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Volume 42, Number 2
January 25, 1996
Two professors join
Order of Canada
Two professors emeritii and a pair of
UBC's major donors were among the 68
Canadians appointed to the Order of
Canada earlier this month.
Prof. Emerita Margaret
Ormsby was named a member, the order's third highest
rank, for her contributions to
Canadian heritage.
Ormsby, who was first appointed to UBC in 1943, has
been called the undisputed
doyenne of B.C. history. She
wrote the first history of B.C.,
British Columbia: A History in
1958, a work which set the
standard in the field.
She retired as head of the
History Dept. in 1974.
Social Work Prof. Emeritus Richard
Splane was also named a member of the
Order of Canada for his role in creating
Canada's social safety net.
Beforejoining UBC in 1973, Splane had
a 20-year career in Canada's public service at Health and Welfare Canada. During
this time he played a central role in establishing Canada's social security system.
Splane was the chief architect of the
Canada Assistance Plan, a federal-provincial cost-sharing program that helped maintain national standards for social services.
In recent years, he has done collaborative research with his wife, health care
advocate Verna Splane. She was named
an officer of the Order of
Canada, the second highest
A nurse known for her
work in the health field as a
practitioner, educator, consultant and author, Splane
taught at UBC's School of
Nursing for 10 years as an
honorary sessional lecturer.
David Lam, the former
B.C. lieutenant-governor
who has made major contributions to UBC, was named
an officer. Lam's gifts to the
university include funds forthe David Lam
Management Research Centre, the Asian
Garden within the Botanical Garden, the
Dorothy Lam Chair in Special Education
and the David Lam Chair in Multicultural
Jack Bell was appointed a member ofthe
Order of Canada. He has made many contributions to UBC. including the Jack Bell
building for the School of Social Work and to
the First Nations Longhouse. He has also
supported research into schizophrenia and
provided funding for the Jack Bell Chair in
Space map charts
dark matter
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
Astronomer Gregory Fahlman overlays a computer-generated map of space
onto a map of the stars and starts giving
directions to his would-be intergalactic
"You'd better watch out if you plan on
zooming through here," Fahlman warns,
pointing to a particular spot on his mass
The one-of-a-kind map, which could
pass for any topographical map of earth,
shows where invisible pockets of dense
mass, otherwise known as dark matter,
are in a far-away cluster of galaxies.
Measuring three million light years across,
this is the largest mass map of space
produced to date.
Using a long-standing technique
known as gravitational lensing, Fahlman
and a handful of associates are working
towards calculating the mass density of
the universe, more than 90 per cent of
which is believed to be made up of invisible dark matter.
Calculating the mass density of the
universe, the astronomy professor says,
will help explain whether the universe
will keep expanding forever or eventually
"Because these clusters of galaxies are
the largest masses in the universe, are
made ofthe same stuff as the universe,
and because we have an understanding
of how these clusters form, they represent a legitimate sample of the universe
as a whole," says Fahlman.
Fahlman explains that the galaxies within
the cluster move rapidly amongst each
other but can't escape their own gravitational pull. Given that gravity bends light,
Fahlman and colleagues have statistically
measured how light from a galaxy behind
the cluster is distorted as it passes through
and around it. In effect, the cluster acts as
a giant gravitational lens.
Using the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, Fahlman's team electronically
imaged a particular cluster for three
nights and looked for evidence that background objects were being lensed. From
the characteristics ofthe lensed images,
the scientists were able to deduce how
the dark matter was distributed among
the shining stars within the cluster.
The team calculated that the visible
light comes from only one per cent ofthe
cluster's entire mass. The distortions
seen through the telescope could only
have been caused by the gravitational
pull from dark matter making up the
remaining 99 per cent of the cluster's
mass density.
"It's a little like taking glasses to an
optometrist," says Fahlman. "He can take
the image he sees through the lens and
deduce all the important characteristics
about it. We're able to take distortions
we've measured and reconstruct how the
matter or mass must be distributed in
that lens to produce the pattern we see in
a sizeable chunk of space."
Despite its dimension of three million
light years, Fahlman's map represents
only one-sixteenth of one-forty-four-
thousandth of the sky.
Still, theCanada-France-HawaiiTel-
escope team is doing the most advanced
work anywhere in the field of weak
See SPACE Page 2
Ray Day
This sun seeker was one of many who sought a peaceful and rare sunny spot
behind the Museum of Anthropology recently. Environment Canada reported
that 613 mm of rain fell at Vancouver Airport from October through to the
end of December. It was the second greatest precipitation measurement for
those months ever.
Initiatives underway to
better campus safety
by Connie Bagshaw
Staff writer
UBC is listening to your bright ideas
for creating a safer campus.
"People are worried about personal
safety at UBC, and inadequate lighting is
a common area of concern," said Byron
Hender, executive co-ordinator to the vice-
president, Student and Academic Services. 'The university takes these issues
seriously and we have taken several steps
to address them."
The initiatives directly respond to spe
cific concerns raised at "Safety on Campus," one in a series of "Your UBC"
forums inaugurated last fall by the university in conjunction with the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) to encourage dialogue between students and the administration.
More than 200 students, faculty and
staff turned out for the forum, the highest attendance to date.
'The audience told us that even though
campus lighting has been improved, it
still had a long way to go," Hender said.
See SAFETY Page 2
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Profile: Fred Bunnell sees the forest for more than the trees 2 UBC Reports • January 25, 1996
Continued from Page 1
"They suggested that burnt-out
light bulbs had to be replaced
faster and they wanted to know
of a way to report them."
In December, Plant Operations staff swept the campus
looking for and replacing
burnt-out exterior light bulbs,
and reports can now be made
to a new e-mail address—
lightsout@plantops. ubc.ca—
established by Plant Operations on Jan. 14.
Plant Operations will normally
replace the light bulbs within
two weeks.
The university also plans to
expedite the installation of more
external lighting on campus, citing a proposed night audit of
Continued from Page 1
lensing, an application which
statistically measures distortions of light at the outer edges
of a cluster. Unlike at the centre
of the cluster where distortions
are easily discernible, background light farther from the
cluster's core is weakly lensed
and distortions can only be
measured statistically.
Fahlman and his associates
wrote the first detailed account in
December 1994 of how weak
lensing provides valid information about large-scale structures,
such as clusters, in the universe.
Their current study, due out
in the March issue of The
Astrophysical Journal not only
maps the largest area yet, but
also includes corroborating data
from X-ray analysis of the cluster. According to Fahlman, such
groupings of galaxies emit X-
rays from hot gas up to 10 million degrees Celsius. The X-rays,
though not as reliable as lensing,
provide an alternate way of tracing the mass density of clusters.
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to identify outstanding problem
Additional concerns which
emerged at the campus safety
forum dealt with UBC's security
bus service and accessibility to
information about crime on campus, he said.
'The audience felt that the
existing security bus service was
great but that more buses were
needed. The university has responded by funding a second
bus which will operate on a trial
basis five days a week from 6
p.m. to 2 a.m. until the end of
The bus will circuit the campus every 30 minutes with stops
at 14 points.
Forum participants also expressed uneasiness with having
to rely on rumour instead of fact
when trying to find out about
alleged incidents such as assaults, break-ins and thefts occurring at UBC.
The university's Personal Security Advisory Committee is
currently investigating how to
provide the campus community
with better information about
such events reported to Parking
and Security Services and the
university detachment of the
"Several campus units are
working co-operatively to ask
how the university can increase
safety on campus and we're doing it," Hender said.
He noted that the administration has also contributed
funds to Main Library to hire
additional safety monitors, and
to the AMS which needs flashlights for its SafeWalk program
Faculty of Arts
The University of British Columbia invites nominations and
applications for the position of Dean of the Faculty of Arts.
The appointment will take effect July 1,1996 or as soon
thereafter as possible.
The Faculty of Arts includes more than 450 full-time faculty
members in 16 departments and three schools covering the
Creative and Performing Arts, the Humanities, Social
Sciences, and the professional fields of Library, Archival and
Information Studies, and Social Work. Programs of study at
the bachelor's, master's and PhD levels are offered to almost
9,000 students. Operating budget is about $42.5 million.
The University seeks a candidate with a recognized reputation in one of the disciplines represented in the Faculty,
dedication to good teaching, and successful administrative
experience. The Dean is expected to provide the leadership
for the faculty in its pursuit of excellence, and to play a
constructive role in the general academic direction of the
The University is concerned about the under-representation
in administration of women, aboriginal people, visible
minorities and persons with disabilities and welcomes all
qualified applicants especially members of these designated
employment equity groups.
Applicants should write and send a curriculum vitae and
the names and addresses of at least three references to Dr.
Daniel R. Birch, Vice-President Academic and Provost, The
University of British Columbia, 6328 Memorial Road,
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z2. Applications and
nominations are welcome until March 22,1996, or until an
appointment is concluded.
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appropriate credit to UBC Reports. UBC Reports ■ January 25, 1996 3
Former PM. Nobel
laureate among
Institute speakers
Former Prime Minister Kim Campbell
and political columnist Lysiane Gagnon
are among the speakers participating in
the Vancouver Institute spring lecture
series at the University of British Columbia Jan. 27 to March 30. Lecture topics
range from health care reform to endangered languages.
The series kicks off Jan. 27 with Dr.
Fraser Mustard's talk, "Prosperity or
Decline: Canada's Choice."
Dr. Mustard spent 16 years at
McMaster University as a medical scientist and educator prior to creating the
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR) in 1982. CIAR is a research network that studies complex
problems in the sciences and social sciences. The institute involves over 200
researchers from Canada, the U.S., Europe, Israel and Japan studying such
diverse topics as cosmology, evolution
biology, and the determinants of economic growth.
