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VOLUME  51   I  NUMBER  5   I   MAY  5,2005
From May 25 tojune I more than 5000
undergraduate and graduate students from UBC's 12
faculties and schools will receive their hard-earned degrees
in ceremonies at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
In addition, 10 honorary degrees will be conferred to
distinguished guests that include Nobel prize-winner Anthony
J. Leggett and singer Raffi Cavoukian. The 2005 graduating
class will join UBC's global alumni community of more than
200,000. For more information, and to view ceremonies live
via webcast, visit www.graduation.ubc.ca
UBC "Births" First
Midwifery Class
Midwifery grads must attend at least 60 births as part of degree requirements.
Seven UBC students will be picking up a
BMW at Spring Congregation, but they
won't be driving away in a luxury import
The grads will be getting a Bachelor of
Midwifery degree, the first ever conferred
at UBC.
"It's very exciting to birth our first
graduating class," says Elaine Carty,
director of the program, which is part of
the Faculty of Medicine's Dept. of Family
Practice. "These are fabulous, motivated students and are UBC s first
wave of what we know will be
a valued part of maternity
care in B.C."
B.C. is the third
province in Canada —
after Ontario and
Quebec — to offer *
such a program.
About 2,300 births
are attended by mid-
wives in B.C. each year.
Carty, trained as a midwife
in the U.S., receives about 100
applications annually for the class,
which is currently funded for a maximum
of 10 students. About 80 per cent of
applicants have previous degrees, in both
arts and sciences. The graduating class
ranges in age from mid-20s to mid-40s
and includes single and married women,
mothers and a grandmother.
Carty describes the program as traditional curriculum mixed with apprenticeship. In addition to classes, all grads complete substantial practical placements —
or preceptorships — in locations ranging
from Cranbrook to Prince George. In
their first nine-week placement in second
year, they will attend 8-10 births and will
have "caught" (delivered) at least one
baby themselves. Graduates must have
attended a minimum of 60 births to earn
their degree.
A midwife — the term means "with
woman" — works with a mother
throughout the pregnancy. Midwives offer
care and education in 45-minute visits,
do all the supportive care at home or
hospital up to the birth, deliver the baby,
and visit mother and baby at home at
least 4-5 times.
Informed choice is an important principle of midwifery
care and mothers can
choose birthing location.
B.C.'s 120 registered
midwives attend about
70 per cent of deliver-
'   ies in hospital and 30
per cent in the home.
After graduation,
midwives must
complete six months in an
established practice before
setting up their own private
practice. Midwifery services are
covered under the provincial health plan
and midwives can expect to earn, after
deducting business expenses, approximately $70,000 per annum, similar pay
to advanced-skilled nurses.
"I see midwifery as a perfect opportunity to be a supportive, positive and helpful
influence at a momentous time in a
family's life," says Lindsay Brimblecombe,
a 35-year-old grad whose background
includes work with a variety of non-profit
groups. "I was delighted to be trained in
B.C. and to have practicums in such a
variety of areas." Brimblecombe's
placements included Prince George,
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Highlights of UBC Media Coverage in April 2005. compiled bybrian lin
published their findings in the
current issue of Neurobiology
of Aging.
"This is a good population to
test the idea that anti-inflamma-
tories would cause a sparing of
age-related macular degeneration
because these are people who are
known to be heavy users of antiinflammatory agents and they're
generally on them prior to the
age of risk for macular degeneration," McGeer told The Globe
and Mail.
Children's Psychiatric Care
Canadian children and teens are
having a tough time finding care
for mental health problems due
to an acute shortage of child psychiatrists in the country.
"We're talking about illnesses
that affect a very significant
number of children," UBC adolescent psychiatry head Derryck
Smith told Maclean s Magazine.
" One in five children and teens
probably has a mental illness of
some sort."
There are about 375 child
psychiatrists in Canada, based
on the membership of the
Canadian Academy of Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry. Currently
the waiting list to see a child psychiatrist in Toronto for a first
assessment is about nine months.
Canada's Frayed Welcome
UBC Canada Research Chair in
migration law Catherine
Dauvergne says the two fundamental weaknesses of Canada's
immigration laws are failure to
enforce removal orders, and
misuse of the humanitarian and
compassionate review.
"What allows people to stay so
long in Canada isn't their legal
rights conferred by the 1985
Singh decision," Dauvergne told
The Globe and Mail, referring
to Harjit Singh, whose bid to
stay in Canada was repeatedly
spurned but appealed his way
through more than a decade.
