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Georgetti, Moen
latest to join board
Ken Georgetti, president, CEO and
chair ofthe board ofthe British Columbia
Federation of Labour, has been appointed by the
province to UBC's
Board ofGovernors
for a three-year
A native of Trail,
B.C., Georgetti
worked as a pipe
fitter in the
Cominco smelter
located in his
hometown, and
became  active  in
the United Steelworkers of America Local 480, rising to president ofthe local in
Three years later he was elected vice-
president of the British Columbia Federation of Labour and, in 1986, became
the youngest president ofthe federation.
Georgetti also serves as provincial vice-
president of the Canadian Labour Congress and as board chair of the Working
Opportunity Fund, a venture capital fund
established by labour and government to
promote job creation through new economic enterprises.
Active in community service, he is the
honorary chair ofthe Association of Learning Disabled Adults and is a board member of ABC Canada, a foundation which
promotes literacy. Georgetti also chairs
t he Pacific Region Labour Education Studies Centre, the B.C.
Federation of Retired Union Workers and is a board
member of
Greystone Properties, the province's
largest residential
His public service includes sitting
as a member of the
Treaty Negotiation
Advisory Committee on Land
Claims, a governor ofthe Labour College
of Canada and as a member ofthe Minister's Advisory Committee on North American Free Trade.
Georgetti is a founding board member
ofthe Laurier Institution, a past member
ofthe Prime Minister's National Advisory
Board on Science and Technology and
chaired the disputes resolution core group
Dedicated Crane
volunteer keeps
recording date
by Connie Bagshaw
Staff writer
"He is immortal, not because he alone
among creatures has an inexhaustible
voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit
capable ofcompassion and sacrifice and
When thinking about Michael Milner,
it seems apt to use these words, spoken
by American novelist William Faulkner
upon receiving the Nobel Prize in 1950.
It is equally fitting that the words should
come from a great writer.
For more than 20 years Milner, who
retired from the UBC Media Services
print shop last month, has served as a
volunteer narrator for the Crane Resource Centre. Narrating everything
from anatomy textbooks to Moby Dick
onto tape, Milner has enabled countless numbers of vision-impaired readers to learn from and enjoy the centre's
treasury of literature.
He has been such a fixture at Crane's
production studios that Paul Thiele, the
centre's director, found it difficult not to
treat Milner as a staff member.
"Rain or shine, Michael devoted almost every lunch hour over the past
decade to reading materials onto tape
for us," Thiele said. 'There were many
times when I was on my way to lunch
somewhere on campus and I'd pass him
as he was walking to Crane. I would feel
so guilty that I'd end up going back to
the office."
Thiele describes Milner as the embodiment of volunteerism, and estimates
that he has given well in excess of 5,000
hours to the centre, the largest single
contribution by a volunteer narrator in
the 25-year history of Crane.
"He is a faithful volunteer, an incredibly talented reader and an outstanding
citizen," Thiele said. "Michael has quite
Museum of Anthropology photo
Digitized images of artifacts from the Museum of Anthropology such as
these totem poles are being assembled as part of the Virtual Museum, a
project which includes the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Museum and
a local software company. The images will be electronically distributed
around the world.
Virtual anthropology
museum on horizon
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
One day soon. Bill Reid's sculpture
Raven and the Birth of Men may be seen on
computer screens from Helsinki to Melbourne.
It is one ofthe images of important B.C.
art and cultural artifacts being assembled
for the Virtual Museum, a project which
includes UBC's Museum of Anthropology.
MOA and other project members—the
Vancouver Art Gallery, the Vancouver
Museum and local software company Advanced Cultural Technologies (ACT) Inc.—
will digitize hundreds of images from
their collections.
The images will be stored in a high quality
PhotoCD format and then possible forms of
distribution will be explored, including high-
bandwidth fibre optics, local and wide area
networks and Internet access.
About 2,500 images have been selected for the Virtual Museum, 1,000 of
them from MOA. They include art and
artifacts from the early history of Vancouver, works by Emily Carr and artifacts
from First Nations and other cultures.
"A project such as this offers us the
ability to provide access to the museum's
collection in new and exciting ways," said
MOA design project manager Skooker
Broome. "In many ways this is a reflection of our innovative system of visible
storage, except in a digital world."
Linking the collections will also provide a more complete picture of B.C. art
and culture, he added.
For example, a viewer will be able to
look at totem poles from MOA's collection,
and then examine a painting of the same
poles by Emily Carr, who painted them in
their original site.
See MUSEUM Page 2
Extinct Edge
The Biodiversity Centre looks for ways to slow the loss of species
School Study 3_
Does year-round schooling have benefits that go beyond economics?
Posing Challenge 7
Forum: Ruth Warick sets our sights on bringing change for the disabled
Canal Conundrums
Ecologist Alfred Siemens searches to find secrets of ancient farmers 2 UBC Reports • January 11, 1996
Continued from Page 1
ofthe provincial Round Table on
the   Environment   and   the
He was previously associated
with UBC as a member of the
dean's advisory council in the
Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration. Georgetti
currently serves as a member of
the dean's advisory committee
in the Faculty of Law.
In other board news, Lois
Moen, an administrative clerk in
the Faculty of Medicine, Dean's
Office, Post-graduate Education,
was re-elected by staff to serve
on the Board of Governors for a
second three-year term.
Moen has held her current
position since 1989 after joining
UBC a year earlier as a clerk in
the Telecommunications Dept.
A shop steward for CUPE 2950
for the past six years, she also
serves as a member of the union
local's executive committee and
currently chairs CUPE's education committee.
First elected by staff to UBC's
Board of Governors in 1993,
Moen chairs the board's Occupational Health, Safety and Environment Committee and is a
member of the Academic and
Student Affairs Committee and
the Government and Community Relations Committee.
Georgetti began his term as a
provincial representative to the
Board ofGovernors Dec. 15 and
Moen will begin hers as staff
representative on Feb. 1.
Continued from Page 1
Images and data will first be
available to consortium members
and, after copyright and intellectual property issues are better
understood, to a wider audience.
These issues are "a critical
point" for MOA, Broome said.
There are questions about who
holds the rights to images on the
Internet, and some cultural material, especially that ofthe First
Nations, may be sensitive.
"We want to be sure that these
images are treated with respect
and integrity. Some may be sacred objects that are not appropriate for mass dissemination,"
Broome said. "As a university
museum we want to get involved
in the intellectual discussions
surrounding these issues."
Information in the Virtual
Museum will be available as an
archival resource, for distance
education and outreach, multimedia publication, as an aid in
collections management and for
the research and development of
B.C.'s culture and heritage.
Christine Wisenthal
Travel Consultant
200 - 1847 West Broadway
Vancouver, B.C.V6J IY5
Tel: (604) 739-9199
Complete Travel
Air, Rail, Cruise, Car Rental,
Special Interest Travel
The images will also be linked
using ACT software with the current national museums database, CHIN (Canadian Heritage
Information Network).
In future, the Virtual Museum
will be linked through ACT to
museums in the U.K., France,
Germany and Norway.
The consortium recently received a $40,000 Vancouver
Foundation grant and is looking
for other funding sources as the
project moves ahead.
