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Science First! series
ready to ignite
students' curiosity
Lee Gass is revving himself up for a
lunch date with science students this fall.
"I'm going to get those students to
understand some things about how science operates and what science is as a
human endeavour," he says. "I'm going to
get them to know in their bones that any
creative process starts from a profound
appreciation of our ignorance and a willingness to articulate what that is."
The zoology professor launches a
lunchtime seminar series called Science
First! on Sept. 19. The series will have
professors talking informally about their
research, why they became scientists and
what science means to them.
Cass's Thursday chat, titled Where's
the Science in Science Education, starts at
1 p.m. and is the first of six noon-hour
lectures planned for the Fall term in
Lecture Hall 2 of the Instructional Resources Centre.
Associate Dean of Science Julyet
Benbasat says the series is part of a
concerted effort In the faculty to get students, particularly those in first year, to
rethink what it is about science that
excites them most. Benbasat believes the
series will stimulate students' appreciation for the breadth of science and give
them more of an awareness ofthe many
options available at UBC, whether their
interests lie in a research career or in
professional or applied fields.
While attendance at the Science First!
seminars is not compulsory, Benbasat
hopes students will want to Invest some
of their own time learning, asking questions
and broadening their vision of science.
Says Benbasat: "We're all putting more
emphasis on enhancing the life skills of
students and getting them to learn science for science's sake rather than memorizing specific details which will, In many
cases, be outdated in a few years."
For the past 15 months, a 28-member
committee of science professors, students
and alumni have been working on a new
vision for the faculty. Their work was
released in a comprehensive Strategic
Planning Report, a large part of which
focuses on initiatives to enhance student
learning and their ability to link knowledge and Ideas from various disciplines
to solve a problem.
The report's introduction states: "the
jobs that are being created depend increasingly on skills such as communication and integration of ideas - skills that
have not been the focus of teaching in the
Faculty of Science in the past."
The faculty is refocusing its teaching
efforts on many fronts.
Benbasat sees the lunchtime seminar series as a precursor to many ofthe
initiatives listed in the report. She also
points to the introduction of a Coordinated Science Option for 100 first-
year students as another faculty development this term aimed at fostering student creativity and critical thinking.
See SCIENCE Page 4
Nursing faculty start
pregnancy resource
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
A new pregnancy drop-in clinic has
been established at UBC to provide support and information to women in the
Vancouver area who are pregnant or are
contemplating pregnancy.
The Centering Pregnancy Drop-In was
started in May by three faculty members
from the School of Nursing, in conjunction with the Vancouver Health Board
and West Main Health Unit.
"Many women in the UBC area, particularly students or the partners of students, are here from out of province or out
of country and are away from their traditional support system of friends and family," said Marion Clauson, a clinical assistant professor of nursing at UBC.
"And during pregnancy people tend to
rely to a certain extent on that support
system for information, advice or reassurance. We established the drop-in to
meet the need for support, and to bring
women together to establish their own
support network."
Clauson said the free drop-in is aimed
at the residents of the Acadia and Fairview
student housing developments and surrounding community, but is open to anyone. The drop-in also provides nursing
students with experience in working with
expectant mothers.
"When we decided to start the drop-in,
we considered both the need for support
in the area and possibility of enhancing
opportunities for faculty practice and student clinical experience."
Clauson, Assoc. Prof. Elaine Carty and
Clinical Assistant Cathy Ebbehoj bring a
lot of experience to the clinic. Clauson
and Ebbehoj have particular expertise in
the childbearing period with an emphasis
on prenatal education and prenatal care.
Clauson has expertise in high-risk pregnancy and nursing care in labour. Carry's
research interests include early maternity discharge, transition to parenthood
and childbearing and parenting with disabilities. She is recognized as an expert in
the area of childbearing families and also
works as a consultant with community
and hospital health care professionals.
Ebbehoj works closely with postpartum
families in the hospital and community.
All three do clinical teaching with undergraduate nursing students and are
involved in supervising students in hospitals and in the community.
While doing the maternity component
of their studies, fourth-year nursing students are required to follow the progress
of a pregnant woman through the later
part of pregnancy and childbirth.
A Lie Of The Mind
Teri Snelgrove photo
Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind launches the 1996/97 season at the
Frederic Wood Theatre for a limited engagement Sept. 18 to 28. Raugauhaan
Yu, featured as Jake, expresses anger about the violent acts that occur in
human relationships in Shepard's modern classic about the dysfunctional
American family. Show time is 8 p.m. Call 822-2678 for ticket information
and reservations.
UBC faculty awarded
3M teaching fellowships
Two UBC faculty members are among
this year's recipients of the coveted 3M
Teaching Fellowships.
Associate Professor of Nursing,
Clarissa Green, and Dr. William Schreiber,
an associate professor of Pathology and
Laboratory Medicine, were among 10 educators selected from 64 nominees at 28
Canadian universities to receive the
Green, whose past honours include
the Award for Excellence in Nursing Education from the Registered Nurses Association of B.C. and the UBC University
Teaching Prize, was cited for her exemplary teaching skills, optimizing learning
opportunities for her students and fostering their independence and the capacity for life-long learning.
Getting Together
Creation of Earth and Ocean Sciences enhances collaboration
What's Up 5^
UBC Reports Calendar lists coming events on campus
Clothesline Project 9^
A unique project draws attention to the plight of victims of violence
Who's Who 12^
There are six new faces on UBC's Board of Governors this September 2 UBC Reports • September 5,1996
UBC Reports welcomes letters to the editor on topics relevant to the
university community. Letters must be signed and include an address
and phone number for verification. Please limit letters, which may be
edited for length, style and clarity, to 300 words. Deadline is 10 days
before publication date. Submit letters in person or by mail to the UBC
Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver B.C.,
V6T 1Z1, by fax to 822-2684 or by e-mail to Janet.ansell@ubc.ca.
Policy doesn't
make grade
Re: Revised Policy #3:
Discrimination and Harassment.
Upon reading this document, I was acutely embarrassed by: 1) its failure to
abide by the commonly held
precepts of justice in the
Canadian judicial systems;
and 2) its seemingly contradictory statements or lack of
conceptual integration. If I was
a member of a street gang or
vigilante group, such a document might be acceptable.
However, I am not; rather I am
a member of a community that
supposedly represents and
fosters the better aspects of
Western civilization such as
justice, fairness and due
process. Before continuing I
would like to state that if
"discriminating or harassing
behaviours" do occur at UBC,
they should not be tolerated
and der    with expeditiously
but faiily. My complaint is
simply that this document
does not meet such criteria.
First, the document does
not. define what constitutes
"proof of improper behavior.
Rather, a convoluted bureaucratic structure for resolution
is described without reference
to proof. Although an underlying tenet of common law is
that one is innocent until
proven guilty, this tenet is
completely ignored. Moreover,
the only reference to proof of
innocence/guilt is found in
section 77 which states in
part: "Anyone who enters into
a sexual relationship with a
person where a professional
power differential exists must
realise that, if a charge of
sexual harassment is subsequently lodged, it will be
extremely difficult to defend
the conduct on grounds of
mutual consent." This statement highlights the inherent
problems with the document in
three ways. First, it suggests
that the burden of proof iii ;
with the defendant, not tht
accuser. This position is not
consistent with recognized
judicial practice. S'cond, as
the public cm •■'      ..cognize
mutual const'1 tween two
adults as tin   underlying
premise for normal sexual
relationships, the university's
position is contrary to Canadian lav . Third, this section
(i.e.. 77) appears to contradict
section 76 where such sexual
relationships are acceptable if
the relationship is disclosed to
the administrative head.
Although there are many
other flaws in this document,
the above should highlight
some of its shortcomings. In
conclusion, I would like to
remind the university administration that Kafka wrote The
Trial as satire, not as a procedure manual.
Campbell M. Clark, PhD
Associate Professor
Dept. of Psychiatry
GSS president
crushes rumour
Recent events in the Graduate Student Centre have
attracted a great deal of
attention and speculation.
Unfortunately, given that
discussions with the Society's
former Food and Beverage
Manager, Dale Read, are
ongoing, Council and the
Executive Committee have
been unable to release detailed
information pertaining to
Council's decision to end Mr.
Read's employment on June
25, 1996. While the specific
reasons for the dismissal of
Dale Read have not been
disclosed, much speculation
has occurred.
Among the rumours currently circulating on campus
are some that cast suspicion
upon the staff of Koerner's, the
Society's Pub. Pub staff have
expressed, and rightly so, their
anxiety, frustration and anger
regarding these rumours. In
order to allay staff concerns,
as well as check damaging and
irresponsible rumours, the
Executive Committee states
unequivocally that no staff
member employed in its Food
and Beverage operations is
under suspicion of any wrongdoing whatsoever.
The Executive Committee
requests that all parties work
together to avoid such harmful
speculation in the future.
Kevin Dwyer
GSS President
Peter Larkin will
be missed
Today I was dismayed to
discover that Dr. Peter Larkin
had passed away. To me, Peter
Larkin was a wise and caring
man in a society that too often
moved forward without fully
considering all the facts.
I first met Peter when I was
a member on the Community
Advisory Committee to the
proposed UBC Incinerator of
which he was chair. Working
with Peter on this committee
gave me a true appreciation of
the definition of busy. In
addition to our committee, and
his many projects for the Royal
Society of Canada, Peter was
also studying the case of the
missing salmon from the 1992
Fraser River sockeye run.
Perhaps it would be incor
rect to say that he changed my
mind on the subject of incinerators, but his wisdom helped
me to consider that there are
always more sides to a situation than may be initially
Today is a sad day. UBC
has lost an outstanding
individual who will be sorely
Mary Jean O'Donnell
Waste Reduction Coordinator, UBC
Continued from Page 1
Clauson said they decided to
establish the drop-in after determining from community health
nurses who work in the area that
there were a sufficient number
of births to merit the service. A
breast-feeding drop-in service established last year along similar
lines has been well used by families in the area.
"We felt that women who
might be somewhat isolated out
here on campus without the
strong family network behind
them might be more inclined to
come to something like this
rather than the more formalized,
traditional pre-natal classes,"
Clauson said.
"Some ofthe people coming to
us are women who have had a
child before and are not attend
ing pre-natal classes but still
have concerns, or women for
whom English is not the first
language and may not feel comfortable in a fast-paced pre-natal class."
