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On A Roll
John Chong photo
Several thousand students took advantage of spring-like weather conditions
to unwind with music, food, and fun at the Arts County Fair at Thunderbird
Stadium March 31. Students had the opportunity to participate in several
events, including human bowling and sumo wrestling.
Sharon Kahn appointed
to lead UBC Equity Office
by Gavin Wilson
Stcyf writer
Sharon Kahn has been appointed as
UBC's  Associate  Vice-
president, Equity, for a five-
year term.
In this newly created
position, Kahn will be responsible for leading UBC's
Equity Office in its mandate to enhance equity,
respect and diversity at the
university, said Daniel
Birch, vice-president, Academic and Provost.
Kahn, a professor in the
Dept. of Counselling Psychology who has served as
UBC's Inaugural director
of Employment Equity for the past five
years, is ideally suited for the position,
Birch said.
As well as performing her administrative duties, Kahn has maintained an international reputation as a scholar for
her research in counselling theory and
practice, gender-fair issues, women's career development and employment-re-
lated concerns. She has been a faculty
member at UBC since 1975.
In seeking a candidate for the position,
the university was looking for someone
who knew UBC, its culture
and  organization,   Birch
"Over the past several
years, UBC has made demonstrable progress in the
areas of equity and human
rights, but much remains
to be done," Kahn said.
"I intend to work not only
to fulfill the university's
present mandate for
change, but also to ensure
that the university's commitment to equity and human rights is expanded to
incorporate within its terms all groups
whose full participation is necessary if
UBC is to achieve educational and employment equity," she said.
The position of associate vice-president, Equity, was created as part of an
administrative reorganization that sees
the elimination of three other positions:
See EQUITY, Page 2
Numbers unaffected
Admissions changes
create fairer system
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Upcoming changes in the way admission grades are calculated will not make
it more difficult to get into UBC — but it
will make it fairer, said Robert Will, chair
ofthe Senate admissions committee.
Beginning in 1995-96, high school students seeking entrance to UBC will have
their grade point average calculated on
marks from English 12 and three other
Grade 12 courses that have province-
wide final exams. Currently, amixofnine
Grade 11 and 12 courses is used for most
The changes, which were passed by
UBC's Senate in the fall of 1992, became
the subject of recent news reports that
portrayed them as a toughening up of
UBC entrance requirements.
But as Will points out, this is inaccurate. There is no reduction in the number
of new students who will be admitted to
UBC and no reason to believe that the
new requirements will themselves raise
the grade point average needed for admission.
"What these changes mean is that it
will be harder for some students to get in,
but easier for others," he said, adding
that this point is not widely understood.
A major benefit of the new system is
that it will make grades used in determining admission more comparable.
Courses without provincial exams are
not taught in all school districts, and
some are even locally developed, making
a comparison of the grades of students
from different parts of the province difficult, Will said. For example, Grade 12 Italian
is currently taught in only one district
Examinable courses, meanwhile, are
the most widely offered across the province, and provide a better yardstick of
student accomplishment, he said.
The changes also bring UBC into line
with other universities in B.C. and elsewhere, which calculate admission averages on a narrower base of marks in
selected Grade 12 courses. Where UBC
differs is in requiring that these courses
be among the 14 Grade 12 courses that
are examinable.
Some argue it is unfair that courses
that are not examined provincially, such
as Western Civilization, Music, Japanese,
Mandarin Chinese and Computer Studies, will no longer count towards the
grade average.
In particular, a lobby representing
teachers of Asian languages is upset with
the UBC decision, saying students will
Feds renew funding for
UBC research programs
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
The federal government has renewed
funding for 10 ofthe Networks of Centres
of Excellence, including the three networks that are based at UBC, while closing or altering four others.
Among the 10 networks receiving funding for the second four-year phase of the
program are the UBC-based Protein Engineering Network, Canadian Bacterial
Diseases Network and Canadian Genetic
Disease Network.
The federal Industry Dept. and the
three granting agencies that administer
research grants will spend $197 million
over the next four years funding phase
two of the program.
"I'm pleased with the success of the
networks in round one. The refinancing
of so much of their activity is a solid
measure of their value," said Robert Miller,
UBC's vice-president, Research.
"UBC has come out exceptionally well
once again," said Malcolm McMillan, director of UBC's Networks of Centres of
Excellence administration office.
UBC researchers are members of all
10 networks. One department, Electrical
Engineering, is directly involved in four of
the five networks that deal with engineering.
"I don't know of any other department
in the country that can make that claim,"
said department head Robert Donaldson.
Six of the department's 32 faculty
members are network research leaders,
he added, and several others collaborate
with research leaders.
But a handful of other UBC research-
See NETWORKS, Page 2
Clever Canines
Offbeat: Prof. Stan Coren takes his dog and pony show on the road
Super Science 5
The first students through the Science One program give it rave reviews
Batter Up? 6_
Players may be rounding the bases for a UBC team in a few years
Take Two 8_
Profile: Film-maker Raymond Hall reflects on life behind the camera 2 UBC Reports • April 21, 1994
Massage helps
The story "Massage Doesn't
Enhance Athletic Performance:
Study" (UBC Reports, April 7)
notes that "active recovery at
65 per cent of maximal swimming velocity is more effective
than either massage or passive
recovery in reducing lactate
levels to resting levels following
repetitive, high-intensity
Can one safely conclude
that since massage was found
to be ineffective in reducing
blood lactate following high-
intensity exercise that massage
doesn't enhance athletic
performance? What a ridicu
lous conclusion.   However, I
would concur with the results
of the study.   I have found that
the most effective means of
reducing blood lactate following high intensity exercise is
the active warm-down and not
This is obvious because
during high-intensity exercise,
skeletal muscle becomes
infused with about seven to 10
times the resting volume of
blood. The most efficient,
effective method is to move
aerobically, perhaps 65 per
cent of maximal intensity.   No
other means can flush out or
make inert the metabolic waste
products (lactic acid) in muscle
Massage therapy involves
many systems in the body, not
just the circulatory system. It
provides relief of pain and
restriction caused by muscles
that have been "stressed" in
training, or life.   Massage
therapy enhances an athlete's
commitment to high-performance by ensuring optimal
neuro-muscular function.
Muscles that are not
hypertonic perform much
better and are more extensible,
joints are more flexible and
muscles are functionally
stronger than when muscles
are tight, sore or dead.
