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 VOLUME  46  I  NUMBER  IO  |  JUNE  15,  2000
An innovative program H
aims to attract new talent THE   UNIVERSITY   OF   BRITISH   COLUMBIA      .  ■
3 Summer solutions
Students are eager for
research experience
Funds build new
research lab space
Expansion of facilities
responds to growing
demand for leading
biotechnology research
two research centres on campus have received more than $13
million in funding from the B.C.
Knowledge Development Fund.
A $io.i-million contribution will
help fund a 7,400-square-metre research facility for the Biotechnology Laboratory. More than $3.4 million in knowledge development
support goes to the Brain Research
"This provincial contribution is
an endorsement ofthe world-class
research taking place at ubc," says
ubc President Martha Piper. "It allows us to build our research partnerships, attract top scientists,
move toward important innovations and pass on new knowledge
to our students."
Strengthening ubc's research
infrastructure to support the academic plan is a key part of Trek
2000, the university's vision statement.
ubc's Biotechnology Laboratory was established in 1987 by
founding director and Nobel laureate Michael Smith, for whom
the new building will be named.
The Michael Smith Building will
be constructed adjacent to the
Earth and Ocean Sciences Annex
at the south end ofthe ubc Bookstore.
"This expansion is vitally needed because ofthe explosion in biotechnology research that's going
on right now," says Doug Kilburn,
director ofthe Biotechnology Laboratory. "And it couldn't be more
fitting that our new building will
be named for the man who
brought so many of our top young
scientists on board."
The Biotechnology Laboratory
is the ubc component ofthe Centre for Integrated Genomics (cig),
a collaborative venture of ubc and
the bc Cancer Agency (bcca).
Construction of the new lab is
phase one of cig development.
Other facilities of the multi-site
centre are the Genome Sequence
Centre and the proposed new Cancer Research Centre at the bcca,
recently submitted to the Canada
Foundation for Innovation (cfi)
for funding consideration.
When completed, the cig will
comprise almost 30,000 square
metres of new laboratory facilities
that will accommodate close to
1,000 researchers, including clinical researchers at the bcca.
cfi has contributed $9.35 million to the Biotechnology Laboratory component of cig. Almost $8
million has been provided by the
university thanks to a donation
made in 1998 by alumnus Stewart
Blusson. The building's total cost
is more than $27 million.
A joint project of ubc and Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre (vhhsc), the Brain
Research Centre is directed by
Ophthalmology Prof. Max Cynader. It will use its funding to renovate two floors of the Koerner Pavilion at the ubc Hospital.
"We are at a critical moment in
our understanding of the brain,"
says Cynader. "By concentrating
our neuroscience expertise we
can accelerate advances and
translate them quickly into new
Research in the 5,700-square-
metre facility will focus on the
development of new diagnostics
and therapeutics for vision diseases and for brain diseases such
as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia,
multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. Other investigations will look at how the brain
learns and the effects of aging on
the brain.
Additional support from cfi
matching funds, ubc and vhhsc
and private donations will fund
the centre's total cost of $33 million.
See Facility to honour
leading scientist, page 2
hat trick  Exchanging the traditional mortarboard for headgear made famous by Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat,
Commerce and Business Administration graduate Irfhan Rawji reminds his classmates ofthe value of humour as he
gives his valedictory address. More than 450 students graduated from the faculty during a Congregation week that saw
some 5,600 graduates cross the stage at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. John Chongphoto
UBC to host top Pacific
Rim university presidents
Agenda to focus on science,
technology, research, and
educatingfuture leaders
research universities in the Pacific
Rim will gather at the University of
British Columbia June 23-25 to accelerate a global research agenda
designed to help inform government policy.
"Global Science and Technology
in the 21st Century" is the focus of
the fourth meeting ofthe Association of Pacific Rim Universities
The association was created in
1997 to more effectively influence
economic, scientific and cultural
policy in order to contribute to the
development of an integrated Pacific
Rim community. It comprises 34
leading research universities in the
United States, China, Japan, Australia and other Pacific Rim countries.
"This is an historic opportunity for major universities to have a
collective impact far beyond
what they could achieve individually," says ubc President Martha
Piper. "Through collaboration
among the apru research institutions we will further progress on
global issues including the education of the next generation of
world leaders."
The apru meeting will include a
high-level joint session between
the leaders of these top research
institutions and the Canadian
See Pacific Rim page 2
Youth explore science careers in program
University researchers give high school students an
opportunity to experience investigations firsthand
by Hilary Thomson staff writer
seven grade 11 Kitsilano Secondary School (kss) science students
will be firing up the bunsen burners this summer as they get to
work in ubc research labs as part
of a science and technology career
orientation program.
"The program provides students
with a unique hands-on experi
ence in a working research lab,"
says Helen Burt, professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences who is co-ordinating the supervised placement
of students at campus labs.
"They'll get to see what interdisciplinary collaborative investigations look like."
The students will be on campus
in the first three weeks of July. Six
students will work in Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences labs and
one will assist Assoc. Prof. David
Kitts in the Faculty of Agricultural
Students will be part of research
teams that include senior and
post-doctoral researchers, graduate and undergraduate students.
They will participate in the same
lab safety and other information
sessions provided to the ubc undergraduate researchers who are
part of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences' Summer Student
Research Program.
After volunteering for the high
school elective course called Career Preparation and Planning,
students must complete a practical placement of 100 hours in addition to their course work.
kss career preparation co-ordinator, Liz Neil, has run the program for some time but had no science placements until last summer when Burt suggested stints in
ubc labs.
"Students get insight into lab
tasks and access to resources," says
See Youth, page 2 2     |     UBC    REPORTS     |     JUNE     15,    2000
Prof. Keith McErlane and Assoc.
Prof. Kish Wasan.
Continued from page 1
Al Slapsys, the kss teacher who organizes   science   student  placements. "There's no better preparation for their career planning."
Burt, who is the Angiotech Professor of Drug Delivery, has been involved in bringing students from
Lower Mainland schools to campus
for several years. She will have two
of the students in her own lab,
learning how to manufacture drug
delivery products such as films and
pastes. Students will also analyse
drugs in samples of product using
sophisticated lab equipment.
Other students will work in the
Pharmaceutical Sciences labs of
senior instructor Simon  Albon,
Facility to honour
Pacific Rim leading scientist
Continued from page 1
Prime Minister's Advisory Council
on Science and Technology on
June 24.
This session will allow Canada's
senior science policy advisers to
interact with the Pacific Rim university presidents in an open exchange of views on science and
technology and human resource
development issues at the national and regional policy level.
