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 VOLUME    47     |     NUMBER    19     |     NOVEMBER    29,    2001
3 Mine mend
Engineers build solution to
Britannia's toxic run-off
8 Second growth
Forestry sows the seeds for
healthy forests ofthe future
ubc reports
making history The Great Trekkers marched en masse downtown to Point Grey Oct. 28, 1922 to rally support for
building ubc. Members ofthe campus community are invited to join a historic trek that will follow their footsteps in
reverse to Robson Square to mark the opening ofthe university's new downtown campus, ubc Archives photo
Group to trek to Robson Square
Great Trekkers inspiration for university's 'Next Trek'
by Brian Lin staffwriter
students, faculty, staff,
alumni and members ofthe community are invited to be a part of
history tomorrow in a 12-kilometre
"Next Trek" from ubc to the official opening ofthe ubc at Robson
Square campus downtown.
"The Great Trek has inspired
ubc for decades" says Leslie Ko-
nantz, associate executive director
ofthe Alumni Association which is
organizing the event. "This trek
back downtown continues that
spirit and shows our commitment
to lifelong learning and lifelong
connections with ubc."
On Oct. 28,1922, fed up with the
government's procrastination and
armed with a 56,000-name peti
tion, some 1,200 ubc students
marched in the "Great Trek" from
Fairview Slopes through downtown Vancouver to Point Grey, to
urge the government to complete
long-awaited construction of the
Point Grey campus.
Konantz says response to the
Next Trek has been great.
"It's 7:30 on a Friday morning,"
says Konantz. "It's the last day of
classes, an unseasonable time of
the year and it's a long way, but
people are abuzz all over campus
and finding ways to do it."
ubc President Martha Piper,
vice-president, Students, Brian Sullivan, Board of Governors member
Linda Thorstad and ams President
Erfan Kazemi are among those who
have signed up for the trek.
Participants will meet at 7:30
a.m. at Cecil Green Park House and
depart at 8 a.m. for Robson Square
by way of Spanish Banks, Kits
Beach and Vanier Park, ubc at
Robson Square officially opens at
11 a.m.
Fuel for the Next Trek (cinnamon buns), a survival kit, map and
a pre-Trek stretch session will be
A minibus will shuttle tired
trekkers and their personal belongings. Trekkers can join the
march at checkpoints along the
way. The bus will also return
trekkers to campus.
Visit www.alumni.ubc.ca/news/
next_trek.html, call Leslie Konantz
at 604-822-0616 or e-mail
ubc bond sells
in record time
ubc's entry into the capital markets via a bond issue sold out within 90 minutes of becoming available last week. The bonds raised $125
million for the university.
The largest single use of the
funds will be for the construction
or improvement of housing for students, faculty and staff. Other uses
will include ancillary business expansion and energy retrofits. Repayment of the borrowed funds
will be from rental payments, cost
savings and other revenues.
"This form of financing, new for
universities in Canada, will help
fund our Trek 2000 strategic vision
to attract the highest quality students, faculty and staff from across
Canada and around the world," says
ubc President Martha Piper.
ubc took its first step into the
markets when it received very fa
vourable Aa3 credit rating from
Moody's Investor Services and aa-
from Standard and Poor's. Both
agencies noted ubc 's strong reputation for teaching and research
excellence as major draws for students.
ubc is only the second large university in Canada to seek to raise a
sum of this size in a broad-based
capital markets financing. This
summer, the University of Toronto
launched a highly successful issue
of $160 million of long-term debentures.
"Given ubc 's similar credit ratings to those of u of t, we anticipated equal success," says Byron
Braley, ubc treasurer.
ubc's bond offering was led by
rbc Capital Markets, with a syndicate that includes cibc World
Markets Inc. and Scotia Capital.
Youth suicide, attention
disorder among issues
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
a psychologist who investigates
how cultural practices affect rates of
suicide among aboriginal youth and
a cognitive neuroscientist who studies attention disorder are among the
researchers to receive awards in the
Michael Smith Foundation for
Health Research (msfhr).
He's got mail (on the back of his bike)
Through rain or snow, mail carrier puts wheels in motion
by Michelle Cook staffwriter
AT   SIX   FEET   NINE   INCHES   tall,
James Boucher was bound to
attract the nickname Jolly Green
Giant at some point in his life. But
the ubc mail carrier's colourful
moniker isn't just a reference to his
lofty stature. It's a testament to his
commitment to making the campus a greener place, including
delivering all his mail by bike.
Boucher, who works in the Faculty of Education's mailroom, has
been crisscrossing ubc's 400-hec-
tare campus to deliver mail since
1990. For most of that time, he
used a van for his rounds. Then,
last May, he had an epiphany.
"I was delivering a light load of
envelopes in the van one day last
spring," Boucher recalls. "And I
thought, why not get out the bun-
gee cords and just strap the mail to
the back of my bike."
Trading his gas-guzzling vehicle
for two wheels didn't go as
smoothly as Boucher would have
liked. He got a bit cocky in his
attempts to balance larger and
larger loads on his back rack. After
taking a few spills that sent envelopes and packages flying, he
approached The Bike Kitchen with
a design idea for his bike.