Healthy muscles can contract
fully their entire length and
then relax.  Movement is more
efficient and performance is
Andrew Peters
Registered Massage
Therapist, Vancouver
Continued from Page 1
view these programs as electives
and not part of the core academic curriculum.
There is nothing we can do
that doesn't have an impact on
course selection," Will said. "Our
existing admissions policy undoubtedly affects course selections in high schools."
However, language courses
that are not examinable — from
Mandarin Chinese to Japanese,
Hebrew, Russian and native languages such as Nishga, Nuxhalk
and Athapaskan — still satisfy
UBC's language requirements,
Will pointed out.
UBC contacted high school
principals and head counsellors
about the changes in September, 1992, and received a very
positive response, he added.
Will said this issue is only one
aspect of a larger issue facing
admissions at UBC. With limited spaces and an ever-increasing demand, grade point averages required for entrance have
soared out of reach of an increasing number of prospective
The ever-increasing grade
point average required for admission to UBC has raised the
question of whether it should
be the sole criterion for admission.
Some proponents of a different admission system argue that
students' abilities in non-academic pursuits such as athletics, the performing arts and leadership should also be considered.
"The fact is, many students
are now admitted who already
excel in both academics and
these other areas," Will said.
He cautioned against hope for
a panacea to the current admission problem.
"Whatever policy or criteria
are used to select students for
admission, the basic problem
remains, which is one of a limited number of places and an
increasing number of students
competing for them," he said.
"Whatever critics may say of
our existing or new admissions
policy," he added, "it is important to recognize that the
processing of applications is
'transparent' with respect to
how admission decisions are
arrived at. This contributes to
the perceived fairness of the
Continued from Page 1
director of Employment Equity,
director of Multicultural Liaison
and advisor on Women and Gender Relations.
The reorganization was
needed to improve co-ordination, establish a coherent organization and address staffing  needs  as  the  university
pursues its stated responsibility of ensuring a work and study
environment free from discrimination and harassment,
Birch said.
Among other duties, Kahn will
be responsible for dealing with
complaints of discrimination,
harassment and violations of
human  rights:   administering
Continued from Page 1
ers, who are associated with
networks slated to close, will lose
their funding.
These include five faculty
members in the Dept. of Chemistry who are members of the
Centre of Excellence in Molecular and Interfacial Dynamics
The other networks that are
expected to lose their funding in
the fall are the Canadian Network for Space Research and
Insect Biotech Canada.
A fourth group, the Ocean
Production Enhancement Network, will be shifted to the federal Dept. of Fisheries for a year.
Another of the original 15 networks, which researched aging,
did not submit an application
for funding renewal.
UBC received $35 million in
phase one funding. McMillan
said it is not yet known exactly
how the university will fare with
phase two.
"We're in the middle of sorting
that out. We don't know how
much funding will be coming to
the university and how it will
compare with last time," he said.
Ofthe $197 million in phase
two funding, federal officials said
$48 million would be used for
new networks in areas such as
trade, competitiveness and
sustainability, health research,
technology-based learning, advanced technologies or the environment.
"That's exciting news for us,"
McMillan said. 'There are many
projects at UBC that we expect
will do extremely well in competition for that funding."
As well, there are indications
that the provincial government
will provide an unspecified
amount for network infrastructure funding, he added.
UBC received $14.4 million
from the province during phase
one to cover the costs of a building lease, renovations, personnel and equipment.
Up to now, UBC was involved
with 12 of 15 networks, which
linked more than 800 researchers, 1,400 graduate students,
500 post doctoral fellows, 35 universities and 30 federal and provincial departments.
UBC's employment equity program: promoting research in
human rights issues; and heightening awareness of issues such
as racism, sexual harassment,
under-representation of women,
visible minorities, persons with
disabilities and aboriginal peoples.
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Days lost to injury
double in one year
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
Faced with a significant increase in
the severity of work-related accidents on
campus, the Dept. of Health, Safety and
Environment is looking at ways to address ^^^^^^^^^^m
the problem.
According to figures
contained in the department's 1993 annual report, the
number of days lost to
accidents more than
doubled from 2,594 in
1992 to 6,468 in 1993.     	
This despite the fact
that the number of accidents reported in
1993 increased by only 8.5 per cent over
1992, from 193 to 249.
"An 8.5 per cent increase in the number
of accidents isn't necessarily unexpected,"
said department Director Wayne Greene.
"What especially concerns me is the
significant increase in the severity of
injuries, which results in more people
being off work for a longer period of
In 1990, the average number of days
lost per claim totalled 16.22 days. That
figure dropped to less than 14 days over
"People who return to
work rapidly following an
accident are much
Wayne Greene
the next two years, before ballooning to
almost 26 days in 1993.
"A substantial increase in the number
of back and repetitive motion injuries
would have something to do with the
increase in average days lost per claim,"
Greene said.
■"■■■■■■■■■■■ In   an   effort  to
maintain and encourage safety
awareness, the department has established liaison representatives to work
with different departmental safety corn-
One way of reducing the number of days lost due to injury
would be to allow an employee to return
to work as early as possible, said Greene.
"We're investigating ways of getting
people back to work, either in a fully
functioning capacity, or with a reduced
or altered work load, perhaps in another
area of campus, until they are ready to
return to their original duties.
"People who return to work rapidly
following an accident are much happier.
The job is very important to them and we
want to make it easier for them to return
to work."
by staff writers
Stan Coren calls it his "dog and pony show."
The psychology professor is referring to the surge of publicity for his
new book, The Intelligence of Dogs, published this month by The Free
Coren, who is also a dog trainer, got 100 dog obedience judges to rate
133 breeds for working and obedience intelligence. The resulting list is
attracting a lot of attention.
The story has been front page news from the perky USA Today to the
staid London Times, which lamented in its headline, British Bulldog Fails
And now Coren is wrapping up an intensive 12-day publicity tour of the
United States that had him booked on some of the biggest television programs in the country.
The lineup included the Late Show with David Letterman, Larry King
Live, Good Morning America, NBC Dateline, CNN Morning News and CBS'
Up to the Minute.
As well, Coren spent an exhausting day doing a radio and television
satellite tour. For six hours he sat in a studio and did consecutive interviews with 14 different television stations and 20 radio stations from coast
to coast.