Dr. Steven Sample, president of
the University of Southern California, is the conference chair.
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Invitation to Faculty
Breakfast X President
UBC Faculty members are invited for an opportunity to
have breakfast and a general discussion with President
Martha Piper on Wednesday, June 28, 2000 from
7:30 - 9 a.m.
Interested persons should contact the Ceremonies Office
(bye-mail to mpicher@exchange.ubc.caorbyphone822-
0949) and leave their name, department, position/title,
contact phone number and e-mail address.
Twenty-six names will be randomly drawn on Wednesday,
June 21st at 5 p.m. Only those selected will be
contacted. Names which have not been
selected will be re-entered for selection at
subsequent breakfasts. Please note that
participation is limited to one breakfast event
per person.
Prof. Emeritus Michael Smith will
be honoured with a new research
facility on campus that will bear
his name.
The Michael Smith Building will
house ubc's Biotechnology Laboratory.
"We are delighted to recognize
Michael's extraordinary achievements and contribution to this university and the scientific community as a whole," says ubc President
Martha Piper. "His vision for the Biotechnology Lab has brought together a remarkable group of
award-winning young scientists
who are making contributions in
many disciplines."
Smith won the Nobel Prize for
Chemistry in 1993 for his work in
reprogramming segments of dna,
the genetic building blocks that he
has been studying for 40 years.
Awarded the Order of Canada for
his contributions to science, Smith
is the founding director of the bc
Cancer Agency's Genome Sequence
Centre in Vancouver, the first genome sequence centre in Canada to
be directly linked to a cancer treatment and research organization.
"I am honoured by this decision,
especially since I really believe that
I was doing the job I was paid to
do," says Smith. "As founding director, I am enormously happy to see
the faculty, post-doc students, and
scientists getting the facility they
desperately need and have earned."
The Biotechnology Laboratory
provides research space for 17 full-
time and associate faculty members and almost 100 post-doctoral
fellows, research associates and
graduate students. Its scientists
have been recognized with numerous prestigious awards for research.
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Students snap up research
experience in pharmacy
Undergraduates get grounding from faculty and industry
a-maze-inc  ubc may seem like a bewildering maze to campus visitors, but
thanks to fourth-year students and tour guides Kristina Osborne and Kevin
Neilson, groups and individuals can get better acquainted with the university.
The two offer free walking tours, which take about 1-1/2 hours, Monday to
Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Aug. 25. Tours can be tailored to
specific needs or interests. The guided walks, which are also open to staff
and faculty, are very popular so it's advisable to call ahead to (604) 822-TOUR
or drop by the office in the Student Union Building main concourse to make
arrangements. The tours are a service ofthe Ceremonies Office. Hilary
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by Hilary Thomson staff writer
what happens when you invite
undergraduates to participate in
An explosion of enthusiastic interest, as the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences has discovered
with its Summer Student Research
Program (ssrp).
Only a handful of positions were
offered when the program started
in 1989 with the aim of familiarizing students with the variety of careers available to them.
The program got a boost in 1997
when it was formalized under the
direction of Assoc. Prof. Kish Wasan and offered 11 positions.
This year 50 students are in the
program, a full 10 per cent of all eligible students. More than 85 students applied for positions, including students from outside the faculty eager for interdisciplinary experience.
"We've had an amazing response
and it's the quality of the students
that accounts for it," says Wasan.
UBC lures top U.S.
computer scientist
Professor aims to attract
great young minds'
by Andy Poon staff writer
a leading u.s. software researcher has been recruited to ubc
to work in a breakthrough area of
programming languages and software engineering thanks to a newly created $i.75-million research
Prof. Gregor Kiczales has been
named to the Chair in Software
Design in the Computer Science
Dept. The chair will be funded over
the next five years by the Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research Council (nserc), Xerox
Canada Ltd. and Vancouver-based
Sierra Systems.
"We can score one brain gain for
Canada with this announcement,"
says Indira Samarasekera, ubc's
vice-president, Research. "Our
long-term prosperity depends on
our ability to develop the information technology component of our
national economy. Partnerships
between academic institutions
and the private sector will be key
to our success, and the support of
our sponsors has made this chair
An outstanding student at the
Prof. Gregor Kiczales
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kiczales was recruited by
mit to work as a staff researcher
before he finished his computer
science degree about 20 years ago.
From there he held a number of research positions in the Boston area
before going on to spend 15 years at
the renowned Xerox Palo Alto Research Centre where he was principal scientist.
"I had always wanted to go back
to university and this was an opportunity to do it," says Kiczales.
Kiczales, 39, was an early pioneer of object-oriented programming which allows software to be
designed in separate components
and then later assembled into a
single program.
But there are limitations to this
as programmers can find the later
stages of assembling the components difficult. Kiczales has solved
this with a new aspect-oriented
software programming language.
"ubc is an excellent place to
pursue this research," says Kiczales. "We're going to do great work
and attract great young minds in
the process."
A new Software Practices Lab
will be created to develop practical
techniques to make real-world
software development easier and
more productive. And as part of
the chair, four or five research associate positions for graduate students will be created.
Kiczales says he's excited about
being part of "a strong department
with some really first-rate people,"
having collaborated for a number
of years with ubc computer scientist Gail Murphy.
In addition to his research and
teaching duties at the university,
Kiczales will continue to lead the
team that developed aspect-oriented programming at Xerox.
"They're getting hooked on research and they're being sought after for repeat placements."
The faculty is making an increased commitment to keep pace
with the program's popularity, he
Undergraduate students in their
first, second and third years are
matched to faculty researchers and
companies such as Vancouver biotech company Forbes Medi-Tech,
Montreal pharmaceutical manufacturer Merck Frosst Canada Inc.,
North Vancouver's Stanley Pharmaceuticals and British Columbia's
Children's Hospital.
Students are given orientation
that includes sessions on lab safety and seminars by faculty researchers. Projects range from
community pharmacy education
to basic science investigations.
Second-year student James Rosso is working in Dean Frank Abbott's lab to create chemical variants of a drug used to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder.
"I wanted to evaluate where to
go next in my career—research in
academia or industry or a career in
public pharmacy," says Rosso, who
also has an undergraduate degree
in Chemistry and had completed a
year in an analytical laboratory before enrolling in pharmacy.
It is likely the new compounds,
aimed to be more effective with
fewer side effects, will be ready for
testing by the end ofthe summer.
Elisa-Marie Babor, a third-year
student, works in the lab of Prof.
