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3 Stepping out
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doesn't stop the dance
12 Works of Arts
Co-op meets the needs of
students and employers
VOLUME    47     |     NUMBER    I     I    JANUARY    II,    2001
li b c rep ort s
THE    UNIVERSITY   OF   BRITISH    COLUMBIA      JL-
life cycles   Hundreds of bicycles await budding bicyclists and bike mechanics at the Bike Hub (6357 Agronomy Rd.)
where spare parts and other bicycle resources are stored. The facility is operated by the ams Bike Co-op. The co-op,
which boasts more than 200 members, has built a fleet of more than 180 public bicycles for use on campus, opened a
repair shop, and offers mechanic courses to encourage more people to cycle. For more information, visit the Web site
at www.ams.ubc.ca/clubs/bikecoop ore-mail bikecoop@interchange.ubc.ca. Bruce Mason photo
Health science students
care for inner city residents
Student initiative focuses on service-based learning
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
for more than 200 ubc health
sciences undergraduates learning
has moved off-campus and into
Vancouver's inner city.
They are volunteers in a student-run project called Community Health Initiative by University
Students (chius).
With backgrounds in disciplines such as medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry and social
work, the students form an interdisciplinary team that is bringing
health-care services to residents in
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
They provide health-care services under the supervision of a physician and nurse while gaining skills
in health-care delivery, administration and education. It is an educational model called service learning
— a model that organizers believe
to be unique in Canada.
"We wanted to increase the
scope and relevance of what we
were learning in the classroom,"
says Steve Mathias, a fourth-year
medical student who created the
project with Katharine Smart, also
a fourth-year medical student.
"When we see inner city pa
tients in the emergency room, it
skews our perception of their
needs. The clinic helps us develop
a better understanding of the
health-care problems in this area."
"A big part of the learning has
come from the opportunity to
work with students from other disciplines," says Smart. "This is how
health-care practice is developing."
The pool of student volunteers
has been working since April at the
Downtown Community Health
Clinic on Cordova Street. In addition to the volunteers, a Social
Work student is completing a
practicum at the clinic.
The students' service has allowed the clinic to extend its hours
of operation to include two week-
nights and two weekend days. On
Saturday afternoons students
helped to create a women's only
clinic.
"I am inordinately proud of
these students," says Dr. Peter
Granger, clinical assistant professor of Family Practice and mentor
with chius. " They're providing a
real service in the area and learning what primary care is all about."
chius aims to integrate curric-
ular issues into practical experi
ence, such as immunization, addiction medicine and determinants of health. Patients seek attention for a wide range of health
issues ranging from foot disease to
suspected pneumonia as well as
psychiatric and social work problems.
"The atmosphere at chius is
different than at most clinics," says
Mathias. "We serve coffee and
food in the waiting area and require that one to two students simply be there to talk to people."
Each patient session takes 30-
40 minutes and about 25 patients
are seen during each shift.
Third- and fourth-year students
provide primary care under the supervision of a physician. First-and
second-year medical students
offer health education and referral
to community services. Nursing
students also provide health education and nursing care under the
supervision of a registered nurse.
A daily debriefing is part of the
learning for clinic workers. It is a
chance for students to talk about
which patients need follow up and
also to discuss what has personally affected them.
Interested volunteers are given a
weekend training session that in-
see Inner, page 2
Researchers lead
national networks
Two institutes among 13
that aim to consolidate
health-care research
two ubc investigators—a cardiovascular researcher and a
health-care economist and policy
analyst—will lead two of 13 national virtual health research institutes
recently established by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
(cihr).
Dr. Bruce McManus will lead the
Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health, which will support
research into the causes, prevention and treatment of conditions
associated with heart, lung, blood
and stroke.
Prof. Morris Barer will lead the
Institute of Health Services and
Policy Research which will support
research on how health-care services are regulated, funded, organized and delivered and their effects
on patient health.
"This is a strong endorsement of
our reputation in the national research community," says ubc President Martha Piper. "This network
of scholars will contribute significantly to biomedical, clinical, and
health-care system knowledge both
in Canada and internationally."
Thirteen Canadian researchers
were named to lead the network of
virtual health research institutes
which seek to co-ordinate and con
solidate investigations and translate research into improved health
care and health for Canadians.
McManus directs the Cardiovascular Research Laboratory and
see Networks, page 2
Dr. Bruce McManus
Prof. Morris Barer
Oceanographer
earns Japan Prize
Past recipients include five
Nobel Prize winners
by Andy Poon staffwriter
A ubc Oceanography professor
emeritus has become the first Canadian to win the Japan Prize —
Japan's equivalent to the Nobel
Prize.
Timothy Parsons, whose career
in oceanography spans more than
four decades including 21 years as
a professor at ubc, was one of two
laureates of the 2001 Japan Prize
announced recently in Tokyo.
The award recognizes Parsons'
contributions to the development
of fisheries oceanography and for
conservation of fisheries resources
and the marine environment.
"ubc is extremely proud and
pleased to see Dr. Parsons receive
such prominent recognition," says
ubc President Martha Piper. "He
has made enormous contributions
to the field of fisheries oceanography, and his work has signaled the
beginning of a new interdisciplinary era in renewable resource
management and conservation.
He is a truly worthy laureate ofthe
Japan Prize."
Parsons joins an illustrious list
of past recipients for the prize that
see Prize, page 2 I  UBC  REPORTS  |  JANUARY  II,  2001
Networks
Continued from page 1
Cardiovascular Registry at Vancouver's St. Paul's Hospital, part of
Providence Health Care. He is also
the co-director of the jcapturk
Centre at St. Paul's.
The research facility, recently
funded by the Canada Foundation
for Innovation, seeks to find innovative solutions to cardiac, pulmonary and blood vessel diseases.
"It's an amazing privilege to
serve Canada's outstanding circulatory and respiratory research
leaders and programs," says McManus. "The institute represents a
unique opportunity to draw on the
power of preparedness, brilliance
and diligence of this research community. We must reach across traditional boundaries to find new solutions for problems like the failing
heart, the asthmatic lung and the
brain injured by interrupted blood
supply."
A faculty member since 1993,
McManus served as professor and
head ofthe Dept. of Pathology and
Laboratory Medicine until last
month. His own research focuses
on the mechanisms of inflammatory and infectious injury.
A ubc alumnus, Barer joined
the university in 1979 and in 1990
became the founding director of
ubc's Centre for Health Services
Japan Prize
Continued from page 1
includes five Nobel Prize winners.
"The Japan Prize really has
come from my background in
working with so many different
people—colleagues, researchers,
staff and students," says Parsons.
"It is a result of their ideas as well."
Parsons was recognized for the
award by ubc and Fisheries and
Oceans Canada at an event held in
his honour at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. Piper,
Japan's Consul General Yuichi Ku-
sumoto, Advanced Education,
Training and Technology Minister
Cathy McGregor, and Fisheries and
Oceans Canada's regional director
of Science, Laura Richards, were
among those on hand.
Parsons' career includes serving
as a research scientist from 1958-71
at the Fisheries Research Board of
Canada in Nanaimo. From 1962-64,
he served at the Office of Oceanography, United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (unesco) in Paris.
"Dr. Parsons' innovative work
earned him a great deal of respect
from peers around the world and
winning this prestigious award exemplifies his distinguished and successful career," says Herb Dhaliwal,
minister of Fisheries and Oceans.
Parsons has focused on developing a method of fisheries management based on the dynamic relationships between marine life
and their physical, chemical and
biological environments—how
they fit into the sea's food web.
His work has shown how accurate measure of environmental
factors leads to a better understanding of ecosystem structure
and function. His efforts have influenced a new school of holistic
ocean scientists and managers.
Parsons joined ubc's oceanography department in 1971. He is
also an honorary scientist emeritus at the Institute of Ocean Sciences, a Fisheries and Oceans Canada research facility in Sidney on
Vancouver Island.
The Japan Prize, now in its 17th
year, is given worldwide by the Science and Technology Foundation
ofjapan.
