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 VOLUME     47     |     NUMBER     6     |      MARCH     2 2,    2001
INSIDE
3 Killam credentials
National fellowships go to
three ubc scholars
8 Impressive
The work of ubc authors
ubcreDorts
makes a mark THE   UNIVERSITY   OF   BRITISH    COLUMBIA
UBC Bookstore director Debbie Harvie (left) and University librarian Catherine Quinlan celebrate UBC authors in the
bookstore's Faculty Authors section. Some 150 UBC writers published books last year, the largest number ever. They
will be recognized at the nth annual UBC authors' reception which takes place today at the First Nations House of
Learning. Bruce Mason photo
More authors than ever
honoured at annual event
Reception honours league
of ubc writers, composers
by Bruce Mason staffwriter
ISOLATED FROM THE REAL World in
an insular ivory tower, populated
with eggheads and navel gazers?
The death knell of antiquated
university stereotypes will ring in
the ears of anyone who scrolls this
year's list of ubc authors.
Today 150 ubc authors will be
recognized at the 11th annual ubc
authors' reception. The reception,
for those who were published in
2000, takes place from 4:30-6 p.m.
in the Great Hall of the First Nations House of Learning.
"Unprecedented numbers of ubc
writers are engaging, informing
and entertaining readers on a global scale. Their achievements are a
source of considerable pride and interest far beyond our campus," says
ubc President Martha Piper.
"As a community of scholars we
are well aware of the significance
of writing and publishing books,"
she adds.
"A book is a milestone in an individual career, a product of intense labour and love and a permanent and transportable addition to
human knowledge."
Margaret Friesen, co-ordinator of
staff training and development for
the Library and chair ofthe authors'
reception committee, counts 138 titles by authors from 46 departments, writing in 10 languages.
"There is a growing number of
medical books and this year four
librarians were published," she
says. "Not too surprising are six
with 'millennium' or '100 years' in
the title."
There are books on drug wars,
geriatric medicine, nafta, neuro-
plasticity, and the invention of the
passport, ubc authors also produced a dictionary of human geography and a dictionary of Sikh
names, one on elementary Korean,
another on Balinese music.
Subjects range from urban watershed management to international relations, teenage mothers,
great migrations and global environment change. There are studies
of First Nations art, creation myth
and their place in the nation.
Most prolific was Music Prof.
Stephen Chatman with five entries. Unless you count all 26 episodes of the tv series Weird
Homes produced by Film Asst.
Prof. Sharon McGowan.
Law Prof. Wesley Pue put one of
the best known events at ubc in
perspective by editing Pepper in
Our Eyes: The APEC Affair.
And yes there is a ubc book on
taxes—Flat Taxes, Dual Taxes,
Smart Taxes: Making the Best
Choices by Economics Prof.
Jonathan Kesselman.
Overwhelmed? Alexandra Bradley and Denise Dale from the
School of Library, Archival and Information Studies have produced
two editions of At Your fingertips!
The first will help you create a
home filing system. The second is
for small business.
Microbiologist,
physicist receive
Biely, McDowell
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
superbugs to superconductivity
is the span of science seen in the
work of this year's recipients of
ubc's top research prizes.
Microbiology and Immunology
Prof. Bob Hancock has been given
the Prof. Jacob Biely Faculty Research Prize and Prof. Doug Bonn
ofthe Physics and Astronomy Dept.
received the Charles A. McDowell
Award for Excellence in Research.
Hancock, who joined ubc in
1978, directs the Centre for Microbial Diseases and Host Defense Research. Studying the antibiotic-resistant mutant superbugs and developing new antibiotics is the focus of his work
"This prize is a wonderful endorsement by the university of the
value of my work" says Hancock,
who was recently named a Canada
Research Chair. "It's especially gratifying to receive this acknowledgement in the middle of my career—
it confirms I'm on the right track"
Hancock examines the way
groups of amino acids called cati-
onic peptides interact with bacteria and their potential as a new
class of infection-fighting drugs.
Cationic peptides attach to bacteria and physically interact with
their membranes and dna to
cause their death.
Hancock has licensed his discovery of a peptide production tech-
Microbiology Prof. Bob Hancock
Physics Prof. Doug Bonn
nology and many new improved
peptides to Micrologix Biotech Inc.,
a ubc spin-off company that develops new drugs to kill resistant bacteria or improve the effectiveness of
existing antibiotics.
Bonn joined the Faculty of Science in 1994. He has an international reputation for his expertise in
high temperature superconductivity and how electrons respond to
microwave and infrared radiation.
"I am surprised and delighted to
see Research page 2
Brain gain focus of program
New foundation honours Michael Smith's wish
For stories on a few ofthe many ubc authors, seepage 8
A NEW HEALTH FOUNDATION that
the B.C. government recently contributed $iio-million to create is
already accepting applications in
its bid to attract and keep the best
young brains in science.
The Michael Smith Foundation
for Health Research will recognize
the legacy of ubc Biotechnology
Prof. Emeritus Michael Smith, a
Nobel Prize-winner who died last
year.
"This is an excellent way to honour Michael Smith and carry on
his efforts to attract the best and
the brightest young scientists to
b.c. and keep them here," says Indira Samarasekera, vice-president,
Research.
The deadlines for the foundation's first two competitions for the
career and five-year trainee awards
are April 24 and May 8 respectively.
The funds will be used over five
years to support the recruitment,
training and retention of health researchers by paying their salaries.
In five years, the fund should
support 255 researchers at teaching hospitals, universities and in
the biotechnology industry.
The foundation is the result of a
year-long effort by the Coalition for
Health Research, which represents
b.c.'s key provincial teaching hospitals, universities, community
health organizations and biotech
companies. The coalition is chaired
by ubc Pediatrics Prof. Dr. Aubrey
Tingle, who will serve as chief executive officer ofthe foundation.
Foundation directors will include
Samarasekera; Pediatrics professor
Dr. Judith Hall; Bill Barrable, ceo of
the b.c. Transplant Society; Simon
Sutcliffe, ceo of the b.c. Cancer
Agency; and Bruce dayman, vice-
president of research at sfu.
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receive this prize—it's an honour
to be associated with such a famous name on campus," he says.
