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 VOLUME  46  I  NUMBER  14  |  SEPTEMBER  2 1,  2000
7 myUBC launched
New student portal
provides one-stop surfing
8 Green genes
Pause to smell the flowers
with Collin Varner THE   UNIVERSITY   OF   BRITISH
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Alumni Day
honours Haida
artist Bill Reid
Research, tradition and raising the "Respect to Bill Reid"
pole take centre stage at Alumni Day
by Bruce Mason staff writer
rm; star attraction of ubc's Alumni Day, Sunday, Oct. 1, is the "Respect to Bill Reid" totem pole
carved by renowned Haida artist
Jim Hart and helpers. It will be
raised by hand with ropes outside
the Museum of Anthropology's
Great Hall at 3 p.m.
Admission to the museum and
parking is free for the day and everyone is invited to attend. Welcoming speeches and preparations
for the pole raising begin at 2 p.m.
A celebration of the raising will be
staged at 4 p.m.
Consult the complete guide to
Alumni Day in the current (fall) issue of The Chronicle or visit
www.alumni.ubc.ca where the
guide is posted.
Alumni Day kicks off at 10 a.m.
with a welcome by ubc President
Martha Piper and Alumni Association President Linda Thorstad in
the Leon and Thea Koerner University Centre. Free ubc cinnamon
buns and coffee will be available to
jump-start the day.
One hour later, in Fredric Wood
Theatre, Alumni Day Chair Darlene Marzari will launch Alumni
Day and Great Trek Month. Student performances will follow.
The day's activities are centred
around Flagpole Plaza from noon-
4 p.m. These include a cheerleading
demonstration, baseball clinic and
free campus tours. Also featured are
displays of the official community
plan and demonstrations by Nursing, Applied Science and Agricultural Sciences, including the B.C.
Wine Research Centre, Animal Welfare and Botanical Garden.
One of Alumni Day's most pop-
see Alumni Day page 2
Axworthy to join
global issues centre
Centre aims to be academic
leader in global issues
federal liberal cabinet minister Lloyd Axworthy will join
ubc's Liu Centre for the Study of
Global Issues.
"To attract one of Canada's most
senior statesmen is a tremendous
achievement for ubc" says ubc
President Martha Piper. "Mr. Axworthy's experience and contacts,
his strong academic background,
including his PhD from Princeton,
his international profile, and his
commitment to advancing important global issues will help position
the Liu Centre as an academic
leader in global affairs."
Axworthy's role will be in the development of research, policies
and partnerships aimed at solving
many of the most pressing global
issues, such as governance, environmental change, sustainability,
and human security.
"One of ubc's key goals is to recruit and retain outstanding people," says Barry McBride, vice-president, Academic. "The incredible
skills Lloyd Axworthy brings will
complement the expertise of our
internationally-renowned faculty
who will participate in the activities ofthe Liu Centre."
Twenty faculty members are affiliated with the Liu Centre. Their
expertise ranges from global environmental change to international relations, sustainable development, human rights, health issues,
soil and water pollution and international regulatory regimes.
In addition, the Liu Centre has
established a 15-member, senior-
level International Advisory Council, chaired by Maurice Strong, the
former executive director of the
un Environment Council.
"This interdisciplinary ap-
see Axworthy page 2
75TH anniversary of classes at point GREY After years of planning, protests, petitions and the Great Trek, the university
at Point Grey finally opened for business in 1925 with 1,400 students. To celebrate the first lectures on campus, then
President Leonard Klinck called a general assembly of students and faculty for September 22, 1925. Klinck stressed the
significance of that date in ubc's history: "...this morning, over this land and in many other lands the thoughts ofthe
graduates of this University fondly turn to their Alma Mater. Mere change of location does not separate us.
Henceforth, there is no 'old' or 'new,' just the University of British Columbia." Students flocked to the new
auditorium (now known as the Old Auditorium), only to find that the seats had not yet been installed. Undeterred,
and used to roughing it in church basements, storefronts and cramped classrooms, students sat on the floor for the
rest ofthe assembly. UBC Archives photo.
Engineers' submarine
takes international prize
15 students, $1500 and nine
months work produce winner
by Andy Poon staff writer
summer, a group of ubc engineering students can claim to having
bested the field in an international
submarine design competition.
ubc's entry in the annual Human Powered Submarine Design
Contest in San Diego, Calif, was
the fastest vehicle in the two-person, propeller-driven class with a
winning time of 3.066 knots (5.7
kilometres per hour).
The contest, sponsored by the
American Society of Mechanical
Engineers, encourages students to
apply engineering theory to practice. Nine teams from across the
U.S. and Canada took part.
"Students get a tremendous
amount of experience designing
real systems with an event like
this," says Doug Chambers, 22, the
ubc team captain. "We're responsible for setting timelines and
meeting goals to get the job done."
Fifteen Mechanical Engineering
students poured nine months of
their free time into work on the
submarine—four months on design and five months on manufacturing the sub. Chambers estimates that each member devoted
Engineers pose with winning entry.
50 hours a month on the project.
"The reason we back this as a
department is because of the design and organizational experience that the students get," says
Mechanical Engineering Prof.
Sander Calisal, the team's faculty
adviser. "We supervise them, but
everything is their brainchild—
they go from step zero to step 100,
they organize the travel, the budget, everything. They do all the work
and they deserve all the credit."
The team's winning design consists of a 3.6-metre fibreglass and
resin hull encasing an aluminum
space frame. The vessel is propeller-powered by an operator pedalling in the rear of the submarine
while another steers the boat.
The operators are completely
submerged in water and must
wear scuba gear to run the sub.
Completely computer-designed,
the sub was manufactured by the
students with $1,500 from the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the Mechanical
Engineering Dept. and the Engineering Undergraduate Society.
Chambers says that there were
teams at the competition that had
submarines worth as much as
$35,000. He hopes to boost the
team's fund-raising efforts this
year with an eye to submitting an
improved model ofthe sub at next
year's competition.
A demonstration ofthe winning
sub will take place at ubc's Empire
Pool Sept. 23. For more information, call 221-7051. I      UBC     REPORTS      |      SEPTEMBER     21
Women's self defense
course means business
r.a.d. system uses real
force to fend off attacks
by Hilary Thomson staff writer
women faculty, staff and students will have an opportunity to
gain self-defense skills in a new
program offered by Campus Security in partnership with the university detachment ofthe rcmp.
Called the Rape Aggression Defense (r.a.d.) system, the two-day
comprehensive course covers
awareness, risk reduction and
physical defense techniques.
"We want to provide women on
campus with the knowledge they
need to make an educated decision about resistance," says Tom
Claxton, a Campus Security officer and one of the program's certified instructors.
Women of all ages and fitness
levels are welcome to attend the
program that was launched in 1989
by a former police officer and has
been taught at more than 450 cam-
pu=ps in the U.S. and Canada.
Claxton wears a special padded
suit during his training sessions so
that women can practice their defense moves with realistic force.
And while he is trained in martial
arts, he emphasizes that this is not
a martial arts program. Working
with Const.Tricia Gagne, he teaches a program of resistance and
avoidance strategies in a safe, controlled environment.
A workbook helps participants
Campus Serurirv officers Tom
Claxton. left, and lasenka Pavlovic
demonstrate defensive techniques.
learn about defensive awareness
and psychological deterrents such
as confident body language. In addition, they receive a list of community safety resources and are
entitled to take free unlimited refresher courses.
"We want to help women take
an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well-being," says Claxton who has been
with Campus Security since 1991.
"This program is about empowering people."
He hopes the program will be a
community catalyst that will encourage other departments and
student groups to offer r.a.d.
training. The program complements ubc personal safety resources such as the ubc Security
Bus, the Alma Mater Society
(a.m.s.) SafeWalk program, the
Blue Light Emergency Phones and
accompanied campus transit offered by Campus Security.
The r.a.d. program is offered
twice this fall, Sept. 30-Oct. 1 and
Oct. 14-15, and takes place in the
Student Union Building. Each session can accommodate 20 part-
icipants.The fee is $20; students
pay $10.
