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3 Quicker switch
Campus Internet is poised
to become speedier
8 Room to move
A new residence links ubc
to top Mexican university
,}BC Archives Sena,
VOLUME     47     |      NUMBER     12     |     AUGUST    9,     2001
ubc reports
Banner year for
campus research
ceo whiz The Canadian team who won second place in the fifth International Geographic Olympiad pose with
competition moderator and Jeopardy game show host AlexTrebek. Held in the Chan Centre last week, the
competition, which was sponsored by the National Geographic Society, featured 12 teams. Canadian team members
are (front, 1-r) Walter Chan ofToronto, captain Matthieu Beauchemin of Beauport, Que., Pierre-Olivier D'Amours of
Saint-Jacques, NB, and (back, right) Jean-Francois Ouellette of Edmunston, NB. The United States came in first and
Hungary took third in the competition. O. Louis Mazzatenta, National Geographic Society photo
Ensuring safety new manager's focus
Customer service key, says new security manager
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
for Jennifer black, effective security is all about finding creative
ways to solve problems.
Black is Campus Security's new
operations manager and directs
the 40 patrol and security staff as
well as campus emergency response and communications services.
"The ubc community is an interconnected web of needs," says
Black who has a background in facility management and was recently the building security manager at the Alma Mater Society
Student Union Building. "Myjob is
matching our security teams to
the clients' needs."
Clients include faculty, staff and
students as well as campus residents, business owners and neighbours. Security activities range
from criminal investigations to coordinating security at special
events and protecting visiting dignitaries.
Black acknowledges that many
people see security personnel as
"That's only one part ofthe job
— our primary focus is to ensure
people's safety and well-being using a variety of measures."
Originally a sculptor and de-
1 ffS^Mki
"A customer service attitude is
key — we want successful outcomes for the client and we want
people to stay safe."
Phenomenal growth in
funding and recognition
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
ubc has increased by nearly 20 per
cent over the previous fiscal year
with university researchers attracting $200 million in the year
ending March 31, 2001.
"ubc's leadership in research in
Canada is evident in many research
successes," says Indira Samarasekera, vice-president, Research. "With
federal funding gains made this
year and significant new support
from the provincial government we
are able to expand our ability to create new knowledge that not only
benefits society, but also helps fuel
the economy."
The provincial government contribution of $16.3 million, primarily through the Ministry of Advanced Education, accounts for
eight per cent of the total and is
double the share received last year.
ubc's success in the Canada Research Chairs (crc) program and
Canada Foundation for Innovation
competitions contributed to an increase of $10 million in funding
from the federal government to a
total of $88 million. The largest increase in federal granting agency
funding was seen in the Canadian
Institutes for Health Research
(cihr) which increased support
from $19 million to $26 million.
ubc ranked fourth among Canadian universities for cihr support,
earning $14 million in operating
grants for studies of diseases such
as arthritis, asthma and diabetes.
ubc earned top spot among Canadian universities for number of
faculty recently elected to the Royal Society of Canada with 11 new
members named. In addition, ubc
now has five faculty in the Royal Society of London, an academy ofthe
world's most eminent researchers.
Forty-seven ubc scientists received $3.7 million in funding from
the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (sshrc) in a
recent competition, placing ubc in
the top three among Canadian
universities for support received
from the major federal agency.
ubc gained nine federally funded research positions in a recent
allocation of crc chairs. The crc
program is designed to help Canadian universities attract and retain
top researchers.
Agreement awards faculty wage,
career advancement increases
Security managerjennifer Black
signer, Black took her first security
job to help support her artistic career. After working as a dispatcher
she was alerted to the job stress
experienced by security services
employees and created a critical
incident stress program at her
A specialist in stress arising
from hold-ups, Black has taught
stress management and other programs for the Justice Institute of
She advocates coaching rather
than enforcement and contends
that many safety issues result from
making a bad choice at the time.
She aims to raise security awareness and build stronger relationships with the ubc community
through communication and involvement with client groups.
Steps will help retain faculty, says association president
ratified a three-year agreement between the university and the Faculty Association.
Highlights include a general
wage increase of two per cent and
a Career Advancement Plan (cap)
allocation of 2.5 per cent, both
committed in each of the next
three years, cap comprises both
career progress increments and
performance salary adjustments.
"We are very pleased with the
new agreement," says Norma Wie-
land, president of the Faculty Association. "The cap provides our
members with predictability and
stability for the next three years. The
improvements to benefits and the
monies to address salary inequities
will be important in retaining faculty in this time of increasing national
and international competition."
There is $1 million committed to
addressing salary inequities and
$500,000 has been earmarked to
improve the sessional instructor
minimum salary scale.
An allocation of $2.5 million will
be used to increase salaries of faculty members for the purpose of
In addition, there is a $1 million
provision to increase annual base
salaries of faculty members in the
departments of Computer Science
and Electrical and Computer Engineering to better reflect current
market salary levels in these fields.
"There is no task more important at this stage of ubc's development than the recruitment and retention ofthe very best faculty and
the provision for a $2.5 million retention fund over three years will
allow us the flexibility to address
this critical challenge," says Derek
Atkins, associate vice-president,
Academic Planning.
Benefit improvements include a
top-up for biological fathers taking
parental leave.
The professional development
fund is increased to $500 for all
members of the Faculty Association except sessional lecturers
without continuing status.
There is also a series of amendments to the Framework Agreement to align it with the Labour
Code as well as improvement to 12-
month lecturer positions.
There are currently two sessional agreements in force. Next year,
negotiators plan to merge them so
that all agreements will be integrated.
The Faculty Association represents 2,500 ubc faculty including
sessional lecturers, professional librarians, and program directors. 2     |  UBC REPORTS  |  AUGUST 9, 2001
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Board chair Bell to
serve second term
larry bell, vice-chair of food
services company Shato Holdings
Ltd. and chair of its subsidiary
White Spot Ltd., has been appointed for a second term as chair of
ubc's Board of Governors.
"Our strategic plan clearly
defines our challenges," says Bell.
"What we have to do as a board
and an institution is to stay the
course of Trek 2000'.'
Bell was first appointed to the
15-member board in 1997 and
named chair in April of 2000. A
ubc Arts graduate, he completed a
master's degree in California and
then served the province as secretary to the bc Treasury Board, and
deputy minister in the Housing
and Transit, Lands, Parks and
Housing, and Finance ministries.
