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Reduce The Use
Charles Ker photo
Mary Jean O'Donnell, operations co-ordinator for the UBC Waste Reduction
Program, sits on top of a pile of new yellow pages awaiting distribution
around campus. She helped recycle 8,000 white and yellow pages last year
and hopes to hit 12,000 with the 1995 roundup. Phone 822-3827 for
information on how to reduce your allotment of telephone books.
VP Miller leaves for UW
Robert C. Miller Jr., UBC's vice-president. Research, resigns on Sept. 30 to
take up a similar role at
the University of Washington. Assoc. Vice-president Martha Salcudean
will fill the position from
Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 1995. or
until a permanent successor is appointed.
Miller came to UBC's
Dept. of Microbiology in
1971, was promoted to
department head in 1982
and served as dean of the
Faculty of Science from
1985-88 when he was appointed vice-president.
Research. In this latter role
his responsibilities included the promotion,
management, regulation and administration of research activities at the university. Miller serves on the boards of
TRIUMF, Canada's largest sub-atomic
physics laboratory, PAPRICAN, an industry supported pulp and paper re-
search institute, the Vancouver Hospital
and  Health Sciences Centre,  and the
Discovery   Foundation
and its subsidiary Discovery Parks Inc.
Sponsored research
through UBC accounts Is
about $130 million.
"Bob has increased our
competitive position with
respect to research funding, built and strengthened UBC's linkages with
industry and helped establish this campus as a
major research centre for
natural, applied, health,
humanities and social
sciences," said UBC President David Strangway.
"He will be missed."
Strangway added that an advisory committee has been appointed to select a new
vice-president. The appointment will be
for a four-year term and the candidate
will be selected from inside the university.
Sumner, Pavlich
join VP offices
Terry Sumner has been appointed to a
four-year term as UBC's new vice-president. Administration and Finance. He
takes over Jan. 1. 1996 from Bruce
Gellatly who is retiring after 12 years in
the position.
Another senior appointment has Prof.
Dennis Pavlich replacing Albert McClean
as associate vice-president. Academic and
Legal Affairs.
Sumner, director of UBC Financial
Services since 1985, has participated
in phenomenal growth over the last
decade which has seen annual total
income from all UBC funds increase
from $357 million to $892 million. Similarly, endowment funds have grown
from $86 million to $304 million while
sponsored research has climbed from
$60 million to $130 million.
"We didn't have to look far." said
UBC President David Strangway. "It is
our good fortune to have a professional
of Terry's calibre and dedication able
to step in and take over this key function."
Sumner came to the university from
the provincial Ministry of Finance where
he was manager of borrowing operations and registrar of securities in the
Treasury Department. A Simon Fraser
University economics graduate.
Sumner received his Licentiate in Accounting from UBC in 1976 and is a
member of the Institute of Chartered
Accountants of British Columbia.
John Chase, director of Budget and
Planning, will report directly to
Strangway on budget issues and strat -
egies for dealing with anticipated cutbacks arising from changes to federal
transfer payments.
Pavlich. internal vice-chair of
UBC's Board ofGovernors and a professor of law, begins a four-year term
as associate vice-president. Academic
and Legal Affairs on Sept. 1. McClean.
who has been in the role for 10 years,
resumes his full-time academic appointment in the Faculty of Law in
January.  1996.
See VP Page 4
Students' design gives disabled
woman more independence
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
A disabled Vancouver woman has
delivered a big thank-you to a pair of
Mechanical Engineering students who
gave her greater independence by redesigning her wheelchair as a class
Crystal Chuckmala ran into problems when she purchased a new state-
of-the-art electric wheelchair.
"It was perfect," she said, "except for
one thing. It didn't have a seat lift."
A seat lift is a device that makes the
lives of wheelchair users infinitely more
convenient by simply raising the seat of
the wheelchair by six inches.
"It may not sound like much, but
with those six inches I can use my
kitchen counter, reach the freezer or
the top of my closet and look over the
railing of my balcony, "Chuckmala said.
"Outside of my home, I can reach
elevator buttons,  deli  counters and
higher shelves at the grocery store."
Chuckmala had long been told it
was impossible to install a seat lift.
Although available in some countries,
they are not made in North America
because U.S. manufacturers fear prod -
uct liability lawsuits in their country.
The Canadian market is too small.
Frustrated, but determined to find
a solution, she approached the Dept.
of Mechanical Engineering, where she
was referred to Senior Instructor Don
McAdam included her request in
the list of assignments for his students. Each year they do a major
project, which is similar to a graduating thesis. Chuckmala's was unusual
because, unlike the others, it did not
originate with industry.
Two students, Stephen Ptucha and
Greg Leupin, chose to tackle it. They
were attracted by the fact they could
take the project from the initial design
Odjick's Odyssey
Rod McCormick says Western-based therapies don't have all the answers
Koerner Remembered 3
Walter Koerner leaves the university a living legacy
Home Work 7_
Working from home may be in more people's futures
Enviro Pack 1^
UBC students reap awards for earth-minded inventions 2 UBC Reports ■ August 17, 1995
responds to
McEwen report
I am concerned that by
acting on the McEwen Report's
recommendations, the university has implicitly endorsed a
fundamentally unacceptable
document, whose values and
methods are incompatible with
those of the university and
with basic principles of justice.
The report does not
represent a genuine enquiry
because it uses this particular case simply to illustrate a
prior thesis: that "racism and
sexism are normal parts of
the history and traditions of
the dominant (white male
Anglo/European) social
group" (p.77). This general
thesis is applied to the
Political Science Dept. at
UBC: "The culture of the
Department is the product of
a cohort of faculty who. for
the most part, are older,
white, male, heterosexual,
middle class, of Anglo/
European cultural heritage...
who have been educated in
the patriarchal and authoritarian traditions of Western
society" (pp.21-22). This
thesis creates a presumption
ofthe guilt of white males,
since racism and sexism are
a "normal" part of their
culture. Their denials of the
charges are treated as
further confirmation.
McEwen cites approvingly the
proposition that "the first
symptom of racism is to deny
that it exists" (p.85). By this
logic, all assertions of racism
are necessarily valid. For
example, if I were to claim
that the McEwen report
shows a racist and sexist
attitude to white males, any
denial of my claim would
constitute further evidence
for it.
Evidence for the prior
assumption of white male
racism and sexism is accorded
very different treatment from
evidence against it.
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Make your move.
The report should have
made a careful comparison of
different versions of an
incident, and a careful
discrimination about how
serious a particular incident
was. Instead, the allegations
are simply collected and
framed in a generally supportive context to imply
(rather than demonstrate)
that they are all justified.
This context is partly created
by the citation of secondary
sources which have no direct
bearing on the matter at
hand, and which are not
listed in a bibliography so
that one could assess their
provenance and overall
impact. References to articles
on the psychology of racism
are used to create a frame-
" Evidence against
the report's prior
thesis of white male
racism and sexism is
invariably framed
- Graham Good
work in which the allegations
become illustrations of the
general thesis, rather than
being assessed individually.
The report's presentation
relies implicitly on the
"continuum" theory of white
male culpability, which treats
distinctions between kinds of
action as unimportant, and
also on the sheer cumulative
effect of the unevaluated
examples to create a general
impression that they are
probably true, or most of
them are, or they might as
well be. Numbers are often
used suggestively rather than
precisely, as in the repeatedly used phrase "more than
one student complained..."
(e.g. pp.82. 106. 170). Why
not give the precise number?
Evidence against the
report's prior thesis of white
male racism and sexism is
invariably framed negatively.
One crucial strategy is to
relegate most ofthe faculty
members' responses to the
allegations to an appendix,
under negative titles like
"Individual Challenges to the
Credibility and/or Objectivity
ofthe Student" (the only time
the concept of objectivity is
referred to). The responses
should obviously have been
presented with the corresponding allegations, and the
effect of listing the responses
all together is to suggest that
they are worthless excuses.
Further. McEwen states "In
some cases, while admitting
that the alleged incident took
place, faculty sought to place it
in an exculpatory context"
(p. 108), implying that self-
defence is a further offence,
and that nothing short of full
confession is acceptable. The
report itself, of course, consistently places faculty responses
in an inculpatory context.
The most discreditable part
of the report is the attempt to
undermine the evidence of
"white female students and
students of colour" who stated
that they have not experienced
discrimination in the department. Their testimony, which
is noted, but not directly
quoted as the complaints are.
is immediately followed by a
quotation (p. 109) from a
different context (Donna
Young's 1992 Report on the
Ontario Human Rights Commission) which reads in part:
"Aside from a genuine belief
that there has been no discrimination, minority employees may not be prepared to
support a complaint of race
discrimination for fear of losing
their jobs, of retaliation and
harassment from employer or
employee, of not fitting in, etc."
The phrase "aside from"
marginalizes the possibility
that they are right, and implies
that they should only be taken
seriously when confirming the
racism and sexism the investigator assumes to be present.
