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VOLUME  48   I   NUMBER   11   I   SEPTEMBER  5,2002
2 UBC InThe News      Imagine Campus Life  5 What Makes a Great Teacher     On-line Masters      UBC Goes Wireless  12 Kudos
In Music
High Tech Tunes Teach
Complex Concepts
So youVe never played a note on a
piano - don't let that stop you
from writing a fabulous four-part
UBC Arts One lecturer Brandon
Konoval says technology is taking
music education into a new realm,
where students can experience a
music lab from home, and where
inexperience is no barrier to grasping complex musical concepts.
Of course, it's all done with
Konoval    created    an    on-line
introductory music theory course
(Music 103) last year. He is now
developing  an  on-line  course  in
music appreciation.  But how do £
you  give   students   an   engaging £
music  class   experience   without ^
putting a teacher and a piano in rz
front of them?
A music notation software pro- ^
gram called NoteAbility Lite has ?
Brandon Konoval takes music education on-line.
made the task much easier.
NoteAbility Lite (a simplified
version of the NoteAbilityPro program developed by UBC's Prof.
Keith Hamel) allows students to
play back any piece of music -
including their own compositions -
from a home computer.
They can create complex four-
part compositions and hear them
played back by various instruments, sample other works to
explore musical concepts, and submit their finished pieces to
Konoval by e-mail. At the touch of
a button, he hears the results of his
students' efforts.
For Konoval, it means his classroom extends far beyond the walls
of UBC.
"For students in an on-line community, it's crucial to take theory
out of the realm of 'notes on paper'
and to make the subject come
alive," he says.
Konoval is a distance education
teacher (in music appreciation, for
students as far away as Jamaica,
Hong Kong and Taiwan) and
music theory lecturer for UB C
Science and Arts majors.
What he needed was someone
who could make the technology
easy and rewarding to use - so he
teamed up with "web designer,
multimedia wizard and musician"
Jeff Miller, a course designer in
UBC's   Distance   Education   and
Finding the Facts to fit in
Program helps international students adjust, by Michelle cook
When Aditi Kolachala left behind
a successful career in India to pursue graduate studies at UBC, she
arrived on campus wondering
whether she would be able to
adapt, but a program for international teaching assistants quickly
helped her feel at home in a
Canadian classroom.
Kolachala, 24, came to
Vancouver in January to begin a
master's degree in health informatics at the School of Library,
Archival and Information Studies.
It was her first trip to Canada and
she felt lost and helpless.
"My initial reaction was total
culture shock," Kolachala says. "I
came in with such excitement, but
even small things like taking a bus
were so tough because the system -
everything - is different."
Kolachala's biggest fear was not
being able to present herself well in
class, and not knowing what professors and students from a different culture would expect of her.
Luckily, Kolachala's older sister, a
UBC graduate, told her about a
program offered by the Centre for
Intercultural Communication that
could help her deal with the differences in academic life between
India and Canada.
The International Teaching
Assistants (TAs) Program is a professional development program
designed to give graduate students
like Kolachala the teaching and
intercultural communications skills
they need to succeed as teaching
assistants - and students - on a
Canadian campus.
"We thought it would be helpful
for students to have a course that
doesn't just focus on language, but
on understanding
different education
systems and what
makes a good
teacher and a good
learner in different
societies," says the
Centre's director
Mackie Chase.
Through a series
of interactive workshops and one-on-
one coaching sessions, the 11-week
evening course
teaches students effective presentation skills for an international audience. It also helps them to develop
a personal and professional network of people for support.
Kolachala got tips on everything
from poise, eye contact, and classroom humour to how to ask and
answer questions effectively. She
even learned how to adapt the
colour of her PowerPoint presentations to appeal to a Canadian audience.
The course not only gave
Kolachala the confidence to teach -
something she hopes to do this
term - it has improved her performance as a student.
Since it was launched 11 years
ago, more than 800 graduate students from 35 countries have completed the program. Chase says the
course has evolved from helping
students adjust to new surroundings and be better TAs, into a professional development program
that prepares international graduate students for their future professional lives.
This year the Centre has added
one-on-one sessions for international faculty members who are
new to Canadian classrooms.
For more information on the
International Teaching Assistants
Program, contact Pat Marshall at
604-822-1436. To register, e-mail
christine.connell@ubc.ca. □
Campus organizers are preparing for a
royal visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
J   and HRH Prince Philip, Duke of
Edinburgh on the afternoon of Oct. 7.
Details ofthe visit were unconfirmed at
press time but plans are underway for ceremonies on
"We're very excited and honored that the royal couple
will be returning to UBC," said Eilis Courtney, UBC's
manager of Ceremonies and Events.
It is the fourth time that Elizabeth and Philip will have
visited the campus. The couple's first visit was in 1951
(background photo) when Elizabeth was a princess.
The couple took in a Thunderbird football game. There were two other visits,
one in 1959 and another in 1983.
The visit is part ofthe Royal Jubilee
celebrations commemorating 50 years
of the Queen's reign.  □
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Humble Beginnings
At only 15 cm in diameter,
Canada's first space telescope has a
big job to do. Astronomers at the
MOST (Micro variability and
Oscillation of Stars) project are
using the telescope to measure the
age of stars.
"It dawned on me, it's a bit like
Galileo," the project's lead scientist
and UBC Astronomy Assoc. Prof.
Jaymie Matthews told the National
Post. "We're in a position to be the
first people in human history to
directly see the light of a planet
from outside our own solar system."
UBC Student Maps Female
UBC    Master's     student    Shona
Penhale has boldly gone where
no one has gone before by documenting the map of nerves of
the female genitalia.
Her research will be included
in the next edition of Gray's
Anatomy and could help doctors perform more accurate surgery to prevent damage to the
female sexual arousal nerves.
"I was stunned," Penhale
told the Vancouver Sun. "I
thought, 'How could, in the
year 2000, we not know how
the nerves run through a
woman's pelvis and innervate
her genitalia?' ".
Media Frenzy Feeds
Abduction Fears
Numerous recent child abduction cases in the U.S. and
Canada have dominated news
reports. UBC Journalism Asst.
Prof. Mary Lynn Young told
the National Post, that some
stories seem to seize the public
"Certain stories tap into archetypal stories that we've been told
since childhood in fairy tales said
Young. "So these stories sort of
snowball in the media."
A dog's good life
Dog owners are spending more and
more money to provide worldly
pleasures for their pooches. UBC
Psychology Prof, and dog expert
Stanley Coren told Vancouver
Lifestyle Magazine that showering
dogs with presents is nothing new.
"We are not only willing to spend
money on material things but on
overt services for our dogs, to have
things done for our dogs that are
either too complex or too time-
involved for us to do ourselves."
Water intoxication
UBC Human Kinetics Asst. Prof.
Karim Khan told City TV that in
reasonably hot  weather,  drinking
two to three cups of water per hour
is sufficient for most athletes.
