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Andrew Rowat photo
The Right Balance
One of 550 volunteer student leaders in the My Undergraduate
Group (MUG) program struggles with the art of juggling in
preparation for Imagine UBC, the first-day orientation program
held for 4,400 first-year students Sept. 7. "It's a great metaphor
for first-year life and just one ofthe things our leaders learned and
passed on to new entering students," says Janet Cox, first-year
co-ordinator. "First-year students may have been nervous at the
beginning of the day, but left feeling very good about their
decision to attend UBC." In addition to the MUG student leaders,
more than 300 people including faculty, staff and students from
across campus helped make Imagine UBC a reality this year.
Innovation a hallmark
of new Arts programs
by Bruce Mason
Staff writer
Two innovative new programs will revolutionize Arts education at UBC.
Both the Arts Co-op and Foundations
Program build on earlier success but also
represent radical change in the Faculty of
Arts Co-op provides the first opportunity for students studying in all 15 Arts
departments — ranging from Economics
to French, Music and Psychology — to
combine relevant, paid work experience
with academic studies.
The Foundations Program recognizes
that small group, interdisciplinary learning can greatly benefit first-year students.
"When I first came down to UBC from
a small high school in Kamloops 42 years
ago I found it to be a daunting, forbidding
and intimidating space. I almost quit to
take bulldozing driving lessons in
Nanaimo," says Political Science Prof.
Paul Tennant, director of the Foundations Program. "I'm delighted to be spending my final years at UBC making it a
welcoming, supportive, but still challenging place."
Central to the Foundations Program,
which will be offered in September 2000,
is a radically new curriculum and approach to teaching.
Half the student contact hours will be in
tutorial groups with no more than 20 members. Each course will be designed and team-
taught by three faculty members from different departments, chosen for their scholarly
reputation and teaching.
The program builds on the success of
the 30-year-old Arts One Program which
See ARTS Page 2
Input sought for
Academic Plan
All members ofthe university community are invited to provide input and
discuss the draft Academic Plan at a
meeting to be held Sept. 21 at the Chan
Centre for the Performing Arts.
The meeting, hosted by President
Martha Piper and Vice-President, Academic and Provost, Barry McBride. will
take place from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
The plan aims to address the diverse
opportunities and challenges UBC faces
and provide a framework to guide academic units in setting priorities for developing their own academic plans.
A variety of resources, including a new
Academic Opportunity Fund and a revised Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund, will be available to help realize the initiatives identified in the plans
crafted by academic units.
The draft is available on the Academic
Plan Advisory Committee Web site at
www.oldadm.ubc.ca/apac/. Copies of the
plan will also be printed and distributed
prior to the meeting.
During the past year, a 35-member
committee representing a broad cross-
section of UBC faculty, staff and students
and chaired by Commerce and Business
Administration Prof. Michael Goldberg,
has met with members of the campus
community and the public to draft the
academic plan.
The need for an academic plan was
identified at the outset of the Trek 2000
vision statement.
Consistent with the goals outlined in
Trek 2000. the plan proposes strategies
for maintaining quality and fostering innovation in a context of tight budgets
while preserving the academic freedom
and independent critical thinking and
learning that are central to a university.
It sets out broad planning goals and
priorities in five key areas: retention and
renewal of faculty and staff: the student
learning environment: extension of research excellence; strengthening links
with the communities the university
serves; and effective governance.
Among its proposals are that faculty,
researchers and staff be appropriately
recognized for helping to realize Trek 2000
See PLAN Page 2
Popular series covers
business to anti-matter
UBC's new dean of Commerce and
Business Administration, Daniel
Muzyka, Nobel Prize-winning physicist
Sam Ting and Dr. Doris Kavanagh-Gray,
former head of Cardiology at St. Paul's
Hospital are among the
speakers participating in
this season's free public lecture series offered by the
Vancouver Institute.
The fall 1999 season comprises 10 lectures held on
Saturday evenings at 8:15
p.m. from Sept. 25 to Dec. 4.
All lectures take place in Lecture Hall 2 of the Woodward
Instructional Resources Centre.
Lectures in the series are:
Sept. 25: Sam McKinney, Our West
Coast Heritage: Captains Cook, Vancouver, and Bligh
Oct. 2: Prof. John Lampe, Crisis and
Challenge in Southeast Europe: After
the War in Kosovo
Oct. 16: Prof. Geoff Eley, History and
Cinema: Imagining Britain's Past
Oct. 23: Commerce and Business
Administration Dean Daniel Muzyka,
Building the Adaptive Corporation
Oct. 30: Prof. Rod Preece, Life in
Harmony with Animals and Nature:
Contemporary Cultural Myths
Nov. 6: Prof. Daniel Pauly,
Global Fisheries and Marine
Conservation: Is Co-existence Possible?
Nov. 13: Dr. Ian
McDonald, The Enigma of
Multiple Sclerosis
Nov. 20: Sam Ting, The
Search for Anti-matter in
the Universe
Nov. 27: Prof Mieke Bal.
Performing Art: Images as Cultural
Dec. 4: Dr. Doris Kavanagh-Gray,
Coronary Heart Disease: Does Gender
Make a Difference?
Recent books written by the speakers will be available at the door or at
UBC Bookstore.
For more information on the lecture
series check the Web site at psg.com/
~ted/vaninst or call (604) 822-1444.
Best Buds
Offbeat: It started small, but the indoor plant sale just keeps growing
Go Green 3
To bike commuter Assoc. Prof. Art Bomke green is the only way to go
Aw'-some Anniversary 7-8
After 50 years, the Faculty of Medicine keeps hearts and minds pumping 2 UBC Reports • Sept. 16,1999 ■ ■
Continued from Page 1
integrates the three humanities
disciplines of English, History
and Philosophy. Arts One will
continue, saysTennant. The new
program, however, provides a
comprehensive, interdisciplinary introduction to the social
sciences as well as humanities.
The curriculum contains
three broad thematic courses:
Routes to the 21st Century,
Knowledge Bases and Approaches to Social Understanding.
Existing space will be renovated to create a Foundations
learning commons containing
tutorial rooms, a study area,
computer facilities and a lounge
for informal discussion among
students and faculty, says
The Arts Co-op program
builds on the strong history of
co-operative education at UBC
and the success of the English
Dept.'s pilot project last year,
says Julie Walchli. program director. B.C. Hydro, Creo Products and Self-Counsel Press are
among the employers who have
hired English students.
"Arts students have critical
thinking and outstanding communications skills demanded in
the new, knowledge-based
economy," she says.
Walchli says Arts Co-op will
share the features that distinguish UBC co-operative education from other programs in B.C.
Continued from Page 1
goals, increased financial support for students, improvements
to research infrastructure, and
mechanisms to encourage the
participation ofthe broader community in educational initiatives.
The plan also proposes governance planning and reform to
facilitate the proposed integrative goals, eliminate redundancies in university functions, and
enhance flexibility and innovation in order to make more time
available to faculty, staff, and
students. It also includes a process for realizing the goals with
special reference to sources of
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Faculty work directly with coop students before, during and
after their work terms, bringing
their expertise to the workplace
and encouraging collaboration
between university and industry.
Students will complete four,
four-month work terms during
the last three years of their degree. Seventy students entered
Arts Co-op in April and the first
work terms begin in January.