Continued from Page 1
a fan club among the people who
use our tapes."
In recognition of his tireless
service, Milner recently received the 1995 Crane Volunteer of the Year Award—an honour he may be eligible for again
in the future.
Despite his retirement. Milner
travels one day a week to UBC
from his home in Surrey to continue his volunteer work at
Crane, devoting, on average, live
hours to narrating.
"I find it relaxing and entertaining," Milner said. "I've enjoyed reading most of my life. I
also admire the courage of sight-
impaired students, and they are
all exceptional people who work
at Crane, so if I can be of help,
well, I don't mind a bit."
Among Milner's favourite authors are Neville Shute and
James Michener. But retirement
hasn't given him much time to
enjoy his home library.
When he's not narrating for
Crane, he volunteers with the
Canadian National Institute for
the Blind and indulges his other
passions—woodworking, calligraphy, music and baking.
Eager to downplay his outstanding support of Crane,
Milner suggests that he is best
known for his almond rocca and
cookies which, he's been told,
are exceptional.
"If all your speakers
are like Dr. Helena Ho,
your bureau should be
- UBC Speakers Bureau evaluation, November 1995
Helena Ho (Paediatrics), Donald Gibbard (Professor emeritus,
Education), Erna Hagge (Human Resources) and Richard Menkis
(Religious Studies) have all spoken to community groups in the
past few months.
They are just a few of the more than 180 UBC faculty and staff
available to speak on 750 topics through the UBC Speakers Bureau.
From autism to urban affairs, topics cover a wide range of areas
and interests.
To find out more call 822-6169, fax 822-9060, or mail:
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from Registration Guide
All sections of Writing 098D, Preparation for University Writing
and the LPI, were accidentally omitted from the 1995/96
Registration Guide. These sections, aimed at students with English
as a first language, are running as scheduled, and students may still
register for them through TELEREG. The details are as follows:
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as an additional language), please refer to the last page
Registration Guide.
Phone 822-9564 for information regarding
these and other Writing Centre courses.
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Composition, Advanced Composition, Essay
Writing, Report and Business Writing, and
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Biodiversity at risk:
centre seeks clues
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
The brown-headed cowbird is a cunning species of blackbird and one of many
contributing factors in the decline of
thrushes, chickadees, warblers and other
songbirds across North America.
Zoologist Jamie Smith says the cowbird
lays its own eggs in the nests of other
songbirds to be raised by host "foster
parents." This covert manoeuvre is done at
the expense of the foster parents' natural
"The cowbird egg hatches before the
host eggs and, as a result, the young
cowbird grabs the lion's share of the food
while the host young often starve," says
Smith. "We don't really know how much of
a conservation villain the cowbird is, but
it's definitely been involved in the decline
of some threatened songbirds."
Cowbirds are one of roughly 1.7 million
species of organisms—ranging from minute
bacteria to blue whales—which scientists
have discovered to date. Estimates are
that researchers may have between 10 to
50 million more species to discover.
While Smith's particular research interest lies with declining songbird
populations, his new role as director of
UBC's fledgling Biodiversity Centre has a
much broader scope.
Biodiversity, a catchy term coined by
Harvard University entomologist E. O.
Wilson, refers to the variety of living organisms and the habitats and ecosystems in
which they live. Wilson estimates that
27,000 species, most of them small tropical insects, are becoming extinct annually.
Smith and his colleagues at the centre
are hoping to describe the variety of poorly
known organisms like insects, fungi and
micro-organisms, and to find ways of slowing the high rates of extinction of
populations and species.
"Species are becoming extinct faster
than they are being discovered and most of
the extinctions are of undescribed species," says Smith.
The Biodiversity Centre will act as an
umbrella organization for what Smith calls
the critical mass of researchers on campus who share common conservation interests.
Scholars from botany, zoology and
microbiology will form the nucleus of the
new cross-disciplinary enterprise. The centre will also draw upon oceanography,
geology and math as well as
multidisciplinary initiatives like the Sustainable Development Research Institute,
Westwater Research Centre and the Centre for Applied Conservation Biology in the
Faculty of Forestry.
Smith says the first order of business
for the centre will be to form an executive
of key people on campus to marshal interest and provide direction.
Smith adds that the Faculty of Science
already has considerable expertise in
biodiversity. The centre will help focus this
expertise within a single unit. Says Smith:
"Right now we're just a name on paper, but
we will soon get things moving."
Charles Ker photo
As populations of songbirds and other species decline across North America
Director Jamie Smith and others at UBC's Biodiversity Centre work to
describe threatened organisms and discover ways of slowing high rates of
Year-round schooling delivers
educational benefits, study finds
by Connie Bagshaw
Staff writer
Students attending year-round or
multi-track schools surpass their peers
in traditional schools when it comes to
reading and increasing their average
achievement, says a UBC researcher.
It's just one of the results to date Asst.
Prof. Carolyn Shields has documented in her
ongoing study of year-round schooling.
Since 1990, Shields, of UBC's Dept. of
Educational Studies, has examined student achievement data for the Delphi
school district in Utah, which has the
third highest number of year-round
schools in America.
Her study also includes data gathered
from a visit to Calgary's Terry Fox Junior
High School, Canada's first multi-track
school, which opened in July last year.
"For approximately 25years, a number
of school districts throughout the United
States have experimented with a variety
of forms of year-round schooling," Shields
"In Canada, although the topic of year-
round schooling has been studied with
varying degrees of intensity for most of
this century, very few projects have actually been implemented."
Two months ago, B.C.'s Ministry of
Education announced that it would offer
incentives to schools and districts which
implement some type of year-round program. Shields will expand her study to
include B.C. schools which adopt a multi-
track system. A small elementary school
in Maple Ridge will be the first to test
year-round schooling.
In addition to surveying elementary
school administrators, teachers, students and their parents at each type of
school to determine the effects of different schedules on academic performance,
Shields has also been examining the
non-academic consequences that students experience.
Her study suggests that the school
year calendar is not a major factor in
determining the quality of the educational experience students receive.
Students' perceptions of themselves
as learners, peer relationships, independent development, career preparation or
enjoyment of school do not differ, based
on whether they receive a traditional year
education or attend a year-round school.
Shields reports.
She will present these and other
research results in an address entitled
Year-Round Schooling: Is It Worth The
Hassle? on Jan. 23 as part of the Faculty of Education's lecture series on
important educational issues in B.C.
Shields will also discuss some of the
conceptual issues related to year-round
The free lecture starts at 7:30 p.m. in
the Judge White Theatre at the Robson
Square Conference Centre. For more information, call 822-6239.
Review committee to maximize
benefits for limited drug dollars
A UBC-based initiative has been established to review the cost-effectiveness of
new drug therapies for the provincial government's Pharmacare program.
Heading the Pharmaco-economic Initiative Scientific Committee (PISC)—
whose members will include health
economists, biostatisticians, clinical epidemiologists and physicians—is Dr.
AslamAnis, assistant professor of Health
Care and Epidemiology and a health
economist at St. Paul's Hospital.
Pharmacare costs have doubled to $407
million over the past five years and may
double again without policies that assess
the newer and more expensive drugs.
