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 VOLUME    46     I     NUMBER    4     |     FEBRUARY    24,    2000
3  Roof raising
Construction of housing for
faculty, staff is underway
8 Caring crunch
Where have all the
nurses gone?
I UBC Archives ben.
ubc reports
Students use break to
deliver a message home
Home for the Holidays is
the student volunteers'
show, says project coordinator Geordie Aitken
by Bruce Mason staff
defence dig   Barb Bellini demonstrates defenceThunderbird-style in last
weekend's defeat ofthe Saskatchewan Huskies in the Canada West women's
volleyball semi-finals at War Memorial Gym. ubc defeated Saskatchewan in
two straight matches and will defend its 1999 conference title against the
defending national champion Alberta Pandas this weekend in Edmonton.
The winner of that series advances to the ciau National Championship
Tournament March 2-4 at the University of Manitoba. Bellini, a fourth-year
Arts student, is also a member of Canada's national team which is attempting
to qualify for a berth in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.  Denise Lejcarphoto
decided to do something completely different during spring
reading break. Rather than hit the
books or the beaches, they went
back to their hometown high
schools to talk with students.
The driving force and co-ordinator of the pilot project, Home for
the Holidays, is Geordie Aitken.
The dynamic fourth-year English
Honours co-op student has designed a workshop, "It's Yours: The
World Beyond High School," which
is in huge demand in Lower Mainland schools.
It focuses on how secondary
school students can identify personal goals and values to take advantage of a world of opportunities.
Aitken's passion for sharing his
university experience has encour-
Medical researchers hunt
for cells' production secrets
Brain gain researchers show the power of taking an
interdisciplinary approach to medical research
by Hilary Thomson staff writer
WHY     DOES     ONE     BLOOD     CELL
spend its lifetime fighting infection while another concentrates
on clotting?
Kelly McNagny and Sarah
Townsend, two researchers at ubc's
Biomedical Research Centre (brc)
are working together to find out.
They're collaborating on a study
of the molecular mechanics of
stem cells, the single precursor cell
that produces the wide variety of
mature cells found in blood, each
with its own function.
"Knowing how to trigger the
production of specific cells could
allow us to correct the imbalances
that result from diseases or even
from toxic therapies such as chemotherapy," says Medical Genetics
Asst. Prof. McNagny, who joined
the brc in 1998 from the European
Molecular Biology Lab in Heidelberg, Germany.
Stem cells produce at least six
types of cells: oxygen-carrying red
blood cells; platelets that help
blood coagulate; granulocytes that
poison bacteria and parasites with
toxic chemicals; macrophages that
attack and consume infected cells;
and T-cells and B-cells that help the
body defend itself from infection.
Normal stem cells, also called
progenitors, are rare—only one exists in 100,000 cells—and that
makes them hard to find, track
and study.
That's where immunologist Sarah Townsend comes in.
An expert in ultra-high sensitivity cell sorting recently recruited
from California's Stanford University, she has founded ubc's Multiuser Flow Cytometry Facility at the
brc It recently installed a cell sorter that can scan and analyse up to
25,000 cells per second. The instrument then picks out rare cells that
have been tagged by a fluorescent
marker and purifies them into a
population that can be studied.
The cell sorter is a key part of
the multi-user facility, which is
used by biologists across campus
in disciplines ranging from forestry to pathology.
"This instrument is probably the
best in Western Canada—it allows
us to do cutting edge science here
at ubc," says Townsend, an assistant professor of Medical Genetics.
"With it, we can find an individual
cell, see what it does, where it goes
and what genes it expresses."
Townsend is helping McNagny
examine MEP21, a molecule that he
see Blood, page 2
English student Geordie Aitken
aged others to do the same and he
helped train Home for the Holidays volunteers.
"Grade 12 students need to create a personal compass to navigate
the overwhelming uncertainty and
choices they face. It may or may not
include university," he explains.
"I help them find their cardinal
points based on their personal values, goals and beliefs," adds Aitken,
who conducted 10 workshops during reading break week and will
keep up that pace throughout
He also conducted a workshop
at ubc Leader Day Feb. 22, organ-
see Message, page 2
Banker, communicator
join Board of Governors
Two students also elected to
serve one-year board term
banking industry is among four
new members joining ubc's 15-
member Board of Governors.
Linda Crompton, chief executive officer of Citizens Bank—
Canada's first branchless bank to
offer core financial services and
products electronically—has been
appointed to the board for a three-
year term.
Known in the business community for her strong commitment to
social issues, Crompton is an advocate for corporate responsibility
and ethical business practice.
She is especially interested in
the role of business in developing
an ecologically and socially relevant global economy.
Stephen Howard, director of
communications and research for
the Hospital Employees' Union
(heu), has also been appointed for
a three-year term.
A graduate of Simon Fraser University, Howard oversees the union's communication plans, healthcare policy development and government relations programs, heu is
the largest health-care union in B.C.
Third-year Commerce student
Maili Wong has been elected to the
board for a one-year term.
Wong sits on the Commerce
Undergraduate Society student
council and has served as an ex-
Linda Crompton
Stephen Howard
ecutive member of both the Chinese Varsity Club and ubc Dance
Horizons. She is also a member
of the ubc Portfolio Management Foundation where she
helps manage a $2-million securities portfolio.
Tieg Martin, a third-year Arts
student, has also been elected for
a one-year term. Martin aims to
see Board, page 2 UBC  REPORTS
FEBRUARY 24, 2000
Message delivered home
Continued from page 1
ized for the second year by the Student Recruitment, Information
and Advising Office for 25 Grade 12
students who have been selected
by their school counselors.
"They are academically capable
students who demonstrate leadership qualities and are the next generation of ubc students," says Janet
Teasdale, first year co-ordinator.
"They are really excited and we
want to meet their expectations,
beginning with breakfast with Pres
ident Piper, followed by sessions
and panels including interactive
learning and career planning, and
finishing with Geordie's workshop."
"Home for the Holidays delivers
the message far from campus,"
says Aitken. "It's the ubc volunteers' show: they called up the
schools, negotiated the time and
delivered the program by sharing
their stories," he says. "There is no
doubt that students in their hometown really want to hear about
their personal experience, includ-
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known before arriving at ubc."
About 70 ofthe ubc students in
the Home for the Holidays initiative—who received an honorarium
of $20—spread out across the
Lower Mainland. The remaining
20 students, who were given $40,
headed to northern Vancouver Island, Whitehorse, Calgary, Ontario
and other destinations.
"This student-driven initiative
accomplishes three goals simultaneously," says Brian Sullivan, vice-
president, Students. "It is a powerful form of student recruitment
and preparation, it enhances our
own students' communication
and leadership skills and it provides them with an opportunity to
practice being ubc ambassadors."