The mechanics at ubc's on-
campus bike shop used plywood,
see Mail page 3
Mail carrierjames Boucher
Researchers at ubc and its partner teaching hospitals and research institutes received 26 ofthe
33 awards available in the inaugural career awards competition. The
awards are valued at more than $17
million over five years.
Psychology Prof. Michael Chandler will study suicide and self-injury among First Nations youth.
"Young people kill themselves in
heartbreaking numbers with the
rates in certain aboriginal communities sometimes being hundreds
of times larger than the rest ofthe
population — arguably the highest
in the world," says Chandler, a faculty member since 1978.
He studies how cultural differences during adolescence help or
harm young people's ability to protect themselves from risk of self-
destructive behaviour. In particular, he looks at how rates of suicide
vary between bands.
Chandler found that bands who
try to preserve and rehabilitate
their culture by measures such as
securing title to traditional lands
or gaining community control over
education experience fewer suicides than other bands. In a five-
year study of all aboriginal suicides
in b.c. he found no reported youth
see Scholars, page 2 I      UBC     REPORTS      |NOVEMBER     29,     2001
Keep bus loop location,
says reader
The present location of the bus
loop is perfectly placed and allows
transit users to reach almost any
campus  destination within  five
This is a bonus for transit users,
including hundreds of us who have
cars but choose not to use them to
come to ubc.
Leave the bus loop where it is
and enforce the signage restricting
vehicle access on campus.
Madelene Klassen
Faculty of Education
Continued from page i
suicides in bands where a full
range of protective factors were in
place. Communities without evidence of such efforts experienced
suicide rates five to 100 times the
national average.
Chandler, who was also named a
Distinguished Investigator of the
Canadian Institutes of Health Research this year, aims to share his
research results with First Nations
communities to help them reconstruct cultural practices that may
serve to protect their youth.
Alan Kingstone, an associate
professor of Psychology, will study
the mechanisms of attention in
Lee Gass is a professor in the Zoology Dept., not an associate professor, as was stated in the Nov. 15 ubc
Ethics Prof. Peter Danielson was incorrectly identified as a Philosophy
professor in the Nov. 15 ubc Re
ports. Danielson left the Philosophy
Dept. in June to join the Centre for
Applied Ethics.
The subheading in the story about
graduate Lucy Marzban that appeared in the Nov. 15 issue of ubc
Reports was incorrect. Ms. Marz-
ban's departure from Iran was to
complete her studies and was unrelated to the war.
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healthy children and adults as well
as those with attention disorders.
"This award is truly a wonderful
initiative that increases capacity in
health research," says Kingstone, a
faculty member since 1999. "With
the award, our department intends
to create a new faculty position in
cognitive neuroscience and also
my lab can accelerate and expand
its own research."
A specialist in the fledgling discipline of cognitive neuroscience,
he describes attention disorder as a
failure to either select relevant information or disregard irrelevant
information. Attention problems
are a major source of disability,
Kingstone says, and are associated
with a wide range of disorders such
as autism and schizophrenia.
Kingstone's research team uses
behavioural and neuropsychological assessments and advanced imaging technologies to reveal brain
processes involved in different attention tasks.
His research also explores the
role attention plays in integrating
information across the senses. Vision, touch and sound compete for
our attention but can also co-ordinate to assist perception. New
knowledge about how the brain
works in these activities will help
in understanding and possibly developing better treatment and rehabilitation options.
The Michael Smith Foundation
for Health Research, named for the
late ubc professor of Biotechnology and nobel laureate in Chemistry,
was created this spring to provide
leadership and support to build
b.c.'s health research capacity.
Awards support health researchers currently working or being recruited to work in B.C.
Successful applicants receive
five years of salary support at one
of three levels: scholar awards of
up to $80,000 annually; senior
scholar awards of up to $100,000
annually and distinguished scholar awards that offer up to $120,000
annually and are renewable every
five years.
Research categories of health
services, population health, biomedical and clinical include investigations of issues ranging from
heart disease and prostate cancer
to early labour support at home.
Other ubc award recipients include: Arts/Medicine: Christine
Chambers, Psychology/Pediatrics.
Medicine: Riyad Abu-Laban,
Emergency Medicine; Shoukat
Dedhar, Cancer Genetics and Development Biology; Vincent Duro-
nio, Jack Bell Research Centre;
Alaa El-Din El-Husseini, Psychiatry; John Hill, Healthy Heart Program; Robert Hogg, Health Care
and Epidemiology; Pamela Hood-
less, Terry Fox Laboratory; Sheila
Innis, Pediatrics; Patricia Janssen,
Family Practice; Aly Karsan, Medical Biophysics; Peter Leung, Obstetrics and Gynecology; Adrian
Levy, Health Care and Epidemiology; Victor Ling, Cancer Genetics
and Development Biology; Marco
Marra, Genome Sequence Centre;
Colleen Nelson, Surgery/The Prostate Centre; Jan Ochnio, Pediatrics;
Peter Pare, McDonald Research
Laboratories; Dessa Sadovnick,
Medical Genetics; Lakshmi Yat-
ham, Psychiatry. Office of the Coordinator of Health Sciences: Robert Reid, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research. Science:
Patrick Keeling, Botany; David Per-
rin, Chemistry; Mall Ramer, Collaboration on Repair Discoveries.