More students will be added each
Co-op programs have tripled
in size at UBC in the past six
years and 91 per cent of UBC coop students have job offers when
they graduate.
The Arts Co-op and Foundations programs are the result of
objectives set out in UBC's Trek
2000 vision document. Both received start-up funds from the
Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund.
For more information call the
Arts Co-op and Foundations Office at (604) 822-1529. or visit
the Web sites: www.arts.ubc.ca/
co-op and www.arts.ubc.ca/
About K
on the
Draft Academic Plan
with President Martha Piper and Vice-President,
Academic and Provost, Barry McBride
TUesday, Sept. 21,1999,
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
6265 Crescent Rd.
Faculty, students, staff and members ofthe community are encouraged to attend to provide input into the draft plan. The draft is
available on the Web at www.oldadm.ubc.ca/apac/. Copies will
also be printed and distributed in advance ofthe meeting.
a university.
versity listen?
versity develop leaders?
versity have a SOlll?
versity change the future?
versity inspire?
Can a
The University of British Columbia thinks so.
Join UBC President Dr. Martha Piper and the Board of
Governors at our second Annual General Meeting as we
reflect on the important attributes and qualities that define a
In a multimedia format, we will share with you stories ofthe
recent accomplishments of UBC students, faculty, staff and
alumni who are part ofthe outstanding tradition of excellence
that defines UBC. You will also learn more about Trek 2000
— UBC's vision for the next century.
DATE: Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999
TIME: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Please extend this invitation to your colleagues and friends.
The Vancouver Sun, August 30
We are losing ground to
sister provinces and we
are significantly behind
our U.S. counterparts.
What does that do to
the quality of
— UBC President Martha Piper on funding
for post-secondary education in B.C.
UBC Public Affairs Office
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Bound By Beauty
Hilary Thomson photo
English Assoc. Prof. Sian Echard uses a text illustrated by English
designer William Morris as a backdrop for some tiny texts, part of the
60-book exhibit, Printing the Middle Ages, 1816-1930, on display
from Sept. 13 to mid-January in Main Library's Special Collections.
Printers in the second half of the 19th century tried to recreate the
detail of medieval hand-written and decorated books and brought
medieval stories such as the legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood
and Icelandic sagas back into circulation. The exhibit draws from the
Library's Norman Colbeck Collection and Arkley Collection of Early
and Historical Children's Literature.
by staff writers
A young man balancing two hanging
baskets while riding a unicycle along
Southwest   Marine Drive is what Sybil
Jamieson recalls. Audrey Litherland says it's
commonplace to see students on bicycles
struggling with two-metre palms.
UBC's 22nd annual indoor plant sale takes
place Sept. 16-18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the
Botanical Garden. No one knows for sure if it's
the biggest event of its kind because there is
nothing else quite like it. Everyone is certain,
however, that every single plant will be sold.
"We didn't set out to make money," says Jamieson, one ofthe founders of
the sale. "We wanted to raise a few dollars for the Botanical Garden and let
students know they can enjoy it for free. Most of all we wanted to put a little
greenery in their lives and their new residences."
The first sale took place in the garage at the President's house.
"People lined up in the teeming rain with umbrellas and wheelbarrows and
we were stunned to see that everything was gone in just a few hours," she says.
For years Jamieson's son joined the all-night watch to guard the plants when
the event moved to the tennis courts. Litherland, another long-time Friend ofthe
Garden (FOG) says, "a FOG and her dog caught someone trying to climb over the
fence at the entrance to the Botanical Garden in the middle of the night last year."
Ultimately it's the selection that inspires thoughts of larceny and long lineups.
"We have several thousand plants, everything from orchids and herbs to
tropical and flowering plants, from two inches to six feet," says Ray Moon,
current chair of the FOG student plant sale committee.
Jamieson says people's tastes change.
"One year we sold hundreds of ferns, another year it was plants in a bottle
and many men seem to want something big — the bigger the better."
Litherland says many want "a plant like Mom has," although they can't
remember the name.
Perhaps it's the need to own and scratch the tiniest bit of ground and
watch the renewal of life that makes students risk the humiliation and guilt
that comes with a dead houseplant. Undoubtedly the prospective plant
owners want to set down roots in the dorm. Like scholarship, the new plant
may demand long hours, single-mindedness and resiliency in the face of
setbacks. Undoubtedly there will be realization of how little one knows.
Perhaps the biggest draw to the sale is the wisdom of the FOGs who can pick out
something for a north window or dark basement where only students and a few
plants live. The advice is free and all plants come with written instructions. Prices
start at three dollars and include tax. Faculty, staff and the public are welcome as
well. UBC's Botanical Garden is at 6804 Southwest Marine Drive.
Recruiters all ready to
snap up students now
by Andy Poon
Staff writer
With the school year barely out of the
gates, some employers are already champing at the bit to recruit potential employees from UBC's student body.
"It's a really competitive market out
there right now for quality recruits," says
Len Orris, a technical recruiter at
MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
(MDA). He points out that the Richmond-
based space company added 150 employees to its 1,500-person workforce in
the first six months of this year alone.
With the scarcity of employees to fill
the needs of the high-technology sector,
companies such as MDA are increasingly becoming more aggressive in their
recruiting tactics. This includes placing
greater importanceon visiting university
campuses early in the school year to
make sure they have first crack at top
students before they graduate.
"Any bridges we can make with students at any time is great," says Orris.
"But putting MDA's name in the minds of
students as early as possible is good."
The early recruitment drive by companies is something that Julie Stitt, UBC's
director of Career Services, has witnessed
for the past few years.
"Companies want to scoop up the best
and the brightest as soon as possible,"
says Stitt, acknowledging that many companies want hiring decisions made in
their fiscal third quarter so they can
better prepare budgets in the final quar
ter of the fiscal year.
"While a lot of companies still come in
the spring to recruit, they want people to
sign on the dotted line as early as possible before their competitors," says Stitt.
MDA will be among 31 companies at
the Computer Careers Fair Sept. 29 at
the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
Organized by the Computer Science
Student's Society, the event gives invited
students and prospective employers the
chance to meet and establish contacts
that could well lead to employment for
students after graduation.
Companies such as MDA may visit
UBC as many as three to six times a year
in an effort to woo the best students.
That's fine with Liz Siddle, the AIESEC
career days co-ordinator charged with
organizing the society's annual career
and educational fair at SUB from Oct. 5-
7. AIESEC has teamed up with UBC
Career Services this year to bring more
than 60 companies and educational institutions on campus.
AIESEC (a French acronym for International Association for Students in Economics and Commerce) is an international student group that organizes international student exchanges.
Alcan Aluminum, Bank of Montreal,
Bombardier, Ernst & Young and Seagate
Software are some ofthe companies which
will be attending the fair.
Siddle encourages students to bring
their resumes to the fair. The event is
open to all UBC students. For more information call (604) 822-1432.
Bike commute keeps
professor hale, hearty
by Andy Poon
Staff writer
Every weekday forthepastl5years, Art
Bomke has jumped on his bicycle for the
40-minute pedal from his home to UBC.
"It's a great way to stay healthy," says the
54-year-old associate professor. Bomke, who
teaches in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, admits that because
he is "not a real disciplined
person forgoing to the gym,"
the dairy commute to and
from campus serves as his
primary exercise regime.
"This gives me a really
good structure to get a
workout for my heart and
lungs," he says.
