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CPAX   gets
the    Axe /
Slated for demolition on September 1, the
Chemistry and Physics Annex (CPAX) is still
standing across from the bookstore.  Originally a *»*<•
economics building in 1926, the building now no
longer meets safety standards.  CPAX use to house
the Science Undergraduate Office, the Chemistry
Student's Office, various Chemistry/Physics
professors offices and the Tutoring Center for
The occupants were asked to vacate the building
before August 20 and as of today, the Science
Undergraduate Society is located in Scarfe 9.  The
Chemistry Student's Office is located across from
Chem 150(beneath the stairs) while professors
previously housed in CPAX have found accommodation
either in the Chemistry or Physics Building.  The .
Tutoring Center's location has yet to be announced.
Scheduled for completion in 1990, Dean Miller said
that the $16.4 million Chemistry and Physics will
serves three purposes:
The Science Undergraduate Society,
on behalf of all Science students,
would like to congratulate Rick
Hanson and Bob Wyman on receiving
honorary degrees from UBC.  A warm
welcome to Leslie Peterson who
will be installed as Chancellor.
Classes will be cancelled from
1:30 p.m. onward today (Wednesday
9 1987) and the special convocation will be held at the War
Memorial Gym at 2:30.  Everyone is
invited and we expect that Science
students will be there in FULL .
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"it will provide much needed research
space for faculty, graduate and directed research
by undergraduates."
"It will liberate space in the current chemistry
facilities for improved teaching laboratories."
"There will be a n»ew reading room (library of
current periodicals) which will be available to
students and faculty.  It should provide a good •
meeting ground for Chemistry and Physics faculty
and students."
Added Dr. David Strangway, "This new facility, with
its state-of-the-art research laboratories will
enable UBC to become even more competitive for
national and international research contracts."
-The Vancouver Sun (Douglas Todd)
For more information, Dr. Weiler(Head of Chemistry)
and Dr. Turrell(Head of Physics) should be
contacted.  The plans for the new Chemistry/Physics
Building is posted in the Chemistry Office for
those who are curious.
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THE  432
September   9,   1987
Science Communication
— too little signal, too much noise
One of the puzzling paradoxes of society
is that, in all of human history, today we
have the highest level of literacy, the largest number of university graduates, the
greatest exposure to books, television,
and radio, and yet there remains widespread ignorance and superstition involving science, technology, and medicine.
What I mean is that there are excellent
and popular magazines like Scientific
American, New Scientist, and Science
'84 available, yet a far larger audience
learns about science and medicine
through newspapers like The National Enquirer. There have been many best-
selling books by established scientists
such as Stephen Jay Gould. Carl Sagan.
Margaret Mead, and Lewis Thomas, yet
many more people read about Uri Geller.
UFO's. Chariots of the Gods, Plant Communication, the Bermuda Triangle.
Spontaneous Combustion. Worlds in Collision, and so on. There are television programs tike Nova, Horizon, and The Nature
of Things, yet far larger audiences watch
That's Incredible, In Search of, and What
Will They Think of Next.
I began appearing on television and
radio 21 years ago in the belief that, by
informing people about science, by providing them with more information, I could
help them to deal with the powerful forces
of science and technology. Today, I am
far less sure of this as I realize that we are
awash in information. We have information coming out of our ears: we are
hooked on information. The problem is
that there is an enormous amount of
"noise" in this information, by which I
mean "junk" or "garbage."
In science, we know that most of what is
published will be considered insignificant,
irrelevant, or incorrect in five years. The
problem for scientists is to decide what, in
that huge pool of published data, is worth
remembering or doing something about.
Of course, we do have a number of clues
to follow here: some journals are better
than others: some authors are better;
some research'irisitutidns are better: and;
oh yes. some of the experiments performed are better. I can't imagine a more
critical and skeptical (some say cynical)
group than scientists — we want to see
the data ourselves, we want to decide
what conclusions are valid, and we are
very quick to dump all over a poorly conceived and executed experiment. That, to
me, is the great strength of scientific activity —we demand evidence and we evaluate it. And that attitude is the most important gift we in science can provide to
the general public.
As a teacher, I encounter a lot of students who tell me about a new "breakthrough" in cancer, life extension, alternate energy, and so on. And often, when I
ask how they know, they'll reply that they
saw it on TV or read it somewhere. What
concerns me is the ease with which a
report is accepted and repeated as a truth
simply because it exists as a statement in
the electronic or print media. Indeed, we
often pass on, as if it were true, the latest
diet, jogging trick, or vitamin therapy that
someone else tells us about. I find that a
lot of people take massive doses of vita
min C when a cold threatens, but few have
ever read an article on the pros or cons of
Linus Pauling's ideas. (Pauling considers
vitamin C to be a wonder drug.) I find, in
groups that I speak to, virtually everyone
has heard and believes that we only use a
part of our brains (anywhere from 20 to 80
per cent). The implication here is that,
over a million years ago. our ancestors
evolved this organ with vast empty
spaces to be filled at a much later date.
But the brain only makes up about 2 per
cent of body weight, yet consumes 20 per
cent of its energy, which is quite a burden
to carry around for future generations.
Yet. this is a widely accepted social
During discussions with friends. I have
been shocked to be told that I'm being ■too
scientific" when I ask them "what are the
numbers?" or "what's your evidence?" to
back up a statement. It's as if the demand
lor quantitative evidence is not relevant in
day-to-day conversation. And so people
feel free to cite anecdotes as corroboration for sweeping generalizations. I've
heard such things as:
"Marijuana is safe. I've smoked three
joints a day for years and it hasn't affected
my grades."