Bonn and colleague Physics Prof.
Walter Hardy were the first to report
accurate measurement ofthe depth
that microwaves penetrate a superconducting crystal. The discovery
changed the understanding of the
nature of high temperature superconductivity.
High temperature superconductors are materials that can carry
electrical current with zero resistance. The term high temperature
is relative, however. Bonn works
with materials at about minus 196
C—high by superconductivity
standards. To better understand
these materials, researchers create
them in tiny crystal form.
ubc is a world leader in experiments on these crystals, says
Bonn, whose work has implications for high frequency electronics such as cell phone base stations
and communications satellites.
The two awards are named for
former ubc researchers. Prof. Emeritus Charles McDowell headed ubc's
Chemistry Dept. for 26 years. Biely,
an international poultry scientist,
was a ubc faculty member from
1935-68. He died in 1981.
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Three garner top Killams
Editor Chris Petty and assistant editor Shari Ackerman celebrate the arrival of
the first issue of Trek magazine. Formerly the ubc Alumni Chronicle, the
magazine offers an in-depth look at some ofthe projects, reseachers, teachers
and students that define ubc Trek will also continue to provide information
about graduates. Published three times a year by the ubc Alumni Association
and distributed free of charge to ubc alumni and friends, Trek is also available
at news boxes on campus and on-line at www.alumni.ubc.ca.
Hilary Thomson photo
Breakfast of champions
raises funds for athletes
Money raised will help
keep athletes at home
by Bruce Mason staffwriter
the final results have been tallied. The 200iThunderbird Millennium Breakfast recently raised
$256,000 for athletic scholarships.
The university matched funds
to double the contributions of
1,600 supporters who attended the
event held at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Vancouver lawyer Martin Zlotnik, organizer and long-time supporter of ubc Athletics, says, "I'm
a believer and a product of the
university and its varsity program.
We met our goal in a poor economy and will continue to assist student athletes who devote a great
deal of time to training and competition."
"Success in athletics works
hand-in-hand with academic success to develop strong and well-
rounded students and future community leaders," says ubc President Martha Piper, "ubc athletics
scholarships deserve the greatest
support since they play a key role
in enabling our dedicated student
athletes to excel."
"It's about more than money,"
says Athletics director Bob Philip.
"Obviously many people strongly
endorse the idea of providing a top
education and the best coaching
and opportunities for competition. The scholarships help ubc
athletes focus on excellence in
both their sport and studies."
Vancouver Mayor Philip Owen
was the keynote speaker at the
event which was first held last year.
Among the athletes who will
benefit are members ofthe university swim teams, 10 of whom represented Canada at the Sydney Olympics.
ubc swimmers also provided
the biggest athletic success of the
varsity season so far, an unprecedented fourth consecutive national championships.
At the Canadian Inter-university Athletic Union (ciau) competition the women's team won by a
54.5-point margin over the University of Calgary, while the men won
by 131.5 points over Calgary. Toronto finished third on both sides.
ubc's three-day gold medal total
at the competition was 12. Both
the women's and men's medley relay teams set new national records,
while highly touted ubc rookies
Kelly Stephanyshyn and Brian
Johns led the way individually.
Johns earned five gold and one silver medal. Stephanyshyn took
home three gold and three silver.
Scholars will study topics from ice sheets to outer space
three ubc faculty members are
among 17 Canadian researchers
who will be able to devote the next
two years to full-time research and
writing in their fields of study as a
result of being selected for one of
the nation's top research awards.
Earth and Ocean Sciences Prof.
Garry Clarke, Botany Prof. Beverley Green and Physics and Astronomy Prof. Harvey Richer have received Killam Research Fellowships for 2001.
Clarke says the fellowship will
afford him the time to "wire together" large-scale computer programs that describe ice sheets and
how they interact with the atmosphere and ocean to affect global
climate change.
Clarke aims to shed more light
on how ice sheets have and will
affect the earth's climate—a study
made all the more important in
light of the current greenhouse
effect.
Green plans to exploit an exciting breakthrough made in her lab
in 1998. Green and colleagues beat
out five other research teams
worldwide to discover a new type
of gene organization in the chloro-
plasts of dinoflagellates, a form of
algae.
Dinoflagellates make a major
contribution to photosynthesis in
the oceans, but are often ignored
except when certain strains produce toxic blooms or red tides.
"This is a classic example of curiosity-driven research that turned
in totally unexpected directions,"
says Green.
Richer leads an international
consortium that has successfully
vied for more than three per cent
ofthe available time on the Hubble
Space Telescope this year. They are
collecting data on white dwarf
stars—the burned-out remains of
normal stars like the Sun.
By examining the coolest, hence
oldest, ofthe white dwarfs, Richer
hopes to be able to better estimate
the age ofthe universe.
In total, 36 Canadian researchers
received $2.5-million in the 33rd
annual competition for the Killam
Research Fellowships. In addition
to this year's new fellows, 19 ubc
researchers had their fellowships
renewed for a second year.
Administered by the Canada
Council for the Arts, the Killam fellowships support research in the
humanities, social sciences, natural
sciences, health sciences, engineering and interdisciplinary studies.
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Stellar scientists to speak
nine of the top Canadian women scientists in the world will pay
tribute to the legacy of the late
Prof. Michael Smith in a public
symposium to be held at ubc on
April 7.
Called Women at the Frontier of
Exxcellence (sic), the event honours the vision and support of
Smith who donated a portion of
his 1993 Nobel Prize award to the
Society for Canadian Women In
Science and Technology (scwist).
The endowment enables the organization to sponsor mentorship
and outreach programs aimed at
encouraging women of all ages to
follow a career path in science or
technology.
"Michael had a vision that Canadian women can and will shape the
future of science and technology,"
says Psychiatry Asst. Prof. Jane
Roskams, chair of the local organizing committee. "Bringing these
eminent scientists together to
share their knowledge with the
public and students is one way we
can build on that vision."
The symposium is hailed by
some on campus as the Lillith Fair
of science because, like the popular
concert series, it is the first-ever exclusive gathering of women who
are stars in their field. Speakers
come from Canada, the us and the
uk and include several ubc alumni.
