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September 2012
Extreme campus
From farm
to lab
Lions and
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Class of 201 Jumpstarting success
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Public Affairs
Highlights of UBC media coverage
in August 2012
Heather Amos
Plastic pollution and seabirds
UBC researcher Stephanie Avery-Gomm
examined the stomach contents of a
seabird known as the northern fulmar
and found that 92.5 per cent ingested
plastic, suggesting that plastic pollution
off the Pacific Northwest coast has
increased substantially in the past 40
"Like the canary in the coal mine,
northern fulmars are sentinels of
plastic pollution in our oceans," said
Avery-Gomm. "Their stomach content
provides a'snapshot' sample of plastic
pollution from a large area ofthe
northern Pacific Ocean."
The Philadelphia Inquirer, the
Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the
Vancouver Sun and other publications
reported on the study.
Workplace bullying
Research by UBC has shown that
employees who witness workplace
bullying become equally disgruntled as
the victims and are just as likely to quit,
reported Forbes, the Wall Street Journal,
CBS, Time, Daily Telegraph, Toronto Star.
"Just working in that toxic
environment can [have a negative
effect]," said Sandra Robinson, a
professor at the Sauder School of
Business and a co-author ofthe study.
"It's not just turnover that's costly.
Having a work force that actually wants
to quit but can't is detrimental. People
are likely to call in sick or not be as
committed or invest time in looking for
another job."
Workplace paranoia
New UBC research found that workers
who worry about being the subject
of negative gossip often invite the
behavior upon themselves, reported the
Times of India, the Guardian, The Age,
The Atlantic, Xinhua News Agency, and
several others.
This happens because paranoid
workers often seek out information to
confirm their suspicions, ultimately
annoying their colleagues and
increasing the likelihood that their
co-workers will resent them.
"It maybe best to ignore impulses
that tell you that you're the victim of
office politics," said lead author Karl
Aquino, a professor at the Sauder
School of Business.
Arsenic does not support life
The New York Times, The Telegraph, the
Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal,
Forbes and several other media reported
that UBC professor Rosie Redfield
disproved a 2010 study that claimed that
a new form of bacterial life could thrive
on arsenic.
Redfield was among the first outspoken
critics ofthe initial study and according
to her report, published in the journal
Science, arsenic does not contribute
to the growth ofthe bacteria. Redfield
suggests that the original results may
have been skewed by a contaminant in
the arsenic the researchers used.
London 2012
Nineteen current and former UBC
students participated in the 2012
Summer Olympic and Paralympic
Games. Competing in swimming, high
jump, javelin throwing, race walking,
badminton, cycling, sailing and
windsurfing, the athletes represented
Canada and Mexico.
Former Thunderbird Brent Hayden
of Mission, B.C., won a bronze medal
for Canada in the men's 100m freestyle
race. Recent graduate Martha McCabe
finished fifth in the 200m breaststroke.
Race walker Inaki Gomez set a new
Canadian record, finishing his 20km
race in 1:20:58 and placing 13th. Liz
Gleadle became the first Canadian
female javelin thrower to compete in an
Olympic Games since 1988.
UBC experts also provided expert
commentary about the 2012 Games.
Sauder Prof James Tansey worked on
a project to offset the 2012 Canadian
Olympic Team's travel to London.
Alzheimer's expert Pat McGeer gave
accounts of his experiences competing
in the 1948 London Olympics, dubbed
the 'austerity games.' Olympic
researcher Rob Vanwynsberghe spoke
about the social impacts ofthe Games
and Sauder Prof Katherine White
explained Olympic branding and
Caroline Rueckert (centre) helps new international and Aboriginal students prepare for academic success at UBC.
The first year of university can be
tough, but a different culture or
language can make it even tougher.
That's why nearly 1,300 new
international and Aboriginal students
will arrive at UBC early to get a jump
start on academic success.
The Jump Start program helps
students make the transition from
high school to university. Available
for the first time to all incoming
international and Aboriginal
undergraduate UBC students, Jump
Start is unique in Canada, combining a
two-week orientation and a full year of
personalized support for students.
"Many international and Aboriginal
students come from very different
academic cultures and are often
unsure how to adapt to life at UBC,"
says Program Director Caroline
Rueckert. "Our goal is to help them
become self-directed learners, and build
the relationships that will sustain them
throughout their time here."
The program begins with a two-week
(Aug. 16-29) introduction to UBC,
academic life and faculty resources.
Students are matched with faculty
mentors, coaches and fellow students,
and begin the process of building
their personal learning and social
communities. These connections
continue after classes begin in
"Jump Start helps
students begin
university from a
place of confidence."
September, with a range of academic and
social programming that help students
navigate their first-year studies.
"The program is very collaborative, and
it takes a holistic approach to learning,"
says Rueckert, who works closely with
faculty, staff and students.
"We know that for students to be
academically successful, they need
strong peer communities, connections
with their faculties, and the ability to
make good choices about everything
from their health to their extracurricular
commitments," she says. "The program
helps to develop learning habits that lead
to long-term success."
Pilot versions ofthe program have
shown a significant impact on students'
grades, retention and engagement.
Rueckert, who the B.C. Council for
International Education has named
a "rising star," is excited that these
outcomes are now available to all
incoming international and Aboriginal
students. "Jump Start helps these
students begin university from a place of
confidence, excited to learn and ready to
contribute." •
Learn more at jumpstart.ubc.ca.
Pictured left to right Colin Siu, Caroline
Rueckert, Mehak Tejani and Lia Hart.