"If you believe scientists, to get cancer
from saccharine we'd have to drink
10 000 bottles of Tab a day."
"Edgar Mitchell, the astronaut, says
ESP is a fact."
It's hard to avoid extrapolating from a
personal experience to a conclusion (I've
been doing it myself in this column), yet
that's the basis for many of our prejudices
about racial groups, the sexes, or socioeconomic groups. And it leads us, without
any evaluation to try the latest fads: to get
rid of cellulite. to slim, or stay young. It
becomes far more critical, however, when
we must decide on matters like nuclear
energy, defense policy, or pollution control.
I have come to the unhappy conclusion
that my efforts to convey more information
through the electronic media may have
simply exacerbated society's problems by
adding to the morass of available information. I hope in the future that educators will
distinguish between informing youngsters
about the body of techniques and ideas in
science, and the much more relevant lesson for daily life in our information society:
namely, the critical scientific approach,
the demand for primary data and quantification.
But that's not easy. In our daily lives, we
only have our personal experiences on
which to draw conclusions about the
world around us. Valid generalizations require a larger body of experience and a
critical assessment of its contents, and for
anyone not familiar with science, that's
not always easy.
I think the biggest challenge — and
hope — rest with the way science will be
taught in the grade schools in the future.^.
SCIENCE DIMENSION, Vol. IS, No. 2/84     tfith Demission froi Dr. David Suzuki.
Dean   of
For the past 2 years, Dr. Robert Miller has been
the Dean of Science.  He received his bachelor's
degree in Physics(Trinity College: Connecticut),
his masters in Bio-Physics(Penn State), and did
his post-doctorate research with HG Khorana who
was awarded the nobel prize for solving the
genetic code.  At the University of
Pennsylvania, he worked on the chemical
synthesis of a gene where he received his Ph.D.
As a professor of Microbiology specilizing in
molecular biology at UBC, his position as Dean
of Science holds much responsibility.
"I am responsible for faculty appointments,
promotions, research facilities, teaching
facilities, achedemic programs of the faculty
and the achedemic standards of the Faculty."
However, responsiblities also lie on the three
Associate Deans.  Dr. David Dolphin is the
contact person for the Industrial Liason Office.
Dr. Liley is responsible for student affairs
while Dr. McMillan handles faculty affairs.  If
students have any inquiries concerning
achedemics or advice, the Associate Deans are
there to help.
This year UBC has a biotechnology laboratory.
Previously unavailable due to budget restraints,
it came about through the Center of Excellence
Fund.  The labs will house new equipment and
research labs for faculty, graduate and directed
undergraduate research.  There will be three
areas of advance teaching labs for
undergraduates: fermenting processing
engineering, animal molecular genetics and plant
molecular genetics.
"It is a priority (refering to the Biotech.
Labs) in many of the top-flight universities in
North America.  We have a significant backgaund
of excellence in that area at UBC, said Dean
For more information, Dr.  Michael Smith is the
person to see as he is in charge of the
Biotechnology Labs.
DR.     ROBERT      MILLER  Jr.
"We are movinq as a society to a time when more
and more people need to understand more and more
Science regardless of what they do, whether
they're workinq in a lab, office or runninq a
company.  They have to understand technical
matters which demands a backqround in Science.
We may be movinq to a time where we stress a
qeneral approach to Science and less emphasis on
what department will qive us the best chance of
f ind inq a job."
"We don't only need people who are qoinq to make
siqnificant discoveries in a narrow branch of
Science which implies the traditional pyramid; a
broad base qettinq more and more specialized and
advanced degrees.  We need people who have a
qood qeneral operatinq knowledqe of Science
reqardless of whether they're doinq Science."
Asked as to which department offers the best
career opportunities at the moment, Dr.  Miller
stressed that there is no single department that
has outstanding career opportunities compared to
the others (only what topics are 'hot').  He
said that every department graduates people who
are highly sought by industry, government or
In order to seek a career, he said that one must
establish two things:
"What you really what to do and what you're good
at and to try to come to a compromise between
those two things and optimize it.  There are
always jobs for good people who are commited to
their work."
He said that many take Science as an education
to prepare them for a wide range of careers
where they use varying degrees of their Science
"Many countries are much further ahead in their
education development than Canada is in thinkinq
about this approach in education; movinq away
from specific technical traininq to a Science
Education.  We have to consider that evolution
very ser iously."
"Nobody said Science was easy.  Science demands
a committment from all of us." -Dr. Robert
The Science Undergraduate Newspaper wishes to
thank Dr. Miller for taking time off his busy
schedule to meet with the editor.  We hope to
keep in constant contact throughout the year
in order to keep the Science Students
Steve Kwonq
Vince Jiu
Jean Guay
^Published   by:
The Science Undergraduate Society
Scarfe 9, UBC  Vancouver  228-4235 September   9, 1987
THE   432
Page   3
How many  of  you could  tell
me how many people  are  on the
Science  Undergrad  Society
council?     How many   of  the
different   council  positions   can
you  describe?     what  are  the
various   duties   of  these  council
My  duties  as   President
include;  chairing  the  Science
Undergrad  Society council
meetings;representing  Science
students   to the  AMS (at  present   I
am also  on  the  AMS    hiring and
budget   committees);  and basically
act as   overall co-ordinator  of
the  society.
