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Spin-off know-how
helps fuel economy
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
When Westport Innovations Inc., a
UBC spin-off company, unveiled its first
modified transit coach it marked another
branch in the tree of success that is
UBC's University-Industry Liaison Office
The bus, powered by a diesel engine
converted to operate using a unique natural gas injection system, emits half the
pollutants and costs close to half as much
as its gas-guzzling counterparts. Over the
next decade, the company hopes to transform the diesel industry worldwide from
diesel fuel to low-emission natural gas.
The Westport story, and those of many
other UBC spin-offs, has helped place
UBC third in North America in the creation of new companies, behind only
Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, according to survey
results published in the Report on the
UBC Spin-off Company Formation and
Growth, released today by the UILO. The
Westport example is just one of a growing
list of UBC spin-off companies and UBC-
licensed technologies.
"UBC has been very successful in supporting the creation and development of
spin-off companies, and the licensing of
UBC-developed technologies," says the
report's author and UILO Associate Director Angus Livingstone. "The challenge
now is not only to continue to link UBC
technologies with industry partners for
further development, but also to promote
and accelerate the growth of the existing
Included in the report are the results
of surveys conducted in 1994 and 1997 of
UBC's spin-off companies, which paint a
vivid picture of the rapid growth in the
number of spin-off companies, now at 71,
See SPIN-OFF Page 2
Board okays business-
education committee
UBC's Board of Governors has approved the establishment of an advisory
committee to develop a comprehensive
set of guidelines which will provide a
framework for the university as it enters
into business-education partnerships.
The issues before this committee are
generally important ones for universities
today and for UBC in particular," said
Dennis Pavlich, associate vice-president,
Academic and Legal Affairs, who will chair
the advisory committee. The issues are
complex and jumbled. They need to be
addressed by the UBC community to
ensure the university continues to preserve its fundamental values while seek
ing alternative sources of revenue in today's ever-changing world."
Membership on the advisory committee will include faculty, staff, students
and alumni, appointed by the vice-presidents. The terms of reference are:
• to review the framework and current processes for the establishment of
business-education partnerships and,
where necessary, recommend changes;
• to review existing ethical guidelines for business-education partnerships
and recommend changes to better reflect
UBC's interests and values;
• to review a communication strategy
Survey shows support
for business partnerships
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
A majority of faculty, staff, students
and alumni are in favour of UBC developing strategic partnerships with business to raise funds, a poll conducted for
the university shows.
But those surveyed also want the
university to ensure that proper guidelines are in place to govern such partnerships.
A total of 78 per cent of those polled
said they supported UBC signing partnerships with companies in which cash
contributions are given in return for
university-approved business and promotional opportunities on campus, while
19 per cent opposed such partnerships.
Support was strong right across all
four stakeholder groups, particularly
among staff, students and alumni.
The level of support in some ways
surprised us," said Daniel Savas, vice-
president ofthe Angus Reid Group, which
conducted the poll. "We thought there
might be more opposition on campus."
Angus Reid surveyed a proportionally
representative sampling of 800 faculty,
staff,   students  and  Lower Mainland
alumni drawn from all faculties. The poll
Orange Aid
Hilary Thomson photo
Pharmaceutical Sciences' lecturer Colleen Brady (left) and Assistant
Dean Marguerite Yee show off some entries in the faculty's second
annual pumpkin carving contest which raises funds for the United Way.
The Pharmacy Practice Laboratory, in which the pumpkins are on
display, is the subject of a faculty fund-raising initiative aimed to
upgrade the lab to represent the pharmacy of the future.
New program focuses
on animal welfare
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
Two internationally recognized researchers with a life-long interest in animals have been appointed to lead UBC's
new Animal Welfare Program.
Prof. David Fraser and Prof. Dan Weary
will investigate topics such as the way
living conditions affect the well-being of
animals, and ethical issues surrounding
the use of animals in scientific research,
sport, and food production.
"As educators, we hope to stimulate
dialogue on animal welfare issues and
bring facts and knowledge about animals to the debate," said Fraser. "As
researchers, we will look for solutions to
animal welfare problems that are good
for animals, and good for society."
The $ 1.8-million Natural Sciences and
See ANIMAL Page 4
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and the growth experienced by
the companies themselves.
More than 1,500 Jobs created
by UBC spin-off companies boost
both the provincial and national
economies — 96 per cent of these
jobs are In B.C.
The companies are also generating returns for the university
Including $17.5 million In cumulative research funding to UBC,
$3.4 million In royalties, and, on
paper, $5.6 million in equity
shares held by UBC In 1997.
Growth In returns to UBC Is
most remarkable in cumulative
research funding, which has more
than doubled from $8.2 million
in Just three years, and In the
paper value of UBC's equity
shares, from$1.6million In 1994.
In the last year alone, UBC
received $3.5 million In industry-sponsored research funds
from UBC spin-offs.
"We are seeing rapid growth
In a number of the spin-off companies that have matured in the
past fewyears," says Livingstone.
"This is due, in part, to the fact
that increasingly sophisticated
private investors are recognizing
the opportunities these companies offer, the value of the technologies they are developing, and
the services they provide.
"While government support of
our spin-offs has grown by about
$6 million since 1994, private
lnvestmenthas climbed dramatically from $249 million to $634
As investor support has
grown, so have the companies'
revenues. In 1994, UBC's spin-
offcompanies reported combined
annual revenues of $20.9 million. By 1997, annual revenues
had jumped to $42.4 million.
The range of technologies and
services offered by UBC's spinoffs is vast The majority of com-
Continued from Page 1
was conducted in July on behalf
of UBC's Business Relations Office.
In recent years, UBC has developed strategic business partnerships with such companies as Coca-
Cola and BC TELECOM to provide
benefits including access for the
disabled and computer network
infrastructure. Other agreements
are also being considered.
Most of those surveyed saw
the need to raise funds and felt
that corporate partnerships were
preferable to other options such
as borrowing of funds, raising
tuition, cutting back on services
and charging higher user fees.
But while they favoured the
university entering into more
partnerships, they also expressed some concerns regarding business involvement in research and teaching.
"People wanted to be sure that
guidelines are in place to control
the extent that business can be
involved in academia," Savas
said. "They do not want companies telling professors what research to do or department heads
what courses they can offer."
UBC's Board ofGovernors has
adopted the Conference Board
of Canada's ethical guidelines
on business-education partnerships, and at their last meeting,
struck a committee to further
refine the guidelines as they apply to UBC.
Another important issue
identified in the survey is the
choice of business partner. Many
felt the university should sign
partnerships only with businesses with reputations as good
corporate citizens.
UBC constituents also felt
strongly that money raised
through business partnerships
should be directed to teaching
and research rather than recreation or extracurricular items.
A total of 57 per cent felt teaching is the top priority while 45
per cent named research as the
top or second priority.
Many also felt the university
should better communicate how
it spends money raised through
Communications was also
important in building support.
For example, fears expressed
about the commercialization of
campus are eased when it is
learned that UBC's proposed advertising policy and guidelines
would limit corporate signage
on campus.
Other issues that respondents identified included evaluation of partnerships over the
course of agreements; that
competition and choice be
maintained; that financial contributions be significant; and
that quality of service be maintained.
Survey results are available
on the Public Affairs Web site at
www. external- affairs. ubc. ca /
paweb/ or from the Public Affairs Office by calling 822-3131.
Edwin Jackson
panies (45 per cent) operate in
the life sciences sector, with 39
per cent based in the physical
sciences, and 15 per cent in
information technology.
The number of UBC spin-off
companies is growing at a rate of
five to seven companies per year
and, according to a 1997 National
Research Council review, UBC
alone accounted for more than 20
per cent of university-based spinoffs created in Canada.
Continued from Page 1
to provide information and collect
feedback on business-education
partnerships across campus.
The Advisory Committee will
report its findings back to the
Board of Governors in the coming months. In addition, a public forum on business-education
partnerships at UBC is planned
for mid-November and details
will be advertised shortly.
The Board of Governors also
gave its approval for the university to proceed with the development of business-education partnership agreements with Canadian Airlines International Ltd.
and the Royal Bank Financial
Group and Hongkong Bank of
Canada. The agreements will be
presented for Board of Governors approval in December and
January, respectively.
In 1995, the Board ofGovernors gave UBC a mandate to
seek non-traditional or alternative sources of funding for the
university. The board also ratified ethical guidelines for Business-Education Partnerships as
developed by the Conference
Board of Canada.
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site, which also houses Panhellenic House.
The 1,700-1,800-square-metre facility will be a two- to three-storey signature building nestled within the existing trees on the site. It will be linked
to International House on the second floor and will comprise academic
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and its impact on the campus and community
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•7-8pm, Angus 104
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Topics will include:
• APEC initiatives at UBC
• Related work at MOA and Norman MacKenzie House
• Impact of the Nov. 25 APEC leaders' meeting on campus
buildings, traffic and parking
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Eye to Eye
Stephen Forgacs photo
Sylvia Kender makes eye to camera contact with Jose, a visually guided
mobile robot. Jochen Lang (left), a PhD student, is able to specify a
destination within the robot's range of vision. Jose then uses trinocular
stereovision, provided by three small video cameras, to map its
surroundings and navigate independently and untethered. Jose is a
project, led by Prof. Alan Mackworth, of UBC's Institute for Robotics and
Intelligent Systems (IRIS). Eventual applications for robots like Jose
may include inventory monitoring, security, and cleaning.
1 »»7 L'ANNtI
Canada's Year
of Asia Pacific
Canada 1997
Campus encouraged
to take transit Nov. 25
Members of the UBC community are being advised to take transit or
carpool Nov. 25 when the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation leaders'
meeting takes place on campus.
An area of the northwest corner of campus will be most directly affected
— especially from 6 p.m., Nov. 24, to 6 p.m., Nov. 25 — but the impact will
be felt throughout campus.
Security fencing will be set up in the northwest campus on the days prior
to the Nov. 25 leaders' meeting, and may cause some inconvenience.
