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 UBC Archives Serial
Volume 45, Number 16
September 30, 1999
Find UBC Reports on the Web at www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca
Bruce Mason photo
Kick Up Your Heels
Bring your partners and family to campus Saturday, Oct. 2. UBC alumni, friends, neighbours, faculty and
staff are being welcomed with a whirl of free Alumni Day activities organized by the Alumni Association.
Putting their best feet forward are UBC Dance Club members (1-r) Gloria Chien, Peter Pavlovich, Faye Hung
and David Huang, who will be featured at the Flagpole Plaza along with campus tours and a barbecue. The
day kicks off with a free performance by the UBC Opera Ensemble at the Chan Centre for the Performing
Arts. In attendance will be the reunited Class of '49 with their honorary chair, former prime minister John
Turner. Other highlights include a Green College luncheon with Commerce Prof. Michael Goldberg
speaking on B.C.'s new economy ($15, reservations required) and the free My Favorite Professor lecture
series at the Buchanan Building. Agricultural Sciences is holding an open house. Nursing will start its 80th
anniversary celebrations. For the complete list of events visit the Web site at www.alumni.ubc.ca. Call
(604) 822-3313 for more information.
as science
A new program that will see Science
students acting as a bridge between the
university and the community has triggered a response from hundreds of Faculty of Science student volunteers interested in serving as mentors and hosts
both on campus and in the community.
"We want to create an environment
where student ideas and energy have a
significant effect on how the university
grows and changes," says Dean of Science Maria Klawe. "We also wanted to
create a faculty community that spans
across disciplines. I'm thrilled at this
level of response — we've heard from
students in every department."
Dubbed the Dean of Science Ambassadors, the group of second- to fourth-
year students will serve as a core team of
volunteers for a wide range of activities
including mentoring, promoting science
in high schools, hosting visiting groups of
students, giving research demonstrations
and helping with high school science
competitions and contests. They will also
develop links with employers.
Student ambassadors will receive free
workshop training in areas ranging from
public speaking to diversity awareness.
Klawe initially tested the idea with Science students serving as volunteers with
Imagine, UBC's first-day orientation program. Their endorsement led to an e-mail
See SCIENCE Page 2
Less paper goal of
campus-wide initiative
by Andy Poon
Staff writer
With the much ballyhooed paperless
workplace yet to materialize, UBC's
Sustainability Office has set out to reduce
the more than 100 million sheets of paper
that are used each year on campus.
As part of an overall effort to reduce
waste and energy use throughout the
university, an initiative was started last
fall to reduce printing and copy paper use
by 20 per cent over the next five years
with a 50 per cent reduction over 10 years
"Paper is one of the biggest resources
that flows through the campus," says Freda
Pagani, director of the Sustainability Office. "There's a perception that paper is
very cheap so we can waste it. Printing out
e-mails and multiple drafts of documents
is common practice."
Paper makes up over half of the waste
discarded at UBC. Estimates ofthe ecological impact of the university's paper
consumption are staggering.
As many as 8,435 trees or the equivalent of all the trees on campus are used
each year for paper at UBC. Thirty tanker
trucks of oil, or about 755,066 litres of oil
are used to make the paper. Close to 38.3-
million litres of water and enough energy
to power 316 homes a year are consumed
to make a year's supply of paper for UBC.
"In the materials category, paper reduction is a major first step to reducing
waste on campus," says Pagani.
This fall, the Economics and Political
Science departments will test a paper-
saving program in which students can
either buy or sell articles they no longer
need for a price less than the photocopying costs.
The Sustainability Office was created in
May 1998 to develop ways to minimize air,
water and soil pollution at UBC. To help
foster an environmentally responsible campus, waste and energy reduction plans are
being developed and implemented throughout the university by the office.
To help implement the sustainability
policy throughout UBC, representatives
from each department are being trained
to serve as liaisons with the Sustainability
These sustainability co-ordinators will
eventually replace the volunteer recy-
See PAPER Page 2
Donations go further
with United Way
With volunteers busy rallying UBC
faculty, staff and students for this year's
United Way Campaign
across campus, organizers want to remind people
of the benefits that their
donations bring to their
"We are thankful for
support of our effort and
together we will make possible the day when future
generations will be free of the fear of
cancer," says Jane Hungerford, chair
ofthe B.C. Cancer Foundation.
"We see support for the purchase of
food and the maintenance of our operations as the key element
in combating hunger," says
Pat Burns, executive director of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.
It's that type of feedback
that makes the efforts of
Uf"|ibGd VWclU tne UBC campaign team —
comprised of more than 200
volunteers — worthwhile,
says 1999 UBC United Way Campaign
Chair Eilis Courtney.
See UNITED Page 2
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Will the T-Birds triumph in this
Beetle Mania
Plant Science Prof.
Judy Myers
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Continued from Page 1
message to second-, third- and
fourth-year students. More than
500 students expressed an interest
in being a Science ambassador.
The program may be unique
in Canadian universities, although connecting with the community is part of the culture in
science, according to Klawe.
"Science for society has become a common theme in the
last 30 years," she says. 'These
students are eager to celebrate
science, to make our work understandable to the public and
to get input on what questions
we might be exploring."
Students will report their activities back to Klawe and program organizers who include
Paul Harrison, associate dean of
Science, Julyet Benbaset, director of the Science One program,
Shona Ellis, a sessional lecturer
in Botany and others in Science's 300-member faculty.
There will likely be some form
of recognition for volunteers, says
Klawe, who is building the program around student feedback.
UBC's Faculty of Science has
almost 6,000 undergraduate students.
Continued from Page 1
With as many as 104 local
agencies and 32 affiliates receiving some form of funding from
the campaign, the money raised
from Oct. 18-29 will go towards
supporting a vast array of services and programs throughout
the Lower Mainland.
The United Way is one of the
best ways people can give to
charities and community organizations, says Courtney.
She points out that the Lower
Mainland's United Way organization has one ofthe lowest fund-
raising costs in Canada due to
conservative fiscal management
and the foresight of local volunteers who established an endowment fund for the United Way
more than 50 years ago.
On average, it costs United
Way 12 cents to raise each dollar. But with the interest generated by the endowment fund covering five ofthe 12 cents, member agencies receive 93 cents
from each dollar raised.
United Way also receives donated advertising time and space
from radio, television and news
organizations, saving costs associated with promoting the campaign.
One in three people in the Lower
Mainland have used the services of
a United Way member agency or
service and all ofthe money raised
in the Lower Mainland remains
within the area.
People interested in volunteering for this year's UBC United
Way campaign can still do so by
contacting the campaign office at
(604) 822-8929. For information
on this year's drive, visit the Web
site at www.unitedway.ubc.ca.
Lluvia Preschool
(3 & 4 year olds)
Mon.-Thurs. (I-3:30pm)
$230 per month
Register now
at 2881 Acadia Rd.
Phone 822-9386
Continued from Page 1
cling area monitors and Go Green
transportation co-ordinators
across campus.
To date, 54 sustainability coordinators have been trained
throughout the university with
the goal to train 100 co-ordinators
by May. Pagani estimates it will
be almost two years before there
are coordinators in each department across the university.
