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 Vol. 14, No. 10/Dec. 12,1968/Vancouver 8, B.C.
RENOVATION of former lounge and cafeteria areas in
Brock Hall, shown above, is the end of line in the
provision of additional study space for UBC students,
according to Dean Ian McTaggart Cowan, chairman of
the Senate Library Committee. He says a decrease in the
relative level of service is inevitable. For a summary of
Dean Cowan's letter and a roundup of Librarian Basil
Stuart-Stubbs' report to Senate, turn to page two.
A threatened breakdown has been averted
in negotiations between the UBC Senate and
the AMS on the student brief "The Future of
the University—Fair Weather or Foul?"
The prospect of a collapse in the
negotiations between the AMS and a Senate
committee chaired by Dean of Agricultural
Sciences Michael Shaw came following the
Senate meeting of Oct. 30.
The rift developed after Senate approved
on Oct. 30 a four-point modus operandi for
the Shaw Committee and rejected a proposal
by the AMS for a joint conference.
The modus operandi approved by Senate
proposed that at meetings of the Senate
Committee with student representatives the
two groups could function like a joint
conference and that working papers for
discussion could be prepared jointly by
representatives of the two groups.
Other points set out in the modus operandi
were that proposals for reform be reported to
Senate and the AMS by the ad hoc Senate
committee and the student group respectively
and that the Senate ad hoc committee would
make recommendations to Senate.
Student Senators objected to the proposals
on the grounds that they implied a difference
between Senators and students and would
give students no opportunity to take part in
Senate   approved   the   modus   operandi
despite an appeal from President F. Kenneth
Hare, who said it "would be vastly better for
us to forget that there are two separate bodies
and to agree to a joint conference."
During November, however, there were
further discussions between the AMS and the
Senate committee which resulted in a
re-interpretation of the modus operandi
satisfactory to the student representatives.
"The student opposition to the modus
operandi was largely based on a
misunderstanding of certain phrases in it," a
member of the Senate committee told UBC
As a result. Dean Shaw was able to report
to the Dec. 4 meeting of Senate that
negotiations were continuing and six task
forces, staffed by students and faculty, had
been established to prepare discussion papers
on specific questions raised in the student
Task forces are preparing papers in the
following areas: 1. Academic and
administrative appointments; 2. Faculty
Council and student discipline; 3. Student aid,
scholarships and loans; 4. Housing for
graduate and undergraduate students, physical
plant and buildings; 5. Students on governing
bodies of the university, and 6. A group to
discuss the evaluation of academic programs
and the development of curriculum and the
relation between teaching and research.
One paper on student discipline has
already been completed for discussion. Dean
Shaw told Senate the committee planned to
meet weekly with student representatives in
the post-Christmas term.
AMS President David Zirnhelt, who was
asked to comment on the resumption of
negotiations at the Dec. 4 meeting of Senate
said everyone connected with the discussions
was delighted that they had been resumed.
"Over the Christmas holidays," he said, "a
number of committees will get down to
serious talks on the matters raised in the
student brief."
UBC's Senate has given its chairman. Dr. President
F. Kenneth Hare, solid support for statements he
made on university enrolment policies and building
needs at a news conference on Nov. 27.
The motion of support for the president's
statements was passed at the Dec. 4 meeting of
Senate after Dr. Hare told Senators that public
reaction to his remarks in the form of letters had
been "entirely hostile, without a single gleam of
General comment, the president said, in letters and
in the press had been: "Why should we build more
university space when, one, the students in the
university don't seem to be grateful when we build it
for them, and, two, the administrators of those
universities   don't   seem   to   be   able   to   keep   the
Please turn to page two
Continued from page one
students in order."
Senate member Dr. Cyril Belshaw, head of
anthropology and sociology, said persuading the
public of university needs was going to be "a very
difficult road to embark upon. I'm glad you have
taken the first step in this direction and I think senate
will be 100 per cent behind you in terms of devising a
strategy that will enable us to be more effective."
