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About K
_ uturc Citizens
ofthe World
for the 21 st century
This community report honours both the
achievements of 1997/98 and the ideas and
innovative thinking of students, staff,
faculty and the community who are helping
to set the vision for UBC in the 21st century.
For the first time in almost a decade, UBC has
engaged in developing its vision for the
future and has consulted as widely as possible
with individuals both on and off the campus.
A 33-member Community Advisory
Council which includes representatives from
business, labor, community and cultural
groups, as well as provincial and municipal
levels of government, has assisted in this
visioning process.
Dr. Martha Piper has also visited communities
across the province and consulted with
students on campus about the direction the
university should take in the coming century.
Based on this input, a strategic plan,
Trek 2000, has been developed that will be
finalized this fall once approved by UBC's
Board of Governors.
Think About.
It has been a year of great change and accomplishment at The University
of British Columbia. The following captures a few ofthe highlights that
marked an eventful 1997/98 year.
The Chan Centre for the Performing
Arts opened in the spring
of 1997, providing a concert hall
and learning facility for the campus
and the Vancouver community.
Residents ofthe Lower Mainland
can now enjoy critically acclaimed
performances in Vancouver's
newest concert hall.
■ UBC's Sing Tao School of
Journalism offers Western Canada's
first graduate journalism program.
September 1997 marked the
official opening ofthe School's
building and classes began in
the fall of 1998.
• Dr. Martha C. Piper officially
assumed her new duties as president of The University of British
Columbia Aug. 1, 1997, succeeding
Dr. David W. Strangway. Dr. Piper
previously served as the vice-
president, Research and External
Affairs, at the University of Alberta.
' UBC faculty claim top honours:
Some ofthe country's top teaching,
research and achievement awards
were presented to UBC's faculty
this year. Three UBC professors are
among 14 people who received
the Order of British Columbia.
Three UBC researchers were
appointed to the Royal Society of
Canada. A UBC professor was one
of three Canadians to receive the
Canada Council for the Arts' 1998
Killam Prize for research excellence.
Another UBC professor was
the recipient ofthe Steacie Prize for
young scientists and engineers.
UBC and the Greater Vancouver
Regional District (GVRD) have
worked together for more than
three years to develop an Official
Community Plan (OCP) for the
university area. This plan has been
developed with considerable
community input and was officially
approved by UBC's Board of
Governors and the GVRD's Board
of Directors in July 1997.
In 1997, Rick Hansen and The
University of British Columbia
created the Rick Hansen Institute
with a vision that completely
supports Hansen's dream — to
remove barriers that limit people
with disabilities from reaching
their full potential.
In September 1997, more than
4,000 first-year students participated in UBC's first-ever orientation
for new students. The program,
called Imagine '97, was designed
to help students make a personal
connection with UBC through
a series of fun events and workshops for small groups in the
same faculty.
■ UBC's Nobel prize winner, Michael
Smith heads up the first research
centre in Canada devoted to decoding human genes. A project ofthe
BC Cancer Agency, the $25-million
Genome Sequence Centre opened
in Vancouver in the fall of 1998.
• Both UBC's men's and women's
swimming teams made a
splash this year, winning both
championship titles in the
Canadian Interuniversity Athletic
Union (CIAU) competition for
the first time ever.
For the first time in a decade,
the UBC Thunderbirds brought
home the coveted Canadian university football championship title, the
Vanier Cup. The T-Birds defeated
the Ottawa Gee-Gees 39-23 in the
Canadian Interuniversity Athletics
Union (CIAU) championship game
in Toronto on Nov. 22, 1997.
• APEC leaders gather at UBC:
The Asia-Pacific Economic
Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting brought the heads ofthe
18 leading economies around the
Pacific Rim to Vancouver in the
fall of 1997. The economic leaders
held their centrepiece meeting
at UBC's Museum of Anthropology.
There was a significant anti-APEC
demonstration at the meeting,
which the RCMP controlled with a
considerable degree offeree. This is
now the subject of an RCMP Public
Complaints Commission Enquiry.
• UBC's Research Awareness
Campaign Think About It was
launched in 1997 to promote the
diversity and value of UBC
research — one ofthe most important ways the university serves
the people of British Columbia. The
research campaign includes a
variety of print and radio advertisements, as well as special events
and initiatives.
For a comprehensive review
ofthe highlights and stories
featured in this report, view
UBC's 1997/98 Annual Report
at www4Hibbcafrairs.ubc.ca Think About
UBC's vision for the 21st century is grouped in five major areas: people,
learning, research, community and internationalization. It is in the spirit
of these five goals that this report profiles just a few ofthe remarkable
accomplishments of UBC students, staff, faculty and alumni.
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A teacher, a mentor
and a student
For Chief Steven Point, getting a
law degree was as much for his
community as it was for himself.
He was inspired by the fact
that there was not
it <f&    one native lawyer
«   r*      practising in
Chilliwack, BC.
Chief Steven Point,
(LLB '85, UBC)
After graduating from UBC's
law program in 1985, he returned
to Skowkale — the First Nations
community in the Fraser Valley
where he grew up—to become its
chief and first and only lawyer.
He has not only helped to introduce
many positive changes in the
community, but has become an
inspiration for others to pursue
their dreams.
"I believe that we are all teachers
and that we all have something to
learn," says Point. "Encouraging
young people in my community to
pursue higher education is
extremely important. I remind them
that all it takes is a goal and lots
of hard work."
One of Point's key accomplishments
has been to develop a constitution
that now forms the basis ofthe
Sto:lo Nation's self-governance. He
teaches a few university courses
and has also helped to establish
several community programs,
including a training program for
new chiefs and counsellors.
Chief Steven Point is currently
working towards a master's degree
in Law at UBC.
Think About
Weaving together
cultural mosaic
Multiculturalism is an essential
part ofthe fabric of Canada.
Studying the existence of racism,
how it fits within a multicultural
society and how schools and
educators should respond is the
focus of UBC Education Prof.
Kogila Adam-Moodley's research.
"The key to understanding racial
inequalities in Canada is
to compare how things work
differently in other societies,"
says Adam-Moodley. She believes
that looking at similar issues in
other countries, such as South
Africa and Germany, helps us to
learn from the mistakes and
experiences with ethnic relations
in other parts ofthe world.
Racism in Canada exists in very
subtle forms according to Adam-
Moodley. "Multiculturalism
education needs to be integrated
into all areas of study — not just
separate courses. Students
need to learn the analytical skills
necessary to understand
how racism works and question
conventional wisdom."
Adam-Moodley is the first holder
ofthe David Lam Chair of Multicultural Education and the former
director of UBC's Multicultural
Liaison Office. She is currently the
president ofthe International
Sociological Association's
Committee on
Ethnic Minority
and Race /$?.
"Multiculturalism education needs to
be integrated into all areas of study —
not just separate courses. Students
need to learn the analytical skills
necessary to understand
how racism works and question
conventional wisdom."
Prof. Kogila Adam-Moodley,
Dept of Educational Studies Think About
Kevin Maloney,
(BSc, 2000, UBC), Engineering
Co-op Program
Think About
Professor makes
learning contagious
If you've ever encountered someone
so enthusiastic about what they
were doing that you were inspired
to go out and do the same thing,
then you would agree that learning
can be contagious.
That's exactly what the students
who take Prof. Jerry Wasserman's
classes say about his teaching style.
"Prof. Wasserman has the rare ability
to make learning contagious,"
says Julie McCracken, a fourth-year
Theatre major.
A UBC professor for more than 25
years, jerry Wasserman has taught
Theatre along with English for the
past six. He was recently recognized
with UBC's highest teaching
honour—a Killam Teaching Prize.
Think About
A long-standing
community resource
in downtown
People throughout the Lower
Mainland rely on a valuable UBC
community service for
counselling on personal and career
planning issues. In fact, no
less than 20,000 people every year
turn to the services ofthe
UBC Women's Resources Centre.
From its store-front location on
Robson Street in downtown
Vancouver, the Women's Resources
Centre offers drop-in counselling,
advice and guidance to women
and men in crisis. This year,
the centre celebrates 25 years of
community service.
More than 100 trained volunteer
counsellors provide a number
of services to clients who want to
make positive changes in their
personal and professional lives.
Areas in which the counsellors can
offer assistance include life
The unique way he teaches
Canadian theatre prompted one
student to describe him as "having
the wisdom of a Buddhist monk,
the enthusiasm of a four-year-old
and the presence of a rock star."
