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B.C. budget committed
to education: Strangway
The provincial government's April 19
budget showed a strong commitment to post-
secondary education, science and technology
and the environment, said UBC President David
The budget, released by Finance Minister
Mel Couvelier, pledges additional support for
university fundraising campaigns, continues the
Access for All program and increases spending
on the Student Financial Assistance program
by 16 per cent.
"The budget is a remarkable document that
shows a tremendous commitment to science
and technology — $420-million over five years
for research and development.
"That's very exciting. So is the commitment to
spending on the environment and the creation of
the Sustainable Environment Fund," said Strangway, who served as chairman of the provincial
government's task force on the environment and
the economy.
The UBC president said he was delighted to
see the government will extend its assistance to
university fundraising campaigns.
Victoria had previously pledged $110-million
to match donations made to B.C.'s three universities under its University Matching Fund program.
The government has already committed $66-
million in matching grants to UBC's fundraising
campaign, which recently reached its initial goal
and is still ongoing.
The budget provides for an increase in the
university's operating budget, but no exact figure
can yet be determined. More details on the operating budget were expected to be announced soon.
In total, the Ministry of Advanced Education,
Training and Technology will receive more than
$1.1 -billion under the budget, an increase of $132-
million over last year.
This total includes operating grant increases
and the government's continued support of the
Access for All program, which will give more
British Columbians the opportunity for post-
secondary education.
Access for All will receive $68-million, almost double the previous year's funding. This
will provide another 2,400 student places and
the introduction of fourth-year university
courses at colleges in Kelowna, Kamloops and
Nanaimo. Funding is also set aside to begin
planning for the new University of Northern
British Columbia in Prince George.
The $420-million Science and Technology
Fund will support all science and technology
See $420 MILLION on Page 2
Governor-General Ray Hnatyshyn displays the Toni Onley print presented to him during a recent visit to UBC.
The print, commissioned for the university's 75th anniversary, can be purchased at the Bookstore.
campus facilities such as
cafeterias have moved to
summer hours. Page 2
Engineering Professor Borg
Madsen has been awarded
aa honorary degree by the
Technical University of
Denmark. Page 5
of the new home of the First
Nations House of Learning
will be dedicated May 29.
Draft proposals
on women's safety
circulated on campus
A draft list of proposals designed to
increase the safety and security of
women on campus is being circulated
to deans, directors, department heads
and others on campus.
The proposals stem from consultations held by President David Strangway in the weeks following the murders of 14 female engineering students
at L'Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.
Strangway met with about 80
people, most of them female faculty,
staff and students, in small focus groups
to identify issues of particular concern
to women.
The proposals will be re-drafted and
then printed in an upcoming issue of
UBC Reports along with an invitation
to the general campus community to
comment and make suggestions.
Birth defects
found in babies
of fire fighters
Birth defects may be more prevalent among children of fire fighters
than other occupations, says a team of
UBC medical researchers.
A study of more than 22,000 children born with birth defects conducted
by UBC post-doctoral fellow Andrew
Olshan, industrial hygienist Kay
Teschke and medical geneticist Dr.
Patricia Baird, suggests that heart defects in particular may be associated
with paternal employment as a firefighter.
"Our data suggests that paternal
employment as a fire fighter increased
a child's risk of being bom with a heart
defect, but this needs confirming by
other studies," said Dr. Baird. "Our
research cannot be viewed as proof
positive, but we have a clear indication
that this whole area warrants further
The children were identified
through the British Columbia Health
Surveillance Registry for the period
1952, the beginning of the registry,
until 1973 when occupation was removed from birth notices.
A total of 33 birth defect categories
were examined and two comparisons
were made for each category. The first
examined the ratio of firefighters to all
other occupations in fathers of children with defects. The second comparison was to police officers, because
they are similar to fire fighters with respect to socioeconomic status and hiring criteria such as education, physical
build and fitness.
During the study period, firemen
fathered a total of 281 children and
policemen fathered 749 children. The
results showed that firemen's children
had an increased risk of being born
with a heart defect, specifically an
abnormal opening between the left and
right chambers of the heart.
Exposure to toxins through inhalation during and after a fire may impinge on how the birth defects occured,
said Dr. Baird.
She explained that although it has
been standard practice since the early
1980s for fire fighters to use self-contained breathing apparatus in fires, respiratory protection was rare between
1952 and 1973.
Furthermore, exposure may have
also occured through absorption of
toxic compounds by the skin, especially exposed areas such as the hands,
neck and face, and through the clothing (much of it permeable) wom in fire
fighting during the study period. Wives
also had potential exposures as firemen were responsible for cleaning their
own clothes at that time.
Studies on animals have shown that
the early embryo would be affected by
substances that are taken home and to
which the mother is exposed during
early gestation, while paternal exposure to an agent in small doses can
produce birth defects in offspring without effects on male fertility, the report
Potential exposures include common combustion gases such as carbon
monoxide and nitrous oxides, as well
as the complex degradation products
of plastics, rubber, wood and oils. Soot
was also found to contain carcinogenic
compounds and other chemicals known
to be reproductive hazards. The use of
synthetic materials such as urethane
foams in mattresses, cushions and carpet padding, polyvinyl chloride in plastics and pesticides on building structures also increased in use during the
study period.
The study also revealed that firefighters experienced nonfire exposures
such as diesel and gasoline exhaust
from vehicles, firefighting compounds
used to fill extinguishers and hazardous materials encountered in routine
inspections and during hazardous agent
Senate elections
Recent elections have put 17 students on UBC's Senate—12 faculty
representatives and five members at
Faculty representatives are: James
McQueen, 4th year Agricultural Sciences; Benjamin Prins. 3rd year Applied Science; Jeff Moss, 3rd year Arts;
Michelle Bain, 3rd year Commerce and
See 17 on Page 2 UBCREPORTS May3.1990
Photo by Media Services
Students at UBC such as the ones above in the Armories were busy writing final exams last month.
Summer hours start
for campus facilities
With examinations over for most
faculties, many campus facilities and
services are switching to summer
Subway Cafeteria will be open
seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7
p.m. throughout the summer beginning
May 3.
All other Food Services outlets will
operate Monday through Friday.
