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 VOLUME     47     |      NUMBER     4     |      FEBURARY    2 2,     2001
7 Snowjob
Engineering team makes a
cement toboggan fly
8 Civil suit
Prof. Michael Jackson goes
to court for the underdoe THE   UNIVERSITY   OF   BRITISH   COLUMBIA
Events turn spotlight on
Library's research role
Workshops showcase new
information technologies
A SELECTION OF ORIGINAL sketches by artist Jack Shadbolt, author
Malcolm Lowry's manuscripts,
and on-the-scene reports from the
1885 Riel Rebellion are some ofthe
primary source materials to be discovered at workshops and displays
offered by the ubc Library as part
of Research Awareness Week
(raw) March 3-9.
"The challenge of research in
arts and humanities lies in the
enormous diversity of disciplines,"
says Anne Martin-Matthews, associate dean, Research and Graduate
Studies, in the Faculty of Arts.
"Our researchers' needs range
from lab space to studio space and
primary source materials span
everything from medieval illustrations to current economic policy."
In E-space located on the second floor of Koerner Library, librarians will run drop-in work
shops for students and faculty on
electronic sources such as the Canadian Census and Early Canadi-
ana Online (eco).
A recent Library acquisition,
eco offers access to items formerly available on microfiche only.
English-Canadian literature, women's history, native studies and the
history of French Canada are some
ofthe site's key subject areas.
A learning and research facility, E-
space is used to showcase new information technologies and digital resources. The schedule of workshops
for the week is available at
In addition, reference librarians
will demonstrate health science research databases, including the
Community of Science Web site,
on March 7 at the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre.
Demonstrations will also take
place at St. Paul's Hospital on
March 6 and Children's and
Women's Health Centre of b.c. on
March 5.
Celebrate l^jp Research
ubc Library has invested more
than $1 million in the past year in
electronic databases, according to
Janice Kreider, assistant university
librarian for Collections.
Also on view on the second floor
of Koerner Library will be an exhibition called The Research Journey: from Primary Sources to Original Scholarship.
Designed to give people a sense
of what research in the humanities
is like, the week-long display includes items from ubc's Malcom
Lowry collection of archival material—the largest such collection in
the world.
Students can trace the challenging research trail followed by Lowry expert and English Dept. head
Prof. Sherrill Grace. Research tasks
included transcribing and referencing near-illegible handwritten
letters and illustrations.
Also on display will be some of
the contents of 38 boxes of artist
Jack Shadbolt's early sketchbooks,
journals, letters and photos.
The primary material was used by
Scott Watson, curator of ubc's Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, for
his 1990 book about the artist.
For a complete listing of raw activities, e-mail celebrate.research
@ubc.ca or check the Web site at
see Events page 2
Exchange matches volunteers
to need in Downtown Eastside
Students work in schools
and social agencies
by Andy Poon staffwriter
volunteering in Vancouver's
Downtown Eastside helps debunk
many of the stereotypes previously held about people and issues in
this community and in some cases
may help students with choosing
their careers, say those involved in
ubc's Learning Exchange student
volunteer program.
"Working as a volunteer in the
area really lets you see the human
aspects more," says Jennifer Mills.
"You see that it's not the bad stereotypes but that people  in  the
Downtown Eastside are just like
you and me."
Mills, a third-year Science student, volunteers four to six hours a
week working alongside the area's
residents in a hot lunch program
and handling administrative work
at the Quest Outreach Society. The
organization also helps distribute
food to food banks and other agencies which provide meal services.
Mills joined the Learning Exchange Trek 2000 volunteer program at its inception in January
2000. Since then, the program has
grown from 30 student volunteers
to its current complement of 50.
Margo Fryer, director of the
Learning Exchange, hopes to increase these ranks even more with
a volunteer recruitment drive from
Feb. 26-March 9.
Among the things that students
can volunteer to do are to work
with elementary school students
in literacy training, help teenagers
with their homework, or work at
shelters for people with mental
health issues.
Those who wish to join the program this September are asked to
submit their resumes and a cover
letter to the Learning Exchange
office. They will receive orientation
on the member organizations that
participate in the program during
a two-and-a-half-hour, on-campus
evening session on March 21.
Workshops and training ses-
see Volunteers page 2
wh eel art  Showing proof that the creativity of self-sufficient souls who
prefer to see the world on two wheels can't be contained in a bicycle helmet,
ubc ams Bike Co-op Coordinator Kari Hewett displays a hubcap cityscape.
The item is among those featured in the Bike Art Show to be held in the ams
Art Gallery in the Student Union Building, Feb. 26 to March 2. The gallery is
open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bruce Mason photo
Math researchers take
top national math prizes
Faculty score three out of
three in awards program
ubc mathematicians swept the
Canadian Mathematical Society's
(cms) research prizes gaining recognition for the researcher making
outstanding contributions to
mathematics in Canada as well as
the top female and young researchers in the nation.
The recently announced prizes
recognized Math Prof. Edwin Perkins for his outstanding contributions to mathematical research,
Math Prof. Emerita Priscilla
Greenwood as the outstanding female mathematics researcher, and
Math Asst. Prof. Kai Behrend as
the outstanding young mathematical researcher in Canada.
"This is overwhelming that we
won all three research prizes announced in the same year," says
Math Head Prof. George Bluman.
"This shows the strength of our
faculty, that we are second to none
in the country."
Perkins received the 2002
Jeffery-Williams Prize for his out
standing contributions to probability theory research.
Greenwood was awarded the
2002 Krieger-Nelson Prize for outstanding research by a female
Her research career spans more
than 35 years and includes work in
topics ranging from probability to
Behrend received the 2001 Cox-
eter-James Prize as the outstanding young mathematician for his
work in the field of algebraic geometry.
The cms research prize lectureships are awarded annually to
three outstanding Canadian math
researchers. As part of the award,
the winners will give lectures at selected upcoming cms meetings
across Canada.
Originally established in 1945,
the cms seeks to promote the discovery, learning and application of
mathematics in businesses, governments and schools across the
For more information on the
prizes and the cms, visit
www.cms.math.ca. 2     |      UBC     REPORTS
If everyone took transit to work once a week,
there would be 20 per cent fewer cars on the
road during rush hour.
ear tne air
for the
campus community
on the
Michael Smith Building
(Bio-technology, Phase 2)
Thursday, March 1, 2001,12:30 -1:30 p.m.
Cedars Room, Ponderosa Building, 2071 West Mai
To present and review the schematic design for the Michael Smith Building
(Bio-Technology Phase 2) proposed co be constructed on the south-west
corner of University Boulevard and East Mall, above the UBC Bookstore.
The proposed 7,419 square-metre building is a three-storey laboratory
Subject to Board of Governors approval, construction is anticipated to
begin January 2002 with occupancy in February 2004.
i    •     "j      For information regarding access for persons with disabilities
/t   !      in the Ponderosa building, please call Gisela Haarbrucker at
j N_^    1     822-9560 seven days before meeting date. Free parking will be
available in the West Parkade. Please pick up a parking pass
after the meeting in order to exit the parkade without charge.
Questions or for further information:
Contactjim Carruthers, Campus Planning & Development at 822-0469
The Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia invites applications and nominations for the position of Head of
the Dept. of Anatomy.
