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VOLUME  48      NUMBER   14      DECEMBER  5,2002
2 UBC in the News
3 Faculty Spokesman Speaks Out
5 New Grads "Admitted"
7 Japanese Police
UBC's Top Honour Goes to Microbe Fighter
UBC's most prestigious academ
ic honour - last held by the late
Michael Smith, Nobel laureate -
has gone to a bacterial disease
researcher whose work could save
the lives of millions and protect
Canada's food and water supply
from contamination.
Prof. B. Brett Finlay has been
named the Peter Wall Institute
Distinguished Professor in recognition of his career research
The professorship is valued at
$100,000 per year for five years
on a renewable basis. It can be
taken in any form for salary or
research support that is agreed
upon by the recipient and the
vice-president, Academic.
An expert in food- and water-
borne bacteria, he has developed
a cattle vaccine to prevent growth
of E.coli - the bacteria that
entered Walkerton, Ontario's
water system in 2000, killing
seven people and causing hundreds to become ill. A related
strain of E.coli also causes infant
diarrhea and kills close to one
million children annually worldwide.
This year Canadian Living
magazine named him as one of
the 10 Canadian scientists most
likely to save your life.
"Brett's stellar career achievements exemplify research excellence at this university and indeed
in Canada," says UBC President
Martha Piper. "We are extremely
proud that this eminent
researcher was attracted to UBC
and remains here to continue his
important work and to mentor
students from a variety of disciplines."
It is especially fitting that the
honour was last held by Dr. Smith
- the person who brought Finlay
to campus and whose accomplishments  continue  to  inspire  both
Brett Finlay, one of Canada's top scientists in the fight against disease. HILARY THOMSON
faculty and students, adds Piper.
"This is an outstanding honour
and privilege," says the 43 year-old
researcher who is also a white-
water kayaker, a runner and a
A professor of Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology and
Microbiology and Immunology,
Finlay was recruited by Smith in
1989. His research in UBC's
Biotechnology Laboratory focuses
on the interactions between disease-causing bacteria and their
host cells, looking at how these
pathogens adhere, enter, survive,
replicate and exit the host cells.
One of his most significant discoveries was made in 1997 when
he and his team reported the
unprecedented finding that E.coli
bacteria inserts a protein into
healthy host cells to create an hospitable landing site for the bacteria. The discovery paved the way
for the cattle vaccine.
Finlay has also established a
national initiative called the
Canadian Coalition for Safe Food
and Water, which fosters research
to increase food and water safety.
Educated at the University of
Alberta and at Stanford University
in California, Finlay is a winner of
the E.W.R. Steacie Prize, Canada's
top honour for young scientists
and engineers. He is also a
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
International Research Scholar and
a Fellow to the Academy of Science
of the Royal Society of Canada,
this country's senior academic
The Peter Wall Distinguished
Professorship is given by the Peter
Wall Institute for Advanced
Studies and was created through a
gift from Vancouver businessman
Peter Wall. The position honours
research excellence that is fundamental, interdisciplinary and innovative. □
U.S. Professors Attracted to UBC
Some are drawn by academic flexibility,   by cate korinth
Don Krug, hugs his beloved cheese head hat, one of many on display
in his new office at UBC. This avid Green Bay Packers fan is just one of
many new professors who recently moved to UBC from the U.S.
Don Krug wasn't looking for a job
change. But before he knew it the
siren call of academic flexibility had
this Wisconsin native packing up his
intriguing cheese head hat collection
and moving west from Ohio State
University (OSU) to start his new
job at UBC.
UBC has become a popular destination for American professors who
are seeking greater academic flexibility. So popular in fact, that on
average about one in six of the new
professors on campus is from the
Contrary to the much-talked
about brain drain of Canada's elite
to the United States, Krug is part of
a recent trend in the faculty of
Education reversing the flow southward. This year almost 30 per cent
of Education's new faculty members
have been recruited from America's
pool of top academics. UBC's over-
Academic Couples  page 4
UBC's New Faculty page 5
all average is 16 per cent.
For 23 years, the field of art education has been Krug's passion.
An entertaining force in the
classroom, Krug sometimes wears
his Green Bay Packers cheese head
hat to make a point.
"It's a humorous way to show
students the powerful association
of cultural identity and community, " he says.
Up until two months ago, Krug
had a tenured position at OSU. As
part of their art education department he had excellent funding, was
surrounded by top academics in his
field and was well connected to
international scholars.
So why did he give it all up?
UBC Education's administration
advocates working across its many
and varied departments. This multi-
disciplinary focus is what sold Krug
on the job at UBC.
"I like the freedom this gives me
to explore multi-media and technology around education as a whole.
