appointments in 1981-82, an increase of almost 19 per cent over the previous
year. A number of factors account for this increase, Mr. Shirran believes, including the centre's new location in Brock Hall, the deteriorating job market and uncertainty about
future career opportunities, and the trend in
some faculties to place limitations on enrolment, which meant that many students had to
reconsider their educational objectives.
The centre also promotes an active program
involving visits to the campus by prospective
secondary school students and visits to high
schools in association with the B.C. Secondary
School Liaison Committee, which represents
provincial universities and colleges and arranges
co-ordinated visits to high schools throughout
the province. Under these two programs, 40
schools arranged visits to the campus and UBC
counsellors visited 206 secondary schools.
Another useful service offered by the centre
in co-operation with Speakeasy, the student ad- visory and referral centre located in the Student
Union Building, is the co-ordination of opportunities for students to volunteer their services to
community organizations, where they provide a
wide spectrum of free services stemming from
their academic training at the University. The
first Volunteer Fair was organized in SUB in
January, 1982, and following this event a new
referral and information service called
"Volunteer Connections" was organized. Beginning in September, 1982, seven senior students
will be available to assist interested students in
selecting appropriate volunteer jobs and will
make agency contacts on their behalf. Apart
from the valuable services provided to the community by students, this scheme will also enable
students to gain valuable experience with community problems to fit them for future employment.
In co-operation with the President's Committee on the Concerns of the Handicapped, the
centre continued to provide services to disabled
students and provided assistance to the University on improving the campus environment for
those with physical disabilities. Specialized
counselling, orientation and personalized
registration procedures were provided and
disabled students are aided in planning their
programs and schedules by a publication entitled "Accessibility Guide for Disabled
Students," the result of a campus-wide survey of
building and facilities accessibility.
Other important functions carried out by the
centre include the administration of a wide
range of tests of individual aptitude, English
evaluation and evaluation of mature applicants,
administration of the summer student employment program utilizing provincial government
and University funds, administration of a contract between the University and the Canadian
International Development Agency related to
the Canadian government's scholarship plan for
overseas students and responsibility for the Participation Project, initiated to increase the participation rate of students from schools in
selected areas of B.C.
dent Health Service is one of the most extensive
of its kind at any university. In 1981-82, more
than 30,000 patients were seen in the service's
new quarters in the Acute Care Unit of the
Health Sciences Centre Hospital. The number
of primary care visits to the unit represents an
increase of seven per cent over the previous
year. One reason for this increase is that clinic
doctors are able to see more patients immediately in the new quarters in the Acute Care
Specialist services offered by the health service continue to flourish, including an orthopaedic clinic which forms a bridge with the
recently organized sports medicine clinic at
An innovation in the work of the Student
Health Service in 1981-82 was initiation of an
outreach program in the Student Union
Building to inform students of the facilities
available to them in the clinic.
I cannot let the opportunity pass to express
the thanks of the University community to Dr.
Archie M. Johnson, who retired in March,
1982, after 21 years as director of the Student
Health Service. In large measure, he is responsible for the expansion of the service over the past
two decades and for the high standard of care
which has won him recognition in his profession
and among his colleagues at UBC and elsewhere. He was succeeded by Dr. Robin K.L.
Percival Smith, an able physician and medical
researcher who has been with the health service
since 1971.
Women Students' Office in Brock Hall continues to strive toward its goal of supporting
women students at the University in realizing
their optimum educational and vocational
potential by providing specialized services.
Recognition by the office of the fiscal
restraints which are being felt throughout the
University has led to a review of existing programs with the aim of terminating those which
are no longer relative and developing new ones
more appropriate to changing needs.
Emphasis during the 1981-82 academic year
has focussed on individual counselling and
referrals. The impact of the current economic
recession and access to programs where enrolment is being restricted have dramatically increased student demand for services. Student
contacts per counsellor during the year were up
27 per cent over the previous year. The
resources of the centre were strengthened by the
presence of two graduate students from the
Department of Counselling Psychology in the
Faculty of Education, who obtained field work
Despite financial restraints, the Women
Students' Office was able to introduce a number
of new services in the academic year. These included publication of a handbook entitled "Survival Handbook for Mature Women Students,"
a publication designed to facilitate the return of
mature women to the academic environment; a
series of three lecture-workshops to assist women
in job-search strategies; public forums on
women in science, writing careers and architecture; and consultative services to a number of
UBC units and off-campus institutions on job
interviews, stresses associated with exams and
workplace assertion.
In January, 1982, M. June Lythgoe, who has
been associated with the work of the centre for a
number of years, became its director. She succeeds Dr. Lorette Woolsey, director of the office
since its inception, who has joined UBC's
academic ranks in the Faculty of Education.
McBlane, the director of International House,
reports that the number of services provided to
international students in the 1981-82 academic
year nearly doubled, links with various volunteer agencies were established and maintained
and a number of informative publications,
useful to both students and the public at large,
were issued. The increased services provided for
international students are founded on the philosophy that the prevention of problems is
preferable to their treatment, and while crisis
intervention is necessary on occasion, the aim is
to reduce situations in which crises arise.
The future priorities of International House
centre on increasing the quality of services to
international students and the Canadian
public. The IH resource centre needs reorgani
ze. Neil Risebrough, assistant
dean in the Faculty of
Applied Science, will take up
a new position as vice-provost
for student affairs in the
President's Office on fan. 1,
The President's Report 1981-82/43 Laura Lee Richard, a
graduate student in UBC's
School of Community and
Regional Planning, was
honored by the American
Planning Association for the
best student planning report
submitted in a nationwide
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zation and updating and a program to utilize international students as resource persons in B.C.
public schools will be initiated in the fall of
1982. Another priority is to increase UBC faculty and staff awareness and support of and involvement with international students. To this
end a booklet on advising such students is being
Mr. McBlane also draws attention to the need
to create a foreign student advisor's position,
using existing staff, and to mount a concerted
effort to recruit, train and effectively utilize and
evaluate Canadian volunteers in many capacities in International House in order to broaden
community support and increase Canadian involvement in its operations.
It is interesting to note that International
House has also fostered a number of research
activities associated with the presence of international students here. A Survey of Student
Needs and Campus Services was completed in
this academic year and a master's degree student in the Department of Counselling Psychology is planning to undertake a survey of international students' needs. In conjunction with
the same department, a research project on the
subject of re-entry — the readjustment process
of students returning to their native countries — is proposed.
In the 1981-82 academic year, seven students
associated with International House were the
recipients of awards with a total value of more
than $10,000. Vechibala (Chinu) Das, a Doctor
of Philosophy candidate in Community and
Regional Planning, was awarded the $500.
William Armstrong Scholarship in International Education to aid her in field work relevant to her thesis topic. Six other students
received or shared $2,000 International House
Leadership Awards.
The deans of faculties and heads of other administrative units have brought to my attention
various awards won by students for the excellence of their academic work in the 1981-82
academic year. I know that the Board and
Senate and the academic community generally
join me in congratulating the following persons
on their achievements.
A number of students in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences distinguished themselves in
international competitions. Janet E. Fulton won
the Poultry Science Association Graduate Student Certificate for Excellence; S. Miller was
the winner, with Dr. Shuryo Nakai and A.
Kato, of the American Egg Board Research
Award for a study presented at the annual
meeting of the Poultry Science Association in
California; V. Molund won the Graduate Student Paper Award at the Canadian Institute of
Food Science and Technology annual conference; and T. Tautorus and A. Chan were
among the top three students in graduate and
undergraduate research paper competitions of
the Institute of Food Technology.
In Applied Science, T. Brine, a graduate student, won first prize in a student paper competition for a study entitled "Global and Diffuse
Spectral Irradiance under Cloudless Skies," and
C. Choi, another graduate student, won second
prize in the same competition with his paper on
heat pumps for residential heating. Jim
Langman,  a fourth-year student in chemical
engineering, was the first winner of the .Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering Sarnia
scholarship, an award of $1,000 to a student
who combines high marks with contributions to
extra-curricular activities, and Clive Brereton,
another fourth-year chemical engineer, won
second prize at the Pacific Northwest Student
Chapter Conference in Banff in May. In the
Department of Bio-Resource Engineering, A.
McConnell was the first recipient of the B.C.
Hydro and Power Authority Scholarship for environmental and resource sciences, a major new
award in this area. In the School of Architecture, Pat Balfour was the recipient of the
Architectural Institute of B.C. Medal, Linda
Moore won the Alpha Rho Chi Medal, Douglas
Gifford and James Burton were the recipients,
respectively, of the Henry Adams Medal and the
Certificate of Merit of the American Institute of
Students in the Faculty of Arts who earned
distinctions in the 1981-82 academic year were:
Michael Day and Constance Lim of the Department of Asian Studies, who were awarded exchange program scholarships by the Association
of Universities and Colleges of Canada; John W.
