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 VOLUME     46     I      NUMBER    7     |     APRIL    6,     2000
12 Giving back
Contributions of university
volunteers are recognized
3 Eco education
Innovative program teams
students on local issues
u be reports
Universities get boost in
latest provincial budget
Government gives more money to core funding and
research while maintaining tuition fees at current levels
by Andy Poon staff writer
b.c.'s latest budget offered
good news for the province's universities and colleges as Finance
Minister Paul Ramsey increased
core funding by $85-million for advanced education and created
more than 5,000 new spots for students at post-secondary institutions across the province.
"It's a very pro-university budget," says ubc President Martha
Piper. "They really have made a significant injection into the operating grants of universities."
Piper called the government's
move to add $ii7-million over the
next three years to the province's
$ioo-million Knowledge Development Fund "a significant enhancement" to research.
Ramsey, who prior to politics
worked for 20 years as a college
and university instructor and administrator, also scored high
marks from current and prospective post-secondary students with
the announcement that tuition
fees in B.C. would remain set at
current levels for another year.
"To keep the doors of our universities and colleges open to all,
this budget continues b.c.'s tuition
freeze for a fifth straight year," said
Ramsey. "The freeze has helped
enrolment grow faster in B.C. than
anywhere else in Canada."
Ramsey noted that full-time
university enrolment in 1999 was
up 18.4 per cent over 1992—a
growth rate of nearly 10 times the
national average.
Much of the excitement surrounding the 5,025 new student
spaces to be created at a cost of $39-
million centres on the 800 spaces
earmarked for high-tech programs
and 400 for nursing students.
The budget also revealed that a
capital development fund of $133-
million will be used to build new
colleges, universities and other
institutions as well as to upgrade
see Budget page 2
Educator, pianist first to be
honoured with arts awards
Education Assoc. Prof. Kit Grauer Music Prof. Robert Silverman
Awards named for two key figures in ubc community—
artist Sam Black and theatre builder Dorothy Somerset
by Bruce Mason staff writer
kit grauer and Robert Silverman
are internationally acclaimed artists and educators, but both say it
is a very special honour to be the
first recipients of two new ubc
awards which pay tribute to legendary figures in their respective
Grauer, an associate professor of
Curriculum Studies in the Faculty
of Education, has been named the
first recipient of the Sam Black
Award for Education and Development in Arts.
Silverman, a professor of Music,
is receiving the inaugural Dorothy
Somerset Award for Performance
and Development in Arts.
"As one of many students of
Sam Black, I am honoured on a
deeply personal level," says Grauer, an accomplished art educator.
"His passion for art and teaching
had an international impact and
influences me and my work on a
daily basis."
"I admired him as an artist, but
even more as a teacher and we remained very close until his death
in 1998," she says.
Grauer recently completed a
three-year term as president ofthe
International Society for Education Through Art (insea) which
Black helped found.
A 1994 Isaac Walton Killam
Teaching Prize-winner, she began
a World Wide Web project with
unesco at insea to highlight
good art practices around the
Silverman, a renowned pianist
and mentor, recalls many evenings
at ubc's Dorothy Somerset Studio,
which closed in 1997.
"I am grateful to be the first to
receive the award named for her
and to ubc for recognizing its
performing artists in such a tangible and appropriate manner," he
"I never wanted to be an artist in
residence with my head in the
clouds, so from my first day at ubc
in 1973 I have tried to make a contribution," says Silverman, who has
set a standard for a performing
artist in a university position.
An active performer at the highest international level, he has excelled as a teacher and served for
five years as a director of the
School of Music.
Among his many accomplishments is learning the entire cycle
of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas
see Awards page 2
wall walker  Grabbing and gasping, three ofthe 1,850 participants in this
year's Storm the Wall event show what it takes to best the 3.6 metre barricade.
The Intramural Sports and Recreation event, now in its 21st year, sees individual
ironpersons and 5-person relays swimming 11 widths ofthe Aquatic Centre pool,
sprinting for 450 metres, cycling for 2.8 kilometres, running for one kilometre
and the whole team charging up the wall. Winners in the student entries were:
men, Vanier Residence's s.L.Kack-Attack; women, Science's l.e.m.o.m.; co-
recreational, Medicine's Bronchodilator; ironman winner, Green College
student Marekjacina; ironwoman winner, Arts student Christine Martindale.
Tops in the community division were: co-recreational, Point Grey Hounds;
men, Even Flo; women, Faster than Molasses. Jeff Vallancephoto
Bell to take Board
of Governors' helm
Innovative business leader,
alumnus has extensive
government experience
services company Shato Holdings
Ltd. and chair of its subsidiary
White Spot Ltd., has been appointed chair of ubc's Board of Governors.
"I look forward to continuing
my involvement with Dr. Piper and
the rest ofthe board in implementing Trek 2000, the university's vision statement," says Bell. "We are
well-positioned to reach our goal
of being the best public university
in the country."
New Board chair Larry Bell
Bell was first appointed to the
15-member board in 1997.
see Board page 2 2      |      UBC      REPORTS       |      APRIL     6,      2O00
Initiatives zero in on safety
Better campus lighting responds to students' requests
PERSONAL    SAFETY    AT     UBC     is
getting a boost with the addition
of lighting upgrades, emergency
phones and signage—all thanks to
the Safer Campus Initiative.
Now in its fifth year, the program uses funds from b.c.'s Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology to improve
safety on campus.
"We concentrate on what we've
heard from students and the consistent message is a request for
better lighting," says David Grigg,
associate director of Planning in
Land and Building Services.
About $300,000 has been spent
on new and upgraded lighting that
will bring a lower and more consistent level of light to well-travelled areas.
The aim is to bring both bright
glaring lights and inadequate dim
lights to a level equivalent to very
bright moonlight, says Grigg. The
program has improved about 20
per cent of lighting on campus.
Six additional blue light outdoor
emergency phones have been installed at a cost of about $100,000.
There are 19 such phones on campus and the goal is to have 50
phones in place by 2005.
Blue light phones are installed at
major intersections at ubc and can
be used to call directly to ubc Security or to call 911 to get assistance or
report a crime. Once activated, the
blue light starts to flash rapidly or
strobe, acting as a visual siren.
Local call telephones have also
been added in research labs and
other areas where people may be
working alone at night. The Safer
Campus Initiative funds the capital cost of installation.
Grigg also notes that directional signs are considered a vital part
ofthe infrastructure for nighttime
campus users. A campus sign plan
is currently being prepared for
Incidents of personal crimes at
ubc reported to the rcmp in 1999
showed decreases in virtually all
categories—indecent acts, assault
and sexual assault. There was one
reported robbery or mugging in
1998; two such acts were reported
to the rcmp in 1999.
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Continued from page 1
and performing it on seven occasions. His 10-CD recording ofthe
sonatas will be released in the
Sam Black's 41-year association
with ubc began in 1958 as a professor of Fine Arts and Art Education.
Well-known as a brilliant artist
and educator, he earned ubc's second Master Teacher Award after
Walter Gage in 1970 and was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy
of Arts as a master artist in 1977.
His work is in private collections around the world, including
Grauer's own.
Dorothy Somerset made an inestimable contribution to theatre
After becoming director of the
ubc Players' Club in 1934, she established a lending library of more
than 3,500 books and was the driving force behind the first Frederic
Wood Theatre, created out of an
army canteen hut in 1951.
She was also instrumental in the
building ofthe present theatre and
served as its first artistic administrative head until her retirement in
David F. Robitaille Professorship in Mathematics and Science Education
The Department of Curriculum Studies and the Faculty of Education at ubc invite
applications for the newly endowed David F. Robitaille Professorship in Mathematics and
Science Education. The professorship is intended to supplement an existing faculty position
at ubc or to partially second someone from another university, government, or industry.
The professorship will support research and development activities in mathematics and
science education that have direct links with schools. Applications are invited from
individuals interested in the use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning of
mathematics and science in the K-12 education sector. This would include, among others,
faculty members in the Faculties of Education, Science, or Applied Science at ubc; visiting
scholars on paid leave from their home institutions; or individuals working in the
technology sector in industry or government.
The incumbent will be expected to contribute to the work ofthe department in a variety of
ways. These might include maintaining an active and collaborative program of scholarship
in the applications of technology in the teaching of mathematics and science, providing
leadership in establishing and maintaining a high profile for the Faculty of Education in this
area, teaching one or more courses, working with graduate students in the department,
presenting seminars or colloquia, or strengthening links with other departments on campus,
with professional associations of teachers, and with industry.
Initial appointment will be for a term of from one to three years, with five years being the
maximum. The endowment proceeds (estimated to be $30-35,000 per year) may be used to
supplement the annual salary and benefits ofthe incumbent, to provide a reduced teaching
load, or to fund research related expenses. Some additional funds for project related work
may also be available.
A letter of application, curriculum vitae, the names and contact information for three
referees, and a statement of research interests in the area, should be submitted by May 15,
2000 to: Dean of Education, Faculty of Education, 2125 Main Mall, The University of British
Columbia, Vancouver, bc, v6t 1Z4
Continued from page 1
existing infrastructure.
The budget drew a positive response from The University Presidents' Council of B.C.—an organization which represents the province's six universities—which had
been calling upon both the provincial and federal governments to
address shortfalls in funding for
"The provincial budget included
commitments to improving core
funding support levels for universities, increasing educational opportunities for students enrolling
in B.C. universities and to expanding our research and innovation
capacity," noted council President
Don Avison.
