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Volume 45, Number 12
July 8, 1999
Find UBC Reports on the Web at www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca
Community Sports photo
Honesty, perseverance and teamwork are among the principles instructors
at UBC Community Sports aim to inspire in the many children who sign up
for hockey school every summer. Co-ordinator Brent Berry says the
program uses sport as the vehicle for making each participant feel significant,
capable and respected. For information, call (604) 822-3688.
Hockey school builds
heroes on, off the ice
by Don Wells
Staff writer
The UBC hockey school instructors
are standing on elevated platforms, each
armed with tennis ball shooters, the kind
used by tennis instructors to simulate
As about 25 kids attempt to avoid
obstacles while completing team challenges in a maze constructed on the
cement floor ofthe Winter Sports Centre,
the instructors fire tennis balls at them.
The arena is dimly lit with whirling coloured lights, resembling the atmosphere
of the popular laser tag facilities.
The tennis balls don't hurt. The kids
are all wearing their protective hockey
equipment, but if a participant is hit, he
or she has- to return to the start of the
obstacle course. The kids are obviously
having a great time, but could this be
hockey school?
It is, and although the kids are given
top-notch instruction on skating, puck-
handling and shooting, the summer sport
camps offered by Athletics' Community
Sports Program focus to a greater degree
on developing skills which are far more
"It's simply about helping them to become better human beings," says program co-ordinator Brent Berry. "We use
sport as the vehicle for positive growth
experiences, starting with the principle
that each participant is a significant,
capable and respectful person."
The maze is one of five off-ice activities
the kids take part in during their week on
campus. It is designed to provide partici
pants with a sense of real-life adventure
in which each person can make a positive difference in a particular situation,
says Berry.
"It provides opportunities for each participant to be a hero by helping and cooperating with others."
A closer examination of the activity
reveals the rest of the principles which
guide the dedicated team of instructors.
It encourages honesty, because it is up
to the participants to voluntarily leave
when they are hit, as well as perseverance, because the game requires repeated
and sustained efforts to overcome the
It also promotes teamwork, as the
activity is set up so that no one person
can win it alone, but requires the whole
group working together, communicating
effectively and co-ordinating their efforts
towards a common goal.
In his 17 years as program coordinator, Berry has received hundreds
of written commendations from parents,
most crediting the hockey school for
making a profound impact on their children's lives that carries well beyond their
experience at UBC.
They talk about how their kids have
developed better technical skills, but more
importantly, they explain how their attitudes are more positive, that they have
learned to better control their behaviour,
to treat officials more respectfully, and to
be a team player and a good sport.
One letter in particular was perhaps
the greatest tribute to the program's direction and the quality of its instructors.
See CAMP Page 2
Brain research gets
$3.4 million funding
The Brain Research Centre has received $3.4 million in capital funding
from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).
The CFI contribution will be matched
by provincial and UBC contributions to
produce a $10.5-million fund for renovations and installation of major brain research facilities at the UBC Hospital site.
The university plays a key role in new
scientific advances and partnerships like
these further our efforts towards breakthroughs in medicine," says UBC vice-
president, Research, Bernie Bressler.
"With support like this, our scientists can
move forward towards new frontiers."
A joint initiative of UBC and the Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre, the Brain Research Centre aims to
increase understanding and improve
treatment of brain disorders.
The centre will target six main areas of
investigation, says centre director and Ophthalmology Prof. Max Cynader. It will conduct research into diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis, as
well as schizophrenia, stroke, neurotrauma/
spinal cord injury and vision.
"Neuroscience is poised for breakthroughs," says Dr. David McLean, vice-
president. Research at Vancouver Hospi
tai. "Our hope is that this centre will play
a unique role in treating and ultimately
curing these disorders which carry such
a high cost to individuals and society."
A second project that will be used by
scientists at the Brain Research Centre
and other researchers also received funding from CFI.
Capital funding of S3.4 million, also to
be matched, will go toward the establishment of a Medical and Biological Functional Imaging Centre to be located at the
UBC Hospital site. This project is a partnership among the university, Vancouver Hospital and B.C.'s Children's and
Women's Health Centre.
"CFI funding is the first and most
important step toward putting Vancouver at the forefront of functional imaging,"
says Imaging Centre project leader Alex
Mac Kay.
A professor of Radiology and Physics.
MacKay says new equipment including a
high field Magnetic Resonance Imaging
See BRAIN Page 2
Physicist wins one of
three national Killams
by Bruce Mason
Staff writer
Physics Prof. Walter
Hardy is one of three 1999
recipients of a 850,000
Killam Prize, one of Canada's most distinguished
annual awards. It is given
to Canadians in the natural sciences, health sciences and engineering by
the Canada Council for
the Arts.
"Walter Hardy has an
impressive   ability   to
probe the frontiers of scientific knowledge in his
field,"     says     Bernie
Bressler,   UBC's  vice-
president, Research. "The Killam Prize
is a most suitable recognition of his
pioneering contributions to research in
condensed matter physics."
Among Hardy's breakthroughs is the
nature of superconductivity in copper
oxides. These materials have wide-ranging applications in telephone and satellite communications, high-speed
computer elements, ultra-sensitive magnetic-
sensors and Magnetic
Resonance Imaging.
High temperature superconductors are exotic
materials that conduct
electricity with no energy
losses, at temperatures
that can be attained using
inexpensive liquid nitrogen.
Hardy and colleagues
at UBC, Physics Assoc.
Prof. Douglas Bonn, who
was awarded a $ 180,000 NSERC Steacie
Fellowship earlier this year, and Ruixing
Liang, a material scientist in UBC's Physics and Astronomy Dept.,  used their
See KILLAM Page 2
Lifelong Learning
Third Age participants keep coming back for more
Underground Observatory 5
Scientists see blasts of light in an observatory built in an Ontario mineshaft
Drug Deliverer 8
Gels, creams, bubbles...Prof. Helen Burt specializes in making drugs arrive 2 UBC Reports - July 8, 1999
Continued from Page 1
A terminally ill father called
in the spring to alert the Community Sports staff that by the
time his son showed up for
hockey school in a few weeks
time, he would be dealing with
his recent death. After the boy
returned home, his mother wrote
to thank the instructor for being
extra sensitive to her son's emotional state, unaware that the
instructor was never informed.
"We discussed that situation
and decided that no special treatment was warranted," says
Berry. "All of our instructors are
caring people, and so her son's
experience was no different than
any ofthe other kids. In the end,
I think it was the right call."
