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 THE  UNIVERSITY  OF  BRITISH  COLUMBIA
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VOLUME  50   I   NUMBER  8   I  SEPTEMBER  2,2004
UBC REPORTS
2 UBC in the News 3 Michael Smith Legacy 5 Medical Expansion 6 Campus Growth 9 Byers Comes Home
AIDS in Africa: Up Close and Very Personal
UBC student gets intense first-hand look at HIV/AIDS epidemic during summer seminar in Malawi. BY ERICA SMISHEK
If called upon to write that proverbial
essay about how she spent her summer vacation, an uncommon one in
Malawi, Africa, Madeleine Lyons
would undoubtedly tell of attending
five funerals in 10 days - each death
attributed to AIDS.
"AIDS is beyond a crisis, it's beyond
a pandemic, it's beyond anything we
have words for," says Lyons. "There is
death everywhere."
Entering her second year of Arts at
UBC, the just-turned 19-year-old was
one of 20 undergraduates from across
Canada who participated in the 57th
World University Service of Canada
(WUSC) Summer Seminar. The project
paired students with their Malawian
counterparts to carry out research on
"I saw things I never thought I'd have to watch. By the end, I couldn't. It violated
every single one of my code of ethics. The whole time this was happening to her, as
the stones hit her, her face remained blank. She was embarrassed, you could see it
in her eyes; ashamed of herself, ashamed that I was seeing this."
HIV/AIDS or sustainable agriculture
and learn about Malawi's strategy for
meeting the United Nations'
Millennium Development Goals in
these areas.
It was Lyons' first time outside
Canada, and it offered a profound firsthand look at poverty, racial and gender
inequality, and the AIDS epidemic.
She calls it "the most unbelievable
eye-opening experience of my life."
Lyons was taught to prepare nsima, a traditional Malawian dish made from maize
flour and water.
During her six-week stay, the
delightful and determined Lyons
interviewed project leaders from both
government and non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) responsible for
HIV/AIDS initiatives. She visited
hospitals, clinics and maternal health
centres to examine gender and equality
issues affecting HIV infection as well as
post-infection health care. And she
spent 10 days living with a Malawian
family in Dezda, a rural village
decimated by the epidemic.
"Youth in these villages don't exist
anymore - AIDS has wiped them out,"
says Lyons, who stayed in a rusty
tin-roofed hut with a married
50 something couple, their adult
missionary son, and two 18-month-old
grandchildren orphaned when their
AIDS-stricken mother died of a
secondary infection a week after their
caesarean birth. The couple had also
taken in three girls, aged 12, 14 (who
is eight months pregnant) and 15, all
orphaned by AIDS, as servants.
Located in southeastern Africa,
Malawi's population is estimated at
11.6 million; the average life expectancy for the total population is 38 years.
Malawi has one of the highest
HIV/AIDS infection rates in the world,
with conservative estimates pointing to
15 per cent of the adult population -
one in seven - infected.
"There is a lot of pressure to keep it
quiet within the country," Lyons says.
"In the cities, you can actually say the
word 'AIDS.' But in the villages, you
can't ask people if they have AIDS.
You use the word 'illness' but it
becomes pretty apparent what they
have when you see shingles, a common
opportunistic infection, covering their
faces and their children dying.
"They have no testing in rural
areas. And in urban areas, nobody
goes because nobody wants to know
the truth. Without anti-retrovirals, it's
a death sentence."
The UN Millennium Development
Goal for HMAIDS is to stop and
begin to reverse the number of new
infections. The Malawian government
promotes abstinence as the most
effective method against the spread
of HIV, while the church, a powerful
lobby in the country, refuses to
support the use of condoms.
Upon her arrival, Lyons was given
nine condoms to distribute.
"Many of our Malawian counterparts made a very obvious point of
throwing them away, saying they were
practicing abstinence," she explains.
"Later on in the program, however,
they would be in bed with their
boyfriends. It isn't having sex that is
the problem, but saying one thing
publicly and doing another privately
just exacerbates the disease."
In Malawi, the average age of a
person's first sexual experience is 15.
Often this experience isn't a choice but
a reality of economic circumstances,
especially in rural areas, as young
orphaned girls use transactional sex as
a means of generating income to support themselves and any siblings left
under their charge, or cultural tradition. Fisi ("hyena" when translated),
for example, is a sexual education ritual in which a group of young girls
who have had their first menstrual
period or are soon to be married are
"initiated" with intercourse (often
unprotected) by the same man, a disguised figure who strikes in the dark.
Not surprisingly, six women for
every one man are infected.
While the Malawian government
recently received $100 million from
the Global AIDS Fund to support an
anti-retroviral drug program, these
drugs are distributed from only one
hospital in the country and are
currently given only to people in very
advanced stages of the disease. Lyons
says more money, more drugs and the
infrastructure to distribute them are
desperately needed.
"Anti-retrovirals are almost a
miracle drug. They're not a cure; but
when mothers go on them, they can
actually look after their kids; kids can
actually go to school instead of
working. You stand a chance at
breaking the poverty cycle, breaking
the hold of this disease."
In recent news reports, a senior UN
official warned that sub-Saharan Africa
will have 20 million HIV/AIDS
orphans by 2010.
"There would be groups of 20 or 30
kids at the side of the road, playing
with footballs they had fashioned out
of plastic bags that had been melted,"
she says of the orphans. "Or they
would be skipping with ropes made
out of grass. There are so many of
them, there is nothing for them to do."
As in the case of the family with
whom Lyons stayed, many female
orphans are taken in as servants and
work from dawn to midnight, cooking,
cleaning, washing, gathering firewood,
tending to younger children and to
chickens, goats and cows.
"These girls were so badly treated,
not by the grandparents, but by the
other five grandchildren who came to
visit. I saw them kicking dust in the
face of the young girl who was pregnant as she knelt. They spit on her;
they threw rocks at her.
"I saw things I never thought I'd
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Virtual Ocean
UBC researchers have developed a "new locomotion interface for swimming and floating in
a virtual reality ocean," reports
the San Jose Mercury News.
Showcased at a recent computer graphics conference in Los
Angeles, the innovation involves
suspending a "swimmer" and
tracking his movements. A computer-generated animation of the
swimmer is then projected on a
screen.
The swimmer wears a virtual
reality display over his head and
sees a simulation of the ocean —
with waves reacting to the movement and refracted sunlight. He
can even hear the sounds of water
slashing and sea birds calling.
