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November 13, 1997
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Fall Congregation 1997
Gavin Wilson photo
Telling stories to her grandchild, Kieran, is more than just a pleasant
pastime for Shirley Sterling, who graduates with a PhD in Education during
Fall Congregation, Nov. 20-21. Her thesis examines the creation stories and
personal narratives that First Nations grandmothers, other family members
and elders tell children to pass along traditional knowledge and wisdom.
World leaders come
to campus Nov. 25
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
When world leaders arrive on campus
for the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation Economic Leaders' Meeting Nov. 25.
the international spotlight will shine more
brightly on UBC than it has in years.
But few campus issues in recent years
have also stirred up as much passionate
debate, especially among students.
With as many as 3,500 media expected for APEC, many believe the event
will give UBC an international profile
similar in scope to that brought by Michael
Smith's Nobel Prize and the 1993 Clinton-
Yeltsin Summit.
The APEC meeting is also expected to
bolster UBC's position as a top Canadian
institution  in Asia Pacific affairs and
strengthen links with Asian and other
APEC economies.
"UBC's role goes far beyond providing
a venue for the leaders' meeting," said
Chris Brown of the UBC-APEC Co-ordination staff. The strength of the university is that it can act as a resource for the
federal government to increase Canada's
connections with the Asia Pacific."
There are other advantages coming to
the university as well, he said, including
a series of university-supported APEC
initiatives to benefit students, teaching
and scholarly research at UBC.
See APEC Page 2
For traffic, parking and
transit effects, see page 8
Grad reveals wisdom
in elders' storytelling
by Gavin Wilson
Stciff writer
Graduating student Shirley Sterling is
the author of a book she says was difficult
to write, but even more difficult for some
people to pick up and read.
My Name is Seepeetza recounts Sterling's experiences in the Kamloops Indian Residential School in the late 1950s,
a time when First Nations children were
taken from their parents, forbidden to
speak their language and often abused
and neglected.
"Some people who lived in residential
schools have the book, but wait two or
three years before they have the courage
to read it," says Sterling, who is receiving
her PhD in Education.
Sterling is one of about 2,000 UBC
graduates who will receive their degrees
during Fall Congregation ceremonies Nov.
See STORIES Page 2
More Congregation
profiles, see page 12
Homegrown tenor,
industrialist honoured
Ben Heppner. the UBC School of
Music graduate enjoying acclaim as one
of the premier tenors
on concert
around the
world, and
the chair of
Corporation, will receive honorary degrees
from the
university at Fall Congregation.
Born in Murrayville, B.C. near Dawson
Creek, Heppner graduated with a Bachelor of Music from
UBC in
1979, and in
the same
year gained
national attention as
the CBC talent festival.
Soon after,
he    began
Morohashi singing with
the   Cana-
See HONOURS Page 2
Science dean named
to V-P, Academic post
Faculty of Science Dean Prof. Barry
McBride has been appointed vice-president. Academic and Provost, for a six-
year term beginning Jan. 1, 1998.
"Dr. McBride brings a breadth of experience, knowledge and expertise to this
portfolio," said UBC President Martha
Piper. "I very much look forward to working with him to advance the vision of the
University of British Columbia."
McBride, UBC's dean of Science since
1990 and a UBC faculty member since
1970, has held numerous academic and
administrative roles at the university. A
member of the university Senate since
1987, he serves as chair of several university committees and has been involved
See MCBRIDE Page 2
Highlighting Health
Canada's Year of Asia Pacific: Health education gets experts' attention
Bright Idea 11_
How can campus become a brighter place in deep dark winter?
"finding new
drugs in dirt"
Diversity Inc.
UBC RESEARCH 2 UBC Reports ■ November 13, 1997
Continued from Page 1
20-21. Degrees will be awarded
in  seven ceremonies  at the
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
My Name is Seepeetza is
aimed at young people, but is
often read by adults. It won
the B.C. Book Award for Children's Literature and was
short-listed for a Governor
General's Award when it was
published in 1993.
A member of the Nlakapamux
or Thompson First Nation of the
Interior Salish, Sterling wrote My
Name is Seepeetza in the voice of
a young girl keeping a journal in
fictional Kalamak. B.C.
Her daily entries relate the
mundane and the horrific, from
coping with schoolyard bullies
to the accidental death of a young
boy by hanging. What shines
through is the indomitable spirit
of childhood.
Now on reading lists from
Grade 4 classrooms to universities throughout North America,
Afy Name is Seepeetza has been
Continued from Page 1
dian Opera Company in Toronto.
International attention followed when he was a finalist in
the 1988 Metropolitan Opera Auditions. Since then, he has enjoyed a growing career in the
world's foremost opera houses
and concert halls.
In 1990, he debuted at La Scala
in Milan and was named UBC's
Outstanding Young Alumnus.
The following year he debuted at
the Metropolitan Opera in New
York. He continues to sing regularly in productions ta New York
as well as for the Canadian Opera
Company, the San Francisco
Opera and in Europe.
An honorary patron of the
Friends of Vancouver Opera,
Heppner is committed to the
development of promising Canadian artists and performs for
the benefit of many causes in
Heppner receives his honorary degree Nov. 20 at 11 a.m.
He performs at the Chan Centre Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. as part of
the Distinguished Artists, UBC
Music at the Chan Centre series.
Shinroku Morohashi is one
ofthe leaders of Mitsubishi Corporation, and an advocate for
increased trade and co-operation between all nations, especially Japan and Canada.
Morohashi joined Mitsubishi
in 1947 after graduating with a
Bachelor of Arts in Economics
from Sophia University in Tokyo. In 1980, he was appointed
a director, and became president of Mitsubishi in 1986. Since
1992, he has been chair of the
corporation's board of directors.
In 1989, at the joint request of
the prime ministers of Japan
and Canada, Morohashi led the
Japanese Investment Study Mission to Canada. The mission resulted in the further development of business partnerships
between Japan and Canada.
At UBC, Morohashi's support
helped create the Centre for
Japanese Research. The centre
is an important focus of research
for economic, political, social and
technological issues, and promotes dialogue on major issues
of common concern to Canada
and Japan.
Morohashi receives his honorary degree Nov. 20 at 2:30 p.m.
hailed for its power to heal.
"When people who went to
residential schools read it they
find it's not as dreadful as they
feared. It helps them remember
the good things as well as the
bad," Sterling says.
"The comment I most often
hear is, 'I thought I was the only
one who felt that way.' It opens
up feelings that have been silent
for 20, 30 or 40 years."
Younger readers are moved,
too. They write her and ask how
they can help eliminate racism,
or relate how they lost a brother
or sister to suicide. Young First
Nations readers appreciate
knowing what their parents and
grandparents experienced at
residential schools.
Sterling could bring a personal perspective to her PhD
thesis, called Grandmothers' Stories: Oral Tradition and the Transmission of Culture. She is a grandmother herself.
The thesis examines the creation stories and personal narratives that grandmothers, other
family members and elders tell
children to pass along traditional
knowledge and wisdom.
Sterling examined these stories in terms of personal meaning and their inherent quality of
healing, as well as in terms of
educational theory and practice.
Now teaching at Malaspina
University-College in Nanaimo,
one of Sterling's goals is to spend
more time with her grandson,
14-month-old Kieran, whose
Nlakapamux name is
Nkwakushon, meaning Morning
Continued from Page 1
with a range of scientific organizations.
The vice-president. Academic
and Provost, reports to the president and is responsible for providing leadership and vision in
setting the overall academic priorities and direction for the university.
In 1996-97 the vice-president
administered a budget of approximately $300 million. Several senior academic and administrative positions report directly to the vice-president in
cluding four associate vice-presidents and the 12 deans of faculties.
The selection of McBride was
the result of an extensive consultative process co-ordinated
by a President's Advisory Committee.
He takes over from Dan Birch
who is completing his second six-
year term in the position. Birch, a
professor in the Dept. of Educational Studies, will return to research and teaching in the Faculty of Education.
Continued from Page 1
The UBC meeting is meant to
provide a retreat where leaders
can meet in relative isolation. A
similar retreat was held last year
near Manila.
UBC was also favoured because of its symbolic location
facing the Pacific.
The campus, especially students, has reacted strongly to
APEC's presence—ranging from
the agitprop theatre and civil
disobedience of APEC-Alert to
active support from some 200
students who have volunteered
to help with APEC activities.
But mostly, there has been
debate and discussion. Issues of
trade, human rights, the environment and corporate influence
on society are hot topics from
campus coffee shops to any
number of organized panels and
The AMS sponsored a five-
week Student Summit on Asia
Pacific, which wrapped up recently after an ambitious program that tackled topics such as
women's issues, labour, the environment, human rights,
multiculturalism, trade liberalization, career opportunities and
Canada's role in the Asia Pacific.
On a smaller scale, the APEC -
University Forum has sponsored
discussions at Green College
aimed at increasing awareness
of APEC and related issues.
The UBC branch of AIESEC,
an international student organization supported by business
and industry, held a Youth APEC
'97 Forum in October to discuss
relations with the Asia Pacific
and related topics.
Just recently, the International Relations Student Association has set up an APEC Information Centre in SUB. They
will host a panel discussion on
Nov. 18 at 12 p.m. in the Asian
Centre auditorium.
As well, about 20 UBC faculty
members and graduate students
have created the APEC Research
and Information Network, based
in the Institute of Asian Research . They are involved in planning the Peoples' Summit, a parallel conference to APEC to be
held Nov. 17-22 at the Plaza of
The expertise of other faculty
members has been called upon
as they prepare documentation
and background materials for
government ministers and senior
advisers in the lead-up to the
leaders' meeting. Still other faculty members conduct research
or consult for APEC governments.