"In 1993. for the first time, the cost of
drugs to Canada's health care system
surpassed that of physicians," Anis said.
Among the reasons for rising pharmaceutical costs are long development periods and the use of expensive raw materials
or sophisticated biotechnology processes.
As well, the market structure results in
large monopoly firms being exempt from
competitive pricing pressures, he said.
Pharmaco-economic analysis compares
the costs of medications and factors in
health and social costs and benefits.
These include the number of repeat
prescriptions required, the need for other
prescriptions, the effect of the drug on
workdays lost, the likelihood of patient
hospitalization and the effect ofthe drug
on patient quality of life.
The objective is not cost-cutting, but
maximizing the benefits from the limited
number of dollars available for drugs,
Anis said.
The initiative will also work on streamlining national cost-effectiveness guidelines to fit B.C.'s plan to give drug manufacturers a framework for new drug approval submissions.
The Dept. of Health Care and Epidemiology will receive $300,000 over three years
from the Ministry of Health to set up PISC.
The ministry has also provided $300,000
over three years to support PISC-related
personnel, symposia and pharmaco-economic research projects.
to U.S.
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
An agreement between the Faculty
of Commerce and Business Administration and a large U.S. professional
association is seeing one of the faculty's specialized real estate programs
offered to thousands of Americans.
"It's a traditional correspondence
offering," said Robert Laing, executive
director of the faculty's Professional
Programmes. "But the magnitude of
enrolments could be something we have
not experienced before."
The International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) has agreed to
offer UBC's Certificate Programme in
Real Property Assessment to its 25,000
UBC has been offering the program
to members of Canada's assessment
industry for four years, said Andre
Gravelle, manager of the Diploma and
Certificate Programmes. The course is
being offered in the U.S. starting this
"This is really a test offering,"
Gravelle said. "By next September the
course will be more closely adapted for
the U.S. models."
Laing said the IAAO was interested
in offering the course because it provides an alternative to classroom
courses for those living in smaller
communities away from the major
population centres where IAAO courses
are offered.
The course requires students to generate computer models for property
assessment purposes. It is designed to
give them the skills to create mass
appraisal computer models, which help
increase the efficiency and quality of
property assessments. 4 UBC Reports ■ January 11, 1996
January 14 through January 27
Monday, Jan. 15
Science and Society
Uncertainty In Risk Assessment:
Implications For Professionals.
Chris MacDonald, Centre for
Applied Ethics. Green College
recreation lounge, 8pm. Call 822-
Comparative Literature
Speech, Act, Romanticism.
Angela Esterhammer, Comparative Literature, U Western Ontario. Green College recreation
lounge, 4pm. Call 822-6067.
Hoar Lecture: Endothermy In
Fish: Thermogenesis, Ecology
And Evolution. Barbara Block,
Hopkins Marine Lab., Stanford
U. BioSciences 2449, 4:30pm.
Refreshments. Call 822-4228.
UBC Graduate Students'
Writing As Self-Translation. Dr.
Teresa de Lauretis, History of
Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz.
Identity and Alterity in Language
and Literature. Green College dining hall, 4:30pm. Admission $5
students, $10 faculty. Buffet reception following $5. Pre-registration necessary. Call 732-0375.
Tuesday, Jan. 16
Resource Planning: Pursuing
"Peace In The Woods." Dennis
O'Gorman. assistant deputy minister, Ministry of Environment.
Lasserre 107. 12:30-1:30pm. Call
Centre For Chinese
Research Seminar
Memory And The Art Of Reading
From Zhu Xi Dushufa To 17th
Century Dufa. Dr. Alison Bailey,
School of Oriental and African
Studies, U of London. Asian Centre 604, 12:30-2pm. Call 822-
Biology In Northwestern America:
Ecology's Natural Laboratory,
1900-1930. Keith Benson, Director, College Studies Program
Medical History and Ethics, U of
Washington. BioSciences 2000,
12:30-l:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Intralesional Delivery Of Taxol
For The Treatment Of Solid Tumours: Any Role For Proteases?
Stephen Dordunoo, Research
Associate, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Angiogenesis Technologies Inc. IRC 13, 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-4645.
Effects Of Host Plants, Herbivores, And Predators On Spatial
And Temporal Distributions Of
Leaf Beetles On Willows. Mike
Raupp, Entomology, U of Maryland. Host, Judy Myers. Family/
Nutritional Sciences 60,4:30pm.
Refreshments in Hut B8,4:10pm.
Call 822-3957.
Green College Speaker
Voyeur, Sleuth, Impresario: Editing The Lowry Letters. Sherrill
Grace, Dept. of English. Green
College recreation lounge. 5:30-
6:30pm. Reception in Graham
House, 4:45-5:30pm. Call 822-
Wednesday, Jan. 17
Carbomazapine In The Management Of Aggression. Adil Virani,
Pharm.  D.  student.  Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences. Vancouver Hosp./HSC, Koerner Pavilion,
G41/42, 4:30-5:30pm. Call
Respiratory Research
Seminar Series
Does The Airway Submucosa Represent A Significant Load To The
Smooth Muscle ? Barry Wiggs, Asst.
Prof, of Medicine. Doctors residence,
Vancouver Hosp./HSC, 2775
Heather St., 3rd floor, conference
room, 5-6pm. Call 875- 5653.
President's Lecture
Converting Rome: Architecture
And Politics Between Pagan And
Christian. Janet DeLaine, U of
Reading. Lasserre 102, 12:30pm.
Call 822-2889.
President's Lecture
Building The Eternal City. Janet
DeLaine, U of Reading. MOA. theatre gallery, 8pm. Call 822-2889.
Common To Whom? Social Justice
And Fisheries Management. Tony
Davis, St. Francis Xavier U. Ralf
Yorque room, Fisheries Centre (Hut
B8), 3-4pm. Call 822-0618.
Noon Hour Concert
Beth Orson, oboe, Jesse Read, bassoon, Terence Dawson, piano.
Music, recital hall, 12:30pm. $2.50
at the door. Call 822-5574.
The Fifth Regular Meeting OfThe
Senate, UBC's Academic Parliament. Curtis 102. 8pm. Call 822-
Thursday, Jan. 18
Critical Issues in Global
Development Seminar
The Loss Of Cultural Diversity With
Global Computerization. C.A. Bowers. U of Oregon. Green College
recreation lounge, 8-10pm. Call
On His Work. George Baird, architect, Toronto. Lasserre 102,
12:30pm. Call 822-2779.
Hort Club Seminar
Medicinal Plants. Brian Compton
and Elaine Stevens. MacMillan
318D, 1-2:20pm. All welcome. Call
Scholarly Colloquia
Women Caregiving To Husbands
Who Have Alzheimers: A Grounded
Theory Study. JoAnn Perry. RN
PhD, School of Nursing. Vancouver Hosp./HSC, UBC School of
Nursing, T206, 4:30-5:30pm. Call
CICSR Faculty Forum
Learning To Recognize 3-D Objects. David Lowe, Prof. Computer
Science. CICSR/CS Building, 208.