Tak of the same department, who won a
scholarship from the Interuniversity Japanese
Language Centre; Shirley Buswell, of Creative
Writing, winner of the University of Toronto's
Norma Epstein Award for the best work of fiction written by a Canadian student, for her
novel Garden of Exiles, written for her master's
thesis, and Cecilia Mavrow of the same department, who won second prize in the Ottawa Little Theatre's national play writing contest for
her play The Cookiemaker; R. Holliston of the
Department of Music who placed first in the
piano competition of the B.C. Music Festival;
and theatre department students Attila Ber-
talan and Marco Ciccone, who were the first
and third prize winners in the 1982 student film
festival, Karen Firus, who won first prize in the
1981 student film festival, and Nettie Wild,
recipient of the Silver Lion award at the East
German Film Festival.
In the Faculty of Dentistry, John Oleson, a
third-year student, was the recipient of the
Jessie MacCarthy Scholarship.
In the Faculty of Education, doctoral student
David M. Guy was awarded the Coolie Verner
Prize in recognition of his performance and
potential in the systematic study of adult education.
Laura Lee Richard, a graduate student in
UBC/s School of Community and Regional
Planning, was honored by the American Planning Association for the best student planning
report submitted in a nationwide competition.
Vincent Nealis of the Institute of Animal
Resource Ecology was honored by the B.C.
Entomological Society as the author of the best
student paper in 1981-82.
A quintet of UBC law students was victorious
in the Canadian Bar Association's annual moot
competition at Osgoode Hall Law Courts in
Toronto, where teams from 14 Canadian law
schools competed. The UBC team won the G. A.
Gale Trophy, the first time in the history of the
competition that it has been awarded outside
Ontario. In addition, third-year law student
David Church was judged the leading speaker in the competition. Other members of the team
were third-year law students Kathy Kelly and
Robert Cheney and second-year students Glen
Purdy and Dennis Evanson.
Dr. Mary Jane Mitchell, a resident in
anaesthesia in the UBC medical school, was
awarded first prize in the Canadian Anaesthesia
Society annual residents competition.
In the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences,
third-year student Ray Scherrer was named the
Centennial Scholar Award winner by the Canadian Pharmaceutical Association, and third-
year student Susan Grant was the recipient of a
Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of Canada Industrial Summer Studentship to work with G.D.
Searle and Co. of Canada in Toronto.
Space does not permit me to list the large
number of students who received awards for
graduate study from the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council, the Social
Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the
Medical Research Council of Canada and the
Science Council of British Columbia. I take this
opportunity to congratulate each of the students
who were honored by these granting agencies
and to wish them well in their future studies.
Each year UBC awards three scholarships to
students who combine academic excellence with
involvement in UBC and community affairs. In
1981, the $3,000 Sherwood Lett Memorial
Scholarship, named for a former UBC chancellor and chief justice of B.C., was awarded to
second-year medical student Michael McCann.
Fourth-year Chemical Engineering student
James Langman was the recipient of the $2,000
Amy E. Sauder Scholarship, made possible by a
bequest by the late Amy E. Sauder and by contributions from the Sauder Foundation. Susan
Oliver, a student in Rehabilitation Medicine,
won the $1,500 Harry Logan Scholarship,
named for the former head of the classics
Congratulations are due also to Mark Crawford, winner of the Sherwood Lett Memorial
Scholarship in 1980, who was named B.C.'s
Rhodes Scholar for 1982 during the academic
Before summarizing the achievements of
UBC athletes in 1981-82, let me offer the congratulations of the University community to the
energetic group of young men and women who
have successfully organized and brought to
fruition the long-standing plans of the student
Radio Society to obtain a public broadcasting
license. On April 1, 1982, station CITR began
broadcasting on an FM frequency (FM 102)
under a licence granted by the Canadian Radio
and Television Commission in September, 1981.
The non-commercial station is largely financed
by the Alma Mater Society and depends on the
voluntary services of some 60 UBC students,
who in addition to their studies are acquiring
useful experience in the electronic media. The
This quintet of UBC law
students swept to victory in
the spring of 1982 in the
Canadian Bar Association's
annual moot competition in
Toronto. They won the G.A.
Gale Trophy in competition
with 14 other Canadian
universities. Third-year
student David Church, centre,
won a $100 prize as the
leading speaker in the
competition. On his right are
Kathy Kelly, Law 3, and Glen
Purdy, Law 2. At right are
Robert Cheney, Law 3, and
Dennis Evanson, Law 2.
The President's Report 1981-82/45 The UBC Thunderbird
football team, led by running
back Glenn Steele, capped a
successful 1981 season by
defeating Simon Fraser
University 33-1 in the annual
Shrum Bowl.
46/The President's Report 1981-82
successful completion of this project is another
example of the industry and imagination which
have characterized the actions of students since
UBC opened its doors in 1915.
The Department of Athletics and Sports Services, under the leadership of Dr. Robert Hindmarch, made some notable progress in 1981-82
toward its goal of providing a complete range of
services to meet the University community's
needs for physical activity. The University's
athletic teams were in the forefront of national
and international competition and the intramural program continued to provide men and
women students with opportunities for recreation and relaxation.
The highlight of the Thunderbird rugby
team's year was a three-week tour of Ireland,
where coach Donn Spence's charges won four,
tied one and lost one match against very strong
Irish competition.
The Thunderbird football team had an extremely successful year, finishing with an 8-3
record overall and first place in league play.
The team lost to Alberta in the western final,
but beat Simon Fraser 33-1 in the annual
Shrum Bowl before 9,500 fans at Empire
Stadium. The highlight of the year was
freshman running back Glenn Steele becoming
the nation's top collegiate rusher and being
named to the all-Canadian team. Two other
members of the team, Mike Emery and Jason
Riley, were accorded a similar honor.
UBC hosted the Canadian university swimming and diving championships in March, an
event which saw the UBC team improve their
performance considerably over last year. The
Thunderbird women came second in the competition and the men a respectable fifth. Swimming coach Jack Kelso was named the Canadian
women's swim coach of the year and his assistant, Don Lieberman, the women's diving
coach of the year. Rhonda Thomasson, a student member of the swim team, was named
female athlete of the year and the entire
women's swimming and diving team was designated the top women's team of the year at the
annual Women's Big Block banquet in March.
At the men's Big Block banquet, Thunderbird basketball player Bob Forsyth, who set an
all-time scoring record in 1981-82, was the recipient of the Bobby Gaul Memorial Trophy as
UBC's top male athlete.
In gymnastics, Patti Sakaki won her third
consecutive women's individual all-round
championship at national university competition in March and the UBC team missed the
championship by an eyelash, .931 points behind
Other athletic efforts of 1981-82 which
deserve recognition are the following: the men's
ski team finished second in the American
championships and John Hilland was named an
"all-American"; the women's curling team won
the Canada West university championship and
the gold medal at the B.C. Winter Games;
volleyballers Brad Willock and Tara Senft were
named all-Canadian and a Canada West all-
star, respectively; and two members of the
Thunderbird ice hockey team, goalie Ron
Paterson and centre Bill Holowaty, were named
to the all-Canadian university team.
More than 7,000 students participated in
more than 30 different sports and events under
the umbrella of the University's intramural program in 1981-82. The men's championship
went to students in engineering and the
women's to students in the Faculty of Forestry.
The top intramural athletes during the year were Steve McMurdo of Phi Delta Theta and
Mama Mueller of Forestry.
The highlights of the year included the Arts
'20 Relay from the Vancouver General Hospital
(the starting point is the site on which the
University was located in 1915) to the Cairn.on
the Main Mall at Point Grey, which saw 1,000
students representing 122 teams participate;
and the Storm the Wall competition with 179
teams and 900 participants.
Special thanks go to the hundreds of student
volunteers who undertook unpaid tasks assoc
iated with the intramural program. Joanie
Pilcher was named the top intramural administrator and Robert Lindsay of Delta Kappa
Epsilon and Kathy Kerr and Moira Teevan of
Forestry were named the top men's and women's
unit managers, respectively.
The general campus recreation program was
an unqualified success in 1981-82 with over 90
sections enrolling 1,700 participants for a wide
range of activities, including yoga, karate,
women's self-defence, kayaking, mountain
climbing, and modern and jazz dance classes.