The drop-in sessions are informal, always attended by at
least one faculty member and
usually one or two students.
Clauson said the nurses will
answer questions and provide
support if needed, but that the
drop-in will ideally be shaped
by the needs ofthe women who
"Women who come back on a
repeated basis will be able to
form a support network among
themselves. We anticipate that
it will become more of a group
discussion rather than something we have to direct. One-on-
one will always be available but
we're hoping that the women will
want to talk with each other and
learn from each other," Clauson
"We're not suggesting that we
know what the women need. We
are prepared to find out what
they want from us and then see
how we can meet their needs
The drop-in is held every
Wednesday from 10a.m. to 11:30
a.m. in the Fireside Lounge of
the Acadia Fairview Commons
Block at 2707 Tennis Crescent.
Clauson said an evening drop-
in is being considered to accommodate women who can't attend
the daytime drop-ins, and to allow couples to attend together.
For further information call 822-
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Earth, ocean merger
boosts collaboration
On April 1 of this year, geophysicist
Robert Ellis officially became head of
UBC's newest academic amalgam - the
Dept. of Earth and Ocean Sciences.
Though the department's creation has
been in the works for six years,  the
scientific merger of geology, geophysics
and oceanography has been a
process underway since the Second World War.
'There has been a gradual
convergence due to the complexity of problems in earth and
ocean sciences, problems which
can best be solved through close
collaboration among experts
from a number of subdisciplines
within the broad field," says Ellis.
'There is no doubt that it is the Ellis
needs of the science and a contemporary teaching program in the science that has brought us together."
The new department is born out ofthe
former departments of Geological Sciences, Oceanography and the geophysics group from the Dept. of Geophysics
and Astronomy.
Ellis, trained in mathematics and
physics, has been contributing to advances in solid earth geophysics during
the last 30 years by studying the structure and movement of the North American lithosphere - one ofthe major pieces
(tectonic plates) ofthe earth's outer shell.
Ellis applies the techniques of both explosion and earthquake seismology in
his studies, a number of which have
focused on plate interactions on the
West Coast that are the cause of earthquakes.
Strong evidence for plate tectonics
was gathered through exploration of
ocean basins during the 1950s and 1960s
and the continuing advances in earthquake seismology, seafloor mapping,
geochronology and other earth and ocean
sciences subdisciplines. Mining and hydrocarbon exploration forged closer ties
between geologists and geophysicists as
deposits became increasingly hard to
find. Pollution and global change studies have also drawn together earth and
atmospheric scientists as well as oceanographers (biological, chemical, geological and physical) to study the complex
In terms of the new department, Ellis'
short-term challenge is to instil a sense of
cohesion among 40 faculty, 25 post-doctoral students, 23 staff and 120
A new building to house the
group is promised and plans for
its development are underway.
However, for the next few years
at least  the  department will
operate out of four buildings on
campus:  geological  sciences,
geophysics/astronomy, biological sciences and the bookstore
annex.  It is anticipated that
oceanographers currently in the
annex will eventually inherit space in the
geophysics/astronomy building vacated
by the astronomy group. Ellis jokingly
points out that faculty members need an
extra line on their business cards designating their respective buildings to ensure proper mail delivery.
"In everything else, we are the Dept. of
Earth and Ocean Sciences - end of discussion."
Once administrative matters are in order, his next order of business is to review
and rationalize academic programs to
ensure that students receive the breadth
and depth of education in earth and ocean
sciences that the contemporary job market demands.
Says Ellis: This new, integrated way of
looking at the earth will of course manifest
itself in the breadth and depth of education we offer to students."
Since the process of introducing a
course or program takes about two years
to work its way through the system, students won't be graduating from new programs until at least the year 2000.
Additional collaborative research activities are expected to emerge through the
interaction of faculty previously in different departments and the increasingly
multidisciplinary nature of research problems.
Safety features
Enhancing personal safety
Sex, dating and all that jazz
Among the most valuable lessons new and returning student s can learn this
year is how to enhance their personal safety on campus.
"Awareness through education is essential to everyone's security," says
Tamalyn Hossack. a fourth-year Arts student and co-ordinator of the Women
Students' Office (WSO) Safer Campus Peer Education Program.
Beginning this month. Hossack and a team of peer educators will offer
workshops aimed at providing students with up-to-date information on personal
security issues at UBC.
Sex, Dating and All That Jazz introduces students to the issue of acquaintance
sexual assault and the roles that communication, personal power and autonomy
play within intimate relationships.
Campus peer educators are students who have been trained as group
facilitators. This is the third year that the workshops, funded by the Teaching and
Learning Enhancement Fund, are being offered.
"The workshops are designed to raise awareness of the problems associated
with safety in both public places on campus, such as the library and bus loop,
and private settings in personal relationships," Hossack says.
Creating a Safer Campus focuses on resources and programs at UBC which
help students reduce risks and maintain personal security. The interactive
workshop encourages participants to identify options and solutions to personal
security scenarios.
'The workshops allow participants to express their thoughts in a non-
judgmental setting and offer a diversity of viewpoints," Hossack says. "People
often leave with new perspectives."
Each 90-minute workshop can accommodate up to 20 participants and both
are available to campus groups, clubs and residences upon request. Interested
individuals may register with the WSO and will be contacted about dates and
For more information, please call the WSO at 822-2415.
Fledgling T-Birds?
D. Thomson photo
Basketball enthusiasts in UBC's 11th UBC/Nike Thunderbird basketball
camp keep an eye on the coach and a hand on the ball. Close to 230 boys
and girls aged nine to 18 took part in the five-day camp at War Memorial
Gym in August. T-Bird coaches Bruce Enns and Debbie Huband and several
T-Bird players worked on the young athletes' skills.
Geers garner awards
for design solutions
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
Medical devices designed by UBC engineering students took the top two prizes
in the medical device category of the
recent 96 Solutions+ student design
Two UBC student teams designed devices that enable doctors to take accurate
measurements ofthe range of movement
in the shoulder joint and of the range of
movement and muscle resistance in the
"An important consideration in the
selection of the design projects was that
the devices enable doctors to determine
whether or not surgery is required in a
particular case," said Ian McDougall, a
fourth-year mechanical engineering coop student who was a member of both
The competition is held annually in
B.C. and was sponsored this year by the
B.C. Science Council. Prizes are awarded
in seven categories related to health sciences and assistive devices.
First prize in the medical devices category was awarded to a four-student team
for its design of a Modified Forced Duction
Apparatus (MFDA) to measure muscle
resistance and range of movement in the
eye. The design team included McDougall,
Patrick McCrea (engineering physics),
Parsa Pirseyedi (mechanical engineering),
and Lauren Walker (engineering physics).
The design of the hand-held device
comprises a four-inch shaft with a small
suction cup at the end to attach to the
cornea. Strain gauges located in the shaft
register the forces applied to move the
shaft up or down or to either side. Also
housed in the shaft is an ultrasonic transducer that records the motions of the
The device was designed to help determine the sort of treatment appropriate for
a particular eye condition called strabismus, or lazy eye, that involves a gradual
deterioration of the eye muscles and affects the range of movement. The present
method of determining the degree of muscle resistance and range of movement
involves using forceps to hold the eye,
and estimating resistance while moving it
back and forth.
The other device, for which McDougall
and fellow mechanical engineering student Brent King won second prize in the
medical devices category, was designed
to allow doctors to gain a better idea ofthe
McDougall with
shoulder device.
extent of a shoulder joint injury
by isolating and
accurately measuring the rotations around the
axis ofthe upper
The device for
humeral orientation" features an
bracket into
which a patient's
arm  is  secured
with wide bands across the upper arm
and forearm. A powerful magnet in the
base is used to hold the device to a
stainless steel examining table on which
the patient is reclining.
'The device, when used with a measure of pain signals from the patient, will
allow doctors to gain very accurate readings of the range of motion in the shoul-
der joint without overloading it,"
McDougall said.
The device will allow doctors to gather
data in a consistent manner which will
aid comparisons between patients. The
present system used to determine the
extent of a shoulder joint injury is relatively subjective, because it relies on the
physician's estimate of both range of
motion and pain experienced, McDougall
Both devices were designed in response
to the express needs of medical professionals. McDougall said. The MFDA was
designed in consultation with the Biomedical Engineering Dept. at Vancouver
Hospital and doctors from the Eye Care
Centre at Vancouver Hospital and Health
Sciences Centre and the Dept. of Ophthalmology at B.C.'s Children's Hospital.
The shoulder device was designed in consultation with Western Clinical Engineering Services.
The students also worked closely with
Prof. Antony Hodgson, who participated
in both projects, and Prof. Doug Romily,
who was involved with the MFDA project.
Since claiming the prize in the 96
Solutions+ competition, Hodgson, King
and McDougall have been selected as
finalists in an international student design competition, sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. They will present
the shoulder device at the IEEE's conference in Amsterdam in next month. 4 UBC Reports  September 5, 1996
Continued from Page 1
She was also commended for
helping others improve their
teaching through her involvement with UBC's Centre for Faculty Development and Instructional Services.
Schreiber, a member of the
committee developing new curriculum for the Faculty of Medicine, now chairs a committee
Continued from Page 1
Modelled after the Science One
program, the pilot project will
have one section of students
going through their core science
classes - biology, physics, chemistry and mathematics - together.
Professors teaching this section
will work as a team to highlight
the interplay between the different disciplines.
"The idea is that by sticking
together, the students will live
and breath science inside and
outside the classroom," says
Gass, a founder and teacher
in the three-year-old Science One
program, says introducing the
integrated concept into the mainstream science curriculum can't
help but produce positive results.
"Students come boiling out of
Science One and are causing a
ruckus in their other classes
because they hear something
and their hand goes up," says
Gass. "Once students get their
curiosity tweaked and start making connections, they take off
like a rocket."
The schedule for Science First!
seminars is as follows: Paul
LeBlond, Oct. 3; Prof. Lome
Whitehead, Oct. 17; Prof. Marie
Klawe, Oct. 31; Asst. Prof. Jaymie
Matthews, Nov. 14; and Assoc.
Prof. Rosemary Knight, Nov. 28.
involved in its implementation.
In 1994, he received the UBC
University Teaching Prize. He
was honoured by
3M for his
enthusiasm, eagerness
and excep-
high ratings for his
by medical
residents and faculty colleagues.
