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Bruce Mason photo
Dr. Wally Chung poses with the pride of his unique collection — a white
and gold model of the Empress of Asia. The former chair of the President's
Advisory Council on the University Library is donating thousands of rare
books and artifacts to UBC for the enjoyment of generations to come. The
first exhibition of the collection will be in the year 2000.
Library receives priceless
pieces of life's passion
by Bruce Mason
Staff writer
There are 12,000 books and 1.700
artifacts in the collection that Dr. Wally
Chung, his wife Dr. Madeline H. Chung
and their family are donating to UBC.
University Librarian Catherine Quinlan
says the gift, valued in the millions of
dollars, is priceless.
"It is a unique and invaluable chronicle of so many aspects of B.C. and Canadian history," says Quinlan.
"A collection of this magnitude and
significance brings the UBC Library's
collections to a new level of enrichment
and presents tremendous opportunities
for interdisciplinary research and collaboration with many of UBC's academic
units as well as the Museum of Anthropology," she adds.
"I have been asking myself what I was
going to do with all this and who will look
after it and enjoy it." Chung shrugs as he
walks through irreplaceable, immaculate treasure that fills four rooms of his
basement. "I spent so much time collecting it that I don't want it to be split up
and dispersed."
His face beams as he begins to share
the sheer joy of discovering rare books
and objects in a lifetime obsession that
began with a small boy's fascination.
"In my father's tailor shop in Victoria
there was a poster of a big white beautiful
ship steaming out of an Asian harbour
with the sun setting behind it heading for
the New World." he remembers.
It was the Empress of Asia, one ofthe
Canadian Pacific Railway's trans-oceanic
luxury liners that was the pride of the
country's maritime fleet and the vessel
that brought his mother from China.
He began cutting newspaper clippings
and hoarding calendars, matchbooks,
posters and silverware — any and every
CPR collectible he could lay his hands on.
Years later, in 1953, when he had
graduated from McGill University's medical school, he got even more serious. After
finishing surgical training at the Vancouver General Hospital and joining UBC's
medical school, he combed bookstores
and second-hand shops in earnest, locally and in New York, Chicago and London between medical conferences.
"I found this in a basement of a condo
in Toronto," he says pointing to a builder's model more than four metres long,
which gleams in a glass case. "It had been
stored in an unheated basement for 30
years and was in terrible condition. The
paint was flaking off, a funnel was broken
and a professional modeller said it would
take three years of work by two men and
tens of thousands of dollars to restore it."
Instead Chung reclaimed the exquisite detail himself in a labour of love
which occupied 4,000 hours and many,
many late nights.
It took three archivists six months just
to catalogue the one-of a-kind items in the
collection which span time, borders and
cultures. They are pieces of a puzzle collected over a lifetime to complete a vision
and an odyssey which led from CPR memorabilia to a unique and important documentation ofthe Asian experience in North
America and West Coast history.
There are champagne buckets and bedpans, railway timetables and "Stop the Oriental Menace!" pamphlets, first editions of
books chronicling Cook's and Vancouver's
voyages to the Pacific, the correspondence of
nation builders and the photograph of the
Campus turns out to
hear annual report
About 700 people packed the main
floor of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts for UBC's second campus annual general meeting Oct. 19 to hear
UBC's administration report on its activities for the past year.
"We know that UBC will be defined in
the next century, not only by our vision,
but also by our
actions," UBC
President Martha
Piper said. Many
of the initial targets have been
met which were
set out in last
years launch of
Trek 2000, the vision for the university in the coming century.
Some of UBC's
significant accomplishments
during the past
year were highlighted. These include:
• Development of an academic plan to
guide future faculty and staff recruitment and retention efforts.
• Offering early admission to more first-
year students than ever before in the
university's history.
• Expansion of co-op programs on campus. More than 2.000 students are
currently gaining work experience
through programs in five faculties,
including the newly established program in the Faculty of Arts.
John C lit nq photo
UBC President Martha Piper fields media
questions following the university's
second annual general meeting for the
Renovation of approximately 15 per
cent of classrooms and development of
2.500 new information technology connections.
In the area of research, attracting S23
million of federal Canada Foundation
for Innovation funding. When coupled
with funding from the B.C. Knowledge
Fund, this will result in approximately S60 million
of new research infrastructure being
built on campus.
• Meeting university targets for the
recruitment of in-
I (■ r n a t i o n a 1
"We will continue to rely on
community support in the pursuit
of adequate funding of education
and research in
British Columbia,"
Piper said, emphasizing the importance of
advocacy for higher education.
Dominating the meeting's question
and answer session were comments and
questions from members of UBC's CUPE
locals who addressed their concerns regarding current labour negotiations and
working conditions to senior administrators.
UBC held its rommunitv annual general meeting downtown Oct. 14 with
about 200 in attendance
Community remembers
'ultimatesacrifice" Nov. 11
Thirteen  campus  and  community
groups will lay wreaths in the War Memorial Gymnasium foyer as part
of UBC's annual Remembrance
Day ceremony Nov.   11   from
10:45 a.m. to noon.
UBC President Martha Piper,
Alma Mater Society President
Ryan Marshall and Rev. John
Mellis of the Vancouver School
of Theology will participate in
the ceremony which is expected to draw
about 400 people.
A brass ensemble from UBC's School
of Music will perform and refreshments
will be served.
During the First World War, when
annual enrolment averaged 6O0, 697
UBC students saw active military service — 78 were killed. In
the Second World War 1.680
students enlisted and 169 made
"the ultimate sacrifice," including R. Hampton "Hammy" Gray,
posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.
In 1951, students initiated construction of the War Memorial Gymnasium as a memorial to British Columbia's
war dead. Mounted in the gymnasium are
plaques listing UBC students who lost
their lives in the two world wars.
Darkling Dwarves
Could something white hold the key to what's dark in the galaxy?
Barn Burger 3^
Offbeat: Looking for the real meal deal? Head to south campus.
Interdisciplinary Innovation 7-8
Feature: The Faculty of Graduate Studies' reach is far and wide. 2 UBC Reports  October 28,1399
Dean sets the
record straight
I am writing to clarify some
aspects of the article that
appeared in the Oct. 14 issue
of UBC Reports. That issue's
profile, on the work of Peter
Raabe, contains several errors
of fact.
The Faculty of Education
does not offer, nor has it ever
offered a program in Philosophical Counselling. We do not have
any faculty members who
Why swipe at
head asks
"Brutus is an honourable
man; So are they all, all honourable men." So said Mark
Antony, who hated Brutus. He
realized that you don't get a lot
of sympathy for yourself or your
cause by directly vilifying
another. Your article "Real
World Philosophy 101" (Oct. 14)
falls into the error Antony so
adroitly avoided.
Praise whatever and whomever takes your fancy, but why
take a swipe at academic
philosophy? Surely there are
quite enough grouchy anti-
intellectuals out there who
wonder why public money
should be spent on the humanities. Does UBC Reports
need to swell their ranks?
I'll leave that homily with
you. Ever the Stoic, I shall
content myself with a simple
statement of fact, thereby
implicitly correcting an error in
the article.
