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Prime Minister Jean Chretien (top) last week declared 1997 Canada's Year
ofthe Asia Pacific to a Vancouver audience that included UBC students and
faculty. Speaking on behalf of the many UBC students whose studies
concentrate on issues pertaining to the Asia Pacific region was Gisele
Yasmeen (above), a PhD student in the Dept. of Geography. UBC will host the
first formal event of Canada's Year of the Asia Pacific in January.
UBC to play part in
Year of the Asia Pacific
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Prime Minister Jean Chretien announced while in Vancouver last week
that 1997 will be Canada's Year of the
Asia Pacific.
The announcement was made at
Canada Place to a room filled with UBC
students, faculty and administators, as
well as business leaders, MPs and cabinet
ministers. UBC President David Strangway
introduced the prime minister.
The year will culminate in November
1997 when Vancouver plays host to the
Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation meeting, APEC '97.
Chretien was on his way to APEC '96 in
Manila, where he will meet with representatives of 18 other Pacific Rim economies to plan trade and economic development in the region.
'The future of Canada will depend a
great deal on our presence in the Pacific,
and the gateway to the Pacific is B.C. We
are very happy with the dynamism of the
business community and the university
community who are helping to prepare
the province and the rest of Canada to be
the leaders ofthe Pacific," Chretien said.
This January, one of the first formal
events of Canada's Year of the Asia Pacific
will take place at UBC as the university co-
hosts the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum.
The forum brings together distinguished legislators from more than 20
Pacific Rim nations to discuss matters of
mutual concern and interest. It will be
the first time the forum is held in Canada.
Canada was a founding member of
the forum, which was established in
Tokyo in 1993.
Among its goals are: understanding
See YEAR Page 2
Piper to become
UBC's next president
Dr. Martha C. Piper, vice-president,
Research and External Affairs, at the
University of Alberta,
and a leading advocate for university research, has been appointed 1 1th president of The University
of British Columbia.
Dr. Piper succeeds
Dr. David W.
Strangway, who completes his second six-
year term on June 30,
1997. She will take up
her new duties as
president in July 1997.
The UBC Board of
Governors made the appointment on the unanimous recommendation
of a 19-member Presidential Search Committee, chaired by UBC
Chancellor William
Sauder. which conducted an extensive search
throughout North America.
'The search committee, composed of a
broadly based group of faculty, staff,
board members, students and alumni.
assessed the background, experience,
professional qualifications and personal
qualities of a wide and
diverse field of outstanding candidates
for the presidency of
UBC." said Dr.
"Without exception, we found Martha
Piper to be best qualified to lead UBC into
the next century."
Dr. Piper has the
proven academic and
institutional leadership, and management and administra-
tive abilities necessary to successfully
head a complex institution such as UBC.
said Board of Governors Chair Shirley
"Her demonstrated strengths in building internal and external relationships,
especially in difficult financial times such
See PIPER Page 2
Debaters set sights on
world championships
The UBC Debate Society will compete
against teams representing universities
from around the world including Oxford,
Cambridge, Yale and Harvard at this
year's World Debating Championships
in Cape Town, South Africa.
As the current western debating
champions, the UBC team will represent all of Western Canada at the six-
day event taking place Dec. 28 to Jan. 3
at the University of Cape Town.
All debaters will participate in nine
preliminary debates and three speech
competitions. On New Year's Eve, the top
32 competitors will advance to the finals
and compete in the elimination rounds.
Members of the UBC Debate Society
world team are Christopher Moreno, a
master's student in Applied Ethics who is
Western Canada's top-ranked active debater and winner of the 1995 Yale Public
Speaking Contest; and third-year law student Justine Wiltshire, a semi-finalist at
Oxford's Debater of the Year competition.
Combined, Moreno and Wiltshire have
11 years of debate experience, more than
20 awards at the regional, national and
international levels and three appearances at previous world competitions.
"Competitive debate is an activity which
encourages the interdisciplinary application of knowledge, strong research skills,
effective public speaking and incisive critical thinking," said Law Prof. Donald
"It is hard to overestimate the value of
exchanging ideas. Events like this shape
the minds of our future leaders. The team
representing our university and province
will be ambassadors to fellow competitors
and judges from five continents."
The Faculty of Law and the Office of
the Vice-president. Academic and Provost, have made financial pledges toward sending the team to South Africa,
but sponsors are still needed.
For information on how you can help,
call (604) 221-2775 or (604) 730-8132.
Liu Centre
A new centre for international studies is proposed
Math Mavens 3
B.C. math and science students are among the best internationally
Remedy Research 5
UBC researchers explore alternative medicines at the Tzu Chi Insitute
Help Hunger 8^
Forum: Prof. Ivan Head argues that hunger is a problem for all of us 2 UBC Reports •November 28, 1996
See Calendar
One partial answer to
"Whither or wither?" on the
future of universities [UBC
Reports, Oct. 17) can be found
in the spread on pages 4 and
5, same issue (Calendar).
There are listed on-campus
lectures and seminars, con-
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certs and authors' readings
and other events for the next
two weeks (a regular UBC
Reports feature). These programs bring together, with the
public, a host of artists and
scholars whose specializations
may conceal their fields' inter-
relatedness. They represent a
community of diverse cultural
pursuits. They require a
university-like place for
meetings and cross-disciplinary communication—none of
which Prof. Marchak's dispassionate presentation even
alludes to.
Henry S. Maas
Emeritus Professor
School of Social Work
Continued from Page 1
as those recently faced in Alberta,
combined with her outstanding
personal qualities, make her the
best fit for UBC."
Dr. Piper assumed the position
of vice-president, Research, at the
University of Alberta in January
1993 and her position was expanded to include the External
Affairs portfolio in July 1995.
During her tenure, external
research funding at the University of Alberta has increased by
25 per cent. Dr. Piper has been
instrumental in promoting the
importance of university research
to the broader community
through the Research Makes
Sense initiative. She has also assisted in preparing the University
of Alberta for the largest fund-
raising campaign in its history.
From 1985-1992, Dr. Piper
served as dean of the Faculty of
Rehabilitation Medicine at the
University of Alberta. Prior to
that, she was director of the
School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University, from 1979-1985.
A Canadian citizen born in
Lorain, Ohio, Dr. Piper received her
BSc in Physical Therapy from the
University of Michigan, her MA in
Child Development from the University of Connecticut, and her PhD
in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
from McGill University.
Dr. Piper's teaching and research interests are directed towards the developmentally delayed infant, with particular focus on early identification of infants with development delays,
and assessing the efficacy of specific interventions commonly
employed in the treatment of
physically and mentally handicapped children.
