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1993-94 budget
No hike
for UBC
by Gavin Wilson
Stafj writer
UBC's funding pinch has been
confirmed by B.C. Finance Minister Glen
Clark's March 30 provincial budget.
Although overall funding for post-
secondary education is up by three per
cent, UBC must cope with no increase in
its operating budget this year.
UBC's base operating grant for 1993/
94 will be $266.4 million. In total. $518.6
million in funding will be made available
to B.C.'s universities in the coming fiscal
Once inflationary costs are factored
into the comingyear's expenses, the effect
will be to create a significant reduction in
funding levels, according to university
"It is difficult to function at the levels
we are expected to when our operating
budget is held at zero per cent," said UBC
President David Strangway.
"This is especially true when all of our
costs are going up, particularly ones that
we have no control over, including utility
increases and legislated benefits increases
such as pensions for part-time
employees," he said.
Campus departments have already
been belt-tightening in anticipation of
the provincial budget. A campus-wide
hiring freeze was put into effect in
"We have implemented effective cost-
containment strategies, but now we are
concerned about the effect of budget cuts
on the quality of education," Strangway
There is some good news for UBC in
the budget, however. Strangway said he
was pleased that the government has
upheld its commitment to continue the
matching funds program for university
fund-raising campaigns.
This will allow UBC to continue its
program of matching private donations
to the World of Opportunity campaign
with equivalent funding from government.
Strangway said he was also pleased
that the province had provided funding
for the pay equity provisions made in
union settlements with UBC last year.
The university will receive an ongoing
base grant increase of $1 million in 1992/
93 and $700,000 in 1993/94 to meet its
pay equity commitments.
UBC will also receive a special grant to
cover expenses associated with the
delivery of degrees in partnership with
university-colleges. This is a reduction in
the level of previous years, but ministry
officials have agreed to review the level of
funding needed to maintain UBC's
contribution to the partnerships.
"It will make it difficult to maintain our
level of partnership unless the grant is
restored," Strangway added.
The provincial government also
See BUDGET. Page 2
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U.S. President Bill Clinton gives the thumbs up during a run in Stanley Park April 4. Clinton and Russian
President Boris Yeltsin met at Norman MacKenzie House, residence of UBC President David Strangway and
his wife Alice, for talks during the two-day summit. Clinton's UBC sweatshirt was a gift from the university.
Summit puts campus on world stage
Arts Gallery and the Museum of
Anthropology, and flowers from the
Botanical Garden. The pair also strolled
the grounds as they made their way to
the Museum of Anthropology for a brief
Clinton, Yeltsin and their host,
Canadian Prime Minister Brian
Mulroney each received UBC mementos
— sweatshirts, caps, crested pens, and
the book Vancouver and Its Region by
Associate Dean of Arts Graeme Wynn and
Geography DepL Head Timothy Oke.
A reminder of their visit will remain
in Strangway's office.
His two brown, leather wingback
chairs, used for Clinton and Yeltsin,
will have tiny plaques attached to them
noting their previous occupants.
It's the casual apparel of UBC
students and world leaders: the UBC
U.S. President Bill Clinton jogged
Stanley Park's sea wall April 4 sporting
the white sweatshirt, a gift from the
university during the Vancouver
Clinton and Russian President Boris
Yeltsin met April 3 at Norman MacKenzie
House, the official residence of UBC
President David Strangway and his wife,
Alice, a site chosen partly for its dramatic
Clinton wasn't the only one modelling
UBC attire. Privately, Yeltsin slipped
into a UBC Engineering jacket and posed
for photographs for a few of the
organizers inside the meeting.
In preparation for the summit, advance
teams from the White House, the U. S.
Secret Service, the Russian Protective
Service and the Prime Minister's Office,
combed the campus.
They scrutinized Norman MacKenzie
House inside and out, protocol officers
sizing up the meeting rooms and security
personnel scouring the grounds.
For good measure, a last-minute paint
job and a spring cleaning — courtesy of
the Canadian government — readied the
house for the historic meeting.
While on campus, the leaders dined on
a meal prepared by UBC Food Services
which included B.C. spring salmon and
B.C. wines.
They were surrounded by Canadian
art and sculptures provided by the Fine
UBC to streamline operations
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
UBC is launching a repositioning
strategy to help it respond to increasing
demands for services while at the same
time receiving reduced levels of provincial
government funding.
"Repositioning is an initiative to
redesign the ways in which we provide
programs and services. It requires a review
of those programs and services to
determine which are crucial to the
university mission and to make those
work as well as they possibly can," said
UBC President David Strangway.
"This strategy is more than a simple
budget-cutting exercise. We are being
asked to do more with less," he said.
In the next few months, the university
will be reviewing the potential effects of
its plans with the university community
and ensuring that actions to be taken will
result  in  layoffs  as  infrequently  as
possible, Strangway said.
Attrition, early retirement incentives,
flexible work options and other means
will be considered before layoff's occur.
"This effort will be inclusive and will
include   consultation   with   all   ke
university stakeholders," Strangway saic
Officials  of the   Dept.   of Huma
Resources have met or are meeting wit
See STRATEGY. Page 2
Murder Mystery
Offbeat: Author Nora Kelly sets her recent novel on the UBC campus
Quantum Leap 3^
Science One takes a unique approach to first-year science
Class Act 6^
Students and faculty work together to raise money for faculty projects
Hearing Aid 7_
Profile: Charles Laszlo fights for the hard of hearing 2 UBC Reports • April 8,1993
Study no basis
for new policy
I enjoyed your article titled
'Girls Needlessly Avoid Tough"
Science Courses,' UBC
Reports, March 11, 1993.
It Is a well-known and well-
documented fact that while
girls academically outperform
boys In secondary school math
and science programs they
generally steer away from
math, physics and applied
physics at a post-secondary
school level, preferring more
traditional biology, chemistry
or pre-med programs. The
major problem appears to be
the real and perceived career
paths chosen by the girls as
they leave high school.
The report that is the basis
ofthe article, "The 1990 BC
Mathematics Assessment:
Gender Issues in Student
Choice In Mathematics" seems
to reach a conclusion that a
gender-biased approach would
"solve" this problem. I noticed
that 12 girls and six boys from
a school population of
approximately 10,000 were
Interviewed as the basis of the
Eighteen samples from an
event space of 10,000 does not
constitute a statistically
significant basis for a
conclusion and ought not be
used for the basis of a new
policy direction, particularly
one that will rely on a gender-
biased approach.  I find this
weakness in the mathematics
of the study ironic because the
study is about mathematics.