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holly days  Beryl Deuel (left) and Moya Drummond provide a sneak preview of the fresh festive wreaths that will be
on sale until Dec. 7 at ubc's Botanical Garden. The pair are two of 160 Friends ofthe Garden volunteers who will be
creating 300 holiday wreaths, baskets and swags for the popular annual sale. The wreaths are available while
quantities last at the Shop in the Garden, 6804 Southwest Marine Dr. (Call 604-822-4529). Prices range from $25-$75
with all proceeds going to support the garden. Michelle Cook photo
Engineers aim to plug toxic
seepage from Britannia mine
Solution will double as field lab for students, researchers
by Michelle Cook staffwriter
UBC     MINING     ENGINEERS    have
launched an innovative plugging
project to stop the toxic run-off
from Canada's most polluted mine
that could revolutionize mine reclamation and closure techniques
The Millennium Plug project involves the construction of two
plugs in a tunnel ofthe former Britannia mine off Highway 99 south
of Squamish.
Copper, zinc and sulphuric acid
have been seeping from the site
since it was abandoned in 1976. The
contamination has created a marine dead zone in Howe Sound. Environment Canada classified the
mine as the worst acid-rock drainage site in the country in 1993.
One of the plugs is a 25-metre-
long earth dam made of layers of
sand, clay and gravel. Dubbed the
Millennium Plug because its creator, ubc phD candidate Brennan
Lang, expects it to function for
1,000 years, the barrier is designed
to withstand high pressures and
seismic activity.
Unlike the conventional concrete plugs commonly used in
mine closure, the Millennium Plug
Continued from page 1
bolts, and rubber matting to transform Boucher's old pannier rack
into a sturdy platform with a perfect fit for his Canada Post mail
bin. But Boucher's happy days of
cycling across campus with the
mail were cut short when his bike
frame cracked under the weight of
his postal bin.
Undaunted, Boucher explained
his predicament to Bike Cartage, a
non-profit educational society that
supplies environmentally friendly
bike carts in partnership with ubc's
trek Program Centre.
They loaned him a bright purple
plastic and aluminum cart to hook
onto the back of his bike. The adjustments put Boucher back in business
pedalling almost 16 kilograms of
mail around campus daily.
"I won't say I'm using the bike
100 per cent," Boucher admits. "I
sometimes have large deliveries to
make. But I'm not a fan of car exhaust. It's a lot more fun to bike."
Boucher's efforts to go green
with his mail delivery dovetail nicely with his work as a sustainability
co-ordinator. This includes encouraging those working in the Faculty
of Education to adopt Go Green initiatives including energy and paper reduction, recycling, and alternative transportation methods.
The intrepid mail carrier has got
some other sustainability ideas for
his colleagues, but first he's got one
more hurdle to overcome with his
mail bike.
This will be Boucher's first winter
making deliveries on two wheels,
which means he'll be battling every
mail carriers worst nemesis — foul
weather. He has invested in some
heavy-duty rain gear that he describes as "almost impregnable in
any kind of weather."
"If I'm still out on the road in a
month," Boucher says, "I'll be
won't corrode in the tunnel's acidic environment. It will also cost
less to build than a concrete plug.
"Virtually every hard rock mine
and coal mine in the world suffers
from acid rock drainage problems
to some degree," says Prof. John
Meech, director of ubc's Centre for
Environmental Research in Minerals, Metals and Materials (cerm3).
"With the work we're doing at Britannia, by next year we'll know
how to design these plugs for virtually any place in the world."
Once installed, the Millennium
Plug, along with a second concrete
plug, will become a field research
station for ubc faculty and students.
Meech says the project is "a
great example of how research
money can be used in an innovative and synergistic way."
The Millennium Plug and research facility will cost $100,000 to
build, with funding coming from a
$3.3 million grant received from
the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the B.C. Knowledge Development Fund and ubc's Dr. Stewart Blusson Research Fund to build
infrastructure for CERM3.
By agreement with the property's owner, Alex Tsakumis of Copper Beach Estates Limited, cerm3
will have access to the site for five
years, leaving the Millennium Plug
in place upon completion of the
research. Tsakumis, a ubc graduate, has contributed more than
$73,000 to help fund the research.
The plug will divert copper pollution flowing into Howe Sound
back into the mine workings.
Meech says toxic effects on
aquatic life will be virtually eliminated. The B.C. government has
plans for a treatment plant to be
completed by mid-2003 at which
point all pollution emissions will
finally be under control, he adds.
Science students
click on learning
System fosters interactive
learning in the lecture hall
it's as easy as channel surfing and
it's changing the way students are
learning in the Faculty of Science.
Using infrared communication
hardware called Personal Response
System (prs) students in first-year
Science classes are participating in
a dynamic and interactive learning
method used in only a handful of
universities in Canada.
"This system is about peer education," says Javed Iqbal, an adjunct professor in the Physics
Dept. who uses prs in his first-year
Physics class. "It's very encouraging — they can definitely teach
each other."
The system relies on a handheld
remote with numbered buttons, or
clicker, that is assigned to each
student for the term. There are 300
clickers available.
Students are asked multiple-
choice conceptual questions —
sometimes three to four per lecture
— designed to stimulate rational
thinking and test understanding of
scientific principles.