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The University has continued its efforts to
improve and expand its physical plant in order
to provide optimum conditions under which its
academic program can flourish. Despite some
impressive accomplishments in recent years,
however, many of our facilities remain overcrowded and, in some cases, are only marginally
suitable for the high-level teaching and research
program that is necessary to maintain and
enhance higher education.
Early in the academic year, the Board
approved a new five-year capital plan for
building projects in the period 1982-87 to be
funded under the Educational Institutions
Capital Finance Act, the chief source of funds
for major projects at the University. The document was submitted to the Universities Council
as a planning guide, but those projects listed for
1982-83 were submitted as requests for funding.
These were the Faculty of Medicine's share of
the new Eye Centre at the Vancouver General
Hospital; the Laurel II Project at VGH, part of
a major clinical redevelopment of that hospital;
the Faculty of Medicine's share of research
space at the new Shaughnessy Hospital; additional space for the Faculty of Dentistry; and
public works and renovations. Under the
category of Special Projects for 1982-83 — i.e.,
projects which can be used for both community
and academic purposes — is a new Fine Arts
The "first-priority" items listed in the five-
year capital program include the following projects: new space for Chemical Engineering,
Biochemistry, Physiology, Geophysics and
Astronomy, a Studio Resource Building for the
Faculty of Arts; replacement of sub-standard
space now occupied by the life sciences
disciplines; and public works and renovations.
Provision for the proposed expansion in enrolment in the Faculty of Applied Science has also
been made in the construction plan.
Some projects previously submitted to Victoria via the Universities Council have made
substantial progress in the direction of construction, but the current state of the B.C. economy
has made it doubtful that early approval will be
forthcoming. For example, the new building
projected for the Departments of Physics and
Chemistry at the corner of the East mall and
University Boulevard could proceed immediately
to the construction stage, but our request to ex
pedite this project was denied in July, 1982.
Funds have also been released to allow us to proceed with the pre-construction stage of a new
Physical Plant Service Building, but we have no
assurance that the funds necessary to construct
the building will be available when working
drawings have been completed.
Our proposals for construction of new facilities to expand teaching and research in the
Faculties of Forestry and Agricultural Sciences
have been recommended to Victoria, but no action has been taken to release planning funds.
Similarly, we await word on our proposals to
expand our Main Library, expand space for the
engineering program in Applied Science and
provide new space for the Faculty of Dentistry.
What follows are brief descriptions of projects
substantially completed during the academic
year and projects which were started in the same
Construction on the new Psychology Building
necessitated the provision of replacement space
for some units of the Faculty of Education,
which occupied old army huts on the site of the
new building. This replacement space — a new
lightweight building and renovations to Block F
of the Ponderosa complex of buildings — was
completed in November and December of 1981,
to enable construction of the new Psychology
Building to commence early in the new year.
The new Fraser River Lot Parkade in the northwest quadrant of the campus adjacent to the
Asian Centre was completed in May, 1982. This
part of the campus is one of the most intensively
used sections on a year-round basis, containing
as it does the Museum of Anthropology, the
Music Building, the Frederic Wood Theatre
and the Asian Centre. The parkade, which was
constructed with "cash capital" funds left over
from grants made to the University before 1976,
is a welcome addition to the facilities at this end
of the campus.
The renovation of Empire Pool in order to
make it conform to current Health Act standards was completed in May, 1982. This
upgrading means that the Aquatic Centre,
which includes both Empire Pool and the adjacent covered swimming pool, gives UBC one of
the largest and most extensive aquatic facilities
anywhere for academic and recreational purposes.
Renovations to the Wesbrook Building at the
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construction on the West Mall
of the University.
Boulevard were completed in mid-June, 1982,
providing new teaching and research space for
the Department of Medical Genetics and other
medical school departments.
A short distance away, on the East Mall, a
handsome new building for the School of Home
Economics was completed early in August,
1982. The completion of this building will
enable the school to expand its already active
programs of teaching and research in tbe areas
of family science and human nutrition under
the vigorous leadership of Prof. Roy Rodgers.
Another important facility completed early in
the academic year was a new building to house
the Centre for Coal and Mineral Processing. I
fully expect the work which will take place in
this unit will have a significant impact on the
expanding coal-mining industry of the province
and will bring new knowledge and techniques to
the mining industry generally.
During the academic year, construction continued on the new University Bookstore on the
southwest corner of the East Mall and University
Boulevard. This building will replace our present cramped Bookstore on the central campus
and eliminate the need to convert the University
Armoury each year into a huge book "supermarket" in order to provide students with needed
textbooks and other supplies early in the
academic year.
48/The President's Report 1981-82 Awards and Honors
I am always impressed with the number of
awards and honors which are conferred annually
on our teaching and research staff. These
awards reflect the high regard in which our
faculty is held by professional and other
organizations in Canada and elsewhere. I know
I speak for the entire University community
when I extend my congratulations to all those
named below.
UBC's annual award for outstanding research
— the Professor Jacob Biely Faculty Research
Prize — this year went to Prof. Edwin Pulley-
blank of the Department of Asian Studies in the
Faculty of Arts. As the recipient of the $1,000
Biely Prize, Prof. Pulleyblank was honored for
his contributions to the disciplines of Chinese
history and linguistics, fields in which he has a
reputation as one of the world's leading
scholars. He is one of the frontier thinkers in
speculation about how man went about creating
language, which is an outgrowth of his research
on Chinese linguistics, particularly his pioneering studies in reconstructing ancient Chinese,
which he began while teaching at Cambridge
University in England before joining the UBC
faculty in 1966.
In 1982, eight UBC faculty members and a
ninth person closely associated with UBC affairs
were named fellows of the Royal Society of
Canada. The society, which is Canada's most
prestigious academic organization, elects to
membership those who have made outstanding
contributions to academic and University life.
The faculty members elected to the society
were: Prof. Erwin Diewert, of the Department
of Economics; Profs. Laurance Hall and Brian
James, both of the chemistry department; Prof.
Paul Le Blond, Oceanography; Prof. Michael
W. Ovenden, Geophysics and Astronomy; Prof.
John Walsh, Mathematics; Prof. John Dirks, the
head of the Department of Medicine in the
medical faculty; and Prof. R.C. Harris of the
geography department. The ninth person elected to the society was Dr. Walter Koerner, a
former member and chairman of the
University's Board of Governors, who has also
been associated closely with the development of
the Health Sciences Centre on the UBC campus.
Concrete evidence of the quality of research
being done at UBC was reflected in the fact that
five members of UBC's faculty received medal
awards from the Science Council of B.C. and
the Royal Society of Canada. Prof. Clayton O.
Person of the Department of Botany was honored by both organizations, receiving the
Science and Engineering Gold Medal from the
B.C. Science Council and the Flavelle Medal
from the Royal Society for his contributions to
improving the resistance of agricultural crops to
Other Royal Society medals went to Prof.
John Brown of the physiology department,
discoverer of two gastrointestinal hormones,
who was named the winner of the MacLaughlin
Medal; and Dr. William G. Unruh of the
Department of Physics, who won the Rutherford Medal for his work in theoretical physics.
The other Science and Engineering Gold
Medals from the Science Council of B.C. were
awarded to Prof. David Suzuki of Zoology for
his work in contributing to the understanding
and appreciation of science by the public; and
to Professor Emeritus of Physics John Warren,
one of the fathers of nuclear physics in Canada
who was closely associated with the development
of the TRIUMF Project located on the UBC
campus and operated by four western Canadian
I am always impressed, too, with the number
of faculty members who each year head the professional organizations representing their
disciplines. What follows is a partial list for
Prof. Darrell Bragg of Agricultural Sciences
is president of the Poultry Science Association;
Douglas Paterson was elected president of the
Canadian Society of Landscape Architects;
Prof. J. P. Duncan of Mechanical Engineering
was elected president of the Central Committee
of the Canadian Congress of Applied Mechanics
and director of the Western Foundation for Advanced Industrial Technology; Dr. R.A. Freeze
of Geological Sciences is the president-elect of
the hydrology section of the American Geophysical Union; Dr. Gordon Walter of Commerce
and Business Administration became presidentelect of the Western Academy of Management;
Dr. Douglas Yeo of Dentistry served as-president
of the Canadian section of the International
College of Dentists; five members of the Department of Curriculum and Instructional Studies
in the Faculty of Education were elected to executive positions on the board of the Canadian
Industrial Arts Association, including the post
of president, which is occupuied by Robert F.
Merriam; Dr. Eric Broom of Physical Education
and Recreation is president of the B.C. Recreation Association and his colleague, Dr. Inge
Williams, is president-elect of the B.C. Community Education Association; Prof. Norman
Wilimovsky of Animal Resource Ecology was
named president of the Canadian Committee
for Fisheries Research; Prof. Fred Wan was
elected president of the Canadian Applied
Mathematics Society; and Neville Smith, the
director of Physical Plant, was appointed chairman of the Public Construction Council of
B.C., an organization made up of representatives from government, industry and related
professions, which is devoted to developing procedures that will result in the construction of
effective and economical buildings in B.C.