Throughout July and August,
approximately 5,000 kids will
spend a week each on campus,
enrolled in any one of 24 programs in 18 different sports and
six non-sport activities including cycling, fencing, sailing, adventure and soccer. Activities
are offered for children and
young adults aged four to 16.
They receive instruction from
a carefully selected and trained
staff of approximately 120 instructors, most of whom are UBC
students, including a handful of
varsity athletes and coaches.
As the world of professional
sports becomes increasingly
fraught with instances of inappropriate behaviour and criminal
charges. Berry believes that there
is an ever-increasing societal need
for positive, responsible and well-
rounded role models.
Continued from Page 1
superb samples to make the first
accurate measurements of the
depth to which microwaves penetrate a superconducting crystal.
This discovery is essential to future applications, and also helps
to show how electrons interact to
become superconductors.
Hardy is also the first recipient of the Brockhouse
Medal from the Canadian Association of Physicists for outstanding contributions to condensed  matter  physics.  The
medal honours Canadian scientist and UBC alumnus
Bertram Brockhouse, who was
awarded the 1994 Nobel Prize
in Physics. Hardy earned the
medal for his recent microwave
studies of high temperature superconductors.
Born in Vancouver, Hardy
earned BSc and PhD degrees at
UBC in 1961 and 1965. He has
received numerous major awards
and in 1980 was elected to the
Royal Society of Canada.
"After all," he says, "the world
isn't crying out for people who
can skate faster or kick a soccer
ball harder."
For more information about
the summer camps call
(604) 822-3688 or e-mail
fairplay@interchange.ubc. ca
Continued from Page 1
scanner will allow scientists to
watch the brain work. The new
scanner will be many times more
sensitive than the one now being
used at UBC Hospital.
The CFI was established by
the federal government in 1997
to address an urgent need for
new research infrastructure in
Canada's research community.
It has a capital budget of $ 1
billion and its investments are
made in partnership with all levels of government, as well as
with the private and voluntary
Political Science Assoc. Prof.
Kathryn Harrison earned degrees
in both Engineering and Political Science. She was incompletely identified in the story
"Arts, Engineering dual degree
breaks barriers" in the June 10,
1999 issue of UBC Reports.
Daily Media Summaries on the Web
National, regional and local media coverage of interest to the
UBC campus community. Find it at WWW.publicaffairs.ubc.ca
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Easy Rider for hire
A new enterprise on campus — Easy Rider — is designed to put you in the passenger's seat. Ken Butler (front
left), an employee at UBC Hospital, has purchased three pedi-cabs which he leases to students who want extra
cash and exercise. They will take you to your destination for a donation. Taking a break are fourth-year
Commerce students Lydia (left) and Linda Teh. At the handlebars (front right) is third-year Arts student Chris
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First class finds alternative route
to working in computing industry
by Andrew Poon
Staff writer
The first students in an innovative
Computer Science work-study program
at UBC are now busy gaining invaluable
work experience with companies in the
information technology industry.
The Alternative Routes to Computing
(ARC) program — developed with Simon
Fraser University and industry partners
— is a 24-month program which teaches
computer science to top university graduates with little or no computer experience
through alternating sessions of academic
courses and paid work terms.
The program accepted its first class of
29 students — 15 at UBC and 14 at SFU
— last September. After an intensive eight
months of classroom learning, the students are now applying what they have
learned to the workplace.
Third agers keep
on learning
by Dorianne Sager
Student intern.
Sing Tao School of Journalism
With summer vacation in full swing,
and the evidence of various graduation
parties swept into collective memory
banks, few graduates could imagine that
they might still be taking classes well
into their eighties. But, as students of the Third Age Spring
Lecture series might tell you,
learning doesn't stop once the
diploma has been framed.
"I'll be coming 'til I drop," says
participant Joyce Scholefield,
who has stored more than seven
decades of education and has
no intention of stopping now.
Brian Marshall, a retired civil
servant, shares Scholefield's enthusiasm. He has been coming
to Third Age lectures for the past seven
years, his favorite topic being literature.
"These lectures are things you didn't
have time for when you were an undergraduate," says Marshall. "That's the
beauty of this stuff— it's catching up."
The Third Age lectures are part of UBC
Continuing Studies' Third Age Society,
an umbrella organization that provides
university-level learning experiences for
those 55 years of age and older.
UBC Third Age
Spring Lectures
The program started in 1974 when
program director Norman Watt came up
with the idea for a series of lectures that
would make the most of the campus
facilities during the summer and give
seniors an opportunity to refresh themselves with novel ideas. This year the
program celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Courses are scheduled in the mornings and cover a range of topics in art, history, politics, literature, science and religion.
In the afternoon participants
often visit the Museum of Anthropology, tour the Botanical
Garden or swim at the Aquatic
More than 500 registrants
are attracted to the lecture
series each year, many of
whom are regulars.
Jim Saull, who will turn 86
in August, loves the ambience of university life. Saull is enjoying his first
course at UBC, Islamic Art and Architecture, and finds it fascinating.
"To be able to enjoy life at my age is
something special," he says.
While the spring lecture series has
recently finished, the Third Age Society
offers two other programs throughout
the year. For more information, call
Continuing Studies at (604) 822-1444.
"I was probably the least technical
person you could have imagined," says
student Linda Wong, previously a partner at a Vancouver law firm.
Before enrolling in the ARC program,
Wong says she didn't know what a Web
site address was and remembers being
embarrassed when a friend had to prompt
her to press the Enter key to input data
into a computer.
During her work term, she is doing
project management and technical writing for ISM-BC, a Vancouver-based firm
that provides information technology
outsourcing and support to companies
such as BCTEL.
"The ARC program is great for the work
experience," says Wong. "Especially for
older people who otherwise may not have
been given the chance to gain that experience on their own."
Classmate Ron Rabin agrees. Rabin,
an ex-college professor in music history,
decided to make the career change to
information technology and researched
a number of schools before he applied to
"It was the only program I could find
which allowed me to get the training and
a work term within such a short time in
an academic as opposed to a trade school
environment," he says.
Rabin is working as a technology analyst with IBM Pacific Development Centre
in Burnaby during his work term.
Science Dean Maria Klawe says the
ARC program has attracted an eclectic
group of students and appeals especially
to women interested in careers in the
information technology industry.