"It's the fact that we don't
make them leave." Dauvergne
adds that the criteria for humanitarian and compassionate
reviews are too "loose and
fluid," but believes Canada
should retain the positive
elements in its system — a fair
adjudication process. □
UBC Prof. Patrick McGeer has found that painkillers may prevent vision loss.
Fish Farm Study Sparks
Opposing Views
A new study by University of
Alberta and University of
Victoria researchers suggests
fish farms are such prodigious
producers of parasites that
juvenile fish become very
heavily infested just by
swimming near them.
UBC fisheries expert Scott
McKinley says the study
published in the British journal
Proceedings of the Royal Society
B, fails to establish cause-
and-effect. "They would have
to show that the lice that are
on the fish originated on the
farms," McKinley told The New
York Times.
Meanwhile, Daniel Pauly,
another fisheries researcher at
UBC, said evidence so far was
consistent with the hypothesis
that wild fish near fish farms
were affected by sea lice.
Rising Drug Cost in Canada
Leading health economist and
UBC professor Steve Morgan
says it is unclear whether
Canada's massive investment in
medication is actually a wise use
of limited health-care dollars.
Canadians spent a staggering
$21.8-billion on prescription and
non-prescription drugs last year.
"We're spending a lot of
money on drugs, and prescription drugs in particular, but
we're not investing in systems to
monitor drug use so we can't say
we're getting value for money,"
Morgan told The Globe and
While prescription drug makers claim that many treatments
are cost-effective because they
keep patients out of hospital,
there is no way of determining
if that is actually true in the real
world, he said.
Painkillers may Slow Vision
A new Canadian study suggests
that common painkillers may
prevent or slow the progression
of macular degeneration, the
most common form of age-related blindness in North America.
Authors Patrick McGeer of
UBC and John Sibley of the
University of Saskatchewan
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Senior student Clarice Rummel inspired fellow students and professors with her commitment.
87 Years Young
Religious Studies grad can't wait to continue learning, by brenda austii
Clarice Rummel, 87, has a
twinkle in her eye when she
tells you about her
boyfriends at UBC. While living in residence and taking
her BA in religious studies
she had three boyfriends —
scholarship for her war service to study conducting and
piano at the Royal Academy
of Music in London.
In 1953, she moved to
Vancouver and studied
nursing at Vancouver General
interest in religion and
philosophy and wished I had
gone to university when I was
younger," she said. Her
daughter made enquiries and
encouraged her to enrol at
I always had a burning interest in religion and philosophy
and wished I had gone to university when I was younger.
one in each of her first 3
years, in their late teens and
20s — who watched out for
her, took her out on
Valentine's day and, as one
put it, offered protection, "so
long as he was around."
Rummel seems to have
earned the affection of many
students, and likewise her
instructors, with her
open-mindedness, friendship
and unusual commitment
as a full-time senior student,
living on campus.
Her passion is ancient
Indian Vedic philosophy, but
she has studied other
religions over the course of
her program, as well as the
usual diverse requirements
for a BA. This included a
course in which she had the
opportunity to bring history
to life for fellow students.
"I was in a huge first-year
class of about 200," she said,
"when the professor talked of
World War II and realised I
had been a part of that. I had
lots of exciting and tragic
stories, so I lectured for one
class period about my top
secret work, intercepting the
Germans' coded messages."
Fluent in German, Rummel
was in the air force in Britain
at the time. Later, she got a
Hospital, but earned her
living as a music teacher,
retiring at 72. She travelled in
Europe and went to India on
her own when she was 81,
staying for a while in an
"I always had a burning
She's enjoyed her time here
and says she had very good
relationships with her professors. Now, she can't wait to
continue her studies, reading
widely and going deeper into
the meditative aspects of
Indian philosophy. □
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Wisdom for a
Sustainable Future
Cree grad combines science with ancient ecological
knowledge, by brian lin
When Zane Young finished high
school, his parents gave him a
plane ticket and luggage as
graduation presents.  They then
told him to either get a job or
go to university.
The avid surfer chose the latter — encouraged by his family
and lured by the mountains, the
coast, the city, and UBC.
So began an educational
journey that would bring him
back to his roots.
Graduating this spring from
the Department of Global
Resource Systems in the Faculty
of Agricultural Sciences, Young
says the experience solidified
"Those practices are becoming more relevant than ever in
today's world," says Young,
who credits his parents for
inspiring him to dream and
reach high.