Kathleen MacLeod who specializes in cardiovascular pharmacology. She is helping to investigate
how vascular systems react to various chemicals. The results may be
useful in research that looks at cardiovascular disease in diabetes.
Students Rosso (left) and Babor
Babor's primary goal in participating in the ssrp was to get a better idea of career opportunities.
"The most challenging part of
this program for me is immersing
myself in the newness of the environment," says Babor. "I'm gradually getting more confident in the lab
The ssrp can be a gateway to industrial residencies, says Wasan.
Also, many alumni of the summer program pursue academic careers which may help the faculty
address its imminent need for professors. About one-third of the
Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty
will retire by 2004, a reflection of
the university's overall human resources needs.
Wasan wants to secure an endowment for the program which
has received funding from a variety of sources, including the Medical Research Council of Canada
and federal and provincial government student placement programs. He would also like to integrate undergraduate research into
the curriculum so that all students
get research experience.
Campus to buzz
with events for all
Options range from
Shakespeare to the Web
from summer camps to seniors'
courses, the Internet to Bard on
the Beach, a new campus-wide
roster is designed to help everyone
make the most of summer.
"ubc is a lively, exciting and
beautiful summer destination, but
this year a campus-wide initiative
has been designed to promote a
full range of activities that serve
the entire community," says Mary
Holmes, director of marketing
services for Continuing Studies.
Called Summer 2000: Destination ubc, the lineup includes educational, cultural and recreational
activities for children, teens, parents, seniors and tourists.
Intensive weeklong courses on
Internet design are just one ofthe
new options. Programs for parents
coincide with the wealth of sports,
science and music camps for children and teens. Discussion groups
have been created to augment performances at the Chamber Music
Festival, Bard on the Beach, as well
as Festival Vancouver.
A film festival and lectures by
well-known authors have been
added to such favourites as the
Third Age Spring Lecture Series
for people over the age of 55, now
in its 26th year.
Call (604) 822-1444 or visit
www. cstudies. ubc.ca/
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Peter Wall Institute For
Advanced Studies Workshop
Mediating Cultures: The Foundational Role OfThe Ramayana In South
And Southeast Asian Societies. Various speakers. University Centre 307
from i2:30-2pm. Continues tojune 23.
Web site: http://tiger.iar.ubc.ca/
ramayana or to register call 822-6463.
Chalmers Institute Seminar
Korean Pastors' Seminar. Rev. Sang
Nam Lee; Rev. Young Sun Park, vst at
2pm. Continues tojune 21 from 9am-
4pm. 'lb register e-mail: ci@vst.edu;
call 822-9815.
Biochemistry And
Molecular Biology Seminar
Studies Of Geome-wide Gene Expression Using DNA Microarrays. David
Botstein, Stanford University. irc#4
at 3:30pm. Refreshments at 2:45pm.
Call 822-2526; 822-5988.
Chalmers Institute Seminar
Walking In Jewish, Christian And
Muslim Shoes: Roots OfThe Semitic
Tradition. Rev. Harold Rosen, vst at
7pm. Continues tojune 30 from
8:30am-3pm. To register e-mail:
ci@vst.edu; call Mary Elliott 822-9432;
Commerce Management
Development E-Business Forum
Accelerating Your Business With
E-Business: Buy-Side, Sell-Side And
Inside, tba. Waterfront Center Hotel,
900 Canada Place from 7:3oam-5pm.
$295. Call 822-8455.
CUPE 2950 Membership Meeting
What Money Will I Really Leave With
When I Leave ubc? The Pros And
Cons Of Contributing To The ubc
Chalmers Institute Seminar
A Theology Of Prayer: Discovering
Intimacy With God. Jane E. Vennard.
vst Epiphany Chapel at 7:30pm. To
register e-mail: ci@vst.edu; call
CUPE 2950 Lunch And
Learn Empowerment Series
Assertive Communication, tba. Angus 225 from i-2pm. Pre-registration
required. Call 822-1494.
UBC Aquatic Centre
Mel Zajacjr. Invitational Swim Meet
Aquatic Centre from 7:3oam-iopm.
Indoor pool closed. Limited use of
outdoor pool. Weightroom, sauna and
steamroom open. Call 822-4521.
JUNE     l8    THROUGH    JULY     I 5
MOA Music And
Dance Performance
A Celebration OfThe Epic Ramayana.
Various artists, moa from 7:30-9pm.
Continues tojune 22. June 20 free;
June 21-22 $7 adult; $5 student. Call
822-5087; 822-5978.
Chalmers Institute Seminar
Vancouver Korean Worship. Vancouver Korean Presbyterian Church, 205
W. 10th Ave. E-mail: ci@vst.edu; call
Bobby Miller Memorial Lecture
Bronchiolitis—A Pathologist's Perspective. Dr. Richard S. Fraser, acting
chairman, Dept. of Pathology, vgh,
Eye Care Centre Aud. at 4:30pm. Refreshments following. Call 822-8035.
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Morbidity And Mortality Measurements in Victoria, Australia. Michael
Ackland. Mather 253 from 9-ioam.
Paid parking available in Lot B. Call
Morris And Helen Belkin
Art Gallery Exhibition
Quartet For The Year 4698 Or 5760:
Improvisation For Four Film Projectors. Laiwan; Lori Freedman, musician. Belkin Art Gallery from
ioam-5pm. Sat.-Sun. from i2noon-
5pm. Daily live performance from
i2:30-i:3opm. Continues tojune 30.
Call 822-2759.
Peter Wall Institute For
Advanced Studies Workshop
Multicultural Sites/Sights: Vancouver
and Sydney, Australia. Various speakers. University Centre 307. Continues
tojune 28. E-mail: pwei@geog.ubc.ca;
call 822-3268.
Pension Plan. Jay Parker, ubc Pension
Plan. irc#2 from i2:30-2:3opm. Call
Vancouver Sakya
Tibetan Buddhist Society
Spiritual And Political Teachings Of
Sakya Lineage. Lam Dre Lob Shey.
Asian Centre from i-2pm. Continues
to July 28. Call 244-8439.
Canada Day Public Swim
ubc Aquatic Centre from i-5pm and
6-iopm. $3.75 Adult; $2.75 Youth/
Student; $2 Child/Senior. Call
Chalmers Institute Seminar
Foundations In Christian Spirituality
I.John March, vst from 8:30-io:3oam;
i:30-3:3opm. Continues to July 7. $320;
$288 group; $160 seniors. To register
e-mail: ci@vst.edu; call 822-9815.
