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The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C
Vofcime 35, Number 10    May 18,WW
Streamline paper flow
Parking tag goes high tech
The lowly parking ticket is going
high tech at UBC.
Handwritten citations are being replaced by printed tickets generated by a
portable, hand-held mini-computer that
weighs less than two pounds.
UBC is the first university in Canada
to use this leading-edge technology,
said John Smithman, director of UBC's
Parking and Security Services.
"I'm getting phone calls from across
Canada," he said. "People are interested in how we are doing with this."
Between 40,000 and 50,000 tickets
ranging from $ 10 to $25 are issued on
campus each year, Smithman said, adding that they are a gentler form of persuading offenders to follow the rules
than towing.
"Every time a ticket is written, it's
an opportunity for communication, not
(Jrtry with the driver of the car you're
ticketing, but with drivers of other cars
in the area," he said.
"They're not important as a source
of revenue. We get more revenue from
selling and renting parking space than
writing tickets."
Parking officers will now issue citations to offenders by entering information into the mini-computer on a pressure-sensitive keypad.
The ticket writers are programmed
to ask for such information as licence
plate numbers, province of origin and
car models. Once that is done, the
computer spits out a ticket the size of a
John Smithman (left), director, Parking and Security Services, watches Patrolman
Stan Romanowski issue a parking ticket using a new, computerized ticket writer.
grocery receipt which can be tucked onto
the windshield, along with an addressed
The officer will also be able to see
whether there are outstanding violations,
or if the car is on a "hot list'' of campus
offenders. This information is stored in
the main computer database and loaded
into the ticket writer before staff go out on
their shifts.
Smithman said the new system will
streamline the paper flow and improve
customer service.
' 'With a computer database, we can
put in all ticket information, read it and
analyze the data very easily," he said.-
The seven ticket writers go into operation May 23.
But, it's not the final word in campus parking technology, Smithman
What's next? Programmable parking meters.
Medicinal use of plants
Thai princess guest lecturer
UBC played host last week to a Thai
princess who has earned international
renown as an organic chemist.
Professor Dr. Her Royal Highness
Princess Chulabhom Mahidol — her official title - lectured at Woodward IRC and
attended a private luncheon during her
visit to campus.
The princess was on her way to officiate at the opening of the Fourth World
Congress on the Conservation of the Built
and Natural Environments, to be held
May 23-27 at the University of Toronto.
The congress is organized by Heritage
Trust, a British charitable institution of
which Princess Chulabhom is honorary
She is using the opportunity to visit
and lecture at several universities and
research institutes from Victoria to Quebec City. She will later visit the United
In 1985, Princess Chulabhom became
the third person in Ihe world to receive an
Einstein Gold Medal from UNESCO in
recognition of her continuing efforts in
Princess Chulabhom of Thailand is accompanied by Larry Weiler (left), head of
UBC's Chmistry department and K.D. Srivastava, Vice-President, Student and
Academic Services.
Market for
rental housing
professor says
Vancouver's rental housing market is
collapsing, says a UBC planning professor in a study of rental housing trends in
the city.
"There is market failure in the private
rental sector," said David Hulchanski,
director of UBC's Centre for Human
Quality apartments are being lost at an
alarming rate, he said.
"I'm surprised about the extent to
which this good quality rental stock is
being lost The city has to do something
about it, or there will be many less renters
living in Vancouver."
Hulchanski's study was released at
the same time as Vancouver Mayor Gordon
Campbell, responding to the city's housing crisis, announced a new housing plan.
His proposal includes creating a new
department of housing, demolition fees
of $ 1,000 per unit, and help relocating
tenants displaced by bylaw enforcements.
But Hulchanski said the mayor's plan
won't help Vancouver renters find affordable housing.
"What he has announced doesn't
address the problem in any way," Hulchanski said. "I don't see the sense in
creating more bureaucracy."
Three of the four major segments of
the city's rental stock are threatened,
Hulchanski's research shows, including
quality apartments, secondary suites in
some neighborhoods and rooming houses
in and near the Downtown Eastside neighborhood.
About 58 per cent of the households in
the City of Vancouver rent. About one-
third live in illegal suites or rooming
house units, he said.
"Units in good quality apartment
buildings are rapidly being lost to condo
conversions," he said, noting that in 1987
and 1988, about 1800 rental units each
year in Greater Vancouver were converted to condominiums.
"Very few new private rental units
are being built in the City of Vancouver -
only 315 last year - and that's nothing for
a city of our size," Hulchanski added.
