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VOLUME     47     I      NUMBER     1/5     I     DECEMBER     13,     2001
ubc reports
lights OF learning  Students get in some l.ist-minure studying in the
festive setting ofthe Forest Sciences Centre atrium. Students in most faculties
write their last exams next Thursday. Michelle Cook photo
Satellite to launch
in space next year
Tiny observatory has a big
mission: date the universe
by Don Wells staffwriter
Prof. Jaymie Matthews' 2001 space
odyssey will have to wait until 2002.
December of 2002 to be exact.
That's when a Russian launch
vehicle — once deployed as a nuclear intercontinental ballistic
missile — is scheduled to carry his
suitcase-sized satellite into orbit.
That suitcase will be packed with
Canada's first space telescope, designed and built by ubc scientists.
The Canadian Space Agency
(csa) and German-Russian consortium Eurockot Launch Services
signed a contract last month to
launch the Canadian Space Agency's
Microvariability and Oscillations of
STars (most) mierosatellite.
Matthews leads a team of instrument scientists and engineers in
the Physics and Astronomy Dept.,
as well  as  astrophysicists  from
across Canada, the us and Austria.
Together, they have constructed
a tiny space observatory that will
help address two questions that
fire the imaginations of experts
and laypeople alike: how old is our
universe, and what are planets like
outside our solar system?
"It should be a great Christmas
gift next year," says Matthews, who
just returned from a launch planning meeting in Moscow. "By that
time, if all goes according to plan,
the most team should be opening
up brand new frontiers in astronomy and space technology."
most will measure subtle variations and vibrations in the light from
distant stars, seeing changes in the
relative brightness of the star as
small as only one part in a million.
"No existing instrument on
earth or space is able to detect that
level of change in another star,"
says Matthews, "but most will be
able to see it."
see Space page 2
Forester, Buddhist scholar
among latest crc chairs
Program funds work of
innovative researchers
by Hilary Thomson, staffwriter
a wood scientist whose work
promotes sustainable forests and
an expert in medieval Buddhism
are among the ubc faculty recently named as Canada Research
Chairs. The announcement brings
the total number of ubc chairs to
43 positions valued at $7.2 million.
ubc alumnus Shawn Mansfield,
assistant professor in the Faculty
of Forestry, analyses variations in
trees' biosynthetic pathways or
cellular building blocks as well as
their chemistry and morphology
to maximize the value ofthe wood
fibre and correlate these properties to end-use.
"We want to help scientists
choose seedlings and industry select
trees that offer the greatest value as
a product with the least impact on
our forests," says Mansfield, who
holds a master's degree in Medical
Microbiology but turned his attention to forestry to help contribute to
environmental sustainability.
The 32-year-old holds the Canada Research Chair in Wood Fibre
Quality Improvement and worked
as a research scientist and lecturer
in New Zealand at Forest Research
and the University of Waikato before joining the faculty last year.
Factors such as genetic makeup
and the environment influence
how trees develop and affect the
requirements to process them.
By studying genetic strengths
and chemical characteristics of
various tree families, Mansfield
will help forest managers design
plantings with higher quality and
lower environmental impact.
Species with a genetic presdis-
position to long fibres and lower
content of lignin — the substance
in cell walls of plants that makes
them rigid and woody — are ideally suited for pulp and paper manufacturing, he says.
Mansfield has applied for Canada Foundation for Innovation
funding that will allow him to set
up a wood fibre biotechnology and
chemistry lab that will be unique
in Canada.
"The greatest challenge in this
work is educating the public about
forestry," he says. "This is a high-
tech industry that is breaking
down barriers of traditional forestry to preserve our natural forests."
Forestry Asst. Prof. Shawn Mansfield       Arts Asst. Prof. Jinhua Chen
Jinhua Chen, the Canada Research Chair in East Asian Religions, aims to reconstruct a period
of Buddhism in China and Japan
during the fifth to seventh centuries.
His research focus is the relationship between the monastic institution and the state.
"All organized religions remain
entangled to some degree in secular concerns," says Chen, an assistant professor who joined the Faculty of Arts from the University of
Virginia in July this year. "Nowhere
is this entanglement more obvious
than in the relationship between
church and state."
Medieval China rulers of different dynasties promoted Buddhism
to unify their multi-racial and multi-cultural country, he says. Also,
rulers used the religion as part of
their state ideology and to justify
seizure of power.
Chen hopes to broaden traditional scholarship in this area by
examining the relationship between Buddhist monasteries and
the state using sources such as biographies of monks.
"These biographies were strongly informed by sectarian concerns
ofthe writers or their sponsors," he
says. He has discovered new mate-
see crc page 2
Campus campaign
shoots above goal
a donation of $40,000 to the 2001
ubc United Way campaign from
an anonymous ubc employee has
vaulted this year's total well beyond the targeted goal of $395,000.
As of last week, total donations
stood at just over $422,000.
"Who knows what might have
touched this individual," says ubc
United Way campaign chair,
Michelle McCaughran. "It reflects
someone's strong commitment to
our community and we are very
ubc's commitment to the United Way campaign has grown
steadily over the years, but the increase of the campaign goal to
$395.ooo from $340,000 the previous year marked the largest increase to date. According to McCaughran, many of the 2001 campaign organizers thought that the
15 per cent increase was a touch
ambitious. As it turns out, it
"To raise the bar that high took
a committed volunteer group,"
says McCaughran. "To exceed that
objective took more than one person; it took our entire ubc community, including the Alma Mater
Society as well as support from
many ofthe deans, and for that we
should all be very proud."
A total of 195 volunteers contrib-
see Goal page 2 I      UBC     REPORTS      |      DECEMBER     13,     2O0I
Continued from page 1
Matthews explains that the sun
and stars like it are literally ringing
due to sound waves bouncing
around their gaseous interiors.
The waves are generated by turbulent motions at the surface, but
travel right through the core ofthe
star, revealing its inner characteristics in the same manner that
earthquake vibrations enable geo-
seismologists to explore the interior ofthe Earth.
By applying this technique,
called asteroseismology, to some of
the oldest stars in the Milky Way,
Matthews and his research team
expect to set a meaningful lower
limit on the age ofthe universe.
most will also study the sizes
and compositions of sun-like stars
known to have planets.
"most is an example of how
small, dedicated space science
missions can deliver a big bang for
the buck," Matthews quips. "Canada is becoming a pioneer in this
new approach to mierosatellite research, thanks to spacecraft control technology developed in Toronto matched to scientific and
technical expertise here at ubc."
The $11 million project is a joint
effort of the csa, ubc, Dynacon
Enterprises Ltd. of Toronto and
the University of Toronto Institute
for Aerospace Studies.
And how does Matthews feel
about this Canadian satellite going
up on a Russian rocket?
"I think it's great. We're beating
a nuclear sword into a scientific
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may cancel or reschedule classes on a university-wide basis
and/or curtail non-essential services in response to the
conditions."—UBC Policy on Disruption of Classes/Services by
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for information.
