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November 25, 1999
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Bruce Mason photo
Truth In Acting
Fine Arts graduate Moya O'Connell — shown here backstage at the
recent Vancouver hit play It's All True — has been busy in theatre and
movies since earning a bachelor's degree at UBC. O'Connell is among
the more than 2,200 students who will graduate during Fall Congregation
Nov. 25 and 26 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. "I wanted
an academic education as well as training in acting," says O'Connell
who only applied at UBC. "Studying theatre history and literature,
including Russian literature, gives me a context and an edge in
creating characters." Among other roles, she is in upcoming productions
of the TV series Outer Limits and a movie of the week, Y2K.
Samarasekera at helm
asnewV-R Research
Metals and Materials Engineering Prof.
Indira Samarasekera, director of UBC's
Centre for Metallurgical
Process Engineering and
university co-ordinator for
the Canada Foundation
for Innovation, has been
named vice-president. Research.
"Indira has an innovative mind and is a well-
recognized spokesperson
for the importance of research across an array of
disciplines," says UBC
President Martha Piper.
"She has a strong understanding of the importance of university research to Canada's social and economic development."
Upon  assuming  the
position  May   1,   2000
Samarasekera's responsibilities will include developing, promoting and administering research at the university and
establishing local, national and international partnerships.
She takes over from
acting vice-president,
Chemistry Prof. David
Samarasekera's research excellence has
been recognized with
numerous international
awards and honours including being named a
fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and receiving the E.W.R.
Steacie Fellowship from
the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research
Council of Canada.
In 1997 she was
awarded the B.C. Science
Council Award for New
Frontiers in Research.
UBC has awarded her the
Killam Prize and the Charles A. McDowell
Award for research achievements.
See VP Page 2
Graduate explores
genetic test's effects
by Bruce Mason
Staff writer
It's highly unusual for a large crowd to
attend and applaud a PhD defence, but
more than 50 people were present when
Sue Cox defended her doctoral research.
Many had first-hand
experience with the topic
of her 500-page thesis, "It's
Not a Secret But...: Predictive Testing and Patterns
of Communication about
Genetic Information in
Families at Risk for Huntington's disease."
Cox is one of more than
2,200 UBC students
graduating during Fall
Congregation Nov. 25 and
26. Degrees will be
awarded in eight ceremonies at the Chan Centre
for the Performing Arts.
"My interest in what it's like to live with
the knowledge that one may develop an
unpreventable, degenerative disease in
mid-life began nearly 20 years ago when
a friend explained that he was at risk for
Huntington's disease," recalls Cox who
has earned a PhD in Sociology.
"I had no idea that his story would
leave such an indelible impression or
that I would later struggle to articulate
something about the social and familial
implications that he came to understand
all too well," she adds.
Described as a "genetic time bomb,"
Huntington's disease typically occurs after age 35 and each child of a parent with
the disease has a 50 per cent chance of
developing it. In 1993, predictive testing
with near 100 per cent certainty became
available for the first time.
Focusing on how families communicate about hereditary risk. Cox conducted 102 interviews
throughout B.C. with 16
people who were having the
test and 33 of their family
The phrase 'It's not a
secret but' is intended to
convey the profound sense
of ambivalence that many
at risk individuals feel about
disclosing their test results
to others." Cox says. "Such
Cox information is a powerful
source and ever-present
threat to self-identity, intimacy and social life."
Her research was part of a larger study
headed up by UBC medical anthropologist Prof. William McKellin.
"Much of genetics research is undertaken in the lab, working at the molecular level with the hope of developing tests
More Congregation
stories, see Page 8
Supreme Court justice,
economist earn degrees
Canada's Chief Justice Antonio
Lamer, and one
of Canada's
leading economists, Richard
Lipsey, will receive honorary
degrees from the
university at Fall
Nov. 25.
Lamer's appointment to
the Supreme
Court of Canada
in 1980 coincided with  the
introduction ofthe Canadian Charter
of Rights and Freedoms and he is
recognized as a leader in the development of charter law.
He was appointed chief justice in
1990. Under his
leadership the
Supreme Court
has given judgements on issues
that lie at the
heart of Canadian law and nationhood, including the Delga-
muukw decision
on aboriginal title and the Quebec Secession
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Health Share
UBC medical research is good for economic health as well, says KPMG
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Continued from Page 1
that will eventually lead to clinical interventions," McKellin
says. "Sue moved beyond the
molecular genetics lab and clinic
to understand the subtle and
profound ways that genetic testing affects everyday family and
social lives."
Cox is currently a post-doctoral
fellow with the Centre for Applied
Ethics and continues to collaborate
with renowned researcher, Medical
Genetics Prof. Michael Hayden, director of the Centre for Molecular
Medicine and Therapeutics. She is
also a very active volunteer in Huntington's societies.
Prof. Brian Elliott, head ofthe
Anthropology and Sociology
Dept. says, "In an era in which
genetics is trumpeted, this is an
enormous, original and sympathetic work which pioneers the
study of the consequences, as
well as the intellectual and ethical struggles, in dealing with the
future when we know our fates."
Continued from Page 1
Her research interest lies in
the area of heat transfer and
stress analysis related to the
continuous casting and hot rolling of steel. She holds the Dofasco
Chair in Advanced Steel Processing at UBC.
Samarasekera joined the Faculty of Applied Science in 1980.
She served as acting head of the
Metals and Materials Engineering Dept. in 1998.
A member of the Council of
the National Research Council
of Canada, Samarasekera is also
a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Continued from Page I
He served for many years as
a lecturer at the Universite de
Montreal and continues to promote excellence in university legal education.
Lipsey is a UBC alumnus
known internationally for his
contributions to the areas of
micro-economic theory, public
economics, international trade
and industrial organization.
An active participant in public
policy debates, he has written
numerous articles in support of
free trade and a widely used economic textbook. He is currently a
professor of Economics at Simon
Fraser University.
Lamer and Lipsey receive their
degrees at the Chan Centre for
the Performing Arts today at 11
a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
Faculty of Arts
UBC Killam Teaching Prizes
Once again the University is recognizing excellence in teaching
through the awarding of prizes to faculty members. Five (5) prize
winners will be selected in the Faculty of Arts for 2000.
Eligibility: Eligibility is open to faculty who have three or more
years of teaching at UBC.The three years include 1999-2000.
Criteria: The awards will recognize distinguished teaching at all
levels; introductory, advanced, graduate courses, graduate
supervision, and any combination of levels.
Nomination Process: Members of faculty, students, or alumni
may suggest candidates to the Head of the Department, the
Director of the School, or Chair of the Program in which the
nominee teaches.These suggestions should be in writing and signed
by one or more students, alumni or faculty, and they should include
a very brief statement of the basis for the nomination. You may
write a letter of nomination or pick up a form from the Office of
the Dean, Faculty of Arts in Buchanan B-130.
