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$15 million donated to UBC
A$I5-million private donation to UBC will establish
Canada's first Institute for
Advanced Studies, President David Strangway announced at a
gala dinner to honor campaign donors.
The gift, from Vancouver-based
international financier Peter Wall, is
the largest donation made to UBC in
its 75-year history and among the largest ever made to a Canadian university.
"This remarkable contribution will
allow us to create an institute that will
help UBC and the province of British
Columbia move to a new level of international significance," said Strangway.
The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies will be modelled on
the world-renowned Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University in New Jersey. Princeton's institute has been home to many of the
world's leading scholars, including
physicist Albert Einstein and Johann
Von Neumann, one of the pioneers of
the computer.
Photo bv Leza MacDonald
UBC President David Strangway presided over a gala dinner, April 11, in honor of campaign donors.
"I am fortunate to be able to contribute to UBC's major fund-raising
campaign," said Mr. Wall. "I see this
as an opportunity to help the university
secure its place as an institution of
international excellence."
"It has always been my desire to
invest in the future minds of our province, a province that has been an un
limited source of opportunities forme."
The institute will allow scholars in
residence to study and conduct research
in a wide range of fields spanning the
humanities, social sciences, life sciences and physical sciences.
"This institute has been a dream of
mine for a long time," said Strangway.
"Peter Wall's generous gift will allow us to bring scholars to UBC who
are in great international demand, including winners of Nobel and Pulitzer
prizes," he said.
As UBC continues to draw leading
scholars to pursue their work, British
Columbia will realize its potential as a
world centre of research and discovery, Strangway added.
"This gift will bring great prestige,
to both the university and the province
of British Columbia," said Bruce Strachan, minister of Advanced Education,
Training and Technology.
The announcement ofthe donation,
made at a gala dinner held April 11 to
honor campaign donors, drew gasps
and then prolonged applause from the
more than 500 guests.
Smith named
as dean of Law
UBC law professor Lynn Smith has
been appointed the new dean of the
Faculty of Law.
Smith begins a six-year term July
1,10 years after her first appointment
at UBC as an associate professor. She
replaces Peter Burns, who has headed
the faculty since 1982.
"Professor Smith has emerged as
an outstanding constitutional scholar,"
said Dan Birch, vice-president, academic and provost. "She is a tough-
minded individual who is committed
to raising the national and international
profile of the faculty."
Smith's major scholarly work has
been in the areas of equality and human rights, civil litigation and evidence. Her first book. Righting the
Balance:   Canada's   New   Equality
programs help communication between faculty and students and ease the transition
to university life. Page 2
benefits from the skills and
hard work of Its many volunteer workers. Page 3
EXTENDING HANDS: Japanese and Canadian students
will work and live together in
Ritsumeikan-UBC House.
Rights, was published in 1986.
Smith's activities within the profession include serving as former
chair of the National Canadian Bar
Association Committee on Equality
Rights and she is currently president
ofthe Women's Legal Education and
Action Fund.
"The choice of Professor Smith
was unanimous," said UBC President David Strangway. "She is an
energetic and committed individual
who has accomplished a great deal
since her arrival here. Under her stewardship, the faculty's continued
development is guaranteed."
Smith has also contributed chapters in The Effects of Feminist Approaches on Research Methodologies
and Competing Constitutional Visions: The Meech Lake Accord.
Smith and UBC professor William
Black co-wrote chapters on equality
rights in The Canadian Charter of
Rights and Freedoms and Your
Clients and the Charter: Liberty and
Campaign eyes new goal
UBC's fund-raising campaign, A
World of Opportunity, will have a
new goal of $250 million if the provincial government commits itself to
an expansion of its matching funds
The campaign has already raised
$200 million, including $90 million
in matching funds from the Government of B.C., said campaign chair
Robert Wyman. Donations totalling
$ 110 million have been received from
individuals, foundations and corporate donors.
Wyman told guests at a gala
dinner, held April 11 to honor the
"Builders of UBC's Future," that
the university will seek another
$30 million in private gifts
through 1992. The university has
asked the provincial government
to expand its matching funds program to include these contributions.
Bruce Strachan, minister of
Advanced Education, Training
and Technology, told guests they
could expect to hear further announcements about the government match in coming weeks.
The World of Opportunity
campaign was launched just over
two years ago to help boost the
university's international standing
by providing urgently needed financial resources. At the time, the
target was $132 million, including $66 million in provincial government matching grants.
"I'm thrilled at how far the campaign has come." said honorary cam
paign chair Cecil Green, urging the
provincial government and private
donors to continue their generous support ofthe university.
Wyman said the campaign will
continue to seek funding for unfunded
or partially funded projects as it moves
toward the new goal.
"The effect of the campaign on this
campus will resonate for years to
come." he said, noting that 23 new
buildings will be constructed on campus in the next decade, several of them
funded through the campaign.
Photo by Leza MacDonald
Lt.-Gov. David Lam speaks during ceremony for new $8.2-million Management
Research Centre.
The April 11 dinner — held in the
War Memorial Gym decorated to resemble a construction site — marked
the start of construction on the David
Lam Management Research Centre
and the progress of other building
projects on campus funded by the
World of Opportunity campaign.
It also paid tribute to members of
the Wesbrook Society for their continued support of the university and
to campaign donors who have contributed to academic chairs, scholarships, professorships and endowments.
Invited guests included campaign
donors and representatives ofthe B.C.
government, including Strachan,
Education Minister Stan Hagen
and Attorney General Russ Fraser.
Shortly before the dinner, Lt.-
j     Gov. David Lam and his wife
Dorothy were honored at a concrete pouring ceremony at the site
of the new Management Research
Centre, at Main Mall and Agricultural Rd.
Peter Lusztig. who as dean of
Commerce and Business Administration has overseen development
ofthe new building, said the centre
will help make UBC one of the
top 10 research-oriented business
schools in the world.
"This building will contribute
to B.C.'s economic growth and
diversity and will help increase
Canada's competitive advantage,"
he said during the ceremony.
It was announced at the ceremony that a glass galleria in the
David Lam Management Research
Centre will be named the Lusztig
Tower in honor of the dean, who is
stepping down on June 30. 2    UBC REPORTS Apr. 18.1991
Letters to the Editor
April 4, 1991
UBC Reports
Dear Sir,
In your article "Pair of trees get reprieve", in the March 21 st edition, you
erroneously reported that: "A demonstration called by tree-cutting opponents for March 11, however, attracted just three people." As no such demonstration was called it was rather surprising that even three people were
reported to be present.
I would appreciate your correction of this erroneous statement as I had
appeared before the Board of Governors that very morning in a last ditch
effort to save the Arboretum from further destruction. At this meeting I had
stressed to the Board that I was not speaking for myself alone but had with
me over 400 signatures of faculty and staff who valued the Arboretum. The
erroneous statement in UBC Reports has the unfortunate effect of undermining the credibility of my statements to the Board. The only event in my
calendar for March the 11th was an interview with a reporter and cameraman from BCTV in the Arboretum, there were two other people present, but
why the UBC Reports would refer to this as a demonstration I cannot
What has happened, in the unfortunate decision ofthe Campus Planners
to offer the Arboretum as a building site to the First Nations House of Learning, indicates that the planning process in place at UBC does not give
enough opportunity for the faculty and staff to participate directly. A
possible improvement would be for the Campus Planners to invite interested persons to meet with them before a site is decided on for a particular
Margaret E.A. North
Senior Instructor
Geography Department
April 9,1991
UBC Reports
Dear Sir,
It is not difficult to be reminded of the 28 acres of majestic forest that
stood only 6 months ago on the site that has become Hampton Place. In the
place of the forest we now witness construction equipment, concrete foundations rising only a few yards from the public sidewalk, and pretentious
"border-line" landscaping that relates more to a European setting than our
West Coast shore.