The  Science  council is  split
into  four  main areas;  Academics
,Administration  ,  Recreation  and
The  Academics  part  is
overseen by  the   1st   vice-
president.The   1st  vp's  duties
include;     assisting the
president representing Science
students   to  the  AMS ;  working
with  the   Science   senator  to
ensure  that   we  are  properly
represented to the  faculty;co-
ordinate  registration  week
activities;co-ordinate  any
elections   or  referendums.
The  rest   of  the  academics
section  includes   the  Science
senator  (  our  representative  to
the   UBC  senate  )  and  the  AMS
representative.  The  AMS     rep's
main  function  is  to  voice
concerns   of  Science  students  to
the  AMS     student  council and keep
Science  students  informed  of what
the  AMS    doing.
The  Administration part   of
our   organization headed by the
president.    The  other  members  are
the  treasurer  (responsible  for
the  finances   of  the  Science
Undergrad  Society  ),the  secretary
(keeps  track of any  of the
societies  records  and
correspondence  )the publications
co-ordinator  (handbook, paper,
tickets, ballots  and any  other
publications) and the public
relations   officer.
The  recreational  section  of
the  Science  Undergrad  Society is
overseen by  the   2nd  vice-
president.    Participation in
Intramural  sports  is  encouraged
and  organized by the  sports  coordinator  and social activities
such as bzzr  gardens  and dances
are looked after by  our  social
(Not   necessarily  in  that   order)
Welcome   to. the  new year  at   UBC.
My  name  is   Michael  Glenlster  and
I  am the   Treasurer   of  the   SUS  for
1987/88.     Apart   from these   first
three   sentences,   I'll   get
straight   to  the  point.     For  those
of  you  in  Science  (If  you  are
reading  this   and  take  more  than   3
units   of   Science  courses,  then  it
is   highly  likely  you are  in
Science  and  consequently  -
whether  you  want   to be  or  not-
you  are  a  member  of  SUS) that
participate  in  Intramural  sports,
you  can  receive  a   2/3 rebate   on
the  registration  fee  from me.
Representation   of the
Science  student  body  to council
is   carried  out  by two groups.
One  group  is   the   elected   or
appointed  reps   of  the  various
Science  departmental clubs   to  the
Science  Undergrad  Society  council
such as  the  Dawson club  or
Physsoc.The   other  group contains
the   year   reps   with  there  being
three  of  each year, except   first
(  which  has   two),  giving  eleven
year  reps   in total.
All  the members   of  each  of
the  four  areas  have  a  voice  and  a
vote  on council,  therefore
council could have as  few as
twenty-two (with no departmental
club representation )  or  as  many
as   forty votes  if  there  were
clubs  representing each
department.     In reality
approximately  five clubs   send
reps  and many  of departments  do
not  have have clubs  to represent
We  will soon be  electing the
two  first  year  reps.     If  you are
in first  year  science and
interested in  on  of these
positions, come and see me ( Todd
Ablett  ) in  our   SUS  Business
Office  Scarfe   #9 ( downstairs  )
and  I'll do my best  to answer
your  questions  about  what being a
year  rep requires  in the  way  of
effort  and  time .Please  do this  by
Sept.  16 as  the  reps  will be
elected at  the  Sept. 17  council
I hope  this  article has
helped to answer  some  of your
questions  about  the  Science
Undergrad  Society Council and how
it  is   structured.
Todd Ablet t
SUS Pres.  87  /88
SCARFE, UBC - Rumours have been floating
around about ,ar secret (and secretive)
subsidiary ;o£^nthe SUS supposedly called
the "Black Hand.M It is said that this
organization perpetrates various events
around campus which, if not for their
rather Innocent nature, might otherwise
be  termed  terrorist actions.
When asked about the Black Hand,
Darren McBratney, SUS 2nd
vice-president, who is widely considered
to be the don of the organization,
replied: "You mean the prank group? The
one that paints the cairn and all that
stuff? Never heard of it." When pressed,
he denied categorically that any such
organization existed, had ever existed,
or would ever exist, but that it would
like  to get  some  more  funding.
Various other students whose
association with the Black Hand is
fairly well known vigorously
demonstrated their lack of knowledge on
the subject, saying that the Black Hand
could definitely not be reached at the
SUS office in Scarfe 9, and that Darren
McBratney has nothing to do with the
non-exisent club. No messages should be
left   in his  box,   they emphasized.
SUS president Todd Ablett could not
be reached for comment. His office
proclaimed that he was most certainly
not off      painting       the       Civil       and
Mechanical Engineering building bright
It's  quite  simple, when you
register   for  an  Intramurals   event
(eg.  Arts   20  Relay,   Handley  Cup
Soccer,  etc.) simply put   on the
registration  form that   you  are
playing  for   Science, then drop by
Scarfe   #9 (SUS Business   Office)
with your  receipt  and a  photocopy
of  the  registration form.     Fill
out   a  rebate  application (Yes,
paperwork),  and after  the  event
come  back and pick up your
rebate. (Note:  Co-rec events   only
qualify  for  a   1/3 rebate   - but
you're  still  saving money).
Now,  with  regards   to  saving
time  - both yours  and mine  -  I
will be  posting my  office  hours
In the  next   issue.    Barring
exams, midterms, and a  personal
visitation  from God,  I will  do  my
upmost   to keep .them.     Therefore
don't   chase me  around as   it   isn't
necessary.     Simply drop  off  your
request/message/threat   when you
can,  then come back after  my  next
scheduled office hours and you'll
likely  find a
counter-threat  awaiting you.