At least no one can accuse him of dogging it.
"My publisher said he hasn't had so much advance publicity since The
Pentagon Papers," said Coren, who shakes his head at all the attention.
Why such a response?
"Because we are all dog mad," Coren said. "Everybody loves their dogs
and thinks theirs is the smartest in the world.
'This has put a little bit of competitiveness into dog-owning," he chuckled.
Topping Coren's doggy I.Q. list are border collies, poodles, German
shepherds, golden retrievers and Doberman pinschers. Bringing up the rear
are chow chows, bulldogs, and, dead last, Afghan hounds.
As dogs, Afghans make "perfect fashion accessories," Coren said.
Although written for a general audience, the book is more serious than is
suggested by reports that focus on the list. It is in fact, a product of dogged
Clash Of The Titans
John Chong photo
A pair of sumo wrestlers prepare for battle during the student-organized
Arts County Fair held at Thunderbird Stadium March 31. Would-be sumo
combatants donned the special suits before wrestling on padded mats.
Study to explore panic
disorder and depression
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
Going shopping or driving a car might
be everyday occurrences for most people.
But for people who suffer from panic
disorder, a simple stroll down the aisle at
the local supermarket can turn into a
'The slightest physical or emotional
stimulation can make panic sufferers feel
like they're going to have a stroke or a
heart attack," said Dr.
Sheila Woody, a postdoctoral fellow in the ^^^^^^^^m
Dept. of Psychiatry who
is studying the treatment of panic disorder
and depression.
'They begin to sweat,
their hearts start to
pound, they have difficulty breathing. Interpersonal conflict can
also bring on a panic
attack," said Woody.
Panic sufferers cost
the  provincial  health     	
care  system  approximately $4 million a year in unwarranted
trips to the emergency room, cardiologists or other medical specialists.
'These people aren't dying, but they
think they are. And when they're not
having panic attacks, they're worried
about the next one striking," said Woody.
About 45,000 British Columbians suffer from panic disorder and another
200,000 suffer from depression. Often,
the two disorders go hand in hand.
"People who suffer from depression
are 18 times more likely to suffer from
panic disorder," said Woody.
"When I say depression, I'm not referring to a day of the blues. This is at least
two weeks of having a difficult time get-
"These people aren't
dying, but they think
they are. And when
they're not having
panic attacks, they're
worried about the
next one striking."
- Sheila Woody
ting through every day of your life."
Until now, research has focused on
treating either panic disorder or depression, rather than both, when in fact they
frequently occur together.
"Although current treatment is effective for the person who suffers from panic
disorder or depression, we are researching its effectiveness for the person who
suffers from both," Woody said.
Cognitive behaviour therapy is used to
treat panic disorder and depression by
helping sufferers start
       doing    the    things
mma^^^^^m^m they've been too panicky or depressed to
do. They begin to rationally evaluate the
ideas they have about
their panic or depression.
"By learning more
about how it is that
both of these problems
respond to treatment,
we might learn more
about  how  they  are
Woody is seeking
150 participants who feel they may be
suffering from depression or both depression and panic disorder. Potential participants will be initially screened over
the phone to see if they are suitable for
the study. A more in-depth screening will
follow before therapy begins.
Treatment includes up to 20 weekly
individual therapy sessions at UBC,
between 60 and 90 minutes in length.
Participants must be adults who are
not currently receiving psychological
treatment for depression or panic disorder.
For more information, phone the Stress
and Anxiety Unit in the Dept. of Psychiatry at 822-7154 during business hours.
Officials warn of hazard
posed by Point Grey cliffs
Rescue officials are warning people
to stay away from the Point Grey cliffs
after a 21 -year-old man received minor injures in a fiaB near Cecil Green
Park on March 29.
A rescue team from the University
Endowment Lands Fire Department
removed die injured man on a stretcher
after he fell 25 metres down an embankment.
A Coast Guard hovercraft was called
to the scene but was not used ta the
rescue effort.
"People should be aware how dangerous these cliffs are," said assistant
fire chief Al Hokanson, "but we don't
know how to isolate the cliff edges to
prevent accidents.
"Some areas have fences in place to
keep people away, but unfortunately,
in some instances, people climb over
fences to gain access to the cliff edges." 4 UBC Reports • April 21, 1994
April 24 through May 7
Monday, Apr. 25
BCCRC Seminar
In Vitro Studies Of Two SH2 Domain-Containing Protein
Tyrosine Phosphatases. Frank
Jirik, Biomedical Research Centre. BCCRC lecture theatre at
12pm.   Call 877-6010.
Health Research Seminar
A Seminar On The National
Health Research And Develop-
mentPrograms. Mary Ellen Jean,
dir. general, Extra-Mural Research Directorate, Health
Canada. IRC #5 from 4- 5:30pm.
Call 822-2258.
Tuesday, Apr. 26
Animal Science Seminar
Current Poultry Research At
Agassiz Research Station. Dr.
Tom A. Scott, poultry research
scientist, ARS. MacMillan 260 at
12:30pm.  Call 822-4593.
Air Quality Management
Continues Apr. 27. A Presentation Sponsored By B. C. Environment. A wide range of air pollution issues; management approaches; policies; rules and
regulations. Various senior officials/academics/politicians as
speakers. Matsqui Centennial
auditorium from 9am-5pm. Reg-
istraUon req'd.   Call 822-3347.
Wednesday, Apr. 27
Orthopaedics Grand Rounds
Diagnostic Dilemmas And Challenges In Problem Solving: Interesting Case Presentations. Dr.
Robert W. McGraw, prof, and
head. VGH Eye Care Centre at
7am.  Call 875-4272.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Adenosine Or Verapamil? That
Is The Question. Ms. Linda Sulz.
PhD student, Clinical Pharmacy.
IRC #5 from 4:30-5:30pm. Call
Thursday, Apr. 28
BCCRC Seminars
Photodynamic Therapy:
Preclinical/Clinical Studies At
The Netherlands Cancer Institute. Dr. Fiona Stewart, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam. BCCRC lecture theatre at
12pm. Call 877-6010.
Prediction Of Tumour And Normal Tissue Radiosensitivity By
Chromosome Damage Using
Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization. Dr. Adrian Begg, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam. BCCRC lecture theatre at
3pm.  Call 877-6010.