Continued from page 1
uted their time to the 2001 ubc
United Way campaign, including
42 ubc faculty, staff and students
who served on the organizing committee. The campaign wrapped up
Nov. 30, although Financial Services will continue accepting pledge
forms until Dec. 31.
An umbrella organization with
104 member agencies and 32 affiliates spread throughout the Lower
Mainland, the United Way supports health-care and rehabilitation services, crisis and emergency
services, care for seniors, community services, and provides assistance to families and individuals.
Continued from page 1
rial that shows efforts by Buddhist
monks and their imperial patrons
to establish a Buddhist kingdom in
China at the beginning of the 7th
Although the political program
failed, it left far-reaching and profound legacies in political and religious life in medieval East Asia,
says Chen.
In its 2000 budget, the Government of Canada provided $900
million to support the establishment of 2,000 research appointments in universities across the
country by 2005.
Other faculty recently named as
Canada Research Chairs include:
atmospheric chemist Alan Bertram; brain researcher Max Cynader; astrophysicist Brett Gladman;
aquaculture expert Scott McKinley;
orthopedic engineer Thomas Oxland; mathematician Edwin Perkins; physicist Steven Plotkin; computer scientist Michiel van de
Panne; and physicist Mark Van
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Teachers in training (1-r) Davina Soumang, Cheryl Charnecski, and Mike Bagosy try out the new Macintosh iBooks
they'll be toting to their practicum classes in Lower Mainland-area schools next term. They and fellow classmates in
the Faculty of Education's Fine Arts and New Media Education program have been assigned the wireless computers as
part of a pilot project to help teachers get creative in the classroom with new technologies. Michelle Cook photo
Have laptop, will teach
Students will mentor teachers in learning technologies
by Michelle Cook, staffwriter
ubc student teachers will reverse a long-standing tradition
when they head off to Lower Mainland-area schools next term by
bringing apples to their students,
only their apples won't be crisp
and red.
The 36 teachers-in-training
from the Faculty of Education's
Fine Arts and new Media in Education (fame) group will be toting
sleek, new Macintosh Apple iBook
computers with wireless capabilities to their practicum classes. The
laptops are part of a leading-edge
initiative to integrate technology
into teaching and learning.
The goal ofthe pilot project, the
first of its kind in B.C., is to explore
how to get teachers and students
using technology in a creative, integrated way.
"This project is not about learning to push a mouse — with laptops the possibilities are endless,"
says Assoc. Prof. Peter Gouzouasis,
who is leading the pilot with
strong support from Education
Dean Robert Tierney.
"fame is preparing teachers to
lead the way in implementing creative applications of new media
and fine arts, as well as in developing content and teaching strategies for other subject areas. The
only limit is imagination."
With the laptops provided to
them by the Faculty of Education
Faculty, fame student teachers
will have a wireless connection to
their students, other teachers, and
a world of Internet-based resources. The portable computer will free
them from their desks to prepare
and give multi-media lessons no
matter where they are.
This term ubc students have
been preparing to be technology
mentors to the teachers they will
be working with in area schools —
a key component ofthe project.
"A lot of teachers aren't familiar
with technology," says Barbra
Leigh, a sessional instructor from
the Burnaby School District who
helped implement the wireless pilot with Gouzouasis.
"They're looking forward to
our student teachers' visits and
the opportunity to learn from
them about technology and the
rich teaching possibilities it
Even with the enthusiastic response from teachers, Leigh admits
there are challenges for the fame
student teachers to overcome.
These include breaking down traditional ideas of how children should
learn and how technology should
be integrated across the curriculum.
At least one fame student, Davina Soumang, sees her role as that
of trailblazer at a time in history
similar to when society gained
widespread access to books for the
first time.
"Just as that was revolutionary,
the introduction of computers is revolutionizing our society," Soumang
"If we're going to teach children to
lead society, we need to understand
the technology, how to use it and
how to integrate it."
While fame student teachers
are currently the only ones involved in Education's wireless
teaching pilot, several other
groups will join in a partial capacity in the new year, says Gouzouasis, who would like to see it eventually become part of entire teacher education program at ubc
Enzyme yields clue
for aids treatments
Research team uncovers
trigger that impedes work
of body's natural immune
defense system
ubc researchers have discovered an enzyme that increases the
rate of human immunodeficiency
virus (hiv) infection of cells — a
finding that may lead to new aids
Faculty of Dentistry Prof. Christopher Overall and an interdisciplinary research team discovered
that the enzyme gelatinase cuts in
two the protein called Stromal
Cell-Derived Factor (sdf) that
normally works to slow the aids
virus by binding to cells.
"sdf is like a traffic signal. It has
many roles in the body such as directing certain white blood cells
such as stem cells to stay in bone
marrow," says Overall.
The hiv virus stimulates cells to
produce gelatinase in excessive
amounts, a process that Overall
describes as "making an end-run
around one of the body's natural
roadblocks to infection."
"We're now trying to determine
if drugs that block gelatinase can be
used to boost treatments such as
protease inhibitor cocktails to slow
the progression of aids," he says.
In the mid-1990s, scientists discovered that the cell receptor that
the aids virus uses to adhere to
cells was a protein. This is a good
example of how viruses can hijack
normal body proteins to cause disease, says Overall.
Several anti-gelatinase drugs
that tested relatively unsuccessfully as a cancer therapy may now
have potential in treating aids, he
Overall, a Canada Research
Chair in Metalloproteinase Biolo-
Prof. Christopher Overall
gy, says that considerable further
work is needed to determine if
such drugs can be effective and
safe in treating aids patients.
"The exciting part of this discovery is that now we know that
the body can be triggered to remove normal protective effects of
sdf under certain circumstances,"
says Overall. "Now we can target
these triggers as a possible avenue
of treatment."
The discovery was reported last
month in the Journal of Biological
Chemistry. It builds on the work of
research team member ubc Biochemistry Prof. Ian Clark-Lewis
who reported in 1996 that synthetic variants of sdf lost their hiv-
blocking ability.
Other team members include
Prof. Chris Power ofthe University
of Calgary and ubc alumnus Angus McQuibban who was part of a
similar research project Overall led
last year.
It found that gelatinase cut a
similar protein called mcp-3 to
help block inflammation such as
arthritis. The widely publicized
work led to several patents.
Lives touched, changed by professor s insights
Scholar focused attention on intersecting needs, rights
by Prof. Susan Boyd, Law
marlee kline, a professor of Law
at ubc since 1989, died Nov. 29.
Since March 2000, Marlee
fought leukemia with the courage,
dignity, and quiet determination
that characterized her life and her
work. Her passing, at age 41, is a
great loss to ubc's intellectual
community, especially the feminist
Marlee will be remembered as a
dedicated and inspiring teacher and
a brilliant scholar. She was a compassionate and supportive colleague.
Colleague Ruth Buchanan said,
"She had a quality of rapt attention
that made you feel that when she
listened to you there was absolutely nothing else on her mind," despite her numerous responsibilities
within and beyond the university.
