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 VOLUME     46     I      NUMBER     16     |     OCTOBER     I 9 ,     2000
3 Noble scientist
The university mourns the
loss of Michael Smith
8 Fresh faces
It's no secret what attracts
new faculty to ubc
ubc reports
say cheese Some ofthe several hundred cows in the university's dairy herd chow down in preparation for a bigday-
Nov. i, the official opening of UBC's Dairy Education and Research Centre in Agassiz. The $2.7-million facility, the
largest in Canada and one ofthe most advanced in the world, is attracting international attention from researchers
and students alike. To arrange tours ofthe facility, call manager Nelson Dinn at (604) 796-8410 or e-mail
dinn@uniserve.com. Bruce Mason photo
'Students the best part,' say
veteran faculty members
'Some ofthe best people
around'— students—
keep these longtime
faculty going after 25 years
entry into the Quarter Century
Club, which honours faculty members for 25 or more years of service
at ubc.
And amid all the changes on
campus over the years, the best
part of the day for many of the inductees remains the time spent
with their students.
"It's really wonderful to work
with the very best, not simply the
brightest, but some of the best
people around in my students,"
says Law Prof. Robert Reid.
As the Faculty of Law's assistant
dean of Admissions and Career Development, Reid gets to do what he
loves each and every day—
interact with some ofthe brightest,
young legal minds in the country.
In many years of helping ubc
Law students get their first jobs in
the legal profession, Reid has befriended many.
"I've been to a great many weddings,   christenings   and   social
Law Prof. Robert Reid
events of students who are good,
good friends of mine."
The Royal Military College graduate didn't begin his own legal career until he was 30 after stints as
a military search-and-rescue officer in Comox and as an official military historian in Ottawa.
Reid says while the law profession has changed over the years,
what makes a good lawyer hasn't.
"You have to be bright, not brilliant, with lots of common sense
and really care about people."
For Sandra Millen, a senior Zoology instructor, technological chang-
Zoology instructor Sandra Millen
es in the past quarter century have
affected the way she teaches.
Millen runs two anatomy labs—
invertebrates and vertebrates—in
the Dept. of Zoology.
She was among the first on campus to use the Internet as a teaching tool.
"In many ways, we were sort of
ahead of the students in using the
Internet," says Millen, who taught
herself the skills necessary to venture on-line.
Besides new technology, she
says the other major change on
see Faculty page 2
Physicist, forester
earn science prize
Former graduate student
named 'young innovator'
TWO    FACULTY   MEMBERS   and   a
former graduate student are among
the six winners of this year's Science Council of British Columbia's
Science and Technology Awards.
Douglas Bonn, a professor of
Physics and Astronomy, is the recipient of the Science Council's
New Frontiers in Research Award.
Bonn, who credits his high
school physics teacher with inspiring him to pursue a career in scientific research, received the prize for
his study of high-temperature superconductors.
Bonn's success in studying how
electrons respond to microwave
and infrared radiation has earned
him recognition as one of the
world's top superconductor experimentalists.
In 1999 Bonn earned an nserc
Steacie Fellowship, considered to
be one of the most important research prizes in Canada.
Fred Bunnell, a professor in the
Faculty of Forestry, is the Science
Council's Solutions Through Research Award winner this year.
For more than 30 years, Bunnell
has applied his knowledge of forest
practices and his love of nature to
solutions that can sustain both.
Bunnell, who joined ubc in 1973,
is also the director of the Centre
for Applied Conservation Biology
and the Forest Renewal b.c. Professor in Applied Conservation Biology.
David Burgoyne, head of research
at Inflazyme Pharmaceuticals in
Richmond, is the winner of the
Young Innovator Award. The award
goes to an individual under 40 who
has had a major impact on science
and technology in the province.
During his PhD studies at ubc
in the early 1990s, Burgoyne discovered a steroid with anti-inflammatory properties useful in the
treatment of diseases such as asthma. He was 25 years old at the
The Science and Technology
Awards were established in 1980 by
the Science Council of b.c. to recognize outstanding achievements
by the province's scientists, engineers, industrial innovators and
science communicators.
The award winners will be recognized at the annual Science
Council Awards Dinner at the Hotel Vancouver Oct. 23.
Campaign benefits
stay close to home
Small beginnings can
achieve powerful results,
says United Way supporter
Rick Hansen
by Bruce Mason staff writer
as you pause to decide whether
or not to support ubc's United
Way campaign, organizers ask you
to consider that locally 600,000 individuals benefit from donations.
In the Lower Mainland, one in
eight people aged 15 to 64 is limited by a long-term physical condition, mental condition or health
problems. One in seven families is
headed by a single parent. Sixty per
cent of female lone parents live in
poverty and of the one in eight
people aged 65 or older, 30 per cent
live alone.
Rick Hansen—the president of
the Rick Hansen Institute at ubc—
knows firsthand how to make a
"By working together, from a
small beginning, we can achieve
powerful results," he says. "During
my 1985-87 Man in Motion Tour, as
I travelled around the world in a
wheelchair, millions of small donations were made which amounted
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campus over the years has been
the increase in class sizes. From
teaching 75 students a semester at
the start of her career, she now
teaches upwards of 250 students
per term.
And while the Internet has been
a useful on-line resource, Millen
says there is still no substitute for
"the real thing."
"That's what I love about this
job," she says. "The light that goes
on when a student discovers something."
Others to be honoured at the
fifth annual Quarter Century
Club dinner Oct. 26 at the Leon
and Thea Koerner University
Centre include: faculty of agricultural sciences: David
Shackleton, Agroecology; faculty of applied science: Joan
Anderson, Elaine Carty, Nursing;
faculty of arts: Robert C. Allen, Charles Blackorby, Econom
ics; John W. Foster, English; Alexander Woodside, History; J. Evan
Kreider, Music; Lynn Alden, Boris
Gorzalka, Psychology; faculty
of commerce and business
administration: Peter J. Frost,
Peter N. Nemetz, Martin L. Puter-
man; health sciences, office
of the coordinator: Gordon
G. Page, Educational Support and
Development; faculty of dentistry: (iary B. Gibson, Oral Biological and Medical Sciences;
Virginia M. Diewert, Oral Health
Sciences; faculty of education: F. Graeme Chalmers,
Gaalen L. Erickson, Ian M.
Wright, Curriculum Studies; Norman E. Amundson, Sharon Kahn,
Perry T. Leslie, Educational and
Counseling Psychology and Special Education; Richard E. Mosher, Human Kinetics; Kenneth F.
Reeder, Jon E. Shapiro, Language
Education; faculty of forestry: Frederick L. Bunnell, Forest
Sciences; faculty of law: Robert K. Paterson, Dennis Pavlich;
library:    Elsie    C.    Wollaston;
faculty of medicine: Bernard
A. MacLeod, Anesthesia; Patrick
P. Dennis, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Dean Hideo Uy-
eno, Health Care and Epidemiology; Constance J. Eaves, Medical
Genetics; Michael Schulzer, Medicine; Gordon R. Douglas, Op-
thalmology; James E. Dimmick,
Pathology; A. George F. Davidson,
Pediatrics; Michael J. A. Walker,
Pharmacology and Therapeutics;
Peter C. Vaughan, Physiology;
Raja T. Abboud, Respiratory
Medicine; faculty of pharmaceutical sciences: Sidney
Katz; Faculty of Science: Terry J.
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to an incredible $24-million legacy."
Since that time, the institute has
been formed with a mission to accelerate the cure for spinal cord paralysis. Today, through the generosity of donors, including United Way
donations and income from endowments, Hansen's efforts have
resulted in awards of $37.6 million
to spinal cord injury research.