The Dept. of Philosophy does
recognize the existence of
"philosophical counselling." It
would allow a qualified student
in good standing to investigate
it in a master's or doctoral
The UBC Dept. of Philosophy
does not have the authority to
issue professional credentials in
"philosophical counselling." But
then, no other academic
department at UBC has that
authority. (In particular, the
Faculty of Education does not
have that authority.)
I am aware of the existence of
a quasi-professional body that
issues such credentials on the
basis of a Philosophy PhD.
However, these credentials are
recognized by very few, if any.
North American jurisdictions.
British Columbia is not one of
Prof. Mohan Matthen
Head, Philosophy Dept.
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first person of Chinese descent born
in B.C. They fill large gaps in history
and tell innumerable and otherwise forgotten stories.
"It took a great deal of time and
effort and we want people to enjoy
it," says Chung, who will continue
to add to the collection. "We are
giving it to UBC so as many people
as possible can have the opportunity to understand and appreciate
the struggles and the joys of those
who have come before them."
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specialize in this area, nor do
we offer any courses in it. Peter
Raabe earned a PhD in Educational Studies with a concentration in Philosophy of Education.
Prof. Jerrold Coombs of the
Dept. of Educational Studies,
who supervised Raabe's
graduate work, gave the author
the correct information regard
ing his degree. It is regrettable
that these facts were not
included in the article.
I am very disappointed that
UBC Reports would develop a
profile based on inaccurate
Nancy Sheehan
Dean, Faculty of Education
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Dwarfs behind dark
puzzle posit scientists
Andy Poon
Staff writer
UBC scientists may be a step closer to
finding the answer to one of astronomy's
most perplexing questions: What is the
galaxy made of?
"We may have identified a component
ofthe unknown dark matter in the galaxy
— the 90 per cent of the mass of the
galaxy which we thought was invisible,"
says Prof. Harvey Richer, an astronomer
in the Physics and Astronomy Dept.
Research recently released by the four-
member team which included Richer and
fellow astronomer Asst. Prof. Douglas
Scott indicates that ancient white dwarf
stars — the burned-out remains of normal stars like the Sun — may make up
more than half of the invisible dark matter in the Milky Way Galaxy.
The team of researchers, which also
included Rodrigo Ibata from Germany
and Roland Gilliland from the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore,
arrived at the conclusion after they compared images ofthe Hubble Deep Field —
the deepest optical image of the sky —
from the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995
and 1997. They found that five objects
moved slightly in the foreground between
the two images. The scientists believe
that the objects may be old white dwarf
"If this picture is correct, there will be
an enormous rethinking of how galaxies
formed and evolved," says Richer.
In tire past, white dwarf stars have
been suggested as a possible explanation
of the missing matter in the galaxy but
this may be the first time anybody has
seen them, he says.
The team's results were published in
the October issue of The Astrophysical
Journal Letters. Meanwhile the team has
plans to check their work this December
when they will again use the Hubble
Space Telescope to look at the same field
and see if the previously detected motion
in the five objects is confirmed.
A large consortium including astronomers from UBC, Victoria, Princeton University and Germany are also using the
Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope in Hawaii to search for more local examples of
these ancient white dwarfs.
For more information and images of
the team's findings, visit the Web site
by Dianne Longson. Treasury
Dianne Longson photo
I still miss the old Bus Stop Cafe. Once located where Trekkers now
stands, it was the quintessential welcoming respite for students like
myself to start each day — a standard campus ritual.
Regular customers always sat at a particular counter to be served by
their favourite server. Besides the aroma of strong coffee and UBC cinnamon buns, the friendly service provided by Doris, her sister, and numerous
other middle-aged women who treated us like family, made the Bus Stop a
truly remarkable place.
After returning to campus a few years ago, I had forgotten about another
good old-fashioned eatery until my department relocated across campus. I
decided with some trepidation to check out another old haunt. The Barn,
further down Main Mall near the Engineers' "E."
I was a little apprehensive because as we all know, things never stay the
same, and you can never go home again. Right?
I took a stroll over to The Barn and cautiously stepped inside to size up
the place and check out the menu. To my surprise I saw a daily soup and
sandwich special advertised on the chalkboard and the soup didn't sound
like Campbell's.  Much to my delight the soup tasted home-made.
Since that day I've returned on numerous occasions. Of course the
inevitable happened — one day I had a craving for a hamburger, and not
Something drew me to The Barn. My lucky day! The special was a
Hawaiian burger with fries. Without a doubt, it was the best hamburger I
ever remember eating.
Not long after, with the delectable memory still lingering, I had to return.
On that fortuitous occasion, the special of the day was a Mexican burger. I
think it was better than the first one, but I really can't be sure.
On both occasions I felt compelled to compliment the cook. I could tell
this didn't happen too often because both times it took awhile for the
shocked expressions to relax into smiles.
Seated beside an open, wood-frame window in the friendly dining room
(with pink geraniums sprouting up over the windowsill), there's plenty of
fresh air and an opportunity to let the mind wander. I sat and pondered
how even the washrooms with their ancient plumbing fixtures, stuck away
upstairs, have that old cafe feel.
Thank goodness for The Barn. It is better than I remember. It feels a lot
like home, and reminds me of Doris and the others welcoming me on many
dark, damp mornings.
And the added bonus? Now I know what real burgers taste like.
WAY    1
Andy Poon photo
Signs Of The Time
Enthusiastic UBC United Way Campaign volunteers (1-r) Kim Griffiths,
Daphne Gagnon and Anatomy Dept. administrative technician Roseanne
Mclndoe were up bright and early recently to wave-in motorists along
University Boulevard as part of the official campus campaign kick-off.
Campaign chair, Ceremonies and Events manager Eilis Courtney reminds
donors that along with the online bingo game, there are ongoing
campaign events. An evening with the Harmony singers will take place
Nov. 4 from 7:30 - 9 p.m. at Cecil Green Park House. Any faculty and staff
who haven't received pledge forms in the mail can call the campaign
office at (604) 822-8929. Pledge forms are also available at
Interdisciplinary teams
earn research grants
Two interdisciplinary teams of UBC
researchers and external scholars have
each received $500,000 in the form of
coveted thematic grants from the Peter
Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
(PWIAS) this year.
A research team studying narratives
on illness, disability and trauma, and a
team working on the mechanisms of infectious diseases, are the recipients ofthe
institute's 1999 Major Thematic Grant.
The grant provides funding of up to
$500,000 over a three-year period to a
broad interdisciplinary team of UBC and
external scholars to research a new area.
"More and more grant agencies base
their awards solely on the practical applications ofthe research," says PWIAS director Prof. Ken MacCrimmon. "But without the basic research it makes it tough
to do the applied research. It's all about
challenging people to take risks here."
It's no easy task to receive one of the
grants. Indeed the selection process is so
rigorous that in the award's six-year history, no recipients were selected in 1994,
1995 or 1998.
French Prof. Valerie Raoul's research
team will examine narratives of illness,
disability and trauma from comparative
cross-cultural and historical perspectives.