Bomke is the type of
commuter that Gord
Lovegrove would love to see
as part of a growing trend
at UBC.
"Forty-four per cent ofthe
people who come to UBC
now drive alone," says Lovegrove, director of
Transportation Planning. "Our goal is to
decrease single occupant vehicle use by 20
per cent by 2002."
According to Lovegrove, of the estimated 105,200 person trips to and from
UBC each day, 2,700 are by bicycle,
19,000 by transit, 36,100 by carpools or
vanpools, and 1,400 by foot.
As part of his office's mission to improve transportation choices, Lovegrove
has been busy promoting sustainable
alternatives to faculty, staff, students
and campus visitors.
As of Aug. 30, University Boulevard
was converted from four traffic lanes to
two for vehicles and two for bikes.
But while he applauds the work on
University Boulevard, Bomke says that
the university needs to increase bicycle-
friendly facilities. Showers, more bike
stands and lockers for people to hang wet
cycling gear would help.
Lovegrove says there are ongoing efforts to do just that. Meanwhile, he points
out that the War Memorial Gym has 70
bike lockers available with showers,
change rooms and a place to store gear
for $20 a month.
"I am pushing for
showers, change rooms,
lockers and sheltered bike
parking for all new buildings going up on campus," says Lovegrove.
He also wants to increase UBC transit use
by 20 per cent by 2002.
"One of the major cornerstones of that is the
U-Trek Card," he says.
The card would give
holders access to transit,
van and carpooling privileges, and bike facilities
such as showers and
lockers. An information meeting on the
U-Trek card will be held on campus Oct.
And for commuters who would gladly
leave their vehicles at home if they had
access to one on campus, a program allows students, staff and faculty to occasionally book the use of a vehicle for a fee.
As well, the Jack Bell Foundation has
minivans available for vanpooling. For more
information call 827-RIDE or 341-RIDE.
A new 24-page UBC commuter guide is
available at SUB, Koerner or Main Library,
the TREK Office or at www.trek.ubc.ca.
For Bomke, who sold his GMC van in
1990 and hasn't owned a car since, there's
an additional benefit to bike commuting.
"It is a congenial mode of transportation. You tend to wave and say hi to people
you see frequently on your ride to UBC." 4 UBC Reports • Sept. 16, 1999
September 19 through October 2
Sunday, Sept 19
Painting Exhibition
Contemporary Ink And Water-
colours. Hye-Kyung Kim. Asian
Centre Aud. from llam-6pm.
Continues to Sept. 30. Call 822-
Monday, Sept. 20
Centre for Japanese
Research/Asian Studies
Nostalgic Journeys: Literary Pilgrimages Between Japan And
The West.' A conference in honour of Prof. Kin'ya Tsuruta. CK
Choi 120 from 9am-5pm. $10.
Call 228-8517.
Career Services Workshop
Know Your Job And Career Resources. IRC#6 from 12:30-
1:20pm. Call 822-4319.
Vancouver School Of
Characters In Canadian Protestant History: A Fresh Look At
Ralph Connor, Nellie McClung,
James Mutchmor. Lois Wilson.
Brian Fraser. St. Andrew's-
Wesley United Church, 1012
Nelson St. from l-3pm. Every
Sunday to Oct. 3. $35 for the
series; $10 per session.
ITServices Lecture
Are You Ready To Cross The E-
Line? Diana Oblinger. VP Information Resources and CIO at U
of North Carolina. Telestudios
from2:30-3:30pm. Preregister at
events@itservices. ubc. ca.
Finding Engineering Information
With Speed And Convenience
Through The Digital Library. Joy
Kirchner. CEME 1202 from 3:30-
4:30pm. Refreshments at
3:25pm. Call 822-3770.
Poetic Persuasions
Readings Of A Selection Of Poetry. Usha Rajagopalan, South
Indian poet and writer. Green
College at 8pm. Call 822-1878.
Tuesday, Sept. 21
Outdoor Show
UBC Clothesline Project Show.
Outdoors between SUB and Brock
Hall from 9:30am-4pm. Call 822-
Public Meeting
Draft Academic Plan. President
Martha Piper and Vice-President,
Academic, Barry McBride. Chan
Centre from 12:30-2:30pm. Web
site www.oldadm.ubc.ca/apac.
Call UBC-INFO (822-4636).
Botany Seminar
Terrestrial Bryophytes Of
Subalpine Forests Of Coastal
British Columbia. Kella Sadler,
MSc candidate. BioSciences 2000
from 12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-
Lectures In Modern
Atomic Mass Spectrometry -
Putting Chemistry To Work. Dave
Koppenaal, Pacific Northwest
Laboratory. Chemistry B-250 at
lpm. Refreshments at 12:40pm.
Call 822-3507.
Canadian Light Source
Information Forum
Prof. Ronald Cavell. Hennings 318
from 3:30-5pm. Call 822-0233.
Centre For Applied Ethics
Human Research Ethics In Australia: Reflections On Ethical Tensions In Transition. Susan
Dodds,    Philosophy,    U    of
Wollongong. Angus 325 from 4-
6pm. Call 822-5139.
Institute For European
Studies Lecture
From A Civilian Power To A World
Power? The European Union In
World Affairs: Reflections After
Kosovo. Esko Antola, U of Turku.
St. John's College lounge at 4pm.
Rece[. 'on. Call 822-1452.
Green College Speaker Series
Was Early Buddhism Mystical?
Prof. Richard Gombrich, Sanskrit.
Oxford U. Green College at 5pm.
Reception 6-6:30pm. Call 822-
Wednesday, Sept. 22
Exam Preparation Skills. Terry
Small. IRC#6 from 12:30 1:20pm.
Call 822-4319.
Centre For Research In
Women's Studies Colloquium
The Goddess: Is She One Or Many,
Central Or Peripheral In Hindu
Theology? Prof. Sanjukta Gupta-
Gombrich, Oxford U. Women's
Studies lounge from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-9173.
Wednesday Noon Hours. Celso
Maenado; Brazilian guitar; Sal
Ferreras. percussion; Laurence
Mollerup, bass. Music Recital Hall
at 12:30pm. Admission $3. Call
Cultural And Media Studies
Debts To The Past. John Torpey.
History, U of California. Irvine.
Green College at 5:30pm. Call 822-
Green College Special
Cidaagni-Sambhuataa Naarij:
Woman Arises From The Fire Of
Consciousness? Prof. Sanjukta
Gupta-Gombrich, Oxford U. Green
College at 8pm. Call 822-1878.
Thursday, Sept. 23
Rotary Club of Vancouver
First Information Meeting For New
UBC Area Club. University Golf
Club at 7:30am. Call 732-7717 or
Centre For India And South
Asia Research Seminar
Fundamental Metaphors In Early
Buddhism. Prof. Richard
Gombrich, Oxford U. CK Choi 120
at 10:30am. Call 822-2629.
Panel Discussion
McCreary Prize Lecture. Members
of the Downtown South Community Health Centre. IRC#4 from
12:30-2pm. Call 822-5571.
Distinguished Lecture Series
Freedomware: The GNU/Linux
System And The Free Software
Movement. Richard Stallman, Free
Software Foundation. IRC#2 at
4pm. Call 822-6894.