The following outlets are now
closed: Arts 200, Edibles, Ponderosa,
Roots, The Underground, and Yum
Arts 200 in Buchanan and the
Underground in Sedgewick reopen July
3 until Aug. 10. Arts 200 will operate
from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the Underground from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Barn Coffee Shop is open 7:30
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Edibles in the Scarfe
Building reopens June 4 to Aug. 10
operating 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Yum
Yums in the Old Auditorium also reopens June 4.
IRC Snack Bar is now open 8:30
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Beginning July 3,
Ponderosa cafeteria will be open from
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Aquatic Centre's outdoor pool
will open May 22 to June 16. The
indoor pool will close May 22 and
reopen June 18.
For more information on pool times
and classes call 228-4521. For more
information on the outdoor pool schedule call 228-3515.
The Thunderbird Winter Sports
Centre ice rinks are now closed and
will reopen July 1.
The squash and racquetball courts
will be open Monday to Friday only
throughout the summer.
Court operating hours during the
month of May are 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
and for the month of June 8:30 a.m. to
7 p.m. For more information on court
hours call 228-6121 or 228-0723.
Some of UBC's libraries are on a
reduced schedule until the university's
Summer Session begins July 3, when
schedules will change again.
All libraries will be closed Monday, May 21, (Victoria Day); Sunday,
July 1 (Canada Day) and Monday, July
For more information on library
hours call 228-2077.
$420 million fund
supports science
Continued from Page 1
programs ofthe ministry and provide a
five-year funding plan for research and
About $300-million of that total is
new money, with the balance coming
from existing programs.
The fund will focus on three main
areas: leading edge core research in
areas endorsed by the Premier's Advi
sory Council for Science and Technology; industry-based joint projects
between business and the research
community; and major research and
development projects undertaken in
partnership with other levels of government and industry.
Potential projects that could be
supported by the fund include the proposed KAON factory at TRIUMF,
budget documents said.
17 students, 12 faculty
elected to Senate
Continued from Page 1
Business Administration; Bryan
McGuinness, 3rd year Dentistry; Sarah Mair, 1st year Education; Pamela
Silver, 3rd year Forestry; Brian
Goehring, graduate student in Geography, re-elected for a third term; Tracey
Jackson, 1st year Law; Dan Horvat,
2nd year Medicine, re-elected for a
second term; Anna Callegari, 3rd year
Pharmaceutical Sciences; and Orvin
Lau, 1 st year Science.
Members at large are: Wendy King,
3rd year Arts, re-elected for a second
term; Loveleen Lohia, 3rd year Science; Rob McGowan, 3rd year Arts;
Mark Nikkei, 4th year Engineering,
and Brian Taylor, 3rd year Arts.
Student senators serve a one-year
term beginning April 1.
Across the Nation
U of T plans
enrolment cuts
An enrolment decrease of about
three per cent—more than 1,500 students—is expected during the next
six years at University of Toronto.
This forecast, included in the
University of Toronto's budget
guidelines, is part of its strategy in
dealing with an expected $7.5-mil-
lion deficit in 1990-91.
The guidelines suggest enrolment
reduction be concentrated in some
programs to allow others to maintain or increase their current admissions.
They also recommend that funding for costly, low-enrolment programs be limited to those of a high
quality with social relevance and that
there ber a shift from public to private funding for such programs.
National engineering
study launched
An 18-month national study
aimed at attracting and keeping
women in engineering has been
launched by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
(AUCC), the Canadian Council of
Professional Engineers, the Congress
of Canadian Engineering Students,
Employment and Immigration Canada, and Industry, Science and Technology Canada.
From 1971-72 to 1987-88, the
number of women enrolled in engineering and applied sciences in Canada jumped 679 per cent—from 670
to more than 5,200—at the undergraduate level and 638 per cent—
from 103 to 760—at the graduate
level, according to data published
recently by AUCC.
Despite these significant gains,
however, women represent only 13
per cent of engineering and applied
sciences students at the undergraduate level and 12 per cent at the graduate level.
AUCC      President      Claude
LaJeunesse expects significant results from this study. Heading the
committeee that will conduct the
study is Monique Frize who holds
the chair in women in engineering at
the University of New Brunswick.
Doctorate in Nursing
proposed at McGill
McGill's School of Nursing is attempting to set up the first PhD program in Nursing in Canada.
The program would be offered
jointly with Universite de Montreal.
McGill Senate has approved the
proposal to create the program.
The program still must receive
official approval from the Quebec
Ministry of Education before becoming a reality.
There are 45 PhD programs in
Nursing in the United States and two
in Britain. McGill, along with a few
other Canadian universities, presently accepts doctoral candidates on
an ad hoc basis.
Students plan to study
science, survey finds
Tomorrow's university students
plan to study science, according to a
recent survey conducted for the Quebec magazine Inter Universites by
the opinion polling company Sore-
About 90 per cent of children
now 10 years of age say they plan to
study science — either computer
science, pure sciences, health sciences, and administrative sciences.
The Sorecom survey also shows
that close to half of all Quebec residents believe students in the year
2000 will have the same preferences
as those today.
For more information write: Inter-Universities, 3916 Grand Boulevard, Suite 1, Saint-Hubert, Quebec
J4T 2M5.
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UBC Media Services Photography 228-4775 UBC REPORTS May 3,1990       3
"One ofthe best kept secrets in the city," is how David Tarrant describes the Botanical Garden.
Botanical Garden tours
set for Spring, Summer
Visitors to UBC this Spring and
Summer can take guided
theme tours of one of
Vancouver's most beautiful living museums, the Botanical Garden.
As part ofthe university's 75th
anniversary celebrations, the Botanical Garden is offering enhanced tours — 90-minute
guided walks by staff and volunteers of the garden.
"I think we're one of the best
kept secrets in the city of Van
couver," said Education Coordinator David Tarrant.
"This is a living museum of
plants," he said. "For example,
we have over 400 species of rhododendrons, the largest collection in Canada."
The tours also provide an opportunity for visitors to see the
garden's new headquarters at
6804 Southwest Marine Dr., near
the David Lam Asian Garden.
The Botanical Garden's special theme tours will be held on
Sundays at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30
p.m. and tea will be available.