"What   are  your   office hours?"  I
hear  you ask although  I tojd  you
I'll be posting them shortly.    I
don't  have any yet, so hold your
horses and let  me get  organized!
Well, have a  good year, and
a likely unwanted piece  of
advice: Enjoy yourself at
University, but  not  too much.
Michael Glenlster
IE  you  think   you  are  a
combination  of  Sherlock   Holmes,
Einstein and  Superman,   or   just
cunning  and  sneaky enough  to
solve  any question  or  task   on
^&— ;	
-How tall is
is the Clock Tower
-How many stairs are there at tl
main entrance of Wesbrook?
-Bring back a Sept 11/87 issue of
the Ubyssey.
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THE   432
September   9,   1987
THE   432
Page   5
The department of Oceanography is one of the
most obscure in the Faculty of Science when
it comet; to the undergraduate level.  This
is one reason why interviewing the head of
this department was very interesting.  Dr.
P. H. LeBlond who replaced Dr. S. E. Calvert
at the beginning of the summer as head will
serve in the distinguished position for the
next five years.  Ironically, even though
the department of oceanography was the first
to grant us an interview for our
undergraduates readers, it is the department
that caters the least to undergraduate
students.  The lack of involvement at the
undergraduate level comes from the
Department's historical orientation and from
the nature of Oceanography itself.
The department has only existed eight
years and was previously administered by the
Faculty of Graduate Studies as the Institute
of Oceanography.  UBC was the only
university in Canada offering graduate
studies in Oceanography.  It maintained this
exclusiveness for about 15 years losing it
only in the mid sixties. Now four
universities Canada offer Graduate Studies
in this field.  Most the Oceanography
department's activities remains at the
graduate and research level.  The majority
of the courses offered are graduate
courses.  About 1.5 million comes from the
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Council (NSERC) for research compared to
$750,000 given by the government for the
Or.      LeBlond
Asked why the department offered only
combined honour degrees in Oceanography, Dr.
LeBlond replied that a major in Oceanography
would only give a superficial understanding
of the oceans and that basic sciences like
Physics and Chemistry were needed in order
to fully understand the complex structure of
the oceans.  Also, most students in the
undergraduate programs of Oceanography are
expected to go on to graduate studies as the
job entry is at the Masters and Ph.D level
with most jobs occurring in government and
universities.  Even thought the,,,department
receives one the the largest research funds
on campus, it's lack of funds for
undergraduate courses can be noticed in the
lack of labs:  only two undergraduate
courses have labs.  The situation is
unfortunate especially considering the
proximity of the university to the ocean.
Lack of money and room.is to^ blame and even
though.Dr. LeBlond has pleaded for adding
labs to many of the courses the bottom line
remains economics.  Dr. LeBlond added that
courses in which "you stand in front of a
classroom waving your hands don't cost any
money and are easy to put in ... but a
course which costs a lot of money and
required space (labs) is another thing
Asked about the future the Oceanography
department Dr. LeBlond stated that even
though he was an optimist it was "difficult
for any department in the University to
think about expansion at this stage."
-must be able to use a camera to take shots with clarity
-the cost of film is reimbursed by the SUS
-the cost of printing photos is reimbursed by the SUS
-every picture used by THE 432 will have due credit given
-photographers will have a chance to learn how to use a PMT
(photomechanical transfer) machine; it converts photographs
into half-tones(dots)
-as photographers, you will be working along side the
writers (ie. taking shots complementary to the story line)
Wanted at Scarfe 9, ask for Vince
or Jean to get involved in THE 432
The place to be.
-must have an interest in writing and be able to type
-must be curious and inquisitive
-every article used by THE 432 will have due credit given
-writers will have access to the SUS computer/word processor
and the AMS computer system
-story lines will be developed by you
-writers may have their own column if readership demands
felcome to the exciting world of newspaper publishing.  A
world where letters, lines and pictures create a medium for
the transfer of information.
The Science Undergraduate Society is looking for resourceful,
motivated and dedicated individuals to work in their
newspaper production department.  *We offer "the best ill  '
equipment and the chance to learn a viable skill.
The newspaper this year is published every two weeks and has
a circulation of 3000 for the first issue.  The paper covers
the Faculty of Science, the Science Undergraduate Society and
the world of Science in general.  We have called the paper
•THE Four-Thirty Two'.  It is not-called 'the Four-Three-Two'
and definitely not 'the Four Hundred and Thirty Two1.  It is
distributed;bi-weekly every Wednesday.  Look for it!
Interested in knowing more about Oceanography?
* Many courses in Oceanography are open to
Sciences students in many departments including
Biology, Physics and Geology.  The 308
Introduction to Oceanography course is open to
all Science students in second year or higher.
** Weekly seminars on Oceanography are
posted at all departments in Science and will
now be announced in this newspaper. All
Science students are welcome to attend but must
consider that some lectures may be too
specific.  Generally, the title can reveal the
complexity of the lecture.
Upcoming Seminars:
Tuesday, September 15, 1987
Dr.R.Gowan - Fish Farming and its
Impact on the Environment.
