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Former faculty member heads Law
Kenneth M. Lysyk, 41, deputy
attorney-general for the Province of
Saskatchewan, will become dean of
the Faculty of Law at the University
of B.C. on July 1.
Mr. Lysyk, whose special areas of
interest are constitutional law and
native Indian rights, was a member of
the UBC faculty for a decade. He was
first appointed in 1960 as a lecturer in
post   as   professor   of   law   at   the
University of Toronto.
As Saskatchewan's deputy
attorney-general since 1972 he has
been responsible for the
administration of justice and for
advising the government on all matters
of law.
Mr. Lysyk succeeds Dean Albert J.
law and resigned  in  1970 to accept a        McClean, head of the UBC law faculty
Vol. 22, No. 18. May 12, 1976. Published by Information Services, University of B.C., 2075
Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5. J.A. Banham, editor. Judith Walker, staff writer.
Production assistants, Louise Hoskin and Anne Shorter.
Relaxing momentarily in race to ready their electric car for Habitat Forum are
UBC engineering students Peter Van Der Gracht and David Knutson, left to right
in rear seat, and Basil Peters and David Danard, left to right in front. John Morris
Gears ready electric car
A task force of UBC Engineers is
racing against time and a rapidly
declining bank account to complete an
innovative electric car foir the opening
of Habitat Forum in Vancouver on
May 27.
Third-year electrical engineering
student Basil Peters, who conceived
the idea of building the car in 1974,
says his project group is working day
and night to have the battery-powered
car ready for display.
"There's no doubt that the car will
be ready for Habitat Forum," Mr.
Peters told UBC Reports, "but we may
not have enough time or money to put
all the finishing touches on the
So far, nearly $80,000 has been
spent on constructing the car, which
Mr. Peters says is designed to be "an
attractive alternative" to the
conventional gasoline-powered
automobile. Major contributors
include B.C. Hydro, which has given
$25,000, and the B.C. Department of
Labour, which has approved $26,000
over the past two summers to pay the
salaries of students working on the
About a dozen students form the
core of the working group that has
built the car. However, a total of 50
students have been involved in various
aspects of the design.
Please turn to Page Four
since 1971, who will remain at UBC as
professor of law.
A native of Weyburn, Sask., Mr.
Lysyk was educated at McGill
University, where he received the
degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1954;
the University of Saskatchewan, where
he was awarded the degree of Bachelor
of Laws in 1957; and Oxford
University in England, where he
received the degree of Bachelor of
Civil Law in 1960.
He has been called to the bar in
both Saskatchewan and British
Columbia and was named a Queen's
Counsel in 1973.
Mr. Lysyk's work in the field of
native Indian rights began at UBC
when he was appointed consultant to a
UBC Indian research project in 1965.
With two other members of the
UBC faculty, he contributed to a
volume entitled "A Survey of the
Contemporary Indians of Canada:
Political and Educational Needs and
Policies," edited by UBC's Prof. Harry
He has also written articles on the
constitutional position of the
Canadian Indian, Indian hunting
rights, and the settlement of Indian
title claims.
He has served as legal advisor and
director of legal research for the
Indian Claims Commission and as
special advisor to the Department of
National Health and Welfare on
constitutional matters relating to
social welfare.
He has also worked on reports and
studies for the Department of Indian
Affairs and Northern Development,
the Privy Council Office, and National
Health and Welfare.
Mr. Lysyk has acted as chairman of
boards of arbitration on labor matters
in B.C. and Ontario and was B.C.
editor of the Canadian Bar Review
from 1966-70.
He is married and has three
UBC's operating grant for
1976-77" is up 8.02 per cent
from 1975-76 -to$99,370,966
from $91,988,957.
Allocation of the operating
grants by the Universities
Council was disclosed in a letter
made public at the May meeting
of the UBC Board of Governors. Engineer Peter Steblin works flat out writing up results for civil engineering survey
course that keeps Applied Science students on campus after exams have ended.
Fellow Engineers are engrossed in instrument that measures distance. John Morris
'Jobs not in jeopardy'
Every teacher presently teaching in
British Columbia should have a job
next September if there is a willingness
to move to where the work is.