The 3M Teaching Fellowship
program, inaugurated in 1986,
recognizes individuals who excel in teaching and demonstrate
an exceptionally high degree of
and commitment
to the improvement
of university teaching across
\    i disci-
I^K 4M^'   plines.
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Schreiber sponsored
by        3M
Canada Inc. and the Society for
Teaching and Learning in Higher
\Sm Writing
The UBC Writing Centre offers non-credit courses
emphasizing English writing for academic, technical
and research purposes. Registrants must be at least 18
years of age. All classes are held on the UBC campus.
Writing 097: Intermediate Composition
Focuses on the basics of grammar and
composition to strengthen the writing
skills of students with English as an
additional language who intend to study
at a Canadian university.
Wednesdays, September I' 8-Dccember4,
7-10 pm. $245.
Writing 099: Advanced Composition
Enables students who have achieved a high
level 4 or a level 5 on the LPI to sharpen
their skills in rhetorical analysis and
composition before entering university-
level English courses.
Wednesdays, September 18-December 4,
7-10 pm. $245.
Effective Essay Writing
Introduces the terminology and methods
used to analyze several literary genres:
short stories, novels, poetry and drama.
Wednesdays, September 18-December 4,
7-10 pm. $245.
Information: 822-9564
Writing 098: Preparation for University
Writing and the LPI
Assists participants in developing the
language and composition skills required
by credit courses. The course also prepares students to write the Language
Proficiency Index (LPI) examination.
Wednesdays, September 18-Deccmber4,
7- 10 pm, or
Saturdays, September 14-November 30.
9:30 am-12:30pm. $245!section.
Report and Business Writing
Assists participants in developing effective business writing practices while
brushing up on the basics of grammar
and composition.
Wednesdays, September 18-December 4,
7-10 pm. $245.
Thesis Writing
Offers guidance to graduate students in
the humanities regarding the organization,
documentation and style of their theses.
Wednesdays, September 18-December 4,
7-10 pm. $245.
planning 8c
Students, faculty, stafl and members ofthe public—
Does this affect you? The following projects for the
UBC Campus are currently being considered. You are
encouraged to give us your opinions on these projects:
Plans & Permit Reviews in Progress
Official Community Plan for part of Electoral Area 'A'July, 1996
Gage lower rooftop antennae for cellular phones
Liu Centre for International Studies—Phase I
Centre for Continuing Studies—Phase I
St. John's College—Phases 2 & 3
Creative Arts—Phase 2
& For your Information...
• Permit Fees—.All UBC- Development & Building Permit
fees have changed effective April 1, 1996
• Environmental Assessment for TRIUMF—ISAC Project is
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Thursday, September 12, 1996
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Asian Centre,
#607 - 1871 West Mall
UBC Campus
Directions: By car, turn in from N.W. Marine Drive at Gate
4 (across from the Museum of Anthropology) on the UBC
Campus. On foot from the Bus Loop, go right onto East Mall
then left onto Memorial Road. The Asian Centre is behind
the Choi building on West Mall, near the Fraser River
Please note, there will be a Public Hearing on Tuesday.
October 15, 1996 at 7:30 p.m. in the UBC Hebb Theatre.
For further information, please contact GVRD Strategic
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September 8 through September 21
Monday, Sept. 9
Mechanical Engineering
Also Sept. 16. Finding Engineering Information Electronically.
Joy Kirchner, Library. CEME,
Room 1202. 3:30-4:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-6671.
Tuesday, Sept. 10
Green College Speaker
Education Reform In Anglo-
American Democracies. Neil
Guppy, Anthropology and Sociology. Green College, 5:30pm.
Reception in Graham House,
4:45-5:30pm. Call 822-6067.
Botany Department
The Shaping Of Systematics, Past
And Present: Cognitive Psychology, Classifications. And Character States. Peter Stevens,
Harvard U. BioSciences, 2000,
12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Lectures in Modern
Beat The Heavy-Metal Blues With
DFT. Tom Ziegler. U of Calgary.
Chemistry, 250 (south wing),
lpm. Refreshments from
12:40pm. Call 822-3266.
Centre for Applied Ethics
Abortion, Potentiality And Probabilities. Phil Gosselin, Philosophy, Brandon U. Angus, 413, 4-
6pm. Call 822-5139.
Poetry Reading
Dan Farrell. Belkin Art Gallery,
8pm. No-host bar. Call 822-2759.
Poetry Reading
Vivian Marple. Reading Rm.,
Creative Writing, Buch. E, 4th fl.
12:30pm. Call 822-0699.
Faculty Women's Club
Tea On The Terrace. Cecil Green
Park House, terrace, 1:30-
3:30pm. Call 264-7843.	
Wednesday, Sept. 11
Centre for Japanese
Research Seminar
Regional Innovation Systems In
Japan. David Edgington, Geography. CK Choi, conference room
(120), 12:30-2pm. Call 822-2629.
Your UBC Forum 1
Financial Aid and Student Employment. Moderator: Maria
Klawe, VP, Student and Academic
Services. A series of forums to
hear your thoughts and address
your concerns. We want your
feedback. SUB Conversation Pit.
12:30-2pm. Call 822-6799.
Annual Orientation Meeting
Third Age Community Of Learners & Scholars. A university-level
experience for retired persons
seeking an enjoyable but structured intellectual pursuit. Cecil
Green Park House, main floor, 9:15-
11:30am. This meeting free, $250
annually ($ 150 fall or winter-spring
term only). Call 822-1462.
Thursday, Sept. 12
Graduate Scholarships Day
Various Representatives From
External Funding Agencies &
Graduate Studies. Graduate Student Centre ballroom, 10am. Refreshments. Call 822-4556.
Centre for India & South
Asia Research
CISAR General Meeting And
Lunch For All South Asianists
And Friends Of South Asia. CK
Choi foyer, 12:30-2pm. Call 822-
Friday, Sept. 13
Theoretical Chemistry
Kinetic Roughening And Pattern
Formation In Molecular Beam
Epitaxy. Michael Plischke, Physics, SFU. Chemistry, D402 (centre
block) 4pm. Call 822-3266.
Chemical Engineering
A Study OfThe Hydrodynamics Of
Spouted And Spout-Fluid Beds.
Denis Pianarosa, grad. student.
ChemEng, 206, 3:30pm. Call 822-
Clinical Day
Paediatric Ophthalmology And
Strablemus For General
Opthalmologists. Dr. William E.
Scott, U of Iowa. Chairperson, Dr.
R.A. Cline. Vancouver Hospital/
HSC, Eye Care Centre, auditorium, 2550 Willow St., 8am-
3:15pm. Refreshments 7:30-8am,
2nd floor lounge. Call 875-5266.
Grad Centre Open House
Grad Centre, noon-5pm. Fun,
games, prizes, food. Call 822-
Grad Centre
Bzzr Garden in Thea's at the Grad
Centre, 5pm. Call 822-3203/822-
Grand Rounds
Urolithiasis In Children. Dr. F.
Bruder Stapleton, U of Washington School of Medicine. GF Strong
auditorium 9am. Call 875-2307.
Tuesday, Sept. 17
Botany Department Seminar
The Regrowth Responses Of Three
Herbaceous Plant Species Following Herbivory: The Effects Of Clipping Intensity And Nutrient Availability. Samantha Hicks, MSc candidate. BioSciences, 2000, 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Green College Speaker Series
Comparing Immigrant Incomes.
Peter Saunders, U of New South
Wales. Green College, 5:30-
6:30pm. Reception in Graham
House, 4:45-5:30pm. Call 822-
Statistics Seminar
Penalized Regression Methods: The
Penalty Is Important! Nancy
Heckman, Statistics. Old Computer Science Bldg., 301, 4-5:30pm.
Refreshments. Call 822-0570.
Lectures in Modern
Microscopic NMR Imaging Studies
Of Synthetic And Biological Materials. Colin Fyfe, Chemistry. Chemistry, 250 (south wing), lpm. Refreshments from 12:40pm. Call
Third Age Community of
Learners & Scholars
The Arthurian Cycle In Contemporary Fiction. Cecil Green Park
House, main floor, 9:15-11:30am.
$250 annually, $ 150 fall or winter-
spring term only. Call 822-1462.
Graduation Orientation Day
For All Incoming Graduate Students. Get information on e-mail
access, library, awards, equity,
housing, AMS etc. Graduate Student Centre, ballroom, 9:30am.
Refreshments. Prizes. Call 822-
Poetry Reading
Patricia Young.   Sponsored  by
Canada Council and Creative Writing. Buch A100.   12:30pm. Call
Wednesday, Sept. 18     Friday, Sept. 20
Respiratory Research
Seminar Series
The Development Of Allergic Disorders In Children. Dr. Moira
Yeung. St. Paul's Hospital, Gourlay
conference room, 5-6pm. Call 875-
Third Age Community of
Learners & Scholars
The History Of Science, or World
Views In Transition. Cecil Green
Park House, main floor, 9:15-
11:30am. $250 annually, $150 fall
or winter-spring term only. Call
The First Regular Meeting Of Senate, UBCs Academic Parliament.
Curtis, 102, 1822 East Mall, 8pm.
Call 822-2951.
Noon Hour Concert
Neal Gripp, viola, Andrew Dawes,
violin, Eric Wilson, cello. Music
recital hall, 12:30pm. $3 at the
door. Call 822-5574.
Play Performance
A Lie OfThe Mind by Sam Shepard.
Frederic Wood Theatre, 8pm. Season tickets available. Ticket range
$8-14. Refreshments sold. Call
Thursday, Sept. 19
Institute of Asian Research
Widening the APEC Agenda: NGO's
& APEC. John Price, Inst, of Asian
Research. CK Choi, conference room
120, 12:30-2pm. Call 822-2629.
Multimedia Seminar
Multimedia In Language Learning
And Adding Interactivity To Your
On-Line Courseware With JAVA &
VRML. Joerg Roche, Centre for
Intercultural Language Studies;
JAVA and VRML developers. University Services Bldg., south end,
2329 West Mall, TELEcentre, 1-
2pm. Call 822-1851/822-3062.
School of Human Kinetics
Delivery Of Leisure Services - Accountability. Rick Mansell, Lincoln U. at Canterbury. War Memorial Gym, 100, 12:30-1:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-3913.
Science First! Seminar
Where's The Science In Science
Education. Lee Gass, Zoology. Dr.
