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Volume 45, Number 21
December 9,1999
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Cram That Exam
Hilary Thomson photo
Human Kinetics students Greg Taylor (left) and Alfred Ball hope that two brains are better than one when
it comes to studying for Winter Session exams which run until Dec. 22 for most faculties. More than 25,000
students will write exams during this period, requiring 1,600 classroom bookings. Nearly 9,000 exams were
written on the first day, Dec. 7.
New home
built for
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
Growing B.C. research companies have
a new place to put down roots with the
construction ofthe Donald Rix Building,
the latest in a series of technology enterprise facilities located on campus.
The building is named after UBC clinical assistant professor of Pathology and
B.C. entrepreneur Donald Rix, who contributed to the cost of the building.
"I've been saying for years that the
future for B.C. lies in the high-tech community," says Rix. "When this opportunity came up, I thought it was time I put
my money where my mouth is."
The $8.6 million building is currently
under construction on UBC property at
the corner of Health Sciences Road and
Agronomy Mall. The almost 5.000-square-
metre four-storey facility will house a
variety of tenants and is being developed
by Discovery Parks Inc. (DPI).
Tenants will pay market rents for
space that can be designed according to
See RIX Page 2
Centre's research to
boost B.C. wine industry
Add British Columbia to the world's
wine-producing regions which benefit
from a major research university. The
B.C. Wine Research Centre (BC WRC) at
UBC has been established to address all
aspects of wine and serve as a resource
for the province's highly successful and
rapidly growing industry.
The BC WRC will conduct pioneering
research in the science of wine-making
and grape cultivation,"
says Moura Quayle, dean
of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. "It will also
develop highly qualified
human resources with the
expertise to advance the
technological development and the international impact and competitiveness of B.C. wine."
Co-ordinating the
multidisciplinary research
will be Food, Nutrition and
Health Prof. Hennie J.J.
van Vuuren, who has been
appointed to the newly established Blythe and Violet Eagles Chair in Biotechnology.
Van Vuuren has conducted international wine biotechnology research for 15
years. He holds patents which have been
licenced to international wine companies. Former students from Bordeaux,
the University of Stellenbosch in South
Africa and Brock University have followed him to UBC to begin research.
van Vuuren
Among the objectives ofthe BC WRC is
to establish a centre of excellence in wine
research and a wine library to evaluate
and analyse young B.C. wines.
A networking system, WineNet. will be
established at UBC to build on existing
research strengths in biotechnology, soil and
plant sciences, engineering, marketing, and
other disciplines.
The WRC will provide a focal point for
wine research at UBC and
leading experts will be invited to discuss issues
bridging science, industry
and society," says van
An undergraduate course
in wine appreciation — the
first such course offered as
an elective in Canada—will
teach students about wines
from around the world. Wine
courses at all levels are being designed for the public.
Van Vuuren's team will
be the first to apply gene
chip technology to study
the expression of genes in
wine yeasts. This novel approach will allow winemakers to maximize
the aromatic complexity of wines and minimize the production of spoilage compounds
by changing fermentation conditions. No
genetic engineering is involved.
The BC WRC will be guided by an
advisory council made up of members of
the wine industry, the B.C. Wine Institute and UBC faculty.
Budding beaker lovers
break into science
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
Kids will turf their textbooks and get
their hands on Frisbees, parachutes
and bicycle gears in a new after-school
science outreach program created by
Assoc. Prof. Niamh Kelly.
Called Hands-on Science, the program
sees groups of up to 12 children aged seven
to 10 years conducting a series of fun
science experiments at Vancouver's Science World under the leadership of UBC
scientists and students.
"When kids have fun with science,
they learn important life skills," says
Kelly, a faculty member in Pathology
and Laboratory Medicine. Thinking
critically, developing hypotheses and
testing ideas are all part of exploring
Workshops with titles such as "May
the Force Be With You" cover topics
that include molecules and matter,
electricity, the senses, friction, gravity, chemical reactions and flight. Children working in pairs are grouped with
their peers in a seven- to eight-year-
old class or a nine-to 10-year-old class
and progress according to their level of
The graduate students who volunteer with the program come from various faculties, including Education and
Science. They gain experience in course
design, motivating, communicating and
class management.
This program has a unique teaching style," says fourth-year Science student Sarah Hargreaves, who has taught
at Kelly's summer science camps and is
See HANDS-ON Page 2
Gift A Glo-Glo
Offbeat: No present yet for she who has everything? Here are a few ideas
Feast Or Famine? 7
Forum: It's time to get serious about food, says Prof. Graham Riches
Golden Oldies 8
Feature: We learn, they learn, as the number of golden agers grows 2 UBC Reports • December 9, 1999
Continued from Page 1
their needs. DPI expects that
half the building will house biotechnology companies and the
other half will be leased to companies involved in information
technology research when it
opens next spring.