Deadline: 4 p.m. on Jan. 24,2000. Submit nominations to
the Department, School or Program Office in which the
nominee teaches.
Winners will be announced in the Spring, and they will be identified
as well during Spring convocation in May.
For further information about these awards contact either your
Department, School or Program Office, or Dr. Errol Durbach,
Associate Dean of Arts, at (604) 822-6703.
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Health research pays
back province: report
The dividends — economic and social
— ofthe $62.8 million UBC's Faculty of
Medicine and the affiliated teaching hospitals succeeded in getting for research
this year have been outlined in a report
recently released by the faculty.
"We commissioned this report to document the value of what we do here — our
aim is to secure more provincial government funding for research," says Dean of
Medicine John Cairns. "Without this support, the quality of B.C. health care
suffers and so does our goal of a knowledge-based economy in this province."
The faculty is part of the Coalition for
Health Research in B.C. that is asking
the government to set aside $50 million
annually for health research.
The requested new funds would be
used to recruit and train researchers in
B.C. and to cover operating costs such as
research scholar grants, matching operating grants and project support and for
the commercialization of technologies
developed here.
Last year's budget for the B.C. Health
Research Foundation — the provincial
granting agency — was about $ 1 million.
Funds have not yet been allocated for
next year.
'The shortage of provincial funding is
severe," says Cairns. "B.C. spent only
$ 1.54 per person on medical research in
1998 compared to Alberta's investment
Cairns is enthusiastic about support
from the B.C. Knowledge Development
Fund (BCKDF) but points out that BCKDF
monies go entirely to capital costs of
research infrastructure to match new
federal contributions.
"Now B.C. must support the investigators and their programs if we are to
compete effectively for federal funding
and derive the benefits for the provincial
economy," he says.
The 38-page report, prepared by management consulting firm KPMG, describes how medical research contributes to the economy, to science and to
Short-term economic impacts of health
research conducted in the faculty and
the teaching hospitals were calculated
using the B.C. government's input-output model. The model looks at where
expenditures are being made in the
economy and their impact on economic
activities in other sectors.
Using the model, it is estimated that
the $62.8 million invested yields output
in the B.C.  economy of $94 to $118
million due to employment and activities
such as the manufacture and sale of
medical instruments and laboratory
The report also lists the longer term
economic benefits of technology commercialization: the development of intellectual property and new private sector
As of March 31, 1998 there were 29
license agreements between UBC and
private companies involving medical research applications, generating approximately $770,000 in royalties for UBC
and the teaching hospitals.
As of March 31, 1998, 18 active companies, of a total of 77 UBC spin-off
companies, had been formed around discoveries by Faculty of Medicine researchers, according to the University-Industry Liaison Office. These companies reported creating 374 new jobs.
In addition, research laboratories provide employment to statisticians, programmers, co-op and graduate students, laboratory technicians and administrators.
The report also identifies social benefits ofthe faculty's research such as the
development of basic science and clinical knowledge that provides the foundation for future advancements in health
'The contribution by the faculty and
the teaching hospitals is recognized
worldwide — our health researchers include a Nobel Prize winner and at least a
dozen Order of Canada recipients," says
Cairns. "But even with this level of excellence, B.C.'s share of total federal medical research funds has declined because
of lack of provincial support."
Federal funding is increasing dramatically with the impending establishment
ofthe Canadian Institutes of Health Research, he adds, making it more important than ever for B.C. researchers to be
able to capture a reasonable share ofthe
$550 million per annum projected to
become available within three years.
UBC's affiliated teaching hospitals are
the B.C. Cancer Agency, Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre, Providence Health Care (St. Paul's Hospital)
and Women's & Children's Health Centre of British Columbia.
The report has been sent to key provincial cabinet ministers, other members of the Legislative Assembly and
B.C. members of Parliament. Copies of
the report are available through the office of the associate dean, Research, in
the Faculty of Medicine.
Web site revamped
to improve access
The university's main Web site at
www.ubc.ca has a new look and feel.
The redesign is the initial phase of a
larger and more comprehensive project
to radically reshape the use of the Web
at UBC.
The primary goal of the redesign,
carried out by UBC Public Affairs and
ITServices, is to provide improved information access for prospective students
who increasingly use university Web
sites as a key information source. The
second objective was to visually reshape the site and improve navigational
links and search mechanisms.
The new home page features a current theme plus five primary links for
prospective students, current students,
UBC alumni, faculty and staff, and general visitors.
Only the  top and  secondary level
pages have changed in this phase with
minimal new content creation.
Ideas for future phases ofthe project
include Web design templates and
standards to facilitate a degree of consistency, but not uniformity, throughout UBC's Web presence. Other possibilities include creating personalized
"portal" views of Web-based information.
Ideas and suggestions for the site are
welcome and can be e-mailed to
An on-line survey is also available on
the Web site to solicit specific suggestions for future developments and improvements.
The previous site was voluntarily
maintained and enhanced by a small
group of dedicated staff in the Office of
Budget and Planning.
Bruce Mason photo
No Strings Attached
A framed violin top signed by violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman
is held by Laurie Townsend, manager of concerts and communications
for the School of Music and Prof. Jesse Read, director of the school.
It's one ofthe items available at a silent auction to be held before a gala
concert which starts at 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3 at the Chan Centre for
the Performing Arts. Other items to be auctioned include a UBC vocal
group to perform at your holiday party. The concert will feature
special guest soloists from the school, the university's symphony
orchestra, opera ensemble, choral union, jazz ensemble and others.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. A $75
ticket includes a reception at the Sage Bistro beginning at 6:15 p.m.
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or in person at the Chan
Centre Box Office.
Electronic Arts head
named Great Trekker
One of Canada's leading marketing
managers who has contributed to the
success of companies ranging from produce growers to software manufacturers
has been named the 1999 recipient ofthe
Great Trekker Award.
Glenn Wong, president and general
manager of Electronic Arts
(Canada) Inc., graduated from
UBC in 1980 with a degree in
Commerce and Business Administration.
"I am surprised, honoured
and thrilled to receive this
award," says Wong. "UBC
taught me so much about how
to learn and how to keep learning. I've used that knowledge
in every role I've had."
The award is given to
alumni by the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) to recognize
outstanding achievement and
contribution to the community. Previous
recipients include author Pierre Berton
and former prime minister John Turner.
"Mr. Wong embodies the qualities of a
Great Trekker: service to students during
his time at UBC, continued service to the
community and success in his chosen
career path," says AMS Vice-president
Maryann Adamec.
A recipient of UBC's Outstanding
Young Alumnus Award in 1995, Wong
began his career with Procter and Gamble, Inc. He was vice-president of marketing at Nabob Foods in Vancouver for nine
years before becoming president and chief
executive officer of Western Greenhouse
Growers' Co-operative Association, also
known as B.C. Hot House Foods.