"This is a direct result of teamwork," says Hansen. "It was the
strength of my world tour and it's
the strength ofthe United Way."
Recently the Rick Hansen Institute partnered with ubc to create
more than $5 million in endowments, the income from which
supports research for a cure
through the Faculty of Science and
Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (cord). Operating grants and
fellowship and student trainee
awards have been granted to expand spinal cord injury research
directed toward a cure. Neurotrauma research grants have been
awarded to the Brain Research
Centre and ubc's departments of
Health Care and Epidemiology and
"When a cure for spinal cord injury is found the impact of the
original dollars donated to the
Man in Motion Tour will have produced a global benefit," says
Hansen. "We believe the best is yet
You are invited to join ubc President Martha Piper and the Board of Governors at ubc's
third campus Annual General Meeting.
Come celebrate the ubc innovators who are contributing to the community at home and
abroad, making positive changes on campus and creating new opportunities for students.
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'//      at www.ubc.ca/annualreport
to come and that greatness can be
achieved when individuals from
across our community come together in a common endeavour
such as the United Way."
"From the funding of family and
children's services and early prevention of premature labeling and
school failure, to fighting poverty,
abuse and discrimination, United
Way funding makes a profound impact on our community's future, including the university's potential
students," says Bill McMichael, chair
of ubc's United Way campaign.
Those who wish to direct donations to any of the United Way's
agencies and community projects,
a registered Canadian charity, or
ubc programs such as the Rick
Hansen Institute can do so by
specifying the beneficiary of their
choice on the pledge forms.
For more information on ubc's
United Way campaign—including
pledge forms—visit www.unitedway.
ubc.ca or call (604) 822-8929.
The cost of a ticket for the United
Way raffle is $5. The amount given
in the Oct. 5 issue of ubc Reports
was incorrect.
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Recent ubc graduate Abbas Khani-Hanjani and members ofthe Faculty of
Medicine have discovered a gene marker that they believe controls the degree
of joint inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis. Scientists may be able to turn
off production ofthe gene as a form of treatment for the disease, researchers
say. Hilary Thomson photo
Discovery holds promise
for sufferers of arthritis
Gene can predict disease's progression and severity
team that includes a recent ubc
graduate and members of the Faculty of Medicine has discovered a
gene that predicts the severity of
rheumatoid arthritis (ra).
"This research discovery is a very
important breakthrough in the understanding of rheumatoid arthritis," says Abbas Khani-Hanjani of
the Immunology Laboratory at
Vancouver General Hospital (vgh).
He undertook the research as his
doctoral thesis in the Experimental
Medicine Program at ubc.
"We believe the gene identified
operates by controlling the degree
of joint inflammation. It is the most
powerful indicator currently recognized for predicting the severity of
ra," he says.
Dr. Paul Keown, a professor of
Nephrology and director of the
vgh Immunology Laboratory supervised the research, which started in 1995 and was recently published in the prestigious medical
journal, The Lancet.
The study analysed blood samples of 137 b.c. patients: 48 with
very severe ra unresponsive to all
other   therapies;   39   with   mild
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symptoms; and 50 random samples used as a control comparison.
Dr. Diane Lacaille, an assistant
professor of Rheumatology and associate professor of Rheumatology
Dr. Andrew Chalmers, reviewed the
patients to ensure they represented
either mild or severe disease.
Khani-Hanjani then analysed
the blood's genetic makeup. Research focused on the interferon
gamma gene, which is important
in helping to control the immune
Results showed that differences
within the gene—called a gene
marker—appear to predict the progression and the severity of ra. The
study shows that different forms of
the gene are found in people with
mild or with severe arthritis.
"This discovery promises a simple genetic test to predict risk of
progression and the opportunity to
design new drugs to control the
ravages of this disease," says Keown.
"It means we can choose treatment according to the risk of each
patient and can select appropriate
treatment before joint damage has
occurred," adds Lacaille.
Researchers believe that ra is a
disorder in the body's immune system, causing it to attack the lining
of the joints which results in inflammation and joint damage. The damage becomes worse as the immune
attack continues and results in destruction of cartilage, bone, tendons
and ligaments that can lead to permanent deformity and disability.
Patients predicted to have mild
forms of the disease might be
spared the serious side effects of
medications for severe ra, says
Chalmers. In addition, scientists
may be able to turn off production
ofthe gene as a means of treatment.
A chronic disease, ra affects
about one per cent ofthe population.
Onset occurs at all ages but most
commonly appears between the ages
of 25 and 50 and affects women three
times more often than men.
Researchers are now planning
to study about 600 patients in almost 50 centres across North
America to confirm and extend
the findings and to use the predictor to determine the most effective
forms of therapy in various stages
of the disease.
Other researchers involved in the
study are clinical professors of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
David Hoar from the vgh Immunology Laboratory and Dr. Doug Hors-
man from bc Cancer Agency (bcca);
research technician Michelle Anderson of bcca; and Rob Balshaw, Dept
of Mathematics and Statistics, Simon Fraser University.
The research was funded by the
Immunology Laboratory of vgh,
The Arthritis Society of Canada,
and Novartis Pharmaceuticals,
Canada, Inc.
University to hold a celebration of Michael Smith's life
nobel prize-winner and Prof.
Emeritus Michael Smith has died
of cancer. He was 68 years old.
"We at ubc feel a real sense of
personal loss," says Barry McBride,
vice-president, Academic and
Provost. "We've lost a colleague, a
creative and distinguished scientist and a friend—a warm and
humble man known for his humanity and generosity. He was a
great Canadian and I will miss his
friendship, his unwavering commitment to excellence and his personal support."
Smith, who won the Nobel Prize
for Chemistry in 1993, was the director of bc Cancer Agency's Genome Sequence Centre in Vancouver.
The prize recognized his
groundbreaking work in repro-
gramming segments of dna, the
building blocks of life.
"Michael's work launched a new
era in genetics research—that's his
legacy to science," says Indira Samarasekera, ubc's vice-president,
Research. "His discovery has paved
the way to finding new treatments
for life-threatening illness."
Born in Blackpool, England, he
received his PhD in 1956 from the
University of Manchester and completed his post-doctoral fellowship
with the B.C. Research Council in
i960. He joined ubc in 1966.
In 1987, he founded ubc s Bio-
technology Laboratory which is
expanding to include a new building that will bear his name.
He was named a Peter Wall Distinguished Professor of Biotechnology at ubc and many of his students have gained international
scientific reputations.
A founding Scientific Leader of
the Protein Engineering Network
of Centres of Excellence, Smith
was named a Career Investigator
ofthe Medical Research Council of
Canada in 1966.
He was appointed a director of
the Canada Foundation for Innovation in 1997.
Well-known for his commitment to human welfare and science education, Smith donated
half of his Nobel Prize to the Schizophrenia Society of Canada and
the Canadian Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia.
The other half of his prize established an endowment fund whose
income supports the Society for
Canadian Women in Science and
Technology and a program for elementary school teachers provided
by Science World bc.
The Royal Bank Award, which
he received in 1999, included a
companion grant which he donated to the B.C. Cancer Foundation.
Nobel Prize-winner Michael Smith
In addition, the Michael Smith
Awards, sponsored by the Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research
Council of Canada, honour individuals and organizations who make
an outstanding contribution to the
promotion of science in Canada.
Smith received numerous awards
and distinctions including: Companion ofthe Order of Canada; Order of British Columbia; University
Killam Professor, ubc; Fellow, Royal Society of Canada; Fellow, Royal
Society of London; Canadian Medical Association Medal of Honour
and Canadian Medical Hall of
ubc will hold a celebration of
the life of Michael Smith Monday,
Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. in the Chan Centre
for the Performing Arts. All are
welcome to attend.