Student Senator Donald Munton proposed the
following motion, which was approved by Senate:
"That the Senate of the University of British
Columbia strongly endorses and supports the recent
statements of the president regarding the existence of
an educational crisis at B.C. universities stemming
from increasing enrolment and insufficient operating
and capital resources, and Senate reaffirms the
necessity and urgency of informing the general public
of the problems as to the nature and seriousness of
the crisis."
More than 800 geology students have signed a
petition urging the Senate committee on academic
building needs to give "top priority to construction
of an earth sciences building."
The petition was presented to Senate at its Dec. 4
meeting by student Senator Mark Waldman, who said
the underpinnings of the geology building on the
West Mall were slipping, causing floors to tilt and
ceilings to sag. President F. Kenneth Hare told the
meeting he had asked that the building be checked
for safety.
The petition was referred to the academic building
needs committee, chaired by psychology department
head Dr. Douglas Kenny, for consideration.
// you yearn for a master's degree in human
nutrition or a doctor of philosophy degree in Slavonic
literature, UBC can now satisfy you. Senate has
approved offering the degrees in the School of Home
Economics and the department of Slavonic studies,
Student Senators don't go just to monthly Senate
meetings; they have to attend a rush of committee
meetings as well. Here are the current student
committee assignments:
Admissions—William A. Ferguson; Agenda—Stuart
A. Rush; Curriculum—Mark Waldman; Long-Range
Objectives—Donald Munton; Liaison on Planning
Permanent Buildings—Stuart Rush; Library—Don
Munton; New Programs—Don Munton; Academic
Building Needs—William Ferguson.
Senate also voted to allow non-Student Senators
to sit on certain Senate committees.
You'll now be able to get your master's degree at
UBC without writing a thesis-providing your
department approves. Senate has approved a
recommendation from the graduate school which
permits departments and faculties offering the MA,
MASc, MSc, MBA and MF degrees the option of
offering the degrees with or without thesis.
Non-thesis students will, however, have to do extra
course work, write one or two major essays and go
through a comprehensive examination.
Here are some other proposals that won Senate
approval at the December 4 meeting:
—Establishment of a division of biophysics in the
medical school's department of anatomy.
—A change of name for the Faculty of Pharmacy
to the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, which will
now offer the degree of Bachelor of Science
(Pharmacy) instead of the Bachelor of Science in
Pharmacy degree.
—The Senate Admissions Committee will review
UBC's present enrolment process and existing
enrolment requirements for students transferring
from community and regional colleges as a result of a
motion by student Senator Don Munton.
2 / UBC Reports / December 12, 1968
UBC's cramped Library contains this
Alice in Wonderland doorway which forces Librarian Basil Stuart-Stubbs to stoop
low as he goes through. His current report
to the UBC Senate details overcrowding
in the UBC Library and points to a drastic decrease in funds available for new
acquisitions. At present, he says, there is
little cause for encouragement and none
for complacency in the current Library
Study Habits Change
The Senate Library Committee has served notice
that the end of the line has been reached in extending
student study space.
As a result, "a decrease in the relative level of
service is inevitable," according to Dean Ian
McTaggart Cowan, chairman of the committee.
Dean Cowan sounded this warning in a letter to
the UBC Senate supplementing the annual report of
UBC Librarian Basil Stuart-Stubbs, who says that
even with new study facilities in Brock Hall there is
only one seat for every seven students at present.
Dean Cowan, in his letter to Senate, said this
contrasts with studies which have found that in a
largely commuter university, there should be
approximately one study space in the library for
every three students registered.
UBC's library system finds itself in a "desperate
state of over-crowding," Dean Cowan writes, "and it
did not surprise us to find that we have less than half
the library study spaces (seats) that we require to
meet that formula."
Statistics of library use, Dean Cowan says, show
the University "has completely changed its study
habits in the last five years from one depending
primarily upon a text book and lecture notes, to one
requiring more direct student participation in the use
and analysis of sources."