Friday, Apr. 29
Health Care /Epidemiology
Comparison Of Birth Outcomes
For Birth Attended By Physician,
Certified Nurse Midwife And Licensed Midwife. Pattie Jansen,
BSN, research assoc, Grace Hospital. Mather 253 from 9- 10am.
Call 822-2772.
Continuing Studies Lecture
Art And Physics: Parallel Visions
In Space/Time/Light. Leonard
M. Shlain, chief of endoscopic
surgery, Pacific Medical Centre,
Calif. IRC#6 from 7:30-9:30pm.
$20. Pre- registration req'd. Call
Pediatrics Grand Rounds
Research Is Not Just For Researchers. Dr. Ruth Milner, Research
Consulting Unit, Research Centre. GF Strong auditorium at 9am.
Call 875-2307.
Saturday, Apr. 30
Continuing Studies Field
Studies Trip
Wildflowers Of Vancouver Island.
Alison Watt, biologist and naturalist. $90. Pre- registration necessary for time and place. Call 222-
Monday, May 2
Continuing Studies Travel
May 2-8. Art Tour Of New York.
Mona Goldman, artist and lecturer. $2040 (includes $365 tax
deductible tuition). Call222-5203.
Physiology Seminar
Pharmacological Probes Of Ampa
Receptor Function. Dr. Sean
Donevan, National Institute of
Neurological Disorders And Stroke,
Bethesda, Maryland. IRC #5 at
12:30pm.  Call 822-9235.
Tuesday, May 3
Faculty Development
The Scholarly Scribe. Bill New;
Judith Segal; Jane Flick, English.
Family/Nutritional Sciences 30/
40from9am-3pm. Call 822-9149.
Continuing Studies
Relief Printmaking. Davida Kidd,
MVA, U. of Alberta. Lasserre 204
from 7-10pm. $135. Pre-registration req'd. Six consecutive
Tuesdays.Call 222-5203.
Wednesday, May 4
Orthopaedics Grand Rounds
Interesting Physical Findings. Dr.
R.W. McGraw. Eye Care Centre
auditorium at 7am. Call 875-
Continuing Studies Studio
Abstract Painting. Peter John
Voormeij, The Netherlands. U. of
Utrecht/Royal College of Art and
Design. Duke Hall lower studio
from 9am-12pm. $170. Pre-registration req'd. Eight consecutive
Wednesdays. Call 222-5203.
Thursday, May 5
MOST Workshop for UBC
Records Management: Classification System Selection. Facilitator
is Alexandra Bradley assisted by
ElsMol. Brock Hall seminar room
0017 from 9am-12pm. $35. Call
Centre for Applied Ethics
The Ethics Of Compromise. Sara
T. Fry, Nursing, U. of Maryland at
Baltimore. Angus 225 from 4-
5:30pm.   Call 822-5139.
Continuing Studies Studio
Sandblasting  And   Engraving
Glass. Liese Chapman, international exhibiting artist. Carr Hall
boardroom from 7-9pm. $235.
Pre-registration req'd. Call 222-
Friday, May 6
Pediatrics Grand Rounds
Prenatal Hormones For Neonatal
Lung Disease — Concensus 1994.
Dr. Roberta Ballard, prof, and dir.
of nurseries, U. of Pennsylvania.
GF Strong auditorium at 9am. Call
875- 2307.
Annual Plant Sale
Outdoor annuals/perennials; geraniums, tropicals. Cash and
carry. Plant Science Greenhouse
from 9am-5pm.  Call 822-3283.
Chemical Engineering
Pervaporation Membrane Separation Processes: An Overview. Dr.
Robert Huang, Chemical Engineering. U. of Waterloo. Chemical
Engineering 206 at 3:30pm. Call
822- 3238.
Health Care/Epidemiology
Adolescent Health Survey.  Dr.
Roger Tonkin, assoc. prof,
Pediatrics; head, Adolescent
Health. Mather 253 from 9-
10am.   Call 822-2772.
Saturday, May 7
Continuing Studies
Oriental Medicine Wheel - Part
III: A Hands On Acupressure
Massage Workshop. Dr. Danica
Beggs, UBC grad in private practice. Carr Hall conference room
from 9am-5pm. Continues May
8. $150. Pre-registration req'd.
Call 222-5203.
Student Housing
The off-campus housing listing
service offered by the UBC Housing Office has been discontinued.
A new service offered by the AMS
has been established to provide a
housing listing service for both
students and landlords. This new
service utilizes a computer voice
messaging system. Students call
822-9844, landlords call 822-
Campus Tours
School and College Liaison tours
provide prospective UBC students
with an overview of campus activities/ faculties/services. Fridays
at 9:30am. Reservations required
one week in advance. Call 822-
Disability Resource Centre
The centre provides consultation
and information for faculty members with students with disabilities. Guidebooks/services for students and faculty available. Call
Women Students' Office
Advocacy/personal counselling
services available. Call 822-2415.
Sexual Harassment Office
Advisors are available to discuss
questions or concerns and are prepared to help any member of the
UBC community who is being sexually harassed find a satisfactory
resolution.   Call 822-6353.
Clinical Research Support
Faculty of Medicine data analysts
supporting clinical research. To
arrange a consultation, call Laurel
at 822-4530.
Drug-Interaction Study. Volunteers required. Simple eligibility
screening. Honorarium upon completion of study.  Call 822-4270.
Human Sexual Response
The departments of Psychology and
Pharmacology are conducting a
study directed toward physiological arousal in women. Volunteers
must be between 18-45 and heterosexual. $40 honorarium. Call
Dermatology Clinical Trials
Athlete's Foot. Volunteers between
the ages of 18-65.   Lab tests required. Reimbursement for qualified volunteers upon completion
of study.  Call 875-5296.
Acne Study.   Must be 25 yrs. or
younger.    5 visits over  12-week
period. No placebo involved. Honorarium.  Call 875-5296.
Basal Cell Carcinoma Study.  Superficial Tumours.   18 yrs./older.
Six visits over 16 weeks.   Honorarium upon completion. Call 875-
Psoriasis Study. 18yrs. /older. Five
visits over eight-week period.
Working with a new topical medication (Dovonex). Above studies
take place at 855 West 10th Ave.
Call 875-5296.
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Research Laboratory
SCARL is operated by the Dept.
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Recycling Facility (SERF)
Disposal of all surplus items.