Education Minister Pat McGeer has
"I want to make it clear to all B.C.
teachers that, contrary to some of the
statements made by officers of their
own association, their jobs are not
now in jeopardy, nor will they be in
the future," Dr. McGeer stated.
He said that if local school boards
adopt a reasonable approach,
substantial savings can be effected on
school costs without limiting the
opportunities for teachers and without
limiting, in any way, the quality of
education that is offered.
2/UBC Reports/May 12, 1976
In recent years in B.C. there has
been an oversupply of teachers in the
metropolitan areas and an undersupply
in the smaller communities of the
province. Once again, teachers are
being urged to serve in central B.C.,
the north, the east Kootenays and the
more remote regions of the province.
To fill teacher vacancies school
districts have, in the past, been forced
to recruit outside B.C., a practice that
is likely to continue for the present.
The minister said B.C. should strive for
a reasonable level of self-sufficiency in
the supply of teachers.
The minister stated that this year
the department will be writing the
school districts encouraging them to
give priority to B.C. graduates for new
teaching assignments.
Medical scien
for increased r
An organization that hopes to get a
better break from government on medical
research funding was formed Monday
night at a medical scientists' meeting in
the Instructional Resources Centre, UBC.
More than 70 attended, and the vote
to form the Association of Medical
Scientists of British Columbia was
Dr. Sidney Katz of Pharmaceutical
Sciences, one of the organizers, told the
meeting that the state of medical research
funding in Canada "is more shocking than
any of us realized."
He said that because of inflation and
only slight annual increases in the budget
of the Medical Research Council of
Canada, the number of "real" dollars
available in 1976-77 for medical research
has declined by more than 10 per cent
since 1971-72.
He said that on a per-capita basis,
Canada spends less on medical research
than Portugal, England, Israel "and many
other smaller and less-endowed
countries." He said the United States
spends six times as much per capita as
Canada on medical research. Canada
spent $2.08 last year, per capita, while
the U.S. spent $12.91, Dr. Katz said.
Purposes and aims of the new
association were also approved
unanimously, as follows:
1. To obtain data and information
regarding current funding of medical
research in British Columbia, in
particular, and in Canada in general, and
to act as a clearing house for that
2. To develop a public awareness of
the nature and value of medical research
by attempting to increase newspaper,
radio and television coverage of the work
and achievements of local scientists, by
creating speakers bureaus, and by other
related activities deemed appropriate by
the association.
Miss Florence Fyfe-Smith, a longtime
friend of the University who died in
January at the age of 75, remembered
UBC generously in her will.
Miss Fyfe-Smith, whose father James
came to Canada from Australia at the
turn of the century and founded a
hardwood importing business, left
$100,000 for the purchase of oriental
objects to add to the Fyfe-Smith Oriental
Collection which already had been given
to the University for display in the new
Museum of Anthropology.
The collection consists of more than
3,000 pieces of fine Oriental art — ivory tists to press
esearch funds
3. To inform national associations
such as the Canadian Federation of
Biological Societies (CFBS) and the
Canadian Society for Clinical
Investigation (CSCI) of the activities and
aims of the association.
4. To support the establishment of a
permanent lobby in Ottawa which will
work on behalf of Canadian medical
researchers. It is anticipated that the
permanent lobby will be conducted and
financed by existing national
organizations such as CFBS and CSCI.
5. To discuss with local members of
Parliament the importance of developing
a science policy for Canada and of
making medical research funding an
important national priority.
6. To make representations to
members of the Legislative Assembly in
Victoria regarding the urgent need for
expanded provincial support of medical
Membership in the association will be
open to "individuals involved in or
associated with medically related research
in British Columbia."
It was decided to form a general
council, with one member to be elected
or appointed from each department of
the UBC Faculty of Medicine, plus one
member each from UBC's Faculties of
Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical
Sciences, the University of Victoria,
Simon Fraser University and voluntary
funding agencies.
