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"Joseph Kania" by Elfleda Russell. Inset: Kania's 1926 yearbook picture
Grad waits 65 years to
be granted Arts degree
No one knows more about patience and persistence
than Joseph Kania.
He has waited 65 of his 91 years to receive the BA
degree he earned from UBC in 1926.
"It's the longest gestation period I know of," Kania
Kania, of Vancouver, completed the requirements
for both a BA and B.Sc. degree at UBC in 1926. Self-
taught in both French and German, he took the second-
year language requirement for his BA in his freshman
year. To make matters more interesting, he completed
both degrees in five years instead of the usual six.
Bureaucratic confusion ensued and Kania never obtained his BA.
Undeterred, and with his B.Sc. in hand, he subsequently earned an M.Sc. from UBC in 1928, before
enrolling in M.I.T., where he was awarded a PhD in
economic geology in 1930.
"I've enjoyed kidding every UBC president there's
been over the past half century about not giving me that
degree," Kania said. "I was becoming an institution."
Born in 1901, Kania emigrated from Czechoslovakia, with his family, to a nine-acre ranch in the Kootenay s
in 1913.
After his father's death three years later, Kania found
work in the smelter at Trail, B.C., to help    _________
support his mother and three sisters. I        MORE
He supplemented his paycheque by accompanying
silent films with his violin in the evenings, earning $1 a
night. He spent any spare time giving dance lessons,
playing in a band at Saturday night dances, and teaching
the clarinet, even though he never played one in his life.
Kania quit the smelter on his 20th birthday, in the
spring of 1921. To prepare himself for a UBC education, he embarked on a 12-hour-a-day home study
program and completed an entire high school education
in three and a half months.
"I made up my mind that 1 was going to go to
university." Kania said. "I guess I was a punk kid."
After graduating from M.I.T., he joined the faculty
at the University of Illinois, but was forced to leave by
U.S. immigration in 1932 because of the Great Depression.
Returning to B.C. unemployed, Kania talked his
way into a sales position with Pemberton Securities.
He quickly established himself a top sales representative and remained with the firm, spending the last
40 years as a director, until his retirement in 1986.
Kania's successful career with Pemberton was rewarded with a membership to the prestigious Vancouver Club. That's where he encountered his first UBC
president, Norman MacKenzie, in 1944, and every subsequent UBC president.
________ "I met MacKenzie and asked him how
GRAD       I See KANIA's on Page 3
Chancellor taps 866grads in Fall congregation
When Joseph Kania receives his long-awaited
BA degree at the fall Congregation ceremonies,
he'll be joined by 865 others.
Ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
in the War Memorial Gym. In addition to
academic degrees, three distinguished Canadians, all of whom have made outstanding and
significant contributions to society, will be
presented with honorary degrees.
They are:
— Judith Forst, a UBC music grad and one
of Canada's leading opera singers. She has
performed with many opera companies and
symphonies in North America and abroad, including the New York Metropolitan Opera.
— Antonine Maillet, a major contemporary
Canadian playwright, novelist, folklorist and
the leading writer of Acadia, the Francophone
Maritimes. She currently teaches at Laval University.
— Dorothy Smith, a professor in the Department of Sociology in Education at the Ontario
Institute for Studies in Education in Toronto.
She is known nationally and internationally for
her groundbreaking work in feminist episte-
mology and methodology.
UBC alumnus Robert Wyman, former mem
ber of the Board ofGovernors, chancellor emeritus and chairman of UBC's A World of Opportunity fund-raising campaign, will be presented
with the Chancellor's Medal during the morning ceremony.
The Chancellor's Medal is awarded in recognition of extraordinary service and dedication
to the university.
During the afternoon ceremony, the Honorary Alumni Award, awarded by the UBC Alumni
Association, will be presented to John Chapman.
The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the Association and the university by
UBC tops in the country in '91-'92
NSERC strategic grants competition
Bv GAVIN WILSON ceutical Sciences. NSERC strategic grants are of-
Chapman has been called one of the builders
of B.C.'s post-secondary education system. He
was first appointed to UBC's Faculty of Arts as
a professor of Geography in 1947, served as
head ofthe department between 1968 and 1974,
acting head from 1979 to 1981, and retired in
UBC's third annual Lights of Learning ceremony will also take place today, directly following Congregation, at 5 p.m.
Seasonal lights on the giant sequoia tree in
front of the Main Library will be turned on to
celebrate the coming holiday season and new
Mike Coffin, new T-Blrd
hockey coach, sets out to
rebuild the foam. Page 2
MONTREAL 14 REMEMBERED: Florence Ledwitz-
Rigby pays tribute to the
women slain at L'Ecole
Polytechnique. Page 3
B.C. HISTORY: The clash of
cutturesduringthe goldrush
of 1858 stffl resonates today. Page a
UBC is the top-ranked university
in the country in the 1991-92 Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research
Council (NSERC) strategic grants
NSERC awarded more than $3.15
million to UBC researchers in the
competition, a total that accounts for
nearly one of every $10 awarded in
Canada. UBC researchers had requested nearly $3.87 million.
The grants are shared by 36 UBC
researchers in the faculties of Arts,
Science, Applied Science, Forestry,
Agricultural Sciences and Pharma
ceutical Sciences.
Walter Hardy, of the Department
of Physics, won a grant of $240,000,
the largest single award made to a
UBC researcher. Other major awards
include: $ 151,000 to Mabo Ito, Electrical Engineering; $ 136,700 to Philip
Hill, Mechanical Engineering; and
two grants worth a total of $153,978
to Douw Steyn, Geography.
This year's strategic grants program had a budget of $37.4 million,
which funded about one-quarter of
the grants requested. About $23 million of the funds were already committed in previous competitions.
NSERC strategic grants are offered to promote and support targeted research and assist with the
direct operating costs of high quality research projects or programs in
selected fields of national importance.
Major areas eligible for support
include advanced technologies (information systems, biotechnology,
industrial materials and processes,
manufacturing systems and energy),
resources (food and agriculture, forestry, mineral resources, fisheries
and oceans) and environmental quality.
Memorial for
14 slain women
Wreaths will be placed at four
locations on campus Dec. 6 in
memory of the 14 women slain at
L'Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal two years ago.
A memorial will be held at
12:30 in the SUB.
Memorial ribbons will be distributed free at the Women Students' Office and the University
Bookstore lobby on Dec. 6.
Wreaths will be laid at the
faculty club, SUB, the Women
Students' Office and in the Library, at the entrance to the stacks.
For info, call the Women Students' Office at 822-2415. 2    UBCREPORTS November28.1991
Coffin rebuilding T-Bird Hockey
A .500 record might not be anything to write home about. But for
Mike Coflin, head coach of the UBC
Thunderbird hockey team, it's certainly a step in the right direction.
Coflin's biggest challenge going
into this season as Terry O'Malley's
replacement behind the Thunderbird
bench was to
make hockey enjoyable again.
Hockey was
anything but fun
for the T-Birds
last season. Despite occupying
first place in the
Canadian Western University
Athletic Association standings at
Christmas, the T-
Birds closed out
the season by failing to win a single game in their
last 15 outings.
"The players
went into this season hungover —
hungover from
the effects of a disastrous second-
half season," said Coflin.
His first job during the off-season
was to meet with the players in an
effort to find out what went wrong.
Feedback was what he was after, and
opening the lines of communication
was essential.
"It was a snowball effect," said
Coflin. "As the losses piled up, the
team's confidence level plummeted
and frustration began to set in."
