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 /      UBC Archives Serial
Volume 34 Number 11, June 9,1988
VP, Registrar named
Miller, Spencer move v
to new postings
by Gavin Wilson
UBC's Board of Governors has ratified the appointments of Robert Miller as
Vice-President of Research and Richard Spencer as Registrar.
Miller, who replaces outgoing Vice-President Peter Larkin, takes office Sept.
1. Spencer takes over the currently vacant position of Registrar on Aug. 1. Both
appointments are for five-year terms and were approved at the June 2 meeting
of the Board.
Miller, 45, is a professor of microbiology who
joined UBC's faculty in 1971. Dean of Science
since 1985, Miller has also been head of the
Microbiology Department.
"Dr. Miller brings to the Vice-President's
position not only an excellent research record,
but widely praised abilities as an administrator,"
said UBC President David Strangway. "We
anticipate he will make an outstanding contribution to the university in this position."
Born in Elgin, Illinois, Miller received his
doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania and
later earned postdoctoral fellowships at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the
University of Wisconsin.
At UBC, Miller is a member of Senate as well
as several university committees. He has served
as a private consultant to government and
"My goals are to be an articulate spokesman
for research at the university, to defend long-term
basic and applied research and to improve the
existing research infrastructure," said Miller, who
steps down as dean to take his new position.
The new Registrar, Richard Spencer, was an
associate professor in the Department of Civil
Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science. He
joined the UBC faculty in 1968.
The 48-year-old New Zealand native earned
his engineering degrees at the University of
Auckland. He is known for his research on the
effects of earthquakes on concrete building
A former president of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, he has for a number
of years been active in the UBC Faculty
Association. He is a member of Senate.
"We're confident that the Registrar's office
will continue to improve its services under Dr.
Spencer's direction," said Strangway. Spencer
and his staff will be reviewing recommendations
of a major task force report on the office
completed earlier this year.
"We're very pleased that someone of Dr.
Spencer's calibre has taken on the job," said
K.D. Srivastava, Vice-President of Student and
Academic Services.
"I'm looking forward to working with the
people in the Registrar's office," said Spencer.
"I've worked with some of them on committees
and elsewhere and found all of them to be very
pleasant to work with. I feel very fortunate that I
can assume the position in an office that is
efficient and well-run."
The acting Registrar for more than a year has
been Alan McMillan.
"Al has done a tremendous job for us," said
Strangway. "I'd like to thank him very much for
stepping in at a difficult time and putting in an
incredible effort, particularly in getting the Telereg
system off the ground."
Larkin is honored as
University Professor
by Gavin Wilson
In recognition of his long service to UBC, the
Board of Governors has appointed Peter Larkin,
outgoing UBC Vice-President of Research, to the
position of University Professor.
Larkin is only the fourth UBC academic to
receive the honor since it was instituted in 1965.
The others are Roy Daniells, English; Charles
McDowell, Chemistry; and Michael Shaw,
All University Professors were department
heads or deans, noted scholars with extensive
publications and many awards and had track
records of outstanding academic leadership. The
appointment is made before the age of 65 and
when major administrative responsibilities are
Since coming to UBC in 1955, Larkin has
served as Director of the Institute of Fisheries,
Head of the Department of Zoology, Dean of the
Faculty of Graduate Studies, Associate Vice-
President, Research, and Vice-President,
He instituted the Office of University-Industry
Liaison at UBC and is the principal architect of
the university's Patent and Licensing Plan.
As a University Professor Larkin is now free
to devote himself to scholarly interests and policy
matters and to undertake teaching assignments
in any faculty he chooses.
"The board is pleased to have this opportunity
to recognize Dr. Larkin's many contributions to
the university over the years," said President
David Strangway. "His influence here will be a
lasting one."
This latest accolade is one of many Larkin
has received over the years. He has been
awarded the Canadian Centennial Medal, the
Queen's Jubilee Medal and the Fry Medal of the
Canadian Society of Zoologists, among others.
He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of
Canada since 1965.
Larkin's new appointment is effective Sept. 1.
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Lefties1 lot in life is
pain and suffering
by Lorie Chortyk
UBC psychologist Stanley Coren has some
bad news for southpaws.
Dr. Coren and University of California
professor Diane Halpern have completed studies
that suggest left-handers die earlier and are more
prone to accidents than right-handers.
He says he's received angry letters and
phone calls since he reported his findings.