4-5pm. Refreshments. Call 822-
Students for Forestry
Awareness Speaker Series
Vicky Husband, Chair, BC Sierrra
Club. MacMillan 166, 12:30pm.
Refreshments. Call
Friday, Jan. 19
Occupational Hygiene
Asleep At The Wheel, A Study To
Identify Fatigue Among Long-Haul
Truck Drivers. Gunter Siegmund.
P. Eng.. Maclnnis Engineering Associates. Vancouver Hosp./HSC.
Koerner Pavilion. G279,12:30-
1:30pm. Free. Call 822-9595.
Theoretical Chemistry
The X-Files: Liquid Crystal Interface Kinetics. R. Moss, Dept. of
Chemistry. Chemistry. D402 (cen
tre block), 4pm. Call 822-3266.
Mathematics Colloquium
Minimal Surfaces in 4-Manifolds.
G. Tian, M.I.T. Mathematics 104,
3:35pm. Refreshments 3:15pm. in
Math Annex, 1115. Call 822-2666.
Grand Rounds
Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia: A
Paradigm For New Trends In Genetic Diseases. Dr. Hilary Vallance,
Dept. of Pathology, Children's Hospital. Dr. Harold Siden. Div. of
Developmental Paediatrics, Sunny
Hill Health Centre. GF Strong auditorium, 9am. Call 875-2307.
Geriatric Assessment. Dr. Reva
Adler, Medical Director, Geriatric
Consultation Team Vancouver
Hosp. Mather 253, 9-10am. Paid
parking in B Lot. Call 822-2772.
AMS, Your UBC Forum
Teaching And Evaluation. SUB
Conversation Pit, 12:30-2:30pm.
Call 822-1961 or 822-3092.
Saturday, Jan. 20
Laurel Pavilion Open House
Vancouver Hospital Invites Public
To Tour New Facility. Laurel Pavilion, 899 West 12th Avenue, 12-
4pm. Continues Sun., Jan. 21.
Call 875-4838.
Monday, Jan. 22
Medieval And Renaissance
Love Pedagogy And The Social
Roots Of Courtly Love. Stephen
Jaeger, U of Washington. Green
College small dining room, 4:30-
6:30pm. Call 822-6067.
Knowledge As Activity And Membership: Learning By Doing.
Anthony Pare, director. Centre for
the Study and Teaching of Writing, McGill U. Ponderosa Annex F,
Room 103 (LERC), 12 noon. Call
Tuesday, Jan. 23
Inst, of Asian Research
Russia After Election. Alex Battler. IAR Honorary Research Asso-
from London, UK,
"incomparable" classical
February 1 8
Vancouver Playhouse
Tickets at TicketMaster
ciate. Asian Centre 604, 12:30-
2pm.   Call 822-2629.
Colonization By An Introduced
Seagrass: Implications For Ecosystem Dynamics. Paul G.
Harrison, Dept. of Botany.
BioSciences 2000, 12:30-1:30pm.
Call 822-2133.
Medical Genetics Seminar
Chromosome Microdissection: Applications And Potential. Dr. Douglas Horsman, Pathology. Wesbrook
201, 4:30-5:30pm. Refreshments
at 4pm in Wesbrook 226. Call 822-
Current Oral Formulation Issues
Involving Poorly Water Soluble,
Low Molecular Weight Drugs.
Meredith L. Cotton, director. Technical Affairs, Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Merck
Frosst Canada Inc. IRC #3.
12:30pm. Call 822-4645.
Public Lecture
Year-Round Schooling: Is It Worth
The Hassle? Carolyn Shields, Asst.
Professor,   Dept.   of Educational
Studies, Faculty of Education.
Robson Square Conference Centre, Judge White Theatre, 7:30-
10pm. Admission free. Reception
to follow. Call 822-6239.
You Are Here: Information Drift.
Laura Kurgan, NewYork. Laserre
102, 12:30pm. Call 822-2779.
Green College Speaker
The Addicted Brain. A. Phillips,
Dept. of Psychology. Green College recreation lounge, 5:30-
6:30pm. Reception in Graham
House. 4:45-5:30pm. Call 822-
Wednesday, Jan. 24
Bone Marrow Transplantation In
Breast Cancer. Robin O'Brien,
Pharm.D. student, Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences. Vancouver Hosp. /HSC, Koerner Pavilion, G279, 4:30-5:30pm. Call
To:    Members of the UBC Community
From: Daniel R. Birch, Vice-President and Provost, and
Chair, President's Advisory Committee on Space
Allocation (PACSA)
Re:    Official Community Plan
By mutual agreement the GVRD is managing the public process
involved in development of an Official Community Plan for UBC.
UBC's formal contribution to the process is in the form of Land
Use and Development Objectives and Planning Principles. These
were developed with much consultation and approved by the
Board of Governors last year. Members of the community (including the immediate University community) have participated in
public workshops and will, no doubt, continue to do so. We
recognise, however, that there may be some matters on which
people wish to structure their suggestions, and to ensure that they
reach the Planning Advisory Committee. Therefore, PACSA has
invited submissions and will serve as an additional communication channel to ensure that matters raised come to the attention of
the Technical Advisory Committee and Planning Advisory
Committee. PACSA includes all members of the Senate Academic
Building Needs Committee, plus representatives of all major
campus units and the theological colleges. Submissions may be in
one of two forms:
1. Written submissions will normally be focussed on a particular
issue or question and will be two pages or less in length.
2. Should a Department or Faculty wish to make a submission
related to the accommodation of its mission and function, the
written submission may be followed by a presentation at a
meeting of PACSA scheduled for Thursday, January 11, 4:00-
6:00 pm, or Monday, January 15, 4:00-6:00 pm, in the Board and
Senate Room, Old Administration Building.
Submissions should be forwarded to PACSA, c/o Tim Miner,
Director, Campus Planning and Development, marked "Official
Community Plan." Those wishing to make a presentation should
contact Tim Miner at 822-8228.
The UBC Reports Calendar lists university-related or
university-sponsored events on campus and off campus within the Lower Mainland.
Calendar items must be submitted on forms available from the UBC Public Affairs Office, 310-6251 Cecil
Green Park Road, Vancouver B.C., V6T 1Z1. 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 January 25 issue of UBC Reports —
which covers the period January 28 to February 10 —
is noon, January 16. Calendar
UBC Reports ■ January 11, 1996 5
January 14 through January 27
Microbiology and
Immunology Seminar
Possible Roles Of Ribozymes InThe
Origin And Early Evolution Of Life.
JackW. Szostak, Dept. of Molecular Biology, Massachusetts Gen-
1:30pm. Call 822-3308.
Respiratory Research
Ice Hockey Lung: Nitrogendioxide
In Ice Skating Facilities. Michael
Brauer, Asst. Professor of Medicine. Vancouver Hosp. Doctors
residence, 2775 Heather St., 3rd
floor conference room, 5-6pm.
Call 875-5653.
Ecology And Evolution Of A Resource Polymorphism In Sun-
fish. Beren Robinson. Zoology.
Host, Judy Myers. Family/Nutritional Sciences 60, 4:30pm.
Refreshments in Hut B8.4:10pm.
Call 822-3957.