The pilot program is funded by
ubc's Innovative Project Fund and
developed and co-ordinated by the
Student Recruitment, Information
and Advising Office.
Continued from page 1
improve   communication   with
students and help them better
understand how the university
An international traveler, Martin has visited Australia, North Africa, the Balkans, Central America
and other countries.
Continued from page 1
discovered which can be used as a
new marker to sort stem cells.
MEP21 closely resembles another molecule called CD34 that has
been used for more than a decade
to identify human stem cells in
bone marrow and blood. With Mc-
Nagny's identification of MEP21,
scientists now have two independent markers to help them track
down stem cells.
In studying MEP21 for its use as
a potential marker, McNagny has
learned that it may serve as "molecular Teflon" that makes cells
more mobile.
McNagny's lab has found that a
strain of mice with mutations in
the MEP21 gene have a birth defect
where tissues ofthe intestine stick
too tightly to the abdominal wall.
This closely resembles a life-
threatening birth defect that
affects one in 6,000 human babies
and McNagny's work may provide
insights into new therapies for
treating this defect. The protein
may also be useful in treating
thrombosis where cells are overly
sticky and bind to form blood clots.
See www.cytometry.brc.ca
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__  "New clients only UBC REPORTS  |  FEBRUARY 24, 2000  |  3
Finding a way to fund quality education without forcing students to line up
more frequently at the cash machine is just one of Maryann Adamec's goals
for the year as president of ubc's Alma Mater Society. Hilary Thomson photo
Funding concerns
new ams president
Recently elected student
President Maryann
Adamec suggests capping
tuition to inflation
IMPROVING AND EXPANDING Student services is one of Maryann
Adamec's top goals for the coming
year along with lobbying to restore
federal funding to post-secondary
institutions and lower student
loan interest rates for students in
public institutions.
"Finding solutions to the funding crunch at ubc and improving
the quality of education is the
number one job," says the recently
elected president of ubc's Alma
Mater Society (ams).
In an overwhelming majority
vote, Adamec—who represents
the Students for Students party
and was last year's ams vice-president—garnered 2,816 votes of the
4,338 ballots cast by ubc students.
Approximately 15 per cent of eligible student voters voted in the
Adamec will chair the student
council, the executive committee
and both the community planning
and working groups in the 35-
hour-per-week position.
The third-year Marketing major
joins vice-presidents Erfan Kaze-
mi, Academic and University
Affairs, Graham Senft, External,
Mike Warner, Finance and Mark
Fraser, Administration.
One way to maintain affordable
and accessible education is to cap
tuition to inflation she says, adding that surplus federal budget
monies should be earmarked for
the post-secondary sector.
Another prominent ams issue is
transit. The new president plans to
negotiate with ubc administration
and Translink to improve mass
transit to campus and examine the
feasibility of a universal bus pass.
Committed to encouraging a diversity of student opinion, Adamec
says she is a consensus-builder
who wants to hear a variety of perspectives before reaching decisions.
Other issues include a wider variety of ams programs such as frosh week and orientation for the
graduating class.
Adamec takes over from outgoing ams president Ryan Marshall.
Program arms students
for growing software field
Focus is on future problem
solvers and managers
by Andy Poon staff writer
a new 16-month program that
prepares science and engineering
graduates for careers in the burgeoning field of computer software systems is off to a flying
With only 25 spots in the inaugural class up for grabs, students
faced fierce competition to get into
the Master of Software Systems
(mss) degree program in the Centre
for Integrated Computer Systems
Research (cicsr). The program was
launched in January.
"We had more than 60 students apply for the program in
one month," says Adjunct Prof.
Panos Nasiopoulos, the program's director. He says the
number of applicants would likely have been even higher had they
not pre-screened as many applicants as possible.
"The fact is the software industry is probably the hottest industry
right now," Nasiopoulos says. He
cites research which suggests B.C.
needs at least 5,000 software engineers with 300,000 needed in
North America overall.
In the mss degree program, students take 30 credits of core classes over three semesters with a
four-month paid industry internship during the fall term.
The program's main focus is to
provide knowledge of the concepts, tools and techniques involved in developing the software
that is used to run computers, operate networks and allow people to
work with computers. Applications range from microwave operating software to hybrid systems
that control airplanes.
As Nasiopoulos puts it, the goal
is to turn out not only program
mers and software engineers but
problem solvers and managers.
"Yes, we want more software engineers and programmers but we
also want to turn out managers
who can understand what their
team of programmers face and
what are realistic demands to ask
of them," he says.
The program is offered by cicsr
in collaboration with the Faculty of
Science's Computer Science Dept.
and the Faculty of Applied Sci
ence's  Electrical  and Computer
Engineering Dept.
The class will be expanded to 50
students next January and potential students are encouraged to apply as early as March 1. The deadline for applications is July 31.
Visit www.cicsr.ubc.ca/mss or
contact the mss office at
cicsrinfo@cicsr. ubc.ca or
(604) 822-8807.
Conference Centre
offers popular venue
Centre is largest at a
Canadian university
Conference Centre consistently
earns top marks. The office majors in meetings and conferences
and takes events to the top ofthe
A "Toast the Host" reception
Feb. 29 will recognize faculty and
staff who have used the centre's
"Profits from ubc conference
services go to help subsidize
student residences," says Allan
de Jong, general manager of the
centre, which is the largest
university conference centre in
Its activities currently generate
approximately $9 million and create about 175 full-time equivalent
work positions, mostly filled by
students during the summer, he
"Having a local host is vital to
attracting a conference to ubc. We
hope more faculty and staff will
promote the university as a destination within the city, particularly
during the summer when up to
400 groups ranging in size from
10,000-30,000 delegates can be accommodated," he adds.
From May to September more
than 25,500 square metres of
meeting space is available for everything from meetings to trade
The centre offers a wide range of
options to facilitate the planning
process, including conference coordination, on-site catering and
audio-visual services, as well as
registration services and meeting
Another feature of a Conference
Centre event is affordable housing
—47 suites in Gage Court Suites
University are available year-
round. During the non-academic
year, Totem Park and Place Vanier
student residences are also available.
More information
Contact the Conference Centre by
calling (604) 822-1060.
Housing aimed at faculty, staff
Planners hope a new campus housing development will
help attract the best and the brightest to the university
construction crews have broken ground on the development of
a 53-unit faculty and staff housing
complex aimed at adding much-
needed residential rental housing
for faculty and staff on university
The development will mean a
boost in campus housing for staff
and faculty and should help the
university in its faculty recruiting
According to the university's vision statement, Trek 2000, ubc expects more than 45 per cent of its
faculty and 30 per cent of its staff
to retire by 2005.
"Our ability to attract and retain outstanding people depends
upon our competitiveness in the
national and international market," says ubc President Martha
"Housing costs can be a serious
deterrent to our recruitment and
retention efforts. This initiative is
a positive step towards addressing
this issue."