The team hopes to contribute to the
understanding of these experiences and
their cultural and social significance from
the point of view of those who have illness, disability or trauma, as well as their
"Among other things, it's a look at how
people manage to express things that are
unspeakable," says Raoul, the team's
principal investigator and director of
UBC's Centre for Research in Women's
Studies and Gender Relations.
In total, 10 UBC faculty members and
a number of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from various disciplines are involved with the project.
Besides Raoul main faculty members
involved are: Anthropology and Sociology
Assoc. Prof. Janice Graham; English
Assoc. Prof. Susanna Egan and Asst.
Prof. Judy Segal; French Asst. Prof. Gloria
Onyeoziri; Education Prof. Patricia
Vertinsky; Nursing Asst. Prof. Connie
Canam and Assoc. Prof. Angela
Henderson: Rehabilitation Sciences
Assoc. Prof. Isabel Dyck; and Psychiatry
Prof. Susan Penfold.
Medical Genetics Prof. Ann Rose heads
a research team also awarded a Major
Thematic Grant. Rose's team is taking a
unique, interdisciplinary approach to
studying infectious diseases.
Despite a host of physiological and
biochemical studies into the mechanisms
of infectious disease, there remains much
to discover about the processes of infection of a host organism by microorganisms, says Rose.
Her team will use pathogenomics, a
combination of genomics, the identification of the complete set of heritable material from an organism, and
bioinformatics, the analysis of information content, to reveal additional mechanisms of pathogen-host interactions.
Besides Rose, the core investigators
are: Bioinformatics specialists Steven
Jones and Francis Ouellette; Prof. Brett
Finlay of the Biotechnology Laboratory;
Microbiology Prof. Robert Hancock and
Asst. Prof. Rachel Fernandez; Zoology
Assoc. Prof. Don Moerman and Asst. Prof.
Sarah Otto; and researcher Fiona
The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced
Studies brings together UBC researchers
and noted scholars from around the world
to work on fundamental research across
a variety of different disciplines.
For more information on this year's
winners and PWIAS, call the institute at
(604) 822-4782 or visit the Web site at
Peter Raabe has a PhD from the Educational Studies Dept. in the Faculty of
Education. The faculty does not offer a
PhD in Philosophical Counselling as was
reported in the Oct. 14 issue of UBC
Reports. 4 UBC Reports, ■ October 28^ 1999
October 31 through November 13
Sunday, Oct. 31
Please Touch - An Art
Gallery Exhibition
Please Touch. Tactile Colour
Communication Society. SUB Art
Gallery from 12-6pm daily. Continues to Nov. 5. Call 822-5844.
David Spencer Memorial Concert.
Jesse Read and David Agler, conductors. Chan Centre from 3-
5pm. Admission by donation. Call
Monday, Nov. 1
Centre For Chinese
Research Seminar
Local Government, Firms And Individuals: Local Economic Transfer In The Pearl River Delta - A
Case Study Of Shunde City.
Desheng Xue, China. CK Choi
120 from 12:30-2pm. Call 822-
Mechanical Engineering
Some Problems Associated With
High-Density Suspension Of Solid
Particles. Prof. John Grace. CEME
1202 from 3:30-4:30pm. Refresh-
mentsat3:25pm. Call 822-3770.
Oceanography Seminar
SOIREE: Results From The New
Zealand Iron Fertilization Experiment In The Southern Ocean.
Philip Boyd, U of Otago, New
Zealand. BioSciences 1465 at
3:30pm. Call 822-3278.
Astronomy Seminar
Galaxy Morphology: Near And
Far. Steve Odewahn, Appalachian
State U. Hennings 318 at 4pm.
Refreshments at 3:30pm. Call
Green College Member
Speaker Series
From Global To Local: Our Role
In The Change To A Sustainable
Society. Maged Senbel. Green Col-
lege at 5:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Tuesday, Nov. 2
Continuing Studies Public
An Art More Subtle: Music OfThe
Late Middle Ages. Pat Unruh, director, Vancouver Historical Performance Society. Vancouver
Public Library (downtown), Peter
Kaye Room from 10-11:30am.
Continues to Nov. 23. $47, seniors $42. Call 822-1420.
China Programme For
Integrated Research And
China's Economic Reform And
Income Distribution. Prof. Zhao
Renwei, Beijing. CKChoi 120 from
12:30-2pm. Call 822-2629.
Another Look At Human
Development Speaker
Mental Health Professionals' And
Teachers' (Mis-) Perceptions Of
Adolescence. Kim Schonert-
Reichl, Human Learning, Development and Instruction. Scarfe
278 from 12:30-1:20pm. Call
The Who, How And Why Of Epiphyte Responses To Forest Management Alternatives. Bruce
McCune, Oregon State U.
BioSciences 2000 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Lectures In Modern
Chemistry Seminar
Self-Coordinating Porphyrins,
Chlorophylls, And Bacterio-
chlorins: Modelling Photosyn-
thetic Special Pairs. Prof. Harvey
J. Schugar. Chem B-250 at lpm.
Call 822-3057.
Continuing Studies Public
The Politics Of Violence. Martin
Toren. Vancouver Public Library
(downtown), Peter Kaye Room from
2-3:30pm. Continues to Nov. 23.
$47, seniors $42. Call 822-1420.
Centre For Applied Ethics
Animals As Ends In Themselves:
The Importance Of Goethe's Extension Of The Kantian Categorical Imperative. Rod Preece, Wilfred
Laurier U. Angus 426 from 4-6pm.
Call 822-5139.
Green College Speaker Series
FundraisingTrends. Shannon von
Kaldenberg, Development Office.
Green College Coach House at
5pm. Reception following from 6-
6:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Chalmers Institute Series
Should Your Conscience Always
Be Your Guide? John Mellis. Highlands United Church, 3255
Edgemont Blvd., North Vancouver
from 7:30-9:30pm. $10. Call 822-
Archaeological Institute
New Excavations InThe Near East.
Elizabeth Stone, State U of New
York. MOA Theatre at 7:30pm.
Call 822-2889.	
Wednesday, Nov. 3
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Five Minutes - Five Slide Presentations. Members of the Division
of Athletic Injuries and
Arthroscopy. VGH, Eye Care Centre Aud. from 7am- 12pm. Call 875-
Continuing Studies Public
Impressionism: Its Birth. Justin
Newell. Vancouver Public Library
(downtown), Peter Kaye Room from
10-11:30am. Continues to Nov.
24. $47, seniors $42. Call 822-
Nursing Rounds
Through The Haze Of Cigarettes:
Narratives Of Nicotine Dependency
AmongTeenage Girls. Barb Moffat,
master's student. Call 822-7417.
Centre For Research In
Women's Studies Colloquium
Read My Lips: Voicing The Feminist Body. Cate Poynton, U ofWest-
ern Sydney. Women's Studies
lounge from 12:30-1:30pm. Call
Wednesday Noon Hours. The
Burney Ensemble. Music Recital
Hall at 12:30pm. $3. Call 822-
OBST 506 Seminar
Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone: Archetype And Evolution.