For more information on the
paper reduction plan, visit the
Web site at www.sustain.ubc.ca.
Staff or faculty interested in volunteering as sustainability coordinators may call (604) 822-
a university.
Can a university listen?
Can a university develop leaders?
Can a university have a SOU.1?
Can a university change the future?
Can a university inspire?
The University of British Columbia thinks so.
Join UBC President Dr. Martha Piper and the Board of
Governors at our second Annual General Meeting as we
reflect on the important attributes and qualities that define a
In a multimedia format, we will share with you stories ofthe
recent accomplishments of UBC students, faculty, staff and
alumni who are part of the outstanding tradition of excellence
that defines UBC. You will also learn more about Trek 2000
— UBC's vision for the next century.
DATE: Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999
TIME: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
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Bike Lanes Now Open!
Improving Your Transportation Choices
The UBC TREK Program Centre thanks
all partners for their support in making this
roadway-transformation a reality!
Our partners in this project include:
UBC Students (via AMS) ($15,000)
Province of British Columbia ($75,000)
Coast Mountain BusLink ($52,000)
UBC TREK Program Centre ($25,000)
Insurance Corporation of BC ($6,100)
Communicopia Inc. (Project Web Page)
Urban Systems Ltd. (Engineers)
Imperial Paving (Contractors)
And a special thank you to everyone else in the
UBC Community (especially UEL, City of Vancouver,
and B.E.S.T.) for showing their support. Project details
and pictures: www.trek.ubc.ca.
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Bruce Mason photo
Main Music
Erika Switzer thinks the public will agree that she has discovered
a great room to stage free noon-hour concerts and showcase the
talent of UBC music students. Switzer (left), who is completing a
master's degree in piano performance, will kick off the series with
baritone Tyler Duncan Friday, Oct. 1 at 12:30 p.m. in the Dodson
Reading Room in Main Library. The room has recently been
restored to reflect its original 1925 splendour.
Conference focuses on
aboriginal health issues
Developing aboriginal health curriculum is the aim of an interdisciplinary
student conference called Building Bridges:
Understanding and Supporting Aboriginal Health that will take place at the First
Nations House of Learning, Oct 1-3.
The conference, the first of its kind at
UBC, has attracted a full house of 60
participants from 12 different faculties.
Residential school experiences, traditional
spiritual methods of preventive medicine
and the protocol of approaching an elder are
some ofthe topics to be discussed in student-
facilitated workshops.
"We wanted to create a learner-centred experience that had relevance to
many disciplines." says Cindy Orlaw,
president of the Students for Aboriginal
Health (SAH). the group co-organizing
the conference with the Global Outreach
Students' Association (GOSA).
Speakers include Assoc. Prof. Richard
Vedan of UBC's School of Social Work
and Family Studies who will discuss cross-
cultural understanding. Education
alumna Shirley Sterling will lead a workshop on caring for oneself using the concept ofthe medicine wheel that addresses
the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing aspects.
Other speakers include University of
Northern British Columbia Prof. Mary-
Ellen Kelm who will speak on the history
of aboriginal health in B.C. A panel of
elders will offer perspective on the conference and guidance for future aboriginal
and non-aborginal health workers.
TB, poverty and infant mortality are a
real concern in many aboriginal communities but often these realities aren't reflected in Canadian health statistics,"
says GOSA chairperson and second-year
medical student Charissa Meakes. "It's
important for students in health professions to look at current aboriginal health
concerns that have resulted from the last
hundred years right here in B.C."
Workshop participants will be organized into groups bearing clan names such
as Eagle, Killer Whale and Raven. Information from the sessions will be compiled into resources for aboriginal health
curriculum development. Conference organizers aim to develop learning modules
that can be incorporated into existing
courses in various faculties.
"About one-sixth of B.C.'s population
are aboriginal people but there's very
little in the existing undergraduate curriculum that prepares students for the
health issues and culture they'll encounter when they start working," says Orlaw.
The Building Bridges conference committee, which comprises students from
areas such as pharmacy, education and
botany also aims to develop a Web site of
learning materials and create Internships
in communities where aboriginal health
is an issue.
"Students saw the need for this information — they're right in the trenches,"
says James Andrew, co-ordinator of the
division of Community Liaison in the
Institute for Aboriginal Health and supervisor of the conference project. "Issues that arise in class may not be examined thoroughly because instructors feel
they are not an authority. Also, doctors
supervising students in rural sites where
the majority of patients are aboriginal
report that students often don't know
how to approach patients because they
are unfamiliar with the culture."
The conference is funded by a $50,000
grant from the Teaching and Learning
Enhancement Fund.
Beetles eat life out of
loosestrife at Jericho
by Bruce Mason
Staff writer
Vancouver's magnificent Jericho Park
has a welcome new attraction, one that
can't be seen.
Several years ago. purple loosestrife,
an introduced plant, was displacing native plants. This summer it has been
demolished by European beetles released
into the park's west pond by UBC scientists.
"The beetles have reached high densities and are having a major impact on the
loosestrife plants, most of which have
been killed in the pond," says Plant Science and Zoology Prof. Judy Myers.
"Look, it's toast," says Zoology graduate
student Madlen Denoth, pointing to dead
brown stalks of plants that once choked
the area. She and assistant Janis
Newhouse have been tracking the impact
ofthe beetles under Myer's supervision.
Ponds at Jericho Park are good examples of wetlands across northern North
America which have been invaded by
European purple loosestrife. Lythrum
salicaria. An attractive plant, with pretty
purple flowers, il is capable of taking
over wetland sites and was clearly doing
just that in the early '90s at Jericho.
In 1993, Myers released 30 individuals of a European beetle that feeds exclusively on purple loosestrife. They had
been reared at the Agriculture and
Agrifood Canada Laboratory in
Lethbridge, Alta.
In 1996. beetles of the same species
collected from a site in Ontario — where
they had been effective at reducing
loosestrife densities — were added.
For those familiar with Jericho Park,
loosestrife plants killed by beetles are a
pleasant sight. In an adjacent pond with
lower densities, loosestrife has been aggressively pulled by interested citizens.
Beetles have now been released at a
number of sites around the Lower Mainland, but they have shown the greatest
impact at Jericho and several locations
near Chilliwack. The research project is
looking at why the beetles are more
effective at some sites than others.
"The beetles are good dispersers. so
we hope they will find new sites in the
Jericho area," says Myers. "This summer
we moved about 500 beetles from this
site to a new location in Langley where
we hope they will establish and continue
to battle this invasive weed."
In addition to the work on biological
control, the study is looking at interactions between purple loosestrife and two
rare marshland plants to measure the
potential impact.
The research has been funded by the
B.C. Habitat Conservation Fund and the
World Wildlife Fund.
T-Bird notes
by Bruce Mason
Staff writer
Coach readies for
Shrum showdown
It's not his first Shrum Bowl but
UBC football coach Jay Prepchuk is
still pumped.
The Thunderbirds will meet cross-
town rivals, the SFU Clan, for the
22nd time Oct. 2 and
the score is tied at 10-
10-1. The kickoff is 7
p.m. at Burnaby's
Swangard Stadium.