Funding support for her research has come from the Fonds
de la Recherche en Sante du
Quebec. March of Dimes Birth
Defects Foundation, National
Health Research and Development Program. Health and Welfare Canada, National Institute of
Mental Retardation, MSI Foundation, Northern Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation and
the Hospital for Sick Children
Her current appointments in
clude serving as a board member
of: TR Labs; Centre for Engineering Research; Alberta Research
Council. Protein Engineering Networks Centre of Excellence; Economic Development Edmonton;
and the Canada Israel Industrial
Research Foundation.
In August 1994, Dr. Piper was
appointed by Prime Minister
Jean Chretien to the National
Advisory Board on Science and
Technology and chaired a subcommittee on Quality of Life.
She is a member of the University Advisory Board, Industry
Canada, and was recently appointed to the General Assembly
of the Humanities and Social
Sciences Federation of Canada.
In July 1996, Dr. Piper was
appointed by the prime minister as
a member of the Advisory Council
on Science and Technology and in
October 1996, she received the
I-eadership Award in Science and
Technology from the Alberta Science and Technology Foundation.
Dr. Piper is married to Dr.
William Piper who will join UBC's
Psychiatry Dept. They have two
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policy concerns, interests and
experiences; examining political,
social and cultural developments; encouraging and promoting regional co-operation; and
encouraging regional cohesion,
understanding and co-operation.
Also in January, Strangway
has been asked to join the prime
minister and Team Canada on a
trade mission to Thailand, South
Korea and the Philippines.
Strangway has been a member
of the team on previous missions to Asia.
Strangway said these activities are very much in keeping
with the university's long-standing interest in the Asia Pacific.
UBC has a vital role in developing relationships and increasing
knowledge about the region.
"Knowledge is a great builder
of bridges across regions. The
more we understand about other
areas, the more we can work
together—and that benefits each
of us," Strangway said.
'This is why links with Asia
Pacific are important not only to
UBC and British Columbia, but
to all of Canada. New knowledge
means new opportunities—and
new opportunities mean employment for young people and prosperity throughout our society."
About 80 UBC students, representing different constituencies across campus and all sharing an interest in the Pacific
Rim, were on hand for the prime
minister's announcement.
Gisele Yasmeen, speaking on
the students' behalf, thanked
the prime minister for sharing
his vision of Canada's role in the
Pacific Century.
Yasmeen, who recently completed work on a PhD in the
Geography Dept., studied urbanization, food systems and
gender in Southeast Asia. She
was also an intern at the Asia
Pacific Foundation's APEC Study
"Those of us who work in the
Asia Pacific region are thrilled with
this announcement," she said.
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Inky Artwork
Gavin Wilson photo
A third-year Fine Arts student enrolled in printmaking helps a Grade 5
student from Richmond's James Whiteside Elementary School roll ink
as he prepares to make a print during a recent field trip to the
university. The Richmond students were taking part in a collaborative
art and science project that also included a visit to the Geological
Museum. Their artwork will be displayed at the AMS Gallery in March
alongside an exhibition of the printmaking students' work.
Proposed Liu Centre
elicits praise, criticism
About 80 faculty and staff attended a
four-hour Open House on Nov. 19 to
discuss the proposed Liu Centre for International Studies and University Centre for faculty and staff.
A forum session during the Open
House, attended by about 45 faculty and
staff, elicited both praise forthe concept
of an international studies centre and
criticism of the site chosen for it.
The Liu Centre, funded in part by a gift
from the Liu Foundation, will be a comprehensive centre of teaching and research,
drawing on UBC's strength in international
studies and bringing together faculty, distinguished visitors, and students from around
the world to examine complex issues.
The project calls for a major academic
initiative on the site of the former Faculty
Club to increase space at the north end of
campus. It includes a University Centre for
faculty and staff, honouring the spirit ofthe
original Koerner family gift ofthe building to
UBC. UBC has consulted extensively with
the Koerner family about the use ofthe site,
which will also include a residence/hotel
facility for international studies program
registrants, conference-goers, and visitors.
The Institute of International Relations, Centre for Human Settlements,
South-North Studies Program and the
Sustainable Development Research Institute will be housed in the Liu Centre.
Among questions raised by faculty about
the University Centre—which comprises the
meeting, assembly and food services component of the project—were concerns about
exclusivity of use, the availability of dining
facilities, the heritage value of the former
Faculty Club building, and the height of the
proposed residence/hotel facility. Some faculty called for a delay on any decision affecting the former Faculty Club building.
Comments arising during the Open House
ranged from discussion about environmental impact view corridors, parking capacity
at the site, and traffic, to philosophical debate, primarily with matters relating to the
heritage value of the former Faculty Club
building. The size and type of facilities envisioned for the University Centre, and the
prospect of sharing space with other users,
met with disapproval by some faculty.
Architect Peter Wreglesworth of
Architectura said an analysis ofthe physical
aspects ofthe former Faculty Club building
revealed many functional and technical problems, including structure and seismic upgrade issues, accessibility issues, and low
floor-to-underside of structure heights which
create lower than desirable ceiling heights.
These difficulties significantly compromise
the development of a high-level conference
facility that can compete in the International
arena, he said. One option maybe to replace
the existing building in order to deal with
some of the programmatic, technical and
structural issues.
The Open House, to which all UBC
faculty and staff were invited, was the
fifth component of ongoing campus consultation on the project, which began
with four focus groups of faculty and
staff in August and September.
The proposal has been widely discussed,
initially through a letter to campus in May,
a UBC Reports story in June and media
material released in June. It has also been
discussed regularly at the President's Property and Planning Advisory Committee.
Comments made at the Open House
and those submitted in writing on the
Liu Centre/University Centre proposal
will be sent to the Board ofGovernors for
its Dec. 12 meeting.
Ifyou would like to view the models and
drawings for the proposed project please call
Jim Carruthers.Campus Planning and Development at 822-8228 to set up an appointment between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
If you would like to comment on the
project, please forward your remarks in
writing, before Dec. 5, to Jim Carruthers
by fax at 822-6119 or by e-mail to
carruthers@cpd.ubc.ca. Or, you may
write to Dr. Olav Slaymaker, Chair, Steering Committee for the Liu Centre, by e-
mail to olav@geog.ubc.ca.
