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Victoria to match donations
Green named honorary
campaign chairman
Victoria will provide $110 million over six years to match the fundraising effortsV r*  <
of the province's three universities, Premier Bill Vander Zalm announced last        »^*
At a special dinner in Victoria honoring UBC benefactor Cecil Green, the
premier said the new program is designed 'lo enhance existing support" for the
three universities.
Details on how the funding will be split among
UBC, Simon Fraser University and the University
of Victoria will be determined in the next few
Vander Zalm also announced that Cecil
Green has accepted an invitation to serve as
honorary chairman for UBC's fundraising
campaign, which is now under way.
Green, 87, attended UBC for three years
before transferring to the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology in 1921. He went on to become a
pioneer in the field of exploration geophysics,
and was a co-founder of Texas Instruments.
UBC President Dr. David W. Strangway, in a
speech at the dinner, thanked the premier for his
commitment and described the announcement as
"an exceptional night for British Columbia and for
the universities of the province."
The province will provide $10-million in
matching funds for the three universities this
year, and then $20-million annually for the next
five years, the premier said.
UBC has already launched an ambitious
three-year fundraising campaign. Bob Wyman,
chairman of the campaign and former chancellor
of UBC, told the dinner meeting that the
university has already raised. $20-million through
corporate solicitations.
Wyman also announced the names of 12
individuals who have agreed to serve on the
campaign's leadership committee. They are:
John Allan, Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer of Stelco; Brian J. Aune, Chairman and
CEO of Nesbitt Thompson Bongard Inc.; Robert
G. Bentall, President and CEO of the Bentall
Group; Peter Bentley, Chairman and CEO of
Canfor Corporation; Peter Brown, President and
CEO of Canarim Investment Corporation and
Chairman, UBC Board of Governors; Bernard
Ghert, Stelworth Investments; Robert H. Lee,
Prospero International Realty Inc.; Hartland
MacDougall, Chairman of Royal Trust Corporation; Gordon MacFariane, Chairman and CEO of
B.C. Telephone Company; Gerald McGavin,
President of McGavin Properties Ltd.; George
O'Leary, Chairman of Scott Paper Ltd.; Raymond
V. Smith, President and CEO of MacMillan
. Bloedel Ltd.; and Vinod Sood, Chairman and
CEO of Finning Ltd.
Strangway said UBC is a vital provincial and
national resource, and pointed out that one in five
people irr B.C. hafce'sl one time or anothefteken
a course. ...   :
"We will reinforce our role as a university of
national and international stature as our province
moves into the changing and internationally
competitive world," Strangway said.
Inventions aren't made
by clockwatchers: Green
by Gavin Wilson
Hard work and close links with industry is a
potent formula for success, according to UBC's
new honorary fund-raising campaign chairman,
Dr. Cecil Green.
Green, one of North America's foremost
industrialists and philanthropists, said the
university will need both as it plays a leading role
in the transformation of B.C.'s economy from one
based on resources to advanced technologies.
Green likes to point out that his home of north
Texas, like B.C., was once dependent on primary
resource industries. But over the years,
advanced technology industries have come to
the fore.
Green says the growing number of small
high-tech companies in B.C. is promising for the
future. And he feels that UBC has an extremely
important role to play in this process.
"I'm a great believer not just in in cooperation,
but in collaboration between the university and
these people off campus (in industry).
"What good is it to train young people in the
sciences if they have to go somewhere else to
work? You don't want to be an isolated ivory
But Green does not believe that this means
universities should abandon fundamental
research in favor of work that has immediate
application for industry.
"I believe in basic research and I believe in
applied. You've got to have both," he said.
Hard work also looms large in the Green
"Inventions are not made by clock watchers
or calendar watchers, but by people who wake
up in the middle of the night — not thinking about
some tennis game they lost or some fish that got
away — but thinking about some problem at the
Green, who has residences in Dallas and La
Jolla, California, was born in Manchester,
England and moved with his family to Vancouver
five years later. He graduated from King Edward
high school and was accepted for admission to
UBC in 1918.
At that time, the Point Grey campus had yet
to be built. The university, flooded with young
veterans of the First World War, was temporarily
housed in buildings on Laurel St leased from
Vancouver General Hospital.
"During my sophomore year here at UBC I
had to take a summer course in surveying," he
recalled during an interview. "I was one of a team
of students who came out and ran levels all over
the site of the new campus.
"There was one building already under
construction (now the Chemistry building). The
only other activity out here at that time was the
dairy farm at the far end of the Main Mall."
Enrolment quotas
UBC's Senate has voted to retain existing
enrolment controls and quotas for most programs
for 1988-89.
Senate approved a first-year quota of 1,500
students in the Faculty of Arts and a 1,400 limit
for first-year Science, as well as first-year quotas
for Applied Science (450), Law (240), Dentistry
(40), Medicine (120), Pharmaceutical Sciences
(140) and Commerce (390).
The Faculty of Education will increase new
student admissions to 420 in 1988-89, up from
last year's limit of 275. In a report to the Senate
Admissions Committee, Education Dean Nancy
Sheehan said the increase reflects changes in
the faculty's curriculum, and a growing teacher
shortage in the province.