UBC Reports The University of British Columbia   September 2012 Extreme makeover, campus edition
Basil Waugh
UBC's mobile mojo
David Vogt
UBC's Vancouver campus got a major
makeover this summer: new pedestrian
pathways, outdoor furniture, water
features, courtyards, gardens and
The changes are a part of a 15-year,
$45 million Public Realm Plan to
improve outdoor public spaces. A
highlight ofthe project is a reflection
pool at Main Mall and University
Boulevard that animates to reflect
the energy of passers-by during class
"This is a milestone year for the
program," says University Landscape
Architect Dean Gregory. "Every project
is helping to create a healthier, more
sustainable, memorable and unified
campus community."
The changes are funded primarily
by fees levied on market housing and
commercial development in campus
neighbourhoods. Through construction
synergies, the project takes advantage
ofthe installation of a new $85-million
campus energy system, which will
reduce UBC's carbon emissions by 22
percent. •
"Every project
is helping to
create a healthier,
more sustainable,
memorable and
unified campus
A new water feature on University Boulevard.
in 2012
Vancouver Campus
Look for three new campus cafes this
fall in Law's Allard Hall, the Earth
Sciences Building and the new
Pharmaceutical Sciences building.
The David Lam space on Main Mall,
where Triple O's is located, is also
getting a makeover. Good news for the
health conscious: Food Services will
include nutritional information and
highlight healthier options from its
Grab and Go menu.
Before you buy your next bottle of
water, consider hunting down a water
bottle refilling station. The stations
use less energy than a light bulb and
provide cold, filtered water. After
piloting the use of two WaterFillz
stations, the AMS and Student Housing
and Hospitality are adding five more to
the Vancouver campus this year.
me rauuiuy of Pharmaceutical Sciences
is welcoming students back with a
brand new $133.3-million facility.
For the first time, the Faculty is
able to house all teaching, learning,
research and community activities
under one roof—a LEED gold-certified,
six-storey facility. The building is
designed to handle growth in graduate
and undergraduate enrolment given
the demand for pharmacists in B.C.
The undergraduate "entry-to-practice"
program aims to expand from its
current enrolment of 750 students to
896 students by 2015.
The Gerald McGavin Rugby Pavilion
opens this October to the delight of
UBC Rugby athletes and fans. The new
facility will provide a much-needed
clubhouse lounge for alumni, students
and sport groups. Located near West
16th and East Mall, the $2.5 pavilion
features change rooms, offices, storage
space and bleacher seating for 300
Okanagan Campus
On the Okanagan campus, The Well
Pub in University Centre is getting
a makeover and adding new menu
A new deli market will go into the
walk-out atrium basement ofthe
building in early 2013. The Okanagan
campus is also planning to add
nutrition guides at all food outlets this
year, starting with Pita Pit in the Arts
building. The Student Union at UBC's
Okanagan campus also has 11 Water
Stop fill stations on campus and is
working towards a bottle-free camrius
anagan campus completed its
initial build-out last year, tripling its
floor space to 1.5-million square feet
and going from 12 to 33 buildings.
New student accommodations have
increased the number of on-campus
beds to 1,700 - up from 300 when the
campus was established in 2005.
Among its new facilities are the
Reichwald Health Sciences Centre,
a state-of-the-art green facility that
uses geo-thermal cooling and heating
to reduce energy use by 49 per cent.
Water consumption is reduced by
nearly 40 per cent thanks to
flow-motion, waterless and low-flow
fixtures. The Centre is home to the
first 32-student class ofthe Southern
Medical Program and labs for the
School of Health and Exercise Sciences.
The Engineering, Management
and Education Building is a new hub
serving two faculties and a school.
The classroom and lab complex has
a bright, two-storey atrium to host
conferences, career fairs, farmers'
markets and other campus activities, i
What platform are you reading me
on-iPhone, tablet, laptop, or good
old paper? We've never had so many
Yet the BIG trend is unstoppably
mobile. And coming soon to a campus
near you—the mobile-enabled
It's OK to be skeptical. While
universities took naturally to the
Internet (no wonder, as the now
venerable web was incubated
here), mobile is seen as an awkward
immigrant, even an unwelcome
squatter. Despite all of our smarts
and smartphones, universities have
remained unmoved by mobile.
Mobile is not just the Internet on
wheels, nor a lifetime of distracting
apps. It's about a streaming, connected,
capable presence. It's about the real
world coming alive with exciting new
possibilities, and our home planet
shrinking dramatically (yet again). It
is the future of work, play—and yes,
Go into any UBC classroom and you'll
see active experimentation underway
almost always without design or
consent. Go into any UBC hallway, food
outlet, dorm, landscape or virtual space
and you'll see that experimentation
continuing, nonstop. And step into the
shoes of any UBC student and you'll see
it is essential to the value they seek.
Knowledge and culture are real-time,
global phenomena, and mobile
devices are designed for continuous
telepresence. Students pursuing
speed-of-thought access to people
and ideas beyond our campus can
only augment classroom and informal
learning experiences for everyone.
Using mobile, we can also make the
rich resources, places, people, ideas and
opportunities on our own campuses
more navigable and more social.
Given that most prospective students
now choose their future campus
with their mobile device, that same
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navigability and sociability, accessed
remotely, will attract the best minds in
the world to come here.
As our students get their degrees, why
do they need to leave UBC behind?
They should be able to benefit from,
participate in, and contribute to UBC's
excellence wherever they go, and
whatever they do, via telepresence.
The future is closer with the recent
launch ofthe m.ubc.ca integrated
mobile service, spearheaded by Phil
Chatterton, Director of Digital Media
Technologies for UBC IT.
It's a small first step. And with your
help, UBC could become the coolest,
most outstanding digital-mobile-social
campus anywhere! In the truest spirit
of our "Living Lab" mantra, we're
seeking to engage every available source
of creativity to make it happen.
So help us imagine what UBC's future
mobile experience should be. Look for
a campus-wide contest and prizes this
fall for everyone to share their idea as
a story, brainstorm it in a design studio,
or code it in a hackathon.
