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Belkin Art Gallery
opening features
Salish artist's work
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
Former UBC President Norman "Larry"
MacKenzie dreamed of one day having a
fine arts precinct at the north end of
campus with three anchors: a music
building, a theatre and a fine arts gallery.
He articulated this vision often and. in
1965, the area around the Frederic Wood
Charles Ker photo
Gallery Director Scott Watson says the
opening ofthe Morris and Helen Belkin Art
Gallery will have a major impact on the
Vancouver arts scene.
Theatre was dedicated as the Norman
MacKenzie Centre for Fine Arts.
Today, passers-by joke that
MacKenzie's bust in the fine arts courtyard has acquired a distinct smile since
construction began on the third and final
The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery opens its doors to the general public
June 17 with an exhibition by Lawrence
Paul Yuxweluptun. The Salish artist carries on an established gallery tradition of
providing young local talent (which has
included Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Liz Magor
and Joey Morgan) with a venue for their
first major showings.
"Lawrence's paintings make a
claim about culture and landscape
and the identity of this place we
call B.C.," said gallery Director
Scott Watson. 'They fall into the
tradition of Emily Carr and Jack
Shadbolt which is our West Coast
tradition in art."
Watson added that the choice of
Yuxweluptun adds further continuity given that Shadbolt was the
last artist to show in the basement
of the Main Library, the gallery's
home since 1948.
It was in that same basement
where Helen Belkin was introduced
to MacKenzie in 1944, the first of
his 18 years as UBC president. At
the new gallery's official opening
ceremony earlier this week, Belkin,
who once worked as MacKenzie's
secretary, said the new gallery celebrates the vision which her late
husband and MacKenzie shared.
Said Belkin: "The mission ofthe
gallery is to promote discussion
and understanding of contemporary art... where students and the
public may not only see works of
art, but understand the functions
and mechanics of a major gallery."
Despite its cramped quarters
for most ofthe last half century, Watson
said UBC's Fine Arts Gallery remained on
the leading edge of contemporary art in
Canada. Since Watson's arrival in 1989,
See GALLERY Page 2
Kieffer wins prestigious
MacArthur Fellowship
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Geological Sciences
Prof. Susan Kieffer is the
winner of a 1995
MacArthur Fellowship
worth $416,000
($315,000 US).
Kieffer is one of 24
MacArthur fellows, and
the only one residing in
Canada, named June 12
by the John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur
Foundation, one of the
largest private philanthropic foundations in the United States.
Kieffer is a geologist and planetary
scientist who is an authority on the
Susan Kieffer
mechanisms of geysers
and volcanic eruptions.
Her work has significantly advanced understanding ofthe complex
processes that take
place in impact-shocked
porous rocks.
A leader in modelling the thermodynamic properties of
minerals, Kieffer was
the first to describe the
physics and chemistry
involved in the eruptions on Jupiter's
moon lo.
Kieffer said that, on the advice of a
friend   who   had   previously   won   a
See KIEFFER Page 2
The Bard Is Back
Dave ihonnscn photo
Rebecca Lee (left) and Marya Delver rehearse a scene from Horatio's
Notebook which opens June 15 at the Frederic Wood Theatre. This
innovative interpretation of Hamlet celebrates the 30th anniversary of UBC
Summerstock theatre productions.  Call 822-2678 for ticket information.
New tuition fee policy to
deal with federal cuts
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
UBC's Board of Governors has approved a new tuition fee policy that will
give the university flexibility to deal with
anticipated cuts in federal government
transfer funds and provincial support for
higher education.
The federal government has served
notice it will cut transfer payments to the
provinces for post-secondary education,
health care and social services in its 1996
The new policy allows the university to
offset any subsequent reductions in the
provincial grant with increased fees.
"We must keep the integrity of our
institution intact and maintain the high
quality of education we now offer," said
UBC President David Strangway.
The new tuition policy will allow the
university to maintain its resources at
current levels of funding — in constant
dollars per weighted full-time equivalent
student, indexed to inflation — with no
decrease in enrolment levels.
Meanwhile, the board ratified a 5.9 per
cent increase in tuition fees for the 1995-96
academic year, bringing fees for most undergraduate students to $2,320 per year.
See TUITION Page 2
Best Boss
Offbeat: Culinary skills land a UBC administrator the title of Best Boss
A quick-thinking UBC employee catches a computer thief
Dream On
Author Jack Hodgins looks at the value of unintended education
Stand By
Profile: A flying doctor helps diabetic pilots keep their wings 2 UBC Reports ■ June 15, 1995
Kodak Moment
Gavin Wilson photo
A visitor snaps a shot of a graduating student with mace-bearer Afton Cayford, associate
professor emeritus, at the spring Congregation ceremonies held May 30 through June 2.
The mace was designed by George Norris and First Nations artist Bill Reid and carved by
Norris. It symbolizes authority and is placed on stage during graduation ceremonies.
Continued from Page 1
The hike was set by an earlier
tuition policy based on the Vancouver consumer price index,
increases in university costs
above the CPI and increments
for the Teaching and Learning
Enhancement Fund and the Student Aid Fund.
Before fees are raised in coming years, however, the new
policy states the university will
explore every avenue of potential revenue, from government
and all other sources, so that
tuition increases can be kept as
small as possible.
The policy also ensures that
the university will be run as efficiently and effectively as possible, with operational cost increases kept very close to the
consumer price index.
The policy reinforces the uni
versity's obligation to establish
scholarships and bursary programs that, along with provincial and national financial aid
programs, ensure that no student who would otherwise be
eligible for admission to UBC is
excluded for personal financial
Future tuition fee increases
will provide an additional allocation equal to one-third ofthe
basic annual increase to fund
bursaries for those in greatest
need. The university will also
seek work opportunities for
students, both on and off campus.
In the meantime, Strangway
said UBC will continue to give
government the message that
funding for post-secondary education is an excellent investment
that benefits all of society.
Strangway said the tuition
fee policy has been under development for the past year
and was reached after wide
consultation during the year
with members of the campus
community, including the Alma
Mater Society and the Senate
budget committee.
Earlier drafts ofthe policy were
circulated and published as inserts in UBC Reports for comment from the wider campus
Strangway said the philosophical question underlying
much of the discussion is who
should pay what share of the
cost of higher education: the individual who benefits personally
from post-secondary education,
or taxpayers, who have a responsibility to fund educational
Continued from Page 1
the gallery has branched out
into publishing with the production of 15 catalogues of gallery
exhibitions and research on
Canada's contemporary art
However, with its two-metre-high ceilings, the library
basement could not have held
the 85-piece Yuxweluptun exhibit which features acrylic
canvases up to three metres
tall. The Belkin gallery, designed specifically to showcase
contemporary art, allows for
more ambitious and professional exhibitions and provides
a proper home for the university's art collection.
Watson pointed out that the
stature of the building itself,
having garnered two major
architectural awards, also
lends prestige to the university's investment in contemporary art.
The firm of Peter Cardew Architects was recently cited in the
42nd annual Progressive Architecture awards presented by the
U.S.-based magazine. Progressive Architecture. Judges praised
the building for its flexibility and
the way its form closely reflects
its structure.
The 1,350-square-metre gallery is divided equally among
three functions: exhibition
space, exhibition handling and
holding, and public programming and administration. Gal
lery spaces are connected to
offices and program areas by a
two-storey skylighted spine
that runs the length of the
"It's a major exhibition space
in a city which is home to some
of the world's most important
contemporary artists," said
Watson. "The building is rich
inside yet outside it has a crisp
industrial look which says 'we
mean business, we're working.'"
UBC's 1,200-piece art collection, ranging from Renaissance etchings to photo works
by Vancouver artists, will be
moved from the library basement into the gallery later
this month.
Continued from Page 1
MacArthur fellowship, she is "going to take some time to think
about what I'm going to do with
the fellowship. I certainly feel a
responsibility to do something
creative with it."
Among those named as fellows are individuals in fields
ranging from human rights and
fiction writing to biology and
Recipients, who are all U.S.
citizens,   are  free  to  use  the
awards as they wish. Payment is
made in installments over five
People cannot apply for
MacArthur fellowships. Names
are proposed to the foundation
by a group of more than 100
designated nominators in a variety of professions.
The foundation believes in
"seeking lasting solutions to criti -
cal problems throughout the
world by investing in creative
people and ideas."
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Suggestions flood in
for Faculty Club site
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
The UBC Real Estate Corporation has
received 83 expressions of interest from
parties who say they want to make proposals for future use of the former Faculty Club.
"It's a large number," said Noel
O'Connor, a member of the project team
at UBCREC which is managing the proposals process.
The future of the site was thrown into
question when the Faculty Club went
into receivership last year. A university
advisory committee, aided by the UBCREC
project team, is now looking into compatible uses for the site.
The committee has also received advice from experts in the hospitality industry on which options are most viable for
the property, given potential markets.
The next step for the UBCREC project
team will be to send a request for qualifi
cations to the 83 interested parties.