Students answer each question
twice — once after considering the
problem independently, and once
after debate with their neighbours.
Classroom decibels soar for
about two minutes as hundreds of
students argue the correctness of
their answers.
Using the remote, students click
the numbers that correspond to
their answer and confidence level.
Their answers and identification
number are logged directly into a
central computer.
Hundreds of numbered squares
each corresponding to a clicker
light up on the big screen at the
front of Hebb Theatre as answers
are received.
When they log their answers for
a second time, the squares light up
again and a bar chart shows the
'votes' for each answer, how confident responses were, and which
First-year students with clickers
answer is correct.
Marks are automatically logged
in the system but understanding
the principles is the real goal, says
Andre Marziali, assistant professor in the Physics Dept. who led
the initiative to adopt the prs
"Teaching physics requires
teaching a skill, not just transferring knowledge," he says. "You don't
teach someone basketball by lecturing — you hand them a ball and
put them on the court, prs allows
large classes to practise physics
rather than just listen."
Students who may feel intimidated by challenging a professor's
idea are usually comfortable in debating the same idea with a fellow
student, adds Marziali.
He and Iqbal agree that the system teaches analytical and communication skills and makes their
lectures easier, more flexible and
"We're teaching in real time,"
says Iqbal. "If I see students are not
grasping a concept I can modify
my lecture on the spot."
Students are enthusiastic,
according to department head
Tom Tiedje. In course evaluations,
students have described prs
transmitters as "awesome" and
promoting "actually thinking in
class, not copying text."
Currently only Hebb Theatre is
outfitted with the system that is
also used in Prof. Geoff Herring's
first-year Chemistry class. There is
discussion of installing prs in
other lecture theatres, says Iqbal.
Other universities using prs include Harvard, Stanford and the
Hong Kong University of Science
and Technology.
Finning donates land for
high-tech education hub
a large land gift from Finning
International Inc. will allow ubc
and three sister institutions to develop educational programs in
Vancouver's newly emerging high-
tech centre.
Finning has donated an 80 per
cent share of 7.5-hectacres on Great
Northern Way, which is being divided equally among ubc, Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr Institute
of Art and Design and the British
Columbia Institute of Technology.
The property encompasses approximately six city blocks between Main Street and Clark Drive
and is valued at approximately
$33.8 million.
"We look forward to working
with our other post-secondary
partners to make this site a hub of
high-tech learning and research,"
says ubc President Martha Piper.
"This exciting public-private
partnership gives us an unprecedented opportunity to create a
multidisciplinary, innovative centre that will support b.c.'s knowledge economy."
No detailed plans for the property have been developed, ubc and
partner institutions are exploring
options for training and education
programs for the property as well
as development strategies to fund
them. UBC     REPORTS      |      NOVEMBER     29,     2001
Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar
Regulation Of Glutamate Receptors
By An akap Signaling Complex. Dr.
Marcie Colledge, Oregon Health and
Science University. Cunningham 160
from noon-ipm. Call 604-822-2052.
Forestry 50th Anniversary
Open House. ForSciences Atrium
from i2:30-4:30pm. Call 604-822-8787.
Chalmers Institute
Theological Forum
The One That Got Away! Justice In
Canadian Fisheries Policies. Melanie
Power. Fisheries Centre, vst
Boardroom from 4-5pm.
Refreshments. Call 604-822-9815.
Grand Rounds
Cost Effectiveness In
Pharmacotherapy For Rheumatoid
Arthritis. Carlo Mara, PhD candidate,
Health Care and Fpidemiology.
Mather 253 from 9-ioam. Call
The Merry Widow, ubc Opera Ensemble, Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra; Wallace Leung, conductor. Chan
Centre from 8-io:3opm. $20; 14 (students/seniors), tickets available at
Ticketmaster 604-280-3311 and Chan
Centre Box Office or call 604-822-5574.
Habitat For Humanity UBC
Is looking for volunteers. Come help
out on the construction site and build
homes for low-income families - no
skills required. For more information
and to register for an orientation, e-
mail habitat@vancouver.net or call
STAR Breast Cancer
Prevention Study
Volunteers are needed to participate
in a breast cancer prevention trial
being conducted at ubc Hospital.
Two drugs, Raloxifene (Fvista) and
Tamoxifen, are being studied to see
which works better at preventing
breast cancer. Women must be post-
Nature of Creativity Lecture Series
Biological Bases of Creativity: Neurobiology of Creative Behaviour. Colin
Martindale, u of Maine. Green College at 5pm. Call 604-822-1878.
Modern Chemistry Lecture
The Currents of Life: Electron
Tunnelling Through Biological
Molecules. Prof. Harry Gray, Caltech.
Chemistry B-250 from i2:45-i:45pm.
Refreshments at 12:30pm. Call
Christmas Luncheon
Faculty Women's Club Meeting. Cecil
Green Park House from i2noon -2:pm.
$17. Call Barbara fait at 604-224-0938.
Orthopaedic Grand Rounds
Energy Expenditure And Mobility. Dr.
BonitaJ. Sawatzky. vgh. Eye Care
Centre Aud. from 7-8am. Call
Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar
Neuropharmacology Of Oscillations
And Synaptic Plasticity In The Visual
Cortex. Dr. Frank Tennigkeit, Max-
Planck-Institute for Brain Research.