Devaluing their counter-
testimony in this way is totally
unacceptable. The equivalent
would be to suggest that the
complainants gave negative
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Since the report does not
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seriousness or validity among
the allegations, it leaves the
impression of a blanket
endorsement of them. The
range and variety of the
allegations means that it
would be impossible to teach
at UBC without giving cause
for complaint. "Failing to make
eye contact" with female and
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Odjick's journey
reveals spiritual need
among First Nations
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
First Nations hockey star Gino Odjick
embarked on a spiritual journey of healing this month, a journey which a UBC
professor believes more people are taking.
"I have a hunch that it's not just
First Nations who are turning to nature, spirituality and family for support," says counselling psychologist Rod
McCormick. "Therapy needs to help
people maintain balance and
connectedness which many western
methodologies just don't do."
McCormick says it was only natural that Odjick. a member of the Vancouver Canucks, return to sacred
Algonquin grounds in northern Quebec to help in his fight against alcoholism. If there was one thing the
assistant professor learned while
counselling troubled youth in the
Yukon, it was that western counselling methods don't work well with
First Nations people.
Four years after leaving the Yukon, where he set up the territory's
first peer support group and suicide
prevention program. McCormick is
busy developing what he calls a "map
of healing" for First Nations groups.
Western therapy, he says, tends not
to work among First Nations groups
because it is based on the mainstream
view which stresses concepts such as
strengthening a person's ego to master the environment.
"A goal of First Nations healing
techniques is to transcend ego, to get
outside yourself, to connect with family, friends, community and culture,"
says McCormick, director of UBC's
Native Indian Teacher Education Program.
McCormick's paper The Facilitation
of Healing for the First Nations People of
British Columbia was recently voted the
best doctoral dissertation by the Canadian Guidance and Counselling Association. The work documents the various healing techniques used by 50 First
Nations adults from 40 communities
around the province. During one-hour
interviews. McCormick sought answers
to three questions: What was the person's source of help? How did that
source provide help? What was the
Whether it was sitting by a river's
edge watching the water How or taking
part in a smudge ceremony, McCormick
says nearly all the responses involved
some form of connecting with nature,
spirituality, tradition or culture.
"It may seem like simple common
sense but these are the things people
turned to for help," McCormick says.
"Mainstream healers stick with biological and experiential causes and
solutions to problems and that may
have to change."
Statistics indicate change is overdue: First Nations have six times the
suicide rate of non-native people under
25 years old: the suicide rate for teenagers is seven times higher than the
general population and violent deaths
account for 36 per cent of fatalities
among Canada's First Nations groups.
The most telling statistic for
McCormick is that more than half of
those First Nations people who do go to
western-based therapy drop out after
the initial session.
McCormick's dissertation outlines a
total of 450 healing experiences which
he hopes can be adapted by First Nations communities, counselling professionals and educators across
His research coincides with an upsurge of interest around B.C. where
individual counsellor training programs
are being considered in Kamloops. Port
Alberni. Nanaimo and Burns Lake.
McCormick is presently developing a
survey to find out what kind of training
people want before a First Nations
graduate counsellor training program
is introduced at UBC.
He also wants to replicate his research with the general population. "It
would be interesting to know if non-
natives are also returning to their roots,
spiritual or otherwise, for support
rather than clinical therapy."
UBC law reform centre
gains UN recognition
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
A UBC-based centre on criminal law
reform and justice policy received official designation last month as a United
Nations affiliate.
The International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice
Policy, housed in the Faculty of Law.
joins a UN network of eight institutes
collaborating on a range of programs
and initiatives on crime prevention
and criminal justice. Centre Director
Dan Prefontaine said the UBC site
becomes one of just two interregional
members, the other being the
Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute in Rome, Italy.
"We've been working unofficially
under the United Nations umbrella
for four years now and it's great to be
formally recognized," said
Prefontaine. "Our primary role is to
provide advice, information, research
and proposals for policy development
and legislation."
Established in 1991, the non-profit
centre is a joint venture of UBC, SFU
and the Society for the Reform of Criminal Law.
Education and training initiatives
undertaken to date include the design and delivery of training in human rights, criminal justice administration and peace-keeping policing.
The centre also organizes international exchange programs and workshops and two annual public lectures
as part of the External Affairs and
International Trade Canada Lecture
The UN network includes four regional affiliates in Uganda, Japan, Finland and Costa Rica as well as three
associate institutes in Saudi Arabia,
Australia and Italy.
Martin Dee photo
A Word From The Wise
Nobel Laureate Michael Smith discusses an experiment with student
Brandon MacDonald as he trains at UBC for the 27th Chemistry Olympiad,
held July 11-22 in Beijing, China. MacDonald, an Abbotsford native who will
be entering UBC's Science One program in September, was one of four
students to win the right to represent Canada and compete against students
from more than 40 countries. Other students on the Canadian team were
Chun Fung Man of Vancouver, Fong Hsu of Willowdale, Ont., and Chris
Mason of Calgary. Team leaders were Assoc. Prof. Gordon Bates of UBC's
Chemistry Dept. and Prof. Robert Cook of Bishop's University.
In Memoriam
Walter C. Koerner: 1898-1995
A Generous Spirit
by Carol E. Mayer
Curator, Museum of Anthropology
When visitors leave the Museum of
Anthropology they take with them
memories of an impressive collection
housed in a magnificent building. It is
probably fair to say
that they would not
be able to name" one
ofthe museum's
most prominent
benefactors, Walter
C. Koerner. His
name and contributions are not hailed
in signage or labels.
He was a shy and
retiring man who
often visited the
museum, unnoticed,
sometimes to buy
Northwest Coast
(NWC) art for his
family from the gift
shop, and sometimes to take friends
on an unofficial tour.
His involvement began in 1962
when he started donating collections from Papua New Guinea. West
Africa, and the Northwest Coast. He
began collecting NWC art soon after
his arrival in Canada in 1947 and
his foresight resulted in the return
to B.C. of more than 300 objects: "I
believe that what I have done up to
now in repatriation...is of real
importance and my heart is always
in this work." His offer to donate
this collection to UBC provided
much of the necessary impetus for a
new museum. "If my love of
collecting...has facilitated the
consummation of the entire project
of a museum at UBC it makes me
very happy." His love for collecting
led to further donations of Inuit,
Latin American and East Asian
materials. He continued adding to
Walter Koerner
the NWC collection—most significantly in the commissioning of the
large sculpture "The Raven and the
First Men" by the
artist Bill Reid.
Koerner's collecting extended to
ceramics. Some of
these were made in
his homeland of
Czechoslovakia (now
Czech Republic and
Slovakia), the rest
were technologically
similar or shared the
same historical
"moment." This was
his very personal
collection that he
began when he was
eight, and his attachment to it was both
intellectual and
emotional. It was
fitting that it came to UBC. a place
that for him represented permanence and stability, stimulation and
inspiration. Koerner's generosity,
enthusiasm, foresight, and now
memory, are reflected in his many
contributions to the university, and
particularly to MOA.
I visited him in hospital, just
hours before the opening of the new
wing that houses his ceramic
collection. I asked him what he
would like me to say on his behalf.
His response was typically modest.
"Tell them we think we did a good
job." To have known and worked
with Walter for the past seven years
was a privilege: he became a friend
and throughout his life there is no
doubt that he "did a good job."
Walter Koerner will be remembered as a great friend of the
Museum of Anthropology and the
University of British Columbia. 4 UBC Reports ■ August 17, 1995
Program to fill gaps
in aquaculture field
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
A new graduate diploma program offered jointly by UBC and Malaspina University-College will help train people in
B.C.'s rapidly growing aquaculture industry.
The Graduate Diploma Program in
Management of Aquaculture Systems is
also expected to attract international students, especially from Pacific Rim countries where the farming of fish, shellfish
and aquatic plants is a large and highly
developed industry.
"In fact, the program was initially conceived with international students in
mind." said George Kennedy, director of
International Programs for UBC's Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. "But we
soon realized the program would be
equally attractive lo domestic students."
Although relatively new to B.C.,
aquaculture has grown tremendously in
recent years, increasing in value from
about $1 million in 1983 to more than
$100 million today.
About 200 farms in B.C. raise salmon
or trout and another 400 produce oysters
or clams, with the production of other
species such as mussels, scallops, abalone and marine plants also increasing
The growing demand for fish and other
aquaculture products is driven by the
growing gap between increased world
consumption and decreased supply from
wild fisheries.
UBC's Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
and Malaspina's Faculty of Science and
Technology have strong but distinct
aquaculture programs. The new 30-credit
diploma program will draw from their
relative strengths using already existing
courses and facilities.
For example, UBC has strengths in the
theoretical aspects of aquaculture including fish physiology, breeding, nutrition and processing, as well as in the
applied economics topics of farm and
business management, marketing, international development, policy and the
Malaspina's strengths are in the practical and technical aspects of managing
aquaculture systems, including rearing
of invertebrates and fish, water chemistry and disease control.
"It is advantageous for institutions of
higher learning to share resources and
build  on  areas  of relative   strength,"
Kennedy said. "This results in academic
programs that are stronger, more relevant and cost effective."
Bill Pennell of Malaspina's Aquaculture
and Fisheries program agreed, saying the
strengths of each institution will complement each other.