Building closures
• The Museum of Anthropology will be closed to the public Nov. 19-26
• The Anthropology/Sociology building will be closed from 6 p.m., Nov. 24
to 6 p.m., Nov. 25. Please contact your instructor or department for class
re-scheduling information
• Mary Bollert Hall, International House, Pan-Hellenic House, Nitobe
Garden will be closed from 6 p.m., Nov. 24 to 6 p.m., Nov. 25
• Chan Centre for the Performing Arts will have restricted access from 6 p.m.,
Nov. 24 to 6 p.m., Nov. 25. Check with instructors regarding rehearsals
• Green College, Cecil Green Park House, Cecil Green Coach House will
have restricted access from 6 p.m., Nov. 24 to 6 p.m., Nov. 25
• The Graduate Student Centre and the Parking and Security office will be
closed to all but accredited staff from 6 p.m., Nov. 24 to 6 p.m., Nov. 25
Road closures
• Chancellor and Northwest Marine Drive will be closed from 6 p.m., Nov.
24 to 6 p.m., Nov. 25 from Gate 3 to Gate 6
• Fourth Avenue/Chancellor Boulevard traffic will be diverted onto
Wesbrook Mall (except for local traffic)
• Southwest Marine Drive traffic will be diverted at Gate 6 onto University
• Cecil Green Park Road, Crescent Road, Memorial Road and Main Mall
north of Memorial Road will be inaccessible to vehicles from 6 p.m., Nov.
24 to 6 p.m., Nov. 25
Parking closures
• Rose Garden parkade will be closed from 6 p.m., Nov. 24 to 6 p.m. Nov.
25. All vehicles must be out of the parkade by 6 p.m., Nov. 24. (Students
with restricted Rose Garden Parkade passes will be allowed to park in
other parkades on Nov. 25)
• The Faculty Club parking lot will be closed from Saturday, Nov. 22 to
Wednesday, Nov. 26
Transit route changes
• The #42 bus will be rerouted along Wesbrook Mall to the bus loop from 6 p.m.
Nov. 24. Regular service resumes Wednesday, Nov. 26
• The #4 bus may be rerouted onto Alma and along 10th Ave. at certain times
during Tuesday, Nov. 25
More information about APEC and UBC's involvement will be available at
public information meetings to be held Thursday, Nov. 6 at 12:30 p.m. and 7
p.m. in the Henry Angus Building, 2053 Main Mall. For further information
call Carolyn McLean, UBC APEC Office, 822-2080; fax 822-1936; e-mail
apec@unixg.ubc.ca. Information can also be found on the Web at
www.ubc.ca under "News, Events and Attractions."
New transportation
director goes green
UBC's new director of transportation
planning, Gordon Lovegrove, takes his
advocacy of car-free commuting seriously.
He ran, cycled or occasionally rode a bus
to his previous workplace.
To prove that I could commute to
work by foot seven kilometres each day,
even through harsh winter weather, was
really a growth experience — like a personal iron man regime," he said.
Lovegrove, who starts at UBC Nov. 10,
will be responsible for all university transportation planning and reports to Geoff
Atkins, associate vice-president, Land and
Building Services.
The position of transportation planner
was created by the university as part of
the Official Community Plan for the UBC
The plan, approved this summer by
the university and the Greater Vancouver
Regional District (GVRD), calls on the
university to pursue a 20 per cent reduction of single occupancy vehicles travelling to campus.
There is no car allowance in this job,"
said Atkins. "We need someone willing to
set a personal example if we are going to
reduce auto dependence on this campus
by 20 per cent over the next five years.
Gord's lifestyle, energetic personality and
strong background is a good fit for UBC
and will help us achieve our goals."
Lovegrove has been involved in municipal, regional and provincial transportation planning and development projects
in the Lower Mainland and B.C. Interior
for more than 15 years. Most recently, he
served as the transportation planner for
the City of Kelowna.
During his career Lovegrove has built
strong working relationships with many
ofthe stakeholders critical to the success
of the university's strategic transportation plan, Atkins said. These include B.C.
Transit, the City ofVancouver, the Ministry of Transportation and Highways and
the GVRD.
Lovegrove spent nine years as a special projects engineer and transportation
planning and design engineer with the
City of Vancouver and five years as the
transportation traffic engineer with the
Township of Langley.
He has a degree in civil engineering
and a master's degree in transportation
planning, both from UBC, and an MBA
from SFU.
Campus commute
options in the offing
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
At one time, most everyone drove to
UBC and parked in one of the vast surface parking lots. Those days are gone.
The university is looking at a wide
range of alternatives to car commuting as
it seeks to reduce single-occupant vehicle traffic by 20 per cent, said Geoff
Atkins, associate vice-president, Land and
Building Services.
As far as Atkins is concerned, everything
is on the table and worth a look, including
telecommuting, flexible work and classroom
schedules, dial-a-ride systems, a fleet of
campus bikes and retrofitting campus buildings with showers and lockers.
His top priority, however, is improved
B.C. Transit service to campus.
"B.C. Transit keeps telling us they
have confined resources and we are sympathetic to that, but we won't get anywhere if B.C. Transit is waiting for someone to give them more money," said Atkins,
a frequent transit user himself.
"We need better service and we have to
think about creative ways of making things
Another way UBC will meet its 20 per
cent vehicle reduction is a U-Pass system
similar to the highly successful University of Washington program that offers
increased bus service, campus shuttles,
free carpool parking, vanpools and bike
UBC will spend $250,000 a year on its
own U-Pass system, which is scheduled
to begin in September, 1999.
"We've made a commitment to do that
and we will have it in place. Perhaps not
necessarily the same as the University of
Washington's, but with a lot of its essential elements."
For now, Atkins is looking at other
creative solutions to campus transit problems.
One of these is a free bike system
where bicycles are provided for anyone
who wishes to use them on campus.
Atkins envisages buying old bikes at auctions and restoring them.
"Stanford University for example has
an aggressive bike usage program. We
may be able to have one of our own in
place, perhaps as early as next summer."
Remember Nov. 11
Members of the university community will gather in War Memorial Gym
Nov. 11 for UBC's annual Remembrance
Day service.
"Our audience consists of students,
staff, veterans and the public," Event Coordinator Eilis Courtney said, adding
that anyone is welcome at the service.
UBC President Martha Piper will conduct an inspection of the troops at 10:15
a.m. before the ceremony gets underway at
10:45 a.m. Wreaths will be laid while a piper
plays, and a brass quintet from the School
of Music will play during the ceremony.
Last year 350 people attended the
Donations move to goal
United Way's campus
campaign co-ordinator
Kelly Gray performs a
simple exercise with
groups of potential
United Way United Way donors.
Everyone stands,
then she asks them to
sit down if they can answer yes to a short
list of questions: Have you or anyone in
your immediate family ever been treated
at B.C.'s Children's Hospital? Have you
or anyone in your immediate family ever
taken swimming lessons from the Red
Cross? Have you ever been at an event
where St. John's first aid attendants
were on hand?
Each is an example of a United Way
agency. After a few questions, there's no-
one standing.
"You can see realization dawning on
their faces, after I've named only a handful of United Way's 105 member agencies
in the Lower Mainland," says Gray.
One month into United Way's campus
campaign, UBC faculty, staff and students have donated more than $170,807
towards this year's goal of $310,000.
For more information, or to volunteer,
call (604) 294-UWAY. 4 UBC Reports * October 30,1997
Stephen Forgacs photo
Stomach Strain
Students practising the martial art kogido in the Student
Recreation Centre work up a sweat during a strenuous
session of exercises aimed at strengthening abdominal
and back muscles. Kogido is described as a non-traditional
martial art ideally suited for self-defence and takes
elements from a variety of martial arts including tae
kwon do, karate and jiu jitsu.
Sports stars, grads
receive honours
UBC honoured some of its
most outstanding alumni and
saluted varsity sports stars of
the past at the 1997 UBC Alumni
Achievement and UBC Sports
Hall of Fame Dinner Oct. 23.
The Alumni Awards recognize 10 individuals for their outstanding achievements.
Alumni award recipients
were: Nobel Prize winner
Michael Smith (DSc '94), Lifetime Achievement Award;
Malaysian business leader
Dato'Lim Say Chong (MBA '65),
Alumni Award of Distinction;
clinical pharmacist Louanne
Twaites (BSc Pharm '53),
Blythe Eagles Volunteer Service Award; New York investment firm partner Jacki
Hoffman-Zehner (BCom '88),
Outstanding Young Alumnus;
former Lt.-Gov. David Lam (LLD
'88) and his wife Dorothy, Honorary Alumni Award; Education Asst. Prof. Thelma Cook
(BEd '58) and Zoology Prof.
Geoffrey Scudder, Faculty Citation Award; law student John
Cameron, Outstanding Student Award; California lawyer
Kent Westerberg (BA '84, LLB
'87), Branch Representative
The UBC Sports Hall of Fame
inductees included four individuals and one team.
Lionel Pugh was recognized
by UBC as a builder for taking a
mediocre track and field program and turning it into one of
the country's best.He arrived at
UBC in 1964, at the start of
UBC's "golden age" of track and
field. During his 23 years as
coach, UBC won four national
championships and a total of 25
Canada West titles in crosscountry and track and field.
Fourteen athletes from his teams
represented Canada at the Olympics and the majority of today's UBC track records were
set while Pugh was coach.
The 1945/46 men's basketball team,coached by Bob
Osborne, was also honoured. The
team was the runaway winner of
the US Pacific Northwest Intercollegiate Conference, triumphing over such high-ranking
schools as Washington State, the
University of Washington and
the University of Oregon. The
team's record included a famous
victory over the Harlem Globetrotters. The '45/'46T-Birds were
the first Canadian basketball
team to be crowned champion of
an American intercollegiate
league, making it one of the top
teams in the Northwest.
Other inductees into the
Sports Hall of Fame included
Thunderbird quarterback Dan
Smith (1974-1978); Frank Sealy
(1955-1962), soccer and cricket;
Jim Bardsley (1930-1937), bas-
ketball, tennis; and Bill
Holowaty (1979-1985), ice
More than 800 people attended the awards dinner.
Keynote speaker at the event
was UBC President Martha Piper
who was introduced by diplomat John P. Bell, former Alumni
Award of Distinction winner and
ambassador, Canada's Year of
the Asia Pacific.