Friday, Sept. 24
HCEP Rounds
Use And Determinants Of Beta-
Blocker Therapy For Secondary
Prevention In Elderly Survivors Of
Myocardial Infarction. Adrian Levy.
PhD, McMaster U. Mather Bldg
253 from 9- 10am. Call 822-2772.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Research And Family Practice At
Children's And Women's: An Overview. Various speakers. GF Strong
Aud. from9-10am. Call 875-2307.
Academic Advising For Arts Students. Buchanan A-100 from
12:30-l:20pm. Call 822-4319.
Academic Advising For Science
Students. BioSciences 2449 from
12:30-l:20pm. Call 822-4319.
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar Series
Assessment Of Occupational Exposures To Carcinogens In The European Union. Prof. Timo Kauppinen.
Finnish Institute of Occupational
Health. UBC Hosp.. Koerner Pavilion
G-279 from 12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-
Academic Advising For Human
Kinetics Students. War Memorial
Gym from 12:30-1:20pm. Call 822-
Linguistics Colloquium
Morphological And Prosodic Constraints On Kinande Reduplication.
Laura Downing. Buchanan penthouse at 3:30pm. Call 822-4256.
Application Of Fluidized Bed In
Mineral And Energy Industry: Issues And Challenges. K. SengLim,
CSIRO Minerals. ChemEng 206 at
3:30pm. Call 822-3121.
Saturday, Sept. 25
Brain Research Centre
Schizophrenia And Mood Disorders
Research Day. Six speakers including Dr. Chris Fibiger. IRC#3 at
8:30am. Refreshments. Call 875-
University Hill Community
Crafts, Games, Barbecue, Live
Music And More. Location, time
TBA. Call 822-4824.
Student Fundraiser For United
Way/Cystic Fybrosis. Totem Ballroom from 8am-3pm.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Our West Coast Heritage: Captains
Cook, Vancouver and Bligh. Sam
McKinney, Maritime Museum.
IRC#2 at 8:15pm. Call 822-3131.
Monday, Sept. 27
Mechanical Engineering
Challenges In Super-Critical Water Oxidation. Asst. Prof. Steven
Rogak. CEME 1202 from 3:30-
4:30pm. Refreshments at 3:25pm.
Call 822-3770.
IAM-PIMS Distinguished
Modelling Neuronal Dynamics In
The Visual Cortex. Michael
Shelley, New York U. CSCI 301 at
3:30pm. Refreshments at 3:15pm.
Call 822-4584.
Myths Of Nations Lecture
Cracking Myths Of Nationness:
Indonesia After The Fall Of
Suharto. Ben Anderson, Cornell
U. Green College at 7:30pm. Call
Tuesday, Sept. 28
Botany Seminar
Single Gene Circles In
Dinoflagellate Chloroplast
Genomes - Characterization And
Phylogeny. Zhaoduo Zhang, PhD
candidate. BioSciences 2000 from
12:30-l:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Lectures In Modern
Microsolvated Ions: Structure, Dynamics And Environmental Implications. Mark Buntine, U of
Adelaide. Chemistry B-250 at
lpm. Refreshments 12:40pm. Call
Oceanography Seminar
Physiology, Ecology And Evolution Of Carbon Acquisition In
Phytoplankton. Philippe Tortell,
Princeton U. BioSciences 1465 at
3:30pm. Call 822-3278.
Is Conversion An Act Of Violence?
John Stackhouse and Prof.
Sangwoo Youtong Chee, Theology,
Regent College. Buchanan Penthouse at 4:15pm. Refreshments
at 4pm. Call 822-3219.
Green College Speaker Series
TBA. Mark Schaller, Psychology.
Green College at 5pm. Reception
from 6-6:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Wednesday, Sept. 29
Women's Studies Colloquium
Succeeding Women: International
Feminism And The Cairo Conference On Population And Development. Doris Buss, Keele U. Women's Studies Lounge from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-9171.
Wednesday Noon Hours. Rita
Costanzi. harp, and Andrew
Dawes, violin. Music Recital Hall
at 12:30pm. S3. Call 822-5574.
Special Seminar
Temperature Scanning Methods
In Kinetics Studies. Prof. B.W.
Wojciechowski, Queens U.
ChemEng 206 at 3:30pm. Call 822-
George Woodcock Lecture
Juliet McMaster. U of Alberta. Main
Library, Dodson Reading Room at
4pm. Followed by book launch of
Prof. Sherrill Grace's Satan in a
Barrel. Call 822-4959.
19th-century Studies
Winslow Homer's Representations
Of Black Americans. Peter Wood,
Duke U. Green College at 4:30pm.
Call 822-1878.
Institutes Of Asian Research
Globalization And Its Impact On
South China: The Pearl River Delta
Region Of Guangdong And Greater
China. Prof. Graham Johnson,
Anthropology and Sociology. CK
Choi 120 from 4:30-6pm. Call 822-
Continuing Studies Public
The VSO Companion. Rodney
Sharman. David Phillips. Contin
ues to Nov. 10. University Women's Club (Hycroft), 1489 McRae
Ave., from 7:30-9pm. $47, $42
(seniors). Call 822-1420.
Poetic Persuasions
Sue Walsh. South African writer.
Green College at 8pm. Call 822-
Thursday, Sept. 30
Pathology Distinguished
Lecture Series
Phytomedicines As Antivirals And
Immune-Modulators. Dr. James
Hudson. VGH, Eye Care Centre
Aud. at 8am. Call 875-2490.
UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Clyde Mitchell, director. Chan Centre at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
PIMS MITACS Mathematical
Finance Seminar
Futures-Based Term-Structure
Models. D.W. Heath, Carnegie-
Mellon U. 1933 West Mall Annex
at 4:30pm. Call 822-3045.
Friday, Oct. 1
HCEP Grand Rounds
Studies To Examine The Effectiveness (Or Otherwise) Of
Airbags. Dr. Jocelyn Pedder,
RONA Kinetics. Mather 253 from
9-10am. Call 822-2772.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
What Causes Leukemia? Assoc.
Prof. Stella Davies, U of Minnesota. GF Strong Aud. from 9-
10am. Call 875-2307.
Institute For European
Studies Symposium
The Balkan Crisis And Euro-Atlantic Security: The Challenge
Ahead. R. Girard, Canadian am-
bassadorto Yugoslavia, J. Lampe,
U of Maryland, and others. St.
John's College 1080 from
9:15am-5pm. Call 822-1452.
Friday Noon Hour@Main. School
of Music students. Main Library
at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar Series
Dust Exposures In Softwood Lumber Mills And Acute Respiratory
Symptoms. Valerie Siroux,
biostatician. UBC Hosp. G-279 from
12:30-l:30pm. Call 822-9861.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Identification Of Two Distinct
Forms Of MAPKAP Kinase-2 In
Cardiac Myocytes. Dr. Bruce
Allen, Montreal Heart Institute.
Cunningham 160 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-7795.
The UBC Reports Calendar lists university-related or
university-sponsored events on campus and off campus within the Lower Mainland.
Calendar items must be submitted on forms available
from the UBC Public Affairs Office, 310-6251 CecfGreen
Park Road, Vancouver B.C., V6T1Z1. Phone: UBCJ-iNPO
(822-4636). Fax: 822-2684. An electronic form i&wm&>~
able at http://www.publicallairs.ubc.ca. Please taut to
35 words. Submissions fortheCalendar'sNotices section
may be limited due to space.