My interest lies in integrating technology with my teaching practice,"
Krug says.
"Collegiality is wonderful here.
I've already begun working with
people across the faculty, as well as
in Computer Science and Distance
Education," says Krug.
Another big attraction, Krug
admits, is that Vancouver is a visually spectacular city.
"As an art educator, my visual
surroundings inspire me," he says.
"Also, I love downhill skiing and I
just went ocean kayaking for the
first time in my life a few weeks
ago." □
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Superbug's weakness
UBC biochemistry assoc. prof.
Natalie Strynadka has discovered
a protein that helps one of the
worst superbugs resist antibiotics.
The bug is called Methicillin
Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus,
or MRSA, and Strynadka and her
PhD student Daniel Lim have
found a protein with a distorted
shape within the bacteria.
"This distorted, or unique,
shape prevents antibiotics from
binding to it and allows the bacteria to live even in the presence of
high levels of antibiotics,"
Strynadka told the Globe and
Mail. "We're going to work on
developing new compounds or
drugs that will turn off the activity
of this resistance protein."
Such a discovery could potentially save thousands of lives.
Much ado about coffee
A new study from Switzerland
published in Circulation: The
Journal of the American Heart
Association, suggests that caffeine
may not be the ingredient that
gives coffee its heart-revving kick.
UBC nutrition scientist David
Kitts told the Globe and Mail that
coffee research flows in cycles.
"Coffee is a very complex beverage, coffee beans are roasted and
toasted. It can be filtered, dripped
or instant and there are wide and
different sources of beans, and all
these things are variables that can
influence the chemical makeup of
the drink," Kitts said. "I guess the
best rule, as always, is moderation. "
Future bright for B.C.
According to Export Development
Canada the slump in B.C.'s exports
will end this year and reverse
robustly in 2003, powered mainly
by forest products and energy
Export sales are expected to rise
Natalie Strynadka s discovery will
eventually make a stay in hospital a
great deal safer.
by seven per cent, recovering from
an estimated six-percent drop this
year. UBC economics prof. John
Helliwell cautions that energy
prices and volumes may be influenced by unpredictable political
events the EDC forecast appears to
"You need to say you're well
into the range of uncertainty in the
next 12 months," Helliwell told
the Vancouver Sun, "You can
imagine a number of different
unfoldings of the Iraqi scenario
that could affect the price and
quantities of everything. How
important are the uncertainties
being ignored?"
Canada among terrorist
Commenting on a U.S. study that
listed 22 potential terrorist targets
in Canada, UBC political scientist
Allen Sens told the Vancouver
Province that terrorists were more
likely to raise money in Canada
than try to blow up parts of it. He
added we should be more concerned that terrorists might use
Canada as a base to attack the U.S.
Women in science
A two-part BCTV feature suggests
more women are going to universi
ty and entering the sciences.
In the Neuroscience program,
for example, two-thirds of the students are women.
"15 per cent of the people who
were registered in neuroscience
programs when I was going
through were female," UBC neuroscience asst. prof. Jane Roskams
told BCTV. "I think the times are
changing in many, many different
Twenty per cent of the students
enrolled in engineering at UBC are
females. "The university as a whole
is more than half women, certainly
at the undergraduate level," said
Bruce Dunwoody, associate dean
of applied science. "So we are
under represented definitely compared to the rest of the university."
"I think it starts at young ages
when, from the toys that kids are
playing with, girls are given dolls
and boys play with blocks which
might enhance their visual spatial
skills," said educational psychology asst. prof. Jennifer Shapka. "I
think it has to do with somehow
getting girls to see themselves as
capable as being an engineer or a
Family business goes to
UBC is now in its second year
offering courses to help family
businesses learn to separate family
issues from business needs.
"Everything starts to get jammed
together. There ends up being infighting and unfortunately, difficulties occur when it really doesn't
need to happen that way," Judy
Cunningham of the UBC Business
Family Centre told City TV.
"We do find some resistance,
mostly because families are very
private, they're concerned they're
going to have to talk about their
own families. They'll have to get
into a room and somebody is going
to start digging into all their private stuff, that's not what happens. " □
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Stephanie McClellan got into the
Terry Fox Hall of Fame by doing
things others said she couldn't
do. The 29-year-old UBC staffer
and student crossed Canada in a
hand-propelled cycle to promote
the abilities of people with disabilities. McClellen is working as
an advisor at the Disability
Resource Centre while completing a Master of Divinity degree at
the Vancouver School of
Theology. Selected from more
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Five Questions for
Richard Anstee
The UBC Faculty Association rep
resents about 2,500 members,
including full- and part-time faculty, lecturers, librarians, program
directors and sessional lecturers.