The construction of social housing
units in Vancouver has fallen to the lowest level since 1981, with only 425 starts
last year, he said.
Hulchanski said he would like to see a
temporary moratorium on conversions,
demolitions and evictions.
' 'We need to make some decisions
about what kind of city we want to live
Federal budget
impact minimal
on UBC finances
the promotion of scientific collaboration
in Asia and the Pacific. She was also the
first Asian invited to join Ihe Royal Society of Chemistry in England.
She received her PhD from Mahidol
University in Thailand in 1985 and has
Changes to government transfer payments announced in last month's federal
budget should have little impact on UBC's
finances, Bruce Gellatly, Vice President,
Administration and Finance, said.
Gellatly explained that transfer payments made to the provincial government
for post-secondary education have not
reflected funding levels for B.C. universities in the past, and he did not expect
them to now.
"It's more of an issue between the
federal government and the province than
with us," Gellatly said.
Federal transfer payments to the provinces, which amount to $34-billion in
cash and tax transfers each year, are made
to assist the provinces to pay for health
care and post-secondary education. Victoria's share of the federal funds typically
goes directly into general revenue.
Under the new budget, released by
Finance Minister Michael Wilson April
26, the growth of these transfers face new
limits, but payments will not fall below
the rate of inflation. The change is expected to cut federal expenditures by
$200-million in 1990-91.
The impact on UBC of other aspects
of the new federal government budget is
still being assessed by university staff,
Gellatly said.
But he added the greatest effect will
likely result from changes to the unemployment insurance program. Beginning
Jan. 1,1990, the university and its employees will cover the entire cost ofthe
Currently, premiums paid by employers and employees cover 75 per cent of
the cost of payments, with Ottawa covering the remainder with tax revenues.
The increased cost to UBC's annual
operating budget will be about $600,000
for a total premium cost of almost $4.6-
million. The increased cost for this fiscal
year - the change takes effect Jan. 1,1990
-is $150,000.
Full details ofthe proposed goods and
services tax have not been released, but
indications are that most education services, daycare and residential rents will be
As well, universities and hospitals will
receive partial rebates of sales tax paid on
purchases, as part of a government promise that they will not face new increases in
costs as a result of tax reform.
Meanwhile, TRIUMF Director Erich
Vogt said there is no indication that the
new budget will jeopardize the $571-
million KAON factory proposal, which
requires a commitment of about $300-
million from Ottawa.
TRIUMF staff are in the midst of an
$11-million, 18-month engineering design and impact study for the KAON
Victoria has already pledged $100-
million and support from overseas
See KAON on Page 2 UBCREPORTS   May 18,1989       2
'Cunning running'
Orienteering a growth sport
The first time Physical Education
Professor Anne Anthony tried orienteer-
ing-an outdoor sport that's a combination of route finding and bushwacking-
she got lost.
Despite that experience, she says the
personal challenge and outdoor setting
hooked her from the start.
During the past 20 years, she has
taught orienteering courses and workshops, written about the sport and been a
strong advocate of its use in education.
In 1974, she helped found the Orienteering Association of B.C., bringing the
sport to the province which today has the
largest and fastest growing group of orienteering enthusiasts in the country.
To the newcomer, orienteering looks
like an organized form of cross-country
madness. Using a specially designed
map, participants traverse an outdoor
area equipped with a compass looking
for a sequence of orange and white control markers. As each is located, an identifying mark is punched on a scorecard.
It's often called the "thinking sport"
and Australians term it "cunning running."
"You're given all the pieces of the
puzzle, the map tells you where you can
go, and what you have to find. Your job
is to decide for yourself the best route to
travel," Anthony explained.
Course areas range from the En-
downment Lands park to wilderness areas in B.C.'s Interior. Serious competitors run the course counting the minutes.
Other participants walk, jog, or scramble
for an hour or two. It's a tortoise and hare
event except that everyone who completes the course is a winner.
B.C. has eight orienteering clubs with
a total membership of about 560. About
3,000 people take part in the sport Canada-wide. Competition statistics show
the bulk of participants are over 35 and
families are preaorninanL About a fifth
are under 19.
Enthusiasts participate year round,
even orienteering during the winter on
cross-country skis.
Despite initial concerns about the effect of orienteering on the environment,
research has shown it does not cause
environmental damage, Anthony said.
Anthony credits the sport's broad
appeal to the personal satisfaction each
person gains by completing the course
while enjoying a wide variety of outdoor
The underlying philosophy of orienteering is participation before comparison with others, she says. While a sense
of adventure is helpful, age and fitness
level are no barrier because course events
are designed for different levels of ability.