He has served as chair and ceo
of bc Hydro, ceo of VanCity Savings Credit Union and on many
boards including the Canadian
Chamber of Commerce, the Vancouver Board of Trade and the
Conference Board of Canada.
In 1991, Bell's management innovations were recognized with
the Vanier Medal from the Institute of Public Administration. He
is also currently a director of the
Vancouver Hospital Foundation.
His term runs until Aug. 31,
Olympic Bid committee
prefers downtown option
Bid Corporation recently announced that a site in central Vancouver is preferred to ubc for the
athletes' village for the proposed
2010 Winter Olympics.
As a result, the ubc Board of
Governors no longer needed to
make a decision on whether to accept an invitation to serve as the
site at its July 19 meeting.
While   the   bid   corporation
hasn't ruled out ubc as a potential site to accommodate some
2,400 athletes and officials, it indicated it will focus its efforts on
securing a location closer to venues such as gm Place and the
Pacific Coliseum.
Bid corporation officials are currently negotiating with the City of
Vancouver on a more central location, possibly in southeast False
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publication date. Submit letters to
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Janet Ansell
Michelle Cook
(michelle.cook@u bc.ca)
Hilary Thomson
(hi lary.thomson@u bc.ca)
Don Wells
(don. wells@u bc.ca)
Natalie Boucher-Lisik
Public Information
Meeting on
Faculty and Staff Rental
Housing, Phase II
Monday, Aug. 13, 2001
12:30 - 2 p.m.
Maple Room, Ponderosa Bldg.,
2071 West Mall
To present and review the schematic design, Faculty & Staff Rental Housing (Phase II), to be constructed on Parking Lot B-6, south ofThunderbird
Boulevard east of West Mall. The proposal is for a 36-unit residential
project which is the second phase of a two-phase, 89-unit project for this
site. Construction is anticipated to be completed with occupancy in 2002.
This event is wheelchair accessible. Individuals needing assistive
listening devices, captioning, or information on alternate media should contact Deborah
MacDonald at 604-822-0463 one week in advance ofthe meeting.
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: Jas Sahota, UBC Properties Trust, 604-731-3103 or Jim
Carruthers, UBC Campus Planning & Development, 604-822-0469. UBC  REPORTS  |  AUGUST 9,  2001  |  3
ubc at Robson Square
campus taking shape
sustaining steps Students working in Land and Building Service's Student Train ing and Employment Program
(step) take a break to pose with a Toyota Prius hybrid gasoline-electric car on loan from BC Hydro. (1-r) Aaron
Mercredi, Sarah Mackenzie, Pamela Cermann, Charles Morand, Christina Komorski, Matt Smith and Sara Sandwith
are part of an 18-member group working on sustainability and transportation management projects. Don Wells photo
Students' efforts make for
two-way learning experience
Eighteen learn as they earn while moving the university      ing, communications and marketing, and workplace ergonomics
forward in achieving its goals for a sustainable campus      ancj weiiness.
by Don Wells staffwriter
Land and Building Services is helping the university to make great
strides in its efforts to promote
both sustainability and experiential learning.
Initiatives in the Student Training and Employment Program, or
trek step, are designed to provide meaningful employment and
mentoring opportunities.
Two initiatives were implemented in April and currently employ 18
students. Four students are working as student sustainability co-ordinators within a program supported by funding from bc Hydro.
The student sustainability co-ordinators are helping faculty and
staff in various departments to set
up recycling bins, promote energy
conservation, and recruit volunteer
sustainability co-ordinators.
In addition, they are working
with the undergraduate student
societies and custodial staff to
raise awareness ofthe need for energy conservation and encourage
them to implement their own initiatives to reduce consumption.
Another 14 students are working
on Transportation Demand Management, an initiative to support
ubc's Strategic Transportation Plan
to reduce single occupancy vehicle
trips to the campus by 20 per cent.
They co-ordinate campus and
community outreach, on- and off-
campus shuttle systems, incentive
programs for car-poolers and transit users, bicycle facilities and bike
carts, and transportation demand
"This kind of work is changing
the way students think," says Sean
Pander, Campus Sustainability
Office liaison officer. "Not only
does it help them understand that
change is possible, it also expands
the scope of their vision about
what can be achieved."
Most of the students are working on a full-time basis throughout
the summer, and will switch to a
part-time schedule in the fall to
effectively execute their strategies.
"This job has totally inspired
me," says Arts student Sarah Mackenzie, an avid cyclist working in
the transportation demand group.
"I would like to pursue a career in
urban transportation and planning, especially one that enables
me to continue educating others
about the importance of transportation issues in sustainable development."
All trek step students are being given opportunities to develop
technical, marketing and communications skills. Examples include
formal and informal presentations,
organizing special events, field-
work, as well as program development and implementation.
Other trek step programs being planned include community
building and community service
initiatives, litter control, fundrais-
Steps toward
sustainability at ubc
During the 2000-01 fiscal year:
• Paper towel usage decreased
eight per cent
• Copy paper usage decreased
eight per cent (nearly eight
million fewer sheets)
• Use of non-disposable mugs
increased 150 per cent at food
• ubc's ride-share database for
carpools had more participants than all other universities in Canada combined
• During the quarter following
the sustainability co-ordinators' focus on electricity, usage
decreased seven per cent
Visit www.sustain.ubc.ca.
Commerce Prof. Stanley
Hamilton heads a team
working to make Robson
Square a reality
in his 33 years on campus. Commerce and Business Administration Prof. Stanley Hamilton has
worn many hats. But lately, the one
he wears most often is a hard hat.
As chair of the ubc at Robson
Square transition team, Hamilton
can often be found, blueprints in
hand, in the midst of the renovations to the 6,000 square metres
that are to become ubc's new
downtown campus this fall.
But designs, drawings and dry-
wall aren't the only thing on his
mind. Programs need to be constructed too.
"We are working on a wide
range of programs designed specifically to meet the needs and interests of the downtown community," says Hamilton.
He quickly lists a dozen or so
topics — art appreciation, history,
and health and wellness to name a
few — that will be the focus of
seminars, public lectures, exhibits
and forums when the campus
opens this fall.