Cunningham 160 from 12 noon-ipm.
Call 604-822-2052..
OBST 506 Seminar
The Study Of Early Embryo Development And Implantation By Co-Culture System. Dr. Jie Yan, PhD
candidate, bc Women's Hosp. 2N35
from 2-3pm. Call 604-875-3108.
CAE Colloquium 2001
Public Health And Population
Health:What Can The Philosophy Of
Biology And Bioethics Contribute?
Jason Scott Robert, Dalhousie u.
Angus 223 from 2-4pm. Call 604-822-
School of Nursing Rounds
Highs And Lows: Researching
Adolescents With Diabetes. Kathy
O'Flynn-Magee. ubc Hosp., Koerner
Pavilion T-206 from 3-4pm. Call 604-
Individual Interdisciplinary
Studies Graduate Program
The Artist-Scientist Career Conundrum. Maria Klawe, Science dean.
Green College at 5pm. Call
The Merry Widow, ubc Opera Ensemble, Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra; Wallace Leung, conductor.
Chan Centre from 3-5:30pm. $20; 14
(students/seniors). Tickets available
at Ticketmaster 604-280-3311 and
Chan Centre Box Office or call
Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar
The Influence Of Novel Peripheral
Receptor Mechanisms On Sensory
Input From The Craniofacial Region.
Dr. Brian Cairns, Harvard Medical
School. Cunningham 160 from 12
noon-ipm. Call 604-822-2052.
Modern Chemistry Real-Time
Measurements Of Mitochondrial pH
and Redox Potential With Designed
Ratiometric gfp Variants. James
Remington, u of Oregon. Chemistry B-
250 from i2:45-i:45pm. Refreshments
at 12:30pm. Call 604-822-3341.
Orthopaedic Grand Rounds
tba. vgh, Eye Care Centre Aud. from
7-8am. Call 604-875-4192.
OBST 506 Lecture
Characterization Of Two Novel ad-
amts Subtypes Expressed In Human
Placental And Decidual Tissues. Alexander Beristain, MSc candidate, bc
Women's Hospital 2N35 from 2-3pm.
Call 604-875-3108.
Senate Meeting
Regular Meeting OfThe Senate, ubc's
Academic Parliament. Curtis 102 from
7-9:3opm. Call 604-822-2951.
Grand Rounds
Mapping Child Development In
Vancouver. Clyde Hertzman, Health
Care and Epidemiology. Mather 253
from 9-ioam. Call 604-822-2772.
Next calendar deadline:
Dec. 4
menopausal and have an increased
risk for developing breast cancer. Call
Lynn or Janet at 604-822-7997.
Participants Needed
The Adult Development Lab at ubc is
looking for adults interested in volunteering for (a) a focus group study looking at what it means to be your age
today and/or (b) studies on visual
memory and visual abilities. Call Pam
at 604-822-5250 for more information.
UBC Research
Boys between seven and nine (with or
without adhd) and their mothers are
needed for a study. Mothers receive
$20 and children get a ubc t-shirt. If
interested, please call 604-822-9037.
UBC Zen Society
Zazen (sitting meditation) each Tuesday at the Asian Centre Tea Gallery
from i-i:5opm while classes are in
session. Call 604-822-2573.
Morris And Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Conceptions: The Conceptual Document 1968-1972. From Sierra Maestra
To La Habana: The Drawings Of Cha-
go. Continues to Dec. 2. Tuesday to
Friday from ioam-5pm, Saturday
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Sexuality Study
Researchers at the Dept. of Psychology and Division of Sexual Medicine
are conducting a study examining
sexual functioning in women receiving estrogen replacement therapy.
Both sexually healthy women, as well
as women who have recently experienced a change in their orgasmic
functioning are welcome. For further
information, please contact 604-822-
2952. Your confidentiality will be assured. All participants will receive an
honorarium for their participation.
Participants Wanted
Would you like to share your story
about your experience with health
care professionals? We are conducting a study of patient perceptions
about helpful and unhelpful communications in fibromyalgia. In order to
learn more about what makes communication effective, we are asking
individuals who have had fibromyalgia for at least five years to participate
in our study. Participation will involve
one or two interviews in a location
convenient to you, and possibly a fo
cus group interview at a later time.
The interviews usually take about an
hour. All information will be kept
confidential. Ifyou would like more
information about the study, please e-
mail andrea_con@hotmail.com or
call Andrea Con, project coordinator
Participants Needed
Parents and adolescents are invited to
participate together in research that
addresses how parents and adolescents talk about the youth's future. If
your family faces challenges such as
unemployment or illness, call to participate 604-822-4919.
Research Project Volunteers Needed
Stress And Coping In Female Clerical
Workers. Educational and Counseling
Psychology, and Special Education is
seeking female clerical workers to
participate in study on stress and
coping. If experiencing workplace
distress/frustration, we would like to
learn more about your experiences.
Call 604-822-9199.
Legal Clinic Open
ubc Law Students' Legal Advice Program (lslap) runs clinics all over the
Lower Mainland, lslap has been
working in the community for over
thirty years and is currently British
Columbia's second largest legal aid
organization. For more information
about the program, visit
www.lslap.bc.ca or call 604-822-5723.