"They insisted on making
education their means to 'make
it' in the world, despite the
excruciating effects of residential school," Young says. "They
supported each other through
their master's degrees and my
mother supported my dad
through medical school."
Already accepted for graduate
studies at UBC, Young is
spending this summer at the
First Peoples have always managed the land in
ways that ensured sustainability, and their
knowledge is embodied in the language.
his conviction to work with
indigenous communities around
the world in creating sustainable food systems by combining
ecological knowledge and
Western science.
" First Peoples have always
managed the land in ways that
ensured sustainability, and their
knowledge is embodied in the
language," says Young. "In my
tradition, as the Cree language
got passed on orally from
generation to generation, so
did the knowledge of how our
ancestors integrated plants,
animals, peoples, places and
values into their daily lives.
University of California, Santa
Cruz, to complete an apprenticeship in ecological horticulture, and realizes that he, too,
has become a role model.
"I helped organize the second
UBC Summer Forestry Camp
for First Nations Youth last
year and spent a week with
young First Nations students
from across British Columbia
who are considering post-secondary education," says Young.
" I told them honestly what
challenges await them in
university, but I also told them
how rewarding the experience
would ultimately be — it's
life-changing." □
Zane Young is convinced traditional knowledge of Aboriginal people
is becoming more relevant today.
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Then and Now
Cartoons of sharks, elephants, birds and the signatures of hundreds of graduating
zoology students cover the ceiling in HutB8 on Main Mall. The knowledgeable
autograph hound can spot names of grads who are now eminent scientists at UBC
and around the world. The ceiling will be preserved and re-installed in the new Beaty
Biodiversity Research Centre, expected to open in November 2007. REPORTS      |      MAY    5,     2005      |     5
Agnes Huang, activist, volunteer
and passionist advocate for justice.
Law School Equips Community Advocate
What makes Agnes Huang so
special, her professors say, is
the energy she has invested in
her law studies and those
around her. They agree many
extracurricular activities reflect
her spirit, character and dedication, and have enhanced the
quality of life within the Faculty
of Law.
Among other activities,
Huang initiated a monthly
newspaper, The Legal Eye,
organized the annual lecture
series of the Centre for Feminist
Legal Studies, and worked as a
researcher on legal projects.
All this reflects a passion for
community involvement, which
she says she learned from the
example set by her parents.
" I was in my 30s when I
came to law school and I was
already a volunteer, an activist
and an advocate for various
issues in the larger community,"
Huang says.
"Law school did not change
my political views, but it helped
me better understand and
analyze how laws and judicial
decisions are made. It provided
an opportunity to be a more
effective advocate and it totally
expanded my knowledge of
where to look for information
and how things in law are
Huang is looking forward to
a one-year Federal Court
clerkship in Ottawa and then
completion of her articles in
Vancouver. In the long term,
she sees herself in private
practice focusing on refugee law
and criminal law, although she is
also drawn to constitutional law
issues, family law and legal
Some have told her she should
be a judge, but she shakes her
head. Her interests will likely
keep her on the other side of the
bench — a passionate advocate
for justice. □
Pharmacy a "Piping" Hot
Career Choice
After eight years of post
secondary education, Craig
Plain figures he's finally found
the prescription for success.
The 25-year-old picks up a
Bachelor of Science in
Pharmacy degree this month,
capping a previous four years
studying kinesiology and
human health at Simon Fraser
Pursuing pharmacy started as
a light-hearted suggestion from
his father, a practicing pharmacist and UBC alumnus. Once
Plain researched the pharmaceutical sciences program, he
realized it would be a good fit.
A veteran at hitting the
books, he says his third year in
Pharmacy, "where they throw
everything at you" was the
To keep life balanced, he
skiied and blew off steam with
his music. A virtual one-man
band, Plain plays classical,
blues and jazz piano and has
been known to do a mean Jerry
Lee Lewis imitation.
In addition, he was inspired
by SFU's famous pipe band to
learn how to play the bagpipes
and has played professionally
at a variety of high-profile
events. He also plays guitar
and has recently added the
harmonica to his repertoire.
He admits his apartments have
often resembled a music store
He believes his previous
education and understanding
of body mechanics will help
him because pharmacists also
counsel patients on how to use
medical appliances such as
neck braces and crutches.