Deadline for the Sept. 30 issue of UBC Reports —
which covers the period Oct. 3 to Oct. 16 — is noon,
Sept. 21. Calendar
UBC Reports ■ Sept. 16, 1999 5
September 19 through October 2
Friday Seminar
A New Two-Dimensional Model
For Heat Transfer In Circulating
Fluidized Beds. DonglaiXie, PhD
candidate. ChemEng 206 At
3:30pm. Call 822-3238.
UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Clyde Mitchell, director. Chan
Centre at 8pm. Call 822-5574.
Saturday, Oct. 2
Alumni Day'99 '--
Chan Centre performances, vintage car parade, guided tours.
Various campus locations irom
9am-6pm. Call 832-3313.
Continuing Studies Art
Drawing The Garden. Tony
O'Regan. Carr Hall conference
room from 10am-4:30pm. $155.
Continues Oct. 3. Call 822-1420.
Vancouver Institute
Crisis And Challenge In Southeast Europe: After The War In
Kosovo. Prof. John Lampe, History, U of Maryland. 1RC#2 at
8:15pm. Call 822-3131.
United V\fay
Please give generously
Next deadline:
noon, Sept. 21
Public auction
Museum Of Anthropology
Objects Of Intrigue. Continues to
March 31. ABreak InThe Ice: Inuit
Prints From The Linda J. Lemmens
Collection. Continues to Feb 2.
Attributed to Edenshaw: Identifying The Hand OfThe Artist. Continues to Feb. 13. Lamps From
The Greek And Roman World. Continues to Dec. 5. Three Case Studies: Northwest Coast Art. Continues to August. Unity Quilt. Continues to Dec. 31. Free to UBC
students, staff, faculty. Web site:
http://www.moa.ubc.ca or call
822-5087 or 822-5950.
UBC Zen Society
Zazen (sitting meditation) each
Monday (except holidays) from
1:30-2:20pm while classes in session. Asian Centre Tea Gallery. All
are welcome. Call 822-2573.
Bike Workshop
Free bike care clinic with Jason
Addy, master bike mechanic. SUB
loading dock Rm 41, every Wednesday from 6pm-7pm. Call 822-BIKE.
Bike Repair Party
Help repair and paint public bikes
and learn as you go. MacMillan
(SW corner), every Tuesday from
4pm-8pm. Call 822-4566.
Vancouver Team Handball
Looking for players at all levels.
Osborne Gym, Tuesdays from
8pm-10pm. Call 822-4576.
TRIUMF Public Tours
Tours are available every Wednes-
"Wreck Beach Originals" by Jean-Guy Dallaire
Small bronze sculptures inspired by stones and pebbles
found on the beach.
To be auctioned by
Ketterer Kunst Hamburg in Hamburg Oct. 2
Campo & Campo in Antwerp-Berchem Oct. 19
Charbonneaux in Paris Oct. 24
For illustrations and titles visit the artisf s website/auction;
Information Connections
Sessions for Faculty and TAs
1. Finding Scholarly Information on the World Wide Web
Time: Wednesday, November 3, 9:00 am -12:00 pm
Learn about the kinds of information you'll find in a Web search -
and what you will not find -and experiment with basic techniques
and tools for finding information in your field.
2. Finding Articles for the Life, Physical and Applied Sciences
Time: Thursday, November 4, 9:00 am -12:00 pm
By the end of this hands-on seminar, you should be able to select,
connect to and search specialized article indexes and access the
full-text of online journals within the life, physical and applied sciences.
3.Finding Articles for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Time: Friday, November 5, 9:00 am -12:00 pm
Individually, or in small groups, you'll work with a librarian specializing
In your area of the humanities or social sciences to learn to search
the resources of greatest interest to you and your students.
All seminars held in Sedgewick Teaching Lab,
Room 217, Koerner Library, 1956 Main Mall.
To register, send email to lib-contact&interchange.ubc.ca _^
indicating your name and the title of the seminar
Call 622-2803 for more information. "■'"^- •
day and Friday to April 28 from 1 -
2:15pm. Group tours may be arranged by calling the TRIUMF Information Office 222-7355.
Research Study
We are seeking healthy 8-12-year-
olds and their mothers to take part
in a psychology study to find out
more about how children learn
about hurts and pains. For more
information, call Dr. Craig's lab
Campus Tours
Walking tours ofthe campus available upon request. E-mail
melissa.picher@ubc.ca or call the
Ceremonies Office at 822-0949 to
book a time.
Studies In Hearing and
Senior (65 years or older) and Junior (18-35) volunteers needed. If
your first language is English and
your hearing is relatively good, we
need your participation in studies
examining hearing and communication abilities. All studies take
place at UBC. Hearing screened.
Honorarium. Please call the Hearing Lab. 822-9474.
AMS Rentsline
Helping students find housing
since 1993, the AMS Rentsline is
UBC's off-campus housing registry. This service gives students
access to hundreds of rental listings, and landlords access to thousands of students looking for housing. You can call the Rentsline
from any touchtone phone 24
hours a day, 365 days a year. Call
Pride UBC Alumni Search
Out InThe Millenium: Celebrating
20 years Of Outweek (1980-2000)!
This event is for our current GLBT
members and alumni, as well as
our friends and allies. Call Amar
(co-chair) 222-3542.
Gardens Open
The Nitobe Memorial Garden, UBC
Botanical Garden and Shop in the
Garden will be open until Oct. 11
(inclusive) from 10am-6pm daily
(including weekends). For the gardens call 822-9666 and the Shop
Faculty Women's Club
The Faculty Women's Club
brings together women connected to the university either i
through their work or that of the
spouses, for social activities and
lectures. The main purpose of
the Faculty Women's Club is to
raise funds for student scholarships. There are 19 different interest groups within the club,
ranging from art appreciation
and bridge to hiking. Do come
and join us! Call Barbara Tait,
president 224-0938; Gwyneth
Westwick, membership 263-
Community Cattle-Call
If you have a talent you would
like to share, a skill you would
like to exercise or a hand you
would like to lend (and we know
you do) please call early to help
us co-ordinate a smooth event,
the University Hill community
festival. We're looking for storytellers, clowns and entertainers
and open air market vendors.
Call 822-4824 or 729-5610.
Female Volunteers
Daughters who have returned
home to live with their parents are
needed for a PhD psychology study.
An interview at your convenience
is required. Please call Michele
Twin Research
Are you. or do you know a female
adult twin? We are studying the
relationship types of fraternal and
identical female twins. If you can
help by completing some questionnaires and being interviewed
about relationships, please e-mail:
tmacbeth@cortex.psych.ubc.ca or
call Tannis MacBeth, Psychology
822 4826.
UBC Utilities Advisory Notice
UBC Utilities regularly performs
maintenance work on underground piping and electrical systems. Please approach work sites
cautiously and respect signs and/
or work crew instructions to avoid
potential harm. Potential hazards
including falling, electrical shock,
burns, and other harmful events.
If you have any questions concerning a UBC Utilities work site,
please call 822-9445.
AreYou Ready to Cross the E-Une?
UBC ITServices and IBM are pleased to
present a free lecture by Dr. Diana G.
Oblinger, Vice President for Information
Resources and CIO at the University of
North Carolina, and co-author of the book
What Business Wants from Higher Education.