The dinner was hosted by
Haig Farris, president of the
Alumni Association, and Bob
Philip, director of Athletics and
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Engineering Research Council
(NSERC) Industrial Research
Chairs in Animal Welfare, to
which Fraser and Weary have
been appointed, were created
with the support of a range of
groups with strong ties to animal welfare issues. The B.C.
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (B.C. SPCA) and
the B.C. Veterinary Medical Association joined forces with numerous animal agriculture
groups to provide funding for
the program. NSERC matched
their donations.
"The broad-based support
behind the positions is unique
in the Canadian animal welfare
research community," Fraser
Both Fraser and Weary are
new to UBC. Fraser's research
has led to innovations ranging
from better pig pens to ways of
reducing highway accidents involving wildlife. Weary's research includes the use of
vocalizations and other behaviours as indicators of animal
"One of the most productive
methods at our disposal in
studying welfare is to look at
aspects of the animal's behaviour. This is why much of the
work being done on animal welfare today is done by scientists,
like David Fraser and myself,
who have a background in ani
mal behaviour," Weary said.
"Behavioural approaches also
have the advantage of being noninvasive: you don't have to give
injections, take blood, or look at
the animal's brain, and hence
risk causing some harm or distress to the animal whose welfare you are ultimately trying to
Fraser and Weary will continue research in their respective areas of expertise while at
UBC, and also deal with the
range of ethical issues surrounding the use of animals.
"The present-day debate
over the proper relationship
between ourselves and other
species is not a new issue, like
global warming; it is not an
issue that will eventually go
away, like mad cow disease;
rather, it is one of our oldest
and most vexing ethical problems, and one which different
generations and different societies must grapple with as our
values, beliefs and perceptions
change," Fraser said.
The chairholders, who hold
cross appointments with UBC's
Dept. of Animal Science and
Centre for Applied Ethics, will
work closely with the UBC Animal Care Centre, with animal
scientists in dairy, beef, poultry,
aquaculture and other animal
industries, and with biological
and medical researchers.
"NSERC's commitment of
more than $800,000 indicates
the seriousness with which we
consider animal research issues. We want to ensure that
animal research meets the
highest ethical standards," said
NSERC President Tom
Weary studied animal behaviour at McGill and Oxford, where
he earned a doctorate. He undertook post doctoral studies at
McGill, Queen's and Concordia,
focusing especially on the vocal
behaviour of wild birds and
He joined Agriculture and
Agri-Food Canada in 1992 as a
research scientist. There he
started his basic research on
how vocal and other behaviour
of pigs can provide information
about an animal's physical and
emotional state.
Fraser studied at the universities of Toronto and Glasgow.
From 1975 to 1981 he worked
in wildlife research, specializing
in the behaviour and management of moose. From 1981 to
1997 he was a research scientist at the Canadian government's Central Experimental
Farm in Ottawa where he worked
on behaviour, management and
animal welfare problems of pigs
and other farm animals, focusing especially on the needs of
mothers and newborns.
UBC botanist, chemist, zoologist
newest Royal Society members
Three UBC researchers will
receive one of the highest honours in the Canadian academic
community when they are inducted into the Royal Society of
Canada next month during a
ceremony in Ottawa.
The UBC inductees to the
society's Academy of Science are
Prof. Thomas Cavalier-Smith,
Prof. Michael Fryzuk and Prof.
John Gosline.
Each year the society elects
more than 60 "fellows" who are
nominated for stellar research
in the fields of science, social
sciences and the humanities and
for other contributions to the
academic community.
In the field of science, where
this year's UBC inductees reside, the society received 10
times as many nominations as
available slots.
UBC is ranked second among
Canadian universities, after the
University of Toronto, in current number of fellows in the
Royal Society with 132.
Botanist Cavalier-Smith, a
world leader in studying cell evolution, has greatly reformed the
classification of single-celled
creatures such as Protozoa and
established a sixth kingdom of
life, the Chromista, which includes the kelps and other brown
seaweeds. He has also proposed
novel theories to explain why
the cell nucleus of animals and
plants contains so much more
DNA than is needed for their
genes, why so many of our genes
have been invaded by virus-like
pieces of DNA of no benefit to
them, and how many different
parts of living cells originated.
Fryzuk,  a professor in the
Dept. of Chemistry, is recognized for his contributions in
several areas of inorganic/orga-
nometallic chemistry. His findings of unusual bonding combinations between certain atoms
and metals are forcing the
chemical community to reformulate ideas about bonding patterns.
Gosline, a professor in the
Dept. of Zoology, is a leader in
the field of molecular biomechanics. Although his special
interests are focused on mechanical and molecular design
principles of structural
biomaterials (from spider silk to
elastin to keratins and cuticles),
he has had a broad impact on
the entire discipline. His book.
Mechanical Design in Organisms,
which looks at the strategy of
applying engineering principles
to design in biological systems
has had a profound effect on the
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Lasting Legacy
Stephen Forgacs photo
First Nations elder Vince Stogan pauses to admire one of two Musqueam
house posts erected by the Museum of Anthropology earlier this year.
Carved by Musqueam artist Susan Point, the house posts mark the western
entrance to the museum's Totem Village, a collection of outdoor sculptures
and buildings widely regarded as the finest of its kind in the world. The
museum is in the process of raising money to replace decayed roof beams
in the Haida houses in the village, and to treat and reinforce the freestanding poles.
First Nations help guide
future foresters' studies
by Sean Kelly
Staff winter
As the Faculty of Forestry's new coordinator of forestry programs for First
Nations, Madeleine Maclvor will oversee
a series of initiatives that have introduced First Nations content into the
Forestry curriculum, and made forestry
education more accessible to First Nations students.
Maclvor takes over
Nov. 1 from Gordon Prest,
who was the first coordinator when the position was created three
years ago in collaboration with the First Nations House of Learning.
The initiatives he
helped develop have attracted attention from
forestry schools throughout Canada and abroad.
"There is a need for First
Nations to develop their
capacity to enhance, manage and protect natural re- Maclvor
sources within their traditional territories," says Maclvor, who is currently co-ordinator of student services and
community liaison co-ordinator at First Nations House of learning. "And non-aboriginal students need to learn about First Nations issues so that they have a clear understanding of the context they will be working
in as foresters."
When Prest started as co-ordinator,
there was only one First Nations student
in Forestry. That student graduated last
spring, and there are now 13 First Nations students pursuing Forestry degrees.
Forestry Dean Clark Binkley says the
First Nations initiatives are a model for
the rest of the world.
"Few First Nations people have gone
through forest resources management
programs anywhere in the world. I think
many other professional forestry schools
will benefit from our experience."
The universities of
Northern B.C., Lethbridge,
Toronto and Northern Arizona are among the institutions looking to UBC for
ideas as they plan similar
arrangements for First Nations students.
Forestry gives an annual course entitled "Perspectives on First Nations
and Forest Lands."
As well, a guide for incorporating First Nations
content into forestry education has been created.
It came out of the Indigenous Perspectives in Forestry Education Workshop
held at UBC this summer which attracted
participants from as far away as Australia and New Zealand.
A council of First Nations advisers from
throughout B.C. provides guidance to the
program on how to meet First Nations
students' forestry education needs.
Research networks
awarded $94 million
Seven networks in the Networks of
Centres of Excellence (NCE) program have
been awarded $94.3 million over four
years by the federal government.
The networks funded include the
Canadian Bacterial Diseases Network,
the Canadian Genetic Diseases Network, Micronet, the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems and the
Protein Engineering Network. All succeeded in a competition for funding
that included the 10 original networks
launched in 1989.
The NCE program also includes four
networks established in 1995 that will be
funded until 2002, contingent on a positive mid-term evaluation next year.
UBC researchers participate in all 14
networks of the NCE program, with the
Canadian Genetic Diseases Network
headquartered on campus.
The program brings together research
teams from all provinces and disciplines
to work in cooperation with universities,
industry and government.
"Our investigators are ecstatic about
this news," says Malcolm McMillan, director of the NCE Administration Office
at UBC. "It means they can plan new
research and complete existing projects.
Until now, we weren't sure which of the
original networks in the program would
exist beyond March 1998."
The recent funding announcement
shows the government's continuing commitment to the future of the NCE program, McMillan says.
NCE funding will end March 31, 1998
for the NeuroScience Network, Concrete
Canada and Inspiraplex Networks after
eight years of support.
UBC scientists are now involved in
competing for $9 million recently made
available to fund new networks.
Further information on the program a
can be found at www.nce.gc.ca.
Chan to take Board
helm for second term
Shirley Chan has been re-appointed
chair of UBC's Board of Governors for a
one-year term, ending Aug. 31, 1998.
"I appreciate the confidence of the board
in deciding to re-appoint me and look forward to working with Dr. Piper," she says.
Chan thinks the university is at a
"Although we're challenged by financial restrictions, we need to protect the
quality of teaching and research by finding alternative sources of funding that
don't compromise our values," she says.
A board member since 1992 and chair
since 1996, Chan is the manager of non-
market housing for the City ofVancouver.
Educated in Ontario and B.C., she re
ceived a master's degree in environmental
studies from York University in 1978.
Chan has been a director of VanCity
Savings Credit Union since 1987, serving
as chair from 1993 to 1995. She is also a
director of Citizen's Bank and Little Mountain Residential Care and Housing Society, and vice-chair ofVanCity Enterprises.
She serves as a part-time adjudicator for
the Public Service Appeal Board of B.C.
In 1993, the Alumni Association of
Simon Fraser University honoured Chan
with its Outstanding Alumni Award for
service to the community.
Also re-appointed to board vice-chair
positions were Harold Kalke and Joanne
Samhain, Halloween
— it's the same thing
by Sean Kelly
Staff writer
'Trick or treat!"
As costumed children go from home
to home on Halloween collecting goodies, they will be acting out rituals dating back to a popular pre-Christian
festival called Samhain, says David
Lertzman, a PhD student in Community and Regional Planning.
Lertzman, who has studied "the Old
Religion," will perform Halloween songs
and ritual theatre at 8 p.m. as part of
the Oct. 31 festivities at Green College.
The word Halloween comes from the
feast of All Hallows which was instigated by the medieval church to coincide with Samhain, he says.
'To the old earth-based cultures,
Samhain was a time of change, a time
of darkness and chaos, where normal
rules no longer applied," says Lertzman.