"People heard bits and pieces of the results
and thought I was saying all left-handers were
doomed," says Coren. "What we did find was
that after the age of 35, left-handed people were
about 2 per cent more likely to die than right-
handed people of the same age. In samples of
85-90 year olds it's almost impossible to find a
left-handed person."
Coren and Halpern analysed the records of
2,300 deceased major league baseball players
listed in the Baseball Encyclopedia.
"The baseball records were perfect for our
study because they keep statistics on everything.
We could look at the age a player died as well as
if he was right or left-handed," says Coren.
Coren has two theories about why righthanders live longer.
"Birth traumas such as breathing difficulties,
premature birth, prolonged labour and low birth
weight are twice as common in left-handers as
right-handers. It's possible that this group enters
the world with a survival disadvantage."
Studies done in the United States suggest
these birth traumas could be linked to medical
problems frequently experienced by left-handers.
"Left-handed people are two to three times
more likely to suffer from auto-immune diseases
(in which the body's immune system attacks
itself) than right-handers," says Coren. 'They
also suffer more frequently from severe allergies,
sleep disorders and asthma."
Coren also believes left-handers are more
accident prone.
He recently polled 1,898 UBC students to find
out if they had suffered an accident requiring
serious medical attention during the last five
"Forty-four per cent of the 180 left-handers
polled had suffered one or more accidents
requiring medical attention. Of the 1,718 righthanders in the study only 36 per cent had been
involved in similar accidents," says Coren.
"That's a significant difference."
The reason, believes Coren, is that most
tools and machinery are geared to right-handers,
who make up 87 per cent of the population.
Lotteries called fa tax on fools9
by U.S. mathematics lecturer
by Debora Sweeney
Odds are you won't find mathematics and -
statistics professor Sam Saunders playing the
The Washington State University academic is
acclaimed as a lottery expert and says lotteries
are "a tax on fools."
UBC Reports summer
publishing schedule
During July and August, UBC Reports will
change to a monthly publishing schedule,
appearing on July 14 and Aug. 4. The next
issue will appear as scheduled on June 23.
For those wishing to place a notice in the
Calendar, the new deadlines for July and
August are: July 6 to appear in the July 14
issue and July 27 for the Aug. 4 issue.
(Please check the back page for more
The odds of winning the Washington State
Lottery, which is almost identical to Lotto 6/49,
are about the same as flipping a coin and getting
heads 23 times in a row, said Saunders.
He'll share his expertise at a lecture called
"Great Expectations, or the true odds when
playing lotteries" at UBC, June 18.
Saunders' interest was piqued about four
years ago, when the state of Washington
revamped its lottery and started a new game.
"They doubled the odds against people who
play and it took five weeks before anybody won,"
said Saunders. "The jackpot was about $8
million, but by then, the lottery had generated a
lot of media coverage and more people played.
So, by lowering the odds, the Lottery Corporation
made more money."
Still, Saunders says he's not trying to
discourage people from buying lottery tickets.
'The return to the betting public is better than
slot machines and it's about the same as the
horse races," he said.
Saunders will speak to the Mathematical
Association of America's conference, June 18, at
2:00 p.m. in the Angus building, Rm. 110. *<>\
WW* .■n.\rJ!
CDs1 new frontier
may be a solution
looking for problem
by Lorie Chortyk
Peter Simmons tells the story about a
researcher who was trying to find a list of well-
known Roman Catholic Canadians recently.
"It's almost impossible to come up with
information like that because a person's religion
isn't normally listed on a print or on-line computer
But surprisingly, a librarian came up with the
list in about 30 seconds. The secret? Compact
The librarian had compact disc with an entire
encyclopedia on it, and since each word on the
disc was indexed, the names came up immediately," said Prof. Simmons.
Publishing is the next
frontier for manufacturers
of CDs according to
Simmons, who teaches
the new technology to
students in the School of
Library, Archival and
Information Studies.
"CD publishing is an
explosive industry right
now, with new titles
coming out practically
every day."
Simmons said CDs
are superior to ordinary
print, or on-line computer
indexes for locating
unusual information.
"CDs hold 550-million characters — the
equivalent of 270,000 printed pages— so it's
possible to include enormous amounts of text on
a disc as well as indexes. This is helpful if you're
tracing an obscure reference."
But Simmons has mixed feelings about the
new technology.