The housing being constructed on the southeast corner of
Thunderbird Boulevard and
West Mall will comprise 11 two-
and three-bedroom townhomes,
18 two-bedroom cityhomes and
24 one- and two-bedroom apartments.
It is the first portion of a two-
phase, 95-unit project for the site.
Most units will have a designated study space and rent is expected to range from $900 to $1,680 a
The university currently has
300 units of staff and faculty
housing on campus that offer
temporary accommodations—
occupants can stay for a maximum of three years.
"The housing currently under
development will not have restrictions on term of rental," says Al Po-
ettcker, president of ubc Properties Trust, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ubc which is in charge of
the development.
TREK   2000
"As long as one ofthe occupants
teaches or works at the university,
they can reside in the units."
According to Fred Pritchard,
ubc's director of planning, the
unit's eventual occupants will have
to apply for the new accommodations. Selection criteria have yet to
be determined.
"The selection criteria is a work
in progress right now," he says.
"But it'll largely be driven by the
Trek initiative to retain and recruit
faculty and staff."
Poettcker expects construction
ofthe townhouses to be completed by the fall with units available
for rental next January. UBC  REPORTS  |  FEBRUARY 24,  2000
Heritage Month Tea
Celebrate Hycroft's Heritage Status
With High Tea And Children's Vintage
Clothing Display. Hycroft, 1489 McRae
Ave. from i-3pm. Call 738-2876.
Green College
Performing Arts Group
Birds Of Prey And The Human
Relationship. Christian Duhme, Terry
Spring, falconers. Green College at
2pm. Call 822-1878.
Art Workshop
Responding To Art. Pnina Granirer.
Green College at 2pm. Bring a
workbook. Call Graham Good
Green College
Performing Arts Group
Piano Performance. Libby Yu,
classical pianist. Green College at
8pm. Call 822-1878.
Centre For Australian
Studies Seminar
Multicultural Policy And Local
Governments: A Comparison Of
Sydney And Vancouver. David
Edgington, Geography; Tom Hutton,
Community and Regional Planning.
ck Choi 120 from n:3oam-ipm. Call
Continuing Studies Public Lecture
Conversation With A Classic. Leon
Bibb, singer, talk show host. Vancouver
Public Library (downtown) Peter Kaye
Room from i2noon-ipm. $8. To
register call 822-1420.
Botany Seminar
Plants, Peoples And Phytochemicals:
A New Perspective On Food And
Medicinal Plant Resources OfThe
Secwepemc (Shuswap) First Nation.
Kelly Bannister. BioSciences 2000
from i2:30-2pm. Call 822-2133.
Law And Society
International Indigenous Peoples'
Rights. Sharon Venne. Green College
at i2noon. Call 822-1878.
Wednesday Noon
Hour Concert
Sound Moves: Clarinet, Saxophone
And Piano. Music Recital Hall at
12:30pm. $3 at the door. Call 822-5574.
Sing Tao School of
Journalism Lecture
Is Political Correctness Inhibiting The
Media? Chris Wood, senior technology writer, Maclean's. Sing Tao 104
from i2:30-2pm. Call 822-6688.
Germanic Studies Lecture
The Book Of My Life: Laxness,
Iceland, Friends Of Freeland. Brad
Leithauser, Mount Holyoke College.
Buchanan D-230 from i2:30-2pm. Call
Centre For Chinese
Research Seminar
Tang And The Little Tigers OfThe
Ninth And Tenth Centuries: The
Export Of Institutions. Prof. Denis
Twitchett, Prof. Gordon Wu,
Chinese Studies, Princeton u. ck
Choi 120 from i2:30-2pm. Call
Classics And Germanic
Studies Lecture
Latin Epic Poetry Through The Ages.
Heinz Hofmann, u of Tuebingen.
Buchanan D-238 at 12:30pm. Call
School Of Music Concert
Korean Ensemble. Grace J.E. Lee,
director. Music Recital Hall at
12:30pm. Korean food reception. Call
822-5574; 714-1665.
Distinguished Colloquium
Mathematics And Statistics Of
Human dna Polymorphisms:
Forward And Backward To History.
Prof. Marc Feldman, Biological
Sciences, Stanford u. Klinck 301 at
3:30pm. Call 822-4584.
Germanic Studies
Multimedia Seminar
Richard Wagner And The Greek
Myth. Heinz Hofmann, u of
Tuebingen. Buchanan B Penthouse at
3:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-5154.
Law And Society
International Indigenous Rights.
Russell Barsh, Native American
Studies, u of Lethbridge. First Nations
Longhouse Great Hall at 5pm. Call
Member Speaker Series
The Power Of Performance: Margery
Kempe's Female Mysticism And
Performance. Sheila Christie, English.
Green College at 5:30pm. Call
Institute For European Studies
Myths And Reality Of Czechoslovakia
And The Czech Republic. Zdenek
Zboril. Green College Coach House at
7:30pm. Call 822-1452.
Lectures In Modern
Chemistry - Laird Lecture
The Single Cell Proteome Project.
Prof. Norm Dovichi, u of Alberta.
Chemistry B-250 at 1pm. Refreshments at 12:40pm. Call 822-3057.
Statistics Seminar
A Model Selection Approach To
Partially Linear Regression.
Fiorentina Bunea, u of Washington.
Klinck 301 from 4-5:3opm.
Refreshments; bring your own mug.
Call 822-0570.
Graduate And Faculty
Christian Forum
The Influence Of Postmodernism On
Education. Harro Van Brummelen,
dean, Undergraduate studies, Trinity
Western u. Buchanan B Penthouse at
4:15pm. Refreshments at 4pm. Call
Green College Speaker Series
A Political Economy Of Hope: The
Transition From Diagnostics To
Therapeutics In Alzheimer's
Disease. Janice Graham,
Anthropology and Sociology. Green
College at 5pm. Reception Green
College Coach House from 6-
6:30pm. Call 822-1878.
University Women's
Club Dinner/Speaker Series
A Tribute To Great Vancouver
Women. Elisabeth Riley, president;
ceo, B.C.'s Children's and Women's
Health Centre. Hycroft, 1489 McRae
Ave. from 5:30-8:30pm. Call
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Maintenance Of Certification. Dr.
Kendall Ho, associate dean,
Continuing Medical Education, vgh.
Eye Care Centre Aud. at 7am. Call
Linguistics Research Seminar
An mri, X-ray And Magnetometer
Study OfThe Pharyngeal
Components Of American English
Glides And Liquids. Bryan Gick.
Angus 312 from n:30-i:3opm. Call
Faculty Financial
Planning Lecture Series
E-Business And Your Investment
Future. Tod Maffin, president,
Investor Track.com. Chemistry 250
from i2:30-i:2opm. Call 822-1433.
