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 National centre
to coordinate
AIDS drug tests
set for UBC
UBC's Faculty of Medicine has been
chosen to coordinate nationwide testing
of all new AIDS drugs and vaccines.
A National HIV Clinical Trials Network - the first of its kind for AIDS in
Canada -- will be based at UBC and St.
Paul's Hospital, a teaching hospital ofthe
university. The network will hasten testing of the drugs, provide rapid evaluation
of their effectiveness and increase access
to AIDS drugs for affected persons.
Robertson named
Health Sciences
Dean of Dentistry Dr. Paul
Robertson has
been appointed
new Coordinator
of Health Sciences, effective
appointment was
approved by the
Board of Governors on Sept. 29. He replaces Dr. Mort
Low, who recently accepted an appointment as president of the University of
Texas Health Science Center at Houston,
"I am very pleased that Dr. Robertson
has agreed to accept this additional responsibility, said President David Strangway. "With so many significant issues
confronting the health sciences, he is
acquiring an important task."
Strangway also praised Dr. Low for
his outstanding service to the university
and for his many contributions to the
health field.
Robertson joined UBC as the dean,
Faculty of Dentistry and a professor in the
Department of Clinical Dental Services
in 1988. He has held appointments in
California, Connecticut, Texas and Alabama.
Robertson is a Fellow of the American
College of Dentists and has served on the
American Academy of Periodontology
and the International Association for Dental
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The idea for
the network arose
from the Expert
Advisory Committee on HIV
Therapy, a national committee
reporting to
Health and Welfare Canada.
"I am very
pleased at this
additional opportunity for the university and St. Paul's
Hospital to collaborate on the development of effective treatments for AIDS,"
said Dr. William Webber, dean of UBC's
Faculty of Medicine.
The proposal for funding ofthe network was prepared by Dr. John Ruedy
and Dr. Julio Montaner of UBC's Department of Medicine and Dr. Martin Schechter of the Department of Health Care and
"I think this is an important development which recognizes the contributions
made by UBC and St. Paul's to AIDS
research and clinical care. The bottom
line is that this network should speed the
availability of badly needed treatments to
affected Canadians," said Dr. Schechter.
A national coordination centre, also
based at UBC and at St. Paul's Hospital,
will be responsible for the overall performance of the network.
Several regional units across Canada
will form the network. Each unit will
enrol patients into clinical trials and carry
out the studies in its regions.
Clinical trial results will be monitored
and analysed at a national data centre, to
be located at St. Paul's Hospital. St Paul's
has treated more than 75 per cent of all
persons diagnosed with AIDS in B.C.,
giving it the highest case load of AIDS
patients of any hospital nationwide.
Vancouver Person's With AIDS
Society spokesman Don DeGagne welcomed news of the network.
"The federal government has taken
an important first step toward fostering
better coordination and testing for new
drugs and vaccines to treat diseases associated with AIDS. We are particularly
pleased with the development of this
network in a centre already committed to
strong cooperation with persons directly
affected by AIDS. As full partners in
finding solutions to the AIDS epidemic,
we look forward to collaborating with
this valuable initiative in all areas of
policy development and implementation,"
he said.
The anticipated cost ofthe National
HTV Clinical Trials Network is $2.5 - $3-
million per year of operation.
Perrin Beatty, Minister of National
Health and Welfare s,aid, "the development of this network is a tremendous
initiative. It should improve patient and
physician access to drug trials and increase the speed with which trials are
implemented. These are important goals
for all of us committed to improving the
quality of life for persons with AIDS."
Beatty presented a cheque representing the developmental installment ofthe
funding to Dr. Webber at a media conference announcing the project on Oct. 16.
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
Volume 35, Number 18
October 19, 1989
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Renowned pianist Richard Goode (standing) advises School of Music student Mark Finlay on playing a Beethoven sonata. Goode
was on campus to lecture as Cecil and Ida Green Visiting Professor and give a concert at the Recital Had.
UBC, Kyoto university
studying joint venture
UBC is pursuing a joint venture with
Japan's Ritsumeikan University that would
establish an International Studies Centre
on campus.
The centre would include a residence
for 200 students - 100 from UBC and
100 from Ritsumeikan - and teaching
facilities for English language training,
cross-cultural communication studies and
Pacific Rim studies.
' 'It promises to establish a presence
on this campus that will encourage further development in an area that we are
already very strong in, the teaching and
learning ofthe Japanese language," said
Daniel Birch, Vice-President Academic
and Provost.
The student residence would be named
Ritsumeikan-UBC House and UBC would
likely give priority for its 100 spaces to
students who are studying the Japanese
Birch said the proposal is part of UBC's
efforts to develop linkages with universities abroad.
' 'This is something of a breakthrough
for Japanese universities because typically, their programs don't mesh terribly
well with overseas universities," he added.
The Board of Governors has approved
the Ritsumeikan-UBC House project in
principle and the academic policy impli
cations will shortly be under review by
the Senate Committee on Academic Policy,
Birch said.
He added there is a possibility that a
reciprocal agreement may be struck with
Ritsumeikan so that UBC students could
study for a year at the Kyoto university.
Lfnder the proposal, Ritsumeikan-UBC
House would be built by 1991. Ritsumeikan University has committed $2
million toward the residence and UBC
would seek matching funds from other
sources. The remaining costs would be
financed and repaid by room rental revenue.
The proposal to construct a 200-bed
student residence will move UBC toward
its goal of housing 25 per cent of the
university's full-time students by the year
UBC now offers 22 Japanese language courses for credit and 68 English-
language Japanese studies courses covering all aspects of Japanese life and society.
Ritsumeikan University is a private,
secular, co-educational institution and is
ranked among the top 10 private universities in Japan.
AMS delays decision
on recreation centre
AMS Student Council has postponed
official acceptance ofthe results of last
month's referendum on the proposed
Student Recreation Centre.
Council put aside its decision pending
completion of an ombudsperson's investigation into reported voting irregularities
and acase to be heard in Student Court.
The court will hear a case brought
forward by Board of Governors student
representative Tim Bird that questions
the figures used to calculate quorum, al
though it does not challenge the outcome
of the vote.
AMS Ombudsperson Jessica Mathers is also reviewing complaints made
about voting irregularities.
Figures released by the Student
Administration Commission show that
the Sept 25-29 referendum failed to make
quorum, falling short by 38 votes.
Quorum was set at 2,650 votes for any
See QUORUM on Page 2 UBC REPORTS   Oct 19,1989       2
Lam tells immigrants
to take the initiative
New immigrants to Canada must take
the initiative in gaining acceptance in
their adopted homeland, B.C. Lt.-Gov.
David Lam told a group of educators
from Pacific Rim countries at a recent
conference at the Asian Centre.
But it is also up to native-bom Canadians to do more than merely tolerate the
multicultural makeup of our country, he
said, delivering the opening remarks at
the annual conference of die Pacific Circle
Consortium, a group which promotes the
research and development of Pacific-oriented curriculum for primary and secondary schools.
"Yes, at times it takes some adjusting
when people of different cultures are
thrown together to live side by side,"
Lam said.
"I tell newcomers that the onus is on
you to make the first move, to reach out
and be known to the mainstream of society. Most importantly, show warmth and
compassion. Never fight fire with fire."
Lam recounted friendly gestures made
to him and his family when they were
new immigrants to Canada two decades
ago, but added that sometimes it was
difficult earning acceptance.
"I could have turned bitter and cynical, but you have to look for the common
ground to understand and appreciate each
other. I say,' Let's tear down the walls,
let's not build them up.' "
To be merely tolerant of Canada's
multicultural mosaic is a negative reaction, Lam said. Canadians must instead
' 'celebrate our differences."
I tell newcomers the
onus is on you to...
reach out and be
known to the
mainstream of society.
The Pacific Circle Consortium conference brought together educators and
academics from Canada, Australia, New
Zealand, Japan, the United States and
Hong Kong to discuss school curriculum.
"Traditionally, we've always looked
east to Europe and south to the United
States for much of our social studies and
history curriculum," said conference
organizer Jim Gaskell, a professor in
UBC's Department of Mathematics and
Science Education. "But it is increasingly evident that we need to pay more
attention to learning the languages and
understanding the cultures of the Pacific
in the same way we once focused on
Atlantic countries.
' "There's a desperate shortage of curriculum materials that give us a sensitive
understanding of these countries and their
role in the modem world," he said.