Dr. Oblinger will be discussing the concept
of the e-line, which organizations must
cross if they wish to use information
technology for its innovation value.
Date and location
September 20th, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., at
theTelestudios (2329 West Mall, UBC).
Please preregister by sending an e-mail
to events@itservices.ubc.ca
Note: Dr. Oblinger will also be a keynote speaker
at the CREAD conference being held in Vancouver
on September 21-23,1999.
Parents with Babies
Have you ever wondered how babies learn to talk? Help us find
out! We are looking for parents
with babies between four to 21
months of age to participate in
language development studies. If
you are interested in bringing
your baby for a one-hour visit,
please call Prof. Janet Werker's
Infant Studies Centre, Psychology, 822-6408 (ask for Kate).
Parents With Toddlers
Did you know your child is a
word-learning expert? Help us
learn how children come to be so
skilled at learning new words!
We are looking for children (two-
fouryearsold) and their parent(s)
to participate in language studies. If you are interested in bringing your child for a 45-minute
visit, please call Asst. Prof.
Geoffrey Hall's Language Development Centre, Psychology. 822-
9294 (ask for Kelley).
The British Columbia Seniors
Medication Information Line (BC
SMILE), answered by licensed
pharmacists, is a free telephone
hotline established to assist seniors, their families and caregivers
with any medication-related
questions including side effects,
drug interactions, and the misuses of prescription and nonprescription drugs when it is not
possible to direct such questions
to their regular pharmacist or
physician. Monday to Friday
10am-4pm. Call 822-1330 or e-
mail smileubc@unixg.ubc.ca.
Statistical Consulting And
Research Lab (SCARL)
SCARL offers statistical advice
and long or short-term assistance to researchers. Resources
include expertise in many areas
of statistical methodology and a
variety of statistical software. Web
site: www.stat.ubc.ca/~scarl, e-
mail: scarl@stat.ubc.ca or call
UBC Fencing Club
UBC Fencing Club meets every
Tuesday 7-9pm and Sunday 2-
5pm in Osborne Gym A. Learn
decision-making, poise and control. Newcomers welcome. Drop-
in fee. Leave message at 878-
UBC Birding
Join a one-hour birding walk
around UBC Campus, every
Thursday at 12:30pm. Meet at
the Rose Garden flagpole. Bring
binoculars if you have them. For
details, call Jeremy Gordon 822-
Chan Centre Tours
Free tours of the Chan Centre
for the Performing Arts are held
every Thursday. Participants
are asked to meet in the Chan
Centre main lobby at lpm. Special group tours can be booked
through www.chancentre.com or
at 822-1815.
Got A Stepfather?
17-23 years old? Love him. hate
him or indifferent, you qualify.
$10 for 30 min., anonymous
questionnaire, student or non-
student, mailed survey. Contact
gamache@interchange.ubc.ca or
Susan at 822-4919.
Research Study
5-12 year old children are needed
to participate in UBC Psychology
research to learn more about the
ways children respond to questions about cartoons and stories.
Please call Dr. Johnston's lab at
822-9037. 6 UBC Reports • Sept. 16, 1999
Faculty of Medicine
Head, Dept. of Surgery
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 of the
Dept. of Surgery.
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 38 full-time and 214 part-
time/clinical faculty members and attracts strong research
support. The successful candidate should hold a specialty
qualification in Surgery, 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, 2000.
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 successsful candidate
must be eligible for registration with the College of Physicians
and Surgeons of B.C. and must be a fellow of the 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 Oct. 31,1999
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.
•ILL Biomedical Communications
The classified advertising rate is $ 16.50 for 35 words or less. Each additional word
is 50 cents. Rate includes GST. Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to the UBC Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park Road,
Vancouver B.C., V6T 1Z1, accompanied by payment in cash, cheque (made out to UBC
Reports) or journal voucher. Advertising enquiries: UBC-INFO (822-4636).
The deadline for the Sept. 30 issue of UBC Reports is noon, Sept. 21.
perfect spot to reserve accom-
modationfor guest lecturersorother
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, V6R2H2. Call or fax
accommodation in Point Grey
area, Min. to UBC. On main bus
routes. Close to shops and
restaurants. Includes TV, tea and
coffee making, private phone/
fridge. Weekly rates available.
Call 222-3461. Fax: 222-9279.
Phone 822-5769 for more information.
Five suites available for
academic visitors to UBC only.
Guests dine with residents and
enjoy college life. Daily rate $54
plus $ 14/day for meals Sun-Thurs.
Call 822-8660 for more
information and availability.
BAMBURY   LANE      Bed   and
breakfast. View of beautiful B.C.
mountains, Burrard Inlet and city.
Clean, comfortable. Use of living
room, dining room, and kitchen.
Min. to UBC, shopsandcity. Daily,
weekly and winter rates. Call or
fax 224-6914.	
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. 1999 rates $85-$ 121
per night. Call 822-1010.
6th. Heritage house, antiques, wood
floors, original stained glass. 10 min.
to UBC and downtown. Two blocks
from restaurants, buses. Scrumptious
full breakfasts. Entertaining cats.
Views. Phones in rooms. E-mail:
farthing@uniserve.com or call 739-
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.
CAMILLA   HOUSE    Bed   and
Breakfast. Best accommodation
on main bus routes. Includes
television, private phone and
bathroom. Weekly reduced
rates. Call 737-2687. Fax 737-2586.
ALMA BEACH B&B Beautiful,
immaculate, bright rooms with
ensuite in elegant, spacious home.
Two blocks to Jericho Beach/
Vancouver Yacht Club. Gourmet
breakfast. Central location to
downtown/UBC. N/S. Call221 -1950.
18th Ave. Visitors and students of
UBC are most welcome. 15 min,
to UBC or downtown by bus. Close
to restaurants and shops. Daily
rates from $50 to $100. Please call
and check it out at 737-2687.
TRIUMF HOUSE Guest house with
homey, comfortable environment
for visitors to UBC and hospital.
Located near hospital. Rates $40-
$65/night and weekly rates. E-mail:
housing@triumf.ca or call 222-1062.
Warm hospitality awaits you at this
centrally located viewhome. Large
rooms with private baths, TV,
phones, tea/coffee, fridge. Full
breakfast, close to UBC, downtown,
and bus routes. 3466 W. 15 Ave. Call
737-2526 or fax 727-2750.
ROOMS Private rooms, located
on campus, available for visitors
attending UBC on academic
business. Private bathroom,
double beds, telephone,
television, fridge, and meals five
days per week. Competitive
rates, Call for information and
availability 822-8788.
to share terrific 2 BR garden
apartment. Great location, upper
central Lonsdale, North Van: rec.
centre, shops, banks, restaurants
and transportation links close by. N/
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immed. Call Rodney 961-2181.
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min. to UBC & walk downtown.
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RETIRING in the nextthree years?
As a specialist who has assisted
many UBC faculty and staff
members through the retirement
process I can help sort out the
options and provide you with
free retirement projections. Call
for a comp-limentary meeting
at my office or yours! Don
Proteau, B.Comm. CFP, RFP. E-
mail: dproteau@hlp.fpc.ca or
call 687-7526.
COUPLE require 2-3 BR furnished
house or suite nearUBCforthe period
Feb-May 2000 (some flexibility).
