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February 20, 1997
Gavin Wilson photo
First-year engineering student Van Ly was among the more than 15,000 UBC faculty, staff and students immunized
against measles in a recent campus campaign which extended into a second week. More than 125 cases of measles
have been reported in B.C. since the first case was identified among students at Simon Fraser University in January.
Shots top
15,000 in
The first measles case at UBC was
reported late last week, even as Vancouver Health Board staff sought to control
the spread ofthe disease through a massive UBC vaccination campaign Feb. 11-
More than 15.000 UBC students, faculty and staff were vaccinated as campus
departments pooled their efforts with
Vancouver Health Board staff to organize
the vaccination blitz.
'The campus really pulled together in
a very short time for what was a huge
undertaking," said Byron Hender, executive co-ordinator in the Office ofthe Vice-
President. Student and Academic Services. "Individuals from a range of departments across campus worked hard and
fast. It was a real team effort."
Students and faculty volunteers in
UBC's School of Nursing were welcomed
by public health nurses as they turned
See MEASLES Page 2
Library latest legacy
of generous spirit
When family, friends and admirers
of the late Walter C. Koerner gather at
the Museum of Anthropology on March
9 for a memorial service celebrating his
life, they will be surrounded by the
immense goodwill he bestowed on UBC
for more than four decades.
The museum, permanent home of the
Koerner Ceramics Gallery,
is just one of many examples on campus ofKoemer's
belief in the university as a
compelling investment.
The memorial service
for Koerner, who died in
July 1995, is one of many
events planned around
the opening of the most
recent of Koerner's legacies, the Walter C.
Koerner Library, in early
In addition to donating
his treasury of ceramics
collected over an 80-year
span, it was Koerner's gift of Northwest
Coast Native art — a collection assembled over many years with his wife
Marianne — which initiated the construction of the world-renowned museum.
Subsequent donations included
Inuit, Latin American and East Asian
materials, as well as the commissioning of Bill Reid's showpiece carving.
Raven and the First Men.
"Walter Koerner's generosity has enabled all of us who pass through this
university to broaden our horizons and
seek new ones," says UBC President
David Strangway.
"His vision of the individual as a
lifelong learner was supported time
and again by his philanthropy, which
also provided us with a common ground
of understanding and a sense of universal literacy."
Koerner was born in northern
Moravia, now part ofthe Czech Republic, in 1898. He emigrated to Canada in
1938 where he continued the family's centuries-old tradition of
working in the forest industry.
With his brothers,
Koerner founded the
Alaska Pine and Cellulose Company, pioneering the use of western
hemlock as a lumber
product. He retired in
1972 to begin a full-
time commitment to
public service and philanthropy.
Koerner's association with UBC began in 1955 with a gift
supporting the university's Slavonic
Studies library collection. A year later
he helped found the Friends of the
University Library, and in 1958 made
a gift that enabled the Main Library to
undertake a much needed expansion.
He initiated the UBC Health Sciences Centre project, whose core pavilion is named for him, and chaired
the centre from 1971 to 1980.
See KOERNER Page 2
See page 3 for Koerner
Ubrary opening schedule
of events.
Tuition fees to rise for
int'l graduate students
Starting next fall, tuition fees for international graduate students will rise to
two-and-a-half times that paid by domestic graduate students at UBC.
The Board of Governors voted in favour ofthe increase at its meeting Feb. 6
despite a Senate motion to have the increase rescinded. The Senate had passed
its motion with a vote of 30-25.
'The board decided that it would be in
the best interests of all faculties and their
students to carry on with the proposed
fee changes to help offset provincial grant
reductions," said Vice-President, Academic Daniel Birch. He added that government grants are expected to be cut by
$1.6 million next year.
The new tuition fees will be applied to
international graduate students admitted on or after Sept. 1 of this year. Tuition
will rise to $7,087, of which $1,603 is
earmarked for student aid. Birch said
that most, if not all, faculties will commit
an additional $1,603, ensuring that at
least two-thirds of the increase goes to
financial aid for international graduate
The existing tuition policy would have
resulted in an annual tuition of $2,835
($185 for student aid), a figure significantly below the national average of $8,800.
UBC currently charges the lowest tuition for international graduate students
among Canada's 13 universities with
medical schools and a broad range of PhD
Relative to what other universities
charge their international graduate students, UBC's new tuition fees will rank it
eighth among similar institutions. Ontario's McMaster University tops the list
with average tuition fees close to $ 17.000.
Birch refused to speculate on what
impact the tuition increase might have on
enrolment but emphasized that UBC remains committed to recruiting the best
international students.
UBC currently has an enrolment of
1,250 international graduate students
spread among all faculties.
Preschool Promise
Where a child study centre closes, a new child-care centre may take its place
Smarter System 3
Campus works: Getting student information will be easier come November
Making Music 11
Contemporary composers are the focus of a week-long festival
Toxic Shock 12
Profile: Too much calcium isn't good for every body, Prof. Terry Snutch says 2 UBC Reports ■ Feb. 20, 1997
APEC '97 no
honour for this
I read with interest your
cover story, Leaders come to
UBC for APEC '97 {UBC
Reports, Jan. 23. 1997). I
wonder if someone could
define for me what "human
resources development" is?
Does that include treating
Filipino women like a commodity, trading them as domestic
workers to the highest bidding
country? Does it mean incarcerating workers in South
Korea for trying to form a
union, and then passing
repressive labour legislation in
the middle of the night? Is
murdering the population of
East Timor a developmental
Perhaps the UBC administration thinks it an honour for
our president to host this
summit which includes people
who are responsible for some
of the most repressive living
and working conditions in the
world. Or perhaps it is an
effort to encourage investment
in the university. Either way
the decision ought to be
Jo Hinchcliffe
Women's Studies Centre
Continued from Page 1
A former chair of the Board of
Governors, Koerner's wide-ranging support and service to UBC
was recognized with an honorary degree in 1973. In 1994, the
university announced that its
new humanities and social science research library would be
named for Walter C. Koerner.
His support for library collections, medicine and other programs at UBC, as well as his
generosity toward many other
charitable causes in the community, continued throughout
Koerner's life.
Members ofthe campus community are invited to attend the
March 9 memorial service and
the reception which follows in
the foyer of the Koerner Ceramics Gallery. The service begins at
3:30 p.m.
Please fax acceptances to
UBC's Ceremonies and Events
Office at 822-9060.
Continued from Page 1
the measles vaccination campaign into an opportunity to gain
practical experience in a unique
Assoc. Prof. Elaine Carty said
more than 30 students and faculty volunteered their services
to help the public health nurses
and theVancouver Health Board
deliver measles vaccine.
The health board and the
public health nurses got in touch
with us as soon as they heard we
were willing to help. They've been
great about including people
from the school in the campaign,"
Carty said. "We just shifted some
of the clinical experiences students would be having this week
to assisting with vaccinations."
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Child Study Centre's closure
shows lack of accountability
Students, educators and
children from all over British
Columbia have benefited from
the unprecedented innovations that the Child Study
Centre has brought to the
educators of young children
and to developmental^
appropriate curriculum.
We are concerned that the
decision to close the centre is
short-sighted and has been
made precipitously. Teachers,
educators, staff and community
members were not given the
opportunity to challenge the
dean's reasons for the closure
or to explore alternative solutions. We feel that the Faculty
of Education has failed to be
accountable to or serve fair
process to the teachers, faculty,
parents and children who will
be affected by their decision.
We ask the Faculty of Education to revoke its decision to close
this centre for excellence for the
study of young children, and
assert its commitment to early
childhood education by supporting this valuable resource.
Hea Sook Kim
Centre's closure judged xharsh'
I am writing to protest the
proposed closure of the Child
Study Centre. I am surprised
and dismayed to think that this
excellent observation opportunity is considered superfluous
by the Faculty of Education.
From its simple beginnings
many years ago, to its present
optimum design, it has served
many institutions as well as
UBC faculties. At what point
was it realized that its mandate
was not being met? Certainly,
from a logical and business-like
approach, the university must
have made periodic evaluations
of the viability of the facility, its
staff and director. Only with
ongoing communication can
evaluations reflect needed
change. It seems that no
warning signals were received
by the staff or the many
families whose children were
benefitting from a beginning
Today, the casual observer
thinks that day care and
preschool are synonymous.
There are many similarities,
but only in that the programs
are ideally geared to the needs
of the children in attendance,
and to the length of time spent
in the centre. Both options are
necessary in our society and
one cannot adequately replace
the other. An eight-hour day of
child care is often the only
choice for two working parents.
The two-and-a-half-hour
preschool experience is the
choice of many other families.
Through the years, the Child
Study Centre has fulfilled its
societal mandate, has it not? It
seems harsh, indeed, to now
sever that choice from the
menu of both participating
families, and from the learners
in your own faculty.
Marilyn Campbell
Public Meeting
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on the proposed
Liu Centre for
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Life and
Centre for
Human Settlements
A search is underway within the university for candidates
for the position of Director of the Centre for Human Settlements (CHS) commencing January 1,1998. The Centre, a
legacy of the 1976 UN Conference on Human Settlements
(Habitat), is internationally renowned for its research,
training and capacity building. It is a research unit of UBC's
School of Community and Regional Planning within the
Faculty of Graduate Studies. The Centre's approach to
research is multidisciplinary and community-oriented.
Specific activities currently relate to: housing, feminist action
research, rural-urban linkages, urban growth and change,
policies for sustainable development, disaster preparedness,
metropolitan governance, community development, and
participatory planning. Faculty research associates are from
a number of different departments at UBC. Many of these
activities involve partnerships with overseas institutes and
faculty and research on all five continents.
Applicants should have a senior faculty appointment within
the university, significant experience in developing and
managing major projects, and the ability to provide leadership for the Centre's diverse research and training programs.
For more information please contact: Prof. William Rees,
Director, School of Community and Regional Planning,
Room 433, Lasserre Bldg., Zone 2, to whom also applications
or nominations should be sent no later than April 1,1997.