Other series speakers and topics include:
•   Feb. 3: Prof. Robert Evans, "Healthy,
Wealthy and Cunning? Profit and Loss
from Health Care Reform"
• Feb. 10: Lysiane Gagnon, "Between
Two Referendums: The Future of Quebec and Canada"
• Feb. 17: UBC linguist Patricia Shaw,
'The Sounds of Silence: Endangered
• Feb. 24: Nobel Prize winner Roald
Hoffmann, "One Culture: What Art
and Science Have in Common (and
How They Differ)"
• March 2: The Rt. Honorable A. Kim
Campbell, "What's a Nice Country
Like Like Us Doing in a Place Like
• March 9: Harvard economist Jeffrey
Williamson, "Dealing with the Challenge of Globalization: The Long View"
• March 16: Prof. Stewart Clegg, 'The
Rhythm of the Saints"
• March 23: Prof. Timothy Johns,
"Myrrh, Medicine and Masai in the
Land of Milk and Honey"
• March   30:   Oceanographer   Paul
Falkowski, "Phytoplankton, Oil Futures and Global Climate Change"
The free public lectures take place at
8:15 p.m. in Lecture Hall 2 of the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre at
2194 Health Sciences Mall.
Campus input to HR
review welcomed
A Human Resources Review Committee has been convened to manage a review of the Human Resources Dept. All
service units reporting to the vice-president. Administration and Finance, undergo regular reviews.
The committee will review the department's mandate, strategic plan, structure, operations, staffing, budget and
cost recovery programs: evaluate its overall effectiveness and accountability . and
in particular, assess the effectiveness of
the role of generalists both from the users' and the Human Resources Department's perspective; and identify opportu
nities for improved service, processes and
relationships with campus consumers
and with other service departments.
Committee members come from a variety of departments on campus as well
as from two other universities. The review
is to be completed and a report submitted
to the vice-president by Mar. 31.
Contributions from the university community that will assist the committee
with its review are welcome prior to Feb.
23. Mail should be sent to committee
chair Peter Frost, Faculty of Commerce
and Business Administration or by e-
mail to hrreview@unixg.ubc.ca.
by staff writers
The Institute of Asian Research (IAR) is moving, unofficially, into its new
digs next month. Given the 30 or so metres separating the Asian Centre from
the C. K. Choi Building, which will house the IAR on West Mall, the transfer
shouldn't be too onerous.
However. Eleanor Laquian. IAR manager, says the move won't be complete
until the institute recycles a bit of its past.
When the Institute of Pacific Relations and its director Bill Holland moved
to UBC from New York City in 1961. Holland insisted on bringing the institute's boardroom table with him.
For more than 30 years, the magnificent oak table, which measures four
metres when fully extended, has resided in the second floor ofthe dilapidated old mechanical engineering annex. When the IAR emerged in 1978 and
moved into the Asian Centre, Holland's table sadly got lost in the shuffle. It
has since been gathering dust in what used to be the IAR reading room in
mechanical engineering's Hut  M-17.
"With only four offices in the Asian Centre there just wasn't room for a
table that big," said IAR director Terry McGee. "It will be good to have it back
in circulation."
The table has been taken away for an overhaul before it returns to active
duty in the new ground-floor office of Pacific Affairs, the leading academic
journal of Asia Pacific issues which Holland edited for more than two decades.
The C. K. Choi Building opens officially in October.
Martin Dee photo
Designing a robot that can right itself required Computer Science Asst. Prof.
Dinesh Pai and colleagues to take a close look at the principles of
Cartwheeling robot
never backs down
Resting in a small pen, the Platonic
Beast waits patiently to be brought to life.
Its creator, Dinesh Pai, is more than
willing to oblige.
"Wanna go for a walk?" Pai asks as he
seats himself at the control panel of the
Platonic Beast simulator.
Moments later the machine stands on
three of its four legs and begins a fluid,
methodical cartwheel across the enclosure.
The Platonic Beast is the only robot in
the world designed to avoid getting stuck.
Where other robots might hit a stumbling
block, fall over and flail helplessly on their
backside, Pai's beast has the ability to
pick itself up and keep on moving.
Given its perfectly symmetric torso and
the equidistant positioning of its legs, it is
impossible for the beast to fall down.
"We wanted to make something very
different from biological four-legged animals," says Pai. an assistant professor in
the Dept. of Computer Science. "Building
something from scratch forced us to rethink what locomotion involves and what
it means to walk."
The name for Pai's beast dates back
2.300 years when Plato discovered the
five most symmetric solids possible: the
tetrahedron (four sides), cube (six), octahedron (eight), dodecahedron (12) and
the icosahedron (20). Together they are
known as Platonic solids.
Pai's Platonic Beast is an octahedron
with four, three-jointed limbs attached to
alternate faces. The beast begins a series of
what Pai calls controlled tumbles with
three legs on the ground and the fourth
sticking vertically from the top face. A step
involves the top leg swinging down while a
supporting leg lifts and assumes the top
position. With no designed orientation, the
beast is "fall tolerant" and looks the same
no matter what its position.
Pai has been working on the Platonic
Beast for three years with support from
the Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council and the Institute for
Robotics and Intelligence Systems, one of
the Networks of Centres of Excellence
For the last six months the beast has
undergone the equivalent of a brain transplant with the installation of four, new
on-board computers controlling 12 motors, one for each limb joint. Pai points
out that the most sophisticated industrial robots found on assembly lines typically have six joints.
'The beast has a high degree of freedom which makes it among the most
complex robots around," says Pai. who
developed the robot with colleagues Rod
Barman and Scott Ralph.
A meld of aluminum and plastic, the
Platonic Beast weighs in at approximately five kilograms. While its predecessor was able to negotiate flat surfaces only, the computer upgrade enables the new improved beast to react to
changes in terrain and the attendant
forces on its feet.
One of the industrial applications Pai
foresees for the robot is carrying sensors
into hazardous environments such as
nuclear facilities.
But the robotics specialist cautions that
the beast is still only a research prototype
characterized by slow motion and an inability to carry large payloads. A larger,
more nimble beast, capable of carrying
cameras, is in the works. Pai is also working with an industrial consortium on the
development of a wall-climbing robot. 4 UBC Reports • January 25, 1996
Continuing Studies
Societal violence,
equality among
upcoming courses
Some of the most pressing
issues facing Canadians will be
explored in a series of courses
offered this term by UBC Continuing Studies.
Violence in the home and in
the street, questions of national
unity and the Charter of Rights'
effect on women's equality are
three questions that will be addressed by experts drawn from
among UBC faculty and the
greater community.
How can we accommodate
Quebec's nationalist aspirations
and yet remain a vigorous and
confident country? That is the
difficult question to be posed at
a day-long forum Feb. 10.
Called "Alternative Visions:
Canada-Outside-Quebec After
the Referendum," it will examine
issues of how Canada can define
its identity with or without Quebec and other issues vital to the
future of the country.
The forum is co-hosted by
the Political Science Students
Association, who felt strongly
that they should contribute to
the debate about English-speaking Canada's response to the
Quebec referendum.
Speakers will include jurist
Thomas Berger, author Susan
Crean, McGill Prof. Emeritus
Paul Lin, Political Science Prof.
Phil Resnick and History Assoc.
Prof. Allan Smith.
"Violence in our Society: Reality and Perception," to be held
on Tuesdays from Feb. 13 to
March 19, examines one of to
day's most controversial issues.
It will look at the true extent
of violence in our society, what
its causes might be and suggest
some constructive approaches
for dealing with it.
Addressing these issues will
be: Psychology Prof. Robert
Hare: Anthropology and Sociology Prof. Robert Ratner: Shari
Graydon, president of Media
Watch; Michael Goldberg, research director, Social Planning
and Research Council of B.C.:
Patti Pearcey, B.C. Coalition for
Safer Communities; and Nursing Asst. Prof. Angela
Since the Charter of Rights
came into effect a decade ago, a
series of landmark legal cases
on women's equality has been
heard in the Supreme Court of
"Precedents and Setbacks:
Women, the Charter and the
Courts," will examine some of
these cases and discuss what
effect the law has had on the
lives of Canadian women.
Featured speakers are:
Christine Dearing, vice-president ofthe Legal Education and
Action Fund; Law Assoc. Prof.
Isabel Grant; Law Assoc. Prof.
Claire Young; and Law Prof.
Christine Boyle.
The program will be held Tuesdays from March 12 to April 2.
For more information about
any of these programs or to
register, call Continuing Studies at 822-1450.
Childs Play
Stephen Forgoes photo
UBC Bookstore Director Debbie Harvie (right) pulls a coupon from a dispenser placed
in the store to raise funds for B.C.'s Children's Hospital Foundation while the
Foundation's Fundraising Manager Rose Terzariol looks on. By taking a coupon from
a dispenser and presenting it to the cashiers a $1 donation to the hospital was added
to the customer's purchase. During October and November, UBC Bookstore and Health
Sciences Bookshop customers donated $2,231. Children's Hospital is the province's
only specialized treatment, research and educational health care centre devoted to
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Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Director of the recently established Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. The Institute, made possible by an endowment of $10M from the Hampton Fund, is intended to enrich the research and intellectual
life of UBC and the community by encouraging major interdisciplinary projects, visits and
events on major themes and topics. In the near term, the Institute is expected to provide
funding for one new "thematic concentration" per year, each of which will involve a 3-year
interdisciplinary exploration of a topic of contemporary and/or scholarly importance by
groups of researchers from UBC departments and visitors. The first successful group and
theme should be selected and announced by the end of February, 1996. From time to time
the Institute may also sponsor individual lectures or visits of broad interest to the University. The Institute is also expected to maintain close links with the Peter Wall Distinguished
Professors and Distinguished Visitors supported by a $15M endowment from Peter Wall.
