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3 Space age
Will the universe reveal its
secrets to a satellite?
8  Parting words
With freedom comes
responsibility, says scholar
i-A        VOLUME    47     |     NUMBER    IO     |    JUNE    14,    2001
ubc rep or t s
banner year    UBC banners now flying over Robson Square herald an initiative that is one of the key goals of Trek
2000, UBC's vision document. Renovations have begun on a 20,400-square-metre facility scheduled to open in the fall.
The facility will offer innovative educational programs that complement the work being done by other institutions and
are designed for the thousands of people who live or work in the downtown core . Kevin Miller photo
Faculty, staff survey focuses
on university as workplace
Individuals to be asked how they feel about work they do
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
a unique opportunity to make an
impact on future decision-making
on campus with the launch of a
new project that seeks to map out
the university's workplace values.
"As ubc's vision evolves and employees work to implement Trek
2000 strategies, we need to know
more about where people are coming
from," says Jim Horn, associate vice-
president, Human Resources. "We
want to know what their priorities
are, what barriers they may be facing
as well as their general perception of
what it's like to work here."
Faculty and staff at ubc recently received a letter from the senior
administration asking for their
participation in the project which
will involve telephone interviews
and surveys.
Their input will help the university build on its strengths, remove
obstacles to further growth and
move ahead with a common understanding of what factors influence individuals' actions, says
Horn. For example, information
could be useful in developing and
revitalizing recognition programs.
Winnipeg-based Cultural Research, a 12-year-old Canadian
company that has done similar
work for private industry, universities and unions such as cupe Na
tional, will conduct the project.
Data collection should be completed by year-end.
Initial consultations have been
held with ubc administrators and
faculty as well as union and nonunion staff groups.
Horn believes that knowing the
values at ubc is essential.
"Even though we rarely talk
about our deeply held beliefs, they
affect our actions and decisions
and are a significant factor in how
work gets done, how people feel
about the work they do and ultimately how successful an organization can be," he says.
The project starts with about a
hundred confidential telephone interviews between Cultural Research staff and randomly selected
ubc participants. Each interview
takes about 20 minutes and has an
open format so individuals can talk
about what is important to them.
see Values page 2
ubc second in
research grants
Only University of Toronto
researchers earn more
ubc investigators have secured
$23.5 million over five years in federal research support for 195 science and engineering projects,
earning them second place among
Canadian universities for funding
garnered in the Natural Sciences
and Engineering Research Council
of Canada (nserc) annual grants
A total of $346 million was
granted to more than 2,500 Canadian university researchers.
Top spot went to the University
of Toronto which gained more
than $31 million for 245 projects.
The University of Alberta ranked
third with $23.4 million granted to
support 187 projects.
ubc is also second among Canadian universities for funding
earned in the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council
(sshrc) annual grants competition. Earlier this year, ubc researchers earned $6.2 million from sshrc.
"ubc researchers are very competitive at the national and international level," says Indira Samarasekera, vice-president, Research.
"And ubc innovation helps fuel
economic growth with research
jobs, spin-off companies and a
high-tech infrastructure that will
benefit research and development
in this province for the long term."
Many recipients are junior re
searchers who are demonstrating
their capacity for significant future
contributions, she adds.
ubc researchers in disciplines
ranging from audiology to zoology
were funded by nserc for equipment such as ultra-low temperature freezers, for basic science
projects and field studies.
Oldrich Hungr, an associate professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences who joined the Faculty of Science five years ago, develops methods to evaluate landslide hazards.
An expert in landslide dynamics, Hungr investigates the stability of slopes to determine the level
of risk for buildings, roads and environmentally sensitive areas. One
evaluation method involves computer modeling to help predict the
distance and speed at which a
landslide will travel.
His work helps to inform planners regarding risk and aids government and private industry in
assessing the effectiveness of protective features, such as rock fall
fences and earth barriers or berms.
The funding will help Hungr,
who directs ubc's interdisciplinary
Geological Engineering program, to
train five or six graduate students.
ubc researchers conduct upwards of 4,000 projects annually
and attract more than $165 million
in funding annually.
A complete listing of nserc
grant recipients may be found at
www.nserc.ca. sshrc grant recipients may be found a www.sshrc.ca.
Historian recognized with top award from Arts faculty
"Students have been my sustenance," says scholar
by Don Wells stafFwriter
if you asked History Prof. Allen
Sinel's students if his gradual loss of
eyesight has affected his abilities as
a teacher, chances are they would
say yes. He's better than ever.
Sinel has received the top award
in the university's largest faculty,
the Faculty of Arts. The Dean of
Arts Award recognizes Sinel's outstanding qualities as a teacher,
mentor and administrator.
"It's a wonderful capstone to a
37-year career," says Sinel. Currently the acting head of the History
Dept., he will retire later this year.
"I've truly enjoyed these years,
but probably my greatest pleasure
has been running and participating
in the History honours program,
particularly the contact with interested students in a small class."
By all accounts, Sinel's students
were richly rewarded through their
contact with him. In naming him
as this year's recipient, the selection committee noted that it has
never seen so many letters of support from alumni.
"My students and my student
readers have been my sustenance,"
Sinel says.
When his eyesight gradually de
teriorated, he began listening to
each of his honours students read
at least one essay aloud in his office.
He would then respond, taking advantage of an astounding ability to
recall sources or to suggest ways in
which students could make their
points more persuasively.
"Some letters indicate that this
level of attention initially intimidated some students," says Arts
Dean Alan Tully. "But once they realized the spirit in which he was
offering them the luxury of private
tutorial time, they came to embrace these opportunities."
An effective administrator, Sinel has directed virtually every
program in the History Dept.
The $5,000 Dean of Arts Award,
History Prof. Allen Sinel
established by an anonymous donor, recognizes exceptional contributions by Arts faculty in at least
two of the areas of teaching, research, administration, public
service and performance.
see Award page 2 UBC      REPORTS      |      JUNE      14,      2001
Learning, co-operation
drive Universitas 21
e-learning project, says
ubc manager
A recent letter by members of the
Dept. of Educational Studies raised
important issues about Universitas
21 which warrant a response.