Chalmers Institute Seminar
The Ministry Of Spiritual Direction.
Jane E. Vennard. vst from 8:30-
10:30am; i:30-3:30pm. Continues to
July 7. $320; $288 group; $160 seniors.
To register e-mail: ci@vst.edu; call
Chalmers Institute Seminar
Spirituality Of Children And Youth:
Nurturing The Emmanuel Spirit Of
The Young. Daniel Scott, vst from
1:30-3:30 pm. Continues to July 7.
$242; $218 group; $121 seniors. To register e-mail: ci@vst.edu; call 822-9815.
Chalmers Institute Seminar
Discipleship In John's Gospel. Wes
Howard-Brook, vst from i:30-3:3opm.
Continues to July 7. $242; $218 group;
$121 seniors. To register e-mail:
ci@vst.edu; call 822-9815.
UBC Continuing Studies
In Cuernavaca, Mexico
Learn The Language And Culture of
Mexico And Latin America. Home-
stay with a Mexican family. Continues
to July 21. $2,750 includes airfare. Call
Continuing Studies at 822-1444.
Chalmers Institute Seminar
Unveiling Empire: Recovering the
Book Of Revelation Amidst A Global
Ecomony. Wes Howard-Brook, vst
Epiphany Chapel at 7:30pm. To register e-mail: ci@vst.edu; call 822-9815.
UBC Continuing Studies
In Umbria, Italy
Learn The Language And Culture of
Italy. Homestay with an Italian family.
Continues to July 23. $2,560 airfare
not included. Call Continuing Studies
at 822-1444.
Chalmers Institute Seminar
Wisdom Christianity: Recovering The
Mystery. Bruno Barnhart. vst from
8:30-io:30am; i:30-3:30pm. Continues
to July 14. $320; $288 group; $160 seniors. To register e-mail: ci@vst.edu;
call 822-9815.
Chalmers Institute Seminar
John: The Jewish Gospel. Daniel Bo-
yarin. vst from 8:30-io:3oam. Continues to July 14. $242; $218 group; $121
seniors. To register e-mail: ci@vst.edu;
call 822-9815.
Chalmers Institute Seminar
Much Nearer The Truth: The Quest
For Respect For Judaism Within Post-
Holocaust Christianity. Gary Gaudin.
vst from i:30-3:3opm. Continues to
July 14. $242; $218 group; $121 seniors.
To register e-mail: ci@vst.edu; call
Chalmers Institute Seminar
Christians At Play: Using Drama In
Ministry. John and Marion McTavish.
vst Epiphany Chapel from 7-gpm.
$200; $100 group and seniors. To register e-mail: ci@vst.edu; call 822-9815.
Chalmers Institute Seminar
East And West Today: The Perennial
Philosophy And The Gospel. Bruno
Barnhart. vst Epiphany Chapel at
7:30pm. To register e-mail:
ci@vst.edu; call 822-9815.
Chalmers Institute Seminar
Jewish Theology In The Gospel Of
John. Daniel Boyarin. vst Epiphany
Chapel at 7:30pm. To register e-mail:
ci@vst.edu; call 822-9815.
Morris And Helen Belkin
Art Gallery Art Exhibition
Contemporary Art Exhibition -
Painting From The Collection: Recent
Acquisitions. Belkin Art Gallery from
ioam-5pm. Sat.-Sun. from i2noon-
5pm. Continues to Sept. 3. Call
Morris And Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Art Exhibition
Contemporary Art Exhibition - The
Wilfred And Sheila Watson Collection. Belkin Art Gallery from 10am-
5pm. Sat.-Sun. from i2noon-5pm.
Continues to Oct. 8. Call 822-2759.
UBC Bird walks
Anyone who is interested can meet at
the flagpole on Thursdays at 12:30pm.
Bring books and binoculars if you
have them. E-mail: abbott@mail.
cstudies.ubc.ca or call 822-9149.
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ubc Food Services summer hours
continue to Aug. 28. Visit www.
foodserv.ubc.ca or call 822-3663
UBC Campus Tours
Summer walking tours ofthe campus
will be operating from Monday to
Friday from 8:30am-4:3opm. For large
groups or special request tours, you
may also book ahead by calling between 8:3oam-4:3opm 822-8687 (ubc-
Cognition And Emotion Study
Seeking participants to explore the
cognitive effects of emotion. Earn $5
by completing a questionnaire. Some
participants will be invited to earn
$25 more in two 60-90 minute sessions. Call 822-2022.
Gardens' Hours Of Operation
The Nitobe Memorial Garden, ubc
Botanical Garden, and the Shop in the
Garden are open to October 2000
from ioam-6pm daily (including
weekends). Inquiries for the gardens
should call 822-9666 and for the Shop
in the Garden 822-4529.
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 iiam-2pm.
Tapas will be served on the patio to
Oct. 15 from the hours of 3:30-8pm.
Our luncheon menu changes weekly
and features a wide selection of wines
by the quarter litre and glass. For reservations please call 822-1500.
Research Study
Volunteer subjects needed for study
on aging and speech understanding.
Must be native English speakers 18-30
or 60-80 years old with good hearing
in both ears. Involves one two-hour
session on ubc campus. $15 honorarium. Contact Wendy Lam e-mail:
wendylam@audiospeech.ubc.ca or
call 263-0677.
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. The
general goal of this work is to develop
effective methods of coping with Parkinson's. If you are a healthy person of
the age 50 years or older, we are also
in need of several people to participate in this study as part of a non-
Parkinson's comparison group. If you
would like to participate or require
more information, please contact
Todd Woodward, Psychology
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
Museum Of
Anthropology Exhibition
The Art of Norval Morrisseau. Continues to Sept. 30. Attributed To
Edenshaw: Identifying The Hand Of
The Artist. Continues to July 31. Three
Case Studies Northwest Coast Art.
Continues to Sept. 10. Raven's Reprise:
Contemporary Works by First Nations Artists. Continues to Jan. 31
2001. Conversations: The Tecson Philippine Collection. Continues to Feb.
2001. Web site: www.moa.ubc.ca or
call 822-5087 or 822-5950.
Child Behaviour Research
How do parents see challenging child
behaviours? We are asking parents of
seven- to 14-year-olds to tell us by
completing an anonymous, 30-
minute questionnaire. You can receive the results. Please call Assoc.
Prof. Johnston's lab, 822-9037.