UBC Reports caught up with
Richard Anstee, president of the
UBC Faculty Association and a
professor of Mathematics.
By the year 2005, a large percentage of faculty will retire. What
do you think the university should
do to renew our human resources?
The number of retirements is
large. Unfortunately the same is
true across North America. The
university should plan for unsuccessful searches and allow units to
hire as opportunities arise. We
must keep our standards up in
these difficult times.
The Early Termination
Agreement program was established in the early 1980s during
difficult financial times at the university. With little faculty turnover
back then, the program - initially
funded by the provincial government - was designed to free up
money for the university. The program was cancelled by the administration earlier this year.
What is your position on the
cancellation of the Early
Termination Agreement program
and what it means for faculty
The cancellation of the 'ETA
program was received with hostility by faculty. The program was
viewed as an entitlement. The cancellation will not speed renewal
and faculty will on average delay
their retirement closer to 65. Of
course the ETA plan was instituted
(in the early '80s) to achieve savings for UBC and I suspect this has
not been the case for some years.
How should UBC stay competitive in the national and international market to attract and retain
outstanding people ?
Those units hiring must be
aggressive in their recruiting; ads
will be insufficient. We have much
to offer at UBC including excellent
colleagues and excellent students.
We need to share successful
recruiting strategies.
Our starting salaries are competitive in Canada but are not
always competitive on the world
stage on which we operate.
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less competitive. If the job market
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Preemptive actions are crucial;
once people begin to look elsewhere then you probably have lost
An FA survey in 2001 identified
a large percentage of faculty who
might look elsewhere for jobs. The
good news since then of increased
funding at UBC will assist in retention, but action on salaries will
also be needed.
In this year's Macleans
Magazine annual ranking of
Canadian universities, we fell to
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"Classes taught by tenured faculty." How can the university
improve this?
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quality of teaching at UBC. We
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Macleans identified class size
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biggest problems. What should the
university do to address this problem and ensure the integrity of the
teaching experience?
I agree with Macleans that class
sizes are an issue at UBC. I have
seen a large increase in class sizes
in my time at UBC in
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The so-called 'productivity
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4       |      UBC      REPORTS       |       DECEMBER     5,     2002
Professors, Married With Students
When working together and living together becomes academic,  by Michelle cook
Neuroscientists Patrick and Edith McGeer have been research partners for
more than 40 years, and don't intend to stop their work until they find a cure
for Alzheimer's disease.
Working alongside your spouse
is not everyone's ideal situation,
but for academic couples, a campus is often their office and their
"There's a lot of mystery and
lack of clarity about spouses
working together," says
Philosophy professor Catherine
Wilson, who adds that teaching
and researching alongside her
husband Mohan Matthen, the
head of the Philosophy Dept. is
similar to running a mom-and-
pop grocery store. They share the
same profession and help each
other out, but their opinions and
academic strengths remain separate.
Other UBC faculty couples say
there are lots of benefits to working with your partner. You can
double your professional contacts, help each other with classes, share the ride to work, and
it's   always   easier   to   take   con
structive criticism on academic
papers from a loved one.
Another plus to joint academic appointments is the opportunity to pursue professional passions together.
Annalee Yassi is a Canada
Research Chair and director of
the Institute for Health
Promotion Research. She's married to Jerry Spiegel, director of
Global Health at the Liu
Institute for Global Issues. Both
have been collaborating on
international health projects
since their student days at
McGill. They came to UBC in
2001 because its interdisciplinary opportunities offered them
the chance to broaden their
interactions with people from
many academic areas, and collaborate on several initiatives,
including a five-year project to
help Cubans strengthen their
teaching of environmental health
risks assessments and management.
"Community health in general
is a good field for couples
because no matter what your
disciplinary background is, there
is common ground," Yassi says.
"I could have stayed in medicine
and Jerry could have stayed in
social development, but we've
been able to develop projects
that brought us together."
Yet, there are downsides to
sharing the same life's work as
your spouse.
"We've sometimes had differences of opinion in terms of how
to deal with difficulties in a project," says Yassi. "Sometimes it's
a good cop, bad cop scenario."
But the upside, Spiegel adds, is
that it's good to bring different
perspectives to a project.
Respecting intellectual preferences is another delicate matter.
Daniela Boccassini and Carlo
Testa both teach Italian Studies
but they maintain decidedly different academic tastes.
"I'm not as orgasmic about
Dante as Daniela is," Testa
laughs as his wife listens. "I like
him but I think he's overrated."
Turf, professional jealousy and
competitiveness are other potential pitfalls that academic couples
must sidestep.
