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 VOLUME     46     I      NUMBER    2     |     JANUARY    27,     2000
3  Highflier
Bird and human work as
one in an ancient sport
8 Good medicine
Medicine asks community
leaders what's needed THE    UNIVERSITY   OF   BRITISH    COLUMBIA
puck play Ask an Ice Mouse to name their hockey heroes and they will likely squeak back with "Wayne Gretzky" and
"Dave." That's Dave Newson, coach of ubc's women's hockey team and program co-ordinator in Community Sports
Services. "Ice Mice Beginner Hockey for four- to six-year-olds is always sold out," says Newson. "We teach fundamentals
but stress having fun before they enter competitive minor hockey." One of Newson's assistants Nathan Sung (top left) is in
the thick of a pack, while a tuckered-out Travis Phillifant (bottom) folds in his shiny new UBCjersey, too pooped to pass.
For information on UBC Winter 2000 programs, call (604) 822-3688 or visit www.hockey-school.ubc.ca. Bruce Mason photo
Service provides answers to
puzzled students' inquiries
Student Services'Information Centre solves questions
rangingfrom awards and loans to housing and haircuts
by Hilary Thomson staff writer
it's like a green light for students stalled in a traffic jam of
questions about ubc.
The big green banner at the
north end of Brock Hall announces
the location of the Student Services' Information Centre which offers
one-stop shopping for information
on admissions, awards, accommodation, registration and general information about campus services.
The centre aims to provide excellent service at a single point of
contact, avoid sending students
from one place to another on campus and reduce lineups.
"This gives a big boost to the
services we can offer students,"
says Marianne Schroeder, co-ordinator of Student Information
Services. "Creating and operating
the centre with student input has
meant it fits with what they
Between 75 to 125 individuals
drop by the centre every day, says
"The Info Centre has surpassed
our expectations," says outgoing
Alma Mater Society (ams) President Ryan Marshall. "It virtually
ends the need for students to wait
in incorrect line-ups."
The centre is partially funded by
the ams Innovative Projects Fund.
The success of the investment has
prompted the ams to draw up
plans for a similar information
booth to be located in sub in the
next few years, says Marshall.
see Answers, page 2
Chief justice one
of series' speakers
Genes, bees and Troy
among Vancouver
Institute's spring topics
Canada's new chief justice
Beverley McLachlin and Canadian
author and playwright Silver Donald Cameron are among the speakers in the Vancouver Institute free
public lecture series at ubc which
runs every Saturday to April 15.
All lectures take place at 8:15
p.m. in Woodward Instructional
Resources Centre lecture hall 2.
Upcoming lectures include:
Feb. 5: Daryl Duke, "Redefining
English Canada: The Failure ofthe
Feb. 12: Prof. Mark Winston,
"Nature Wars: Pests vs. People."
Feb. 19: Nik Gowing, "Information in War and Emergencies: Who
Really Commands the High
Feb. 26: Prof. Virginia Valian,
"The Advancement of Women:
Why So Slow?"
Beverley McLachlin
March 4: Prof. Brian Rose,
"New Excavations at Ancient
March 11: Beverley McLachlin,
"The Role ofthe Courts in a Modern Democracy."
March 18: Prof. Walter Kohn,
"Through a Glass Darkly: A Physicist Looks at the Future."
March 25: Silver Donald Cameron, "Energy, Environment and
the Left."
see Speakers, page 2
Scholarship honours
promising student
Professor will continue
graduate student's work
a memorial scholarship fund
has been set up to honour Forest
Ecology PhD student Adrian Weber
to ensure that his groundbreaking
work will continue at ubc.
Weber, 38, drowned New Year's
Day when he dove into Kingsmere
Lake near Ottawa.
Forest Ecology Prof. Hamish
Kimmins says Weber was working
on a breakthrough in the effects of
wind and clear-cutting on forests.
Besides honouring Weber, the
scholarship will provide funding for
other young researchers working in
forest ecology, says Kimmins.
"In his heart Adrian was a conservationist and environmentalist," he says. "But in his head he
was a scientist which is the kind
of combination we need to move
towards a sustainable relationship between humans and the environment."
Weber studied seedlings of
western red cedar, one ofthe more
profitable species for the forest in
dustry. The tree normally grows
well in shaded areas of old forests
but does not regenerate in some
types of north island forests.
Weber's work suggested that the
seedlings can regenerate in shaded
areas if a certain fungus, vam, is
present in the soil. But without the
fungus, the seedlings will only regenerate through the high light
and increased nutrient achieved if
trees are removed.
Kimmins says that he will continue Weber's work and take it to
the publication stage.
Contributions to the Adrian
Weber Memorial Scholarship in
Forest Ecology may be sent to the
Forest Sciences Dept., 2424 Main
Mall, v6t 1Z4. Please make
cheques payable to The University
of British Columbia and specify
the scholarship name. For more
information, contact Maxine
Horner at (604) 822-6018.
See www.ubc.ca under News and
Events, Strike Information for
updates. I  UBC  REPORTS  |  JANUARY 27, 2000
Continued from page 1
April i: Sharon Pollock, "Will
Theatre Survive?"
April 8: Panel discussion: Prof.
Michael Hayden, Prof. Gert-Jan
van Ommen, Prof. Lap-Chee Tsui,
and Francis Collins, "The Human
Genome Project: Where Do We Go
from Here?"
April 15: John Stackhouse, "The
End of Development."
The spring series started Jan. 22
with Prof. Brett Finlay's lecture,
"Confronting the Microbe Menace."
Recent books published by series speakers will be available at the
door and the ubc Bookstore.
UBC among leaders
in United Way drive
More information
www.psg.com/~ted/vaninst or call
ubc-info, (604) 822-4636.
A BIG THAN K YOU to the 150-PLUS volunteers around
campus who worked hard to spread awareness, information
and enthusiasm duringthe campaign.
Committee for all their hard work and enthusiasm particularly atthose early morning meetings.
Eilis Courtney
Chair, 1999 ubc campaign
United Wfay
UBC   HAS   AGAIN   PLACED   among
the top Lower Mainland organizations in the United Way category
of Leaders of the Way with 75 donors who gave $1,000 or more to
the annual campaign.
Thanks to more than 700 faculty, staff and student donors, the
campus campaign raised $289,995
to benefit the various United Way
groups and agencies.
The winner of the top raffle
prize of two Canadian Airlines
tickets was Margo Fraser, Faculty
of Commerce and Business Administration and Prof. Martin Put-
erman—also from Commerce—
won the top donor prize of a weekend for two compliments of Sun
Peaks Resort. For a complete list of
winners and sponsors, visit the
Web site at www.unitedway.ubc.ca.
UBC was also highly ranked in
the category of Discoverers--those
who gave $500 or more -- chalking
up 82 donors.
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Continued from page 1
Information is also provided by
phone and the centre responds to
about 200 to 300 e-mail inquiries
per week. Most questions are answered within 48 hours.
"We get asked everything from
where to get a haircut and where to
rent a house to how to switch faculties," says fourth-year student
Mike Kleisinger, one ofthe centre's
information officers. "Students
can ask us 10 different questions if
they need to—there's no running
around and it's more personal than
Telereg or voice-mail."