SCIENCES the following were honored: Dr.
A.A. Bomke was named Agrologist of the Year
by the B.C. Institute of Agrologists; Dr. Shuryo
Nakai received the W.J. Eva Award of Excellence at the annual meeting of the Canadian
Institute of Food Science and Technology, and
with co-authors S. Miller and A. Kato was
awarded the American Egg Board Research
Award for a centrifugal study; Prof. William
Powrie was elected a fellow of the Institute of
Food Technologists; and Prof. Leonard Staley
James Fankhauser of UBC's
music department conducted
the Vancouver Cantata
Singers, who placed first in an
international competition
staged biennially by the
British Broadcasting
The President's Report 1981-82/49 UBC agricultural scientists
honored in the 1981-82
academic year were, back
row, left to right: Doug
Paterson, acting director of
the Landscape Architecture
program, elected president of
the Canadian Society of
Landscape Architects; Prof.
Victor Runeckles of Plant
Science, re-elected chairman
of the peer review panel, Air
Ecology Program, U.S.
Environmental Protection
Agency; Dr. Shuryo Nakai of
Food Science, winner of the
W.O. Eva Award of
Excellence from the Canadian
Institute of Food Science; and
Prof. Len Staley, head of Bio-
Resource Enginnering,
recipient of the American
Society of Agricultural
Engineers 25-year service
award. In the front row, left
to right, are: Dr. Art Bomke,
named Agrologist of the Year
by the B.C. Institute of
Agrologists; Prof. William
Powrie, head of Food Science,
elected a fellow of the
Institute of Food
Technologists; and Prof.
Darrell Bragg, head of
Poultry Science, elected
president of the Poultry
Science Association for
50/The President's Report 1981-82
received   the   25-year   Service   Award  of  the
American Society of Agricultural Engineers.
was the recipient of a publications award from
the American Institute of Mining Engineers and
also received the Distinguished Member Award
from the same organization; Prof. A.L. Mular
was named the Distinguished Lecturer for the
Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
and was also the winner of a Book Publication
Award of the American Institute of Mining
Engineers; and Dr. Ricardo Foschi, adjunct
professor in Civil Engineering and Forestry in
support of the timber engineering program, was
the recipient of the $100,000 Marcus Wallenberg Prize given by the Swedish government for
forest and wood product research.
ARTS. Dr. Daniel Overmyer of the Asian
studies department was invited to Princeton
University for the period January to June 1983 as
the Virginia and Richard Stewart Lecturer,
visiting senior fellow in the Council of the
Humanities and visiting professor in that
university's Department of Religion; Dr. James
Russell and Dr. Anthony Barrett, both members of the classics department, were respectively
reappointed a senior fellow in the Dumbarton
Oaks Centre for Byzantine Studies in Washington, D.C, and elected a fellow of the Royal
Society of Antiquaries; Dr. Diana Brydon of the
Department of English was the recipient of the
George Drew Memorial Trust Fund Award for a
study tour of the Commonwealth Carribean;
Prof. J. Ross Mackay received the Kirk Bryan
Award of the Geological Society of America;
Dr. R.M. Flores of Hispanic and Italian studies
was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship for
1982-83 to enable him to continue his outstanding work on the Spanish author Cervantes; Dr.
Christopher Friedrichs of the history department was the recipient of the Wallace Ferguson
Prize of the Canadian Historical Association for
his book Urban Society in an Age of War:
Nordlingen, 1580-1720, and the head of the
department, Prof. Robert Kubicek, was awarded
a Smuts Commonwealth Fellowship for research
at Cambridge University; Prof. James
Fankhauser of the music department conducted
the Vancouver Cantata Singers, who placed
first in the mixed voices category of the International Choral Competition staged biennially by
the British Broadcasting Corporation; and in
the psychology department, Prof. Peter Sued-
feld was elected to the Academy of Behavioural
Medicine Research, Dr. J. Steiger was elected to
the Society for Multivariate Experimental
Psychology, Dr. A. Treisman was awarded a
James McKeen Cattell Sabbatical Award and
with Dr. D. Kahneman of the same department
was invited to give the 1983-84 Paul Fitts
Memorial Lecture, Dr. K.D. Craig was invited
to give the plenary address at the World Congress on Pain in Edinburgh, Dr. P. Smith was
invited to give the opening address at the second
international Conference on Language and
Social Psychology at Bristol in England in 1983,
and Dr. Anthony Phillips was invited for a two-
month visit to the Hebrew University of Jerus- alem as Lady David Professor.
Schools associated with the Faculty of Arts
had their share of award winners. In Home
Economics, Dr. I.D. Desai received the 1981
pediatric research award of the Brazilian
Pediatric Society for his research on vitamins,
and Joan Staniszkis, one of Canada's best known
weavers, was elected to the council of the Royal
Canadian Academy of the Arts and was the
recipient of the 1981 Saidye Bronfman Award
for Excellence in the Crafts, which carries with
it a cash award of $16,000. In the School of
Social Work, Prof. Richard Splane was honored
by the University of Toronto for his work as a
"teacher, author, researcher, volunteer and administrator," and for his "countless valuable
contributions to the development of social work
and social welfare."
ISTRATION. Prof. R.V. Mattessich, who occupies the Arthur Andersen and Co. Alumni
Chair of Accounting, was credited as one of the
20 significant contributors in the 20th century
to theoretical writing on accounting in The
Development of Accounting Theory: Contributors to Accounting Thought in the 20th Century, published in 1982; and Michael Brennan
and Eduardo Schwartz of the finance division
were awarded first prize by the Institute for
Quantitative Research for their paper "Bond
Pricing and Market Efficiency."
Dr. George Beagrie, the dean of the FACULTY
OF DENTISTRY, was elected a fellow of the
American College of Dentists, was appointed
chairman of the Commission on Dental Education and Practice of the Federation Dentaire
Internationale, and was named a member of
the Expert Panel on Oral Health of the World
Health Organization.
EDUCATION. Vallory Friesen was made an
honorary graduate of the Native Indian
Teacher Education Program in 1982 in recognition of his outstanding service to the program
over the past four years; Dr. Myrne Nevison
(Counselling Psychology) was the recipient of
the first honorary life membership in the B.C.
Counsellors Association; in the Department of
Curriculum and Instructional Studies Dr. Glen
Dixon received the outstanding service award of
the Association for Childhood Education International for 1982, Dr. Hannah Polowy received
the award for "International Co-operation in
Infant Education" in Tokyo in August, 1982,
and Prof. George Tomkins was honored twice as
the first recipient of a new award of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies for
"distinguished contributions to Canadian curriculum theory and practice," and as the recipient of the Canadian Education Association's
Whitworth Award for distinguished service to
education; in educational psychology and
special education, Dr. Margaret Csapo received
the Hazel Davey Award for outstanding services
to special education in B.C., Dr. Perry Leslie
gained the award of the International Students'
Council for Exceptional Children, and the
award of the Canadian Council for Exceptional
Children for the best publication in special
education was won by the B.C. Journal of
Special Education, edited by Dr. Csapo and an
editorial board made up of Dr. Bryan Clarke
and Dr. David Kendall, both members of the
same department. The Canadian Association of
Second Language Teachers established an annual award of excellence in the teaching of
French called the Dr. Robert Roy Award, in
recognition of the outstanding contribution of
this UBC educator to French-language education in Canada. In the faculty's Department of
Social and Educational Studies, Dr. Marvin
Lazerson was invited to Harvard University as a
visiting professor in that university's School of
Education, and Dr. G. Chalmers of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts in Education was the recipient of the Communication
Award for educational materials from the
Heritage Canada/Canada Council Conference.
Several members of the School of Physical
Education and Recreation received recognition
by national bodies as coach-of-the-year in their
respective sports: Alana Branda from the Canadian Interuniversity Gymnastics Coaches
Association; Dr. Jack Kelso as women's swimming coach from the Canadian Intervarsity
Athletic Union; and Frank Smith from the
Western Intercollegiate Football League. In
addition, Dr. Robert Hindmarch received the
Gordon Juekes Award from the Canadian
Amateur Hockey Association and Robert
Laycoe was the recipient of the Gold Star
Award of the International Amateur Wrestling
Federation. The Physical Education Undergraduate Society honored two faculty members
in the school — Jean Cunningham and Gary
Sinclair — with Excellence in Teaching
kur of the School of Community and-Regional
Planning was honored at the national conference of the Roads and Transportation
Association of Canada in 1981 in recognition of
his contributions to the association and to the
betterment of transportation in Canada over a
number of years. A member of the same school,
Prof. Clyde Weaver, was the recipient of the
Alumni Award for Academic Distinction from
the University of California at Los Angeles and
as a finalist for the North American Regional
Science Dissertation Award has been invited to
give a paper at the association's 1983 meeting.
