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UBC Chooses its 12th
President: Stephen Toope
Most Canadian dailies, including
the Globe and Mail, Montreal
Gazette, Ottawa Citizen and the
Vancouver Sun reported on the
recent hiring of the renowned
legal scholar of human rights and
international law as UBC's 12th
Former McGill University Dean
of Law Stephen Toope, a man
known for his work on royal
commissions, as an independent
fact-finder in the case of Maher
Arar, and his connections to the
federal government, will assume
the post in June.
"He is a rare combination of
somebody who is brilliant,
humane, considerate and
fearless," said his friend, Madam
Justice Rosalie Abella of the
Supreme Court of Canada, in
an interview after the
announcement. "UBC should
be electrified."
The university's selection
committee considered more than
150 candidates in a seven-month
search to replace outgoing
president Martha Piper.
Nobel Laureatejoins UBC to
Advance Science Education
Media outlets across North
America, including the Associated
Press, Canadian Press, Denver
Post, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
and Globe and Mail reported on
American Nobel Prize winner
Carl Wieman's recent decision to
join UBC from the University of
Colorado to advance science
education reform.
2004 United States Professor
ofthe Year, Wieman, 54, was
awarded a Nobel Prize in physics
in 2001 for proving Albert
Einstein's theory that a certain
form of matter exists. With his
appointment, UBC becomes one
of only two schools in Canada
with a Nobel laureate on its
"This is quite significant, to
have someone of his stature in the
science community," said UBC
President Martha
Piper in an interview
with the Globe and
Mail. "It's incredibly
exciting, and it fits
right in with our
strategic vision for
Lives lived:
Auschwitz Survivor
More than 20
international dailies,
including the New
York Times, L.A.
Times, the UK
Telegraph and the
Globe and Mail
celebrated the life of
RudolfVrba, who
escaped from
Auschwitz as a young
man and provided the
first eyewitness
evidence not only of
the magnitude of the
tragedy unfolding at
the death camp but
also of the exact
mechanics of Nazi
mass extermination.
He succumbed to
cancer on March 27
at a hospital in
Vancouver. He was 82.
In a document that became
known as the Auschwitz Protocol,
Vrba detailed the various corners of
the death camp, including the gas
chambers and crematories. He was
one of only five Jewish inmates to
successfully escape from
In 1967, Vrba left the U.K. to
join UBC, where he became a
professor of pharmacology and
continued to work for the rest of
his life, authoring more than 50
scientific papers.
Microsoft Takes Aim at Google
with Scholarly Search Engine
The launch of Windows Live
Academic Search, Microsoft's
alternative to academic search
engine Google Scholar, was reported by dozens of international
dailies and technology publications,
Stephen Toope, President of the Pierre Elliott
Trudeau Foundation, takes up UBC presidential
duties July 1 for a five-year term
including Digital Media Asia,
China's People's Daily, Seattle Post-
Intelligencer, MacWorld and PC
Microsoft's initiative won't supplant Google Scholar or commercial
databases used by researchers, but it
does add a new element of competition, said UBC biomedical librarian
Dean Giustini, a Google Scholar
user who writes a blog about that
service and part of a group invited
to the Microsoft campus to preview
the new tool.
Giustini said he was disappointed
to see that Microsoft's offering
doesn't yet have a feature for seeing
which articles cite a particular
document. He also raised questions
about the robustness of Microsoft's
infrastructure, noting that the
broader MSN Search has been
offline periodically in recent weeks.
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First Grad Class Takes its Place in UBC Okanagan History
The ranks of UBC alumni in the
Okanagan will grow by nearly 10
per cent on June 9, when UBC
Okanagan's very first graduates
receive their degrees.
"There are over 5,000 UBC
alumni in the region, and around
490 UBC Okanagan students have
applied for graduation," says
Shawn Swallow, Manager of
Alumni Services at UBC
"It's an historic event for UBC
— and for UBC alumni — to
welcome these students into a
UBC's motto — it is
yours — adorns the
mace that symbolizes the
Chancellor's authority.
It has been used in
congregation ceremonies
since 1959.
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family of 220,000 alumni
worldwide," he says. "Where else
do you have an opportunity to
create a new university campus
and graduate a first class? It's an
extraordinary thing to be a part
While the Vancouver campus
has 23 ceremonies from May 24 to
May 31, UBC Okanagan's June 9
Spring Congregation will take
place in two sessions. A ceremony
begins at 9:30 a.m. for Irving K.
Barber School of Arts and Sciences
grads, followed by one at 2:30
p.m. for graduates from Creative
and Critical Studies, Education and
Health and Social Development.
Both Okanagan ceremonies will
deliver all the tradition of UBC
Congregations going back to the
first granting of degrees in 1916.
"There is a lot of history in
these ceremonies," says Eilis
Courtney, director of Ceremonies
and Events at UBC. "We're using
the ceremonial mace and the
Chancellor's chair from UBC's
Vancouver campus. The
ceremonies in Kelowna will be
almost identical to the ceremonies
in Vancouver, but with an
Okanagan twist."
Unique to the Kelowna ceremonies, for example, is the presentation of a welcoming message
from the Okanagan Nation
When UBC's campus in Kelowna
opened its doors in September
2005, Okanagan University
College students entering their
final year of study became UBC
Okanagan students. They spent
the past year completing
requirements for UBC degrees in
the faculties of Arts and Sciences,
Education, Creative and Critical
Studies, and Health and Social
Robert Belton was the dean of
Okanagan University College's
Faculty of Arts before taking on
the task of establishing a new kind
of faculty at UBC Okanagan this
year as dean of the Faculty of
Creative and Critical Studies.