Despite strong opposition from Faculty, students, staff and the West
Point Grey and Kitsilano communities, the UBC Real Estate Corporation
moved ahead with their plans to develop the site. After putting in the
infrastructure UBC Real Estate Corporation leased the south-east 4 acres to
Thames Court Development for $8,006,000. If all goes according to the
developer's plan, 58 townhouses and 28 apartment condominium units will
be on the market in 12 - 18 month's time, and sell for roughly $400,000 to
$500,000 per dwelling.
But what about the 24 "left-over" acres? This clear-cut land has been put
on hold until the UBCREC sees fit to put them back on the market. Land
prices have fallen drastically since the project was conceived. The questions that need to be addressed are, has our forest been needlessly destroyed? Will the 24 acres remain a scar for years to come? A reminder to
all of us of the attitude of the leaders of our community towards our limited
We reiterate at this time that the Hampton Place project is ill-conceived,
not in the best interests of the university and the community and should be
discontinued in its present form. We urge the Board ofGovernors to reconsider this development. The trees cannot be replaced but the land can be
used for sorely needed student and faculty housing.
Yours very truly,
West Point Grey Residents' Assoc.
UBC Reports Classified Ads
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Tuesday, April 23,1991, at noon
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Photo by Media Services
Anne Marie Richards shares a laugh with her mentor, Graeme Wynn, associate dean of Arts.
Students find mentors
among faculty members
Anne Marie Richards
admits to having been
a bit overwhelmed at
the prospect of moving from her comfortable interior town to fortress UBC.
"I was a little apprehensive about
how I'd get to classes because everyone told me the university was the size
of Penticton," said the first-year Arts
One student.
But for Richards and
about 160 other "frosh",
the transition from hometown high school to university was made smoother by
a faculty mentoring program introduced last fall _
in the Faculty of Arts.
The Science Faculty is
also starting a mentor program for its
first-year students, which it hopes to
have up and running by September.
Implemented by Associate Dean
Graeme Wynn, the aim of the arts program is to give the campus a more
human face. This year's program focused on matching scholarship winners and residents of communities in
the interior of B.C. with 25 faculty
"For many new students, UBC has
a forbidding reputation as a big, bureaucratic institution," said Wynn. "The
idea behind mentoring is to get to know
students as individuals and do it in a
setting that is less formal than a classroom."
So far, Richards and her mentoring group have met at the
Faculty Club and the Gallery
Lounge in the Student Union Building. What appeals to Richards is that
talk isn't limited to classes or
"We talk about everything from
world issues to humdrum everyday
life," said Richards. "It's nice meeting
outside the classroom to discuss what
other people are doing and their plans
for the future."
Wynn expects faculty and student
involvement in the program to increase
dramatically in the years ahead. He
has already received numerous phone
calls from high school teachers asking
how their students can become involved.
Judith Myers, associate dean for the
promotion of women in science, said
there is a strong demand for a
mentor program within the Faculty
of Science.
A survey completed by about half
of science's first-year class of 1,400
students this year indicated that 80 per
cent were interested in having a mentor.
Myers estimates 238 volunteer
mentors would be needed to meet the
demand. But with only 300 faculty on
staff, that expectation is unrealistic, she
"It's a marvellous opportunity for
improving communication in
both directions."
The answer   was to   expand the
pool of potential mentors by opening
it up to the hundreds of post-doctoral
researchers and graduate students in
the faculty.
"I think the important thing to remember is that the mentors are not
expected to be counsellors," said
Myers. "They're there to serve as
sources of information."
The program is also an opportunity
for faculty members to demystify their
work and recruit majors to the smaller
"It's a marvellous opportunity for improving communication in both directions," said Myers.
Plans    are    underway
through the Alumni Association to establish a men-
__ toring   program   between
graduates and fourth-year
students. A similar program
is also being considered among faculty
linking new faculty members with
experienced professors.
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Forum looks at
freedom from
Freedom of speech cannot exist
without freedom from harassment,
UBC President David Strangway told
a campus forum on student discipline
last month.
Strangway said that viewpoint,
expressed in a Globe and Mail article,
could help resolve conflicts arising on
campuses across the country.
Many Canadian universities, including UBC, are wrestling with the sometimes conflicting demands of unbridled
freedom of expression and respect for
women and minorities, he said.
Strangway was speaking at the last
of a series of forums
held by the Engineering Undergraduate Society.
The forums were
organized as part of ___^____
disciplinary action
taken after the society published a
newsletter last year that was offensive
to women, gays and Native Indians.
"Freedom from harassment is very
important to this community," Strangway said. "It is only in an environment
that is free of harassment that we can
have a community dedicated to, and
supportive of, academic freedom. It's
the same issue. One is the necessary
prerequisite ofthe other."
Strangway said that despite a growing awareness of the need for respect
and tolerance in society, he has been
shocked to hear from the President's
Task Force on Racism that harassed
groups often do not feel free to speak
Other forum speakers said that one
form that student discipline should take
is face-to-face meetings between the
perpetrators and the offended parties.
University sexual harassment advisor Margaretha Hoek said that in the
small discussion groups that followed
the Place Vanier incident, many male
"Education occurs when you
learn what it is like to step inside someone else's skin."
residents heard for the first time what
it is like to be on the receiving end of
the threatening invitations, which were
sent to female dormitory residents.
"Men don't know women very well.
They assume that the way they react to
things is the same way women will
react." Hoek said.
"Education occurs when you learn
what it is like to step inside someone
else's skin. You don't have to agree or
like them — just understand and respect them," she said.
Linda Shout, a third-year arts student and a member of the Women's
Centre collective, criticized the university for what
she said was the
way it undermined efforts of
students and of-
_^_____^__ fended groups to
resolve the EUS
newsletter issue themselves.
"The university's disciplinary process doesn't include the people who are
affected," she said.
Shout said the university was more
concerned with its own reputation than
with the offended groups. The university must dismantle its hierarchical
power structure and let those directly
involved settle such issues, she said.
"I believe that's the only way we're
going to get the type of communication and education to bring about the
change that is required," she said.
Martin Sikes, a third year electrical
engineering student who was the editor of the EUS newsletter, said he found
face-to-face meetings with Native Indian students and elders to be the most
productive way of dealing with the
newsletter controversy.
Sikes, however, cast doubt on some
ofthe students' own disciplinary processes, including Student Court, saying
they could be less fair than the
university's disciplinary procedures.
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Photo by Kerslie Krug
Harper opens series
Manitoba MLA Elijah Harper was the opening speaker for the lecture series, Our Place in this Land, an
examination of aboriginal title and self-determination. Sponsored by UBC President David Strangway, the
series continues at the Museum of Anthropology April 16 and April 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Commerce reaches out to
community in seminar series
The Real Estate Division of the
Faculty of Commerce and Business
Administration has set its sights
squarely on the future. And the future,
according to Division Director Robert
Laing, includes the establishment of
seminars for both the public and targeted audiences.