The letter notes that U21 focuses on "collaboration and exchange"
and sharing "expertise and resources in order to increase international understanding and improve learning." This includes
meetings of deans and librarians,
and formal U21 exchanges for faculty, students and staff.
U21 Pedagogica is correctly
identified as responsible for academic quality assurance. U21 Pedagogica antedates the Thomson
joint, venture (tjv) by several years
and is chaired by Stewart Sutherland, principal, University of Edin
burgh. U21 Pedagogica is one of 10
projects identified at the U21 1998
agm in Glasgow to shape U21. E-
learning was too risky and costly
to do alone and the tjv resulted.
The letter expresses concerns
about university-corporate joint
activities. I share these.
Careful scrutiny of Thomson
Corp. subsidiaries resulted—a dozen meetings in eight months to discuss the joint venture structure and
meet Thomson's executive group.
It entailed reviewing massive legal
documentation of the complex
joint venture structure, whose
complexity was designed to protect
needs for academic independence
and quality.
The President's Office and Board
of Governors were satisfied that
these were met. They concluded that
U21 (ilobal provided an opportunity
for us to participate in global e-
learning while minimizing financial,
academic, and institutional risks.
Several misleading statements
in the Educational Studies letter
deserve comment.
The tjv "creates a very different
relationship between the U21 uni-
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versities and substitutes profit as
the most important outcome."
This is simply not true. The tjv is
but one ofthe 10 key projects from
1998. Learning and co-operation
are the drivers of U21; profit is not.
With or without the tjv, U21 will
be valuable in achieving our international goals.
Also, mit will give away nothing
when it shortly posts its course
materials on the Web. mit's courses, programs or degrees still carry
premium tuition fees.
Finally, it was implied that the
tjv was morally unacceptable to
the University of Toronto, causing
it to leave U21.   There is no evidence to support this.  Rather we
understand u of t faced several
joint venture choices and decided
to put its energies elsewhere.
Prof. Michael A. Goldberg
Faculty of Commerce and Business
Administration; ubc Manager,
Universitas 21
Continued from page 1
It is presented each year in the
name of a living professor emeritus
who has also made a significant
contribution to the Faculty of Arts.
This year it is named for History
Prof. Emeritus James H. Winter.
"I'm delighted that he is also being honoured," says Sinel. "He was
one of my primary mentors when I
first arrived, a wonderful teacher
and always generous with his time
and advice."
Continued from page 1
Interviews will continue
throughout the project. Focus
groups will also be used to identify
and discuss emerging issues.
"The beauty of this process is
that faculty and staff can give their
gut-level feelings directly," says Julie
Stockton, director of Human Resources, who is co-ordinating the
project. "This is a chance to be
heard and an avenue to share what
is important to the people who
work here."
Topics for discussion will include
areas such as recognition, commu
nication, respect for each other's
work, introducing new ideas, promoting understanding and general
perceptions of ubc's challenges and
how the university operates.
Interview data is held with the
research company and will help inform surveys to be distributed to
all faculty and staff in the fall.
Individuals return surveys
anonymously to the research company and can follow up with a
phone call if they have further
A summary of results of the values project will be shared with all
university faculty and staff.
For more information on the
proje ! call Julie Stockton at 604-
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Hilary Thomson
Don Wells
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Physicist Mark Halpern shows the carbon-fibre backing for a mirror used on
satellites to collect light and define the field of view of outer space. The
device is similar to one that will be mounted on a NASA probe to be launched
June 30. Once in orbit, the satellite will enable Halpern's research team to
gather information from the early universe and answer fundamental
questions about its origin, fate and content. Don Wells photo
Little things add up to
environmental award
Attention to detail is all
part of doing a good job,
says award-winning
by Monica Kosmak
Health, Safety & Environment
in the 23 years that Sherman Yee
has worked as a supervisory technician in ubc's Food, Nutrition
and Health Program (formerly
Food Sciences), he has only had a
few meetings with the dean of Agricultural Sciences.
So when Dean Moura Quayle
summoned Yee and his supervisor,
Jim Richards, to a mysterious
meeting, he was more than a bit
"It felt like getting called to the
principal's office," he recalls, "and
that's not usually a good thing."
Much to his surprise, it was a
good thing— a ceremony to honour him as this year's recipient of
the President's Environmental
The award, which is given by the
President's Office and the Environmental Programs division of the
Dept. of Health, Safety and Environment, is intended to recognize
the exceptional efforts of ubc employees in making environmental
awareness and protection a fundamental part of their daily activities.
According to Mark Aston, manager of Environmental Programs,
Yee was an outstanding candidate
because in taking care of many lit
tle things, his efforts add up to one
big environmental achievement.
On a daily basis, Yee recycles
materials used in experiments,
uses ubc's chemical conservation
programs, and manages hazardous materials safely.
He has established purchasing
protocols to minimize the duplication of chemicals and ensures
compliance with transportation of
dangerous goods regulations. Yee
also takes the time to prepare work
procedures for all laboratory
equipment and provides a comprehensive student orientation.
Why go to all this trouble? Yee
insists that taking care of these details is part of doing a good job.
"I just do it," says the technician,
whose concern for the environment evolved over the years. While
he insists that his efforts are nothing special, he has been known to
go the extra mile.
"Sometimes I'll see paper in the
garbage can so I'll dig it out and
put it in the recycling box," he
laughs. "Maybe I'm just a
Although honoured to receive
the award, Yee insists he can't
claim all the credit.
"Our building has a strong safety committee, and we always stand
together. These activities have
been in the fabric of our department and faculty for years."
To learn more about the President's Environmental Award, contact Mark Aston, Environmental
Programs manager, at 604-822-
9527 or aston@safety.ubc.ca.
nasa satellite mission to
probe universes mysteries
Physics Prof. Mark Halpern
is the lone Canadian on
13-member research team
by Don Wells staffwriter
Prof. Mark Halpern will have his
eyes on the skies June 30.
That's the launch date for a satellite mission that hopes to answer
fundamental questions about the
origin, content and fate ofthe universe.
A rocket will carry the Microwave Anisotropy Probe (map) satellite on a three-month journey
into orbit approximately 1.5 million kilometres from Earth.