"Basically, we'll be asking them who
they are, what they've done in the past
and what general idea they have for the
site," O'Connor said.
The qualifications are due back by
June 26. The management team will short
list the applicants and present them to
the advisory committee at its June 29
The committee will then issue a call
for more detailed proposals which they
will examine before making a recommendation to President David
The committee has already outlined
criteria for proposals. For example, the
university will act only as a landlord for
any new facility and will not manage or
take on financial liability for its operations.
The new facility must also include a
gathering place for members of the
university community.
Faculty Association members
vote to accept two-year deal
Members of UBC's Faculty Association have voted overwhelmingly in favour of accepting a new agreement with
the university, said association President Tony Sheppard.
The settlement, reached through
negotiation, is a two-year deal that
does not provide for any general salary increase, except for sessional lecturers, who get general increases of
1.2 per cent in each year ofthe agreement.
Most faculty members, however, will
be eligible for incremental pay increases
through a career progress plan that
relates to years of service and rank.
The tentative deal allows for a three-
per-cent career progress increase
phased in over two installments in the
first year. There will be another one-
and-a-half per cent increase in the second year of the agreement.
Sheppard said that much ofthe cost
ofthe career progress increases will be
recovered from the salaries of retiring
faculty members.
The agreement covers the period from
July 1, 1994 to June 30, 1996. The
Board of Governors will vote on the
agreement at its July 17 meeting.
by staff writers
A   UBC administrator has discovered that the way to his staffs hearts
is through their stomachs.
Culinary skills were among the reasons Richard Spratley, director of
the Office of Research Services, was nominated by his staff for an award as
best boss.
Spratley was one of 10 winners across Canada in a recent Best Boss in
the World contest sponsored by Modern Woman magazine and the
International Bloembollen Centrum in the Netherlands. He won a tulip bouquet.
Spratley was nominated by Lynn Macdonald.
secretary for the Animal Care Committee in Research Services.
"He deserves the recognition, we all appreciate
him," she said. "He cooks and bakes for us."
Spratley takes part in a Monday morning tradition and takes his turn baking
treats for everyone in the office to
He has also invited all his staff
to his house for a Christmas party
and served a four-course Greek
Macdonald said that Spratley
is also very understanding of the
needs of parents for a flexible
work schedule.
"He's very easy-going and a
pleasure to work for." she
How did the office
celebrate his win?
"He took us out for
lunch," Macdonald
laughs, "and he shared
his bouquet with everybody. We all had tulips
on our desks."
Richard Spratley in action
Gavin Wilson photo
UBC President David Strangway shoots some hoop as the university and the
Vancouver Grizzlies basketball club launch a community partnership
program for young Canadians.
UBC, Grizzlies to support
sport, education in B.C.
It's a slam dunk for Canada's young
UBC and the Vancouver Grizzlies basketball club have joined forces to launch
Grizzlies Futures, an innovative community partnership designed to drive a five-
year, $2-million endowment fund promoting opportunities in education and
sports for young Canadians.
The mission of Grizzlies Futures is to
support programs which stimulate both
access and achievement in education and
sport, and to raise funds and awareness
for these programs.
"In education. Grizzlies Futures will
touch everything from the promotion of
the Stay in School program to the recognition of outstanding high school students through scholarship," said UBC
President David Strangway.
"In sport. Grizzlies Futures will help
shape an equally wide range of important
causes, from programs increasing access
to team and individual activities for those
who otherwise would not have the opportunity to enjoy sports, to scholarships for
promising athletes."
UBC and the Grizzlies will co-operate
on all aspects of Grizzlies Futures, which
will be administered by a joint management committee comprising representatives from both organizations. An advi
sory council made up of community leaders in education and sport will be formed
this year.
"We believe this community partnership will have an impact on the futures of
thousands of Canadian young people."
said Stu Jackson, vice-president of basketball operations and general manager
ofthe Vancouver Grizzlies, the city's NBA
expansion franchise.
Funds will be raised in several ways.
Special community events and programs
will allow for individual contributions.
Corporations will be invited to lend their
support through direct contributions or
sponsorship of special events. As well,
funds will be stimulated by the purchase
of full and partial Grizzlies season tickets
by UBC alumni, faculty, staff and students.
"UBC and the Grizzlies will strive to
raise more than 58400.000 between us in
the first year alone." said Bob Philip.
UBC's director of Athletics and Sport
"But equally important to both of our
organizations is the potential for Grizzlies
Futures to underscore and promote the
tremendous synergy between education
and sport and how important both are in
building a better future for our young
Worst-case scenario unfolds
as UBC water main ruptures
The 24-inch main that supplies UBC
with all of its domestic and fire protection
water broke earlier this month causing
water shortages and pressure problems
across campus.
Washrooms in all buildings two-storeys tall or more became unusable and
lab experiments were interrupted as water either shut off or turned murky.
Marty Cole, associate director of Plant
Operations, said workers noticed water
bubbling to the surface at the intersection of Main Mall and Agricultural Road.
The source of the leak was pinpointed
shortly after waterlines in the area were
"After shutting all the other valves off
we realized that the only one left was the
main supply line." said Cole. "Basically, it
was a worst-case scenario."
Access to alternate water supplies restored service to the remainder of campus on a limited basis within 24 hours.
The main line was repaired after late-
night excavations pinpointed a t wo-inch hole
in an elbow ofthe 20-year-old steel pipe. 4 UBC Reports ■ June 15, 1995
Milk And Cookies Break
May was Child Care Month and UBC President David Strangway marked the occasion by
visiting the Canada Goose Daycare, which last year "adopted" him in a program that saw
each of the campus's 12 daycares adopt a member of the Board of Governors. During his
visit, Strangway met with children, parents and staff members to see first-hand the value
of quality childcare. Shown here with Strangway are, clockwise from bottom left, Duncan,
staff member Evelina Nowarre, Sammy, Julia, UBC Child Care administrator Darcelle
Cottons, parent and PhD student Karen Guttieri, Tessa, and Montana.
Top spectroscopist named
to Dept. of Chemistry chair
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
UBC has named Prof. Donald
Douglas to a new industrial chair
in scientific instrumentation in
the Dept. of Chemistry.
The position will be funded by
the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
(NSERC) and SCIEX, a division
of MDS Health Group, Canada's
largest technology-based health
and life sciences company.
The chair was created for long-
range research into new methods and instrumentation for
mass spectrometry - a highly
specific and sensitive technique
for detecting a given trace substance in the presence of many
Mass spectrometers have applications in many different areas: making food products safer
for consumers, detecting explosives for anti-terrorist security
and speeding the development
of new pharmaceutical products.
"Establishing the NSERC -
SCIEX Chair allowed us to recruit an outstanding research
scientist and to strengthen the
link between fundamental science and its practical application," said UBC Science Dean
Barry McBride. "We are grateful
to SCIEX and NSERC for their
contribution and their faith in
the UBC Dept. of Chemistry."
Douglas, one ofthe outstanding mass spectroscopists in the
country, has a PhD in physical
chemistry from the University of
Toronto, where he studied with
Nobel Laureate John Polanyi. He
did a postdoctoral fellowship at
the University of California,
In 1988 he won the Barringer
Research Award, which is presented annually to Canadian
scientists who have made a significant contribution to applied
spectroscopy. Most recently he
was principal research scientist
During his tenure at SCIEX,
Douglas designed and built the
first prototype Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry
(ICP-MS) system, an instrument
that can detect up to 70 ele
ments per minute
at parts per trillion
detection limits.
The major areas
to be investigated by
industrial chair include new approaches to mass
spectrometry, new
methods for producing ions efficiently from very
small samples and
new methods for studying the
sizes and structures of ions -
particularly protein ions - observed in mass spectrometry.
"A major attraction of a university chair such as this is the
enormous depth of knowledge
and expertise available within
the university," said Douglas,
who will collaborate with five
other UBC professors in various
aspects of mass spectroscopy.
'There is a growing demand
for highly qualified individuals
to take charge ofthe instrumentation for analytical
spectroscopy," said Peter
Morand, president of NSERC,
Canada's largest research granting agency and sponsor of 130
industrial research chairs at Ca-
Donald Douglas
an option
nadian universities.
'The new chair will
provide much-
needed expertise and
The five-year program will receive
more than $2 million in funding from
for a total of
$205,320 from each
sponsor annually.
SCIEX will also have
to continue funding
the chair for a second five-year
Sponsorship ofthe industrial
chair also provides funding for
infrastructure, equipment and
general expenses.
"We see the establishment of
this new chair as an opportunity
for SCIEX, the university and for
Canada," said Bill Garriock,
president of SCIEX.
"We anticipate that our investment will help foster research
and will provide future commercialization opportunities, which
can create knowledge-based
jobs, spawn new service industries, and contribute to building
a critical mass of industry for
Wood products scientist
returned to UBC as prof
Paul Steiner, a professor in the Dept. of Wood Science, died on
May 11 at the age of 50.