"Quite often there's a perception,
particularly with respect to large universities, that a static approach to education is the norm," said Laing. "The
Real Estate Division is a very proactive office. We are aggressively attempting to provide whatever type of
education our clients wish.
"The establishment of seminars will
likely represent our biggest growth area
over the next live years," he added.
Laing said the seminars will be run
on behalf of established clients and
clients the division hopes to bring in.
Seminars will also be created by the
division itself and offered to the public
at large.
"For example." said Laing, "in April
we will be administering a two-day
seminar at Whistler on behalf of the
Real Estate Institute of British Columbia. It will be a senior-level professional seminar targeted to a specific
audience — and just an example of
what we can offer."
Laing said although the Real Estate
Division has particpated in other seminars offered by the faculty, the seminar at Whistler, which runs from April
28-30, will be the first one undertaken
by the division.
"It's time to start producing them
ourselves. I think there's a need for
good quality education to be delivered
in this method. Because we have a
strong academic base and have strong
contacts in the real estate industry, we
can offer that service."
The Whistler seminar will look at
such topics as global real estate
markets, pension funds, rental housing, aging population and green
zones. UBC Commerce and Business
Administration faculty who will
address the seminar include Stan
Hamilton, chair of the Urban Land
Economics Division; James Brander,
chair of the Policy Division; and
Michael Goldberg, who will return to
UBC July 1 as the new dean of the
"Seminars represent a growth outlet for this division in terms of outreach to the community," said Laing.
This division is quite unique in really
reaching out to the general public."
Deborah Townley-Smith, the
division's director of program development, said seminars are also part of
the bigger picture.
"We are always striving to provide
different kinds of educational services,
not just classroom education. What
we're doing is broadening the definition of what we do. But it's important
to note that the correspondence courses
will always be the heart and soul of
this division. The seminars are natural
growth outlets."
Volunteers bring talents to UBC
Volunteering is big business at UBC.
How else would you describe the more
than 50,000 hours donated to university
facilities and programs last year by on-
and off-campus volunteers? And these
UBC supporters don't just drop by to
help keep an eye on things — they're integral components of many university operations.
In most cases, volunteers at UBC must
complete formal training courses. The
Botanical Garden's Friends of the Garden
(FOGs, as they're affectionately known)
train for a year to earn their title. Volunteer
associates at the Museum of Anthropology
must complete a training program that takes
a minimum of three years.
Three years? — just to become qualified to work for no pay? What would induce a person to make a commitment like
Joan Sprague, president of the MOA's
volunteer associates, thinks it's because of
the satisfaction that comes with doing a job
well, along with the desire to support the
museum and the university. Volunteer
duties include assisting with acquiring,
documenting and restoring collections, leading tours and answering questions from visitors.
'The standards are ven/ high for volunteer
associates," she said. "Most associates stay
with the program
for a long time —
we've got 26
who've received
their 10-year pins
— and the museum lets us
know we're well-
There are
about 80 volunteer associates at
the museum; last
year they donated
more than 7,900 hours. That's the equivalent of five people working full-time for 48
weeks of the year.
Over at the Botanical Garden there are
close to 100 FOGs. Last year they put n
more than 12,400 hours, leading tours, running the Shop-in-the-Garden, making a video,
staffing the Hortline and weeding away in fair
weather and foul.
Weeding? For free?
For those of us whose thumbs are anything but green, perhaps this smacks of Tom
Sawyer at the fence with his bucket of whitewash.
But listen to
Penny Gouldstone, professor
emerita of Visual
and Performing
Arts in Education
and president of
the Friends of the
"I've been here
at UBC since
1959," she said.
"This is a nice
way for me to
give something back to the university."
That is her simple explanation of what
brings her to the garden every day.
Some UBC volunteers are students looking to further their studies with work experience. University Hospital-UBC Site has about
320 volunteers who donated more than
23,000 hours in 1989-90. Dianne Denson,
manager   of volunteer services   for   the
hospital, said more than half of the volunteers are students, many of whom go on to
medicine, nursing, social work, physiotherapy and other related academic disciplines.
Other volunteers work further afield.
The downtown Women's Resources
Centre, which is part of UBC's Centre for
Continuing Education, has about 60 volunteers who offer peer counselling to men
and women. In fact, other than the director
and a program assistant, the centre is
staffed entirely by volunteers. Last year,
volunteers donated more than 7,200 hours
of service.
And there are UBC volunteers literally
around the world. Flying off to Frisco?
Setting sail for Singapore? If you're a UBC
grad, be sure to contact the local branch of
the Alumni Association. Volunteer organizers will have you singing Hail, UBC and
reminiscing about cinammon buns with fellow alums in no time.
Apr. 21 to 27 is National Volunteer
Week. Congratulations to all volunteers
and particularly to those who support the
university by giving their time to these
and many other UBC facilities, programs
and services. 4    UBC REPORTS Apr. 18.1991
April 21 -
May 4
UBC Doctoral Lecture/Recital
Jonas Kvarnstrom, piano. Admission free.
Music Recital Hall at 8pm. Call 822-3113.
UBC Doctoral Lecture/Recital
r«j Edward  Bach,  trumpet.
.$ Admission free.    Music
'■■& Recital Hall at 2:30pm.
Call 822-3113.
Pacific Spirit Regional Park Walk/
Enjoy Biking/Walking Treks, Nature Activities, Entertainment And Delectable
Food At Camosum Bog. Pacific Spirit
Regional Park Visitor Centre. Free tours.
Call GVRD Parks at 432-6350.
Asian   Research
Brown   Bag
From Priests To Professionals: Intellectuals In
Post-Tianamen China. Dr.
Timothy Cheek, History,
Colorado College, CO.
Asian Centre 604 at
12:30pm. Call 822-4688.
Biochemistry 530 Seminar
Effects Of Hormones And Growth Factors
On Mammary Epithelial Cell Growth. Dr.
Joanne Emerman, Anatomy, UBC. IRC
#3 at 3:45pm. Call 822-5925.
UBC Doctoral Recital
Leslie Wyber, piano. Admission free.
Music Recital Hall at 8pm. Call 228-3113.
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Medical Genetics Seminar
The Cystic Placenta: Genetic And Obstetric Implications. Dr. Kim Colwell, Clinical Fellow, Medical Genetics, UBC. Coffee from 8:15am. IRC #1 at 8:30am. Call
Interfaith Symposium
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;.; Hour Video Tracking The
Settlement Of The Jewish
..»jfk People In British Columbia
;'^{fl^ And The Yukon From 1858
To The Present. Commentators: Hindy Ratner, Christine Wisenthal,
Phyllis Solomon. St. Mark's College from
7:30-9pm. Call 224-3311.
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staff newspaper ofthe University
of British Columbia. It is published every second Thursday by
the UBC Community Relations
Office, 6328 Memorial Rd., Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z2.
Telephone 822-3131.
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Managing Editor: Steve Crombie
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For more information call 822-3131. The next edition of UBC Reports wil be published May 2. Notices exceeding 35 words may
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Microbiology Seminar Series
Topic To Be Announced. Farahad Das-
toor, Microbiology, UBC. Wesbrook 201
from 12:30-1:30pm. Call 228-6648.