Traumatic Stress Clinic
Psychologists conducting research at
the Traumatic Stress Clinic at ubc
The ubc Reports Calendar lists university-related or university-sponsored events
on campus and off campus within the Lower Mainland. Calendar items must
be submitted on forms available from the ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251
Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Phone: UBC-info (822-4636).
Fax: 822-2684. An electronic form is available at www.publicafFairs.ubc.ca.
Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the Calendar's Notices section may
be limited due to space. Deadline forthejuly 13 issue of ubc Reports—which
covers the period July 16 to Aug. 12—is noon, July 4. UBC     REPORTS      |     JUNE     15,     2000      |     5
Psychiatry are offering free treatment
to people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (ptsd). ptsd is
caused by events such as physical or
sexual assault, and motor vehicle accidents. Call the Traumatic Stress
Clinic at 822-8040.
Research Study
We are seeking healthy eight- to 12-
year-olds and their mothers to take
part in a psychology study to find out
more about how children learn about
hurts and pains. For more information, call Prof. Craig's lab 822-5280.
AMS Rentsline
Helping students find housing since
1993, the ams Rentsline is ubc's off-
campus housing registry. This service
gives students access to hundreds of
rental listings, and landlords access to
thousands of students looking for
housing. You can call the Rentsline
from any touchtone phone 24 hours a
day, 365 days a year. Call 714-4848.
Faculty Women's Club
The Faculty Women's Club brings
together women connected to the
university either through their work
or that of their spouses, for social
activities and lectures. The main purpose ofthe Faculty Women's Club is
to raise funds for student scholarships. There are 19 different interest
groups within the club, ranging from
art appreciation and bridge to hiking.
Do come and join us! Call Barbara
Tait, president 224-0938; Gwyneth
Westwick, membership 263-6612.
Twin Research
Are you, or do you know a female
adult twin? We are studying the relationship types of fraternal and identical female twins. If you can help by
completing some questionnaires and
being interviewed about relationships, please e-mail: tmacbeth@
cortex.psych.ubc.ca or call Tannis
MacBeth, Psychology 822-4826.
Research Study
Hard-of-hearing University students
are invited to discuss their post-secondary experiences for a PhD study.
Involves interviews and the option of
jotting down thoughts twice weekly
over a three-week period. Honorarium to be provided. Contact Ruth
Warick, graduate student, in the
Dept. of Educational Services, ubc,
Phone/fax 224-4198 or e-mail
UBC Utilities Advisory Notice
ubc Utilities regularly performs
maintenance work on underground
piping and electrical systems. Work
sites are always blocked off with ap
propriate signs and barriers, however
sometimes unauthorized individuals
remove these signs and barriers.
Please approach work sites cautiously
and respect signs and/or work crew
instructions to avoid potential harm.
Potential hazards including falling,
electrical shock, burns, and other
harmful events. If you have any questions concerning a ubc Utilities work
site, please call 822-9445.
Parents With Babies
Have you ever wondered how babies
learn to talk? Help us find out! We are
looking for parents with babies between four to 21 months of age, including babies raised in a bilingual
home, to participate in language development studies. If you are interested in bringing your baby for a
one-hour visit, please call Prof. Janet
Werker's Infant Studies Centre, Psychology, 822-6408 (ask for Kate).
Parents With Toddlers
Did you know your child is a word-
learning expert? Help us learn how
children come to be so skilled at
learning new words. We are looking
for children (two- to four-year-olds)
and their parent(s) to participate in
language studies. If you are interested
in bringing your child for a 45-minute
visit, please call Asst. Prof. Geoffrey
Hall's Language Development Centre,
Psychology, 822-9294 (ask for Kelley).
The British Columbia Seniors Medication Information Line (bc smile),
answered by licensed pharmacists, is
a free telephone hotline established to
assist seniors, their families and caregivers with any medication-related
questions including side effects, drug
interactions, and the misuses of prescription and non-prescription drugs
when it is not possible to direct such
questions to their regular pharmacist
or physician. Monday to Friday 10am-
4pm. Call 822-1330 or e-mail
Statistical Consulting
And Research Lab (SCARL)
scarl offers statistical advice and
long or short-term assistance to researchers. Resources include expertise in many areas of statistical
methodology and a variety of statistical software. Web site:
www.stat.ubc.ca/scarl, e-mail:
scarl@stat.ubcca or call 822-4037.
UBC Fencing Club
ubc Fencing Club meets every Monday and Thursday from 7-gpm in the
Osborne Gym. Learn decision-making, poise and control. Newcomers
Give a little. Gain a bt!
A lot of what we take for granted, just
wouldn't exist without volunteers.
Become part of the action - give us a call.
Volunteer Vancouver
A Member of the B.C. Association of Volunteer Centres
A plaque on the side ofthe cairn on Main Mall is a quiet thank you from one group of
UBC graduates to another. The students of 1922-23 were the "Great Trekkers" Tired of
over-crowded conditions, 1,178 students spent the summer of 1922 gathering signatures.
In the fall they marched in the Great Trek from downtown Vancouver to Point Grey and
presented a petition with 56,000 signatures to the provincial government. A week later
the government authorized a $1.5 million loan to resume construction ofthe university.
The cairn, dedicated on the day ofthe Trek, is built of rocks gathered on the site and
contains stones the trekkers gathered on their way. Dianne Longson photo
welcome. Drop-in fee. Leave message
at 878-7060.
Chan Centre Tours
Free tours of the Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts are held every Thursday. Participants are asked to meet in
the Chan Centre main lobby at lpm.
Special group tours can be booked
through www.chancentre.com or at
Women And Cancer
Conference Advance Notice
Women and Cancer: Myths and Realities. Various speakers. The Westin
Bayshore, 1601 W. Georgia St. March 2
and 3, 2001. Call 822-0054.
Next calendar deadline:
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Top geneticists gather
to discuss the future
North America's leading genetics
researchers are converging at ubc
this week to explore the major research themes that they are working on in the new millennium.
The joint meeting of the Genetics Society of Canada and the Genetics Society of America is taking
place June 14-17.
"This conference is unique in
that it is designed as a opportunity
for geneticists to pause and reflect
on where the science of genetics is
heading in the new century," says
Botany Prof. Tony Griffiths, the
event's chair.
New ideas in key areas such as
genomics and bioinformatics will
be presented.
Headline speakers include ubc
medical geneticist Dr. Patricia
Baird, Nobel laureate and Prof.
Emeritus Michael Smith and internationally-recognized bacterial expert Prof. Emeritus Julian Davies.