We seek an academic leader to be responsible for directing
and developing the teaching and research and service programs of the department. The department has 13 full-time
faculty members and attracts strong research support. The
successful candidate should have a proven record of scholarly
achievement, a strong research background, a commitment
to undergraduate and graduate medical education and the
ability to encourage and develop interdisciplinary initiatives.
Anticipated start date will be July 1, 2001. Academic rank and
salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit
and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all
qualified persons to apply. In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, this advertisement is directed to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
Applications, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae
and names of three references, should be directed by March
31, 2001 to: Dr. j.a. Cairns, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Room 317, Instructional Resources
Centre, 2194 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, b.c. v6t 1Z3.
Continued from page 1
sions covering topics such as listening skills, cross-cultural communications and empathy will follow to help prepare the volunteers
for their work in the community.
Some of the organizations that
students can volunteer for are Seymour and Strathcona elementary
schools, ywca Crabtree Corner,
Triage, and the Ray-Cam Co-operative Community Centre.
"It's a great opportunity for students to get some real-life experience related to social issues and to
broaden their life experience," says
Some students say that experiences gained in the Downtown
Eastside have helped them when
considering career choices.
"The volunteer work gives them
a sense of what career paths they
may wish to take. For example.
some have said that they want to
enter law to do advocacy work,"
says Fryer.
The Learning Exchange is part
of ubc's commitment to community outreach found in Trek 2000,
the university's vision document.
It offers ubc's resources and expertise to the Downtown Eastside
community, provides educational
opportunities to people who live
and work in the neighbourhood,
and gives ubc students first-hand
volunteer experience in community organizations.
Mills, a Quesnel-native, initially joined the volunteer program to
"see more of Vancouver and to become more exposed" to different
viewpoints and to help out. She
plans to continue her participation in the program for a third session this fall and encourages fellow students to volunteer.
"It is definitely a good thing for
people to do if they can find the
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volunteer, contact the Learning
Exchange office at (604) 408-5164,
e-mail Sue Sorrell at ssorrell@
interchange.ubc.ca or visit www.
Applications must be submitted
by March 16 via e-mail or to the
Trek 2000 Volunteer Program,
Learning Exchange, 121 Main St.,
Vancouver, B.C. v6a 2S5.
Continued from page 1
March 3: Prof. Emeritus Tim Parsons, "Oceanography in the Services
of Fisheries," Vancouver Institute
Lecture, Woodward Instructional
Resources Centre Lecture Hall 2
March 5: bc Research Institute
for Children's and Women's Health
Research Day, 985 West 28th Ave.
March 6: Four Corners of the
World Research Cafe by residents,
St. John's College Social Lounge
from 2-5 p.m.; Providence Health
Care Research Day, St. Paul's Hospital Conference Centre, 8 a.m.-
3:30 p.m.
March 7: GenderFlexing: New
Media Technology and Young People's Thinking, Education Assoc.
Prof. Ricki Goldman-Segall, St.
John's College 1080 from 5-6 p.m.;
ubc Health Sciences Research Day,
Woodward Instructional Resources Centre concourse.
March 8: Celebrate Research
Awards Gala, Chan Centre; Faculty
of Graduate Studies Research Cafe:
Sustainability, John Robinson, director, ubc's Sustainable Development Research Institute, St. John's
College Social Lounge from 2-5
March 9: ubc President Martha
Piper, Commerce and Business Administration Dean Dan Muzyka
and Assoc. Prof. Keith Head: Board
of Trade breakfast symposium,
Waterfront Hotel, 7:30 a.m.
The Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre invite applications and nominations for the position of Head ofthe Dept. of Medicine.
We seek an academic leader to be responsible for directing and developing the teaching and research
and service programs of the department. The department has more than 300 faculty members and
attracts strong research support. The successful candidate should hold a specialty qualification and
have broad and proven administrative experience, substantial academic and clinical experience, a
proven record of scholarly activity, and a commitment to undergraduate, graduate and post graduate
medical education. Anticipated start date will be July 1,2002.
Within the hospital, the successful candidate will be accountable for professional issues relevant to
the strategic directions of the organisation. The candidate is responsible for quality of patient care
and professional standards and collaborates with the senior executives for physician workforce planning, recruiting and performance management.
Academic rank (full-time) and salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The
successful candidate must be eligible for registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of
b.c. and must be a fellow ofthe Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply. In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, this advertisement is directed to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
Applications, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and names of three references, should be
directed by March 31, 2001 to: Dr. j.a. Cairns, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Room 317, Instructional Resources Centre, 2194 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, b.c. v6t 1Z3. UBC  REPORTS  |  FEBURARY  22,  2001
Scientists issue food
biotechnology warning
Absence of evidence of risk
to humans is not enough,
says Agricultural Sciences
Prof. Brian Ellis
by Bruce Mason staffwriter
the royal society of Canada
has serious questions about the
regulation of genetically modified
(cm) foods and crops.
National attention and debate
has focused on a report of its Expert Panel on the Future of Food
Biotechnology, co-chaired by Brian
Ellis, professor of Agricultural Sciences and associate director of
ubc's Biotechnology Laboratory.
Among 53 recommendations by
Ellis and 13 other top national scientists are the conclusions that
more rigorous and independently
reviewed testing is required along
with a moratorium on growing gm
fish in net-pens on Canada's coasts.
"Genetic engineering is a powerful technology and it won't be going
away," Ellis says. "However, the public needs to be confident there will
be thorough and objective assessment in which the public good remains the ultimate benchmark."
Ellis reports on new problems
with control of herbicide-resistant
canola, a multibillion-dollar crop
on the Prairies.
Three types of gm canola, each
engineered to resist a different type
of weedkiller, have crossed spontaneously to yield new strains resistant to multiple herbicides. These
new "superweeds" are now sprouting where farmers don't want them
and their control requires the use of
older, more toxic chemicals.
"This development illustrates the
unanticipated ecological outcomes
that can accompany gm crops," Ellis
says. "The next generation of gm
crops will carry new genes that
make them more frost or drought
tolerant, providing potential advantages over their wild cousins."
The panel was strongly critical
ofthe level of secrecy surrounding
testing of genetically modified organisms.
"The credibility of scientific
process requires peer review and
independent analysis of results,"
Ellis told national media at a press
conference in Ottawa.
With co-chair Conrad Brunk of
the University of Waterloo, he
warned that mere absence of evidence of risk to human and environmental safety is not enough.
The panel was established one
year ago at the request of Health
Canada, the Canadian Food In
spection Agency and Environment
Canada to provide advice to the
federal government.
Asked specifically to assess the
risks to human and animal health
and the environment, it was
strongly critical of inadequate
funding levels for independent research.
Increasing domination of university research by commercial interests is removing incentives for
scientific research aimed at the
public good the report warned and
noted the need to maintain a
strong pattern of such research.
Canada, the third largest producer of gm crops, has no law requiring labeling of gm foods, unlike Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
On this contentious issue, the
panel favoured thorough and appropriate testing over labeling unless there is scientific evidence of
significant risks to certain people,
such as those with allergies. It did,
however, advocate strong government support of a system of voluntary labeling.
For a copy ofthe report including a
citizen's summary by Ellis, visit the
Royal Society Web site at www.