State-of-the-art infrastructure and support services for
voice, data, fibre optic and coaxial cable connections are provided as well as campus services such as hazardous waste
This new building is needed
to accommodate the growth of
new companies created on the
basis of UBC research," says
Angus Livingstone, managing
director ofthe University-Industry Liaison Office.
WebCT Canada, a UBC spinoff company that produces Web-
based educational software and
has nearly 180 employees, is one
of the building's new tenants.
Continued from Page 1
one of two UBC students employed to deliver the Science
World program. The children
are encouraged to think for themselves so they learn the concepts
much more readily."
The kids' brutal honesty and
willingness to take chances was
inspiring for me," she adds.
Classes are held in two terms
Jan. 9 to March 18 and March
26 to June 3 at Science World on
Tuesdays, Wednesdays orThurs-
days from 4-5 p.m. and cost $95
plus GST per term. For more
information or to register call
(604) 443-7505.
"We could have moved to an
office downtown at roughly the
same cost but we wanted to stay
on campus," says WebCT President Murray Goldberg. "Our employees who are faculty and
alumni can keep their relationships with UBC colleagues, we
can easily recruit graduates and
employ senior students and I can
continue to teach here."
There are 22 companies from
pro-active to early-stage enterprises now located on campus in
two technical enterprise facilities.
Most of the companies are
UBC spin-offs. The remainder
have research relationships with
UBC. Profits from lease agreements are fed back into UBC
UBC ranks third in Canada
and among the top 10 in North
America for the number of companies created.
Maj or funding for the Rix Building was supplied by the Discovery Foundation which was
founded in 1979 to develop facilities for high-tech industry in B.C.
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has recently voted to negotiate
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Close to 1,000 members of
the association's nearly 2,300
professors, lecturers and librarians voted on the issue, with a
majority casting ballots in favour of placing the association's employment contract
under the code.
"We're very pleased that 79
per cent of our members who
voted were in favour of the
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A discovery made almost a decade ago set Curtis Suttle on his research into
viruses in seawater. Now an associate professor in Earth and Ocean
Sciences, Botany, and Microbiology and Immunology, Suttle says he has
come full circle, moving his lab from the U.S. to UBC and occupying the
same office he had while a graduate student here.
by staff writers
or those looking for truly unique gifts this holiday season...
The SERF Days of Christmas
On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me,
A test tube in a tube rack.
On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me.
Two dental chairs.
And a test tube in a tube rack.
On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me,
Three file cabinets.
Two dental chairs,
And a test tube in a tube rack.
On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me.
Four laser beams,
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And a test tube in a tube rack.
On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me,
Five garbage cans.
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Three file cabinets.
Two dental chairs.
And a test tube in a tube rack...
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me,
Twelve X-rays scanning.
Eleven trucks a-trucking,
Ten toilets flushing.
Nine computers blinking,
Eight fridges humming,
Seven chairs a-swinging,
Six mortician's tables swaying,
Five garbage cans,
Four laser beams,
Three file cabinets.
Two dental chairs,
And a test tube in a tube rack.
The above are a sample of the items available at the Surplus Equipment Recycling Facility (SERF), 2352 Health Sciences Mall. Liberties
have been taken with the number of each item available. To see a more
accurate and complete listing, visit the Web site at www.serf.ubc.ca/
Catalogue/ or call (604) 822-2813.
Salty viruses balance
ocean, says scientist
by Andy Poon
Staff writer
Many people would be surprised to
learn that the earth's oceans teem with
between 10 to 100 million viruses in
every teaspoonful of seawater. That discovery was made a decade ago by a graduate student in the lab in which UBC
microbiologist and oceanographer Curtis
Suttle was doing post-doctoral work.
The timing of the discovery really
focused attention on the fact that microorganisms are extremely important," says
Suttle, now an as
sociate professor
in the departments
of Earth and Ocean
Sciences, Botany,
and Microbiology
and Immunology.
Two years after
he witnessed the
discovery by Lita      	
Proctor in microbial
ecologist Jed Fuhrman's lab at the State
University of New York at Stony Brook,
Suttle started his own research into finding out why viruses exist in such high
numbers in the sea and what roles they
play in marine and global ecosystems.
"Lita's work looked at viruses that
infected bacteria in the ocean so I decided
to look at viruses that affect photosyn-
thetic organisms in the ocean," he says.
Suttle's research to date has revealed that
indeed viruses play a major role both as
destructive disease-causing agents and as
part of the control mechanisms of the seas.
His research into how marine viruses
infect and kill phytoplankton — the tiny
photosynthesizing organisms that form the
base ofthe food web in the ocean — showed
that viruses have a tremendous impact on
these ecologically important groups.