Canada's aging population,
retirement of "baby boomer"
pharmacists and the introduction of a multitude of new
medications have turned a
pharmacy degree into a hot
ticket. Plain and his classmates
have been courted by major
employers offering big salaries
and signing bonuses. He prefers
to keep his options open,
however, and plans to work
in a community pharmacy in
Vancouver until the right
opportunity comes along.
And what about some
vacation time after all these
years in academia?
"I'll take a couple of weeks
off, but I'm eager to use my
knowledge and get started," he
says. "But I did give myself a
great graduation present — a
new car to take me to work." □
Medication expert Craig Plain is also a pro bagpiper. 6      |      UBC     REPORTS      |      MAY    5,     2005
X-ray Vision:
■ Uses Math to See
Through Ice
Nicolas Lhomme knows
Antarctica and Greenland inside
out, literally.
He has found a way to
predict the composition of ice
anywhere within the massive
ice-sealed areas using a secret
weapon - math.
Lhomme, who came to UBC
from the University of Joseph
Fourier (UJF) in the French Alps
city of Grenoble, has devised a
computer model that predicts,
with amazing accuracy, the
evolution of Antarctica and
Greenland, without even
putting on his snow boots.
"Polar ice sheets contain the
earth's environmental secrets,"
says Lhomme. "From the
composition of the ice sheets we
can learn about the climate and
atmospheric details going back
hundreds of thousands of
"I was able to learn, for
example, that two-thirds of
Greenland melted 125,000
years ago when the climate
became particularly warm,
raising the global sea level
from 3.5 to 4.5 metres," he
says. "And that a similar rise
of sea level could happen over
the next centuries if the climate
warming trend persists."
Lhomme's work has already
received international recognition. University of California,
Berkeley professor Kurt Cuffey
a world leader in the field
known for his high critical
standards, examined the findings and called it " one of the
most important contributions
to glaciology in the past five
This spring, Lhomme will
receive a PhD from both UBC
and UJF and to celebrate, he
got up close and personal with
the land that he's spent years
studying. He travelled from
Ushuaia, Southern Argentina,
to Antarctica on a 47-foot
sailboat. It was place that was
easier going to, than returning
"On the way out, you can
take the beating of crossing the
Drake Passage because you're
so thrilled to go to Antarctica,"
says Lhomme. "On the way
back, the crew and the novelty
were worn out, and strong head
winds and rough seas made the
crossing longer and harder."
Lhomme's next project will
save lives. He's developing
mathematical methods to locate
unexploded bombs and landmines based on electro-magnetic
images taken in former war
" It's called inversion in
mathematical language," he
explains. "And it allows me to
take 2D measurements and turn
them into 3D models, so we
would know exactly how big a
landmine is and how deep it is
buried underground." □
Nicolas Lhomme got to see Antarctic up close
in a recent sailing adventure.
Nursing Degree Caps Family's Long Journey
Sergey Volchkov's nursing degree
marks a major milestone in an
academic journey that has
spanned continents, cultures and
Originally from Latvia,
Volchkov earned a degree in
mechanical engineering and
"It's been tough and l'i
much support — this is
worked as an engineer until
1999. Then he decided to
change his life.
In what he calls " our best
decision," he, his wife, then
five-year-old son Pavel and
one-year-old daughter Sasha,
immigrated to Canada to escape
Latvia's political uncertainty
following the breakup of the
Soviet Union. At the same time,
he realized that he was " more
interested in people than
mechanical units" and set out to
establish a new career.
Just three months after his
arrival, he became a distress
line volunteer at the Vancouver
Crisis Centre, where he gained
a passion for communication
and a keen interest in mental
" I was amazed at how much
I could help, even with my
home, taking the graveyard shift
while his wife, Natasha, worked
full-time as a chemist.
"It's been tough and I'm
proud I got through," he says.
"I've had so much support —
this is really a family accomplishment. " He is also grateful
n proud I got through," he says. "I've had so
really a family accomplishment."
limited skills," says the 34-year-
old. "I saw how powerful
communication can be and
what might be possible if I
were more qualified."
His search for a health-care
career that would also allow
a balanced life led him to
nursing. After a year at Douglas
College, he enrolled at a
third-year level in the School of
Nursing, one of six men in his
In addition to his studies and
family activities, he also had a
part-time job as a community
support worker at a group
for the encouragement shown by
his classmates and School of
Nursing faculty.
Volchkov is receiving a special
graduation present — he and his
brother recently sponsored their
parents to immigrate to Canada.
The couple arrives the week
before Congregation and will
be part of the family cheering
section at the ceremonies.