The addition of 5,000 students to the campus in
four years has resulted in an increase in book
circulation by a factor of two-and-a-half, the dean
To meet some of the demand for additional study
space, the Library has extended its opening time
"until it has one of the longest periods of operation
per week of any library in North America."
Each extension of hours and addition of a branch
or area library has been followed by a sharp increase
in book circulation, to the point that there are now
"more items of Library material circulated from the
small branch and area libraries than from the main
The result. Dean Cowan says, is that "The
deficiency of space has now reached a point where
the Librarian and your committee can find no more
innovative devices to extend the study space, and a
decrease in the relative level of service is inevitable."
This situation, he adds, is certain to be a source of
discontent among both students and faculty, and
"Even if we were to maintain the present distressing
circumstances we would need 400 new library places
next year and another 400 the year after."
Dean Cowan describes as "a big step forward" the
action of Senate at its October meeting in approving
the planning of a new undergraduate library, which
he said would provide a total of 6,500 study spaces
by 1971.
This increase "will keep us approximately at our
present level," he adds, but the needs will be for an
added 2,800 spaces to bring us to a point where we
can provide the study spaces required.
He advocates provision of study spaces in other
academic buildings and points out that the planned
additions will not assist materially with the deficiency
in stack space or in carrells for graduate students or
Mr. Stuart-Stubbs, in his annual report to Senate,
says that in five years Library collections have
doubled in size and at present rates of acquisition will
contain 1,700,000 volumes and hundreds of
thousands of documents and microforms five years
from now.
In the past year the Library lent 1,445,778 items
compared to 653,091 five years earlier. This is an
increase, he says, out of all proportion to the increase
in enrolment in the same period.
He also points to a drastic decrease in the funds
available for the purchase of books and magazines,
signalling the end of funds available from the personal
gift of $3 million from Dr. H.R. MacMillan and of a
rapid development of collections which has seen the
Library increase by a third in only three years.
In his conclusion, Mr. Stuart-Stubbs says his
current report "is far removed from that of the report
of three years ago, when the Library marked its fjrst
half century of service."
"At that time," he writes, "the Library seemed to
be on the threshold of a period of expansion which
would raise its collections and services to the levels
necessary to support a thriving major University."
The promise of that year has waned, he writes," and
at this time "there is little cause for encouragement
and none for complacency."
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Construction contracts worth more than $4,600,000 have been awarded for
additions to the UBC Biological Sciences Building, above, and the Woodward
Biomedical Library in the Health Sciences Centre. Woodward Library contract
involves adding a third floor and west wing to the existing building and completion
of extensive interior renovations. The new four-storey west wing addition to the
biological sciences building, shown at right in sketch above, will house laboratories
and offices for the Institutes of Fisheries and Oceanography.
Board Awards Two
Construction Contracts
Reading and study space in the P.A.
Woodward Biomedical Library at the
University of B.C. will be almost
trebled when a $1,756,651 addition to
the existing building is completed.
A Woodward Library official said
the present seating capacity of 361
will increase to between 900 and
1,000 in the expanded building which
will set an additional storey and a new
west wing. The addition is scheduled
for completion early in 1970.
Extensive interior alterations are
also planned for the Library, which
houses all of UBC's holdings in the
medical and biological sciences. The
Woodward Library is a major component in the Health Sciences Centre
complex now taking shape on the
eastern edge of the campus south of
University Boulevard.
A construction contract valued at
$1,269,866 for the Library addition
has been awarded to Smith Bros, and
Wilson Ltd. Architects for the project
are Thompson, Bewick and Pratt.
A second major building contract
for $2,928,100 has been awarded to
Laing Construction and Equipment
Ltd. for a 77,500-square-foot addition
to the existing Biological Sciences
The new four-storey west wing will
include laboratories and offices for
work in the biological sciences and the
Institutes of Fisheries and Oceanography.
The contract includes a provision
which will allow UBC to terminate
construction on the Biological
Sciences Building addition at approximately $1 million if no further capital
funds are available at the beginning of
the next fiscal year.