"There is a certain thrill about
creating something that will remain intact for thousands of years
after the Great Wall of China has
crumbled," says Halpern, the lone
Canadian in a 13-member team led
by the National Aeronautic and
Space Administration (nasa) God-
dard Space Flight Centre in partnership with Princeton University.
The satellite will orbit for two
years during which time it will
measure the properties of cosmic
background radiation over the full
sky. More specifically, map will
reach into deep space and record
temperature variations so small
that, if expressed as height variation, would be equivalent to under
an inch on a mile-high plateau.
Astronomers believe that cosmic background radiation — the
faint glow that bathes the universe
— was emitted roughly 300,000
years after the Big Bang.
In effect, map will look back in
time as it measures conditions in a
source of light that has taken 13
billion years to reach earth. By way
of comparison, light emitted from
the sun reaches earth in about
eight minutes.
The map project follows on the
mission by nasa's Cosmic Background Explorer (cobe) satellite in
the early '90s, which discovered
subtle variations in the otherwise
remarkably uniform early universe
that provided clues about its origin.
map's ability to more precisely
measure temperature variations
will enable it to produce a much
more detailed picture ofthe early
universe than cobe did.
The information will assist the
researchers to determine the
shape of the universe, how and
when galaxies were formed, and if
the universe will expand forever or
collapse, Halpern says.
A third possibility, the one most
widely supported by astronomers,
is that the universe is in a delicately
balanced state, on a cusp between
expanding forever and collapsing.
As enthused as Halpern is about
solving the greatest mysteries of
cosmology, he is equally interested
in what the answers will reveal
about fundamental physics.
"Not only are we going to be able
to tell which of these theories is
true, but we will also be able to
learn about the underlying physics
that caused our universe to expand the way it has," says Halpern.
"Physics has to explain this in order to be complete."
The mission is under the direction of principal investigator
Charles L. Bennett ofthe Goddard
Space Flight Centre, under the scientific supervision of a team from
universities that includes Brown
University, ucla and the University of Chicago.
Arts dean resigns
for u.s. opportunity
Historian cites
government's lack of
commitment to arts
arts dean alan tully says that
one of the primary reasons he is
leaving ubc is to pursue another
significant academic opportunity.
The 58-year-old professor of
American colonial and revolutionary history will leave the university
at the end of the year to become
head of the History Dept. at the
University of Texas at Austin.
"There is a sizable and tangible
commitment to the humanities, social sciences and the visual and performing arts in the u.s.," says Tully.
"That's not a criticism of the ubc
administration—it's more a reflection ofthe fact that governments in
our country don't pay the attention
they should to the liberal arts."
The process of finding a new
dean of Arts has begun.
"I am committed to finding a
successor who will provide the
strong, visionary leadership expected ofthe leading Faculty of Arts in
University seeks legacy
for Olympic participation
THE board of governors will
make a final decision at its July 19
meeting on whether to accept the
invitation that ubc serve as the
site of the athletes' village for the
Vancouver-Whistler 2010 Winter
Olympics bid.
The board received a report by
the Olympic Village Work Group
at its May 17 meeting, including
feedback from the consultation
process carried out on campus
and in the neighbouring community.
"The initial concerns identified
by the board have been addressed,"
says Brian Sullivan, vice-president,
Students. "A final decision will be
made in July once arrangements
for a legacy related to ubc's participation have been negotiated."
The proposal would see some
2,400 athletes, coaches and officials housed at ubc from Feb. 5 to
21, requiring games organizers to
build approximately 1,200 new residential units to accommodate
Arts Dean Alan Tully
Canada," says vice-president, Academic and Provost, Barry McBride.
Tully was one of five senior historians from u.s., Canadian and
British universities who were approached by the University of Texas to help replace the 15 professors
it lost last year, most to retirement.
"Alan's resignation is a big loss to
the Faculty of Arts and ubc," says
McBride. "During his short period
as dean he has proven to be a
strong, articulate spokesperson for
the humanities and social sciences, a strategic thinker and an effective leader."
A former head of the History
Dept., Tully was appointed dean
pro tern in 1999 and dean the following year.
He replaced former dean Shirley
Neuman who resigned in 1999 to
accept a position as dean at the
University of Michigan. Her resignation prompted the federal government to publicly reaffirm in the
House of Commons its support for
research in the humanities and social sciences.
Tully joined ubc in 1972 after
studying at Queen's University,
earning a master's degree in History at the University of Toronto and
a master's degree and PhD from
Johns Hopkins University. 4     I      UBC     REPORTS      |     JUNE     14,     2001
Open Forum
Frailty In Seniors. Rejean Hebert, The
Institute of Healthy Aging. Buchanan
15 Penthouse from io:30-n:3oam. Call
UBC Bike Rodeo
Third Annual ubc Bicycle Safety
Rodeo. B Lot 1 from loam-ipm. Call
Persian Night At MOA
Amir Koushkani, Moushtag Group.
$25. For reservations, call
Member Speaker Series
Cross-Cultural Perspectives On Hpis-
temic Development. Jeffrey Boles,
Psychology. Green College at 7:30pm.
Call 604-822-1878.
$254; $229 (group); $127 (seniors). To
register, visit www.vst.edu. F.-mail
ci@vst.edu. Call 604-822-9815
Vancouver School Of
Theology Summer School
The Shape Of Hope: Emerging Models
Of Church. Carter F.chols; various
speakers, vst from ioam-3:30pm.
Continues tojuly 6. $300. To register,
visit www.vst.edu. F.-mail ci@vst.edu.
Call 604-822-9815.
Green College Special Lecture
Life Narrative: A Fractured Restory-
ing. Ken Gergen, Swartmore College:
Mary Gergen, Penn State u. Green
College at 5pm. Call 822-1878.
Vancouver School Of
Theology Lecture
Who Are The Jews In The Fourth Gospel. Rabbi Daniel Boyarin, u of California at Berkeley, vst Epiphany
Chapel from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Refreshments. E-mail ci@vst.edu. To
register e-mail Call 604-822-9815.
Vancouver School Of
Theology Summer School
The Faith Journey of Abraham and
Sarah, Part 2. Walter Vogels. vst
from 8:3oam-io:3oam. $254; $229
(group); $127 (seniors). To register,
visit www.vst.edu. E-mail ci@vst.edu.
