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$200,000 Gift for UBC-Community Centre
The University of B.C. has received a gift of
$200,000 to convert the property known as Yorkeen
into a centre for increased University-community
contacts, President John B. Macdonald has announced.
The gift will reimburse UBC for the $103,722 cost
of purchasing Yorkeen from Senator S. S. McKeen
in 1964, and for subsequent alterations, and provide
$66,393 for further renovations and furnishings to
create a "town-gown" activities centre.
The property consists of a  large and beautifully
preserved mansion built early in the century by
lawyer E. P. Davis, and 3'/2 acres of clifftop land
overlooking English Bay and the Gulf of Georgia,
which was entirely surrounded by campus when
acquired  by   UBC.
Yorkeen will be renamed to honor the donor,
Dr. Cecil H. Green. An engineering student at UBC
from 1918 to 1921, he received his bachelor and
masters of science degrees in engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and organized a
major instrument manufacturing firm  in Texas.
Dr. Green received an honorary doctorate in
science at UBC in 1964. The citation described him
as "a leader in geophysical exploration whose love
for science and higher learning was first aroused
in Vancouver."
It praised his aid and counsel to institutions of
higher education, and his efforts to "promote, widen
and enrich ... a very close and understanding bond
between industry and the universities."
Please turn to back page
See 'Seminars, Conferences'
UBC Reports
VOLUME 12, No. 4
SEPT.-OCT., 1966
The Board of Governors has approved an early start on a major expansion of campus residences over
the next five years, President John B.
Macdonald said today.
The program has been under active
development for some months, he
said. By 1970-71 it will:
• Increase accommodation for
single students by 75 percent — from
2,662 to 4,690 campus beds.
• Eliminate all housing in former
army huts in Fort and Acadia Camps,
replacing it with modern permanent
residences on sites yet to be finally
The program will provide campus
accommodation for 25 percent of 18,500
The provincial government
has announced four reappointments to UBC's Board of Governors.
Mr. Justice Nathan Nemetz,
formerly a Senate representative on the Board, has been
appointed a government representative, succeeding Mr. Leon
Ladner, who retired last August
Other reappointments are Mr.
John E. Liersch, Mr. Walter
Koerner and Mr. Arthur Fouks.
All reappointments are for three
UNIQUE JOINT teaching program will be undertaken in
UBC's Jiew forestry-agriculture building to be completed
next year. The building, which will cost more than $4.3
million, will bring together under one roof students and
professors now using 16 separate campus buildings. This
view   of the  three-storey   building,   located   on   the   Main
Mall just north of Agronomy Road, shows the interior
courtyard. The building is the fourth project at UBC
underwritten by the 3-Universities Capital Fund, and
is included in $26 million worth of current construction
projects on the campus. Architects are McCarter, Nairne
and Partners. Photo by B. C. Jennings.
'Open Door Policy for Students
President John B. Macdonald has
announced a personal "open door"
policy  for  individual   students.
In his September 30 Welcoming
Address to students in UBC Armory,
(See p. 2), Dr. Macdonald said he
would reserve a day a month when
individual students "with problems of
substance" can discuss them with
him, without making appointments, in
his office.
The president announced a series
of  innovations  designed  to  give  stu
dents "a much better opportunity to
convey their viewpoint on matters affecting students to the  University."
• Each faculty has been asked to
establish a faculty-student liaison
committee with representatives from
all years for regular discussions of
curriculum   and   faculty   welfare.
• His executive assistant, Gordon
S. Selman, will be constantly available to Alma   Mater  Society officials.
• A President's Liaison Committee,
including the President, Dean of Stu
dent Affairs Walter Gage, Bursar
William White and Mr. Selman will
meet several times annually with the
AMS executive.
• Elected students to sit on advisory committees on the library,
residences, food services, the bookstore   and   traffic   and   parking.
Last year Dr. Macdonald inaugurated an open door policy for faculty
members from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on
single students expected to be on
campus in 1970-71, Dr. Macdonald said.
At present, 35 percent of all UBC
students — single and married —
come from outside the Greater Vancouver area.
Financing will be sought chiefly
through 50-year mortgages backed by
Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Dr. Macdonald said. CMHC
has provided most housing capital at
UBC  since   1960.
Tenders will also be called shortly
for the first residence to be built at
UBC for married graduate students
— a 275 suite complex designed by
UBC architecture graduate Vladimir
Plavsic and associates for the Acadia
Camp area. When the project is completed in September, 1967, UBC will
have more than 450 suites available
on campus. (This project was approved by the Board  in  July).
Dr. Macdonald said that the residences   for   both   single   and   married
Please turn to back page
(President John B. Macdonald gave his annual
welcoming address to students in the Armoury on
September 30. What follows is a partial text of his
Unrest is a characteristic of modern society.
The modern university has not escaped the phenomenon but unrest directed constructively is desirable  in any institution.
It can be destructive if its origins are not understood, if it is based on misinformation, or if it merely
generates hostility.
One source of unrest which I sense in the modern
university is widespread concern about the liberal
education experience.
Universities are devoted to seeking and teaching
truth. Many students come to universities expecting
a community in which they can participate intellectually in that search. They are disillusioned, often,
by a society where social wrongs are abundantly
in view.
We preach freedom, religious tolerance, morality
and the dignity of the individual, and students see
bigotry, racial segregation, slums and asphalt jungles.
They want to come to grips with these burning
They seek wise men from whom they can learn.
Thafs what they want from universities. They find
not    simply   the    fact   that    college    education    is
I have great sympathy with the student who
expects to be coming to the fountain of knowledge
and wisdom and feels when he has finished that he
has tried to quench his thirst with measured doses
of irrelevant information.
But what I say to such a student is that one of
the things that is wrong is his expectations.
Specialism, for example, is looked on by most as
a necessary evil. Well, necessary it is. But is it evil?
Can the broadly trained individual hold his own
in any field against the specialist of equal ability
and energy? Does the good teacher transmit a
digested version of the literature in a broad area, or
does he not, rather, stimulate intellectual curiosity
by talking about the subject in which he has firsthand knowledge?
Can a man who reads widely, and has the intellectual imagination and drive to be creative, make
his best contribution without research in a special
area with confidence? Is facile and superficial familiarity with a host of subjects the mark of the educated man? Well, that view of education is a romantic
illusion, and the student is best served when taught
by a bona fide authority whatever the field.
What is a liberal education? Whatever today's
definition, it has greatly changed from the liberal
education of the nineteenth century and earlier. In
those days the  purpose of a  liberal education was
President John B. Macdonald addressing students in the Armoury
instead specialists in seventeenth century English
literature, or atomic orbits, or the geography of
Brazil or plankton distribution in the northwest
The specialist may be, and in fact usually is,
highly competent in his specialty. But he is likely
to be unwilling or unprepared to grapple with the
social and the ethical issues which the student has
foremost in his mind.