I   'HtURSDAY, APR. 25 1
UBC Faculty/Staff Golf Tournament
Our 35th Annual Tournament Will Be Thursday,
April 25th at McCleery Golf
Course Followed By Dinner And Award Of Prizes
At The Faculty Club. All
golfers (male/female) note the date on
your calendar and plan to spend an enjoyable day with your colleagues. Entry
forms, including the tournament details
from Norm Watt at local 822-2581.
Psychiatry Lecture
Issues In The Treatment Of Anxiety: Drug
Use, Dependence, Abuse And Addiction.
Dr. John M. Davis, Gilman Professor,
Psychiatry/Research Professor, Medicine,
U. of Illinois, Chicago. 2NA/B, Detwiller
Pavillion, University Hospital-UBC Site
from 8:30am-9:30pm. Call 822-7756.
Biotechnology Laboratory Seminar
The Genetic Basis Of Virulence In Vibrio
Cholerae And Its Relationship To Host
Defense Mechanisms. Dr. John Mekala-
nos, Microbiology/Molecular Genetics,
Harvard Medical School. IRC #1 at 4pm.
Call Dr. Finlay, Biotechnology Lab at 822-
Obstetrics/Gynaecology Grand
Habitual Abortion. Dr.
Timothy Rowe, associate
professor and Dr. Mary
Stephenson both Obstetrics/Gynecology, UBC.
University Hospital
Shaughnessy Site Lecture Theatre D308
at 8am. Call 875-2171.
Paediatrics Grand Rounds
Recent Advance In Tourette's Syndrome.
Roger Freeman, Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, UBC. G.F. Strong Rehab. Center
Auditorium at 9am. Call 875-2118.
Child   Study  Centre   Lecture/
(-•iji ■ i «i mm Teachers/Children      As
-'' '<•], t   a Partners In Planning And
'**Ǥ Exploring Meaningful Proj-
ifii a    *■ I ects.   Lecturers:   Chava
I J Rubenson,   Margot   Fil-
ipenko, Nancy Duggan,
Charlene Bergman. Child Study Centre
Workshop from 9:30-12:30am. Registration required $20 at-the-door or call Tara
Fisher at 822-2013.
Women's Conference
A Time For Risking: For The Sake Of
God's Kingdom. Dr. Miriam, Jan Porcino,
Valerie Griffiths, Ruth Stoik-Anaya, Ruth
Oliver, Margaret Roller, Elizabeth Bell,
Maudine Fee. Regent College Main Floor
Auditorium from 8:30am-3:30pm. Registration deadline April 21. Students $12,
Others $20. Call 224-3245.
Second Annual Pacific Spirit Run
10km Race And 5km Family Fun Run/
Walk. Proceeds to University Hospital
Foundation. Late registration (after April
15): under 13yrs $18, others $25. Race
starts at 9am. Call 822-7864/875-2018.
BC Cancer Research Seminar
"■"■"■j Calculating The Preva-
^4&    lence Of Cancer. Dr. A.J.
^ Jt       Coldman, Epidemiology,
Wf^4      Biometry/Occupation On-
^""j cology, UBC.    BCCRC
Lecture Theatre from 12-
1pm. Call 877-6010.
Biochemistry 530 Seminar
Molecular Cloning/Characterization Of A
Transcriptional Activator PEA-3; New
Member Of The ETS Oncogene Family.
Dr. John A. Hassell, McMaster U. IRC #3
at 3:34pm. Call 822-5925.
Medical Genetics Seminar
Counselling Of Age-Related Risks/Prenatal Diagnosis: A Comparison Of
Community Vs. Medical
Genetics Counselling. Ms.
Karen Sedun, M.Sc. Student, Medical Genetics. UBC. IRC #1
from 8:30-9:30am. Call 822-5311.
Psychiatry Lecture
Is Schizophrenia Neurodevelopmental
Disorder? Results Of Postmortem Morphometry Studies. Dr. Peter Falkai, Senior House Officer, Psychiatry, U. of Dussel-
dorf, Germany. Eye Care Centre Auditorium from 8:30-9:30am. Call 822-7756.
Neuroscience Discussion Group
Morphometry And Immunohistochemistry
In Postmortem Brains Of Patients With
Tardive Dyskinesia. Dr. Peter Falkai,
Psychiatry, U. of Dusselforf. UBC Site,
ACU G279 at 4pm. Call 822-2330.
Interfaith Symposium
Concluding Forum; Where
Do We Go From Here? St.
Mark's College from 7:30-
9pm. Call 224-3311.
Microbiology Seminar Series
Topic To Be Announced.
Dr. Santos Misra, Biochemistry/Microbiology,
UVIC. Wesbrook 201 from
12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-
Paediatrics Grand Rounds
Current Status Of Liver Transplantation In
Children. Sue McDiarmid, assistant professor, Paediatric Gastroenterology, UCLA
School of Medicine. G.F. Strong Rehab.
Centre Auditorium at 9am. Call 875-2118.
Census Day June 4
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English Language Institute
English-speaking families required to host
international students participating in UBC
programs for periods of two to six weeks.
Remuneration is $19/night. Call 222-5208.
International House Reach Out
Local students correspond with international students accepted to UBC. Act as
contact and provide useful information to
incoming students while making global
friends. All students (Canadians or Internationals) welcome. Call 822-5021.
Carpool Matching
■■■■mm Send both your home and
0%^L\ work addresses and both
IttSXm telePnone numbers; your
UJE^LM working   hours;  whether
_L_^B you have a car and if you
"^™"™ smoke while driving, to
Karen Pope, Dean's Office, Applied Science. When a carpool match is found, the
information will be sent to you. Call 822-
UBC Speakers Bureau
Would your group like to know more about
topics ranging from Acid Rain to Preventing Coronary Disease? More than 400
topics to choose from; most speakers are
available free of charge. Call 822-6167,
Mon., Tue., Fri., 9am-12noon.
Museum of Anthropology
Exhibition extended: Portraits of BC Native leaders,
chiefs, chief counsellors
and elders by Kwaguitl
photographer David Neel.
Now op>en in the new West
Wing: The Koerner Ceramics Gallery.
Closed Monday. Call 822-5087.
Executive Programs
One/two-day business seminars. April 21 -
May 4 series includes: Best Seller, $350.
Communication Skills, $495. Writing Effective Reports, $375. Management Skills/
Maintenance Supervisors, $895. Entre-
preneurship/Venture Creation, $1,450.
Call 822-8400.
English Language Institute
Professional Development Series for Language Teachers April workshops: Music
in the Language Class; Current Events;
Language Class. Tuesday evenings from
7-9pm. Call 222-5208.
ESL Evening Classes
The English Language Institute offers Conversation
Skills, Advanced Discussion, Speaking and Debating, Fluency and Pronunciation, Writing/Grammer,
Practical Writing for Business and TOEFL
Preparation. Classes begin April 15 or 16
and run twice a week for 8 weeks. Call
Psychology Step-Families Study
Married couples who have at least one
child from a previous union living with
them, are invited to participate in a study
of stress and coping in step-families. Call
Jennifer Campbell at 822-3805.
Adult Child Separation/Divorce
Volunteers needed. The
study will explore how
mothers cope with their
adult child's separation/divorce. Participants will be
required to anonymously
complete a mailed questionnaire. Call
Allison Krause, Counselling Psychology,
at 946-7803.