Other key speakers include
leading geneticists such as Stanford University's David Botstein,
an influential yeast geneticist; u.s.-
based National Cancer Institute's
Stephen O'Brien, an expert on animal genome; and the u.s.-based
Institute for Genome Research's
Claire Fraser, a comparative genomics expert.
New home for .ca
ubc, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (cira) and the
Government of Canada have
agreed on the terms under which
cira will assume responsibility for
the top-level .ca registry.
cira will compensate ubc $4.35
million for its role in developing
the .ca domain space over the past
12 years.
Since 1988, John Demco, a staff
member in the Dept. of Computer
Science, has voluntarily administered the .ca registry, which has
grown to more than 80,000 .ca domain names.
"ubc has long recognized the
need to expand the service to the
public so when cira and the federal government approached the
university it was seen as a tremendous opportunity to expand the
registry," says Indira Samarasekera,
ubc's vice-president, Research.
The transfer to cira will occur
in stages over the next several
cira will assume responsibility
for certifying registrars. It will also
develop new rules and processes to
make Internet domain name registration swifter for those wishing to
establish a presence on the Web.
The university will continue to
operate as a ciRA-certified registrar and register .ca domain names
on behalf of applicants.
For more information, visit
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Phone 822-5561 for more information.
HOUSE A perfect spot to
reserve accommodation for guest
lecturers or other university members who visit throughout the
year. Close to ubc and other Vancouver attractions, a tasteful representation of our city and of
ubc 4103 W. 10th Ave., Vancouver, bc, v6r 2H2. Call or fax
Elegant accommodation in Point
Grey area. Min. to ubc. On main
bus routes. Close to shops and
restaurants. Includes TV, tea and
coffee making, private phone/
fridge. Weekly rates avail. Call
222-3461. Fax: 222-9279.
HOUSE Five suites avail, for
academic visitors to ubc only.
Guests dine with residents and
enjoy college life. Daily rate $58
plus $i4/day for meals Sun-Thurs.
Call 822-8660 for more information and availability.
GAGE COURT SUITES Spacious one br guest suites with
equipped kitchen, tv and telephone. Centrally located near
sub, Aquatic Centre and transit.
Ideal for visiting lecturers, colleagues and families. 2000 rates
$8i-$i24 per night. Call 822-1000.
2855 W. 6th Ave. Heritage house,
antiques, wood floors, original
stained glass, io min. to ubc and
downtown. Two blocks from restaurants, buses. Scrumptious full
breakfasts. Entertaining cats.
Views. Phones in rooms. E-mail:
farthing@uniserve.com or call
Walk to ubc along the ocean.
Quiet exclusive neighborhood.
Near buses and restaurants.
Comfortable rooms with tv and
private bath. Full breakfast. Reasonable rates. Non-smokers only
please. Call 341-4975.
Breakfast. Best accommodation
on main bus routes. Includes TV,
private phone and bathroom.
Weekly reduced rates. Call
737-2687. Fax 737-2586.
rooms, located on campus, avail,
for visitors attending ubc on academic business. Private bath, double beds, telephone, tv, fridge, and
meals five days per week. Competitive rates. Call for information
and availability 822-8788.
University Centre. Residence offering
superior hotel or kitchenette style
rooms and suites. All rooms have
private bath, queen bed, voice mail,
cable tv and Internet-linked PC
Beautiful view of sea and mountains.
For rates and reservations call
THEOLOGY Affordable accommodation or meeting space near the
Chan Centre and moa. 17 modestly
furn. rooms with hall bath are avail.
Daily rates starting at $36. Meals or
meal plans are avail, in the school
cafeteria. For more information call
822-9031; 822-9490.
FRANCE Ultimate vacation central
Paris one br apt. Close to Paris one
br apt. Close to Avignon Provence
two br house. Accommodates six
people. All fully furn. Call 738-1876.
with homey comfortable environment for visitors to ubc and hospital.
Located near hospital. Rates $40-
$8o/night and weekly rates. Call
SUMMER RENTAL Furn. character home two blocks from beach,
close to ubc. Stunning views of water, mountains, city. Three br (main
ensuite) with one BR apt. n/s. June
23-Aug. i (5 weeks). $2800. Call 822-
5236; 222-4435.
SUITE FOR RENT nearusc and
Locarno Beach for summer or longer.
Ideal for visiting faculty or grad student. Double room, fully furn.,
veranda, bath, shared kitchen. Single
occupancy, n/s, n/p. Calljuliana
br, den, two bath, d/r, l/r with h/w
floors, f/p, eat-in kitchen, six appliances. Mackenzie Heights area. Aug.
2000 - Dec. 2001. n/p, n/s. $2500/
mo. includes gardener. E-mail:
perry@interchange.ubc.ca; call 822-
9688; 739-8o4i(eve.).
W. Point Grey near ubc $i650/mo.
inc. util., in-suite w/d, h/w floors,
patio to courtyard, alarm, u/c parking, spa and exercise facility. Avail.
June i. Call 526-5460.
Ig. deck, nice kitchen, two br, two
bath, small office, gas f/p, seven
appliances. Walk to Granville Island,
near bus and cycling routes. July-
August. $i70o/mo. neg. Call
Deadline: for the July 13 issue: 12 noon, July 4.
Enquiries: ubc-info (822-4636) • Rate: $16.50 for35 words or less.
Additional words: 50 cents each. Rate includes cst.
Submission guidelines: Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to: ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park
Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Ads must be accompanied by payment
in cash, cheque (made out to ubc Reports) or journal voucher.
UBC GATES furn. heritage house,
three br, den, two bath. Close to
ubc, shops, schools, parks. Aug. 15
2000 - Aug. 15 2001 lease req. n/s, n/
p. $225o/mo. inc. utilities and
gardening. E-mail: iozier@physics.
ubc.ca; call 228-9874 or 822-6356.
one br apt. at English Bay, furn. or
unfurn., fabulous view, concrete
building with indoor pool. Half block
to bus. $85o/mo. E-mail:
sabine@interchange.ubc.ca; call
Grey avail. July 1 - Aug. 6, furn. three
br, four bath. $20oo/mo. Call
ONE BR APT. bright with
hardwood floors, piano, in quiet
building. Ideal for mature adult or
couple. Absolutely n/p, n/s. Avail.
July 1 to Aug. 31. Damage deposit req.
$iooo/mo. inc. utilities. Call 731-5825
SINGLE GRAD student from
Interior avail, to housesit any period:
Sept. 2000 to Dec. 2001. Pets, plants,
garden no problem. Ref. avail.