"Samhain was seen as a doorway
between this world and the Otherworld,
a time out of time, when the realm ofthe
ancestors and fairies was closest. These
spirits provided boons to good people,
and played tricks on those who had
taken advantage of others."
Wicca, a Saxon word meaning "to
shape" or "to bend," may be the root of
the modern word witch. It's also one of
the names for the Old Religion, says
"Those we call witches were the medicine people. Their demonization and
persecution in the Middle Ages and
later was part of the reaction of the
Christian church against the older,
earth-based religions," he says.
Lertzman also believes our familiar
Halloween witch is based on an ancient
crone figure, who had positive powers
of healing.
Europe's ancient agrarian cultures
were based on a lunar calendar, he
says, and the three phases ofthe moon
were characterized as a maiden, a
mother, and crone. All three were aspects of one great goddess.
"Since Samhain marked the approach of barren winter, it was the time
ofthe Crone. She was the grandmother
of time and decay, holder of powers of
divination. Her ability to die created the
possibility for rebirth."
Lertzman is fascinated by the differences between the ancient conception
of life as guided by cycles of birth,
death, and rebirth, and modern society's aim of attaining ever greater levels
of production and consumption by controlling nature.
His PhD thesis examines how ancient earth-based knowledge systems
may contribute towards the transition
to ecological sustainability.
"When we go back to the ancient
roots of customs like Halloween, we see
people attempting to be more integrated
within the natural systems of the
For more information on Halloween
festivities at Green College, call 822-
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November 2 through November 15
Sunday, Nov. 2
Art Exhibition
UBC Masters Of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition. Various artists.
Belkin Art Gallery, Tue to Fri
from 10am-5pm; weekends noon-
5pm. UBC staff, faculty free with
valid ID. Call 822-2759.
Band Festival. UBC 20 Year
Alumni Band, Martin Berinbaum,
conductor; High School Honour
Bands, Glen Price; Fred Stride,
conductors. Chan Centre at
1:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Green College Performing
Arts Group
Reading From His Work. Robert
Bringhurst, poet. Green College
at 8pm. Call 822-1878.
Monday, Nov. 3
Cecil And Ida Green Visiting
Discourses Of Death And Desire
In Western Culture: Sir Walter
Ralegh To Friedrich Nietzsche.
Jonathan Dollimore, American
and English Studies, U of Sussex. Buchanan D-238 at
12:30pm. Call 822-5675.
Mechanical Engineering
The Magic Of Materials. Keith
Brimacombe, Director, Centre for
Process Metallurgy. CEME 1202
from 3:30-4:30pm. Light refreshments. Call 822-3770.
Astronomy Seminar
Dark Matter In Dwarf Irregular
Galaxies. Stephanie Cote, DAO.
Hennings 318 at 4pm. Coffee, tea
at3:30pm. Call 822-2267 or 822-
Leslie L. Schaffer
Getting The Paradigm Right: The
Essential Ecological Foundation
For The Conservation And Sustainable Management Of B.C.'s
Forests. Daniel B. Botkin, President, Centre for the Study of the
Environment, Biology, George
Mason U. MacMillan 166 from
5:30-6:30pm. Call 822-2507.
Green College Resident
Speaker Series
Queering Teachers (Of) Bodies:
Female Sexualities In Western
Physical Education. Heather
Sykes, Educational Studies.
Green College at 5:30pm. Call
Green College Special
Privacy And Freedom Of Information At UBC. Susan Dent, Legal adviser. Green College at 8pm.
Call 822-1878.
Tuesday, Nov. 4
Lignan And Lignin Biosynthesis:
The New Paradigm. Norman
Lewis, Washington State U.
BioSciences 2000 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-2133
Department of Animal
Science Seminar Series
Habitat Use By Alien Beings: The
Consequences Of Scale. Steven
Wilson, Animal Science.
MacMillan 160 at 12:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-4593.
UBC Humanists' Society
Believe It Or Not! The Psychology
Of Belief. Dr. Ernest Poser. Scarfe
206 at 12:30pm. Free donuts.
Call 739-9822.
Lectures in Modern
Homeleptic Metal Carbonyl Cations - A New Class Of
Superelectrophiles. Felix Aubke,
Chemistry. Chemistry B-250
(south wing) at lpm. Refreshments
from 12:40pm. Call 822-3266.
Faculty Development
Co-operative Learning And Student Participation. Sofia Chavez;
Angela Post. David Lam bsmt, Faculty Dev. Seminar Rm from 2-5pm
(use entrance behind Trekkers restaurant). Call 822-9149.
Computer Science
Global And Local Issues For Mobile Robotics Positioning. Greg
Dudek, McGill U. CICSR/CS 208
from 4-5:30pm. Refreshments.
Call 822-0557.
Statistics Seminar
Exact Likelihood Of A Vector ARMA
(P, Q) Model And The Posterior Distribution Of A Location Parameter
From A Strongly Unimodal Distribution. Chunsheng Ma, Statistics.
CSCI 301 from4-5:30pm. Refreshments, bring your mug. Call 822-
Green College Speakers'
Frank Lloyd Wright And The Discomfiture Of American Architecture. Nicholas Olsberg, Chief Curator, Centre Canadien
d'Architecture. Green College at
5:30pm. Reception at Graham
House from 4:45-5:30pm. Call
Musical Performance
Vainika Ratna Gem Of Veena.
Lakshmi Ranganathan. MOA
Theatre Gallery from 7-8pm. Call
Information Night
School of Rehabilitation Sciences.
Faculty; admissions personnel;
students. IRC #2 from 7-9pm. Call
Theatre At UBC
Lucky Lady. Craig Holzschuh, director. BC Tel Theatre at 7:30pm.
Call 822-2678.
Faculty Women's Club
Meeting And Lecture
A Talk On His New Book, Scorned
And Beloved: Dead OfWinter Meetings With Canadian Eccentrics.
Bill Richardson, CBC-TV and CBC-
Radio host; author. Cecil Green
Park House main floor at 7:30pm.
Refreshments. Call Mila Kubicek
Cecil And Ida Green Visiting
Gender, Cultural Theory And Intellectual History. Jonathan
Dollimore, American and English
Studies, U of Sussex, Brighton.
Green College Graham House main
floor at 7:30pm. Call 822-5675.
Wednesday, Nov. 5
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Orthopedic Engineering Research: PavingThe Way. Dr. Tom
Oxland, Director, Orthopaedic
Engineering Research, Orthopaedics. Vancouver Hosp/HSC,
Eye Care Centre Aud. at 7am.
Call 875-4192.
Wednesday Noon Hours. Lakshmi
Ranganathan Veena; Bala
Skandan Mrudangam. Music Recital Hall at 12:30pm. $3 at the
door. Call 822-5574.
Obstetrics And Gynecology
Research Seminar
Pregnancy Outcome And Confirmed Placental Mosaicism. Dr.
Dagmar Kalousek, Pathology, BC
Children's Hosp. BC Women's
Hosp. 2N35 at 2pm. Call 875-
Cecil And Ida Green Visiting
Professor English Seminar
Shakespeare, Cultural Theory And
Intellectual History. Jonathan
Dollimore, American and English
Studies, U of Sussex. Green College Coach House at 3:30pm. Call
Ecology, Evolution And
Centre For Biodiversity
Research Seminars
Incest Avoidance In The Cooperatively Breeding Acorn Woodpecker.
Walter Koenig, Hastings Reservation, U of California. Family and
Nutritional Sciences 60 at 4:30pm.
Refreshments Hut B-8 at 4:10pm.
Call 822-3957.
Walter S. Owen Lecture
Holding The Line: Police Reform,
Accounting Rituals And Cultural
Resistance. Janet Chan, Social
Science and Policy, U of New South
Wales. Curtis 101/102 at5:30pm.
Reception to follow. Call 822-6335.
Theatre at UBC
A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Joyce Miller, director. Frederic
Wood Theatre at 7:30pm. Call 822-
Thursday, Nov. 6
The UBC Clothesline Project - To
Honour And Remember Women
Survivors Of Violence. SUB AMS
Gallery from 10am-7pm. Call 822-
Earth And Ocean Sciences
Neural Networks For Short-term
Climate Prediction. William Hsieh,
Earth and Ocean Sciences, Oceanography Div. Geological Sciences
Bldg 330-A at 12:30pm. Call 822-
APEC '97 Public Information
Public Information Meeting For
Campus And Neighboring Community. Angus 104 from 12:30-
1:30pm; 7-8pm. Call 822-2080.
Law And Society Lunchtime
Institutional Responses To Indigenous Land Rights In Australia:
Native Title And The High Court's
WIK Decision. Maureen Tehan,
Law, U of Melbourne. Green College at 12:30pm. Do not bring food
please. Call 822-1878.
Philosophy Colloquium
The Shooting Room Paradox And
Conditionalizing On Highly Improbable Events. Paul Bartha,
Philosophy. Buchanan D-121 from
1-2:30pm. Call 822-3292.
Seminars in Biological
Spatial Synchrony In Boreal Trees
And Birds. Walter Koenig, U of
California. MacMillan 166 from
2:30-3:30pm. Call 822-9695 or
Invited Speaker Seminar
Aspect-oriented Programming:
Improved Separation Of Concerns
In Software Design And Implementation. Gregor Kiczales, Xerox
PARC. CICSR/CS 208 from 4-
5:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-
Genetics Graduate Program
Seminar Series
Determination OfThe Meiotic Pattern Of Crossing-over In C.
Elegans. Dr. Ann Rose, Director,
Genetics   Graduate   Program.
Wesbrook 201 at 4pm. Refreshments. Call 822-8764.
A Clinical Model For Researching
Complementary And Alternative
Medicines. Dr. Allan Best, CEO,
Tzu Chi Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. IRC
# 1 from 4:30-6pm. Call 822-2258.
Policy Issues In Post-
secondary Education In BC
The Changing Role Of The Research Intensive University. President Martha Piper. Green College
at 4:30pm. RSVP to 822-2593.
Wine Tasting And Pharmacy
Alumni Annual General
An Evening Of Wine Tasting And
Fine Art. Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, 6:45pm. $20 per person. Call
Amy Wai, 875-4982.
Green College Special
Cascadia And China: The 21st
Century. Panel discussion including NIKE. Green College at 8pm.