The Director will be expected to provide leadership in promoting teamwork and excellence
in addressing major research themes by coordinating the annual thematic concentration
competition, by monitoring and facilitating funded projects, and by undertaking related
The Director is expected to be a Full Professor with a demonstrated commitment to excellent research and proven organizational abilities. He/she must have broad scholarly
interests and good interpersonal skills. Administrative experience, service on grant selection
committees, experience in working in teams and a record of holding research grants are
other important assets. Only candidates internal to UBC will be considered. The appointment as Director will be for a period of five years, initially 40% in the Institute and 60% in
the home department, later converting to 60% in the Institute when the latter is fully
operational. An administrative stipend will be available. Office space and secretarial
support will initially be located at Green College.
Applicants should send a letter describing their interest in the position, a curriculum vitae
and the names and addresses of at least three references to Dr. John Grace, Dean, Faculty of
Graduate Studies, 180-6371 Crescent Road, Zone 2. Nominations should contain a justification and, where possible, include a curriculum vitae; they should be sent to the same
address. The deadline for applications and nominations is February 19,1996. It is expected that the appointment will begin July 1, 1996.
The University is concerned about the under-representation in administration of women,
aboriginal people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities and welcomes all qualified applicants especially members of these designated employment equity groups.
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Forum spotlights job
futures for Arts grads
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
What can you do with a Bachelor of
Arts degree? Ask playwright John Gray
and TV news anchor Mi-Jung Lee.
They are two ofthe UBC arts alumni who
will be on hand at "Beyond the BA," a three-
day forum on career opportunities and job-
hunting techniques for arts students to be
held Jan. 29 and 30 and Feb. 2.
Sponsored by the Alumni Association, Faculty of Arts and Arts Undergraduate Society. "Beyond the BA" aims
to convey the kind of information and life
skills not provided in the classroom, said
Dawn Levy, a program coordinator with
the Alumni Association.
Students will learn how to write cover
letters, learn where the jobs are, what to
do in a job interview, and hear alumni
explain how they used their BAs as
springboards for interesting and varied
"There are many more options out
there than many students think." Levy
said. "Accounting, for example, is an
excellent career option open to Arts
graduates. You don't need to have studied math to become an accountant."
Arts students also tend to overlook
the value of the skills they acquire in the
classroom, such as writing, presentation and teamwork.
"Unfortunately, some students view
their coursework as a series of hoops
they have to jump through to get a piece
of paper," Levy said. "They're actually
learning valuable skills."
Beyond the BA begins with a talk on
trends in the job market by Economics
Prof. Craig Riddell.
The second day focuses on how to
prepare yourself for entering the job market. Casey Forrest of Pinton. Forrest and
Madden Group Inc., a consulting and
executive search company, and Blair
Grabinsky, manager of UBC's Career
and Placement Services, will speak.
On the third and final day, a panel of
alumni will discuss their careers.
The panelists are: Mi-Jung Lee (BA
English '88), a television reporter and
anchor with BCTV: John Gray (MATheatre '72), an author, actor, playwright and
singer-songwriter whose credits include
Billy Bishop Goes to War and 18 Wheels:
Liz Grant (BA Psychology '84),a career
consultant who is a partner in the company Geode Consulting Group; and Maria
Cavezza (BA Geography '92) who has
worked with international aid organizations and founded Water for Life, an
ongoing project to supply clean water to
villages in Ghana.
"Beyond the BA" is free of charge and.
despite its focus on arts undergraduates, open to anyone at UBC. The forum
will be held each day from 12:30 to 1:30
p.m. in SUB Auditorium.
Campus works
The Bookstore
Constant review key to
improving service
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
Several changes in the way the UBC Bookstore operates have resulted in
increased efficiency and improved customer service.
By re-evaluating the way it operates, the Bookstore is getting the sort of
results that departments across campus are aiming for and attaining through
process improvement, said John Chase, UBC's director of Budget and Planning.
"A lot of the processes we're involved in on a daily basis have developed
over time." said Chase. "And when we pose the question 'why are we doing it
this way,' the answer is often 'because we've always done it that way'."
Bookstore Director Debbie Harvie said the changes, which range from the
relocation of a customer service counter to the acceptance of debit cards, are
part of an ongoing process aimed at keeping customers happy and the Bookstore profitable.
She said a key to maintaining efficient operations is constantly reviewing
procedures and looking for ways to improve rather than making it an occasional process.
"I believe very firmly that we are always re-engineering our processes. As
retailers we can't afford to let administrative costs skyrocket because this
would drive our prices up and decrease our competitiveness," she said.
Established in 1994, the primary focus ofthe President's Advisory Committee on Process Improvement and Development is the redesign of processes
which cut across departmental boundaries.
Responding to one ofthe major recommendations ofthe 1994 Dupre Report
on Administrative Organization and Effectiveness, the committee is examining
the two major processes which provide input to the Financial Record System
(FRS)—appointments and procurements.
The faculties of Forestry and Commerce and Business Administration, as well
as the Dept. of Housing and Conferences, are serving as pilot projects for testing
the feasibility of some of the recommendations contained in the appointment
process review.
The examination of the procurement process is continuing with a report from the
procurement working committee anticipated in the next several months.
"Improvements in the management of financial information are key to
helping campus managers better utilize their resources," Chase said.
He said the emphasis on process improvement is a sign of the times and
comes in response to several factors: the university is committed to delivering
the highest possible quality of service to its customers; changes in revenue
require cost restraints if not reductions; the university is committed to
empowering employees and staff as much as possible; and new technology
allows for changes not possible in the past.
These continuous improvement activities are occurring both within individual organizational units and across units on shared processes.
Gavin Wilson photo
Storeys Above
Rising above Sedgewick Library, the first phase ofthe Walter C. Koerner
Library Centre takes shape on Main Mall. The building is designed by
Arthur Erickson/Aitken Wreglesworth Associates and will be UBC's new
main library. It will merge Sedgewick's services and collections with the
current Main Library divisions of humanities and social sciences,
government publications and microforms and the data library. The
Koerner Library is scheduled to open next autumn.
Experts seek solutions to
vision loss in Third World
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Ophthalmologists debated the best
ways of helping the millions of people
who suffer unnecessarily from blindness
in the developing world at a recent clinical day at St. Paul's Hospital.
An estimated 35 million people are
blind worldwide, and 80 per cent of them
are in developing countries, said Dr.
Peter Nash, one ofthe clinical day chairpersons and a clinical associate professor at UBC.
The overwhelming cause of blindness
in the developing world is cataracts, a
condition in which the lens of the eye
become progressively opaque, said Nash,
who has worked in Nepal, India and
The tragedy is that cataracts are reversible with surgery, but many developing countries lack the funding, infrastructure and personnel to deal with it,
he said. Africa is the worst off, with only
one eye care physician for every million
At the clinical day, local ophthalmologists and other eye care professionals discussed the issues and listened to guest speakers from organizations such as Surgical Eye Expeditions International, Seva Blindness
Prevention Programs, Operation Eyesight and Christian Blind Mission
Despite the efforts of such organizations, the battle against blindness is
losing ground. By the year 2020 an estimated 50 million elderly people will be
blind due to cataracts.
One issue facing ophthalmologists is
how to best treat cataracts: intraocular
lenses implanted in the eye, a technique
used in developed countries, or, as is
more common in the developing world,
removal ofthe eye lens and replacement
with glasses. The former results in better
vision, but the latter is easier and less
expensive, allowing more people to benefit.
Also at issue are different approaches
to eye care. For example, Surgical Eye
Expeditions International conducts
short-stay programs in which local surgeons are taught cataract techniques.
Most other eye care organizations, on
the other hand, concentrate on long-
term projects that help build an eye care
Other topics covered at the clinical
day, which was attended by more than
125 people, included eye banking, training techniques, the effect of AIDS on
African blindness programs and personal experiences in countries such as
Malawi, Thailand and Sudan.
Organizers say the turnout reflects
the growing interest among B.C. ophthalmologists in the problems of blindness facing the developing world.
This interest can also be seen in the
creation earlier this year of the B.C.
Centre for Epidemiologic and International Ophthalmology in the Dept. of
The centre's director is Asst. Prof.
Paul Courtright, who spent five years
working in Africa before joining UBC.
The centre works with health agencies in Canada and internationally with
governments and non-governmental organizations to help develop programs,
provide training and conduct research. 6 UBC Reports • January 25, 1996
January 28 through February 10
Sunday, Jan. 28
Laurel Pavilion Open House
Vancouver Hospital Invites Public to Tour New Facility. Laurel
Pavilion, 899 West 12th Avenue,
12-4pm. Call 875-4838.
Green College Performing
Arts Group
Poetry Reading - Bring Your Favourite Poetry To Read And Discuss. Green College, Graham
House, 8pm. Call 822-6067.
Monday, Jan. 29
Involvement Of Neural Growth
Factor In Neuropathic Pain. Mark
Bisby, Dept. of Physiology,
Queen's U, Kingston, ON.
BioSciences 2449, 4:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-1675.
Protein Folding And Dynamics
Viewed Through An NMR Camera With A Microsecond Shutter
Speed. Terry Oats, Dept. of Biochemistry, Duke U. IRC#4,
3:45pm. Refreshments at
3:30pm. Call 822-9871.
IHEAR Seminar
From Clinical Treatment To Community Quality Of Life: A Comparison Of Innovations In Dentistry And Audiology. Dorothy
Hoek and Michael MacEntee.