Research funding aims to
help patients breathe easier
Study to probe how
emphysema starts
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
UBC pulmonary researcher
Dr. James Hogg has received $1.26
million over four years from the
u.s. funding agency the National
Institutes of Health (nih) to pursue his research on the causes of
"This support provides operating funds that will allow us to hire
new scientists and graduate students to continue this work, " says
Hogg, who is a senior scientist at
the ubc McDonald Research Laboratory at St. Paul's Hospital.
The goal of Hogg's research is to
understand how emphysema
works at the molecular level.
"Everyone who smokes gets
lung inflammation," says Hogg, a
professor emeritus of Pathology
who has been studying emphysema for 30 years. "But only 15-20 per
cent of smokers get emphysema.
We want to understand the mechanism of how inflammation develops into disease."
He and his team are looking at
latent viral infections and how
they may amplify the lung irritation caused by cigarette smoking.
Viral genes persist in lung cells
over time and these latent adenoviruses are suspected to combine
with irritated tissue cells to produce disease.
He will also study why emphysema is resistant to treatment by
"Steroids are effective in managing asthma but not emphysema," he says. "By studying the
mechanism of steroid resistance
we hope to find features ofthe inflammatory response that will respond to other treatments."
There is no prevention or cure
for emphysema. It can be controlled through antibiotics and oxygen
therapy if detected in the early stages. Bronchial dilating medicine may
be used to treat the asthma that
can co-exist with the disease.
Emphysema, a name which
comes from the Greek word to inflate, is characterized by enlarged
lungs and irritated or infected
bronchial tubes that connect the
windpipe with the lungs.
When the bronchial tubes become irritated, some of the airways get obstructed and lung
function reduces. In addition, the
Dr. James Hogg
stretching and destruction of the
walls of the tiny air spaces at the
ends ofthe bronchial tubes lead to
the characteristic enlargement of
the lungs.
Emphysema, in combination
with chronic bronchitis, is the most
common form of chronic obstructive lung disease which is the fifth
most common cause of death in
North America. More than 1,100
people die of emphysema annually.
Hogg received funding from the
Canada Foundation for Innovation
for equipment to conduct his current investigations as part of the
iCAPTURE project at St. Paul's Hospital that is looking for new solutions for cardiac, pulmonary and
blood vessel diseases.
More independent and rigorous testing of genetically modified foods is
required suggests a recent report issued to the federal government by a panel
of experts that includes Agroecology Prof. Brian Ellis. Bruce Mason photo
Experts raise level of
key public debates
The following excerpts feature some
ofthe many members ofthe campus community who have recently
shared their expertise with local
and national news media.
Lead Time, ubc Public Affairs'
on-line guide to ubc experts at
fielded more than 590 inquiries
from the media last month.
Invest for a non-
Third- World future
The Vancouver Sun, Jan. 26, A17, Editorial
Ifyou are concerned about negative impacts of the oft-publicized
brain drain, what you have read is
nothing compared to what could
happen at b.c universities and colleges within a decade...
Without an excellent academic
community, it is virtually impossible to make pioneering discoveries, transform them into innovative technologies, and thereby create economic opportunities that
will continue to support our enlightened social programs.
Failure to do so may mean telling
our children they are better off pursuing their education and creative
aspirations elsewhere. Then, like
many Third World nations, our most
tragic export will be our brains.
John Steeves, professor and
director of cord at ubc.
It's just a matter of time
The National Post, Jan. 29, C12
People toying with the prospect of
juggling a job and university studies often ask... should they take
their degree part-time or leave their
job and pursue classes full-time?
Andrew Arida, co-ordinator of
Student Recruitment at the University of British Columbia, suggests people decide what is best for
their personality and lifestyle.
"The key is to do stuff that you
are comfortable with and to work
at a comfortable pace. Diving
headlong into it is great for some
people but for others you are going
to need to kind of slowly work
yourself into it," Mr. Arida says.
Canada's 'time warp'
Ottawa Citizen, Ai, Feb. 15
President George W Bush's choice
of Mexico rather than Canada for
his first foreign visit is a "wake-up
call" for Canadians, says former
foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy...
"We've been too reliant on the
historical perception that we have
a 'special relationship' with the
United States," said Mr. Axworthy,
who is now director ofthe University of British Columbia's Liu Centre for the Study of Global Issues.
"We need to broaden our perspective, priorities and policies
into a North American context."
Study probes organ
donation impediments
The Vancouver Sun, A5,Jan. 30
Anecdotes abound about the apparent incompatibility between
some ethnic groups and organ donation, but finally, b.c. researchers
are setting out to gauge the actual
attitudes and beliefs among some
ofthe province's largest minorities.
Michael McDonald, director of
the University of b.c.'s Centre for
Applied Ethics, said that in some
ethno-cultures, there is a reluctance to consider donating organs
because of a belief that it may interfere with "bodily integrity and
wholeness after death." 4     I      UBC     REPORTS
FEBRUARY     22,
Chalmers Institute Seminar
Centering Prayer Intensive. Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault. vst at 10am. Continues to March 2. $210 single; $200
group; $105 seniors. To register e-mail
ci(«vst.edu. Call 822-9815.
AMS Bike Art Show
The Bicycle: An Expression OfThe
Self, sub Art Gallery from ioam-4pm.
Reception from 7~9pm. Continues to
March 2. Call 822-2453 (ubc-bike).
Earth And Ocean
Sciences Colloquium
Four Billion Years Of'the Carbon Cycle: What'sThe Message For U.s? Jan
Vei/.er, u of Ottawa. GeoSciences
330-A at 12:30pm. Call 822-3278.
Astronomy Seminar
The Galactic Underbelly. Chris Brunt,
Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory. Hennings 318 at 4pm. Refreshments at 3:45pm. Call 822-2267.
Botany Seminar
Medicinal Plants of Morocco: Characterization And Potential For Long-
Term Health Benefits. Fatima
Muohajir. BioSciences 2000 at
12:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Peter Wall Institute
Scholars Workshop
Geophysical Turbulence In The Real
World: How Is The Observed Mesos-
cale Energy Spectrum Maintained?
Kevin Hamilton, International Pacific
Research Center, u of Hawaii. University Centre 307 at 3:30pm. Call
822-0198; 822-3278.
Graduate And Faculty
Christian Forum
'lime, Chance And Life - Can Life
Have A Simple Cause? Richard Johns.
Philosophy. Buchanan B Penthouse at
4:15pm. Refreshments at 4pm. Call
Julie Dash (Illusions), Hiroko Yamaza-
ki (Juxta), Fatimah Tobing Rony (On
Cannibalism), Compilation (Shifting
Sands 2). moa Theatre Gallery from
2:30-4:3opm. E-mail wmsU"'
interchange.ubc.ca. Call 822-9171.
Geography Colloquium
Sideways Looks At Biogeography.
Barbara Kennedy, Oxford u. Geography 201 at 3:30pm. Call 822-2663.
Asian Research Seminar
Between Heaven And Earth: Christianity In Papua New Guinea. Prof. John
Barker, Anthropology/Sociology, ck
Choi 120 from 4:30-6pm. F.-mail
kjew@interchange.ubc.ca. Call
Canadian Studies Seminar
From Camp To Kitchen: Gender And
Race In Post-World War II Canadian
Immigration Policies. Christiane
Harzig, u of Bremen. Green College at
5pm. Call 822-1878.