Moreover, the student feels he is evaluated by
his performances on exams, not by personal assessment of his work and ideas. He learns to write
ritual papers and he tries to outguess his instructors.
Disillusioned, he sometimes concludes that his
professors are neither prophets nor wise men — only
specialists with all their prejudices in other areas
intact In other words professors are people, not
Like all people, they have their frailties and
fallibilities as well as their moments of greatness.
The student in confronting the professor as a person, is learning one important fact: that a college
education does not confer instant wisdom on its
At the same time that we're hearing complaints,
we're experiencing the greatest growth in enrolment
in the  history of education.
Campuses coast to coast are characterised no
longer by a quiet quadrangle with ivy covered halls,
but by bulldozers, derricks and jack hammers.
It is true that much of the enrolment is vocationally oriented towards the various professions —
medicine, architecture, law, school teaching, engineering and so on — but much of it too has been
growth of the colleges of arts and sciences, just as
it has at UBC.
Most students, even today, acquire bachelors degrees and no specialized vocation or background.
Something  must be attracting you, and surely it is
to become a gentleman and one of the attributes
of being a gentleman was to know more or less all
there was to know — at least all that was considered
The training, in a vocational sense, was for government, the church or the law. The scope of human
knowledge was sufficiently proscribed that to encompass all of it, or most of it, was not too far
from the possible. But for the past fifty years, knowledge has been doubling in every ten years or less
— so the logicians tell us — and the task of having
a broad, comprehensive grasp of knowledge has
become a total impossibility for anyone.
Thus the universities have had to change. Today
they offer a student only a sampling of knowledge.
Sometimes it is more or less randomly selected when
electives are encouraged.
Sometimes it is packaged to give some coherence
to the college experience. Either way, in terms of
coverage, the college programme is most notable
for what it leaves undone.
The student can study some of the great writers.
He can learn something of his nation's history —
perhaps even a sketch of world history. He can
acquire some knowledge of a foreign language in
literature. He can be introduced to modern science
in technology through maths, physics, chemistry and
biology and, if he is fortunate, he may acquire
knowledge in some depth in one subject.
Volume 12, No. 4 — Sept.-Oct., 1966. Authorized as second
class mail by the Post Office Department, Ottawa, and for
payment of postage in cash. Published by the University of
British Columbia and distributed free of charge to friends
and graduates of the University. Material appearing herein
may be reproduced freely. Letters are welcome and should
be addressed to The Information Office, UBC, Vancouver 8,
The honest student will complete his program
with a keen awareness that he has read only the
introduction to the book of knowledge.
And that's why it is unrealistic for the student to
expect wise men, who can give pat answers to
problems that have troubled mankind from the
The great philosophers, ancient or modern, have
not solved the social problems of men. The great
historians have not, by documenting horrible examples, saved us from future man-made calamities.
The great scientists have not eliminated famine
or disease and the great economist or political scientists have not presented us with the ultimate ways
of organizing human affairs to recognize individual
worth and to create a healthy society.      -
But each has provided pieces to beautify the
mosaic of man — a structure which can never be
The student frustrated by what he considers to
be the irrelevance of his education is seeking the
He wants a synthesis of what is important when
such a synthesis even in a single field is usually a
heroic achievement.
He wants to be wise and ethically secure at the
age of twenty, whereas it is the rare individual who
achieves real wisdom in a  lifetime.
And so it is not the subject or the curriculum
which stands the college graduate in good stead for
the rest of his life. It is something less tangible
and more important. It is something offered and
gained imperfectly.
It is something about which we still have much
to learn, but it is something which more than anything else, represents the meaning of a liberal education in the middle of the twentieth century. It is
something that is gained from professors and writers,
great and small, who have striven to grapple with
their own special concern, in ways which honor
intellect above base instinct
It is the first glimmering of understanding of
what it means to examine an issue critically and
dispassionately. It is learning to accept the invitations of intellectual explorations and to reject prejudice   when   confronted   with   contrary   evidence.
It is acquiring the capacity to make independent
judgments. It is the slow emergence of a personal
ethic based on respect for man, and it is to know
that the harnessing side by side of man's intellect and
man's humanity offers not only the opportunity for
a  personal   reward,  but indeed for human survival.
These are the great values in a liberal education.
They are the values which give each student the
prospect of lifelong growth. They are the values
that make not frustration but determination, not
complacency but understanding, not bitterness but
hope, not the mature mind but the maturing mind.
These values are as much a part of the university
today as in the past
They are obscured by an avalanche of knowledge
and cautions. They are disguised by the intensity of
pursuit of individual academic interest by university
scholars. And they are hidden by our impatience to
solve problems of anguished urgency.
But these values remain the central mission of
the university, the personal inheritance of every
university graduate and the great hope of mankind.
The President Comments:
Bigness in this and other universities
has meant for many students an impersonal
quality that has too easily left them with
a feeling of not belonging. Bigness need
not be frightening.
Personal friendships with students and
professors can be had usually just for the
asking, and it is sad for people to work
side by side yet feel lonely, but it does
happen. I would urge you to take the initiative in making friends. Chances are you
will find the person to whom you speak
anxious to be friendly and perhaps needing friendship as much as you.
Don't think either that loneliness is
limited to students. A hundred or so new
faculty members are here for the first
time, and for some of them it will take
time to be comfortable in their new home.
For some students, the answer to bigness
has seemed to be found in the over-worked
word "involvement." Students are thinking
about how they can participate in the affairs of the University. PHYSICAL EDUCATION at UBC is no longer just physica
jerks — it includes a lot of complex scientific equipment
as well. Assistant professor of physical ed., Dr. Eric Banister, left, is using a respirometer in the department of zoology,   built  by   Dr.   Harold   Nordan,   right to show  that ath-
letes can be acclimatized to high altitude conditions without leaving sea level. Athlete above pumps a stationary
bicycle and his physical responses are recorded on the tapes
being read by Drs. Banister and Nordan. High altitudes are
simulated inside respirometer by reducing oxygen level.
UBC Respirometer Simulates
High Altitudes for Research
A physical educator at UBC is using
a unique machine to prove that athletes can be acclimatized to high
altitude conditions without leaving
sea level.
Dr. Eric W. Banister, assistant professor of physical education at UBC,
has been using a respirometer, the
only one of its kind in Canada, to
simulate high altitude conditions by
altering the oxygen level inside the
Preliminary tests, carried out on
himself and seven members of UBC's
grass hockey team, show that athletes
can be pre-trained at sea level in
preparation for performing at high
"One of the unanswered questions
about acclimatization is just how long
an athlete needs to adjust to an alien
environment,"  Dr.  Banister said.