James Mather portable annex,
classroom #1, 5pm. Hearing accessible. Call 822-3956.
Beyond the BA
Fast Forward - The Changing Job
Market And You. W. Craig Riddell,
Head of Economics, UBC. SUB
Auditorium, 12:30-1:30pm. Call
822-8917. Sponsored by UBC
Alumni Assoc, Faculty of Arts
and Arts Undergraduate Society.
Tuesday, Jan. 30
Our Health Care System, Past,
Present And (?) Future. Ron
McKerrow, BSc (Pharm.), BC Children's and Women's Hospital.
IRC#3, 12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-
Parameter Optimization And
Analysis Of Ecosystem Models
Using Simulated Annealing: A
Case Study At Station P. Richard
Matear, Institute of Ocean Sciences, Sidney, BC. BioSciences
1465, 3:30pm. Call 822-2821.
Chaperonin Proteins. Sean
Hemmingsen, Plant Biotech. Institute, Saskatoon. BioSciences
2000, 12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-
Green College Speaker
Language In Aphasia. John Gilbert, coordinator of Health Sciences. Green College recreation
lounge, 5:30-6:30pm. Reception
in Graham House, 4:45-5:30pm.
Call 822-6067.
Beyond the BA
The Complete Job Hunter. Casey
Forrest, Principal, Pinton, Forrest
& Madden Group. Blair
Grabinsky, Manager, UBC Placement Services. SUB auditorium,
12:30-l:30pm. Call 822-8917.
Centre for Applied Ethics
Ethics Of Web Site Engineering.
Chris MacDonald, PhD candidate, Dept. of Philosophy, Chris
Moreno, Masters student, Dept.
of Philosophy. Angus 415,4-6pm.
All welcome. Call 822-5139.
Identification Clinic
MOA's Professional Staff Will Help
Identify Your Objects And Provide
Conservation Advice. MOA 217, 7-
8pm. Free. Please call in advance
to indicate what you intend to
bring. Call 822-5087.
Wednesday, Jan. 31
Post-Secondary Education
Changing Patterns Of Governance
In Canadian Universities. David
Cameron, Dalhousie U. Green College recreation lounge, 2-5pm. Call
Space, The Last Frontier: Experimental Studies On Interference
Competition. Bob Paine, Zoology.
U ofWashington, Seattle. Host Dr.
Charles Krebs. Family /Nutritional
Sciences 60, 4:30pm. Refreshments in Hut B8 at 4:10pm. Call
Do Sports Injury Patients Benefit
From NSAIDs? Patricia Gerber,
Pharm.D student, Pharmaceutical
Sciences. Vancouver Hospital/
HSC, Koerner Pavilion, roomG279,
4:30-5:30pm. Call 822-3183.
Respiratory Research
An Atypical Look At Mycobacteria.
K. Elwood, Clinical Assoc. Prof.
Doctors Residence, Vancouver
Hospital, 2775 Heather Street, 3rd
Floor conference room, 5-6pm. Call
Surgery Grand Round
The Surgeon As An
Immunomodulator. Dr. Jonathan
L. Meakins, McGill U. GF Strong
auditorium (26th & Laurel), 7am.
Call 875-4136.
19th Century Colloquium
Constructing Woman In The Arts.
Melinda Boyd, School of Music,
Ian Dennis, English and Errol
Durbach, Theatre and English.
Moderator, Vera Micznik, Music.
Green College recreation lounge,
8-10pm. Call 822-6067.
Noon Hour Concert
Tong-Il Han, piano. Music recital
hall, 12:30pm. $2.50 at the door.
Call 822-5574.
Reclaiming History: Ledger Drawings by Assiniboine artist
Hongeeyesa. MOA. Until March
31. Call 822-5087.
Thursday, Feb. 1
Antibiotic Screening Of Medicinal
Plants Of Kenya. Doris Mutta, MSc
candidate, Dept. of Botany.
BioSciences 2000, 12:30-1:30pm.
Call 822-2133.
Chemical Engineering
Desorption Of Acid Gas From
Loaded Alkanolamine Solution.
Aqull Jamal, grad. student.
ChemEng 206, 3:30pm. Refreshments at 3:15pm, room 204. Call
Human Chromosome
Microdeletion Syndrome; Understanding Multiple Congenital
Anomalies. Dr. Jan Friedman,
Dept. of Medical Genetics.
Wesbrook 201, 4:30pm. Refreshments after the seminar. Call 822-
Physics Colloquium
Physics Of Bird Flocking. John
Toner. U of Oregon. Hennings 201.
4pm. Call 822-3853.
Comparative Literature
Varieties Of Temptation: Some
Thoughts on Vaclay Havel.
Marketa Goetz-Stankiewicz, Germanic Studies. Green College recreation lounge, 5:30pm. Call 822-
Academic Lecture Series
The Human Genome Project And
Psychiatry. Hans W. Moises, MD.
Department of Psychiatry.
Detwiller Pavilion lecture theatre,
9am. Free. Call 822-0574.
Students for Forestry
Awareness Speaker Series
The Role Of Rural Communities In
The Forest Debates. Mike Morton,
Share BC. MacMillan 166, 12:30pm.
Refreshments. Call 274-4730.
Instrumental Collegium Musicum.
John Sawyer, director. Music recital
hall, 8pm. Free. Call 822-3113.
Friday, Feb. 2
PlanningAs A Consultant: Projects,
Opportunities And Challenges.
Catherine Berris. Buchanan D333,
12:30pm. Free. Call 822-3914.
Theoretical Chemistry
Forces Between Macroscopic Objects In Solution: What Do We
Know? G. Patey, Dept. of Chemistry. Chemistry D402 (centre block),
4pm. Call 822-3266.
Regulation Of HDL Concentration
And Quality In Plasma. Dr. Jiri
Frohlich, Dept. of Pathology', St.
Paul's Hospital. IRC#3, 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-4645.
Soil Science Seminar and
CSSS Presidential Lecture
Selenium In Soil, Crops, Livestock
And Humans. V.C. Gupta, President, Canadian Soil Science Society. MacMillan 154, 2:30pm. Call
Beyond the BA
An Arts Degree? It Worked For Me!
Maria Cavezza BA '92 (Geography), Consultant. Mi-Jung Lee BA
'88 (English), Reporter and News
Anchor, BCTV. Liz Grant BA '84
(Psychology), Human Resources
Consultant, Partner/Geode Consulting Group. John Gray MA '72
(Theatre), Actor and Playwright.
SUB auditorium, 12:30-1:30pm.
Call 822-8917.
Graduate Colloquium Series
Allegory In Early Lutheran Music:
Johann Walter's 1544 Cantiones.
Alan Macdonald. School of Music.
Music Library seminar room,
400B, 3:30pm. Free. Open to public. Call 822-3588.
Treatment And Prevention Of Post-
Traumatic Stress Disorders Due
To Workplace Violence. Gary Ladd,
PhD - Registered Psychologist.
Vancouver Hospital/HSC, Koerner
Pavilion G279, 12:30-1:30pm. Call
Health Care and
Epidemiology Rounds
Clean Dirt Policy - Soft Science -
Hard Numbers, Developing An
Analytic Approach. Ray Copes,
Medical Consultant, BC Ministry
of Health. Mather 253, 9-10am.
Call 822-2772.
Grand Rounds
Models That Work - The Los Angeles Experience. Dr. Richard
MacKenzie. Childrens Hospital Dos
Angeles. GF Strong auditorium,
9am. Call 875-2307.
UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Martin Berinbaum, director. Old Auditorium, 8pm. Free. Call 822-3113.
Saturday, Feb. 3
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Healthy, Wealthy And Cunning?
Profit And Loss From Health Care
Reform. Prof. Robert Evans, Centre for Health Services and Policy
Research. IRC#2, 8:15pm. Free.
Call 822-3131 during regularbusi-
ness hours.
Eastern Europe and Russia: A Per-
spective. Various speakers.
Lasserre 102, 9am-5pm. Coffee is
served. Call 222-9225.
Endangered Species Legislation
And Biodiversity Conference. Elizabeth May, Sierra Club, David
Brackett, Canadian Wildlife Service. Curtis building, doors open
8:30am. Early registration $10
(lunch included). Call 228-2195.
Sunday, Feb. 4
Green College Performing
Arts Group
Improv Games with Jennifer Covert, Theatre and Film. Green College, Graham House, 8pm. Call
Monday, Feb. 5
Cellular Proteoglycans And Viral
Glycoproteins: Viral-Host Interactions In Herpes Simplex Virus Infection. Dr. FrankTufaro, Dept. ofMicro-
biology. IRC#4, 3:45pm. Refreshments at 3:30pm. Call 822-9871.
Whale Arteries. John Gosline, Dept.
of Zoology. BioSciences 2449,
4:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-
Economic Reforms In China And
India. Ajit Bhalla, Pearson Fellow,
IDRC. Asian Centre, room 604, 4-
6pm. Call 822-2629.
Interneuronal Control OfThe Hippocampal Network. Dr. Tamas
Freund, Hungarian Academy of
Science., Inst, of Experimental
Medicine, Budapest, Hungary.
IRC#5, 3:30pm. Call 822-2671.
Cultural and Media Studies
Interdisciplinary Group
Pragmatism And Deconstruction -
Deconstruction And Hegemony.
Ernesto Laclau, Dept. of Government, U of Essex, UK and Chan tai
Mouffe College International de
Philosophic Green College dining
hall, 8pm. Call 822-6067.
UBC Pacific Rim Club Event
Vancouver: Making Waves InThe
Pacific. Ian Hanomansing, CBC.