UBC Second Most Cited
UBC researchers are the second
most cited scholars in Canada,
according to a ranking of citations in scholarly scientific and
technical journals.
UBC came in behind the
University of Loronto with 17
investigators identified as highly
cited in leading journals such as
Nature and Science.
UBC placed 19th among
North American public universities in
the rankings.
"This is a remarkable achievement,
and illustrates how UBC research is
contributing to discovery everywhere,
said UBC VP research Indira
Samarasekera told the Vancouver Sun
Balancing Business and Family
More and more couples are opting for
the flexibility of getting into business
together because of the financial and
family benefits, according to David
Peter Hudson, pilot of the Thunderbird
Project, trained three years for the test.
Bentall, chairman of the Business
Families Centre at UBC.
"The norm of someone working
for a company for their lifetime is
disappearing," Bentall told The Globe
and Mail. "From both the male and
female side, there's a tremendous
drive to have more flexibility in their
careers.
"Those two forces are causing
more and more people to say 'Hey
let's start something on our own.'
Thunderbird Grounded for Now
After six years of planning, design
and construction on its human-
powered helicopter, a team of
faculty and students at UBC
couldn't get the machine off the
ground at a recent attempt to
break the current world record.
"It was a no-go," UBC
engineering department spokesperson Sherry Green told The Globe
and Mail. "They had technical
difficulties."
More than 160 students at UBC's
mechanical engineering department
have worked on the Thunderbird
Project since its inception in 1998,
but only six to 12 people, headed by
team leader Mike Georgallis, work
on it at any one time.
Rescue Bots Save the Day
A robot armed with toilet-bowl
brushes recently won the UBC
engineering department's annual
robotics contest.
The robots, designed as
"rescue-bots," had to rescue a
stranded doll at the bottom of a
pretend cliff.
The contest is the students' final
exam for the course.
"It counts for marks and
bragging rights for several years,"
physics professor Andre Marziali told
The Vancouver Sun.
The robots use sensors and special
filters to recognize parts of the course
and computer programs written by the
students to tell them what to do. No
remote controls allowed.
Jeff Young, head of UBC's physics
and astronomy department and one
of the judges said he hopes the contest
lets people know that physics can
be fun. "It's not just drudgery and
hard work." □
Put Another Fiver on the Barbie ...
UBC United Way Campaign kicks off Sept. 22
Lhe 2004 UBC United Way Campaign kicks off with a
great BBQ later this month on Wednesday, Sept. 22. A
burger and pop costs only $5 at SUB from 11:30 a.m. -
1 p.m. and all proceeds go to the United Way of the
Lower Mainland, an umbrella organization that provides funding to a number of community organizations
supporting social services across the Lower Mainland.
"Come out and join us for the Kick-off BBQ," says
Stan Auerbach, a lecturer with the Faculty of Education,
who will chair the campaign this year. "We have some
surprises up our sleeves and we guarantee you'll have a
good time."
As in previous years, volunteers were busy in August
planning the campaign activities.
Thanks to the generosity of the campus community,
last year's campaign exceeded the goal of $500,000 by
$11,000.   "We want to continue to build on that outstanding success by increasing the awareness of United
Way throughout the campus," says Auerbach.
" One way of doing this is increasing the number of
volunteers in the campaign.  This is a great opportunity
for staff, faculty and students to build their leadership,
public speaking and event planning skills."
For more information on the campaign, the kick-off
event or how to get involved, contact Liz King, UBC
United Way Campaign Coordinator, at 604-822-8929
(UBC-UWAY), e-mail united.way@ubc.ca or check out
the Web site at www.unitedway.ubc.ca □
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The late Michael Smith envisioned a unique lab at the heart of campus.
UBC's New State-of-the-Art Facility
BY HILARY THOMSON
The curving coloured ribbons of glass
that stretch across the 36-metre-wide
front window tell the whole story
If you're able to read DNA sequences,
that is.
The swirling design represents the
DNA segment that was the focus of the
late Mchael Smith's Nobel Prize-winning
research. A UBC professor of biotechnology, Smith devised a way to re-program
segments of DNA, a process called
site-directed mutagenesis. The discovery
earned him the 1993 Nobel Prize in
Chemistry. The colourful glazing - the
first window of its kind in a North
American building - is a visual highlight
of the Mchael Smith Laboratories
(MSL) that will be officially opened
Sept. 24.
"Mchael Smith not only made an
extraordinary contribution to science,
he also encouraged young scientists to
learn and discover," says UBC President
Martha Piper. " I can think of no more
fitting legacy than to have this group of
stellar scientists brought together in a
state-of-the-art facility."
Smith's dream was to create a unique
interdisciplinary centre dedicated to
genomic research and located at the
heart of campus. Now, almost two
decades later, his vision has been realized
with a $30-miHion lab that covers 7,500
sq. metres adjacent to the UBC
Bookstore.
" I remember Mchael had a model
of the building on his desk when I first
came here," says microbiologist Brett
Finlay, UBC Peter Wall Distinguished
Professor whom Smith recruited in 1989.
Finlay is one of 15 principal investigators and approximately 225 people who
will work in the three-storey building
when it is at full capacity. Many of the
researchers have been associated with
UBC's Biotechnology Lab which Smith
founded in 1987. Scientists in the lab
have been recognized with numerous
national and international research
awards.
"This is a remarkable group of
academic investigators whose research
discoveries have crossed scientific
disciplines in extraordinary ways and
who represent international leadership in
biotechnology," says Phil Hieter, MSL
director. "A distinguishing feature of
MSL scientists has been consistent
development of new technologies to
answer important biological questions.
It would be no surprise if UBC's next
Nobel Prize came from this lab."
A replica of Smith's Nobel Prize
medal and his picture will be featured
in a special alcove in the ground floor
public lobby.
Other building features include a
teaching lab directed by David Ng, who
provides outreach programs to approximately 2,000 Lower Mainland high
school students annually. There is also a
100-seat lecture theatre that is electronically linked to other UBC teaching sites,
a multipurpose room, and an atrium
offering common social space for scientists and research staff.
The building is the first on campus to
use Voice Over IP, a technology that
allows voice and data to travel on the
same infrastructure so that researchers
can plug in computers anywhere in the
building, giving greater mobility between
interdisciplinary labs and lowering operating costs. In addition, the building will
be part of UBC's high-speed wireless network.