The theme tours are: Alpine
and Native Plants, May 13 and
27; Roses and Climbers, June 10
and 24; Perennials, July 15 and
29; Physick Garden and Herbs,
August 12 and 26; and Food
Garden Vegetables and Fruit,
Sept. 9 and 23.
For more information, call 228-
Plant Introduction Scheme
New plants released to gardeners
Four new plant varieties are being
released to Canadian gardeners this
month through the University of British Columbia's Plant Introduction
The newly released plants include
Artemisia Silver Brocade, a selection
of a shrub native to Northeastern Asia
with silvery foliage, Potentilla Yellow
Gem, a deciduous shrub with bright
yellow petals, Sorbus Pink Pagoda, a
deciduous tree native to China which
bears pink fruit, and Chinese Dwarf
Mountain Ash, a dark-leafed shrub
which bears white flowers and pink
"These plants have been chosen by
a 32-member provincial evaluation
panel of nursery growers, retailers,
landscape architects and parks board
members," said Bruce Macdonald, director of UBC's Botanical Garden.
They were chosen for their ease of
production, ornamental features, resistance to disease and their commercial
value, Macdonald said.
The Botanical Garden houses more
than 14,000 different plants and uses
its collection to introduce new varieties.
"We take a look at genetic variations and evaluate and select the very
best form," Macdonald said.
The program has now released 16
plants and has generated more than $2
million annually in sales for the nursery industry.
More than 4-million plants have
been produced in B.C. since the program started, he said, adding that 36
nurseries across the province participate in the program.
The decade-old program, the most
successful of its kind in the world,
provides new plant material to local
gardeners and for international export.
Five research institutions in Britain,
the U.S., and Eastern Canada are modelling similar schemes after the UBC
The program is operated in cooperation with the B.C. Nursery Trades
Association, the B.C. Society of Landscape Architects and research institutions in Canada and the U.S.
Threats to native plants
studied at conference
Environmental threats to B.C.'s
native plants will be examined in an
upcoming colloquium sponsored by the
Botany Department.
With its wide range of climates,
B.C. has the greatest diversity of plant
life in Canada — both on land and in
the sea.
"We would like to know if this diversity is being threatened by human
influences such as urbanization, pollution and logging," said colloquium
organizer Anthony Griffiths.
The one-day colloquium brings
together a lineup of experts who will
speak on red tides, forestry practices,
habitat destruction, ecological reserves,
rare and endangered species, oil spills
as a threat to seaweed and other topics.
Speakers include members of the
Botany faculty such as Max Taylor,
Sandra Lindstrom and Paul Gabriel-
son; Gerald Straley, UBC Botanical
Garden; Adolf Ceska and Richard
Hebda of the Provincial Museum; and
Jim Pojar of the Ministry of Forests.
British Columbia Native Plants:
Their Current Status and Future will
be held Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. in the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, Lecture Hall
The colloquium is open to amateurs and professionals. For more information call the Department of Botany 228-2133.
Art exhibit
at Asian Centre
When's the last time you
visited the Asian Centre?
As part of the Discover
Summer at UBC program,
there's an art exhibit at the
Asian Centre this month,
The display features works
by six B.C. artists who specialize in Asian themes and
techniques. The exhibit is
open from 11 a.m. to 5
p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, from now until May
27. Admission is free.
An estimated 4,500 B.C.
high school musicians will
descend upon the campus Friday and Saturday,
May 11 and 12, for the
Pacific Coast Music Festival. The festival is being
held at UBC for the first time
as part of the Discover
Summer program.
The student musicians
will engage in two
days of vocal, jazz "
and classical music
performances, all
which are open to the
public at no charge.
This festival serves as
the provincial championships, so to
speak, for high school musicians and should offer
some first-rate entertainment. For more information call David Ennis at 261 -
6391, or Kerry Turner at 859-
Spring and summer are
great seasons for sports activities and UBC has a long
history of involvement in
many different sports. From
Friday, May 4 to Sunday,
May 6 the Quickie Roho
National Men's and
Women's Wheelchair Basketball Championships will
be held in the War Memorial and Osborne gyms.
Athletes from across Canada will compete in the
tournament, including
UBC's Rick Hansen, who will
play on the B.C. provincial
Community Sports Services are gearing up for their
spring and summer
courses. Children's programs include soccer,
gymnastics, an adventure
camp and more.
For the grown-ups,
there's everything from
golf, cycling and ice
hockey to a co-recreational program called Just
For the Fun of It. For more
information call Community Sports Services at 228-
One indication of the
growing public interest in
the UBC campus is the
large yearly increase in the
number of people taking
summer campus tours.
Drop-in tours leave the
main concourse in SUB at
10 a.m. and 1 p.m on
weekdays. Special tours at
3 p.m. and on the weekend can be arranged by
booking ahead at 228-
3777. Specialized tours for
children, seniors, families,
persons with disabilities and
other groups are also available.
A very nice feature of
the anniversary celebrations on campus this summer is the increased
amount of
music and
The School of
Music has announced that the
Summer Strings, an
orchestra of 15 select UBC players,
will perform a series
of noon-hour and
evening concerts in
There will be Wednesday
concerts at 12:30 p.m. on
May 9, 16, 23 and 30, as
well as Thursday concerts
at 8 p.m. on May 10 and
General admission for
the noon-hour concerts is
$2, while tickets for the
evening performances are
$8 for adults and $4 for
seniors and students. All
concerts will be in the Recital Hall ofthe Music Building.
In theatre, the UBC Summer Players will offer two
repertory productions from
June 8 to July 30. Filthy
Rich is a delightfully satirical comedy that sounds
like great light entertainment for a summer evening.
For those in the mood
for something darker, the
other offering is The Strange
Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.
The Theatre Department
will also put on outdoor
performances of Androcles
and the Lion, for kids of all
ages. Performances will
take place on the west side
of SUB at noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from May 9 through
to late August. The noon
starting time coincides with
the end of the 10 a.m.
campus tours, UBCREPORTS MAY3.1990       4
May 6-
May 19
MONDAY, MAY 7    |
Pediatrics Research Seminar
Helicobacter Pylori Associated Peptic
Ulcer Disease In Children In British Columbia. Dr. E. Hassall, Gastroenterology,
Children's Hospital. University Hospital,
Shaughnessy site, D308 at 12-noon.