The centre is open Monday to
Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m and
Friday to 4:30 p.m. Staff can also be
reached at (604) 822-9836 or 1-877-
272-1422 within Canada, or by e-mail
at student.information@ubc.ca.
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The Universiry of British
Columbia (ubc) is seeking
applications and nominations
for the position of Vice-
President, External Relations.
ubc is committed to
collaborating with local and
regional communities,
_   „ governments, donors, industry
l^/niV and business, and other
ADOUt It. educational institutions both
"K nationally and internationally,
in order to foster intellectual,
social, cultural and economic development in
Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia, and
Canada. This commitment is central to the
implementation of "Trek 2000," ubc's vision for
the 21st century.
ubc is one of Canada's leading teaching and
research institutions. Established in 1908, it is a
publicly supported, comprehensive universiry,
comprising 12 faculties, nine schools, and 38
centres and institutes. The University's mission is
to be a world-renowned institution of higher
education and research, and the best universiry in
Reporting to the President, the Vice-President,
External Relations will be charged with furthering
the goals of "Trek 2000" as they relate to fund
development and revenue generation, and to
building alliances with communities, donors,
businesses, governments and international
partners in order to enhance ubc's position as one
ofthe world's finest public universities. The Vice-
President, External Relations is a member ofthe
University's senior management team, and is
responsible for government relations, public
affairs, advancement and fund development,
media and community relations, internal university
relations, and international and business relations.
The successful candidate for this leadership role at
ubc will possess a demonstrated ability to
communicate effectively and collaborate
strategically with a wide variety of stake-holders.
The new Vice-President, External Relations will
have a record of success as a manager of complex
issues and as a strategic thinker, able to move an
organization forward and position it for new and
evolving challenges.
In accordance with Canadian immigration
requirements, this advertisement is directed in the
first instance to Canadian citizens and permanent
residents of Canada.
This position is key to furthering the ambitious
goals of "Trek 2000" and to ubc's success in the
new century, ubc hires on the basis of merit and is
committed to employment equity. The Universiry
encourages all qualified persons to apply.
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Kosovo real life training
for seasoned co-ordinator
"I learned fast," says staff member fody Sydor about her
relief mission to the war-torn regions ofthe Balkans
UBC disaster planning co-ordinator Jody Sydor flashes the Red Cross id she
wore helping refugees from Kosovo. Bruce Mason photo
by Bruce Mason staff writer
jody sydor has just returned
from a whirlwind experience as a
Red Cross disaster relief delegate
working with Kosovar refugees in
Macedonia to her job at ubc.
Her six-month mission to help
meet the enormous needs of
300,000 displaced persons had an
unexpected impact.
"Before leaving I had a basic understanding ofthe refugees' plight
but couldn't have imagined the incredible and overwhelming generosity of people," says Sydor, ubc's
disaster planning co-ordinator.
She took a took a leave of absence
last June to join the massive relief
effort in the Balkans.
Briefings were hurried and
Lectures deliver knowledge
to build successful spin-offs
Seminar series aims to arm university researchers
natural gas fuel systems developer Westport Innovations Inc.,
Web-based learning software-
maker WebcT and biotechnology
high-flyer qlt PhotoTherapeutics
Inc. have something in common.
All three companies—along
with many other high-tech firms in
the Lower Mainland—sprang to
life from the fertile minds of
researchers at ubc
It's an increasing phenomenon
that Angus Livingstone has witnessed from his vantage point as
managing director of ubc's University-Industry Liaison Office.
"A lot of people are seeing the
success of local companies such as
qlt and they are saying, "Why not
me too,' and trying to turn their
research into a company," says Livingstone.
The growth rate of ubc spin-off
companies has increased to six to
seven a year over the last five to six
years. Researchers' interest in taking their work commercial has
doubled in the past 12 to 18
months, says Livingstone.
"It's not just professors who try
this," he says. "These days you have
an increasing number of grad
students who are looking at it as
an alternative to going to work for
somebody else."
But there is a skill to taking a
good idea to market, says Livingstone. Common pitfalls such as
the lack of a solid business plan,
shareholders' agreements, employee contracts, non-disclosure
agreements or even basic bookkeeping can derail a fledgling en
terprise. He adds that building a
strong network of experienced
advisers is another key element.
With that in mind, a seminar
series entitled Going Corporate:
From the Lab to the Market is running at ubc, Simon Fraser University, the Technical University of
B.C. and the University of Victoria.
The series brings together university researchers, entrepreneurs
and high-tech industry insiders in
a bid to inform researchers of the
issues they may face in forming
their own spin-off company.
It also points out the types of
resources that may be available to
help them. As well, it provides a
forum for entrepreneurs who may
wish to partner with promising
researchers to develop innovations.
The inaugural series is a collaboration between the industry liaison offices of the four universities
and WestLink Innovation Network
Ltd., an Edmonton-based nonprofit organization that fosters
technology development and commercialization at the 13 western
Canadian universities.
The series continues with a session at each campus every month
until April.
The next session at ubc takes
place Feb. 17 at the Forest Sciences
Building, room 1005 from 4-6 p.m.
It will focus on the nuts and bolts
of incorporation and feature a personal account from Tazdin Esmail,
president of Forbes Medi-Tech,
Inc., a ubc spin-off company in the
biotechnology sector.
More information
For a list of upcoming sessions at
ubc, visit www.uilo.ubc.ca or call
(604) 822-8580. For a listing of
sessions at other locations, see
www. westlink.ca.
"In Ottawa I first heard the
phrase, 'the situation is changing
rapidly.' It was repeated at the International Red Cross headquarters in
Geneva and proved so true on my
arrival," she recalls. "'Someone will
meet you and explain your job,' I
was advised as I boarded a plane."
Landing in Greece she was reassured by the sight of a red cross on
a vehicle bound for Skopje, Macedonia. Unsure if she would be staying or moving on to Albania or Kosovo, Sydor quickly realized that
she would have to interpret and
"I was assigned a post in southwest Macedonia and told to ensure
that appropriate goods reached the
appropriate people in the appropriate way," she recalls. "I learned fast."
"One ofthe first camps I visited
housed 45,000 people and to comprehend the magnitude, I thought
of ubc with about the same population on a busy day. It was just one
refugee camp. Imagine a destitute
population the size of Nanaimo
suddenly appearing in Vancouver
overnight. That's pretty much
what happened in Macedonia."
Distributing aid required daily
troubleshooting. Food sometimes
arrived late or in the wrong quantities. A large supply of cottonseed
oil couldn't be used for cooking.
Refugees balked at receiving lentils
rather than familiar beans.
"Both are nutritional, but displaced persons need to achieve
normalcy and strange foods add
stress," she explains.
Bright spots are indelibly etched
in her memory. Members of Canada's Armed Forces had purchased
50 teddy bears out of their own
pockets and asked Sydor to place
them with the neediest children in
orphanages and hospitals.