Researchers have had significant
input into the design of their workspace.
Electrical engineer Robin Turner, who
develops new spectroscopic methods in
biotechnology, will be working in a laser
lab built to his specification.
"These labs are highly programmed
space with features customized to the
researchers' work so that scientists can
move in and start work right away,"
says Ron Turner, project manager, who
was a childhood friend of one of Smith's
sons. In those days, he regarded the scientist as "just some guy in
Birkenstocks."
MSL researchers, representing five faculties, explore organisms ranging from
worms and mice to trees.
They include neurobiologist Terry
Snutch whose work may lead to new
therapies for migraines, stroke and cardiovascular disorders, and chemical engineer Charles Haynes who looks at the
behaviour of biomoleeules and how synthetic surfaces can be tailored for medical
and industrial application. MSL associate
director Brian Ellis, an expert on genetically engineered food, studies how plants
adapt to environmental stresses such as
fungus, insects and temperature
extremes. Hieter analyzes genes involved
in cancer and other human diseases.
The lower floor of the MSL will
house the UBC Bioinformatics Centre.
Directed by Francis Ouellette, the
450-sq. metre-facility will house five
researchers and approximately
70 students, post-doctoral fellows, and
lab workers when fully operational.
Bioinformatics integrates computers,
software tools, and databases to address
biological questions, particularly in the
fields of genomics and proteomics.
The MSL represents the UBC component of the Centre for Integrated
Genomics, a collaboration of UBC and
the BC Cancer Agency.
Funding for the MSL has been
provided by Canada Foundation for
Innovation, the B.C. Knowledge
Development Fund and private donors.
For more information on the Mchael
Smith Laboratories, visit
www.biotech.ubc.ca. □
Disaster Course a Hit with Students
BY MICHELLE COOK
The combination of mass destruc
tion and human drama that has
made so many Hollywood disaster
movies box office hits, has also
proven to be a winning formula for
a UBC Science course.
With 1,200 students expected to
enrol this year, the earth and ocean
sciences first-year course on The
Catastrophic Earth - Natural
Disasters is one of UBC's most popular elective courses. You could call
it an academic blockbuster.
While many courses start off with
large enrolments, then lose students
after classes start, enrolment in EOS
114 usually increases by 100 students in the first few weeks. Talk
about rave reviews.
"Students like it because we make
disasters fun," says Prof. Roland
Stull, the course's creator and lead
instructor.
"We firmly believe that science
doesn't have to be boring. We
believe we can teach the science of
disasters - the physics, the dynamics
and those things - yet keep the
whole thing exciting."
With the aid of dramatic film
footage, photos, statistics and news
clips, students are taken on a wild
trip through the science of earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides,
storms, tsunamis, meteor impacts
and mass extinctions.
Although no longer part of the
coursework, in previous years, Stull
even had students watch Hollywood
disaster movies to critique them for
scientific accuracy. (Just in case you
were wondering, The Core gets a
thumbs down, and The Perfect
Storm a solid thumbs up.)
Sarah Chan and Samantha Tsang,
both 2nd-year Arts students, signed
up for the summer 2004 session of
EOS 114 on the recommendation of
a friend who had taken the course.
They say they liked it so much
they'll pass the recommendation on
to others - but they're not ready to
jump ship from Arts to Science - yet.
"The course was well taught and
it put a lot of things into perspec-
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BY BRIAN LIN
There are simply too few
Aboriginal people employed in
the forestry sector in B.C., especially considering that more than
80 per cent of Canada's First
Nations are located on forest
land, according to Ron Trosper,
the latest faculty member of
Forest Resource Management in
the Faculty of Forestry.
Of more than 3,000 registered
professional foresters in B.C.,
only 12 of them, or 0.4 per cent,
are of Aboriginal ancestry.
Armed with a PhD from
Harvard and the experience of
founding the Native American
Forestry Program at Northern
Arizona University, Trosper, of
Salish and Kootenai ancestry, is
determined to change that. As an
associate professor of aboriginal
forestry he will participate in
developing the faculty's
Aboriginal Forestry Program.
"This is an exciting academic
focus for the faculty," says dean
Jack Saddler.
And a prudent one. Prior to
1994, only three Aboriginal students were known to have graduated from the faculty. Since then,
22 have completed their studies,
including some at the master's
and PhD level.
"There is an urgent need to
increase the role of Aboriginal
people in managing and caring for
the land," says Trosper. "Recent
court decisions are indicating that
huge changes are in store in
Aboriginal participation in
forestry, yet there are still many
barriers to Aboriginal students
who wish to pursue post-secondary education."
One of Trosper's main goals
will be increasing university-level
research with First Nations communities, without losing sight of
proper research protocols that
respect traditional culture and
practical needs.
"There is a long history of dispossession in how the industry
and researchers have worked with
Aboriginal people," says Trosper.
" It's important to realize that First
Nations people don't reject
advances in technology and science - in fact, they embrace them
- but there's a very different way
in which they see the world.
"The forest is surrounded in a
social context, and to Aboriginal
people, it's obvious that living in,
modifying and taking care of the
forest are one and the same. You
can't manage the forest without
getting to know the people."
Trosper has hit the ground running since he arrived in Vancouver
in July. He and Saddler have
already travelled up to Haida
Gwaii off B.C.'s northwest coast
to meet with community leaders,
government officials and industry
representatives.
When asked what attracted him
to UBC, he pointed to the strong
graduate program at the faculty.
He wants to see more Aboriginal
people pursue advanced degrees so
there is a "permanent presence"
of Aboriginal people in academia.
"There is great potential for
UBC to be a leader in Aboriginal
forestry education," he says. □
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School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Director
The Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, invites applications and nominations for the
position of Director of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences.
The individual selected should have doctoral level qualifications or equivalent and a strong background
in Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy. He or she should also be familiar with the nature of practice
in Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, 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 emphasizes the relationships
among disciplines and between research and clinical practice.
As of 2004, the School offers two-year master's programs in Occupational Therapy and in Physical
therapy and advanced graduate programs in rehabilitation (MSc, PhD, and MRSc, an on-line master's
degree). The School has strong interprofessional links with other departments in the University and
with both practice communities.
This is a full-time tenured position which is subject to final budgetary approval. Academic rank and salary
is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The anticipated start date is January 1, 2005.