19th Century Studies
Medieval Cairo ForThe Modern
World. Irene Bierman, Art History,
ucla. Buchanan B Penthouse at
4:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Green College Special Lecture
Mercury In The Andes: An Appalling
Tale Of Misunderstandings And Blunders. Marcello Veiga, Mining and
Mineral Process Engineering. Green
College at 5pm. Call 822-1878.
Member Speaker Series
Perfectionism And Psychopathology.
Simon Sherry, Psychology. Green College at 7:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Teaching And Academic
Growth Seminar
leaching Portfolio For Promotion
And Tenure. Simon Ellis, Wood Science. David Lam basement seminar
room from 9:3oam-i2:;}opm. To register www.cstudies.ubc.ca/facdev/. Call
Peter Wall Institute Colloquium
Darwin And Valleys. Barbara
Kennedy, Geography. Oxford u. University Centre 307 at 12:30pm. Call
Brown Bag Lunch
Exploring the Personal Voice in Journalism. David Beers, journalist. Sing
Tao 104 from i2:30-2pm. E-mail
journal@interchange.ubc.ca. Call
Lectures In Modern Chemistry
Routes To The Most Potent Known
Oxidizers, And Some Uses Of Them.
Prof. Emeritus Neil Bartlett, u of California. Chemistry B-250 from i-2pm.
Refreshments at 12:30pm. Call
Microbiology And
Immunology Seminar
A Ras Protein Exhibiting A Unique
Nuclear Localization Has A Possible
Role In Mitosis. Brent Sutherland.
Wesbrook 201 from i2:30-i:30pm.
E-mail srea@interchange.ubc.ca. Call
Green College Speaker Series
Human Security In Asia - Any
Chance? A Lonely Planet Guide For
Canadians. Paul Evans, Asian Research. Green College at 5pm. Reception Green College Coach House from
6-6:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Health Promotion In
Motion Seminar
Zen Hospice: Promoting Community
Through Living And Dying. Anne
Bruce, Nursing. Green College at
7:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Women's Studies Lecture
Reading: Serial Selves, Mary Meig's
Autobiographical Texts. Prof. Helen
M. Buss, English, u of Calgary. Centre
For Research in Women's Studies and
Gender Relations seminar room at
12:30pm. F.-mail wmsti^'interchange.
ubc.ca. Call 822-9171 or 822-9173.
Another Look At Human
Development Colloquium
The Roots Of Empathy: A Parenting
Program Teaching Students About
Human Development And Nurturing
The Growth Ol Empathy. Alvajenson,
inner city consultant, Vancouver
School Board, irc #414 from 12:30-
1:20pm. Call 822-6593.
Wednesday Noon Hours
Making Art Of Klezmer Music. 'Turn
Klezmer Ensemble. Music Recital
Hall at 12:30pm. $4 at the door. Call
Applied Ethics Colloquium
Towards A Code Of Ethics For Science: Fabrication, Falsification And
Plagiarism. Iain Taylor, ubc Botanical
Garden, Scarfe 201 from 2-4pm. E-
mail ethics@interchange.ubc.ca. Call
Obstetrics And Gynecology Seminar
Effects Of Endocrine And Autocrine
Factors In Normal And Neoplastic
Ovarian Surface Epithelium (ose)
Cells. Kyung-Chul Choi. B.C.'s Women's Hosp. 2N35 at 2pm. Call 875-3108.
Film Showings
Women And Film: The Politics, Psychology And Aesthetics Of Crisis.
Poetic Persuasions
Reading: Lady Driven, An Anthology
Of Fiction And Poetry About Women
And Cars. Green College at 8pm. Call
First Nations House Of
Learning Career Day
Longhouse Sty-wet-tan from i2noon-
3pm. Refreshments. E-mail wilhelms
(^interchange.ubc.ca. Call 822-8941.
Earth And Ocean
Sciences Colloquium
Atmospheric Dynamics And Climate
Change: The Consequences Of Global
Warming. Lionel Pandolfo. GeoSciences 330-A from i2:30-i:3opm. F.-
mail suttle@eos.ubc.ca. Call 822-8610.
Alternative And Integrative
Medical Society Seminar
Sports Nutrition. Franco Cavaleri,
Nutritional Sciences, Biochemistry.
irc #5 from i2:30-i:3opm. Call
Physics Colloquium
The Role Of Thermodynamic Fluctuations ForThe Function Of Biological
Membranes. Thomas Heimburg, Max-
Planck Institute. Hennings 201 from
4-5pm. Refreshments Hennings 325 at
3:30pm. E-mail tempsec@physics.
ubc.ca. Call 822-3853.
Computer Science Invited
Speaker Seminar
How Computer Graphics Is Changing
Hollywood. Tony de Rose. Pixar Animation Studios, cicsr/cs 208 from 4-
5:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-0557.
Policy Issues In
Post-Secondary Education
Social Change, The Life Course And
Socialization. Ansgar Weymann, International Studies, u of Toronto.
Green College at 4:30pm. Call
Charity Auction
Stamps Coin And Stamp Club
Supporting bc's Children's Hospital
Foundation. Scarfe 200 at 5pm
Refreshments. E-mail coinstampclub
@hotmail.com. Call 522-5134 or
India and South Asia
Research Conference
Special Undergraduate Conference
On South Asia. Various speakers, ck
Choi 120 from ioam-3:3opm. Register
by Feb. 22. E-mail magnolot?
lightspeed.ca. Call 822-6463.
Fish 500 Seminar
A Seascape Approach To Fisheries
Management And Biodiversity Conservation. Ellen Pikitch, Bronx Zoo.
Hut B-8 Ralf Yorque Room from
ii:3oam-ipm. E-mail j.doylet®
fisheries.ubc.ca. Call 822-2731.
Music And Theatre
Opera: The Crucible. Robert Ward.
Chan Centre at 8pm. $18 adults; $12
students/seniors. Continues to March
4. Call Ticketmaster at 280-3311 or the
Chan Centre Ticket Office at
Interprofessional Continuing
Education Workshop
Women And Cancer: Myths And Realities. Various speakers. Westin Bay-
shore Hotel, 1601 Bayshore St. from
8am-4pm. Continues to March 3. Call
Health Care Seminar
New Directions For First Nations
Health In The 21st Century. David
Martin, Jay Wortman. Mather 253
from 9-ioam. Call 822-2772.
European Studies Colloquium
Globalization, Capitalism and Democracy. Various speakers. St John's
College Lecture Hall from 9:30am-
5:30pm. Lunch included. E-mail
meggolay@interchange.ubc.ca. Call
Culture and Well-Being. Prof. Shigehi-
ro Oishi, Psychology, u of Minnesota.
ck Choi 120 from i2noon-i:i5pm. E-
mail kjew@interchange.ubc.ca. Call
Things That Must Not Be Forgotten.
Michael David Kwan. ck Choi 129
from i2:30-2pm. E-mail kjew@
interchange.ubc.ca. Call 822-4688.