The program is offered with the
support ofthe a.M.S., the Women
Students' Office and the Graduate
Students Society.
For more information call (604)
328-8093 or 822-8274 or e-mail Claxton at tclaxton@interchange.ubc.ca.
ubc personal security information is listed under Programs at
Continued from page 1
proach will create knowledge that
could not have emerged from the
perspective of any one discipline,"
says Frieda Granot, dean of the
Faculty of Graduate Studies within which the Liu Centre is based.
Axworthy will attend the inaugural conference and opening ceremonies of the Liu Centre, Sept.
20-22. The program consists of an
academic symposium, a round table discussion on global issues and
the Liu Centre vision, formal opening ceremony and International
Advisory Council Meeting.
The Liu Centre for the Study of
Global Issues will be housed in a
building made possible by Dr. Jieh
Jow Liou—a distinguished international businessman and philanthropist—and his family.
the university of british columbia
faculty of medicine
The Faculty of Medicine invites applications for the position of Director ofthe School of
Audiology and Speech Sciences at the Professor or Associate Professor rank to assume
duties July 1, 2001. This is a full-time tenured position which is subject to final budgetary
approval. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The individual
selected should have a PhD and a strong background in Speech and/or Hearing Science, or
in Linguistics or Psychology focusing on speech, language, or hearing science. He or she
should also be familiar with the nature of practice in speech-language pathology and/or
audiology. and have a proven publications record, demonstrated ability to obtain grant
support, teaching and administrative experience and an academic reputation
commensurate with a leadership role in the School. The individual selected will be
expected to have a clear commitment to a framework for education and research that
emphasises the relationships among disciplines and between research and clinical
The School offers an intensive two- to three-year program of graduate coursework,
research, and supervised community-based clinical practice leading to the MSc degree. It
also offers PhD and postdoctoral education. The School has strong interdisciplinary links
with others departments at the University.
In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian
citizens and permanent residents of Canada, ubc hires on the basis of merit and is
committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply.
Letters of application accompanied by a curriculum vitae, three recent publications and
the names of three referees should be submitted by Oct. 31, 2000, and directed to:
Dr. John A. Cairns, md, frcpc
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Room 317, Instructional Resources Centre
University of British Columbia
2194 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, b.c. Canada v6t 1Z3
Alumni Day
Continued from page 1
ular events for both kids and
adults is Children's Place, hosted
by the Faculty of Education at Koerner Plaza from noon to 3 p.m.
Attractions include a story circle,
computer games, clowns and face
A panel discussion on co-op education begins at noon in the
Lasserre Building.
The Alumni Lunch will feature
Nobel laureate Michael Smith
speaking on the Human Genome
Project. The cost is $15. Call (604)
822-3313 for ticket information.
ubc's Favourite Professors lecture starts at 1 p.m. in the Lasserre
Building and includes Pathology
Prof. Don Brooks; Dean of Education Rob Tierney leading a panel
discussion on the future of education in B.C.; English Prof. Dennis
Danielson on "Imagining the Universe"; Anatomy Prof. Chuck
Slonecker on "Why People Walk:
The anatomical basis for bipedal-
ism"; and David Tarrant on the Botanical Garden.
Parking is free in the Rose Garden Parkade all day.
The "Respect to Bill Reid" totem
pole was made possible by a grant
from the Canada Council Millennium Arts Fund. It will replace the
house-frontal pole carved in 1962 by
Reid and Doug Cramner that is now
too fragile to be housed outdoors.
Following some restorative work,
the older pole will eventually be
raised in the museum's Great Hall.
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Aliens, armed conflict topics of
Vancouver Institute free lectures
Prof. Martin Bresnick
the Technical University of B.C.,
medical historian Michael Bliss
and culture and communications
expert Todd Gitlin are among the
speakers in the Vancouver Institute's free public lecture series at
ubc which runs every Saturday, except public holidays, to Dec. 9.
All lectures take place at 8:15
p.m. in Woodward Instructional
Resources Centre lecture hall 2,
with the exception of the Nov. 18
lecture which takes place in the
ubc School of Music Recital Hall.
Lectures in the series are:
ra, "Are Men's and Women's Brains
Really Different?"
Prof. Roger Howe
A psychology researcher from
Simon Fraser University, Kimura
looks at the neurobiology of human abilities with emphasis on the
brain and hormonal mechanisms
of problem solving.
"William Osier and the Canadian
Tradition of Medical Excellence"
Considered Canada's leading
writer of medical history, Bliss is
visiting ubc as part ofthe celebrations marking the 50th anniversary ofthe Faculty of Medicine.
Graphics: The Role of Technology
in the Art of Story-telling"
Vice-president, Academic ofthe
Technical    University    of   B.C.,
Staff, faculty housing readied
First stage of a 53-unit project on south end of campus
eleven townhouses will be the
first quarters ready for occupants
this December in a 53-unit housing
complex constructed to add much
needed residential rental housing
for faculty and staff on university
The townhouses are part of a
development currently under construction south of Thunderbird
Boulevard and east of West Mall.
In addition to the 11 townhouses,
the complex will include 18 two-
bedroom cityhomes and 24 one-
and two-bedroom apartments, all
with a planned completion date of
early next spring. This is the first
portion of a two-phase, 95-unit
project for the site.
"Unlike existing faculty and
staff units, this housing is designed for long-term rental to
build a real community on campus," said Derek Atkins, ubc's associate vice-president of Academic Planning. Currently, the university has about 300 temporary rent
al units, available for a maximum
of three years, for faculty and staff.
Atkins says the new faculty and
staff housing was designed to help
the university in its faculty recruitment and retention efforts. As outlined in the university's vision
statement, Trek 2000, ubc expects
more than 45 per cent of its faculty
and 30 per cent of its staff to retire
by 2005.
Faculty deans and department
heads have submitted a list of applicants for the townhouses to Atkins for endorsement. Successful
applicants will be notified on Sept.
29 with the remaining candidates
placed on a wait list for a future vacancy in the townhouses or a unit
in the new apartments.
The new townhouses will be
available for tenants on Dec. 1.
Monthly rent for the 1,139-1,292 sq.
ft. units will start at $1,400 for a
two-bedroom and go up to $1,725
for a three-bedroom and den
Newly opened
International Test Prep Centre
#119 2040 w. 12th Ave.        By appt. 1-800-470-2608
Mansell previously served as president of Nova Scotia College of Art
and Design and is an artist and lecturer in contemporary art theory
and art education.
OCT.       21:       PROF.       JANE       G.
schaller, "The Impact of Armed
Conflict on Children"
One of the founders of Physicians for Human Rights, Schaller
has helped focus the attention of
medical professionals and the
world on the effects of war on children and youth.
dixon, "The Ingenuity Gap: How
We Can Solve the Problems of the
A director of Peace and Conflict
Studies at the University of Toronto, Homer-Dixon looks at social
adaptation to complex stress and
causes of ethnic conflicts.
nov. 4: Prof. Todd Gitlin,
"The Overloaded Self in a Jump-
cut Culture"
Gitlin holds degrees in mathematics, political science and sociology. He is a central figure in the
study of mass media, communications and journalism.
nov. 18: Prof. Martin Bresnick, "Bresnick After Blake: The
Gates of Paradise." (performance
and lecture)
A celebrated composer from the
School of Music at Yale University,
Bresnick's work includes chamber
music, symphonic compositions
and computer music.
nov. 25: Prof. Patricia Marchak, "God's Assassins: A Dramatization"
Former ubc dean of Arts, Marchak wrote God's Assassins: State
Terrorism in Argentina in the 1970s
based on interviews with trade unionists, guerillas, military officers
and others. This performance is a
dramatic presentation of some of
those interviews.
dec. 2: Prof.Jaymie Matthews,
"The Search for Alien Worlds"
Mission scientist for a project
that will launch a suitcase-sized
satellite as Canada's first space observatory, Matthews will discuss
some of the mysteries of alien
planetary systems recently discovered.
dec. 9: Prof. Roger Howe,
"Chinese Excellence in Mathematics Teaching: Can We Match It in
North America?"