Presentations range from theoretical physics to cancer research
and brain development.
"These people are world leaders
in their field and impassioned
about their work—you couldn't
ask for better models for women
considering a career in science or
technology," says Roskams.
Speakers include McMaster
University Physics and Astronomy
Prof. Catherine Kallin, a ubc alumna who specializes in superconductivity.
Originally from Grand Forks,
b.c, Kallin grew up in foster
homes in Vancouver. She entered
the science program at Vancouver
Community College and then
transferred to ubc.
Kallins' research has been recognized with some of science's premier fellowships.
Princeton University Molecular
Biology Prof. Shirley Tilghman
studies the genome or complete
genetic code of mammals.
Raised in Vancouver, Tilghman
was one of the youngest members
named to the us National Academy of Sciences. In 2000 she was
named Senior Women Scientist of
the Year by the American Society
for Cell Biology.
Other speakers include Geral-
dine Kenney-Wallace, Julia Levy,
and Claire Tomlin.
Students from high schools in the
Lower Mainland and beyond will attend. Speakers will also make presentations at local Vancouver high
schools and host ubc departments.
The symposium takes place
from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the
Wesbrook Building, lecture hall
100. Admission is free for students
with id; $15 for registrants and $20
at the door.
MORE INFORMATION
www.exxcellence.org
ubc earns strong
credit rating
STRONG   STUDENT   DEMAND,  an
excellent reputation as one ofthe
nation's leading research universities, a healthy financial position
and consistent provincial funding
are among the reasons cited by a
leading credit rating service in assigning a strong investor grade
rating to ubc.
The university has received
Aa3 issuer rating from New York-
based Moody's Investors Service,
one of the world's leading global
credit rating, research and risk
analysis firms.
"It is a wonderful credit rating
for the university," says ubc
Treasurer Byron Braley. "The investor grade rating means that
the cost of borrowing will be that
much more economical for ubc."
ubc joins a list of top North
American universities on par
with such institutions as the University of California rated by
Moody's. Recently, Moody's also
rated University of Toronto.
"What this means is that there
is another tool to enable the Trek
mission," says Braley. "A future
bond issue will allow us to bring financial resources to bear in the
most economical way when it is
called for to advance the strategic
objectives of ubc."
Braley says there are a number
of "bricks and mortar" projects the
university is currently working on
financing, among them the Korea
University—ubc House project,
faculty and staff housing, a new
dentistry building, and retrofitting
buildings for greater energy efficiency.
While garnering the Moody's
rating is cause for excitement, Braley concedes that the real work is
just beginning.
"The big task for us now is to
put together one of the first bond
issues for a major university in
Canada," he says. 4    |    UBC    reports
MARCH     22,
SUNDAY, MARCH 25
Workshop
Take Charge of Your Career. Liz Murray. Women's Resources Centre, 1144
Robson St. from ioam-4pm. $75. To
register, visit www.cstudies.ubc/wrc,
e-mail wrc@cstudies.ubc.ca or call
482-8585.
Laureates' Concert
cbc Young Composers' Celebration.
cbc Vancouver Orchestra. Chan Centre at 2pm. $12, adults; $10, students/
seniors. Call 822-5574.
Green College
Performing Arts Group
Spring Concert. Green College Choir.
Green College at 8pm. Call 822-1878.
Super Classic Piano Series
Andras Schiff, piano. Chan Centre at
8pm. Call Ticketmaster at 280-3311 or
822-2697.
nings 318 at 4pm. Refreshments at
3:45pm. Call 822-2267.
Thematic Lecture Series
Children's Progress: Childhood,
History And Science. Adriana
Benzaquen, History. Green College at
5pm. Call 822-1878.
Concert
cbc Young Composers' Celebration.
Music Recital Hall at 8pm. $12, adults;
$10, students/seniors. Call 822-5574.
TUESDAY, MARCH 27
Botany Seminar
Biological And Chemical Diversity Of
Entomogenous Eumycota In South-
coastal British Columbia. Eduardo
Jovel. BioSciences 2000 at 12:30pm.
Call 822-2133.
4-5:3opm. Refreshments, (bring your
own mug). Call 822-0570.
Graduate And Faculty
Christian Forum
Identity, Agency And Community:
Women's Emerging Literacy As Reflected In Bunyan's Narratives. Prof.
Maxine Hancock, Regent College.
Buchanan B Penthouse at 4:15pm.
Refreshments at 4pm. Call 822-3219.
Thematic Lecture Series
Regional Disparities, Centralization
And Conflict: The Case OfThe Southern Province In Sri Lanka. Prof. Sath-
yapala Pinnaduwage, Agricultural
Economics, Ruhuna u. Green College
at 5pm. Call 822-1878.
Museum Of Anthropology
Public Program
An Evening Of Stories, moa Great
Hall from 6-9pm. Call 822-2415 or
822-5978.
calendar
MARCH     25    THROUGH     APRIL    7
MONDAY,  MARCH 26
Workshop
Enhancing People Skills: The Myers
Briggs Approach. Marion Schapiro.
Women's Resources Centre, 1144 Robson St. from ioam-4pm. $90. To register, visit www.cstudies.ubc/wrc,
e-mail wrc@cstudies.ubc.ca or call
482-8585.
Concert
Bach, Handel, Monteverdi And Others. Collegium Musicum Ensembles.
Music Gessler Hall 116 at 12:30pm.
Call 822-5574.
Applied Ethics Colloquium
Biocultural Issues In Ethnobotany:
Does The Law Of Unintended Consequences Reign Supreme? Kelly Banister, uvic. FamSciences 50 from
2-4pm. Call 822-8625.
Astronomy Seminar
Mass Limits For Black Hole Formation. Chris Fryer, u of California. Hen-
Concert
The Butterfly Lovers, ubc Chinese
Music Ensemble; Du Yaxiong, director. Asian Centre Aud. at 12:30pm.
Call 822-5574.
Dow Lecture In Modern Chemistry
Vibrational Spectroscopy As A Probe
Of Structure And Orientation In Polymeric Systems. Bruce Chase, DuPont.
Chemistry B-250 from i-2pm. Refreshments at 12:30 pm. Call
822-2996.