"In some people the kidney doesn't
control the fluid balance as well as
it should," said Khan. "And if a
person drinks inordinately large
amounts of fluid the body can't get
rid of that fluid and this effect
[called] water intoxication
occurs." Water intoxication can be
He added that even sports drinks
can cause water intoxication ifyou
drink too much of them.
Perilous Crowds
Researchers are concerned that
there are too many whale-watching
vessels getting too close to orca
"Seeing orcas is much easier if
Stanley Coren showers his pooch with kisses.
you are smack in front of the animals, no matter what boat you're
in, but there's widespread agreement that traveling alongside them
at a fair distance is best for the
orcas," UBC Marine Mammal
Biologist Andrew Trites told the
Washington Post.
"In the end, orcas need a place
to get away from boats, perhaps in
reserves where they can be left in
peace," said Trites.
PM Politics
UBC Political Science Professor
Philip Resnick told the Globe and
Mail that Prime Minister Jean
Chretien's recent trip to a historic
Sikh temple in Abbotsford was a
political move.
Despite its billing as a non-partisan event the Prime Minister was
praised by two cabinet ministers
before his speech, and he ended his
speech by announcing that Canada
would open an immigration and
visa  office in the Punjab region
where Canada's Sikh community
has its roots.
UBC Sued
A number of incoming business
students have filed a lawsuit
against UBC over this year's tuition
hike for the MBA program.
The Ottawa Citizen reported
that the writ filed against the
school said the increase is "unfair,
unreasonable        and uncon
Tuition for the program has
jumped from $7,000 to $28,000.
Get your Master's
UBC will offer a part-time MBA
course at its downtown Robson
Square campus next spring.
UBC Finance Professor and
chair of the Robson Square
Transition Team Stanley
Hamilton told Sing Tao Daily
that the reason UBC is reaching into the downtown community to meet the increasing
demand of students seeking
to complete their degree and
hold a job at the same time.
InVitro coverage urged
Dr. Anthony Cheung from the
UBC InVitro Fertilization program told Sing Tao Daily that
only 10 per cent of couples
suffering from infertility
undergo InVitro treatment,
mainly due to the high cost.
He's urging the treatment to
be covered under MSP.
He adds that infertility creates   anxiety  and   stress   for
women  and   can  cause   self-
esteem   and   tension in   the
relationship. With the aging
population and low birth rate in
Canada, Cheung says it may take
some political    influence to push
for medical coverage.
No top women
Not one woman heads up a company on B.C.'s top 100 private
companies this year and just one of
B.C.'s top 100 public companies
has a female CEO.
Only two graced the list of top
paid executives in B.C. and one of
those, QLT Inc. CEO and former
UBC professor Julia Levy, has
since stepped down.
"If you asked me 15 years ago I
would have told you by now, we
would be there," UBC
Organizational Behaviour Prof.
Nancy Langton told Business in
Vancouver. Langton has been
studying women in management
since the early 1970s. "I just
shake my head. I don't know why
we haven't done better than we
have." □
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Life on Campus
New programs offer support, information
to first-year students, by Michelle cook
Five   thousand   new   students
descended on campus Sept. 3 for
Imagine UBC, but the university's
day-long undergraduate welcome
program isn't the only orientation
initiative aimed at helping first-
year students connect to university
Every week, all first-year students will receive FYI (First Year
Insight) an e-newsletter offering
information, advice and guidance
about the first-year experience.
Also new this year is the
Emerging Leaders Initiative, a program designed to help first-year
students develop the skills, attitudes and knowledge they need to
prepare them to take leadership
roles at UBC and beyond.
Connected to the Learning pillar of
the university's Trek vision statement, the program was created to
help students - especially those
who commute - find ways to get
involved outside the classroom
during their first year on campus.
The program kicks off the last
weekend   of   September   with   a
Ropes challenge course. The
course, made up of a series of
ropes and steel cables strung
between trees at the southern end
of campus, presents teams with
problem-solving challenges.
Students can sign up by calling
604-822-3680 or e-mailing
Students new to campus can
also access academic support services and resources at the
Chapman Learning Commons.
Opened in the Main Library last
spring, the Commons is a central
source of learning support and
development for everyone, but
particularly new and commuter
students. The high-tech learning
space boasts wireless Internet
capabilities, 34 state-of-the-art
flat-screen computer stations, and
a laptop-lending program. □
Chad Hyson (top), student
development officer, and Parker
Johnson, UBC's first-year
coordinator student development,
learn the ropes
Finding a Friend on
the First Day of School
New faculty to benefit from mentoring program. BY HILARY THOMSON
Research Conference
First of its Kind Here
Cash prize for best student presentations.
Everyone knows being the new kid
at school can be scary for students,
but for UBC's more than 450 full
and part-time new faculty members, it can be just as unnerving.
That's why Luisa Canuto will
partner senior faculty with campus
newcomers as she revitalizes UBC's
faculty mentoring program to give
our newest faculty members some
seasoned support.
Mentor John Gilbert, principal
of the College of Health
Disciplines, says he is motivated to
make the complex organism called
the university more user friendly.
"By serving as a mentor, I'm
privileged to repay the debt I owe
UBC for the amazing academic life
it has allowed me since arriving as
a young faculty member 36 years
ago," he adds.
Some mentors say the process
injects energy into their own
careers and revitalizes their interest <
in their work and in the university, ;
says Canuto who is project coordi- ;
nator in The Centre for Teaching ;
and Academic Growth (TAG).
She  will  establish an advisory ,
group of about 15 senior faculty <
and others to rebuild   the mentor- '
ing program.   She  has   contacted
deans  and  department heads  for
input.  Some departments already
have an existing mentoring system
which augments the TAG program.
"This is a big part of academic
growth for both mentors and new
faculty," says Canuto, who has
been a sessional instructor in the
French, Hispanic and Italian
Studies Dept. and Continuing
Studies since 1996. "Both partners
come away with new learning
about their careers and a new perspective on the university."
Issues for new faculty range
from learning departmental protocol and handling teaching challenges to personal issues such as
work/family balance.
The mentoring program helps to
build community on campus and
increase   new   faculty's   sense  of
Luisa Canuto is rebuilding UBC's faculty mentoring program.
belonging - to their discipline and
to their university, says TAG director Gary Poole. Mentors in UBC's
original program have been asking
when the program would be
revived, he adds.
"For mentors, the rewards are
intrinsic," he says. "There is a
great sense of personal satisfaction
in being valued for your experience and knowing that it helps
In addition to professional support, the program offers a social
network that is especially valuable
to faculty who arrive from other
countries. A walking tour for new
faculty held in August allowed
recruits to visit units on campus
and get to know colleagues.
Three-day  instructional   skills
workshops for new faculty have
been held as well as sessions on
topics such as hiring grad students
and managing a lab.
"We want new faculty to know
there is a place for them here,"
says Poole.
By the year 2005 more than 45
per cent of current faculty will
retire, making faculty renewal a
key strategy in Trek 2000, the university vision statement.
