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2 UBC in the News
3 UBC in Asia-Pacific
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Honorary Degrees 9 University Town Initiatives
New Centre will be a
Hub for Vancouver
Sustainability Initiatives
UBC's first building at the new
Great Northern Way Campus
(GNWC) is not only good for
the environment, it also makes
excellent financial sense and
offers opportunities for community service learning and
increased export potential.
The Centre for Interactive
Research on Sustainability
(CIRS), to begin construction
in spring 2006, is designed to
serve as a living laboratory
where sustainability
researchers, businesses and policy makers will practice — and
reap the benefits of — what
they preach.
Designed with 3D virtual
technology, which has already
eliminated the need for an
enormous amount of paper,
CIRS will be built with sustainable materials and incorporate
some of the most innovative
sustainability technology.
Features such as eventual net
annual power generation —
where a building generates
more power than it uses — 100
per cent day-lighting, and
oxygenated environments make
it environmentally friendly,
economical and a healthy place
to work.
Meanwhile, the building's
price tag, at $23.5 million, is
comparable to conventional
campus buildings of the same
scale. Funding comes from the
Canada Foundation for
Innovation, private sources, and
is expected from the BC
Knowledge Development Fund.
"Sustainable infrastructure
doesn't have to cost an arm and
a leg," says John Robinson, a
professor in UBC's Sustainable
Development Research Institute
and CIRS project leader. "Nor
does it mean sacrificing the
level of comfort we have
become accustomed to."
"While certain sustainable
features may cost more to
construct — solar hot water
tubes and natural ventilation
systems, for example — other
equally costly equipment, such
as central air-conditioning and
heating systems are not
required. As a result, tenants
are spared significant long-term
energy costs," says Robinson.
As a showcase of its own
innovative features, such as
remote-source lighting that uses
prism light guide technology
invented by UBC physicist and
VP Academic Lome Whitehead,
CIRS could also help catapult
B.C. to be the leader of
continued on page 4
UBC Prof. Rob VanWynsberghe
will co-instruct the first course at
the Great Northern Way campus.
Need ajoint Repair?
Stick a Sponge in it.
Tiny, full of holes, yet effective —
drug-filled implantable sponges
may be a new way to promote
bone growth in orthopedic
surgeries, say a pair of UBC
Helen Burt, of the Faculty
of Pharmaceutical Sciences,
and Tim Durance, of the
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences,
have teamed up to create a
biodegradable sponge that can
be filled with microspheres full
of growth factors (proteins),
antibiotics and stem cells for
use in joint repairs.
The research is part of a
five-year project, funded by
$1.5 million from the Canadian
Institutes for Health Research,
that sees a team of UBC
scientists working together to
create a new fixative material.
Small chips or beads of
sponge could be inserted into
spaces at the site of bone
defects and repairs, or at hip
replacement surgical sites. The
sponge would release its contents at a controlled rate to
stimulate cells to produce bone
material. This bony matrix
would help the prosthetic joint
to fuse into surrounding bone
and tissue.
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expected to be filled by an internal candidate and is available
July 1st, 2005.
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vitae and names of three references, should be
directed by April 20, 2005 to:
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Associates has come up with a
prototype software that can
stitch together a few seconds of
video from a hand-held stereo
camera into a detailed 3-D
model of a room, a tool that
could greatly help crime scene
Such technology is enabling
new applications that were
impossible just a few years ago,
UBC computer scientist David
Lowe told the New York Times.
Lowe developed an algorithm
called Scale Invariant Feature
Transform, which has been
licensed by MD&A.
"Images are becoming so
common with digital cameras,
cellphone cameras and medical
scanners," he said. "We just
need ways for computers to
automatically interpret all that
Hush Little Baby Don't
You Cry
UBC pediatrician Ronald G.
Barr, a leading authority on
colic, says most colicky babies
are not in pain. About 60 per
cent of crying is due to fussi-
ness, 30 per cent is related to
genuine upset and 10 per cent is
emblematic of true colic, which
means that it is unsoothable, he
told the New York Times.
Babies typically begin crying
at two weeks of age. Colicky
crying peaks at six weeks and
ends by three to four months.
It is not related to weak
parental skills, being a single
parent, postpartum depression
or anything done by adults.
Studies of infants around the
world show that unsoothable
UBC pediatrician Ron Barr says 60 per cent of baby crying is due to fussiness.
colic is a natural phase of early
infant development, Barr said.
Caring for Brittle Bones
A team of UBC researchers led
by family practice professor
Karim Khan has found that seniors need to be proactive in educating themselves — and seeking treatment — about osteoporosis.
The study found that doctors
don't necessarily have time to
counsel patients about
osteoporosis treatment.
"It's unrealistic, even with all
our technology, to expect
physicians to be able to do it all
in 15 minutes, an appointment
time that probably hasn't
changed since the 1940s,"
Khan told Macleans Magazine.
"We have to educate patients
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their own health care and to turn
up at the doctor's being more
proactive. Osteoporosis is not
painful and doesn't drive people
to the doctor, so prevention is
The Statin Dilemma
Two UBC experts offer insight
on statins, drugs widely used
to treat patients with high
Cardiologist and former
medical school dean John
Mancini calls statins a revolution
in the treatment of heart disease
and stroke. "Suggesting people
only receive statins if they have a
heart attack or stroke works if
you survive the first one," he
told The Globe and Mail, "but
one half of those who have a
first heart attack do not survive."