Prepchuk, in his first
season as UBC head
coach, recalls other
Shrum Bowls, especially 1980 when SFU
trounced UBC 30-3. He
was on the other side,
SFU's quarter-back and
the game's most valuable player, well on his
way to establishing
records that still stand
on Burnaby Mountain.
"It's exciting to play SFU for myself and the players," he says. "It's a
big event. Pride and a rivalry are
involved and the outcome reflects on
our program."
Prepchuk will face his former coach
Chris Beaton and although UBC will
have to adjust to American rules to
play SFU, the team won't have any
excuses, he says.
Much as he would like to win
against his alma mater, it's an exhibition game and bragging rights, not
points, are at stake.
Prepchuk's primary focus is UBC's
regular season. UBC is ranked fifth
in the Canadian Inter-university Athletic Union (CIAU) top ten with a 3-1
record. He says UBC's football team
is improving with each game but still
hasn't reached its full
potential. And he hopes
the university community will come out and
support the team in
home games against
top-ranked Manitoba
Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at
Thunderbird Stadium
and defending national
champions, Saskatchewan Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.
Another UBC tradition, the Father Bauer
Classic takes place Oct
8 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
and Oct. 10 at 3 p.m.
and 6 p.m. at the Winter
Sports Centre.
The Father Bauer Classic is an
annual UBC hockey tournament featuring the Thunderbirds and teams
from Canadian universities. Playing
this year are the University of Calgary,
the University of Regina and York
Varsity athletes are prepared to
generate excitement on campus and
across the country in the weeks ahead.
For information on upcoming events,
scores and ticket prices, call the 24-
hour T-Bird line at (604) 822-BIRD
(822-2473). 4 UBC Reports • September 30, 1999
October 3 through October 16
Sunday, Oct. 3
Contemporary First Nations
Arts Speaker Series
Illustrated Talk. Marianne
Nicolson, artist. MOA Theatre
Gallery at 2pm. Call 822-5978.
Monday, Oct. 4
TAG Seminar For The
Teaching Community
Create Quizzes And Tests Using
Word 97. David Lam PC Lab B
from 9am-12noon. Register at
www.cstudies.ubc.ca/facdev/ or
call 822-9149.
Making Technology Happen.
Denil Doyle, chairman. Capital
Alliance Ventures Inc. NRC Innovation Centre from 9am-4:30pm.
$445 includes lunch. Call 822-
Blood Donor Clinic
SUB Ballroom from9am-2:30pm.
Bring valid photo and signature
ID. For additional eligibility requirements call 879-6001.
President's Lecture/Peter
Wall Institute Lecture
Anger And Revenge. Prof. Myles
Burnyeat, Philosophy, Oxford U.
Peter Wall Institute from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-3292 or 822-
Centre For Southeast Asia
Research Seminar
Press Freedom And Political Intervention: A Commentary On Recent Developments In The Philippines. EllenTordesillas. CKChoi
120 from 12:30-2pm. Call 822-
Direct Numerical Simulation Of
Turbulent Reacting Flows. Asst.
Prof. W. Kendal Bushe, Mechanical Engineering. CEME 1202 from
3:30-4:30pm. Refreshments at
3:25. Call 822-3770.
Tuesday, Oct. 5
TAG Seminar For The
Teaching Community
Are There Any Questions? Designing And Asking Questions
For Multiple Learning Situations.
David Lam basement TAG seminar room from 9am-12noon. Register at www.cstudies.ubc.ca/
facdev/ or call 822-9149.
Vancouver School Of
Leadership For Congregations In
Transition: An Introduction To
Interim Ministry. Margaret
Jonsson and guest clergy. VST,
6000 Iona Dr. from 9:30am-4pm.
Continues to Oct. 7. $175. Call
Faculty Women's Club
The Vancouver Society Of Storytelling. Helen O'Brian, founding
director. Cecil Green Park House
at 10am. Call 822-0434.
Continuing Studies Public
Canterbury Tales. Rachel Mines,
PhD candidate. King's College.
Vancouver Public Library (downtown), Peter Kaye Room from 10-
11:30am. Continues to Oct. 26.
$47, seniors $42. Call 822-1420.
Institute For European
Current Migration Trends And
The Political Debate Concerning
Migration In Italy Today. Enrico
Pugliese, U of Naples. Buchanan
Penthouse at 12:30pm. Refreshments at 12noon. Call 822-1452.
Oceanography Seminar
Transport Of Asian Pollutants To
The West Coast Of North America:
1999 Update. Dan Jaffe. UofWash-
ington. BioSciences 1465 at
3:30pm. Call 822-3278.
Statistics Seminar
Fuzzy Sets (An Introduction). S.
Mahmoud Taheri, Shiraz U. CSCI
301 from4-5:30pm. Refreshments
(bring mug). Call 822-0570.
History And Ethnography Through
The Writings Of A. Irving Hallowell:
Ojibwa Conversations From The
1930s and 1990s. Jennifer Brown,
U of Winnipeg. Buchanan Tower
1206/1207 from 4:30-5:30pm.
Call 822-5179.
Green College Speaker Series
In Search Of Ecologically Sustainable Yield Model. Neil Gribble,
Queensland U. Green College at
5pm. Reception from 6-6:30pm.
Call 822-1878.
Water Based Fire Suppression I.
CEME 1202 from 6:30-9:30pm.
Continues to Nov. 16. $900, or
$ 1100 by distance learning. Call
Continuing Studies Public
Understanding Islam. Emile
Nucho, McGill U. University Women's Club. 1489 McRae Ave. from
7:30-9prn. Continues to Nov. 9.
$67, seniors $62. Call 822-1420.
Continuing Studies Writing
Writing For Screen and TV: An
Introduction. Bill Van Luven, producer/director. Carr Hall conference room from 7:30-9:30pm. Continues to Nov. 23. $200. Call 822-
Wednesday, Oct. 6
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Scientific Program. North American travelling fellows. VGH, Eye
Care Centre Aud. from 7am-12
noon. Call 875-4192.
Continuing Studies Public
Dostoyevsky. Prof. Emeritus
Bogdan Czaykowski, Slavonic
Studies. Vancouver Public Library
(downtown), Peter Kaye Room from
10am-1:30pm. Continues to Oct.
27. $47, seniors $42. Call 822-
Centre For Chinese Research
Round Table
Religious Issues In China: The
Contemporary Context. Daniel
Overmyer, Asian Studies; Andre
Laliberte, Political Science; and
Anwar Ablimit, Centre for Chinese
Research. CK Choi 120 from
12noon-2pm. Call 822-2629.
Centre For Research In
Women's Studies Colloquium
Gabrielle Roy: Negotiating Meaning. Jane Everett, McGill U. Women's Studies lounge from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-9173.
Wednesday Noon Hours
Silk Road. With Celso Machado,
Brazilian guitar; Laurence
Mollerup. bass. Music Recital Hall
at 12:30pm. Admission $3. Call
Continuing Studies Writing
Autobiography. Lillian Boraks-
Nemetz. University Women's Club,
1489 McRae Ave. from l-3pm.
Continues to Nov. 10. $120. Call
Continuing Studies Public
Where Has Love Gone? Marina
Sonkina, teacher, writer. Vancouver Public Library (downtown), Peter Kaye Room from 2-3:30pm.