Under his leadership, B.C. Hot House
Foods became  the  largest  single  producer and marketer of hydroponic vegetables in North America.
He started his current position in 1998. Electronic Arts
(Canada) Inc. is the largest
studio in the world for developing interactive software
and employs 550 people.
While at UBC, Wong
served on the AMS executive
and was student representative to UBC's Board of Governors.
"I learned a lot about the
relationship between service
and leadership while I was at
UBC. "says Wong. "I feel that
I serve the employees I work
I encourage them and figure out
ways to free up their creativity."
A third -generation Vancouverite. Wong
has also served on the board of directors
of the Dragon Boat Festival.
The Great Trekker award, a UBC tradition since 1950. commemorates the
Great Trek of 1922 when 1.200 UBC
students marched from downtown Vancouver to the Point Grey site in a bid to
pressure the government to complete
construction of campus buildings that
had remained unfinished for 15 vears.
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Plan to solve cliff
erosion in works
A UBC-led effort to find long-
term solutions to the steady erosion of the porous sandstone
and silt cliffs along the tip ofthe
Point Grey peninsula has
emerged from public consultations and is ready to develop
options to fix the problem.
Storm water overflow, tides,
uprooted trees, groundwater
seepage, and human activities
have all played a part in the
erosion of the cliffs, says David
Grigg, associate director of Campus and Community Planning
in Land and Building Services.
Grigg's office, in collaboration
with the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), has been
working since last summer to
find ways to minimize the erosion
ofthe cliffs which border the foreshore of Pacific Spirit Regional
Park on the north end of campus.
UBC areas in danger of sustaining damage from greater erosion are those immediately surrounding Cecil Green Park, the
Museum of Anthropology and
Norman MacKenzie House.
A committee addressing the issue prepared a draft discussion
document which has been approved
by UBC's Board of Governors, the
GVRD Board of Directors and the
Musqueam Band Council.
The document outlined the
considerations that must be addressed in working out a long-
term solution.
Some of those considerations
include concerns about vegetation, habitat and wildlife.
viewscapes, storm sewer infrastructure, earthquake preparation, and native rights of the
Musqueam Band to the area.
"Of particular concern is the
storm water infrastructure constructed to dissipate all the north
campus drainage to the ocean off
Wreck Beach through a vertical
spiral drain," says Grigg.
The committee included representatives from GVRD Regional
Parks, the Musqueam First Nation,
the Pacific Spirit Park Society, the
Fraser River Coalition, the UBC
Alma Mater Society, the University
Endowment Land Ratepayers' Association, the Vancouver Natural
History Society, and the Wreck
Beach Preservation Society.
In late October and early November, two open house sessions
were held on- and off-campus to
hear public and expert opinions
on the matter.
This was the first step, to get
out there and make sure that we
had heard all the issues," says
Grigg. "Now we need to move
quickly into some of the options
to fix the problem."
While options are being worked
out for long-term solutions, work
continues on campus to minimize the erosion affecting UBC.
Grigg says extra flood drains
have been placed along Cecil
Green Park Drive to lessen the
pressure of storm overflow on the
spiral drainpipe at the end of the
drive. As well, work will begin
shortly to improve drainage capacity near the Chan Centre.
Another series of public consultations will occur before a final recommendation and implementation strategy is presented
to UBC's Board of Governors,
the GVRD Board of Directors and
various stakeholders.
Grigg says they hope to have
an implementation plan in place
by next spring.
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A new and exciting counselling program from UBC
Counselling and Working
with an Aging Population
A Certificate Program for Women and Men
With the new century marked by a rapid growth in the number
of seniors, there exists an increasing need for a community of
workers - volunteer and paid - to assist older persons with
personal, family and social issues. The six-month Certificate in
Counselling and Working with an Aging Population is designed for:
• women and men of any age involved in volunteer activities
with seniors (e.g, in seniors centres, hospitals, wellness centres,
health departments, community outreach, faith, community
and hospice settings)
• seniors' caregivers (e.g., family members, neighbours or
friends, homemakers, care aids or companions)
• professionals working with seniors (e.g., nurses, physicians,
clergy, social workers, financial advisors, lawyers)
• students in the health disciplines (the process of offering
academic credit to UBC students enrolled in this program
is being explored).
Classes begin in January 2000 and run every Wednesday, 9 am-4 pm,
through to June 2000 (150 hours total). Fee. $2225.
For information, call (604) 482-8588
Season's Shopping
Bruce Mason photo
UBC's Shop in the Garden is a local favourite for people who are picking a gift
for gardeners throughout the year, but right now there is something for everyone
on your Christmas list. Displaying items for sale are Friends ofthe Garden (FOGs)
Denise Fiala (left) and Kathy McClean. There are very popular fresh and artificial
wreaths, small trees and baskets made by FOGs and candles and ornaments
starting at under $1. The Shop is open daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 6804
Southwest Marine Dr. Free parking is available.
Televised surgery places
students on cutting edge
Surgical teaching in UBC's
Faculty of Medicine will soon be
using state-of-the-art electronics thanks to an innovative new
facility called the Centre of Excellence for Surgical Education.
The centre will support patient care, medical education and
research using electronic communications, telemedicine and
computerized simulations.
"This program will be at the
forefront worldwide of combining technology and education in
medical services,'' says Karim
Qayumi, associate professor of
Surgery, who will be the centre's
first director. The centre will
also serve as a powerful database for health care and educational research."
The new facility — to be set
up in Vancouver General Hospital's Laurel Pavilion — will give
medical students, nurses, residents and practicing surgeons a
chance to observe surgical operations in a classroom setting
via a telemonitor linked to the
operating room.
Students will be able to ask
questions of a surgical educator
who can adjust the scope of the
camera through a remote control and zoom in on specific areas of the operation.
In addition, the operations will
be videotaped for continued
study by medical students, residents and doctors. The centre
will be linked to the 80 UBC-
affiliated hospitals for
telelearning and continuing
medical education.
"We've wanted to implement
Dr. Qayumi's vision of this centre for some time but needed
technology to reach a certain
level to be useful and cost-effective," says Dr. Richard Finley,
head ofthe Surgery Dept." Now,
with the support of our industry
partner, it's very exciting to make
the vision a reality."
Once the system is fully operational, the technology will also
be used in other areas of patient
care with terminals placed in
regional hospitals for on-line consultations and diagnosis.
For example, a trauma patient
at a ski slope in B.C.'s interior
may be assessed at the local hospital by world-class specialists
located in Vancouver. Distance
consultation will reduce discomfort and inconvenience to the
patient as well as costs of medical
transportation, adds Qayumi.
Auto Suture Canada, a medi
cal equipment company, has
donated $1 million towards the
centre with $500,000 supplied
now and another $500,000
within the next four years.
The centre will be completed
in stages with the first stage to
be completed by fall 2000. The
entire project will be completed
within three years.