TAG, established in 1987, is
dedicated to enhancing the teaching skills of faculty and graduate
students through a range of programs, services and resources. For
further information visit the website at www.tag.ubc.ca. or see the
next issue of Tapestry, the TAG
newsletter. □
Helping students learn through discovery is the aim of UBC's first
multidisciplinary undergraduate research conference to be held
Sept. 27 and 28 at the Forest Sciences Centre.
"While textbook learning has a place in education, there is no
substitute for hands-on experience trying to answer real questions
about the unknown," says Botany Prof. Iain Taylor, a member of
the conference organizing committee. "These projects are of a very
high standard and we expect most of them will be published or performed for the larger community."
One of only a few such conferences held in Canada, the event
demonstrates how research-based learning experiences can be integrated into the undergraduate curriculum - a key strategy in Trek
2000, the university's vision statement.
Almost 80 students and recent graduates from faculties across
campus will present an original research poster or oral presentation. All projects are student-driven and will be presented to an estimated audience of 200 including a panel of graduate students serving as judges. Winning entrants will receive a cash prize.
"Being asked probing questions about my work, and improving
my work was a key reason I got involved with the conference," says
Julie Gibson. "I also wanted to experience the breadth of research
being done here - the ideas produced by a wide range of students
was a real draw."
Keynote speakers include: Christine Chambers, an assistant professor of Pediatrics, who will discuss Pain in Child Health: Lessons
Learned as an Undergraduate Researcher; English Assoc. Prof. Sian
Echard who will speak on Versions of Chaucer for Children in the
19"1 and 20t'1 centuries; and Aneil Agwral who will discuss how
his UBC undergraduate experience supports his graduate student
career at Indiana State University.
Student projects range from a presentation and interpretation of
Massenet's opera Manon to a comparison of the role human dignity plays within Canadian and German constitutions. Other projects
include a study to improve airport security, and a presentation
called Scribe in the Labyrinth: Minoan and Egyptian Hieroglyphs
in the Bronze Age, that examines the early connections between
Minoan Crete and Egypt.
Each participating student secured a sponsor within their department to support their work. Also, a team of facilitators that
includes faculty and grad students has been guiding students
through all aspects of conference participation.
"One of our goals for this conference is to support students so
that the experience is a positive one," says Pharmaceutical Sciences
Instructor Ingrid Price, conference co-ordinator. "We also wanted
students to have a broad exposure to other disciplines and see
opportunities for collaborative research."
A recent orientation meeting included a workshop where students helped each other refine their abstracts. Additional lunchtime
workshops will be held this month and support is also being offered
via e-mail.
The conference is free of charge, however, registration is
required. For information, e-mail linda.napoleone@ubc.ca. □
-HILARYTHOMSON On an average day, Cecil Green
Park House is home to bright
reception areas and busy university offices. But when the crew of
The Dead Zone rolls in, it
becomes the moody Maine mansion of psychic hero Johnny
Based on the characters of a
popular Stephen King novel, The
Dead Zone follows the story of
Smith who, after a tragic car accident, awakens from a coma with
paranormal powers.
The Dead Zone crew films the
outside of Cecil Green Park House
for "establishment shots" of
Johnny Smith's home, and has
special sets constructed for the
interior scenes.
UBC is a regular location for
the USA Network cable series,
which broke rating records with
its June debut to become the top
basic   cable   original   dramatic
series ever.
Cecil Green Park is just one of
many UBC locations used by film
crews. With about 70 days of filming taking place on campus in an
average year, makeup trailers,
catering vans, film crews and
directors' chairs are a common
sight - particularly around Main
Library, the Chan Centre and the
Chemistry Building.
Big-budget feature films Anti-
Trust, Josie and the Pussycats and
Along Came A Spider and popular
television shows Smallville, Dark
Angel and Mysterious Ways have
filmed here - bringing with them
On Location at UBC
Campus popular with filmmakers, by helen lewis
Actors from The Dead Zone
prepare to shoot the "Stillson's
Bible pitch to Vera" scene at
Cecil Green Park House. Anita
Adams (Vera Smith, the hero's
mother), David Coles (young
Papa Stillson), Daniel Best (10-
year-old Greg) and Evans Smith
(9-year-old Johnny, the young
version ofthe central character).
stars like Kristin Kreuk, Rachel
Leigh Cook, Tom Welling, Ryan
Phillippe, Tara Reid, and Claire
In 2001, UBC saw the firming
of eight television series, nine feature films, six movies of the week,
three documentaries, four educational films, five commercials, one
video, one pilot and one minis-
Commercials filmed on campus
include those for Compaq,
Nescafe, Nintendo, Chase
Manhattan Bank, Mitsubishi,
Sprite and Wal-Mart. Television
series such as Seven Days, These
Arms Of Mine, Higher Ground
and Poltergeist: The Legacy have
also filmed scenes at UBC.
The Dead Zone location manager, Mary Jo Beirnes, said UBC
was "an awesome place to film"
because of its old stone buildings
and beautiful gardens.
Strict guidelines are in place to
ensure filming does not disrupt
university activities, and to preserve UBC's reputation and public
image. □
High-tech Teaching Advice:
Lose the Overheads
Computer presentations bring lessons alive. BY MICHELLE COOK
PatMirenda had no trouble lining
up Dustin Hoffman to help her
teach a course on autism. All it
took to get the actor - who portrayed a man with autism in the
movie Rain Man - to speak to her
students was a click of her computer mouse.
Hoffman, along with well-
known researchers and real-life
people with autism will come to
class this term in the form of computerized video clips that Mirenda,
an associate professor in the Dept.
of Educational & Counselling
Psychology & Special Education,
runs from her laptop. The video
clips are part of a high-tech overhaul of a course she once taught
using stacks of overhead slides and
VHS tapes.
"There is no comparison
between teaching with new technology and teaching with overheads," Mirenda says.
"Everything I do in class is technology based now. For students
it's a better learning experience
because I can make things come to
life in a way that was impossible
with static media."
Mirenda began incorporating
technology into her lessons shortly after arriving at UB C's
Education faculty in 1996. After
seeing a presentation given with
PowerPoint, she quickly adopted
the software to make better overheads. One day while looking
through a colleague's PowerPoint
files, her world was rocked.
"She  had   incorporated   video
Pat Mirenda goes high-tech with her teaching.
into her presentations, and I said
'wow I'm not using this software
to its full potential'," Mirenda
With help from the colleague,
Mary Bryson, Mirenda learned
how to import and edit video on
her computer. Over the past year
she has re-designed all her courses
to include animated graphs, video
clips, cartoons, sound bites, sound
effects and other computer-generated lesson materials.
The high-tech courses make it
easier and faster for Mirenda to
execute activities, and to present
more material in class. It has also
freed her students from scribbling
lots of lecture notes, and helped to
make the concepts she teaches
more 'real' for them.
Mirenda thinks the switch to
high-tech has made her a better
teacher, too.
"It takes some of the burden off
me. I'm not having to spend my
time talking about basic things.