"As the season progressed, it was
almost as though they expected to
lose," he added.
Coflin said the players dealt with
last season's crushing setback well
over the summer months and came
into training camp with a positive
So far, the T-Birds have been struggling to win as many as they lose, but
Coflin says it's not because of a lack
Coach Mike
Coflin brings a youthful enthusiasm
of effort.
"We lost nine players off lastyear's
team, many of them front-line performers," said Coflin. "That means,
on any given night, we'll ice a team
with eight or nine first-year players.
That's a high level of inexperience
for any hockey club to have to contend with."
At the same time, Coflin said,
second, third and fourth-string players have been forced to fill the void.
He said they've done so with a level
of enthusiasm and confidence that
has rubbed off on the entire team.
Coflin singled out forwards
Charles Cooper of Quathiaski Cove,
B.C. and Darrel Kwiatkowski of
Prince George for the way they
stepped in when given the opportunity to play on a regular basis.
"We almost have to overachieve
to be successful," said Coflin. "A lot
of teams may be
more talented
then we are, but
we can be successful if we continue
to stress an unselfish, team-oriented
Coflin is faced
with the reality
that no matter how
successful the T-
Birds are this season, he might not
be back behind the
bench next season.
Coflin, who
played with the
from 1981-1986,
has been given the
job for this season
only, as the university conducts a
national search for a permanent head
coach. Still, it's no secret that he
wants the position full time and he's
working hard to lay the foundation
for a nationally competitive team.
"It starts with raising the awareness of UBC's hockey program
throughout the province and across
the country," said Coflin. "This university, both on an academic and
athletic level, has a lot to offer. It's
my responsibility to let people know
to the job.
UBC students run RE.
classes for U HUI kids
Physical Education Associate Professor Alex Carre calls it a "micro
instructional lab." University Hill Elementary School students would
probably call it a really
neat gym class.
What it is, is an opportunity for grade six
and seven students from
University Hill Elementary School in Point
Grey to sample a complete range of physical
activities under the
watchful eye of UBC
physical education students.
This year, 134 UBC
students, who took the
instruction and coaching program as part of
their Bachelor of Physical Education degree,
taught more than 60 University Hill students at UBC.
'The lab lets UBC students develop specific instructional skills in phys.
ed. and apply theoretical principles in a practical setting," said Carre, who
teaches in the instruction and coaching program. "It also allows up to 70
U. Hill students to take advantage of the instructional opportunity and the
physical activity program that's been offered to them each year."
The one-hour visits, twice a week for 12 weeks, let the elementary school
kids select from offerings that include dance, co-operative games, basketball, volleyball and badminton. With the UBC students acting as instructors, 10 physical activities can be taught at once.
Carre said most of the UBC students who take the instruction and
coaching program go on to a variety of instructional roles in community
centres, fitness organizations and the school system.
It's a valuable learning experience, for both the older and the younger
students, he said. The program has been running for 14 years.
"We work very closely with the teachers at University Hill to make sure
we are maintaining a quality physical activity program, emphasizing
enjoyment, safety and motor skill development," said Carre.
"The feedback from both sides has been tremendous and is just another
example of UBC's involvement with the community."
U Hill kids shoot some hoops.
Asthma causes studied in new 4-year project
Deaths due to asthma are on the
rise, despite increasing understanding ofthe disease and a wider range of
effective treatments.
But a new four-year study by
UBC researcher Dr. Tony Bai may
help determine what causes the centuries-old lung disease that has been
steadily regaining a foothold throughout the western world for the past two
"Our laboratory is examining the
role of viruses and substances derived from nerve disorders as elements in the development of asthma,"
said Bai, an assistant professor of
Medicine based at UBC's Pulmonary
Research Laboratory.
By examining frozen lung tissue
removed from patients who have died
from asthma and other obstructive
airway diseases, such as chronic
bronchitis and emphysema, Bai and
coworkers will try to detect the presence of viral products which may alter
the lungs, making them asthmatic.
The Pulmonary Research Lab,
headquartered at St. Paul's Hospital, is the only one in the world
with a sizeable collection of frozen lung tissue from asthmatic
patients and one of a small
number of labs, worldwide, with
the facilities and experience to
study such tissues in depth.
Bai will also study the nerves
surrounding the airways for more
"These nerves release chemicals
such as neuropeptides which make
the airway smooth muscle contract,"
he said. 'The peptides also produce
Dr. Tony Bai
mucous and cause blood components
to be released into the airways. Itwould
be helpful for us to know how much
peptide the lungs are producing."
at night," Bai explained. "In the asthmatic person, the airways are always
narrow and inflamed, so they get critically smaller at night."
Bai cautioned that asthma can develop at any point in life, although it
usually strikes between ages 3 and 50.
"All of us are susceptible. Prolonged chest colds, wheezy bronchitis
or repeated chest infections may be
asthma," he said.
"The lungs inhale 7.5 litres of fresh
air every minute.They have a moist,
delicate surface the size of a tennis
court, and a lot of potential to react to
things they don't like," Bai added.
Asthma attacks can be triggered
by a variety of things, including dust,
fumes, humidity, exercise and diet —
especially food additives and preservatives found in many foods.
Bai feels people should be advised of
this potential culprit.
Despite being a long way away
from the prevailing attitude among
psychiatrists in the 1930s who said
asthma was psychosomatic, it is true
that asthma worsens with stress.
However, repeated inhalation of
house dust, animal danders, pollens
and spores and viral infections remain
the most common reasons for asthma
Bai attributes the increase in
asthma deaths to inappropriate treatment, in particular, over-reliance on
drugs such as ventolin which relieve
symptoms but do not treat the airways inflammation, and to a lack of
patient and health care worker education. As a result, many don't seek
proper treatment for their symptoms.
"Some asthmatics get to the point
where every airway is plugged and
they literally die of asphyxiation. Patients with asthma need to change
behavioral patterns so that they recognize early symptoms of attacks
and have a simple action plan so that
appropriate self-managment occurs."
There is no cure for asthma but
symptoms, which range from moderate to disabling, can be controlled and
some people seem to have remissions,
Bai said.
The study is being funded by the
B.C. Health Research Foundation.
"Asthma attacks can be triggered by a
variety of things, including dust, fumes,
humidity, exercise and diet — especially
food additives and preservatives found in
many foods."
Asthma affects more than one
million Canadians of all ages and five
per cent of the adult population in
British Columbia.
Bai described asthma as often being a night-time condition characterized by coughing, shortness of breath,
wheezing andchest tightening. Symptoms may also occur during the day.
"Everyone's airways get smaller
Asthma specialists frequently see
patients with occupationally induced
asthma, particularly mill workers and
people working with hard paints. He
said that 50 per cent of the labor force
which develops work-related asthma
remains asthmatic, even if a new
occupation is undertaken.
Asprin may also lead to an asthma
attack, and although it is uncommon,
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Scholar renews Shakespeare by visiting the past
Modern texts of Shakespeare represent theatre for the page, not the stage.
So sayest Neil Freeman, the newest member
of UBC's Department of Theatre and Film.
An aficionado of the Bard, Freeman is out to
change the way actors perform Shakespeare:
not so much how they act his plays, but rather,
how they initially read his lines from the printed
"Shakespeare has been terribly watered down
in the modern scripts," said Freeman. "His
plays now are more literature than portraits of
human beings in conflict and action."