Refreshments at 11:45am. Call 875-2492.
Chemical Engineering
Special Seminar
Gas, Solid And Heat Flux
Measurements Within
Chatham 22 MWe CFB
Unit. Michael Couturier,
assoc. prof., Chem Engineering, U. of New Brunswick. ChemEngineering 206 at 3:30pm.
Call 228-3238.
Biochemistry Seminar
Identification Of DNA Markers For Diagnosis Of The Fragile-X Syndrome Other
Diseases Coded For In Xqter. Dr. Bernard van Oost, University Hospital,
Nijmegen, The Netherlands. IRC #4 at
4pm. Call 228-3027
Medical Genetics Seminar
Human Chromosome 8. Dr. Stephen
Wood, Medical Genetics, UBC. IRC#4 at
8am. Coffee at 7:45am. Call 228-5311.
Microbiology Seminar
Interactions Of Herpes Simplex Virus With
Hdst Cells During Lytic infection. Dr. Frank
Tufaro, Microbiology, UBC. Wesbrook 201
from 12:30-1:30pm. Call 228-6648.
Psychiatry Academic
Lecture Program
Cancelled. Call 228-7325.
Research Seminar
Development Of Chemical
Circuitry Of Mammalian
Visual Cortex. Dr. C.
Shaw, Ophthalmology,
UBC. Grace Hospital
2N35 at 1pm. Call 875-
Economics Departmental
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^^*^^ iting Princeton. Host: Prof.
^^^■"— Jonathan Kesselman.
Econ.   Conference   Room,   Buchanan
UBC Reports is the faculty and
staff newspaper of the University
of British Columbia. It is published every second Thursday by
the UBC Community Relations
Office, 6328 Memorial RcL, Vancouver, B.CV6T 1W5.
Telephone 228-3131.
Advertising inquiries: 228-4775.
Director: Margaret Nevin
Editor: Howard Fluxgold
QntrfiHitors: Connie FUletti,
Paula Martin, Jo Moss
and Gavin Wilson.
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Photo by Media Services
Lee Stewart, author of It's Up to You: Women at UBC in the Early Years, at a recent launch ofthe book which
profiles the experience of women at UBC from the founding ofthe university until after World War II.
For events in the period May 20 to June 2 notices must be submitted by UBC faculty or staff on proper Calendar forms no later
than noon on Wednesday, May 9 to the Community Relations Office, 6328 Memorial Rd., Room 207, Old Administration
Building. For more information call 228-3131. Notices exceeding 35 words may be edited. Deadlinefor the special Congregation
Issue is noon on Thursday, May 17.
Tower 910 from 4-5:30pm. Call 228-2876.
FRIDAY, MAY 11    j
Economics Departmental
Topic: To be announced. Cormac
O'Grada, University College, Dublin. Host:
Prof. Robert Allen. Econ. Conference
Room, Buchanan Tower 910 from 4-
5:30pm. Call 228-2876.
Mass Spectrometry
Discussion Group
On-Line Capillary Frit-Fab LC/MS And
Selected LC/MS/MS Of Peptides And
Enzymically Digested Proteins. Dr. B.D.
Musselman, JEOL, USA. Chemistry D225
at 10am. Call G.K. Eigendorf, 228-3235.
Medical Genetics Seminar
Autosomal Dominant Breast Cancer-Revisited. Dr. Dawna Gilchrist, Med. Gen.,
University Hospital, Shaughnessy Site.
IRC #4 at 8am. Coffee at 7:45am. Call
Botany Colloquium
BC Native Plants: Their
Current Status And Future.
Discussion of environmental threats to plant life
of the province. Speakers
are from UBC; the Provincial Museum; Biosystematics Institute
(Ottawa); Ecological Reserves (Victoria)
and the Ministry of Forests. Fee: $15 at
the door. IRC #5 from 9am-5pm. Call
Microbiology Seminar
Sequencing Of A Cellulo-
monas Fimi Endogluca-
nase Gene (cenC) And
Characterization Of Its
Protein Product. Wesbrook 201 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 228-6648.
Biochemistry Seminar
Characterization Of Parasite Proteases.
Dr. Jacques Bouvier, Pathology, U. of
Calif., San Francisco. Biochemistry 4210
at 3:45pm. Call 228-3215.
Pediatrics Research Seminar
Feeding A Patient With An Inborn Error Of
Metabolism. Dr. M. Rita Thomas, Principal Research Scientist, Nutrition Research,
Mead Johnson Research Center,
Evansville, IN. University Hospital,
Shaughnessy site, D308 at 12-noon.
Refreshments at 11:45am. Call 875-2492.
Research Seminar
Comparative Aspects Of Fetal Endocrinology. Dr. Hamish Robertson, UVic.
Grace Hospital 2N35 at 1pm. Call 875-
Psychiatry Academic
Lecture Program
Journal Club. University Hospital, UBC
Site, 2NA/B from 8-9am. Coffee and
muffins at 7:45am. Call 228-7325.
Laboratory Chemical
Safety Course
Safe handling, storage and
diposal of Chemicals spon-
II £j^7m sored by Occupational
U /"MM Health and Safety. Recommended for all personnel who handle chemicals.
Fees: $200, free to UBC employees. May
14/15 plus 1/2 day practical session (arranged at class) in Chemistry 250 from
8:30am-12:30pm. Call 228-5909.
Executive Programmes
Business Seminars
May 6-16 series includes: Chartered Financial Analyst Review.fee: $795. Training the Trainer, fee $675. Lotus 1 -2-3 for
Executives, fee $550. E.D. MacPhee
Executive Conference Centre. Call 224-
English Language Institute
Professional Development
Series for practicing language teachers.
Topics range from Teaching Literature In
The ESL/EFL Classroom to Using The
Language Lab. One/two evenings per
week; primarily Tuesdays from 7-9pm.
Through June. Call 222-5208.
UBC Speakers Bureau
More than 200 faculty and
professional staff available
to speak to your group,
usually free of charge.
Topics range from Archaeology to Zoology. Open
until April 30. Call 228-6167.