The technology does that and then
I can go into more depth on different topics," Mirenda says.
One of the challenges of high-
tech teaching is gathering all the
necessary tools, says Mirenda. She
requires equipment such as LCD
projectors and latops, a Mac computer, scanner, CD burner and an
anaolog-to-digital video editing
Another hurdle has been learning to trust the technology. The
first year she used PowerPoint, she
continued to make overheads as a
backup. She remembers her first
time teaching without them as
But those days are long gone,
says Mirenda.
"My overheads are like artefacts
now," she laughs. "I think the bar
is being re-set. In the next 10 years,
technology will be as de rigueur in
class as overheads have been." □
Computer Software
"Sees" Beneath the Ground
Mining companies are reaping the benefits of award-winning UBC
software that takes the guesswork out of where to drill.
The software is transforming mining exploration by allowing geo-
physicists to "see" hundreds of metres below the earth's surface.
Through a complex mathematical process called inversion, it turns
existing surface exploration data into 3D images of mineral deposits
Developed by the UBC Geophysical Inversion Facility (UBC-GIF)
and a consortium of leading mining companies from around the
world, the software won a 2001 NSERC Synergy Award for outstanding university-industry R&D partnerships.
"The inversion software has made a tremendous difference," says
Dr Doug Oldenburg of UBC-GIF. "Mining companies can find out
much more accurately where they should be drilling."
Previously, companies established expensive random drilling programs (costing about $10,000 per hole) based on maps of raw data,
Oldenburg says.
"Sometimes using those maps worked, and sometimes it didn't. It
was time-consuming, costly, and not very accurate. Inversion is cost-
effective because it allows you to isolate a few objects and limit the
number of drill holes you need to explore the ground."
During mining exploration, companies use a number of geophysical survey methods to collect data. Measurements of gravitational
and magnetic fields, and the electrical, electromagnetic and polarization properties of the ground all offer specific information about
what might lie underground. The UBC-GIF software converts this
field data into three-dimensional pictures of the subsurface.
UBC-GIF was established in 1989 to develop new computer technologies for mineral exploration and to work with industry on
research projects. Since then, UBC-GIF researchers have developed
different inversion algorithms for each set of data. The software uses
these algorithms to build the most likely image of substances underground .
Industry response has been "overwhelmingly positive", Oldenburg
says, with mining companies making new and better finds using the
UBC-GIF software.
For example, mining giant Falconbridge used the software to locate
a deposit in Northern Quebec and intersected ore on the first drill
hole, hitting a reserve valued at almost $600 million.
"The software has set new standards for what mining companies
are demanding from their data. They're no longer happy to see just a
simple map - they want a 3D image," Oldenburg says.
Oldenburg points to the consortium's active participation and
cooperation as a vital part of the project's success. Usually fiercely
competitive, the mining companies pooled their resources and shared
information to test the software. Their feedback was used to solve
problems and refine the process.
"The companies realized they really needed this technology and
couldn't afford to develop it in-house. Geophysics and industry as a
whole would benefit if there was a new rise in technology, so they
came with that spirit," Oldenburg says.
Work continues on refining the inversion techniques, and finding to
new solutions to related problems. UBC-GIF's current research focuses on inverting geophysical electromagnetic data for mining, engineering and environmental applications. □ - BY H ELEN LEWIS As the new academic year begins, students and professors prepare to
meet in the education arena to challenge and learn from each other.
For most, the meeting will be rewarding. For others, the year will be
filled with anxiety and frustration. In this story we attempt to make
the road to prosperity a little less rocky by asking students and
professors to describe their ideas of success at school.
ROSALIN D DUAN E roamed the campus to find the answers.
Student Roy Belak and Prof. Andre Marziali
What Makes a Great Teacher?   What Makes a Great Student?
Elizabeth Thampy
Jake Stein
Elizabeth Thampy, 4th-year Arts-
Psychology student
"A successful professor is someone who
conveys his or her love of the subject.
Someone who is here because they love the
teaching aspect of their job, not just the
research. I once had a professor who photocopied all our student cards and memorized all our names."
Lucy On, 3rd-year Law student
"A successful professor is someone who
gives lots of examples and asks really
probing questions. I like more practical
people, people who show you how to
apply what you've learned. For example,
giving you real cases to read."
Jake Stein, Graduate student Zoology
"A successful professor doesn't have to be
dynamic, they just have to know the subject and know what it takes to learn it.
They should remember how they learned it
and relay that to the students. Creativity in
teaching does not equal information."
Roy Belak, 2nd-year Engineering Physics
"Good teachers have the ability to go
beyond the material being taught and
explain the relevance behind the concepts.
Concepts in engineering courses, like the
ones I take, are often abstract and good
teachers are capable of extracting the
salient details of the course material. Also,
when a class respects a teacher, they ar e
more likely to value the course material
being taught, and in turn, exert more
effort in that class."
Brian de Alwis, First-year PhD Computer
Science student / president of the Graduate
Student Society
"A successful professor is stimulating.
They not only make you think, but they
make you want to think. They pose challenges to you. They are also willing to suggest people you can talk to if they are not
the expert. For graduate students, they are
willing to invest time to get up to speed
with what you're doing if it's not something they specialize in."
Paul Wood, Asst. Prof. Forest Resources
"Students should create an environment in
which they're not the only ones who want to
learn. They can instill enthusiasm in peers by
asking questions that lead to bigger ideas, or
they can offer comments that broaden the
applicability of what the professor is talking
about. A successful student is willing to think
critically. It can be quite motivating to realize
that education carries a responsibility to use
one's knowledge to become a better and or
more active citizen."
Andre Marziali, Asst. Prof, of Physics and
"In my opinion, enthusiasm and motivation are
the primary and essential driving forces behind
student success. Though natural ability is
important, it will not lead to success on its own
in a poorly motivated student. Only students
with a strong desire to study, motivated by their
own passion for the course material, are likely
to find the resources within themselves that are
required to perform at the high standards that
are expected at university."
Mary Lynn Young, Asst. Prof, of Journalism
"Successful students are committed to their
studies. They search for that extra book in the
library or that extra information for their
paper. They reach beyond themselves. A successful student will ask for clarification or assistance from professors. They are engaged and
try to make the most of their time in university-"
Rosie Redfield, Assoc. Prof, of Zoology
"Recognize that ignorance and confusion are
essential components of all learning, for Nobel
Prize winners as well as students. Ifyou try to
hide your confusion it just gets worse, but if
you instead try to explain your problems to
others the ideas start falling into place. The
point of being at university is to discover what
you don't understand and learn how to find it
Ron Giammarino, Prof, of Finance
"Successful students are inherently curious.