The bearded actor, director and professor has
spent 17 years trying to remedy the situation by
revisiting, not revising, Shakespeare's tragedies,
comedies and histories.
Since 1974, he has painstakingly cross-referenced every line of modern text with the
original 17th century folios. So far, he has
reproduced 16 easy-to-read scripts which remain faithful to the originals, but also contain
comprehensive footnotes relating to modern-
day changes.
However, his expertise in text analysis is just
a small part of what Freeman brings to the
Not one to be pigeonholed, he has directed
hundreds of Canadian, European and American
plays, musicals, children's productions and British classics.
Formerly a professor and associate dean in
York University's Theatre Department, Freeman has acted for television, radio and theatre.
He got the drama bug in the late 60s after
completing an MA in Industrial Sociology at
Nottingham University in England. He directed
the only stage version of Judgement of
Nuremburg and was hooked.
A graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre
School, Freeman laments the fact that actors
today aren't as adept as their 18th century
predecessors at performing in front of large
audiences. Instead, they are being groomed
more for TV and small theatre.
In the case of William Shakespeare's plays,
this is precisely the reason why Freeman advo
cates a return to original texts.
A glimpse of Act II, Scene II in Romeo and
Juliet, the "audiovisual feast" Freeman has just
finished directing at Frederic Wood Theatre,
proves his point.
It's the balcony scene, and Romeo has just
caught sight of Juliet when he says, "It is my
lady, O it is my Love, O that she knew she
were," (a 16 syllable line).
The accompanying footnote in Freeman's
folio text refers to the modern version as a
"poetically polite two lines with pause," (10
syllables plus six syllables). According to Freeman, the line should be full of passion, not
"The boy's charged," he says. "He isn't
going to pause even though the modern text
suggests he does."
Freeman goes on to cite a handful of other
examples where tinkering with text and punctuation have resulted in passages losing their
meaning and characters getting changed.
Today, artistic directors in theatres across
Canada and the United States use Freeman's
Persian poet focus of
cultural festival
A festival of Persian culture comes to the
Asian Centre auditorium Friday, Nov. 29.
Held from 12:30 to 6 p.m., the event marks
the 850th anniversary of the 12th century
Persian poet, Nizami. UNESCO has named
1991 the year of Nizami and Mozart.
Highlights of the festival include: an exhibition of contemporary Persian art, books and
musical instruments; presentations by the University Singers and Vancouver's Vivaldi Chamber Choir; and lectures on the rise of Persian
culture and the works of Nizami. A buffet of
traditional Persian food will also be served for
The event is being sponsored by the Roudaki
Cultural Foundation in co-operation with the
Institute of Asian Research and the Department
of Religious Studies.
A priority of the university's A World of
Opportunity Campaign, the Institute for Asian
Research is committed to establishing a Centre
for Arabic and Islamic Studies. The $4 million
initiative will establish two academic chairs, an
endowment and also provide a building for the
The institute also has plans to establish similar centres for Japanese, Chinese, Korean, South
Asian and Southeast Asian Studies.
For more information about the festival call
Professor Hanna Kassis at 822-6523.
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folio scripts because audiences seem to understand them better than the doctored versions.
Freeman left York after 20 years because he
believes UBC's acting division is in an enviable
position vis-a-vis other theatre departments in
North America.
Hired to teach acting and directing, he is the
first of three crucial replacements in the division. Two more follow later this year in voice
and movement.
With these appointments. Freeman says UBC
will have a chance to adapt its curriculum to
meet the difficult challenges of training directors and actors for both theatre as well as
television and film. In the process, the division
hopes to expand its already established links
with the rest of campus.
In a profession full of uncertainty, Freeman
considers himself exceedingly fortunate. After
25 years pursuing a "paid hobby", he hasn't
been out of work for more than three weeks.
So what is there left for him to do?
"Well, I haven't appeared on Broadway,
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my degree was coming along. I've been asking
each one the same thing since. No one would do
anything about it until David Strangway."
Strangway enlisted the help of Dean of Arts
Patricia Marchak to clarify Kania's academic
standing. Her investigation concluded that
Kania had indeed earned his degree.
"Under the 1926 rules and a Senate motion
of that period, Kania should have been given the
degree," Marchak said. "I'm pleased we can
finally do this properly."
"I've been fighting on behalf of all students,
not just myself," Kania says. "You deserve the
recognition if you can make the grade."
A tribute to the victims of the Montreal Massacre
Florence Ledwitz-Rigby is the Advisor to
the President on Women and Gender Relations.
On Dec. 6 we are forced to confront one of
the darker aspects of our society in memory of
the 14 victims of the Montreal Massacre. I
hope that everyone will join me in a personal
moment of silence, remembering the lives of
Genevieve Bergeron, Helene Colgan, Nathalie
Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie
Edward, Maud Haviernick, Barbara
Klueznick, Maryse Laganiere, Maryse
LeClair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier,
Michele Richard, Annie St.-Arneault and
Annie Turcotte: women, aged 21 to 31, who
possessed talent, promise and hopes for the
Whenever we try to encourage young
women to think broadly of their potential and
how they can join in the fabric of society, we
must consider the message that such a tragedy
conveys. While we might be tempted to blame
the tragedy on a man with a deranged mind,
whose biochemical balance was distorted, the
direction the acting out of this derangement
took is the result of attitudes of our society.
The image of women as victims to be blamed
for their own victimization is rampant. A recent
political cartoon in the Province, depicting the
fashion for women of the 90s as a coffin, is
typical of this attitude. Resentment of equity
employment measures by men who fear that
women can only be given equal opportunity to
the detriment of men, is another example.
In memory of the 14 women slaughtered in
Montreal on Dec. 6, 1989, we each need to
examine our own attitudes and the messages we
give, either by our silence or compliance with
activities that denigrate women. We need to ask
how each of us can take an active role in
providing a positive environment for everyone
to live and work in. We need to examine our own
prejudices that may make it difficult for anyone
who is different from us, whether by sex, race,
religion, or physical disability, to feel safe and
free to thrive in a society that values individuals
for their unique talents and capacities.
As an institution, UBC is currently confronting these issues. Attempts to improve physical
safety include a program to increase campus
lighting, expansion of shuttle bus services, walk
home programs and installation of telephones
in areas where individuals work at night. The
University Health and Safety Committee has
included women's safety as an issue to be dealt
with by department and building committees. I
have formed a President's Advisory Committee
on Women's Safety to take a broad look at all
aspects of university life that impinge on safety.
This committee will deal with psychological
safety, as well as physical safety.
The challenge is how to change attitudes of
people who think that the victimization of individuals who are different from themselves is
acceptable or even funny. Workshops, seminars
and ethics courses initiated by the Sexual Harassment Office, the Women Students' Office
and the faculties of Engineering and Medicine
have all been steps in the right direction. If all
faculty members who have the imagination to
see how such issues relate to their disciplines
could incorporate a discussion of interpersonal
ethics into even a few minutes of their curriculum, we would be much further along.
Certainly, every university instructor and
supervisor must question whether anything they
say or do in class, or on the job, could encourage
another Marc Lepine to think his actions were
appropriate, or to discourage anyone from thinking that they are valued as students, employees
or members of the human race.