Continues to Nov. 10. $67, seniors
$62. Call 822-1420.
Nursing Rounds
Evaluation Of A Community Postpartum Telephone Intervention.
Nancy Hambley, MSN student.
UBC Hosp., Koerner Pavilion T-
206 from 3-4pm. Call 822-7453.
Individual Interdisciplinary
Studies Graduate Program
Interdisciplinarity As Necessity.
John MacDonald, founder of
MacDonald Detweiler. Green College at 5pm. Call 822-1878.
Cultural And Media Studies
TBA. Elliot Goldner. Psychiatry.
Green College at 7:30pm. Call 822-
University Women's Club Of
Artist's Gallery Opening.
Printmaking artists Miriam and
Lane Tratt. University Women's
Club, 1489 McRae Ave., from 7-
9pm. Call 731-4661 or
uwcvanc@bc. sympatico. ca.
Continuing Studies Writing
Creative Writing: Square One. Paul
Belserene, local writer, director &
producer. UBC Hosp., Koerner
Pavilion T-185/186 from 7:30-
10pm. Continues to Nov. 24. $ 190.
Call 822-1420.
Thursday, Oct. 7
Continuing Studies Public
Shakespeare: The Man Of The
Millennium. Christine Parkin. Vancouver Public Library (downtown)
Peter Kaye Room from 10-
11:30am. Continues to Nov. 18.
$67, seniors $62. Call 822-1420.
New Faculty Orientation
New Faculty Orientation Walking
Tour. David Lam TAG seminar
room from 12-4:30pm. Register at
www.cstudies.ubc.ca/facdev/ or
call 822-6827.
Continuing Studies Public
Mars and Venus In The Trenches:
Gender Roles & The Literature Of
The Great War. Deborah Lendon.
Vancouver Public Library (downtown) Peter Kaye Room from 2-
3:30pm. Continues to Nov. 25.
$77, seniors $72. Call 822-1420.
Science Council Seminar
From Concept To Company:
Launching Your Technology Spin-
Off Company. A panel of experts
assembled by the Science Council
of BC. SFU from 3-7pm. Pre-regis-
ter by calling 438-2752.
Nature, Culture And
Colonialism Lecture Series
Climate, Race, And Regionalism
In The American South. Mary
Stewart, History, Western Washington U. Green College at 7:30pm.
Call 822-1878.
Continuing Studies Public
Comparative Realities: A Tour Of
World Views. Carr Hall conference
room from 7:30-9:30pm. Continues to Dec 2. $135. seniors $125.
Call 822-1420.
St. John's College Lecture
Ethos And Expertise In Technical
Discourse. Carolyn Miller. St.
John's College 1080 at 7:30pm.
Call 822-8781.
Friday, Oct. 8
HCEP Rounds
Development Of AStatewide CATI-
Based Health Survey In Victoria,
Australia. Dr. Michael Ackland.
Mather 253 from 9-10am. Call 822-
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Chimeric Oncoproteins In Childhood Cancer: When The Whole
Exceeds The Sum Of The Parts.
Dr. Poul Sorenson. GFStrongAud.,
from 9-10am. Call 875-2307.
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar Series
Exposure Of Chronic Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease Patients To
Particulate Air Pollution: As Assessment Of Exposure And Cardiovascular Health Effects.
Stefanie Ebelt, MSc candidate.
UBC Hosp., Koerner Pavilion G-
279 from 12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-
Weekly Seminar
An Initial Model Of The Forming
And Wet-Processing Stages Of A
Twin-Wire Paper Machine. Asst.
Prof. Mark Martinez. ChemEng 206
at 3:30pm. Call 822-3238.
Mathematics Colloquium
Residually Finite Groups. Prof.
Akbar Rhemtulla, U of Alberta.
Math 100 at 3:30pm. Refreshments at 3:15pm in room 1115.
Call 822-2666.
Physical Chemistry Seminar
Designing Separation Systems In
Capillary Electrophoresis. Philip
Britz-McKlbbin. Chemistry D-225
at 4pm. Refreshments at 3:45pm.
Call 822-2448.
Vancouver School Of
Level 1 Computer Course. Gordon
Laird. VST, 6000 Iona Dr. from 7-
9pm. Continues to Oct. 9. $50,
$45 (team), $25 (seniors). Call 822-
9815 to register.
Tuesday, Oct. 12
Continuing Studies Public
Conversation With A Classic: May
Brown. May Brown, former Vancouver politician. Vancouver Public Library (downtown), Peter Kaye
Room from 12noon-lpm. $8. Call
Intercultural Studies In Asia
The Mountain Is Moving: Japanese Women's Lives. Reading by
Prof. Emerita Patricia Morley,
Concordia U. CK Choi 120 from
12:30-2pm. Call 822-2629.
Continuing Studies Writing
Life Into Fiction. Lillian Boraks-
Nemetz, author. Carr Hall conference room from l-3pm. Continues to Nov. 30. $155. Call
Statistics Seminar
A Bayesian Approach To Fuzzy
Hypotheses Testing. Mahmoud
Taheri, Shiraz U. CSCI 301 from
4-5:30pm. Refreshments (bring
mug). Call 822-0570.
Green College Speaker
TBA. Wayland Eheart, Civil Engineering, Uof Illinois. Green College at 5pm. Reception, 6-
6:30pm. Call 822-1878.
St. John's College Lecture
Perimenopause, Culture and
Women's Reproduction. Dr.
Jerilynn Prior. St. John's College
at 5:15pm. Call 822-8781.
Museum Of Anthropology
Virtual Tour Of Ancient Rome by
means of a 3-D CD-ROM. Museum of Anthropology Theatre
Gallery at 7pm.
Wednesday, Oct. 13
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Post-Traumatic Bone Defects In
The Tibia. Dr. R. Meek and Dr. W.
Taha. VGH, Eye Care Centre Aud.
at 7am. Call 875-4192.
Cecil And Ida Green
Visiting Professor
Legacies Of Anti-Fascism: Building Democracy In Postwar Europe. Prof. Geoffrey Eley, History, U of Michigan. Buchanan
A-104 at 12:30pm. Call 822-
Wednesday Noon Hours
Vilma Vitols, voice. Music Recital
Hall at 12:30pm. Admission $3.
Call 822-5574.
Netherlands Studies Film
Screening and Lecture
"Falling:" Documentary Filming
In A Polarized Situation. Jean
Hellwig, Dutch filmmaker.
Buchanan B-312 at 4pm. Call
Institute Of Asian Research
Stockbrokers Turned Sandwich
Vendors: The Economic Crisis
And Food Retailing InThe Philippines And Thailand. Gisele
Yasmeen, Sustainable Development Research Institute. CKChoi
120 from 4:30-6pm. Call 822-
GAMmm pomcy mp pmx>mm
Tlie UBC Reports Calendar lists university-related or
uniyersity-sponsored events on campus and off campus within the Lower Mainland.