It recognizes original and outstanding achievements in science
and technology that have advanced the frontiers of knowledge
and served the cause of peace and
prosperity for mankind.
Parsons will be presented with a
medal, certificate of merit and a
cash prize of 50 million yen (approximately $685,000) at a ceremony in Tokyo in April. The Japanese emperor and empress will be
present at the event.
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Office of the Co-ordinator of
Health Sciences.
A professor in the Dept. of
Health Care and Epidemiology, his
research has focused on issues
such as health-care financing,
health human resource policy,
pharmaceutical sector policy and
access to care.
With colleagues at the centre,
he has championed the development of b.c databases that can be
used by a wide range of health
services and population health
and social science researchers to
investigate relationships between
social and economic circumstances, the use of health-care services
and health over the course of an
individual's lifetime.
"There is much to admire about
the health-care services available
to Canadians, but there is also
plenty of room for improvement,"
says Barer who is also an associate
of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Population
Health Program.
"Health-care issues fuel heated
debates that often suffer from glaring gaps in basic information and
research evidence," he says. "The
challenge for the institute is to develop the capacity to fill those gaps
in a scientifically rigorous, timely'
and comprehensive way."
The scientific directors will
work with public, private and voluntary sectors to build national
health research initiatives in areas
ranging from healthy aging to infection and health services. The 13
institutes will start implementing
strategic plans by April 2001.
Directors will lead the institutes
from their current work locations.
Each appointment is for an initial
period of four years.
cihr is the major federal agency responsible for funding health
research in Canada. It has replaced
the Medical Research Council of
Canada and Health Canada's National Health Research and Development Program.
More information on cihr can
be found at www.cihr.ca.
Inner
Continued from page 1
eludes an orientation session, a
confrontation management seminar and a walking tour where students meet residents ofthe Downtown Eastside.
chius is entirely student-run
and many ofthe project organizers
will graduate in May. Second-and
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third-year students will be brought
into the project as student supervisors to overcome this challenge,
says Mathias.
Support for chius comes from
the Vancouver/Richmond Health
Board which has provided staff,
space and supplies, ubc gave an
$80,000 grant from the Teaching
and Learning Enhancement Fund.
More information about chius
can be found at the Web site
www.interchange.ubc.ca/chius.
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there would be 20 per cent fewer cars on the
road during rush hour.
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research and service programs ofthe Department. The Department has 116 full-time and clinical
faculty members and attracts strong research support. The successful candidate should hold a
specialty qualification and have broad and proven administrative experience, substantial
academic and clinical experience, a proven record of scholarly activity, and a commitment to
undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate medical education. Anticipated start date will be July
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care and professional standards and collaborates with the senior executives and hospital
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Course encourages science
students to think elementary'
Instructors hope to foster sense of wonder and
knowledge of natural world in young people
Education PhD students Val Heine (left) and Sandra Scott will be instructing
third- and fourth-year Science students on the joys of teaching science to
children. The course aims to strengthen science teaching in elementary
schools. Hilary Thomson photo
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
hands-on science education
for children is the focus of a new
course in the Faculty of Education
that incorporates an after-school
learning program created by a ubc
pathologist.
"We want to strengthen science
teaching at the elementary levels,"
says Curriculum Studies Prof. Jim
Gaskell.
"By introducing Science students to the joys of working with
kids we hope to encourage them to
consider a career in science education."
Called Investigating Science
with Children, the Curriculum
Studies elective course is open to
Dancers take to parking lots
When the ballroom's
booked, the dancers take to
the streets and hallways
by Daria Wojnarski, staffwriter
a group of ubc dancers is training for international competitions
in the unlikliest of places—ubc
parking lots.
The ubc Latin DanceSport Formation Team, ranked 15th in the
world, has been able to use the
ballroom in the Student Union
Building and a room at International House, but not as often as it
would like. Access to the facilities
is shared among the more than
220 student clubs on campus.
The team, made up of 18 men
and women, is unable to afford
more practice time indoors.
"We practise in parking lots
with running shoes on instead of
high heels whenever we need to,"
says Faye Hung, a member of the
dance team. "It can be as often as
once a week, even in the cold.
We've also practiced in the plaza
outside Koerner Library and in
hallways of various buildings."
Costumes, coaching and shoes
make competition an expensive
undertaking, says Hung.
Like others involved in amateur
competitions worldwide, the team
has received some sponsorship
money, but both women say it's
difficult to find funding.
"When we approach corporate
sponsors they're interested in
mass media exposure and when
we approach the government they
don't have funds for amateur athletes, even those representing their
country internationally," says Mar-
iannina Cusano, the team captain.
Team members paid their own
way to Austria for the International DanceSport Federation World
O FFB EAT
Formation Team Championships
last November. It was the first
DanceSport formation team in 12
years to officially represent Canada at a world championship.
"It's very exciting after so much
hard work to make it there and do
our thing. There's a sense of pride
to be able to represent your country, but there's an even greater
sense of accomplishment when
you think of all the work and dedication we put into the sport," says
Hung. She credits the team's coach,
Viktor Yasel, with their success.
The ubc DanceSport team practised six days a week for one
month prior to leaving for Austria.
It is now preparing for its next
competition, the Snowball Classic
2001, which takes place in Vancouver Feb. 2-4.
"We learned so much from
watching the other world-class
teams compete," says Cusano.
During competitions, the eight
couples in the team dance the
same steps at the same time in intricate geometrical formations.
"It's like synchronized swimming," says Hung.
The music is a medley ofthe five
Latin dances—samba, cha-cha,
rumba, paso doble and jive. Each
routine lasts about six minutes.
"It's like doing a 200-metre
sprint several times. It's hard
work," Hung says.
The dance team is seeking rehearsal space and is also willing to
perform for an honorarium. E-mail
Hung at fayeh22@yahoo.com or
Cusano at ubc_formation_team
@hotmail.com or call the ubc
Dance Club at (604) 822-3248.
For more information visit the
team's Web site at ubcft.tripod.
com.
Faye Hung (left), Mariannina Cusano
third-and fourth-year Science students.
The three-credit course has two
components. In the classroom-
based component students will
discuss and research science education issues and create science investigations for children.
The laboratory-based component incorporates the science activities learning program designed
by Niamh Kelly, an associate professor in the Dept. of Pathology
and Laboratory Medicine. Called
Hands-On Science, the program
has been based at Science World
and taught by ubc graduate student volunteers since 1998.
"We had been looking for venues
for the lab section and the Hands-
On Science program seemed like a
great starting place," says Gaskell,
who is co-ordinating several faculty projects that seek to develop
math and science education.
The new course is part of one of
those projects, Collaboration for
Kids, that is directed by Curriculum Studies Prof. Gaalen Erickson.
An important part of the
course—worth 25 per cent of the
grade—is a reflective research
journal where the student documents observations, ideas and
questions about their interaction
with children in the lab.
"When Science students learn to
teach science to kids it forces a shift
in thinking," says Sandra Scott, one
ofthe two Education PhD students
who will be instructing the course.
"Students are sometimes surprised
that their expertise in the subject
doesn't automatically make them
good teachers."
"Kids are natural investigators,"
adds co-instructor Val Heine. "We
want to foster their sense of won
der and knowledge of the natural
world with the science teaching
they receive."
Both instructors are ubc Faculty of Education alumna and are experienced science teachers. Heine
also has a Science degree from the
university.
In future, students who complete the course may also serve as
a resource teacher to science
teachers in the community. They
will collaborate with teachers and
assist them with content in planning science lessons. Many elementary teachers do not feel comfortable teaching science which
can lead to textbook-driven science, Erickson says.
Enrolment for the Hands-On
Science program at Science World
is underway so that ubc students
will have groups of budding scientists aged seven to 10 years ready to
undertake a series of fun science
experiments.
Denise Galipeau, a Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate student
who volunteers with the program,
says the value ofthe Hands On Science program was illustrated for
her by a young investigator who
was asked if she wanted to be a scientist when she grew up.
The little girl replied confidently that you don't need to be grownup to be a scientist—she already
was one.