On Dec. 6,1991, the University of British
Columbia will officially remember the lives
and hopes of the women of Montreal. Wreaths
Florence Ledwitz-Rigby
will be placed on campus by the Women
Students' Office, flags will fly at half staff
and the carillon will play. Individuals who
wish to express their concern over the issues
of the day are encouraged to wear a simple
white ribbon on their lapels. Ribbons will be
available at the Women Students' Office and
the University Bookstore. This is a day for
men and women to join in remembrance and
in a vow to change society so that such events
will only be history. 4    UBC REPORTS November 28.1991
December 1 -
December 14
SUNDAY, DEC. 1     |
Sunday Concerts At MOA
For World Aids Day: A Day
Without Art. Vancouver
Men's Chorus directed by
Willi Zwozdesky. Free with
museum admission. Museum of Anthropology
Great Hall at 1:30pm. Call 822-5087.
For events in the period December 15 to January 11, notices must be submitted by UBC faculty or staff on Calendar forms no
later than noon on Tuesday, December 3 to the Community Relations Office, Room 207, 6328 Memorial Rd, Old Administration
Building. For more information call 822-3131. The next edition of UBC Reports wil be published December 12. Notices
exceeding 35 words may be edited. The number of items for each faculty or department will be limited to four per issue.
Statistical Consulting/Research
SCARL is operated by the Department of
Statistics to provide statistical advice to
faculty and graduate students working on
research problems. Forms for appointments available in Ponderosa Annex C-
210. Call 822-4037.
China/Korea Seminar
MONDAY, DEC. 2    |
Biochemistry/molecular Biology Seminar.
Discussion Group. Alloimmunity,
Autoimmunity and AIDS. Dr. Geoff
Hoffman,Microbiology. IRC#1 at3:45pm.
Call 822-4524.
The Role Of Legal Specialists In Chinese Law-making. Prof. Li Meigin, Law,
Beijing U. Asian Centre
604 from 12:30-2pm. Call
Faculty Women's Club Christmas Meeting
Luncheon. Music by Alex McLeod, Education. Cecil Green Park at 9:30am.
Reservations required, babysitting provided. Call 222-1983.
Forestry 9th Schaffer Lecture | WEDNESDAY, DECT^
Challenges in Canadian Forestry Research. Dr. Peter Morand, president,
Natural Science/Engineering Research
Council. MacMillan 166 from 12-1pm.
Call 822-2727.
Botany Seminar
Biosynthesis Of Antibiotics. Dr. Heinz
Floss, Chemistry, U. of Washington,
Seattle. BioSciences 2000 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Lectures In Modern Chemistry
Synthesis And Chemistry
Of Twisted Carbon — Carbon Double Bonds. Dr.
Kenneth J. Shea, Chemistry, U. of Californiaat Irvine.
Chemistry 250, South
Block at 1pm. Call 822-3266.
Medical Genetics Seminar
Williams Syndrome In Adults. Elena Lopez,
MD, graduate student, Medical Genetics.
IRC#1 from 4:30-5:30pm. Refreshments
at 4:15pm. Call 822-5312.
Statistics Seminars
A New Measure Of Quantitative Robustness. SoniaMazzi, Statistics. Angus 223
at 4pm.
Hierarchical Modelling Of Multivariate
Survival Data. Paul Gustafson, Statistics.
Angus 223 at 4:45pm.
Both seminars, call 822-4997/2234.
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Contributors: Ron Burke, Connie
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and Gavin Wilson.
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Microbiology Seminar
TBA. Dr. Robin Turner, Biotechnology
Laboratory. Wesbrook 201 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-6648.
Physiology Seminar Series
Cell Surface Peptidases Regulate Biological Actions Of Neuropeptides. Dr. N.
Bunnett, Physiology/Surgery, U. of California, San Francisco. IRC #4 at 3pm.
Call Dr. A. Buchan at 822-2083.
CICSR Distinguised Lecture Series
Computer Graphics. Electronic Books:
User-controlled Animation In A
Hypermedia Framework. Andries van
Dam, professor, Brown U. Scarfe 100
from 1-2:30pm. Refreshments at 12:30pm.
Call 822-6894.
Instant Imaging Product Fair
Sponsors: Polaroid Canada Inc. and Lens
& Shutter Door prizes, product demonstration, refreshments. UBC Media Services, Library Processing Centre 379 from
10am-4pm.  Call 736-0711.
Graduate Student Society
Free Video Night. A Christmas Carol and
Miracle On 34th Street. FRIDAY, DEC. 6
Paediatrics Grand Round
Ethics In Clinical Research In Children.
Sydney Segal, professor emeritus. G.F.
Strong Auditorium at 9am. Call875-2118.
Health Services/Policy Research Seminar
Quality Improvement in
Health Care: An Overview. Peter Dodek, assistant prof, Medicine;
assoc. dir. ICU, St. Paul's,
Mather 253 from 12-1pm.
Call Dr. Geoff Anderson at 822-3130.
Obstetrics/Gynaecology Grand
The Community Hospital Visits The Ivory
Tower: The Opportunities And Realities
Of Practice In A Northern BC Centre. Dr.
Darryl Vine, Prince Rupert Regional Hospital. University Hospital, Shaughnessy
Site D308 at 8am. Call 875-2171.
SATURDAY, DEC. 7 j      I     SUNDAY,~bEC. 15   )     Muscle Soreness Study
Graduate Society Children's
Christmas Party
Fool's Theatre and Santa Claus. Grad
Student Centre Fireside Lounge from
11am-2pm. Gifts for your child(ren) will be
provided; pre-registration required. Call
MONDAY, DEC. 9    j
Astronomy Seminar
Supernovae la And The
Hubble Constant. Dr. B.
Leibundgut, Centre for
Astrophysics, Harvard/
Smithsonian. Geophysics/
Astronomy 260 at 4pm.
Coffee available at 3:45pm.   Call 822-
Botany Seminar
Molecular Interactions In Victoria Blight
Of Oats. Dr. Tom Wolpert, Centre for
Gene Research and Biotechnology, Oregon State U. BioSciences 2000 from
12:30-1:30pm. Ca|l 822-2133.
Medical Genetics Seminar
Studies On Antigen Processing/Presentation. Wilfred Jeffries, PhD, Biotechnology
Laboratory. IRC #1 from 4:30-5:30pm.
Refreshments at 4:15pm. Call 822-5312.
Geophysics Seminar
Imaging The Ocean Surface With Sound.
Dr. David Farmer, Institute of Ocean Sciences, Sydney, BC. Geophysics/Astronomy 260 at 4pm. Coffee available at
3:45pm. Call 822-3100.
Obstetrics/Gynaecology Research Seminar
Unexplained Infertility. Patrick J. Taylor,
professor and head, Obstetrics/Gynaecology, St. Paul's Hospital. Grace Hospital 2N35 from 1 -2:30pm. Call 875-2334.
Paediatrics Grand Rounds
Oh No! Not Another Talk About Asthma!
Thoughts from Critical Care. R Adderley,
associate clinical professor; M. Seear,
clinical assistant professor and D.
Wensley, clinical assoc. prof. G.F. Strong
Auditorium at 9am. Call 875-2118.
Obstetrics/Gynaecology Grand
Grace — Children's Perinatal Mortality Review. Drs. Douglas Wilson and Margaret
Pendray. University Hospital, Shaughnessy
SiteD308at8am. Call 875-2171.
Sunday Concerts At MOA
Christmas Concert with
The University Chamber
Singers. Courtland
Hultberg, director. Free
with museum admission.
Museum of Anthropology
Great Hall at 2:30pm.. Call 822-5087.