"We've always felt that it is very important to maintain our long-standing, informal relationship with UBC and this is
a good extension of that." he said.
The diploma program also dovetails
into the UBC Dept. of Animal Science's
growing emphasis on aquaculture. which
includes a new 1.260-square-metre
Aquaculture Research Centre taking
shape at the department's South Campus Teaching and Research Complex.
"It's a thrust we've been developing for
some time." said Jim Thompson, head of
the Animal Science Dept.
The program will allow students to fill
gaps in their previous training and experience, whether they have a bachelor's degree and wish to gain specific job skills or
have been working in the industry and
want to upgrade their skills and knowledge.
As well, people working in aquaculture
usually have a technical and scientific
background or expertise in economics
and management, but rarely both, program developers have found.
Biologists can find themselves in management positions, while managers with
a commerce and business administration background often want greater technical understanding.
The program is also notable for its
flexibility. Students will have a great deal
of leeway to choose courses that meet
their individual needs and can study full-
or part-time either on campus or through
distance education at UBC.
The program can be completed in nine
months, includinga month-long aquaculture
field trip followed by a fall term at Malaspina
and a spring term at UBC.
Applicants must have either a bachelor's degree in an area relevant to the
management of aquaculture systems or a
minimum of two years relevant post-secondary education plus at least three years
relevant work experience in aquaculture.
Some students will be admitted to the
program as early as this September, although it will not be fully enrolled until
Sept. 1996. There is still time to apply for
admission. For more information, call the
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at 822-
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through the production stages all the way
to a finished product. unlike other projects
which Ptucha said were often "too theoretical."
According to Ptucha. the pair had a
steep learning curve in those first weeks,
when neither of them saw an obvious
solution or knew much about the concerns of the disabled.
"We spent a lot of time talking to
Crystal finding out what her needs were.
We also talked to wheelchair suppliers,"
he said.
Their first designs were good, but "twice
as expensive as the chair itself." Complicating matters was the fact that
Chuckmala hadn't yet received the chair
from its California manufacturers.
There were further delays as the students waited for parts to be delivered or
manufactured. After starting the project
in September 1993, they didn't get the
chair and its new seat lift to Chuckmala
until October 1994.
Working under McAdam's supervision.
and listening carefully to Chuckmala's
needs, they designed, built and installed
the seat lift.
The resulting design not only worked
beautifully for Chuckmala's purposes,
but as an engineering solution. McAdam
"It was simple, unobtrusive, easy to
operate and cost less than $600 for parts,"
he said. "I hear Crystal is verv happy with
it. 1 know I was very pleased — it's a real
success story "
The project design later won a prize at
Solutions '94. a student design competition for assistive devices.
Ptucha and Leupin considered getting
a patent for the device, but after talking
to several manufacturers and the B.C.
Paraplegic Society, decided it wasn't practical.
"It's a very personalized product and
can't be easily adapted for all the many
different types of wheelchairs. You
couldn't mass produce it." said Ptucha.
who graduated in May and is now looking for employment as an engineer.
I^eupin graduated last year and now
works in Vernon.
Said Chuckmala: 'They turned my
problem into a solution, and I will always
be grateful."
Gavin Wilson photo
The recently completed Multi-Tenant Facility, seen here behind senior
project manager Stephen Kimoff, is a campus building where researchers
can commercialize their research.
New lab space aimed
at spin-off companies
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
UBC professors seeking commercial
lab space for their fledging businesses
won't have to go farther than the corner of
East Mall and Agronomy Road now that a
new campus building has been completed to meet their needs.
The Multi-Tenant Facility was constructed by Discovery Parks Inc.. which
is managed by the UBC Real Estate Corp..
to provide economical lab and office space
on campus. The mission of Discovery
Parks is to create research parks near
post-secondary institutions for the promotion of research and knowledge-based
commercial activity.
"The building is designed primarily for spin-off companies based on
technologies developed in the labs of
UBC faculty members, but it is also
acceptable for any company with a
research and development component
lo their business." said Stephen
Kimoff. senior project manager with
UBCREC and Discovery Parks.
Built in eight months for a modest
S4.5 million, il will service the needs of
emerging companies who are watching
their cash How. Rents will run about a
dollar per square foot and lease terms
are flexible.
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Pavlich received both his undergraduate and LLB degrees from the
University of Witwalersrand in Johannesburg. South Africa before
graduating from Yale University Law
School with an LLM in 1975. He has
served as president of the UBC Faculty Association and on the university Senate.
'The building is very cost-effective so
we don't have to charge high rents," said
Kimoff. "The concept is to provide real
estate on a recovery basis for tenants
with emerging companies. We're not in
the business of losing money, but we're
not into making huge profits either."
As the mortgage is paid down, any
excess cash the building generates will
be invested in research at the university.
Although UBC benefits in several ways
from the building, its cost does not come
out of the university's budget — the
Multi-Tenant Facility is self-financing.
For tenants, one of the building's
major selling points is its flexibility. Its
interior consists of self-contained six-
by-seven-metre modules built along either side of a central corridor. The modules can be easily joined to create larger
labs as companies grow.
With its high ceilings, wet lab potential, fume hoods and fibre optics, the
three-storey building can accommodate
anything from a basic office to a highly
sophisticated laboratory. Kimoff foresees tenants in industries such as biotechnology, computer software, robotics, materials engineering — even future technologies as yet unknown.
"I believe this building will accommodate all sorts of changes over the coming
decades." he said.
Kimoff hopes to have 40 per cent of
the building space leased this month.
Full occupancy is expected in a year
after its official opening in September.
"We believe the Multi-Tenant Facility
will create a synergy among industry,
researchers and the university," he said.
"It will give professors the opportunity to do basic research in their university labs, then cross the campus to
oversee work in their commercial labs."
Discovery Parks has constructed
similar buildings in its research parks
adjacent to SFU and BCIT. UBC Reports ■ August 17, 1995 5
August 20 through September 9
Monday, Aug. 21
Continuing Studies/
Applied Science
Continues through Aug. 25. Finite Element Applications In Fatigue/Fracture And Non- Linear
Analysis. Mohamed S. Gradala:
M. A. Hamed. CICSR/CS #104
from 9am-5pm. Call 822-3347.
Tuesday, Aug. 22
MOST Workshop
Teaching Computer Skills. Glenn
McCauley, private consultant,
former teacher. Brock Hall 0017
from 9am-4pm. Refreshments.
$60. Pre-registration required.
Faculty and staff only. Call 822-
Thursday, Aug. 24
Cross-Cultural Psychiatry
Psychiatric Residents Year 1 Orientation. Vane. Hospital/HSC
UBC Detwiller Pavilion, lecture
theatre at 8:15am. Call 822-
MOST Workshop
Continues Friday. Safety Skills.
UBC Health, Safety/Environment staff. Ponderosa Cedars
Room from 9am-4pm. Free.
Pre-registration required. Faculty and staff only. Call 822-
Friday, Aug. 25
MOST Workshop
Selection Interviewing: Ensuring
Equity II. UBC Equity Office/Human Resources staff. Ponderosa
Maple Room from 8:30am-4pm.
Pre-registration required. Staff
only. Call 822-9644.
Intercultural TA's Workshop
TA'ing On A Multicultural Campus. Christina Pikios, Katherine
Beaumont, Intercultural Training and Resource Centre, Continuing Studies. International
House lower lounge from
9:30am-12:30pm. Call 822-
Tuesday, Aug. 29
MOST Workshop
Professional Ethics. Michael
McDonald, director. Centre for
Applied Ethics. Brock Hall 0017
from 1 -4pm. Call 822-9644. $30.
Pre-registration required. Faculty
and staff only. Call 822-9644.
Wednesday, Sept. 6
Lectures/Tutorial Series
UBC Roadmap to Computing.
Continues through Sept. 15.
Topics include: UNIX, C, e-mail,
news, the World Wide Web, etc.
IRC. Free. Call 822-5809/822-
Student Housing
A service offered by the AMS
has been established to provide a housing listing service
for both student and landlords.
This service utilizes a computer voice messaging system.
Students call 822-9844. Landlords call 1-900-451-5585
(touch tone calling) or for assistance call 822-0888.
Friday Morning Campus
School/College Liaison tours provide prospective UBC students
with an overview of campus activities, facilities and services.
Brock Hall 204 from 9:30-1 lam
year round. Reservations required one week in advance. Call
Frederic Wood Theatre
The season begins Sept. 27 and
tickets are now on sale. Students and seniors have a reduced rate. Wednesdays are preview nights: tickets are 2 for $ 12.
For ticket information/reservations call 822-2678/822-3880.
English Language Institute
English-speaking families
needed to host international students participating in ELI programs for periods of two to six
weeks. Remuneration is $22 per
night. Call 822-1537.
Clinical Research Support
Under the auspices of Health
Care/Epidemiology. Provides
methodological, biostatistical.
computational and analytical
support for health researchers.
Call 822-4530.