Barry McBride, Dean of Science
will welcome the students. IRC#2,
l-2:20pm.  Call 822-5552.
Critical Issues In Global
The Nishga Agreement And The
Future Of First Nations And Resource Development In British
Columbia. Douglas Saunders, Law.
Green College, 8pm. Call 822-6067.
Fine Arts Department Guest
The 1996-97 Joan Carlisle-Irving
Lecture, Media's Mediums Lecture
Series. Guillermo Gomez-Pena,
Mexican artist working in California. Lasserre 102, 12:30-2:30pm.
Call 822-2757.
Medieval and Renaissance
Stephen Orgal, Stanford U. Green
College, 4:30pm. Call 822-6067.
CICSR Distinguished Lecture
Hybrid Dynamical Systems. Our
Unpredictable Universe: Computation And Chaos In The Solar
System. Norman Murray, U of Toronto. CICSR/CS 208, 4-5:30pm.
Refreshments. Call 822-6894.
Centre for Japanese
Research Seminar
Immature Japanese Multinationals. Hideki Yoshihara, Kobe U.
Teruhiko Tomita. Shiga U. as
discussant/commentator. CKChoi.
120, 12:30-2pm. Call 822-2629.
Chemical Engineering
Weekly Seminar
Activated Sludge Treatment Of
ECF/TCF Kraft Mill Wastewater.
Belinda Larisch, grad. student.
ChemEng, 206, 3:30pm. Call 822-
Grand Rounds
Resilience In Chronic Disease -
What Really Matters For The Transition Into Adulthood. Dr. A.
Klinkoff, George Washington U.
GF Strong auditorium, 9am. Call
Saturday, Sept. 21
Continuing Studies
Conversational Programs
Registration is underway for 10-
week conversational programs in
French, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, German, Italian, Arabic, Punjabi. Greek and
Swedish. Evening, late afternoon
and Saturday classes begin Sept.
21-26. For times and registration details call 822-0800.
The Dal Grauer Memorial
Biotechnology: Cornucopia or
Pandora's Box? Moderator: Dr.
Sid Katz, executive director of
Science World. Panelists: Dr.
Patricia A. Baird, Medical Genetics, UBC. Dr. Robert Hancock,
Canadian Bacterial Diseases Network. Brewster Kneen. York U.
Dr. John R. Williams, Canadian
Medical Association. IRC#2. 7pm.
Tickets $25. Call 822-5675.
Faculty, Staff and Grad Student
Volleyball Group. Every Monday
and Wednesday, Osborne Centre,
Gym A, 12:30-1:30pm. No fees.
Drop-ins and regular attendees
welcome for friendly competitive
games. Call 822-4479 or e-mail:
Morris and Helen Belkin Art
Gallery Exhibition
August 30-Sept. 28. Title: Recent
Acquisitions. August 30-Sept. 28.
Title: Colour Research. Tuesday -
Friday; 10am-5pm; Saturday, 12-
5pm. 1825 Main Mall. Call 822-
Surplus Equipment
Recycling Facility
Weekly sales of furniture, computers, scientific etc. held every
Wednesday, noon-5pm. SERF,
Task Force Building, 2352 Health
Sciences Mall. Call 822-2582 for
Guided Tours of Botanical
By Friends of the Garden. Every
Wednesday and Saturday, lpm,
until Oct. 13. Free with admission. Call 822-9666.
Centering Pregnancy Drop-in
The Centering Pregnancy Drop-in,
run by UBC Nursing Faculty and
students in collaboration with
West-Main Health Unit, offers support and information about pregnancy and birth to women who are
pregnant or contemplating pregnancy. Wednesdays, 10-11:30am,
Acadia Fairview Commons Block.
For information call 822-7470.
Premature Menopause
Study Volunteers
Women less than 40 years and
menopausal for greater than 3
months needed for a 12 week
study of medications to reverse
early menopause. Your menopause must not be due to surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.
Call Sue at 875-2337, UBC Department of OB/GYN.
UBC Zen Society
Meditation sessions will be held
each Monday (except holidays)
during term, in the Tea Gallery of
the Asian Centre from 1:30-
2:20pm. All welcome. Please be
punctual. Call 228-8955.
Monday Movies at the Grad
7pm ... free ... and everyone is
welcome. September is "Kevin
Costner" month. Call the hotline
at 822-0999 to find out what is
Science First! Seminar
This is for you ... A new seminar
series focusing on science in research, in education, and in our
daily lives. Plan to join, bring
your lunch, your curiosity and
your open mind. Ask questions
and talk to the scientists in person after the seminars. The first
seminarison Thursday, Sept. 19
from l-2:20pm in IRC#2. Others
will follow on alternating Thursdays. Watch the UBC Calendar
and fliers for announcements.
The UBC Reports Calendar lists university-related or
liversiiy-sponsored events on campus and off cam-
is within the Lower Mainland.
Calendar items must be submitted on forms avail-
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Deadlfiie forthe September 19 issue of UBC Reports
which covers the period September 22 to October 5
is noon, September 10. 6 UBC Reports ■ September 5, 1996
Key Accomplishments
• The accident rate decreased by 13% from the previous year, with 372 accidents
• The total cost of WCB claims dropped from $1,110,642 in 1994 to $637,189 in
1995, a decrease of 43%.
• A Generic Safety Program Manual was produced and distributed to I>ocal Safety
Committees by Safety Committee Liaisons providing the Committees with a
valuable tool to enhance their departmental programs.
• A proactive approach was implemented to bring injured or disabled workers back
to work through early intervention, graduated return to work, modifyingjob duties,
and introducing adaptive devices to assist the worker. This initiative has resulted
in an accelerated return to work for over 40 staff members.
• The Asbestos Management Program completed the second of a three year term. All
major sources of asbestos have been identified and worker exposure is being
effectively controlled. Ahead of schedule and below budgeted costs, over 4 million
square feet of our building survey has been completed.
• The department delivered training courses to a total of 1534 faculty, staff and
students during 1995 increasing safety awareness and effectively contributing to
the reduction in accidents in 1995.
• The number of divers registered in the Diving Safety program doubled in 1995.
• The University's 649 radioisotope laboratories were monitored in accordance with
the Atomic Energy Control Board ol Canada requirements achieving a record of
minimal personal radiation exposures.
• A database was created to track all incident/accident reports received from 1995
onwards, providing a valuable tool for department heads and administrators to
identify high risk activities and implement accident control measures.
• There was an increase of 14% in the number of biosafety cabinets and fume hoods
tested for University hospitals and laboratories as well as external clients during
• The WHMIS compliance initiative required by WCB regulations corrected labels on
27,000 chemical containers in over 150 laboratories. This major WHMIS project
met our compliance plan requirements while providing valuable work experience
opportunities for UBC students.
• A Confined Space Training course, a joint project with Plant Operations and in
compliance with WCB regulations, was initiated in 1995.
• Safety awareness was promoted on campus through the department's participation
in the University Open House and the development of a Home Page on the World
Wide Web.
University Policy on Safety
The University aims to provide a safe, healthy and secure environment iti which to carry
on the University's affairs. All possible preventative measures are taken to eliminate
accidental injuries, occupational diseases and risks to personal security. Compliance
with the Workers' Compensation Act, WHMIS and related legislation is the minimum
standard acceptable. All students and members of faculty and staff are encouraged to
strive to exceed these minimum legal standards and to eliminate unnecessary risks.
The University Safety Policy mandates our department to "assist departments to
implement and maintain effective health, safety and personal security programs, liaise
with regulatory authorities on behalf of the University and support the activities ofthe
University's Safety Committees."
Safety Programs at UBC
In keeping with the University Policy on Safety, the department strives to lead in the
development and implementation of health and safety programs for the University
community. This includes extensive training programs, safety program evaluations
and assisting the University community in surpassing all regulatory standards for
good health and safety practices. The department works closely with six standing
University committees which make recommendations on issues regarding occupational health and safety. There are seven different program areas included in the area
of occupation health and safety: Biosafety, Chemical Safety, Diving Safety, Radiation
Protection. Asbestos Control, and Workers' Compensation Claims Administration.
Overview of Current Services and Ongoing Programs
Safety Committees
The WCB, in conjunction with representatives from this department (HSE) and the
University Health and Safety Committee (UHSC). completed an audit of UBC's Safety
Committee system in 1994. In response to the WCB's final report of this audit, the
Safety Program Audit Sub-Committee ofthe University Health and Safety Committee
met regularly in 1995. With the assistance of two HSE officers, this sub-committee
completed the following projects in response to the audit findings:
• A copy of a Generic Safety Program Manual for every local safety committee to be
distributed by safety committee liaisons from HSE. Included in the binder,
especially designed for each departmental safety committee, are also the Terms of
Reference, suggested safety committee meeting format, a section for site-specific
policies and procedures including a Fire Plan. The manual will provide guidance to
improve the committees' effectiveness and ensure compliance wit h regulations. The
viability ofthe University's internal responsibility system for safety is predicated on
the effective operation of Local Safety Committees.
• A brochure describing safety programs, and providing information to new employees on how to deal with safety issues was developed. A chart that briefly defines the
recommended procedures for following up on safety concerns has been included in
this brochure. Mass distribution will take place in 1996.
• The department's initiative of assigning a HSE person to each ofthe University's
local safety committees has been aggressively pursued in 1995. Sixty-one percent
(61%) ofthe local safety committees received at least one visit in the course ofthe
year. During 1995, the liaisons assisted the local safety committee members with
their issues and concerns; offered advice and assistance with investigations; and
assisted in the formation of 5 new safety committees.
Research Support
The department supports the research mission of the University by facilitating the
grant application process, providing training, certifying equipment, and responding
to inquiries for technical advice on safety issues. The department is involved in
managing the hazards associated with the University's research activities including
radioisotope and radiation hazards, biohazards. chemical toxicity, fire risks and
research diving hazards. The department assists advisory committees in licensing,
certifying, and training activities to ensure that University researchers meet the
requirements of granting agencies. These services facilitate over $120 million in
research activities by protecting workers and maintaining regulatory compliance.