Whatever your inspiration, get your
UBC mobile mojo working! •
Dr. David Vogt is Director of Innovation
Strategy with UBC's Media and Graphics
Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC) and
Executive Director ofthe Mobile Muse
Network. MAGIC is contributing to
application development, interface
design and public engagement for UBC
IT's launch ofthe new m.ubc.ca mobile
UBC goes mobile
UBC's new mobile web app will help
turn new students into seasoned
campus pros. Available September in
beta format, the universal app comes
loaded with essentials: wayfinding
maps, transit info, news, events,
videos—even library access.
Next semester, students can access
course info, and budding Steve Jobs can
enter a $5,000 competition to design
new features. The mobile platform,
which replaces UBC's first-generation
offering, functions on all mobile
devices and can be tailored to either the
Vancouver or Okanagan campuses.
The new tool is one key part of making
UBC more mobile friendly. Concurrent
work is being done on the university's
main web site, using "responsive-design"
technology, to make it readable on any
device. •
Find the new UBC web app at m.ubc.ca
UBC Reports The University of British Columbia   September 2012 From farm to lab
October 27'Now,
Celebrate Learning Week is a showcase of learning
opportunities available to our students, faculty, staff
and community at UBC Vancouver.
Join us as we honour and promote learning and
development opportunities through open lectures,
information sessions, student advising activities,
poster sessions, workshops and more. If you would
like to have your event(s) included in the Celebrate
Learning Week calendar, please submit via our
website by September 28, 2012
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Lab animals present a new field for animal welfare studies
Brian Lin
This article is the third in a multi-part series on the use of
animals in research. Prior articles reviewed animal use in
basic science and medical research.
If cows could talk, they would tell you that they prefer to be
on pasture at night but inside the shaded barn during the day.
But they can't. That's why Dan Weary a professor in UBC's
Animal Welfare Program and NSERC Industry Chair in Animal
Welfare, devised a preference study in which cows were
allowed to choose whether they wanted to be inside a barn or
outside on pasture. He found cows' preference depended on
the time of day and the weather, but that they nearly always
chose to go outside during the night and be inside during the
day—particularly on hot summer days.
The study along with others by researchers at UBC's Animal
Welfare Program, has contributed to changes to practices in
dairy cattle farms and the development of national Codes of
Practice for farm animals.
This evidence-based approach, says Weary would be key
to improving laboratory animal welfare above and beyond
current guidelines and regulations. But more research—and
dialogue—is needed to determine exactly what makes lab
animals "well," or even how to define welfare for lab animals,
according to Weary.
"The truth is it's challenging to assess the quality of life
of another species, especially animals that are very unlike
us," says Weary. "And despite promising new developments,
scientific assessment of animal affect—emotions, pain,
preference—is still in its infancy.
"Humans have a long history with farm and companion
animals, and we have a certain degree of understanding-
through research, experience or even intuition—of what
constitutes a 'good life' for cows, dogs and cats, for example,"
he adds. "But that special bond also means we are averse to
using them in research—even though we could arguably be
better positioned to ensure their welfare because we can more
easily interpret their mental states."
Solutions pioneered on the farm
That advantage—coupled with a willingness by the farm
animal industry to update conventional practices—has
resulted in substantial improvements in care standards and
in the industry's reputation, says Marina von Keyserlingk, a
professor in UBC's Animal Welfare Program and NSERC
Industrial Research Chair in Animal Welfare.
The development ofthe Codes of Practice for farm animals
was led by the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies in
the 1980s and now by the National Farm Animal Care Council.
The Council was established in 2005 to engage farmers,
processors, retailers, animal welfare groups, government
and enforcement agencies in advancing farm animal care.
Updates to the Codes, which emphasize "realistic and lasting
improvements," are based on scientific evidence as well as
input from farm producers and the public.
"The dairy industry, for example, has made huge investments
in research into designing appropriate environments and best
management practices, and integrated findings into their new
2009 Code of Practice," says von Keyserlingk, who grew up on a
beef cattle ranch in British Columbia and whose own research
into the care and housing for dairy cattle has led to changes in
farm practice around the world.
"There's no question that potential production gains and the
desire for favorable public perception helped push this along;
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UBC animal welfare researchers left to right are David Fraser,
Marina von Keyserlingk and Dan Weary.
but in the end, the cattle have better
living conditions and it's a win-win."
"Farm animal welfare has become a
significant field of science," says David
Fraser, a professor in UBC's Animal
Welfare Program and NSERC Industrial
Research Chair in Animal Welfare.
At UBC, for example, there are three
faculty members and three federal
scientists working at the UBC Dairy
Education and Research Centre, all
specializing in animal welfare. Adding
the graduate students and visiting
scholars, there are 25-30 researchers
working there at any given time. Dairy
Farmers of Canada and several other
industry groups have supported UBC
research to the tune of $200,000 per
year. Elsewhere, the University of
Guelph has a similar program, and
animal welfare specialists are now
working at several other Canadian
universities and research stations.
More research needed
In comparison, relatively little is known
about animals such as mice and rats that
are used in large numbers in research,
although new studies are shedding
light on how mice express pain through
facial expressions, how they prefer to
be handled, the humane administration
of euthanasia and environmentally
enriched housing (see sidebar). Some of
the most promising areas of research
are currently being conducted at UBC.
But integrating this knowledge
into the massive worldwide research
enterprise presents its own set of
logistical and financial challenges.
"First of all, funding for research on
lab animal welfare is limited," says
von Keyserlingk, "and while some
practices can—and should—be modified
immediately, one unique challenge
faced by the research community is
whether these changes would impact
the ability to compare and interpret
new and old data."
"For instance, new research has shown
that the standard practice of picking
up mice by the tail creates anxiety,
whereas cupping them doesn't," says
Cathy Schuppli, a visiting scientist
with UBC's Animal Welfare Program.