A review of the extensive
studies of this issue, studies
that span 20 years and both
Canada and the United States,
will show you that this issue
requires a more refined
approach than a gender-biased
Patrick Bruskiewich
(B.Sc. UBC 1984)
Litter ruining
lovely campus
When I first came to this
university more than a third of
a century ago, the campus was
a place of beauty in which we
all could and did take pride.  I
do not mean architecturally —
my first office/laboratory was
in a wartime "hut" which I
think still exists although not
on the site where I knew it —
but the landscape was tidy and
respected. Alas, it no longer
I do not complain only of
the ever deepening mat of
cigarette butts outside the
entrances to most buildings,
although surely some
receptacles could be provided
at least at the more frequented
locations.  No, what is truly
offensive is the almost
unbelievable quantity of litter
with which our campus is
inundated — pop tins,
styrofoam containers, bottles.
plastic bags, candy wrappers,
etc., etc. — for there is not a
shrub, planter, grassy area or
flower bed anywhere which is
not festooned with such
How can this be, in this
supposed age of environmental
awareness, how can this
situation occur? Perhaps
there are too few rubbish bins
provided (although they
certainly exist), but can it be
that we the members of the
university, students, staff and
faculty, are too weak, too lazy
or, what I greatly fear may be
the case, too disinterested
properly to dispose of our
garbage and not simply throw
it over our shoulders? Let us,
I beg you, begin to act as
responsible adults and restore
this campus to what it once
was and which should be
again, a place in which
everyone can take pride.
Tuum est, after all!
Hugh McLennan
Emeritus Professor of
up for B.C.
book prizes
UBC's Dept. of Creative
Writing has a chance for a hat
trick at the 1993 B.C. Book
Prizes. Three faculty members
have been shortlisted for awards
in their respective genres.
Linda Svendsen's acclaimed
collection of short stories. Marine
Life, is nominated for the Ethel
Wilson Award for fiction.
Svendsen's story "White
Shoulders," which appeared in
Saturday Night, has also been
shortlisted for a National
Magazine Award.
Lynne Bowen. a Maclean
Hunter sessional lecturer, has
been nominated for the Hubert
Evans Award in non-fiction for
her book. Muddling Through.
Sure As Strawberries, written
by Sue Ann Alderson, will vie for
the prize in Children's Literature.
Shirley Stirling, one of Alderson's
students, has been nominated
in the same category for her work,
My Name Is Seepetsa.
Continued from Page 1
announced  it would  fund  an
additional  200 undergraduate
places at UBC.
"Along with the recent
changes in the university's
enrolment quota, this will bring
our weighted full-time equivalent
undergraduate enrolment more
closely into line with the formal
agreement on capacity we have
with the government," Strangway
B.C.'s universities will also
receive an increase to be worked
out to bolster maintenance
programs for buildings as well
Continued from Page 1
representatives of unions on
campus, the Association of
Administrative and Professional
Staff, and a working group of key
administrators from all areas of
Strangway will establish a
Repositioning Steering
Committee of senior university
administrators later this month
to oversee the repositioning
process. Other committees will
operate at the departmental level.
Effective immediately, the
university has announced it will
go beyond the terms of its union
agreements in giving a minimum
of 60 days advance notice to
both unions and employees of
any impending layoffs arising
from the first phase of
repositioning. The first phase is
expected to be completed by
August 31, 1993.
The additional notice will allow
the university and employees
more time to attempt to locate
alternative employment at UiiC
or with other employers.
This change is in keeping with
the spirit of impending provincial
labour legislation which requires
that employers give unions at
least 60-days notice of any
change that affects the security
of employment of a significant
number of employees.
UBC's current agreements
with Canadian Union of Public
Employees, locals 116 and 2950.
require one month's notice of
layoffs for continuing employees.
"In repositioning, the
university is attempting to
manage necessary change using
creativity to minimize the loss of
our people," Strangway said.
Full details of the
repositioning strategy will appear
in a future edition of UBC
School of Social Work
"Democratization of Research"
Friday, May 7, 1993
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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2080 West Mall
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$10 students & field
Inquiries: 822-5035
as a commitment to provide
funds for the operating costs of
new space.
Capital construction funds
have been released for the
Advanced Materials and Process
Engineering Laboratory, the first
phase of the Scarfe Building
renovation, and the Jack Bell
research building at the
Vancouver General Hospital site.
Funds to permit the university
to proceed to working drawings
on the Pacific Forestry Science
Centre will soon be released.
Meanwhile, a delegation of
campus union members made a
presentation to the university's
Board of Governors to express
concerns about the potential for
layoffs at the university.
The delegation was drawn
from the ranks of Canadian
Union of Public Employees
members protesting outside the
Old Administration Building,
where board members were
Representatives from UBC's
four union locals have been
invited to take part in a joint
consultation committee to
discuss ways to implement
down-sizing with minimum
impact on UBC employees.
University officials have said
that every effort will be made to
manage any staff reductions by
friends of Chamber Music presents the
Guildhall String Ensemble
with Richard Stolzman, clarinet
performing: Jean Coulthard, Symphonic Images "OfThe
North"; Mozart, Adagio & Fugue, C minor; Mendelssohn,
String Symphony #10; Grieg, Holberg Suite <%j
Finzi, Clarinet Concerto.
Tuesday, April 20, 1993, 8:00 PM.
at the Vancouver Playhouse.
Tickets: $22 (students $11)
from the Vancouver Ticket Centre (280-4444) or at the door.
Programme subject to change.
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appropriate credit to UBC Reports. UBC Reports • April 8,1993 3
Science One program links disciplines
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
A new and innovative program that
attempts to break down some of the
barriers between scientific disciplines will
be offered to first-year Science students
next fall.
The Science One program is believed
to be the first of its kind at a Canadian
"We've often felt that science is too
compartmentalized," said John Sams,
associate dean of Science. "As they do in
Arts One,we will take a theme and show
how different disciplines can be used to
examine it."
Arts One is a first-year program in the
Arts Faculty which offers an overview of
world cultures and philosophy by
organizing study around a particular
Sams offered the study of waves as an
example of a theme 1 hat may be tackled in
Science One. A discussion could start
with trigonometry then move on to
physics, sound, oceanography,
earthquakes and the biology of circadian
Under the program, a select group of
48 students will be team-taught by six
faculty members drawn from the four
cornerstone disciplines of science: biology,
chemistry, physics and mathematics.