A slight increase in first-year quotas was also
approved for occupational and physical therapy
programs in the School of Rehabilitation
Medicine. The increase was made possible
because of special funding received through the
provincial government's Fund for Excellence in
Next UBC Reports May 25
The next edition of UBC Report will be a special
Congregation issue and appear on Wednesday,
May 25.
Photo by Warren Schmidt
Cecil Green admires a bronze bust of his late wife Ida that he unveiled at a tea sponsored by the UBC
Alumni Association on April 27. The bust, sculpted by artist Bill Koochin, will be placed in Cecil Green
Park House.
Centre for biomedical
research is opened
by Debora Sweeney .
A $23-million Biomedical Research Centre
devoted to advancing the treatment of cancer
and other diseases, such as arthritis, allergies
and asthma, opens.its doors today at UBC.
Premier Bill Vander Zalm was scheduled to
officially open the Centre at a ribbon-cutting
ceremony this afternoon.
The Centre's objective is to provide an
internationally recognized centre ol excellence in
biomedical research in Western Canada.
Scientists at the Centre will concentrate on
understanding how cells in the body communi-    .
cate with each other said Dr. John Schrader,
Director of the Biomedical Research Centre.
"With this knowledge, we hope to design
ways of repairing the defects in communication
that give rise to diseases like cancer. New
information on the proteins that control the
growth and function of the cells of the body
promises to lead to a new range of biologically
based therapeutics," he said.
"We have shown that one form of cancer
occurs when the cancer cell begins to produce a
protein which stimulates its own growth," said
Schrader. "At the Biomedical Research Centre,
we have now shown that we can block the action
of the growth stimulating protein, stopping the
production of cancer cells. It's very exciting."
The Centre is a joint project by the Terry Fox
Medical Research Foundation, the B.C. charity
which also built the laboratory building, and the
Wellcome Foundation, the parent of British-
based Burroughs-Wellcome pharmaceutical
Supporting organizations include University
Hospital, the TRIUMF research laboratory and
the Imaging Research Centre, all located on
The new pink and blue building, located next-
door to University Hospital, "has been designed
to encourage people to bump into each other and
to share ideas," said Schrader.
Its open, airy design allows a person in the
hallway of the third floor to hail a colleague in the
By June, the Centre will employ 30 people.
Schrader said his researchers will belong to, and
work with members of various university
departments and will be closely integrated in the
academic life of UBC.
During construction of the Centre, Schrader
Photo by Warren Schmidt
John Schrader, Director of the Biomedical
Reearch Centre, demonstrates some of the
equipment at the newly opened facility
has worked in temporary labs in the anatomy
department on campus. Recently, the National
Cancer Institute of Canada awarded him $83,925
for study into how abnormalities in growth factor
genes can cause cancer.
Tuition waivers
Personnel Services has clarified the policy on
tuition fee benefits.
Golf lessons offered by Community Sports,
and tennis lessons offered by the Tennis Centre,
are not on the list.
"The benefit has been applied to those
courses in error in the past," explained Eileen
Stewart, Director of Personnel Services.
Tuition fee benefits can be applied only to
undergraduate credit courses which appear in the
UBC academic calendar and to courses offered
by the Centre for Continuing Education. The
benefit covers tuition fees only, it cannot be
applied to meals, travel expenses, or other non-
tuition expenses. ■'<;
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Depression in elderly
a problem overlooked
by medical profession
by Debora Sweeney
Family physicians must be trained to detect
symptoms of depression in the elderly, one of the
most overlooked medical problems facing this
group, said Dr. Martha Donnelly, professor of
community geriatrics in UBC's department of
family practice.
Recognizing and treating depression in the
elderly is an expanding field of medicine because
doctors now realize the symptoms for younger
patients often do not apply to the aged.
"The elderly is the population which has the
highest risk of being on drugs and to the
reactions that can occur from them," said
Donnelly. "It is also the largest population
affected by physical illness."
Drugs commonly taken for a long list of
ailments, including anti-hypertensives, sedatives,
heart drugs, hormones, as well as alcohol, often
Dear Editor:
You didn't, apparently, understand what I said
to you in our discussion about the University
Endowment Lands. The paragraph in your article
that begins, "Larkin added the University's
proposal...." is seriously in error.
The facts are these:
For some years the University has collaborated with the GVRD planners through a joint
UBC-GVRD Technical Committee. That
committee has provided data on soils, plant
cover, wildlife, geology, and various aspects of
the UEL areas that the GVRD has proposed for
development as parks.
The GVRD has been kept aware of the
University's position over the years, but it is not
true that the University's proposal "comes as a
result of several years planning and consultation"
with the GVRD.
P.A. Larkin, Vice-President Research
Dear Editor:
I am in favour of the university's efforts to
develop part of the Endowment Land for
residence and expansion of Discovery Park.
For twenty-two years I have been an area
resident and member of the university community. From 1967 to 1970 I lived in the Acadia
Park townhouses near Westbrook Crescent,
16th Avenue, and Fairview Crescent, since 1973
I have lived on the edge of the Endowment Land.
1 have walked, jogged, and bicycled over nearly
every trail in the area with my wife and six
children. I have close familiarity with the area
and ongoing concern for the future of the
university, the community, and the province.