Call 822-1878.
Friday, Nov. 7
Health Care and
Epidemiology Rounds
Multicentre Randomized Trial of
CSF Shunts: Primary Results And
Analysis Of Potential Observer
Bias. Dr. John Kestle, BC's Children's Hosp. Mather 253 from 9-
10am. Call 822-2772.
Grand Rounds
Double Jeopardy: Acculturation
And Disability. Phillip Cook, Child
and Youth Care, U of Victoria. GF
Strong Aud. at 9am. Call 875-
The UBC Clothesline Project - To
Honour And Remember Women Survivors OfViolence. SUB AMS Gallery
from 10am-7pm. Call 822-2415.
Computer Science
Communications Technology And Its
Impact Between Now And 2010.
David Farber, U of Pennsylvania.
CICSR/CS 208 trom 11:30 am-lpm.
Refreshments. Call 822-0557.
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar
The Impact Of Health And Safety
Committees On Accident And Fatality Rates. Stephen Havlovic,
Business Administration, SFU.
IRC #4 from 12:30-1:30pm. Call
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Wood Dust And Cancer. Dr. Paul
Demers, Health Care and Epidemiology. Cunningham 160 at
12:30pm. Call 822-7795.
Soil Science Seminar
Soil Science - Then And Now.
Ron Bertrand, Director, Resource
Management Branch, BCMAFF-
Abbotsford. MacMillan 154 at
3:30pm. Call 822-6534.
Mathematics Colloquium
Which Functions Preserve Non-
negative Symmetric Matrices. Lon
Rosen, Mathematics. Mathematics 100at3:30pm. Refreshments
Math Annex 1115 at 3:15pm.
Call 822-2666.
Weekly Seminar
Physical-Chemical Treatment Of
Thermo-mechanical Paper Mill
Whitewater. Sylvie Bouffard,
Chemical Engineering. ChemEng
206 at 3:30pm. Call 822-3238.
Physical Chemistry
X-ray Crystal Analysis And Solid-
state Reactions. JimTrotter, Chemistry. Chemistry D-225 (Center
Block) at 4pm. Call 822-3266.
Computer Course For Absolute
Beginners. Vancouver School of
Theology Taylor Centre from 7-
9pm. Continues Nov 8 from 9am-
3:30pm. $75, 12 people max.
Call Nancy 822-9815.	
Saturday, Nov. 8
Engaging Children's Faith
Through Imagination. N. Cocks,
Pastoral Theology, VST. Vancouver School Theology Level 3 from
10am-4pm. $50 includes lunch
for parents and teachers. Call
Nancy 822-9815.
Distinguished Artists. The Count
Basie Orchestra. Chan Centre at
8pm. Tickets available through
Ticketmaster 280-3311 or call
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Immigration: What The U.S. Can
Learn From Canada. David
Kennedy, History, Stanford U.
IRC #2 at 8:15pm. Call 822-3131.
Sunday, Nov. 9
Beethoven's Septet For Strings,
Woodwinds, And Schubert's Octet.
The Chamber Music Society of
Lincoln Center. Chan Centre at 3pm.
$30; $15 students. Tickets available through Ticketmaster 280-
3311 or at the door.
Monday, Nov. 10
The UBC Clothesline Project - To
Honour And Remember Women
Survivors OfViolence. SUB AMS
Gallery from 10am-7pm. Call 822-
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November 2 through November 15
President's Lecture In
Classical Studies
Hellenistic Kings And The Jew.
Eric Gruen, History, U of California. Buchanan D-224 at
12:30pm. Call 822-2889.
Mechanical Engineering
The Institute Of Applied Mathematics: What's In It For You?
Uri Ascher, Director, Institute of
Applied Mathematics. CEME
1202 from 3:30-4:30pm. Light
refreshments. Call 822-3770.
Astronomy Seminar
Liquid Mirror Telescope Observations? Paul Hickson. Hennings
318 at 4pm. Coffee/Tea at
3:30pm. Call 822-2802.
Green College Resident
Speaker Series
The Complementarity Approach
To Wildlife Reserve Selection:
How To Choose Areas For Conservation. Clive Goodinson, Forestry. Green College at 5:30pm.
Call 822-1878.
Tuesday, Nov. 11
Remembrance Day
President Martha Piper. War
Memorial Gym, 10:15am. All welcome.
Green College Resident
Speaker Series
Constructing Desirable Futures:
Science, Policy And Sustainable
Development. John Robinson,
Director, Sustainable Development Research Institute. Green
College at 5:30pm. Reception
from 4:45-5:30pm, Graham
House. Call 822-1878.
Wednesday, Nov. 12
Orthopedics Grand
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: The Next Generation. Dr. Brian Day, Orthopedics. Vancouver Hosp/HSC, Eye
Care Centre Aud. at 7am. Call
Flu Vaccine
Flu vaccine will be given at UBC
Student Health Service from
8am-3:45pm. $10. Call 822-
Continuing Education
Risk Management Workshop. F.
Oboni; G. OldendorfT. Point Grey
Golf and Country Club from 9am-
5pm. $700 (includes course material, lunch, attendance certificate). Call 822-3347.
Centre For India And South
Asia Research Seminar
Themes In The Study Of The
Indian Diaspora. Judith Brown,
History, Oxford U. CK Choi 120
from 11:30am-lpm. Call 822-
Wednesday Noon Hours. Diane
Loeb, mezzo-soprano; Rena
Sharon, piano. Music Recital Hall
at 12:30pm. $3 at the door. Call
Multiculturalism, Nationalism
And Anti-racism Education: Research And Current Debates In
Canada. Various speakers.
Graduate Student Center Thea
Lounge from 4-7pm. Continues
to Nov 13. Call 822-4315.
Ecology, Evolution And
Centre For Biodiversity
Research Seminars
Biological Control: Green Alter
native To Pesticides, Or New Pests
For Old? Daniel Simberloff, Zoology, U of Tennessee. Family and
Nutritional Sciences 60 at 4:30pm.
Refreshments Hut B-8 at 4:10pm.
Call 822-3957.
The Eighteenth Century
A New Episteme? Language And
Post-modern Misreadings OfThe
Enlightenment. Nick Hudson, English. Buchanan penthouse from 5-
7pm. Wine. Call 822-5195.
Senate Meeting
Regular Meeting Of The Senate.
UBC's Academic Parliament.
Curtis 102 at 8pm. Call 822-2127.
Thursday, Nov. 13
University Singers. James
Fankhauser, director. Chan Centre at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Opera Panel
Salome: The Play, The Opera, The
Production. Peggy Jameson, Vancouver Opera; Floyd St. Clair,
French; Jonathan Wisenthal, English. Buchanan penthouse from
12:30-1:20pm. Call 822-4060.
On The Presence And Absence Of
Behavioural Signatures In Sport.
J. Tim McGarry, Human Kinetics.
War Memorial Gym 100 from
12:30-1:30pm. Refreshments. Call
Occupational Hygiene
Programme Special Seminar
Environmental Crisis: Indonesian
Forest Fires And Air Pollution In
Southeast Asia. Michael Brauer,
Medicine. IRC #5 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call Eric Hamilton 822-
Seminars in Biological
Why and How Should We Manage
Forests For Biodiversity? Daniel
Simberloff, U of Tennessee.
MacMillan 166from2:30-3:30pm.
Call 822-9695 or 222-4687.
Invited Speaker Seminar
3DDI - 3D Direct Interaction. John
Canny, U of California. CICSR/CS
208 from 4-5:30pm. Refreshments.
Call 822-0557.
Genetics Graduate Program
Seminar Series
Engineering Caulobacter
CrescentusTo Secrete Cloned Proteins: Studies At The Interface Of
Basic Research And Biotechnology. John Smit, Microbiology.
Wesbrook 201 at 4pm. Refreshments. Call 822-8764.
First Nations Discussion
How Can A Place Have A Name?
Laurie Ricou, English. Green College at 4:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Canadian Studies
Rethinking Vancouver Modern.
Trevor Boddy, Western Architecture Critic, Globe & Mail. Green
College at 5pm. Call 822-1878.
Friday, Nov. 14
Annual Health Policy
Impending Doctor Drought?: New
Opportunities For Old Mistakes.
Centre for Health Services and
Policy Research. Various speakers. Delta Pacific Hotel and Resort
Conference Centre, Richmond
from 8:30am-5pm. $130; $30 student. Call Juliet Ho 822-4969 or e-
mail jho@chspr.ubc.ca.
Grand Rounds
Pain And The Child With Significant Neurologic Impairment. Tim
Oberlander,     Developmental
Pediatrics. GF Strong Aud. at 9am.
Call 875-2307.
Trans-Spotting: Cross-Dressing,
Race And Cyberbodies. Anne
McClintock, Columbia U.
Hennings 200 at 12:30pm. Call
UBC Symphony Orchestra. Eiko
Ogawa, piano soloist, Jesse Read,
conductor. Chan Centre at
12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Classical And Religious
Studies Lecture
Paganism And Christianity In
The Age Of Marcus Aurelius.
Michael Chase, U of Victoria.
Buchanan B-325 at 12:30pm.
Call 822-2889.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Role Of PI 3-Kinase In Signalling
Pathways Regulating Hemopoietic
Cell Function. Dr. Vincent
Duronio, Medicine. Cunningham
160 at 12:30pm. Call 822-7795.
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar
The Workers Compensation
Board's Diamond Initiative.
Workers Compensation Board of
BC. Vancouver Hosp/HSC, UBC,
Koerner G-279 (ground fir) from
12:30-l:30pm. Call 822-9861.
Law Seminar
JV Clyne Lecture: Canadian Legal Education In The New
Economy. Harry Arthurs, Law
and Political Science, York U.
Curtis Moot Court 176 at
12:30pm. Call 922-5675.
Weekly Seminar
Fibre Fractionation In
Hydrocyclones. Taziin Rehman,
Chemical Engineering. ChemEng
206 at 3:30pm. Call 822-3238.
Mathematics Colloquium
Jack Morava, Mathematics, John
Hopkins U. Mathematics 100 at
3:30pm. Refreshments Math Annex
1115 at 3:15pm. Call 822-2666.