To warm first-year English students
up to literature Wasserman takes
well-known pop songs and reviews
them as though they were poems.
"This helps them understand
that poetry is not something
alien or incomprehensible,"
says Wasserman.
His goal is to get students
enthusiastic about learning — and
according to his students he does
just that. "He devours creativity —
with a huge appetite for anything
out ofthe ordinary. This makes
me want to be a better student,"
says Karen Ihssen, a fourth-year
English major.
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Language, culture
and technology
influence work
Imagine giving a presentation at a
South American university on what
you learned during your recent
work experience at a multinational
company—all in Spanish. Now
imagine that less than a year ago
you spoke hardly any Spanish.
Kevin Maloney, a fourth-year
Chemical Engineering student,
doesn't need to imagine this
scenario. It is one of many
incredible memories collected
during his one-year work term at
Methanex in Punta Arenas, Chile,
as part of UBC's Engineering
Co-operative Program.
Students can apply to work in one
of more than 22 countries —
including Japan, Chile, Australia,
Malaysia, Peru, Germany and
Canada — for their co-op work
term. The program is designed to
provide students with technical
skills and experience in another
culture and language.
"While working abroad you never
stop learning," says Maloney.
"Every day is a new blend of
language, culture and hands-on
work experience."
As the first co-op student to
work at the Methanex Chilean
plant, Maloney has paved the way
for other UBC students. "The
commitment and enthusiasm
shown by Methanex in
establishing this position was
a real boost to me — as I'm
sure it will be for future students
who get the same opportunity."
Maloney worked on a range of
interesting projects, including the
development of a software
program that monitors the
efficiency ofthe methanol plant.
This program resulted in significant
cost-savings for the company
and continues to be used today.
planning, building self-esteem,
stress management, career programs
and positive relationship skills.
The centre is able to operate
thanks to the support of extremely
well-educated and talented
volunteers, who, if paid, would
cost the centre over $1 million
in operation costs.
Judi Majewski,
Volunteer Counsellor,
UBC Women's Resources Centre
"There are a lot of people in the community around
us falling through the cracks. I think we help
catch a few at the Women's Resources Centre —
and that's a very rewarding feeling."
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aided Match 31,1998 have been .reported on by the. Author Genera! of
University Act. The Mowing oprennts highlights of UBCt Financial
Statements for ftfrfear ended Manjrt jr», 1998.
T<rtal Revenues
Research Awarded to UBC
Endowment Market Value
Operating Deficit
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increased by $16.3 mWon, and sales
and sewices income increased by
$11.3 mWon in 1997/98.
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UBC studeats.
The universkys total assets
are recorded at a book vadue of
$1.4 bttboti.
UBC has an accumulated
operating deficit of $4.5 nuilion
as of March 31,1998.
Total Seventies
Revenues for the university are
generated from a variety of sources,
including provincial operating
grants, endowments, government
grants and contracts, student fees,
sales and services, non-government
grants, contracts and donations
and other investment income.
Revenues for the 1997/98 fiscal year
totaled $794 million, with the
provincial government operating
grant accounting for $272 million
ofthe total.
Total Expenses and Transfers
Expenses for the 1997/98 fiscal year
totaled $797 million, with salaries and
benefits accounting for $478 million
ofthe total.
Operating Deficit
The university ended the 1997/98
academic year with an operating
deficit of $2.7 million. The deficit
results from a new sewerage charge
retroactive to 1996/97 pursuant to
an agreement between UBC and the
Greater Vancouver Regional District.
When this deficit is combined with
the 1996/97 operating deficit of $1.8
million, the accumulated operating
deficit is $4.5 million. This deficit will
be eliminated over the 1999/2000
and 2000/2001 fiscal years.
Endowment Highlights
The university's endowment consists
of restricted donations to the
university and internal allocations,
the principal of which is required
to be maintained in perpetuity. The
investment income generated from
endowments can be spent only in
accordance with the various purposes
established by the donors or UBC's
Total Revenues by Source ($794
For the year ended March 31,1998
(millions of dollars)
A Government grants and contracts {S153) 19%
B Endowment income ($52) 6%
C Provincial operating grant ($272) 34%
D Other investment income {$5) 1%
E Sales and services ($156) 20%
F Student fees ($95) 12%
G Non-government grants, contracts and
donations (S61) 8%
Board of Governors. University policy
stipulates that the endowment's
economic value must be protected.
This is achieved by limiting the
amount of income that may be
expended annually, thereby ensuring
growth in endowment purchasing
power in the face of inflation.
The endowment has grown significantly over the past io years from a
book value of $121.2 million in 1989.
In fiscal 1997/98, contributions of
$23 million and capitalized income of
Total Expenses and Transfers ($797)
For the year ended March 31,1998
(millions of dollars)
A Salaries and employee benefits (S478) 60%
B Grants to other agencies ($10) 1%
C Renovations and alterations (S13) 2%
D Depreciation (S49) 6%
E Other transfers ($17) 2%
F Transfer to endowment principal ($21) 3%
G Supplies and expenses ($151) 19%
H Cost of goods sold ($35) 4%
I   Student awards (S23) 3%
$21.2 million brought the endowment
to a total book value of $470.7 million.
The market value of all endowments
held for the benefit of UBC is
$579.9 million at March 31,1998. The
overall growth in the endowment is
attributable to donations, the leasing of
university property for the construction
of market housing and return on
The following graph shows the growth
ofthe university's endowment over the
past io years:
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Maricrt Value
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Asian Centre
822-3114 or 822-4688
Facilities suitable for conferences,
seminars, workshops, receptions,
exhibitions and cultural performances.
Legal Clinic
Law students provide free legal
services and advice for people unable
to afford a lawyer.
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts Morris and Helen Belkin Art GaBery
State ofthe art facility for performing
arts offers a full range of
music, theatre and film programs.
Community Sports Services
Year-round programs for the
whole family.
Continuing Studies	
Non-credit courses in the arts,
humanities, sciences, personal and
career development, travel,
communications, languages. Also
degree-credit courses.
www. cstudies. ubc.ca
Dental Clinic
Supervised dentistry students provide
routine and specialized dental
services at a reasonable charge.
Exhibitions and special events
related to issues in contemporary art.
Open Tuesday to Friday, ioam-5pm;
Saturday and Sunday, noon-5pm.
Admission by donation.
www. arts. ubc. ca/Belkin/gallery. htm
Museum of Anthropology
Showcases one ofthe world's best
collections of Northwest Coast native
art. Open Tuesday, liam-gpm (free
after 5pm); Wednesday to Sunday,
Mutk Jtt UBC	
With memorable performances by
students, faculty and special guests,
UBC's School of Music presents
audiences with the most varied programming ofthe Vancouver season.
Nllooe MflMtOfUM Csrden
Considered one ofthe finest Japanese
gardens outside Japan. Open loam-
6pm daily, March to mid-October.
Student Recreation Centre
Provides facilities for athletic and
recreational activities, including
fitness centre, dance studio, gymnasium, intramural sports and recreation.
Theatre at UBC	
UBC's Theatre Dept. puts on plays,
musicals and other theatrical events.
Subscription packages are available.
Thunderbird Athletics
Home ofthe Canadian university
football Vanier Cup champions and
the men's and women's national
championship swimming teams, UBC
is a venue for games and competitions throughout the school year.
The world's largest cyclotron, a
particle physics research facility jointly
run by UBC, Simon Fraser University,
University of Victoria and University of
Alberta. Tours are available.
www. triumf.ca
UBC Aquatic Centre	
Schedule information: 822-4521
General information: 822-4522
Olympic-size (50 metre) indoor
and outdoor swimming pools.
Public swims, reserved swims,
swimming lessons, aquatic and
general fitness classes.
Astronomical Observatory
Telescopes are open for free public
stargazing most clear Saturdays,
year-round, dusk to midnight. Always
call in advance to confirm.
UBC Bookstore
Canada's largest university bookstore.
Open aam-5pm, Mon.-Fri., 10am-
5pm, Sat., and closed Sundays.
UBC Botanical Garden
Hotline (gardening advice} 822-5858
General tnfe 822-9666
One of Canada's oldest and largest
botanical gardens. Open ioam-6pm
daily. Admission charge. UBC students
free. Croup rates or private tours with
advance notice.
UBC Conference Centre
822-1060 or 822-1010
Largest university conference centre
in Canada. Over 200 meeting
rooms and accommodation for more
than 3,000 people in four residences.