"Promotions can come at different times," Boccassini says.
"When I was promoted earlier, it
was a disappointment for both of
us but I never felt he (Testa)
resented it. You take the good or
the bad as a team."
Another campus couple says
that, in the 40 years they've
worked together, they've never
fought over research.
Neuroscientists Edith and Patrick
McGeer solve their differences of
opinion by doing experiments,
and seeing how they turn out.
Another worry for academic
couples is that colleagues will see
them as a single entity.
"It's important not to be perceived as one person when you're
working in the same department.
I think colleagues resent it if
you're seen as a block vote,"
Matthen says, adding that he and
his wife often disagree publicly in
departmental meetings.
The biggest challenge by far, all
Jerry Spiegel and Annalee Yassi
have developed plenty of community health projects to keep them
working together on campus and
around the world.
couples say, is leaving their work
at the office. Edith McGeer says
her three adult children still
complain that the only thing
they talked about at the dinner
table was the human brain.
Yassi and Spiegel admit that
their endless intellectual discussions do frustrate those around
them. They were once scolded
on a ski chairlift for discussing a
project, and their two children
won't go out to dinner with
them unless they promise not to
talk about work.
"We love what we do and we
haven't really wanted to separate
work from private life," says
Yassi. "It means we never get
away from it but that doesn't
really matter to us."
While long hours on campus
can take their toll, the couples
interviewed for this article say
they wouldn't choose any other
vocation. And retirement is out
of the question for these lifelong
study buddies.
Spiegel and Yassi can't imagine a time when they won't be
doing either research, teaching
or writing about their fields of
interest together. The McGeers
say they intend to die with their
lab coats on. □
The Challenge for Partnered Professors
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes joint placement,  by Michelle cook
From  Marie and  Pierre Curie   to
Masters and Johnson, some of
the world's greatest research has
been done by partners whose professional and personal interests
overlap. Yet it can be difficult for
academic pairs to find jobs in the
same field on one campus.
"I feel sorry for academic couples who are married but who
don't have a job together," says
Philosophy Dept. head Mohan
Matthen. "It's very stressful and
difficult to arrange and it puts a
strain on their lives."
Matthen and his wife,
Philosophy professor Catherine
Wilson, were luckier than most.
They were hired as a couple for
their current positions, which
made their decision to come to
UBC in 1999 an easy one.
There are no statistics on the
number of couples working
together at UBC, but the university encourages spousal appointments as part of its Trek 2000
recruitment goals. Former Science
dean Maria Klawe says the faculty has been able to double the
number of female professors in
the last four years mostly due to
hiring couples.
For other partners, the joint job
search isn't as easy. Professors
Daniela   Boccassini   and   Carlo
Daniela Boccassini prefers Dante while her husband Carlo Testa can't wait
for the release of modern classics like Roberto Benigni's movie version of
Pinocchio, but this married Italian Studies pair often stray into each other's
area of expertise.
Testa say it was a fluke that they
found two complementary positions in the Arts Faculty's Dept.
of French, Italian and Hispanic
Studies in 1992. Before that the
pair lived in California where
Testa, a modernist scholar, found
work in his field and Boccassini
didn't, then in Edmonton, where
Boccassini found work in her
field of medieval and
Renaissance studies, but Testa
"In Edmonton, we learned that
institutions in general, once
they've secured the services of
one person, they tend to take the
support of the other more or less
for granted, so it's not wise to go
into that situation as a couple,"
Testa says.
Still, the hiring climate for academic duos has vastly improved
over previous decades.
When well-known neuroscientists Patrick and Edith McGeer
arrived at UBC in 1954 after
working together at Dupont,
couples were forbidden to work
in the same faculty. While her
husband attended medical
school, Edith, a trained chemist,
began groundbreaking research
in the fields of neurochemistry
and neuropharmacology as a
"volunteer" until the times and
university administration
The McGeers, who are now
professors emeritii, still work at
UBC's Neurological Sciences lab
Philosophy professors Mohan Matthen (left) and Catherine Wilson say the
key to success when working with your spouse is to agree to disagree -
especially when it comes to intellectual debate.
where they are searching for a
cure for Alzheimer's disease. They
say they've never let hiring policies stop their research.
"We just did our thing," they
say. "We didn't let it bother us."
Finding jobs on the same campus may become easier for the
next generation of academic couples, but Wilson and Matthen still
have their concerns.