A graduate of Harvard University and University of California at
Berkeley, Howe is a former Guggenheim Foundation Fellow. His
lecture is co-sponsored by ubc's
Dept. of Mathematics which is
hosting an international conference on Mathematics in December.
The fall series started September 16 with Jeffrey Simpson's lecture, "Star-spangled Canadians:
Canadians Living the American
Recent books published by series speakers will be available at
the door and the ubc Bookstore.
For more information, check the
website at www.psg.com/~ted/
vaninst or call ubc-info, (604)
"Scooting away on the thin ice of a new day. . ." Fourth year Science student Jony
Hubert zips across Koerner Plaza on a hi-tech scooter, the latest in campus
transportation, solving the age old ubc problem: how to get from one end of
campus to the other during a 10-minute class change.John Chongphoto
Green Visiting Isk
Professor in
2001-2002 and Subsequent Years
Nominations are invited for the position of Cecil H. and Ida
Green Visiting Professor in Residence. Nominees must be
exceptional researchers from outside ubc whose work has the
potential for significant impact in more than one discipline. The
appointee will live at Green College for three months and
conduct a term-long seminar under the auspices of the
Individual Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program and will
also give a general lecture and make a research-in-progress
presentation. This position may be especially attractive to
scholars in mid-career, or on sabbatical leave from their home
university and visiting the University of British Columbia.
Permanent deadlines: Feb. 15 and Oct. 31, but nominations are
accepted at any time for the next competition.
For detailed terms and procedures, contact Rosanne Rumley at
Green College, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road, Campus Zone 1 or
vsp@interchange.ubc.ca or fax to 822-8742.
The University of British Columbia
Call for Nominations
for Excellence in Teaching
The University of British Columbia established Awards for
Excellence in Teaching in 1989. Awards are made by the
Faculty of Science to
UBC Science faculty members, including full-time
(sessional) lecturers and laboratory instructors who are
selected as outstanding teachers.
We are seeking input from UBC alumni, current and former
Nomination Deadlines:
First term - October 20,2000
Second term - January 26,2001
Nominations should be accompanied by supporting
statements and the nominator's name, address and telephone
number. Please send nominations to:
Chair, Faculty of Science
Killam Teaching Awards Committee
c/o Office ofthe Dean of Science
Rm. 1505 - 6270 University Blvd.
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
FAX (604) 822-5558 4  |  UBC  REPORTS  I  SEPTEMBER 21,  2O0O
Green College Performing
Arts Group
Chinese Harp Recital. Mandy Lee.
Green College at 8pm. Call 822-1878.
Teaching And Academic
Growth Seminar
Using Creativity To Light The 'Fire' Of
Learning. Greg Chan, Kwantlen
College. David Lam basement tag
seminar room from g:3oam-i2:3opm.
To register www.cstudies.ubc.ca/
facdev/ or call 822-9149.
Hydrant User Consultation
Fire Hydrant Permit Program. Eric
Mazzi, Utilities. Ponderosa Cedar
Room from io:30-u:3oam. Call
Chalmers Institute Seminar
The Strasbourg Intensive:
Experiential Role-Play IN Theological
Education. Gerald Hobbs, Church
History: Rev. Elisabeth Jones,
sessional lecturer, u of Geneva, vst
from 4-5pm. To register e-mail:
ci@vst.edu: call 822-9815.
Green College Speaker Series
How Real Can Pictures Be? Mohan
Matthen, Philosophy. Green College
at 5pm. Reception from 6-6:30pm.
Call 822-1878.
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Molecular Biology Techniques In
Orthopedic Infections - The State Of
The Art. Dr. Gavin McAlinden. vgh,
Eye Care Centre Aud. at 7am. Call
Integrated Computer Systems
Research Distinguished Lecture
Intelligent Industrial Automation:
Matching Research Programs To
Technology Development Needs.
Michael I.ipsett, research associate,
Syncrude Canada Ltd. cicsr/cs 208
from 4-5:3opm. Refreshments. Call
Law And Society
Folktales Of Legality: Parenting
Disputes In The Family Court. Sandra
Berns, Griffith u. Green College at
5pm. Call 822-1878.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Medical Imaging In A Digital
World. Neil Johnson, radiologist, gf
Strong Auditorium at 8:30 am. Call
School of Journalism Seminar
How Conrad Black Saved Journalism
In Canada. Neil Reynolds, Editor-in
Chief, The Vancouver Sun. Sing Tao
104 from i2:30-2pm. Call 822-6688.
Physiology Seminar
Effects Of Ions And Ion Channel
Blockers On Calcium Regulation By
The Sarcoplasmic Reticulum. Gary
Kargacin, u of Calgary. Copp 2002/
2004 at 1:30pm. Call 822-2494.
Graduate And Faculty
Christian Forum
Christian Spirituality: A Contextual
Appreciation. Prof. James Houston,
spiritual theology, Regent College.
Buchanan B Penthouse at 4:15pm.
Refreshments at 4pm. Call 822-3219.
Thematic Lecture Series
Multiple Lenses, Multiple Images:
Perspectives OfThe Child Across
Time, Space And Discipline -
Constructing Childhood,
Constructing Law. Anne McGillivray,
u of Manitoba. Green College at 5pm.
Call 822-1878.
Teaching And Academic
Growth Seminar
Create Your Course From A-Z!
Valerie-Lee Chapman, Educational
Studies. David Lam basement TAG
seminar room from 9:3oam-i2:3opm.
To register www.cstudies.ubc.ca/
facdev/ or call 822-9149.
International Student
Services Workshop
Rights And Responsibilities, tba, Equity
Office. International House upper lounge
from io-i2nooa To register e-mail:
ihouse.frontcounter@ubc.ca or 822-5021.
Botany Seminar
3-D Reconstruction Of Golgi And Cell
Plate Structures At 6 Nm Resolution.
Andrew Staehelin, u of Colorado.
BioSciences 2000 from i2:30-2pm.
Call 822-2133.
Lectures In Modern Chemistry
The Hydrogen Bond In Ice And The
Cope Rearrangement - Lessons From
The Density Matrix. Prof. Ernest
Davidson, Indiana u. Chemistry B-250
at lpm. Refreshments. Call 822-3057.
Classical And Near Eastern
Studies Lecture
Killing And Greek Religion. Robert
Parker, Wykeham professor of
Ancient History. Oxford u. Lasserre
102 at 12:30pm. Call 822-2889.
Coin And Samp Club's Ice Breaker
Scarfe 1021 from i2:30-l:30pm. Call
522-5134; 221-4926-
Peter Wall Institute Lecture
Spectral Element Methods For
General Circulation Models. Steve
Thomas, National Centre for
Atmospheric Research. University
Centre 307 at 3:30pm. Call 822-4782.
Biotechnology Laboratory Seminar
Transient Gene Expression For
Biotech Research. Alain Bernard,
Biotechnology Dept., Sereno Pharmaceutical Research Institute. Wesbrook 201 at 3:30pm. Call 822-5835.
Pharmacology And
Therapeutics Seminar
Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase 1B - A
Novel Target For Diabetes And
Obesity. Brian Kennedy, senior
research scientist, Merck Frosst
Centre for Therapeutic Research, irc
#5 at 4:30pm. Call 822-2575.
Institute For European Studies
Can There Be A "European" Identity?
Prof. Wolf Dieter Narr, Free u of
Berlin. Buchanan tower penthouse
noon-2pm. Light lunch. Call 822-1452.
Earth And Ocean Sciences Colloquium
Sediments At The Top OfThe Earth's
Core. Bruce Buffett. GeoSciences 330-
A at 12:30pm. Call 822-3278.
Centre For Feminist Legal Studies
Women And The Public Sphere: An
Ethical Sensibility For The Twenty-
First Century. Sandra Berns, former
dean, Griffith Law School. Curtis 157
at 12:30pm. Call 822-6523.