B.C. students above
average in int'l testing
by Connie Bagshaw
Staff writer
Canadian students scored significantly
higher than the international average in
the world's largest test of mathematics
and science skills written by students
representing more than 40
countries. ._ 	
Results of phase one of
the Third International
Mathematics and Science
Study (TIMSS), surveying
grades 7 and 8 students,
indicate that Canadian
Grade 8 students averaged
59 per cent in both subjects, four percentage
points higher than the international mean in mathematics, and three percentage points higher than the
international mean in science.
"Conventional wisdom Robitaille
says we're not getting sufficient bang for our buck in our schools," said
David Robitaille, international co-ordinator
of TIMSS and head of UBC's Dept. of Curriculum Studies, at a news conference on
Nov. 20 announcing the findings.
'These results don't support that. I'm
not saying that we can't do better, but
Canadian children have improved over
the past 15 years in both subjects."
Comparing overall achievement in
mathematics between Canada and other
participating nations, 10 scored higher,
10 attained the same results and 20 had
lower averages. In science, nine countries
surpassed Canadian scores, 14 achieved
the same averages and 17 scored lower.
For the first time in an international
study, Canada was represented by a national sample of schools, including public,
private, separate and English and French-
speaking. Five provinces — B.C., Alberta,
Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland
— selected samples large enough to make
inter-provincial comparisons possible.
British Columbia and Alberta placed
higher in mathematics than Canada as a
whole while both Ontario and New Brunswick scored significantly lower than the Canadian average.
"Overall, the performance of Canadian
students was very good, but there are
important differences among the provinces," Robitaille said. "Undoubtedly, the
ministries of education involved will want
to closely examine the implications of
those differences.
'The results will help Canadian educators and policy makers in planning for
reform of curriculum and teaching in
these two important areas so that Canadian students can be given the best education we can provide."
About  500,000  students  in   15,000
schools worldwide participated in the
study, launched in 1991, which compared
mathematics and science curricula and
teaching methods of school
     systems, as well as achievement scores and attitudes
of students toward the sub-
jects.      Approximately
150.000 of those students
were involved in the grades
7 and 8 surveys and tests.
Each student wrote one
90-minute test containing
mathematics and science
components, and responded
to a questionnaire. All test
materials were developed in
English then translated by
participants into 30 other
languages.  Final translations were verified and approved centrally.
In addition to testing grades 7 and 8
mathematics and science students, surveys
and tests were also performed on grades 3
and 4 students and students in the final year
of secondary school. Reports on those findings will be published in 1997.
Canadian girls and boys performed
equally well in mathematics and science,
which represents a significant change
over the past 20 years, the report said.
Both girls and boys attained an average of 59 per cent in mathematics. In
science, boys averaged 60 per cent and
girls scored 58 per cent. Similar findings
were reported in most of the western
industrialized nations.
Robitaille expects the data to have an
impact on policy decisions affecting education, and, with further analysis, will
help identify the characteristics common
among the Canadian schools which make
them the most successful in teaching
mathematics and science.
TIMSS was conducted under the auspices of the International Association for
the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), an association of universities,
research institutes and ministries of education that conducts co-operative international research studies in education.
Funding for Canadian participation
and international co-ordination ofTIMSS
was provided by Human Resources Development Canada. Industry Canada and
the B.C. Ministry of Education. The U.S.-
based National Science Foundation and
the National Center for Education Statistics also provided major funding for the
international co-ordination ofthe study.
Survey says UBC first
for tomorrow's leaders
Consistency is the hallmark of UBC's
performance in Maclean's magazine's
annual ranking of Canadian universities.
For the second consecutive year the
survey ranked UBC as second-best in
the reputation category among post-
secondary institutions offering medical
and doctoral programs. Kingston's
Queen's University remains number
In the same category, Maclean's again
put UBC among the top five universities
with a winning reputation for highest
quality and innovation. UBC was first
on the "Leaders of Tomorrow" list.
The magazine bases its reputational
results on a survey of more than 3.400
high school guidance counselors, academic administrators and CEOs ofma-
jor corporations across Canada.
Top marks in the category for overall
ranking — which measures factors such
as class size, alumni support, operating
budget and faculty awards — went to
the University of Toronto for the second
consecutive year, followed by Queen's
and McGill University in third. This is
the fifth consecutive year that UBC has
placed fourth in the overall standings.
Simon Fraser University was ranked
first in the comprehensive category which
ranks 11 universities offering a range of
undergraduate and graduate programs.
The University of Victoria ranked third
in that category, after the University of
The survey ranks universities on the
composition and academic achievements
of the student body, library resources,
class size, percentage of tenured professors who teach first-year courses, calibre of faculty and success in securing
research grants. 4 UBC Reports November 28, 1996
December 1 through December 14
Monday, Dec. 2
Nursing Research
Designing Interventions For Clinical Trials: The Smoking Relapse
Prevention Program. Asst. Prof.
Joy Johnson; Asst Prof. Pamela
Ratner: Assoc. Prof. Joan Bottorff.
Vancouver Hospital/HSC,
Koerner Pavilion T-180, 3:30-
4:30pm. Call 822-7453.
Biochemistry and Molecular
Molecular Biomechanics Of
Structural Proteins In Animals.
John Gosline, Zoology. 1RC#4,
3:45pm. Refreshments at
3:30pm. Call 822-4070.
Resident Speaker Series
The Ultimate Weirdness Of Reality: The Testing Of Bell's Theorem — Physical Results Of Philosophical Import. Michael Clark,
Physics. Green College, 5:30pm.
Call 822-6067.
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Faculty Women's Club
Christmas Boutique
Celebrating Christmas. Cecil
Green Park House, lOam-noon.
Call 224-4097.
Chemistry Seminar
Quadrupole Ion Trap: Mass
Spectrometer And ElectronicTest
Tube Extraordinaire. Prof.
Raymond March, Trent U. Chemistry D-225 (centre block).
10:30am. Call 822-3235.
Lectures In Modern
Gas-Phase Proteins. Prof. Donald
Douglas, Chemistry. Chemistry
250 (south wing), lpm. Refreshments from 12:40pm. Call 822-
Margaret Ormsby
Memorial Service
Chapel ofthe Epiphany. Vancouver School of Theology, 2pm. To
make a donation to the Ormsby
Scholarship Fund, call 822-8900.
Cultural and Media Studies
Interdisciplinary Group
Nationalising Disease. Howard
Kushner, San Diego State U.
Green College, 5:30pm. Call 822-
MOA Lecture
Care Of Textiles. Joan Marshall,
textile conservator. MOA, 7-
8:30pm. Call 822-5087.
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Post-Traumatic Bone Infection.