Cut waste, earn
points: challenge
In a bid to raise awareness
and encourage environmentally
sustainable practices across
campus, academic and operational units will compete to attach their names to two new
student scholarships. The scholarships will be given to two students who exhibit outstanding
environmental stewardship next
"It is a way to get faculty and
staff involved in reducing energy, water and paper use on
campus," says Freda Pagani,
director of the Sustainability
Office. "And taking part in the
Eco-Challenge is a good way to
promote a greater sense of community here on campus."
Pagani's office, in conjunction with the Waste Management Program and the UBC Trek
Program, is issuing a challenge
to all faculties, administrative
and operational units across
campus to top one another in
their efforts to conserve energy,
water, paper, reduce car commuting, and reduce waste from
now to May.
Each month, faculty and staff
will earn points towards the honour of attaching their unit name
to one of the scholarships by
initiating and practicing ways
to reduce, reuse, recycle and
rethink how they do business.
The Sustainability Office has
selected a topic each month
along with the achievements re
quired to win points. The challenge for November and December focuses on energy.
Monthly winners will receive
prizes donated by: Waste Management, the Trek Program,
Food Services, the Bookstore,
the Museum of Anthropology,
the Botanical Garden, the
Chan Centre, the Frederic
Wood Theatre, University Golf
Club and Gabriola Cycle and
Faculty and staff are also being asked to contribute to the
scholarships. Contributors will
have their names entered in a
prize draw next year.
This is a way to return the
savings realized by faculty and
staff in their environmentally
sustainable practices to students," says Pagani.
Pagani has provided $1,000
in seed money towards the operational units' scholarship fund
while the President's Office has
matched that with $1,000 towards the academic units' contribution.
That $ 1,000 is from the savings that we have accumulated
already from the reduction in
energy use here at UBC since
the Sustainability Office opened
last May," says Pagani.
For details about the Eco-
Challenge, visit the Sustainability Office Web site at
www.sustain.ubc.ca or phone
(604) 822-0473. Calendar
UBC Reports ■ November 25,1999 5
November 28 through December 11
Sunday, Nov. 28
Art Exhibit
Unity Through Art: A Painting
Exhibition To Commemorate The
Fiftieth Anniversary Of Philippines-Canada Diplomatic Relations. Asian Centre Aud. from
10am-4pm. Continues to Dec. 2.
Call 685-1619.
Green College Performing
Arts Group
Medieval Song Duo. Performed
by Chanterie. Green College at
8pm. Call 822-1878. 	
Monday, Nov. 29
UBC Percussion Ensemble. Sal
Ferreras, director. Music Recital
Hall at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Operations And Logistics
Supplier's Pricing Policy In A Just-
In-Time Environment. Christian
Hofmann, U of Munich. Angus
423 from 3:30-5pm. Call 822-
Member Speaker Series
TBA. Shreelatha Reddy, Computer Science. Green College Coach
House at 5:30pm. Call 822-1878.
European Union Film
Recent Films From The Fifteen
Member States OfThe European
Union. Chan Centre, Royal Bank
Cinema at 7pm. Continues to
Dec. 2. Tickets available at door
one hour before showtime. Call
Thematic Lecture Series -
"Myths Of Nations"
Mythic Thought, Nationalist
Logic: The Identity Of Modern
Greece. Stathis Gourgouris,
PrincetonU. Green College Coach
House at 7:30pm. Call 822-1452.
Tuesday, Nov. 30
Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Individual Differences In Risk For
Posttraumatic Response, And
Treatment Implications. Marilyn
Bowman. VGH, Willow Chest
Centre, 806 W. 10th Ave., TB Aud.
from 8:30-10am. Refreshments.
Call 875-4023.
The Implications Of The Movement Towards Evidence Based
Health Care For Complimentary
And Alternative Medicine: A So^
ciological Perspective. Evan Willis, LaTrobe U. IRC #414 from
12noon-lpm. Call 822-4969.
Genetic Analysis Of Seed Coat
Development In Arabidopsis
Thaliana. Theo Popma, MSc candidate. BioSciences 2000 from
12:30-l:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Australian Studies Seminar
Performing Opinion: The Case Of
John Laws. Cate Poynton, U of
Western Sydney. CK Choi 129
from 12:30-2pm. Call 822-2629.
Lectures In Modern
Analytical, Biological, and Chemical Applications Of Fournier
Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry. Prof.
Alan G. Marshall, Florida State
U. Chemistry B-250 at lpm. Refreshments at 12:40pm. Call 822-
Writing Centre
Free Grammar Workshop For
First-Year Students. Buchanan
B-228 from l-2pm. Register at
Ponderosa C. Call 822-9564.
Statistics Seminar
Predictions With Experts, Coding
Theory, Model Selection Principles
Under A Log Scoring Rule.
Bertrand Clarke. Klinck 301 from
4-5:30pm. Refreshments, bring
own mug. Call 822-0570.
Graduate And Faculty
Christian Forum
Christian Themes In Modern Canadian Literature. Barbara Pell,
Trinity Western U. Buchanan Penthouse at 4:15pm. Refreshments
at 4pm. Call 822-3219.
Museum Of Anthropology
Listen, Learn, Live: World AIDS
Campaign With Young People. Film
' screenings, artwork, theatre, dis-
i cussion. MOATheatre Gallery from
I  7-9:30pm. Call 822-5087.
UBC United Way Campaign
1 Creative Writing Party. Dakota
Hotel (downtown), Fred's Tavern
from 7-10pm. $5, $3 (students).
Includes refreshments. Door
prizes. Call 822-8929.	
Wednesday, Dec. 1
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Chief Residents' Rounds. Dr. Brian
Kwon, Dr. Rob Schweigel, Dr. Yaser
Metwally. VGH, Eye Care Centre
Aud. at 7am. Call 875-4192.
UBC Commerce Summit
Dialogue Series
Education,  Skills, Training And
i Human Resources. Various speakers. Waterfront Centre Hotel, 900
j Canada Place, McKenzie 2 from 7-
1 9:30am. $25. To register, call 822-
Centre For Research In
j Women's Studies Colloquium
| The Pedagogy Of Trauma: Testimony, Transference And Subject-
Positions. Rosanne Kennedy, Australian National U. Women's Studies lounge from 12:30-1:30pm. Call
Wednesday Noon Hour
The Devine Wind Quintet. Music
Recital Hall at 12:30pm. $3. Call
;  822-5574.
School of Nursing Rounds
Making Sense Of Difference:
Intergroup Health Care Provision,
An Institutional Ethnography.
Sheryl Reimer- Kirkham, PhD candidate. UBC Hosp., Koerner Pavilion T-206 from 3-4pm. Call 822-
Geography Colloquium
On The History Of The Department Of Geography, UBC. Lew
Robinson. Geography 201 from
Respiratory Research
Seminar Series
The TGF-Beta/CTGF Pathway In
Fibrotic Disorders. Dr. G.