Physical Chemistry
Muonium - A Unique Probe Of
Dynamical Mass Effects In
Chemical Reactivity. Don
Fleming, Chemistry. Chemistry
D-225 (Center Block) at 4pm.
Call 822-3266.
University Singers. James
Fankhauser, director. Chan Centre at 8pm. Call 822-5574.
Saturday, Nov. 15
UBC Symphony Orchestra. Eric
Wilson, guest conductor: Eiko
Ogawa, piano soloist. Chan Centre at 8pm. Call 822-5574.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
JV Clyne Lecture: Globalization
And Its Discontents. Harry
Arthurs, Law and Political Science, York U. IRC #2 at 8:15pm.
Call 822-3131.
Faculty Development
Would you like to talk with an
experienced faculty member, one
on one, about your teaching concerns? Call the Centre for Faculty
Development and Instructional
Services at 822-0828 and ask for
the Teaching Support Group.
Parents with Babies
Have you ever wondered how babies leam to talk? Help us find
out! We are looking for parents
with babies between four to 15
months of age to participate in
language development studies. If
you are interested in bringing your
baby for a one hour visit, please
call Dr. Janet Werker's Infant
Studies Centre, Psychology, 822-
6408 (ask for Monika).
UBC Medical School
Needs male and female volunteer
patients of any age, either healthy
or ill to help students learn how to
interview and complete a physical
examination (external only). The
total time for each teaching session is between two-four hours,
Tues-Thurs. pm. Travel expenses
will be paid. Call Vancouver Hospital/HSC 875-5943.
Do Tou Have Patellar
Tendinitis (Jumper's Knee)?
Subjects are required for a study
that will be using a nuclear medicine technique to examine the presence of inflammatory cells at the
patellar tendon. Subjects aged 20-
35 years with unilateral patellar
tendinitis symptoms are encouraged to contact Dr. Maclntyre at
Museum of Anthropology
Current Exhibits. Written In The
Earth. An exhibit exploring the
roots of Coast Salish Art. Continues to Dec. 31. From Under The
Delta: Wet-Site Archaeology InThe
Lower Fraser Region Of BC. Continues to April 1, 1998. 6393 N.W.
Marine Drive. Wed.-Sun, 11am-
5pm; Tuesday 1 lam-9pm (Free 5-
9pm). Call 822-5087.
Studies in Hearing and
Senior (65 years or older) volunteers needed. If your first language
is English and your hearing is
relatively good, we need your participation in studies examining
hearing and communication abilities. All studies take place at UBC.
Hearing screened. Honorarium
paid. Please call The Hearing Lab,
The Clinical Research Support
Group which operates under the
auspices of the Department of
Health Care and Epidemiology provides methodological, biostatistical,
computational and analytical support for health researchers. For an
appointment please call Laurel
Slaney at 822-4530.
Parents with Toddlers
Did you know your child is a word-
learning expert? Help us learn
how children come to be so skilled
at learning new words! We are
looking for children (two-four
years old) and their parent(s) to
participate in language studies. If
you are interested in bringing your
child for a forty five minute visit
please call Dr. Geoffrey Hall's Language Development Centre, Psychology at UBC, 822-9294 (ask
for Kelley).
Next calendar deadline:
noon, Nov. 3
Boomerang Family
Adults who have returned home
to live and their parents are invited to participate in a study
focusing on the experience, inter-personal relations and responses to this change in the
family. Involves confidential interviews. Three chances to win
$100 in research raffle. Please
call Michele at 269-9986.
Parents With Adolescents
Are you interested in learning
how family conversation and
activities are integral to the
career development of your
adolescent? We are inviting
mothers and fathers with their
14/15 year old(s) to come to
UBC to participate in parent-
adolescent conversations
about career. Follow-up for 6
months. $100 honorarium
paid. Please call Dr. Richard
Young's project team. Counselling Physcology Dept. 822-
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Sean Kelly photo
Asia-bound graduates David Sadoway (1) and Rani Sandhu get last minute
advice from Asia Pacific Internship Program co-ordinator Education Prof.
Marvin Westwood (r) and director Wayne Nelles of the Sustainable
Development Research Institute. Sadoway, who is going to Mongolia, and
Sandhu, who is going to India, are among 30 Canadian post-secondary
graduates participating in the pilot project to take Canadian expertise in
sustainable development to Asia Pacific countries.
Physicists behind two
brutal" global exams
Preparing exams may not be everyone's first choice of summer activities,
but a couple of UBC physicists were
happy to spend a portion of their summers slaving away to create questions in
theoretical and practical physics.
Andrzej Kotlicki and Chris Waltham
authored the two "brutal" five-hour exams given to students competing in the
28th International Physics Olympiad held
in July in Sudbury, Ont.
"I've prepared a lot of exams, including some for the local Olympiad program," said Waltham. "But this may be
the only time in my life that I get a crack
at the international Olympiad."
Before the 266 students from around
the world could sit down to their exams
— five hours for each on two separate
days — the professors' exams had to
receive a passing grade from the international board of 110 national team leaders, who also had to translate the exams
into a variety of languages.
"The exams received the team leaders'
In Memoriam
approval very quickly," said Waltham.
But the biggest test lay ahead: Could
any student score 100 per cent?
"I aimed at one student aceing the
theoretical exam. That would give me
confidence that the whole thing was
solvable by somebody at that level,"
Waltham said. "In fact, three students
aced it. Nobody aced the practical exam,
but people seldom ace practical exams."
An Iranian student achieved the top
combined score, while students from
Germany, Romania and Singapore scored
100 per cent in the theoretical exam. An
Australian scored 95 per cent on the
practical exam. The top Canadian ranked
47th. To be eligible, students must not
have attended a post-secondary institution and must be less than 20 years old.
The next Olympiad will take place in
Since its inception in 1967, Olympiad
exams have been prepared by scientists
from the host country.
Nathan Nemetz, Dorothy Lam
Campus loses two friends
Two individuals who left lasting legacies at UBC died this past month.
Former UBC chancellor and B.C. Appeal Court chief justice Nathan T. Nemetz
died Oct. 21. He was 84.
Dorothy Lam, philanthropist and wife
of former lieutenant-governor David Lam
died Oct. 16. She was 67.
Nemetz was chancellor of UBC from
1972 to 1975 and chaired the Board of
Governors from 1965 to 1968. He maintained a lifelong association with the
university after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1934. In 1969 he
received the Great Tr°-ker Award and in
1975 received an honorary Doctor of
The Nathan T. Nemetz Chair in Legal
History in the Faculty of Law is a lasting
tribute to his contribution to UBC and
the field of legal history.
Nemetz was appointed to the Supreme
Court of British Columbia in 1963.
He was made chief justice of the Su
preme Court in 1973, and chief justice of
the Appeal Court, the top judicial post in
the province, in 1978.
Through the David and Dorothy Lam
Foundation, Dorothy Lam with her husband David, made significant endowments to many charities and educational
institutions, including UBC.
Their gifts to UBC include the David Lam
Asian Garden, the David Lam Management
Research Centre, the David See Chai Lam
Management Research Library and the
Dorothy C. Lam Chair in Special Education.
The Dorothy C. Lam Chair, held by
Prof. Linda Siegel, allows the Faculty of
Education to pursue studies of individuals with special needs, analyse how they
can best be educated, and address the
effects on their intellectual and social
development of including them in regular
Both Dorothy and David Lam were
recipients of of the Alumni Association's
Honorary Alumni Award earlier this year.
Interns go to work in
developing countries
David Sadoway sees his placement in
Mongolia as a chance to do some skiing.
If he has time.
The 29-year-old graduate of the Environmental Studies Program at the University ofWaterloo is off to Ulaanbaator to
work with the United Nations Development Programme as part of a pilot project
supervised by UBC's Sustainable Development Research Institute.
He'll help the Mongolian government
design a plan to reconcile environmental
and economic issues.
"I don't think they do much skiing
there, but I know they've got big mountains," he says.
Sadoway is among 30 of Canada's
brightest young graduates who are off to
Asia Pacific countries for six-month work
terms. Ten of his fellow participants are
from UBC. Eight more are graduates of
the universities of Victoria and Northern
B.C. and Simon Fraser University.
The Asia Pacific Internship Program will
spread Canadian expertise in sustainable
development, strengthen ties with Asia Pacific countries, and bring back experience
that will help them winjobs in Canada, says
program director Wayne Nelles.
The interns are all post-secondary graduates from 21 to 29 years of age with a
background in environmental and international development issues. They have been
placed with government, business or nongovernmental organizations in 10 countries,
including Mexico, Pakistan and China.
Nelles hopes the pilot program will
turn into an annual opportunity for Canadian post-secondary graduates.
"UBC has a chance to take a leadership role in supporting education and
training for employment in the field of
sustainable development," he says.
Everyone involved with the pilot project
stands to benefit, he says. The federal
government can demonstrate its commitment to sustainable development while at
the same time strengthening its focus on
cultural and economic partnerships with
Asia Pacific. UBC increases its profile as
the North American academic gateway to
Asia, and the graduates acquire invaluable experience at a time when 16 to 17 per
cent of 18 to 29 year-olds are unemployed.
UBC experts, especially in the area of
sustainable development, provided the
interns with extensive economic, environmental and cultural training before
they left at the end of September. In many
cases, faculty and staff who have lived in
the destination countries provided
insights on what to expect.
Education Prof. Marvin Westwood, an
expert in cross-cultural adjustment and
re-adjustment, gave the interns tips on
coping with the confusion and loss of
confidence that can result after landing
in new and unusual surroundings.
When they return in six months, the
interns will be taught how to access the
job market, and how to market their
newly acquired cultural expertise to Canadian employers.
UBC collaborated with Langara College and the University of Northern British Columbia to offer the program. The
pilot program is funded by Human Resources Development Canada.
Asian fires not just bad
for health says air expert
When the World Health Organization
called environmental health scientist
Michael Brauer, he knew what they
wanted had something to do with the
smoke blanketing large areas of Southeast Asia.
Two days later, the air pollution specialist was in Malaysia dealing with health
issues caused by forest fires burning out
of control in neighbouring Indonesia.
What he found was more an environmental crisis than a health emergency.