Benefactor committed
to educational bridges
Award-winning building
bears his name
chkung-kok choi died recently
at age 90.
An industrialist, businessperson
and philanthropist in China, Hong
Kong and Canada, Choi dedicated
himself to building bridges for the
international exchange of information and ideas.
The ck. Choi Building for the
Institute of Asian Research at the
university was made possible
through his vision, dedication and
generous support.
The building, which opened in
1996, has won awards as a model
for sustainable design and construction. The institute—a cornerstone of ubc's international activities—comprises five research centres which focus on China, Japan,
Korea, Southeast Asia, and India
and South Asia.
"Although I have not had the
benefit of a higher education and
do not consider myself an intellectual, I have always had a tremendous  desire  for  the  pursuit  of
Philanthropist CK. Choi
knowledge," said Choi.
Three principles guided his life:
that the traditional virtues of Confucianism provide a prescription for
human behaviour; that educational
institutions help to achieve greater
academic excellence through the exchange of the cultures of the East
and West; and that education plays
an important role in increasing
knowledge and understanding.
At ubc, he established numerous
fellowships and prizes, including
the ck. Choi Fellowship in Business Administration and the ck.
Choi Scholarship in Engineering.
He is survived by his wife, seven
children—five of whom who graduated from ubc—and eight grandchildren. UBC  REPORTS  |  OCTOBER  19,  2000
School Of Music Concert
High School Honour Bands From
Across bc. Grant Okamura, guest
conductor. Chan Centre at 1:30pm.
Call 822-9197; 822-5574.
Green College
Performing Arts Group
Jazz Quartet Featuring Saxophone,
Bass, Piano And Drums. The Bruce
Nielsen Band. Green College at 8pm.
Call 822-1878.
Health Services And
Policy Research Seminar
Income Inequality, Social Capital And
Health: The International Evidence.
John Lynch, Public Health, u of Michigan, irc #414 from io:30-n:30am.
Call 822-4969.
Rits Open House
Get To Know Japanese Culture And
Students. Rits House from nam-2pm.
F.vents and food. Call 822-9511.
St. John's College Speaker Series
Ecosystem Engineering: How Terrestrial Biota Cause Environmental
Change In Lakes And Oceans. Prof.
Warwick F. Vincent. St. John's College
1080 at 5pm. Call 822-8781.
Green College Speaker Series
Myths Of Nations: Myths Of Hungary.
Laszlo Kontler, head, History, Central
European u. Green College from
5-6pm. Reception at 6:30pm. Call
822-1452; 822-1878.
United Way International Day BBQ
Support The United Way On International Day. University Services from
n:30am-ipm. Call 822-8929.
Wednesday Noon Hours
Music With A Humourous Twist.
David Lemon, narrator; Barrie Bar-
rington; Ellen Silverman, pianist. Music Recital Hall at 12:30pm. $4 at: the
door. Call 822-5574.
UBC Annual General Meeting
Innovators Change Everything, ubc
President Martha Piper, Board of Governors. Chan Centre from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call ubc-info (822-4636).
CBC Opera Quiz Taping
Stuart Hamilton. Music Recital Hall
at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Institute For European Studies
Environmental Management And
Ethnic Conflicts On The New European Border: The Baltic States And Russia. Geoffrey Gooch, Jean Monnet,
Linkoeping u. Buchanan Tower Penthouse from i2:30-2:3opm. Lunch at
12:30pm. Call 822-1452.
Centre For Human
Settlements/SCARP Seminar
Great Expectations, Mixed Results:
Trends In Citizen Involvement In
Canada (With A View To Shaping chs
Research). Tony Dorcey and Tim
McDaniels. Library Processing Centre, fourth floor from i2:30-i:30pm.
Call 822-5254.
Institute Of Asian Research Seminar
The Politics Of Organized Crime In
Greater South China. Lo Shiu Hing,
Politics and Administration, u of
Hong Kong, ck Choi 120 from
i2noon-i:30pm. Call 822-4688.
Astronomy Seminar
New Light On Dark Stars. Suzanne
Hawley. u of Washington. Hennings
318 at 4pm. Refreshments at 3:45pm.
Call 822-2267.
Thematic Lecture Series
Multiple Lenses, Multiple Images:
Growing Up Sold—The Impact Of
Commercialization And Globalization On Youth. Naomi Klein, The
Globe and Mail. Green College at 5pm.
Call 822-1878.
Member Speaker Series
Non-Aristotelian Thinking. Randal
Clark, Mechanical Engineering. Green
College at 7:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Centre For
Chinese Research Seminar
Yang-Ming Hsueh Yu Fo Chiao—The
Thought Of Wang Yang-Ming And
Buddhism (In Chinese). Prof. Ku
Ching-Mei, National Taiwan u. ck
Choi 120 from i2:30-2pm. Call
Botany Seminar
tba. Vince Franceschi, Washington
State u. BioSciences 2000 from 12:30-
2pm. Call 822-2133.
Lectures In Modern Chemistry
Tropospheric Halogen And Sulfur
Chemistry: Their Potential Interactions In Formation Of Aerosols. Prof.
Parisa Ariya, McGill u. Chemistry B-
250 at lpm. Refreshments at 12:30pm.
Call 822-2996.
Gairdner Awards Lecture
Is A Pound Of Prevention Worth An
Ounce Of Cure? Prof. Alvan Feinstein,
Yale u. irc #5 from i:30-2:30pm. Call
Women's Studies Colloquium
Oral History, Family Violence. Anna
Green, u of Waikato. Women's Studies
lounge from i2:30-i:3opm. Refreshments. Call 822-9173.
CUPE 2950 Workshop
Lunch And Learn Empowerment
Series: Making Your Tone And Language Positive. Charlotte Martens-
Dyck, Pacific Family Life Counselling.
tba from i-2:3opm. Call 822-1484.
Obstetrics And Gynecology Seminar
Ovarian Carcinoma Cells Proliferation: Role Of Av Integrin-Mediated
Activation Of Integrin-Linked Kinase.
Dr. Severine Cruet-Hennequart, bc
Cancer Agency, Jack Bell Centre. B.C.'s
Women's Hosp. 2N35 at 2pm. Call
Applied Mathematics Colloquium
Modulational Stability Via Renomarli-
zaton Methods For Patterns In Forced
Dispersive Systems. Keith Promislow,
Mathematics and Statistics, sfu.
Klinck 301 from 3:30-4:25pm. Refreshments at 3:15pm. Call 822-4584.
Institute Of Asian Research Seminar
Globalization And The Transformation Of Asian Societies: British Engineers, Technology Transfer, Labour
Processes And The Emerging Infrastructure OfThe Global Economy In
19th-century India. Ian Kerry, History,
u of Manitoba, ck Choi 120 from 4:30-
6pm. Refreshments. Call 822-4688.
19th-century Studies
Rural Landscapes And The Urban
Social Imagination In Late Nineteenth-Century France. Caroline
Ford, History. Green College at
4:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Pathology Distinguished
Lecture Series
From Cancer Genomics To Clinical
Application: Breast Cancer As A
Model. Dr. Carlos Caldas, Cambridge
u. vgh, Eye Care Centre Aud. at 8am.
Call 875-2490.
Asia Film Series
Angel Dust (Japan), ck Choi 120 at
1pm. Call 822-4688.
Vocal Masterclass
Stuart Hamilton. Music Recital Hall
at 1:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Conservation Biology Seminar
Modelling Forested Landscapes After
Human And Natural Disturbances.