The total cost of the new wing, including equipment, services and other
fees will be $3,091,692. Architects for
the project are Duncan McNab and
Health Sciences Centre Reaches Out
One of Canada's most comprehensive programs of
continuing education in the health sciences is in full
swing at the University of B.C.
The object of the current year's program, which
continues until May, 1969, is to bring the most up-to-
date information available on health care to B.C.'s
doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dentists.
The program is also designed to reflect the
integrated health education program which is
gradually taking shape in the Health Sciences Centre
at UBC.
The UBC Centre, when it is complete, will bring
together under one roof all the elements of the health
"team"—doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists and
allied professional personnel—concerned with the
treatment and rehabilitation of the sick.
The continuing education program currently
operating at UBC is basically an extension of the
integrated training program coming into being on the
UBC campus.
Dr. John F. McCreary, dean of UBC's faculty of
medicine, says the basic object of the continuing
education program is to enable the province's health
personnel to provide the highest quality of care for
the patient.
"Keeping up-to-date," he said, "is not easy for the
hardpressed health practitioner caught in the realities
of the dilemma of professional obsolescence on the
one hand and the community's demand for the latest
and best care on the other.
"Mounting public interest in the competence of
those entrusted with caring for the sick makes it
imperative that B.C.'s health workers design for
themselves a personal program of continuous
He said the UBC Health Sciences Centre provides
the teaching resources for a province-wide continuing
education program sponsored by various professional
The continuing medical education courses for B.C.
physicians is divided into two parts—a community
hospital program which involves teams of UBC
doctors visiting all areas of the province, and a
University campus program which deals with
specialized areas of medicine.
The Community hospital program is characterized
by free-wheeling question and answer sessions during
which local doctors quiz the visiting UBC team on
problems which they encounter during their daily
This year the teams will hold sessions within 30
miles of 93 per cent of B.C.'s practicing physicians. In
major centres the teams hold five two-hour sessions,
while in more remote areas there are five-hour
sessions three times a year.
The University campus program covers a wide
range of specialized medical topics including a weekly
program lasting until next May on the use of drugs in
a   modern   medical   practice,   three   courses   on
psychiatric topics, as well as two and three-day
courses on anesthaesia, dermatology, respiratory
disease and care of high risk newborn children.
A total of 11 continuing education courses for
nurses are planned this year, designed to provide
specialized knowledge for those involved in the care
of patients with psychiatric and long-term illnesses as
well as surgical and maternity patients.
Regional courses and additional workshops for
nurses will be developed as requested and as resources
Continuing education for B.C. pharmacists this
year will include eight "capsule colleges" designed to
supply new information on drugs and stimulate
interest in continuing education activities.
Also planned for early 1969 are an eight-week
lecture series on adverse drug reactions, a three-day,
general pharmacy refresher course and a similar
course for hospital pharmacists.
UBC's faculty of dentistry, in cooperation with
the Vancouver and District Dental Society, operates a
total of nine study clubs in the Douglas J. Sutherland
Clinic for Continuing Dental Education in the campus
dentistry building.
The study clubs, which meet monthly, are
concerned with such specialties as oral diagnosis,
crown and bridge work, dentures and gum disease.
Currently in the planning stage by the UBC dental
faculty are a series of short courses for practicing
dentists. The first of these will be offered in 1969.
UBC Reports / December 12, 1968 / 3 SUZUKI
UBC geneticist Dr. David Suzuki,
32, has been named the 1969 recipient
of the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship, one of Canada's most prestigious scientific awards.
Dr. Suzuki, of the UBC zoology
department, is the fifth recipient of
the fellowship, which is awarded annually by the National Research Council to give outstanding and promising
young staff members of Canadian universities the opportunity to spend two
or three years in uninterrupted research.
The fellowship, normally held for
two years, perpetuates the memory of
the late Dr. E.W.R. Steacie, president
of the NRC from 1952 to 1962.