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Open weekdays only from 10am-
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Pacific Spirit Daycare & Kindergarten
September '94
Our daycare is located at the edge of Pacific Spirit Regional
Park, in the small cottage-like setting of UBC Child Care.
We are now filling spaces in our September '94 classes.
One class is full and we would like to confirm enrolment for
a second class by June 1st. Maximum class size is 16
children. Come for a visit and observe our program.
For more information call 822-5343.
Pacific Spirit Daycare & Kindergarten, UBC
5590 Osoyoos Crescent, Vancouver
William R. Storey
Barrister & Solicitor
Storey, Easton & Thomson
3683 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, V6R IP2
Continuing Studies Credit Programs (Offices of Extra-
Sessional Studies and UBC Access Guided Independent
Study) and Non-Credit Language Programs will be moving
to a new location in the University Services Building (USB)
over the next month. There will be no change in Credit
Programs telephone or fax numbers.
Credit Programs
Extra-Sessional Studies will move from the Cecil Green
Coach House to USB on April 19.
UBC Access Guided independent Study will move from the
Library Processing Building to USB between April 15 and
May 18.
Non-Credit Programs
Language Programs and Services will move from Carr Hall,
Centre for Continuing Education to USB on April 26. Walk-in
non-credit registrations will continue to be handled at Duke
Hall, Centre for Continuing Education (5997 Iona Dr,
Vancouver, B.C. V6T1Z1). Call 222-2181 for up-to-date
information on telephone and fax numbers.
Thank you for your patience during these moves - we will
respond to your calls as soon as possible!
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Room 1170, 2329 West Mall, Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z4
Science One pilot year
a success with students
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Students enrolled in the inaugural year of Science One have
given the thumbs up to the innovative new program, which
brings a select group of first-
year students together for interdisciplinary studies.
The program, believed to be
the first of its kind in Canada,
offers an alternative to traditional
first-year science, in which students take separate courses in
mathematics, physics, biology
and chemistry.
The approach in Science One
stresses the inter-relation between the sciences and helps
remove the artificial barriers
between disciplines, said Julyet
Benbasat, a faculty member in
the Dept. of Microbiology and
Immunology who heads the program.
In the program, a group of 48
students were team-taught by
seven faculty members from different scientific disciplines.
Guest lecturers spoke on topics
such as evolution and forensic
"I was very pleased with the
way the program went in its pilot
year. It was better than we had
hoped for," Benbasat said.
'These students are all very
motivated, and there is something very special about them —
they are risk-takers, willing to
take a chance on an untested
program because of the educational objectives it offers," she
The program's small class size
was an aspect of the program
students liked a lot, especially in
their first year at UBC.
The small class size and the
ability to interact one-on-one
with a professor meant a lot to
me," said Anna Greatrex, one of
the students who volunteered
their opinions on the course.
"I went to school in Pemberton
in a school with 250 students.
Coming from a school that small
to a university this big, the class
size really helped me," Greatrex
Classmate Peter Gorniak said:
"With the smaller class size, we
got to know the faculty and, more
importantly, the faculty got to
know us.
"The social interaction makes
learning a lot easier. Sometimes
the atmosphere in the classroom
was just amazing," he said.
The classmates became so
close-knit they formed their own
club, Science One Survivors, or
SOS, so they can remain in touch
as they go their separate ways in
second year.
Student Edna Lee said she
liked the large number of instructors who were always
present in the classroom.
"I liked the dedication and
commitment of the instructors.
They were always there at the
end of class to answer ques
tions, and if we needed help,
they would arrange a special
tutorial," she said.
Student Cheng-Han Lee said
his friends in other science
courses memorized formulas,
but did not always understand
them. In Science One, students
understood the concepts behind
the formulas, he said.
Julie Chelliah said Science
One students were encouraged
to ask questions, to think and
solve problems in different ways
instead of just memorizing chapters in text books.
Benbasat agreed: "They
started to think like scientists."
Gorniak said that he believes
most Science One students will
go on to have an important impact on their second-year classes
because "they'll be able to see
the inter-relationships between
the sciences better, they will be
better communicators and problem-solvers."
Greatrex said she would recommend the program to other
students who are prepared for a
less structured classroom environment and are willing to put in
the extra effort.
"A lot of the stuff we do is for
the pure joy of science," she said.
Science One is accepting applications until April 30. For more
information and application
forms, call the Science One office at 822-5552, fax 822-5551
or e-mail Benbasat@unixg.
News Digest
Harry Adaskin, the founder of the music
department at UBC and a noted teacher,
writer and broadcaster, died April 7 in
Vancouver.  He was 92.
Adaskin, a native of Riga, Latvia, was brought
to Canada as an infant and began playing violin
at the age of seven.  He joined the Hart House
Quartet when it was formed in 1924, as a
second violinist. As the first fully subsidized
Canadian string quartet, it went on to receive
international acclaim.
Adaskin established the music department at
UBC in 1946 and remained department head for
12 years.   In addition to his academic duties,
Adaskin and his wife, pianist Frances Marr,
offered evening extension courses at UBC that
included concerts and lectures.
Adaskin retired from UBC in 1973.
• • • •
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) will hire the
editor-in-chief of the Ubyssey student
newspaper this fall following a controversial decision made at a recent student council
Until now, Ubyssey staffers chose their own
Officials at the AMS, which is the newspaper's publisher, said they made the move to
improve the newspaper's quality and reputation
on campus and increase accountability.
Ubyssey staffers were critical, saying it will
destroy the paper's political independence and
silence the major voice of opposition to AMS
Last year, the AMS halted publication of the
summer edition of the paper and set up a
publications board to oversee editorial policy at
AMS-financed publications.
• • • •
Two UBC students and a Kitsilano High
School student are recipients of the Leaders of Tomorrow Awards from Volunteer
The Leaders of Tomorrow Awards, sponsored
by UBC, recognize young people who have
contributed to their communities through
exceptional voluntary activity.
Fourth-year pre-med student Winston Yeung,
21, is a veteran volunteer, having already put
seven years into charitable work. Among his
many volunteer commitments, Yeung has
worked at B.C.'s Children's Hospital, with the
Children's Miracle Network Telethon and the
Red Cross Donor Drive.