After graduation, he hopes to
work at a hospital mental health
emergency service department,
or with a community mental
health team. □
Sergey Volchkov's volunteer work sparked a switch from engineering
to mental health nursing. REPORTS      |       MAY     5,      2OO5      |      7
MBA Grad Embraces his Passions
The Sauder School of Business
prepares students for the type
of intense environment and
group projects they will likely
face at work, according to
Chris McNally, who graduated
this year with an MBA. He
should know — the energetic
grad now works on one of the
most complex urban trans
portation projects in Canada,
the Richmond-Airport-
Vancouver (RAV) rapid transit line.
"Courses in strategic man-
agement, real estate and
finance helped me get a job
with a small firm consulting
on real estate development
for the RAV project,"
McNally says.
He was recommended for
this by his professors, not
only because he came to the
MBA program with a degree
in environmental/geotechni-
cal engineering, but because
he was a dynamic force at
the business school. He was
"I analyze potential station
sites from a developer's point
of view, to determine their
economic viability as a development site complementary to
the station node," he
In his "spare" time,
McNally runs a sports league
and event planning company.
Until recently, when he
merged with a competitor, he
did everything himself.
"We arrange sports leagues
My driving force is entrepreneurial —
passionate and positive energy for things I
think should be done.
class president, and spent
much time helping to
improve the program and the
student experience. He also
ran his own business
simultaneously with his
Now, he works for
consulting firm, Equitas,
and is constantly on the
move between his office
and various proposed RAV
project locations.
and events for the 20-35
year-old demographic," says
McNally. "It's a large part of
my life. I love to play in the
games and my fiancee is also
involved. The emphasis is on
the social side."
"That's a marriage of who
I am — business and sports,"
he says. "My driving force is
entrepreneurial — passionate
and positive energy for things
I think should be done." □
Business and sports - that's Chris McNally.
Global Experiences Shape New Doc's Vision
Even as a high school student in
a small B.C. town, Faculty of
Medicine graduate Carly
Peterson was looking for international opportunities.
She left Merritt to spend a
year in Japan as an exchange
student, living with Japanese
families while going to school.
She became fluent after a few
lonely months learning the
language. And, at 6 ft. 2 in. tall,
she was a welcome addition to
the school's basketball team.
After completing undergrad
studies at UBC, Peterson entered
med school, partly influenced by
her mother's career as a nurse.
Putting her personal life on hold
and confronting the suffering of
patients and their families have
been tough parts of the last four
years, she says. Meeting some
"amazing" friends and mentors,
and running, have helped to
keep her focused.
She was surprised by her
interest in anaesthesiology
"I always thought I'd be
heading toward surgery," says
the 28-year-old. "But it was
anaesthesia that fired my enthusiasm. There's a deep satisfaction in manipulating the complex interactions of physiology
and pharmacology.
Anaesthesiology is really the
application of medicine in its
purest form."
The diversity of care and
patients influenced her choice to
work as a perioperative physician, a doctor who provides care
before, during, and after surgery.
Her international outlook was
Carly Peterson is prepped for an anaesthesiology residency at UBC.
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reinforced earlier this year when
she accompanied a UBC group to
Uganda to help promote the
study and practice of anaesthesiology.
Working at a teaching hospital
in Kampala, the country's
capital, Peterson saw antiquated
equipment and health problems
rarely seen in North America,
such as untreated birth defects,
but also patients who were
"so stoic."
The experience strengthened
her view that doctors have a
social responsibility to share
their skills where they are most
"You can give so much as a
Balancing her life with
sewing, pottery and running with
her dogs, Jack and Diane,
Peterson is eager to get started
on her five-year anaesthesiology
residency at UBC and a career
that is sure to include international service. □ I      UBC      REPORTS       |      MAY     5,      2OO5
Disability No Disadvantage, Says Poli Sci Grad
An internship at the B.C.
Legislature next January will
will spend half his time
working for an MLA and the
Cheng will spend half his time working for
an MLA and the other half working within
a government ministry.
science program is due partly
to his positive attitude and
partly to the excellent practical
arrangements made for him by
UBC's Access and Diversity
"I want to do something
good in life and I have to take
the initiative," he says. "I
haven't found a disabilitiy to
be a disadvantage. I do talk a
bit slower and it's harder for
provide Justin Cheng invaluable experience. An honours
graduate in political science, he
other half working within a
government ministry.