'There are very interesting people in
the program," says Klawe. "It's not your
standard group of undergraduate Science students."
Besides a lawyer and a former college
professor, there is an ESL teacher, students with doctorate degrees and even an
opera singer in the current ARC class.
Applications are now being accepted
for next year's class which starts in January 2000. The deadline is Aug. 1. For
information on the program and how to
apply, contact Sharan Kaur Sarang at
(604) 291-5889 or visit the Web site at
UBC Reports ■ July 8, 1999 3
extends B.C.
grants for
by Bruce Mason
Staff writer
A government plan to help cut debt
among post-secondary students is good
news on campus.
The partnership between Victoria and
the Canada Millennium Scholarship
Foundation (CMS) will extend grants to
B.C. students in their third and fourth
years of study.
Provincial and federal officials estimate that the student loan debt of about
13,000 post-secondary students in the
province will be cut by an average of
$7,200 under the new agreement.
"It is an outstanding initiative to put
millions of dollars back in to the system
and help students," says Ryan Marshall,
president of UBC's Alma Mater Society.
"The decision that 95 per cent of the
awards will be based on need is significant and welcome," says Carol Gibson.
UBC's director of Awards and Financial
Aid. "It reflects the fact that there has
been a great deal of discussion between
government and stakeholders, including financial aid administrators and students across the country."
The 10-year CMS program will provide $367 million for general awards in
B.C. based on financial need. This allows
foundation funding to be harmonized
with B.C.'s student grant system.
Typically about 30 per cent of UBC
students receive student loans of one
form or another, Gibson says. Not all are
B.C. student loans and the different individual arrangements provinces make
with CMS will affect those students.
B.C. currently spends about $55.9
million a year in grants for eligible students in the first and second year.
Under the new deal, the province will
provide an additional $11.1 million and
combine it with $36 million from the
Millennium Scholarship Fund for a total
grant package of $ 103.7 million in 1999-
B.C. students currently graduate from
a four-year post-secondary program with
an average debt load of $17,300. Provincial and federal officials say the new
grant program will cut that figure to
about $10,000. The grants average
$3,600 for students who qualify for assistance.
The maximum award for students
without dependents in B.C. is $8,840 for
an eight-month study period. Sixty per
cent of the award is made up of Canada
student loans, with the remainder being
either a B.C. grant or a CMS general
award, or a combination of the two.
UBC has an extensive bursary program to further help students on financial aid and an enhanced student aid
fund was created in 1991.
"Students themselves should receive
credit for one of UBC's programs," says
Gibson. "Ina 1997/98 AMS referendum,
it was agreed that a portion of tuition
fees would be paid into a student aid
Marshall points out that although the
agreement brightens the future for many
students, it will do nothing for those who
began to sink into debt during education
cuts in the mid-'90s.
'Too many are lost in limbo, facing
excessive debt at prime plus five per
cent," he says. "We will continue to lobby
government to do something to help them." 4 UBC Reports ■ July 8, 1999
July 11 through August 14
Sunday, July 11
Chan Centre Concert
A Hymn Festival. The U.S. and
Canada Hymn Society. Chan Cen-
tre at 7:30pm. Call 822-2697.
Monday, July 12
Biochemistry And Molecular
Biology Discussion Group
Oncogene-Mediated Signal
Transduction In Transgenic
Mouse Models Of Human Breast
Cancer. William Muller. The Institute for Molecular Biology and
Biotechnology, McMaster U.
Wesbrook 100 at 3:45pm. Refreshments at 3:30pm. Call 822-
Under The Green Roof
Public Lecture
Crucifixion As The Motherliness
Of Christ In The Theology Of
Julian Of Norwich. Prof. Kerry
Dearborn, Theology, Seattle Pacific U. Regent College Chapel
from 8-9:30pm. Call 224-3245.
Tuesday, July 13
VST Summer Lecture
Why Christianity Must Change
Or Die. Rt. Rev. John S. Spong,
Bishop of Newark. VST Epiphany
Chapel at 7:30pm. Bring cushion for comfort. By donation. E-
mail: gshaw@vst.edu or call Gin-
ger Shaw 822-9816.	
Wednesday, July 14
Under The Green Roof
Public Lecture
Whatever Happened to God The
Father. Prof. Gary Badcock, Dogmatic Theology, U of Edinburgh.
Regent College Chapel from 8-
9:30pm. Call 224-3245.	
Thursday, July 15
Board of Governors Meeting
Open Session Begins At 8am.
Fifteen tickets are available on a
first-come, first-served basis on
application to the Board Secretary at least 24 hrs before each
meeting. OAB Board and Senate
room.  Call 822-2127.
VST Summer Lecture
Building Community As A Response To Globalization.
Christopher Lind, St. Andrew's
College. VST Epiphany Chapel at
7:30pm. Bring cushion for comfort. By donation. E-mail:
gshaw@vst.edu or call Ginger
Shaw 822-9816.
Education Noted Scholars
New Formations Of Colonization
And New        Educational
Resistances...Lessons From Down
Under. Graham Hingangaroa
Smith. Scarfe 310 from 1:30-
2:30pm. Call 822-9136.
Saturday, July 17
Bike Mechanic Workshop
Comprehensive One-Day Bike
Mechanic Course. AMS Bike Coop mechanics. Bike Hub Portable (MacMillan southwest corner) from 10am-3pm. $20. Bring
your own bike and lunch. Call
Monday, July 19
Under The Green Roof
Public Lecture
How Can Christians Find Hope
In The Face Of Cultural Crisis?
Marva J. Dawn, theologian, author, lecturer. Regent College
Chapel from 8-9:30pm. Call 224-
Tuesday, July 20
Education Noted Scholars
The Cabal Of Globalization And
The Public Remains Of Education.
David Smith. International Centre
for Education and Society, U of
Alberta. Cecil Green Park House
Yorkeen Room from l-2pm. Call
822-1878; 822-9136.
VST Summer Lecture
The Rise Of World Christianity.
Lamin Sanneh, Yale U. VST
Epiphany Chapel at 7:30pm. Bring
cushion for comfort. By donation.
E-mail: gshaw@vst.edu or call Ginger Shaw 822-9816.
Green College Special
Limits On Insurance Underwriting: Private Justice Or Public
Good? Aditi Gowri, Lyndon Baines
Johnson School of Public Affairs,
U of Texas. Green College small
dining room at 5pm. Informal dis-
cussion to follow. Call 822-1878.