3:30 p.m. Biol. Sciences Room 1465
Tuesday, September 22, 1987
A.Thomas - Pretty Colours and Ugly
Data  (may be specific)
3:30 p.m. Biol. Sciences Room 1465
-must be creative, imaginative and innovative
-able, to work with glue-sticks, letraset and letraline
-the layout/design person will have access to the photocopying machine to make reductions/enlargements
-will have access to the SUS computer/word processor
-headlines/captions/subtitles will be developed by you
-layout/design person may have their own page(s).to develop
-due credit will be given
Four Men were bragging about how smart their dogs were.  The first, a
physicist, had a dog named "T Square". The second, a mathematician,
had a dog named "Slide Rule". The third, a chemist, had a dog named
"Measure", and the fourth was a union member.
To show off, the physicist called his dog and said, "T Square, do
your stuff", T square trotted over to a desk, took some paper and pen,
and promptly drew a circle, a square, and a triangle.  Everyone agreed
that was pretty good, but the mathematician said his dog could do
better.  He called hia dog an said " Slide Rule, do your stuff".  Slide
Rule went out Into the kitchen and returned with a dozen cookies.  He
divided them into four equal pile of three each.  Everyone thought that
was pretty good, but the chemist said his dog could do better.
"Measure, do your stuff" he said.  The dog got up, walked over to the
fridge, took out a quart of milk, got a ten ounce glass from the
cupboard, and then poured out exactly eight ounces without spilling a
drop.  Everyone agreed that was pretty good, then they turned to the
union member and said "so what can your dog do?" The union member
stood up, called his dog and said "Coffee Break, do your stuff".
.Coffee Break jumped to hia feet, ate the cookies, drank the milk, shit
on the paper, fucked the three dogs, claimed he'd injured his back
while doing so, filed a Crlevance Report for unsafe working conditions,
put in for Workers Compensation and went home on a Sick Leave.
The Science Undergraduate Newspaper wishes to thank Dr. LeBlond for
taking to time to meet with the editors and for his prompt response to
our invitation, other sincere thanks go to the department head of
Physics and Microbiology.  We will be featuring the Physics department
in our next issue in two weeks.  We would also like to take this
opportunity to reassert our invitation to the other nine departments in
the faculty of Science to open up their doors to our Science
undergraduate readers.
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Can you guess as to why we've
called the paper THE 432?  Get
those pens and pencils rolling
because we have prizes galore to
give away.  Let's hear from you.
Whether it be totally absurd or
totally true, you have a shot at
the grand prize and much, much
GRAND PRIZE:  Dinner for two at 'Foggs and Suds
Bi-Weekly Prize:  A Science Wind-Breaker for the
best entry.
Entry Prize:  Four 'suds' t-shirts will be awarded
to entrants meeting the bi-weekly
entry deadlines.
1. The contest is open to Science students only.
SUS executives are not eligible to enter.
2. Each entry must be accompanied by a fully
completed ORIGINAL entry form.  Copies of the
entry form'will not be accepted.
3. All entries will be considered for the Biweekly Prize and the Entry Prize meeting the
bi-weekly entry deadline.
4. All entries become the property of the SUS and
will not be returned.
5. The contest closes OCTOBER 16, 1987.
6. The decision of the judges is final.
The first bi-weekly entry deadline is Friday,
SEPTEMBER 18, 1987.  Entries received on or before
this date are eligible for the Bi-weekly prize and
the Entry Prize.  Drop off your entry in the SUS
Contest Box, Scarfe Building, Room 9.
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THE   432
September   9,   1987
Edited by Dr. George H. Scherr' /Workaan Publishing, New York
James L. DcLucas
.he darkbulb is an electronic device thai produces
darkness. It is similar in appearance to the ordinary
lightbulb. Whereas the lightbulb is considered an
energy source, the darkbulb could be considered an
energy sink.
The darkbulb looks like the ordinary lightbulb. It
is much heavier, a typical 60 watt bulb weighing about
two pounds. The darkbulb's outer shell is made of a
special metallic material called heliotex. Heliotex was
made specially for the bulb, and it is necessary for the
bulb's operation. The bulb screws into an ordinary
light socket and can be run on house current. The
bulbs are normally coated black for easy identification.
Darkbulbs come in power sizes similar to the lightbulb.
Two and three-way bulbs and special purpose bulbs are
also available.
The Hay Field
Unlike the simple heating filament of the lightbulb,
the inner contents of the darkbulb are complicated
and electronic. The heart of this device is the crystalka*-
noogin valve. The crystalkanoogin valve was designed
by Edison A. Thomas, an engineer at General Electric.
(See "An Inexpensive Dissipator of Radiant Energy,"
Electronics, Vol. 42, No. 7, pp. 59-67, July 1970.) The
valve is made up of a series of miniature electronic
components. The sole purpose of the valve is the
production of the Hay field. The Hay Reverse Electromagnetic Field, or Hay (REF), was theoretically proven
to exist by R.E.F. Hay at MIT in late 1969. This
invisible field is able to dissipate normal electromagnetic energy, such as light, by converting this energy
into the reverse electromagnetic energy of the Hay
field. This energy conversion process is the means by
which the Hay field propagates through the air. In a
vacuum the Hay field would propagate indefinitely. In
air, however, the Hay field would lose energy to the
surrounding medium and it would soon disappear.
Thus, the crystalkanoogin  valve  must continuously
produce the Hay field. Also, the Hay field will not
propagate unless the surrounding medium contains
electromagnetic energy, since the Hay field uses this
energy to sustain itself.