The University of British Columbia welcomes all qualified
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Alastair Bird photo
Designed by award-winning Aitken Wreglesworth Associates in collaboration
with famed Canadian architect Arthur Erickson, the Walter C. Koerner
Library is home to more than 800,000 books, an electronic text and
multimedia centre, and study spaces wired to the campus network.
Campus works
Student Information System
Flexibility key to new
system's benefits
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
The Registrar's Office has embarked on a major redevelopment of the Student
Information System (SIS)—a move that will make life easier for the students,
faculty, and staff who rely on the system for information and to do their jobs.
The Student Information System manages virtually all information related
to UBC's 32,000 students—from admissions, registration, and course scheduling to recording of grades, degree audit and graduation.
Due to the size and complexity of the SIS, the tight timelines for moving off
the current mainframe platform, and the extensive consultation approach
planned for the project, it is being redeveloped in two phases.
Phase one, scheduled for completion in November, involves migrating the
SIS from the current IDMS/MVS operating system to the new technical
platform of Oracle and UNIX.
During the next eight months the entire SIS database and the more than
825 programs that make up the current SIS system will be converted and
tested in the new environment. Forecross Corporation, a specialist in using
automated processes to convert mainframe databases and programs to new
environments, is working with the Registrar's Office on the project.
"One ofthe major limitations ofthe current system is the lack of flexible access to
the data," says Audrey Lindsay, associate registrar. Systems, and UBC project
manager on the SIS redevelopment project. "We have a lot of data in the system, but
the ability for faculty and administrators to produce ad hoc and management reports
is very limited. Once the data is migrated to the Oracle database, extracting data will
be a much simpler and more widely available process."
Concurrent with the migration project, Registrar's Office systems staff, with
assistance from Sierra Consulting, are evaluating and establishing the development environment for the second phase of the project—the replacement and
redevelopment of specific SIS components.
"We are soliciting input from faculty, staff and students as we prepare for
the second phase of the project. Our plans for the next eight months include a
series of meetings with representatives from all faculties including all levels of
SIS users, potential users and students," Lindsay says.
"This includes meetings with all deans and relevant administrative unit
department heads; focus sessions with faculty representatives to discuss issues
and priorities; business process improvement sessions to streamline procedures
and eliminate unnecessary processes or steps; and facilitated design sessions
and hands-on sessions with the prototypes ofthe emerging system."
The second phase of the project will involve everything from simple enhancements to completely redesigned components and new functions. Although
changes visible to faculty, staff and students who use the system will appear
gradually, Lindsay says that as the development phase progresses the system
will be better able to provide support for work done by faculty and staff and
easier access to the system for both data entry and retrieval.
One of the major focuses will be secure access to the system via the Internet
for students, faculty and staff. This should make it easier for students to
register, add and drop courses, check their grades and do other transactions.
The redevelopment of the SIS is one of the projects included in the replacement ofthe university's major administrative systems. Others underway
include the financial, human resources and alumni/development systems.
Parents give to help
build library collection
When UBC student callers contact
parents on behalf of the annual Parents
Appeal to support the UBC Library Collection Enrichment Fund, they often find
that parents are keen to talk to them
about student life at UBC.
Parents Appeal Co-ordinator Jennifer
Druce said the students serve as a valuable resource for parents.
"The students spend a lot of time
chatting with the parents and answering
questions about campus life and the
university in general," she said.
"Many of the parents have a host of
questions about residence life, classes,
the library and what SUB (the Student
Union Building) is. There's no question
our student callers give parents insight
into the university that they wouldn't
necessarily get from their own kids. The
contact seems to help build their sense
of belonging to the university community as well."
Last year, parents of UBC students
contacted by student callers gave the
Library a much appreciated boost in the
form of more than $50,000 in donations
to the enrichment fund. The fund helps
the library buy new books.
Since the Parents Appeal, part of
UBC's Annual Fund campaign, began in
1993, donors to the program have more
than doubled to 549 last year. The total
raised for UBC's Library has reached
more than $150,000, including $50,000
raised so far this year.
Koerner celebration
schedule of events
Six days of events open to the public will
be held to celebrate the opening ofthe new
Walter C. Koerner Library on March 10. For
more information visit the Koerner Celebration web site at http://
Sunday, March 9
• 3:30-5:00 p.m.: Memorial service for
Walter Koerner at the Museum of
Anthropology. RSVP to UBC Ceremonies Office via fax to 822-9060.
Monday, March 10
• 3:30-4:15 p.m.: Walter C. Koerner
Library Opening Ceremony.
Tuesday, March 11
• 12:00-1:20 p.m.: The Role of the
Great Library in the Life ofthe University Symposium. Speakers include
UBC President David Strangway; Prof.
John Gilbert, chair. Senate Library
Committee; and Shirley Neuman,
dean. Faculty of Arts. Performance
and readings from selected books in
the Walter C. Koerner Humanities
and Social Sciences Library by English Dept. Players. Main Library,
Ridington Room.
Thursday, March 13
• Library tours begin every half hour:
10:00 a.m.-12 p.m.; 2:00-4:00p.m.
Friday, March 14
• 12:40 p.m.: Koerner Library Run: 5K
run, 3K run, and IK walk.
• Library tours begin every half hour:
10:00 a.m.-12 p.m.; 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 15
• Library tours begin every half hour:
10:00 a.m.-12 p.m.; 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Facility to continue to
provide child care
UBC's Board of Governors has supported a decision by the dean of the Faculty of Education to close the Child Study
Centre (CSC) and referred the question
about appropriate future use ofthe facility
for early childhood education or day care
to the university's administration.
At its Feb. 6 meeting, the board was
asked by a delegation representing parents and teachers to reverse the decision
made by Faculty of Education Dean Nancy
Sheehan in December, following an external review of the CSC.
"In spite of the high quality of its
programs, the Child Study Centre is unable to fulfil adequately the three components of its mandate: research, program
demonstration and training, and leadership for the early childhood education
field," Sheehan said at the time.
About 150 children aged two to five
attend preschool and kindergarten programs at the centre, which was established in 1961 and has nine full- and
part-time teachers, with assistance from
faculty and graduate students.
Parents were informed about the decision to close the centre in December so
that they could begin to consider alternatives for September 1997 and teachers
were given the notice required under the
agreement between the university and
the Faculty Association.
At the January meeting of Senate, a
notice of motion was put forward asking
Senate to affirm its power to establish
and disestablish academic units and suggesting that the CSC be considered an
academic unit.
The Senate Agenda Committee has
determined, pending advice to the contrary, that the closure is not within the
purview of Senate. Senate, however, does
have the right to ask for a report on the
academic implications of the closure and
Sheehan has offered to provide a report at
its March 19 meeting.
The building, which was developed for the
use of young children, will continue to be
used for that purpose and although the exact
nature, organization, and administration of
such programs has not yet been determined,
children's programs will run out of the centre
beginning next September.
"These programs will be expected to
provide an environment to facilitate child
development and education, and to provide a context hospitable to research and
the education of university students (conditions which also apply to the 11 daycare centres operated under Child Care
Services)," said President David
Strangway in a letter to campus.
"Children currently enrolled in the Child
Study Centre will be given priority to any of
these programs for which they are eligible."
Staff in Housing and Conferences'
Child Care Services have been asked to
prepare a proposal for use of the facility
beginning next September.
'They will be notifying all interested
parties that they are open to advice on the
best use of the building for such purposes as kindergarten, pre-school and
day care for young children, and on the
most effective way of providing these services," Strangway added. "They have offered to meet with concerned parents and
teachers to discuss potential programs,
and to plan for the transition. A meeting
will be scheduled for this purpose in the
very near future."
A progress report will be provided to
the Board of Governors on March 20. 4 UBC Reports • Feb. 20, 1997
February 23 through March 8
Sunday, Feb. 23
Spirit of Tibet Days
Tibetan Food, Dancers, And Arts
And Crafts. MOA, 12-4pm. Call
Green College Fine Arts
Speaker Series
The World Of Art Conservation.
Cecilia Kellty, Conservator,
Okanart Conservation and the
Harrison Galleries. Green College, 5:30pm. Call 822-6067.
Green College Performing
Arts Group
Piano Recital. Eiko Ogawa. MFA
student. Green College, 8pm. Call
Monday, Feb. 24
World History Speaker
Series Lecture
Environment And Science. Prof.
Mark Elvln, Australian National
U. Buchanan A-202. 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-2561.
Mechanical Engineering
Attitude Control And Guidance
Of Spacecraft With Application
To Mass Landing. Henryk
Fleshner, U of Southern California. CEME 1204, 3:30-4:30pm.
Refreshments. Call 822-3904.
Modern European Studies
Colloquium Series
Norbert Elias And The European
Civilizing Process. Thomas
Salumets, Germanic Studies and
Comparative Literature.
Buchanan penthouse, 3:30-5pm.
Call 822-5969.
Biology Discussion Group
Transcriptional Repression Of
Drosophila Homeotic Genes. Jeff
Simon, U of Minnesota. IRC#4,
3:45pm. Refreshments at
3:30pm. Call 822-2619.
Astronomy Seminar
Hipparcos Results On Cepheids
And Miras: Distance Scales And
Pulsation Properties. Michael
Feast, U of Cape Town. Hennings
318, 4pm. Refreshments at
3:30pm. Call 822-2802.
Zoology Comparative
Physiology Seminar
Gene Regulation By Oxygen Concentration And Light Intensity.
Tom Beatty, Microbiology.
BioSciences 2449, 4:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-3372.
Resident Speaker Series
It Ain't Easy Being Green. Bill
Smith, Resource Management and
Environmental Studies. Green
College, 5:30pm. Call 822-6067.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
Earth and Ocean Sciences
The Coast Shear Zone: The Root
Of A Late Cretaceous Major Strike-
Slip Fault System? Lincoln S.