Lactose Intolerant?
Researchers at ubc are doing a questionnaire-based study to learn more
about lactose intolerance. Participation will take about 20-30 min. of
your time. Ifyou are 19 years of age or
Faculty of Arts
older, experience lactose intolerance
and live in the Greater Vancouver
area, please call 604-682-3269 ext.
6377 to receive a copy of this questionnaire or more information.
Volunteer Leaders Wanted
"Living A Healthy Life with Chronic
Conditions" a series of six free workshops that help people develop the
skills to get the most out of life is
looking for volunteer leaders. This
program is an exciting new development in teaching people with chronic
conditions to help themselves. Ifyou
are interested in being part of this
program, you can sign up for a free
Leader Training Workshop August 9,
10.16 and 17 by contacting Mark Davies 604-822-0634. To view our Web
site www.ihpr.ubc.ca/healthyliving.
Research Study
Researchers at the Psychology Dept.
are conducting a study examining
sexual functioning in women. The
aim of this study is to help women
who experience sexual difficulties.
Your confidentiality will be assured.
All participants will receive a detailed
sexual psychophysiological profile for
their participation. Ifyou are a
healthy, heterosexual, premenopausal
woman who is currently in a relationship, please call 604-822-2952.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
(CFS) Research
Infectious Diseases researchers from
vgh seek volunteers diagnosed medically with cfs to participate in a
study about managing symptoms.
Call Kenna Sleigh 604-875-5555 ext.
Once again the University is recognizing excellence in teaching
through the awarding of prizes to faculty members. Five (5) prize winners will be selected in the Faculty of Arts for 2002.
Eligibility: Eligibility is open to faculty who have three or more years
of teaching at ubc. The three years include 2001 - 2002.
Criteria: The awards will recognize distinguished teaching at all levels; introductory, advanced, graduate courses, graduate supervision,
and any combination of levels.
Nomination Process: Members of faculty, students, or alumni may
suggest candidates to the Head of the Department, the Director of
the School, or Chair of the Program in which the nominee teaches.
These suggestions should be in writing and signed by one or more
students, alumni or faculty, and they should include a very brief statement of the basis for the nomination. You may write a letter of nomination or pick up a form from the Office ofthe Dean, Faculty of Arts
in Buchanan B-130.
Deadline: 4 p.m. on Jan. 28, 2002. Submit nominations to the
Department, School or Program Office in which the nominee teaches.
Winners will be announced in the spring, and they will be identified
as well during Spring Congregation in May.
For further information about these awards contact either your
department, school or program office, or Dr. J. Evan Kreider, Associate Dean of Arts at 604-822-6703.
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: 604-UBC-iNFO
(604-822-4636). Fax: 604-822-2684. 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 Dec. 13 issue of
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Soloists and combined choirs composed of nearly 200 ubc Music students will be
joined by the ubc Symphony Orchestra in the school's performance ofElgar's choral
masterpiece, The Dream of Gerontius. The end-of-term extravaganza, conducted by
Bruce Pullan, takesplace tomorrow evening at 8p.m. Tickets ($20, adults; $14, students
and seniors) are available from TicketMaster at 604-280-3311 or in person at the Chan
Centre Ticket Office, school of Music photo
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Alumni of The University of British Columbia are encouraged to run for eleven positions on
the UBC Senate. Candidates for these Convocation Senator positions may not be current
UBC faculty members. Nominations are due at Enrolment Services by 4 p.m. on Dec. 20.
UBC Chancellor
Nominations are being accepted for the position of Chancellor of The University of British
Columbia. UBC's Convocation elects the Chancellor. The Convocation primarily consists of
UBC graduates and full-time faculty members. Persons applying for the position of Chancellor may not be currently employed by a university. Nominations are due at Enrolment Services by 4 p.m. on Dec. 20.
Nomination forms for these positions are available at Enrolment Services, Brock Hall,
2016 -1874 East Mall, ubc.
For further information, or to download nomination forms, please visit
Notice of election
An election will be held to elect at-large representatives of full-time faculty members to the
ubc Senate and Board of Governors.
Candidate information is available on the ubc Elections Web site www.students.ubc.ca/events/
Polls will be open for voting to Dec. 17.
Voters may vote on the Internet by visiting the ubc Elections Web site or may request paper
ballots by sending an e-mail to elections.information@ubc.ca
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Sharpen your pencils
Entries are invited to the annual
prism international Short Fiction
Grand prize is $2,000, with five
runner-up prizes of $200.
All work must be previously unpublished and manuscripts should
be no longer than 25 pages, typed
and double-spaced.
The deadline is Jan. 31 for manuscript submissions, which must
be accompanied by an entry fee of
$22 per manuscript, plus $5 for
each additional manuscript.
For complete contest guidelines, visit prism.arts.ubc.ca.
The oldest literary magazine in
Western Canada, prism international publishes contemporary
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E-awardfor innovation
Continuing Studies' eBusiness program has been awarded the 2001
Innovative Programming Award
by the University Continuing Education Association (ucea).
Launched last fall by Continuing Studies and the Faculty of
Commerce and Business Administration's Centre for Management
Development, the 10-month part-
time eBusiness certificate program
is designed to teach people to understand the business models for
the networked economy and Internet technologies that support
Established in 1915, ucea is a
professional association of public
and private Canadian and American universities. The ucea award
is given to programs demonstrating an original concept and approach as evaluated by reviewers
throughout North America.