"We've been noticing a trend in
earlier marriages among graduate
students. They're on the job market together and they're very idealistic about finding a joint placement, but getting a foot in the
door as a couple is really tough,"
Wilson says. "Marriages often
don't do well in that situation." □
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Timothy Kieffer
Dominique Weis
Bruce Fulton
in the
Meet some of the 130 new full-time UBC professors this year
>Timothy Kieffer
A growing community of diabetes researchers, significant sources of research funding and a new state-of-
the-art facility has drawn alumnus Timothy Kieffer
back to UBC following work at Harvard Medical
School and the University of Alberta.
An associate professor in the departments of
Physiology and Surgery, he investigates molecular and
cellular approaches to treating diabetes in adults and
Kieffer has a poster of a child in his office. The caption reads: Try telling a child with diabetes that 1,000
insulin injections a year is a cure.
"That's what motivates me and the members of my
lab," he says. "We're looking for a cure for this horrible disease. We believe that something better is possible and due the patients who live with diabetes, especially the kids."
With two young children of his own, Kieffer spends
his non-work hours with family but admits he doesn't
stop thinking about research when he locks the lab
door and heads home.
This year he is re-establishing his research program
that uses gene therapy techniques to genetically engineer cells in the body to automatically produce insulin.
He also engineers insulin-producing cells for transplant into diabetes patients.
The new Life Sciences Centre, now under construction on campus, played an important part in Kieffer's
decision to come to UBC, he says. The research space,
funding from the Michael Smith Foundation for
Health Research, and the university's support of the
biotechnology industry proved a compelling combination.
> Dominique Weis
For the Beatles, the seafloor was a happy hideaway
beneath the waves. For Dominique Weis, it's an opportunity to understand planetary evolution.
Weis, an associate professor of Earth and Ocean
Sciences, comes to UBC as Canada Research Chair in
the Geochemistry of the Earth's Mantle. Her studies
cover a range of subjects from surface and near-surface
environments (pollution, paleoclimate reconstructions) to the composition, structure and dynamics of
the Earth's interior (mantle plumes).
Recruited from the Free University of Brussels, she
is part of the new Pacific Centre for Isotope and
Geochemical Research at UBC.
"It is a major geochemical facility that will be of
interest at regional, national and international levels,"
Weis says. "This kind of facility represents the future
of geochemistry."
Weis teaches Marine Geology and Isotope Geology.
She prefers teaching in "a very interactive way, having
constant exchanges of questions and answers with
students. I find it critical to have the students participate and be active. It makes the class much more
She also involves undergraduates in her research
activities by hiring students to work in the department's laboratories and offering undergraduate
research thesis projects related to her main research.
> Bruce Fulton
While many Asian authors have made it onto North
American bestseller lists, Korean writers remain
largely unknown in the West. Bruce Fulton hopes to
fill that literary gap. As the Young-Bin Min Associate
Prof, of Korean Literature and Literary Translation in
the Arts Faculty, Fulton translates modern Korean
fiction into English and teaches Korean literature in
Fulton's interest in Korea's literary scene was
sparked by a 1979 meeting with author Hwang Sun-
won - Korea's answer to Ernest Hemingway - but his
academic destiny seems to have been determined
much earlier than that. Fulton, who holds degrees
from the University of Washington and Seoul
National University, was born on Oct. 9, the day that
Koreans celebrate their national alphabet.
Fulton would like to see more Western readers discover Korean writers. One author they'll soon have
the chance to read is Cho Se-hui. Fulton has translated one of Cho's greatest works and it will be published in English in the next few years. Considered
Korea's finest modern novel, The Dwarf delves into a
theme common to all cultures: the dark side of industrialization.
Darren Dahl
> Catherine Dauvergne
When Canada's new Immigration and Refugee
Protection Act was introduced earlier this year after a
decade of public consultation, Law Assoc. Prof.
Catherine Dauvergne was watching with keen interest.
"We're mapping the way forward into the 21st century. It's an exciting time," says Dauvergne, the
Canada Research Chair in Migration Law, whose concentration in this area began during the act's public
consultation process while she was a student at UBC's
Law School.
"Immigration and refugee law are pressing policy
and theoretical areas of debate for the 21 century,"
she says. "I aim to be part of the debate, both by
developing a profile for them within this faculty and
by engaging in policy debates on national and international planes."
Dauvergne holds a PhD in Law from the Australian
National University and a Master of Arts in Political
Science from Carleton. Most recently, she was the
associate director of the Julius Stone Institute of
Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney's Law
"Canadian universities are in better shape than
Australian universities," she says of relocating with
her husband Peter, a Canada Research Chair in Global
Environmental Politics, after seven years down under.
"We have better resources in the day-to-day life of
> Ingrid Price
A commitment to student learning was what drew
Ingrid Price to work in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical
A UBC alumna with a background in Psychology
and Biopsychology, Price teaches first-year Pharmacy
students and is the new director of the faculty's
Summer Student Research Program.