Marlee's research on child welfare law, restructuring of the welfare state and especially the structures of sexism and racism within
law was foundational, inspiring academics around the world.
Within the law school, Marlee
worked hard to strengthen the
First Nations Law Program, as well
as Feminist Legal Studies.
Marlee had a significant impact
on many students, particularly
those marginalized within society
or within the law school. She
taught Social Welfare Law, Feminist Perspectives on Law, Feminist
Legal Theory, and Property Law.
Margot Young, currently the
Walter Owen Visiting Chair at the
Law Faculty, said, "I know how
dedicated Marlee was to teaching,
how much time she put into her
classes and into providing exten-
sive feedback on student work.
Marlee was committed to a critical, challenging, and engaged
study of law and legal institutions.
"She worked hard to incorporate alternative and diverse perspectives into class materials and
"She also offered to many students the kind of support and regard that made it possible for them
to flourish during their law school
In 2001 the J.C. Smith Scholar
Award was awarded to Marlee in
recognition of her outstanding
contributions to the law faculty.
Marlee leaves behind her partner Joel Bakan, also a professor in
the faculty, and their five-year-old
son Myim, as well as many cherished friends.
Assoc. Prof. Marlee Kline and son
Many lives were touched and
changed by Marlee's approach to
law, her teaching, and her insights
about law, justice and power. We
will miss her enormously.
Prof. Susan Boyd is the chair in
Feminist Legal Studies in the
Faculty of Law. 4     |      UBC     REPORTS      |      DECEMBER     13,     2001
Pediatrics Seminar
Connective Tissue Disorders. Dr. R.
Petty, Rheumatology, bc's Children's
Hosp. 3D16 at nam. Call 604-875-3257.
Pediatrics Seminar
Congestive Heart Failure. Dr. D. Duncan, Cardiology, bc's Children's Hosp.
3D16 at nam. Call 604-875-3257.
Pediatrics Seminar
Renal Tubular Acidosis. Dr. D. Liren-
man, Nephrology, bc's Children's Hosp.
3D16 at i2noon. Call 604-875-3257.
Sol Invictus. Chor Leoni. Chan Centre
at 8pm. $22. Call 604-822-2697.
Lectures In Modern Chemistry
What Is Herring Doing With This
Powerpoint Stuff Anyway? Or Teaching General Chemistry Using Information Technology And Interactive
Engagement Methods. Prof. F. Geoffrey Herring. Chemistry B-250 from
i2:45-i:45pm. Refreshments. Call 604-
Statistics Seminar
To Infinity and Beyond! Prof. Bertrand
Clarke. Klinck 301 from 4-5:3opm. Refreshments. Call 604-822-0570.
Green College Speaker Series
Do Males Matter? Starlings, Eggs And
The Evolution Of Social Conflict. Jane
Reid, Forest Sciences, u of Glasgow.
Green College at 5pm. Reception,
Green College Coach House from 6-
6:30pm. Call 604-822-1878.
Positive Space
Resource People Wanted
Help make ubc a positive space for its
lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgen-
dered, and two-spirited community.
Workshops for volunteer resource
people will be offered in January and
February 2002. To register or for more
information, e-mail positive.space@
ubc.ca or visit www.positivespace.
ubc.ca. Call 604-822-4859.
Participants Needed
The Adult Development Lab at ubc is
looking for adults interested in volunteering for (a) a focus group study looking at what it means to be your age
today and/or (b) studies on visual
memory and visual abilities. Call Pam
at 604-822-5250.
Pediatrics Grand Rounds
Haematological Disorders Of Down's
Syndrome. Various speakers, bc's
Children's Hosp. Chan Centre at
8:30am. Call 604-875-3257.
Pediatrics Seminar
Hepatitis In A Young Girl With Hematuria. Various speakers, bc's Children's Hosp. 3D16 at i2noon. Call
Tabling Carpool Registration
sub Main Concourse from ioam-3pm.
E-mail trek.carpool@ubc.ca. Continues
Jan. 4. Call 604-827-TRF.K (8735).
Fisheries Seminar
Biodiversity In Fishbase: Geo-refer-
encing Expedition Records From The
Early 1800s. Maria Lourdes Palomar-
es. Hut B-8, Ralf Yorque Room from
nam-i2:3opm. Call 604-822-2731.
Tabling Carpool Registration
Brock Hall Main Concourse from
ioam-3pm. F.-mail trek.carpool(®
ubc.ca. Call 604-827-THF.K (8735).
Intercultural Studies In Asia Lecture
In Pursuit Of Science In 19th-century
Benares. Michael S. Dodson, Oriental
Studies, u of Cambridge, ck Choi 120
from i2noon-ipm. Call 604-221-6186.
Chalmers Institute
Theological Forum Medicine And
Ministry. Rev. Peter Newbery, United
Church minister, vst boardroom
from 4-5pm. Refreshments. To register visit www.vst.edu. E-mail
ci@vst.edu. Call 604-822-9815.
Member Speaker Series
You're Armed, I Think You're Better
Armed: Opinions On Genetic Counseling And Testing For Hereditary
Cancer Susceptibility. Christina Holmes, Anthropology and Sociology.
Green College at 7:45pm. Call 604-
Orthopedic Grand Rounds
Knee Stiffness After acl Reconstruction. Dr. J. Patrick McConkey, Sports/
Arthroscopy, vgh, Eye Care Centre
Aud. from 7-8am. Call 604-875-4192.
Training Session
Sustainability Co-ordinator Training.
MacMillan 350 from 8:3oam-i2noon.
Continues Jan. 10. rsvp by Dec. 20. To
register, visit www.sustain.ubc.ca. E-
mail sandy.ho@ubc.ca. Call
Women's Studies And
Gender Relations Lecture
Women's Experience Of Time. Tanya
Bourlova. Centre for Research in
Women's Studies and Gender Relations at i2noon. Call 604-822-9171.
Obstetrics And Gynecology Seminar
Structure-Function Studies On The
Ligand-Binding Domains Of A Gluca-
gon-Like Peptide-i Receptor From
Goldfish. Dr. Chung Man Yeung. bc
Women's Hosp. 2N35 from 2-3pm.
Call 604-875-3108.
Negotiating Work And Family: Feminism After Law School. Nitya Iyer,
Heenan Blaikie. Curtis 157 from 12:30-
2pm. Call 604-822-6523.
Comparative Literature
Dramatic Reading: Dostoievsky's
Notes from Underground. Andrew
Litzky, Theater Simple. Green College
Coach House from 5-6:3opm. Call
Science And Society
Experts And Scientific Authority In
The Eighteenth-Century Public-
Sphere. Thomas Broman, u of Wisconsin-Madison. Green College at
7:30pm. Call 604-822-1878.
Fisheries Seminar
Towards Accurate Estimates Of Pinniped Diet Composition. Dom Tollit,
Marine Mammal Unit. Hut B-8, Ralf
Yorque Room from iiam-i2:3opm.
Call 604-822-2731.
