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Published by Information Services, University of B.C., 2075 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver. B.C.
V6T 1W5. 228-3131. J. A. Banham and Judith Walker, editors. Vol. 23, No. 16.
Recently opened shop in main lobby of UBC's Museum of Anthropology may
have the answer to your Christmas gift problem. Shop offers a variety of Canadian
Indian arts and crafts as well as publications, calendars, notecards and silkscreen
prints with Indian designs. Shop co-ordinator Theo Bell-Irving, left discusses
woven Salish wall-hanging with museum visitor Greta Berry, from Houston, B.C.
Volunteers man the shop from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and
noon to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. Members of the museum get a 10 per cent discount.
Economist named to post
The Board of Governors has
approved the appointment of Prof.
Ronald Shearer of the Department of
Economics as assistant to
Vice-President Michael Shaw, who
assumes new duties in the area of
UBC's academic development.
UBC's president. Dr. Douglas
Kenny, said the appointment of Prof.
Shearer was an expansion of his
current role in co-ordinating UBC's
policy on Interior programs —
proposals for UBC degree courses to
be offered in B.C.'s Interior — and in
serving as UBC's representative on the
Interior University Programs Board,
which reports to the Universities
Council of B.C.
In his new duties, Vice-President
Shaw will assume direct responsibility
for authorizing changes in the
complement of faculty members and
support    staff.    He   will    retain    his
existing   responsibilities   in   providing
advice  on  academic budget planning
and will remain in   '
charge  of a wide
range of academic
services, including
the    Centre    for
Education,    UBC
I i braries,     the
Centre      and*
Research Admini-flj^
The president
said that the
University's present increased need for
careful and co-ordinated academic
planning was a direct result of limited
operating grants, nearly stable overall
Continued on p. 2    "Title change"
Pearse, Russell
win faculty
seats on Board
Prof. Peter Pearse of the
Department of Economics, and Prof.
R. D. "Don" Russell, head of the
Department of Geophysics and
Astronomy, have been elected by the
faculty to serve three-year terms on
the UBC Board of Governors.
In other election news, two persons
have been nominated for the post of
University chancellor, who sits on
both the Board of Governors and the
The nominees are: Hon. J. V.
Clyne, a 1923 graduate of UBC, a
former member of the Supreme Court
of B.C. and retired chairman and chief
executive officer of MacMillan
Bloedel; and Stan Persky, a teacher at
Northwest Community College in
Terrace, B.C., who hold two UBC
degrees and was active in student
campus activities in the late 1960s.
The election of the two faculty
members to the Board is the first of a
series that will result in a reconstituted
Board of Governors and Senate in
1978. Non-faculty employed staff of
the University will elect one member
to the Board and students will elect
two members.
The provincial government will
appoint eight members to the Board
and President Douglas Kenny will
continue as a Board member as
provided for under the Universities
The reconstituted Board will hold
its first meeting in February, while the
reconstituted Senate will meet for the
first time in April.
Continued on p. 3
Next Week, next year...
This the last issue of UBC
Reports until January. So page 4,
"Next Week at UBC," includes
events happening on campus as far
away as Jan. 7. You might want to
keep this issue for reference.
We'll resume publication of
"Next Week at UBC" on Jan. 4.
Deadline for notices of events in
the week of Jan. 8 to 14 will be
Thursday, Dec. 29.
A reminder to all that the
University, including the libraries,
will be closed Monday, Dec. 26,
Tuesday, Dec. 27, arid Monday,
Jan. 2. (Detailed library hours for
other days are on page 4.)
Have a happy holiday season!
Dec. 8, 1977 Old garbage dumps could be a
source of energy in the future,
according to a UBC environmental
Dr. Bob Cameron, an assistant
professor of civil engineering in the
Faculty of Applied Science, says
garbage dump landfills generate
methane, an inflammable gas that
results from decaying organic matter.
Methane is now being "mined" in
California from wells sunk deep into
landfill projects. Dr. Cameron says,
and extraction of the gas from old
B.C. garbage dumps may become
feasible in the future.
He's set up a series of small-scale
test cells in his UBC laboratory to
determine the circumstances that
would lead to maximum methane
This is only one aspect of a
continuing project by Dr. Cameron's
research group, which has been
studying the pollutants that find their
way into surface and underground
water when rain falls on garbage
dumps and wood-waste landfill
Five years ago the research team
built 16 specially designed silos on
UBC's south campus and filled them
with various mixtures of garbage and
hog fuel. The silos are subjected to
simulated rainfall conditions and the
leachates collected at the bottom of
each tank are subjected to 40 different
chemical tests in the laboratory.
The muddy-looking liquids
collected from the silos are extremely
complex chemically and contain high
concentrations of heavy metals, which
are hazardous to plant and animal life.