The Hay field is analogous to a vacuum cleaner
that sucks electromagnetic energy from the air.
Electromagnetic energy such as light can be thought
of as being absorbed by the darkbulb and then converted into the Hay field. The recycling of the trapped
light energy not only solves the energy dissipation
problem but also puts this energy to useful work.
The crystalkanoogin valve sets up the Hay field
on the inside surface of the heliotex shell. The properties of the heliotex material cause it to radiate the Hay
field into the surrounding space, much like a lightbulb
would radiate light energy from the heating filament.
The heliotex shell thus acts as a radiating antenna for
the Hay field. The type of radiation absorbed by the
bulb is dependent on the impurities present in the
heliotex shell. The impurities can be controlled during
the making of the heliotex. Thus, special purpose
bulbs that absorb only one kind of electromagnetic
*h«r£y|,can be made. For instance, it is possible to
Create a-darkbulb that absorbs only red light, or a bulb
that absorbs only cosmic rays.
During operation, the surface of the bulb will
actually become cool due to dissipation of heat from
the heliotex material. The darkbulb "sucks" light
energy from the air, but the bulb is not a perfect
discriminator, and very small amounts of other forms
of energy in the vicinity of the bulb will also be
dissipated. The bulb will become cold because of a loss
of heat energy to the field.
The ordinary darkbulb is one that will absorb
light. The bulb will dissipate light, that is, produce
darkness in as large an area and to as comparable a
degree as a lightbulb of the same wattage will produce
The Dark Fantastic
The ordinary darkbulb has many uses. A flip of the
switch makes it possible to sleep in the daytime with-
Sunlight streaming into a room inhibits sleep, but flipping on the darkbulb envelops the subject in soothing darkness.
Darkbulbs come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and wattages.
out the use of eyepatches. Photographic enthusiasts no
longer need to spend money "lightproofing" a darkroom. Just screw a darkbulb into a socket and any room
becomes an instant darkroom. Eye doctors have found
darkbulbs particularly useful for conducting eye examinations. There are applications of the bulb in the
scientific fields, where many experiments require the
absence of surrounding radiant energy. The darkbulb
also seems to be popular at parties.
Special purpose darkbulbs are finding wider applications. The special purpose radio wave darkbulb
will absorb radio waves from the surrounding area. One
application of this bulb is in the scientific field where
certain experiments require shielding from radio
waves. The cosmic and X-ray darkbulbs absorb cosmic
energy and X-rays from the air. These potentially
hazardous forms of energy can now be snatched from
the air before they reach the vulnerable human being.
As scientific technology advances, the special
purpose infrared darkbulb will eventually be produced.
Such a bulb would absorb infrared (heat) energy. The
invention of this type of darkbulb would have a profound effect on modern society. Refrigerators would no
longer need a complex mechanical cooling system—
just an infrared darkbulb inside. Sunbathers in the
vicinity of an infrared darkbulb could get a tan without
worrying about the harmful rays that cause sunburn.
Air cooling could be accomplished with a darkbulb.
Unfortunately, technology has not found a way to
prevent the heliotex shell from becoming frozen solid
during the bulb's operation. In the frozen condition,
the heliotex shell fails to maintain the Hay field.
The darkbulb can be found in any store that
carries lightbulbs. The cost of this modern advance in
technology has been considerably reduced, although it
is still much more expensive than the lightbulb. However, the darkbulb is not beyond the reach of the
average-income American family. Indeed, they are becoming as common as the home radio.
The CSC (Chemical Society of Canada) is open to any student
with an interest in chemistry.  During registration of the
first week of classes, we are selling a year's rights to
lockers in the Chemistry Building for a very reasonable
price.  If you are interested in joining the Chemical Society
of Canada, drop by the office across from Chem 150 (bottom
floor, South Wing of the Chemistry Building and ask for Julie.
Be on the lookout for exciting events organized by the CSC.
pre ~med
o _
o n\
Has the thought of becoming a doctor ever crossed your
Mind?  Or are you just plain curious about medicine?  Your
questions will be answered when you join the Pre-Medical
Society.  You'll be exposed to the many aspects of medicine:
Cancer medicine. Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery and even
Sports Medicine.  Our members are kept informed with "up-to-
Date""information.  (Eg. A 2 hour seminar devoted to AIDS
concerning the latest advances in research and potential
antidotes.)  In addition to lectures (Eg. Dr. Boggle; regarding Medical School Entrances), we have field trips to
Vancouver General, TRIUMF, UBC Hospital, GF Armstrong Rehab.
Ctr. and other medical institutions which give you a first
hand view of "medicine in action".  Of course, PreMed is not
just all thatt  We have gym/pizza nights so you can meet
people with common interest and play a friendly game of
volleyball, basketball, badminton and other sports.  You can
find us in IRC(Woodward) Room G-30 or call our Prez- Minnie
Ho at 437-5842 for more info.  So join us NOW1!I  You have
nothing to lose--only something to gain!
What price would you be willing to pay to get help in
all your Math, Physics and Applied Sciences courses?  How
about free? At the Physics Society (Physoc), we can help you
get those high marks you usually only dream about.  Members
have the use of their own study carrel plus the benefits of
the library and lounge.   Our members regularly compete in
all the intramural events, so if you're interested in getting
help in your courses or just having a good time, check us
out.  We're in Room 307 of the Hennings Building, located
between Hebb and Main Library.