Board chair
Continued from page 1
"We're very fortunate to have
Larry continue to provide strength
to the board through his experience
in business and government," says
ubc President Martha Piper. "And
of course we're delighted to have an
alumnus join us as chair."
A graduate of ubc (ba '61), Bell
completed a master's degree in
California and then served the
province as secretary to the b.c.
Treasury Board, and deputy minister of: Housing and Transit; Lands,
Parks and Housing; and Finance.
He has acted as chair and ceo of
b.c Hydro, ceo of VanCity Savings
Credit Union and has served on
many boards including the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the
Vancouver Board of Trade and the
Conference Board of Canada.
In 1991, Bell's management innovations were recognized with
the Award of Excellence from the
Institute of Public Administration.
Bell is a director of the Vancouver
Hospital Foundation.
Bell takes over from real estate
developer Harold Kalke who had
served as chair since September
1998. His term runs until Aug. 31,
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Fourth-year Science student Nadia Baker tests the water level in Pacific Spirit Park's Camosun Bog as part of an
interdisciplinary honours program in Environmental Sciences/Studies. Looking at options to restore the 12,000-year-
old bog was one of six community-based  projects that saw 18 students working in teams with environmental groups,
government representatives, technical experts and the public to help solve local environmental concerns. Heather
Williamson photo
Students find solutions
to improve environment
Environmental Studies students get practical
community experience and tackle topical issues
by Hilary Thomson staff writer
through bogs or knee-deep in
freezing lake water, the 18 students
in Environmental Studies 400 are
eager to get their feet wet investigating environmental issues.
Six interdisciplinary projects
look at local environmental concerns ranging from using Mount
Seymour's Lost Lake as a winter
fish habitat to managing noise at
the airport.
"This is the perfect university experience," says Microbiology Prof.
George Spiegelman who instructs
the course. "I ask some tough questions and students find the experts
and set about finding answers."
Now in its fifth year, the course
is a requirement for the Bachelor
of Science honours programs in
Environmental Sciences/Studies.
Students in Arts and Science with
interests ranging from forestry to
environmental ethics work with
community groups that are looking
at environmental issues. Learning
how to approach and work with activists, academics and government
representatives is a key part of the
learning, says Spiegelman.
Students complete their honours
thesis as a group and receive a group
grade. Earlier courses in the program stress skills needed to create a
team structure and team rules.
Mandatory labelling of genetically modified foods (gmf) was
the topic of investigation for students Lindsay Scott-Moncrieff and
Julia Forward.
As part ofthe study, the pair surveyed 140 consumers in four Vancouver grocery stores about their
understanding of gmf and label
ling. They found consumers in favour of labelling but unsure what
constituted gmf, citing examples
such as three-legged chickens and
bacon bits.
"Learning to work independently for a year has been difficult but
also a refreshing change from
classroom learning," says Scott-
The students concluded that
mandatory labelling should be implemented in Canada and have
sent their report to the federal government commission looking at
the issue.
Camosun Bog, a unique ecosystem that covers an area of about
six blocks by three blocks on the
east side of Pacific Spirit Park was
the subject of a comprehensive
evaluation by a four-student team.
About 12,000-years-old, the area
is the oldest bog in the Lower
Working with the community-
based Camosun Bog Restoration
Group (cbrg) and the Greater Vancouver Regional District (gvrd),
the team studied options available
to restore the bog.
Activities included building,
submerging and testing a berm or
artificial dam that would prevent
water from draining out of the
area. Students also searched city
hall records for history of the bog,
contacted technical experts and
distributed 215 surveys to local residents to get their feedback on restoration options.
The first formal restoration
efforts on the bog began in 1990.
The current project is the first
broad scope analysis.
"It feels good to actually be doing something that will have an
impact in the community," says
Patrick Lilley, whose specialty is
conservation biology. "And it's
great to operate from more than a
strictly scientific view."
Team member Nadia Baker
agrees, "We all bring to our project
expertise in different disciplines
allowing for a more comprehensive analysis."
The team, which also includes
students Toshiko Sasaki and Heather Williamson who are studying the
bog's hydrology, will present its recommendations to other members of
the class, the cbrg and the gvrd
later this month.
Other projects looked at the
sustainability of southeast False
Creek and developing principles to
guide plans for preserving endangered species.
Volleyball players
named top athletes
Swimming and women's
field hockey are star teams
the highlights of ubc's 79th Annual Big Block Awards included the
selection of volleyball standouts Jessica Mills and Guy Davis who received the Marilyn Pomfret and
Bobby Gaul awards as athletes ofthe
year. More than 650 people attended
the celebration held recently.
Mills is completing first-year
Medicine and finishing her varsity
eligibility as the team's all-time
leading scorer. She has scored 1,954
points in her five years at the university.
The 24-year-old native of Stan-
stead, Que., was named a Canadian Inter-University Athletic Union
(ciau) First Team All-Canadian for
the second consecutive year after
leading her team in scoring and rebounding last season.
Off-court, she is an outstanding
student and a two-time Royal Bank
Academic All-Canadian, who finds
time to work with autistic children.
Calgary native Guy Davis, who is
completing a Bachelor of Science
in Genetics, started all five of his
seasons at ubc He recovered from
an abdominal hernia to spark his
team at mid-season and was
named Canada West Player of the
Year as well as a ciau First Team
He serves on the executive of
the Thunderbird Athletic Council,
and often speaks to local schools,
acting as a role model for young
children as well as his peers.
The Du Vivier Award for the
Thunderbird Team ofthe Year was
shared by the women's field hockey
and men's and women's swimming
teams, all national champions.
The women's field hockey team
won its second consecutive national title, allowing only a single
goal in ciau championship play.
With their 1999-2000 championship titles, the Thunderbird swim
Jessica Mills
teams became the first teams in
ciau history to win three consecutive double championships.
Other award winners include:
Kay Brearley Award (exceptional
service to women's athletics)-
Sandy Silver, women's volleyball;
Carolyn Dobie-Smith Award (student trainer)-Faye Leung; Men's
Rugby PowerBar Outstanding Athlete Award-Guy Davis, volleyball;
Arthur W Delamont Award (freshman spirit)-Bruce Arthur; Ubyssey
and ciTR Thunderbird Athletic
Council Leadership Awards-Sarah
Cunningham and  Nick Seddon,
New masters program will
focus on European studies
Students will benefit from interdisciplinary opportunities
SENATE HAS UNANIMOUSLY approved a new Master of Arts in European Studies. The two-year program, which is subject to provincial approval, is expected to begin
in September.
"It is our understanding that the
program is the first of its kind in
Canada and we're very excited to
be offering it to ubc students," says
Sima Godfrey, director ofthe Institute for European Studies which
will administer the program within the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
While European studies have
traditionally focused on politics,
geography and history-related is
sues, the new program will take a
more multidisciplinary approach,
she says.
"There are professors and researchers in every faculty on this
campus who are directly involved in
research involving Europe and often
with European partners," she says.
Students in the proposed program will take a series of core
courses with electives in disciplines of their choice which may
include historical, cultural, environmental, economic, and public
policy issues. Spending one term
studying at a European university
or in an approved internship posi
tion in Europe will be recommended.
Turning greater attention toward Europe is part of ubc's commitment to internationalization as
outlined in Trek 2000, the university's vision document.
Any faculty or staff member
with a background in European research or teaching is invited to
contact Godfrey at (604) 822-8723
to help the institute determine the
scope of resources on campus.
The new program and other initiatives within the institute have
been made possible in part by support from the European Commission and from the German Academic Exchange Service. 4     |      UBC     REPORTS      |     APRIL     6 ,     2000
Native Plant Sale
Botanical Garden from nam-4pm.
Admission free. Call 822-4529.
Chan Centre Concert
Radio CBcelebration—Vancouver's
Top Amateur Choirs Salute cbc Radio. Chan Centre from 3-6pm. For
tickets call Ticketmaster 280-3311.
Call 822-9197.
Percussion Masterclass
Evelyn Glennie. Old Aud. from 11am-
lpm. $5 at door. Call 822-5574.
The Calnexin Cycle—Linking Protein
Folding And Glycosylation. Dr. David
Y. Thomas. irc#4 at 3:45pm. Refreshments at 3:30pm. Call 822-3178 or
Member Speaker Series
The ubc South Campus Farm: A Proposal For Integrated Use And Participation. Derek Massenlink. Landscape
Architecture. Green College at
5:30pm. Call 822-1878.
ELibrary@ubc: Research And Learning Through Technology. Main Library Dodson Room from gam-spm.
To register call 822-6363 or e-mail
Theatre At UBC
Beckett Birthday Bash III. Gerald
Vanderwoude, director. Frederic Wood
from 7:30-8:45pm. $5. Call 822-0923.
Swim Meet
Canadian Dolphins. Aquatic Centre
from 7:3oam-iopm. Continues to
April 16. Call 822-4521.
Value-Added Forum
Innovation, Skills And Learning In
Small Value-Added Firms. Various
speakers, nrc from 8:3oam-4:3opm.
Pre-register. Call 822-2524.
Health Care and
Epidemiology Rounds
Infant Deaths Among Vancouver Island First Nations. Dr. David Martin,
Health Canada; Dr. Fred Rockwell,
their guests welcome. Call Dr. R.D.
Dunn at 669-1170.