May-August. Year-round accommodation for groups and individual visitors.
UBC library	
Open to all. Public may purchase
annual library cards.
www. library, ubc. ca
UBC Speakers Bureau	
Speakers provided from faculty and
professional staff to address your club,
association, class, conference or
business group, on selected topics
from Sept-April.
UBC Tennis Centre
Ten outdoor courts and four indoor
courts, available for booking during
the season at a nominal rate. Pro
shop and racquet-springing service.
UBC Women's Resources Centre
A downtown community-based
service of UBC Continuing Studies,
the Women's Resources Centre offers
personal and career planning and
development for women and men.
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Oct. 29, 1998
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Kevin Miller photo
UBC President Martha Piper told those attending the university's first
annual general meeting downtown Oct. 22 that UBC is poised to become the
best university in Canada. More than 200 members of the community as
well as representatives from business, labor, education, government and
cultural groups attended the meeeting. A campus annual general meeting
is scheduled for Nov. 3 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts.
$50 million gift to give
key boost to research
UBC alumnus Dr. Stewart Blusson has
donated $50 million to the university, a gift
believed to be the largest single donation
ever made to a Canadian public institution
by an individual or corporation.
"It is an extraordinary gift not simply
because of the amount, but because Dr.
Blusson has granted us the privilege of
allocating the money specifically to research and
academic excellence," ,^^^^■^■■™■"
says UBC President
Martha Piper.
Blusson, a geologist
and diamond explorer,
completed his Bachelor of
Science degree at UBC and
is now principal shareholder in Archon Miner-     	
als Ltd., a mining exploration company based in Vancouver.
The most important research is often
the most basic research, which the public
often doesn't get excited about because by
itself, it's simply another piece of the puzzle," says Blusson.
Blusson says his donation was motivated
in part by the federal government's creation
last year of the $800-million Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) fund.
Designed to help universities, colleges
and hospitals upgrade their research facilities, the CFI is a five-year program
that covers 40 per cent of the cost of
facilities, with the remainder coming from
the public and private sectors.
"The most important
research is often the
most basic research."
— Stewart Blusson
Blusson wants a substantial portion of
his $50-million gift used to attract CFI funding. This strategy brings the value of the gift
to about $150 million over four years.
The donation will not be used for salaries, administration or operations, but
rather will support the funding of infrastructure and equipment that will help
take UBC to a new level of research and
academic excellence in
^^^"™^™ the 21st century, says
UBC's current annual research budget is
about $130 million.
"Dr. Blusson fervently hopes that his gift
encourages  others  to
    make donations not only
to UBC but to universities and research institutions in Canada,"
says Piper. "It is his firm belief that collectively we can and must improve the level
of research and academic excellence
across the country."
Blusson worked with the Geological
Survey of Canada, leading regional geological mapping and research programs
in the central Yukon and parts of B.C.
His knowledge of geology led him to
conclude that conditions for Canadian
diamond deposits were favorable.
By following trails left when the glaciers melted, Blusson discovered a diamond-bearing kimberlite pipe in 1991 in
the Lac Gras area north of Yellowknife.
First annual meeting
delivers goals to public
More than 200 members of the public
as well as representatives from business,
labor, education, community groups and
government joined UBC President Martha
Piper at the University of British Columbia's first-ever annual general meeting
Oct. 22.
The meeting, held in downtown Vancouver at the Robson Square Conference
Centre, updated the community about
UBC's goals for the future, key accomplishments ofthe past year and its financial position.
A campus annual general meeting will
be held on Tuesday. Nov. 3 from noon - 1
p.m. in the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
"UBC belongs to the people of British
Columbia," said Piper. This meeting is
an important opportunity to demonstrate
the ways the university is helping to meet
the economic, social and cultural needs
of the province."
For the first time in almost a decade,
UBC has been engaged in developing a
vision for the future following extensive
consultation with members ofthe university community and the public.
Input has also been received from a
33-member Community Advisory Council comprising representatives from government, business, labor, and cultural
As well. Piper has traveled throughout
the province seeking input from representatives of the provincial and munici-
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Campus meeting:
Nov. 3, noon
Award winners improve
students' lives
The co-ordinator of a highly successful pilot work internship program
for English students is among 13
recent winners of the first student
development awards.
The awards, initiated this year by
the Campus Advisory Board on Student Devel-
o p m e n t
contributions made
by individuals and
to student
and the
environment at
UBC. Walchli
Julie Walchli convinced employers
of English students' abilities.
Since May, 12 students have been
placed in a variety of paid four-month
work terms. Employers include the
Workers' Compensation Board, Ministry of Advanced Education, and the
Self-Counsel Press. The English Dept.
program is scheduled to go to the Board
of Governors for final approval this fall.
"I share this award with English
faculty members, the co-op students
and the employers because they worked
with me, investing hours in the design
ofthe program," says Walchli.
Walchli is one of four people to receive the Margaret Fulton Individual
The award also goes to Asst. Human Kinetics Prof.
a man the
board describes   as
s o in cone
who "doesn't
just talk
changing the
campus —
he makes it
Korchinsky happen."
is credited for leading the Live@UBC
team that created seasonal festivals of
See AWARDS Page 2
Can-do Creator
No door stands in the way of Occupational Therapy student Pamela Andrews
Detoxing Toxins
Profile: Prof. Gail Bellward has gone from baking soda to studying dioxins
"a discovery pipeline
for molecular medicine
UBC Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics;
Scientific Director, Canadian Genetic Diseases Network
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pal governments, the presidents
of post-secondary institutions,
business leaders, high school
students and UBC alumni.
"Predicting the future is always a risky business," Piper
said. "Yet, in today's world it is
increasingly understood that
institutions that fail to plan for
the future are putting themselves
at risk."
Named in honour of the Great
Trekkers, whose determination led
to UBC's creation, the vision document. Trek 2000, sets out the university's five key areas of focus:
people, learning, research, community and internationalization.
Piper said UBC is poised to
become the best university in
Canada and one of the world's
finest public universities.
UBC Chancellor William
Sauder, Harold Kalke, chair of
UBC's Board of Governors, UBC's
five vice-presidents and Arts student Vivian Hoffman, president
of the Alma Mater Society, were
among the speakers.
Video vignettes of faculty, students, staff and alumni reflected
the university's positive impact,
both at home and abroad. They
included: Law graduate Chief
Steven Point, who helped develop
a constitution that now forms the
basis of the Sto:lo Nation's self-
governance; Engineering student
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social events and activities on
Former Linguistics Dept. secretary Carmen de Silva received
a Fulton award for establishing
a welcome atmosphere in the
Linguistics Dept.
Prof. David Holm, an associate
dean in the Faculty of Science,
was recognized for providing sensible advice and sympathetic assistance to Science students.
The Alfred Scow Undergraduate Program Award goes to the
Science One Program.
The multidisciplinary program, an intensive alternative to
the standard first year in Science, aims to give students a
sense of being part of a community of learners.
Electro-Mechanical Design, a
five-year combined bachelor and
master of Engineering program,
the first of its kind in Canada, is
among the winners of the Peter
Larkin Graduate Program Award.
A second winner ofthe award
is Green College, UBC's first resident graduate college, for providing a stimulating program to
graduate students.
The Masters of Health Admin-
Pledge to
make a
Campus campaign chair Eilis
Courtney is counting on the
pledge forms to take the 1998
UBC United Way campaign to
the next step.
The pledge forms have all
been distributed by campus mail,
so we need people to fill them out
and send them in," says
Donors can specify a member
agency or pledge to their favourite charity through United Way.
The next event on the United
Way calendar, Plant Operations'
multicultural barbecue, takes
place Oct. 30 from 11:30 a.m.-
1:30 p.m. at the University Services Building. Tickets are $5 at
the door.
Student athletes will sell raffle
tickets at the final football game
Nov. 6 . The game starts at 7:00
p.m. The winner will receive half
the proceeds with the remainder
going to the United Way.
To obtain pledge forms or for
more information about any of
the United Way events, please
call the UBC United Way office at
822-UWAY (8929).
istration (MHA) Bridging program
received the Larkin award for its
innovative alliance between UBC
and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Imagine UBC, the university's campus-wide orientation
program for first-year students
received one of five Helen McCrae
Student Service awards.