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MOA exhibit spotlights
Chinese art treasures
The Museum of Anthropology will mark
the conclusion of the APEC conference
with an exhibit of ancient Chinese art
from one of the world's finest private
The exhibit, entitled Recalling the Past:
A Selection of Early Chinese Art from the
Victor Shaw Collection, spans 4,500 years
from the Neolithic through the Han, Tang
and Song dynasties. It opens Wednesday,
Dec. 3.
The Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting
will be held in MOA's Great Hall on Nov.
25. The art exhibition is one of a number
of university-supported APEC initiatives
that will benefit students, teaching and
scholarly research at UBC.
As well as inspiring a series of legacies,
the APEC meeting is expected to
strengthen UBC's position as Canada's
pre-eminent institution for higher learn
ing in Asia Pacific affairs and to reinforce
the university's links with Asia and other
APEC economies.
The MOA exhibit features objects in
jade, bronze, ceramic, gold and silver and
other materials that are all remarkable
for the exceptional quality of their manufacture and design.
These objects reveal aspects of ancient
Chinese civilization — notions of ritual,
changing decorative motifs, the formation of national unity during the Han, the
importance of the Tang and the justified
fame both within China and around the
world of Chinese ceramics.
Exhibit highlights include bi discs and
other ritual objects from the Neolithic to
the Han period.
Other human and animal figurines,
ornaments and ceramics show the changing social, religious and technological
influences on early Chinese art.
Canada's Year
of Asia Pacific
Caooda 1997
Experts share health
education expertise
UBC students and faculty members and distance learning specialists
from across Canada will meet Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC)
representatives Nov. 21 and 22 in a workshop designed to promote health
education in developing countries.
Called Bridging the Pacific: Education and Health For All Through
Distance Learning Partnerships, the workshop forms part of a symposium
highlighting B.C. industry to APEC delegates.
"B.C. is a world leader in distance education and UBC and BCIT are
among the biggest contributors to Canada's international learning programs," says workshop organizer Josephine Seear of the Office of the Coordinator of Health Sciences.
About 40 representatives from Canada and APEC-member economies are
expected to attend the workshop at the Robson Square Media Centre.
Specialists in international development, communications technology, and
medical education and representatives of the World Bank, the World Health
Organization and the private sector will gather to discuss an APEC-wide
network for distance health education.
"We want to improve health care in marginalized regions," says Seear,
who is also chair of the organizing committee for a proposed new Centre for
International Health at UBC.
Isolated parts of Canada can also benefit from distance medical education, which includes radio broadcasts on public health issues, videoconferencing between hospitals and on-line technical training, she adds.
UBC's Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC) will be
showcasing a 3-D imaging connection that allows doctors working at different
hospitals to communicate graphically in real time. A doctor with expertise in
facial reconstructive surgery will be electronically linked to a doctor operating
at a hospital across the country in a demonstration of the system.
Health education courses are highly marketable products because health
becomes a priority once developing countries start industrializing, Seear
says. International funding agencies such as the World Bank and the
Canadian International Development Agency sponsor multimillion-dollar
contracts to develop medical training or public health projects.
But distance learning in medical education is not just a business proposition. International health issues are rapidly emerging as travel, immigration
and trade with developing nations increase.
"As Canadians, we can't ignore the health of developing countries and
remain healthy ourselves," Seear says.
Workshop participants will discuss their distance learning experiences in
free public sessions running from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
On Nov. 22 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., UBC's Global Outreach Student
Association (GOSA), a multi-disciplinary group of students dedicated to local
and global health promotion, will present a panel discussion called Globalization and Health Equity. Speakers include former NDP leader Ed
Broadbent, representatives of the World Health Organization and Street Kids
International. Groups will convene in the afternoon to further explore the
issue. Admission to the GOSA panel presentation is $15 (free for students).
A trans-Pacific exchange of ideas has already started on the Internet.
Individuals wishing to join the discussion should address their comments to
bridging-pacific@unixg.ubc.ca, a resource provided by the Canadian International Health Education Network, another of the conference organizers.
For more information on the workshop call Josephine Seear at 739-4370.
For information about buildings, roads, parking, and transit routes that
will be affected during the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting at UBC Nov. 25.
see page 8.
More information about APEC and UBC's involvement is also available on
the Web at www.ubc.ca under "News, Events and Attractions."
Sean Kelly photo
Assoc. Prof. Ronald Walkey studies a working model prepared by Architecture
and Landscape Architecture students participating in a campus development
exercise. The students, working in teams, are proposing ways the area
around University Boulevard and the War Memorial Gymnasium might be
improved in the future.
Students propose to
enliven campus core
by Sean Kelly
Staff writer
The area of University Boulevard between Wesbrook Mall and East Mall is the
subject of intense scrutiny by Landscape
Architecture and Architecture students.
The area, part of the academic core,
includes the War Memorial Gymnasium,
General Services Administration Building and the Friedman building, and is
identified as having the potential for increased commercial and transit use in
the Official Community Plan (OCP) for
UBC, approved earlier this year by UBC's
Board ofGovernors and the Greater Vancouver Regional District.
The planning and design exercise is led
by Landscape Architecture Assoc. Prof.
Patrick Condon, Architecture Assoc. Prof.
Ronald Walkey, and Freda Pagani of Land
and Building Services. Students from both
departments formed seven teams of four
to five students each to come up with
development plans and initial models for
the area.
"This exercise is intended to help people visualize ways the campus can
change," says Condon.
He says that one of the students' key
concerns is sustainability, broadly defined
as providing for the needs of the present
without compromising the future.
Mike Salmon, a second-year Architecture student says his group would make
the area more sustainable by making it
more dense and active 24 hours a day.
"Architecture and Landscape Architecture students often work late into the night,
so we know how campus shuts down at
about 6 p.m. for most people," he says.
His group's plan includes light industry
and research space, retail, student and
market housing, and even a nightclub in
areas now occupied by green space.
Walkey is impressed by the plan, pointing out that many ofthe models produced
by the other student teams show dense
in-fill structures.
"The existing green space is mostly
grass, and doesn't give anything back to
the environment," he says. "We now have
an isolated community of isolated buildings. It seems counter-intuitive, but increased density for the area is actually
more sustainable, and more likely to create a vibrant community."
Condon agrees, noting that although
the campus seems built up, only 10 per
cent of the developed area is covered by
"Higher density makes more efficient
use of existing infrastructure and land
resources, and is easier to service by transit. It allows residents to be less car dependent since they live within a five-minute
walk of all their basic needs." he says.
Watching the progress of the studio
closely is Janet Land, co-ordinator of the
Greening the Campus Program which operates out ofthe Sustainable Development
Research Institute. The aim of the program is to bring together students, faculty
and staff with diverse skills and knowledge
to undertake projects which promote ecological sustainability on campus.
Land is encouraging students and faculty from other disciplines to undertake
projects that complement the work ofthe
architecture students.
'There are all kinds of possibilities,"
she says. "Someone could examine transportation issues, or what mix of residential and commercial development would
best meet the needs of the community."
The public will have a chance to see the
results of the students' work when the
finished models go on display in the Student Union Building Art Gallery Dec. 1-12.
In the Oct. 30 issue of UBC Reports
two Networks of Centres of Excellence
received additional four-year funding but
were not listed. They are the Mechanical
Wood-Pulps Network and the Canadian
Institute for Telecommunications Research. 4 UBC Reports ■ November 13,1997
November 16 through November 29
Sunday, Nov. 16
Here Among Us - Portraits Of
Chinese Canadian Veterans Of
WW II. Steven Lemay, photographer. Asian Centre Aud. Tues-Fri
from l-6pm; Sat/Sun from
11:30am- 5pm. Continues to Nov.
25. Call 873-8439 or 822-0810.
The Masters Of Music - Bach. CBC
Vancouver Orchestra, Bernard
Labadie conductor. $ 12. Chan Centre at 2pm. Call 280-4444.
Green College Performing
Arts Group
Collegium Musicum Concert.
John Sawyer, director. Green
College at8:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Monday, Nov. 17
Laird Lecture
Chemistry And Physics Of Open-
Shell Species. Olivier Kahn, U of
Bordeaux. Chemistry D-225
(Centre Block) at 11:30am. Call
IAM Distinguished
Colloquium Series
The Steady-State Flow Of A
Navier-Stokes Fluid Past A Self-
Propelled Body. Giovanni Paolo
Galdi, Mathematics, U of Pittsburgh. CSCI 301 at 3:30pm. Call
Mechanical Engineering
On Natural Energy Utilization In
Buildings and Dwellings In Japan. Toshiyuki Watanabe, Engineering, Kyushu U, Japan. CEME
1202 from 3:30-4:30pm. Light
refreshments. Call 822-3770.
Biochemistry And Molecular
Biology Seminar
Regulation OfThe Cell Cycle By
The Raf-MAP Kinase Pathway.
Martin McMahon, DNAX Research Institute. IRC #4 at
3:45pm. Refreshments at
3:30pm. Call 822-4070.
Green College Resident
Speaker Series
Computer-Supported Collaborative Environments. Davor
Cubranic, Computer Science.
Green College at 5:30pm. Call
Science And Society
Societal Response To Environmental Threats: Dealing With Ignorance And Uncertainty. Douw
G. Steyn, Atmospheric Science
Programme. Green College at
8pm. Call 822-1878.
Tuesday, Nov. 18
APEC Panel Debate/
Panel Debate And Discussion
Between Business Or Government
Representatives And Civil Society
Members. Asian Center Aud. from
12-2pm. Call 822-1604.
Wrestling With Conservation Priority - Progress In Tying Down A
(Dangerously) Vague Notion. Bob
Pressey, New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service.
BioSciences 2000 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Dept. Of Animal Science
Seminar Series
Economic Efficiency Of Canadian
And New Zealand Sires In Canadian And New Zealand Dairy
Herds And Its Relationship With
Other Traits. Patrick Charagu,
Animal Science. MacMillan 160
at 12:30pm. Refreshments. Call
Lectures In Modern
Molecular Magnetism: New Objects And New Language. Olivier
Kahn, U of Bordeaux. Chemistry
B-250 (south wing) at lpm. Refreshments at 12:40pm. Call 822-
Governing Modem Societies
Democracy And Inequality.