India And South Asia
Research Seminar
State And Nature Of South Asian
Studies In Japan. Prof. Riho Isaka,
Tokyo u. ck Choi 120 from 1:30-
3.00pm. Call 822-4688.
Statistics Seminar
Recurrence Relation For Minimum
Variance Unbiased Estimation Of
Certain Left-Truncated Poisson Distributions. Prof. Jagdish Ahuja, Portland State u. Klinck 301 from
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Seminar
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: The
Third Unspoken Pillar Of Democracy.
cd. Gonthier, Supreme Court justice.
Green College at 7:45pm. Call
822-1878.
Laureates' Concert
cbc Young Composers' Celebration.
Chan Centre at 8pm. $12, adults; $10,
students/seniors. Call 822-5574.
WEDNESDAY,  MARCH  28
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Dynamic Measurements Of Three-
Dimensional Shoulder Kinetics. Andrew Karduna, Rehabilitation
Sciences, mcp Hahnemann u. vgh,
Eye Care Centre Aud. at 7am. Call
875-4192.
Japanese Research Seminar
Flying Geese In Asia: The Impacts Of
Japanese Multinational Corporations
As A Source Of Industrial Learning.
Prof. David Edgington, Geography, ck
Choi 120 from i2noon-i:i5pm. Call
822-4688.
Another Look At Human
Development Colloquium
Should Family Life Education Be
Mandated In Canada? Asst. Prof. Jim
Ponzetti, Family Studies, irc #414
from i2:30-l:20pm. Call 822-6593.
Women's Studies And
Gender Relations Lecture
The Flexible Woman. Asst. Prof. Ruth
Buchanan, Law. Women's Studies
reception area at 12:30pm. Call
822-9171.
MGSP Noon-Hour Seminar
Grantspersonship. Sherrill Grace,
English. Green College at 12:30pm. No
outside food or beverages please. Call
822-1878.
Wood Science Seminar
Impact Of Technology On Global Forests And Wood Use. Prof. David Cohen. ForSciences 1221 from
I2:30-i:3opm. Refreshments. Call
822-0081.
Obstetrics And Gynecology Seminar
bhcai Mutations And Familial Ovarian Cancer. Takayo Ota. b.c.'s Women's
Hosp. 2N35 at 2pm. Call 875-3108.
Asian Research Seminar
Relevant Universities, Alternative
Education And International Linkages: The Included And Excluded In
Higher Education Reforms After 1994
In Sri Lanka. Prof. Sathyapala Pinnaduwage, Agricultural Economics, u
of Ruhuna. ck Choi 120 from 4:30-
6pm. Call 822-4688.
Cosmological Interdisciplinary
Research And Education Group
Traditional Chinese Views OfThe
Natural World. Daniel Overmyer,
Asian Studies. Green College at 5pm.
Call 822-1878.
Poetic Persuasions
Readings: The Sputnik Diner, Kingdom
of Monkeys. Rick Maddocks, Adam
Lewis Schroeder. Green College at
8pm. Call 822-1878.
THURSDAY, MARCH 29
Botany Seminar
Searching For Additional Components In The Mating-Type Associated
Vegetative Incompatibility Response
In Neurospora Crassa. Megan Hiltz.
BioSciences 2000 at 12:30pm. Call
822-2133.
Earth And
Ocean Sciences Colloquium
The Permeability OfThe Continental
Crust. Steve Ingebritsen, us Geological Survey. GeoSciences 330-A at
12:30pm. Call 822-3278.
Concert
ubc Contemporary Players. Music
Recital Hall at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Exploring Buddhist
Philosophy Seminar
Buddhist Perspective On Stress. Richard Chu. Buchanan B-212 from 12:30-
2:30pm. To register, visit www.
welcome.to/ubc_sgi, e-mail
ubc_sgi@canada.com or call 875-1688.
Physics Colloquium
tba. Alan Shotter, triumf. Hennings
201 from 4-5pm. Refreshments at
Hennings 325 at 3:30pm. Call
822-2432.
Integrated Computer Systems
Research Distinguished Lecture
Rethinking Engineering Research
And Education For Post-PC Systems-
On-A-Chip. Hugo De Man, Electrical
Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit
Leuven. cicsr/cs 208 from 4:30-
5:30pm. Call 822-6894.
Law And Society
Adventures Of The Juridical. Alan
Hunt, Law and Sociology, Carleton u.
Green College at 5pm. Call 822-1878.
Concert
Collegium Musicum Ensembles. Music Gessler Hall 116 at 8pm. Call
822-5574.
FRIDAY, MARCH 30
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Pneumococcal Disease And Its Prevention. David Scheifele, bc Centre
for Vaccine Evaluation. Mather 253
from g-ioam. Paid parking available
in b Lot. Call 822-2772.
Teaching And
Academic Growth Seminar
Making The Most Of Teaching, Learning And Technology In Higher Education, usb Telestudio from 9:30am-
12:30pm. To register www.cstudies.
ubc.ca/facdev/ or call 822-9149.
Fish 500 Seminar
Defining Logging Risk To bc's Freshwater Fish Fauna. Marc Porter, bc
Fisheries. Hut B-8, Ralf Yorque Room
from ii:30am-ipm. Call 822-2731.
Japanese Research/
Commerce/JETRO Seminar
Canada-Japan Trade Issues: What Are
The Strategies For Major Trading.
Prof. Motoshige Ito, u of Tokyo, ck
Choi 120 from i2noon-ipm. Reception/lunch. To register call 484-4174.
Occupational And
Environmental Hygiene Seminar
Aggression And Violence In Health
Care: Thinking About Risk. Prof. Neil
Boyd, Criminology, sfu. ubc Hosp.,
Koerner Pavilion G-279 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-9861 or 822-0585.
Seminar
Law And Morality: Is There A Need
For A Moral Order To Support Legal
Decisions, cd. Gonthier, Supreme
Court justice. Curtis tba at 12:30pm.
Call 822-1878.
Concert
Collegium Musicum Ensembles.
Music Gessler Hall 116 at 12:30pm.
Call 822-5574.
Chemical And
Biological Engineering Seminar
Wet End Operation Issues: Study Of
Recycle Dynamics And Control.