Meanwhile, clinical pharmacologist and head of UBC's
Therapeutics Initiative Jim
Wright argues that there is
"almost no preventative benefit"
from taking statins — even
among those who are at high risk
of heart disease or stroke.
He estimates that 80 per cent
of statin prescriptions are "for
people who have never had an
episode. There isn't sufficient
evidence to justify the use for
those people." □
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UBC Opens
UBC's latest international foray
will capitalize on the university's
substantial strengths in the Asia-
Pacific region for stronger partnerships and more opportunities
for students, faculty and alumni
to thrive in today's competitive
The Asia-Pacific Regional
Office (APRO), set to open on
May 3, 2005 in Hong Kong,
marks the first time a Canadian
university has established a permanent presence of this magnitude in the region. It will address
UBC's various needs in the
region, including student services
and recruitment, development
and alumni relations.
"APRO is a testament to
UBC's appreciation ofthe
extraordinary growth and resolve
in working with the region's private, public and academic sectors, " says Ken McGillivray,
Director of the Office of UBC
International and Acting
Associate Vice President,
"It is also closely aligned with
the internationalization pillar of
Trek 2010, the university's mission statement. It's so critical
because it ties into the pre-eminent concept of promoting global
"UBC is Canada's leading university in Asian Pacific issues,"
says McGillivray, who will host
President Martha Piper, Vice
President, Students, Brian
Sullivan, several deans, selected
faculty and alumni from the
entire region at the official
" By establishing a permanent
presence in the region, we're
extending our academic and
research expertise and strong
alumni links to support UBC's
various efforts in the area, as well
as creating new opportunities
that will help our students
become global citizens."
In addition to establishing the
Asia-Pacific Alumni Network,
collaborating with regional universities through linkages such as
Universitas 21 and the
Association of Pacific Rim
Universities, the APRO will also
continue to work with local and
regional organizations, businesses, non-governmental organizations and governmental agencies
to identify opportunities for experiential and service learning for
UBC students in the Asia Pacific.
"The aim is for even more
UBC students to incorporate the
international experience, through
service learning, co-op placement
or mobility exchange programs,
into their post-secondary experience, " says McGillivray.
While a small existing office —
established in 1999 and one of
the most active UBC alumni
chapters around the world — has
served as an excellent portal to
UBC's activities in the region, a
larger permanent presence is
important given the cultural context of the region which places so
much emphasis on relationship
building, McGillivray adds.
"The 'drop-in' approach of
sending delegations there a few
times a year is not the way to do
business in the region," says
McGillivray. "Part ofthe
strength — and more importantly, the expectation — of the
region, is the development of
relationships, particularly personal relationships. It really places
the UBC stamp in the hearts and
mind of our clients." □
Trek 2010: The Global Vision
On March io, UBC President
Martha Piper inaugurated the
Trek 2010 vision in a campus
dialogue at the Chan Centre for
the Performing Arts. The dialogue included discussion about
three important themes presented by UBC scholars including
global citizenship (presented by
Prof. Peter Boothroyd, School
of Community and Regional
Planning); civil society (Margo
Fryer, Director, The UBC
Learning Exchange), and
Sustainability (John Robinson,
Director, UBC Sustainable
Research Institute).
Piper put forward the following challenge:
".. .Let there be no doubt:
This new vision presents us
with a challenge. For underlying
all of the Trek themes is the
recognition that universities
have an increasingly important
role to play in society, not only
as educators of our future leaders, but also as active participants in the search for solutions
to the political, economic, and
environmental problems of our
... Trek 2010 will only be a
reality if each of us chooses to
act, everyday — fulfilling our
responsibilities as global citizens
and promoting the values of a
civil and sustainable society.
Whether it is cleaning our
buildings, processing our
research applications, developing our information systems,
serving our alumni, teaching
our students, or conducting
ground-breaking research,
we all have a role to play." □
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Sustainability Centre a Living Lab
continued from page 1
The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability will be a living laboratory for leading-edge sustainability technology.
sustainable building technology.
CIRS is no ivory tower, either.
Partnerships are being struck
with private, public and nongovernmental organization sectors, including the City of
Vancouver, the David Suzuki
Foundation, BC Hydro and
Vancity Credit Union, to ensure
ongoing knowledge and technology transfer. Some potential
partners have requested to
house their sustainability
departments or retail outlets in
the building.
"B.C. already has a number
of advantages in sustainability
development," says Robinson.
" By working closely with our
partners, we can help government develop better policies and
businesses make better decisions."
The Centre is providing valuable learning opportunities
before the first shovel even goes
into the ground. The Learning
City Project, which brings
together researchers from UBC,
SFU, BCIT and Emily Carr
Institute (the four GNWC institutional partners) to address
sustainability issues, is creating
academic programming that
turns the GNWC into an open
The Project's first offering, a
six-week intensive undergraduate course titled Action and
Awareness: Focus on Urban
Sustainability, starts in June
2005 and involves instructors
from all four institutions and
follows the construction of the
Central Valley Greenway, a 26-
kilometre stretch of urban trail
that runs from Science World,
through GNWC and Burnaby
and ends in New Westminster
Quay. The course will be open
to students from all GNWC
Between now and when the
Greenway is completed in 2007,
students in each year will develop proposals to address issues
identified at various stages by
community stakeholders, including the three municipalities,
community organizations and
"It's the first time anyone has
taken the idea of community
service learning to the level
where undergraduates could
impact policy development,"
says Institute of Health
Promotion Research Asst. Prof.