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified
persons to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.
Letters of application accompanied by a curriculum vitae, three recent publications and the names
of three referees should be submitted by September 30, 2004, and directed to:
Dr. Gavin C.E. Stuart, MD
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Room 317, Instructional Resources Centre
University of British Columbia
2194 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 1Z3
Disaster Course a Hit with Students
continued from page 3
tive," Chan says. "In the media,
you're told the wrong things about
disasters. It's very stereotyped. In
this course, you learn the truth."
Chan and Tsang also say they'll
never watch Hollywood disaster
movies in quite the same way again.
"It's a lot of fantasy," Tsang says.
"But now we can be critical of it
on the basis of scientific information, " Chan adds.
But didn't all that talk of mass
destruction leave them feeling a little paranoid?
"Yeah, living in Richmond, a little bit," Chan laughs. "If there's an
earthquake, we're going to be the
first to go."
Launched four years ago, EOS
114 is taught by a "dream team" of
seven specialists in specific disasters
who've all had first-hand experience
in the field. Stull, for example, is a
weather expert who used to chase
storms in Oklahoma when he was a
university student.
The instructors are supported by
an army of TAs who also staff an
Earth Course Assistance Centre during the term to give students one-
on-one help.
The goal of the course is to teach
students how and when natural disasters occur, how to recognize them,
how to identify hazards, the science
behind them, and what students can
do to ensure their own safety and
plan their lives. Things "like where
they might and might not want to
buy a house, like probably not
along the shoreline of Florida
because a hurricane or storm surge
will wipe it out," Stull says.
Despite his obvious enthusiasm
for the course, Stull says it's not
meant to make light of the often
devastating natural occurrences that
happen around the globe on a daily
basis.
" I tell the students every day that
our business is to help save lives
and reduce economic losses," Stull
explains. "Even so, this is our field
of study and we're excited about it,
so we teach it with the same excitement, but I let people know we're
not insensitive.
" I think the students feel that.
They can tell that when there's a
really good storm or earthquake,
we get excited about it."
Originally conceived as a way to
increase enrolment in the department, the course is also designed to
advertise related courses in the
field, and encourage undeclared students to consider earth and ocean
sciences as a major.
The approach has been so successful that it's even spawned a
spin-off. Dinosaur's Earth (EOS
116) was launched last year after
students raved about the segment of
EOS 114 on mass extinction.
The popularity of EOS 114
doesn't surprise Stull.
"Everyone is interested in disasters, " he says. But, he adds, if students learn one thing from the
course, it should be that science is
fun - and they should choose where
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University of Victoria will be Home for
Widely Travelled Student
Few Canadian Teenagers were Witness to the Horrors of Rwanda's 1994 Bloody Civil War
BY HILARY THOMSON
Visiting Rwanda inspired Michelle Tousignant to pursue medicine.
UBC medical student Michelle
Tousignant, 14 years old at the
time, was there visiting her father
who was part of the United
Nations Assistance Mission.   She
says watching the Red Cross in
action during the conflict strongly influenced her decision to
become a doctor.
The 24-year old has just started her first year of UBC's medical
undergraduate program, one of
24 students admitted to the
Island Medical Program (IMP) -
part of the Faculty of Medicine's
expanded medical education program (see sidebar).
"I have always had a strong
pull towards health and healing,"
says the well-travelled
Tousignant, who says she grew
up as a "military brat."
" I was truly inspired by what
I saw - it was a big driving force
for me," she says.
After high-school graduation
in Belgium, she traveled to
Honduras to work in rural
health clinics and hospitals and
"loved it."
A kinesiology grad from
University of Victoria, Tousignant
was attracted to the IMP because
she felt she had roots - for the
first time in her life - on
Vancouver Island and because she
would be learning with a small
group of students, an experience
she had enjoyed as an undergrad.
Students in the IMP and the
Northern Medical Program are
rated on a rural suitability index
as part of the admissions process.
Tousignant's interest in rural
areas has much to do with her
love of outdoor activities, especially skiing and snowboarding.
"I'm going into medicine with a
really open mind in terms of
where I'll end up," she says. "I'm
looking at smaller communities
close to ski hills, but who knows,
I may change my mind more than
once in the course of my studies."
As an IMP student, she will
spend the first four months of
medical school at UBC's
Vancouver campus before moving
back to the Island as part of the
IMP's first class. □
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for Advanced Studies
Exploratory Workshop Grant
The Peter Wall Exploratory Workshop Program awards
$15,000 to $25,000 to interdisciplinary teams of UBC
researchers to create new research initiatives by bringing
outstanding international experts to the Universiry. Your
proposal should be broadly interdisciplinary and involve
basic research. The application deadline for the Fall 2004
competition is October 1, 2004.
For more information, please visit our website at nnvn>.pwias. ubc. ca
or callus at (604) 822-4782.
Faculty of Medicine
Expansion: The Facts
In March 2002, the provincial
government announced its
plan to ease B.C.'s doctor
shortage by almost doubling
the number of medical school
students to 224 in 2005.
Curently B.C. has the lowest per capita ratio of places
in medical school to population in any Canadian province
or territory.
This year, UBC's Faculty of
Medicine launches a system of
distributed medical education
with UBC students taught at
three new facilities: the
University of Northern British
Columbia's (UNBC) Northern
Health Sciences Centre;
University of Victoria's (UVic)
Medical Sciences Building and
UBC's Life Sciences Centre
(LSC). The facilities represent
a provincial government capital commitment totalling $134
million, which includes $ 110
million for the UBC portion.
In the 2004-05 academic
year, 200 students will be
admitted to the Faculty of
Medicine, with 152 students
admitted to the Vancouver-
Fraser Medical Program on
UBC campus; 24 students to
the Northern Medical
Program (NMP) at UNBC
and 24 to the Island Medical
Program (IMP) at UVic.
Students in the NMP and
the IMP will spend the first
four months of the MD
undergraduate program in
Vancouver and the remainder
of the first two years in the
north or on Vancouver Island.
In the third and fourth years
of the program, students will
have a range of experiences in
the north and on Vancouver
Island and will also have
opportunities through UBC's
network of 96 affiliated teaching hospitals and health facilities throughout B.C.