UBC Speakers Bureau
Would your group like to know more about
topics ranging from Hawaiian History (with
slides) to Materials for the Future? More
than 300 topics to choose from. Call 822-
6167 (24-hr. answering machine).
Christmas Craft Show
BC craftspeople display locally made craft
items in the Student Union Building concourse. Mon.-Fri., Dec. 2-6, from 9am-
5pm except Thurs., from 11 am-7pm. Call
Graduate Student Centre
Live entertainment every Friday in the
Fireside Lounge from 8-11 pm. No cover.
Call 822-3203.
Carpool Matching
A service for faculty, staff
and students. Call Karen
Pope, Dean's Office, Applied Science at 822-3701
and find your area match.
Call For Former UBC Athletes
Athletics is updating its mailing list of
former athletic team players: originators/
contributors to programs in place today. If
you qualify or are knowledgeable in the
location of any other past player, call 822-
8921 after 4:30pm.
Fine Arts Gallery
Open Tues.-Fri. from 10am-5pm. Saturdays 12pm-5pm on. Free admission.
Main Library. Call 822-2759.
Health Sciences Bookshop
Open Saturday
The Bookshop is open
Mon.-Sat. from 9:30am-
5pm in the Medical Student/Alumni Centre at
Heather and 12th Ave. Call
Executive Programmes
One to two day business seminars. December 1-15 series includes: Grievance
Handling, $795; New Manager Guidelines,
$495; Legal Update, $350; Human Resources Information Systems, $825; Engineer as Manager, $895. For info call
Chemistry Seminar
Three day seminars: Dec. 10-12. Recent
Progress In The Defect Properties Of
Organic Crystals. Dr. Kenichi Kojima,
Physics, Yokohama City U., Yokohama,
Japan. Chem. 225, Centre Block, at
2:30pm. Call 822-3266.
Volunteers, ages 20-45 yrs. required for a
study of muscle soreness after exercise.
If you primarily walk as a form of exercise,
or are not exercising at present, call Donna
Maclntyre at Rehab Medicine, 822-7571.
High Blood Pressure Clinic
Volunteers (over 18 years) needed, treated
or not, to participate in clinical drug trials.
Call Dr. J. Wright or Mrs. Nancy Ruedy in
Medicine at 822-7134.
Seniors Hypertension Study
Volunteers aged 60-80 years with mild to
moderate hypertension, treated or not,
needed to participate in a high blood pressure study. Call Dr. Wright or Nancy
Ruedy in Medicine at 822-7134
Drug Research Study
iffi,ra«-i!'M«ii volunteers required for
?!»>! Genjta| Herpes Treatment
Study.   Sponsoring physi-
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7 !:■!« i: "    i! cian:   Dr. Stephen Sacks,
h£L»J Medicine/Infectious Diseases. Call 822-7565.
Heart/Lung Response Study
At rest and during exercise. Volunteers
age 45-75 years, all fitness levels, required. No maximal testing. Scheduled at
your convenience. Call Fiona Manning,
School of Rehab. Medicine, 822-7708.
Lung Disease Study
Subjects with emphysema or fibrosis
needed to investigate means of improving lung function without drugs. Call
Fiona Manning, School of Rehab Medicine, 822-7708.
Stress/Blood Pressure Study
Leam how your body responds to stress.
Call Dr. Wolfgang Linden in Psychology at
Memory/Aging Study
Participants between the ages of 35-45
years or 65 and over needed for study
examining qualitative changes in memory.
Kenny 1220. Call Paul Schmidt in Psychology at 822-2140.
Counselling Psychology Research Study.
Clerical Workers—Explore your stress
coping skills. Clerical/secretarial workers
needed to participate in a study on work
and stress which involves completion of
one questionnaire a month for three
months. Call Karen Flood at 822-9199.
Retirement Study
Women concerned about retirement planning needed for an 8-week Retirement
Preparation seminar. Call SaraComish in
Counselling Psychology at 931 -5052.
Personality Study
Volunteers aged 30+ needed to complete
a personality questionnaire. 2 visits, about
3 hours total. Participants receive a free
personality assessment and a $20 stipend. Call Janice in Dr. Livesley's office,
Psychiatry, Detwiller 2N2, 822-7895. UBCREPORTS November28.1991
December 1-
December 14
PMS Research Study
Volunteers needed for a study of an
investigational medication to treat PMS.
Call Doug Keller, Psychiatry, University
Hospital, Shaughnessy site at 822-7318.
Dermatology Acne Study
Volunteers between 14-35 years with
moderate facial acne needed for 4 visits
during a three month period. Honorarium
paid. Call Sherry at 874-8138.
Sun-Damaged Skin Study
j Participants needed between ages of 35-70 for 9
visits over 36 weeks. Not
to have retinoids for the
I past year. Honorarium
paid. Call Sherry in Dermatology at 874-8138.
Eczema Study
Volunteers 12 years of age or older needed
for 4 visits over a three week period.
Honorarium paid. Call Sherry in Dermatology at 874-8138.
Surplus Equipment Recycling
All surplus items. Every Wednesday, 12-
3pm. Task Force Bldg., 2352 Health
Sciences Mall. Call 822-2813.
Student Volunteers
Find an interesting and challenging volunteer job with Volunteer Connections, UBC
Placement Services, Brock 307. Call 822-
Narcotics Anonymous Meetings
Every Tuesday (including holidays) from
12:30-2pm, University Hospital, UBC Site,
Room M311 (through Lab Medicine from
Main Entrance). Call 873-1018 (24-hour
Help Line).
Fitness Appraisal
Administered by Physical
Education and Recreation
through the John M.
Buchanan Fitness and
Research Centre. Students $25, others $30. Call
Faculty/Staff Badminton Club
Fridays from 6:30-9:30pm in Gym Aof the
Robert Osborne Centre. Cost is $15 plus
library card. Call Bernard at 822-6809 or
Nitobe Garden
Open Mon.-Fri. from 10am-3pm; closed
week-ends. Free admission. Call 822-
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advertisements for
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issue is noon,
December 3.
For information,
phone 822-3131
To place an ad,
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The Calendar is becoming increasingly popular. Because of
space limitations, we are not able
to include every item submitted.
In order to be as fair as possible,
the number of items for each fac-
ulty/dept. is now limited to four
per issue.
Urban woes studied
Close to 70 per cent of the world's
population increase this decade will
be in urban areas. Already, Third
World cities are bursting.
By the year 2000, urban planners
predict 23 world cities will have
populations of more than 10 million,
with 17 of these megacities in developing countries.
Trends in global urbanization will
be among the topics discussed next
month at a workshop sponsored by
UBC's Centre for Human Settlements
Aprodicio Laquian, director ofthe
centre, said major international donor agencies plan to use the UBC
workshop to introduce their spending plans for the rest of the decade.
"They have written strategies as
to where they would like the money
to go," said Laquian. "This is a chance
for us and our network to find out
where the developments will be."
The World Bank, UN Development
Program, International Development
Research Centre and the Canadian International Development Agency are
scheduled to give submissions at the
Asian Centre Dec. 10-12.
Urban planning experts from Indonesia, China and Thailand, and faculty associates from UBC and other
universities, will also be on hand to
scrutinize the various strategies.
World Bank officials have talked
about spending $3.5 billion annually
on urban projects by 1993 and $5
billion by 1995. But Laquian says a
more strategic and programmed approach to financing is the key to
combatting the spiralling problems
of urban poverty.
The Centre for Human Settlements
was established in 1976 following
the UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat) in Vancouver.