Michael Chongping. ChemEng 206 at
3:30pm. Call 822-3238.
Chalmers Institute Seminar
Toward A New Ministry Of Music.
Fred Graham, Maureen Hollins, Joce-
lyn Pritchard. vst from 7:3o-9:3opm.
Continues March 31 from 9:30am-
4pm. $96; $48 (group/seniors). To
register e-mail ci@vst.edu. Call
822-9815.
Concert
University Singers. Chan Centre at
8pm. Call 822-5574.
SATURDAY, MARCH 31
Concert
University Singers. Chan Centre at
8pm. Call 822-5574.
SUNDAY, APRIL I
Pacific Spirit Concerts
The Future Is Now: Works By Chopin,
Strauss And Dvorak. Various artists.
Music Recital Hall at 2pm. $10 (students); $20. Call 822-5574.
MONDAY, APRIL 2
Concert
ubc Student Composers. Music Recital Hall at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Ancient Greek
Economic History Seminar
Property And Wealth In Classical
Sparta. Stephen Hodkinson, Classics,
CALENDAR    POLICYAND    DEADLINES
The use 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 for the April 5 issue of ubc Reports—which
covers the period April 8 to April 21—is noon, March 27. UBC    REPORTS     |     MARCH     22,    2001     |     5
u of Manchester. Buchanan B-216
from 3:30-5pm. Call 822-4059.
VST Theological Forum
Millennial Musings: The Book Of Revelation. Harry Maier. vst from 4-5pm.
Call 822-9815.
Thematic Lecture Series
Globalization And Canada-Asia Relations. Yuen Pau Woo, vice-president
research/chief economist, Asia Pacific
Foundation of Canada. Green College
at 5pm. Call 822-1878.
TUESDAY, APRIL 3
Botany Seminar
The Protein Storage Vacuole: A Compound Organelle. John Rogers, Washington State u. BioSciences 2000 at
12:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Lectures in Modern Chemistry
Noble Gas-Metal Chemical Bonding
And Related Phenomena, Studied By
ft Microwave Spectroscopy. Prof.
Michael Gerry. Chemistry B-250 from
i-2pm. Refreshments at 12:30pm. Call
822-2996.
Faculty Women's Club Meeting
Annual General Meeting. Paul and
Babette Deggan. Cecil Green Park
House at lpm. Call 224-5877.
Statistics Seminar
Assessing Informative Drop-Out In
Models For Repeated Binary Data.
Lee Er. Klinck 301 from 4-5:3opm.
Refreshments, (bring your own mug).
Call 822-0570.
Art History And Visual Art Lecture
Where Existence Ends: Cronenberg's
Virtual Reality. Teresa de Lauretis, u
of California. Lasserre 102 at 5:30pm.
Call 822-2757.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
tba. Dr. Steven Boyd, u of Calgary.
vgh, Eye Care Centre Aud. at 7am.
Call 875-4192.
Women's Studies
And Gender Relations Lecture
Global Feminism And Technical
Communication: Beyond Local
Boundaries. Prof. Amanda Goldrick-
Jones, Writing and Women's Studies,
u of Winnipeg. Women's Studies reception area at 12:30pm. Bring your
lunch. Call 822-9171.
NEXT CALENDAR DEADLINE:
noon, March 27
Concert
ubc Gamelan Ensemble. Music Recital Hall at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Obstetrics and Gynecology Seminar
Different Effects Of GnRH 11 On
mmps/timps Between Decidual And
Trophoblastic Cells. Chunshan Chou.
B.C.'s Women's Hosp. 2N35 at 2pm.
Call 875-3108.
School Of Nursing Rounds
Making Our Own Choices: Alternative And Complementary Therapy
Use By Women Living With Breast
Cancer. Lynda Baineaves. ubc Hosp.,
Koerner Pavilion T-182 from 3-4pm.
Call 822-7453-
Astronomy Seminar
Eight Billion Years Of Galaxy Evolution. Sidney van den Bergh, nrc. Hennings 318 at 4pm. Refreshments at
3:45pm. Call 822-2267.
THURSDAY, APRIL 5
Peter Wall Institute
Exploratory Workshop
The International Ethics Of Security.
Various speakers. University Centre
307 from 9am-4pm. Continues to
April 6. To register, visit
www.iir.ubc.ca/pwiasconferences/
internationalethics/index.html or e-
mailgamecock@interchange.ubc.ca.
Call 822-4782.
10th Annual Arts County Fair
Big Sugar, Wide Mouth Mason,
Choclair, Limblifter, Templar. Thunderbird Stadium from i2noon-9pm.
$14. Call 822-4403.
Transformations of Europe Seminar
The Gypsy Problem In Eastern Europe. Gabrielle Matzner-Holzer, Austrian ambassador to Slovakia.
Buchanan B-216 from i2noon-2pm.
Light lunch. Call 822-1452.
Earth And
Ocean Sciences Colloquium
Preparing For An Eruption On The
Most Volcanic Island In The Caribbean: Dominica. Mark Stasiuk, Geological Survey of Canada.
GeoSciences 330-A at 12:30pm. Call
822-3278.
Commerce Lecture
Prof. Martin L. Puterman. Angus
David Lam Amphitheatre at lpm.
Lunch at 12:30pm. To register, visit
www.commerce.ubc.ca, e-mail
jessie.lam@commerce.ubc.ca or call
822-8518.
Butterflies of British Columbia
Including Western Alberta, Southern Yukon, the
Alaska Panhandle, Washington, Northern Oregon,
Northern Idaho, and Northwestern Montana
The number of known
species of butterflies in
British Columbia is by far
the largest in Canada.
With the publication of
this volume, there is
finally a comprehensive,
single source that summarizes all available information on butterflies in
British Columbia.
Complete with colour
photographs and maps,
Butterflies of British
Columbia covers 187
species and 264 subspecies of known butterflies, and 9 additional
hypothetical species.