All three new facilities have
IT infrastructure that is linked
with BCNet's high speed
broad band network to support the distributed e-learning
model. □
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Offering non-credit courses and services to the
university community and the general public
Academic Development Courses
• Preparation for University Writing and the LPI
• Advanced Composition
• Getting Ahead with Grammar
• Writing for Graduate Students
Professional Development Courses
• Report and Business Writing
• Freelance Article Writing
• Non-Fiction Book Writing
Personal and Creative Writing
• Journal Writing: A Voice of One's Own
• Short Fiction Workshop
• Editing and Rewriting Fiction
Continuing Studies
604-822-9564
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Offering non-credit courses and services to the
university community and the general public
Report and Business Writing
Sept 13-Dec 6
Tutoring Techniques
Sept 23-Oct 28
Scientific Writing
Oct 21-Dec 2
Writing for Graduate Students
Oct 26-Nov 30
UBC Students
Work study positions are available at the UBC Writing
Centre. For information, call 604-822-1986.
Application deadline: Sept 15.
Continuing Studies
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Non-credit day, evening or Saturday
morning conversational classes start
September 16
• Courses on Understanding Wine
and Culinary Arts
• Travel immersion programs to
France, Italy, Mexico and Cuba
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Construction is booming at UBC with more than $600
million in institutional and housing projects underway.
Projects range from student housing to galleries and
research centres as well as town homes and condominiums
in four of the eight campus neighbourhoods that comprise
UBC's residentially oriented University Town.
Approximately 80 per cent of construction is for
academic purposes with major funding from the Canada
Foundation for Innovation, B.C. Knowledge Development
Fund and the provincial government's Double the
Opportunity Fund that supports a plan to double the
number of students graduating each year in computing
science and engineering.
Here is a sampling of some current construction and
design projects:
1.  The UBC Life Sciences Centre is a fast tracked
construction program that will provide more than 40,000
sq. metres of interdisciplinary research and education
facilities and help UBC's Faculty of Medicine reach its
goal of almost doubling the number of graduating
medical students by 2010.
Scheduled completion: August 2004-May 2005
Capital budget: $109 million
£,.   The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre will retain the
heritage core of the Main Library, add approximately
18,000 sq. metres of new building and more than 4,000
sq. metres of renovated floor space. The centre - fully
equipped to support wireless technology - will offer a
state-of-the-art storage and retrieval system.
Scheduled completion: May 2005 (Phase 1)
November 2006 (Phase 2)
Capital budget: $68 million
O.   The Michael Smith Laboratories and UBC
Bioinformatics Centre is a 7,675-sq.- metre, four-storey
leading edge laboratory that will help UBC continue its
national leadership in the field of genomics. The building
name honours the memory of the late Michael Smith, UBC
professor, 1993 Nobel laureate and founder of UBC's
Biotechnology Lab.
Scheduled completion: September 2004
Capital budget: $30 million
4.   The Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory is a
5,752-sq.-metre four-storey facility that will bring three
existing research units under one roof: the UBC Fisheries
Centre, The Institute for Resources, Environment and
Sustainability and the B.C. Fisheries Research Unit.
Scheduled completion: June 2005
Capital budget: $15 million
D.  The Multi-user Facility for Functional Proteomics will
be attached to the existing Biomedical Research Centre.
This new facility will provide space for a cluster of three
multi-user facilities including the UBC Fluorescence
Activated Cell Sorting Facility and a mass spectrometer.
Scheduled completion: December 2004
Capital budget: $7 million
0.   The Institute for Computing, Information and
Cognitive Systems/Computer Science is a fast tracked proj
ect designed to strengthen and create new interdisciplinary
research links among computer science, electrical, computer and mechanical engineering, medicine and health care,
educational technology, psychology, commerce, process
industries and utility systems. The facilities will be directiy
connected to the existing Centre for Integrated Computer
Systems Research building.
Scheduled completion: December 2004
Capital budget: $40 million
Cranes Flying for Academic / Re
/.   The Fred Kaiser Building, formerly the Electrical and
Computer Engineering Building, is an 8,900-sq.-metre
facility that will house the Faculty of Applied Science's
Electrical and Computer Engineering departments. The
site, between Main Mall and an inner courtyard framed by
the existing MacLeod and Civil Engineering/Mechanical
Engineering buildings, will link Main Mall and the Cheez
Factory through an interior atrium, which will also serve
as the new main entry for the Engineering precinct.
Scheduled completion: February 2005
Capital budget: $26 million
The Chemical and Biological Engineering Building
supports the provincial government initiative to double
the number of graduates in Engineering and Science. The
11, 500-sq.-metre building provides a replacement facility
for the Chemistry and Biological Engineering Department
and a new facility for the Clean Energy Research Centre.
Scheduled completion: September 2005
Capital budget: $38 million
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Dogged by financial constraints in 1925, nine buildings, all of wood-frame and stucco construction were classed as
"semi-permanent" and designed to last 25 to 40 years "if necessary." (As of 1996, most were still in use). □
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>sidential Growth Spurt
BY HILARY THOMSON
C/.   The new five-storey $17 million Dentistry Building
will serve as a gateway to the University Boulevard
Neighbourhood, part of University Town. The approximately 11,000-sq.metre building includes above- and
below-ground parking, ground floor retail space, a new
state-of-the-art dentistry clinic on the second floor and
additional university office space.
Scheduled completion: September 2005
1 U.   Almost 2,000 units of student housing will be available with the construction of Marine Residences, a six-
building complex. The UBC Properties Trust development
includes retail space and a one-storey Commons Block
building with a reception area, ballroom, fireside lounge,
exercise room and other amenities. Phase 1 is currently
underway and includes 600 beds.
Capital budget: $138 million
Scheduled completion date: Phase 1- August 2005
1 1.   Residential housing includes a variety of condominiums and town homes located in the Hawthorn Place
neighbourhood in the mid-campus area. Promontory,
developed by Polygon, is an 18-storey tower that will be
the most westerly high-rise in Vancouver. Reflections and
Journey, two developments by Adera, comprise almost 160
condominium units in the same neighbourhood.
In addition, developer Ledingham McAllister is creating
Westchester and Somerset, a group of 40 town homes in
the heart of Hawthorn Place.
1 £,.   At Chancellor Place, Intracorp is developing more
than 170 apartments, condominiums and town homes,
including Chancellor House and Argyll House.