Music Concert
ubc Guitar Ensemble. Music Recital
Hall at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Occupational And Environmental
Hygiene Seminar
Ergonomics In Minimally Invasive
Surgery. Assoc. Prof. Tony Hodgson,
Mechanical Engineering, ubc Hosp.,
Koerner Pavilion G-279 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-986ior 822-0585.
Chemical And Biological
Engineering Seminar
Displacement Chromatography Of
Proteins Using Hydrophobic And Ion-
Exchange Resins. Prof. Steven M.
Cramer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. ChemEng 206 at 3:30pm. Call
Developmental Ambiguities In East
Asian Classical Politics. Prof. Alexander Woodside, History, ck Choi 120
from 4:30-6pm. E-mail kjewl®
interchange.ubc.ca. Call 822-4688.
Ninth Annual Women And
Spirituality Dialogue
2001 - Our Earth, Our Selves. Various
speakers, vst from 5-gpm. Continues
to March 3 from 8am-4:3opm. To register e-mail ci@vst.edu. Call 822-9815.
Peter Wall Institute/
Brain Research Centre
'The Listening Brain. Various speakers, ikc #3 at 8am-2pm. Refreshments, lunch. Call 822-0394.
Faculty Women's Club Social
Celebration Of Spring. Western Gold
Theatre. Cecil Green Park House at
7pm. Call 224-5877.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Oceanography In The Service Of Fisheries. Prof. Emeritus Timothy Parsons, irc #2 at 8:15pm. Call 822-4636.
Asian Studies Seminar
Jet Setting With The Dalai Lama:
Some Notes On 'Tibet's Current Situation. Victor Chan, ck Choi 120 from
12:30- 2pm. E-mail kjewCu,interchange.
ubc.ca. Call Karen Jew 822-4688.
Music Concert
ubc Percussion Ensemble. Old Aud.
at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Astronomy Seminar
Genetic Algorithms And Application
To Helioseismology. Paul Charbon-
neau, National Centre for Atmospheric Research. Hennings 318 at 4pm.
Refreshments at 3:45pm. Call
Thematic Lecture Series
Disability In Childhood: Views Within
The Context Of Our Diverse Society.
Marci Hanson, San Francisco State u.
Green College at 5pm. Call 822-1878.
Teaching And Academic
Growth Seminar
Turning Research Assignments Into
Learning Assignments. Sheryl Adam,
Library. Koerner Library, Sedgewick
Teaching Lab 217 from 9:30am-
12:30pm. To register www.cstudies.
ubc.ca/facdev/ or call 822-9149.
Botany Seminar
Molecular Phylogenetics And Life
History Strategies In The Ascomycete
Fungi. Mary Berbee. BioSciences 2000
at 12:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Lectures in Modern Chemistry
triumf-isac: The World's Best Radioactive Beam Facility At Your Doorstep. Gordon Ball, triumf. Chemistry
B-250 from i-2pm. Refreshments at
12:30 pm. Call 822-2996.
M icrobiology and
Immunology Seminar
'The Patchwork Assembly Of A Novel
Metabolic Pathway For Degradation
Of Pentachlorophenol. Shelley Copley,
u of Colorado. Wesbrook 201 from
i2:30-i:30pm. E-mail srea@
interchange.ubc.ca. Call 822-3308.
The ubc Reports Calendar lists university-related or university-sponsored events
on campus and ofFcampus within the Lower Mainland. Calendar items must
be submitted on forms available from the ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251
Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Phone; UBC-info (822-4636).
Fax: 822-2684. An electronic form is available at www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca.
Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the Calendar's Notices section may
be limited due to space. Deadline for the March 8 issue of ubc Reports—which
covers the period March 11 to March 24—is noon, Feb. 27. UBC  REPORTS  |  FEBRUARY 22,  2001  |  5
A seldom seen side ofthe Vancouver School of Theology
is among the images featured in "Images ubc," a photo
exhibit by ubc Treasury staff member Dianne Longson.
The exhibit is at the new Pages Cafe, Feb. 27-28, in the
Ridington Room, Main Library. Dianne Longson photo
Green College Speaker Series
Hitchcock And Duras: Melodrama,
Gender And Trauma. Ann Kaplan,
English and Comparative Literature,
State u of New York. Green College at
5pm. Call 822-1878.
Chalmers Institute Seminar
What In The World Is Happening To
Ecumenism? Marion Best, vst Epiphany Chapel at 7:30pm. Refreshments.
To register e-mail ci@vst.edu. Call
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Selected Cases From Orthopedic
Trauma. Dr. H. Broekhuyse, Dr. P. Bla-
chut. vgh. Eye Care Centre Aud. at
7am. Call 875-4192.
Brown Bag Lunch
Pitfalls Of Environmental Journalism.
Ben Parfitt, freelance journalist, author. Sing Tao 104 from i2noon-
1:30pm. E-mail journal@interchange.
ubc.ca. Call 822-1513.
CUPE 2950 Lunch And Learn
ubc Pension: What's In It For You?
Jay Parker, tba. To register e-mail
cupe2950@interchange.ubc.ca. Call
Wednesday Noon Hours
Flute, Viola And Harp Trios. Debussy
and Gubaidulina. Music Recital Hall
at 12:30pm. $4 at the door. Call
Women's Studies Lecture Series
Reading: A Map To The Door Of No
Return. Dionne Brand, poet, novelist,
essayist, sfu. Thea Koerner House
Penthouse at 12:30pm. E-mail
wmsti@interchange.ubc.ca. Call 822-
9171 or 822-9173.
Another Look At Human
Development Colloquium
The Symbolic Meaning Of Children
For Infertile Couples. Prof. Ralph
Matthews, Anthropology and Sociology; Prof. Anne Martin-Matthews,
Social Work and Family Studies, associate dean, Arts, irc #414 from 12:30-
1:20pm. Call 822-6593.
Obstetrics And Gynecology Seminar
Genetic Modifiers Of Cancer Susceptibility: Meeting Report. Dr. Nelly Au-
ersperg, professor. B.C.'s Women's
Hosp. 2N35 at 2pm. Call 875-3108.
Film Showings
Women And Film: The Politics, Psychology And Aesthetics Of Crisis.
Essie Coffey (My Survival As An Aboriginal); Bronwynn Kidd (Walking
With My Sisters), Ivan Sen (Wind).
moa Theatre Gallery from 2:30-
4:30pm. E-mail wmsti@interchange.
ubc.ca. Call 822-9171.
School Of Nursing Rounds
The Discourse Of Culture In Health
Care: Culture/Nature/Structure?
SannieTang. ubc Hosp., Koerner
Pavilion T-182 from 3~4pm. Call
Geography Colloquium
The Problematic Of Sacred Places:
The Case OfThe Holy Sites Of Jerusalem. A Geographical Approach To The
Al-Aqsa Intifada. Geography 201 at
3:30pm. Call 822-2663.
Comparative Literature Colloquium
Herve Guibert: Traces And Shadows.
Prof. Ralph Sarkonak, author, French,
u of Toronto. Buchanan Tower lounge
599 from 4:i5-6pm. Refreshments.
E-mail abusza@interchange.ubc.ca.
Call 822-4060 or 822-9817.
G. Peter Kaye Continuing
Education Event
Sandra M. Schneiders, various speakers, vst from gam-gpm. Continues to
March 9. $121; $109 (group); $60 (senior). To register e-mail ci@vst.edu.