Wednesday, July 21
Under The Green Roof Public
Surprised By Joy: C.S. Lewis And
The Christian Discovery Of Hope.
Earl Palmer. Tenth Avenue Alliance Church. 11 W. 10th Ave.
from 8-9:30pm. Call 224-3245.
Thursday, July 22
Education Noted Scholars
Is Critical Thinking A Moral Obligation? Donald Hatcher. Scarfe
310 from 12noon-lpm. Call 822-
VST Summer Lecture
Consumer Culture and Commodity Fetishism: A Biblical Critique
Of Idolatry. Ched Myers, Urban
Theology. VST Epiphany Chapel
at 7:30pm. Bring cushion for comfort. By donation. E-mail:
gshaw@vst.edu or call Ginger Shaw
Monday, July 26
Under The Green Roof Public
Rebuilding The Ruins: Reformation And Renaissance In Christian
Education. Prof. Gene E. Veith,
English, Concordia U. Regent College Chapel from 8-9:30pm. Call
Wednesday, July 28
Under The Green Roof Public
Religious And Political Polarization And The Theology Of Reconciliation. Alan Torrance, Theology
and Religious Studies, King's College, U of London. Regent College
Chapel from 8-9:30pm. Call 224-
Thursday, July 29
Education Noted Scholars
Beyond The Reading Wars. Steven
Stahl. Scarfe 310 from 12noon-
lpm. Call 822-9136.
Thursday, Aug. 5
Obstetrics And Gynecology
Special Seminar
Blastocyst Invasion And The Maternal Endometrial Response. Dr.
Asgi Fazleabas, Physiology, U of
Illinois. B.C.'s Women's Hosp.
2N35 at 2pm. Call 875-3108.
Monday, Aug. 9
Intercultural Studies
Continuing Education
St. John's College from 9:30am-
5pm. Registration at 8:15am. Continues to Aug. 13. $645/course;
$1,195 two courses. E-mail:
or call 822-1437.
Centre For Teaching And
Academic Growth Workshop
Instructional Skills Workshop For
Graduate Students. TAG Seminar
Room from 8:30am-5pm. To register call 822-6827.
Next deadline:
noon, Aug. 3
Wednesday, Aug. 11
Continuing Education
Advanced System Identification
And Process Control. Erza Kwok.
ChemEng 18 from 8:30am-3pm.
Continues to Aug. 13. $1,300;
$450 student. Includes lunch.
Call 822-1884.
Museum Of Anthropology
Summer Camp
Stories, Printmaking, Scavenger
Hunt, And Tour. MOA from 10am-
3pm. $8/child (limited subsidies
available). Continues to Aug. 6.
Call Manuela Niemetscheck 822-
Art Exhibits
Rodney Graham: Vexation Island: i
Golden Boys: Naturalism And Artifice In Homoerotic Photography,
1870-1970; N.E. Thing Co.: Sixteen Hundred Miles North Of
Denver. Morris and Helen Belkin
Art Gallery from 12noon-5pm.
Continues to Aug. 15. Closed Mondays; Tues-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat./
Sun. 12noon-5pm. www.belkin-
gallery.ubc.ca or call 822-2759.
Parents With Toddlers
Did you know your child is a word-
learning expert? We arc looking
for children (one-five years old)
and their parent(s) to participate
in language studies in the Psychology Dept. at UBC. Duringyour
visit, you will remain with your
child at all times. You and your
child, and a trained researcher
will play a word guessing game
using puppets and toys, or pictures. As you might imagine, children find these word games a lot of
fun!! If you (or someone you know)
might be interested in bringing
your child for a 30-minute visit to
our research playroom, please
contact Kelley at Dr. Geoffrey Hall's
Language Development Centre
Participants Needed
For a study on public input in
decision-making for environmental policies, conducted by Eco-Risk
Research Unit, at UBC during July
and August. Participants are asked
toattend a 1.5-hourworking group
discussion and will be paid $25 in
cash at the end of the session. If
interested, please call 822-0551.
Bike Care Clinic
Learn a different skill each week
on our purple and yellow bikes.
Free weekly bike repair training
every Wednesday evening at the
Bike Kitchen with Jason Addy,
master bike mechanic. SUB loading dock, room 41 from 6-7pm.
Call 822-4566.
Pediatric Eczema Study
Requires children three months to
15 years of age. Must have a current flare of eczema. Must be able
to attend visits over 52 weeks.
Honorarium to be paid at completion of study. Call Sherry, Dermatology 875-5296.
Adult Eczema Study
Requires persons 18 and over with
a present flare of eczema on both
arms. Must be able to attend six
visits over a one month period. Lab
tests required. Call Sherry, Dermatology 875-5296.
Cystic Acne Study
Requires persons 16 years and
older. Must have three acne cysts
larger than 5mm in size on their
face. No accutane within six
months, no antibiotics within ten
days. Lab tests required. Call
Sherry, Dermatology 875-5296.
UBC Campus Tours
Free and fun tours leaving from
the SUB concourse daily at 10am
and 2pm, or call to book your own
tour. Krishna Osborne and Kevin
Neilson are your tour guides. Call
822-TOUR (8687).
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 paid. Please call The
Hearing Lab, 822-9474.
Research Study
Requires volunteers (18-40 years)
with a recent fracture ofthe tibia.
We are assessing inflammation in
the weakened muscles and muscle
fatigue before beginning physiotherapy or full weight-bearing, and
again after beginning treatment.
An honorarium is offered. For more
information please call 822-0799.
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
Museum Of Anthropology
Objects Of Intrigue. Continues to
Dec. 31. Nunavutmiutanik
Elisasiniq: A Tribute To The Peoples Of Nunavut; A Break In The
Ice: Inuit Prints From The Linda J.
Lemmens Collection. Continues to
Sept. 6. Attributed to Edenshaw:
Identifying The Hand Of The Artist. Continues to Feb. 13. Free to
UBC students, staff, faculty. Web
site: http://www.moa.ubc.ca or
call 822-5087 or 822-5950.
Gardens Open
The Nitobe Memorial Garden,
UBC Botanical Garden and Shop
in the Garden will be open until
October 11 (inclusive) from 10am-
6pm daily (including weekends).
For the gardens call 822-9666
and the Shop 822-4529.
Vancouver (European)
Handball Team
Is looking for players at all levels.
We meet Fridays from 8- 10pm at
the Osborne Gym. For more information, visit our Web site:
bc.hypermart.net or call 822-
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 269-9986.