WCB Claims Administration
WCB Claims Administration program provides services to employees ofthe University
who are injured or disabled while at work. Initiating and monitoring WCB benefit
claims, facilitating return to work and representing the University during the appeal
process are the major responsibilities of this area. The primary goal of the program
is to assist injured workers in returning to work in a safe and timely manner. The
following chart shows a 5 year comparison ofthe number of accident reports, number
of work days lost and average costs per claim:
Number of Accidents Reported
Involving Wage Loss & Medical Costs     209
Involving Medical Costs only
Comparison of Work Days Lost
Number of Days Lost
Wage Compensation ($)
Medical CostsM ($)
Pay Outs & Reserves ($)
637,189 1,110,642 910,974
Averages per Claim
Days Lost
Wage Compensation ($)
Medical Costs ($)
In 1995. the number of accidents decreased for the first time in five years, a drop of
13% from the previous year, with 372 accidents reported. This is a significant
decrease, as the number of accidents had increased over the previous four years. The
ratio of accidents by type of injury and by department has remained fairly constant.
1995 Total Accidents
by Department
Plant Operations
39%              ^^fg^H
UBC Food Group
Parking & Security
Housing &
Plant Operations, Housing and Conferences, UBC Food Group, Parking and Security
Services, the Library and the UBC Bookstore had 72% of all accidents. These
numbers have not varied considerably compared with previous years. The Plant
Operations Custodial Safety Committee has worked in conjunction with this department to implement changes in the recycling division which will decrease the amount
of lifting. Carts with wheels will be replacing recycling bags and the carts will be
mechanically lifted for disposal. It is anticipated that this will affect a significant
reduction in back injuries for this group. UBC Reports • September 5, 1996 7
1995 Accidents by Injury
Head ^
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6%  j^"
Knees  ^|
6%    ™
Foot           Shoulders
7%                  8%
The total cost of WCB claims dropped from $1.110.642 in 1994 to $637,189 in 1995.
The cost of funding the pension payments to partially disabled workers declined by
$370,000. A further saving of $105,000 was realized in 1995 WCB wage loss and
medical expense costs. These reduced charges will be reflected in reduced WCB
premiums to the University in 1997.
Six training sessions were held in 1995 with the departments identified as having
the highest number of accidents, including Plant Operations, Parking and Security Services. UBC Food Group. UBC Bookstore, and Housing and Conferences.
Presentations stressed the importance of accident/incident reporting and outlined
the role of the individual worker, the supervisor, department and Health, Safety
and Environment in completing these reports.
To supplement our WCB database, a new database was developed to track all
incident/accident reports received from 1995 onwards. All reports received are
input into a database with the capability to produce monthly statements of
incidents/accidents for department heads and safety committees. This database
includes reports of incident/accidents involving students and visitors as well as
faculty and staff. The reports provide a valuable tool for management and safety
committees in identifying high risk activities and implementing controls which will
result in decreased accident rates for the University.
Introduction of Case Management Strategy
The focus in handling WCB claims was changed in 1995 to a more interactive
approach with increased communication between the injured worker, the physician, the employee association or union, the WCB, rehabilitation therapists and
the worker's department. By becoming more involved in the decision making
process, this department is encouraging a safe and timely return to work. Assistance is provided to the injured worker by liaising with the WCB in expediting the
claims adjudication process.
As indicated in the chart below, nearly 50% of all workers who have time loss
accidents return to work within two weeks and over 80% of all workers return within
six weeks. Through a combination of return to work initiatives and job accommodation strategies, our Department's objective is that 80% of all workers will return to
work within two weeks by 1997.
60%  T- ■—-
Percentage Claims by Time Loss from Work
50%  .
40%   .
30%  ■
20%  ■
10%   ■
0% .
. ■ .
2-4                         4-6                         8-16                      16-24
24 +
weeks                  weeks                  weeks                   weeks
Returning the injured or disabled worker to their pre-injury position is the primary
goal of case management. If the worker is not able to resume full duties, job
accommodation is attempted. This involves communication between this department, the injured worker and his/her supervisor. Job accommodations can include
a graduated return to work, temporarily modifying the job duties of the regular
position, assigning alternative duties for a pre-determined rehabilitation period, or
introducing adaptive devices to assist the worker in completing necessary job tasks,
such as a mechanical lift or ergonomically designed keyboards.
In 1995 over 40 successful job accommodations were made. The most successful
accommodations were a combination of graduated return to work with a temporary
modification of duties. By making the necessary job accommodations and working to
assist the injured or disabled employee back to work, the University has reinforced
its role in disability management. BC Human Rights legislation prohibits discrimina
tion in employment based on physical or mental disability. Recent case law has
reinforced the responsibilities of both the Employer and Unions/Associations to
make the necessary accommodations, up to the point of undue hardship. The
department of Health, Safety and Environment has been working closely with Human
Resources and the Equity Office to ensure that departments are provided with the
necessary assistance to meet these legal obligations.
Health & Safety Services
The department conducts hearing tests for noise exposed workers, first aid training
and fire extinguisher training. Monitoring equipment available for quantitative
evaluation of workplace risk includes confined space entry meters, light and sound
level meters, air sampling equipment, air flow meters, and a liquid scintillation
HSE has been involved in the investigation of incidents where workers have reported
pain or injury due to ergonomic factors of repetitive motion, awkward work postures,
and high forces and stresses. Investigations of work stations and daily activities have
been conducted to determine if any ergonomic factors have contributed to their
injuries. Most of this activity involves the Video Display Terminal work stations. The
department has conducted workplace assessments and provided advice on the usage
of corrective equipment such as wrist rests and lumbar supports. Such equipment
is made available on a loan basis to determine if modifications to the workstation will
be useful in reducing ergonomic injuries. This has enabled workers to remain on the
job and avoid time loss.
The department is working with those departments exhibiting a high risk of back
injuries in an effort to reduce the incidence of injuries. For example, changes are being
implemented in the Plant Operations Custodial recycling division which will decrease
the amount of heavy lifting for which the custodial staff are responsible. By replacing
the recycling bags with wheeled carts which are mechanically lifted the incidence of
back injuries among these workers is expected to be significantly reduced.
Due to the identification of several problems with the existing procedure for working
on roofs where laboratory fume hoods discharge, a committee was formed representing trades and the hood users under the umbrella ofthe University Health and Safety
Committee. This roof top entry committee, chaired by the Occupational Hygiene
Officer, identified three main areas of concern:
• problems with the existing procedures;
• the state of repair of the mechanical room ventilation systems and fan duct work;
• the need for the upgrading of several ventilation systems in fume hood mechanical
The committee has redrafted the existing work procedures which were accepted and
implemented in 1995. Repair of existing systems has been completed to ensure that
leakage from ductwork into occupied spaces is minimized. Design issues involving
fume hoods such as stack heights and design ventilation rates will be finalized in
Radiation Protection Program
The University research community continues to expand and utilize radiation
sources in diverse and innovative ways. The primary use ofthe radioactive materials
licensed by UBC personnel is research, with the remainder being utilized for teaching.
Although the number changes constantly, there are approximately 1500 graduate
students, technicians, post-doctoral fellows and faculty using radioactive materials.
The primary objective of the Radiation Safety Program is to ensure the safe and
knowledgeable use of radiation sources in research, teaching and the workplace.
During 1995 the University's radioisotope laboratories have been monitored in
accordance with the Atomic Energy Control Board of Canada requirements. The total
number of licensed areas, laboratories, decay rooms or storage sites was 649. At the
end ofthe 1995 calendar year, ofthe total of 247 licenses, 118 were renewed, 51 were
amended, 13 lapsed and 10 new licenses were issued.
There were no incidents or accidents that resulted in reportable personnel exposure
during 1995. There were 3 minor incidents involving spills or contamination which
did not result in measurable exposure.
Dosimeters supplied by Health Canada are used to monitor all workers' exposures to
ionizing radiation. No significant exposure to UBC personnel occurred during 1995;
all results were below the annual permissible limits for both body and extremities for
members of the general public.
Users of iodine labelled compounds utilizing more than 370 kBq activity are required
to report for thyroid scans on a quarterly basis. All individuals who radiolabel
compounds with Nal are required to report for a thyroid scan within 3 days. No
significant exposure to UBC personnel occurred during 1995, and all results were
below the annual permissible limits.
Biosafety Program
The Biosafety Program provides evaluation ofthe potential risks in research projects
involving biohazardous materials, training in biosafety and certification of laboratories and research protocols. All research projects are reviewed and approved by the
Biosafety Officer and the University Biosafety Committee prior to funding approval by
granting agencies. The office also acts as a resource on issues of biosafety, including
laboratory design and equipment selections. A fee for service operation of testing and
certifying biological safety cabinets and laminar flow hoods is carried out through this
There was an increase of 14% in the number of biosafety cabinets and fume hoods
tested for University hospitals and laboratories and external clients during 1995.
Testing on a fee for service basis is also offered to outside companies and the amount
of repeat usage of this service indicates a high degree of customer satisfaction.
Departmental operating costs are offset by approximately $100,000 by the income
received for these services. As a result, the Department is able to provide certification
services to UBC researchers at reduced costs. 8 UBC Reports - September-6) 1996
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a total of 1534 faculty, staff and students during 1995. A conservative estimate ofthe
market value of these training courses is $300,000. A Confined Space Training
course, ajoint project with Plant Operations and in compliance with WCB regulations,
was introduced in 1995. More than 200 UBC trades people received training in entry
and safe hoist lift procedures ensuring that the University maintain its accident free
status in this area.
A new course, "Introduction to Chemical Safety" was delivered in January, April and
September 1995 to 156 UBC faculty, staff and students. Total enrollment in chemical
safety courses increased by 56%. In addition this important material was delivered
in a more timely way to faculty, staff and students new to the UBC campus. The course
will be given again in 1996 with similar scheduling.
1996/97 Objectives
The department strives to lead the development and implementation of health and
safety programs for the University community. We are constantly examining the ways
and means by which to maximize the quality of services and compliance to new
regulatory initiatives. Risk management activities are being implemented in the areas
of WCB claims administration to identify and introduce loss prevention programs.
Strategic Directions
l.To assist the University in complying with health and safety regulations.
2.To develop and maintain effective accident prevention, early intervention and
return to work programs which will result in fewer accidents and lower costs.
3.To provide the University community with required training in health and safety
programs, resulting in a workforce trained and able to work in compliance with
4.To continuously enhance professional services in response to increasingly complex
technologies and regulations.
Benchmarking and Program Evaluation
In March 1995, Internal Audit carried out an examination of the department's
administration. All recommendations have been implemented.