Dr. Nancy Sherwood, U of Victoria. B.C.'s Women's Hosp. 2N35
from 2-3pm. Call 875-3108.
Geography Colloquium
Speaker Series
Natural Obstacles And Production
Contracts In Oregon's Logging Sector. Scott Prudham. Geography 201
from 3:30-5pm. Call 822-2663.
Respiratory Research
Seminar Series
Evidence Based Treatment Of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Dr. J.
Fleetham. St. Paul's Hosp.,
Gourlay Conference Room from 5-
6pm. Call 875-5653.
Green College Speaker Series
Art: Everywhere, Everybody, Useless, Transcendent. Prof. Robert
Young,   1999  Murrin   Lecturer.
Green College at 5pm. Call 822-
Individual Interdisciplinary
Studies Graduate Program
(IISGP) Seminar
TBA. Prof. Robert Young. Green
College from 5-6:30pm. Call 822-
Cultural And Media Studies
The Ethical Conundrums Of Research In The Academy And Journalism. John Lowman and Ted
Palys, SFU-Criminology; Terry
Milewski, CBC; Marilyn MacCrimmon and Michael Jackson.
Law. Green College Coach House
at 7:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Thursday, Nov. 4
Interdisciplinary Colloquium
In Praise of InterdiscipUnarity. M.
Peter Oberlander and Tony Dorcey.
Green College from 9aia-3:30pm.
Call 822-0954.
Seminar Series
ISO 9000 Series. Josef Otto and
various speakers. Terminal City
Club from 9am-5pm. $440/single
module. Includes lunch. Continues Nov. 5. Call 822-1884 to register.
Flu Vaccine Campaign
UBC Staff And Faculty Flu
Vaccines. UBC Student Health
Services from 1 lam-3pm. $10. Call
Students For Forestry
Awareness Panel Discussion
Forest Polity Review Panel Discussion. Gary Woulters, B.C. Government; Reid Carter, Industry
analyst; Cheri Burda, David
Suzuki Foundation; First Nations
and value-added advocates. Forest Sciences Centre 1005 from
12:30-2:30pm. Call 873-5504.
UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Clyde Mitchell, director. Chan Centre at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Science First! Lecture Series
Ice Age Climate And Its Ugly Surprises. Garry Clarke, Earth and
Ocean Sciences. Wesbrook 100 at
12:30pm. Call 822-5984.
Liu Centre And Institute Of
International Relations
Distinguished Speaker Series
Democratic Overdog: Strategy,
Morality and Etiquette For The
New Masters Of The Universe.
Gwynne Dyer, journalist. Regent
College Aud. from 12:45-2:30pm.
Call 822-1558.
OBST 506 Seminar
Molecular Biochemical And
Ultrasonographical Characterization Of Human Corpus Luteum
Functions. Dr. JanOlofsson. B.C.'s
Women's Hosp. 2N35 from 2-3pm.
Call 875-3108.
Comparative Literature
Beginning With A Film: From The
Linguistic To The Visual Code.
Carlo Chiarenza, California State
U. Buchanan Penthouse at 3pm.
Call 822-1878.
Canadian Studies
These Things Are Canadian Made:
An Historian Thinks AboutThings.
Joy Parr, SFU, History. Green College Coach House at 4:30pm. Reception to follow. Call 822-1878.
Harmony Singers
United Way Fundraiser. Cecil
Green Park House from 7:30-9pm.
$5. Refreshments. Call 822-8929.
Poetic Persuasions
Poetry Reading. Jay Rusesky and
Jason Dewinetz. Green College
Coach House at 8pm. Call 822-
Friday, Nov. 5
Third Annual UBC School Of
Nursing Fall 1999 Institute
Institute On Program Evaluation.
Prof. Ann Hilton. UBC Hosp.,
Koerner Pavilion G-279 and T-182
from 9am-4pm. Registration at
8:30am. $245 students/$375 non-
students. Continues to Nov. 7. Information at www.nursing.ubc.ca
or call 822-7453.
Symposium On
Prof. Michael Smith And Other
Experts. Frederic Wood Theatre
from 8am-5pm. Refreshments. Call
HCEP Rounds
Establishment Of Best Practice
Standards In Maternity Care. Dr.
MichaelKlein, Head, Maternity and
Newborn Care. Mather 253 from
9-10am. Parking available in B
Lot. Call 822-2772.
Introduction To Information Security. Paul Tinari. CAWP 2916
from 9am-5pm. $180, $60 (students). Includes lunch. Call 822-
The Fifth Annual Somerville
Spirituality And The Wisdom Of
Older Persons. Joanne Chafe and
Archbishop Douglas Hambidge.
VST from 9:30am-4:30pm. Continues to Nov. 6. $53/$42 (team),
$27 (retired) day. $98/$84 team/
$49 (retired) both days. Call 822-
Fish 500 Seminars Series ~
Application Of VMS To Fisheries
StockAssessment. Neil A. Gribble,
Australia. Hut B-8, Ralf Yorque
Room at 11.30am. Refreshments
at 1 lam. Call 822-2731.
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar Series
Reducing Musculoskeletal Injuries
In Hospital Laundries. Judy Village, Ergonomist. UBC Hosp.
Koerner Pavilion G-279 from
12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-9861.
Centre For India And South
Asia Research Seminar
The Limits Of Economic Nationalism In India: Economic Policy Reform Under The BJP-Led Government. Prof. Baldev Nayar, McGill
U. CK Choi 120 from 12:30-2pm.
Call 822-5207.
Classics And Philosophy
Greek And Roman Education.
Robin Barrow, SFU. Buchanan B-
228 at 12:30pm. Call 822-2889.
Earth And Ocean Sciences
The Northern Appalachians/British Caledonides: An Example Of
AnAccretionary Orogen. Cess van
Staal, Geological Survey of
Canada. GeoSciences 330-A at
3pm. Call 822-3278.
Chalmers Institute of
Continuing Education
Tea And Conversation With Archbishop David Somerville. VST
Boardroom from 3-4:30pm. By donation to the Somerville Fund for
Spiritual Formation. Call 822-9815.
Political Science
Development Seminar
Animals And Nature As Ideological Tools In Contemporary
Theory. Prof. Rod Preece, Wilfred
Laurier U. Buchanan D-301 at
3pm. Call 822-6606.
Chemical Engineering
Kinetics Of Hybridoma Growth
And Antibody Production. Olivier
Henry, MASc candidate.
ChemEng 206 at 3:30pm. Call
Mathematics Colloquium
Sharp Asymptotic Bounds On
The Dimensions Of Harmonic
Functions. Prof. Peter Li, U of
California. Math 100 at 3:30pm.
Refreshments at 3:15pm in Math
Annex 1115. Call 822-2666.
Institute For European
Poskarten: A Musical Reading.
Music, Stefano Scodanibbio; poetry, Edoardo Sanguineti. Chan
Centre, Royal Bank Cinema at
6:30pm. Call 822-1452.
Level n Computer Course
How The Church Is Becoming
Present On The Internet. Gordon
Laird. VST from 7-9pm. Continues to Nov. 6, 9am-3pm. Call
822-9815 to register.	