"CD publishing is a solution looking for a
problem at the moment. The vendors know the
technology is possible but they're not sure what
the market is.
The demand for musical CDs has been so
enormous in the past few years no one's had
time to experiment with publishing until now,"
said Simmons. "It's easy to get caught up in the
'gee-whiz' aspect of the technology, but coming
in at the early stage of any new technology can
be frustrating, because in a sense we're guinea
pigs for the industry."
Simmons said the advantages of CD
publishing are speed and convenience. The
drawbacks are cost (a year's subscription to an
index on laser disc ranges from a few hundred to
several thousand dollars), lack of standards for
computer software and information that's often
out of date by the time CDs are produced and
Simmons began seeking funds to buy CD
equipment for the library school a few years ago.
"We could see the technology emerging and
we wanted to give students hands-on experience
with CDs," he said.
Last year, the U.S. publishing firm H.W.
Wilson donated an IBM-PC, printer, and a
compact disc drive. The school has received
several laser discs through corporate donations.
CD technology is also now available in the
Woodward Biomedical Library and in UBC's
three off-campus teaching hospitals, assistant
librarian Heather Keate said. UBC recently
installed four sets of CD hardware to use MEDLINE, an extensive index of journal literature for
the health sciences, now available on laser disc.
"We used to link up to MEDLINE through a
computer in Bethesda, Md., and we're charged a
user fee every time we signed on," said Keate.
"The compact discs are expensive to purchase,
but once you've got them you have unlimited use
of the information."
Letters to the Editor
Lord Willingdon and wife?
Dignitaries identified
The Editor:
Re: the "unidentified dignitaries" photo in
your May 5 issue, I'm fairly certain the
dignified central figures are Lord Willingdon,
Governor General and probably Lady W.
Willingdon was G.G. during 1926-31, and
subsequently Viceroy of India.
Have I any seconders?
John K. Friesen
PS. Congratulations to UBC on establishing the extensive Photo Collection.
The Editor:
I strongly disapprove of the attempt by the
President of UBC to alienate nearly 400 acres
of the Endowment Lands from what will
otherwise become an incomparable urban
woodland park for the entire Lower Mainland
The university ought not to be in the
business of real estate development.
Moreover, it is already sitting on a vastly
underutilized campus of almost 1,000 acres.
If it insists on the development option, let it
use what it already has. Let it build higher
than its standard three storey structures and
make better use of its huge parking lots,
broad boulevards, extensive grassy aprons,
and landscaped quadrangles.
Better to sacrifice lands already tamed
than precious, wild greenspace. Otherwise,
the university will be guilty of mismanaging
what it has and then seeking to gut an
unspoiled public park site. Remember that
UBC has no legal claim on the Endowment
I'd also like to take issue with a letter
printed in the May 5 issue of UBC Reports,
which referred to urban population densities in
Japan. It implied that, using the Japanese
model, we in the Lower Mainland could
absorb "at least two or three times our present
I must point out that the Japanese have
shown themselves to be unlike almost every
other society in their ability to tolerate massive
concentrations of people without descending
into the urban chaos of crime and social rot
that abounds here in North America. To
suppose that their ostensible resilience to
urban population pressures can be imported
to our own shores ignores an intervening sea
of contrary cultural evidence, and seems
dangerously naive to me.
Get our funding from the government, Mr.
Strangway, and leave the park — all of it —
for the people.
Rick Baker
UBC Bookstore.
Mamoru Aral stands on the sloop Tsubasa he has donated to the UBC Sailing Club. His son Takafumi,
23, sailed Tsubasa from Japan to Victoria by himself last summer, then was killed while cycling near
Winnipeg on a cross-country journey.
Students in a trance
go to top of this class
by Debora Sweeney
In Dr. Lance Rucker's dentistry class at UBC,
going into a trance isn't frowned-on — it's a
Rucker teaches students hypnotic techniques
to relieve the fear and loathing many patients
endure in the dentist's chair.
"All students have hypnosis as part of their
oral medicine course in third year. It used to be
called the pain and anxiety course. In our
section, we focus on the comfort and relaxation
side," said Rucker.
"Given the choice of being comfortable or
being in pain — the choice between being tense
or relaxed — people gravitate toward that which
is comfortable."
Some people are reluctant to get comfortable
with hypnotism because they have misconceptions about what happens, said Rucker. They
believe hypnosis means surrendering to the
powers of somebody else.