Research Synergy Award
The ubc Geophysical Inversion Facility, directed by Prof. Douglas
Oldenburg ofthe Earth and Ocean
Science Dept., has been awarded
the Leo Derikx Synergy Award
from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
The award recognizes the facility for its outstanding university-
industry research and development partnership with inco Exploration and Technical Services
and a consortium of 11 mining
companies from around the world.
The facility's research focuses
on developing software capable of
producing 3-D images of what lies
beneath the earth's surface.
The technique, which is identical to medical imaging, will lead
the way to more accurately determining the location of mineral deposits.
The award, co-sponsored by the
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Dr. Charles Borton (dentist), please
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Help Wanted
ubc a positive space for its lesbian,
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and two-spirited community. Workshops for volunteer resource people
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Researchers poised to lead
revolutionary chip wave
New lab to be a training ground for chip designers
by Michelle Cook staffwriter
there's a widening gap between computer chip technology
and productivity that means we
are waiting longer for new Palm Pilots, cell phones, and electronic
products to hit the market. And
paying higher prices for them once
they get there.
But there is a way high-tech
manufacturers can increase productivity while reducing the design
cycle. It's a revolutionary technology called System on Chip (soc) that
allows engineers to shrink all ofthe
computer chips previously found
on a circuit board onto a single,
thumbnail-sized chip.
With the opening ofthe System
on Chip research lab on campus
today, ubc researchers will be at
the forefront of this next big wave
in integrated circuit design.
The centre, the first of its kind at
a North American university devoted to the design, testing and
verification of soc technology, will
be headed up by Electrical and
Computer Engineering Prof. Resve
Saleh and Prof. Andre Ivanov.
"With soc technology you won't
have to design from scratch any
more which will give us the ability
to crank out chips faster," says
Saleh. "The technology is a little
bit like pre-fabricated home building where you take pre-assembled
parts to a site to be put together."
By the end of this decade, Saleh
expects a functional chip containing more than one billion transistors will be designed in the high-
tech industry — he hopes using
technological advances developed
at ubc.
The goal, Saleh says, is to be the
leading soc research group and to
establish ubc as a world-class research centre for the design, verification and testing of high-speed
mixed-signal system on chip
projects within five years.
The lab's research will include
designing reusable chips with their
own built-in testing capability, and
integrating digital and analog components on a single chip.
In addition to Saleh and Ivanov,
three professors and 30 students
and staff will use the facility. It will
also be a training ground for the
next generation of chip designers
who will need to understand the
whole process from the system
level to the silicon level.
With the revolution in soc research, Saleh explains, this is the
kind of engineer the industry will
need in the coming years.
The lab's work is being conducted in collaboration with the Canadian Microelectronics Corp. (cmc),
a not-for-profit organization that
provides industrial microelectronic
technologies to Canadian educational institutions.
cmc has invested $40 million to
provide soc research infrastructure
at universities. It will manufacture
chips based on design data from
ubc and return them for testing.
The soc Lab has received $3.2
million in funding from industry
and government sources including
the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council of
Canada and local high-tech company PMC-Sierra.
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As it turns 50, the Faculty of Forestry
is growing more than trees. Don wens stories
Stakeholders picture
a forest, thanKs to lab
A traditional Hungarian gate carved from yellow cypress by Forestry alumnus Lesjozsa will serve as a lasting mark of
the Faculty of Forestry's 50th anniversary. The gate, which stands in front ofthe Forest Sciences Centre, is a gift to the
people of Canada, UBC and the Faculty of Forestry from 140 Hungarian Forestry students from Sopron University.
Jozsa, now a scientist at Forintek, was among the Sopron students who escaped into exile after the 1956 revolution to
complete their studies at UBC. The gate will be officially dedicated during the Faculty's 50th anniversaryjubilee Open
House on Dec. 3 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Martin Dee photo
New foresters blend sciences
Students prepared for problems with no simple solutions
the old saw about how some
people can't see the forest for the
trees could never apply to ubc Forestry students.
On the contrary, if the opinions
of fourth-year students Megan Sa-
prunoff and Lesley Fettes reflect
those of the majority, their vision
ofthe complex issues surrounding
the forest industry appears to be
multi-directional and far-sighted.
"My program provides a background for dealing with problems
that do not have simple solutions,"
says Saprunoff, who is majoring in
Natural Resources Conservation.
"It involves the integration of
many values for a landscape
including biodiversity, visual quality objectives, non-timber forest
products as well as timber production to produce a working solution
that will accommodate all values."
Saprunoff and Fettes represent
a new generation of foresters —
students who often combine equal
measures of social and natural science in preparation for careers
that range from helping developing countries to create a sustainable forest industry to international
marketing of wood products.
Both Fettes and Saprunoff see
the issue of forest development on
crown land as one of the most
"Because the land is public land,
shifting public values have a large
impact on the way in which forestry is practiced," says Fettes, who is
majoring in Forest Resources Management and serves as the Forestry
Undergraduate Society president.
"At the moment forestry is transforming from what was an industry
based on resource extraction to one
that must be socially, ecologically
and economically sustainable."