Prof. Terrance McGee, director of the Institute of Asian Research, gave the 13th annual
Flinders Lecture in Asian Studies in Australia
under the title "Urbanization and Proletarianization in Southeast Asia."
Prof. Frank H. Clarke of the Institute of
Applied Mathematics and Statistics was named
the 1981 Coxeter-James Lecturer of the Canadian Mathematical Society.
Prof. Irving Fox of the Westwater Research
Centre was the recipient of the Marguerite and
Vernon Heaslip Award for Environmental
Stewardship in the field of education. These
awards were in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Conference on the
Human Environment and were administered by
the National Survival Institute.
Prof. Liam Finn, who heads the soil dynamics
group in the faculty, was recognized widely in
1981-82 as a state-of-the art speaker at a
geotechnical engineering meeting in Chicago,
as an invited keynote speaker at an international
conference on numerical methods and geo-
mechanics in Edmonton and was invited to the
Dr. Robert Flores of the
Department of Hispanic and
Italian Studies was the
recipient of a prestigious
Guggenheim fellowship to
enable him to continue his
work on the Spanish author
Wallace Ferguson Prize of the
Canadian Historical
Association was awarded to
Dr. Christopher Friedrichs of
UBC's history department.
The President's Report 1981-82/51 One of UBC's basic medical
sciences buildings was
renamed in 1981-82 for Prof.
Sydney Friedman, the first
professor appointed to UBC's
Faculty of Medicine in 1950
and head of the Department
of Anatomy until his
retirement in 1981.
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Rutherford Laboratory in England to present
recent findings of the research group.
In the FACULTY OF LAW, Prof. Peter
Burns received fellowships to enable him to visit
the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and Wolfson
College at the University of Oxford; Prof. R.G.
Herbert was appointed to Queen's Counsel, and
other faculty members received research and
travel awards, including one to enable James
Taylor to write a biography of former Chief
Justice Wilson of British Columbia.
MEDICINE. Prof. Sydney Friedman, the first
professor appointed to UBC's Faculty of
Medicine when it was organized in 1950 and the
head of the Department of Anatomy until his
retirement from administrative duties in the
1980-81 academic year, was honored twice in
the current academic year. His name is now attached to Block B of the basic medical sciences
buildings in the McCreary Health Sciences Centre (appropriately, Block B houses the department he headed for more than 30 years), and he
was presented with the J.CB. Grant Award of
the Canadian Association of Anatomists "in
recognition of meritorious service and outstanding scholarly accomplishments in the field of
anatomical sciences."
Glen Moir was the recipient of the $1,000 Ortho
Award in recognition of his contribution to the
founding of the Canadian Society of Hospital
Pharmacy; Dr. James Axelson was named a
Medical Research Council of Canada visiting
professor to Dalhousie University; Dr. John
McNeill was awarded an MRC Research Professorship, the first ever awarded to a scientist in a
pharmacy faculty, and was also MRC visiting
professor to the University of Montpellier in
France, where Dr. Sydney Katz was on sabbatical as an MRC/Canada/France exchange
scholar; and Lynne Pollock and Dr. Jack Diamond shared the Good Teacher Award made
annually by the Pharmaceutical Sciences
Undergraduate Society.
SCIENCE. Prof. Rudi Haering of the physics
department was awarded the gold medal of the
Canadian Association of Physicists for his
research on intercalation batteries and a colleague in the same department, Lome Whitehead, was the recipient of the Edwin F. Guth
Memorial Lighting Design special citation for
his light pipe design from the Illuminating
Engineering Society of North America. Drs.
A.J. Sinclair and W.K. Fletcher, both of the
Department of Geological Sciences, were made
honorary members of the Geological Society of
Brazil, and a colleague, Dr. Douglas R. Piteau,
was the recipient of the Burwell Award of the
Geological Society of America for excellence in
engineering geology.
Dr. Clayton Person, mentioned earlier as the
winner of two major scientific medals, received
the award of excellence of the Genetics Society
of Canada and has been named a fellow of the
American Phytopathological Society in recognition of his work on host-parasite interactions. A
second member of the botany department,
Prof. Vladimir Krajina, received the Douglas
H. Pimlott Award of the Canadian Nature
Federation for his pioneering work in conservation. In the Department of Chemistry, Prof.
David Frost was elected a fellow of Great Britain's Royal Society of Chemistry and the
American Institute of Chemistry.
TION. Dr. A. McGechaen, director of the
instructor's diploma program, and B. Lund
received an award from the Canadian Association for Continuing Education for writing and
producing for the B.C. Ministry of Education
the Continuing Education Programmers Manual. Two members of the centre associated with
special programs for women — Eileen Hendry
and J. Fraser — received an award from the
Canadian Association for University Continuing
Education for establishing the Vancouver
Women's Network.
And finally, I congratulate our chancellor,
the Hon. J.V. Clyne, who was the recipient of
the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws at the
annual Founders' Day Congregation of McGill
University in November, 1981. In his address to
the graduating students, Chancellor Clyne
pointed out that UBC was, in effect", founded by
McGill, which provided classes leading to
academic degrees in Vancouver between 1906
and 1915, when UBC opened its doors to
students. Governing Bodies
Once again I wish to record the debt I owe to
many members of the Board of Governors and
the Senate of the University, who give unstint-
ingly of their time to take part in the governance
of the University. The citizens of B.C. have
cause to be grateful to the men and women who
are prepared to take time from business and
academic careers, without monetary reward, to
further the cause of higher education. I frequently call on members of both bodies for advice and counsel on problems facing the University. The willingness with which they provide
counsel is a heartening experience.
Appointments to the Board of Governors and
changes in personnel are recorded below.
At its meeting on Dec. 1, 1981, the Board was
informed that David G.A. McLean had been
reappointed to the Board by the Lieutenant-
Governor in Council for a three-year term commencing Oct. 29, 1981. Mr. McLean was first
appointed to the Board in November, 1980, for
the remainder of the term of Alan M. Eyre, who
resigned to become a member of the Universities Council of B.C.
At its meeting on April 6, 1982, the Board
was informed that Richard Stewart of
Westbank, B.C., had been reappointed to the
Board for a three-year term commencing March
15, 1982. At the same meeting a declaration of
vacancy on the Board was entered in its minutes
as required under the University Act. As a result
of the separation of the Health Sciences Centre
Hospital from the University on April 1, 1982,
Neil Boucher, a hospital employee, was no
longer eligible to sit on the Board. Mr. Boucher
was the Board member elected by and from the
full-time employees of the University who are
not faculty members. During the academic year
this category of UBC employee elected William
Morrison, senior technician in the Department
of Physics, to succeed Mr. Boucher. Mr. Morrison will serve on the Board until Jan. 31, 1984.
In January, 1982, the students of the University elected Ronald Krause, a second-year student in the Faculty of Medicine, and David
Dale, a fourth-year student in the Faculty of
Commerce and Business Administration, to
serve on the Board for one year. They succeed
Chris Niwinski and Anthony Dickinson.
At its final meeting of the academic year on
July 6, 1982, the Board re-elected Dr. Leslie R.
Peterson as chairman of the Board for the
period Sept. 1, 1982 to Aug. 31, 1983. Mrs. Joy
McCusker will continue to serve as honorary
secretary of the Board for the same period.
The remainder of this section of my report on
the 1981-82 academic year outlines the major
decisions and debates by the University Senate
and Board of Governors.
At its first meeting of the academic year on
Sept. 16, 1981, Senate approved a proposal
from the Faculty of Applied Science calling for
the control of enrolment in its engineering programs, commencing in September, 1982. The
applied science proposals called for a limit of
450   students   to   be   admitted   to   first-year
engineering in 1982 and a limit of approximately
100 students to be admitted from outside the
faculty to the second-year engineering program.
In its presentation to Senate, the faculty said
that the increase in enrolment in engineering
programs to 1,744 students from 844 the
previous year had "seriously impaired" the
teaching programs in larger departments such
as Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Chemical
Engineering. One result of the enrolment-
control proposal would be that some students
may not be able to enrol in their first-choice
engineering program and may be required to
specialize in an alternative program.
