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 UBC Archives Sericfi
Volume 33 Number 22, December 3,1987
Biomedical proposal unique in Canada
Graduate student Gordon McConnell is developing a better surgical tourniquet for limb
surgery.   Nerve damage can result if the tourniquet is too tight or too loose.
McConnell is devising a system that will keep pressure on the limb at the optimal level.
by Jo Moss
Canada's health care system Is in dire need
of new medical devices and improved
technology and UBC research could meet that
need, according to a Faculty of Applied
Science proposal to the provincial Funds for
Excellence in Education program.
The $765,000 proposal says creating a
biomedical engineering program at UBC to
design and develop medical hardware and
technology would improve the quality of
Canadian health care.
It would also cut soaring national health
Such a program would be unique in
Canada, said faculty dean Axel Meisen.
The proposal was put together by
representatives from a number of UBC
departments and faculties that would be
involved in a biomedical engineering venture.
"The whole program would be need-
oriented, that's where the initiative is focused,"
Meisen said. "Even the fundamental research
would take place in conjunction with
developing medical devices."
UBC has all the basic ingredients for a first-
class biomedical engineering program: a close
working relationship with several B.C. hospitals
and a core of faculty members and graduate
students already doing research in related
UBC departments currently involved in
biomedical engineering research include:
Electrical Engineering, Mechanical
Bright students lured elsewhere
by Jo Moss
UBC's admissions policy is encouraging
B.C.'s brightest students to enrol at other
' universities, said the chairman of a presidential
task force.
The university has a policy of not granting
university credit to high school students on
enriched academic programs, said chairman of
the Task Force on Uaison, Recruiting and
Admissions, Vice-President Academic and
Provost Dan Birch.
B.C. students graduating from International
Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement
programs are actively recruited by universities
such as McGill, Berkeley, Harvard, Yale,
Cornell, Stanford and M.IT.—all of which
subscribe to an admissions policy of advanced
credit and advanced placement for these
Simon Fraser University has a similar
The task force has recommended to
Senate that UBC follow suit and revise its
admissions policy to allow academic
departments to assess courses for advanced
It also recommended that students taking
university courses while still enrolled in
secondary school be allowed to apply course
credits to a UBC degree.
On November 18, Senate referred the
recommendations to the Senate Admissions
Committee for consideration and consultation
with the faculties.
Until UBC revises its policy, other Canadian
and American universities may look more
attractive to high school students who are
academic achievers, Birch said.
"UBC ought to be the place that appeals to
the brightest and the best. The task force is
recommending that students who want to
come to UBC not be hampered by artificial
UBC major Asian asset
by Debora Sweeney
UBC is one of Canada's major assets in
establishing economic and cultural contact
with Asia, according to Vancouver's mayor.
Gordon Campbell made the statement after
he travelled to Japan and Hong Kong with
UBC President David Strangway in mid
November. Campbell said he was surprised
and delighted by the number of university
alumni his delegation met in Japan.
"One of the things we've got to realize is
that for the amount of money thafs spent on
developing trade between British Columbia
and Canada and the rest of the world, many of
the key people involved in trade are the alumni
who go and live abroad," he said. "As a
mayor, I'm interested in having people
recognize Vancouver as a centre of learning
and culture and as a centre of what I think is
the first city of the 'new economy.' It's helpful
to have one of the major leaders in that effort
and I was pleased to have Dr. Strangway with
the delegation.
Campbell believes the trip'was such a
success, he would like Strangway to
accompany him on more trips abroad.
The mayor's delegation met with University
alumni in Yokohama and Tokyo. In
Yokohama, Strangway also discussed a
proposed joint research project between UBC
and Yokohama City University which would
analyse port cities in the Pacific Rim,
comparing Vancouver and Yokohama.
As well, Strangway travelled to Taiwan as
the only academic in a delegation of 148
members from the Canadian Chamber of
Commerce. It was the largest delegation to
visit the country since diplomatic relations with
Canada broke off in 1971.
In Taiwan, Strangway spoke on behalf of
Canadian universities in support of Canada's
business efforts internationally. He stressed
the expertise universities have to offer in world
markets and their role in training that expertise.
"Dr. Strangway put UBC on the map as a
university deeply committed to the
internationalization of Canadians," said Larry
Sproul, Director of the International Uaison
Office who accompanied Strangway on his
Asian visit.
This was Strangway's second trip to Asia as
president of UBC. He said he hopes to return
next year.
barriers," Birch added.
Birch said the issue of advanced credit and
advanced placement has become an
important question in provincial education.
"The Advanced Placement program
especially has made substantial inroads in B.C.
as school districts have begun to look at what
they can do for academically motivated
students," he said.
This year, more than 800 students are
involved in Advanced Placement and
International Baccalaureate secondary
Current admissions policy for students
applying from these programs to UBC has
been to grant no advance credit and to treat
each application for advanced standing
individually. But with the increasing number of
participating students, that approach becomes
unwieldy, Birch said.
In the case of students enrolling in a
university course while still in high school, they
have not, up to now, been granted credit by
UBC although a student may be offered
advanced placement upon entering the
The task force report said that too should
if the recommendations are approved, UBC
would be one of only three Canadian
universities subscribing to such an advanced
credit and placement scheme. The other two
universities are SFU and McGill.
However both the Baccalaureate and
Advanced Placement programs are well-
recognized and supported in the United
States. More than 200 American universities
take part in the Advanced Placement program
which has been running for fifty years.
The Baccalaureate program* has been
operating internationally for 20 years.
Birch said gifted students who take a
university course while in high school, should
be rewarded by earning the appropriate
"When many universities, among them the
best in the United States, give credit for those
courses, and UBC doesnt, it suggests that we
dont value them as an academic experience,"
Birch said. "We should encourage schools
and teachers who seek to challenge their most
academically motivated students."