To try and answer this and related
questions Dr. Banister selected a
group of students and measured their
physical performance both inside and
outside the respirometer, a chamber
measuring four feet by eight feet by
eight feet.
The respirometer was constructed
by Dr. Harold Nordan, assistant professor of zoology at UBC, with a grant
he and his co-workers received from
the National Research Council. The
bulk of the experimental work done
with the machine is in the field of
animal physiology by UBC zoologists.
Inside the machine the students
pedalled a stationary bicycle once a
week   for  eight   weeks.   Altitudes   of
$4,500 GRANT
Professors Analyse
Poverty Literature
Two   University  of   B.C.   professors   have  received  a $4,500 grant to
compile   and   analyse   research   literature   which   will   guide   Canada's
. special planning secretariat in developing programs to aid Canada's poor.
Professor Coolie Verner and  Dr.  Russell   F. Whaley,  both   members
of  UBC's  faculty of education,  have received the  grant from  Canada's
Privy   Council,  which   includes  the   special   planning   secretariat.
Prof. Verner said the funds would be used to analyse research
material dealing with attempts to educate the poor to determine what
kinds of educational processes and programs have been most successful.
He said several hundred research studies by welfare, education and
agricultural agencies in Canada ancl the U.S. would be analysed. Special
attention will be given to Canadian  material, Prof. Verner said.
"Our aim," he said, "will be to indicate which programs appear to
be most successful  with the  poverty group."
Prof. Verner said the special planning secretariat would receive
the analyses and use them in fostering anti-poverty programs in Canada
by community and educational agencies. He said it was hoped the
study would be complete by September, 19G7.
8,000 and 12,000 feet were simulated
by reducing the oxygen content of
the closed chamber.
The end result of the tests and
measurements carried out by Dr.
Banister was a measureable improvement in performance by the students
at   both   sea   level   and   high   altitude.
"The results obtained so far indicate a trend but are by no means
conclusive," Dr. Banister said. During
the coming year he will expand the
research program by applying more
sophisticated tests designed to measure a wider range of altitude reactions.
His research will be supported by
a $13,930 grant from the Canadian
government's Department of National
Health and Welfare.
As a result of his experiments, Dr.
Banister has a theory that the next
big step forward in breaking athletic
records may be the result of training
carried  out in   an   alien  environment.
"At present," he said, "athletes such
as sprinters and distance runners are
reaching a point where they can't reduce their times any further by training under normal conditions at sea
He said the experiments which he
has carried out suggest that improvement in training methods would result if athletes trained first in a simulated high altitude environment before attempting to set records at sea
He said his theory would apply only
to athletes for whom the endurance
factor was important. "I don't think
it would be useful to weightlifters,
for instance," he said, "since this type
of athlete requires quick, explosive
bursts  of energy in competition."
SEPT.-OCT., 1966
VOLUME 12, No. 4
Hydro Man
Named to
UBC Post
A holder of honors degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering,
James T. Turner, Jr., 54, has been
appointed to a new position as Director of Physical Plant at the University of  B.C.
The appointment is effective November 15. Mr. Turner is at present
Assistant Project Manager, Equipment, Peace and Columbia, for the
B.C.  Hydro Authority.
Born in Moose Jaw, he obtained
bachelor of sciences degrees with
honors at Tri-State College, Indiana,
in electrical engineering in 1936 and
mechanical engineering in 1937.
He joined the former B.C. Electric
Company in 1946. Among a wide variety of positions he held were Assistant Director, Budget and Control
Division in 1960-61, and Manager,
Budget and Control Department, 1961
to   1964 with   B.C.   Hydro.
UBC Bursar William White said
Mr. Turner was selected from among
102 applicants who responded to national advertising of the new position.
"Mr. Turner was chosen not only
for his high professional qualifications
and most varied experience, but for
his special knowledge of local conditions,"  Mr. White said.
"The new position carries very
broad and varied responsibilities. Under the Director of Physical Plant
will be integrated the Department of
Buildings and Grounds and the Office
of the  Architect  Planner  as   one  administrative unit.
"As Director, Mr. Turner will be
concerned with all operational aspects of campus development and
building planning, new construction,
buildings and grounds maintenance
and related services, such as communications   and  fire   protection.
"We are fortunate to secure a man
of Mr. Turner's calibre and experience at this important stage in the
physical development of the University, when a firral basic plan for the
entire   campus   is   maturing   rapidly."
Commerce Professor
Gets $2,000 Grant
A $2,000 research grant to study at
the London School of Economics and
Political Science has been awarded
to   a   UBC   professor.
He is associate professor Arthur
Beedle, FCA, chairman of the accounting division of the faculty of
commerce and business administration.
Prof. Beedle will study quantitative methods, operations research and
statistics, and their application to
accounting. The research grant was
given by the Canadian Institute of
Chartered   Accountants. %-^i
J. H. Quastel, centre, has brought a research team
of nine persons to UBC to concentrate on discovering the chemical changes that take place in the brain
from infancy to maturity. Dr. Quastel, formerly of
McGill  University, is a  pioneer in the field of the
chemistry of the brain and early in his career
evolved a concept of enzyme action which was a
major breakthrough. Ranged on either side of Dr.
Quastel are six members of the research team which
will be housed in the psychiatric unit now under
construction   in   the   UBC   Health   Sciences   Centre.
Left to right are S. L. Chan, Maurice Rouleau and
A. M. Benjamin, all Ph.D. students. On Dr. Quastel's
left is Dr. S. C. Sung, associate professor of biochemistry, and Peter Ip and Elie Benmouyal, both
Ph.D. students. Missing are research associate Dr.
Carol Prives and her Ph.D. student husband, Joseph.
Distinguished Neurochemist Joins Faculty
An internationally-known biochemist, Dr. J. H. Quastel, has arrived at
the University of B.C. at the head of
a nine-man research unit which will
concentrate on discovering the chemical changes that take place in the
brain from infancy to maturity.
Dr. Quastel, until recently professor
of biochemistry and director of the
Unit of Cell Metabolism at McGill
University, has been appointed professor of neurochemistry in the department of psychiatry and honorary
professor of biochemistry at UBC.
The UBC neurochemistry research
unit, consisting of Dr. Quastel, two
senior research associates and six
graduate students, will be financed by
grants from Canada's Medical Research Council and other foundations
and organizations which support medical research.
The research unit will be located in
the new psychiatric unit now under
construction in the UBC Health Sciences Centre.
Dr. John F. McCreary, UBC's dean
of medicine, said: "The University is
delighted that Dr. Quastel and his
research   unit  accepted   an   invitation
to move to UBC. Their presence at
UBC will mean a large step in the
direction of a fully-fledged department working in the area of neurochemistry.