Guest lecturers will speak on social,
ethical and historical issues related to
"If this is a success, we feel it could
become a model for other Canadian
universities," Sams said.
The program will be headed by Julyet
Benbasat, a faculty member in the Dept.
of Microbiology.
Benbasat has taught at UBC for 15
years and brings a diverse background to
the position, including an undergraduate
degree in chemical engineering, a
doctorate in biochemistry and broad
teaching experience. She has received a
Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching
Science One courses will be "highly
interactive," she said, with faculty
attending lectures to promote discussion
and add insights.
"Everyone, including the faculty, will
be part of a community of learners," she
said. "We want students to learn from
each other, to start brainstorming and
building on each other's ideas. That's
something you can't easily do in a larger
Benbasat said another strength of
Science One is the opportunity to improve
the analytical skills of students. Too often,
students have all the background
information they need but cannot make
connections between the facts or see their
relevance in a greater context.
She also hopes the program will get
students excited about science, instilling
in them the same enthusiasm she feels
for teaching.
"I know it sounds like a cliche, but I
never thought I would enjoy teaching
until I started doing it," she said. "All you
need to get hooked on teaching is to see
that flash of understanding in your
students' eyes."
The Science One program will allow
students enough electives to let them
satisfy prerequisites for all the faculty's
'The program is designed to give them
a seamless integration into second year,
and that's very important," Benbasat said.
Sams said funding for the program will
not come out of existing department budgets.
Seed money, much of it already in place, is
being sought from external sources.
by staff writers
Sexism on campus. It's a topic of fierce debate everywhere from
classrooms to the President's Office.
Now, it's the subject of a mystery novel.
A mystery novel?
That's right. Vancouver author Nora Kelly's most recent book. My Sister's
Keeper, follows History Dept. Head Gillian Adams as she takes on sexist
profs and boorish students who have a less than enlightened view of
It's set on a campus called the University of the Pacific Northwest, which
is a thinly disguised version of UBC. and is
garnering very favourable reviews right
across the country.
As far as she knows, this is the first
mystery novel set at UBC. But why did Kelly
change the name from UBC to University of
the Pacific Northwest?
"Well, there were a couple of reasons,"
she said. "It's a work of fiction, so 1 wanted
the freedom to invent and not be tied to
factual specifics. I had fun making up my
own campus, inventing it the way I wanted
it to be."
Kelly also did not want the events
portrayed in the book to be specifically tied
to UBC. A lot of unpleasant things happen
on the fictional campus, including murder.
Although some of the book was inspired
by events at UBC, such as the battle over
the Lady Godiva ride, Kelly didn't think it fair that the university be singled
out. Recent events at Queen's University and other campuses are also
stitched into the narrative.
Kelly comes by her knowledge of UBC honestly. She did an honours
undergraduate degree here in 1972 and later taught humanities — in an
engineering program.
"It may be changing now, but engineering was singularly recalcitrant to
changing its attitudes towards women on campus," she said.
"A lot of progress has been made. Universities are taking the issue
seriously. I'm optimistic about the future, but we still have to make it clear
that things have not gone far enough yet."
Kelly's next book, to be published in Britain this July, will be the third to
feature Gillian Adams. This time, she is back at Cambridge University, site of
the first Adams novel.
While it examines the place of women in an academic setting, it won't be
dealing with sexual harassment. Kelly said the issue this time is "what it's
like being a smart woman in the hard sciences."
The title: Bad Chemistry.
Gavin Wilson photo
Julyet Benbasat, newly appointed chair of the Science One program, is a
faculty member in the Dept. of Microbiology. Shown here, at left, she
discusses an experiment with Microbiology graduate student Leanna Lum.
New MS drug endorsed
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
A team of UBC scientists has found
that treating multiple sclerosis (MS)
patients with beta interferon reduces the
activity of the disease.
"The results demonstrate very clearly
that beta interferon is the only treatment
that has substantially altered the natural
history of MS in a properly controlled
clinical trial," said Dr. Donald Paty, head
ofthe Division of Neurology and principal
investigator of the team.
MS is a chronic disease of the central
nervous system which usually strikes
between the ages of 20 and 40 and affects
about one in every 1,000 Canadians.
Its symptoms may include weakness
and fatigue, speech problems, numbness
and loss of co-ordination.
The UBC team, in conjunction with
researchers working at 11 centres across
North America, studied 372 MS patients over
a three-year period. One-third were given a
placebo, while two-thirds were treated with
beta interferon. Of the patients who were
treated, half were given substantially higher
doses ofthe drug than the others.
The study showed that the activity of
the disease was significantly lower in the
beta interferon treatment groups.
"More patients in the high dosage group
were free of attacks compared to both the
low dose and placebo groups," Paty said.
He indicated that a two-fold reduction
in the frequency of moderate and severe
attacks in the high dosage group also
suggests a dosage effect.
In a parallel study using magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI) evaluation of
the control group, the UBC team
discovered that MRI brain scans revealed
"remarkably" fewer lesions in patients
taking beta interferon than patients using
the placebo, Paty said.
"UBC's unique contribution to the
study was the MRI methodology and
analysis which is unduplicated anywhere
else in the world." he added.
Paty recently presented his findings to
an advisory committee of the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration which accepted
his evidence and endorsed beta interferon
as a treatment for MS.
Reports of the studies appear in the
April issue of Neurology, the official journal
of the American Academy of Neurology.
Parking, other fees to rise
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
The cost of parking, child care and
campus accommodations are all on the
rise following fee increases approved by
the university's Board ofGovernors.
The 30,000-plus drivers who come to
campus each day will pay more to park as
of Sept. 1. Faculty and staff parking will
increase to $27.82 per month from $21.40,
reserved spaces will go to $69.55 per month
from $53.50, and meters and parkades will
rise to $1.75 per hour from $1.40.
Also Sept. 1, carpool parking will
increase to $52.15 per month from $40.12,
parking in B lot will rise to 30 cents per
hour from 25 cents, resident students
will pay $41.73 for campus parkades, up
from $32.10, and motorcycle parking will
be $58.42 per year, up from $44.94.
The increased fees will help finance
construction of new parkades. including
the Marine Drive parkade, which will
require borrowing of $16 million.
Fees for a range of child care services
will increase by $50 per month, effective
June   1.  Monthly fees will  range  from
$225 for after-school care to $900 for
day-long care of the infant children of
The higher prices reflect the costs of
increased salaries and benefits in an
anticipated contract agreement with the
child care employees' union.