Call 822-9815.
European Studies Lecture
Common Currency-Divided Nations?
Problems Of European Integration
Between Maastricht And Enlargement. Ingo Schmidt, Economics, u of
Gottingen. Buchanan B-216 from
i2noon-2pm. Light lunch at onoon.
To register visit www.ies.ubc.ca/.
E-mail meggolay@interchange.ubc.ca.
Call 822-1452.
G. Peter Kaye Lecture
Let Those Who Can Hear Listen: Engaging The Biblical Test In A Postmodern Context. Sandra M.
Schneiders, vst Epiphany Chapel at
12:30pm or 7:30pm. To register e-mail
ci@vst.edu. Call 822-9815.
Botany Seminar
The Photosynthetic Iron Costs Of
Marine Phytoplankton. Robert
Strzepek. BioSciences 2000 at
12:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Fish 500 Seminar
Squamish River Watershed Restoration Program. Andrea Morgan, Steel-
head Society Habitat Restoration
Corp. Hut B-8, Ralf Yorque Room
from ii:3oam-ipm. E-mail j.doyle@
fisheries.ubc.ca. Call 822-2731.
Earth And Ocean
Sciences Colloquium
The Microbial Gourmet Dinner At
High Temperature Hydrothermal
Vents: H2, CO2 And A Pinch Of O2.
Anna-Louise Reysenback, Biology,
Portland State u. GeoSciences 330-A
at 12:30pm. Call 822-3278.
Advanced Therapeutics Seminar
Progress In The Antisense Biotechnology : The Cases Of Bcl-2, Bcl-Xl
And PKC-Alpha. Assoc. Prof. Cy Stein,
Columbia u. bc Cancer Research Centre Lecture Theatre from i-2pm.
E-mail ltse@bccancer.bc.ca. Call
Intercultural Studies In
Asia Film Series
The Square Circle (India), ck Choi 120
from 1- 3pm. E-mail kjew@
interchange.ubc.ca. Call 822-4688.
Physics Colloquium
Working In Industry: The Myths And
The Reality. Kathy O'Shaughnessy, R2
Technology, Inc. Hennings 201 from
4-5pm. Refreshments, Hennings 325
at 3:30. E-mail tempsec@physics.
ubc.ca. Call 822-3853.
Thematic Lecture Series
The Canadian Cold War On Queers:
Sexual Regulation And Resistance.
Gary Kinsman, Sociology, Laurentian
u. Green College at 5pm. Call
University Women's Club Dinner
Life's Like That: Life In The Justice
System From A Uniquely Feminine
Perspective. Judi Gedye, provincial
judge. Hycroft, 1489 McRae Ave. from
5:30-8:3opm. $35. Call 731-4661.
UBC Theatre
Greek. Steven Berkoff. Chan Telus
Studio at 7:30pm. $16; $10 (students/
seniors). Call 822-2678.
Peter Wall Institute
Exploratory Workshop
Genes, Chromosomes And Human
Reproduction. Various speakers. University Centre 307 from 8:3oam-6pm.
Continues March 10 from 8:30am-
12:30pm. To register e-mail wendyr(g>
interchange.ubc.ca. Call 822-4782.
Health Care Seminar
The Elderly Drive In b.c: A Risk Assessment. Marily Malone. Mather 253
from 9-ioam. Call 822-2772.
ubc Visual Identity. Public Affairs
staff, oab Board and Senate room
from ii:3oam-i2:3opm. To register call
ubc-info (822-4636).
G. Peter Kaye Lecture
Let Those Who Can Hear Listen—
Engaging The Biblical Test In A Postmodern Context. Sandra M. Schneiders, vst Epiphany Chapel at 12:30pm
or 7:30pm. To register e-mail ci@vst.
edu. Call 822-9815.
Occupational And
Environmental Hygiene Seminar
Air Pollution And Health: The Shift
ing Base Of Concern. Prof. Emeritus
David V. Bates, Medicine, ubc Hosp.,
Koerner Pavilion G-279 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-9861 or 822-0585.
Chemical And Biological
Engineering Seminar
The Effect Of Surface Energy Of Boron Nitride Powders In Polymer
Processing. Manish Seth. ChemEng
206 at 3:30pm. Call 822-3238.
Music Concert
ubc Chamber Ensemble. Chan Centre at 8pm. Call 822-5574.
Dal Grauer Memorial Lecture
Piano Masterclasses. Leon Fleisher.
Music Recital hall from 7-g:3opm. $5;
$3 (students) at the door. Call 822-5574.
Vancouver Recital Society/Chan
Centre Concert
String Series. Kyung-Wha Chung,
violin, Itamar Golan, piano. Chan
Centre from 8-iopm. $i2-$55. Call
Ticket Office at 822-2697.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Diving The Titanic. Jim Delgado, Vancouver Maritime Museum, irc #2 at
8:15pm. Call 822-4636.
:Mt] 2001 President's Service Award
for Excellence Nominations
The committee is seeking nominations of outstanding faculty and
staff who have made distinguished contributions to the university.
For a nomination form call 822-2484. Please mail nominations to;
President's Service Award for Excellence Committee, c/o Ceremonies
Office, second floor, Ponderosa B, Campus Zone 2.
Democracy: A History of Ideas
By Boris DeWiel
Using the premise that
every new idea begins from
an old one, this book
argues that the structure of
democratic conflict is
rooted in the historical
emergence of modern
Therefore, DeWiel asserts,
our own political ideas may
be traced to earlier beliefs
about the good. By
exploring the history of
ideas, he uncovers the
pattern of ideological
conflicts in politics today.
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Boris DeWiel is an instructor in Political Science at the University
of Northern British Columbia
Available through the UBC Bookstore,
or Raincoast Books:
Tel: 1-800-561-8583 / Fax: 1-800-565-3770
Pages Cafe
is proud to host "Images UBC",
a photo exhibit by Dianne Longson.
Feb. 17 & 28
Located at the Main Library in the Ridington Lab.
Hours subject to change
During this exhibit, purchase any size Coffee
and receive a Supreme Biscotti for only ^h -t    r\f\
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nserc updates areas
eligible for grants
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (nserc)
has announced major changes to
its Strategic Projects Grants competition.
The changes allocate $32-mil-
lion for grants in strategic target
areas in science and engineering
that have potential for significant
contributions to the Canadian
economy, society or environment
within the next 10 years.
The changes are aimed at stimulating research in the categories of
biosciences, environment and sustainable development, information
and communications technologies,
value-added products and processes, and new directions.
"We've made a special effort to
update the eligible areas to accommodate some ofthe most exciting
new developments in science and
engineering," says Janet Walden,
nserc's director general of Research Partnerships.
While proposed projects must
fall within one ofthe target areas,
the "new directions" category is
aimed at capturing proposals that
fall outside the descriptions ofthe
listed target areas but which may
lead to advances in new areas of research for Canada.
nserc is particularly interested
in multidisciplinary research
projects, says Walden.
The changes are effective for applications due April 15.
For detailed descriptions of the
eligible categories of research, visit
ywca seeks women of
The ywca of Vancouver is seeking
nominations for the Year 2001
Women of Distinction Awards.