CIDA launched a Centre of Excellence at the CHS in 1990 with a $6.2-
million grant over 5 years. It will
support human resource and institutional development in partnership
with universities in China, Thailand
and Indonesia.
Those requiring more information
on the December seminars can call
Nora Brandstadter at 822-8213.
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T-Bird grid star beats the odds
In the winter of 1986, Vince
Danielsen, a promising 15-year-old
athlete, had two things on his mind:
football and basketball.
Danielsen, a grade 10 student at
Vancouver College, had just celebrated a junior varsity football
championship and was looking forward to the coming basketball season.
But by the time Christmas arrived, Danielsen had only one thing
on his mind.
It was on a cold, grey December
day that Danielsen discovered a
lump in his throat. At first, it was
diagnosed as a virus, but the lump
persisted. A biopsy was eventually
performed and doctors discovered
Danielsen had non-hodgkins
lymphoma: a very rare form of
cancer that was moving swiftly
through his body.
They gave him a 50-50 chance of
That was five years ago. Today,
Danielsen is quarterback ofthe UBC
Thunderbirds, and a third-year
physical education student with a
warm smile and an easy-going manner that belies his brush with death.
"At the time of diagnosis, I was
like any other high-school athlete —
worried about getting through each
game, one play at a time," Danielsen
said, reflecting.  "Then, all of a sud
den, I was concerned about getting
through life, one chemotherapy session at a time."
Danielsen said he went through
four months of chemotherapy after
the growth was removed. He was
told that the first six months after
therapy would be the most critical in
determining the treatment's success.
Six months later, his body was cancer-free.
"I'm down to one checkup a year,"
he said. "I got a clean bill of health
following my most recent one, last
month. At this point, I don't think the
cancer will reappear."
Danielsen's bout with the disease
has left him with a new perspective
on life. He looks at himself as a
walking, breathing example of how
research dollars can help cure an often-fatal disease.
"I feel I have a responsibility to let
people know that research works,"
said Danielsen. "I try to do that by
working to raise funds for cancer
research, through public appearances
and appeals through the media.
"But I'm nobody special. Thousands of people have beaten cancer. I
just want to get the word out that
happy endings do exist."
On the football field, Danielsen
says there isn't a defensive lineman
alive who can take him down with the
same devastating effects that chemotherapy did. Nothing that he goes
through in a game can compare to
what he went through in the cancer
ward—not the pressure, not the pain.
"I've overcome a huge obstacle
and its helped build my confidence."
said Danielsen. "I worked hard to
beat cancer and I know I can work
just as hard to make myself a success
in football, both in practice and on
game day."
Danielsen leads the attack against the Manitoba Bisons in 1990
This was Danielsen's first full season as starting quarterback with the
Thunderbirds, a season filled with
the ups and downs that accompany a
team struggling to stay above the
.500 mark.
The ups came early in the campaign, when the club opened with two
straight wins. What followed were a
fistful of one-point losses, games
which Danielsen admits the
Thunderbirds could have won.
"Winning is everything," said
Danielsen, "But I know I can face
the pressure that comes with it."
"I've already beaten back the
biggest obstacle I'll probably ever
face in my life."
Forestry research day a first
Forestry related research at UBC
will be showcased on December 3
when the Faculty of Forestry hosts its
first forestry research day.
The public, along with government agencies, industry, and other
academic institutions, have been invited to learn more about campus-
wide forestry related research initiatives through a series of lectures and
poster presentations.
"The Faculty of Forestry research
day is our invitation to the community to come out and learn about the
responsible and responsive ways UBC
is dealing with the management of
our forests," said Forestry Dean Clark
"It's an exciting, new venture that
is being held in conjunction with the
Schaffer Lecture," he added.
The topic of this year's Schaffer
Lecture is Challenges in Canadian
Forestry Research, given by Peter
Morand, president ofthe Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Following the lecture, the public
is invited to attend three research
talks scheduled to be given by Professor Jack Saddler of the Department of Forest Harvesting and Wood
Science, Cindy Prescott of the Department of Forest Sciences and Assistant Professor Valerie LeMay of
the Department of Forest Resources
LeMay will discuss the research
she has done on determining how tree
shapes change over time.
"By changing such things as spacing, we can effectively change the
shape of a tree's stem, or bole," she
"If we want tall, straight trees for
telephone poles, how do we go about
growing trees that end up tall and
straight? We plan to find that out
through research projects like this
one, which is funded by the B.C.
Science Council."
LeMay said the open house will
give UBC researchers an opportunity
to exchange ideas with the larger
research community.
In addition to the Schaffer Lecture
and the three research talks, the public is invited to inspect more than 25
poster presentations representing examples of the forestry related research being done at UBC.
The poster displays will be staffed
by researchers, who will be available
to answer questions.
For more information, please call
co-ordinator Sue Watts at the Faculty
of Forestry, 822-6316.
Campus campaign building steam
UBC's Statistics Department is
proof positive that good things come
in small packages -— certainly when
it comes to UBC's campus campaign.
The latest figures show that members of the department have contributed $4,200 to the university's campus fund-raising campaign.
"I'm delighted with our department's participation in the campus
campaign," said Professor John
Petkau, department head.
Campus Campaign Chair Dennis
Pavlich echoed Petkau's sentiments.
"With less than a dozen full-time
regular faculty members in the Statistics Department, their contribution
reflects an excellent participation
rate," he said.
Petkau said the department's goal
is to raise a minimum of $35,000
overall to maintain its specific endowment fund.
"Our endowment fund is designed
to enhance the department's academic
programs at both the graduate and
undergraduate levels," he said. "Ideally, the fund might allow us to supplement the level of support available to some of our graduate students."
UBC's A World of Opportunity
campaign has raised $200 million to
date — $110 million from individual
and corporate donors, and $90 million in matching funds from the provincial government.
During the next year, the university is seeking $30 million more in
contributions from a wide range of
prospective donors, including the
campus community.
The president, vice-presidents,
associate vice-presidents and deans
have contributed just over $200,000
so far.
The 1991 annual solicitation has
resulted in pledges totalling approximately $80,000 from faculty and staff.
Prior to that, the university received a number of unsolicited gifts
from campus individuals.
"In addition to contributing to
projects not yet fully funded, employees may also contribute to
projects created by various campus
units," said Pavlich.
These initiatives include the Statistics Fund for Excellence within the
Faculty of Science, and the Library's
Collection Enrichment Fund, as well
as the Institute of Asian Research and
the seminar series for sustainable development research in the Faculty of
Graduate Studies.
"I'm pleased with the overall
progress of the campus campaign,"
said Pavlich. "After a slow start, the
departmental projects seem to be coming together nicely. I'm hopeful that
the participation rate will increase,"
he added.
"To date, we have received only
104 replies from faculty and staff, a
disappointing number," said Pavlich.
"Although, overall, our campus
campaign is in line with what has
happened at other Canadian universities, I'm convinced we can do as well,
or better."
Murray Isman
Profit in pine oil?
UBC researchers have discovered
that a pulp and paper byproduct has
properties that could lead to commercial use as a natural insecticide.
The research, led by Plant Science
Associate Professor Murray Isman
and Botany Professor Neil Towers,
could provide another marketable
product for the B.C. forest industry,
while serving as an alternative to
chemical pesticides.
Isman, Towers and post-doctoral
researchers Terry Jarvis and
Youngshou Xie are investigating the
properties of tall oil, a residue that
remains after lodgepole pine trees
are pulped. "Tall" is Swedish for pine.