His findings will be the subject of a
seminar called "Environmental Crisis: Indonesian  forest
fires and air pol- ^^^^^^^^^^^
lution in Southeast Asia" taking
place November
13 from 12:30
p.m.-1:30 p.m. in
Woodward IRC
lecture hall 5.
"The environment has become
so  stressed  in
Southeast Asia that one incident can
push the whole system out of control," he
says. "This experience reinforced for me
that we can't degrade the environment
and not expect a crisis."
Forest fires are lit throughout Indonesia every year to clear land for plantations. But this year was different.
A delayed monsoon and existing
drought conditions, blamed by locals on
the El Nino phenomenon, resulted in the
fires blazing out of control. Over 500,000
hectares of forest had been burning since
early June, with smoke becoming a critical problem in September.
Brauer, an associate professor in the
Dept. of Medicine, spent a week in Malaysia acting as technical adviser to the
country's health ministry and Institute of
Medical Research. He co-ordinated efforts to combat the air pollution, helped
identify local resources and worked with
"There was no escape from
the smoke — no place to
—Assoc Prof. Michael Brauer
researchers to assess health damage and
determine protection measures.
Clinic visits for respiratory complaints
had tripled since the fires began, says
Brauer. Infants, asthmatics and others
with pre-existing lung or heart conditions were the most affected.
Medical resources were able to handle
the influx, Brauer says, since the problems, though plentiful were not critical.
Although some rain did fall the day he
arrived, Brauer says the visibility remained reduced to several hundred metres. People wore masks outside and children were kept
^^^^^^^^^^^ home        from
school when the
smoke was at its
"One  of the
most   difficult
aspects was psychological," says
Brauer,     who
holds a joint appointment in the
Occupational Hygiene Programme. "There
was no escape from the smoke — no place
to run."
The concentration and toxicity of the
smoke this year was similar to previous
years, however, the duration ofthe pollution and the spread over huge densely
populated regions made the situation
unprecedented, he says.
Brauer feels that unless the extent ofthe
fires' health impact is defined, economics will
dictate they continue unregulated.
Among his recommendations to the
Malaysian government are that health
officials measure the effectiveness of protection practices such as wearing masks
or staying indoors. He has also initiated
studies assessing the health impacts of
the smoke pollution.
For further information on the seminar,
call Eric Hamilton of the Occupational
Hygiene Programme at (604) 822-9861. UBC Reports • October 30, 1997 9
Chris Petty photo
UBC alumni (l-r) Helen Swangard, Jean Robinson and Mary Henderson take
a moment during the recent Great Trekker luncheon to reminisce about the
university they knew. Both Swangard and Robinson were part of the Great
Trek 75 years ago that saw 1,200 UBC students march from Fairview to
Point Grey to call attention to the government's delay in delivering on the
promised UBC campus.
Campus works
Administrative Systems Project
Revamped systems put
information at fingertips
by Stephen Forgacs	
Staff writer
By the end of the year, three of UBC's four major administrative
information systems will be operating on a new computer platform — an
important step in the ongoing Administrative Systems Project (ASP).
The first people to work with these new systems will quickly come to
recognize the advantages," says John Chase, UBC's director of Budget
and Planning and co-chair ofthe project steering committee. They will
be able to manage and maintain the information they rely on, and to
generate reports tailored to their needs."
Aimed at making administrative information easier to access and
manage, the project has involved an extensive review and evaluation of
hundreds of operating procedures as well as the migration to the new
operating platform.
The first systems to "go live" was the Integrated Human Resource
Information System (IHRIS). The Financial Management Information
System (FMIS) and Viking, the Alumni/Development system will become
operational later this year.
It is anticipated that the conversion of the existing Student Information Systems (SIS) to its new operating platform will be completed early
in the new year.
UBC began the process of revamping its administrative information
systems in October, 1995. It was decided that replacing the existing
mainframe technology with a distributed environment would be less
expensive to operate, and that, coupled with the introduction of new
management-oriented system applications, these two initiatives would
better position the university's departments to manage their activities.
The major goals were: movement from a centralized mainframe to a
distributed computer environment; installation of new application
software oriented to management requirements rather than straight
transaction processing; and to achieve this at no net increase in costs to
the university.
In June 1996, a consortium of vendors led by Sierra Systems Consultants Inc. was hired to help with the reconfiguration ofthe university's computing resources.
As the first three systems become operational this fall, the offices of
Financial Services, Human Resources, Budget and Planning, and
Purchasing will gain "update" access to the new applications, as will
several pilot sites, including the deans' offices in the faculties of Medicine and Arts, the central administration office in the Psychology Dept.,
Student Services, Plant Operations and Housing and Conferences. The
remaining deans' offices will be provided access by March 31, 1998, with
individual departments being phased in over the succeeding 12 months.
Update access means that these areas will be able to enter information directly into the systems rather than delivering information in a
variety of formats for further processing as has been the case with the
previous systems.
Other university sites will gain access to the system during the
following year dependent on organizational readiness and connectivity.
Training programs will be provided for staff before the systems become
operational in their areas.
More information on the Administrative Systems Project can be found
on the World Wide Web at www.interchange.ubc.ca/andreajb/asp.htm.
Great Trek set student
activist stage in 1922
As an example of student activism and
serious commitment to a goal, the Great
Trek is hard to beat.
But for those who were there on Oct.
28, 1922, it was also a lot of fun.
"I remember I had on a long gown,"
says Jean Robinson (Arts and Science
'23). "I kept tripping on it all the way up
Granville Street."
Friends Helen Swangard (Arts and
Science '23), Muriel Ledingham ( Home
Economics '30), and Robinson's sister
Mary Henderson (Nursing '29) laugh at
the memory.
The four were among 29 UBC alumni
attending a recent luncheon held to mark
the 75th anniversary of the Great Trek.
Original trekkers and graduates from the
years 1916 to 1930 were reunited at the
event, sponsored by the Alumni Association as part of UBC's annual Homecoming Week.
"By the time we got here to UBC we had
blisters, but we didn't care," says
Robinson. "It was exciting — it was fun."
The Point Grey campus was originally
scheduled to open in the fall of 1913 but
the government's
seeming  lack  of
commitment to the ^^^^™^"""^^—
construction and
the outbreak of war
put construction on
hold for more than
a decade.
In 1915, the university opened in
temporary quarters      	
at the Fairview site
of Vancouver General Hospital. Conditions were not good. Classes for 1,176
students spilled over into tents, church
basements and nearby homes.
"We had Greek classes right in a hospital bedroom," says Robinson. The conditions were terribly crowded."
In the summer of 1922, students circulated a petition to convince the government to resume construction on the university.
"All the kids went home for the summer and got signatures from every town
in B.C.," says trekker Swangard. "Everybody canvassed for that petition — it was
a great success."
Students gathered 56,000 signatures
By the time we got here
to UBC we had blisters,
but we didn't care."
that summer, an impressive total considering only 500,000 people were living in
the province.
The Great Trek was the centrepiece of
the students' publicity campaign.
On Oct. 28, 1922, a parade of trucks,
floats and almost 1,200 students walked
through downtown Vancouver to the
cheers of onlookers. After a streetcar ride
from Davie and Granville to 10th and
Sasamat, the marchers continued on foot
to the UBC site.
The half-constructed Science building, now the Chemistry building, provided a dramatic photo-op, as students
perched themselves on its steel girders,
waving banners and chanting slogans.
They then positioned themselves on a
field to form a giant U-B-C.
Students ended the trek by depositing
stones collected along the route in a cairn
commemorating the occasion. The cairn
still stands between the Chemistry Building and Trekkers restaurant.
President-elect of the Alma Mater Society at the time, Ab Richards dedicated
the cairn as "a milestone in the history of
the   university
and a landmark
™^™^^—,^^^^—      for the future. It
also marks one of
the greatest efforts ever put forward by an undergraduate student body in support of its univer-
Richards and a
student committee presented the petition
at the legislature in Victoria and met with
Premier John Oliver. The government responded to the widespread public support
by agreeing to a loan of $1.5 million to
resume construction of the campus.
The first classes were held on the UBC
campus three years later on Sept. 22,
As current Alma Mater Society Vice-
President Ruta Fluxgold says, The Great
Trek still reflects the spirit and pride of
UBC students. We should always remember that students played a major
role in building UBC and that their voices
had a tangible effect on the development
ofthe campus."
-Jean Robinson
Better communication
goal of doctor training
The Faculty of Medicine is developing
a new training program to help doctors in
B.C. communicate more effectively with
"Patients who take a more active, informed role in their own care can respond
better to treatment," says Prof. William
Godolphin of the Dept. of Pathology and
Laboratory Medicine, who is leading the
Called Informed Shared Decision Making (ISDM), the project will immediately
begin assessing the communication needs
of both doctors and patients to ensure the
training program is effective. The program will offer advanced communication
skills for medical students at UBC, continuing medical education for doctors
and communication skills for patients.
Some 80 per cent of the complaints
heard by the College of Physicians and
Surgeons arise from a lack of communication, Godolphin says.
Last year, about 15 undergraduate
medical students helped to conduct surveys, focus groups and patient interviews
to learn where the communication gaps
were. The information was used to design
pilot communication courses that will be
delivered later this year to medical fac
ulty and students.
The program will be evaluated and
refined, with courses for doctors starting
in spring 1998. Courses for patients are
planned for next year, likely in conjunction with disease-related organizations
offering patient education.
The UBC project team, which includes
medical educator Angela Towle and sociologist Rachael McKendry, combines a
range of expertise including ethics, law,
linguistics and psychology. It is supported by a management committee of
health communicators and educators,
and student and faculty representatives
from the Faculty of Medicine.
A variety of continuing education formats such as small group workshops
with doctors and patients will be tested to
determine how to deliver the information,
says Godolphin.
Once the B.C. program has been evaluated, the team expects to launch similar
programs across Canada.
The project is funded by grants from the
B.C. Medical Services Foundation, UBC's
Teaching and Learning Enhancement
Fund and a three-year $137,000 grant
from the Max Bell Foundation, a national
agency funding medical education. 10 UBC Reports • October 30,1997
News Digest
UBC's Fire Protection Engineering Program, in the Faculty of
Applied Science, has entered into a $75,000 per year contract with
the City ofVancouver.