While Suttle proved that viruses can reduce the production of organic carbon, he
has also studied how they can aid the release
of organic matter into the oceans. His work
revealed that carbon — the common cur-
"As much as 25 per cent
of all living carbon in the
oceans goes through
—Assoc. Prof. Curtis Suttle
rency of plankton and all other living things
—is not always direcuy transferred from one
organism to another through consumption.
A large amount is released directly into the
sea by bacterioplankton killed by viruses.
This released carbon is then incorporated by
other bacteria and lost through respiration.
"As much as 25 per cent of all living
carbon in the oceans goes through viruses," he says.
As head ofthe Molecular Marine Microbiology and Virology Lab, Suttle and his
team of a dozen researchers and students are working hard to broaden understanding of
^^^m^m"mmm^m^m      marine viruses.
But while viruses have been
mainly thought of
as pathogens,
Suttle says they
also play an essential part in the
normal running
  of marine ecosystems.
His experiment in selectively removing
viruses from seawater showed that instead of a rise in the growth ofthe remaining planktonic organisms, the plankton
stopped growing completely. It demonstrated that the living organisms depend
on the nutrients released as other organisms are killed by the viruses, thus illustrating the vital control mechanism that
viruses play in marine ecosystems.
Suttle says the legacy of excellent research by his faculty colleagues — the
Oceanography group celebrated its 50th
anniversary this fall — and the availability of bright and motivated graduate students was a major factor in his decision to
relocate his lab here from the University
of Texas.
On top of that, UBC is his alma mater
— he completed both his undergraduate
and doctorate degrees here.
"It's funny, I am actually in the same
office as when I was a grad student here,"
he laughs. "So I guess you can say I have
come full circle."
Scholar to head research
for blood agency
A UBC specialist in transfusion
medicine has been named as the national director of research and development at Canadian Blood Services
Associate professor of
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Dana
Devine will work with
researchers across the
country to design a strategic plan for research
and development focused on blood safety,
blood substitutes and alternatives to transfusions.
'This is an exciting
chance to help improve
the outlook for Canadian
transfusion science,"
says Devine, a faculty
member since 1987 and an associate
member in the Dept. of Biochemistry
and Molecular Biology since 1990.
"The new blood agency is strongly
committed to research and development — we'll be able to co-ordinate
and stimulate transfusion medicine
investigation and formalize a network
of researchers across Canada."
The scope of CBS research ranges
from watching for emerging blood-
borne infectious agents to social science issues such as recruiting donors
and re-establishing confidence in the
blood service system.
"The recent blood supply crisis in Canada has
made us look very carefully at blood pathogens
and risks of transfusions," says Devine, who
has been a senior research scientist with CBS
and the Canadian Red
Cross Society since 1987.
"We're now investigating
alternative approaches to
routinely replacing blood
through transfusions."
Risk of infection and
limited supplies of blood
have prompted scientists
to investigate blood-sparing surgical procedures such as salvaging, cleaning and re-introducing
blood lost during surgery.
There are about 1.3 million blood
donors in Canada. An average of
100,000 units of blood is needed every
year to support patient needs throughout B.C. and the Yukon.
Devine will continue to work at
UBC while fulfilling the directorship. 4 UBC Reports • December 9, 1999
December 12 through January 15
Sunday, Dec. 12
Hansel Und Gretel: Opera In
Three Acts. UBC Opera Ensemble with the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra. Nancy
Hermiston, director and Richard
Epp. conductor. The Chan Centre at 3pm. $18 (adults). S10
(students/seniors). Tickets at
Ticketmaster 280-3311, or in
person at The Chan Centre Box
Office. Call 822-5774.	
Monday, Dec. 13
Green College Science And
Society Group
The University As A Public Conglomerate. William N. Kaghan;
Sakson & Taylor Inc., Seattle.
Green College Coach House at
7:30pm. Call 822-1213. 822-
1878 or 822-2561.	
Wednesday, Dec. 15
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Tibial Malunion. Dr. Marty
Boulaine. VGH, Eye Care Centre
Aud. at 7am. Call 875-4192.
Christmas Service
A Service Of Lessons And Carols.
St. Andrew's Hall Chapel at 8pm.
Refreshments. Call 822-9720.
Friday, Dec. 17
HCEP Rounds
Legalization Of Drugs. Dr. Richard G. Mathias. Mather 253 from
9-10am. Parking available in B-
lot. Call 822-2772.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
New Therapy For Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Sue Bennett and
Tim Oberlander. GF Strong Aud.
from 9-10am. Call 875-2307.
Thursday, Jan. 5
School Of Nursing Rounds
The Process Of Recovery From
Depression: Experiences Of Older
Adults. Elaine Unsworth. MSN student. UBC Hosp. Koerner Pavilion
T-206 from 3-4pm. Call 822-7453.
Saturday, Jan. 7
HCEP Rounds
Public Health Directions For British Columbia InThe New Decade.