Classroom courses are also being planned in e-business, information technology, public policy,
architecture, landscape architecture and interdisciplinary themes
such as entrepreneurship and the
"The work we're doing includes
a great deal of consultation with
community partners to identify innovative ways to showcase the
outstanding research resources of
ubc," says Hamilton between a
seemingly endless schedule of
meetings, including those with designer Sally Emmerson and other
Commerce Prof. Stanley Hamilton
members ofthe transition team.
With the design work and demolition now complete, construction has begun on classrooms,
computer labs, meeting and seminar rooms, an information centre
and offices.
The major renovations, which
also include improvements to the
existing 140-seat theatre and provisions for satellite outlets ofthe library and ubc Bookstore, are targeted for completion by the end of
A faculty member since 1968
and an associate dean since 1975,
Hamilton stepped down as senior
associate dean last June to head
the transition team and oversee
the construction of ubc at Robson
Other members of the transition team include Al Poettcker,
president and ceo of ubc Properties Trust; Jane Hutton, associate
vice-president, Continuing Studies; Derek Atkins, associate vice-
president, Academic Planning;
Dana Merritt, director. Budget
Office and Doug McArthur, senior
fellow in Public Policy in the
Office ofthe Vice-President, Academic.
Bits, bytes to move faster on campus
Initiative aimed at addressing fundamental need for
speedier technological infrastructure
TREK   2000
by Don Wells staffwriter
campus internet users will
soon be able to fulfil their need for
speed, thanks to the long awaited
implementation of the University
Networking Program (unp).
Initiated in 1997 as the Campus
Connectivity Project by ITServices
and identified as a goal in Trek
2000, the university's vision
document, the unp will deliver
state-of-the-art high-speed Internet capability throughout the
campus by the end of 2003.
Occupants of the Lasserre
Building, one ofthe first to undergo upgrading and installation of
new ports, say that high-speed Internet capability is no longer an
option, but a necessity. According
to Assoc. Prof. Chris Macdonald,
director ofthe School of Architecture, the ability to transmit large
volumes of high-resolution drawings, for example, is a fundamental
"As a professional school, we
have an external examination
every five years," says Macdonald.
"Quite frankly, if we didn't make
this great step forward, I think the
program would be put in jeopardy."
School of Community and Regional Planning director Prof. Tony
Dorsey adds that increased access
and high-speed transmission capabilities are essential to attracting top-calibre faculty.
"I'm waiting to hear a decision
from a prospective faculty member
who made it very clear that this was
one ofthe prerequisites," he says.
While some buildings on campus already have relatively highspeed service that can rapidly send
and receive large data files, others
are still using antiquated equipment including, in the most extreme cases, 56 kb dial-up modems.
The network switches — the active components ofthe network —
currently being installed in the
buildings will be able to move up to
100 mb per second.
"Completing the unp is a vital
step for the University to fulfil its
academic and research mandate,"
says unp manager Susan Mair. "It's
an enormous and complicated
task, but ultimately a vital one if
we are to maintain a competitive
By all accounts, the short-term
disruption during the course ofthe
upgrading process is insignificant
compared to the long-term benefits. Still, Mair is committed to doing everything possible to minimize both disruption and costs.
"We're trying to find synergies
with other projects to avoid disrupting occupants more than
once," she says.
Implementation of the project
officially began last summer after a
lengthy planning process and an
eight-building pilot project. In total, the unp will affect 150 buildings and will involve installing
18,000 new and upgraded ports, including 1,500 in affiliated teaching
more information
For more information on the unp.
including a schedule for building
upgrades, visit www.unp.uhc.ca. 4     |     UBC     REPORTS     |     AUGUST    9,    2001
Public Affairs Office
Annual Communications Report 2000/01
Highlights summary
A complete
version of this
report is
available at
ubc.ca. Your
comments are
welcome. Call
info or e-mail
The past year has seen an increase in communication activities that
reflect and support the continued recognition of ubc's reputation nationally and internationally.
Among the year's communications highlights:
In June 2000, ubc's 1999 Annual Report: Define a Universityreceived
the Prix d'Excellence Gold Medal from the Canadian Council for the
Advancement of Education for Best Institutional Annual Report, as
well as an Award of Merit from the International Association of Business Communicators' bc Chapter Blue Wave Awards.
Statistics show remarkable growth in the use of ubc's Web site,
www.ubc.ca, as a vital source of information about the university's
initiatives. The total number of visits to the site from June 2000 to
March 2001 numbered 55,086,464. UBC.ca has been housed in the
Public Aifairs Office since April of last year.
• The use ofthe Public Affairs Web site, which displays all the office's
publications, more than doubled to 2,105,992 from 857,152 the previous year.
• The search for a new director of Public Affairs, launched in April
2000, concluded in December 2000.
A new vice-president, External and Legal Affairs (formerly External
Affairs), was appointed in January 2001. The appointment followed an
extensive national search which began in January 2000. At the same
time, the university's fund-raising functions, which include development, business relations and advancement services were moved from
the External Affairs portfolio to the portfolio ofthe vice-president,
Administration and Finance.
ubc's fourth annual general meeting for the campus community is
planned for September 2001. Communications initiatives, including a
mini-AGM at the new ubc at Robson Square campus, are also planned in
order to provide accountability to external communities.
Public Affairs Office overview
ubc's Public Affairs Office is responsible for communicating ubc's Trek
2000 vision along with key university messages and values to both the
internal community of students, faculty, and staff, and to the broader
external community of diverse audiences.
Public Affairs is a part ofthe External and Legal Affairs Division, and is
located in Cecil Green Park House. The office co-ordinates programs and
messages with External and Legal Affairs units, ubc administration, the
Development Office, faculties, departments, and other service units.
Programs are built on a layer of communications policies and practices, including the Policy on Communications, approved by the Board of
Governors in May 1994, which formally acknowledges ubc's responsibility to keep its many communities informed and ensure two-way dialogue.
Programs are also built on the use Communications Plan that was developed in 1995 with widespread campus input and designed to respond to
the ever-changing environment in which ubc operates. The communications plan is currently being revised with presentation to the Board of
Governors planned for fall 2001.