Yeung is also president of UBC's Pre-Medical
Andrew Tong, a fourth-year Commerce
student, is founder and chair of UBC's Commerce Community Programs (CCP).  This
outreach program, which started with no
budget and no volunteers, now has 100 members working to support community organizations.
CCP has raised funds for Canuck Place.
United Way, Sunny Hill Hospital, the Canadian
Cancer Society and the Vancouver Food Bank.
Severn Cullis-Suzuki, 14, works promoting
environmental causes and championing the
rights of aboriginal peoples. She helped found
the Environmental Children's Organization and
has been honoured by the United Nations for
her work.  Her speech to the Earth Summit in
1992 was a highlight ofthe international
The awards were presented at the seventh
annual Volunteer Vancouver volunteer awards
ceremony April 13 where a cross-section of
community volunteers were recognized for their
UBC's Faculty of Medicine will host the 51st
annual meeting of the Association of
Canadian Medical Colleges April 23 to 27
at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver.
The conference program is designed to respond
to the critical issues currently facing academic
medicine, said Dr. Martin Hollenberg, dean ofthe
Faculty of Medicine and chair ofthe 1994 annual
meeting program committee.
Topics will include new directions in federal
funding for research, ethical issues, alternate
forms of managing health systems, medical education and society and the organization of teaching hospitals.
For more information, call 822-4303. 6 UBC Reports • April 21, 1994
Athletics head envisions
return of baseball to UBC
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
The boys of summer are back,
and if Bob Philip has his way,
they will eventually make their
way back to UBC.
Initial discussions are under
way with Baseball Canada, Baseball B.C. and the National Baseball Institute to bring baseball
back to UBC, said Philip, director of Athletic and Sport Services.
"The response from these
groups has been very favourable. They would be happy to
help develop baseball in the province through UBC."
Philip said there are two questions that remain to be answered
as he explores the possibility of
once again starting up the baseball program at UBC: "What
league would we play in and
could we secure the appropriate
"We could hook up with a
number of U.S.-based university and college teams in the
Pacific Northwest, if we could
align ourselves to their schedules. I would like to think that
we would be able play our home
games at Nat Bailey Stadium if
we could work something out
with the Vancouver Canadians' Pacific Coast League
Philip says any move to "play
ball" at UBC is probably still
several years away. If it happens, it won't be the first time
UBC competes against U.S. col-
Bob Hindmarch played ball for UBC from
1948 to 1953.
leges and universities on the diamond.
The crack ofthe bat was heard
on campus from the late 1940s
until the mid 1960s, with teams
from the University ofWashington and Seattle University among
the competition.
Bob Hindmarch, now the director of External Affairs for Athletics and Sport Services, donned
the catchers' gear for UBC from
1948 to 1953.
"We played ball at the old
Capilano Stadium," Hindmarch
"It was good-calibre baseball.
Even now I'm convinced it's a program we could be
competitive in."
Pitcher Sandy
Robertson was
perhaps UBC's
finest baseball
player. After
graduating from
the Faculty of
Engineering in
1946, Robertson
signed with the
Boston Redsox
and embarked on
a professional
career with the
Louisville Colonels and the Durham Bulls.
As Athletics Archivist Fred Hume
points out,
Robertson was one
of a number of UBC
players to sign professional baseball contracts, including Dan
Miscisco, Doug Latta, Norm
deLeenheer, John Drysdale, Don
Cowan, and John Haar.
Haar is head coach at the
National Baseball Institute (NBI),
which fields a team of B. C. -based
athletes that competes against
universities and colleges from
the U.S. West.
The NBI currently includes
two UBC students, pitcher Rick
Ramsbottom from the Faculty of
Commerce and infielder Dave
Colquhoun from the School of
Human Kinetics.
Seminar targets differences in
male, female leadership styles
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
Understanding the differences
in leadership and communication styles between men and
women will lead
to a healthier ^^^^^^t^lm
corporate environment for all
employees, according to organizational
Nancy Langton.
Many female
aren't  always
viewed as being      :—
as  competent
as their male counterparts, said
Langton, an assistant professor
in the Faculty of Commerce and
Business Administration.
To resolve this situation, it's
necessary to understand the often different styles of leadership
and communication exhibited by
men and women," said Langton,
who will address these differences at a seminar hosted by the
faculty's Executive Programs.
Studies have shown that, on
average, men are more action
oriented when it comes to the
decision-making process.
Women tend to care more about
relationships and group dynamics.
"When comparing the two, it's
the male style of leadership and
communication that has been
evaluated as better and thus
"What's needed is a
management style
that is more in
tune to who we are
as individuals."
- Nancy Langton
more likely to lead to promotion," said Langton.
"However, once you progress
to the senior management level,
it's been shown that you need
people who are relationship oriented, as
^^^^^^^^m women tend to
be. Ironically,
that's not necessarily the kind
of person who is
being promoted."
Langton said
it's important to
get rid of the
perception that
       the   so-called
male style of
leadership is the approved style
of leadership.
In fact, she added, as organizations continue to move from
the white male corporate image,
and begin to diversify along gender and racial lines, women will
likely be better suited for this
organizational diversity because
they are more relationship oriented.
Langton stressed there is no
"right" way when it comes to
leadership. The key is for men
and women to understand that
differences exist.
"What's needed is a management style that is more in tune to
who we are as individuals."
The seminar. Men's and Women's Leadership Styles: Should
They Be Different?, will be held
April 28 at the E.D. MacPhee
Executive Conference Centre in
the Henry Angus Building.
Seminar topics include the
changing face of management, factors that affect how
female managers are perceived and the differences
between male and female
management styles.
For more information phone
Executive Programs in the Faculty of Commerce and Business
Administration at 822-8400.
8th Pacific Institute on Addiction Studies
May 15-18. 1994
Law Bldg., University of B.C., Vancouver, B.C.
• This conference addresses issues in the prevention
and treatment of alcohol and other drug problems
For more information, please contact:
Alcohol-Drug Education Service
212-96 E. Broadway, Vancouver,  Tel: 874-3466
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Application for Non-Resident Faculty
Green College invites applications from UBC
faculty who wish to be non-resident members of
the College.  The term of membership is two
years from September 1,1994. Selection is based
on academic distinction, interdisciplinary
interests and receptiveness, commitment to
participate in College life, and a balance in
membership in terms of discipline, rank and
gender. Please send a letter of interest and a
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The deadline for applications is May 31, 1994. UBC Reports ■ April 21, 1994 7
Science Savvy
Gavin Wilson photo
Kevin Siu, a Grade 9 student at Burnaby North Secondary, compares the
environmental costs and cleaning power of detergent vs. washing soda at
the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair. UBC is the principal sponsor
of the event, which brought 240 secondary school students and their 170
science projects to the SUB ballroom April 7-9. Students with the top six
projects go to the Canada-wide Science Fair held at the University of Guelph
in May.