Sports Medicine Study
Volunteers, female, age 18-35 needed to
participate in study on Exercise and the
Menstrual Cycle. Fit, healthy, having normal menstrual cycles and not currently on
oral contraceptives. Physiological testing
provided. Allan McGavin Sports Med.
Centre, John Owen Pavilion, UBC. Call
Dr. Connie Lebrun 822-4045 or 980-6355.
Psychiatry Depression Study
Participants needed for research study
using new antidepressant medication.
Depression sufferers, 18-65 years. Call
Doug Keller at 822-7318.
Psychiatry Personality Questionnaire Study
Volunteers needed to complete two 90-
minute sessions. Stipend, $20. Call Janice at 822-7895/7057.
Counselling Psychology Retirement Preparation
Women concerned about planning their
retirement needed for an 8-week retirement preparation seminar. Call Sara
Cornish at 822-5345.
Diabetic Clinical Study
Diabetics who have painful neuropathy affecting the
legs needed to volunteer
for 14-week trial of an investigational new drug.
Call Dr. Donald Studney,
Medicine, University Hospital, UBC Site at
Daily Rhythms Study
Volunteers needed to keep a daily journal
(average 5 min. daily) for 4 months, noting
patterns in physical/social experiences.
Call Jessica McFarlane at 822-5121.
Psychiatry PMS Study
University Hospital, Shaughnessy site.
Volunteers needed for a study of an investigational medication to treat Pre Menstrual Syndrome. Call Doug Keller at 822-
Hypertension in Pregnancy
Pregnant women, concerned about their blood
pressure, are invited to
participate. The study
compares relaxation training with standard medical
treatment (own physician).     Call  Dr.
Wolfgang Linden at 822-4156.
Exercise In Asthma Study
Volunteers with exercise-induced asthma
needed for 2-part study (30 min. each).
No medications or injections. Call Dr. Phil
Robinson at Pulmonary Research laboratory, St. Paul's Hospital at 682-2344, extension 2259.
Asthma Research Study
Volunteers 12-70 years with mild to moderate asthma needed to participate in 16
week research project involving "pulmi-
cort" a commonly used inhaled steroid
taken once daily. Call Brian Anderson at
University Hospital, UBC Site at 822-7719
between 9am-1pm.
Memory For Places
Study on memory for
places (shopping mall)
requires volunteers age 65
years and older for 1.5
hour. Please call Bob Uttl,
Psychology, UBC at 822-
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April 21
May 4
Study on Memory
Old wine; old memories. To study whether
some memories improve with age (like
some wine) we need volunteers 60 years
of age and older for 1.5 hours. Please call
Paul Schmidt/Gloria Lam at 822-2140.
Herpes Research Study
Participants needed for treatment studies
of shingles(herpes zoster) and first herpes simplex infections with new antiviral
agents. Also ongoing study for males 18-
45 years with recurrent herpes simplex.
Dr. Stephen Sacks, Sponsoring Physician.
Call the Herpes clinic at 822-7565 or leave
your name/number at 687-7711, pager
Gastrointestinal Study
Volunteers required for pre-clinical trials
of a new gastrointestinal ultrasound contrast agent. Volunteers (18-30 years) in
good health with no history of, ulcers or
other gastrointestinal ailments. Call Dr.
Colin Tilcock, Radiology, University Hospital, UBC Site at 822-3717.
Acne Study
Volunteers 14-35 years of
age, moderate facial acne.
Four visits over 3 month
period. Honorarium paid
for participation. Call 874-
Female Hair Loss Study
Females age 19-49. Moderate hair loss.
Crown area only. Must be able to attend
1 -2 times weekly for 9 months. Honorarium paid for participation. Call Sherry at
874-8138. /
Statistical Consulting and Research Laboratory
] SCARL is operated by the
Department of Statistics to
provide statistical advice to
faculty and graduate students working on research
problems. Forms for appointments available in 210. Ponderosa
Annex C-210. Call 822-4037.
Equipment Recycling
All surplus items. Every
Wednesday, 12-3pm.
Task Force Bldg., 2352
Health Sciences Mall. Call
Narcotics Anonymous Meetings
Every Tuesday (including
holidays) from 12:30-2pm,
University Hospital, UBC
Site, Room 311 (through
Lab Medicine from Main
Entrance). Call 873-1018
(24-hour Help Line).
Sexual Harassment Office
Two advisors are available to discuss
questions and concerns on the subject.
They are prepared to help any member of
the UBC community who is being sexually
harassed to find a satisfactory resolution.
Call Margaretha Hoek or Jon Shapiro at
To find an interesting and
challenging volunteer job,
get in touch with Volunteer
Connections, Student
Counselling and Resources Centre, Brock
200. Call 822-3811.
Duplicate Bridge
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Fitness Appraisal
Education  and
Recreation   through   the
■-^^r     John M. Buchanan Fitness
^^Jr      and Research Centre, ad-
™* ministers a physical fitness
assessment program. Students $25, others $30. Call 822-4356.
Adult Hockey Camps
Cool off on the ice this summer. Whether
you're just starting out or an experienced
player, these camps offer quality skill development instruction for both men and
women. For further information call Community Sport Services at 822-3688.
Neville Scarfe Children's Garden
Located west of the Education Building. Free admission. Open year round.
Families interested in planting, weeding or watering
the garden, call Gary Pennington at 822-6386 or Jo-Anne Naslund
at 434-1081.
Botanical Garden
10am-6pm daily. Free admission on
Wednesdays. Call 822-4208.
Nitobe Garden
10am-5pm daily. Until April 30, 10am-
7pm daily. Free admission on Wednesdays. Call 822-6038.
New residence will bring together Japanese and
Canadian students in unique cultural exchange
Construction has started on
Ritsumeikan-UBC House,
a residence which will
house 200 students from
UBC and Ritsumeikan University in
Kyoto, Japan.
Adjacent to Totem Park, the $7-
million project will have students sharing 50 four-student apartments next
"It's a cultural exchange unique to
North America," said Margaret Sark-
issian, director of the Ritsumeikan
Program. "Residents will have a fantastic opportunity to share ideas and
values of their respective cultures."
The new residence is part of a joint
educational program which will bring
100 Ritsumeikan students to UBC for
eight months each year. Along with
the cultural exchange in residence, the
Ritsumeikan students will participate
in an academic program consisting of
intensive English instruction and regular UBC academic courses.
All Ritsumeikan students will be
required to take three English language
courses with the Department of Language Education Monday through
Friday. Three sessions a week will be
held in a state-of-the-art language laboratory in Ritsumeikan-UBC House.
In the first year of the program, the
Faculty of Arts has arranged for qualified Ritsumeikan students to take Anso
100, Understanding Culture and Society, and Political Science 365, which
deals with Pacific Rim studies. Both
courses will be jointly developed and
taught by UBC and Ritsumeikan faculty in English and will also be open to
UBC students.
Sarkissian said the first Ritsumeikan
students will arrive in August and reside in a Totem Park residence until
Ritsumeikan-UBC House is completed
in January.