E-mail: lorraine_kelley@yahoo.com;
call Virginia 255-2237.
unpaid leave avail. Oct. 2000 - April
2001 (or portion). Loves to care for
plants and gardens. E-mail:
karensherlock@hotmail.com; call
Karen (780)424-4359.
peaceful waterfront cottage on two
acres with spectacular sw ocean
view. Good beach access and canoe.
Sleeps six. $ioo/night or $65o/week
(min. of two nights). Avail,
immediately. Call 599-6852.
Holiday Home Rentals. Get away for
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RETIRING in the next three years?
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Scholarship honours
pioneering archeologist
"We have come full circle,"
says Prof. Phillip Harding
homer Thompson earned the
first master's degree in Classics at
ubc in 1927 and became one ofthe
foremost archeologists of his generation. A recent donation by the
heirs of Doris Baldwin, his sister,
will help others at the university
follow in his footsteps.
The Homer Armstrong Thompson Travel Scholarship in Classical
Studies will assist graduate students in classical studies of the
Greek and Roman world participate in archeological excavations
and the study of archeological sites
and museums.
Thompson grew up near Chilli-
wack and came to ubc at age 15.
He earned a PhD at the University
of Michigan in 1929 and then began his 50-year involvement with
the Athenian Agora.
In 1947 he moved from the University of Toronto to the Institute
for Advanced Study at Princeton
University and served as field director of the Agora excavations
until 1967. During that time he
helped shape knowledge of the
most celebrated monuments and
moments in classical antiquity.
Thompson, who died in May,
also had a distinguished record of
achievement as a teacher, mentor,
administrator, lecturer, author and
student of ancient architecture
and pottery.
Classics Prof. Robert Todd, who
is preparing a history of the Classics Dept., views Thompson as a
remarkable product of the university's earliest days.
"He was a member of the last
graduation class at the Fairview
campus, and was at Point Grey for
the first two years, ubc's dedicated
teachers laid the foundation for his
later distinction, as they did for
many other notables of the 1920s,
such as the poet Earle Birney."
Thompson never forgot his time
at ubc. He recalled "the remarkable
high overall quality of the department that was characteristic of ubc
already in those formative years,"
and counted it "a great privilege to
have shared life with those teachers
at such an impressionable age."
Canada had no teaching program in classical archeology or excavations in the Greco-Roman
world, a situation that remained
unchanged until the 1960s.
Prof. Phillip Harding, head of
Classical, Near-Eastern and Religious Studies says, "This endowment recognizes the department's
quality at a time when we have
come full circle."
"In our early days we trained
people such as Homer, who went on
to achieve great success elsewhere,"
he explains. "Now ubc conducts research at excavations which include the university's own archeological sites: Anemurium in Turkey,
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Honour Roll
Two ubc faculty members have
received ywca Women of Distinction Awards.
Psychiatry Prof. Sue Penfold
was recognized in the Health and
Wellness category.
An educator and psychiatrist
known for her commitment to
breaking the silence around sexual abuse, Penfold is the author
of a book about sexual abuse by
health professionals. A faculty
member since 1967, Penfold
spent nine years as the clinical
director of the Child Psychiatry
Inpatient Unit at b.c.'s Children's
Helen Burt, a professor of
Pharmaceutical Sciences and the
Angiotech Professor of Drug Delivery has been recognized in the
Science, Research and Technology category.
Award winner Prof. Helen Burt
A faculty member since 1980,
Burt specializes in drug delivery
systems that administer drugs in
a more controlled and precise
manner. Working with ubc spinoff company Angiotech Pharmaceuticals Inc., she designed a
drug delivery system for use in
vascular surgery that is now in
clinical trials.
The annual program, created
in 1984, celebrates women who
have made outstanding contributions to the community
through professional or volunteer work.
Prof. Brett Finlay of the Biotechnology Laboratory has been given a 1999 Telly Award for his lecture "2000 and Beyond: Confronting the Microbe Menace"
sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (hhmi).
Finlay's free lecture on infectious disease was simultaneously webcast and satellite broadcast to thousands of American
high school students in December as part ofthe institute's Holiday Lectures on Science. It won
the award for educational programs for academic use.
Founded in 1980 to recognize
outstanding non-network television programs and commercials,
the national awards program list
of winners includes a&e Network, Discovery Channel and
Knowledge tv.
A faculty member since 1989
who investigates bacterial diseases such as salmonella and E.
coli, Finlay is an hhmi International Research Scholar and a recipient   of  the   e.w.r.   Steacie
Award winner Prof. Sue Penfold
Award, Canada's top prize for
young scientists and engineers.
Economics Prof. Angela Redish
has been chosen to fill the visiting economist position of special
adviser in the Bank of Canada for
a one-year term beginning in August.
The position was created to
bring additional views on monetary policy issues from outside
the bank.
Redish is a specialist in the
economic history of money in
Western economies. She is currently director of Graduate Studies in the Economics Dept.
The first-ever winners ofthe Eco-
Challenge student awards have
been announced.
Derek Masselink and Darren
Haines received $1,400 each for
outstanding environmental stewardship after a seven-month
awareness campaign organized
by the Campus Sustainability
Office in partnership with the
Waste Management Program and
the ubc trek program.
Masselink, 32, a master's student in Landscape Architecture,
received the award for his advocacy on the South Campus Farm
which he would like to see play a
vital role in ubc's community development plans.
Haines, 20, a Science undergraduate student, helps promote
alternative transportation on
campus through his role as the
executive director of the Alma
Mater Society (ams) Bike Co-op
As part of the Eco-Challenge,
academic and operational units
competed for the honour of affixing their names to the awards by
demonstrating their environmentally sustainable practices over a
seven-month period.
Masselink was given the award
by Health, Safety and Environment which accumulated the
most points in the operational
units category. Haines received
the award from the Linguistics
Dept. which was tops in the academic units category.
The annual Eco-Challenge
campaign aims to encourage the
campus community to conserve
energy, water, paper, reduce single-occupant car commuting,
and reduce waste. For more information, visit the Web site at
www.sustain.ubc.ca or call (604)
822-0473- 8     |      UBC     REPORTS      |     JUNE     15,     2000
Members of INTERubc, an advanced soccer education project, proudly display medals won in a recent championship
Volunteer coach Harry Hubball, an assistant professor of Education, teaches more than soccer skills to these nine-
year-olds. Strategy, self-assessment, research, ethics and leadership are all part ofthe INTERubc game. Hubball will
use information from the project to study critical factors that affect learning in a coaching education program. John
Chong photo
Schools director rallies
to stem RN shortage
With 45 per cent of nurses due to retire, educating a new
wave is critical, says nursing director Katharyn May
fresh from her 12-month stint as
the president of the Canadian Association of University Schools of
Nursing, Katharyn May is eager to
resume her post as director of
ubc's School of Nursing, but she's
bracing for the stiff challenges that
face her.