The contract includes provision of services to the city including
courses, seminars and workshops in fire protection engineering,
post-Are analysis and other topics, and the undertaking of research
programs aimed at specific problems identified by the city's Permits
and Licenses Dept. and the Vancouver Fire Dept.
The contract was spearheaded by Vancouver Fire Chief Glen
Madiss; Bob Maki, chief building inspector for the City ofVancouver; Program Director Jim Mehaffey; and Protection Engineering
Inc. President John Mson, an adjunct professor.
The first UBC students entered the one-year program leading to
a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree in Fire Protection Engineering in 1994. The program is unique in Canada and one of very few
Faculty and staff will find it is easier and less expensive to make
travel plans, thanks to contracts awarded to two travel agencies.
As part of a five-year deal. North South Travel and The Rider
Travel Group will assign special agents to serve UBC customers
starting Nov. 1.
"UBC people do a lot of travel, and much of it is research related,"
says Purchasing Dept. Travel Manager Connie Fabro. "We want the
best deal possible because travel costs come out of grant funding
and department budgets."
The travel agencies will provide a lowest airfare guarantee, and
access to special rates from preferred airlines, car rental companies
and hotels.
Both agencies also have Web sites that allow customers to
request reservations and fill out traveler profiles.
An information session will be held Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. in room 241
of the General Services Administration Building.
Cultural relations in Quebec, the First Nations in a multicultural
society and racial tensions in Nova Scotia's Coal Harbour high
school are among the topics of a November seminar.
The David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education, held by Prof.
Kogila Adam-Moodley, will host the two-day seminar titled
Multiculturalism, Nationalism and Anti-Racism Education: Research and Current Debates in Canada.
The seminar will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12 and Thursday, Nov.
13 between 4 and 7 p.m. in Thea's Lounge at the Graduate Student
Speakers include Heribert Adam, Simon Fraser University; Janine
Hohl, Universite de Montreal; Michael Marker, UBC's Ts"kel program; Patrick Solomon, York University; and Blye Frank, Mount
Saint Vincent University.
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Economics Prof. Paul Beaudiy has won the Petro
Canada Young Innovator award for his research into
ways Canadian society can protect jobs, families and
communities as the economy changes in an effort to stay
"His work has the potential to be of significance to society
at large," said Petro Canada President and Chief Executive
Officer James Stanford.
Petro-Canada Young Innovator Awards are provided to
help ensure that outstanding young Canadian researchers
can continue their careers in Canada.
• • • • •
Education Prof. Jane
Gaskell has been
awarded the
Whitworth Award for
Educational Research by
the Canadian Education
The prize is awarded
each year to honour a
person who has made a
noteworthy contribution to
educational research in
Gaskell, associate dean
and professor in the Dept. of Educational Studies, was
recognized for her research on school improvement.
The award was established in 1967 by Fred Whitworth,
former director of the Canadian Council for Research in
Jim Carruthers of Campus Planning and Development
has received the President's Environmental Award for
The award recognizes UBC employees who have made
exceptional contributions to environmental awareness and
protection efforts.
Carruthers, a development planner, helped develop
procedures to assess potential environmental contamination
in sites owned by the university.
He is the third recipient of the award. Previous recipients
were Diana Hastings, Wood Science and Paul Harrison of
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The creators and builders of BCnet, Canada's first
regional Internet, were recognized recently by Prime
Minister Jean Chretien for their contributions.
Jack Leigh, director of University Computing Services at
UBC and BCnet president; UBC Computer Science Dept.
Facilities Manager and BCnet Director John Demco and
UBC Central Networking Manager and BCnet General
Manager Michael Hrybyk were presented congratulatory
letters from Chretien in Ottawa this summer.
BCnet was officially opened as Canada's first regional
network in June 1988 after becoming operational in 1987.
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three universities as B.C.'s provincial regional Internet
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Between the Lines
Caring and studies combine to challenge cancer's taboos
by Sean Kelly
Staff writer
Compassion and curiosity are the
motivating forces behind Ulrich
Teucher's unusual career as a
children's nurse, and as a scholar.
"I like working with people and
caring for people. It's the inclination
that I have," says the soft-spoken PhD
candidate in Comparative Literature.
His thesis, "Illness and Metaphor:
Narratives of Life," examines the use of
metaphors of illness in autobiographical narratives written by people with
It combines arts and science in an
interdisciplinary, cross-cultural project
that challenges the taboos surrounding
cancer and involves him in the debate
about the role of psychological approaches to cancer therapy.
"Cancer is a situation that is almost
impossible to articulate," says Teucher.
"Self-identity is disrupted. The pain can
be inexpressible, and one feels isolated
because cancer evokes fear, and there
are taboos against talking about it."
Teucher's thesis undertakes a
systematic account of the use of illness
metaphors in autobiographical cancer
narratives like Audre Lorde's Cancer
Journals and Christina Middlebrook's
Seeing the Crab.
He also invited patients in Vancouver and Hamburg hospitals to write
short descriptive narratives and used
anonymous questionnaires to investigate how patients and non-patient
groups in Canada and Germany
characterize cancer.
His findings reveal interesting
cultural differences and similarities
between the North American and
German samples.
For instance, German writers use a
unique metaphor for cancer — krake.
"It means octopus. You can hear
how the sound of the German word
embodies the danger and sense of fear
of the tentacles grasping the body,"
says Teucher.
Battle metaphors are common
among North American and German
"You 'fight an enemy,' you are
'threatened,' you want to 'achieve
victory,' and so on," Teucher explains.
But some North American writers
declare 'total war' on their cancer, a
phrase notably absent in German
cancer narratives because of its objectionable connections with the Second
World War.
Other people would rather not 'do
battle,' preferring to integrate the
'enemy' within a narrative of acceptance.
Some writers show the uncertainty
of their situation by recording unre-
Sean Kelly photo
What cancer patients have to say about themselves, their emotions and
their disease is the subject of Ulrich Teucher's cross-discipline, cross-
cultural study.
lated episodes. Still others use multiple
voices to represent how emotions
change from moment to moment as one
undergoes cancer treatment.
"And many people do not want to
write or talk about their illness at all —
and that is how they cope," says
Teucher is careful not to take a
dogmatic position in the debate about
psychological approaches to getting
"It's complex," he says with characteristic though tfulness.
He explains that some cancer
patients and health care
professionals believe that
mental states play a crucial role in
recovery. Such is the view of O. Carl
Simonton, he says, a doctor who wrote
the controversial book Getting Well
But other cancer patients, and most
doctors, counter that cancer is strictly
a medical condition — the patient will
feel better when the cancer is cured.
"I believe that the attitude of the
patient can help them cope with the
illness. So in that respect, there is a
psychological component to illness.
However, it is impossible to prescribe
certain metaphors or certain psychological approaches as cures, and it is
impossible to say with authority that
one's cancer comes from a certain
psychological problem."
But Teucher is concerned that
certain kinds of self-narrative, certain
therapeutic psychological approaches,
may do more harm than good.
Battle metaphors, for instance,
sometimes provide a sense of control in
a frightening situation. However, in
battle, the combatant aims for victory,
and must always be strong and brave.
So battle narratives invalidate a whole
range of emotions, and leave the
patients feeling like 'losers' where the
cancer situation is uncertain or incurable, he says.
In other cases, people believe they
are the cause of their own illness. If
only they could find some kind of key
within themselves, they could unlock
the secret cause of the illness and
become well.
They therefore have the added
anxiety of feeling responsible for their
illness, even though the cancer could
turn out to have environmental or
hereditary causes — we just don't
Teucher has seen the anxiety
cancer evokes close up. Born in
Switzerland, he spent 10 years as
a health care worker in Germany,
much of it as a children's nurse in a
cancer ward.
Motivating children undergoing
cancer treatment demanded creativity
and spontaneity.
"We painted our hospital gowns
because children associate white
hospital gowns with pain. We raced
wheelchairs and we got out big syringes
and had water fights. Once, at 3 a.m. a
child woke up and wanted to bake a
cake. So, we baked a cake."
He took time off to travel in Asia,
studying Eastern attitudes towards
living and dying.
And having spent part of his early
childhood in Illinois, where his physicist father took a temporary position at
the University of Chicago, it was
natural for Teucher to visit old friends
in the U.S.
During these trips, he visited
children's hospitals, often taking part
in clinical routines, in order to learn
new ways to care for patients.
On a visit to a cancer centre in
nearby Seattle, Teucher traveled to
Vancouver, where he fell in love with
the blend of European and North
American culture.
He immigrated to Canada in 1987,
and began studying for a new career
after he discovered Canadian regulations did not permit him to work as a
children's nurse.
While intending to become a physiotherapist, Teucher met Ted Langley, a
literature professor at Langara College.
"I was inspired by his passion. He
helped me discover in literature the
same interests that guided me as a
children's nurse — the struggle of
people to find meaning in life in times
of crisis."
Teucher decided to study literature, drawing upon his former
career for inspiration. For his
Bachelor of Arts graduating essay, he
interpreted Boethius's Consolation of
Philosophy as one of the first self-help
books for re-evaluating life in the face
of death.
He went straight into the PhD
program, and the idea for his thesis
came when he noticed that illness
narratives were becoming more common but had received little critical
"Ulrich's project is interdisciplinarity
at its best. It is literary scholarship that
relates to work going on now in psychology and in contemporary psychoanalysis," says Michael Chandler, a
Psychology professor and one of
Teucher's thesis supervisors. The
history of self-identity is to a great
extent recorded in literature."
English and Germanic Studies Prof.
Eva-Marie Kroller and Germanic
Studies Asst. Prof. Steven Taubeneck
complete the supervisory committee.
According to Kroller, Teucher's work
makes special demands on the resources of the university because it is
multilingual and because of his professional health background.
"Interdisciplinarity is the wave of the
future. Students like Ulrich have
diverse skills and a wealth of career
experience to offer to future employers.
It is a challenge to accommodate them,
but the way they thrive at UBC is a
credit to the university," says Kroller.
Teucher is happy to have found a
way to combine his interests in literature and psychology with his experience helping ill people.
"Besides defining the literary characteristics of illness narratives, I hope my
research helps seriously ill people come
to terms with the problems of identity
caused by their illness, and that it will
help family members, friends and
professional care workers to approach
ill people with greater sensitivity."


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