Centre For Research In
Women's Studies Colloquium
Early Emigration Of Women From
England To B.C.: Let's Send Them Our
Surplus Female Population. Francoise
Le Jeune, u de Nantes. Women's
Studies lounge from i2:30-i:30pm.
Call 822-9173.
Asian Studies Lecture Series
New Chinese Studies Of Chinese
Popular Religion: A Critical Survey
And Review. Prof. Daniel Overmyer.
Asian Centre 604 at 12:30pm. Call
Another Look At Human
Development Colloquium
From The U-Curve To Dragons:
Culture And Understanding Of
Artistic Development. Anna Kindler,
Curriculum Studies. Scarfe 278 from
i2:30-i:2opm. Call 822-5232.
School Of Nursing Rounds
Protecting Children From
Environmental Tobacco Smoke: A
Smoldering Issue. Sharon Secord. ubc
Hosp., Koerner Pavilion T-206 from 3-
4pm. Call 822-7453.
Individual Interdisciplinary
Studies Graduate Program
Not Just Babes In Boyland: Women
And Architecture In Canada.
Annmarie Adams, Architecture,
McGill u. Green College at 5pm. Call
Artist's Gallery Opening
Black And White Contemporary
Dance Works. Daniel Collins; Sylvain
Senez, photographers. Hycroft, 1489
McRae Ave. Call 738-2876.
B.C. Post-Secondary
Education Policy Issues
Lessons From Other Jurisdictions.
tba. Green College at 8:30am. Call
Institute For European Studies
North American Relations: Where Are
They Headed? John Beck, former
ambassador, ck Choi 120 from i2noon-
2pm. Light lunch. Call 822-1452.
School Of Music Concert
UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Clyde Mitchell, director. Chan Centre
at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Centre For Feminist
Legal Studies Lecture
Achieving Employment Equity:
Legislation Or Persuasion? Prof.
Audrey Kobayashi, Women's Studies;
Geography, Queens u. Curtis 157 from
12:302pm. Call 822-6523.
Earth And Ocean
Sciences Colloquium
Emeralds In The Yukon. Lee Groat.
GeoSciences 330-A at 12:30pm. Call
Science First! Lecture
Plants, Power And Profit: Plant
Breeding And Biotechnology. Prof.
Brian Holl, Plant Science. Wesbrook
100 at 12:30pm. Call 822-3336.
Canadian Meteorological And
Oceanographic Society Seminar
Fog And Fog Collection: Exploring
This Hidden Water Resource. Robert
S. Schemenaur, Environment Canada.
Geography 101 at 3:30pm. Call
19th Century Studies
A Loathsome Weed: The Tattooed
Prostitute In 19th Century Europe.
Jane Caplan, History, Bryn Mawr
College. Green College at 5pm. Call
Charity Auction Of Collectibles.
Scarfe 1020 from 5:30-7:3opm.
Proceeds to B.C.'s Children's Hospital
Foundation. Refreshments. Call
Poetic Persuasions
Reading. Tom Wayman, poet. Green
College at 8pm. Call 822-1878.
Extra Sessional/
Canadian Studies Play
All Fall Down. Andrea Heald, director.
wise Hall, 1882 Adanac St. at 8pm.
Continues to March 10. $10; $8 with
student id. Call 512-8761.
Fish 500 Seminar
Measuring The Influence Of Climate
Variability And Predation Mortality
On Single-Species Stock Assessment
Advice. Anne Hollowed. Hut B-8, Ralf
Yorque Room at 11:30am.
Refreshments at nam. Call 822-2731.
Classical And Near
Eastern Studies Lecture
Imperial Images: Julio-Claudian
Dynastic Portraiture. Prof. Brian
Rose, u of Cincinnati. Lasserre 102 at
12:30pm. Call 822-2889.
Occupational And
Environmental Hygiene Seminar
Wood Dust Exposure Analysis. Andrew
Hall, occupational hygienist. ubc
Hosp., Koerner Pavilion G-279 from
i2:30-i:30pm. Call Kathryn Lewis 822-
9861; Dr. Murray Hodgson 822-3073.
Green College Special Lecture
Postcolonialism As Postmodernism:
Discursive Formations, Image Culture
And The Coinciding OfThe Two
Posts. Ato Quayson, director, African
Studies Centre, u of Cambridge.
Green College at 12:30pm. Call
Biotechnology Seminar
Focal Membrane Exocytosis During
Phagosome Formation. Sergio
Grinstein, Cell Biology, Hosp. for Sick
Children, irc #1 at i:30-2:3opm. Call
Prof. Finlay 822-2210.
Mathematics Colloquium
The Diophantine Equation aAn + bAn
= 2cA2. Christopher M. Skinner,
Institute for Advanced Study,
Princeton u. Math 100 at 3:30pm.
Refreshments Math Annex 1115 at
3:15pm. Call 822-2666.
Chemical And Biological
Engineering Seminar
Biodegradation Of Petroleum
Refinery Effluent. Brihas Sarathy.
ChemEng 206 at 3:30pm. Call
Vancouver Institute Lecture
New Excavations At Ancient Troy.
Prof. Brian Rose, Classics, u of
Cincinnati. irc#2 at 8:15pm. Call
Green College
Performing Arts Group
Chamber And Choral Music. Green
College at 4:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Mechanical Engineering
Heat Transfer Problems In The Steel
Processing Industry. Dan Fraser,
assistant professor, ceme 1204 at
3:30pm. Refreshments at 3:25pm. Call
Member Speaker Series
The Charter: An Introduction To
Rights In Canada. Jill Yates, Law.
Green College at 5:30pm. Call
Continuing Studies Public Lecture
Conversation With A Classic. Joy
Coghill, stage and screen performer;
teacher; director. Vancouver Public
Library (downtown) Peter Kaye Room
from i2noon-ipm. $8. To register call
Institute For European Studies
European Economic Policy And The
Airbus Industry. Prof. Wolfgang
Krieger, German foreign policy
analyst, u of Toronto. Buchanan B
Penthouse at i2noon. Light lunch.
Call 822-1452.
Asian Studies Lecture Series
Icons Of Femininity: Japanese
National Painting And The Paradox
Of Modernity. Prof. Doris Ledderose-
Croissant, Heidelberg u. Asian Centre
604 at 12:30pm. Call 822-9266.
The ubc Reports Calendar lists university-related or university-sponsored events
on campus and off campus within the Lower Mainland. Calendar items must
be submitted on forms available from the ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251
Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Phone: ubc-info (822-4636).
Fax: 822-2684. An electronic form is available at www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca.
Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the Calendar's Notices section may
be limited due to space. Deadline for the March 9 issue of use Reports—which
covers the period March 12 to March 25—is noon, February 29. UBC  REPORTS  |  FEBRUARY 24,  2000
Botany Seminar
What Grows There? The Diverse
Community Of F.ricoid Mycorrhizal
Fungi. Tamara Allen. BioSciences
2000 from i2:30-2pm. Call 822-2133.