2000/2001 initiatives and issues in review
In 2000/2001, the following initiatives and issues were at the forefront of
ubc's communications and stressed ubc's relationships with the larger
UBC Downtown Presence Initiative: In November, ubc announced plans
for a downtown campus at Robson Square. Public Affairs is providing
leadership to a communications advisory team of campus program providers to create coherent messages and vehicles (events, newsletters,
advertisements) about ubc's new downtown presence.
ubc's Learning Exchange in the Downtown Eastside opened in July
2000 as the city and region continue to focus on the pressing problems
facing this urban area. Communications have emphasized student volunteer initiatives.
Annual General Meeting: ubc's third Annual General Meeting on Oct.
26 in the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts was attended by about 400
people from the university community. Through speakers, video presentations and a printed annual report titled Innovators Change Everything,
ubc's achievements over the previous year and aspirations for the coming
year were presented, with a focus on the innovative work of ubc faculty,
staff and students.
The annual report theme, "Innovators change everything," was applied
to the provincial economy as the focus of a presentation given by the
president and university computer scientist Gregor Kiczales to the Vancouver Board of Trade.
UBC Visual Identity: A new visual identity for the university was
launched in February 2001 after extensive consultation with key
stakeholders in the university community. The identity is now housed
within the Public Affairs Office and freely available to all members ofthe
university community through the Public Affairs Web site. A series of workshops were held and a visual identity strategist was hired to assist in encouraging adoption ofthe new visual identity. The number of visits to the
visual identity Web site has numbered more than 2,800 since February.
Maclean's Ranking Brochure: ubc attained standing as the number
two university in Canada according to the Maclean's magazine annual
survey of medical-doctoral institutions. Public Affairs prepared a brochure detailing the accomplishment.
Destination marketing: Public Affairs participated with other campus
units including the Chan Centre, Museum of Anthropology and the Botanical Gardens to devise strategies that promote the campus as an
attractive destination for Lower Mainland residents and tourists.
Research successes: The office provided communications direction for
events around the awarding ofthe prestigious Japan Prize to ubc Prof.
Emeritus Timothy Parsons, and for outstanding university representation
in government research programs such as crc, cfi, and the Michael
Smith Foundation. The office provided media and Web site support to the
successful launch of an annual Research Awareness Week initiative.
APRU: The president hosted a meeting ofthe presidents ofthe premier
research universities in the Pacific Rim. The focus ofthe meeting ofthe
Association of Pacfic Rim Universities (apru) was to stimulate teaching
and research co-operation and accelerate a global research agenda, one of
the strategies outlined in Trek 2000.
Communications means
ubc has a variety of means to communicate with—and hear from-
various stakeholders. Major vehicles include:
Annual Report
ubc's 1999/2000 Annual Report: Innovators Change Everything, a complement to its Annual General Meeting, was published in the fall of 2000 and
distributed to 8,000 key stakeholders, business leaders, university presidents, alumni, donors, government officials, media, and those attending
the agm. The report outlined ubc's accomplishments during the previous
year, highlighted faculty, staff and students whose innovations in research, learning, and the community are contributing internationally,
nationally and locally, and summarized the university's financial position.
The report is also available on the Public Affairs Web site and about 1,701
people browsed the report between October 2000 and March 2001.
Some 247,000 copies of ubc's Annual Report were distributed through
The Vancouver Sun in October 2000.
UBC Reports
ubc s main vehicle for communicating with its internal audience on an
ongoing basis is the bi-weekly newspaper ubc Reports. Promoting the
people of ubc —students, faculty and staff—and their achievements in
learning, research and service is a priority ofthe newspaper, ubc Reports
is published 20 times annually, with 12,000 copies distributed on campus.
Our Web site showed the number of requests for the current issue of ubc
Reports in 2000/2001 totalled 7,775.
Public Affairs launched an e-mail version of ubc Reports in the fall of
2000. A summary of all stories in ubc Reports with links to complete stories on the Web, is now delivered to subscribers electronically.
Media Relations
In 2000/2001, the Public Affairs Office researched, wrote and released 105
news releases for distribution to media in the Lower Mainland, b.c. and
across the country. The focus of these releases included outstanding
teaching, research and service initiatives; notable contributions from
granting agencies and donors; on-campus conferences and events; updates on university policy; and support of other major ubc initiatives.
Public Affairs staff also liaised directly with select journalists to place ubc
experts in stories for a wide variety of news media. Requests for the media
releases home page on our Web site totalled 6,476. UBC     REPORTS
AUGUST     9,     200I      |     5
Public Affairs also launched a new e-mail service for media releases. Media releases are now delivered to key media subscribers electronically to
complement broadcast fax delivery.
Experts Guide
Public Affairs regularly solicits faculty members to participate in the
online Experts Guide on the Public Affairs Web site. The guide has 169
main topic areas, with some areas subdivided into as many as 45 special
interest topics. The guide is a key means by which Public Affairs staff and
journalists are able to quickly satisfy media information requests.
Public Information Centre
ubc's Public Information Centre and information line, ubc-info (822-
4636), are housed in the Public Affairs Office. The centre is staffed on a
full-time basis and provides a wide range of information about ubc programs, services and facilities, as well as offering directions to campus and
information about events. The information line handles an average of 1,090
calls a month, with the bulk ofthe calls from journalists seeking information about ubc. Miscellaneous inquiries about ubc, information about
ubc Reports and university attractions, directions, and referrals to other
departments comprise the bulk ofthe remaining calls. Approximate total
calls for the year was 13,080.