Formerly with the Centre for Teaching and
Academic Growth, Price has strong views about what
learning should look like.
"I believe learning occurs when we are challenged
and that a big part of that is creating some level of
discomfort," she says. "I believe this is the process
that motivates learning - trying to solve a problem
that is making us uncomfortable."
Price rejects the role of 'sage on the stage'. She
prefers to strike a balance between pushing students to
the edge of their knowledge and skills and supporting
them enough so that they have the ability and motivation to continue.
"I am lucky to be working in a faculty whose members devote considerable time and energy to developing effective learning environments," says Price, who
uses problem-based learning in her Pharmaceutics
course. "That's why I was attracted to this job."
Price is looking forward to her new responsibilities
with the Summer Student Research Program that gives
undergraduate students summer research placements.
She aims to increase the visibility of this program on
campus and encourage interdisciplinary research.
Although challenged to balance academic tasks with
a busy life as a mother of two boys aged five and nine,
Price says she feels honoured to have the role of
> Darren Warburton
Can  more  exercise  increase  our life  span?  Darren
Warburton hopes to find out.
An assistant professor in the School of Human
Kinetics, Warburton is looking at how aerobic and
musculoskeletal fitness affects our health throughout
our lives. He's also interested in using this information
to improve the quality of life for patients with
cardiovascular disease and other disabilities.
Warburton is working with the Medicine faculty
and St. Paul's hospital to create a rehabilitation centre
for high-risk people, including the elderly, children
and patients with cardiovascular disease. The centre
will be used to conduct research on best practices for
developing exercise programs for high-risk groups.
Warburton's background is in physical education
and cardiology. He gives his undergraduates the
opportunity to work directly with patients with
chronic disease in a rehab setting, as well as the
chance to participate in evaluating the health status of
people of all ages. And he practices what he preaches,
so to speak, by running, cycling and roller blading
continued on page 7
Catherine Dauvergne
Ingrid Price
Darren Warburton
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This year, 8,206 people made that transformation (5,727 in May, 2,479 in November), joining
more than 200,000 others who have graduated from UBC since 1915. Here are some interesting
numbers: (as of October 31, 2002)
Total UBC graduates     208,981
Deceased 11,086
Lost 45,210
Addressable 152,685
Most UBC graduates decide to remain in BC, but about 20% go elsewhere.
Here's where our addressable grads live:
Lower Mainland 93,232
Rest of BC 30,577
Rest of Canada 17,803
USA 6,768
Rest of World 4,305
Every year the Alumni Association grants honorary alumnus status to someone who has contributed significantly to the UBC community. This year, the Association welcomed President
Martha Piper and Dr.Wallace Chung as honorary alumni of UBC.
spotlight >   Wallace Chung DSc'94,
2002 Honorary Alumnus Award
Wallace Chung joined VGH after graduating from McGill in
1953. He became a member ofthe faculty of Medicine at UBC
and established vascular surgery as a new specialty and a separate division of surgery at VGH and UBC. In 1981 he became
head of the department of Surgery at University Hospital and
helped build that department into one of the finest in Canada.
He was awarded an honorary degree from UBC in 1994.
A native British Columbian, Chung has been active in educating the community about the role of Chinese Canadians in
Canada. As a member of the Canadian Multicultural Council,
he was a significant contributor to the Multiculturalism Act.
He also has a lifelong passion for the Canadian Pacific
Railroad. He donated his collection of CPR memorabilia, more
than 12,000 books and 1,700 pieces artifacts, to UBC in 1999.
Closing in on the Goal -
UBC United Way Campaign
As the 2002  UBC United Way
campaign draws to a close, volunteers and donors continue to keep
up the hard work.
"With nearly $388,000 raised,
we are very close to our campaign
goal of $400,000," said Deborah
Austin, the chair of this year's
campaign. "About $11,000 of our
dollars raised has been the result of
the hard work and volunteer
efforts put into the many special
events various campus groups have
Awareness     and     fundraising
events have included numerous
bake sales, a pancake breakfast,
BBQ, silent auction and noon-
hour speaker series. The
Ritsumeikan-UBC program, for
example, held an awareness day
with a combined focus on the
United Way and Japanese culture.
Austin said these events have
been at the core of the campaign.
"Not only are we raising awareness about the United Way across
campus, but we are promoting
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Director: Cognitive Systems Programme
The inter-faculty undergraduate Cognitive Systems Programme at UBC is
seeking a Director. We wish to enlist an outstanding researcher, with a
current UBC appointment, who possesses an interdisciplinary perspective
and the administrative experience to champion and develop this new
programme which is central to one of UBC's designated research clusters.