The awards celebrate women
whose outstanding activities and
achievements contribute to the
health and future well-being ofthe
Categories include Communca-
tions and Information Technology
Science, Research and Medicine
Young Women of Distinction
Health, Wellness and Active Living:
and Education, Training and Development.
Last year ubc was represented
by 10 women including Psychology
Prof. Janet Werker and Pharmaceutical Sciences Prof. Helen Burt.
This year ubc is sponsoring the
Life Achievement Award. The
award recognizes an individual
who has made multi-faceted contributions which profoundly and
uniquely affect the lives of those
around her.
To nominate an individual call
(604) 895-5767 or visit the Web site
at www.ywcavan.org.
Deadline for nominations is
March 1. The awards will be presented at a gala dinner on May 17.
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Call or fax 222-4104.
Elegant accommodation in Point
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main bus routes. Close to shops
and restaurants. Includes tv, tea
and coffee making, private
phone/fridge. Weekly rates avail.
Call 222-3461. Fax 222-9279.
HOUSE Five suites avail, for
academic visitors to ubc only.
Guests dine with residents and
enjoy college life. Daily rate $58
plus $i4/day for meals Sun-Thurs.
Call 822-8660 for more information and availability.
GAGE COURT SUITES Spacious one br guest suites with
equipped kitchen, tv and telephone. Centrally located near
sub, Aquatic Centre and transit.
Ideal for visiting lecturers, colleagues and families. 2000 rates
$8i-$i24 per night. Call 822-1000.
Walk to ubc along the ocean. Quiet
exclusive neighbourhood.  Near
buses and restaurants.  Comfortable
rooms with tv and private bath.  Full
breakfast.  Reasonable rates.  Non-
smokers only please.  Call 341-4975.
ROOMS Private rooms, located on
campus, available forvisitors attending ubc on academic business. Private bath, double beds, telephone,
tv, fridge, and meals five days per
week. Competitive rates. Call for
information and availability
University Centre. Residence offering
superior hotel or kitchenette style
rooms and suites. All rooms have
private bath, queen bed, voice mail,
cable tv and Internet-linked pc
Beautiful view of sea and mountains.
For rates and reservations
www.pwias.ubc.ca. Call 822-4782.
THEOLOGY Affordable accommodation or meeting space near the
Chan Centre and moa. 17 modestly
furnished rooms with hall bath are
avail. Daily rates starting at $36.
Meals or meal plans are available in
the school cafeteria. For more information call 822-9031 or 822-9490.
a volunteer
Do you know someone who
volunteers on campus? Or a
volunteer program on campus?
Every year the university recognizes the enormous work
performed by volunteers at ubc
and ubc people who volunteer.
A volunteer recognition event is
planned for April 26 at Cecil Green
Park House.
Ifyou know of volunteers working on campus, please e-mail Eilis
Courtney, Ceremonies Office at eilis.courtney@ubc.ca by Feb. 28.
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Additional words: 50 cents each. Rate includes CST.
Submission guidelines: Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to: ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park
Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Ads must be accompanied by payment
in cash, cheque (made out to ubc Reports) or journal voucher.
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area, furnished suites or rooms available. Kitchen and laundry facilities.
Close to main bus routes, shopping
and dining. Weekly and monthly
rates available. Call 737-2687.
with homey, comfortable environment forvisitors to ubc and hospital.
Located near hospital. Rates $40-
$8o/night and weekly rates. Call
STUDIO. Separate kitchen, lots of
closet space. Excellent south sunny
location, steps from transportation
and shopping. Phone/answering
machine, TV, video, stereo. April 1-
June 2 or any six month period.
$900/mo. (all inclusive). E-mail:
cpfbi@hotmail.com. Call 732-9016.
House Exchange
HOUSE SWAP with New York City
July 1-21. Swap accommodation to
house ubc visiting professors for
their one br lower-Eastside air-conditioned apt. E-mail msgramsci@
aol.com. Call (732) 367-7679.
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Engineers' first place finish cast in concrete
A dedicated design team beats fierce competitors in the
slide to build the best concrete toboggan
by Bruce Mason staffwriter
in an uphill battle and complete turnaround, a team of 14 ubc
engineering students clutched first
place in the 27th annual Great
Northern Concrete Toboggan Race
(gnctr). Canada's largest civil engineering student competition,
which was recently staged in Kingston, Ont., attracted 28 teams from
universities across the country, the
u.s. and Germany.
"ubc finished dead last in 2000
and we were determined to improve, despite our limited experience with snow and competing
with teams comprised of 50 students," says Brad Tangjerd, co-captain of ubc's team.
The team's coveted awards for
Top Speed ofthe Day and Most Improved Team as well as the overall
trophy are proudly displayed in the
cluttered clubs room of the Civil
Curator Wilde about Oscar
Vilified and jailed for his
sexual orientation, author
understood loneliness
deeply, says scholar
by Bruce Mason staffwriter
sarika bose vividly recalls the
moment when she discovered Oscar
Wilde. She was a teenager in a waiting room in her native Calcutta.
"A book caught my attention and
I became fascinated with his appearance and his uncompromising aesthetic and determination to overcome the world's banalities through
wit and art," she remembers.
A decade later, after earning a
PhD from England's University of
Birmingham on Wilde's representation of women, the sessional instructor in English is sharing her
passion. She is curator of an exhibit, Oscar Wilde—The Apostle of
Beauty, in Special Collections on
the eighth floor ofthe Main Library.
"Remembered as an aesthete, a
fop and a dandy, a witty and decadent writer, whose homosexuality
had tragic consequences, he declared that he put his talent into
his art and his genius into his life,"
says Bose.
Penniless and in exile in Paris,
Wilde died Nov. 30,1900 at age 46.
Bose and dozens of others at
ubc paid homage and marked the
centennial by reading his letters
and excerpts from his work aloud
at Cecil Green Park House. She
also organized the conference,
Wilde 2000, with English colleague and sessional lecturer Wil-
helm Emilsson in December.
"Wilde's active career only
spanned about 10 years from 1880,
so his lasting cultural dominance
and enduring universal appeal is
extraordinary," she says.
It's not surprising that Bose
would be amused and intrigued by
Wilde. Her grandfather was head
of English at Calcutta University. A
child of graduate students, she
grew up on the ubc campus.
Her mother, Mandakranta Bose,
is director of India and South Asia
Research in the Institute of Asian
Research. Her father, Tirthankar
Bose, is an English professor at sfu.
"I returned to ubc to earn a
Bachelor of Arts and master's degree in Renaissance Drama, and
when it was time to work on a PhD,
I returned to Oscar," she says.
Wilde's philosophy of joy and
pleasure continues to resonate
with readers and theatre-goers,
says Bose.
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The exhibition—including rare
items such as a signed first edition
of The Picture of Dorian Gray —
draws primarily on the vast collection donated to the ubc Library by
Norman Colbeck in 1967.
It will be on display until the end
ofthe summer. Hours are 9 a.m. to
5 p.m., Monday to Friday and noon
to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
and Mechanical Engineering
"These amazing results were
achieved by a team that really
came together," says co-captain
Radya Rifaat. "Everyone worked as
hard as they could right from the
start on everything from building
concrete formwork to constructing a frame for technical display."