Hyatt Regency Plaza Ballroom,
6:30-8:30pm. Semi-formal. Refreshments. Members $15, Non-
members $18, Corporate $25.
Call 221-4383.
Tuesday, Feb. 6
So How Long Has This Been Going On? - Regime Shifts In Fish
Populations. Dick Beamish, Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo.
BioSciences 1465, 3:30pm. Call
C-S-R. Theory Revisited: Why Is
It Still Controversial? Phil Grime,
NERC Unit of Comparative Plant
Ecology, U of Sheffield.
BioSciences 2000, 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Design Of Magnetic Resonance
Contrast Agents - Part 1: Theory.
Colin Tilcock, Asst. Prof., Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
and Dept. of Radiology. IRC#3,
12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-4645.
Where On Earth Is The Lower
Mainland, Anyways? William
Rees, Community and Regional
Planning. IRC#5, 12:30pm. Call
Green College Speaker
Academic Culture In Canadian English Speaking Universities. Donald
Fisher, Centre for Policy Studies In
Education. Green College recreation lounge, 5:30-6:30pm. Reception in Graham House 4:45-5:30pm.
Call 822-6067.
Faculty Women's Club
Writing A Biography. Margaret
Prang, Dept. of History. Cecil
Green Park House, 10am. Call
Wednesday, Feb. 7
Field Experiments With Future
Climates. Philip Grime, Botany
Dept., U of Sheffield. Host Roy
Turkington. Family/Nutritional
Sciences, 60, 4:30pm. Refreshments in Hut B8, 4:10pm. Call
Respiratory Research
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary
Disease: A Major Risk Factor In
Lung Cancer. Dr. Thomas L.
Petty, Medicine, U of Colorado.
Doctors Residence, Vancouver
Hospital, 2775 Heather St., 3rd
floor conference room, 5-6pm.
Call 875-5653.
The UBC Reports Calendar lists university-related or
liversity-sponsored events on campus and off cam-
is within the Lower Mainland.
Calendar items must be submitted on forms avail-
>le from the UBC Public Affairs Office, 310-6251 Cecil
reen Park Road, Vancouver B.C., V6T Ltl. Phone:
£25-3131. Fax: 822-2684. Please limit to 35 words.
Amissions for the Calendar's Notices section may be
nited due to space.
Deadline for the February 8 issue of UBC Reports —
htich covers the period February 11 to February 24 —
noon, January 30. Calendar
UBC Reports • January 25,1996 7
January 28 through February 10
Seminar for PhD Students
in Interdisciplinary Studies
Beyond UBC: A Panel Discussion Of Graduates And Visitors.
Green College recreation lounge,
5pm. Call 822-6067.
An Evaluation Of Combination
Therapy In Patients With Secondary Sulphonylurea Failure.
Dr. Ric Prayshyn, PharmD student. Division of Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Vancouver Hospital/HSC, Koerner Pavilion, G279,
4:30-5:30pm. Call 822-4645.
Women' Studies Seminar
TBA. Ellen Judd, Visiting
Scholar, Anthropology, U of
Manitoba. 1896 East Mall. 3:30-
5pm. Free. Call 822-9171.
Continuing Studies
Black People in BC—Local Art
ists And Writers Examining Issues Currently Facing The Black
Community. Sadie Kuehn, Educator. Hotel Georgia, York Room,
12-1:30pm. Free. Bring lunch.
No registration necessary. Call
Centre for Japanese
Research Seminar
Reflections On Hiroshima. Prof.
Millie Creighton, Dept. of Anthropology and Sociology. Asian
Centre auditorium, 12:30-2pm.
Call 822-2629.
Microbiology &
Immunology Seminar
On Lasers, Lineages, And Muscle Plasticity In the Nematode
C.elegans. Don Moerman, Zoology Dept. Wesbrook 201, 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-3308.
Film, Slide Presentation,
Panel Discussion
Eating Disorder Awareness Week -
Main Event. Consumers, Counsellors, Nurses, Experts, Members
from Mediawatch. SUB Party room,
12:30-3:30pm. Call 631-5313.
Beyond the B A
■ January 29
Fast Forward—
The Changing
Job Market & You
Dr. Craig Riddell,
Economics, UBC
■ January 30
The Complete
Job Hunter
Casey Forrest, Principal, Pinion,
Forrest & Madden Group
Blair Grabinsky, Manager,
UBC Placement Services
■ February 2
An Arts Degree?
It Worked for Me!
Maria Cavezza, BA V2
(Geography), Consultant
Mi-Jung Lee, BA '88 (English),
Reporter/News Anchor,
Liz Grant, BA '84 (Psychology),
Human Resources Consultant,
Partner/Geode Consulting
John Gray, MA '72 (Theatre),
Actor and Playwright
12:30-1:30 pm
SUB Auditorium
Sponsored by the UBC Alumni
Association, The Faculty of Arts
and the Arts Undergraduate Society
Noon Hour Concert
Marc Destrube, violin, Robert
Holliston, piano. Music recital hall,
12:30pm. $2.50 at the door. Call
Thursday, Feb. 8
Inst. Asian Research
Globalization vs. Regional Integration. Ajit Bhalla, Pearson Fellow, IDRC. Asian Centre 604, 4-
6pm. Call 822-2629.
Critical Issues in Global
Development Seminar
Linking Trade And Aid To Human
Rights. Ed Broadbent, director of
International Centre for Human
Rights and Democratic Development. Green College recreation
lounge, 8-10pm. Call 822-6067.
Genetics Graduate Program
Molecular Characterization Of
Self-Nonself Recognition In Neu-
rospora. Louise Glass, Biotechnology Laboratory and Dept. of
Botany. Wesbrook 201, 4:30pm.
Refreshments after seminar. Call
CICSR Distinguished Lecture
Methods And Tools For Validating
Real-Time Constraints. Jane Liu,
Dept. of Computer Science, U of
Illinois. CICSR/CS 208, 4-5pm.
Refreshments/lecture free. Call
Law and Society
First Nations And Environmental
Degradation - What A Mess. John
Burrows, Law, York U. Green College recreation lounge, 5-6:30pm.
Call 822-6067.
Philosophy Colloquium
Gene Therapy And The Concept
Of Genetic Disease. David Magnus,
U of Puget Sound. Buchanan D24,
1 -2:30pm. Call 822-3292.
Physics Colloquium
Extragalactic Megamasers. Lincoln Greenhill, Harvard U.
Hennings 201, 4pm. Call 822-
Students for Forestry
Awareness Speaker Series
TBA. Herb Hammond, forest ecologist and author of Seeing the Forest Among the Trees. MacMillan
166, 12:30pm. Refreshments. Call
UBC Artsfest '96
UBC Javanese Gamelan. Exotic
music and dance from Java, directed by Sutrisno Hartana. Asian
Centre auditorium, 2pm. Free. Call
UBC Artsfest  96
Composers Fest. Chamber Music
with UBC Contemporary Players
and guest artists. Music recital
hall, 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
UBC Artsfest '96
Public Speaking, Short Story And
Poetry Contest With $1,350 In
Cash Prizes. Buchanan Bldg, Penthouse. Public Speaking 12:30pm,
Short Story 2pm, Poetry 3:30pm.
Rules and deadlines call 221 -4366.
UBC Artsfest '96
Thirst by Eugene O'Neill. Frederic
Wood Theatre. 12:30pm. Continues Feb. 9 at 4:30pm and 10 at
12:30pm. Free.
UBC Artsfest '96
Never Swim Alone by Daniel
Maclvor. Frederic Wood Theatre.
4:30pm. Continues Feb. 9 at
9:30pm and 10 at 4:30pm. Free.
UBC Artsfest '96
Video Screening Of Films By UBC
Film  Students.   Frederic  Wood
Theatre Lobby. ll:30am-5pm.
Continues Feb. 9 and 10. Free.
UBC Artsfest '96
Washington Square by Henry
James. Frederic Wood Theatre.
2:00pm. Continues Feb. 9 and 10.
UBC Artsfest '96
Medea by Larry Fineberg. Dorothy
Somerset Studio. 8:00pm. $7.
Continues Feb. 9 and 10. Reservations, call 822-2678.
Intercultural Film Studies
Italian Futurist Cinema - A Feminist View. Millicent Marcus, U of
Texas At Austin. Italian Feminism
and Women's Filmmaking - Intersections 1975/1995. Aine
O'Healey, Loyola Marymount U.
Green College, Coach House, 1:30-
4pm. Call 822-5546/822-3753.
Friday, Feb. 9
Inst. Asian Research
The Invention Of Edo. Prof. Carol
Gluck, Dept. of History, Columbia
U. Asian Centre auditorium,
12:30-2pm. Call 822-2629.
Theoretical Chemistry
Computer Simulation NOT Of Liquid Crystals: Electric Peanut Butter, Spreadable But Not Edible. G.
Ayton, Dept. of Chemistry. Chemistry D402 (centre block), 4pm.
Call 822-3266.
Chemical Engineering
Purification Of Partially Degraded
Diothanolamine Solution. Majid
Abedinzadecan, graduate student.
Chem/Eng206,3:30pm. Refreshments at 3:15pm. room 204. Call
Evaluating CIDA's Development
Projects In South Asia. Tony Beck,
IAR honorary research associate
and consultant to CIDA.. Asian
Centre 604, 12:30-2pm. Call 822-
Interaction Of Myocarditic
Coxsackieviruses And Immune
Cells: Implications For Viral
Pathogenesis. Dr. Bruce
McManus, Dept. of Pathology. St.
Paul's Hospital. IRC#3, 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-4645.
Occupational Hygiene
Health Impacts Of Inhalable Particles In British Columbia. Dr.