"We're saying you're autonomous — you not
only have the opportunity, but you have the
power to be absolutely in control. You have the
capability to set that up for yourself, or we can
set it up for you."
Rucker uses hypnotic suggestion to
encourage his own patients to take imaginary
trips. Patients tell him they've been everywhere
from skiing at Whistler to sunning in Mexico.
Some hear whole symphonies.
"It's nicer to treat people who feel good," said
Rucker. "My assistants will record a high level of
enjoyment when hypnosis is used. After three
hours of working that way with patients, they feel
more energized and more relaxed. After three
hours with people who are resistant to treatment
and have high anxiety, you're absolutely
While many of Rucker's patients are open to
hypnotic suggestion, some of his students are
They did extremely well in academics for 16
years of their lives — they want hard scientific
But, if his students are skeptical, many older
dentists are not. Thirty-two dental professionals
attended a recent lecture on hypnosis Rucker
gave in Kelowna.
It's natural for people to feel anxiety in the
dentist's chair because lying on their backs
implies opening themselves to invited invasion,
said Rucker.
"As long as the patient's in charge during the
invasion, everything's fine."
Renovation set
for Green house
Plans for a $1.5-million renovation of Cecil
Green Park House were unveiled recently.
The renovations are made possible by a
donation from Cecil Green's late wife, Ida, who
left $2.5-million in her will for the upkeep of the
New floors will be installed throughout the 76-
year-old building, woodwork will be refinished
and a glass roof restored to the conservatory. A
colonnade with skylights will replace the awning
on the front of the house.
When work is completed next February, the
house will also have access for the handicapped,
a new heating system and improvements to the
service wing including a new kitchen, washrooms and loading bay.
2   UBC REPORTS June 9,1988 People
Davies named Thunderbird coach
Ron Davies has been appointed
defensive coordinator of the Thunderbird
football team replacing Robert Laycoe who
left to become head coach at the University
of Toronto.
Davies, formerly assistant coach with the
Washington State Cougars, will be coaching
full time at UBC. He holds a B.A. in Social
Studies and Education from Washington
State, and is one course away from a
masters degree in elementary and secondary
"I should be finished by the end of the
summer," said Davies, 29, who joined UBC
in May.
The Thunderbird lineup for the coming
season will rely heavily on returning players,
Davies said.
"We want to build up an aggressive unit.
It's going to be exciting to watch the team
this year," he said.
Law professor Donald MacDougall was
elected Vice-President of the International
Society on Family Law at its recent conference in Tokyo. He was previously a member
of the executive council. The theme of the
conference — The Law and the Elderly —
reflected a special interest of MacDougall's
and he was a member of the program
planning committee.
Michael Smith is the
1988 recipient of the
Genetics Society of
Canada Award of Excellence.
The award recognizes
exceptional contributions
to the science of genetics
and related areas.
The award ceremony
will be held during the
International Congress of
Genetics in Toronto, Aug.
Peter Larkin, Vice-President of Research,
has been named head of an independent study
group examining the management of Strathcona
Bruce Strachan, provincial minister of
Environment and Parks, appointed the four-
member Strathcona Advisory Committee in May.
Charged with finding a solution to the
Vancouver Island park's complex land use and
boundary issues, the committee is holding public
meetings in 10 B.C. communities, including
It will evaluate issues such as the impact of
boundary changes, the management of mine
waste and the recreational value of the area.
Other committee members are: Frances
Jones, chairman of Collmar Investments Ltd.;
Roderick Naknakim, a Vancouver lawyer; and
Jim Rutter, executive director of the Federation
of Mountain Clubs of B.C.
Larkin has been actively involved in environmental and ecological issues through most of his
career. He was a member of the recent
provincially appointed Wilderness Advisory
Committee which evaluated and developed
management recommendations for a number of
B.C. parks.
The Strathcona Advisory Committee is due to
deliver a final report June 30.
A. Wayne Vogl, associate professor of
anatomy, has won the Basmajian/Williams and
Wilkins Award of the American Association of
Anatomists. The award recognizes an outstanding teacher who is also actively involved in
independent research.
Last year, Vogl was selected as the Outstanding Teacher in first year medicine by
students at UBC.
John Yuille, professor of psychology, has
won the first Robert E.Knox Master Award in
The award was set up by the
department in memory of Robert Knox
who died in July, 1987 after a 23-year
career of teaching excellence at UBC.