Steiner, who received all his academic degrees -- BSc, MSc and
PhD — from UBC, worked as a research scientist with the Canadian
Forestry Service and Forintek Canada Corp. before joining UBC in
His research concentrated on wood composite materials and
wood adhesive systems, areas that have application in the production
of panel products such as waferboard, veneer and plywood.
He is survived by his wife Louisa and three children.
News Digest
Senate has approved a diploma program in Management of
Aquaculture Systems to be offered by UBC's Faculty of Agricultural
Sciences in conjunction with the Faculty of Science and Technology
at Malaspina University-College.
The program allows Canadian and foreign public or private
personnel to fill gaps in their previous training and experience in
aquaculture and obtain relevant job skills, says the proposed
calendar statement.
Admission to the program requires a bachelor's degree in an area
pertinent to the management of aquaculture systems or a minimum
of two years allied post-secondary education plus at least three
years applicable work experience in aquaculture.
A merger of UBC's Westwater Research Centre and the Resource
Management and Environmental Studies graduate program also
received the go-ahead at last month's Senate meeting.
Discussions began in 1993 regarding the possible amalgamations of units within the Faculty of Graduate Studies involved with
subjects broadly related to the environment and natural resources.
The formal name of the merged units will be Resource Management and Environmental Studies. Arrangements for the integration
of resources, a common advisory committee and other details will
be finalized during the next few months.
A motion in Senate was carried to re-name the Centre for South
Asian Research to the Centre for India and South Asia Research.
Mark Fruin, director ofthe Institute of Asian Research, said that
members of the academic community and the Asian community
thought it was appropriate to include specific reference to India in
naming the centre.
The name change will become effective upon approval from the
Board of Governors which meets on July 20.
About 150 golfers representing corporate pharmacy organizations, the pharmaceutical industry and the university community
participated in the Sixth Annual Bernie Riedel Golf Tournament,
held June 5 at the University Golf Club.
Event organizers hope the fund-raiser will net about $40,000
slated for pharmaceutical education and research, with special
emphasis on pharmacy management, pharmacy economics and
pharmacy practice.
The tournament is named in honour of Bernie Riedel who served
as dean of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences between 1967
and 1984.
Next year's event will be held in conjunction with the faculty's
50th anniversary celebrations.
PHONE 822-2505 FOR BROCHURE "3 < UBC Reports ■ June 15, 1995 5
Gavin Wilson photo
Examining chemicals stored in a Wood Science Dept. lab during a recent
environmental audit are (l-r) Prof. John Ruddick, chair ofthe Wood Science
safety committee, Dorit Mason of Health, Safety and Environment, Diana
Hastings, senior technician, and Bob Myronuk, technical services supervisor.
Audits to keep tabs
on hazardous waste
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
A pilot program is underway to help
departments at the university ensure they
are observing environmental guidelines
and regulations such as those dealing
with storage and disposal of hazardous
The environmental audits are being
conducted by the Health, Safety and
Environment Dept. as part of the university's ongoing commitment to environmental protection.
Eventually all areas and activities under UBC's control will be audited, but the
program is now being developed in a pilot
To date, the Dept. of Wood Science in
the Faculty of Forestry and the Surplus
Equipment Recycling Facility (SERF) in
the Purchasing Dept. have been audited.
Some areas of Plant Operations will be
"So far the results have been very
good," said Dorit Mason, environmental
and emergency planning officer. "We
haven't found any environmental hazards and all the required programs are in
place. Wood Science, in particular, has
excellent procedures."
An audit is a way of verifying that all
government regulations, procedures and
university guidelines for environmental,
health, occupational hygiene, safety and
emergency preparedness standards are
being followed.
The audits include an evaluation of
waste, emissions, hazardous materials,
emergency response procedures, the adequacy of training of students, faculty
and staff and identification of potential
environmental risks.
First, a questionnaire is completed
giving information on the material used
on site and different activities performed
within the department. Then representatives of Health, Safety and Environment
and the audited department perform a
site inspection.
Health, Safety and Environment prepares a report for the audited department, which has the responsibility of
addressing any areas of non-compliance.
If you want more information or are
interested in being involved in the pilot
audit program, contact Dorit Mason at
Alumni Association executive
has history of service to UBC
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
The UBC Alumni Association's new
president is Al Poettcker,
BCom  '69,   a Vancouver
property developer.
Poettcker, president of
Redekop Properties Inc., has
previously held positions as
president of Bentall Development Inc. and Barbican
Properties Inc., senior vice-
president of Daon Development Corp. and executive
vice-president of Laing
Property Corp.
A member ofthe dean's
advisory committee in the
Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, Poettcker has taught in
the faculty's executive and real estate
diploma programs. He is also a director
of the UBC Real Estate Corp.
Tricia Smith, BA '80, LLB '85. was
elected as the Alumni Association's senior vice-president and will become its
1996-97 president.
A Vancouver lawyer with the firm
Barnes Craig and Associates, Smith spent
Tricia Smith
13 years on Canada's rowing team. During her outstanding career she received
more international medals, including an
Olympic silver medal, than any other
Canadian athlete. Smith is a
member of B.C.'s Sports Hall
of Fame and is the new chair
of Sport B.C.
Dickson Wong, BCom '88,
was re-elected treasurer for a
second term.
Wong, a chartered accountant, is a partner with
Michael Adams and Associates.
Debra   Browning,   LLB
'80,   becomes  past-president, an active position on
the board.  Browning is a
partner with the Vancouver law firm
Ladner Downs.
Members-at-large elected for the term
1995-97 are Donald McConachie, BSA
'63, MBA '65, Dana (O'Rourke) Merritt,
BCom '88, and Grace Wong, BEd '74,
MBA '83.
Members at large elected for the term
1994-96 are Louanne Twaites, BSc
(Pharm) '53; Chris Bendl, BSc '91; and
Pamela Friedrich, BA '67.
Suspicions prove true
as employee nabs thief
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
Quick thinking by a UBC employee
averted the theft of an office computer
from UBC's Centre for Health Services
and Policy Research (CHSPR) last
Patrick Wong Fung, a programmer
analyst at the centre, was taking the
stairs to his office on the fourth floor of
the Instructional Resources Centre when
he encountered a man with a computer
under his arm.
"I thought it odd that someone would
carry a computer down the stairs rather
than using the elevator," Wong Fung
said. "But nevertheless, I opened the door
to assist him."
Suspicious, Wong Fung asked the office staff to check and see if any computers were missing. That's when Allyson
MacDonald, a research assistant, discovered the theft from a secretary's desk
located in the front office.
After telling MacDonald to call Parking
and Security Services, Wong Fung ran
back down the stairs in pursuit of the
"I noticed him exiting from the east
side of the building, ran after him and
grabbed him by the scruff of his neck," he
UBC security personnel arrived shortly
after, followed by members of the RCMP
university detachment who took the suspect, a known felon, into custody.
"A trained 'quick response' team could
not have reacted with greater dispatch,"
said CHSPR Director Morris Barer.
'The centre was blessed on this occasion by a remarkable combination of
good fortune, quick wits and good, old-
fashioned intrepidity."
Wong Fung realized after the fact that
he had placed himself in a vulnerable
position. He feels fortunate that the man
engaged in nothing other than a verbal
exchange until authorities arrived.
"There is no best thing to do because
each situation is different," said RCMP
Cpl. Terry Miles.
"Obviously in this case the action taken
was successful. But if there is any concern at all for physical safety, which is
paramount, do nothing other than take
the suspect's description and call police,"
he added.
Campus security has published a brochure called Challenging Strangers with
tips on why, when and how to safely
confront unwelcome persons such as
vagrants and trespassers.
'The brochure has been a great success," said John Smithman, director of
Parking and Security Services. "Other
universities are copying it for use on their
Smithman invites members ofthe campus community to call 822- 2222 for a
copy of the pamphlet which is available
free of charge.
He also encourages people to call John
Naylor, Secure Access Manager, at 822-
6623 for information about alarm installations and security systems, and Patrol
Manager Rita Aitken at 822-3509 with
concerns about personal security.
Spirit of adventure, learning
washes over Open House '95
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
It's tsunami-ous. A stylized, open-
ended wave will splash
across everything from t-
shirts to building cranes
promoting UBC's Open
House '95: An Odyssey.
"Coming up with a logo
has been an odyssey in
itself," said UBC Marketing Manager Debora
'The Open House faculty committee chose the
odyssey theme to convey
learning and education as
a long, adventurous journey, but it was difficult
turning that concept into
a symbol that represented
all facets ofthe university," she explained.
"Ofthe 25 different logos submitted for
consideration, most of them could be
interpreted as illustrating certain disciplines only."
an Odyssey
j OCTOBER 13.14.15,19951
The continuous wave, designed by
Palmer Jarvis Advertising, also symbolizes learning as a lifelong process, Sweeney
She stressed that the final
logo was chosen by the faculty
committee with the support of
several other Open House committees representing various
campus groups, including staff
and students.
"Open House '95 belongs to
everyone. We wanted as much
input as we could get about the
image of UBC we would be portraying to the public."