STAR Breast Cancer
Prevention Study
Volunteers are needed to participate
in a breast cancer prevention trial
being conducted at ubc Hospital.
Two drugs, Raloxifene (Evista) and
Tamoxifen, are being studied to see
which works better at preventing
breast cancer. Women must be postmenopausal and have an increased
risk for developing breast cancer. Interested women should call Lynn or
Janet at 604-822-7997.
ubc student wants to participate in
research projects. Is experienced in
data management and analysis. E-
mail gatench@interchange.ube.ca.
UBC Research
Boys between seven and nine (with or
without adhd) and their mothers are
needed for a study. Mothers receive
$20 and children get a ubc t-shirt. If
interested, please call 604-822-9037.
Sexuality Study
Researchers at the Psychology Dept.
and Division of Sexual Medicine are
conducting a study examining sexual
functioning in women receiving estrogen replacement therapy. Both sexually healthy women as well as women
who have recently experienced a
change in their orgasmic functioning
are welcome. For information, call
604-822-2952. Your confidentiality will
be assured. All participants will receive
an honorarium.
Participants Wanted
Would you like to share your story
about your experience with healthcare professionals? We are conducting a study of patient perceptions
about helpful and unhelpful communications in fibromyalgia. In order to
learn more about what makes communication effective, we are asking
individuals who have had fibromyalgia for at least five years to participate
in our study. Participation will involve
one or two interviews in a location
convenient to you, and possibly a focus group interview at a later time.
The interviews usually take about an
hour. All information will be kept
confidential. For more information,
please e-mail andrea_con@hotmail.
com or call 604-822-8070.
Participants Needed
Parents and adolescents are invited to
participate together in research that
addresses how parents and adolescents talk about the youth's future. If
your family faces challenges such as
unemployment or illness, call 604-
Research Project Volunteers Needed
Stress And Coping In Female Clerical
Workers. Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education is seeking female clerical workers
to participate in study on stress and
coping. Ifyou are experiencing workplace distress/frustration, we would
like to learn more about your experiences. Call 604-822-9199.
Legal Clinic Open
ubc Law Students' Legal Advice Program (lslap) runs clinics all over the
Lower Mainland, lslap has been
working in the community for over
thirty years and is currently British
Columbia's second largest legal aid
organization. For more information
about the program, visit
www.lslap.bc.ca or call 604-822-5723.
Volunteer Paid Participants Needed
CroMedica Prime is a Phase One research company located in Vancouver
General Hospital. Our research studies require that volunteers take one or
more doses of an investigational medication. We are currently looking for
healthy volunteers, male/female, nonsmoking aged 18 and older and not
taking any medications. Volunteers
are financially compensated upon
completion of a study. Ifyou are interested please call our research recruitment co-ordinator, Monday to
Friday between gam-spm at 604-875-
5122 or e-mail volunteers©
Research Study
Researchers in the Psychology Dept.
are conducting a study examining
sexual functioning in women. The
aim of this study is to help women
who experience sexual difficulties.
Your confidentiality will be assured.
All participants will receive a detailed
sexual psychophysiological profile for
their participation. Ifyou are a
healthy, heterosexual, premenopausal
woman who is currently in a relationship, please call 604-822-2952.
Habitat For Humanity UBC
Is looking for volunteers. Come help
out on the construction site and build
homes for low-income families — no
skills required. For more information
and to register for an orientation, e-
mail habitat(S'vancouver.net or call
Parents With Toddlers
Did you know your child is a word-
learning expert? We are looking for
children (one to five years old) and
their parent(s) to participate in language studies in the Psychology Dept.
at ubc You and your child, and a
trained researcher will play a word
game using puppets and toys or pictures. As you might imagine, children
find these word games a lot of fun.
During your visit, you will remain
with your child at all times. Ifyou (or
someone you know) might be interested in bringing your child for a 30-
minute visit to our research
playroom, please contact Dr. Hall's
Language Development Centre at
Participants Wanted
Are you a postmenopausal woman
with Type Two diabetes interested in
beginning an exercise program? St.
Paul's Hospital Healthy Heart Program and Diabetes Centre are recruiting participants, who do not smoke or
use insulin, for a research project on
the effect of exercise on diabetes for
women. Call Darcye Cuff at
Parkinson's Research
A research team from ubc is asking
for the assistance of people with Parkinson's to participate in research.
This research is aimed at understanding how Parkinson's may affect complex activities such as managing
multiple tasks. Participation involves
performing fairly simple tasks, some
of which, involves responding verbally
to computer screen displays. Ifyou
are a healthy person ofthe age 50
years or older, we are also in need of
several people to participate as part
of a non-Parkinson's comparison
group. Call Todd Woodward, Psychology Dept. at 604-822-3227.
Sexual Assault Research
The Anxiety and Fear Laboratory in
the Psychology Dept. requires female
volunteers who have experienced
unwanted sexual activity, to participate in a research project. Ifyou have
ever had sex with someone when you
didn't want to, because the other person continued the event when you
said no, forced or threatened to force
you, or because you were given alcohol or drugs, and you would be interested in helping us with our research,
please call 604-822-9028. Confidentiality and privacy protected.
Twin Research
Are you, or do you know a female adult
twin? We are studying the relationship
types of fraternal and identical female
twins. Ifyou can help by completing
some questionnaires and being interviewed about relationships, please e-
mail: tmacbethf«>cortex.psych.ubc.ca or
call 604-822-4826.
Museum Of
Anthropology Exhibition
The Spirit Of Islam: Experiencing
Islam through Calligraphy. Continues
to May 12, 2002. Dempsey Bob: The
Art Goes Back To The Stories, moa at
nam. Continues to Dec. 31, 2002. A
Connoisseur's Collection: Chinese
Ceramics From 'the Victor Shaw Donation. Continues to Feb. 28, 2002.
Continuing Traditions. Continues to
April 30, 2002. Anthropology 432 Student Projects: What is Missing? Continues to Dec. 31. Winter hours
Wed.-Sun. nam-spm, Tues. to 9pm (5-
9pm free). Call 604-822-5087.
The ubc Reports Calendar lists university-related or university-sponsored events
on campus and off campus within the Lower Mainland. Calendar items must
be submitted on forms available from the ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251
Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Phone: 604-UBC-iNFO
(604-822-4636). Fax: 604-822-2684. An electronic form is available at www.
publicaffairs.ubc.ca. Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the Calendar's
Notices section may be limited due to space. Deadline for the Jan. 10 issue of
use Reports—which covers the period Jan. 13 tojan. 26 — is noon, Dec. 31. UBC     REPORTS     |     DECEMBER    13,    2001     |     5
Group to
Studies underway include
effectiveness of birth control
access programs and
smoking cessation pills
closely controlled clinical trials may be just the beginning when
it comes to determining drug
effectiveness, say members of a
new research group in ubc's Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Called Collaboration for Outcomes Research and Evaluation
(corxE ), the group aims to improve
the outcomes of drug therapy.