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.
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.
Research Study
I am a grad student looking for
families with an autistic child(ren)
to answer a questionnaire regarding the effects of raising autistic children. The child must be
seven years old or younger. Please
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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 PubllcAffairs Office, 310-6251 Cecil Green
Park Road, Vancouver B.C., V6T1Z1. Phone: UBC-INFO
(822-4636). Fax: 822-2684. An electronic form is available at http://wvw.pubttcaffaffs.ubc.ca. Please limit to
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may be limited due to space.
Deadline for the Aug. 12 issue of UBC Reports —
which covers the period Aug. 15 to Sept. 4 — is noon,
Aug; 3. UBC Reports ■ July 8, 1999 5
Bob Chambers photo
Located 2,000 metres below the surface ofthe Earth, the Sudbury Neutrino
Observatory consists of an acrylic plastic vessel 12 metres in diameter filled
with heavy water. The vessel is surrounded by a geodesic sphere that holds
panels of nearly 10,000 light sensors and reflectors. Neutrinos interacting
in the heavy water give a tiny light signal which is detected by the sensors.
UBC scientists were part of the international team that helped design and
build the observatory and among the first to see the light created when
neutrinos interact.
Scientists spot elusive
neutrinos in Sudbury
by Bruce Mason
Staff writer
UBC scientists are among the first to
see the light created when neutrinos, the
elusive but most common particles in the
universe, interact in 1,000 tonnes of heavy
The breakthrough made at the Sudbury
Neutrino Observatory (SNO) is the result
of an international collaboration of nearly
100 scientists from 11 universities and
laboratories including the University of
British Columbia/TRIUMF group.
The results will help answer questions
about the nature of matter on the smallest scale, as well as provide insights into
the structure of the stars and the universe as a whole.
"Neutrinos are at least as common as the
particles of light, but some of their basic
properties, like their mass, aren't known for
certain," says group member Chris Waltham,
an associate professor of Physics. This is
because neutrinos are not at all easy to study
as they interact rarely with other matter and
so are very difficult to see."
UBC and TRIUMF personnel have been
working on SNO since 1988, says TRIUMF
research scientist Rich Helmer.
"To see neutrinos at last is a vindication
of all these years of computer simulation
and design, followed by detector construction and commissioning," he says.
Located 2,000 metres underground in
a nickel mine in Sudbury, Ont., SNO is
shielded from cosmic rays and other
sources of unwanted "background."
It is designed to detect neutrinos
from sources beyond the Earth, in particular from the sun, which bathes
each square centimetre of the Earth's
surface with billions of neutrinos a
SNO has been built to help resolve
some of the mysteries that continue to
surround neutrinos, in particular the
puzzle of why previous experiments do
not detect as many neutrinos from the
sun as expected.
Among its first images are stunning
examples of the pools of light formed by
the interactions of neutrinos that began
life in the sun or in the atmosphere on
the opposite side ofthe Earth.
"This is tremendously exciting," says
SNO director Prof. Art McDonald of Ontario's Queen's University. "It is 15 years
since the start ofthe SNO project, and to
see such clear examples of neutrino interactions within days of finally turning
on the full detector was a real triumph
for the entire SNO team."
To learn more about SNO,
visit its official Web site at
www.sno.phy.queensu.ca. Assoc. Prof.
Chris Waltham's site is at
Did you know?
■ The sun, and all other stars, produce
neutrinos copiously due to nuclear
fusion and decay processes within
the core.
■ The sun produces over two hundred
trillion trillion trillion neutrinos every
second, and a supernova blast can
unleash 1,000 times more neutrinos
than our sun will produce in its 10-
blllion year lifetime.
Billions of neutrinos stream through
your body every second.
The neutrino was proposed by
Wolfgang Pauli in 1930, but it would
be 26 years before the neutrino was
actually detected.
Team to evaluate deaf,
hard-of-hearing service
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
Imagine your child has been hit by a
car. The doctor finally enters the emergency waiting room with news of her
condition. Now imagine you can't hear
what the doctor is saying.
For deaf and hard of hearing persons
in B.C. this may have been a typical
scenario until last October when the Supreme Court of Canada guaranteed access to free confidential medical interpreting services.
UBC's Institute for Hearing Accessibility Research (IHEAR) and a research team
comprising students and faculty have
been selected to evaluate B.C.'s program,
called the Medical Interpreting Service
This is an exciting project for us because it is community-based and deals
with a landmark innovation." says Assoc.
Prof. Kathleen Pichora-Fuller, IHEAR's
director and head of the research team.
"We expect a number of research questions will flow from the evaluation. We
also hope to contribute to the design of
curricula for students in the health and
human services programs at UBC who
might  work with
deaf and  hard  of
hearing people."
Launched by the
Ministry of Health
as a one-year pilot,
the MIS is the first
provincially funded
program of its kind
in Canada. Twenty-
four part-time interpreters responded to almost
300  requests   for      	
service  across  B.C.   in  the  first  three
months of the program.
Before the launch of the MIS program,
most deaf and some hard of hearing persons relied on family members or hastily
written notes to convey medical details.
The court's decision demonstrates
that communication is considered to be a
right, not a frill." says Pichora-Fuller.
The Western Institute for the Deaf
and Hard of Hearing (WIDHH), which
administers the program, estimates one
out of 10 people in B.C. — 490,000 — are
hard of hearing or deaf. About 5,000
individuals would benefit from sign language interpreters.
Researchers will look at MIS from the
perspective of a variety of stakeholders:
deaf and hard of hearing persons, healthcare providers, interpreters and staff at
MIS and hospital diversity offices.
"IHEAR is able to provide a multi-
disciplinary approach to this project,"
says Marilyn Dahl, executive director of
The court's decision
demonstrates that
communication is
considered to be a right,
not a frill."
Assoc. Prof. Kathleen
WIDHH. "The interaction between academics and consumers is key to a comprehensive assessment."
The team aims to find out if MIS users
gain a better understanding ofthe immediate health problem. They will also look
at the long-term effect of being able to
communicate on health issues and
whether it encourages deaf and hard of
hearing persons to use health services.
Research team member Janet Jamieson
will consult the consumers of MIS. including deaf and hard of hearing persons and.
where applicable, their caregivers.
Jamieson, an associate professor in
Educational and Counselling Psychology
and Special Education, is fluent in a
number of forms of visual language communication.