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me to speak, but I find people
listen more closely then. I'm
grateful for research into
disabilities and for the accommodations made at UBC."
Cheng has mild cerebral palsy
which affects how he walks and
talks. He recommends other
students with a disability get in
touch with the Access and
Diversity Centre as soon as
they know they want to study
at UBC.
"Get it over with," he says.
"Provide the documentation
necessary from your doctor,
speech pathologist and
psychiatrist and you will find
the centre is able to arrange
accommodations for you."
Cheng used a computer for
exams, was allowed to sit for
them outside the classroom and
was given time and a half to
finish. He found his undergraduate years manageable with this
kind of support and very
fulfilling because of his longtime interest in political issues
and democratic participation.
Russian literature and
non-fiction books on the moral
history of the 20th century are
favourites with Cheng in his
spare time. His other hobby is
debating, which over the past
three years has taught him how
to articulate his arguments.
He will take an MA in
political science at UBC after
his internship and foresees a
potential career in academia. □
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Carpenter Picks up Dentist's Drill
Same skills, different drills — for
Gary Wessels, the shift from carpentry to dentistry was a natural
"I've worked with tools my
whole life," says Wessels, a for
mer carpenter who graduates
with a Doctor of Dental
Medicine degree this month.
"Working in reverse using a mirror took a bit of practice,
Wessels has worked as a
welder and machinist, building
mountain bike frames, following
his graduation from the
University of Texas at Austin,
where he majored in zoology. A
third-generation carpenter, he
operated his own building company in Vancouver for three
When he wasn't building or
studying, he traveled north to
work as a mountain guide in
the Princess Louisa Inlet area of
B.C.'s west coast. That's where
he met his wife, Robyn, a
Canadian and UBC alumna.
The couple was married in
1998 and Wessels immigrated
to Canada. He started thinking
about another career where he
could use his hands, work with
and help people and run his
own business. When Robyn's
dentist suggested a career in
dentistry, he realized it would
be a perfect fit.
"Dentistry represents a union
of science and art, a unique
intersection of the classic and
the romantic," says the 30-year-
old. "Dentists address concrete
clinical problems but also need
to understand form, light and
Wessels was accepted to
UBC's dental program in 2001
— in the same week that he and
his wife had their first child,
Abby. Two years ago, they had
twin boys, Noah and Cody.
"Without my wife's support, I
couldn't have made it through
school," he says. "This has been
a joint effort."
Having spent so much time
out of doors, both recreationally
and professionally, one of the
toughest parts of the last four
years has been feeling "cooped
up," he says. So even with a
hectic schedule, he tries to find
time for running and biking.
Following graduation, the
couple plans to move to one of
B.C.'s small towns where
Wessels will join a practice.
Once settled, he plans to realize
a life's dream.
"I'm going to pick up my
tools again and build my family
a home." □
Dentistry was a smooth switch for Gary Wessels, who has worked
as a carpenter, welder and machinist.
Forestry Grad Hears
Call ofthe Wild
Yulia Stange had never heard
of the Faculty of Forestry. She
was studying science at UBC
when the student across the
hall in her residence noticed
Stange had a passion for the
outdoors, and suggested she
take a forestry course. Stange
did so, and has never looked
"There are four possible
programs to follow in
Forestry and I am in the
Natural Resources
heard my father discussing his
difficulties as a land developer,
[when he was] required to
leave a stream buffer, and so
on," she says. "Now my
dream job is protecting and
saving the natural environment, to somehow make a
difference in how we live."
Stange has obtained a
certificate in conflict
resolution and leadership and
served as a volunteer in a First
Nations' witness project in the
Stange laughs at the irony of her
direction. Her father worked as a
developer, and was often frustrated by
environmental regulations.
Conservation program," says
Stange. "It's a broad integrative program needing a
background of sciences, but
including studies in areas such
as the social sciences, forest
biology and ecology, fisheries
science, and many more."
Stange's bent toward conservation stems from her love
of many outdoor activities —
she competes with her horse,
Pete, in dressage when not
studying or serving as a
research assistant. Yet she
laughs at the irony of her
direction. Her father worked
as a developer, and was often
frustrated by environmental
"I grew up camping, rafting
and kayaking, but I also often
Elaho Valley. She has also
been an assistant leader with
an outdoor school for youth
at risk.