"In addition, the neurochemistry re-
sea re h unit will attract additional
graduate students, thus further
strengthening the graduate studies
program  in the faculty of medicine."
Dr. Quastel said that one of the factors which led him to accept the invitation to come to UBC was the opportunity to further develop the work in
neurochemistry which has been going
on in the Kinsmen Laboratory in
UBC's faculty of medicine.
Dr. Quastel has made many original
contributions to the field of biochemistry and was the first person to work
extensively along modern lines in the
field of neurochemistry.
He was born in Sheffield, England,
and after military service in World
War I enrolled at the Imperial Collage of Science, London, in 1919. Two
years later he entered Cambridge
University and received the degree
of doctor of philosophy there in  1924.
He was elected a fellow of Trinity
College, Cambridge, in that year and
two years later was awarded the degree of doctor of science from the
University of London.
In 1928, while teaching at Cambridge, Dr. Quastel evolved a concept
of the action of enzymes which became one of the foundation stones in
the architecture of modern biochemistry. (Enzymes comprise a large group
of proteins produced by living cells,
which act as catalysts in the chemical
reactions upon which life depends.)
From this pioneering concept, Dr.
Quastel went on to develop a theory
of "competitive inhibition" of enzymes. These basic studies led to a
clearer understanding of the mechanism of drug action and, in turn, to
the synthesis of drugs with special
inhibitory effects, such as sulfa drugs,
antihistamines and some anti-cancer
From 1929 to 1941, Dr. Quastel was
director of research at Cardiff City
Mental Hospital in Wales, where he
carried out pioneering studies in the
establishment of the science of neurochemistry.
In 1935, he coined the name "phenylketonuria" (also known as PKU)
to  describe  an  enzyme  deficiency   in
Russian Expert Appointed
An expert on the history of the Russian revolutionary
movement who worked as a coalminer for three years
before going to university has been named head of UBC's
department of Slavonic studies.
Dr. Michael H. Futrell, 39, currently a senior lecturer
in the Slavonic studies department of the University of
Nottingham, England, will take up his new post at UBC
in July, 1967.
UBC's president, Dr. John B. Macdonald, said a committee chaired by the dean of arts, Dr. Dennis Healy, had
recommended Dr. Futrell's appointment after considering
22 persons for the post In his letter of recommendation
to President Macdonald, Dr. Healy said the committee was
impressed by the range of Dr. Futrell's intellectual interests, his knowledge of Russian literature and his familiarity with the Slavic world.
During the 1965-66 academic year, Dr. Futrell was a
visiting associate professor in the department of far eastern and Slavic languages and literature at the University
of Washington in Seattle.
There he taught undergraduate and graduate courses
in both 19th and 20th century Russian literature and
attended Japanese language courses as a student to further a research interest in Russian-Japanese affairs.
On his way to Seattle, Dr. Futrell crossed Russia on
the Trans-Siberian Railway, visiting Peking, Canton and
Hong Kong, and did four months of research in Tokyo
which yielded new material dealing with Russian-Japanese
relations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Dr. Futrell was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, and attended
school there. Before entering the school of Slavonic studies at the University of London in 1947 he worked as a
coalminer for three years.
Dr. Futrell received his bachelor's degree with first
class honours in Russian language and literature in 1951.
Aided by research scholarships from the University of
London and the British government he carried out research on Russian and comparative literature and received
his doctor of philosophy degree in 1955 for a thesis comparing British novelist Charles Dickens with three Russian
In 1956 he was appointed a lecturer at the University
of Nottingham and in 1965 was promoted to senior lecturer. At Nottingham Dr. Futrell's research has been
chiefly in the areas of Russian literature and the history
of the Russian revolutionary movement. He has also received several grants from the Russian Research Centre
at St. Anthony's College, Oxford, to assist research studies
in  Finland,  Denmark and  Sweden.
As a result of the discovery in these countries of a
great deal of new material relating to the Russian revolutionary movement, Dr. Futrell published in 1963 a book
entitled "Northern Underground," which was subsequently
translated into both Swedish and  Finnish.
Dr. Futrell succeeds Prof. James O. St Clair-Sobell,
who resigned as head of UBC's Slavonic studies department last year for reasons of health. He will remain in
the  department  aas   professor  of  comparative   philology.
new-born babies which will cause
mental deficiency unless treated by a
special diet Dr. Quastel was the first
person to confirm the findings of a
Norwegian doctor who discovered the
disease. He later developed the urine
color test which is now a standard
method of detecting the disease in
new-born children.
In 1941, at the request of the British
Agricultural Research Council, Dr.
Quastel undertook the directorship of
their Unit of Soil Metabolism for the
improvement of soil fertility. During
this period he was largely responsible
for the discovery of the weed-killer
2,4-D, and development of a soil conditioner which is now marketed under
the trade name "Krillium."
In 1947 Dr. Quastel came to Canada
as professor of biochemistry at McGill and director of the McGill-Mont-
real General Hospital Research Institute, posts he held until  1965.
During his 19 years at McGill, Dr.
Quastel received $2,750,000 to support
research projects undertaken by himself and his colleagues. A total of 75
students received their doctor of
philosophy degrees in this period by
work under his direction and 45 postdoctoral fellows were associated with
his institute.
Dr. Quastel has received numerous
honors and other awards for his pioneering work. He holds the distinction of being one of the few Canadians to be elected a fellow of both
the Royal Society of England and the
Royal Society of Canada.
Dr. Quastel was recently at the University of Bombay in India for a few
months where he was the British
Royal Society's Leverhulme visiting
professor in biochemistry, the first
such professorship in biochemistry
ever awarded.
He is a former president of the
Canadian Biochemical Society and last
year the Canadian Society of Microbiologists honoured him with its annual award.
On reaching his 65th birthday last
year an entire issue of the Canadian
Journal of Biochemistry, written entirely by his Canadian students and
colleagues, was dedicated to Dr. Quastel and included tributes to him by
long-time  colleagues.
He is one of two Canadian members
of the North American Commission
for the study of alcoholism and alcoholic problems of the United States
Public  Health  Service.
Dr. Quastel has authored more than
300 scientific papers and has written
several books in the biochemical field.
SEPT.-OCT., 1966
VOLUME 12, No. 4 Research Expansion
Forecast by New Head
Expansion of research in metallurgy
at the University of B.C. is forecast by
a new department head in the faculty
of applied science.
UBC's 1966 Homecoming celebrations will be a seven-day affair combining sports activities with traditional
class reunions and the Homecoming
ball in Brock Hall.
Sports events include a family sports
jamboree October 14, the student-
alumni frostbite regatta at Jericho
Beach October 16, a student-alumni
ladies' golf tournament and curling
bonspeil October 20, a similar golf
tournament for men October 21 and a
family hockey night October 23.