The task force was set up a year ago to
look at all administration and policy matters
related to university admissions.
Engineering, Metals and Materials Engineering,
Physics (including Engineering Physics),
Chemical Engineering and the Faculties of
Medicine and Dentistry.
To date, innovative medical technology
developed by UBC and Vancouver General
Hospital researchers includes an automatic
tourniquet, a robotic arm for use in surgery,
and a variety of sophisticated monitoring
equipment. All are now in use in hospitals and
the tourniquet is marketed world-wide.
Emphasis in the biomedical engineering
program will be on medical devices with
commercial potential to tap the $2 billion
Canadian medical device market. The
program could also significantly boost B.C.'s
economic development by involving small
businesses in the manufacturing and
marketing as well as creating high-tech jobs in
the industry for program graduates.
UBC stands to gain significantly in revenue
derived from patents and licenses.
And the program initiative has been well-
received by B.C. companies already operating
in the market.
"We've had contact with many businesses
and they're very much in favour of the
program," Meisen said.
The proposal recommends adding up to 7
new faculty and research associates to
broaden UBC's research base and to develop
strong graduate activities.
An important link in the program will be the
dozen biomedical engineering units located in
hospitals around B.C. Staffed by professional
engineers who have clinical experience and
academic ties to UBC, they will act as a bridge
to introduce and test new medical devices,
and identify the medical problems that can
become research opportunities.
Future researchers may come up with a
way to 'float' bedridden patients on a mattress
of air, or design better and more efficient
diagnostic instruments, for example.
Increasing longevity in the population, and
the need to use health care dollars more
efficiently, will make home care a multi-million
dollar market for medical devices in the near
future, Meisen said. Small, patient-operated
instruments to measure blood pressure, or
warn of heart irregularities may be a part of
home care services.
"There's also a lot of useful work improving
existing technology," Meisen added.
Program start-up costs are estimated at
$550,000 for the first year with an additional
$215,000 for equipment and supplies.
Operating costs are projected at $925,000
"We would work closely with hospitals to
create an effective program and to minimize
the need for additional hospital equipment and
space," Meisen said.
Meisen said the program is ready to start as
soon as additional resources become
parking set
Temporary parking will be set up adjacent
to the Student Union Building in January as
construction begins on a new multi-storey
The 1,005-vehicle parkade, to be built on
the site of the current SUB surface lot, will be
completed in August, 1988.
Temporary faculty and staff parking is being
set up between Wesbrook Mall and Mclnnes
Field, where two outdoor tennis courts are
currently located. The courts will be restored
after work is finished on the parkade.
The meter parking area and grass turnabout on the north side of the Student Union
Building will be paved to provide temporary
parking for visitors.
The Ubrary's book return receptacles
outside SUB will be removed Jan. 8, but after-
hours returns can still be made at the front
entrances of all major Ubrary branches. *^ w$tf«jb*A Q$U
Georgia Strait
sea monster?
by Debora Sweeney
Does the Loch Ness monster have a cousin
in the Strait of Georgia?
From the Oregon coast to the coast of
Alaska, including B.C.'s Georgia Strait, at least
20 people have reported sighting a sea
monster with a giraffe, camel or horse-like
head; a long neck; a mane; and humps on its
In Victoria in the 1930's, the apparition was
named "Caddy" because it was sighted in
Cadboro Bay. The most recent sightings were
recorded at English Bay in Vancouver and in
the Sechelt area of the Sunshine Coast.
People who claim they have seen "a large,
unidentified marine animal" are absolutely
convinced it is real, according to Dr. Paul
LeBlond, head of Oceanography at UBC and
the author of a recent federal report on West
Coast lighthouses. LeBlond is a director of the
International Society of Cryptozoologists,
established to investigate reports of
unidentifiable species.
"Most people believe their eyes," he said.
"There's a vast similarity between what
different people have seen in different places
along the B.C. coast. There's enough internal
consistency and external veracity in the
appearance of these people that I dont think
they're making up these stories."
The earliest in a long series of sightings
reported to LeBlond took place on a
September Sunday in 1906.
Philip Welch and a friend rowed their 16-
foot boat across Johnstone Strait on the
northern tip of Vancouver Island, hoping to
catch some trout. The trout didn't bite, but
Welch and his friend got far more than they
bargained for.
They had rowed half-way across the Strait
when "a long neck appeared, approximately
200 yards astern of the boat." Welsh wanted
hits snag
by Lorie Chortyk
Faculty Association support of UBC's new
daycare facility hit a snag last Thursday when
only 55 members turned up at a general
meeting to vote on a proposed donation of up
to $40,000. The association's executive will
meet today (Dec. 3) to discuss future action on
the motion.
The donation is for a new facility to replace
campus daycare huts that have been
condemned as of April 1 next year. The Alma
Mater Society, the university administration and
private donors have already pledged support
for the $1.2 million facility.
Although the notice of motion that went to
the Nov. 26 meeting called for a $30,000
donation, it was amended to $40,000 by the
members. If approved, the association would
donate $20,000 and provide up to an
additional $20,000 by matching donations
made by individual faculty members.
Faculty Association president Joost Blom
said he's received requests from 25 members
for a special general meeting to discuss the
issue. The meeting could be held before
UBC daycare coordinator Mab Oloman
said she was encouraged by the support
voiced for daycare at the association meeting,
particularly from faculty who dont have
children or are no longer daycare users.
But Blom said a few members are
concerned about using association funds to
support a service that's used by only a minority
of the membership. He said he's received
requests for a mail ballot vote.