Grotendorst, U of Miami. St. Paul's
Hosp. Gourlay Conference Room
from 5-6pm. Call 875-5653.
Critical Issues In Global
Migrants On Modernity: Discourses Of Possibility And Critical
Ethnographies Of Experience.
Vicky Lawson, U of Washington.
Green College at 8pm. Call 822-
Thursday, Dec. 2
UBC Jazz Ensemble. Fred Stride,
director. Music Recital Hall at
12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Archaeology As Evidence: The Contested Claims On Monuments In
Modern  India.   Tapati   Guha-
Thakurta. Getty Museum. Lasserre
102 at 12:30pm. Call 822-2757.
Friday, Dec. 3
HCEP Rounds
Planning Youth Tobacco Reduction: Web-Based Training For Public Health Service Providers. Dr.
Chris Lovato. Mather 253 from 9-
10am. Parking available in B-lot.
Call 822-2772.
Child/Adolescent Psychiatry
and Pediatrics Conjoint
Academic Rounds
Child Maltreatment: An Evidence-
Based Approach To Intervention.
Harriet MacMillan, McMaster U.
GF Strong Aud. from 9- 10am. Call
FISH 500 Seminar Series
Bioenergetics Of Salmon Migration And Spawning: Running On
Empty. Mike Healey. Hut B-8, Ralf
Yorque Room at 11:30am. Refreshments at 1 lam. Call 822-2731.
Christmas Music. Erika Switzer,
artistic director. Main Library 502
at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Chemical Engineering
Weekly Seminar
Modeling Of Particle Classification
In Liquid Fluidized Bed - Momentum Dispersion Model. Aihua
Chen, PhD candidate. ChemEng
206 at 3:30pm. Call 822-3238.
Vancouver School Of
Computer Course: LearningTo Use
Presentation Software (Power
Point) Level Three. Rev. Gordon
Laird. VST from 7-9pm. Continues to Dec. 4 from 9am-3pm. $50,
$45 (team), $25 (retired). Call 822-
School Of Music
Gala Concert
Special Guest Soloists and Ensembles. Chan Centre at 8pm. $75
(special seating), $20 (adults), $15
(students/seniors). Tickets at
Ticketmaster 280-3311 or at Chan
Box Office. Call 822-5574.
Saturday, Dec. 4
University Women's Club
An Era Beyond Vulnerability: Issues Related To Violence Against
Women. Jenny Kwan, Minister of
Women's Equality and various
speakers. University Women's
Club, 1489 McRae Ave. from
9:30am-4pm. Continues to Dec.5,
9:30am- lpm. $50. Includes lunch.
Call 731-4661.
Longhouse Christmas Craft
First Nations And Other Crafts.
First Nations Longhouse from
10am-5pra. Call 822-2115.
United Way Campaign
United Way Day At The UBC Bookstore. Enjoy Christmas shopping
and special sale items. Partial proceeds donated to the United Way.
Bookstore from 1 lam-5pm. Call
Monday, Dec. 6
Burroughs Wellcome Lecture
In The Basic Medical
Protein Dynamics From Vibrational Spectroscopy: The Case Of
Hemoglobin. Prof. Thomas G.
Spiro, Princeton U. IRC #4 from
3:45-4:45pm. Refreshments. Call
Tuesday, Dec. 7
Christmas Luncheon
Faculty Women's Club. Cecil Green
Park at 12noon. Call 822-0434.
An Exhibition Of Chinese Paintings By Queenie Li. Asian Centre
Aud. from 12noon-5pm. Continues to Dec. 12. Call 822-0810.
Equality/ Security/
Community Colloquium
Explaining Differences In Wage
Patterns Between The United
States And Germany. David Green
and Paul Beaudry, Economics.
Green College at 4pm. Call 822-
Thematic Lecture Series -
"Nature, Culture and
Orientalism And The Cultural Politics Of Nature. Derek Gregory,
Geography. Green College at
7:30pm. Call 822-1878.	
Wednesday, Dec. 8
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Anterior Column Support In The
Spine Reconstruction. Dr. Charles
Fisher. VGH, EyeCareCentreAud.
at 7am. Call 875-4192.
OBST 506 Seminar
Is Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection Associated With Risk Of Genetic Disease? Dr. Sai Ma. B.C.'s
Women's Hosp. 2N35 from 2-3pm.
Call 875-3108.
Institute Of Asian Research
Globalization And The Transformation Of Asian Societies: Gender
Dimensions Of Modernity And Globalization In Southeast Asia. Asst.
Prof. Leonora Angeles. CK Choi
120 from 4:30-6pm. Call 822-
Respiratory Research
Seminar Series
The Use Of Inhaled
Corticosteroids In Acute Asthma.
Dr. M. Fitzgerald. St. Paul's Hosp.
Gourlay Conference Room from
5-6pm. Call 875-5653.
Thursday, Dec. 9
Equity Office Workshop
Duty To Accommodate: A Matter
Of Human Rights. Training workshop for Deans, Heads, directors and others with supervisory
responsibility. Janet Mee, director, UBC Disability Resource
Centre: Susan O'Donnell, B.C.
Human Rights Coalition. OAB
Board and Senate Room from
9:30am-12:30pm. Call 822-
Friday, Dec. 10
HCEP Rounds
Occupational Health For
Healthcare Workers: Challenges
And Opportunities. Dr. Annaliee
Yassi, U of Manitoba. Mather
253 from 9- 10am. Parking available in Blot. Call 822-2772.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
TBA. Dr. Tim Oberlander. Developmental Pediatrics. GF Strong
Aud. from 9-10am. Call 875-
Saturday, Dec. 11
Hansel Und Gretel: Opera In
Three Acts. UBC Opera Ensemble with the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra. Nancy
Hermiston, director and Richard Epp, conductor. Chan Centre at 8pm. $18 (adults). $10
(students/seniors). Call 822-
UBC Food Services
Christmas Hours
Christmas Exam hours are effective Dec. 3rd. For hours of operation for all locations, visit
www.foodserv.ubc.ca or call UBC-
FOOD (822-3663).
Christmas At The Shop In
The Garden
Holiday Wreaths Made By Friends
Of The Garden. Decorative
giftware, books, garden accessories, and tools. UBC Botanical
Garden Shop daily from 10am-
5pm. Continues through December. Call 822-4529.
UBC Zen Society
Zazen (sitting meditation) each
Monday (except holidays) from
l:30-2:20pm while classes in
session. Asian Centre Tea Gallery. All are welcome. Call 822-
UBC Birding
Join a one-hour birding walk
around UBC Campus, every
Thursday at 12:30pm. Meet at
the Rose Garden flagpole. Bring
binoculars if you have them.