Stange is also co-authoring
two scientific papers from
botanical and ecological
research projects, undertaken
during one of her summer
positions as a forestry faculty
research assistant. In 2005, she
earned the Canadian Institute
of Forestry Gold Medal for
scholarship, sportsmanship
and citizenship. □
Forestry is a good fit for outdoor
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administrators during the launch
of the program, which borrows
most of its curriculum from a
similar program in Ontario.
Special to the UBC program this
year are international placements in Zambia, Mexico and
In addition, Carty has also
worked with health-care colleagues to create interprofessional
opportunities where midwifery,
medical and nursing students can
learn together.
"We're finding a real appetite
for interprofessional work now
and doctors are asking for mid-
wives to work with them — that
wasn't happening five years ago,"
says Carty, adding that numerous
smaller hospital closures in the
last five years have created a
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greater need for more maternity
care resources in rural and under-
served areas.
UBC midwifery grads will soon
have the opportunity to provide
maternity care right on campus,
with the opening of a new family
practice clinic planned as part
of the University Town
For more information on
UBC's midwifery program, visit
http://www.midwifery.ubc.ca. □
A New Breed of Health-Care Providers
UBC will celebrate B.C.'s newest
providers of health-care services
when the first graduates of the
nurse practitioner program pick
up their Master of Science in
Nursing degrees this month.
The two-year program can
qualify a maximum of 15 nurses
to provide primary care such as
diagnosing, prescribing, and
referring to specialists. Nurse
practitioners will work independently or in collaboration
with other health professionals
in the community.
"These students are willing to
push the boundaries of their
skills," says Gloria Joachim, a
UBC associate professor of
Nursing and program director.
"They're a dedicated group —
many have given up full-time
jobs to be part of this program."
Students entering the program
hold bachelor or master degrees
in nursing. They study topics
such as advanced health assessment and pharmacology and
complete more than 700 hours
of practical experience. This
hands-on clinical learning is a
key difference between nurse
practitioners' education and
other graduate nursing degrees.
"The blend of medicine and
nursing really attracted me,"
says grad Janet Baillies, a nurse
with 28 years' experience as a
manager and director who
wanted to return to clinical
practice. "I was able to broaden
my clinical experience learning
from patients and expert
physicians. I've been offered a
job in a dynamic clinic and look
forward to making a difference
in how people cope with health
Students have completed
practicums at clinics, hospitals
and private practices in the
Lower Mainland, the Fraser
Valley and in Bella Bella, on
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Reg D'Silva grew up in India
and speaks at least five
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three from his parents, as well
as English, which was also
spoken at home.
" I was raised with seven
Dubai. He worked as a marketing engineer there and taught
English as well, before deciding
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While earning a computer
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Institute of Technology, he was
changing world."
D'Silva plans to develop a
computer-based reading tutor
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siblings in an international and
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engineering at the University of
Mangalore, south of Bombay.
Later, he learned German
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B.C.'s west coast.
"We know that professionals
tend to work where they are
trained," says Joachim, who
will soon be qualified as a nurse
practitioner herself. " I anticipate our grads will stay and
work in B.C., as one component
in addressing the crisis in
primary care."
Joachim has been very
impressed with how government, the Registered Nurses
Association of B.C., the Chief
Nursing Officers and post-secondary institutions have worked
together in what she calls " a
wonderful collaboration" to get
the program off the ground.
"These grads will be excellent
providers who know their limitations and will help shape public perception about this new
way of delivering primary care."
For more information on
nurse practitioners, visit
www.nursing.ubc.ca. □
asked to teach a course. It was
there he discovered his passion
for education and technology
which led him to the UBC
Faculty of Education for an MA
in the Department of Language
and Literacy Education.
"My vision is to be a
researcher in education or allied
fields," D'Silva says, "to help
bring technology and education
together, to find the common
ground. This is about people
and education techniques for a
MA. He has already worked on
a Vancouver School Board
voice-recognition project with
the Faculty of Education to help
ESL and Aboriginal students
acquire more language skills.
D'Silva believes his engineering mind will be put to good
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language education, he hopes to
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The ABCs of Children's Literature
Program feeds illustrator's passion.
There are very few Master of
Arts programs in children's literature. For illustrator Kathryn
Shoemaker, UBC's program
offered the perfect meld of
library science, English, creative
writing, language and literacy.
To Shoemaker's delight, the
UBC School of Library Archival
and Information Studies developed the new interdisciplinary
this fall.