The research team has developed a
number of computer programs that
allow changes in the leachates to be
studied over a period of time.
They have found that the addition
of septic tank pumpings to the
garbage-filled silos is beneficial in
2/UBC Reports/Dec. 8, 1977
Garbage and pollution—
a rich area for
/ Applied Science researchers who were
recently awarded grants totalling
$112,000 by the provincial
government for continuing projects in
the field of environmental engineering.
The grant to Dr. Cameron's research
team totalled $57,000.
A second member of the civil
engineering department, Dr. S. O.
Russell, has received $35,000 for
continuing studies on water resources
methodology, including flood
forecasting and the calculation of
environmental impact.
Dr. Axel Meisen, associate professor
of chemical engineering, has been
granted a total of $20,000 for projects
related to air pollution.
He will study methods designed to
minimize the discharge of sulphur
compounds from petroleum and
natural gas refineries and to collect
dust particles from, industrial
operations such as pulp mills and
coal-drying plants.
Part of the grant to Dr. Meisen will
also be used for computer analysis of
air samples collected at monitoring
stations in the east Kootenays and the
Greater Vancouver  Regional  District.
Dr. Bob Cameron
reducing contaminants, particularly
heavy metals, in the leachates.
Recycling the leachates back through
the garbage has also been found to be
effective in reducing contaminates.
The ultimate aim of the project is
to eliminate the harmful effects of the
contaminants that are constantly being
leached out of landfill projects as the
result of B.C.'s heavy rainfall.
Dr. Cameron said the results of the
research are also useful to the B.C.
Pollution Control Board, which sets
guidelines for discharges from
municipal waste treatment plants in
B.C. The project has also proved to be
a valuable training ground for graduate
students, four of whom have based
graduating theses on results obtained
from the research.
Dr.    Cameron    is    one    of    three
Title change for vice-president
Continued from p. 1
enrolment, and increased requests for
information from the Universities
The increased academic planning
and co-ordinating to be carried out
falls primarily in Vice-President Shaw's
areas of responsibility and constitutes
an increase in that responsibility,
President Kenny said.
He added that Prof. Shaw's present
title will be changed from that of
vice-president of University
development to vice-president
(academic development) to describe
his responsibilities more clearly.
President Kenny said the
responsibilities of other UBC
vice-presidents will remain basically
unchanged. In particular, he said, Prof.
Erich Vogt, vice-president for faculty
and student affairs, will continue to be
responsible for faculty appointments
to authorized positions and for
recommendations for reappointment,
tenure   and   promotion,   and   for  his
present duties in the area of faculty
and student affairs.
It is anticipated that the increase in
Vice-President Shaw's responsibilities
will lead to improved co-ordination
between academic planning and new
appointments, the president said.
Prof. Shearer is a native British
Columbian who was born in Trail and
educated in nearby Rossland. He
received his Bachelor of Arts degree
with first-class honors in economics
from UBC in 1954. He holds the
degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor
of Philosophy from Ohio State
He joined the UBC faculty in 1963
and was head of the Department of
Economics from 1973 until June 30,
1977. He is the author of numerous
publications in the field of monetary
theory and policy, foreign exchange
and international finance. He will
continue some teaching duties in the
UBC economics department. Prof. Don Russell
Continued from p. 1
The two new Board members
elected by the faculty, Profs. Pearse
and Russell, replace Prof. Gideon
Rosenbluth, of the economics
department, who was not a candidate
in the election just completed, and
Prof. Charles McDowell, head of the
Department of Chemistry. Prof.
McDowell was elected to the Board in
September to fill the unexpired term
of Dr. William Webber, who resigned
following his appointment as dean of
the Faculty of Medicine in July. Prof.
McDowell was one of five faculty
members nominated for the two
faculty positions in the election just
Prof. Peter Pearse is a UBC graduate
who has been a member of faculty
since     1962.
He is widely known as the chairman
of a provincial royal commission on
B.C. forest resources, which reported
in 1976. Many of his findings are being
incorporated in a new forest act. He
was recently the recipient of the
Canadian Forestry Achievement
Award — the highest honor of the
Canadian Forestry Institute — for his
achievements as a forest economist.
Prof. Pearse is currently the
co-ordinator of a 10-member team of
experts in UBC's Department of
Economics that is utilizing a Canada
Council grant of more than $800,000
for a five-year study of the
management of the world's natural
Prof. Don Russell joined the UBC
faculty in 1958 and became head of
the geophysics department in 1968.