Child Care Services will conduct an
audit to see if efficiencies can be made to
keep fee increases lower.
Rents for university apartments for
faculty and staff will also be rising, by
about five per cent. Rents will now range
from $638 for a one-bedroom to $1,074
for a three-bedroom apartment. The price
includes heat, hot water, cable and
Rent increases ranging from .6 per
cent to 3.3 per cent were also approved
for campus student residences.
A delegation of tenants asked that
student family rents be frozen this year,
saying that the Dept. of Housing and
Conferences is generating large surpluses.
University officials said that campus
housing must create it sown reserve funds
to cover the cost of repairs, maintenance
and new construction. 4 UBC Reports ■ April 8,1993
April 11 through April 24
Tuesday, April 6
Botany Seminar
From The Plant To The Globe:
Carbon Flow To Phenylpropanoid
Metabolism. Anne Walton, MSc
candidate, Botany. BioSciences
2449 from 12:30-1:30pm. Call
Tuesday, April 13
Quality Improvement
Satellite Seminar
Practical Tools For Continuous
Improvement. Robert Reid, Diane
Sule, Jack Manning of Robert
Reid Associates. University
Services TeleCentre from 8am-
12pm. Advance registration fee.
Call 822-5036.
Novel Ways Of Modulating Ca-
Channel Function In Central
Neurons. Dr. John Church,
Anatomy. University Hospital
G279 from 12-lpm. Call 822-
Botany Seminar
The International Tundra
Experiment. Dr. Greg Henry,
Geography. BioSciences 2000
from 12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-
Wednesday, April 14
Anatomy Seminar
The Endothelial Actin
Cytoskeleton In Vitro And In Vivo.
Gavin Thurston, PhD, assistant
professor, Opthamology.
Friedman 37 from 12:30-l:30pm.
Call 822-9071.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
No Thrombolysis, No Heparin:
The Role Of Heparin Therapy Post
MI. Ms. Cathy MacDougall, grad
student. Clinical Pharmacy,
Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Family/Nutritional Sciences 320
from 4:30-5:30pm. Call 822-
Thursday, April 15
Media Services Satellite
Electronic Still Photography
'93. Part 1 of 4: Electronic
Cameras - The New Tools Of
Capture. University Services
TeleCentre from 10am-12pm.
Registration fee. Call 822-5036.
Botany Seminar
Tales From The Dark Side:
Regulation Of Photosynthetic
Light Harvesting By Increased
Respiratory Carbon Flow In The
Green Alga Selenastrum
Minutum. Jody Holmes, PhD
candidate, Botany. BioSciences
2449 from 12:30-1:30pm. Call
Faculty Wide Seminar
Total Quality Management In
A University Setting. Susan
Herman, visiting professor, Kene
Campus, U.'of New Hampshire.
Angus 323 from 12:30-2pm. Call
Hort Club Seminar
Native BC Orchids: Discover
The Exotic World Of Indigenous
Orchids. James Biro, Vancouver
Orchid Society. MacMillan 318D
from l:30-2:20pm. Call 822-
Biotechnology Lab Seminar
Genetic And Environmental
Mechanisms That Determine The
Fate   Of   Mutant   Alpha    1-
Antitrypsin Molecule. Dr. David
H. Perlmutter, professor.
Paediatrics, Medicine, U. of
Washington, St. Louis. IRC #5 at
3:30pm. Refreshments. Call Dr.
Finlay at 822 2210.
Biology Seminar
Ribosome Structure-RNA-
Protein Interactions And The
Mechanism Of Translocation. Dr.
Ira Wool, Biochemistry, U. of
Chicago. IRC #4 at 3:45pm.
Refreshments at 3:30pm. Call 822-
Health Services/Policy
Research Seminar
Creative Misinformation VS
Evidence On Breast Screening:
Which Will Determine Health
Policy. Dr. Cornelia Baines, deputy
director, National Breast Screening
Study, Preventive Medicine/
Biostatistics, U. ofToronto. Mather
253 at 4pm. Call Karen at 822
Tuesday, April 20
A Novel Approach To The
Treatment Of Cerebral Ischemia.
Dr. Igor Spigelman, Oral Biology,
UCLA. University Hospital G279
from 12-lpm.   Call 822-6980.
Botany Seminar
The Response Of White Clover,
Trifolium Repens, To Patehiness
In The Light Environment. Sheldon
Marcuvitz, PhD candidate. Botany.
BioSciences 2000 from 12:30-
1:30pm.  Call 822-2133.
Animal Science Seminar
Caprinae Conservation. Dr.
David Shackleton, associate
professor. Animal Science.
MacMillan 260 from 12:30-
1:30pm.   Call 822-2354.
Statistics Seminar
Orwell's Principle In Parametric
Inference: Is There A Universal
Definition Of Nonformation? Dr.
Bent Jorgensen, Statistics. Angus
426 at 4pm. Refreshments. Call
Wednesday, April 21
Institute Of Health
Promotion Research Seminar
Are Attitudes Towards Smoking
Different For Males And Females?
Dr. Valerie Clarke, visiting scholar,
IHPR, Deakin U.. Australia.
Family/Nutritional Sciences 60
from 4-5:30pm.   Call 822-2258.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
TBA. Ms. Leslie Phillips, grad
student, Clinical Pharmacy,
Pharmaceutical Sciences. Family/
Nutritional Sciences 320 from
4:30-5:30pm.   Call 822-4645.
Thursday, April 22
Faculty Development
Curriculum Design: Teaching
In A Culturally Diverse Society.
Tim Stanley, Education/Cross-
Disciplinary Panel. Angus 109
from9am-12pm. Call Lynn Abbott
at 822-9149 to register.
Botany Seminar
Effect Of Applied Lipid Sprays
On The Passive Function Of Plant
Epicutle In Interaction With Fungal
Pathogens. Roderick Young, MSc
candidate, Botany. BioSciences
2000 from 12:30-1:30pm. Call
Friday, April 23
Media Services Satellite
Electronic Still Photography '93.
Part 2 of 4: Getting Photographs
Into Your PC. University Services
TeleCentre from 10am-12pm.
Registration fee.   Call 822-5036.
History Seminar
The Theory Of Market
Integration And The International
Grain Market. Robert C. Allen,
Economics. Buchanan 910 at
4pm.  Call 822-5938.
Friday, April 16
Grand Rounds
Indomethicin In Pregnancy. Dr.