Physics And Astronomy Seminar
Nuclear Structure And Nuclear
Reactions At High Spin. Stephane
Flibotte, associate professor,
McMaster u. Hennings 201 at 4pm.
Refreshments at Hennings 325
3:45pm. Call 822-2432.
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Assessing The Impact Of Primary
Health Services On Health Status In
Low-Income Countries. Dr. David
Moore, chief resident. Community
Medicine Residency Program. Mather
253 from 9-ioam. Paid parking
available in Lot B. Call 822-2772.
Peter Wall Institute Theme
Development Workshop
Of Flutes, Courtiers And Conduct In
Renaissance France. Carla Zecher,
director, Renaissance Studies,
Newberry Library. University Centre
307 at 12:30pm. Call 822-4226.
Chemical And Biological
Engineering Seminar
Pulp And Paper: bc's Largest
Chemical Industry. Richard Kerekes,
Pulp and Paper Centre. ChemEng 206
at 3:30pm. Call 822-8561.
Defence Training For Women
Seminar And Physical Workshop
Rape Aggression Defence Training
(R.A.D.). Cst. Tricia Gagne, rcmp;
Tom Claxton, security officer, sub 205
from ioam-5pm. $10 initial fee -
lifetime registration. Call 328-8093.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
William Osier And The Canadian
Tradition Of Medical Excellence. Prof.
Michael Bliss, History, u of Toronto.
irc #2 at 8:15pm. Call 822-3131.
MOA Public Pole-Raising
Jim Hart, Haida artist, moa from
i2noon-5pm. Free parking and
admission. Call 822-5950.
Chan Centre Concert
Super Classic Piano Series. Stephen
Hough, piano. Chan Centre at 3pm.
Call Vancouver Recital Society 602-
0363 or for more info 822-9197.
Institute Of Asian Research Seminar
Legislating Discretion. Sarah Biddulph,
lecturer, law, U of Melbourne. CK Choi
120,1 pm. Call 822-2629.
Myths Of Nations
Myths Of Polish Identity. Prof.
Zdzislaw Najder, English Literature, u
of Oppole; advisor to the Minister for
European Integration. Green College
at 5pm. Call 822-1878.
Student Career Fair
Campus-Wide Career Fair, sub from
ioam-4pm. Continues to Oct. 5. Call
Faculty Women's Club Workshop
Are There Real Risks For Genetically
Engineered Foods? Iain Taylor,
Botany, cgp at 10am. Call 224-5877.
Chalmers Institute Seminar
The Celtic Connection. John Bell,
music leader, Iona Community In
Scotland, vst from ioam-4pm. $45;
$35 group; $25 seniors. To register e-
mail: ci@vst.edu; call 822-9815.
School ofjournalism Seminar
Journalists In A Converged World:
How To Repurpose Content And Get
Paid For It! Sing Tao 104 from 12:30-
2pm. Call 822-6688.
Botany Seminar
Crotechnique: New Hope ForThe
Ultrastructurally Challenged. Kent
McDonald u of California.
BioSciences 2000 from i2:30-2pm.
Call 822-2133.
Lectures In Modem Chemistry
An Arts-Science Interface: Pigment
Identification By Spectroscopic
Means. Robin Clark; Sir William
Ramsay, professor, u College.
Chemistry B-250 at 1pm.
Refreshments. Call 822-2996.
Green College Speaker Series
Discrimination In Canada's Rental
Housing Market: Recent Research
And Current Policy Issues. David
Hulchanski, director, Centre for
Urban and Community Studies, u of
Toronto. Green College at 5pm.
Reception from 6-6:30pm. Call 822-
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
The Mangled Lower Limb. Dr.
Sandeep Deo. vgh, Eye Care Centre
Aud. at 7am. Call 875-4192.
Agricultural Sciences Lecture
Globalization, Food Security And
Traditional Agriculture. Miguel
Altieri, u of California. MacMillan 158
from i2:30-i:3opm. Call 822-1219.
Comparative Literature
Conrad's Silences. Prof. Zdzislaw
Najder, English Literature, u of
Oppole; advisor to the Minister for
European Integration. Green College
Coach House from l2:30-i:20pm.
Please no food in Coach House. Call
822-4060; 822-9817.
International Student
Services Workshop
Immigration Regulations, tba,
Immigration Canada. Int. House
upper lounge from 4:30-6pm. E-mail:
ihouse.frontcounter@ubc.ca. Call
Individual Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduate Program
Disciplines And Interdisciplinarity In
The Sciences: Teaching And Research
Perspectives. Douw Steyn, director,
Science One. Green College at 5pm.
Call 822-1878.
St. John's College Speaker Series
New Reproductive Technologies -
What's Fact; What's Sci-Fi. Dr. Margo
Fluker, Obstetrics and Gynecology. St.
John's College Lecture Hall 1080 at
5pm. Call 822-8781.
Teaching And Academic Growth
Grading Rubrics: Assessing Students'
Work. Janice Johnson. David Lam
basement TAG seminar room from
9:30am-i2:30pm. To register
www.cstudies.ubc.ca/facdev/ or call
European Studies/English Lecture
Reconstructing Europe: The Polish
Perspective. Prof. Zdzislaw Najder,
English Literature, u of Oppole;
advisor to the Minister for European
Integration. Buchanan B-226 from
i2noon-2pm. Light lunch. Call 822-
Ralph And Roz Halbert Lecture
National Planning In Israel Under
Extreme Uncertainty. Prof. Arie
Shachar, director, Halbert Center for
Canadian Studies, Hebrew University
of Jerusalem. Lasserre 104 from 2:30-
5:30pm. Call 224-3967-
Physics And Astronomy Seminar
Biomedical Imaging With Laser
Polarized Rare Gases: Progress And
Prospects. Timothy Chupp. Hennings
201 at 4pm. Refreshments Hennings
325 at 3:45pm. Call 822-2432.
Agricultural Sciences Lecture
Biotechnology, Globalization and
Food Security: The Good, The
Bad And The Ugly. Miguel Altieri,
u of California, vpl Library
Square Alma VanDusen Room;
Peter McKay Room from 7-gpm.
Call 822-1219.
Health Care And Epidemiology
Carbohydrates And Colorectal Cancer
Risk: An Intriguing Gender
Difference. Marilyn Borugian,
programmer, bc Cancer Control
Research. Mather 253 from g-ioam.
Paid parking available in Lot B. Call
Japanese Research/Japan Studies
Association Meeting
Japan Studies Association Of Canada
Annual Meeting, ck Choi 120 from
8:3oam-5:3opm. Continues to Oct. 7.
Call 822-4688.
Chemical And Biological Engineering
Characterizing The Sedimentation Of
Papermaking Fibres Using Positron
Emission Tomography (pet). Mark
Martinez, assistant professor.
ChemEng 206 at 3:30pm. Call 822-
The ubc Reports Calendar lists university-related or university-sponsored events
on campus and ofFcampus within the Lower Mainland. Calendar items must
be submitted on forms available from the ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251
Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Phone: UBC-info (822-4636).
Fax: 822-2684. An electronic form is available at www.publicafFairs.ubc.ca.
Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the Calendar's Notices section may
be limited due to space. Deadline for the Oct. 5 issue of use Reports—which
covers the period Oct. 8 to Oct. 21—is noon, Sept. 26. UBC  REPORTS  |  SEPTEMBER  21,  2000  |  5
Chalmers Institute Seminar
Level 1 Computer Course. Rev.
Gordon Laird, vst Taylor (Computer)
Centre from gam-4pm. $55; $45 grip;
$28 seniors. To register e-mail:
ci@vst.edu; call 822-9815.
Chan Centre Concert
Alleluia! Voices Magnified. Vancouver
Chamber Choir. Chan Centre at 8pm.
Call Vancouver Chamber Choir 738-
6822 or for more info 822-9197.