The Arts and Science Faculties and their departments of Computer Science,
Linguistics, Philosophy and Psychology currently sponsor the Cognitive
Systems Programme. Students receive either a B.A. or a B.Sc. in Cognitive
Systems (CogSys). Students enroll in one of four streams: B.A. in Language,
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Design, or B.Sc. in Cognition and Brain. The Programme is guided by a
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provides planning and policy directions. In addition to acting as a champion
for our programme both internally and externally, the Director will work with
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wide participation where appropriate, to work with relevant people in both
Faculties on budgets and fund-raising, and, with the help of a administrative
assistant, to guide the day-to-day operation (e.g., monitoring and advising
students, communications) of the programme. The Director will receive a
teaching release and a research honorarium/stipend. The initial appointment
will be for a period of three years and will be renewable.
Applicants should send a statement of intent, a CV, and the names
of three potential references to Dr. Richard C. Tees (Chair, CogSys
Management Committee), Department of Psychology, UBC.
Deadline for applications is January 15,2003. We anticipate the
appointment beginning on July 1,2003.
together to make these events a
success," she said. "This campaign
would not be as successful as it is
without the hard work, dedication
and commitment of our volunteers. They all deserve a tremendous thank you!"
Community members still interested in donating to this year's
campaign are encouraged to do so
before December 12, when the
final prize draw, including return
flight tickets on Air Canada, will
take place. Donations will be
accepted until the end of the tax
year, December 31. For more
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how to donate, please visit
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continued from page 5
The civil service's loss was UBC's
gain when Dr. Suzanne Simard
joined the Forest Science Dept. as
an associate professor this year.
Simard had spent the past 12
years as a research silviculturist
with the B.C. Ministry of Forests,
where her research program
focused on vegetation management, broadleaf and mixed stand
silviculture and soil biology. With
a Bachelor of Science in Forestry
from UBC and a Master of
Science and PhD from Oregon
State University, this is her first
teaching experience.
"I like to think I have some
depth to offer students. With
teaching, I can put things back
into a system I got so much out
of," Simard says.
This year, Simard teaches Forest
Ecology and Silvics as well as
Interior and Coastal Field
Schools. She uses problem-based
learning as much as possible and
also gives students hands-on
research opportunities in both the
field and the classroom.
Simard comes by her profession
honestly. She grew up in a logging
family in the B.C. interior and her
great-uncle, Joe Gardner, was
UBC's Dean of Forestry - a fact
both decided to keep confidential
while she was taking her Bachelor
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have a very local B.C. history. It's
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> Darren Dahl
Condoms, feminine hygiene products, incontinence control products - they're the stuff of shoppers
nightmares and of Darren Dahl's
marketing dreams.
"I call it the aisle of shame,"
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usually includes all those products
we dread buying.
An associate professor of
Commerce, Dahl has spent years
researching emotions in a consumer context - specifically, why
individuals feel emotions like
embarrassment or guilt when purchasing certain products and what
strategies marketers and retailers
can use to reduce negative reactions. He also researches new
product development and social
"Often academics will concentrate on just one subject but I
explore really diverse areas. I just
go for it. I'm interested in what
makes me curious."
With a Bachelor of Commerce
(Alberta) and PhD from UBC,
Dahl has taught in Hong Kong
and at the University of
Manitoba. He has also worked
for private industry but prefers
the university environment.
"I love the lifestyle of an academic, " he explains. "I get paid to
be curious, I get to teach and
essentially I'm my own boss. As
long as I remain intrinsically motivated, I can pursue my interests.
This is a great job. It's something
different every day."
Dahl also appreciates that his
work has relevance not only for
industry but also for the general
"Everyone is a consumer and
everyone has an opinion on the
things I explore." □
Japanese Police
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Since 1993, the National Police Agency of Japan has been sending
young police officers to the UBC English Language Institute for an
eight-week ESP (English for Specific Purposes) program. The course
is designed to develop young police officers' international understanding through language training, knowledge of Canadian policing, and cultural exchange with Canadians.
The officers, 26 men and four women this year, study at UBC in
the mornings and attend police-related lectures or activities several
afternoons per week. The officers also participate in activities such
as rock climbing, cycling in Stanley Park, Halloween, attending
hockey games, a golf tournament with the Vancouver Police
Department, an RCMP social, and a weekend stay with a police
officer's family. A highlight of the program is the martial arts
demonstration they put on each year as a way of saying thank you
and sharing some of their culture with the general public.