David J. MladenofF, u of Wisconsin-
Madison. ForSciences 1221 from 2:30-
3:30pm. Call 822-9695.
International Student
Services Workshop
Stress Management. International
House upper lounge from 3-4:3opm.
To register e-mail ihouse.
frontcounter@ubc.ca. Call 822-5021.
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
Engineering Of Enzymatic Networks.
Boris Shraiman, Bell Labs. Hennings
201 at 4pm. Refreshments, Hennings
325 at 3:45pm. Call 822-3853.
CICSR Distinguished Lecture
Model-Based Programming Of Robotic Space Explorers. Brian Williams,
Boeing associate professor, Aeronatu-
ics and Astronautics, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, cicsr/cs 208
from 4-5:3opm. Refreshments. Call
Law And Society
Law's Disciplinary Encounters In
Historial Perspective. Chris Tomlins,
editor, Law and History Review, American Bar Foundation. Green College at
5pm. Call 822-1878.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Iron Deficiency In Infancy—An Enduring Problem. Dr. Ekhard E. Ziegler,
director, Fomon Infant Nutrition
Unit, u of Iowa, gf Strong Aud. at
8:30am. Call 875-3257.
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
dlk. Richard G. Mathias, professor,
program director, Community Medicine Residency; Jonathan Chiu. Math
er 253 from 9-ioam. Paid parking
available in Lot B. Call 822-2772.
Applied Ethics Colloquium
caf. Panel Discussion—Ethical And
Legal Issues In Tissue Banking. Various speakers. Lasserre 105 from
n:3oam-i:3opm. Call 822-8625.
School Of Music Concert
ubc Guitar Ensemble. Music Recital
Hall at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Leon And Thea Koerner Lecture
Vernacular Literature And Imperial
Ideology In Germany, 1150-1250. Prof.
Jeffrey Ashcroft, u of St. Andrews.
Buchanan A-100 from i2:30-i:3opm.
Call 822-5154; 822-6403.
Occupational And
Environmental Hygiene Seminar
Controlling Second-Hand Smoke In
The Capital Regional District—Lessons Learned. Dianne Stevenson,
public health educator, Capitol Health
Region, Tobacco Reduction Program.
ubc Hosp., Koerner G-279 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call Kathryn Lewis 822-9861;
Dr. Paul Demers at 822-0585.
Physiology Seminar
Effects Of Altered K+ Channel Expression On Heart Function. Peter
Back, u of Toronto. Copp 2002/2004
at 1:30pm. Call 822-9235.
Mathematics Colloquium
Recent Progress In One-Dimensional
And High-Dimensional Statistical
Mechanical Models. Remco van der
Hofstad, Delft u. Mathematics 100 at
3:30pm. Refreshments, Math Annex
1115 at 3:15pm. Call 822-2666.
Chalmers Institute Seminar
Jubilee: An Eco-Feminist Spirituality.
Denise Nadeau, San Francisco Theological Seminary, vst from 7-9:3opm.
Continues to Oct. 28 from 9am-
5:30pm. $96; $86 group; $48 senior. To
register e-mail ci@vst.edu; call
Chan Centre Concert
David Spencer Memorial Concerts.
ubc Opera Ensemble; Nancy Hermiston, director. Chan Centre at 8pm.
Continues to Oct. 28. Call 822-2697.
Thirtieth Medieval Workshop
The Idea OfThe Empire In The Middle Ages: History, Fiction And Representation—Charlemagne's Mistake.
Prof. Paul Dutton, sfu. Buchanan
Tower Penthouse at 9pm. Call
822-5154; 822-6403.
Chan Centre Concert
David Spencer Memorial Concerts.
ubc Opera Ensemble; Nancy Hermiston, director. Chan Centre at 8pm.
Call 822-2697.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
The Ingenuity Gap: How Can We
Solve The Problems OfThe Future?
Prof. Thomas Homer-Dixon, director,
Peace and Conflict Studies, u of Toronto, irc #2 at 8:15pm. Call 822-3131.
Pacific Spirit Concerts
Bach, Vivaldi, Lara. Horacio Franco,
recorder; Victor Flores, harpsichord.
Music Recital Hall at 2pm. $20 adult;
$10 student/senior at the door. Call
Chan Centre Concert
Music At The Chan. The Ahn Trio.
Chan Centre at 3pm. Call Ticketmaster 280-3311 or for more information
Green College
Performing Arts Group
Falconry Flying Demonstration. Terry
Spring; Christian Duhme. Green College at 3pm. Call 822-1878.
Institute For European Studies
Changing The Stakes: Pornography,
Privacy And The Perils Of Democracy.
Christie MacDonald, Harvard u.
Buchanan Tower Penthouse from
i2noon-2pm. Light lunch. Call
Astronomy Seminar
The Formation OfThe Outer Solar
System. Brett Gladman, Observatoire
de la Cote d'Azur. Hennings 318 at
4pm. Refreshments at 3:45pm. Call
Applied Ethics Colloquium
Cognitive-Evolutionary And Game-
Theoretic Foundations For The Behavioural Sciences Or Why
Economics Is Useful And Sociology
Isn't. Don Ross, Philosophy, u of Cape
Town. Angus 415 from 4-6pm. Call
Thematic Lecture Series
Social Effects Of Interaction With
The World Economy. Shen Guoming,
vice-president, Shanghai Academy of
Social Sciences. Green College at 5pm.
Call 822-1878.
Member Speaker Series
Pirates, Policemen And Other Patriots:
English National Identity And The
Comic Operas Of Gilbert And Sullivan.
Melanie Thompson, History. Green
College at 7:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Cecil And Ida Green
Visiting Professorships
The Culture Wars And American
Identity Since The Cold War. Prof.
Todd Gitlin, New York u. Buchanan a-
104 at 12:30pm. Call 822-5675.
Lectures In Modern Chemistry
The Discovery, Design And Application Of New Synthetic Organic Reactions And Strategies. Prof. Robert
Batey, u of Toronto. Chemistry B-250
at 1pm. Refreshments at 12:30pm. Call
Physiology Seminar
G Protein-Coupled Receptor Signaling Complexes: A Mechanism For
Specificity? Terence Hebert, Institut
de Cardiologie de Montreal. Copp
2002/2004 at 1:30pm. Call 822-9235.
Graduate And Faculty
Christian Forum
Understanding The Truth: Does It
Matter? Prof. Paul Chamberlain, Philosophy, Trinity Western u. Buchanan
b Penthouse at 4:15pm. Refreshments
at 4pm. Call 822-3219.
The ubc Reports Calendar lists university-related or university-sponsored events
on campus and off campus within the Lower Mainland. Calendar items must
be submitted on forms available from the ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251
Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Phone: UBC-info (822-4636).
Fax: 822-2684. An electronic form is available at www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca.
Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the Calendar's Notices section may
be limited due to space. Deadline for the Nov. 2 issue of use Reports—which
covers the period Nov. 5 to Nov. 18—is noon, Oct. 24. UBC     REPORTS     |     OCTOBER    19,    2000     |     5
Green College Speaker Series
Why Women Can't Be Archeologists:
Gender And Social Relations In China. Erika Evasdottir, Centre for Research in Women's Studies and
Gender Relations. Green College at
5pm. Reception from 6-6:3opm. Call
Institute For European Studies
Why Hollywood? Prof. Geoffrey
Nowell-Smith, Cinema Cultures, u of
Luton. Buchanan Tower Penthouse
from i2noon-2pm. Lunch. Call
Wednesday Noon Hours
Schumann: Piano Quintet, Op. 44.
ubc Music Faculty. Music Recital Hall
at 12:30pm. $4 at the door. Call
Centre For Women's Studies
Gender Awareness. Edith Guitilen,
Benguet State u. Women's Studies
lounge from i2:3o-i:3opm. Refreshments. Call 822-9173.