Dr. Perry Kendall. Mather 253 from
9-10am. Parking available in B-
lot. Call 822-2772.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Upshots From The Vaccine Centre. David Scheifele. GF Strong
Aud.'from 9-10am. Call 875-2307.
Sunday, Jan. 8
Conference On Aboriginal
Women And Wellness
The Legacies We Leave Our Children.
Various speakers discussing traditional birthing, parenting, health,
language, dance, governance and
culture. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 655
Burrard St. Continues to Jan. 11.
Full-program $325 (before Dec.
17):$375(afterDec. 17). Registration
at 3pm on Jan.8: Jan. 9 from 8am-
10pm ($140/$ 160): Jan. 10 from
8am-4:30pm ($140/$160); Jan. 11
from 8am-2pm ($60/$80). Call 822-
2801 or 1-800-663-0348.
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Sign, Seal, Deliver
Donna Chin, managing editor of Canadian Literature, holds a couple of hot sellers on
campus. Canada's premier literary journal, which is celebrating a 40th anniversary,
created two sets of cards as a fund raiser. They feature the work of artist and printmaker
George Kuthan. "We are thrilled at how many people are taking advantage of this unique
way to send greetings from UBC and support the journal," says Chin. The cards,
lithographed in copper, are available blank for use year-round, or printed with "Season's
Greetings." A package of six blank cards costs $8.75. The Christmas card pack is $10.
To order call (604) 822-2780 or visit the Web site at www.cdn-lit.ubc.ca.
UBC Food Services
Christmas Hours
Christmas Exam hours are in
effect. For hours of operation for
all locations,visit www.foodserv.
ubc.ca or call UBC-FOOD (822-
Sexual Assault Research
The Anxiety and Fear Laboratory in
the Dept. of Psychology requires female volunteers who have exjxri-
enced 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
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 at your 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. Three
Case Studies. Northwest Coast
Art. Continues to August. Unity
Quilt. Continues to Dec. 31. Free
to UBC students, staff, faculty.
Website: http://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 7-14 year olds to tell us
by completing an anonymous, 30
minute questionnaire. You can re
ceive the results. Please call Assoc.
Prof. Johnston's lab. 822-9037.
Psychology Study
We are seeking healthy 8-12 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. Craig's lab
at 822-5280.
Traumatic Stress Clinic
Psychologists conducting research
at the Traumatic Stress Clinic in
the Psychiatry Dept. are offering
free treatment to people suffering
from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is caused by
events such as physical or sexual
assault, and motor vehicle accidents. Call the Traumatic Stress
Clinic at 822-8040.
Bike Workshop
Free bike care clinic with Jason
Addy, master bike mechanic. SUB
loading dock Room 41, every
Wednesday from 6pm-7pm. Call
Bike Repair Party
Help repair and paint public bikes
and learn as you go. MacMillan
(SW corner), every Tuesday from
4pm-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, 2000
starting at 1 pm and last ing approx.
75 minutes. Group tours may be
arranged by calling the TRIUMF
Information Office 222-7355.
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.
AMS Rentsline
Helping students find housing since
1993. the AMS Rentsline is UBC's
off-campus housing registry. This
service gives students access to
hundreds of rental listings, and
landlords access to thousands of
students looking for housing. You
can call the Rentsline from any
touchtone phone 24 hours a day.
365 days a year. Call 714-4848."
Pride UBC Alumni Search
Out In The Millennium: Celebrating 20 years Of Outweek (1980-
2000)! This event is for our current
GLBT members and alumni, as
well as our friends and allies. Call
Amar (co-chair) 222-3542.
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. Continues until
January. Please call the Hearing
Lab, 822-9474.
Faculty Women's Club
The Faculty Women's Club brings
together women connected to the
university either through their
work or that of the spouses, for
social activities and lectures. Its
main purpose is to raise funds for
student scholarships. There are
19 different interest groups within
the club, ranging from art appreciation and bridge to hiking. Do
come and join us! Call Barbara
Tait. president 224-0938: Gwyneth
Westwick, membership 263-6612.
"The University will remain open during snow storms but
may cancel or reschedule classes on a university-wide
basis andlor curtail non-essential services in response to
the conditions."—UBC Policy on Disruption of Classes/
Services by Snow, May 1994
In the event of extreme snow conditions, listen to
CBC Radio, CKNW and other local radio stations
for information.
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Deadline for the Jan. 13 issue of UBC Reports —
which covers the period Jan. 16 to Jan. 29 -i is noon,
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(1 September 1998
to 31 August 1999)
Under section 61 ofthe University Act the President ofthe University has authority to impose
discipline on students for academic and non-academic offences (see page 50 ofthe 1999/
2000 University Calendar). A
summary of such disciplinary
cases is published on a regular
basis, without disclosing the
names of students involved.
In the period 1 September 1998
to 31 August 1999, 31 students
appeared before the President's
Advisory Committee on Student
Discipline and 30 were subsequently disciplined. For each
case, the events leading to the
imposition of the discipline and
the discipline imposed are summarized below. Discipline may
vary depending upon the circumstances of a particular case.