Senate approves steps to
deal with labour disputes
Senate has approved two recommendations made by the Senate Committee
on Academic Policy in the event of a
labour/management dispute on campus
involving picket lines.
In such an event, a committee on
academic guidelines will be established
and will include the vice-president, Academic and Provost as chair; the chair of
the Senate Academic Policy Committee;
three deans; two student senators and
the registrar.
In addition, a senior faculty member
will be designated to serve as arbiter for
students who have sought to resolve their
concerns within their faculties, but feel
they have been treated unfairly.
In attempting to formulate a detailed
policy regarding the academic position of
students in future labour disputes at
UBC, as requested by Senate in 1992, the
committee concluded that it is impossible and undesirable to attempt to anticipate all eventualities since many circumstances are unique to a specific labour/
management dispute.
The committee felt it essential that
guidelines be provided for each particular occasion, that students be involved in
the process, and that those students who
feel they have been treated unfairly be
able to voice their concerns.
Child and family health focus
of UBC, Children's Hospital effort
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
UBC and B.C.'s Children's Hospital
(BCCH) will establish an academic research institute in child and family health.
A proposal to establish the Institute was
passed by UBC's Senate last month.
The institute will provide a mechanism for facilitating collaborative research
undertaken by members ofthe university
and the hospital, said Dan Birch, vice-
president Academic and Provost.
'This partnership reflects the increasing need to create clear linkages and
networks between academic institutions
and health care centres in the commu
nity, and will ensure the highest possible
standards of scientific excellence in all
activities related to child health research,"
he said.
Research activities ofthe institute will
include identifying major problems affecting children, mothers, babies, women
and families, said Dr. David Hardwick,
associate dean of Research and Planning
in the Faculty of Medicine.
'This will complement adjacent programs at B.C.'s Women's Hospital and
Health Sciences Centre," he added.
Approximately $10 million in annual
on-going grants provided by the BCCH
Foundation will fund the institute during
the next five years.
by staff writers
Julian Davies. head of the Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, has
been elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London.
Davies joins a handful of UBC faculty members, Nobel Prize winner
Michael Smith among them, elected to the Royal Society, whose membership
has included naturalist Charles Darwin, mathematician Isaac Newton and chemist Michael Faraday.
Davies' research centres on how antibiotics work
and how microbes become resistant to them. He is
especially interested in how microbes interact with
their environment, other organisms and each other.
Davies was recently named director of the West
East Centre for Microbial Diversity, a joint venture
between UBC and the National University of Singapore's Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, to study
microbial diversity and its applications.
Before joining UBC in 1991, he headed the microbial engineering unit at the Institut Pasteur in Paris.
He was also president of a pioneering biotechnology
company, Biogen S.A. of Geneva, Switzerland.
He travels to London for the formal induction ceremony in June.
Doug Reimer has been appointed head coach of the Thunderbird
women's volleyball program, effective May 1.
He replaces Donna Baydock, who resigned after a year's leave of
absence and has moved to Courtenay to pursue a career change.
Reimer arrives at UBC following five years as head coach of the University
of Winnipeg women's volleyball team, winner of the 1993 national championship and silver medalist in 1992 and 1994.  He is currently head coach of
Canada's National B team.
Five members of the campus community are this year's winners of the
President's Service Award for Excellence, presented to recognize
excellence in personal achievement and outstanding contributions to
the university.
The winners are: Maureen Douglas, assistant to the dean, Faculty of
Science; Albert Emslie. senior custodial supervisor, Plant Operations;
Helen Hahn, assistant to the vice-president. Research; Thomas
Shorthouse. law librarian. Faculty of Law; and David Llewelyn Williams,
professor, Dept. of Physics.
Each will receive a gold medal and $5,000 at award presentations held
during Spring congregation ceremonies.
Teachers, scholars join
in education project
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
A consortium of B.C. educators has
received agrant of more than $300,000 to
launch a year-long curriculum and professional development project based at
The B.C. project is one of four sites in
North America and the only one in Canada
chosen for funding by the American Council of Learned Societies.
It will be run by the B.C. Humanities/
Social Science Consortium, which includes UBC's Education and Arts faculties, the B.C. Ministry of Education, the
B.C. Teachers' Federation and several
B.C. school districts.
As part ofthe project, 12 B.C. teachers
will spend the 1994-95 school year at
UBC working with scholars in the humanities and social sciences, said Peter
Seixas, an assistant professor in UBC's
Dept. of Social and Educational Studies
who is co-ordinating the project.
The teacher-scholars, with the status
of visiting scholars at UBC, will develop
curriculum support materials in the humanities with teams of teachers in their
own schools and districts. They will also
work on a common project that will benefit teachers and students throughout
the province.
'Teachers in school districts and universities need the opportunity to pursue
professional development. This project
engages them in discussion and activity
in the humanities and social sciences,"
Seixas said.
In a collaborative workshop entitled
Approaches to the Humanities and Social
Sciences, the teacher-scholars will examine recent developments in these fields.
As well, they will explore how issues such
as multiculturalism, gender equity and
the challenges of postmodernism can be
addressed to meet the needs of their
schools,  students and society.
A team of scholars will work with them:
literary critic Alexander Globe, winner of
a UBC teaching excellence award in 1991;
anthropologist EM Whittaker, acting head
of the Dept. of Anthropology and Sociology and president of the Social Science
Federation of Canada; and historical geographer Graeme Wynn, associate dean
of the Faculty of Arts.
The American Council of Learned Societies was interested in a Canadian
project site for the comparative insights it
can provide, especially on multicultural
issues, Seixas said.
Another issue the teacher-scholars will
address is how to judge student progress
in a meaningful and measurable way in
the social sciences and humanities.