The keynote address at the conference
— "Education for the Pacific Century:
Are Canadians being prepared to meet
the challenge?" - was delivered by Louise
May, director of the International Studies
Cooperative Program at Capilano College and a consultant to the Asia Pacific
Foundation for curriculum development.
A panel discussion on priorities for
Pacific Rim Education featured: Don
Wilson, a professor in UBC's Department of Social and Educational Studies
and a specialist in Pacific education; Jan
Walls, director ofthe Centre for International Communication at Simon Fraser
University; Helen Vanee, a district principal with the Burnaby School Board and
former principal of Alpha Secondary
School, which offers specialized courses
on Asian Pacific topics; and Glen Wall,
assistant deputy minister of independent
and international education, Ministry of
The consortium is a program of the
Centre for Educational Research and
Innovation ofthe Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Letters to the Editor
Concern about environment
There is increasing awareness and
concern for environmental problems
among British Columbians today.
UBC, as the primary teaching and
research institution ofthe province,
can play a leading role in conservation
by using environmentally-safe products and practices.
The Botany Department is contributing towards this goal by evaluating
its practices in the context of environmentally sound management.
We would like to share with other
units on campus one such improved
practice. It was proposed by one of our
graduate students - Laurie Tombom -
who convinced our equipment manager,
Andy Hickman, to lobby for recycled
paper. We have just begun to use 100%
recycled, non-bleached paper in our high
speed photocopiers.
The department intends to use this
paper as widely as possible, including
the department's letterhead. The paper
costs more, but the added cost, when
assessed in terms of the future of the
environment, is reasonable and certainly
We would like to see a stonger campus-wide recycling programme for all
recoverable materials such as paper, glass,
aluminum, tin and plastics. We would
also encourage the ultimate elimination of non-recoverable foam containers and plastics from the University.
At present there are recycling bins
for paper drop-off located at SERF's
Task Force buiding (2353 Health Sciences Mall), but there is no routine for
campus-wide pick-up. The university
could take an exemplary initiative by
providing routine pick-up.
Yours sincerely,
A.D.M. Glass
Professor and Head
Botany Department
Personal manifesto for Arts
The following is a Personal Manifesto for the Faculty of Arts
The Arts Faculty is not just another
academic alternative to Science, Commerce or Engineering. Rather, we are
the bedrock upon which all other academic programs are built.
Central to our humanity is language. The practice of communication, the analysis of how it is done and
die scrutiny of its effects, are of critical
importance in the definition of the
personality, for the solidarity of society and in establishing the rationality
that we use in our sciences — both
human and physical. Many of the
departments in the faculty teach and
critically assess communication, such
as English, the other language and literature depatments. Linguistics, Psychology and Philosophy.
On the bases of communication
and the associated values of clarity.
veracity, validity and personal trust are
built our primary social groupings of
family, friends and neighborhoods. It is
here that the simplest and most pervasive
elements of our society's culture such as
the sense of personal independence, justice or aesthetic judgment are passed on
from generation to generation. Many of
these cultural attitudes penetrate our largest and most complex organizations-the
feminist critics suggest that patriarchy
begins at home. Our departments and
schools of Sociology and Anthropology,
Psychology, Family and Nutritional Sciences, Social Work, among others, examine the quality of our own and other's
primary social groupings.
Linking together different primary
groups are systems of belief, of knowledge, of bureaucratic governments, of
production and exchange. The coordination ofthe workings of these expanding
systems grows more problem-ridden every
year. Internal contradictions within each
system, their unintentional undermining
ofthe integrity of the primary groups of
family and community as well as skewed
power balance among them has led to
serious deformations of societies which
is revealed by an alienated young, out-
of-control corporations or environmental
carelessness. To understand and criticize the ways these linking systems
shape the functioning of complex so-
deties is a major concern of our departments of Religious Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Economics,
Geography and History.
Taken together these primary concerns of the Arts Faculty's teaching
and research address the foundation of
societies. These primary concerns
undergird the work of the other faculties.
The university's shift of emphasis
to graduate education should recognize the fundamental contribution that
can be provided by the Arts Faculty.
Barrie M. Morrison (Arts)
British Columbia's Lieutenant-Governor David Lam
Quorum a problem
Continued from Page 1
one side ofthe referendum, or 10 per cent
of maximum day-time enrolment during
balloting week. There were 2,612 votes
cast in opposition to the project, while
1,766 voted in favor.
In a referendum held last year, students approved an annual fee of $30 to
support phase one of the project. Fees
have been collected from students since
May, 1988 and now total about $750,000.
But some students successfully petitioned for another vote on the issue after
the Board of Governors passed a 10 per
cent tuition fee increase. The results of
last year's vote will stand if the most
recent referendum is officially ruled to
have not made quorum.
Last month's referendum upset some
students because the exact number for
quorum was not calculated until after the
vote took place. Others complained about
the "news blackout" imposed by the
AMS on student media outlets during the
balloting period.
Phase one of the recreation facility
will cost an estimated $9.5-million, with
students contributing $3.75-million. It will
include a large gym, club offices, an
aerobic and ballroom dance studio and
upgraded intramural sports office.
The next regularly scheduled student
council meeting is Oct. 25.
Christmas Bazaar
& Craft Festival.
Saturday, November 4th, 1989 at 12.00 noon
In the Ballroom of the Faculty Club.
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0 UBC REPORTS   Oct 19,1989
New Dean of Science
McBride favors environment focus
Newly appointed Dean of Science Barry McBride
wants his faculty to develop a new focus on
environmental issues, expand interdisciplinary cooperation with other faculties and stand firmly
committed to fundamental research during his
term of office.
The environment would be one of several
clearly stated focuses for the faculty under this
proposal, helping society to address its needs while
boosting research activities at the university.
"I believe we're at a critical point in the history
of this planet," McBride said. "We've been abusing our environment and now we've got to understand more about it if were going to have a habitable planet.
' 'I think society needs science at this point in
time like it has never needed it before."
McBride, currently head of Microbiology, begins
his six-year term as dean on Jan. 1,1990. He takes
over from Acting Dean David Dolphin.
"Right now we have a very strong faculty," he
said. "It is an excellent base on which to build an
outstanding faculty."
McBride wants to catalogue research activities
throughout the faculty to provide for the first time
an overview of what resources UBC could bring to
bear on increasing environmental concerns.
Not only are these issues important to society,
he said, but funding will likely become increasingly plentiful in coming years for environment-
related research.
The environment is just one area McBride
believes the science faculty should focus on as an
area of special expertise.
"What I would like to see is the faculty of
science, over the next few months, develop a focus
on two, possibly three areas," he said.
McBride will be seeking input on what these
focuses might be, but as well as the environment, he
suggests that information technology could be another.
' 'It's an incredibly exciting time for science and
to be a scientist," he said.' 'We're seeing a huge
increase in our understanding of the world around us
and this permits us to ask questions we couldn't ask
just fiveor lOyears ago."
The translation of this new, fundamental knowledge into technologies which can benefit society has
become very short. No longer is there a long hiatus
between discovery and application.
"I think it's important to understand that this
distinction is blurred and that the faculty of science
sits right on both sides of that whole development.
"On the other hand, and I see this as an important
matter, the Faculty of Science has a responsibility to
do fundamental research. If there is anywhere in
society that this work has to be done, it's here.
'' So often those questions that must be answered
in applied research require more fundamental knowledge. The environment is a good example."
There is, McBride admits, a tremendous pressure
to move away from basic research. Increasingly,
research funds are targeted to specific applications
designed to meet the needs of government and
"As Dean of Science I see an important role in
articulating the need to do fundamental research, to
emphasize that and then to develop methods to
access the funding that is available."
Another trend in research McBride wants the
faculty to act on is the breakdown of the old disciplinary boundaries.
Citing the examples of the Biotechnology Labo-
ratory and the Centre for Integrated Computers Systems
Research, he said cross-disciplinary cooperation could
well extend to other faculties, such as Forestry,
Agriculture and Medicine.
Professional schools could benefit from the ex-
Barry McBride
pertise of the Science Faculty's strong core of basic
researchers and the faculty would gain through exposure
to new ideas and expanded opportunities for graduate students.
"It's a two-way street," he said.
During his term as dean, the faculty will be
expanding its graduate student population by as
much as 50 per cent, as part of the university's
strategic plan to boost graduate enrolment.
' 'But the university has to be aware that increasing enrolment comes with a price tag. You have to
build the infrastructure to support those grad students. This means more space, more equipment and
more support staff."