UBC Properties Trust, together with Polygon Homes
Inc., initiated the relocation of fraternities from their existing leased land sites onto the UBC Campus at 2280
Wesbrook. The relocation provides seven new fraternity
houses with accommodation for approximately 240 students.
UBC Properties Trust plans and oversees the construction of large institutional buildings on campus. For more
information on these facilities, visit
www.ubcproperties.com. Information on housing sites
can be obtained through the commercial development
companies responsible for construction. Information on
University Town can be found at
www.universitytown.ubc.ca. □
(with files from UBC Properties Trust)
The Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems.
Co-Development Helps Campus
Community Build a Sustainable Future
The brainchild of UBC Properties
Trust, the innovative approach
stems from UBC housing policy,
which makes leased university land
available to qualified employees
when they come together in groups
of at least ten owners. Faculty and
staff co-developers can realize savings, depending on market conditions, as high as 30 per cent through
the elimination of typical project
management and marketing costs.
Logan Lane homes, scheduled for
completion in June 2005, start at
$356,200 for a 2-bedroom
garden home.
Co-development housing initia
tives are a key sustainability strategy
in UBC's University Town plan,
whose goal is for 50 per cent of new
residential market and non-market
housing to serve faculty, staff and
students.
For Judith Hall, professor of
pediatrics and medical genetics, the
chance to live within walking
distance of work and diverse cultural, social and recreational venues -
in UBC's extraordinary natural setting - was too good to pass up. She
is one of 10 faculty and staff who
developed Hawthorne Green, the
first co-development housing project
of 10 homes, which were completed
last month.
"For me working on campus has
been a lifelong pursuit. This
co-development gave me the chance
to be part of what I consider to be
a great experiment in building
community," said Hall.
Faculty and staff interested in
hearing more about joining or
starting a co-development group
are invited to contact UBC
Properties Trust.
Please e-mail: jhindle@ubcproper-
ties.com or call 604-731-3103.
For more information on
University Town please visit
www.universitytown.ubc.ca □
The UBC Life Sciences Centre.
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The winning hand that feeds UBC. UBC Food Services achieved the
culinary equivalent of a hat trick during the summer, winning three food
industry awards.
During its annual conference, the Canadian College and University Food
Service Association (CCUFSA) presented UBC with the association's Shine
Award for excellence in teamwork, food service, and hospitality.
The conference also marked the first time UBC Food Services entered a
team in the annual CCUFSA Culinary Challenge - and took first place. In the
gruelling two-day competition against three other schools (SFU, Northwest
Community College and Brigham Young University), the UBC team of Steven
Golob (residence chef at Vanier s), Rob Van Raes (Sage Bistro), and Chris
Singleton (Sage Bistro) produced an internationally themed three-course meal
and provided nutritional information for their menu.
Dishes they prepared included vanilla and black pepper marinated prawns
and scallops paired with quinoa salad, pea sprouts, fresh roti and mango salsa;
ahi and wild salmon served with grilled purple yam tiles with a sake
watermelon butter reduction; and blackberry honey-glazed barbequed peach
with brandy mascarpone cheese and maple syrup liquor sauce.
Adding to Food Services' list of summer successes, executive chef Piyush
Sahay brought home a silver medal from a North America-wide culinary
competition, held at the University of Massachusetts. The competition focused
on Spanish, Thai and Indian cuisine. □ I  UBC  REPORTS  |  SEPTEMBER  2,  2OO4
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The Return ofthe Native
After more than a decade abroad, international law expert
Michael Byers has come home to western Canada. But will
the new academic director of the Liu Institute for Global
Issues see the world differently now that he's far from the
centres of political power? BY MICHELLE COOK
Michael Byers knows that any story
written about him is likely to start off
like this: he left Canada more than a
decade ago to pursue an academic
career in international law and global
politics, first in England at Cambridge
and then Oxford, followed by a five-
year stint at Duke University in
Durham, North Carolina where he
headed up the university's highly regarded Center for Canadian Studies. During
that time, he gained an international
reputation for his contributions to public and foreign policy debates and issues
such as human rights and arms control.
"Anna Maria Tremonti at the
CBC called me a poster boy for the
Canadian brain drain," Byers laughs.
"But Canada has always been home.
I've been living out of the country for
the last 12 years but I felt a strong
pull back."
That pull, in large part, was the
promise of a new era for Canada on
the world stage.
"Canada is uniquely placed as a role
model for the rest of the world as to
what is possible in terms of a multicultural, multi-ethnic social welfare state
that can co-operate with other countries
in a constructive, multilateral way,"
says Byers.
Observing the post-9/11 world and
Canada's role in it from south of the
border has been professionally exciting
but personally difficult for Byers. Part of
his reason for moving to Vancouver is
the feeling that he can best help Canada
respond to emerging global issues from
home.
Judging from his first few weeks at
UBC, Byers, 38, hasn't been content to
slip quietly back across the 49th parallel.
Since arriving in Vancouver earlier
this summer with his wife, two young
sons and a new Canada Research Chair
in global politics and international law,
he has written for the Globe and Mail,
appeared on CTV's Canada AM and
given numerous interviews. In his low-
key but highly persuasive style, he's been
raising issues such as the effects climate
change could have on Canada's bilateral
water treaty with the U.S. and on shipping activity in the Northwest Passage.
Watching him at work in his shady
office at the Liu Centre, dressed casually
in dark khakis and comfortably worn
golf shirt, Byers looks and sounds very
much like Mr. West Coast. He's already
done the Grouse Grind, he'd love to
spend more time on the beach with his
laptop writing, and he and his wife
recentiy bought a Toyota Prius gas-electric hybrid car that they "hope will send
a tiny signal to car manufacturers that
times have changed." He has just
returned from a five-week writing
retreat and is keen to talk about his
move to Vancouver.
Before he can do that, Byers excuses
himself to take a call from a national
newspaper reporter in Toronto. He slips
easily and eloquently into a conversation on missile defence. He laughs often
and even playfully scolds his caller for
failing to read an article he'd penned on
the issue a few weeks earlier for the
reporter's paper.
Byers knows the media game. You
Michael Byers, new Canada Research Chair in global politics and international law.
give interviews - even two-minute ones
at 5 a.m. in the morning - you make
good contacts, you write editorial pieces
with a fresh and informed perspective
that hasn't been heard before, and you
use your expertise to tell stories journalists can't.