Calendar items must be submitted on forms available
frdmtheUBCPublicAfifeirsOfflce,310-6251 Cecil Green
Park Road, Vancouver B.C., V6T1Z1. Phone: UBC-INFO
(822-4636). Fax: 822-2684. An electronic form is available at http://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. 14 issue of UBC Reports —
which covers the period Oct. 17 to Oct. 30 — is noon,
Oct. 4. UBC Reports ■ September 30, 1999 5
October 3 through October 16
Legal Issues For The Construction Industry. Various lawyers
from Bull Housser & Tupper.
CEME 1204 from 6:30-9:30pm.
Continues to Dec. 1. $500. Call
Continuing Studies Public
Great Gardens Of Europe And
The Northwest. Ron Rule.
Lasserre 107 from 7:30-9pm.
Continues to Nov. 17. $67, seniors $62. Call 822-1420.
Thursday, Oct. 14
Continuing Studies Public
International Scene. Various
speakers. Vancouver Public Library (downtown), Peter Kaye
Room from 12noon-1:30pm.
Continues to Nov 25. $67, seniors $62. Call 822-1420.
Interdisciplinary Graduate
Unsettling Potential In Interdisciplinary Research. Marilyn
Iwama. Green College from
12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-0954.
Institute For European
New Politics For New Times:
Transformations Of The Left In
Europe Since The Sixties. Prof.
Geoffrey Eley, U of Michigan.
Buchanan Penthouse at
12:30pm. Refreshments at
12noon. Call 822-1452.
Green College Special
Earthquake Preparedness: A
Practical Guide. Pamela Rydings,
Health, Safety and Environment.
Green College at 5pm. Call 822-
The University Women's
Club Of Vancouver
Prospective Members Night.
University Women's Club, 1489
McRae Ave., from 7-9pm.
Call 731-4661 or e-mail
uwcvanc@bc. sympatico. ca.
Cedl and Ida Green
Visiting Professor Fireside
Between Social History And Cultural Studies: The Practice Of
The Historian At The End OfThe
20th Century. Prof. Geoffrey Eley,
U of Michigan. Green College
Graham House at 7:30pm.
Friday, Oct. 15
HCEP Rounds
Evaluation Of A Community-
Based Medication Education Program For Seniors. Dr. Patrick
McGowan, Institute of Health
Promotion Research. Mather 253
from 9-10am. Call 822-2772.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
1998 Adolescent Health Survey
Highlights. Dr. RogerTonkinand
Dr. Jorge Pinzon. GF Strong Aud.,
from 9-10am. Call 875-2307.
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar Series
Determinates Of Exposure To
Metal Working Fluids In B.C.
Machine Shops. Andrew Ross,
MSc candidate. UBC Hosp..
Koerner Pavilion G-279 from
12:30-l:30pm. Call 822-3073.
Jewish Studies Lecture
No Ivory Tower: The Impact Of
Women's Studies On Academia
And Israeli Society. Alice Shalvi,
Schechter Institute of Jewish
Studies. Buchanan D-239 at
12:30pm. Call 822-2889.
History /Women's Studies
TBA. Prof. Regina Morantz-
Sanchez, U of Michigan. Women's
Studies Centre seminar room at
12:30pm. Call 822-5675.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Effects Of Vanadium On Carbohydrate Metabolism In Rats. Askar
Mohammad. Cunningham 160
from 12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-
Centre For Japanese
Research Seminar
Is Japan Decentralized?: The Perceptual Gap Between Public Finance And Political Science. Prof.
Andre DeWit. CK Choi 120 from
12:30-2pm. Call 822-2629.
Weekly Seminar
Effects Of Resins/Asphaltenes
Ratio On Heat Exchanger Fouling
Of Heavy-Oil-Containing Mixtures.
Eman Al-Atar, MASc candidate.
ChemEng 206 at 3:30pm. Call 822-
Genetics Graduate Program
Genetics And Behaviour: Engineering A 'Fierce' Mouse. Elizabeth
Simpson, Centre for Molecular
Medicine And Therapeutics.
Graduate Student Centre ballroom
at 7:15pm. Refreshments. Call
UBC @ The Chan
UBC Symphony Orchestra And
The VSO. Georg Tintner. guest
conductor. Chan Centre at
8pm. Tickets at Ticketmaster
or the Chan Box Office. Call
Tenth Annual Pacific Northwest
Music Graduate Student Conference. Green College. Continues to
Oct. 17. E-mail Laurel Parsons at
gparsons@radiant.net or call 929-
Saturday, Oct. 16
Continuing Studies Writing
The Adventure Of Writing For
Young People. Joan Weir, author.
Carr Hall conference room from
9am-4pm. $75. Call 822-1420.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
History And Cinema: Imagining
Britain's Past. Prof. Geoffrey
Eley, U of Michigan. IRC#2 at
8:15pm. Call 822-3131.
Next calendar deadline: noon, Oct. 4
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 protected.
Beautiful Cut Flowers For
Only $3 per bunch on Fridays
from 11 am-lpm at the Horticultural Greenhouse. Call 822-3283.
Research Study
EcoRlsk Research Unit seeks non-
students to participate in 'group
decision making' experiments surrounding environmental issues.
Workshops are on Mondays and
Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30pm in
October. Call 822-0551.
Research Study
EcoRisk Research unit is seeking
UBC staff members to volunteer
for a research study investigating
public perceptions about the benefits and risks of space exploration. A booklet and questionnaire
will be campus-mailed to you to
complete atyour convenience. Call
Joseph 822-9261.
Museum Of Anthropology
Objects Of Intrigue. Continues to
March 31. A Break In The Ice: Inuit
Prints From The Linda J. Lemmens
Collection. Continues to Feb 2. Attributed to Edenshaw: Identifying
The Hand OfThe Artist. Continues
to Feb. 13. Lamps From The Greek
And Roman World. Continues to
Dec. 5. Three Case Studies. Northwest Coast Art. Continues to Aug.
31. Unity Quilt. Continues to Dec.
31. Free to UBC students, staff,
faculty. Web site: www.moa.ubc.ca
or call 822-5087 or 822-5950.
Child Behaviour Research
How do parents see challenging
child behaviours? We are asking
parents of 7 to 14-year-olds to tell
us by completing an anonymous,
30-minute questionnaire. You can
receive the results. Please call Assoc.
Prof. Charlotte Johnston's lab, 822-
UBC Zen Society
Zazen {sitting meditation) each
Monday (except holidays) from
1:30-2:20pm while classes in session. Asian Centre Tea Gallery. All
are welcome. Call 822-2573.
Bike Workshop
Free bike care clinic with Jason
Addy, master bike mechanic. SUB
loading dock Rm. 41, every
Wednesday from 6-7pm. Call 822-
Corvjeptual PK^sics
- a summer workshop in Burnaby
July 4-14, 2000
TWs voorkskop ...
.. . will provide teachers with first hand experience learning
conceptual physics from Paul G. Hewitt, author of the
textbook, Conceptual Physics.
TKe voorksKop fon*»t...
.. . will consist of morning lectures, workshop sessions,
computer simulations, classroom activities and laboratory
Topics voW include ...
.. . kinematics, dynamics, conservation laws, gravity,
rotation and special relativity, heat, light and optics,
electricity and magnetism, radioactivity and nuclear
Need More ir\ponv«rtior\?