Hollister, Princeton U. Geological
Sciences 330-A, 12:30pm. Call
Centre for Chinese
Research Seminar
Economy, Environment And Science In China Over The Last
Thousand Years - An Informal
Discussion. Prof. Mark D. Elvin,
Australian National U. CK Choi
120, 12:30-2pm. Call 822-2629.
Botany Department
Ultra-High Resolution Studies
From The Laminated Sediments
Of Saanich Inlet: Changes In The
Diatom Community Over Time
Scales Of Seasons. Years And Centuries. Melissa McQuoid. Centre
for Earth and Ocean Research, U
of Victoria. BioSciences 2000,
12:30-l:30pm. Call 822-2133.
John F. McCreary Lecture
Narratives In Health Care: How We
Practise, Teach, And Do Research.
Dr. Jan Marta. Psychiatry. Mount
Sinai Hospital: Joint Centre for
Bioethics, U of Toronto. IRC#5,
12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-3737.
Animal Science Seminar
Are Cows FollowingThe Code? Beef
Cattle Behaviour And Habitat Use
On A Forested Range Unit. Lavona
Liggins, MSc candidate. MacMillan
158, 12:30pm. Refreshments. Call
Lectures in Modern
Iron Triad M(CO)4 (Eta-2-Alkyne)
Complexes: Versatile Building
Blocks In Organometallic Synthesis. F'rof. Josef Takats, U of Alberta. Chemistry B-250 (south
wing), lpm. Refreshments from
12:40pm. Call 822-3266.
Earth and Ocean Sciences -
Oceanography Seminar
Ocean Colour - Satellites And Buoys. Jim Gower, Institute of Ocean
Sciences. BioSciences 1465,
3:30pm. Call 822-1465.
Statistics Seminar
An Information Criterion For Likelihood Selection. Ao Yuan, Statistics. CSCI 301,4-5:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-0570.
World History Speaker Series
Crombie's Approach To The History Of Science As Applied To
China. Prof. Mark Elvin, Australian National U. Buchanan Tower
1206-07, 4:30-6pm. Reception to
follow in Buchanan Penthouse.
Call 822-2561.
Distinguished Lecture - IEEE
Industry Applications
Holonic Systems For Intelligent
Manufacturing. Prof. William Gruver,
SFU. CEME 2204, 5-6pm. Refreshments at 4:45pm. Call 822-6291.
Green College Speaker Series
Voice, Mode, And Time: Narrative
Structurings And Interdisciplinarity.
Jan Marta, Psychiatry, U of Toronto.
Green College, 5:30pm. Reception in
Graham House 4:45-5:30pm. Call
The Interdisciplinary
Interdisciplinary Attitudes To Science. John Gilbert, Health Sciences
Co-ordinator. Don Brooks, Pathology. David Measday, Physics. Green
College, 5pm. Call 822-6067.
Tibetan Film Screenings
Compassion In Exile. MOA, 7-9pm.
Call 822-5087.
Continuing Studies Lecture
The Revolutionary Century: The
Mexican, Russian, Chinese and
Cuban Revolutions. Various
Speakers. Lasserre 107, 7:30-9pm.
$45, seniors $35. Call 822-1450.
Wednesday, Feb. 26
Surgery Grand Rounds
Treatment Of Vascular Intimal
Hyperplasia - From Bench To Bedside. Dr. Joseph Mills, Vascular
Surgery, U of Arizona. GF Strong
Auditorium, 7am. Call 875-4136.
Faculty Financial Planning
Lecture Series
Tax Aspects Of Investing. David
Christian, Thorsteinssons, Barristers and Solicitors. Angus 104,
12:30-1:20pm. Call 822-1433.
Noon Hour Concert
William Davis, bassoon, June
Davis, organ and piano. Music
Recital Hall, 12:30pm. $3 at the
door. Call 822-5574.
Poetry Reading
Poetry Reading By Governor-General's Award Nominee Crispin
Elsted. Buchanan Penthouse,
12:30-l:20pm. Call 822-5122.
Centre for Japanese
Research Seminar
Gendered Meaning In Sumo And
Shinto: A New Look At Hidden
Symbolism In The Traditions And
Popular Culture Of Japan. Louisa
Cameron, Cultural Anthropology,
Columbia U. CK Choi 120, 12:30-
2pm. Call 822-2629.
Ecology and Centre for
Biodiversity Research
1997 Chitty Lecture. Sex And The
Single Squirrel: Sexual Differences
In Behavioural And Physiological
Ecology Of Richardson's Ground
Squirrels. Gail Michener, U of
Lethbridge. Family/Nutritional
Sciences 60, 4:30pm. Refreshments. Hut B-8 at 4:10pm. Call
Respiratory Research
Effects Of Cytokines On Responses
Of Cultured Human Airway
Smooth Muscle To Bronchodilator
Agents. Dr. Stephanie Shore,
Harvard School of Public Health.
Vancouver Hospital/HSC, 2775
Heather St., 3rd floor conference
room, 5-6pm. Call 875-5653.
19th Century Studies /
The Queen Of Decadence: Salome's
Many Heads. Prof. Charles
Bernheimer, U. of Pennsylvania
and author. Green College, 8pm.
Call 822-6067.
Thursday, Feb. 27
Counselling Psychology
Manage Your Stress. Patrick Psaila,
MEd candidate; Ellen Connell, MA
candidate. Scarfe 1118, 10am-
12pm. Continues March 6, 13, 20.
To register, call 822-0140.
Law and Society Lunch-Time
The Sociologist As Lawyer: The
Case Of Max Weber. Joan
Brockman, Criminology, SFU.
Green College, 12pm. Call 822-
Human Kinetics Seminar
Adaptive Responses To Weight
Training At Different Stages Of
Life. Michael Houston, Human
Kinetics. War Memorial Gym 100,
12:30-1:30pm. Refreshments. Call
Anthropology and Sociology
Colloquium Series
Mind/Body: The Psyche In Society. Michael Pollex, Jim Overboe,
Doug Aoki, Rob McLeod. ANSO
205, 12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-
Earth and Ocean Sciences
Is The Inner Core Spinning Faster
Than The Mantle? Kean Creager,
U of Washington. GeoSciences
330-A, 12:30pm. Call 822-3466/
Philosophy Colloquium
Killing, Deprivation, And The Morality Of Abortion. Doran Smolkin.
Buchanan D-202, 1 -2:30pm. Call
Wood Science Seminar
Applications Of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies In Forest
Products. Jim McBeth, Director,
NRC. MacLeod 214, 1:30pm. Call
Environmental Engineering
Vicki Husband, Sierra Club. CEME
1215, 3:30-4:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-2637.
Invited Speaker Seminar
Lattice-Based Cryptography.
Cynthia Dwork, IBM Almaden Research Centre. CICSR/CS 208. 4-
5:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-
Kaspar Naegele Lecture in
The Coasts Of Bohemia: Prague As
A Vantage Point On European
Modernity. Prof. Derek Sayer, U of
Alberta. MOA theatre gallery, 4pm.
Call 822-2878.
Issues in Post-Secondary
New Realities, New Directions, New
Institutions - The Changing Higher
Education System In British Columbia. John Dennison, Educational Studies. Green College,
4:30pm. Call 822-6067.
Genetics Graduate Program
Genetic Analysis Of Quantitative
Traits In Natural Populations.
Kermit Ritland, Forest Sciences.
Wesbrook 201, 4:30pm. Refreshments at 4:15pm. Call 822-8764.
Friday, Feb. 28
Health Care and
Epidemiology Rounds
The Epidemiology Of Skiing And
Skate Board Injuries. Dr. Andrew
McNab, Pediatrics. Mather 253,9-
10am. Call 822-2772.
Pediatrics Grand Rounds
What's New In Pediatric Rheumatology? Dr. Peter Malleson,
Pediatrics. GF Strong Auditorium,
9am. Call 875-2307.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
The Regulation And Modulation
Of Intraneuronal pH. Dr. John
Church, Anatomy. Cunningham
160, 12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar
Pilot Exposure Assessement For
An Epidemiological Study Of
Aluminum Potroom Asthma. Marty
Cohen, Industrial Hygiene Research
Manager, and Mike Cotey, Industrial Hygienist. Vancouver Hospital/HSC, Koerner Pavilion G-279,
12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-9595.
Centre for Japanese
Research Seminar
A Transition Or Two Traditions:
Basho/Buson And Shiga/
Akutagawa. Prof. Hitoshi
Oshima, Fukuoka U. Asian Centre 604, 1 2:30pm. Call 822-
Kaspar Naegele Seminar in
What Might A Post-Structuralist
History Look Like? Prof. Derek
Sayer, Sociology, U of Alberta.
ANSO 205, 2pm.Call 822-6683/
Political Science Seminar
Engineering Transitions? Reflections On Peacebuilding And Political Science. Rex Brynen,
McGill U. Grad Studies 201, 3-
4:30pm. Call 822-5456.
Mathematics Colloquium
Another Look At Hoefsmit's Rep-
resentations. Arun Ram,
Princeton U. Mathematics 104,
3:30pm. Refreshments at 3:15pm
in Math Annex, room 1115. Call
822 2666.
Chemical Engineering
Enzymatic Hydrolysis Of Cellulose In Aqueous And Non-Aqueous Environment. Ana May, grad
student. ChemEng 206,3:30pm.
Call 822-3238.
Theoretical Chemistry
Time Dependent Selective Solvation. T. Day, Chemistry. Chemistry D-402 (centre block), 4pm.
Call 822-3266.
Saturday, Mar. 1
Continuing Studies Forum
Politics, Ethics And The Canadian Media. Michael Harcourt,
Angus Reid, Stan Persky and
Patricia Graham, panelists.
Curtis 101, 9am-4pm. Call 822-
Pianist in Recital
Vadim Monastyrsky, Jerusalem
Academy of Music. Music Recital
Hall, 7pm. $25 adults. $20 students/seniors. Call 325-0797.
The Vancouver Institute
HowTo Get Rid Of Nuclear Weapons. Dr. Joseph Rotblat, 1995
Nobel Peace Prize Recipient.