World Wide Web
In April 2000 a Web strategist was hired to manage ubc's top-level Web presence (www.ubc.ca) and to develop a strategic plan and supporting creative
direction. This important communications vehicle is now housed in Public
Affairs and the Web strategist has begun to improve navigation and usability
ofthe top-level UBC.ca site and work with creators ofthe more than 400 university Web sites to improve the university's presence on the Web.
total # of visits to the site from June 2000 to March 2001:55,086,464
average # of visits per day: 197,939
total # of visits to prospective students information site: 615,515
total # of visits to current students information site: 888,019
total # of requests for downloadable campus map: 71,938
total # of visits to UBC.ca spotlight story (the stories which accompany
the changing photos featured daily on the UBC.ca site): 43,901
The Public Affairs Office Web site, which provides on-line access to ubc
Reports, media releases, Annual Report, Facts and Figures, and other communications vehicles, was launched in August 1996. A snapshot of Public
Affairs Web site statistics from April 2000 to March 31, 2001 shows a
significant increase in Web use from the previous year's numbers, which
are shown in brackets where available.
total # of visits to the site from April 2000 to March 2001: 2,105,992
average # of visits per day: 5,785 (2,354)
total # of visits to Fact and Figures: 3,722
total # of visits to Media Releases homepage: 6,476
total # of visits to ubc Reports current issue homepage: 7,775
total # of visits to ubc Reports current Calendar homepage: 7,982
total # of visits to ubc Experts homepage: 4,287
total # of visits to Daily Media Summaries: 5,824
total # of visits to ubc's Annual Report since it went live late October:
total # of visits to ubc Speakers Bureau homepage: 1,784
total # of visits to ubc Visual Identity page: 2,841
(Please note, the number of requests for ubc Reports and media releases reflects access to homepages only. A doubling ofthe number
would more accurately reflect actual requests.)
Looking ahead to 2001-2002
Undertaking initial phases of ubc's new communication plan will be a
focal point of our work in the coming year. The new plan, to be presented
to the Board of Governors in the fall of 2001, will define precise messages
and means to communicate with, and receive input from, the university's
diverse constituents. Key ubc initiatives that will be supported through
strategic communications in the next year include:
• Ongoing effort to place key stories about ubc's role as a leading Canadian university with national and international broadcast and print
• A proposal to ensure adequate resources are dedicated on an on-going
basis to develop the UBC.ca Web site into a dynamic global communications tool that embodies the spirit of Trek 2000.
• The acceleration of communications activities (newsletters, advertisements, media relations) as ubc's Downtown Presence initiative
continues with the Fall 2001 opening of ubc at Robson Square.
• Assistance articulating a vision of a University Town which will be the
result of ubc Community and Neighbourhood Planning activities.
• Creation of a video highlighting ubc's unique and distinctive attributes as a leading Canadian university will be undertaken
collaboratively with faculties and service units. Compelling images
and sounds can be communicated via videotape, computer presentation or Web site to audiences anywhere in the world.
Development of media monitoring service delivered via e-mail to key
university decision-makers.
UBC Faculty Workshop
Faculty Instructional Skills Workshop.
David Lam basement seminar room
from 8:3oam-5pm. Continues Aug. 23,
30. To register, visit www.cstudies.
ubc.ca/facdev/. Call 604-822-6827.
Peter Wall institute
Exploratory Workshop
Stars As Dark Matter. Various speakers. University Centre 307 from 9am-
12:45pm. To register, e-mail richer@
astro.ubc.ca. Call 604-822-4134.
Walking Tour And Reception
New Faculty Orientation. David Lam
basement seminar room from
ii:30am-5:3opm. To register, visit
www.cstudies.ubc.ca/facdev/. Call
Certificate Program
Orientation Immigration Practitioner.
Margaret Landstrom, director,
Advanced Studies, sfu Harbour
Centre 1415 from 6-gpm. Refreshments. To register, visit cic.cstudies.
ubc.ca. E-mail christine.connell@
ubc.ca. Call 604-822-1437.
Learn To Compost With Worms. Gillian Allan, ubc Waste Management.
Waste Management Warehouse from
i2noon-ipm. $25 materials. To register, e-mail gillian.allan@ubcca. Call
Peter Wall Institute Exploratory
Canadian Historical Consciousness In
A Historical Context: Theoretical
Frameworks. Various speakers. University Centre 307 at 9am. Continues
to Aug. 28. To register, visit www.
pwias.ubc.ca. Call 604-822-5277.
International Conference
Putting Fishers' Knowledge To Work
Various speakers. ForSciences 1005
from 8am-5pm. $400; $100 students.
To register, visit www.fisheries.ubc.ca.
E-mail events@fisheries.ubc.ca. Call
WebCT Workshop
End Of Summer Camp - Basic Training In WebcT And Learning Technologies. WebCT trainers, WebcT
Institute. Buchanan B Arts isit Computer Lab from 9am-4:3opm. $35.
Refreshments/lunch. To register, visit
E-mail uli@arts.ubc.ca. Call
Lectures In Modern Chemistry
Prof. Rainer Streubel, Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry,
Technical u Chemistry B-250 from 1-
2pm. Refreshments. Call
Grand Rounds Lecture
Spine Regional Evaluation Of Surgical
Indications And Outcomes: The Results Are In: Good News For Some. Dr.
Charles Wright, vgh Eye Care Centre
Aud. from 7-8am. Call 604-875-5555
ext. 6-2806.
Physics Colloquium
The History Of Dark Matter. Sidney
van den Bergh, National Research
Counsel, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory. Hennings 201 from 4-spm.
Refreshments Hennings 325 at
3:30pm. Call 604-822-2432 or
Foundations of Intercultural Studies
Certificate. Certificate in Intercultural
Studies offered by the Centre for Inter
cultural Communication. Carr Hall
conference room from gam-spm. $645.
Refreshments. To register, visit
intercultural_studies. E-mail
Call 604-822-1437.
Health Together 2001
ubc Health And Human Service Programs Orientation. Various speakers.
War Memorial Gym from 9:30am-
2:30pm. Refreshments. To register,
visit http://www.health-sciences.
ubc.ca/hssa. E-mail admin@hhspo.
org. Call 604-822-8085.
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: 604-UBC-info (604-822-
4636). Fax: 604-822-2684. 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 Sept. 6 issue of
ubc Reports—which covers the period Sept. 9 to Sept. 22 —is noon, Aug. 27. 6  |  UBC  REPORTS  |  AUGUST 9,  2001
Want to make
a difference?
The ubc Campus
Sustainability Office is
looking for staff and faculty to
inspire sustainable choices in
their departments.
Ifyou are interested in
volunteering as a
Contact Kara Ko at 822-0273
or kara.ko@ubc.ca
For more information on the
program visit
United W^y
of the Lower Mainland
HOUSE A perfect spot to reserve
accommodation for guest lecturers or other university members
who visit throughout the year.
Close to ubc and other Vancouver
attractions, a tasteful representation of our city and of ubc 4103
W. 10th Ave., Vancouver, bc, V6R
2H2. Call or fax 604-222-4104.