Both Isman and Towers have dedicated much of their careers to the
search for natural sources of insecticides. This is the first time that either has
explored the potential of the lodgepole pine, one of the most common tree
species in B.C.'s central interior.
"We've both travelled to far corners ofthe globe, from deserts to tropical
forests, looking for natural sources. But here is something right under our
noses that could have great potential," said Isman.
Their research involved breaking down the oil into its constituent parts
and then determining which are its chemically-active components.
At first it was believed that tall oil pitch held promise as an anti-feedant,
a substance that inhibits insects from eating plants. But Isman and Tower's
research has shown that it is not the pitch, but the de-pitched oil, and
specifically the resin acids, that actually contain anti-feedant properties.
Research on campus was conducted using the variegated cutworm, a
caterpillar that is a pest for a wide variety of crops, including vegetables,
flowers, fruit tree and conifer seedlings.
The tests showed a pronounced anti-feedant effect. Cutworms shunned
food containing small amounts of the de-pitched oil. There was also
evidence of some toxicity, important for commercial applications.
In the forest industry, 86 per cent of a tree is used for lumber, 12 per cent
is pulped and the remaining two per cent is resinous material that must be
either refined and used in some way, stored, or disposed of by burning.
For Northwood Pulp and Timber Ltd. and B.C. Chemicals Ltd., the
companies that initiated the tall oil research, this could be a chance to make
a high-value product from what is now the under-utilized part of the tree.
"This is certainly a novel use for this material. B.C. Chemicals is looking
for value-added products for the forest industry," said company president
Hugh Norman. "We're excited by these developments."
Commercial application is still some time off, Isman said. A year from
now the researchers will have a better feel for the ultimate potential of the
tall oil extract.
Upcoming research will focus on the resin acids to discover the chemically-active ingredients within these compounds. As well, tests will be
conducted on a different insect species.
The research is funded by B.C. Chemicals, with matching grants from the
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and Forestry Canada,
for a total of $69,000 a year for two years. UBC REPORTS November 28,1991
Magrega appointed to Vocational Commission
Dennis Magrega, research co-ordinator in
UBC's Disability Resource Centre, has been
appointed one of two Canadian representatives to
the Vocational Commission of Rehabilitation International.
Rehabilitation International is a worldwide
federationof 120 organizations dedicated to promoting the prevention of
disability, the rehabilitation of disabled people
and the equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities.
Magrega's role on the commission will be
to represent Canadian interests in the development of international projects related to career
evaluations of persons with disabilities.
Dr. Alexander Boggie, professor emeritus
of Family Practice and former associate dean
of admissions for the Faculty of Medicine, has
been honored by the First Nations Health Care
Professions Program (FNHCPP).
Boggie, an advocate of Native health and
education, was the first chair of UBC s Health
Care Committee, formed in 1987, which was
responsible for the creation of the FNHCPP a
year later.
Originally launched as a three-year development project, the overall objectives of the
FNHCPP were to recruit First Nations students
into health care programs at UBC, and to increase
the number of Native people working in the
health professions.
Currently, there are 19 First Nations students
enrolled in the health sciences. Atthe initiation of
the program, no Native people were enrolled in
the Faculty of Medicine, and few were registered
in other health sciences faculties and schools.
Boggie was presented with a plaque and an
original Ojibway painting depicting a person
caught between two cultures at a luncheon held in
his honor Oct. 25.
Murray Isman, an associate professor of
Plant Science, recently received the Entomological Society of Canada's C. Gordon Hewitt Award
for outstanding achievement in Canadian entomology by an individual under the age of 40.
Isman was recognized for his research, which
focuses on the discovery and development of
natural insecticides, his teaching abilities and his
contribution to the scientific community. He is
the first UBC faculty member to win the award.
Isman also recently assumed the post of presi
dent of the Phytochemical Society of North
The society comprises botanists, chemists and
bio-chemists who are interested in the chemistry
of plants and its uses. The society has about 450
members in Canada, the United States and 15
other countries.
Civil Engineering Professor Peter Byrne is
the winner of the 1991
Editorial Board Award
for the best article published in The B.C. Professional Engineer during Bf f I.
the previous year.
Byrne won for his co-
authorship of the article
nical Consequences,"
published in the April, Byrne
1991 issue of the magazine.
Byrne specializes in seismic response and
liquefaction aspects of earthquake engineering
and has co-authored about 40 technical publications in this area. He was co-chairman of the
recent Task Force on Earthquake Design in the
Fraser Delta and has acted as a consultant to B .C.
Hydro and geotechnical consulting firms.
Byrne's co-author was professional engineer
Nigel Skermer.
Dr. A. Douglas Courtemanche has
been appointed president-elect ofthe Royal
College of Physicians and Surgeons of
Canada (RCPSC).
The college accredits Canadian
specialty training programs, judges the
acceptability of training taken outside
Canada and conducts the certifying examinations. It also assists its 26,000 members through continuing medical education.
Courtemanche joined UBC's Faculty
of Medicine in 1962. He was program
director of the Division of Plastic Surgery
from 1972 to 1988, and became head ofthe
division in 1977.
He has served as associate dean of
postgraduate education for the past three
He is a former president of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons and was
elected a fellow ofthe American Association of Plastic Surgeons in 1986.
Courtemanche has been involved with
the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for the past two decades, and has served as both chair and
member of numerous college committees. His two-year term begins in September, 1992.
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New parking spaces, transit
routes and carpooling to
ease campus car crunch
Juggling demands for parking at
UBC, while encouraging carpooling
and the use of public transit, is proving to be quite a challenge, says John
Smithman, director of Parking and
Security Services (PASS).
The university lost 1,200 surface
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day, Smithman said, so this affects
3,000 motorists.
However, construction of the new
west parkade, the fourth on campus,
will begin next month if it receives
the green light from the Board of
Governors at its Nov. 27 meeting.
Completion is expected in about a
To help pay for the new parkade,
which will cost $10 million to construct, monthly parking fees for faculty and staff were increased to $14
on Sept. 1.
Smithman said this has resulted in
some complaints, but added that
UBC's rates are lower than many
other Canadian universities. Parking
rates at the University of Toronto —
nearly $700 per year for unreserved
space, $1,200 for reserved — are
prominently displayed at PASS wickets to give UBC commuters "a sense
of perspective," he said.
If commuters had to cover the full
cost of parkade operations, they would
pay $ 1,000 in fees each year, instead
of the current $168, to help service
the debt, Smithman said. Each parking space in a parkade costs $10,000
to construct.
Smithman also said that Campus
Planning and Development has hired
a consultant, Carolynn Hatten, to see
that parking plans are well integrated
with the campus master plan.
As parking spaces are further reduced, planning will ensure that no
group will be hit harder than any
other, whether they are faculty, staff
or students, he said.
"We care about parkers, or we
wouldn't have a plan."
PASS is continuing discussions
with B.C. Transit to see how bus
service to campus can be improved.
Next year, a new east route along
16th Avenue will be added and service on the 41st Avenue route will be
doubled to every 10 minutes during
peak hours.
Earlier this month, PASS and B.C.
Transit conducted a traffic and transit
survey, counting the number of cars
and car passengers coming onto the
UBC campus every day, as well as
the number of transit riders. The information will be used in future planning.
PASS also provides two carpool
lots for registered drivers, one between Gage Towers and the Curtis
building and the other in the Health
Sciences area.