Crispin S. Guppy and Jon H. Shepard
Available through the UBC bookstore,
or Raincoast Books:
Tel:   1-800-561-8583  /  Fax: 1-800-565-3770
www.ubcpress.ca
UBCPress
Concert
Schrecker, Mahler, Resphighi. ubc
Symphony Orchestra; Alexis Barthele-
my, mezzo soprano. Chan Centre at
12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Physics Colloquium
tba. Sidney van den Bergh, nrc Hennings 201 from 4-5pm. Refreshments,
Hennings 325 at 3:30pm. Call
822-2432.
Super Classic Song Series
Renee Fleming, soprano; Jean Yves
Thibaudet, piano. Chan Centre at
8pm. $i5-$82. Call 822-2697.
FRIDAY, APRIL 6
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
The gvrd Water And Turbidity Study.
Ray Copes, Environmental Health.
Mather 253 from 9-ioam. Paid parking available in b Lot. Call 822-2772.
Occupational And
Environmental Hygiene Seminar
Respiratory Disease And Exposure To
Airborne Mould In Lumber Mills. Lisa
Ronald, Health Care and Epidemiology, ubc Hosp., Koerner Pavilion G-279
from i2:30-l:3opm. Call 822-9861 or
822-0585.
Concert
Friday Noon Hours At Main. Main
Library Dodson 502 at 12:30pm. Call
822-5574.
Semimnar
Beta-Cell Turnover In The Pathogenesis Of Type Two Diabetes. Prof. Diane
T. Finegood, Diabetic Research Laboratory, School of Kinesiology, sfu. irc
#3 from i2:30-i:30pm. Call 822-2052.
Concert
Schrecker, Mahler, Resphighi. ubc
Symphony Orchestra; Alexis Barthele-
my, mezzo soprano. Chan Centre at
8pm. Call 822-5574.
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Public
I nformation
Meeting
for the
campus community
on the
Technology Enterprise Facility 3
(Multi-Tenant Facility, Phase 3)
Wednesday, April 4, 2001,12:30-1:30 p.m.
Cedars Room, Ponderosa Bldg., 2071 West Mall
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To present and review the schematic design for the Technology Enterprise
Facility 3 (Multi-Tenant Facility, Phase 3) proposed to be constructed on
the northwest corner of Parking Lot C-2 south of the existing Gerald
McGavin Building. The proposed approximately 10,000 square-metre
building is a six-storey laboratory and office multi-tenant facility.
Subject to Board of Governors approval, construction is anticipated to
begin in Fall 2001 with occupancy in Fall 2002.
"~5       I     This event is wheelchair accessible. Individuals needing assistive
/|_. learning devices, captioning, or information on alternate
V-^_     media should contact Gisela Haarbrucker at 822-9560 one
week in advance.
free parking will be available in the West Parkade. Please pick up a
parking pass after the meeting in order to exit the parkade without charge.
Questions or for further information:
Contact Jim Carruthers, Campus Planning & Development at 822-0469
UBC
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
CONTINUING STUDIES
ASSOCIATE VICE-PRESIDENT
Nominations and applications are invited for the position of Associate Vice-President, Continuing
Studies.
ubc Continuing Studies is a leader in providing flexible and innovative educational opportunities
for individuals who wish to upgrade their career skills, pursue a degree part-time or at a distance, or
explore topics out of general interest. The more than 1,000 non-credit, certificate and distance
education programs are recognized for their innovative curricula and adult learning centred
teaching methods. With over 25,000 registrations annually, Continuing Studies offers a wide range
of programs to participants from local, national and international markets. A key challenge for the
successful candidate will be integrating Continuing Studies programs into the rapid expansion
associated with the opening of ubc at Robson Square. The Web site is located at http://
www.cstudies.ubc.ca/about_us.htm
The Associate Vice-President, Continuing Studies, is responsible to the Vice-President, Academic
and Provost, for the administration of programs, budget and all activities of Continuing Studies, and
is a member ofthe University's senior management team.
The staff complement includes 55 positions engaged in program research, development, evaluation
and delivery. Seventy support staff provide assistance in coordinating and implementing the
development, marketing and delivery of programs and courses. In addition over 450 instructors
contribute subject area expertise. The annual budget is approximately $18 million.
We seek an individual with a broad, strategic understanding and vision for the potential of life-long
learning and community engagement in the context of a research-intensive university; and an
understanding ofthe academic environment and the core values critical to upholding and enhancing
the unique nature of continuing education functions of promoting and facilitating access through
applied practice, innovative research, inquiry and instruction. In addition, the successful candidate
will have expertise in managing a large and complex cost-recovery organization.
ubc hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified
persons to apply. The search is limited to candidates internal to the University and the successful
candidate must qualify for a confirmed appointment in Continuing Studies, or a tenured faculty
position. Written nominations for the position, or applications supported by a CV and the names of
three referees, should be submitted to Charlotte Passmore in the Provost's Office, 6328 Memorial
Road by April 20, 2001. 6     |     UBC     REPORTS
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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
222-4104.
TINA'S GUEST HOUSE
Elegant accommodation in Point
Grey area. Minutes 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.
GREEN COLLEGE GUEST
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
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Ideal forvisiting lecturers,
colleagues and families. $8i-$i24
per night. Call 822-1000.
ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE
GUEST ROOMS Private rooms
on campus forvisitors to ubc on
academic business. Private bath,
double bed, telephone, tv, fridge,
in-room coffee. Dinner five days
per week. Breakfast seven days
per week. Competitive rates. Call
for information and availability
822-8788.
PETER WALL INSTITUTE
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
www.pwias.ubc.ca. Call 822-4782.
Accommodation
VANCOUVER SCHOOL OF
THEOLOGY Affordable
accommodation or meeting space
near the Chan Centre and moa. 17
modestly furnished rooms with hall
bath are avail. Daily rates starting at
$36. Meals or meal plans are avail, in
the school cafeteria. Call 822-9031 or
822-9490.
CAMILLA HOUSE in Kitsilano
area, furnished suites or rooms avail.
Kitchen and laundry facilities. Close
to main bus routes, shopping and
dining. Weekly and monthly rates
avail. Call 737-2687.
TRIUMF HOUSE Guesthouse
with homey, comfortable
environment forvisitors to UBC and
hospital. Located near hospital.
Rates $40-$8o/night and weekly
rates. Call 222-1062.