Yuille was nominated for the award by
psychology students.
The B.C. Library
awarded Ann
Turner an
Honorary Membership at its annual
conference May 13.
Turner, a
librarian at UBC
since 1967 and
currently Head of
the Catalogue
Records Division,
was honored for
her contributions to
the financial management and administration of the Turner
BCLA. She became
a member of the BCLA execui.     shortly
after receiving her MBA from UBC in
Ottawa's fish policies
criticized in study
by Lorie Chortyk
Poor management by the federal government
is just one of the strikes against B.C. fishermen
„ in their battle to keep the West coast fishing
industry alive, says UBC sociologist Patricia
Marchak is the co-editor, along with UBC
colleagues Neil Guppy and John McMullan, of a
recently published text on the B.C. fishing
industry entitled Uncommon Property. The book
■  highlights findings of a three-year sociological
study conducted by a research team in the
* Department of Anthropology and Sociology.
"It's an uphill battle for fishermen," says
Marchak. "On the surface, the problem appears
to be that there are just too many fishermen for
the number of fish out there, but there are a lot of
other issues involved."
i       One of the problems, says Marchak, is that
Ottawa's fisheries policies reflect the needs of
<■ Atlantic fishermen, leaving the West coast out in
the cold.
"The situation is completely different here.
Often the policymakers in the Department of
Fisheries and Oceans don't understand the West
Coast fishery, and they don't take into account
the native rights issue on the West coast, or the
'  complexity of the labor situation."
Marchak says another problem is that
different arms of the federal government are
producing conflicting policies.
"On the one hand you have Fisheries and
Oceans restricting commercial fishing for conservation purposes, and at the same time the
Department of Indian and Northern Affairs is
t negotiating a special deal to increase the number
of licenses for native fishermen in the Prince
Rupert region.
"There's no doubt that the native rights issue
is an important one and it has to be dealt with.
But I don't think you can hand over an industry to
one group, no matter how exalted the cause,
without considering how it affects other segments
,,  of the industry."
«,        Marchak says many B.C. fishermen are
"* willing to phase themselves out of fisheries and
retrain in the aquaculture industry, but most are
too burdened with debts to make the transition
without government assistance.
"The federal government offered loan
incentives to fishermen in the 1970s to upgrade
:t   their boats," says Marchak. "But then Fisheries
kand Oceans slapped restrictions on how many
hours each vessel could be out catching fish, so
.   it's been impossible for fishermen to pay off their
"If these people are going to take time out to
retrain and invest in aquaculture operations,
they're obviously going to need help."
Marchak says commercial fishermen are also
facing competition from sports fishermen for
depleted salmon stocks.
There's currently a push to give sports
fishermen access to choice fishing grounds. I
think this is something that will have to be
examined carefully, because sports fishing is
another form of commercial fishing. You still have
the problem of fish stock depletion and there's no
guarantee that it will make money for the
Conference aims
to focus attention
of teachers
on Pacific Rim
by Debora Sweeney
Social studies teachers from across North
America will shift their attention from the Atlantic
to the Pacific at an international conference at
UBC, June 22-25.
The conference, the first of a series of
meetings held throughout the world in the 1990s,
will focus on the Pacific Rim.
"The Pacific Rim is an area of the world many
international affairs experts believe will be the
centre of economic, political and cultural issues
for the next several decades," said Donald C.
Wilson, professor of social studies and conference organizer. "This conference will cause
some people to rethink their reasons for what
they have been teaching in the past."
Five-hundred B.C. secondary school
teachers will meet with their counterparts from 14
countries, including the United States, the
People's Republic of China, the Philippines, New
Zealand, Australia, Japan, Fiji, Chile, Thailand,
Singapore and South Korea.
Sessions include approaches for teaching
controversial issues; Japanese reform of education; comparing Chinese and American schools;
an overview of Asian women's historical
contemporary roles; media and world outlook;
technology and national education; and curriculum development in different countries.
A one-hour teleconference with panelists
from the UBC conference and Washington, D.C.
will be aired live on C-Span Public Television to
33 million homes in the United States.
The conference is sponsored by UBC, the
United States Council for the Social Studies, the
B.C. Social Studies Teachers' Association and
the Washington State Council for the Social
The B.C. Ministry of Education contributed
$90,000 for travel and attendance fees for the
province's teachers.