Pleasecallthe Institute forEuropean
Studies, UBC at 822-1452 or email
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assistance for your book, conference or research project. Avail.
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Call for Nominations
for Excellence in Teaching
The University of British Columbia
established Awards for Excellence in
Teaching in 1999. Awards are made
by the Faculty of Science to UBC
Science faculty members, including
full-time (sessional) lecturers and
laboratory instructors who are
selected as outstanding teachers.
We are seeking input from UBC
alumni, current and former students.
Nomination deadlines:
First term - Oct. 15, 1999
Second term - Feb. 4,2000
Nominations should be accompanied
by supporting statements and the
nominator's name, address and
telephone number. Please send
nominations to:
Chair, Killam Prizes for
Excellence in Teaching
c/o Office of the Dean of Science
Rm. 1505,6270 University Blvd.
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, B.C. V6T IZ4
Fax (604) 822-5558 UBC Reports ■ Sept. 16, 1999 7
Faculty of Medicine celebrates 50 years
Faculty hunt causes,cures
Stories by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
Hilary Thomson photo
Medical Genetics Prof. Dessa Sadovnick's research has helped establish a
genetic link to multiple sclerosis. Her team's findings help doctors identify
individuals at high risk for the disease which usually strikes between the
ages of 20 and 40 and affects 100 in 100,000 people in Canada.
Nobel laureates
join in celebration
Nobel laureates will share their
discoveries with high school students,
scientific colleagues and the public in
a Celebration of Science, one of a
series of special events marking the
Faculty of Medicine's golden jubilee
The public symposium takes place
Oct. 18 at the Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts from 8:30 a.m. to
4:30 p.m.
The event is hosted by: UBC Nobel
laureate Michael Smith; director of
the B.C. Cancer Research Centre and
Medicine's assistant dean, Research,
Victor Ling; and Dr. Judith Hall, professor of Medical Genetics and head of
Pediatrics at UBC and B.C.'s Children's Hospital.
The day aims to highlight medical
research accomplishments and to engage students, faculty and the public in
thinking about where medical research
will take us in the new millennium.
All the speakers and hosts Smith
and Ling are winners of the Gairdner
Award. The symposium is part of a
Canada-wide week-long celebration
ofthe 40th anniversary ofthe Gairdner
Foundation International Awards, one
of the most prestigious honours for
scientific discovery.
This gathering of some ofthe most
notable medical scientists of our time
fits in well with our celebration of the
faculty's anniversary," says Dean of
Medicine John Cairns. Their knowledge is exciting and relates to our own
contributions to biomedical science
here at UBC."
Six biomedical scientists will make
presentations at the symposium in
cluding Nobel laureate Donnall Thomas, credited with inventing the technique of bone marrow transplantation. Thomas is from the University of
Washington's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Other speakers are: Nobel laureate
Michael Bishop of the University of
California at San Francisco; Tony
Hunter, Salk Institute; Donald Metcalf
of the Royal Melbourne Hospital in
Australia: University of Chicago Prof.
Janet Rowley; and Randy Schekman
of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in California.
More than 600 high school students will attend the lectures. During
the lunch break groups of the students will join UBC researchers in
their labs to get a first-hand look at
discovery in action.
Started by Canadian businessman
James A. Gairdner in 1959, the
Gairdner Foundation has made awards
of $30,000 each to 251 international
scientists from a diversity of fields for
outstanding discoveries or contributions to medical science.
Fifty-one of those recipients have
won the Nobel Prize.
Nominations come from universities, hospitals and research institutions around the world.
For more information on the Celebration of Science symposium call
(604) 732-6071.
For more 50th anniversary
events, visit the Web site at
Researcher tracks
genetic roots of MS
It's no accident that Dessa Sadovnick
has spent a lifetime studying multiple
sclerosis (MS).
As a girl in Montreal, she had seen her
mother raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, organized fund-
raising events at her school and witnessed first-hand the devastating effect
ofthe illness on individuals and families.
They say writers should write about
what they know," says Sadovnick, a professor of Medical Genetics. "Well, I know
about MS so when the time came to do
my PhD, there was no doubt about what
to investigate."
Sadovnick completed her doctorate at
UBC in 1980 and started working as a
research associate with Neurology Prof.
Donald Paty, the director of multiple
sclerosis research programs, in 1980.
She joined the faculty in 1989.
After seeing so many families affected
with the disease Sadovnick was convinced of a genetic link. That conviction
resulted in the largest and most comprehensive database on family histories of
MS in the world.
In the early '80s looking for a genetic
component in MS was "an off the wall
idea" according to Sadovnick. The accepted theory was that the familial aspect of the disease was due to shared
environmental factors such as diet or
viral illness.
Sadovnick began a collaboration with
neurologist George Ebers at the University of Western Ontario and in 1993 they
launched a Canada-wide study to establish whether or not MS is linked to an
individual's genetic makeup.
Sadovnick and her team, working from
UBC's clinic, gathered histories from patients registered at MS clinics across the
country. More than 18,000 patients were
screened and incorporated into various
aspects of the collaborative study. More
than 3,500 histories came from UBC MS
clinic patients.
Clinical, genetic and epidemiological
factors were recorded including family
structure, ethnicity and family history of
diseases and viruses.
Using the information from this database, the genetic link in MS was conclusively proven in 1996. Sadovnick and
fellow researchers are continuing to build
the database.
Sadovnick's MS research is used by
scientists and physicians around the
world. She has travelled from Russia to
Brazil making presentations on the genetic origins of MS. She has also compiled a similar database on family histories of Alzheimer's disease.
Information from the MS database
helps doctors identify high-risk individuals and start monitoring the disease
even before symptoms begin.
There are an estimated 50,000 cases
of MS in Canada — a rate of 100 per
100,000 people. Primarily affecting individuals of Caucasian and northern European ancestry, the disease usually
strikes between ages 20 and 40 and
affects twice as many women as men.
MS causes the immune system to
damage myelin, the sheath of fat and
proteins that protects the nerves. Messages relayed through the nervous system get scrambled as a result and patients suffer loss of balance, muscle weakness, impaired speech, numbness, loss
of vision and extreme fatigue.
Treatment consists of drugs to reduce
the frequency and severity of attacks as
well as medications and therapy to help
the symptoms of the disease.
Prognosis is often difficult and many
patients experience intermittent symptoms that create a roller-coaster ride of
health and disability that is chaotic for
families to deal with.
There is no simple predictive test for
MS. Sadovnick emphasizes, but risk can
be evaluated with the help of genetic
counsellors. Sadovnick directs UBC's MSc
program in genetic counselling.
This is a disease that has implications for the whole family." says
Sadovnick. "It's satisfying to me as a
researcher that my work allows me to
deal directly with patients and bring that
clinical information to my studies. I know
these people — it's a real advantage over
investigation based solely on lab work."
Next steps in Sadovnick's research
include trying to identify the gene or
genes responsible and determining non-
genetic factors contributing to the disease. Once the genetic mechanism is
understood scientists can work towards
improved treatment and prevention.
"I have no thoughts of retiring." she
says. "I've been involved with this disease
since I was a child — it's close to my
Faculty of
Medicine facts
• UBC's medical school is the third largest among Canada's 16 schools of
medicine. It is the only medical school
in B.C.
• The Faculty of Medicine also includes
the only School of Rehabilitation Sciences in the province and the only
School of Audiology and Speech Sciences in Western Canada.