Call 604-822-9815.
Vancouver School Of
Theology Lecture
The Vision Of An Ecumenical Church
Today. Prof. Kuncheria Pathil, Systematic Theology and Ecumenics, Dhar-
maram Vidya Kshetram. vst
Epiphany Chapel from 7:3O-o,:30pm.
Refreshments. To register, visit
www.vst.edu. F.-mail ci@vst.edu. Call
Cultural And Media Studies
The Resilience Of'traditionalists In
Iran. Alireza Farahmand, editor-in-
chief, Kar-Afarin. Green College at
7:45pm. Call 822-1878.
JUNE     17    THROUGH    JULY     I 4
Persian Summer Bree/.e: Mystic Music
And Sufi Dance. Chan Centre at 8pm.
$25. Call 604-822-2697.
Campus Community
Town Hall Meeting
F.-Visioning Administrative Practices
At ubc. Steve Relyea, vice-chancellor,
u of California; Randy Ebeling, assistant vice-president, u of Texas; Robert
B. Kvavik, associate vice-president
and executive officer, u of Minnesota.
ForSciences 1005 from 9am-4pm.
Refreshments. Call 604-822-9821.
International Conference
The Fifth International Conference
On Communication, Aging And
Health. Various speakers. Hyatt
Regency. 655 Burrard St. To register,
e-mail cah@audiospeech.ubc.ca. Call
Vancouver School Of
Theology Summer School
Jewish Mysticism And Earlv Rabbinic
texts. Daniel J. Boyarin. vst from
i:3o-.;:5opm. Continues tojuly 6. $254:
$22Cj (group): $127 (seniors). To register, visit www.vst.edu. E-mail
ci@vst.edu. Call 604-822-9815
Vancouver School Of
Theology Summer School
Foundation In Christian Spirituality
II: The Classic Tradition. Sheila Fod-
chuk. vst from ioam-3:3opm. Continues to July 6. $352. $317 (group); $176
(seniors). To register, visit www.vst.
edu. E-mail ci@vst.edu. Call
Vancouver School Of
Theology Summer School
The Faith Journey Of Abraham And
Sarah, Part 1. Walter Vogels. vst from
ioam-i2noon. Continues tojuly 6.
U BC Campus Tree Walk
Tree Identification And Tree Lore.
Prof. Tony Griffiths, Prof. Shona Ellis,
Botany, ubc Rose Garden from 1-
3:30pm. Bring a notebook and hat. To
register e-mail admiss@mail.
botany.ubc.ca or call 604-822-2133.
Scholar In Residence Lecture
The (Canadian) Curriculum Of Metis-
sage - What's That, Eh? Assoc. Prof.
Cynthia Chambers, u of Lethbridge.
Scarfe 310 from i-2pm. Call
Vancouver School
Of Theology Lecture
Are God's People Destined To Remain
Stiff Necked- Or Supple? Carter
F.chols. vst Epiphany Chapel from
7:30-g:3opm. Refreshments. E-mail
ci@vst.edu. Call 604-822-9815.
Vancouver School Of Theology
Summer School
Paul's Mysticism And Conversion In
Light Of Jewish Mysticism. Daniel J.
Boyarin. vst from i:30-3:30pm. $254:
$229 (group); $127 (seniors). To register, visit www.vst.edu. E-mail
ci@vst.edu. Call 604-822-9815.
Vancouver School Of
Theology Summer School
Scripture And Liberation. Richard
Rohr. vst from 8:3oam-3:30pm. $352;
$317 (group); $176 (seniors). To register, visit www.vst.edu. E-mail
ci@vst.edu. Call 604-822-9815.
Vancouver School Of
Theology Summer School
Thomas Merton And The East: Passing Over And Coming Back. Donald E.
Grayston. vst from 8:3oam-3:3opm.
$352; $317 (group); $176 (seniors). To
register, visit www.vst.edu. E-mail
ci@vst.edu. Call 604-822-9815.
Scholars in Residence Lecture
In Search OfThe Historical Adolescent: Towards A Sociocultural History
Of Teenagers In Canada. Assoc. Prof.
Cynthia Comacchio, Wilfrid Laurier
u. Scarfe 310 from i2noon-ipm. Call
Vancouver School
Of Theology Lecture
The Contemplative Stance In An Active Life. Richard Rohr, Center for
Action and Contemplation. Christ
Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard St.
from 7:30-9:3oprn. Refreshments. E-
mail ci@vst.edu. Call 604-822-9815.
Campus Tours
The tours office is located in the foyer
ofthe ubc Bookstore. Free drop-in
tours are offered daily at 10am and
lpm from Monday to Friday. Office
hours are 8:3oam-4:3opm Monday to
Friday. The tours office now also
offers a couple of package tours with
variable rates: a children's tour and
the Spirit ofthe Pacific Tour which
includes a visit to the moa, Nitobe
Gardens, a walking tour and lunch at
Sage Bistro. E-mail
campus.tours@ubc.ca. Call 604-822-
8687 (ubc-tour).
Research Project Volunteers Needed
Stress And Coping In Female Clerical
Workers. Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education is seeking female clerical workers
to participate in study on stress and
coping. If experiencing workplace
distress/frustration, we would like to
learn more about your experiences.
Call 604-822-9199.
Female Participants Needed For
Sexuality Study
The Psychology Dept. is conducting a
study directed at understanding how
a woman's physiological arousal relates to her subjective experience of
sexual arousal in women with or
without sexual arousal difficulties. If
you are a heterosexual woman between 18-35, who is currently involved
in a heterosexual relationship and
who a) isn't having any sort of sexual
difficulties, or b) has problems with
sexual arousal please call 604-822-
2952. Participants will receive an honorarium and all inquiries will remain
strictly confidential.
Legal Clinic Open
ubc Law Students' Legal Advice Program (lslap) has recommenced its
summer clinical program of full-day
clinics all over the Lower Mainland.
lslap has been working in the community for more than 30 years and is
currently British Columbia's second
largest legal aid organization. For
more information, visit www.lslap.
bc.ca or call 604-822-5723.