"Some people felt that a donation as large
as this should be voted on by mail ballot,
which reaches all members, instead of at a
general meeting, which only a handful of
members attend."
A story which appeared in the Nov. 20
issue of UBC Reports regarding UBC degrees
offered overseas was incomplete. In addition
to the adult education program offered in
Brazil, the Faculty of Education also offers
Diplomas in Education with specializations in
English Education (Hong Kong); Adult
Education (Hong Kong, Singapore); and
Curriculum and Instructional Studies (Brazil).
A specialization in Ubrary Education will be
offered in Hong Kong in 1988.
to shoot the creature with his hunting rifle but
his companion would not let him, fearing it
would attack. While they argued, the creature
submerged. They rowed to shore as quickly
as they could.
Later, they reported six to eight feet of the
animal's long neck was protruding from the
water. The head looked somewhat like a
LeBlond said he does not necessarily
believe the reports he has received, but he
does not disbelieve them either.
"In the sense that I do observations on the
oceans, I wouldn't have to go on the basis of
belief or disbelief that I'm going to find
something," he said. "And yet, the word belief
smacks too much of acceptance without
sufficient proof. I would rather say I'm curious
and I pursue my curiosity like scientists are
supposed to do."
Colin Cole is a believer. On a summer day
in 1985, Cole was sitting on his waterfront
verandah at Roberts Creek near Sechelt,
eating a late afternoon meal.
"About a half a mile out from the shore, I
thought I saw a man standing in the prow of a
boat, which seemed to be an odd place to
stand because the water was fairly rough,"
said Cole. "I grabbed my binoculars and saw
that what I thought was a man, was about a six
foot long neck. The thing's head looked
something like a dinosaur's and what I thought
was the boat was about a 12 to 14 foot long
Cole said he has lived in his waterfront
home for years and can identify sea life, but he
had never seen anything like that.
"As far as I'm concerned, there's no doubt
there's something out there," he said. "I still
look for it. It took me 70-odd years to see the
first one — it might take another 70 to see the
next one."
LeBlond has never seen a sea monster,
although he has travelled to Scotland and to
B.C.'s Okanagan, hoping to catch a glimpse of
the Loch Ness monster and the Ogopogo. He
compares looking for sea monsters to piecing
together a puzzle, but in this case, 'they don't
show you the final image on the box."
"If once a year people saw a dozen of
them, it would be easier to live with because
then you could say, well, they're migratory
animals and they'll go back to the bottom of
the ocean somewhere. But, we have one here
this year and one there the next year, so what
are they doing?"
LeBlond published his first report on the
strange sightings 14 years ago. Since then, he
has pursued numerous leads and is currently
investigating two sightings.
Construction on UBC's $16 million Chemistry!Physics building is right on schedule.
Work crews have been digging a huge hole, dubbed "the swimming pool" after a recent
bout of wet weather, and soon will be ready to lay the foundation for the building.
Modi donates prize
Prof. V.J. Modi of the Department of
Mechanical Engineering has donated a
recently won Killam Research Prize and made
a personal contribution to establish a $25,000
graduate student scholarship in his
department. The Killam Prize is awarded to
faculty members who have shown outstanding
scholarly achievement in their work.
Dr. Modi received the award for his
engineering research in a variety of areas,
including artificial heart valves, spacecraft
design, safer offshore oil drilling platforms, high
performance airplanes and the use of wind
energy for third world irrigation projects.
The new scholarship will be awarded for
the first time in 1988-89.
Campus winds down
as Christmas approaches
by Jo Moss
Tis the season to be jolly and as campus
activities wind down for Yuletide some UBC
facilities will be closing or reducing hours of
Tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 4, is the last day of
classes for most faculties, with exams
beginning Monday, Dec. 7. The university will
be closed Thursday, Dec. 24 in lieu of Boxing
Day; Christmas Day, Friday Dec. 25; and New
Year's Day, Friday Jan. 1. Second term for
most faculties begins Monday, Jan. 4.
If the festivities begin to weigh heavily on
the waistline, the UBC Aquatic Centre will be
open and in full operation until Dec. 20. Public
swims will run most days from 1 to 5 p.m. and
7 to 10 p.m. except for Dec. 24 and 31 when
there will be no evening swims. The centre will
be closed Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1. It resumes
normal hours of operation Jan. 4. More
information can be obtained at 228-4521.
Skating, hockey, squash and raquetball will
be available on a limited basis during the
holidays at the Thunderbird Winter Sports
Centre. The ice rinks and Thunderbar will be
closed Dec. 24, 25, 26, 31 and Jan. 1. Courts
for racquet sports are open 7:15 a.m. to
midnight every day except for Dec. 24, 25, 26
and Jan. 1. The Thunderbar will be open on a
limited basis Dec. 21 to 30. For more
information call 228-6121.
The Museum of Anthropology will maintain
regular hours throughout the Christmas period,
closing only on Dec. 25 and Dec. 26. Museum
galleries will be open Jan. 1, New Year's Day.
For information on seasonal public programs
call 228-5087.
It's business as usual at the UBC Bookstore
which will remain open until 8:30 p.m. Dec. 23.
The Bookstore will close for just five days
during Christmas: Dec. 24 to 27 arid Jan. 1.
More information can be obtained at 228-
Dec. 4 is the closing date for some Food
Services snack bars: Arts 200, Edibles, and
Ponderosa. The Grad Centre Lounge, IRC
snack bar, SubWay cafeteria and Yum Yum's
close Dec. 18, but the Barn coffee shop will be
open another four days closing Dec. 22. All
Food Services outlets re-open Jan. 4.