Rob VanWynsberghe, who
co-designed the course with
UBC graduate Janet Moore
around the principle of
university-community engagement. "We plan that students
will get to see their proposals
implemented or adopted as
part of the Greenway.
"The trans-disciplinary
nature of the course,
incorporating design,
architecture, geography and
sustainability, allows us to
provide creative solutions to
a truly complex urban development project," he adds. □
Need ajoint Repair?
continued from page 1
The two scientists connected in
what Burt — an expert in drug
delivery systems — calls
"a stunning piece of good
She knew she needed a
"I knew that the technique
had more potential, especially
in the medical materials field,
so this collaborative opportunity really came at the right
time," says Durance, who
Durance is now miniaturizing
his equipment to handle the
amounts required for the study.
"The ability to make sponge
from almost any material has
expanded our research
The sponge would release its contents at a controlled rate
to stimulate cells to produce bone material. This bony matrix
would help the prosthetic joint to fuse into surrounding bone
and tissue.
porous material and her
research team was attempting,
for the first time, to make
sponges from a chemical recipe.
It wasn't going well.
Meanwhile, Durance was
looking for new applications
for a technique used to dehydrate food. The technique produces porous material such as
sponge, and allows the organic
structure of the material to be
maintained, even though it is
completely dehydrated.
A colleague, who knew
the work of both scientists,
realized they were destined
to collaborate and made the
directs the Food, Nutrition and
Health program.
The technique evaporates
liquids from biological materials via microwaves that are
applied in a vacuum, which
produces a boiling point of
about 30 degrees Celsius, much
lower than normal. The technique can create foams and
sponges from all sorts of moist
biological materials such as
proteins, carbohydrates, gums
and gels. However, the equipment was designed for batch
sizes up to 10 lbs. The expense
of the pharmaceutical materials
Burt uses dictates an optimum
batch size of less than a gram.
ten-fold," says Burt, who is
associate dean, Research and
Graduate Studies, in the Faculty
of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
"We now have a staggering
array of possibilities to test different sponge materials and see
how they work with different
drug-carrying microspheres."
Sponge offers a multitude
of spaces and surface areas for
chemical reactions to take
place. The researchers will
develop a sponge that will
allow stem cells to attach, proliferate and migrate, as well as
provide the open spaces needed
for cell movement and new
continued on page 11 IC      REPORTS      |      APRIL     /,      2005      |      5
Science Fair Put Prof on Track for UBC
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Asst. Prof. Leonard Foster (above), a silver medalist in high-school
national science fair competitions (right), is one of 400 judges at this
year's event, being held at UBC.
Curiosity, creativity and an
"off-the-wall" way of looking
at things will be found at
UBC's student recreation centre when 500 high school students present their projects
forjudging at the Canada-
Wide Science Fair (CWSF), to
be held May 15-22.
"The enthusiasm of the students is just overwhelming,"
says chief judge Judith Soon,
an assistant professor in the
— submitted entries that
examined how heat affects
tree seeds, in an investigation
of regrowth after forest fire.
Subsequent projects included
experiments with propolis —
a honeybee product with
antibiotic and antifungal
properties — derived from his
mother's honeybee colonies.
Competing at the regional
level for nine years and at the
national level for six years,
will interview special award
competitors on the second
day. A total of 6,000 interviews will take place over a
day and a half.
CWSF winners are eligible
I was always interested in the world around me," says Foster,
who joined UBC in January 2005. "As a kid, I got involved in
the fair because experiments were fun. Winning some prizes
and getting to travel kept me motivated."
Faculty of Pharmaceutical
Sciences. "They have an off-
the-wall approach that yields
some amazing conclusions."
An annual event of Youth
Science Foundation Canada,
the CWSF — last held at UBC
in 1991 — brings together
students in grades 7-12 who
represent top-ranked competitors from almost 100 regional
fairs. Held since 1981, the
fair draws together more kids
than are involved in hockey in
this country, says Soon, citing
an annual CWSF involvement
of about 500,000 students.
In 1991, one of those kids
was Leonard Foster, now a
UBC assistant professor of
biochemistry and molecular
biology. Raised in the northern B.C. town of McBride,
Foster was encouraged by his
father, a science teacher.
"I was always interested in
the world around me," says
Foster, who joined UBC in
January 2005. "As a kid, I
got involved in the fair
because experiments were fun.
Winning some prizes and getting to travel kept me motivated. "
As a high-school participant, Foster — one of a total
of 400 judges Soon will be
recruiting for this year's event
Foster won a silver medal in
the last two years of national
competition, as well as the
award for the top chemistry
After post-doctoral work in
proteomics (the study of all
proteins in a cell or organism)
at the University of South
Denmark, the 30-year-old
Foster is at UBC using mass
spectroscopy to analyze pro-
teomes of cell biological systems.
Active with regional science
fair committees for more than
eight years, this is Foster's
first time as a national judge.
"I stay involved because the
fair is a large part of why I'm
here," he says. "It's a chance
for me to repay what I've gotten out of it."
As a female scientist, Soon
says a driving force in her
involvement is to serve as a
model for young women
aspiring to science careers. In
recent years, the gender mix
at the competition has been
about equal.
Working with organizers of
the B.C. regional science fairs,
Soon will recruit about 200
judges from UBC. Each student will be interviewed by
five judges on the first day of
judging.   Additional judges
for cash prizes and scholarships. UBC is contributing
Science and Engineering
Entrance Awards with a total
value of $28,000 for all gold
and silver winners in each of
seven divisions that range
from earth and environmental
sciences to automotive.