"We're doing something in this
new faculty that's unlike anything
anywhere," says Belton, describing
how, for example, creative
writing, theatre and fine arts are
blending and informing one
another. Professors are developing
courses that are "not just
interdisciplinary, they're
multidisciplinary — we're well on
our way to creating a new hybrid
here, and this year's graduates are
a marker of that change.
"It's really exciting, it's vibrant
and chaotic and fun. Things are
really happening," he says. "That
kind of excitement is perhaps most
visible in the end-of-year graduate
art exhibition."
The appropriately entitled
Ab Initio — Latin for "from the
beginning" — exhibition ran for
10 days in late April, showcasing
the work of more than 30 Bachelor
of Fine Arts graduates. Exhibiting
grad Ryan Lillies described the
ending-and-beginning show as
"the pinnacle of our studies —
and, of course, we're hopeful it's
also the catalyst for our artistic
"Every one of our grads this
year should be proud," says
Swallow. "They worked hard,
and they will contribute to UBC's
reputation and achievements,
going on to become community
and corporate leaders and joining
the ranks of UBC alumni."
Swallow adds that he's looking
forward to the years ahead when
today's grads come back to UBC
Okanagan. "This class holds a
special place in UBC's history," he
"They will be forever recognized
for that — when they return to
campus, they'll be coming back as
members of that first class." □
Students Applying to Graduate this June at UBC Okanagan
Represent the Following Faculties and Degree Programs:
Faculty of Arts and Sciences:
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies:
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Faculty of Education:
Bachelor of Education, Elementary
Bachelor of Education, Secondary
Faculty of Health and Social Development.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Social Work
Total UBC Okanagan's Class of 2006
continued from page 1
For the first time, 500 students
will be receiving UBC degrees at
UBC Okanagan.
In addition, between both
campuses 11 honorary degrees
will be conferred to distinguished
guests that include opera tenor
Richard Margison, best-selling
mystery writer Alexander McCall
Smith, and former Okanagan
University College president
William Bowering.
For more information, and to
view the Vancouver ceremonies
live via webcast, visit
Staff Members Receive
President's Service Award for
excellence by basil waugh
Five members ofthe university
community are being recognized
for their outstanding contributions to campus life as recipients
of this year's President's Service
Award for Excellence.
Each recipient will receive a
gold medal and $5,000 in a presentation during Spring
Congregation ceremonies.
Anne Stanton has worked as a
building service worker since
1978, and for the past 28 years
has approached her responsibilities for cleaning and maintaining
such facilities as the Life Sciences
Centre and Memorial Gym with
an unwavering dedication to
health and safety.
Stanton holds the distinction of
being the first Land and Building
Services employee to volunteer for
First Aid training. As a longstanding member of the Custodial
Health and Safety committee, she
initiated numerous safety programs and seminars. Stanton
serves as a Canadian Union of
Public Employees (CUPE) shop
steward, and often provides training and advocacy on her own
time. Stanton participates in the
annual Breast Cancer Research
Walk for a Cure and volunteers
for the United Way.
As the manager responsible for
WebCT, the course management
system developed at UBC and
used around the world, 17-year
employee Douglas Quinville
supervises an IT Services team
entrusted with the reliability and
availability of one of the university's most-used student services.
Outside of his formal duties,
Quinville is best known for his
leadership in the annual UBC
Faculty and Staff Golf
Quinville was the driving force
behind the tournament's transformation from a modest, purely
social event to a fundraiser for the
Walter Gage Memorial Fund that
attracts sell-out participation and
has raised $50,000 over the past
PSAE winners are (1-r) Douglas Quinville, Anne Stanton, Dorota Bartnik-Kapsa, Brian Lee and Catherine
Alkenbrack (missing from photo).
five years for student initiatives.
Since stepping down as tournament chair in 2003, the former
UBC varsity athlete has served
two terms as chair of the Walter
Gage Memorial Fund. Quinville
coaches his teenage daughters'
soccer team, coordinates door-to-
door canvassers for the Heart
and Stroke Fund, and captains his
neighborhood Block Watch
Program in West Vancouver.
Dorota Bartnik-Kapsa is Senior
Early Childhood Educator with
UBC Child Care Services and has
been caring for the children and
families of the faculty, staff, students and residents at the Summer
of '73 Daycare since 1988.
Bartnik-Kapsa champions programs that stimulate children intellectually, socially, physically and
emotionally. Parents, colleagues,
and students have described her as
an inspiration and role model for
quality childcare, education, and
continued on page 8 4     I
REPORTS       |      MAY     4,      2006
Artist Made World Her Classroom on Way to Degrees
A passion for travel has taken
Katherine Pickering around the
world. Along the way, she earned
UBC degrees in anthropology and
fine arts, and found a world of
artistic inspiration.
"I don't think I've been in one
place for more than two years
since I was 18," says Pickering, a
28-year-old UBC Okanagan
Bachelor of Fine Arts student
who will graduate in June.
"Travelling as a student wasn't
the easiest thing to do educationally, but as far as scholarships
and the relationships you make,
it was great," she says. "There
were minor challenges, but
they're not very great compared
to the benefits."
The day after graduating from
high school in Vernon, B.C.,
Pickering left for India on a
yearlong Rotary exchange trip.