He is internationally known for his
research on the early evolution of the
earth and for his work on geophysical
He also heads the Council of
Chairmen of Canadian Earth Science
Departments.   Prof.   Russell   recently
Prof. Peter Pearse
returned from a three-week visit to the
People's Republic of China under the
auspices of the federal Department of
Energy, Mines and Resources. The
Canadian delegation visited seven
research institutes and two universities
to observe and advise on research in
More than 75,000 ballots will be
distributed early in the new year to
Convocation, made up of all graduates
and the faculty of the University, for
election of the chancellor.
Mr. J. V. Clyne, nominated by the
UBC Alumni Association for the post,
took part in the 1922 Great Trek by
UBC students, which resulted in the
provincial government appropriating
funds to complete a number of
buildings at Point Grey to house the
University. He served three terms on
the UBC Senate between 1951 and
1960 and in 1961 was the recipient of
the Great Trekker Award from the
UBC Alma Mater Society for his
contributions to University and
community life.
Stan Persky, the other nominee for
chancellor, was a student at UBC from
1966 to 1973. He received the degrees
of Bachelor and Master of Arts in
anthropology and sociology, the
subjects he teaches at Northwest
Community College in Terrace.
Talonbooks has recently published a
book of poetry by Mr. Persky entitled
Wrestling the Angel.
While a student at UBC, Mr. Persky
served a number of terms on Senate as
a representative of Graduate Students'
Association and as a senator-at-large.
He was president of the Arts
Undergraduate Society and the GSA
and served on students' council. He
was also a teaching assistant in the
Departments of Philosophy and
Work-study program
women students
If you're a woman student at UBC
and have ever considered a career in
forestry or engineering, then this is a
good year to do something about it.
The Dean of Women's office with
the help of the faculties of Forestry
and Applied Science has developed a
pilot work-study program for a limited
number of students who would like to
enter these two traditionally
non-female disciplines but who really
don't know that much about the
problems and opportunities they'll
encounter there.
Applications from women students
eligible to enter first-year Forestry or
Applied Science next fall are now
being accepted by the Dean of
Women's office. The students who are
selected will then take part in a series
of workshops during the spring
months where they will learn how to
write resumes and handle interviews
and will meet with women working in
forestry and engineering now. During
the summer, the students will be
employed by forestry and engineering
companies who have offered to take
part in this program, the first of its
kind in Canada. UBC faculty members
will monitor the students' work
experience. In the fall the students
should enter first-year Forestry or
Applied Science with quite a bit more
confidence and familiarity with the
discipline than they would normally
have, making it easier for them to
break into a traditionally
male-dominated field.
"This program is intended to
encourage women who might not
otherwise choose Applied Science or
Forestry," explains Dr. Sheryl Bond of
the Dean of Women's office. "We're
offering it before they enter the
faculties so that they have the
opportunity to explore without feeling
threatened or highly committed."
The idea for the program came
from the deans of Applied Science and
Forestry who wanted to encourage
more women to enter their faculties.
The interest shown so far has been
encouraging. Dr. Bond says. About 14
applications had been received from
students as of last week and the
response has been "generous and
enthusiastic" from prospective
employers, she says.
There are 61 women registered in
undergraduate Applied Science
programs this year, out of a total of
1,242. In Forestry, 34 women are
registered as undergraduates out of a
total of 294.
UBC Reports/Dec. 8, 1977/3 NEXT WEEK AT UBC
Notices must reach Information Services, Main Mall North Admin. Bldg., by mail, by 5 p.m. Thursday of week preceding publication of notice
This is the last issue of "Next Week at UBC" until
January. This issue, therefore, includes events from Dec. 11
to Jan. 7. Publication will resume Jan. 4 to list events for
the week of Jan. 8 to 14. Deadline for that issue is
Thursday, Dec. 29, at 5 p.m.
3:00 p.m.    MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY. Michael Goldberg
and    David    Jacobs    present    An    Introduction    to
Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. 6393 N.W.
Marine Dr.
9:00 a.m. PEDIATRICS MEDIA SHOWS presents Pediatric
Heart Surgery until Friday, Dec. 16. Shows are
available until 5 p.m. at the Health Centre for
Children, 715 W. 12th Ave.
12:30 p.m. CANCER RESEARCH SEMINAR. Bob Molday,
Biochemistry, UBC, on Organization and
Redistribution of Receptors on Cell Surfaces. Library,
Medical Sciences Building Block B.
Koenigsberg, UBC and University of California at
Berkeley, on Digging a Better Hole: An Application of
Dynamic Programming. Room 312, Angus Building.
Robert E. Folinsbee, University of Alberta and
president. Royal Society, on World Resources — From
ALPH to ZIPF. Lecture Hall 1, Woodward Building.
H. Poeckert, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory,
Victoria, on Polarization of Spectral Lines with
Emphasis on Be Stars. Room 318, Hennings Building.