Photo by Martin Dee
Fuelathon entrants from left Mike Bauche, Dave Eddy and Richard Stothers with Paragon.
Paragon's virtue is
saving on gasoline
by Jo Moss
Paragon is a one-of-a-kind vehicle.
The electric blue, aluminum vehicle was
UBC's entry in the 12th Annual Shell Canada
Fuelathon competition held May 25-26 in
Oakville, Ont.
Designed and built by about 25 UBC
engineering students, the vehicle competed
against: 20 university and college entries from
across Canada in an attempt to break a world
record of 5,691 miles per imperial gallon of
gasoline set by the University of Saskatchewan
in 1986.
During the two day event, teams competed to
see which vehicle consumed the least amount of
gasoline in five laps of a measured, set course.
The 90-pound Paragon passed the qualifying
trials, but didn't complete the test course due to
mechanical problems. But the three second-year
mechanical engineering students, Dave Eddy,
Mike Bauche and Richard Stothers, who took it
to Oakville, aren't disappointed.
"We put a brand new engine and transmission in this year and we wanted to test them out
to see how they would perform," Eddy explained.
"It was also a good opportunity to spy on
other entries," added Bauche, who was the driver
because he is the lightest of the three.
They are confident that next year's design will
be even better. This summer they will be
building a new car out of a new material—
Spectra 900, a composite developed at UBC.
"We expect to be able to produce a car that
will get 6,000 miles to the gallon," Eddy said.
Computer project
receives grant
Federal Justice Minister Ray Hnatyshyn is
giving $233,000 to the UBC law faculty's Law
and Computers project, taking its computer
sentencing program one step closer to national
The grant will make the computer sentencing
service available to judges and lawyers
throughout B.C. for the next 18 months. It will
then be evaluated to determine its potential for
use elsewhere in Canada, said project director
John Hogarth.
Using the system, judges can find in minutes
information that ordinarily takes several days to
track down in law libraries.
The service is already installed in the 10
largest courthouses in B.C. and is available to
most of tlie province's 8,000 lawyers.
3   UBC REPORTS June 9,1988 UBC Calendar
Research Centre Seminar
Cytogenetics of Human Placenta. Dr. Dagmar K. Kalousek,
Pathology. For Information call 875-2492. Room 202,
Research Centre, 950 W. 28th Avenue, Vancouver. 4:00 p.m.
Paediatric Grand Rounds
Cystic Fibrosis: A Prototype Disease of Epithelia. Dr. J.
Yankasas, Medical University of North Carolina. For
information call 875-2537 or 875-2451. Auditorium, G.F.
Strong. 9:00 -10:00 a.m.
Economics Seminar
Topic TBA. Nicolas Schmidt, University of Western Ontario.
For information call 228-2236. Room 351, Brock Hall. 4:00-
5:30 p.m.
Office for Woman Students Workshop
Women Coping with Campus. A one-session program for
women planning to enter UBC this fall after a break of five or
more years in their education. Free. Pre-registration is
required. For information call 228-2415 or drop in at Brock 203.
Room 106 A, B & C, Brock Hall. 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Paediatric Grand Rounds
Oral Antibiotics for Paediatric Infections. Dr. J. Blumer,
Paediatrics, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. For
information call 875-2437 or 875-2451. Auditorium, G.F.
Strong. 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Summer Dance
Sponsored by International House. A dance to welcome in the
summer. Free. For information call 228-5021, International
House. 8:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
Free Guided Campus Tours
Bring your friends, visitors, community, school or civic group to
UBC for a walking tour of the campus. Drop-ins welcome every
Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; 3 p.m. weekdays
and weekend times available by reservation only. Groups will
have the opportunity to see and leam about everything from the
unique Sedgewick underground library to the Rose Garden and
more. Tours commence at SUB and last approximately 2 hours
in the morning and 1 1/2 hours in the afternoon. To book, call
the Community Relations Office at 228-3131.
Stage Campus '88
Sponsored by the Theatre Department. June 29- July 9 at 8:00
p.m. Lulu Street by Ann Henry. Directed by Catherine Caines.
For reservations call 228-2678. $5. Frederic Wood Theatre.
Neville Scarfe Children's Garden
Be sure to visit the Neville Scarfe Children's Garden located
west of the Education Building. There is no charge to use the
garden and it is open all year long. Families interested in
planting, weeding and watering in the garden should contact
Jo-Anne Naslund at 434-1081 or 228-3767.