Climax of Homecoming activities is
October 22 and will include the annual
Homecoming luncheon in the UBC
fieldhouse at 11:30 a.m. followed by a
football game in the stadium (UBC vs.
Alberta) or a bus tour of the campus
at 2 p.m.
Reunions for the classes of 1916, '21,
'26, '31, '36, '41, '46, '51, '56, and '61
begin at various campus points at 6
p.m. and the alumni Homecoming Ball
begins in Brock Hall at 9 p.m.
The annual Great Trekker award to
a distinguished graduate or friend of
the University will be made at a student pep meet in the War Memorial
Gymnasium at noon October 20.
Full details on all events and table
reservations for the Homecoming Ball
are available from the Alumni Association office in Brock Hall, 224-4366, or
Must Pass Four
Exams to Write
Students in the University of B. C.'s
faculty of arts will have to pass four
courses this year to be eligible to
write a supplemental examination.
UBC's Senate has approved a recommendation from .the faculty of arts
which raises the number of units a
student must pass in a winter session
to be eligible for a supplemental exam
from nine (three courses) to twelve
(four courses).
The new regulation came into effect
September 1 and will apply to the
1966-67 academic year.
The new regulation does not alter an
existing rule which requires that a
student must obtain a standing of at
least 40 per cent on the examination
which he fails to be allowed to write
the supplemental.
Dean Dennis M. Healy said the new
regulation resulted from a widespread
feeling in the faculty that students
who could successfully complete 80
per cent of their normal course work
were entitled to write a supplemental.
Dr. Edward Teghtsoonian, 41, new
head of the UBC metallurgy department, said research activities will be
expanded to include the study of
materials in the broadest sense.
"We are now the largest metallurgy department in Canada and have
outstanding teams working in the area
of both physical and extractive metallurgy," Dr. Teghtsoonian said. The
department now has studies underway on ceramics and beginnings have
been made on research in the area
of  glass-reinforced   plastics.
Dr. Teghtsoonian, a member of the
UBC faculty since 1956, succeeds
Prof. W. E. Armstrong, who was
named dean of the faculty of applied
science last January. Dean Armstrong
said a selection committee had made
an international search for a new
head   of  the   metallurgy  department
"The committee was unanimous in
its decision to recommend Dr. Teghtsoonian  for the  post.  He  is the out-
New Master's
Degree OK'd
In Forestry
A new master of science in
forestry degree has been approved by the University of
B.C.'s Senate and Board of Governors.
Dean Joseph A. F. Gardner,
head of UBC's forestry faculty,
said the new master's degree
would emphasize basic scientific
aspects of forestry and provide
specialists for teaching, research
and other activities involving
the creation and dissemination
of knowledge about forests and
their use.
The new dsgree will be a
stepping stone toward the doctor of philosophy degree and
will complement the existing
master of forestry degree de-
signed to train professional
foresters in forest land management
standing research metallurgist in
Canada working on the theory of deformation of materials and has been
the leader of the most active research
group in this field in the country,"
the  Dean  said.
The department currently holds
approximately $350,000 in research
grants and awards for various projects. Dr. Teghtsoonian's group has a
$25,000 research contract with Atomic
Energy of Canada to investigate the
deformation of the components in
nuclear reactors resulting from high
Dr. Teghtsoonian was born in Toronto and received the degrees of
bachelor of applied science, master
of arts and doctor of philosophy at
the University of Toronto. Before
joining the UBC faculty he was a
research and scientific officer with
the National Research Council and
the mines branch of the Department
of Mines  and Technical  Surveys.
Dean Armstrong also announced
that the metallurgy department would
be further strengthened by the appointment of Dr. Alec Mitchell, of the
University of Sheffield, considered to
be one of the leading extractive metallurgists  in the  United  Kingdom.
Dr. Mitchell, who will join the UBC
faculty in April, 1967, as an associate
professor, is an expert in the chemical reactions and behaviour of molten
metals, the dean said.
"His appointment will add additional strength to an area of research
where important work has already
been done, notably by Prof. Frank
Forward, former head of the department and now director of the Science
Secretariat in Ottawa, and Prof. C. S.
Samis, a member of the department
since  1945."
SEPT.-OCT., 1966
VOLUME 12, No. 4
WILLIAM RACHUK, left, newly-appointed radiation surveyor at UBC, checks
radiation levels with a gamma survey meter during a nuclear physics experiment being carried out on the Van der Graff generator in the UBC physics
building by graduate student Michael Reimann, 730 Eyremont Dr., West Vancouver. Rachuk will also keep track of radioactive isotopes being used in 20
UBC departments and advise faculty on the handling of such materials.
UBC  Watchdog  Will
Check Radioactivity
The University of B.C. has hired
a "radiation watchdog" to advise
faculty members and keep track
of the growing use of radioactive
isotopes for campus scientific experiments.
William Rachuk has joined the
UBC staff as radiation surveyor
after 13 years as a safety officer
with Atomic Energy of Canada
Limited at Chalk River, Ontario,
Canada's main centre of nuclear
Dr. Sidney Zbarsky, chairman of
the president's committee on radioactive isotopes and radiation hazards at UBC, emphasized that the
hiring of Mr. Rachuk did not mean
that there were widespread radiation  hazards on  the campus.
"There is, however, a growing
use of small amounts of radioactive material in a great many
UBC departments and associated
government research stations," Dr.
Zbarsky  said.
"In the interests of safety, scientists need to be advised and instructed on safety measures and
equipment necessary for the experiments they plan. Mr. Rachuk
will also organize a lecture course,
to be given next spring, for graduate students and faculty members
who are unfamiliar with handling
radioactive  materials."
At present, a total of 20 UBC
departments and government research stations located on the campus are licensed by the Atomic
Energy Control Board to use 40
radioactive   isotopes   for   research.
Among the UBC departments
which use such materials are pathology,   metallurgy,  zoology,  chemis
try,    oceanography,     biology     and
botany and poultry nutrition.
Since January of this year, a
total of 35 faculty members have
applied to the Atomic Energy Control Board for permission to use
such materials. The AECB refers
all applications to the Radiation
Protection Division of the Federal
Department of National Health and
Welfare, which may investigate
how the materials are to be used
before a  license  is issued.
Mr. Rachuk said that once the
license had been granted he would
ensure that the material is handled
safely and that laboratories are
properly equipped for experimental work.
He will monitor radiation levels
with Geiger counters, radiation
survey meters and scintillation
"UBC is one of a number of
Canadian universities which have
hired radiation surveyors as a result of the widespread use of
radioactive materials," Mr. Rachuk
The Control Board, he said will
feel more confident about granting
a license for radioactive isotopes
if they know that the University
has a full time officer supervising
the use of such material and advising faculty members on how
best to handle them.