Dr. Chris Fibiger of Neurological
Sciences and Dr. JJ. Miller of Physiology,
who worked with Dr. Katz on
preparatory work leading to the Monday
meeting, said they hoped to hold an
initial meeting of the general council
within about 10 days.
Dr. William Webber, associate dean of
Medicine, chaired the Monday meeting.
gifts in will
ware, brocades, fine china, lacquer ware
and other examples of Asian handicraft.
Miss Fyfe-Smith also left $50,000 for
the funding of five bursaries, three to go
each year to native Indian students and
two to be awarded annually at the
discretion of the Department of Plant
S.cience to students of ornamental
horticulture  and  landscape architecture.
Of her $100,000 bequest for the
purchase of oriental objects. Miss
Fyfe-Smith said any pieces bought must
predate the 20th century, with the
emphasis to be placed on quality rather
than quantity.
Proud of their accomplishment, master Indian carvers from 'Ksan, near Hazelton,
B.C., stand in front of the doors they created for the new Museum of
Anthropology, to be opened at the end of this month. The doors, of six-inch-thick
red cedar, are carved on both sides and make a stunning entrance to the building.
From left to right are carvers Roy Vickers, Art Sterritt, Walter Harris, Earl Muldoe
and Neil Sterritt, at the museum last week for an informal luncheon and
installation of the doors.
Meetings range widely
If your academic interests run to
fluid dynamics, environmental design,
rock gardens or urban forestry, there's
a conference in the offing for you at
Here are brief descriptions of some
meetings to be held at UBC this
The Canadian Symposium on Fluid
Dynamics, which opens Monday (May
17) and continues until May 20, is
primarily for applied mathematicians
who will hear papers on such topics as
resource management, population
biology and the theory of urban land
rent. Details are available from Dr.
Brian Seymour, Department of
Mathematics, local 3205.
EDRA 7 is an acronym for the
seventh annual conference of the
Environmental Design Research
Association, which will meet at UBC
May 25 to 28 to hear papers on
environmental design and psychology,
urban sociology and applied
anthropology. Distinguished speakers
include Nikolaas Habraken, head of
architecture at Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, and John Piatt, of the
Mental Health Research Institute at
the University of Michigan. Call UBC's
psychology department, local 6789,
for more information.
Other meetings related to the
environment involving UBC's
Botanical Garden are those of the
International Union of Forestry
Research Organizations, which is
sponsoring an urban forestry
symposium on the campus on June 12,
and the first interim international rock
garden plant conference on the theme
Alpines of the Americas, scheduled for
July 18 to 25. The former meeting is
associated with the United Nations
Habitat conference. Call the UBC
Botanical Garden, local 3928, for
more details.
And if you're looking ahead, the
sixth Canadian Conference of Applied
Mechanics will meet at UBC from May
30 to June 3, 1977. Conference topics
include acoustics, biomechanics and
solar energy. Deadline for submission
of abstracts is Nov. 1 and further
information is available from Dr. V.J.
Modi, local 2914.
UBC Reports/May 12, 1976/3 THIS WEEK AND NEXT
Notion mutt roach Information Services, Main Mall North Admin. Bldg., by mail, by 5 p.m. Thursday of week preceding publication of notice.
UBC Reports will not appear next Wednesday, May 19.
Because there will be no edition next week, "This Week and
Next" includes notices of events to be held during the next
two weeks, up to and including Thursday, May 27, to
12:30 p.m.
3:30p.m.     PSYCHOLOGY   LECTURE.   Prof.   Hans  Eysenck,
Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, on The
Biological Basis of Personality. Room 326, Angus Building.
7:00p.m. ORGAN RECITAL for Spring Congregation. Recital
Hall, Music Building.
8:00 p.m. BACCALAUREATE SERVICE for Spring Congregation. Recital Hall, Music Building.
A four-day conference, sponsored by UBC's Institute of
Oceanography, on Theoretical Fluid Dynamical
Research in Canada. Room 106, Buchanan Building.
For Information, call B. Seymour, 228-3205.
Worth on Pathologic Aspects of Metastases. Cancer Co n-
trol Agency of B.C., 2656 Heather St.