McBride also said that space for research and
teaching is going to be amajor issue during his term
as dean. Despite the recent opening of the new
Chemistry-Physics building, much of the space
available to the faculty is still of' 'poor quality.''
He feels this will be an important issue as the
faculty faces increasing competition in attracting
new faculty members.
"Young scientists are going to demand modem,
well-equipped research laboratories," he said.
"If you asked me what I would want to be
recognized for six years down the road, I think I
would look back and I'd say we had made a
number of outstanding new appointments and
been recognized as a university that valued excellence and created opportunities for outstanding
people, created an environment where people
could do their very best.''
McBride also said he wants to institute a
faculty master teacher award to recognize excellence in teaching.
"I think it's time the university started to
recognize teaching as an important activity.
First appointed at UBC as an assistant professor in Microbiology and Oral Biology in 1970,
McBride, 49, was promoted to associate professor in 1976 and professor in 1981. Since then he
has served five years as head of Oral Biology in
the Faculty of Dentistry, followed by three years
as head of Microbiology, Faculty of Science.
McBride was a member ofthe Medical Research Council of Canada from 1972 to 1978 and
remains on some of its working committees and
those ofthe National Institutes of Health in the
Asked if he is going to continue his own
research in oral microbiology that has earned him
a cross-appointment in the Faculty of Dentistry,
McBride is firm.
"Definitely. I've got a good-sized grant from
the Medical Research Council and an active lab
and I am going to continue to keep that going.''
Genes may be the cause
of some cancers: geneticist
Some types of cancer and many inherited diseases may be caused by differences in information contained in genes
passed from parents to their offspring, a
UBC medical geneticist has concluded.
If Dr. Judith Hall's conclusions are
correct, they would contradict a basic
principle of genetics established in the
19th century by Gregor Mendel.
' Tt was assumed until recently that we
didn' t have to consider genes inherited
from the mom or the dad differently,''
said Dr. Hall, director of the UBC Clinical Genetics Unit' 'Mendel taught us that
as long as we had two good copies of the
genes which are carried by 23 pairs of
chromosomes that exist in each cell ofthe
human body, it didn't matter from whom
they were inherited."
Dr. Hall cites an example of how this
genetic phenomena works with chromosome 15.
Deletions or loss of one part of chromosome 15 produces two different conditions, depending on whether it is loss of
part ofthe maternal chromosome 15 or
part ofthe paternal chromosome 15.
When certain bands of the maternal
chromosome 15 are lost, Angelman syndrome may occur. Symptoms include
outbursts of inappropriate laughter, hyperactivity, mental retardation and seizures.
Children with the same type of defective chromosome 15, but from their fathers, can inherit Prader-Willi syndrome
characterized by extreme obesity and
UBC by analysing the clinical observations of human genetic diseases and disorders.
Although it is not suspected that
genomic imprinting plays a role in all
inherited diseases, Dr. Hall is encouraged
by the number of specific disorders already identified as possibly being affected by the process.
' 'We suspect that as many as 25 per
cent of human genes may have imprinting effects," states Dr. Hall
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mental retardation.
Dr. Hall contends that this particular
part of chromosome 15 inherited from the
father, normally produces a different
genetic effect than the same part of the
normal chromosome 15 from the mother.
This differential modification is called
genomic imprinting.
Dr. Hall recently returned from a yearlong sabbatical in England, supported in
part by a senior Killam Fellowship, when:
she collaborated with researchers at Oxford
University, studying imprinting in mice.
' "The mouse is a very useful animal
model for understanding gene action in
humans," said Dr. Hall.' 'Even though
they are not primates, mice have many of
the same genes and gene characters as
humans, and are much easier to work
Dr. Hall will continue her research at
Sunday, Nov. 5th. 1pm to 6pm.
UBC Instructional Resources Centre.
The Woodward Library,
2194 Health Sciences Mall,
UBC Campus.
Workshops, Debate,
& Panel Discussion
Bill Nicholls
Martin Kitchen
Graham Forst
James Roberts
Christopher Friedrichs
Robert Smith
Mordecal Feuersteln
Naomi Frankenburg
Ira Nadel
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Media Services
Super Video Production Centre
New on the campus...to better serve the campus!
Media Services has made a considerable investment in a
recording format that's versatile, economical and
delivers excellent results!
You'll want to make use of this format for a variety of
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call Media Services AV/Production Unit: 228-5036. UBCREPORTS   Oct 19.1989
October 22 -
November 4
MONDAY, OCT. 23   |
Paediatrics Seminar
Mechanism of the Central Nervous System
Toxicity of Cancer Therapy. Dr. WA Bteyer,
Dept. Paediatrics, Children's Hospital Medical Center, U of Wash. University Hospital,
Shaughnessy Site, D308 at 12 noon. Refreshments, 11:45 a.m. Call 875-2492.
Health Promotion Seminar
Asthma and Allergy Prevention Program. Dr.
Ludmila Vacek, Program Coordinator, Comprehensive and Innovative Allergy Program,
University Site Hospital. Mather Building 253
from4-5:30p.m. Phone 228-2258.
Applied Math Seminar
The Dynamics of Coupled Current-Biased
Josephson Junctions. Dr. E.J. Doedel,
Computer Sciences, Concordia U. Mathematics 229 at 3:45 p.m. Call 228-4584.
Mechanical Engineering Seminar
Geriefc Engineering for Engineers. Dr. Robert
Miller, Microbiology and VP Research, UBC.
Civil and Mechanical Engineering 1202 at
3:30 p.m. Call 228-4350.
Anglican Community Octoberfest
A Christian Reponse to Islam. Dr. Hanna E.
Kassis, Religious Studies, UBC. Pot of Chili
supper. No charge, donations welcome.
Lutheran Campus Centre, University Blvd. at
Wesbrook Mall from 430 - 630 p.m. Call Dr.
Anne Anthony, 228-4671.
Biochemistry Seminar
CeHulases - Catalytic and Binding Properties.
Dr. Tony Warren, Microbiology, UBC. IRC #4
at 3:45 p.m. Call 228-3027.
Oceanography Seminar
Unprejudiced Ocean Circulation. Greg Holloway, Inst of Ocean Sciences, Sidney, BC.
BioSciences 1465 at 330 p.m. Call 228-2317
Statistics Seminar
Optimal Estimating Functions for Partially
Specified Counting Process Models. Prof.
P.E. Greenwood, Math, UBC. Ponderosa
Annex C, 102 at 4 p.m. Phone 228-3167.
Multicultural Liaison Public Forum
Effective Teaching and Parenting for a Multicultural Society. Prof. Jim Cummins, Ontario
Inst for Studies in Education; Loretta Young,
AKa.'s Children's Hospital; Prof. John Kehoe,
UBC. Robson Square Media Centre Theatre
from 7-9 p.m. Phone 228-5339.
Geography Colloquium
The Risk Approach in Diantioeal Disease
Intervention in Grenada, West Indies. Dr.
Michael Hayes, SFU Geography. Geog
BWg. 200 at 330 p.m. Phone 228-6959.
Epidemiology Seminar
Promoting Oral Health in Long-Term Care
Facilities. Dr. Michael MacEntee, Dept Clinical Dental Sciences, UBC. IRC Board Room,
4th floor from 1230-130 p.m. Phone:228-
UBC Reports is the faculty and staff
newspaper ofthe University of
British Columbia. It is published
every second Thursday by the UBC
Community Relations Office, 6328
Memorial RdL, Vancouver, B.C, V6T
1W5. Telephone 228-3131.
Advertising inquiries: 228-4775.
Director: Margaret Nevin
Editor-in-Chief: Don Whiteley
Editor: Howard Fluxgold
Contributors: Connie Filletti,
Paula Martin, Jo Moss,
and Gavin Wilson.
Photo by Media Services
Author WJ'. KinseUa (left) autographs his books for UBC students after reading from his works on campus.
For events in the period Nov. 5 to Nov. 18 notices must be submitted on proper Calendar forms no later than noon on Wednesday, Oct. 25 to the Community Relations Office, 6328 Memorial Rd., Room 207, Old Administration Building. For more
information call 228-3131. Notices exceeding 35 words may be edited.
Please note that for the Nov. 16 edition of UBC Reports Calendar items should be submitted by noonTuesday, Nov. 7 because
ofthe Monday, Nov. 13 holiday. The Calendar for that edition will cover the period Nov. 19 to Dec. 2.