A departmental review was carried out in February 1996 and recommendations are
forthcoming. A benchmark survey comparing our programs with comparator universities was undertaken as a component of the review. These results will be available
in 1996.
In addition, the department is participating in the National Safety Council (U.S.)
Benchmarking program which will provide the University with meaningful data
describing health and safety operations in comparable institutions and will provide
guidance in the development and improvement of programs.
1996/97 Goals
The major operational goals for 1996/97 will focus on our reducing our accident rates,
controlling costs and pursuing dedicated compliance projects.
1. Reduce the average number of days lost per time loss accident from 29 to 25, by
providing claims management training for University administrators and supervisors, and to develop a return to work plan for employees injured at work through
consultation with the employee, their representatives, their physician and their
2. Reduce the number of time loss accidents associated with material handling in
service departments by 25 per cent from 96 accidents in 1995 to 70 accidents in
3.The WHMIS compliance project, labeling, and classifying our inventory of laboratory chemicals, will be completed in the summer of 1996. This will fulfill the labeling
and inventory requirements of our WHMIS compliance plan for existing stocks of
laboratory chemicals.
4.The Asbestos Management Program will be completed in 1996/97. All buildings on
campus will have been surveyed and any asbestos containing materials will have
been identified and recorded in the inventory database. This will facilitate the
University's maintenance and renovation activities and comply with WCB directives on asbestos management.
5. Reduce our rate of back injuries by providing training seminars on lifting techniques for custodial staff and other service departments' staff and carrying out
ergonomic investigations on all back injuries involving loss of work time.
Asbestos Management Program
The Asbestos Management Program was established in response to current Workers'
Compensation Board regulations concerning hazardous materials. The program's
objective is to ensure that faculty, staff and students are not exposed to airborne
asbestos fibers. Members of the Asbestos Management Program are charged with the
task of inspecting all buildings on campus in order to locate, collect and analyze
samples of suspect asbestos material and assess the hazard associated with those
materials determined to contain asbestos. They work with Campus Planning and
Development and Plant Operations personnel on construction and renovation
projects involving the removal and/or containment of asbestos and the training of
trades personnel employed on these projects. In addition, a data base has been
created for future access by all Project Management Personnel.
The Asbestos Management Program has completed the second of a three year
program, ahead of schedule and below budgeted costs. A total of 4,057,194 square
feet of campus building space was completed at a cost of $239,144 which is far below
the standard consultant fee and the services provided include database development,
full identification, training, data entry and verification of data. Approximately two
thirds of all buildings on campus have been surveyed and all work will be completed
in 1996.
Diving Safety Program
The Diving Safety program provides monitoring and training to scientific divers at the
University. The number of divers registered in the program doubled in 1995. Due to
the relatively high risk factors associated with underwater research, this program
provides extensive training in diving rescue and first aid, and certifies the competency
of all University divers before research projects begin.
WHMIS Labeling Project
During the summer of 1995, the project involving chemical inventory and upgrading
of labels, which began in the summer of 1994, was continued. Six UBC students
completed the inventory and label upgrading in 8 additional departments. Inventories and labeling were completed in selected areas of 4 additional departments. In the
fall of 1995, one work-study student continued the project completing the inventory
and initiating the labeling in another department.
This project was initiated to comply with WCB orders written on two science
departments early in 1994. Of the 30 departments with laboratories requiring an
update of their inventory and labeling, 11 departments have thus far been completed.
The project will continue in 1996 in conformance with our WCB compliance plan.
Approximately 8000 chemicals have been classified and 35,000 chemicals inventoried of which 27,000 required upgrading of labels in a total of 150 rooms.
Safety Training
In order to maintain a safety trained workforce, the department delivered courses to
LUST and ingenuity win recognition
by Stephen Forgacs	
Staff writer
A catchy headline, an inquisitive executive and a novel approach to process
control have led to an award for a company that had the foresight to pick up on
a UBC professor's research.
An innovation based on the theoretical
work of Prof. Guy Dumont and PhD student Christos Zervos has won the 1996
Excellence in Product Innovation Award
from the Technologies Industries Association of B.C.
"LUST in Canadian Mills," was the
headline Dumont, an electrical engineering professor who holds the Paprican/
Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Industrial Research Chair, wrote for a brief article he
submitted to Pulp and Paper Canada
magazine on a new adaptive control
method he developed for industrial processes.
"I wanted a catchy name for this adaptive controller," said Dumont. "And we
have to have some fun in this work."
The LUST headline caught the eye of
Steve Hagemoen, president of Universal
Dynamics Group. Hagemoen's interest
led to the development of the Universal
Adaptive Controller (UAC) and the creation of a subsidiary company, Process
Automation Systems Inc., which received
the innovation award.
LUST actually stands for Laguerre
Unstructured Self-Tuner - a control algorithm or set of mathematical equations
that, when written into computer software, can be used to control industrial
Adaptive control is a technique in which
operating parameters for a particular
model or, for example, piece of machin
ery, are continually adjusted to ensure
optimal performance or efficiency. Standard fixed controllers, which are widely
used in industry at present, allow the
operator to set the parameters but do not
account for gradual changes in these
parameters that occur over time during
"What LUST does is simplify the process tremendously. In the pulp and paper
industry, and other process industries,
there's a long time delay between the
actuation point where you change things
to control a process and the end result,"
Dumont said.
"That delay can change without much
notice and in fairly unpredictable manners. With standard fixed controllers it
can be very complicated to handle that
situation. With LUST it's easy, almost
The UAC, which was developed based
on Dumont's theoretical work, is now
being used in a number of industrial
applications, replacing standard controller technology that has been in use since
the 1930s. Among the industries that
have adopted the adaptive controller are
lime manufacturers, who are using it in
their lime kilns, the natural gas industry,
glass manufacturers and breweries. Use
of the UAC by Molson Breweries in Vancouver to control foam levels in its brewing kettles has led to an increase in
production, Dumont said.
Although not surprised by the success
of the UAC, Dumont hadn't expected a
small company to be willing to take on
development of the controller.
"I was surprised to see a small company run with this. I think it says a lot
about the management of the company
who freed up two engineers just to work
on this project," he said. UBC Reports • September 5; 1996 9 ■
Dal Grauer Memorial Lectures
at UBC
Cornucopia or Pandora's Box?
Saturday, September 21 at 7:00 PM
in UBC Woodward IRC, Hall 2
Moderator:   Dr. Sid Katz
Executive Director of Science World
Dr. Robert Hancock
UBC Professor of Microbiology
Chair, Scientific Advisory Board of Micrologic Biotech Inc.
Mr. Brewster Kneen
Sr. Fellow, Environmental Studies, York University 1994/95
Ms. Patricia Rodney
Visiting Lecturer, UVIC School of Nursing
Dr. John R. Williams
Director, Department of Ethics, Canadian Medical Association
Special Fund-Raising Event     $25
Tickets:   Call 822-5675
Project focuses attention on
plight of survivors of violence
An Introduction to Networked Computing Facilities
FREE Lectures and Hands-On Tutorials
A FREE lecture, tutorial series, and new web-based courses are available to help familiarize faculty, staff, and students with the computing
facilities at UBC. A companion document to the lecture series, entitled UBC Roadmap to Computing, is avaliable for a nominal cost and
is also online at http:lldelirium.cs.ubc.cal. All lectures will take place
in the Centre for Integrated Computer Systems Research (CICSR)
building in room 208.
Electronic Mail:   Sept. 11, 12:30 - 1:30 , Sept. 16, 4:30 - 5:30
Netinfo/lnterchange:   Sept. 10, 12:30 - 1:30, Sept. 12,4:30 - 5:30,
Intro to UBCLIB (UBC Library's on-line catalogued   Sept. 16. 12:30 - 1:30
Intro to UNIX:   Sept. 11.  4:30-5:30, Sept. 17, 4:30 - 5:30
Intro to C++:   Sept. 6, 12:30 - 1:30, Sept. 9, 12:30 - 1:30
The Web and News:   Sept. 9, 4:30 - 5:30, Sept. 13, 12:30- 1:30
UNIX Editors:   Sept. 17, 12:30 - 1:30
We are offering two FREE hands-on tutorials: Introduction to UNIX,
and Introduction to C++ programming. As space is limited, please or
send e-mail to roadmap@cs.ubc.ca, or phone 822-0557 in order to
reserve a space. There are also two interactive courses available on
the World Wide Web. For more information consult the Roadmap
homepage at http:lldelirium.cs.ubc.cal, send e-mail to
roadmap@cs.ubc.ca, or call 822-0557.
This program was made possible through the support of The Teaching and Learning Enhancement
Fund. The Provincial Government Innovation Fund, and The Department of Computer Science.
Non-credit conversational classes start
September 21st
• Afternoon, evening or Saturday morning
classes for adults
• Saturday afternoon classes
for 15-17 year olds
Language Programs and Services
UBC Continuing Studies
by Connie Bagshaw
Staff writer
Every 12 seconds a gong
strikes as another woman is
battered. Every minute a whistle
blows, reporting another rape.
Four times in 24 hours a bell
rings, mourning the women who
have died that day as a result of
These sounds speak louder
than statistics on behalf of
women survivors and victims of
violence in North America. So do
multi-coloured t-shirts. Together, they form the basis for
the Clothesline Project, a visual
and audio display of violence
against women.
"Similar to the AIDS quilt, the
Clothesline Project started in the
U.S. six years ago to put a human face on statistics about violence against women," said
Laurie Minuk, a counsellor in
the Women Students' Office
'The idea of a clothesline displaying t-shirts decorated to represent women's experiences with
violence emerged from the old
adage about not airing our dirty
laundry in public." she explained.
Minuk is co-ordinating the introduction  of the  Clothesline
Project to UBC, its first appearance in Western Canada.
In a series of workshops facilitated by counsellors from the
WSO, participants in the
Clothesline Project will be provided with a time and place to
decorate their own t-shirts. Those
who prefer to complete their t-
shirts in private may bring or
mail them to the WSO.
"Issues raised for women in
an exercise like this can be a
major part ofthe healing process
for someone who may not have
had any other opportunity to
talk about their experience,"
Minuk said.
Just as the number of beatings, rapes and deaths women
suffer each day across North
America is represented by gongs.
whistles and bells on a soundtrack that will play during the
workshops, the t-shirts have
been colour-coded for different
types of violence: yellow or beige
for assault; red, pink or orange
for sexual assault; blue or green
for incest or child sexual abuse;
purple or lavender for assaults
against lesbians; and brown for
assaults on women of colour.