Classes are held in two terms —
January to March and March to
June at Science World on Tuesdays,
Wednesdays or Thursdays from 4-5
p.m. The cost is $95 plus c.st per
term. For more information or to
register call (604) 443-7505.
Collaboration for Kids is supported with funding from Imperial Oil Ltd.
For further information about
Investigating Science with Children contact Gaalen Erickson at
gaalen.erickson@ubc.ca.
u.s. Humane Society praises
ubc animal welfare program
Students who excel often pursue related research
The largest animal protection organization in the u.s. is citing an
innovative ubc course as one of
the top three of its kind in North
America.
The Humane Society of the
United States (hsus) has selected
"Animal welfare and the ethics of
animal use" for their annual Animals and Society Course awards.
"Society is confronted with a bewildering range of compelling issues in the treatment of animals in
agriculture, research, sport and
companionship," says Moura
Quayle, dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, "ubc's Animal
Welfare Program is researching
animal behaviour and other fields
to find practical solutions. It is also
reaching out to society to stimulate knowledge-based discussion
and consensus-building."
"We received numerous entries
and chose three that offer a solid
academic grounding in animal
protection issues," says Dr. Andrew
Rowan, hsus senior vice-president
for research, education and international issues. The other universities being honoured are the University of Tennessee and the University of Illinois.
ubc's Animal Welfare Program
was created in 1997 with support
from the b.c Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
(spca), the b.c. Veterinary Medical
Association, and a variety of agricultural organizations. It is a joint
initiative ofthe Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and the Centre for
Applied Ethics.
"This particular course is most
enjoyable and rewarding," says
Prof. David Fraser, co-chair of the
program with Prof. Dan Weary.
"Students are from diverse disciplines but share an intense interest
in animal issues. We help them develop an intellectual framework
for understanding the issues, including scientific, ethical, and
practical perspectives." 4  I  UBC  REPORTS  |  JANUARY  II,  2001
MONDAY, JAN.  15
Member Speaker Series
Playing the Oracle: Economical Assessment Of Investment Decisions In
Construction Projects. Sigfrido Pa-
checo-Vega, Project and Construction
Management. Green College at
7:30pm. Call 822-1878.
TUESDAY, JAN. l6
Mathematics Colloquium
F.volutionary Dynamics On Holey
Adaptive Landscapes. Sergey Gavri-
lets, u of Tennessee. Math 100 at
3:30pm. Refreshments, Math Annex
1115 at 3:15pm. Call 822-2666.
Statistics Seminar
On The Limitations OfThe Neyman-
Pearson, Likelihood Ratio, And Maximum Likelihood Criteria. Prof.
Michael Perlman, u of Washington.
Klinck 301 from 4-5:3opm. Refreshments (bring your own mug). Call
822-0570.
Theatre At UBC
Shakespeare...As You Like It. Stephen
Heatley, director. Frederic Wood Theatre at 7:30pm. $6 preview; $16 adults;
$10 students/seniors; group rate. Continues to Jan. 27. Call 822-2678.
Senate Meeting
Regular Meeting OfThe Senate, ubc's
Academic Parliament. Curtis 102 at
8pm. Call 822-2951.
THURSDAY, JAN.  18
Board Of Governors Meeting
Open Session begins at 8am in the
oab Board and Senate room. Fifteen
tickets are available on a first-come,
first-served basis on application to
the Board Secretary at least 24 hours
before each meeting. To confirm date
and time, check under Board Announcements at www.bog.ubc.ca prior to the meeting. Call 822-2127.
Volleyball Championships
ubc Howl At The Moon CoRec Volleyball Championships, src Gym
from 6pm-iam. Call 822-1688.
Cultural Film Video Screenings
Reel Lives. International House Planet Pub at 7pm. Call 822-1818.
Concert
Works By Rachmaninoff, De Falla
And Gluck. ubc Symphony Orchestra.
Chan Centre at 8pm. Call 822-5574.
Contemporary Painting Exhibition
Landscape Paintings By British Painter Peter Doig (1959-). Morris And
Helen Belkin Art Gallery from 8-
10pm. Continues to March 11. Call
822-2759.
Poetic Persuasions/Performing Arts
Porch Song Trilogy. Aurian Haller.
Green College at 8:30pm. Refreshments at 8pm. Call 822-1878.
calendar
JANUARY     14    THROUGH    JANUARY    2 7
Green College Speaker Series
Being Red And Seeing Red: Colour
Properties And Colour Perception.
Jonathan Cohen, Philosophy. Green
College at 5pm. Reception, Coach
House from 6-6:3opm. Call 822-1878.
Women's Resources
Centre Workshop
Strategies For Successful Life
Transition. Sureeta Karini. Women's
Resources Centre, Robson Street,
from 6:30-g:3opm. Call 482-8585.
Health Promotion
In Motion Seminar
The Evolution And Future Direction
of Health Promotion. Jim Frankish,
Institute for Health Promotion
Research. Green College at 7:30pm.
Call 822-1878.
WEDNESDAY, JAN.  17
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
tbc. Dr. Robert Hawkins, vgh. Eye
Care Centre Aud. at 7am. Call 875-
4192.
Wednesday Noon Hours
Works By Barber, Liszt, Sweelinck.
William Doppmann, piano. Music
Recital Hall at 12:30pm. $4 at the door.
Call 822-5574.
Brown Bag Lunch
Conradbusters: The Challenge Of A
Canadian Alternative Press. James
MacKinnon, Adbusters. Sing Tao 104
from i2:30-2pm. Call 822-6688.
Child And Family Project
Colloquium
No Fears, No Tears - 13 Years Later:
Long-Term Benefits Of Pain Management In Children. Leora Kuttner, clinical psychologist, irc 414 from
i2:30-i:2opm. Call 822-6593.
Getting To Know Canada Lecture
First Nations In Canada, tbc. International House boardroom from 5:15-
7pm. Call 822-1818.
Thematic Lecture Series
The Voices Of Children In Literature.
Naomi Sokoloff, u of Washington.
Green College at 7:30pm. Call
822-1878.
Fisheries Centre Seminar
Individual Quotas In The Pacific Halibut And Groundfish Fisheries; Grease
Trails To Ghost Trails. Dorothee Sch-
reiber; Teresa Ryan. Hut B-8, Ralf
Yorque Room at 11:30am. Call 822-
2731.
Feminist Legal Studies Lecture
North American Indian Metis And
Inuit Women Speak About Culture,
Education And Work. Haike Mullen
Curtis 157 from i2:30-2pm. Call
822-6523.
Biostatistics Seminar
Statistical Challenges In Associating
Air Pollution And Lung Cancer Incidence. Nhu Le, bc Cancer Agency.
Klinck 301 from 4-5:30pm. Call
822-0570.
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
Faculty Of Science Shuffle Series, tbc.
Hennings 201 at 4pm. Refreshments,
Hennings 325 at 3:30pm. Call
822-3853.
Medieval And Renaissance
The Digital Scriptorium. Charles
Faulhaber, u of California. Buchanan
A-202 at 4:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Winterfest
Ice Sport Challenge. Thunderbird
Winter Sports Centre from 7:30pm-
1am. $107 team; $80 mug team. Call
822-1688.
FRIDAY, JAN.  19
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Integrating Peer Support Into The
Health Care System: Theoretical Underpinnings And Research Initiatives.
Cindy-Lee Dennis, Centre for Community Health and Health Evaluation
Research. Mather 253 from 9-ioam.
Paid parking available in b Lot. Call
822-2772.
Canada West Swimming
Championships
Aquatic Centre at nam. Continues to
Jan. 21. Call 822- bird (822-2473).
Adidas Noon Run
Couch Potato Run. sub Plaza Race
Centre at 12:40pm. Call 822-1688.
SATURDAY, JAN. 20
Concert
Works By Mozart, Beethoven And
Prokofiev. Borealis String Quartet.
Chan Centre at 8pm. Call 822-5574.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
An Encounter With Emma: The Case
For Rethinking Security And State
Sovereignty In The New Century.