Dietrich Rueschemeyer, Brown U.
Green College at 5pm. Reception
Graham House from 4:15-5pm.
Call 822-1878.
Wednesday, Nov. 19
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Controversies In Radial Head Fracture Management. Dr. William
Regan, Orthopedics. Vancouver
Hosp/HSC, Eye Care Centre Aud.
at 7am. Call 875-4192.
Wednesday Noon Hours. Ensemble Anonymous, Minstrels. Jugglers & Goliards of Paris. Music
Recital Hall at 12:30pm. $3. Call
Centre For Southeast Asia
Research Seminar
The Politics Of Indonesian Rainforests. George Aditiondro, Anthropology and Sociology, New Castle
U, NSW Australia. CK Choi 120
from 12:30-2pm. Call 822-2629.
Microbiology And
Immunology Seminar Series
Secretion Of The F-Layer In
Caulobacter Crescentus Type One
Secretion System. Peter Awram,
Microbiology and Immunology.
Wesbrook201 from 12:30-1:30pm.
Call 822-3308.
Obstetrics And Gynecology
Research Seminars
The Effect Of Microgravity On Starfish Development. Dr. Bruce
Crawford, BC Women's Hosp. 2N35
at 2pm. Call 875-3108.
Ecology, Evolution And
Centre For Biodiversity
Research Seminars
Behavioural And Demographic
Responses To Food And Space
Competition By Juvenile Steelhead
Trout. Ernest Keeley, Zoology.
Family and Nutritional Sciences
60 at 4:30pm. Refreshments Hut
B-8 at 4:10pm. Call 822-3957.
Comparative Literature
(Inter)Facing McLuhan. Richard
Cavell, English. Green College at
5:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Thursday, Nov. 20
Can Russia Become A Nation-
State? Geoffrey Hosking, Russian
History, Slavonic and East European Studies, U of London.
Buchanan D-336 at 10am. Call
822-6329 or 822-4044.
Flu Vaccine
UBC Staff And Faculty Flu Vaccine. UBC Student Health Service
from 12-3:45pm. $10. Call 822
Earth And Ocean Sciences
Searching For New Planets. Jaymie
Matthews, Physics and Astronomy.
Geological Sciences 330-A at
12:30pm. Call 822-3278.
Collegium Musicum. John Sawyer; Ramona Luengen, directors.
Music Recital Hall at 12:30pm.
Call 822-5574.
A Study On The Possible Edaphic
Influence On Population Differentiation Of Lasthenia Californica.
Nishi Rajakaruna, Botany.
BioSciences 2000 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Centre For Japanese
Research Seminar
Japanese Policies Towards The
Ainu: Issues In The New Ainu Law.
Kazuyoshi Ohtsuka. CKChoi 120
from 12:30-2pm. Call 822-2629.
Physiology Seminar Series
Presynaptic Calcium Channels:
Mechanisms of Neuromodulation
And Role In Neurotransmitter Release. Dr. W.A. Catterall, Pharmacology, U ofWashington. IRC #1
from l-2pm. Call 822-2494.
Seminars In Biological
Community Based Conservation
And Sustainable Forestry In Western Mexico. Enrique Jordal, U of
Guadalajara. MacMillan 166 from
2:30-3:30pm. Call 822-9695 or
Lectures In Modern
Molecular Bistability, Spin Transition, And Information Processing. Olivier Kahn, U of Bordeaux.
Chemistry D-225 (Centre Block)
at 3:30pm. Call 822-3266.
CICSR'S Distinguished
Lecture Series
Image Sequence Primitives For
Advanced Video Coding: Extraction And Representation. Eric
Dubois, U of Quebec. CICSR/CS
208 from4-5:30pm. Refreshments.
Call Linda Sewell 822-6894.
Critical Issues In Global
Development/Cultural And
Media Studies
International Trade And Human
Rights: A Critical Perspective.
Panel. Green College at Spm. Call
Friday, Nov. 21
Diet And Prostate Cancer: How
Strong Is The Evidence? Dr. Richard Gallagher, Head, Cancer Control Research Program, BC Cancer
Agency. Mather 253 from 9- 10am.
Paid parking avail in Lot B. Call
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Cancelled. GF Strong at 9am. Call
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar
Exposure Assessment At A Firefighter Training Seminar. Dale
Hills, Occupational Hygiene, Vancouver Hosp/HSC, UBC, Koerner
G-279 (ground floor) from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-9861.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Modulation Of NMDA Receptor
Function By Zinc And Calcium
Binding Proteins. Dr. Lynn
Raymond, Neurological Sciences.
Cunningham 160 at 12:30pm. Call
Soil Science Seminar
Influence Of Environmental Conditions In Cereal Crop Yields In
Poland. TomaszRozbicki, Meteorology and Climatology, Warsaw
Agricultural U. MacMillan 154 at
3:30pm. Call 822-6534.
Political Science Seminar
Political Discourse In The Argentine Transition to Democracy. Victor Armony, Political Science.
Buchanan D-351 from 3:30-5pm.
Call 822-5456.
Weekly Seminar
Dynamic Modelling Of Newsprint
Paper Machine Wet End. Eddy Yap,
Chemical Engineering. ChemEng
206 at 3:30pm. Call 822-3238.
Mathematics Colloquium
A Plateau Problem In Complex
Geometry. R. Schoen, Mathematics, Stanford U. Mathematics 100
at 3:30pm. Refreshments Math
Annex 1115 at 3:15pm. Call 822-
Physical Chemistry Seminar
Microwave Spectroscopy Of Reactive Molecules And Free Radicals.
Mike Gerry, Chemistry. Chemistry D-225 "(Centre Block) at 4pm.
Call 822-3266.
Collegium Musicum. John Sawyer; Ramona Luengen, directors.
Music Recital Hall at 8pm. Call
Saturday, Nov. 22
APEC Workshop
Globalization and Health Equity.
Global Outreach Students Assoc.
Robson Square Media Centre at
9am. Call Kerri Novak 738-9158.
Business, Sustainable Development And APEC: What Do You
Think? Anders Wijkman, United
Nations Development Programme;
Mike Harcourt, Prod Laquian,
UBC; Emil Salim, World Commission on Forests and Sustainable
Development. MV Abitibi from
1 l:30am-2pm. Continues to Nov.
25. Call 822-9150.
Continuing Education
Intelligent Agents: Your Electronic
Butler On The Internet. Internet
Programs. Continuing Studies.
David Lam Centre Seminar Room
from 1-5pm. $120. Call 822-1420.
Distinguished Artists. Ben
Heppner, tenor; Craig Rutenberg,
piano. Chan Centre at 8pm. Tickets available through Ticketmaster
Vancouver Institute Lecture
The Human Voice. Bruce Pullan,
director. The Vancouver Bach
Choir. IRC #2 at 8:15pm. Call 822-
Sunday, Nov. 23
Green College Performing
Arts Group
Performance. Azeeta, Persian
dancer. Green College at 8pm.
Dance instruction afterwards. Call
Monday, Nov. 24
UBC Jazz Ensemble. Fred Stride,
director. Music Recital Hall at
12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Mechanical Engineer
DesigningThe Optimum Aircraft:
A Challenge To Multi-Disciplinary Design And Optimization.
Brian Eggleston, Director Strategic Technology, Bombardier Aerospace Group. CEME 1202 from
3:30-4:30pm. Light refreshments. Call 822-3770.
Biochemistry And
Molecular Biology Seminar
Tyrosine Kinase Pathways And The
Rapid Regulaton Of Smooth Muscle By EGF And By G-Protein Coupled Agonists. Dr. Morley
Hollenberg, U of Calgary. IRC #4 at
3:45pm. Refreshments at 3:30pm.
Call Dr. Brownsey 822-3810.
Tuesday, Nov. 25
Association Between A Rare BC
Moth Lascionycta Wyatti And A
Toxic Plant        Ambrosia
Chamissonis. Joanna Dojillo-
Mooney, Botany. BioSciences
2000 from 12:30-1:30pm. Call
Lectures In Modern
Mass Spectrometry: An Enabling
Technology For A Contract Research And Service Laboratory.
Bob Brown, Elemental Research
Inc. Chemistry B-250 (south
wing) at lpm. Refreshments at
12:40pm. Call 822-3266.
Statistics Seminar
Some Issues In The Tabulation
Of Sup-Norm Functionals Of
Weighted Brownian Bridges.
Vera R. Eastwood, Statistics, U
of Auckland; Mathematics, U of
Utah. CSCI 301 from 4-5:30pm.
Refreshments, bring your mug.
Call 822-0570.
Graduate And Faculty
Christian Forum
The Illusion Of Pluralism: Plurality Or Homgeneity In Canadian
Culture. Ron Dart, Political Science, University College of the
Fraser Valley. Buchanan Penthouse at 4:15pm. Coffee at 4pm.
Call 822-4351.
Wednesday, Nov. 26
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Management OfThe Inflammatory
Arthritides In 1997. Dr. Alice
Klinkoff, Medical Director, Mary
Pack Arthritis Treatment Programs.
TB Auditorium, Tenth Ave. and
Willow, at 7am. Call 875-4192.
Continuing Education
Executive Presentations: Communicating With PowerPoint. Computer Science, Continuing Studies. David Lam Centre Lab B from
9am-4pm. $225. Call 822-1420.
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—which covers the period November 30 to December 13
is noon, November 17. UBC Reports ■ November 13, 1997 5
November 13. 1997
Dear Colleagues,
Since President Martha Piper took office earlier this year she has invited members
of the University and of the wider community to join in articulating a vision for
the University of British Columbia — a campaign to "think about it." Eighteen
months before her arrival, the deans and vice-presidents launched a planning
initiative — broadly participatory — in which students, staff and faculty
brainstormed about their future vision(s) of UBC. Our intention was to ready
ourselves for the arrival of a new President, to prepare the ground for the visioning
and planning which we knew must then take place.