Martin Walker. University Hospital
Shaughnessy Site D308 at Ham.
Call 875-4261.
Dow Distinguished Lecturer
Formation, Fibre Orientation
And Forming. Prof. Bo Norman,
Paper Technology, Royal Institute
ofTechnology. Stockholm, Sweden.
Pulp/Paper Centre Seminar Room
101.   Call 822-8560.
Friday, April 23
Grand Rounds
The Placenta As A Third Brain.
Dr. Sam Yen. U. of California.
University Hospital Shaughnessy
Site D308 at 8am. Call 875-4261.
Paediatrics Grand Rounds
Clinical Guidelines. Dr. William
Robertson. Paediatrics, Medicine,
U. of Washington. G.F. Strong
Auditorium at 9am. Call 875-
Public Lecture
A Spirit of Place: Biodiversity
And Ethnobotany. Dr. Wade Davis.
IRC #6 at 7:30pm. Call 822-6316.
Gavin Wilson Dhoto
Coming Up Roses
Suzanne Stephens was one of dozens of people who took
advantage of a dig-it-yourself rose bush sale at UBC's Rose
Garden. About 600 roses were sold in a few hours as the
garden was cleared to make way for construction of a new
underground parking lot. Another 300 rare and exotic
roses were kept for propagation and will be used to replant
the new Rose Garden at the same site.
Monday, April 19
Psychology Colloquium
A Genetic Model Of Avoidance
Learning In Rats. Dr. F. Robert
Brush, Purdue U. Kenny 2510
at 4pm.   Call 822-3005.
Thursday, April 22
Counselling Psychology
The Healing Journey. Dr. Cecil
Hershler; Dr. Jim Frankish; Trish
Grainge, drama therapist.
Counselling Psychology 102 from
7-9pm.   Call 822-5259.
Monday, April 12
AMS Art Gallery Display
4th Year BFA Exhibition. 4th
year BFA students. Sub AMS Art
Gallerv from 10am-4pm through
to April 16.   Call 822-2361.
Friday, April 16
Pediatrics Resident Case
CPC. Dr. Karen Lannon,
resident; Dr. J. Dimmick,
pathologist. G.F.     Strong
Auditorium  at  9am.     Call  A.
Ferguson at 875-2118.
Mini Conference
Canada-Korea Economic
Relations. Numerous speakers
from Canada/Korea. Asian Centre
Auditorium from 9:30am-5pm.
Call 224-1003 to register.
Saturday, April 17
Annual Dinner
The Vancouver Oxford And
Cambridge Society. Prof. Sir David
Williams, vice-chancellor,
Cambridge U.    The Law Courts
Barristers' Dining Room from 6:15-
7:30pm. $40/person. Call Dr.
Robert Dunn at 669-1170.
Tuesday, April 20
Ceramics Workshop
South West ceramics with
Preston Virgil Duwyenie. Hopi
ceramic, metal artist, professor.
Institute of American Indian Arts,
Santa Fe, New Mexico. Museum of
Anthropology from 9am-4pm. $55
including lunch. Attendance
limited to 12.   Call 822-5087.
Wednesday, April 21
UBC Senate Meeting
The Senate, UBC's academic
Parliament, meets at 8pm in
Room 102 of the Curtis (Law)
Building, 1822 East Mall.
Friday, April 23
International food fair with
cultural shows, displays and a
dance party to end the day.
International House at 5pm.
Call Beau at 822-5021.
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April 11 through April 24
Campus Tours
School and College Liaison
Office Friday morning tours for
prospective UBC students.
Reserve one week in advance.
Call 822-4319.
UBC Speakers Bureau
Would your group like to know
more about topics ranging from
dolphins to computers of the
future? Choose from more than
400 topics. Call 822-6167 (24
hr. ans. machine).
Professional Development
For Language Teachers
Continuing Studies' English
Language Institute offers
practical workshops for
teachers in: Intercultural
Learning, Pronunciation. Field
Trips, Reading
Comprehension, Writing/
Classroom Management.
Courses begin in July. Call
ESL Evening Classes
Conversation Skills: Basic
Writing/Grammar; Listening
Skills; Advanced Discussion:
Fluency / Pron u nciat io n :
Advanced ((imposition:
Academic Writing Workshops;
TOEFL Preparation. Beginning
April 26/27. twice a week. 7-
9pm.  Call 222-5208.
Downtown Evening Course
Non-native speakers of
English develop and refine your
business communication and
writing skills. Starting April 26,
Mondays/Wednesdays 4:45-
6:45pm.   Call 222-5208.
Introduction To
Microcomputers /Word
Non-native speakers of
English with no prior
experience with personal
computers become familiar
with the computet, technical
vocabulary and WordPerfect
5.1. Beginning Mav 4 from 7-
9:30pm.   Call 222 5208.
Professional Engineering
Practice Tutorials/Lecture
Series designed to assist
applicants in writing APEGBC's
Professional Practice Exam.
Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm now
through April 17. Registration
required, fees vary. Call 822-3347.
Reachout Program
Student volunteers write lett ers
to students intending to attend
UBC, explaining life at UBC and in
Canada, to ease the apprehension
of international students. For
information go to International
House or call 822-5021.
Women Students' Office
Taking registration for career
planning, assertiveness. self-
esteem, making peace with food,
bicultural women/mature women
students support. Advocacy/
personal couselling services
available.  Call 822-2415.
Skills Centre
Develop your writing skills for
interest and possibly profit. Travel
Writing/The Artful Business of
Freelance Writing start in March.
Call 222-5245.
Fine Arts Gallery
Tues.-Fri. from 10am-5pm.
Saturdays     12-5pm. Free
admission.    Main Library.    Call
Sexual Harassment Office
Advisors are available to discuss
questions or concerns and are
prepared to help any member of
the UBC community who is being
sexually harassed find a
satisfactory resolution. Call
Margaretha Hoek at 822-6353.
Statistical Consulting/
Research Laboratory
SCARL is operated by the
Department of Statistics to provide
statistical advice to faculty/
graduate students working on
research     problems. Free
consulting for graduate students
with supervisor's approval
available this semester. Call 822-
4037 or e-mail scarl® stat.ubc.ca.
Surplus Equipment
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Disposal of all surplus items.
Every Wednesday, 12-5pm. Task
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Mall. Call Vince at 822-2582/
Rich at 822-2813.