1. A student failed to respond to
repeated attempts to schedule a disciplinary hearing to
examine misconduct incidents alleged to have been
committed when seeking admission to a Faculty.
Discipline: ongoing and future registration blocked
pending appearance before
the President's Advisory
Committee on Student Discipline, and a notation to that
effect placed on transcript.
2. A student provided false and
incomplete information
when seeking admission to
the University.
Discipline: a suspension from
the University for 8 months*.
3. A student submitted a term
paper that was completely
Discipline: a mark of zero in
the course and suspension
from the University for 12
4. A student brought unauthorized material into a midterm
Discipline: a mark of zero in
the course and suspension
from the University for 12
5. A student left the examination room without submitting an exam paper and subsequently engaged in a cheating scam in an attempt to
secure a grade for the course.
Discipline: in the special
circumstances, a mark of zero
in the course and a suspension from the University for 4
6. A student provided false and
incomplete information when
seeking admission to the
Discipline: a suspension
from the University for 8
7. A student completely plagiarized a report that was submitted in a course assignment.
Discipline: a mark of zero in
the course and a suspension
from the University for 8
8. A student used false identification to gain entry to an
examination room and wrote
an examination in the name
of another individual.
Discipline: a suspension
from the University for 12
9. A student provided incomplete information when ap-
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plying for admission to the
Discipline: in the special
circumstances, a letter of reprimand.
10. A student brought an unauthorized calculator into a final examination.
Discipline: a mark of zero in
the course and a suspension
from the University for 4
11. A student was alleged to have
cheated during a final examination.
Outcome: charge dismissed;
allegation could not be substantiated from a consideration ofthe available evidence.
12. A student colluded with another student in a cheating
incident during a midterm
Discipline: a mark of zero in
the course and home University advised of the misconduct and disciplinary
13. A student committed forgery
on a Registration/Change of
Registration Form.
Discipline: a mark of zero in
the involved courses and suspension from the University
for 12 months*.
14. A student submitted plagiarized work in a term paper
for a course.
Discipline: a mark of zero in
the course and a suspension
from the University for 12
15. A student was involved in a
cheating incident on a midterm examination.
Discipline: a mark of zero in
the course and suspension
from the University for 12
16. A student colluded with another student in a cheating
incident during a midterm
Discipline: a mark of zero in
the course and home University advised of the misconduct and disciplinary
17. A student essentially completely plagiarized a term
paper for a course.
Discipline: a mark of zero in
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the course and a suspension
from the University for 12
18. A student was involved in a
cheating incident during a
final examination.
Discipline: a mark of zero in
the course and a suspension
from the University for 8
19. A student was involved in a
cheating incident during a
final examination.
Discipline: a mark of zero in
the course and a suspension
from the University for 8
20. A student committed plagiarism in a term paper.
Discipline: in the special
circumstances, a mark of
zero for the paper and a letter
of reprimand.
21. A student was involved in a
cheating incident during a
final examination.
Discipline: a mark of zero in
the course and a suspension
from the University for 12
22. A student altered a returned
midterm examination in an
attempt to obtain a revised
Discipline: a mark of zero in
the course and a suspension
from the University for 8
23. A student completely plagiarized a term paper for a
Discipline: in the special
circumstances, a letter ofrep-
rimand and the completion
of remedial measures.
24. A student was involved in a
cheating incident during a
midterm examination.
Discipline: a mark of zero in
the course and a suspension
from the University for 12
25. A student substantially plagiarized a term paper in a
Discipline: a mark of zero in
the course and a suspension
from the University for 12
26. A student left the examination room without submitting an exam paper and sub
sequently engaged in a cheating scam in an attempt to
secure a grade for the course.
Discipline: in the special
circumstances, a mark of zero
in the course and a suspension from the University for 4
27. A student committed plagiarism in a graduation essay.
Discipline: a letter of reprimand and the completion of
remedial measures.
28. A student was involved in a
cheating incident during the
midterm examination in a
Discipline: a mark of zero in
the course and a suspension
from the University for 12
29. A student was involved in a
cheating incident during a
midterm examination.
Discipline: in the special
circumstances, a letter of reprimand.
30. A student was involved in a
cheating incident during a
midterm examination.
Discipline: a mark of zero in
the course and a suspension
from the University for 12
31. A student failed to respond to
attempts to schedule a disciplinary hearing to examine
an allegation of substantial/
complete plagiarism in a term
paper for a course.
Discipline: ongoing and future registration blocked
pending appearance before
the President's Advisory
Committee on Student Discipline, and a notation to that
effect placed on transcript.
* In all cases indicated by an
asterisk a notation of disciplinary action is entered on
the student's transcript. At
any time after two years have
elapsed from the date of his
or her graduation the student may apply to the President to exercise her discretion to remove the notation.