To locate a fresh cup of coffee over the
Christmas period try the Bus Stop Coffee Shop
which will be open Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m. It will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 26,
27 and Jan. 1 only.
Christmas goodies are available from the
Food Services Christmas Bakeshop located in
the Lower Ponderosa. For more information
call the Bakeshop at 228-5717.
Main Library, Woodward Library and the
Law Library will have extended hours during
December. More information can be obtained
from 228-2077 or 228-6375. All UBC libraries
will be open Dec. 21 to 23 and Dec. 28 to 31.
They will be closed Dec. 24 to Dec. 27 and
Jan. 1 to Jan. 3. Normal hours resume Jan. 4.
The staff at UBC Reports would like to
extend to all our readers a warm season's
greetings. Next issue of UBC Reports is Jan.
A UBC alumnus is one of two MacMillan
Bloedel scientists who have been awarded the
forestry equivalent of an Olympic gold medal—
the Marcus Wallenberg prize.
Mark Churchland and Derek Barnes will
be presented the award next June by King
Carl XVI of Sweden in recognition of their
invention and development of Parallam PSL—
an extremely strong wood-based construction
Tests have shown Parallam products can
exceed the stress, load and strength of any
other wood product.
Churchland, a physicist, obtained his BSc.
MSc. and PhD. from UBC. He joined
MacMillan Bloedel in 1974. Barnes has an
MBA from Simon Fraser University.
The Marcus Wallenberg Foundation Prize
was established in 1980 by a Swedish firm
Stora Kopparbergs Bergslags AB to
commemorate Marcus Wallenberg, the
country's most renowned industrialist. To date,
three of the seven prizes awarded have gone
to Canadians for outstanding achievements in
forestry or the forest industry.
Lawyer and lecturer in the faculty of
Commerce, Gerald Smeltzer, has joined
UBC's fund raising team as Corporate and
Foundation Officer.
In his new role in the Development Office,
Smeltzer will seek corporate and foundation
partners for UBC's upcoming capital
campaign, and coordinate the flow of dollars to
the university. He will also act as a resource to
deans, faculty members, and researchers on
"By linking UBC's strengths and needs with
corporate and foundation goals, we can
strengthen UBC's first-class reputation," he
Smeltzer's research interests include
computers and the law, copyright and
patenting. He has been a practising lawyer
and consultant.
He will retain a part-time teaching
appointment in the Commerce faculty.
Bruce Macdonald has been appointed
director of UBC's Botanical Garden.
Macdonald served as assistant director of the
garden from 1980 to 1985 and has been acting
director since September, 1985.
Educated at the University of London,
Macdonald worked in England at the
Glasshouse Crops Research Institute and the
Hadlow College of Agriculture and Horticulture
for 14 years before joining UBC.
He is known internationally for his
publications on plant propagation and has
played a key role in the development of UBC's
Plant Introduction Scheme.
2     UBC REPORTS December 3,1987 ^J***
Computer "referee?' sets the ground rules
by Jo Moss
Imagine being able to get the latest
shopping information and restaurant menus
from around the world right on the family
television set.
A group of UBC researchers is
collaborating with a Canadian electronics
company to help develop just that kind of
underlying technology.
If successful, it has the potential to take
computer communications into the next
The group is developing a suitcase-sized
device to test computer protocol systems—the
1    complex set of rules by which computers talk
to each other. The difficulty in implementing
protocol systems on a global basis is what has
prevented computerized shopping from being
linked up world-wide.
"It will be the best product of its kind in the
world to do what it's supposed to do," said Bill
Davis, Executive Vice-President of Research
■-    and Development at IDACOM Electronics Ltd.,
an Edmonton-based company that is jointly
funding the $3 million, three-year project.
If the research group can stay ahead of
competitors, it may also be the first.
Davis moved out to Vancouver to work full-
time with UBC researchers. He's one of five
IDACOM employees cooperating with five UBC
"    faculty members from Computer Science and
Engineering on the venture.
IDACOM is the only Canadian manufacturer
of protocol testers. The company approached
UBC to help develop the advanced technology
needed for the line of future products.
"IDACOM was attracted by the expertise of
faculty at UBC, people like Gary Neufeld who
is well-known for his research on electronic
mail systems," Davis said.
Other research strengths are protocol
software, computer architecture and VLSI
(chip) design.
"We're trying to merge expertise,"
explained Electrical Engineering professor
Mabo Ito, the UBC project leader. "IDACOM
brings the knowledge of market requirements,
manufacturing specifications and
implementation. UBC has the leading edge
The third partner in the project, which
began in February this year, is LSI Logic of
Canada, a company that fabricates specialized
integrated circuits.
With the help of a $1 million grant from the
NSERC Co-operative Research and
Development Program, their one joint goal is
the advancement of knowledge in protocol
To exchange information, computers have
to share the same communication language, or
protocol. Many models on the market don't
have that ability.
The situation is comparable to hockey
teams each adopting a different set of complex
game rules. If teams in one region agreed on
adopting one particular set of rules, there
might be local games. But unless all the teams
agree on all the same rules, there could be no
CITR's public affairs coordinator Dave Campbell takes a turn at DJ duty.
Unique radio station
celebrates 50 years
by Lorie Chortyk
UBC's student-run radio station CITR
doesnt bear much resemblance to a
commercial radio station — or other campus
radio stations for that matter.
Thafs the secret of its success.
CITR — 102 on the FM dial ~ celebrated
50 years on the air this year, offering a unique
brand of alternative programming thafs
drawing listeners away from other Vancouver
"We're not trying to duplicate what other
stations are doing, we're offering listeners
something they cant get elsewhere," said
station manager Harry Hertscheg.