"I saw firsthand the very professional operation of our peacekeepers but also caught a glimpse of
their individual personalities," she
One third of Macedonia's two million people are unemployed. Still,
doors were opened everywhere for
individuals and families of five, 10 or
15 Kosovars who had fled with what
they could carry. Host families willingly shared their small homes with
"guests" who would stay for days or
months, while 200,000 regrouped in
refugee camps.
Sydor says success was built on
the quick and generous international response, humanitarians in
Macedonia and the distribution
network established by the Macedonian Red Cross for Yugoslav
conflicts in the early '90s.
Sydor had previously worked for
the Canadian Red Cross during the
1997 Manitoba flood and the 1994
Penticton forest fire evacuation.
Now she is back on campus developing the university's emergency
response capacity.
"My work in Macedonia was a
profound reminder of the importance of a basic plan and networks
for any emergency," she says. "We
all want to react quickly in a crisis
as humanitarians. Having good systems in place enables us to do so."
A rare bird of many talons
Maybe he's too flighty to be
called a pet, but he does
call an arm his roost
he's handsome. His moves are
bold and swift. He dines on quail.
Is this a big-time broker or a
hotshot lawyer?
No, these are the attributes of
Birdie, a seven-month old male
peregrine falcon belonging to ubc
graduate student and falconer
Christian Duhme.
"There is a beautiful co-operation between human and falcon in
this sport," says Duhme. "The bird
must know what I am thinking
and I must think like a raptor to
make it work."
Although falconry is "the most
exciting pastime imaginable" to
Duhme, he discourages people
from taking up the sport on impulse. Not only does it require a lot
of time and dedication, but birds
can be easily harmed or killed
through inexperienced handling,
he says.
Aspiring B.C. falconers can keep
raptors, or birds of prey, if they obtain a permit from the Ministry of
Environment, Lands and Parks.
About the size of a crow, peregrine falcons are one of the fastest birds on earth and can dive vertically at speeds greater than 300
kilometres per hour. They are
found on every continent except
Antarctica and live mostly on a
diet of birds ranging in size from
sparrows to ducks.
Rewards of quail tidbits keep
Birdie coming back to his master
instead of flying away. When he's
not hunting, Birdie rests on his
perch at the end of a long leash that
allows him to move around freely
without being confined to a cage.
Falcons have recently been taken off the endangered species list
in Canada. Successful captive
breeding programs have meant the
cost of the bird has been reduced
to about the same price as a pedigreed pup.
Christian Duhme and Birdie
Duhme belongs to the Northwest Falconers which is one of two
clubs in B.C. devoted to falconry. A
fan ofthe sport since childhood, he
obtained his first bird, a goshawk,
eight years ago. He received Birdie
when he was a fledgling of three
This won't be any fly-by-night relationship, however—falcons can
live up to 20 years. Duhme, who is
completing a PhD in Genetics,
thinks he and Birdie will stick together for quite a while. Birds of a
feather, you understand. 4  I  UBC  REPORTS  |  JANUARY 27,  2000
Chan Centre ForThe
Performing Arts Concert
Boris Berman. Chan Centre from 3-
5pm. Tickets at Ticketmaster 280-3311
or for info, call 822-2697.
Engineering And Architecture
Continuing Education
Building Code And Certified
Professional Course, nrc Innovation
Centre conference room from
8:3oam-4:3opm. Continues to May 15.
$1,850. To register call 822-1884.
Centre For Chinese
Research Seminar
Who Governs Hong Kong? Martin
Lee, leader, Hong Kong Democratic
Party, ck Choi 120 from i2:30-2pm.
Call 822-2629.
Computing and Telecommunications
Services, unbc. Klinck 301 from
4_5:30pm. Refreshments; bring mug.
Call 822-0570.
Green College Speaker Series
Design And Development Of Novel
Drug Delivery Systems. Helen Burt,
Pharmaceutical Sciences. Green
College at 5pm. Reception from
6-6:3opm. Call 822-1878.
Intramural Sport Rep Meeting
99/00 Orientation. Aquatic Centre
classroom from 6:30-7:30pm. E-mail:
starzyk@intramurals.ubc.ca; call
Engineering And Architecture
Continuing Education
Water-Based Fire Suppression 2.
Various Speakers, ceme 1202 from
6:30-9:30pm. Continues to March 9.
$900. To register call 822-1884.
Geography Colloquium
Transport Of Asian Pollutants To B.C.
Ian McKendry. Geography 201 at
3:30pm. Call 822-5904.
Individual Interdisciplinary
Studies Graduate Program
Reading Louise Labe. Nancy Frelick,
Comparative Literature. Green
College at 5pm. Call 822-1878.
Leslie L. Schaffer Lecture
Genes, Climate And Wood. Gerald
E. Rehfelt, U.S. Forest Service.
ForSciences 1005 from 5:30-6:3opm.
Call 822-2507.
Career Services Information Session
Recruiting Civil Engineering Students.
City of Vancouver. Wesbrook 100 from
5:30-7pm. E-mail: careers©
interchange.ubc.ca; call 822-4011.
JANUARY    30    THROUGH     FEBRUARY     12
Biochemistry Seminar
Thcombin And Annexins In Herpes
Virus Infection. Ed Pryzdial. irc#4 at
3:45pm. Refreshments at 3:30pm. Call
Mechanical Engineering Seminar
Recent Developments In Reliability
Engineering. Albert Koehler, general
manager, Tribotec International Ltd.
ceme 1204 at 3:30pm. Refreshments
at 3:25pm. Call 822-3770.
Member Speaker Series
Cyborg Subjects. Aaron Hunter,
English; Matt Farish, Geography.
Green College at 5:30pm. Call
Cultural And Media Studies
Panel Discussion
Politics, Economics, Media In the 21st
Century: Beyond Left And Right?
Alan Hunt. Green College at 7:30pm.
Call 822-1878.
Lectures In Modern Chemistry
Molecular Wires And Molecular
Electronics. Prof. Mark Ratner,
Northwestern u. Chemistry B-250 at
1pm. Refreshments. Call 822-3057.
Student Services
Leadership Program
How To Make Your Butterflies Fly
(Handling Speech Jitters). Marsha
Trew, Women Students' Office.
Buchanan Penthouse from 3-4:3opm.
$5. To register e-mail: Dorothy Nelson
wso@interchange.ubc.ca; call 822 2415.
Oceanography Seminar
Why Is Saanich Inlet So Productive?
Ann Gargett, Institute of Ocean
Sciences. BioSciences 1465 at 3:30pm.
Call 822-3278.
Computer Science Invited
Speaker Seminar
New Tools For Verifying Embedded
Control Systems. Bruce Krogh,
Carnegie Mellon u. cicsr/cs 208
from 4-5:30pm. Refreshments. Call
Statistics Seminar
Statistical Methods For Assessing
Habitat Preferences. Dieter Ayers,
Institute For European Studies
Challenges And Constraints Of A
European Union Constitution. Wolfe-
Dieter Narr, Free u of Berlin. Green
College Coach House at 7:30pm. Call
822-1452; 822-1878.