For details, call Jeremy Gordon
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 B.C., V6T 1Z1. Phone: UBC-INFO
(822-4636). Fax: 822-2684. An electronic form is available at http://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 Dec. 9 issue of UBC Reports—which
covers the period Dec. 12 to Jan. 15 —is noon, Nov. 30. 6 UBC Reports ■ November 25, 1999
News Digest
UBC's Institute for European Studies (IES) and Pacific
Cinematheque have again joined forces to bring the European
Union Film Festival to Vancouver. The festival features one entry
chosen by each of the 15 member states.
Screenings are $4 for a double bill at 7 p.m. tonight and Nov. 29-
Dec. 2 at the Royal Bank Cinema in the Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts.
For the schedule and film descriptions, visit the Web site at
www.ies.ubc.ca/events/film/ or call (604) 822-1452.
UBC's Millennium Solutions Committee has produced a summary of information on the university's readiness to deal with
millennium bug issues.
"Year 2000: An Overview of UBC Preparedness," compiled with
the support and assistance of ITServices, is available as a brochure
and at www.msc.ubc.ca.
The guide includes preparedness information and contacts for
key areas such as emergency support, utilities, security and
financial services. Also included is a list of government Web sites
offering Y2K information to the public and tips for personal preparedness if there is a service disruption in your home or community.
To receive a copy ofthe brochure or for more information contact
Nadine Hofmann, UBC's Y2K project co-ordinator at
nadine. hofmann@ubc.ca.
UBC has earned two of three 1999 Innovative Programming
Awards of the North American University Continuing Education
Association (UCEA, Western Region).
The UBC Certificate in Internet Marketing and the UBC Studies
in Design/Build were singled out for original concepts and approaches to education.
Launched in September 1997, the Certificate in Internet Marketing is designed to help professionals use the Internet to expand
marketing communications, manage electronic commerce transactions and provide new and innovative products and services.
Design/Build, a course in the graduate architectural program,
has also won the 1999 Exemplary Credit Program Award from the
Western Association of Summer Session Administrators (WASSA) in
Canada and the U.S.
Students design and construct a residential house for use by the
Hornby Island Elders' Society during the three-month course. The
house is part ofthe society's plan to construct a cluster of dwellings
that will enable the island's elderly to "age in place." Four homes
have now been completed through the UBC program.
IILL Biomedical Communications
The classified advertising rate is Si6.50 for 35 words or less. Each additional word
is 50 cents. Rate includes GST. Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to the UBC Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park Road,
Vancouver B.C., V6T 1Z1, accompanied by payment in cash, cheque (made out to UBC
Reports) or journal voucher. Advertising enquiries: UBC-INFO (822-4636).
The deadline for the Dec. 9 issue of UBC Reports is noon, Nov. 30.
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 of our city and of
UBC. 4103 W. 10th Ave.,
Vancouver, BC, V6R 2H2. Call or
fax 222-4104.
accommodation in Point Grey
area. Min. to UBC. On main bus
routes. Close to shops and
restaurants. Includes TV, tea and
coffee making, private phone/
fridge. Weekly rates available.
Call 222-3461. Fax: 222-9279.
Five suites available for
academic visitors to UBC only.
Guests dine with residents and
enjoy college life. Daily rate $56
plus $ 14/day for meals Sun-Thurs.
Call 822-8660 for more
information and availability.
one BR guest suites with equipped
kitchen, TV and telephone.
Centrally located near SUB,
aquatic centre and transit. Ideal
for visiting lecturers, colleagues
and families. 1999 rates $85-$ 121
per night. Call 822-1010.	
6th. Heritage house, antiques, wood
floors, original stained glass. 10 min.
to UBC and downtown. Two blocks
from restaurants, buses. Scrumptious
full breakfasts. Entertaining cats.
Views. Phones in rooms. E-mail:
farthing@uniserve.com or call 739-
Walk to UBC along the ocean.
Quiet exclusive neighborhood.
Near buses and restaurants.
Comfortable rooms with TV and
private bath. Full breakfast,
Reasonable rates. Non-smokers
only please. Call 341-4975.
CAMILLA   HOUSE    Bed   and
Breakfast. Best accommodation
on main bus routes. Includes
television, private phone and
bathroom. Weekly reduced
rates. Call 737-2687. Fax 737-2586.
Phone 822-5769 for more information.
Rooms. Private rooms, located
on campus, available for visitors
attending UBC on academic
business, Private bathroom,
double beds, telephone,
television, fridge, and meals five
days per week. Competitive
rates. Call for information and
availability 822-8788.
Centre. Residence offering
superior hotel or kitchenette style
rooms and suites. All rooms have
private bathroom, queen bed,
voice mail, cable T.V. and
Internet linked PC. Beautiful view
of sea and mountains. For rates
and reservations, call 822-0430.
18th Ave, Visitors and students of
UBC are most welcome. 15 min.
to UBC or downtown by bus. Close
to restaurants and shops. Daily
rates from $50 to $100. Please call
and check it out at 737-2687.
LOFT BR chalet/apartment
overlooking garden. Prime South
Granville location. Private
Entrance, parking, or direct UBC
bus. $650/mo., utilities and cable
included. No smokers or pets
please. Call 261-7153.	
basement furnished suite in
Kerrisdale heritage house
available for rent. Light cooking
& private entrance for visiting
faculty/students or visitors. 1
bedroom, TV, quiet street close
to bus on 48th. Available until
summer 2000, possibly longer.
$600/month incl. utilities. Call 263-
furnished professor's house in
Dunbar/Blenheim area.
Available Jan. 11-March 8/2000.
$1200/mo incl. utilities (except
phone). Ideal for visiting
professor/faculty. Call Zarina at
261-5407 (evenings).
beautifully furnished garden suite
in heritage home for 1 person.
Fully furnished, 700sqft; $750/mo
includes all util and cable. Close
to shops and UBC bus. N/S, N/P.
Prefer female; avail Dec. 15. Call
SABBATICAL Mayne Island,
unique chalet, furnished,
modern, walking distance to
ferry, 3 bedroom/2 bathroom, w/
w carpet, satellite TV, fireplace,
rumpus room, lease, references,
$750/mth, view by appt. or see
portfolio. Call (604) 272-4930.
BR apartment. View of
mountains. Centrally located in
West End, near Burrard St.,
aquatic center, buses,
restaurants. $1850/mo. Incl.
utilities, N/S, N/P. Ideal for visiting
professor. Call (604) 649-2817; E-
mail pbourbea@direct.ca.
to TGB, steps from transp. &
shopping. Sunny, south exposure.
Separate kitchen, 4-piece bath,
UG parking, generous closet
space, Phone/answ.,TV-video-
stereo. Oct.OO/June 01. $990/
month (all inc). (604) 732-9016, or
DUNBAR Quiet 1 BR garden suite
across from park and community
centre. Well furnished includes
kitchen equipment and linen.