The evaluation will use questionnaires,
focus groups, personal interviews and a
telephone hotline which is both voice and
TTY-activated to gather information from
patients and caregivers. TTY is a
telephone device for the deaf that enables
communication in print format.
"We worked closely with members of
the deaf community to develop evaluation
tools that are fully accessible to all deaf,
deaf-blind and hard of hearing persons."
says Jamieson.
iMBBHHHHM^^^H Ruth  Warick.   a
doctoral student in
the Faculty of Education, will evaluate
MIS from the perspective of about 50
Warick, who is
hard of hearing, will
address issues such
as interpreting in
confidential medical
     situations  and   the
technical demands of translating medical terminology into sign language.
Training issues will also be explored. A
new program to train medical interpreters has been set up at Douglas College.
Asst. Prof. Bill McKellin. a medical
anthropologist, will look at the social and
cultural connections between deaf and
hard of hearing patients and the medical
culture of hearing staff in health-care
Glynnis Tidball. a recent graduate of
the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences will co-ordinate the evaluation
project. Anne Marie Roberts, an Arts
undergraduate student. Special Education doctoral student Brenda Poon and
Anthropology master's student Tracy-
Anne Northey are the team's research
IHEAR was established in 1994 as an
interdisciplinary centre for research,
training, and service in the area of hearing accessibility.
Graduates leave
gifts behind
UBC graduating students raised more
than $30,000 from their peers and
handpicked 16 legacy gifts for the benefit of future students in the eighth
annual Class Act campaign.
This year saw 100 per cent participation in five Class Act campaigns, including the School of Family and Nutritional
Sciences, Landscape Architecture program, the Commerce and Business Administration's MBA program, the Faculty of Medicine and the School of Rehabilitation Sciences.
Gifts include an endowment to bring
speakers to the Faculty of Arts, computer equipment for students in the Fac
ulty of Applied Science, and financial
support for students participating in
the Faculty of Medicine's rural summer
placement program.
Since 1992, graduating students have
organized a fund-raising campaign to
purchase useful items for their faculties, schools and departments. The campaign is part of UBC's Annual Fund.
The money raised by the graduates is matched by their deans. The
funds are matched again by the Vice-
President. Academic, if there is 100
per cent participation among graduates in their faculties, schools or
programs. 6 UBC Reports ■ July 8, 1999
News Digest
Last month's Clean Air Day saw a striking 44 per cent reduction
in single occupancy vehicle rates. Forty-two different areas and
departments across campus joined in, with double the participation
rate of last year.
The Faculty of Dentistry won prizes for the greatest decrease in
single occupant car travel, while the AMS Bicycle Co-op and Faculty
of Commerce and Business Administration won for the greatest
increase in bike travel to the campus. Other participating departments received gift certificates, hats and bus coupons for their
efforts at setting a green example.
Clean Air Day is sponsored by the UBC TREK Program Centre.
Headed by Gordon Lovegrove, a UBC alumnus with more than 15
years of experience in transportation planning and engineering, the
mandate of the TREK centre is to reduce single occupant vehicle
trips and increase transit ridership to the campus by 20 per cent.
UBC's Alumni Association has been awarded the 1999 Prix
D'Excellence silver award from the Canadian Council for the
Advancement of Education (CCAE). The award was given in the
category Best New Idea: Creativity on a Shoestring for the 1998
volunteer recognition event. Volunteers are Blooming.
A commemorative garden was established at Cecil Green Park to
recognize the more than 100,000 hours that volunteers give to UBC
every year. A budget of less than $500 provided the garden, a
recognition tea for volunteers and a small plant for each volunteer.
The project was so successful it has become an annual event for
the Alumni Association, a non-profit society governed by volunteers.
CASE is an international organization providing education professionals in alumni relations, communications and fund raising
with essential tools to advance their institution.
UBC's Public Affairs Office has received a silver award from the
Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) for
UBC Annual Report 97/98. The award recognizes outstanding
achievement in communicating UBC's accountability to its community and constituencies.
The publication was UBC's first-ever annual report, highlighting
both the achievements of UBC students, faculty, staff and alumni
and goals for the future.
The report also received a Blue Wave Award of Merit from the
International Association of Business Communicators of British
Columbia and a bronze medal from the Council for Advancement
and Support of Education (CASE).
Summer stock theatre returns to UBC this summer with shows
starting July 17 and running through to Aug. 14 at the Frederic
Wood Theatre. UBC Theatre, Film and Creative Writing students
produce, write and star in the productions. The series is a springboard for the popular Vancouver Fringe Festival with many of the
shows appearing at the festival in September. Tickets range from $5
to $10 and are available at the door. For play times, please call (604)
The Conway Summer Travel Scholarship was recently established. Made possible by History Prof. Emeritus John Conway, the
scholarship allows a student in History and International Relations
to spend time in Germany.
Recipients are encouraged to visit historical sites, talk to German
historians, learn the language and familiarize themselves with the
culture while they are overseas.
Master's student Charlote Schallie is the first to receive the
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accommodation for guest lecturers
or other university members who
visit throughout the year. Close to
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Five suites available for
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Guests dine with residents and
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BAMBURY   LANE      Bed   and
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Min. to UBC, shops and city. Daily,
weekly and winter rates. Call or
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Centrally located near SUB,
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per night. Call 822-1010.	
6th. Heritage house, antiques,
wood floors, original stained
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restaurants, buses. Scrumptious
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Views. Phones in rooms. E-mail:
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Walk to UBC along the ocean.
Quiet exclusive neighborhood.
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Comfortable rooms with TV and
private bath. Full breakfast.
Reasonable rates. Non-smokers
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on main bus routes. Includes
television, private phone and
bathroom. Weekly reduced
rates. Call 737-2687. Fax 737-2586.
ROOMS Private rooms, located
on campus, available for visitors
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double beds, telephone,
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days per week. Competitive
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ALMA BEACH B&B Beautiful,
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CASA MORA furnished, fully-
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Two blocks to cross-town
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Secluded, fully furnished cottage
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Bruce Mason photo
Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services' personnel reassure one of the many "casualties" in
UBC's emergency scenario, "Operation T-Bird," which took place recently. More than 100
volunteers from both on and off campus — including 25 students from University Hill
Secondary School — took part in the annual event, which is designed to test and revise the
university's emergency response procedures.
Students trapped in SERF
for emergency practice
For 25 students from University Hill Secondary School the
June morning was filled with
cries for help from inside collapsed debris, search and rescue dog teams, and TV cameras.