While I respect those who fear further
development, my sense of the space involved,
the population of the area, and the needs of the
university—as well as the province—tells me that
using part of the land as the university has
proposed would enhance the welfare of everyone
involved. There would still be ample space for
park and recreational use.
From a perspective of thirty-nine years in
Japanese studies and fourteen years residence
in Tokyo and other Japanese urban centers, I
see the need for balancing various human
activities in a vibrant, modern society. I suspect
that we could support at least two or three times
our present population in the Lower Mainland,
and to me it makes sense to allow development
on part of the Endowment Land.
During the past Winter Session, following
Study Leave in Tokyo, 1986-87,1 felt aware as
never before how rundown UBC physical plant
had become and how many buildings needed
replacement. If part of the income from
Endowment Land development could be
reinvested in the university, for physical plant as
well as academic activities, surely many people
in the community—and indeed the whole
province—would benefit.
Leon Zolbrod
Professor, Dept. of Asian Studies
2 UBC REPORTS May 5,1988
have depressive side-effects. The illnesses
themselves, such as Parkinson's disease,
hypothyroidism, and strokes, also can cause
depression, said Donnelly.
Elderly people are less likely to complain to
their doctors because they often associate their
problems with the normal aging process and
because they are nervous about what might
happen if they speak up, said Donnelly.
Those who do speak up are less likely to talk
about feeling sadness or complain of crying
episodes. The more common complaints are
weight loss, difficulties in concentration, lack of
energy or apathy.
"When people get to that stage, it is thought
there is an abnormality going on in the way
neurotransmitters relate to each other in the
brain," said Donnelly. That is why antidepressants often will work because they correct
that imbalance.
"We had one 83-year-old lady who went into
hospital for surgery, but didn't recover well," said
Donnelly. "She lost interest, lost weight, had
memory problems. Her family, quite rightly,
thought she couldn't take care of herself and
admitted her to a long-term care facility. When
she continued to lose weight, she was recommended to us and we found out she was
depressed. We treated her with anti-depressants
and she had the energy to go home."
Family physicians and medical students must
be trained to know the differences between
psychological causes of depression and
depression caused by physical illness and drug
use, said Donnelly.
"There are a lot of physicians who do a
superb job, but as well, there are a lot of doctors
who aren't educated with respect to these
differences," she said.
Ethics training
urged for
health care
by Lorie Chortyk
Students preparing for health care careers
should be taught how to make ethical decisions,
says UBC Dentistry professor Christopher Clark.
Clark told participants at an April 20 faculty
development seminar that sensitizing students to
moral issues will help them cope with ethical
dilemmas when they enter clinical practice. The
seminar on teaching professional ethics was co-
sponsored by the Faculty Association and the
UBC administration.
"Moral dilemmas are a reality for any health
care professional. I think we have to help
students examine their own beliefs and values
and to make them aware of the impact their
actions can have," said Clark. "We can't tell
them what to think, but we can teach them how
to work through an ethical decision."
Rev. Terry Anderson, vice-principal of the
Vancouver School of Theology, said society has
no precedent for many of the issues facing
health care workers today.
"Developments in technology for fetal
surgery, for example, have made it possible to
destroy one or more fetuses in a multiple birth to
increase the chances of survival for the
remaining fetuses. Society doesn't have a set of
norms in place to deal with a situation like this."
Anderson said the growing pluralism of our
society raises other moral dilemmas.
"In a recent case at Grace Hospital, a woman
going through very hard labour refused to have
the baby delivered by Caesarian section
because of her Muslim beliefs. In a situation like
this, a physician has to choo.se between
respecting an individual's rights and providing
the best care possible for the patient."
Participants strongly supported the idea of
teaching professional ethics, but some expressed concern about adding extra courses to
existing programs.
Clark told the group that committing
resources for instruction on ethics is one way
professional schools can set an example for
"We have to show them that maintaining high
standards within our professions is a priority."
Photo by Warren Schmidt
Students designers Mamie Tavers (left), Carmel Boerner and Skooker Broome mimic the Catch The
Wave sculpture at the Museum of Anthropology's popular culture exhibit
Pop culture studied
in museum exhibit
by Lorie Chortyk
When archeologists of the future look for
clues to explain 20th century society and culture,
the relics they'll probably unearth will be
skateboards, Big Mac containers and hand-held
The trappings of our popular culture are the
focus of a colorful exhibit entitled Popology,
currently on display at the Museum of Anthropology. The exhibit was produced by students
enroled in a graduate seminar in Anthropology,
and was coordinated by teaching assistant
Susan Hull.
"The seminar focused on the interaction
between the consumer and the mass media,"
said Hull. "What we buy and the events we
participate in tell us a lot about our values and
attitudes as a society."
The exhibit features four separate sculptures:
Catch the Wave — riding the crest of the mass
media; decor-me-beautiful — a look at how the
media influences our perception of ourselves
through fashion; The Event — a look at the
events we seek as a release from everyday life;
and Alice in Consumeriand.
In conjunction with the Popology exhibit, the
Northern Pacific Popular Culture Association will
hold its second annual conference at UBC, May
19-21. Hull said participants will discuss a wide
range of topics related to popular culture,
including sports, music, literature, graffiti and
fashion. Keynote speaker will be playwright Johrr
Gray. ^
Hull is also organizing a week-long series of
performance events, June 14-19, to illustrate the
theme of the Popology exhibit through dance,
theatre and music.