Asian Research Exhibition
June 18-26, Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Saturday
10:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 2:00- 5:00 p.m. Vanity and
Vexation of Spirit II. Anthony Luk. Exhibition of drawing,
collage, photography, mixed media. Free. For information call
228-2746. Auditorium, Asian Centre.
Photo by Martin Dee
Campus tour guide, Peig McTague, shows elementary school students the rock and ore samples in
front of the M. Y. Williams Geological Museum. The Community Relations Office offers daily tours of
the UBC campus during the summer. The two-hour tours begin at the SUB each weekday at 10 a.m.
and 1 p.m. Tours are available at 3 p.m. on weekdays and on the weekend by reservation only. A
children's mini-tour has been designed for youngsters aged 6-12. Phone 228-3131 for more information.
Calendar Deadlines
For events in the period June 26 to July 16, notices must be submitted on proper Calendar forms
no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15 to the Community Relations Office, 6328 Memorial
Road, Room 207, Old Administration Building. For more information, call 228-3131.
For events in the period July 17 to August 6, notices must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on
Wednesday, July 6.
For events in the period August 7 to Sept. 10, notices must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on
Wednesday, July 27.
Botanical Gardens Special Tours
Tour the Garden with David Tarrant and Friends. June 26 and
July 31,10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. For information call
228-4208. Botanical Gardens, 6250 Stadium Road.
Language Programs
Three-week, non-credit, morning programs in French begin
June 7, July 11, and August 2. All-day immersion programs
begin July 11 and August 2. Three-week, non-credit, morning
programs in Spanish, Japanese, Cantonese and Mandarin
begin July 5 and July 25. Sunday May 29 all-day French
conversational program. $60 includes lunch and dinner. For
information call 222-5227
Special Issue on Africa and the French
Contemporary French Civilization is pleased to announce the
preparation for 1989 of a major special issue exclusively
devoted to Francophone Africa (North Africa and Black Africa)
and the Caribbean. Articles in English or in French, 15-20
typed pages long, must be submitted by March 1st, 1989, on
any contemporary culture-civilization topic involving a country
or a region of Africa, Madagascar or the Caribbean (including
Haiti). For other Francophone countries, please check with the
guest-editor beforehand. Contributions should be of high
quality in socio-cultural, socio-political, artistic fields, etc..
showing an original approach to some aspect of the cultural
complex of African, Malagasy or Caribbean society of the past
20-25 years. For information call Dr. Claude Bouygues. African
Literatures, French Department at 228-2879.
Job Link
Sponsored by the Alma Mater Society. Student run service
linking UBC students with employers. We offer a prescreening
and referral service. Our goal is to match employers wfth
qualified students quickly and efficiently. Research positions
welcome. For information call 228-JOBS. Room 100B, SUB.
Golf Lessons
Get into the swing of things this spring with Golf Lessons.
Community Sport Services is once again offering Golf Lessons
at the basic or intermediate level. The first set of lessons begin
April 25th. Tuition waivers not acceptable. For information call
Copying in the Libraries?
Save time and money with a UBC Library copy card. $5 cards
sold in most libraries; $10. $20 or higher cards in Copy Service,
Main or Woodward. Cash/Cheque/Departmental Requisition.
For information call 228-2854.
Fitness Appraisal
Physical Education & Recreation, through the John M.
Buchanan Fitness and Research Centre, is administering a
physical fitness assessment program to students, faculty, staff
and the general public. Approx. 1 hour. $25, students $20.
For information call 228-4356.
Statistical Consulting and Research Laboratory
SCARL is operated by the Department of Statistics to provide
statistical advice to faculty and graduate students working on
research problems. For information call 228-4037. Forms for
appointments available in Room 210, Ponderosa Annex C.
Language Exchange Program
Exchanging Languages on a One-to-One Basis. For
information call 228-5021. International House. Office Hours
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Walter Gage Toastmasters
Public speaking and leadership meeting. Wednesdays, 7:30-
9:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend, ask questions, and
participate. For information call Geoff Lowe at 261-7065.
Room 215, SUB.
M.Y. Williams Geological Museum
Open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.. The Collectors
Shop is open Wednesdays 1:30-4:30 p.m. or by appointment.
For information call 228-5586.
Nitobe Memorial Garden
Open Daily 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. May - August. Admission $1.
Free on Wednesdays.