Sweeney welcomes wide use
of the logo which is already
scheduled to appear on United
Way campus campaign material, promotional brochures
available at UBC's information
kiosks and on building cranes at various
construction sites on campus.
For information about Open House
'95: An Odyssey, or to obtain a copy ofthe
logo, call 822-1995.
Faculty Association re-elects
'94/'°5 executive committee
UBC's Faculty Association
has re-elected last year's executive committee to serve another
one-year term.
Remaining in the positions
they held last year, members of
the executive for 1995-96 are:
Tony Sheppard, Law, president:
Robert Blake, Zoology, vice-
president; Joanne Emerman,
Anatomy, treasurer: and Billie
Housego, Educational Psychology and Special Education, secretary.
Members-at-large are: Mary Mitchell,
Tony Sheppard
Law Library; Ross Labrie, English; Ann Dusing, Classics;
George Spiegleman, Microbiology; David Walker, Chemistry; and Claire Young, Law.
Serving as ex-officio members are: Mary Russell. Social
Work, chair, personnel services committee; and Norma
Wieland, Germanic Studies,
chair, committee on salaries
and economic benefits. A vacancy exists for a chair, status of women
committee. 6 UBC Reports ■ June 15, 1995
Junel8 through July 15
Sunday, June 18
Mini Art Show
Photographs by June West and
Anne Cartshore. UBC Botanical
Garden from 10am-4pm. Tea
from llam-4pm. Friends ofthe
Garden. Call 822-9666.
UBC Summerstock '95
Horatio's Notebook. Opens June
15 and closes July 15. Frederic
Wood Theatre "Stage." Curtain at
8pm. Call 822-2678.
Monday, June 19
IHEAR Seminar
Potential Job Discrimination
Against People With Hearing Impairment. Dr. Chantal LaRoche,
U. of Ottawa. Mather Portable
Annex classroom #2 at 4pm. Call
Thursday, June 22
Continuing Studies Summer
Discovery Lecture and Field Trip
to Burns Bog. Lecture June 22;
field trip July 24. Karen Needham,
curator of UBC Spencer Entomological Museum; Wilf Schofield,
professor emeritus. Botany. $65
includes day trip to Burns Bog.
Call 822-1450.
Friday, June 23
Pediatrics Grand Rounds
Blood Transfusion: Important Issues For 1995. Dr. Louis D.
Wadsworth, program director
Hematopathology /Transfusion
Medicine. BCCH. GF Strong auditorium at 9am. Call 875-2307.
Health Care/Epidemiology
Presentation OfThe George Elliot
Prize For Lifetime Achievement.
Dr. Ted Allen, recipient of award.
Mather 253 from9:30- 10am. Paid
parking available in B-lot. Call
Tuesday, June 27
MOST Workshop
Employee Relations Skills For
Managers. Tom McNeice, coordinator Employee Relations. Human Resources; Margaret
Ostrom, Employee Relations Officer. Brock Hall 0017 two-day
workshop. Call 822-9644.
Electrical Engineering/
Electronics Seminar
Process   Tomography.   Prof.
Maurice Beck, U. of Manchester
Inst, of Science & Technology.
MacLeod 402 at 1:30pm. Call 822-
Artist Talk
Talks by West African Artists
Emmanuel Tanka and Chidi
Okoye. MOA theatre gallery at
7:30pm. Freeadmission. Call822-
Monday, July 3
Regent College Public
Principalities. Powers, And Gender Relations. Mary Stewart Van
Leeuwen. Regent Chapel at
7:30pm. Call 224-3245.
Tuesday, July 4
Continuing Studies Language
Programs / Services
Three-week intensive conversation
programs in French, Spanish,
Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese,
German and Italian begin today in
Buchanan D, 3rd floor. For course
times and registration, call 822-
Wednesday, July 5
Regent College Public
Preaching For Revival From
Jonathan Edwards to Billy
Graham. Stuart Piggin. Regent
Chapel at 7:30pm. Call 224-3245.
Monday, July 10
Continuing Studies/Applied
Continues to July 14. Machin
ing And Automation Course For
Manufacturing Engineers.Dr. Y.
Altintas; Dr. I. Yellowley. Laboratory Annex 410, Mech Engineering from 8:30am-5:30pm.
Call 822-3347 for registration/
Regent College Public
Suffered Under Pontius Pilate: The
Incarnation As History. Stephen
Evans. Regent Chapel at 7:30pm.
Call 224-3245.
Wednesday, July 12
Regent College Public
The Search For Adventure - Reflections On CS. Lewis. Regent
Chapel at 7:30pm. Call 224-
Student Housing
A service offered by the AMS has
been established to provide a hous-
ing listing service for both student
and landlords. This service utilizes a computer voice messaging
system. Students call 822-9844.
Landlords call 1-900-451-5585
(touch tone calling) or for assistance call 822-0888.
Friday Morning Campus Tour
School/College Liaison tours provide prospective UBC students with
an overview of campus activities,
facilities and services. Brock Hall
204 from9:30-1 lam. Reservations
one week in advance. Call 822-
Summer Sports Camp
For all ages. Soccer, computer,
gymnastics, fencing and much
more. For information please call
Community Sports Services at
English Language Institute
English-speaking families needed
to host international students participating in ELI programs for periods of two to six weeks. Remuneration is $22 per day. Call 822-1537.
Grad Centre Activities
Home of Koerner's Pub. Movies,
various events weekly in the Penthouse. Call the hotline 822-0999.
Counselling Psychology
Midlife Daughters/Daughters-In-
Law. Daughters, who are caring
for a parent in a care facility, are
needed for a study on stress and
coping. Involves one evening small
group discussion with women similar to yourself. Call Allison at 822-
Statistical Consulting/
Research Laboratory
SCARL is operated by the Department of Statistics to provide statistical advice to faculty/graduate
students working on research
problems. Call 822-4037.
Cognition and Emotion
Seeking participants. Participation
involves three 60-90 minute sessions. Honorarium of $30. Kenny
1708 (time to be arranged.) Call
Study of Coping Skills
Needed for UBC study of coping:
Any parent of a person with schizophrenia. Respond at your convenience to written confidential questionnaire. Study conclusions available. Please share your experience
so others may learn. Call Rose at
Clinical Research Support
Under the auspices of Health
Care/Epidemiology. Provides
methodological, biostatistical,
computational and analytical
support for health researchers.
Call 822-4530.
Disability Resource Centre
The centre provides consultation
and information lor faculty members with students with disabilities. Guidebooks/services for students and faculty available. Call
822- 5844.
Equity Office
Advisers are available to discuss
questions or concerns. We are
prepared to help any UBC student, or member of staff or faculty who is experiencing discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment, find
a satisfactory resolution. Call
Continuing Studies Writing
Writing 098: Preparation for University Writing And The LPI. Summer session: June 27-July 27,
Tues., Thurs.. 7-10pm. Call 822-
Health Professionals
Research Study
How Parents And Adolescents
Discuss And Understand
Health From Their Perspective.
If you sometimes think that the
professionals do not really know
what health issues are important to you and why, we invite
you to consider participating
in our research project. Volunteers please call 822-7442/
Diabetes Study
Volunteers required who have
Type II Diabetes; ages 19-70
yrs; stable blood glucose levels; normal blood lipid levels.
Required to consume a liquid
nutritional supplement for 28
days. Honorarium paid. Call
Nitobe Memorial Garden/
Botanical Garden
Summer hours effective to Oct.
15. Open from 10am-6pm daily,
including weekends. Call 822-
9666 for garden information.
Botanical Garden Tours
Wednesdays/Saturdays until October. UBC Botanical Garden at
lpm. Available with the price of
admission. Call 822-9666.
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, 207-6328
Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z2. Phone: 822-
3131. Fax: 822-2684. Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the Calendar's Notices section may be limited
due to space.
Deadline for the July 13 issue of UBC Reports —
which covers the period July 16 to August 19—is noon,
July 4.
Sopron School of Forestry members
fled Hungary for fresh start at UBC
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Nearly 40 years after fleeing their
homeland, members of the Sopron
School of Forestry gathered on campus recently to unveil a plaque commemorating their arrival at UBC.
In 1956 the entire Sopron School
of Forestry — faculty, staff, students
and their families, a total of about
300 people — fled Hungary fearing
Soviet reprisals during the Hungarian Revolution.
At UBC's invitation, they came to
Canada where they were "adopted"
by the Faculty of Forestry.
In 1957 Sopron Dean Kalman
Roller and UBC Forestry Dean George
Allen planted a European oak tree on
EastMall, oppositewhat isnowthe UBC
Bookstore, in honour of their arrival.
The plaque, located at the base of
the oak tree, was unveiled at a small
ceremony on May 26 by Forestry
Dean Clark Binkley and Les Jozsa,
president of the Sopron Alumni.