IRC#2, 8:15pm. Call 822-4636.
Sunday, Mar. 2
Spirit of Tibet Days
Tibetan Food, Dancers, And Arts
And Crafts. MOA, 12-4pm. Call
The UBC Reports Calendar lists university-related or
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February 23 through March 8
Green College Performing
Arts Group
Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. UBC
String Ensemble. Green College,
2pm. Call 822-6067.
Monday, Mar. 3
Continuing Education
Engineering and
HowTo Read Blueprints (In Cantonese). David Sze. CEME 1202,
9am-5pm. $100. Lunch not included. Call 822-3347.
Mechanical Engineering
The Automobile And The Environment. Robert Evans, Mechanical Engineering. CEME
1204, 3:30-4:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-3904.
Biochemistry /Molecular
Biology Discussion Group
Denitriflcation By Copper Proteins; How Does Nitrite Bind To
Nitrite Reductase? Michael
Murphy, Computer Science.
IRC#4,3:45pm. Refreshments at
3:30pm. Call 822-2792.
Zoology Seminar
Evolutionary Implications Of Mitochondrial DNA Introgression Assessed By Physiological Performance. Helene Glemet, U Quebec.
BioSciences 2449, 4:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-9152.
Resident Speaker Series
Planning For The Big One: The
Philosophy Of Earthquake Resistant Design Of Buildings.
David Moses, Civil Engineering.
Green College, 5:30pm. Call 822-
Continuing Studies Lecture
The Ancient Maya And Their Ancestors. Various Speakers.
Lasserre 107, 7:30-9pm. $35,
seniors $30. Call 822-1450.
Tuesday, Mar. 4
Counselling Psychology
Speak Up! A Public Speaking
Workshop. Shannon Goepel,
MEd candidate. Continues
March 11, 18, 25. Scarfe 1118,
lOam-noon. Call 261-1873.
Centre for Chinese
Research Seminar
The New Rich In China: The Party
State And Capitalist Revolution.
David Goodman, U of Technology and Science, Sydney. CKChoi
120, 12:30-2pm. Call 822-2629.
Animal Science Seminar
Novel Applications Of NIRS In
Predicting The Nutrient Quality
Of Western Canadian Cereal
Grams. Mary-Lou Swift, post doctoral student. MacMillan 158,
12:30. Refreshments. Call 822-
Botany Seminar
The North Pacific Arc And Moss
Distribution. W.B. Schofield,
Botany. BioSciences 2000,
12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Lectures In Modern
Surface Chemistry And Catalysis On The Nanometer Scale. Prof.
Gabor A. Somorjai, Chemistry, U
of California—Berkeley. Chemistry B-250 (south wing), lpm.
Refreshments from 12:40pm.
Call 822-3266.
Earth and Ocean Sciences
Oceanography Seminar
Into The New Millenium - International Marine Science And The
Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynam
ics Program. Ian Perry, Pacific Biological Station. BioSciences 1465,
3:30pm. Call 822-1814.
Statistics Seminar
Likelihood Ratio Tests In Mixtures
And The Volumes Of Tubes. Prof.
Bruce Lindsay, Statistics, Penn
State U. CSCU 301, 4-5:30pm.
Refreshments. Call 822-0570.
Medical Genetics Seminar
Towards A Mouse Model For Huntington's Disease, Graeme
Hodgson, post doctoral student.
Phenotypic Variability In NF1.
Jacek Szudec, grad student.
Wesbrook 201, 4:30-5:30pm. Refreshments at 4pm. Call 822-5312.
Green College Speaker Series
Violence In Art: The Case Of Hagi-
ography. Sheila Delany, English,
SFU. Green College, 5:30pm. Reception in Graham House, 4:45-
5:30pm. Call 822-6067.
Tibetan Film Screenings
Missing In Tibet And Another Selection. MOA, 6:30-9pm. Call 822-
Wednesday, Mar. 5
Noon Hour Concert
Gordon Cherry, trombone; John
Rudolph, percussion. Music Recital Hall, 12:30pm. $3 at the door.
Call 822-5574.
Opera Panel Discussion
Puccini's Turandot. Maria Eng,
English. Nicholas Selman, Vancouver Opera. Floyd St. Clair,
French. Buchanan penthouse,
12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-4060.
Centre for Japanese
Research Seminar
Globalization Process Of Japanese
Automobile Production: Some Evidence From Southern Ontario.
Kenkichi Nagao, Geography,
Osaka City University. CK Choi
120, 12:30-2pm. Call 822-2629.
Faculty Financial Planning
Uses Of Trusts In Estate Planning.
Sandra Ballance, Douglas Symes
& Brissenden. Angus 104, 12:30-
1:20pm. Call 822-1433.
Modern European Studies
Colloquium Series
How Democratic Are European
Post-Communist Countries. Alan
Siaroff, Political Science.
Buchanan Penthouse, 3:30-5pm.
Call 822-5969.
Ecology and Centre for
Biodiversity Research
Why More Productivity Results In
More Species: A Test Of Theory
Using Treehole Communities.
Diane Srivastava, post doctoral
student. Family/Nutritional Sciences 60, 4:30pm. Refreshments
Hut B-8, 4:10pm. Call 822-3957.
The Interdisciplinary
Hermeneutics And Knowledge Today. James C. Risser, Philosophy,
Seattle U. Green College, 5pm.
Call 822-6067.
Respiratory Research
Redistribution Of Pulmonary Blood
Flow Under Increased Gravity. Dr.
Michael Hlastala, Physiology and
Biophysics, U ofWashington. Vancouver Hospital/HSC, 2775
Heather St., 3rd floor conference
room, 5-6pm. Call 875-5653.
Burgess-Lane Memorial
Lecture/Forestry Research
Plant Fibers In Composite Materials: A View Of Technical Challenges And Opportunities From A
Heretic. James Bolton, Director,
BioComposites Centre, U ofWales.
MacMillan 166, 5:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-1833.
The Great University Library:
Discover A World Of
Scholarly Communication in the
Next Millenium Conference.
Speakers from UBC, SFU, AUCC,
CARL and others. SFU Harbour
Centre. See http://www.sfu.ca/
scom/ for registration information, call 822-3310.
Thursday, Mar. 6
Science First! Lecture Series
Statistics: A Guide To The Unknown. Prof. Emeritus Ned Glick,
Statistics and Health Care/Epidemiology. IRC#6, 12:30-l:30pm.
Refreshments. Discussion to follow. Call 822-5552.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Corticosteroids In Meningitis.
Zahra Esmail, post doctoral student. Cunningham 160, 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-4645.
Earth and Ocean Sciences
Magmas, Metals And Mineral Exploration. John Thompson, Earth
and Ocean Sciences. GeoSciences
330-A, 12:30pm. Call 822-3466/
Anthropology and Sociology
CoUoquium Series
How To Blow One's Nose: Norbert
Elias And The Paradox Of
Postmodernism. Thomas
Salumets. ANSO 205, 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-2878.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dexrazone: A Cardioprotective
Agent For Anthracycline Chemotherapy. Dana Cole, post doctoral
student. Cunningham 160, 1-
1:30pm. Call 822-4645.
Wood Science Seminar
Designing A Future Out Of Wood:
Industrial Design In The Wood
Industry. Tom Becher, Associate
Dean, Emily Carr School of Design. MacLeod 214, 1:30pm. Call
Medieval and Renaissance
Considering The Place Between
Violence And Its Representation.
Marvin Cohodas, Fine Arts. Daniela
Hempen, Germanic Studies. Sheila
Delany, English, SFU. Green College, 3:30pm. Call 822-6067.
Next calendar deadline:
noon, Feb. 25
Environmental Engineering
High Temperature Biological Removal Of Air Pollutants, Organics
And Odours From Bleach Kraft
Mill Condensates. Pierre Berube,
post doctoral candidate. CEME
1215, 3:30-4:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-2637.
Genetics Graduate Program
The Bisecting N-Acetylglucosamine
Of N-Glycans Appears Dispensa- j
ble For Mouse Development And j
Reproduction. John Priatel, post
doctoral candidate. Wesbrook 201,
4:30pm. Refreshments at 4:15pm.
Call 822-8764.
Workshop for Women
Womens Life Stories. Rosalind
Guest, Sally Halliday, Claudia
Psaila. Continues March 13, 20,
27. Womens Resources Centre,
1144 Robson St., 7-9pm. To register call 822-0140.
Green College Speaker Series
Audrey Thomas, writer. Green
College, 8pm. Call 822-6067.
Friday, Mar. 7
Pediatrics Grand Rounds
The Emerging Role Of Epilepsy
Surgery In Children. Dr. Mary
Connolly, Neurology, BCCH. Dr.
John Kestle, Neurosurgery, BCCH.
GF Strong Auditorium, 8:30am.
Call 875-2307.
Health Care and
j Epidemiology Rounds
I Molecular Epidemiology Of TB. Dr.
i Mark Fitzgerald, Consultant, Pro-
j vincial TB Control Program. Mather
! 253, 9-10am. Call 822-2772.
I        Random Acts of Poetry
I Open Mike Poetry Session. Book-
: store,  12:30-1:30pm. Poets may
j pre-register by calling 822-2665.
Graduate Student
Histories, Herstories, Heterologies:
Cultural Narratives In A (Post)
Modern Present. Green College, 1 -
9pm. Continues March 8, 9am-
5pm and March 9, 9am-2pm. $10
entrance fee payable on March 7
i at Anthropology and Sociology.
Call 822-6067.
Women and Spirituality
Dialogue '97
Every Woman's Journey: Called
And Gifted. Vancouver School of
Theology, 6000 Iona Drive, 5-
9:30pm. Continues March 8, 8am-
4pm. For registration and fees call
822-9815. Fax 822-9212.
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar
Reproductive Effects Of Exposure
To Chlorophenates: Male Fertility
And Childhood Cancer. Helen
Heacock, post doctoral student.