Obstetrics And Gynecology Seminar
A Role For Cadherin-11 In The Terminal Differentiation And Fusion Of
Human Mononucleate Trophoblastic
Cells. Spiro Getsios. b.c.'s Women's
Hosp. 2N35 at 2pm. Call 875-3108.
International Student
Services Workshop
Wellness Balance. International
House upper lounge from 3-4:3opm.
To register e-mail ihouse.
frontcounter@ubc.ca. Call 822-5021.
School Of Nursing Rounds
Expert Nurses' Decision-Making Regarding Intravenous Patient Controlled Analgesia. Barbara McLeod. ubc
Hosp., Koerner Pavillion T-206 from
3-4pm. Call 822-7453.
Applied Mathematics Colloquium
Algorithms And Software For Dynamic Optimization With Application To Chemical Vapour Deposition
Processes. Linda Petzold, Mechanical
and Environmental Engineering and
Computer Science, u of California.
Klinck 301 from 3:30-4:25pm. Refreshments at 3:15pm. Call 822-4584.
St. John's College Speaker Series
Women In Science And Technology
Lecture. Penny Ballem, Medicine. St.
John's College 1080 at 5pm. Call
Individual Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduate Program
Interdisciplinarity, Then And Now:
The Case Of Eighteenth-Century
Studies. Alison Conway, English, u of
Western Ontario. Green College at
5pm. Call 822-1878.
Violence And
Health 2000 Conference
Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, Relationship Violence—Medical Assessment And Intervention. Parkhill
Hotel, 1160 Davie Street at 8am. Continues to Nov. 4. To register call
Institute Of Asian Research Seminar
Xujilin And The Sinification Of Liberalism: Popular Historical Essays In
1990s China. Prof. Timothy Cheek,
History, Colorado College, ck Choi 120
from i2noon-i:3opm. Call 822-4688.
India/South Asia Research Seminar
Sri Lanka's Ethnic Conflict In The
Context Of Global Change. Prof. Sisira
Pinnawala, head, Sociology, u of Per-
adeniya. ck Choi 129 from i2:3o-2pm.
Call 822-4688.
Cecil And Ida Green
Visiting Professorships
The Unification OfThe World Under
The Sign Of Mickey Mouse And Bruce
Willis: Why American Popular Culture Sweeps The World. Prof. Todd
Gitlin, Culture and Communication,
New York u. anso 207-209 at
12:30pm. Call 822-5675.
Teaching And
Academic Growth Seminar
Teaching Large Classes. Bruce Tiberi-
is, Biochemistry. Angus 104 from 1:30-
3:30pm. To register www.cstudies.
ubc.ca/facdev/ or call 822-9149.
Conservation Biology Seminar
Marbled Murrelet Nesting Ecology In
b.c Fred Cooke, sfu. ForSciences 1221
from 2:30-3:30pm. Call 822-9695.
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
Amidst Innovative Science Teaching,
How Do We Assess Student Learning? Elana Brief. Hennings 201 at
4pm. Refreshments, Hennings 325 at
3:45pm. Call 822-3853.
Policy Issues In
Post-Secondary Education
Report On The oecd International
Adult Literacy Project. Kjell Ruben-
son, co-director, Centre for Policy
Studies in Higher Education and
Training. Green College at 4:30pm.
Call 822-1878.
Women's Studies
Asian Connections Conference
Asian Centre at 6:30pm. Continues to
Nov. 5. To register Web site:
www.wmst.ubc.ca. Call 822-9173.
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
The vandu Health Network Injecting
Drug User, Peer-Owned And Operated Intervention In The Downtown
Eastside. Gordon Roe, Sociology-
Anthropology, sfu. Mather 253 from
9-ioam. Paid parking available in b
Lot. Call 822-2772.
Peter Wall Institute
Exploratory Workshop
Threats To Democracy In Latin
America. Various speakers. University
Centre 307 from gam-spm. Continues
to Nov. 4. Call 822-6606.
Occupational And
Environmental Hygiene Seminar
New Developments And Resources
Available From The ccohs. Anne
Gravereaux, manager, Health and
Safety Products and Services, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health
and Safety, ubc Hosp., Koerner G-279
from i2:30-i:3opm. Call Kathryn
Lewis 822-9861; Dr. Paul Demers at
Friday Noon Hours At Main
Songs Of Remembrance: Works Of
War-Time Composers And Poets.
Various performers. Main Library 502
at 12:30pm. Call 822-0182; 822-5574.
Chemical And
Biological Engineering Seminar
Analysis Of Pond Seepage For Low
Summer Stream Flow Augmentation.
Melody Farnworth, Bio-Resource Engineering. ChemEng 206 at 3:30pm.
Call 822-3238.
Chalmers Institute Seminar
Introduction To Centering Prayer.
Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault. vst from 7-
9:30pm. Continues to Nov. 4 from
9:3oam-4pm. $96; $86 group; $48 senior. To register e-mail ci@vst.edu; call
Chan Centre Concert
University Singers. Chan Centre at
8pm. Call 822-5574; 822-2697.
Chan Centre Concert
University Singers. Chan Centre at
8pm. Call 822-5574; 822-2697.
ubc's Nitobe Garden is fourth among the top 10 Japanese gardens outside of Japan
according to the Journal of Japanese Gardening. More than 30,000 people visit the
garden every year which is located near Lower Mall and Memorial Road. The garden
is now open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and admission is free. Dianne Longson photo
Vancouver Institute Lecture
The Overloaded Self In A Jump-Cut
Culture. Prof. Todd Gitlin, Culture
and Communication, New York u. irc
#2 at 8:15pm. Call 822-3131.
Call For Evening Volunteers
Crane Production Unit (a division of
the ubc Disability Resource Centre)
needs volunteers to narrate textbooks
onto tape. We are looking primarily
for those who can read between 4:30-
8:30pm for a two-hour session once a
week An audition will be required.
For more information, call Patrice
Leslie Monday-Thursday from 4:40-
8:30pm at 822-6114.
Volunteers Wanted
Habitat For Humanity ubc is looking
for volunteers! Come help out on the
construction site and build homes for
low-income families. No skills required. For more information and to
register for an orientation, e-mail:
h4h@email.c0m or call 827-0316.
Religion And Spirituality Drop-Ins
Every Wednesday you can join the
chaplains in a relaxed environment to
explore a variety of topics related to
religion and spirituality. Drop in or
contact International House for more
information e-mail: ihouse.
frontcounter@ubc.ca or call 822-5021.
Lunch Hour Drop-Ins
Every Thursday you can join fellow
international students in a relaxed,
social environment to explore a variety of topics designed to help you succeed at ubc Topics include health,
safety, arts and literature, and music
throughout the world. Drop in or contact International House for more
information e-mail ihouse.
frontcounter@ubc.ca or call 822-5021.
Volunteer Opportunity:
Leaders Wanted
Living A Healthy Life With Chronic
Conditions—a Vancouver/Richmond
Health Board-sponsored program for
people with chronic health conditions. We are looking for leaders to
offer the program out in the community. Free training includes information about the program, leader skills,
and helping people cope with these
serious conditions so that they can
get the most out of life. Come out and
learn how you can do something positive about the way that chronic conditions affect people. Bring a friend and
meet others who are concerned about
getting the most out of life. November
2000. To register or for more information call Barbara Henn-Pander
UBC Zen Society
Zazen (sitting meditation) each Tuesday from i:3o-2:3opm while classes
are in session. Asian Centre Tea Gallery. All are welcome. Call 822-2573.