Elegant accommodation in Point
Grey area. Minutes to ubc. On
main bus routes. Close to shops
and restaurants. Includes tv, tea
and coffee making, private phone/
fridge. Weekly rates avail. Call
604-222-3461. Fax 604-222-9279.
HOUSE Five suites avail, for academic visitors to ubc only. Guests
dine with residents and enjoy college life. Daily rate $60 plus $14/
day for meals Sun-Thurs. Call 604-
822-8660 for more information
and availability.
POINT GREY furnished house
for rent, Fall semester. Newly renovated, five br, three bath, five min.
to ubc. One block from beautiful
park with playground. One block
to bus, shops, restaurants. Walk
to forest, beaches, schools. $2750/
mo. incl. util., phone, cable, tv
high-speed Internet on recent
model Dell computer, Yamaha
piano, five bikes. Sept. 1 to Dec. 31.
Ideal for visiting faculty with family. E-mail parlow@telus.net. Call
604-224-5227 or 604-728-5500.
Medicine, dentistry, biosciences, aquaculture
604-264 -9918 DONALD@PORTAL.CA
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Don Proteau
feomm, CFP, RFP
Frank Danielson
688-1919 ext. 15
>■ Complimentary consultations available for UBC Faculty and Staff ■<■
f" Retirement and Estate planning ■<
3*" UBC pension expertise ■<
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"/ am completely satisfied with the service I am receiving from Don."
M. Dale Kinkadc, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, UBC
"Frank and Don made me feel very comfortable with their advice and long range
planning. Their knowledge of the faculty pension plan is also a plus for UBC
Dr. f. H. McNeill, Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC
Call or e-mail to be put on our campus seminar invitation list!
FPC Investments Inc.
Securities Dealer
affordable fully-equipped suite right
on campus. Spacious one br suites
with kitchen, balcony, TV and telephone. Ideal forvisiting lecturers,
colleagues and families. 2001 rates
from $ii9/night. ubc discounts available. Visit www.westcoastsuites.com.
Call 604-822-1000.
ROOMS Private rooms on campus
forvisitors to UBC on academic business. Private bath, double bed, telephone, tv, fridge, in-room coffee.
Dinner five days per week. Breakfast
seven days per week. Competitive
rates. Call for information and availability 604-822-8788.
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 604-822-4782.
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 avail, in the
school cafeteria. Call 604-822-9031 or
CAMILLA HOUSE in Kitsilano
area, furnished suites or rooms avail.
Kitchen and laundry facilities. Close
to main bus routes, shopping and
dining. Weekly and monthly rates
avail. Call 604-737-2687.
APARTMENTS now renting ubc
area. Presentation centre open daily.
Seven appliances, granite counters,
flexible interiors and more. Visit
www.universicymarketplace.net. Call
EFFECTIVE SEPT. 1, we have a
two br suite at the Bristol, 5735
Hampton Place. For further details,
please call Anar Halani
FOR RENT Bright comfortable
one br apartment with patio and
view. Fully furn/equipped. Close to
UBC on direct bus route. Avail, for
several months from end of August.
$95o/mo. Call 604-228-8825.
Secluded, peaceful, 2.5 acres, scenic
sw ocean view, rustic, all amen., canoe, good beach access, sleeps four,
only 50 min. by ferry. $ioo/night,
$65o/wk, min. two nights. Call
Verena 604-599-6978.
Oct. to March. Charming, bright,
fully furnished three br home with
ocean and mountain views. One
block from beach. Hot tub, all
amen., util. incl. $200o/mo. Close to
transportation. Call 604-222-1407.
rent. Near ubc, one block from bus
route, good condition, 4,000 s.f.,
gas and wood f/p. $2950/010. Avail.
Sept. 1. Call 604-736-1787.
chalet, Mayne Island (Gulf Islands),
furnished, appliances, w/w carpets,
three br, two bath, Jacuzzi, f/p, tv,
rumpus room, lease. Ref. $750/1110.
Walk to ferry, portfolio or view by
appt. Call/fax 604-261-4171.
1,600 sq. ft. plus basement. 4 br/2
bath. Living, dining and family
rooms. Eat-in kitchen, garage, south-
facing deck/yard, dw, wd. Quiet
neighbourhood. Schools nearby. On
ubc bus route. Ideal for faculty and/
or families. $2,ooo/mo. plus utilities.
Avail. Aug. 15. E-mail tmatsuza@
interchange.ubc.ca. Call 604-685-3117.
Bed And Breakfast
Walk to ubc along the ocean. Quiet
exclusive neighbourhood. Near buses
and restaurants. Comfortable rooms
with TV and private bath. Full breakfast. Reasonable rates, n/s only
please. Web site www.bbcanada.
com/locarnobeach. Call 604-341-4975.
• knowledge broker award, www.policyresearch.
gc.ca/awards-prix/broker-e.html: sept. 15
• gairdner awards, www.gairdner.org: oct. 5
For assistance with applications, call the Office ofthe Vice-
President, Research, at 604-822-0234.
Deadline: for the Sept. 6 issue: 12 noon, Aug. 27.
Enquiries: 604-UBC-iNFO (604-822-4636) ■ Rate: $16.50 for35 words or less.
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 use Reports) or journal voucher.
their families are seeking one or two
br suites for a one-year period starting Sept. 1. Semi-furnished suites on
transit routes near schools preferred.
These senior executives are attending
a one-year executive development
program at ubc. Call Marg 604-822-
For Sale
Regency. Two br condo, two bath,
1,122 s.f. All appliances, two parking
spaces, pets allowed, ne corner faces
Pacific Spirit Park. $344,000. Call
with daughter (14) and son (12) without pets seek house on or near University Endowment Lands starting
Aug. 15, 2001. Dates, price flexible or
will swap home in Whistler? Call Dr.
Winter (604) 938-0030 (day) or
(604) 932-0474 (eve.)
Retirement income and financial
planning. Edwinjackson, Certified
Financial Planner. Ascot Financial
Services Limited. Investments, life
insurance, annuities, know-how. Call
guarantee. 5 day/40 hr. (Oct. 24-28;
Dec. 5-9) tesol teacher certification
course (or by correspondence). Web
www.canadianglobal.net. free information package, (888) 270-2941.