Lloyd Axworthy, director, Liu Centre
for the Study of Global Issues, irc #2
at 8:15pm. Call 822-3131.
SUNDAY, JAN. 21
Table Tennis Championships
ubc Winter Table Tennis Championships. Student Recreation Centre Studio from 9am-5pm (singles). Doubles
from gam-ipm. $11 single player; $5.50
each double player. Call 822-1688.
MONDAY, JAN. 22
Science Week 2001
Science Club Displays, sub from
ii:3oam-2:3opm. Continues to Jan. 26.
E-mail scienceweek@egroups.com.
Call 822-4235.
Thematic Lecture Series
It's A Tough Time To Be In Love: The
Darker Side Of Chatelaine During The
Cold War. Valerie Korinek, History, u
of Saskatchewan. Green College at
5pm. Call 822-1878.
Member Speaker Series
Post-Fledgling Movement And Habitat Use Of Brewers Sparrows. Janet
Yu, Zoology. Green College at 7:30pm.
Call 822-1878.
Applied Ethics Colloquium
Towards A Code Of Ethics For Science. Iain Taylor, Botanical Gardens.
Angus 214 from 3-spm. Call 822-8625.
Theological Forum
Empire, Exile And Restoration—Implications Of Gender Integration In
Canadian Anglicanism. Wendy
Fletcher-Marsh, vst from 4-5pm. To
register e-mail ci@vst.edu. Call
822-9815.
TUESDAY, JAN. 23
Science Week 2001
Beyond First Year, sub Ballroom
ii:30am-i:3opm. E-mail scienceweek@
egroups.com. Call 822-4235.
Merck Frosst Lecture
Surface Electrochemistry-Surface
Science With A Joy Stick. Prof. Jacek
Lipkowski, Chemistry and Biochemistry, u of Guelph. Chemistry B-250 at
1pm. Refreshments at 12:30pm. Call
822-2996.
Statistics Seminar
Bayesian Non-Parametric Modelling
Using Mixtures Of Triangular Distributions. Francois Perron, u of Montreal. Klinck 301 from 4-5:30pm.
Refreshments (bring your own mug).
Call 822-0570.
Green College Speaker Series
New House Rules: Christianity, Economics And Planetary Living. Sallie
McFague, vst. Green College at 5pm.
Reception, Coach House from 6-
6:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Faculty Women's Club Meeting
Extraordinary Meeting. Earl Drake,
former Canadian ambassador to China. Cecil Green Park House at 7pm.
Call 264-9022.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 24
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Total Ankle Arthroplasty: Indications
And Alternatives. Dr. Alastair Younger; Dr. M. Zamzami. vgh, Eye Care
Centre Aud. at 7am. Call 875-4192.
Worm Composting Workshop
For The Home Or Office. Gillian Allan,
ubc compost project co-ordinator,
Waste Management. ForSciences
Trailer from i2noon-ipm. $25 for materials. E-mail gillian.allan@ubc.ca.
Call 822-9456.
Wednesday Noon Hours
Crumb, Pleyel And Martinu. Brenda
Fedoruk, flute; Terence Dawson, piano; Heather Hay, cello. Music Recital
Hall at 12:30pm. $4 at the door. Call
822-5574.
Child And Family Project
Colloquium
On The History OfThe Scientific
Study OfThe Child (And Why It Is
Important To Explore That History).
Adriana Benzaquen, History, irc 414
from i2:30-i:2opm. Call 822-6593.
Science Week 2001
Beyond The BSc. irc foyer from 4:30-
7pm. E-mail scienceweek@egroups.
com. Call 822-4235.
Asian Research Seminar
Old And New Faiths: Transnational
Religions And The Chinese World.
Prof. Diana Lary, History, director,
Centre for Chinese Research, ck Choi
120 from 4:30-6pm. Refreshments.
Call 822-4688.
Individual Interdisciplinary Studies
Creating Cannibals.Xanadian Style.
Sherrill Grace, English. Green College
at 5pm. Call 822-1878.
Cultural And Media Studies
Panel Discussion: The Public Intellectual—Prospects And Possibilities.
Various speakers. Green College at
7:30pm. Call 822-1878.
THURSDAY, JAN. 25
India/South Asia Research Seminar
Gender Mainstreaming Inside And
Outside 'the United Nations. Tony
Beck, research associate, ck Choi 129
from i2:3o-2pm. Call 822-4688.
Feminist Legal Studies Lecture
Institutional Abuse And Alternative
Remedies: Constructing A Feminist
Process For Compensating Survivors.
Prof. Sanda Rogers. Curtis 157 from
i2:30-2pm. Call 822-6523.
Panel Discussion
Science Faith And Society. Various
speakers, sub Theatre at 12:30pm.
Call 822-3966.
Intercultural Studies In Asia Film
The Eel. Shohei Imamura, director, ck
Choi from i-3pm. Call 822-4688.
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
tbc. Craig Hogan, u of Washington.
Hennings 201 at 4pm. Refreshments,
Hennings 325 at 3:30pm. Call
822-3853-
FRIDAY, JAN.  26
Conference
bc Women's Breast Cancer Conference: Imaging And Intervention. Dr.
Roger Jackman, diagnostic radiologist, Palo Alto Medical Clinic; 25 various speakers. Coast Plaza Suite Hotel,
1763 Comox St. from 8am-4pm. Continues to Jan. 27. $295 full; $iso/day;
$100 students. Call 822-0054.
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Issues In Continuing Care. Lisa Chu,
Health Association Of British Columbia. Mather 253 from 9-ioam. Paid
parking available in b Lot. Call
822-2772.
Science Week 2001
Science Olympics 2001. sub Plaza
from n:30am-2:30pm. E-mail
scienceweek@egroups.com. Call
822-4235.
Fisheries Centre Seminar
Use Of Trapnets In Selective Fishing.
Dave Lightly, chief, Sooke Band. Hut
B-8, Ralf Yorque Room at 11:30am.
Call 822-2731.
Friday Noon Hour At Main
Chamber And Vocal Music. Main
Library 502 at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Varsity Men's/Women's Volleyball
Vs. Manitoba. War Memorial Gym at
6:15pm, 8pm. Continues Jan. 27. $7
adults; $4 seniors/youth; $3 students;
under 12 free. Call 822-BIRD (822-2473).
Varsity Men's Ice Hockey
Vs. Calgary. Thunderbird Winter
Sports Centre at 7:30pm. Continues
Jan. 27. $7 adults; $4 seniors/youth; $3
students; under 12 free. Call
822-BiRD (822-2473).
Science Week 2001
Cold Fusion Concert, sub Ballroom
from 8pm-i2am. E-mail
scienceweek@egroups.com. Call
822-4235.
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Flocking together with new found friends is Jon Treloar,
president ofthe Agricultural Sciences Undergraduate
Society. Treloar is one ofthe organizers of Aggie Week
which takes place on campus Jan. 15-19. The chicks will
be among the displays in the Student Union Building
during the week. For more information on events, see the
events calendar at www.agsci.ubc.ca. Bruce Mason photo
SATURDAY, JAN. 2J
Fourth Annual Children
And The Church
Passing On The Faith: Cultivating
Faithful Christians. Janice Love,
various speakers, vst from 10am-
4pm. $45; $35 group; $25 seniors.
Includes lunch. To register e-mail
ci@vst.edu. Call 822-9815.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
An Evening With Guy Vanderhaeghe.
Guy Vanderhaeghe, author, irc #2 at
8:15pm. Call 822-3131.
NOTICES
Call For Papers
Higher Learning Magazine is requesting university faculty to send in papers for publication, 1000-2000 words
in length, on the topic of information
technology and its use in post-secondary classrooms. For those interested, please contact Wili Liberman
(416) 537-2103. E-mail teachmag
@istar.ca.