Saturday, Nov. 6
UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Clyde Mitchell, director. Chan
Centre at 8pm. Call 822-5574.
Monday, Nov. 8
The New Adulthood And The Relationship Between Education
And Work. Prof. Johanna Wyn, U
of Melbourne. Ponderosa H-115
from 12:30-2pm. Call 822-5708.
Mechanical Engineering
The New Project Integrated Program (PIP) In Second Year Electri-
The UBC Reports Calendar lists university-related or
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which covers the period Nov. 14 to Nov. 27 — is noon,
Nov. 2. Calendar
UBC Reports ■ October 28, 1999 5
October 31 through November 13
cal And Computer Engineering.
Prof. Peter Lawrence. CEME 1202
from3:30-4:30pm. Refreshments
at 3:25pm. Call 822-2781.
Institute For European
Studies Roundtable
The Berlin Wall -Ten Years Later.
Goethe Institute, 944 West 8th
Ave. at 6:30pm. Call 822-1452.
Institute For European
Studies Art Exhibit
Zero Hour: The Berlin Wall - Ten
Years Later. Vincent Trasov and
Michael Morris. Western Front
Gallery, 303 E. 8th Ave. at
9:30pm. Call 822-1452.	
Tuesday, Nov. 9
Flu Vaccine Campaign
UBC Staff And Faculty Flu
Vaccines. UBC Student Health
Services from 1 lam-3pm. $10.
Call 822-7011.
Another Look At Human
Development Speaker
Socio-Developmental Patterns In
Children's Pain. Ken Craig, Psychology. Scarfe 278 from 12:30-
1:20pm. Call 822-6593.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Use Of Transgenic Technology
To Answer Pharmacological
Questions. Dr. Frank Jirik. IRC
#3 from 12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-
Risk And Precaution In Canadian Agricultural Biotechnology.
Katherine Barrett, PhD candidate. BioSciences 2000 from
12:30-l:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Sing Tao School Of
Journalism Brown Bag
The Dumbing Down Of Canadian
Journalism. Raymond Heard,
Global TV News. Sing Tao 102
from 12:30-2pm. Call 822-6688.
Lectures In Modern
Orbital Imaging By Electron Momentum Spectroscopy: Which Valence Orbital Descriptions Are Appropriate For Structure, Bonding
And Reactivity Studies In Chemistry? Prof. Chris Brion. Chem B-250
at lpm. Call 822-3057.
ECE Seminar
The Evolution OfWide Area Wireless Data. Norman Toms, Sierra
Wireless, Inc. MacLeod 410 at
1:30pm. Call 822-2872.
Political Science Lecture
Reformasi: Comparing Democratization Efforts In Malaysia And
Indonesia. Diane Mauzy. CKChoi
120 from 4:30-6pm.
St, John's College Women,
Science And Technology
Speaker Series
Senior Women Scientists: Taking Off The Blinkers. Prof. Maria
Klawe and Prof. Janet Werker.
St. John's College 1080 at
5:15pm. Call 822-8781.
Green College Speaker
The Inside Story On The Crisis
Points Group. Priscilla (Cindy)
Greenwood. Math, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.
Green College Coach House at
5pm. Reception from 6-6:30pm.
Call 822-1878.	
Wednesday, Nov. 10
Orthopaedics Grand
Prosthetic Arthroscopy Of The
Shoulder: Should The Glenoid
Be Replaced. Dr. Robert Hawkins.
VGH, Eye Care Centre Aud. at
7am. Call 875-4192.
Centre For Research In
Women's Studies Colloquium
A Case Study Of Domestic Violence In China. Tong Xin, Peking
U. Women's Studies lounge from
12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-9173.
Geography Colloquium
Speaker Series
The Elements Of Avalanche Forecasting. David McClung. Geography 201 from 3:30-5pm. Call 822-
Respiratory Research
Seminar Series
Regulation Of Mass Cell Activity
By PI Lipids And Protein Kinase.
Dr. V. Duronio. St. Paul's Hosp.,
Gourlay Conference Room from 5-
6pm. Call 875-5653.
Continuing Studies Public
The VSO Companion. Rodney
Sharman and David Phillips.
University Women's Club
(Hycroft), 1489 McRae Ave. from
7:30-9pm. $47, $42 (seniors).
Call 822-1420.
Thursday, Nov. 11
Remembrance Day
President Martha Piper, Alma
Mater Society President Ryan
Marshall and Rev. John Mellis.
War Memorial Gym from 10:45am
to noon. Call 822-4636.
Friday, Nov. 12
HCEP Rounds
Busy Intersections: The Narrative
Study Of Informal Eldercare.
Margaret Dorazio-Migliore, PhD
candidate. Mather 253 from 9-
10am. Parking available in B Lot.
Call 822-2772.
Chalmers Institute
Continuing Education
Introduction To Centering Prayer.
Cynthia Bourgeault. VST from 7-
9:30pm. Continues Nov. 13 from
9:30am-4pm. $78/$70 (team). $39
(retired). Lunch included. Call 822-
Fish 500 Seminars Series
Habitat Associations Of Juvenile
Cutthroat Trout: Implications For
Forestry Management. Jordan
Rosenfeld, B.C. Ministry of Fisheries. Hut B-8, Ralf Yorque Room at
11:30am. Refreshments at 1 lam.
Call 822-2731.
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar Series
Exposure Of Chronic Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease Patients To
Particulate Air Pollution: An Assessment Of Respiratory Health
Effects. Teri Fisher, MSc candidate. UBC Hosp. Koerner Pavilion
G-279 from 12:30-1:30pm. Call
Centre For Japanese
Research Seminar
WTO Rules And The Conduct Of
Japanese Companies: Trade And
Competition. Prof. Kaz Masui. CK
Choi 120 from 12:30-2pm. Call
Institute For European
Studies Lecture
Scenes From HeinerMuller. Holger
Teschke, artistic director, Berlin
Theatre Ensemble; Theatre students. Hut M-17, 6373 University
Blvd. at 3:30pm. Call 822-1452.
Chemical Engineering
Gas Mixing In High Density Cir
culating Fluidized Bed. Jinzhong
Liu, PhD candidate. ChemEng
206 at 3:30pm. Call 822-3238.
The Centre For Korean
Research Seminar
Birth, Death, And Reincarnation
Of Shim Ch'ong: Mistress OfThe
Spiritual Domain. Chan E. Park-
Miller, Ohio State U. CK Choi
120 from 3:30-5pm. Call 822-
Saturday, Nov. 13
French Art Song Festival. Diane
Loeb. director. Music Recital Hall
at 8pm. $10. Call 822-5574.
Sexual Assault Research
The Anxiety and Fear Laboratory in
the Dept. of Psychology requires
female volunteers who have experienced unwanted sexual activity, to
participate in a research project. If
you have ever had sex with someone when you didn't want to. because the other person continued
the event when you said no, forced
or threatened to force you, or because you were given alcohol or
drugs, and you would be interested
in helping us with our research,
please call 822-9028. Confidentiality and privacy protected.