Ritsumeikan University and UBC
have committed $2 million each to the
residence with the remaining costs
being financed and repaid by room
rental revenue
Dan Birch, vice-president academic
and provost, said a reciprocal agreement with Ritsumeikan allows UBC
students to study for a year at the Kyoto
university with accomodation being
made available for those students. Birch
added that, although no decision has
yet been made, UBC has been encouraged to establish a research institute at
From a single course in 1934,
UBC's Japanese Studies Program now
encompasses more than 90 courses,
two-thirds of which are non-language,
covering all aspects of Japanese life
and society. These courses are offered
in    Anthropology,    Asian    Studies,
Commerce and Business Administration, Economics, Fine Arts, Geography, History, Japanese Studies, Law,
Political Science and Religious Studies.
Ritsumeikan University is a private,
secular, co-educational institution with
seven faculties and 21,000 students.
Ritsumeikan-UBC House, shown above in architect's model, will be i
ceded on campus, near Totem Park Residence (see map below).
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For information, and to place
an ad, phone 822-6149 6    UBC REPORTS Apr. 18,1991
New institute to study
sustainable development
UBC has established a Sustainable Development Research Institute to address the problems associated with the depletion of natural
resources, environmental degradation and the population explosion.
"The problem that we face is the
urgent need to correct environmental
damage and to sustain both a viable
economy and a healthy natural environment," said Olav Slaymaker, head
of the Geography Department.
Slaymaker said the institute will be
part ofthe Faculty of Graduate Studies
Heads bowed in concentration, more than 600 microbiology students
pack the Armoury to write a final exam as another academic year comes
to a close. Exams continue until the end ofthe month.
Morphine still
effective for pain
Clinical studies indicate that patients
may be suffering needlessly from
postsurgical pain (PSP) because of
ineffective approaches to treatment and
inadequate understanding of pain
management by clinicians.
But a new study by a team of UBC
researchers may lead to a treatment for
pain control that is safe and effective.
James McCormack, co-investigator
of the study and a professor in the
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences,
explained that the objective of the research was to evaluate the efficacy and
safety of regularly scheduled liquid oral
morphine in the
treatment of PSP.
"PSP is being
poorly treated in
many centres," said
McCormack. "Although new methods for its treatment
are being developed, they have a
number of drawbacks. They are expensive, require
trained personnel
and, occasionally,
have increased risks
associated with
them. No studies
have effectively examined the efficacy
and safety of liquid oral morphine in
the treatment of PSP."
New methods of treatment for PSP
include continuous intravenous narcotic infusions, epidural morphine and
patient-controlled analgesia.
But intermittent, or on-demand
intramuscular narcotic administration,
still remains the most common approach to PSP treatment, he said.
"Research shows that a standard,
on-demand dose and dosing interval
for all patients is not effective," McCormack explained. "Intramuscular injections also inflict pain and can create
tissue damage, especially for repeated
doses, and may influence the patient's
decision to ask for pain medication.
Despite these limitations, intermittent
narcotic administration is still very
In a recently completed dose-finding pilot study, McCormack and co-
investigators Brian Warriner, chair of
the Department of Anaesthesia at St.
Paul's Hospital, and Marc Levine, of
the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences,
administered regularly scheduled doses
of liquid oral morphine to patients recovering from hip surgery.
Thirteen patients were enroled in
the study, ranging from 31 to 83 years
of age.
Upon arrival on the ward, each patient was given 20 mg of liquid oral
morphine repeated every four hours.
Additional morphine was administered
for breakthrough pain upon the
patient's request.
Pain intensity,
level of sedation and
respiratory rate were
all assessed prior to
each dose.
"This treatment
of PSP for hip surgery patients appeared to be effective and well tolerated," said McCormack. "It has the
advantages of easy
delivery and high
patient acceptibilty at
a very low cost. If
oral morphine could
be shown to be effective in the treatment of PSP, it could
have a significant impact in this area of
The researchers also found that oral
liquid morphine did not present some
ofthe risks associated with other methods of PSP management.
The results of the pilot study have
led the researchers to a major double-
blind controlled trial of regularly scheduled liquid oral morphine compared to
intermittent intramuscular therapy.
The study, designed to compare the
efficacy, safety and patient acceptance
of these two methods of PSP care, has
been completed and the results are
expected by June.
The researchers have just embarked
on another study looking at absorption
characteristics of oral narcotics after
Funding for the projects is being
provided by the Vancouver Foundation.
Healthy communities
subject of task force
Amultidisciplinary task force
has been created at UBC to
look at ways of making
communities healthier and
better equipped to sustain themselves
in the future.
"For the last 50 years we've based
our progress on indicators like gross
domestic product," said Robert Wool-
lard, chair of the eight-member task
force. "We now have to start looking
at health indicators because life isn't
simply pumping up the GDP."
Woollard, a family physician and
professor in UBC's Family Practice
Unit, will be joined on the task force
by seven other faculty members from
the schools of Rehabilitation Medicine,
Social Work, Community and Regional
Planning, the Centre for Human Settlements and the Department of Health
Care and Epidemiology.
During the first phase of a five-
point research program, members will
spend 18 months identifying key indicators in one rural and one urban community. They will also determine the
cost and logistics of collecting data in
these communities and how best the
data can be translated into public policy.
"There's been a decade-long increase in the level of public concern
for a healthier environment but turning
that concern into public policy is another matter," said Woollard. "We need
to have some data so community leaders, instead of responding to a gut feeling that a decision is good, can see it as
having positive effects on a larger
Woollard said that just as gross national product and interest rates affect
economic decision-making, health
indicators must be considered.
The task force will look at indicators such as infant mortality rates, longevity figures, incidence of disease and
strains on various environmental habi
tat. To further test a community's sus-
tainability, 'members will gather data
on commute time and average consumption of fossil fuels used by people
in getting to work.
The issue of sustainability grabbed
world attention in 1987 after the World
Commission on Environment and
Development published its findings in
The Brundtland Report. The report
outlined that in order to have any kind
of healthy environment for future generations, people had to start making
development decisions based on sustainability; they could not keep using
today what they were going to need
In 1989, at the suggestion of UBC
President David Strangway, a provincial advisory committee to cabinet was
struck to see how the concept of sustainable development could be applied
in the provincial context. One of the
spin-offs from this initiative was the
formation of a tri-university project
involving UBC, the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University.
Woollard said the first phase of
UBC's undertaking will be completed
in the Fall of 1992 with a "report card
of sustainability" of those communities. Woollard added that the goal of
the task force is to formulate a more
general process on sustainability that
can eventually be used by other communities.
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with representation from all faculties.
However, he added, it is not meant to
replace the centres on campus that already address related issues.
"The individual academic departments aren't well positioned to deal
with the kinds of problems associated
with sustainable development," said
Slaymaker, who is serving as the
institute's acting director. "The whole
range of academic talents from the
humanities and social sciences to the
applied and natural sciences is needed
to address these problems."
Slaymaker said the institute wll
provide a meeting point for the exchange of ideas and expertise.
"It will be a think tank where scholars can discuss sustainable development in practical and philosophical
terms. The results of this focussed
discussion would then be relayed to all
sectors of the community through discussion papers and workshops. The
institute will link with the government,
the private sector and other academic
institutions with similar priorities."
Our immediate aim will be to tackle
the major problems that surround sustainable development, said Slaymaker.
He added that the initial focus will be
on waste management and resource
management institutions in B.C.
"For the first three years, the institute will only carry out research. No
formal course offerings will be considered until after that period."
Slaymaker said the core function of
the institute will be funded by the university. He said the provincial government will establish a foundation to fund
sustainable development research.