Volunteer Opportunity:
Leaders Wanted
A new program sponsored by the
Vancouver/Richmond Health Board,
"Living A Healthy Life With Chronic
Conditions," needs you. Volunteer
leaders, preferably with chronic conditions, are needed to give a self-management program out in the
community. Free training includes
information about the program, leader skills, and helping people cope with
serious health conditions. Do something positive and meet others who
are concerned about getting the most
out of life. Next training is Jan. 25, 26,
Feb. 1, and 2. To enquire or register
about leader training or the programs, please call Barbara Henn-Pander at 822-0634.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
(CFS) Research
Infectious Diseases researchers from
vgh seek volunteers diagnosed medically with cfs to participate in a study
about managing symptoms. Call Ken-
na Sleigh at 875-5555 ext. 62366.
Sustainability Co-ordinators
The world is what you make it! The
ubc Sustainability Office is seeking
volunteers to act as departmental
sustainability co-ordinators. In this
role, the volunteer will get training
and support in their efforts to raise
awareness of sustainability within
their unit. With only a limited time
commitment, our co-ordinators are
affecting changes by sharing work
environment specific information on
energy conservation, waste reduction,
and transportation alternatives. For
more information visit www.sustain.
ubc.ca/2ourintiatives/sust_coord.
html or call Brenda 822-3270.
Fire Hydrant Permits Now Required
Campus Planning and Development
(cp&d) and ubc Utilities have jointly
implemented a permit program for
fire hydrants effective November
2000. Permits have become necessary
to comply with provisions ofthe bc
Plumbing Code and the bc Fire Code.
Permit applications must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Application forms are available
at www.lbs.ubc.ca. Users wanting to
connect to a fire hydrant should pick
up application forms at cp&d Regulatory Services located at 2206 West
Mall. Call cp&d at 822-2633 or for
further information, ubc Utilities at
822-4179.
Call For Evening Volunteers
Crane Production Unit (a division of
the ubc Disability Resource Centre)
needs volunteers to narrate textbooks
onto tape. We are looking primarily
for those who can read between 4:30-
8:30pm for a two-hour session once a
week. An audition will be required.
For more information, call Patrice
Leslie Mon.-Thurs. from 4:40-8:3opm
at 822-6114.
Volunteers Wanted
Habitat For Humanity ubc is looking
for volunteers! Come help out on the
construction site and build homes for
low-income families. No skills required. For more information and to
register for an orientation, e-mail
h4h@email.c0m or call 827-0316.
Religion And Spirituality Drop-Ins
Every Wednesday join the chaplains
in a relaxed environment to explore a
variety of topics related to religion
and spirituality. Drop in or call International House at 822-5021 or e-mail
ihouse.frontcounter@ubc.ca.
Lunch Hour Drop-Ins
Every Thursday you can join fellow
international students in a relaxed,
social environment to explore a variety of topics designed to help you succeed at ubc. Topics include health,
safety, arts and literature, and music
throughout the world. Drop in or call
International House at 822-5021 or e-
mail ihouse.frontcounter@ubc.ca.
UBC Zen Society
Zazen (sitting meditation) each Tuesday from i:30-2:3opm while classes
are in session. Asian Centre Tea Gallery. All are welcome. Call 822-2573.
BC SMILE
The British Columbia Service For
Medication Information Learning
And Education (bc smile) is a medication information program for the
public in bc Located at the Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences at ubc, it is
staffed by licensed pharmacists to
educate the public of all ages about
the safe and effective use of medications. The free telephone consultations include complicated inquiries
on medication issues such as interactions, contradictions, allergies, medication reviews, herbs, and alternative
therapies, smile pharmacists also
provide public presentations. All presentations contain valuable practical,
unbiased, and up-to-date research
information. Call (800) 668-6233;
822-1330.
Participants Needed
Problems with remembering,
smelling...Men and women 45-plus
years old are required for a ubc study
on age-related hormone changes and
their impact on sensory and cognitive
abilities. Earn $50. Call Kevin
822-2140.
UBC Birdwalks
Anyone who is interested can meet at
the flagpole above the Rose Garden
on Thursdays at 12:45pm. Look for a
small group of people who are carrying binoculars and bird books, etc.
(and bring your own, if you have
them). Call 822-9149.
Sage Bistro
To the faculty, students, administration and admirers ofthe University of
British Columbia we present Sage
Bistro at the University Centre. Truly
food for thought...Sage is open Monday through Friday from nam-2pm.
Our luncheon menu changes weekly
and features a wide selection of wines
by the quarter litre and glass. For reservations please call 822-1500.
Premenstrual Asthma Study
UBc/St. Paul's Hospital researchers
are seeking females with asthma and
regular menstrual cycles for a study of
estrogen's effects on asthma symptoms and lung function. Must be 18-
50 years of age and not taking birth
control pills. Honorarium and free
peak flow meter provided. If interested, please call 875-2886.
Parkinson's Research
A research team from ubc is asking
for the assistance of people with Parkinson's to participate in research.
This research is aimed at understanding how Parkinson's may affect complex activities such as managing
multiple tasks. Participation involves
performing fairly simple tasks, some
of which involve responding verbally
to computer, screen displays. If you
are a healthy person ofthe age 50
years or older, we are also in need of
several people to participate as part
of a non-Parkinson's comparison
group. Call Todd Woodward, Psychology Dept. at 822-3227.
Sexual Assault Research
The Anxiety and Fear Laboratory in
the Dept. of Psychology requires female volunteers who have experienced unwanted sexual activity, to
participate in a research project. If
you have ever had sex with someone
when you didn't want to, because the
other person continued the event
when you said no, forced or threatened to force you, or because you
were given alcohol or drugs, and you
would be interested in helping us
with our research, please call 822-
9028. Confidentiality and privacy protected.
Calling All
UBCAuthors!
Are you the author of a
book, or the creator of a
video, cd, cd-rom, or
electronic book published
between January 2000
and December 2000?
If so, we would like to hear
from you so that you can
be included in the
11th Annual Reception
for UBC Authors.
This reception, hosted by
President Martha Piper and
University Librarian
Catherine Quinlan,
will be held Mar 22, 2001.
If you are a UBC author,
please contact
Margaret Friesen
Main Library, Room 532
1956 Main Mall
822-4430 /fax 822-3335
e-mail: mfriesen@interchange.ubc.ca
by January 19,2001.
UBC
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
2001 President's Service Award
for Excellence Nominations
The committee is seeking nominations of outstanding faculty
and staff" who have made distinguished contributions to the
university.
For a nomination form call 822-2484. Please mail nominations
to: Presidents Service Award for Excellence Committee, c/o
Ceremonies Office, second floor, Ponderosa B, Campus Zone 2.
GIGANTIC
BOOK SALE
Thousands of works of
fiction, criticism, drama,
history, writing and more
at 25< and 50<
January 10-12,
10am-4pm
UBC Writing Centre
Ponderosa Annex C, 2021 West Mall
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Offering a variety of non-credit courses and services
to the university community and the general public
Academic or General Interest Courses
• Preparation for University Writing and the LPI
• Introductory and Advanced Composition
• Getting Ahead with Grammar
• Writing for Graduate Students
• University Study Skills
• Tutoring Skills
Professional Development Courses
• Report and Business Writing        • Copywriting
• Writing for Film and Television     • Scientific Writing
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• Writing with Style
Journal Writing
Daytime, evening and weekend courses
begin the week of January 8.
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THE    UNIVERSITY   OF    BRITISH    COLUMBIA
Draft policy: Short-Term Use of University Space
Public forum and call for comments
Policy
the draft "Policy on Short-Term Use of University Space" was presented
to the Board of Governors for information and review on Nov. i6,2000. It
was developed by a committee with representation from key stakeholder
groups on the campus and is now being presented to the broader campus
community for consultation. The members ofthe committee that formulated the proposed policy were:
Frank Abbott, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Byron Braley, Treasury
Phil Bryden, Faculty of Law
Allan Dejong, Housing & Conferences
Ann-Marie Fenger, Faculty of Arts
Mark Fraser, Alma Mater Society
Byron Hender, Office ofthe Vice President Students
Hubert Lai, Office ofthe University Counsel
Justin Marples, Classroom Services
John Metras, Plant Operations
Dennis Pavlich, Office ofthe University Counsel
Mike Sheard, Campus Security
A public forum regarding the proposed policy will take place at the
Conversation Pit in the Student Union Building on January 15, 2001 at 2
p.m. All members ofthe University community are invited to participate.