The work of two Vancouver graffiti artists,
Risk-E and Scene (aka J. Zone), was also
commissioned for the museum exhibit. Their art
style, known as Hip Hop graffiti, originated in the k
south Bronx in New York. ,
"Hip Hop is part of a whole subculture of
street artists who compete creatively through
graffiti art, rap music and break dancing," said
Hull, who spent a summer riding the subways of
New York studying Hip Hop artists.
"It emerged in the late 1970s as an alternative
to gang violence. Instead of using graffiti to mark*"
gang territory, for instance, artists began turning,."
graffiti into art," said Hull. "Rap music grew from  ,
a ritual of competitive insults on the streets.
"The messages in Hip Hop are very positive
and optimistic. The artists are trying to break
away from the violence of the streets and offer a
more creative alternative for kids in that
environment. Some of them are moving into the
mainstream and showing their work in galleries, .'
but for most of them, their creativity comes from   ,
competition with other street artists."
The Popology exhibit continues at the
Museum of Anthropology until Oct. 9.
Phyllis Turner Ross
Former Chancellor
Funeral services were held April 20 for
former UBC Chancellor Phyllis Turner Ross.
Ross, mother of Liberal leader John Turner,
died in her sleep on April 18 at the age of 85.
She suffered from Alzheimer's disease.
Widow of the late Frank Ross, B.C.'s
Lieutenant Governor from 1955-60, Ross
was one of Canada's most distinguished
female public servants and was the first
woman to be appointed Chancellor of a
Commonwealth university. She served as
UBC Chancellor from 1961 -66 and was
named Chancellor emerita in 1967.
Ross' contributions to UBC also include
six years on the Board of Governors (1957-
63) and membership on Senate from 1951-
54 and 1960-63.
Born and raised in Rossland, B.C., Ross
graduated from UBC in 1925 with honors in
political science and economics, and later
studied at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics.
In 1928, she married Leonard Turner in
England, where her son John and daughter
Brenda, were born. After her husband's
death in 1932, Ross returned to Canada,
where she was appointed chief research
economist for the Canadian Tariff Board and
the Dominion Trade and Industry Commission in Ottawa. She later served as an
economic advisor to the Wartime Prices and
Trade Board. In 1945 she married millionaire
industrialist Frank Ross and took up
residence in Vancouver.
Ross' public service contributions earned
her numerous honors and awards, including
honorary degrees from UBC and the
University of New Brunswick, Commander of
the Order of the British Empire, UBC's Great
Trekker Award and life member of the
National Council of Women of Canada. In
1967, she was named B.C. woman of the
century by the National Council of Jewish
Women in Canada, and in 1974 was
appointed a member of the National Council
of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Program
in Canada.
Ross is survived by Turner, daughter
Brenda Norris of Montreal and eight
grandchildren. Science council gives
researchers $592,677
by Jo Moss
Thirteen research teams at UBC have been
awarded a total of $592,677 in grants from the
B.C. Science Council.
Ten new projects received funding from the
Science Council's first research competition of
1988. Three projects received renewal funding.
Researchers who received renewal grants
are: Shuryo Nakai, Robert Evans and Philip Hill,
and Gregory Richards and Keith Brimacombe.
The council awarded 47 grants totalling $2-
million to industries, consultants, non-profit
research institutes and universities. The grants
encourage B.C.'s scientists and engineers to
direct research towards developing new
products, systems and processes, or to improve
existing ones.
Food Science professors Shuryo Nakai and
Timothy Durance received $51,195 and $48,700
respectively. Nakai is investigating a new
method of separating blood components which
would allow blood from slaughtered animals to be
used in the pharmaceutical and food industries.
Durance's research involves recovering
substances from egg whites that can be userlby
pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
James Shelford, Animal Science, received
$61,500 to develop a computerized feed system
that will result in more efficient feed utilization for
dairy producers. Colleague Dick Beames is
working with local fish feed manufacturers to
asses salmon diet. They hope to formulate a
cheaper, more effective way of feeding fish for
the aquaculture industry. He received $36,190.
Salmon are also the focus of research by
Helen Burt and Keith McErlane in Pharmaceutical Sciences and David Kitts in Food Science.
They were awarded $55,000 to formulate better
methods of determining the residue of antibiotics
in farm-reared salmon, as a result of medicated
Natural gas powered vehicles are often
criticized for poor performance. But a better .
understanding of how combustion engines use
natural gas could lead to improved efficiency.
Mechanical Engineering professors Robert
Evans and Philip Hill received $18,560 to
undertake research in this area.
Prescribed burning is standard practice in
forest management but it may deplete the soil of
sulphur, an important nutrient for trees. Soil
Science professor Tim Ballard received $37,300
to study the relationship between fire and sulphur
Denis Lavender, Forestry, is developing a
hardier tree seedling, one that will have a higher
survival rate in B.C.'s northern interior. He was
awarded $75,532 for his research. Colleague
Judy Loo-Dinkins, who is developing better
genetic testing to identify superior quality trees,
received $12,500.
Forestry professor Jack Thirgood is working
with the City of Vernon to investigate the
feasibility of irrigating a poplar plantation with
sewage effluent. He was awarded $50,000.