Contact the Office of Continuing Professional Education
Fee Toll-free (BC only): 1-888-492-1122
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Bike Repair Party
Help repair and paint public bikes
and learn as you go. MacMillan
(SW corner), every Tuesday from
4-8pm. Call 822-4566.
Vancouver Team Handball
Looking for players at all levels.
Osborne Gym, Fridays from 7-
9pm. Call 222-2074 or visit hand-
TRIUMF Public Tours
Tours are available every Wednesday and Friday to April 28 from 1 -
2:15pm. Group tours may be arranged by calling the TRIUMF Information Office 222-7355.
Research Study
We are seeking healthy 8- to 12-
year-olds and their mothers to take
part in a psychology study to find
out more about how children learn
about hurts and pains. For more
information, call Prof. Ken Craig's
lab 822-5280.
UBC Campus Tours
Walking tours ofthe campus available upon request. E-mail
melissa.picher@ubc.ca or call the
Ceremonies Office at 822-0949 to
book a time.
School of Nursing Fall
Institute Registration
Institute Leader: Prof. Ann Hilton.
Nov. 5-7. Early registration (before
Oct. 15): $195, students: $325,
regular. After Oct. 15: $245, students: $375, regular. Call 822-7453
or e-mail onr@nursing.ubc.ca for
more information or to register.
Studies In Hearing and
Senior (65 years or older) and
junior (18-35) volunteers needed.
If your first language is English
and your hearing is relatively good,
we need your participation in studies examining hearing and communication abilities. All studies
take place at UBC. Hearing
screened. Honorarium. Please call
the Hearing Lab, 822-9474.
AMS Rentsline
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 touch-tone
phone 24 hours a day. 365 days
a year. Call 714-4848.
Pride UBC Alumni Search
Out In The Millennium: Celebrating 20 years Of Outweek (1980-
2000). This event is for our current GLBTmembers and alumni,
as well as our friends and allies.
Call Amar (co-chair) 222-3542.
Gardens Open
The Nitobe Memorial Garden,
UBC Botanical Garden and Shop
in the Garden will be open until
Oct. 1 1 (inclusive) from 10am-
6pm daily (including weekends).
For the gardens call 822-9666
and the Shop 822-4529.
2000-2001 and Subsequent Years
Nominations are invited for the position of Cecil H. and Ida
Green Visiting Professor. The main criteria for selection
are the proposed visitor's distinction, public speaking
ability and appeal to a broad spectrum of student, faculty
and off-campus audiences. Performing artists may also be
nominated. The visits are usually for one concentrated
week during February, March, October or November and
require a substantial commitment of time from a faculty
coordinator. Permanent deadlines: February 15 and October
31, but nominations are accepted at any time for the next
For detailed terms and procedures, contact Rosanne Rumley
at Green College, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road, Campus
Zone I or vsp@interchange.ubc.ca or fax to 822-8742. 6 UBC Reports ■ September 30, 1999
News Digest
Vancouver's Downtown South Community Health Centre, an
interdisciplinary resource serving 3,000 clients a year and a training site for residents and undergraduates, has been awarded the
1999 John F. McCreary Interdisciplinary Team Prize.
The centre, opened in 1995, has 25 professionals on staff,
including psychiatric nurses, alcohol and drug counsellors and
physicians who treat clients with health issues such as addictions,
poverty, mental illness and HrV/AIDS.
The award is given annually by UBC's Office of the Co-ordinator
of Health Sciences for the best example of a B.C. health-care
initiative that demonstrates innovative co-operation between three
or more health-care disciplines.
Writing Centre
Offering a variety of non-credit courses and services
to the university community and the general public
Subject areas include:
• Preparation for University Writing and the LPI
• Introductory and Advanced Composition
• Grammar and Style
• Overcoming Writer's Block
• Study Skills
• Tutoring Skills
• Business and Technical Writing
New courses:
• Making Sense of Legal Writing
• Writing for Film and Television
Daytime, evening and weekend courses
begin the week of October 11.
Information: 822-9564
ww vv.cstudies.ubc.ca/wc
liillL] Biomedical Communications
The classified advertising rate is $16.50 for 35 words or less. Each additional word
is 50 cents. Rate includes GST. Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to the UBC Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park Road,
Vancouver B.C., V6T 1Z1, accompanied by payment in cash, cheque (made out to UBC
Reports) or journal voucher. Advertising enquiries: UBC-INFO (822-4636).
The deadline for the Oct. 14 issue of UBC Reports is noon, Oct. 4.
Phone 822-5769 for more information.
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	
accommodation in Point Grey
area. Min. to UBC. On main bus
routes. Close to shops and
restaurants. Includes TV, tea and
coffee making, private phone/
fridge. Weekly rates available.
Call 222-3461. Fax: 222-9279.
Five suites available for
academic visitors to UBC only.
Guests dine with residents and
enjoy college life. Daily rate $56
plus $ 14/day for meals Sun-Thurs.
Call 822-8660 for more
information and availability.
BAMBURY   LANE      Bed   and
breakfast. View of beautiful B.C.
mountains, Burrard Inlet and city.
Clean, comfortable. Use of living
room, dining room, and kitchen.
Min. to UBC, shops and city. Daily,
weekly and winter rates. Call or
fax 224-6914.	
one BR guest suites with equipped
kitchen, TV and telephone.
Centrally located near SUB,
aquatic centre and transit. Ideal
for visiting lecturers, colleagues
and families. 1999 rates $85-$ 121
per night. Call 822-1010.	
6th. Heritage house, antiques,
wood floors, original stained
glass. 10 min. to UBC and
downtown. Two blocks from
restaurants, buses. Scrumptious
full breakfasts. Entertaining cats.
Views. Phones in rooms. E-mail:
farthing@uniserve.com or call
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.
CAMILLA   HOUSE    Bed   and
Breakfast. Best accommodation
on main bus routes. Includes
television, private phone and
bathroom. Weekly reduced
rates. Call 737-2687. Fax 737-2586.
ROOMS Private rooms, located
on campus, available for visitors
attending UBC on academic
business. Private bathroom,
double beds, telephone,
television, fridge, and meals five
days per week. Competitive
rates. Call for information and
availability 822-8788.
ALMA BEACH B&B Beautiful,
immaculate, bright rooms with
ensuite in elegant, spacious
home. Two blocks to Jericho
Beach/Vancouver Yacht Club.
Gourmet breakfast. Central
location to downtown/UBC. N/S.
Call 221-1950.
18th Ave. Visitors and students of
UBC are most welcome. 15 min.
to UBC or downtown by bus,
Close to restaurants and shops.
Daily rates from $50 to $100.
Please call and check it out at
TRIUMF HOUSE Guest house with
homey, comfortable environment
for visitors to UBC and hospital.
Located near the hospital. Rates
$40-$65/night and weekly rates.