LECTURE. Dr. R.M.A. Loyns, assistant deputy minister. Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Ottawa, and professor. Agricultural Economics, University of Manitoba,
on Is A Canadian Food Policy Possible? Penthouse,
Angus Building.
Stachiewicz, chairman. Department of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, on Value Engineering
Workshop at McGill University - How Students Tell
Industry How To Make Money. Room 106, Mechanical
Engineering Annex.
Dieter Weichert, earth physics branch. Department of
Energy, Mines and Resources, Ottawa, on The Guatemala Earthquake, with photographs. Lecture Hall 4,
Woodward Instructional Resources Centre.
8:00p.m. SENATE MEETING. Tickets are available by calling
Mrs. Frances Medley, 228-2951. Board and Senate
Room, old administration building.
9:00a.m. PSYCHIATRY CONFERENCE. Dr. Valerie Cowie,
consultant psychiatrist, Queen Mary's Hospital for
Children, Surrey, England, on The Genetics of Reading
and Learning Disabilities. Lecture theatre. Health Sciences Centre Hospital.
Prof. J. Robinson, University of Sydney, on Asymptotic
Expansions and Applications to Permutation Tests.
Room 232, MathematicsBuiWing.
Lovins, consultant. Science Council of Canada and
Friends of the Earth, Ottawa, on Alternative Energy
Futures. Lecture Hall 2, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre.
Piatt, associate director, Mental Health Research Institute, University of Michigan,on Environment, Urbanization and the UN Conference. Lecture Hall 1, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre.
9:00a.m. PAEDIATRICS GRAND ROUND. Dr. Scott Dunbar,
Department of Radiology, Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, on Bronchial Disease in Childhood. Lecture Room
B, Heather Pavilion, Vancouver General Hospital.
3:00p.m. MICROBIOLOGY SEMINAR. Dr. Thomas E. Cappen-
berg, Limnologisch Institute, The Netherlands, on
Breakdown of Organic Matter in Freshwater Sediment.
Lecture Hail 3, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre.
Gilmore, IBM, T.J. Watson Research Centre, Yorkton
Heights, N.Y., on Providing Elementary Semantics for
Specification and Program Languages By Syntactically
Sugaring Simple Conditional Formulas. Room 326,
Angus Building.
2:15p.m. CONGREGATION. Honorary degrees will be conferred
on Dr. Harry B. Hawthorn, professor of anthropology,
UBC, and artist Bill Reid. War Memorial Gymnasium.
F irst of three days.
8:00 p.m. THE GLASS MENAGERIE by Tennessee Williams. This
M.F.A. thesis production, directed by Kathleen Miller,
continues until May 29. Dorothy Somerset Studio.
Tickets, $3; students, $2. For reservations, call
Continued from Page One
"I spent the summer of 1974
building an electric motorcycle with a
grant from the Opportunities for
Youth program. The Wally Wagon (an
earlier project of UBC Engineers which
gained international fame) was in the
news that summer and the idea of
attempting to build an electric car just
came naturally," Mr. Peters said.
Beginning in the fall of 1974, Mr.
Peters held about 20 noon-hour
meetings in the Faculty of Applied
Science  to   recruit  a  working   party.
4/UBC Reports/May 12, 1976
Over a period of time a core group
emerged to work on the project.
The car will be powered by 650
pounds of lead-acid batteries, which
will be replaced by a superior type of
battery when it becomes available. The
lead-acid batteries will give the car a
range of 35 to 40 miles at a top speed
of about 60 miles per hour. A more
advanced type of battery will increase
the car's range to about 200 miles.
The front-wheel-drive car will also
boast an automatic transmission
modified for high efficiency. The
frame and body are made in one piece
out of moulded plastic foam encased
in a plastic "sandwich."
And after Habitat Forum? "We'll
be looking for financial support from
private sources and government to try
to get the car into production," Mr.
Peters says.
The Graduate Student Association
is in the process of organizing its
summer soccer league, which will start
in the last week in May and finish not
later than Aug. 10.
Applications, which should be
submitted by May 19, and further
information are available from Frank
Maurer, Room 100F, Hut B-8, local


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