Apart from the competition,
which usually draws hundreds
of curious visitors, students
participate in lectures, city
tours, events at Science World
and other activities. All participants in grades 7-9 will
learn first-hand about UBC
research during lab tours coordinated by the Faculty of
The CWSF is the showcase
program of Youth Science
Foundation Canada, a national non-profit, charitable
organization that offers leadership in providing extra-curricular science and technology
educational opportunities for
Canadian youth.
The fair is being co-hosted
this year by the Science Fair
Foundation of B.C., a nonprofit, charitable organization
that supports and promotes
science fair activity in B.C.
For more information about
CWSF, visit www.cwsf
2005.ca. □
Senior Associate Dean, Education
The Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia invites
applications and nominations for the position of Senior
Associate Dean, Education. This is a part-time position
expected to be filled by an internal candidate and is available
July 1st, 2005.
The incumbent will be a key member of the senior management
team of the Faculty of Medicine and report directly to the Dean.
The senior management team provides strategic and
operational support to Departments, Schools, Centres, faculty
and staff members. This position will provide leadership to the
educational and training programs of the Faculty of Medicine
reflecting a model of a continuum of learning. This is consistent
with our teaching of "life-long learners." The incumbent will
work with the Associate Deans within this portfolio together
with Heads and Directors in ensuring that the programs of
education are innovative, effective, compliant with all
appropriate accreditation bodies and reflective ofthe role ofthe
Faculty in providing health care professionals for the Province of
British Columbia and Canada; be responsible for the
coordination of educational programs across the Faculty in
order to meet the needs of students and faculty members;
provide leadership in ensuring that health education research
underpins all programs; and be responsible for recommending
educational priorities for the Faculty that are aligned with the
strategic plan.
The successful applicant will have an MD and a documented
record of success and leadership in academic/health education.
UBC Medicine
Applications, accompanied by a detailed curriculum
- 'i vitae and names of three references, should be
directed by April 20, 2005 to:
Gavin CE Stuart, MD, Dean
Faculty of Medicine
University of British Columbia
Room 317, Instructional Resources Centre
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Vancouver, BC   V6T 1Z3
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Thought that counts
"The New Nuclear Age: A
Strategy for Nonproliferation"
A lecture and question period with
Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
The Liu Institute for Global Issues
Main floor, Multipurpose Room
UBC Press and the Liu Institute for Global Issues welcome
US Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr., author of the new book
Common Sense on Weapons of Mass Destruction, to
UBC Campus.
"Thomas Graham Jr. has cut right down to the essentials about mankind's
most dangerous weapons. The general public will be encouraged to
demand better policies." - HANS BLIX
Common Sense on Weapons of Mass Destruction, available from UBC Press
ISBN 0-7748-1147-1 • 200 pages • pb, $17.95
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Prof Turns Breech
Baby Problem on
its Head
It's a new approach to a traditional procedure and
it may save thousands of mothers the risks and
recuperation associated with Caesarean section
Called external cephalic version (ECV), the
current procedure is used to re-position a fetus in
breech (bottom down) presentation. Also known
as "turning the baby," the manual, external
procedure manoeuvres the baby by applying
pressure on the mother's abdomen, causing the
baby to somersault into a head-down position.   •
ECV is traditionally employed in the last two
weeks of a normal 40-week pregnancy, and
enables a vaginal delivery in 30-50 per cent of
Eileen Hutton, of UBC's division of midwifery,
wants to boost the success rate by performing
ECV as early as 34 weeks.
In the first study of its kind in the world,
Hutton's research team will recruit 1,460
mothers-to-be whose babies are in breech
position. In the five-year international randomized
trial funded by $2.8 million from the Canadian
Institutes for Health Research, some women will
have an ECV at 34-35 weeks and others at 37
weeks and researchers will compare differences in
outcomes at birth and in the one-month period
following delivery.
Women will be recruited from more than 80
centres in countries that include Canada, the U.S.,
Argentina, Chile, Netherlands, Israel and Jordan.
Researchers will look at the impact of early
ECVs on the rate of C-sections performed as well
as rates of premature births associated with the
procedure. Investigators will do a cost-analysis as
part of the study and will compare costs associated with earlier and late ECVs. They'll look at
costs of complications at the time of C-section,
such as infection, which can require extended hospitalization, specialist attention and home care.
At full term, about three to four per cent of all
babies will present in breech position, says
Hutton, adding that the rate is constant internationally.   The cause for breech presentation is not
"We know that most physicians now recommend C-sections for breech pregnancies, however,
women who have this surgery have more problems
compared to mothers who have vaginal births,"
says Hutton, pointing out that C-sections are the
largest contributing factor to maternal deaths and
serious illness associated with birth. In addition,
the scar resulting from the surgery
complicates all subsequent pregnancies.
When Velda McAlduff-Low
discovered the
baby she was
was in
breech presentation, she
didn't hesitate in
Eileen Hutton is launching a $2.8 million study to improve outcomes for breech babies by "turning" them earlier in the pregnancy.
We know that most physicians now recommend C-sections for breech
pregnancies, however, women who have this surgery have more problems
M     ,'V    compared to mothers who have vaginal births."
choosing ECV in the
hopes of avoiding a
"I knew that the six-weS
recovery time needed for thl
surgery would make it next to""
impossible to care for my baby and my toddler at home," says the 44-year-old Delta resident,
who last month successfully delivered a baby girl
without surgery.
The procedure takes about five minutes and is
usually performed without anaesthetic, although
considerable pressure is applied to the abdomen.