Institute Of Pacific Relations
A review of Canadian
participation in the Institute of
Pacific Relations (IPR. 1925-61) is
being prepared at the Institute of
International Relations. Anyone
with information on the IPR please
call Lawrence Woods at 822-6875.
Clinical Research Support
Faculty of Medicine data
analysts supporting clinical
research. To    arrange     a
consultation, call Laura Slaney
Professional Fitness
Administered by Physical
Education and Recreation through
the John M. Buchanan Fitness
and Research Centre. Students
$40, others $50.   Call 822-4356.
Stress Study
Seeking management/
professional staff who feel they
cope with stress quite well or not
well at all for participation in a
two-hour group interview. Call
Bonita Long at 822-4756/Sharon
Kahn 822-5454.
Muscle Soreness Study
Seeking volunteers ages 20-45
to participate in exercise/post-
exercise soreness study which
requires 5 days of testing.
Honorarium.  Call 822-7571.
Dermatology Studies
Nail Fungus Infection
Volunteers     18-70     years
required to attend 11 visits over 48
weeks. Infection must be in the
right or left large toenail.
Honorarium.   Call 875-5296.
Genital Warts
Volunteers 18 years or older
required to attend a maximum of
17 visits over a 7 month period.
Honorarium.  Call 875-5296.
Severe Psoriasis
Male volunteers 18-70 years
required to attend 8 visits over a
20 week period.  Call 875-5296.
Child Studies Research
Is your baby between 2 and 22
months? Join UBC's Child Studies
Research Team for lots of fun. Call
Dr. Baldwin at 822-8231.
Psychiatry Research Studies
Psychiatric Study Involving Eye
Test. Volunteers are needed as
control group. Study involves one
eye test at Vancouver General
Hospital and one interview at
UBC—total time 1 1/2 hours.
Stipend $15. CallArvinderGrewal
at 822-7321.
Medication Treatment For
People With Depression. Call Annie
Kuan/Dr. R. A. Remiek at 822-
Menstrual Cycle Study
Seeking healthy women
volunteers ages 18-40 who have
not had menstrual flow for 3
months or longer to participate
in a 2 month study, to assess
the effectiveness of a
progesterone-like medication in
stimulating menstrual flow. Call
Behaviour Study
Do you check or clean too
much? Psychology is looking for
people who repeatedly check (e.g.
locks, stoves) or clean excessively
to participate in a study. Call 822-
High Blood Pressure Clinic
Adult volunteers needed to
participate in drug treatment
studies. Call Dr. J. Wright in
Medicine at 822-7134 or RN
Marion Barker at 822-7192.
Drug Research Study
Male and female volunteers
required for Genital Herpes
Treatment Study. Sponsoring
physician: Dr. Stephen Sacks.
Medicine/Infectious Diseases.
Call 822-7565.
Heart/Lung Response Study
At rest and during exercise.
Volunteers aged 35 years and
more and of all fitness levels
required. No maximal testing;
scheduled at your convenience.
Call Marijke Dallimore. School of
Rehab. Medicine, 822-7708.
Sexual Response Study
Psychology department
requires sexually functional/
dysfunctional women to participate
in research on sexual arousal.
Honorarium. Call 822-2998
Monday-Thursday from 4-6pm.
Child Study Centre
Taking registrations now for
afternoon kindergarten classes
beginning in September. Child
Study Centre. 4 afternoons/
week, Monday-Thursday. 2
teachers/class.   Call 822-231 1.
Late Afternoon Curling
Space available at Thunderbird
Winter Sports Centre from 5-
7:15pm. Beginners and experienced
curlers welcome. Call Alex at 738-
7698 or Paul (evenings) at 224-
Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Autumn program brochures
are now available for all-ages as
well as children's recreational/
nature-study outings. Pick up
from the Park Centre at 16th.
west of Blanca or the GVRD main
office in Burnaby. Call 432-6350.
Introductory Main Garden
Every Wednesday/Saturday
from March 24 to September 25 at
lpm at the entrance to Botanical
Garden. Admission cost includes
tour.  Call 822-4208.
Tri-university group wins
bid for research centre
News Digest
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
In a collaborative venture
with Simon Fraser University's
Gerontology Research Centre
and the University of Victoria.
UBC's Institute of Health
Promotion Research (IHPR) has
received federal funding to
establish one of six new
Canadian centres for health
promotion research.
Researchers in the new
consortium will pursue an
innovative and multidisciplinary
approach to community-based
health promotion research.
"We will be merging the
expertise of community
residents, health professionals,
researchers and policy
makers," said Larry Green,
director of the IHPR.
"The research program
seeks to understand ways in
which community members
can interact with institutions
such as schools, worksites and
families in preventing or
buffering change where it maybe
harmful to health, and conversely,
enhancing change where it can be
conducive to health."
The consortium will
concentrate its research on
health promotion activities
affecting disadvantaged child,
youth, family and elderly groups,
such as Aboriginal people and
inner-city communities.
Green hopes that new tools
will be created to assist in needs
assessment, priority setting and
developing  health  promotion I
The B.C. consortium's
proposal was selected from more
than 50 applications
representing university/
community partnerships from
across Canada.
The six centres will receive
$500,000 each over the next five
years from the Social Sciences
and Humanities Research
Council of Canada and the
Ministry of Health and Welfare.
A team of UBC students has placed sixth
among 393 North American universities at the
annual Putnam mathematics competition in the
university's best showing in 15 years.
UBC's top team member, second-year honours
math and physics student Mark Van Raamsdonk,
placed 28th overall among 2,421 students and
received an individual honourable mention. Other
team members were Malik Kalfane and David
Canadian universities fared extremely well,
with the University of Toronto placing second and
Waterloo third. Harvard's near-invincible team
took first place for the eighth straight year.
"I think it's a real testament to Canadian
universities that we placed three teams in the top
10," said Rajiv Gupta, the associate professor of
Mathematics who coached the team along with
Math Prof. Lon Rosen.
"It's also worth noting that the only public
institutions among the top 10 were all Canadian."
• • • •
The campus community will get a chance to
comment on plans for the new $ 17-million library
centre before a final design is drawn up.
A model and plans will be on display in
Sedgewick Library April 13-16 and a public-
meeting will be held on April 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
at the Asian Centre auditorium, 1871 West Mall.
A collaboration between architects Arthur
Erickson and Aitken Wreglesworth Associates.
the library's first phase will extend two existing
levels of Sedgewick into the garden to the west,
where it will rise live levels above ground.
Three subsequent phases will expand the new
building, replacing the existing Main Library.