Featuring tunes by artists such as Red
Lorry Yellow Lorry, The Nerve Tubes,
Shriekback and African Head Charge, the
station has attracted not only a growing
audience in the Lower Mainland but national
attention as well.
In January the national magazine Flare
named CITR in its 1987 list of "What's Hot" in
Canada, and in Linda Frum's recently
published Guide to Canadian Universities the
station was listed as one of the main
attractions of coming to UBC.
In addition to its alternative music focus,
CITR fills the airwaves with programs ranging
from jazz to African folk music to country and
western, as well as a wide range of public
affairs and news shows.
'There's very little on the radio that
compares with CITR's diversity and creativity,"
said Karen Dundas, a Vancouver listener. "
Another CITR fan, Diana Van Westen, agrees.
"I'm an avid listener of alternative music
and I think CITR is the most enjoyable of all.
"We don't cater to one demographic group
the way private radio does," said Hertscheg.
"Our listeners range from 14 year olds to
university professors. And since we don't rely
on advertising for our budget we don't have to
stick to some nice safe format that will keep
our audience on board.
More than half of CITR's annual $100,000
budget comes from the Alma Mater Society.
The rest is raised through dues paid by the
station's 300 members and profits from CITR's
mobile sound unit.
Hertscheg said the'key to CITR's success is
the "creative chaos" that results from a station
controlled entirely by students.
"Most of the students here don't even want
to go into radio as a career. They want to do
radio now, their way, not prepare for
something five years down the road.
Hertscheg adds that the radio society is
one of the few student groups that reaches
beyond the campus.
"We have a lot of community involvement,
we run public service announcements for nonprofit organizations, we travel around the city
with our mobile sound unit and we distribute
17,500 copies of our magazine The Discorder
every month. A lot of people know UBC
through CITR."
One of the downsides to CITR is the
station's broadcasting power of 49 watts. The
station can be picked up in all parts of the
Lower Mainland on cable 102, but only areas
at higher elevations in the city or directly in line
with the station's signal have good reception.
Hertscheg said seeking increased power is
a priority as CITR heads into its 51st year.
"UBC is a commuter campus and we'd
really like to reach students as they're driving
to and from campus.
"But at 49 watts its hard to hit a moving
international play.
With the rapid increase in global
communications, the computer industry is
taking a harder look at communication
compatibility. Organizations that set protocols
in the industry are moving towards a wider
application of those standards. •
"Many countries are spending millions'of
dollars on conformance testing because
conformance to common standards is so
important," Davis said.
One group, the International Standards
Organization, has established an international
protocol system—a set of standards by which
computers world-wide can transmit
information to each other.
But the complexity of implementing these
kinds of protocol systems on a global basis
calls for highly-specialized devices and
software to verify computers rvmet those
specifications. Thafs where the UBC/IDACOM
collaborative project comes in.
The new protocol test device with
supporting hardware and software currently
being researched and developed will ensure
every team plays by the same rules.
Developing the technology for the device to
do all that at extremely high speeds, is one
problem the research team must solve.
Computer data communications can run at
rates of 10 million bits per second—a speed
fast enough to fill a floppy disc on a home PC
in eight seconds.
Another problem is adapting abstract
theory to hardware implementation, Ito said.
The research end-product will be a small,
portable device that can be used anywhere, by
a service person to tap into a computer line for
example. Manufactured by IDACOM, it will be
marketed world-wide.
Although there is a commercial objective,
Davis said IDACOM recognizes the value of
fundamental research in the transfer of
"The whole computer business is based on
so-called pure research that people did in the
past," he said.
'This is one of the most significant research
efforts in Canada working towards that kind of
protocol technology, and a key element is the
fact that IDACOM and UBC researchers are
able to work on this project together in the
same place," Ito said.
Future applications of this research will go
beyond global telecommunications. Once
world-wide protocol standards become fully
operational, Davis predicts that paper mail will
become obsolete. Instead, all letters will be
sent and received on the computer.
Improved fax machines will be able to send
not just written words, but voice messages,
even videos.
UBC's new Centre for Integrated Computer
System Research (CICSR) and the Research
Services and Industry Uaison Office played
key roles in helping to get the protocol testing
project off the ground.
Counselling revamped
by Lorie Chortyk
Disabled students at UBC can expect better
services than they've received in the past,
according to Student Counselling and
Resources director, Ken Kush.
Kush was responding to comments in
recent issues of The Ubvssev which criticized
his move to make all counsellors on his staff
available to disabled students instead of
having one "special needs" counsellor.
"We're not taking services away from
disabled students, we're expanding them," he
said. Kush said the change in service to
disabled students is part of a reorganization of
the department.
"For years the counsellors in this
department have been involved in a whole
range of tasks in addition to counselling," said
Kush. "I don't think ifs appropriate for them to
be doing things like recruitment and orientation
because ifs a poor use of their expertise.
These tasks are now being handled by other
staff, both in this department and in other
offices on campus."
Kush said it was important to distinguish
between counselling services and student
"We've just hired a part-time coordinator,
Janice Del Valle, to handle disabled student
services. Her role is to provide help with
practical problems that arise in day to day
activities on campus, such as making alternate
arrangements if an exam is scheduled in a
;room thafs not wheelchair accessible, making
hearing devices available to hearing impaired
students or distributing materials for note-
taking for a visually impaired student," said
"But this type of service is distinct from a
counsellor's role. If a student, disabled or
otherwise, is having emotional problems, or is
suffering from stress or needs career guidance,
thafs where the expertise of a trained
counsellor comes in.
"If a counsellor isnt able to deal with a
student's problems because the individual is
disabled, or is a foreign student or whatever,
then there's something wrong with the level of
service being offered by the department. A
good counsellor is trained to deal with all
situations and all types of students."