International House
Reach Out Program
Local students correspond with international students accepted to UBC. Act as
contact and provide useful information to
incoming students while making global
friends. Canadians and Internationals
welcome. Call 228-5021.
Sleep Disorders Study
Volunteers 18-45 years suffering from
Chronic Insomnia needed for a study on
sleep-promoting medication (hypnotics).
Must be available to sleep overnight at a
lab for five nights. Call Carmen Ramirez
at 228-7927.
Career Development Study
Research study on communication between parents and adolescents regarding
career and educational choices. Young
people aged 12-19 and one parent needed
to participate in an interview. Call Dr.
Richard Young at 228-6380.
Hypertension in
Pregnancy Study
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
Daily Rythms Study
Volunteers needed, aged 30-40 and living
with a heterosexual partner, to keep a
daily journal (average 5 min. daily) for 4
months, noting patterns in physical/social
experiences. Call Jessica McFarlane at
Post Polio Study
Persons with polio needed for functional
assessment and possible training programs. Elizabeth Dean, PhD, School of
Rehabilitation Medicine. Call 228-7392.
Multiple Sclerosis Study
Persons with mild to moderately severe
MS needed for study on exercise responses. Elizabeth Dean, PhD, School of
Rehab. Medicine. Call 228-7392.
Back Pain Research
Volunteers needed for magnetic resonance imaging of healthy spines. Men/
women aged 18-60, non-pregnant, no
pacemakers, no intracranial clips and no
metal fragments in the eye. University
Hospital employees excluded. Call June
8am-4pm, Monday-Thursday at 228 -
Psychology Study
Opinions of teenage girls and their parents on important issues surfacing in family life. Volunteers needed, aged 13-19
plus one or both parents. Call Lori Taylor
at 733-0711.
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 228-6353.
To find an interesting and challenging volunteer job, get in touch with Volunteer
Connections, Student Counselling and Resources Centre, Brock 200. Call 228-
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).
Fitness Appraisal
Physical Education and
Recreation, through the
John M. Buchanan Fitness
and Research Centre, administers physical fitness
assessments.    Students,
$25, others $30. Call 228-4356.Commu-
nity Sport Services
Golf Lessons
Basic and intermediate levels available.
Call 228-3688.
See CALENDAR on Page 4 UBC REPORTS May 3.1990       5
Warren named to B.C.
Sports Hall of Fame
Harry Warren, athlete, geologist,
and UBC honorary professor, has been
named to the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame.
He has promoted, taught, coached
and played sport on two continents for
more than 70 years.
A founding member of the Canadian Men's Field Hockey Association,
and long-term supporter and honorary
President of the Women's Field
Hockey Association, Warren laid the
foundations for field hockey's current
status as one of Canada's Olympic
sports. His name is synonymous with
field hockey, cricket and rugby in this
Warren is also a pioneer in the science of biogeochemistry—the effect
of chemicals in the soil on biological
His research focuses on analyzing
plants for their mineral content to detecting the presence of minerals in the
Recipient of numerous research
awards, he recently received the Distinguished Service Award from the
Prospector and Developer's Association of Canada honoring his contributions to mineral exploration.
Now 85, Warren's athletic career
began in 1919 when he captained the
Vancouver Junior Cricket Club. Later
vice-president of the B.C. Mainland
Cricket League, he played cricket with
various teams over the years. Warren
was an outstanding athlete at UBC,
where he earned his BA in 1926 and
BASc in 1927. In 1928, he was a
member of Canada's team at the Olympics and helped coach Canadian
women sprinters to a gold medal.
Warren played on the rugby and
track and field teams, and organized
and played on UBC's first field hockey
team.   While on a fellowship at the
California Institute of Technology, he
introduced badminton and cricket to
the school, re-introduced rugby to
Southern California, and was first president of the Southern California Rugby
He has had a lifetime interest in
sport as recreation and as a way to
educate young people. He ran field
hockey programs in B.C. until he was
well into his 60s. UBC recognized his
contributions by naming a playing field
in his honor in 1970.
Recipient of a number of distinguished awards for his community
service, Warren received the Order of
Canada in 1972, the International
Hockey Federation's Order of Merit in
1977, an honorary degree from the
University of Waterloo in 1975 and
one from UBC in 1978. The City of
Vancouver awarded him the Distinguished Pioneer Award in 1986.
Businesses from China
seeking advice at UBC
Presidents and vice-presidents from
16 of the top trading corporations in
mainland China are at UBC to tap Canadian experts for advice on international business and marketing.
Many of the executives represent
companies which already do business
with Canada. Zheng Dunxun, for example, is president of China National
Chemicals, the first Chinese company
to purchase potash from Canada.
Sun Zhenyu is vice-president of
China National Cereals. Oils and Foodstuffs, a firm which handles all Canadian wheat imports. President of China
National Instruments Zhang Baohe has
just signed a major contract with Northern Telecom to purchase telephone
exchange equipment.
The group will be at UBC April 22
Continued from Page 4
Surplus Equipment
Recycling Facility
All surplus items. Every Wednesday,
noon-3 pm. Task Force Bldg, 2352 Health
Sciences Mall. Call 228-2813.
Multimedia 101: Getting Started
Satellite video conference from Apple
Computer examines a reange of simple
and sophisticated teaching tools which
can be incorporated into academia.
Detwiller Theatre, Phsychiatry B uilding,
9am -10 am. Call Media Services.
to May 5 as part of a two-week Executive Development Programme through
UBC's Faculty of Commerce and
Business Administration. Their course
covers areas such as international marketing, domestic and international financial management, human resource
management, industrial relations and
strategic management.
The Chinese executives will also
see Canadian business practices at work
with visits to MacMillan Bloedel Ltd.,
Finning Ltd., IKEA Canada and the
Hong Kong Bank of Canada.
Sponsored by the United Nations
International Trade Centre, the pro
gram involves the four major Chinese
foreign trade institutes, the Chinese
Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade (MOFERT), and its
trading corporations.
UBC is a joint participant in the
project with three British universities—
the University of Manchester, Lancaster University, and Keele University.
The Chinese executives will undertake
two weeks of further training in the
UK following their Canadian visit.
A second group of Chinese project
participants, all senior human resources
managers, will be at UBC May 6 to
May 19 to do a similar program.