Other McCrae awards went to:
the Arts Academic Advising Office for responding to the needs of
Arts students through improved
counselling, publications and
Web access; the International
Student Services Office for offering critical support to students
making the transition to Canada;
the Safer Campus Peer Education Program for dealing with issues such as alcohol abuse, racial discrimination and sexual
assault through workshops and
special events; and the Totem
Park Residence Association, an
elected student council, for providing services and programs to
residents, and feedback to UBC
on student housing issues.
The CABSD awards are
named in honour of former members of the university community who have made major contributions to student life at UBC.
Nominations were made by
students, faculty and staff. Winners were selected by the CABSD
which includes representatives
from across campus.
Kevin Maloney, who has received
valuable work experience in Chile
through the Engineering Co-operative Program; and English Prof.
Jerry Wasserman, whose students find his enthusiasm for
learning infectious.
Also featured were Judi
Majewski, a volunteer counsellor
with UBC Women's Resources
Centre who helps people make
positive changes in their personal
and professional lives and UBC
graduate Brad Douville, chief
engineer with UBC spin-off company Westport Innovations. The
company's diesel bus technology
has the potential to improve air
quality around the world.
UBC has experienced an
eventful year, from the appointment of Piper, to becoming Canadian university football champions, to the opening ofthe Sing
Tao School of Journalism, the
first graduate program in journalism in Western Canada.
The year also saw the Asia
Pacific Economic Cooperation
(APEC) Leaders' Meeting held at
UBC's Museum of Anthropology.
There was significant anti-APEC
demonstration at the meeting and
security measures used by the
RCMP are now the subject of an
RCMP Public Complaints Commission enquiry.
UBC's revenues for the 1997/
98 fiscal year were $794 million,
with the provincial operating
grant accounting for 34 per cent
or $272 million of the total — a
decline of $1.3 million from the
previous year.
Domestic student tuition fees
were frozen at the same levels as
1996/97. More than 33,000 students studied at UBC in 1997/98.
The university's endowment
has grown significantly over the
past 10 years to a market value
of $579.9 million. The income
generated can be spent only in
accordance with purposes established by the donors or UBC's
Board of Governors. The principal must be maintained.
A new sewerage charge, levied
by the Greater Vancouver Regional
District accounted for the university's operating deficit of$2.7million.
The deficit will be eliminated over
the next two fiscal years.
UBC's First Annual General Meeting
You're invited to join UBC President Dr. Martha Piper and the Board of
Governors at UBC's first-ever Annual General Meeting. This will be an
opportunity for the community to learn more about UBC's
accomplishments and highlights over the past year, as well as our financial
UBC campus
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1998
Time: 12 p.m. - I p.m.
Place: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts,
6265 Crescent Rd.
Parking available (Rose Garden Parkade
off Northwest Marine Drive)
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mpicher@devoff.ubc.ca) and leave your name, department,
position and contact phone number. Ceremonies will then
contact the first 20 names received to reconfirm their attendance. Deadline for entries is Friday, Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m.
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Faced with a problem existing devices couldn't solve, Occupational Therapy
student Pamela Andrews invented her own device, the CAN Opener, to open
doors. The device, which cost Andrews less than $2 to produce, won her first
prize in a province-wide health technology contest.
by staff writers
With winds gusting to 64 kilometres per hour, two-metre
waves, high tide, crashing logs and four young women
trapped at the bottom of a 60-metre cliff, Campus Security
knew they were in for a challenging night.
At 7 p.m a soaking wet and very shaken 15-year-old girl had
found her way to the Patrol Office window. She needed help for
three friends trapped by the tide and rolling logs on a small stretch
of shore south of Tower Beach.
A rapid change in the winds had caught them off-guard. Their
15-foot aluminum boat had hit a rock, throwing them into the
Emergency services were called and while communications
operator Sherry Sullivan attended to the distraught girl, acting shift
supervisor Andy Murphy headed for the cliff with fellow members of
the patrol team, Russ Potter, Derek Kane, Joe Boyar, Lee Hirst and
Steve Morris.
"Logs were being thrown against the rocky shore," says Murphy.
"You'd have to see it to believe how rough it was that night."
The team found the young women cut off by the cliffs and the
sea. One was injured. Darkness was approaching.
Within 20 minutes the Canadian Coast Guard's Hovercraft
arrived but could not land. Waves shoved it into shore where
overhanging tree branches became tangled in the propeller blades
and the engines took on water. It had to abandon the rescue.
It was dark now, but the tide was going out.
"We decided to scramble over the logs to reach them," says
Dodging waves and picking their way over slippery logs patrol
members brought the two uninjured women to safety.
Firefighters, ambulance service workers and two patrol members
waded through knee-deep water to get the remaining injured boater
onto a stretcher, over logs and rocks, and up the cliff.
"When the high-tech equipment didn't work out," says Murphy,
"we just had to work together to get the job done. Any other patrol
would have done the same."
Two of the four victims were taken to hospital and later released.
The remaining two were picked up by their parents.
Therapy student's
invention opens doors
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
Doorways are often used to symbolize
opportunity and mobility.
But for third-year Rehabilitation Sciences student Pamela Andrews they had
become symbols of restriction and frustration following her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis last year.
Opening wide heavy doors was a problem for Andrews, who gets around with
the help of an electric scooter.
"I couldn't find a tool to assist me and
I tried adapting various existing equipment," says Andrews, who entered the
Occupational Therapy program as a mature student. "Finally, I made a wish list
of the qualities I needed and made my
own device."
Andrews wanted the device to be
esthetically pleasing and small enough to
carry in her pocket. She also needed it to
fit into a student's budget.
Her solution was a mechanism made
from backpack strapping lined with the
rubberized netting used to line kitchen
shelves. Total production cost was $1.63.
Andrews loops one end of the strap
around her upper arm and the other end
around the door handle. The end connected to the door turns the knob and she
is able to pull the door towards her.
Andrews calls the device the CAN
Opener to capture its Canadian origin,
function and frequent application in opening the door to the washroom.
The CAN opener won a first prize in
Solutions '98, B.C.'s annual health technology contest. Andrews has patented her
invention and is working with a consulting
company to bring the product to market.
Other devices Andrews has invented
include a rig to help her to continue her
hobby of stunt kite flying and a special
flotation device for her right arm that
allows her to swim.
"It's probably the reason I'm in occupational therapy," says Andrews. "I like
figuring things out — it's just a part of
Andrews also recently won a first prize
scholarship of $2,500 US in an international letter-writing competition that focused on barriers disabled persons must
Andrews says she views these barriers
as hurdles instead of walls and is determined to reach her goal of graduating
from the Occupational Therapy program
by the year 2000.
The prize included an emergency
evacuation device for persons with disabilities that Andrews has donated to
UBC's Disabilities Resources Centre.
"We plan to use this donation as part
of the university's emergency evacuation
plan for persons with disabilities," says
the centre's director Janet Mee.
The centre has assisted Andrews by
adjusting a wheelchair ramp at the Woodward Biomedical Library, making modifications to a lab and providing her with
student note-takers.
Community marks Nov.
11 with memorial service
The foyer ofWar Memorial Gym will be the
setting for UBC's annual Remembrance Day
ceremony Nov. 11 beginning at 10:45 a.m.
Barry McBride, vice-president. Academic, Brian Fraser, dean of St. Andrews
Hall and Alma Mater Society President
Vivian Hoffmann will participate in the
ceremony. Retired Nursing faculty member Helen Shore will talk on the role of
nurses in the Second World War.
Representatives from 14 campus and
community groups will lay wreaths to
honour the fallen members of Canada's
Armed Forces. Coffee and cake will be
served immediately following the service.
Approximately 350 people attended
the Remembrance Day ceremonies last
New institute zeros in
on Europe
The newly opened Institute for European Studies in the Faculty of Graduate Studies aims to be a nerve centre
for the study of Europe at UBC.
"The institute must reflect and take
advantage of its distinct geographical
position as a transitional space —
both physically and culturally — between Europe and Asia," says acting
director Sima Godfrey.
Next month, the institute will host
its first international conference on
technology in the workplace as well
as help to bring the European Union
Film Festival to Vancouver for the
first time.
The conference. Transition to the
Knowledge Society: Policies and Strategies for Individual Participation and
Learning takes place Nov. 4 - 6 at the
Westin Bayshore Hotel.
It will address the impact of information and communications technology on the nature of work. Canadian and European academics, politicians and policy makers are expected to attend.
The film festival takes place Nov. 18-
Dec. 5 at the Royal Bank Cinema in the
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts and
at Pacific Cinematheque downtown.