Centre for Applied Ethics
Genetics And Kinship: The Double-Bind Of Family Members In
Genetic Testing. William
Mckellin, Anthropology and Sociology Dept. Angus 413, 4-6pm.
Call 822-5139.
Opera Panel Discussion
Bizet's Carmen. Susan Bennett
(Vancouver Opera). Nancy
Hermiston (Music). Floyd St.
Clair (French) and Andrew Busza
(English). Buchanan penthouse,
12:30pm. Call 822-4060.
Information Day
Beyond First Year. Find out about
the numerous options available
to you once you have completed
first year Science. SUB ballroom.
12-2:30pm. Call 822-9012.
Noon Hour Concert
Ed Norman, organ. Martin
Berinbaum. trumpet. Music recital hall, 12:30pm. $2.50 at the
door. Call 822-5574.
Thursday, Jan. 25
Genetics Graduate Program
Developmental Control Of Phenolic   Metabolism   In   Plants:
Calling all
Are you the author of a hook
published between January
1995 and December 1995?
If so, we would like to hear
from you!
On March 21, 1996
President David Strangway
and University Librarian
Rurh Patrick
are hosting the
6th Annual Reception
for UBC Authors.
If you 're a UBC author,
please contact
Margaret Friesen or Pauline
Main Library
by January 31, 1996
Search For Regulatory Genes And
Avenues For Biotechnological Intervention. Carl Douglas, Dept. of
Botany. Wesbrook 201, 4:30pm.
Refreshments. Call 822-8764.
Invited Speaker Series
Matrix—The Mother Of All Data
Structures. Cleve Moler, chairman
and chief scientist, the Mathworks
Inc. CICSR/CS 208,4pm. Refreshments. Call 822-3061.
Law and Society, Brown-Bag
Socio-Legal Discussion
A Discussion Of F. Kay's Book
Gender In Practice: A Study Of
Lawyers' Lives. Fiona Kay, Sociology. Green College small dining
room. 12-lpm. Call 822-6067.
TAing On A Multicultural Campus. Christina Pikios and
Katherine Beaumont, Intercultural
Training and Resource Centre,
Continuing Studies. International
House lower lounge. 5:30-8:30pm.
Call 822-1437.
Students for Forestry
Awareness Speaker Series
The Role OfThe Forest Alliance In
Land Use Debates. Jack Munro,
Chair. BC Forest Alliance.
MacMillan 166, 12:30pm. Refreshments. Call 274-4730.
Distinguished Artists
Martin Beaver, violin: with Robert
Silverman, piano. Music recital
hall. 8pm. Adult SI7. student/
senior$9 (GSTincluded). Call 822-
UBC Board of Governors
Open Session. 9:00am. Old Administration Bldg. 6328 Memorial
Road. Board and Senate Room.
Friday, Jan. 26
Theoretical Chemistry
Kinetic Roughening During Molecular-Beam Epitaxy Growth. T.
Tiedje. Dept. of Physics. Chemistry D402 (centre block), 4pm. Call
Occupational Hygiene
A Validation Study Of A Mill Specific Job Exposure Matrix In The
BC Pulp And Paper Industry.
George Astrakianakis, M. Eng.,
Research Scientist, Division of
Epidemiology and Cancer Prevention, BC Cancer Agency. Vancouver Hosp./HSC, Koerner Pavilion
G279, 12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-
Understanding River-Floodplain
Ecosystems: Why Are They So Productive? Ralf Yorque Room, Fisheries Centre (Hut B8), 11:30am-
12:30pm. Call 822-0618.
Development In Your Community.
Jacques Khouri, president Khouri
Realty. Buchanan D333, 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-3914.
Recording Practices In Social Work
Agencies And Departments: Examining The Interaction Between
Discourse Practices And Disciplinary Thought. Anthony Pare, Centre for the Study and Teaching of
Writing, McGill U. School of Social Work. Jack Bell Building, 124.
12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-2255.
Mathematics Colloquium
Polymers, Percolation And Critical Exponents. G. Slade, McMaster
U. Mathematics 104, 3:35pm. Refreshments at 3:15pm in Math
Annex 1115. Call 822-2666.
The Canadian NICU Network. Shoo
Lee, Asst. Prof.. Dept. of Paediatrics, director. Centre for Evaluation Sciences, BC Research Institute for Child and Family Health.
Mather 253, 9-10am. Paid parking available in B Lot. Call 822-
Grand Rounds
Strategies And Progress In Gene
Therapy In The Treatment Of
Human Disease. Dr. Suzanne
Lewis, Clinical Assistant Professor. Dept. of Medical Genetics.
GF Strong auditorium, 9am. Call
The University of British Columbia invites internal applications for the position of Director of the Biomedical Research
Centre. The mission of the Centre, opened in 1988, is to provide
an internationally recognized centre of excellence in basic
medical research. The Centre is housed in an attractive building
with excellent research facilities. Currently there are five faculty
members who enjoy a high level of research funding; expansion
is anticipated. An active graduate program attracts students
drawn from a number of basic science and clinical departments.
In addition to his/her position in the Centre, the Director will
hold an academic appointment in an appropriate University
Applicants should have an outstanding research record, an
active, well supported research program, a commitment to interdisciplinary research, demonstrated scientific leadership skills and
a willingness to actively develop sources of external funding. A
curriculum vitae, the names of three referees and a short summary
of research interests should be sent to Dr. Martin J. Hollenberg,
Dean, Faculty of Medicine, 317-2194 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver B.C., V6T 1Z3, Canada.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and
experience and will be subject to final budgetary approval. The
starting date is negotiable.
UBC welcomes all qualified applicants, especially women, aboriginal people, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities.
Closing date for receipt of applications is January 31,1996.
Saturday, Jan. 27
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Prosperity Or Decline: Canada's
Choice. J. Fraser Mustard, C.C.
President, Canadian Institute for
Advanced Research. Toronto. IRC
#2, 8:15pm. Free public lecture.
Call 822-3131.
Laurel Pavilion Open House
Vancouver Hospital Invites Public To Tour New Facility. Laurel
Pavilion. 899 West 12th Avenue
12-4pm. Also January 28. Call
f%    Please
Ciw Recycle
Language Programs
Registration with Continuing Studies is underway for weekly French,
Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin,
Cantonese, Italian, German, Arabic, Hindi and Punjabi conversation classes. Evening and Saturday morning classes begin January 20. Buchanan D Block, 3rd
floor. $245. For course times and
registration information call 822-
Badminton Drop-In
Faculty/Staff/Grad Students are
welcome at the Student Recreation
Centre, Mondays. 6:30-8pm. and
Wednesdays, 6:45-8:15pm. Bring
your library card. E-mail
ratkay@unix.infoserve.net or call
822-6000 to check for cancellations.
Morris and Helen Belkin
Art Gallery
Rodnev Graham. Robert Filliou.
January 27-March 2. 1996. Organized by the Art Gallery of York
University. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday. 12-5pm. 822-2759.