Vancouver Hospital/HSC,
Koerner Pavilion G-279, 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-9595.
Weekly Seminar
Thermodynamics Of Na-Al-Sili-
cate Formation In The Recovery
Cycle Of Kraft Pulp Mills. Hyeon
Park, grad student. ChemEng
206, 3:30pm. Call 822-3238.
Theoretical Chemistry
Equal Reaction Rates For Different Pathways For Recombination Reactions. S. Alavi,
Chemistry. Chemistry D-402
(centre block), 4pm. Call 822-
International Women's Day
Special Event
Celebrate International Womens
Day. Sheila Norgate, Vancouver
Visual Artist. Social Work main
floor, 4-6pm. Refreshments.
Tickets $5. Call 822-9171.
The Cross Cultural Literary
Studies in Asia Group
The World My Mother Gave
Me: Asian Women's
Intergenerational Perspectives
And Perceptions In Literature.
Himani Banerji, York U;
Joshua Mostow; Tineke
Hellwig; Catherine Swatek;
KeumSookKang. CKChoi 120,
5-9pm. Reception and refreshments 5-6pm. Dinner and
movie 6-9pm. $15 for dinner.
Continues March 8, 9am-4pm.
Students, $8. Faculty/others,
$ 15. Lunch included. Call 822-
Saturday, Mar. 8
20th Annual Physics
An All Day Event For High School
Teams Involving Hands-On
Physics. Spectators Are Welcome. Organized by Physics and
Curriculum Studies (Mathematics & Science Education).
Hennings and Hebb, 9am-4pm.
Call 822-6286.
Continuing Studies Forum
Better Times: ExploringTheldea
Of A Shorter Work Week. Bruce
O'Hara and Tom Walker. Curtis
101, 10am-2pm. $15. Bring
lunch. Call 822-1450.
Vancouver Institute
The Origin Of Blood Cells: A
Matter Of Life And Death. Dr.
Connie Eaves, Deputy Director,
Terry Fox Laboratory, Vancouver. IRC#2. 8:15pm. Call 822-
Continuing Education in the
Health Sciences Conference
Breast Cancer: Myths and Realities. March 7 and 8. 1987. Waterfront Centre Hotel, Vancouver, BC. Registration 7:30am.
Presentation 8:30am. Registration before Feb. 17 is $ 150. After
Feb. 17 is $175. One day registration available. For further information call (604)822-2626.
Fax: (604)822-4835.
10th Annual B.C. HTV/AIDS
HIV In Canada Today. Learning
From Each Other. October 26-
28, 1997.AttheWestinBayshore
Hotel, 1601 West Georgia Street,
Vancouver. Designed as a skills
building format for individuals
from a variety of backgrounds
concerned about HIV and AIDS.
Sponsored by Continuing Education in the Health Sciences.
UBC. For further information
call (604) 822-4965 or fax (604)
822-4835 or e-mail:
elaine@cehs. ubc.ca.
India And South Asia
Research  Colloquium
The South Asia Colloquium of the
Pacific Northwest (SACPAN) takes
place at the Faculty Club. University ofWashington, Seattle. Reception evening of Feb. 28. Colloquium
March 1. 9am. For information call
822-5734. Fax: 822-8937. E-mail:
Children's Burn Awareness
Photographic exhibition in the
SUB art gallery. Exhibit hours :
Feb. 24 - March 1, Monday-
Friday 10am-2pm. Saturday
10am-4pm. For information call
Freedom to Read Week
An Eye-Catching Display Of
Banned And Challenged Books -
Don't Take Freedom To Read For
Granted! Feb. 24- March 8. Bookstore, weekdays. 9am-5pm: Saturday. 10am-5pm. Call 822-2665.
Italian Cultural Festival
School of Music and Old Auditorium at various times. Feb. 24-
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Health, Safety and Environment Dept.
Key accomplishments in 1996:
• External Environmental Management System Review
• Identification of Hazardous
Material Storage Tanks Which
Will Facilitate Monitoring and
Management Activities
• Earthquake Preparedness Brochure
• Draft Protocol for Site Assessment
• Follow Up Pilot Environmental
Compliance Audits
• Pollution Prevention Workshop
• Upgrade of Computerized Waste
Tracking System
Environmental Programs consists of
environmental compliance, hazardous
waste management, and emergency
preparedness programs. The group is
responsible for developing and implementing environmental controls on
campus required for compliance with
regulations and policy. Its mandate
includes developing and implementing:
• The UBC environmental management
systems and reporting structures. This
includes regular reporting to the Board
ofGovernors Occupational Health,
Safety and Environment Committee,
and the UBC community at large.
• Environmental compliance auditing
and regulatory liaison.
• Hazardous waste reduction initiatives
including solvent recovery and
chemical exchange.
• Training and awareness programs.
• The safe collection, storage and
disposal of chemical and
biohazardous waste from all teaching,
research, and operational activities.
Environmental Awareness
Substance Assessment Fact Sheets
The Department of Health, Safety and
Environment continued in 1996 to
produce "Substance Assessment Fact
Sheets". These fact sheets contain
information summarized from Environment Canada reports and examine the
environmental and human health
effects of many widely used substances. In 1996. the list of fact sheets
• polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
• 1,2 dichloroethane
• ozone depleting substances and
• chromium
Environmental Newsletter (Waste
Four issues of the environmental
newsletter - Waste Watchers were
produced and distributed in 1996.
Articles included:
• A Waste Minimization Contest
(won by Jennifer Kong from the
Department of Medicine for the
recycling and housing of radioactive
• Recycled Paper
• Recovery Program Updates
• Re-Use of Construction Waste
• Alternatives for Waste Containing
Heavy Metal Ions
• Recycling of Radioactive Cell Labels
• Earthquake Preparation for Laboratory Personnel
• Information on the Internet
• UBC's New Paper Recycling System
• Alternatives to Ethidium Bromide
Waste Disposal
• New Biomedical Waste Procedures
• Re-Use of Gel Destain Solutions
• Environmental Initiatives by the UBC
Food Group
• Treatment Methods For Oxalic Acid
and its Salts
• Pollution Prevention Questionnaire
• Transport of Hazardous Goods
Seminars And Training
During 1996, members ofthe Environmental Programs group presented
course modules on hazardous waste
management, minimization, and
emergency preparedness. These were
presented as part of the Chemical-
Safety, Radiation Safety and Bio-Safety
courses in addition to various departmental training seminars. The section
on hazardous waste management was
completely revised and updated.
The Environmental Seminar Series in
1996 had two speakers.
"Reducing Auto-Dependency in
Gavin Davidson, co-director of Better
Environmentally Sound Transportation.
"Where on Earth is the Lower Mainland
Dr. William Rees, School of Community
and Regional Planning
Informal training and valuable job
experience was provided to three work
study students and one "Greening the
Campus" fourth year undergraduate
through several initiatives at the
Environmental Services Facility.
Earthquake Information Brochure
During 1996 the Earthquake Information Brochure produced by the Department of Health, Safety & Environment
was revised and re-designed. The
brochure contains information on
• Ten steps to take at work to prepare
for an earthquake
• Steps to take in a laboratory to
prepare for an earthquake
• What to do during an earthquake
• What to do after an earthquake
• What happens in an earthquake
• Emergency phone numbers
• Emergency survival kits
These brochures were distributed to
departments on campus. Additional
copies can be obtained from the
department of Health, Safety & Environment.
Pollution Prevention Workshop
BC Environment have funded the
Environment Youth Team program
which provides funding for young
people to work on environmental
projects. Environmental Programs has
sponsored a position to develop a
pollution prevention workshop for use
at UBC. The majority ofthe work
conducted in 1996 consisted of researching ways to reduce hazardous
waste and involved literature searches,
Internet searches and interviews with
numerous staff. The information is to
be collected in a binder format and a 3
hour workshop on pollution prevention
is planned for 1997.
Environmental Management
The Environmental Programs Group
contributed to the development of the
University Environmental Management
System in several areas in 1996. These
included; participating in the External
Environmental Management System
Review; drafting a Protocol For Site
Assessment Procedures on campus and
assisting with policy development for
Sustainable Development and Chemical Waste Disposal. The Director of
Health, Safety and Environment is a
member of the steering committee of
the Greening of the Campus which
operates through the Sustainable
Development Research Institute.
External Environmental Management System Review
Deloitte and Touche were contracted by
the University to conduct a review of
the Environmental Management
System at UBC. Since 1993 the University has developed several elements of
an Environmental Management System
in line with both Canadian and international recognized systems.
The objectives were to;
• review the current UBC Environmental Management System against due
diligence and other criteria
• identify areas for improvement over
the next three years.
The project was conducted by
Deloitte and Touche with assistance
from Environmental Programs staff.
This group reported to a project
Steering Committee consisting of;
• Mr. Dennis Pavlich, Chair (VP
Academic & Provost)
• Prof. Jim Atwater (Civil Engineering)
• Mr. Wolfgang Felix (Faculty of
• Dr. Wayne Greene (Health, Safety &
• Mr. Rodger Morris (Campus Planning
& Development)
• Mr. Chuck Rooney (Plant Operations)
• Dr. Rick Spratley (Research Services)
• Dr. Iain Taylor (Botany)
The review highlighted many areas
where UBC had successfully implemented programs and elements which
are associated with internationally
recognized systems and suggested
areas for improvement and development. These recommendations are
being reviewed and an implementation
plan developed.
Draft Site Assessment Protocol
In July 1995 the Provincial Government amended the Waste Management
Act to include "Criteria For Managing
Contaminated Sites In British Columbia". Regulations come into force on
April 1. 1997.