Grad Centre Activities
Home of Koerner's Pub. Movies:
various events weekly in the Penthouse. Call the hotline 822-0999
Counselling Psychology
Midlife Daughters/Daughters-In-
Law. Daughters, who are caring
for a parent in a care facility, are
needed for a study on stress and
coping. Involves one evening small
group discussion with women
similar to yourself. Call Allison at
Vancouver Hospital Studies
Volunteers between 18-65 required for research study. Involves
two test sessions. Each will involve two test days, one week apart.
$100 honorarium upon completion of study (16 hrs.) Call 822-
Parents and Teens Needed
for Research Study
An innovative project looking at
conversations that parents and
teens (13-14) have about health
issues. $40 honorarium. Volunteers call 822-7442/822-7476.
UBC Study of Coping Skills
Volunteers required. Any parent
of a person with schizophrenia.
Respond at your convenience to
written confidential questionnaire.
Study conclusions available.
Please share your experience so
others may learn. Call Rose at
Studies in Hearing and
Senior (65 or older) and Junior
(20-30 years) volunteers required
Friday, Sept. 8
MOST Workshop
Introduction to the Internet. Jonn
Martell. David Lam Centre microcomputer lab A from 8:30am-
12:30pm. Faculty and staff only.
$60. Pre-requisition required. Call
Pediatrics Grand Rounds
ADHD and Language Deficit in
Children: A Frequent Comorbidity.
Dr. E. Tirosh, Hannah Krhoushy
Child Development Centre, Haifa,
Israel: Bruce Rappaport,
Technion-Israel Institute. ofTech-
nology. GF Strong Auditorium at
9am. Call 875-2307.
Weekly Seminar
Diagnosis and Resolution of a
Severe, Unfamiliar, Membrane
Fouling Problem During Startup of an Ro Desalination Plant.
David Hasson, Technion Israel
Institute of Technology. Chemical Engineering 206 at 3:30pm.
Call 822-3238.
I OCTOBER 13,14,15,19951
for study which involves up to 3
one-hour appointments at UBC.
Experiments will examine different aspects of hearing and communications abilities. Honorarium
for some studies. Call 822- 9474.
Disability Resource Centre
The centre provides consultation
and information for faculty members, staff and students with disabilities. Guidebooks/services for
students, staff and faculty available. Call 822-5844.
Equity Office
Advisors are available to discuss
questions or concerns. We are
prepared to help any UBC student, or member of staff or faculty who is experiencing discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment find
a satisfactory resolution. Call
Statistical Consulting/
Research Laboratory
SCARL is operated by the Department of Statistics to provide statistical advice to faculty/graduate
students working on research
problems. Call 822-4037.
Nitobe Memorial Garden/
Botanical Garden
Summer hours effective from Mar.
11-Oct. 15. Open from 10am-6pm
daily, including weekends. Call
822-9666 for garden information.
Garden Tours
Wednesdays/Saturdays until October. UBC Botanical Garden at
lpm. Available with the price of
admission. Call 822-9666.
Kathy Dwan photo
Tall Fall Guy
Fourth-year UBC Biology student and juggling giant Devin
Schellenberg, also known as Tiny, delights children with
his lofty talents. The Open House '95 outdoor
entertainment committee needs your help. Volunteer to
take centre stage.
Open House '95
Call for entertainers
Looking for your 15 minutes
of fame? Find it at UBC's Open
House '95. Oct. 13, 14 and 15.
Volunteer groups and individuals are needed to entertain
on two outdoor stages and as
street performers during the
three-day event which is expected to attract 200.000 people to campus.
Entertainment suitable for
audiences of all ages, from chil
dren to seniors, is welcome.
If you can sing like
Pavarotti, dance like Fred
Astaire, read poetry like
Dylan Thomas or have any
other talents to share, call
Cheryl Banfield, chair of
the Open House '95 outdoor entertainment committee at 822-9457 for information about auditioning.
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 B.C., V6T 1Z1.
Phone: 822-3131. Fax: 822-2684. Please limit to 35
words. Submissions for the Calendar's Notices section
may be limited due to space.
Deadline for the September 7 issue of UBC Reports —
which covers the period September 10 to September 23
— is noon, August 28. T"
6 UBC Reports ■ August 17. 1995
Policy and Procedure Handbook addition: Approved New Policy #35
Policy on Research Grants
During Periods Other Than Study Leave
Vice President Academic & Provost
Vice President Research
To set out the terms and conditions
under which scholars at UBC may receive a research grant in lieu of salary
during periods other than study leave.
The research grant during periods
other than study leave program permits scholars to receive a research
grant in lieu of salary through a
mechanism involving peer review.
under certain conditions as established by Revenue Canada. To be
eligible, the purpose and objectives
of the expenditures proposed must
be warranted in the context of the
research outlined. The grant may be
used for all purposes of a Grant-ln-
Aid of research, but not to supplement income. In accordance with Revenue Canada guidelines, this program covers only research activities
— those involving critical or scientific inquiry aimed at the discovery of
new interpretations or applications
— and is not intended to cover projects
directed at teaching or the development of teaching- or research-related
skills. When the research grant has
been established, the funds are no
longer considered to be a salary, but
constitute a research grant.
Grants awarded under this program are
regarded as taxable income. However,
the grant payment is treated as T4A
income for tax purposes and accordingly, no income tax is deducted at
source by the University. The award
recipient is responsible for reporting the
income to Revenue Canada and declaring eligible expenditures against it.
General Revenue Canada
The type of research undertaken in the
program must be of a type which is
separate and apart from research work
ordinarily expected under the researcher's terms of employment. Also, the nonspecific research component of the researcher's normal duties of employment
is to be reduced by a level reasonably
corresponding to the value ofthe award.
The signatures of the applicant, the Administrative Head of Unit and the Dean (or
equivalent) on the application form attest
to these requirements. See Tax Information below.
The Research Grant During Periods Other
than Study Leave Program (RGnoSL) is
available to individuals, both full- and
part-time, whose terms of employment at
UBC include the requirement to do independent research.
Application Procedures
Application forms for the RGnoSL are
available from the Office of Research Services (Phone 822-6155 or 822-8584 or e-
mail sat@orsil.ubc.ca)
In completing the application, researchers describe the specific research activity
in sufficient detail to allow adjudication
ofthe request by qualified assessors, and
to justify fully the budget request in the
context of the activity.
All applications must be approved by the
Administrative Head of Unit (Department
Head, or Dean in a non-departmentalized
faculty, or University Librarian). Approval
is for both the prospective research and
the agreement to a reduction in non-specific research corresponding to the amount
ofthe grant award, but not for responsibility or liability regarding tax issues.
Application Deadlines
Applications must be received in the
Office of Research Services by April 1 or
October 1. Awards take effect the following July 1 or January 1 respectively
and are for a maximum of twelve months
from the start date. Requests for successive awards are submitted annually. Applications received for each
deadline date will be reviewed by a
panel established by the Executive
Committee for Research.
The panel established by the Executive
Committee for Research will assess an
application on the basis ofthe quality of
the proposal, its description and justification, the justification of budget in relation to the proposal and the applicant's
past research record. The panel may consult with the Head, Dean, Vice President
Research or Provost on eligibility and
other matters.
Grant Payment
The researcher and Administrative Head
of Unit are informed by letter of the result
of the deliberation.
If an award is made. Research Services
initiates payment. The amount of the research grant is reflected as a reduction in
the researcher's salary and is reported on
an income tax T4A slip. Thus, under this
program, the researcher's total income is
divided into two components: salary and
research grant (income tax is not withheld
from the research grant portion). Although
the researcher's salary is reduced by the
amount ofthe research grant, the University will continue to pay benefits on the full
regular salary.
According to Revenue Canada regulations, research grant-related expenses
must be incurred in the same calendar
year in which the research grant is
received in order to be deductible from
the grant. In some cases, research expenses may be incurred in the year
immediately preceding or immediately
after the year in which the grant is
received. Please refer to Canada Taxation Bulletin IT-75R3, available from
the Office of Research Services.
Travel costs are allowed for purposes
essential to the research outlines. Policy
#83 (Travel and Related Expenses) and
Policy #84 (Entertainment) apply. According to Revenue Canada guidelines,
researchers may claim only their own
expenses for travel between home and
the place at which they sojourn (temporarily reside) while engaged in research work, provided such travel is
essential to the research. Traveling
expenses for spouses and children may
not be claimed. Researchers are not
permitted to claim their own personal
and living expenses, including meals
and lodgings, which temporarily residing in a place while engaged in research. However, researchers are entitled to claim expenses for meals and
lodgings while on brief trips in connection with their research.
Grantees who employ assistants must
act as employers with all the responsibilities that entails. In particular, grantees
are cautioned that statutory deductions
for UIC and CPP must be taken and
remitted along with the employer contri
butions when paying a salary for an
assistant or other research personnel.
Such employer contributions may be
charged to the grant.
Leaving the University
If at any time during the term of a
RGnoSL the grantee ceases to be employed by the University or his/her
salary ceases, the grant arrangement
Tax Information
Please note that, although the University approves a RGnoSL:
• The question of the deductibility of
expenses for income tax purposes
must be in accordance with Revenue Canada regulations and such
deductions should be claimed with
the researcher files his or her personal income tax return.