Sverre Vedal, Respiratory Division,
Dept. of Medicine. Vancouver Hospital/HSC, Koerner Pavilion,
G279, 12:30-1:30pm. Free. Call
Movement And Fragmentation In
Modern French Literature. Professors and Graduate Students in
Depts. of French and German.
Buchanan Tower 7th floor lounge,
9:20am-4:30pm. Call 822-2879 or
Grand Rounds
Lung Inflammation In Childhood
Asthma. Dr. Alexander Ferguson,
Dept. of Peds/Allergy. GF Strong
auditorium, 9am. Call 875-2307.
Health Care and
Epidemiology Rounds
TBA. Dr. Glyn Fox. head. Risk Assessment, Environmental Protection Dept., BC Ministry of Environment. Lands & Parks. Member:
Contaminated Sites Soil Task
Group. Mather 253. 9-10am. Lecture free. Paid parking available in
B Lot. Call 822-2772.
UBC Artsfest '96
Composers Fest. Chamber Music
with UBC Contemporary Players
and guest artists. Music recital
hall, 12:30pm. Free. Call 822-
UBC Artsfest '96
Composers Fest. The Role of Composers In Canadian Society. A
panel discussion featuring Chan
Ka Nin, Peter Hatch and other
guests. Music 339, 2:30pm. Free.
Call 822-5574.
UBC Artsfest '96
Public Speaking, Short Story And
Poetry Contest With $ 1,350 In Cash
Prizes. Buchanan Tower, 5th floor
lounge. Public Speaking 12:30pm,
Short Story 2pm, Poetry 3:30pm.
Rules and deadlines call 221 -4366.
Intercultural Film Studies
Are The Children Watching Us?
The New Comedy Of Francesca
Archibugi. Aine O'Healey, Loyola
Marymount U. Buchanan Penthouse, 12:30pm. Call 822-5546/
Next Calendar deadline:
Noon, Jan. 30
Saturday, Feb. 10
Continuing Studies Seminar
Alternative Visions: Canada - Outside Quebec After The Referendum.
Thomas Berger jurist, Susan Crean,
author, Paul Lin, professor emeritus McGill, Philip Resnick, professor Political Science, Allan Smith,
professor History. Law 101/102,
9am-4:30pm. $20; $10 students
and unemployed. Non-refundable.
No-host reception afterwards. Call
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Between Two Referendums: The
Future Of Quebec And Canada.
Mme. Lysiane Gagnon, Political
Columnist La Presse and Globe
and Mail. IRC#2, 8:15pm. Free.
Call 822-3131 during regular
business hours.
UBC Artsfest '96
Composers Fest. Chamber Choir
and Jazz featuring Vocal Collegium Musicum and UBC Jazz
ensemble with guest Ian
McDougall, trombone. Film
"Nails," with music by Michael
Conway Baker. Music recital hall,
8pm. Free. Call 822-5574.
Language Programs
Registration with Continuing Studies is underway for weekly French,
Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin,
Cantonese, Italian, German, Arabic, Hindi and Punjabi conversation classes. Evening and Saturday
morning classes begin January 20.
Buchanan D Block, 3rd floor. $245.
For course times and registration
information call 822-0800.
Library Workshops
UBC Library offers more than 100
workshops each term on how to
search UBCLIB, the Library's
online catalogue/information system and how to search electronic
periodical indexes and abstracts.
Call or visit individual branches
and divisions for course descriptions and schedules.
Badminton Drop-In
Faculty/Staff/Grad Students are
welcome at the Student Recreation Centre, Mondays, 6:30-8pm.
and Wednesdays, 6:45-8:15pm.
Bring your library card. Check for
ratkay@unix.infoserve.net or call
Faculty, Staff and Grad Student
Volleyball Group. Every Monday
and Wednesday. Osborne Centre,
Gym A, 12:30-1:30pm. No fees.
Drop-ins and regular attendees
welcome for friendly competitive
games. Call 822-4479 or e-mail:
kdcs@unixg. ubc.ca.
Art Gallery
The Morris and Helen Belkin Art
Gallery. Current exhibition, Rodney
Graham. January 27-March 2,
1996. Organized by the Art Gallery of York University. Gallery
hours are Tuesday - Friday 10am-
5pm and Saturday, 12-5pm. The
address is 1825 Main Mall. Phone
number is 822-2759.
UBC Nursing and Dept. of
Counselling Psychology
Are you pregnant for the first-
time, currently working, living
with a partner, and intending to
return to work after the arrival of
your baby? Help us learn more
about working and parenting so
that we can help you. Volunteer
for the "Transition to Parenthood
for Working Couples Study" by
calling Wendy Hall, Assistant Professor, UBC School of Nursing at
Grad Students Wanted...
To run in the upcoming '96 GSS
Executive Elections. Brochures
outlining the duties of the President. Dir. of Administration, Dir.
of Student Affairs and Dir. of Services and the remuneration of these
positions are available at the GSS
office. Nominations close on February 2 at 5pm. Take a stand and
make a difference. Call 822-3203
for more information.
Faculty Development
Would you like to talk with an
experienced faculty member, one
on one, about your teaching concerns? Call the Centre for Faculty
Development and Instructional
Services at 822-0828 and ask for
the Teaching Support Group.
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Faculty of
Graduate Studies
Outstanding candidates are sought for the position of Dean
of the Faculty of Graduate Studies to take office July 1,1996.
The appointment is normally for a six-year term and may be
renewed. The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Graduate
Council (chaired by the Dean) supervise more than 6,000
graduate students in about 90 areas. The Dean is currently
responsible for the administration of the School of Community and Regional Planning; a number of interdisciplinary
programs, research institutes and centres; several academic
journals and two residential colleges.
The search is limited to candidates within UBC. The successful candidate will be a scholar with an international reputation in a field of academic or professional scholarship. She or
he will have proven administrative ability and will be
dedicated to excellence in teaching and graduate supervision. The Dean will provide dynamic leadership for the
Faculty and for the University in general.
Applicants should send a letter describing their interest in
the position, a curriculum vitae and the names and
addresses of three references to Dr. Daniel R. Birch, Vice-
President Academic and Provost, Office of the President,
6328 Memorial Road, Campus Zone 2. Nominations should
be sent to the same address. The deadline for applications
and nominations is March 1,1996.
The President's Advisory Committee for the Selection of a
New Dean for the Faculty of Graduate Studies is concerned
about the under-representation in administration of women,
aboriginal people, visible minorities and persons with
disabilities and welcomes all qualified applicants, especially
members of these designated employment equity groups.
Growth without pollution
By Dr. David V. Bates
David Bates is an emeritus professor of medicine.
Dr. Bates addressed the
Vancouver Habitat II
Colloquium last fall in
advance ofthe Second UN
Conference on Human
Settlements (Habitat II) to
be convened in Istanbul in
June 1996.
The Lower Mainland
knew that it had a serious
air pollution problem
when, on Sept. 3rd,  1988,
at 4 p.m., ozone levels in
the Fraser Valley reached
212 parts per billion. Such
a high level was totally
unexpected. It is easy to
miss such events because
the highest ozone concentrations are reached some
miles downwind from
where the significant
emissions - mostly oxides
of nitrogen from transportation - occur.
Such ozone levels hurt
plants and people. In a
study of farm workers in
Task Force on Health
On May 17,1995 Senate passed the following recommendation:
That the Vice-President Academic and Provost be requested to establish by September 1995, a taskforce with
appropriate staff support and financial resources to examine the administrative organization of studies in human
health at the Universiti/ of British Columbia and to make recommendations, as appropriate, to the Vice-President
Academic and Provost and to Senate by December 1996.
Terms of Reference
1. To evaluate the current missions and directions of the various health sciences faculties, schools,
departments and programs in light of changes in health care education and practice.
2. To evaluate the effectiveness of the health sciences faculties, schools, departments and programs in
meeting their current teaching, research and service objectives and their potential in meeting their
future objectives.
3. To evaluate the success of the Office of the Co-ordinator of Health Sciences in enabling the health
sciences faculties, schools, departments and programs to collaborate appropriately in the education of
human health professionals.
4. To determine whether the current administrative structures require further modification in order to
meet these missions and academic objectives.
5. To report the findings at the January 1997 Senate meeting.
The membership of the Task Force has been established as listed below:
Prof. Bonita Long
Prof. Morris Barer
Dr. Julyet Benbasat
Prof. Bernie Bressler
Prof. Bob Evans
Prof. Lawrence Green
Prof. Carol Herbert
Prof. Michael MacEntee
Prof. Kathleen MacLeod
Prof. Katharyn May
Prof. David Measday
Prof. Pat Vertinsky
Prof. Elvi Whittaker
Mr. Uli Rauch
Ms. Smita Sugwekar
Dept. of Counselling Psychology
Centre for Health Services & Policy Research
Science One Program
Dept. of Anatomy
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Institute of Health Promotion Research
Dept. of Family Practice
Faculty of Dentistry
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
School of Nursing
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Education
Dept. of Anthropology & Sociology
Dept. Of Anthropology & Sociology
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
The Task Force welcomes comments on any aspect of studies in human health, as mandated, from all
members of the academic community.
Submissions may be sent to the Chair of the Task Force:
Prof. John H.V. Gilbert
Coordinator of Health Sciences
400-2194 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z3
e-mail: johnhvg@unixg.ubc.ca
Fax: 822-2495
Tel: 822-5662
the Fraser Valley in the
summer of 1993, it was
shown that the ozone level
(at about 70 parts per
billion) was seriously
reducing their maximum
lung capacity.
'We don't have to
look very far to
answer the question
of why people are
driving more..."