PARIS FULLY FURNISHED
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DIGEST
Adjust your salaries
A market adjustment of $1 million
will be applied to the salaries of
management and professional
staff represented by the Association of Administrative and Professional Staff at ubc.
The adjustment of 2.3 per cent
to the overall salary grid and to the
base salaries of individual employees will be applied to all job families except the seven job families
that are at or near the market median salary level.
The excluded job families are:
Athletics; Bookstore Management;
Building Maintenance; Computer
and Data Processing; Development
Office; Educational Programming;
Residence Co-ordinator.
The adjustment resulted from
independent market survey data
on more than 50 ubc job families.
The adjustment will appear on
March 31 pay cheques and is retroactive to Jan. 1.
Go native
The third annual Pacific Northwest Native Plant Sale will be held
April 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the
ubc Botanical Garden. Admission
is free.
This year, threats of water shortages in the Lower Mainland are expected to draw gardeners searching for plants that thrive in dry
conditions.
The sale is the largest event of
its kind in Western Canada or
Washington State and many ofthe
more than 300 species of native
plants for sale are difficult to find
say organizers.
The sale is co-sponsored by the
university's Friends of the Garden
and the Native Plant Society.
Nominatefor
nserc awards
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (nserc)
is accepting nominations for the
annual Michael Smith Awards and
the 2001 Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering.
The Michael Smith awards recognize individuals and organizations who make an outstanding
contribution to the promotion of
science in Canada through activities that encourage popular interest or develop science abilities.
They honour Nobel Prize-winner and ubc Prof. Emeritus
Michael Smith. Up to five awards
will be given.
The Herzberg Medal is nsercs
highest honour. It is awarded annually in recognition of sustained
excellence and influence in research by an individual in Canada
who has substantially advanced
the natural sciences or engineering fields.
In addition to the medal, the
award winner will receive $1 million
over a five-year period for either the
recipient's university-based research or to be directed in some related way, such as the establishment of research scholarships.
All researchers at Canadian universities and in government or corporate research labs are eligible for
the Herzberg Medal. Deadline for
nominations is April 15.
For details on the Herzberg
awards visit www.nserc.ca/about/
award_nomin_e.htm or phone (613)
995-5829. For details on the Michael
Smith awards visit www.nserc.ca/
msmith/en or call (613) 947-2524.
Joint biotechnology
degree offered
ubc and the b.c. Institute of Technology (bcit) have created a new
Bachelor of Science degree in biotechnology that will be offered
jointly through the two institutions.
Developed with the support of
B.C.'s biotechnology industry, the
degree is designed to meet the
growing demands for skilled workers in that sector.
After completing one year of
pre-entry studies, students will
take two years at bcit followed by
two years at ubc. Four co-op work
terms as well as industry-sponsored projects form part of the
program.
"This is a good example of the
post-secondary sector, industry
and government coming together
to create another leading-edge
program of benefit to students,"
says Neil Guppy, associate vice-
president, Academic Programs.
Courses begin in September and
the program will graduate its first
students in 2004.
Free coffee
at Food Services Outlets randomly
during March to patrons who bring
their own mugs.
www.wastefree.ubc.ca.
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
OFFICE OF THE VICE-PRESIDENT, RESEARCH
ASSOCIATE VICE-PRESIDENT
The Office of the Vice-President, Research, is providing the leadership required to meet both the
challenges and opportunities articulated in the Trek 2000 vision documents and those presented by
new Federal and Provincial funding programs such as cfi, cihr, bckdf, Genome bc and the Canada
Research Chairs. New opportunities within sshrc and nserc are also critical to ubc's research
enterprise.
The Associate Vice-President, Research, will support the full range of activities of the office with
particular responsibility for research associated with cihr, sshrc, Genome bc, and cfi.
Nominations and applications are invited for this position.
The Associate Vice-President, Research will report to the Vice-President, Research. The individual,
who will have a broad knowledge of both the academic and administrative sides of ubc, will play a
leadership role in promoting and managing research on campus and at the affiliated teaching
hospitals. Responsibilities will include:
develop a health research strategy for ubc and enhance ubc's success at cihr and cfi with the
support of cfi and cihr co-ordinators
assist academic units to form and exploit research collaborations and liaisons
develop policies and procedures for the effective management of research within new funding
paradigms
developing programs to enhance the competitiveness of faculty at federal research competitions
work with other service units on campus to provide the best support for the research community
(e.g. finance, human resources, purchasing, development and fund raising, research services, uilo
etc.)
•    analysis of research opportunities
The Associate Vice-President, Research, will work closely with the associate deans, Research, and
will have the support ofthe Research Services' and University-Industry Liaison staff.
ubc hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are
encouraged to apply. Applications and nominations should be submitted to Marcia Lang in the
Office ofthe Vice-President, Research, by April 1, 2001. Applicants should submit current cv's and
the names of three referees.
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knowledge and its transla''
CIHR's Institute offender and Health is seeking an:
Assistant Director
Reporting to the Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health, the
Assistant Director will work collaboratively as a key member of the Institute team,
will supervise staff, and will liaise with the CIHR secretariat located in Ottawa. The
Assistant Director will provide administrative leadership and assist the Scientific
Director and the CIHR Institute Advisory Board to develop and carry out a strategic
program of research, communication, and evaluation. She/he will help develop short
term and long term plans and strategies for the Institute in accordance with its
mandate. The Assistant Director will be an employee of the University of Alberta and
will have responsibility for management of the local CIHR-IGH office facilities and the
staff at the University of Alberta.
The Assistant Director will have a doctoral degree in a relevant field. He/she will also
have related research experience including project management within health-related
research networks, or collaboratively funded grants programs, involving complex
relationships with diverse stakeholders. She/he must possess superlative written and
oral communication skills, including experience in preparation of health-related reports
and publications. Fluency in both official languages is strongly preferred. Excellent
interpersonal, organizational, presentation, synthesis, and research skills are essential.
The salary range is $54,000 - $77,000 per annum. This is a term position until June 2004,
with possibility of renewal. We invite you to forward your CV by March 27, 2001.