• Any questions with respect to the
eligibility of expense deductions
must be resolved between the researcher and Revenue Canada. The
researcher is solely responsible for
any additional income taxes which
may become payable.
• The researcher is not required to
submit an accounting for these funds
to the University, but since it is the
responsibility of the researcher to
support claims for deductions to
Revenue Canada, researchers are
advised to keep detailed records of
research expenditures.
• The University is not in a position to
offer any more detailed tax information than that which is contained in
Revenue Canada Interpretation Bulletin IT-75R3. nor will the University assist the faculty member in the
presentation forT4A income or any
research deductions to Revenue
• Any questions about taxation regulations should be referred directly to
Revenue Canada or to an external
(personal) tax advisor.
• When a researcher's non-salary
income exceeds S30.000 there
may be liability for Good and
Services Tax (G.S.T.). Researchers should seek independent tax
Policy and Procedure Handbook: Approved Change
Revisions to the Conflict of Interest Procedures on Outside
Professional Activities for Members of Staff
Outside Professional Activities,
Members of Staff
Prior written approval ofthe University
(granted by the administrative head of
the unit) is required whenever a member of staff wishes lo engage in outside
professional activities during normal
hours of work.
At the discretion of ihe reporting vice
president, members of stalf may be required to disclose in writing the extent,
nature, and timing of all o'Mside profes
sional activities, whether inside or outside working hours, to the administrative
head of their unit so that the individual's
obligations to outside organizations and
the extent of those obligations to outside
organizations are known by the University. These members of staff may be re
quired to complete the form "Annual
Report to the Department Head and Dean
Regarding Extra-University Activities for
the Period July 1 xxxx to June 30 .xxxx",
(or an adaptation ofthe form approved by
the \ice president) available from Facultv Relations in the President's Office. UBC Reports ■ August 17, 1995 7
Future homes will be
wired for work: report
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
Homes and whole neighbourhoods prewired to an Internet site or a community
electronic bulletin board are not far off as
more Canadians opt to work at home, a
UBC-based study concludes.
The report. Planning for Tele work and
Home-based Employment: A Canadian
Survey on Integrating work into Residential Environments, was conducted by
UBC's Centre for Human Settlements for
the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The CMHC wanted to
examine factors and trends which are
likely to affect housing and living environments during the next 10 to 15 years.
Asst. Prof. Penny Gurstein, principal investigator for the study, says the home-
based employment option is a growing phenomenon due to improvements in computers and telecommunications, corporate restructuring and the desire of workers to
balance family and work life. She foresees
future neighbourhood developments marketed specifically to the home-based worker
with residences, schools and businesses
wired for voice, video, text and data transfer.
"This study confirms what many planners have been talking about theoretically for some time and that is the need
for further integration of home and work."
she says. "Residential planning based on
the principle of separating the two may be
outdated in light of contemporary social
and economic conditions."
Gurstein's 17-page survey, mailed out
to 1,600 home-based workers across
Canada, garnered a 31 per cent response
rate with 453 replies. Of those surveyed 55
per cent were female. Close to half (48 per
cent) described themselves as self-employed
consultants or home-based business operators and one-third (31 per cent) said they
were a teleworker for either a Crown corporation, the public or private sector. Thirteen
per cent called themselves moonlighters or
occasional homeworkers and the remaining
eight per cent were independent contractors
working on contract to one company.
Also, one quarter of the sample expressed interest in either working from a
neighbourhood telework centre with
workspaces shared by unrelated businesses or a company's satellite office
closer to employees' homes.
The mail-out survey was designed to
obtain detailed data on: household characteristics; worker profile: community
context of household (i.e. services and
ambience of the neighbourhood, usage
patterns, transportation modes, regulatory restrictions): spatial organization of
the home; telecommunications usage for
work: and the role of community and
home to the home-based worker.
Gurstein says the profile that emerges
from her sample is of home-based workers
who are most likely more than 40 years old
and living in a two-parent family household.
They have at least an undergraduate university or college degree and have been in the
paid workforce for more than 20 years.
Other characteristics include:
- total annual household income of
$45,000. with less than half of this derived from their home-based work
- home-based workers have most likely
worked in their occupation for more than
10 years, but at home in their occupation for less than five
- almost all respondents use a computer to conduct their work, one- third have
a fax modem and one-quarter use electronic mail and Internet regularly
- teleworkers are better educated and
have a larger annual household income
than other home-based workers
Gurstein added that at-home workers
are more likely to have a professional or
business occupation if they live in B.C..
Ontario or Quebec. Those in the Prairies
or Atlantic Canada are more likely to be
involved in the manufacturing or processing of crafts or in retail sales.
A recent Gallup Poll estimated that
2.17 million Canadians work at home
some of the time. The 1991 Census
estimated that 1.1 million Canadians
use their home as their usual place of
work (a quarter of them being farmers)
while the 1991 Suruey of Work Arrangements found that 600.000 Canadian paid employees worked from
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Gavin Wilson photo
Sky-high Open House Reminder
Workers with Ellis-Don Construction Ltd. wave from the top of their crane
at the Chan Centre site as they hang banners alerting the campus
community to UBC's Open House, to be held Oct. 13-15. Banners also adorn
the Foundation Building West Inc. crane at the Koerner Library site. Lafarge
Concrete has also painted one of its trucks with an Open House logo.
Centre urges use of
quake emergency kits
Are you prepared?
This is the question posed by UBC's
Disaster Preparedness Resource Centre in its recent promotion of emergency preparedness kits. The centre,
based out of the School of Community and Regional Planning's Centre
for Human Settlements, leads research on earthquakes, hurricanes,
oil spills, forest fires. Hash floods and
mudslides. It is also linked electronically to similar organizations in the
U.S., Australia, Britain, Indonesia,
and the Pacific Rim.
Research manager Elizabeth Zook
says the three kits are part of an ongoing effort to promote self preparedness
in the event of a natural disaster.
"With close to 50.000 people on campus at any one time everybody needs to
be ready." said Zook, who keeps a $ 175
emergency backpack in the trunk of
her car. The backpack provides food,
water, first aid and survival support for
one person for up to three days. It can
be also be expanded for up to five
persons with the addition of "emergency kits."
The basic emergency kit ($35) contains food, water and support for one
person for up to three days. Zook
adds that the eatables last for five
years. A basic first aid kit ($75) is
also available for emergency or everyday home use.
For more information on kits or
one-hour departmental presentations
on earthquake preparedness in the
home or office call 822-6002 or 822-
August 17, 1995
Dear Colleagues:
Please consider the draft policy on the composition of advisory committees for all vice presidential searches and send any suggestions you may
have to Vice Provost Libby Nason.
Sincerely yours
David W. Strangway
RESPONSIBLE:   President
PURPOSE: To describe the composition ofthe committees advisory to the President
for recruiting and select ion of Vice Presidents.
POLICY: In accordance with Section 27 (I] of The University Act. appointments oi Vice
Presidents are at Ihe pleasure of the Board of Governors. Presidential Advisory
Committees are established to consider candidates lor vice presidential positions.
and to advise the President on the choice(s) for recommendation to the Board of
The membership of the advisory committee in a search for the Vice President
Academic & Provost is:
Secretary (non-voting)
- the President
- from the President's Office staff
- three members ofthe Board ofGovernors appointed by
the President and three members of Senate, elected by
The membership ofthe advisory committee in a search for the other vice presidents
(Vice President Finance and Administration, Vice President Student and Academic
Services. Vice President Research and Vice President External Affairs) is:
Secretary (non-voting)
Members (a minimum of)
- the President
- from the President's Office staff
- one member ofthe Board ofGovernors. appointed by the
- one other vice president, appointed by the President
- one dean, appointed by the President
- one head/director of an academic unit, appointed by the
- one student, nominated by the Alma Mater Society
- two directors of units within the portfolio, appointed by
the President
I: i making appointments to the committees, the President considers gender balance. 8 UBC Reports ■ August 17, 1995
News Digest
West Mall will be closed between Crescent Road and Memorial
Road until Sept. 5 for upgrading and resurfacing. Campus
Planning and Development has announced.
Access to the Fraser River Parkade will be via Gate 6. at
University Boulevard and Marine Drive.
The influx of new international students to campus is about to
begin. Last year, approximately 800 students from more than 100
countries joined UBC. Zarina Mulla with the reception program at
International House expects similar numbers this year.
Mulla said International House needs volunteers to help ease the
stress and anxiety these students may experience upon their arrival
into Canada and the UBC community.
From Aug. 13 to Sept. 2, people are needed to greet new arrivals
at International House's reception booth in the airport. Volunteers
may also provide temporary accommodation (no meals required) for
a few nights, transportation to students looking for off-campus
accommodation or just general assistance during the orientation
program from Aug. 28 - Sept. 1.
For more information on the reception program call 822-5021.