West Coast Suites
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Here is the perfect alternative for a stay in Vancouver. Surrounded by the
spectacular beauty of the UBC campus, our fully-equipped, quality suites
offer convenience and comfort for visiting lecturers, professors, family,
friends or anyone who wants to stay on Vancouver's west side. Close to
restaurants and recreation both on and off campus, and only 20 minutes
from downtown Vancouver, the West Coast Suites is a wonderful retreat from
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The ubc Reports Calendar lists university-related or university-sponsored events
on campus and off campus within the Lower Mainland. Calendar items must
be submitted on forms available from the ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251
Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Phone: 604-UBC-info (604-822-
4636). Fax: 604-822-2684. An electronic form is available at www.
publicaffairs.ubc.ca. Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the Calendar's
Notices section may be limited due to space. Deadline for the July 12 issue of
ubc Reports—which covers the period July 15 to Aug. 11 —is noon, July 3. UBC     REPORTS     |    JUNE    14,    2001     |     5
Environmental Programs Summary Report 2000
ubc remains committed to being a responsible steward ofthe environment. Environmental Programs is responsible for implementing a
number of initiatives outlined in the policy (#6) on Environmental Protection Compliance. Below are the highlights of some ofthe activities
and accomplishments in 2000 and their contribution to the University
and the local community.
The full Environmental Programs Annual Report 2000, which contains
information on the ubc environmental management system, environmental awards at ubc, training and awareness activities, regulatory
compliance issues, and disaster management, is available to download
and view at http://www.safety.ubc.ca/environmental/
ep_annual_report_2000.pdf or copies can be obtained from Health,
Safety & Environment, 604-822-2029.
Reducing Environmental Impacts
the reduction of environmental impacts is achieved as a result of
many activities, but of most significance is the handling of 125 tonnes of
hazardous waste and the co-ordination ofthe disposition of 50 tonnes of
pcb waste in 2000. The majority of this waste was either re-used, recycled, treated, or diverted from conventional disposal facilities. While the
Chemical Conservation Programs proactively reduce the environmental
impacts through re-use or recycling options, just as important is the destination of any material leaving the facility. Significant effort is
constantly placed into identifying environmentally responsible solutions
for ubc's hazardous waste.
In 2000 the Environmental Services Facility organized a special replacement program for mercury containing thermometers and
manometers. Mercury is listed by Environment Canada as a toxic substance and through this program mercury containing equipment was
replaced and recycled free of charge and replaced by non-toxic equipment. This was made possible through partnerships with Fisher
Scientific and Nu-Life Industries.
Ensuring Compliance
the university ensures compliance with environmental regulations,
University procedures, and best management practices through a number
of activities, not least of which is through the environmental compliance
audit program.
The ubc environmental compliance audit program continues to meet
its performance targets. In 1998 Environmental Programs began a three-
year program to audit all operations and units deemed to have a high,
medium, or low relative environmental risk. As of Dec. 31,2000 only six
out of 166 audits remained to be completed. In executing this program
more than 1,600 recommendations have been made over the last three
years and currently 60 per cent of those recommendations have been implemented.
Reducing Liability
through several pro-active strategies, the future environmental
liability ofthe University is being reduced. Examples from 2000 include,
• participating in regulatory stakeholder sessions, to identify potential
future concerns, and to provide input from ubc's perspective on proposed regulatory initiatives,
removal of five high-risk underground storage tanks as part ofthe
ubc's storage tank management program, and
an assessment of water, gas and electrical utility services was coordinated in conjunction with ubc Utilities, to determine priorities for
emergency planning. One result of these assessments was the planned
installation of gas shut-off valves at 50 buildings on campus.
Increasing Awareness
increased awareness on campus regarding environmental and emergency preparedness issues takes several forms including; newsletters,
interviews during audits, articles in campus newpapers, formal seminars,
training programs, departmental emergency planning sessions and the
web site. In 2000 Environmental Programs significantly expanded the
number of events and displays that it participated in and reached approximately 3,500 people through a variety of formal training and
in-formal education and awareness activities.
In addition, Environmental Programs staff volunteered in several local
community events including Oceans Day, False Creek tree planting and
Musqueam Stream Restoration. The objectives of this community
outreach are to improve relations with the community-at-large, obtain a
better understanding of local environmental issues, and develop a
stronger environmental ethic among staff.
Susan Harper accepts the President's Environmental Award for 2000, presented
by Mark Aston, Manager Environmental Programs. Also present (1-r) Harold
Schrempp, Alan Russell (head, Civil Engineering) and Helmut Prion (chair,
Safety and Environment Committee).
Enhancing Customer Service
it is a goal of Environmental Programs to provide exceptional customer
service. To measure and track the service provided, surveys and evaluations of courses and programs are conducted:
• the third customer survey for the Environmental Services Facility
resulted in a third consecutive increase in service satisfaction,
• the average rating of several measures used to evaluate the environmental compliance audit program was 4.3/5, and
• the average rating of courses and workshops undertaken throughout
the year was 4/5.
environmental programs has succeeded in elevating the impact of
numerous programs by developing internal and external partnerships,
which has resulted in enhanced success. Examples include,
the storage tank management program with Plant Operations and
the Emergency Planning Steering Committee which coordinates the
activities of approximately 20 people from across campus working
towards improving the emergency preparedness of ubc and resulted in
obtaining $810,000 from the provincial government for seismic upgrading,
the 30 active volunteer members ofthe emergency social services
the Environmental Youth Team Interns funded by the bc Ministry of
Environment, Lands & Parks, who assist in conducting environmental
audits on campus, and
•    the mercury reduction program involving Nu-Life Industries, Fisher
Scientific and ubc Purchasing.
For further information on ubc's Environmental Protection Compliance Policy #6 please either contact the Department of Health, Safety &
Environment, or refer to http://www.policy.ubc.ca/policy6.htm 6     |      UBC     REPORTS      |     JUNE     14,     2001
Going the distance
Continuing Studies' Distance Education and Technology group has
won a b.c. Innovation Award from
the Centre for Curriculum, Transfer and Technology.
The award recognizes the
group's groundbreaking work developing the Post Graduate Certificate in Technology-Based Distributed Learning.