E-mail: housing@triumf.ca or call
Warm hospitality awaits you at this
centrally located view home. Large
rooms with private baths, TV,
phones, tea/coffee, fridge. Full
breakfast, close to UBC, downtown,
and busroutes. 3466W.15 Ave. Call
737-2526 or fax 727-2750.
suite. Quiet, large, cosy, knotty
cedar living room. Private
entrance. South Granville
location, direct bus to UBC,
parking available. $700/nno.,
includes utilities, cable and
shared laundry. N/S or pets
please. Immediately. 261-7153.
furnished waterfront 3 BR, 2 bath,
apartment, indoor pool, exercise
room, on bus routes, 20 min. to
UBC, walk to central library, ferry
to Granville Island. N/S. $1800.
gjbullen@bc.sympatico.ca. 264-
loft BR chalet/apartment
overlooking garden. Prime South
Granville location. Private
Entrance, parking, or direct UBC
bus. $750/mo., utilities and cable
included. No smokers or pets
please. Call 261-7153.
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A new resource centre operated by the UBC Bike Co-op
provides space for bicycle commuters to learn how to fix
their bikes. Called the Bike Hub, the centre is located in a
portable donated by the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
behind the MacMillan Building. Among the 200 members of
the co-op are (1-r) Karina Verhoeven, fourth-year Landscape
Architecture, Gillian Allan, third-year Creative Writing, Coop president and graduate student Ted Buehler, Community
and Regional Planning, high-school student Brigitte Rocket,
James Zhu, second-year Science and John Schreiber, fourth-
year History.
Economist to push
borders of studies
"Canada, like any other country, is best understood in comparison with others," says UBC
Economics Prof. John Helliwell.
Helliwell has been appointed to
UBC's Brenda and David McLean
Chair in Canadian Studies for
1999-2001, one of few such endowed chairs in the country.
"I see my international and
Canada-related research to be
tightly and beneficially linked,"
he says.
Assoc. Prof. Richard Cavell,
chair of Canadian Studies,
says the appointment is an important step in
the evolution of
such programs,
which sprang up
on Canadian
campuses in the
1960s when
many in the
country worried
that Canada was
getting short
shrift on university curricula.
"Canadian Studies are now
an international phenomenon,
with some 235 programs around
the world," he says. 'The result
has been an increasingly global
perspective on Canadian issues."
Helliwell has earned an international reputation for research
on national and international
macro-economics, especially for
his comparative empirical studies of economic growth. His recent research topics have included the effects of democracy
on economic growth and social
capital and the brain drain, including a study of where all UBC's
graduates are living.
His most recent publication,
How Much Do National Borders
Matter? earned the Doug Purvis
Memorial Prize for the best work
on Canadian economic policy
published during the year.
The  McLean family,  which
endowed the chair in 1992, feels
more time should be devoted to
Canadian Studies at universities.
"We fundamentally believe
that an Arts education provides
an important
grounding in
life," says David
Studies at UBC
co-ordinates approximately 100
Canadian content courses
across the Faculty of Arts, as
well as two dedicated courses,
one in Canadian Cultural Studies and a fourth-year seminar
taught by the McLean chair.
The Mclean family's endowment supports the research and
teaching of the incumbent for
two years as well as a UBC Press
publication series consisting of
lectures given at the end of the
chair's two-year tenure. It also
supports the major and minor
program in Canadian Studies
and a popular speakers' program.
Hub of
into life
The UBC Bike Co-op is doing
a lot more than just spinning its
The Bike Hub is UBC's new
bicycle resources centre and the
latest addition to the co-op's campus cycling services.
Located in 81 square metres
in a portable behind the
MacMillan Building, the centre
features public shop space, a
training facility, lock grinding
services and a work area to reconstruct bikes for the co-op's
fleet of purple and yellow bikes.
"I never expected the program
to be successful in so many
ways," says Ted Buehler, president of the co-op and a PhD
student in the School of Community and Regional Planning.
The new space — donated by
Agricultural Sciences Dean
Moura Quayle — has boosted
the co-op's ability to serve UBC
bike users, he says.
Current projects at the Hub —
which has two full-time employees — include developing a UBC
cycling map to be distributed to
students in residence and designing a campus greenway for
walkers and cyclists.
Also proposed is a day-care
centre where commuters can
drop off their bikes for secure
storage, stash their gear, shower
and change for work or classes.
Other services offered by the
co-op, an AMS club with 200
members, include the Bike
Kitchen — a bike repair shop
open to the campus community
and the public — and a fleet of
120 purple and yellow bikes that
co-op members can use to travel
across campus.
The co-op has also launched
Bike Repair 101, a program offering both one-hour bike care
clinics and one-day bike mechanic certification courses. The
UBC TREK office, which supports sustainable transportation
alternatives on campus, sponsors the program.
The Bike Hub is located at
6357 Agronomy Rd. and is open
Monday to Friday from 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. For more information
on becoming a co-op member or
volunteer call (604) 822-BIKE or
visit the Web site at
You Can Have A
Hand In It
The Canadian Cancer
Society says that a well-
balanced, varied and
moderate diet may
protect you
against the
risk of cancer.'
I  °
Canadian I soant
by staff writers
Martin Hollenberg. professor emeritus of Anatomy
and former dean of Medicine, has been appointed
UBC coordinator for the Canadian Institutes of
Health Research (CIHR) within the Office ofthe Vice-President, Research.
Hollenberg will co-ordinate and stimulate efforts of health
researchers at UBC and affiliated hospitals to maximize the
research opportunities presented by the impending formation of the CIHR.
The CIHR's budget for health-related research is expected
to nearly double that currently available through the Medical Research Council of Canada (MRC). The MRC will be
replaced by the CIHR next year.
Hollenberg joined UBC's Faculty of Medicine in 1971 and
served as its dean from 1990-96.
Metals and Materials Engineering Prof. Indira
Samarasekera has been appointed the UBC coordinator for the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). the $1-billion fund designed to help universities, colleges and hospitals
upgrade their research facilities.
Samarasekera will assist UBC
researchers in preparing funding
applications. UBC has been
successful in attracting more
than S22 million from CFI in the
first round of funding.
Director of the Centre for
Metallurgical Process Engineering. Samarasekera has been a
faculty member since 1980. She
has been a member of the
National Research Council of
Canada since 1996 and is a
fellow of the Royal Society of
Canada and the Canadian
Academy of Engineering.
I ""Frederick Pritchard has been named UBC's director
i    of planning.
Pritchard, formerly the planning manager for the City
of Kelowna, will advise and support the associate vice-
president, Land and Building Services, on issues such as
campus development, academic space planning and
capital projects.
Pritchard will also be responsible for forging and
maintaining close ties with the City of Vancouver, the
Greater Vancouver Regional District, the provincial government, UBC Properties Inc. and others with an interest in
UBC's campus.
Richard Kerekes, director of the Pulp and Paper
Centre, has been awarded the 1999 John S. Bates
Memorial Gold Medal for long-term contributions
to the science and technology of the pulp and paper
The medal is the highest recognition given to a member
of the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada.
Founder and director of the UBC Pulp and Paper
Centre since 1983, Kerekes also established UBC's Pulp
and Paper Master of Engineering program and recently led
the development of a new advanced papermaking initiative
for the province.
The Centre for Research in Women's Studies and
Gender Relations has awarded three one-term
teaching releases to Dianne Newell, Becki Ross and
Patricia Badir for this academic year.