One obstetrician pushes her fingers against the
mother's belly to lift the fetus' buttocks up. In a
co-ordinated movement, another specialist pushes
the head downward. The entire procedure is
guided by ultrasound imaging.
"After several attempts, the team was successful
in turning the baby," says McAlduff-Low. "The
procedure was painful but well worth it I am
absolutely glad I had it done."
"We want to reduce adverse outcomes for
women with breech babies. If early ECVs are
effective, they represent a low-tech, safe
alternative to surgery," says Hutton, who is also
a midwife and mother of three, none of whom
required turning.
The study has started recruitment at BC
Women's Hospital as the first site, under the
leadership of Dr. Marie-France Delisle. Women
wishing to be involved in the study must be
pregnant with a single fetus with gestational age
33-35 weeks, in breech presentation.
For more information, contact BC Women's
Hospital & Health Centre at 604.875.2253.
The study is co-ordinated through the Centre
for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement at
the B.C. Research Institute for Children's and
Women's Health (BCRICWH) and the Maternal,
Infant and Reproductive Health Research Unit at
Sunnybrook and Women's Health Sciences centre
in Toronto.
As part of Children's & Women's Health Centre
of British Columbia, BC Women's Hospital &   ,
Health/Centre is the only facility in B.C. devoted
exclusively to the health of women, newborns and
BCRICWH operates in partnership with UBC
and the Children's & Women's Health Centre of
British Columbia, an agency of the Provincial
Health Services Authority.
For more information on the study, visit
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Education is Key says Student, Mother and Chief
As the spring term draws to a
close, Kim Baird is probably
the only UBC student
juggling term papers, final
exams and a re-election
Recently elected to her
fourth term as chief of the
Tsawwassen First Nation,
Baird first took office
at the tender age of 28 —
one of the youngest female
chiefs ever elected. Her
With ratification from 85
per cent of the Nation's voters, the agreement will allow
Deltaport to embark on a
$1 billion expansion and
provide full-time jobs for
dozens of Tsawwassen
members, up from two at
present time.
"It's a time of enormous
change and enormous
opportunities," says Baird,
34. "It's unfortunate that the
as a primary focus.
"For First Nations to be
participants in the provincial economy, we need
skilled people," says Baird,
who at 17, was the first
person in her community to
graduate from high school
in more than 20 years.
"There's a real movement
now not only to encourage
our children to pursue
higher education, but for
to be a mother, a student and
chief all at the same time.
"But many of my friends
are seeing to it that I don't
let school fall by the
wayside, and my family
wants me to stick with it
because they never had the
"The way I see it, it really
is an important aspect of my
personal development," says
Baird. "Besides, there have
to date.
"I hope she has the luxury
of spending as much time
in university as she wants,"
says Baird. "I really think
that post-secondary
experiences can expand your
knowledge about so many
things, from the world down
to your own community.
But you really have to want
to be there, as I do, to
benefit from it."
"There's a real movement now not only to encourage our children to pursue higher education, but
for adults who have been out of school for a while to finish high school or seek advanced education."
youth belies a long list of
achievements, including a
recent agreement-in-principle
with the governments of B.C.
and Canada for treaty
negotiations and an
accommodation agreement
with the Vancouver Port
The former, when
finalized, will mark the
first urban treaty in Canada,
while the latter will bring
her community jobs, compensation, and economic
opportunities to the tune of
$47 million over 30 years
and settle environmental
concerns that stretch back
three decades.
biggest driver of the
negotiation was economic
uncertainty surrounding the
expansion, rather than a
desire to resolve outstanding
"But that doesn't mean
sincere relationship-building
hasn't taken place."
While most progress in
Aboriginal land claims thus
far has been prompted by
confrontation, Baird says,
Tsawwassen's ultimate goal
is reconciliation with provincial and federal governments
so it could focus on moving
forward to ensure economic
and social stability, a task
she feels must have education
adults who have been out of
school for a while to finish
high school or seek
advanced education."
Baird herself decided to
pursue her Bachelor of Arts
degree three years ago,
almost a decade after she
completed two years of
college immediately after
high school.
"My friends and family
think I'm crazy!" says
Baird, noting that she
learned she was pregnant
with her first child soon
after beginning courses
at the department of
Baird admits it's a handful
been a few instances at the
negotiation table where I've
used the latest academic buzz
words to my advantage."
Baird says areas such as
political and historical
geography have helped her
become more attuned to
issues beyond her own community and given her a more
well-rounded perspective that
incorporates national and
international experiences in
the Aboriginal treaty process.
She hopes that her
"back-to-school" experience
will also rub off on her
18-month-old daughter,
Amy, whom Baird considers
her biggest accomplishment
As for being chief,
Baird says in a small
community like Tsawwassen
the ability to work
co-operatively with other
leaders is key to a successful
political career.
"In an election, you may
be running against your
cousin," says Baird, whose
recent opponent is a
former chief who recruited
her to his staff 15 years ago.
"It's important that we
maintain a high level of
respect in our campaigns
because more likely than not,
you'll be working with them
in some other leadership
position." □ I      UBC      REPORTS       |      APRIL     /,     2005
Distinguished Careers Recognized with Honorary Degrees
A Nobel Prize winner in
physics, the director of
Canada's first midwifery
educational program and
two acclaimed artists are
among 11 recipients of UBC
honorary degrees this year.
The degrees are awarded for
distinguished career achievements, as well as service to
UBC and to Canada, and
will be awarded mainly during the Spring Congregation,
May 25 to June 1.