UBC Nursing and
Department of Counselling
Psychology Study
Are you pregnant for the first-
time, currently working, living with
a partner, and intending to return
to work after the arrival of your
baby? Help us learn more about
working and parenting so that we
can help you. Volunteer for the
"Transition to Parenthood for
Working Couples Study" by calling Wendy Hall, Assistant Professor, UBC School of Nursing at
UBC Zen Society
Meditation sessions will be held
each Monday during term from
1:30 to 2:20pm in the Tea Gallery
of the Asian Centre. All welcome.
Call 228-8955.
Grad Students Wanted
To run in the upcoming '96 GSS
Executive Elections. Brochures
outlining the duties ofthe president, dir. of administration, dir.
of student affairs and dir. of services and the remuneration of
these positions are available at
the GSS office. Nominations close
on February 2, 1996 at 5pm.
Take a stand and make a difference. Call 822-3203 for more information.
Personality Type, Stress
and Coping Study
Would you like to learn about
your personality type? I am a
UBC Counselling Psychology
Masters student looking for volunteers for my thesis study. If
you are female, age 30-45, extroverted, have never written the
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator,
speak/read English fluently and
would agree to be interviewed
call Heather Wolfe 327-7722. (No
current or former counselling
students, please!)
Salad Fixins
Shao Ta Yang, apprentice chef at Green College, recently
won the silver medal at the Victoria Culinary Arts Food
Show. The event, sponsored by the British Columbia
Chefs Association, was open to chefs, apprentice chefs
and culinary students from across Canada. 6 UBC Reports ■ January 11, 1996
News Digest
Nominations are being accepted for this year's President's
Service Awards for Excellence.
Up to five of the $5,000 awards are given each year to recognize
excellence in personal achievements and outstanding contributions to UBC. Winners also receive an engraved gold medal.
All university employees, including staff, faculty, senior academic and administrative personnel are eligible.
All UBC employees may nominate candidates for this award.
Nomination forms are available from all departments or by calling
the Ceremonies Office at 822-2484. The deadline for nominations
is Feb. 28.
• • • • •
Registration statistics for the 1995 winter session indicate that
demand for admission to first year studies at UBC remains high.
The number of admissions is about the same as last year,
despite a small decline in demand from transfer students," said
UBC Registrar Richard Spencer.
There were 21,139 applicants this year, with about 52 per cent
of the students seeking enrolment in the faculties of arts and
The average grade held by students entering from high school has
risen slightly over last year, from 84.76 per cent to 85.2 per cent.
This year, the minimum percentage for admission to first year in
the faculties of arts and science were 74 per cent and 82 per cent
There are 18,059 full-time undergraduate students and 5.198
full-time graduate students currently enrolled at UBC.
Dr. Lynn Raymond, assistant professor of Psychiatry, is the first
researcher to be supported by a new B.C. Health Research Foundation fund.
The foundation recently received a $100,000 donation to establish an endowment for medical research in Parkinson's disease and
related neurodegenerative and movement disorders in adults.
The donation was made by James and Donna-Mae Moore of
White Rock.
Grants will be awarded to promising researchers for basic and
clinical research into the causes, cures, prevention and treatment
of Parkinson's and related disorders.
Six cash prizes totaling $45,000 will be awarded by The Canadian
Council of Professional Engineers (CCPE) to promote excellence in
the Canadian engineering profession through advanced studies
and research programs.
To be eligible candidates must be registered as full members with
one ofthe provincial or territorial professional engineering associations, and have been accepted for post-graduate studies by a
recognized university.
The deadline for applications is May 1, 1996. For further information contact the National Scholarship Program, CCPE, 401 -116
Albert St., Ottawa, Ont., KIP 5G3. Fax: (613)230-5759 or E-mail:
The classified advertising rate is $15.75 for 35 words or less. Each additional word
is 50 cents. Rate includes GST. Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to the UBC Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park Road,
Vancouver B.C., V6T 1Z1, accompanied by payment in cash, cheque (made out to UBC
Reports) or internal requisition. Advertising enquiries: 822-3131.
The deadline for the January 25, 1996 issue of UBC Reports is noon. January 16.
perfect spot to reserve
accommodation for guest
lecturers or other university
members who visit throughout
the year. Close to UBC and other
Vancouver attractions, a tasteful
representation of our city and of
UBC. 4103 W. 10th Ave.,
Vancouver. BC. V6R2H2. Phone
or fax (604)222-4104.
accom. in Pt. Grey area. Minutes
to UBC. On main bus routes. Close
to shops and restaurants. Inc. TV,
tea and coffee making, private
phone/fridge. Weekly rates
available. Tel: 222-3461. Fax:222-
Five suites available for
academic visitors to UBC only.
Guests dine with residents and
enjoy college life. Daily rate $50,
plus $ 13/day for meals Sun.-Thurs.
Call 822-8660 for more
information and availability.
Impeccable 5 bedroom 2 story
with suite near UBC and Pacific
Spirit Park and beach. Home has
been lovingly updated retaining
charm and character. Priced at
$519,000. Cynthia Chiasson or
Evelyn Singer. Dexter Properties
Inc. 263-1144.
Max your freedom & your buying power.
Your goanywhere spirit demands a car that gives you maximum
choices. The all-new Civic Hatchback CX answers with great new
looks, plus loads of value packed standard features, including:
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• driver's side airbag
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• ground-grabbing 4-wheel
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for friends & life's necessities
• glare-reducing tinted glass
• dual remote mirrors
• 2-speed intermittent wipers
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KITS CONDO 1 bedroom, sunny,
corner, concrete building. Near
beach, Granville Island,
transportation to UBC. 600 sqft
plus large deck. Gas fireplace, 6
appliances. No pets, lease. Prefer
single, longterm tenant. $975 plus
elec. 264-0232.
living in the area. Specializing in
home repairs and installations.
Reasonable. Available anytime.
Call Brian 739-1466.
Fully furnished, near UBC.
Delightful, bright and cosy, 2-
bedroom home with den, 2
bathrooms, garage and
pleasant garden. Renting from
May 1996. 1-2 year lease to 2-3
people. Non-smoking, no pets.
S1500/month. References
required. Call (604) 733-7986.
Housing Wanted
family seeking 3 bedroom home
in quiet neighbourhood close to
UBC. Looking to rent long-term,
starting in the spring of "96. Non-
smokers, professional, very clean,
quiet, responsible and
trustworthy. Will care for garden
and yard. References available.
Please call Cindy at 533-0443.
WANTED TO RENT West Side. Near
UBC. 6 bedroom + house
unfurnished. For mature writer
and graduate student and their
4 children. Call lan 731-5427.
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remove the worry and hassle of
making your pension and RRSP
investment decisions! I use
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to optimize your entire retirement
portfolio. Call Don Proteau,
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reasonable rates: letters, essays
theses, reports, manuscripts,
novles, etc. 30 years experience.
APA specialist. 228-8346.
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Located on the UBC campus, Green College provides
accommodation and meeting spaces to international,
national, and local groups. The College is unique in both
architecture and natural setting, with a view of English Bay
and the mountains beyond.
Green College is able to host visiting groups during the
months of July and August. Up to 30 rooms are
available, with a minimum stay requirement of three weeks
per group.