This proposal did not receive immediate
approval when presented to the Board of Governors at its October meeting. The Senate recommendation to approve the applied science proposals was defeated by the Board and the matter was referred back to Senate for further consideration. It was not until December, 1981,
that Senate again considered the faculty's enrolment proposal, which had once again been the
subject of intensive discussions in Applied
Science. Senate re-endorsed the enrolment
limitation proposals, which were then approved
by the Board at a meeting in late January, 1982.
At its October meeting the Board approved a
five-year capital plan for building projects in
the period 1982 to 1987. This plan, as.well as a
description of other construction projects
underway or pending, is dealt with at greater
length under the section of this report entitled
Capital Financing and New Construction.
During the 1981-82 academic year the
University administration received the report of
a Hearing Committee established under the
terms of the Agreement on Conditions of Appointment to consider the case of Prof. Julius
Kane, professor of zoology and a researcher in
Institute of Animal Resource Ecology.
The establishment of the Hearing Committee
was the result of the initiation of proceedings for
the termination of Prof. Kane's appointment at
the University. The recommendation of the
Hearing Committee was that Prof. Kane should
be suspended without salary or benefits from
the University for a period of 18 months starting
on March 1, 1982, and ending on Aug. 31,
1983. My action imposing this award was approved by the Board at its meeting on March 2,
1982. Prof. Kane appealed my action to the
Board at an open hearing on July 6. Subsequently, the Board informed Prof. Kane that
his appeal had been denied and that his suspension had been upheld.
During the 1981-82 academic year I informed
the Board of Governors that I intended to step
down as president of UBC on June 30, 1983.
The Board, at its meeting in December, 1981,
approved the establishment of a broadly based
committee to advise on suitable candidates for
president. The members of the advisory committee include representatives of the Board, the
Senate, the faculty, the deans, the students, the
Alumni Association and the non-academic ad-
William Morrison, senior
technician in the Department
of Physics, was elected by the
full-time employees of the
University who are not faculty
members to serve on the
Board of Governors until fan.
31, 1984.
The President's Report 1981-82/53 UBC's chancellor, Hon. J. V.
Clyne, who was the recipient
of an honorary degree from
McGill University in the fall of
1981, will chair a committee
to advise the Board of
Governors on suitable
candidates to succeed Dr.
Douglas Kenny as president of
the University.
ministration. Chancellor J. V. Clyne is serving as
chairman   of   the   committee.   Its   terms   of
reference are to adopt criteria to guide it in the
selection   of  presidential   candidates   and   to
recommend a short list of candidates to the
Board's staff committee. That committee, in
turn, will make its recommendations to the full
Board,  which has responsibility for appointment of the president under the University Act.
Other matters related to  Board decisions,
such  as student  fees  and  financial  aid,   are
described in greater detail in other sections of
this report that bear on the University's financial situation during 1981-82.
In the course of the academic year the
University Senate agreed to expand membership on its budget committee, which assists the
president annually in the preparation of the
University budget. This decision arose out of a
motion passed at the February meeting of
Senate which resulted in an expansion of the
terms of reference of the committee to empower
it "to make recommendations to the president
and to report to Senate concerning academic
planning and priorities as they relate to the
preparation of the University budget." As a
result, the budget committee was expanded by
four persons to a total of 10.
The Universities Council of B.C. came in for
heavy criticism at the April, 1982, meeting of
Senate in the course of a discussion on operating
grant allocations for the 1982-83 fiscal year.
Council was criticized in the report of the
budget committee for not indicating the principles used in allocating 1982-83 operating
grants among the three universities of B.C. and
for ignoring the high cost per student of UBC's
professional and graduate programs. The committee's conclusion was the UCBC "is in effect
encouraging the University to compromise its
commitment to high quality and essential professional graduate programs."
At its meeting in May, 1982, Senate approved
a new four-year curriculum for the Faculty of
Forestry. The debate gave rise, however, to a
discussion on how the University can ensure that
students acquire a liberal education in an era of
increasing emphasis on professional and work-
oriented programs. Although the new forestry
program had the approval of the Senate curriculum committee when it arrived on the floor
of Senate, chairman James Richards indicated
that one of the issues discussed in considering
the program had been whether it "required or
allowed sufficient breadth of experience in
intellectual pursuits."
At the conclusion of the debate Prof. Peter
Suedfeld, who is a member of the curriculum
committee, served notice of motion asking that
a Senate committee "draw up recommendations
as to minimum breadth requirements in the
pre-baccalaureate programs of the University"
for discussion at Senate. The same motion,
which will not be debated until Senate meets in
the 1982-83 academic year, asks the curriculum
committee "to suspend approval of new programs or major program changes pending the
acceptance of recommendations as to minimal
breadth requirements by Senate."
The issue raised by Prof. Suedfeld goes
beyond the immediate issue of the new Forestry
curriculum. If the motion passes and a vehicle is
found for introducing curriculum changes, the
University's 12 faculties will have to review their
programs with a view to broadening opportunities for students to take courses outside their
immediate field of study. Motions such as this
should be welcomed; it behooves the University,
from time to time, to take a critical look at its
curriculum to determine whether it is meeting
all the needs of its students.
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Several University departments and centres
provide valuable support services which
enhance the University's academic programs.
What follows are brief notes on developments in
COMPUTING CENTRE. The need for additional computing services in the 1981-82
academic year continued. Demand for services
increased by more than 25 per cent and an even
greater increase in the use of terminals' was
Despite retrenchment, the centre proceeded
with its plan to develop a computer network
which will enable designated terminals to be
connected directly to any computer on the network or to major computer facilities throughout
the world. Other notable developments during
the year were the installation of a second major
host computer for on-line use by undergraduates, and the continued co-operation of
the UBC centre with industry, mainly through
research and development contracts with the
Amdahl Corporation on projects of mutual interest.
completed a review of the overall campus plan,
which is designed to guide the order of campus
development while not restricting future
development options. The review and recommendations arising from it will be presented to
the Board of Governors in the 1982-83 academic
Other notable activities in the 1981-82
academic year included the following: approval
by the Board of a master plan and developmental guidelines for the lands leased to Discovery
Parks Inc.; preparation of a facility development plan to accommodate an expanded Faculty of Applied Science, including space for a proposed Pulp and Paper Research Institute of
Canada; and the commissioning of consultants
to prepare design and development guidelines
for housing in the Acadia Park area of the campus.
the opening of the Fraser River Parkade, providing 400 new parking places on the northwest
campus, the traffic and security department has
taken steps to define more carefully the central
campus pedestrian area with the aim of enforc- UBC took steps during the
academic year to initiate
planning to upgrade campus
day care facilities to meet fire-
code standards.
ing the "walking-campus" concept approved
some years ago by the Board of Governors. More
and more frequently in recent years, a wide
range of vehicles, including some driven by
members of the University community, have
penetrated this central area in violation of
regulations. Steps will be taken in the 1982-83
academic year to enforce the walking-campus in
order to ensure a quiet, traffic-free area. One
step taken to this end in 1981-82 was to approve
a recommendation from the director of traffic
and security to increase substantially the fines
which violators of the pedestrian area will have
to pay in future.
PHYSICAL PLANT. The department continued its campus energy conservation program
which aims at implementing projects which will
result in energy-cost avoidance of $180,000 a
year. Work has started on the establishment of a
computerized data base for energy use in major
buildings to assist the work of this program.
The department also originated and managed the design and construction of an attractive new campus green space, the Patient Park
at the rear of the new Acute Care Unit of the
Health Sciences Centre Hospital for the enjoyment of hospital patients and visitors to the
Physical Plant also supervised the demolition
in 1981-82 of the old Mineral Engineering
Building at the corner of the West Mall and
University Boulevard, three huts on University
Boulevard and seven temporary buildings on
West Mall as the result of completion of new
campus facilities.
Physical Plant director Neville Smith also
reports that most custodial work at the University is now being done on the day shift, which has
resulted in higher productivity and the elimination of the night-shift differential. Efforts to
economize have resulted in reducing custodial
resources by 14 per cent over the last decade,
even though the building area to be serviced in
creased by 37 per cent in the same period.
AUDIO-VISUAL SERVICES. The audiovisual services department was reorganized during the academic year following the appointment of a new director, Ian Franks, who
formerly headed a similar department in the
Faculty of Education. Among other things, he
will be responsible for co-ordinating the University's programming with the Knowledge Network. All services of the department will remain
under his jurisdiction, with the exception of
room bookings, which moves to the Registrar's
Office, and the Film Library, which is now
under the jurisdiction of the University
Librarian's office.