A verse written by Hungarian poet
Levay Jozsef is on the plaque and
reads in translation:
"A lonely oak, I am battered by
lightning and mighty storms, but at
least I can breathe the fresh air of my
Many ofthe Sopron foresters found
jobs in B.C.'s forestry industry. Others — Tony Kozak, Oscar Sziklai,
Laszlo Paszner and Laszlo Adamovich
— joined the faculty at UBC.
"I'm quite proud to be a part of
that group," said Sopron alumni and
event organizer John Palkovics.
Martin Dee photo
Unveiling a plaque at the base of the oak tree
planted by members of the Sopron School of
Forestry nearly 40 years ago, are UBC Forestry
Dean Clark Binkley, right, and Les Jozsa,
president of the Sopron Alumni. UBC Reports ■ June 15, 1995 7
The world needs your dreams
Vancouver Island writer Jack Hodgins recalls the "deceptive nature of education.'
by Jack Hodgins
Jack Hodgins. Vancouver Island au
thor and professor of creative writing at
the University of Victoria, received an
honorary degree from UBC. his alma
mater, on June I. This is his acceptance
Readers often assume that
writers must be just like the
people they write about.
Sometimes they even act upon this
assumption. I have been invited to
parties where I was told to bring my
power saw, since naturally when the
party got going I'd want to help carve
up the walls of the house. I was
kidnapped, once, by an enthusiastic
reader who'd decided I would rather
go wolf-hunting with him than show
up at the next library reading he was
supposed to be driving me to.
So you may understand that when
I learned the UBC Senate had
decided to offer me an honorary
degree. I imagine resistance. "Are you
crazy?" someone must surely have
cried. "Haven't you read his books?
His weddings all become brawls and
his funerals deteriorate into bizarre
road*chases; he's never once treated
a serious event with dignity. Whatever you do. don't let him near the
I am glad the authorities decided
not to deny me the microphone, for I
am eager to express my gratitude for
this wonderful honour. To the 17-
year-old who arrived at the University of British Columbia in 1956, this
moment was as unimaginable as a
spaceship excursion to Mars. In fact,
a holiday in space was the more
likely event, since I had no reason to
believe I'd survive a month in a
university. The advice of friends had
prepared me for certain failure:
"Don't even open your mouth," they
said. 'They'll guess right away you're
a hick."
'Take everything they tell you with
a grain of salt, it's their job to mess
up your brain."
"Whatever you do. sit in the back
row, so they won't notice when you're
That my preconceptions proved to
be wrong should not have surprised
me. I'd learned about the deceptive
nature of education before I ever set
foot in a school. When I was a small
child, my parents bought an old
farmhouse that had been lived in by
renters. There was a trap door in the
kitchen ceiling and a ladder that took
me up to an attic where the previous
inhabitants had left old newspapers,
including stacks of coloured comics.
I spent so much time poring over
these comics that eventually I was
able to read the words in the balloons. Maggie and Jiggs. the
Katzenjammer Kids. Mandrake the
Magician — I knew what they said.
When my parents told me it was time
to start school, I said that I didn't
need to go, I already knew how to
read. I explained what had been
going on in the attic. Well, what a
waste, my parents said, because the
people who'd lived in the house
before us had been Finns, and all
those comics were in Finnish. I'd
gone to all that trouble only to learn
how to read the wrong language!
This sort of unintended education
John Chong photo
Author, professor and UBC alumnus Jack Hodgins was among 10
distinguished individuals to receive honorary degrees from UBC during
the spring Congregation ceremonies.
has become a theme in my life. I can't
say that comic book Finnish has been
all that useful, but the process of
staring at faces and body language
until I understood what people must be
saying and even thinking was certainly
an important skill I would later need as
a writer of fiction.
I came to UBC to learn how to be a
teacher with a regular salary,
though writing stories was what I'd
always wanted to do with my life. I
preferred to eat while I wrote. But by
the time I had that diploma and that
job, I'd spent five years in the company
of people whose knowledge and dedication sent me away with habits of
thought that made it possible for my
life to be enriched by both the teaching
I was trained for and the writing I was
yet to learn through years of practice.
I'm thinking now of the insights I was
given by Earle Birney, the wealth of
experience shared by Owen Thomas,
the practical advice given by Mollie
Cottingham, the love of literature
demonstrated by Elliot Gose and
Clinton Burhans Jr., and the love of
both teaching and of humanity expressed every day by the unforgettable
Walter Gage. These mentors, and
others, though they may barely have
noticed that I existed, left something in
me I have been feeding off ever since.
Like those Finnish comics, they opened
my eyes to different views of the world.
I was fortunate that my education
helped to prepare me for both my work
and my employment at a time when a
right to a job was taken for granted.
Today the right to a job is not taken for
granted at all, and too many people are
not finding the kind of work they'd
prepared for. As new graduates, you
could get the idea that the world out
there doesn't need you.
Well, the world does need you, but
it may require you to broaden
your idea of employment a little,
to see employment in any opportunity
for converting good ideas into activities
that benefit others as well as yourself.
You, too, have probably been educated
in ways far broader than you'd intended.
We need you to dream new ways to
write stories about what it's like to be
us, here on this ragged green edge of
the earth. We need you to make
paintings and sculptures and symphonies that expand our understanding of
the hidden world, and to discover
means for saving the environment
without destroying the livelihood of
people who depend upon it, and to
come up with new ideas for using our
libraries and our classrooms to
foster literacy and the love of reading. And we need you to make films
set in our unique places before all
our towns and coastline mountains
end up in foreign movies pretending
to be Oregon or Maine.
Of course we may not pay you
well for this. The reward may have to
be in the pleasure of doing something that enriches your own life as
it enriches others'. It is a risk we
need you to take, if our country and
our culture are to survive, at least in
any form we may have chosen. Even
if every one of you does get a high-
Though the job my father did
through most of his working life was
in logging, his real life was in improving his little farm — clearing and
planting new fields, thinning the
timber, sawing up his own lumber
on his home-made mill. "I've got to
be clearing land." he said. Improving
the world was his theme — tidying it
up for beasts and humans alike.
Much of my mother's work was done
in the home but her activities
expanded outward to illustrate her
main theme: "You've got to be
helping people, for heaven's sake, or
what good are you!" For 35 years I've
been blessed with a wife who, in
every way, embodies a similar
commitment to the enabling power of
love. Much ofthe humility I feel
today in the face of this honour
comes from knowing that whatever
I've done is of value only so far as it
can be put without shame beside the
quieter accomplishments of these
remarkable people in their shining
To tell you the truth, I have been
slightly wary of honours since
the time I won a literary prize
given by a distillery, several years
ago. They invited me to be their
guest of honour at a four-day literary
conference in a distant city. They
didn't tell me until I arrived that for
those four days I was to be the
bartender in their hospitality room;
so I didn't tell them I knew absolutely nothing about mixing drinks. I
did a good deal of guessing. In
general, I decided that to err on the
side of "too much" rather than "too
little." As a result I had to bear the
responsibility for several complaints
about Harvey Wallbangers that
tasted of rum, much unseemly
flirting from tipsy great-grandmothers, and a series of disastrous
furniture-breaking fights amongst
the other guests. By the time they
finally gave me the award, I'd done
so much damage that I vowed to
think twice before accepting any
more honours.
But I have no such hesitation
today. In expressing my gratitude to
those who have bestowed this
honour, let me suggest that it will be
a welcome reminder to me that I may
not have been wrong to employ my
time in doing what I love best in a
way that allows others to take some
pleasure from it too. I wish every one
of you such riches in your waiting
Thank you. 8 UBC Reports ■ June 15, 1995
Policy on Research Grants During Periods Other Than
Study Leave - Initial Draft for Discussion
June 15, 1995
Dear Colleagues:
During negotiations in 1993 with the Faculty Association, the
University undertook to implement a research grant program for periods
other than study leave, provided that the University was satisfied that
the program could and would comply with Revenue Canada regulations.
This research grant program is one that permits, under certain
conditions, a researcher to receive a research grant in lieu of salary,
through a mechanism which includes peer review. The grant may be
used for all purposes of a grant-in-aid of research, except for the salary
of the principal investigator. As per Revenue Canada guidelines, the
program covers only research activities and is not intended to cover
projects directed at teaching or the development of teaching-related
Consultation to date has been extensive. The Director of Research
Services and the Faculty Association have both made valuable contributions to the initial draft. Input has been received from Associate Vice
Presidents McClean and Webber, the Deans and Administrative Heads
of Unit. Your comments will be appreciated now, before the Board of
Governors is asked to give its approval. Please direct any suggestions
to Vice Provost Libby Nason
Yours sincerely,
David W. Strangway
Vice President Academic & Provost
Vice President Research
To set out the terms and conditions under which scholars at UBC may receive a
research grant in lieu of salary during
periods other than study leave.
The research grant during periods other
than study leave program permits scholars to receive a research grant in lieu of
salary through a mechanism involving
peer review, under certain conditions as
established by Revenue Canada. To be
eligible, the purpose and objectives ofthe
expenditures proposed must be warranted
in the context of the research outlined.