Community Piano Program at UBC School of Music Jan. 2000
Beginner Piano Course: 7 to 9 yr-olds including both
60-min. group classes in multi-keyboard lab; keyboard fundamentals and class
performances taught by Susan Chen (MMus, U of Michigan; BMus, UBC)
30-min. private lessons - taught by selected piano majors in the graduate and
undergraduate programs of the School of Music with supervision
18 weeks for $630      Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. max. 10 students
Interview/Readiness Assessment required   Interview dates: Nov. 22-Dec. 3
Repertoire Classes: (bi-monthly) taught by Susan Chen
CLASS I (app. RCM 6 to 8):
Bach Dances, ed. Blickenstaff
Lyric Pieces, Grieg, Alfred Pub.
Masterclasses: Prof. Enns
Prof. Skovorodnikov
CLASS II (app. RCM 9 to ARCT):
Sonatas, Scarlatti, ed. Kirkpatrick
Spanish Donees: Granados, Int. Pub
Masterclasses: Prof. Coop
Prof. Slasic
Classes will: study and perform listed repertoire and related topics, listen and
discuss of recordings, have masterclasses with piano faculty (as listed) and play
in formal recital (at the end of the course) Max. I 2 per class
8 classes plus recital for $120 Sat. afternoons Teacher referral required
Enrolment: registration form by Nov. 30th Contact: 822-5750
Please call 822-8293 for other available Music Preparatory Division courses.
Beautiful Cut Flowers For
Only $3 per bunch on Fridays
from 1 lam-lpm at the Horticultural Greenhouse. Call 822-3283.
Research Study
EcoRisk Research unit is seeking UBC staff members to volunteer for a research study investigating public perceptions about
the benefiis and risks of space
exploration. A booklet and questionnaire will be campus-mailed
to you to complete at vour convenience. Call Joseph 822-9261.
Museum Of Anthropology
Objects Of Intrigue. Continues to
March 31. A Break In The Ice:
Inuit Prints From The Linda J.
Lemmens Collection. Continues
to Feb 2. Attributed to Edenshaw:
Identifying The Hand OfThe Artist. Continues to Feb. 13. Lamps
From The Greek And Roman
World. Continues to Dec. 5. Three
Case Studies. Northwest Coast
Art. Continues to August. Unity
Quilt. Continues to Dec. 31. Free
to UBC students, staff, faculty.
Web site: www.moa.ubc.ca or
call 822-5087 or 822-5950.
Child Behaviour Research
How do parents see challenging
child behaviours? We are asking
parents of 7-14 year olds to tel!
us by completing an anonymous.
30 minute questionnaire. You can
receive the results. Please call
Assoc. Prof. Johnston's lab 822-
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program with
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designed for you
Come out and see for
yourself why we
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Pay parking opposite the Tennis Centre, B 5 Lot corner of East Mall & Thunderbird Blvd. 6 UBC Reports ■ October 28,1999
by staff writers
Dana Merritt has joined UBC as director of the
Budget Office in the Office ofthe Vice-President,
Administration and Finance.
Merritt will be responsible for ensuring that UBC's
financial resources are aligned with its strategic priorities.
She takes over from John Chase who retired this summer.
Merritt holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC and is a
chartered accountant. She has  experience in financial
planning, budgeting and treasury. She was previously
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perfect spot to reserve
accommodation for guest
lecturers or other university
members who visit throughout
the year. Close to UBC and other
Vancouver attractions, a tasteful
representation of our city and of
UBC. 4103 W. 10th Ave.,
Vancouver, BC, V6R 2H2. Call or
fax 222-4104.	
accommodation in Point Grey
area. Min. to UBC. On main bus
routes. Close to shops and
restaurants. Includes TV, tea and
coffee making, private phone/
fridge. Weekly rates available.
Call 222-3461. Fax: 222-9279.
Five suites available for
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enjoy college life. Daily rate $56
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information and availability.
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Centrally located near SUB,
aquatic centre and transit. Ideal
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per night. Call 822-1010.	
6th. Heritage house, antiques,
wood floors, original stained
glass. 10 min. to UBC and
downtown. Two blocks from
restaurants, buses. Scrumptious
full breakfasts. Entertaining cats.
Views. Phones in rooms. E-mail:
farthing@uniserve.com or call
Walk to UBC along the ocean.
Quiet exclusive neighborhood.
Near buses and restaurants.
Comfortable rooms with TV and
private bath. Full breakfast.
Reasonable rates. Non-smokers
only please. Call 341-4975.
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Breakfast. Best accommodation
on main bus routes. Includes
television, private phone and
bathroom. Weekly reduced
rates. Call 737-2687. Fax 737-2586.
ROOMS Private rooms, located
on campus, available for visitors
attending UBC on academic
business. Private bathroom,
double beds, telephone,
television, fridge, and meals five
days per week. Competitive
rates. Call for information and
availability 822-8788.
18th Ave. Visitors and students of
UBC are most welcome. 15 min.
to UBC or downtown by bus. Close
to restaurants and shops. Daily
rates from $50 to $ 100. Please call
and check it out at 737-2687.
Warm hospitality awaits you at this
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to TGB, steps from transp. &
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Separate kitchen, 4-piece bath,
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overlooking garden. Prime South
Granville location. Private
entrance, parking, or direct UBC
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included. No smokers or pets
please. Call 261-7153.
suite. Quiet, large, cosy, knotty
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United Way
of the Lower Mainland
2000-2001 and Subsequent Years
Nominations are invited for the position of Cecil H. and Ida
Green Visiting Professor in Residence. Nominees must be
exceptional researchers from outside UBC whose work
has the potential for significant impact in more than one
discipline. The appointee will live at Green College for
three months and conduct a seminar under the auspices of
the Individual Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program.
The first appointment will be made in 2000. Permanent
deadlines: February 15 and October 31, but nominations
are accepted at any time for the next competition.
For detailed terms and procedures, contact Rosanne Rumley
at Green College, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road, Campus
Zone I or vsp@interchange.ubc.ca or fax to 822-8742. UBC Reports ■ October 28, 1999 7
Faculty of Graduate Studies celebrates 50 years
Timely issues focus of research
Br joe Masor, ,,r,.,,to
John Robinson, director ofthe Sustainable Development Research Institute,
is among the researchers from UBC, SFU and UVic who are working to help
the public tap into planning the future development of the Georgia Basin
Project gives public
say in area's future
by Bruce Mason
Staff writer
Reaching out to the community doesn't
exceed the grasp of the Sustainable Development Research Institute (SDRI) in
UBC's Faculty of Graduate Studies. It is
developing exciting, innovative approaches to engage the public in both
understanding and action.
"The world is awash in doom and gloom
and too many people think nothing can be
done to save the planet," says SDRI's
director John Robinson, who leads the
Georgia Basin Futures Project. "We disagree and are working with the public so
they understand their options and roles
they can play in determining their future."