Research proposals would then be invited from across the province — and
UBC will compete for funds both from
this provincial source and from federal
and international sources.
UBC has been doing research into
renewable and non-renewable resources since the 1940s. In 1989, a
British Columbia task force, chaired
by President David Strangway, presented a report to the provincial government titled Sustaining the Living
Land. The report recommended that
research institutions throughout the
province should be networked to foster cooperative research. The province
recently established a round table, of
which Professor Anthony Dorcey, assistant director of the Westwater Research Centre, is a member, to help out
in this effort.
Slaymaker has been one of the driving forces behind the Sustainable Development Research Institute. After a
director is appointed, he will remain
active in securing funding sources for
initiatives like this institute.
"The institute needs a director who
is both a first-rate scholar and an outstanding entrepreneuer," said Slaymaker. "Fortunately we have many
qualified people available."
A full-time director is expected to
be appointed by the end of April.
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Lusztig earns Alumni Association award
Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration Dean Peter
Lusztig has been awarded
the Alumni Association's
annual Award of Distinction. The award was presented at A World of Opportunity Campaign dinner
April 11 by David Coul-
son, president of the
Alumni Association. Dean
Lusztig has had a distinguished academic career at
UBC. He graduated with a bachelor of commerce degree from UBC in 1954 and joined the
university as an instructor in 1957. He became
dean in 1977. Previous award winners include
Pierre Berton, Pat Carney, Walter Gage and Julia Levy.
Rick Hansen will soon have a secondary
school named after him.
The Rick Hansen Secondary School in Abbotsford joins an athlete training centre at the
University of Alberta, a playground in Regina
and an elementary school in London, Ontario on
a list of sites bearing Hansen's name.
Plans for the $22-million school, scheduled
for completion next year, were drawn up with
special attention given to accessibility.
Hansen said the schools's provision for people
with disabilities extends to the design of furniture and work stations in the science and technology laboratories. Hansen added that attention
has been given to those with hearing and visual
disabilities through the use of different color and
textures of building materials.
Professor of Clinical Dental Sciences, Dr.
Christopher Overall, is the recipient ofthe 1991
International Association for Dental Research
(IADR) Young Investigator Award.
Founded in 1920, the IADR promotes research and the communication of research results within the scientific community, and to the
dental profession and the public.
The association has over 8,000 members from
more than 60 countries, representing all the disciplines and specialties in the dental research
The Young Investigator Award recognizes
significant contributions to the field of dental research.
Overall has published numerous papers on
the identification and characterization of the enzymes involved in tissue destruction during in
flammation, wound healing and cancer progression.
A practical application of this basic research is
the development of new methods for the diagnosis of gum disease based on the presence or absence of these enzymes in the mouth.
He was presented with the award at the Opening Ceremonies of the 69th IADR General Session in Acapulco, Mexico on Apr. 17.
Jim Axelson, a professor of Biopharmaceu-
tics and Pharmacokinetics in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, is the recipient ofthe 1991
McNeil Award.
Created in 1982 by the McNeil Pharmaceutical Co., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, the
award is presented to an individual who has made
outstanding, sustained contributions in research
to the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Axelson and an interdisciplinary team of researchers representing the faculties of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Medicine at UBC, were
recently awarded a prestigious Medical Research
Council program grant of $2.7 million to study
the effect of drugs in pregnancy, infancy and
He will receive the award during the Associa
tion of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada
meeting in St. John's, Newfoundland, on
May 25.
Ian Affleck has won the 1991 Rutherford Memorial Medal for physics from the
Royal Society of Canada.
Affleck, a professor in the Department of |
Physics and a fellow
of the Canadian Institute for Advanced
Research cosmology
program, was honored for his research
on condensed matter
and particle physics.
The   Rutherford
medals are given annually by the society
for outstanding research in any branch of physics and chemistry. They are presented in memory of Lord
Rutherford of Nelson, a scientist and leader
in nuclear research.
In recognition of Rutherford's own research, which was carried out at a relatively
young age, some preference is given to candidates who are not more than 40 years old.
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Benefits outweigh risks
in treating schizophrenia
A young man increasingly became
mistrustful of his family. He started to
believe his parents and siblings were
imposters, determined to cause him
harm. His behavior toward them was
aggressive, then it grew violent. After
months of personal torment and hardship for his family, he was diagnosed
as schizophrenic and placed in a locked
With the help of a schizophrenia
drug treatment discovered in the 1960s,
but withdrawn from use because of a
potentially fatal side effect, the young
man recently returned to live with his
family and is attending community
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The drug, Clozaril, is intended for
schizophrenic patients who fail to respond to standard antipsychotic drug
treatments, or who are unable to tolerate their side effects. Currendy, there
are 200 cases of schizophrenia being
treated nationwide, 50 of them in B.C.
UBC psychiatrist, Dr. William
MacEwan, treats schizophrenic patients
at B.C.'s psychiatric facility, River-
view Hospital.
He has been using Clozaril in the
management of their illness on a trial
basis, with the cooperation of Health
and Welfare Canada and the Canadian
manufacturer, Sandoz Canada of
Montreal, since 1989.
"Schizophrenics are tormented by
delusions and hallucinations," MacEwan said. "They can't do things we
take for granted. To get dressed and
make breakfast is a real struggle for
them. Clozaril has made life a little bit
MacEwan, who also is director of
the clinical psychopharmacology program at Riverview, added that there
has been a 25 to 30 per cent improvement in the patients he has treated with
the drug.
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narily ill," MacEwan said. "With
Clozaril treatment, we have seen an
improvement in their level of functioning and interaction with other
people. For others, it has improved their
psychosis, or delusions and hallucinations."
Until approval for use was granted
by Health and Welfare Canada on
March 27, Clozaril was only available
to Canadian patients under the Emergency Drug Release Program. It was
withdrawn for general use in many
countries in 1975, after it was discovered that the drug could cause a potentially fatal drop in the number of white
blood cells.
MacEwan said that although the
white cell hazard posed a significant
medical concern, the risks had to be
weighed against the benefits.
He explained that, although Clozaril
has less side effects than other antipsychotic medications, a decision was
made on an individual basis if the treatment was appropriate for a patient.
"Once they are prescribed Clozaril,
patients are required to take a simple
blood test each week in order to have
their white blood cell count monitored,"
MacEwan said. "When this requirement is met, a patient is given the next
week's supply ofthe drug."
Clinic trials conducted in the U.S.
indicate that a reduction of white blood
cells occurs in one to two per cent of
patients taking Clozaril for more than a
year. Sandoz is currently funding a
number of research projects designed
to investigate the disorder.
The cost of a year's worth of Clozaril
treatments averages $12 each day, or
the equivalent cost of a three-week
hospital stay. The treatment will be
covered by provincial health care plans
across Canada. 8    UBC REPORTS Apr. 18.1991
Sports hall of fame to get under way
Seventy-five years of UBC athletics will soon be enshrined in
a sports hall of fame.
"Thousands of people have gone
through the UBC athletics program
over the years," said Athletics Director
Bob Hindmarch, "people like former
pro football player
Herb Capozzi as
well as all-round
athlete and UBC
educator Harry
Warren. The time
has come to honor
the athletes who
have contributed to
UBC's rich sporting heritage."