"Surprisingly, there is little
known about the true effectiveness of many commonly used
pharmaceuticals," says Prof. David
Fielding, corxE director." A drug
can be seen to work in controlled
clinical trials but when used by a
diverse patient population, the result can be quite different."
In addition to improving outcomes, the researchers seek to inform economic evaluation and
government policy related to pharmaceuticals.
Asst. Prof. Elan Paluck is a
corxE co-ordinator studying the
effectiveness of bupropion.
Marketed as Zyban, the drug is
used to treat smoking cessation
and has been available in Canada
since 1998. Wellbutrin sr, which
probe efficacy of
ly prescribed drugs
also contains bupropion, is intended for use in treating depression
but is also being prescribed as an
aid to quitting smoking.
Health Canada has received
more than 1,100 reports concerning
bupropion's suspected adverse side
effects which can include headache, skin rash, hallucination and
seizures, according to Paluck.
In what she believes is the only
such study in Canada, Paluck is
working with a network of 50 b.c.
community pharmacists over the
next five months to recruit 450
people who are using bupropion to
quit smoking.
Individuals will be contacted at
one, three, six and 12-month intervals to check on effectiveness and
adverse reactions. A hotline will be
set up to receive reports of symptoms and people with side effects
will be directed to their doctor.
Results of the study will be distributed to Health Canada, the
provincial ministry of health, participating pharmacists and others.
corxE co-ordinator Judith Soon
is working with a team that includes representatives of government and advocacy groups to
study use ofthe emergency contraceptive pill (ecp).
Last December, b.c. became the
first province to authorize pharmacists to provide ecps without a
doctors prescription.
In 1999 in b.c. more than 14,000
unwanted pregnancies were terminated with an abortion which represented 23 per cent of all pregnancies in the province, according to
the provincial vital statistics office.
Almost 2,900 pharmacist-initiated ecp prescriptions in b.c. were
dispensed in the first six months of
the increased access program.
About 50 per cent of women requested the drug due to failure of
their regular birth control. Frequency of use is highest among 20-
to 29-year-olds.
The corxE study will evaluate
the impact ofthe expanded access
program on the prevalence and
patterns of ecp use in b.c. from
1995-2002. Rates of pregnancy,
abortion and sexually transmitted
disease will also be examined.
Researchers will use data from
the interlinked HealthNet databases that record drug dispensing
and medical information from
pharmacies, hospitals and doctors'
"Very few jurisdictions in Canada can generate information on
this scale," says Soon, an assistant
professor who joined the faculty
last year.
Other current corxE members
are: Assoc. Prof. Bruce Carleton,
Prof. Mary Ensom, Prof. Marc Lev-
ine and Assoc. Prof. James McCor-
a family that sticks together While building a family of snowpersons might not be in the cards, residence
advisers are planning a variety of activities such as Christmas light tours and craft-making sessions for students
remaining on campus over the holiday break. The annual Christmas dinner at International House, which features
carolling and a visit from Santa, takes place Friday, Dec. 21 at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Students are encouraged to buy $2
advance tickets for this sell-out event by calling International House at 604-822-5021. Any remaining tickets will be
available at the door for $5. Hilary Thomson photo
ubc invites applications for the position of Director ofthe Centre
for Research in Women's Studies and Gender Relations.
The successful candidate will be a tenured scholar of high standing
with a demonstrated commitment to research and teaching in
Women's Studies and Gender Relations, administrative ability, a
proven record in obtaining research grants, and the capacity to
work with scholars from a wide variety of disciplines. The new
Director will have a cross-appointment in a regular academic
department and will carry up to a 50 per cent teaching load there.
The initial appointment as Director will be for a period of five
years, with the possibility of an extension for a second five-year
period. Only internal candidates will be considered.
ubc hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment
equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply.
Applicants should send a letter describing their interest in the
position, a curriculum vitae, and names and addresses of at least
three references whom we can contact in confidence, to Dr. Tom
Pedersen (pedersen@eos.ubc.ca), Associate Dean, Faculty of
Graduate Studies, The University of British Columbia, 6371
Crescent Rd, Vancouver, v6t iz2. The deadline for applications is
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002. The appointment will begin July 1, 2002.
"When diabetes enters your life, you need
someone to turn to. Call the Canadian
Diabetes Association."      caroi seta dietitian
Alternate Routes to Computing
A program offered by the Dept. of Computer Science
Universiry of British Columbia
• Are you thinking of making a Career change?
• Are you thinking about a career in I nformatlOn
• Are you looking for an education program that will equip
you with the knowledge you need co turn this aspiration
into a reality?
ARC is a 28-month post-baccalaureate diploma program
combining 16 months of academic computer science courses
with an eight- or 12-month co-op work experience. It is designed
for people with an excellent record of academic achievement in
any field but with little or no programming experience.
Features ofthe ARC program:
• Small class size;
• No high tuition fees. The fees are the same as those paid by
other undergraduate students;
• Industry experience;
• Welcome students from a wide range of academic
backgrounds, e.g. humanities, science, education,
engineering, business.
For more information, go to our web site www.arc.cs.ubc.ca or
email undergrad-info@cs.ubc.ca. 6     |      UBC     REPORTS      |      DECEMBER     13,     2001
New Ethical Review
Board established
The ubc Office for the Ethical Review Board — Clinical Trials, has
been established in the research
pavilion at Vancouver Hospital
and Health Sciences Centre.
Part of ubc's Office of Research
Services, the new office aims to decrease the turn-around time for
the ethical review process, says Susan Chunick, office manager.
An alumna with a master's degree in Health Planning and Administration, Chunick was also
head of the Physiotherapy Program in ubc's School of Rehabilitation Sciences from 1984-86. She recently worked for icbc as a customer satisfaction and market research manager.
For more information about the
office, contact Chunick at 604-875-
unbc, ubc to offer
joint basc degree
ubc has developed a joint undergraduate engineering degree program with the University of Northern British Columbia.
The four-and-a-half year Envi-
Plan trips to reduce vehicle use.
Combine errands instead of using the
car several times a day.
ronmental Engineering Program
will train students to assess environmental and economic factors
in future developments. Graduates
will receive a Bachelor of Applied
Science awarded jointly by both institutions.
Students will complete the first
two years at unbc, followed by two
years of study at ubc. They will return to unbc for their final semester.
The degree will be offered beginning in fall 2002.
Library adds
Chinese journals
With the recent acquisition ofthe
China Journal Database, ubc's
Asian Library has become the first
institution in North America with
on-line full-text access to 290 journals on Chinese literature, history,
language and philosophy published in China from 1994-2001.
To date, the resource has only
been available in academic libraries
in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The acquisition of the China
Journal Database brings the Asian
Library closer to its goal of introducing Web-based resources in
Chinese, Japanese and Korean on
Head librarian Eleanor Yuen
plans to add major Japanese and
Korean databases to the library's
on-line resources soon.
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Peak performance demands
excellent vision.
For a complete vision and eye health exam, please
call (604) 263-8874
Suite #2 -3SS4 West41st Ave. Vancouver, B.C.