The early stages of the process were facilitated by Bill Webber, associate vice-
president. Academic, and Peter Frost, professor of Organizational Behaviour and
they were succeeded in the summer of 1996 by John Gilbert, co-ordinator of
Health Sciences. Many people participated in focus groups led by the deans.
Their observations and suggestions are reflected in this report prepared by John
Gilbert. Our plan and our hope is that engaging ourselves and hundreds of
members of our community in thinking about our future has whetted our
appetites to "think about it" and will only increase the enthusiasm with which we
join President Piper in creating a new and vibrant vision for UBC on the threshold
of the next millenium.
Dan Birch
Vice-president, Academic and Provost
During the fall of 1995 there was growing concern that in future years the University
would be constrained by severe budget reductions. The vice-presidents and the
Committee of Deans discussed the need for a university-wide strategic planning
initiative, although at the same time recognizing that many faculties either had
completed or were in process of completing, their own strategic plans. On January
8, 1996, Dr. D.R. Birch, vice-president, Academic and Provost, circulated a memorandum proposing a strategic planning initiative, which would be broadly based,
crossing the organizational lines of the university. It was agreed that there was need
for faculty, students and staff to give their views about the university in a series of
forums which were not associated with any particular faculty, department or
administrative unit.
Although recognizing that fiscal constraints are always an important element, it was
agreed that the forums should consider broad questions about the role of the
University in a rapidly changing world. It was agreed that the forums would form
input to a future planning process that should provide an opportunity for forward
thinking, for establishing priorities and for generating a capacity to re-allocate
resources in response to changing priorities.
In order to address questions about the role ofthe University, the forums were ofthe
nature of focus groups, drawn from all sectors of campus.
The PURPOSE of the focus groups, through the leadership of the Deans was to
• a forum for the sharing of ideas from representatives ofthe UBC community on the
future vision, strategy and operation of this University stretching into the 21st
• for learning to take place within and across the groups drawn from the UBC
community about how the university is perceived, and to identify similarities and
differences of view that exist between and among members of the community;
• a source of strategic AND tactical ideas and practices that could inform the present
and future leadership plans and activities at UBC;
• the basic ingredients for a document on the nature, future and operation of UBC
that could serve as a source of ideas and inspiration for the current and the
incoming President and other new leaders on campus;
• the basis for a "White Paper" on the Future of the UBC that could serve as a
stimulus for community action on campus to assist the leadership of UBC to meet
the challenges of the next 10 years and beyond.
The PROCESS of the initiative included the following:
• A series of twelve focus group meetings of 25 or so participants drawn from across
• A series of meetings by a subgroup of five deans (the Strategic Initiatives Planning
Committee) who held ongoing discussions of the ideas and recommendations
emanating from the process.
The results of each focus group meeting were collated and distributed within two
weeks to all participants for their scrutiny, and additional thoughts and suggestions.
A first trial focus group was held in March 1996, after which the questions being asked
were refined; subsequent sessions were held in July, and then at monthly intervals
from September through March of 1997. A final session was held in April 1997, with
alumni representatives from the community. About 500 people were invited to
participate in this process; approximately 175 were able to accept the invitation. We
regret that we had no representation from campus unions, and that student
representation was small, due to scheduling constraints.
Following refinement, the four questions posed to each focus group were as follows:
1. Is there a distinctive role for UBC in the provincial system of post-secondary
education? If there is a distinctive role, what is it?
2. How do we maintain and expand it?
3. What are external expectations of the university? (perceived)
4. How do we respond creatively to external ezxpectations ofthe university?
The responses to these questions were analyzed in the context of the three missions
ofthe university, that is, Teaching, Research and Community Service. "Community"
was used in a broad sense, to include both the campus, and the provincial community
of which UBC is part.
Verbal and written responses from each of the focus groups were analyzed, from
which emerged a common series of "themes." A strictly "scientific" analyses of
responses was not performed.
Verbal responses of participants were transcribed by two recorders at the conclusion
of each session, and added to written scribble-board notes from each group. Every
participant received a copy of notes taken during the session s/he attended, and the
cumulated materials from all sessions. A small but representative sample of the
cumulated material is represented in this document. In order to understand the
thematic nature of the discussions, a large number of iterations were performed on
the transcribed notes, looking for key words and phrases, which ultimately yielded
a series of Themes.
Each Theme therefore represents a very large number of similar comments made by
participants. A very short listing of these comments is used to illustrate support for
what emerged as major themes; these comments are given in Italics.
In this report, in bold face, major themes derived from responses to Questions 1 & 2
are presented under the three missions ofthe University. It should be noted that in
response to all four questions there were significantly more comments under the
heading of "teaching" than under the headings: "research" or "community service".
Not surprisingly, in a narrative which represents more than 175 people, at times views
conflict. These conflicts were inserted in this report to indicate the diversity of
opinions heard.
Questions 1 & 2:
Is there a distinctive role for UBC? What is it?
How do we expand and maintain?
Missions: Teaching, Research and Community Service
"curricula should allow flezxibility to move between programs."
"reduce duplication of programs inter-intra-university. and across the province:"
"drop redundant programs; concentrate on excellence!"
"take leadership role in resource sharing,"
"use intellectual & moral leadership to move from stodginess / conservatism w/o
lessening benefits of traditional/ intellectual values;"
"forge new links and strengthen ezxisting ties with Pacific basin;"
"address critical concerns about communications within the University."
"Think about broader accessibility, e.g.. non-credit/continuing studies/distance
"deliver programs to part-time students;"
"use computer-assisted learning to reach community."
"excellence in teaching is as important as research — VALUE teaching;"
"what we do at university by way of research/scholarship is integral to good
"professors must focus on teaching students: use new tools (technology) to teach,
free up resources, be creative;"
"improve classroom infrastructure; small class size wherever possible to encourage creativity and critical thinking;"
"encourage top-notch, high-ranking scholars to teach first-year courses & get
recognition for doing so."
"use comprehensive UBC faculty to effectively develop interdisciplinarity;"
"encourage/strengthen/support interdisciplinary studies through better infrastructure, cross appointments, more flexible system, integration of programmes:"
"use interdisciplinarity as a tool to be responsive to changing world."
"Good role model!"
"may be desirable that all students go through a first-year program similar to
Arts One and Science One;"
"have Health Sciences program like Arts One/Science One?"
"important to maintain our broad range of professional programs: and have 6 UBC Reports • November 13, 1997
balance between teaching faculty and practitioners in community;"
• "encourage/maintain strong communications with professional associations: but
not be governed by them."
• "do better job informing public what we are about — the passion we have about
disseminating knowledge;"
• "use teaching excellence as marketing device; emphasize quality — relationship
to research;"
• "have tremendous wealth in human resources; be an exemplary model to community to find and communicate solutions to problems."
• "examine/adapt admissions criteria (recognize whole student) — aim to admit
well-rounded students with good command of English;"
• "need mentoring/advising from beginning of undergraduate experience;"
• "encourage undergrads to have realistic expectations; lay out expectations and
measure how effective;"
• "revise curricula if not effective — offer more introductory courses with more
• "consider trimester system; more sections in first and second year;"
• "recognize our distinctive role as pre-eminent research institution has to be
viewed within the context of curriculum reform in the undergraduate program, in
order that students will be able to interact with faculty; don't want students to go
through first two years without writing a paper."
Question 2:
External expectations of the university?
Creative responses
Missions: Teaching, Research, Community Service
• "use classrooms effectively — seats not filled 5 days/wk;"
• "evening programs/summer programming, all-year-round courses & better use of
campus facilities;"
• "respond to more mature student body needs; services to be more accessible;"
• "re-evaluate mature students previous education/experience to give them credit;"
• "take the university to the community and make more immediate — benefit from
the impact of SFU's downtown campus;"
• "find other ways to generate funding, not just rely on government (gov't can
dictate agenda/define our role!);"
• "developing strategic alliances and mutually beneficial relationships, e.g.,
internal to UBC, inter-university, university/industry;"
• "use financial incentives to encourage strategic partnerships e.g. tax relief for
participating organizations /public; matching funds."
• "cooperate with all post-secondary agencies to enhance excellent core programming;"
• "develop cooperative programs with companies through funding;"
• "build international co-op. programs where students go abroad to gain experience
in own field — maybe do teaching also."
"avoid focussing on graduate education as sole end of undergraduate education;"
"graduates should be able to communicate, problem-solve, and problem-identify;"
"graduates should be job trained with critical thinking skills;"
"graduates should have broad set of transferable analytical skills;"
"ensure graduates can express themselves in writing and verbally;"
"ensure graduates can ask the right questions;"
"ensure that work entrance skills are meaningful (useful);"
"ensure graduates can fully utilize information and library technologies."
"develop sets of 'expectations' for students and deliver on their arrival — This is
what UBC can do for you';"
"work on changing learning methods/styles;"
"think of students as a resource in learning exercise;"
"promote tolerance and inclusion;"
"encourage interaction between students and alumni"
"build small 'communities,' e.g., faculty involvement with students;"
"take province-wide initiative on curriculum issues;"
"introduce first-year students to mentoring resources;"
"show undergraduates how to use advisors;"
"make students feel welcome — other universities make them feel wanted; this
should have positive experiences here;"
• "make UBC a friendly place, e.g., housing, parking passes, food, etc."
• "share information and our expertise through outreach;"
• "share research, information technologies and library facilities;"
• "develop facilities on campus where people can use new technologies;"
• "provide ethical role models in research:"
• "maintain the University library as a unique scholarly resource;"
• "demonstrate to our community the long-term benefits of research."