Students under disciplinary suspension from UBC may not take
courses at other institutions for
transfer of credit back to UBC.
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The number of full-time first-year undergraduate students who
enrolled this fall at Canadian universities increased by five per cent
according to preliminary data from the Association of Universities
and Colleges of Canada (AUCC).
Almost all provinces reported significant increases in first-year
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Faculty, staff, students and
members ofthe community
view display panels of
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Hunger in Canada?
Who cares?
by Graham Riches
Prof. Graham Riches is the
director of UBC's School of Social Work and Family Studies.
Many Canadians are
planning for their
annual Christmas
feast. For others it is just another day of hunger. As we
approach the millennium it is
time to reflect on the growing
issue of hunger in our society,
and ask what should be done.
A good place to start is
Canada's Action Plan for Food
Security. Introduced on World
Food Day in 1998 as a response to the World Food
Summit (Rome, 1996), its
commitment is to halve the
number ofthe world's hungry
by 2015. Significantly, it acknowledges the right to food
and presents an international
and domestic agenda, including strategies directed at access to food: sustainable agriculture and rural development; trade and food security; and private investment.
Community food security
advocates have rightly criticized the plan for its emphasis on further trade liberalization as the key to national
and global food security. Yet,
its main problem is its lack of
visibility. One year after its
introduction, who knows it
Why is this so when food
poverty in Canada remains
such an acute and longstanding human rights issue?
Increasing food bank usage, strong demand for school
meal programs, malnutrition
among seniors and the plight
of prairie farmers are hardly
indicative of a food secure society, nor one which tops the
UN Human Development Index. What has gone wrong?
The most critical issue is
that we have lost sight of the
real meaning of food. Today it
is just another economic commodity subject to the laws of
the global marketplace where
the bottom line is corporate
Transnational corporations
now control the food agenda, its
production, trade, and distribution. Expanded trade liberalisation, the key focus ofthe recent
WTO meetings in Seattle, will
only enhance the dominance of
the global food export/import
model and its accompanying environmental, health and social
costs associated with industrial
What guarantees are there
that food security in the South
and North will be enhanced?
What role will there be for food
self-sufficiency and sustainable
This commodification of food
makes us forget that food is the
basis of diet, nutrition and health,
and of life itself. It is also a social
and cultural good, vital to our
sense of individual, family and
community well-being.
We are what we eat though it is
doubtful whether many of us know
anymore what we are eating (or
where our food comes from). And
while the market treats us as food
consumers, which gives us a degree of choice, our rights as food
citizens are being denied.
Food democracy is under attack. Farmers no longer control
the food they produce, and too
many Canadians cannot afford
to feed themselves or their families. Indeed, they must rely on
charitable relief.
The situation is not uniquely
Canadian. Food poverty remains
a chronic issue in the South and
a growing problem in the US and
Global hunger of course is
not a new issue, nor is the problem of food poverty in Canada.
Food banks have been with us
since 1981 when the first
one was established in Edmonton.
Today there are 698 food
banks across the country and
inMarch, 1999,790,000 people used them. In the same
month B.C.'s 87 food banks
fed 71,000 people.
What started as an emergency, short-term response to
the severity ofthe recession of
the early 1980s has resulted
in food banks becoming a secondary tier of our welfare system, a social safety net that no
longer meets the needs of vulnerable people.
Food banks cannot guarantee an adequate supply of
nutritious foods. They strictly
ration their handouts and
turn people away. International studies demonstrate
they are not an effective response to hunger.
To address the problem of
hunger we need to recognize
that since the early 1980s
governments of all political
stripes in Canada have implemented social spending
policies which refused to acknowledge the right to food
and adequate benefits.
In so doing they have failed
to comply with their international obligations as set out in
the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural
Rights which asserts the right
to food. Canada has also committed itself to a range of international conventions and global conferences which likewise affirm this right.
Yet, in terms of welfare
policy, governments have proceeded as if they were unaware of their obligations to
respect, protect and advance
the human right to food.
Unless or until we recognize
this point, food poverty will continue to grow in Canada and
Canada's Action Plan for Food
Security will remain invisible
and the policies and debates it
raises will be unaddressed.
by staff writers
Two of the province's top young
women in science
are engineering students
in the Faculty of Applied
Rozlyn Bubela. a
fourth-year Civil Engineering co-op student,
was the undergraduate
winner of the 1999
Premier's Awards for
Young Women in Sci-
Bubela (left) and Wong
ence. She collected a SlO.OOO scholarship as part ofthe award.
Gloria Wong received the runner-up prize and a Si.000
scholarship. She is a third-year Metals and Materials Engineering co-op student at UBC.
The Premier's Awards recognize outstanding female
students from technical disciplines where women are currently under-represented. Scholarship winners must demonstrate strong leadership and research potential. The awards
are presented by the B.C. Information, Science and Technology Agency.