Immaculate condition. Private
entry, f/p, d/w, FAX/TV/VCR,
cable, carport, cleaning twice/
month. Close to UBC & amenities,
N/S, N/P, references. $1000/mo
incl. utilities. Available Jan. 1,
2000. Call 222-1778.
House Sitter
Professional couple with
impeccable references seeks
home in Vancouver's West Side
(house-sit/swap/rent) for 1-2
years from 2000. We are clean,
quiet, non-smoking Victoria
home-owners who have also
been long-term renters overseas.
(250) 475-2775.
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certification course (or by
correspondence). 1,000s of jobs
available NOW. FREE information
package, toll free (888) 270-2941
or (403) 438-5704.	
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
office or yours! Don Proteau,
B.Comm. CFP, RFP. E-mail:
dproteau@hlp.fpc.caor call 687-
Next deadline:
noon, Nov. 30
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Medicine, dentistry, biosciences, aquaculture
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264 -9918 donald@portal.ca UBC Reports ■ November 25, 1999 7
Bookstore gives part of
proceeds to United Way
Thinking of buying books for
holiday gifts?
If you do your shopping on
Saturday, Dec. 4 at the UBC
Bookstore, you can pick up some
great presents and contribute to
UBC's United Way campaign at
the same time.
The first United Way Day at
the Bookstore sees both a $300
donation plus an additional donation of a portion of Dec. 4
sales revenues going to UBC's
United Way campaign.
"We're hoping this event helps
to boost the campaign to its goal,"
says Vickie McLeod. marketing
co-ordinator at the Bookstore.
"If we get United Way donors and
holiday shoppers both in the
Protein Dynamics from
Vibrational Spectroscopy:
The Case of Hemoglobin
Professor Thomas G. Spiro
Wellcome Visiting Professor in the
Basic Medical Sciences
Department of Chemistry
Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey
Monday, December 6, 1999
Woodward IRC Room at 3:45 p.m.
store that day, we should be able
to make a significant contribution."
McLeod also hopes the event
will encourage people to do more
shopping at the Bookstore on Saturdays. In addition to literature,
the Bookstore also sells clothing,
quality pens and desk accessories,
compact discs, journals, prints and
gifts such as candleholders, scented
soaps and decorative boxes. Holiday shoppers can also buy gift-
wrap, ribbon and cards.
"The UBC community has been
very generous," says Eilis
Courtney, chair of this year's UBC
campaign. "But it's important to
remember that the campaign is
not over — donations are being
accepted until Dec. 31. If people
are doing holiday gift-buying anyway, shopping at the Bookstore is
great way to support the campaign while you're at it."
The campaign has raised
$235,718 so far.
Courtney reminds donors that
the grand prize draw for two Canadian Airlines tickets to any of the
carrier's destinations worldwide will
be made on Dec. 10. Raffle tickets
are available for $5 at the War
Memorial Gym equipment dispensary or at UBC's United Way campaign office in the Ceremonies and
Events Office.
For more information on the
United Way campaign, call (604)
822-8929 or visit the Web site at
www. unitedway. ubc. ca.
United Vfcy
*Drop by the mi unique toe in town
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We have Drkjht Ideas for everyone on your <jift lijt!
Save 20% on Selected Books
(Food, Hobbies, Children's Books, Gardening, Games,
Sports and Fitness, Health, Parenting, Humour and Atlases)
A huge selection of sale books, too!
In a Harry?
See the Bright Idea Gift Centre in our front lobby, for unique
gift ideas.
More Bright Ideas
Check out the whole store including Computer Shop,
Stationery, Art/Design, Electronics, Sportswear and
Gift Certificates
Can't decide? UBC Bookstore Gift Certificates are available
at our front cashiers. Good for anything - including texts!
United Way Day at UBC Bookstore
The UBC Bookstore is proud to support the UBC Campus
United Way Campaign by donating a portion of our sales
on Saturday, December 4, 1999. Our hours on December
4 are from 11 AM to 5 PM.
UBC Bookstore, 6200 University Blvd., Vancouver, B.C. 822-2665 www.bookstore.ubc.ca
Weekdays 9:30 AM - 5 PM Saturday 11 AM - 5 PM
Discounts will be taken at the registers. Prices in effect until December 24, 1999 or while quantities last.
by staff writers
Dr. Bruce Fleming
has been named
associate dean.
Student Affairs, in the Faculty
of Medicine.
A UBC graduate,
Fleming is a specialist in
emergency medicine and
instructs both the trauma
and cardiac life support
A contributor to the core
curriculum material for
undergraduate medical
students, Fleming was awarded the honour of outstanding
teacher by the residents in Emergency Medicine in 1996
and by the fourth-year medical class at UBC in 1999.
Statistics Prof. Nancy Heckman has been elected a
member ofthe International Statistical Institute (ISI).
Prof. Heckman was elected to the ISI in recognition of
her contributions to the theory of function estimation.
Established in 1885, ISI is a Netherlands-based international scientific association that seeks to develop and improve
statistical methods and their application through the promotion of international activity and co-operation.
Dr. Robert Brunham has been appointed director of
the University of British Columbia Centre for
Disease Control (UBC-CDC) and professor in the
Dept. of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine.
A UBC graduate, Brunham is also named the medical
director of the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
Society. His own research focuses on sexually transmitted
diseases such as HIV with the goal of developing vaccines.
The UBC-CDC is the newest of the Faculty of Medicine's
eight research centres of excellence and was opened in 1997.
UBC's women's field hockey team has won its second
consecutive CIAU championship, defeating the
University of Victoria Vikes, 1-0. The national
championship is the team's seventh, number 44 for UBC.
The team is coached by Hash Kanjee.
• • • • •
Under the direction of Electrical Engineering Prof. Guy
Dumont, the collaborative efforts of the Dept. of
Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Pulp and
Paper Centre, and Universal Dynamics Ltd., have been
recognized with a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Synergy '99 Award.
The award was given for the development and commercialization of BrainWave, an adaptive controller that can be used in
process industries including pulp and paper and food processing.
The award, co-sponsored by NSERC and The Conference
Board of Canada, recognizes examples of university-industry
collaboration that stand as a model of effective partnerships.
March 14,2000.
Robson Square
Conference Centre
Vancouver, BC
Come for an hour... come for the day
The ASI Exchange is the one day event for BC's high technology
community. Over 1,700 participants will be there to discover BC's
leading edge technology, view 200 industry and university displays,
attend seminars, generate ideas, contracts and research collaborations.
Who is going to be there?
• faculty
• graduate students
• undergraduate students
How much does it cost?