University of Illinois professor of physics Anthony J.
Leggett is widely recognized
as a world leader in the theory of low-temperature
physics. UBC has benefited
from his expertise and intellect through interactions with
TRIUMF, the formation of the
Pacific Institute of Theoretical
Physics, and the co-organization of a Peter Wall Institute
workshop at Green College.
Educated at Oxford
University, he received the
2003 Nobel Prize in physics
for pioneering work on superfluidity.
Karyn Kaufman, professor
of family medicine and head
of the midwifery education
program at McMaster
University, has provided outstanding leadership in the
development of the midwifery
Poet and writer, Patricia Kathleen "P. K." Page adds a UBC honorary degree to her many awards.
profession in Canada and
internationally. Her work has
shaped the conditions under
which UBC will graduate the
charter class of this province's
Bachelor of Midwifery degree
this year. Working collaboratively with governments and
diverse stakeholders over
many years, Dr. Kaufman
overcame early resistance
within the medical establishment to bring the concept of
midwifery to the wider community.
Raffi Cavoukian, the internationally acclaimed singer
and songwriter, and P.K. Page,
one of Canada's most distinguished poets, painters and
memoirists are two artists
UBC will recognize with honorary degrees this year.
Born in Cairo and an immigrant to Canada in 1958,
Raffi, as he is known to children and adults everywhere,
has entertained and educated
since the 1970s. He is the
founder and president of The
Troubadour Institute for Child
Honouring, an honorary
board member of the David
Suzuki Foundation and a
member of the Council of
Human Development. The
recipient of numerous awards
and honours, including the
UN Environment Program
Global Roll of Honour and
the Order of Canada, Raffi
wrote and performed Song for
the Dalai Lama to honour the
Dalai Lama's 2004 Vancouver
visit, and wrote and performed Turn This World
Around for Nelson Mandela
in 2000.
Patricia Kathleen "P.K."
Page, came to Canada from
England at an early age and
was raised in the prairies and
educated in England, Calgary
and Winnipeg. She studied
art in Brazil and New York.
Now an octogenarian, she
was the first winner of the
Lieutenant Governor of
British Columbia's Arts
Award, is an Officer of the
Order of Canada and recipient of four honorary degrees
from Canadian universities.
Page received the Governor
General's Award for poetry
continued on page 11
Internationally acclaimed singer
and songwriter, Raffi Cavoukian. UBC      REPORTS      |      APRIL     /,      2005      |      9
Choice Imminent for University Town Design
Three Teams: Three Visions by brenda Austin
The red line indicates the scope of the University Boulevard Architectural competition.
A space of any kind defines
what happens within it, says
Associate Director of External
Affairs for University Town
Linda Moore, a graduate
architect and project manager
for the University Boulevard
Architectural Competition.
Architects competing to
design University Boulevard,
one of eight neighbourhoods
which make up University
Town, have been given the
daunting task of developing a
central campus neighbourhood that meets the lofty
ideals of livability, sociability
and sustainability.
The architects must include
a campus entrance with aesthetic appeal, buildings that
speak of academic excellence,
private living spaces and public areas and amenities that
give a sense of a lively social
The juried competition to
design such a space opened in
October 2004. Fifty-two of
the world's top architects
responded with an expression
of interest by Nov. 30. UBC
developed a short list of seven
in December, and narrowed
the selection to three.
Now comes the final
Although the models and
drawings provided to the university are not identified, the
names of the finalists are
public knowledge. In alphabetical order, they are:
Allies and Morrison
Architects of London, UK,
partnered with Proscenium
Architecture and Interiors
Inc. of Vancouver;
Moore Ruble Yudell
Architects and Planners,
Santa Monica, California,
with Hughes Condon Marler
Architects; and Patkau
Architects Inc. of Vancouver.
Their renderings show how
each of the three finalists provide solutions to the integration of ideals. The drawings,
as well as three-dimensional
context models, are on view
at the UBC Morris and Helen
Belkin Art Gallery from April
1-10 for members of the university community to register
feedback on their favourite.
Moore sees the community
input as a crucial step in the
process. All alumni and current UBC students, faculty
and staff members, professor
emeriti and campus residents
are eligible to participate.
"Our poll is basic," Moore
says. "Which team's vision
do you prefer? Which submission is best? But, there is
also an opportunity to provide comments that will give
us direction on how we proceed, on refinements to plans
and how we consult on livability.
"Please take the time not
only to cast your vote but
offer qualitative comments,"
she stresses.
The unique nature of this
project rests on the fact this
is not a competition about
continued on page 10
One UBC Family:
Three Order of Canada Appointments
On February 8, 2005, Michael
P. Robinson   (at right) became
the third member of his family
to receive an appointment to
the Order of Canada, in
recognition of his efforts to
build strong partnerships with
Aboriginal peoples. A graduate of UBC's Faculty of Law
(class of '78), he joins uncle
Basil Robinson (class of '50,
and a 1994 inductee into
UBC's Sports Hall of Fame)
who was appointed in 1991 for
his work as a Canadian diplomat, and father Dr. Geoffrey
Robinson, appointed in 2001.
UBC Pediatrics Prof. Emeritus
Geoffrey Robinson was instrumental in establishing provincial programs for children with
hearing disorders, visual
impairments and other disabilities. Both Michael and Basil
Robinson were also UBC
Rhodes Scholars. □ io    I
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Choice Imminent for University Town Design
UBC Political Science professor Ken Carty is among the latest
four recipients of the prestigious Peter Wall Distinguished
Scholar in Residence award.