Botany Seminar
Genetic Variability and Differentiation in Plant
Communities. Dr. Janis Antonovics, Duke U,
Durham, NC. Bio Sciences 2000 at 12:30
p.m. Phone 228-2133.
Lectures in Modern
Chemistry Seminar
Poly-B-hydroxyalkanoates: Environmentally
Compatible Plastics. Dr. R.H. Marchessault,
Chemistry, McGill; 1989/90 Xerox Lecturer.
Chem. B 250 at 1 p.m. Phone 228-3266.
Music Student Recital
In The Spotlight. Free Admission. Music
Recital Hall at 8 p.m. Call 228-3113.
Orthopaedics Grand Rounds
Aspects of Lower Extremity Amputation. Dr.
G Pate, Chairman. Eye Care Centre Auditorium at 7:30 a.m. Call Orthopaedics academic office, VGH, 875-4646.
Graduate Student Society
Female Grad Student Support Network - Being
an Older Woman Graduate Student. Libby
Kay, Extra-Sessional Studies. Grad Student
Centre Garden Room at 12:30 p.m. Call 228-
Music Noon Hour Series
Murray Khouri, clarinet. Tickets $2 at the
door. Music Recital Hall at 12:30 p.m. Call
AMS External Affairs Lecture
Gitsan - Wet' Suwet' en Native Land Title.
Lecturer to be announced. Free admission.
SUB Auditorium at 12:30 p.m. Call Vanessa
Geary 228-2050.
Geophysics Seminar
Short Baseline Transient Electromagnetic
Method for Use on the Sea Floor. Dr.Stephen
Cheesman, Research Scientist Pacific Geos
cience Centre, Sidney, B.C. Geophysics/
Astronomy 260 at 4 p.m. Coffee from 3:45
p.m. Call Doug Oldenburg 228-5406.
Microbiology Seminar
Computer Image Analysis of Microbial Surface Colonization. Dr. D. Caldwell, Applied
Microbiology/Food Science, U of Sask.
Wesbrook 201 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Phone
Rehabilitation Medicine Rim
Occupational Therapy Division. Dr. Arnold A
Lazarus demonstrating his Multi-modal Behavioral Therapy approach with a patient.
Free admission. Koerner PavUion Lab #8,3rd
floor, University Site Hospital from 12:30 -
1:30 p.m. Phone 228-7395.
Pharmacology Seminar
The Involvement of Glial Cells in Long-term
Potentiation. Dr. Sastry S. Bhagavatula, Prof.
PharrrvTnerapeutics, UBC. IRC#3from1130
-12:30 p.m. Phone 228-2575.
Chemistry Lecture
Synthesis and Characterization of Biopoly-
esters from Racemic Lactones. Dr. R.H.
Marchessault Chem., McGill; 1989/90 Xerox
Lecturer. Chemistry D225 at 230 p.m. Phone
English Lecture
Decotonising Imageries - Transformative Strategies in 4 Post-colonial Novels. Prof. Helen
Tiffin, Commonwealth Fellow, U of Guelph.
BuchananB319at 12:30p.m. Call2284081.
Marion Woodward
Nursing Lecture
The Challenge of Quality Nursing Education -
will current nursing education ensure quality
health care for Canadians in the 1990s and
21st Century? Dr. Margretta Styles, RN,
Ed.D, FAAN, Prof, and Livingston Chair in
Nursing, U of C, San Francisco. Free admission, all welcome. IRC #2 at 8 p.m. Phone
Geological Sciences Seminar
Metamorphic Core Complexes. Dr. R.L.
Armstrong, Geological Sciences, UBC.
Geological Sciences 330A from 12:30-130
p.m. Phone 228-3508.
Community/Regional Planning
The Relationship Between the News Media
and Public Policy. Guest lecturer, William
Thorsefi, Editor-in-Chief, The Globe and Mail.
Lasserre 105 at 12:30 p.m. Call 228-3276.
Chamber Music
UBC Mixed Chamber Ensembles. Free
admission. Music Recital Hall at 12:30 p.m.
Call 228-3113.
Psychiatry Lecture
Implications of Olfactory Agnosia for Understanding Sex Differences in Schizophrenia.
Dr. Uli Kopala, Resident V, Psychiatry, UBC.
Detwiller Pavilion 2 NA/B from 8 - 9 a.m.
Phone 228-7325.
FRIDAY, OCT. 27     |
Medical Genetics Seminar
Molecular Genetics of RNA Polymerase II
Mutants. Dr. Don Riddle, Bio Sciences, U of
Missouri. University Hospital, Shaughnessy
Site D308 at 2:15 p.m. Phone 228-5311.
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Weekly Grand Rounds
The Effect of Exercise on Reproductive Function. Dr. M. Fluker, Asst prof., OB/GYN, UBC.
University Hospital, Shaughnessy Site D308
at 8 a.m. Phone 875-2171.
Biotech Lab Seminar
Mutator Transposable Elements of Maize.
Prof. Virginia Walbot, Bio Sciences, Stanford
U. IRC Lecture Hall #4 at 11:30 a.m. Phone
Chemical Engineering Seminar
The Use of Sugar Cane Agricultural Residue
for Animal Feed or Fuel. Dr. Paul Friedman,
U of Havana Chem Engineering 206 at 3:30
p.m. Phone 228-3238.
International House Halloween
Includes prizes for most original/outrageous
costumes. Members,$1, Non-members, $1.50.
Tickets available at IH from October 16. International House Upper Lounge from 7:30 p.m.
Call 228-5021.
Paediatrics Grand Rounds
Anemia of Prematurity. Dr. Kevin Shannon, U
of California, San Fancisco. G.F. Strong
Rehab. Centre Auditorium at 9 am. Call 875-
Faculty Club Seafood Festival
Delectable Seafood Buffet. Reservations
suggested. Faculty Club Main Dining Room
from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Call 228-3803.
Graduate Student Society
Chinese Wooden Flute and Japanese
Shakuhachi Flute. World Class Flutist Walter
Zuber Armstrong. Mr. Zubers last album was
recorded at the Museum of Anthropology.
Grad Student Centre Fireside Lounge at 5
p.m. Call 228-3203.
Faculty Club Halloween Dance
Masquerade. Live entertainment dinner and
dancing. Carolyn Sadavska, M.C. Per person, $26, couples, $40. Faculty Club Main
Dining Room at 7 p.m. Call 228-4693.
SUNDAY, OCT. 29    |
Faculty Club German Brunch
Savor delicious Black Forest specialties sup-
berbly prepared by our Chef. Perperson$14.
Children $7.50. Reservations suggested.
Faculty Club Main Dining Room II am.-1 p.m.
Call 228-3803.
MONDAY, OCT. 30   |
Music Recital
Jazz Quintet Freeadmission. Music Recital
Hall at 12:30 p.m. Call 228-3113.
English/Theatre Lecture
Reading the Frame - Film Semiotics. Prof.
Brian Spittles, Head of Literature, Drama and
Film, Ruskin College, Oxford. Buchanan
B214 at 12:30 p.m Call 228-4081.
Religious Studies Colloquium
Spanish Christians under Muslim rule - new
light from a unique 11C manuscript. Dr.
Hanna E. Kassis, Religious Studies, UBC.
Buchanan B219 at 3:30 p.m. Call 228-6523.
Faculty Club Kiddies Party.
A thrilling Halloween for Children. Dress up
and come. Door prizes. Per child, $6 includes
buffet. Main Dining Room open to parents.
Reservations suggested. Faculty Club Ballroom at 5:30 p.m. Call 228-4693.
Geophysics/Astronomy Seminar
An Eclipsing Black Hole in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Dr. Anne Cowley, U of Arizona,
Tempe. Geophysics/Astronomy 260 at 4
p.m. Coffee from 3:30. Phone 228-4134/
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Oceanography Seminar
Acoustic Echo-sounding Observations of Internal Waves in the Rotterdam Waterway. Julie
Pietrzak, Oceanography, UBC. BioSciences
1465 at 3:30 p.m. Call 228-2317.
Grad/Faculty Christian Forum
Lecture. Earthkeeping: Environmental Ethics
for a Polluting Age. Dr. Loren Wilkinson, Regent College. Buchanan Penthouse at 4:30
p.m Call 228-3268.
Faculty Club Wine Session
Fifth session. Canada/Germany. Darren
Berezowski, Wine Consultant from the Mark
Anthony Group. Admission $15. Faculty Club
Music Room from 7-9 p.m. Call 228-4693.