"continue to clearly define and strengthen graduate programs through curriculum
development and specialized programs;"
"encourage graduate students to participate in high school teaching;"
"focus on high quality courses, at the graduate level;"
"improve methods for giving faculty members credit for teaching and research
"vigorously pursue funding for graduate scholarships;"
"develop innovative funding mechanisms for international graduate students."
"explain what we mean by 'research' basic and applied. Demonstrate how this
impacts on graduate and undergraduate programming, and how it informs the
"do a much better job of publicly disseminating scholarship generated at UBC;
not just through traditional academic avenues;"
"examine shifting research relationships....look at new research field & markets."
"advertise university activities, such as seminars, discussion groups;"
"get community to buy into RESEARCH-hot lines which could be topic-related;"
"Researcher of the Month";"
"promote results and benefits of research as PR on TV;"
"forge better links with media to elevate profile;"
"ensure selection of president, deans, etc., who are able to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, the community (in community's language);"
"use Speakers' Bureau more effectively;"
"communicate our fiscal responsibility to taxpayer, that evaluation of programs is
being done, that we are proactive."
"UBC should not just be seen as elitist provider;"
"encourage public to bring problems to university to help solve — a positive way to
get UBC community together and show what we can do for outside community;"
"demonstrate that UBC creates real solutions to real problems;"
"change society's perception that the failure ofthe Canadian economy is a failure
of our university system."
"encourage more cross-cultural studies, be more sympathetic to needs of other
"be leaders to deal with multicultural aspects and value systems; "capture"
multicultural values of students/faculty;"
"promote UBC's cultural facilities and attractions: Museum ofAnthropology,
Botanical Gardens, Longhouse, etc., to interact with community;"
"emphasize UBC's strong public/political role and continue to foster stronger
links to larger community."
"set out what we want to do, measure, communicate, telling that our students get
good jobs, lead successful lives, tell how successful our programs are;"
"evaluate effectiveness — are we meeting expectations (do a survey of people
who go through our programs, public, faculty & staff participating);"
"address problem of morale — sense of community — improve communications
across campus, to all buildings;"
"find new language to explain university;"
"involve community in decision making process."
"should be interaction between public and university — tell what we do so that
people are comfortable coming to campus and talking to us about what we do;"
"ezKplore ways to benefit local needs, creating / using new technology, new jobs;"
"measure what is successful, what is not;"
"get out to community groups, senior citizens — talk about things that are more
practical, pragmatic — money going to good causes, i.e., research has long term
benefits — demonstrate that their money is well spent. "
• "shoix! how much UBC costs in all aspects;" UBC Reports ■ November 13, 1997 7
• "shou; ways UBC is funded by governments, research, private sources;"
• "remember that people pay once to be at university — not 10 times;"
• "make budget report."
• "give public a sense of real involvement, that their input will be influential;"
• "UBC alumni to lecture to students to help develop a sense of pride;"
• "find ways to develop employer pride in staff trained at UBC — help them
recognize that part of their corporate success is due to training at UBC."
• "encourage co-operation with other countries;"
• "ezxpand exchange student program;"
• "develop lifelong learning opportunities;"
• "promote greater public access to library and non-degree courses;"
• "recognize that English as a second language is a serious issue for our community; consider how this affects accessibility."
This initiative was funded and supported by the Office of the Vice President
Academic and Provost.
We acknowledge the valuable contributions made by all participants, many of whom
are listed below.
Committee of Deans:
• Dean Frank Abbott
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
• Dean Clark Binkley
Faculty of Forestry
• Dean John Cairns
Faculty of Medicine
• Michael Goldberg, former dean
Faculty of Commerce & Business
• Dean Frieda Granot
Faculty of Graduate Studies
• Dean Barry McBride
Faculty of Science
• Dr. John H.V. Gilbert
Co-ordinator of Health Sciences
Dr. Jo-Ann Archibald
First Nations House of Learning
Dr. David M. Austin
Dept. of Mathematics
Ms. Lesley Bainbridge
School of Rehabilitation Sciences
Mr. Victor Barwin
Dept. of Medicine (Finance)
Ms. K. Beaumont
Campus Planning & Development
Mr. Paul Becker
Plant Operations
Dr. Gail D. Bellward
Division of Pharmacology & Toxicology
Ms. Linda Blaine
Botanical Gardens
Dr. Anthony Boardman
Faculty of Commerce & Business
Dr. Mary Bohman
Agricultural Economics
Dr. Art Bombke
Dept. of Soil Science
Mr. Keith R. Bowler
Purchasing Dept.
Dr. Paul Burns
Religious Studies
Dr. Helen M. Burt
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Ms. Lisa Castle
Human Resources
Dr. Gwen Chapman
School of Family & Nutritional
Dr. John Chase
Budget & Planning
Ms. Janet Cox
Totem Park Residence
• Axel Meisen, former dean
Faculty of Applied Science
• Dean Shirley Neuman
Faculty of Arts
• James F. Richards, former dean
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
• Dean Nancy Sheehan
Faculty of Education
• C. Lynn Smith, former dean
Faculty of Law
• Dean Edwin Yen
Faculty of Dentistry
• Dr. William C. Webber
Dept. of Anatomy
• Dr. Peter J. Frost
Faculty of Commerce & Business
Ms. Leonora Crema
Circulation Division, Library
Dr. Marion Crowhurst
Dept. of Language Education
Dr. Julia Cruikshank
Dept. of Anthropology & Sociology
Dr. Wm. Cullen
Dept. of Chemistry
Mr. Erik de Bruijn
Koerner Library
Mr. Allan De Jong
Conference Centre
Ms. Sarah Dench
Women Students' Office
Dr. Charles Dollar
School of Library, Archival & Information Studies
Dr. R.W. Donaldson
Dept. of Electrical Engineering
Mr. Kevin Dwyer
Graduate Student Society
Dr. Brian Ellis
Dept. of Plant Science
Ms. Margaret Ellis
Centre for Educational Technology
Ms. J. Escribano
Dept. of Zoology
Dr. W.K. Fletcher
Dept. of Geological Sciences
Dr. Ian Franks
School of Human Kinetics
Dr. James Gaskell
Dept. of Curriculum Studies
Ms. Carol Gibson
Awards & Financial Aid
Dr. Anthony Glass
Dept. of Botany
Dr. Louise Glass
Biotechnology Laboratory
Mr. Peter Godman
Human Resources
Ms. Kim Gordon
Athletics & Sports Services
Mr. B. Grabinsky
Career Services-Student Services
Dr. Wayne Greene
Health, Safety & Environment
Dr. Sneja Gunew
Dept. of English
Ms. Fran Harrison
Faculty of Science
Ms. Debbie Harvie
UBC Bookstore
Dr. Robert Helsley
Faculty of Commerce & Business
Mr. Byron Hender
Student & Academic Services
Prof. David S. Hill
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Mr. Christopher Hives
Special Collections, Koerner Library
Mr. Michael Hughes
CUPE 2278
Mr. Winston Hunter
Faculty of Education
Ms. Erin James
President's Office
Ms. Carol Jillings
School of Nursing
Mr. Am Johal
Mr. Joseph Jones
HSS Division, Library
Dr. Graham Kelsey
Dept. of Educational Studies
Ms. Leslie Kerr
Dept. of Anatomy
Mr. Stan Knight
Prof. Alan Kraus
Faculty of Commerce & Business
Mr. Brian Kroeker
Data Library, Main Library
Mr. Michael Kyber c/o Ms. J.
Dept. of Zoology
Ms. Mumtaz Lakhani
Faculty of Arts
Mr. John Lane
Campus Planning & Development
Dr. Les Lavkulich
Dept. of Soil Science
Ms. Patricia K. Lee
Medical Student
Dr. Perry Leslie
Dept. of Educational Psychology
Ms. Rene Li
Registrar's Office
Dr. Donald Lyster
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dr. M. MacEntee
Clinical Dental Sciences
Mr. Justin Marples
Human Kinetics
Dr. Alan Martin
School of Human Kinetics
Dr. Katharyn May
School Of Nursing
Mr. John McArthur
Graduate Student
Dr. Janet Measday
Dept. of Physics
Ms. Janet Mee
Disability Resource Centre
Dr. Karen Meyer
Dept. of Curriculum Studies
Ms. Karin Mickelson
Faculty of Law
Ms. Ryna Levy Milne
School of Family & Nutritional
Mr. Jason Murray c/o AMS
Faculty of Arts
Mr. Jim Overboe
Ms. Estelle Paget
Centre for Faculty Development
Mr. Douglas Paterson
Landscape Architecture
Ms. Sham Pendleton
Records & Registration, Registrar's
Dr. Klaus Peterson
Dept. of Germanic Studies
Ms. Brenda Peterson
Sedgewick Library
Dr. Anthony Phillips
Dept. of Psychology
Mr. Ben Pong
Prof. Moura Quayle
Landscape Architecture
Dr. Darlene Redenbach
School of Rehabilitation Sciences
Dr. Rosemary Redfield
Dept. of Zoology
Dr. Angela Redish
Dept. of Economies
Mrs. M. Risebrough
Housing & Conferences
Ms. Christia Roberts
Dept. of Plant Sciences
Dr. David Robitaille
Dept. of Curriculum Studies
Dr. John B. Roeder
School of Music
Ms. Ellen Rosenberg
Dept. of Botany
Prof. Jack Saddler
Wood Science. PAPRICAN
Prof. Jan Selman
Theatre. Film & Creative Writing
Prof. Tony Sheppard
Faculty of Law
Ms. Kathy Shynkaryk
Agricultural Economics
Dr. Chas. E. Slonecker
University Relations
Mr. Allen H. Soroka
Law Library
Ms. Bonita Stableford
Science and Engineering Division,
Dr. Richard Tees
Dept. of Psychology
Dr. Michael Tenzer
School of Music
Dr. Jim Thompson
Dept. of Animal Science
Mr. Raymond M. Thompson
School of Nursing
Dr. Bruce E. Tiberiis
Dept. of Biochemistry, Faculty of
Dr. James Trotter
Dept. of Chemistry
Mrs. Ann Turner
Financial & Budget, Koerner Library
Dr. Brian Turrell
Dept. of Physics
Dr. Chas. S. Ungerleider
Dept. of Educational Studies
Dr. B. Van Der Kamp
Dept. of Forest Sciences
Ms. Lynn van Rhijn
Alma Mater Society
Dr. John Vanderstoep
Dept. of Food Science
Dr. Peter Vaughan
Dept. of Psychology
Dr. Patricia Vertinsky
Dept. of Educational Studies
Dr. Peter Ward
Dept. of History
Dr. Rabab Ward
Centre for Integrated Computer
Systems Research
Ms. Anne Watters
Faculty of Education
Ms. Cynthia Wickstrom
Mr. Steve Wilson
Mr. Dan Worsley
Awards & Financial Aid
Dr. Ian Wright
Dept. of Curriculum Studies
Dr. Graeme Wynn
Dept. of Geography
Mr. Chris Yong
Financial Settlements & Services
Dr. Richard Young
Dept. of Counselling Psychology
Prof. James V. Zidek
Ms. Elizabeth Zook
Centre for Human Settlements + "
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Impact of APEC '97 on UBC
On Nov. 25, UBC will be the site ofthe APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting. For security reasons, parts of campus will be closed to the public, resulting in some
closures of roads, buildings and parking lots. Other areas of campus will also feel the effects of the event. Please plan accordingly.