When she returned, she signed up
for a fine arts course at
Okanagan University College and
went on to complete a diploma
in fine arts in 2000. Next up was
a trip to Mexico on a scholarship
to study Spanish for three
"I realized I wanted more of
an academic slant to my
education so I started an
so diverse and so incredibly
beautiful," she says. "Geography
and the effect that it has on us
fascinates me. I've been able to
explore this relationship through
travelling, and art has become a
tool that I can use to ask
questions about that
She returned to UBC to finish
her degree in anthropology, and
in 2004 went to Romania to
teach third-grade kids — an
experience that would bring her
back to studying art.
her work informed by her
"It helped me to understand
that there are so many different
ways of doing things, our
patterns of behavior are so
culturally based," says Pickering.
"Art is about opening yourself up
to alternative possibilities — this
is what it means to think creatively. Travelling makes you
more open-minded, which helps a
lot in problem-solving, a huge
part of making art."
Pickering has been accepted to
"Travelling makes you more open-minded, which helps a lot in
problem solving, a huge part of making art."
anthropology degree — applying
to UBC's exchange program,"
she says. Pickering spent 2001
studying in New Zealand.
"I loved the landscape and
geography of New Zealand. It is
"I thought I'd become a
teacher and teach art," she says.
"I came back to school and
had some fantastic painting
She now paints big canvasses,
study for a master's degree at
the University of Alberta. "I'm
planning to take that one step at
a time," she says. "I really want
to go back to New Zealand —
and I think I'll always travel." □
Katherine Pickering paints on a large scale. In the UBC Okanagan fine arts studio her work in progress reveals
layers of images that suggest landscapes and motion.
Nursing Grad Cares for
Victims of Sex Trade
A family photo of a four-year-old
girl proudly wearing a plastic
stethoscope may have been the
first hint of her future career, says
School of Nursing graduate
Denise Valdecantos.
The 25-year-old's journey belies
the innocence of that early
picture: much of her work
involves prostituted Asian women
and children, both in Vancouver's
Downtown Eastside and in the
Working for a year as a
Canadian International
She has worked with several
Vancouver sexual health education
programs targeted to youth, and
she currently volunteers at the
Philippine Women Centre of B.C.
in Vancouver's Downtown
Eastside, where she works with
migrant and trafficked women
— some sold as "mail-order
"The most satisfying part for
me is therapeutic communication
— hearing women's stories and
knowing I have something to
give," says Valdecantos, whose
'The women were poor and uneducated
about safe sex practices. Some were using
candy wrappers for condoms."
Development Agency intern, she
spent time in Philippine "red light
districts," usually near U.S. naval
"Living conditions were often
horrific," she says. "Some
prostituted children were forced
to live in cement stalls, like
animals. The women were poor
and uneducated about safe sex
practices. Some were using candy
wrappers for condoms."
Valdecantos helped develop a
culturally sensitive HIV/AIDS
education module and worked
directly with prostituted women
and children.
" It was very intense
emotionally. When I came back to
Canada, it was hard to re-adjust. I
felt disconnected for a while."
family emigrated from the
Philippines and includes many
Her other focus is mental
health, which benefits her work
with prostituted women.
"Many of the women I work
with also suffer from depression
and physical abuse. As a nurse,
I can address both physical and
psychiatric issues."
Valdecantos is now working at
Lion's Gate Hospital Neurology
Dept. and hopes to eventually
return to the Philippines to work
for a few years.
"A big part of why I love this
profession is that it allows me to
combine nursing care with teaching and travel — things I love to
do." □
Denise Valdecantos works with prostituted Asian women and children in
the Downtown Eastside. REPORTS      |      MAY     4,     2006      |      5
Not Your Average Internship
War-torn Afghanistan highlight of grad's business studies, by Lorraine chan
Ashfan Charania names his over
seas work experience in Afghanistan
as the absolute highlight of his
BComm studies.
"It's one ofthe best experiences of
my life," says Charania, who graduates from the Sauder School of
Business. "I'd love to go back."
In 2004, Charania completed as a
third-year student his finance internship at Telecom Development
Company Afghanistan (TDCA), the
country's largest cell phone and service provider.
During his stay between May and
August, he witnessed three rocket
attacks, one of them landing 100
metres from his guesthouse.
"Security was always a top priority, " he says, recalling how that near
miss sent everyone diving for the
basement. "No one really knew who
was setting off these homemade
Despite the danger, Charania says
he valued the opportunity to see how
economic tools can help rebuild a
war-torn country.
He explains that TDCA is 49 per
cent privately owned with 51 per
cent owned by the non-profit Aga
Khan Development Network, which
plows profits back into development
through building schools, nutrition
and health care.
"I was able to learn more about
microfinance, which is making small
loans available to people who don't
have access to capital so they can
start their own businesses," says
He adds that microfinance, unlike
debt relief or foreign aid, can address
the root cause of poverty. "You can
transform entire villages and stop the
rural-to-urban migration."
While in Kabul, Charania — who
speaks English, French, Swahili and
the Indian language Kutchi — mastered a basic level of Dari and was
able to converse easily with his
Afghan hosts and co-workers.
"The Afghans are the most hospitable, generous people I've ever
met," says Charania. "They invite
you into their homes and open their
lives to you."
Charania traces his passion to help
developing nations from his own
family history and strong ties to East
Africa where he still has relatives.
"My great-grandfather emigrated
from India to Kiisi, a small village in
Kenya. I was born in Nairobi and
then grew up in Kigali, Rwanda."
At the age of seven, Charania, his
parents and two siblings moved from
Rwanda to Canada in 1991. He says
he felt a "reverse shock" at seeing
such widespread wealth compared to
what he was used to in Africa.
"It was strange seeing how the
majority of the population is so well
off. People have ready access to
education and decent health care, but
most don't realize that other parts of
the world don't."