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Survival Analysis. Dr. Keith Stothers.
vgh, Eye Care Aud. at 7am. Call
Institute Of Asian Research Festival
Lunar New Year Festival, ck Choi
from n:3oam-2pm. Continues to Feb.
4. E-mail: Karen Jew kjew@
interchange.ubc.ca; call 822-2629.
Wednesday Noon Hour Concert
David Harding, violist. Music Recital
Hall from i2:30-i:3opm. Admission $3.
Call 822-5574.
Faculty Financial Planning
Lecture Series
You And Your ubc Pension Fund.
Stan Hamilton, chair, Faculty Pension
Fund. Chemistry 250 from 12:30-
1:20pm. Call 822-1433.
Centre For Research In Women's
Studies Colloquium
Women And Representation In
Contemporary China. Tao Jie, Peking
u. Women's Studies lounge from
i2:30-i:30pm. Call 822-9173.
Another Look At Human
Development Speaker Series
Linking Research To Policy And
Practice. Dyan Dunsmoor-Farley,
deputy minister. Scarfe 278 from
i2:30-i:2opm. Call 822-5232.
Student Services
Leadership Program
Zen Of Self-Mastery. Buchanan
Penthouse 3-4:30pm. $5. To register e-
mail: Dorothy Nelson wso@
interchange.ubc.ca; call 822 2415.
School Of Nursing Rounds
Concerns Of Post-Partum Women
Who Have Experienced A High-Risk
Pregnancy. Cathy Ebbehoj. ubc Hosp.,
Koerner Pavilion T-206 from 3-4pm.
Call 822-7453.
Engineering And Architecture
Continuing Education
Legal Issues For The Construction
Industry. Various Speakers, ceme
1202 from 6:30-g:3opm. Continues to
March 15. $500 includes course
material, certificate. To register call
B.C. Post-Secondary Education
Policy Issues Seminar
Prospects For An Integrated System
Of Post-Secondary Education In
British Columbia: A Policy
Development Process. Various
speakers. Green College at 8:30am.
Call 822-1878.
Student Services
Leadership Program
Procrastination: Discover The Pace
That's Right For You. Women
Students' Office. Brock 200 from
i2:30-2:oopm. $5. To register call
Melissa 822-3811.
Fine Arts Lecture
The Necessity Of Utopia: Gestures
Through The Looking Glass Of
History In Argentinean And
Canadian Art. Dot Tuer, artist.
Lasserre 102 at 12:30pm. Call
Women Of Colour
Network Discussion
Claiming Your Cultural Identity.
Various speakers. International
House upper lounge from 5-8pm. E-
mail: wcmentor@interchange.ubc.ca;
call Charlene Wee, Sylvia Cho
UBC Winter Badminton
Student Recreation Center from 7:30-
11:30pm. Continues to Feb. 4. $10
single; double. To register e-mail:
Ronnie Gill, gill@intramurals.ubc.ca;
call 822-6000.
Thematic Lecture Series
Nature, Economy, War, Sudan. Cindi
Katz, Environmental Psychology
Program, City u of New York. Green
College at 7:30pm. Call 822-1878.
AMS Executive Breakfast
sub concourse from 7-ioam. E-mail:
comco@ams.ubc.ca; call 822-1961.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Retinopathy Of Prematurity: An
Update. Dr. Chris Lyons.
Ophthamology, b.c's Children's Hosp.
gf Strong Aud. from 9-ioam. Call
875-2345 ext. 7449-
Fish 500 Seminar
Watershed Restoration: From Theory
To Practice. Pat Slaney, B.C. Ministry
of Fisheries. Hut B-8, Ralf Yorque
Room at 11:30am. Refreshments at
11am. Call 822-2731.
Centre For Chinese
Research Seminar
cida's China Program: Present And
Future. Ian Wright, director, China
Program, Canadian International
Development Agency. Asian Centre
604 from i2noon-i:3opm. Call
School Of Music Concert
ubc Contemporary Players. Music
Recital Hall from i2:30-i:3opm. Call
Friday Noon Hour Concert At Main
Love Songs. Main Library 502 from
l2:30-i:3opm. Call 822-5574.
Music Performance
Alma Mater Society Chinese New
Year Fair, ubc School of Music
Chinese Ensemble, sub main
concourse from i2:30-i:3opm. Call
Critical Issues In
Global Development
Isaiah Bowman And The Geography
OfThe American Century. Neil Smith,
Geography, Rutgers u. Green College
at 3pm. Call 822-1878.
Centre For Korean Research Seminar
North Korea: The Dilemmas Of
Change Without Reform. Brian Job,
director, Institute of International
Relations; Political Science, ck Choi
120 from 330-5pm. Call 822-2629.
Chemical And Biological
Engineering Seminar
Robustness Of Fault Detection And
Isolation Using Local Approach.
Lechang Cheng. ChemEng 206 at
3:30pm. Call 822-3238.
Mathematics Colloquium
Hysteresis And Interface Dynamics In
Mathematical Models Of Phase
Transitions. Prof. Anna Vainchtein,
Mechanical Engineering, Stanford u.
Math 100 at 3:30pm. Refreshments,
Math Annex 1115 at 3:15pm. Call
Swim Meet
Vs. Calgary. Aquatic Centre from 3:30-
6:00. Call 822-4521.
Raindrop Hash House Harrier
Pacific Spirit Park North sub Plaza
from i2:30-i:3opm. $5. E-mail: Ronnie
Gill gill@intramurals.ubc.ca; call
Thunderbird Women's Volleyball
Vs. University Of Calgary. War
Memorial Gym at 6:15pm. Continues
to Feb. 5 at 8pm. $7 adult; $4 youth/
seniors; $3 ubc students; children
under 12 free. Call 822-2473.
UBC RainFest
Aquatic Center from 7-iipm. $100
team. To register e-mail: Ronnie Gill,
gill@intramurals.ubc.ca; call
Thunderbird Men's Volleyball
Vs. University Of Calgary. War
Memorial Gym at 8pm. Continues to
Feb. 5 at 6:15pm. $7 adult; $4 youth/
seniors; $3 ubc students; children
under 12 free. Call 822-2473.
BC Senior Championship Swim Meet
Aquatic Centre from 7:3oam-8pm.
Continues to Feb. 6. Call 822-4521.
Chalmers Institute Seminar
For The Birds...A Spirituality Of
Nature (Reifel Bird Sanctuary Field
Trip), vst at 8:30am. $40; $35 team;
$20 seniors. To register e-mail:
cl@vst.edu; call 822-9815.
Triathlon Training Clinic 2
War Memorial Gym 100 from 10am-
i2noon. E-mail Derek Boessenkool,
derekbo@intramurals.ubc.ca. Call
Chalmers Institute Seminar
Finding Faith In The Centre. Bud
Phillips. Ryerson United Church, 2195
W 45th Ave. from ioam-4pm. $20
includes lunch. To register e-mail:
cl@vst.edu; call 822-9815; 266-5377.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Redefining English Canada: The
Failure of The Media. Daryl Duke,
director, producer, writer. irc#2 at
8:15pm. Call 822-4636.
SUNDAY,   FEB.   6
Artist Workshop
Responding To Art. Katie Collie.