UBC Teaching Community Seminar
Raising The Bar: F.valuating Your
Students At The Highest Level. Sue
Stanton, Rehabilitation Sciences, tag
seminar room from i2:30-3pm. To
register www.cstudies.ubc.ca/facdev/
or call 822-9149.
Lectures In Modern Chemistry
Ultrafast Phase Control—Making
Molecules Dance. Prof. Stephen
Leone, National Institute of
Standards and Technology, u of
Colorado. Chemistry B-250 at lpm.
Refreshments at 12:40pm. Call
Faculty Seminar
Promotion And Tenure Information.
St. John's College social lounge from
3:30-6pm. Call 822-9149.
Statistics Seminar
Models For Two-State Disease
Processes With Applications To
Relapsing-Remitting Multiple
Sclerosis. Jochen Brumm. Klinck 301
from 4-5:3opm. Refreshments, bring
your own mug. Call 822-0570.
Computer Science
Invited Speaker Seminar
Data Mining—Past And Future.
Heikki Mannila, Microsoft Research.
cicsr/cs 208 from 4-5:3opm.
Refreshments. Call 822-0557.
Green College Speaker Series
Talk And Piano Performance. Robert
Silverman, Music. Green College at
5pm. Reception from 6-6:3opm. Call
Chalmers Institute Seminar
The Spirituality Of Christian Song. St.
David's United Church, 1525 Taylor
Way, West Vancouver from 7:30-
9:30pm. $35; $10 per session. To
register call 922-3461.
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Enthesitis: A Rheum With A View. Dr.
Jean Gilles. vgh, Eye Care Centre Aud.
at 7am. Call 875-4192.
International Women's
Day Workshop
Women Making A Difference. Shari
Ulrich. Hycroft, 1489 McRae Ave. from
i0:3Oam-ipm. Reception at 6:30pm.
Workshop $10. To register call
Balkans Emergency Relief Seminar
Macedonia Experiences: Assisting
Refugees With The International Red
Cross. Jody Sydor, ubc's disaster
planning co-ordinator. Wesbrook 201
from I2:i5-i:i5pm. Call 822-1237.
Wednesday Noon Hour Concert
Solo Piano Recital. Miranda Wong
Wilson. Music Recital Hall at
12:30pm. $3 at the door. Call 822-5574.
History Lecture
Ships And Shipping At The Dawn Of
The Golden Age-The Mystery Of A
Baltic Trader. Martijn R. Manders,
chief archeologist, Netherlands
Institute for Ship and Underwater
Archeology. Buchanan B-224 at
12:30pm. Call 822-5178.
Another Look At Human
Development Colloquium
Socio-Developmental Aspects Of
Children's Pain. Ken Craig,
Psychology. Scarfe 278 from 12:30-
1:20pm. Call 822-5232.
Centre Forjapanese
Research Seminar
Japanese Direct Foreign Investment
And The Asian Financial Crisis. David
Edgington, Geography, ck Choi 120
from i2:30-2pm. Call 822-2629.
Institute Of Asian Research Seminar
Globalization And The Transformation Of Asian Societies - Modernization And Monotheism In Korea.
ck Choi 120 from 4:30-6pm. Call
Continuing Studies Public Seminar
A Taste Of Multiculturalism. Buchanan
D 3rd floor from 7-g:30pm. Continues
to April 12. $195. To register call
St. John's College Open House
St. John's College Fairmont Social
Lounge from i2noon-4pm. Continues
to March 10. Refreshments, door
prizes, tours. Call 822-8781.
Intercultural Studies
In Asia Program
Reading: Drifting Destinations.
Vidyut Aklujkar, writer, ck Choi 120
from i2:30-2pm. Call 822-2629.
Centre For Feminist
Legal Studies Lecture
When Is Physical Injury Social Injury?
Sarah Jain, Cultural and Social
Anthropology, Stanford u. Curtis 157
from i2:30-2pm. Call 822-6523.
Botany Seminar
A New Bidens Species From Starbuck
Island Provides Evidence For A
Second Colonization Of Pacific
Islands By The Genus. Cindy Sayre.
BioSciences 2000 from i2:30-2pm.
Call 822-2133.
Faculty Research Excellence
Award Winner Lecture
Trust And Betrayal In Organizations.
Sandra Robinson, Commerce and
Business Administration, Angus Ed
McPhee Centre 125 at 1pm. Lunch at
12:30pm. Call 822-0188.
Biostatistics/SFU Seminar
Finding Genes In Genomic Sequence:
A Comparative Approach. David
Baillie, sfu. sfu Math and Statistics
K-9509 at 3:30pm. Call 822-0570.
Peter Wall Institute
Exploratory Workshop
Institutional Readings: Early Modern
Europe And The Modern University.
Various speakers. University Centre
307 from 4:30-6:45pm. Continues to
March 11. To register call 822-4226.
Classical And Near
Eastern Studies Lecture
Dreamers And Mantics: Homer And
The Ancient Near-East. Scott Noegel,
u of Washington. Buchanan B-228
from 4:30-6pm. Call 822-2889.
School Of Music Concert
ubc Collegium Musicaum Ensemble.
John Sawyer, Ramona Luengen,
directors. Music Recital Hall at 8pm.
Call 822-5574.
Poetic Persuasions
tba. Lynn Coady, writer. Green
College at 8pm. Call 822-1878.
Pauljones Memorial Symposium
Identity And The Language Of Disability. Rod Michalko. sub 214/216 from
9:30am-4:30pm. $75; $25 students
includes meals. To register call
UBC Teaching Community Seminar
Time And Stress Management.
Valerie Chapman, Educational
Studies; Ingrid Price, tag/Psychology.
tag seminar room from ioam-4pm.
To register www.cstudies.ubc.ca/
facdev/ or call 822-9149.
Rehabilitation Sciences Workshop
Beyond The Medical Model. Various
speakers, gf Strong from 10:30-
4:45pm. $20 students; lunch included.
Call Catherine Donnelly 231-8356;
Patti O'Brien 733-5848.
Classical And Near
Eastern Studies Lecture
Magic And Dream Interpretation In
Ancient Egypt. Scott Noegel, u of
Washington. Buchanan A-203 at
11:30am. Call 822-2889.
Fish 500 Seminar
How Society And Fisheries Biologists
Have Mismanaged Salmonids Due To
Fear Of Phosphorus. Ken Ashley, B.C.
Ministry of Fisheries. Hut B-8, Ralf
Yorque Room at 11:30am. Refreshments at nam. Call 822-2731.