Dr. R.N. Meek, Dr. P. Guy. Vancouver Hosp/HSC, Eye Care Centre auditorium, 7am. Call 875-
Faculty of Education
Multiculturalism And The Epis-
temology Of Diversity And The
Issue Of Rights. Prof. Himani
Bannerji, Sociology, York U.
Scarfe 310, 12:30-1:30pm. Call
Centre for Biodiversity
Research Seminar
Choice And Use Of Reference Sites
In Environmental Monitoring And
Impact Studies: A Review And Cri
tique. Roger Green. U of Western
Ontario. Family/Nutritional Sciences 60. 4:30pm. Refreshments
in Hut B-8 at 4:10pm. Call 822-
Interdisciplinary Seminar
Innovation In Comprehensive Examinations. Green College, 5pm.
Call 822-6067.
Thursday, Dec. 5
Special Guest Lecture
Twenty-Five Years Of Evidence-
Based Psychiatric Ambulatory
Care. Prof. Hassan Azim, U of Alberta. Vancouver Hosp/HSC,
Detwiller Pavilion lecture theatre,
9-10:15am. Refreshments. Call
Grand Rounds
Youth With Congenital Heart Disease Issues, Challenges And Prospects. Dr. Michael Patterson. St.
Paul's Hospital; Dr. Maria Kiess.
Pacific Adult Congenital Health
Clinic; Barbara Wilson, director.
Patient Services. GF Strong auditorium, 9am. Call 875-2307.
Invited Speaker
Seminar Series
Towards An Engineering Discipline
For Software Architecture. David
Garlan, Carnegie Mellon U.
CICSR/CS 208, 4-5:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-0557.
Friday, Dec. 6
Corneal Disease In Africa: The Contribution Of Traditional Eye Medicines. Dr. Paul Courtright. Mather
253, 9- 10am. Call 822-2772.
Christmas Craft Fair
and Raffle
First Nations And Other Crafts.
First Nations Longhouse, 12-5pm.
Continues Dec. 7, 9am-5pm. Call
Linguistics Colloquium
The Syntax Of Temporal Relations:
A Uniform Approach To Tense And
Aspect. Hamida Demirdache;
Miriam Uribe-Etxebarria. UC-
Irvine. Buchanan B-317, 3:30pm.
Refreshments. Call 822-5594.
Saturday, Dec. 7
Interactive Reading for
5 to 7 year-olds
The True Story of the Three Little
Pigs. Bookstore staff. Bookstore,
1:30pm. Call 822-2665.
Sunday, Dec. 8
Green College Performing
Arts Group
Contemporary Japanese Piano
Music. Imado Tadahiko. Green
College, 8pm. Call 822-6067.
Next calendar
noon, Dec. 3
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Monday, Dec. 9
Biochemistry and Molecular
The Role Of DNA Replication In
Homologous Recombination And
Studies Of RecA-Like Proteins In
Archaea. Steve Sandler, UC-
Berkeley. IRC#4. 3:45pm. Refreshments at 3:30pm. Call 822-
Wednesday, Dec. 11
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
The North American Tour. Dr. B.A.
Masri. Vancouver Hosp/HSC, Eye
Care Centre auditorium, 7am. Call
Respiratory Research
What Is Bronchial Dysplasia? Dr.
C. MacAulay, BC Cancer Agency.
St. Paul's Hospital, Gourlay conference room, 5-6pm. Call 875-5653.
The Fourth Regular Meeting Of
Senate. UBC's Academic Parliament. Curtis 102, 8pm. Call 822-
Thursday, Dec. 12
Board of Governors Meeting
The open session begins at 8am.
Fifteen tickets are available on a first-
come, first-served basis on application to the Board Secretary at least 24
hours before each meeting. Old Ad
ministration Building, Board and
Senate room. Call 822-2127.
Friday, Dec. 13
Pediatrics Grand Rounds
Eating Disorders In Childhood,
Their Complexity And Severity.
Dr. Bryan Lask. Great Ormond
Street Hospital for Children, UK.
GF Strong auditorium, 9am. Call
Saturday, Dec. 14
Poetry Reading
for 5 to 7 year-olds
A Selection Of Fun Word Play.
Bookstore staff. Bookstore,
1:30pm. Call 822-0587.
Food Service Locations
Christmas Closures
Arts 200, La Tour, Roots, Trekkers
Koffee Kiosk. Closed Dec. 1-Jan.
5. Edibles and YumYums. Closed
Dec. 13-Jan. 5. Call 822-3663.
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.
Fun and Fitness
UBC Community Sport Services
offers adult ballet, gymnastics and
ice hockey classes for beginners.
No experience is necessary. For
more information call 822-3688.
Morris and Helen Belkin
Art Gallery Exhibition
Tuesday - Friday; 10am-5pm; Saturday, 12-5pm. 1825 Main Mall.
Call 822-2759.
Surplus Equipment
Recycling Facility
Weekly sales of furniture, computers, scientific etc. held every
Wednesday, noon-5pm. SERF,
Task Force Building. 2352 Health
Sciences Mall. Call 822-2582 for
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.
Studies in Hearing
and Communication
Senior (65 years or older) and Jun-
ior (20-30 years) volunteers
needed. Participants will attend
up to three one-hour appointments
at UBC. Experiments will examine
different aspects of hearing and
communication abilities. Honorarium for some studies. Please
call The Hearing Lab. 822-9474.
Clinical Research Support
The Clinical Research Support
Group which operates under the
auspices of the Dept. of Health
Care and Epidemiology provides
methodological, biostatistical,
computational and analytical support for health researchers. For an
appointment please call Laurel
Slaney at 822-4530.
Eczema Study
Volunteers needed. 12-40 years of
age. Must have a current flare of
eczema. Able to attend five visits over
a 15-day period. Honorarium to be
paid upon completion. Call 875-5296.
Multisite Fungal Infection
Jock itch, athlete's foot, irritation
beneath the breasts or ringworm.
Volunteers needed. Must have at
least two different sites of skin
infections. Seven visits over 12
weeks. Honorarium paid upon
completion. Call 875-5296.
Psoriasis Laser Study
Volunteers needed. The UBC Division of Dermatology is seeking
volunteers with psoriasis who are
not currently receiving medical
treatment for psoriasis. We are
testing a potential new laser
therapy for the disease. Volunteers who complete the treatments
and follow-up visits will receive a
stipend. Call 875-5254.
Christmas at the
Shop in the Garden
November/December 1996. Fresh
foliage wreaths and baskets, tree
ornaments and table centrepieces
made by the "Friends of the Garden" available from November 25
while quantities last! Great selection of gifts too! All proceeds help
the garden grow. UBC Botanical
Garden, Shop in the Garden,
10am-5pm. Call 822-4529.