UBC's University Singers returned home from Germany earlier
this summer having won Europe's most prestigious live choir
Chosen by tape from hundreds of applicants from around the
world, the University Singers (one of two choirs from North America)
joined 15 other finalists in Bavaria for the Marktoberdorf International Chamber Choir Competition. Choir director James Fankhauser
conducted the 36-member mixed choir through its five-piece, 25-
minute concert. A panel of sixjudges from Germany, Sweden, Cuba,
Russia, Bulgaria and the United Kingdom awarded a double first
prize to the UBC contingent and Vienna's Chamber Choir of the
"I was a wreck when I came out to direct but the students were
cool as cucumbers," said Fankhauser, who added that the performance was the group's first live competition.
University Singers toured Europe for 10 days prior to the
Marktoberdorf competition. Highlights included sold out performances in the Czech Republic, Salzburg and a worship service and
concert in Bach's church in Leipzig.
University Singers have also been judged among the top three
choirs in the European Broadcasting Union's International Choir
Competition, considered the world's foremost taped competition. In
October, the University Singers will give a taped performance on
campus which will be judged against Halle Madrigalisten from
Germany and the Norwegian Soloists.
The UBC Thunderbirds will represent Canada this month on the
soccer field at the World Student Games in Fukuoka, Japan. Coach
Dick Mosher said the goal of the men's team will be to advance out
of their pool which includes South Africa, Japan and Slovakia.
Other teams taking part in the biennial games come from Brazil,
Great Britain, Ireland, Uruguay, Nigeria, South Korea, Iran, Australia, United States, Czech Republic. Russia and the Ukraine.
Canada placed last at the previous games held in Buffalo, N.Y.
The Frederic Wood Theatre is offering a new service to theatregoers with impaired hearing.
Patrons can buy or borrow at no cost a set of headphones which
receive sound from a transmitter using invisible infra-red light.
A driver's licence or similar identification is required to borrow
the headphones which are available at the concession stand in the
theatre lobby.
Tree felling closes
University Boulevard
Most ofthe silver maple trees
along University Boulevard are
coming down.
The boulevard will be closed to
all but local traffic between 8 a.m.
and 4 p.m. from Aug. 14-26 as
the Ministry of Transportation
and Highways resumes its tree
removal program for the area.
The ministry cut down 23
trees along the corridor last year
and aims to remove another 40
this summer. The latest cutting
is part of a four-year tree removal program.
"You're looking at trees which
have less than 40 per cent integrity left which means there's not
much holding them together,"
said ministry spokesperson Kate
Roach. "They haven't been well
maintained and there's no predicting when a limb might fall."
Of the 183 trees lining the
route through the University Golf
Club west to Wesbrook Mall,
Roach says only 11 would meet
the ministry safety criteria.
Roach and other arborists
explained the situation to concerned residents at an open
house on campus last month.
The ministry also displayed samples of five different trees that
are being considered as replacements.
Roach added that golfers
would be able to reach the club
from Blanca St. one week and
Wesbrook Mall the next.
New program focuses on
recovery of injured workers
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
The University of British Columbia and the National Institute of Disability Management
and Research have signed an
agreement to collaborate on
projects that further knowledge,
education and research in the
field of disability management.
The first new program under
the agreement is expected to
begin this September. The Certificate in Disability Management
will be offered in partnership
with UBC Continuing Studies.
Workplace disability management is a new field that seeks to
deal with injured workers, to assist in their recovery with attention to both medical and per
sonal issues and to reduce the
human, social and economic cost
of disability to workers, employers and society though workplace-
based integration programs.
'The Certificate in Disablity
Management affords an opportunity for UBC Continuing Studies to develop an important partnership for the innovative delivery of university-level programs
to the workplace." said Walter
Uegama, associate vice-president. Continuing Studies.
The certificate program is designed for adults working in the
area of disability management
The program will be taught at
the institute's offices in Port
Alberni. as well as at other worksites
and locat ions throughout the prov
ince. Students will be registered
through UBC Continuing Studies
and their certificate will be granted
by the university. The certificate
program entails about 150 hours
of classroom training.
Future collaborations between the institute and the university may include research,
symposia, funding acquisition,
further certificate and diploma
programs and graduate and
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Plants VR' Us: Herbarium houses
half-million plant specimens
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
An intense odour of mothballs fills the air as Gerald Straley
opens a cabinet door and carefully pulls out a sheet of thick
paper on which the stem and
leaves of a long-dead plant have
been dried and pressed.
It looks every bit as good as
the other half-million specimens
in UBC's Herbarium, located in
the Biological Sciences Building.
The difference is, this specimen
was picked in the 18th century.
Its near-pristine condition
proves Straley's point that if
properly mounted, plant specimens can last indefinitely.
"If the plant is mounted on
this special acid-free herbarium
paper, and kept dry and bug-
free, it can look as good in 200
years as it does today," said
Straley, who has been the Herbarium's director since 1990.
UBC's Herbarium is the third
largest in Canada and boasts
important collections of Pacific
Northwest mosses and seaweeds.
It is also very strong in B.C. and
Hawaiian vascular plants —
ferns, conifers and flowering species — and has one ofthe largest
collection of cultivated plants of
any North American herbarium.
The Herbarium has 215,000
specimens of vascular plants
alone, making it a gold mine of
information for scientists using
it for identification of specimens,
taxonomic studies, distributional data, determining habitats and tracking the introduction and spread of weeds.
Not only a vital resource for
local researchers, the Herbarium
regularly shares its specimens
with botanical gardens, arboreta and universities around the
world, from the National Museum of Wales to Nanjing Botanical Garden in China.
Showing a visitor the rows of
shelves stacked floor to ceiling
with shoe boxes, Straley
deadpans. "This is what we call
our Imelda Marcos collection."
The shoe boxes are the traditional method of keeping mosses
and liverworts, a group of plants
known collectively as bryophytes.
Inside each box are squares of
paper wrapped around the dried
specimens. The herbarium has
Gavin Wilson photo
Gerald Straley examines some ofthe half million specimens
of dried and preserved plants kept in the university's
200,000 bryophytes in its collection, many gathered by Botany
Prof. Emeritus Wilfred Schofield.
"It is one of the largest collections in the world, and definitely
the largest in Canada," Straley
said. "Coastal B.C. is an extremely good place for moss."
One of the highlights of the
Herbarium is the collection of
vascular plants donated by the
late Botany Prof. Emeritus
Vladimir Krajina.
Krajina was a prodigious collector who spent three years
teaching in Hawaii in the 1960s.
Herbarium staff are still curating
the tens of thousands of plants
he brought back. Duplicates are
sent to Hawaii's Bishop Museum,
the New York Botanical Garden
and Ohio State University.
His contributions are all the
more valuable because many of
the areas where he collected have
since been covered by urban
sprawl, obliterating their natural habitats.
A similar situation exists in
Vancouver. The Herbarium has
many plants collected in the city
at the turn of the century that
are no longer found here.
In the Kootenays. Straley once
discovered an unusual plant and
sent it to a Harvard botanist for
identification. He said it might
be a new species, but he would
need to see further samples. By
that time, a highway expansion
had wiped out its habitat and
Straley could not find another
"It was new to science, but it
was never named and never will
be because there was only one
small sample. We assume it is
gone forever," Straley lamented.
The Herbarium is staffed
largely by volunteers, including
professors emeritus such as
Schofield, Robert Bandoni and
Robert Scagel.
Helen Kennedy, a research
associate, is considered the
world's expert on Marantaceae,
a tropical plant family that includes the Prayer plant.
Straley, a research scientist
and curator of collections at the
UBC Botanical Garden, also
works at the Herbarium largely
as a volunteer, collecting a modest honorarium.
He hopes that one day the
collection will be a part of a UBC
natural history museum that
would incorporate the university's fish, invertebrate, entomological and geological museums.
Then, some ofthe collection could
be available to the public. UBC Reports ■ August 17,1995 9
Continued from Page 3
minority students (p. 85) is
wrong, but staring at female
students is "visual harassment" (p.92). Students
complain of being "silenced"
in class, yet if another
student makes a comment
which they deem to be racist
or sexist, they demand that
the instructor should intervene, i.e. rebuke and "silence" that student. Other
assorted offences brought up
by ihe report's drift net
fishing include: believing
that Ivy League universities
are better than others,
inviting a male student lo
dessert to meet a visiting
speaker, reacting wilh
irritation to a student coming late lo class, commenting
on ihe clothing ol a female
student, and failing to show
empathy when a female
student cries. Does the university's acceptance of this report
imply that it regards these
kinds of complaints as justified?
Because of its fundamentally prejudiced methodology,
the McEwen Report fails to
assess which incidents and
which individuals are culpable, and to what extent. Its
biased mode of presentation
does not even allow the
reader a reasonable chance
lo do so. The evidence has
not been fairly presented or
fairly weighed. Instead, an
entire department, and
beyond (hat an entire category of humans (white
males), are subjected to the
taint of collective guilt. This
taint must be removed. The
university should publish a
carefully considered official
response, stating which
aspects of the report it finds
acceptable, and which
unacceptable. The university
should critique the methodology ofthe report, and in
particular, repudiate the
notion of collective guilt that
underlies it, by affirming that
each individual member of
our community is responsible
only for his/her own actual
words and deeds, and is not
to be presumed guilty or put
under suspicion for reasons
of "culture," race, or gender.