Charania hopes to further his
education with either an MBA or a
Master's of International
"But not right away," he says,
"I'm hoping to go overseas to get
direct, hands-on experience in
He has applied for a fellowship with
the Aga Khan Foundation Canada for
an eight-month placement in either
Bangledesh, India, or Tajikistan, which
borders China and Afghanistan. □
Teacher has Passion for Hearing and Deaf Children
Alayna Smith is starting to feel
a few butterflies now that she's been
accepted at the Vancouver School
Board as a substitute teacher on call.
"It's more excitement than nervousness, " says Smith, who graduates
from the Faculty of Education this
spring. "Since I was small, I've been
interested in becoming a teacher."
She adds, "I love connecting with
people and working with children,
giving them the support so they can
be the best they can be."
Smith has been deaf since birth
and communicates using sign language and lip reading. Previously at
UBC, she earned a BA in English literature and now holds a BEd with a
focus on children with special needs.
"I chose this field because I feel
kids can benefit from my experience
as a deaf person and I have an interest in learning to better support and
work with students with special
needs," says Smith.
However, her teacher training
equips her to handle both special
needs and regular classrooms. As a
student teacher, Smith completed
three "rich and wonderful" placements at Burnaby's South Slope
Elementary School. There, she
taught mainly hearing and a few
deaf children since South Slope also
houses a B.C. Provincial School for
the Deaf Elementary Program.
"Because South Slope is very open
to deaf culture, many of the kids are
"Kids are capable of reaching the stars,'
through lip reading and sign language.
says teacher Alayna Smith, who was born deaf and communicates
aware and know how to use sign
language interpreters," says Smith.
Accompanied by interpreters and
alongside South Slope teachers,
Smith taught 30 students in Grades
4 and 5 in diverse subject areas
including gym and language arts.
"It was really neat for me to see
deaf students who joined my class
for a few subjects," says Smith. "It
was interesting to look back at my
experiences as a deaf child in elementary school. As a student
teacher, I tried to provide the students with an open, welcoming
community where children of all
diversities connect, hearing or deaf."
Born and raised in Langley, Smith
says her parents made sure she and
her brother, who was also born deaf,
received the support and education
to flourish.
"My parents really encouraged us
to try different things. I was on a
competitive swimming team with
hearing and deaf kids."
Similarly, Smith hopes to see her
students grow and thrive. "Kids are
capable of reaching the stars. You can
see it. They have that spirit. I want to
encourage them to go with it and succeed. "
Smith acknowledges that for many
students, she may be the first deaf person they meet and perhaps the first
teacher they communicate with
through sign language interpreters.
"I predict I'll have to do some educating, " she says, "but kids are inher-
entiy curious when they see sign language. They're exceptionally open-
minded, more so than many older
Besides, says Smith, her situation
can open the door to students learning
more about empathy and understanding. "I hope to use that opportunity to
talk about using an interpreter and
signing, and then segue into having
them talk about their own cultures."
She says when she was in elementary school, lessons on First Nations
history or the Japanese Canadian
internment "only scratched the surface. "
"I want to make sure in my classroom, that it's a rich experience and a
rich history. I'll want to talk about different ways of being: abilities, ages,
genders, sexualities, cultures, and so
But more than anything, she says
she'd like to help children realize they
can achieve anything they set their
mind to. □ 6
IC     REPORTS      |      MAY    4,     2 O O 6
As a First Nations woman,
Michelle Cameron has set her
sights on working in a profession
that holds as many rewards as
She points to her mother and
grandmother as two role models
who sustain her and exemplify
that strength.
over-represented as clients in
almost every social service
Cameron says that while
valuable hands-on experience
doing full-time qualitative
research and program evaluation
with the B.C. Ministry of
how historically some cultures
valued gay and lesbian people for
their greater understanding of
male and female energy.
During her social work training, Cameron used a Medicine Wheel to conduct client assessments. She invited clients
to draw a circle with four quadrants that represented their spiritual, mental, physical and emotional states.
minefields. Cameron will receive
her Master of Social Work degree
at Fall Congregation this
"You can sometimes feel torn
because of that historical
mistrust," Cameron admits. "But
one of the reasons I've decided to
specialize in child welfare is that
Aboriginal people need to be
actively involved if we're ever
going to change the system."
Cameron is a member of Burns
Lake Band. On her mother's side
of the family, she is Carrier First
Nations, Frog Clan. Her father's
side is Irish-Canadian.
"I see it as almost being
bilingual — bringing an understanding of the concepts of the
mainstream world, but making
it culturally appropriate for the
Aboriginal community.
For example, during her social
work training, Cameron used a
Medicine Wheel to conduct client
assessments. She invited clients to
draw a circle with four quadrants
that represented their spiritual,
mental, physical and emotional
"I find the Medicine Wheel is
more holistic compared to
conventional assessment tools,
which can be too linear and
deficit based," says Cameron.
Overall, Cameron says she
hopes to bring more balance to
the social work picture. "There
has been a lot of talk about
alcoholism and fetal alcohol
syndrome, but the huge strengths
of the Aboriginal community are
not acknowledged and are
"My grandmother is the
backbone of the Reserve," says
Cameron. "She holds everyone
together. My Mom is at UBC
doing her PhD in educational
studies right now. When you
consider that about only 30 per
cent of Aboriginal students finish
high school, that's pretty
Previously at UBC, Cameron
earned a BA with a double major
in English literature and classics.
After a fruitless job search, she
then signed up for a yearlong
Aircraft Engine Mechanic course
at BCIT.
"Kind of cool, right? Jet
At that time, however,
Cameron "didn't know a
screwdriver from a wrench," but
says she wanted to challenge
herself, especially since her father
holds tickets as an electrician and
heavy-duty mechanic.