Garden Hours
Nitobe Memorial Garden open
10am-2:30pm weekdays only. Botanical Garden and the Shop-in-
the-Garden are open 10am-5pm
daily (including weekends). Call
822-9666 (gardens), 822-4529
Parents with Babies
Have you ever wondered how babies learn to talk? ... help us find
out! We are looking for parents
with babies between one and 14
months of age to participate in
language development studies. If
you are interested in bringing
your baby for a one hour visit,
please call Dr. Janet Werker's
Infant Studies Centre, Department of Psychology, UBC, 822-
6408 (ask for Nancy).
Herpes Zoster
(Shingles) Study
Participants required to take part
in clinical dermatology trial at
Division of Dermatology, 855
West 10 Avenue. Requirements,
50 years of age and older, within
72 hours of onset of first skin
rash. Maximum 13 visits over
24- week period. Free medication and honorarium given. For
further information call 875-
Diabetes 1997 Conference
The Young Diabetic.
Interprofessional Continuing
Education Conference will take
place Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, 1997, in Vancouver,
for all health professionals interested and involved in diabetic
care. For further information call
UBC Zen Society
Meditation sessions will be held
each Monday (except holidays)
during term, in the Tea Gallery of
the Asian Centre from 1:30-
2:20pm. All welcome. Please be
punctual. Call 228-8955.
Parent Care Project
who are caring for a parent in a
care facility are needed for a counselling psychology study on the
challenges women face in parent
care. Involves individual interviews/questionnaire. Call Allison
at 822-9199.
The UBC Reports Calendar lists university-related or
university-sponsored events on campus and off campus vetthin the Lower Mainland.
Calendar items must be submitted on forms avail-
able|pomthe UBC Public Affairs Office. 310-6251 Cecil
Green Park Road, Vancouver B.C., V6T 1ZL. Phone:
822-3131. Fax: 822-2684. Ahelectronic form is available
on the OBC Reports Web page at http://www.ubc.ca under
'News.' Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the
Calendar's Notices section may be limited due to space.
Deadline for the December 12 issue of UBC Reports
— which covers the period December 15 to January 11
— is noon, December 3. UBC Reports • November 28, 1996 5
Written by archaeologist Robert McGhee, the recent UBC Press publication
Ancient People of the Arctic traces the lives of the Paleo-Eskimos, who
4,000 years ago became the first inhabitants ofthe far northern extremes
of North America. Among the books the Press currently has in production
is Birds of B.C., which includes half a million pieces of data gathered by
10,000 birders, making it the most complex book to be published in B.C.
in 1997.
Researchers probe
alternative therapies
UBC researchers are playing a prominent role at the recently opened Tzu Chi
Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at Vancouver Hospital
and Health Sciences Centre.
The institute will conduct research on
acupuncture, the use of herbs and other
alternative therapies that are increasingly
popular with patients but have not undergone the rigours of scientific testing.
Its establishment is also an acknowledgment ofthe increasingly multicultural
nature of B.C.'s population, many of whom
have different notions of health care.
Although the university is not an official partner ofthe institute. Dr. Wah Jun
Tze, a professor in the Dept. of Pediatrics,
is its president and Dr. Aubrey Tingle,
director of research at BC's Children's
Hospital and acting associate dean of
Research in the Faculty of Medicine, is
research director.
"Our goal is to integrate promising
unconventional therapies into mainstream health care. Hopefully, through
research and a scientific approach, effective complementary therapies can be recognized," said Tze.
The institute will serve as a bridge
between conventional and non-conventional health practitioners by designing
and putting into place ways of scientifically assessing alternative therapies, he
Tingle has set up a series of task forces
to do this, calling on, among others, Health
Care and Epidemiology Dept. Head Sam
Sheps to look at research methods. Pharmaceutical Sciences Dean Frank Abbott
to examine laboratory standardization and
Research Services Director Richard
Spratley to monitor research ethics.
As well, Tingle said about 30 faculty
members from departments such as
botany, rheumatology and family and
nutritional sciences have approached him
about taking part in institute research.
Research activities will include basic
research, epidemiology, data analysis,
product evaluation, experimental studies and clinical trials.
Five centres conducting clinical research projects will be established within
the institute, investigating pain management and conducting lifestyle research in
areas such as diet and exercise, acupuncture and cancer.
Patients will be treated only as part of
one of the research projects, none of
which is scheduled to begin until sometime next year.
A general centre will look at major
health issues such as AIDS, arthritis,
environmental disease and addictions.
This centre will also investigate cultural
and traditional health approaches, such
as herbal medicine, homeopathy. First
Nations remedies and ayurveda—an ancient East Indian system of healing.
The institute will also offer education
and training programs, set up an information and resource centre and introduce scientifically proven complementary therapies into mainstream practice.
Tze received a commitment for a $6-
million endowment from the Buddhist
Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation,
the Canadian branch of an international
charitable organization based in Taiwan.
Vancouver Hospital will provide space,
infrastructure support and a partnership
grant and other Lower Mainland hospitals and cancer-research organizations
are also offering support.
Publisher a survivor of
challenges in funding
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
When UBC Press staff and authors
gather today to toast the academic publisher's 25th anniversary, the cheers will
be mixed with a sigh of relief.
Given the precarious
state of many scholarly
presses around the world
today, their mere existence is cause for celebration.
"The fact that we've
survived in difficult times
makes this something of
a landmark in itself." said
Peter Milroy, director of
the Press since 1990. "But
we're not only surviving,
on some levels, we're really thriving."
UBC Press, Canada's third largest
university press, has hired additional
staff this year and will add another 30
titles, including some of its most ambitious books ever, to the 380 it now has in
This expansion comes at a time when
grants from the university, which in the
1980s amounted to half of all revenues,
have been eliminated, and funding from
the federal and provincial governments
has also been cut. On top of that, the
average scholarly monograph today sells
only 300-500 copies, down from 2,000
just two decades ago.
UBC Press manages to survive with a
delicate balancing act, fulfilling its mandate as a scholarly press, but producing
enough commercial publications—mostly
general books and course textbooks—to
pay the bills.
The Press was founded in 1971 with a
mandate similar to that of other academic presses: to produce scholarly works
that are so highly specialized they might
not otherwise be published, but that nonetheless make a valuable contribution.