For more information, contact 604-822-1526 or email
trish.fodor@ubc.ca. □
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Green College invites applications from members of the UBC
community to hold an interdisciplinary thematic lecture series during
the 2003-2004 academic yearfThe series can be on any interdisciplinary
theme, and should consist of eight lectures over the period
September 2003 to March 2004.The organizers will edit an anthology
to be published in The Green College Thematic Lecture Series. The
College will support travel expenses of invited lecturers to a maximum
of $10,000, and publication.Wherever possible, applicants should seek
co-sponsorship of the series with other relevant bodies.
Applications must include the following:
1. Title of the series and a list of proposed speakers and topics.
2. A budget that estimates the total cost of least expensive excursion
airfares for all invited speakers. (Speakers will be accommodated
at   Green   College.   No   honoraria  will   be   offered.)
3. Actual or potential co-sponsors.
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Four New Distinguished Scholars
The Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies (PWIAS) has selected four senior UBC researchers
for distinction.
Named as Distinguished UBC Scholars in Residence for 2003 are: Nursing Prof. Joan Anderson,
Psychology Prof. Ken Craig, English Prof. Sherrill Grace and Geography Prof. David Ley.
The selection is primarily based on research accomplishments that are interdisciplinary in
nature and oriented to basic research.
Scholars who take up the one-year post are given research office space at PWIAS and a personal
infrastructure budget of $12,000 that can be used for research-related activities. Twenty UBC faculty members have received the distinction since the program's inception in 1999.
For more information on the program, visit www.pwias.ubc.ca.
Lemieux Receives $3 Million Grant
Economic Prof. Thomas Lemieux has received a $3-million grant from the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to conduct a four-year study on globalization, technology and education as they relate to the Canadian economy.
Lemieux and a group of 15-20 researchers from UBC and from the U.S. and U.K will be tackling questions about whether we should be expanding our trade agreements, what impacts
telecommunications technologies like the Internet have had on the economy, and the role of education in the labour market. Lemieux says historians, economists, commerce experts and even an
anthropologist will conduct the research to bring different perspectives to the study.
The funding is part of SSHRC's Initiatives for New Economy program started a year ago.
Brain Research Centre Receives Major Gift
The Brain Research Centre's (BRC) recruiting resources have been boosted by $2.75 million thanks to
a gift from a charitable organization founded and managed by a UBC alumnus.
The Tula Foundation, founded by alumnus and entrepreneur Eric Peterson, has given $550,000 per
year for five years to fund five new Young Scientist Awards at the centre.
Max Cynader, BRC director, will identify recipients over the next two years. Awards will be made in
all areas of neuroscience research.
"This is an exciting opportunity for UBC to assist outstanding young scientists at a critical stage in
their career and place them in a collaborative, state-of-the-art research environment," says Cynader.
Peterson, a former neuroscientist, graduated in 1972 with a BSc in Biology and completed a master's
degree in Genetics in 1975.
For more information about the awards, contact Max Cynader (cynader@brain.ubc.ca)
The BRC, housed in the Koerner and Detwiller Pavilions of UBC Hospital, is a partnership of UBC's
Faculty of Medicine and Vancouver Hospital, part of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.
National Honours for Wood Products Processing Program
The Bachelor of Science in Wood Products Processing program in the Faculty of Forestry has
received the 2002 Yves Landry Foundation Award for the most innovative Canadian university-
level manufacturing technology program. The program is the only one of its kind in Canada and
graduated its first students in 1999.
The co-operative education option ofthe program has maintained 100 per cent placement and
graduates generally receive multiple permanent job offers. The Yves Landry Foundation provides
opportunities for business, education and government to train a world-class pool of skilled manufacturing workers, technicians, technologists and engineers.    □
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Dr. Simon Ellis, Program
Director, Wood Products
Processing accepts 2002 Yves
Landry Foundation Award on
behalf of the Department of
Wood Science and the Centre for
Advanced Wood Processing
from Lori Shalhoub of Daimler
Chrysler Canada (sponsor of the
Twenty-five years may have
passed but time hasn't faded
Michael Isaacson's red sweater
or his engineering pride.
Isaacson, a professor of Civil
Engineering, arrived on campus
in 1976 and has been Dean of
the Faculty of Applied Science
since 1997. Isaacson is one of 42
UBC faculty and librarians
inducted into the Quarter
Century Club, a group whose
members have 25 or more years
of service at UBC.
For a full list of this year's
inductees, visit: www.external-
aff airs. ubc.ca/ceremonies/hon-
Above: Dean Michael Isaacson of Applied
Science circa 1977 at a faculty Christmas
party. Left: Dean Michael Isaacson today.


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