Religion And Spirituality Drop-Ins
Every Wednesday you can join the
Chaplains in a relaxed environment to
explore a variety of topics related to
religion and spirituality. Drop in or
contact International House for more
information e-mail:
ihouse.frontcounter@ubc.ca or call
Lunch Hour Drop-Ins
Every Thursday you can join fellow
international students in a relaxed,
social environment to explore a
variety of topics designed to help you
succeed at ubc. Topics include health,
safety, arts and literature, and music
throughout the world. Drop in or
contact International House for more
information e-mail:
ihouse.frontcounter@ubc.ca or call
Volunteer Opportunity:
Leaders Wanted
Living A Healthy Life With Chronic
Conditions - A Vancouver/Richmond
Health Board-sponsored program for
people with chronic health
conditions. We are looking for leaders
to give the program out in the
community. Free training includes
info about the program, leader skills,
and helping people cope with these
serious conditions so that they can
get the most out of life. Come out and
learn how you can do something
positive about the way that chronic
conditions affect people. Bring a
friend and meet others who are
concerned about getting the most out
of life! Next session Sept. 2000. To
register or for more information call
Barbara Henn-Pander 822-0634.
UBC Zen Society
Zazen (sitting meditation) each
Tuesday starting Sept. 12 from 1:30-
2:30pm. while classes are in session.
Asian Centre Tea Gallery. All are
welcome. Call 822-2573.
The British Columbia Service For
Medication Information Learning
And Education In bc (bc smile), bc
smile is a medication information
program for the public in bc. It is
located at the Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences at ubc, and
is staffed by licensed pharmacists to
educate the public of all ages about
the safe and effective use of
medications. The free telephone
consultations include complicated
inquiries on medication issues such
as interactions, contradictions,
allergies, medication reviews, herbs,
and alternative therapies, smile
pharmacists also provide public
presentations on a variety of
medication-related topics. All
presentations contain valuable
practical, unbiased, and up-to-date
research information. Call (800)
668-6233; 822-1330.
Get Paid To Speak Your Mind
CUPE 2950 is seeking UBC employees
to participate in a two-hour focus
group in Sept./Oct., 2000. You must
be willing to speak your mind openly.
Confidentiality ensured. An
honorarium will be paid. If you are
interested, please call 822-1494 or fax
Participants Needed
Problems with remembering,
smelling...Men and women 45+ years
old are required for a ubc study on
age-related hormone changes and
their impact on sensory and cognitive
abilities. Earn $50. Call Kevin
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Psychologists conducting research at
the Traumatic Stress Clinic at ubc
Psychiatry are offering free treatment
by telephone to people suffering from
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
(ocd). ocd is a disorder involving
recurrent obsessions or compulsions
that cause the individual significant
distress. Call Angela Yeh, Traumatic
Stress Clinic 822-8040.
UBC Birdwalks
Anyone who is interested can meet at
the flagpole above the Rose Garden
on Thursdays at 12:30pm beginning
Sept. 14. Bring books and binoculars if
you have them. Call 822-9149.
Gardens' Hours Of Operation
The Nitobe Memorial Garden, ubc
Botanical Garden, and the Shop in the
Garden are open to Oct. 2000 from
ioam-6pm daily (including
weekends). Inquiries for the gardens
should call 822-9666 and for the Shop
in the Garden 822-4529.
Sage Bistro
To the faculty, students,
administration and admirers ofthe
University of British Columbia we
present Sage Bistro at the University
Centre. Truly food for thought...Sage
is open Monday through Friday from
nam-2pm. Tapas will be served on the
patio to Oct. 15 from the hours of 3:30-
8pm. Our luncheon menu changes
weekly and features a wide selection
of wines by the quarter litre and glass.
For reservations please call 822-1500.
Premenstrual Asthma Study
ubc/SL Paul's Hospital researchers
are seeking females with asthma and
regular menstrual cycles for a study of
estrogen's effects on asthma
symptoms and lung function. Must
be 18-50 years of age and not taking
birth control pills. Honorarium and
free peak flow meter provided. If
interested, please call 875-2886.
Parkinson's Research
A research team from ubc is asking
for the assistance of people with
Parkinson's to participate in research.
This research is aimed at
understanding how Parkinson's may
affect complex activities such as
managing multiple tasks.
Participation involves performing
fairly simple tasks, some of which
involve responding verbally to
computer, screen displays. The
general goal of this work is to develop
effective methods of coping with
Parkinsons. If you are a healthy
person ofthe age 50 years or older, we
are also in need of several people to
participate in this study as part of a
non-Parkinson's comparison group. If
you would like to participate or
require more information, please
contact Todd Woodward, Psychology
Sexual Assault Research
The Anxiety and Fear Laboratory in
the Dept. of Psychology requires
female volunteers who have
experienced unwanted sexual
activity, to participate in a research
project. If you have ever had sex
with someone when you didn't
want to, because the other person
continued the event when you said
no, forced or threatened to force
you, or because you were given
alcohol or drugs, and you would be
interested in helping us with our
research, please call 822-9028.
Confidentiality and privacy
Museum Of Anthropology
The Art of Norval Morrisseau.
Continues to Sept. 30. Attributed To
Edenshaw: Identifying The Hand Of
The Artist. Continues to December.
Three Case Studies Northwest Coast
Art. Continues to Dec. Raven's
Reprise: Contemporary Works by
First Nations Artists. Continues to
Jan. 14, 2001. Conversations: The
Tecson Philippine Collection.
Continues to Feb. 15, 2001. Winter
hours Wed.-Sun liam-spm; Tues. to
9pm (5-9pm free). Web site:
www.moa.ubc.ca or call 822-5087.
Traumatic Stress Clinic
Psychologists conducting research at
the Traumatic Stress Clinic at ubc
Psychiatry are offering free treatment
to people suffering from Post-
Traumatic Stress Disorder (ptsd).
ptsd is caused by events such as
physical or sexual assault, and motor
vehicle accidents. Call the Traumatic
Stress Clinic at 822-8040.
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 714-4848.
Faculty Women's Club
The Faculty Women's Club brings
together women connected to the
university either through their work
or that of their spouses, for social
activities and lectures. The main
purpose ofthe Faculty Women's Club
is to raise funds for student
scholarships. There are 19 different
interest groups within the club,
ranging from art appreciation and
bridge to hiking. Do come and join us!
Call Elizabeth Towers, president 224-
5877; Gwyneth Westwick,
membership 263-6612.
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-
Research Study
Hard-of-hearing University students
are invited to discuss their post-
secondary experiences for a PhD
study. Involves interviews and the
option of jotting down thoughts twice
weekly over a three-week period.
Honorarium to be provided. Contact
Ruth Warick, graduate student, in the
Dept. of Educational Services, ubc.
Phone/fax 224-4198 or e-mail
UBC Utilities Advisory Notice
ubc Utilities regularly performs
maintenance work on underground
piping and electrical systems. Work
sites are always blocked off with
appropriate signs and barriers,
however sometimes unauthorized
individuals remove these signs and
barriers. Please approach work sites
cautiously and respect signs and/or
work crew instructions to avoid
potential harm. Potential hazards
including falling, electrical shock,
burns, and other harmful events. If
you have any questions concerning a
ubc Utilities work site, please call
Parents With Babies
Have you ever wondered how babies
learn to talk? Help us find out! We are
looking for parents with babies
between four to 21 months of age,
William A. McMichael, William D. Y. McMichael (holding a photo of William
McMichael Sr.) and William C. McMichael. Bruce Mason photo
United Way chair part
of 48-year tradition
Bill McMichael has been
attending UBC since 1932
UBC-it's all in the family
It's really quite simple: William
A. McMichael (BA'74) is chair of
the 2000 ubc United Way Campaign. The program coordinator
with the university's Ritsumeikan
Academic Exchange Program is on
the left. That's William G. McMichael (BASc'46) on the right. In
the centre is William D. Y. McMichael, first-year student in Arts
One, holding a photograph of his
great-grandfather—you guessed it
William McMichael (no initial),
who got the ball rolling when he
earned a BA at ubc in 1936.