(The Steacie Memorial Fellowship
should not be confused with the
Steacie Prize, also awarded annually
by NRC. The first holder of the
Steacie fellowship was Dr. Neil Bartlett, a former UBC chemistry professor, who also won the Steacie Prize.
The prize, a cash award of $1,500, was
won in 1967 by UBC physics professor
Dr. Myer Bloom, in 1966 by former
UBC biochemist Dr. Gordon Dixon,
and in 1965 by Dr. Bartlett).
Dr. Suzuki plans to use the two-
year fellowship period to continue his
scientific work at UBC in the field of
genetics. Specifically he will investigate the biochemical basis for mutation   and   crossing-over  and  radiation
induction of unequal chromosome
exchange in Drosophila, the common
fruit fly.
Born in Vancouver, Dr. Suzuki obtained his bachelor's degree from
Amherst College in Massachusetts in
1958, and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, in 1961.
He was a National Institutes of
Health postdoctoral fellow at the
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Colorado, during the summer of
1961, and during 1961-62, a research
associate in the Biology Division, Oak
Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee.
In 1962-63, he became assistant professor of genetics at the University of
Alberta, Edmonton.
He relinquished this position to
become assistant professor in the department of zoology at UBC. He was
appointed to his present position of associate professor in 1965.
The Steacie Memorial Fellowship is
limited to research in the natural
sciences. It must be held in a Canadian
university or affiliated research institute and will normally be held by a
university staff member at his own
university. There is no restriction as to
nationality or citizenship of recipients.
Recipients receive their normal university salary which is paid by NRC.
Dr. Suzuki is author or co-author of
over 45 scientific papers in the field of
UBC geneticist David Suzuki holds a bottle containing a few of the more than three
million fruit flies he uses for research which has won him the E. W.R. Steacie
Memorial Fellowship, awarded annually by the National Research Council. The
award, one of Canada's most prestigious, pays Dr. Suzuki's salary for two years and
allows him to concentrate on research. Photo by Mike Wood.
Teaching, Research Go Together
Two of the top-rated scientific awards in Canada
are the National Research Council's Steacie Memorial
Fellowship and the Steacie Prize, both named for the
late Dr. E.W.R. Steacie, president of the NRC from
1951 to 1962. UBC has an outstanding record in winning both prizes, capturing the memorial fellowship
on two occasions and the prize three times. UBC Reports asked Dean of Science Dr. Vladimir Okulitch if
he could explain UBC's success. Here is what he had
to say.
Dean of Science, UBC
The fact that UBC scientists have managed to capture Canada's top scientific awards on so many occasions in the past four or five years is as much a tribute
to the heads of their departments as it is to the individuals themselves.
In each case, the department head had the fore
sight to see that the individuals who eventually received the awards were pursuing research of potential
importance within the total picture of science.
In many cases, these future winners were attracted
to UBC at a time when we were not particularly well-
known elsewhere and when there was far less money
available than today to support their work.
The National Research Council itself, of course,
deserves much credit for the foresight which it has
shown over the years in continuing to support the
work of the winners of its own awards.
There are also those who would claim that to a
large extent it's a matter of luck that these awards
come to scientists at a particular time.
Luck, of course, enters into most human activities,
and no one would deny that it is present in scientific
research as well. But I think the good judgement
which has been exhibited over the years at UBC by
department heads in choosing able young scientists
and the support which has continued to come from
NRC has been even more important.
I think it is important as well to emphasize in the
strongest possible way one other facet of this question.
It is very fashionable these days to criticize unjustly professors for spending too much research time
in their laboratories and not enough time teaching
It is beyond dispute that each of the Steacie fellows and prize winners has not only been an outstanding research scientist but an exceptional teacher
as well.
I think it is pretty safe to say that the men at this
university who are known for their teaching ability
also have outstanding research records.
And this is not a matter of luck. The top research
workers are outstanding teachers precisely because
they are able to bring to the classroom the latest and
most up-to-date knowledge that is available in their
4 / UBC Reports / December 12, 1968


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