The grant may be used for all purposes of
a Grant-In-Aid of research, but not to
supplement income. In accordance with
Revenue Canada guidelines, this program covers only research activities —
those involving critical or scientific inquiry aimed at the discovery of new interpretations or applications — and is not
intended to cover projects directed at
teaching or the development of teaching-
or research-related skills. When the research grant has been established, the
funds are no longer considered to be a
salary, but constitute a research grant.
Grants awarded under this program are
regarded as taxable income. However,
the grant payment is treated as T4A
income for tax purposes and accordingly,
no income tax is deducted at source by
the University. The award recipient is
responsible for reporting the income to
Revenue Canada and declaring eligible
expenditures against it.
General Revenue Canada Requirements
The type of research undertaken in the
program must be of a type which is
separate and apart from research work
ordinarily expected under the researcher's terms of employment. Also, the nonspecific research component of the researcher's normal duties of employment
is to be reduced by a level reasonably
corresponding to the value ofthe award.
The signatures of the applicant, the Administrative Head of Unit and the Dean
(or equivalent) on the application form
attest to these requirements. See Tax
Information below.
The Research Grant During Periods Other
than Study Leave Program (RGnoSL) is
available to individuals, both full- and
part-time, whose terms of employment at
UBC include the requirement to do independent research.
Application Procedures
Application forms for the RGnoSL are
available from the Office of Research Services (Phone 822-6155 or 822-8584 or e-
mail sat®orsil.ubc.ca)
In completing the application, researchers describe the specific research activity
in sufficient detail to allow adjudication
ofthe request by qualified assessors, and
to justify fully the budget request in the
context of the activity.
All applications must be approved by the
Administrative Head of Unit (Department
Head, or Dean in a non-departmentalized
faculty, or University Librarian). Approval is for both the prospective research and the agreement to a reduction
in non-specific research corresponding
to the amount ofthe grant award, but not
for responsibility or liability regarding tax
Application Deadlines
Applications must be received in the Office of Research Services by April 1 or
October 1. Awards take effect the following July 1 or January 1 respectively and
are for a maximum of twelve months from
the start date. Requests for successive
awards are submitted annually. Applications received for each deadline date will
be reviewed by a panel established by the
Executive Committee for Research.
The panel established by the Executive
Committee for Research will assess an
application on the basis of the quality of
the proposal, its description and justification, the justification of budget in relation to the proposal and the applicant's
past research record. The panel may
consult with the Head, Dean, Vice President Research or Provost on eligibility
and other matters.
Grant Payment
The researcher and Administrative Head
of Unit are informed by letter ofthe result
of the deliberation.
If an award is made, Research Services
initiates payment. The amount of the
research grant is reflected as a reduction
in the researcher's salary and is reported
on an income tax T4A slip. Thus, under
this program, the researcher's total income is divided into two components:
salary and research grant (income tax is
not withheld from the research grant
portion). Although the researcher's salary is reduced by the amount of the
research grant, the University will continue to pay benefits on the full regular
According to Revenue Canada regulations,
research grant-related expenses must be
incurred in the same calendar year in
which the research grant is received in
order to be deductible from the grant. In
some cases, research expenses may be
incurred in the year immediately preceding or immediately after the year in which
the grant is received. Please refer to
Canada Taxation Bulletin IT-75R3, available from the Office of Research Services.
Travel costs are allowed for purposes
essential to the research outlines. Policy
#83 (Travel and Related Expenses) and
Policy #84 (Entertainment) apply. According to Revenue Canada guidelines,
researchers may claim only their own
expenses for travel between home and
the place at which they sojourn (temporarily reside) while engaged in research
work, provided such travel is essential to
the research. Traveling expenses for
spouses and children may not be claimed.
Researchers are not permitted to claim
their own personal and living expenses,
including meals and lodgings, which temporarily residing in a place while engaged
in research. However, researchers are
entitled to claim expenses for meals and
lodgings while on brief trips in connection with their research.
Grantees who employ assistants must
act as employers with all the responsibili
ties that entails. In particular, grantees
are cautioned that statutory deductions
for UIC and CPP must be taken and
remitted along with the employer contributions when paying a salary for an
assistant or other research personnel.
Such employer contributions may be
charged to the grant.
Leaving the University
If at any time during the term of a RGnoSL
the grantee ceases to be employed by the
University or his/her salary ceases, the
grant arrangement terminates.
Tax Information
Please note that, although the University
approves a RGnoSL:
• The question of the deductibility of
expenses for income tax purposes
must be in accordance with Revenue Canada regulations and such
deductions should be claimed with
the researcher files his or her personal income tax return.
• Any questions with respect to the
eligibility of expense deductions
must be resolved between the researcher and Revenue Canada. The
researcher is solely responsible for
any additional income taxes which
may become payable.
• The researcher is not required to
submit an accounting for these funds
to the University, but since it is the
responsibility of the researcher to
support claims for deductions to
Revenue Canada, researchers are
advised to keep detailed records of
research expenditures.
• The University is not in a position to
offer any more detailed tax information than that which is contained in
Revenue Canada Interpretation Bulletin IT-75R3, nor will the University
assist the faculty member in the
presentation for T4A income or any
research deductions to Revenue
• Any questions about taxation regulations should be referred directly to
Revenue Canada or to an external
(personal) tax advisor.
• When a researcher's non-salary income exceeds $30,000 there may be
liability for Good and Services Tax
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Draft Revision of Policy #48
Reduced Workload/Appointment
Responsibility - Faculty
June 15, 1995
Dear Colleagues:
The Committee of Deans has been considering a policy change with
respect to tenured or tenure-track faculty members working on a less than
full-time basis.
Please review the draft policy carefully and send in any suggestions
or comments to Vice Provost Libby Nason
Sincerely yours,
David W. Strangway
o Qv,
Continued next page UBC Reports ■ June 15, 1995 9
Draft Revision of Policy #48
Reduced Workload/Appointment Responsibility - Faculty
Vice President Academic & Provost
To describe the circumstances under
which the University considers the part-
time employment of a tenured or tenure-
track faculty member and the terms and
conditions of the resulting appointment.
The University recognizes the value ofthe
professoriate that gives its full-time commitment to the University for teaching,
scholarly activity and service. It also
recognizes that to insist on a full-time
commitment on the part of each and
every faculty member may impose hardships on particular individuals, even to
the extent where a person with superb
qualifications might have to refuse an
offer of employment or resign, to the
detriment of UBC's students and research
enterprise. In addition, the University's
economic circumstances, teaching and
scholarly requirements, and other operational concerns may make it wise for the
University to engage certain faculty members on a part-time basis.
Therefore, where it is to the advantage of
the University, a part-time appointment
may be offered to a faculty member, on
either a continuing (until retirement) basis or for an agreed term. The duration
and nature ofthe part-time commitment,
once agreed, are not changed without the
agreement of both the faculty member
and the Universitv. In the absence oi
such an agreement, faculty members do
not have a claim on or right of expectation
to any other full- or part-time position at
the University beyond the current appointment.
'Allocation of responsibilities
Responsibilities of a faculty member will
normally involve all three areas (teaching, scholarly activity and service to the
University and the community). If the
President so recommends, a part-time
appointment may be granted by the Board
of Governors. The precise allocation is
approved by the Vice President Academic
& Provost on the recommendation of the
Dean after discussion between the faculty member and the head of the academic unit. Details ofthe reason for the
part-time appointment and the benefits
to UBC of the arrangement are set out in
writing and are included in the personnel
file ofthe faculty member concerned once
approved. Details of the duties to be
performed and the time in which they will
be performed are subject to annual review by the Dean and Head/Director.
Types of part-time arrangements range
from full workload for part of the year in
combination with no assigned duties in
the balance, to partial workload for all or
part of the year. In no case is the part-
time appointment to fall below 50% of
If part-time status is granted on a term
basis, the position held for the faculty
member to return to full-time service
cannot be filled (that is, committed on a
recurring basis beyond the termination
date ofthe part-time appointment).
A part-time faculty member is assigned a
"base salary rate", computed as if he/she
were full-time.   The facultv member re
ceives an "actual salary", pro-rated from
the base salary rate in direct relation to
the approved reduction in duties from a
full-time appointment. This pro-ration,
based upon agreed responsibilities and
time commitments is subject to approval
by the Vice President Academic & Provost. If the faculty member has been
holding a full-time appointment, t he proration is the appropriate percentage of
his/her full-time salary.
Salary adjustments are governed by collective agreements between UBC and the
Faculty Association. When considered for
salary increments, merit awards and performance salary adjustments, a part-time
tenure-track or tenured faculty member is
assessed on his/her actual assignments.
Any increase is pro-rated according to the
percentage time ofthe appointment.
Part-time faculty members are entitled to
participate in the following benefit plans:
Pension Plan: Contributions by the individual and UBC are based on actual
salary paid.
Long Term Disability Benefit: Premiums and benefits are based on actual
salary paid.