' "The beauty is that it caters to a whole
variety of people. That's why it is both a
family activity and a sport for life."
In the classroom, children can benefit
from orienteering as an outdoor lesson,
Anthony said. Through orienteering activities, children can learn to read maps
for social studies, identify trees for science classes, or write about the experience as an English lesson.
"It's a springboard to other outdoor
activities," she said. "The possibilities
are endless."
The Australians invented ROGAINE-
Rugged Outdoor Activity Involving
Navigation and Endurance-for orienteering participants who enjoy fast hiking and
want a more rugged challenge. It's a
demanding 24-hour event, in which groups
of two or more competitors try to locate
markers on an area as large as 200 square
kilometres. With the first Canadian event
held in Alberta last year, ROGAINE is
fast attracting its own following.
About 160 people are expected to take
part in a ROGAINE at the UBC/Malcolm
Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge,
June 10 and 11. Sponsored by Maple
Ridge Rogaine, the event starts Saturday,
June 10 at noon.
Humorous lectures
have advantages
You don't need the wit of Oscar Wilde
or the irreverence of Groucho Marx to
make effective use of humor in the classroom.
But faculty members might be more
successful if they would lighten up, learn
to relax and make their students smile,
says Charles Siegel, assistant professor in
the Theatre department.
Siegel, who gave a faculty development seminar on humor in the classroom
last month, said a little breeziness can
offer much more than the obvious benefit
of keeping the audience attentive.
"It is the great teachers that you remember —not the courses — because of
the life examples they provide," he said.
"If you can communicate some excitement, delight and enjoyment for the life
of the mind, then you've given them
something much more valuable than simply
transmitting the curriculum.''
Instructors do not need to be stand-up
comics or exciting public speakers as
they use humor to communicate.
During the seminar, Siegel drew on
his background as an actor to lead participating faculty members through acting
The idea is not to change yourself into
someone you're not, but to change the
way you relate to others, he said. Siegel
advises instructors to downplay their status
and authority in the classroom and ap-
proach students on a more equal footing.
'' If you think of your students as junior colleagues, then you'll be more relaxed and open and more likely to let the
fun side of yourself show," he said.
Getting your mind off yourself and
onto others is the key to escaping self-
To be funny, you don't have to memorize jokes or be uncommonly witty. Incongruity is the basis of humor, so Siegel
advises surprising people by coming up
with the unexpected.
' 'All humor is based on the juxtaposition of things that don't belong togetJier,"
he said. "Get playful, have fun with it and
don't worry if it doesn't always make
perfect sense at the time."
Traditional medicine
plays important role
Continued from Page 1
since lectured throughout Europe, Asia
arid the United States and has been a warded
a number of honorary degrees.
During her lecture here, which was
sponsored by the department of Chemistry and the Chemical Institute of Canada,
Princess Chulabhom said that her nation's indigenous plants provide a wealth
of species for research. Thailand has a
long history of using plants and natural
products as medicine. Even today, these
traditional folk medicines play an important role in health care in remote regions
of the country, she said.
She heads the Chulabhom Research
Institute, which is dedicated to the study
of natural products and medicinal plants.
At the institute and at universities and
botanical gardens in Thailand, natural
compounds are being isolated and examined for their potential use as anti-inflam-
matories, muscle relaxants, cancer treatments and other medications, she said.
On her arrival, the princess was presented with a bouquet of flowers on behalf
of (he friends of Thailand by Dr. Chirayu
Udomsakdi, a Thai native who is a postdoctoral fellow at the Terry Fox Lab in the
B.C. Cancer Research Centre.
The princess then attended a luncheon
at the Faculty Club, where Chancellor
Leslie Peterson was the host.
The princess, 31, is the youngest
daughter of King Bhumibol, head of state
in the Thai constitutional monarchy, and
Queen Sirikit. She is married and has two
daughters, aged five and six.
KAON ideal
for times,
director says
Continued from Page 1
governments is growing. Recent government reports from West Germany and the
U.S show strong support for the KAON
proposal, Vogt said.
The KAON factory would double the
number of TRIUMF staff and create many
more jobs during a five-year construction
"KAON is an ideal project for times
of fiscal restraint," Vogt said, explaining
that it does not require heavy front-end
spending. "It's a long-term project"
Bruce Macdonald (left) director ofthe Botanical Garden and J. Henry
Eddie, son of Henry M. Eddie and a founding trustee ofthe Henry M. Eddie
Plant Development Foundation, in front of Eddie's White Wonder.