"We know that stress can impact
brain development, so changing this
husbandry practice might influence
the variables being measured in a
neurological study.
"On the other hand, there's an
argument to be made that if there's any
distress at all resulting from handling,
then the applicability ofthe results to
humans in normal conditions could be
called into question," Schuppli adds.
While research has shown that welfare
would be enhanced by housing mice
in environments that mimic aspects of
their natural habitat—places to burrow,
forage, and in a social group with other
mice (see sidebar)—full-scale adoption of
this housing model would require major
investment that could only be achieved
with sufficient public support.
UBC animal welfare researchers say there are aspects of the progression of farm animal welfare that could help enhance lab animal welfare.
Dialogue and public participation
"In the farm animal industries, changes
are beginning to happen in response to
public demand and the availability of a
growing body of research demonstrating
the effectiveness of such changes on
animal welfare," says von Keyserlingk.
"Similar improvements in lab animal
welfare may take longer to achieve,
partially because research tends to be
further removed from the public eye.
"But if we value the benefits of
research—both the research community
and the public must find ways to better
communicate their priorities and vision
for the future," she adds.
During his presentation last year to the
8th World Congress on Alternatives and
Animal Use in the Life Sciences, Weary
recounted a talk he gave a few years prior,
where an audience of 50—most of whom
were involved in some capacity in animal
research—braved a rainy Vancouver
night to hear him speak.
"It was one ofthe best conversations
I have had about the challenges in
advancing the welfare of lab animals,"
he says. "But many audience members
mentioned that they were reluctant to
discuss these issues with colleagues,
family and friends."
"Scientists inherently value openess
and transparency," says Zoology
Department Head Bill Milsom, "but
many have become more hesitant over
the years.
"When I first began my career as a
zoologist more than 30 years ago, we
used to hold regular open houses at
our labs," recalls Milsom. "Parents and
children were invited to see the animals
and talk to researchers about their work.
"Then came the era of animal rights
protests in the mid-70s to mid-80s," says
Milsom. "And while most were peaceful,
some involved violence and property
damage—including an attempt to burn
down the Animal Care Unit at UBC and
vandalism to a researcher's car and
home—and gradually scientists and
their institutions became more and
more reluctant to engage as openly with
the public.
"I don't know a researcher who isn't
proud of their research, but many are
unwilling to discuss the animal aspects
of their work for fear they may be
singled out for attacks."
Developing care standards above and
beyond currently prescribed guidelines
and regulations—and ultimately a
governance system that's in synch with
evolving societal values, say UBC's
animal welfare researchers, may help
restore the pride and willingness to
engage the public.
"The Canadian governance system
was considered innovative when it
was established in 1968," says von
Keyserlingk, who was chair ofthe
Canadian Council for Animal Care
this past year, "but societal values and
the scope of scientific research has
evidently changed since then.
"It's time for us to look at newer
systems—some of which have taken the
best parts of our system and improved
upon them—as well as learn from
areas such as forestry and natural
resource management, to find ways
to better engage the community and
balance openness with confidentiality,
and research integrity with societal
values." •
The next and final installment ofthe
UBC Reports animal research series will
take a closer look at different animal
care governance systems around the
world, their guiding principles, and the
role the public plays in advancing lab
animal welfare.
Understanding mice
Animal welfare researchers have
been developing methods to identify
and assess the emotional states of
laboratory mice—and learn directly
from them how they'd like to be
A 2009 study shows that when given
the choice, mice spend the majority
of their time in warmer enclosures.
While most laboratory temperatures
are kept at around 20 degrees Celsius,
the thermo-neutral zone for mice is in
the high 20s. Cool rooms can still be
comfortable for mice, however, if they
are given nest-building materials that
allow them to use their natural skills to
create protection from the cold.
A 2010 study by McGill and UBC
researchers shows that mice express
pain through facial expressions. The
team developed a Mouse Grimace Scale
to provide a measurement system to
both accelerate the development of new
analgesics for humans and eliminate
unnecessary suffering of laboratory
A 2010 U.K. study shows that the
standard practice of picking up mice by
the tail induced anxiety while the use
of a clear acrylic tube and open, cupped
hands led to voluntary approach, low
anxiety and voluntary restraint.
A 2011 study by UBC animal welfare
researchers shows that rats find carbon
dioxide gas very aversive, but they
don't seem to mind the anesthetic gas
isoflurane. Based on these results, the
CCAC has since recommended the use
of isoflurane prior to carbon dioxide
euthanasia as a humane alternative to
using carbon dioxide alone. •
An important part ofthe routine
care of rats and mice involved in
research is providing environmental
enrichment—stimulating materials and
structures that allow them to express
natural behaviours and build their own
comfortable, secure homes.
"As prey animals, mice are naturally
inclined to find security by building a
concealing nest, which allows them to
maintain a comfortable temperature,"
says UBC clinical veterinarian Shelly
McErlane. "They also use the nests for
social interactions and mark them with
pheromones to communicate with each
Specially designed huts or tubes are
also used in the rat and mouse cages to
provide places to climb and feel more
At UBC's animal care facilities, mice
are provided with different types of
materials to build nests, including
Nestlets, a cotton pad that mice can
shred and build nests with, and
Enviro-dri, strips of crinkled paper that
they can weave into a concealing ball.