For more information, contact Carolyn McLean at the UBC-APEC Co-ordination Office: tel. 822-2080, email apec@unixg.ubc.ca, or Eilis Courtney at the
UBC Ceremonies Office, tel. 822-6192, email eilis.courtney@ubc.ca.
Building closures
Parking closures
All buildings on the UBC campus will be open as usual during this period, with
the following exceptions:
Museum of Anthropology: closed to the public Nov. 19-26; closed to Anthropology
students and faculty and MOA staff from noon Nov. 24 to 8 a.m. Nov. 26
Anthropology/Sociology building: closed 6 p.m. Nov. 24 to 6 p.m. Nov. 25. Please
contact your instructor or department for class re-scheduling
Mary Bollert Hall, International House, Pan-Hellenic House, Nitobe Garden: closed
6 p.m. Nov. 24 to 6 p.m. Nov. 25
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts: restricted access, 6 p.m. Nov. 24 to 6 p.m. Nov.
25. Check with instructors for instructions regarding rehearsals
Green College, Cecil Green Park House, Cecil Green Coach House: restricted
access, 6 p.m. Nov. 24 to 6 p.m. Nov. 25
Graduate Student Centre and Parking and Security office: closed to all but accredited
staff from 6 p.m. Nov. 24 to 6 p.m. Nov. 25
Road closures
The best routes to campus Nov. 25 will be 10th Avenue, 16th Avenue and
Southwest Marine Drive. All campus roads will be open as usual with the
following exceptions from 6 p.m. Nov. 24 to 6 p.m. Nov. 25:
• Chancellor Boulevard and Northwest Marine Drive from Gate 3 to Gate 6 will be
• Except for local traffic, all Fourth Avenue/Chancellor Boulevard traffic will be
diverted onto Wesbrook Mall
• Southwest Marine Drive traffic will be diverted at Gate 6 onto University Boulevard
• Cecil Green Park Road, Crescent Road, Memorial Road and Main Mall north of
Memorial Road will be closed
Most campus parkades and lots will be open on Nov. 25, with the exception
of closures noted below. But be prepared with an alternative as your usual
parkade or lot may be full:
•      Rose Garden parkade: closed 6 p.m. Nov. 24 to 6 p.m. Nov. 25. All vehicles must be
out ofthe parkade by 6 p.m. Nov. 24. (Students with restricted Rose Garden Parkade
passes will be allowed to park in other parkades on Nov. 25.)
Faculty Club parking lot: closed from Nov. 22 to Nov. 26
BC Transit
Most BC Transit buses will be operating as usual Nov. 25, with the exception
of those noted below:
Spanish Banks/Chancellor bus #42 will be re-routed via Blanca Street to the bus
loop from 6 p.m. Nov. 24. Regular service resumes Nov. 26
Powell/UBC bus #4 will be re-routed up Granville Street to Broadway anH Tenth
Avenue from 7 to IO a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 25
For more information call BC Transit at 521 -0400
Shuttle bus service
A shuttle bus will operate from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 25. It will run from the NRC parking
lot at 16th Avenue and East Mall to the intersection of Memorial Road and East Mall, with
additional stops at the intersections of Thunderbird Boulevard and Main Mall, Agronomy
Road and East Mall, and University Boulevard and East Mall.
For updates or more information about APEC and UBC's involvement visit www.ubc.ca under "News, Events and Attractions."
on a Sunday afternoon..
walking through the forest after a spring rain
playing a round of golf on your local course
cantering along the trails on horseback
a game of racquetball or tennis on campus
upping your pulse rate on a mountain bike trail
an afternoon matinee at the Varsity
meet friends at the beach for a sunset stroll
lazy Sunday shopping on 10th avenue
curl up on the couch with a good book
Flats from $179,900. Two-level city homes from $295,900
(prices include GST). Visit our furnished showhomes at
5605 Hampton Place, UBC. Open 12 -5 pm daily (except Friday)
Call 221-1996
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November 16 through November 29
Ecology, Evolution And
Centre For Biodiversity
Research Seminars
Snowshoe Hare Behaviour And
Demography During A Cyclic
Population Low. Karen Hodges,
Zoology. Family and Nutritional
Sciences 60 at 4:30pm. Refreshments Hut B-8 at 4:10pm. Call
Public Lecture
Troublemakers, Bullies And
Clowns: Supporting Students
With Behaviour Problems In
Schools. Pat Mirenda, Educational Psychology and Special
Education. Templeton Secondary School Aud. at 7pm. Reception to follow. Call 822-5512.
19th Century Studies
Scripting Egypt: Orientalism
And The Cultures Of Travel.
Derek Gregory, Geography.
Green College at 8pm. Call 822-
UBC Contemporary Players.
Stephen Chatman; Eric Wilson,
directors. Music Recital Hall at
12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Microbiology And
Immunology Seminar
Filling In The Missing Link(er).
Linda Sandercock, Microbiology
and Immunology. Wesbrook 201
from 12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-
Thursday, Nov. 27
UBC Choral Union. Diane
Loomer, director. Chan Centre
at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Seminars In Biological
Conserving Biodiversity: Linkages Among Ecological And Geopolitical Scales. Kathryn
Freemark. Canadian Wildlife
Service. MacMillan 166 from
2:30-3:30pm. Call 822-9695 or
Biostatistics Seminar
Optimal Sample Allocation In
Clinical Trials. Brian J.
Eastwood, Statistics, U of Auckland. CSCI 301 from 4-5:30pm.
Call 822-0570.
Law And Society Seminar
Post-Colonialism, Hong Kong
And Intellectual Property. Eve
Darian-Smith, Anthropology, U
of California. Green College at
8pm. Call 822-1878.
Friday, Nov. 28
Development Of A Model Of Community Participation In Health
Decision-Making. Dr. Jim
Frankish, Institute of Health
Promotion Research; Craig
Larsen, Health Care and Epidemiology. Mather 253 from 9-
10am. Call 822-2772.
Grand Rounds
Pain And The Child With Significant Neurologic Impairment.
Tim Oberlander, Developmental Pediatrics. GF Strong Aud. at
9am. Call 875-2307.
Christmas Craft Fair
The Longhouse noon-7pm. Free
admission. Call 822-2115.
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar
Endotoxin Exposures In Sawmills. Martine Denne Kamp,
Wageningen Agricultural U. Van-
couverHosp/HSC, UBC, Koerner
G-279 (ground floor) from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-9861.
Lecture On His Symphony No. 1.
John Corigliano. Music Recital Hall
at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Inhibition Of Protein-Tyrosine
Phosphatases By The Anti-Rheumatic Drug Gold Thiomalate. Dr.
Frank Jirik, Centre for Molecular
Medicine and Therapeutics.
Cunningham 160 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-7795.
Seminar On His Compositional
Process. John Corigliano. Music
Recital Hall at 3:30pm. Call 822-
Mathematics Colloquium
Quantum Products Of Cohomology
Classes. Aaron Bertram, Mathematics, U of Utah. Mathematics
100 at 3:30pm. Refreshments
Math Annex 1115 at 3:15pm. Call
Weekly Seminar
Fibre Fractionation In
Hydrocyclones.  Tazim  Rehmat,
Chemical Engineering. ChemEng
206 at 3:30pm. Call 822-3238.
Physical Chemistry Seminar
Fiber-Optic UV-Resonance Raman
Spectroscopy Of Biomolecules.
Mike Blades, Chemistry. Chemistry D-225 (Center Block) at 4pm.
Call 822-3266.
UBC Choral Union. Diane Loomer,
director. Chan Centre at 8pm. Call
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Contradictions Of Liberation:
Truth, Justice And Reconciliation
In South Africa. Heribert Adam,
Sociology and Anthropology.
Simon Fraser U. IRC #2 at 8:15pm.
Call 822-3131.
Saturday, Nov. 29
Christmas Craft Fair
The Longhouse 10am-5pm. Free
admission. Call 822-2115.
Next calendar deadline
Monday, Nov. 17, noon
Faculty, Staff and Grad Student
Volleyball Group. Every Monday
and Wednesday, Osborne Centre,
Gym A from 12:30-1:30pm. No
fees. Drop-ins and regular
attendees welcome for friendly
competitive games. Call 822-4479
or e-mail: kdcs@unixg.ubc.ca.
Surplus Equipment
Recycling Facility
Weekly sales of furniture, computers, scientific etc. held every
Wednesday from noon-5pm. SERF,
Task Force Building, 2352 Health
Sciences Mall. Call 822-2582.