'The scholarly books we publish may
not sell many copies, but they will still be
important 100 years from now." Milroy
said, giving the example of a gazetteer of
aboriginal   people   on
northern Vancouver Island   done   by   Robert
Galois of UBC's Dept. of
Since a shake-up in
1989 to avert a financial
crisis, UBC Press has redefined its role and focus,
concentrating on areas
important to UBC and
topics the Press was best
qualified to do—Canadian
history, politics and social issues, law, the environment, Asian studies, natural resources, and aboriginal issues.
"We pared back to our strengths,"
Milroy said.
The Press has made strides in other
areas, as well. It is fully computerized,
and was the first publisher in Canada
with an Internet catalogue.
It is now also more effective at marketing and distributing its books, and acts
as a distributor for about 20 other university and institutional presses across
Canada, the U.S. and Britain.
The changes have produced results.
UBC Press has improved its reputation,
efficiency and quality, doubling its sales
in the past five years and generating
surpluses for the past four years
It is no longer just a regional publisher
with an uncertain focus, Milroy said, but
a serious competitor with the two largest
Canadian university presses. University
of Toronto Press and McGill-Queen's
University Press.
Holiday break sees
slowdown in sports
Athletics activity is winding down for
the December break with a handful of
home games and fewer still away.
The Thunderbird hockey team takes
to the ice against the Brandon Bobcats
in two games Nov. 29-30 at the
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre. The
teams face off at 7:30 p.m. both days.
Also Friday, Nov. 29, the men's volleyball team takes on Victoria. The women's team meets Victoria the following
day, Nov. 30. Both games start at 7 p.m.
in War Memorial Gym.
The men's basketball team wraps
up the year with games in Saskatchewan Nov. 28-29, followed by a tournament in Seoul, Korea, Dec. 1-10.
The women's team plays at Simon
Fraser University Dec. 7 and closes the
month with a tournament at SFU Dec.
The Thunderbird hockey team remains active in December with two
games in Calgary Dec. 6-7 and the
Father Bauer Classic Dec. 28-30 at the
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre.
UBC's 100-plus MRC
award winners honoured
More than 100 UBC recipients of significant Medical Research Council (MRC)
awards were recognized at the inaugural
MRC Celebration of Excellence Reception
held earlier this month.
MRC President Dr. Henry Friesen was
the special guest at the reception.
Among those honoured were researchers with 25 or more years of continuous
funding from the MRC.
They are: Barry McBride, Microbiology
and Oral Biology; John McNeill. Pharmaceutical Sciences; Michael Smith, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; James
Hogg, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Chris Fibiger, Psychiatry; Stephen
Drance, Ophthalmology; Bernard
Bressler,  Anatomy;   Philip  Bragg,   Bio
chemistry and Molecular Biology; and
Alan Hannam, Oral Biology.
Also at the reception, Friesen announced the creation of the Dr. Harold
Copp Lectureship. Copp, a professor
emeritus, discovered calcitonin, a calcium-regulating hormone which inhibits
bone loss and is one of the most widely
used therapeutic agents for the treatment of osteoporosis.
Friesen said Copp should also be applauded for his leadership in promoting
medical research funding in the 1950s,
which led directly to the creation of the
The MRC's donation of $25,000 was
matched with a similar gift from the Wolfe
and Gita Churg Foundation. 6 UBC Reports November 28, 1996
News Digest
UBC staff pension plan members have the option of placing
votes by telephone as they elect two directors for the UBC Staff
Pension Plan's board. Members may use Televote. UBC's telephone
election system, which is open 24 hours a day until Dec. 3.
The Pension Administration Office sent out voting packages
earlier this month with information on nominees for the directors'
positions and instructions on how to use the Televote system. Also
enclosed in the package is a seven-digit pension identification
number required to vote by phone.
There are eight directors on the Pension Board: four appointed
by UBC's Board of Governors and four elected by the more than
5,000 plan members. The nominees this year are Edward Bailey,
Human Resources; Brian Evans, TRIUMF; Denise Field. Financial
Services; Len Goossen. Housing and Conferences: and George
McLaughlin, Plant Operations.
Plan members who have not received the election package or
have questions regarding the election process can call the Pension
Administration Office at 822-8100. Election results are expected
Dec. 6.
• • • • •
Two campus events are scheduled to commemorate the 14
women killed on Dec. 6, 1989 at Montreal's l'Ecole Polytechnique.
On Nov. 28 at 1:30 p.m., the Engineering Undergraduate
Society and the Association for Engineering Women will hold a
memorial to share a moment of silence and light candles in memory
of the Montreal victims. All are invited to gather at the Cheeze
Factory located behind the Civil and Mechanical Engineering
Bldg., 2324 Main Mall.
The Alma Mater Society welcomes members of the campus
community to join them for a series of events on Dec. 6, beginning
at 4 p.m. with a candlelight procession from the engineers' cairn on
Main Mall and south on University Blvd. to the Student Union
Building. A memorial service follows at 4:30 p.m. in the courtyard
on the roof of SUB.
An informal gathering will take place at 5 p.m. in the SUB party
room to hear guest speakers address issues concerning violence
against women, followed by a small reception.
UBC's white ribbon campaign, which remembers all women who
suffer from violence, begins Nov. 29 and continues until Dec. 6
which is designated the National Day of Remembrance and Action
on Violence Against Women. Ribbons are available at the Women
Students' Office in Brock Hall.
Alan Donald, Ph.D.
Biostatistical Consultant
Medicine, dentistry, biosciences, aquaculture
101-5805 Balsam Street, Vancouver, V6M 4B9
264 -9918 donald@portal.ca
Faculty of Arts
UBC Killam Teaching Prizes
Once again the University is recognizing excellence in teaching
through the awarding of prizes to faculty members. Five (5) prize
winners will be selected in the Faculty of Arts for 1997.
Eligibility: Eligibilty is open to faculty who have three or more
years of teaching at UBC.The three years include 1996-97.
Criteria: The awards will recognize distinguished teaching at all
levels; introductory, advanced, graduate courses, graduate
supervision, and any combination of levels.
Nomination Process: Members of faculty, students, or alumni
may suggest candidates to the Head of the Department, the
Director ofthe School, or Chair ofthe Program in which the
nominee teaches.These suggestions should be in writing and
signed by one or more students, alumni or faculty, and they should
include a very brief statement of the basis for the nomination.You
may write a letter of nomination or pick up a form from the
Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts in Buchanan B-130.
Deadline: 4:00 p.m. on January 27, 1997. Submit nominations to the Department, School or Program Office in
which the nominee teaches.
Winners will be announced in the Spring, and they will be
identified as well during Spring Congregation in May.