"They seem to build the best, most
concealing nests if provided with
multiple types of materials similar to
what they would find in the wild," says
McErlane. •
UBC welcomes letters from students,
faculty and staff on this topic at
UBC Reports The University of British Columbia   September 2012 a place of mind
Associate Vice President International
The Associate Vice President International will support the implementation of
the International Engagement commitment of Place & Promise for faculty,
students, staff and alumni. A campus leader, she or he will bring strategic focus
to distributed international activities in teaching and learning, and in research,
across UBC Vancouver. The successful candidate should hold a tenured
professorial appointment at UBC with a strong record of scholarship,
demonstrated excellence in teaching, significant international experience, and
substantial administrative experience marked by an ability to facilitate
collaboration and build consensus among diverse interests. This role will be
focused internally and minimal travel is expected
The AVP International will be responsible for the International Strategic Plan
and will lead the development and reporting of metrics for this plan and for
Place and Promise. He or she will play a key role in convening members of the
campus community to devise and implement strategies to meet the objectives
identified in Place & Promise. Consultation with the Okanagan campus is
required to ensure UBC's campus-specific international strategies are
The AVP International will work broadly with the UBC community to enhance
the University's international activities and build impactful international
networks. He or she will collaborate with academic and administrative units,
Deans and Vice Presidents to encourage these interactions and bring an
international element to UBC academic programs. Responsibilities in this area
include establishing criteria for the creation of strategic partnerships and
consulting with stakeholders to identify opportunities for strategic
engagement. Working with the Faculties, this role will establish and maintain
mechanisms for tracking and communicating UBC's international engagement
The AVP International will report to the VP Research & International and will
work closely with the other Vice Presidents and the Executive Director
nternational/Special Advisor to the President - International. He or she will
have oversight and responsibility for a budget supporting the administration of
UBC's international objectives and mandate, will direct a support staff, and will
manage UBC's overseas offices in support of its partnerships. Essentia
qualities include strong communications and interpersonal skills, an inclusive
eadership style, and sensitivity to intercultural issues, equity, and diversity.
Deadline: October 1, 2012. Please forward a letter of application, CV and the
names of three referees in confidence to Mr. Terry Kellam (terry.kellam@ubc.ca'):
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UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All
qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications
from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with
disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and
others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse
communities. Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.
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"These challenges
have made them only
more determined
to give back."
Michael Wong sees students who overcome hardship and want to contribute.
How do you
spell relief?
Michael Wong
When UBC Enrolment Services awards
advisor Michael Wong calls, new
students breathe a big sigh of relief.
"Without question it's one ofthe most
personally rewarding programs we are
involved in as advisors," says Wong.
"We see a direct correlation between
financial peace of mind and academic
Wong manages Entrance Awards for
UBC's Vancouver campus, a financial
assistance program for students who
need this funding to attend university.
Recipients are assessed on their ability
to transition to university, family
circumstances and financial need, some
receiving up to $10,000 each year. For
the 2012 winter session, UBC Enrolment
Services will disburse more than
$450,000 in Entrance Awards.
Wong and his fellow advisors help
recipients with financial planning and
information on how to connect with UBC
resources such as counselling, academic
coaching, and career services.
"I'm so proud ofthe students who have
come through the program and have
gone on to do great things," says Wong.
"What makes this group of students
so exceptional is that they have met
the requisite admission requirements
while overcoming severe hardship and
personal challenges. A common thread
is that these challenges have made them
only more determined to give back." •
Dr. Rob Lloyd-Smith is a 30-year vetran at UBC Health Sciences.
A healthy mind
Dr. Rob Lloyd-Smith
Celebrating his 30th year of service this
fall, Dr. Rob Lloyd-Smith has been on
campus longer than most of his patients
have been alive.
Splitting his time between Student
Health Services and the Allan McGavin
Sports Medicine Centre, Lloyd-Smith,
a sports physician by training, treats
students for anything from ski injuries to
mysterious rashes. He wants to help them
make the most of these transformative
"It's a time of great change and
excitement both intellectually and
emotionally, and it's a very stimulating
and rewarding population to work with,"
says Lloyd-Smith, who adds that some
ofthe common concerns are related to
transitioning from home to independent
While sexually transmitted infections
continue to be a mainstay —"the challenge
is in translating a wealth of sexual health
information into practice"—mental health
has emerged as a key concern for many
students, sometimes masked by physical
"We have an advantage as campus-based
physicians to spend more time on average
than general practitioners with students,
giving us the opportunity to dig a little
deeper," he says. "But more students are
becoming aware and seek help specifically
for mental health concerns."
While encouraging the incoming class
to enjoy campus life, Lloyd-Smith offers a
simple rule for good health: 150 minutes
of aerobic activity a week "doing whatever
you enjoy." •
Lloyd-Smith offers
a simple rule for
good health: 150
minutes of aerobic
activity a week.
Adam Goodwin is focused on enhancing student experience.
Born to create
Adam Goodwin
Some people stare glumly at a
computer all day. Not Adam Goodwin.
His job is to enhance students'
experience by helping them connect
and have fun outside the classroom.
As student event coordinator with
Student Development and Advising
at UBC's Okanagan campus, one of
Goodwin's projects this year is Create—
the annual new- student orientation held
in September.
Goodwin first arrived at UBC's
Okanagan campus as a student in
2007, graduating in the first bachelor
of human kinetics cohort in 2011. He
worked, volunteered and lived on campus,
building connections and discovering
a passion for student affairs and higher
After graduation, Goodwin landed a job
with Athletics and Recreation in event
management and promotions, moving
into this new position in July. Goodwin
says one ofthe things he likes best about
his job is seeing students evolve.
"It is such a rewarding experience to
watch how much our students develop
and grow over the course of an academic
year," says Goodwin.
When asked about the advice he
gives UBC's Okanagan campus newbies,
Goodwin says, "I tell them to let
university surprise them, keep an open
mind, reflect, and take chances." •
"It is such a rewarding
experience to watch
how much our
students develop
and grow."
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scholars from around the world. Established by Mrs. Dorothy Killam in
memory of her husband, candidates are nominated by UBC departments.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies is proud to honour this year's Killam
Postdoctoral Fellows and their supervisors.