Chemical Engineering professor Kenneth
Pinder received $67,600 to test a new chemical
process designed for pulp mills. Utilization of this
process could result in savings of up to $350,000
annually for a mill that produces 1,000 tons a
Anoush Poursartip and Edward Teghtsoonian, professors in the Department of Metals
and Materials Engineering, were awarded
$60,000. They are applying advanced technology to improve the process of fabricating
composite materials, such as those used in the
aviation industry.
Gregory Richards and Keith Brimacombe,
from UBC's Centre for Metallurgical Process
Engineering were awarded $18,600 to investigate and optimize the slag reduction process in
NITEP plan
by Senate
Senate has approved a recommendation
allowing the Native Indian Teacher Education
Program to administer its own admissions.
Previously, students were admitted through
Senate's admissions committee.
Calling the program "one of the university's
greatest successes," Dr. Jean Elder, chairman
of the admissions committe, said that since its
inception in 1974, NITEP has established a solid
track record, which has been confirmed in a
recent independent evaluation of the program.
Photo by Warren Schmidt
Karl Opelka, left, and Ewan Forbes operate the new Bioslide Facility at St. Paul's Hospital
Biomed scores first
with slide technology
by Lorie Chortyk
UBC's Biomedical Communications
Department has achieved another world-first in
biomedical technology.
Karl Opelka and Ewan Forbes of the
department have adapted software packages
that enable them to create high-resolution, computer-generated color slides from common
software packages such as Harvard and Lotus 1
2 3. Until now, users have had to purchase
special software packages to transfer computer
graphics to slides.
Biomedical Communications director Ian
Cameron said UBC's Bioslide service is
attracting international attention.
"Although most of our users are in the Lower
Mainland and in other parts of B.C., we've
received requests from Britain, France, Jamaica,
Barbados and almost every American state."
Many telephone calls are prompted by
presentations given by UBC faculty members at
international meetings, said Cameron.
"One physician actually received a standing
ovation after a presentation in Paris because of
the sophistication of his material. Shortly after
that, we received several requests for slides from
French physicians who had been at the
The Bioslide Facility, located in St. Paul's
Hospital in Vancouver, offers 24-hour turnaround service for material received from
anywhere in the world.
Many of UBC's clients still use special
software packages (Biomedical Communications
offers PC-Slide and Slideworks) because of the
convenience of sending material to the Bioslide
Facility via telephone modem.
"Users of other software send their files to us
by courier now, but we're looking at purchasing a
modem package that will read files from any
Cameron said UBC's $35,000 imaging
camera can produce up to 4,000 lines of
resolution on a slide.
Non-profit and educational health care
organizations in the province currently using the
facility include the Vancouver General Hospital,
Children's/Grace/Shaughnessey Hospital and
UBC departments.
Samson wins food executive award
UBC Food
Services director
Christine Samson
has been named
the 1988 Food
Executive of the
Year (Vancouver)
by the Canadian
Food Service
Association. The
award, sponsored
by the Canada
Packers Food SAMSON
Services, was presented to Samson at the
Hospitality Awards Night on April 12.
Samson, whose 300 staff members
provide daily food service for up to 47,000
campus users, was recognized for her
outstanding contributions to the food
service industry and her involvement in
food service associations.
She will compete for the Food
Executive of the Year (Canada) title at the
CFSEA's national conference in Nova
Scotia in June, with winners from 19
branches across Canada.
B.C.'s Children's Hospital has honored
Dr. David Scheifele and Dr. Shirley
Gillam for their outstanding achievements
in child healthcare research.
Scheifele, professor of pediatrics, was
honored for his work in treatment and
prevention of bowel infections in newborns.
Gillam, associate professor of
pathology, was honored for her recent
work in breaking the genetic code of the
rubella virus, paving the way for development of better diagnostic techniques and
an improved vaccine for rubella.
Dr. Geoffrey Robinson, Professor
Emeritus of pediatrics, received the Career
Investigator Award for his life-time achievements in formulating changes in the
delivery of health care for children. His
concepts, now in widespread use, include care
by parent wards, day-care surgery and other
programs which minimize separation of a sick
child from parents or family.
The Western Gardener, the CBC television
show co-hosted by David Tarrant of UBC's
Botanical Garden, will soon be broadcast coast-
to-coast under the new title The Canadian
Gardener. The show has been one of CBC's
most popular productions since it originated five
seasons ago.
The Canadian
Association of Physicists
has awarded TRIUMF
Director Dr. Erich Vogt
its 1988 Medal for
Achievement in Physics.
As well, Carleton
University is awarding Dr.
Vogt an honorary Doctor
of Science degree. The
degree is offered in
recognition of significant
contributions in furthering
research in nuclear and
particle physics.
Keith Brimacombe, professor of Metals and
Materials Engineering, has been appointed
chairman of the technical division of the U.S-
based Metallurgical Society.
Director of the Centre for Metallurgical
Process Engineering at UBC, Brimacombe will
be responsible for all technical division activities
including programming, publications and continuing education. One of five divisions of the professional society, the technical division focuses
on the processing of metals and other materials
from raw materials to finished products.