In addition, feedback may be submitted by e-mail to the Office ofthe
University Counsel at lui@exchange.ubc.ca. All feedback should be submitted no later than Jan. 26,2001.
Subject to feedback from the campus community, it is expected that
the proposed policy will be submitted to the Board of Governors with a
request for final approval in March of 2001.
Approved
November 2000 ■
for information
Responsible:
All Vice-Presidents
Purpose
the purpose of this Policy is to establish responsibility and priorities for
allocation and use of University Space on a Short-Term basis.
Preamble
this policy recognizes that a variety of user groups have an interest in
using University Space from time to time on a short-term basis. For the
purposes of this Policy, four user groups are identified:
Academic/Administrative Users
Academic Invitees
Student Societies
Commercial/Other Third Parties
This Policy should read in conjunction with any other applicable policies, including but not limited to Policy #6 (Environmental Protection
Compliance), Policy #7 (University Safety), Policy #13 (Serving and Consumption of Alcohol at University Events or on University Premises),
Policy #14 (Response to Threatening Behaviour), Policy #15 (Smoking),
Policy #16 (Non-University Use of University Services and Facilities),
Policy #98 (Commercial Undertakings on Campus), Policy #116 (Commercial Agreements Initiated By External Affairs and The Freedom of
Information and Protection of Privacy Act) and Policy #120 (Posting of
Notices, Poster and Signs).
a) General principles
the university reserves the right to manage and restrict access to indoor and outdoor University Space. In recognition ofthe University's
commitment to the principle of academic freedom, the University will not
place any restrictions on freedom of expression except with respect to
such limitations on the time, place, and manner of such expression as
may be necessary to ensure that the University's activities, as well as the
safety and security of persons and facilities, are not compromised. Furthermore, the University will not discriminate in a manner prohibited by
the Human Rights Code.
b) Authorization and allocation
• All University Space is under the control and management ofthe University and is subject to its policies. This Policy applies to the
allocation of University Space on a Short-Term basis only.
• All prospective Academic Invitees and Commercial/Other Third Parties must first have their request authorized by the relevant person as
described in the Procedures and Guidelines framed by the Vice President Students under this policy.
Classroom Services is responsible for authorizing and allocating University Space for short-term use. Exceptions are listed under the
Procedures and Guidelines of this Policy.
All queries regarding Short-Term use of University Space pursuant to
this Policy should be directed to Classroom Services at (604) 822-9946.
Parties wishing to secure University Space for longer periods should
contact the Treasury Department at (604) 822-4489.
c) Setting priorities for use of university space
the university retains the discretion to reserve University Space for
specific uses on a case-by-case basis. University Space is categorized as
restricted or non-restricted. Restricted space refers to lecture theatres,
laboratories, gymnasia and office space that are assigned to specific departments and use of this space is scheduled internally by those
departments. Non-restricted space refers to lecture theatres, laboratories
and seminar rooms which are scheduled by Classroom Services. Except
where facilities are devoted to restricted uses and not generally available
for booking, the University will generally prioritize Short-Term use of University Space in accordance with the following rankings:
1. Academic/Administrative Users
2. Academic Invitees
3. Student Societies
4. Commercial/Other Third Parties
A subsequent booking will only displace a previously confirmed booking of lower priority in exceptional circumstances.
d) Licence agreements
All use of University Space by Academic I nvitees, Student Societies, and
Commercial/Other Third Parties shall only be permitted in accordance
with a license agreement, oral or in writing as required by the University,
that adequately address the following matters:
compliance with all applicable laws, including but not limited to hate
legislation, relating to the licensee's use ofthe University Space;
indemnity in favour ofthe University;
insurance;
liability;
government fees & licenses;
cancellation;
set-up/clean-up charges & extra services (eg. av equipment/furniture/
catering);
rules concerning signs, posters, advertising, merchandising, etc.;
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hours covered by agreement;
liquor regulations, if applicable;
security and policing, if applicable;
parking;
safety and emergency procedures;
smoking;
recovery of all costs;
overhead charges;
opening/closing fees;
service fees;
rental charges, damage charges & cancellation fees, if applicable; and
any other relevant matters.
Authority for establishing the specific terms of each license agreement
is delegated to the Director of Classroom Services and the specific terms
may vary depending on factors such as the nature, time, length and date
ofthe proposed use. Execution of any license agreement on behalf of the
University shall be subject to the Signing Resolutions ofthe Board of Governors.
e) Fees
i.   Use by Academic/Administrative Users. Fees are not normally charged
for academic and administrative use of University Space. However, fees
are applied for opening and/or closing services when the event occurs
outside regular operating hours. Fees may also be applied for additional staff or equipment services.
2. Use by Academic Invitees. Fees may be charged for conferences. Fees
are chargeable for opening and/or closing services when the event occurs outside regular operating hours. Fees may also be applied for
additional staff or equipment services.
3. Use by Student Societies. Fees are not normally charged for academic
and administrative use of University Space. However, fees are applied
for opening and/or closing services when the event occurs outside
regular operating hours. Fees may also be applied for additional staff,
resources or equipment services.
4. Use by Commercial/Other Third Parties. Rents and fees based on full
recovery of operating costs and expenses and market considerations
shall be applied for such use.
Definitions
University Space shall mean all real property to which the University has
right of possession, whether by way of ownership or by lease or otherwise,
but shall exclude the areas specifically identified in the section entitled
"University Space Managed by Departments other than Classroom Services". For greater certainty, it is noted that real property owned by the
University but leased out to a third party, such as the Student Union
Building (which is leased to the Alma Mater Society) and Leon and Thea
Koerner Graduate Student Centre (which is leased to the Graduate Student Society), is not included within the definition of University Space.
Short-Term, when used in reference to a period of access or use, shall
mean access or use for a period of generally less than four weeks.
Academic/Administrative Users are academic units and administrative
units ofthe University including all faculty members and staff who are
acting in their capacity as employees ofthe University, that wish to use
University Space for official University purposes. Examples of such University purposes include the following:
• regularly scheduled classes or similar activities for University credit
course offerings (i.e. University degree and diploma courses approved
by Senate);
• occasional seminars, discussion groups, or similar activities for University credit course offerings;
• official meetings or activities of faculties or departments;
• Continuing Education activities of faculties, including those organized
through the Centre for Continuing Education and programs for professional and career development (e.g. Commerce Diploma Division,
Commerce Real Estate Division, Continuing Education in the Health
Sciences, and Continuing Legal Education);
• Continuing Education Language Institute;
• other courses offered by the Centre for Continuing Education; and
• official meetings or other similar activities of faculty or staff.
Academic/Administrative Users also include organizations that are
supported by the University with finances, time, or professional skills (eg.
Alumni Association, etc.) and bargaining units representing University
employees (e.g. Service Employees International Union, cupe) that wish
to use University Space for their regular business meetings.
Academic Invitees are persons and organizations that the University
wishes to host within University Space and to whom the University extends an invitation. They generally include accredited organizations with
a special or direct relationship to the University, are normally of an educational, cultural, professional, or social service nature, and are non-profit
in operation (eg. educational institutions, Learned Societies, charities).
Academic Invitees may also include University students in their individual capacities, if they are approved by the Vice-President, Students.
Student Societies are the Alma Mater Society, the Graduate Student
Society, and the University Publications Society, together with official
clubs, constituency societies, and subsidiary organizations that are a part
of the Alma Mater Society, the Graduate Student Society, or the University Publications Society, as the case may be.
Commercial/Other Third Parties are all persons or organizations other
than Academic/Administrative Users, Academic Invitees, and Student
Societies who seek a license to use University Space. Examples of Commercial/Other Third Parties include movie production companies,
wedding parties, concert and festival organizers, and may include the federal and provincial governments.
Procedures and guidelines
all requests for use of space are submitted by e-mail, fax or phone to
Classroom Services 10 days prior to the date ofthe event. Requests will be
processed and a booking confirmation forwarded to the booking contact.