Dr. Miriam Stewart
Scientific Director
CIHR Institute of Gender and Health
5-22 University Extension Centre
8303-112 Street
Edmonton, AB T6G 2T4
Phone: (780)492-8031
Fax:(780) 492-8045
Email: Miriam.stewart@ualberta.ca
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Alberta
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Health Research
The records arising from this competition will be managed in accordance with
provisions of the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (F0IPP).
The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle
of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all
qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible
minorities, and Aboriginal persons.
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From genes to sharps and flats, ubc
authors cover the publishing front
Stories by Bruce Mason, staffwriter
Between the covers
Genetics in book's makeup
Botany Prof. Anthony Griffiths and Education Assoc. Prof. Jolie Mayer-Smith
have co-authored a book designed to improve the teaching of genetics.
Bruce Mason photo
Author flies high
Commerce professor helps
open the skies for travellers
fasten your seatbelt. Prepare
for takeoff and high altitudes.
Our pilot is Commerce and
Business Administration Prof. Tae
Oum.
"Airlines are a sexy, prestige
business but the research of my
colleagues and I has exerted considerable influence," says Oum,
who is director of the Centre for
Transportation Studies.
"Most notably, deregulation has
dramatically reduced air fares," says
Oum whose two recent books are
Shaping Air Transport in Asia, with
Chunyan Yu and Globalization and
Strategic Alliances: The Case ofthe
Airlines Industry with Jong-Hun
Park and Anming Zhang.
The first book studies an area of
many countries with close borders
and a slower pace of airline liberalization, he explains.
"Airlines are a symbol of high-
tech and a source of national pride,
but when domestic markets are
monopolized, efficient growth is
limited and costs and ticket prices
are higher."
The second book investigates 14
major airlines which have formed
strategic alliances. Air Canada, for
example, is a member of the Star
Commerce Prof. Tae Oum
Alliance.
Oum isn't surprised by complaints in Canada.
"The priority of monopolies is to
make as much money as possible,
but Canada's domestic market will
eventually be opened in return for
routes in other countries, just as
the cnr is no longer exclusively
Canadian after buying up rail lines
in the u.s."
Busy as an air traffic controller
as his ubc courses take off in popularity, Oum is president-elect of
the American Economics Association's Transportation and Public
Utilities Group and president of
the Air Transport Research Group
—a worldwide networking organization for researchers, policy makers and executives.
What keeps him flying high?
"To improve the efficiency of the
world's airlines for the benefit of
consumers," he says.
Science educators transform the teaching of genetics
"every educated person must
have an understanding of genetics," says Botany Prof. Anthony
Griffiths. Easier said than done.
In the early '90s he lectured to
500 students in the compulsory Biology 334 course and worried that
too many were failing.
Enter Education Assoc. Prof.
Jolie Mayer-Smith, who had earned
a PhD in Science before switching
her focus to science education.
"We had talked about how to
solve the problem and in the fall of
'92 I began attending the lectures,"
she recalls.
Lengthy periods of observation, discussion and analysis followed as strategies and activities
were developed with students,
teaching assistants, faculty and
staff in collaborative study group
meetings.
Nearly a decade later, their intense, ongoing partnership has
produced the landmark text, Understanding Genetics: Strategies for
Teachers and Learners in Universities and High Schools.
"In the past I did the teaching
and students did the learning,"
says Griffiths, who describes himself as a convert to constructivism.
In simplified terms, constructivism is a way of thinking about the
formation of knowledge and understanding.
Learning involves construction
of knowledge by students engaging thoughtfully with information.
"Knowledge isn't a commodity
to be transferred," explains Mayer-
Smith. "It's a product of students
processing and making connections between new information received and knowledge previously
constructed."
"Prior knowledge and experiences are very important—they
mediate how students view, accept, process and construct new
understanding," says Griffiths, who
abandoned 'mug and jug' educa
tion when, among other things, he
concluded his biology students
were confronting complex data
analysis for the first time.
"I'm convinced that genetics
teachers have an obligation to help
students change from regurgitation—useful in some courses — to
a metacognitive or self-questioning mode," he says.
"Our goal as teachers," says
Mayer-Smith, "must be to create a
shared, active learning environment in which students demonstrate critical thinking and skills at
problem-solving and transferring
learning to new situations."
This challenge requires fundamental changes in the roles and
actions of teachers and students
Griffiths and Mayer-Smith say.
An end to lecturing as some
know it?
"Traditional lecturing is a medieval form which has outlived its
usefulness and must be redesigned
to promote active learning rather
than just transfer information,"
they conclude.
Pianist's work in the key of Beethoven
Ten-CD set conveys composer's magnificence in black
and white over 11 hours
FOR    THE    RECORD,   Music   Prof.
Robert Silverman is not the Toronto actor for whom he once received
a cheque from cbc Television. Nor
is he dean of Arts at Queen's University or "Bicycle Bob" Silverman,
also from Montreal, who once got
arrested for painting his own bicycle path on a city street.
A faculty member since 1973,
who served as director of the
School of Music from 1991-95, Silverman is the renowned pianist
who has arrived at the peak of classical music after performing live
and recording Beethoven's 32 sonatas.
Comprising 103 individual movements and more than 11 hours of
music, the io-cd set is on the Or-
pheum Masters label.
For a complete listing of ubc's authors for 2000, visit www.publicajfairs.ubc.ca
Silverman has performed with
the world's greatest symphonies.
He has made more than 15 winning
recordings.
But after serving as the school's
director he says he was looking for
something big to get him back in
the swing and keep him off the
streets.
"I spent four years on this
project, but have been living and
teaching this music for a lifetime."
"The sonatas embody the core
of the piano repertoire, in which
Beethoven's immense expressive
range, limitless powers of invention and technical mastery are revealed," he explains.
Silverman, who scaled his personal Everest on a high-tech
Bosendorfer 290SE piano, only one
of 32 manufactured, says his life
has changed.
"The sense of any work is so
Music Prof. Robert Silverman
much clearer to me now. I feel totally gelled artistically."
He describes his current ubc
class as the best in 35 years.
"We pass on what we know and
that helps develop ideas. I am a
much better pianist because I
teach and a much better teacher
because I perform," he says.
A pianist and professor whose
10-disc set ofthe sonatas sold out
in two months and is being reissued, Robert Silverman is enjoying
the view.

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