• Free admission
• Free poster & display space
high tech companies
support organizations
Free seminar opportunities
Free submission in the
Academic Research Directory
To find out how you can participate, get registered and be included
in the Academic Research Directory, visit ASI's website:
or contact the following for an event information package:
Lisa Welbourn - ASI
Gale Ross- CICSR
(604) 822-6894
ross@cicsr.ubc.ca 8 UBC Reports • November 25,1999
Rainforests hold answers for graduates
Students turn over new leaf with Fall Congregation
Coast forests' role in
world climate studied
Andy Poon photo
"Science is not wholly a rational thing," says Philip Britz-McKibbin. The
Chemistry doctoral graduate, who credits yoga and meditation for helping
in his approach to research, heads to South America to travel and then may
return to academia to pursue a love of teaching.
Travel puts pH in PhD
for Chemistry graduate
by Andy Poon
Staff writer
After nine straight years of post-secondary education, PhD student Philip
Britz-McKibbin will mark the end of his
academic journey at this month's Fall
Congregation and embark on ajourney of
a different sort — through the wilds of
South America.
"I plan on spending the millennium in
the Amazon," laughs the affable 27-year-
old chemistry researcher.
With no definite plans as to what he
will do once he arrives in South America
next month or even where he may stay
except for a vague reference to "distant
family in Brazil," Britz-McKibbin sees the
trip as his own version of a "practical
post-doctorate program."
"In some ways it is kind of hard to step
out from academia and all the expectations that once you get your doctorate
you should go on to a post-doc or into
industry," he says. "But it's necessary
that I take a break and reflect on what I
want to do with my life."
In many ways Britz-McKibbin's
upcoming adventure should come as no
surprise to those who know him well. The
young man who recently completed his
thesis on "Designing separation systems
in capillary electrophoresis based on fundamental physiochemical properties of
analytes," is the same individual who
lists among his interests languages, world
music, mythology, poetry, philosophy,
martial arts, sunrises and sunsets.
There is a lot to life," says Britz-
McKibbin, who has always tried to maintain a balance between the classroom and
the world outside. "There are other ways to
learn besides school and travelling allows
you to see life as it really is in the world."
Already fluent in French and proficient in German and Spanish, he is currently brushing up on his Portuguese for
the trip. And although he's unsure what
he will do on his sojourn south, Britz-
McKibbin knows that he will return to the
world of academia at some point.
"I love to teach," he says, admitting
that he will likely return to teach at either
the university or college level. And that
passion for teaching manifests itself beyond the classroom and chemistry lab —
he instructs a yoga class twice weekly for
graduate students at UBC.
Britz-McKibbin says he got into yoga
and meditation as an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto and
immediately embraced the philosophy of
searching for "self-understanding through
contemplation." Not only does it provide
balance in his busy life but he firmly
believes that it has also helped in his
approach to research.
"I like the discovery process and being
open to unusual phenomena and being
humble enough to know you don't know
everything," he says. "Science is not
wholly a rational thing."
His UBC doctoral research supervisor
can vouch for his creativity.
"He is very creative in designing experiments." says Chemistry Assoc. Prof.
David Chen. "Philip has the ability to
relate the different things he does and put
them together and make sense of them."
Chen relates how he and Britz-McKibbin
were able to change focus during the course
of their research from studying how molecules migrate to actually being able to
control their migration through electric
charges. Their research has applications
in biomedical research, and environmental and pharmaceutical analyses.
For Britz-McKibbin, who was attracted
to UBC because of its strong reputation
for research, Chen's encouragement and
support throughout the past five years
has been invaluable.
"Working with David has been great,"
he says. "He gave me a lot of freedom to
explore and really encouraged me to write
and attend conferences and symposiums."
by Bruce Mason
Staff writer
Elyn Humphreys looks forward to
climbing a 45-metre tower above the tree
canopy of a mature second-growth Douglas fir forest near Campbell River, B.C.
There she carefully analyses the measurements of a three-dimensional sonic
anemometer, infrared gas analyser and
other meteorological instruments. No, she
doesn't have her head in the clouds and
this is no ivory tower.
Humphreys, who graduates this month
with a master's degree in Agricultural
Sciences, is making important discoveries about the role forest ecosystems play
in the global water and carbon balances.
"It's the first time that the forest-atmosphere exchange of important greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and
water vapour has been measured year-
round and modeled for a temperate rainforest," she says.
"We are learning that our highly productive West Coast forests which thrive
in long growing seasons and mild wet
winters have important implications for
global climate models," she adds.
As a member of UBC's Biometeorology
and Soil Physics Group, Humphreys is
trying to understand the limiting factors
and driving forces behind water vapour
fluxes above and within temperate forests in order to determine the impact of
climate change on forest growth and water use.
Recent El Nino and La Nina events
have shown just how variable weather
around the world can be from one year to
the next. In response, the seasonal and
annual carbon uptake and water use by
forests can vary dramatically.
The research team is studying the
effects of soil, plant and atmospheric
factors on photosynthesis and respiration of forests, which also include mature
aspen, jack pine and black spruce forests
in northern Saskatchewan.
Humphreys grew up in her native Sault
Ste. Marie, Ont., with a love of botany and
math. She combined these at the University of Guelph where she earned a Bachelor of Science in plant biology in 1997.
Her supervisor at a summer job had
studied with Andy Black, a professor of
Soil Science at UBC. Intrigued by his
work she contacted the university and
packed her bags.
"She has become a key member of our
research team," says Black, whose work
is focused on measuring the amount of
carbon dioxide being consumed by Canadian forests.
These measurements are essential to
determine how much of the carbon dioxide released by the burning of fossil fuels
is taken up by our forests," he adds. "In
fact, we know that only about half of the
carbon dioxide released by human activities remains in the atmosphere while the
fate of the remainder is still essentially
The UBC carbon dioxide and water
vapour monitoring sites are part of an
international network of approximately
80 sites called FluxNet, which aims to
answer these questions.
Bruce Mason photo
Agricultural Sciences graduate Elyn Humphreys is a key member of a
research team studying how much forests contribute to the exchange of
greenhouse gases in the world's atmosphere.
Past honourees featured on Web page
Have you ever wondered who has received honorary degrees from UBC and
why? The answer is only as far away as
your nearest Internet connection.
A joint project undertaken by the Ceremonies Office and the University Archives has produced a new historical
resource available as part ofthe Archives'
homepage. The "Honorary Degrees" section found at www.library.ubc.ca/spcoll/
ubc_arch/hondegre.html provides both
a complete listing of recipients dating
back to the inception of the practice in
1925 as well as the citation explaining
the reasons for the honour.
"Because the university takes very seriously the awarding of honorary degrees we
felt it important to find a way to disseminate this important source of information," says university archivist Chris Hives.
This project is part of a larger initiative
that has seen the archives turn increas
ingly to the Internet to promote UBC's
institutional history and memory by providing users with historical reference information, digitized photographs, detailed
inventories to archival holdings and virtual displays.
The Internet has become an invaluable tool in helping us to promote a
greater understanding and awareness of
the historical evolution ofthe university,"
says Hives.


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