(just minutes away from campus)
HOUSE A perfect spot to reserve accommodation for guest
lecturers or other university members who visit throughout the
year. Close to ubc and otherVan-
couver attractions, a tasteful representation of our city and of
ubc. 4103 W. 10th Ave., Vancouver, BC, V6R 2H2. Call or fax 604-
Elegant accommodation in Point
Grey area. Minutes to UBC. On
main bus routes. Close to shops
and restaurants. Includes TV, tea
and coffee making, private phone/
fridge. Weekly rates avail. Call 604-
222-3461. Fax 604-222-9279.
HOUSE Five suites avail, for
academic visitors to ubc only.
Guests dine with residents and
enjoy college life. Daily rate $60
plus $i4/day for meals Sun-Thurs.
Call 604-822-8660 for more information and availability.
affordable fully-equipped suite
right on campus. Spacious one br
suites with kitchen, balcony, tv
and telephone.  Ideal for visiting
lecturers, colleagues and families.
2001 rates from Sng/night. ubc
discounts available. Visit
www.westcoastsuites.com. Call
GUEST ROOMS Private rooms
on campus forvisitors to ubc on
academic business. Private bath,
double bed, telephone, tv, fridge,
in-room coffee. Dinner five days
per week. Breakfast seven days
per week. Competitive rates. Call
for information and availability
south-facing private patio, entrance, alarm system, in-floor
heating. Furnished, incl. microwave, dishes. Two blocks from
ubc Gate. $725/010. incl. util.,
cable. One person only, n/s, sorry
n/p. Call 604-224-4688.
THEOLOGY Affordable accommodation or meeting space near the
Chan Centre and moa. 17 modestly
furnished rooms with hall bath are
avail. Daily rates starting at $36. Meals
or meal plans are avail, in the school
cafeteria. For more information call
604-822-9031 or 604-822-9490.
three br home. Five min. walk from
Galleon Beach. Overlooking beautiful pond, natural setting. All amen.
Bicycles. Cozy up to a brand new
airtight wood stove. Reasonable
rates. Visit www.hornbyisland.net/
purplefeet/. Call 604-327-5735.
& B 3466 W. 15th Ave. Reasonable
winter rates. Close to ubc, spacious
ensuite rooms, TV, phone, bath,
fridge, tea/coffee. E-mail english
@uniserve.com or visit www.
englishcountrygardenbb.com. Call
604-737-2526 or fax 604-727-2750.
FOR RENT Fully furnished home in
beautiful White Rock. Three br, three
bath, office, l/r, d/r, f/r, lovely
landscaped yard. Close to shopping,
golf all year, easy commute to Vancouver. Avail. Dec. 26 to Mar. 31, flexible. $i,700/mo. plus util. E-mail
hlogan@telus.net. Call/fax 604-542-
with homey, comfortable environment forvisitors to ubc and hospital.
Located near the hospital. Rates
$40-$8o/night and weekly rates. E-
mail housing@triumf.ca or call 604-
HOME Near ubc and bus routes,
two br, two bath, large garden with
tabby. $2,ioo/mo. plus util. Avail.
April 1 to autumn, n/s, n/p. E-mail
bitney@telus.net or call 604-263-1189.
HAMPTON PLACE One br furnished. Five min. to ubc, f/p, w/d,
d/w, parking space and bicycle storage, n/s, n/p. $i,i6o/mo. Avail. Jan.
15 tojune 15. E-mail Ms. Yan at
y_y_yan@hotmail.com or call 604-
Medicine, dentistry, biosciences, aquaculture
604-264 -9918 DONALD@PORTAL.CA
Deadline: for the Jan. 10 issue: 12 noon, Dec. 31.
Enquiries: 604-UBC-iNFO (604-822-4636) • Rate: $16.50 for35 words or less.
Additional words: 50 cents each. Rate includes cst.
Submission guidelines: Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to: ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park
Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Ads must be accompanied by payment
in cash, cheque (made out to use Reports) or journal voucher.
University Centre. Residence offering
superior hotel or kitchenette style
rooms and suites. All rooms have private bath, queen bed, voice mail, cable tv and Internet-linked PC. Beautiful
view of sea and mountains. For rates
and reservations www.pwias.ubc.ca.
Call 604-822-4782.
CAMILLA HOUSE in Kitsilano
area, furnished suites or rooms avail.
Kitchen and laundry facilities. Close
to main bus routes, shopping and
dining. Weekly and monthly rates
avail. Call 604-737-2687.
Bed And Breakfast
Walk to ubc along the ocean. Quiet
exclusive neighbourhood. Near buses
and restaurants. Comfortable rooms
with tv and private bath. Full breakfast. Reasonable rates, n/s only
please. Web site www.bbcanada.com/
locarnobeach. Call 604-341-4975.
neighborhood club. Enjoy a round of
golf, book a banquet, or meeting or
simply enjoy the warmth and hospitality at the Westward Ho! We're open
for lunch and dinner seven days a
week and Sunday brunch. Try something new today. Call 604-224-7799.
Retirement income and financial
planning. Edwin Jackson, Certified
Financial Planner. Ascot Financial
Services Limited. Investments, life
insurance, annuities, know-how. Call
Job guarantee. 5 day/40 hr. tesol
teacher certification course (or by
correspondence). Web www.
canadianglobal.net. free information
package, (888) 270-2941.
Located in the University Village,
#207 - 5728 University Blvd. Dr. Chris
Hodgson (physician), for appointment call 604-222-2273 (222-CARE).
Dr. Charles Borton (dentist), please
call 604-838-6684 (604-83-TOOTH).
repair all men's and women's dress
shoes. Rockport, Timberland, Cole
Haan, Red Wing, Johnston and Murphy, Birkenstock, etc. We sell all shoe
care, laces, insole and also cut keys.
4465 W. 10th Ave. (Sasamat and 10th
Ave.) 10 percent off for ubc students.
Call 604-224-3615.
able for quality tree service. Three
years experience in all aspects of tree
care. For more information, visit
www.treeworks.ca or call 604-662-
3678 for a free estimate. UBC  REPORTS  |  DECEMBER  13,  2001
Alzheimer's researcher
drawn from Harvard
Research calibre and
collaboration drew
neuroscientist to ubc
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
at a time when most teenagers
pick up nothing more important
than pizza, Weihong Song was
busy picking up a medical degree
to become one of China's youngest
physicians at age 19. That was 1983.
Today as the Jack Brown and
Family Professorship and Chair in
Alzheimer's Disease at ubc, Song
is building on almost 20 years of
neuroscientific research into genetic causes of brain disease.
"We're at the cutting edge of research in Alzheimer's disease," he
says. "Pioneering work is going on
— it's an exciting time to be involved."
Song has an impressive health
science pedigree — his grandfather, father and sister all practice
medicine in China.
As a child he played with children a few years older and would
wait for them in school hallways.
Finally a teacher invited the five-
year-old to take a test with the
class. He got the top mark and
launched a stellar academic career.