Spring Gala 2000
An Evening of Performing Arts. Chan
Centre at 7pm. $10.75 with proceeds
to Alzheimer Society of B.C. Tickets
available from Ticketmaster at 280-
3311 or Chan Centre box office.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
The End of Development. John Stack-
house. ikc#2 from 8:i5-iopm. Call
Green College
Performing Arts Group
A Potpourri Of Music. Green College
Choir. Green College at 8pm. Call
Centre For Southeast Asia Research
Hun Sen: Strongman of Cambodia—
The Man Behind The Myth. Julie and
Harish Mehta. ck Choi 129 from
i2:30-2pm. Call 822-2629.
April   9   through   April   22
Library Staff Training and
Development Colloquium
Ulterior Design: The Story OfThe
ErgoLogic Computer Keyboard. Dr.
Lance Rucker, Oral Health Sciences.
Main Library Dodson Room from
3:30-4:l5pm. Call 822-4430.
Community Colloquium
Can Falling Supply Explain The Rising
Return To College For Younger Men?
A Cohort-Based Explanation. Thomas Lemieux, Economics. Green College at 4pm. Call 822-1878.
Individual Interdisciplinary
Studies Graduate Program
Ethics—Policy—Subjectivity. Simon
Critchley, u of Essex. Green College at
5:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Orthopaedics Grand Rounds
Update On Periacetabular Osteotomy.
Dr. Don Garbuz. Eye Care Centre Aud.
at 7am. Call 875-4192.
Can Community Concerns Justifiably
Restrict Health Research? Fern
Brunger, post-doctoral fellow, Centre
for Health Services and Policy Research, Centre for Applied Ethics, ubc
Hosp., Koerner Pavilion McLeod
Room at i2noon. Call 822-4969.
Philosophy Seminar
Descartes: Mind, 'Man' And World.
Catherine Wilson, UBC;Joseph Al-
mog, ucla. Buchanan b Penthouse
from i-3pm. Call 822-2621.
Institute Of Asian Research Seminar
China's Township Enterprises At A
Crossroads. Edward Woo, iar. ck choi
120 from 430-6pm. Call 822-5207.
Faculty Of Education Public Lecture
Why Do Kids Read Archie Comics?
Asst. Prof. Bonny Norton. Pacific
Space Centre Aud. (1100 Chestnut) at
7pm. Call 822-5512.
Central Vancouver Island Regional
Health Board. Mather 253 from 9-
10am. Call 822-2772.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Pathology Of Pediatric Cardiomyopathies. Dr. Glen Taylor, B.C.'s Children's
Hosp. gf Strong Aud. from 9-ioam.
Call 875-2307.
Philosophy Seminar
Identity Statements. Robert May, Linguistics, uc Irvine. Buchanan B-218
from 2-4pm. Call 822-2621.
Research On Interfacial Phenomena
As Applied To The Canadian Oil
Sands Processing. Prof. Jacob Masli-
yah, u of Alberta. ChemEng 206 at
3:30pm. Call 822-3238.
The Challenge of Change: Rethinking
Law As A Discipline. Prof. Margaret
Thornton, LaTrobe u, keynote speaker. University Centre, Peter Wall Institute, large conference room from
4-5:3opm. Workshop on Legal Knowledge and Legal Education in the 21st
Century continues April 15 from 9am-
5pm. Call 822-6525.
Vipassana Meditation Retreat
Rodney Smith, Westcoast Dharma
Society. Asian Centre from 7:i5-gpm.
Continues to April 16. E-mail
wdharma@unixg.ubc.ca or call
Jane Coop, piano. Centennial Theatre,
North Vancouver at 8pm. For tickets
call 984-4484. For information call
Vancouver Oxford
And Cambridge Society
Seventieth Annual Boat Race Dinner.
Sir Walter Bodmer, Oxford u. Green
College Great Hall at 7pm. Reception
at 6pm. Black tie. All those with Oxford or Cambridge u affiliation and
Philosophy Seminar
What Language Does It Take To Describe Our Mind. Joseph Almog,
ucla. Buchanan b Penthouse from 1-
2pm. Call 822-2621.
Electrical and Computer
Engineering Seminar
Cellular Communications Systems.
Prof. Cyril Leung. MacLeod 418 from
i-2pm. Refreshments. Call 822-2405.
Large-Scale Expansion Of Mammalian Neural Stem Cells As Aggregates
In Suspenson Bioreactors. Prof. Leo
Behie, u of Calgary. ChemEng 206 at
3:30pm. Call 822-3238.
Member Speaker Series
Invasion OfThe Little Greenies: The
Eutrophication Of Our Freshwaters.
Beatrix Beisner, Zoology. Green College at 5:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Holy Week Reconciliation
St. Mark's Chapel from 7:30-gpm.
E-mail frjimo@compuserve.com. Call
Father Jim O'Neill 822-4463.
Chan Centre Concert
Vancouver Symphony With Choirs.
Chan Centre at 8pm. For tickets call
Ticketmaster at 280-3311. Call
Poetic Persuasions
Readings. Wayde Compton, poet;
Anne Stone, novelist. Green College at
8pm. Call 822-1878.
Philosophy Seminar
What Language Does It Take To Describe Our Mind. Joseph Almog,
ucla. Buchanan B Penthouse from 1-
3pm. Call 822-2621.
Law And Society
Book Launch: Pepper In our Eyes: The
apec Affair. Wesley Pue, editor. Green
College at 5:30pm. Call 822-6525.
School Of Nursing Rounds
Implementing Clinical Practice
Guidelines For Pressure Ulcers: A
Demonstration And Evaluation
Project. Rena van der Wai, Vancouver
Hosp. ubc Hosp., Koerner Pavilion
r-206 from 3"4pm. Call 822-7453.
Centre For Southeast Asia Research
Hindu And Buddhist Thought In
Khmer/Cambodian Architecture And
Dance. Julie Mehta. ck Choi 129 from
i2:30-2pm. Call 822-2629.
Green College Special Lecture
The Meanings Of Life. David
Schmidtz, u of Arizona. Green
College at 5pm.
Fest 2000
Music And Arts Festival For People
With Disabilities. Vancouver Adaptive Music Society. Chan Centre from
7-iopm. Call 688-6464 local 118.
Geography Outreach Seminar
A River, A Delta, A Place In Time.
Graeme Wynne. Richmond Nature
Park (11851 Westminster Hwy.) at
7:30pm. Refreshments. Call 722-3534.
Senate Meeting
Regular Meeting OfThe Senate, ubc's
Academic Parliament. Curtis 102 at
8pm. Call 822-2951.
Royal Society Of Canada
Exciting Excitable Cell Models. Robert Miura, Mathematics. Green College at lpm. Lunch at 12:30pm, $18. To
reserve for lunch call Steve Calvert at
822-5210 or e-mail calvert@eos.
ubc.ca. Call 822-1878.
The Growing Company: Can You Hear
the Wheels Rolling. Natalie Dakers,
Neuromed; Tom O'Flaherty; Michael
Volker, sfu. ForSciences 1005 from
4-6pm. To register call 822-8580.
Medieval And Renaissance
Chaucer For Children: 19th- And Early
20th-century Versions Of The Canterbury Tales. Sian Echard, English.
Green College at 4:30pm. Call
Mass OfThe Lord's Supper
St. Mark's Chapel from 7:30-gpm.
E-mail frjimo@compuserve.com. Call
Father Jim O'Neill 822 -4463.
Painting Exhibition
Passage. Group of Twelve, local artists. Asian Centre from ioam-5pm.
Continues to April 25. Call Connie
King 437-5842.
Good Friday Public Swims
Aquatic Centre from i-5pm. Continues from 6-lopm. $3.75 adult; $2.75
youth/student; $2 child/senior. Call
Good Friday Service
Adoration OfThe Cross. St. Mark's
Chapel from 3-4:3opm. E-mail
frjimo@compuserve.com. Call Father
Jim O'Neill 822 -4463.
Bike Repair Course
Saturday Bike Mechanic Crash
Course. Bike Hub from ioam-3pm.
$20 includes manual. Call 822-BIKE.
Easter Vigil
St. Mark's Chapel from npm-iam. E-
mail frjimo@compuserve.com. Call
Father Jim O'Neill 822 -4463.
Cognition And Emotion Study
Seeking participants to explore the
cognitive effects of emotion. Earn $5
by completing a questionnaire. Some
participants will be invited to earn
$25 more in two 60-90 minute sessions. Call 822-2022.
Contemporary Art Exhibition
Tonel: Lessons of Solitude. Morris
and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. 10am-
5pm. Continues to June 4. Open Tuesday-Friday ioam-5pm; Saturday-
Sunday from i2noon-5pm. $3 adults;
$2 seniors; free for students, ubc faculty and staff with valid id. Visit the
Web site at, www.belkin-gallery.ubc.ca
or call 822-2759.
Gymnastics Classes
For ages two to adult. May through
August. Osborne Centre Gymnastics
Gym. E-mail hkin.outreach@ubc.ca or
call 822-0207.
Gardens' Hours Of Operation
The Nitobe Memorial Garden, ubc
Botanical Garden, and the Shop in the
Garden are open to October from
ioam-6pm daily (including weekends). Inquiries for the gardens
should call 822-9666 and for the Shop
in the Garden 822-4529.
Bike Repair Course
Bike Care Drop-In Clinics. Free for coop members. A great introduction to
bike maintenance. A different topic is
covered each week. Bike Hub every
Wednesday from 6:30-7:3opm. Call
822-BIKE (2453).