This fall, Newell, a professor of History, is using the
term to do research in feminist science fiction while Ross,
an associate professor of Women's Studies and Sociology,
is investigating the sub-culture of erotic entertainment in
post-war Vancouver. In January, Badir, an assistant
professor in the English Dept., will use the term to edit
and produce a play by early Canadian dramatist Marjorie
The Centre provides funding for the selected scholar's
department to hire sessional lectures to cover their teaching during the term. The deadline for applications for the
2000-2001 selections is Nov. 15. 8 UBC Reports • September 30, 1999
Taking a big bite out of life
Do something different each day," says Assoc. Prof. Lance Rucker
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
To say that Lance Rucker is a Renaissance man is to flirt dangerously with understatement.
An associate professor of Dentistry,
Rucker is also an inventor of ergonomic
equipment, a championship ballroom
dancer, actor, novelist, playwright, sailor,
violinist and martial arts student.
He has been a skydiver, professional
horse trainer and pistol and rifle marksman. He also speaks three languages
other than English.
"I think it's critically important to do
something different each day and to start
something at which you are a beginner
every couple of months," says Rucker.
"It's important to be a beginner if you
wish to thrive in living and particularly if
you wish to be a good mentor and teacher."
Originally from Kentucky, Rucker has
been a faculty member since 1983.
After obtaining an undergraduate Arts
degree, Rucker pursued dentistry because it satisfied many of his needs for
flexibility, versatility, independence and
a fusion of science and art.
His specialties include performance
simulation, clinical ergonomics and surgical magnification.
"Performing microsurgery in a small
cavity — often working in reverse and
using mirrors — can lead to imbalanced
posture and repetitive strain injuries,"
says Rucker, who is director of clinical
simulation in the faculty.
Repetitive strain injury, often affecting
the back and neck, has been recognized
as a problem for dentists, hygienists and
assistants since the early 1960s. With
changing work patterns such as entire
workdays spent in repetitive fine motor
tasks such as keyboarding, the condition
is becoming increasingly common and is
receiving international attention.
It's estimated that about 60 per cent of
North American dentists suffer with low
back pain each year. On average every
clinician misses one to two days of work
annually for muscle or skeletal problems
related to work posture, says Rucker.
In addition to teaching students healthy
ergonomic practices In clinical simulations,
Rucker acts as a consultant to professionals who have suffered strains and need
advice about minimizing further risk of
injury. He also advises insurance companies in evaluating claims for work-related
disability arising from dental practice.
His interest in ergonomically correct
work practices and equipment led him to
design the "ErgoLogic." It's an ergonomic
computer keyboard that is split into two
sections that form an inverted V-shape
which the user can adjust to the most
comfortable angle.
Rucker patented and co-developed the
keyboard with North America's largest
keyboard manufacturer. About 15,000 of
the boards have been sold worldwide
since 1994.
Surgical telescopes present another
ergonomic challenge for Rucker, who is
head of the faculty's interdisciplinary
Surgical Telescope Evaluation Project.
Hilary Thomson photo
A need for flexibility, versatility, independence and a fusion of science and
art led Assoc. Prof. Lance Rucker to study dentistry after completing an Arts
degree. Named UBC Dental Educator ofthe Year in 1992, he also finds time
to write, act and invent ergonomic devices.
Ultrafine motor tasks performed by
dentists require the use of surgical telescopes that look like mini-binoculars
attached to a pair of eyeglasses.
The angle of the telescope, or declination, in relation to the dentist's eyes and
the work being done is critical. If the angle
is incorrect, the wearer often compensates
by holding the head and neck in an awkward position or straining the eyes.
Rucker developed a declination
gauge that allows the wearer to
get the best postural and optical
balance. The gauge was produced by a
surgical telescope manufacturer and 400
dentists in B.C., most faculty members
and all incoming UBC dental students
now work with customized declination
surgical telescopes.
"I revel in the support I have received
from UBC." says Rucker. "No matter
what strange places my creativity and
scholarly activities have led me, the university has always backed me up."
Perhaps the most innovative project
yet is the Clinical and Surgical Computer
Interface. Rucker is one of the UBC co-
The project aims to develop a head-
mounted computer device that allows for
hands-free access to computerized
records and images and control of equipment and hardware.
Called Surgical Telescope Augmented Reality (STAR), the device
uses voice-activated input and
output that allows the practitioner to
work without the necessary but clinically
disrupting and distracting activities of
note-taking, record-keeping and getting
and viewing X-rays.
"STAR will boost ergonomic capability
greatly, it makes treatment safe for both
dentists and patients and it also has an
enormous commercial potential," says
Rucker. "All microsurgeons would benefit from this device — everyone from
cardiovascular and neurosurgeons to
Rucker and the STAR team have
worked with the Faculty Development
Office and the University-Industry Liaison Office to expedite the product's development via a private company.
"Dentistry has undergone incredible
changes since I began in the profession,"
says Rucker. "Ironically, in spite of revolutionary developments in biomaterials
and instrumentation, most dentists continue to work for their equipment rather
than making their equipment work for
Rucker credits UBC's relatively small
and flexible faculty as being a key factor
in UBC dominating change in North
American dental schools.
In addition to introductory ergonomics and clinical simulation Rucker teaches
performance logic, peak performance
training, restorative dentistry and clinical hypnosis.
"Hypnosis is about finding the body/
mind balance. We use it to help patients
relax or to reduce or stop specific responses such as gagging or
hypersalivation," says Rucker. "It has
been accepted in clinical dental practice
in North America since the mid-1950s
and has been a standard part of UBC
dental curriculum since the early 1980s."
Named UBC Dental Educator of the
Year in 1992, Rucker is also
a lifetime member ofthe Research
Education and Action for Community
Health (REACH) Centre Association in
recognition of his role redesigning the
REACH Dental Clinic.
REACH is the base for a program where
supervised UBC dental students provide
free dental care at the Downtown Eastside
These professional accomplishments
are balanced with Rucker's varied personal interests and achievements.
A creative writer since childhood,
Rucker says writing is an obsession for
him. He has written four novels, three
screenplays, several hundred poems and
two collections of short prose pieces.
He is currently co-authoring a book
with his wife who is a sexual and marital
therapist. Called Love in the Fourth Dimension and Beyond, the book describes
eleven dimensions of loving, sexuality
and intimacy.
But writing is not Rucker's only form
of self-expression. He and his wife are
ballroom dancers. In addition, he has
acted since his days as a university
student. His recent entry into the local
television film industry has landed him
roles ranging from FBI agent in the top-
rated X-Files to criminal mastermind.
Another outlet for Rucker, both physical and philosophical, is the martial art
of Aikido which he has studied for 12
"It's a quiet and an intensely powerful
art. I see it as a dynamic expression of
harmony and balance in the universe,"
he says. "It's also a lot of fun."
So what's the secret to becoming a
20th-century Renaissance man?
"Each day should contain five elements: read something, write something,
get in touch with thoughts and feelings,
do something physical and do something
This openness to learning and discovery is reinforced by an Aikido tradition,
says Rucker.
"The instructor begins each practice
by saying 'onegaishimasu' which means
'please help me or please teach me.' I like
to conduct my university teaching and
my life in the same spirit."


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