Green College at 2pm. Call Graham
Good 822-4086; 822-1878.
Poetic Persuasions
Reading. Aritha van Herk, author.
Green College at 8pm. Call 822-1878.
AMS Valentine's Day Show
sub Main Concourse from gam-spm.
Continues to Feb. 11. E-mail:
comco@ams.ubc.ca; call 822-1961.
sub concourse from 9am-5pm.
Continues to Feb. 11. E-mail:
comco@ams.ubc.ca; call 822-1961.
Alpha Phi Women's
Fraternity Fundraiser
Heart Throb, sub concourse from
ioam-5pm. Continues to Feb. 11. E-
mail: oanacod@intergate.bc.ca.
Whole Body Fair
irc upper foyer from 10:30am-
2:30pm. Meditation Corner from
i2:30-2:30pm. E-mail: Judith Frankum
call 822-4858.
Chinese New Year Celebration
Celebrate Year OfThe Dragon.
Continues to Feb. 11. Yum Yum's from
The ubc Reports Calendar lists university-related or university-sponsored events
on campus and off campus within the Lower Mainland. Calendar items must
be submitted on forms available from the ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251
Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver BC, v6t 121. Phone; UBC-info (822-4636).
Fax: 822-2684. An electronic form is available at www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca.
Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the Calendar's Notices section may
be limited due to space. Deadline for the Feb. 10 issue of ubc Reports—which
covers the period Feb. 13 to Feb. 26—is noon, Feb. 1. UBC  REPORTS  |  JANUARY 27,  2000  |  5
liam-ipm E-mail: Juliana Campbell
campbell@foodserv.ubc.ca; call
Whole Body Fair Workshop
Resisting The Media Body—Focus On
Media Influence, Body Image And
Personal Safety. Safer Campus Peer
Educators, irc 0-57 at 12:30pm.
E-mail Judith Frankum wellness.
outreach@interchange.ubc.ca; call
Student Services
Leadership Program
Building International Competencies.
International House Boardroom from
3-4:3opm. $5. E-mail Dorothy Nelson
wso@interchange.ubc.ca; call
Biotechnology Lab Seminar
Using Powdery Mildew-Resistant
Arabidopsis Mutants To Understand.
John Vogel, Plant Biology, Carnegie
Institution Of Washington. Wesbrook
201 from 3:30-43opm. Refreshments
at 3:15pm. Call Dr. Kolburn 822-4838.
Mechanical Engineering Seminar
The Emerging Technology Of Tanker
Escort Tug Design And Its Application To Coastal Environmental
Protection, ceme 1204 at 3:30pm.
Refreshments at 3:25pm. Call
Biochemistry Seminar
Innovations In Metals In Medicine.
Simon Fricker. irc#4 at 3:45pm.
Refreshments at 3:30pm. Call
Career Services Employer
Information Session
Nortel Optical. Wesbrook 100 from
5:307pm. E-mail: careers®
interchange.ubc.ca; call 822-4011.
Member Speaker Series
How Computers See. Shingo Takagi,
Computer Science. Green College at
5:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Institute For European
Studies Lecture
Herder, Bismarck, Habermas:
Negotiating Volk, State And
Citizenship In Germany. Dieter
Schirmer, Cornell u. Green College
Coach House at 7:30pm. Call
822-1452; 822-1878.
Botany Seminar
Climate Change And Terrestrial
Ecosystems In B.C. David
Spittlehouse, B.C. Ministry of Forests.
BioSciences 2000 from i2:30-2pm.
Call 822-2133.
Career Services Information Session
Network and Connect to the Hidden
Job Market. Brock 307 from 12:30-
2:30pm. $5 ubc students; $20 ubc
alumni. To register e-mail:
careers@interchange.ubc.ca; call
Whole Body Fair Workshop
Recovering Bodies - Focus On
Students Who Have Had Difficulties
With Disordered Eating. Vikki Baker,
Women Students' Office. Safer
Campus Peer Educators, irc G-57 at
12:30pm. E-mail Judith Frankum
call 822-4858.
Lectures In Modern Chemistry
Organic Modification Of Silicon:
From Self-Assembly to Self-Direction.
Dan Wayner, Steacie Institute for
Molecular Sciences, National
Research Council. Chemistry B-250 at
1pm. Refreshments. Call 822-3057.
Student Services
Leadership Program
Negotiating On The Fly. Buchanan
Penthouse from 3-4:45pm. $5. To
register e-mail: Dorothy Nelson
wso@interchange.ubc.ca; call
Community Colloquium
Consumption Poverty In Canada,
1982-1996. Krishna Pendakur,
Economics, sfu. Green College at
4pm. Call 822-1878.
Green College Speaker Series
The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory:
Building And Operating A Neutrino
Detector Two Kilometres
Underground. Chris Waltham,
Physics and Astronomy. Green
College at 5pm. Call 822-1878.
St. John's College Panel Discussion
Women In Science: Personal Histories
And Lessons Learned. Prof. Helen
Burt. St. John's College 1080 from 5:15-
6:30pm. E-mail: Tanis Preiss
tpreiss@mercury.ubc.ca; call 822-8781.
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Job Site Rehabilitation For
Musculoskeletal Problems: A New
Cost Effective Approach. Dr. Peter
Wing; David Coates. vgh, Eye Care
Centre Aud. at 7am. Call 875-4192.
Planning A Sustainable
Millennium Conference
Ways Of Knowing: Physical
Knowledge, Social Knowledge.
Various Speakers. Continues to Feb.
11. Green College from io:3oam-4pm.
Call 822-1878.
Wednesday Noon Hour Concert
Vancouver Guitar Quartet. Music
Recital Hall from i2:30-i:3opm. $3.
Call 822-5574.
Another Look At Human
Development Speaker Series
Community Health For Children And
Families. Monika Verma, Rainbow
Co-op. Scarfe 278 from i2:30-i:2opm.
Call 822-5232.
Liu Centre/Economics
Distinguished Speaker Series
Environmental Resource Scarcity
And The International Community.
Prof. Karl-Goran Maler, director,
Beijer Institute. St. John's College
seminar room at 12:30pm. Call
Faculty Financial Planning
Lecture Series
Tony's Tax Tips. Prof. Tony Sheppard,
Law. Chemistry 250 from 12:30-
1:20pm. Call 822-1433.
English Reading Discussion
Generations At The Mouth. Daphne
Marlatt. Buchanan D-202 at 12:30pm.
Call 822-4225.
Whole Body Fair Workshop
Running On Empty: Fitness Or Fat
Phobia—Focus On Over-Exercising,
Including Athletes. Vikki Baker,
Women Students' Office. Safer
Campus Peer Educators. Brock 200-D
at 12:30pm. E-mail Judith Frankum
call 822-4858.
Student Services
Leadership Program
Celebrating Individualism And
Collaboration—A Social Change Model
Of Leadership Development.
Buchanan Penthouse from 3-4:45pm.
$5. To register e-mail: Dorothy Nelson
wso@interchange.ubc.ca; call 822 2415.