Botanical Garden
starts foundation
for plant scheme
UBC's Botanical Garden has established a foundation to boost its internationally renowned Plant Introduction Scheme.
The Henry M. Eddie Plant Development Foundation, named after one
of B.C.'s most acclaimed nurserymen,
will fund plant research and development.
' 'A successful plant introduction
program must have plants in line for
many years ahead, otherwise its objectives decline," said Bruce Macdonald,
director ofthe Botanical Garden.
"Plant breeding is to be the priority, especially using existing collections in the Asian and Native gardens
and the nursery," he added.
Macdonald said that $217,000 has
already been pledged towards the $ 1 -
million endowment goal of the foundation, which will be administered by
a 10-member board of trustees, chaired
by John A. Kaye of Adera Nurseries in
The Plant Introduction Scheme,
which began in 1980, provides new
and improved plant material to participating nurseries in B.C. for selling
across Canada and for export.
It is operated in cooperation with
the B.C. Nursery Trades Association,
the B.C. Society of Landscape Architects, and research institutions in Canada
and the U.S.
Macdonald said funding is imperative for the program to retain its leading edge worldwide and expand into
new areas of research, plant development and education.
Five research institutions in Britain, the United States and Eastern
Canada have modelled plant introduction schemes on the UBC program, he
Henry M. Eddie established nurseries in the Fraser Valley, Vancouver
and Washington State. As a pioneer in
the B.C. nursery industry, he was best
known for his breeding and selection
work on hardy plants.
His most notable contribution was
the internationally renowned Dogwood
tree Comus 'Eddie's White Wonder,'
which was chosen Vancouver's centennial tree in 1986.
Native plant
project set up
UBC's Botanical Garden will carry
out a project to identify and propagate
B.C.'s native plants for commercial
Under the project, announced last
month by federal Agriculture Minister
Don Mazankowski and B.C. Minister
of Agriculture and Fisheries John
Savage, selected native plants will be
provided to nurseries to increase the
stock for commercial production.
The introduction of new plants is a
key to viability and growth of B.C. 's
nursery industry, Savage said.
The federal and provincial agriculture ministries are jointly contributing
$99,616 to the project The B.C. Nursery Trades Association and the Botanical Garden are contributing $36,000
toward the project cost. UBCREPORTS   May 18,1989       3
The Westcoaster is UBC's entry in the Shell-sponsored Fuelathon in Oakville,
Ont. The engineering team is (left to right): Russ Sothers, Steve Farmer, Colin
Armstrong and Peter Lister.
Fuel efficient vehicle
to compete for prize
Four UBC engineering students and a
unique fuel-efficient vehicle are in the
running for first prize in the annual Shell
Canada Fuelathon competition in Oakville,
Ont, May 23,24 and 25.
. The students, Colin Armstrong, Steve
Fbrrner.-Peter-bistervandRiJ»s Sothers, -
will be competing against their peers
from universities and colleges across
Canada in a contest to see which vehicle
consumes the least amount of fuel in five
laps of a set course.
The 29 teams will try to break the
world amateur record of 5,691 miles per
imperial gallon set by University of Saskatchewan engineers in 1986. Team
members stand to win $7,500 in prize
money for their department. The awards
are intended to help provide equipment or
UBC has entered a team in the Fuelathon three times, but has yet to place in
the top three.
This year's entry is a completely new
vehicle, Lister said. Body and chassis are
made of kevlar, a composite material
which is lighter and stronger than other
construction materials. The total vehicle
weight is about 29 kilos. Strictly motor-
powered, it runs on premium unleaded
"It has a better steering system, a
more efficient motor, and it's overall
more aerodynamically efficient," Lister
Called the Westcoaster, the vehicle is
painted university colors-white with blue
and gold stripes.
UBC's team is sponsored by the university, the Association of Professional
Engineers of B.C., Lotto B.C. and General Motors, which is loaning a van for the
drive to Oakville.
The team is also entered in a second
competition, June 2 and 3, sponsored by
the Society of Automotive Engineers, an
international organization based in the
United States.
Seniors need less care,
more chances to learn
The ability of the elderly to learn and
teach is routinely underestimated and
misunderstood, a seniors education conference at UBC was told.
' 'There is very little discussion about
the educational rights of older adults and
their access to greater educational opportunities, '' said Jim Thornton, the UBC
Adult Education professor who organized the conference.
Thornton said access to lifelong education is often limited for the elderly and
is made more difficult for older women
and seniors who are handicapped, or
come from ethnic minorities.