But Lee Grenon, president of the Disabled
Students Society, has doubts that all the
department's counsellors have the skills and
experience to deal with what he terms the
"unique" problems of the disabled.
"The disabled community encounters
physical and attitudinal barriers that other
students dont face," he said. "A special
needs counsellor is sensitized to these
problems and can offer advice based on
experience in dealing with the situations on a
regular basis."
Although Grenon is pleased with the
appointment of a coordinator for disabled
student services, he said the administration
doesn't seem to appreciate the need for
specialized counselling.
Kush doesn't like the idea of singling out
disabled students as "special cases."
"I dont think ifs fair to treat disabled
students as if they aren't normal. You can deal
with problems that are unique to their situation
without segregating them from the
This model of counselling is being adopted
elsewhere in Canada as disabled students
fight to blend into the student body rather than
being marked as different.
In a story in The Ubvssev (Nov. 20), Patricia
Demiantschuk, past president of the disabled
student association at the University of
Calgary, said it was difficult to get students
involved in the society because they "weren't
interested in marking themselves as a disabled
Kush said the focus of the counselling
department is to help students become "active
agents" in their own lives.
"I dont think you're helping any student,
regardless of his or her situation, if you merely
do things for them," he said. "A good
counselling centre shows people how to help
themselves, how to focus their lives and how
to cope."
Kush said an on-going evaluation of the
department is being earned out.
The new model for the centre includes
improved counselling services, educational
workshops targetted to specific campus
groups, a training component for students
earning degrees in counselling, and research
activities to evaluate the effectiveness of
services being offered.
T'Birds loss
"It was a bloody humiliation," said
Thunderbird football coach Frank Smith about
the Vanier Cup game Nov. 22 in Toronto.
Despite an impressive overall record this
season, the 'Birds lost to the McGill Redmen
Smith summed up the game in two words-
-"physical intimidation". UBC was leading 3-0
until halfway through the second quarter when
McGill started scoring.
'The troops dropped their rifles and ran for
the hills," Smith said.
The 1986 Vanier champions, the
Thunderbirds were the favorites for this year's
Smith got some consolation in Toronto, he
was named the 1987 Coach of the Year in
Canadian University Football and awarded the
Frank Tindall trophy. It is the second time he
has won the award.
Now in his 14th year as head coach of the
Thunderbirds, Smith, has seen 32 players from
UBC go on to play in the Canadian Football
League. Thunderbird teams have won two
National Championships, made four Vanier
Cup appearances, and won five Western
Intercollegiate Football League Championships
under his program.
UBC REPORTS December 3, 1987     3 UBC Calendar
International House Children's Christmas
Singing and puppets, clown, Santa Claus with goods for
kids. Everyone with children welcome. Tickets must be
purchased in advance. For information call 228-5021.
International House, 1783 West Mall. 12:30 p.m.
UBC Community Concert Band
Sponsored by Continuing Education. Directed by
Martin Berinbaum, School of Music. For information call
222-S2S4. Old Auditorium. 3:30 p.m.
B.C. Cancer Research Centre Seminar
Incidence of Laryngeal Cancer by Anatomic Subsite. Dr.
Paul Yang. Epidemiology, Universityof Washington and
Epidemiology, Biometry & Occupational Oncology,
B.C.C.R.C. Lecture Theatre, B.C. Cancer Research
Centre. 12 noon.
Graduate Student Society Video Night
Double bill, 5:30 Clockwise, 7:30 Brazil. Free. For
information call 228-3203. Fireside Lounge, Grad
Centre. 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Anthropology and Sociology Seminar
Ideology, Popular Culture and Cultural Politics. Dr. Jim
McKay, Anthropology and Sociology, Universityof
Queensland, Australia. For information call 228-3670.
Room 207-9, ANSO Building.
Language Education Research Colloquium
National Core'French Study: Implementation of A
Curriculum Change. Drs. R. Roy and A. Ardanaz,
Language Education. For information call 228-5232.
Room 105, Ponderosa E. 12 noon.
Language Education Research Colloquium
Admission Tests for French Immersion Programs. Dr. R.
Roy & Ms. M. Trites. For information call 228-5232.
Room 105, Pqnderosa E. 12 noon.
Research Centre Seminar
Experimental Repair of Nervous System Tissue. Dr.
MikePolitis, Orthopaedic Surgery. Refreshments at
3:45 p.m. Room 202, Research Centre, 950 W. 28th
Ave., Vancouver. 4 p.m.
Classics and Archaeological Institute of
America, Vancouver Society Lecture
The Mystery of Theodoric's Tomb at Ravenna.
Christopher J. Simpson, Visiting Professor, Classics.
For information call 228-2889. Lecture Theatre,
Museum of Anthropology. 8 p.m.
Graduate Student Society Bridge Club
For information call 228-3203. Fireside Lounge, Grad
Centre. 8 p.m.
Graduate Student Society Music Night
Featuring Eclectic Cellist Kira Van Deusen. For
information call 228-3203. Fireside Lounge, Grad
Centre. 8:30- 11 p.m.
As this issue of UBC Reports is the last one for 1987, revised calendar deadlines will
be in effect for the next issue Jan. 14, 1988 covering the period Sunday Jan. 17 to
Saturday Jan. 31.   Deadline for all calendar items and notices is 4 p.m. Wednesday,
Jan. 6.
Computer Science Colloquium
Applications of Matrix Searching to Dynamic
Programming. Dr. Maria Klawe, Research Staff
Member, IBM Research Div., Almaden Research
Center. For information call 228-3061. Room 310,
Computer Sciences Building. 11:30a.m.