Carty, who recently served as the director of research for
the Citizen's Assembly on Electoral Reform, has co-authored
the summary study volume of the Canadian Democratic
Other recipients, selected for their excellence in interdisciplinary research, include Philosophy professor Dominic
Lopes, Geography professor Olav Slaymaker and psychology
professor Lawrence Ward.
UBC Dean of Applied Science Michael Isaacson has
received the Julian C. Smith Medal from the Engineering
Institute of Canada.
Founded in 1939 by a group of senior members to perpetuate the name of a Past President of the Institute, the Julian
C. Smith Medal is awarded for "Achievement in the
Development of Canada."
Isaacson, a professor of civil engineering, was honoured in
an award ceremony held last month in Ottawa.
The Campus Advisory Board on Student Development has
announced winners for its 2004/05 UBC Student
Development Awards.
The Margaret Fulton Award went to Chad Hyson, Regina
Lyakhovetska and Dr. Neil Guppy. The International
Relations Program won the Alfred Scow Award for an
undergraduate program or development and the Peter Larkin
Award went to The Ts*'kel Graduate Studies.
Engineers Without Boarders and the Learning Exchange
Trek Program were awarded the Helen McCrae Award for
AMS/GSS/UBC Student Service. □
continued from page 9
one building. The boulevard
stretches from Wesbrook to
Main Mall with boundary
fingers north and south. This
is an entire precinct and only
one building, the General
Services Administration
Building, may be left
standing with modifications.
At the gallery, animated
computer graphics move
viewers through the site to
explore the relationship of
spaces to buildings and the
ground plan for pedestrians
in each design vision. Panels
illuminate particular aspects
of each.
"We see University
Boulevard becoming the
epitome of our academic excellence and international standing, a defining architectural
feature of our university in the
twenty-first century, "says
Vice-President of External and
Legal Affairs Dennis Pavlich.
For such an ambitious
competition, Moore says, the
jury must include world-class
architects. They are:
• Demetri Porthyrios, a
London, UK architect and
• Moshe Safdie, a Canadian,
with offices in Boston and
Jerusalem, who won the last
large-scale competition in
Vancouver to design the
Vancouver Public Library
• Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, a
principal in her own company
and dean of architecture at the
University of Miami
• Leon Krier, from London,
UK, who teaches at the
Architectural Association there
• Arthur Erickson, who
designed the UBC Museum of
Anthropology, among many
other buildings.
Jurists representing the
university are:
Moura Quayle, dean of the
Faculty of Land and Food
Systems and associate vice-
president of UBC Okanagan,
and a landscape architect
Dennis Pavlich, Vice-
President of External and
Legal Affairs, chair of the jury
Linda Moore, Associate
Director of External Affairs
for University Town, graduate
architect and University
Boulevard Competition
project manager
Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe,
an architectural historian,
professor and head of the
UBC department of art
history, visual arts and theory
Al Poettcker, president and
chief executive officer of UBC
Properties Trust
Colleen Brown, a graduate
student of the School of
Community and Regional
Planning, representing the
Alma Mater Society.
The jury's selection
accomplishes the primary
evaluation but is influenced
by the campus community
poll and a review by the
University Boulevard
Technical Committee, to
estimate whether the chosen
design complies with requirements and comes within
the designated budget.
If you have not done so
already, you can register your
choice of design at the Belkin
Gallery until April 10,
Monday to Friday 10 a.m.
until 7 p.m., and Saturday
and Sunday noon until 5 p.m.,
or online at www.university-
town.ubc.ca □
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BrOCk Hall, Then and NOW    BYCHRIS HIVES, University Archives
On March 21, UBC opened the newly renovated
Welcome Centre at Brock Hall, an important
part of UBC's student community throughout
the years.
With its completion in 1940, Brock
Memorial Hall became one of the three
campus structures for which the students
provided funding. The others were the
original gymnasium (1929) and the stadium
(1937). Fundraising began in 1936 for the
original student union building named as a
memorial to Dean and Mrs. R.W. Brock.
The burden of financing the stadium proved
too much for the students and it was two
years before they again turned their attention
to raising funds for the new student union
building. The campaign resumed in 1938
and a generous grant from the Board of
Governors allowed construction to proceed
on a site near the Gymnasium and the Library
on East Mall. At the opening of Brock Hall
in January 1940, President Leonard Klinck
commended the students for their effort,
observing that "this building is sufficient
proof that the spirit of adventure, enterprise
and creative initiative is not lacking among
the undergraduate body of the University." □
Need a Joint
continued from page 4
blood vessel growth. Sponges
may also be useful for holding
antibiotics, which could be
released slowly to prevent
infections at orthopedic
surgical sites.
Other properties, such
as being biodegradable,
compatible with tissues and
cells and having some mechanical strength make sponge an
excellent material for this application, says Burt.
She says scientists know lots
about microsphere release of
drugs, but "absolutely zero"
about how the release might
work after microspheres are
embedded in sponge. Research
challenges include ensuring the
molecular structural integrity
of drugs that are encapsulated,
confirming that stem cells can
attach to sponge, and
controlling the timed release
of the drugs in the sponge
environment. □
Distinguished Careers Recognized
continued from page 8
in 1954, and recently won
the Terasen Award honoring
the foremost writers in B.C.
Her books have been highly
praised and her poetry set to
music by eminent composers.