"The provision of lifelong learning is
critical to developing the communities
we want for the growing number of older
people," he said.
The media is not helping to promote
the interests of seniors, according to
Charlotte Matthews, president of the
National Advisory Council on Aging for
Health and Welfare Canada.
' 'Poor attitudes, stereotypes and myths
are seen in the media They try to scare us.
But there is no geriatric crisis, and the
elderly must not be seen as a problem,''
she told the conference.
Matthews said there is a new generation of seniors needing less care and more
' 'An increasing number of Canadians
are living longer and happier lives than
ever before. But at the same time, the
major task facing the country is adapting
social institutions to this new reality,''
she said.
Matthews said the education seniors
received in their youth is not enough to
prepare mem for today's world. She urged
governments and educational institutions
to recognize the need for seniors education.
"Seniors have the ability to learn. It is
only for the very old that a substantial
decline in intellectual competence becomes a problem," she said.
Computer communications
on campus set for upgrade
Computer communications on campus are slated for an upgrading.
A report from the President's Review
Committee of the Computing Centre,
released earlier this year, recommends a
number of changes to streamline information technology facilities and services
on campus, improve computer and data
network services, and better coordinate
communications policy and planning.
The recent advances in PC technology and an expanding data communications network linking UBC to institutions
around Ihe world, has increased ihe demand
for better organization and central support services on campus, said K.D. Srivastava, Vice-President Student and
Academic Services.
' 'Campus data network and communication services are scattered and it is
vilal that they all be brought together,'' he
Jack Leigh, director of UBC's Computing Centre said mainframe timesharing computing is becoming less central to
academic computing as personal workstations become more widespread and
"By the mid-1990s we envisage a
server/workstation environment with
server-based services provided by organizations like ours," Leigh said.
Information technology resources and
services are critical to universities, the
committee's report adds, because faculty
and staff are dependent on good computing for the calibre of their teaching and
Other Canadian universities are also
investigating ways to accommodate the
impact of the burgeoning technology.
The committee recommended a
number of new positions, units, committees and boards on campus and outlined
their responsibilities. It proposed a simplified and streamlined reporting structure. And it dealt with some specific
technical issues, such as the future ofthe
mainframe computer operating system,
Some of the major recommendations
Establish a new Associate Vice-President post to take charge of all UBC's
communications, computing operations
and information technology services. The
position is essential to any reorganization
of campus facilities and services, the report
Strengthen the existing Computer
Advisory Board and broaden its mandate
to include policy, plans and budgets for
all communications, computing and information systems at the university. The
board had previously dealt only with
administration-related issues. Its new
mandate will also include academic issues.
The committee recommended a planning board, made up of faculty and department representatives, replace the
existing Campus Advisory Board on
Computing. The new board would ensure input from the entire campus community and take an active role in developing strategies for information technology. 	
One ofthe first issues the board will
address is a gradual phasing out of MTS
services. The board will investigate UNIX
as an industry-compatible replacement.
The committee also proposed splitting network services off from Computing Centre operations and putting them
under a new department of Communications Services. The new department would
also be in charge of telecommunications,
the broadband cable system, and the satellite television service.
It was also proposed that the Computing Centre be renamed the department of
Computing Services, to reflect more
accurately its functions.
Some of the recommendations have
been officially accepted by the President's Office and setting up network
services as a separate department will
likely be the first step, Srivastava said.
Phasing out MTS and creating the
Associate Vice-President position are also
high on the university's priority list, he
Committee reports are available from
the President's Office and Deans' offices.
Special Olympics
planned for UBC
UBC will be the host for part of the
1990 Canadian Special Olympics Summer Games—a national competition for
mentally handicapped athletes—next
It is the first time since their inauguration in 1981 that the games have been
held in B.C.
In conjunction with the event UBC's
School of Physical Education and Recreation is co-sponsoring, with the B.C.
and Canadian Special Olympics Associations, a unique conference on the role
of sport and physical activity in the lives
of mentally handicapped people.
The International Conference on Sport,
Recreation, Fitness and Health for Men
tally Handicapped People will run July
12 to 14 and is expected to attract both
professional and lay people working in
the area.
More than 800 athletes from across
Canada will be in B.C. for the Special
Olympics which run for five days, July 10
to 15,1990. Athletes range in age from 13
to 77 and compete in seven events-track
and field, power lifting, rhythmic gymnastics, aquatics, soccer, 5-pin bowling,
and 10-pin bowling-.-staged in Vancouver, Burnaby and Richmond parks as
well as at UBC, where the B.C. Special
Olympics Association is also planning to
run training clinics for coaches and athletes in various sports.