Sage Bistro
To the faculty, students, administration and admirers ofthe University of
British Columbia we present Sage
Bistro at the University Centre. Truly
food for thought...Sage is open Monday through Friday from nam-2pm.
Tapas will be served on the patio from
May 15 to Oct. 15 from the hours of
3:30-8pm. Our luncheon menu changes weekly and features a wide selection of wines by the quarter litre and
glass. For reservations please call
Research Study
Volunteer subjects needed for study
on aging and speech understanding.
Must be native English speakers 18-30
or 60-80 years old with good hearing
in both ears. Involves one two-hour
session on ubc campus. $15
honorarium. Contact Wendy Lam e-
mail: wendylam@audiospeech.ubc.ca
or call 263-0677.
Premenstrual Asthma Study
UBc/St. Paul's Hospital researchers
are seeking females with asthma and
regular menstrual cycles for a study
on estrogen's effects on asthma symp-
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 izi. 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 April 20 issue of ubc Reports—which
covers the period April 23 to May 13—is noon, April 11. UBC      REPORTS       |      A P R  I   I      6,      2000       |      5
Draft Policy #6
Environmental Protection Compliance
Comments on these
draft policies are
welcome. Please e-mail
dp@oldadm.ubc.ca or
call (604) 822-6330
Approved: January 1994
Reviewed by the Board of Governors: November 1995
Vice President Academic & Provost; Vice President Administration &
Finance; Vice President Research; Vice President Students
to provide a formal statement of commitment in response to global
and local concerns regarding environmental protection;
to provide a framework for establishing procedures that will ensure
consistent response to environmental issues, and demonstrate responsibility and due diligence on the part ofthe University;
to develop auditing and monitoring procedures which are effective for
a university setting;
to ensure compliance with all applicable environmental regulations at
all sites of University activity;
to provide for the development of programs to prevent pollution;
to provide communication and education about environmental issues;
to provide a platform for sustainable development efforts at ubc
ubc will act responsibly and demonstrate accountable management of
the property and affairs of ubc in protecting the environment. All individuals in the University community share the responsibility for
protecting the environment. Administrative heads of unit are responsible
for ensuring compliance with legislation and ubc procedures both on and
off campus.
Procedure Summary
The University will continue to develop and maintain an environmental
management system consistent with the purpose of this policy and with
the goal of continual improvement.
Procedures and reporting structures for matters of compliance with
environmental legislation are necessary to demonstrate due diligence of
ubc, its Board of Governors, senior officers, students, and members of
faculty and staff, by addressing responsibly activities which have potential
for exposure to lawsuits and prosecution.
"Where a corporation commits an offense under this Act, any officer, director or agent ofthe corporation who directed, authorized, assented to or
acquiesced in or participated in the commission ofthe offense is a party to
and guilty ofthe offense, and is liable to punishment provided for the
offense, whether or not the corporation has been prosecuted or convicted."...
Section 122 ofthe Canadian Environmental Protection Act
Procedures, guidelines and programs addressing specific environmental issues will be developed and updated as required, as part ofthe
University environmental management system, to accomplish the objective of compliance with environmental legislation, with the full
participation ofthe University community. These will include evaluation
guidelines and monitoring procedures, effective measures of progress,
reporting mechanisms, educational programs, and contingency plans for
accidents that affect the environment.
The Manager, Environmental Programs, reporting through the Director,
Health , Safety and Environment and the Vice President Administration and
Finance, will be responsible for focusing efforts on the most serious problems,
promoting development ofthe environmental management system and coordinating activities through administrative heads of unit. These efforts include
environmental audits, central monitoring, recording and reporting progress
(and instances of non-compliance) on environmental protection issues, providing training to the campus community and serving as the central information source about current and anticipated legislation applicable to ubc as well
as providing linkages for sustainable development efforts.
Detailed Procedures
The Manager Environmental Programs, in conjunction with the Environmental Programs Advisory Committee, will develop and maintain a
process for identifying the University's significant environmental impacts
and for developing objectives and targets to manage and reduce these
impacts where feasible.
Environmental audits will be performed of all areas and activities under
the control ofthe University. Audits will include evaluation of waste,
emissions, hazardous materials, emergency response procedures and the
adequacy of training of students, faculty and staff. Such audits will measure the extent of compliance with federal, provincial and local legislation
and identify potential environmental risks.
An action plan will be developed by the administrative head of unit for
bringing all identified deficiencies into compliance with legislation, in consultation with the Manager, Environmental Programs, and will be forwarded to the Vice President responsible for the unit for approval of
actions, timing, and funding.
Monitoring systems and procedures for handling and reporting accidents/incidents will be established for all activities and areas of concern.
Administrative heads of unit are responsible for ensuring that the monitoring is carried out in accordance with established systems and for
reporting on the monitoring to both the unit's vice president and the
Manager. Environmental Programs. Deficiencies detected through monitoring or other means will be corrected as soon as possible.
Environmental Programs will develop programs designed to prevent
pollution and will encourage and support such activities within the University community.
When the impact or experimental design of activities to be conducted
at off campus locations has unknown or potentially harmful environmental consequences, the member of faculty or staff responsible will apply in
advance for a certificate of environmental protection from the Environmental Programs Advisory Committee to review and authorize such
activities. Research protocols, consistent with practices approved by the
screening committee for individual experiments, may be authorized by
the screening committee for experiments which are to be repeated. These
steps are necessary because ofthe university's potential liability for problems arising from off-campus activities.
Administrative heads of unit are responsible for ensuring communication about the goal of compliance with environmental legislation and
appropriate training of all persons working or studying within their units
in relevant environmental issues and procedures for recognizing, dealing
with and reporting accidents that affect the environment.
Supervisors and principal investigators are responsible for ensuring
University procedures are followed and for instructing personnel under
their supervision regarding applicable policies, programs and procedures.
Individuals working in environmentally sensitive areas or with potentially
hazardous materials must be given appropriate supervision, instruction
and training prior to undertaking work.
Reports of all audits, plans tor correcting deficiencies, reports on satisfying monitoring requirements, accident-handling procedures and any
minor accidents/incidents will be brought, through the senior officers of
the University, to the Board of Governors at its regular meetings. Any accidents/incidents of significant environmental impact will be brought to
the attention ofthe Chair ofthe Board of Governors by the President or
his/her designate immediately.
When potentially harmful conditions arise or are discovered, the administrative head of unit is responsible for notifying individuals who might be
affected and keeping them aware of efforts to correct the situation.
The Manager, Environmental Programs ensures that consultations with
the campus and surrounding communities about the state of compliance
and progress toward it take place. The Manager, Environmental Programs
will publish annually a report which includes information on the audits conducted, the compliance issues dealt with and outstanding, training and communication activities, and responses to accidents affecting the environment
See also the Policy and Procedures on Sustainable Development (#5).
Administrative head of unit means a Director of a service unit, a Head of
an academic department, a Director of a centre, institute or school, a
Principal of a college, a Dean, an Associate Vice President, the Registrar,
the University Librarian, a Vice President or the President.
Due diligence means the care a reasonable person would take, having
regard to all the circumstances and information about which that person
knew or ought to have known.
Environment means the biophysical conditions under which people or
things live or are developed.
Environmental audit means a systematic, objective method of identifying and verifying that laws, regulations, procedures and University
guidelines for environmental, health, occupational hygiene, safety and
emergency preparedness standards are being followed. The examination
involves analysis, testing and confirmation of procedures and practices.
Supervisor means a person, not necessarily an administrative head of
unit, who has been delegated supervisory responsibility for others working or studying at ubc
University community means all persons associated with The University
of British Columbia, including students, members of faculty and staff,
visitors, contractors, suppliers, tenants, and users of facilities. UBC     REPORTS      |     APRIL     6,     2000
Disaster Management Policy
Comments on these
draft policies are
welcome. Please e-mail
dp@oldadm.ubc.ca or
call (604) 822-6330
Vice President Administration & Finance
The University aims to reduce the negative impact on the University community, property, and environment resulting from emergencies and
disasters, and to expeditiously and efficiently restore academic programs
and University operations.
Procedure summary
The University is to develop and maintain a Disaster Management Program based upon the principles of preparedness, response, mitigation,
and recovery.
Preparedness activities shall consist of
• developing and maintaining a University Disaster Plan,
• developing and maintaining an Emergency Operations Centre,
training and educating the University community, and
• testing and exercising the University Disaster Plan.
Response will address issues of
warning and evacuation,
emergency medical and social services,
search and rescue,
building or facility damage assessment, and
security and protection of property.
Mitigation activities shall consist of
• conducting a hazard and risk assessment,
• prioritizing mitigation activities, and
developing and implementing mitigation strategies.
Recovery shall consist of planning for
• restoration of teaching and research activities,
• resumption of services, and
repair or reconstruction of facilities.
Detailed procedures
In the absence ofthe President ofthe University, the line of succession for
declaration of a university disaster and authority during a university disaster is the Vice President Academic & Provost, Vice President
Administration and Finance, Vice President Research, Vice President Students, and Vice President External Affairs.
The key response activities, in the event of an emergency or disaster,
rest with service units. These activities are detailed in the University Disaster Plan.
In the event of a disaster affecting the University, individuals should
report to their immediate supervisor as soon as reasonably possible and
await further instructions.