SDRI, a UBC think-tank, involves researchers at UBC. SFU and the UVic. At
the beginning of the year it was awarded
$2.5 million from the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council for a five-
year Georgia Basin Futures Project to
enhance human well-being while protecting ecological health in the Lower
Mainland and southeastern Vancouver
Island by the year 2040.
An additional $1.5 million has been
raised from 12 partner organizations in
the community: Among this group are
B.C. Hydro, the Greater Vancouver Regional District, The Vancouver Sun. Science World, Environment Canada, the
Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks,
the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, the David
Suzuki Foundation. Westcoast Energy,
and the National Research Council.
The Georgia Basin Futures Project includes two dozen researchers from a wide
variety of disciplines such as planning, public policy, economics, sociology, health care,
resource and environmental management,
zoology and global environmental change.
The expert knowledge of the research
team will be contained in QUEST, a user-
friendly computer modelling system developed for the Lower Fraser Valley by SDRI and
Envision Sustainability Tools, Inc.
In a series of workshops, public meetings,
focus groups, school programs and Web-
based interactions with the public, theproject
will generate hundreds of scenarios.
Researchers will provide information
on how ecological, social and economic
systems interact. Citizens will then make
decisions about populations, transportation, land use, social health and a wide
range of other areas.
An example ofthe project's innovations
in public involvement is the 540 square
metres of exhibits and displays to be built
at Science World by the year 2001.
'The centrepiece is a 75-seat decision
theatre inside a geodesic dome," says
Robinson. "It contains a personal envisioning game in which participants press
buttons to vote on their planning preferences. They will then see the outcome of
their decisions and be able to continue on
through the decades."
"During this process the general public will become more aware of technical,
ecological, social, economic and policy
implications and see the trade-offs and
consequences of their choices," he adds.
"This information will become part of a
database which will be analysed, for example, by age, ethnicity and gender."
The public consultation process will also
involve a wide range of government planners,
community leaders, decision-makers and
non-government organizations.
As the project reaches out to the public
it is also adding to its list of partners and
collaborating with other similar case studies of rapidly urbanizing regions.
'The ecological goal is to remain within
the earth's carrying capacity, the social
goal is to create and maintain societies
that satisfy individual and community
aspirations, and the economic goal is to
ensure adequate standards of living," says
Robinson. "All three are linked and must
be satisfied simultaneously."
"Our research is interdisciplinary,
which is a hallmark of UBC's Faculty of
Graduate Studies." he says. "But to actually achieve our goal — sustainability
in the Georgia Basin in the next 40 years
— we need to actively involve as many
people as possible."
Health researcher digs
the dirt on wood dust
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
Sucking in the pungent scent of sawdust on a trip to the lumberyard is
aromatherapy for some people, but for
Paul Demers wood dust and the respiratory system just don't mix.
An epidemiologist who specializes in
occupational respiratory disease, Demers
investigates the connections between
wood dust and cancer.
An assistant professor in the Faculty
of Graduate Studies' Occupational Hygiene Program since 1994, Demers is a
principal investigator in a four-year study
of 26,000 B.C. millworkers at 14 sawmills who have been exposed to wood dust from
"An agency of the
World Health Organization classified wood dust
as a carcinogen in 1995,"
says Demers, whose research earned him the
designation Medical Research Council of Canada
(MRC) /British Columbia Lung Association Scientist this year. "Now
we're trying to determine
which woods are the culprits and at what exposure level."
The 1995 classification
focused on the dust of
hardwoods such as oak
and mahogany as a cause
of sino-nasal cancer. There is one case of
sino-nasal cancer for every 100 cases of
lung cancer in North America, says Demers.
although in Europe the incidence is higher
in part due to wood dust exposure.
Airborne dust from softwoods such as
hemlock and fir and mixed woods are also
being investigated as a cause of cancer as
well as asthma and chronic obstructive
lung disease.
"Our aim is prevention," says Demers.
"We want to determine risk factors and
work practices that cause the problem."
Working with woodworkers' unions and
mill management, the researchers examine data from employment records and
match the information to Statistics
Canada data on cancer and deaths due to
respiratory illnesses.
Sawmill jobs include dumping and
sorting logs and lumber in the yard as
well as sawing, moving and inspecting
lumber inside the mill and clean up ofthe
work area.
Clean-up procedures that involve vacuuming or sweeping dampened dust are
preferable to blowing dust out of the work
area using compressed air. says Demers.
He and the research team that includes
Occupational Hygiene Program director
KayTeschke, professor of Health Care and
Epidemiology Clyde Hertzman and up to
six master's and PhD students and data
analysts, study procedures at mills from
New Westminster to Mackenzie.
"There have been very significant
changes in practices over the time period
of the study," says Demers. "Although
some mills still have 100-
year-old equipment,
there's a lot less manual
labour and more work is
done from a sealed-off
computer booth."
made in 1997 by Demers.
Teschke and Assoc. Prof.
Susan Kennedy contributed to a Workers' Compensation Board (WCB)
decision to cut acceptable
levels of wood dust exposure in half to the current
level of 2.5 milligrams per
cubic metre of air. At this
level dust particles are
visible hanging in the air.
The abundance of data
gathered for the current
study is also being used
in other research projects in the department.
PhD student Hugh Davies, who holds
an MRC studentship award, is looking at
the connection between industrial noise
and heart disease and master's degree
student Lisa Ronald is studying airborne
mold levels related to respiratory disease.
Results from the study, due to be
completed in 2000, may have implications for other industries such as the
manufacture of pulp and paper, doors or
The Occupational Hygiene Program is
an interdisciplinary graduate program
and the only graduate-level program west
of Toronto in Canada. The first class
entered the program in 1992. It was
established with an endowment from the
WCB that was matched by provincial
government funds.
Faculty of Graduate Studies facts
Total number of students: (1949) 364;
(1999) 6.273
Total number of degrees offered: (1949)
5; (1999) 32
Total number of degree specializations
(1949) 36; (1999) 90
Number of master's students: (1949)
343; (1999) 4,223
Number of doctoral students: (1949)
21; (1999) 2.050
Number of male students: (1949) 311;
(1999) 2,931
Number of female students: (1949)
53; (1999) 3.342
Total number of applications in 1999:
Total number of graduates : (1949)
109; (1999) 1.655
Tuition fees: (1949) $180: (1999)
$2,934 (domestic), $7,200 (international)
University Graduate Fellowship (full):
(1949) $200; (1999) $16,000
St. John's College, an international
residential college in the Faculty of
Graduate Studies, this summer celebrated their grand opening in conjunction with the 120th anniversary
of St. John's University in Shanghai.
Close to 600 guests from around the
world gathered in Vancouver to mark
the event.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies offered the first integrated on-line Web-
based graduate application system at
a Canadian university.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies is
launching a new Web site that will
have more than 400 pages, including
a comprehensive International Credential Evaluation Manual for faculty
and staff. 8^UBC Reports ■ October 28,1999
Faculty of Graduate Studies celebrates 50 years
Seeds for innovation find fertile ground
Andy Poon photo
"You can't solve any problem alone," says Maqsood Khan, who is completing
his doctorate through the Individual Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate
Program in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. An international student from
Pakistan, Khan studies soil irrigation, an issue of vital importance in the
semi-arid province in which he grew up.