Geography Colloquium
Past Texts, Present Lives: A
Comparative Understanding Of
Japanese Immigrant Women. Audrey
Kobayashi, Queen's u. Geography 201
at 3:30pm. Call 822-5904.
Museum Of Anthropology
Public Lecture
Contemporary First Nations Art:
Challenging The Stereotypes. Various
speakers, moa Theatre Gallery from
7:30-9pm. $37; $32 members. To
register call 822-1420.
Thursday, Feb. io
Transformations Of
Europe Series Lecture
Russia, Between East And West. Prof.
Evgenii Kovrigin, International
Relations, Seinan Gakuin u.
Buchanan B-223 from i2:30-2:3opm.
Light lunch at 12:30pm. Call 822-1452.
Counselling Services
Information Session
Exam Preparation: Test Taking
Strategies And How To Beat Test
Anxiety. Brock 200 from 12:30-
2:00pm. $5. To register call Melissa
Science First! Lecture
Mountain Environments In The
Balance. Prof. Olav Slaymaker,
Geography. Wesbrook 100 from
i2:3O-i:30pm. Call 822-3336.
Peter Wall Institute Theme
Development Workshop
Perspectives On Creativity: An Open
Discussion To Explore Potential
Research Agenda On Aspects Of
Creativity. Kate Collie, co-ordinator,
Institute of Health Promotion
Research. University Centre 307 from
i2:30-2pm. Light lunch. To register e-
mail: kcollie@interchange.ubc.ca; call
Medieval And Renaissance
The Father's Witness (1): Patriarchal
Images Of Boys. David Lee Miller,
English, u of Kentucky. Green College
at 8pm. Call Paul Yachnin 822-4226;
Whole Body Fair Workshop
Power Of One: Self-Esteem—Focus
On Contributing Factors To Self-
Esteem And Empowerment win
Peer Educators, Wellness Outreach.
Safer Campus Peer Educators, irc G-
66 at 12:30pm. E-mail Judith Frankum
call 822-4858.
Biostatistics/SFU Seminar
Maximum Likelihood Estimation For
Seed And Pollen Dispersal Parameters.
Beatrix Jones, Statistics, u of
Washington, sfu, Math and Statistics
K-9509 at 3:30pm. Call 822-0570.
Computer Science Invited
Speaker Seminar
Efficient Algorithms For Recognizing
Flexible Objects. Dan Hattenlocher,
Cornell u. cicsr/cs 208 from 4-
5:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-0557.
St. Mark's Chapel Cost Supper
Social Justice And Our Spiritual
Planning For Lent. St. Mark's Chapel
coffee room from 5:30-7pm. By
donation. E-mail: Father Jim O'Neill,
frjimo@compuserve.com; call
Career Services Employer
Information Session
VOLT. Wesbrook 100 from 5:3o-7pm.
E-mail: careers@interchange.
ubc.ca; call 822-4011.
School Of Music Opera
The Merry Wives of Windsor, ubc
Opera Ensemble; ubc Symphony
Orchestra. Chan Centre from 8-npm.
Continues to Feb. 13 from 3-6pm. $18
adults; $10 students/seniors. For
tickets cal Ticketmaster at 280-3311 or
Chan Centre box office.
Medieval And Renaissance
The Father's Witness (2): Sacrifice,
Paternity, And Theater. David Lee
Miller, English, u of Kentucky. Green
College at 8pm. Call Paul Yachnin
822-4226; 822-1878.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Go With The Flow:The Art And Trend
Of Home Ventilation. Dr. Robert
Adderley, Lisa Kwong. B.C.'s Children's
Hosp. gf Strong Aud. from 9-ioam.
Call 875-2345 ext. 7449-
A sentry perches near the observatory ofthe Geophysics
and Astronomy Building at 2219 Main Mall. The
observatory is open and free for tours and viewing by all
ages every clear Saturday night one hour past sunset (use
the south entrance to the building). Check
www.astro.ubc.ca for more information including what
yOU might Spot in the Sky this Week. Dianne Longson photo
Fish 500 Seminar
The Nexus Of Misfortune And
Conflict: The Management Of British
Columbia's Coho Salmon Crisis.
Charles Menzies, Anthropology. Hut
B-8, Ralf Yorque Room at 11:30am.
Refreshments at nam. Call 822-2731.
Adidas Noon Run
Run for your (Love) Life Run. North
sub Plaza from i2:30-i:30pm. To
register e-mail gill@intramurals.
ubc.ca; call 822-6000.
English Lecture
The Father's Witness: Patriarchal
Images Of Boys. David Lee Miller, u of
Kentucky. Buchanan Tower 599 at
12:30pm. Call 822-4225.
Whole Body Fair Workshop
Stress Eating - Focus On How Stress
Affects Eating And Ways To Reduce
Stress-Eating And Boost Energy
Levels. Jackie Gingras,. Safer Campus
Peer Educators, irc G-57 at 12:30pm.
E-mail wellness.outreach@
interchange.ubc.ca; call 822-4858.
Chemical And Biological
Engineering Seminar
Electrostatic Charging In Fluidized
Beds. Alissa Park. ChemEng 206 at
3:30pm. Call 822-3238.
Thunderbird Women's Basketball
vs. University Of Manitoba. War
Memorial Gym at 6:15pm. Continues
Feb. 12. $7 adult; $4 youth/seniors; $3
ubc students; children under 12 free.
Call 822-2473.
Chalmers Institute Seminar
Computer Courses Level 11. Rev.
Gordon Laird, vst from 7-gpm.
Continues Feb. 12 from gam-3pm. $50;
$45 team; $25 seniors. To register e-
mail: cl@vst.edu; call 822-9815.
Thunderbird Men's Hockey
Vs. University Of Saskatchewan.
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre at
7:30pm. Continues Feb. 12. $7 adult;
$4 youth/seniors; $3 ubc students;
children under 12 free. Call 822-2473.
Valentine's Dance
International House from 8pm-iam.
Admission $3. E-mail: intl.services@
ubc.ca; call 822-5021.
Thunderbird Men's Basketball
Vs. University Of Manitoba. War
Memorial Gym at 8pm. Continues
Feb. 12. $7 adult; $4 youth/seniors; $3
ubc students; children under 12 free.
Call 822-2473.
Peter Wall Institute
Exploratory Workshop
Acoustic Ecology: Listeners And
Their Relationships To Sound
Environments. Various speakers.
University Centre 307 from 8am-5pm.
To register call 822-4716.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Nature Wars: Pests vs. People. Prof.
Mark Winston, Biological Sciences,
sfu. irc#2 at 8:15pm. Call 822-4636.
2000 President's Service Award
for Excellence Nominations
The committee is seeking nominations of outstanding faculty and
staff who have made distinguished contributions to the university.
For a nomination form call 822-2484. Please mail nominations to:
President's Service Award for Excellence Committee, c/o Ceremonies Office, second floor, Ponderosa B, Campus Zone 2. 6  |  UBC  REPORTS  |  JANUARY 27,  2000
Award ante upped
The Michael Smith Awards for
Science Promotion have been
increased to $10,000 for organizations and $5,000 for individuals
and will now be administered by
the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (nserc).