The British Columbia Service For
Medication Information Learning
And Education In bc (bc smile) is a
medication information program for
the public. It is located at the Faculty
of Pharmaceutical Sciences at ubc,
and is staffed by licensed pharmacists
to educate the public of all ages about
the safe and effective use of medications, smile pharmacists also provide
public presentations on a variety of
medication-related topics. All presentations contain valuable practical,
unbiased, and up-to-date research
information. Call (800) 668-6233;
Get Paid To Speak Your Mind
cupe 2950 is seeking ubc employees
to participate in a two-hour focus
group. You must be willing to speak
your mind openly. Confidentiality
ensured. An honorarium will be paid.
If you are interested, please call
822-1494 or fax 822-1481.
Participants Needed
Problems with remembering, smelling? Men and women 45-plus years
old are required for a ubc study on
age-related hormone changes and
their impact on sensory and cognitive
abilities. Earn $50. Call Kevin
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Psychologists conducting research at
the Traumatic Stress Clinic in the
Psychiatry Dept. are offering free
treatment by telephone to people
suffering from Obsessive Compulsive
Disorder (ocd). ocd is a disorder involving recurrent obsessions or compulsions that cause the individual
significant distress. Call Angela Yeh,
Traumatic Stress Clinic, at 822-8040.
UBC Birdwalks
Anyone who is interested can meet at
the flagpole above the Rose Garden
on Thursdays at 12:45pm. Look for a
small group of people who are carrying binoculars and bird books, etc.
(and bring your own, if you have
them). Call 822-9149.
Sage Bistro
To the faculty, students, administration and admirers ofthe University of
British Columbia we present Sage Bistro at the University Centre. Sage is
open Monday through Friday from
nam-2pm. Our luncheon menu changes weekly and features a wide selection
of wines by the quarter litre and glass.
For reservations call 822-1500.
Premenstrual Asthma Study
UBC/St. Paul's Hospital researchers
are seeking females with asthma and
regular menstrual cycles for a study of
estrogen's effects on asthma symptoms and lung function. Must be 18-
50 years of age and not taking birth
control pills. Honorarium and free
peak flow meter provided. If interested, please call 875-2886.
Parkinson's Research
A research team from ubc is asking for
the assistance of people with Parkinson's to participate in research. This
research is aimed at understanding
how Parkinson's may affect complex
activities such as managing multiple
tasks. The general goal of this work is
to develop effective methods of coping
with Parkinson's. If you are a healthy
person ofthe age 50 years or older, we
are also in need of several people to
participate in this study as part of a
non-Parkinson's comparison group. To
participate or for more information,
please contact Todd Woodward, Psychology, at 822-3227.
Traumatic Stress Clinic
Psychologists conducting research at
the Traumatic Stress Clinic at ubc
Psychiatry are offering free treatment
to people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (ptsd). ptsd is
caused by events such as physical or
sexual assault, and motor vehicle accidents. Call the Traumatic Stress
Clinic at 822-8040. 6     |     UBC    REPORTS     |     OCTOBER    19,    2000
Organizers hope
women get into it
A free one-day session on how to
boost women's participation rates
in information technology will be
held at Simon Fraser University's
Harbour Centre Oct. 21.
Entitled "Getting it" the meeting will share ideas and generate
awareness among students, parents, teachers, industry and government on the importance of
computers in all career fields for
The session will address how to
land a first job in science and it;
explore creating diverse computer
science curriculum in high schools
and universities; and provide
hands-on demonstrations.
Female university and high
school students account for less
than 20 per cent of those taking
computer science courses.
The session is organized by Supporting Women in Information
Technology (swift) in partnership
with ubc, sfu, Science Dean Maria
Klawe, who is the Natural Sciences
and Engineering Research Council-
iBMChair for Women in Science
and Engineering for B.C. and
Yukon, the New Media Innovation
Centre, Wired Women, and the
Canadian Coalition of Women in
Engineering, Science and Technology-
For registration information
visit http://taz.cs.ubc.ca/swift/
Focus on globalization's
effect on women
ubc's Centre for Research in Women's Studies and Gender Relations
is hosting a major conference.
Women's Studies: Asian Connections—which is co-sponsored
by ubc's Institute for Asian Research and ubc and sfu 's Women's .Studies Departments—will
take place Nov. 2 through Nov. 5 at
"Most of the discussion on the
impact of globalization has focused on economic concerns and
development issues, despite the
fact that considerable research has
been done on the impact on women," says Valerie Raoul, director of
the Centre for Research in Women's Studies and Gender Relations
and professor of French, Hispanic
and Italian Studies.
Representatives of non-government organizations and community groups will join academics at
the conference. Sessions on di-
asporic women will be included.
Fees vary, but the conference is
free for ubc and sfu students.
For program and registration information visit the Web site
www.wmst.ubc.ca or call (604)
Celebrate alumni and
athletic achievements
The outstanding accomplishments of graduates, students, faculty, community leaders and athletes will be recognized at the sixth
annual Alumni Recognition and
Sports Hall of Fame Dinner on
Nov. 2.
Among those to be honoured
are the 12 recipients ofthe Alumni
Awards announced earlier this
year: Geordie Aitken, Pathology
and Chemistry Prof. Donald
Brooks, May Brown, Nicola Cavendish, former Board of Governors
chair Harold Kalke, Lyall Knott,
Medicine Prof. Donald McKenzie,
George Puil, Paul Rosenau, Jesse
Sims, David Suzuki, Bruce
New members to be inducted
into ubc's Sports Hall of Fame include: Barbara (Bim) Schrodt, director of women's athletics at ubc
during the 1950s; former football
and rugby player Donn Spence;
basketball, volleyball and track
star Marilyn Peterson Kinghorn;
basketball, football, hockey and
soccer star Reg Clarkson; and the
1948-50 ice hockey team.
The celebration at the Westin
Bayshore starts at 5:30 p.m. with
dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125
per person.Tables of 8 are $1,000.
Net proceeds go to support ubc
Alumni and Athletic scholarships,
bursaries and development.
Call (604) 822-3313 or (800) 883-
3088, or e-mail aluminfo@ubc.ca
for more information.
Putting the e'in library
As information technology radically changes the way knowledge is
created, communicated and preserved, librarians, students, researchers, teachers and the public
are gathering at ubc to discuss the
issues and implications for the
The second eLibrary symposium, eLibrary@ubc2, takes place
Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in
Main Library's Dodson Room.
"We have had a very enthusiastic response from the widest possible range of experts at ubc, from
graduate students to Barry McBride, vice-president, Academic
and Provost, ubc Press, University-
Industry Liaison and representatives from many departments,"
says Catherine Quinlan, university
Also taking part are Michael
Rosenzweig, publisher and editor-
in-chief, Evolutionary Ecology Research and professor, University of
Arizona, and sfu School of Communications Prof. Donald Guts-
tein, author ofE.con: How the Internet Undermines Democracy."
As well a Distinguished Scholar-
in-Residence workshop, Knowledge Futures: Alternative Models
for Scholarly Publishing, will be
held at the Peter Wall Institute for
Advanced Studies from 5 p.m. to 8
There is no charge, however
space is limited.
For program information and to
register visit the Web site
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HOUSE A perfect spot to reserve
accommodation for guest lecturers or other university members
who visit throughout the year.
Close to ubc and other Vancouver
attractions, a tasteful representation of our city and of ubc. 4103 W.
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Call or fax 222-4104.
Elegant accommodation in Point
Grey area. Minutes to ubc. On
main bus routes. Close to shops
and restaurants. Includes tv, tea
and coffee making, private
phone/fridge. Weekly rates avail.