They want to know more than the basic material in the textbook. They study a broad range of
topics, not just those that directly benefit their
careers but also ones that will give them a more
fundamental knowledge base. As a result, they
can look at issues from various angles and
deeply understand the concepts presented to
them. This core motivation will help them
understand the material more completely so
when they run into non-standard questions they
can use that well of knowledge." □
Prof. Paul Wood
Asst. Prof. Mary Lynn Young
Prof. Ron Giammarino
I Q      Tips for Students
from AMS Tutoring
I. Do all your assignments (even the ones not due for
marks) as neatly as you would do them if you were handing them in. It will be easier to go back over your work
and find mistakes plus you'll get more out of the work if
you take your time.
Pre-read for your classes. You will get more out of the
lectures. It is especially important to pre-read for labs
and language courses.
Prioritize your assignments, especially on those days
that you don't have time to do everything. A good
method: finish whatever is due for marks first, then move
on to work for classes where you are struggling, then
work on whatever is left.
4. Don't just keep track of an assignment's due date;
make dates to complete different parts ofthe assignment,
e.g. set a date to go to the library and have a deadline for
completing your research and rough draft.
5. Don't be afraid to talk to your professor or TA ifyou
are having difficulty or want clarification on an assignment.
6. When you miss a class, get notes from more than one
person. It will help you figure out what the most important points of a lecture were - if the information appears
in every set of notes, it is definitely important.
7. Learn your study style. Do you stay on task better in
groups or alone? Do you stay more focussed in the morning or at night?
8. Reward yourself, e.g. let yourself watch your favourite
TV show if you study for an hour. Giving yourself little
breaks and special treats will help you stay on task.
9. Don't try to do too much at once. Studying for 6 hours
straight is not the best idea. You will stay more focussed
if you study for shorter periods of time more often.
10. Don't pull all-nighters. You will retain more information and perform better on tests if you are well rested. Victoria Ball
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Patients from Cyberspace
Invade Medical Curriculum
Simulation program is latest teaching tool, by hilarythomson
How can a patient have a multitude of complaints, be examined,
tested and undergo numerous surgical interventions without setting
foot in a doctor's office?
It's easy if you're CyberPatient,
an interactive multimedia web-
based teaching tool created by
Surgery Prof. Karim Qayumi.
The first of its kind in North
America, it will be used by UBC
medical students this fall and will
form a key part of the faculty's
interactive medical curriculum that
is being developed over the next
two years.
"Nobody has come up with a
holistic approach like this," says
Qayumi. "UBC is a leader in this
area of Intranet medical curriculum."
Currently, CyberPatient teaches
students how to treat 12 types of
acute abdominal problems.
"I want to revolutionize how
medicine is taught," says Qayumi,
a faculty member since 1989.
"Learning textbook definitions of
disease is approaching medicine
backwards. Students need to learn
symptoms, define causes and then
Qayumi started building the program in 1998 with the help of his
now 26-year-old son, Tarique, who
was studying at UBC that summer.
Qayumi's vision of a tool to teach
practical medicine and his son's
computer abilities yielded simula
tion software that combines the
elements of video game, tutorials
and 'hands-on' experience.
After two years of development
and a copyright on the program,
Qayumi and partners in Japanese
medical schools researched the
effectiveness of the program compared to traditional textbook
learning. They measured the academic performance of 140 students. The research showed that
the program significantly boosted
performance of students who were
struggling with textbook learning.
"This program is a major breakthrough for medical schools using
problem-based learning," says
Qayumi. "Students can learn anywhere, anytime. That makes the
most of our scarce teaching
In addition, the flexibility of the
program allows it to be adapted
for continuing medical education.
Functional on any computer or
laptop, CyberPatient is accessed
with a password that takes the student to an on-screen cyber-hospi-
tal. Sounds of sirens and ambulance dispatchers are broadcast as
the screen zooms the viewer in to
an emergency ward.
A menu of fictional patient
names pops up and by selecting
one, the student is led step- by-step
through patient care - from the
first symptoms through history
taking,   examination,   diagnostic
tests, lab results, surgery and postoperative care.
CyberPatient's level of detail is
impressive. When the student tests
the patient's blood pressure, each
click of the mouse inflates the cuff
on the arm of the animated patient
and the level of the on-screen blood
pressure gauge moves up millimetre
by millimetre. Stethoscope exams
not only guide students to the right
spot but also provide the sound that
would be heard through the instrument.
If surgery is required, the student
uses the mouse to pick up the correct surgical instrument to make an
incision. The on-screen patient then
opens up to show an anatomically
accurate landscape of internal
organs - a job that can take animators involved in the project up to six
months to produce.
After the patient's file is closed
the student reports to a cyber head
of surgery who asks questions
about the case. Every right answer
is reinforced with the response
"That's correct, doctor - good
work." Errors earn a negative
response or 'punishment' as in a
video game. The student receives a
score on their performance.
Qayumi is developing
CyberPatient to include additional
disease pathologies and surgical
For more information contact
qayumi@interchange.ubc.ca. □
Students from 2nd year Physics Engineering prepare the robot they designed and built to compete in a
Volleybot challenge at UBC. The tournament marked the end of their summer course. UBC Launches its First
On-line Master's Degree
First class includes students from around the world. BY SHARl VIRJEE
For the first time in UBC history,
students will be able to get a degree
without even stepping on campus.
The Master of Educational
Technology (MET) is not only
being taught entirely on the
Internet but it is also a joint degree,
developed and delivered with Tec
de Monterrey, Mexico's leading
private university. The program is
offered this month by the Faculty
enabled us both to increase the
quality of our programs and to
reach out to the world," says Tony
Bates, director of Distance
Education & Technology. He adds
that on-line courses let learners
interact with each other and their
instructors and collaborate on
projects and assignments. They
also allow for rich intercultural
experiences in which learners from
both the K-12 and the post-secondary sectors who are interested in
learning how to make effective use
of learning technologies in their
practice. The MET has attracted
educators from across BC and as
far as Switzerland and the
Philippines (see sidebar below). A
quarter of MET applicants are
TBDL graduates intending to
transfer    courses    to    obtain    a
Using on-line technologies to deliver distance education has enabled us
both to increase the quality of our programs and to reach out to the world.
of Education, and is being developed in collaboration with the
Distance Education & Technology
division of Continuing Studies, an
established world leader in the field
of on-line learning.
Distance education programs
have used a predominantly independent study approach to teaching because the technologies did
not allow for sustained interaction
and collaboration. But with online technologies all that changed.
"Using on-line technologies to
deliver   distance   education   has
different regions of the world can
come together on-line to share
experiences and work together.
The MET emerged from the
highly successful and award-winning Post Graduate Certificate in
Technology-based Learning
(TBDL), designed and delivered by
UBC Distance Education and
Technology (DE&T) in collaboration with Tec de Monterrey from
1997 until this year. For the MET,
educators from both institutions
teamed up to develop a graduate
program   aimed   at   educators   in
Master's designation.
More than 60 credit courses are
now available on-line through
Distance Education & Technology
and several new and innovative
professional degree programs are
in development.
For more information visit
Distance Education & Technology
at http://det.ubc.ca, or the MET
website at  http://met.ubc.ca. □
Short Vtrjee is the manager of New
Business Development for Distance Education and Technology.