Scholar crosses globe
to tap into flow of ideas
by Andy Poon
Staff writer
An afternoon picnic with a patient
cousin opened the floodgate to Maqsood
Khan's present-day curiosity in irrigation
Khan is currently researching the
movement of irrigation water in soil in
pursuit of his doctorate degree through
the Individual Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduate Program (IISGP) at UBC.
He recounts how during Grade 11, he
accompanied his cousin, a civil engineer, on
a picnic in his home province of Balochistan,
Pakistan. During the idyllic outing, Khan
and his cousin encountered a weir — an
irrigation structure that measures water
flow in Irrigation canals and channels — and
the teenager asked his cousin how it worked.
"I was really interested in his explanation and how irrigation water management would help conserve water for the
farmers," says Khan.
That incident helped him decide to
pursue a career in agricultural and irrigation engineering.
As a youngster he had always been
aware that his province, though semi-
arid, produced more than half the apples
and grapes in the country by using ground
water as its main irrigation source.
"Water is scarce in my country," he
says. "The occasional rain during growing
season is a bonus to crops to be irrigated."
After he finished his undergraduate
degree, Khan went to work for the
Balochistan Dept. of Agriculture. But remembering his father's stories of how
modern farming practices doubled crop
yields in Australia, and realizing that
many of the best agricultural minds in
his country had studied abroad. Khan
decided to study overseas.
After completing his master's degree in
North Carolina and starting a PhD at Colorado State University, Khan transferred to
UBC to complete his research through IISGP.
Founded in 1971, IISGP is the first
program of its kind in Canada. It lets
students design their own programs in
consultation with a faculty supervisory
committee to include more than one disciplinary field in their research.
The program was conceived as a "practical response to the desire for liberalization in the academic organization of
knowledge," says Fine Arts Prof. Rhodri
Windsor-Liscombe, chair of IISGP. There
are currently 75 graduate students registered in the program.
Khan firmly believes in the value of an
interdisciplinary approach to his research
"Nowadays, you can't solve any problem
alone — you need an interdisciplinary approach," says Khan, who works under Bio-
Resource Engineering Prof. Sietan Chieng.
Khan isn't sure whether he will return
to Pakistan after he earns his doctorate
but he has high praise for his time in B.C.
The best thing about Vancouver and
UBC is the multiculturalism," he says. "I
have made friends from Canada, India,
China, and other countries here."
Faculty's far-reaching
role envelops campus
by Bruce Mason
Staff writer
Although the Faculty of Graduate Studies encompasses the entire university, the
person in charge says it's one of UBC's
best-kept secrets.
"It's understandable," says Frieda
Granot, the eighth dean
of UBC's Faculty of
Graduate Studies. "Only
a handful of graduate
schools across North
America share a similar
structure and play a similar institutional role."
Officially recognized by
Senate in 1949 the Faculty of Graduate Studies
was given a key role and a
dual mandate — to coordinate and promote
interdisciplinary research
and education and provide administrative serv- Granot
ices for graduate students
across all faculties.
'The profound and pioneering vision
which has guided us over 50 years is that
a research-driven university has an opportunity to find innovative solutions to
the challenges and problems facing society and to have an impact on the economy
as well," says Granot.
The faculty embraces virtually all full-
time faculty at the university and more than
6,200 graduate students. It is also home to
almost 50 faculty, 15 interdisciplinary research units, two colleges, six graduate programs and one scholarly journal.
"We've come a long way since the establishment of the first interdisciplinary
unit, the School of Community and Regional Planning, in 1949," says Granot.
"Today we hear buzzwords about the
need to build bridges across traditional disciplines, but the Faculty of Graduate Studies
has always been fundamentally grounded in
interdisciplinary research," she says.
"We have always provided opportunities and encouraged disciplines to work
together, to share and solve major societal
and economic problems," she adds. "The
result is that research has not only crossed
boundaries, it has been elevated and
expanded beyond what is usually possible in individual disciplines."
When it first began,  the School of
Community and Regional Planning tackled the myriad problems associated with
an explosion of growth in B.C.'s population. That established a
The faculty continues to
gather together the finest researchers to work on emerging issues such as genetics,
applied ethics, the need for
sustainable development
and environmental policies,
women's issues and the rise
of I he Pacific Rim and the
global economy.
In combination with the
shift to a knowledge-based
society has come a set of
urgent and interconnected
challenges related to jobs,
housing, resource depletion,
crime and quality of life, says Granot. Increasingly, business and government require people with advanced degrees and
familiarity with the latest research.
"Failure to compete in a more integrated global marketplace has swift repercussions," she says. "In such an environment, it is imperative for adequate resources to be devoted to research and for
the results to be channeled into practice."
Despite the different research agendas
there are common threads weaving
through the faculty's history.
"These are interdisciplinarity, internationalization and community outreach —
a perfect fit with Trek 2000," says Granot.
Ensuring the academic quality and
integrity of graduate programs and providing a supportive and equitable environment for faculty and students alike
will continue to be priorities for the faculty as it enters the next millennium.
"It is no accident that Trek 2000 recognizes people as UBC's most important
resource. We want people in every faculty
to think ofthe Faculty of Graduate Studies as their second home."
Research institute opens doors to
building knowledge about Asia
by Bruce Mason
Staff writer
The economic downturn in Asia and
its profound impact on B.C.'s economy
illustrates the interdependence between these two regions.
A series of seminars hosted by UBC's
Institute of Asian Research (1AR) on
Globalization and the Transformation
of Asian Societies is an example of how
the institute is building important
knowledge about Asia by strengthening its research contribution to the
wider community.
'The immediate stimulus to organize
the seminars was the economic crisis
and the historic proportions of changing
state organizations, increased popular
participation and the dissolution of existing social categories." says Law Prof.
Pitman Potter, director of the institute.
One of 15 research units in the Faculty
of Graduate Studies, IAR was created in
1977 and is the leading centre in Canada
for research on Asia.
The interdisciplinary institute is building on specialized research to create an
interface with Asia for the UBC community.
Potter says IAR should provide information and assistance, not only to individuals
formally attached to it, but also to other
members of the UBC community who have
projects or interests in the region.
"Faculty at the institute are an important resource for UBC, with Asian language skills, personal and professional
experience in Asia, and a wealth of interdisciplinary expertise. We hope that scholars in other faculties and departments can
benefit from the linkages that we have
developed, and we welcome opportunities
for joint research."
The institute is committed to the
fundamental task of building knowledge.
"Our understanding of Asia should
be sustained and strengthened to transcend short-term economic problems
and should reflect the importance of
our long-term ties," Potter says.
The institute is assisting with strategic planning for UBC's Asia linkages into the 21st century, says
Graduate Studies Dean Frieda
"The importance of understanding
Asia is undisputed." Potter says. "We
are part of a dynamic community of
scholars, which has contributed significantly to Canada's knowledge about
Asia. Yet we face a challenging future
for which we should prepare effectively
by strengthening this community and
its activities."


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