As it was, she finished fourth
out of a class of 16 in the repair
and maintenance of aircraft and
helicopter gas turbine engines.
Unfortunately, she got her certificate shortly after Sept. 11, 2001.
"The aviation industry went
into a bad state, so there were no
Meanwhile, Cameron began
taking introductory social work
courses by correspondence and
felt something click.
"That was one ofthe first
times that I felt passionate about
what I was doing," she says.
"Coming from an Aboriginal
family, all the issues are so
relevant. Aboriginal people are
Aboriginal people comprise eight
per cent of B.C.'s population, 60
per cent of Vancouver children in
the child welfare system are
Aboriginal, and in northern B.C.
that figure is 72 per cent or
Cameron is currently gaining
Children and Family
In January 2007, she will start
her PhD in Women's Studies at
Simon Fraser University. Her
dissertation research will focus
on "Two-Spirited" members in
Aboriginal communities, and
Also, by the end of this year,
she and her partner are hoping
to adopt a child, or possibly a ,,
sibling group.
"Adoption is something I've
always wanted to do since I was
little, knowing that so many
Aboriginal children are in care."
A Long History of Advising:
UBC Chemistry Prof. Emeritus
Brian James
Prof. Jame's 8oth graduate student will earn his
PhD in Chemistry this year.
Since his first UBC faculty appointment in
1964, James has served as thesis advisor to 54 PhD
and 26 Master's students, nine of whom went on to
complete their PhD with James.
His first advisee served as President of the Royal
Society of Canada, while a dozen others are on
faculty at universities around the world.
"Prof. James represents all the finest features of
excellent university research," says UBC
Vice-President, Research, John Hepburn. "Not only
is he at the leading-edge of his field — in fact, he has
defined new areas of research throughout his career
— he has mentored a record number of
students who have gone on to their own stellar
careers in research."
The prestigious journal Inorganica ChimicaActa
will publish a special issue this month to celebrate
Prof. James (front row, third from left) and his
1970 soccer team, including Commerce Prof.
Emeritus Trevor Heaver (back row from left),
Physics prof. Emeritus Brian Turret and Chemistry
Prof. Emeritus Alan Storr (centre, back row).
James's 70th birthday and his contributions to the
field of inorganic chemistry.
"Although having accumulated 30 UBC,
national and international awards, and close to
400 publications, I'm most proud of having
graduated so many fantastic students," says the
former British citizen who shares the Queen's
birthday.  □ REPORTS      |       MAY     4,      2006      |      7
Double Vision
Sisters pursue international conservation by Hilary Thomson
Is it double vision, deja vu or a
The Chan Centre audience may
be doing double takes when identical twins Lydia and Louise Teh
pick up Master of Science degrees
later this month.
The sisters and their family
moved to Vancouver from Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1989, and
have been working in tandem
throughout their academic life.
They both earned BComm
degrees from UBC in 2000, with
Louise specializing in finance and
Lydia focused on marketing. But
after working as financial analysts
and researchers, they decided
careers in commerce were not for
A self-directed course in their
final year had introduced them to
the subject of sustainability and
brought them back to UBC in
2003 to pursue degrees in
Resource Management and
Environmental Studies.
The now 28-year-old sisters
remained connected for their field-
work on the island of Banggi,
"Actually, we didn't even know
of this remote island's existence
prior to our research," says
Twin grads Louise (1) and Lydia Teh
will use their Resource Management
and Environmental Studies degrees
to better undestand coastal zone
management and marine conservation.
Louise, who along with her sister
also speaks Malay, Cantonese,
and Mandarin.
They stayed a total of three
months on Banggi where Louise
studied local reef fisheries.
"We didn't know what to
expect when we went there, but
people were very friendly and we
spent lots of time with fishers
both on the dock where we measured, weighed and counted fish,
and on the water. They took us
out and taught us how to fish,"
she says.
Lydia looked at the feasibilty of
sustainable eco-tourism.
"Expectations for tourism revenue are high and there's a need
to help islanders understand the
limits, such as biophysical conditions. "
Both women hope to return to
the island to continue research in
coastal zone management and
marine conservation.
"We got to know the people in
these fishing communities — we
want to go back there and make a
positive difference," says Lydia.
When they aren't studying, the
duo can be spotted in local recreation spots hiking, backpacking,
snowshoeing, or diving. □
Forecast Rosy for Sailing
Champ, Meteorologist
Eric Hoi den recently completed a
94-hour race from Hong Kong to Manila
When Eric Holden's friends from
Vancouver's False Creek
Elementary School came to visit,
they weren't welcomed into a
house with a white picket fence.
That's because Holden, who graduates from UBC this spring with a
Bachelor of Science degree in
atmospheric science, lived on a
50-foot yacht until the age of 12.
"My parents took me sailing
when I was 10 days old," says
Holden, who competed in his first
race at age nine. "For me, it was
just another sport. Some kids play
soccer, I got into sailing."
The early start cemented
Holden's interest — and
inevitable success — in the
grueling sport of yacht racing.
At 18, he became the Canadian
racing-related weather forecasts.
"Weather is such a big part of
sailing, but most athletes get into
a race with just general rules of
thumb that are often inaccurate,"
says Holden. "To me that wasn't
His unique combination of
skills in sailing and meteorology
has led to a job advising Derek
Hatfield, who finished a
single-handed race around the
world in 2003. Hatfield's 60-foot
Spirit of Canada embarks on the
2006/07 Five Oceans around the
World race this October.
"I started meteorology because
of sailing, now I continue sailing
because of what I could learn
about meteorology," says Holden.