An Emergency Planning Steering Committee, reporting to the Vice
President Administration and Finance, will develop and recommend policies, plans, and guidelines for preparedness, response, mitigation, and
recovery measures at the University. These measures will include preparation, approval, and evaluation of a University Disaster Plan, and
recommendations on current and future needs for emergency and disaster preparedness. The Steering Committee will be composed of
representatives from the University community appointed by the Vice
President Administration and Finance.
The University will develop, operate, and maintain an Emergency Operations Centre in accordance with requirements specified in the
University Disaster Plan.
Service units are responsible for developing and testing emergency
plans as prescribed by the University Disaster Plan. These units are also
responsible for participating in campus-wide emergency preparedness,
response, and recovery activities.
The Department of Health, Safety & Environment will be responsible
for providing training and education for the University community and
for providing assistance to administrative heads of unit in developing unit
emergency plans. Health, Safety & Environment is also responsible for
coordinating campus-wide activities to exercise and test emergency and
disaster response.
Administrative Heads of Unit are responsible for developing and testing emergency plans that are applicable to the activities and operations of
the unit. These plans, which must be tested at least annually, must include specific evacuation procedures and fire safety information as per
the bc Fire Code.
The Provincial Emergency Program recommends that all individuals be
prepared for emergencies at all locations, including in the workplace and
at home. This includes preparing to meet individual needs for a period of
up to 72 hours. The University encourages all personnel to undertake
emergency preparedness measures, and supports this through the delivery of emergency preparedness workshops coordinated by the
Department of Health, Safety & Environment.
Emergency and disaster preparedness issues that may have budgetary
implications will be forwarded to the Vice President responsible for the
unit for approval of action, timing, and funding.
Reports on the status of disaster management will be brought, through
the senior officers ofthe University, to the Board of Governors at its regular meetings. Emergencies of significant impact will be brought to the
attention ofthe Chair ofthe Board of Governors by the President or his/
her designate, immediately.
The University will maintain relations and share information with the
Provincial Emergency Program, neighbouring municipalities, and first
response agencies to ensure compatible emergency response plans.
Disaster means a calamity that
a) is caused by accident, fire, explosion or technical failure or by the
forces of nature, and
b) has resulted in serious harm to the health, safety or welfare of people,
or in widespread damage to property.*
Emergency means a present or imminent event that
a) is caused by accident, fire, explosion or technical failure or by the
forces of nature, and
b) requires prompt coordination of action or special regulation of persons or property to protect health, safety or welfare of people or to
limit damage to property*
Emergency Operations Centre means a central location for the key campus decision-makers, emergency planners, and services to direct, control,
coordinate, and support emergency operations effectively.
First Response Agencies include the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services,
BC Ambulance, and Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Mitigation means those sustained measures and activities aimed at reducing or eliminating hazards associated with disasters, or lessening the
impact ofthe event.
Preparedness means those measures undertaken in advance to ensure
that individuals and agencies will be ready to react, such as emergency
plans, mutual aid agreements, resource inventories, training, exercises,
and emergency communications systems.
Response means those measures undertaken immediately after an emergency or disaster has occurred and for a limited period of time thereafter,
primarily to save human life, treat the injured, and prevent further injury
and other forms of loss. They include response plan activation, opening,
and staffing of emergency operations centres, mobilization of resources,
issuance of warnings and directions, provision of aid, and declaration of
states of emergency.
Recovery means those measures undertaken to restore normal conditions. The time frame for recovery begins as soon as a reduction in critical
response activities permits the re-allocation of resources to longer-term
recovery activities. Recovery measures can extend over years, and could
include physical restoration and reconstruction, financial assistance programs, counseling, temporary housing or relocation assistance, health
and safety programs, and economic impact studies.
Service Units means those units charged with conducting or delivering
services to the University including, but not limited to, Campus Security,
ITServices, Financial Services, Food Services, Health, Safety & Environment, Housing and Conferences, Human Resources, Land and Building
Services, Public Affairs, Purchasing, Treasury, and Utilities.
* Excerpt from the B.C. Emergency Program Act, November 25,1993. UBC     REPORTS      |     APRIL     6,     2000      |     7
Environmental Programs -
Annual Summary Report 1999
The full Environmental Programs Annual Report 1999, which contains
information on the ubc environmental management system, environmental awards at ubc, training and awareness activities, regulatory
compliance issues, and disaster management, is available to download
and view at
or copies can be obtained from Health, Safety & Environment, 822-
ubc remains committed to being a responsible steward ofthe environment. Environmental Programs is responsible for implementing a
number of initiatives outlined in the policy (#6) on Environmental Protection Compliance. Below are the highlights of some ofthe activities
and accomplishments in 1999 and their contribution to the University
and the local community.
Reducing Environmental Impacts
The reduction of environmental impacts is achieved as a result of many
activities, but of most significance is the handling of 137 tonnes of hazardous waste in 1999. Of this total, 130 tonnes was either re-used,
recycled, treated or diverted from conventional disposal facilities. While
the Chemical Conservation Programs proactively reduce the environmental impacts through re-use or recycling options, just as important is
the destination of any material leaving the facility. Significant effort is
constantly placed into identifying environmentally responsible solutions
for ubc's hazardous waste.
Ensuring Compliance
The University ensures compliance with environmental regulations, University procedures and best management practices through a number of
activities, not least of which is through the environmental compliance
audit program.
The ubc environmental compliance audit program continues to meet
its performance targets. Currently almost 90 per cent ofthe sites deemed
to have high-risk activities or operations have been audited. In 1999 a
total of 65 audits were completed, resulting in 515 recommendations being made. Follow-up audits 6 months later, show that 63 per cent of the
recommendations have been implemented.
The ubc Disaster Management Program provides fire safety and emergency preparedness resources to departments across the campus, in
compliance with bc Fire Code and Provincial Emergency Program Act
requirements for proactive emergency planning. In 1999, over 43 departments requested fire safety plans from the Disaster Planning
Increasing Awareness
Reducing Liability
Through several proactive strategies, the future environmental liability of
the University is being reduced. Examples from 1999 include,
over 70 tonnes of pcb contaminated wastes were removed from campus and safely disposed through an authorized facility. These
materials had previously been stored in an approved facility for several years;
five underground storage tanks were removed. These tanks were over
50 years old and if left could have resulted in significant future liabilities; and,
•    an assessment of structures on campus for hazards associated with
seismic emergencies, and development of hazard evacuation routes.
Increased awareness on campus regarding environmental and emergency
preparedness issues takes several forms including: newsletters, interviews
during audits, articles in campus newpapers, formal seminars, training
programs, departmental emergency planning sessions and the web site.
In 1999 Environmental Programs added two new courses: spill reporting training and pcb Safety. In addition, information was also presented
at two orientations not previously targeted: the International Student and
Graduate Student Orientations.
In total training and education sessions were provided to approximately 2000 members ofthe University Community in 1999.
Enhancing Customer Service
It is a goal of Environmental Programs to provide exceptional customer
service. To measure and track the service provided, surveys and evaluations of courses and programs are conducted:
• the second customer survey for the Environmental Services Facility
resulted in an increased satisfaction in 17 out of 20 categories,
the average rating of several measures used to evaluate the environmental compliance audit program was 9/10, and
• the average rating of courses and workshops undertaken throughout
the year was 4/5.
Accredited Performance
To assure the performance of initiatives developed by Environmental Programs, as well as setting and tracking internal performance targets, each
year external verification and benchmarking of component programs is
conducted. In 1999,
a benchmarking study was conducted of the environmental compliance audit program with the equivalent programs at bc Hydro
Authority and bc Ferry Corporation,
an external review ofthe Disaster Management Program was completed, and
•    a plan developed to obtain iso 14001' certification for the Malcolm
Knapp ubc Research Forest, Harvesting Operation—this will take approximately 18 months to complete and will take elements ofthe
existing ubc environmental management system for the Point Grey
Campus and modify it for use by the research forest.
1     iso (the International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies, iso 14001 is the standard
for environmental management systems. 8      |       UBC      REPORTS       |      APRIL     6,      2000
Crime catchers take
action on campus
These master trainers, part ofthe community advisory committee for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program,
will assist in training 90 volunteers, mainly seniors, to deliver a patient education program that will reach about 450
people in Vancouver and Richmond. Pictured above are: (top, 1-r ) Jane Lee, program co-ordinator Barbara Henn-
Pander,Tom Kinloch, Anne Riddick, (bottom, left) Bonnie Boieeie and Mary Brown. Hilary Thomson photo
Project offers Rx for care of
chronic health problems
Seniors who have learned techniques for managing their
own health will take self-help message to community
by Hilary Thomson staff writer
ubc's institute of Health Promotion Research (ihpr) has received a one-year grant of close to
$100,000—the largest grant of its
kind—from the Vancouver-Richmond Health Board to launch a
program that helps people cope
with chronic health conditions.
Called the Chronic Disease Self-
Management Program (cdsmp), it
is the only program of its scale in
The six-session program will see
90 seniors, many of whom have
chronic health problems, working
in pairs to deliver the free patient
education program to 450 people
at community centres in Vancouver and Richmond.
"This program doesn't replace
information from health-care practitioners," says Patrick McGowan,
ihpr's assistant director who leads
the project. "It's a self-care strategy
that gives people the skills and confidence needed to manage their
health on a daily basis."