It ended on stretchers in ambulances, on the way to hospital.
At 7:30 a.m. the young acting
students had been tearing their
clothes and smearing on fake blood
at UBC's Surplus Equipment Recycling Facility (SERF). By noon
they were being congratulated,
along with about 75 other players.
"Six months of intensive planning resulted in a great success," says Paul Wong, UBC's
personal security co-ordinator
and chair of the emergency scenario committee.
Developed and facilitated by
UBC's Dept. of Health, Safety and
Environment, UBC's annual emergency scenario brings together first
responders, external agencies and
on-campus departments to test and
revise the university's emergency
response procedures. The 1999
edition, "Operation T-Bird," was a
staged partial collapse of SERF.
Wong says it achieved the objec
tives of assessing and improving
interagency communication and
incident command at UBC and
integrating the university's services with those of first responders.
"We also wanted to meet players from other organizations,
learn, and have fun," he adds.
This year's scenario included
more than 100 volunteers and
emergency responders, includ
ing individuals from Campus Security, SERF, the President's
Office and Public Affairs.
Other outside agencies included B.C. Ambulance Service,
the Salvation Army Mobile Feeding Unit, the university detachment ofthe RCMP, Urban Search
and Rescue, Vancouver Fire and
Rescue Services, and Vancouver
Hospital (UBC Site).
Eco-criticism drives
group's local study
A dozen graduate students
from English, Geography and the
Faculty of Education recently
completed UBC's first-ever course
in the newly emerging field of eco-
criticism. The course focused on
an interdisciplinary study of the
relationship between literature
and the physical environment.
Organized by English Prof.
Laurie Ricou in response to students' requests, the course em-
Alumni Association
names new board
UBC's Alumni Association
has announced the members of
its board of directors for the
coming year. The board is
elected by alumni.
Joining ex-offlcio board officers
UBC President Martha Piper and
UBC Chancellor William Sauder
are three executive members:
Alumni Association President
Linda Thorstad, vice-president of
Corporate Relations at Viceroy
Resources Corp. and a member of
UBC's Board of Governors; Senior
Vice-president Gregory Clark, of
the law firm Bough ton, Peterson,
Yang and Anderson; and treasurer Thomas Hasker of Merrill
Lynch Canada.
Members-at-large for 1998/
2000 are Jean Forrest and Thomas Hobley. Members-at-large
for 1999/2001 are Peter Ladner,
Don Wells and new member
Edward John.
Other new members are Alma
Mater Society President Ryan
Marshall; Senate representative
Ed Greathed; Rodney Cottrell; and
UBC librarian Heather Keate.
Members who have been appointed to the board are Laurie
Baggio, Byron Hender, executive co-ordinator in the Office of
the Vice-President, Students,
and Louanne Twaites.
Alumni Association Executive Director Agnes Papke also
sits on the board of directors as
an ex-offieio officer.
phasized the discussion and
analysis of a collection of essays
in The Eco-Criticism Reader. The
course also included an examination of some aspect of the
immediate environment.
The students created a Web site
on the environmental history of
Graham's Gully, the path leading
to Tower Beach east of Green College, commonly known as Trail 3.
'The students felt a Web site
was the way to connect what
they were doing in an academic
setting with the community itself," Ricou says.
The students combined history and scientific information
with personal reaction and expressed their discoveries through
poetry, prose and photography.
"I think some of the discussions were the most animated
I've ever seen," says Kina
Cavicchioli, one of the students
who took the course.
Ricou says the Trail 3 Web
site will be expanded as the public contributes to it, and as future eco-criticism courses
'The students have created
something special here that provides an intersection between
environmental studies and the
traditional concerns of the humanities." says Ricou.
The Web site can be found at
by staff writers
Prof. Alan Tully has been appointed dean of Arts pro
tern, effective Aug. 1. The former head of History,
Tully was previously associate dean of Arts, External
"It is an exciting time for the faculty which is moving in
new directions," says Tully.
In the coming year the faculty will be developing existing initiatives such as extending co-operative education,
preparing for the introduction of the new social sciences/
humanities based Foundations Program, and implementing the recently adopted Arts academic plan.
Arts is UBC's largest faculty with an enrolment of more
than 9,000 undergraduate and 1.000 graduate students.
The search for a permanent dean of Arts is underway.
Former dean of Arts Shirley Neuman resigned earlier this
year to accept a position as dean of the College of Literature. Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan.
y ■\/\
Language Education Assoc.
Prof. Patricia Duff has
been chosen a National
Academy of Education/Spencer
Post-Doctoral Fellow.
Duff was among 33 fellows
chosen from more than 200
outstanding scholars in education. Her research will examine
language use in high school
social studies classes with large
numbers of ESL students.
The National Academy of
Education is an honorary
education society. The fellowships are intended to enhance
the future of research in education by developing new talent
in the many branches of education in the U.S.. Canada and
Zoology Prof. Dolph Schluter was recently elected a
fellow of the Royal Society of London.
Schluter's research has revealed the environmental
conditions promoting both the origin of new species and
their ecological divergence.
Currently a scholar in residence at the Peter Wall
Institute of Advanced Studies, his numerous academic
distinctions include an E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship
in 1993 and the Faculty of Science's Charles A. McDowell
Award for Excellence in Research in 1995.
Founded in 1660, the Royal Society is the independent
scientific academy of the United Kingdom and is dedicated
to promoting excellence in science. A maximum of 40 new
fellows may be elected annually.
Freda Pagani has received a Minister's Environmental
Award from the provincial Ministry of Environment,
Lands and Parks in the category of environmental
As the director, Sustainability. for Land and Building
Services at UBC, Pagani co-ordinates academic and
operational initiatives to fulfil the university's sustainable
development policy. The policy includes reducing material
and energy consumption and increasing ecological literacy
among faculty, staff and students.
Among Pagani's significant accomplishments was
spearheading the design and construction ofthe CK. Choi
Building, which has won numerous awards for environmental innovation.
Joseph Jones. Humanities
and Social Sciences
reference librarian at
Koerner Library, has been
awarded a National Endowment
for the Humanities grant for the
third time.
Jones will join literature and
religious studies professors at
Yale University for a summer
seminar on literary critical
approaches to biblical narratives
entitled The Twentieth Century
Bible: Death and Return ofthe
Jones 8 UBC Reports ■ July 8, 1999
On target
Prof. Helen Burt's innovations deliver drugs where the body
needs them
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
Helen Burt's first love was always
chemistry but a school tour of a
hospital dispensary produced a
change of heart and a lifelong passion
for pharmacy.