"What I love is that it's both a
"Weather is such a big part of sailing, but most
athletes get into a race with just general rules
of thumb that are often inaccurate. To me that
wasn't enough."
Youth Champion in 1998, only
to become the World Champion a
year later during his first year at
Since then, Holden has
competed in multiple World
Championships and finished
second at the Canadian Olympic
trials for the 2004 Athens games,
all while keeping a near-perfect
attendance record at UBC.
"I couldn't bear the thought of
missing a class where they may be
discussing something I could
apply to sailing," says Holden.
"I'll miss not having my professors around to consult with."
Admitting that he initially took
up meteorology to get an edge in
sailing, Holden says it has
developed into a lifelong passion
and career. The 26-year-old
entrepreneur recently started his
own business specializing in yacht
science and an art. We can learn
so much but it's still up to
Mother Nature. It's variable and
it's fast-changing."
With single-handed, around-
the-world racing and future
Olympics still ahead of him,
Holden says while he's excited
about a career as a meteorologist,
he will likely never stop racing.
"Some people compare it to
running a marathon and playing
a game of chess at the same
time," says Holden. "To me,
the appeal lies in the nature of
being on a vessel that you can
steer without using any power
except for the force of the wind.
"It's a beautiful thing to be
so self-sufficient while all you
can see for miles in any direction
is water. People who've
experienced it are usually sailors
for life." □ UBC     REPORTS      |      MAY    4,     2006
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Jennifer LazarofPs road to a
bachelor of arts degree took some
twists and turns. But this full-time
UBC Okanagan student and
mother of a young son refuses to
let hard work stand in the way of
her desire to study philosophy.
Lazaroff, 25, attended
university for a year after high
school but decided more school
wasn't what she wanted. Three
years later, in a job that paid only
modestly and with a baby on the
way, she was determined to
resume her education.
"I decided going to school was
the only way for me," says
Lazaroff. "I thought, 'I can't keep
working for $ 10 an hour and I
can't get a better job without an
Less than a week before her
son was born, she started three
correspondence courses.
Her son Austin is three now,
UBC Okanagan student Jennifer Lazaroff shifted her focus from
economics to philosophy in her final term in preparation for graduate
studies in philosophy this fall.
two weeks and finally decided
teaching wasn't where my heart
is," she says. "I didn't really want
a career that was just a job to me.
I came to a fork in the road —
should I do what I really want to
"but it was the toughest semester I
ever had."
With her BA in hand, Lazaroff
now hopes to enter the interdisciplinary master's program at UBC
Okanagan this fall. Her long-term
"I've been going to school non-stop for three years since my son was
born. It has been a juggling act for sure, but it's worth the sacrifices
— I have something to show for all that hard work."
and Lazaroff is about to receive
her BA in political science,
philosophy and economics (PPE).
Recently, her philosophy professor
raised the notion of a master's
degree in philosophy.
As Lazaroff considered a future
in philosophy, a subject she particularly enjoyed, she also considered
becoming a teacher — something
she saw as a "pragmatic option."
"I thought about it for a good
do, or do what's pragmatic?"
After making the Dean's list
several times — a feat she's
particularly proud of — with one
semester remaining Lazaroff
switched her emphasis from
economics to philosophy, taking
three extra philosophy courses on
top of the remaining courses she
needed to graduate.
"This semester was supposed to
be a walk in the park," she says,
goal is to earn a PhD and some
day teach philosophy as a
university professor.
That's the future, but right now
she is just looking forward to
graduating. "I've been going to
school non-stop for three years
since my son was born," she says.
"It has been a juggling act for
sure, but it's worth the sacrifices
— I have something to show for
all that hard work." □
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the children, but a child's entire
family, adding that children
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confident, happy individuals,
ready to contribute in kindergarten and in the greater community. Bartnik-Kapsa's commitment
to her field is demonstrated by
her participation in volunteer
committees focused on the development of best practices in early
child education at UBC Child
Care Services, which often take
place outside of hours of work.
For the last 16 years, Brian Lee
has dedicated his career to the
financial health of the university
— the past nine years as director
of Finance in the Faculty of Arts,
UBC's largest faculty with a
budget of around $60 million
and 21 departments, schools and
Lee, a UBC alumnus, is best
known for decentralizing the
Faculty's budget, a two-year
project that resulted in greater
departmental flexibility, smaller
classes, and more full-time
positions. A past co-chair of the
Committee of Faculty Business
Administrators, he is also responsible for the faculty's five-year
comprehensive financial plan,
which provided a balanced fiscal
outlook using various economic
scenarios and enrollment projections. Lee is a member of the
Killarney Secondary School Parent
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Certified General Accountant's
organization, where he marks student exams on a volunteer basis.
Catherine Alkenbrack, associate
director of Facilities and Capital
Planning, is the first point of contact when administrators, faculty,
staff and students think about
physical space on campus. Over
the course of her 14 years of
employment, a period of unprecedented growth at UBC, she has
become known as the campus's
space planning "conscience."
Alkenbrack manages over 250
annual requests for space or planning assistance. She has created
space plans, budgets, and re-use
scenarios for nearly 150 additional
major projects, including UBC
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Institute of Business and
Technology. When required, she is
known to work late into the night
to ensure major projects remain
on deadline. A graduate of the
UBC School of Architecture,
Alkenbrack is author of the UBC
Core Density Study, a key
roadmap for campus growth. She
was also instrumental in the
creation of the recently completed
Swing Space Building, used as
temporary space for units whose
facilities are being renovated. As a
member of UBC's Canada
Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
team, Alkenbrack's ability to project and cost the physical implications of research proposals is seen
as critical to the quality of the university's applications, which generated $200 million in funding in
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Harold Cardinal, an outstanding
First Nations leader, lawyer and
scholar, receives his PhD in law
posthumously at this spring's
Convocation.   He passed away on
June 3, 2005.