Research has shown the average
senior must cope with more than
one chronic health condition, adds
Each two-hour weekly session
targets conditions such as arthritis,
heart and lung diseases, diabetes
and stroke. Most ofthe participants
in the six-week course will be seniors—spouses, family members and
friends are encouraged to attend.
Topics covered include exercise,
how to recognize and act on symptoms, nutrition, dealing with emotions of fear, anger and depression
and communicating with health
"This is a program that empowers people," says project co-ordinator Barbara Henn-Pander. She is
working with a 15-member advisory committee of community members, many of whom have chronic
illnesses and all of whom have participated in or taught the program.
The committee—all members
of various community health organizations—will assist in selecting and arranging three-day training workshops for the team of program leaders.
"Information offered by the program leaders has validity because
the group knows that person understands and has been there,"
says Bonnie Boieeie, a retired
nurse and one of six leader trainers. "People think 'if she can do it, I
can do it."'
The program leaders follow a
standard course outline. A 300-
page book called Living a Healthy
Life with Chronic Conditions is given to each participant.
Evaluations of similar programs
offered in the us and the Yukon
showed improvement in participants' self-reported health and
fewer hospitalizations of shorter
Leader training sessions will
start in April and courses will be
offered soon after. The project will
be completed and evaluated by
March 2001.
Funding for the program is provided through Vancouver-Richmond Health Board's Community
Health Initiative Fund. The committee aims to make cdsmp a regularly offered health board program.
For course dates and locations
contact Barbara Henn-Pander at
(604) 822-0634.
Program will draw on
models that are in use at
other b.c universities
campus crime stoppers—a version of the popular and effective
crime-reporting program—is ubc's
newest weapon in combating
crime on campus.
"We're looking for volunteers to
set up the chapter," says Jeff Bingley,
Campus Security operations supervisor. "This is a chance for members
of the campus community to take
some positive action, to increase
their knowledge of policing and
contribute to the university."
The goal of the program is to
increase awareness of crimes
committed on campus and to encourage witnesses to crime to
call the central Crime Stoppers
action line at 669-TiPs. Rewards
of up to $2,000 are given for information leading to arrest and
The proposed chapter will
draw from models at other campuses including Simon Fraser
University, the b.c Institute of
Technology and the University of
"These programs succeed because ofthe sense of ownership and
pride people have for their university," says Bingley. "It also makes
good   sense—university   budgets
should be used for education, not
replacing damaged property or stolen equipment."
Theft of and from vehicles,
vandalism to university and personal property, assault and verbal harassment are all reportable
Volunteers will form a board of
directors to advertise the program,
raise funds for promotions, review
information about crime on campus
and determine reward amounts.
Board members do not know the
identity of victims, witnesses or
In addition to serving on the
board, students may contribute by
participating in promotional events
and video re-enactments of crime.
ubc crime statistics reported to
the rcmp can be found through
the community programs section
ofthe Campus Security Web site at
Campus Crime Stoppers is supported by the Alma Mater Society
Innovative Projects Fund.
more information
Contact Jeff Bingley at (604)
822-3509 or e-mail patrol®
New curator grew
roots in Botanical
Douglas Justice plans to nurture ties with nursery trade
by Bruce Mason staff writer
outdoor activity is in high gear as
gardeners turn well-laid plans
into action and creation. Few will
cover as much ground as Douglas
Justice was recently hired as curator of Collections and research
scientist at ubc's famed 28-hectare
Botanical Garden.
"I've always wanted to know everything about the plants around
me," says Justice, who grew up with
the garden.
In 1970, his fathers landscape
architecture firm designed much
of what is seen today. The younger
Justice spent many days on-site
when he should have been in
school, but eventually earned a
Bachelor of Science in Horticulture and a master's degree in Botany at the university.
The New York Times, in a two-
page article titled, "Vancouver's
lush landscape," last August advised, "if you have time for only one
green excursion choose the ubc
Botanical Garden."
Justice agrees.
"The setting and backdrop rivals any garden, anywhere, but the
Times writer was astonished by
the number and variety of plants.
That's a daily reaction of international visitors and experts who are
visually startled."
His responsibilities include
plant collections and he started
with an inventory. The list of tens
of thousands of plants has to be
meticulously accurate, up-to-date
and credible. Botanical gardens
from China, Britain, and across the
us and Canada regularly consult it
and the ubc staff.
Justice honed his art and science
at The Great Park at Windsor, England, in the b.c Pavilion's native
plant garden at Expo '86, in the
VanDusen Garden and as a horticultural and botanical consultant.
A former horticulture instructor at Kwantlen University College,
he worked on the curriculum for
the b.c horticulture apprenticeship program.
His plans include continuing to
capitalize on the comparative advantage of the local climate and
cultivating strong ties with the
nursery industry.
New curator Douglasjustice
ubc has earned a unique international reputation for plant introductions. There are monetary benefits from royalties as well as opportunities to improve nursery stock to
breed new and exciting plants.
"He brings a wealth of knowledge
to us," says Bruce Macdonald, director, ubc Botanical Garden. "The
university community will also benefit from his energy, enthusiasm
and excellent teaching skills."
Ultimately gardens are for people
and Justice, whose academic interests include Pacific Northwest native plants, is improving interpretive signs and labels to make the botanical garden more user-friendly. UBC     REPORTS      |      APRIL     6,     2000
toms and lung function. Must be 18-
45 years of age, non-smokers, and
not taking birth control pills. Honorarium and free peak flow meter provided. If interested, please call
Parkinson's Research
A research team from ubc is asking
for the assistance of people with Parkinson's to participate in research.
This research is aimed at understanding how Parkinson's may affect complex activities such as managing
multiple tasks. Participation involves
performing fairly simple tasks, some
of which involve responding verbally
to computer, screen displays. The
general goal of this work is to develop
effective methods of coping with Parkinson's. If you are a healthy person of
the age 50 years or older, we are also
in need of several people to participate in this study as part of a non-
Parkinson's comparison group. If von
would like to participate or require
more information, please contact
Todd Woodward, Psychology
Sexual Assault Research
The Anxiety and Lear Laboratory in
the Dept. of Psychology requires female volunteers who have experienced
unwanted sexual activity, to participate in a research project. If you have
ever had sex with someone when you
didn't want to, because the other person continued the event when you said
no, forced or threatened to force you,
or because you were given alcohol or
drugs, and you would be interested in
helping us with our research, please
call 822-9028. Confidentiality and privacy protected.
Museum Of Anthropology
Attributed To Edenshaw: Identifying
The Hand OfThe Artist; Three Case
Studies Northwest Coast Art. Continues to Aug. 31. Raven's Reprise: Contemporary Works by First Nations
Artists. Continues to Jan. 31 2001.
Conversations; The Dr. Miguel and
Julia Tecson Philippine Collection.
Continues to February. Echoes 2000.
Mid-April to May. moa hours Tuesday-Sunday nam-5pm. Tuesday
evening to 9pm. $6 (adults), $3.50
(students/seniors), $15 (family). Free
Tuesdays, www.moa.ubc.ca or call
822-5087 or 822-5950.
Child Behaviour Research
How do parents see challenging child
behaviours? We are asking parents of
7-14 year olds to tell us by completing
an anonymous, 30-minute questionnaire. You can receive the results.
Please call Assoc. Prof. Johnston's lab,
Traumatic Stress Clinic
Psychologists conducting research at
the Traumatic Stress Clinic at ubc
Psychiatry are offering free treatment
to people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (ptsd). ptsd is
caused by events such as physical or
sexual assault, and motor vehicle accidents. Call the Traumatic Stress
Clinic at 822-8040.
Bike Repair Party
Help repair and paint public bikes
and learn as you go. MacMillan (sw
corner), every Tuesday from 4-8pm.
Call 822-4566.
Vancouver Team Handball
Looking for players at all levels. Osborne Gym, Fridays from 7-gpm. Call
222-2074 or visit handball-bc.
TRIUMF Public Tours
Tours are available every Wednesday
and Friday to April 28, 2000 starting
at 1pm and lasting approx. lhr 15mm.
Group tours may be arranged by calling the triumf Information Office
Research Study
We are seeking healthy 8-12-year-olds
and their mothers to take part in a
psychology study to find out more
about how children learn about hurts
and pains. For more information, call
Prof. Craig's lab 822-5280.
UBC Campus Tours
Walking tours of the campus available
upon request. E-mail melissa.picher
©'ubc.ca or call the Ceremonies Office
at 822-0949 to book a time.
AMS Rentsline
Helping students find housing since
1993. the ams Rentsline is ubc's off-
campus housing registry. This service
gives students access to hundreds of
rental listings, and landlords access to
thousands of students looking for
housing. You can call the Rentsline
from any touchtone phone 24 hours a
day. 365 days a year. Call 714-4848.
Faculty Women's Club
The Faculty Women's Club brings
together women connected to the
university either through their work
or that of their spouses, for social
activities and lectures. The main purpose ofthe Faculty Women's Club is
to raise funds for student scholarships. There are 19 different interest
groups within the club, ranging from
art appreciation and bridge to hiking.
Do come and join us! Call Barbara
Tait, president 224-0938; Gwyneth
Westwick, membership 263-6612.
Twin Research
Are you, or do you know a female
adult twin? We are studying the relationship types of fraternal and identical female twins. If you can help by
completing some questionnaires and
being interviewed about relationships, please e-mail: tmacbeth@
cortex.psych.ubc.ca or call 'Iannis
MacBeth, Psychology at 822-4826.