Shoemaker was born in
Vancouver but moved to
California as a child. After
attending Occidental College
and Otis Art Institute, she
completed a fine arts major at
Immaculate Heart College in Los
Angeles, then worked for a large
school district as a learning and
art consultant while creating a
For her thesis, she created the illustrations
and wrote a children's graphic novel called
Crowgirl's Amazing Adventure Scrapbook.
program in children's literature
with the Faculty of Arts in
January 2001.
" I thought it would be
wonderful to continue my own
illustration work and teaching,
yet take time to focus on
different aspects of children's
literature amidst a group of
like-minded people."
Shoemaker is a mother of two
grown children, an exhibitor of
book illustrations, an organizer
of book camps and literacy
drives, a presenter at academic
conferences, and a committee
member for various book prizes
and awards. She has taught at
the Shadbolt Art Centre,
Kwantlen University College
and Langara Community
To this
curriculum vitae, she
will add a Master of
Arts in Children's
Literature from UBC,
after she defends her thesis
freelance career in illustration.
Returning to Canada, she
developed her career and started
her MA in 2001. For her thesis,
she created the illustrations and
wrote a children's graphic novel
called Crowgirl's Amazing
Adventure Scrapbook. Now, she
looks forward to starting a
doctoral program in children's
literature at UBC in the fall.
Says Shoemaker, " I love the
experience of being at UBC with
the range of ages in the classes.
It keeps learning a great joy." □
Staff Members Receive President's
Service Award for Excellence
Five staffmembers have received
the 2005 President's Service Award
for Excellence in recognition of
their tireless work and ongoing
commitment to the University.
Anne-Marie Fenger has been
assistant dean in the Faculty of Arts
since 1997, although she has
worked for her alma mater for 34
years. With responsibility over 200
administrative staff and 30
buildings, she is known for her
professional expertise, wise perspective and commitment to UBC.
She is recognized in particular for
the substantial time she has dedicated to advancing her colleagues,
for example, serving as an internal
coach, in various roles in the
Association of Administrative and
Professional Staff, as a United Way
campus representative and a myriad of other campus committees.
Fenger is the champion of space,
transforming broom closets into
faculty offices and army huts into
functional space. She is the dean's
representative on several multi-
million dollar projects such as the
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.
And she received the Just Desserts
Award from students for helping
their dream of The Meekison
Lounge become a reality.
As a building service worker,
Kris Reddy has worked for UBC
since 1969. For the past 25 years,
he has been responsible for cleaning and maintaining the Mather
Building and, for the past eight
years, Reddy has managed it on
his own.
Reddy has a great rapport with
faculty, staff, and students, and is
known for greeting everyone with
a smile. Despite his increased
workload and the increase in faculty, staff, and students who use the
Mather Building, Kris is recognized
for diligently and happily keeps the
facilities clean, operational, and
Darlene Crowe has worked at
UBC for the past 28 years, including the last 18 years as senior
administrator of the Michael Smith
Crowe spent many years managing the laboratory since it was
established under the leadership of
the late Nobel laureate Michael
Smith. In 1997, Crowe wrote the
manual for the UBC Financial
Management Information System
Their colleagues say these UBC staff have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
Left to right: Kris Reddy, Tammy Brimner, Bridget Byrne, Ann-Marie Fenger and Darlene Crowe (below).
(FMIS) system, which users depended upon until the system was
replaced last year. Crowe was also
the major force behind moving the
faculty, students, postdoctorate fellows, and staff of the Michael
Smith Laboratories into its new
As the faculty administrator in
the Faculty of Science for almost
five years, Bridget Byrne has been
described as a pillar of administrative prowess. She is an expert
organizer and manager. And she
has been the one constant in the
midst of numerous Faculty transitions and turnovers. Byrne has
served the University for almost
40 years, during which time she
earned a BA in English literature.
A member of various committees,
Byrne is an integral part of the
Committee of Faculty Business
Working at UBC since 1992,
and as senior manager of Faculty
Relations for the past eight years,
Tammy Brimner has developed an
encyclopedic knowledge of policies,
procedures, and guidelines and she
is acknowledged by colleagues for
her wisdom and personal charm.
Colleagues have sited her phenomenal contributions in her role
advising on best employment
practices, responding to important
workplace issues and maintaining
effective working relationships with
Tammy is
as having
extraordinary leadership to faculty relations
matters arising from UBC's new
Okanagan campus. She has made
a significant contribution to
redesigning the University's faculty
recruitment practices. She also
serves on a task force evaluating
how the University can serve better
its postdoctoral fellows. □


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