DAY CARE SERVICES. Day care for the
children of students, faculty members and staff
at UBC is provided by 11 separate, parent-run,
non-profit societies financed totally by parent
fees. More than 200 children aged 18 months to
11 years are cared for in these facilities located
in the Acadia Park area of the campus.
Unfortunately, the permanent licences of
these centres were revoked by provincial fire
authorities and interim licenses were issued
pending renovations which will bring the
buildings up to fire-code standards. As a result
of this action, the University's Day Care Council
underwent some reorganization, which saw the
appointment of Prof. Nathan Divinsky, an
alderman of the City of Vancouver, as the council's chairman. I am hopeful that the council
will be in a position to initiate actions which will
enable us to either upgrade these essential support buildings or replace them with new units.
In addition to the role they perform in providing services to children, the centres serve as
the focus of teaching for students in the University's early childhood education program and
are also used as observation centres for students
in Education, Psychology, Recreation and Architecture.
The President's Report 1981-82/55 Congregation
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The University's annual Congregation for the
conferring of honorary and academic degrees
took place on May 26, 27 and 28 in the War
Memorial Gymnasium. This traditional ceremony, one of the most important in the University year, is attended each year by thousands of
relatives and friends of graduating students and
honorary degree recipients. The Hon. J.V.
Clyne, UBC's chancellor, presides at the
ceremony and confers on students and those
honored the degrees approved by the University
In the 1981-82 academic year, the University
Senate approved the awarding of a total of
4,463 academic degrees, 871 in the fall of 1981
and 3,592 in the spring of 1982. In addition, the
Senate approved the award of five honorary
degrees to individuals who have distinguished
themselves in the academic world, in public service and in industry.
On May 26, honorary degrees were conferred
on S. Robert Blair, president and chief executive officer of NOVA, the Alberta energy corporation, and on R. Gordon Robertson, president of the Institute for Research on Public
Policy and a former leading civil servant in the
federal government.
The following day, honorary degrees were
conferred on Professor Emeritus of Botany
Vladimir Krajina, a pioneer forest ecologist who
was instrumental in the establishment of ecological reserves in B.C., and on Ray G.
Williston, chairman and president of B.C.
Cellulose and a member of the B.C. Legislature
from 1953 to 1972.
On May 28, the final day of Congregation,
the University honored George F. Curtis, dean
emeritus of UBC's Faculty of Law, who was the
founding dean of that faculty, which he headed
with much distinction from 1945 until 1971.
One of the highlights of the ceremony is the
awarding of medals and prizes to students who
have distinguished themselves academically and
who head their respective graduating classes.
Those who received honors in the spring of 1982
are as follows.
Association of Professional Engineers Proficiency Award (Engineering) — Randy Brent
Osborne, Port Coquitlam.
Helen L. Balfour Prize (Nursing) — Kathleen
Marie Houston, Penticton.
Dr. Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial Medal and
Prize (Elementary) (Education) — Donna Lynn
Miller, Summerland.
Dr. Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial Medal and
Prize (Secondary) (Education) — Peter S. Luit-
jens, Vancouver.
Ruth Cameron Medal for Librarianship
(Librarianship) — Karen Viola Marotz,
College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia
Gold    Medal    (Dentistry) — Linda    Marion
Taylor, Vancouver.
College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia
Gold  Medal in Dental Hygiene (Dental Hygiene) — Sharon Toni Foster, Coquitlam.
Governor-General's  Gold   Medal — Bruce  A.
Lowden   (B.Sc;   Computer   Science),   Cran-
Hamber Medal (Medicine) — Catherine Ann
Harvey, Vancouver.
Horner Prize and Medal for Pharmaceutical
Sciences (Pharmaceutical Sciences) — Karmen
Ka Men Chan, Vancouver.
Kiwanis Club Medal (Commerce and Business
Administration) — Sarah Alyson Morgan, Victoria.
Law Society Gold Medal and Prize (Law) —
Hywel Rhys Davies, Vancouver.
H.R. MacMillan Prize in Forestry (Forestry) —
Robert Brownlow Kennett, Lavington.
Dean of Medicine's Prize (School of Rehabilitation Medicine) — Susan Patricia Oliver, Vancouver.
Physical   Education   and   Recreation   Faculty
Prize    in    Physical    Education — Catherine
Elizabeth Jordan, Vancouver.
Recreation Society of British Columbia Prize —
Linda June Watkinson, Burnaby.
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Medal
(Architecture) — Edward H. Murray, Chase.
Wilfrid Sadler Memorial Gold Medal (Agricultural   Sciences) — Judy   Mary   Luniw,   Armstrong.
Special University Prize (Fine Arts) — Ingrid
Charlotte Koenig, Vancouver.
Special University Prize (Home Economics) —
Erica Kaur Dhillon, Brentwood Bay.
Special University Prize (Licentiate in Accounting) — Sheila Anne Parton, North Vancouver.
Special University Prize (Music) — Neil Alan
Currie, Vancouver.
University Medal for Arts and Science — Ian
Ralph Weir (B.A.; English), Kamloops. Honorary degree recipients at UBC's
1982 spring congregation were, top
row, left to right, UBC Professor
Emeritus of Botany Vladimir Krajina,
a pioneer forest ecologist who was
instrumental in establishing ecological
reserves in B.C.; S. Robert Blair,
president of NOVA, the Alberta
energy corporation; Ray Williston,
chairman and president of B. C.
Cellulose Co. and a former provincial
government cabinet minister; second
row, left to right, R. Gordon
Robertson, president of the Institute
for Research on Public Policy and a
former leading federal civil servant;
and Dean Emeritus of Law George
Curtis, the first dean of Law at UBC
and widely known for his work on the
law of the sea.
The President's Report 1981-82/57 Prof. Martin Silverman was
appointed head of the
Department of Anthropology
and Sociology during the
academic year.
Appointments, Resignations and Retirements
Clarke became head of the Department of
Educational Psychology and Special Education,
Prof. David Robitaille was appointed head of
the Department of Mathematics and Science
Education; and Dr. Jorgen Dahlie is the head of
the Department of Social and Educational
Studies. Other notable appointments in Education are: Dr. I.E. Housego was named coordinator of the newly established Centre for
the Study of Teacher Education; Dr. L.W.
Downey is chairman of the educational administration division in the Department of
Administrative, Adult and Higher Education
and Prof. John Dennison is chairman of the
higher education division of the same department; Dr. James Sherrill is the associate director
of graduate studies in Education. Academic appointments included the following: Dr. Kjell
Rubenson, a world-class scholar in adult education joined the administrative, adult and higher
education department; and Dr. Ronald MacGregor, senior art educator in Canada and one
of the leading figures in his field in North
America, was appointed a full professor in the
Department of Visual and Performing Arts in
Education. In the school of Physical Education
and Recreation Robert Laycoe was appointed
chairman of the Department of Sport and Dr.
Eric Broom now chairs the Department of
In the Faculty of Forestry Dean Joseph Gardner announced his intention to retire as dean on
June 30, 1983, but will continue as a professor.
As a result of the faculty's decision to departmentalize, the following appointments as acting
heads were made: Dr. R.W. Kennedy of Harvesting and Wood Science, Dr. J.H.G. Smith of
Forest Resources Management and Dr. Oscar
Sziklai of Forest Sciences.
In the Faculty of Graduate Studies the appointment of Anthony H.J. Dorcey as assistant
director of the Westwater Research Centre and
an assistant professor in the School of Community and Regional Planning further consolidates the relationship between these two units,
which have common interests in resource policy
In the Faculty of Law the appointment of
Prof. Malcolm Smith is related to the faculty's
on-going commitment to the expansion of
Japanese legal studies.
Notable appointments in the Faculty of
Medicine included the following: Dr. A.D. Forward became head of the Department of Surgery; Dr. J. Smith heads the division of medical
microbiology; Dr. D.E. Vance is the new head
of the Department of Biochemistry; Dr. I.
Michelson was named head of the family practice department at Shaughnessy Hospital; and
the following professorial appointments will
strengthen the work of the faculty — Dr. J. Hall
in Medical Genetics, Dr. D. Calne in Medicine
and Dr. R.E. Rangno in Pharmacology and
In the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dr. Gail Bellward was elected chairman of the
division of pharmacology and toxicology; Dr.
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In an institution as labour-intensive as the
University, there is always a significant number
of appointments, resignations and retirements
in any given year. The more significant personnel changes for the 1981-82 academic year are
listed below.
ADMINISTRATION. In the administrative
area, I have dealt with the appointment of Dr.
Neil Risebrough as vice-provost for student affairs in an earlier section of this report entitled
The Student Body. The University lost a valuable administrator in Dr. William Tetlow, who
resigned as director of the Department of Institutional Analysis and Planning, and who also
held an appointment in the Faculty of Education.