Located in the University Village,
#207 - 5728 University Blvd. Dr. Chris
Hodgson (physician), for appointment call 604-222-2273 (222-CARE).
Dr. Charles Borton (dentist), please
call 604-838-6684 (83-TOOTH).
Web www.legacylocators.com. Call
Help Wanted
is looking for volunteers 19 years or
older. Ifyou would like to get behind
the scenes, then find out how by calling 604-682-7227. It's time to get
revved up!
Donate your old vehicle
to the KIDS HELP
Call 1-888-350-5437 or visit
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shake up  Civil Engineering Prof. Carlos Ventura checks damage to a full-
scale house at ubc's Earthquake Engineering Research Facility after
subjecting it to a 6.9-magnitude quake. Through shake tests, Ventura and his
team hope to highlight how a typical B.C.-built home would perform in an
earthquake. Results from this round of tests, performed duringjuly and
August, will be used to recommend improvements in earthquake safety for
B.C. homes. Laurie Dawkinsphoto
Remember, dial 604-
Please start now to dial 9+ (604) + 7 Digits for all off-UBC
campus local calls.
All modems, fax machines and programmed speed dialers/
buttons should be changed now to dial the number "9" + 10
Digits to off-UBC campus local numbers.
On August ii, 2001, a message reminding you to dial 10 digits the next time you make a local call could disrupt data
calls, and the seven-digit call may not go through. As the
network is ready to accept 10-digit dialing now, you are encouraged to update your equipment as soon as possible.
911, 411, long distance and on-UBC campus calls (5 digit dialing) DO NOT CHANGE.
For more information visit www.itservices.ubc.ca
In Search of Sustainability
British Columbia Forest
Policy in the 1990s
Benjamin Cashore, George Hoberg,
Michael Howlett, Jeremy Rayner,
and Jeremy Wilson
In Search of Sustainability offers a
timely examination of a critical
decade in which the forests of
BC were a battleground. With
softwood lumber wars looming
and a new Liberal government
in  power, the future seems just
as uncertain. This book is
essential reading for anyone who wants to understand both the
NDP forest policy legacy and the challenges BC will face in the
years ahead.
ISBN 0-7748-0831-4 • S29.95 • pb
Published by UBC Press
Available at UBC Bookstore or contact Raincoast Books
at Tel: 1 -800-561 -8583 or custserv@raincoast.com
Honour Roll
Lisa Castle, director, Human Resources (Employee Relations),
has assumed the position of acting associate vice-president, Human Resources.
Castle, who joined the university in 1994, will be responsible
for all components of the portfolio except Faculty Relations.
Prof. Sharon Kahn, associate
vice-president, Equity, will assume responsibility for Faculty
Relations in the interim.
The search for an associate
vice-president. Human Resources to replace Jim Horn, who recently resigned his term contract position, will take place in
the fall.
Prof. Kenneth Carty, head ofthe
Political Science Dept., has been
elected president ofthe Canadian Political Science Association.
Founded in 1913, the association is composed of some 1,250
individuals from Political
Science departments across
Canada as well as politicians and
bureaucrats from federal and
provincial governments, and
members ofthe private sector.
Carty also currently serves as
chair ofthe Board of Governors
ofthe Vancouver School of Theology. In that role, he will be actively involved in the planning
and development ofthe theological precinct as part ofthe larger
development reshaping the ubc
Laurie Dawkins, communications
officer in the Faculty of Applied
Science, has received an award of
merit from the B.C. chapter ofthe
International Association of Business Communicators.
Dawkins received the award for
"Inside Applied Science — a guide
for prospective faculty members."
The 18-page document is intended
to assist in faculty recruitment.
The award, in the special publications category, is given for excellence in concept, editorial content
and effectiveness in communicating to a target audience. Entries
were assessed by colleagues in
Western Canada.
The Web version of the guide
can be found at www.apsc.ubc.ca/
K.D. Srivastava, professor
emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been named
director pro tern of the Office of
Research Services until Dec. 31.
His responsibilities include
leading a task force to review services provided to researchers and
determining how ubc can build
the competitiveness of its research
The task force will also seek to
co-ordinate service between the
office and other service units that
provide research support.
Srivastava, a former vice-president, Student and Academic Services, joined ubc's Dept. of Electrical Engineering in 1983.
He was instrumental in establishing the Centre for Integrated
Systems Research and was one of
the founding directors of the bc
Advanced Systems Institute.
Srivastava succeeds Ric Spratley
who retired July 1.
Pharmaceutical Sciences Assoc. Prof. Kishor Wasan has been
awarded the 2001 New Investigator Grant in Pharmaceutics and
Pharmaceutical Technology from
the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (aaps).
The one-time award of $25,000
us is given annually to recognize
outstanding new academic researchers actively engaged in the
research area of pharmaceutics
and pharmaceutical technologies.
Nominees must have less than
seven years of academic experience and less than 10 years of total
postdoctoral experience.
The award recognizes Wasan's
work in lipid-based drug delivery
and with plant sterols, natural
compounds found in wood pulp
and other vegetation, which can be
effective in preventing the absorption of cholesterol in the body.
Lipids are fats or fat-like substances that are insoluble in water.
aaps, founded in 1986, is a professional, scientific society of more
than 11,000 members employed in
academia, industry, government
and research institutes worldwide.
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President Martha Piper (left), collector Victor Shaw and moa director Ruth Phillips study a few ofthe rare artworks
featured in the 388-piece Shaw Collection. Selected pieces from the world-class collection of Asian antiquities, recently
donated by Shaw to the museum, are currently on view at the Museum of Anthropology until Dec. 31. Don Wells photo
Priceless Chinese art finds
permanent home at moa
Treasures span close to 7,000 years of Chinese history
by Michelle Cook staffwriter
(moa) is now home to a world-class
collection of Chinese antiquities
thanks to the generous donation of
prominent collector Victor Shaw.
A delicate jade bird carved from a
single piece of stone, a writhing dragon pendant and ancient funeral jars
fired in brilliant jewel-coloured glazes are just a few ofthe artifacts in the
388-piece Shaw Collection.
The gift contains jade, gold,
bronze and ceramic pieces dating
from the Neolithic Age and spanning almost 7,000 years of Chinese
"The hundreds of treasures that
Mr. Shaw has assembled are a val
uable teaching and research resource that will attract China
scholars from around the world,"
says ubc President Martha Piper.