Call 222-3461. Fax: 222-9279.
HOUSE Five suites avail, for
academic visitors to ubc only.
Guests dine with residents and
enjoy college life. Daily rate $58
plus $i4/day for meals Sun-Thurs.
Call 822-8660 for more information and availability.
Spacious one br guest suites with
equipped kitchen, TV and telephone. Centrally located near
sub, Aquatic Centre and transit.
Ideal for visiting lecturers, colleagues and families. 2000 rates
$8i-$i24 per night. Call 822-1000.
2855 W. 6th Ave. Heritage house,
antiques, wood floors, original
stained glass. 10 min. to ubc and
downtown. Two blocks from restaurants, buses. Scrumptious full
breakfasts. Entertaining cats.
Views. Phones in rooms. E-mail:
farthing@uniserve.com or call
Walk to ubc along the ocean. Quiet
exclusive neighborhood. Near buses
and restaurants. Comfortable
rooms with tv and private bath. Full
breakfast. Reasonable rates. Non-
smokers only please. Call 341-4975.
ROOMS Private rooms, located on
campus, avail, for visitors attending
ubc on academic business. Private
bath, double beds, telephone, tv,
fridge, and meals five days per week.
Competitive rates. Call for information and availability 822-8788.
PETER WALL INSTITUTE University Centre. Residence offering
superior hotel or kitchenette style
rooms and suites. All rooms have
private bath, queen bed, voice mail,
cable tv and Internet-linked PC
Beautiful view of sea and mountains.
For rates and reservations call
THEOLOGY Affordable accommodation or meeting space near the
Chan Centre and moa. Seventeen
modestly furnished rooms with hall
bath are avail. Daily rates starting at
$36. Meals or meal plans are avail, in
the school cafeteria. For more information call 822-9031; 822-9490.
CAMILLA HOUSE in Kitsilano
area, furnished suites or rooms avail.
Kitchen and laundry facilities. Close
to main bus routes, shopping and
dining. Weekly and monthly rates
avail. Call 737-2687.
Newly opened
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Medicine, dentistry, biosciences, aquaculture
Deadline: for the Nov. 2 issue: 12 noon, Oct. 24.
Enquiries: ubc-info (822-4636) • Rate: $16.50 for 35 words or less.
Additional words: 50 cents each. Rate includes cst.
Submission guidelines: Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to: ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park
Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Ads must be accompanied by payment
in cash, cheque (made out to ubc Reports) or journal voucher.
ONE (OR TWO) br garden level
suite, large kitchen, gas f/p, high
ceilings, separate entry. Shared laundry. Excellent neighborhood, Dunbar
area. $950/010. all inc. (except cable,
phone). Some furniture and kitchen
appliances possible. Avail, immediately, n/p, n/s, quiet, mature
tenant(s) preferred. E-mail: kzaenker
@interchg.ubc.ca. Call 224-1942.
three br furnished heritage house in
the village of Kaslo situated on
Kootenay Lake in southeastern bc
n/p, n/s. $i20o/mo. For further info,
e-mail: dagmars@intergate.ca or call
after 6pm 731-5753.
CONDITION garden suite near
ubc n/s, n/p. Call 734-3513.
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sabbatical? Gentleman, solo, n/s
avail, for fee-less house/suite sitting
autumn 2000 throughout 2001. Ref.
Please contact Real Saint Laurent,
Box 3792, Vancouver, bc, V6B 3Z1 or
call 682-3269 ext. 9066.
RESPONSIBLE N/S PROFESSIONAL woman (with a school-age
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your plants and pets. West side only.
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Proteau, bcomm. cfp, rfp. E-mail:
dproteau@hlp.fpc.ca or call
Afternoon preschool for ages three
and four years old. Monday to
Thursday from i-33opm. Cost: $230/
mo. Call UBC Child Care Services
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Changes in environment
may prevent asthma: study
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viroui)   ;::   r
Disease is most common
chronic respiratory disease
among children in Canada
by Hilary Thomson staff writer
breast-feeding, controlling dust
mites and eliminating second-hand
smoke are some of the interventions that may prevent asthma in
infants, according to Prof. Moira
Chan-Yeung. Yeung is principal investigator in a study recently published with ubc researchers Helen
Ward and Alexander Ferguson and
two University of Manitoba professors.
"The results of the study are
very encouraging because they
suggest that asthma can be prevented, not just managed," says
Chan-Yeung, a professor of Respiratory Medicine who specializes in
The research team studied 545
high-risk infants—babies closely
related to individuals with asthma
or similar allergic disease—from
birth to age one.
Conducted in Vancouver and
Winnipeg, the study is the first in
Canada to evaluate the effectiveness of a multi-faceted intervention program in the primary
prevention of asthma in this
Researchers found that in families who made a number of changes
in their environment, 38 infants
had possible or probable asthma
compared to 49 babies in the control group.
"The prevalence of asthma has
increased in developed countries
in the last 20 years, but methods to
prevent asthma have not been well
studied," says Chan-Yeung.
She and ubc colleagues Ward,
an associate professor of Respiratory Medicine and Ferguson, a professor of Pediatrics and head ofthe
Allergy division, assessed participants' homes for a variety of asthma triggers.
Water damage, leaks and
dampness, type of heating and air-
conditioning, number and types of
pets and number of tobacco smokers were all evaluated.
Intervention measures included
encasing mattresses and box
springs in the parents' and infants'
bedrooms in vapour-impermeable
covers. Parents were also instructed to wash all bedding in hot water weekly.
Keeping pets outdoors and not
taking the baby to smoky environments were also recommended.
In addition, mothers were encouraged to breast-feed for at least
four months. During the last trimester of pregnancy and while
nursing, they followed a diet that
excluded peanuts and other nuts,
fish and other seafood. The same
foods and cows' milk were eliminated from the infant's diet for the
first year.
In the study, symptoms of possible asthma included at least two
distinct episodes of cough each
lasting for two or more weeks or at
least two distinct episodes of
wheeze each lasting one or more
Probable asthma symptoms included these symptoms plus at
least one of: nocturnal cough at
least once a week in the absence of
a cold; exercise-induced cough or
wheeze; and response to treatment
with anti-inflammatory drugs.
Next steps for the research
group include a follow-up study of
this group at seven years of age to
determine if the beneficial effects
of the intervention measures are
still present.
Asthma is the most common
chronic respiratory disease of
childhood. It affects about seven
to io per cent of children and accounts for one-quarter of school
absenteeism in Canada according
to the Canadian Lung Association.
Approximately 20 children and
500 adults die from asthma each
year in Canada.
The Respiratory Health Network of Centres of Excellence was
a major suppporter ofthe study.
Pedal-powered helicopter
readies for maiden flight
Volunteer team tackles challenge of getting off the ground
mike georgallis'passion is helicopters—human-powered helicopters to be precise.
Since 1998, the 37-year-old ubc
Mechanical Engineering graduate
research assistant has devoted
much of his free time to designing
and building a helicopter that can
achieve flight through humanpow-
er alone.
Dubbed "The Thunderbird
Project," the craft should be ready
to challenge for the Igor I. Sikorsky
Human-Powered Helicopter Competition next summer if Georgallis
and members ofthe ubc Human-
Powered Helicopter group (ubc-
hph) have their way.
The international competition
offers a $20,000 us prize for the
team that can design, build and fly
a human-powered rotary aircraft
that can achieve a momentary
height of three metres during a
one-minute hover. Why?
"Mostly for the love of flight but I
was also intrigued to be able to do
this at a university setting," says
Georgallis, who did stints at both
Bell Helicopters and Pratt and
Whitney in Montreal before coming to ubc to work on his doctorate.