The festival will feature 10 recent
subtitled films that have not yet been
distributed in North America.
Many of the 30 interdisciplinary
units in the Faculty of Graduate Studies are directly involved in research on
Europe or comparative European and
Canadian issues.
Godfrey says European concerns
are also key components in all humanities and social sciences faculties
including Law, Commerce and Business Administration and Education.
In its first year the institute plans to
host a number of research seminars
on questions that speak to the shared
concerns and experiences of Canadians and Europeans.
Comparative federalism and the impact of globalization on national cultures and identities are among the
possible themes.
One of the institute's longer-term
projects is the creation of a master's
program in European Studies. Students
will spend at least one term at one of
UBC's European partner universities.
For more information about the Institute of European Studies and its
events check the Web site at
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November 1 through November 14
Sunday, Nov. 1
Chan Centre For The
Performing Arts Concert
Band Festival. High school honour bands; Martin Berinbaum,
conductor. Chan Centre Chan
Shun Concert Hall at 1:30pm.
Call 822-2697.
Museum Of Anthropology
Artist's Talk
Transitions: Contemporary Canadian Indian And Inuit Art.
Shelley Niro. MOA Theatre Gallery at 2pm. Free with regular
admission. Call 822-5087.
Green College Outreach
Development, Poverty And Hunger? Vinay Gidwani, Economics.
Green College at 8pm. Call 822-
Monday, Nov. 2
Mechanical Engineering
Problem-Based Learning In A
Professional Faculty: The Experience Of Dentistry At UBC. Dean
Edwin Yen, Dentistry. CEME
1202 from 3:30-4:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-3770.
Biochemistry Seminar
The Ultimate Analytical Challenge: The Use Of Advanced Capillary Electrophoresis And Mass
Spectrometric Methods For
Broad, Rapid And Sensitive Measurements OfThe Proteome. Dick
Smith, Pacific Northwest National
Lab. IRC #4 at 3:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-3341.
Astronomy Seminar
Detecting Massive Black Holes In
Galactic Nuclei. Frank van den
Bosch, U of Washington.
Hennings 318 at 4pm. Refreshments at 3:30pm. Call 822-2267.
Member Speakers Series
The Populist Turn (Drift?) In Cultural Studies: The Case Of Pornography. Jeff Maclntyre, English. Green College at 5:30pm.
Call 822-1878.
Thematic Lecture Series
Ideas Of Tradition InThe Life And
Work Of Philippe Aries. Patrick
Hutton, History, U of Vermont.
Green College at 7:30pm. Call
St. John's College Speaker
Computer Science - Simple Heuristics That Make Us Smart.
Glendon Hoist. St. John's College 1080 at 8pm. Call 822-8788.
Tuesday, Nov. 3
UBC's First Annual General
Martha Piper, president; Board
of Governors. Chan Centre for
the Performing Arts from 12noon
-lpm. Call UBC-INFO (822-4636).
Sing Tao School of
Journalism Talk
Can Journalism Be Rehabili-
tated?Trina McQueen, president,
Discovery Channel. Sing Tao 104
at 12noon. Call 822-8747.
Botany Seminar
Of Rice And Radioactive Men.
Herbert Kronzucker, Plant Sciences, U of Western Ontario.
BioSciences 2000 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Microbiology And
Immunology Seminar
Surface Associated Chaperonin
Hsp60 Mediates Invasion Of Hela
Cells By Legionella Pneumophila.
Paul  Hoffman,   Dalhousie U.
Wesbrook 100 from 12:30-l:30pm.
Refreshments. Call 822-3308.
Sing Tao School of
Journalism Talk
The Role Of Scholarship In Journalism. Wade Davis, author; journalist. Sing Tao 104 at 3:30pm.
Call 822-8747.
Peter Wall Institute
Complexity Seminar
The Effect Of Latency On The
Course Of An Epidemic. Steve
Marion, Health Care and Epidemiology. Hennings 318 at 3:30pm.
Call 822-3620.
Centre For Applied Ethics
The Making Of The Unborn Patient: Fetal Surgery As A Social/
Ethical Problem. Monica Casper,
U of California. Angus 412 from 4-
6pm. Call 822-5139.
Green College Speakers
RMS Titanic: A Twentieth-Century
Classic. John Wilson Foster, English. Green College at 5:30pm. Re-
ception4:45-5:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Museum Of Anthropology
Book Launch
Hidden Dimensions: The Cultural
Significance Of Wetland Archeology. MOA lower lobby at 6:30pm.
Call 822-5087.
Rehabilitation Sciences
Information Night
Get The Most Current Information
About Criteria For Admission To
Occupational And Physical
Therapy. Faculty, admissions personnel, students. IRC #2 from 7-
9pm. Call 822-7392.
Faculty Women's Club
Alternative Medicine: Facts And
Fallacies. Brian Dixon-Warren,
chair, Alternative Therapies and
Allied Health Committee. Cecil
Green Park House main floor at
7:30pm. Refreshments following.
Call 264-9022.
Museum Of Anthropology
Honey Mocassin. Shelley Niro.
MOA Theatre Gallery at 7:30pm.
Call 822-5087.
Cecil And Ida Green Visiting
From The World Of Science To
That Of Research. Bruno Latour,
Centre de Sociologie de
L'innovation de L'ecole Nationale
Superieure des Mines de Paris.
Green College Graham House at
7:30pm. Call 822-5675.
Wednesday, Nov. 4
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Spinal Case Presentation. Dr.
Marcel Dvorak. Vancouver Hosp/
HSC, Eye Care Centre Aud. at
7am. Call 875-4192.
Engineering And
Architecture Continuing
Education Seminar
Integrated Microelectronics Engineering. Various speakers. Module 1, 2 and 4, AMPEL; module 3,
MacLeod 332 from 9am-5pm.
$600-$3,200 includes materials,
lunch, refreshments, certificate.
Call 822-3347.
Teaching Community
Introduction To Searching The
World Wide Web. David Lam basement Windows Lab A from 9am-
12noon. Check-in 8:45am. To register call 822-9149.
School Of Music Concert
Marisa Gaetanne, soprano; Gene
Ramsbottom, clarinet; Richard
Epp, piano. Music Recital Hall at
12:30pm. Admission $3 at door.
Call 822-5574.
Leon And Thea Koerner -
Creative Writing Series
Finding A Publisher. Brian Lam,
publisher; Mary Schendlinger,
editor; Saeko Usukawa, editor.
Green College Coach House at
12:30pm. Call 822-0699.
Asian Studies Speakers
Southeast Asian Seminar. Prof.
Tineke Hellwig. Asian Centre 604
at 12:30pm. Call 822-3881.
Obstetrics And Gynecology
Research Seminars
Two Sides Of The Same
Coin...Epithelial To Mesenchymal
Transformations In Breast And
Ovarian Cancer. Dr. Calvin
Roskelley, Anatomy. BC Women's
Hosp. 2N35at2pm. Call 875-3108.
Geography Colloquium Cecil
And Ida Green Visiting
Following The Paper Trail In Arts,
Science And Religion. Bruno
Latour, Centre de Sociologie de
L'innovation de L'ecole Nationale
Superieure des Mines de Paris.
Geography 229 from 3:30-5pm.
Call 822-2663.
Respiratory Research
Seminar Series
New Targets For Drug Therapy In
Tuberculosis. Dr. Yossef Av-Gay,
Infectious Diseases. St. Paul's
Hosp. Gourlay Conference Room
from 5-6pm. Call 875-5653.
Individual Interdisciplinary
Studies Graduate Program
Interdisciplinarity And Science.
William Unruh, Physics and Astronomy. Green College at 5pm.
Call 822-1878.
St. John's College Speaker
Cultural Traditions Of the Sto:lo
Nation. Sonnle McHalsie. St. John's
College 1080 at 5:15pm. Call 822-
Thursday, Nov. 5
Teaching Community
Unleashing The Digital Library.
Koerner Library SedgewickTeach-
ing Lab 217 from 9am-12noon.
Check-in 8:45am. To register call
Biodiversity And
Conservation Seminars
Nest Depredation: A Conservation
Whodunnit. Jamie Smith, Centre
for Biodiversity Research. Hut B-8
Ralf Yorque Room at 12:30pm.
Bring your lunch. Call 822-5937.