The first in the new series of
competitions for the awards was
launched this month. Nomination
instructions can be found at
Started in 1994, the awards recognize achievement in developing science ability or encouraging popular
interest in science. They are named
after Smith, a professor emeritus of
Biochemistry, who donated part of
his 1993 Nobel Prize money to
science promotion activities.
Submissions sought for
fiction contest
Prism international, the magazine published by ubc's Creative
Writing Dept., is calling for
submissions to its 14th Annual
Short Fiction Contest. It offers a
grand prize of $2,000 and five
runner-up prizes of $200 each.
ubc alumnus Zsuzsi Gartner, author of All the Anxious Girls on
Earth, will be the final judge ofthe
Entries must be typed and double-spaced on standard white
paper, no longer that 25 pages and
postmarked no later than Jan. 31.
The entry fee is $22 for one story,
plus $5 for every additional story.
Entries should be sent to Prism
international Fiction Contest,
Creative Writing Program, ubc,
Buchanan E-462, 1866 Main Mall,
Vancouver, B.C. v6t izi.
Call for women of
The ywca of Vancouver is seeking nominations for the Year 2000
Women of Distinction Awards.
The awards recognize women
whose outstanding achievements
contribute to the community.
Categories include: arts and
culture; communication and public service; education, training and
development; entrepreneur/innovator; health and wellness;
management, the professions and
trades; recreation, sport and active
living; science, research and technology; voluntary community and
humanitarian service; young
women of distinction.
ubc is a sponsor of the voluntary community and humanitarian service category.
For a nomination form, please
call (604) 895-5767 or visit
www.ywcavan.org. Nominations
must be received by March 1. The
awards will be presented May 25.
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Elegant accommodation in Point
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Spacious one br guest suites with
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Walk to ubc along the ocean. Quiet
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rooms with rv and private bath. Full
breakfast. Reasonable rates. Non-
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Breakfast. Best accommodation on
main bus routes. Includes tv, private
phone and bathroom. Weekly reduced
rates. Call 737-2687. Fax 737-2586.
w. 18th Ave. Visitors and students of
ubc are most welcome. 15 min. to
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restaurants and shops. Daily rates
from $50 to $100. Please call and
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ROOMS Private rooms, located on
campus, available for visitors
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Private bath, double beds,
telephone, tv, fridge, and meals five
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superior hotel or kitchenette style
rooms and suites. All rooms have
private bath, queen bed, voice mail,
cable tv and Internet linked PC
Beautiful view of sea and mountains.
For rates and reservations, call
with homey comfortable
environment for visitors to ubc and
hospital. Located near hospital.
Rates $40-$8o/night; weekly rates.
Call 222-1062.
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in cash, cheque (made out to ubc Reports) or journal voucher.
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br, large sitting area, private
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many ubc faculty and staff members
through the retirement process I can
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m erry makers   Music students Suzanne Abbott (left) and Sandra Stringer are the wives to Chad Louwerse's Falstaff
in German composer Otto Nicolai's Merry Wives of Windsor. Performances ofthe farce, based on Shakespeare's
comedy, take place Feb. 10-13 in the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets for the production by Theatre ubc
and the School of Music, are $18, $12 for students and seniors and are available through Ticketmaster. James Clen photo
Honour Roll
David Barnes has been appointed the new director of Plant Operations in Land and Building
Barnes has more than 20 years
experience in facilities management. He is currently the superintendent of Facility Services for
the Simcoe County District
School Board in Ontario.
Barnes begins his appointment Feb. 1.
Mechanical Engineering Prof.
Clarence de Silva has received
the Education Award of the Dynamic Systems and Control Division of the American Society of
Mechanical Engineers (asme).
The award and $750 us were
presented to de Silva at the
awards dinner ofthe International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition held in
Nashville, Tenn.
The award recognizes de Silva's
seminal contributions to instrumentation and control education.
Two faculty members in the
Dept. of Mathematics have received prestigious prizes in recognition of their outstanding research in Canadian mathematics.
Prof. David Boyd earned the
Canadian Mathematical Society's
Jeffery-Williams Prize. It is
awarded for outstanding contributions to mathematical research.
Boyd is the first ubc faculty
member to win the prize.
Assoc. Prof. Changfeng Gui
was awarded University of Montreal-based Centre de Recherch-
es Mathematiques' Andre- Aisen-
stadt Mathematics Prize for 1999.
The prize recognizes talented
young Canadian mathematicians
for their achievement in pure and
applied mathematics research.
Microbiology Prof. Emeritus
Julian Davies has received the
1999 Bristol-Myers Squibb Award
for Distinguished Achievement
in Infectious Disease Research.
Davies will receive $50,000 us
and a silver medallion in recognition of his contribution to the
understanding of the evolution
and function of mechanisms of
antibiotic resistance.
He is the first Canadian to receive the award since the program began in 1977.
The Faculty of Medicine
recently awarded two 1999 Distinguished Medical Research
Lecturer awards to recognize research excellence in basic and
clinical sciences.
Keith Walley, a professor in
ubc's Dept. of Medicine and assistant head. Research, in the
Dept. of Medicine at St. Paul's
Hospital, gave the clinical sciences lecture.
Prof. Gerald Krystal of the
Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine gave a lecture in basic
Students play patient's
role to train pharmacists
Playing the part is more
than an act to students in
a pharmacy practice lab
by Hilary Thomson staff writer
rave reviews are greeting students in a new directed studies
course in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Twelve fourth-year students
form a cast of costumed characters that appear regularly in the
Pharmacy Professional Practice
300 lab. Making their entrances
on crutches and wheelchairs, the
students regale would-be pharmacists with fictional symptoms and
drug-related problems.
The students are performing the
role of standardized patient, a
method of developing and testing
students' ability to counsel patients.
Standardized patients are usually played by paid actors, but the faculty recruited students for the roles
to help introduce peer teaching.
This innovative method is found in
few faculties of pharmaceutical sciences in North America.
Learning more about how to
manage disease states was what
motivated fourth-year student
Amita Kumar to get involved.
"Developing the case studies required a lot of research and integrating that information with my
own knowledge from previous
courses to create a fictitious patient was a challenge," she says.
With no previous acting experience, Kumar initially found the
idea of performing in front of other students "a scary thought" but it
became fun with a bit of practice,
she says.
"The most important aspect of
the project was that I was able to experience what it is like to be a patient rather than the pharmacist."
In addition to acting, the students were required to create the
entire patient case, including a detailed description of the disease
state, symptoms, personality, family history and social activities.
They also evaluate their performance and the effectiveness of the
peer teaching approach.
Each student played one of 12
characters for two hours a week for
12 weeks—all organized by lab coordinator Hilary Watson.
"The program offers dual learning," says Watson, a lecturer in the
division of Pharmacy Practice. "It
Student and student as patient
cements the knowledge of the directed studies students while
teaching new skills to the students
in the lab."
The course builds on the success of another directed studies
peer teaching program in the faculty originated two years ago by
senior instructor Simon Albon.
The program sees students lecturing, helping other students in the
lab, advising and developing curriculum.