Dining is an integral part of Green College's communal and
academic life and as such room rates include breakfast and
dinner 5 days per week.
For further information please call Green College at
822-8660 or e-mail: greencol@unixg.ubc.ca
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(Pickup only) UBC Reports • January 11, 1996 7
Making UBC truly responsive
to persons with disabilities
By Ruth Warick
Ruth Warick is director of
UBC's Disability Resource
Cen tre.
As we head into the last
five years of this decade
before beginning a new
millennium, it gives pause for
reflection. Thirty years ago I
entered university as a first-
year student, in an era when
disability was not a commonplace word, and at a time
when there were no support
services in place for students
with disabilities and no office
for disability services.
Having a hearing loss, this
lack of support meant that I
spent countless classroom
hours not hearing what was
being taught by the instructor,
nor what was discussed by
classmates. It was worse when
class lights were dimmed for
slides, thus preventing lip-
reading. At the time assistive
listening devices to amplify
sound were not available.
Somehow I survived but I am
glad to be in a position now,
through the Disability Resource Centre, to work
towards eliminating or reducing frustrations and difficulties
for other persons with disabilities.
In my lifetime I have seen
the climate change toward the
greater inclusion of persons
with disabilities. It does well
to remind ourselves of how
far we have come, while still
recognizing that much
remains to be done.
In both Canada and the
United States, persons with
disabilities have benefited
from improvements made for
returning war veterans. As
well, three additional influences have effected changes
in the climate for persons
with disabilities.
The exclusion of persons
with disabilities from public
schools, and therefore also
from institutions of higher
learning, turned around in the
'60s and '70s as main-
streaming into regular schools
became more commonplace.
Society has moved a long
way toward the awareness
that persons with disabilities
have a right to fully participate
in all that society has to offer.
High profile events such as the
International Year of Disabled
Persons in 1981 helped to lead
off a decade of greater awareness. The Man in Motion
World Tour by Rick Hansen
in 1987 was another event
that raised awareness of
important issues for persons
with disabilities. In the
United States, legislative
changes have included the
Americans With Disabilities
Act, passed at the beginning
of this decade. In Canada
both federal and provincial
changes in human rights
legislation, such as the
Charter of Rights and
Freedoms and the Equal
Rights Amendments, have
provided a legislative foundation for the inclusion of
persons with disabilities in
post-secondary institutions.
Since the 1980s, most post-
secondary institutions in
Canada have established offices
for disabled students: the role
of these offices is to assist
students with disabilities to
integrate successfully into the
post-secondary institution. At
UBC the Disability Resource
Centre and Crane Resource
Centre, which is a unit of the
Disability Resource Centre,
perform this role, as well as
serving faculty and staff. We
recognize that much more
needs to be done to improve the
university climate for persons
with disabilities and, in particular there needs to be:
•   More Research: We need
better information about
outcomes related to support
sen-ices and other strategies for students and staff
with disabilities in higher
• Greater Awareness: A
survey conducted of
students with disabilities
resulted in over 85 per cent
of students rating instructors' attitudes as good to
very good. However, a
significant number of
students cited a need for
more accepting attitudes
and greater awareness by
instructors. Much of the
concern relates to instructors having information
about reasonable accommodation requirements and
the supports necessary to
meet those needs.
• Continued Improved
Physical Access: While
much has been done to
make the UBC campus
physically accessible, we
are still a long way from
being a barrier-free environment. This issue has
been identified as a priority
in surveys conducted over
the last four years by the
Disability Resource Centre.
• Continued Change ofthe
Culture: Post-secondary
institutions are still in the
process of fully recognizing
and responding to the
needs of students, staff and
faculty with disabilities.
Our challenge at UBC is to
create a culture that is
welcoming for them.
The Disability Resource
Centre (including the Crane
Resource Centre) and the
Rick Hansen National Fellow
Programme, as well as persons
with disabilities themselves,
are agents for bringing about
changes and improvements.
However, the educational
institution, its administrators,
faculty, instructors, staff and
students, must share in the
responsibility of bringing
about the changes necessary
to make UBC truly responsive
to persons with disabilities.
This is a goal which we should
aim to reach before the end of
the decade.
Staff association elects
new executive board
Members of UBC's Association of Administrative and Professional Staff (AAPS) have elected
their executive board for 1996.
Re-elected as AAPS president
is Justin Marples, the administrative manager in the School of
Human Kinetics.
Marples, who joined UBC in
1981, has been an AAPS member
for the past 15 years and previously served as the association's
treasurer and first vice-president.
Also acclaimed are: first vice-
president     Sarah      Dench
(Women Students' Office):
treasurer Michael Shepard
(Education Computing Services); secretary Bonnie
Schoenberger (Community and
Regional Planning): member-
at-large Doug Bramley (Plant
Operations); member-at-large
Jo Hinehliffe (Women's Studies Programme): and member-
at-large Rosemary Pantalone
(Awards and Financial Aid).
Newly elected to the AAPS
executive board are: member-
at-large    Lorraine    Arams
(Dean's Office, Faculty of Applied Science); second vice-
president Janet Mee (Disability Resource Centre); and member-at-large Doug Napier (Plant
Past President Sue Eldridge
(Psychology Dept.) will serve as
an ex-officio member.
AAPS, which currently has over
500 members, was founded on
campus in 1977 and is the bargaining agent for all management
and professional staff at UBC.
by staff writers
Gene Joseph was recently appointed head of the First
Nations House of Learning
Xwi7xwa Library. Joseph, who
has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of
Library Science from UBC. had been
working with the First Nations House of
Learning as a consultant since 1993.
The First Nations House of learning
opened in 1987. It was established to
make the university more accessible to
native students and increase enrolment
in all faculties, and to help UBC's
departments, schools and institutes
make their course offerings more
relevant to First Nations people.
The library contains a collection of more than 5.
documents relating to the First Nations.
Prior to coming to UBC. Joseph worked for six years as a
consultant for the Gitksan and Wet'suwet'en hereditary
chiefs during the Delgamuukw land claims case.
Joseph, who is of Wet'suwet'en and Carrier descent from
Hazelton, B.C., has worked in First Nations libraries for 15
Psychology Prof. Larry Walker was recently elected to a
three-year term as president of the
Association of Moral Education.
The association is a U.S.-based international scholarly organization devoted to
theory and practice in the field of moral
development and education.
Walker's research looks at people's
conceptions of morality and the role of
family and friends in children's moral
Walker, who has won a Killam Research Prize and the Psychology Dept.'s
teaching prize, was previously on the
association's executive board.
David Cooper photo
Doctor in disguise
John Juliani (left) and Sophie Yendole star in the Vancouver
premiere of Tiger's Heart, a compelling theatrical account
ofthe true tale of Miranda Barry, a woman who, in the 19th
century, disguised herself as a man to practice as a
medical doctor. Tiger's Heart runs at the Frederic Wood
Theatre Jan. 10 to 20 and Jan. 25 to 27. Call 822-2678 for
ticket information.