He doesn't anticipate that there
will be many difficult problems on
the UBC campus. "The amounts
handled are extremely small," he
said, "and those who do the handling are aware of the dangers.
Basically, it's simply a matter of
teaching people good housekeeping." DR. JAN LEJA, right, of UBC's mineral engineering
department, is eagerly awaiting the arrival on campus of
a $35,000 machine which will produce wavy lines called
spectra, similar to the set he is shown pointing to above.
The machine which goes by the fancy name of an inter-
feromatric infra-red emmision spectrometer, will be used
for research on problems in the mining and mineral industry as well as corrosion and lubrication.
New Research Tool Attacks
Mineral Industry Problems
A research team in the University
of British Columbia's newly-formed
department of mineral engineering is
awaiting the arrival of a metal box
not much bigger than an ordinary
lunch  kit.
When it arrives, the team, headed
by Professor Jan Leja, will begin a
research project which could lead to
new advances in the Canadian mineral industry and in attacking corrosion  and  lubrication   problems.
The research tool — the box and a
companion memory unit — goes by
the fancy name of an interferometric
infra-red emmision spectrometer, and
the UBC unit will be the first in
Canada, and among the first to be
used  anywhere.
Block Engineering Inc., of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is currently
testing a prototype of the machine.
Dr. Leja, who joined UBC's mineral
engineering department last year,
hopes to have his by the end of the
The $35,000 machine, to be purchased with a grant from Canada's
National Research Council, is a complicated device for recording sets of
wavy lines called spectra, which Dr.
Leja describes as "the fingerprints
of molecules."
In the same way that every individual has a unique set of fingerprints,
he says, so every compound will produce a unique spectrum when irradiated.
The secret of the emmision interferometric unit is an ingeniously arranged set of moving mirrors which
screen out all "background" radiation
and collect only the infra-red radiation from a sample. The new unit is
2,000 to 5,000 times more sensitive
than any existing absorption infra-red
The radiation emitted by the sample is, however, extremely weak, and
only when the sample has been scanned many times is there a signal sufficiently strong to create the lines of
the spectrum. The function of the
memory unit is to store, add and magnify the weak signals until they are
strong  enough  to  be  useful.
What has this got to do with the
mining and mineral industry? A great
deal, says Dr. Leja, particularly in
the area of froth flotation, one of the
major methods of treating ores for
the extraction of metals.
The process works by exploiting
differences in surface characteristics
of minerals. When extremely small
quantities of reagents called surfactants — short for "surface acting
agents" — are introduced into a mixture of ore and water, they bond
themselves to the surface of the mineral to be extracted.
Air   bubbles   are   then   introduced
Royal Arts
Society Elects
UBC Professor
Dr. Donald C. G. MacKay, associate professor of psychology
at the University of B.C., has
been elected a fellow of the
Royal Society of Arts of London,   England.
The Society, founded in 1847
under a royal charter granted
by Queen Victoria, has headquarters in London, publishes a
journal and annually awards the
Albert Medal, named for Queen
Victoria's Prince Consort, to an
individual for "distinguished
merit in promoting Arts, Manufactures   and   Commerce."
Dr. MacKay has been a member of the UBC faculty since
1946 and has been active in the
foreign student and International House programs on the
He is a former chairman of
the International House board
of directors, and former president of the International House
Association. He was president
of B.C. Psychological Association in 1949-50.
into the mixture and the solid particles of mineral which have reacted
to the surfactant become attached to
the bubbles and rise to the top of the
flotation vessel, where they are skimmed off.
This surface bonding, which scientists refer to as "adsorption," is what
Dr. Leja hopes to illuminate with the
new instrument.
Each of the components in the flotation process — minerals and surfactants — will be subjected to the infrared irradiating process to determine
their respective spectra. By comparing the spectra of each component
Dr. Leja and his associates will be
able to determine the structure of the
molecules and how they are bonded
Up to now, said Dr. Leja, the selection of a surfactant for the bonding
process in flotation has been largely
a hit and miss proposition, with the
surfactant being chosen by trial and
If, however, the mechanism of the
surface bonding action is evaluated,
proper reagents can be prescribed
and chosen. In addition, new surfactants can be developed to make the
flotation process more selective and
The research will also be used to
throw light on corrosion and lubrication problems, which are also surface
chemistry  problems.
Corrosion often cannot be prevented
because protective layers presently
used do not adhere properly to the
surface of metals. A really efficient
coating for protecting car bodies
against salt corrosion, for instance,
could result from an understanding
of the  bonding  action..
Similarly, lubricants are held to surfaces by the addition of minute quantities of surfactants which bond themselves to the  metal.
More efficient surfactants and a better understanding of their action could
result after Dr. Leja and his team
have run tests on the new instrument
and produced spectra to reveal the
way in which   molecules   interact.
UBC Loses
The director of UBC's Extension
Department, Dr. John K. Friesen, 54,
is resigning to enter population planning work.
"It is with great regret that the
University loses the services of Dr.
Friesen after 13 years," President
John B. Macdonald said. "At the same
time, his interest in this very crucial
world problem and his courage in
undertaking the sacrifices and personal inconveniences involved are
most admirable.
"During his time as Director, our
Extension Department has attained
quality equal to any in Canada. One
of Dr. Friesen's many contributions
has been the development1 of a strong
staff to preserve that quality and continue  its development."
Dr. Friesen's resignation is effective
November 30, but he will spend a
month in India (where he spent nine
months in 1964-65 as project director
in establishing an extension department at the University of Rajasthan
under the Columbo plan), joining The
Population Council in New York in
"My first assignment will be as the
educator with a three-member team
— including a medical man and a
demographer — in Turkey," Dr. Friesen said. "Our project is to find means
of population planning."
Supported by the Rockefeller
Foundation and others, the Council
sends such teams to Asia, the Middle
East, parts of North Africa and Latin
America where the growth of population is an acute problem, Dr. Friesen
"I received an invitation several
months ago from The Council to join
in this work, and have been thinking
it over ever since.   I   decided  it was
just the sort of thing I should be
"However, I am leaving the University with deep regret I have enjoyed
my life and work here immensely for
13 years. The people have been wonderful. The extension activities are off
and running, well developed by my
predecessors, and by good support
from the University, which has permitted us to expand extension in the
last two years.
"But there are new fields to plough.
The work of population control by
planning is extremely urgent There
are two bombs that the world must
worry about. One is only too familiar.
The other is the population explosion.
The countries with the worst problems are just waking up to the dangers, and require all the assistance
they can obtain.
"It is one of the great issues of our
day. I have been invited to make a
contribution as an educator, and I
feel this is a great challenge," Dr.
Friesen said.
SEPT.-OCT., 1966
Statement of Source and Application of Funds
For the Year Ended March 31, 1966
Province of British Columbia:
Operating      $12,894,000
Health Sciences Centre,
Teaching and Research Hospital. 	