Madsen awarded
honorary degree
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Open every day from 10am-7pm.   Free
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Civil Engineering Professor Borg
Madsen has been awarded an honorary doctors degree by the Technical
University of Denmark, the highest
award the university can bestow.
Madsen, who was born in Denmark
and completed his BSc and MSc degrees at Technical University, was recognized for his contributions to a better understanding of structural timbers.
His early research exposed serious
shortcomings in the use of timber in
construction and he went on to develop better methods for establishing
reliable strength properties of timber
products. His work has been implemented in building codes and testing
standards world-wide.
Madsen worked in industry as a
professional engineer for 20 years before joining UBC in 1970 and was at
one time managing director of Glulam
Products Ltd. in New Westminster.
He designed structures using Glulam and other timber products and
undertook practical research and product development in areas such as
strength and stability of construction
Under his guidance Glulam Products became the first plant in North
America to implement finger
joints in its
structural products, a technique which reduced raw material consumption by 10 per
At      UBC,
Madsen began
to investigate the underlying principles
of timber strength used in building design and construction.
He found that the change in quality
of commercial lumber over time had
rendered those principles invalid and
developed different means of testing
using representative samples of full-
size specimens.
Called In-Grade Testing, that system has now been adopted by many
Madsen's most recent research involves lumber grading and will help
update the current system which was
developed in 1926.
He will receive his award at the
university's graduation ceremonies,
May 4.
Applied Science
holds conference
aimed at women
UBC's Faculty of Applied Science wants more high school
women to consider engineering as a
To encourage them to enter the
profession, the faculty offered its
first conference on engineering as a
career for female senior secondary
school students, May 2. More than
170 students from Lower Mainland
schools attended the one day workshop May 2.
"The purpose of the conference
was to highlight the career opportunities for women in engineering and to discuss both the prospects and
the problems that women face in that field," explained Sid Mindess,
Civil Engineering professor and faculty program director.
It was also designed to encourage women to complete high school
science requirements in order to be eligible for UBC's engineering
"Women tend to be steered away from science courses early in the
school system. It's a real problem," Mindess said.
Darlene Mazari, MLA for Vancouver Point-Grey, gave the keynote
address at the workshop where students had a chance to find out more
about campus life from women students in the faculty's undergraduate
They got a taste of the university experience as faculty give mini-
lectures on aspects such as earthquake engineering and advanced
materials and learned more about the profession from women engineers on faculty and in industry.
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228-4775. Ads placed by faculty and staff cost $6 per insertion for 35
words. Others are charged $7. Monday, May 7 at 4 p.m. is the deadline
for the next issue of UBC Reports which appears on Thursday, May 17.
Deadline for the following edition on May 29 is 4 p.m. Thursday, May 17.
All ads must be paid in advance in cash, by cheque or internal requisition.
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Building ready bv 1991
Lam Centre a wealth of information
Everyone is talking about selling
business goods in the vast markets of
Southeast Asia.
But as a successful company, where
do you find out what market opportunities there are for your specific product in, say, Thailand?
The David Lam Management Research Centre in the Faculty of Commerce at UBC has the information.
While the building doesn't yet exist,
the top-notch Asia-Pacific programs
and services do, tucked away in
cramped quarters in the Commerce
building or operating from other campus locations. By late 1991 they will
be brought together and housed in a
new building.
"Come to our library first of all and
we can access our databanks to provide you with up-to-date information,"
says Commerce Dean Peter Lusztig,
who with Commerce Professor
Michael Goldberg, now head of
Vancouver's International Finance
Centre, came up with the idea of establishing such a forum for knowledge
The David Lam Management Research library, opened in 1985 in a
temporary location, has one of the
most comprehensive collections of
Asia Pacific business materials: 1,000
journal serial titles (500 of them active
including the Asian Wall Street Journal), 4,000 reference books, country
reports and government publications.
It has B.C.'s largest collection of annual reports—4,000 Canadian companies, 10,000 American companies and
the top 500 international companies;
preliminary research results from 70
leading business schools in North
America, Europe, Australia and
Southeast Asia; not to mention a computerized data search service with
access to 500 international data bases.
It also has ABI/Inform Ondisc, a
Photo by Doane Gregory
Dean of Commerce Peter Lusztig and a model of the David Lam Management
Research Centre.
compact disc indexing system which
offers abstracts of 800 management
journals from the last five years.
Heavily used, the library fields enquiries from all over North America.
If that's not enough information for
your company's needs, consult one of
the faculty's 11 research bureaus. They
cover areas as diverse as international
business, real estate and transportation.  Chances are someone studying
Thai markets could brief your company on business opportunities.
Better yet, the Commerce Faculty
may organize a weekend seminar, with
experts from other campus departments and from provincial government
ministries, on how companies like
yours could do business in Thailand,
Lusztig said.
Sharing information is the whole
idea behind  the  research  centre.
"Anyone, from small businesses to
large corporations, academics to government, can take advantage of whaf s
available," Lusztig said. "It will be
Construction is scheduled to begin
on the David Lam Management Research Centre building later this year.
A five-storey complex, it will have conference facilities, seminar rooms, a
cafeteria, the David Lam Management
Research Library, research bureaus
and a student placement service. Initiated by a $l-million donation from Vancouver businessman, philanthropist
and B.C.'s Lieutenant-Governor David
Lam, the project is being supported
by others in the B.C. business community.
As a community resource, the
centre will operate on a cost-recovery
basis. "It will support research by faculty members and bring the government, private sector and labor organizations closer to the university,"
Lusztig said. Up to now, a complex
where these groups could meet to
share ideas and collaborate on research has been lacking.
The Faculty of Commerce building
is strained to capacity, especially on
evenings and weekends when more
than 10,000 participants every year,
from across North America and overseas, take advantage of continuing
education business programs."We
were turning away activity because of
the lack of space," Lusztig said.
The research centre will be the next
step in the faculty's well-established
track record of business expertise in
the Asia Pacific. It was the first to
initiate Canadian academic ties with
Asia, setting up business programs in
Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, and later
in China, long before such links were
recognized as being important. It now
has a network of affiliations throughout Southeast Asia.