In order to express their loss,
family members and friends of
women who have died as a result
of violence will be provided with
white t-shirts.
The project is intended for
UBC women students. Two public showings will take place at
the SUB Gallery: Dec. 2 - 6 to
honour the memory ofthe women
killed at Montreal's Ecole
Polytechnique: and next March
to coincide with International
Women's Day.
The first series of workshops
takes place Sept. 20, Sept. 27
and Oct. 4. Pre-registration is
required. T-shirts will be provided, or participants may bring
their own.
Donations of plain, coloured
t-shirts. fabric paints and sewing materials are needed.  For
information, or to make a donation, call the WSO at 822-2415.
Presidential Search Committee
President - Candidate Profile
The Presidential Search Committee, with extensive input from members of the UBC community, has developed criteria for the background,
experience, skills, and personal qualities to be
sought in candidates for President ofthe University of British Columbia. As required under the
Presidential Search Committee terms of reference, these criteria were approved by the Board
of Governors at its meeting on July 18. 1996.
The Committee recognizes that no one individual will possess all of these qualities in equal
measure. These are the characteristics, in no
specific order, that the Committee will consider:
A record of excellent academic achievement,
with contributions to teaching and scholarly
activity in some field, in order to ensure understanding of the university environment and to
generate respect within and outside the academic
• Vision
A well-developed sense of the role and future
direction of a major research and teaching university. The President must appreciate the rapidly evolving environment in which universities
function, understand the need for change, and
be committed to the central and necessary characteristics of the university
• Administrative Abilities
A proven track record in administration; the
ability to think creatively about existing institutional structures, and a demonstrated
record of making constructive changes; an
effective team builder, with a commitment to
openness, while understanding the need for
executive authority; proven planning abilities, preferably in a university environment
• Fiscal Competence
The ability to understand a complex financial
situation, so as to provide leadership to accomplish the University's priorities and objectives;
the ability to defend and to secure the necessary
resources to sustain and develop the University,
while safeguarding its autonomy
• Government and Community Relations
The ability to be a strong advocate for universities and post-secondary education in general
and UBC in particular; a preparedness to work
effectively with all levels of government, particularly the Government of British Columbia;
an appreciation of the role of universities in
serving the long-term public interest
• Focus on People
A commitment to inclusiveness and ap-
proachability, which fosters trust and
builds morale; a focus on the recruitment
of outstanding faculty and staff, and the
achievement of an effective, enriching educational experience for all students; a strong
sense of social justice, with concomitant
recognition ofthe need for access and equality at UBC
• Communications
Exceptional communications skills, in order to
represent effectively the value, diversity and
achievements of the University, both within
UBC and to the broader community; the ability
to consult, listen, and build campus-wide consensus in arriving at decisions
• Integrity
• Confidence and decisiveness
• Good judgment and common sense
• An open, accessible personal style
• Energy, stamina, and creativity
Since the initial membership ofthe Committee was established, the Management Resources Compensation Committee of the
Board has appointed Dr. Robert Blake, current President ofthe Faculty Association, to
replace Mr. Tony Sheppard, the outgoing
President. Mr. William L. Sauder, Chair of
the Presidential Search Committee, thanked
Mr. Sheppard for his contributions to the
deliberations ofthe Committee.
Mr. Sauder indicated that the work of the
Presidential Search Committee is going well,
and should meet, or exceed, the time schedule specified by the Board. The Committee
met on July 17, 1996, to review a preliminary
list of candidates, and has other meetings
scheduled in September, October and November. 10 UBC Reports"-September 5,1996
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The deadline for the September 19, 1996 issue of UBC Reports is noon, September 10.
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Make it your College! UPC Reports ■ September 5, 1996 11
Paper Makers
Children participating in a Geering Up summer camp program turn used
paper into pulp as part of an experiment in papermaking. Geering Up,
founded and operated by UBC engineering students, ran week-long science
camps throughout the summer to introduce children to engineering.
News Digest
Academic freedom and the inclusive university is the title of a national conference to be hosted at UBC April 10-12, 1997
Prof. Dennis Pavlich, co-chair of the conference advisory committee, said
debate will be approached from a scholarly perspective addressing broad historical, philosophical and political questions.
'The focus will be on the intersection of the two sets of values implied by the
phrases 'academic freedom' and 'the inclusive university,'" said Pavlich. 'The
intent is to clarify the issues and to evaluate ways and means by which conflicts
may be resolved."
Lawyer Thomas Berger, Globe and Mail reporter Margaret Wente and Lorna
Marsden, president of Wilfred Laurier University, are a few ofthe prominent
speakers scheduled to appear at the conference. Among the topics under discussion: the role of the university in a changing culture; tracing the discourses on
academic freedom and inclusiveness; and promoting both academic freedom and
Those interested in making a presentation should send a summary of their
ideas to: Prof. Dennis Pavlich. Conference on Academic Freedom and the Inclusive
University. UBC, Old Administration Building, 6328 Memorial Road, Vancouver,
B.C., V6T 1Z2 or fax to (604) 822-8731. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 1.
• • • •
A new fund-raising initiative launched by UBC's Faculty of Law will create an
endowment in support of excellence in legal education.
The campaign, co-chaired by UBC law graduates Michael O'Keefe and
Dorothy Byrne, has an initial goal of $1 million. Contributions to the UBC Law
Endowment will be matched by the university's President's Fund, creating a $2-
million fund.
"Donations to the UBC Law Endowment will support, in perpetuity, legal
education that challenges, stimulates, encourages and promotes critical thinking and innovation," said Law Dean Lynn Smith.
"Support for the fund will produce generations of leaders in the profession
and the community who are well-equipped to fulfill increasingly challenging
roles, and will create a strong base for the future of legal education at UBC,
benefiting the province and Canada as a whole."
Activities which will be supported by the endowment include enhanced legal
research and writing programs, student and faculty research projects, professional development, conferences and public forums, public policy research,
student aid and alumni communications.
UBC's Faculty of Law is the second largest in Canada, drawing 180 students
a year nationwide into its undergraduate program.
For more information about the UBC Law Endowment, or to pledge support,
call (604) 822-3303.
• • • •
The ethics of biotechnology will be the focus of a panel discussion among four
pre-eminent scientists at UBC on Sept. 21.
Sid Katz, executive director of Science World, will moderate debate around the
central question, "Biotechnology: Cornucopia or Pandora's Box?"
Panelists include: Patricia Rodney, chair ofthe 1995 Canadian Bioethics
Society Conference on Health Care Ethics in a Multicultural Society; Robert
Hancock, UBC Prof, of Microbiology; author Brewster Kneen, former Senior
Fellow, Environmental Studies, York University; and John Williams, director,
Dept. of Ethics, Canadian Medical Association.
The panel will probe issues surrounding commercial biotechnological research
and production, ethics and philosophy of science and economics and the academic biotechnological research field. Subtopics include biopiracy, food as multinational property, cosmetic evolution, eradication of genetic disease and the
patenting of human, animal and agricultural genes.
Held under the auspices of the Dal Grauer Memorial Lectures, the event takes
place in UBC's Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, Hall 2 at 7 p.m. A
question period will follow the discussion as will a sponsored reception in the
lobby. Tickets are $25. For more information call 822-5675.
by staff writers
UBC's Curator of Manuscripts, George Brandak, has been awarded a
Regional History Certificate of Merit (British Columbia/Yukon) by
the Canadian Historical Association (CHA) for his outstanding
contribution to the study of British Columbia's past.
Brandak, who has worked in the Special Collections Division of the UBC
Library since 1973, served as an archivist with the Provincial Archives of
Alberta and the University of Saskatchewan Archives before joining UBC.
Through his work in Special Collections, Brandak developed an expertise
on historical sources relating to the natural resource industries in the
province, as well as labour history and the development of socialism in B.C.
Brandak was cited by the CHA for his breadth of knowledge, inventive
approach to research and his enthusiasm for the province's history.
Dr. Stephan Schwarz. a physician and currently
a PhD student in the Dept. of Pharmacology
and Therapeutics, has received the $10,000
Pharmacia-Upjohn Award for 1995/96.
The award is given for the support of an outstanding
first-year graduate student.
Schwarz conducts laboratory research on the effects
of local anaesthetic agents on the central nervous
system. He is also a clinical investigator with the
Clinical Pharmacology Research Organization (CPRO),
which is ajoint venture ofthe Dept. of Pharmacology
and Therapeutics and the Dept. of Anaesthesia.
Vinod Modi, a professor emeritus in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, has received the highest award in the area of aerospace
engineering given by the American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics. With this recognition, Modi becomes the first individual to
receive the highest awards from each of the three
leading technical agencies in this field in North
America. In 1991 he received the highest award ofthe
American Astronautical Society, and in 1993 he received the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute's
top award.
He was cited for his "pioneering, unique and most
important contributions toward the advancement of
spacecraft dynamics, control and space robotics, and
for his pervasive academic impact upon several generations of spacecraft dynamics and control students."
Modi also received the Best Paper Award at the Sixth
International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference in Los Angeles last May. His paper. Drag Reduc-
tion and Vibration Suppression of a D-Section Structural Member Through
Momentum Injection, was one of more than 500 contributions presented at
the conference.
• • • • 	
Michael Houston, former associate dean of
Graduate Affairs and Research at the University ofWaterloo, Faculty of Applied Health
Sciences, is the new director of UBC's School of Human
Houston, who received a PhD in Biochemistry from
the University ofWaterloo, served as a faculty member
in the university's Dept. of Kinesiology from 1969 and
spent a year as a visiting professor at the University of
Texas Southwestern Medical Centre at Dallas and at
the University of Copenhagen.
In addition to his memberships in the Canadian
Association of Sports Sciences and the American College of Sports Medicine,
Houston served as a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Nutrition Today Society and the Sport Nutrition Advisory Committee for the Sports Medicine Council of Canada.
From 1992 to 1994, he was president ofthe Canadian Society for Exercise
Physiology. Houston currently chairs the Registry Sub-Committee of the
Sports Nutrition Advisory Committee. He is the author of the recently
published book. Biochemistry Primer for Exercise Sciences.
Music Prof. Jesse Read has been appointed director of the School
of Music for a five-year term which began July 1.