Research Study
Hard-of-hearing University students
are invited to discuss their post-secondary experiences for a PhD study.
Involves interviews and the option of
jotting down thoughts twice weekly
over a three-week period. Honorarium to be provided. Contact Ruth
Warick, graduate student, in the
Dept. of Educational Services, ubc,
Phone/fax 224-4198 or e-mail
UBC Utilities Advisory Notice
ubc Utilities regularly performs
maintenance work on underground
piping and electrical systems. Work
sites are always blocked off with ap-
Where are you going? It's not always easy to find your way on ubc s campus. This sign
post near the ck Choi Building on West Mall is a prototype developed for Campus
Planning to test readability. Plans to improve the whole wayfinding system of signs
over five years will go to the Board of Governors this spring. Dianne Longson photo
propriate signs and barriers, however
sometimes unauthorized individuals
remove these signs and barriers.
Please approach work sites cautiously
and respect signs and/or work crew
instructions to avoid potential harm.
Potential hazards including falling,
electrical shock, burns, and other
harmful events. If you have any questions concerning a ubc Utilities work
site, please call 822-9445.
Parents with Babies
Have you ever wondered how babies
learn to talk? Help us find out! We are
looking for parents with babies between four to 21 months of age, including babies raised in a bilingual
home, to participate in language development studies. If you are interested in bringing your baby for a
one-hour visit, please call Prof. Janet
Werker's Infant Studies Centre, Psychology, 822-6408 (ask for Kate).
Parents With Toddlers
Did you know your child is a word-
learning expert? Help us learn how
children come to be so skilled at
learning new words. We are looking
for children (two-four years old) and
their parent(s) to participate in language studies. If you are interested in
bringing your child for a 45-minute
visit, please call Asst. Prof. Geoffrey
Hall's Language Development Centre, Psychology, 822-9294 (ask for
The British Columbia Seniors Medication Information Line (bc smile),
answered by licensed pharmacists, is
a free telephone hotline established to
assist seniors, their families and caregivers with any medication-related
questions including side effects, drug
interactions, and the misuses of prescription and non-prescription drugs
when it is not possible to direct such
questions to their regular pharmacist
or physician. Monday to Friday 10am-
4pm. Call 822-1330 or e-mail smileubc
Statistical Consulting And
Research Lab (SCARL)
scarl offers statistical advice and
long or short-term assistance to researchers. Resources include expertise in many areas of statistical
methodology and a variety of statistical software. Web site: www.stat.
ubc.ca/~scarl, e-mail: scarlf'Xstat
ubc.ca or call 822-4037.
UBC Fencing Club
ubc Fencing Club meets every Tuesday 7-gpm and Sunday 2-5pm in Osborne Gym A. Learn decisionmaking, poise and control. Newcomers welcome. Drop-in fee. Leave message at 878-7060.
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There are over 2 million people in Canada suffering from various forms of diabetes,
many of whom are children. To slay alive, this little girl must have two injections of
insulin each and every day for the rest of her life.But that does not guarantee that
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Math team counts
among top 10 in world
The results are in and a team of
three ubc students has placed in
the top 10 in the 6oth International William Lowell Putnam
Mathematical Competition.
Undergraduates Joel Erickson,
Jesse Goodman and Ho Sen Yung
were coached by Mathematics
Prof. Lon Rosen and Assoc. Prof.
Rajiv Gupta.
It is the fourth time in the past
nine years that ubc has placed in
the top io in the competition.
rt.c. was the only province to
have two universities garner a top
io berth with Simon Fraser University also placing.
Ofthe 2,900 students who wrote
the test, seven of the top 24 students were from Canadian universities with ubc's Erickson and
Goodman among that elite group.
It is the fourth time in the last seven years that at least one ubc student has finished in the top 25.
"We've never had two students
in the top 24," says Mathematics
Dept. Head George Bluman.
In total, 431 North American colleges and universities were entered
in the prestigious contest which
was won by the University of Waterloo with Harvard University second and Duke University third.
Among those finishing in the
top 10 were the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, Princeton
University and Stanford University.
Top performers in the annual
competition have gone on to become some of Canada's leading scientists and mathematicians, say
competition organizers.
Native plant trend
cultivated locally
The second annual Native Plant
Sale and Celebration at the Botanical Garden (6804 Southwest Marine Dr.) is April 9, from 11 a.m.-4
p.m. Eight south coast nurseries
will be offering more than 200 species of native plants for sale.
The community event—which
attracted 2,500 people last year-
features informative exhibits and
experts as well as free admission
and tours ofthe university's famed
Botanical Garden.
The unprecedented interest in
native plants which is sweeping
North America has taken root in
the Lower Mainland and is growing rapidly. Vancouver Mayor
Philip Owen has declared April 3-
9 Backyard Biodiversity Week.
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accommodation for guest lecturers or other university members
who visit throughout the year.
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Elegant accommodation in Point
Grey area. Min. to ubc. On main
bus routes. Close to shops and
restaurants. Includes tv, tea and
coffee making, private phone/
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HOUSE Five suites available for
academic visitors to ubc only.
Guests dine with residents and
enjoy college life. Daily rate $56
plus $i4/day for meals Sun-Thurs.
Call 822-8660 for more information and availability.
Spacious one br guest suites
with equipped kitchen, TV and
telephone. Centrally located
near sub, Aquatic Centre and
transit. Ideal for visiting lecturers, colleagues and families.
2000 rates $8i-$i24 per night.
Call 822-1000.
Breakfast. Best accommodation
on main bus routes. Includes tv,
private phone and bathroom.
Weekly reduced rates. Call
737-2687. Fax 737-2586.
University Centre. Residence offering
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 822-4782.
2855 W. 6th Ave. Heritage house,
antiques, wood floors, original
stained glass. 10 min. to ubc and
downtown. Two blocks from restaurants, buses. Scrumptious full
breakfasts. Entertaining cats. Views.
Phones in rooms. E-mail: farthing@
uniserve.com or call 739-9002.
Walk to ubc along the ocean. Quiet
exclusive neighbourhood. Near buses
and restaurants. Comfortable rooms
with tv and private bath. Full breakfast. Reasonable rates. Non-smokers
only please. Call 341-4975.
ROOMS Private rooms, located on
campus, available forvisitors attending ubc on academic business. Private
bath, double beds, telephone, tv,
fridge, and meals five days per week.
Competitive rates. Call for information and availability 822-8788.
THEOLOGY Affordable accommodation or meeting space near the
Chan Centre and moa. 17 modestly
furnished rooms with hall bath are
available. Daily rates starting at $36.
Meals or meal plans are available in
the school cafeteria. For more information call 822-9031; 822-9490.
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Additional words: 50 cents each. Rate includes gst.
Submission guidelines: Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to: ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park
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in cash, cheque (made out to ubc Reports) or journal voucher.
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all appliances, three br, two bath, w/w
carpet, satellite, tv, f/p, rumpus room.
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people. Fully furnished. Call 738-1876.
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near beach and shopping. Small one
br, furnished, April 21 tojuly 1 or parts
thereof. Cornwall and Burrard. $700/
mo. E-mail: idennis@
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ONE BR APT. with spectacular
view of mountains and harbour
available from June 15 through Oct. 1.
$775/mo. includes swimming and
parking. Visiting professors and faculty only please. Damage deposit
required. Call (604) 731-0727.
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House Sitter
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summer interested in housesitting
beginning May to end of August. Also
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Michelle collect (403) 678-2067.
5 day/40 hr. (March 22-26, June 21-25,
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RETIRING in the next three years?
As a specialist who has assisted many
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Call for a complimentary meeting at
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Project aims to pinpoint
spots to head off hazards
Map will help streamline evacuation in an emergency
by Hilary Thomson staff writer
gargantuan traffic jam or orderly exit—what would happen if
more than 40,000 students, faculty and staff had to evacuate the
campus in an emergency?
ubc's Office of Disaster Management aims to find out with the hazard evacuation mapping project.
Creating a map that identifies
locations of potential hazards on
campus, developing evacuation
routes and educating the campus
community about how to leave
Point Grey in an emergency are
the current focus of project activities.
"We want to be pro-active in our
emergency preparedness," says
Mark Aston, manager of Environmental Programs. "Even a small-
scale evacuation can be inconvenient without adequate planning. A
large-scale event can be catastrophic."
Hazard mapping assistant Johannes Schumann, a ubc Geography graduate, has gathered information to produce an "aerial snapshot" ofthe campus that identifies
potential hazards and evacuation
Schumann has identified campus sites that have particular risks
such as flammables, chemicals and
other hazardous materials. He has
layered that information onto a
map showing roadways, power
lines and the network of underground water, gas and sewer pipes.
The map organizes the campus
into six zones and shows 14 points
where volunteers will be positioned to direct traffic.
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Emergencies such as gas leaks
and earthquakes are also taken
into account in determining hazards.
Cieneral hazard statistics such
as locations and types of materials
are being entered into a software
program that will produce a computer model of hazards and exit
routes. The model can be easily
updated and used in planning before and during an emergency.
Evacuation route planning must
be flexible enough to take into account the location of the hazard
and to make way for incoming
"There's a common misconception that the familiar yellow and
black triangular disaster response
route signs show the way out in an
emergency," says Aston. "In fact,
those routes are blocked—they're
for emergency responders only."
About 32,500 vehicles are on
campus daily.