Medical Genetics Prof. Michael Hayden, director of
the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics,
has been awarded the 1999 Guthrie Family Humanitarian Award for his clinical and research work in
Huntington's Disease.
Hayden is the first Canadian to receive the award which
recognizes a scientist, researcher or medical leader who has
demonstrated compassion and concern for the care and
support of people with Huntington's Disease and their families.
The award is given by the Huntington's Disease Society of
Earth and Ocean Sciences
Prof. Tom Pedersen has
been appointed to a three-
year term as chair of the Scientific
Steering Committee of Past Global
Changes (PAGES), an international
scientific body in Bern, Switzerland.
PAGES is a flagship program of
the Stockholm-based International
Geosphere-Biosphere Program and
is charged with co-ordinating and
promoting research on the history
of climate change on Earth.
Chemistry Prof. Brian James is the recipient of this
year's Canadian Catalysis Lectureship awarded by
the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC).
The annual award is given in recognition of leadership in
the field of catalysis research in Canada. James's research
has focused on hydrogenation and oxidation processes.
James, who has served as a faculty member at UBC for
35 years, was also awarded the 2000 CIC Medal for outstanding contributions to the science of chemistry or chemical engineering earlier this year.
Educational Studies Prof. Daniel Pratt has earned
the 1999 Cyril O. Houle Award for his book, Five
Perspectives on Teaching in Adult and Higher Education.
The annual award is given to an individual whose book
has contributed "significantly to the advancement of adult
education as a unified field of study and practice." The
panel of five judges was unanimous in choosing Pratt's
He is only the second Canadian to win the award, which
was presented at the recent conference of the American
Association for Adult and Continuing Education in San
Antonio, Tex.
Economics Prof. Erwin Diewert has been nominated
to a prestigious panel charged with the responsibility
of solving an important measurement problem for
economic policy-making in the U.S.
Diewert will serve on the Committee on National Statistics
Cost-of-Living Indexes Panel Study at the National Academy
of Sciences. Diewert is the only member from outside the
U.S. on the panel. The academy lists his "unmatched publication record on the topic" in the nomination. 8 UBC Reports ■ December 9, 1999
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Anthropology and Sociology Assoc. Prof. Janice Graham (back row, left) and
graduate students from various disciplines recently did field research at
UBC Hospital Purdy Pavilion extended care unit. Pictured with the students
are three ofthe 44 residents living in the unit (front row, l-r), Gerald Evans,
Fujiye Iwasaki and Barbara Freeland.
Student researchers
step into 'new' culture
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
Anthropology graduate research is often associated with remote jungle villages but for 11 UBC students the research site was a lot closer to home —
Purdy Pavilion, the extended care unit at
UBC Hospital.
"This is another culture that most
students have never set foot in," says
Anthropology Assoc. Prof. Janice Graham.
"It's as exotic as going to New Guinea."
The students in Graham's course.
Anthropology 516: Qualitative Methods
in Anthropology, come from disciplines
ranging from planning to nursing. They
conducted a comprehensive qualitative
study at the unit that focused on how to
provide a quality environment for residents, most of whom have dementia.
The unit is home to 44 residents and in
February will be officially recognized as
an interdisciplinary clinical, teaching and
research unit (CTRU) model of extended
care for people with dementia.
"These residents are really us in another 40 years or so," says Graham, a
medical anthropologist who specializes
in gerontology. The students gained practical ethnographic experience — better
than anything I could tell them about
how individual lives are the central focus
in an institution."
Students participated in residents' care
over a six- to eight-week period. Their
individual research projects looked at
issues such as compassionate and ethical care, flexibility of environment, spiritual needs and what constitutes competence in people with cognitive and functional deterioration.
"Society tends to forget these people,"
says Louise Racine, a course participant
who is working on a PhD in Nursing. "I
learned that it's important to care for
those less powerful in society — it was a
different aspect of nursing care than I
had seen before."
Staff on the unit made students very
welcome which assisted their work, adds
"It was an intense experience for me,"
says Rosa Sevy, a History master's degree
student. "I learned a lot about life — the
residents' stories touched me. There were
many emotional issues."
Students reported their findings in a
public presentation to residents, family
and staff and offered a nine-page list of
recommendations to the CTRU steering
The real value of this new unit will be
academics and clinicians working together
on day-to-day issues," says Dr. Martha
Donnelly, head of Community Geriatrics
in the Family Practice Dept. "We want to
know how nurses, social workers, doctors,
therapists — everyone involved with the
patient — can work better as a team to
care for these people."