Statistics Seminar
Adaptive Importance Sampling in Monte Carlo
Integration. Dr. Man-Suk Oh, Statistics, U of
C, Berkeley. Ponderosa Annex C102 at 4
p.m. Phone 228-3167.
Geography Colloquium
Evaluating Benefit Between Wilderness and
Forestry Land Use - the Stein Valley Case.
Prof. Tom Gunton, SFU Resource Management Program. Geography 200 at 3:30 p.m.
Phone 228-6959.
Botany Seminar
Genetic Consequences of Early Domestication of Forest Trees. Dr. Yousry El-Kassaby,
CP Forest Products, Ltd., Saanichton. Bio
Sciences 2000 at 12:30 p.m. Phone 228-
-Lectures in Modern •
Chemistry Seminar
Organic Photochemistry. Dr. J. C. Sciano,
National Research Council, Ottawa Chemistry B250 at 1 p.m. Refreshments at 12:40 p.m.
Phone 228-3266.
Pav.Lah#8,3rd floor from 12:30 -1:30 p.m.
Phone 228-7395.
Microbiology Seminar
Adhesion Molecules in the Immune System.
Dr. Fumio Takei, Terry Fox Lab and Pathology, UBC. Wesbrook 201 at 12:30 p.m.
Phone 228-6648.
Music Noon Hour Series
Grace Edie, soprano; Richard Epp, piano.
Tickets $2 at the door. Music Recital Hall at
12:30 p.m. Call 288-3113.
Worship Service
Ecumenical Eucharist Followed by light lunch.
Lutheran Campus Centre Chapel at 12:30
p.m. Call Rev. B. Raymond at 224-1410 or
Rev. RSchultz at 224-1614.
Orthopaedic Grand Rounds
Provincial Air-Evac. Dr. Paul Assad, Royal
Columbian Emergency and Dr. JurJth Vestrup,
VGH. Chairman, Dr. H.S. Miller. Eye Care
Centre Auditorium at 7:30 a.m. Call Orthopaedics academic office, VGH at 875-4646.
Applied Math Seminar
Nonlinear Wave Effects on Large Structures.
Dr. M. Isaacson, Civil Eng., UBC. Math 229 at
3:45 p.m. Call 228-4584.
Geophysics/Geological Sciences
Lithoprobe - The Evolution of a Continent -
Past accomplishments, future plans. Dr. Ron
Clowes, Lithoprobe Director, UBC. Geophysics/Astronomy 260 at 4 p.m. Coffee from 3.45
p.m. Call Doug Oldenburg 228-5406/2267.
Pharmacology Seminar
Establishment of a Tissue Culture System for
Epithelial Cells Derived from Human Pancreas: A Model for the Study of Cystic Fibrosis. Dr. Anne Harris, visiting Scientist, Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Guys Hospital, London, Eng. IRC #3 from 1130 -12:30
p.m. Phone 228-2575.
Rehabilitation Medicine Rim
Occupational Therapy Division. Psychotherapy - Dr. Hans Strupp demonstrates a psy-
chodynamic approach to help a patients interpersonal relationships. Free admission. All
welcome. University Site Hospital, Koerner
Music Recital
UBC Contemporary Players. Stephen Chatman and Geoffrey Michaels, directors. Free
admission. Music Recital Hall at 12:30 p.m.
Call 228-3113.
Noon Chamber Music
University Chamber Singers. Cortland Hultberg,
director. Free admission. Music Recital Hall
at 12:30 p.m. Call 228-3113.
Evening Chamber Music
University Oiamter Singers. Cortland Hultberg,
director. Free Admission. Music Recital Hall
at 8 p.m. Call 228-3113.
Faculty Club Seafood Festival
Delectable Seafood buffet. Reservations
suggested. Faculty Club Main Dining Room
from 530-8:30 p.m. Call 228-3803.
Pediatrics Grand Rounds
Pediatrics in Developing Countries. Dr. Ross
Kennedy, Opthalmology; Dr. Don MacGregor, Clinical Fellow, Newborn Services and
Dr. Paul Thiessen, Clin. Assoc. Prof., Pediatrics. G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre Auditorium at 9 am. Call 875-2117, local 7107 or
Asian Studies Early
Afternoon Lecture
Bhutan - Its History and Culture. Illustrated
with slides. Dr. Francoise Pommaret-lmaeda
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Soda-
les, Paris; Royal Government of Bhutan. All
welcome. Hennings 201 from 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Phone 228-5728.
Asian Studies
Late Afternoon Lecture
The Festivals of Bhutan. Illustrated with slides.
Dr. Francoise Pommaret-lmaeda, Ecole des
Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sooiales, Paris;
Royal Government of Bhutan. All welcome.
Asian Centre 604 from 4-5:30 p.m. Phone
Chemical Engineering Seminar
Hot Gas Cleaning Using Fluidized Beds and
Rigid Ceramic Filters. Dr. Jonathan Seville,
Visiting Professor, U of Surrey, Eng. Chem
Engineering 206 at 3:30 p.m. Phone 228-
Music Concert
Faculty and Guest Artist Concert Series. Orford
String Quartet Adults $10. Students/seniors
$5. Music Recital Hall at 8 p.m. Prelude, 7:15
p.m. Call 228-3113.
Fine Arts Gallery
Selected Works of Canadian Art from the
Collections of UBC. Until Nov. 18. Main
Library. Tues.-Fri., 10 am.- 5p.m. Saturday,
noon-5 p.m.
Institute of Asian Research
19th Annual Conference of CCSEAS - 2nd
Annual Conf. of NWRCSEAS State, Society
and Village in Southeast Asia. International
Conference-speakers affiliated with
NWRCSEAS and CCSEAS. All welcome.
Nov. 3-5. Asian Centre Auditorium 509 from
9am.-5p.m. Call 228-2746.
Sat. Oct 28
Why Are Some People
Healthy and Others Not?
Prof. Robert Evans,
Economics, UBC.
Sat. Nov. 4
Inside Bhutan
Dr. Francoise Pommaret-lmaeda, Author and
Anthropologist, Thimphu, Bhutan.
All lectures at 8:15 p.m. in IRC #2.
Frederic Wood Theatre
Bloody Poetry by Howard Brenton under the
direction of Gerald Vanderwoude. Until Sat
Oct. 28. No performance Sunday. Curtain
time: 8:00 p.m. Reservations recommended.
For information, call 228-2678 or Room 207,
Frederic Wood Theatre Bldg.
Office for Women Students
Mature Students Support Group
Drop in Tuesdays until Nov. 28. Freeadmission. Brock Hall, Room 223 (Women Students' Lounge), 12:30 -130 p.m. Inquiries:
Office for Women Students
Stress Reduction. Designed to introduce
partiopants to methods of using imagery dreams
and journal writing for the purpose of reducing
stress. Three sessions - Thursdays, Nov. 2,
9,16. Freeadmission. Registration required.
Brock Hall 106,12:30-2:20 p.m. Call 228-
Badminton Club
Faculty, Staff and Grad Student Badminton
Club meets Thursdays, 830 -10:30 p.m. and
Fridays 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in Gym A of the
Robert Osborne Sports Centre. Fees $15.00
per year with valid UBC Library card. For
information call Bernard at 731 -9966.
Late afternoon curling at its best Experienced
curlers and those wishing to learn are welcome. At Thunderbird, Tuesdays, 5:15-7:15.
Two terms, $80. For information call Paul
Willing, 228-3560 or Alex Finlayson, 738-
7698 (eve.)
Walter Gage Toastmasters
Wednesday. Public Speaking Club Meeting.
Speeches and tabletopics. Guests are welcome. For information call Sulan at 597-8754,
SUB 7:30 p.m.
Psychiatry Study
Subjects (adults age 30 and above) are needed
for a personality questionnaire study being
conducted at the UBC Dept. of Psychiatry.
Participants will receive $15 and a personality
assessment. For more information, or to
volunteer, please call 228-7895.