"It's a very complex challenge to consider standards in relation to social sciences and literature. You cannot measure progress as easily as you can with, for
example, reading and writing," Seixas
Teacher-scholars will spend 25 per
cent of their time in discussion, professional development and curriculum field testing within their home
schools and districts. They will also
attend two international conferences
where they will meet teacher- and
university-scholars from other North
American project sites.
During the year, the teacher-scholars
will produce a major co-operative curriculum project that complements Education Ministry development plans.
They will also produce curriculum
materials tailored to the needs of their
home districts and schools. 8 UBC Reports • April 21, 1994
Life through the lens
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
Fade to black, but don't roll the
final credits just yet.
As film-maker Raymond Hall
prepares to wrap up a 20-year career
as an independent editor and producer
in Vancouver, a career which has
carried him through the lean times of
the early 1970s to the boom times of
the early 1990s, his biggest challenge is
still ahead of him at UBC.
On April 30, Hall, an associate
professor in the Dept. of Theatre and
Film, will close shop at Petra, a film
production company which existed
more as a place where friends could
work together than as a business
intent on the bottom line.
Since 1974, Hall and friends have
seen more business than they could
possibly handle, turning down numerous opportunities to join bigger and
better-funded production houses to
stay with a style they all felt comfortable with.
Still, there is no second-guessing
going on in the mind of Hall as he
prepares for a farewell party for the
dozens of people, many of them UBC
film students, who used their creative
talents as part of the Petra production
"We employed a number of students
from UBC to help run the business and
they did a superb job," Hall said.
"Many of them went on to set up their
own companies, including Cal
Shumiacher, who is currently a successful film producer, Clare Brown,
who started Theatre at Large,  and
Julia Keatley, who, as a producer, has
recently completed a pilot for the
television series Horseman.
Their success is a tribute to the
quality of the education they received
at UBC. The importance of a liberal
arts education, in which students learn
the history of film and television as well
as the techniques of production, is
underscored by the impact they've had
on the Canadian film and television
After arriving in Vancouver in 1956
from Sydney, Australia, Hall
began his career in film with CBC
Television as an assistant editor. At
CBC his talents as a film editor took an
award-winning turn.  In 1964 he won a
Canadian Film Award for his efforts on
the pilot episode of the dramatic series
Cariboo Country, which was a forerunner to The Beachcombers, and a silver
medal at the Venice Film Festival for
his work on Torch To Tokyo, a documentary on the Tokyo Olympics.
Hall went on to edit and direct CBC
productions until 1969, when his
career took him to the Middle East,
where he spent almost four years as a
documentary film director with the
United Nations.
Armed with a camera and a diplomatic passport, Hall travelled the
Middle East in a station wagon making
films on UN education and health
projects, including one on the establishment of a health centre by Mother
Theresa in Amman, Jordan.
Hall left the UN in 1973 and worked
for awhile at UNESCO in Paris; with
IKORTV in Holland; and the BBC in
London before returning to Vancouver
to start Petra.
Independent film-making in the
Raymond Hall on location with a National Film Board crew in the Queen Charlotte Islands in 1974.
early '70s was a relatively quiet affair in
Vancouver, said Hall, with few local
individuals able to make a living in
film, television or video production.
Still, those days spawned some of
Hall's most memorable moments as a
film editor, with Genie Award-winning
efforts in the 1977 production of
Spartree, and the 1980 film Nails.
"Nails won as best theatrical short
and was nominated in the same category that year for an Oscar," he said.
"We made our way down to Los
Angeles for the Academy Awards
presentation and were thrilled just to
be there. As it turns out, we finished
second, which we felt was a terrific
Upon his return from L.A., Hall was
approached to join UBC on a full-
time basis. He had taught on
campus as a sessional instructor for
two years.
After applying for the position, and
while editing the feature film The Grey
Fox, Hall wrenched his back lifting an
editing deck, a manoeuvre which put
him out of commission for almost three
The accident had a bright side to it
as Hall's friends at UBC gathered his
films together and screened them for
members of the university's hiring
committee, who waived the requirement of a personal presentation.
The art of film-making hasn't
changed very much in the dozen years
since Hall joined UBC's Theatre and
Film Dept. on a full-time basis.  Sound
editing may be more sophisticated, and
new film emulsions have resulted in
higher resolution, but the actual
process of making a film remains
essentially the same as it has been for
the last 50 years: drop a roll of 16
millimetre film in your camera, and
you're on your way.  However, before
you make it to the big screen, Hall says
you better know where you're going on
It's a message that's not lost on his
"Being the best possible story teller,
using film as the medium, starts with
good writing.  If you are unable to
express yourself in a script, then it will
not get translated to celluloid.
"It must be visual in the mind before
it can be visual in the eye."
The film-making boom in Vancouver
began in the '80s, when American
producers came north to take advantage of skilled crews, a favourable
exchange rate and a convenient West
Coast location.
After an initial reluctance on the
part of various unions and guilds to
recruit graduating students, the film
explosion in B.C. and the rest of
Canada has resulted in increased
employment opportunities for UBC film
According to Hall, union and guild
officials felt that although these students were well versed in the theoretical aspects of film production, they
lacked practical film-making skills.
"That ended when these same
students eventually made their way
into managerial positions and demonstrated there was something to be said
for a liberal arts education," said Hall.
"Now unions and guilds are working
hard to recruit graduates with the
realization that these students have the
discipline and the education to get the
job done effectively."
Despite the current buoyancy in
the B.C. film industry.  Hall offers
this caveat:  Should the Canadian dollar ever go back up to 90 cents
U.S., two-thirds ofthe offshore production in Vancouver would dry up. That
would cut employment prospects for
this city's 3,000 well-trained technicians and managers in half.
"Unfortunately, we don't own most of
the film and television programs we
make.  We make them for someone
else, and that has to change," said Hall.
"It's one thing to count on producers
from the U.S. and elsewhere to produce
films and television programs.  It's
another thing to create our own
projects and retain copyright ownership. This is the route the Canadian
communications and production
industry must take."
Hall feels UBC is well-placed to take
advantage of the new technology that
will influence the production of film
and video and create the companies
and the programs that will drive this
industry into the future.
"I'm not just talking about traditional film and television vehicles. The
use of computers in multimedia
productions at UBC will draw on an
educated pool of talent, providing them
with interesting and engaging jobs in
an industry which is labour intensive
and where the products are eminently
"Most importantly, we will own the
copyright to our own stories."


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