Graham Good
Professor of English
Department urges reassessment of response
At a meeting held on July
19. 1995. members of the
Dept. of Psychology voted
unanimously to convey the
following statement.
The Dept. of Psychology at
the University of British
Columbia is strongly opposed
to discrimination based on
sex/gender, race, and other
academically or professionally
irrelevant characteristics of its
faculty, staff and students,
and continues lo support
legitimate efforts to eradicate
such discrimination if it is
found to occur anywhere
within the university community. If individuals tire proven
to be guilty of racism or
sexism, then those individuals
and only those individuals
Meadow at
trees' expense?
The creation of a "meadow"
at the north end of the
campus ("Main Mall to gain
green space." UBC Reports.
July 13. 1995) sounds like
another euphemism for
cutting down more trees at
UBC. Even if an equal
number of small trees are
planted on the edges of the
site, they cannot replace Ihe
stately appearance or mass
of large trees.
The real reason for the
"meadow" apparently is to
"...open up views ofthe ocean
and mountains from Ihe Rose
Garden."  But there already is
a magnificent panoramic view
of the mountains from the
Main Mall.
How popular is the
"meadow" plan wilh the
campus population and is the
proposed tree removal really
necessary? Before the
"meadow" plan (or other major
landscaping change) goes
ahead. I'd like the administration to consult campus representatives and to disclose
exactly which trees are proposed for removal.
Helen Mayoh
Vancouver, BC
ought to be punished. In this
regard we will work with other
departments in the Faculty of
Arts and the university to
continue lo improve the
climate for all students, staff
and faculty.
At the same time, the
Dept. of Psychology deplores
the precipitous and ill-
advised suspension of admissions to the graduate program by the university
administration with respect
to the Dept. of Political
Science following the release
of the methodologically
flawed McEwen Report. The
report (as Dean Patricia
Marchak pointed out) fails to
distinguish between allegation and evidence, links all
allegations to sexism/racism
whether appropriate or not.
Photo presence
I was surprised to see a
photograph of Indonesia's Vice
Consul on the front page of your
July 13th issue, with only a
cheerful caption below about
traditional Indonesian music
coming lo UBC. Is your publication aware of the character of the
government of Indonesia?
In the mid 1960s, at the
inception of General Suharto's
rule, the army killed tens of
thousands of political opponents.
Today, the Suharto regime is one
of Asia's most authoritarian and
corrupt. The president and his
family have been able to amass
enormous wealth through
personal control of state-owned
entei-p rises.
Indonesia is currently waging
a genocidal war against East
Timor, a small island nation in
the Pacific Ocean. Since the
Indonesian army invaded 20
years ago. an estimated one in
five East Timorese have been
Given all of this, was it
appropriate to have a photograph on your front page of a
representative of the government of Indonesia?
James Boucher
Vancouver, B.C.
fails to define systemic
in terms of provable harm,
and appears to dismiss
testimony and evidence
contrary to the allegations.
Accordingly, we urge
President Strangway to reassess the initial responses to
the report which have brought,
and will continue to bring,
unfair and unnecessary
discredit to our Political
Science Dept.. faculty and the
university by embarking on a
reasoned examination of the
facts of the matter and to
reverse forthwith the sanction
against the Dept. of Political
Members of the Dept. of
Faculty of Arts
Agency honours
health scientists
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
Three UBC scientists have
been honoured by the Medical
Research Council (MRC).
Robert Hancock, a professor
of Microbiology
and scientific director of the Canadian Bacterial
Diseases Network,
is one of six scien-
tists across
Canada to be
named an MRC
Distinguished Scientist.
The new. five-
year award is designed to support renowned
scientists who
are at the forefront in
field of health research.
Hancock received his PhD
from the University of Adelaide
and did his post-doctoral work
at the University of Tubingen
and the University of California at Berkley.
He was cited
by the MRC for
making substan-
t ial contributions
to the understanding of bacterial physiology
and the mechanisms of antibiotic resistance.
Steven Vincent, a professor
of Psychiatry in
the Division of
Sciences, has been named a
winner of an MRC Senior Scientist Award which recognizes
scientists of exceptional merit
who are leaders in their area of
Vincent, who earned his
PhD in Neuroscience at UBC,
completed his post-doctoral
training at Sweden's
Karolinska Institute.
He was honoured by the
MRC for his important contributions toward the advancement of
knowledge about
the chemistry
and physiology
of the brain.
Terry Snutch.
an associate professor in UBC's
Biotech nology
Laboratory, has
been appointed
an MRC Scientist
which honours
independent investigators of outstanding
ability who have shown promise of becoming leaders in
their respective research
The five-year salary award is
given to researchers in both the
basic and clinical
sciences who,
early in their career, have developed a reputation
for excellence in research.
Snutch. who
holds cross-appointments in the
Dept. of Zoology
and the Dept. of
Psychiatry, is acclaimed for his
contributions towards understanding the role of calcium
channels in neuronal signalling.
The MRC is the major federal agency responsible for
funding health research in
Women in science on the rise
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
The number of women studying science at UBC continues to
increase, up 10 per cent in the
past five years to 56 per cent of
incoming first-year students.
"Any myth that women can't
do science or do not like science is
dispelled by the success of women
students at UBC," said Judith
Myers, associate dean of Science.
Promotion of Women. "Women
stay enrolled in science once they
are here and when it comes to
graduating, theircompletion rate
is verv similar to men."
Myers said that a particularly
encouraging trend is the increase
in the number of women major-
ingand doing graduate studies in
math. Sixty per cent of students
declaring a math major last year
were women.
Undergraduate women also account for 59 per cent of students in
biology. 48 per cent in chemistry.
47 percent in microbiology and 48
per cent in statistics.
One discipline that has shown
little change is computer science,
which should be al trading more
women because jo! :u.irket trends
show thai elect; - and com-
municalions are last-growing
fields. Myers said.
The proportion of women
among graduate students has
also incn-aso!. especially at the
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masters level, where 40 per cent
of students are female. But onlv
24 per cent of doctoral students
are female. Myers said.
The number of women enrolled
in master's programs in chemistry,
oceanography and physics have
increased by almost 20 per cent.
There has been close to a 20 per
cent increase in women enrolled in
PhD programs in geology, oceanography and statistics.
Myers said it is difficult to pinpoint any one cause for the increasing interest women are showing in science.
"Certainly there is greater
encouragement at all levels for
young women to look to science as a background for better paying careers. Also, with
more women in classes and
graduate programs, the com
fort level increases and they
are more likely to complete
their programs." she said.
Myers also credited monthly
meetings of Women in Science at
UBC for giving an opportunity for
communication and providing
exposure of women faculty members as role models. As well, e-
niail networking allows the promotion of activities that may be of
interest to women in science and
The proportion of women among
tenure-track faculty has also increased slightly in the last 10 years
to seven per cent from five. But at
this rate, Myers said, it would take
60 years before women make up a
third of the faculty.
"If role models are important,
progress will continue to be slow,"
Myers said. 10 UBC Reports ■ August 17, 1995
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Student winners of the annual Patscan Environmental Innovation contest
were honoured at a recent awards ceremony. Shown here (l-r) are Ron
Simmer of Patscan, UBC student Cara Dubeski, UVic student Elisa Becker,
University Librarian Ruth Patrick, UBC student Darrell Ah Yong, UVic
student Cory Ziegler and Max Cairns of the B.C. Science Council.
Inventive students
claim top prizes in
environment awards
One UBC student invented a process
that could one day help reduce pollutants
from pulp mills. Another designed a novel
composting bin.
Both were among the winners in the
annual Patscan Environmental Innovation Contest, a province-wide competition. The Science Council of B.C. awarded
four prizes totalling $3,000 for new approaches in conserving the natural environment.
Cara Dubeski, a Chemical Engineering student, took second prize for her
invention of a rapid, economical assay for
resin acids in pulp mill effluent. Resin
acids are a toxic component of kraft pulp
mill wastewater that must be closely
Dubeski and her co-worker, Eric Jervis,
have submitted the innovation to UBC's
Industry Liaison Office for possible
patenting and licensing for commercial
Another UBC student. Psychology
major Darrell Ah Yong, took second prize
in the undergraduate student category
for his "recycling globe," a novel design
for a composting bin that solves the problem of aerating decomposing refuse.
"The B.C. Environmental Innovation
contest was meant to encourage inventions for clean technologies and to honour researchers working on environmen
tal protection," said Ron Simmer of
Patscan. who co-ordinated the contest.
"We hope to educate students and the
public to show them that we can make
the tools to preserve the earth."
First prize in the undergraduate category went to Cory Ziegler and Shawn
McGregor of the University of Victoria
Mechanical Engineering Dept. for their
joint presentation on a device to aid in
recycling vehicle tires. Their sidewall removal mechanism processes used tires
to produce material for the manufacture
of rubber floor mats.