The 13,000 member society is international in
membership and addresses a wide range of
topics including ore extraction, refining, casting,
and materials design.
Crane library head
Paul Thiele is in Africa on
a two-month assignment
with the United Nations
Education Scientific and
Cultural Organization.
Thiele will assist with
the expansion of library
services for the blind and
visually impaired at
Kenyatta University,
Nairobi, Kenya, during
May and June.
He will look at the
special library's staff and
technical training requirements, draw up funding
formulas and advise on acquisition of talking
book and braille production equipment.
Thiele will be accompanied by wife Judith,
Crane Reference and Collections Librarian, who
will advise on braille production, storage and
dissemination as well as on reference requirements of non-print readers.
A former student of UBC's Creative Writing
department, Morgan Nyberg, has won the
Governor General's Award for children's
literature (text) with his book Galahad Schwartz
and the Cockroach Army.
Nyberg had earlier won acclaim for The
Crazy Horse Suite, a book of poems which he
wrote while in UBC's Master's of Fine Arts
program in 1976-77. The book was later
developed into a successful play and adapted as
a ballet.
University graduate fellowship holders in the
Creative Writing department are also picking up
Second year M.F.A. student Jennifer Mitton
won the 1988 Okanagan award for short fiction
with her story Coppertone. The story will be
printed in a volume of short stories edited by
Geoff Hancock and published by Fitzhenry and
Whiteside. Mitton is also fiction editor of Prism
International, a UBC literary journal.
Second-year MFA student Norman Sacuta
won second place in the Alberta Culture
short story competition. The award-
winning work, A Plain Story, appeared in
the November, 1987, issue of Edmonton
Lee Gowan, a first-year M.F.A.
student, reached the finals of Descant
magazine's novella competition. He will
develop the work into a novel with the aid
of an Ontario Arts Council project grant.
Graduate student Steve Hunt has
signed with the CBC to develop a comedy
television series based on his series
proposal "Danny's All-star Joint."
School of
Music professor
Robert Silverman celebrates
his 50th birthday
May 27 by doing
what he does best
— playing the
piano for an appreciative audience.
Silverman will
put on a concert
of very personal
music at the UBC SILVERMAN
Recital Hall that evening.
"I'm only going to play pieces that I
enjoy, because it will be a very personal
evening for me. I want to include the
audience in the celebration of this
milestone," he said.
Silverman first appeared in recital at
the age of five and performed with the
Montreal Symphony at 14. Since then, he
has performed on five continents with
some of the best orchestras in the world
and made a dozen recordings.
Tickets for the 8 p.m. performance are
$10 at the door, with all proceeds donated
to the UBC Scholarship Fund
3   UBC REPORTS May 5,1988 UBC Calendar
Biochemistry Seminar
Conversion of Fibroblasts to Myoblasts by a Single Gene. Dr.
Hal Weintraub, Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Centre,
Seattle. For information call 228-4900. Lecture Hall #4, IRC.
3:45 p.m.
Canadian Association for Information
Science Seminar
Undergraduate Access to Bibliographic Databases: a
Comparison of Descriptor Dependent Batch Searching & Online
Searching of ERIC. Elizabeth Anholt, Curriculum Library.
Conference Room, Sedgewick Library. 4:00 p.m.
Faculty Development Project Seminar
Technology Transfer: The Potential for UBC. Peter Larkin,
Vice-President, Research; James Murray, Director, Industry
Liaison; Al Fowler, Manager, Patents & Licenses. Open to all
faculty. Free. For information call 222-5271 or 222-5272.
Room 40. Family & Nutritional Sciences Building. 10:00 a.m.-
12:00 noon.
Electrical Engineering Seminar
Synchronization Techniques after Bit Framing. Dr. John
Hershey, The BDM Corporation. For information call 228-2866.
Room 410, Electrical Engineering Building. 1:30 p.m.
Interactive Satellite Teleconference
Sponsored by the English Language Institute. Interact '88 -
Emerging Technologies in Modern Language Education. Dr.
Wilga Rivers, Harvard; Dr. Frank Otto, Brigham Young
University. Pre-registration required. Free. For information call
228-5459. Room 60, Food and Nutritional Sciences Building.
5:00-8:00 p.m.
Policy Division Workshop Seminar
Welfare-Improving Tax/Subsidy Schemes in an Oligopoly.
Kotaro Suzumura, Economics, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo
and Oxford University. For information call 224-8503 or 224-
8475. Penthouse, Henry Angus Building. 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Faculty Development Project Seminar
Enhancing Teaching Effectiveness: A Planning Model for
Recently Appointed Faculty. Jo Anne Gray, Education
Consultant; Peggy Rowe, Taining Consultant. Open to all
faculty. Free. For information call 222-5271 or 222-5272.
Room 40, Family & Nutritional Sciences Building. 9:00a.m.-
4:00 p.m.
Medical Grand Rounds
Risks for Osteoporosis: Prospective Observations in Exercising
Women. Dr. J. Prior, Endocrinology, V.G.H. For information
call 228-7737. Lecture Theatre Room G279, HSCH, Acute
Care Unit. 12:00 noon.