The CS3 is a club where, despite popular belief, that we do
nothing but hacks, the people are crazy, fun-loving and
intelligent to boot; and yes, we do take daily showers and
wash our hair.  Another myth is that only CPSC students will
benefit from such a club as ours: this is not so.  We offer
services such as: locker rentals, pop sales and the Micro
Users Group.  If you have any questions, or are interested in
becoming a member ($5.00), our office is located at Room 203A
in the Comp. Sc. Building.  Office hours are from 12:30-1:30
and any other time the club is open.  Come out and join us
for a fun-filled year. September   9,   1987
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The Terry Fox
SEPTEMBER 13th, 1987
 8:00 A.M.
950 W. 41st Avenue — 266-9111
Site #701
10 KM (almost) and 3 KM
Walk, Jog, Run, Wheel
ROUTE: Start and finish at V.J.C.C., 41st & Oak
3 KM — East to Cambie. Sooth on Cambie to 49th. West on 49th to Oak,
North on Oak to 41st. finish in parking lot. ALL GENTLE GRADES.
10 KM — East to Cambie, South on Cambie to 59th. West on 59th to
Angus, North on Angus to 57th, East on 57th to East Blvd., North on East
Blvd. to 41st to Oak, finish in parking lot. UPHILL FROM EAST BLVD. TO
6:30 a.m. — late entrants
7:45 a.m. — warm-up
8:00 a.m..— start
9:15 a.m. — prizes and
KEEP TERRY'S DREAM ALIVE — Fill your pledge sheet and aid cancer research.
Science UBC Jackets
(White leather sleeves, blue melton body)
Science UBC Windbreakers
Woven Einstein/Faculty Shirts
Einstein/Faculty T-Shirts
•SUDS' T-Shlrts
Science Sweatpants
reg. $130
sale $120
reg. $35
sale $30
sale $19.95
sale $12.95
sale $5
sale $19.95
Sales Rep.:
Business Hours;
Dale Shewchuk
Tues. 12:30-1:30
Wed/Thurs/Fri. 12:30-2:30
Come on down to Scarfs 91
The UBC Health Sciences Centre Hospital is seeking volunteers
in various programs to enhance patient care provided by
staff.  Volunteer positions are available in the Extended
Care Unit, the Acute Care Unit and the Psyclatric Unit.
-Extended Care Unit serves patients who need on-going nursing
care and assistance with activities of dally living.
-Acute Care Unit consists of in-patient beds plus ambulatory
and emergency serivces.
-Psyciatric Unit has inpatient wards, includes a Day Program
and an Outpatient Clinic.
Staffed >y professionals from a variety of disciplines,
patients receive the best of care in the three units.
On Thursday, September 24th at 12:30, an overview of the
various volunteer opportunities will be discussed in the
Psychiatric Unit Lecture Theatre of the Hospital. Any
students interested may register there.
Students who have already volunteered at the Hospital and
wish to return to volunteering are encouraged to contact the
Coordinators before September 24th.
As a  volunteer, your contribution makes all the difference.
ACUTE CARE UNIT:    240 bed Unit with Medical and Surgical patients and a
wide variety of outpatient clinics.
Admitting:     Welcoming new patients, escorting them to their rooms.
Alzheimer's Clinic:   Assisting the patient and accompanying family
through the assessment day.
Emergency:     Comforting and supporting patients, family members.
Library Cart:*Taking library books and magazines throughout the Unit.
Gift Shop Cart: 'Selling gift shop articles throughout the Unit.
(*both the above include visiting with patients)
Long Stay Program:   Assisting the Rehabilitation aide in programs with
elderly patients.
Music Therapy:   Assisting the Music Therapist with transportation of
patients to her sessions.
ORIENTATION SESSION:   Late September and on-the-job training.    A
variety of workshops throughout the year.    Six month
commitment required.    Thank you luncheon in the spring.
Sherry Kendall at 228-7528.
PSYCHIATRIC UNIT: 60 bed treatment facility.
Gift Shop:     Monday to Friday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Library Cart:   Goes to the wards weekly.
Recreation Program:   Bowling, swimming, games, folk dancing
Monday to Friday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Ward Visiting:    Socialization with the patients, providing a healthy role
Requirements:   No experience required.    An ability to interact warmly with
ORIENTATION:   Provided in the fall.
Two communication workshops provided.
Thank you luncheon in the spring.
CONTACT: Sherry Kendall at 228-7528.
EXTENDEO CARE UNIT:    300 bed long term care facility.    Most residents use
wheel-chairs.   Average age is 84 years.
Volunteers give support In many areas, under the direction
of Rehabilitation, Nursing, or other Hospital staff.
Exercise and Sports:   Wheel-chair bowling, volleyball, gentle exercises.
Helping wheel-chair residents at Stan Stronge Pool.    Two
groups a week.
One-to-One Visiting:   With residents on the Patient Floors.
Social Groups:    Bingo, card games, baking, social events - various times,
mostly afternoons, Monday to Friday, some Saturday and
Entertainers:      Musical instruments, singing, dancing.    Oncall basis.
Library: Bring library cart to the Patient Floors.    Receive and
shelve donated material.
Hairdresser:       Escort wheel-chair residents from Patient Floors to
hairdressing area, and be a friendly visitor.
Music Therapy:    Escort residents to groups, encourage their participation.
Garden and Plants:   Assist in Patient Gardens, greenhouse, gardening
groups, and with indoor plant care.