Burning the Midnight Oil in
the Land ofthe Midnight Sun
Northern teacher works nights for new online degree. BY CATE KORINTH
For Patrick McDermott, attending a class at UBC
would mean a 12-hour flight over 3,100 km of icy
wilderness, but thanks to UBC's first on-line master's degree, he can learn how to enrich the lives of
256 Inook students without ever leaving town.
McDermott teaches high school social studies
and computer application courses in Pond Inlet,
Nunavut, a tiny community accessible only by
plane. Perched on top of Baffin Bay across from
Greenland, it's the kind of place where glaciers are
visible from town and icebergs float by even in
A friend in Pond told McDermott that UBC's
Faculty of Education was pioneering a Masters of
Educational Technology (MET) program in partnership with Tec De Monterrey, Mexico.
The program's courses - all on-line - teach educators how best to use technology as a teaching
tool. The classes explore ethics, accessibility and
diversity issues, and include plenty of interaction
with other students.
McDermott expects the program will help him
use technology to deal with the special needs that
arise in a small school (where class sizes range from
three to 45 students and different grades are often
combined) with a largely Inook student population.
"My biggest teaching challenge is finding effec
tive ways to reach students from a traditional
native culture whose first language is Inuktitut,"
McDermott says. "Students are trying to adapt
their traditional skills to Western technological
skills and demands. The web, computers and multimedia can help bridge this gap."
"One of the reasons I enrolled in the MET is to
enhance my abilities and versatility as a teacher. I
want to learn to deliver course material in a way
that will enhance student learning."
He also hopes to foster school policies that will
guide his colleagues in the area, as most do not
have a lot of experience using technology in the
The on-line courses mean McDermott's studies
will fit neatly into an already-busy schedule. "Late
in the evening after I put my two-year-old son to
bed, I'll go back to the school to use the Internet for
my UBC classes," he says.
Originally from Nova Scotia, McDermott and
his wife, also a teacher, landed on the tip of Baffin
Island six years ago and haven't looked back.
"The North is a fantastic place to teach and live.
It's an adventure, both professionally and personally," he says. □
Cote Kotinth is the communications coordinator
for the Faculty of Education
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UBC Launches Canada's Largest
Campus Wireless Network
Computer users free to roam. BY BRIAN LIN
UBC's students, faculty and staff
no longer need to be chained to
their desks to be connected to the
This fall, 50 per cent of campus
buildings will be hooked up to an
enormous campus wireless network - the largest in Canada -
allowing laptop and hand-held
computer users to easily access the
Internet, communicate with others
and still bask in the warmth of the
autumn sun.
For the past year, the University
Network Program has been building possibly the largest wireless
network of any university in North
America. Access point transceivers
have already been installed in and
outside of Koerner Library, in the
War Memorial Gym, Brock Hall,
and Koerner Pub. By mid-2003, all
classrooms, labs, offices and some
student social space will be wireless-compatible.
The wireless network is already
having an impact on service delivery at UBC and students will be the
first to benefit from the added
freedom. In the first two weeks of
September, volunteers with wireless laptops will offer students
waiting in line at Brock Hall an
opportunity to check their fees
"By providing an alternative to
busy computer labs, the new campus wireless Local Area Network
will substantially improve students' access to computing
resources," says Electronic and
Computer Engineering Adjunct
Prof. Dave Michelson, who is a
consultant on the project.
"Few organizations have
deployed Wireless Local Area
Network (LAN) technology on
this scale," Michelson adds. "The
lessons that we learn will in many
cases represent significant contributions to knowledge."
The deployment is part of
UBC's e-Strategy to support
work, learning and research using
on-line technologies. Wireless networking will  ensure intellectual
and creative endeavors aren't limited by the length of the telephone
"This will create a new and
exciting platform that will provide
unparalleled high speed mobile
access to UBC information systems
and the Internet," says Project
Manager Jonn Mar tell, who
expects students will soon develop
innovative ways to make wireless
computing part of their learning
The wireless network was
designed to be very user friendly.
With the LAN card properly
installed, the connection will be
automatic in designated areas.
Users can then log in using their
Campus-wide Log-in, Interchange,
or Netlnfo user ID and be instantly
connected to the Web.
Many students are already taking advantage of existing wireless
compatible environments, such as
the laptop loaner program at the
Chapman Learning Commons in
the Main Library. Wireless LAN
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On Sept. ii UBC will be hosting two ceremonies to give
members ofthe university
community and the public
an opportunity to reflect on
the first anniversary ofthe
tragic events of 9/11.
Remembrance at UBC
Flagpole Plaza
At 9 a.m. at the university
Flag Pole Plaza there will be
a short ceremony for the
university community involv-
ingthe lowering ofthe flag
accompanied by a musical
tribute from a quintet of
musicians from the School
of Music and a reading from
the Theatre Department.
Live Broadcast from
UBC at Robson Square
At 11:30 a.m. at the university's downtown Robson
Square Campus there will be
an hour long ceremony in
the skating rink area that
will include musicians from
UBC's School of Music and
the Vancouver Fire and
Rescue Service. Fire and
Police Honour Guards will
take part in a ceremony featuring readings from UBC's
Theatre Department.   Global
TV will broadcast the
Robson Square ceremony
live on its Noon News Hour
program which will be shifted to begin at 11:30 a.m. in
order to cover the entire cer
TIME    PIECE    1972
Editor's note: In the last issue of
UBC Reports we ran this Time
Piece photo (above) asking
whether anyone knew what happened to the UBC bowling alley.
Dear Editor:
The Bowling Alley was relocated
from the War Memorial Gym to
the SUB.
At the time the building opened
(in 1968 I think) the Bowling Alley
was located in the east side of the
lower floor. I think it was removed
sometime in the 70's due to a
decline in the popularity of bowling and the pressure for space in
SUB. I believe the pin setting
machines and the lanes were subsequently sold.
Byron Hender
Executive Coordinator, (retired)
VP Students
In the August edition of UBC
Reports, we reported that each
year 2,500 people make use of
the Women's Resources Centre
at Robson Square. The number
is actually 25,000 people.
Dear Editors:
The reaction of Nancy M.
Forhan (August 1) to the article
"Our Favourite Spots" (July 4)
is sadly typical. Such sexist
stereotypes of men, especially
white men, are now extremely
common and widely tolerated.
Forhan's claim to be "overly
sensitive" is especially interesting, seeing as Forhan seems not
to have read the article, which
writes not of four middle-aged,
males, as Forhan claims, but of
eight persons, two of which we
may assume (but not take for
granted) are women, and all of
which are wholly human. How
are we to presume which ethnic
group persons in photos belong
to, or even what exact age or sex
they are?
If one must cynically analyze
the text, it is possible that the
article writer, or UBC Reports
editors, are guilty of political
incorrect demographics.