In order to comply with the proposed
regulations Environmental Programs
worked together with;
• Jim Carruthers (Campus Planning &
• Brian Smallridge (Financial Services)
• Mark Betteridge (UBC Real Estate)
• Tony Fogarassy (UBC Legal Counsel)
to draft a protocol for use at the
The protocol is designed to ensure that
the University consistently meets and
exceeds the legislated requirements
and minimizes its environmental
liabilities. Activities impacted include;
• planning, design and construction
phases of all projects
• University property leased to individuals or corporations, including
termination or expiration of leases
• property leased by the University
• property purchased or acquired by
the University
• property sold or relinquished by the
The draft document is being presented
to the Environmental Programs Advisory Committee for review in early
Policy Development
Environmental Programs staff assisted
in the development of the draft policy
on Sustainable Development and in the
draft revisions to policy #9 - Chemical
Waste Management.
Environmental Services Facility
The major focuses of the Facility in
1996 were,
• responding to regulatory requirements affecting the pathological
• continuing the expansion of programs that reduce the amount of
hazardous waste which requires
• upgrading of waste tracking software
The department of Health, Safety and
Environment was also subject to a
departmental review in 1996. The
comments from the review committee
concerning waste management issues
were as follows.
"The Review Committee is pleased to
commend HSE for its forward-looking
initiatives in handling special (hazardous) waste streams from the University.
The solvent recovery and chemical
recycling operations are especially
notable. Even though the costs for these
operations significantly exceed the cost
recoveries, the leadership provided and
non-monetary benefits are beneficial to
the University at large."
Regulatory Requirements Affecting
the Incinerator
All biomedical waste incinerators in the
Province were required to comply with
a Report endorsed by BC Environment
concerning a Biomedical Waste Strategy for the Province.'
In response to the report UBC,
• characterized biomedical waste
streams generated
• forwarded a proposal to the Greater
Vancouver Regional District (GVRD)
• set up new procedures to segregate
these wastes (see below)
• investigated alternative disposal
• contracted Stericycle of BC to dispose
of these wastes.
The incinerator again passed the annual
compliance emission testing required
under the GVRD permit to operate.
Waste Tracking Software
The computerized hazardous waste
tracking system which was initially
designed and developed in 1994, was
upgraded in 1996. The new version
drastically reduces the time required to
enter data and is more user friendly.
Nearly 300 generators of hazardous
waste on campus are registered. The
system allows wastes to be tracked
when they enter the facility and in
addition to ensuring regulatory compliance the system allows staff to identify
potential wastes which could be
reduced, re-used or recovered.
1 Shared Responsibilities - A British Columbia
Biomedical Waste Action Plan. Waste
Reduction Commission, April 1994. 8 UBC Reports ■ Feb. 20, 1997
Environmental Programs 1996 Annual Report
De-listed Radioactive
Segregated Biomedical
Table 1: Biohazardous Waste Disposal in 1996.
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_t— Pathological
-m Infectious
Figure 1: Trend in the amount of Biohazardous Waste processed since 1992.
New Waste Disposal Procedures
In response to regulatory requirements
new procedures were implemented for
the disposal of;
• human anatomical, human blood
and body fluid waste
• primate contaminated waste
• ethidium bromide wastes.
These procedures were distributed to
university departments and copies can
be obtained from the department of
Health, Safety & Environment.
Biohazardous Waste Disposal
The amount of biohazardous waste
handled by the Facility in 1996 is
shown in table 1. The total amount
processed decreased by approximately
10% over 1995 figures. The trend since
1992 in biohazardous waste processed
by the incinerator is shown in figure 1.
The department receives full cost
recovery from non-UBC sources.
The large reduction in volume between
1993 and 1995 is largely due to the
removal of waste generated by the
University Hospital. The Hospital
currently contracts out the disposal of
their waste. In addition to this reduction there has been an additional 10%
reduction in 1995 and 1996. This
reduction is due to the development by
Environmental Programs staff of
procedures to treat certain portions of
the waste stream in alternative ways.
An example would include the distribution of treatment and disposal
procedures to generators of liquids
contaminated with ethidium bromide
All materials listed below were incinerated on site except for the segregated
biomedical waste which was sent to
Stericycle of BC for disposal.
Solvent Waste Disposal
The amount of waste solvent received
at the Facility in 1996 is shown in table
2. The amount received in 1996 shows
a 3% decrease over the 1995 total. This
modest decrease may be due to
changes in research projects conducted
on campus involving solvents.
Solvent wastes sent for disposal were
handled by Laidlaw Environmental
Waste Chemical Neutralization
Specific hazardous wastes are segregated for neutralization at the Facility.
These wastes are simple acids/bases
and various low toxicity inorganic
salts. In 1996, 1,938 L of liquid waste
and 118 Kg of solid waste was neutralized. This increase of approximately
18% over 1995, is due to extra emphasis being placed on identifying wastes
which can be handled on site. After
neutralization, these materials were
safely released into the sewer system.
Lab-Packed Chemicals
In 1996, 1,356 Kg of lab-packed
chemicals were sent off campus for
disposal by the Facility. This increase
of approximately 28% over 1995 is due
to the consolidation of some waste
streams which were being handled
individually by a department. This
consolidation resulted in overall
reduced disposal costs for the University.
These materials were sent to Laidlaw
Environmental Services for disposal.
Waste Oil
Three thousand four hundred liters of
waste oil, not contaminated with PCB's,
was sent off-site to Mohawk Oil for
recycling. While this is an increase over
1995 this amount is more typical of
normal volumes.
Approximately 1.1 tonnes of batteries
were sent to Nu Life Industries for
recycling in 1996.
Potentially Explosive Materials
No removals of potentially explosive
materials were conducted in 1996.
Chlorinated solvent (L)
Non-Chlorinated solvent (L)
Total (L)
Percentage solvent recovered
* Includes off-campus UBC sites as well as St. Paul's and Children's Hospitals, the
University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University.
Table 2: Solvent Waste Received at the Environmental Services Facility in
Transformers/other (Kg)
Oil (liters)
Light ballasts (Kg)
PCB contaminated material stored prior to 1991 (Kg)
Total PCB contaminated material stored on site (Kg)
Table 3: PCB Contaminated Waste Stored at the Environmental Services
PCB Contaminated Materials
Table 3 illustrates the amount of PCB
contaminated material stored at the
Environmental Services Facility. The
total amount of PCB contaminated
material stored on-site is 31.2 tonnes.
The University stores these materials in
a permitted area at the Environmental
Services Facility. Currently only one
disposal option exists within Canada for
the destruction of PCB wastes and that
is incineration at the Swan Hills Facility
in Alberta. The majority of the waste
consists of electrical light ballast's which
are packaged inside special containment
drums. The drums are packed with
absorbent material in case of any leaks.
These drums are located inside specially
adapted shipping containers which
provide secondary containment.
In addition to the amount accumulated
in 1996, 135 L of PCB contaminated oil
was sent to BC Hydro for decontamination and re-use. The BC Hydro process
can decontaminate some wastes which
have a low concentration of PCB's.
Recovery Programs
The recovery of certain hazardous
wastes generated from the University
can be divided into three main areas;
recovery of organic solvents, recovery of
silver and treatment of photographic
waste solutions and the exchange of
un-used chemicals. Each area expanded in 1996.
Recovery of Organic Solvents
The amount of solvent processed in
1996 was 4,255 liters. This is an
increase of 32% on 1995 and is a result
of continued expansion of the program.
The largest increase was in the area
involving waste dichloromethane where
research was conducted by Facility staff
and a 4th year undergraduate student.
The recovered product has a purity of
97% dichloromethane and efforts are
currently focused on trying to expand
the customer base for this material.
A breakdown of the solvents recovered
in 1996 is shown in figure 2 and the
departments participating in the
program are listed below.
• Academic Pathology
• Anatomical Pathology
• Anatomy
• Botany
• Biomedical Research Center
• Chemistry
• Dentistry
• Oceanography
• Pharmaceutical Science
• Plant Science
• Soil Science
Treatment of Photographic Waste
The Facility continued offering its
service to collect, treat and neutralize
for safe sewer disposal waste photographic fixer and developer solutions.
The process involves precipitating out
silver in the solutions which is regulated by the Greater Vancouver Regional District, prior to neutralization.
The silver is collected and sent to a
refinery for re-use. The program has
been very successful and collects and
treats 4,600 - 4,700 L of photographic
waste per year.
Twenty seven departments, listed
below, utilized this service in 1996.
Academic Pathology
BC Research
Biomedical Communication
BMC-St. Paul's
Electrical Engineering
Media Services
Medical Genetics
Metal & Materials
Oral Biology
Plant Science
St. Paul's Hospital
University Hospital
Pilot Chemical Exchange Program
The pilot chemical exchange program
which was implemented in 1995
continued to expand in 1996. Over
1,200 Kg of materials were exchanged,
an increase of approximately 70%.
These materials were re-distributed on
campus free of charge.
Departments participating in the
program in 1996 included;
• Biochemistry
• Botany
• Chemical Engineering
• Chemistry
• Civil Engineering
• Health, Safety & Environment
• Faculty of Science - Youth Science
• Mining and Mineral Processing
• Pharmacy
• Plant Operations
• Pulp and Paper Research Institute
• Soil Science UBC Reports - Feb. 20,1997 9
Environmental Programs 1996 Annual Report
Figure 2:
Solvents Recovered at the Environmental Services Facility in
Money Generated
Disposal Cost
Solvent Recovery
Photowaste Treatment
Chemical Exchange
Chemicals Neutralized
Table 4: Estimated Cost Savings to the University, 1996.
Financial Initiatives
Many of the hazardous waste reduction, treatment and recovery programs
were established from initial capital
funding from the Ministry of Advanced
Education in 1993. Operating funds for
these programs come from University
budgets. While the primary goal of
these programs is to minimize the
environmental impact of the University,
the economic viability of them is also
Table 4 illustrates the financial benefits
resulting from some of these programs.
The money generated is that received
from selling recovered solvent or for
charges to non university departments
on campus for treatment/recovery
It is estimated that approximately 40%
of the additional costs associated with
running these programs is being
recovered by the university through
these measures.
Pilot Environmental Compliance
The environmental compliance audit
program is currently in a pilot stage.