"As the museum undertakes its
expansion and renovation, the collection represents our commitment to building a prominence in
the study of Asian arts and culture.
It will also form a firm foundation
for the university's planned Research Centre for Asian Art."
ubc's new acquisition is considered unequalled in North America
for both artistic and cultural reasons. The pieces — human and animal figurines, jewelry, household
objects, and burial vessels — were
central to many historical and pre-
historical periods of China, making
them a dynamic resource for deepening the understanding of Chinese civilization.
Shaw, originally from Hong
Kong, is a lifelong collector of Chinese art who now resides in Vancouver with his family.
He had considered donating his
collection to museums in the u.s.
and Britain before choosing ubc to
house his priceless and unique collection of artifacts.
A portion of the Shaw Collection is currently on display at moa.
The 75-piece exhibit, entitled "A
Connoisseur's Collection: Chinese
Ceramics from the Victor Shaw
Donation," runs through Dec. 31.
Museum hours in the summer
are daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and to 9
p.m. on Tuesdays. Admission is
free Tuesdays from 5 to 9 p.m.
Residence builds international links
Joint undergraduate program will accommodate 175
students from leading Mexican university
TREK   2000
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
Mexico's leading private university
— marked the establishment of a
joint undergraduate academic program and student residence at a
recent groundbreaking ceremony.
"We have enjoyed a mutually
beneficial relationship of academic
and intellectual co-operation with
Tec de Monterrey for some years,"
says ubc President Martha Piper.
"This new residence symbolizes the
sustainability of our partnership."
"One of the areas that really attracts us to British Columbia is the
relationship it has with the Pacific
Rim countries," says Raphael Ran-
gel, president of Tec de Monterrey,
formerly known as the Monterrey
Institute of Technology (itesm).
"That and nafta make it very important for us to be here."
Increasing numbers of international students and building international scholarship and research,
especially with Pacific Rim countries, are key goals of Trek 2000, the
university's vision document.
Planning, design and location of
the residence is under way.
Starting this September, 40- 50
Tec students in their third and
fourth years of study will be coming to campus.
Staying in existing campus accommodation, students will be able
to take a range of regular credit
courses. Curriculum will be based
in the faculties of Agricultural Sciences, Arts and Commerce and
Business Administration.
The program is expected to be
fully operational by 2003-04 with
the planned residence, called Tec
de Monterrey-UBC House, expected to accommodate 175 students.
Tec de Monterrey students will not
be restricted to staying in the
house and will be encouraged to
stay in any ubc residence.
Funding for the academic program will come from tuition fees
and both universities will share the
cost of residence construction.
ubc signed its initial letter of intent with the Mexican university in
1996. Other successful collaborative
programs include an award-winning distance education and technology post-graduate certificate.
Partnership saves school
costs, researcher finds
Abbotsford school built for
10 per cent less
Canada has few public dollars for
the pressing need to build more
schools. Now, a promising option
has emerged according to a ubc researcher. A public-private partnership (P3) has built a school in Abbotsford at savings of slightly more
than 10 per cent compared to conventional procurement methods.
"Since 1991, a total of $4 billion
was spent on school construction
in B.C. alone and this P3 project
proves schools can be built at
lower cost, freeing public dollars
for other uses," says Education
Prof. Daniel Brown.
With three ubc Education graduate students — Katherine Babiak,
Brenda Ball and Glen Overgaard —
he conducted interviews and analyzed the finances in an inquiry
funded by the Society for the Advancement of Excellence in Education, a research organization based
in Kelowna, b.c.
The elementary school for 250
students in the Auguston housing
development opened its doors last
September. Major partners in the
initiative were the B.C. Ministry of
Finance, Abbotsford School Board,
Beautiworld Development Corp.
and the project managers, Field &
Marten Associates.
In a P3 relationship, private and
public sectors share the responsibilities, rewards and risks for the success of a project. In this case, the real
estate developer, concerned with
slumping sales in the development,
provided a catalyst of $500,000.
The school was built to ministry
specifications, took only 12
months to complete and provides
enhanced facilities for neighbourhood use.
For Brown, the novel experiment provided an opportunity to
determine which elements enhanced success and how difficulties can be avoided in the future.
High legal costs for the lease
agreement originally planned resulted in the purchase of the
school by the ministry. According
to all parties, the most significant
downside was the extra time taken
to meet with various partners.
However, educators and community members were pleased with
the enhanced facilities, including a
larger library, a built-in daycare
and exterior access to washrooms
for outdoor sports events.
"The demonstrated efficiency of
this successful P3 offers exciting
options for building more schools
and even for decentralization of
construction from ministries to
school districts," Brown concludes.
Education Prof. Daniel Brown
Centre to train young
cancer researchers
Facility aimed at attracting
the best and brightest
graduate students and postdoctoral fellows interested in prostate cancer research now have
greater opportunity, thanks to a
three-year $600,000 grant for a new
training and education centre.
Awarded by the Canadian Prostate Cancer Research Initiative, the
grant will help create a comprehensive training program at the Prostate Centre at Vancouver General
Hospital (vgh). It will be one of
only two such centres in Canada.
"This funding is a testament to
the excellence of prostate research
in B.C.," says dean of Medicine Dr.
John Cairns. "Our young researchers will benefit enormously from
the opportunity of working with
world-class investigators."
Over the next three years, the
centre will train five clinical research fellows, three post-doctoral
fellows, three graduate students
and will provide funding for four
medical student summer fellow
ships. Funding for the new centre
will be matched by various sources
and by the Vancouver Hospital and
Health Sciences Centre, creating a
total of $1.2 million in support.
"Many of our best and brightest
move to the u.s. because of the
perceived superiority of facilities
there," says Martin Gleave, a professor of Surgery who will co-direct
the new training centre with Dr.
Michael Cox, an assistant professor of Surgery. "This centre is a significant step in encouraging scientists to develop their education
and careers in Canada."
About 17,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in Canada annually, making it the most
frequently diagnosed cancer in Canadian men and the second leading cause of male cancer death after lung cancer.
The Prostate Centre at vgh investigates new procedures and technologies aimed at prevention, diagnosis, treatment and education.
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