Medical Grand Rounds
Nocturnal Ventilatory Support Who and How. Dr. Road,
Respiratory Division, HSCH. Room G-279, Lecture
Theatre, HSCH. 12 noon.
General Seminar
An Analysis of the Development of National Policy on
Daycare. Dr. Glenn Drover, Director, School of Social
Work, and Dr. Hillel Goelman, Language Education. For
information call 228-2593. Ponderosa Annex H, Room
123. 12:30 p.m.
Computer Science Colloquium
Probabilistics Analysis of Concentrators. Dr. Nicholas
Pippenger, IBM Fellow, IBM Research Div., Almaden
Research Center. For information call 228-3061. Room
310, Computer Sciences Building. 11:30 a.m.
Chemical Engineering Seminar
The Performance of Turbulent Fluidization. Mr. G.L.
Sun, Graduate Student. Coffee at 3:15 p.m. Room 206,
Chemical Engineering Building. 3:30 p.m.
Graduate Student Society Beer Garden
For information call 228-3203. Fireside Lounge, Grad
Centre. 4-7:30 p.m.
Graduate Student Society DJ Night
Dance to sounds of D J Kelly Smith. For information call
228-3203. Fireside Lounge, Grad Centre. 7-12 p.m.
Graduate Student Society Family Christmas
With well known Vancouver entertainers Fools Theatre.
Cost of $5 includes food and entertainment, please
bring $3 value present for gift exchange. For
information call 228-3203. Garden Room, Grad Centre.
1 -3 p.m.
French Conversational Program
All-day French conversational program. $60 includes
lunch and dinner. For information call Language
Programs & Services, Centre for Continuing Education,
at 222-5227.
B.C. Cancer Research Centre Seminar
Regulation of Cytokene Gene Expression. Dr. Vernon
Paetkau, Immunology, University of Alberta. Lecture
Theatre, B.C. Cancer Research Centre. 12 noon.
Graduate Student Society Music Night
Featuring lively Latin American accordion-guitar duo of
Doug Schmidt and Anton Kolstee. For information call
228-3203. Fireside Lounge, Grad Centre. 8:30-11 p.m.
Medical Grand Rounds
An African Lecture Tour. Dr. Calne, Acting Head,
Medicine, HSCH. Room G-279, Lecture Theatre,
HSCH. 12 noon.
Dedication Celebration of Newly Renovated
Sponsored by Vancouver Hillel Foundation. Ceremony,
live music, refresh ments. For information call 224-4748.
Hillel House. 2:30 p.m.
Research Centre Seminar
The Essential Nature of the Ciliary Transport in the
Oviduct. Dr. Peter McComb, Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
Refreshments at 3:45 p.m. Room 202, Research Centre,
950 W. 28th Ave., Vancouver. 4 p.m.
FRIDAY, JAN. 8, 1988
Health Care & Epidemiology Rounds
The Psychological Predictors of Survival in Women with
breast Cancer. Dr. Nancy Waxier-Morrison,
Anthropology/Sociology and Social Work, UBC. Or.
Greg Hislop, Epidemiologist, Cancer Control Agency of
BC. For information call 228-2772. Room 253, Mather
Building. 9a.m..
Faculty of Commerce Policy Workshop
Industrial Organization and Takeover Strategies. J.
Brander and R.I Giammarino (joint with Finance), Faculty
of Commerce. For informational! 224-8475.
Penthouse, Henry Angus Building. 3:30 p.m.
Mechanical Engineering Mech 598 Seminar
Dynamics of Offshore Platforms. A. Ele, Graduate
Student. Dynamics of Flexibel Orbiting Platforms with
MRMS. H. Mah, Graduate Student. For information call
228-4350. Room 1215, Civil and Mechanical
Engineering Building. 3:30 p.m.
Language Education Research/Early
Childhood Research Colloquium
Publishing Educational Research. Drs. V. Froese, W.
Bruneau, J. Belanger & G. Dixon, Faculty of Education.
For information call 228-5232. Room 105, Ponderosa E.
12 noon.
Oceanography Seminar
Numerical Simulation of atmospherically forced
circulation in the southern Beaufort Sea. Dr. P. Budgell,
Institute of Ocean Sciences, Sidney, B.C. For
information call 228-3278. Room 1465, Biological
Sciences Building. 3:30 p.m.
Health Care & Epidemiology Rounds
Cost Effectiveness Review of the Diagnosis &
Treatment of Hypercholesterolemia. Dr. Jiri Frohlich,
Pathology, Shaughnessy Hospital. For information call
228-2772. Room 253, Mather Building. 9 a.m.
UBC Fine Arts Gallery
Thirty Years of Design on the Land: The Work of Sasaki
Associates Inc. Now to Dec. 18. Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m. - 5
p.m. Sat. noon - 5 p.m.
Botanical Gardens Christmas Sale
All proceeds go to the Botanical Gardens. For
information call 228-4186. Dec. 9:3-8 p.m., Dec. 10-
13:11 a.m.-7 p.m. Botanical Gardens, 6501 N.W.
Marine Drive.
Christmas Booksale
UBC Press annual Christmas booksale and show of
award-winning books. Faculty Club, Lower Lobby.
Wed., Dec. 9-Tuesday, Dec. 15. 11 a.m.-2:30p.m.
Damaged Books for Sale
Damaged books for sale at rock bottom prices. UBC
Press warehouse, 6320 Agricultural Road (basement of
Bus Stop Cafeteria). Dec.7-9. 10a.m.-4p.m.
Nitobe Memorial Garden
Open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. No charge.
Closed weekends.
Botanical Garden
Open daily 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. No charge.