Read received his undergraduate training in music at Florida's
Jacksonville University and his MMus from the University of Victoria where
he served as a full-time faculty member between 1975 and 1986. He also
studied at the Music Academy of the City of Basel, Switzerland and at Yale
University Summer Institute for Conducting and Chamber Music. Prior to
joining UBC in 1990, Read was a faculty member at the University of Delaware, Newark.
A co-founder of the Victoria Early Music Association, he is a past board
member of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Victoria
Symphony Association.
Read has participated in numerous recordings and has made solo appearances in France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland. Canada and the U.S. His
performances as principal bassoonist include the Vancouver Opera, the San
Francisco Opera, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, the Metropolitan
Opera National Company and the CBC Curio Ensemble.
In addition to serving as a member of the visiting faculty of the European
Mozart Academy in Prague, Florence and Krakow, Read has also been a
guest professor at the Utrecht Conservatory of Music in the Netherlands and,
more recently, at the Montpellier Conservatory in France.
His research interests include 18th century performance, conducting,
chamber music and bassoon pedagogy. 12 UBC Reports • September 5,1996
UBC's Board of Governors
SHIRLEY CHAN, chair of UBC's Board ofGovernors
and manager of Non-Market
Housing, City of Vancouver, was
appointed to the board in 1992.
Educated in Ontario and B.C.,
she received a master's degree in
environmental studies from Toronto's York University in 1978.
Chan has served as a private consultant and as an environmental
and community planner. She was
the chief of staff to the mayor of
Vancouver between 1981 and
1986 and executive assistant to
the president of BCIT responsible for research planning,
community and media relations, board support coordination and fundraising. Chan has been a director of
VanCity Savings Credit Union since 1987 and served as
chair from 1993 to 1995. She is also a director of
Citizens Trust and vice-chair of VanCity Enterprises. In
1993, the Alumni Association of Simon Fraser University presented Chan with the Outstanding Alumni Award
for service to the community. She gained national
recognition in the late 1960s for her leadership role in
obtaining changes to Canada's housing program.
JOANNE EMERMAN, a professor of Anatomy, was
elected by faculty to the board in 1996. She received her
PhD and post-doctoral training at the University of
California at Berkeley before joining UBC in 1980.
Emerman has served as acting head of the Dept. of
Anatomy and as chair of the Faculty of Medicine Curriculum
Evaluation Committee. She was a
member of UBC's Faculty Association executive and also served
on the university's Senior Appointments Committee and Faculty
Development Mentoring Network.
Currently, Emerman is a member
of UBC's Faculty Pension Board
and Advisory Committee for the
Women's Resources Centre. In
addition, she is deputy chair of
the Scientific Advisory Committee of the British Columbia Health Research Foundation. A previous scholar of
the National Cancer Institute of Canada, she presently
serves on the boards of several international associations for cancer research.
KEN GEORGETTI, president and CEO of the B.C.
Federation of Labour, the central labour body representing 340,000 members in the province, was appointed to the board in 1995.
Georgetti also serves as provincial
vice-president of the two-million
member Canadian Labour Congress and as board chair of the
Working Opportunity Fund. Active
in community service, he is a board
member of ABC Canada, a foundation which promotes literacy, and
is the honorary chair of the Association of Learning Disabled Adults.
Currently a member of the Treaty
Negotiation Advisory Committee on
Land Claims, Georgetti has also served as co-chair ofthe
Premier's Summit on Trade and Economic Opportunity.
Formerly a member of the dean's advisory council in
UBC's Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, Georgetti is a member of the dean's advisory
committee in the Faculty of Law.
TARAIVANOCHKO, an undergraduate student working toward an honours BSc degree
in Oceanography and Biology, was
elected by students for a one-year
term to the board in 1996.
Ivanochko studied at Memorial University in Newfoundland and at the
University of Saskatchewan in
Regina before transferring to UBC
in 1994. Since arriving on campus,
she has been active with CiTR student radio and served on the executive of student council as AMS
Director of Finance in 1995/96.
For the past seven years, Ivanochko has performed
volunteer work for women's centres across Canada.
HAROLD KALKE, president and owner of Kalico
Developments Ltd., a real estate development and investment company, was appointed to the board in 1994.
Kalke received a BSc in civil engineering from the
University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of
Western Ontario. His real estate development projects
are widely acclaimed as being critical elements in the re-
establishment of "neighbourhood" and have won community and heritage awards, including the Ethics In
UBC's 15-member Board ofGovernors comprises
the chancellor, the president, eight persons appointed by the lieutenant governor, two faculty
members elected by faculty, two full-time students
elected by students and one person elected by and
from the full-time employees of the university who
are not faculty members. Currently, there is one
vacancy on the board.
By legislation, the board is responsible for the
management, administration and control of the
property, revenue, business and affairs of the university including the appointment of senior officials and faculty on the recommendation of the
The governors represent diverse backgrounds
which provide valuable input during board deliberations. Although members bring to the board the
views of various constituencies, there are no advocates for any one group. Decisions are made in the
best overall interests of the university and in support of UBC's mission to be a world renowned
institution of higher education and research.
Action Award. He is a member and
director of the Urbanarium Development Society, a non-profit organization devoted to increasing
understanding of urban planning
and development issues and a
member of the Advisory Planning
Commission for the District of West
ROSLYN KUNIN, executive director of the Laurier Institution,
was appointed to the board in 1993. She was educated
in Quebec and Ontario and received a PhD in economics
from UBC in 1970. Kunin was a
visiting assistant professor in agricultural economics at the university in 1972-73, before joining
Employment and Immigration
Canada as a regional economist
where she served for 20 years. She
also sits as a member of the National Statistics Council and on
the board of the Vancouver Stock
Exchange. Kunin has been honoured by the Association of Professional Economists of B.C. on
several occasions with the Crystal Ball Award for forecasting the Canadian economy. In 1994, she received
the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for management
and the professions and an honorary degree from the
University of Victoria.
CHENG-HAN LEE, an undergraduate student majoring in
Pharmacology and Therapeutics,
was elected by students for a one-
year term to the board in 1996.
Lee is currently the AMS safety
commissioner and has helped produce the student council's first
safety audit report. As a Safer
Campus peer educator, he has
also been active in raising students' awareness on the issues of
acquaintance sexual assault and personal safety.
TONG LOUIE, chair and CEO of H.Y. Louie Co. Ltd.,
was appointed to the board in
1990. A UBC graduate (Agriculture '38), Louie is also chair, president and CEO of London Drugs
Ltd., and vice-chair and director
of IGA Canada Ltd. He has been
named the Entrepreneur of the
Year for B.C., the Vancouver
YMCA's Outstanding Community
Volunteer Leader, Man ofthe Year
by local service groups and a member of the Order of Canada. Numerous other honours include the
Order of B.C., the Knight ofthe Golden Pencil Award, the
highest award bestowed by the food industry in Canada,
and the Variety Club's Golden Heart Award which he
received for his fund-raising activities on behalf of B.C.'s
Children's Hospital. He received an honorary LLD from
UBC in 1990 and was presented with the 1993 Individual Philanthropic Leadership Award by the Association of Fund Raising Professionals of B.C. for helping to
improve the lives of British Columbians.
LOIS MOEN, an administrative clerk in the Faculty
of Medicine, Dean's Office, Postgraduate Education,
was first elected by staff to the board in 1993 and was
re-elected to a second three-year
term In 1996. She has held her
current position since 1989 after
joining UBC a year earlier as a
clerk in the Telecommunications
Dept. Moen has served as a shop
steward for CUPE 2950 for the
past six years, and has sat on the
union local's executive since 1991.
served as regional vice-president
of employee benefits for London Life Insurance Co.
before   his  retirement,  was  appointed to the board in  1991. A
UBC graduate (BCom '59), he has
served as vice-president and president of the UBC Alumni Association and was co-chair of the David
Lam Management Research Endow-
^A % _^_________.   ment Fund. Partridge received the
^il ^B^HMI Blythe Eagles Volunteer Service
^^B -flN^^fl Award in 1987 and was a recipient
| SH ofthe 1990 UBC Alumni 75th Anniversary Award of Merit.
PHILD?RESNICK, a Political Science professor, was elected by faculty to the board in 1996. A graduate of Montreal's McGill University
and the University of Toronto, he
joined UBC in 1971 and served a
term as a UBC Senator between
1990 and 1993. In addition to being a frequent media commentator
on public affairs, Resnick is the
author of six books and numerous
academic articles, and is a recipi-
ent ofthe Harold Innis Book Award. His major commitment as a member ofthe board is to the defence of the
principles of a liberal university.
WILLIAM SAUDER, chancellor ofthe university, is a
UBC graduate (BCom '48) and chair and CEO of International Forest Products and Sauder Industries Lim-
- _____ ited. He was a member of UBC's
P£S*| ,--w^™ Board ofGovernors from 1981 to
"•   — <1    1987, and served as chair of the
board for the last two years of his
term. He received an honorary degree from UBC in 1990. Long-time
patrons of the university, the
Sauder family has supported several medical science initiatives at
the university. The Sauder Family
Chair in Pediatric Diseases and the
Sauder Family Chair in Viral Diseases of Children are named in
recognition of the family's philanthropy. In addition to
his activities in the forestry sector, Sauder currently
serves as a member of the board of directors and
executive committee of the Toronto-Dominion Bank.
dent and vice-chancellor of UBC,
became a member of the board
upon his appointment as president in 1985. The son of medical
missionaries, he attended school
in Angola and Rhodesia before
entering the University of Toronto
(U of T) in 1952 where he earned
undergraduate and graduate degrees in physics. Strangway was a
faculty member at the University
of Colorado and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining the Physics Dept. at U of Tin 1968.
In 1970, he became chief of NASA's Geophysics Branch,
responsible for the geological aspects of the Apollo
missions. Strangway was recently named an Officer of
the Order of Canada.
MARION YORK, a learning assistance teacher, was appointed
to the board in 1994. York, who
received a BEd, MEd and a diploma in Special Education from
UBC, currently provides language
support services in French and
English to students with special
needs at John Peterson Secondary School in Kamloops. She also
works with community resource
personnel to provide information
and workshops concerning children with learning
difficulties. York has served on the Council for Exceptional Children as the executive member in charge of
educational technology and sits on the board of the
Thompson-Nicola Family Resource Society.


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