Since ubc-hph was established
two years ago, nearly 100 ubc students have worked on the project.
Currently about 25 students are actively working on the helicopter—a
32-metre diameter, 40-kilogram
machine with twin rotor wings.
"The students have received
some good real-life experience in
aerodynamics," he says. "When
they go into a job interview and
talk about a wing, they can say
they have actually worked on one."
Although human-powered, fixed-
wing aircrafts have been successfully designed and flown, similar attempts for rotary-driven aircrafts
have largely resulted in failures.
In fact, there have been 18 machines built since the competition
began in 1980 with only two successful flights. The world record is
a 19-second, six-inch hover by a
Japanese team at Nihon University
in March 1994.
"It's not a surprise that to date
Potential helicopter pilots try out
no one has been able to do it," says
One ofthe main barriers to a human-powered helicopter is the
difficulty of building a machine
light enough so that the power typically generated by a human pedaling—half-a-horsepower—can create the lift required.
The team is searching for potential pilots.
Funding and support for the
project comes from a variety of
sources, including the Alma Mater
Society's Innovative Projects Fund
and the Alumni Association's Walter H. Gage Memorial Fund. Boeing provided materials.
For more information about
ubc-hph or to try out as a pilot,
contact galli@mech.ubc.ca.
The couse will deal with the
basics of setting up
presentations for slides and
posters, graphic design to
increase the readability and
aesthetics of your
presentation and dealing with
graphic images.
Powerpoint Course
Dates October 20,2000 or
November 3, 2000
Time 9:00-12:00 am
Where        Room B8, Basement
Woodward IRC Building
Cost $50.00
Register      slides@interchange.ubc.ca
or 822-5769
REBEL      WITH      A      CAUSE
A retired tree surgeon spends time crafting wooden
toys. Every Tuesday and Wednesday he vistts a local children's
hospital and hands them out to sick kids.
This event is part of a movement that's helping change
the world. One simple act at a time.
The Use of Freedom
Essay Contest 2000/2001
Prize: $1000
Subject: "The Creative and
Responsible Use of Freedom"
Choose your own focus, e.g. Literature, Art, Capitalism,
Philosophy, the Environment, Interpersonal Relations,
Economics, History, etc.
Eligibility: Open to third- and fourth-year undergraduate
students of ubc and affiliated theological colleges.
Deadline for entries: Friday, June 1, 2001
Prize awarded: Friday, Sept. 28, 2001
Application forms may be picked up Monday to Friday, 10
a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Mark's College, 5935 Iona Drive, at the extreme northeast corner ofthe campus. 8  |  UBC  REPORTS  |  OCTOBER 19, 2000
Arriving minds
Six new faculty members choose ubc
for both its intellectual and natural
Asst. Prof. Adlai Fisher
Assoc. Prof. Izabella Laba
Asst. Prof. Joseph Lucyshyn
Asst. Prof. Christopher Peck
ubc's reputation as a world-
class teaching and research university coupled with Vancouver's
breathtaking vistas continues to
attract academic talent from
around the world.
Seventy new faculty members
have joined ubc since the start of
the year, boosting the number of
full-time faculty members to 1,822.
The following are six ofthe new researchers and teachers on campus.
Another six will be profiled in the
Nov. 2 issue of ubc Reports.
Adlai Fisher
assistant professor, Finance,
Faculty of Commerce and Business
background: PhD, Economics,
courses taught: Financial
Management—short-term financial planning, valuation, and mergers and acquisitions
teaching objective: A significant part of my course focuses on
broadening the set of financial
tools available to our students, but
the larger goal is to help the class
learn to apply techniques they already know in new situations. This
Asst. Prof. SuneraThobani
will be important as they adapt to
business decision-making in a
changing environment.
research objective: Right
now I am working on developing
new techniques for forecasting
volatility and modelling extreme
fluctuations in financial markets.
why attracted to ubc: The
Finance division has a very strong
research record, as well as a reputation for collegiality and supporting junior faculty. My wife and I
were also impressed with the campus and the lifestyle in Vancouver.
Izabella Laba
associate professor, Mathematics Dept, Faculty of Science
background: PhD, Mathematics, University of Toronto
courses taught: Real Analysis
and Measure Theory and Integration, a basic graduate course in
measure and integration theory
teaching objective: I just
give my students an opportunity
to learn some mathematics: the
concepts, the problem-solving
skills, the study techniques. It's up
to them to choose what else they
will learn in the process.
Asst. Prof. Cheryl Wellington
research objective: I am
currently working on several problems which are mostly combinatorial, geometrical, or algebraic in
nature, but which are also connected to many deep open questions in harmonic analysis.
why attracted to ubc: It's a
wonderful place to live and to work.
Joseph Lucyshyn
assistant professor, Educational and Counselling Psychology
and Special Education Dept., Faculty of Education
background: PhD, University
of Oregon
courses taught: Graduate
seminar in behavioural disorders;
Functional Assessment and Positive Behaviour Support.
teaching objective: I would
most like students to gain a thorough and deep contextual understanding about why children develop problem behaviours. Based on
this understanding, I would like
students to know how to work with
parents and educators to build positive, effective, and do-able plans of
support that lead to meaningful
and long-lasting change for all concerned.
research objective: My research is with families of young
children with developmental disabilities (e.g., autism, mental retardation) and problem behaviour. I
am completing an assessment
study aimed at understanding how
problem behaviours develop in the
midst of typical and valued routines of everyday family life.
and the Faculty of Education share
my strong interest in creating an
academic career that brings together teaching, research, and practice.
Christopher Peck
assistant professor, Oral Biological and Medical Sciences
Dept., Faculty of Dentistry
background: PhD, Oral Biology, ubc
courses taught: Orofacial
Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders; Occlusion
teaching objective: To help
students understand the relationship between dental and non-dental structures in the head and neck
research objective: To better understand the relationship
between human jaw structure and
function using dynamic 3-D computer modelling. This information
will provide insight into the mechanisms underlying jaw joint and
muscle disorders.
why attracted to ubc: The
opportunity to work collaboratively with renowned researchers
and clinicians
Sunera Thobani
assistant professor, Centre for
Research in Women's Studies and
Gender Relations and Women's
Studies Undergraduate Program
background: PhD, Sociology,
Simon Fraser University
courses taught: Race, Class
and Gender Relations; Bordering
Women (nation-building, migra
tion, and citizenship); Violence
against Women; Women and Colonization
teaching objective: To work
with students to develop strong
critical, thinking skills and to
study our society within the larger
global context
research objective: To study
the impact of globalization on the
social relations of race, class and
why attracted to ubc: The
Centre for Research in Women's
Studies and Gender Relations has
a commitment to teaching women's studies within the larger global
context and is actively developing
links in other parts of the world.
The potential for developing a genuinely global focus foregrounds
the interconnections in women's
lived experiences and offers exciting possibilities.
Cheryl Wellington
assistant professor, Pathology
and Laboratory Medicine Dept.,
Faculty of Medicine
background: PhD, Microbiology, UBC
courses taught: Tutor for
first- and second-year medical and
dental students
teaching objective: To instil
a lifelong curiosity about the
complexities and wonders of biological systems and to develop
the intellectual skills to explore
questions of interest through research
research objective: My research is focused on disease-causing genetic mutations with an emphasis on pathways leading to cell
death in a variety of diseases.
why attracted to ubc: ubc
is committed to excellence and
Canada is home. I join the faculty
of ubc at a very exciting time filled
with opportunity to make significant contributions to health research and to the education ofthe
next generation of leaders.


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