Counselling Psychology Study
Directed towards helping people overcome
shyness or social anxiety problems. Participants will listen to an audiotape for three
sittings of approximately 45 minutes each. All
enquiries will remain strictly confidential. Volunteers please telephone Tess Hodge at
Psychology Study
Opinions of teenage girls and their parents on
important issues surfacing in family life. Volunteers needed: 13 -19 year old girls and one
or both of their parents for 1 to 11\2hours. For
information, please call Lori Taylor at 733-
International House
Language Exchange
Free service to match up people who want to
exchange their language for another. At
present many Japanese and Mandarin speakers wish to exchange their languages for
Engish. Call228-5021, askforYuWkoYoshida
International House
Language Bank
Free translation/interpretation services offered
by International students and community in
general. For information calf Teresa Uyeno at
Sexual Harassment Office
UBC's policy and procedures are now in
place to deal with instances of sexual harassment Two advisors are available to discuss
questions and concerns on the subject They
are prepared to help any member of the UBC
community who is being sexually harassed to
find a satisfactory resolution. Phone Marga-
retha Hoek and Jon Shapiro at 228-6353.
Statistical Consulting and
Research Laboratory
SCARL is operated by the Department of
Statistics to provide statistical advice to faculty and graduate students working on research problems. For information call 228-
4037. Forms for appointments available in
Room 210, Ponderosa Annex C.
To find an interesting and challenging volunteer job, get in touch with volunteer connections, the on-campus information and referral
service supported by the AMS. Student interviewers are trained to help UBC students,
staff and faculty find volunteer jobs in their
area of interest. For an appointment to explore the available volunteer options, contact:
Volunteer Connections, Student Counselling
and Resources Centre, Brock Hall 200 or call
Lung Disease Subjects Wanted
We are seeking interstitial lung disease subjects in order to study the effect of this disorder
on response to submaximal exercise. For
further information call Frank Chung at 228-
7708, School of Rehab. Medicine.
Parenting Project
Couples with children between the ages of 5
and 12 are wanted for a project studying
parenting. Participation involves the mother
and father discussing common childrearing
problems and completing questionnaires
concerning several aspects of family life.
Participation will take about one hour. Evening appointments can be arranged. Interpretation of the Questionnaires is available on
request For information please contact Dr. C.
Johnston, Clinical Psychology, UBC at 228-
Teaching Kids to Share
Mothers with 2 children between 21/2 and 6
years of age are invited to participate in a free
parent-education program being evaluated in
the Department of Psychology at UBC. Tne5
session program offers child development
information and positive parenting strategies
designed to help parents guide their children
in the development of sharing and cooperative play skills. For further information call
Georgia Tiedemann at the Sharing Project
Fitness Appraisal
Physical Education and Recreation, through
the John M. Buchanan Fitness and Research
Centre, is administering a physical fitness
assessment program to students, faculty, staff
and the general public. Approximately 1 hour,
students $25, all others $30. For information
call 228-4356.
Surplus Equipment
Recycling Facility
All surplus items. For information call 228-
2813. Every Wednesday, noon-3p.m. Task
Force Bldg. 2352 Health Sciences Mat).
Neville Scarfe Children's Garden
Visit the Neville Scarfe Children's Garden
located west of the Education BuUing. Open
all year - free. Families interested in planting
weeding and watering in the garden contact
Jo-Anne Naslund at 434-1081 or 228-3767.
Botanical Garden
Open every day from 10 am. - 3 pm und mid-
March. Admission is free.
Nitobe Garden
Open Monday to Friday, 10am. - 3 p.m. until
mid-March. Admission is free.
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Research forest helps
the learning disabled
Michael is 24 and learning disabled.
He has limited reading skills and minimal
social skills.
Before he joined the UBC/Malcolm
Knapp Research Forest's silvicultural
training program in Maple Ridge, he had
been in and out of me courts for one petty
crime after another.
Michael (not his real name) applied
for the research forest's innovative program for young adults with learning disabilities because he heard it would offer
him the chance to be employed.
He's now using his new-found skills
as a service worker in a provincial park.
As many as one in 10 Canadians are
believed to have moderate to severe learning disabilities—problems such as dyslexia, memory or spatial difficulties. Unlike
Michael, many of them don't get a chance
to address their problem because their
disabilities are never identified.
The research forest program is the
idea of Peter Sanders, resident silvicultu-
ralist. Begun in 1985, it trains learning
disabled people as forest silviculture technicians.
"There is a lack of good, skilled silvicultural workers in forestry," Sanders said.
' 'We're training people to do work that
will make them useful to the industry and
will not displace other workers." He's
quick to point out that the program is not
a make-work project. "There'salotof
work out mere they are perfectly capable
of doing," he said.
Many learning disabled people enter
the program unable to read or write. Some
have been through the court system.
Unemployed, they often subsist on welfare or in group homes.
"Because of their disabilities, they are
an incredibly frustrated group. Absolutely everything they try to do is difficult," Sanders explained. "We teach
them the constraints their disabilities give
them, and how to work around that."
Trainees learn procedures such as
juvenile tree spacing, roadside brush
control, and fire abatement-skills which
make mem employable year-round in a
seasonal industry.
Project supervisor Sheila Rermer works
with up to six trainees at one time, adapting each task and breaking it down into
elements they can understand. Because
some trainees can't read, for example,
Rermer developed picture instructions for
operating tools.
Trainees stay in the program until they
are fully competent-anywhere from one
to three years—then graduate to monitored work with local companies, such as
A graduate ofthe UBC/Malcolm Knapp Research Forest's silviculture training
program at work in the bush.
Scott Paper Ltd.
Because ofthe program's high success rate in placing program graduates,
competition among applicants is stiff.
Advertisement of an opening often brings
more than 200 responses.
"We look for applicants who are
willing to learn and take a little bit of a
challenge to get out ofthe bind they are
in," Renner said.
The program is popular because trainees learn life skills as well as marketable
skills.- skills like self-discipline,
punctuality, confidence, and pride in doing
a job well.
"We teach them what's expected of
an employee and put them on the right
track," Renner said.
The program is slowly gaining acceptance in the forest industry, but Sanders
says there is still some reluctance to take
a chance on an untried workforce. Part of
the problem is that trainees don't fit the
traditional lumberjack image of someone who works in the woods.
' 'Their selling point is the high quality
of their work and their safety record is
excellent," he said. While trainees take
longer to do some jobs, they work well at
repetitive jobs, such as pruning, work mat
others quickly tire of.
In addition, Sanders calculates taxpayers save between $15,000 and $60,000
a year on each trainee, who would otherwise be supported by social programs.
That amounts to about $250,000 over a
working lifetime.
One difficulty program graduates have
is in finding continuous work. When one
seasonal job runs out they must find
another—an onerous task for someone
with learning disabilities.
To solve that problem, Sanders plans
to set up small groups of program graduates under the supervision of a business
manager to bid for work mat's too small
or uneconomical for mainline contractors. A major source of work could be
maintenance of recreational areas such as
B.C. Hydro lines.
' 'There's a whole range of potential
employers," he said.
On-site Instruction
Database Design
Early detection cures
adrenal, thyroid cancer
The discovery of mutations in DNA
responsible for hereditary adrenal and
thyroid cancer-may lead to improved
treatment and possible prevention of the
Paul Goodfellow, assistant professor
of Medical Genetics at UBC, in collaboration with researchers at Queen's University and Yale, has located the gene
responsible for these hereditary cancers.
This makes possible diagnosis of the
cancers before symptoms occur.
As a result, doctors can predict "with
greater than 98 per cent accuracy,'' whether
or not an individual will develop thyroid
or adrenal cancer, said Goodfellow.
"This availability of early detection
and treatment effectively cures adrenal
and thyroid cancer," he stated.
Individuals predisposed to these cancers can expect that 50 per cent of their
offspring will develop the same disease,
Goodfellow also noted.
The research makes it possible to
determine if the cancers are present in an
individual susceptible to them because of
their family history.
However, the risk of the affected per-
son's children developing the adrenal or
thyroid cancer cannot be altered, he added.
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Across Canada
Ontario enrolment
a record
Enrolment at Ontario universities hit
an all-time high during 1988-89 academic year, reports the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations. A record number of 181,097 full-
time undergraduate students were enroled, up from 173,954 in 1987, a previous record. Fulltime graduate students
also reached a record 19,649 compared
to 18,854 in 1987. The overall enrolment increase was just over four per
$4 million given
for disabled
Ontario's former Minister of Colleges and Universities, Lyn McLeod,
recently announced a $4-million funding initiative to help make the province's universities more accessible to
disabled people.
The money is to be shared by all
Ontario universities in amounts that
range from $30,000 to $800,000 depending on me size of the institution. It
is to be used for establishing programs
and support services for disabled students and for familiarizing university
faculty and staff with the needs of disabled students.