Language Exchange Program
This program is for those interested in learning foreign
languages or in exchanging a foreign language for
English. Call International House between 9 a.m. and 5
p.m. Monday- Friday at 228-5021.
Statistical Consulting and Research
SCARL is operated by the Department of Statistics to
provide statistical advice to Faculty and graduate
students working on research problems. For
information call 228-4037. Forms for appointment
available at Room 210, Ponderosa Annex C.
Student Counselling and Resources Centre
'Students Helping Students'is a service that provides
disabled students with assistance in disability-related
tasks affecting school.  For information call 228-4840.
Fitness Appraisal
Physical Education & Recreation, through the John M.
Buchanan Fitness and Research Centre, is
administering a physical fitness assessment program to
students, faculty, staff and the general public. Approx.
1 hour. $25, students $20. For information call 228-
Parents Wanted
For Psychology research project. Parents of children
aged 5 to 12 years are wanted for a project studying
parenting. Approx. one hour. Contact Dr. C. Johnston,
Clinical Psychology, 228-6771.
Registrar rebuttal
I must take severe exception to what Dr.
Stanley Oberg was quoted as saying in UBC
Reports of 20 November. It simply is not true,
especially in regard to the late and much
missed Ken Young, that "Previous registrars
didnt provide good student services or ever
ask for resources".
Mr. Young was noted for the firm but fair
and caring way he treated students. I
remember vividly how he mourned the
reduction of the effectiveness of his office -
due to severe cutbacks instigated by the
administration in spite of his best efforts. From
my perspective, Ken knew this University and
the operations of his office in a way which we
may never see again, sadly.
Apparently, as your report continues, the
Registrar's Office is now to focus upon
"marketing". So why not just give the whole
thing over to the Community Relations Office
which, unlike the Registrar's Office and other
academic functions, has lately enjoyed the first
and fullest access to the purse.
James O. Caswell
Assoc. Professor and Head
Department of Fine Arts
UBC Reports is published every second
Thursday by UBC Community Relations
6328 Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C.
V6T1W5, Telephone 228-3131.
EdItor-ln-Chlef: Margaret Nevin
Editor: Don Whiteley
Layout: Linda Coe
Contributors: Jo Moss, Lorie Chortyk,
Debora Sweeney.
Your lead story "Registrar overhall needed"
in the November 20 issue deeply offends.
Surely there are more effective ways for UBC
Reports to contribute to morale and that sense
of community and pride that are so essential if
we are to achieve our objectives.
We understand that the President's Task
Force on the Registrar's Office, the subject of
your story, has yet to report.
William A. Webber,
Dean of Medicine
Robert M. Will
Dean of Arts
I know I have the support of many
members of the University community in
writing to you to take exception to the remarks
attributed in the Nov. 20 edition of UBC
Reports to Dr. Stanley Oberg, who is quoted
as saying that "Previous registrars didnt
provide good student services or ever ask for
Had Dr. Oberg had formal or informal
contact with the late Kenneth Young or his
predecessor, Jack Parnall, he would have
known that both those registrars were acutely
conscious of the need for good student
services and that they made every possible
effort to provide them. Both also pressed for
improved liaison with schools and the
resources that would enable the University to
provide those services. The University, in its
wisdom, has chosen to divorce student
counselling and contact with high schools from
the Registrar's Office, and to entrust this
function to a separate unit. It is, therefore,
rather unfair to tar former registrars with the
brush of providing poor services in areas
where they have no responsibility.
Quite apart from this, my personal
association with the University administration
over a period of 30 years left me with the firm
opinion that the functions of the Registrar's
Office, particularly as they related to students,
were administered with an evenhandedness
and fairness that earned both Mr. Parnall and
the late Mr. Young reputations as two of the
"good guys" at UBC.
If blame for the current state of the
Registrar's Office is to be assigned, it should
be laid at the door of government fiscal
restraint. In the period from 1980 to 1985,
when the University's budget was either static
or cut annually, a hard-pressed administration
had to make difficult decisions about how
resources were to be allocated. It chose to
minimize cuts related to the academic program
and to apportion a larger share of the cutbacks
to administrative departments.
Mr. Young was acutely aware of the declining
level of service his office was able to offer.
I can assure you that in those days one did not
think of asking for money for new services.
I am sure everyone in the University will be
pleased that serious consideration is being
given to restoring funds that will upgrade
services in the Registrar's Office. However, to
justify improvement in terms of a lack of
initiative on the part of past registrars is
revisionist history of a kind that cannot be
allowed to go unchallenged.
Jim Banham
Purely academic
Lorie Chortyk drew ably on information I
provided to prepare a story with an emphasis I
had not imagined. The difference is one of
goals and priorities - matters central to the
academic integrity of the University. The fault
is mine in that I assumed some fundamental
principles and did not think to state them.
First, UBC is committed to developing and
maintaining outstanding undergraduate and
graduate programs grounded in scholarly
activity. Second, we must be keenly aware of
forces which have the potential to help or to
hinder us in achieving our academic goals.
Third, the inclination of governments and other
institutions to cultivate "overseas markets" and
"sell education" is not reason for us to get on
the bandwagon. It is sufficient reason for us to
study our environment carefully, to be clear
about our own priorities and to identify courses
of action which can aid us in achieving our
academic goals. Only under these conditions
can UBC provide academic leadership rather
than falling into roles prescribed for it by
external groups.
I am sure this University's status gives us
the opportunity to attract outstanding
international students to UBC and to undertake
all sorts of academic activity in conjunction
with universities in other countries. The
President's Task Force on International
Education has been set up to assist us in
making the best choices from the array of
possibilities open to us.
Daniel R. Birch
Vice President, Academic and Provost
4     UBC REPORTS December 3,1987


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