YWCA honors Levy
Microbiology Professor Julia
Levy was one of six women honored at the sixth annual YWCA
Women of Distinction awards dinner May 11.
Levy was singled out for her
achievements in the fields of health
and education. Her current research
centres on a cancer therapy called
photodynamics, in which light is
used to activate complex, naturally occurring molecules called porphyrins that destroy
cancer cells while leaving healthy ones unaffected.
Levy is a founder and Vice-President of Research and
Development at Quadra Logic Technologies Inc., a
Vancouver-based biotechnology company. She is also a
fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and holds a
Medical Research Council of Canada industrial professorship. Past honors include a Killam Senior Research
Award and a B.C. Science Council Gold Medal. In 1987,
she was appointed by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney to
the National Advisory Board of Science and Technology-
Dr. Morton Low, UBC's co-ordinator of Health Sciences, has been elected a member ofthe Queen's University Council for a six-year term.
Dr. Low, a Queen's graduate, will start his term May
The council is not directly responsible for the affairs
of Queen's University but advises the Senate and Board
of Governors on matters affecting its well-being and
Physics Professor Tom Tiedje
has won the 1989 Herzberg medal
from the Canadian Association of
Physicists. The medal is awarded
each year to the most outstanding
physicist in Canada under the age of
Tiedje is operator ofthe university's molecular beam epitaxy machine and a leading researcher in the
field of semi-conductor thin film
surfaces and interfaces.
The award is named for Gerhard Herzberg, who in 1971
became the first Canadian to win a Nobel Prize in the
physical sciences.
Tiedje UBCREPORTS   May 18.1989       4
SUNDAY, MAY 21     |
Holy Communion
Lutheran Campus Ministry, 5885 University Boulevard.
730 p.m.
Orthopaedics Grand Rounds
Chairman: Dr. P J. O'Brien, Guest: Dr. J. Vestrup. For
information call 875-4646. Audtorium, EyeCare Centre.
7:30 am.
Biotechnology Laboratory Seminar
Lipocortin/Calpactin Family of Proteins. Dr. Michael J.
Crumpton, Deputy Director of Research, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London, England. For information
call228-4838. Lecture Hall #1, IRC Bldg. 4p.m.
Psychiatry Academic Lecture
Sex History-Taking. Dr. William L. Maurice, Associate
Professor and Head, Division of Sexual Medicine, UBC.
For information call 875-2025. Room D308, Acute Care
Bldg., University Hospital, Shaughnessy Site. 8:30-9:30
Biotechnology Laboratory Seminar
Expression Cloning and Regulation of Steroid-5a-Re-
ductase; an Enzyme Essential for Male Sexual Differentiation. Dr. David Russell, Department of Molecular
Genetics, U. of Texas Southwestern Medical School,
Dallas, For information call 228-4838. Lecture Hall #1,
IRC Bldg. 4 p.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 26     |
Paediatrics Grand Rounds
Intrauterine Growth Retardation: Fact and Fancy. Dr.
Joseph Warshaw, Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Yale U. For information call 875-
2117. Auditorium, G.F. Strong Rehab. Centre. 9 a.m.
Medical Genetics Seminar
Recent Experience and New Concepts of Congenital
Rubella Syndrome. Dr. Aubrey Tingle, UBC. For
Mentation cal 2285311. Ftocm D308. University Hospital.
Shaughnessy Site. 1 p.m.
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Weekly Grand Rounds
Thyroid Function and Dysfunction in Obstetrics and
Gynaecology. Dr. Roland Lauener, Department of
Medicine, Vancouver General Hospital. Room D308,
University Hospital, Shaughnessy Site. 8 a.m.
Two mannequins wear traditional Peruvian wedding garments as part of a display entitled "A Family Affcur-.Making Cloth
in Taquile, Peru," at the Museum of Anthropology until Oct. 1. The exhibition is produced by MOA curator Mary Frame
who spent six years studying and visiting Peru.
For events in the period June4 to June 17, notices must he submitted on proper Calendar forms no later than 4 p.m. on
Tuesday, May 23 to the Community Relations Office, 6328 Memorial Rd., Room 207, Old Administration Building. For more
information call 228-3131.
Holy Communion
Lutheran Campus Ministry, 5885 University Boulevard.
730 p.m.
Performance, Dance
The Social Movement Boogie. Roy Forbes, Hetty Amtzen.