Group Life Insurance: Contributions
and benefits are based on actual salary
Optional Group Life Insurance:  Avail
M.S.A., Extended Health, Dental Plans
and Employee and Family Assistance
Program: Mandatory, with the same
contributions/deductions made/taken as
for full-time faculty members.
Sick Leave: Salary received on sick live
is based on actual salary received prior to
the sick leave commencing.
Canada Pension, Unemployment In
surance,   Workers'   Compensation:
These benefits are available according to
the applicable government regulations.
Dependent Tuition Waiver:   Not available.
Part-time faculty members are eligible to
apply for study leave on the same basis of
calendar years of service as full-time faculty members. Salary during study leave
reflects the actual salary described in the
'Performance Assessment, Tenure and
As with full-time faculty, an annual report of activities is required.
The pre-tenure period for part-time faculty
members is the same as it is for full-time
faculty members (that is. a maximum of
seven years). The granting of tenure to
part-time faculty members is on the basis
of the part-time appointment only.
For the purpose of performance assessment for tenure and promotion, the criteria are the same as for full-time appointments, but take into account the part-
time nature ofthe appointment.
'Transferring to full-time
The duration and nature ofthe part-time
commitment, once agreed, cannot be
changed without the agreement of both
the faculty member and. on recommendation of the President, the Board ol'
Governors ofthe University. If a transfer
to full-time employment is agreed, tenure
and rank in such an appointment is
'Faculty Association Representation
Part-time faculty members are represented bv the Facultv Association.
Policy and Regulations Regarding the Posting of Notices, Posters, Signs, etc.,
in and around University Facilities - Working Draft #2 for Discussion
June 15. 1995
Dear Colleagues:
Several of you have written to me in the past year asking that we address the
problem of posting of notices on UBC buildings, trees, benches, and walkways.
Thanks are due to the small working group (Roger Morris, Campus Planning
& Development: Don Paterson, Arts: Denis Pianarosa, Graduate Student
Society: Grant Rhodes. Alma Mater Society: Chuck Rooney, Plant Operations: Chuck Slonecker. University Relations) that assisted Vice Provost
Nason in drafting the policy below.
For this policy to work will require the cooperation of all individuals and
groups on campus, as well as a system of outdoor notice boards that are both
functional and attractive. I am pleased to announce that prototype notice
boards will be constructed over the summer for campus community comment
in the early fall.
In the meantime, your participation by sending suggestions for improvements in this policy to Vice Provost Libby Nason will be appreciated.
Yours sincerely,
David W. Strangway    J
In order to enhance the beauty and environment quality of the UBC Campus,
promote campus communications
through a systematic notice posting approach, and avoid unnecessary maintenance costs, safety hazards, and visual
pollution caused by the indiscriminate
posting of notices, posters, banners, and
like material, the following regulations
will apply to the affixing of such material
in and around University facilities. Separate regulations for such activities are in
effect for the Student Union Building and
facilities under the control ofthe Department of Housing and Conferences. Under no conditions may posters or unauthorized signs be attached to walls of
corridors, classrooms, or public spaces
or attached to equipment.
Building Interiors
Any posters, notices or signs which constitute a safety hazard such as those
posted on fire doors or covering fire-hose
cabinets or fire extinguishers will be re
moved and the offender fined $500.
1. It is the policy of the University to
provide sufficient notice boards
throughout its buildings to provide a
reasonable amount of space for the
posting of notices required for the official purposes of academic, non-academic, and student activities. These
notice boards must meet building and
fire code standards. For more information, contact Campus Planning and
2. Building notice boards are under the
control ofthe department or other unit
in whose area they are located.
3. Notices and other material may be
posted only on the notice boards provided and only when approved by the
controlling Department or other unit.
Posting and removal guidelines are
established by the department or unit.
Building Exteriors
1. Notices, posters, bills, or like materials
will not be attached to building exteriors.
2. In very special circumstances and only
with approval of the Department of
Plant Operations, banners may be
hung on University facilities. In that
event, the size, method of attachment,
and duration of exhibition must be
discussed and agreed upon with the
Department of Plant Operations prior
to installation.
University Grounds
1. Limited notice board space will be
available on campus grounds for posters and signs. Material may be placed
on the notice boards as space is available. These notice boards will be moni
tored by the Department of Plant Operations which will periodically remove
material that is duplicated, has had
exposure for a reasonable time or whose
expiry date is past.
2. No material shall be attached to trees,
lamp standards, grounds furniture or
statuary, traffic controls, building
signs, directional signs, warning signs
or other fixtures.
3. No notices, flyers, bills, or such materials are to be placed on vehicles parked
on University grounds, or in parking
lots or parkades. Exceptions to this
regulation must be discussed with and
approved by the Parking & Security
Services Department. Cost of cleanup associated with such distribution
will be charged to the person or organization responsible.
4. In accordance with Policy #98. signs from
commercial enterprises are not permi 11 ed
without the prior approval of the Vice
President responsible for the area.
5. Temporary traffic directional signs (e.g.
concerts, "Storm the Wall") are authorized through parking and Security Services.
6. Permanent signage is authorized
through the Department of Campus
Planning and Development.
The Department of Plant Operations has
been instructed to remove all posters,
signs, notices, and similar material that
have not been placed in accordance with
these regulations. Any costs incurred for
their removal or for the repair of damage
caused by unauthorized placement will
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Rock Solid
A stone cairn adorns the site
of UBC's Medical Student and
Alumni Centre, located at W.
12th Ave. and Heather St.,
scheduled for completion in
1996. The new cairn, a
smaller replica of the cairn
on the university's Main Mall,
was unveiled last month in
recognition of donors who
supported the $1.25 million
drive to finance the centre's
second phase of construction. Both cairns were made
from stones carried by more
than 1,000 students in the
Great Trek of 1922. The
march, from Vancouver
General Hospital to UBC, was
an attempt by the students
to convince the provincial
government to resume
construction  of the  Point
Grey campus which had been
interrupted by the First
World War. From left to right:
Mel Gamble, Ministry of
Health; Dr. Stephen Tredwell,
president ofthe UBC Medical
Alumni Association; Dr.
William Webber, co-ordinator
of Health Sciences; Dr.
Martin Hollenberg, dean of
Medicine; Dr. David McLean,
Dr. Philip Narod photo
assistant dean, Research,
Vancouver Hospital; Iain
Dickey, Medical Undergraduate Society representative; Dr. David Hardwick,
associate dean, Research and
Planning, Faculty of
Medicine; and Prof. Emeritus
William Chase, representing
donors from the UBC medical
Kroller takes reins as editor of
Canadian Literature journal
Prof. Eva-Marie Kroller
will take over as editor of
Canadian Literature, the
foremost journal devoted
to Canadian writing, on
July 1. She replaces Prof.
William New. who held the
post for 18 years. Kroller
has been associate editor
for nine years.
Kroller will step down
as chair of UBC's
Comparative Literature
Program at the end of June, to be
replaced by Thomas Salumets
from the Dept. of Germanic
Studies. Author of books on
Canadian travel writing and the
country's alternative arts scene
inthe 1960s,
Kroller's goal
is to maintain
the journal's
relevance to
as broad a
readership as
New   has
accepted  an
offer to
become   the
Marie Kroller       seCond holder
ofthe Brenda and David McLean
Chair in Canadian Studies, a
position currently held by
Political Science Prof. Alan Cairns.
Like Kroller, New starts his two-
year term on Canada Day.
New has been editor of the
major journal of literary criticism
in the country since 1977 when
he took over from noted
Canadian author and founder,
the late George Woodcock.
First published in 1959.
Woodcock decided that the
journal's mandate was to keep
readers informed about what
was happening from year to
year in the Canadian literary
'That first year he had the
ambitious idea to review every
book which came out," said
Kroller, the journal's review
editor since 1986. "Incredibly,
he more or less did it."
The following development projects are currently
being considered:
Permit Reviews in Progress
• Chemical Bio-Resources Engineering Building
• Donor Plaza - Main Mall and Memorial Road
• Earth Sciences Building - Phase I
• Forest Sciences - Advanced Wood Processing Lab
• Urban Activity Structure - David Lam Building
• War Memorial Gym Addition
For More Information on any of these Projects
please contact Kathleen Laird-Burns at 822-8228,
laird@unixg.ubc.ca or visit our Campus Planning &
Development Home Page on the Internet at
Information supplied by:
Regulatory Services, a division of
Campus Planning & Development,
2210 West Mall, Vancouver,
BC, V6T1Z4,
822-8228 (ph),
822-6119 (fax).
planning 8c
by staff writers
Physics Prof. William Unruh ie winner of the 1995
Canadian Association of Physicists
(CAP) Medal of Achievement, the
association's top honour.
Unruh was recognized lor his research in theoretical gravitational
physics and cosmology, the study ofthe
universe, specifically for his pioneering
work on quantum field theory as applied
to black holes, black hole evaporation
and acceleration-radiation.
Unruh is a fellow and director of the
Cosmology Program of the Canadian
Institute of Advanced Research. In 1990,
he received the B.C. Science and
Engineering Gold Medal in the natural sciences.