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When organizational culture
hinders human rights
Finally fluent
Basil Waugh
A little extra help can make all the difference
Lorraine Chan
New law prof. Galit Sarfaty examines organizational barriers to human rights in the World Bank and other institutions.
Why do organizations such as the World Bank that are
devoted to good causes sometimes drop the ball on human
A University of British Columbia expert on organizational
behavior and international law says the answer can be found
in an organization's culture and system of incentives.
These lessons come from a pioneering study by Galit Sarfaty
who spent four years studying the World Bank before joining
this summer UBC's Faculty of Law from the Wharton School of
Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
"The World Bank shells out $20 billion annually to reduce
poverty in developing nations through economic development,
but has not adopted any sort of meaningful human rights
policy," says Sarfaty, whose findings were published in June in
the book Values in Translation: Human Rights and the Culture
ofthe World Bank.
"As a result, the World Bank has periodically funded projects
that violate basic human rights of local inhabitants," says
Sarfaty, who studied law at Yale and anthropology at the
University of Chicago. "My research goal was to understand
what has prevented the bank from adopting a human rights
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policy with the aim of hopefully helping
to advance human rights and identifying
lessons for other organizations."
According to Sarfaty, the largest
barrier to the bank's adoption of a
human rights agenda is its own employee
incentive system. "Employees are
rewarded based on the size and quantity
of loans that are approved," she says.
"This emphasis on quantity over quality
means the social and environmental
impacts of projects can be overlooked.
The other key obstacle is a clash of
expertise between bank economists
and lawyers, says Sarfaty. "My findings
suggest that the lawyers emphasize the
inherent value of human rights, while
the economists tend to view human
rights as a means to an end - to them, the
larger goal is economic growth," she says.
"As a result of these internal dynamics,
the World Bank's current approach to
human rights essentially reflects the
views ofthe economists, because they
are the bank's dominant culture," says
Sarfaty, whose fieldwork included
more than 70 interviews with current
and former bank officials.
The challenge of taking the bank in
a new direction has fallen to Jim Yong
Kim, who took office as president on
July 1. Sarfaty says he must work to
align incentives with project outcomes,
and ensure more non-economists are
promoted to leadership positions if
human rights are going to be taken
Among Sarfaty's first projects at UBC
will be identifying the potential costs
of using indicators and rating systems
to inform regulatory decision making.
"Organizations have historically been
better at measuring the economic aspects
of projects because human rights are
harder to quantify," she says.
"The challenge is figuring out a
systematic approach to measuring
public values such as human rights, and
then operationalizing them within
Sarfaty, who will teach international law
at UBC, is an expert on public and private
international law, international economic
law, human rights law and regulatory
governance. •
Learn more about UBC's Faculty of Law,
including a new $100,000 Allard Prize for
International Integrity and Human Rights,
at www.law.ubc.ca.
Sure and confident in Spanish, UBC
graduate student Claudia Diaz found
herself anything but during her first
year of graduate studies at the Faculty
of Education in 2011.
"Although I had lots to share, I found
myself holding back because I didn't
want to slow down the discussion," says
Diaz, who moved from Valparaiso, Chile
to earn a master's in early childhood
education at UBC's Vancouver campus.
Diaz holds a BA in psychology and
worked as an educational psychologist in Chile for almost a decade. It was
frustrating, she says, not having her say
on familiar topics like teacher-children
classroom dynamics.
A year later, all that has changed, says
Diaz. She credits the Academic English
Support (AES) program for helping her
close the gap between her Spanish- and
English-speaking selves. Diaz was one
of 300 students in the AES program,
piloted during the 2011-2012 academic
"It was really, really helpful," says Diaz.
"That support was crucial. Without it, I
wouldn't have had the confidence to
share my ideas and experiences. Now,
I can talk to my profs and classmates
about anything."
AES is an initiative ofthe Office ofthe
Provost and Vice President Academic,
offered by UBC Continuing Studies
in collaboration with the Centre for
Teaching, Learning and Technology.
Aimed at students whose first language
is not English, the year-long program
is available free to graduates and
undergraduates enrolled in degree
credit programs.
To start, each student goes through
an individualized needs analysis that
targets areas for improvement. They
receive help from English language
teaching specialists, who are also
trained coaches, to work through their
learning plans which include self-study
websites and short-focus courses.
Diaz says she now enjoys better
command ofthe written word. "The
AES program partners with the UBC
Writing Centre which has really
excellent courses. All the content was
contextualized learning, geared to help
us write better papers or proposals."
This year, the AES program will
enroll 1,000 students, a number that
will most likely double in future, says
Andrew Scales, academic director of
the UBC Continuing Studies English
Language Institute.
He explains that UBC's
English-language admission
standards require students who
speak English as an additional
language to possess a minimum level
of proficiency in English. To get into
UBC, students must score a minimum
of 6.5, compared to nine, which is the
proficiency level of an educated native
English speaker.
"Academic English not only requires
a high level of proficiency, but the
ability to express ideas in specific
conceptual frameworks using
discipline-specific discourse," says
Scales. "For students who begin
their university studies with a basic
proficiency, the specialized usage,
precision and subtleties of academic
English can be a bit daunting."
All the more reason, says Scales,
for UBC to pioneer a new model of
language support. "As far as we know,
this is the first program of its kind
in the world because it's sustainable,
cost-effective and scalable. It also
emphasizes learner autonomy which
has been the trend in English language
Similar to coaching elite athletes
achieve peak performance, the AES
program can boost student confidence
and ability whether it's speaking at
seminars or polishing an essay.
"A student who is brilliant and
outstanding in their field may just
need that extra support to succeed
to the best of their ability especially
during key periods when they're
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Two awards in the amount of $5,000 each will be
presented at the Fall 2012 convocation. One is awarded in
the senior category (12+ years of university appointment)
and the other in the mid-career category (less than 12 yrs)
Open to all faculty members with a clinical, tenure or grant
tenure appointment. The basis of award will be the quality
and extent of mentoring of graduate students.