After earning the highest score
on his post-graduate exam, he began work in the Dept. of Psychiatry
at West China University of Medical Sciences, one of the leading
psychiatric departments in the
His research lab was the first in
China to examine the role of genetics in mental disorders such as
schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
After obtaining his Master of
Science at Purdue University in Indiana, he started doctoral work in
causes of Alzheimer's disease,
completed his phD at Indiana University School of Medicine in 1996
and continued his work as a postdoctoral fellow and faculty member at Harvard Medical School.
Song joined ubc this summer.
"I came to ubc because of the
calibre of its neuroscience," he
says. "As well, the atmosphere here
is competitive, but also collaborative."
He is emphatic about the need
for new knowledge about Alzheimer's, a degenerative brain disease
that affects 10 per cent of people
over the age of 65 years. The illness
costs Canadian taxpayers almost
$5.5 billion annually to manage.
"This is one ofthe major health
concerns for developed countries
with large aging populations," he
says. "It represents a huge burden
Prof. Weihong Song
— for the individual, their family
and for society. That's what makes
it so important to find the causes
of this disease."
Scientists have identified several genes that, in a mutant form, are
implicated in causing the inherited form of the disease that is responsible for about 10 per cent of
all cases. Song looks at how these
genes — called presenilins and
amyloid precursor protein genes
— communicate and interact.
He is particularly interested in
one activity in the disease-producing progression where a neurotoxic fragment is 'born' from the amyloid precursor protein genes. The
result is the toxic amyloid beta
protein — a known cause of brain
cell death.
His work has demonstrated that
presenilins are a key player in generating this fragment and in notch
signalling, a process that dictates
whether the cell will become a
brain cell.
The discovery is widely recognized as a major contribution to
understanding the cause of the
"We see that there is a relationship between these mutations and
the disease but we don't know the
exact mechanisms — that's what I
want to find out," says Song, who is
also a member of the Brain Research Centre — a partnership of
ubc and Vancouver Hospital and
Health Sciences Centre.
In addition to the molecular
mechanisms, he examines other
factors such as stress or stroke
that may contribute to the disease.
Song says there are many unknowns still to unravel but suggests that the next breakthrough
may lie with chemical inhibitors to
block the pathways to limit or stop
the progress ofthe disease.
A recent Canada Foundation for
Innovation grant will allow Song to
set up his new lab in renovated
space in the Psychiatry Dept.
Honour Roll
Instead of using your car, walk to the store.
Do an errand on your bicycle. Take the bus
to work, or carpool it.
Let's cfear the air
Anne Martin-Matthews, associate dean, Research and Graduate
Studies in the Faculty of Arts, has
been appointed Arts dean pro
Martin-Matthews, a professor
of Family Studies in the School of
Social Work and Family Studies,
joined ubc in 1998 as director of
the School of Family and Nutritional Sciences.
Dr. Don McKenzie, a professor in
the School of Human Kinetics and
the Family Practice Dept. has been
awarded a Meritorious Service
Medal from the Governor General
of Canada.
The exercise physiologist and
sports medicine physician was
one of 24 recipients who recently
received the decoration, which
recognizes individuals whose
achievements have brought honour to Canada.
A ubc alumnus and faculty
member since 1982, McKenzie researches the effects of exercise on
breast cancer patients.
He formed and coaches the
Abreast in a Boat dragon boat paddling team consisting of women
who have survived breast cancer.
Currently, there are breast cancer
dragon boat teams throughout
Canada, the U.S., Australia and
New Zealand.
Assoc. Prof. Carol Jillings of the
School of Nursing has received the
Ethel Johns Award from the Canadian  Association   of University
Prof. Anne Martin-Matthews
Schools of Nursing in recognition
of distinguished service to nursing education in Canada.
A faculty member since 1977,
Jillings contributes to curriculum
development and teaches in the
graduate program. She supervises
graduate students in such areas as
family support in critical care, cardiac rehabilitation and health reform in the context of palliative
Her areas of clinical and research interest revolve around
the processes of education, support and rehabilitation for clients
and families facing cardiac illness.
The annual award is named after the founding director of Canada's first university nursing program, located at ubc.
Geography Prof. Michael Church,
English Prof. Dennis Danielson,
Zoology Prof. David Jones and
History   Prof.   Dianne   Newell
were recently selected as the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced
Studies Distinguished Scholars
in Residence for 2002.
Each year the institute selects
up to four faculty members, primarily for their outstanding research record particularly as it
fits with the institute's mandate
to support basic interdisciplinary
Each scholar receives an office
at the institute, an infrastructure
budget of $10,000 for any research-related expenses and up
to $5,000 for their research
Medical Genetics Prof. Michael
Hayden was one of three recipients of this year's Ottawa Life Sciences Council National Merit
Award which recognizes contributions to the development of
the life sciences community in
Hayden was honoured for
outstanding contributions to
genetics and Huntington's disease as well as his exceptional
leadership in advancing Canadian science.
The Ottawa Life Sciences
Council fosters development of
new technologies and companies
and raises awareness ofthe local
life sciences industry, both nationally and internationally.
Applications/nominations are invited for the position of Senior Associate Dean, md
Undergraduate Education. This position is expected to be filled by an internal candidate
and is available Jan. 1,2002.
The incumbent will report to the Dean of Medicine and through the Dean is accountable
to the Faculty Executive Committee, the Committee of Department Heads and School
Directors, and Faculty (full faculty meetings).
The successful candidate will be the Senior Associate Dean in the md Undergraduate
Program. Associate Deans of Curriculum, Student Affairs, and Admissions are accountable to this position.
Responsibilities include: development of modified and new program components and
assignment of responsibility for implementation; assuming leadership in the planning
and communication of the evolving expanded md Undergraduate Program including
relationships with other university partners (University of Northern b.c. and University
of Victoria); overall budget responsibility of the md Undergraduate Program in
collaboration with Associate Deans of Curriculum, Student Affairs and Admissions; in
concert with the Dean maintains the accreditation of the md Undergraduate Program;
responsibility in collaboration with the Dean for external relations with accrediting
bodies, medical associations, educational institutions, teaching hospitals, the public and
others as appropriate.
ubc hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage
all qualified persons to apply.
Deadline for receipt of applications is Jan. 15, 2002. Please direct your applications along
with the names of three referees, and nominations to:
Dr. John A. Cairns, md, frcpc
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Room 317, Instructional Resources Centre
University of British Columbia
2194 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, b.c. v6t IZ3 8  |  UBC REPORTS  |  DECEMBER 13, 2001
Making a difference
during the holidays
Open your eyes, ears and hearts, urges principal
by Prof. Grant Ingram
when 1 was a child, gathering
around the holiday dinner table
was a cherished way for my family
to connect with each other.
The conversation and feelings
flowed easily as we shared both
food and thoughts. It's a special
tradition at any time of the year,
people sharing food around a table
full of light, family and friends.
Two weeks ago, the residents of
St. John's College gathered together one evening to share their celebrations in a Festival of Lights.