RESIGNATIONS. In Agricultural Sciences,
appointments at the associate professor level
were those of Dr. George Chrysomilides and
Ralph G.J. Lattimore, both to the Department
of Agricultural Economics. Dr. John D.
Graham was named acting head of the same
In Applied Science, the appointment of Prof.
J.S. Laskowski was critically important to the
new program in coal preparation engineering in
the Department of Mining and Mineral Process
Engineering. Important appointments in Mechanical Engineering were those of Dr. Dale Cher-
chas to work in design and control with special
applications to robotics, and Dr. Farrokh
Sassani to work in manufacturing engineering.
Dr. Alan D. Russell joined Civil Engineering at
the rank of associate professor to teach construction management economics.
In the Faculty of Arts Dr. Martin Silverman
was named head of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, succeeding Prof. Kenelm
Burridge, who remains a faculty member; and
Dr. Olav Slaymaker became head of the Department of Geography, succeeding Prof. Robert
Smith, who is now associate vice-president,
academic. Dr. S.J. Rachman was appointed
director of the clinical program in the Department of Psychology at the rank of full professor.
Prof. George Hougham, who has been head of
the School of Social Work since 1967, announced
his resignation as head of the school effective
June 30, 1983, and will remain at UBC as a professor.
In Commerce and Business Administration
Dr. George Gorelik was appointed chairman of
the Division of Accounting and Management
Information Systems; Prof. Maurice Levi was
named head of the Division of Finance and
Bank of Montreal Professor in International
Finance; Catherine Vertisa became director of
the undergraduate program, succeeding Prof.
Stanley Oberg, who has accepted an appointment in the office of the Faculty of Graduate
Studies; and Dr. Bruce Fauman was named
director of executive programs and adjunct
associate professor in marketing.
In the Faculty of Education a number of appointments were made as the result of the
departmentalization of the faculty: Prof. Bryan rramt /\ddou was eiectea cnairman oi tne division of pharmaceutical chemistry; and Dr.
James Orr was elected chairman of the division
of pharmaceutics. Dr. David Fielding was appointed chairman of the division of pharmacy
administration and continues as director of
pharmacy continuing education, and Dr. John
McNeill was named associate dean of graduate
studies and research.
In the Faculty of Science Prof. Larry Weiler
became head of the Department of Chemistry,
succeeding Prof. Charles McDowell, now
University Professor; Prof. Robert C. Miller succeeded Prof. J.J.R. Campbell, who remains as a
professor, as head of the Department of Microbiology; and Prof. David L. Williams succeeds
Prof. Roy Nod well, who had completed a five-
year term of office, as head of the Department
of Physics.
A total of 18 members of the UBC faculty
reached retirement age during the academic
year. I know that all members of the University
community join me in extending to each of
those retiring our thanks for their contributions
to teaching and research over the years. In some
cases, these retiring members will continue to
carry out duties at the University. Those who
reached retirement age are as follows:
Leslie F. Ashley, a teacher in the Faculty of
Education since 1966 and an expert on
children's literature;
Inglis F. "Bill" Bell, UBC's associate librarian
since 1964 and a member of the library staff for
30 years;
Edward A. Bird, a 24-year member of the
Department of French and the author and
editor of numerous publications on French
language and literature;
Helen E. Cawston, who retires after 22 years
as a member of the School of Nursing, where
she was undergraduate academic advisor;
Lloyd F. Detwiller, administrator of UBC's
Health Sciences Centre Hospital until its separation from the University on April 1, 1982, and a
member of the UBC faculty since 1962;
Henry G. Dunn, a member of the Department of Paediatrics since 1954 and the chief
investigator in a massive, 15-year study of children of below-average weight at birth;
James S. Forsyth, a member of the Department of Chemical Engineering since 1957 and
head of the department from 1957 to 1969;
James Foulks, the first head of the pharmacology department in the Faculty of Medicine from 1951 to 1971, when he resigned his
administrative duties to devote full-time to
teaching and research;
Irving K. Fox, who joined the UBC faculty in
1971 as director of the Westwater Research
Centre and who was laterally a professor in the
School of Community and Regional Planning;
Colin C. Gourlay, who retires after 33 years as
a member of the Faculty of Commerce and
Business Administration and its assistant dean
until 1977;
Archie M. Johnson, who retires after 34 years
at UBC, initially as a clinical instructor in the
Faculty of Medicine and laterally as director of
the University's Student Health Service;
Elizabeth K. McCann, who retires after 35
years a a teacher in UBC's School of Nursing,
wnere sne was tne nrst instructor to work witn
University students in hospitals;
Myrne B. Nevison, a guidance and counselling expert who joined the UBC facuty in 1960;
Alfred V. Parminter, a member of the teaching staff of the Faculty of Education since 1961;
James Polglase, a 30-year member of the
Faculty of Medicine almost from its inception
and head of the Department of Biochemistry
since 1976;
Joseph I. Richardson, an expert on Indian
religions and religion and cultural change and a
member of the Department of Religious Studies
since 1967;
Eugen Ruus, a 25-year member of the
Department of Civil Engineering in the Faculty
of Applied Science;
Richard B. Splane, an expert on social policy
and a professor in UBC's School of Social Work
since 1973; and
Douglas Whittle, who retires after 37 years as
a member of the School of Physical Education
and Recreation, which he joined in 1945.
Two basic science departments at UBC
got new heads during the academic year.
Prof. Larry Wieler, top, became head of
the Department of Chemistry, and Prof.
David Williams, centre, was appointed
head of the Department of Physics. A
long-time member of the faculty, Prof
Douglas Whittle, bottom, retired in 1982
after 37 years as a teacher in the School
of Physical Education and Recreation. Deaths
60/The President's Report 1981-82
It is with deep regret that I record the names
of active and retired members of the UBC faculty
who died during the 1981-82 academic year.
Active members who died were:
Linda E. Headley, a member of the UBC
faculty from 1970 to 1973, initially as an instructor in the Faculty of Dentistry and latterly
as director of the Continuing Dental Education
program, on March 16, 1982;
Louis Moran, professor of psychology and
associate dean of the Faculty of Graduate
Studies, a member of the UBC faculty since
1969, on June 13, 1982.
Charles F.A. Culling, professor of pathology
and one of Canada's leading cancer researchers,
on July 13, 1982; and
James M. Robinson, assistant professor in the
Department of Health Care and Epidemiology
and a consultant to the University's Health
Sciences Centre Hospital, on Aug. 23, 1982.
Retired members of faculty who died were:
Marion Gilroy, associate professor in the
School of Librarianship from 1963 to 1969, on
June 22, 1981;
Everton A. Lloyd, a noted poultry scientist
and one of the earliest appointments to the UBC
faculty who retired in 1951, on July 19, 1981;
Edro Signori, professor of psychology at UBC
from 1949 until his retirement in 1981, on Oct.
2, 1981;
Aubrey F. Roberts, who helped to raise
million of dollars for construction of UBC
buildings as director of the UBC Development
Fund from 1957 to 1963, on Nov. 15, 1981;
Mabel Lanning, a long-time member of the
University's senior library staff from 1926 until
her retirement as head of the circulation division in 1961, on Nov. 28, 1981;
John M. Turnbull, the last surviving member
of the UBC faculty that was on hand when UBC
opened its doors to students in 1915 and first
head of the mining department in the Faculty of
Applied Science until his retirement in 1945, on
Jan. 2, 1982 at the age of 104;
Phyllis Schuldt, a member of UBC's Department of Music from 1960 to 1978, on Jan. 16,
Leonard C. Marsh, author of the famed
"Marsh Report" of 1943, which advocated a
system of family allowances instituted in 1944
and which became a pivotal document in the
development of Canadian social security programs, and a member of the UBC faculty from
1947 to 1972 as a teacher in Social Work and
Education, on May 10, 1982;
Robert Wellwood, a member of the Faculty
of Forestry from 1946 until 1977 who was widely
known for his work in the field of wood science
and utilization, on June 8 in a traffic accident
near Lytton, B.C.;
Brock M. Fahrni, organizer of UBC's School
of Rehabilitation Medicine and head of the
school from 1961 to 1978 and a pioneer in the
field of chronic care for the elderly, on June 9,
Kenneth A. Evelyn, a noted researcher in
UBC's medical school from 1958 to 1976 and
director of the G.F. Strong Laboratory, on July
23, 1982; and
F. Henry Johnson, who played a major role in
the development of the curriculum of the Faculty
of Education from 1956 to 1982 as director of
elementary teacher education and professor of
the history of education, on Aug. 23, 1982.


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