However, the only direct proof
we have of callous racism, sexism, and ageism is from
Forhan's hand. Such snap political judgements are the rule in
today's academia, and I applaud
the rare independence of mind
and courage of women and men
who, by standing up indiscriminately for all persons, struggle to
avoid such hypocritical traps in
the face of overwhelming societal pressure to submit to its current dogma, and in the charge of
violating the very justice they
defend that is sure to follow.
Clearly equal ascription of
human dignity to all persons of
any outward appearance, until
someone proves herself or himself undeserving on an individual basis, still has a long way to
go. I welcome any opportunity
to discuss the issue further with
Nancy N. Forhan.
Allen Haaheim,
UBC student
Lionel Pugh and his assistant coach highjumper Debby Brill
during UBC's "Golden Age" of track and field.
\mJ Dv« lost a major piece of its history lately with the
passing of Lionel Pugh.
As noted on the UBC Sports Hall of Fame web site, Pugh was
UBC's track & field and cross-country coach from 1964/65
until 1986/87 - UBC's "Golden Age" of track and field. He
coached UBC to four national titles and an astounding 25
Canada West championships. Many of UBC's track & field
records were set during his time and he produced 14
Olympians. He was Olympic coach for Canada in '72 and '80.
Pugh is fondly remembered as one of the great architects of
UBC's sports program. A Physical Education graduate of the
University of Wales and Carnegie College in the United
Kingdom, he was appointed to the staff of UBC's School of
Physical Education and Recreation in 1964. For 23 years - from
1964/65 until 1986/87 - Pugh was the coach of UBC's men's
and women's cross-country teams and men's and women's track
and field teams. This was the "golden era" of UBC track
athletics, with high performance athletes, Olympians, records
set and championships won. It was Pugh's era, particularly the
early 1970's that has proven to be unparalleled in UBC track
and field history. □
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Finding answers by solving problems. BY HILARYTHOMSON
Students sneaking a snooze in the
back row of crowded lecture halls
may become a rare sight as problem-based learning (PBL) gains
ground on campus.
Traditional lectures see one
teacher talking and a large group
of students listening. Answers to
problems may be found in notes
and texts.
The PBL format, however, sees
groups of about eight students and
a tutor/facilitator discussing complex, real-life issues in tutorial sessions. Students must develop
research, critical thinking and communication skills to find their own
answers to assigned problems.
Education theories suggest when
people discover information for
themselves they value it more and
retain it better.
"PBL is one technique in a growing trend of highly interactive and
participatory learning approaches," says Alice Cassidy, associate
director at the Centre for Teaching
and Academic Growth who co-
coordinates the PBL network on
campus with Ingrid Price, an
instructor in the Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences. "PBL
encourages higher-order thinking
and requires students to take
responsibility for their learning."
The faculties of Medicine and
Dentistry introduced PBL to campus in 1997 as the model for their
shared first two years of curriculum. Since then, Agricultural
Sciences and Pharmaceutical
Sciences have made substantial
changes to integrate the format
into their curriculum. Other faculties have adopted PBL for specific
"PBL not only develops you as
a student but also develops you as
a person. Once you get the main
concepts, ideas, and research skills
- the tool box - you can make your
way through problems in life,"
says Rosy Smit, who co-ordinates
UBC's Market Garden since graduating this spring with a degree in
Agricultural Sciences.
Tutors are usually faculty members or graduate students and the
Not your usual classroom - AgSci PBL students find the answers.
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences is
developing senior undergraduates
to become tutors. Training ranges
from half-day workshops to three-
day sessions in basic tutor skills
and there is additional support
through meetings with colleagues
and students, and peer feedback.
The Faculty of Pharmaceutical
Sciences uses the PBL model in
some courses in the first two years
of the curriculum. In addition, they
are building on the PBL concept
with a set of courses called Cases in
Pharmaceutical Sciences (CAPS)
which will be introduced to first-
year students in September 2003 as
part of the faculty's new curriculum.
"We'll give students the building
blocks for learning in the first year
using case-based workshops," says
Lynda Eccott, an instructor in
Pharmaceutical Sciences who is
helping to develop CAPS in the faculty. "They'll gain the basic skills
such as communication, literature
evaluation and self-directed learning."
It even works on-line.
Moving a PBL course on-line
was a solution for Pathology and
Laboratory Medicine Assoc. Prof.
Niamh Kelly, and Elizabeth Bryce,
a clinical associate professor of
Pathology, who co-teach an upper-
level science course.
The Internet adaptation solved
issues such as maintaining small
groups in the face of expanding
class sizes, overcoming timetabling
barriers for students and making
learning accessible for students and
health practitioners throughout the
Students work in groups of five
to six using a private group bulletin board to discuss the assigned
questions. Answers are posted to
the board so groups can compare
and debate differing interpretations.
Next steps in developing the PBL
network include the first-ever campus-wide tutor-training workshop
to be held this fall where aspiring
tutors from disciplines across campus can meet.
For more information on PBL on
campus contact Cassidy at
alice.cassidy@ubc.ca. □
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One ofthe best ways to
judge a university is by the
quality of its alumni. UBC
grads are world-renowned
opera singers, CEOs of international corporations,
award-winning writers, scientists, economists, teachers
physicians, lawyers and professionals of all stripes, and
make up a large part of BC's
UBC has been sending
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institution has granted nearly
200,000 degrees, we currently have about 142,000
addressable alumni on
Alumni also make up a
large part of UBC's workforce. The records show that
1,100 faculty and staff members are grads, but we know
there are many more. We
want to know who you are
so we can send you news
about reunions and alumni
events, keep you informed
with the award-winning
alumni magazine, TREK, and
get you involved in alumni
programs on campus.
Call the Alumni
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and make sure you are
flagged as a UBC grad. Your
name will be put in a hat,
and you may be the winner
of some very classy alumni
Deborah Nelson, MBA'88
Position: Executive Director,
UBC Robson Square
How long: One month as E.D.,
14 years at UBC in various
administrative positions, Faculty of
Professional goal: "UBC is on its
way to being the best university in
Canada. Robson Square lets us
show that energy, creativity and
dynamism to the downtown
Fondest memories of UBC:
Meeting her husband and writing
her last exam.
Favourite hangout as a student:
The old Bus Stop.
Best thing about UBC: "Students.
When I was assistant director of
the Career Centre, the students we
worked with amazed me every
Breaking Barriers
Technology division.
Together they build on-line
courses that recreate the immediacy and practicality of a music
"In a classroom I'll draw a diagram of the theory then demonstrate by playing it on the
piano," Konoval says. "But this
technology will not only recreate
a classroom experience - it will
be a completely different
approach. I created a multimedia text that's student-driven
because they can explore the concepts themselves."
With       NoteAbility       Lite,
Konoval uses Hollywood themes
to illustrate concepts in classical
music for his students. Clicking on
the laptop, he plays Star Wars'
familiar Darth Vader theme - and
bringing up one of Wagner's
themes from Tristan und Isolde
alongside it, he makes the parallels
between the works immediately
"I look for examples that will
interest students, in everything
from medieval chant to Sting
songs. It makes the point much
more effectively because they can
both see it and hear it at once," he
The on-line course in music
appreciation is expected to be
ready by January 2004. □
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B i kas & Cycling	
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Barclays Award goes to UBC
Asst. Prof, of Finance Kai Li was awarded the annual Barclays
Global Investors Canada Ltd. Research Award.