The focus in 1996 was directed on two
Inventory of Permanent Hazardous
Materials Containment Sites
Federal and Provincial Regulations
require that permanent containment
systems for hazardous materials meet
specific design criteria and are monitored for leaks which must be reported.
The University of British Columbia has
many hazardous materials containment systems which have not been
identified, catalogued or assessed for
physical integrity. A preliminary
inventory of one hundred and thirty
nine campus locations has indicated
the presence of sixty nine hazardous
materials containment sites. The
project is close to two thirds complete.
This initial review is based on current
Campus Planning and Development
architectural/engineering drawings as
well as information provided by on-site
personnel. It does not include information of an historic nature.
As well as contributing to the process
of due diligence, the database will be
useful on an operational level for:
• Campus Planning and Development
• Plant Operations
• Fire and Emergency Response
In addition, legislation coming into
force on April 1, 1997 require that
storage tank locations be identified in
site profiles required by regulators prior
to the commencement of certain
development projects.
Once the database has been completed
the storage tanks will be prioritized in
terms of potential environmental
concerns. Management plans, which
may involve monitoring, or
remediation, will then be developed
with departmental units.
An assistant has been hired on a term
contract to assist in the initial identification process.
Follow Up to Initial Pilot Compliance
In 1995, a pilot environmental audit
program was initiated at a number of
UBC sites. The purpose of the pilot
project was to develop a workable
model for performing environmental
compliance audits at all of the diverse
University worksites. These initial
audits were summarized in six individual reports in which specific recommendations were made relating to
potential and existing environmental
hazards at those sites. In 1996, these
shortcomings were pursued by audit
personnel. As a result, management
staff responsible for administration of
these sites have confirmed that the
report recommendations have been
successfully addressed. In 1996 areas
which were successfully completed
• Wood Science
• Environmental Services Facility
• Plant Operations Warehouse
• Plant Operations Transfer Station
• MacDonald Research Wing
• General Services Administration
The audit model continues to be
developed to ensure that all types of
worksite types are included. A proposal to accelerate the environmental
audit program was developed in 1996
and presented to the Vice President of
Research by the Environmental
Programs Advisory Committee.
Emergency Scenario
In June of 1996, the Department of
Health, Safety and Environment (HSE)
conducted an emergency scenario on
the UBC campus. A primary purpose
of any scenario is to determine deficiencies that may arise during an
emergency response. These findings
provide the basis for upgrading and
fine tuning the process and are
essential to developing an efficient
emergency response system. This was
the fourth year that such a scenario
was conducted by the University.
As in previous years, a primary
objective of the exercise was to evaluate inter-agency emergency communication capabilities at UBC. A second
function was to examine the on-
campus hazardous materials response
provided by the recently amalgamated
University Endowment Lands Fire
Department and Vancouver Fire and
Rescue Services.
The scenario involved representation
from several internal and external
agencies. The internal agencies involved included;
• Parking and Security (PASS)
• UBC Public Affairs.
The external agencies involved included;
• BC Ambulance Service (BCAS)
• Paprican
• Vancouver Hospital Services &
Health Sciences - UBC Pavilion
• Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services
The exercise was evaluated by more
than 15 pre-designated observers from
participating university departments
and external agencies. The observers
were placed at specific view points to
document the chain of events. Areas of
difficulty and concern that arose
during the scenario were determined
and discussed during a debriefing
session held later that day. Feedback
from all participants was positive and
interest was stated for involvement in
future annual emergency response
Reportable Spills
The University is required to report
spills of hazardous materials over
certain specified limits to BC Environment and the Provincial Emergency
Program. In 1996 there were no spills
of sufficient quantity which required
reporting. In 1995 there were 3 reportable spills.
Talking Bookmarks
Stephen Forgacs photo
Hiroshi Kawamura of Tokyo University visited the Crane Resource Centre
earlier this month to install the Daisy/Plextalk, a revolutionary talking
book indexing system which gives the visually impaired access to
recorded text that is equal or better than that enjoyed by print readers.
Scholarship pays tribute
to geologist Spence
A graduate scholarship endowment
is being established in memory of
Colin Spence, a geologist and member ofthe board of advisers for UBC's
Mineral Deposit Research Unit, who
was killed last June while surveying
a mine site in the Philippines for an
Australian mining company.
The Colin D. Spence Memorial
Scholarship in Geology is being established by his friends, industry
colleagues and with the support of
Rio Algom, the mining company for
whom he worked for 40 years. The
endowment will fund in perpetuity a
$6,000 scholarship available annually to a master's student in geological sciences, geological engineering
or geophysics. Recipients may be eligible to renew the scholarship for a
second year.
While Spence was with Rio Algom
he was closely involved in establishing the Rio Algom scholarships at
UBC funded by a capital endowment
of $200,000 through the World of
Opportunity campaign.
Born in Kenya, Spence graduated
from London's Royal School of Mines
in 1955 before joining Consolidated
Zinc Corporation of Canada. He joined
Rio Algom in 1964 and was the company's exploration manager in Western Canada until his retirement in
early 1996. He is survived by his wife
and son.
For further information about the
scholarship fund contact Elizabeth
Ko in UBC's Development Office at
822-3846. 10 UBC Reports ■ Feb. 20, 1997
News Digest
Pollster Angus Reid, former B.C. Premier Mike Harcourt and Vancouver'Sun editor Patricia Graham will take part in a free public forum March
1 at UBC tided "Politics, Ethics and the Canadian Media."
The event is sponsored by UBC Continuing Studies in cooperation with the Political Science Students Association (PSSA).
"Panelists each have a different take on what the role of the media
is in today's political process," says Adrienne Nash, president ofthe
PSSA. "These differing perspectives should spark some lively debate,
especially with a federal election seemingly around the corner."
Kate Morrison from National Media Archives and Joanna Everitt
with UBC's Dept. of Political Science will join Reid and Harcourt at
the forum. Harcourt is an adjunct professor at UBC's Institute of
Asian Research as well as a senior associate with the Sustainable
Development Research Institute.
Nash says each panelist will have 20 minutes to present his or her
ideas after which there will be a question and answer session. The
forum starts at 9 a.m. in Room 101 of the Curtis building which
houses UBC's Faculty of Law.
A second panel will feature Graham, CKNW reporter Bruce
Claggett, political commentator Stan Persky and Donald Gutstein,
Communications professor at Simon Fraser University.
For more information about the forum call 822-1460.
• • • • •
The Science Council of B.C. is accepting nominations for its 1997
awards program.
This year's B.C. Science and Technology Award winners will be
recognized in nine categories: new frontiers in research; solutions
through research; business and education partnerships; young
innovator; volunteer of the year; industrial innovation; entrepreneurial science; career achievement; and science communication.
Deadline for nominations is March 31. Nomination forms are
available from the council at Suite 800, 4710 Kingsway, Burnaby,
B.C. V5H 4M2.
For more information on the awards program call 438-2752.
Women on campus are invited to participate in a two-day event
designed to unite them in an exploration of their spirituality and
provide inspiration and companionship.
Women & Spirituality Dialogue '97 takes place March 7 and 8 at
the Vancouver School of Theology located on campus at 6000 Iona
The fifth annual event will feature sessions on spirituality,
creativity and vitality and the keynote address will be delivered by
Keri Wehlander, author of Joy is Our Banquet: Resources for
Everyday Worship.
Registration is required by Feb. 21. For more information, call
822-4671 or fax 822-4714.
The Museum of Anthropology is hosting a series of events that
reflect the Tibetan community's continuing efforts to increase the
public's understanding of the rich history and culture of Tibet.
The Spirit of Tibet, which runs Feb. 16 through March 4, is held
in conjunction with the Tibetan Cultural Society, the Canada Tibet
Committee and Women Working for a Free Tibet.
On three consecutive Sundays, MOA will host day-long celebrations of Tibet's traditions, history and culture with food and weaving
demonstrations, dance performances and video screenings.
The events will be held from 12 noon to 4 p.m., Feb. 16, 23 and
March 2.
MOA will also host three evenings of films: Tibetan Book of the
Dead, Part 1, a documentary exploring Tibetan teaching on dying
and rebirth, on Feb. 18; Compassion in Exile, a portrait ofthe Dalai
Lama, on Feb. 25; and Missing in Tibet, the story of Fulbright
scholar and musician Ngawang Choephel, who was arrested and
"disappeared" while working to preserve the traditional music and
dance of his culture, on March 4.
All films are free to the public and begin at 7 p.m.
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The classified advertising rate is $16.50 for 35 words or less. Each additional word
is 50 cents. Rate includes GST. Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to the UBC Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park Road,
Vancouver B.C., V6T 1Z1, accompanied by payment in cash, cheque (made out to UBC
Reports) or internal requisition. Advertising enquiries: 822-3131.
The deadline for the March 6, 1997 issue of UBC Reports is noon, February 25.
need independent assistance in
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lecturers or other university
members who visit throughout
the year. Close to UBC and other
Vancouver attractions, a tasteful
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You are invited to attend the
UBC Scientific
Trade Show
March 5th & 6th, 1997
10:00am -4:00pm
Student Union Building, UBC
• View the latest in scientific & laboratory equipment & supplies
• Meet representative's from the leading companies
in the industry
• Win Door Prizes
• Attend Innovative & Informative Seminars. UBC Reports • Feb. 20, 1997 11
Gavin Wilson photo
Rhythm Masters
The driving Latin rhythms ofthe UBC Percussion Ensemble
were a featured part of the Artistry in Percussion series
during ArtsFest—the annual celebration of student talent
in the literary, performing and fine arts at UBC held earlier
this month. Shown here are Anthony Hall (front) and (rear,
l-r) Jonathan Bernard, Kim Holland, and Cynthia Yeh. Not
shown are Dominique Brunchmann, Nicolas Coulter, Joel
Batch and director Salvador Ferreras.
Contact Plant Operations by phone, fax or e-mail to
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Arts, science students win
top AMS executive posts
The Students for Students
slate will dominate student council this year, filling four ofthe five
executive offices.
Fourth -
year science student Ryan
from the director of finance post
to top spot.