Andre critical
of private sector
The private sector has not been pulling its weight in Canada's research and
development efforts, Harvie Andre,
Minister of Industry, Science and Technology, told a group of business executives in Toronto recently.
' 'Only three per cent of Canadian
firms invest in research and development. '' Andre told the York Technology Association, a group of 150 businesses involved in information technology.   In contrast, Andre noted, the
federal government has been pouring
billions into research and development
and is the largest single funder and
performer of research in Canada.
However, said Andre, reliance on
government to fund and conduct research is outdated.
Premiers pledge
to support science
Canada's provincial premiers have
endorsed the key recommendations of
the "Halifax Declaration," a document
adopted by participants at the National
Conference of Science and Technology
Councils held earlier this year in Halifax.
The Halifax conference had a "simple
and direct" message, according to a
statement released by the premiers following their August meeting in Quebec
City. "Canada is slipping in the technology race", the premiers said. "The
trend of all leading science indicators is
in the wrong direction - slippage rather
than progress despite a rather strong
The recommendations endorsed are:
A public commitment to spend 2.5
per cent of GNP on science and technology by the beginning of the 21 st century;
The adoption of a national data gathering system as well as a national public
awareness campaign to help turn Canada into a "science culture;"
Reforms to enhance education at all
levels and new efforts to increase literacy skills;
An attempt to increase the effectiveness of science and technology in industry and the manufacturing sector,
And the development of innovative
ways to assist and encourage Canadian
technology-based companies.
Classified advertising can be purchased from Media Services. Phone
228-4775. Ads placed by faculty and staff cost $6 per insertion for 35
words. Others are charged $7. Monday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m.is the deadline
for the next issue of UBC Reports which appears on Thursday, Nov. 2.
Deadline for the next edition on Nov. 16 is 4 p.m. Nov. 6. All ads must
be paid in advance in cash, by cheque or internal requisition.
For Rent
FOR RENT: Three bedroom secluded
Saltspring Island cottage on a private
cove. New architect designed home has
fully equipped kitchen, two bathrooms
and sleeps 6 comfortably. Available by
week or month. Phone 416-483-8175.
For Sale
FOR SALE: Cheap. Peripheral boards
forPDPH computer: MATROX graphics, A/D conversion, serial port, realtime
clock boards. Also PDP11/23+ computer
for sale. Contact Tracy at 228-7359.
FOR SALE: This space in UBC Reports
classified section. This ad costs faculty
and staff $6 per insertion. Others pay $7.
Phone 228-4775 for more information or
to place an ad.
VICTORIA REAL ESTATE: Experienced, knowledgeable realtor wfth faculty references will answer all queries
and send information on retirement or
investment properties. No cost or obligation. Call collect (604) 595-3200. Lois
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Campus. UBC REPORTS   Oct 19,1989
Just Desserts announced
The annual Just Desserts awards — presented
on behalf of students to
honor individuals, faculty
or staff who have made
outstanding contributions
of time and support - were
recently announced at a
ceremony at Cecil Greene
Park House.
The winners were:
Grace Wong, director of
the placement office in the Faculty of Commerce;
Lee Gunderson, assistant professor in Language
Education; Greg Smith, a recent engineering
graduate; Lance Coombe, instructional technician in the School of Family and Nutritional
Sciences; Jean Elder, associate professor of History; Wendy Hall, a lecturer in the School of
Nursing; Joan Cosar, a secretary in Pharmaceutical Sciences: Cliff Kryzanowski, formerly facility supervisor with the department of Physical
Education and Recreation; Maureen Douglas,
assistant to the Dean of Science; Valerie Levens,
executive secretary, Student Administrative Com
mission; Lornell Ridley, program coordinator with
the Alumni Assocation; Kirsten Mawle, Alma
Mater Society program coordinator.
The awards were presented by John Dennison,
of Administative, Adult and Higher Education.
The B.C. Ministry of Health has honored Dr.
Mort Low, former UBC health sciences coordinator
and newly appointed president ofthe University of
Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston, Tex., with
the Award of Excellence.
Dr. Low was praised by the ministry for his
outstanding achievements in the health sciences over
the past two decades. Special note was made of his
work in health and scientific research, health education and health policy development.
Stan Dubas, deputy minister of health, said Dr.
Low's contributions as a physician, scientist and
educator have brought prestige and international
recognition to UBC, its Faculty of Medicine, as well
as to the province.
Dr. Low, 54, is a leading international expert on
health-care policy and Canada's national health-care
system. He joined UBC in 1968.
Plant Science Professor Michael Pitt has been
elected trustee of the Northwest Scientific Association.
The academic association publishes the journal
Northwest Science, which carries refereed articles on
a variety of research in the basic and applied sciences
and the social sciences.
Pitt, who teaches rangeland management and
grassland ecology, will serve as trustee for a three-
year term.
Alan Artibise, director of
the School of Community and
Regional Planning, has been
invited to sit on the editorial
board of Urban Affairs Quarterly.
The journal is considered
to be the premiere outlet for
research by urban scholars in
North America and publishes
largely       policy-oriented
The academic journal is published at the
University of Missouri at St. Louis.
Carol Gibson has been named executive coordinator in the office of Student and
Academic Services Vice-President KD. Srivastava.
Previously, Gibson worked with Vice-
President, Academic Dan Birch on the President's Task Force on Recruiting Liaison and
Admission and as a senior analyst with the
Department of Budget Planning and Systems Management.
She first joined UBC in 1969 in the
Student Housing Department and since has
been involved in teaching, research and
administration both on and off campus.
Gibson is currently completing an EdD
dissertation in the Department of Administrative, Adult and Higher Education.
Saving the university:
Advice from the experts
Two prominent political experts dished out
advice on how to save universities, speaking in
Guelph to members of the Canadian Council for
the Advancement of Education at the council's
summer conference.
Hershell Ezrin, former principal secretary to
Ontario Premier David Peterson and Hugh Segal,
former advisor to ex-premier Bill Davis, were
both blunt about the future of higher learning.
They said that if the public does not get
behind colleges and universities there is little
hope of politicians giving additional money.
Ezrin, who left public service last year, defended government efforts in education support, saying Canada ranks second highest among
Western nations in spending on post-secondary
education as a percentage of gross national
He added that while spending has not kept up
with recent soaring growth in enrolment, government has made a substantial financial commitment.
We have a national
government in Canada
which... has become
the junior partner in
financing a host of
social expenditures.
' 'When university presidents, alumni associations, boards of directors come and bleat to
government about how they haven't been given
their fair share, you must understand that many
people in government think you are abusing
them for no good reason.''
He also cited examples of alleged campus
waste unearthed by the Ontario auditor to buttress a perception that' 'university administrators make better teachers than practitioners of
management and budget science.''
Combined with a lack of a' 'public support
constituency," such instances of poor management do not improve the prospects of universities, Ezrin said.
He urged universities to develop a "character that stands out in the public mind," summing up what they hope to achieve for society.
Both Ezrin and Segal agreed that budget
cuts by federal and provincial governments are
here to stay at least for the next several years.
Segal noted that the provinces are assuming
a greater role in funding social services, such as
post-secondary education, while Ottawa is
reducing its presence.
' 'We have a national government in Canada
which over the years has become the junior
partner in the financing of a host of social
Given the tight budgets at both levels of government, Segal urged universities to attempt to
change the current political agenda which is
weighted against them.
One way would be to present politicians
with choices that they cannot sweep under the
"If provinces are committed to reduced
funding in real terms for universities and colleges, are they prepared to deregulate (tuition)
fees so that institutions can make up the difference?" he asked.
"You can't have it both ways. You can't on
the one hand say, 'manage on what we are
passing on to you,' when it's not enough, and
then, on the other, say, 'you don't have the right
to raise revenues in your own way.'''
Segal also said the policy of universal access
is a "pyrrhic victory" for students as overcrowded classes and old lab equipment result in
a reduced quality of education.
Unless we change the
public mind-set...
universities will become
interesting remnants of
a society that
used to care about
first-class education.
Universities must grab the attention of both
the public and politicians, he said, or else see
more public money siphoned off into health
"Every time there are negotiations with physicians that produce a higher cost for delivery of
medical services, every time there is a new
allocation for a chronic care bed, universities
and colleges are being diminished without even
being at the table where the dilution and dismemberment is taking place".