The online certificate program
includes five courses that provide
educational practitioners with the
information thev need to teach online. It was developed with the
Monterrey Institute of'l'echnology
in Mexico and is delivered interna-
tionally over the Internet.
For more information on the
program visit itesm.cstudies.
New Canadian Studies
Centre coming
A new International Canadian
Studies Centre will be established
at ubc next month.
It will provide a focus for international research and learning on
Canada both within and beyond
Co-ordinating both graduate research in Canadian Studies and
housing the undergraduate program in Canadian Studies, the centre will link research and learning
at both levels and provide leadership in current and future research
on Canada.
The centre will house the Brenda and David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies and the Program in
Canadian Studies and will host
various symposia as well as co-ordinate and advance international
collaborative research projects and
a mentoring program.
HOUSE A perfect spot to reserve
accommodation for guest lecturers or other university members
who visit throughout the year.
Close to ubc and other Vancouver
attractions, a tasteful representation ofourcity and of ubc 4103
W. 10th Ave., Vancouver, bc, v6r
2H2. Call or fax 604-222-4104.
Elegant accommodation in Point
Grey area. Minutes to ubc. On
main bus routes. Close to shops
and restaurants. Includes TV, tea
and coffee making, private
phone/fridge. Weekly rates avail.
Call 604-222-3461. Fax
HOUSE Five suites avail, for academic visitors to ubc only. Guests
dine with residents and enjoy college life. Daily rate $60 plus $14/
day for meals Sun-Thurs. Call
604-822-8660 for more information and availability.
affordable fully-equipped suite
right on campus. Spacious one BR
suites with kitchen, balcony, TV
and telephone. Ideal for visiting
lecturers, colleagues and families.
2001 rates from $M9/night.  ubc
discounts available. Visit www.
westcoastsuites.com. Call
GUEST ROOMS Private rooms
on campus forvisitors to ubc on
academic business. Private bath,
double bed, telephone, tv, fridge,
in-room coffee. Dinner five days
per week. Breakfast seven days per
week. Competitive rates. Call for
information and availability
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planning. Their knowledge of the faculty pension plan is also a plus for UBC
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superior hotel or kitchenette style
rooms and suites. All rooms have
private bath, queen bed, voice mail,
cable tv and Internet-linked PC
Beautiful view of sea and mountains.
For rates and reservations www.
pwias.ubc.ca. Call 604-822-4782.
THEOLOGY Affordable accommodation or meeting space near the
Chan Centre and moa. 17 modestly
furnished rooms with hall bath are
avail. Daily rates starting at $36.
Meals or meal plans are avail, in the
school cafeteria. For more information call 604-822-9031 or
CAMILLA HOUSE in Kitsilano
area, furnished suites or rooms avail.
Kitchen and laundry facilities. Close
to main bus routes, shopping and
dining. Weekly and monthly rates
avail. Call 604-737-2687.
with homey, comfortable environment forvisitors to UBC and hospital.
Located near hospital. Rates $44.50-
$69.5o/night and weekly rates. Call
APARTMENTS now renting ubc
area. Presentation centre open daily.
Seven appliances, granite counters,
flexible interiors and more. Visit
www.universitymarketplace.net. Call
FRANCE Ultimate vacation central
Paris one br apt. Close to Paris one
br apt. Close to Avignon Provence
two br house. Accommodates six
people. All fully furnished. Call
br basement suite in quaint Point
Grey house. Near 10th Ave., bus, ubc
and shops, n/p, n/s. $6oo/mo. incl.
util. Separate entrance. Avail,
immed. Suit UBC grad student. Call
two br condo in Bristol Hampton
Place at ubc avail. July and August.
Incl. six appliances, u/C parking, spa
and exercise room. Suitable for n/s
adults. $1,650 incl. util. and cable.
Call 604-228-0920.
LARGE TWO BR ground floor
garden suite. 37th and Wallace.
$i,ooo/mo. w/d, furnished, separate
private entrance, two parking spaces,
garage. Call 604-263-5423.
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BRAND NEW Attractive fully furnished one br, two bath and den
apartment. Exc. location, close to
Jericho beach. Avail. July, August,
Sept. n/s, n/p faculty or visiting faculty only. $i,200/mo. Call
604-885-7171 or 604-885-7161.
SEPT. 1 (OR SOONER) large one
br suite, Dunbar area, at nominal
rent in exchange for early morning
and late afternoon transportation of
two children to and from ubc child
care and a local elementary school.
Wanted, responsible n/s with driver's license, own vehicle and impeccable driving record. No criminal
record. Ref. req. Perfect for grad/
undergrads or ubc staff. E-mail
fogarassy@techbc.ca. Call Tony
Fogarassy 604-266-3744.
AND SUNSETS at English Bay.
One br, fourteenth floor, se corner
with balcony. 15 min. drive to ubc
Ten min. walk to shops, downtown.
All amenities incl. Queen-size bed,
tv, vcr, m/w, d/w, telephone. Avail.
Sept. 1 at $1,295. E-mail
mcondo@canada.com. Call
604-682-2105. Fax 604-682-2153.
Secluded 2.5 acres waterfront cottage. Spectacular sw ocean view,
beach access, canoe avail. Sleeps
four, $ioo/night or $65o/week, min.
two nights. E-mail verenakra@
hotmail.com. Call Verena
furnished apartment to sublet July 2-
Aug. 26. Between Cambie and Main,
close to Broadway and near to
downtown. $75o/mo. incl. util., cable, local phone, n/s only. Call
Bed And Breakfast
Walk to ubc along the ocean. Quiet
exclusive neighbourhood. Near buses
and restaurants. Comfortable rooms
with tv and private bath. Full breakfast. Reasonable rates, n/s only
please. Web site www.bbcanada.
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PROFESSOR AND WIFE looking to rent furnished accommodation for the month of August in
Vancouver area. E-mail herzmark@
email.arizona.edu. Call Leonard E.
Herzmark 520-529-8604.
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Deadline: for the July 12 issue: 12 noon, July 3.
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Submission guidelines: Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
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Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Ads must be accompanied by payment
in cash, cheque (made out to ubc Reports) or journal voucher.