Anthropology And Sociology
On Gender As A Status Attribute:
Theoretical And Methodological
Considerations. Martha Foschi;
Vanessa Lapointe. ANSO 205 from
12:30- 1:30pm. Refreshments. Call
Belkin Art Gallery Curator's
And Artist's Talk
Les Fleuves Invisibles/Invisible Rivers. Raymonde April, artist; Nicole
Gingras, curator. Lasserre 102 from
12:30-2:30pm. Call 822-2759.
Teaching Community
Tales FromTLEF: Creating My Own
Titantic. David Lam basement
seminar room from 12:30-2:30pm.
To register call 822-9149.
Genetics Graduate Program
Molecular Genetics Of Sexual Development In C. Elegans. Jonathan
Hodgkin, Medical Research Council
Laboratory of Molecular Biology. IRC
#2 at 3:30pm. Refreshments at
3:15pm. Call 822-8764.
Physics And Astronomy
Dynamical Evolution Of Galaxies.
Paul Hickson. Hennings 201 at
4pm. Refreshments Hennings 325
at 3:45pm. Call 822-2137; 822-
Policy Issues In Post-
Secondary Education In B.C.
New Trends In Israeli Higher Education. Iris Geva-May, Haifa U.
Green College at 4:30pm. Call 822-
Agricultural Sciences
New Routes For Agriculture. Wes
Jackson. Chan Centre Royal Bank
Cinema from 7:30-8pm. Call 822-
Friday, Nov. 6
Eleventh Annual Health
Policy Conference
Determinants Of Health And Impacts On Health And Social Policy.
University Golf Club from 7:45am-
4:45pm. $150; Student $30. Call
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome And Generalized Seizures In Children. Dr.
WarrenT. Blume, Clinical Neurological Sciences, U of Western Ontario.
GF Strong Aud. from 9-10am. Call
Ruth Giesbrecht 875-2307.
Belkin Art Gallery Exhibition
Raymonde April: Les Fleuves
Invisibles/Invisible Rivers. Tues.-
Fri. from 10am-5pm; Sat.-Sun.
12noon-5pm. Continues to Dec.
20. Free with valid UBC ID. Call
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar Series
Occupational Noise Exposure In
BC Sawmills — A Survey, And
Analysis Of Determinants Of Exposure. Hugh Davies. Vancouver
Hosp/HSC, UBC, Koemer G279
from 12:30-l:30pm. Call 822-9302.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Energy Metabolism OfThe Hyper-
trophied Heart. Dr. Michael F.
Allard, Pathology and Laboratory
Medicine. Cunningham 160 from
12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-7795.
Cecil And Ida Green Visiting
Should We Protect Nature? Some
Difficulties In Political Ecology.
Bruno Latour, Centre de
Sociologie de L'innovation de
L'ecole Nationale Superieure des
Mines de Paris. Angus 110 at
12:30pm. Call 822-5675.
Philosophy Lecture
Artificial Intelligence, Scientific
Discovery And Space Exploration. Clark Glymour, U of California. Buchanan A-202 at 2:30pm.
Call 822-2621.
Chemical Engineering
Double-Header Seminar
Directions For Waste Reduction
At UBC. Melissa A. J. Felder, Bio-
Resource Engineering; Optimization Of Recombinant Protein
By The Methylotrophic Yeast
Pichia Pastoris. David Files,
Bioresource Engineering.
ChemEng 206 at 3:30pm. Call
Chalmers Institute Public
Celebration Of 100 years Of Canadian Mission In Korea. Young
Sik Yoo, Religious Studies, U of
Toronto. VST 105 at 7:30pm. By
donation. Refreshments. Call
Chan Centre For The
Performing Arts Concert
Three One-Acts. UBC Opera Ensemble; Nancy Hermiston, director; Richard Epp, conductor.
Chan Centre Chan Shun Concert Hall at 8pm. Call
Ticketmaster 280-3311 or Chan
Centre box office 822-2697.
Saturday, Nov. 7
Teaching Community
Time And Stress Management.
David Lam basement seminar
room from 10am-3pm. To register call 822-9149.
Asian Centre Exhibition
East Meets West. Asian Centre
from llam-5pm. Continues to
Nov. 12. Call 437-5842; 822-
Chan Centre For The
Performing Arts Concert
Three One-Acts. UBC Opera Ensemble; Nancy Hermiston, director; Richard Epp, conductor.
Chan Centre Chan Shun Concert Hall at 8pm. Call
Ticketmaster 280-3311 or Chan
Centre box office 822-2697.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
On Seeing Paris As A Whole: The
Notion Of Panopticon. Bruno
Latour, Centre de Sociologie de
L'innovation de L'ecole Nationale
Superieure des Mines de Paris.
IRC #2 at8:15pm. Call 822-3131.
Monday, Nov. 9
Iconography Course
Vladislav Andrejev, master Russian icon painter. St. Mark's College from 9am-4pm. Continues to
Nov. 14. $375 US, $85 US (materials). Call 874-0891.
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November 1 through November 14
Cecil And Ida Green
Visiting Professor
Risk Perception and Trust: A New
Look At Civic Science. Timothy
O'Riordan, director, Centre for
Social and Economic Research
On The Global Environment.
Geography 200 at 12:30pm. Call
UBC Bookstore Reading
Borderlands: How We Talk About
Canada. William New, English.
Bookstore mezzanine level at
12:30pm. Call 822-2665.
Mechanical Engineering
Problem-Based Learning In Engineering At UBC: Next Steps. Peter
Lawrence, Electrical Engineering.
CEME 1202 from 3:30-4:30pm.
Refreshments. Call 822-3770.
Institute Of Applied
Reaction-Diffusion Modelling Of
Bacterial Colonies. Prof. Masayasu
Mimura, HiroshimaU. CSCI 301 at
3:30pm. Call 822-4584.
Biochemistry And
Molecular Biology
NMR Spectroscopy And Site Directed Mutagenesis: Partners In
The Study Of Transcript Elongation Factor TFIIs And Tumor
Suppressor P53. Cheryl
Arrowsmith, Ontario Cancer Institute. IRC #4 at 3:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-3341.
Astronomy Seminar
Hydrodynamics In Cosmology.
James Wadsley, U of Washington.
Hennings 318 at 4pm. Refreshments at 3:30pm. Call 822-2267.
Member Speakers Series
Aqueous Two Phase Systems:
Theory And Application. Hans-
Olof Johansson, Biotechnology
Laboratory. Green College at
5:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Green College Lecture
Vision-Guided Intelligent Machines. Prof. Takeo Kanade,
Robotics Institute, Carnegie-
Mellon U. Green College Coach
House at 7:30pm. Refreshments;
Buffet $13.50. Call 822-6291;
St. John's College Speaker
The Argentine Tango. Theodore
Kolokolnikov. St. John's College
1080 at 8pm. Call 822-8788.
Tuesday, Nov. 10
Asian Studies Speaker
The Two Koreas: An Intro. Prof.
Don Baker. Asian Centre 604 at
12noon. Call 822-3881.
Microbiology And
Immunology Seminar
Gene Expression By Intracellular
Salmonella. Cheryl Pfeifer.
Wesbrook 100 from 12:30-1:30pm.
Refreshments. Call 822-3308.
UBC Bookstore Reading
Anything For A Laugh. Eric Nicol.
Bookstore mezzanine level at
12:30pm. Call 822-2665.
Earth And Ocean Sciences
Near Surface Seismology. Richard Kellett. Geophysics 260 at
4pm. Call 822-3278.
Peter Wall Institute
Spatial Statistics, Hierarchical Models, And Massive Datasets. Doug
Nychka. National Centre for Atmospheric Research. CSCI 301 from
4-5:30pm. Refreshments at
3:30pm, bringyour mug. Call 822-
0570; 822-3620.
Green College Speakers
Freud's Androids: Freud And The
Sciences Of Cognition. Clark
Glymour, Philosophy, Carnegie
Mellon U. Green College at 5:30pm.
Reception from 4:45-5:30pm. Call
Engineering And
Architecture Continuing
Effective Field Review Of Plumbing And Gas Systems. Various
speakers. CEME 1212 from 6:30-
9:30pm. $420 includes notes, field
trip, certificate. Call 822-3347.
Cecil And Ida Green Visiting
The Post-Kyoto Politics Of Climate
Change. Timothy O'Riordan, director, Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global
Environment, U of East Anglia.
Green College Graham House at
7:30pm. Call 822-5675.
Wednesday, Nov. 11
Remembrance Day Services
Barry McBride, vice-president,
Academic; Brian Fraser, dean, St.