Byers does it because he wants media
to know he's here at UBC and available
to talk. He sees it as an integral part of
his role as a public intellectual who contributes "in a meaningful way to long-
term thinking" by identifying the issues
that are going to be big a few years
down the road and providing possible
answers.
The public outreach work also complements Byers' goal of shaping the Liu
Institute into a powerful intellectual
think tank like the Brookings Institution
[the renowned, oft-cited think tank in
South Campus
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South Campus Draft Neighbourhood Plan
& University Town Consultation
The South Campus Neighbourhood is located south of 16th Avenue bounded by Pacific Spirit
Regional Park and SW Marine Drive.
UBC, in consultation with the South Campus Plan Working Group and a Consultant Team, has
prepared a draft neighbourhood plan for a portion ofthe South Campus area.The South Campus
Plan Working Group engaged UBC stakeholders and adjacent community groups directly in the
South Campus Neighbourhood plan making process.
PLEASE JOIN US
Attend the following Open Houses and Campus and Community Public Meeting and give us your
feedback.
PUBLIC MEETING
Monday, September 13 @ 7:00 pm in the Asian Centre Auditorium, 1871 West Mall.
Parking is available in the adjacent Fraser Parkade.
SPECIAL MEETINGS
Your group can request a special meeting between August 16 and September 17 by contacting
the University Town Inquiry Line at 604.822.6400 or by e-mailing info.universitytown@ubc.ca.
OPEN HOUSES
Tuesday August 24
Tuesday August 24 4 pm to 7 pm Asian Centre    complete
Tuesday September 7     10 am to 4 pm    SUB Plaza*
Wednesday September 8 10 am to 8 pm SUB Plaza *
Thursday September 9 10 am to 4 pm SUB Plaza*
Monday September 13   4 pm to 7 pm      Asian Centre
* From September 7-9 visit our TENT beside the Goddess of Democracy. In addition to the
South Campus Draft Plan, there will also be information about University Town.
DIRECTIONS
Asian Centre -1871 West Mall; Student Union Building (SUB) - 6138 Student Union Boulevard
See www.maps.ubc.ca or call 604.822.6400 for more information.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Linda Moore, Associate Director
External Affairs, University Town
Tel: 604.822.6400 Fax: 604.822.8102
Email: info.universitvtown@ubc.ca
UNIVERSITY TOWN
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Washington, D.C] and, in the process,
put UBC on the world map as a hugely
influential public policy university.
"That's how I see the Liu Institute. I
would want it to be at the forefront of
all the major foreign policy debates in
Canada in the future as well as some of
the truly global debates regardless of
whether they involve Canada in any
substantial way."
Byers grew up in Ottawa speaking
English and German (his mother was a
first-generation immigrant) but his passion for international law and global
politics was nurtured in the unlikely
locale of rural Saskatchewan. As he
explains it, the summers he spent on
his grandparents' farm as a boy were
a valuable prerequisite for his future
studies.
"Anyone who spent a lot of time on
a farm in southern Saskatchewan during the 1970s and early '80s knew that
there was a world out there, partly
because Canadian farmers are acutely
sensitive to the importance of international trade," Byers explains.
"And I also have childhood memories of watching B-52 bombers fly overhead from U.S. bases on the circuit up
to the Arctic in case war broke out. If
you think about it, Canada was right
smack in the middle of the Cold War,
with the U.S. on one side and the Soviet
Union on the other, and Stoughton,
Saskatchewan was in the centre of
that."
After finishing high school, Byers
received his BA from the University of
Saskatchewan in 1988, both his LLB
and BCL from McGill University in
1992, and his PhD from Cambridge
University (Queens' College) in 1996.
For the next three years, he was a
research fellow at Jesus College, Oxford
(where he met wife Katharine) as well
as a visiting fellow at the Max Planck
Institute for Comparative Public Law
and International Law in Germany.
In 1999, he joined the faculty of
Duke's law school. While he was there,
Byers invited Lloyd Axworthy, then
CEO ofthe Liu Institute, to lecture.
TTiey quickly realized they had common
academic interests and Axworthy invited Byers to Vancouver. With the link to
UBC established, Byers spent a month
on campus in April 2003 and arrived
permanently in July.
Like many who return home after a
long absence, Byers has great expectations for his native land.
He thinks Canadians have the potential to significantly influence future global debates because we're well respected
worldwide, we're multilingual, we're
very close to U.S. but we're not the U.S.
and we've maintained a degree of independence in international affairs. Above
all, he adds, we're incredibly wealthy -
not in raw dollars but in terms of our
natural and intellectual resources.
But will working on the West Coast
affect his access to the key decision makers, power brokers, academics and journalists he worked with in Washington,
London and Ottawa?
"For the first time in decades, B.C.
has become politically significant in federal politics - every student and staff
member here at UBC is now politically
significant. Ottawa is paying attention to
us and that's a huge opportunity to exercise influence, not just in voting but also
in terms of demanding action on issues,"
Byers says, adding that he will still have
a few geographic adjustments to make.
"I have to keep East Coast hours to
be here when journalists in Washington,
New York, Toronto and Ottawa start
working on their stories. I have to be
here and they have to know I'm here.
And I have to be here before people in
Europe go home at night.
"But the other exciting dimension is
I'm now in the Asia Pacific, a part of the
world that I don't know very well -
yet."
Right now, in the waning days of
summer before students return to campus and classes start, writing is what
Byers is thinking about most. You can
see he's passionate about it. The topic
has come up several times in the conversation. He's a regular contributor to the
London Review of Books and newspaper op/ed pages, and he thinks
Vancouver is the perfect place to do
what he loves best.
"To be honest, I'm looking forward
to spending a lot of time writing with
the rain falling outside. There are a lot of
things I want to write and a lot of things
I want to say," Byers says. □
AIDS in Africa
continued from page 1
have to watch. By the end, I couldn't.
It violated every single one of my code
of ethics. The whole time this was
happening to her, as the stones hit her,
her face remained blank. She was
embarrassed, you could see it in her
eyes; ashamed of herself, ashamed
that I was seeing this."
Lyons, whose volunteer activities
have included work with the
Canadian Red Cross, War Child
Canada and Save the Children, hopes
sharing her insight of the HIV/AIDS
epidemic will inspire youth in her own
community to get more involved.