President's Report
wins gold medal
The President's Report on the Creative and Performing arts has won an
international gold medal from the
Council for the Advancement and
Support of Education.
The organization of more than 2,500
universities and colleges in Canada and
the U.S. called the report "outstanding." The report won in the category
"Periodical Special Issues."
Released last month, the report
documents sthe growth of the arts at
UBC from its beginnings as an extracurricular activity under Frederic
Wood, who laid the foundation for the
current Theatre Department, to its present status as a full member of the university's academic community.
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Affleck wins Herzberg Medal
The Canadian Association of Physicists has
awarded the 1990
Herzberg Medal to
Physics Professor Ian
The award is presented annually to recognize outstanding
achievement in any
field of research by a
physicist who is not
more than 38-years-old.
Other UBC physicists who have received
this prestigious award are Rudi Haering, Walter Hardy, Tom Tiedje (who won it last year)
and Bill Unruh.
Affleck came to UBC from Princeton University to a professorship in the Department of
Physics and a Fellowship in the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He works in
both the Cosmology and High Temperature
Superconductivity Programs ofthe CIAR.
The following Members of Convocation
have been elected to UBC Senate: David
Anderson, environmental consultant; John
Banfield, investment advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Pemberton; Donald Carter,
chartered accountant; Sandra Lindstrom, marine biologist; Bill McNulty, educator at Magee
Secondary School; Michael Ryan, investment
counsellor with Leith Wheeler Management
Ltd.; Alfred Scow, B.C. Provincial Court judge;
Joanne Stan, Director of Operations for Patient Support Services at Vancouver General
Hospital; Minoru Sugimoto, principal Eric
Hamber Secondary School; Gordon Thorn,
principal with Drake Beam Morin, a company
involved in human resources; and Nancy Woo,
Public Relations Consultant with the Architectural Institute of B.C.
Convocation members serve a three year term.
Verna Kirkness was
named Canadian Educator
of the Year at an annual
forum of high school, college and university students
that met in Quebec City last
Director of the first
Nations House of Learning, which she founded in
1987, Kirkness has a national reputation as an advocate of Native education.
The Canadian Youth Education Excellence
Prize is given annually to an educator who has
dedicated his or her life to the cause of education.
Its purpose is to recognize the dedication of educators and their important role in Canadian society.
The winner is chosen by secret ballot after
student delegations argue the merits of outstanding educators representing each province in the
country. This was the third year the prize was
Kirkness was presented with a cheque for
$10,000 and will have her portrait painted by a
Canadian artist. The award culminates a week-
long youth forum on education sponsored by Air
Canada, Les Productions Quebecoises Pro-Art,
the Quebec government and others.
Kirkness will also receive an honorary degree
from Mount Saint Vincent University at its convocation ceremony May 11.
Mount Saint Vincent, which is primarily dedi
cated to the educational needs of women, is honoring Kirkness because she exemplifies the best
ideals and tradition of the university and is an
exceptional role model for its graduates.
Federal Environment Minister Lucien
Bouchard has named President David Strangway to the board of the International Centre for
Sustainable Development.
The Winnipeg-based centre, first announced
in 1988, will provide data and research for corporations and governments around the world as they
try to foster economic development within a
healthy environment.
The centre's board will be chaired by Lloyd
McGinnis, chairman and CEO of Wardrop Engineering of Winnipeg. Other directors include former Quebec premier Pierre-Marc Johnson,
Toronto economist and journalist Dian Cohen
and former UBC Zoologist Buzz Holling.
The Science Undergraduate Society has given
its Teaching Excellence
Award to Oceanography
Professor Steve Calvert.
There were 13 nominees for the honor, which
is presented annually at the
society's annual general
Science  students   are Calvert
asked to nominate their favorite faculty members
and then rate nominees by 15 criteria such as enthusiasm, knowledge of topic, and ability to explain abstract ideas in a clear and understandable
Calvert was cited for his performance in the
course Oceanography 310, Man and the Oceans.
The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology has elected Dr. David
Hardwick, head of UBC's Department
of Pathology, President of the Academy
for a one year term.
A 5,600 member organization, the
United States and Canadian Academy of
Pathology conducts a major North American continuing education program for
academic pathologists and surgical pathologists. The Academy also publishes
two academic journals.
Dr. Hardwick also remains Vice-President, North America of the Academy's
global parent organization, the International Academy of Pathology.
Jindra Kulich,
former Director of
the Centre for Continuing Education,
has been appointed
to the Editorial
Board of the International Year
Book of Adult
Education published by the Ruhr-
University of Bo-
chum, West Germany.
The Canadian Journal for the Study of
Adult Education, meanwhile, dedicated a
recent issue to Kulich, for his seminal
work in broadening Canadian understanding of European adult education in this
Kulich currently serves as program
director of special projects and retirement
education with the Centre for Continuing
Site of First Nations House of
Learning dedicated May 29
The site of the new home of the
First Nations House of Learning will
be dedicated May 29, director Vema
Kirkness told a special briefing session recently.
The event will also honor Jack Bell,
the Vancouver businessman whose
donation of $1-million helped make
the building possible. Bell's donation,
part of the university's World of Opportunity campaign, was matched by
the provincial government.
The building, which will resemble
a traditional West Coast longhouse,
will function as a student centre and
will also contain seminar rooms, a library/resource centre and offices. It is
scheduled to open in August, 1992.
*■ First Nations offices are currently
housed in huts near the Scarfe Building.
Initial estimates put the cost of the
building at about $4-million.
Architect Larry McFarland said his
company has eight years experience
working with Native groups and is
familiar with Native building techniques and spiritual and cultural values. His previous work includes the
Native Education Centre in Vancouver and Chatham Village in Prince
• Rupert.
Site of the longhouse has yet to be
determined. Factors in its location include proximity to the academic core
of campus and visibility. University
planners have not ruled out prominent
sites that are currently underutilized,
said McFarland.
The May 29 dedication coincides
with graduation ceremonies for the
Faculty of Education.
Due to the efforts of the Native
Indian Teacher Education Program,
more Native people have graduated
from Education than any other faculty
at UBC. Similar programs now exist in
Law and the Health Sciences.
The aims ofthe First Nations House
of Learning include making the university more accessible to Native students, making courses more relevant
to Native people and promoting academic research on Native topics.