1. Use by Academic/Administrative Users. Booking of University Space
for non-academic, departmental and committee meetings and any
other functions necessary for the administration ofthe University
must be done through Classroom Services.
2. Use by Academic Invitees. Booking of University Space by Academic
Invitees who have a direct or special relationship with the University
must be done through Classroom Services.
Requests for such use of space must be approved by the appropriate
Dean or Administrative Head and are submitted in writing.
3. Use by Student Societies. Booking of University Space by Student Society/Student Users for seminars, meetings or any other event must be
submitted by an authorized representative ofthe student organization
to Classroom Services.
4. Use by Commercial/Other Third Parties. Booking of University Space
by Commercial/Other Third Parties must be submitted in writing to
Classroom Services. Requests must be made at least 10 days prior to
the date ofthe event. Request forms are available via the web http://
www.student-services.ubc.ca/schedule/other_req.htm or may be obtained via e-mail, phone or fax. Requests for such use may be denied
on the basis that it is of a competing or conflicting nature with University Services.
Requests will be processed and a booking confirmation forwarded to
the contact along with a License Agreement between the University
and Commercial/Other Third Parties detailing arrangements, including time period covered, insurance and transportation, liability and
financial terms.
University space managed by departments other
than Classroom Services
Aquatic Centre. Any parties wishing to secure access to the UBC Aquatic
Centre should contact the Aquatic Centre Administration at (604) 822-
4522.
Asian Centre. Any parties wishing to secure access to the UBC Asian
Centre should contact the International Liaison Office at (604) 822-0810.
Botanical Gardens. Any parties wishing to secure access to the UBC
Botanical Gardens should contact the Botanical Gardens Office at (604)
822-3928.
Cecil Green Park. While Cecil Green Park is not under lease to the
Alumni Association, it is administered by the Alumni Association under
separate rules from those set forth in this Policy and nothing in this
Policy shall be construed so as to affect any arrangements currently in
place between the University and the Alumni Association. Any parties
wishing to secure access to Cecil Green Park should contact the Alumni
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Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Any parties wishing to secure access to the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts should contact the
booking office ofthe Chan Centre for the Performing Arts directly at
(604) 822-9197.
Food Services Facilities. The Department of Food Services is operated
as an ancillary ofthe University. Any parties wishing to secure access to
any facilities over which the Department of Food Services has been delegated jurisdiction by the Vice-President, Finance and Administration
should contact the administration office of ubc Food Services directly at
(604) 822-3663.
International House. Any parties wishing to secure access to the ubc
International House should contact the booking office ofthe International House directly at (604) 822-0643.
Leon and Thea Koerner Graduate Student Centre. Authority over specific space in, and certain exterior space immediately adjacent to, the
Leon and Thea Koerner Graduate Student Centre has been delegated to
the Graduate Student Society ofthe University of British Columbia, by
the Vice President, Students. Any parties wishing to secure access to the
Leon and Thea Koerner Graduate Student Centre should contact the
bookings office ofthe Leon and Thea Koerner Graduate Student Centre
at (604) 822-3202.
Library. Any parties wishing access to the Library should contact the
Facilities Office ofthe Library at (604) 822-3858.
Museum of Anthropology. Any parties wishing to secure access to the
Museum of Anthropology should contact the booking office ofthe Museum of Anthropology directly at (604) 822-4643.
Norman McKenzie House. Authority over specific space in and to the
exterior and gardens immediately adjacent is vested in the President or
her/his delegate.
Student Residences and Conference Centres. The Department of Housing and Conferences is operated as an ancillary ofthe University. Any
parties wishing to secure access to any facilities over which the Department of Housing and Conferences has been delegated jurisdiction by the
Vice-President, Students, which includes all student residences and all
attached meeting space (Also, from May through August, inclusive, the
ubc Conference Centre has a higher booking priority for academic classrooms in the Woodward irc and Curtis Law buildings than all other users
except academic core courses.) should contact the ubc Conference Centre
directly at (604) 822-1060.
Student Union Building. Authority over most space in and certain exterior space immediately adjacent to the Student Union Building is under
the auspices of the Alma Mater Society of the University of British Columbia pursuant to the terms and conditions ofthe lease agreement entered
into between the University and the Alma Mater Society in 1967, and is
governed by specific policies and procedures ofthe Student Administration Commission and the ams Vice-President, Administration. Any
parties wishing to secure access to the Student Union Building should
contact the bookings office ofthe Alma Mater Society at (604) 822-3456.
Thea and Leon Koerner University Centre. Any parties wishing to secure
access to the Thea and Leon Koerner University Centre (the Graduate Student Centre) should contact the Thea and Leon Koerner University Centre
directly at (604) 822-3203.
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre, Stadium, War Memorial Gym, and all
Playing Fields. Authority over the Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre, the
Stadium, the War Memorial Gym, and all Playing Fields has been delegated to the Department of Athletics by the Vice-President, Students.
Any parties wishing to secure access to any of these facilities should contact Athletic Facilities at (604) 822-3918. UBC  REPORTS  |  JANUARY  II,  2001
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Faculty to lead national
student research program
Program designed to encourage students to pursue
research career in Pharmaceutical Sciences
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
A    MEMBER   OF    UBCS    Faculty   of
Pharmaceutical Sciences has been
granted $50,000 us from the Merck Company Foundation to create
a national summer research program for undergraduate pharmacy
students.
The Merck Foundation Undergraduate Pharmacy Student Research Program will offer fellowships of $5,000 us to one student
at each of Canada's nine pharmacy
schools. It will be administered by
Assoc. Prof. Kishor Wasan who directs the faculty's Summer Student
Research Program (ssrp).
The support provides student
salaries, project supplies, and travel costs for students to present
their research at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for
Pharmaceutical Sciences.
"This support is a significant
recognition of ubc's commitment
to undergraduate research and to
the faculty's leadership in this
area," says Frank Abbott, dean of
Pharmaceutical Sciences. "The
project will link both students and
their supervisors at pharmacy
schools right across the country. "
The fellowship will be the premier award offered in the faculty's
summer student research program. Started in 1989, the program
has seen rapid expansion under
Wasan's direction. Last year enrolment in the program jumped to 41
students from the 11-student roster
in 1998.
The program aims to introduce
undergraduate students to the diversity of pharmacy research and
encourage students to consider a
career as a research scientist. Addressing the major shortage of
pharmaceutical scientists in industry and academia is one of the
program's objectives.
"We're pleased to give national
exposure to our successful undergraduate research model," says
Wasan, a faculty member since
1995 and chair of the division of
Pharmaceutics and Biopharma-
ceutics. "We hope our program can
revitalize or create similar programs at other schools."
Promoting undergraduate research is a goal of Trek 2000, the
university's vision document.
The program also helps raise
awareness in the research and academic communities about pharmacy education and research.
"We don't just train pharmacists
here," says Wasan. "We train pharmaceutical scientists."
Each school of pharmacy will select a fellowship student by early
March. All nine recipients will be
announced in mid-May. Funding
covers the period mid-May to mid-
August. Students will submit a report to Wasan and present their
findings at the annual conference
of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Funding renewal will be considered at the end of the first year of
the fellowship program.
The Merck Company Foundation, whose mandate includes support of education, already has a national U.S. summer student research program that involves 18 of
the 80 u.s. pharmacy programs.
There are schools of pharmacy
at the universities of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Toronto, as well as Laval, Montreal, Me-
Assoc. Prof. Kishor Wasan
morial, and Dalhousie University.
For more information check
the faculty newsletter on the Web
site at www.ubcpharmacy.org.
Students show
yen for language
All things Japanese attract
growing group of scholars
by Daria Wojnarski staffwriter
all roads lead to Japan—at
least they do when it comes to languages at ubc.
During the past five years student enrolment in the Japanese
language program has almost tripled to more than 1,400 students.
Assoc. Prof. Joshua Mostow, acting head ofthe Asian Studies Dept.,
says ubc now has the largest Japanese language program in continental North America and the largest first-year classical language
course outside Japan with 76 students learning the equivalent of
Chaucerian English in Japanese.