The only way to turn the table is for universities to get across their collective message to the
"In the business of competing for public resources, you either create massive risks and significant political negatives for those who would
ignore you, or you are in turn ignored,'' Segal
"It's a very simple equation: you either
create the agenda which forces government to
respond because your concerns are legitimate
and your constituency is real, or you are consistently held hostage to other people' s agenda.''
Two pointers from the man who advised a
successful former premier develop strong ties
with politicians willing to speak out in favor of
post-secondary education, and line up support
of the businesses that supply university goods
and services.
Also, he said universities must spell out the
sanctions to be imposed on society if their
concerns aren't addressed.
Segal said that with the aging population,
medical costs will continue to grab a larger slice
of Ontario's public spending.
"The government has chosen health care, as
many have across this country, over post-secondary education... rather than investing in the
institutions that will create the people who can
make our society worth while," he said.
"Unless we can change the public mind-set
and level of apathy... colleges and universities
will become interesting remnants of a society
that used to care about first-class education.''
It is up to advocates of higher education,
Segal said, to ask whether society can afford to
do without creativity, academic discourse, excellence, research, tolerance and understanding.
If future generations are denied the educational opportunities ofthe past three decades,
"we seed the clouds of a downpour, even a
torrent of massive social dislocation that will
threaten the legitimacy of social and political
Reprinted from the University of Waterloo
Gazette. UBCREPORTS   Oct 19,1989       8
Photo by Steve Chan
Robert Osborne speaks at die Great Trekker Award banquet
Great TVekker Award
the crowning glory
for Osborne
Robert Osborne, founder of UBC's
School of Physical Education and
Recreation, was honored recently at
the Great Trekker Dinner which featured 74 years of sports on campus as
its theme.
Recipient of this year's Great
Trekker Award, Osborne graduated
from UBC with a BA in 1933 and
served as a professor and director of
ihe School of Physical Education and
Recreation which he founded in 1946.
The Great Trekker Award is given
annually to a UBC graduate who has
achieved eminence in his or her field
of activity; made a worthy or special
contribution to the community; shown
a keen intetrest in UBC; and has been
of particular service to undergraduate
In addition to his academic and
administrative contributions to sports,
Osborne was a great athlete. Active in
athletics since his early UBC days, he
was a member of Canada's 1936
Olympic Basketball team. He later
coached the team in 1948 and managed the 1956 Olympic Track and
Field Team. He has since prepared
hundreds of UBC graduates for their
own athletic careers and devoted many
hours to developing amateur sports in
Receiving the Great Trekker Award
was the crowning glory to a long association with sports on campus for
"I'm deeply honored and very
humble to be receiving this award. I
realize that I am here tonight representing everyone who has ever been
involved in sports at UBC. This award
goes to all of them," he said at the
Osborne's other honors include the
Order of Canada and the Olympic
order of merit.
The Great Trekker Dinner also
featured letters of tribute to Osborne
and testimonials delivered by UBC
Director of Athletic and Sport Services Bob Hindmarch noted in his
remarks mat the Great Trekker Award
was a way of saying' 'thank you'' to
the recipient for his contribution to,
pride in, and love of UBC.
' 'Like the people who started this
university, Bob Osborne has never
stopped loving it," said Hindmarch.
Australian Chief Justice
to give Ladner lecture
Anthony Mason, Chief Justice of the
High Court of Australia, will deliver the
annual Leon Ladner lecture tonight in the
downtown law courts.
The Vancouver law firm of Ladner
Downs established the lecture series in
1977 to honor the firm's founder, the late
Leon Ladner.
The lecture is delivered in Vancouver
and in Victoria and the speaker also takes
part in the academic programs of both the
Faculties of Law at UBC and the University of Victoria.
The lecture takes place Thursday, Oct
19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Great Hall of the
Law Courts, 800 Smithe Street
Mason's lecture, titled' 'Judicial independence and the separation of powers
- some problems old and new," will look
at some critical aspects of the courts'
relationship with the legislative and executive branches of government in light
of the growth of executive power and
criticism of the high cost and inefficiency
of legal services and adversary litigation.
Mason will also discuss current issues
facing the judiciary including court funding and administration.
Open house set
Science and Technology Week in
British Columbia will be marked at UBC
with an open house at TRIUMF, Canada's national particle accelerator and
home ofthe world's largest cyclotron.
TRIUMF will open its doors to the
public Sunday, Oct. 22, between 11 am.
and 5 p.m.
A 15-minute video presentation will
introduce the facility to visitors, who can
then take self-guided tours throughout
the complex.
Two reasons for giving
to United Way campaign
Pledge cards asking for contributions to this year's
campus United Way campaign are now in circulation.
Here are just two reasons for giving.
Eleanor Black has cancer. You may have talked to her
on the phone, walked by her on West Mall or eaten lunch
next to her at the SUB. She is one of us.
An administrator in the Geography Department since
1985, Eleanor was diagnosed in January. One month later
she found HOPE.
Helping Ourselves Psychologically Everyday is the
only patient self-help group in Canada. It exists to support
all cancer patients who choose to fight and hope for life.
Ongoing individual and group support assist the cancer
patient and the family to deal effectively with the devastating physical and emotional effects of cancer and its
"HOPE has confirmed the fact that I can help myself,
and that's what I'm trying to do. They've taught me that
it's okay to fight for your life and achieve wellness. HOPE
also provides the atmosphere and support necessary to do
that," said Eleanor.
She finds that although the health-care professionals at
Vancouver's Cancer Clinic are dedicated to their work,
they only deal with the clinical aspects of her illness. They
don't know how to address Eleanor's day-to-day reality
of living with cancer.
' 'I drop in at HOPE a lot because I immediately get this
feeling of being in charge. It's my lifeline," said Eleanor.
HOPE was started in 1980 by seven terminally ill
cancer patients. They believed that what they did personally could make a difference between life and death. They
turned to the community for support, but none was
available. They have been meeting in private homes ever
since. This year, they were finally able to afford office
space. Two members ofthe original group survive today.
"We're interested in people who have cancer now,"
said Moyra White, one ofthe founding members. "We're
totally dedicated to what we do. If cancer can't stop us,
lack of money won't either."
HOPE does not receive funding from any level of government or financial support from the Canadian Cancer
Society. It depends on private donations and revenue from
fundraising efforts. But you can support HOPE by designating your United Way contribution to the organization.
Although the number of agencies the United Way can
support is limited by its resources, it responds to donors'
wishes through the designation process. It just takes
a note on the pledge card.
' 'It's our belief that there
are many charitable organizations outside the United
Way that are meeting important community needs.
HOPE is a fine example of
that," said Gary McCarthy,
executive director of the United Way of the Lower Mainland.
HOPE currently assists over 1,000 cancer patients
from across Canada. There are an estimated 50,000 cancer
patients in B.C. and another 5,000 are diagnosed in the
province each year.
"There is tremendous need and that's why we've
survived so long. We look forward to establishing a
training centre one day where we can give hope to more
cancer patients and also help the health-care professionals
who treat them," said White.
One week before her first year at school, 5-year-old
Sonja Nedd fell and hurt her knee. It happens to most kids.
But Sonja's knee wouldn't get better. The swelling persisted throughout that year and the next. She missed most
of Grade 3 and Grade 4 and was finally diagnosed at age
nine as having rheumatoid arthritis. Sonja had to learn
how to walk all over again. By the time she turned 10, her
health was improving. But at 13, Sonja couldn't dress
The flare-ups continued until Sonja was 20. Already
enroled in an undergraduate program at UBC, she began
working with rheumatologists and physiotherapists at the
Arthritis Centre, a United Way agency.
The Arthritis Centre specialists started Sonja on a
program of simple exercises and drug therapy.
"Without the Arthritis Centre it would have been
impossible for me to attend UBC because of the size of the
campus. I could only walk short distances. Every step was
torture," Sonja said.
One of Sonja's big dreams is to enter graduate school
at UBC next Fall. Her other is to replace the motorcycle
she sold to finance her trip to Europe last year. Somehow,
she also manages to fit in a few games of ice hockey when
she's not attending classes, travelling and riding motorcycles.
You have to keep active and tell yourself you can do
things, she says.
Camp     <C» dll19s & Campus Renewal
Rntish Columbia
Photo by Media Services
Gary MulUns (left), deputy minister of Advanced Education, presented a cheque for $12-million to President David Strangway
for UBC's fundraising campaign during Campus Campaign Awareness Day on Oct 6. The provincial government has agreed
to match all funds raised by UBC in the campaign.


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