"There's a nursing shortage out
there that could bring the nation's
health-care system to a screeching
halt," says May.
With 45 per cent of Canada's
current nursing workforce due to
retire over the next decade, May
says that nursing schools across
the country are confronted by an
urgent need to train and graduate
more nurses.
But spots for nursing students in
the province have, until the most
recent provincial budget, been diminishing. In 1994, b.c. graduated
715 nurses a year compared to a
mere 600 graduates in 1999.
That is coupled with a current
global shortage in nurses—two out
of every 10 new nursing graduates
leave Canada for the United States.
May likens the problem to "running up the down escalator."
She says it's difficult to blame
Canadian graduates for fleeing
south of the border given the attractive signing bonuses dangled
by u.s. hospitals. In some cases
they offer aid to repay student
loans. On top of that, many new
nurses get to choose in which hospital area they will work compared
with the often long wait that many
endure in Canadian hospitals to
get their specialty of choice.
But the situation isn't all
May cites statistics that show
Canada will overtake the u.s. in the
percentage of new nurses that
have university degrees soon,
reaching 85 per cent in 2005. She
says that's in large part because, in
2005, Ontario will make a university degree a requirement for new
nurses. Currently 20 per cent of
practicing nurses have university
degrees across the country.
"In some respects, ubc Nursing
is very well positioned," says May.
She points to the full implementation of the Multiple Entry Option
(meo) program this fall as an example of one of the methods the
school is using to attract new students.
Instead of the three years of
study required at most other nursing schools for previous degree-
holders to get university-level nursing training, the meo program al
lows people to do so in a two-calendar-year intensive program which
concentrates on teaching the skills
and theories ofthe profession.
May says this is a critical new
applicant pool for nursing talent.
May, who is returning for her
second term as director of the
school—she was first appointed in
1994—is clear on what she would
like to accomplish this time
"We have to be more efficient at
recruiting bright, ambitious nurses
into academic nursing," says May.
One way to do this is through expanding distance and alternative
delivery of PhD programs, says May.
May is determined to work for
increased funding for the school
and to provide better scholarship
opportunities for students.
She says that while the school
will remain strongly focused on research, she will also further partnerships with clinical agencies.
The school recently celebrated
its 80th anniversary.
Program offers
youth a kickstart
"There's so much more
these kids can learn than
just drills and winning at
all costs," says Education
Asst. Prof. Harry Hubball
by Hilary Thomson staff" writer
ask harry hubball about learning environments at ubc and he
won't point to a lecture theatre or
a lab. He'll take you onto a soccer
The assistant professor of Curriculum Studies in the Faculty of
Education has developed an advanced soccer education pilot program for nine-year-old boys that
puts education research into practice.
"I want kids to remember their
early soccer involvement as a positive experience," says Hubball, who
has volunteered as a Point Grey
community soccer coach for the
last three years and whose son participates in the advanced program.
"This program goes far beyond intense competition—there's so
much more these kids can learn
than just drills and winning at all
Hubball created the 12-player
team called INTERubc last October
after parents encouraged him to
start an advanced team development and soccer skills program.
The program is based on the model of learning found in the ubc Faculty Certificate Program on Teaching in Higher Education, which
Hubball spearheaded.
Like the certificate program, the
indoor/outdoor soccer education
pilot integrates a variety of learning strategies including teamwork
and leadership skills, video analysis, self-reflection and assessment.
A key element ofthe program is
the development of a personal soccer portfolio that contains goal-
setting and journal reflections on
individual and team progress,
player s match reports, a videotape
of their games, and soccer-related
research worksheets.
The ethics of fair play are emphasized throughout the program.
Each player also receives e-mail
or fax homework delivered to his
parents so they can participate in
further learning beyond the weekly team meetings. Homework includes review of game videos
where players are asked to analyse
specific points of play.
Student teacher volunteers
from the Faculty of Education assist with coaching development.
Most activities take place at Osborne Gym and field on campus
and include parents as active participants.
Road trips, alternative physical
activities and team participation
in the Sun Run round out the program.
Sound like a lot of work for a
"These kids love it—their enthusiasm is amazing," says Scott
Robertson, volunteer assistant
coach and fifth-year Education
student. "And they see the work
pays off because INTERubc is a
successful team."
INTERubc players understand
the passion of soccer and the team
spirit that other young players do
not develop until much later in
their playing careers, Robertson
The team recently won the Un-
der-9 Select Team League Tournament at Burnaby, competing with
teams from White Rock, Tsawwas-
sen and Maple Ridge.
The benefits of being a part of
INTERubc include more than a trophy, however.
"The kids have fun and really
develop critical thinking skills,
they've been exposed to a healthy,
ethical sport environment and
they have their portfolio as a tangible product of their soccer accomplishments," says Hubball.
He hopes to have elements of
the soccer education program incorporated into the B.C. Youth Soccer program. The findings will be
incorporated into a research
project looking at critical factors
that affect learning in a coaching
education program.
After playing teams in the u.s.,
parents and players finished the
season with a camping trip. Their
next season starts in September.
Flexible learning key to nursing program
Multiple entry program is one of only two nationwide
this fall the School of Nursing
will admit a second wave of students into the new Multiple Entry
Option (meo) program.
The program responds to requests for nursing education that
is more expedient and recognizes
students' experience and skills.
Previously, nursing undergraduates were admitted into the generic  baccalaureate  student  nurse
program—a traditional four-year
degree. Students took nursing
courses, science support courses,
general electives and participated
in clinical practice in each of the
four years of study.
The meo program is tailored to
admit a student into year one or
three depending on his or her academic  background  and  experi-
The first option is designed for
students applying from high
school. Admitted into year one,
these students follow a four-year
nursing degree program.
A second option accommodates
students with previous post-secondary education in other disciplines, particularly those who are
shifting careers. They apply for admission into year three.
Option three allows registered
nurses who already have a nursing
diploma broaden their knowledge
and advance their careers through
university study. These students
are also admitted into third year.
The meo program is designed so
nursing students in third and
fourth year take courses that are
entirely nursing focused.
It allows the School of Nursing
to accommodate extended clinical
practice—a key learning experience that many students and employers have been demanding.


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