For further information about these awards contact either your
Department, School or Program office, or Dr. Errol Durbach,
Associate Dean of Arts at 822-9062.
The classified advertising rate is $ 15.75 for 35 words or less. Each additional word
is 50 cents. Rate includes GST. Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to the UBC Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park Road,
Vancouver B.C., V6T 1Z1, accompanied by payment in cash, cheque (made out to UBC
Reports) or internal requisition. Advertising enquiries: 822-3131.
The deadline for the December 12, 1996 issue of UBC Reports is noon, December 3.
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Five suites available for
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Guests dine with residents and
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Call 822-8660 for more
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Essay Contest
"The Responsible Use of Freedom"
$1000 for the best original essay
Eligibility: Open to 3rd and 4th year undergraduate
and graduate UBC students
Deadline for submission: May 30, 1997
Winner announced: August 31,1997
Judges: Father T.James Hanrahan, St. Mark's
Prof. Emeritus Robert M. Clark, Economics
Prof. Kurt Preinsberg, Philosophy
Mrs. Norma Wieland, Germanic Studies
Prof. Paul G. Stanwood, English
Application forms may be picked up Monday to Friday,
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Mark's College, 5935 Iona Drive, at
the extreme northeast corner of the campus.
need independent assistance in
selecting the most appropriate
UBC Faculty pension or
retirement options call Don
Proteau, RFP or Doug Hodgins,
RFP at 687-7526 for more
information. Independent
financial advice for faculty
members since 1982.
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people interested in science or
nature are meeting through a
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for info: Science Connection,
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noon, Dec. 3 UBC Reports • November 28, 1996 7
De-ink Demo
Stephen Forgacs photo
Eric Lai (left) and Diana Wati (in lab coats) demonstrate a flotation de-inking cell to guests
at the UBC Pulp and Paper Centre's 10th Anniversary Open House, Nov. 15. Lai, Wati and
fellow fourth-year engineering student Jacqueline Tsui are researching the de-inking
process as part of their undergraduate thesis. Director Richard Kerekes, Applied Science
Dean Axel Meisen, Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada (PAPRICAN) President
Joseph Wright, and Bernard Bressler, UBC's vice-president, Research, welcomed guests
to the event which featured displays and demonstrations related to the centre's research
and educational activities.
Time to give draws to close
With the Nov. 30 close just
days away, UBC's United Way
Campaign is nearing its goal of
raising $290,260. As of Nov. 22.
the total was $256,742.
"We're getting tremendous
support across campus." says
campaign co-chair Margaret
Sayer of University Computing
Services. "All of the volunteers
believe we can do it. We've had
pancake breakfasts.dunk tanks
and bake sales. But our greatest
support comes from all of the
people who pledge their support
through one-time gifts and pay
roll deduction."
Sayer points out that a small
donation from each pay cheque
will total a very significant donation over the course of a year.
The tax-deductible amount will
appear on the donor's T4 slip,
meaning there is no danger of
losing a receipt.
"The most important thing,"
says Sayer, "is that our gifts to
United Way do so much for our
community. Over the next year,
one in three people in the Lower
Mainland will benefit from the
services of a United Way mem
ber agency. That helps our families, friends, neighbours, and all
of us. That's pretty amazing."
UBC traditionally has the largest employee campaign in the
Lower Mainland. In addition, the
university is the fifth most designated charity through the United
Way campaign.
Donors may choose to support the United Way ofthe Lower
Mainland, or designate specific
gifts to any of its 99 member
agencies, or any other registered
charity in Canada. No fees are
deducted for designated gifts.
Students, faculty, staff and members of the public—
Does this affect you? The following projects for the
UBC Campus are currently being considered. You are
encouraged to give us your opinions on these projects:
Plans & Permit Reviews in Progress
Official Community Plan for part of Electoral Area 'A'fuly, 1996
Liu Centre for International Studies
Centre for Continuing Studies—Phase I
St.fohn's College—Phases 2 & 3
Creative Arts—Phase 2
& For your Information...
• Permit Fees—All UBC Development & Building Permit
fees have changed effective April 1, 1996
For More Information on any of these Projects
please contact Bonnie Perry at 822-8228,
perry@cpd.ubc.ca or visit our Campus Planning &
Development Home Page on the Internet at
planning 8c
Information supplied by:
Regulatory Services, a division of
Campus Planning & Development,
2210 West Mall, Vancouver,
BC, V6T 1Z4, 822-8228 (ph),
822-6119 (fax).
by staff writers
de Silva
Mechanical Engineering Prof.
Clarence de Silva has been
appointed as the regional
editor for North America of Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence—The International Journal of
Intelligent Real-Time Automation. The
journal is associated with the International Federation of Automatic
Control (IFAC) and is a leading scholarly periodical in the field. Since 1988,
de Silva has also served as the senior
technical editor ofthe U.S. -based professional journal, Measurements and
• • • • •
Keith McErlane has received a Certificate of Merit from
the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia.
McErlane, a professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, was one of two recipients honoured last month
at the B.C. Pharmacy Conference in Kelowna. McErlane was
recognized for his 17 years of service as a member of the Drug
Advisory Committee.
The College of Pharmacists of British Columbia is the
licensing and regulatory body for the profession of pharmacy
and its practice environment.
Civil Engineering Prof. Emeritus Roy Hooley died Sept. 3 at
University Hospital.
Born in Vancouver, Prof. Hooley graduated from UBC in 1947 and
received his PhD from Stanford University. Returning to UBC in 1952 to
teach he helped educate a large number of the structural engineers
currently practising in the province until his retirement in 1989.
Among the landmark engineering projects in which he was involved are the Port Mann Bridge and the Mica Creek Dam. In 1987 his
contributions to the development of computer-aided design in Canada
were honoured by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.
A scholarship in his name has been established at UBC. Those
interested in contributing are asked to contact the UBC Development Office, 6253 Northwest Marine Drive at 822-8900.
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"Food for all" — Food for thought
by Ivan Head
Thefollowing excerpts are from remarks
made bg Prof. Ivan Head on Oct. 25 at
United Nations headquarters in New York
City. Head, UBC law professor and chair in
South-North Studies, gave the keynote
address at tl\e UN's 1996 World Food Day
Worldwide, no other single factor so
reveals the commonality, yet so emphasizes the disparities, ofthe human
family as does food. The daily consumption of food is so natural and so necessary as to be an instinctive human act.