The university's Board of Governors decided
to seek a wider range of opinions before giving
architects the final go-ahead because of the
importance of the building to the campus.
UBC's Board ofGovernors has approved new
quotas for admission for students entering the
university in September.
The quotas, which will cut the number of
students admitted to first-year Arts and Science
by 150, were earlier approved by Senate.
• • • •
A university department and school are
changing their names to more accurately reflect
their teaching and research missions.
The School of Physical Education and
Recreation will now be known as the School of
Human Kinetics. The Dept. of Microbiology is
changing its name to the Dept. of Microbiology
and Immunology. 6 UBC Reports- April 8,1993
Class Act student volunteers and faculty raised more than $107,000 for faculty projects.
Class Act campaign pledges double
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
UBC students are a Class Act!
Class Act, a student fund-
raising initiative for graduating
class members, has resulted in
preliminary pledges totalling
more than $107,000 for 1993.
Nowinitssecondyear, the Class
Act participation rate for 1993
averaged 38 per cent among
graduating students in the faculties
of Medicine, Pharmaceutical
Sciences, Dentistry, Law, Applied
Science and Commerce and
Business Adrninistration.
The Faculty of Medicine led
the way with an impressive
participation rate of 86 per cent.
In the first year of this
campaign, three faculties
participated, resulting in
$46,000 being raised.
This year, more than 500
students pledged an average of
$214 over three years for proj ects
carefully chosen by the students
of each faculty.
Donations will go to lounge
renovations and the employment
research centre in Commerce;
the student lounge in Dentistry:
Engineering student
scholarships; the chair in Women
and Law's student placement
centre: the Medical Outreach
Elective program, medical
alumni centre and a student
bursary in Medicine; and a
student bursary in Pharmacy.
UBC team wins Moot
UBC emerged the clear winner
in its first appearance at the
Canadian Corporate/Securities
Law Moot Court Competition last
month in Toronto.
The five-member team won
all four of its round-robin
appearances before emerging as
Court competition
overall victor in the final round.
Coached by Associate Law
Prof. Barry Slutsky, the UBC
team included Beth Allard, Kerri
Mooney, Derek Jonson, Lan Yip
and Paul Adams. Allard was also
named the outstanding
individual oralist.
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course at UBC May 3 - July 30,
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Kathleen Laird-Burns • 822-8228 UBC Reports ■ April 8,1993 7
Charles Laszlo speaks out for the hearing impaired
Breaking the Silence
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Charles Laszlo was staying in a
Chicago hotel one night when a
fire broke out on another floor.
Alarm bells rang. People rushed to
the exits. But Laszlo, who is hard of
hearing, slept on, oblivious to the
He was lucky, and well prepared. A
colleague staying at the hotel used an
extra key to burst into his room and
wake him up. Incredibly, Laszlo has
stayed in three other hotels where
false alarms were sounded.
"In not one case did hotel staff alert
me to the situation, although I had
notified them of my condition," said
the director of UBC's Clinical
Engineering Program.
The experience is typical of the
indifference the hard of hearing often
face, Laszlo said.
Equally characteristic is his
response. He is working on an
invention that, placed under the
pillow, will awaken a sleeper who
cannot hear an alarm, a knock at the
door, or a ringing phone.
As an inventor and advocate for
the disabled. Laszlo is
committed to making the world a
better place for the hard of hearing.
In his lab. he develops innovative
communications technology,
including devices that help the hard
of hearing use telephones and view
instant captioning of speech.
The technology is marketed by a
UBC spin-off company. Assistive
Listening Devices Systems (ALDS)
Inc. One of his former students. Paul
Geyer, is the company president.
Laszlo also campaigns for greater
awareness of the barriers faced by
the hard of hearing in our society, a
cause he champions from UBC to
Parliament Hill.
The issue is not how the hard of
hearing and deaf can adjust to
society, he said, but how society
must adapt to their needs — a
message brought home by the recent
B.C. Council of Human Rights ruling
which said UBC must improve
access for hearing-impaired
"Hearing loss is one ofthe major
disabilities, but it's an invisible
condition. Society has to pay
attention," he said.
Studies show that eight to 12 per
cent of the population has a
functionally significant hearing loss,
including one-third of everyone over
the age of 65. Half a million
Canadians wear hearing aids,
although it is estimated that four
times that number should be
wearing them, but don't because of
the stigma it carries.
Laszlo, 57. first noticed he was
losing his hearing in his early 20s,
while he still lived i.i his native
Doctors have never been able to
pinpoint the exact reason for the
hearing loss, but there were
contributing factors. A plunge into an
icy river. A childhood bout of scarlet
fever. The side-effect of a powerful
Laszlo fled Hungary after the Soviet
army crushed the uprising of 1956. He
arrived in Canada on the same ship
that carried the students and faculty of
the Sopron School of Forestry, who
were on their way to UBC.
Laszlo, however, made his home in
Montreal. He spent 17 years as a
student and faculty member at McGill
University, where he began his
research into hearing loss.
In the summer of 1962, after
completing one of his degrees, Laszlo
threw a tent and a suitcase into the
back of a two-seater sports car and
explored North America. He visited
Vancouver and, taken with the city,
vowed to return.
He did, joining UBC in 1974. A
professor in the Dept. of
Electrical Engineering, he also
heads Clinical Engineering, a graduate
program that trains engineers to work
in hospitals on clinical technologies
and health care delivery.
If building a career and life have
James LaBonte photo
Charles Laszlo
"Hearing loss is one of the major disabilities, but it's an
invisible condition. Society has to pay attention."
Half a million Canadians wear hearing aids, although it is
estimated that four times that number should be wearing
them, but don't because of the stigma it carries.
sometimes been difficult, Laszlo does
not betray the slightest sign of self-
"I have had to make certain
adjustments for life, as we all do for
one thing or another," he shrugged. "I
, do everything that I want to do."
Today, when he has a visitor in his
office, Laszlo places a black box,
similar in size and appearance to a
telephone answering machine, on the
edge of his desk nearest the visitor.
Called a Portable Infrared
Communication System, or Porta-IR,
it is one of his inventions marketed by
A microphone in the Porta-IR picks
up the visitor's voice and transmits it
via infrared signal to a receiver Laszlo
has clipped to his tie. This in turn
transmits the signal directly to his
hearing aid.
By cutting down the distance
between the visitor and and the
microphone (normally in the
hearing aid itself) Laszlo hears much
more clearly. The same device can
accomodate up to 50 people in a
meeting or classroom.