House sitting
with daughter (14) and son (12) without pets seek house on or near University Endowment Lands starting
Aug. 15, 2001. Dates, price flexible or
will swap home in Whistler? Call Dr.
Winter 604-938-0030 (day) or 604-
932-0474 (eve.)
SIT Vancouver Westside. Professional nurse/consultant seeking
bright, furnished character home.
Avail, to care for and nurture your
home and pets for 9-12 months be-
ginnmgjuly, 2001. Excellent ref. E-
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CAR FOR SALE because leaving
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18,000 km. Factory warranty, a/c, p/
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Excellent condition. E-mail ashery@
alph04.triumf.ca. Call 222-1047 ext-
6186 (office) or 228-8227 (home).
RETIRING in the next three years?
As a specialist who has assisted
many ubc faculty and staff members
through the retirement process I can
help sort out the options and provide you with free retirement projections. Call for a complimentary
meeting at my place or yours! Don
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Located in the University Village,
#207 - 5728 University Blvd. Dr. Chris
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Dr. Charles Borton (dentist), please
call 604-838-6684 (83-TOOTH).
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Honour Roll
Three members of ubc's Faculty of
Medicine were recently honoured
with 2001 Career Achievement
Awards by the B.C. Research Institute for Children's and Women's
Pediatrics Prof. Derek Applegarth is the founder and associate
director ofthe Biochemical Diseases Laboratory at Children's and
Women's Health Centre of British
Columbia. His research has improved understanding and methods of diagnosing and screening
for cystic fibrosis and other complex metabolic diseases of children.
Pathology Prof. Shirley Gillam's
contributions in the fields of molecular biology and virology include discoveries in unraveling the
genetic structure of the rubella virus (German measles) and the
methods by which the virus multiplies in humans.
Pediatrics Prof. Jim Jan has advanced a multi-disciplinary approach to research and to the care
of children with developmental
disabilities, particularly in the areas of visual impairment and sleep
ubc mba students Kevin Chan and
Helen Goodland earned top prize
in the third annual cibc Ivey Business Plan Competition in London,
Chan and Goodland won the
competition for their plan for
Clearigo Solutions Inc., a Vancouver-based mobile software solutions provider.
Paul Thiele, founder and former
director ofthe Crane Memorial Library, has been elected chair ofthe
board of directors of voiceprint,
The National Broadcast Reading
voiceprint provides daily
broadcasts of newspaper and
magazine articles and other information materials read by volunteers. It is heard by more than two
million Canadians.
Physics and Astronomy Prof. Matthew Choptuik has won the Royal
Society of Canada's 2001 Rutherford Memorial Medal for Physics.
Choptuik is cited as a world
leader in the field of numerical
general relativity and for his discovery of the Choptuik effect
which has contributed to the understanding of black holes as well
as critical phenomena in other areas of physics.
Prof. Alan Hannam, associate
dean of Graduate and Postgraduate Studies in the Faculty of Dentistry, has been awarded the Research in Prosthodontics and Implants Award for 2001 from the International Association for Dental
A professor of Oral Health Sciences, Hannam studies musculoskeletal biomechanics of the
mouth, jaw and face.
He looks at the interaction between the structure and use ofthe
jaw muscles, craniofacial shape,
jaw motion, skeletal stresses and
bite forces.
John Demco, computer facilities
manager in the Computer Science
Dept., recently received a Community Service Award at the 2001 Ca-
narie iway Awards.
The award recognizes Demco's
efforts to establish and maintain
the distinct Canadian Internet domain .ca.
The Canarie iway Awards cele
brate exceptional achievement in
the field of advanced broadband
innovation. They are given by Canarie Inc., Canada's advanced Internet development organization.
University of British Columbia
Key to the transformation of the experience for prospective and admitted students at UBC, the Director,
Enrolment Services and Registrar will provide visionary leadership to the integration and improvement
of enrolment services. Responsibilities will include recruitment, admissions, scholarships, financial aid,
classroom services, student information systems, records and registration functions, supporting both
undergraduate and graduate programs.
Careful development of cross-functional teams, innovative use of information technology, and continuous improvement based on learning from experience will have a positive impact on prospective and
new students through enhanced service and staff effectiveness. Building an institutional approach to
enrolment management, the Director will partner with the Faculties and Senate to plan and build each
year's Class and ensure that new initiatives are consistent with the University's Trek 2000 vision and
new Academic Plan. Reporting to the Vice-President, Students and a member of the President's senior
management team, the Director will also carry out requirements of the Registrar mandated by the
University Act ofBC and, as such, will be Secretary of Senate, involving some ceremonial roles. Further
information about UBC can be obtained at www.ubc.ca
The successful candidate will be a strong and persuasive communicator, able to represent UBC
and to relate effectively with students, faculty, staff, government officials and a variety of external contacts. Experience building support in an academic setting for a strong customer focus and an innovative client-care philosophy is a must. Senior administrative roles in higher education that demand highly
developed interpersonal, organizational, communication and negotiation skills will provide a platform
for excellence in the role.
In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, this advertisement is directed to Canadian
citizens and permanent residents. The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is
committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply.
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Pioneering director, student
volunteer earn ywca awards
in the zone  Second-year Arts student Jennifer Chan (left) and Adam
Wright, a third-year Science student, lead the way for tourists, school
children, vips and others in campus walking tours. Perfect for summer
visitors, free, drop-in tours last about 1-1/2 hours and are offered daily at 10
a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday to Friday. Tour guide Kevin Neilson also offers
package tours such as the Spirit ofthe Pacific tour that includes a visit to the
Museum of Anthropology, Nitobe Gardens and ends with lunch at Sage
Bistro. Children's tours are also available. For more information call 604-822-
8687 (ubc-tour), email campus.tours@ubc.ca or drop by the tour booth in
the Bookstore. The tours are a service ofthe Ceremonies and Events Office.
Hilary Thomson photo
Project explores
abuse connections
Initiative among several
aimed at exploring child
and family issues
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
exploring links between animal
abuse and family violence is the research focus for two members of
the ubc Child and Family Project.