Simple Folk, Santiago. Tickets $10. Please order in
advance. For information call 222-5261. Ballroom,
SUB. 8:30 p.m
National Film Board Presentation
Images for a Peaceful Planet. Lanie Melamed, Peace
Educator, Montreal. Films available for peace education. Admission $25. For information call 222-5261.
Lecture Hall #1, IRC Bldg. 10a.rn.-4pm.
First Nations House of Learning
A Celebration in honour ot the First Nations graduates of
UBC wibe held at the Totem Park baJtroom. Jon us. For
information call 228-4685. Ballroom, Totem Park. 1230
Vancouver General Hospital
Grand Rounds
Neurological Disease and Selective Neuronal Death.
Dr. Donald B. Calne, Belzberg Family Professor of
Medicine, Head, Division of Neurology, University Hospital, UBC Site. For information call 228-4305. Lecture
Hall B. Heather Pavilion, VGH. 9 a.m.
Japanese and Mandarin Intensive
Weekend at Whistler
Non-credt conversational Japanese and Mandarin classes
will be offered May 20-22,1989 at the Nancy Greene
Lodge. Meals and tuition are included in the $280 fee.
For more information and a brochure, please call Lan
guage Programs and Servies, Centre for Continuing
Education at 222-5227.
National Conference on
Active Citizenship
May 28-31. People, Power, Participation. Writers:
Michael Ignatieff, Heather Menzies: community development specialist Guy Dauncey; Frithjof Bergman, U. of
Michigan. UBC Centre for Continuing Education co-
sponsoring. Fee $225. For information call 222-5218.
Occupational Health and
Safety Seminar
May 23/24. Laboratory Biosafety: Principles and Practices. Several speakers from various departments. For
information call 228-7052/7596/2029. Lecture Hall #4,
IRC Bldg. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Tuesday,may30 \ UBC's space experiment
may help ease back pain
Health Policy Research Unit Seminar
The Competition ReveolutJon: The Lessons (if any) for
Australia. Richard B. Scotton, Ph.D., Public Sector
Management Institute, Monash U, Melbourne, Australia. For information call 228-4822. Room 253, James
Mather Bktg. 1:30 p.m
Regional Mass Spectrometry
Discussion Group
New Mass Spectrometry Instrumentation and Software
from Fmnigan Mat Dr. Ron Skinner, Fmnigan Mat Corp.
Room 126, Chemistry BWg. 3 p.m.
Orthopaedics Grand Rounds
No Conference. For information call 875-4646. Auditorium, Eye Care Centre. 7:30 am.
Ttamday by fte UBC
1W5. Telephone 228-&31.
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Edftor-ifrOfef: Don Whttefcy
Efltan Howard FtaHjgtd
A West German astronaut training at
UBC for a U.S. space shuttle mission in
1991 believes an experiment developed
at the university could help people suffering from back problems.
"I think the research here is not only
important for astronauts. It's also important in a more general way to find out
what happens to the human spine,'' Ulf
Merbold told a news conference at University Hospital.
Merbold experienced the back pains
common to most astronauts when he
participated in an earlier shuttle flight.
"In my case, it was not particularly
dramatic, but it did wake me up in the
In space, the spines of astronauts grow
4 1/2 to 6 1/2 centimetres under weightless conditions. The UBC experiment
will use photography to record changes in
the height and curvature of astronauts'
"It's interesting to figure out how the
body responds when you take the weight
off the spine. It could be helpful to a wide
number of people suffering with back
pain in daily life," Merbold said.
The West German was one of four
astronauts training at UBC last week.
Two Canadians, Roberta Bondar and Ken
Money are alsocandidatesforthe 1991
"What we're doing right now is visiting the principal investigators at UBC
and other universities to see how they
think, and familiarize ourselves with the
hardware," said Bondar.
The astronauts also trained to conduct
a second UBC experiment that studies
how the zero-gravity of space affects a
technique designed to separate living cells.
The experiment could lead to advances
in the treatment of cancer and diabetes.
CUPE local votes on pact
Members ofthe Canadian Union of
Public Employees, Local 2950, will vote
May 25 on a tentative contract settlement
with the university.
The agreement, reached May 1, must
also be ratified by the university's Board
of Governors. Terms ofthe agreement
won't be released until the pact has been
ratified by both sides.
The union represents about 1,350
clerical, secretarial and library assistants
on campus.
Meanwhile, talks were slated to begin
with the International Union of Operating
Engineers, Local 882. The IUOE contract is the last round of collective bargaining to take place on campus in 1989.