Occupational And
Environmental Hygiene Seminar
Anti-G Protection In Modern Fighter
Aircraft. Tyler Bazant, project
engineer. Mustang Survival, ubc
Hosp., Koerner Pavilion G-279 from
l2:30-i:30pm. Call Kathryn Lewis 822-
9861; Dr. Murray Hodgson 822-3073.
School Of Music Concert
ubc Collegium Musicaum Ensemble.
John Sawyer, Ramona Luengen,
directors. Music Recital Hall at
i2noon. Call 822-5574.
Electrical And Computer
Engineering Seminar 2000
Implementing Logic In Memory
Arrays. Steve Wilton. MacLeod 418
from i-2pm. Call 822-2405.
Chemical And Biological
Engineering Seminar
Scaling Of Calcium Oxalate in Pure
Aqueous Solutions. Diana Lencar.
ChemEng 206 at 3:30pm. Call
Acadia Park resident Julia Garry demonstrates with daughter Georgia one of her
favourite ways to get around. On March ist, commuters are asked to find an
alternative to a single-occupant vehicle for their daily trip to campus. Faculty, staff and
students are encouraged to cycle, walk, telecommute, use public transit or car- or van-
pool on the day, dubbed Trek to UBC: Commuter Challenge Day. For information on
how to win a prize for participating, visit www.trek.ubc.ca or call (604) 827-TREK.
Andy Poon photo
Linguistics Colloquium
Yeniseian And Athabaskan-Eyak-
Tungit. Edward Vajda, Western
Washington u. Buchanan B-332 from
3:30-5pm. Refreshments. Call
Mathematics Colloquium
A Mathematical Model Of
Bioremediation In A Porous Medium.
John Chadam, u of Pittsburgh. Math
100 at 3:30pm. Refreshments Math
Annex 1115 at 3:15pm. Call 822-2666.
Chalmers Institute Workshop
Women And Spirituality Dialogue
2000: Celebrating The Sacred Web Of
Creation, vst from 5-gpm. Continues
to March 11. $70; $35 seniors. To
register e-mail: cl@vst.edu; call
Theatre At UBC
Life And A Lover. Kathleen Weiss,
director. Frederic Wood at 7:30pm.
Continues to Mar. 18. Call 822-2678.
Green College
Performing Arts Group
Music Jam—Three Artists, Three
Guitars. Belinda Bruce, Clive
Goodman, Rick Maddocks. Green
College at 8pm. Call 822-1878.
Chalmers Institute Performance
Spirit Of Women 2000. Epiphany
Chapel at 7:30pm. $15; $20 at the door.
To register e-mail: cl@vst.edu; call
Vancouver Institute Lecture
tba. Beverley McLachlin, chief justice
of Canada. irc#2 at 8:15pm. Call
Sage Bistro
To the faculty, students, staff and
admirers of ubc we present Sage
Bistro at the University Centre. Truly
food for thought. Sage is open
Monday through Friday from 11am-
2pm. Tapas will be served on the patio
from May 15 to Oct. 15 from 3:30-8pm.
Our luncheon menu changes weekly
and features a wide selection of wines
by the quarter litre and glass. For
reservations please call 822-1500.
Contemporary Art Exhibition
Consolation Prize: Mike Kelley and
John Miller. Morris and Helen Belkin
Art Gallery. Tuesday-Friday, 10am-
5pm; Saturday-Sunday, i2noon-spm.
Admission: $3 adults; $2 seniors; free
for students, ubc faculty and staff
with valid id. Visit the Web site at
www.belkin-gallery.ubc.ca or call
Call For Proposals
Research papers on women and
gender: Graduate Student
Presentation Day April 26. Deadline
for submission is March 17. Submit
proposal to Graduate Student Centre
room 200 or for more information call
Faculty Women's Club
The Faculty Women's Club brings
together women connected to the
university either through their work
or that of their spouses, for social
activities and lectures. The main
purpose ofthe Faculty Women's Club
is to raise funds for student
scholarships. There are 19 different
interest groups within the club,
ranging from art appreciation and
bridge to hiking. Do come and join us!
Call Barbara Tait, president 224-0938;
Gwyneth Westwick, membership
Twin Research
Are you, or do you know a female adult
twin? We are studying the relationship
types of fraternal and identical female
twins. If you can help by completing
some questionnaires and being
interviewed about relationships,
please e-mail: tmacbeth@cortex.
psych.ubc.ca or call Tannis MacBeth,
Psychology 822-4826.
Research Study
Hard-of-hearing university students
are invited to discuss their post-
secondary experiences for a PhD
study. Involves interviews and the
option of jotting down thoughts twice
weekly over a three-week period.
Honorarium. Contact Ruth Warick,
graduate student, Dept. of Educational
Services. Call/fax 224-4198 or e-mail
UBC Utilities Advisory Notice
ubc Utilities regularly performs
maintenance work on underground
piping and electrical systems. Work
sites are always blocked off with
appropriate signs and barriers,
however sometimes unauthorized
individuals remove these signs and
barriers. Please approach work sites
cautiously and respect signs and/or
work crew instructions to avoid
potential harm. Potential hazards
including falling, electrical shock and
burns. If you have any questions
concerning a ubc Utilities work site,
please call 822-9445. 6  |  UBC  REPORTS  |  FEBRUARY 24,  2000
Public relations project
earns bronze award
ubc's Public Affairs Office has won
a bronze award from the Council
for Advancement and Support of
Education (case) for public relations projects.
The entry covered the wide
range of initiatives under the "Define a University" project, including ads, media relations, annual re
port, annual general meeting and
Web site.
The award will be presented at
the upcoming case District VIII
conference in Seattle, Wash, which
is held for member colleges, universities and independent schools
in Western Canada and the U.S.
Pacific Northwest.
case awards recognize exemplary achievements in all fields of
advancement services including
communications, development,
public affairs and alumni relations.
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Guests dine with residents and
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Submission guidelines: Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
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restaurants and shops. Daily rates
from $50 to $100. Please call and
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ROOMS Private rooms, located on
campus, available for visitors
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Private bath, double beds,
telephone, TV, fridge, and meals five
days per week. Competitive rates.
Call for information and availability
University Centre. Residence offering
superior hotel or kitchenette style
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private bath, queen bed, voice mail,
cable tv and Internet-linked PC.
Beautiful view of sea and mountains.
For rates and reservations call
TRIUMF HOUSE Guest house
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Rates $40-$8o/night; weekly rates.
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Co-presentations will
bring big names to stage
Arts groups and audiences
cheer the "new" Chan
one of the world's greatest
concert halls has exciting news for
Vancouver audiences.
ubc's Chan Centre for the Performing Arts is announcing a new
era of co-presentations featuring
internationally acclaimed artists
and performers.
"With the Vancouver Recital Society (vrs) we will co-present a
2000/01 series which includes opera stars Dawn Upshaw and Renee
Fleming, Korean violinist Kung-
Wha Chung and pianist Jon Kimu-
ra Parker," says Michael Noon, director of the centre, which has
earned an international reputation
as one of the top three concert
halls in the world since opening in
May 1997.