Faculty Development
Would you like to talk with an
experienced faculty member, one
on one, about your teaching concerns? Call the Centre for Faculty
Development and Instructional
Services at 822-0828 and ask for
the Teaching Support Group.
UBC Zen Society
Each Monday during term (except
holidays) Meditation Session.
Asian Centre Tea Gallery from
l:30-2:20pm. All welcome. Call
Parents with Babies
Have you ever wondered how babies
learn to talk? Help us find out! We are
looking for parents with babies between four to 15 months of age to
participate in language development
studies. Ifyou are interested in bringing your baby for a one hour visit,
please call Dr. Janet Werker's Infant
Studies Centre, Psychology, 822-
6408 (ask for Monika).
UBC Medical School
Needs male and female volunteer
patients of any age, either healthy
or ill to help students learn how to
interview and complete a physical
examination (external only). The
total time for each teaching session is between two-four hours,
Tues-Thurs. pm. Travel expenses
will be paid. Call Vancouver Hospital/HSC 875-5943.
Museum of Anthropology
Current Exhibits. Written In The
Earth. An exhibit exploring the roots
of Coast Salish Art. Continues to
Dec. 31. From Under The Delta:
Wet-Site Archaeology In The Lower
Fraser Region Of BC. Continues to
April 1 /98.6393 N.W. Marine Drive.
Hours of operation are Wed.-Sun
1 lam-5pm. Tuesday 1 lam-9pm.
Free 5-9pm. Call 822-5087.
Studies in Hearing and
Senior (65 years or older) volunteers needed. If your first language
is English and your hearing is
relatively good, we need your participation in studies examining
hearing and communication abilities. All studies take place at UBC.
Hearing screened. Honorarium
paid. Please call The Hearing Lab.
The Clinical Research Support
Group which operates under the
auspices of the Department of
Health Care and Epidemiology provides methodological, biostatistical.
computational and analytical support for health researchers. For an
appointment please call Laurel
Slaney at 822-4530.
Parents with Toddlers
Did you know your child is a word-
learning expert? Help us learn
how children come to be so skilled
at learning new words! We are
looking for children (two-four
years old) and their parent(s) to
participate in language studies. If
you are interested in bringing your
child for a 45-minute visit please
call Dr. Geoffrey Hall's Language
Development Centre, Psychology
at UBC, 822-9294 (ask for Kelley).
Boomerang Family Research
Adults who have returned home to
live and their parents are invited
to participate in a study focusing
on the experience, inter-personal
relations and responses to this
change in the family. Involves confidential interviews. Three chances
to win $100 in research raffle.
Please call Michele at 269-9986.
Parents With Adolescents
Are you interested in learning how
family conversation and activities
are integral to the career development of your adolescent? We are
inviting mothers and fathers with
their 14/15 year old(s) to come to
UBC to participate in parent-adolescent conversations about career. Follow-up for6months. $100
honorarium paid. Please call Dr.
Richard Young's project team.
Counselling Psychology Dept. 822-
A Dickens Christmas
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Telephone: (604) 822-2626; Fax: (604) 822-4835
E-mail: elaine@cehs.ubc.ca
Brochure available December 1997.
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Send us your work and compete for the chance to win the S2000 «rand prize or one of
five runner-up prizes of S200. All winning siories will appear in our popular Summer
Klctlon Contest issue, and receive S20 per published page.
Name, address and title on a separate page. 25 pa«es maximum, typed, double-
spaced. Each entry costs SIT), plus $5 per story, no story maximum. Each entrant gets
a 1 year subscription. Entries must he postmarked before December 1 iJlh. 1997.
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News Digest
Contractors working with UBC Utilities have begun installing
below ground electrical conduits and access manholes on the north
side of University Boulevard, between East Mall and Wesbrook Mall.
UBC Utilities Acting Director Marty Cole says the conduits will
improve the quality and supply of electricity to university buildings
and improve communications links to the outside world. The project
is scheduled for completion in mid-December.
UBC Utilities crews have also begun replacing 180 metres of
corroded steam pipes on the east side ofWest Mall between Crescent
Road and Memorial Road. The work is scheduled for completion by
the end of January. Cole says the project will upgrade the steam
distribution system, reduce leaks and increase efficiency.
UBC Utilities is the new university ancillary responsible for the
management, design, operation, and maintenance of campus utility
Questions or comments about the work can be directed to Cole
by calling 822-4179, or by emailing marty@plantops.ubc.ca.
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The classified advertising rate is $16.50 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,
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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. V6R 2H2. Call or
fax 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. Call 222-3461. Fax: 222-
Five suites available for
academic visitors to UBC only.
Guests dine with residents and
enjoy college life. Daily rate $52,
plus $14/day for meals Sun.-Thurs.
Call 822-8660 for more
information and availability.
BROWN'S BY UBC. Rooms (2) for
rent in comfortable, quiet house
very close to UBC. Reasonable
monthly/weekly/daily rates.
Includes laundry, kitchen, other
amenities. Buses, shopping, cafes
nearby. Prefer mature graduates.
Call 222-8073.	
BAMBURY    LANE    Bed    and
breakfast. View home. Two BR.
Daily, weekly and winter rates.
Ten minutes to UBC, 15 minutes
downtown. Twin beds. Shared
bathroom. Call or fax (604) 224-
one BR guest suites with
equipped kitchen, balcony, TV
and telephone. Centrally
located on Student Union
Boulevard, near SUB, Aquatic
Centre and transit. Ideal for UBC
lecturers or campus visitors. 1997
rates - $81 - $ 110/night. Call (604)
6th. Heritage House, antiques,
wood floors, original stained glass.
Ten minutes UBC and downtown.
Two blocks from restaurants,
buses. Scrumptious full breakfasts.
Entertaining cats. Views. Phones
in rooms. Call (604)739-9002. E-
available Jan 98.1,000 sq ft, south
facing on campus w facilities incl
Jacuzzi,gym, lounge.guest suites.
$1400 unfurnished. $1600
furnished. Call 222-4496.
BALFOUR   HOUSE   B   &   B   Lg
character mansion. Comfortable,
clean, reasonably priced, direct
bus to UBC. Set in historic
Shaughnessy. From $45/night incl
full breakfast. Free parking. Call
Walk to UBC along the ocean.
Quiet exclusive neighborhood.
Near buses and restaurants.
Comfortable rooms with TV and
private bath. Full breakfast.
Reasonable rates. Non-smokers
only, please. Call 341-4975.
Accommodation •
House Sitters
JASMINE'S Peaceful location for
this private, comfortable double
with ensuite bath and separate
entrance, 10 min from UBC.
Nightly and weekly rates. Short
walk to buses, cafes, shopping,
cinema, and forest trails. Call 224-
FRANCE. Two one BR fully
furnished apts. One located
central Paris and one 25km south
of Paris. Also one modern fully-
furnished house, Provence,
overlooking Rhone in vineyard.
Weekly or monthly rates avail.
Call 738-1876.	
UBC GATES Furnished heritage
house, three BR, den, two bath,
newly painted. Close to UBC,
shops, schools, parks. Lease for
min six mo. Avail Jan 1/98-Dec
31 /98 (end date flexible). NS/NP.
$1975/mo includ util and
gardening. Call 228-9874.
beach. Hardwood fir, new
kitchen, many built-ins. Quiet
bldg. $890/mo. Avail Jan 1/98.
Lease preferred. References. Call
eve 732-6082.	
bath, furnished sublet. Dec 1-Jul
31/98. $1150 includ local phone,
hydro $100 extra. Nearby 4th Ave,
10 min drive to UBC. Kids
welcome. Call 224-2115 or e-mail
housesitter available Nov. 15,
1997 through Jan. 19,1998. Seeks
assignment in Westside
Vancouver. References. Call 221 -
looking to optimize their RRSP,
Faculty pension and retirement
options call Don Proteau, RFP or
Doug Hodgins, RFP of the HLP
Financial Group for a
complimentary consultation.
Investments available on a no-
load basis. Call for our free
newsletter. Serving faculty
memberssince 1982. Call 687-7526.
E-mail: dproteau@hlp.fpc.ca
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Gerard does not cut your hair right away. First he looks at the shape of your face.
He wants to know what you want, the time you want to spend on your hair, your
lifestyle. Once your desires are communicated, Gerard's design creativity flourishes into action to leave you feeling great by looking your very test. Gerard uses
natural products to leave your hair soft and free of chemicals. He also specializes
in men and women's hair loss using Edonil from Paris, France, and is the only
one in North America using this technique. Gerard was trained in Paris and worked
for Nexus as a platform artist. One of the test colour technicians in Vancouver also
works in the salon. Gerard invites you to his salon in Kitsilano.
3432 W. Broadway   732-4240 UBC Reports ■ November 13.1997 11
In The Deep End
Sean Kelly photo
Human Kinetics students (l-r) Andy Saunders, Bambi Roy, and Tracey Billet practice
kayaking techniques at the UBC Aquatic Centre's outdoor pool as part of a Performance
Analysis course. The course has a theoretical side, as the students learn instructional
strategies, and how to detect and analyse errors.
Innovation '97 organizers
invite campus to light up
by Sean Kelly
Staff writer
A lantern procession and ceremony to mark the beginning of
the festive season on campus
will be part of a special reception
for graduates attending the 5
p.m. Fall Congregation ceremonies Nov. 20.
Following Congregation
around 6 p.m., graduates emerging from the Chan Centre will be
greeted with songs from the University Singers. Instead of the
usual reception on the nearby
Flagpole Plaza, graduates and
their friends and family will move
to the Main Library plaza. The
University Singers will lead the
way. holding lanterns handmade
by UBC, Vancouver elementary
and high school students.
Lights on two trees in front of
the Main Library will be switched
on. President Martha Piper,
Chancellor William Sauder, and
Alma Mater Society President
Ryan Davies will attend. Volunteers will collect donations of
non-perishable food items for the
Food Bank during the ceremony.