Andrews Hall; Vivian Hoffman,
president, Alma Mater Society. War
Memorial Gym Foyer, 10:45 a.m.
Call UBC-INFO (822-4636).
Thursday, Nov. 12
Anthropology and Sociology
Archeology And Public Opinion.
David Pokotylo; Neil Guppy. ANSO
from 12:30-1:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-2878
Cecil And Ida Green Visiting
The Politics OfThe Transition To
Sustainability In Europe: Possible
Lessons For Canada. Timothy
O'Riordan, director, Centre for
Social and Economic Research on
the Global Environment, U of East
Anglia. Green College Coach House
at 12:30pm. Call 822-5675.
Earth And Ocean Sciences
Thermal And Petrological Structure Of Subduction Zones. Simon
Peacock. GeoSciences 330-A at
12:30pm. Call 822-3278.
UBC Bookstore Reading
Yellow Pear. Gu Xiong, Fine Arts.
Bookstore mezzanine level at
12:30pm. Call 822-2665.
Physics And Astronomy
Evidence For Neutrino OscillaUons
From The Sun And Accelerators,
As Well As The Atmosphere. Peter
Rosen, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
Hennings 201 at 4pm. Refreshments Hennings 325 at 3:45pm.
Call 822-2137; 822-3631.
Fine Arts Lecture
Against The Grain: Making Exhibitions In A Global World. Okwui
Enwezor, Art Institute of Chicago.
Lasserre 102 at 7:30pm. Call 822-
Friday, Nov. 13
Flu Vaccine
UBC Staff and Faculty. Student
Health Service from 8am to
3:45pm. $10 (cash only). Call 822-
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Smoking Relapse Prevention In
Postpartum Women. Joan Bottorf;
Joy Johnson; Pamela Ratner,
Nursing. Mather253from9-10am.
Paid parking available in Lot B.
Call 822-2772.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Thromboembolic Disease In Children - Past, Present And Future.
Dr. Maureen Andrew, Pediatrics,
McMaster U. GF Strong Aud. from
9-10am. Call Ruth Giesbrecht at
Fish 500 Series
The Role Of Pre-Recruit Pollock In
The Bering Sea And North Pacific
Ecosystems. Rick Brodeur, National Marine Fisheries Service.
Hut B-8 Ralf Yorque Room at
11:30am. Call 822-4329.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Calcium Signaling In Vascular
Endothelial Cells. XiaodongWang,
Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
Cunningham 160 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-7795; 822-4645.
Germanic Studies Reading
And Discussion
Charlotte Strandgaard, Danish
writer. Buchanan Penthouse at
12:30pm. Call 822-5158; 822-6403.
UBC Bookstore Reading
Teaching To Wonder, Responding
To Poetry In Secondary Classroom
And Growing Up Perpendicular On
The Side Of A Hill. Carl Leggo,
Education. Bookstore mezzanine
level at 12:30pm. Call 822-2665.
English, French, Canadian
Studies Lecture
Reading And Discussion. Marie-
Claire Blais. Buchanan A-202 at
12:30pm. Call 822-4225.
Cecil And Ida Green Visiting
Public Private Partnerships: A New
Approach To Integrated Catchment
Management In The U.K. Timothy
O'Riordan, director. Centre for Social And Economic Research on the
Global Environment, U of East
Anglia. Geography 214 at 1:30pm.
Call 822-5675.
Bio-Resource Engineering
Environmental Effects Of Hydro Operations On Fish Habitat. Lee Dutta,
Fisheries and Oceans. ChemEng224
at 3:30pm. Call 822-2565.
English, French, Canadian
Studies Seminar
Marie Claire Blais In Conversation. Green College Coach House
at 3:30pm. Call 822-4225.
Chemical Engineering
Weekly Seminar
Methane To Synthetic Gas By Catalytic Partial Oxidation Process. Prof.
Xiaqjun Bao, U of Petroleum, Beijing.
ChemEng 206 at 3:30pm. Call 822-
Chan Centre For The
Performing Arts Concert
Chamber Strings. Eric Wilson, director. Chan Centre Chan Shun Concert Hall at 8pm. Call 822-5574; 822-
Saturday, Nov. 14
Graduate Students Seminar
What You Can Do To Motivate Your
Students. FNSC 50 from 9:30am-
12:30pm. To register call 822-6827.
Graduate Students Seminar
Reluctant Learners: Ideas To Help
You Help Them. FNSC 40 from
9:30am-12:30pm. To register call
Graduate Students Seminar
The Right Question At The Right
Time. FNSC 50 from 1:30-4:30pm.
To register call 822-6827.
Graduate Students Seminar
Enhancing Lectures: They're More
Than Just Talk. FNSC 40 from 1:30-
4:30pm. To register call 822-6827.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Environmentalism Is Dead: Long
Live Sustainability. Timothy
O'Riordan,  director.  Centre for
Social Economic Research on the
Global Environment, U of East
Anglia. IRC #2 at 8:15pm. Call
Faculty, Staff and Grad Students
Volleyball Group. Every Monday
and Wednesday. Osborne Centre
Gym A from 12:30-1:30pm. No
fees. Drop-ins and regular
attendees welcome for friendly
competitive games. Call 822-4479
or e-mail kdcs@unixg.ubc.ca.
UBC Zen Society
Each Monday during term (except
holidays) meditation session. Asian
Centre Tea Gallery from 1:30-
2:20pm. All welcome. Call 822-
Testosterone Study
Volunteers Needed
Men aged 55-70 with low free testosterone are needed to test the
effects of an approved form of oral
testosterone (Andriol) on bone
mass, body composition and
sexual function. Dr. Richard Bebb
is the principal invesUgator. For
more information or to sign up for
this study please contact Mary-Jo
Lavery, RN (study co-ordinator) at
682-2344 ext. 2455.
Museum Of Anthropology
Remembering Lubomi: Images Of
A Jewish Community; Recalling
The Past: A Selection Of Early
Chinese Art From the Victor Shaw
Collection; Vereinigung: Nuu-
chah-nulth/Gitxsan artist Connie
Sterritt; Transitions: Contemporary Canadian Indian And Inuit
Art; From Under The Delta: Wet-
Site Archaeology In The Lower
Fraser Region Of British
Columbia;Hereditary Chiefs Of
Haida Gwaii; Attributed To
Edenshaw: Identifying The Hand
OfThe Artist. Call 822-5087.
The British Columbia Seniors Medication Information Line (BC SMILE)
is a free telephone hotline established to assist seniors, their families and caregivers with any medication-related questions including
side effects, drug interactions, and
the misuses of prescription and
non-prescription drugs when it is
not possible to direct such quesUons to their regular pharmacist or
physician. Monday to Friday 10am-
4pm. Call 822-1330 or e-mail
smileubc@unixg. ubc .ca.
Women's Nutrition Study
Non-vegetarian, between the ages
19-45 required for a study examining nutrition attitudes and practices. Involves a questionnaire and
interview. Will receive a gift certificate for the Bread Garden or
Starbucks. Call Terri 209-3281.
Parent-Child Relationship
Are you a parent of a child who is
still in school? Would you like to
help me understand how parents
know that they are important?
Complete a survey in your own
home and return your responses
by pre-paid mail. Call Sheila
Marshall 822-5672.
UBC Fencing Club
UBC Fencing Club meets every
Wednesday and Friday at 7pm in
Osborne Gym A. Learn decisionmaking, poise and control. Newcomers welcome. Drop-in fee.
Leave message at 878-7060.
Next deadline:
noon, Nov. 2
Hong Kong Women
Young women who are members
of Hong Kong astronaut (parents
in Hong Kong and children in
Canada) or Hong Kong immigrant
families (parents and children in
Canada) are required for a study
examining their personal and
family decisions. Call Kimi
Tanaka 254-4158 or Dr. Phyllis
Johnson 822-4300.
UBC Birding
Join a one-hour birding walk
around UBC Campus, every
Thursday at 12:30pm. Meet at
the Rose Garden flagpole. Bring
binoculars if you have them. For
details, call Jeremy Gordon 822-
Female Volunteers
Daughters who have returned
home to live with their parents
are needed for a PhD psychology
study. An interview at your convenience is required. Please call
Michele 269-9986.
Chan Centre Tours
Free tours ofthe Chan Centre for
the Performing Arts are held every
Tuesday at noon. Participants
are asked to meet in the Chan
Centre lobby. Special group tours
can be booked through
www.chancentre.com or at 822-
1815. For more information
please call 822-2697.