"My son is the fourth generation
Bill McMichael to attend ubc,"
says William A., who wants to revitalize ubc's United Way Campaign and build a sense of community—or if you prefer—family, on
"Our slogans are 'Team est' and
'Your gift goes far, but not far
away," he reports. "We're combining our campaign with the annual
ubc Fund Campaign and, for the
first time, faculties, program areas
and staff will each host their own
special day during the campaign."
The United Way chair, who
started teaching here in 1977 and
served on Senate from 1996-99,
wants to build on tradition and
help generations to come by reaching a goal of $300,000.
His own roots in the community are deep. By the time the first
William had returned to campus
to earn a BEd in 1955, William G.
was a professional engineer with
B.C. Hydro and designed the trolley lines still being used by Lower
Mainland buses. William D.Y.
hopes to be part of the class of
The campaign kickoff is Oct.
16, but Commerce will start Sept.
18. Learn more about how you
can be part of ubc's United Way
campaign by visiting www.
unitedway.ubc.ca or by calling
including babies raised in a bilingual
home, to participate in language
development studies. If you are
interested in bringing your baby for a
one-hour visit, please call Prof. Janet
Werker's Infant Studies Centre,
Psychology, 822-6408 (ask for Kate).
Parents With Toddlers
Did you know your child is a word-
learning expert? Help us learn how
children come to be so skilled at
learning new words. We are looking
for children (two- to four-year-olds)
and their parent(s) to participate in
language studies. If you are interested
in bringing your child for a 45-minute
visit, please call Asst. Prof. Geoffrey
Hall's Language Development Centre,
Psychology, 822-9294 (ask for Kelley).
Statistical Consulting And
Research Lab (SCARL)
scarl offers statistical advice and
long or short-term assistance to
researchers. Resources include
expertise in many areas of statistical
methodology and a variety of
statistical software. Web site:
www.stat.ubc.ca/scarl, e-mail:
scarl@stat.ubc.ca or call 822-4037.
UBC Fencing Club
ubc Fencing Club meets every
Monday and Thursday from 7-9pm in
the Osborne Gym. Learn decisionmaking, poise and control.
Newcomers welcome. Drop-in fee.
Leave message at 878-7060.
Chan Centre Tours
Free tours ofthe Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts are held every
Thursday. Participants are asked to
meet in the Chan Centre main lobby
at 1pm. Special group tours can be
booked through www.chancentre.
com or at 822-1815. UBC     REPORTS
Cleanup program
makes campus sparkle
More attractive campus
aim of Plant Ops programs
by Hilary Thomson staff writer
the campus is a cleaner, brighter and more sociable place this fall
thanks to the success of several
programs started this spring by
ubc Plant Operations.
The improvements, part of the
Facility and Infrastructure Management Plan, support the goal of
making ubc safe, clean, livable and
environmentally friendly — as described in Trek 2000, the university's vision document.
"An attractive, well-maintained
campus environment is a factor in
attracting new faculty, staff, students and donors," says David
Barnes, director of ubc Plant Operations.
Operation scrub attacked the
backlog of maintenance problems
in 993 campus washrooms and renewed fixtures and components to
reduce the number of future breakdowns. In addition, some existing
men's washrooms were converted
to women's washrooms to provide
a better balance of facilities in
some buildings.
The backlog of maintenance
problems was eliminated in April;
an extended program now addresses preventive maintenance.
The Class Trek program improved the functioning of windows, blinds, lighting and projector screens in 113 classrooms. An
addilional eight classrooms in the
Buchanan Building A are slated for
upgrading in December.
Also, student social study spaces have been improved in the Curtis and Buchanan buildings with
higher cleaning standards and
painting and carpeting upgrades.
Similar improvements are being
made in the Angus building and
better lighting for the main social
area in the Curtis building will
come soon. Student social spaces
in buildings used by the remaining
nine faculties will be developed
this fiscal year.
The Disney Clean program has
added three labourers to the team
working exclusively on poster and
litter removal, making a total of 5.5
full-time equivalent employees assigned to this project. Increased
revenues from recycling and other
sources made this additional staffing possible.
The program aims to produce
the same standard of litter-free
grounds seen at Disneyland. It
calls for 50 additional new litter
bins and replacement of 50 deteriorated or damaged bins. About
one-half of the new bins have been
installed with the program slated
for completion by March 2001.
The Waste Management group
aims to raise awareness of the
campus litter problem and is planning a volunteer clean-up event in
the spring term. For more information on campus upgrades and
cleanup, visit the web site at
Medicine, dentistry, biosciences. aquaculture
".- .'V's-'J' - ,
Sept. 5,2000
Perpetual Insurance Services Ltd.
All types of OUlDplQfl   insurance available.
Visit us for all your icbc needs including:
renewals, new plate transactions, out of province,
permits, debt payments, rental policies.
For your convenience we are located on the lower level of
the Student Union Building across from Travel Cuts.
Dedicated to serve the students, staff and faculty of ubc
we also have a wide range of insurance products
homeowners, condo, tenants,
commercial, travel and medical.
phone: 225-2030    fax: 225-2036
HOUSE A perfect spot to reserve
accommodation for guest
lecturers or other university
members who visit throughout
the year. Close to ubc and other
Vancouver attractions, a tasteful
representation of our city and of
ubc 4103 W. 10th Ave., Vancouver,
BC, V6R 2H2. Call or fax 222-4104.
Elegant accommodation in Point
Grey area. min. to UBC On main
bus routes. Close to shops and
restaurants. Includes tv, tea and
coffee making, private phone/
fridge. Weekly rates avail. Call 222-
3461. Fax: 222-9279.
HOUSE Five suites avail, for
academic visitors to ubc only.
Guests dine with residents and
enjoy college life. Daily rate $58
plus $i4/day for meals Sun-Thurs.
Call 822-8660 for more
information and availability.
one br guest suites with equipped
kitchen, tv and telephone.
Centrally located near sub,
Aquatic Centre and transit. Ideal
for visiting lecturers, colleagues
and families. 2000 rates $8i-$i24
per night. Call 822-1000.
6th Ave. Heritage house,
antiques, wood floors, original
stained glass. 10 min. to ubc and
downtown. Two blocks from
restaurants, buses. Scrumptious
full breakfasts. Entertaining cats.
Views. Phones in rooms, e-mail:
farthing@uniserve.com or call
Walk to ubc along the ocean.
Quiet exclusive neighborhood.
Near buses and restaurants.
Comfortable rooms with tv and
private bath.  Full breakfast.
Reasonable rates. Non-smokers
only please. Call 341-4975.
ROOMS Private rooms located on
campus, avail, for visitors attending
ubc on academic business. Private
bath, double beds, telephone, TV,
fridge and meals five days per week.
Competitive rates. Call for information and availability 822-8788.
Centre. Residence offering superior
hotel or kitchenette style rooms and
suites. All rooms have private bath,
queen bed, voice mail, cable tv and
Internet-linked PC Beautiful view of
sea and mountains. For rates and
reservations call 822-4782.
THEOLOGY Affordable
accommodation or meeting space
near the Chan Centre and moa. 17
modestly furnished rooms with hall
bath are avail. Daily rates starting at
$36. Meals or meal plans are avail, in
the school cafeteria. For more
information call 822-9031; 822-9490.
CAMILLA HOUSE in Kitsilano area,
furnished suites or rooms avail.
Kitchen and laundry facilities. Close
to main bus routes, shopping and
dining. Weekly and monthly rates
avail. Call 737-2687.
suite. Private bath. Avail. Sept. 1
(flexible), n/s. Prefer quiet mature,
lady graduate or senior student. On
McDonald and 99 B-Line. Call
Margaret 732-6250.
FOR RENT Charming, bright, furnished, loft br chalet/apt. overlooking garden. Prime South Granville
location. Private entrance. Parking or
near bus direct to ubc or sfu downtown harbourside. Avail, immed.
$825/mo. (neg.) includes util. and
cable, n/s, n/p. Call 261-7153.