Departments may submit up to two nominations, one per
category, to the Faculty of Graduate Studies no later than
4:00 PM on Friday, September 28,2012
Prof. Darlene Johnston helped create UBC's new mandatory first-year Aboriginal law course, following national
curriculum changes.
No longer optional
Law curriculum requires Aboriginal Rights and Treaties
Simmi Puri
Aboriginal legal education goes mainstream this fall when,
for the first time, all UBC law students will take the
Aboriginal Rights and Treaties in Canada as a first year
course. UBC is one of the first Canadian law schools to
make this a requirement for graduation.
"Aboriginal law has always been strongly recommended in
the law school's upper year curriculum, but historically it has
had one ofthe lowest enrollments," says Professor Darlene
Johnston who will be one of four instructors teaching the
course this spring. "It sends a strong message to our students
and to the legal community, that we consider this area of law
to be a core competency."
This is one of many changes affecting law schools across
Canada as new accreditation rules require graduates to
demonstrate competency in the rights of Aboriginal peoples
in Canada. Law schools can meet this requirement in different
ways and UBC has chosen to create a separate mandatory
course dedicated to Aboriginal law.
"Although the substance of what will be taught may be
similar from school to school, this symbolic change allows
us to highlight the leadership role that BC has had in the
development of Aboriginal rights in Canada," says
Dean Mary Anne Bobinski.
The majority ofthe cases dealing with Aboriginal land
claims and treaties that have reached the Supreme Court of
Canada, have come from B.C. There are more than 200 First
Nations communities in B.C., with only a very few having
signed treaties with the Crown, leaving a significant number
of outstanding claims to Aboriginal title and rights.
"There's a lot at stake for First Nations in B.C. as well as
for British Columbians generally," explains Johnston.
"There's so much that needs to be resolved and courts are
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playing a major role in reconciling the
broader public interest with the rights
and titles of Aboriginal people."
It's an area of law that Johnston
agrees is complex and will continue
to grow. Whether it's resource
development, fisheries, forestry or
pipelines, there is a clear obligation to
consult First Nations communities.
"There aren't enough Aboriginal
lawyers to service all the needs of this
community, so it's important that
non-Aboriginal lawyers be in a position
to understand these rights and to serve
as advocates."
The Faculty of Law was one ofthe first
faculties in Canada to offer a program
in First Nations Legal Studies, and
recruits more Aboriginal students than
any other law school in the country.
Many students are drawn to UBC by the
opportunity to work at the Faculty's
legal clinic, which serves Vancouver's
urban Aboriginal population in the
downtown eastside.
"I'm really happy as an Aboriginal
scholar to be teaching in a school that
has made it clear that the rights of
Aboriginal people are a central part of
the constitutional law in this country,"
says Johnston.  •
Small planet, global classroom
The Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS) is launching two new
academic programs this September to address urgent global issues-
from childhood anemia to watershed conservation.
Lorraine Chan
Nutrition Major
The International Nutrition Major will
focus on applied nutrition and food
security. The first of its kind in North
America, the four-year, undergraduate
program emphasizes the application of
theory to international fieldwork,
explains Asst. Prof. Judy McLean.
"We developed the program in
response to the demand from students
for more international content in their
course work and relevant experience
needed to further their careers," says
McLean who designed the curriculum
with Assoc. Prof. Tim Green and other
LFS colleagues.
The new major requires students
to complete mandatory placements
with NGOs and organizations such as
UNICEF as part of their International
Field Studies (FNH 460) course.
McLean says the course will prepare
students for careers in public health,
medicine, international development
and research, while providing LFS
partners with field support for their
"There's a significant need for people
who can hit the ground running, who
know how to design, implement and
measure community-based interventions,
targeting under-nutrition and food
insecurity," says McLean. "Graduates of
the major will help to fill this need."
LFS has established a strong
reputation for its international research,
teaching and community connections.
Currently, McLean and Green are looking
at ways to increase and diversify food
production and nutrition for small, rural
households in Cambodia. In Rwanda,
McLean and her team are working with
the government, UN, community health
workers and rural families to tackle
anemia and micronutrient deficiencies
among children aged six to 23 months.
LFS student Kristina Michaux says
her four-month placement in Rwanda
was definitely a highlight of her
undergraduate career.
"There's such a difference between
textbook knowledge and going into the
field and seeing the kind of real-life
setbacks that communities face in
developing countries," says Michaux who
graduates this November with a BSc in
Food, Nutrition and Health.
Earlier in the year, Michaux assisted
McLean's team with data collection and
management that included working
with local enumerators and visits with
Rwandan mothers and children in rural
communities. Since then Michaux
has received several job leads for paid
research positions in Rwanda. "It helped
to confirm my interests in international
nutrition and community development
Watershed Management
Students keen to understand integrated
watershed management and soil science
will benefit from UBC's research and
teaching leadership in these areas,
says LFS Prof. Les Lavkulich ofthe new
Master's of Land and Water Systems
(MLWS) program.
"The future ofthe planet depends on
judicious management of soil and water
resources," says Lavkulich, a soil scientist
who studies sustainable agricultural
systems, land use hydrology, mining and
the environment.
He adds, "Healthy land-water systems
are essential to the earth's ecological
structure and functions such as
The MLWS program will investigate
the impact of human activities and
climate change along with strategies
to conserve and rehabilitate land and
water systems. Students will also explore
the physical, chemical, biological and
climatic processes that impact the
soil's productive capacity in agriculture,
forestry and urban settings.
"Also key to the program are current
best practices and recent innovations
in characterizing and remediating soils,"
says Lavkulich. •
"There's a significant
need for people who
can hit the ground
running, who know
how to design,
implement and
measure community-
based interventions."