"I thought I'd died and gone to
heaven," says Burt, a professor in the
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
The trip proved to be a turning
point. It inspired a 20-year academic
career and an impressive record of
research accomplishments.
After completing a Pharmacy undergraduate degree in England, Burt
emigrated from Manchester to Canada
to do her doctorate at UBC.
A faculty member since 1980, Burt's
research specialty is drug delivery
systems. Her expertise was recently
recognized with the first Angiotech
Professorship for Drug Delivery.
"Research into drug delivery looks
for the most efficient way to get therapeutic agents to their target sites in the
body," says Burt.
Gels, creams, tablets, patches and
implants are examples of drug delivery
Her interest in drug delivery started
with her PhD thesis in pharmaceutics
— the study of the physical properties
of drugs and delivery systems and their
introduction into the body. She also
studied biopharma-ceutics. looking at
how drugs are absorbed into the body
and how fast they are excreted.
Creating drug delivery systems for
paclitaxel, the active ingredient in the
widely used anti-cancer drug. Taxol®
has been a focus for Burt since 1993
when she started collaborating with
Angiotech Pharmaceuticals Inc. In
1996, she worked part-time with
Angiotech as director of Research.
"There is enormous potential to be
realized in biomaterials such as
paclitaxel — they form the matrix in
which drugs are incorporated into the
body. My dream is to build a biomaterials and drug delivery group in
the faculty or between disciplines at
UBC," says Burt. "The professorship
will help us build those programs."
Paclitaxel is a compound derived
from the Pacific Yew tree. Angiotech
researchers discovered that it is a
potent inhibitor of several important
aspects of chronic inflammation,
including cell reproduction and corresponding growth of blood vessels.
"Helen is a wonderfully innovative
scientist," says Angiotech's Chair and
CEO Dr. William Hunter. "We just told
her what we wanted and somehow she
and her research team made that a
Hunter, who obtained a medical
degree from UBC, saw potential applications for paclitaxel in diseases where
the body mounts an immune response
against itself that involves new blood
vessel growth. These include rheuma-
Hilary Thomson photo
Pharmaceutical Sciences Prof. Helen Burt has helped develop ways for
compounds derived from the yew tree to be used to treat arthritis, multiple
sclerosis and psoriasis. Her research helps reduce side effects and improve
drug effectiveness.
toid arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS)
and psoriasis.
The obstacle was finding a way to
get the drug, which is not soluble in
water, absorbed and distributed in the
In cancer treatment paclitaxel is
formulated in an oily type of vehicle
that causes allergic reactions in
many patients. That made it inappropriate for treatment of patients with
immune diseases.
That's where Burt's expertise in drug
delivery was needed.
"I could see the potential for
paclitaxel right away," says Burt.
There were some technical obstacles in
creating the formulations though — we
had nothing to guide us."
She devised a molecular bubble
made of polymer, or biodegradable
plastic, to contain the drug. The
bubbles, known as micelles, have an
oil-like interior which absorbs the drug
and acts as a carrier but does not
cause allergic reactions.
Paclitaxel's water solubility was
increased 5.000 times as a result of
this technology, opening the door to
numerous applications.
Burt and Hunter applied for their
first grant to develop the new drug
delivery system in early 1993. By the
end of 1994, the research had been so
successful Burt's lab had expanded
from one technician to 10 researchers,
with Angiotech supplying $250,000 to
$300,000 per year to support the work.
Last year Angiotech began clinical
trials using the drug delivery system to
treat MS and rheumatoid arthritis.
A debilitating, chronic inflammatory disease, rheumatoid arthritis affects one to two per cent of
the world's population. The condition
causes pain, swelling and destruction
of multiple joints in the body and can
result in damage to lungs and kidneys.
Paclitaxel may reduce symptoms of
joint inflammation, bone erosion and
The same bubble technology is
being tested in the treatment of MS.
Also a chronic inflammatory disease,
MS debilitates the neurological
system and results in loss of balance,
strength and vision. It affects 50,000
"It still amazes me that we have
moved from the prototype phase to
testing the applications on patients in
only four years," says Burt.
She has also developed another drug
delivery technology in collaboration
with Angiotech, a coated stent that aids
in the treatment of vascular disease.
The cylindrical coated wire device is the
company's best-known product.
Surgeons often use angioplasty to
correct blockage of blood vessels. The
procedure dilates the vessel using a
balloon-tipped catheter. The deposits
causing the blockage are pushed back
against the walls of the vessel and a
stent is sometimes inserted into the
blood vessel to support the walls and
hold it open.
Angioplasty and stents damage
vessels, however, and can trigger a
wound healing response that results in
an overgrowth of tissue that narrows
the vessel again. The process is known
as restenosis.
Burt developed a method of coating
stents with paclitaxel to inhibit the
regrowth of blood vessels and tissue.
Clinical trials for the coated stents
are expected to begin this year and the
first coated stents could be on the
market by 2001. according to Hunter.
"In 1981, I could teach the new field
of drug delivery systems based on
biomaterials in about three lectures,"
says Burt. "Now a whole year wouldn't
cover it — pharmaceutics has taken off
like a rocket."
Potent new drugs that need to be
delivered directly to the disease
site to reduce side effects and
consumer demand for controlled
release products are factors that have
contributed to the expansion of pharmaceutics says Burt.
Despite the exciting growth in her
field, Burt says most undergraduate
students find the subject difficult and
One of 10 UBC faculty members who
hold a certificate of teaching in higher
education, Burt is determined to help
her students learn pharmaceutics.
"I turn myself inside out to bring
in clinical problems from real life to
keep the lectures interesting," says
Burt. "I also create 'buzz groups' and
ask the students to work with the
people sitting around them to solve a
Burt is also challenged and rewarded by the responsibility of supervising graduate students.
"It's deeply satisfying to see someone
grow from being highly dependent on
your knowledge to become an independent scientist. Seeing them surpass
your own knowledge — that's a mark of
Angiotech Pharmaceuticals Inc.,
started in 1992, is a Canadian pharmacy company that develops and
commercializes new treatment for
chronic inflammatory diseases.
The drug delivery technology is
licensed to Angiotech through UBC's
Industry Liaison Office.


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