The improved sound was
noticeable on Laszlo's face as well.
Instead of straining to listen, he
relaxed and smiled.
"I'm comfortable now." he said.
Laszlo believes that with devices
such as the Porta-IR. ALDS can
become North America's premier
company in the field of assistive
hearing devices.
"But devices can only go so far. The
hard of hearing also require the
understanding of others." he said.
"One of the most important things is
to change attitudes and the way
people relate to the hard of hearing."
Laszlo has spent much of his time
doing just that — writing briefs,
appearing as an expert witness,
and sitting on innumerable
committees, including the Ad Hoc
Committee on Hearing Accessibilty on
the UBC Campus, which is reviewing
accessibility needs here. He is also
the founding president of the
Canadian Hard of Hearing
One of his biggest battles has been
with the CRTC and telephone
manufacturers to ensure that all
telephones are hearing aid compatible
— a decade-long fight that has gone
all the way to the federal cabinet.
"It's not a glamorous cause," he
admitted, "but everyone has the right
to access a telephone."
That struggle was finally won in
1989, but trouble is brewing again.
New digital cordless telephones,
heralded as the technology of the
future, are not compatible with
hearing aids.
"We have a responsibility to see
that technology is not taking anything
away from people," he said.
For Laszlo, it's another fire to put
out. This time, he can hear the alarm. 8 UBC Reports • April 8,1993
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Sedgewick Papers
UBC graduate William Blissett, Emeritus Prof, of English at the University of Toronto's
University College, reviewed the letters of Garnett Sedgewick in the library's special
collections prior to delivering the 12th Sedgewick Memorial Lecture. Sedgewick, UBC's
founding head of English from 1918-48, taught Blissett and directed his graduating essay
in 1943. Distinguished presenters ofthe endowed lecture, which started in 1955 and was
last held nine years ago, include Northrop Frye ('76) and Harvard's Harry Levin ('66).
Blissett also presented a paper at the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Conference hosted by
UBC last month.	
Study indicates growing need
for licensed day-care spaces
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
Almost 60 per cent of
Canadian children under 13
spend an average of 18 hours a
week in some form of non-
parental care, according to a
Statistics Canada report released
last month.
"We've always known that the
demands for quality day-care
spaces far outstrip supply," said
UBC Associate Prof. Hillel
Goelman, who added that the
majority of these children are
placed in unlicensed day-care
situations. "If 60 per cent of
mothers are working and just
three per cent of small kids are
in licensed day care, then we've
got a major problem."
The report, authored by
Goelman, is the fourth of 15 to
be released as part of the $3-
million Canadian National Child
Care Study.
Based on interviews
conducted by Statistics Canada
in 1988, the study profiles the
child-care needs of more than
two million families with at least
one child under 13. Drawing
information from one in every 90
Canadian households, it is the
most extensive research project
of its kind undertaken anywhere.
Goelman said that since data
for the study were collected, the
number of licensed day-care
spaces has not kept pace with
the increasing number of parents
joining the workforce. He added
that there was some concern
children may be at risk in those
low-quality day-care settings
which operate without any legal
Highlights of Goelman's
report. Where are the Children?
An Overview of Child Care
Arrangements in Canada,
- 55 per cent of infants (0 to 17
months) and 63 per cent of
toddlers (18 to 35 months) are in
non-parental care an average of
25 hours a week. Eighty per cent
of preschoolers (three to five
years) are in such care for about
24 hours;
- 18 per cent of infants are
cared for by a relative in the
relative's home, 16 per cent in
an unlicensed family day-care
home, and three per cent in a
licensed day care setting;
- 16 per cent of infants are in
unlicensed family day care an
average of 25 hours a week;
- 30 per cent of three- to five-
year-olds are enrolled in
kindergarten programs, 19 per
cent in nursery school and about
18 per cent in unlicensed day care;
Goelman, an associate prof,
of early childhood education, is
one of four co-investigators in
the national study. In its first
report released in February,
1992, the research team found
that 60 per cent of mothers with
children under 13 work and are
in need of child care.
Goelman is currently working
on reports concerning infant
child care, unlicensed child care,
preferences for child care and
the availability and affordability
of child care.
by staff writers
Political Science Prof. Alan Cairns has been appointed the
first holder of the Brenda and David McLean Chair in
Canadian Studies.
A past president ofthe Canadian Political Science
Association and fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Cairns
is widely recognized as one ofthe foremost political scientists
on Canadian politics and the constitution.
Among the most recent of his 12 books are Disruptions:
Constitutional Struggles from the Charter to Meech Lake, and
Charter Versus Federalism: The Dilemmas of Constitutional
During his two-year appointment, which begins July 1,
Cairns will be responsible for the delivery and submission of
lectures on Canada, organizing conferences and guest
lectures and generally promoting Canadian Studies at UBC.
• • • •
Physics Prof. Walter Hardy has won the highest honour
awarded by the Canadian Association of Physicists.
Hardy will receive the association's gold medal of
achievement at its annual congress in June at Simon Fraser
A researcher with diverse interests.
Hardy's recent work has focused on
high critical temperature
Hardy is the previous winner of the
association's Herzberg medal, awarded
to Canada's most outstanding physicist
under the age of 40. He has also
received many other awards and
He earned both his bachelor's and
doctoral degrees at UBC. He became a
faculty member in the Dept. of Physics
Hardy in 1971.
• • • •
Chemistry Prof. Brian James is one of 14 Canadian
researchers to be awarded the
Canada Council Killam Research
Fellowship for 1993.
The fellowship is presented each year
to some of Canada's most outstanding
researchers in a wide range of fields
including the humanities, engineering,
health sciences, social sciences and
natural sciences. It allows them to
devote up to two years to full-time
James has worked extensively on the
interaction of metal complexes in
solution with hydrogen and oxygen with
the aim of developing catalytic
processes that can be used by industry.
He will use his fellowship to investigate methods of
converting oxygen and hydrogen into hydrogen peroxide, a
powerful and environmentally friendly substance used for
commercial oxidation processes within the pulp and paper
and waste-water management industries.
• • • •
Dr. Stephen Lam, associate professor of Medicine, has
been appointed to the newly created scientific and
medical advisory board of Xillix Technologies Corp.
Lam also serves as head of medical affairs at Xillix, a medical
devices company engaged in research and development of medical-
imaging products for early cancer detection.
The advisory board will assist in selecting and evaluating
emerging cancer detection technologies.
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