Thunderbird Winter Sports
Public Skating 8:30am-4:30pm.
$3; free before noon for UBC students. Casual Hockey 8:30am-
4:30pm. $3.75/hr. M-F; free before noon for UBC students.
Squash and Racquetball. UBC
staff $7.50/court; UBC students
$6/court. For information call
Got A Stepfather?
17-23 years old? Love him, hate
him or indifferent, you qualify.
$10 for 30 min.. anonymous
questionnaire, student or non-
student, mailed survey. Contact
gamache@interchange. ubc. ca or
Susan at 822-4919.
Faculty Women's Club
The Faculty Women's Club brings
together women connected to the
university either through their
work or that of the spouses, for
social activities and lectures. Its
main purpose is to raise funds for
student scholarships. There are
18 different interest groups, ranging from art appreciation and
bridge to hiking. Do come and join
us! Call Louise Klaassen, president 222-1983; Marya McDonald,
membership 738-7401.
Wayfinding Study
Seeking participants (students
and non-students) possessing
good computer and mouse skills
! for a UBC study on Wayfinding in
a computer-generated virtual
environment. This requires a onetime commitment of two hours,
in the Imager lab in the CICSR
building, for which you receive
$ 15. For an appointment, e-mail:
Steve at spage@cs.ubc.ca; call
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Quiet exclusive neighborhood.
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Comfortable rooms with TV and
private bath. Full breakfast.
Reasonable rates, Non-smokers
only please. Call 341-4975.
CAMILLA   HOUSE   Bed   and
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rates. Call 737-2687. Fax 737-2586.
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this centrally located view home.
Large rooms with private baths,
TV, phones, tea/coffee, fridge.
Full breakfast, close to UBC,
downtown and bus routes. 3466
W. 15th Ave. Call 737-2526 or fax
ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE Looking for
short-term accommodation on
campus? Private rooms available
for visitors attending UBC on
academic business. Competitive
rates. Meals are included 5 days
per week. Call for information
and availability 822-8788.
ALMA BEACH B&B Beautiful,
immaculate, bright rooms with
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home. 2 blocksto Jericho Beach/
Vancouver Yacht Club. Gourmet
breakfast. Central location to
downtown/UBC. N/S. Call 221-
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Close to restaurants and shops.
Daily rates from $50 to $100.
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TRIUMF HOUSE Guest house with
homey, comfortable environment
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Located near hospital. Rates $40-
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Dept. of Surgery
The Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia,
invites applications and nominations for the position of head
of the Dept. of Surgery.
We seek an academic leader, internal to the University, to be
responsible for directing and developing the teaching and
research service programs of the department. The department has 41 full-time and 195 part-time/clinical faculty
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undergraduate and graduate medical education. Anticipated
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B.C. V6T1Z3. UBC Reports ■ Oct. 29, 1998 7
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669-LIFE   669-5433 8 UBC Reports • Oct. 29,1998
The right mix
Baking soda started Prof. Gail Bellward's career
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
A box of Cow Brand baking soda
started Pharmaceutical Sciences
Prof. Gail Bellward on a career
that has spanned nearly 40 years and
recently earned her Canada's top prize
for faculty research, the 1997 Janssen-
Ortho award.
Bellward, the daughter of a smalltown Saskatchewan pharmacist, says
she virtually grew up in a dispensary.
At her father's side, she conducted her
first experiment at age three, pouring
baking soda and distilled water into a
beaker while her father added a few
drops of hydrochloric acid.
The result was a dazzling display of
steam and bubbles, all the more
impressive since Bellward assumed
from the picture on the box that she
was adding powdered cow.
"I was hooked with that experiment,"
says Bellward, who is also the faculty's
associate dean, Research and Graduate
Studies. "I grew up knowing I was going
into pharmacy."
When she became a researcher,
Bellward was the only one in Canada
working on drug-metabolizing enzymes
— specifically, a system of enzymes
called cytochrome P-450 — to predict
when toxicities or drug interactions will
occur. She is still one of only a handful
of researchers studying these enzymes.
Drug-metabolizing enzymes make
chemicals more water-soluble so the
body can excrete them. When production of the enzymes is stimulated or
decreased, however, the process may
alter significantly making a drug dose
that would usually be safe toxic,
• especially if combined with another
Bellward investigates factors regulating production of these drug-metabolizing enzymes. She has examined this
process in relation to therapeutic drugs
and environmental toxins.
In a project she describes as the
most societally important thing she's
1 f
, ^TT
Prof. Gail Bellward's research helps predict when normally safe drug doses
can become toxic and when drug interactions occur. She has also applied
her work to environmental toxins ranging from dioxlns in blue heron
populations to cigarette and wood smoke.
done, Bellward investigated the toxic
effects of dioxin, a chemical found in
pulp mill effluent.
The great blue heron, a large bird
near the top of the food chain, provided
the model for dioxin's risk to humans.
A colony of herons nesting near
Crofton, a mill town on Vancouver
Island, was failing to reproduce and
scientists suspected an environmental
pollutant was the cause. When researchers tested heron eggs from the
site, they found that levels of dioxin had
increased threefold in a single year.
Bellward and representatives
from Environment Canada, the
Canadian Wildlife Service, other
government agencies, and colleagues
in UBC's Faculty of Agriculture Sciences studied how the chemical
affected the birds.
Partly as a result of the study, the
government drafted stricter regulations
concerning pulp mill processing
methods. As a result, dioxin levels in
the heron eggs dropped by 97 per cent
over three years. Bellward calls this
outcome "an amazing environmental
recovery" that also holds real significance for human health.
She has also studied how the
envirotoxin benzopyrene, found in
cigarettes as well as wood smoke, and
smoke from industrial and domestic
incinerators, binds to DNA in cells,
resulting in permanent genetic damage
and contributing to cancer.
Bellward has also made major
contributions to studies of how the
enzyme cytochrome P-450 metabolizes
compounds such as fatty acids and
acetone that build up in the blood of
diabetics. The enzyme, working in the
liver, can respond quickly to metabolize
various toxins. If the body is processing
multiple chemicals, however, it may get
what amounts to a busy signal from
the liver.
This situation can produce negative
side effects as toxins accumulate. Drug
metabolism in the diabetic state is the
subject of Bellward's most cited paper.
Originally planning to be a
community pharmacist,
Bellward shifted direction after
completing an undergraduate research
thesis at UBC. Her investigation
focused on how cell components called
receptors can combine with a drug to
change the body's physiology.
That introduction to research was
her first real academic challenge, she
says. For the first time she did not
know the answers but had to unravel
the problem step by step.
In addition to her fascination with
the process of research, Bellward is
committed to its outcomes.
"The potential payoffs are phenomenal," she says. "We're finding the
answers to questions we've been
looking at for generations."
She became a permanent UBC
faculty member in 1969.
"Prof. Bellward has made an enormous contribution to the faculty," says
Pharmaceutical Science's Dean Frank
Abbott. "Not only is she a sterling
researcher, she has also excelled as a
When Bellward started her lab, there
were few women researchers in pharmacy. She missed having a female
mentor and felt she was starting from
"I didn't have a test tube to my
name," she says.
After almost 60 research publications, 84 abstracts and four decades as
an investigator, she is clear on what it
takes to be a researcher.
"You need a strong psychological
make-up," she says. "Science is a
process of seeking flaws, of disproving.
You need to be tough to withstand
continual criticism of your work by
both yourself and others."
Her advice for students considering
a career in research —
"If you need immediate gratification.
forget it! You'll be happier as a clinician."
When asked about the work she
is most proud of, Bellward
has no answer. She points out
that each discovery is part of a series of
steps and that no single finding nor
any one researcher holds the ultimate
Her own achievements include a
1988 Isaac Walton Killam Senior
Fellowship. She has also served as the
first woman president of the Pharmacological Society of Canada and the
Society of Toxicology of Canada.
The opportunity to make a difference
keeps Bellward motivated. Whether
teaching, lobbying or conducting
research, she says that you just hope
something you do will help alleviate
pain and suffering.
Bellward's next major project is to
co-ordinate a large interdisciplinary
group of colleagues in the faculties of
Pharmaceutical Sciences and Medicine
to create an advanced drug research
centre for women and children — the
first of its kind.
"Overall, I do feel that I've made a
difference. I feel enormously lucky."


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