Economics Seminar
Individual Rights Revisited. Kotaro Suzumura, Hitotsubashi
University, For Information can 228-4121. Room 351, Brook
Hall. 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Lecture and Garden Tour
Sponsored by the Centre for Continuing Education. The
Traditional Japanese Garden. Jeannette Leduc. $20. For
information call 222-5254. Conference Room, Carr Hall. 7:00-
9:00 p.m,
Microbiology Seminar
Tricarboxylate Transport in Salmonella Typhimurium.
Sponsored by the University of Victoria. Room 201, Wesbrook
Building. 12:30 p.m.
Paediatric Grand Rounds
Pulmonary Infections and Cystic Fibrosis: A New Understanding Through Basic Research. Dr. David Speert, Paediatrics.
For information call 875-2437. Auditorium, G.F. Strong
Building. 9:00 a.m.
Lecture and Garden Tour
Sponsored by the Centre for Continuing Education. The
Traditional Japanese Garden. Jeannette Leduc. $20. For
information call 222-5254. Conference Room, Carr Hall.
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Classical Indian Dance
Sponsored by the Institute of Asian Research. ODISSI.
Performed by Jhelum Paranjape, student of Dance Master
Kelucharan Mahapatra. Free. For information call 228-2746.
Auditorium, Asian Centre. 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Biochemical Discussion Group Seminar
Rod Outer Segment Phagocytosis: Is this a Receptor-Mediated
Process? Dr. Michael Hall, Jules Stein Institute, University of
California, Los Angeles. For information call 228-6173.
Lecture Hall #4, IRC. 3:45 p.m.
Economics Seminar
Rubinstein's Bargaining Model under Uncertainty. Kunai
Sengupta, Indian State Institute & University of Western
Ontario. For information call 228-3091. Room 351, Brock Hall.
4:00-530 p.m.
Psychiatry Lecture
Sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry at Shaughnessy.
The Assessment and Management of Dysfunctional Behaviour
in the Elderly. Dr. R.J. Ancill. Director, Clinical Research,
Riverview Hospital and Geriatric Psychiatry, UBC. For
information call 875-2025. Room D308, Acute Care Building.
3:30-9:30 a.m.
UBC Reports is published every second
Thursday by UBC Community Relations
6328 Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C.
V6T 1W5, Telephone 228-3131
Editor-in-chief: Don Whiteley
Editor: Howard Fluxgold
Contributors: Lorie Chortyk, Jo Moss, Debora
Sweeney, Gavin Wilson.
4   UBC REPORTS May 5,1988
Unidentified dignitaries pose on the steps of Union College (now part of the Vancouver school of
Theology) after its opening on May 2, 1928. The photo was taken by well-known photographer
Leonard Frank and is one of 50,000 the library has made available to researchers.
50,000 photographs
available for research
By Gavin Wilson
About 50,000 photographs held by the
Special Collections Division of the library —
ranging from lantern slides of 19th century
Japan to a chronicle of Vancouver's hippy era
— are now available to researchers.
The photographs, eleven major collections in all, were recently sorted and
classified under a $12,000 grant from the
National Archives of Canada, said library
archivist Laurenda Daniells.
"If you know what it's like to take your
own family album and get it organized, you
can imagine how much work it is to sort out
50,000 photographs," she said.
The collections include 20,000 shots of
university life and faculty, 66 lantern slides of
missionaries in Japan and China, a study of
19th century Italian patriot Guiseppi Garibaldi
and photos of the early days of B.C.'s fishing
and lumber industries. They span 120 years
of photographic history.
Also included is a series of original photographs from the Georgia Strait, the weekly
newspaper which shocked the establishment
with its language and content during the
heyday of the hippy era.
"Its the most wonderful record of the
sixties that you'd every hope to see," said
The project was headed by Ann Carroll, a
specialist in photographic archives who
prepared inventories of the collections and
did some conservation work. The photos
were listed in an online library file with the
help of student Pat Crawford.
Economics Seminar
Topic TBA. Randy Wright, University of Pennsylvania. For
information call 228-2106. Room 351, Brock Hall. 4:00-5:30
Distinguished Faculty Lecture
Population Studies on Birth Defects and Genetic Disorders. Dr.
Patricia Baird, Medical Genetics. For information call 228-
4305. Lecture Theatre D308, University Hospital, Shaughnessy Site, Grand Rounds, 12:00 noon,
Medical Grand Rounds
Myeloproliferative Disorders: Basic Studies and Clinical
Applications. Dr. A. Eaves, Hematology, Terry Fox Laboratory.
For information call 228-7737. Lecture Theatre Room G279,
HSCH, Acute Care Unit. 12:00 noon.
Oceanography Seminar
Trace Metal Fluxes at the Sediment-Water Interface. Dr. Bjorn
Sundby, L'lnstltut Maurice Lamontaigne, Mont Joli, Quebec.
For information call 228-5210. Room 1465, Biological
Sciences Building. 3:30 p.m.
Paediatric Grand Rounds
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Recent Advances. Dr. Elke
Roland, Paediatrics. For information call 875-2437.
Auditorium, G.F. Strong Building. 9:00 a.m.
Medical Genetics Seminar
Clinical Case Presentations. Clinical Geneticists, Clinical
Genetics Unit, Grace Hospital. For information call 228-5311.