Other distinguished recipients, in alphabetical order,
• Peter Brown, former chair
UBC board of Governors,
businessman and philanthropist • Dr. John Hood,
vice-chancellor of Oxford
University, business and
academic leader • Economics
Professor Dr. Robert Lacroix,
instrumental in the design
of the Canada Research
Chairs program
• Reverend Shunmyo Masuno,
internationally acclaimed
landscape architect
• Canadian diplomat Carolyn
McAskie • Dr. Shirley
Thomson, chair of the
Canadian Cultural Property
Export Review Board, who
will receive her honorary
degree during Fall congregation • Dr. Elvi Whittaker,
anthropologist and former
UBC professor.
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will be Webcast from The
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details, visit www.gradua-
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Senior Associate Dean, Research
The Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
invites applications and nominations for the position of
Senior Associate Dean, Research. This is a part-time
position expected to be filled by an internal candidate
and is available July 1st, 2005.
The incumbent will be a key member of the senior
management team of the Faculty of Medicine and report
directly to the Dean. The senior management team
provides strategic and operational support to
Departments, Schools, Centres, faculty and staff
members. The Senior Associate Dean will provide
leadership to the research activities of the Faculty of
Medicine. This includes but is not limited to ensuring
that existing programs of research are supported,
monitored and evaluated in an appropriate manner; that
the research platform of the Faculty continues to grow in
the context of a provincial health system which allows
for collaborating with multiple partners; that resources
including facilities, funding and human are available to
support the research; that the health research platform
extends across the spectrum of health and includes all
appropriate disciplines and professions; that the Faculty
is well aligned with external funding opportunities to
support health research; that research priorities for the
Faculty are aligned with the strategic plan.
The successful applicant will have a PhD and/or an MD
and a documented record of success and leadership in
academic health-related research.
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Applications, accompanied by a detailed curriculum
I    vitae and names of three references, should be
directed by April 20, 2005 to:
Gavin CE Stuart, MD, Dean
Faculty of Medicine
University of British Columbia
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2194 Health Sciences Mall
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The Certificate in International Development has attracted much interest from individuals and companies,
says Program Manager Leah Macfadyen.
New UBC Program Essential for
International Aid Workers
Karen Lund
"prepared to change
careers and teach in the
nursing program in Dhaka,
Bangladesh by taking the UBC
course in international health
and development.
This course is one of five in
the new Certificate in
International Development
(CID), offered by Continuing
Studies at the Centre for
Intercultural Communication.
"This is a flexible, mainly
web-based certificate that can
be taken part-time while
working, as long as it is completed within three years,"
says CID Program Manager
Leah Macfadyen.
Although Lund has been a
researcher in academic health
sciences, many who take the
course do not have a healthcare background. They might
be members of non-governmental organizations, engineers, bankers or educators —
people who want to lend their
skills in ways that enhance the
broader vision of health.
This vision extends further
than freedom from illness and
disease to include sustainable
development, access to clean
water, human rights, security
and safety.
The variety of backgrounds
of the students is a positive
factor, says Dr. Michael Seear,
professor of clinical medicine
and pediatric respirologist at
BC's Children's Hospital. He
is the instructor for the international health and development course and presently in
Sri Lanka where he is providing assistance after the
Tsunami disaster in December
"Every discipline and every
profession or job in some way
impacts on someone's health
somewhere in the world," he
says. "And for every activity
we undertake there is a
medical price to pay, whether
it is due to agricultural
policies or goods manufactured in sweatshops."
For his own participation in
Sri Lanka, Seear and others,
funded by the Asian Medical
Doctors' Association, set up
a functional children's ward
from a rough hospital in the
village of Srila Kalmunai, one
of the poorest areas on the
east coast of Sri Lanka. This
includes a school and counselling services for children
with depression.
Seear's course raises awareness of international health
and aid issues as well as cultural, social, economic and
political environments aid
workers might encounter
which could hinder effective
use of relief monies.
"We sometimes suspend
belief, thinking if we give
money or goods to aid agencies, we are helping. But this
is not always the case," Seear
says. "We have to be aware of
fakes and crooks, of money
not reaching those for whom
it is intended."
Seear stresses that no
student should leave university without understanding the
impact and importance of
health issues around the
world. Many students are
idealistic, they are nice people
and want to "do good," but
it is more complicated than
"To tie in with the global
vision UBC has, we need a
university degree in
International Health," Seear
believes. "We would be first
in the field and it would meet
the needs for competent,
aware people who could
include this with studies in
their own discipline."
Lund took the international
health and development
course after planning for two
years to move from health
sciences research into something that focused more on
people and would allow her to
see another part of the world.
The project she chose focuses
on improving the standard
and status of nursing in
"What Dr. Seear's course
did more than anything was
to teach me not to impose my
own assumptions on other
cultures," Lund said. "It was
an eye-opener for me to discover how much well-intentioned aid funding is wasted
because those who hope to
help don't communicate well
with the people receiving aid.
Without the health course, I
could have been one of that
"The Web-based framework
was fabulous because it saved
me so much time commuting
to classes. You miss out on the
personal interaction with the
instructors, but the online
communication is excellent,"
she said.
The CID program is also
useful to people in Canada
who work with multicultural
communities, Macfadyen says.
Marie-Claude Lavoie is one
such person, currently
working in Iqaluit, Nunavut
as an occupational therapist.
"I have been very pleased
with the CID program,"
Lavoie emailed from Nunavut.
"There are unique challenges
here of over-crowded housing,
malnutrition and the presence
of TB. There is much financial
need, but the Inuit are very
rich in culture and traditions."
For more information visit:
www.cic.cstudies.ubc.ca/cid □


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