Smithman added that the new
PASScard system encourages informal carpooling, because the permit is
transferable between vehicles, unlike the old decal system. Also, PASS
has joined a carpooling program,
Rideshare, sponsored by the provincial Ministry of Energy, Mines and
Petroleum Resources.
Operating bugs in the new
PASScard system have been traced
to faulty software and are being corrected, he said.
Smithman also said $100,000 in
parking fines collected each year is
used to build an endowment fund for
students needing help to pay academic fees. The goal is to create a $ 1 -
million fund by 1999.
"We don't enjoy collecting fines,"
Smithman said. "We try to get voluntary compliance with campus parking regulations first." 8    UBCREPORTS November28.1991
B.C. history gives
residents a sense of
place, perspective
In 1857, the year before British
Columbia became a crown colony,
Fort Langley was the primary link
between Natives and Europeans along
the lower Fraser River.
The 30-year-old Hudson's Bay
outpost had a mixed population of
about 200 Scots, Brits, French Canadians, a handful of Hawaiians and
Native peoples.
It was through the fort that Natives were introduced to trade goods
such as firearms and blankets, and to
farming, learning to grow potatoes
and raise chickens. Seasonal work
was available to Native women in the
fort's salmon salteries, while Native
men worked in the surrounding fields
or as boatmen on the Fraser River.
Yet despite these influences, Fort
Langley residents were resigned to
being an island of Europeans in a sea
of Natives.
All that changed with the Gold
Rush of 1858.
"The worlds that ran into each
other then could hardly have been
more different," said Professor Cole
Harris. "It was a huge collision of
values and ways of life."
This dramatic clash of colonial
power and Native culture is at the
heart of research Harris is conducting
with fellow UBC historical geographer Robert Galois.
Harris and Galois have taken up
the daunting task of writing a synthesis of B.C.'s changing human geography during the 19th century.
Past research on the roots of early
B.C. has been divided among a
number of academic disciplines.
Harris, who edited Volume I of the
Historical Atlas of Canada, hopes to
pull some of these different strands
together and present them in a more
integrated, regional framework.
"There are some basic things that
haven't been done such as figuring
out where people lived and putting
this information on a map," he said.
"They can be central to getting the
whole picture."
Fueled by a grant from the Social
Sciences and Humanities Research
Council, the two geographers set out
in 1988 to write a book describing the
province's development, from Simon
Fraser's arrival in 1808 to the time of
the first Dominion census in 1881.
The project has since expanded into
three separate books: one dealing with
settlement patterns along the Fraser
River, another with settlements on
the Skeena River and a third with
Vancouver Island.
"British Columbians don't seem
to know where they are in the world,
what it means to live here and where
this place has come from," said Harris.
"The condition of living with other
people from radically different backgrounds has been a way of life in this
province from the beginning."
Harris and Galois have been piecing their provincial retrospective together by combing through reams of
resource materials including archaeological records, Hudson's Bay Company files, CPR surveys, and journals
of early traders and missionaries.
They have also transferred government records ofthe time onto 100
microfilm reels. They show how land
was apportioned lot-by-lot, as well as
demographic characteristics of particular sectors of the population.
"We can now determine the
demographics of Chinese railway
workers in the Fraser Canyon and the
makeup of the early ranching society
in the Nicola Valley," said Harris.
But it is the underlying Native
The campus United Way campaign has collected nearly
$250,000. With your support we will reach our goal of
$280,000. For more information, or to make a pledge, call
Eilis Courtney at 822-6192.
Fort Langley in 1859 — a European island in a Native sea.
presence, together with the European
influx, that intrigues Harris.
Essentially, he argues. Native ways
dominated life along the Fraser River
until 1858 and then were quickly
marginalized. The miners who poured
into the new colony contributed to
this, but the more decisive influence
was a new regime of land ownership
backed by laws, courts, jails and, if
necessary, gunboats.
Natives protested, but they were
not heard. By the time of the Indian
Reserve Commission of 1878, the
agricultural lands of the lower Fraser
Valley had been allocated to whites.
By then, Harris writes, "moving
seasonally as they could through land
they no longer controlled, Natives
were everywhere and nowhere."
In the summer of 1989, Harris and
Galois presented a photographic exhi
bition in Lillooet, Lytton and Hope
showing early patterns of Native settlement and the impact of the Gold Rush.
At the rate they are uncovering
new information, a second exhibition
may be warranted.
Said Harris: "The university must
try to connect its scholarship to the
communities that support it. Our research will give people a richer understanding of the province."
Nurses earn long distance degrees
As a full-time working mother
of two small children, Roxanna
McCrone wanted to upgrade her
nursing skills but couldn't afford
to quit her job at Lionsgate Hospital, hire a baby-sitter and return to
But McCrone was able to get a
quality education that met her learning needs and her lifestyle, thanks
to UBC's School of Nursing
Outreach Program.
At today's Congregation ceremonies, after four years of part-
time study at home, McCrone will
be one of eight other students who
are the first to receive a Bachelor
of Science degree in Nursing
(BSN), earned through distance
McCrone said she appreciated
the flexibility of the program most
of all.
"The way the program is designed respects the fact that this
wasn't my whole life. It allowed
me to continue working and raise
my family."
Cheryl Entwistle, director ofthe
outreach program, said that some
nurses in B.C. are finding it difficult to pursue education through
traditional college and university
"They are scattered throughout
the province in many fields of practice, and increased accessibility to
nursing education is essential," she
Established in 1919. UBC's
School of Nursing is the oldest and
one of the largest in Canada. BSN
degree completion by distance education began in 1988, joining scores
of other distance education courses
and programs UBC has offered
since 1949.
The Nursing Outreach Program
uses print materials and technol
ogy to assist students with course
completion. In addition, a course tutor, contacted through a toll-free
number, is available to clarify course
expectations, deal with concerns and
sufficient to meet today's demands.
Through the commendable efforts
of the provincial nursing associu-
tion, provincial government, individual nurses and nurse educators,
"The opportunity to increase
knowledge and skills through
distance education has become a
reality in nursing."
questions, and evaluate students' performance. A clinical facilitator is assigned to arrange clinical placements
and make clinical visits.
"Nurses work in a complex, rapidly changing world," Entwistle said.
"Yesterday's preparation, though
adequate at that time, may not be
the opportunity to increase knowledge and skills through distance
education has become a reality in
For more information about
UBC's BSN degree completion by
distance education, please call 822-
Grads win GREAT
Fifty-eight UBC graduate students in science and engineering have
won 1991 Science Council of British Columbia GREAT Industrial
Scholarships, worth a total of $814,891.
The GREAT (Graduate Research Engineering and Technology) scholarships are worth up to $16,000, depending on the value of other
scholarships a student has secured.
GREAT scholarships are designated to encourage collaboration among
B.C. universities and off-campus companies and agencies that are performing industrial research and development.
In co-operation with the collaborating organization and supervising
professors, GREAT students are expected to select a thesis topic relevant
to the collaborating organization. Students are also expected to spend
about one-third of their research time at the organization's facilities.
UBC's GREAT Scholarship winners include 22 students in master's
programs and 36 in PhD programs. The largest number, 19, are enrolled
in engineering. As well, 14 are in forestry, 12 in biology, six in agriculture,
four in physics, two in geology and one in chemistry.
Since the program was established by the Science Council in the late
1970s, over 300 students have received more than $7 million in GREAT
scholarship support.


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