First stage of MOA
wing nearly finished
Work on the first stage of construction on the new $2.9-million wing of
the Museum of Anthropology is nearing completion.
By mid-April cabinetmakers and
stonemasons will begin building the
wood and marble cases in which the
new collection of European ceramics
will be displayed.
The final stage — installation of
the pieces themselves — is expected
to begin in June. The new wing is
expected to open this September.
Recently donated by Walter
Koerner, the collection consists of
about 600 pieces of European ceramics from the 15th to the 19th centuries.
It is considered one ofthe world's finest private collections of ceramics.
Included are examples of the work
of the Czechoslovakian Anabaptist/
Haban potters whose descendants fled
to Canada in the early 20th century
and founded the Hutterite communities.
"When this collection is housed at
the museum, Vancouver will be the
only place outside of Toronto where
students, scholars, artists, historians,
archaeologists and the general public
will have access to such a comprehensive collection of European tin and lead
glaze earthenware and stoneware," said
Carol Mayer, MOA Curator of Collections.
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Psychiatrist Dr. Susan Penfold would like to see more women in the profession.
Penfold committed
to women's issues
UBC Psychiatrist Dr.
Susan Penfold did not
receive an encouraging reception after
suggesting more attention be paid to women's issues in
psychiatry during the annual meeting
of the Canadian Psychiatric Association back in 1975.
The wives of her male colleagues
denounced her and several other psychiatrists, quoting St. Paul who espoused wifely obedience and subservience to husbands. Undeterred, Dr.
Penfold and her associates formed a
task force on women's issues in psychiatry before dispersing from the
Banff meeting.
Today, Dr. Penfold remains a committed advocate of women's issues in
psychiatry. She still feels psychiatry
has a long way to go before shedding
its paternalistic and patriarchal mantle.
"Psychiatric theories, attitudes and
practices concerning women often reflect and reinforce traditional notions
about how women should behave as
wives and mothers," Dr. Penfold contends.
'Treatments women receive for
emotional distress may perpetuate or
even worsen the problem. This is particularly likely to happen if the problem is formulated as a disorder of the
individual woman alone, thus obscuring the stresses and strains of women's
everyday lives in a world where they
are still second-class citizens."
Two-thirds of all mood-modifying
drugs that doctors prescribe are for
female patients, she points out, attributing the lack of understanding by male
doctors as a reason for this phenomenon, combined with pressure and
propaganda from the pharmaceutical
industry, and women's lack of awareness of other alternatives.
"Many women patients approach
doctors with vague complaints of being
run down, nervous and depressed," Dr.
Penfold said. "Doctors, most of whom
are men, wonder what their problem
is. They have a husband, a home and
children. What more could they want?
That's often the problem. These
women probably have jobs as well as
their responsibilities at home. Instead
of a pill to keep them quiet, they need
information about how they can reduce
the stresses in their lives."
In addition to the over-medication of
female patients, the sexual abuse some
women suffer at the hands of male
psychiatrists and other therapists concerns her.
"The magnitude of this problem is
shrouded by secrecy, disbelief and a
tendency to blame the woman victim,"
Dr. Penfold said.
She would like to see more women
enter psychiatry and more females
established in positions of power and
influence in the profession to help
advance women's issues. These are
two key areas of interest to her, being
the only fulltime female faculty member in UBC's Psychiatry Department,
which she joined in 1967.
Dr. Penfold is still actively involved
in the Task Force on Women's Issues
in Psychiatry which became a permanent section of the Canadian Psychiatric Association in 1985. As such, she
has published scores of papers identifying problems unique to women in
psychiatry and campaigned to place
female psychiatrists in senior positions
within their field.
Her personal, as well as professional
commitment to women's issues also
takes her to various community groups
eager to hear her lectures.
Although Dr. Penfold specializes in
child psychiatry, she is looking forward
to teaching more on women's issues in
her classes in UBC's Faculty of Medicine.
And, she says, she would like to
continue the small private practice she
has, which includes women and children who have survived sex abuse.
UBC medical clinic
attracts hundreds
t's a subject most people don't
discuss, even with family or
friends. But each year hundreds of them come to Vancouver to talk about it with two
total strangers. The subject is sex.
UBC Faculty of Medicine physicians
Dr. George Szasz and Dr. William
Maurice are the founding directors of
Canada's only university-based Sexual
Medicine Unit.
They have operated this clinical,
teaching and research facility since
1974. Today, they work in the unit with
three other doctors and three sexual
health clinicians, all of whom have been
trained by Dr. Szasz and Dr. Maurice.
More than two-thirds of Canadians
are concerned about their sexual functioning, studies show. Statistics like
that keep the Sexual Medicine Unit
running at full capacity.
But limited resources allow the staff
to see only about 500 persons a year—
all of them referred to the unit by family physicians or specialists.
The unit offers comprehensive clinical services to persons with a variety of
sexual problems. Most commonly,
these problems are sexual dysfunctions
and disorders.
In several instances these problems
develop in the context of personal or
relationship difficulties, but often the
problems are the results of accidents
— many involving the spinal cord —
or the complications of such conditions
as stroke, arthritis, multiple sclerosis,
diabetes or complex cancer surgery.
While administratively the Sexual ,
Medicine Unit functions within UBC's
Department of Psychiatry, it has formal connections with other departments within the Faculty of Medicine,
and with related institutions such as .
the British Columbia Rehabilitation
Dr. Szasz explained that the diagnosis and treatment of sexual problems
often involves the collaborative effort
of various health-care professionals including, neurologists, urologists, surgeons, nurses and physiotherapists.
Dr. Maurice, Dr. Szasz and their associates conduct ongoing research into
such diverse areas as the nature of *
sexual history-taking in medical practice and sperm recovery from men with
spinal cord injuries.
They teach the subject of sexual
medicine to students in UBC's Faculty ~"
of Medicine, and train future specialists in Family Practice, Psychiatry and
Obstetrics and Gynecology in the
unique features of the diagnosis and
management of sexual problems.
Photo by David Gray
Dr. William Maurice (left) and Dr. George Szasz, co-directors of UBC's Sexual Medicine
Clinic, counsel a patient.


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