Botanical Garden
Open Daily 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. May - August. Admission $2.
Free on Wednesdays.
UBC Reports is published every second
Thursday by UBC Community Relations
6328 Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C.
V6T 1W5, Telephone 228-3131
Editor-in-chief: Don Whiteley
Editor: Howard Fluxgold
Contributors: Lorie Chortyk, Jo Moss,
Debora Sweeney, Gavin Wilson.
Distant galaxies
studied for clues
to evolution
of universe
by Gavin Wilson
A UBC astronomer is seeking clues about the
origins of galaxies as he probes the most distant
reaches of the night sky with a sophisticated
instrument of his own design.
Dr. Paul Hickson is studying the evolution of
galaxies through observation of some of the most
far-flung and faint objects in the sky. He recently
returned from the Canada-France-Hawaii
telescope on 4,000-metre Mauna Kea in Hawaii
with hundreds of images taken with his Universal
Faint-object Instrument.
The galaxies he is studying are so far away
their light takes five-billion years or more to reach
our eyes.
"It's humbling to think that some of this light
left before our solar system was formed," said
Because this light is so long in arriving it
allows earthbound observers the opportunity, in
effect, to travel through time to view galaxies in
various stages of development.
"We're trying to go back as far as we can.
That's why we need the most sensitive instruments we can get," he said. "We're hoping to be
able to see way back, to view the evolution of the
universe. We could be approaching the point at
which we see the formation of galaxies."
No astronomer has yet seen a primeval
galaxy, but Hickson is hoping that with his UFI he
will be able to detect such a swirling mass of hot
4   UBC REPORTS June 9,1988
Photo by warren Scnmiai
Astronomy professor Paul Hickson
gases in the process of creation.
The UFI consists of two filter wheels operated
by remote control and a series of lenses which
further refine the image.
It operates in conjunction with a Charge
Coupled Device, or CCD. These image-detectors
are similar in principle to video cameras, but are
much more sophisticated.
The UFI has two important advantages — a
remote-controlled filter system, and a field of
view four times larger than previously available,
said Hickson.
Crowded sports facilities
are subject of review
by Jo Moss
It may be easier for university intramural and
intercollegiate teams to gain access to UBC's
crowded sports facilities in the future.
The newly formed Athletics Facilities Study
Group is reviewing the management of campus
sports facilities with an eye to better
"There's tremendous variation in how the
facilities are managed and up to now there has
been little integration or long-term planning," said
K.D. Srivastava, Vice-President of Student and
Academic Services and study group chairman.
The War Memorial Gym, Aquatic Centre,
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre, Osborne
Physical Education Centre, Thunderbird stadium,
playing fields and tennis courts may be affected
by study group recommendations. Once they
are accepted by UBC President David Strangway, the recommendations will go into effect in
either the 1988/89 or 1989/90 session.
Complaints about cramped and crowded
campus sports facilities were received by a
presidential task force that reviewed UBC's
athletic programs and sports services last year.
Many faculty, staff and students regarded it
as a critical issue, Srivastava said.
Part of the problem is that UBC's athletic and
sports facilities do not fall under a single
management or administrative unit. Independent
facility management committees set user fees
and collect revenue.
Srivastava said the study group will look at
user group priority.
"Academic needs and UBC students' needs
should be a high priority in terms of who uses the
facilities," Srivastava said. "Perhaps use by
people from off-campus should be on a cost-
recovery basis."
The committee will also consider whether a
portion of external revenue should go toward
upgrading facilities. Although the university
currently provides support funding, services and
day-to-day maintenance to all sports and athletic
facilities, "long-term maintenance sometimes falls
between the cracks," Srivastava explained.
He said it is premature to talk about
dismantling of the separate management
"It may not come to that. There's no doubt
the facilities are being managed well," he said.
Representatives from the University Athletic
Council will sit on each facility management
committee to create interim cross-linking until an
integrated facilities management plan has been
established, Srivastava said.
Members of the study group committee are
Nancy Sheehan, Dean of Education; Jim
Richards, Dean of Agricultural Sciences; Tim
Bird, President of the Alma Mater Society; Chris
Thomas, UBC alumnus and lecturer in the
Faculty of Law; and Tricia Smith, law school
graduate, practising lawyer and Rowing Silver
Medal winner in I984. Smith is a member of
Canada's rowing team competing in the Summer
Olympics in Seoul, Korea.


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