Hindmarch said
Dave Howard,
chairman of the
Thunderbird Society and an outstanding rugby player at
UBC, will act as the
chair of the sports
hall of fame.
Hindmarch is
hoping to have the
hall in place by
next January, to be
situated in the area
of the War Memorial Gymnasium.
He believes the first
inductees will
number eight to 10.
"The 75th anniversary committee,
chaired by Bob Osborne, did the preliminary work investigating the history of UBC athletics. Osborne was
the former director of Phyiscal Education at the university. Now, the person who has been given the task of
researching the people behind 75 years
of sports history at this university is
UBC graduate Fred Hume," said
Since January, Hume has been hard
at work trying to piece together the
history of UBC athletics. A graduate
ofthe Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, Hume first become involved with UBC athletics in
1982 as a statistician with the T-Birds
football team. His research into game
programs for the athletic department
tions department at the Main Library. He is also busy talking to
people who were active in athletics
in the '20s and '30s in an effort to
track down worthy hall of fame candidates.
"One of the names I've put forward
is the late Gordon "Cokie" Shields.
Photograph of the UBC womens' senior A basketball team, 1934 ■
Photo counesy UBC Archives
■ the year the Thunderbirds were born.
led him to become interested in UBC
sports history.
"I have the task of coming up with
the names of anywhere between 30
and 50 people who would merit hall of
fame consideration," said Hume. "I've
covered the first 20 years or so of sports
history at the university and have already come up with about nine or 10
Hume has gotten much of his information from old Ubyssey newspapers,
which are on file in the special collec-
Shields appeared on the UBC athletic
scene in 1923 as a singles tennis finalist. He went on to star in track and
field, rugby, soccer and football. The
Ubyssey reported that...'as a kicker he
will no doubt make himself known as
a Babe Ruth of the pigskin.' He was a
rare athlete."
The hall is expected to be open to
both individuals and teams.
"Certainly, the women's basketball
team of 1930 would have to rate as
hall of fame material. The team cap
tured the   world championship title
that year."
Hume said he's hoping to talk to
family members who might be able to
tell him about former UBC sports stars.
And he's always on the lookout for
UBC sports memorabilia — the older
the better.
"We're looking for pictures,
equipment — any
UBC sports
memorabilia that
might be out
Hume will also
be responsible for
bringing forth the
names of people
who will act as
the hall of fame
selection committee. He is also
helping UBC
sports information officer Don
Wells gather material for a book on
75 years of sports
history at UBC.
The impetus for
such a book came
from the 75th anniversary committee, and Hindmarch is pleased
that Hume and Wells are carrying the
project forward.
"The work on the book has gone
hand in hand with the. work Fred has
done researching candidates for the hall
of fame," said Hindmarch. "Don is
expected to start writing the book this
Anyone interested in contributing
sports memorabilia to the UBC sports
hall of fame can call the UBC athletics
office at 822-4279, or Fred Hume at
The evolution
ofthe Bird
The Corsairs. Sounds a bit like a
50s rock-'n-roll band. In 1933, it almost became the official team name
in UBC varsity athletics.
While dusting off some old copies
of the Ubyssey, sports historian Fred
Hume came across the origin of the
name UBC Thunderbirds.
"In November of 1933, the
Ubyssey's sports staff solicited suggestions for a popular name or mascot for the university," said Hume.
"Up until this point, the name Blue
and Gold was commonly used in reference to UBC's sports teams."
Hume said, according to the Ubyssey, the students responded to the contest enthusiastically, with a host of
names, including the Peewits and Sea
Sluggs. The newspaper staff quickly
discarded the tongue-in-cheek entries
and came up with what they felt were
the five best selections: Corsairs,
Spartans, Thunderbirds, Golden
Eagles and Musqueams.
"The students were asked to vote
from among the five names, as well
as several others that appeared on the
ballot, including the Seagulls. When
the ballots were counted, the name
Seagulls was the winner. However,
the Ubyssey sports staff was less than
thrilled with that selection and reopened the contest, dropping most of
the names from the ballot, including
The team name was settled, once
and for all, on Jan. 31, 1934, said
Hume. And the name Thunderbirds
was chosen.
"It was agreed that the fighting
spirit and determination of the Thunderbird was synonymous with that of
the Blue and Gold teams," said Hume.
A tradition had started. For it was
the very next day, Feb. 1, 1934, that
both the UBC basketball and rugby
teams were referred to as the Thunderbirds.
Earth Day celebrated
with tree planting
On   April 21, an estimated 500 boy scouts
from   the   Maple   Ridge/Pitt Meadows district
will converge on the Malcolm Knapp Research
Forest armed with buckets and shovels.  There,
the scouts and their
leaders    will    plant
about 2,000 trees as
part  of  this   year's
worldwide Earth Day
The theme of this
year's Earth Day is the
protection of the
planet for the world's
children. The boy
scouts of the Fraser
Valley region will be
joined by other children around the
world during Earth
Day celebrations,
which officially falls
on April 22.
"Each leader will
be given background
information to introduce their group to the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest," said assistant
silviculturist, Cheryl Power. "Then they'll walk
through the demonstration forest to the planting
site, where each scout will plant an average of
five trees."
Power said during their half-hour walk along
the trail, the scouts will pass through a mature
(120 year old), naturally regenerated forest of
Douglas-fir, hemlock and western redcedar.
They'll also see a young (20 year old) forest
"The planting
site is on a hillside
overlooking the
Fraser Valley," said
Power. "At the site,
the scouts will be
told of the history
ofthe area and what
the long-term plans
for the site are."
The scouts will
plant spruce trees
that have been donated by Pelton Reforestation Limited
of Maple Ridge,
B.C., who are do-
The theme of this year's Earth Day is the protection nating about 40,000
ofthe planet for the world's children. *«" t0 b°y scout
groups throughout
the Vancouver, Burnaby and Fraser Valley regions.
"The research forest will also be planting
Douglas-fir and western red cedar on the site,
as part of our long-term prescription for reforestation."
Nursing Honour Society formed
UBC's School of Nursing has formed a Nursing Honour Society aimed at encouraging and
supporting the professional development of
Establishing the UBC Honour Society is the
first step towards becoming an active chapter in
Sigma Theta Tau, the international honour society of nursing, which
boasts 300 chapters and
more than 150,000 members worldwide. Chapters
exist at colleges and universities with accredited
programs granting baccalaureate and higher degrees in nursing.
"The society exists to
foster high professional
standards and leadership
in nursing standards and
research," said Anna
Marie Hughes, chair of
the society's steering
committee. "It also seeks
to increase the use of nursing research in health care
delivery and to advance scientific knowledge."
Other main goals of Sigma Theta Tau are to
encourage creative work and strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the nursing profession. Members are inducted into the
society in recognition of outstanding achieve
ment and scholarship.
Hughes said membership in the UBC Honour Society would put nurses, who share the
same goals and interests in the profession, in
closer communication with one another.
Members would also have the opportunity
to attend programs, seminars and workshops
of high   calibre   that foster the purposes of
Photo by Media Services
Anna Marie Hughes (right) and Sonia Acorn, members ofthe
Honour Society Steering Committee, confer over plans for the
society's first induction ceremony.
the society.
In addition, scholarships and small research
grants to advance nursing science will be available through the society in the future.
The first memberships into the UBC Nursing
Honour Society were conferred at an induction
ceremony held April 12.


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