"Clearly there is a limited audience in the city and we now have
tremendous opportunities to pool
resources," says Leila Getz, artistic
director and founder ofthe vrs.
The society will stage five additional premier performances in its
upcoming season at the centre,
which she describes as "acoustically awesome."
Noon is confirming many other concerts for 2001 which include performances by the legen
dary Preservation Hall Jazz Band,
the Vienna Boys Choir, Paragon
Ragtime Orchestra and Christopher Parkening with Jubilant
He says a Feb. 25 concert by Canadian singer-songwriter Connie
Kaldor is the "realization of a
dream." Co-producer, Vancouver's
Rogue Folk Club, heartily agrees.
"Ordinarily we would book multiple nights at a small venue," says
Steve Edge, president of the club
which presents dozens of local
concerts each year.
"We now have this great opportunity to co-present a significant
event in a prestigious location with
its reputation as a wonder of
acoustic engineering. It's something Michael, Connie and I have
wanted to try for several years."
Noon was well aware that it
would take five years to firmly establish the $25-miIlion multipurpose complex, which includes the
1,400-seat Chan Shun Concert
Hall, the telus Studio Theatre
and the Royal Bank Cinema.
He is currently concentrating on
building a broader audience profile
by joining forces with other professional and community-based arts
Recent successful co-presentations with the Chinese Cultural Society, the ubc Opera Ensemble, the
vrs and other organizations have
set this new course.
Over the past 22 months the centre has become extremely popular.
The ubc Music at the Chan Centre
Series regularly features outstanding artists and performers.
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra plays nine concerts a year
and the cbc Symphony Orchestra
has moved its Avison Series from
the Orpheum Theatre to ubc.
Local jazz aficionados and swing
phenomena fans have been treated
to big band performances such as
the Duke Ellington, Count Basie,
Glenn Miller and Bill Holman
bands. The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra is scheduled for Sept. 29.
The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts is also an integral
part of valuable training for ubc
music, theatre and film students
and home to Congregation ceremonies.
Free tours are available by calling
(604) 822-1815 or e-mailing
tours@chancentre.com. The Web
site is www.chancentre.com.
Tickets for performances at the
Chan Centre are available from
Ticketmaster (604) 280-3311, or in
person at the Chan Centre ticket
office (6265 Crescent Road) after
noon each day.
Applications/nominations are invited for the position of Associate Dean, Health Care System and
Planning. This is a part-time position expected to be filled by an internal candidate and is available May 1,2000.
The incumbent will report to the Dean of Medicine and through the Dean is accountable to the
Faculty Executive Committee and the Faculty. Responsibilities include: Health Care System Relations - proposing governance and policy plans for faculty at UBC, affiliated hospitals and government; finalizing and implementing all Faculty of Medicine affiliation agreements and related
letters of intent; working with faculty leaders, hospitals, government and others to foster and implement focussed shared partnership in faculty research and teaching programs; working with
Council of University Teaching Hospitals to enhance UBC/Hospital relations and working with
Regional Health Boards and Hospitals throughout BC to maximize the provincial benefits of UBC
programs. Academic Space - ensuring appropriate space distribution; creating strategies for
space development, acquisition, funding and administration; working with government ministries, university administration, regional health boards, and hospitals to effect above; implementing processes for determining space construction plans and related endorsement of decisions;
authorizing allocation of academic space for the University affiliated teaching hospitals; and
maintaining data and space inventory and utilization.
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply.
Deadline for receipt of applications is March 24, 2000. Please direct your applications along with
the names of three referees and nominations to:
Dr. John A. Cairns, MD, FRCPC
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Room 317, Instructional Resources Centre
University of British Columbia
2194 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z3
Honour Roll
Prof. Susan Harris of the School
of Rehabilitation Sciences was
recently awarded an honorary
Doctor of Science degree from
the University of Indianapolis in
recognition of more than 30
years of leadership in the field of
physical therapy.
A ubc faculty member since
1990, Harris's research and clinical
interest is pediatric rehabilitation,
particularly the early identification of cerebral palsy. She has also
studied the effectiveness of early
therapeutic interventions for infants and young children with
neuromotor handicaps.
Recent studies include the
effect of physical therapy following breast cancer treatment.
A well-known member of the
university community, Geography Prof. Olav Slaymaker, has
been appointed director of the
Liu Centre for the Study of Global
Prof. Olav Slaymaker
Slaymaker has served as president of the Faculty Association,
head of the Geography Dept. and
associate vice-president, Research.
His major research interests are
the geomorphology and sustainability of mountain regions.
The Liu Centre—one of 15 research units in the Faculty of
Graduate Studies—is an international centre of excellence for
Canada which actively links the
social and natural sciences to
produce sustainable policies in
relation to global issues.
Slaymaker replaces Law Prof.
Ivan Head, first director of the
centre, who retired Dec. 31.
Stephane Lair has successfully
completed the certification examination ofthe American College of Zoological Medicine
(aczm). Lair has been the clinical veterinarian/veterinary pathologist at the Animal Care
Centre since February 1999.
Lair is only the fourth Canada-
based veterinarian to be certified
by the aczm, and is the first Canadian to be certified in the
ACZM-Aquatic Animals Medicine Specialty.
John Schrader, director of ubc's
Biomedical Research Centre, has
won the Canadian Society for Immunology's Cinader Award for
his outstanding contribution to
the field as a researcher, teacher
and administrator.
Prof Susan Harris
Schrader, also a 1999 ubc Killam Research prize winner, will
give the Cinader lecture at the
society's annual meeting in
A ubc alumnus and Great
Trekker-award winner who
served as vice-president, senator
and member ofthe Board of Governors is one of several in the ubc
community to be named to the
Order of Canada.
Charles Connaghan is an industrial relations and management consultant. He was vice-
president of administrative services at ubc from 1975-80 and
served on both the Senate and
the Board of Governors.
Connaghan obtained both his
undergraduate and graduate degrees at ubc and has been an active member ofthe Alumni Association.
David Searle, an adjunct professor of Law who teaches environmental law, was also named a
member ofthe order.
An architect of fully representative government in the Northwest Territories, Searle served as
the first elected speaker in the area's Legislative Assembly. He is
the founding president of the
Law Society of the Northwest
A total of 81 Canadians, including an additional six ubc
alumni, were recently named to
the Order.
Other alumni recognized include Maurice Strong, Richard
Fyfe, Douglas Knott, Gerald
McGavin, Geoffrey Pawson, and
William Saywell.
Anatomy professor Dr. Chuck
Slonecker has been appointed
acting vice-president, External
Slonecker, who is also director
of University Relations, served as
head of Anatomy from 1981 to
1992. He received the Master
Teacher Award in 1976 and the
Killam University Teaching Prize
in 1996.