"I always had a passion for the
issue, but how can you really get that
across based on things in a textbook
or statistics? Now that I've seen these
things, I can show people the pictures. I can explain what it feels like
to walk down the street, to see the
orphaned children, to not see any
adults, to see five funerals in 10 days.
"AIDS has become such a catastrophe that each and every person in
the world, HIV-positive or not,
Canadian or Malawian, needs to do
their part, somehow needs to take
action." □ io
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UBC physics grad Jeremy Hilton is convinced he's part of an elite team
destined for something great - something that will revolutionize the
way we live.
Four years into his first full-time job, Hilton is now Director of
Intellectual Property at D-Wave Systems, a Vancouver-based company
specializing in quantum computing technology.
Hilton has helped D-Wave file almost 100 patents related to
quantum computing, more than the number of patents filed by industry giants IBM, NEC and the U.S. Department of Defense combined.
Co-founded in 1999 by UBC physics PhD Geordie Rose with the
help of his UBC mentor, venture capitalist Haig Farris, D-Wave has
earned a reputation in the field as a serious contender in the race to
build the first quantum computer in the world, an achievement that
has been likened to electricity in the 1830s.
D-Wave was the first quantum computing start-up to receive venture capital backing, having impressed local and national investment
funds. D-Wave recently became the first quantum computing
company to receive financing from a top-tier US venture capital
fund. At US$8 million, the financing led by Silicon Valley venture
fund Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and including investment from the
$60 billion British Columbia Investment Corporation, solidified the
company's leadership role in the field..
Hilton and Rose have no doubt of the feasibility of the device that
promises to blow all traditional computers right out of the water.
Using quantum mechanics, the rules that govern all matter and
energy, to accelerate computation, quantum computers are theorized
to outperform any conceivable conventional supercomputer.
"We know it's going to work," says Hilton. "It's just a matter
of time."
Both avid athletes - Hilton was on the UBC Varsity swim team
and Rose has won numerous national wrestling titles - they learned
more than just physics at UBC.
"I learned to think outside the box," says Hilton. "The ability
to be creative in solving problems is invaluable."
Rose's eureka moment happened in Farris's entrepreneurship class
at the business school. "We got to meet and speak to people who were
successful Vancouver-based entrepreneurs, such as Norm Francis of
Pivotal and Paul Lee of Electronic Arts," says Rose. "And my reaction
was T can do that!'"
Already armed with a strong contingent of UBC alums - nine out
of 22 full-time staff are UBC grads - Rose says he won't hesitate to
hire some more. "UBC folks always live up to our expectations.
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A Texan on Campus
First American recipient of International Leader of Tomorrow Award. BY MICHELLE COOK
As an American tourist visiting
Canada, just one day in Vancouver
was enough to convince Jason Wood
that it might be a nice place to live.
The teen from Texas liked the look of
the city.
Back in his hometown of San
Angelo, a west Texas community of
90,000 people deep in the heart of oil
and ranch country, Wood started
doing some research and liked what he
found out.
Vancouver's film industry appealed
to the avid movie buff and UBC had
an award program for international
students that could help him study in
the city he had found so picturesque.
Four years later, Wood, 18, is back
in Vancouver as the first American
recipient of an International Leader of
Tomorrow (PLOT) Award.
Wood is one of 12 students worldwide to receive an ILOT award to
study at UBC this year. The awards -
each worth about $23,000 annually
and renewable for up to three years -
help outstanding international students
who couldn't otherwise afford post-
secondary education. The awards program is the largest of its kind at a
Canadian university. It is funded by
UBC's International Student Initiative
(ISI) which was launched in 1996 to
increase the number of international
students on campus from a range of
countries.
UBC has been offering ILOT
awards since 2001 to help attract some
of the world's brightest young minds
to campus. Since then, 39 students
from 29 countries have benefited from
the program. This year, more than 145
applications were considered.
Wood, who will study commerce at
the Sauder School of Business, doesn't
seem fazed by the fact that he's the first
U.S. student to receive the award. After
all, he's worked hard to get here.
Karen McKellin is the associate
director of ISI and a member of the
ILOT awards committee who chose
Wood. She says he was selected
because of his high academic grades,
his extracurricular activities which
included working as the editor of his
high school newspaper and co-editor
of his school's yearbook, and his clear
but unusual professional goals.
"Jason is completely interested in a
career in the movie business and has
made consistent choices to support
that," McKellin says. "The feeling of
the committee was that this was a very
deserving young man from an economically disadvantaged background
who worked after school at his local
movie theatre.
"He's combined his love of film
with a profound interest in learning the
business of films - how to promote
them, how they get to be blockbusters
- and he'd done his research to see that
we had a movie industry here in
Hollywood North."
Wood, whose own movie preferences range from indie films to "popcorn" blockbusters, says he considered
going to NYU or UCLA - schools in
the world's top two movie production
centres. In the end, he opted for
Vancouver.
He hopes to complement his commerce courses with electives in film
studies and Chinese (when he was in
high school, Wood spent a month in
China with his grandmother who was
teaching English there). While in
Vancouver, he's also looking forward
to experiencing different cultures,
checking out places like Chinatown,
and learning to kayak.
Wood is one of only a few of his
classmates to leave Texas for post-
secondary education, and the only person out of his graduating class of 770
to choose to study in Canada.
"Most people from San Angelo stay
in Texas and most go to Texas
schools," he explains. "My grandparents wanted me to stay in Texas, but
my mom and stepdad have been supportive. San Angelo is not a place with
lots of opportunities for younger people, so they're all excited for me. For
my birthday, my grandmother even
ordered stuff online from the UBC
bookstore."
Wood says he's never been away
from his family for any great length of
time and he'll miss them and his friends
- but one thing he won't miss is the
hot, dry Texas weather.
"In Vancouver, I'm looking forward
to starting something new, the scenery
and the weather," Wood says.
Hopefully, he packed an umbrella. □
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Co-development housing is a key sustainability strategy in UBC's
University Town and also addresses UBC's commitment that 50
per cent of new residential market and non-market housing is
for people who work or study on campus.
Co-development housing involves a group of future homeowners
applying to lease land from UBC to create new townhouses or
apartment condominiums. Because the co-developers are
ultimately the owners, depending on market conditions, savings
as high as 30 per cent can be realized through the elimination
of typical project management and marketing costs.
On behalf ofthe co-developers, UBC Properties Trust, UBC's
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Hawthorn Green is UBC's first co-development plan and the
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