Raised on the Sucker Creek Cree
Reserve, Cardinal rose to national
prominence as President of the
Indian Association of Alberta.
First elected at 23 years of age, he
worked during nine terms in office
to develop and preserve Indian culture.  Cardinal was a key figure in
the creation of the National Indian
Brotherhood, the precursor of the
Assembly of First Nations (AFN),
and took part in pivotal negotiations with the federal government
of Canada over its Indian policy.
"I have known Dr. Harold
Cardinal since long before he completed the triple crown of becoming a 'Doctor, Lawyer, and Indian
Chief," said AFN National Chief
Phil Fontaine. "He truly has been
an inspirational warrior and leader
for First Nations all of his life."
His first book, The Unjust
Society: the Tragedy of Canada s
Indians (1969), published before
he was 25 years old, clearly outlined the historical, customary, and
legal rights of First Nations peoples.  Its impact was enormous.  It
for the first time educated large
numbers of non-aboriginal
Canadians about the profound
injustices that characterize
Canada's treatment of First
Nations.  Cardinal's example
inspired new generations of First
Nations women and men to
assume leadership in their communities.
Prior to earning his doctorate in
law at UBC, Cardinal completed
his LLM at Harvard University
and served as Indigenous Scholar
in Residence in the Faculty of Law
at the University of Alberta.  A
recipient of a Lifetime
Achievement Award from the
National Aboriginal Achievement
Foundation, he was awarded an
honorary LLD by the University of
Alberta in 1999.
At UBC Cardinal is remembered
by Prof. June McCue for "the support, humour and joy that he
brought" to the gatherings of First
Nations law students. He was, she
said, "our philosopher, scholar,
leader, and companion."
At UBC, Cardinal brought
unique qualifications to his PhD
research on the relationships
between Cree and State law.
Cardinal invested years in acquiring the learning offered by Cree
elders and he uniquely, deeply
bridged two worlds. □
Publications of Harold Cardinal:
• The Unjust Society: the Tragedy
of Canada s Indians (Mel Hurtig
Publishers, 1969; republished
Douglas & Mclntyre, 1999)
•The Rebirth of Canada's Indians
(Mel Hurtig Publishers, 1977)
• Alberta elders' Cree dictionary =
Alperta ohci kehtehayak nehiyaw
otwestamakewasinahikan by
Nancy LeClaire & George
Cardinal; edited by Earle Waugh;
Cree consultants, Emily Hunter,
Earle H. Waugh, and Harold
Cardinal (University of Alberta
Press, 1998)
• Treaty elders of Saskatchewan:
our dream is that our peoples
will one day be clearly recognized as nations (with W
Hildebrand). (University of
Calgary Press, 2000) UBC     REPORTS      |      MAY    4,     2 O O 6
Jordan Barlow is passionate about building timber-framed homes and custom furniture. But his dream job is as a
writer on Saturday Night Live.
Seeing the Forest for the Trees
Wood science grad has global perspective, by brian lin
Jordan Barlow doesn't think he
can solve all the problems in
the world, but that won't stop
him from making small contributions to a handful of people.
"Ifyou learn something or
discover something, you should
share that with the world,"
says Barlow, who is graduating
this spring with a BSc in wood
to operate the machinery. The
others could be replaced at any
time with any of the unemployed workers lining up outside. "
The dispensable work force
also means that employee
health and safety programs are
almost non-existent.
"In many cases, it makes
ing nations. Monetary aid is
just a temporary band-aid. I
definitely see myself taking
time in the future to volunteer
and share my knowledge."
Hoping to make a career
building timber-framed homes
and high-end custom furniture,
the handy 24-year-old admits
there's one job he'd drop
"Sharing knowledge is the only way to empower developing
nations. Monetary aid is just a temporary band-aid. I
definitely see myself taking time in the future to volunteer
and share my knowledge."
product processing from the
Faculty of Forestry.
"That way everyone grows
and benefits from that knowledge. It's selfish to hoard it and
die with it."
Barlow recently returned
from a seven-month co-op term
at the University of
Stellenbosch. He visited local
factories and interviewed plant
managers and workers to help
the South African university
integrate industry practices into
its academic-heavy wood science program.
"They're basically where
UBC was 10 years ago,"
explains Barlow, who grew up
in Castlegar, B.C., a small mill
town in the Central Kootenay
Known for its inexpensive
labour and fast-growing trees,
the South African wood products sector is now facing stiff
competition from China, which
is taking a large share of the
export furniture market with its
cheap but knowledgeable work
force and abundant high-tech
"What we're offering is
Canada's experience in developing wood science curriculum
and training programs so they
can better educate their work
force," says Barlow. "One factory I visited had 300 workers,
and only 20 of them knew how
more sense for the employer to
hand out condoms rather than
safety goggles, because the
worker is more likely to contract HIV before he is injured
on the job. Parts of the factory
close down every few days so
the workers can attend the
funeral of one of their colleagues. "
Despite its growing pains and
post-apartheid instability, the
South African industry is slowly carving out its own niche,
says Barlow.
"It's a case of working with
what you have," he adds.
"Unable to afford multi-million-dollar machinery, some of
the smaller factories are now
employing skilled workers to
make unique, one-off custom
furniture items by hand, and
selling them to the UK at very
high prices. That's a very effective model that many rural B.C.
towns and First Nations communities could adopt."