They shared Diwali, Hanukkah,
Advent, Persian and Japanese New
Year traditions, in recognition that
people from all corners of the
globe have ways of remembering,
in the darkest of times, that the
light will return.
The past three months have
been particularly dark ones. We
have witnessed considerable loss
of life through violence.
People from many different
countries and cultures have been
affected by these events — some
directly, through personal loss,
others indirectly through the im
mediate diffusion of images.
All of us were affected in some
way. Events in one place touch others in distant lands.
I believe that the ubc community can learn from these events so
as to help diminish the possibility
of conflicts in future.
At St. John's College we have
graduate students and visiting
scholars from 35 different countries residing in the college.
They live together, study together and sit around the dinner table
each evening. They share their
views, their culture, their values,
and their celebrations.
It's not always easy for them to
understand and accept differences,
but they engage in dialogue with
others because they want to try.
Like them, we can all make the
effort to open our minds to understand people from different backgrounds than our own. And when
we do so, we so often find that our
differences are not as dramatic as
we first thought.
Words may often fail us when we
try to come to terms with the
events of this fall, but perhaps it is
words that can take us forward into
the new year, a future where diversity is not merely tolerated, but celebrated — a future where light will
indeed triumph over darkness.
If we can learn from tragedy by
being ready to initiate open dialogue, if we can listen, open our
eyes, ears and hearts to others, we
can make a difference.
It's never been more important
than right now.
During the holiday season, take
the time to understand the world
around you and the rich tapestry
of diverse cultures that we live in.
We are each proud of our own
culture and traditions.
Understanding how people from
different areas of the world and diverse religions mark this time ofthe
year by bringing light to brighten
the short dark days is one step towards a world of greater acceptance.
We need to listen to one another and celebrate the value of diversity amongst us.
Grant Ingram is principal of St.
John's College. The graduate
residential college houses an
international community of some
170 scholars.
Urban study partners with
Italian language students
Project applies translation skills to greenways research
by Michelle Cook, staffwriter
geographically, British Columbia and Tuscany couldn't be much
farther apart. Academically, the
same can be said for the study of
Italian language and landscape architecture.
Now, thanks to a unique multi-
disciplinary pilot project, a group
of Italian language students at ubc
and a landscape architect visiting
from the University of Florence are
attempting to bring their landscapes and academic disciplines
closer together.
The shared knowledge initiative
is the brainchild of Assoc. Prof.
Daniela Boccassini of the Dept. of
French, Hispanic and Italian Studies and Sergio Maria Pelligra. Pelli-
gra has been coming to British Columbia since 1996 to conduct research in association with the ubc
Landscape Architecture Program.
Pelligra wanted to have his research on urban open spaces in British Columbia as a model for Italian
cities translated from Italian to English in order to make it widely available on-line, and he wanted to get
students involved in the project.
On the recommendation of Agricultural Sciences Dean Moura
Quayle, Pelligra approached Boccassini who saw the potential to
create a knowledge swap.
If Pelligra introduced the 10 students in her Italian 300 class to sustainability issues in the Lower Mainland — in Italian — they would
translate his research paper on B.C.
urban greenways.
The pilot would also give Boc-
cassini's most senior-level Italian
students the chance to apply their
language skills on a practical level
- a rare opportunity on a Pacific
Rim campus.
"This pilot was an experiment,
an opportunity that arose," Boccassini says. "But if I had to pick a
project for my students, this one
addressing issues of sustainability
here in Vancouver was both interesting and relevant to them."
"They were very enthusiastic
about doing it when they heard
their translation work would be
published on-line," adds Pelligra of
the students' response to the proposal.
The challenge was getting students who knew very little about
urban development to translate an
academic paper on the topic in
four weeks. To prepare, Boccassini
redesigned her course to provide
some background on the development of Italian cities.
Pelligra's instruction included a
guided bike tour of Vancouver's
greenways to give his translators a
first-hand look at his subject matter. The students then divided into
teams to translate Pelligra's research, but by then the project had
become more than a language exercise.
"I liked the idea that this project
had so much to do with Vancouver
but from an Italian perspective,
and he not only taught us something new about our region, he introduced the Italian way of teaching," says student Emilia Finamore.
She adds, laughing, that she found
the Italian teaching style much
more "blunt" than the approach
she's used to at ubc
"In the end, I think we had an
equal exchange," Pelligra says of
the unusual collaboration, adding
that he hopes to return to ubc
next year and expand his shared
knowledge project to a full semester and involve more departments.
clothes connection   Pharmaceutical Sciences students display some of
the more than 500 kilograms of donated clothing that will be distributed by
the Community Health Initiative by University Students, a multi-disciplinary
ubc student-run project in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Students in the
faculty gathered the clothes the last two weeks of November. Faculty sponsor
instructor Michael Pungente (top, left) is seen with clothing drive organizers
(clockwise, from left) first -year students Cindy Huang, Zahra Sadikali,
Brenda Law and Eva Fung. The faculty's third-year class gathered the most
clothes to win the clothing drive competition. Hilary Thomson photo
$i.25-million gift to fund
Korean literature chair
a $i.25-million gift from the
Seoul-based International Communication Foundation (icf) will
help establish ubc as a major centre of Korean language and literature in Canada.
The icf gift, fully matched by
ubc, will fund the Young Bin Min
Chair in Korean Literature and Literary Translation in the Asian
Studies Dept. A search for a world
leader in the study of Korean literature and Korean to English translation to fill the chair will begin
"ubc and icf share an appreciation ofthe significance and importance of Korean language and culture," says ubc President Martha
Piper. "Now, with the support of
the icf, we feel our program will be
Class enrolments and the university's Korean library is growing
steadily, says Asian Studies Assoc.
Prof. Ross King.
"It's clear that students have an
interest in, and a demand for, Korean studies," he says. "The chair
will in turn attract other outstanding teachers and researchers, allowing students to interact with
some of the best Korean scholars
in the world."
The chair is named for Young
Bin Min, the founder of icf and
ybm Si-sa, one ofthe leading publishers in Korea. He founded the
icf to raise the profile of Korean
literature overseas. This donation
is the largest international gift that
the foundation has made.
The chair will build on ubc's
strengths in Korean studies, which
also include the Centre for Korean
Research and exchange agreements with 12 Korean universities
and institutes. A recent agreement
established a joint academic program with Korea University, which
will bring approximately 100 Korean students to ubc each year.
hsbc to provide banking
services to university
the university has signed an
agreement with hsbc Bank Canada to provide institutional banking
All tuition payments are now
accepted by hsbc bank branches
across Canada, or through hsbc
telephone of Internet banking
services. Tuition payments will no
longer be accepted by the Bank of
hsbc was awarded provision of
the university's institutional banking
services after a request for proposals
was undertaken by Supply Management. Responses to the request were
reviewed by a committee composed
of key campus stakeholders, including Student Services, Treasury, Food
Services, the Faculty of Forestry and
the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.
For details of the new insitu-
tional banking procedures now in
effect, including procedures for
petty cash and deposits, visit


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