In previous years he has won the Herzberg Medal, given by
CAP to researchers under 40 years of age. the Rutherford
Medal from the Royal Society of Canada and the Steacie Prize
from the National Research Council. He is also a fellow ofthe
Royal Society of Canada. Unruh will receive his award at the
June congress of CAP at Laval University.
• • • •
Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology, Dr. Stephen
Drance, has been awarded an honorary degree from
Dalhousie University.
Drance earned his MD at the University of Edinburgh and
received his ophthalmological training at Oxford.
A principal founder of UBC's Eye Care Centre, he joined
the university in 1963 and served as chair of the Dept. of
Ophthalmology from 1973 to 1990.
Last year Drance was honoured with the Science Council of
B.C.'s prestigious Chairman's Award for Career Achievement.
He is internationally acclaimed for developing new techniques for the early detection of glaucoma.
Drance was conferred with an honorary Doctor of Laws at
Dalhousie's May 26 graduation ceremony at which he delivered the convocation address.
• • • •
Ron Dumouchelle. director of UBC's Development Office,
has been appointed acting vice-president. External
Affairs, while VP Peter Ufford is on leave from the
university.  Also in the Development Office, Alan Marchant
has been promoted to associate director. External Affairs
Advancement Services, responsible for finance, administration and systems.
• • • •
Michael Healey, director of the Westwater Research
Centre, has been awarded a Fullbright Fellowship for
study at the University of Rhode Island during 1995-96.
At Rhode Island, Healey will collaborate with colleagues in the Political
Science Dept. and the Coastal Resource
Center on a study of the role of science
in the development and evolution of
resource management policy in the
United States and Canada.
The research builds on an earlier
collaboration between Healey and his
colleagues on an emerging theoretical
framework for the role of science in
public policy development.
Specific areas of study include the
collapse of Atlantic groundfish stocks
and, on the west coast, water management crises such as the
Nechako River controversy. Healey will step down as Westwater
director in July and begin his fellowship in September.
• • • •
Following a review of UBC's internal and external communications programs, the university's Community Relations Office has been renamed the Public Affairs Office.
Steve Crombie, formerly UBC's manager of Media Relations,
has been appointed associate director, University Relations,
overseeing the Public Affairs Office and related areas.  Paula
Martin is the new manager of the Public Affairs Office responsible for the university's media relations program and
UBC Reports. • • • •
The Alumni Association has a new associate executive director.
Leslie Konantz. formerly program manager with the Alumni
Association, assumed her new position on May 1.
• • • •
Sue Rideout. a senior news producer in Vancouver, will
use a four-month study leave fellowship to study the
ethics of news decision-making at UBC's Centre for
Applied Ethics.
Sponsored by the Michener Awards Foundation, the $20,000
fellowship is one of two awarded annually to advance education
in the field ol journalism.
Rideout says that with close to 50.000 newcomers settling
each year in the Lower Mainland, journalists are faced with the
question of how to represent the interests and concerns of these
people. She plans to use her fellowship to examine the ethics of
news gathering at a time when immigration is drastically altering B.C.'s population mix. The fellowship is named after former
Gov. Gen. Roland Michener.
Healey 12 UBC Reports ■ June 15, 1995
Dr. Donald
and his
twin engine
Stephen Forgoes photo
The Sky's the Limit
by Connie Filletti
Stajf writer
Stand by. It's a phrase that comes
naturally to Donald Studney when
he puts a telephone caller on
hold. An unusual parlance perhaps for
a doctor who specializes in internal
medicine, but not for a pilot.
Studney, an associate professor in
the Faculty of Medicine, earned his
wings in 1963, the same year he graduated with a BASc in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto.
A book called Eight Hours to Solo,
which he read as a schoolboy, ignited
his passion for flight.
Looking off into the distance, Studney
fondly recollects the story, about a
youngster who takes flying lessons and
the thrill of piloting an airplane.
'The thought of flying solo after eight
hours of instruction was quite electrifying," Studney says. "I retained the
desire to learn to fly all through high
school and university. When I was able
to take lessons and solo, the experience
was just as I had imagined."
The book is so fixed in his mind
that more than 40 years after
reading it, he is still trying to find
a copy.
Apart from flying bush planes as a
hobby, Studney used his piloting skills
in the early days of his practice,
travelling to outlying areas of the
province such as Smithers, Prince
Rupert and Port Hardy to conduct
medical clinics.
"Many of these communities in the
late 1970s and early 1980s had no
specialists, so a visiting internist was
very welcome and would be booked
dawn to dusk for several days," he
"We also took medical residents up
with us and they were able to see a far
greater variety of interesting and
serious cases than we were able to
provide in our Vancouver outpatient
teaching clinics."
These days, you'll find him in the
cockpit of a twin engine Seneca he and
a surgeon recently acquired, which
Studney will fly to Atlanta this month
to attend an annual diabetes conference.
In between working at his alma
mater in both the departments of
electrical engineering and physiology,
and taking a year to work in the
Medical Research Council's laboratory
in Surrey, England, Studney completed
an MASc in Electrical Engineering in
1967 and an MD three years later, both
at UofT.
His decision to study medicine was
made while he was at the university's
Institute of Bio-Medical Electronics
earning his master's degree.
'The person doing the most interesting research at the institute was both a
medical doctor and an engineer,"
Studney says. "That encouraged me to
pursue an MD instead of a PhD."
Finding interesting things to do has
never been a problem for Studney.
In 1973, intrigued by the dawning
of computer technology, he pursued a
fellowship in internal medicine and
computer science at the Laboratory of
Computer Science at Harvard Medical
The only one of its kind at the time,
the laboratory provided post-graduate
training to MDs interested in using
computerized medical records for
practice and research.
Studney, whose major research
interests include diabetes and diabetes-
related nerve damage called
neuropathy, has computerized records
for each of his patients suffering from
these illnesses.
"It's a powerful tool which allows me
to identify two or three hundred
patients in B.C. who may be candidates'
for clinical trials," Studney says.
In September, he'll embark on his
fifth study since beginning his
neuropathy research more than a
decade ago.
Studney will test Zopolrestat, an
investigational drug that may help
reverse or stop the progression of the
painful disease that usually affects the
legs and occurs approximately 10 years
after a person has been diagnosed with
Another study he hopes to pursue
later this year is the effect of blood
sugar levels on a pilot's instrument
flying skills — research that has never
been done before.
"Instrument flying is a multidimensional, intensely cognitive activity
and probably the first one to degrade."
Studney says.
"We know the effects of alcohol and
recreational drugs which have been
tested in simulators, but we don't have
the data to show the relationship
between diabetic stability, control and
risks to flying."
That lack of information is what
makes aviation regulations concerning
diabetic pilots irksome to Studney, who
has seen first hand the personal
devastation caused by rules which he
describes as strictly arbitrary.
Several years ago he treated a pilot
who, within five years of retirement,
developed adult diabetes.
"He spent his career flying bush
planes and had just been transferred to
jets, enabling him to fly some good
routes," Studney recalls.
"He was told that he could fly only if
he didn't take medication for the
diabetes. He lost his licence, got it back
then lost it again. It was terribly
It was Studney's intervention in the
case, and continued dialogue with
officials at Transport Canada, that
helped loosen up some of their rigid
thinking about diabetes.
"More individual consideration is
given to pilots now and a reasonable
set of standards has been developed."
he says.
Studney hopes his blood sugar
study will complement a recent
initiative launched by the U.S.
Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to
reassess its regulations concerning
diabetic pilots.
FAA proposals include allowing
diabetic pilots to fly even though they
may require pills and insulin for their
"I never thought that I would see an
aviation authority solicit opinions on
how to change its regulations." Studney
He hastens to add. however, that
there is concern among physicians
about the FAA's proposals because of
the lack of precise data.
"As much as it is very humane to be
thinking about, we don't have a degree
of predictability," Studney cautions.
"How will we prevent arbitrary
rulings and safeguard freedom from
them and maintain a safety net?"
It's just one of the questions he
hopes his new research project will
help answer.
When he isn't racking up nearly
100 hours of flight time a year,
Studney devotes a great portion
of his leisure time to cooking.
Although he claims no relationship
between this hobby and what he knows
as a diabetes specialist — that diet is
key to controlling the disease — he is a
health-conscious cook.
"I cook as if my patients were
watching me."
That means broiling, poaching,
delicate sauces and a lot of fish on the
menu in Studney's home.
His fascination with the fruits of the
sea began when he was an intern in
Montreal. Waldman's, reputed to be
Canada's largest fish market, was just
a few blocks away from his apartment.
A native of Winnipeg. Studney grew
up on the prairies and didn't know
most of the varieties Waldman's sold.
Never deterred by a challenge, he
bought a cookbook and kept it in his
bicycle carrier for quick reference as he
went through the market.
"If I had a recipe for a particular
kind offish, I'd try it. I like to experiment with cooking. It's chemistry set


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