Nursing Asst. Prof. Janet Erick-
sen and Social Work Prof. Mary
Russell have been working together
on the issue as part of the project
that undertakes interdisciplinary
research on a spectrum of issues
around children and families.
Working with ubc investigators
from areas that include education
and animal welfare as well as community agencies such as the b.c.
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (spca) and the bc/
Yukon Society of Transition Houses, the researchers are identifying
connections between child, wife
and animal abuse and aim to improve detection and intervention.
"The field of family violence
tends to be fragmented," says Russell. "We hope to raise awareness
among health professionals, corrections officers, social service
workers and others about the connections."
More than 50 children and 100
women die as a direct result of
family abuse in Canada every year
according to Statistics Canada and
b.c. Institute Against Family Vio
lence surveys.
More than 60 per cent of women
who entered a transition house reported that their partners had also
abused or killed their pet, according to an Ontario study. In b.c. last
year, the spca investigated more
than 7,000 animal abuse cases.
Researchers estimate the overlap between these different types
of abuse is more than 50 per cent.
Investigators plan to develop inter-agency reporting protocols so
that social workers and animal
welfare agencies can share information in violence-related cases.
Russell and Ericksen are also developing an interdisciplinary family violence distance education
course with Women's Studies Asst.
Prof. Sunera Thobani and Assoc.
Prof. Angela Henderson in the
School of Nursing. The course will
be offered in January 2002.
The Child and Family Project
will prepare a research agenda this
summer in consultation with university and community groups
that will look particularly at community-based research on child
and family issues.
"We want to create and sustain
linkages between academics, other
professionals and community
members and to stimulate discussion," says Education Prof. Hillel
Goelman who has directed the
project since it started in 1999.
For more information about the
project call 604-822-6593 or visit
the Web site at www.educ.ubc.ca/
qlt founder and
Canadian Blood Services
director also honoured
ubc faculty, staff and students
have been honoured in four of the
10 categories in the annual ywca
Women of Distinction awards.
Ruth Sigal, director of ubc's
Women's Resources Centre (wrc),
was given a Life Achievement
A founding member of the Vancouver Crisis Centre, Sigal has directed the wrc since 1977 with responsibility for co-ordinating staff
and 60 volunteers, program development, teaching, and community
The wrc serves more than
25,000 men and women annually.
Sigal, who was recently honoured
with a President's Service Award for
Excellence, will oversee the centre's
move to Robson Square later this
Miranda Lam, a third-year Law
student, was recognized in the category of Young Women of Distinction.
Lam has been actively involved
in the British Columbia Youth Parliament (bcyp), both as a Law student and while she pursued three
years of study in ubc's Psychology
With her leadership, the group
was able to raise significant funds
for bcyp's largest annual services
Ruth Sigal
project—Camp Phoenix, a week-
long summer camp for children.
Lam is currently a member of the
board of Volunteer Vancouver.
Prof. Dana Devine ofthe Dept. of
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine was recognized in the category of Science, Research and Medicine.
A faculty member since 1987,
Devine is also director of research
and development for Canadian
Blood Services and founded the
new Centre for Blood Research.
She studies the role of blood
platelets in cardiovascular disease
and blood transfusion.
Alumna and Prof. Emeritus Julia
Levy earned her award in the category of Entrepreneur/Innovator.
A member of ubc's Microbiology
Miranda Lam
Dept. from 1958 until her retirement in 1999, Levy founded and is
currently president and chief executive officer of qlt Inc., a leading
biotech pharmaceutical company.
Their best-known product, Vis-
udyne™, is used to treat age-related blindness and has obtained regulatory approval in 31 countries
Levy was recently awarded an
honorary degree by ubc.
The ywca annual awards program, created in 1984, celebrates
women in the Greater Vancouver
area who have made outstanding
contributions to the community
through professional or volunteer
ubc was a sponsor of the Life
Achievement category.
We all leave footprints, reminds scholar
Message conveys
appreciation of all we
have, and what we offer
by Prof. Emeritus
Martha Salcudean
The following is an excerpt from
an address Salcudean gave upon
receiving an honorary degree from
ubc during Spring Congregation
last month. An award-winning
researcher, she is a professor
emeritus of Mechanical
your career in the private or public
sector or continue to study toward
a higher degree, always remember
that you are fortunate to live in a
country in which democracy and
freedom are taken for granted, a
country rich in traditions, but
open to change, a country which
challenges you to work and
achieve your dreams, a country in
which your ethnicity, race, colour,
and gender enrich the whole we
represent, and where your achievements, successes and rewards are
dependent upon your work, your
determinations, and your willing
ness to give as a person to those
around you.
How fortunate you are to be
part of a generation that has not
known and hopefully will never
know, the horror of wars and dictatorships.
I have seen something of both. I
was a child of war-torn Europe.
The Second World War uprooted my family and me and only an
extraordinary chain of events
spared our lives. After the war,
when Nazi Germany was defeated,
our hopes were dashed when another era of dictatorship engulfed
Eastern Europe, another era of injustice, oppression and lack of opportunity.
I vividly remember the time of
my graduation — no celebrations,
no choices, and no opportunities. I
could not choose the city in which
to live, the place to work, or the
apartment to call home.
I had to accept whatever the oppressive state allocated to me or be
sent to jail for sabotaging the system.
It was not easy to perservere and
keep believing that there would be
a light at the end of the tunnel for
my family and me. But here we are!
No wonder I still think that my life
here is too good to be true.
Love for my family, my interest in
people, my trust in friends and a
steely determination never to give
up gave me strength and I continued to struggle for what I believe in.
I wanted to believe what Disraeli wrote, "Man is not the creature
of circumnstance. Circumstances
are the creatures of men" (and, of
course, of women).
The freedom and opportunities
you have bring with them the responsibility to live your lives so
that when you reach my age and
look back you can proudly say to
yourself "I did my best."
Only a very few extremely gifted
individuals create world famous
works of art, or revolutionize science and technology and leave an
obvious mark for future generations to see.
Nevertheless all of us leave footprints of some kind. We all can
contribute to the best of our abilities.
The way we do our work, the
way we treat our parents, our
spouses and children, and our
neighbours — this is all part of
what we can do for others and
what, in turn, we hope to receive.


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