Research and Services   	
Government of Canada:
CapitaL.   _	
$           —
$     —
$           —
Miscellaneous for Teaching,
Scholarships and Research..
Student Fees including
University Extension 	
Ancillary Enterprises (Bookstore,
Food Services, Residences,
Farms, University Research Forest,
Traffic and Parking, Hospitals, etc.)..
Gifts, Grants and Bequests	
Services, Rentals, Investments
and Other Income	
Sales and Services of Educational,
Academic and Student Service Depts.
Repayments—Student Aid Loan Fund ...
Decrease in General Funds
Operating Surplus:
Excess of Expenditure over Revenue
for the Year Ended March 31, 1966...
$ 2,102,248      $ 5,383,745
$ 5,075,539
$ 2,383,505
$ 5,473,498
$ 5,075,539
Academic Faculties, Departments
and Non-Faculty Academic
and Student Services	
Buildings and Grounds Maintenance
(including Power Plant, Inspection,
Motor Vehicles, Alterations)   2,130,367
Services (including Gas, Light and
Power, Water, Telephone and
Mail, Security Patrol, Fire Fighting
and Prevention, Fire and Motor
Vehicle Insurance  814,493
General Expenses    187,613
Athletics  —
Fellowships, Scholarships,
Prizes and Bursaries   464,192
Research-         5,466,351
Buildings, including Furnishings,
Equipment and Campus Development:
From General Funds      263,872
From Province of B.C.:
General  —
Fisheries Storage Building _  —
University Teaching Hospital—  —
From Government of Canada:
University Teaching Hospital..  —
From Gifts, Grants and Bequests  —
Fund Raising—Three Universities
Capital Fund     —
Ancillary Enterprises (Bookstore,
Food Services, Residences,
Farms, University Research Forest,
Traffic and Parking, Hospital, etc.). —
Borrowed Money:
Student Aid Loan Fund
Bank of Montreal (Net Decrease) ... 291,544
Increase in Trust Fund Balances:
Trusts for Specific Purposes
Endowment Funds    ..
Miscellaneous Loan Funds
$ 1,272,034
$            —
$     —
$ 2,280,918
$ 5,473,498
$ 5,179,689
$ 2,383,505
$ 5,473,498
$ 5,075,539
University of B.C. operating expenditures of $33,076,718 exceeded
operating revenues by $319,875 during
the  fiscal   year ended   March  31   last
Bursar William White said, however, that the over-expenditure was
planned in budgeting for the year, and
cannot be considered a "loss" on UBC
"The over-expenditure was deliberate in order to reduce accumulated
operating surplus of $412,437. As a
consequence, only $69,310 in surplus
remained at March 31. Mr. White said
surplus was derived in part from
logging operations at the UBC Research Forest in Haney, and in part
from unexpected revenues from services and sales other than those to
"While $69,310 is a very small margin for a $33 million operation, the
University has deficiencies in too
many areas to hold any substantial
amount of operating money in reserve," the Bursar said.
He was commenting on figures appearing in the University Financial
Statements for the 1965-66 fiscal year,
published in accordance with the provincial Public Bodies Information Act
The statements show that in addition to operating expenditures of $33,-
076,718, UBC invested $5,179,689 in
capital funds in new buildings and
campus  improvements.
Endowment funds increased by bequests and donations totalling $4,792,-
800. Mr. White emphasized that this
money is not available for general
University use, but must be held in
trust with earnings available for uses
specified  by  the donors.
Ancillary enterprises (outside of the
$33,076,718 operating budget) including campus residences, food and bookstore services, traffic and parking,
and the research forest and research
farm showed excess expenditure of
$89,753 over revenue of $5,383,745. Mr.
White said this was part of the planned over-expenditure, and involved
only the forest and farm.
"Direct services to students — residences, food, bookstore, traffic and
parking — account for more than $5
million of ancillary services revenues,
and these revenues pay for these
services without profit to the University. The costs met include the cost
of financing, and constructing and
equipping buildings for these services."
UBC debt at March 31 included
$5,760,939 owing on two Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation mortgages and a bank loan, all undertaken
to construct residences. (A second
bank loan on which $435,720 is owing
is provincially guaranteed and was
used to provide loans to students. It
is repayable as students repay the
UBC's gross expenditures included
$22,509,544 for salaries and wages, and
$582,731   for   expense  accounts..
"These expenses are derived very
largely from gifts and grants to the
University to finance the attendance
of faculty members at meetings of
learned, professional and technical
conferences, and for field expenses
on research projects," Mr. White said.
Sources of UBC funds (see table at
left) included: Government of B.C.:
$16,181,798 (operating grant, capital
grant, and teaching and research
grants); Government of Canada: $7,-
050,065 (operating grants, research and
other specific purposes); gifts, grants
and bequests: $11,028,827 (specific purposes, endowment, and student loan,
$27,153); student suition fees: $7,999,-
950; Extension department: $503,219;
Income from investments, services,
rentals  and sales, $1,168,339.
SEPT.-OCT., 1966
$500,000 Trust Fund Endows Chair
The University of British Columbia has been
endowed with a $500,000 trust fund to give perpetual
support to the newly established The Eric W. Hamber Professorship in Medicine, President John B.
Macdonald has announced.
The gift, to provide $25,000 a year, was made by
Mrs. Eric W. Hamber in memory of her husband.
The Hon. Eric W. Hamber, a leading B.C. industrial
and business figure and a former Lieutenant-Governor of B.C., was Chancellor of the University of B.C.
from 1944 to 1951, taking a strong interest in the
founding of the UBC  Faculty of Medicine.
"Mrs. Hamber's far-sighted generosity is an outstanding example of the kind of gift that is enormously important to the growth of quality in the
University," Dr. Macdonald said. "It is the first fully
supported and perpetually endowed professorship
or chair at this university.
"The endowment of a Professorship in Medicine
is  particularly timely just as construction  is  begin
ning of our Health Sciences Centre and the Faculty
of Medicine is moving into a new concept of integrated teaching of all the chief medical disciplines.
"Endowment of this kind in perpetuity assists a
university in retaining and attracting the most outstanding teachers and researchers, adding to the
strength  and  lustre of the faculty."
UBC Dean of Medicine John F. McCreary said
that, historically, the endowment of a chair in medicine at the University of Toronto had a strong influence on medical education. The first full-time
faculty member in any Commonwealth medical
school was the Professor of Medicine at Toronto.
His employment on a full-time basis in 1917 was
made possible by a generous private gift, the income
from which provided his salary.