FORRENTSpacious, furnished, one
br suite. Quiet, large, cozy, knotty
cedar l/r. Private entrance. South
Granville location near bus direct to
ubc or sfu downtown harbourside, or
parking avail. Avail, immed. $750/mo.
(neg.) includes util., cable and shared
laundry, n/s, n/p. Call 261-7153.
Berkowitz & Associates
Consulting Inc.
Statistical Consulting
research design • data analysis • sampling • forecasting
■~^""—■^—   Jonathan Berkowitz, Ph.D    ^-^-■—-
4160 Staulo Crescent, Vancouver, B.C., V6N 3S2
Office: (604) 263-1508 Fax: (604) 263-1708
Deadline: for the Oct. 5 issue: 12 noon, Sept. 26.
Enquiries: ubc-info (822-4636) ■ Rate: $16.50 for 35 words or less.
Additional words: 50 cents each. Rate includes gst.
Submission guidelines: Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to: ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park
Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Ads must be accompanied by payment
in cash, cheque (made out to ubc Reports) or journal voucher.
Oct./Nov. Charming, bright, fully
furnished three br home with
ocean and mountain views. One
block from the beach. Hot tub, all
amenities and util. included.
$2ooo/mo. Close to
transportation. Call 222-1407.
absence or planning a sabbatical?
Gentleman, solo, n/s avail, for fee-
less house/suite sitting autumn 2000
throughout 2001. Ref. Please contact
Real Saint Laurent, Box 3792,
Vancouver, bc, V6B 3Z1 or call 682-
3269 ext. 9066.
for housesittingjan. 1. Pets welcome.
Ref. avail. Leave message 783-7973.
couple from northern Ontario seek
housesitting job to be near
grandchildren in Dunbar. Lifelong
teetotallers and non-smokers, this
unbelievably responsible pair of
former teachers will walk dogs (up
to reasonable size), feed fish and
speak affectionately to plants
while watering them. Modest rent
payable, but regular Vancouver
rents beyond their means. They
decline to do renovations in
exchange for accommodation,
however. Oct.-Nov. ideal, but
considerable flexibility possible. E-
mail: nkitson@interchange.ubc.ca.
Call Neil Kitson 875-5398 (work);
737-2126 (home).
hr. (Oct. 25-29). tesol teacher
certification course (or by
correspondence). 1,000s of jobs
avail. NOW. free information
package, toll free (888) 270-2941 or
RETIRING in the next three years?
As a specialist who has assisted
many ubc faculty and staff members
through the retirement process I can
help sort out the options and
provide you with free retirement
projections. Call for a
complimentary meeting at my office
or yours! Don Proteau, B.COMM.
cfp, rfp. E-mail:
dproteau@hlp.fpc.caorcall 687-
Meet the "right person" or have fun
trying, through Science
Connection, the network for single
people (ages 20S-70S) who enjoy
science or nature. Web site:
www.sciconnect.com. Call (800)
Afternoon preschool for ages three
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Institute of European Studies
hosts illegal drug conference
Honour Roll
International symposium compares the Canadian,
European and American experience in the war on
drugs. Is anyone winning?
by Bruce Mason staff writer
the expensive, ongoing failure
to combat the use of illegal drugs
is fuelling a rapidly growing international controversy.
To inform this debate, ubc's Institute for European Studies (ies)
and Green College are hosting a
free public symposium, "Illegal
Drug Use in North America and
Europe: Comparative Issues, Problems and Policies" Sept. 22-23, on
the university campus. The symposium is attracting widespread
attention and hundreds of participants have registered.
"Canada's experience is distinct
from the American 'War on Drugs,'
but has much in common with European efforts, including certain
values and attitudes," says Sima
Godfrey, director of ies, which is
bringing together leading policy
makers, scholars and practitioners.
She will moderate the opening
keynote session "Europe and
North America: Between Harm
Reduction and Zero Tolerance,"
Friday, September 22, from 1:30
p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The second session, "Questions of Policy," will be
held on Saturday, September 23,
from 9:30 a.m.-i2:30 p.m., followed
by "Questions of Practice, a
Roundtable Discussion," from 2
Among the participants is Robert MacCoun, co-author of "Does
Europe do it Better? Lessons from
Holland, Britain and Switzerland,"
featured in the September 1999 issue of The Nation, "Beyond Legalization: New Ideas for Ending the
War on Drugs."
Well-known representatives include A.D. Keizer, head of Addiction Policy in the Netherlands,
Ministry of Health and Welfare;
Ueli Locher, deputy director for
Substance Abuse and aids in the
Swiss Federal Office for Public
Health; and Diane Jacovella, direc-
The couse will deal with the
basics of setting up
presentations for slides and
posters, graphic design to
increase the readability and
aesthetics of your
presentation and dealing with
graphic images.
Powerpoint Course
Dates October 20,2000 or
November 3,2000
Time 9:00-12:00 am
Where        Room B8, Basement
Woodward IRC Building
Cost $50.00
Register      slides@interchange.ubc.ca
or 822-5769
tor of Canada's Drug Strategy Division, Health Canada.
Among the other speakers are
Werner Schneider, initiator of the
Frankfurt Resolution, and Alexandre Berlin, formerly affiliated with
the European Drugs Observatory,
Lisbon, now honorary director of
the European Commission, Brussels.
Symposium co-organizer German and European Studies Prof.
Frank Unger says participants are
aware of Vancouver's importance
as a test case and centre for implementing and evaluating drug programs and policies. Both Berlin
and Schneider have studied the
Downtown Eastside along with
other international centres of
highly concentrated illegal drug
Established in 1998, the Institute for European Studies is part of
ubc's ongoing mission to advance
international knowledge and research about, and dialogue with,
This free public symposium is
made possible through the generous support ofthe Consulate General ofthe Netherlands, the Consulate General of Switzerland and the
City of Vancouver with help from
the ubc Institute for Health Promotion Research and the President's Office.
A full conference program is
available at http://www.ies.ubc.ca/
Keith Bowler, director of Purchasing, has earned a distinguished service award from the
Canadian Association of University Business Officers recognizing 47 years of service. Since arriving at ubc as director of Purchasing in 1987, he and his team
have developed cost saving systems which are used in universi
ties across the country.
Bowler, a popular and cheerful
figure on campus, retires Oct. 1,
after which he will tend to his
garden and travel. But he has
also started a part-time consulting business, an endeavour that
is already attracting the attention of universities and other institutions.
Biotech: the good, the
bad and the tasty?
Genetically altered foods subject of lecture series
miguel altieri, one ofthe most
prominent voices in the heated debate over genetically modified organisms, will be a visiting lecturer
at ubc's Faculty of Agricultural
Sciences in October and will give
two free public lectures.
Prof. Altieri of U.C. Berkeley will
speak on "Globalization, Food Security and Traditional Agriculture," on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at
12:30 p.m. at the MacMillan Building (room 158). His second lecture,
"Biotechnology, Globalization and
Food Security: the Good, the Bad
and the Ugly," will be held on
Thursday, Oct. 5, from 7-9 p.m., at
the Vancouver Public Library, Library Square.
Altieri has been instrumental in
the emergence of agroecology as
the discipline that provides the basic principles for how to study, design, and manage sustainable agr-
oecosystems. His research focuses
on how biodiversity can contribute
to the design of pest-stable agroe-
His work extends into Latin
America where the enhancement
of agricultural biodiversity is helping resource-poor farmers achieve
year-round food self-sufficiency,
reduce their reliance on chemicals
and develop agroecosystems that
rebuild the production capacities
of their small land holdings
"These lectures will be of keen
interest to everyone involved in
sustainable development and other environmental issues," says
Moura Quayle, dean of Agricultural Sciences, presenter of the lectures. The second lecture is co-
sponsored with sfu. Farm Folk
City Folk, and B.C. Institute of
Agrologists. Call (604) 822-1219 for
more information.
myUBC.ca offers one-stop
student Internet surfing
Portal packages registration, academic records, library
information and other on-line services for busy students
ubc is developing a personalized Web portal that makes access
to the university's information resources easier for students.