Students, faculty and staff are
welcome to come.
The ceremony kicks off the
Lights Festival, which runs until
Jan. 9, 1998 and is part of Innovation '97— a year of events intended to foster a sense of community and spirit on campus.
Innovation '97 organizers
Nestor Korchinsky and Sue
Demaine of Intramural Sports
and Recreation are encouraging
all departments to join in the
festival by decorating trees and
office windows.
"We'd like to see people do
whatever they can to contribute
to the festive season and bring
some light to campus during
what tends to be a gray and dull
time of year," says Demaine.
The festival also includes a
contest open to elementary and
high school students for the best
handmade lanterns. Eighteen
high schools and 91 elementary
schools have been invited to participate. Volunteers will acccept
entries in the foyer of the War
Memorial Gym Nov. 18 to 19
from 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. First,
second and third place winners
will win half-day field trips to
Novombor 17th - 28th
Monday to Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
For more information
call Terri Davies
at 822-3465
by staff writers
Mechanical Engineering Prof. Mohamed Gadala.
together with Tristar Industries, has won the 1997
NSERC University-Industry Partnership Award.
The award recognizes the extensive collaboration between
Gadala and Tristar. a local manufacturer of equipment for
the pulp and paper industry, in developing a new design of a
pulp washer drum. The adoption of the new design by the
pulp and paper industry has led Tristar to establish a new
line of equipment.
A play co-authored by Creative Writing student Patti
Flather received seven Dora and Mavor Moore
Award nominations for the 1996/97 Toronto theatre
The play, Sixty Below, was produced at the Native
Canadian Centre in Toronto by Native Earth Performing
The nominations, all in the small theatre division,
included outstanding new play, outstanding production,
and awards for direction and individual performances.
Flather, who lived in the Yukon for eight years, is in the
second year of a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.
She wrote the play with Leonard Linklater, a First Nations
journalist and writer.
eurobiologist Peter Reiner has been named as the
first recipient of the Louise A. Brown Chair in
Neurosciences, a $1-
million chair established to
support research in
neurodegenerative disorders
such as Alzheimer's and
Parkinson's diseases.
Reiner, who is an associate professor in the Dept. of
Psychiatry, studies brain
function and the causes of
Alzheimer's disease at the
Kinsmen Laboratory of
Neurological Research based
at UBC.
He investigates how the
production of the beta
amyloid protein is regulated
within the brain. The protein's over-production in
certain forms of Alzheimer's
triggers a sequence of events that result in brain cell death.
Unravelling the details of this process may lead to a cure
for the disease, Reiner says.
Gabe Meranda is the new executive director of Hillel
House, which this year begins its second half-
century of service and programs for Jewish students
at UBC and throughout the Lower Mainland.
Meranda was director of the Jewish Students' Union at
the University of Western Ontario before being appointed to
a three-year term at Hillel House.
Activities at Hillel House include beginners Hebrew
classes, seminars on Kaballah (Jewish mysticism), and
occasional Friday night Sabbath dinners. For more information call 224-4748.
Geography Prof. Olav Slaymaker was recently elected
president of the International Association of
Geomorphologists for a four-year term.
The association represents researchers from 55 countries. It is affiliated with the
International Council of
Scientific Unions through
the International Geographical Union and the International Union of Geological
Working groups within
the association during
Slaymaker's term have been
struck in the areas of
volcanic hazards, geo-
archaeology, problems of
large river behaviour and
geomorphology and environmental management.
Slaymaker 12 UBC Reports ■ November 13, 1997
Fall Congregation 1997
Hilary Thomson photo
Until she left her native Iran in 1991, Mehrnaz Izadnegahdar's life included
losing classmates to bombs and bullets. It now includes achieving the
highest mark for a thesis ever earned in the Faculty of Dentistry.
- Dentistry grad leaves
fear behind to excel
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
Video arcades and computer games
provide distractions for many North
American students. But for Iranian-born
Mehrnaz Izadnegahdar, distractions were
liable to be bombing raids and sniper fire.
In Grade 1 during Iran's 1979 revolution and Grade 5 at the start of the
country's eight-year war with Iraq,
Izadnegahdar experienced the kind of ^^^^^^^^^m
disruptions most
students have seen
only on newscasts.
"There was a
lot of disturbance
and fear," says
Izadnegahdar, a
graduate student in
the Faculty of Dentistry. "I saw some of
my classmates die in the bombing."
After completing high school in 1991,
Izadnegahdar and her family to moved to
Vancouver in search of a stable educational and living environment.
Interested in biology since she was a
girl, Izadnegahdar enrolled in UBC's science program. She graduates Nov. 21
with a master's degree in oral biology,
having received a mark of 95 per cent on
her thesis, the highest such mark ever
earned in the faculty.
The focus of her work has been palate
development, investigating what genes
become active to develop a normal palate.
Izadnegahdar hopes her work will be
useful in helping scientists understand
what causes cleft palate, a condition affecting approximately one in 1,000 Canadians of Caucasian origin and three times
that number of aboriginal Canadians.
"I'm very interested in how cells proliferate and how that growth is regulated. I
want to know how those processes contribute to the development of an organism," Izadnegahdar says.
Starting this work as an undergradu-
There's no way you
can stick to one way of
thinking in science."
—Mehrnaz Izadnegahdar
ate, she completed a BSc honours degree
in cell and developmental biology. Her lab
work involved testing the role of genes in
regulating palate development.
Understanding normal palate formation at the molecular level is the first step
in learning what triggers the development of cleft palate, however, scientists
are a long way from clinical application of
their findings, Izadnegahdar adds.
Evaluating and re-evaluating experiments provided the
^HHHHaBHmmmm greatest challenge in
her lab work,
Izadnegahdar says.
"Sometimes you
do all you can but it
doesn't turn out so
you have to completely change the
way you think about
The greatest challenge also provided the biggest reward.
"My experiments have taught me how
to think," she says. 'There's no way you
can stick to one way of thinking in science
— you have to look at things openly."
Medical or dental school may be the
graduate's next step. Admitting to a strong
desire to pursue education, Izadnegahdar
wants to continue in health sciences and
work directly with people. The impulse to
help people may be related to her experiences growing up in Iran, she says.
"I think overall it made a good impact
on my psyche, helping me to be strong
and positive. I appreciate the chances I
am given."
Returning to Iran is a possibility but
only for a visit, Izadnegahdar says. Shewill
likely live in North America to stay current
with advances in science and health.
And after six years of university,
Izadnegahdar is ready to conduct an experiment of her own. She's going to take
a month off and see how it feels.
With Thailand as the destination, she
plans to make temples and beaches her
only distraction.
Exchange, co-op help
open doors and eyes
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
When Wilmer Lau graduates from UBC
this month with a degree in electrical
engineering, he will take with him much
more than the lessons he learned in the
Lau is one of a growing number of
engineering students who took advantage
of UBC's academic exchange program and
spent the 1995/96 school year studying
at the University of Hong Kong.
"It was mind-blowing," says Lau, who
grew up in Vancouver. "I was not prepared for how different it would be."
After four months of struggling to adjust to the physical and cultural differences of life in Hong Kong, Lau made
friends with student staff members at the
university newspaper. Those friendships
quickly brought him closer to the people
of Hong Kong and their culture.
On June 4, 1996, he joined his new
friends and 20,000 others at a memorial
event in Hong Kong for the victims of the
Tiananmen Square tragedy.
"That memorial was like a spiritual
awakening for me," he says. "We live in
Generation X — the youth with no soul,
no purpose in life. They grew up with this
one event that affected them so deeply."
In the process of preparing for the
exchange, Lau spent hours researching
courses he could take in Hong Kong and
be assured transfer credit. Ultimately his
efforts paid off. Following eight months of
study in Hong Kong, he got a job working
with a University of Hong Kong professor.
In the course of the job he became so
familiar with Java, a flexible programming language popular for Internet use,
that he ended up teaching it to employees
at the Hong Kong Bank and Hong Kong
His employment interests lie elsewhere,
however. As a participant in the Electrical
and Computer Engineering Dept.'s cooperative education program, Lau has
amassed months of work experience with
a number of companies including Clearnet,
a wireless telecommunications company.
His experience helped him nail down his
interests and he's now looking south ofthe
border for work in wireless communications. He's already been flown to San Diego
— twice in one week — for interviews.
"The co-op program has made my
employment opportunities 200 or 300
per cent better. And, if you look at my
transcript, you can see that my grades
improved steadily as my work experiences increased my interest," says Lau,
who earned first-class standing in his
final year.
A change of scenery is more important
than the promise of higher wages in Lau's
decision to look south for work. Although
a move may decrease the amount of
snowboarding he can do, he will still be
able to indulge in his passion for dragon
boat racing.
'There is no question my years at UBC
have had a major effect on me. I'm far
more socially and politically aware than I
was a few years ago. And although I'm
still doing a lot of soul searching, I have
more direction now than ever before."
Stephen Forgoes photo
It took four months of a year-long exchange for engineering graduate
Wilmer Lau, who grew up in Vancouver, to adjust to Hong Kong culture. But
when he did, he gained political awareness as well as work experience.
Graduates head back
after sixty years away
This November sees a new addition to
Congregation as some of UBC's most
senior alumni meet with the students of
For the first time, alumni will be
honoured during one ofthe ceremonies
as they celebrate their diamond anniversary — 60 years — as graduates of
"We're very excited to be able to share
this event with the grads of'97. We hope
it will become an annual tradition," said
Catherine Newlands, program coordinator with the Alumni Association.
Wearing academic robes, the Class of '37
will join the president, the chancellor and
other members of the Congregation on
stage at the Chan Centre for the Performing
Arts. They will receive a certificate marking
the occasion from Haig Farris, president of
the Alumni Association.
The Class of '37 receives its honours
during the final ceremony of Fall Congregation at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21.


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