"We also showed a lot of spirit
and co-operation while we were
there," adds Mana Arabi, the third
co-captain, who says the thrill is
not gone even though the toboggan, dubbed Sam Jesse, is being
shipped across the country by
Fourth-year Civil Engineering
students, Arabi, Rifaat and
Tangjerd led the team to reach the
objective of the gnctr competition—to construct a toboggan with
a concrete bottom that weighed
less than 135 kilograms and had operating brakes.
In addition to weight restrictions
and safety requirements design criteria included dimension limitations. Each toboggan also had to
carry five students twice down the
course and brake effectively.
Reaching a top speed of 46 kilometres per hour was a peak experience but the team was also
judged on design, aesthetics, safety, theme, team spirit and ingenuity, as well as race results.
Naming themselves "The Fugitives" in honor of the infamous
Kingston Penitentiary, the team
ubc toboggan crosses the finish line
wore orange coveralls emblazoned
with "ubc Pen" on the back. They
also wore handcuffs and shackles
and regularly broke into songs and
chants they composed for the occasion.
"The essence of engineering is to
conceive, create and use objects
and this flagship competition is an
excellent test of student skills." says
Alan Russell, professor and head of
the Civil Engineering Dept.
"It's a labour of love by volunteers who do it themselves, above
and beyond their courses," he
adds. "We're delighted, not only
with the results, but also with the
enthusiasm and camaraderie they
brought to a major competition."
The other team members are:
fourth-year Civil Engineering students Mark Crabtree, Grayson Doyle, Brian Lee, Brad Parker, and Scott
Wallace; third-year Civil Engineering students Chris Meisl and Richard Savage; third-year Mechanical
Engineering students Mac Bell and
Danielle Doran, and second-year
Civil Engineering students Tom
Furst and Shabnam Hosseini.
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Law Prof. Michael Jackson has made
the case for human rights in Canada
Righter of human wrongs
the establishment of the first native-run health centre.
Then there's the work he does in
the area of prisoner's rights.
"If he wasn't in my life I'd be
completely buried in an abyss of
human suffering," says Gary Weaver. The 32-year-old man is serving
a life sentence at William Head
Prison on Vancouver Island for
second-degree murder.
What Jackson managed to do
was get Weaver released from solitary confinement. Two years ago,
Weaver was segregated from other
prisoners for 80 days on the allegation of attempted murder, even
though the rcmp had exonerated
him ofthe charge.
"Michael fought and fought for
me and even had my case brought
up in the House of Commons," says
by Daria Wojnarski staffwriter
law prof. Michael Jackson's consuming interest in civil rights took
root in the United States during the
unsettling and tumultuous '60s.
"Seeing the fragile state of human rights in the leading democratic country in the world left an
indelible impression on me about
the fragility of human rights and
the need for lawyers to stand up
for its vindication," says Jackson,
who now teaches First Nations law
and prison law.
The British-born Jackson attended Yale University on a Fulbright Fellowship in 1966, right in
the middle of the American civil
rights movement. He calls it "a fairly radicalizing experience."
"It was the first time I became
aware of the larger obligations of
lawyers in trying to achieve a just
society," recalls Jackson.
To look at Jackson, you would
never suspect the heart of a lawyer
beats under his casual attire.
The 57-year-old father of two
has shoulder-length hair and
sports a turquoise silver ring on his
right hand. The look is slightly radical.
But a lawyer he is, and one
whose career has been marked by
Prof Michael Jackson's work includes fighting for the rights of those behind bars in
Canadian prisons. His book Prisoners of Isolation chronicles the history of solitary
confinement in North America and Europe. Daria wojnarski photo
major milestones in Canadian legal history.
"I have the luxury of taking cases I believe in, such as representing
those who've been wrongly convicted," he says.
Jackson first became involved in
aboriginal rights when a group of
his students ran into problems
while researching the legal needs
of native people in Alert Bay.
"I spent some time meeting the
chief and band council and learning for the first time about the lives
of aboriginal people. I learned
about the oppression of Indian
people under the Indian Act and
the history of Indian land claims in
b.c. and how the government had
refused to negotiate with them."
When Jackson returned to ubc,
he suggested aboriginal rights be
added to the Faculty of Law's curriculum. In 1973, the Faculty became the first law school in Canada to offer a course on aboriginal
Jackson was part of the legal
team which represented the Gitk-
san Wetsuwet'en in northwest B.C.
in an aboriginal rights case 13 years
The case eventually went to the
Supreme Court of Canada and resulted in the landmark decision
that aboriginal title was a legal interest in land and that that right
had never been extinguished in
b.c, now known as the Delgamu-
ukw decision.
Jackson also helped the Nimpk-
ish band in Alert Bay change their
health-care system.
When a child died, the band
claimed health care for native people was inferior and the child's
death was the result of medical
At an inquiry, Jackson, acting as
the band's lawyer, argued that native people were being treated as
second-class citizens and should
be allowed to manage their own
health care.
The inquiry led to major changes in native health-care, including
Just days before his case was to
be heard in the b.c. Supreme Court,
Weaver was released into the general prisoner population. However,
Jackson pressed ahead with the
case and Weaver was eventually
awarded legal costs.
Jackson's interest in prisoners'
rights had begun more than 25
years earlier after reviewing a letter
from a prisoner who wanted to file
a legal writ challenging the conditions of solitary confinement.
"I interviewed him and some of
the others in solitary confinement," Jackson says. "I then helped
initiate a lawsuit that led to a landmark declaration in the federal
court in 1975."
The court declared that conditions in solidarity confinement in
the b.c. Penitentiary constituted
cruel and unusual punishment.
"Many people think that decision was a contributing factor to
the closure ofthe B.C. Penitentiary," says Jackson.
Jackson's book Prisoners of Isola
tion, describes the history of solitary confinement in North America and Europe.
Although proud of his achievements, Jackson takes special pride
in his students.
"I encourage my students to get
involved in these issues because
they're current ones, not just academic ones. They can contribute
to their education and make a
difference in someone's life."
In 1980 a class assignment
helped lead to a federal government review of 90 cases of men
who were serving indefinite sentences as habitual criminals.
After interviewing 18 inmates,
many of whom had been prison for
almost 20 years, Jackson's students
filed reports on whether the men
met the criteria of dangerous
When Jackson reviewed the reports he concluded only one ofthe
men had a sufficiently violent
record to be in that category. He
also concluded there should be a
judicial review.
Of the 90 cases eventually reviewed by the federal government,
83 were pardoned.
Jackson's book on what's changed
in the Canadian prison system in the
past 25 years, Justice Behind The
Walls, will be published early next
Written with the assistance ofthe
Bora Laskin Fellowship in Human
Rights, the book features the results
of interviews with prisoners, correctional officials and wardens.
In 1999, Jackson was appointed
Queen's Counsel in recognition of
the work he's done with aboriginal
and prisoners' rights.
Jackson has accomplished a
great deal, especially for someone
who came to ubc for what he
thought would be a brief stay.
"I took it thinking it would be a
one-year appointment and then I
would go back to Britain," he says of
his acceptance of a position at ubc
31 years ago.
"My life is here in Vancouver.
Picking up and going somewhere
else—I have no desire to do that,"
he says.


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