Because ubc is not governed by
the Greater Vancouver Regional
District it requires its own emergency procedures and resources,
including an evacuation plan, says
The plan will serve the entire
campus, including Acadia Park
and Hampton Place and incorporate the needs of residents of the
University Endowment Lands.
The next step is to get feedback
on the plan from both campus and
community emergency personnel,
educate the campus community
about evacuation routes and procedures and recruit volunteers to
serve as directional point staff in
an evacuation.
More than 95 people recently
volunteered as part of the Emergency Social Services (ess) program at ubc.
The program is designed to provide food, shelter, water and clothing in the event of a large-scale
emergency or disaster. Volunteers
would help provide translation and
counselling services and organize
feeding stations and shelter.
To become an emergency volunteer contact Pierre Tanguay ess
volunteer coordinator at
(604) &22-2ggo. For information
about the plan check the Web site
at www.safety.ubc.ca or call the
Office of Disaster Management at
(604) 822-1237.
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Cay Holbrook, an associate
professor of Educational and
Counselling Psychology and
Special Education, has been
named the first recipient ofthe
Holbrook-Humphries Literacy
Sponsored by a grassroots
group of teachers of the blind
and visually impaired, the
award is given for outstanding
contributions to the advancement of literacy for individuals
who are blind or have low vision.
Her research focuses on literacy for students with visual impairments, specifically those
who read braille.
Holbrook is the first winner
ofthe award, which is named in
her honour.
Civil Engineering Prof. Eric
Hall and PhD candidate Pierre
Berube of ubc's Pulp and Paper
Centre have won the Pulp and
Paper Technical Association of
Canada's (paptac) LH. Weldon
Award for 1999.
The award recognizes the
best paper presented by a member at a paptac meeting during
the past year. The pair won for
their paper on a novel technique to help pulp mills reduce
fresh water consumption and
wastewater discharge in their
Hall is a faculty associate of
the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada at the ubc
Pulp and Paper Centre and the
Assoc. Prof. Cay Holbrook
senior nserc/cofi Industrial Research Chair in Forest Products
Waste Management in the Dept. of
Civil Engineering.
Berube is working on his doctorate under Hall's supervision.
Ahlay Chin, a receptionist in the
University-Industry Liaison Office,
has been appointed an adviser to
b.c.'s Minister of Health.
Chin will represent the Richmond area on a 15-member provincial mental health advisory council
which will report on the progress
of mental health reform.
Chin, who speaks five languages,
founded the first Richmond Chinese Mental Health Support Group
in 1995 to serve the Chinese population.
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Third-baseman Paul Jones shows how to hustle as he rounds the bases In a recentT-Birds road game. The bats will
crack at Nat Bailey Stadium—the team's new home field—on Friday, April 14 at 6 p.m. when the 'Birds play their home
opener against St. Martin's University from Washington state, ubc students and children under 12 can see the game
forfree. General admission at the stadium is $3.Jeff Vallancephoto
Baseball team brings game
home to Nat Bailey stadium
It's batter up time again for ubc's heavy hitters as they
head to the green, green fields of home
by Hilary Thomson staff
hot dogs, fried onions and fresh-
cut grass will greet sports fans who
want to root, root, root for the
home team as ubc's baseball team
hits the diamond in the home
opener at Nat Bailey Stadium on
Friday, April 14 at 6 p.m.
Under the leadership of ubc
alumnus and head coach Terry
McKaig, the 35-man roster is set
to slug it out with Tacoma's St.
Martin's University in the first of
18 home games. The spring
schedule of 57 games is part of
ubc's drive to a national title in
the National Association of
Intercollegiate Athletics, a group
of 240 American universities and
"We're the first Canadian team
ever to be allowed to play in the us
system for an American championship," says McKaig, who has led
the team since it was revived in
1997 after a 33-year break in the action.
Not only are the T-Birds back,
but they're back as a recognized
varsity team with a home field at
Nat Bailey Stadium. The team previously held club status.
The stadium at Little Mountain
opened in June 1951 and is named
after major supporter and Vancouver burger king Nat Bailey, founder of the White Spot chain of restaurants. It seats 6,500 fans and
has been home to some of North
America's baseball greats, including Chicago Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa.
Since the season opener Feb. 14,
the team has posted a 7-9 win/loss
record on the road, ubc is competing in the Pacific Northwest Independent Conference which includes universities and colleges
from California, Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
Starting pitchers are southpaw
Jeff Francis, a first-year Science
student and right-handers Duane
Penner, a third-year Arts student,
and Jeff Brewer who is in second-
year Biochemistry.
"If people won't come to the
ballpark you can't stop them,"
warned the ever-enigmatic baseball soothsayer Yogi Berra. Attendance for the 'Birds at Nat Bailey
shouldn't be a problem, however,
with free admission for ubc students and children and $3 tickets
for general admission. Tickets are
available at the stadium.
Check the Web site at www.
athletics, ubc. ca/baseball/
index.htm. Individuals wishing to
support T-Birds baseball can
contact Andrew Grant, fund-
raising chair at (604) 331-5212.
Volunteer efforts
earn recognition
Reception and garden
honour estimated 100,000-
hour gift to university
by Bruce Mason staff writer
a tiny garden with a huge heart
is attracting attention at the entrance to Cecil Green Park House.
It celebrates something beyond
value—the work of volunteers. Another plant will be added this
month in honour of a volunteer
whose name will be drawn from a
hat at a reception for ubc's volunteers on April 13.
"Hundreds of volunteers donate
at least 100,000 hours to the university every year" says Leslie
Konantz, associate executive director of the Alumni Association.
"Faculties, schools, departments,
boards—we all benefit from their
energy and expertise."
"Two years ago we began to recognize this remarkable contribution during National Volunteer
Week with the Volunteer Reception and Garden," she adds, "and
we are undertaking a study of volunteers' economic impact at ubc."
This year it's the Museum of Anthropology's (moa) turn to host
the reception.
Judith Eyrl, who organized the
event, made a call to the moa 10
years ago when her children had
grown and she had some time to
"I asked if they accepted volunteers and was told, 'Do we ever. We
call them associates and value
them highly as part ofthe museum
team,'" she says. "I've always enjoyed the museum and my work
with the staff."
moa director Ruth Philips, who
will speak at the reception, says,
"Our volunteers are vital, they
make an essential contribution to
virtually every aspect ofthe muse-
William Sauderandjudith Eyrl
um, from education programs to
work on collections, running the
shop and providing hospitality to
Tish Davis, president of the 160
volunteers in Friends of the Garden
(fogs), who donated this year's
plant, says, "Our purpose is to bring
the community to the Botanical Garden and to stage special events to
raise money to support its growth."
The plant is the ubc introduction Vaccinium ovatum 'Thunderbird,' a small evergreen huckleberry which shares its name with the
university's athletic teams, fogs
are helping to make the outstanding shrub—with its intense red-
bronze spring colour, profusion of
pink flowers and edible berries-
available to the world. It is sold in
the Shop in the Garden.
Perhaps the most highly visible
and hardest working ubc volunteer
is Chancellor William Sauder, a
graduate ofthe university and chair
of International Forest Products
Ltd. and Sauder Industries.
"I have benefited a great deal
from the province and want to give
something back," says ubc's 15th
chancellor, who was first appointed in 1996 and is now serving a second term as chancellor.
"ubc is an increasingly important institution and our tireless
and selfless volunteers recognize
this and are helping the university
meet its challenges," he adds. "We
are truly indebted to them."
Study to nail down housing issues
Researchers receive additional funds to investigate eco-
friendly housing in Scandinavia, Canada and Japan
by Andy Poon staff writer
a $i.i-million grant supporting
research in sustainable Japanese
wood housing has been extended
from six to nine years through the
injection of an estimated $600,000.
ubc President Martha Piper
joined Akira Yamaguchi, founder
and president of the Winter Research Institute in Hokkaido, Japan
on campus to sign the agreement.
The agreement with the institute will see the work of an interdisciplinary team expanded from
studying wood structures in Japan
and Canada to include housing in
Scandinavia. In addition, collabo
ration with the University of Tokyo
and Harvard School of Public
Health will be enhanced.
The team is led by researchers
from the Dept. of Wood Science.
"This means that we can take a
much more holistic approach to
environmentally sound housing in
the northern regions by including
more countries," says Wood Science Assoc. Prof. David Cohen, the
project's leader.
"This should also facilitate the
transfer of ideas, technologies and
concepts to produce housing which
is more earth-friendly and contributes to society."
The research grant is based on
the recognition that a key component of sustainable forestry is to
use renewable wood products for
their "best" purpose.
In the summer of 1996, a six-person team of ubc researchers travelled to Japan to study the traditional and modern uses of wood in
They were interested in the fact
that despite the growth of residential highrises in Japan, there is a
three-millennia-long practice of
building with wood on the tiny island nation. As a result, close to 50
per cent of all residential housing
is wood-based—unique in Asia
where the preference is stone or
This led to collaborative research projects among faculty
members from the Dept. of Wood
Science, the School of Architecture
and the Dept. of Civil Engineering.
The projects range from looking
at the use of wood in traditional
Japanese temples to an analysis of
roofing forms in areas with heavy
Cohen points out that the emphasis is on studying innovative
ideas and practices that contribute
to a "total housing system." Not
only does this cover the design,
promotion, production, construction and research that goes into
building environmentally friendly
wood-based buildings but also includes the social and health concerns related to the construction.
The extension to the grant will
allow researchers to continue their
work in these areas well into the
middle of this decade.


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