Each one of the almost six billion of us,
whatever our means, wherever we dwell,
is driven by this need. Yet no other
single act so demonstrates our differences. The joy. the satisfaction, and the
well-being that those of us in this
council chamber experience as we
share a meal with family and friends —
often in delightful circumstances and
with ample portions — simply cannot be
compared with the privations and the
limitations of those 800 million, or the
many others worldwide who exist on the
margins of hunger.
These contrasts are not simply of an
economic or social dimension. They
cannot be described adequately in terms
of calories or fibre content or protein/
carbohydrate balance. These contrasts
are much more. They represent a deep
moral dilemma. How does one begin to
reconcile a world in which 20 per cent of
the population of the developing countries is constantly hungry while obesity
represents a major health problem in so
many of the industrialized countries?
How does one understand that our
species can probe the far reaches of the
solar system, can synthesize the most
complex of biological structures, can
create the most luxurious of households
and public buildings in all history, yet
fails to demonstrate its willingness to
provide all humans with a threshold
diet. The issue, of course, is one of
willingness, not one of ability, and it is
that distinction that lends to this
circumstance the stark element of
tragedy. Tragedy for the 800 million who
are deprived of health and hope and
opportunity. Tragedy as well for those
who live in comfort and excess in the
knowledge that deprivation suffered by
others is deep and widespread.
Three weeks from today heads of
government will gather in Rome to
address the kaleidoscope of elements
that combine and conflict to maintain
the appalling distance still separating
so many from the food security the rest
of us take for granted. None of these
elements is novel; not those of production, of distribution, nor of purchasing
power of the poor. None has escaped
the attention of dedicated plant breeders, agricultural economists, soil
scientists, transportation analysts,
sociologists, or legions of other disciplinary experts; none is beyond the scope
of current knowledge or the reach of
current technology. Nevertheless, as if
to taunt the basic genius of humankind, the correct formula for the
effective blend of knowledge, wisdom,
compassion and dedication continues
to be elusive. The brilliance of Dr.
Jacques Diouf s (Director General of
the Food and Agriculture Organization
of the United Nations) concept of a
World Food Summit is his insistence
that past triumphs not be overemphasized nor failures be forgotten, that
technical proposals not be mistaken for
solutions any more than familiar
challenges be accepted as intractable.
Most important, he has designed a
summit to emphasize that hunger is
not an abstract notion, but is a distressing human condition that will be
overcome globally not by lofty language
in carefully crafted communiques but
by human resolve, comprehensive
policies, and ethical conduct.
The value of the summit as a
precedent extends far beyond food.
Since time immemorial, natural
climatic forces have been so powerful
and so resilient, the earth's natural
resources so abundant, and the impact
of human activity so incidental by
comparison that little regard was paid
to the possibility of cumulative damage.
We now know better. Evidence accumulates that humans are influencing
negatively and persistently the whole-
someness and the natural balances of
the planet and its environment. In our
quest for food, therefore, our species
faces a challenge unknown to previous
generations. In addition to the vicissitudes of the natural environment — the
age-old unpredictability of yields as a
result of drought, pestilence, and
tempests — food producers today suffer
from the deleterious global effects of
unsustainable human practices.
UNICEF photo
Human activity, of course, has not all
been destructive. In this century, for
example, considerable knowledge has
been generated about agricultural
practices, leading to much more sustainable cultivation techniques. More
dramatically, scientists worldwide have
gained important insights into a range of
natural phenomena. No longer need food
producers be hapless dependents upon
forces beyond their influence or their
understanding. In many respects,
ancient scourges can now be limited,
even contained, as biological species are
bred to emphasize nutritional quality,
enhanced yield, drought tolerance, and
disease or pest resistance; age-old
irrigation systems have been refined to
protect water supply and soil quality;
conservation techniques have been
improved to reduce topographical and
ocean degradation; harvesting, storage
and processing have all in many respects enjoyed revolutionary advances.
In those countries able to utilize this
knowledge, employ these practices, and
pursue economic policies attractive to
farmers, production has soared. But not
all countries are so able. Thus, as
agricultural research efforts on a global
scale have been responsible for much of
the extraordinary increase of 13 per cent
in per capita food production in the
1980s, two-thirds of all developing
countries simultaneously witnessed
stagnant or reduced agricultural
production. Worldwide, as we know,
yields have more than kept pace with
population increases. Nevertheless, as
we also know, food security remains an
unattainable goal in many regions: 800
million human beings are chronically
undernourished: ofthe 14 million
annual deaths of children, malnutrition
is a contributing cause in two-thirds of
the cases.
This is the mixed, often ugly, scene
which this 1996 Food Day is asked to
record and recite.
Not one of the great agricultural
accomplishments of the past half-
century could have been achieved
without intensive and extensive international co-operation. Nor could
massive food shipments and distribution programs have been organized in
the wake of natural or other disasters.
The lessons are clear: whether one
speaks of food sufficiency, food science,
food technology, or food marketing, no
single state is able successfully to
stand aloof from the international
community, able to disregard the rules
established by that community, able to
flourish in the absence of co-operation
and support from international structures, institutions and processes.
Nor is that lesson confined to the
food sector. Interdependence in terms
of knowledge, of investment capital, of
goods, commodities and services, of
human security, is now so widespread
and so intense that the very definition
of sovereignty has changed considerably in recent years.
The World Food Summit will offer an
immensely important message, one of
understanding ofthe interdependent
circumstances in which humankind
now finds itself. In this sort of world, a
world of dependencies and multiple
actors, a world of regimes and rules, the
attributes of sovereignty assume different forms than in the past even though
the goals remain constant. Independence, recognition, and consequence are
as significant to governments and to
publics today as at any time in the past.
The means of attaining those goals,
however, are far different. No longer is a
state, no matter how small or apparently
self-contained, able to prosper while
withdrawing from the international
community. No longer can a state, no
matter how powerful militarily or
economically, remain indifferent to the
integrity of the international system. The
current triangular confluence of powerful global circumstances — size of
population, scale of human activity, and
availability of remarkable new technologies — allows no state to be oblivious to
the activities of others, nor to assume
self-reliance in meeting its own needs.
Hunger thus is much more than an
agricultural issue. It is an economic
issue, it is a political issue, it is a moral
issue. It goes to the root of human
existence. It challenges the concept of a
human community. It reflects upon the
reputation of governments and leaders
who have repeatedly pledged to eradicate it yet have so far failed to do so.
On World Food Day 1996, on the eve of
the World Food Summit, evidence is
overwhelming that we live in a new era.
one consisting of a planetary environment, a global economy, and, increasingly, a cosmopolitan world society.
Those circumstances combine to insist
that "Food for All" be transformed from
slogan to fact.


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