Technology adds yet another
element to an increasingly interdisciplinary field.
Graduate student Duncan
Cavens exhibits the eclectic combination of skills and interests of
an increasing number of students.
A master's candidate in a program that combines Computer
Science, Forestry and Landscape
Architecture, he designed and
wrote the software used to model
future images of forested landscapes in the Forest Resources
Management's Landscape Immersion Lab.
Regardless of the diversity of
their programs and aspirations, the
common refrain of many students
is great respect for their professors.
"Learning about current forestry
issues from professors who are involved in the'debate and helping
government and industry move towards a solution—that's when I begin to see what my niche might be,"
says Fettes.
Visualization aids in
planning sustainability
forest's future is likely to be a popular attraction for those planning to
take in the Faculty of Forestry's
50th anniversary celebrations on
Dec. 3.
They'll be able to look decades
and even centuries ahead, thanks
to a research facility called the
Landscape Immersion Lab (lil).
Using three projectors and an
Infinite Reality sgi supercomputer
acquired through a grant from the
Canada Foundation for Innovation, the lil immerses viewers into
a panoramic view of a forested
landscape by projecting images
onto large wrap-around screens.
By projecting both panoramic
photographs and visualizations of
existing, past and future landscapes, the lil provides researchers
and community groups with a tool
to compare the outcomes of forest
development or land use plans.
The "virtual reality" techniques
can give viewers the experience of
being in the actual place with freedom to look around or even move
through the landscape. At the
same time, viewers can also access
important information on the
screens, such as ecological condition or land ownership.
According to the interdisciplinary researchers at ubc's Collaborative for Advanced Landscape
Planning (calp) which developed
the facility, the ability to explain
and analyse a variety of social, economic and environmental outcomes makes the lab a uniquely
valuable tool in sustainable forestry management and in public forestry planning consultations.
"It's all about democratizing the
process," says Stephen Sheppard,
an associate professor in both
Landscape Architecture and Forest Resources Management, and a
co-founder of calp.
"By presenting complex information via landscape visualizations which depict conditions over
time, we hope to create a more inclusive and informed way of making decisions."
calp members will demonstrate the lil on Dec. 3 from 1: 30-
3:30 p.m. at the lab which is in the
Forest Sciences Centre.
Faculty of Forestry's 50th
anniversary events www.forestry.
'Think world-class, think b.c.:' dean's aim
Altering perception ofthe industry is dean's first goal
Saddler shares many people's concern about the current sharp downturn in b.c.'s forest industry, he is
still optimistic about its future.
"It's still the number one industry in export sales and it will continue to be for at least the next 30-
50 years," says Saddler.
Advanced wood products, superior quality lumber, better trained
personnel and emerging world
markets will hold B.C. in good
stead, he says.
Saddler is concerned, however,
about the widely held perception
that forestry is a "bad" industry.
The result of that, he says, is that
many of the brightest high school
students shy away from careers in
forestry-related areas. This frustrates him because he is convinced
that ubc has the potential to be the
world leader in both the management of its forests and the sustainable production of wood products.
"When people think about
world-class chefs, they think about
France; if they think about world-
class engineers, they think of Germany; if they think about soccer
players, they think about Brazil,"
says Saddler.
"If we do things right, when it
comes to how forests are utilized
in a world-class fashion to create
jobs, recreation, communities, etc.,
they should think about British
Altering the perception of the
forest industry is the first of three
challenges that represent the goals
for the faculty's immediate future.
They are goals designed to lead
b.c. out ofthe woods and position
its forest industry as a global leader,
one that is not only economically
viable, but also ecologically sustainable and socially responsible.
"I think of them as the three r's,"
Saddler says. "Re-invention, recruitment and research."
The task of re-inventing forestry, he explains, involves convincing
the public that the modern forest
industry is, by necessity, focused
on sustainability and therefore relies upon both the social and natural sciences to help stakeholders
make informed decisions.
That said, the recruitment challenge isn't surprising.
Saddler says that the faculty
tends to successfully recruit students whose parents were in the
industry, but it needs to attract
more students from non-industry
Typically, the desired recruit is a
top student who is interested in
science, enjoys the outdoors and is
concerned about socio-cultural
and ecological issues.
"We need to help them understand that forestry needs people
with expertise in diverse areas like
conservation biology, molecular
biology, hydrology, recreation
management, native land claims,
building design and landscape
architecture," he says.
On the research front, Saddler
speaks glowingly of the faculty's
talent and interdisciplinarity, as
evidenced by the number of cross-
faculty appointments, and the
extent to which researchers are introducing greater levels of technology into an "old economy" industry.
An expert in the production of
ethanol fuels from forest residues
and an avid camper, Saddler himself personifies the forestry sector
that both wants to derive the highest value from the forest in social,
Forestry Dean Jack Saddler
ecological and economic terms
while fully appreciating the beauty
and uniqueness that is b.c.'s forests.
His contention that both the
faculty and the provincial industry
are well positioned is convincing.
The raw material remains in relative abundance, the mistakes of
the past notwithstanding. Equally
important, however, is the production of two other natural resources
— human capital and brainpower.
If developed simultaneously,
Jack Saddler's vision may well be
realized. Indeed, the pieces appear
to be in place.


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