• Faculty researchers were awarded more
than $ 13 million in Canada Foundation
for Innovation funding in 1998/99.
• Fourth-year graduates of the school
ranked second among Canada's medical schools in the Canadian Medical
Council's final exams in 1998/99.
• In 1998/99 more than 6,500 students enrolled in various classes and
programs offered by the faculty.
• The faculty received more than $4
million in donations toward student
awards, research projects and various educational projects in 1998/99.
• Faculty researchers attract more than
$60 million in research funding annually.
• The medical school's outreach includes
continuing health professional education and linking faculty experts with
health-care practitioners in communities across B.C. A video-conferencing
facility expands the reach of the Continuing Medical Education program to
rural and remote parts of B.C.
• Faculty members are the recipients
of many awards for excellence in
teaching as well as numerous national and international research
awards. 8 UBC Reports • Sept. 16, 1999
Faculty of Medicine celebrates 50 years
Prescription for caring
Stories by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
Hilary Thomson photo
Third-year McMaster University medical student Jeremy Penner interviews
a client at the Downtown South Community Health Centre. In addition to
residents and undergraduates from UBC, clinical faculty at the centre
supervise students from across Canada who are interested in inner city
New curriculum aims to
deliver better health care
A little red schoolhouse it isn't.
So says Bill Webber when asked to
describe UBC's Faculty of Medicine.
"It's not about a single location with
students coming in one end and leaving
fouryears later with an MD," says Webber,
a professor of Anatomy and former dean
ofthe faculty. "We're teaching in hospital
residency programs, graduate research
labs, rural family practices and we have
a very busy continuing medical education arm as well."
The faculty began renewing its undergraduate curriculum in 1997.
Early clinical experience, integration
across and between clinical and basic sciences, and an emphasis on social responsibility are keyto the program which builds on
the success of the former curriculum.
Webber is one of more than 200 tutors
in the new curriculum, which replaces
the former first and second years for both
medical and dental students.
"It's a delight to have this kind of
contact with students," says Webber.
They are diverse, interesting and fun —
these are not one-dimensional people."
"We're not looking just for academic
excellence — we're trying to supply the
kind of doctors the public wants," says
Associate Dean, MD Undergraduate Program, Wes Schreiber. To succeed in the
new curriculum and as doctors, we need
students who are good communicators,
well-rounded and sensitive to the issues
surrounding health care today."
Problem-based learning that relies on
tutorials lies at the heart of the new pro
gram. Students play a central role in identifying learning issues and objectives and
in providing feedback about the design
and delivery of the program.
In addition to five or six lectures, the
new curriculum calls for three tutorials
per week related to that week's selected
case. The patient case, which can range
from normal pregnancy to pneumonia, is
used as a springboard for instruction on
every aspect ofthe problem from anatomy
to ethics. The students determine learning objectives.
"There was a daily incentive to research and present new, interesting and
understandable information to your
classmates for the next tutorial," says
Omar Nazif who has just completed the
first two years of the curriculum.
In addition to the learning blocks which
are organized around body organs and systems, three other courses are held weekly
throughout the two years.
In the Family Practice course students
attend at a general practitioner's office. The
Clinical Skills course puts students at teaching hospitals. The innovative Doctor, Patient and Society course looks at the
social, economic and ethical aspects of
medical practice. Topics range from end
of life issues to responsibility to colleagues.
A new third-year clerkship exposes
students to specialty areas such as Surgery and Pediatrics in one- to eight-week
intensive terms at hospitals, clinics and
doctors' offices.
The new curriculum will be fully implemented by fall 2001.
Seymour Street clinic
serves unmet needs
A speed bump on the way to life on the
Downtown Eastside — that's how Rob
Kolen describes the Downtown South Community Health Centre. The interdisciplinary resource serves 3,000 clients a year,
most of whom are struggling to overcome
health issues such as addictions, poverty,
mental illness or HIV/AIDS.
The problems and way of life aren't as
entrenched here as they are on the Downtown Eastside," says Kolen, who manages the free clinic located at the south
end of Vancouver's Seymour Street.
"These people have huge medical
needs," says Dr. Fraser Norrie, a clinical
instructor in UBC's Family Practice Dept.
who works part-time at the clinic. They
also may need food, shelter, advocacy or
counselling — these all have to be taken
care of if we're to help medically."
Norrie is one of five family practice
physicians working at the centre along
with nurse clinicians, community counsellors, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses
and alcohol and drug counsellors — 25
professionals in all. Two doctors, two
nurses and two community counsellors
are on shift at any one time.
The centre is a training site for family
practice residents who complete a one-
month rotation in their first year.
Undergraduate medical students from
UBC who are interested in treating
underserved populations also train at the
"Students and residents are an integral
part of the clinic," says Norrie.
Many of the clients are intravenous
drug users and the centre's needle exchange program distributes about 12,000
needles per month. There are about 2.5
million needles exchanged annually in all
of Vancouver's exchange programs.
The exchange program can serve as a
gateway to treatment, says Kolen.
"Most of our clients have multi-drug
addictions which are very difficult to
treat," he says." Our clients have a better
chance of recovery here than in a traditional medical setting, however. We can
literally walk them over to see someone
who can help. They don't get bounced
around the system."
The 360-square-metre clinic has examining rooms, lab space and group
meeting rooms. In addition to offering
medical and counselling attention six
days a week, it provides a youth program
each weekday evening and a drop-in program three nights a week for young male
street workers.
Another interdisciplinary project provides a clinic one day a week that focuses
on the health issues of gay, lesbian and
transgendered individuals.
There's an ambience here that is healing," says Family Practice Asst. Prof.
Stefan Grzybowski. "People who come
here often have trouble with behaviour
and boundaries but they act appropriately here — that's something special."
The interprofessional team at the centre is serving as a model to other clinics
that are getting started in Surrey and
"Our clients tell us we've made a positive impact on this neighbourhood," says
Kolen. That kind of feedback means a lot."
St. Paul's Hospital, the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver/Richmond Health
Board, the Ministry of Health and other
municipal and provincial agencies support the Downtown South Community
Health Centre.
Message from the Dean:
Partnerships key to
meeting challenges
Addressing the health concerns of
the next 50 years will require the collaboration, commitment and vision of
faculty, students, alumni
and  staff.  Environmental, social and economic
issues will continue to
challenge our ingenuity
and our conscience.
To be effective, we will
need to strengthen our consultative partnership with
the B.C. government, UBC,
the teaching and affiliated
hospitals, regional health
boards and citizens of the
province. And of course, our
vision depends on securing
the resources needed to
sustain our contributions.
Our new medical undergraduate curriculum has been carefully designed to meet the needs ofthe
21st-century physician, patient and
health-care system. In addition to preparing doctors for conventional city
practice, residency programs located
in smaller communities around the
province prepare doctors for practice
in remote and rural areas. Other residents train in disadvantaged communities such
as Vancouver's East End.
Fifty years of accomplishment would not
have been possible without strong support from
our donors, both individual and organizational . We could not have
been so successful without this endorsement of
our abilities.
Our goal of 50 years
ago is our goal today —
securing the future quality of B.C.'s health-care
system. The Faculty of
Medicine belongs to the citizens of B.C.
and we will focus first on their needs.
Dean John Cairns
Faculty of Medicine
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