Dementia may result from a variety of
causes, says Donnelly. Multiple strokes,
Alzheimer's disease, alcoholism and brain
injury can contribute to or cause the
About 250,000 people in Canada suffer from dementia and about half are
One of every 10 persons is now aged 60 years or older. According to the United
Nations, we are entering a millennium where soon a third ofthe population will be over
age 60. Faculty, staff and students from a variety of disciplines at UBC are actively
engaged in programs and projects aimed at helping to achieve the UN's stated
Principles for Older Persons: independence, participation, care, self-fulfillment and
dignity. Following are a few of their stories.
Learning a pleasure for
keen senior students
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
Back to school isn't just kids' stuff,
according to the many B.C. seniors who
attend UBC free of charge every year.
Erica Thomson (no relation to the author)
has completed more than 60 audited courses
in 10 years of study at UBC and says she
studies for the pleasure of it, taking three
courses per term.
"I like to study about a place and then
apply    what    I've
learned by travelling
to the region," says
the 79-year-old
A former United
Nations worker in Sri
Lanka, Thomson has
travelled throughout
India and other parts
of Asia. She has taken
courses in virtually every aspect of Asian
culture, from anthropology to religion.
"All my friends are under 50 years
old," says Thomson who describes typical seniors' get-togethers as boring compared to the stimulation of classes and
the energy of young students.
"I particularly appreciated Erica's presence in Indian literature courses," says
Acting Assoc. Dean of Arts Kenneth Bryant,
professor of Thomson's first UBC class.
The literature deals with a wide variety of
human experience and there is no substitute for lived experience in understanding
these texts — Erica provided the class
with a perspective few younger students
would have been ready for."
In addition to audit courses, seniors
take graduate and undergraduate degree
programs and unclassified courses that
do not lead to a degree.
UBC alumna Fleurette Sweeney is pursuing a PhD through UBC's Centre for the
Study of Curriculum and Instruction.
"All my friends are under
50 years old."
— Erica Thomson, age 79
Sweeney. 70, says she was motivated
to start a doctorate in 1995 "because I
wasn't finished yet."
A teacher of music and singing since
1950, Sweeney's thesis looks at how singing
together in class affects children as learners.
"It's just been fabulous," she says of
her experience as a senior student. "I
have access to equipment and the opportunity to learn new technologies."
Sweeney is unaware of being perceived as
"an old woman." As for undertaking a doctorate late in life, she
feels she's in a posi-
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contribution after a
lifetime in the field.
A Sister of Charity, Sweeney adds
that she would not
have been able
to finance her studies without UBC's
policy of free education for seniors.
She expects to finish her thesis in
2001 and will likely do post-doctoral work
in the area of acoustical analysis as it
pertains to singing and speaking.
"We've had very positive feedback from
both faculty and other students about
seniors'participation in classes,"says UBC
registrar and director of Student Services
Richard Spencer. "They bring a unique
perspective to discussions, whether they're
studying for their own interest or to get a
degree they've always wanted."
Enrolment varies with an average of 80
students attending annually over the last
three years.
Any B.C. residents who are Canadian
citizens or permanent residents aged 65
years or older can attend UBC without paying application, tuition or student fees. Admission as a senior is not offered in areas
such as Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Nursing or
any faculty or school where existing facilities
and resources are limited.
New program builds skills needed
to deliver quality care to aged
One of the certainties in the next
century is an unprecedented aging
population, which will require many
more individuals to understand and
respond to issues of older persons.
A new UBC certificate program —
Counselling and Working with an Aging
Population — addresses this rapidly
growing need by giving individuals the
skills and knowledge to assist seniors
with personal, family and social issues.
The co-developers ofthe innovative,
seven-month, part-time program are
surprised by the wide appeal of the
certificate being offered by Continuing
Studies Women's Resource Centre
"It's designed to address the real
need for trained individuals to interact
responsibly and respectfully with our
aging population in many facets of
their daily lives," says Clarissa Green,
associate professor in the School of Nursing and co-developer of the program.
"Originally, we thought it would interest
those in their mid- to older life who were
looking for a post-retirement career that
involved helping those older than themselves," adds Ruth Sigal, director of the WRC
and the program co-developer.
Green and Sigal report that the program is also appealing to many younger
people who see the value of developing
special skills to work with an aging population, including their own parents.
Participants will spend approximately
half their time learning about senior-
specific issues and the other half learning
and developing counselling skills.
"By integrating academic content and
personal experience, we are encouraging
participants to develop their own personal philosophy of aging," explains
"At the end of the program we want
them to achieve a comfort and skill
level in working with seniors," adds
The program will enhance the working relationships and interpersonal
skills of volunteers, caregivers, business professionals, community workers, social workers, clergy and healthcare professionals.
The curriculum combines classroom
instruction and interactive learning,
which includes working with senior
clients and role-playing with fellow participants. Classes begin in January
and require the equivalent of high
school graduation. There will be a personal interview with applicants.
For more information on the WRC
and its programs, call (604) 482-8588 or
visit the Web site www.cstudies.ubc.ca/


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