This step began the process of change in medical
education from a system in which all of the teachers were busy practitioners devoting part of their
time to teaching, to an arrangement whereby in each
department in a medical school there is a nucleus
of  full-time  highly  trained  teacher-scientists.  Asso
ciated with this change has been a steady improvement in undergraduate and postgraduate medical
education and, as a result, a similar improvement in
medical care.
"It is particularly appropriate that our first endowed chair should honour Mr. Hamber," Dean McCreary said. "The Hon. Mr. Hamber as Chancellor
gave the strongest possible support to the developments that led to the founding of the Faculty of
Medicine in 1950. He felt that the University was
really coming of age when it started to train doctors, and he was very helpful in bringing the school
into being.
"With the rapid expansion and increasing number of medical schools, the competition for top-flight
teachers and researchers is strong and is going to
grow stronger. The development of perpetually en-
downed professorships is particularly important at
this time to obtain first class teachers and researchers in face of intensifying national competition for
Dr. Peter A. Larkin, 41, one of
Canada's foremost fisheries experts,
has rejoined the faculty of the University of British Columbia as professor of zoology, President John B.
Macdonald  has  announced.
Dr. Larkin, a member of the UBC
faculty from 1948 to 1963, was director
of the Institute of Fisheries from 1955
until resigning to become director of
the federal government's Fisheries
Research Board biological station in
Professor William Hoar, head of
UBC's zoology department, said Dr.
Larkin would join a team of researchers in the department concentrating
on population'studies of natural populations, which are essential as food
He said B.C. was a particularly fruitful area for such studies and that
UBC already had an outstanding team
dealing with population studies on
birds, insects  and  small  animals.
"The addition of Dr. Larkin, who
has had extensive experience with
fish populations, will give UBC the
most powerful research group in
Canada working in this field," Dr.
Hoar said.
He added that the UBC research
team would work in conjunction with
scientists at provincial and federal
government research laboratories
located in B.C.
Dr. Larkin is a native of New Zealand and was educated at the University of Saskatchewan, where he received the degrees of bachelor and
master of arts in biology.
He was awarded the Governor-
General's Gold Medal in 1945 and the
following year received the Rhodes
Scholarship to Oxford, where he studied for his doctor of philosophy degree.
Registration for UBC's 1966-67 winter
session stands at 17,232 students — 210
more than were expected by registration officials and an increase of 895
students over last year.
Registration is now complete in
every faculty except graduate studies,
where an additional 200 students are
expected to register, bringing enrolment to 1,600.
Nearly 25,000 students are enrolled
in the three public universities of the
province. Enrolment at Simon Fraser
University is reportedly 4,200 students
and the University of Victoria has
registered 3,413.
UBC's final enrolment, computed at
the end of the first term is expected
to  be  approximately   17,200.
Of the University's 11 faculties, only
two showed small decreases. Registrar
J. E. A. Parnall said that despite the
expansion of educational facilities in
the Vancouver area over the past two
years, enrolment in the first year of
arts continues to increase.
This year 1,480 students are registered in first year arts, an increase of
61 students over last year's total of
Faculties which this year showed
notable increases are applied science,
up from 1,266 to 1,415, and commerce,
up to 1,018 students from 890 last year.
Following are total registration
figures by faculty with last year's
figures in brackets: Arts—5,474 (5,303);
Science—3,284 (3,060); Education —
3,091 (3,067); Agriculture— 209 (203);
Applied Science—1,415 (1,266); Commerce—1,018 (890); Dentistry—23 (14);
Forestry—237 (199); Law—341 (306);
Medicine—348 (316); Pharmacy — 129
(144); Graduate Studies—1,421  (1,359).
Dr. Henry C. Gunning, former
dean of applied science and
head of the geology department
at the University of B.C., has
been awarded the Logan Medal
of the Geological Association
of Canada for his "outstanding
contribution  to  earth  sciences."
Dr. Gunning, a member of the
UBC faculty from 1939 until
1958, received the medal at an
Association   meeting  in   Halifax.
Seminars, Conferences
To Meet at New Centre
"All of these attributes have a close
bearing on Dr. Green's generous gift
at this time," said President John B.
Macdonald. "He is anxious to promote
seminars and conferences in all parts
of the world to develop the type of
international co-operation that we
witnessed in the International Geophysical Year. He is anxious to
strengthen the understanding between
universities and their communities for
many mutual advantages.
"The centre will provide a hitherto-
lacking specialized area at UBC for
seminars, conferences and other University-community contacts in both a
general and in many specialized ways.
"For instance, it could be an extremely valuable liaison point between
the University and those engaged at
the research-oriented industrial park
which the University is most anxious
to see developed for private firms on
the Endowment Lands adjacent to
the campus."
Since acquired by UBC, Yorkeen
has received limited use for seminars
and conferences organized mainly by
the UBC extension department and
as housing for short-term campus
Dr. Macdonald said that the offices
of the University Resources Committee, the Alumni Annual Giving campaign, and the 3-Universities Campaign Fund will move shortly from
other campus locations to the new
town-gown centre.
Residence Rates Kept Low
students will continue to be operated
out of revenues they provide, without
profit to the University or public subsidy.
"The prime objective is to keep
rentals as low as possible — and with
the largest amount of campus accommodation in Canada, our average
rental rates are still the lowest," Dr.
Macdonald said.
"However, it must be kept clearly
in sight that rents paid by those living in campus residences must cover
the operating costs, plus interest payments and principle repayments of
money borrowed to build and equip
the  residences.
"All building capital presently in
sight has been committed to meeting
the academic expansion required by
a growing student body, and to attempting to overcome some of the
deficiencies common to all academic
Dr. Macdonald said that because
much detailed planning in design and
siting remains to be done, and financing arrangements are yet to be completed, it is not yet possible to provide a precise timetable for the building space for the 3,020 new beds involved in the five-year plan.
"However, it can be stressed that
the Board and the administration
have    been    acutely    conscious    right
along of the difficulties experienced
by a growing number of UBC students
originating from beyond commuting
distance, and are determined to do
everything possible to help overcome
these difficulties."
Dr. Macdonald said that the policy
of giving priority to out-of-town students, except in very special circumstances, will be continued.
American Reading
Expert Appointed
An American reading expert with
wide experience in teaching, research
and program planning has been appointed a full professor in the University of B.C.'s faculty of education.
He is Dr. Glenn M. Chronister, 41,
who comes to UBC from Arizona
State University, in Tempe, where he
has been associate professor of elementary education since  1963.
Dean Neville Scarfe, head of UBC's
education faculty, said Dr. Chronister
would add further strength to the
education reading program which includes a reading research clinic.
One of Dr. Chronister's major activities in the U.S. was the planning
of new reading programs for schools
on a state-wide basis. He has written
several detailed handbooks for teachers which incorporate up-to-date research.
SEPT.-OCT., 1966
VOLUME 12, No. 4


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