• David Bates
Since between 1985 and
1992, population in the
Lower Mainland has increased 20 per cent and the
trips by car drivers have
increased by more than 40
per cent. Vehicle miles
travelled have consistently
exceeded the growth in
We don't have to look
very far to answer the
question of why people are
driving more: with both
parents working, car trips
to day-care centres become
obligatory: young families
find that they have to live
further away from their
work to avoid excessive
mortgages; and concern for
child safety usually involves
parental car journeys.
The Greater Vancouver
Regional District, in concert
with the Fraser Valley
Districts and with the
provincial government, has
taken some significant steps
to try to reduce vehicle
emissions. The AirCare
initiative (generally ridiculed by the media when it
was introduced) has revealed that significant
numbers of new cars have
emissions higher than their
design specifications; and
the correction of this in
both old and new models
has lowered emissions.
Efforts have been made
to reduce single driver
commuting trips by van-
pooling arrangements and
plans have recently been
published for more transit
initiatives on an ambitious
scale. Proposed initiatives
include extensions of rapid
transit, expansion of the
bus and trolley fleet from
930 to more than 1,200 and
expansion of the articulated
bus fleet from 21 to 160 by
the year 2006. It is obviously not sufficient, however, to expand public
transit without dealing with
emissions from vehicles.
It seems likely that the
population of the Lower
Mainland will continue to
increase and that car use
will continue to increase
disproportionately. If air
pollution is not to worsen,
emissions per vehicle must
be reduced as the size of
the fleet increases. If air
pollution is allowed to get
worse, we will have to meet
increasing costs incurred
as a result—these include
human health costs and
reduced agricultural
What more should we be
There are significant
ways of reducing single
occupant vehicle trips that
we have not yet adopted.
Our roads can be made
more friendly to cyclists.
We can urge mandatory
testing of heavy diesel
vehicles which are responsible for a disproportionate
amount of the fine particle
We can also hope that
the Ballard Fuel Cell being
developed in North Vancouver, will provide a
commercially competitive
zero emission bus. When it
does so. we should insist
that our transit authorities
invest heavily in it.
We can support the
California initiative to
mandate the introduction
of zero emission cars, and
make sure that if and
when these become available, we are not denied the
opportunity to purchase
Although effective
planning to reduce air
pollution requires that we
think of the whole region
as one "airshed," individual communities and
municipalities are reluctant to relinquish any of
their sovereignty to permit
effective land use planning
and transportation policy
for the region as a whole.
"Growth without Pollution" is presumably what
we mean when we talk
about a sustainable environment. There is no doubt
that a real threat to attaining this is the fiercely
defended, autonomous
decision-making of different parts ofthe whole. No
one seems to have any
solution to this problem
with the result that whole
regions can suffer a progressive deterioration in
air quality because collaborative planning did not
As the complexity of
regional air pollution
problems becomes clearer,
we learn that solutions
must be planned and
implemented at the local
level. Dependence on a
distant central government
for environmental protection has, over the past few
years, been somewhat
(some would say entirely)
discredited. This is why we
cannot evade our own
responsibility for taking
the necessary measures to
prevent an unacceptable
degradation of our air
quality. UBC Reports • January 25,1996 9
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News Digest
The Dept. of Animal Science in the Faculty of Agricultural
Sciences is seeking support to establish an endowed chair in Animal
The chair will provide leadership in promoting education and
original research concerning the welfare and care of domestic
animals, and wildlife species in captive and natural settings.
Focusing on animal welfare issues arising from handling, health,
housing, nutrition and transportation of animals, the chair will also
promote alternatives to the use of animals for testing and research.
For more information, call 822-2794 or fax 822-4400.
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All third- and fourth-year undergraduate students and graduate
students at UBC are invited to enter a new essay writing contest
offering a $ 1,000 cash prize for the best original composition on the
responsible use of freedom.
Entries must be approximately 3,000 words, typewritten, double-spaced and submitted in triplicate.
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Women on campus are invited to participate in a two-day event
designed to unite them in an exploration of their spirituality and
provide inspiration and companionship.
Women & Spirituality Dialogue '96 takes place Feb. 23 and 24 at
the Vancouver School of Theology located on campus at 6000 Iona
Drive. Registration is required. For more information, call 822-4671
or fax 822-4714.
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The Dept. of Chemical Engineering and the Dept. of Bio-Resource
Engineering will merge to form the Dept. of Chemical and Bio-
Resource Engineering.
Approved by the UBC Senate Dec. 13, the merger will take effect
by April 1, 1996.
The merger will allow the departments to combine their efforts in
subject areas such as environmental engineering, bioprocessing
and biotechnology, as well as offer students a wider choice of
The new department will offer two distinct and accredited undergraduate programs leading to BASc degrees in Chemical Engineering and in Bio-Resource Engineering. It will be housed in the new
Chemical Engineering/Bio-Resource Engineering building after its
completion in 1997.
Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre is opening its
doors to the public for tours of the first three floors of the Laurel
Pavilion, its new tower at 899 West 12th Ave.
A wide range of equipment ranging from imaging machines to
computer models dealing with genetics will be on display and staff
members will be on hand to answer questions.
The open house will be held Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan.
28 from noon until 4 p.m. For more information call 875-4838.
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Please call Cindy at 533-0443. UBC Reports • January 25, 1996 11
T-bird notes
by Don Wells
Thunderbird Athletics
Athletes up
for awards
Win graciously, don't brag,
don't rest on laurels—these
are the most common axioms
of sport. However, it has also
been said that rules are
meant to be broken, so
surely UBC's Athletic Dept.
can be forgiven for, well,
boasting just a teeny weeny
bit every now and then.
These days, it's the
upcoming Sport BC Awards
Banquet, Mar. 5 at the Hyatt
Regency, that has some
coaches swaggering and
strutting up and down the
halls of the War Memorial
Gym offices.
Seven present and former
T-Birds are up for provincial
awards in five separate
categories despite the fact that
under Sport BC guidelines
universities are only allowed
to nominate in the category of
College /University Athlete of
the Year. All-Canadian football
receiver Andrew English and
swimmer Sarah Evanetz have
both been named finalists in
that category along with
University of Victoria field
hockey player Brenda
Lannara. Evanetz, currently
ranked 13th in the world in
the 100-metre butterfly, was
last year's winner and is
considered by many to be an
obvious repeat winner at the
30th annual gala dinner.
English, however, led the
entire country in scoring this
year and is also a strong
candidate for top honours.
Past winners in the College/
University category include
UBC gridiron standouts Glenn
Steele (1982) and Mark
Norman (1986); basketball
scoring machines Ron
Thorsen (1971) and J.D.
Jackson (1990); high jumpers
Wilf Wedman (1967, 68) John
Beers (1972), Rick Cuttall
(1975) and Jeannie Cockcroft
(1985); volleyball's Betty
Baxter (1974); soccer player
Ken Whitehead (1976); rugby
star Preston Wiley (1979);
gymnast Patti Sakaki and
backstroke specialist Kevin
Draxinger (1991).
UBC swim coach Tom
Johnson is a finalist in the
Coach of the Year category, as
is long-time assistant track
coach Mike Murray. Johnson
will be taking Evanetz and
company to Halifax in early
March to defend their national
title at the CIAU Championships. The hardware given to
last year's Coach of the Year is
currently resting in the office of
UBC soccer coach Dick
One of three finalists for High
School Athlete of the Year is UBC
volleyball player Brett
Dravinskis The 18 year-old first-
year science student starred in
volleyball, basketball, rugby and
track and field last year at
Kelowna's KLO Secondary. Up for
Official of the Year is UBC
Gymnastics coach Jeff Thomson,
a well-travelled veteran who has
officiated extensively at the
international level.
Finally, Human Kinetics
graduate Tracey Lipp is a
finalist in the Senior category
along with cycling's Alison
Sydor and speed skater Neil
Marshall. The 23-year-old
Tsawwassen native is continuing her pursuit of a spot on
the LPGA tour having won the
1994 BC and 1995 Canadian
Amateur Women's Golf
Championships as well as a
total of three NCAA Tournaments during her four years as
a T-Bird.
And although men's
basketball coach Bruce Enns
is a former Sport BC Coach of
the Year, neither he nor any
of his players are finalists in
any category. That sits just
fine with Enns and his team,
however, as they have their
eyes on another prize: the
Canada West Men's Championship.
Victory at the conference
level guarantees the 'Birds a
trip to the nationally televised CIAU Men's Basketball Championships Mar.
15-17 at the 11,000 seat
Metro Center in Halifax.
UBC, currently ranked
fourth in the nation, is
having a stellar season and
is in a battle for first place
and home court advantage
for the conference championships which begin Feb.
23. As usual, that won't be
decided until the T-Birds
finish off their regular
season scheduled Feb. 17 at
home against the traditional
cross-strait nemesis from
the University of Victoria.
Associate Vice-President
Call for Applications and Nominations
Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Associate Vice-President,
Academic. Dr. William A. Webber completes his term July 1,1996 and that is the preferred
starting date for the new appointee. Applications should be accompanied by a curriculum
vitae and the names of three referees. (Nominees will be approached by the Provost so
documentation is not required at this time.)