Davie. Universitv of Washington, on Role of Serine
Proteases in Blood Coagulation. Lecture Hall 3,
Woodward Building.
8:00 p.m. IMMUNOLOGY SEMINAR. Dr. R. C. Fitzsimmons,
Poultry Science, UBC, on Generation of Antibody
Diversity: A New Direction. Music Room, Faculty
Windal, Universite de Sherbrooke, Quebec, on Some
Analytical Approaches to the Study of Consumer
Brand Switching Behavior. Penthouse, Angus Building.
Segal and D. R. Hale on Neonatal Thermodynamics:
Unidentified vs. Centripetal Irradiation. Room 15, 811
W. 10th Ave.
3:30 p.m. OCEANOGRAPHY SEMINAR. Ian Young, Geological
Sciences, UBC, on Geological Development of the
Western Margin of the Queen Charlotte Basin. Room
1465, Biological Sciences Building.
9:00 p.m. UBC PUBLIC AFFAIRS. Host Gerald Savory, Centre
for Continuing Education, discusses The Canadian
Unity Issue: The Constitution and the Quebec
Independence Movement with Dr. Murray Green,
History, UBC. Channel 10, Vancouver Cablevision.
12 noon PHARMACOLOGY SEMINAR. Dr. James M. Wright,
Pharmacology, UBC, on Isoniazid Hepatotoxicity.
Room 114, Medical Sciences Building Block C.
8:00 p.m. SENATE MEETING. Interested members of the
University community welcome. Tickets available
from Frances Medley, 228-2951. Board and Senate
Room, Old Administration Building.
9:00 a.m. MEDICAL GRAND ROUND. Dr. David I. McLean,
Dermatology, VGH, on Melanoma. Lecture Hall B,
Vancouver General Hospital.
H. Hirsch, Chief of Drug Laboratories, Health and
Welfare Canada, on Functional Correlates of Renal
Toxicity. Room 363, Cunningham Building.
Johansson, School of Business, University of
Washington, on Analyzing Panel Data as a Time Series:
A Box Jenkins' Analysis of Purchase Sequences.
Penthouse, Angus Building.
3:30 p.m. OCEANOGRAPHY SEMINAR. Dr. M. Gilmartin,
Australian Institute of Marine Science, on Marine
Science and Education in Australia. Room 1465,
Biological Sciences Building.
9:00 a.m. PEDIATRICS GRAND ROUND. Dr. W. C. Torch,
Pediatrics, VGH, on The Role of Hippocampal and
Limbic Degeneration in Neurological Diseases. Lecture
Hall B, VGH.
3:00 p.m.    MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY. Cortland Hultberg
directs the  University  Chamber Singers  in  a special
program   in   the   museum's   Great   Hall.   6393   N.W.
Marine Dr.
9:00 a.m. PEDIATRICS MEDIA SHOWS. Routine Visual
Examination will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
until Friday, Dec. 23. Health Centre for Children, 715
W. 12th Ave.
12:30 p.m. CANCER RESEARCH SEMINAR. Marty McLpughlin,
Urology, VGH, on Measurement of the Androgen
Receptors in Human Prostatic Cancer. Library,
Medical Sciences Building Block B.
University closed
3:30 p.m.     PSYCHOLOGY COLLOQUIUM. Dr. Anne Treisman,
Psychology,   Oxford   University,   on   Attention   and
Stimulus Integration. Room 212, Buchanan Building.
9:00 a.m.     MEDICAL GRAND ROUND. Dr. Vincent P. Sweeney,
Neurology,  VGH, on   Effects of Carcinoma.  Lecture
Hall B, Vancouver General Hospital.
12:30 p.m.    GREEN  VISITING   PROFESSOR.   Sir Alfred Ayer,
Oxford, on Some Problems About Perception. Room
106, Buchanan Building.
3:30 p.m.    PSYCHOLOGY     COLLOQUIUM.     Dr.      Daniel
Kahneman,     Psychology,     Hebrew    University,    on
Judgment  and   Decision-Making  Under   Uncertainty.
Room 212, Buchanan Building.
8:00 p.m.    VOLLEYBALL. Thunderette invitational tournament
continues   all    day    until    11    p.m.   War   Memorial
8:15 p.m.    VANCOUVER INSTITUTE. Sir Alfred Ayer, Oxford
University,   on   What   Has   Become   of   Philosophy?
Lecture Hall 2, Woodward Building.
Sedgewick and Main Library hours are as follows:
Dec. 20: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dec. 21 to 23: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dec. 24 to 27: CLOSED
Dec. 28 to 30: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dec. 31 to Jan. 2: CLOSED
Jan. 3: Normal hours resume
Hours  for  other  libraries  vary   slightly. Check with  information
des ks.
4/UBC Reports/Dec. 8, 1977


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