Barlow learned an important
lesson of his own. "Inequality
is the root of all problems,"
says Barlow, who was confused
to find two men's washrooms
side-by-side in the Stellenbosch
university's forestry building —
until he realized that during
apartheid, one was for white
people, the other for non-white.
"Sharing knowledge is the
only way to empower develop-
everything for.
"I want to be a writer for
Saturday Night Live," says
Barlow. "I just enjoy making
people laugh. If people are
smiling, I'm having a good
time." □
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Did you know?
Canada is ranked 59th
among industrial nations
for eco-system health,
60th for urban air quality and
98th for energy efficiency?
In contrast, UBC has reduced
energy use by 14 per cent, saving
$3.4 million annually, reduced
air-polluting nitrogen oxide
emissions by 85%, and will meet
our 2012 Kyoto targets by 2007.
UBC's Next Master Plan
The UBC community will soon
be asked to help the University
define the vision of the
academic campus for the next
25 years. UBC's Campus and
Community Planning will lead
a public consultation program
to discuss the future of UBC's
architecture, built form,
public realm, and, critically,
how planning on campus is
"UBC's Board of Governors
adopted the Main Campus
Plan in 1992," said Nancy
Knight, Associate Vice
President, Campus and
Community Planning. "It's
time to update that plan to
incorporate the values of Trek
2010, the recent residential
development, and to account
for the planning needs of a leading global
Consultations for the next Campus
Master Plan will roll out in four phases
starting with an opportunity for the
community to define UBC's planning
challenges. This will be followed by a series
of community workshops, and will end
with the development of three community
visions and a draft plan.
The Campus Master Plan exercise
is scheduled to begin this spring with a
series of technical reviews with planning
and design experts. Public consultation
opportunities will begin in the Fall of 2006.
The exercise is expected to take 18 months
to complete.
ISSUE   NO.6    MAY  2006
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UBC Campus and Community Planning wants to know
where the UBC community stands when it comes to UBC's future (photo shows UBC
students protesting about lack of building space for classes circa 1922)
President Martha Piper and Geoff Atkins,
Associate Vice-President Land and Building Services,
unveil Sustainability Street
A New Kind of Street Smarts
Stores Road (between Main Mall and West
Mall) is being transformed into Sustainability Street - living proof that
research and new technologies can make our urban environments more
"Sustainability Street is a showcase of UBC's leading research in a
real world development scenario," said David Grigg, Associate Director,
Campus and Community Planning. "The applications that work here
will be used in other areas of the university's development, including the
South Campus Wesbrook Place neighbourhood."
The initial phase of Sustainability Street focuses on two revolutionary
closed-loop systems that integrate storm water management, wastewater
treatment and ground source heating. This also includes a small-scale
biodiesel production unit, which will transform waste cooking oil
generated on campus into a
clean-burning fuel that powers
UBC maintenance vehicles.
The street's storm water
system will demonstrate how
to collect and treat water in a
small space, enabling the natural
filtration of contaminants before
the water enters the groundwater
table and surrounding streams.
Storm water will flow in over
a series of cascading weirs and
pools before reaching a pond
where it will be allowed to
infiltrate back into the ground.
This surface water flow will be
supplemented by groundwater
that has been pumped from the
ground and used to provide
heating and cooling for one of
the office buildings on the street.
Sustainability Street will also
turn wastewater into clean water
by collecting wastewater from an adjacent
building and treating it with the Smart
Microbial Process (enables water treatment
to be controlled remotely in real-time via the
Internet) to a quality suitable for reuse. The
result is the highly efficient transformation of
wastewater into clean, reusable water.
Sustainability Street will be showcased at
the World Urban Forum in June.
For further information on Sustainability
Street please visit: www.sustain.ubc.ca
Ecotrek Will Save UBC $3.4 Million
in Annual Energy Costs
Ecotrek, a $35 million sustainability project
championed by the campus Sustainability
Office has just completed retrofitting building
services and systems of nearly 300 buildings
at UBC. As a result UBC will save $2.5
million annually in energy and water costs and
dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The 36-month project was the largest of its kind in Canada and now
provides a blueprint for schools, universities, colleges and institutions
everywhere seeking cost recoverable ways to reduce utility costs and cut
emissions. Specifically, Ecotrek has:
• Saved enough water to meet the needs of 29,000 people for a year
• Reduced enough electricity to heat 1,617 homes for a year
• Trimmed the use of steam to heat the equivalent of 3,171 homes for
a year
• Cut greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to driving a car 1,000 times
around the world
For further information about Ecotrek visit www.sustain.ubc.ca/energy
University Town Bicycle Tours - Your chance to find out more about UBC
The University Town Office, in
partnership with the UBC TREK
Program Centre, the UBC Sustainability Office, UBC Community Affairs, the UBC Bike Kitchen and the
Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition
(VACC) will be hosting University
Town Bicycle Tours during the World
Urban Forum in June 2006.
Participants will have the
opportunity to explore the UBC
Vancouver campus to learn more
about UBC's new University Town.
Bikes will be provided by the
UBC Bike Kitchen or you are
welcome to bring your own. The tours
will be approximately two hours in
duration, require basic cycling
abilities and will proceed rain or
Areas of focus will include academic and green buildings, new residential
neighbourhoods, and prominent vistas
and landscapes.
For more information on these
tours, or to sign-up, please contact
Lisa Slakov at lslakov@telus.net .
Program details will be updated
and will be posted at
University Town  UBC External Affairs Office 6328 Memorial Road, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z2 T: 604.822.6400  F: 604.822.8102  www.universitytown.ubc.ca


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