"myUBC" (http://my.ubc.ca), isn't,
a typical Web site but is more akin to
a large-screen tv that users sub-divide into multiple channels according to their own preferences.
"It is a way of integrating Web-
based information that relates to
the user," says Dave Frazer, associate director of ITServices and one
ofthe portal's developers.
The portal, to be launched this
month, offers mostly UBC-related
information: notices that tell students which of their ubc library
books are coming due; library
news about online information
sources; registration information
including academic records,
course information and schedules;
and Web access to a student's e-
mail account. There are also some
non-UBC channels available such
as the abc News channel and the
espn sports channel. Frazer also
expects to have additional channels offering information on student activities and clubs on the
site shortly.
"It's part of making life easier for
students by not asking them to go
to a variety of sources for information that is pertinent to university
life," says Frazer.
The idea of the portal originated last year with the Faculty of Applied Science's Technology in
Teaching Group as a way to ease
the information burden on students, says Asst. Prof. Mary Wells,
the group's 1999-2000 chair.
"One ofthe things we were looking at was a minimum Web presence for each course in Applied
Science," says Wells, who teaches
in the Metals and Materials Engineering Dept. "So then we started
to think about it from a student's
point of view and all the information that they need."
The portal is currently a pilot
project for first-year undergraduates and fourth-year Civil Engi
neering students. Developers will
get feedback on the changes and
improvements needed before an
expected large-scale rollout to the
rest of the university's student
population occurs later this fall.
Based on the student portal experience, it is anticipated that customized Web portals for faculty
and staff will also be developed.
The initiative is a collaboration
of the Faculty of Applied Science.
ITServices, Student Services and
ubc Library. Startup capital for the
project came from a $125,000 ubc
Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund.
While students may find it convenient to use the portal as their
Internet homepage, Frazer says it
will be interesting to see how users
find new, as yet unexplored ways
to use the portal.
ubc is a leader in the collaborative development of the portal
framework, called uPortal, with
universities such as Cornell, Delaware, Georgetown, Princeton, and
Yale. uPortal is a sharable Web portal architecture for higher education institutions developed using
java technologies. 8  |  UBC  REPORTS  I  SEPTEMBER 21,  2000
Gardener Collin Varner s vision
encompasses the forest and the trees
Taking a trip down the garden path
by Bruce Mason staff writer
as coi.lin varner puts it, he's "been
down the garden path." Countless
garden paths. Many, he created
Among other things, the horti-
culturalist/aborculturalist is responsible for approximately 10,000
trees on ubc's campus. He recently published his first book, Gardens
of Vancouver, with writer Christine
Allen and photographer John
Dowell. Canada's gardening guru
Marjorie Harris says the in-depth
look at 26 Lower Mainland gardens "sets new standards in gardening books."
The seed for the definitive, 191-
page, three-year labour of love was
planted in France a decade ago. As
he paged through a volume of gardens of Paris in a bookstore, he
thought, "We don't have this architecture back home, but we've got
better gardens."
Varner should know. He's designed more than 500 local gardens.
"At the age of seven I made business cards offering to work in people's gardens and slid them
through mail slots all over Kitsilano," he recalls. By the time he was
finished high school he had his
own landscape business. Starting
work at ubc's Botanical Garden in
the mid-Vos under the tutelage of
Dr. Roy Taylor his career began to
"He wanted to learn more about
plants and we encouraged him,"
says Taylor, founding director of
ubc's garden. "At the time we
didn't know it, but he represented
the best of a new generation which
would revitalize gardening in this
On Taylor's advice Varner
earned a diploma in Horticulture
from the American Association of
Arboretums and Botanical Gardens. He also became certified
with the International Society of
Arborists and the American Society of Consulting Arborists.
the trees that grace ubc's campus
are in good hands should thumb
through Gardens in Vancouver and
wonder no more.
The bones ofthe book are Varners meticulous landscape plans.
"My father-in-law taught me how
to survey when I was in college and
I rented a transit, which came in
handy," he says, recalling the painstaking detail.
While he calculated exact dimensions, he identified and catalogued every plant and every object in each garden. "None of the
owners could provide an exact inventory. So there were surprises for
everyone involved."
"I started by drafting 3 foot by 4
foot blueprints," he explains. "They
were reduced to 11 by 17 inches and
hand colored, then reduced again
to 9 by 12 inches for the book. Each
drawing took two weeks."
"Drawings covered the dining
room table for more than a year,"
reports Wendy, who has worked in
ubc's Fine Arts Library for 15 years
and met her husband back when
they were students at Kits High
School. "Amber and I are extremely proud. I was his harshest critic
and know, professionally and personally, that completing a book
such as this is a huge accomplishment."
Vancouver's climate and geography make it the envy of gardeners
around the world but this is the
Wendy and Collin Varner unroll a blueprint from
Gardens of Vancouver on their dining room table.
Bruce Mason photo
While he hoed ubc's Physick
Garden he cultivated a dream: to
create his own botanical garden. In
1980 he purchased 35 acres near
Duncan on Vancouver Island and
within a few years his Beechwood
Arboretum comprised at least 500
species, the largest private tree collection in the country.
"I brought trees from Japan,
Holland, Germany, Scotland and
the States," he recalls. "In the end
our only customers were serious
plant collectors who might purchase a rare dwarf conifer or, at
best, a few specimens. We were
isolated. Ahead of our time."
He and his wife Wendy, with
their young daughter Amber, returned to the Lower Mainland and
Collin was offered his current position at the university in 1986.
Anyone who has wondered if
first time anyone has presented diverse local garden artistry on the
John Dowell's 140 photographs
provide glimpses down cul-de-sacs
and over hedges and fences. There
are shots of windswept woodlands
and mountainside gardens, micro-
jungles and Japanese influences,
scenes of Hollywood and prairie
nostalgia and the kitchen garden on
the roof of the Waterfront Hotel.
Some of the gardens have been
in the families of their owners for
generations, while others have
sprung from the ground only recently, fed with potfuls of money.
Author Christine Allen describes the essence and unique
personality in each — from cottage style to courtyard, grand estates, exotic tropical visions and
eclectic   plant   collections   that
flourish in the city. She also tells
Vancouver's story through the
waves of fashion, fads and immigrants that washed along the West
Coast over the seasons and decades.
"Gardening is at a zenith in Vancouver right now and there are
many gardens we couldn't include
in the book," says Varner, whose
own garden stops passersby in
their tracks and attracts experts
from all over. It surrounds a turn-
of-the-century home which he has
carefully restored to house the antiques he and Wendy have collected. He left it out ofthe book along
with those he's designed.
"It is not only the wealth of plant
material we have at hand today
which is making this phenomenon
possible, it's also the hardscape,
the rock, the statuary and pools
which are available," he adds.
"We're creating a unique West
Coast garden style. It's exciting and
varner is a consulting arborist
with local legal and engineering
firms and one of the first people
the police called when trees were
butchered in Pacific Sprit Park.
He's testified in court in personal
injury, property damage and pesticide poisoning cases.
"One ofthe most memorable experiences didn't make it to court. It
concerned an elderly couple in
West Vancouver who had lovingly
planted a row of Deodara cedars in
their youth and watched and enjoyed them grow to maturity. They
returned from a vacation to find
them cut down. My estimate ofthe
damage was $70,000. The culprit, a
neighbour behind them said, 'No
problem" as he stood between his
two Rolls Royces and cut a check.
It was a cheap route to a million-
dollar view."
Varner is conducting an extensive inventory of ubc's trees including those planted by graduating classes and ceremonial trees
dating back to 1919. His favorite
trees on campus are in the original
Botanical Garden located by the
Main Library, which date back to
1927. They are the Camperdown
Elm, Chinese Fir and Judas Tree.
Or as Varner would say, "Ulmnus
glabra 'Camperdownii,' Cunning-
hamia lanceolata and Cercis sil-
Gardens of Vancouver is published by Raincoast Books and can
be purchased for $49.95 at the ubc
Bookstore, Shop in the Garden and
other fine bookstores.


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