"It's more than just an extra pair
of hands," says Albon. "We're using
the course to test the hypothesis
that peer teaching is a useful tool
in building a learning community."
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Biophysicist comes home
to conduct DNA research
Physics Asst. Prof. Andre Marziali's research is being used to speed up the
analysis of dna sequences. Andy Poon photo
Returning to ubc from
Stanford was an easy
decision says researcher
Andre Marziali
by Andy Poon staff writer
the border, biophysicist Andre
Marziali is glad to be back on his
old stomping grounds.
The 33-year-old assistant professor in ubc's Physics and Astronomy Dept. returned to his
alma mater last fall from Stanford
University where he led a team of
engineers and physicists in the development of an integrated, modular system for dna sequencing.
For Marziali, who received his
undergraduate science degree in
Engineering Physics at ubc in
1989, the move of his young family
back to the Lower Mainland was
an easy decision.
"My wife and I are both from
Vancouver and we really wanted to
get back here," says Marziali, who
has a five-and-a-half-year-old son
and a four-year-old daughter.
"Plus, there was a great career op-
Medicine seeks public
input to future plans
The Faculty of Medicine
consults the community for
guidance in building the
future of health care
COMMUNITY    FEEDBACK    is    the
next step for the Faculty of Medicine as it puts together its strategic
plan for the year 2000 and beyond,
Strong Medicine: Helping Build
Tomorrow's Health Care.
"We're asking community leaders to give us guidance in relating
to government and the public,"
says Dean of Medicine John
Cairns. "Our mission as a faculty is
very much tied to the people of
B.C. and our health-care system so
we are eager to consult with this
The faculty has created a community advisory committee that
represents a broad spectrum of
business and labour interests and
includes economist Jock Finlays-
on, former ubc dean of Commerce
Michael Goldberg and Vancouver
Hospital board member and ubc
benefactor Brenda McLean.
Their feedback will be added to
responses gathered last fall from
the campus community, hospitals,
professional associations, alumni
and the biotechnology industry.
The committee will continue to
provide advice as the plan is implemented starting,this spring.
Budget concerns, changing public expectations, opportunities to
secure increased federal funding
and a looming shortage of B.C.
doctors and other health professionals were some of the factors
that led the faculty to develop a
formal vision, says Cairns. Launching the plan this year also ties in
well with the faculty's 50th anniversary, he adds.
The plan contains six goals,
three of which are destination
goals that describe the faculty's
vision of the future and three that
are enabling goals or milestones on
the way to the destination.
Various strategies have been
identified to reach each ofthe goals
which are supported by the values
of excellence, integrity, discovery,
people, learning and partnership.
Destination goals are: achieving
national and international leadership in education; becoming the
most effective health research centre in Canada and bringing current
health knowledge and skills to the
service of B.C. residents.
"Achieving these goals in the
face of falling resource allocations
is a significant challenge," says
Cairns. "But we need to lay the
groundwork now so we're ready
when B.C. moves ahead in taking
greater responsibility for educating its future health professionals."
A key goal that will enable the
vision is long-term financial stability, says Cairns. Getting Ministry of
Health funding for educational activities that are directly related to
the health-care system will be a
crucial strategy.
Other strategies include developing operational efficiencies and
a mission-based budget where
only activities that contribute to
the mission are funded.
Another goal is an academic
health sciences network comprising the faculty, major teaching
hospitals, health-related institutions and community agencies.
portunity at ubc to teach and pursue my own research."
With 25 per cent of the province's university professors expected to retire within the next four
years, the fact that Marziali has
bucked the perceived trend of
young university teachers and researchers fleeing to the United
States is good news.
"The combination of the retirement bulge over the next decade
with the brain drain to the U.S. and
Eastern Canada from this province
—caused primarily by the erosion
of salaries in B.C. universities—will
make the problem of recruitment
and retention of outstanding scholars the major challenge for ubc,"
says Derek Atkins, associate vice-
president. Academic Planning. "It is
heartening then that despite this,
the quality of ubc faculty and research is enabling us to attract
quality people such as Marziali."
Marziali's modular system for
large-scale dna sequencing allows
researchers to dramatically speed
up the laborious task of identifying
numerous samples of dna strands.
Using devices that automatically
perform many ofthe steps needed,
Marziali is able to analyse up to
10,000 samples a day.
At present, he is working on
adding another component to the
system—the Thermocycler. He will
use it in research at the B.C. Cancer Agency's Genome Sequence
Centre headed by ubc Nobel laureate Michael Smith. The centre is
the first research centre in Canada
devoted to decoding human genes.
It collaborates with laboratories
worldwide on the International
Human Genome Project whose
goal is to decode all ofthe human
genes by 2005.
At present, it costs up to 50
cents to sequence each dna base.
Marziali would like to see that
reduced to a penny, thereby dramatically lowering the cost of genome research.
Model for outreach
celebrates tradition
The draft strategic plan can be
viewed on the faculty's Web site at
A Japanese national
holiday is marked by
students miles from home
by Bruce Mason staff writer
trays of sushi filled the tables
and video cameras focused on
beaming faces when ubc joined
every city and town in Japan in
staging Coming of Age Day Ceremonies recently.
For more than 50 students,
thousands of miles from home, the
special celebration in the Asian
Centre was an opportunity to celebrate an important milestone—
reaching majority. The event is also
an example of why the unique ubc
-Ritsumeikan Academic Exchange Program has become an
award-winning model for international outreach.
"We thought it would be a nice
touch to hold a Sei-jin-shiki ceremony, which is a national holiday
in Japan," says Joe Greenholtz, executive director of the program.
"We didn't want to exclude students who didn't turn 20 between
April 3,1999 and April 2, 2000, so
we combined it with a Shin-nen-
kai (New Year's) party."
Every year since 1991 when the
program began, 100 second- and
third-year students from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto have
been brought to ubc to live and
study with an equal number of Canadians in an integrated academic
and residential environment.
"Globalization and the information age are making international
and intercultural experience more
important than ever," said Japan's
Consul General Yuichi Kusumoto
at the ceremony. "Be ambitious—
work hard at learning English,
which is an essential international
language. Also become good citizens who take individual responsibility and don't rely on government
and corporations."
In a recent poll of Japanese university presidents, Ritsumeikan
was rated first in university exchanges, joint research with industry, and openness to mature students. It ranked second among all
universities in Japan in education,
research, curriculum and facilities.
ubc and Ritsumeikan students
share apartments in the jointly
financed Ritsumeikan-UBC House
near Totem Park. Japanese students are further immersed in Canadian and campus culture
through one-on-one exchanges
with Canadian language partners
and "buddies" as well as a variety
of volunteer activities.
ubc earned a Scotiabank/Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada Award of Excellence
for Internationalization for the
program last year. Agreements
have been signed for graduate students and faculty research exchanges and athletic partnerships.
ubc will also benefit from being
involved with the Ritsumeikan
Asia-Pacific International University opening this year in Beppu,
Highlights ofthe ubc Coming of
Age celebration will be shown in
Japanese on the community access
station, channel 20 at 10:30 a.m.,
Jan. 29.


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