First prize in the graduate student
category went to Elisa Becker of UVic's
Biology Dept. for her proposal of a natural and environmentally friendly biological control method for so-called weed
Her system would significantly reduce
the amount of toxic herbicides used to
control unwanted deciduous trees growing in such areas as power line rights-of-
"The judges were impressed by the
creativity and hard work displayed in the
contest entries," said Tricia Cooper ofthe
Canadian Environmental Industry Association, B.C. Chapter. "We feel there are
many outstanding students in B.C. who
will make a contribution to environmental improvement."
Teenaged hacker pleads
guilty to mischief charge
A teenaged computer hacker has
pleaded guilty in Langley provincial
court to mischief to data at UBC.
The juvenile, who cannot be named
due to his age. was fined $1,000, sentenced to perform 50 hours of community work and received two years probation. He is prohibited from using a
computer modem as a condition of his
The charges were unrelated to a
hacking incident at UBC that received
wide publicity earlier this year. No
charges have been laid in that case.
For several months in 1993, University Computing Services security spe
cialists, along with B.C. Tel security
and the RCMP Commerical Crime Division, monitored and logged the
hacker's unauthorized access to computers at UBC and the University of
In February, 1994 a search warrant
was issued, resulting in the seizure of
his computing equipment and the subsequent laying of charges.
University Computing Services staff
said that while there is no evidence
that damage to data occurred during
this incident, there were significant
costs and inconvenience to the university.
by staff writers
Deb Huband. former captain ofthe Canadian
national women's basketball team, has been
appointed head coach ofthe UBC
Thunderbirds women's basketball team for the 1995-
96 season. Huband served as assistant coach for three
seasons from 1988-91.
A speech pathologist with the North Vancouver
School District. Huband is a graduate of Bishop's
University where she was a three-time CIAU All
She led the national team in qualifying for the 1984
Olympics and earned bronze medals in the 1979 and
1986 World Championships. UBC will conduct a
national search for a permanent head coach early in
Assoc. Prof. Harjot Oberoi's controversial book. The Construction of
Religious Boundaries: Culture, Identity and Diversity in the Sikh Tradition (Chicago University Press) has been selected as one of two best
"first books" by a historian of religions in 1994. The Award for Excellence in
Religious Studies is given annually to a book that offers a significant new
approach to a topic or field in the history of religions.
The reason for two awards in 1994 is that, after reviewing the books
nominated for 1993, the American Academy of Religion decided to present no
awards for that year.
The release of Oberoi's book resulted in contentious debate among religious Sikh scholars. Written from a secular viewpoint. The Construction of
Religious Boundaries deals with the history of Sikhism in 19th century India.
Oberoi has been chair in Punjabi Language. Literature and Sikh Studies in
UBC's Dept. of Asian Studies since 1987.
William Oldham of the Dept. of Civil Engineering has been awarded
the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering's 1995 Albert E. Berry
Medal for his significant contributions to environmental engineering.
Oldham's research has focused on land application of treated sewage,
biological removal of nitrogen and phosphorus and primary sludge fermentation for volatile fatty acids production.
He has been directly involved in the process design of many advanced
wastewater treatment plants for nitrogen and phosphorus removal around
the world.
Oldham served as head ofthe Civil Engineering Dept. from 1984-92 and
retired on June 30, 1995.
The award was presented last month at the 1995 CSCE annual conference
in Ottawa.
The 4,000-member society is dedicated to developing and maintaining
high standards in the theory and practice of civil engineering and assisting
members to acquire and exchange professional knowledge.
The society also elected Michael Isaacson, current head of the Civil
Engineering Dept., as a CSCE Fellow for his many contributions to the civil
engineering profession.
UBC Assoc. Prof. Garland Chow and Prof. Trevor Heaver of the
Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration are winners of
the 1994 Best Paper Award presented by the International Journal
of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management (IJPD&LM). They won for
a paper they co-wrote with research associate Lennart Henriksson.
The paper, titled Logistics Performance: Definition and Measurement, reviews
methods and problems involved in measuring logistics performance and discusses how logistics performance has been and could be conceptualized,
operationally defined, measured and utilized. It was published in the IJPD&LM
last year.
The award will be presented at a ceremony in London, England, in December.
Dr. Sam Sheps. head ofthe Dept. of Health Care and Epidemiology,
has been appointed to a new provincial committee advising B.C.'s
Ministry of Health on injury prevention.
Sheps received his medical training at Case Western Reserve Medical
School in Cleveland. OH and joined UBC in 1978 as a clinical instructor in
the Dept. of Pediatrics.
In 1980, he was recruited by the Ministry of Health to participate in a yearlong inter-ministerial study of services to severely handicapped children.
Sheps' areas of research include the organization and delivery of child
health services.
Provincial statistics indicate that about 90 per cent of injuries are preventable and are the leading cause of death and disability among British
Columbians up to age 44.
Each year, more than 150 children die and another 9.000 are hospitalized
as a result of these injuries.
The committee will initially focus its work on children, youth and young
adults. 12 UBC Reports • August 17, 1995
Named for Robert Wyman
Plaza honours campaign donors
OCTOBER 13,14,15,1995
Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
A new plaza dedicated to
those who made the World of
Opportunity campaign a success is being constructed at
the intersection of Main Mall
and Memorial Road.
W. Robert Wyman Plaza, named
in honour of the campaign chair,
will be designed by landscape architects Guzzi Perry and Associates, the same firm that designed
the new Rose Garden.
The campaign raised more
than $260 million for university priorities from 1988-93.
making it the most successful
in Canadian university history.
Even before the campaign.
Wyman had an active relationship and strong loyalty to
UBC dating back to his stu
dent days in the 1950s. He
served as UBC Chancellor
from 1984-87.
Four plaques on ihe plaza
will recognize Wyman, community support for Ihe university,
the campaign leadership committee and the government of
British Columbia, which was
the single largest donor to the
The plaza will also include
an honour roll of about 800
names of individuals and organizations who each contributed $10,000 or more to the
"When the campaign kicked
off. we invited alumni, government, corporations, foundations, faculty, staff, students and friends of the university to join UBC as partners in building the future —
1995 Fall Hours
ARTS 200
Buchanan A
7:45 AM
6:15 PM-
3:30 PM
8:45 PM
Main Mall
7:30 AM
4:30 PM
Monday -
In Brock Hall
11:30 AM
- 1:15 PM
Monday -
At Scarfe, Main Mall
8:00 AM
1:30 PM
Basement of Scarfe
7:45 AM
7:45 AM
6:30 PM
3:30 PM
Monday ■
SUB Building
7:00 AM -
7:00 AM
7:30 PM
2:30 PM
IRC/Woodward Building
8:00 AM
3:45 PM
Buchanan Tower Lobby
11:30 AM
- 1:15PM
SUB Building
7:30 AM
4:30 PM -
2:30 PM
7:30 PM
7:00 AM
7:00 PM
West Mall
8:00 AM -
2:30 PM
Monday -
MacMillan Building
8:00 AM-
2:45 PM
7:30 AM
2:30 PM
At Trekkers
7:30 AM
7:30 AM
7:00 PM
4:30 PM
Monday -
7:00 AM
7:00 PM
Sedgewick Library
8:00 AM
4:00 PM***
Old Auditorium
7:45 AM
3:00 PM
Monday -
Note: Hours are Subject to Change -
See Postings at each Location.
""Underground hours will be extended after October 1 (.
>, 1995
A World of Opportunity," said
Ron Dumouchelle, acting
vice-president. External Affairs.
"Now, we're able to say thank
you in a very significant and
functional way to everyone who
made this campaign such a success."
The plaza will be about 20
metres wide and will include
Iwo tiers of seating. It will be
completed in lime for Open
House. October 13-15.
Michael Howell, an urban
designer with Campus Planning and Development, predicted that the plaza will become a popular gathering place
for visitors and members ofthe
campus community.
Another feature that will be
added to campus this summer is
an 18-square-mctre Service In
formation Centre to be located in
front of Trekkers restaurant in
the David Lam Management Resources Building.
This covered and partially
enclosed structure, similar to
the stairwell canopies on
Flagpole Plaza, will include
public telephones, an automatic teller machine, emergency telephone, public notice boards and garbage and
recycling bins.
Two oiher Service Information Centres will be built on
Main Mall, near the Old Barn
coffee shop and the CICSR/
Computer Science Building.
Also aiding visitors are more
than a dozen new campus maps
located at key points, which
unlike earlier versions show
the entire campus, including
areas south of 16th Ave.
Stephen Forgacs photo
Bone Up
Anatomy Dept. technician George Spurr will be
moderating Skeletons Plus during UBC's Open House
'95 on Oct. 13, 14 and 15. Visitors will have a unique
opportunity to learn about the human body using real
skeletons and plastic models of the internal organs,
vital teaching tools in the education of health sciences
students. Faculty members and graduate students
will be on hand to explain how the working parts ofthe
body fit together like a 3D puzzle and the important
role they play in diagnosis and treatment. Skeletons
Plus will take place on Oct. 13 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
and on Oct. 14 and 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the
north entrance and foyer ofthe Friedman Bldg., 2177
Wesbrook Mall. For more information, call 822-2825.
On August 21, you'll find us at 310 - 6251
Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver, B.C.
V6T 1Z1  Phone: (604) 822-3131
Fax: (604) 822-2684


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