Asian Studies
The Hashioka Noh Theatre Troupe from Japan presents: The Noh play Tsuchigumo and Aoi-no-Ue and the
Kyogen skit Boshibari. Tickets $12.50 at Ticketmaster
outlets or caB 280-4444. Frederic Wood Theatre. 8p.m.
May 30-31.
Golf Lessons
Get into the swing of things with adult golf lessons.
Classes run throughout the spring and summer for basic
and intermediate levels. For more information please
call the Community Sport Services Office at 228-3688.
UBC Tennis Centre
Adult and junior: spring and summer tennis lessons.
Day, evening and weekend sessions available. For
more information call 228-2505.
Friends of the Garden
Wednesday Walks: An Introduction to the Botanical
Garden. Meet at the Gatehouse. Admission: Free.
Tour: Free. Spend your lunch hour at the Botanical
Garden. For information call 228-3928. 1 p.m.
Statistical Consulting and
Research Laboratory
SCARL is operated by the Department of Statistics to
provide statistical advice to faculty and graduate students working on research problems. For information
call 228-4037. Forms for appointments available in
Room 210, Ponderosa Annex C.
To find an interesting and challenging volunteer job, get
in touch with volunteer connections, the on-campus
information and referral service supported by the AMS.
Student interviewers are trained to help UBC students,
staff and faculty find volunteer jobs in their area of
interest. For an appointment to explore the available
volunteer options, contact: Volunteer Connections, Student
Counselling and Resources Centre, Brock Hall 200, or
call 228-3811.
Walter Gage Toastmasters
Wednesdays. Public Speaking Club Meeting. Speeches
and tabletopics. Guests are welcome. For information
call Sulanat 597-8754. SUB, 7:30 p.m.
International House
Reach Out Program
"Reach Out' is a letter-writing program linking Vancouver correspondents with international students accepted
to UBC, whose aim is to provide those students with
helpful information and a local contact. It's a great way
to make new friendsand team about other countries. For
more information call International House at 228-5021.
Both Canadians and Internationals welcome.
International House
Language Exchange Program
Ongoing. Free service to match up people who want to
exchange their language for another. For information
call Mawele Shamaila, International House at 228-5021.
International House
Language Bank Program
Free translation/interpretation services offered by International students and community in general. For information call Teresa Uyeno. International House at 228-
International House
Fitness classes continuing over the summer. $5 per
term. Register tor this term at I.H. Office NOW. For
information call 228-5021.
Lung Disease Subjects Wanted
We are seeking interstitial lung disease subjects in order
to study the effect of this disorder on response to sub-
maximal exercise. For further information call Frank
Chung at 228-7708, School of Rehab. Medicine.
Department of Psychology
Individuals 18 and older are needed for a research
project on changes in memory aaoss the adult life span.
For information call Jo Ann Miller at 228-4772.
Parenting Project
Couples with chiWren between the ages of 5 and 12 are
wanted for a project studying parenting. Participation
involves the mother and father discussing cornmon
chiWrearing problems and completing questionnaires
concerning several aspects of family life. Participation
will take about one hour. Evening appointments can be
arranged. Interpretation of questionnaires is available on
request. For information please contact Dr. C Johnston,
Clinical Psychology, UBC at 228-6771.
Teaching Kids to Share
Mothers with 2 chiWren between 2112 and 6 years ot age
are invited to participate in a free parent-education
program being evaluated in the Dept. of Psychology at
UBC. The 5-session program offers chiW development
info and positive parenting strategies designed to help
parents gukle their chiWren in the development of sharing and cooperative play skills. For further information
call Georgia Tiedemann at the Sharing Project 228-
Fitness Appraisal
Physical Education & Recreation, through the John M.
Buchanan Fitness and Research Centre, is administering a physical fitness assessment program to students,
faculty, staff and the general public. Approx. 1 hour,
students $25, all others $30. For information call 228-
Surplus Equipment Recycling Facility
All surplus items. For information call 228-2813. Every
Wednesday Noon-3 p.m. Task Force BWg, 2352 Health
Sciences Mall.
Neville Scarfe Children's Garden
Visit the Neville Scarfe Children's Garden located west ot
the Education Building. Open all year-free. Families
interested in planting, weeding and watering in the
garden contact Jo-Anne Naslund at 434-1081 or 228-
Nitobe Memorial Garden
Open daily from 10a.m. to 7 p.m. from April 1 -May 31.
Admission $1.25. Free on Wednesdays.
Botanical Gardens
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from April 1-May 31.
Admission $2.50. Free on Wednesdays.


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