In Rwanda, Kristina Michaux worked
on a micronutrient powders study.
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Adding a touch
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blue and gold
Second-year Tbird Andrew Darcovich was shocked to learn that men commit more than 60,000 assaults against  women each year in B.C.
Heather Amos
The UBC Thunderbirds are not just
about blue and gold anymore, they're
adopting a bit of green too.
UBC Athletics & Recreation
asked some ofthe university's top
sustainability researchers to measure
the overall environmental footprint of
its facilities and programs, and devise a
tool to track progress.
Led by PhD student Matt Dolf
of UBC's Centre for Sport and
Sustainability, the Life Cycle
Assessment measured the impact of
Thunderbird teams, venues and events
on climate change, human health, water
withdrawal, resource depletion and
ecosystem quality. The first university
to conduct this type of comprehensive
analysis, UBC developed the tool
for sport and athletic organizers to
continually track their impact.
The results? The annual carbon
footprint ofthe TBirds is 8,300 tonnes
of carbon dioxide equivalents, roughly
the same as the greenhouse gases
emitted by 2,600 return flights to
London, UK. At 72 per cent, facilities
were the largest climate change
contributor, followed by travel of both
athletes and spectators at 24 per cent.
Food, office, waste, communication, and
accommodation made up the remaining
four per cent.
But the study went beyond the
carbon footprint to examine four other
environmental factors-human health,
water withdrawal, resource depletion
and ecosystem quality-generating a
Athletics carbon footprint.
We've all overheard comments that make us cringe but few of
us intervene. That's not good enough for a group of UBC
football players. This fall, they are not only planning to speak
up, but the students-athletes are also asking others to do the
The UBC Thunderbird football team and the university's Access
and Diversity office have partnered with the BC Lions and the
Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA) for their Be More Than
A Bystander campaign—a campaign to end violence against women.
The athletes have gone through training and instead of staying
mute while they witness harmful conversations or acts, they're
prepared to speak up.
"All you have to do is say 'this isn't right,'" says second year TBird
Andrew Darcovich, who went through the three-day training
program with four of his teammates and a group of BC Lions.
When Darcovich, a receiver from White Rock, volunteered to
take part in the program, he was excited to spend some time with
the BC Lions. As he read up about violence against women, he
was shocked to learn that men commit more than 60,000 assaults
against women every year in B.C.
"That really hit home for me," says the Sauder School of
Business student. "Men have to be part of
the solution because we are the problem."
The football players are being asked to
use their status as role models and leaders
in the community to do something positive.
"You have to do more than say violence is
wrong, you have to step in," he said. "Think
how hurt you would be if that was someone
you loved—your mom, your sister or your
friend. It's closer than anyone thinks."
In the training, Jackson Katz, a U.S.
academic in the area of men's roles in
breaking the silence around violence
against women, taught the athletes how
to step in and speak up without shutting
down the conversation.
Violence isn't the only problem.
Darcovich says sexist, racist or other jokes
in the locker room can be just as toxic.
"Now that I've gone through this
program, I think carefully before I speak
or add anything to those conversations,"
says Darcovich. "As a rookie, hearing one of
the veterans speak out can really make an
By showing others on campus that
it is acceptable to call out harassing or
discriminatory behaviour, the TBirds and
UBC's Access and Diversity office hope
others will follow suit.
"We want students to take the initiative
in changing the culture," says Janet Mee,
the director of Access and Diversity. "By
developing the capacity to speak out,
students learn what it means to contribute
to a civil and socially just society."
Alongside the partnership with the
BC Lions and EVA, Access and Diversity
has expanded the really? campaign—a
campaign that aims to prevent violence
by giving bystanders a tool to speak out
—to focus on all forms of discrimination.
Students are being invited to take part
in bystander training and will then help
educate their peers.
"History is filled with examples where
people knew something was wrong and
they were afraid to speak out because
no one else was," said C.J. Rowe, who is
coordinating the rea/ZyPcampaign for
Access and Diversity.
UBC recently recognized and honoured
a group of Japanese Canadian students
after failing to speak up for them in 1942,
when they were forced to leave the West
Coast and their studies. Champions
of UBC's really? and Be More than a
Bytstander campaigns never want to see
this happen again.
"When students leave UBC, we want them
to feel confident in speaking out against
injustice," said Rowe. •
more comprehensive assessment. For
example, food services at Athletics &
Recreation venues had a larger water
footprint than travel.
Dolf, who developed the International
Olympic Committee supported
Sustainable Sport and Event Toolkit,
was asked to perform the assessment
after he conducted a pilot study
measuring the carbon footprint of a
UBC Thunderbirds men's basketball
game. Athletics & Recreation was eager
to learn more about the overall impact
of its 20+ sports venues, 23 varsity
teams, and the 200 events it hosts
Recommendations to minimize the
TBirds' footprint include promoting
biking or public transit to attend varsity
games and recreational community
activities, lighting and mechanical
retrofits, and education initiatives
for staff and participants. Athletics &
Recreation has also hired two interns
to extend the research and help
implement sustainability solutions. •
72%   Venues
24%  Travel
1.4%  Accommodation
1.1%   Waste
1.1%    Office
0.3%   Food
0.2%   Communication
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It's the time in your life when you can explore horizons
without timelines. Add to that financial freedom afforded
by a smart retirement plan and your life will seem full
of endless possibilities. Rogers Group Financial has
helped over 300 UBC faculty members realize their
ideal retirement by integrating investment strategies
and pensions to their utmost potential. And together
we can ensure that each and every day of your,
retirement is as fulfilling and worry free as the last.
--^m Rogers Group
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Clay Gillespie, BBA, CIM, CFI? FCSI
Managing Director & Portfolio Manager
604 732 6551


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