Li won the $10, 000 prize based on her paper "What Explains the
Growth of Global Equity Markets ?".
Her research proved that the growth of global equity markets
between 1974 and 1997 was primarily because of overconfidence
among investors, and therefore not sustainable.
Engineer earns award of a lifetime
Prof, of Mechanical Engineering Clarence de Silva has been presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Automation
Congress, "in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the
field of Intelligent Automation and Its Practical Applications." The
award plaque was presented in June at a meeting held in Orlando,
Florida. Also, earlier this year, de Silva was appointed the Editor-in-
Chief of the International Journal, Control and Intelligent Systems
(founded in 1972).
UBC Prof, joins elite group
Prof. Walter Hardy of UBC's Physics and Astronomy Dept. is in
good company. By winning the prestigious Fritz London Memorial
Prize for Low Temperature Physics, he joins an elite group of previous recipients - eight of whom have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.
The international honour, awarded every three years for outstanding experimental and theoretical contributions to low temperature
physics, was presented at the International Low Temperature
Conference in Hiroshima, Japan in August. Hardy was recognised
for his pioneering research in hydrogen and high-temperature
superconductors. A cash award of $21,000 will be divided equally
between Hardy and two other winners, Russell J. Donnelly of the
University of Oregon, and Allen M. Goldman of the University of
New portfolio supports med school expansion
Dr. Joanna Bates has been appointed Senior Assoc. Dean, MD
Undergraduate Education for an initial three-year term.
The new portfolio is designed to recognize the increasing scope of
responsibilities in the area of MD undergraduate education as the
faculty expands its undergraduate enrolment in a distributed program of medical education.
Bates will chair the MD Undergraduate Expansion Taskforce and
the Curriculum Management Committee.
After joining the Dept. of Family Practice in 1992, Bates served in
a variety of leadership roles including Associate dean, Admissions in
the faculty from 1997 to 2002. She has expertise in the areas of
medical education programs, medical informatics and telehealth. □
UBC alumni tread the
boards at Bard on the
UBC alumni have been strutting
and fretting their hour upon the
stage at Bard on the Beach this
year, but they are far from poor
players. Several graduates of the
Theatre program have played leading roles in performances at
Vancouver's popular annual
Shakespeare festival.
Katey Wright, who helped to
found the Bard 13 seasons ago, has
the role of Viola in the comedy
Twelfth Night. Moya O'Connell,
returns to Bard for her second season in the role of Imogen in
Shakespeare's epic adventure
Two recent UBC grads making
their debut at the festival this year
are Damon Calderwood, a Theatre
and Science major, who has parts
in Twelfth Night and Henry V, and
Joshua Reynolds who appears in
Another graduate, Kevin
McAllister, designed the set of
Twelfth Night.
Bard on the Beach runs to Sept.
22 in Vanier Park. For more information call 604-739-0559 or visit
Arts space expands
School life just got more pleasant
for Arts students, thanks to renovations to Buchanan D block. An
open area on the first floor of the
building has been enclosed to provide larger office facilities for the
Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS)
and more social space for students.
The new space will also house a
variety of amenities for students
including several iMac computers,
showers for bicycle commuters,
and a fully furnished lounge with a
stage and small bar area.
The move to expand began two
years ago when the AUS held a referendum asking students to pay an
extra $5 per year to help fund the
renovations. The university put in
$250,000, and alumnus James
Meekison (BA'61, MA
Economics'62) donated $450,000.
Health Policy Forum
UBC has been chosen by the
Commission on the Future of
Health Care in Canada to host a
public policy debate on the "Pros
and Cons of Globalization in
Health Care."
The discussion will take place at
UB C at Robson Square on
Thursday September 19 from 7-
9:30 p.m. The free event is part of
a series of policy forums across the
country organized by the
Romanow Commission to consult
with Canadians about health care
Moderator John Gilbert,
Principal of the College of Health
Disciplines at UBC, will welcome a
panel of six speakers including
Robert Evans, health care economist and UBC Economics professor, and Susan Harris, clinical associate professor in family practice.
The guests will speak to a discussion document provided by the
Commission, and the public will
then be invited to give feedback.
United Way Kickoff
This year's United Way is set to
kick-off on Wednesday, Sept. 25th
with a BBQ at the SUB South
Plaza. Co-hosted by the Alma
Mater Society, it will feature burgers, live music, prizes, and fun!
The event is scheduled to run from
ll:30am-lpm and the cost is $5.
Two students have been elected to
UBC's Board of Governors.
Science student Mark Fraser and
former AMS president Erfan
Kazemi join our new chancellor
Allan McEachern (left) on the
15-member board. For further
information about board members
visit www.bog.ubc.ca.
Tickets are available from any
campaign volunteer, the campaign
office or at the door.
"This year, UBC employees hope
to raise $400,000 and money
raised from the Kick-Off BBQ
sales will go towards our goal,"
Campaign Chair Deborah Austin
For more information about the
United Way, volunteering for
UBC's campaign or information
about the Kick-Off Event, call
604-822-8929 or email
united. way@ubc. ca.
Or visit online at www.united-
Hampton Place Flea
The Hampton Place Community
Fund is holding a Flea Market and
Fair on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2002. It
will take place from ten a.m. to
two p.m. at the War Memorial
Gym. Organizers are expecting up
to 100 exhibitors. Residents' tables
will carry a variety of items for sale
from books to small furniture.
On the Beach (clockwise from top
left): Moya O'Connell, Joshua
Reynolds, Katey Wright, Damon
Calderwood and Kevin McAllister.
The event will also host food
concessions, local musicians, and a
silent auction with gifts donated by
merchants in the community.
Proceeds will go towards building the "community within
Hampton Place and with the university, "said Committee member
Diane Alfred.
Freddie Wood calls alumni
UBC's Frederic Wood Theatre
kicks off its 50th anniversary activities with an invitation to all former company members to attend a
gala reunion on Dec. 7. If you were
a member of the Theatre, the UBC
Players' Club or MUSSOC, you
can add your name to the Frederic
Wood Theatre's anniversary database by visiting
www.theatre.ubc.ca or calling
Organizers are also collecting
memorabilia such as programs,
photos and reviews, as well as historical observations and anecdotes
for use in the anniversary activities. These will include a commemorative exhibit on the history of
campus theatre at Robson Square
to be held Nov. 18 - Dec. 5, and a
series of salons with former UBC
students who are now working in
the industry, beginning Nov. 23.
On Dec. 7, the Theatre will
throw open its doors for an afternoon open house. This will be followed by the anniversary gala
where guests will be treated to a
variety show. □
50 Years of Freddy Wood Theatre: were you in this play? Are you one of
these actors? If so, Freddy wants to hear from you.


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