Heather McCaw has been appointed acting director, Development.
During the past 12 years, McCaw has worked in various positions in the Development Office
and as manager of Business Relations. She most recently served
as associate director. Development Office. UBC  REPORTS  1  FEBRUARY 24,  2000
Director calls for action on nursing shortage
An aging workforce, restructuring and education
funding are contributing to a staffing crisis, says Acorn
by Sonia Acorn School of Nursing
there are stories of hospitals in crisis and of nursing shortages.
Canada is facing a shortage of
registered nurses that includes
shortages in practicing nurses,
nurses in leadership positions
within health care agencies, and a
looming shortage of academic
nursing faculty.
While the shortages in these
three areas are interrelated, this
discussion will focus on the shortage of practicing registered nurses
Factors contributing to the
shortage of practicing registered
nurses include an aging nursing
workforce, health-care restructuring, and cuts in higher education.
Added to these factors are aging
of the general population plus an
increase in population, both contributing to an increase in demand
for nursing services.
Aging workforce
The Canadian nurse work force
is aging and is not being replaced
in numbers adequate to replace retiring nurses and meet increased
needs for nursing service.
In IQ95 the largest group of
working rns were in the 40-45 age
range. By 2011, they will be in their
mid- to late-5os and leaving the
profession for retirement
The Canadian Nurses Association predicts that by 2011, Canada
will be short 100,000 practicing
In B.C., 48 per cent or 13,428
nurses, are 45-64 years of age, with
15 per cent over the age of 55. In 10
years, 33 per cent will be considering retirement
Health-care restructuring
The past decade has seen radical downsizing of hospitals in B.C.
and across the country, with the
closure of beds and resulting elimination of nursing positions.
Many nurses, when their positions were terminated, left the profession or moved to other countries.
In addition to hospital downsizing there was major restructuring
occurring within hospitals.
Positions such as head nurses,
nurse educators and clinical nurse
specialists were being eliminated
or decreased in number.
Front-line management positions were being changed from
head nurse positions to program
manager positions with a much-
enlarged scope of responsibility.
These changes decreased the
available support for the practice
of nursing and exacerbated the
historic problem of a lack of upward career mobility for nurses.
Nursing Prof. Sonia Acorn
Nurses find it difficult to remain
in a profession where they are unable to provide the level of care
they recognize that patients require. This is a retention issue as
well as a challenge for recruitment
In spite of this widespread restructuring in Canadian hospitals
as well as in the United States and
Europe, there was minimal evaluation of its effects on practice. However, one cross-national study is
now underway, aimed at assessing
the effects of hospital restructuring
on patient and nurse outcomes.
B.C. is one of the seven sites in five
countries involved in this study.
Education funding
B.C. does not currently prepare
the number of registered nurses
required, with 45 per cent of its
nurses coming from other provinces and countries.
on March 1st!
Commuter Challenge Day!
Sign up for the UBC TREK Program Centre's Commuter Challenge!
Get your department/team to prove you're the "greenest" when
it comes to commuting on Wednesday March 1st.
Call 827-TREK for your registration package.
March 1st: Commuter Challenge Day!
7:30 UBC Cinnamon Bun, Fruit and Coffee give away at the Bus Loop!
UBC Cinnamon Bun Coupon Handout - Volunteers will be
looking for persons who carpooled, vanpooled, hiked, biked
or walked to UBC.
March 1st - 3rd: Spring Fest Displays and Events
10:00-2:00 Displays and Bike Clinic near the UBC Bus Loop. Be sure to
stop by our tents to check out the information, see the Dumpster
Painting, pick up your Cinnamon Bun Coupons, register for the
prize draw, and get some give aways!
12:30 March 3rd: Prize draws, award presentations, wrap-up events.
E-mail Transportation Survey prizes announced.
Event Schedule updates are available @ www.trek.ubc.ca
827-TREK e-mail: trek.mktg@ubcca
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With a countrywide and increasingly a global shortage of
qualified rns, health-care agencies
are unable to fill vacancies.
There is a perception that people are not choosing nursing as a
career. Yet in September 1999 there
were 97 qualified applicants denied admission to ubc's School of
Nursing due to a lack of space.
The ubc School of Nursing has
a unique four-year baccalaureate
program in which the elective and
support courses are in years one
and two and the nursing courses
are delivered in years three and
four with an intervening summer
Individuals entering directly
from post-secondary schools complete all four years. Individuals
with a previous degree or substantial credits toward a degree are admitted into year three and complete the program in 19 months.
Of the 97 qualified applicants
denied admission, 55 were applicants to year one and 42 to year
three of this program.
What can be done to alleviate
the shortage of registered nurses
provincially, nationally and internationally?
Funding of additional nursing education spaces
In October 1999, the government announced the establishment of 400 new education spaces
for nursing students. Where and
how these spaces will be allocated
has yet to be announced.
The nursing education leaders
in British Columbia, and indeed
across Canada, are unanimous in
their conviction that all registered
nurses now entering practice
should hold baccalaureate degrees
in nursing. This is primarily because it is increasingly difficult for
diploma programs to adequately
prepare graduates for the national
licensing examination and the demands of clinical practice.
Transition programs for
students and new graduates
With the hospitals downsizing,
the patients who are hospitalized
are sicker and remain in hospital
for shorter periods of time. With
this increase in acuity, increase in
the complexity of care needs, together with increased use of technology, nursing students and new
graduates need assistance to make
the transition to practice.
Attention to retention as well
as recruitment
Organizations within which
nursing is practiced must attend
to issues in the work environment
including the restoration of leadership and support positions for the
practice of nursing.
In part employers must ensure
that nurses are able to spend more
time on direct patient care and less
on duties such as delivering meal
trays and answering phones.
Opportunities for clinical nurses to move into mentoring/teaching roles as part of their work role,
exploration of clinical ladders in
which practicing nurses can advance in their careers and remain
at the bedside, and protected work
leaves to allow practicing nurses to
pursue additional education are
strategies which must be explored.
Prof. Sonia Acorn is acting director
ofthe School of Nursing. She is co-
investigator for the B. C site of an
international study on the effects of
hospital restructuring on patient
and nurse outcomes.
Invites all members ofthe
UBC teaching community to
Faculty Night
Wednesday, March 1, 2000
5:00 to 7:30 PM
Find out about the Fall 2000 textbook adoption — including a
demo ofthe new on-line adoption service
Staff will answer your questions about Custom Course
Materials and Special Orders
See the Bookstore's evolving website, including new sections
for General Books, Computer Shop and Stationery items
Save 20% on all regular priced general books
Save 10% on regular priced software and peripherals in stock
Save 5% on regular priced computer hardware in stock
Refreshments Served
Door Prizes
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