Parentcraft Room, Main Floor, Grace Hospital, 4490 Oak
Street. 1:00 p.m
Free Guided Campus Tours
Bring your friends, visitors, community, school or civic
group to UBC for a walking tour of the campus. Drop-ins
welcome every Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 1
p.m.; 3 p.m. weekdays and weekend times available by
reservation only. Groups will have the opportunity to see
and learn about everything from the unique Sedgewick
underground library to the Rose Garden and more. Tours
commence at SUB and last approximately 2 hours in the
morning and 1 1/2 hours in the afternoon. To book, call
the Community Relations Office at 228-3131.
Faculty Club Art Exhibition
Now until May 28th. Stone Lithograph Prints and
Watercolours by Penny Lim. For information call 228-
Personal Development Workshop
Sponsored by the Centre for Continuing Education. May
13 (7-9:30 p.m.), 14 4 15(10 a.m.-5 p.m.). Focusing:
Overcoming Obstacles to Personal Development. Dolores
Bate, Institute for Experiential Therapy Training in
Vancouver and the Gestalt Centre in London, England.
Calendar Deadlines
For events in the period May 25 to June 11 notices must be submitted on proper Calendar forms
no later than 4 p.m. on Monday May 16 to the Community Relations Office, 6328 Memorial
Road, Room 207, Old Administration Building. For more information, call 228-3131.
$105. Enrolment limited. For information call 222-5261.
2North, A & B, Psychiatric Theatre, HSCH.
Painting Exhibition
Now until May 15. Sponsored by the Institute of Asian
Research and the Golden Maple. Paintings by 24 students of
the Golden Maple Art Studio. Free. For information call 228-
2746. Auditorium, Asian Centre. 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily.
Laboratory Chemical Safety Course
Sponsored by Occupational Health & Safety. May 16 & 17.
Chemical Storage, Handling and Disposal, Lab Inspections,
Emergency Response and Spill Clean-up. Suitable for faculty,
research assistants, storeskeepers, and safety committee
representatives. For registration information call 228-2029.
Thirteenth Annual Canadian Economic
Theory Conference
May 20-22. Varied topics. For information call Steve Jones at
Short Course in Animal Cell Culture
Sponsored by the Department of Physiology and the SPCA.
Eight Lectures given by invited speakers. Three practical
demonstrations. Open to all. Registration fee $55. Deadline
for registration June 1. For information call Dr. D. Mathers at
228-5684. Rooms 3009 & 3612, D.H. Copp Building. 9:00
a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Golf Lessons
Get into the swing of things this spring with Golf Lessons.
Community Sport Services is once again offering Golf Lessons
at the basic or intermediate level. The first set of lessons begin
April 25th. Tuition waivers not acceptable. For information call
UBC Cricket Club
Sponsored by the Athletic Department. First practices of new
season. For information call 266-0683 or 666-8059.
Copying in the Libraries?
Save time and money with a UBC Library copy card. $5 cards
sold in most libraries; $10, $20 or higher cards in Copy Service,
Main or Woodward. Cash/Cheque/Departmental Requisition.
For information call 228-2854.
Fitness Appraisal
Physical Education & Recreation, through the John M.
Buchanan Fitness and Research Centre, is administering a
physical fitness assessment program to students, faculty, staff
and the general public. Approx. 1 hour. $25, students $20.
For information call 228-4356.
Statistical Consulting and Research Laboratory
SCARL is operated by the Department of Statistics to provide
statistical advice to faculty and graduate students working on
research problems. For information call 228-4037. Forms for
appointments available in Room 210, Ponderosa Annex C.
Language Exchange Program
Exchanging Languages on a One-to-One Basis. For
information can 228-5021. International House. Office Hours
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Walter Gage Toastmasters
Public speaking and leadership meeting, Wednesdays, 7:30-
9:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend, ask questions, and
participate. For information call Geoff Lowe at 261-7065.
Room 215, SUB.
M.Y. Williams Geological Museum
Open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.. The Collectors
Shop is open Wednesdays 1:30-4:30 p.m. or by appointment.
For information call 228-5586.
Nitobe Memorial Garden
Open daily 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. in April. Open Daily 10:00
a.m.-8:00 p.m. May - August. Admission $1. Free on
Botanical Garden
Open daily 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. in April. Open Daily 10:00
a.m.-8:00 p.m. May - August. Admission $2. Free on
Lions choose
to train at
UBC campus
by Jo Moss
Professional football comes to campus in
June when the B.C. Lions take advantage of
UBC's first-class facilities for their annual
summer training.
Low attendance figures and financial
difficulties have plagued the team for the past
two seasons, and it's hoped the move to UBC
will generate more community support, said
Norma Wick, Lions public relations officer. The
Lions last trained at UBC in I970.
"We want to increase exposure in the
community and it makes sense to be where the
potential ticket holders can check out the team,"
she said of the decision to move from regular
training centres in Duncan and Kelowna.
General manager Joe Galat said the 10-day
training camp, June 16 to 26, will be "a family
affair" with opportunity for the entire community
to get involved. Plans include a family picnic day
and golf tournament.
About 70 players will attend the camp
including Kevin Konar, who may be one of the
bright lights for the team next year. A UBC grad,
Konar has just signed for his ninth season with
the club. He was named All-Western and All-
Canadian All-Star in I987.


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