Escort residents to Chapel services Sunday afternoons.
Opportunities with Dietary, Speech Therapy, Social Work sometimes
ORIENTATION:  September, January, and other sessions as required. Thank
you luncheon in Spring.
CONTACT:     Gerry Cavers at 228-7384 Page   8
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There's lots happening this month
in Science Intramural Sports.  If
you take a look at the calendar,
you'll have a pretty good idea of
the events coming up.  On
registration day, we had you fill
out a survey (even though you
grumbled and whined).  So, please
be expecting a phone call soon
regarding the interests you
circled on the survey.
Here's a brief description of some of the events coming up
in the next few weeks.
Logan Cycle 200
Saturday, Sept 19/87 (men's heats)
Sunday, Sept 20/87 (M & W finals)
Harry Logan Track
Teams consist of 5 cyclists, with 2 more as subs.  One
more is needed to count laps (ie 8 people per team).  In the
heats, 100 laps must be completed, each cyclist completing
20 laps.  In the finals, 200 laps must be completed by the
men (at least 30 laps per cyclist) while the women must
complete 100 laps (20 laps per cyclist).  One bicycle must
be used.  There is no cycle substitution during the event.
Register Sept 8-18
Softball Tournament - Saturday, Sept 26/87
Osborne & Mclnnes Fields
Teams consist of 9 players and substitutes.  Teams must
have a minimum of 4 women playing at all times.  It is a
double elimination tournament, with slo-pitch rules.  There
will be a barbegue after the awards have been given out.
The tournament promises to be lots of fun.
Register Sept 8-18
Touch Football Tournament - Sunday, Sept 27/87
Osborne & Mclnnes Fields
Teams consist of 7 players.  Men are separated into 2
divisions while women are in 1 division only.  There are 2
17 min straight time halves plus 5 plays per half.
Register Sept 8-18
Golf - Saturday, Oct 3/87
UBC Golf Club
Flites consist of 4 players, each flite plays 18 holes.
Shirts are awarded to the top man and woman golfer of the
day.  There are also lots of other awards to be won so come
down to Scarfe 9 to find out more.
Register Sept 21 - Oct 2
Held in the first term only, the league is organized
into 3 divisions with a super league added after the first
session.  Each game Is played In 2 - 20 minute halves with a
5 minute rest.  Playoffs occur in BC Place in November.  For
more details, come to the office and ask for Bernard or
Register Sept 8-25
No definite details at the time of printing,
phoning you soon to give you more information.
Register Sept 8-25
We'll be
So, that's a brief listing of the Intramural events coming
in the next 2 weeks.  Don't forget that we rebate 2/3 of
your registration fee after the event if you're on a men's
or women's team.  Rebates for corec teams are 1/3.  Any
events that you participate in count toward your sports
letter, so make sure you keep track of your events.  To
refresh your memory, the point award system is listed below.
Point values are doubled for the Terry Fox Run - Sunday Sept
13.  The run starts at 8:00 am at the Jewish Community Cntr.
Registration starts at 6:30 am at the center or you can drop
by the office before Friday noon.  We're going to show up in
lab coats for this fun run so join in the spirit and wear
yours too (or some Science duds).  To get your double
points, make sure you see me Sunday morning at the run.  If
you don't want to run, you can walk, jog, or wheel around
either a 3 km or 10 km course.
lhere   are
contact Todd
message) in
several   vacant
in   the    Science
Society Council at this
After  reading  the
job  descriptions or
duties,   you  should
Ablett (or  leave a
Scarfe #9 (228-4235)
if you are interested. Please do
this as soon as possible as the
positions will be filled by Sept.
17 at the Science Undergrad
Society Council meeting, 1:30 in
Room 206 SUB.
2nd Vice-president: This
requires  someone  who  can
 help coordinate  both social
and sports activities
overall. He/she will work
with the charity
coordinator, concerts and
security coordinator, social
coordinator and sports
coordinator. You must be
able to attend all Science
Undergrad Society meetings
(1:30 - 2:20 every
Social Coordinator: He/she
is responsible for
organizing all .social
functions of the Science
Undergrad Society. He/she
works with the beer garden
manager,science week
coordinator and the 2nd vice
will also
all   Science
Society meetings.
First year reps:
be  2
will be
have to attend
There will
of  these  positions
from the first year
student  body.  They
responsible to  sit
on the
representat ives
general   be
Council to  the
and   in
a   direct
link    from
first  year
students. They obviously
will be expected to attend
all Science Undergrad
Society meetings.
small S     25 pts
medium S   50 pts
large S   100 pts
Team sports
Spirit Risers (corec)
Softball I &  II, Wallyball,
Broomball I & II, Curling,
under 5 km
5 - 10 km
10 - 15 km
above 15 km
Arts 20
Centipede Run
Logan Cycle (heats)
all others
Touch football, golf,
3 on 3 basketball,
sub 6 ft basketball,
Raquet Sports
Day of the Long Boat,
Grouse Mtn Ski, Storm
the Wall, Downhill
1 pt/game
2 pts/event
2 pts
2 pts
2 pts/event
3 pts/event
3 pts/event
10 pts
4 pts/event
no points for drop in events
all points are cumulative from year to year
Interested??  SUS Sports will be calling you soon at the
number you listed on your questionnaire.  Your welcome to
come down to Scarfe 9 to find out more.  Just ask for Stella
or Scott.  The office telephone number is 228-4235.
September 18


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