Open House/Public Forum
Official Community Plan for UBC
■ Monday, January 15th
■ 4pm to 8pm
(Brief Presentation and Open Forum at 7pm)
■ Student Union Building (SUB)
Room 214/216
6138 SUB Boulevard
UBC Campus
For further information, please call the Greater Vancouver
Regional District information line at 878-8848 8 UBC Reports ■ January 11, 1996
Coach Frank Read (left) led the 1954-55 UBC eight-man rowing crew
pictured above to an upset victory and gold at the Commonwealth Games.
Medals at the 1956 and 1960 Olympics followed in what became known as
the golden years of UBC rowing.
Fund seeks to bring
gold to UBC rowing
Above the library fireplace in Cecil
Green House hangs a metal sculpture of
the UBC crest supported by two crossed
oars. The plaque beneath bears the inscription: "1954-1955-1956 Commemorating the Golden Years of UBC Rowing."
A group of UBC rowing alumni want to
help bring the golden years back by starting an endowment fund in memory of
former rowing coach Frank Read who
died last year.
"He had the great ability to instill and
motivate ordinary people to do extraordinary things," said Bob Falconer who rowed
under Read when the coach first came to
campus in 1949.
In 1954, Read's "Cinderella crew" won
the British Empire and Commonwealth
Games trials in St. Catherines, Ontario.
Representing Canada at the games in
Chilliwack, the UBC crew upset Britain
to win the gold medal.
The upset caught the eye of Prince
Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who
promptly invited Read and company to
row at the Henley Royal Regatta. In England, UBC beat the Russians in a semifinal and came second overall to the
University of Pennsylvania.
Read's success continued with medals
at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne. Australia. There his four-man crew collected
gold while the eight-man crew took away
Four years later, Frank's team won
Olympic silver again in Rome.
Falconer said income from the Frank
Read Rowing Fund endowment will be
used to support the acquisition and enhancement of equipment and facilities
for UBC's rowing program.
For further information about the
Frank Read Rowing Fund call John
Cartmel at 261-0589.
Peter Cheung photo
Birds of Pray
Thunderbird forwards Doug Ast (left) and Ryan Douglas (right) fend off
University of Maine Black Bears' forward Jamie Thompson during the
Father Bauer Classic Hockey Tournament Dec. 29 at the Thuderbird
Winter Sports Centre. The Black Bears, NCAA champions in 1992-93, tore
a strip off the T-Birds during two games, Dec. 27 and 29 winning 10-2 and
7-2 respectively. The Bears went on to maul Calgary, the CIAU's third
ranked team, with two consecutive wins.
First-year engineer
earns national award
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
First-year engineering student Rozlyn
Bubela may not be clear on which branch
of engineering she'll tackle or where her
education will take her, but she is clear
on what success means to her, and how
she should go about achieving it.
"I don't think of success as being based on
how others view my accomplishments." Bubela
said. "It's more how I feel
about what I've done and
if I'm confident I've done
my very best."
Bubela's "very best"
recently resulted in her
receiving the Canadian
Engineering Memorial
Foundation scholarship
for 1995 for a woman in
first-year engineering.
The foundation, which
seeks to increase the opportunity for youth, especially women, to receive
an education in engineering, awards three scholarships—one at
the graduate level, one for a student in
the final year, and one at the first-year
level. It was established by the Canadian
Council of Professional Engineers as a
memorial to the 14 women killed at the
Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal in 1989.
Bubela needn't worry about what others think of her accomplishments. She
entered first-year Science in 1994 on a
scholarship. She was accepted into the
engineering program in 1995 and put
forward as UBC's sole first-year engineering student applicant for the foundation's $5,000 award.
Bubela was selected from a group of 18
first-year engineering applicants based
on criteria including demonstrated leadership, good interpersonal and communication skills, extra-curricular activities
and academic performance. She received
the award at a ceremony in Ottawa in
Although she views her studies as her
first priority. Bubela is also active in
intramural volleyball and
basketball, and has entered several ballroom
dancing competitions as
an active member of the
UBC Dance Club. In high
school she was captain of
volleyball and basketball
teams, and class
She continues to act
as a role model for
younger students as a
floor representative in her
university residence.
'That's one reason I
want to stay in residence.
You can help other students out so much just
by being there for them,
talking to them about the work load and
helping them know what to expect," she
Growing demands on her time are
forcing her to learn to say no, and to
manage her time.
"I try to maintain a balance. Being part
ofthe residents' association and student
sports takes up a lot of time. I wish I could
do more but I guess I've realized limitations are necessary if I want to keep up
my marks in school."
In 1994 UBC graduate student Nancy
Paris-Seeley was awarded the Canadian
Engineering Memorial Foundation scholarship for a woman at the graduate level.
Lessons to be learned
from ancient agriculture
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
A UBC professor says lessons learned
from the prehistoric agriculture systems
he studies in the lowlands around the Gulf
of Mexico could help save farmland and
revive local economies in what is now a
poverty-stricken region.
For 30 years, geographer and human
ecologist Alfred Siemens has searched for
patterned ground that indicates areas of
prehistoric agriculture, ancient transportation systems and the remains of possible
fish farms.
It is virtually impossible to see the
patterns on the ground, so Siemens conducts his search by flying over wetlands
from Belize to Veracruz on Mexico's Caribbean coast.
From the air even very slight topographic variations stand out. Some of the
remains of ancient agriculture are long
straight lines, other look like mazes or,
remarkably, computer circuit boards.
Once located. Siemens and graduate
students examine the sites on the ground
and then excavate some of them to see how
and when they were built and how they
By reconstructing this prehistoric landscape, which was long abandoned by the
time Columbus arrived, they have found
evidence for a highly productive agriculture
in wetlands subject to seasonal flooding.
Combined with shifting agriculture on
nearby hills, fruit-gathering in the forest,
honey bees, kitchen gardens and aquatic
birds such as migrating ducks from
Canada, it is an agriculture system that
could be capable of supporting the large
populations believed to once live there.
Siemens feels these ancient peoples
took a positive and pragmatic approach to
wetlands, unlike European cultures which
view swamps and marshes with a mix of
revulsion and fear.
"It's even reflected in our language. We
talk about being swamped or mired. It's an
aversion I had to overcome myself," said
Siemens, who often found himself waist-
deep in mud while conducting his research.
Wetland soils require intensive work to
become suitable for agriculture but produce excellent yields. Ancient peoples
dredged out the canals and then used the
material to build planting platforms for
They may have also used series of finger-like canals for fish farming. Annual
floods would fill the canals, trapping fish
that could be later harvested with ease
when the water receded. Similar practices
can be seen in Africa and Southeast Asia.
Today, agricultural land in Mexico and
Central America is being abandoned by
rural peasants who flock to the cities
looking for greater opportunity.
Siemens strongly believes that people
today could learn much about sustainable
agriculture from the practices of people
who lived centuries before.
"Reactivating such systems and experimenting with variations would seem to
offer attractive alternatives to marginalized
rural people in the lowland," he said. "But
the reversion to ancient ways is out of
phase with present agricultural trends
under NAFTA, which encourages modernization of techniques, increases of scale
and rationalization in all aspects of agriculture."
It is debatable whether modern agriculture would produce more than the ancient
systems, he adds. Today's methods also
rely on large amounts of chemical pesticides and expensive fuels.


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