In addition, there are only two
places in Canada where students
can get a PhD in Japanese culture—ubc and the University of
Toronto.
"Previously we kept caps on
courses because we couldn't handle more students," says Mostow.
"The demand was getting ridiculous and we turned so many students away. We had to use Extra-
Sessional Studies to meet the student demand."
"This boom isn't just in language, but in Japanese history, literature, religion," he adds.
While interest in the Japanese
language continues to grow in
Canada, the story in the United
States is slightly different.
Mostow says enrolment in Japanese language courses at u.s. universities has been falling over the
last few years.
"With the Japanese economic
problems, the language has become
less attractive to American students," he says. "Our students don't
tend to be either 'yen' or 'zen'—
money or religion. Students here
are interested in Japanese pop
culture such as animation, fashion, comic books and music.
"My impression is that Tokyo
is to these students what Paris
was to American students in the
1950s—a cultural Mecca."
Mostow expects the interest
in Japanese language and culture
will continue to grow.
"Japanese pop culture wasn't allowed into South Korea, but those
restrictions were recently removed
so we might get a new influx of students of Korean heritage."
For a variety of reasons the
program is getting more Japanese nationals at both the graduate and undergraduate levels,
says Mostow.
"At the graduate level, these
students have opted to study Japanese culture outside of Japan to
get a different perspective."
At the undergraduate level, the
department has students from
Ritsumeikan, a private university
in Japan with which ubc has set
up an exchange. Some 100 students a year come from Ritsumeikan—the largest single group
in the year-abroad group at ubc
Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the department,
faculty hold cross-appointments
in such diverse areas as Women's
Studies, 19th-century Studies,
Comparative Literature, Medieval Studies and the Centre for Intercultural Language Studies.
4
Please recyde
Honour Roll
Dr. Martin Schechter has been
appointed head of the Dept. of
Health Care and Epidemiology
for a five-year term.
A ubc alumnus, his research
focuses on infectious disease
with a particular emphasis on
hiv/aids. A Medical Research
Council Senior Scientist, Schechter directs the Centre for Health
Evaluation and Outcomes Sciences and is national director of
the Canadian hiv Trials Network.
Schechter has served as acting
head of the department since
August 1999.
Marketa Goetz-Stankiewicz
Marketa      Goetz-Stankiewicz,
professor emerita of Germanic
Studies and Comparative Literature, has been awarded the Czech
Republic Medal of Merit by Czech
President Vaclav Havel.
The medal honours individuals who have given meritorious
services to the state or in the
fields of economy, science, technology, culture, arts, and education.
Goetz-Stankiewicz is a proponent of Czech culture abroad and
the author of numerous publications on Czech plays and underground writing.
Dr. Martin Schechter
Richard Spencer has joined
rrServices for a 12-month term.
Spencer will work closely with
Ted Dodds, associate vice-president, Information Technology, and
others on a number of student and
administrative systems developments, including redesign of processes for prospective and newly
admitted undergraduates.
Spencer is taking a one-year administrative leave from the Registrar's Office where he has served as
ubc's registrar for 12 years.
David Holm, former associate
dean for Students in the Faculty of
Science, has been appointed as
acting director. Enrolment Services and registrar.
Clark Warren has been appointed
director of ubc's Development
Office.
Recruited to ubc in 1990 from a
private law practice, Warren
served as the first manager of
Planned Giving during the World
of Opportunity Campaign. The
campaign raised $262 million in
support for the university.
He has served as associate director of Development since 1997.
ubc received more than 23,000
gifts last year totaling almost $37.5
million in support. 12    |     UBC    REPORTS     I    JANUARY    II,    2001
PRO FILE
The Arts Co-op Program is a hit with
both students and employers
At home and abroad they prosper
by Daria Wojnarski staffwriter
THE   ONE-YEAR-OLD   ArtS   Co-op
program at ubc is shattering the
myth that Arts students don't have
value in the labour market, says
the program's director.
"In fact, in the knowledge-
based economy, people with exceptional writing and communication skills are the hardest to
find and the most valuable," says
Julie Walchli.
"Employers tell us they're looking for problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, the ability to
analyse and the ability to write
well. They say the technical skills
are more easy to teach in the workplace."
The past year has been incredibly exciting and challenging, she
says.
The program placed 133 students with 100 Canadian and international employers.
Government and crown corporations accounted for 40 per cent
of the employers, 40 per cent were
in the private sector and 20 per
cent were non-profit.
Walchli says the Arts Co-op
plans to place 200 students this
year.
Among the students who participated in the program in its first
year of operation was Michael
Ross. He found himself teaching
business communication to marketing managers and accountants
in Beijing.
The 24-year-old, who's completing an Integrated Bachelor of Arts
in Economics and Asian Studies,
spent six-months in China with
the Canadian Institute of Business
and Technology.
"The benefits are that you can
try on several different hats without having to make a career commitment," Ross says. "At the same
time, you get to learn more about
yourself."
Ross's co-op experience has
helped clarify his career, academic
and personal preferences.
"I now know what I like and
don't like about working," he says.
Arts Co-op students Kirsten Thorarinson (left) and
Michael Ross found their skills in demand. Employers
are eager for Arts students, says program director Julie
Walchli. Daria Wojnarski photos
Ross, who wants to pursue a career in sustainable development
and environmental awareness, says
the co-op experience showed him
that he's a good teacher and can
easily relay his ideas.
While in China, Ross recalls he
had a few closed door sessions
with his students.
One ofthe issues they discussed
was the 1989 events of Tiananmen
Square when thousands of Chinese students took to the streets to
demand democracy and human
rights.
On an outing to a beach, Ross
says he also had a chance to talk to
members ofthe People's Liberation
Army (pla).
"We broke down misconceptions—their misconceptions of
foreigners and ours ofthe pla," he
says.
"We sat on the beach and played
volleyball and drank beer. It
brought a human aspect to the
competitive forces of China.
"The trip made me really appreciate ubc because it provided me
with many quality learning experiences," says Ross, who also participated in a six-month student exchange at the University of Western Australia in Perth.
"I think the international opportunities here at ubc are fantastic. You can plug into so many
places here because the university
is large and has so much diversity."
while ross laboured in China,
Kirsten Thorarinson's experience
took place closer to home.
The 21-year-old, who's majoring
in Modern European Studies, spent
two four-month co-op terms working in the policy and communications branch at the Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (dfo).
"Many people assumed that
since I was working with dfo,
I must have a background in ocean
sciences or biology," she says.
"There are so many people in
fisheries with Arts degrees, but
I found I still had to explain why I
was there. The writing, the research
and the communication skills I
learned in my classes are important
aspects of these co-op jobs."
Three of Thorarinson's colleagues at dfo began life there as
co-op students, she .says.
Thorarinson says she was always interested in participating in
a co-op program and was glad
when the Faculty of Arts introduced one.
"I wanted real world experience
and to be able to put it on my resume," she says.
THORARINSON   SAYS   THERE   was
no typical day for her on the job.
One day she would conduct interviews at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, the next she'd be
back in the Vancouver office working on the career development
Web site.
"My first day conducting interviews was definitely the most
memorable," she says. "I was outside in the pouring rain transporting chinook fry from a hatchery to
sea pens with a community adviser. It was a long day, one made
longer by the fact that there were
no toilets at the hatchery. Unfortunately, this situation popped up
more than once over the summer."
The Arts co-op is the fifth co-op
program on campus. The faculties
of Science, Forestry, Applied Science and Commerce and Business
Administration also offer co-op
programs.
Students enrolled in the Arts coop must file a report on each ofthe
co-op terms.
For her efforts, Thorarinson won
the first Arts Co-op Work Term Report Award, presented last month.
She shares the award, which is
worth $300, with Eric Tung.
Walchli says the program's participants are exceptional and highly motivated students who are
keen to get the most out of their
education.
"They challenge us to find jobs
for them that are meaningful and
connected to their studies," she
says.

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