Reporting to the Vice-President Academic and Provost, the AVP Academic is responsible
• overseeing the process by which faculty and other members of the academic staff are
considered for appointment, tenure and promotion
• serving as secretary to the Senior Appointments Committee
• defining and implementing information and process support systems for academic
personnel matters
• overseeing various faculty development activities including the Centre for Faculty
Development and Instructional Services
• chairing the Advisory Committee on the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund
• implementing faculty, librarian and program director compensation and benefit policy
in collaboration with Human Resources and Financial Services
• advising and consulting on policy development, particularly as it applies to faculty
• advising Deans, Heads, Directors and individual faculty members on policy and
procedures related to faculty
• serving as a member of the team for day-to-day liaison and for negotiations with the
Faculty Association
Carrying out these responsibilities entails teamwork with the Academic Vice-President and
Provost; the Associate Vice-President, Academic and Legal Affairs; the Associate Vice-
President, Equity; and the Vice-Provost. Duties may be shared or reassigned from time to
Applications and nominations should be forwarded by February 23,1996, to
Dr. Daniel R. Birch, Vice-President Academic and Provost
6328 Memorial Road, V6T 1Z2
by staff writers
Hans Schreier, a professor in Resource Management
and Environmental Studies and in Soil Science in the
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, is one of five Canadian scientists being honored by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) for significant contributions and
dedication to the world of science.
A UBC graduate, Schreier joined the university as a faculty
member in 1979. A mountain soil specialist, he is acclaimed
for demonstrating that a personal computer-based geographic
information system could be used as an effective tool for
managing resources in Nepal—work which was heralded by
the IDRC as helping that country develop reforestation,
agriculture and irrigation projects, among others.
Schreier is currently working on a project to introduce
sophisticated computer technology into Nepal as part of a joint
Canadian-Nepali project to evaluate Nepal's natural resources.
In addition to natural resources inventories and evaluation,
Schreier's research interests include geographic information
systems techniques, environmental assessments, water
quality, land-water interactions and watershed evaluations.
He will receive a certificate from the IDRC, signed by Prime
Minister Jean Chretien, and a special edition of In Person, one
of two books published by the IDRC in celebration of its 25th
Schreier's work is profiled in a chapter of the publication
which highlights scientists of significant accomplishment whose
work has largely gone unheralded in developed countries.
Law Dean Lynn Smith has been elected chair of the Law
Foundation of British Columbia for a two-year term.
Smith, who earned her law degree from UBC, joined the
university as a faculty member in 1981. Her major scholarly
work has been in the areas of equality
and human rights, advocacy, feminist
legal theory, constitutional law and
civil procedure.
She is a past director of the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund
(Canada) and former chair of the
national committee of the Canadian
Bar Association on equality rights.
A member of the National Forum on
Health, she is the past chair and a
current director of the board of the
B.C. Women's Hospital and Health
Centre. In 1990, she was honoured with the YWCA Woman of
Distinction Award, Communications and Public Affairs.
Smith was appointed Queen's Counsel three years ago. In
1994, Canadian Lawyer magazine listed her among the
nation's 20 most powerful lawyers.
The Law Foundation of British Columbia is a non-profit
organization which provides financial support for legal research, law reform, legal education, legal aid and law libraries.
Smith has served as a governor ofthe foundation since 1990.
Adult Education Prof. Emeritus Gordon Selman received an honorary degree from St. Francis Xavier
University in Antigonish, N.S. on Dec. 2.
Selman, who received his undergraduate degree, Master of
Arts degree and teaching training diploma from UBC, served
as a faculty member and administrator at the university for
40 years, including a term as associate director ofthe Extension Department.
A founding member of the Vanier Institute of the Family in
1965, he also served as vice-president ofthe United Nations
Association in Canada and was president of the association's
Vancouver branch.
Selman was cited at St. Francis Xavier University's convocation ceremony for his work as a prolific published scholar, a
teaching practitioner and a leader of professional organizations.
A specialist in the history of adult education in B.C. and
Canada, Selman's research interests also include institutional, policy and professional development in the field.
Graduate student Peggi-Lynn Clouston is the 1995
recipient ofthe $5,000 ENCON endowment, the
Canadian Council of Professional Engineers announced in December.
Clouston, a member of the Association of Professional
Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C., is working on a PhD in
Wood Science.
She is focusing on development and verification of a micro-
mechanics-based model to analyse the structural behaviour of
a parallel strand wood composite. She is concerned with
understanding and predicting wood composite failure and
implementing this knowledge to design against structural
damage or collapse.
The ENCON endowment provides assistance to engineers
wishing to pursue studies in the area of engineering failure
investigation and/or strength of materials.
Clouston graduated from UBC in Civil Engineering in 1989. 12 UBC Reports ■ January 25, 1996
Achieving a natural balance
Conservation and economics can work hand in hand, says Fred Bunnell
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
When Fred Bunnell was 16
years old he decided he'd
rather live in a cabin
among the trees on Vancouver's North
Shore than join his peers in high
school classes.
His early desire to minimize human
contact ultimately steered him into
forestry as a career path, a path that
recently led him to the heart of B.C.'s
highest profile environmental controversy—Clayoquot Sound.
Bunnell won't hesitate to tell you that
for a good part of his life he was more
comfortable around trees than people.
Now, as a professor of forest wildlife
ecology and management, director of
UBC's Centre for Applied Conservation
Biology, and recent co-chair of the
Scientific Panel for Sustainable Forest
Practices in Clayoquot Sound, he is
surrounded by both people and trees.
Student interest in conservation
biology has grown rapidly in past
years—so rapidly that Bunnell can't
say off hand exactly how many students are doing their studies through
the centre. He alone has 14 graduate
students working under his supervision. Like his faculty members, who
are housed in five separate buildings
on campus, his students are also
spread across campus.
This growth, says Bunnell, comes
largely as a result of the environment's
surge to the forefront of political issues
during the past decade and because
the unique expertise gained through
his area of research suddenly came
into great demand.
"We had always been directing a
portion of our research at how to get
wood harvested and still keep the
wildlife there. Through this we learned
to speak the forester's language as well
as the biologist's, which gave us some
credibility," he says.
"Then the need for our particular set
of skills came. In 1992, the Earth
Summit in Rio de Janeiro led to four
international agreements which hugely
expanded the range of values for which
Stephen Forgacs photo
From living on his own in a cabin in the woods to building consensus at
Clayoquot, Fred Bunnell has sought to find ways to bridge the gap between
human beings and the world around them.
Canadian foresters were responsible and
all of a sudden the goal posts changed."
The centre promotes conservation of
biological diversity while maintaining
economic development. Beyond its
rapidly growing graduate program, the
centre is also closely linked to a Faculty
of Forestry undergraduate program in
Natural Resource Conservation, and
offers short courses for professional
foresters, resource managers and the
The centre's graduate students
and faculty are working on a
wide range of research
projects that include everything from
large mammals and grassland lichens
to simulation modeling. One group is
scrutinizing a 36-square-mile plot of
Alberta forest land.
"One student is working on weasels,
one on frogs and toads, and one is
using decision-support tools that we
have developed to examine biological
and economic tradeoffs and consequences when you implement a particular management plan," says
Bunnell, illustrating the diversity of
activity underway.
Bunnell's education and work
experience have left him well able to deal
with diversity, biological and otherwise.
While living on the slopes of
Hollyburn Mountain as a teenager, he
completed high school by writing the
provincial government's supplementary
exams and won a scholarship to UBC.
In 1965 he graduated from the Faculty
of Forestry at the head of his class and
chose a Swiss technical university over
Yale and Berkeley.
But it was the mid-60s and, after 18
months in Switzerland, the appeal of
Berkeley won out and he enrolled in a
multidisciplinary PhD program there.
His PhD encompassed the fields of
forestry, zoology, botany, electrical
engineering and computer science.
"When they said multidisciplinary,
what they meant was that you got
examined in each and every discipline.
It was gruelling, gruelling, gruelling,"
he says.
He still found time to get
involved in the range of
extracurricular activities on
campus at the time. He brought black
activist Eldridge Cleaver in to talk to
the Faculty of Forestry — "It wasn't a
huge success"— as well as a Dow
Chemical representative who stood in
front of the class and ate spoonfuls of
the pesticide DDT to demonstrate it
wasn't harmful.
Bunnell also got involved with the
Vietnam protests on campus.
"My old man called me once from
Vancouver. He'd seen me getting
clubbed on TV. I'd go down and stand
between the demonstrators and the
police." says Bunnell, who is a Quaker
now and has always supported nonviolence. "I'd just talk to both sides and
then I'd stand in between them, so it
meant the first guy to get clubbed was
always me."
Although he didn't succeed in
getting police and students to see eye
to eye at Berkeley, Bunnell says his
more recent experience in consensus-
building as a Quaker helped keep the
Clayoquot panel on track.
'The panel was very enriching in
that regard. The four First Nations
members of the panel told us at the
end they hadn't expected to last beyond
the first meeting. But we did manage to
create an environment in which we
could be frank with each other and
listen respectfully," he says.
Clayoquot Sound has been at
the forefront of environmental controversies in B.C. for
several years as environmentalists,
industry and the government debate
how much of the area should be
harvested or preserved.
The panel, a group of 19 scientists
charged with making forest practices in
Clayoquot Sound the best in the world,
issued its fifth and final report in May
last year.
"It's probably the most complete
description of a piece of land anywhere
in B.C. or North America," Bunnell says
of the report, adding that implementation of the recommendations does not
come without problems.
"There are no trees falling in the
Clayoquot now. So that means the IWA
(International Woodworkers of
America) members are not doing
anything. Those are real people, real
mortgages, real kids, and they're
getting pretty antsy."
The Clayoquot panel and decades of
involvement with conservation issues
have given Bunnell a unique perspective on the way society views natural
resources and its relationship with the
"Maybe some of the problems we
have, such as holes in the ozone and
acid rain, wouldn't be as bad if we'd
considered ourselves as part of the
system," says Bunnell. "But sometime
in our history we became 'unnatural.'
"We really have to come to grips with
our relationship with nature. And we've
got a hell of a long way to go."


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