He began a
term as
AMS president on Feb. 14.
Running mate Ruta Fluxgold,
a fourth-year arts student, will fill
the vice-president's job. Fluxgold
was a member of the Student
Administrative  Commission
which oversees AMS clubs and
the Student Union Building, and
recently served as vice-chair of
the University Commission.
elected to
the AMS
arts, to
her second term
as director
of administration;
Shirin Foroutan, third-year arts,
who becomes co-ordinator of external affairs; and Vivian
Hoffman, first-year arts, who assumes the duties of director of
finance. Hoffman ran as an Ac-
tion Now candidate in this year's
Outgoing AMS President
David Borins, first-year law, has
been elected to serve a one-year
term as student representative
to the Board of Governors. In
1995/96, he was coordinator of
external affairs.
Student council has requested a recount for the second student position to the
Board of Governors race where
a margin of 10 votes separated
two candidates.
In Senate elections, five student candidates for senator-at-
large have been confirmed as
well as nine student representatives from individual faculties.
There were no Senate nominations for the faculties of Agricultural Sciences, Education and
Festival showcases
contemporary composers
UBC's School of Music and
the Istituto Italiano di Cultura
in Vancouver present a week-
long homage to Italian and
Canadian composers Feb. 24
to March 1.
The Festival of Italian Contemporary Music will feature a series
of concerts, master classes, seminars and discussions organized
in co-operation with some ofVan-
couver's major music organizations and institutions including
SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts, the Vancouver Academy of Music and the Canadian
Music Centre.
"Such a generous and creative
project supports, enhances and
stimulates our musical lives in a
mostuniqueway," said Jesse Read,
director of UBC's School of Music.
Highlighting the festival is the
world premiere of the contemporary opera Mal'akhim - Angels at St. Andrew's Wesley
Church on Friday, Feb. 28 at 8
p.m. Composer Riccardo
Piacentini will be in attendance.
Another highlight of the festival occurs Thursday, Feb. 27 at 8
p.m. in the Recital Hall at the
School of Music. A concert of
Italian and Canadian contempo
rary music will be performed by
Marc Destrube on violin, Lori
Freedman playing bass clarinet, flutist Brenda Fedoruk and
Bliss Johnston at the piano.
Maestro Giacomo Manzoni,
considered among the most
eminent Italian composers of
our time, will lead master
classes for composers during
the six-day event.
Admission is free to all
events except Mal'akhim - Angels. For more information, call
UBC's School of Music at 822-
3113 or the Istituto di Italiano
di Cultura at 688-0809.
An Evening with
-selling author of Awakenings and
'Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat,
reads from his latest book
The Island ofthe Colorblind
Wednesday, February 26, 1997 at 7:30 PM
Lecture Hall No.2, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre (IRC)
2194 Health Sciences Mall, UBC Campus
Part travel essayist, part medical explorer, Oliver Sacks shares his journey in search
of neurological wonders - this time to two exotic Pacific islands. He delves into two
isolated disorders: congenital colorblindness on the island of Pingelap, and a
puzzling neurodegenerative disease in Guam.
Dr. Sacks involves us in his wondrous voyage of discovery every step ofthe way. He
shows us how patients who are truly isolated by a disease still have adaptive powers,
still have their human dignity.
Dr. Sacks will talk about and read from his latest work as well as briefly answer
questions. A book signing will follow.
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Ibookshop 12 UBC Reports ■ Feb. 20,1997
Channel changer
Prof. Terry Snutch turns the channel on calcium
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
Hunched over a rack of tiny test
tubes, Ellie Mathews clones a
calcium channel as Sting
croons I*m So Happy through an
overhead speaker. Life is good in
Biological Sciences Lab 3459.
Mathews, a die-hard Montreal
Canadiens (Habs) fan, wears a Habs
hat, shirt and carries 3-D hockey
cards of Saku Koivu and other
Canadiens stars in her back pocket.
She is a dedicated young scientist and
a walking torment to mentor Terry
"I was born in Ontario and my
father was a devoted Leafs fan," says
Snutch, whose office lies directly
across from Mathews' workstation.
"Even though I've been in Vancouver
all these years, the Toronto Maple
Leafs seem part of my genetic
It seems also that Snutch, a professor in UBC's Biotechnology Laboratory, is genetically predisposed to
ground-breaking science.
Mathews is one of two graduate
students, six post doctoral fellows, two
undergraduates and two technicians
currently following Snutch on his
quest for, and an understanding of,
calcium channels in the human body.
Essentially, Snutch investigates
how calcium gets in and out of the
brain's 100 billion nerve cells, or
neurons, and triggers electrical and
chemical signals en route. Calcium
acts as the messenger between neurons that control skeletal, heart and
smooth muscle contraction, hormone
secretion and all electrical signaling in
the central nervous system. That's the
good news.
The bad news is that too much
calcium entering a cell, through so-
called calcium channels, can be toxic.
Snutch's research during the last
seven years has led to some startling
"When we first started this work,
people didn't know how many calcium
channels were in neurons," says
Snutch, who has cross-appointments
in the departments of Zoology and
Psychiatry. 'They knew ifyou poked
an electrode into a cell you could
detect channels opening and closing
but nobody knew how many channels
there were or how they worked."
Snutch has since identified and
cloned five genes encoding the proteins
Charles Ker photo
Prof. Terry Snutch has won acclaim for his work studying the role of calcium
channels in the transmission, reception and storage of information in the
central nervous system. Part of this work involves the deadly geography
cone snail whose toxic venom blocks the ability to conduct electrical signals
in the body.
(channels) that regulate calcium entry
into brain cells. It turns out that some
of these genes are also turned on in
the heart. In fact, Snutch believes that
there may be as many as a dozen types
of calcium channels, controlling
different functions, in different parts of
neurons and in different types of cells.
His discovery has opened up a huge
new field for pharmaceutical companies, which, with the help of Natalie
Dakers and
others in UBC's ■■■■i^^^^^^™""
Industry Liaison
Office, have beat
a path to the
Two of the
channels cloned
by Snutch are
the target of
drugs currently
given to treat 	
disorders including hypertension, angina and certain
arrhythmias. Migraine headaches and
some forms'of epilepsy are two other
disorders shown to involve calcium
entry into cells.
Snutch says approximately
50,000 Canadians suffer from
strokes each year, 15,000 of
whom die. The remainder, he adds, are
left with varying degrees of disability
as cells are killed by a flood of calcium
in the stroke's aftermath.
"If you want to design a drug that
will block calcium coming into cells to
prevent injury from stroke, then you
want to block a specific type of channel," says Snutch. "Similarly, ifyou
want a drug that is going to interact
with channels involved in migraines,
you don't want a drug that will effect
other channels that are busy controlling important functions elsewhere."
Snutch's challenge was to simplify
the process whereby each of the
Snutch's challenge was to
simplify the process
whereby each of the brain's
100 billion neurons
simultaneously transmit
thousands of electrical
signals in tens of
brain's 100 billion neurons simultaneously transmit thousands of electrical
signals in tens of milliseconds.
Unfertilized eggs from the South
African clawed toad provided the
simplified model he needed to study
calcium channels individually outside
the body.
One floor up in Snutch's second lab,
post doctoral fellow Kathy Sutton
oversees what appears to be a most
delicate opera-
■■^^^™^^^^^^^       tion. Two
electrodes —
looking like
needles dentists
use to freeze
gums — are
trained on a
small tray under
a microscope. A
glance through
the lens shows
that the elec-
        trodes are stuck
into a single frog
cell which has
been injected with the gene for a
particular calcium channel.
utton explains that after the frog
cell is injected with the cloned
DNA, it is left for five days to
manufacture the protein in its own
membrane. "Then," says Sutton, "we
shock the membrane, the protein
opens and we have a functioning
calcium channel. The frog eggs don't
know that they are not a nerve cell,
and we get them to act like one."
The next step is to introduce
potentially useful drugs or different
serums from patients with particular
diseases that are thought to effect
calcium channels and see what
happens to the calcium current.
Snutch's pioneering process enables
scientists to study channels and all
their properties outside the brain and
use this information to design or look
for drugs that can either block or
excite certain channels by themselves
without risk of effecting other channels.
Back in room 3459, Snutch hauls
out a shoebox filled with cone snail
shells and holds up a Conus
geographus specimen. He warns that
handling a live specimen on a beach in
its native home of Micronesia would
result in certain death within two
One of 500 species of hunting
cone snails, the geography
cone snail  paralyses its prey
by injecting a toxic venom that blocks
one of the channels Snutch has
cloned. The channel in question is
required for electrical signaling in all
nerve cells. Disrupting calcium flow
through it leads to suffocation.
Snutch also discovered that the
snail toxin blocks other channels
involved in strokes and pain transmission. A drug company in the U.S. has
taken this information and is developing a pain reliever reported to be a
thousand times more sensitive than
Snutch says the drug may eventually
help ease chronic pain among AIDS and
terminally ill cancer patients.
Since his arrival at UBC in 1989,
Snutch has accepted a steady stream
of provincial, national and international research awards. These include: Killam Research Prize (1991);
Alfred Sloan Research Fellowship
(1991-93); International Research
Scholar, Howard Hughes Medical
Institute (1991-96); Outstanding
Academic Alumni Award, Simon
Fraser University (1994); Medical
Research Council of Canada Scientist
Award (1995-2000); and the 1996
International Albrecht Fleckenstein
When he isn't doing award-winning
research, Snutch does confess to
having another obsession.
For three years he's been trying to
catch and spay the den mother of a
burgeoning cat population living under
a hut behind the Biological Sciences
building. The blue russian has managed so far to evade Snutch and the
three-metre-long extension net he
keeps in the corner of his office.
"She's up to two littters a year and
the campus is being overrun," says
Snutch, who has already adopted
three of her kittens.
And then, of course, there are his
beloved Toronto Maple Leafs, currently
last in their division. On this matter,
Snutch says, "all my channels are
firmly closed."


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